Monday, November 28, 2011

Herds of wild elephants roaming in Paneri TE (Assam) in search of food and water

Scarcity of food and water due to encroachment of most of all the forest lands,several herds of wild elephants, consisting of about 30 to 50 elephants per herd have been roaming in and around Paneri TE in Udalguri district of Assam since November 24.This has caused panic among the locals of neighbouring villages. The elephants with numbers of new born elephant calves have taken shelter in Paneri tea garden,particularly section 11 and 4.Civil and forest personnel have been trying to chase them away to Bhutan hills but have not been successful as yet. DN Hazarika,Circle Officer Harisinga Revenue Circle, Tangla; Haladhar Kalita,Range Officer,Nonai Range Office under Khalingduar Reserve Forest in association with Manager of Paneri TE made an attempt to chase away the wild elephants on November 27, but the attempt bore no result. Only a few wild elephants moved away to northern side of the tea garden towards Indo-Bhutan border that day. According to information the herd of wild elephants have not moved away because of the new born elephant calves,who can not travel over large distances.

When this correspondent visited the site on November 28, a herd of wild elephants numbering 40 to 50 with new borns were seen. In spite of attempts to scare away the elephants with gun fire and crackers, they did not move nor did they show any signs of aggression,but slowly retreated away from the people. A few forest guards namely -Tarini Kalita,Chakra Sil and Monindra Sarma were seen busy with their duties on the spot. They told this correspondent that the herd would retreat to the Bhutan hills after a few days as it was difficult for them to carry the new born calves along with them. Ranjan Barua,Senior Asst.Manager of Paneri TE; members of Green Valley Forest and Wildlife Protection Society headed by its CEO Ananta Bagh and members of Tangla Press club etc also joined the operation to chase away the elephants unharmed. An awareness meeting will be held at Paneri TE on November 30.Thaneswar Malakar,DC,Udalguri and Bankim Sarma,DFO,Udalguri will attend the meeting to create awareness among the people for the safety of people and the wild elephants.

This wild elephant ,along with others have been creating panic in the villages near Panery tea garden (Assam) since November 20 till date.Efforts by forest departments have failed to drive them away to safe location

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Chandana river near Udalguri

My cousins

Chandana river near Udalguri

My friends-(from L)B.Sarma,Vikeyenozao and Indrajitnarayan

Homage paid to freedom fighter Pani Ram Das at Kalaigaon

On the occasion of first death anniversary of eminent freedom fighter and social worker of the state Pani Ram Das, people paid hearty tribute to him at his residence at Kalaigaon Sevashram on November 20. On the occasion several distinguished people of the state paid floral tribute to the departed freedom fighter,who breathed his last in November 2011 at the age of 94 years. Basanta Das,Minister of State,(Ind),Fisheries and Janasanyog,Assam; Kumud Kalita,DC,Darrang;Thaneswar Malakar,DC,Udalguri; Lt.Col.Shesh Giri of 2 Field Regiment (Red Horns Division),;noted writer Dr.Amarendra Narayan Deb; members of Tangla Press Club;Kalaigaon Pres Club; Kalaigaon Press Guild;Media Circle,Mangaldai etc attended the first death anniversary to pay homage to the departed leader,known as a 'General in Khadi', arranged at Kalaigaon Sevashram.

Freedom fighter Pani Ram Das,who had passed matriculation examination from Calcutta University in 1937 securing first division with letter marks in English, decided to join freedom movement instead of joining colleges for higher education. He spent several years terms in British prison at Mangaldai, Tezpur, Jorhat and Nowgong etc. After independence he turned down the request to become an MLA and decided to do public service living in villages. He established Kalaigaon Sevashram in 1950 and was doing social service there till his death last year. He also the first journalist from Mangaldai working as the correspondents of 'The Assam Tribune' and 'Natun Asomiya'.Just before his death,he donated 56 bighas of his land at Kalaigaon for public work which included the 'Kanaklata Das Bio-Diversity Conservation Park' with an area of 35 bighas of land.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Red beauty

1st death anniversary of freedom fighter Pani Ram Das

Basanta Das,Minister of State (I),Fisheries,Janasanyog,Assam (L) and Thaneswar Malakar,DC,Udalguri offering tribute to eminent freedom fighter of Assam,Pani Ram Das at Kalaigaon on November 20 on his first death anniversary.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ist Bodo National Conference begins at Udalguri

The First session of the Bodo National Conference (BNC) has begun at Udalguri with gaiety.The BNC delegates’ session which was started in the evening on November 18, was inaugurated by Biswajit Daimari, Member of the Parliament (RS)..Kampa Borgoyary, Deputy Chief of BTC and chief convenor of the umbrella organization told a section of the media persons here at the venue of the first conference of the BNC today on the first day of the two day long BNC conference that Bodo National Conference (BNC) has been formed for unity and permanent peace among the Bodos.Borgoyari also detailed the resolutions taken in the crucial executive meeting held juct before the delegates session and said that the executive body of the umbrella organization accepted the withdrawal of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-P) from the BNC and said that the BNC would always look for greater unity of the Boros for the greater interest of development and stopping of fratricidal killings in the Bodoland region. However he maintained that it would welcome the NDFB(P) version to support the BNC from outside and declared that “the outfit(NDFB-P) is not a member of BNC now onwards.” He also informed the media persons that all these issues will be discussed in detail in the delegates’ session to beheld this evening where delegates from more than 23 Bodo organizations are taking part.On the other hand, Anjali Daimari, convenor of BNC told the media persons that the BNC was believed to be working in the right track to herald permanent peace and unity among the various Bodo organizations. According to her,they have supported the peace initiative of the NDFB(P)and also of the NDFB led by Ranjan Daimari as they had saught permanent solution of the imbroglio plaguing the Bodo society.But she also said that the BNC alone could not solve all the problems. Daimari also informed that the BNC would soon meet the concerned authority of the Union Government in New Delhi to chalk out the peace process with the rebel Boro organizations after the BNC conference which would surely bring a good information to all.Significantly, Bhramon Baglari, a senior leader of UDPF informed that his party would never support the BNC as it did not support the demand for a separate Bodoland.


Careful Watch

Resting beauty


Mystery of re-birth

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Army organises 'Career Mela' for students at Dimakuchi in Assam

The Kargil Gunners of the Red Horns Division based at Udalguri organized a unique 'Career Mela' for student community at Dimakuchi College on November 17. The aim of the 'Career Mela' was to educate the students about various career/ employment options available and provide expert advice for turning dream into reality. The one day seminar exposed the students into the career world of defence, police, medicines, engineering, journalism, civil services and industry. Expert from respective fields addressed the students and later interacted with then at the respective stalls to provide them specific guidance. Speaking on the occasion, Sunil Upadhyay, Commanding Officer of 315 Field Regiment (KARGIL) reiterated the efforts of the Red Horns Division to teach out to the people and especially the student community. and to help them prepare for a brighter future. It may be recalled that the area around Dimakuchi and Bhergaon has been badly hit by the militancy and the army camp at Borangajuli has been conducting many successful operations against the NDFB (AT), ULFA and APA/ AANLA militants. The Red Horns Gunners in turn have also been simultaneously undertaking many people oriented programmes to reach out to the public and the youth. On this occasion the army organized many other multifaceted programmes for the benefit of the society and the public. The programme started with a “National Integration Pledge” wherein all the student's organization leaders of the district were called upon stage to vow for “Peace, Prosperity and Communal Harmony”.It was indeed an innovative gesture which will definitely play an important role in building the multi ethnic society of Udalguri. On the occasion, the Kargil Gunners also laid the foundations of the six lakh rupee 'Community Hall' which will constructed for the public under its Operation Sadbhavana flagship programme. The 'Community Hall' was a long standing request of the local people. The day long event ended with a “Van Mahotsav” programme wherein all members present planted a tree to mark the occasion and contribute towards our mother nature. The “Career Mela” and “National Integration Pledge” by various students leaders of the district, the “Silanyas Ceremony” of the 'Community Hall' and the “Van Mahotsav” were indeed some pioneering events in the history of the subdivision and brought smiles on the faces of one and all.

Jayantakumar /November,2011

Jayantakumar in November 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Public 'Adyashradha' ceremony of Dr.Hazarika performed at Udalguri

Udalguri district administration organized public 'Adyashradha' ceremony of music maestro Dr.Bhupen Hazarika at DC's parade ground on November 15 with day long programme.High ranking officials,leading citizens of the district,students and teachers of various schools and employees of the government offices attended the ceremony to show respect to departed soul. Kulen Talukdar,ADC,Udalguri offered floral tribute to the image of Dr. Hazarika to mark the beginning of the ceremony at 10 AM followed by Mihir Kumar Barua,ADC;MP Sarma,PD,DRDA;Binit Das,District Election Officer and Debajit Deuri,SP,Udalguri and others.This was followed by community prayer. Various Holy books were recited by -Debaraj Sapkota (Gita);Balbir Sing (Granth Sahib);Rahul Amin (Quoran);Rafael Mushahari (Bible) respectively.A few distinguished people of the district namely- Manik Sarma,President,Asom Sahitya Sabha,Udalguri;Badan Daimari,President,Bodo Sahitya Sabha,Udalguri also attended the ceremony to offer hearty respect to the departed singer.Various persons performed favorite songs of Dr.Hazarika on the occasion. Munin Sarma, a close associate of Dr.Hazarika anchored the proceeding till its end.

Long road near Kabirali in Udalguri

Its our planet

Man and nature

Harvesting time is here again soon

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Ashes of music maestro Dr.Bhupen Hazarika immersed in Noa and Nanoi at Kalaigaon & Tangla

People of Kalaigaon and Tangla paid homage to the ashes of legendary singer Dr.Bhupen Hazarika before immersing in Noa and Nanoi rivers at Kalaigaon and Tangla respectively. Pranjal Das,SDO (Civil), Bhergaon Sub-division accompanied by Pabitra Kumar Das,BDO,Kalaigaon and Ratul Pathak, BDO, Bhergaon formally received the earthen pot containing ashes of the legendary singer from the Udalguri district administration at Udalguri on November 10 at 2 PM. Several hundreds of people of Kalaigaon including AASU, ABSU,AJYCP, Nagarik Manch, Chambers of Commerce, Press Club Kalaigaon etc. received the ashes at Chintagaon village at 5 PM.The ashes were then brought to Yatri Jirani Chora,in front of Kalaigaon Police Station for public view.Various organizations including ISKON (Namhatta) Kalaigaon performed Kirtan during the processeion. A homage paying ceremony was arranged on the next day at 9 AM.Distingushed peoples namely – Lwmsrao Daimari, EM, BTC;Mukunda Ram Choudhuri,MLA, Kalaigaon; Jagadish Sarkar and Dandi Ram Rabha, MCLA, BTC; Pranjal Das,SDO (Civil), Bhergaon; Pabitra Kumar Das and Ratul Pathak,BDO of Kalaigaon and Bhergaon spoke a few word after offering floral tribute to late Dr. Hazarika. Habibar Rahman,OC,Kalaigaon Police Station;social workers Kami Ram Saharia, Mahendra Saikia,Bimal Prasad Sarma,Kamal Prasad Sarma,Dandi Kumar Boro,Kandeswar Deka, Principal, Kalaigaon HSS, Arabinda Das, Principal Kalaigaon HSS etc also attended the homage paying ceremony.The ashes were later taken in a huge procession through Kalaigaon town before immersing in the Noa river at 2 PM in presence of thousands people, civil and police officials.

At Tangla: People of Tangla also offered homage to the ashes of Dr Bhupen Hazarika. DN Hazarika,Circle Officer,Harisinga Revenue Circle,Tangla formally received the ashes from Udalguri district administration at Udalguri on November 10 at 1 PM. and placed at Tangla town for public homage at 4 PM.It needs mention that AASU,Nagarik Manch Tangla and BPF leader Jayanta Barua of Tangla had also brought another three ashes container from Guwahati and were placed togather for public homage for three days ie on 9,10 and 11 November. Various programmes including community prayer,Naam etc were arranged on all the three days. All the ashes containers were ceremoniously immersed in the Nonai river near Tangla town at 2 PM on November 12. More than three thousand people attended the procession leading to the immersion site. It is also known that people of Tangla will organise public “Shradh” of the departed singer on November 15 with daylong programme.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Legendary singer of India Dr.Bhupen Hazarika is no more.He breathed his last at Kokilaben Hospital,Mumbai to day afternoon.May God grant his soul eternal peace.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Kati Ram Nath :a tribute

A 75 years old LP school teacher of a remote village, Nizdola in Udalguri district,who had been moving from village to village armed with all his hand made scientific gadgets,trying to make children understand science and machines passed off silently in his village unnoticed by so called civilized society on October 28 2011. Born on October 1941 late Kati Ram Nath had joined service as an LP school teacher at Kalikhola LP school in 1961 and was retired from service on September 30 in 1999 as the headmaster of Binapani Nizdola LP school.Kati Ram Nath had never been wanting to confined himself within the walls of his home rooms and children,rather he thought that his mission was to make science popular among village children. He successfully developed a bamboo made rikshaw in 1957 followed by a bamboo made bi-cycle in 1967.Among his working models two bamboo made bi-cycles,model showing days and nights,hand made compass,solar and lunar eclipse models,solar system,calculators,silk woven hand made machine and rice thrasher are worth mentioning. Other models like replica of Tajmahal and Saraighat bridge were simply marvelous.Kati Ram Nath had won several prestigious awards in his life including- State Teachers Award in 1990;awards by All Assam Primary Teachers Association in 1966; Udalguri district Excellence Award in Public Service in January,2009 etc. He also wrote two books namely- 'Jene Kukur tene tangon' and 'Kuhi Path Sahayika' in 1984.A few days back before is death,he told media persons that he could have done more if had been encouraged by government officials and politicians. Noted writer cum Deputy Commissioner of Udalguri district Thaneswar Malakar has expressed his deep condolence at the sudden death of the silent science worker on October 29,2011. Kati Ram Nath left behind his wife Ambika Devi,three sons namely-Nripen, Lkahikanta, Jadumoni and two daughters Pratibha and Anima.I pray God to grant eternal peace to the departed soul of Kati Ram Nath.

District PYKKA concludes at Tangla

The district level women's sports festival,under PYKKA (Panchayat Yuva Krida aur Khel Abhiyan) of Udalguri district concluded recently at Tangla on October 28 and 29.Thaneswar Malakar,Deputy Commissioner, Udalguri district inaugurated the two days 'Women's Sports Festival' at 9 AM on October 28 after Madhaw Prasad Sarma,PD,DRDA,Udalguri cum Chairman, DLEC,PYKKA,Udalguri and Debendra Nath Sargiari,Vice President,Tangla Sports Association had hoisted the flags of PYKKA and Tangla Sports Association respectively. Speaking on the occasion DC Malakar said that Father of the Nation had clearly declared thatIndia's freedom was not possible with out active participation of the women of the country.He also said that development of society was impossible without all round development of women and girls.He inaugurated the two days women festival by throwing a hand ball.

A few distinguished persons of the district,namely -DN Hazarika,Circle Officer, Harisinga Revenue Circle;Ishahak Khaklari,District Sports Officer,Udalguri and Debanga Mahaliya,In-Charge,PYKKA,Udalguri attended the inaugural ceremony at Tangla Higher Secondary field.The following events like-atheletics,kho-kho,volley ball,basket ball,hand ball,kabaddi,badminton,table tenis and hockey were organized for girls and women of the district.More over a few noted sports persons of the district,who had shown excellence in various sports events out side the state were also felicitated on the occasion.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Silver jubilee of Kalaigaon College concludes in Assam

The silver jubilee celebration of Kalaigaon College concluded on October 30. A grand cultural procession,inaugurated by Mitha Ram Basumatari,EM,BTC marked the beginning of the concluding session at 11 AM. The 3 KM long cultural procession,passing through Kalaigaon town could very much draw the attention of people. Nearly five thousand people mostly woman, children and students took part in the procession. 51 ethnic cultural groups with colorful traditional costume (namely-Bodo,Rabha,Koch-Rajbongshi, Garo, Bihu, Sankari culture, Adivasi, Sarania Kachari,Nath-Yogi,Ojapali,Deodhani,Dhepa Dhulia, Khulia Bhaoria,Thia Naam etc) added special fervor to the celebration.

Dr Nagendra Nath Sarma,former Principal of Kalaigaon College inaugurated the open session at 1 PM.Maheswar Boro,President College GB and Chairman of the Silver Jubilee Celebration Committee presided over the session.Arabinda Das, Principal Kalaigaon College welcomed all the distinguished guests with gamocha and college memento. Derhasat Basumatari,EM (Education),BTC as the distinguished guest spoke on the presentday educational problems of the state with special reference to secondary education. He declared that BTC authority would take up a few steps for better education in BTAD districts. He requested MP,MLA,EM and MCLAs not to interfere with academic activities including matters like transfer and stay of the teachers.
Attending as another distinguished guest,Sankar Prasad Roy,President,AASU also spoke on the new role of AASU in the matter of academic reformation in the state.He said that AASU had been neutral in academic matters during previous decades. But they would keep strict vigil on such important matters.Ramen Deka, MP also attended the session as the special guest.Utpal Chakravorty, President,All Assam Junior College Teacher's Association;Dipen Konwar,journalist and advisor AJYCP;Jagadish Sarkar ,Dandi Ram Rabha and Sunil Dutta,all BTC MCLAs; Bandana Goswami,Principal,Mangaldai College;Madhab Sarma, Principal,JNV, Darrang; Himani Devi Chakravorty also attended the closing ceremony. Noted singer Jiten Deka inaugurated the grand cultural night in the evening.