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National Press Day Observed Across Assam

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HT Correspondent
The Biswanath District Information and Public Relations Department, in collaboration with Biswanath district administration and Biswanath Chariali Press Club organised National Press Day 2022 at the Circuit House, Biswanath Chariali on Wednesday.
The theme of this year’s National Press Day was ‘Role of Media in Nation Building’.
The programme began with lighting of ceremonial lamps by Amarjyoti Borthakur, mayor of Biswanath Municipal Board. Biswajit Saikia, ADC cum DIPRO (in-charge) forwarded a welcome address. Senior journalist Anirban Roy of Guwahati and chief journalist of United News of India North East Abhijit Dey delivered lectures on ‘Role of Media in Nation Building Process’. Both the speakers highlighted the specific issue and spoke about the strong, impartial and strong steps to be taken by the media and journalists in nation building through audio-visual media.
The event was also attended by Dr Chinta Mani Sharma, principal, Biswanath College; Liza Talukdar, ADC Biswanath; Indra Prasad Saikia, senior journalist; Partha Pratim Barua, besides others.
The district administration felicitated four senior journalists including Sourabh Hazarika, Pulak Hazarika, Dipak Sarma and Bipul Kumar Dihingiya with a citation, gamosa and memento for their special contribution in the field of journalism.
The Biswanath district administration in association with various media forums of the greater Biswanath area organised a news reading competition among students. The winners of the competition are Tapti Dyuti Bora, Arnab Jyoti Borthakur, Archana Sahu, Yochita Ojha, Pawan Mandal and Swagata Mahanta. The winners were felicitated with a citation, gamosa and a packet of books.
Other senior journalists were also presented with a memento by the team DIPRO, Biswanath.
The event was hosted by young writer Bhaskarjyoti Bora. Senior journalist Deepak Sharma delivered a short speech on behalf of the journalists and on behalf of the honoured journalists.
Dr. Naren Kutum, a senior physician and paediatrician from Biswanath, was applauded for his assistance during the National Press Day.
Amir Khan, secretary of Biswanath Press Club offered vote of thanks.

Our Hojai correspondent adds: Under the aegis of Assam State Journalist Union, Hojai district unit of Assam State Journalist Union celebrated National Press Day with day-long activities at Nilbagan Model Higher Secondary School in Nilbagan under Hojai District on Wednesday.
At the very outset, the flag of the union was hoisted by Kafiluddin Barbhuyan, president, ASJU, Hojai district unit followed by ‘shahid tarpan’. Then, the deliberation cum felicitation session was inaugurated by Abdul Kadir, publicity secretary, ASJU.
Dr Indrajeet Bezbaruah, principal, Samaguri College graced the occasion as chief guest; Gurmil Singh, editor, Kalongpar graced as guest of honour; Dr Khasrul Islam, director, Ajmal Foundation; Dr Hasinus Sultan, associate professor, Haji Anfar Ali College, Daboka; Pradip Deka, senior journalist and many other eminent personalities were present as distinguished guests.
On the occasion, five personalities of Hojai district – Dr Badrul Haque, physician; Faiz Mahmud Barbhuyan, principal, Nilbagan Model Higher School; Anwar Hussain, social worker; Sahbuddin Majumdar, social worker and Pradip Deka, organisational secretary, ASJU – were felicitated with certificate, xorai, japi and gamosa for their enormous contributions in their respective field.
Speaking on the occasion, chief guest Dr Indrajeet Bezbaruah said, “Media profession is full of challenges with a lot of complexities and hard work but the media persons never receive any recognition for their hard work.”
He further said that to be a good journalist, one must have command over the respective language in which they want to do reporting.
He also gave detailed deliberation on various other factors of journalism. Meanwhile, the other guest also spoke on the occasion and kept their views on journalism and the role of media in the present time.
After that, a yearly magazine of Hojai unit viz., Jamuna edited by senior journalist Jamiruddin Talukdar was unveiled.
Basit Alom Choudhary, state executive, Assam State Journalist Union; senior journalist Anjan Paul, Ramesh Mundra, Shiv Dayal Singh were also present.
The meeting was anchored by Jamiruddin Talukdar and presided over by Kafiluddin Barbhuyan.

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Our Nagaon correspondent adds: Along with the rest of the nation, Nagaon district administration in association with Nagaon Press Club observed National Press Day at the auditorium of Nagaon Press Club on Wednesday.
During the day, a lecture on ‘Role of Media in Nation Building’ was also organised.
Noted budding Assamese literary critic and professor, Arindam Borkatoki was present as the keynote speaker while deputy commissioner, Nagaon, Narendra Kr Shah graced the occasion as guest. The programme was chaired by Jadab Saikia, president of Nagaon Press Club.
In the programme, the members of Nagaon Press Club as well as other press clubs of the district were felicitated by district administration as well as Nagaon Press Club.
Simultaneously, the Internal Quality Assurance Cell of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardev Vishwavidyalaya also observed the National Press Day at its auditorium on Wednesday afternoon.
On the occasion, a lecture on ‘Bartoman Asomor Sangbad Madhyam Aru Sangbad Kormir Dayobadhata’ was also organised where local media person Hareswar Borah was present as the keynote speaker.
Mrinal Kr Bora, registrar of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankardev Vishwavidyalaya delivered the welcome address and elaborated a brief note on the history of national media as well as media in Assam.
In his speech, the keynote speaker Borah elaborated a sketch on the current media scenarios in the state and regretted that due to various reasons or circumstances, the state media had to lose the public faith or credential.
He urged the media fraternity to do self-analysis to redeem its losing faith in the public mind.
Registrar of the university, Dr Mrinal Kr Bora informed that over 13 students from the university had cleared national eligibility test and JRF in the current year among those 13, seven students cleared National Eligibility Test while 6 students cracked JRF.
Gauri Prasad Sarma, PRO of the university anchored the entire session.

Our Sivasagar correspondent adds: Brihattar Sivasagar Press Club observed the National Press Day 2022 with a function held in Sivasagar Girls’ College auditorium which was inaugurated by Sagarika Borpujari, secretary of Legal Service Authority, Sivasagar on Wednesday.
In her speech, Sagarika Borpujari said that journalism should not be in conflict with the land’s fundamental laws or violate basic human rights.
Chayamoni Bhuyan, senior executive editor, News Live, extolled the virtues of Assamese people that are spread all over the globe now in executive posts also the power of our women who believe in their inherent power to work amidst adversity. Bunyan said that hailing from a rural background, she has, by virtue of her integrity and hard work in a virtually alien field, been able to carve out a niche for herself. She narrated her exciting interviews with ULFA chief Paresh Baruah and many other global leaders despite her limitations in English language proficiency. She said that language is no bar if the aim is poignant. She urges every student to prepare themselves to tread in untrodden ways. She lent her support to all mofussil and rural reporters who have kept the flame burning for the media houses through their dedication.
Dr Kanta Kaveri Sonowal, assistant professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, delivered her speech on the ‘Role and Responsibility of Media on Nation Building’ and said how the journalists took an active role in liberating the country from British rule.
Dr Rita Borkotoky, principal, Sivasagar Girls’ College, lit the ceremonial light and said that ordinary people look up to journalists for information which is vital for democracy.
The meeting was presided over by Manoj Kumar Borthakur, president, Brihattar Sivasagar Press Club. Abhijit Duwora, secretary, spoke on the objective while other members felicitated a number of senior media persons and distinguished citizens.

Our Jorhat correspondent adds: The National Press Day, organised jointly by Jorhat district administration and office of the District Information and Public Relations Officer in association with Jorhat Press Club was observed at Jorhat Circuit House, on Wednesday.
In the programme chaired by Jorhat deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman, a discussion on ‘Role of Media in Nation Building’ was held.
Suryya Chetia, assistant professor in Assam Women’s University was the invited keynote speaker on the topic ‘Role of Media in Nation Building’.
In the meeting attended by ADC Damodar Barman, district administration officials, local scribes, the various challenges faced by the scribes were discussed.

Our Dalgaon correspondent adds: The National Press Day was celebrated at Mangaldai Sanatan Dharma Sabha on Wednesday.
The program was inaugurated by district development commissioner Shubhalakshmi Deka and additional commissioner Jonti Deka.
Dr. Kamala Kant Bora, principal of Mangaldai College spoke on the theme of this year ‘Role of Media in Nation Building’. He said that the curriculum applicable in the recently adopted new National Education Policy is also quality in the society if it can establish itself as a progressive journalist who can play a full role in nation building only if it can keep pace with the latest methods of information technology. He said that it would contribute to the creation of quality journalists. He further said that journalists are responsible only to their readers nor to the administration and neither to the government and the politicians.
Speaking on the topic, senior journalist Bhargab Das spoke about the successful stories of several journalists in the field of journalism in Darrang and urged the journalists to focus on increasing their knowledge of laws and regulations. He said that journalists are considered as the fourth pillar of democracy and therefore they should avoid making mistakes as much as possible. He emphasised on ethical journalism.
The event was also attended by chief executive officer of Darrang Zilla Parishad Ramen Malakar; district development commissioner Shubhalakshmi Deka and additional commissioner Jonti Deka.
The 2022 fellowship winners Manoj Ali and Shailen Kakati were congratulated by the district administration and DIPR, Darrang.
Dr.Lokeshwar Nath, Dr Budhin Chandra Hazarika, Jaykanta Chaharia, Anil Chandra Sharma and many other prominent citizens, journalists and dignitaries were present in the event.

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