MARGHERITA, April 11: The 10th Biennial two-day convention of Margherita Journalists Association, which started on April 9 concluded here successfully. It was held at Sanjeevani complex, Margherita.
On the first day, the programme began with hoisting of the flag of Margherita Journalists Association by Ram Prasad Ambedkar, president of Margherita Journalists Association, which was followed by ‘Smriti Tarpan’ by both the vice-presidents of Margherita Journalists Association: Partha Pratim Goswami and Samiron Borthakur.
Following this, a sapling was planted by ward no. 5 commissioner Bhim Karmakar of Margherita Municipal Board.
An open session was held which was presided by Ram Prasad Ambedkar on the topic “Your dream of Margherita Town” (Apunaar Hopunar Margherita Nagar) where the winning ward commissioners of Margherita Municipal Board such as Rajlaxmi Devi Gogoi, Bhim Karmakar, Ashish Paul, Moni Dutta, Pranami Sonowal, Shamita Deb, former Margherita Municipal Board chairperson Niru Borah, senior Congress leader Taufik Khan, senior AGP leader Dr Om Prakash Sahu, Margherita Daily Bazaar Committee president Ram Hriday Sah, Satra Mukti Sangram Samiti Central Committee working president Pappu Dutta, Aam Aadmi Party Tinsukia district coordinator Anita Das Mahanta, social worker of Margherita Nazma Ullah and numerous distinguished persons of Margherita town were present.
Samiron Borthakur, vice-president of Margherita Journalists Association moderated the programme.
Bhim Karmakar in his speech said, “We are committed to make Margherita a beautiful and clean town where every citizen shall enjoy the basic amenities and to make this happen, for the second consecutive term, BJP has won all the 10 seats of Margherita Municipal Board election.”
On the latter part of the day, an executive meeting of Margherita Journalists Association was held where the old committee was dissolved and a full-fledged new committee for the year 2022 to 2024 was formed with Ram Prasad Ambedkar and Rajiv Ningkhee both as advisor, Partha Pratim Goswami as president, Prashanto Chetia as general secretary, Samiron Borthakur and Bikash Baruah both as vice-president, Manash Pratim Gogoi and Tapan Dey both as joint secretary, Faizur Rehman as organising secretary, Mithun Baruah as treasurer along with 12 executive and invited members.
On the second day of the programme, Late Gajen Borthakur and Gokul Sharma Memorial Lecture was held on the topic “Journalism and its Challenges in its Present Time” where Ram Prasad Ambedkar presided the programme and veteran journalist and former president of Tinsukia district Journalists Association Amulya Khataniar was present as a keynote speaker. In his speech, Amulya Khataniar said, “For six decades I was a professional journalist and I have crossed many challenges and obstacles. Now-a-days, journalists are using their press identity card as an ATM card which is a great threat to the ethics of journalism and I appeal to all the journalists to keep their honesty in this profession as it is a holy service towards mankind and nation.”
Prominent journalists of Tinsukia district who were present as chief guests during the programme were veteran journalist of Ledo Jagat Changmai, Tinsukia District Journalists Association president Anuj Kalita; Tinsukia District Journalists Association former president Dr Rishi Das; senior journalist of Doomdooma Manoj Dutta; Digboi Press Club president; Doomdooma Press Club president; Margherita sub-divisional public relation and information officer Gurmeet Singh Suri and All Assam Bhojpuri Parishad Central Committee president Kailash Kumar Gupta.
School students enthralled the present audience by their traditional folk songs and dance.