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Saturday, 18 August 2018

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Culture

Tezpur University undertakes efforts to restore legacy of Srimanta Sankardeva’s birthplace

A team of chemists, led by Pinku Gogoi and Rajkamal Mohan, PhD students of Tezpur University supervised the entire work starting from cleaning to ensuring safety in handling the toxic pigments.

Dr. Rajeev K. Doley | April 03, 2018 12:23 hrs

Editorials

Freedom of speech and criticism 

I think people have taken “freedom of speech” for granted. No one seems to have any control over what they are talking about, what information they are sharing, both personal and official...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | August 11, 2018 19:36 hrs

Selective rebukes

I hold the Supreme Court of India in reverence and awe. Actually, every Indian does. After all, it has been successfully putting the checks and balances on the corrupt elements of the Indian Executive...

Swapnil Bharali | August 11, 2018 19:32 hrs

Guwahati Adda: Namami Brahmaputra

Two people engage in a conversation after the end of the recent Namami Brahmaputra festival which was ‘washed away.’

Sidharth Bedi Varma | April 07, 2017 22:02 hrs

Guwahati Adda: The Blue Hue - Guwahati Traffic Police's New Uniform

New uniforms for traffic police in Guwahati? So is that change just cosmetic or has the service upgraded too?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 26, 2017 21:00 hrs

Guwahati Adda: Guwahati, In-flght magazine and Awesome Assam

3 friends strike up a WhatsApp conversation after they get back to Guwahati from Delhi, and they discuss the Awesome Assam campaign featuring Priyanka Chopra that has been made available on several in-flight magazines

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 03, 2017 20:34 hrs

Guwahati Adda: 'Queue' pareshaan hai tu? - Demonetization and Guwahati

What a burden the entire Demonetization exercise was! People in Guwahati were holding to on to their spot at the ATM queue on to dear life. Here are the scenes from an ATM late at night. The colour of the clothes is how you remember people in a queue...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 18, 2017 18:50 hrs

Guwahati Adda: How fancy is your number?

What happened when the District Transport revised the rates for getting fancy number plates?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 13, 2018 18:00 hrs

Does Guwahati need a Mayor? 

Guwahati has a Mayor. This is information that a lot of people are not aware of. Let me begin with the premise that the Mayor is the highest-ranking official in the municipal department...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | August 04, 2018 16:14 hrs

An exercise in futility?

To all appearances, the mammoth NRC exercise seems done and dusted for the moment. Such was the scale and enormity of the task that at one point we wondered whether the Register...

Swapnil Bharali | August 04, 2018 16:10 hrs

Let’s Talk Guwahati

In this ongoing month of July, G Plus has possibly conducted one of the largest surveys ever done in the city of Guwahati independently. The survey titled 'Let's Talk Guwahati'...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 28, 2018 16:14 hrs

Being NRC negative

A friend’s office caretaker is an “Assamese Nepali” – the same variety of people that the more famous Mani Kumar Subba is. Not too educated and without much societal clout as is expected from people...

Swapnil Bharali | July 28, 2018 16:11 hrs

Guwahati Adda: GMC's Neutering Services

What happens when 3 Guwahati guys bring together pop-culture, headlines and administration together?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 09, 2018 18:48 hrs

A Gold for us khar khuas 

Hima Das, the name now every Indian should be proud of. This homegrown athlete has now taken Assam to the world, with a gold medal finally in the bag at an international...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | July 21, 2018 18:34 hrs

A diamond forever

The last occasion when Assamese hearts swelled with pride was when singer Debojeet Saha, of Silchar, buoyed by the huge SMS support and the good wishes of AASU, won a singing...

Swapnil Bharali | July 21, 2018 18:26 hrs

Is the public at fault?

In our run up to the second week of the FakeMat movement, it has been amazing to see the response and support that the campaign has received...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 27, 2018 16:54 hrs

Un’advise’able duo

Chief Minister (CM) Sarbananda Sonowal needs to be wary or at least start getting worried about the advice he is getting from his two trusted advisors – media advisor Hrishikesh Goswami and legal...

Swapnil Bharali | June 27, 2018 16:51 hrs

Fekna bandh karo! Fake mat!

Someone in 2018 said that the words to live by are: ‘If it’s not on social media, did it even happen?’ But did someone ever wait to think, ‘What if it’s on social media, and it never...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 16, 2018 17:22 hrs

System update required

Mob mentality: something that is difficult to comprehend in that a large number of individuals come together to think alike and be destructive to the point of being murderous...

Swapnil Bharali | June 16, 2018 17:20 hrs

“No Country for Joke Men”

China ya Pakistan ka recce kar nahi paye so what? Mars hi sahi! Bhaijaan: Are you calling our Prime Minister a swindler? A fraud? A thug? You dare mock the great Modi ji? Did not you hear about...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 02, 2018 19:56 hrs

Point driven home?

The first thing I do on waking up is of course scan the newspapers. Yeah, I know that’s part of my job. But more so these days, the progress or rather hopefully, the lack of it, as far as the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill...

Swapnil Bharali | June 02, 2018 19:30 hrs

GDD’s love affair with DPRs

These flood preparedness meetings have done nothing but made the concerned departments lazy and laid back about actually dealing with the onset of monsoons. Instead of...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 19, 2018 19:01 hrs

Masking the Development

Remember how around this date two years ago, we Assamese had voted – for change? Poriborton was the basic operative word. What that change would be was never explicitly spelt out by the harbingers...

Swapnil Bharali | May 19, 2018 18:59 hrs

History of Guwahati: The 60 year old Rani Chapari Manasa Puja

The temple has attracted the wrath of people for patronizing animal sacrifice in the name of culture, religion and traditions. But it is a debate to live up to that expectation as there is Section 428...

Kamal Baruah | May 19, 2018 13:48 hrs

Poriborton = demographic change, mind it!

All this while, I had thought that the cry of “poriborton” from two years ago meant development and progress. I had not bargained for “poriborton” to mean drastic demographic change!

Swapnil Bharali | May 12, 2018 12:17 hrs

Irrelevant ULFA’s relevant issues

It is Rebati Phukan’s disappearance rather than his existence and efforts as a peace interlocutor that has made news, more so because of the interest that the chief minister himself has taken towards verifying his fate.

Swapnil Bharali | May 09, 2018 12:53 hrs

Raasta khodo, Tender nikalo

Just for an on-ground check, both the newly appointed GDD and PWD Ministers should go for a drive on the Rupnagar-Kalapahar route and the Kharguli stretch.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 09, 2018 12:48 hrs

Cleaning up the mess from 20 years ago

Internal sources revealed that there are cases where the Foreigners’ Tribunal (FT) had identified possible foreigners and registered cases against them back in 1998. It was then that other machineries like the Police...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | April 28, 2018 16:26 hrs

‘Congressizing’ the BJP

A gentleman I know loved to ride a Harley Davidson; unfortunately he was not a competent rider. The bike was too heavy for him and handling it was kinda cumbersome. But he loved the bike’s power...

Swapnil Bharali | April 28, 2018 16:22 hrs

GMC and GMDA: glorified scavengers 

If these civic bodies do not get their act together, this so called smart city is going to the dogs and they will come only with their last minute contingency plans and continue...

Swapnil Bharali | April 11, 2018 10:36 hrs

Justice delayed, justice delivered

Salman, as an inmate at Jodhpur Central Jail, will be in the company of rape accused godman Asaram, Rajsamand's hate-murder accused Shambhu Lal Raigar

Swapnil Bharali | April 11, 2018 10:33 hrs

‘Mentoring’ our ministers

An all women’s university, clearly established in haste, with a “Mentor” for a Vice Chancellor, a chief minister for a Chancellor, professors contracted and not appointed - on ad...

Swapnil Bharali | April 06, 2018 20:29 hrs

Data breach and winds of change

Mark Zuckerberg’s public statement that was downplayed as a ‘breach of trust’ between Facebook and its users, while claiming that Facebook was unaware about this data theft, is one...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 27, 2018 19:16 hrs

A ‘SORRY’ picture

Over time I have learnt that human intelligence has two variants. One is academic in nature where “intelligent” people excel in their academic pursuits but then turn out to be failures in...

Swapnil Bharali | March 27, 2018 19:13 hrs

Biscuit Blunder

Dogs demand attention, more so pet dogs. Pidi is no different. And I cannot at all blame him for choosing the wrong moment to seek his master Rahul Gandhi’s affection...

Swapnil Bharali | March 14, 2018 17:33 hrs

Sex Survey Guwahati Today

A sex survey done by a reputed national weekly, across 19 major cities in India was the week’s highlight for Guwahati. While this survey has always been exciting and something that most...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 14, 2018 17:17 hrs

‘Wink’ Varrier redefines content barrier

Internet sensation and Malayalam actress, Priya Prakash Varrier, took the internet by storm this week. She caught the troll pages, meme makers and trendsetters by the scruff and showed them...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | February 22, 2018 20:32 hrs

Modis Operandi

Three Modis, over time, have really taken us in Guwahati by storm – each in their own unique way. While Narendra has given us enough reason to discuss, debate and argue on how...

Swapnil Bharali | February 22, 2018 20:29 hrs

Can we abstain from stains?

Three journalists are on a break from their grunt work. This is the conversation that follows...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | February 10, 2018 17:56 hrs

Mukeshbhai’s DODO, COCO & CODO 

Mukesh Ambani committed an investment of Rs 2,500 crores during his maiden visit to the state for the Advantage Assam summit. Brilliant! Retail outlets to...

Swapnil Bharali | February 10, 2018 17:53 hrs

Batting for 1951

To keep things logical, the cut-off year just has to be 1951 simply because 1971 does not have the requisite credentials to be so important. An accord signed as a culmination of a 6-year...

Swapnil Bharali | February 07, 2018 18:58 hrs

Shout and be productive...

Guwahati is on overdrive – a pace every metro city should be on. It is encouraging to see so much positivity around the city whether it is in terms of beautification, volunteer work or public announcements...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | February 03, 2018 17:12 hrs

Assam’s on ground Health check

These are regular trends that would have decreased with the passage of time, largely because the network...

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 23, 2018 18:38 hrs

Road rage repercussions

Cases of this level of extreme road rage are rather uncommon in Guwahati and so, this comes as a real shocker.

Swapnil Bharali | January 23, 2018 18:32 hrs

Bhakts stronger than parody

As we move into 2018, we should be looking at increased political liberty and the ability to voice opinions freely, but this ends the year on a sour note. 

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 02, 2018 17:04 hrs

Igniting the sporting spirit

A look back at the year brings to the mind the sheer variety of international sporting disciplines that the city hosted right from cricket and football (being the two most popular disciplines in India today) to other international events in badminton and boxing. 

Swapnil Bharali | January 02, 2018 17:00 hrs

A Requiem to Ajay Chetia

A peek through the usually open door of my cabin at my workplace had, so far, allowed me the wholesome sight of four young minds busy peering into their monitors, mouse in hand, at what we term as the creative/layout desk. It had become a habit with me and one of them missing from his chair would invariably make me raise questions about his whereabouts.

Swapnil Bharali | December 25, 2017 13:39 hrs

Deciphering the bizarre analogy

The anger against the health minister was massive and was mainly dissipated through social media. Cancer survivors especially felt that their health was mocked at and they responded by saying that they refuse to take such an abominable insult. “Shame on him!” was the war cry. 

Swapnil Bharali | November 27, 2017 18:52 hrs

Deferred till eternity

Preparing the NRC draft continues to be one of the most debatable and complex exercises that the country has undertaken, as proven by the recurring delays and deferred dates. 

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 22, 2017 16:26 hrs

Corruption no more fashionable

As a layman pondering, I kind of felt that Guwahati had seen a phase in time when it was fashionable to be corrupt. The more you flaunted your ill-gotten wealth, the more upfront respect you got from all and sundry. And you just had to develop that thick skin to ignore the backbiting.

Swapnil Bharali | November 22, 2017 15:48 hrs

Good etiquette doesn’t cost a penny

The recent video that circulated where an IndiGo employee physically assaulted a certain passenger has taken the internet by storm. The cause of the fight, whatever it may be, has made one thing clear; India does not believe in ‘Dignity of Labour’.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | November 15, 2017 19:57 hrs

Guwahati in A Year

We have been an unenthusiastic lot for a long time now, but this year Guwahati demanded the attention it deserved.

Sidharth Bedi Varma | October 31, 2017 21:59 hrs

Inglorious “rockstar”

My worst fears - from my last editorial – came true. No, it doesn’t make me feel at all like Nostradamus; I was not on any prediction spree.

Swapnil Bharali | October 15, 2017 17:02 hrs

Opinions

Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A Tribute to the Statesman

For a 90’s kid residing in India, his knowledge about political science might have started by repeating the name of the then Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee again and again.

Bishaldeep Kakati | August 17, 2018 16:56 hrs

Politicising the ‘Outsider’

On 30th July 2018, the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was published amidst apprehensions of law and order problems. Such apprehensions were however dispelled...

Abhinav Pankaj Borbora | August 11, 2018 19:39 hrs

Dangers of a warmer globe

A few days ago, as I was surfing through random videos on YouTube, I came across a news channel broadcast whose caption piqued my curiosity in a flash! It read, “Climate Change - 60 Crore Indians At Risk...

Dhiman Kakati | July 28, 2018 16:30 hrs

The degrading TV talk shows

With the advent of technology, people nowadays have become globally more aware, with the mindset to develop their knowledge regarding crucial/pivotal issues concerning...

Bishaldeep Kakati | July 21, 2018 18:48 hrs

Opinion | India – a perpetually ‘developing’ nation

Notwithstanding its cultural superiority ingested through manifold experiences across centuries and the ability to withstand change continuously yet embosom new civilizations...

Subhasish Das | July 16, 2018 17:01 hrs

Opposition unity VS incumbency

The currently prevailing discourse amongst political parties counterpoised to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pertains to the prospects of building a coalitional unity. Efforts in this direction have been forthcoming...

Abhinav Pankaj Borbora | June 27, 2018 17:01 hrs

A Heartfelt tribute to Abhi – Nil by their Friend

It’s not just Neel and Abhi’s life they barbarically lynched. Along with it, they took away whatever precious, little innocence we had left. They mercilessly tore down the albeit utopian mental construct we...

G Plus | June 21, 2018 22:19 hrs

Karbi Anglong lynching and its modern bases

A considerable amount of things have been already said and done regarding the unfortunate incident of mob violence in Karbi Anglong district. But such exercises remain superfluous unless...

Abhinav Pankaj Borbora | June 16, 2018 17:34 hrs

Opinion | Time to reshape the Reservation Policy

Today the condition is such that instead of trying to lessen the gap, the gorge of this caste-based reservations system is deepening and also spreading amongst the different communities...

Rabin Prasad Kalita | June 08, 2018 20:37 hrs

Plastic usage and Environment

India is one of the countries which are also affected by climate change worldwide; this includes northeast India.

Dr Sanjay O' Neill Shaw | June 05, 2018 19:13 hrs

Opinion : Selfish Intentions in Religious Beliefs

Although religion and development of conscience are both indispensable parts of human society, an imbalance in this equilibrium is equally harmful when we speak about keeping in terms with this ever expanding and developing world.

Bishaldeep Kakati | June 02, 2018 18:50 hrs

10 features of the Swadeshi Samriddhi Sim Cards by Patanjali Ayurved that are too good to be true!

Yoga Guru Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved has recently unveiled a new 'Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM', in partnership with state-run BSNL

Sidharth Bedi Varma | June 01, 2018 21:32 hrs

Two Years of BJP in Assam – Hits & Misses

As the BJP completes two years of governance, let's take a look at the areas where they did really well and a few grey areas where they failed or could've done better.

Subhasish Das | May 26, 2018 17:15 hrs

Health & Wellness : The Essence of Yoga

No matter how naturally flexible or strong you are, the true path of Yoga is one that must be walked over a long time. If you’re ever feeling impatient about how slowly it’s going or you ever wonder...

Arunima Dutta | May 19, 2018 19:06 hrs

Guwahati – one massive vending zone

Currently, a number of roads are being constructed in Guwahati by the Public Works Department but it seems that the roads are being widened and the footpaths are being built not for pedestrians but for the benefit of roadside vendors.

Arindam Garg | May 13, 2018 11:50 hrs

When Rocket Man got ‘Trumped’

All was hunky dory when the North Korean Leader Kim Jung-un aka ‘Rocket Man’ met with his southern counterpart Moon Jae-in in the dreaded demilitarized zone of Korea (DMZ).

Riddhiman Borooah | May 09, 2018 12:40 hrs

The Future of Assam's Tea Industry

If we are to discuss the future of Assam’s tea industry, let us consider the challenges it faces. First of course is its economic viability given the ever rising input costs which far exceed the rise in selling...

Ranjit Chaliha | April 28, 2018 16:47 hrs

Woes of Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport

Usually, a vehicle dropping off a passenger is given 5 minutes to exit and in such a case no parking fee is payable. Recently, the parking booths at the entry and exit points have been placed in such a manner that on most occasions, it becomes impossible for the driver to exit within 5 minutes mainly due to the unorganised parking and long line of exiting vehicles leading to the exit booth.

Bhaskar Dev Konwar | April 23, 2018 11:31 hrs

Rongali Bihu: its facets and changes

‘Bohag Bihu’ or ‘Rongali Bihu’ is basically an agrarian festival. The concept of fecundity or productiveness remains hidden within it and is precisely the reason of the co-relation between the long history of agriculture and traditional Assamese Bihu.

Dr Arunima Bharali | April 13, 2018 18:08 hrs

Why Rape Happens? Child Rights Activist speaks about why Sex Offenders commit the Crime

To understand crime, one has to look at the context. Guwahati is one of the most rapidly developing cities of the entire northeastern region. People from all corners of...

Miguel Das Queah | March 30, 2018 21:11 hrs

Paradigm for investments in Assam

A pertinent question that emerges is - what attracts investments? Across the world it is observed that investments are drawn to locations developed as...

Dwaipayan Bora | March 27, 2018 19:24 hrs

Drug menace in Guwahati

That Guwahati has emerged as a hub of narcotics doesn’t come as a surprise at all. Only the police swung late into action against the illicit business that had...

Rajeev Bhattacharyya | March 20, 2018 19:44 hrs

Avoid Defaming Assam!

In the March issue of one of the top and leading magazines of India, a piece of news was published regarding percentage of people involved in sex in different states...

Bishaldeep Kakati | March 19, 2018 16:07 hrs

The Papon kiss-saga : Whither rational thinking?

I have a daughter; so I perceive things a little differently than many of Papon’s loyalists. Make no mistake, I am as much an Assamese as them and take immense pride when works of modern...

Subhasish Das | March 03, 2018 19:09 hrs

Guwahati’s water woes 

The hills are badly mauled and robbed off its beauty. The ever increasing human settlements, commercial establishments and industries require the elixir of life called water...

Dr Navanil Barua | February 22, 2018 17:10 hrs

Paradigm for Investments in Assam

Across the world it is observed that investments are drawn to locations developed as industry clusters - places that increase productivity...

Dwaipayan Bora | February 09, 2018 17:23 hrs

Union Budget 2018: A Realistic Approach to boost Indian Economy

On 1st February, 2018 Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley presented the union budget for 2018-19 with a new developmental framework with prime focuses on agrarian economy, rural...

Padmapani Bora | February 07, 2018 12:25 hrs

Boosting tourism opportunity in Majuli, a spiritual abode

While in Majuli, what do tourists do? It’s mostly Satra hopping, watching mask making at Samaguri satra and feasting on traditional food and beverages.

Dr Navanil Barua | January 27, 2018 19:20 hrs

Benefits of transportation facilities provided by offices in the city

It is heartening to see that the Government is taking an initiative which will drastically reduce the discomfort and inconvenience faced by the general public- in the process, leading to the smooth functioning of the State Machinery; this time in the form of Transportation Facilities.

Dhiman Kakati | January 20, 2018 17:23 hrs

Death of Guwahati’s Winter 

We've stepped into January and Guwahatians have barely felt the typical chill associated with these months except for two days in the early part of this week. It's all the more frightening to see other parts of the state experiencing a rather normal cold winter and the mercury hardly dipping here to single digit so far. So, who killed Guwahati’s winter?

Subhasish Das | January 13, 2018 15:41 hrs

Demonetisation: A historic decision with far-reaching approach to curb Black Money and Corruption

The demonetisation has brought back around 95% of the cash in circulation in the market.

Padmapani Bora | December 08, 2017 20:57 hrs

A Society Free from the Word ‘Disability’

3rd December is celebrated as the International day of Persons with Disability worldwide. Being a proud mother of a child with special needs, every year I am excited during this time of year.

Rupa Hazarika | December 02, 2017 17:59 hrs

Evaluating Arshad Madani’s Comments

The uproar in Assam over Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind chief Maulana Syed Arshad Madani’s provocative statements at a seminar in the capital on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is understandable.

Rajeev Bhattacharyya | November 27, 2017 19:04 hrs

Demonetisation and its success

The first anniversary of demonetisation recently brought into focus the way this government has embarked on a massive drive to “formalize” the economy – one of the key transformational agenda. In this context, let me examine one of the levers that is being used to achieve this - Demonetisation.

Sumanta Deb | November 22, 2017 20:24 hrs

Fashion

Fashion | How To Style The 90's Trends? 

2018 has brought the 90s trends back on the rack. All the looks with denim shirts and jackets, the big glasses and the micro sunnies, the maxi dresses, the crop top etc (list goes on) has given...

Priyanka Devi Joishi | June 06, 2018 17:58 hrs