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Friday, October 19, 2012

Pothorughat book catalogued in Library of Congress,USA The only book in English on the historic peasants’ rebellion at a sleepy village at Pothorughat in Darrang district on January 28, 1894 which was took place much before the Jalliwanbalabagh Massacre, has finally found its place in the Library of Congress in America. The book written by eminent writer Arup Kumar Dutta was published by the Mangaldai based “Organizing Committee for the National Level Seminar on the Pothorughat uprising by Agricultural Peasants” and was inaugurated by prominent journalist and former Editor of The Sentinel Dhirendra Nath Bezbarua on September 28, 2010 in a well organized function in Mangaldai Natya Mandir in presence of Axom Xahitya Xabha President Rong Bong Terang. Mention may be made here that a worthy son of Darrang Dr. Hiranya Kumar Nath presently working as an Associate Professor of Economics at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) in Huntsville, Texas, USA has taken up the initiative in taking up the matter with the authority who after going through the book, readily agreed to catalogue it at the Library of Congress. The link for the Library of Congress catalogue record for the book is: http://lccn.loc.gov/2012493997. It may also be recalled here that Dr Nath has also instituted “Assam Scholarship” for the  undergraduate students studying Economics and/or International Business at Sam Houston State University since 2009. According to Dr. Nath, in order to attract foreign investment in the global economy, it is extremely important that the host region or place (for foreign capital) is known to the prospective international investors and business communities. He has learned from his extensive travels across the globe that Assam is relatively unknown to the outside world and that is the first major hurdle as Assam strives to achieve economic growth and development in the current global economic environment. This scholarship is purported to increase awareness about Assam among students, faculty members, and parents in US universities and thereby to introduce Assam to the current and future generations of international investors. The one-time scholarship of USD 500.00 will be awarded every semester to a third/fourth year undergraduate student who demonstrates academic excellence. On the other hand,  though as many as 140 peasants belonging to Hindu and Muslim community had sacrificed their lives at the hands of blood thirsty tyrant British officers on January 28 of 1894 at a sleepy village of Pathorughat or Patharighat-16 km to the west from the district headquarter town of Mangaldai while raising their voice in a peaceful manner against the enhanced land revenue, yet this glorious chapter of the history of the freedom struggle of India is little known to the countrymen nor it got its mention in the national level. Though in that firing 140 peasants from both the Hindu and Muslims had sacrificed their lives at the hands of the British rulers in an open rebellion against the government, yet this tragic episode failed to find its single mention in the national history. The entire nation is well aware of the Jalliwanwala Bagh killing, but the same time the people outside the state of Assam are not aware of it. The Pothorughat rebellion is significant in many ways. It took place much before the Jalliwanbalabagh massacre; the village farmers adopted the policy of non violence which was adopted by Mahatma Gandhi many years later and the entire rebellion was spontaneous without any specific leader.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Python rescued

A python weighing 15 Kg and 13 feet long has been rescued by tea garden workers at Kalaigaon on October 16.According to information tea garden workers of Singrimari TE noticed the python in Bholabari section near Kalaigaon town in the morning hours while working in the garden.The python was sleeping under a tea bush.Tea garden authority reported the matter to Kalaigaon police station. The Honorary Wildlife Warden,Udalguri and Range Officer of Nonai arranged for the rescue of the python unhurt. Accordingly Himangshu Gohain,SI,Kalaigaon police station, forest officials Sanatan Das and Lachit Boro rescued it unhurt. Later it was released in Khalingduar Reserve Forest near Indo-Bhutan border, It needs mention that several such pythons and other reptiles had been washed away during recent flood in the district. President of Green Society,Udalguri thanked the people responsible for the safe rescue of the python and requested all kindly to inform police or forest when ever such wild animals are seen anywhere in the district.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Another view of Mangaldai-Bhutiachang Road near Kalaigaon

Beautiful landscape near Bhutiachang on the foot hills of Bhutan

Great Nonai river at Bhutiachang,Assam

Nonai river near Bhutiachang

Mangaldai-Bhutiachang Road near Kalaigaon

A lady at Nabagraha Dewaloi,Guwahati

Nabagraha Dewaloi,Guwahati

Jalimukh,Bhutan

Somersault

Brahmaputra river viewed from Nabagraha hills

Guwahati city from Nabagraha hills

Guwahati city from Nabagraha hills

Beautiful Guwahati city as seen from Nabagraha hills

Three cheers!!!

Mukunda Ram Choudhuri (C)

Off time in Rajdhani Regency,Guwahati

Relaxed in Rajdhani Regency,Guwahati

TERI campus,Sachal,Guwahati

Kaminikanchan

TERI campus,Sachal,Guwahati

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Student receiving Anundoram Borroah Awards from (L) Thaneswar Malakar,DC,Udalguri;Tanka Bahadur Rai,Minister,Asam and Rihon Daimari,MLA,Udalguri on October 1 at DC's parade ground,Udalguri

Anundoram Borooah Awards distributed in Udalguri

The Udalguri district administration in co-ordination with AMTRON on behalf of Government of Assam ceremonially distributed Laptops and Anundoram Borooah Awards to 504 students of Udalguri district who had secured first division in the last HSLC examination at a function at DC's parade ground on October 1. Out of the 504 students 12 secured distinction marks while 91 secured star marks. Rihon Daimari,MLA,Udalguri and Chairman,Ware Housing Corporation,Assam inaugurated the ceremony at 10 AM which was presided over by Thaneswar Malakar,Deputy Commissioner,Udalguri.Tanka Bahadur Rai, Minister,Planning & Development,Law and PPG Department Assam attending the ceremony as the chief guest recalled his student life when he could show excellent results. He also spoke on the necessity of computers in every body's life. He also thanked various organizations and political parties for maintaining peace and communal harmony in the district.Mukunda Ram Choudhury,MLA, Kalaigaon as a special guest on the occasion requested students to use Laptops properly for academic benefit only rather than for gaming or watching movies. He also spoke on the role of mothers in shaping future of students. Rakheswar Brahma,MLA,Mazbat and Parliamentary Secy, Assam; Mrs.M.Banu,Inspector of Schools,Udalguri; Dipen Boro, Advisor of Udalguri ABSU also spoke on the occasion. A few award winners namely Chinmoy Kachari of Tangla(highest marks in the district); Puja Lama of Dimakuchi; Nina Mahaliya of Tangla; Gitali Das of Mazbat etc shared their experiences with guests and people and thanked government of Assam for the unique scheme. In his concluding presidential speech,Thaneswar Malakar,DC,Udalguri thanked students and guardians for showing smiles on their faces. He remarked that those smiles of hundreds would bring smile to thousands in future. On the matter of improving academic atmosphere in the district the DC declared that magisterial visit to schools would start from October 12.

District NCSC concludes at Kalaigaon in Assam

The 20th National Children's Science Congress (NCSC) Udalguri district session concluded at Kalaigaon on September 28 recently with day long programme.Child scientists from 25 schools of the district from Tangla, Kalaigaon, Dimakuchi, Udalguri,Rowta,Orang,Bhergaon,Mazbat presented 46 science projects on the focal theme “Energy:Explore,Harnes and Conserve” at Kalaigaon Secondary school.The science programme was inaugurated by Jagadish sarkar,MCLA,BTC after hoisting of flag by Obedur Rahman,Principal,Kalaigaon Secondary school at 9 am. Joydeep Baruah,Head of Environment Division of ASTEC,Guwahati graced the occasion as the distinguished guest.Thaneswar Malakar, Deputy Commissioner,Udalguri attended the programme as the chief guest.He visited all the three project presentation halls.The DC also talked to the child scientists and judges.He thanked students for their involvement in scientific activities for the welfare of the man kind. A panel of eight judges including NCSC specialists Tarun Deka,Coordinator of Kamrup Metro and Jayanta Pathak of Aranyak,Assam eveluated the science projects for the selection of ten best projects for the state level programme to be held at Biswanath Chariali from 15 to 18 October,2012. Kamal Prasad Sarma,President of the reception committee offered vote of thanks at the end.It needs mention that Assam Science Technology and Environment Council, Guwahati has been organizing the NCSC activity in Assam