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In a bid to enlighten the journalists,media researchers,journalism studenrs on fact-checking to ultimately identify fake photos, videos and other contents spreading misinformation and fake news in social media and news specifically ahead of the Lok Sabha Election 2019 round the corner the Google News Initiative, in partnership with DataLeads and Internews, held a day long training titled 'PollCheck: Covering India’s Election' at Grand Bhabendra Alay Hotel hall in Guwahati on Saturday.In the workshop, Google-certified trainers imparted the participants through different tools and strategies to identify fake news and debunk it.The main topics covered were tools of online verification and fact-checking, journalist digital safety and security, YouTube for elections coverage and data visualization for elections.

The event participated by more than 40 participants included senior journalists,editors,photojournalists,media researchers and journalism students from Cotton University,Guwahati University,Assam Don Bosco University,Royal Global University among others." It is a part of Pan-India initiative of Google News Initiative Training Network to support quality journalism and to curb the spread of disinformation and fake news in the country,” a trainer said. It is pertinent here to mention that the Google News Initiative is hosting training sessions in 30 cities between February 26 - April 6, 2019, across the country in English, Hindi, Malayalam, Bangla, Kannada, Gujarati, Odia, Tamil, Telugu, and Marathi.

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Recipient of The Annual Colosseum Awards 2014 & 2015 (by The Assam Tribune group), Shajid Khan is a journalist based in Tangla.In his stint of journalistic experience he has contributed numerous political, socio-political stories for bountiful national,international as well as Assam based publications. He also pens down analytic commentary on print and web based publications.

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Jeevan Study reveals daily lifestyle of youth

8 May 2016 - 2:13pm | AT News

Volunteers’ association Jeevan Initiative has conducted a study based on a survey among the youths studying in various colleges and universities in Guwahati regarding their daily lifestyle. Interesting facts have emerged out of its findings mostly about their social media behavior. The study findings have been made public today.

30% male and 24% female in the city go to their bed after 12 midnight. Among them 8-9% go to bed after 2 am. The survey has found that 40-41% youth surf social networking sites just before going to bed. 66% female and 35% male has a habit of afternoon nap. Whereas 7% female and 11% male wake up only after 8 am.

52% female, 38% male start their day with social networking sites
65% female, 56% male cannot survive a single day without a mobile
Around 50% male students admitted of consuming harmful substances

Of those surveyed, 52% female and 38% male start their day with Facebook or Whatsapp. Interestingly, 12-17% youth spend more than 9 hours in these social networking sites.

In this age of internet, how many days can a youth survive without their mobile phones? 65% female and 56% male responded that they couldnot survive even a single day. It is also worth mentioning that 10-18% youth admitted that they had been using these sites even during their classes. 30% female and 11% male admitted that the first image that appears before them if they felt hungry was fast-food. 9% female were found to drink less than liter water daily. 10-11% youth spend more than 3000 rupees monthly in the restaurants.

There comes an alarming fact that 10% female and around 50% male student admitted of consuming harmful substances of intoxication, out of them a substantial percentage spend monthly up to 3000 rupees in buying these substances.

Of those surveyed 72-77% youth watch around 10 films a month in their mobile or computer screen. Most of them however could not remember if they watch any Assamese film ever.

Of total monthly expenditure, 5-9% spends more than 10,000 rupees whereas 23% male and 14% female spend 5000-10000 a month. Out of which, 14-15% youth spend more than 1000 rupees in their monthly cosmetics.

The survey consisting of 29 questions is one-of-its kind in Assam. Detailed report with analysis will be published in Jeevan magazine edited by Suresh Ranjan Goduka. It may be mentioned here that volunteers and coordinators of Jeevan Initiative supervised by Dr. Karabee Mahanta surveyed students of colleges and universities in Guwahati around various campus, library, canteen, meeting points etc. The survey was conducted as per statistical format with 1573 random sample size.

Poll related steps of Udalguri district administration appreciated

18 May 2011 - 12:34am | Jayanta Kumar Das

The media fraternity of Udalguri district have appreciated the district civil and police administration for initiating a few novel steps during the Assam assembly election and counting of votes on May 13. No occurrence of any kind of pre or post poll violence has justified the steps taken by Thaneswar Malakar,DC and Debajit Deuri,SP of the district.Both print and electronic media personal from places like Kalaigaon, Khoirabari, Bhergaon, Tangla,Udalguri,Mazbat and Orang have expressed satisfaction at the special arrangements for the polling and counting.The Media Centre, headed by Executive Magistrate Palas Ahom Rajkumar, had been equipped with television ,fax,computer with internet services for the media personal.In the morning of the counting day on May 13,para military personal refused entry of journalists with camera in to the counting hall.But at the intervention of the DC, camera was allowed as per guide line of the Election commission. For the first time in the district a VIP hall was set up within the counting complex for all the contesting candidates.The room was furnished with AC,television and sofas. Rihon Daimari,BPF MLA from Udalguri LAC (who had been the PHE Minister in the last assembly) and other BPF winning MLAs namely-Kamali Basumatari (Paneri LAC) and Rakheswar Brahma (Mazbat LAC) thanked Udalguri district administration for all the excellent arrangements.

It needs to mention that setting a good example,the Udalguri district administration had organised a ceremony at the end of the counting of votes and certificates to winning candidates were awarded.The district administration also felicitated both the Election Observers with gamocha,xarai and japi as token of memory.The Udalguri DC told this correspondent that he would soon convey a meeting with all the four newly elected representatives of the four LACs of the district namely -Kalaigaon ,Paneri, Udalguri and Mazbat to discuss burning problems of the district.He said that the media personal of the whole district would also be invited to the meeting.

On the other hand Debajit Deuri,SP,Udalguri thanked media for support and cooperation during poll and counting.On the occasion he said that Udalguri police would soon launch a massive campaign against with-hunting practice in the district and sought cooperation of media to curb the social evil.

Zero tolerance to terror: Rajnath

25 Dec 2014 - 5:34pm | AT News

Union home minister Rajnath Singh reiterated zero tolerance to the militant activities two days after NDFB-S militants killed at least 70 Adivasi people in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts. During his visit to the trouble-hit areas in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur districts on Thursday, Singh asked the state government to firmly deal with the militant activities. Moreover, he asked chief minister Tarun Gogoi to set up relief camps for the victims’ family members and the panic stricken people. Singh urged the people to exercise maximum restraint and to ensure that these cycle of violence is not allowed to take communal line. Accompanied by minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju, minister of state for tribal affairs Jual Ornam and chief minister Tarun Gogoi, Singh left for Sonitpur district and visited the trouble areas. They further talked to the local residents and victims’ family members. Then they left for Kokrajhar to visit the trouble torn areas to take stock of the situation in the afternoon. He said that the government won’t allow terror activities to rule the roost. He further assured Gogoi of more assistance if need be. Singh wrapped up his visit after holding a press conference in Guwahati towards the evening.