China is worried over the recent deal to dredge the river Brahmaputra. This was what APW leader Aabhijit Sharma said when he addressed a press conference in Guwahati on Wednesday.
Sharma said the day after the deal was struck, China sought help of ULFA (I) C Paresh Baruah who in turn suggested the Chinese authority to dispatch a team of diplomats for a tact study.
Acting on this suggestion, China is sending a team on April 15 for assessing the situation led by Luo Zhaoul, the Ambassador of China, said Sharma.
He said, “Baruah, who is very much loyal to the China, has also failed to provide proper report to China as he has no proper idea with regard to the future impact of the said agreement if executed properly.”
The 71st Conference of the Assam Sahitya Sabha, began today at Bhasar Uja Hemchandra Barua Khetra, Dergaon in the district of Golaghat. The entire place wore a festive look with the residents, irrespective of caste and community, preparing to host the conference.
The Organizing Committee says, various programmes will be organized during the four-day long literary meet. A science exhibition, book fair and a trade fair is also being organised. More than 250 publishers and book sellers have set up their stalls in the book fair.
As many as 2,500 delegates will attend the conference of the premiere literary organisation.
Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) has urged the management of Focus NE, a multilingual satellite news channel to reinstate all the media employees, who were sacked arbitrarily under the ‘cut-cost’ formula recently.
It is understood that over 40 television journalists and other employees of Focus NE, earlier known as NETV, were either sacked or forced to resign as the management wanted to reduce the running expenditure of the media outlet.
The affected journalists and their well wishers in the media fraternity have already demonstrated today (Monday) in front of the news channel office at Ulubari in Guwahati.
The EMFA argues that the management should follow the norms endorsed by the country’s labour laws while dismissing a media employee including a journalist.
Meanwhile, Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has appealed to the Union information and broadcasting ministry (I&B ministry) to frame some guidelines for all news channels (both free-to-air and payable) safeguarding the job security of media employees.
Moreover, the JFA has demanded a statutory wage board for regular pay hike and other due benefits for the television media employees across the country, as like their counterparts in the newspaper & news agencies of India.
It also emphasized on reconstituting the present Press Council as the Media Council of India with the inclusion of the electronic media at the earliest.