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ABMSU unhappy with Lafikul murder probe

The All BTC Minority Students Union (ABMSU) has  expressed serious concern over the failure to arrest main culprits behind the assassination of Lafikul Islam in Kokrajhar on August 1. 

Addressing a Press Conference held at Salakati on Thursday, Shakamal Khandakar, general secretary and Ajham Ali Sheik, vice president of the student's union said one month has passed since Lafikul was murder case. But thr culprit is still on the run. 

ABMSU leaders called the incident a political conspiracy which is why, police and investigating agencies are not in a position to identify or arrests the culprits.  

They asked the authority to make public the SIT report and immediate CBI probe into it.

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Demand to incorporate Sankaradeva in curriculum

19 Feb 2013 - 1:15pm | Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti

Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva demanded in a press meet on Feb 17 in Guwahati that life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva should be incorporated in curriculum at both national and state level. Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti, the President of Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva said that life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva have not been put in curriculum by NCERT properly in spite of repeated appeals for that. Even intervention by HRD minister Arjun Singh in 2006 had resulted in inclusion of only one small paragraph in the history textbook for class XI. Dr Borkakoti said that students must get to learn about the saint right from class VI itself. He also said that the educational institutions set up in Assam in the name of Srimanta Sankaradeva should necessarily teach their students about the saint. He lamented that many people were using the name of Srimanta Sankaradeva to promote own economic interest only.

Eminent author and member of the Society, Imran Hussein opined that the non-inclusion of life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva in curriculum has hurt the sentiment of people in Assam. Such neglect has contributed to the growth of secessionism in the region. He said that Srimanta Sankaradeva is the unifying factor for Assam and his ideology can save the state from inter-ethnic conflicts. New Delhi should understand the sentiment of people in Assam, he said.

Dr Pradip Mahanta, Secretary of Batadrava Than Parichalana Samiti and member of the Society, gave an account of the rich Sattra culture created by Srimanta Sankaradeva and stressed on the young generation knowing about these heritage. He said that incorporation of life and works of Srimanta Sankaradeva in curriculum is long overdue.

Another member of the Society, Dr Buljit Buragohain said that Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva was formed by a group of people who had gathered first in Facebook. A group named ‘Followers of Srimanta Sarnkaradeva’ had been formed there on Feb 23, 2011 to spread the message of the saint. Society for Srimanta Sankaradeva was registered by a section of that group members in May 2011. The society has already launched three websites to spread the message of Srimanta Sankaradeva, he said.

Eminent artist and Bargeet singer Amal Mahanta made a fervent appeal to the schools and institutions to keep an acceptable portrait of Srimanta Sankaradeva. He also said that all Mahapurushiya organizations should show awareness in this regard. Anjana Tamuli had welcomed every one at the outset.

CBI ready to arrest moe NBCC officers

29 Jan 2009 - 6:46pm | editor
The Central Bureau of Investigation rolls up its sleeves to book a few more top ranked NBCC officers in connection with the Rs 44 crore scam in the road and bridge construction works in Assam.

According to information, the investigation agency is understood to have got more clues as it is probing the muti-crore scam. Two top arrested officers of the National Building Construction Corporation (NBCC) BC Dhiman and P K Mittal have made some sensational revelations in their confessional statement. Investigation is progress.

Meawhile, P K Mittal has been remanded to CBI custody for five days after he was arrested in Shillong on Tuesday. According to allegation, the Rs 5 lakh bribe amount Dhiman had with him was paid to him by PK Mittal but he denied it when he was brought to produce before a CBI special court in Guwahati on Wednesday.

The scam: It took place in the road construction works by NBCC in Guwahati from 2002-08. Total 261 lanes and by-lanes was constructed and repaired during this period with a fund Rs 22 crore along with 229 by-lanes for Rs 22 crore. Dhiman was the project manager while Mr Mittal was his deputy during this period. Later, Dhiman was transferred to Delhi and Mittal to Shillong.

Media fraternity stressed on 'Peoples Varsity'

22 Jul 2013 - 9:35am | Irfan Khondker

Irrespective of what media house they represent, more than 10 senior journalists from all over the region came together under one roof for a noble cause on Sunday to discuss the need of an educational institute, particularly University, which can be truly said to be a 'Peoples varsity”.

All these members of the media fraternity, gathered in the administrative block of University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) on Sunday in a programme organised to interact with the media for Incorporating Ideas to make USTM a Peoples varsity.

Almost all the media persons agreed on a point that although there is a mushroom growth of institutes all over, particularly in an around Guwahati, there is not are very few institute which has grown up to be called as a 'Peoples Varsity'. But at the same time they said that Education, Research & Development Foundation (ERDF), the initiator of USTM, with its initiative has successfully established many institutes that can be called to be “Peoples” because of its Philanthropic nature.

The Senior Journalists also gave many of their valuable suggestions to make USTM a Peoples varsity. PJ Baruah, Executive Editor of The Assam Tribune said that episode of CMJ University granting PhD Degrees illegally has made it tough for the private Universities to ensure people's confidence. “CMJ is like one rotten egg which is bringing a bad name to every private university. To ensure non repetition of such ill practices in future, the authorities of all the universities must come together to form a vigilant body to keep such activities under scanner. The university authorities must also be in continuous touch with the government authorities and report event the minutest activity of suspiciousness” said Baruah.

Meanwhile, NI Laskar, Executive Editor of Eastern Chronicle, pondered on the issue of responsible reporting when it comes to educational institute, “Because it is not about defaming an organisation but with it is associated the future of hundreds of students and hopes of their parents” said Laskar. He also added, “We the people of media must know clearly what are different agencies, councils and bodies we must be associated to grant a particular degree.”

However, Nava Thakuria, Secretary of Guwahati Press Club, said that the authority of a university must always be available and should be well connected with the media, so that the confusion in the minds of media persons and mass as a whole can be easily removed. “Confusion creates doubt and doubts creates miss leading stories,” said the Secretary of Guwahati Press Club who also added “an organisation, particularly educational institutes have Sundays and other Holidays and Bandhs, but not Media. The Media here has become more Vibrant, Aggressive Sensational and Arrogant, media have become impatient due to the demand of fast dissemination of news. So they do not wait. And with the development of connectivity all over, particularly Social Networking Sites, getting connected with the mass and media is not a problem at all”. He also said about the effective use of media and technology to make USTM a peoples varsity.

Senior Journalist, Samudra Gupta Kashyap of India Express asked USTM to incorporate more industry oriented courses and courses to contribute to the employment generation in the local industry.

Manoj Agasthi of Dainik Purvodaya, Hiren Saikiah of Niyamiya Barta, Jayanta Ghosh, Sub Editor of Dainik Jugasankha, K Chakravarty of Samayik Prasanga and F Mazumder of Dainik Jugasankha also also gave their valuable suggestions and asked the university authority to be more people oriented.

Many other renowned personalities from the media fraternity were also present on the occasion, where the Honourable Chancellor of USTM, Mahbubul Hoque described the objectives of the University as well as its initiator ERDF. He also gave a view of the journey for USTM on its completion of successful one year and described on various affilations, recognisations and NOC's that the University has been awarded to impart quality education in various courses.

PK Abdul Azis, Vice Chancellor USTM, RK Sharmah, Pro-Vice Chancellor, USTM, Alaka Sharma, Dean School of Bussiness Sciences along with other officials of USTM were also present on the occasion of Incorporating Ideas from media fraternity to make USTM a Peoples University.