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UNITED ASSAM ASSOCIATION OF THE UK            ASSAM DAY WEEKEND 28th and 29th August 2010   Eastwood Hall Hotel, Eastwood, Nottingham

The Editor and the President says : There comes a time in every sphere of life when changes are  called for, lest life goes stale and gets taken for granted. Added   to it was the question of how to make the Assam Day attractive  and affordable to the community from the North East of India.  Thus you received an invitation that looked different, the format  of the weekend has changed and even this newsletter does not  look anything like it used to. The initial feedback to it is one of  heightened interest but as they say the proof of the pudding is in  Last year’s invited guest artists Pranamee and  eating and we are just about to experience the results of such  Jayanta Bhagawati receiving their ‘Pride of India  changes. “ award The  UAAUK  is  stepping into a  crucial  phase  with the  older  generation getting older and ready to handover. But the younger  generation has to want to get involved and keep it going. We  can only guess how to achieve that but unless we are advised by  the younger generation we are not likely to get it right. Thus we arranged for an informal survey of the people who, for  one reason or another, have not been able to attend the Assam  day Weekend. The response ranged from severe criticism, not  all   of   it   justified   to   the   very   obvious.   We   have   tried   to  incorporate bulk of it. Hope you like it. If it still fails to attract a 100% attendance, it will be a cause to   worry but please advise us if any more can be done. HM Queen Elizabeth II with Mrs Pratibha  Enjoy yourselves and thanks for coming. Devisingh Patil, President of India Ranjit K Baruah

Office bearers of UAAUK: President :  Vice President: General Secretary: Asst. Gen. Secretary: Treasurer: Social secretary: Communications Secretary: Webmaster:

Calls for help: 1, Ipsita  Sarma:  A  tragic  case  from  Assam  where  funds  were  needed  for  a  Kidney  Transplant operation for Mrs Sarma who has a 9  month  old  baby  and  whose  husband  was  found  dead.  We  raised  enough  funds  and  she  has  now  had the operation. A big thank you to all. 2, Assam  Sahitya  Sabha  wishes  to  celebrate  its  Centenary  year  in  2011  and  has  approached  us  for  financial  assistance.  Please  contact the President, if interested. 3, Bidyut  Phukan  from  Jorhat  approached us to publicise his book ‘A tale from  the  dales’.  To  obtain  a  copy  please  log  onto 4, Sekhar  Baishya  from  Assam  sought  our  help  to  publicise  his  ‘first’  Assamese  Software  Dictionary  due  for  release  in  March  2010.Pleasecontact  for further details. 5,      ‘Kamrupa  Anusandhana  Samiti’                    (Assam  Research  Society)  wish  to  celebrate  its  Centenary in 2011­2012 and replace its outdated  Offices  with  new  ones  and  seeking  financial  help.  For  further  details  please  contact  Dr  Banikanta Sarma on 00913612605267 6, V.Laldinpui,  from  Mizoram  and  a  M  Phil student at University of Hyderabad wish us  to  fill  in  a  questionnaire  for  her  research  on  ‘Community  and  Identity  of  the  North  eastern  Diaspora’. It is posted on our web site, if you are  interested.

Ranjit K Baruah Jitendralal Barkakati Nripen Barkataki Leena Sharma Mrs Julie Bora Dwijen Baruah Jay Barkakati Jayanta Biswa Sarmah

Members, Executive Committee: Bhupen Dev Sarmah Shyam saikia Nina Goswami Chinnu Kishore Larry Khongweir Probir Brahma Rishi Kakati Julie Sarmah

The new symbol of Indian Rupee

7 yr old Navina Arora, (daughter of Mrs. Loyena Bhuyan & Mr. Vijay Arora), performed at the MONKSTONGOTTALENT’ 2010 in Milton Keynes. Navina won the 3rd. prize.

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N E W S L E T T E R 2 0 1 0 THE LOREM IPSUMS Britain had temporarily suspended student visa applications from northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh after a sharp rise in numbers for at least a month while it investigated.The BBC said 13,500 from northern India alone were submitted in the last three months of last year, compared with 1,800 in the same period of 2008. There has been recent media reports that unscrupulous businessmen are helping thousands of migrants from India and Pakistan to obtain a place at bogus colleges in Britain. Nalin Surie, a senior career diplomat, has taken over as the Indian high commissioner to Britain following the retirement of his predecessor Shiv Shankar Mukherjee. The Archeological Survey of India has joined hands with several International organizations to call for a return of prominent artefacts such as the Kohinoor diamond and Sultanganj Buddha that were taken away during the British Raj. The famous East India Company that once ruled more than half of the world including India is now owned by Sanjiv Mehta, a Mumbai origin businessman. His next ambition is to reopen the East India Company Store in Mayfair, London. Mahatma Gandhi’s home in the suburbs of Johannesburg, South Africa has been bought by a French Tourism Company who plans to convert it to a Gandhi Museum.

Obituar y: NNNN 1, Tea scientist Sudhir Chandra Boruah 2, Dr RM Bujarbarua 3, Patrick Swayze 4, Mrs Manjula Bhuyan 5, Dr Bhudhar Roy 6, Dr Manish Bhuyan 7, Michael Jackson 8, Michael Foot 9, Lily Saikia 10, Dr Jibon Ch Baruah 11, B SSekhawat former Vice President of India 12, Mahananda Mazinder Baruah

Quotable quotes: Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper -Adelle Davis Hell has three gates: Lust, anger and greed— Bhagavad Gita The men who have succeeded are men who have chosen one line and stuck to it— Andrew Carnegie

The English language test announced by the British government for all non-European migrants applying to come to Britain to join or marry their settled partner will become compulsory.

The Gods too are fond of a joke — Aristotle

The Basle Laboratory of Switzerland has found that the Rhino horns have no medicinal value including aphrodisiac property. Possession of such quality is held at high value in countries like India, Nepal, Japan, Singapore, Arab countries and China.

Do not blame anybody for your mistakes and failures— Bernard Baruch

The appointment of Indian-born investment banker Anshu Jain, 47 as head of Deutsche Bank, Germany ‘s biggest bank, has come under criticism on the ground that he is not able to speak German fluently. Bushy eyebrows are back in fashion. An increasing number of women are opting for hair transplant surgery to get the bushy-browed look. The likes of Keira Knightley and Emma Watson have brought back the fad of fuller brows leaving behind once popular pencil thin eyebrows. In 1971, before Parisian ramps had seen women of colour, before Grace Jones and Naomi Campbell, a dark, 6’ 1” tall, sari-clad model waited in French designer Pierre Cardin’s salon for eight hours. Cardin’s assistant called a manager, telling him an Indian princess had come to buy clothes. When Cardin finally met her, she was hired on the spot. He called her ‘a jolie’ (Anjali), and Anjali Mendes became Cardin’s muse for 12 years. She also modelled for designers such as Ungaro, Scaperelli and Givenchy. But the former supermodel remained a Goan girl who served her champagne with sorpotel in her Paris apartment. She died recently aged 64.

Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower— Hans Christian Anderson

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test man’s character, give him power— Abraham Lincoln Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don’t let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six month— Clifford Stoll Thirty five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirtyfive for years. — Oscar Wilde Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood -Oscar Wilde Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship— Lord Buddha

Achievers: 1, Panchali,  daughter  of  Bhupen  and  Pronoti  Dev  Sarma  obtained  MBChB  from  University  of  Warwick 2,  Ian,  son  of  Nripen  and  Manju  Barkataki  obtained a Clinical Tutor and Research Fellow post  in  the  Oxford  University,  Psychology  Department  and  Ryan,  his  brother  obtained  a  Masters  degree  from  St  Martin’s  University,  London  in  Industrial  Design  and  created  the  Holocaust  Memorial  in  front of the Guild Hall, London 3 Rish, son of Ranjit and Sunie Baruah qualified as  a  Student  Careers  Adviser  from  Coventry  University 4,  Siddharth,  son  of  Papu  and  Momi  Rajkhowa  graduated 5, Arun, son of Jodumoni and Bani Bora graduated  from Liverpool University 6,  Ruben,  son  of  Late  Drs Biren and Era  Saharia,  appointed  as  Consultant  in  Accident  and  Emergency Medicine 7,  Shabana,  daughter  of  Ashraf  and  Julie  Bora  obtained her MRCOG 8,  Miss  Enisha  Das,  qualified  as  a  doctor,  getting  her  MBBS,  BSc  (Hon)  degree  from  Barts  under  London  University.   She  is  the  elder  daughter  of  Dr Pallab Das and Mrs Nizara Das. 9  Miss  Samyami  Sangeeta  Chowdhury,  qualified  as  a  doctor,  getting  her  MB  ChB  degree  from  Warwick  University.  She  is  the  daughter  of  Dr  Tarun and Mrs Manjira Chowdhury. 10, Miss Kristi Sarma who hails from Guwahati, a  student  from  Aston  University  received  first  class  degree in engineering . Wedding Bells: 1, Joanna, daughter of Dr Dipak and Mrs Linda  Dutta  tied  the  knot  with  Michael  William  Collins of Chicago 2,  Dipti,  daughter  of  Junu  and  Late  Dr  Hari  Upadhyay married Shireesh Nallanthighal 3, Rita, Dr Dinesh and Mrs Bhabani Kakati got  engaged to be married to Rushin Shah 4, Dr Rondip Roy, son of Amit and Meenu Roy  is getting married 5, Nina, Jan and Rasna Goswami’s daughter got  engaged to be married to James 6,  Debi,  Jinu  and  Mudabbar  Husain  Laskar  engaged toFiroze Ibrahim from Mumbai 7,          Bianca,  daughter  of  DC  and  Rita  Barkataki is now engaged to be married New babies 1 Kasper to Cyrus and Alex Saihan grandson to  Eric Saihan 2Lucas  Benjamin,  son  to  Victoria  and  Simon  Devaney,  grandson  to  Kamini  and  Gabriel  Arandhara

From Assam Day weekend 2009


PS: we  do  our  best  to  collect  these  bits  of  information  all  the  year  round  to  make  it  as    complete  as  possible.  If  anyone  has  not  been  included  in  the  above  it  is  unintentional  and  our  apologies.

N THE LOREM IPSUMS E W S L E T T E R   2 0 1 0 ICICI Bank CEO and Managing Director Chanda Kochhar debuted at number 20 behind Congress President Sonia Gandhi who was ranked 13 in the World's 100 Most Powerful Women list compiled by Forbes. German Chancellor Angela Merkel headed the coveted list Assam   ranked   25th   in   the   literacy   list   of   India,   and  second in illiteracy Terror trail in India since 2005 Oct 29, 2005: Sixty-six people were killed in three bomb blasts in New Delhi. March 7, 2006: Fifteen people were killed in three blasts in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi. July 11, 2006: Over 180 people were killed in bombings in seven local trains in Mumbai. Sep 8, 2006: At least 32 people were killed in Malegaon town in Maharashtra. Feb 19, 2007: At least 66 people were killed when two bombs exploded on the Samjhauta Express train between India and Pakistan. May 18, 2007: Eleven people were killed when a bomb exploded during Friday prayers at Makkah Masjid in Hyderabad. Aug 25, 2007: Forty people were killed when explosions rocked an amusement park and an eatery in Hyderabad. May 13, 2008: Over 60 people were killed when seven bombs ripped through the tourist city of Jaipur. July 25, 2008: One woman was killed and nearly two dozen injured when coordinated small bomb blasts hit Bangalore. July 26, 2008: Forty-five people were killed and over 150 injured when 16 small bombs exploded in Ahmedabad in Gujarat. Sep 13, 2008: At least 25 people were killed when five bombs exploded in crowded markets and streets in Delhi. Oct 30, 2008: Guwahati, the main city of Assam, was rocked by 11 bomb blasts triggered in quick succession killing nearly 70 people and wounding over 300 people. Nov 26-29, 2008: Ten Pakistani terrorists sailed into Mumbai and laid a terror siege on the financial capital of India, killing 166 people and injuring 244. Feb 13, 2010: Nine people were killed and 57 injured when a bomb blast ripped through a popular eatery in Pune.


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A research  group  working  to  bring  out  a  dictionary  in  Assamese  has  discovered  the  copy  of  a  book  published  in  1864  which  is  believed  to  be  the  first  Anglo­Assamese  lexicon.  The  book  brief–  Vocabulary  in  English  &  Assamese  with  Rudimentary  Exercises  was  originally  written  by  Harriet B L Cutter in 1841 and was later revised by  Susan  R  Ward  in  1867,  who  along  with  her  husband  were  the  co­editors  of  Orunodoi.The  Orunodoi  is  Assam’s  first  Assamese  periodical  brought  out  by  American  missionaries.  Both  the  books were printed at the American Baptist Mission  press  in  Sivasagar.  The  Assam  Jatiya  Prakash  is  also  trying  to  bring  out  an  encyclopaedia  named–  Asomiya Jatiya Abhidhan. The  Patanjali  healing  treatment  of  famous  yoga  guru  and  Ayurvedic  exponent  Swami  Ramdev  is  now available in North Lakhimpur

India is proposing new visa rules whereby no tourist will be able to stay in India longer than 90 days at a time on a tourist visa. He/she could return only after a two-month ‘time out’ before returning. A tourist visa would now cease to be one that gives a tourist the right to residency. A lot of tourists and Indian expatriates are expected to be affected. Out of the 14,856 foreigners detected in the State during 2001-2010, 199 were deported, while 11,869 are absconding, said Assam Accord Implementation Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman. Dr Barman said four of the 36 Foreigners’ Tribunals in the State were not functioning. “Altogether, 2,89,690 cases had been pending in the 32 Foreigners’ Tribunals in the State till February, 2010,” said the minister. Jayanta B Sarma is one of the authors of the paper published in the Lancet that proclaimed NDM 1 as the new bacteria from India and Pakistan to cause concerns in UK hospitals.

More from Assam Day 2009


Little known facts about Dr Bhupen Hazarika: born in Sadiya, Assam. A child prodigy, he wrote and sang his first song at the age of 10, Worked for the second Assamese talkie, 'Indramalati' at 12. He completed his Intermediate Arts from Cotton College in 1942, and went on to Benaras Hindu University to complete his B.A. in 1944 and his M.A. in Political Science in 1946. He earned a Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, USA in 1954, He lent his musical talent toHindi films Rudaali (1993), Mil Gayee Manzil Mujhe (1996), Saaz (1997), Darmiyaan (1997), Gajagamini (1998), Daman (2000), Kyon (2003) He had produced a 52 episodes tele-serial titled Dawn for telecast on Star TV. He has also produced another 18 part documentary entitled Glimpses of the Misty East on the socio economic and cultural progress in North Eastern India from 1947 to 1997.He won the President’s National Award for the best filmmaker thrice in 1960, 1964 and 1967. Also received the National Award as best music composer in 1977 for the Assamese film Chameli Memsaab. He was awarded the Padamshree in the same year. In 1992, he was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for lifetime achievement in cinema. In 2001, he was honoured by the Government of India with the Padma Bhushan.

N THE LOREM IPSUMS E W S L E T T E R   2 0 1 0 Jeetumoni Kalita, aged 11 won the Dance India Dance L’il Masters reality show on Zee TV.Thousands of people waited for his arrival at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati. Jeetu was adjudged the winner of “Dance India Dance L’il Masters” at the grand finale in Pune on August 7.He got a trophy and a cash prize of Rs 300,000.Jeetu is the son of Joyram Kalita and Nalini Kalita of Sualkuchi Gibson, the Great Dane that measured 7 feet 1 inch when standing on its hind legs, from California, was recorded as world’s tallest dog by Guiness Book of Records, recently died of Bone Cancer Between 2001 and June 2010 in Assam militants killed 1,549  civilians and 205 security personnel.  In the armed encounters between the security forces and the  militants  of ULFA, NDFB, KLNLF  etc,  1,703  militants  were  killed during this period. In   incidents of encounter between  the security forces and the militants, 26 civilians were killed.  During  this  period,  2,043  ULFA  cadres,  899   NDFB  cadres  and 102 KLNLF cadres surrendered before the Government  and 10,242 members of various militant outfits were arrested.  In  reply to a  question  the  House  was told  that  six militant  outfits are active in the State at present. These organisations  include­ULFA,   NDFB,   All   Adivasi   National   Liberation   Army  (ANLA),   Hmar   People's   Convention   (Democratic)   (HPCD),  Muslim   United   Liberation   Tiger   of   Assam   (MULTA)   and  Harkat­ul­Mujahidin   (HUM).   Now,   activities   of   seven   new  organisations  Liberation Democratic Council of Mising Land  (LDCM), United Tribal Liberation Front (UTLF), United Tribal  Revolutionary   Army   (UTRA),   Dimasa   National   Liberation  Front   (DNLF),   Gorkha   Liberation   Army   (GLA),   Hills   Tiger  Force (HTF) and  Santhal  Tiger  Force (STF) have come to  light, said the Minister

Did you   know   that   n   1895­96,   the   British   Provincial  Government   of   Composite   Assam   constructed   the   Cherra  Companyganj   State  Railways  (CCSR.).  The   ‘Drum’   was  in  fact a Tramway of 2’ – 6” gauge. CCSR was a feeder line to  transport  passengers  and   goods  between   Cherrapunjee   to  Sylhet   (Bangladesh).   The   rail   road   never   met   its   target  income, went into disrepair and finally got dismantled in the  earthquake  of   1897.   Pieces   of  rail   tracks  are  still   used   as  light posts and damaged railway bridges can still be seen in  the villages.

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Tocklai Experimental Station (TES), Jorhat an epitome of good research in the tea sector in India as well as in the world, has celebrated its centenary on May 3, 2010.

The Merlion, Singapore A fascinating ethnic brew that brings the cultures of China, India and Muslim Malaysia all together, the city charms the visitor with its fashion emporiums of Orchard Rd, its antique shops in Chinatown and the amazing city parks that you’re able to wander about. But as some would say “there’s no good without evil”, Singapore has its weird part, or at least someone living in the United States would seem to think so regarding some of their laws. 1. It is against the law and a public caning offense to not flush the toilet after using it. 2. You Litter You Pay-Big Time. 3. Chewing gum sales forbidden 4. Don’t walk around your house naked. 5. No hugging without permission. 6. No poking adverse comments at religion. 7. Crooks go to jail. 8. Connecting on unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots means hacking That’s Singapore, the “fine” city, with good, and bad

A mother Egret feeding her little one on a tree  top somewhere in Assam Noted   Herbalist   Gunaram   Khanikar   claims   that  plants   and   herbs   like   Gulanch,   Amlokhi,  Ashwagandha, Turmeric etc can both prevent and  cure Swine Flu.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Atul Khare, a former Indian Foreign Service officer, as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations UK’s biggest bank HSBC which has 50 branches and 150 ATMs in India has recently opened a branch in the North East of Infdia, namely in Guwahati. The expectation is that increasing financial prospect in the region will lead to expansion of its market share. Harvard Business School has appointed Indian-origin Nitin Nohria as its 10th Dean, making him the first member from the community to occupy the post in the prestigious institution's 102-year old history. Nohria, the Richard P Chapman Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS), has taken up his new role on July 1, President Drew Faust declared.

Hollywood Studios are keen to continue to work in the Bollywood in order to In a list of 500 top paid American Chief Executives PepsiCo  establish a strong foothold despite rd chief Indra Nooyi is placed 93 , Surya N Mohapatra of Quest  US   President   Barack   Obama   has   nominated financial flops of a number of joint Diagnostics   is   placed   96th  and   Adobe   Systems   chief  Jhumpa   Lahiri,   Pulitzer   Prize­winning   Indian­ ventures such as Chandni Chowk to American fiction writer, along with five others to  Shantanu Narainen is placed at 425th. All are born in India. his Committee on Arts and Humanities for 2010 China, Sawaariya etc. Mek   Wok   Kundor,   aged   107   married   her   22nd 62thyear old Guwahati University secured husband Mohamed Noor Che Musa in 2005 but 26 place in the top 50 universities in separated   from   him   in   2009   after   he   was India. admitted to a drug rehabilitation Unit. Now she  hopes to marry again for the 23 rd  time to avoid Californian Jordan Romero became the youngest person to climb Mount Everest being abandoned by Musa

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News Letter 2010  
News Letter 2010  

News Letter 2010 of The United Assam Association of the UK.