Golaghat — The Departments of Political Science and Sociology at Don Bosco College Golaghat organised a national seminar entitled ‘Conflicts in South Asia: It’s Consequences and Implications’ in collaboration with Salesian College Sonada Darjeeling from 16 to 17 March 2018.
Peace activist and socio-cultural academician Prof. Thomas Menamparampil graced the event as chief guest.
Prof. Menamparampil, the Chief Guest of the seminar, spoke on a need to build up a “Thought Bank” that will lead to Dialogue and a sense of Co-Belonging – Working for peace. He emphasised the need to promote inter culture communication in which one is able to understand the other and come together through culture translators. It is also important he said to gather people together around great values and high ideals. He invited every community to contribute from its own resources “as we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny”.
Dr. Pius V Thomas, from Dept of Philosophy, Assam University, Silchar delivering the key note address spoke on “Conflicting Communities to Conversing Cosmo-polities: Counterfactual Ideals against Conflicts” and invited the participants to talk seriously about peace and real conflict resolution where the strangest of the strangers are welcomed.
Principal Dr Jose Palely informed that 37 institutions and universities across the country took part and 67 abstract papers were received in the seminar.
Soon after the inaugural programme, the participants went to three parallel technical sessions charied by Dr. Pius V Thomas and Dr. Tarun Gogoi and Principal of Salesian College Sonada Dr. George Thadathil.
“Each paper presenter was given 7 minutes to present the paper and the participants were given 3 minutes to clarify doubts about the paper,” said Seminar Coordinator Dr. Konsam Jenny.
Guests of honor included Principal Debraj Roy College, Golaghat Dr. Putul Saikia, and Fr. Nebu Mathew Palackal who gave fresh insights in conflict resolution.
President of the inaugural session Provincial of Dimapur Salesian province Fr. Nestor Guria spoke on the need to understand the conflict situation and intervene meaningfully by focusing on peace and peace education.
Asst. Prof Aparna Borchetia and Asst. Prof Lily Toppo from the Department of Sociology compared the inaugural session.
Members of All Assam Student Union (AASU) seized the alleged low quality furniture supplied during the year 2007 by the Education Department to one of its model schools at Bangsor Higher Secondary School under Jalukbari Constituency on 01-04-08. It is mentionable that, during the year 2007 Education Department supplied furniture worth around Rs.3,80,000 to each Model Schools of Assam aiming for the improvement of the educational infrastructure of the state.
AASU today raided various models schools of Assam.
Jorhat turns into a hotspot for business tycoons from many parts of the globe as the international trade fair is underway.
Business tycoons from Afghan, Myanmar, Nepal along with other parts of the world are attending in the mega commercial event which got off to a colourful start on Thursday.
In his opening speech, chief minister Tarun Gogoi tried his best to woo the investors citing comfortable situation and potentials.
Nepal’s Acting Ambassador to India Krishna Prasad Dhakal Ambassador to India from Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Myanmar’s Sagaing Region Minister for Electricity and Industry U Kyaw Win were among those who listened to Gogoi.
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi stressed investment from Myanmar, Thailand, Nepal, Afghanistan and other South East Asian countries to explore the potential of trade and commerce in the state.
Gogoi who opened the Assam-International Trade and Industrial Fair (AITIF) in the glittering function assured the neighbouring nations of all kinds of support for investment.
Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA), while expressing serious concern over repeated attacks on working journalists across India, insisted on honoring media wisdom by both media and non-media entities. The scribe’s body reiterated that as the journalists enjoy the right to ask questions for information, the others should have the opportunity to criticize the media persons as well.
It may be noted that following the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's long interview by Smita Prakash, editor of Reuters' partner Asian News International (ANI), which was subsequently telecast by various news channels on 1 January 2019, criticisms erupted against the interviewer that she left many hard issues from discussing.
Even the Indian NationalCongress president Rahul Gandhi termed the ANI interviewer as a pliable journalist while addressing a press conference in the national capital, which was strongly denounced by the Editors Guild of Indiaover the use of word like pliable by the law maker.
"We believe journalists should claim no immunity from healthy and civilized criticism. At the same time, labeling of journalists has emerged as a favorite tactic on the part of the establishment to discredit, delegitimize and intimidate them,” said a statement of Editors Guild.
Various other journalist associations came out with strong words against the Congress president for his remark against the ANI editor as perhaps ‘she conducted an interview with a rival political leader’. It’s unwarranted and unbecoming of a senior leader of a national political party, they asserted.
“JFA argues that journalists should not bother about critical comments from the politicians (or anybody),” said a statement issued today JFA president Rupam Barua and secretary Nava Thakuria adding that ‘it always believes in continue working with a clear mission to safeguard the interest of the nation in particular and the human race in general’.