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Valley-Dwellers The worst victims of Assam’s flood

Jahidul Islam Khan

Every Indian is aware of the destructive and regretful condition of the people of char areas or the areas of the Brahmaputra and Barak valleys. These remorsed conditions occurred mainly in Assam due to the flood and erosion created mainly by the mighty Brahmaputra. It destroys the minimum standard living conditions of the char or valley areas.

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Land Rights For Indigenous People

Dwaipayan Dasgupta

Assam, as we understand is the most resource-rich and most productive State in the Northeast India. As a result of which, it ought to have by now been a power-house of growth.  But what has prevented the State from becoming so, is its plethora of intractable decades-old issues afflicting it and one such issue affecting the State for a prolonged spell of time is no other than the problem of illegal encroachment of all kinds of land available in the State like revenue lands, forestlands, satra lands, lands of tribal blocks and belts, by suspected immigrant from Bangladesh and non-tribal people including industrialists.

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"Creative Joy" An interview with budding Printmaker Kompi Riba

Chow Bilaseng Namchoom

I had an exceedingly good fortune of chatting with the 27 year old budding printmaker Kompi Riba who is a native of Likabali, West Siang district, Arunachal Pradesh. Despite the fact that Printmaking in Arunachal Pradesh is a subject which many of the tribal people are unaware, Riba gambled to choose her carrier in Printmaking. Riba holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (Printmaking) from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata and a master’s degree in Fine Arts (Printmaking) from Visva Bharati University, Kolkata. Riba passed her higher secondary exam in science stream with a distinction and like others she could have chosen to become a doctor, engineer or an architect. But, drawing has always fascinated her and this has played an important part in Riba’s decision to go for learning in fine arts. Today, she recreates magic of each artwork in her own unique style. She has exhibited mostly in Kolkata and New Delhi and now plans to hold similar exhibition in other parts of the country. She has carved a niche for herself in producing mixed-media paintings, original handmade prints and bookmarks. Currently she works as an Artist in SCERT (State Council Education Research and Training). Here is what she has to say about her work in an interview with Chow Bilaseng Namchoom(CBN).

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500 Trees Face a Massacre

Sumar Singh Sawian

It can happen only in Meghalaya, as the forest department has taken a unilateral decision, without any basis to massacre around 500 trees, considered to be a danger to human lives, the cause being that an old eucalyptus tree, because of weak roots over the years, came crashing down during the summer heavy rains, killing three persons. The eucalyptus tree is a native of Australia but somehow was grown in the premises of the Raj Bhavan Shillong. The tree has no fault of its own, as all along the years it was left unattended and uncared for. At this, the blame and responsibility should go to the attendants of Raj Bhavan, looking after the vegetation gardens which also include trees of different species.

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Environmental Emergency sounded in Manipur

Sunzu Bachaspatimayum

Recent natural disaster testifies that landlocked Manipur is facing the heavy brunt of a severe ecological imbalance. Flashing floods, outbreak of diseases, massive landslides and its most scenic fresh water lake, Loktak gradually becoming unfit for fish are symptoms, that its environment is screaming for help to quick reverse the damages or otherwise, the worst is yet to come.

During the non-stop rains the entire Northeastern region witnessed in the months of May-June, Manipur experienced its worst ever floods in 20 years. What was significant is that the inundation continued for a long time, marooning localities and causing lots of hardship. Usually the flood waters recede quickly but this time it took a lot of time to do so. 

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