Guwahati: Applications from competent reporter-journalists are invited for the 3rd GNRC media fellowship 2007-08 to study the healthcare scenario in Northeast India. The three-month long fellowship, conceived by Dr NC Borah, CMD of GNRC hospital and implemented with the help of Guwahati Press Club, is open to all mid-career journalists based in the region. The applicant must be a working journalist and have experiences for at least three years in any filed of print, visual or web journalism. The fellows will receive Rs 10,000 (ten thousand only) per month that would commence from December 1, 2007.
The number of fellows has been increased this time to five, where two seats will be reserved for journalists of other Northeastern states. Till date, seven journalists of Guwahati have successfully completed the GNRC media fellowship. The submitted reports of the fellows will be compiled in a book form, stated in release issued by the GPC secretary, Nava Thakuria.
Interests journalists are requested to send their applications with a brief CV, a proposal of around 500 words (narrating why he/she is interested to join the fellowship program) and a letter from the concerned editor (ensuring that he/she would arrange space for publication of the articles prepared by the fellows during the program) to the Secretary, Guwahati Press Club, Guwahati-781001 (ph. 0361 2630963) on or before October 20, 2007. No applicants will be entertained after the date, added in the statement.
There isa no let up in the over all flood situation in Assam where surface communication still remains disrupted in the worst hit Lakhimpur and Dhemaji district. The situation took a grim turn on Thursday when the floodwater breached National Highway 52 at three places and the rail line at two places after the incessant rain for the past few days. The district administration, however, is on a drive to evacuated the affected people to safer places. More than 100 villages in Dhemaji were inundated while in Lakhimpur district, the Kakoi river burst its banks at three places, affecting ten villages.
A National Disaster Response Force contingent was assisting the administration in evacuation of the people in the two districts. Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi reviewed the drought-like situation. Gogoi asked officials to identify the affected areas so that compensation could be given to farmers who incurred loss.
There is feline terror inside the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati when three panthers managed to came out of the iron cages in the morning. Of them has already been tranquilized while efforts are on to trace the second one which is believed to have sneaked into the botanical garden. According to the zoo authorities, a tigress and and her cub came out of the iron cage and were remaining untracked for the last several hours. On seeing of them being caught at a drain, one of them was tranquilized. This has forced the zoo authorities to evacuate the visitors in the morning. The visitors are still remaining outside the zoo premises. Details are awaited.