Sunday, November 28, 2010

Forgotten Heores of Assam in 1940 in ICU

Noted Gandhian and freedom fighter Pani Ram Das of Kalaigaon has been shifted to ICU at International Hospital in Guwahati in critical condition yesterday afternoon at 4 pm.Earlier he was admitted to the hospital on November 26.The 95 years old freedom fighter had been suffering from digestive disorder along with kidney problem. He is the only living freedom fighter of Darrang and Udalguri district who had served several years in British prison during freedom struggle.He had been a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi and Binoba Bhabe.Pani Ram Das passed Matriculation examination in first division with letter mark in English in 1937.But he preferred joining fight against British imperialism in India,did not continue his studies to become an ICS.He also turned down an offer to join Assam Assembly as a Minister (by his friend Bimala Prasad Chaliha,CM Assam in 1958.According to family sources no minister or organisations of the state have met him in the hospital except high ranking army officials of Red Horns Division.The army officers and also donated blood to the freedom fighter on November 27.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pillion riding banned in Udalguri district in Assam

In view of the subversive activities by anti social elements,particularly by the NDFB(R) ,the District Magistrate of Udalguri, has banned pillion riding in the district by order dated 11 November,2010.Only children below 5 years and women have been exempted.

Another science model exhibition at Tangla by students

A two days science model exhibition cum painting competition was arranged  at Asom Academy Tangla in Assam (India)recently on on November 14 and 15.Hemanta Barua, Principal,Asom Academy,Tangla formally inaugurated the two days programme by hoisting the school flag on November 14 at 9 am followed by a talent search examination for the students of class IV.
DN Hazarika,CircleOfficer,Harisinga Revenue Circle inaugurated  the science model exhibition along with painting and craft exhibition at 3 pm in the afternoon. On the occasion Circle Officer Hazarika thanked the organizers for arranging the exhibition cum competition and said that children of Udalguri district had been marching ahead defying so many odds including terrorist activities and frequent bandhs.He further said that regular arrangements  of various such creative activities would create positive attitude among children.He also appealed teachers,parents and people to encourage children by participating in more and more activities like craft and science exhibitions. Journalist Hareswar Kalita also spoke a few words on the occasion.The craft and science model exhibition was open for the students of other schools on November 15.Scores of students from various schools of Tangla, namely-Tangla HS School, Maharishi Vidya Mandir,Jatiya Vidyalaya Asom,Tangla English Medium HS, Tangla Adarsha Vidyapith,Sankardev Sishu Niketan and Pioneer College,Tangla.

Jayanta Kumar Das,District Coordinator,Durlav Barua,Asstt.District Coordinator, NCSC, Udalguri; Keshab Saharia,Asstt,Coordinator of Aryabhatta Science Centre,Kalaigaon were felicitated at the exhibition premises  in the afternoon on November 15.On the occasion they explained about various science programmes like INSPIRE awards,NCSC projects, various Aryabhatta science competitions  under Assam Science Technology & Environment Council, Guwahati,(ASTEC) etc and requested students to involve themselves with more and more science and technological activities.The results wre also announced on the spot.In science model competition- Bhaskarjyoti Borah and Chanu Barman won first prize,while Chandrama Boro won second and Dhiraj Doloi,Anil Singh and Manasjyoti Deka won third prizes respectively.

Reform of present day education system discussed at Kalaigaon in Assam

The annual college week celebration of Kalaigaon College was held from November 9 to 13 at the college premises with various programmes.The hoisting of the college flag marked the begining of the week on November 9 followed by plantation of trees,games and sports,literary competition,quiz,debate and cultural programmes.A seminar on “Importance of present day education system for the future generation” was arranged on the concluding day on November 13.Arabinda Das,Principal,Kalagaon College inaugurated the seminar.Mati Ram Medhi,HOD of Geography,Mangaldai college conducted the seminar.Noted writter Dr.Arupa Patangia Kalita and Ghateswar Barua of Tangla College took part in the seminar as the invited guests.On the occasion Dr.Patangia Kalita expressed her regret at the deteriorating academic atmosphere in the educational institutions of the country with special reference to Assam.She said that there had been 19 fake universities in the country and 89 percent schools lacked drinking water and toilet facilities.She further said that 43 percent education institutions in the country had been controlled by private bodies there by enhancing the cost of higher education.The students studying in english medium schools have also been suffering from communication gap with the society.
In his concluding speech, Mati Ram Medhi remarked that the on going education system had some good features but needed modification as per the need of the time.Social worker Kamal Prasad Sarma also took part in the discussion.The cultural programme marked the closing of the college week celebration in the evening.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

International children's Day observed at Kalaigaon in India

The birth day of Pandit Nehru,which has been observed internationally as the “International Children's Day” was also observed at Kalaigaon Town LP School premises with day long programme.Significantly,all the arrangements of the celebration were done by the children themselves. Little star Preetichanda Saikia offered floral tribute to the image of Nenru to mark the begining of the celebration at 8 am followed by lighting of lamp by another little star Mukesh Chouhan.Several other programmes like painting,extempore speech,games and sports,spot essay writting were also arranged on the occasion.The prize distribution session was held at 2 pm which was presided over by little star Niharka Deka.A few noted citizens of Kalaigaon namely -Kami Ram Saharia, Harakanta Barua,Chitra Patowari,Kamal Prasad Sarma etc attended the open session.Little star Rituparna Bora's speech as the appointed speaker had been appreciated by all.The celebration was organized by a few little children of Kalaigaon namely-Niharika Deka,Antara Das,Jayeeta Sandilya,Nisha Medhi,Afrina Rahman and Pinki Harijan.

Offering respect to the departed Grand Mother

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Udalguri DC urged media not to publish sensitive news in a hurry

Udalguri DC urged media not to publish sensitive news in a hurry

The new Deputy Commissioner of Udalguri district,Thaneswar Malakar addressed the media persons of the district at a press meet on November 12 at DC's Conference Hall.The new DC has taken over charge from Kulen Talukdar, ADC, Udalguri on November 8 recently.On the occasion DC Malakar recalled his close association with print media and assured the press that he would ensure transparent and neutral administration in the district.He also thankfully acknowledge the contribution made by former Deputy Commissioner of the district SS Meenakshi Sundaram,IAS (now posted in Tinsukia district)for implementing a few important schemes in the field of science and technology for children,conservation of nature and wild life,education,arrangement of first Book Fair cum Science Exhibition in the district,introduction of Excellence Awards and said that he would continue all the programmes.

The new DC further said that his main task would be to maintain a peaceful atmosphere in the district by taking public opinion in to confidance.Moreover regular meetings with various social organizations namely-ABSU,AASU,AJYCP,AAGSU etc for creating awareness among people so as to remove blind believe and superstition etc from the society.He requested media persons not to publish sensitive news items in a hurry.The press meet was also addresed by Kulen Talukdar,ADC,Udalguri;B.Das,District Election Officer,Udalguri. Jayanta Kumar Das,Narayan Deka,Gautamjyoti Talukdar,Dhiren Barua etc
in their speeches welcomed DC Thaneswar Malakar and assured him all possible help and cooperation.

Friday, November 12, 2010

State level Science programme concludes at Kalakhetra,Guwahati

The two days state level activity and central function of Aryabhatta Science centres concluded at Sarkardev Kalakhetra,Guwahati on November 11.The programme was organized by Assam science Technology & Environment Council (ASTEC), Guwahati for the selected child scientists of the districts.Dr.SK Choudhuri, Director, ASTEC presided over the concluding ceremony which was also attended by Babul Barbarua,Joint Secretary,Department of Science & Technology, Assam; Dr.RK Barman, HOD,S & T Division of ASTEC and Biman Barua,State coordinator of Aryabhatta Science Centres,Assam.On the occasion Dr.Choudhuri requested all to perform their respective responsibilities as service instead of job.He said that no other state in India had ever launched such massive science programmes. GPS and financial grant of Rs.30500 were made to 70 selected ASC s at the function.Another amount of Rs.40000 were also distributed among the Nodal Officers of the districts to organise district level science competition in 2011.The prizes were awarded to the following state level winners at the concluding ceremony.

In science model competition – 1st prize of Rs.15 thousand was awarded to Khanindra Barua (Jorhat); 2nd prize of Rs.10 thousand to Pallav Kumar Gogoi (Dibrugarh) and 3rd prize of Rs.5 thousand to Rupjyoti Das (Bagsa). In science based poster drawing 1st prize of Rs.5 thousand was awarded to Gautam Jyoti Bora (Morigaon); 2nd prize of Rs.3 thousand to Harshadeep Kalita (Nalbari) and 3rd prize of Rs.2 thousand to Sunil Panika of Dibrugarh.In science based extempore speech competition- 1st prize of Rs.5 thousand was awarded to Bhargab Ligira (Sibsagar);2nd prize of Rs.3 thousand to Papi Borah (Sonitpur) and 3rd prize of Rs.2 thousand to Chinmoy Sekhar Das of Lakhimpur district.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

State level Aryabhatta Science competition at Kalakhetra,Assam

The second state level Ayabhatta Science competition has commenced at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakhetra premises,Guwahati from November 10.Child scientists from most of the districts of Assam have participated in the two days state level science competition in three categories ie,science based model ,science based extempore spech and science based poster drawting.The participating students have already been screened twice in the block level and in the district level science based competitions being organized by various district administrations in association with Assam Science Technology and Environment Council,Guwahati under Ministry of Science and Technology,Goverment of Assam.The inaugural session was held at 9 am at the Kalakhetra,Guwahati premises. Dr.RK Barman,HOD Science & Technology Division of ASTEC welcomed all the students , teachers and guests requesting all to give importance of studying basic science,before Dr.SK Choudhury,Director ASTEC formally inaugurated the two days science competition for the young child scientists of the state.On the occasion Dr.Choudhuri said that government of Assam have given more importance to rural students keeping in mind the need for developing the rural atmosphere for a better future.He said that more and more students living in rural areas have done excellent works in the fild of science and technology.He remarked that some of the Aryabhatta science Centres of the state had done very well and such centres would be provided with new instruments like GPS etc in the next session.He thanked child scientists and teachers coming from different blocks for attending the state science meet defying bandh call yesterday.Several distinguished scholars and scientists of the state namely-Dr.Tarakeswar Choudhury,Chief Consultant of ASTEC;Dr.Nripen Deka,Dept.of Physics,Cotton College;Dr.Birinchi Das,Dept. Of Chemistry,Guwahati University;Dr.Surajit Barua,WWF,Guwahati,Champak Borbora noted artist working in The Assam Tribune and Kiran Shankar Roy noted artist of Nagaon.

The inaugural session followed the science based extempore speech competition and science based poster drawing competition which was conducted by noted artistists Champak Borbora and Kiran Shankar Roy. The programme will continue till November 11.A state level meet for the coordinators and Nodal Officers of the Aryabhatta Science Centres will be held tomorrow to discuss a few important matters.According to Biman Barua,Scientific Officer of ASTEC 134 students and 37 guide teachers from 24 districts have participated in the state level science based competition.He said no participants from Karimganj,Dhemaji and Chirang had attended the state level science session.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

District level Aryabhatta Science competition held at Udalguri in Assam

The district level science based competitions for the Aryabhatta Science Centres of Udalguri district was held at Udalguri Higher Secondary School premise on November 8 with day long programme.The competition was organized by Udalguri district administration in association with Assam Science Technology and Environment Council,Guwahati (ASTEC) as part of the annual science based competitions like science based model making,science based poster drawing and science based extempore speech for the school students of the district.

Mihir Kumar Barua,ADC,Udalguri hoisted the ASC flag to mark the begining of the science programme at 9 am followed by inauguration of all the science based competitions.On the occasion he explained about all the government programmes on science and technology for the students of the state and requested all to come forward to avail the benifits of the schemes.He also explained about INSPIRE award programme being launched by government of India, by which each student interested in science and technology have been awarded with a financial grant of Rs.5000 each for making science models at respective schools.Jayanta Kumar Das,District NCSC coordinator and Jacob Mushahari, principal ,Udalguri HS School also spoke a few words on the occasion.It needs mention that students who had been selected at the respective blocks (first three rank holders from each blocks) could only participate at the district level competitions. This year students from three blocks namely-Mazbat,Rowta and Kalaigaon took part in the competitions.

The prize distribution ceremony was held at 1 pm.It was presided over by Jacob Mushari,principal of Udalguri HS School. The first two winners of the district level science competition (in each category) will represent Udalguri district at the state level science competition being organized at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakhetra,Guwahati on November 10 and 11. In the science model making competition -Juriti Saharia and Himakhi Saharia of Bholabari HS won first prize ;Doli Saharia and Krishna Kalita of Kalaigaon Girls MV school second;in the science based poster drawing competition- Upamanyoo Das of Arunodoi Academy,Tangla won first,Khanjan Das of Maharishi Vidya Mandir,Tangla second;in the science based extempore speech -Dipanand Basumatari won first and Priyanka Talukdar of Maharishi Vidya Mandir,Tangla second prizes respectively to qualify for the state competition to be held in Guwahati.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Enjoying Deepawali:the festival of light at home

Light plays in my house in Assam,India on November 5

Welcome Deepawali:the festival of light in India on November 5

Reply to my friends

Remember,few days back I uploaded a picture of hatching cobra eggs left behind by mother cobra.(Its the natural way that young cobras take care of themselves after coming out of shells and mother cobra only lays eggs.)
All about Cobras: Cobra, scientifically known as Naja naja, is one of the poisonous snake species native to the Indian subcontinent. It grows to an average height of 1 m and has two circular ocelli patterns on the rear of its hood. These patterns seem to be connected by a curved line, giving the look of spectacles. This is why the snake is also known as the Spectacled Cobra of India. A newborn cobra measures between 20 to 30 cm, but has fully functional venom glands.
Mating Behavior
Cobra snake lays its eggs during the period of April to July. ( in my case it was in September and number of eggs were 10))The eggs, numbering between 12 and 30 eggs, are laid underground. The incubation period lasts for 48 to 69 days.
Spectacled Cobra of India survives on a diet consisting mainly of rodents. 

See the difference between the eggs.

I am happy that young cobras are all safe and have started exploring the world of their own.Mind it,the bite of the baby cobra could too be fatal. Surprisingly, if the mother meets the young ones,she might eat them.Strange rule of nature...

NB:The photos were taken in my residence.I along with my family like to live in the midst of nature and wild life.Cobra and other reptiles,foxes,wild birds etc can roam free in my campus (a mini forest).They never disturb us neither do we.Peace ful co-existence,you can say.