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Lipid profile tests for Guwahati scribes

Guwahati: Assam’s well known Dispur Hospital organizes a free lipid profile tests for the journalist-members of Guwahati Press Club starting on Monday (9 April). The series of camp will continue for five days till Friday at the press club premises where 20 blood samples will be taken every day (from 12 noon to 1 pm).

It may be mentioned that the lipid profile (lipid panel) test includes various types of blood screenings to measure the level of cholesterol and triglycerides. The tests can identify certain genetic diseases and determine approximate risks for cardiovascular disease, certain forms of pancreatitis, and other related diseases.

In case the number of participants increases (even after screening on 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 April), the city based hospital will resume the screening of blood samples after Bohag Bihu holidays for few more days, informed Dr Jayanta Bardoloi, the managing director of Dispur Hospital adding that all the printed reports would be available at press club office after completion of the series.

Meanwhile, the newly launched Health City Hospital Guwahati conducted the last weekly media OPD clinic at Guwahati Press club on 7 April 2018, where Dr Brajen Lahkar (medicine) from the multi super-speciality hospital offered free consultations to over 30 participants.

The Saturday camp at press club has been organized under the series of ‘Evening with a Doctor’ programs, which was launched in August 2016, for the benefit of press club members along with their dependants. Nurses Sanjrambam Naobi Chanu and Joslyn Ramthermawi along with health workers Surajit Baruah, Aswique Iquball , Bhaskar Saikia, Kongkan Talukdar assisted the physician in the camp. Dr Atanu Barthakur, chief executive officer of the hospital and Manuj Kr Deka, project head also graced the camp.

Till date, the press club initiative has been supported by Apollo Hospitals (Chennai and Guwahati campus), SIMS Chennai Hospital, Manipal Hospital, Fortis Bangalore Hospital, Medanta-the Medicity Hospital, GNRC Hospitals, Down Town Hospitals, Barthakur Clinic, Ayursundra Hospital, Wintrobe Hospital, Nemcare Hospital, Sun Valley Hospital, Excelcare Hospital, Rahman Hospital, Narayana Super-Specialty Hospitals, Swagat Super-Surgical Institute, Sight First eye-clinic, MMC Panbazar etc.

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‘Islamist fundamentalists in Bangladesh a threat to northeast India’

6 Oct 2018 - 8:36am | Nava Thakuria

Guwahati: Rise of Islamist extremism in Bangladesh is not only posing a serious threat to the Muslim dominated country, but also to its neighbouring north-eastern States of India along with West Bengal. Speaking to a group of scribes at Guwahati Press Club from Dhaka through internet on Friday, prominent Bangladeshi journalist Saleem Samad made this comment.

An Ashoka Fellow and Hellman-Hammett Award recipient journalist also added that an upsurge of fundamentalist forces in Bangladesh poses serious threats not only to the religious minority communities there, but also to the secularists, intellectuals and other sects within the Muslim community.

Samad narrated how atheist & secularist bloggers are increasingly becoming the target of the Islamist forces in Bangladesh, which has otherwise slowly (but steadily) marched on the path of becoming a country of one nationality (Bangladeshi), one language (Bengali) and one religion (Islam, more precisely Sunni Muslim).

The outspoken journalist made an observation that due to overwhelming majority of Sunni Muslims in the country, among whom considerable rise of extremism is observed, other minority sects within the Muslim community like Shia, Ahmadiya etc also face serious threat of survival.

Citing how a network of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh was busted in West Bengal few years back, Samad urged the north-eastern States to remain alert about jihadi elements. He revealed that thousands of Bangladeshi youths had already joined various militia groups in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan etc to fight alongside the jihadis there.

Answering queries from Guwahati scribes, the senior journalist reiterated that currently there is no northeastern militants in Bangladesh as the Sheikh Hasina government in Dhaka continues rigorous crackdowns against the outfits. Samad made it clear that Prime Minister Hasina would leave no stone unturned to weep out militancy in the country.

A front runner for media rights, Samad painted a dismal picture of press freedom in Bangladesh, as journalists are frequently targeted by both State and non-State actors. He regretted that though 26 Bangladeshi journalists lost their lives to assailants since 1991, not a single accused has been convicted till date.

In another significant remark, Samad, who works as special correspondent at The Bangladesh Monitor and contributes news-features to India Today, has divulged that none of the Indian leaders visiting Dhaka had taken up the issue of illegal Bangladeshi infiltrators in Assam (India) with their host counterparts.

Speaking about the process of National Register of Citizens updation in Assam, Samad asserted that for the Bangladesh government it is an internal affair of India only and hence it has not made any official statement over the development. He agreed that there were little media coverage in Bangla media over the NRC updation process and its outcome.

Strongly advocating people-to-people contact between Assam (India) and Bangladesh, Samad lamented how the State had missed the bus despite being so closely located, while other States like West Bengal and Tripura were taking several steps to improve connectivity with Bangladesh via railway and roadways.

Advocating a regular bus and air services between Guwahati and Dhaka, Samad opined that trade & commerce along with cultural ties would help in erasing many misconceptions prevailing on both sides. He also claimed that more students and patients are expected to move from here to there & vice versa for better options and would enhance the tourism in both parts of the international divide.

PM for social consciousness in media

29 Nov 2014 - 6:50pm | AT News

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that a newspaper can change the face of society if it aims social consciousness.

In his speech at the platinum jubilee celebration function of the Assam Tribune Group at Machkhowa ITA on Saturday evening, Modi said that news papers are a great force in democracy adding that this force should be retained by the journalists.

Assam Tribune Editor Prafulla Govinda Baruah in his welcome speech gave a brief account of the journey of the 75 year old news paper.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi, Union ministers Kiren Rijiju, Sarbananda Sonowal also shared the dais with the prime minister.

Bodo litearay day observed in Bodoland University

16 Nov 2015 - 11:09pm | Hantigiri Narzary

A lecture on Dr Suniti Kumar Chatterji was organised on the occasion of Bodo Thunlai San(Bodo Literary Day) on 16th November(Monday) at Bodoland University ground in Kokrajhar.

The observation was jointly organised by Bodoland University and Kokrajhar Govt College to mark the Bodo Thunlai San with Dr Dinonath Basumatary in the chair.

Noted writer and Historian Hiracharan Narzinary,retired legal adviser to national housing board Bakul Chnadra Basumatary,Prithiraj Narayan Dev Mech presented papers on the occasion that Dr Chatterji contributed lots towards development of Bodo historical background through his writings.

Prof Hemanta Kumar Baruah,vice-chancellor of Bodoland Univerisity attending the occasion as distinguish guest said that Dr Chatterji was a writer who had authored many books relating Bodo kingdom and historical background in his books.He has lauded that organisers have organised a lecture on Dr Chatterji was a noble venture to honour him which has become a great job.

Dr Binay Kumar Brahma,principal of Kokrajhar Govt College,retired IRS Janaklal Basumatary was prominent attendies on the occasion.

Earlier on the day,Dr Shekar Brahma,registrar of Bodoland University hoisted sabha flag,Prof Hemanta Kumar Baruah,VC BU paid homage to martyrs,Pradip Narayan Dev paid homage to Maharaja Haoria Mech(Mondol),Prithiraj Narayan Dev Mech paid homage to Raja Shikra Mech,Bikramjit Choudhury paid homage to Prithuram Choudhury.