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CEC celebrates glorious 25 years, produces documentary ‘The Assam Tribune – Nation Talks’

CEC enters in glorious 25th year and the premier educational institute celeberates it Silver Jublee year felicitating all of its Center Directors at the ITA Machkhowa cultural complex on 2nd May. There are more than 300 centers of CEC across North East India with a brilliant record of more than 5,00,000 successful/passed-out students, over 300,000 got jobs all over India and over 100,000 are self-employed. In fact, students of CEC are found in almost every company in the N.E. region.

The Assam Tribune–Nation Talks”, a documentary based on the journey of The Assam Tribune, premiered in the complex. The documentary, produced by CEC and directed by Jhulan Krishna Mahanta, was conceptualised by Dipankar Dutta and Arunima Dutta.

According to the director, “The Assam Tribune-Nation Talks” is a documentary that portrays the glorious journey of the newspaper.

“North East India’s most popular English daily, The Assam Tribune, has tremendous contribution in shaping the history of Assam. The documentary conveys the extraordinary story of RG Baruah and how he was able to build an organization that has won hearts of readers and critics alike across the globe. The journey of The Assam Tribune has remained an untold story so far and that is what exactly the documentary seeks to convey, given the influence it has had from its inception till present,” the director said.

“The documentary presents itself, focusing on various aspects of The Assam Tribune and how it has remained an undisputed market leader in the newspaper industry of North-east. The newspaper has witnessed India transitioning into a modern republic even as the popular English daily had its own share of challenges which it has dealt with courage and survived only due to its foresighted vision,” he added.

Dr Amarjyoti Choudhury played the role of storyteller in the documentary which showcases various exclusive interviews, visuals, memoirs of the newspaper group revealing the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs faced in this journey of 80 years.

Today, Editor of The Assam Tribune PG Baruah, director of the Assam Tribune Group Babita Rajkhowa, Dr Amarjyoti Chouhdury along with a galaxy of eminent personalities were present during the screening.

The documentary will have a public screening on May 5 at Anuradha Cineplex and will be released on online platforms too.

CEC was established with an aim to create trained and efficient manpower in the field of information technology, software and hardware courses in computer, web-page designing, fashion and textile designing, journalism and other management courses; and it has successfully carried out different courses. CEC was founded to strengthen the need of computer education in Assam. The need of the hour was for a distinct institution specializing in technical education that would be far above the few institutions which were until then responsible for imparting computer education in the city. It was also felt that the purely empirically based professional computer education provided earlier by some sub-experienced/inexperienced professionals would not meet the burgeoning needs for training modern computer professionals.

The institute was expected to cater to the needs of providing training to the students who wish to pursue a career in computers, fashion designing, textile/interior designing, journalism and other management courses. To fulfill these objectives, the institute was expected to operate as a resource, providing employment generation in the field of technical education. The institute was expected to run as a centre of excellence for studies in professional courses.

This is significant because even in the face of the mushrooming competition by several multinational IT education institutes, CEC has been able to survive and sustain itself highly successfully against all odds as a local institute. In fact, other computer education giants currently working in this field in Assam have also faced stiff competition in the face of the thriving popularity of CEC among the aspiring students.

One outstanding factor behind the success achieved within this span of 24 years is the individualized attention given to the students, thus enhancing their ability to acquire and synthesize knowledge in their chosen field of studies. The ambience at CEC enables students to attain their personal and professional goals and contribute constructively to their workplaces and communities. This is the feeling voiced by many former students of this institution


Snowy rendezvous with democracy at 13500 feet in Arunachal Pradesh

They walked for more than 10 hours at sub-zero temperatures to help 35 people cast their invaluable votes at 13,583 feet.

After completing the process at Luguthang polling station in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district, the highest in the state, before 8.30am on Thursday, the 35 personnel, including 24 porters, reached Tawang on Friday.

Gepiam Mize, the sector officer for Luguthang polling station, told The Telegraph: “The road to Luguthang was a difficult one as we had to climb from 800 feet to 14,000 feet through tough terrain, crossing mountains. As the oxygen level goes down with altitude, one gets tired after walking for some time .”

The team left Tawang on April 9 at 4.50am and reached New Malling village, the last motorable point, at 7.30am. All the porters were waiting there and the poll materials were distributed among them, including electronic voting machines (EVMs), with utmost care.

“We encountered snow after crossing 11,000 feet. The route was quite slippery and it was difficult to move ahead,” Mize said. Mountains with spiky dwarf plants appeared at 12,000 feet and there were no trees, he added.

“Around 3.30pm, the weather changed and there was snowfall and high winds started lashing us.It was biting cold. Holding on to the umbrellas was becoming tough too,” he said.

The team walked through the icy conditions for 10-and-a-half hours to reach Luguthang. “We reached Luguthang in chilly conditions at 6.30pm on Wednesday,” Mize said.

The polling station is under Mukto (ST) Assembly constituency, which is represented by chief minister Pema Khandu, and falls under the Arunachal West parliamentary constituency.

On polling day, the weather was fine.

Mock polls for parliamentary and Assembly constituencies were conducted before 6.30am on Thursday and voting started on time at 7am.

“All the voters, comprising 19 men and 16 women, exercised their franchise before 8.30am,” Mize said.

“Luguthang is really a beautiful village. It is located where there is no vegetation. The way the villagers spend their time with yaks was interesting,” he added.

It is said that fortune favours the brave. The weather gods smiled on Friday and the polling personnel reached New Malling village in six-and-a-half hours from Luguthang.

Official spokesperson for the Election Commission Sheyphali Sharan tweeted on Saturday, “Polling parties in Arunachal Pradesh. 13583 feet altitude Luguthang — Mukto Assembly Constituency. Whatever the challenges — they do cross them all to reach the voters after all!”

By Roopak Goswami, The Telegraph


PM Modi’s Mission Shakti address didn’t violate model code of conduct: EC

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation on the successful test-firing of an anti-satellite missile did not violate the model code of conduct, the Election Commission said on Friday night.

The EC took the decision based on the report of a committee of officers which found that the Prime Minister did not violate the provision of ‘party in power’ in the poll code.

“The committee has, therefore, reached the conclusion that the MCC provision regarding misuse of official mass media … is not attracted in the instant case,” the commission said, citing the report of the committee constituted to look into the case.

Model code of conduct is in place for the April-May parliamentary election and some state polls.

India shot down one of its satellites in space on Wednesday with an anti-satellite missile to demonstrate this complex capability, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced, making it only the fourth country to have used such a weapon after US, China and Russia.

Declaring India has established itself as a global space power after the success of the operation ‘Mission Shakti’, PM Modi said the missile hit a live satellite flying in a Low Earth Orbit after it traversed a distance of almost 300 km from earth within three minutes of its launch.

The announcement was made by the Prime Minister in a broadcast to the nation on television, radio and social media.

Several opposition parties had complained to the Election Commission alleging violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC).

PM Modi's Mission Shakti address didn't violate model code of conduct: EC