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Holi celebrated with gusto in Udalguri

People from all walks of life - irrespective of caste, colour,community and religion joined in unison to celebrate Holi- the festival of colours with gusto in different parts of Udalguri on Friday.Community celebrations also marked the occasion were the faithfuls took out a procession throughout Tangla town on Friday.Holi revellers specially youths comprising boys and girls were also seen descending on the roads and streets in their hordes and lending a carefree ambience to the celebrations. Young children with their dresses smeared and drenched in Holi colours splashing water baloons at each other presented a lovely picture."Holi is a shared colourful heritage and spirited carnival of the Indian irrespective of faiths " said a school student ,Rashik Khan smeared in Holi colours."Colours bring so much joy,may the cheer of colours always remain in our life",said another school student,Krishnamoni Tanti.The colours of the festival generated an ambience of good will and people participated in different functions that were held on the occasion.

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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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Tales from Jiadhal

Flood early warning system installation by ICIMOD
22 Nov 2015 - 12:13pm | Manas Jyoti Chutia

The flood ravaged people living on the bank of River Jiadhal have dissented the alignment of Jiadhal embankment proposed by the Water Resource Department, Dhemaji.

The ambitious plan with an estimate of Rs. 515 crore aims to set up a new embankment from the foothills of Arunachal Pradesh to Gurathali Chapori.

Jiadhal Nadi Baan Pratirudhi Aikya Mancha, a community organization of Jiadhal basin has expressed its apprehension over the alignment of the proposal.  The disturbance accelerated when a news report in a leading Assamese daily informed of Sumitra Doley Patir’s patronage to the disputed alignment.

The community organization has repudiated the proposal titled “Flood and Erosion Protection Measure; Jiadhal Basin from Foothill to Gurathali Chapori (review)”.

Dhemaji WRD has a long history of using Jiadhal river as a treasure box. In 1983-84, a sum of Rs 38,28,000 was sanctioned for 5 km extension of an existing embankment on Jiadhal basin in phase one and in the following years, Rs 49,84,200 was sanctioned for a 4.965 km extension in its second phase. The sanctioned grant for second phase was totally vaporized producing fake bills, and the extended embankment existed only in paper.

In 2006-07, the Chief Minister inaugurated the same embankment which was now newly extended to 9.5 km using 15 crores granted from North Eastern Council.

The Dhemaji WRD and the assigned contractors made excuses of non-payment of advance sum and no stone spur was installed, leaving the embankment exposed to flood. Consequently, a one km portion of the embankment was washed away in the same year. Flood water of Jiadhal flowing through this breached portion spelled disasters in the villages of Jiadhal, Chamarajan and Pachim Dhemaji panchayats in the following years.

Later, an estimate of Rupees five crore was prepared to repair 400m portion of the embankment breached in 22/08/14 near Barman Gaon. The target was to divert the course of the river through channel cutting and installing coffer dam. A sum of one crore was misused in the project, the coffer dam remained incomplete and above all, it failed to regulate the swelling water. No work under different sections of this scheme has been completed till date. As a follow up, a plan of Rs80 lakhs was prepared for maintenance and repairing of this section during monsoon. 105 nos of bamboo porcupine were installed under this scheme.

The community protested over the channel cutting work and the location of coffer dam when Sumitra Doley Patir, the Dhemaji MLA came to inaugurate the half completed project on 15/03/15. The community leaders were invited to the circuit house to discuss over the issue. Later, the MLA informed the community leaders of handing over the responsibility of this dialogue to the Deputy Commissioner, Dhemaji. JNBPAM decried that people will not forget this deception and will answer the MLA in the next coming election.

The community has demanded to effectively repair the portion of the existing embankment breached in 2007 instead of setting up the much debated new embankment.

The proposed new embankment, if installed, will make 300 families of 9 villages from 2 panchayats vulnerable to flood havoc. This embankment will change the course of the river, and the river will directly hit the exposed villages like Tengapur, Nepali Khuti, Kopahtoli, Changmai Doloni and Garubondha.

 

* Flood early warning system installation by ICIMOD

Hindi-speaking workers hurt in firing

30 Nov 2015 - 11:23pm | Shalini Borgohain

Two persons have been injured when unidentified gunmen attacked a group of workers at a stone crushing site in Dibrugarh district bordering Arunachal Pradesh on Monday.

According to the eyewitnesses, the incident took place in Namrup along the Sivasagar-Dibrugarh districts at 7-50 in the evening when the workers were preparing to leave for homes.

Suddenly, two motor cycle born gunmen halted and fired upon the workers where Sanjay Bharatiya and Gopal Shah fell injured. Then the gunmen vanished from the spot.

The injured were rushed to the Assam Medical College Hospital in critical condition. Policemen have cordoned off the area in search of the militants. No outfit has so far claimed the responsibility. It is suspected to be a handiwork of ULFA-I.

But NSCN-K's role cannot be ruled out as the area bordering Arunachal Pradesh has been a safe haven for the ULFA-I, NSCN-K militants.

The incident took place hours after Kahgen Sarma handed over charge to Mukesh Sahay as director general of police.

Students contribute towards backward village

28 Jul 2016 - 11:47am | Jacob Islary

A team of Indian and Irish students from Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU), India and University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO), Ireland are doing a yeoman service in the backward and less privileged villages of Sonapur located in the outskirt of the city of Guwahati. The team comprises of thirteen Indian and ten Irish students and is a part of the International Student Volunteer Exchange Programme between the two institutions of repute.

‘The programme aims at promoting understanding of multicultural issues and appreciation of cultures, practices and traditions at the global level by creating and providing an environment where volunteers from other nationalities interact, stay and work together in community  with its beauty and challenges’ says Jacob Islary, Asst. Professor of ADBU and coordinator of the programme. ‘We adhere to the principles and values of participatory development process and take into consideration the involvement of the community members as essential stake holders in the process of social and community development’ adds Dr. Riju Sharma, Head and Director School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The students repaired and renovated five anganwadi centers by fitting new GI sheets, painting colourful murals on the walls, provided fans and fitted the floors with vinyl and ser flooring, besides painting murals in two schools and reinstalling a hand pump which is the only source of drinking water to about 200 families of Kachari basti near Sonapur.

The team also organised workshops on health & hygiene, adolescent health, cooperative movement, livelihoods, and mother & child health care for the villagers, and conducted science experiments in the high schools of Kamarkuchi, Sonapur.

While for Ms. Rajkumari Mahato an anganwadi worker of Kailashpur in Sonapu ‘the anganwadi center has received another life from its brokenness’ and expresses happiness ‘of moving back to the center from the temple varendha’ where she used to organise the anganwadi programmes,  for Ms. Sita Rongpi another anganwadi worker of Jargaon village in Kamarkuchi her ‘after the colouful renovation of the anganwadi center level of happiness in teaching increases as she sees the anganwadi children running and pointing at the colourful walls and read the alphabets and count the numbers.’

According to Ms. Krishna Boro a youth leader in Kachari basti ‘the reinstalling of water pump is going to reduce the incidents of various waterborne diseases esp. diarrhea in the locality.’

Mr. Colm Flynn an Irish student commenting on experience of the programme proudly declares that ‘the programme has given experiences that have left imprints to last forever in my life’ and according to Mr. Mrinal Basumatary and Indian student ‘the experience of the programme has given and understanding to look development from a multidimensional perspective which will help in future programme and project planning.’

The exchange programme is in its third year and has renovated thirteen anganwadi centers, painted murals in three schools, installed a hand pump besides setting up of village groups and movements for sustainable livelihoods and a number of awareness programmes and campaigns through various medium like street plays, puppetry and grassroots comics. The fund of the programme is raised entirely by the students themselves and is audited by a Chartered Accountant. Currently a field survey study is being carried out for planning further projects.

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