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Presidential first for literary events in Assam

Presidential first for literary events in Assam

President Ram Nath Kovind to attend concluding programme of Bodo Sahitya Sabha at Tamulpur

President Ram Nath Kovind to attend concluding programme of Bodo Sahitya Sabha at Tamulpur

GUWAHATI A regional language literary event in the northeast will for the first time carry the flavour of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

President Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to address the concluding session of the 61 st annual conference of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) in western Assam’s Tamulpur on May 4. The conference begins on May 2.

“This will be an historic occasion. No President of India has attended any literary event of any language in the northeast before,” BSS president, Toren C. Boro told The Hindu on Sunday.

“Kovindji is expected to speak on attuning a vernacular language like Bodo to modern digital demands and where regional languages stand vis-à-vis the New Education Policy and e-learning,” he said.

Formed in 1952, the BSS has stepped into its 70 th year. It was inspired by the Assam Sahitya Sabha that was formed in 1917 to primarily promote Assamese literature.

Mr. Boro said about 4,000 delegates are expected to attend the three-day conference from all over the world. There are Bodo language speakers in Bangladesh, Nepal and West Bengal besides Assam.

The Bodoland Territorial Council has declared May 4 as a public holiday across the Bodoland Territorial Region to mark the President’s visit.

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State Scan: Noteworthy events took place in last week across India

State Scan: Noteworthy events took place in last week across India

Published: Updated On – 05:02 PM, Sun – 27 February 22

Telangana Instead of waiting for the government’s help, some remote villages of Kumram Bheem Asifabad district are literally converting waste into gold by making profits by adopting efficient waste management practices and are able to achieve financial empowerment.

The villages are segregating dry waste as part of the novel initiative Palle Pragati programme implemented by the government and Swachch Bharat Abhiyan. The remote Mandaguda village of Tiryani mandal alone earned Rs 5,224 by selling plastic, damaged glass, and empty beer bottles. Similarly, Dhaboli village in Jainoor mandal recorded Rs 13,015 by vending dry waste. Many villages are earning money by producing vermicompost fertilizer, branded as ‘Panta Siri.’

Andhra Pradesh

To facilitate darshan for more common devotees at the Lord Venkateswara temple, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has cancelled the VIP break darshan on Saturdays and Sundays. Earlier, the TTD had cancelled VIP darshan on all Fridays. By reallocating the time slot for VIP darshan, the temple body will be able to save at least two hours on the said days, enabling them to provide darshan to at least 3,000-3,500 additional devotees per day. The TTD recently increased the special entry darshan tickets quota as well as the slotted sarva darshan tickets quota to devotees under online and offline modes.


President Ram Nath Kovind took an elephant safari in Kaziranga National Park on the last day of his three-day visit to Assam. Kovind and his daughter Shweta together rode an elephant, admiring the wilderness and spotting the animals in their natural habitat. Kovind was accompanied by several Assam ministers. They took the ride from Mihimukh point in Kohora range of the national park. The President has also inaugurated a photo and archival exhibition on conservation at Kaziranga. Kovind had arrived in Assam on Friday to participate in a programme launching the 400th birth anniversary celebration of legendary Ahom general Lachit Borphukan at Guwahati.

New Delhi
Popular online discussion platform Reddit, which acquired short-form video social platform Dubsmash late last year, has finally shut down the platform. Dubsmash will not be available to download through the App Store or Google Play. Also, downloaded apps will stop functioning on the same date. “The Dubsmash team has been accelerating Reddit’s video, so parts of Reddit will feel familiar to Dubsmashers,” the company said in the blogpost recently. “Dubsmashers can continue connecting with each other at r/dubsmash and hop over to Reddit to discover an endless stream of new creators and communities that match their many interests and talents,” it added. When Reddit acquired Dubsmash, the app was drawing more than 1 billion video views per month.


Many parts of Mumbai faced a power outage, which also resulted in the halting of local train services on one of the lines. After over an hour of disruption, the power supply, which had been impacted in south and central Mumbai, started getting restored from around 11 am. The local train services, considered as the lifeline of the country’s financial capital, were halted for an hour. They blamed supply disruption from Tata Power for the difficulties. The city had last faced a major outage in October 2020, which took over 18 hours for the full restoration of services and was blamed on a cyber attack in some quarters.

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