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Cotton College hostel to celebrate 116th year

The oldest college hostel in the State, Krishna Kanta Handique PG Hostel (1st Mess) of Cotton University (formerly Cotton College) is rejuvenating the legacy of its 116 year old heritage this autumn. The alumni of this hostel have formed an association named as “Cotton College 1st Mess Alumni Association” which has been registered as a society after a series of meetings held at the hostel premises.

Established in the year 1901, this hostel is an embodiment of generations during the glorious journey of the historic Cotton College. Initiatilly known as the ‘Hindu Hostel’, this hostel later became well known as the ‘Hindu First Mess’ or First Block’ or simply the ‘First Mess’. Prof. Indu Bhusan Brahmachary was its first Superintendent. It is noteworthy that stalwarts like Prof. (Dr.) Surya Kumar Bhuyan were its superintendent.

Since 1983, this hostel has been reserved for the Post Graduate boy students. In the year 1986, this historic hostel was renamed as ‘Krishna Kanta Handique PG Boys’ Hostel’ after the world famous Sanskrit scholar and indologist, and the first Vice-Chancellor of Gauhati University, who was also a boarder of this hostel during 1913-14.

An alumni meet is being planned soon, which will include activities like exhibition, documentary, get-together, quiz, seminar, brainstorming session  and publication of a souvenir.  Cultural fraternity of the state will also grace the event night.

This Assam-type hostel is now declared and being conserved as a ‘heritage building’. The alumni initiative is therefore a timely and foresighted effort channelising the alumni strength for greater public cause.

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AICC screening panel meets

7 Mar 2014 - 8:42am | AT News

AICC screening panel is meeting on Friday in New Delhi to fine tune the list of Lok Sabha polls slated for April 7,12 and 24.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and APCC president Bhubneswar Kalita are camping in the capital to attend the meeting.

After the screening committee meeting, the party’s election committee is scheduled to meet in the evening where the list is expected to be approved.

Senior party leaders told Assam Times that the list would be available by Saturday.  

Kanaksen Deka denies corruption in Asom Sahitya Sabha

21 May 2008 - 1:00am | editor
Mired in umpteen numbers of allegations of corruption, Assam Sahitya Sabha president Kanaksen Deka said a section people has been trying to tarnish the image of the literary organization by spreading some mispublicity.

Addressing a pres conference on Tuesday, Deka said some people are doing these only for their personal aggrandizement. He said these controversies are some mispublicity and that is not scared of these. He denied any uneasy situation during the meeting of the Sabha recently in Jorhat as it was published in some dailies.

Asom Sahitya Sabha will launch sapling plantation programme at the state’s primary and middle schools on the occasion of the World Environment Day on June 5. Moreover, the Sabha will observe work culture week from that day, he said.

Also, Deka said Sabha will be set up in front of the Guwahati district library the statues of Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla, Bishnuprasad Rabha and Phani Sarma.. Besides the statues of Laxminath bezbaruah, Padmanath Gohainbaruah, Hemchandra baruah and Ambikagiri Raychaudhury will be set on the bank Dighalipukhuri.

Jaiklong Brahma released on bail

5 Dec 2014 - 12:44pm | Hantigiri Narzary

Kokrajhar based Journalist Jaiklong Brahma was released on bail from Kokrajhar Jail on Thursday. He was arrested by Kokrajhar Police on September 2, 2014. The family members, relatives, well wishers and media fraternity received him in Kokrajhar jail premises and took to rented residence at Maldangpara (Mijink Nwgwr). He was bailed out with certain condition that includes prohibition of going out beyond district and appearing before PS on December 15.

Brahma was arrested for maintaining alleged link with the NDFB led by IK Songbijit and theDistrict Magistrate, Kokrajhar Nithin Khade on September 9 issued order to detain journalist Jaiklong Brahma working in the News Live based at Kokrajhar under section (2) of Section (3) of the National Security Act, 1980 vide government notification NO PLA 326/97/111. But, the NSA imposed upon him was revoked on November 16 last.

The Kokrajhar Press Club and different student and social organizations protested over the arrest of scribe and demanded immediate release of Brahma without any condition. Different media organizations across the state have protested over the harassment of journalist who has been focusing on the negligence on the part of the state government to control the law and order situation especially in BTC region that has been witnessing the increase of crime rate and other unlawful activities. The Kokrajhar Press Club took the issue to Press Council of India (PCI), Journalists Federation of India and Amnesty International for his release. They also called on Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and urged him to release Brahma without any condition.

Brahma first took notice of his two children who are appearing annual examination and hugged them emotionally. He also played with his two children for some time. The friends, relatives, well wishers and journalist fraternity met him at the residence in the evening where he shared his experience in jail and how he was behaved. He thanked the media friends for their role, different organizations and individual who took pain for while participating in protest programme and in legal fighting as well as to protect the freedom the press. He expressed sad over arrest him under NSA and subsequent put in jail without any serious crime for three months.