Assam Governor hails the role of small and medium newspapers in becoming ‘voice of the voiceless’

Assam Governor hails the role of small and medium newspapers in becoming ‘voice of the voiceless’


Guwahati : Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi hailed the role of the smalls and medium newspapers in India in highlighting the core issues of the nation and disseminating them even in the far flung areas and keeping the people informed who would have been otherwise deprived of their right to know the happenings around the world. 
Meeting a delegation of the Association at Raj Bhavan this evening, Governor Prof.Mukhi lauded the small and medium newspapers of India in making the democracy strong by percolating the news and views down to the grass root level of the society. He however, acknowledged various problems being faced by the small and medium newspapers in the country and confided that with unified efforts the problems can be resolved to a great extent. 
He also requested the members of the Association to influence the small and medium newspapers to become the ‘voice of the voiceless’ and concentrate more on development communication so that small and medium newspapers can be used as a tool to set agenda for the societal issues and find answers to them. The Governor at the same time requested the Association to influence the small and medium newspaper owners to profess neutrality and objective reporting. 
The Association also apprised the Governor about various problems that small and medium newspapers face and sought his intervention to solve the problems. The association members also stated the role and position of the small and medium newspapers in the country to the Governor. It is to be noted that the Association of Small and Medium Newspapers of India is an association of the owners of small and medium newspapers of India which is recognised by the Press Council of India. The 22-member delegation was led by its President KD Chandola.
Awareness Meeting to minimise man elephant conflict held at Udalguri

Awareness Meeting to minimise man elephant conflict held at Udalguri


Bamunjuli : Under the banner of Adhunik India Foundation has organised an Awareness camp on the topic of “How to Minimise Man Elephant Conflict” at Bamunjuli Community Hall, district of Udalguri .The meeting was chaired by retired Professfer of Khoirabari College and Sr .Journalist Mr. Hareswar Kalita. On the meeting chief guest Additional Deputy Commissioner of Udalguri district Dithakananda Hazarika, ACS and Incharge of S.D.O (Civil), A.C.F of Dhanisiri Forest Division Mr. Dibakar Das Udalguri, Inspector 37 Bn Mangaldoi BOP Samrang Mr. Arun Doley, Ranger of Nonai Range Mr.Satyaram Boro, Nonaikhas Gaonburah Mr. Gulap Behera, Nonaikhuti Gaonburah Smt.Dukuna Newar and other social workers of that area which was attended by large number of local people. 
The meeting was an opportunity for the people to interact with the Govt.Official to sort out the problem. People too describe their difficulties faced and opinioned to help in their needs of time from the Govt. side. On the meeting Chief Guest Mr Dithakananda Hazarika said that elephant is a natural resources which we should maintain balance between man and elephant. He also said that man has encroached the elephant land and itself brought this problem. To minimise this he suggested to organise more awareness meeting between people to bring below the conflicts. He too said a very nice word that elephant damages a house bring fortune in that’s person life.


Unique Navigated Knee Replacement: A First in East

Unique Navigated Knee Replacement: A First in East

“Riddhima’s shoes, her frenzied possessions, collected from all across the world, sat inside the closet for years together. At times, she used to open the closet to clean and keep all the shoes back in their places. I could see the pain in her eyes as she closed the closet. The pain of having such beautiful pair of shoes but not being able to wear any,” said Mr. Kuntal Chatterjee, the doting husband of the patient, Mrs. Riddhima Chatterjee. 


Kolkata : A 63-year old English school teacher from Gariahat, Mrs. Riddhima Chatterjee (name changed), was in an acute knee pain for more than 8 years. Symptoms of knee arthritis were clear and the condition worsened gradually over years. The intensity of pain increased so much that she couldn’t continue everyday work including walking; climbing stairs and she virtually dragged herself for past one year. 
With increased stiffness and decreasing daily mobility, she looked for reassurance of a successful knee surgery which would put her back on a reasonably pain-free existence, she recalls. Therefore, she scouted for a solution, not for the reason of lack of skill but the fact that her arthritis was a complication of a pre-existing injury which had left her thigh bone bent and united in a crooked fashion after an accident which she met almost 20 years ago in 1997. Fast forward. Hence when things were simply unmanageable for Mrs. Chaterjee the family decided to consult Dr. Vikash Kapoor at Medica. Seeing the x-ray reports and severe destruction of the knee joint associated with progressive pain and impaired function, Dr. Kapoor recommended a knee replacement surgery so that her pain could be alleviated. She underwent a computer navigation assisted cemented total knee replacement surgery at Medica Superspecialty Hospital on December 15, 2017. 
Computer-assisted surgeries (CAS) are used to improve the positioning of implants during the total knee replacement. Ms. Chatterjee underwent the surgery, usually a 4.5 hour long tedious operation, performed by the orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Vikash Kapoor and his team in just one hour. Even though the doctors recommended of releasing her in just 3 days, she urged them and increased her stay for total of 6 days. Her fracture had united in a bent position hence the alignment of her knee was grossly distorted. 
There was no option to correctly do total knee replacement (TKR) but to use navigation, explained Dr. Vikash Kapoor, Vice-Chairman and Group Director – Orthopaedics, Medica Group of Hospitals. “Patients are now achieving recovery a lot quicker than ever before. We encouraged Mrs. Chatterjee to get all her concerns addressed before the surgery,” said Dr. Kapoor adding that this was the first ever intra-operative navigation used in Eastern India called orthoalign. 
Further explaining the advantages of this navigated case, he added that the knee replacement was done without having to realign the old wrongly united fracture. “The knee could survive better and function better as it is well aligned with the axis of the hip. Navigation cost per knee is around Rs 50,000-Rs 55, 000,” he said. The rehabilitation procedure for her has been as expected. She could fold her knees after 24 hours of the surgery and she started getting up and walking on her own after three days. Within few more days after reaching home she resumed climbing stairs. “Currently the patient has been recovering well and further advised to continue exercises as per the knee replacement surgery rehab protocol. Physical therapy is an essential part of rehabilitation after total knee replacement,” said Kavita Roy, Director, Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, Medica Superspecialty Hospital. “Many exercises were suggested to me. I am doing it all diligently. I shall visit my doctor again in September,” said Riddhima Chatterjee. Being a workaholic person, Mrs Chatterjee, a school teacher on an extension, wasn't keen on sitting back home. She joined school after 2 months, to the surprise of all her colleagues. 
They were surprised to see how much comfortable she is now as if life has gone back by a few years. “Riddhima’s shoes, her frenzied possessions, collected from all across the world, sat inside the closet for years together. At times, she used to open the closet to clean and keep all the shoes back in their places. I could see the pain in her eyes as she closed the closet. 


The pain of having such beautiful pair of shoes but not being able to wear any,” said Mr. Kuntal Chatterjee, the doting husband of the patient, Mrs. Riddhima Chatterjee. “We are committed to offering our best services and we are extremely happy to see that Mrs. Chatterjee has resumed a normal life. No doubt, Knee replacement surgery is constantly evolving and Medica is consistently updating itself with effective, efficient, and evidence-based procedures to patients,” said Dr. Alok Roy, Chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals. 
The fate of all of those gently worn, and tissue paper-preserved shoes was in limbo for years but now Mrs. Chatterjee can wear her collection of shoes again. Although Kolkata has witnessed several knee replacement surgeries in past but this surgery was unique as it used handheld intra-operative navigation for the first time in Eastern India. This handheld navigation negates the use of complicated and expensive use of a machine to be kept in operating theatre. It is a single- use system and can be done anywhere without buying expensive navigation machine which remains confined to one OT. It gives one flexibility of operating in any good set up and patients to choose the best options in knee replacement surgery. Besides one does not need to undergo corrective surgery for previous wrongly united fractures and deformity decreasing the repeated agony and costs of multiple surgeries.
PM to inaugurate the Third AIIB Annual Meeting 2018

PM to inaugurate the Third AIIB Annual Meeting 2018


Mumbai : The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will jointly host the third Annual Meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on June 25-26, 2018 at Hotel Trident/Oberoi and NCPA, Mumbai, India. The theme for this year’s meeting is “Mobilizing Finance for Infrastructure: Innovation and Collaboration” that will see leaders from varied organizations and levels of government to share ideas and experiences for creating a sustainable future through sound infrastructure investment. 
This year will also see the launch of the inaugural Asian Infrastructure Forum, which will gather infrastructure practitioners in a practical and project-driven discourse, focused on matching innovative finance to critical infrastructure needs. The two-day meeting will witness the presence of top policy makers, Ministers from AIIB members, participants from partner institutions, the private sector and civil society organizations. Moreover, leading experts from a range of fields will be present to lead discussions and share insights on addressing Asia’s infrastructure gap in an environmentally and socially friendly way. Apart from several high-ranking government officials gracing the occasion, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modi will inaugurate the third Annual Meeting of AIIB on June 26, 2018. 
Furthermore, Mr. Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Finance Minister, and Mr. Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance will also be present during the course of the meeting, to discuss the environmental landscape of investing in infrastructure plans in India and also share an overview about the third Annual Meeting. Industries Department, Government of Maharastra is the nodal Department, Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), Government of Maharashtra is the nodal agency, Confedartion of Indian Industry (CII) is the Professional Conference Organiser (PCO), Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries (RIS) is the knowledge partner, for the third Annual Meeting of AIIB. In the run up to the Annual Meeting 2018, the Government of India has organised a number of lead up events in different cities in India from February to June 2018, aimed to stimulate debates on several important themes of infrastructure. 
During the Annual Meeting, there will be several seminars that focus on topics including mobilizing finance for infrastructure, gender and infrastructure and connectivity within and beyond Asia. There will also be Host Country Seminars on topics including the sources and instruments of financing and new technology choices and alternatives, and a panel discussion with Chief Ministers on the vision of infrastructure development in India. The Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, in partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), is also organising an exhibition “India Infrastructure Expo 2018. The objective of the exhibition is to offer companies from the public and private sector to showcase their latest solutions, technologies and offerings in the realm of infrastructure project development and delivery.
Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2018:  Round One kicks-off in Coimbatore this weekend

Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2018: Round One kicks-off in Coimbatore this weekend


Coimbatore : Volkswagen Motorsport India’s one-make series – Ameo Cup kicks off this weekend in Coimbatore on June 22nd. There would be 20 drivers taking their positions on the grid this season, including 13 new drivers and 7 previous ones. The first round of the Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2018 season will be held at the Kari Motor Speedway. 
Mr. Sirish Vissa, Head of Volkswagen Motorsport India said, “The 2018 season will be yet another exciting season for us. We have a packed grid of 20 participants this year and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds. We also have two women drivers who will be part of the gird this season. The participants have already started training and are itching to get behind the wheel for the races this weekend.” 


The drivers were put through multiple rounds of fitness sessions as part of the fitness camp on June 19th. After introducing them to the right fitness regimes, the drivers got into the cars at Kari Motor Speedway to have their first tests before the season officially begins. During these tests, Driver Coaches Rayomand Banajee and Karthik Tharani took the drivers through several training sessions that included learning the basics of race car, the racing lines to be used at the track, braking lessons and so on. This gave the drivers a fair amount track time and helped them get used to their race machines. 


For the race weekend, the drivers will have two free practice sessions on Friday, June 22nd to get their first times laps in the Ameo Cup race car before heading into the Qualifying Session on Saturday June 23rd. These sessions will be followed by two races, one each on Saturday June 23rd and Sunday June 24th. Sirish Vissa further added, “The participants are in for a long season with 10 races over four race weekends scheduled over the coming five months and this will be a daunting challenging for our drivers. However, our Volkswagen Motorsport technical and coaching teams of experts will guide the drivers throughout and help them learn and perform at the highest level.” 


The second and third round of Volkswagen Ameo Cup 2018 will be held at the Madras Motor Race Track in July and August respectively, followed by the fourth round at Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida in October.
Drishti Marine to add ‘No-Selfie’ Signs at 24 Unsafe Selfie Points across Goa

Drishti Marine to add ‘No-Selfie’ Signs at 24 Unsafe Selfie Points across Goa

Panaji : In an effort to reduce the number of accidents and falls from slippery and rocky areas along the coastline; Drishti Marine, the state appointed lifeguarding agency have identified ‘No-Selfie’ zones at 24 unsafe selfie points. Areas identified in North Goa include Baga River, Dona Paula Jetty, Sinquerim Fort, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Ashwem, Arambol, Kerim and between Bambolim and Siridao; and in South Goa, the signs will be placed at Agonda, Bogmalo, Hollant, Baina, Japanese Garden, Betul, Canaguinim, Palolem, Khola, Cabo De Rama, Polem, Galgibagh, Talpona and Rajbagh. These points will have ‘No-Selfie’ signages. Explained Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Marine, “Further, existing signage boards are being upgraded with pictorial instructions on flags, an emergency toll free number and dos and don’ts while visiting the beaches of Goa.” Drishti Marine have issued an advisory cautioning tourists and visitors not to venture into the sea during the monsoon season i.e. 1st June to 30th September as the sea and wind conditions are not favourable for swimming or water-based recreational activities. Red flags have been put up on all beaches marking them as no-swim zones. Drishti lifeguards are closely monitoring the weather conditions and are on duty throughout the monsoon period from 7.30 am till 6.00 pm daily. Additionally, two Drishti lifeguards are available at every lifeguard tower to handle any emergency which may crop up until 8.00 pm. Post sunset from 6:00 pm to 12 midnight, the beaches are monitored and patrolled by the Beach Safety Patrol (BSP).
Grand finale of Garnier Men Mega Mister North East and Sunsilk Mega Miss North East on 29th and 30th June

Grand finale of Garnier Men Mega Mister North East and Sunsilk Mega Miss North East on 29th and 30th June

Guwahati : Mega Entertainment, north east’s largest fashion and pageant event organizer, announced the dates of the grand finale of Sunsilk Mega Miss North East and Garnier Men Mega Mister North East in a press conference held at Rang De Basanti Urban Dhaba today. 
The Grand Finale of 9th Garnier Men Mega Mister North East, supported by Title Sponsor Garnier Men, Hospitality Partner Radisson Blu, Fragrance Partner Axe, Assam State Biodiversity Board and ITFT College will be held at ITA Cultural Complex, Machkhowa, on 29th June from 7 onwards. On 30thJune, 7 pm onwards, ITA Cultural Complex will host the Grand Finale of 16th Sunsilk Mega Miss North East, which has been supported by Title Sponsor Sunsilk, Hospitality Partner Radisson Blu, Assam State Biodiversity Board and ITFT College. 
The finalists have been chosen through a series of auditions held in Agartala, Itanagar, Dibrugarh, Kokrajhar and Guwahati from 1st to 11th June. Through these auditions, the pageant organizers shortlisted 50 women, who will vie for the coveted title of Sunsilk Mega Miss North East; and 50 men will compete to become the most desirable man of the region, to win the title of Garnier Men Mega Mister North East. The event has been produced by Mega Entertainment and is powered by Abhijit Singha. Speaking to the media during the press conference today, Abhijit Singha, Founder of Mega Entertainment, said, “At Mega Entertainment, we strive towards setting up an international platform for our winners where they can prepare themselves for the global fashion and glamour industry. 
Among various prizes, our winners will also get an opportunity to travel to Dubai for an exclusive photoshoot, thus giving them an opportunity to study the culture of a different land and adding to their grooming and personality development.” Speaking on the growing quality of the contestants over the years, Singha added, “It is heartening to see that our winners are making a mark in the national fashion scenario as well. Last year, three of our previous winners posed a strong competition in the Miss India pageant. 
This year as well, Mega Miss North East 2017 Mary Khyriem made it to the Top 12 of the Miss India pageant. We feel really privileged to have been a part of their journey.” Also present on the occasion were designers Dipika Yengkhom, Nitu Kachari and Akumnaro Imsong, who will design the finale collection of Mega Miss & Mister North East. Both the pageants will have five subtitles each, which will qualify the subtitle winners for direct entry into the Top 20. 
The subtitles of Sunsilk Mega Miss North East are Sunsilk Hair Hack Diva, ASBB Miss Eco, Radisson Blu Miss Hospitality, ITFT College Personality and One & Zero Miss Photogenic. For Garnier Men Mega Mister North East, the subtitles are Garnier Men Ultimate Fighter, ASBB Mister Eco, Radisson Blu Mister Hospitality, Axe Signature Wild Card winner and Chisel Dighalipukhuri Best Physique. The Sunsilk Mega Miss North East 2018 winner will get a prize package worth approximately Rs. 7 lakhs, including the winning crown and sash of Sunsilk Mega Miss North East 2018, a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, opportunity to become the face of Sunsilk’s print and outdoor campaigns. 


The winner of Garnier Men Mega Mister North East 2018 will get a prize package worth approximately Rs. 5 lakhs. It includes the official sash and trophy of Garnier Men Mega Mister North East 2018, a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh. The prize package of both the pageants also includes a round trip to Dubai, an international destination photoshoot, fitness counselling and membership at Chisel Dighalipukhuri for a year, gift hamper from Rang De Basanti Urban Dhaba, portfolio shoot by leading fashion photographer Rahul Biswas, public relations and reputation management for the reigning term from Life’s Purple and digital celebrity management from One & Zero – The Marketing Trend. Additionally, the winners will also get a scholarship for a 3-years bachelor’s degree course in Media & Entertainment at ITFT, Chandigarh and a 6-months Aviation & Hospitality course from TRIG Empowering Institute, Guwahati. This year, Mega Entertainment, as a responsible entity of the community, has joined hands with the Assam State Biodiversity Board (ASBB) to raise social awareness regarding the significance of biodiversity with the theme- Biodiversity, for posterity and prosperity. 
As a part of this initiative, awareness campaigns will be organized at various places rich in biodiversity, and the general public will be educated on the importance of preserving the same. The contestants will undergo a strict pre-judging process during their training and grooming sessions, where the female contestants will be judged on their poise, carriage, intelligence and beauty and the male contestants will be judged on their intelligence, fitness, personality and confidence. Designers Nitu Kachari and Dipika Yengkhom will be designing the gowns for the semifinal and the final rounds respectively. On the day of the Grand Finale, Mary Khyriem- Mega Miss North East 2017, and Suman Ningthoujam- Mega Mister North East 2017 will felicitate their successors at the conclusion of the pageant.