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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.
Guwahati today has come a long way from being a city where there was the occasional VIP visiting once in a blue moon.
Onion is selling for Rs 140 to Rs 150 per kilo and the prices of petrol, diesel and other impactful products are gradually increasing in India.
Will Guwahati be finally free from that "Chick-Chick" sound of mixing Gutka-Pan Masala?
Come December and Guwahati’s most awaited cultural landmark will be on show once again – for the 4th year in succession.
Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (or IIT-G) has always been regarded as an example to emulate by other state and national universities of the region.
Two of India’s largest educational institutions have grabbed the headlines, as their campuses have become a hotbed for protests
These bloody influencers with their fake numbers have ruled Social Media for far too long. Now even Instagram has decided to end this menace.
In the name of a religious festival namely, Brahmaputra Pushkar, the Bharalu River – the city’s premier drainage channel for all practical purposes – has been blocked at its mouth.
This time, I choose to digress and talk about a 6 year long exercise. G Plus recently turned 6 and in the last week, also touched 165,000 odd organic fans on Facebook.
Sushil Chandra Mishra has taken over as the Chairman & MD of OIL marking the first time in several years when there is not a single Assamese on the Board of Directors of the PSU.
I remember calling the police officials to report a “hazaar wala patti.” By the time they arrived, well, the hazaar was long silenced.
As we go to press with a fresh volume of G Plus today (this edition is Vol 7 Issue 1), it is on the celebratory occasion of Diwali.
The government kept busy this week and made some announcements that seem to have upset some people.
Given the PMC Bank crisis and its fallout thereafter, the concern today is whether banks in India are safe keepers of our money.
Rahul catches up with his “fancy-strong accented-South Delhi” friend who is a strong advocate of Green-Diwali.
This time puja went by without much hullabaloo. I mean pandals were less crowded, roads were less chaotic and people just seem to have disappeared
Sacrifice of tens of thousands of innocent animals in the name of puja ritual is something which can’t be digested if we call ourselves a civilised society.
I recall an endearing television commercial from the good old Doordarshan days by Steel Authority of India Ltd which showed the magic of steel through the perspective of a school boy and how it is all-pervasive.
Notwithstanding the various pressures the nation seems to be in currently, be it with its economy, borders, internal political issues et al
Come 2nd October and single-use plastic products are set to be banned – nationwide.
People are making a bee lines to pollution testing centres, the helmet stores and the DMV to get their papers in order.
Wonder if Amit Shah has ever had ‘sah’! Never I guess, because he usually has ‘chai.’
As the festivities of Vishwakarma Puja come to an end, it leaves behind a familiar trail of idols along the roadside.
Guwahati’s fast growing water crisis is what makes the JICA underground water supply project so very important in the fast changing landscape of the city.
My initial negative assumptions were justified because visiting government offices for work has traditionally never been great experiences for anyone.
Visiting government offices located in Guwahati for personal work is often considered a potentially daunting experience; such visits are often procrastinated upon, kept in abeyance.
The automobile sector is down, but is it a real indicator of how poorly the economy is performing?
The US media sought to paint the entire NRC exercise as a picture of Hindu-Muslim enmity.
After failing to meet several deadlines, the ill-fated NRC is finally going to be out. The question is, will this document sort the confusion around the identity of the people in Assam?
Needless drama. Precisely what the whole Chidambaram arrest was all about. The news and the “sensationalism” surrounding it however, gripped the country like nothing else this week.
An important question that needs an answer is how have the funds been disbursed for the rehabilitation of those affected by floods.
The union government can now offer its undivided attention to overhaul the northeast and bring it at par with the rest of the country.
For me, freedom is staying home on a National holiday and driving on G.S Road at 60 kmph on a Thursday afternoon.
Kohli charges more for an Instagram post than the annual transaction between India and Pakistan.
While the fate of Jammu & Kashmir has changed forever with one stroke of the President’s pen, in quick succession, the nation has lost one of its tallest leaders – Sushma Swaraj.
Every business establishment comes with its own liabilities of paying salaries, rent, taxes, electricity bills, interests on loans etc.
They often say that public memory is short. Well, I beg to differ although I am as much public as anyone else! When it comes to our floods and the annual misery that it brings to our lovely state
It is high time that the law is enforced for public who are not being responsible enough towards their own lives.
The proverbial silver lining to this dark cloud is that Assam continues to be a water-surplus state unlike most of the rest of India.
Assam flood is clearly one of them and the second one is the flood of “old people” photos on my social media timeline.
Is there a blame game on in the midst of the praises for Dhoni and Jadeja? Maybe yes, maybe no.
For once, the Gandhi scion, Rahul, has been right. Or rather has taken the right decision.
The nation has otherwise come across two Rahuls – one a forever struggling politician and the other, a supposedly promising cricketer.
It seems like a scene from the movie Kabir Singh has become the most debated topic in the past week.
Let me recall for you “Ward Talks.” It was an initiative of G Plus where we took accountability to the micro level of the wards of the city and discussed issues pertaining to each ward
For a city that still hasn’t understood the correct use of the ‘hazard light’, the fact that people have started giving way to an ambulance on the road, seems to tell us that all is not lost.
The first thing one would think of when it comes to the Cricket World Cup is the nagging, persistent and incessant rains especially because India is the clear favourite to win the Cup and has performed in its opening two matches as the champion designate.
With the temperatures soaring in Guwahati, the city has let out a cry for help this summer. Temperatures have already peaked to 38°C with the “real feel” exceeding 45°C.
Recently, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl was brutally murdered by two full-grown men in a town in Uttar Pradesh.
Guwahati clearly has untrained people who do not know how to extend warmth and hospitality to a patron seeking a paid service.
Politicians have ambitions and there is nothing wrong in that. This has been amply reiterated by Amit Shah’s elevation from party president to union home minister in the new Modi cabinet.
The smooth and peaceful retention of power – something that makes us all proud to be part of the Indian democracy, the world’s largest – is done and Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns to power even stronger than before. A stronger mandate, bigger numbers.
Let’s be clear about this – the victory of BJP is the victory of good advertising, impeccable marketing strategy and great communication skills.
So our so-called “respectable” morality and societal monitor, the biggest well-wisher of Axom desh, is at it again huh!
The results are here and students have the marks to show for it. There are a lot of hoorahs going around and at the same time, a lot of disappointed parents and students.
With the onset of the holy month of Ramzaan, you must be waiting for an iftaar invitation or to the grand feast on the 5th-6th, and if my Muslim friends are reading this, you must have already started hearing, “Bhai, tere paas aayenge Eid khane.”
The recent incident of a mad stray dog turning ferocious enough to bite 50 people on the streets of Pan Bazar, Fancy Bazar and Lakhtokia and thereafter simply disappearing from the scene brings an uneasiness to the mind.
I, along with many others, was privy to a great piece of lecture delivered as a keynote address by the Ambassador of Israel to India, Dr Ron Malka.
I am privy to the insecurity of the “Assamese folk and their language,” brought forward after two recent incidents I witnessed.
The elections in Assam are over and as we await the results while following the electoral activities in the rest of the country, we have nothing but indignation for at least three incidents with regard to the elections in Assam.
With the election fever now over, I was thinking about watching Avengers: Endgame. You want to join?
Come 23rd April and Guwahati city will go to polls to elect its Member of Parliament. The first two phases of polls have seen an encouraging turnout with voting percentage touching 80% in some centres.
With the elections set to end in Assam on 23rd April, it calls for political parties to see whether they have spent their money wisely – an ROI assessment if you will.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a massive election rally in Bengali-dominated Silchar on Thursday, has once again reiterated his promise of bringing in the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 if voted to power.
Phase I of the grand Indian elections has now concluded leaving us all to ask just one thing – a somewhat low voter turnout; is this going to be the trend across the rest of the phases?
What was the need for Queen Ojha to do what she did! To “falsify” something as stark as your educational qualification, whether deliberately or by oversight, amounts to lying through your nose to your voters.
Though the BJP claims that the Twitter hashtag campaign #MainBhiChowkidar is a massive online hit, it did not brainstorm enough as to the impact such campaigns might have on the public, especially on children.
It seems a long career in politics with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is not the best of options for the party’s politicians.
As the elections draw near and the political drama has engulfed the nation, we are once again at the crossroads of “who do we choose?”
The conversations in the coffee shops and clubs of Guwahati these days are invariably of the Gauhati Lok Sabha candidates; the suspense kept up by the various political parties in declaring the names of their respective candidates.
The following is an excerpt from a conversation between a young chap from the city and a cop at a traffic point.
The current political scenario in the city is fraught with speculations like: Himanta Biswa Sarma is contesting from Tezpur. Oh no, he is Gauhati’s candidate.
Litu: So we’re so close to the LS Polls. I wonder who is going to take the throne. Bitu: Who do you think?
The new regional leader today with some great credence is undoubtedly Conrad Sangma. He championed the lapse of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in the Rajya Sabha
Racing to beat the model code of conduct that is going to kick in after the Election Commission announces the general election schedule, the central government is making a last ditch effort to “book its goodwill” for the upcoming elections.
Hurrah! Prime Minister Narendra Modi bags an international award – a prestigious one at that. The PM has become the 14th recipient of the Seoul Peace Prize. Peace award at Seoul for being a “soul.” Get it?
How seriously do I, along with the rest of the world, take certain recent utterances of US President Donald Trump? Utterances like “reasonably attractive news” coming from India and Pakistan and that it’s “coming to an end?”
In the World Wide Web your post of something which may be controversial (to some or many) can easily come back to haunt you. I call it digital karma.
With the extremely interesting political times ahead, let me be a bit speculative this time with no intention of rubbing anyone wrong. The thing is I am just armed with some rather chewy information which enables me to draw some potentially provocative conclusions.
Well, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill fracas seems to be momentarily over; one can safely assume that peace has returned to Assam.
Amar, iyate bor action hua hoise! (Lots of action happening in our region). Ek pine Citizenship Bill got lapsed, which was our victory! (Random strangers cheer, “hurray”)
Are illegal vending zones back? A quick drive around town would clear this question. Often, the narrow lanes of Sarania and the wide lanes near the DGP office seem to be clogged with vendors occupying most of the area on the footpath.
“Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows,” wrote William Shakespeare famously in The Tempest. The modern adaptation of the same is, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”
The Bajrang Dal seems to have captured a lot of people’s attention after a recent video surfaced of a Bajrang Dal member threatening KMSS Leader, Akhil Gogoi.
Flashback 30th October, 2008! When the sunny morning turned dark from smoke billowing out of bombs that blast serially at the busiest localities of Guwahati…
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and its attempted enactment into a law seem to be coming across as a rather poor exercise in public relations by the government.
(Scene: 4 guys, sitting at home, phones out, headphones in; the PUBG theme plays… and action!)
Is the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 a permanent solution to the complex demographic issues of Assam? No, by a long margin, if we are to believe the words of its vociferous propagators. So what is a permanent solution?
It is often said that we as people enjoy celebrating mediocrity, and of all the states, I couldn’t emphasize more that Assam emerges as the star here.
At a first glance, I certainly don’t look ‘Assamese’ leaving aside that fact that there is no definition set for looking like an Assamese either by appearance, features, attire or language.
Two formidable rivers forming two expansive valleys, some magnificent hills, lakes, forests et al make for this wondrous land called Assam - a state of the Indian Union whose boundaries were carved out by the States Reorganization Commission in 1956 on linguistic lines as was any other state.
At the outset of this first editorial of the New Year, let me wish you, all my dear readers on print and our digital channels a very happy 2019.
Prime Minister Modi has kick started his 2019 poll yatra with a bang. His campaign in Manipur will start off 8 new projects and by laying the foundation stone for these projects, the BJP has made their intention towards the Northeast, more “concrete.”
Happy New Year ke Resolutions – ek fake katha! Enthusiastic ladka: Eyy Happy New Year! Balanced dost: Thanks man same to you
Saraighat, Dhola-Sadiya and now Bogibeel! All these bridges bear testimony to the improving infrastructure of the state of Assam besides also improving the country’s defence assets in each case.
The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has finally taken an important, or rather a landmark decision of penalizing, if you’re caught littering the street.
It’s a wonder how our Guwahati repeatedly gets violated by outsiders bringing the city to a standstill; the perpetrators (read instigators), in each instance, are none else but our politicians.
I was in Dehradun about a week ago I was surprised that the city had so much to offer, compared to Guwahati. This was not because I went there for the first time, but more because I could see what was different about the city if I drew a parallel with Guwahati.
How cool is it to double park? On Guwahati’s narrow streets? Or specifically in Fancy Bazar’s congested Kamarpatty Road? Right under a “No Parking” signage? Not really cool I’d say;
We’re living in times where virtually every rural household has a satellite dish despite a thatched roof and this is a smart initiative to educate more kids who lack resources.
Well, it’s the wedding season and so, time for celebrations. All weddings in the city witness months of rigorous planning so that these significant milestones in any family remain as memorable events for both the hosts and the invited guests.
With due respect, the city beautification drive is most welcome. But, there are some issues that we should clear before we delve into the topic.
There was a disturbing video on a certain profile on Facebook yesterday. We at office managed to catch it and download it before it was swiftly removed.
A story by G Plus last week caught the attention of a lot of readers when the point raised was that of city beautification – “but only during VIP visits.”
Hollering, shouting, yelling, “biting”… I checked the thesaurus: synonyms galore to describe the basic activity that the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is indulging in right now.
“Tum doodh mangoge, hum Kiron Kheer denge...Tum insult karoge, hum cheer denge…” - Anonymous. The above is a quote sent to G Plus in response to the KaranKirron fiasco.
Around a month ago, I got a call from a good friend of mine who happens to be the chief editor of a leading English news channel. The slight edge in his voice suggested that he was indeed desperate in trying to hire some quality copy-writers for his channel and he was seeking my recommendations for a few people who could meet his standards.
Funny Man: The Supreme Court and I are the same. Apne ghar me, humari koi nahi sunta… No izzat we have. Sensible Man: Well I think that’s the entire learning this Diwali. Our country is just not fit for democracy and harmonious living.
A follower of G Plus from Guwahati, who also happens to be a good friend of mine, had to visit the Kazaringa Circle Office for some work related to his plot of land that happens to be located within the jurisdiction of that Circle.
A grand statement by the BJP Government last week was to erect the tallest statue in the world. The move, although strong, has been strongly criticized by people, which of course has become the norm these days.
The crazy piece of news that came in about 5 non-Assamese people being killed by militants in battle fatigues at Dhola near Tinsukia was reminiscent of those troubled times that Assam went through in the 1980s.
Regular is not fun. Regular is not hip. Regular is not exciting. Regular is well... regular. We are not in this to be regular. We set out on this endeavour not to be regular. We wanted to be unpredictable, instinctive, volatile, explosive.
This is Volume 6 Issue 1 of G Plus that you are holding in your hands – a singular opportunity for me to thank each and every one of you, our readers, for allowing us to see this day when we have completed 5 years of publishing. Yes! And I thank you from the bottom f my heart.
Sharma: Oi, eibar puja was really dull (This time puja was really dull). No one came out of their homes it seems?
Whether we want to admit it or not, Durga Puja this year was basically a damp squib and just did not stir the social bonding that Guwahatians are used to at this time of the year. The reasons are not far to seek actually.
Himanta Biswa Sarma uses it. Sarbananda Sonowal uses it too. In fact, it was started by Narendra Modi in one sense. A national election was won based on its usage.
We live in times when fitting into trends is more important than fitting into clothes, when just saying anything is more important than saying something relevant.
The businessmen in Fancy Bazaar area on Thursday, put up a small demonstration outside their shops in the area ‘requesting’ the administration to open up the old jail complex for parking during the festive season.
The honourable Gauhati High Court (GHC) has asked a pertinent question and its confusion is justified given that its own nomenclature bearing the word “Gauhati” is in direct conflict with its location which is Guwahati.
The talking point in the city this week is of course Rima Das and her monumental cinematic work, Village Rockstars. As the media partner helping her to promote and market her product to the masses, the G Plus team went through a series of activities that included a press conference and finally the premiere show at Cinepolis, Central Mall – both on Thursday last.
Ozit (Ajit): Abbey World Tourism Day gusi gol and our brand ambassador Priyanka Chopra didn’t do anything for the state did she? Bizit (Bijit): Hmm… maybe she’s busy with the wedding bells around her.
Whatever is happening at Gauhati University is not nice. Period! It has never happened before and the unprecedented nature of the occurrences is akin to a touch of indigestion – a feeling that someone somewhere is tinkering around and compromising the quality of education dispensation of the apex institution.
Random Human: Oh so I heard your column bagged some award in Delhi? Me: Oh yeah. Thanks. How’d you know?
Would you agree with me if I tell you that dear ol’ Guwahati is slowly effusing a sense of discomfort for its residents? Some situations make good examples.
Conversation from a 1.5 km long journey from point A to B which, in peak Guwahati traffic, takes 20 minutes to cover on a two wheeler.
That perilous river journey undertaken by hundreds, for work or otherwise, is one massive panga taken with the mighty Brahmaputra River on a daily basis - always ominous of a disaster waiting to happen.
The distance between North Guwahati and Guwahati can either be traversed by a 15 minute ferry ride or a 40 minute drive over the Saraighat.
The Janata Bhawan is the nerve-centre of all government operations in the state. All major government functionaries operate out of here.
I am not really surprised at the recent tweets of the union Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) classifying Guwahati, along with other NE regions, as unique in its geographical and demographic conditions. In fact, it could well have added the governmental and administrative uniqueness too.
Assam is going to become infamous as the girlfriend who cries every time you miss her phone call. She thinks that you’ve forgotten her and you’re busy with someone else. Well, it’s time Assam grew up and stopped whining…
It seems in India, Pune is the best city to live in, while dear ol’ Guwahati is among the worst at a lowly 85th rank, according to the Ease of Living Index rankings published recently by the central government.
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...
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...
Two people engage in a conversation after the end of the recent Namami Brahmaputra festival which was ‘washed away.’
New uniforms for traffic police in Guwahati? So is that change just cosmetic or has the service upgraded too?
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
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...
What happened when the District Transport revised the rates for getting fancy number plates?
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...
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...
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'...
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...
What happens when 3 Guwahati guys bring together pop-culture, headlines and administration together?
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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!
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.
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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.
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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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Three journalists are on a break from their grunt work. This is the conversation that follows...
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...
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...
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...
These are regular trends that would have decreased with the passage of time, largely because the network...
Cases of this level of extreme road rage are rather uncommon in Guwahati and so, this comes as a real shocker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
We have been an unenthusiastic lot for a long time now, but this year Guwahati demanded the attention it deserved.
The dirty practice of spitting paan/gutka on the roads and especially the freshly painted road dividers has had every right thinking individual of the city scratching their heads to find a solution.
Given the success of the Assamese movie Aamis, the author reiterates his conviction that despite the challenges and constraints faced by the Assamese movie industry, good content in terms and storyline and movie making skills is the way forward.
The most critical aspect of the human mind is the subconscious part of it. Our success or failure in everything we do is dependent on it. This aspect of the mind is extremely sensitive to what we think, what we see and what we do.
Consumerism is at its peak in Guwahati it seems. And a whole lot of consumerist activities are being done over internet – as is the way of life these days.
Pakistan betrayed the Maharaja and sent its tribal mercenaries and its army to invade Kashmir. The Maharaja sought the help of New Delhi…
Being nature’s most efficient scavengers, vultures help in the disposition of carcasses when animals die by consuming them.
The show helped voice struggles of the poor, dowry afflicted, sexually harassed, oppressed and the depressed. All such kinds of contestants have come on the show and proved that they can make it to the top too.
The only way for one to achieve greatness in life is through love for what one does.
Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 was litigated heavily by the tobacco industry and even after 16 years, enforcement still remains a deep concern.
The US is not only looking forward to trade and investment exchange with India now but has also stressed on both their need to collaborate in space research, defence deals, and commit to fight ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’
Assamese cinema, in spite of having being taken seriously, has never really been able to break through at a national level, unlike most recent South Indian and other regional films.
What is the one important facet of our times that is a mark of this age? The answers could be many: ‘connectivity’, ‘smart phones’, ‘internet access,’ et al.
The reduction of physical and materialistic possessions may be minimalistic to an extent, but it is not minimalism in itself. Minimalism is when we list down things that add value to our lives.
The author writes on the flipsides and perils faced by social media influencers who might have, in the real world, come to blows with their haters.
The author writes about the possibility of exploring the international border towns like Dalu in the Garo Hills to boost trade and commerce with neighbouring Bangladesh which, at the same time, will bring about development and prosperity to these places.
“I’m a graduate from a reputed university, but the sad fact is that I could not find any jobs to get myself employed. Life was quite difficult, till the apps over the internet came to my rescue.
India being an agrarian country, about 70 percent of the population's livelihood depends on agriculture.
Guwahati, the gateway city which leads one to each of the seven sisters, situated at the banks of the Brahmaputra River, has seen rapid urban growth unlike any other city in the region.
Remote villages would be well served by solar lanterns, solar home-lighting systems and micro-mini solar grids. Such solar solutions have had wonderful success stories across the globe.
Solitude ignites creativity within the person. In solitude, a person may experience changes in his self-concept… Loneliness is a very complex and unpleasant experience of isolation. Loneliness is felt due to lack of connection with people, lack of social interaction.
Guwahati is the largest urban area in the entire northeast region of India with a population of well over a million people
Cricket is described as the game of glorious uncertainties. Time alone will testify the extent of upsets and surprises that await the cricketing connoisseurs as the ICC World Cup 2019 marches ahead.
People should accept that doctors are not deities who can alter the natural death of a person; every time a person dies, the doctor must not be at the receiving end of their anger and agitation. But if a wrong treatment is suspected, resorting to legal recourse is the right thing to do.
This morning, caught on camera was a commuter on G.S. Road trying to get past one of the dividers on the long stretch of the same road. Yes, we get it, it’s hot and you could probably save 10 minutes of your time. But, is it really worth it?
The UN led World Environmental Day this June 5th 2019 was celebrated with the theme “Beat Air Pollution”. And air pollution is certainly reaching disturbing levels!
Eastward Ho! The author writes on northeast India’s connectivity with ASEAN and how the same can be developed by uplifting its border towns on the lines of the town of Mae Sot on the Thailand-Myanmar border.
People vote for power, not ideas hoping to benefit the most from such power. This is irrespective of ideologies, even caste, community and religion. No matter how much we talk about a divided India, we now, after the 2019 elections, see a united India.
Once the seeds of discontent are sown then the body of a country stagnates and withers. And this is how politicians of a country use the strength of diversity to divide and make it corrosive and ultimately enfeeble it.
What if the BJP sweeps the polls nationally and the party’s nominees and its allies secure all the fourteen seats from Assam to the Parliament?
Government or administration, in essence is the management of revenue – or so said Kautilya, the crooked one, in 320 CE.
You, dear reader and I, belong to that massive minority which sustains democratic aspirations of India and benefits not from that democracy.
In the NE, entrepreneurship is severely restricted by location and mainly by ignorance; ignorance of every hue and variety, from negative images of business feasibility in areas well known for militant civil strife to lack of knowledge of actual market demographics.
We have been a shining example of an inclusive, moderate, all-encompassing land. All who venture here, one day, fall in love with all things Assamese. That has been the norm and that shall be the mark of the times. So, let us see where the current fiasco leads us…
India is the biggest exporter of beef in the world and has maintained its top position ever since 2014. So, all this drama in the name of beef is nothing but farce.
The people of the northeast always complain that they are neglected. But if we go deep into the matter we will find that this is basically due to our representater who failed to focus or raise our problems in parliament.
The reprehensible attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in J&K on the 14th of February was claimed by Pak-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad.
As Chanakya the master realist understood it, corruption is a necessary evil which can be restricted to permissible levels but never completely done away with. In this context, the Digital India Initiative Goal is perhaps one of the better answers to the possibility of curbing corruption to permissible levels.
A nation cannot achieve its target if half of its population (read women) stay in the dark. Hence equality for women is progress for all.
These outlets couldn't have been born, developed and flourished without the patronage of the police, excise department and different xongothons. Proof of that is the fact that the very next day of the tragedy, excise and police destroyed many such outlets across the state.
It is evident that the hooch came from a common manufacturing unit or common ingredients. That also indicates that a syndicate/cartel exists which runs the smooth yet illegal operations of making, wholesaling and retailing illegal hooch across at least two districts in upper Assam.
In the subject of ‘Politics,’ it seems a particular chapter of great importance, i.e. ‘Ethics,’ is unfortunately missing. Since most of the politicians dislike the word ‘Ethics,’ the people must force the politicians to incorporate the chapter of Ethics in their own composed subject.
The otherwise highly tolerant Assamese society is restless today. The situation needs to be appreciated in its right perspectives. The author suggests some short term and long term strategies for approaching the whole issue.
Marwari community hailing from Rajasthan and Haryana began settling in Assam two centuries ago ,when the British took control.
The present times call for a careful reading of the current scenario that pervades Assam with factors that lead us to a few questions: the question of belongingness, the question of worth, of being a part of the larger whole.
During my travels to the international border areas in the region and after being appointed Advisor to the Border Trade & Chamber of Commerce, Moreh town, Manipur, I have interacted extensively with the local population.
In the last episode of In Conversation with Swapnil Bharali had a longish chat with Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma seeking some clarifications on the latest heartburn within the greater indigenous Assamese society with regard to the passage of the CAB in the Lok Sabha.
Rrituraj Sharma expresses his views on the latest political developments of the state and wonders how settling Hindu Bangladeshis as Indian citizens can work towards securing the home and hearth of the indigenous Assamese.
Women constitute almost half the population of the country which make them equal participants in the growth and development of India. We are living in the 21st century, an advanced era. However shamefully, safety of women in India remains an unfulfilled dream.
The state BJP’s tenure is mired in some cart-before-the-horse actions and decisions, many of them Guwahati-specific, that have developed into major irritants for the people over time.
The news of people buying more and more books of martyr journalist Parag Kumar Das, who went away telling the tales of his motherland, highlights that the denizens wish to know, understand and protect the state.
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)?
"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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
During Emergency, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, in one of the meetings with her bureaucrats asked how the “brain drain” from India could be stopped.
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.
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.
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...
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...
With the advent of technology, people nowadays have become globally more aware, with the mindset to develop their knowledge regarding crucial/pivotal issues concerning...
Notwithstanding its cultural superiority ingested through manifold experiences across centuries and the ability to withstand change continuously yet embosom new civilizations...
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...
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...
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...
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...
India is one of the countries which are also affected by climate change worldwide; this includes northeast India.
- World Environment Day
- Beat Plastic Pollution
- World Environment Day 2018
- Climate Change
- G Plus
- Guwahati Plus
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.
Yoga Guru Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved has recently unveiled a new 'Swadeshi Samriddhi SIM', in partnership with state-run BSNL
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.
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...
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.
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).
- International Relations
- Kim Jong-un
- Moon Jae-in
- Donald Trump
- North Korea
- South Korea
- International Ties
- Rocket Man
- Nuclear Weapon
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...
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.
- LGBI Airport
- Borjhar Airport
- Guwahati International Airport
- Guwahati Airport
- Woes of Guwahati Airport
- Problems of Guwahati Airport
- Airport Authority of India
- G Plus
- Guwahati Plus
‘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.
- Rongali Bihu
- Bohag Bihu
- Assamese Festival
- G Plus
- Guwahati Plus
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...
A pertinent question that emerges is - what attracts investments? Across the world it is observed that investments are drawn to locations developed as...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Across the world it is observed that investments are drawn to locations developed as industry clusters - places that increase productivity...
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...
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.
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.
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?
The demonetisation has brought back around 95% of the cash in circulation in the market.
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.
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.
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.
The renewed energy lent voice to her parched throat and she shouted, “HELP!” with all her might. But her voice did not carry over to the noisy crowd. She and her baby were unnoticeable amongst the water hyacinths.
The ominous feeling hadn’t left her yet and it now squeezed her heart and constricted her throat. An unknown fear! As a city girl and an only child, Deepika had grown up like a tomboy and had never felt any fear. So this feeling now puzzled and deeply disturbed her.
Seven excruciating days passed since his daughter disappeared … and in those seven days, Prabhakar began to notice that Mian-bhai had not come for work. His last memory of Mian-bhai was him consoling Niharika after his slap! An acrid air of debauchery wafted in! What the bloody hell had actually happened?