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Tuesday, 11 December 2018

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Vexed migrant issue – possible solutions

Is it feasible to throw out 1 crore people (I got this figure from Himanta Biswa Sarma’s recent startling allegation that AGP, by signing the Assam accord, had legalised 1 crore Bangladeshis)?

Dr Navanil Barua | December 10, 2018 11:42 hrs

Bridge: reflections of life

"You can judge a person by the way he plays Bridge," said Zia Mahmood referring to himself. Some say that there are basically four types of people in this world while psychologists have added one more type to this list.

Hemanta Kumar Sarma | December 01, 2018 19:00 hrs

What it takes to be GTF

3 days, 4 plays! The G Plus Guwahati Theatre Festival (GTF) 2018 (the third edition of the festival) offered a unique mix of theatrical enactments to the extremely discerning audience of Guwahati.

Swapnil Bharali | November 24, 2018 14:19 hrs

The way out: Strict traffic rules and counselling

I would say, “Wow! Wonderful! Very good! You’re doing a great job; driving on the wrong side of the road. You’re indeed setting a great example.” They would look at me as if I was mad.

Tinat Atifa Masood | November 18, 2018 12:44 hrs

Guwahatians and the Conduct of Urbanity

I have regularly started telling my students, “You simply cannot be Urban until and unless you have the Conduct of Urbanity within you!” Considering the fact that with the urbanization process worldwide, modeling the dynamics of people's activities in urban environments, it has indeed become a crucial socio-economic task.

Sattyakee D’com Bhuyan | November 11, 2018 16:53 hrs

A noiseless Diwali please!

• Burning crackers is burning money • Spare a thought for animals • Gases and chemicals are nobody’s friend • Inevitable fire accidents • Not a Happy Diwali for every child

Subhasish Das | November 03, 2018 14:44 hrs

CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL AND ASSAM

Assam has seen many protests over the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The Bill has been termed “Anti-Assam” by BJP's ally Asom Gana Parishad(AGP), and similarly criticized by other regional parties.

Pradyut Acharjee | November 02, 2018 13:42 hrs

QUIZZING – the all-encompassing mind sport

A question like “What is the currency of Brazil?” is regarded as “dry.” But the same question when asked as – “Which country would you be, if you were buying a football with 1000 Cruzerios?” - would be commended as good quizzing.

Tridib Borah | October 28, 2018 12:01 hrs

#Me Too Movement and Men’s Sexuality

As a young aspirant in any profession caught in such an improper situation where you either take the bull by its horn or bite the bullet, more often than not you’d opt for the latter when the bull is a big gun.

Subhasish Das | October 24, 2018 11:27 hrs

Is it a spiritual or a materialistic Durga Puja?

The modern era though has unfortunately seen the real essence of celebrating Durga Puja being degraded to quite an extent, however the optimistic still believes that if the people change their attributes and habits a little, think logically, act rationally, then the sacred festival of Durga Puja can be revived once again.

Bishaldeep Kakati | October 15, 2018 14:44 hrs

I am a woman and I don't support #MeToo

The #MeToo movement has been sweeping the country and women have come out to raise their voice in unison against past oppressions, assaults and sexual misbehavior by erstwhile male colleagues taking advantage of their momentary superiority.

Chandrika Das | October 12, 2018 19:14 hrs

OPINION | Swachhta is more than just toilet construction

After four years of a Mission as serious and massive as Swachh Bharat, launched under the direct supervision of the Prime Minister of India, if it is still about building awareness on cleanliness in Guwahati, I guess somewhere, something is going terribly wrong.

Swapnil Bharali | October 08, 2018 13:17 hrs

THE NATURE’S CALL

“E-Toilets” and “Bio-toilets” are two popular terms in vogue today. Many of us are rather confused about the difference between the two. While Bio-toilets are simple installations with facilities to convert the defecated material to water in a short period of time by converting it to odourless and colourless water, E-Toilet are the ones fitted with electronic and gimmicking automation features which facilitates the user with so-called easy-usage.

Anand Aiyar | October 03, 2018 12:27 hrs

Village Rockstars: India’s gutsy entry to the Oscars

Village Rockstars is an attempt to tell a story – may be of the writer herself – through the language of cinema. The essential function of cinema is storytelling and Rima Das has efficiently handled the medium to tell her story.

Jayanta Kumar Sarma | September 29, 2018 17:17 hrs

Suicidal tendencies: mankind’s ugly option

In the modern era, words like, “science & technology,” “business & commerce” etc have all showered a sanguine mindset among humans residing on this globe, and that has indeed come in handy in the process of making mankind climb the ladder of progress and development.

Bishaldeep Kakati | September 28, 2018 10:57 hrs

The hullabaloo of undertaking an ASTC journey

Founded in 1948 as the Transport provider of Assam and baptised as a Corporation in 1970, the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) is one of the major public sector revenue generating services of the state of Assam. The statistical figures of ASTC are impressive; it employs over 5,000 people.

Bondita Baruah | September 18, 2018 12:13 hrs

Negotiating an Indo-Pak solution

As an untested new leader takes the reins of our neighboring country Pakistan, the world focuses its attention on him. Everyone seems to ask - Will he be able to turn around Indo-Pak relations?

Dwaipayan Bora | September 18, 2018 12:00 hrs

Stricter laws could have prevented the North Guwahati boat tragedy

The September 5 boat tragedy on the banks of North Guwahati was an eye-opener on what the state of our inland water transport was in the city. The accident threw light on the plight of the common Guwahatian travelling in a rickety vessel, putting his life at risk all the time.

Chetan Bhattarai | September 12, 2018 14:33 hrs

Invaluable impact of teachers in the modern era

An eye catching construction more often than not is the result of a strong base, which directly or indirectly holds the impregnable and proud pillars of a magnificent structure.

Bishaldeep Kakati | September 05, 2018 11:00 hrs

Rationalizing the reservation policy

It’s a conspicuous fact known to one and all that the perspectives and characterization of education follow a basic policy, which is to engender the sense of being schooled and skilled in the mind of individuals.

Bishaldeep Kakati | September 01, 2018 18:47 hrs

Emotional Intelligence

What does the idea- the concept- of “Emotional Intelligence” mean to someone like the author- a 23 year old fresh College passout ready to take on the increasing sophistication and adrenaline of the 21st Century lifestyle?

Dhiman Kakati | August 29, 2018 16:17 hrs

Brain in the Drain

During Emergency, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in one of the meetings with her bureaucrats asked how the “brain drain” from India could be stopped.

Tridib Borah | August 23, 2018 18:58 hrs

Are “Protests and Media Trials on Facebook” maligning people’s Reputations?

Recent incidents of media and public trial on social media have raised serious concerns about a victim and an accused person’s privacy alike. Not only is an individual’s privacy at stake, his/her reputation is something which is equally susceptible to being tarnished.

H.K. Das | August 23, 2018 13:30 hrs

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