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Blockade hits train services

Kokrajhar: Normal train services remained heavily disrupted in BTAD areas on Friday when AKRSU blocked the rail tracks in Kokrajhar reiterating demands for ST status and separate Kamatapur statehood.

The 12 hour blockade which started at 5 in the morning forced the Northeast Frontier Railways to cancel atleast a dozen trains which included Dhubri Kamakhya passenger, Bongaigaon NJP passenger, Demo Passenger, NJP Lumding intercity. 

Flashing banners and placards, hundreds of protestors squatted along the tracks to block the movement of all up and down trains from 5 in the morning causing immense suffering for the passengers.
Several trains have been remaining stranded at various stations for this logjam. The  Tribandrum express (12507) remains unmoved at Fakiragram Up Dadar express (15645)at Kamakhyaguri stations.

The AKRSU leaders slammed government for not initiating measures to solve the demand and issues of the Koch Rajbonhshi communities in the state

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World Deaf Week - Vaani Launch

28 Sep 2008 - 5:24pm | sauquat
On the 27th of September, 2008, Guwahati marked the celebration of World Deaf Week with the launch of the Chapter of Vaani (Deaf Children’s Foundation) held at Guwahati Gymkhana, Guwahati.

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs. Inky Sen, Programme Officer, VAANI, Kolkata stated that “VAANI, Deaf Children's Foundation hopes to bring issues around deafness to the forefront during this week with various activities planned to raise the awareness of the general public. VAANI hopes to also get the attention of corporate groups who can support us in our activities”. India celebrates Deaf Awareness Week in the last week of September. The last Saturday in September, that is 27th of the month this year, is celebrated as World Deaf Day.

“Deaf children do not gain access to language in the same way as hearing children”, Mrs. Sen said. During this World Deaf Week, “the VAANI team will be visiting prominent English and regional-language schools in Kolkata and Guwahati to conduct a programme on awareness about childhood deafness and the emotional and social needs of deaf children”. “We feel it is important that children themselves understand the problems their deaf peers face”

VAANI, Deaf Children's Foundation will also be coordinating a meeting with some prominent personalities in Assam to garner support and create a resource base for VAANI’s activities in the State on World Deaf Day.

VAANI, Deaf Children's Foundation will also be coordinating a meeting between parents of deaf children and heads of some prominent schools in Kolkata to discuss the special needs of deaf children in educational institutions.

VAANI, Deaf Children's Foundation is supporting an annual awareness programme for students of regular schools, coordinated by Anwesha, a registered group of parents of deaf children, on 26 September 2008 at the Jadavpur University campus. This meeting will also include an elocution competition for deaf and hearing children from regular schools.

VAANI representatives will also be present at the launch of an information kiosk at the Dr. S.R.Chandrasekhar Institute of Speech and Hearing in Bangalore. This kiosk, which will be providing information on issues around deafness to families of deaf children and deaf adults, is being set by the Institute with support from VAANI, Deaf Children's Foundation. World Deaf Week 08 was felt to be an appropriate time for launching this kiosk which will be an invaluable information provider.

In Gujarat, VAANI’s technical partner SSGB Vidyavihar School in Nadiad will be organising a parents’ meeting, a rally and other events to spread awareness about deafness during the World Deaf Week.

About VAANI, Deaf Children's Foundation

VAANI, Deaf Children’s Foundation (earlier known as IDCS-India) is a registered Trust and works to empower deaf children and their families across India. VAANI’s role is to act as a catalyst. Rather than delivering services, VAANI supports the development of accessible sustainable services for deaf children and their families whilst working closely with the overall development strategies of the country. VAANI works with local organisations to build on existing good practices, develop a resource base and understand what works for deaf children and their families in India. All of VAANI’s work is need-based and our strategy responds to gaps in the current system identified through state level feasibility studies and baseline surveys, using a participatory approach with active participation of all stakeholder groups.

VAANI, Deaf Children's Foundation is working on projects in West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka, Meghalaya and Gujarat.

Gibbon Conservation training to forest staff

6 Jun 2012 - 9:06pm | editor

Aaranyak & Gibbon Conservation Centre in collaboration with Assam Forest Department, Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department with the financial support from US Fish & Wildlife Service are organising week long training programme for the foresters of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in five batches during the year 2012.

Each of the batches will consist of 20 participants and duration of the course is week-long and residential. A wide range of related topic areas are covered including, Biodiversity in Northeast India and conservation, Primates Conservation in Northeast India with special reference to Hoolock gibbon, Gibbon census or population estimation, Gibbon data collection, maintaining & reporting, techniques of floristic study, Gibbon habitat characteristic and restoration, population and habitat monitoring, Gibbon rescue and rehabilitation, Global Positioning System & use in field, and Legal Orientation (Wildlife Laws and its application). This course had provided participants with an initial understanding of the basic principles of primatology, experience with the methods and techniques used in field research. The course consists of daily lectures and field exercises.

First Hoolock gibbon conservation training was inaugurated on May 22, 2012 by Dr. Dilip Chetry, Programme Head, Primate Research & Conservation Initiatives of Aaranyak, a society for Biodiversity conservation in Northeast India based at Guwahati and also Executive Director, Gibbon Conservation Centre.

Dr. Chetry welcomed all the participants and requested them to make use of this training to enhance their knowledge of conservation of Hoolock gibbon. There were 15 foresters from different part of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh attending the week- long conservation training programme.

Gibbon Conservation Centre Professor P.C. Bhattacharjee, former head Department of Zoology and wildlife expert of NE India. Dr. J. Biswas of Primate Research Centre; Mr. Gunin Saikia ACF of Sivasagar Forest Division; N.K.Malakar, DFO, Jorhat. Dr Jayanta Das, WADT; Dr. Dilip Chetry, Dr.Anjan Kr. Talukdar, Dr. Pranab Bujar Baruah of Handique Girls College, Dr. Rekha Chetry of J.N.College, Mr. Arup Kr.Das of Aaranyak and Mr. K. Ghosh of Nakachari College , Advocate Ajay Kr. Das of Gauhati High were resource persons in the week-long training.

During the convocation ceremony of the 1st training held at Gibbon Conservation Centre with Dr Dilip Chetry in the chair, Mr.Naba Kr. Malakar; DFO of Jorhat Forest Division said that only ape of Assam, Western Hoolock Gibbon is an important indicator of our bio-diversity and without proper awareness education and training of the foresters it is not possible to save the habitat of this endangered species. Mr.Malakar in his speech appreciated the activities done by Aaranyak & Gibbon Conservation Centre for the awareness and conservation of Western Hoolock Gibbon and socio-economic development of the fringe area of the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary and also requested the trainees to make proper use of the training while discharging their duty in the field.

B.N. Dutta, ACF, Jorhat also requested the trainee to take the positive message for the conservation of gibbon. On the occasion Dr. Dilip Chetry said that it was the first combined training on Hoolock gibbon Conservation in India organized for forest officials ( foresters of Assam & Arunachal Pradesh) for conservation of Western Hoolock Gibbon in particular and other wildlife in general. He also stressed the important the trainees are expected to play in the near future for the conservation of Hoolock gibbon through a community-based approach and also requested the trainees to carry the slogan “SAVE FOREST SAVE GIBBON” along . On the end of the meeting, certificate, books, CDs and posters were hand over to the trainees. Participants of different forest divisions talked their experiences gathered during the training. Kumud Ghosh presented the vote of thanks to those who helped directly and indirectly to complete the training.

Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary in Jorhat district of Assam is the only protected area in India exclusively meant for conservation of a primate species. The sanctuary with seven species of primate including Western Hoolock Gibbon (Hoolock hoolock) is one of the highest primates diverse areas in the country. Western Hoolock Gibbon is one of the two apes found in Assam which is distributed only in southern bank of the mighty river Brahamaputra.

Gibbon Conservation Centre was established in the year 2004 with a mission of carrying out research, training and conservation activities in Northeast India which also one of the field stations of Aaranyak for primates research and conservation.

Chopper suspense over; Joshi spotted

12 Aug 2015 - 8:37pm | AT News

Marking an end to the eight day long suspense, lifeless Kamalesh Joshi along with two others have been recovered from a dense jungle in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday.

 Braving an inclement weather, the commandos of the High Altitude Warfare School located the decomposed bodies of the Tirap Deputy Commissioner along with and pilots MS Brar and Rajeev Hoskote at a dense jungle.

The highly-trained commandos of the HAWS in Jammu and Kashmir reached the spot where the debris of the chopper had been spotted on Monday. bodies have been spotted. The commandos are cautiously moving on foot to retrieve them for airlifting to Khonsa.