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Barak organisations raise voice against racial attack on NE students

SILCHAR, October 19: The members of Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya O Sanskritik Sammelan, Manipuri Diaspora Assam, Assam Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, All Assam Manipuri Youth Association, All Assam Manipuri Women Meirapaibi, Cachar Tribal Sangha, Committee on People and Environment, Barak Human Rights Protection Committee raised their voice against the racial attacks on the people of Northeast in metro cities of the country.
All the organisations submitted a joint memorandum addressed to the President of India through the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, apprising him of the continuous racial attack on the people of North East India in different cities of the country and urging him to take a step to deal the issue with strong hand.
The general secretary of Cachar district committee of Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya O Sanskritik Sammelan Dipak Sengupta said that the gruesome murder of Nido Tania of Arunachal Pradesh in the capital a few months back is still fresh in the memory of the people of this region. He added to say that an engineering student from Manipur, T Michael Lamjathang Hoakip, was badly beaten up recently by a group of three miscreants in Bengaluru. The miscreants attacked his friend also. Haokip was assaulted because he could not speak Kannad.
Dr M Santi Kumar Singha, secretary of Assam Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, pointed out that series of such xenophobic attacks on the North East Students in Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai has sent out a message of hate and mistrust to us. “At a time when the North East is trying to integrate more and more with the mainland India, such hate attacks on its people are spoiling the spirit of national integrity and unity of the country,” he added.
Singha further added to say that the increasing rate of selective violence on the people of this region especially the students in the major cities of the country had led to disturb the peace and amity of our country. What is even more bizarre is the nonchalance of the concerned administration Assam Manipuri Sahitya Parishad of different States when the basic fabric of diversity of the country has come under siege. The members demanded quick and stern remedial measures against such gruesome activities on the students of this region as they are the future of this country.
The copy of the memorandum was also sent to the Prime Minister of India, the Home Minister of India, the Governor of Karnataka, and the Chief Minister of Karnataka. (Source-SentinelAssam)

Taboo around menstruation needs to be broken

New Delhi, October 15: In India, menstruation is culturally considered dirty so we need to break this taboo and teach our daughters that it is fine to have periods, boxing icon MC Mary Kom said on Wednesday.
"Menstruation is the first step towards a healthy motherhood but in India it is culturally considered dirty or impure," Mary Kom wrote in an article on the occasion of International Day for Rural Women.
"We need to break this taboo and teach our daughters that it is ok to have periods and it should not weigh them down mentally or physically or hold them back from accomplishing their dreams," she wrote. Highlighting the need to ensure good health for women and girls in the rural areas and urban slums the medal winning athlete said the girls in rural areas need to be educated and informed about menstruation before they hit puberty.
"As mothers we should not shy away from talking about periods to our daughters and educating them. In rural and tribal areas, girls continue to use sawdust, grass or mud during the periods which can lead to infections and even death.
"We should tell our daughters to keep use sanitary napkins or a clean cloth during period and that they should bathe regularly and change their napkins or the cloth every 4–6 hours to keep them clean and dry," she added.
On the occasion, Mary Kom also joined a campaign –– "The Taj Must Smile" –– to ensure behavioural change in women and make them aware about their health needs during crucial days of menstruation, pregnancy and lactation.
Mary Kom, a five–time world champion, became the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold medal in Asian Games when she clinched the yellow metal in the Incheon Games earlier this month.
She also won a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics.   IANS

Assam University to confer DLitt on Mary Com, Sharmila Tagore

SILCHAR, September 18: Assam University will confer DLitt (Honoris Causa) degree on five times World Boxing champion and an Olympic medalist MC Mary Kom, Indian film actress Sharmila Tagore, Prof Brij Mohan and well–known litterateur Sukanta Choudhury at its XIVth Convocation to be held on November 15. Besides, the varsity will confer DSc on Dr Animesh Chakraborty, a professor in Chemistry, Prof Ashok Sahani, Prof PS Ramkrishnan and Prof V Rajaraman.
The Assam University authorities had already sent these names to the Ministry of Human Resource Development for its approval, an insider said. “The Vice–Chancellor of Assam University Prof Somnath Dasgupta sent a letter in this regard to the Ministry of Human Resource Development on August 6, seeking the ministry’s approval on conferring the DLitt and DSc on these personalities,” said an insider.
MC Mary Com will be the cynosure of all eyes if she attends the Convocation. Although she hails from the neighbouring State of Manipur, but she had never visited the southernmost river valley and thus it is going to be here maiden visit to Barak Valley.
Born on March 1, 1983, Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom had overcome many odds and oddities in her way to reach at the zenith of success. She has fans across the country including Barak Valley.
“Wow. It’s great! Mary Com, my ideal, is coming to my university. I am going to take my degree with Mary Kom. It is going to be a dream come true. She has been an exceptionally good boxer as well as an inspirational figure. She has faced lots of hurdles in her life, but she never gave up which made her a superwoman,” said Sangita Bhattacharjee, a student of Assam University.
Abhishek Chakraborty, a former student of Assam University who will attend this Convocation to get his master degree, said that he was a big fan of Mary Com. He added to say, “I read her autobiography Unbreakable which was co–authored by Dina Serto and released last year. I also saw the recent biographical film about her life which was directed by Omung Kumar. She is an inspirational personality.”
Mary Com is the second sports personality to be awarded DLitt by Assam University. Earlier, on February 1, 2011, the former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly was conferred DLitt in the XIIth Convocation of Assam University. (Source: SentinelAssam)

4,000 residents of Singerband threatened by Barak erosion

SILCHAR, September 22: As reported from time to time about the threats posed by erosion caused by Barak river across the valley to human habitations, road communication and agriculture, no action or plan for protection is taken up by the Water Resource Department concerned. Rather, the magnitude and dimension of erosions continue to rise. In the latest instance, around 4,000 population of Singerband under Lakhipur sub division have come under the darkening shadow of continuing erosion of Barak river.
The residents of the cluster of houses around Singerband said that quite recently the main PWD Road has been badly damaged due to the erosion in the rains continuing for days. The river that meanders along the village is swollen and in high spate. If the river continues to rise, there will be no trace of the road and the entire cluster of houses will come under water, forcing the residents to desert their hearths and homes. It has been alleged by the people of the area that though, according to their information, Rs. 15 crore to Rs. 20 crore was sanctioned for protection work, the Water Resource Department has not taken any action.
The condition of the road that links Binnakandie Ghat point on the other side of Lakhipur divided by Barak with Singerband, Rupaibali, Kaptanpur and Sonai is going from bad to worse and it is feared that not in very distant future, it will be no more in existence. Presently, around 500 metres of the road has come under erosion and it is taking in its grip the vast stretches. Residents of Singerband have to keep their vehicles in garages. The poor families close to the river bank are in critical trouble. K Mohan Singh, K Nando Singh, K Brojen Singh, K Nandarani Devi, K Chandramohan Singh, L Rajkishore Singh, S Angouton Singha, Reshmani Devi among others are in perpetual fear.
The newly elected MLA Rajdeep Goala has visited the area and seen for himself the heavy erosions taking place. He assured the people that he would take up the matter with the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, SDO (Civil) and Water Resource Department for initiating protection works as well as repair of the PWD work. Social workers, L Punshi Singha, Thampalangou Singha, Brajamohan Singh, K Champalal Singha, T Angoubi Singh, S Amuyaima Singha, K Nando Singh of Singerband have cautioned if immediate protection and repair works are not taken up, they might be forced to resort to other methods to voice their issues, affecting their very sustenance and existence. (source: SentinelAssam)

Campaigning gets hotter for by–elections

SILCHAR, September 6: Perhaps keeping tune with the heat and dust of summer, the campaigning for the by–elections for Silchar and Lakhipur gets hotter with a beeline of star campaigners of Congress, BJP and AIUDF, joining the race for boosting up the prospect of their candidates. The battle seems tough, considered against the force and vehemence with which the parties in reckoning in particular have thrown in all their punch and weight to beat one another.
Though under the shadow of ‘model code of conduct,’ no posters, banners or graffiti of significance, propagating the party manifesto and candidate’s winnability on merits come to notice, the milieu around brings to the fore all the hoi–polloi associated with an election. Crisscrossing the urban, semi–urban and rural areas of Silchar and Lakhipur, the vehicles and convoy of candidates whiz past one another to reach the destinations of their rallies and meetings.
A by–election, in fact, has taken the shape of a grand general election. Every party and its leadership that count in this race have taken it as a testing ground for the coming Assembly elections of 2016 which is considered crucial as the next government at Dispur has to be different in understanding the burning issues of the State and also evolve a strategy for their solutions. Non Congress parties therefore have taken it as a challenge to end the misrule and misgovernance of the ruling party which has failed on all fronts.
It will not be an exaggeration to point out that the leaders campaigning for their party and candidates have been holding series of meetings to convey their message to the voters. And to reach all the electorates of both the constituencies, it is BJP which has heralded the poll campaign by Siddhartha Bhattacharjee, State president, who made it clear that the installation of a BJP government is not distant at Dispur. It is all serious to achieve the target of 84 plus. His campaign was followed by that of Sudhangshu Mittal, In–charge of Assam, Pradyut Bora, national executive member, Kamakhya Prasad Tasha, Rameshwar Teli, both MPs, Mriganka Barman, State Yuva Morcha president, and other leaders are to join and add grist to the mill of whipping up support for Dilip Paul and Sanjay Thakur, contesting for Silchar and Lakhipur seats.
Not to lag behind, Congress too has roped in their leaders for campaigning who till date include Mehdi Alam Bora, State chief spokesperson, Apurba Bhattacharjee, State spokesperson, Pawan Singh Ghatowar, former DoNER Minister, Prithvi Majhi, Minister of Labour, and the two valley based Cabinet Ministers, Gautom Roy and Ajit Singh. They have been holding rallies and meetings with more or less identical thrust on fulfilling the unfulfilled poll manifesto of the party to brighten the chances of Arun Dutta Mazumdar and Rajdeep Goala for Silchar and Lakhipur seats. Of course, their bete–noir BJP, the main rival, has been the prime target, raising questions about the promises made by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, for Assam and North East in general for development.
AIUDF, another adversary to decide the fate of both the seats of Silchar and Lakhipur and the candidates set up, Noor Ahmed Barbhuiya and Mukesh Pandey, has its charismatic campaigner Badruddin Ajmal, MP, and chief of the party, who has in his two–day hurricane round campaigning covered the interior as well as heartland of Lakhipur and addressed two public meetings at Topkhana and Berenga, besides holding group and workers meets, in and around Silchar. Significantly, the areas chosen for public contact are the vote–banks of Congress. Sparing BJP, Badruddin Ajmal has been sharp and attacking in his speeches on the ‘divide and rule’ of Congress for the last 66 years and following a policy of discrimination and deprivation towards the minorities and backward classes.
He has been critical of Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister, for skipping the crucial meeting convened by Sarbananda Sonowal at the behest of Union Minister of Highways and Roads, Nitin Gadkari, for the connectivity and other developmental issues. His party, AIUDF chief asserted would reach the target of 54 from the present tally of 18 to form the next government at Dispur to end the jungle raj of Congress.
So far for CPM candidate Dulal Mitra, the only State leader to campaign is Ananta Deka, who has addressed street corner meeting at Chamragodam and other places in and around Silchar. On Sunday, he is expected to meet the people in other areas of the town. His appeal has been to vote for the CPM candidate to raise the issues of this Barak Valley in the Assembly for their redressal. The party he reminded has been carrying on its relentless fight against corruption and for people’s causes outside the House. CPM has no candidate for Lakhipur. SUCI leadership here is yet to bring in any leader of significance to canvass for the candidates contesting for both the by–poll seats.
By and large, the developments and the feverish poll campaign indicate that on both the seats, the fight will be triangular involving Congress, BJP and AIUDF. The trends and swings too make it clear that it is the AIUDF which will ultimately decide the fate. Though the countdown is yet to begin with seven days left for the polling, the division in minority votes which are decisive caused by AIUDF will have the last say. (Source: SentinelAssam)