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Sericulture exhibition at Udalguri

TANGLA: The sericulture exhibition cum demonstration programme concluded in Udalguri with all success. Jointly rganised by Directorate of Sericulture BTC and Central Silk Board for the silk worm rearers of Baksa, Darrang and Udalguri, the event drew huge response at all levels.

 BTC EM of the sericulture Deven Boro, opened the event to be graced by former director of central silk board ,Dr. Kanika Trivedi lauded the efforts of BTAD districts specifically Udalguri which has been excelling as a model district in the entire region not only in eri and muga but also in mulberry silk production.


Minister of State for PHE and Food and Civil Supply,Rihon Daimari formally opened a multi end reeling unit for the production of high quality international grade raw silk . More than five hundred sericulture division from the three districts  mostly women partcipated in the event.


 The Bodo belt is the largest producer of eri raw silk in Assam after Karbi Along. A total land area of 2,895 hectares is covered under muga, eri and mulberry silkworm food plant in the BTAD with 51,195 families being directly involved in sericulture.

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Jantee inches closer to INTMS2 title

10 Sep 2016 - 9:56am | Syed Miraz Ahmed

It was in July when Assam Times'  Syed Miraz Ahmed chatted up with Jantee Hazarika, the dusky model from Assam when she made it to the Top 10 at India’s Next Top Model Season 2 launched by MTV. Now after over a month of rigorous training, challenging photoshoots, tasks, episodes and the rush to do better than before, a vivacious, frank Jantee Hazarika is pitted against two contenders at Top 3. Syed tries to catch up on some tid bits before the grand finalé.

After a month long journey competing against the best aspiring models in the country, India’s Next Top Model Season 2 has finally found its Top 3.  Bong beauty Subhamita Banerjee, pride of North East (Guwahati) Jantee Hazarika and army girl Pranati Prakash from Patna are the top three who will be elbowing each other for the coveted title during the forthcoming finalé.

The three contestants competed from strength to strength and faced each task with panache. From posing on a horse to doing aerial acrobatics and shooting with a tarantula, Subhamita, Pranati and Jantee feared nothing and were keen on making it to the top. Meticulously chosen by the the very best in the industry- Lisa Haydon, Dabboo Ratnani, Anusha Dandekar and Neeraj Gaba; the Top 3 makes for a rather interesting mix.

Subhamita, the crazy curly haired firebrand, Pranati, the bubbly girl next door and Jantee, the dusky temptress make for strong contenders at Top 3 for the second season of India’s Next Top Model. As it gets to the final lag of the competition, it apperas to be a tough call for the panelists to decide on who the winner shall be. The grand finalé slated for Sunday, September 11 will give India its next supermodel!

Like last season this year too the Top 3 models of India’s Next Top Model Season 2 walked the runway for the Lakmé Fashion Week. This time it was during Payal Khandwala’s Lakmé Salon Bridal Show for the ongoing Lakmé Fashion Week held in Mumbai recently. It will be interesting to find out who walks away with the crown from among the three finalists who carry distinctive personalities and qualities.

Here’s Syed following Jantee meantime.

Syed: What happened since we last talked?

Jantee: We went through a lot of challenges. Among all was a fire round. The final photo shoot concept of Yin & Yang for the Top 3 was something that threw a strong challenge. We had to shoot with gorgeous Lisa Haydon to appear like Yin & Yang. It was in all ways a big deal for us to chance to shoot alongside her. She is the judge and an anchor too. She immensely helped us correct our expressions and poses. I posed with her as much as I can making use of her presence as though she were a co-contestant. I was running high fever at 104 degrees but had in mind to give my very best before I rest. I actually aced the challenge and gave the best capture making it to the Top 3 in the elimination round. It indeed is a big deal for me because in the second episode I did not ace any of the challenges. I thank God, I proved myself. Lisa and Gaba were very happy. It was good to see them happy and  proud of me.

Syed: How does it feel being at Top 3?

Jantee: It feels great. Recounting when I was among the Top 10, I would be at the bottom and people would think I do not deserve to be around and that I am not good enough or I am not giving my best. But I gave my best all time. I worked hard and that is why Lisa once told me that she kept me in the show beacuse she saw me working hard. I proved myself when the challenge to shoot with Lisa came about with time. I am proud and I am showing off! (Laughs)

Syed: How has been your fan following so far?

Jantee: Amazing! My fan following was’nt much earlier. After I topped I noticed an increase in my fan following with 2.4k followers on Instagram!

Syed: What if you win the show?

Jantee: Obviously I’ll be the first Assamese girl and first Northeast Indian to win the show. But my mother says winning is not important if one wins and gains nothing; it’s not enough. Even the judges here feel the same. Though winning is not priority but yes I would love to be the first Northeast Indian girl to win INTM.

Syed: You have proved time and again that a dusky complexion can make it.

Jantee: Yes. As I said earlier, I had issues because of it and being at Top 3 matters a lot to me.

Syed: Tell me something you did not share earlier.

Jantee: I began to receive support from people of Northeast India but not necessarily from those outside the region. It is all in the perception of beauty in the country. A fair girl with long hair is considered pretty but not a brown girl with short cropped hair. In the northeast girls crop their hair and are trendy. In most states of India its the staple churidar, shalwar, a cute dress and make up which works and not the other way round. Hey! I’m different. In northeast India we are different. We style ourselves. We experiment!

Syed: With most of the tranings over, what’s all left for the finalé?

Jantee: We got to work on our personalities, perfect our walks and I need to gym it out. For the finalé on Sep 11 we will walk the ramp at the Lakmé Fashion Week.

Social Science conference on Nov 18-20

18 Nov 2016 - 12:13am | AT News

The tenth national  conference on social science titled “Re-imagining Social Science Researches: Global Context, National Perspectives and Regional Priorities” is going to be held on November 18-20. Organised by North Eastern Institute of Cultural Research, Guwahati, this research based conference is in academic collaboration with various regional research institutes of  the country. This conference s expected to be attended by over 70 delegates, many of whom are well known sociologists, anthropologists and Professors/authors who are making a commendable contribution to the Social Science research output today.

Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati Archdiocese will be  the Chief-Guest. Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil SDB will address the scholarly gathering after receiving Sanskriti Emeritus Fellow Life Time Achievement Award 2016. Prof. Dr. Stephen Mavely, VC, Assam Don Bosco University; Prof. Mridul Hazarika, VC, Gauhati University; Prof. Dhruba Jyoti Saikia, VC, Cotton College State University, Fr. Augustine P.A. SVD the chairperson of Sanskriti also will attend as guests of honour. Prof. A. C. Sinha, New Delhi, Dr. Walter Fernandes, Dr. R.P. Athparia, both from NESRC, Prof. S. R. Mondal of North Bengal University and Prof. Vijoy S. Sahay of Ranchi University will deliver special lectures. Prof. Stephen Fuchs Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Joachim Andrade SVD a well known anthropologist from Brazil while Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Memorial Lecture by Dr. Dilip K. Kalita, director, ABILAC, Guwahati and 4th  Prof. Bhupen Mohan Das Memorial Lecture 2016 by Dr. Bhaskar Das, DHSK, Dibrugarh will also be special events of the seminar,

Prof. A. C. Bhagabati, Director, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, NERC, Guwahati will preside over the Inaugural Session. Dr Melvil Pereira and Dr. Paul Pudussery will deliver the Keynote Address and Valedictory Lecture respectively. Fr. Manoj Antony SVD will deliver the welcome address and Dr. K. Jose SVD, director of Sanskriti will host the program.

Land Rights Committee visits Kokrajhar

16 Mar 2017 - 4:35pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

The chairman of Committee for Land Rights of Indigenous People of Assam and former chief election commissioner(CEC) of India Hari Shankar Brahma to visited in Kokrajhar,heart of BTAD administration to take stock about land rights of the indigenous peoples in BTAD region.

Several social and students unions,including All Bodo Students Union,Tribal Sangha demanded protection of tribal belt & blocks and eviction the illegally encroached of protected area across the state.

Brahma, was accompanied with two other members of the committee-Shridhar Dahotia,historian and Ajay Kumar Dutta,former MLA.The committee first held meeting with high officials of district administration,BTC Principal Secretary to take stock about present scenerio of indigenous peoples’ land status. Several organisations that included ABSU,Tribal Sangha,Bodoland Janajati Suraksha Mancha,MLA,ex-MLAs,BPF,UPPL,BTC executive members Rajib Brahma,Doneswar Goyary,Alindra Mushahary,Mrithyunjay Narzary met the committee at Kokrajhar Circuit House and discussed about protection of tribal belt & blocks that are meant for protected area for indigenous peoples.

The organisations submitted memorandum to the committee, demanded early eviction drive against illegally encroached in the protected area.

 Brahma,told the media persons after the meeting that the committee visited Kokrajhar to assess about land rights of the indigenous peoples.The committee has been assessing totally protection of the indigenous peoples’ land in the state.The committee will submit its reports by 100 days to the government and government will take necessary steps while protection of indigenous people’s land.

“We come here to assess protection of land rights of indigenous peoples in Assam wich also include our BTAD.We have 78,000 sq.kms. land areas in Assam, of which 16 lakhs families are farmers, 28 thousand lands are meant for crops. Several land area like forest land,grazing land,community,wetland, lands are included in the entire state. No survey of settlement was held in Assam since 70 years across the state’,Brahma said. Survey is the main required to know about present position of lands.There is report about tribal belt & blocks are illegally occupied.As per chapter X of 1886 revenue act,no non tribal peoples can buy land of indigenous peoples. We are taking stock about present land status of the indigenous peoples. We will submit committees’ report by 100 days to the state government.Government of Assam will take stern steps if there found illegally encroached along protected areas in the state. Equity and justice is also necessary measures of the committee. Committee will highlight totally protection of the indigenous peoples’ land,he said.

 Lawrence Islary,general secretary,ABSU,Ranjit Kumar Borgoayry,ex-president of Tribal Sangha demanded fully protection of tribal belt and blocks. They also urged the government to take stern measures  to evict against illegally encroached peoples in protected area.

Alindra Mushahary,BTC executive member said that the tribal belt & blocks must be protected and committees’ report will be implemted properly.He has hailed committee’s visit in Kokrajhar.