Author: Nava Thakuria

Maj Rati Keteki: Director Reveals Author’s Insight

When a popular radio artiste made a full-length Assamese movie in the early Nineties, film-goers responded positively and everyone thought it was a natural transformation from performer to a director. But even after receiving critical acclaim for ‘Adajya’ (The Flight, 1996), the director, who is a practising paediatrician, did not launch another movie for nearly two decades. This gave space to her critics to term Dr Santwana Bardoloi a “one-film wonder.” However, disproving all criticism, the distinguished film maker has readied her second movie in Assamese for commercial release in theatre halls. By now, the accomplished stage and radio...

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Modi Names China-Bordering Bridge After Bhupen Hazarika

Guwahati: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 26 May inaugurated and named the country’s longest river bridge in the far eastern region, over the Lohit river, a major tributary of mighty Brahmaputra. PM Modi, arrived in the morning from New Delhi, dedicating the Dhola-Sadiya bridge to the nation and naming it after legendary Assamese cultural personality Dr Bhupen Hazarika. “The road connectivity will see a major transformation as this bridge will fill a huge connectivity gap that has existed in the region. It will also enhance connectivity between Assam & Arunachal Pradesh, and opens the door for economic development...

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Amidst Chinese Threats, Dalai Lama Concludes Tawang Visit

Braving sudden bad weather in northeast India and ignoring the relentless threats from the Chinese government in Beijing, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso finally concluded his Tawang visit staying for days in the historic monastery of Arunachal Pradesh. The Nobel peace laureate was initially scheduled to fly to Tawang from Guwahati on 4 April, but the inclement weather compelled him to take the land route and reached Tawang on 7 April. The octogenarian Tibetan leader, who arrived in Guwahati from Dharamshala in north India to grace a number of events in Assam, arrived in Bomdila of...

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Patriotic Peoples Front Supports Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016

The Patriotic People’s Front Assam, also known as PPFA, today wrote a letter to the Governor of Assam, Shri Banwarilal Purohit. The letter relates to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. The organisation believes that vested interests are trying to communalise citizenship, rather than helping to find an amicable solution. They say opponents of the bill made misleading and manipulative statements. The thorny issue of who is a local and who is a foreigner in Assam has long caused problems for groups such as Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Sikhs and other religious minorities. The letter references the killing of eminent Assam...

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2016: India’s Degrading Journo-Murder Index

As the first half of the year 2016 passes by, India emerges as one of the worst places for working journalists, rated the same as conflict-ridden nations such as Mexico, Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq. As the first half of the year 2016 passes by, India emerges as one of the worst places for working journalists, rated the same as conflict-ridden nations such as Mexico, Yemen, Afghanistan and Iraq. The largest democracy in the world saw the murder of four journalists in the first six months of this year, and the populous country lost five journalists to assailants in 2015....

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