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EC satisfied with Nagaland poll prep

MARCUS KANYAK

 

KOHIMA: The Election Commission is fully satisfied with the preparations for the February 27 assembly pills in Nagaland.

The commission pined hopes on a free and fair poll when the full bench of the country's poll panel wrapped up its stock taking visit to Kohima on Wednesday.

Led by CEC OP Rawat, the bench which already visited Tripura is assessing the poll preparations in Nagaland on Wednesday. The trio talked to the top officials in the Nagaland capital city of Kohima  who have been attached with the poll duties. Further, the poll panel delegation is meeting the representatives of the major political parties. Rawat and his team is visiting Shillong on Thursday where they would be meeting the poll officials and political party leaders. Both the north eastern states are going to the assembly polls on February 27.

 

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AASU protest in Namrup

3 Aug 2017 - 6:23pm | Akshaya Pranab Kalita

The All Assam Students Union (AASU) Namrup unit staged a protest in front of the main gate of Assam Petrochemical Limited (APL) in Namrup on Thursday demanding continuation of  the APL L.P. school.  and to remove the labour camp set up inside the school. The protesters destroyed the camp. 

Bongeet album ‘suwadi xuriya subakh’ released

21 Aug 2019 - 9:20am | Prantik Deka

The unique Bongeets, created by Bonkonwar Anandiram Das, are a beautiful blend of Bihu tunes with other native songs, and they resonated with the people of Assam, irrespective of age or musical preference. It was through these exquisite songs and lyrics that Bonkonwar interpreted his experiences, which also reflected much of the feelings of common people, while also depicting Nature in all its bounty. He breathed new life into Assamese music and the fresh appeal of the songs made them hugely popular among the masses. Bonkonwar employed the pastoral convention to talk about the hopes and aspirations of the rural folk, and through it, connected to larger humanity as well, in the hallowed tradition of pastoral poetry in the West. He has penned well over a thousand Bongeets, which has not only enriched our music, but has also reflected the uniqueness of Assamese culture. The world is, indeed, a better place when the richness of indigenous music is preserved and promoted.

Recently, a new Bongeet album ‘Xuwadi Xuriya Xubakh’ was released by eminent musician Anupam Chowdhury on the occasion of Bonkonwar’s 50th death anniversary at the Guwahati Press Club amidst an august gathering. The eight songs in the album, beautifully rendered by the artiste-couple Kripamoy Das and Dhritishree Devi, is a musical feast for listeners, includes songs such as O’ Bulu Xeujiya, Axomor Xuwani, Baa O’ Boliya, Luitor Xuwani O’, O’ Rupahi, among others, which are likely to touch the hearts of many listeners.  

Produced under the banner of P K D Production, the songs have been composed by noted musicians Diganta Sarma, Abhijit Barman, Diganta Bharati and Rupam Talukdar. The release function began with the lighting of the traditional lamp by Arabinda Pathak before the portrait of Bonkonwar. He is actively involved in teaching and preserving these traditional songs with their simple lyrics.

Pathak, during his inaugural speech, said that as long as the songs of Bonkonwar continue to appeal to the listeners, Bonkonwar’s memory will remain alive in the hearts and minds of people. He strongly believes that Bonkonwar's extraordinary artistic legacy needs to be preserved and promoted. Pathak also showered praises on Kripamoy Das and Dhritishree Devi, who have made quite an effort to grasp the finer nuances and details under his tutelage. The Bongeet album also owes its making to Munindra Kumar Saikia, who is personally and passionately involved in preserving and promoting the tradition of Bongeets. Its important that as artistes, one remains true to the purity of Bongeets, without deviating from its essence.

The album release and commemoration programme was also attended by Professor Sashindra Kumar Kakoty, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, noted artistes JP Das, Samar Hazarika, eminent lyricist-writer Kirtikamal Bhuyan, noted singer Meera Das Saharia, Munindra Saikia, among others. ‘Xuwadi Xuriya Xubakh’ has been also enriched by the contributions of several well-known musicians like Dilip Mazumdar, Bhaskar Ojah, Simanta Barua, Raja Barua, Tapan Das, Utpal Bora, Parameshwar Basumatary and Dibyajyoti Changmai.

Citizens urge Govt to stop arms sales to Burma

4 Jul 2009 - 12:16pm | Nava Thakuria

A roundtable meeting at Guwahati Press Club on Saturday urged the Government of India to stop forthwith all arms sales to the military rulers of Burma, who use these weapons to suppress the ever-growing movement for democracy in the country. The well-attended meeting, organized by the Burma Centre Delhi and Journalists’ Forum, Assam, also demanded immediate release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all other political prisoners in Burma. In a resolution, the meeting urged New Delhi to review its policy on Burma to facilitate restoration of democracy in the South East Asian country.

The speakers were of the opinion that trade relations between India and Burma should not be at the cost of the democratic movement in that country. They urged New Delhi to allow the Burmese exiles to continue with their political activities in India. India should have a non-discriminatory refugee policy as early as possible, another resolution said.

The participants decided to get organized in a forum titled “North-east India Forum for Democracy in Burma.” The forum will provide space for the people of Burma and Northeast India to join hands to continue the campaign against Burma’s military rulers. Meanwhile, in a message sent to the organizers, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) expressed their support to the democracy movement in Burma and demanded release of Suu Kyi with other political prisoners. The message was conveyed by Dr Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya, AASU advisor and NESO convenor.

Those, who attended the meeting, included Dr Alana Golmei, Htun Htun and M. Kim from Burma Centre Delhi, Rupam Baruah, Hiten Mahanta, Biman Hazarika, Nava Thakuria, Ranen Kumar Goswami, Sabita Lahkar, Anita Kalita Goswami from Journalists’ Forum, Assam, social activists Jayanta Gogoi, Jayanta Barman, Chakreswar Goswami, Kishore Giri, Dr Jagandindra Roy Choudhury, Anup Sarma, Mitali Konwar, Gitali Saikia and Kaveri Mahanta.