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�A language dies every 14 days�

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JALAH, Dec 29 - The 104th central foundation day of Asam Sahitya Sabha was observed at the BB Kishan College under Jalah Circle in Baksa district with a two-day programme starting December 26.

The function under reference was held under the aegis of the college and Jalah Sakha Sahitya Sabha and organised by Baksa Zila Sahitya Sabha and Jalah regional office of Asam Sahitya Sabha.

The first day�s programme started with tributes to the founder president of the state�s apex literary body, late Padmanath Gohain Barua, which was led by Anil Chandra Kakati, former president of Baksa Zila Sahitya Sabha.

The following day�s programme began with flag hoisting by Jamini Das Talukdar, vice president of Baksa Zila Sahitya Sabha, while another 103 flags of Asam Sahitya Sabha were also hoisted by several social workers. At 9 am, the smriti tarpan programme was led by Chandra Kanta Basumatary, president of Chapaguri Kaklabari Primary Bodo Sahitya Sabha, Nareswar Das, former president of Anchalik Sahitya Sabha and Sabha life members Lohit Das, Gongadhar Das and Naren Chaudhury.

The open session was held at 11-30 am. It was presided over by the Sabha president Dr Kuladhar Saikia, who observed in his presidential speech: �Assam�s racial entity has moved forward with the challenges as a wealth. Asam Sahitya Sabha has provided a beautiful platform so that in times of any challenge, we can move forward.�

The meeting was formally inaugurated by Surendra Nath Barma, former Principal of Mushalpur Higher Secondary School. As a part of the official itinerary, four books were released along with souvenir Shrotaswini Kaldia by Sabha president Dr Kuladhar Saikia.

Associate Professor of Cotton University Dhrubajyoti Das mentioned in his appointed speech, �History of modern Assam starts with the emergence of Asam Sahitya Sabha. It was founded in 1917 to promote Assamese culture and literature. The Assamese people owe much of their development to this august organisation and show their reverence to the illustrious founders.�

Dr Das also said, �It is estimated that if nothing is done, half of the over 7,000 languages spoken in the world are likely to disappear towards the end of this century. As per a latest research, one language dies every 14 days. Presently in India, around 196 languages are on the verge of extinction, and 80 of those are from the North East.�

Mrinaleni Devi, vice president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Deben Basumatary, retired Additional Director General of Prasar Bharati, North East, Dr Keshab Basumatary, Principal of BB Kishan College, Jalah, Jadab Chandra Sarma, general secretary of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Premnarayan Das, treasurer of Sabha, Manjit Sing, secretary of Guwahati regional office,Damodar Talukdar, secretary of Jalah regional office, Rana Basistha, convenor of Jatiyo Siksha Sangsad, Bisnu Deka, accountant, Durgeswar Pathak, organising secretary, Dr Apurba Saikia, executive member, Dipen Narayan Kowar, secretary of Mangaldai regional office, Rana Alam, regional convenor, Ganesh Chandra Nath, regional convenor, Madhab Chandra Kalita, president of Baksa Zila Sahitya Sabha, Upakul Bardaloi, prominent singer, Dr Basanta Kumar Sarma, former executive member of the Sabha, executive members Gobinda Talukdar, Hemanta Das and Karuna Kanta Deka, among others, were also present.

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�A language dies every 14 days�

JALAH, Dec 29 - The 104th central foundation day of Asam Sahitya Sabha was observed at the BB Kishan College under Jalah Circle in Baksa district with a two-day programme starting December 26.

The function under reference was held under the aegis of the college and Jalah Sakha Sahitya Sabha and organised by Baksa Zila Sahitya Sabha and Jalah regional office of Asam Sahitya Sabha.

The first day�s programme started with tributes to the founder president of the state�s apex literary body, late Padmanath Gohain Barua, which was led by Anil Chandra Kakati, former president of Baksa Zila Sahitya Sabha.

The following day�s programme began with flag hoisting by Jamini Das Talukdar, vice president of Baksa Zila Sahitya Sabha, while another 103 flags of Asam Sahitya Sabha were also hoisted by several social workers. At 9 am, the smriti tarpan programme was led by Chandra Kanta Basumatary, president of Chapaguri Kaklabari Primary Bodo Sahitya Sabha, Nareswar Das, former president of Anchalik Sahitya Sabha and Sabha life members Lohit Das, Gongadhar Das and Naren Chaudhury.

The open session was held at 11-30 am. It was presided over by the Sabha president Dr Kuladhar Saikia, who observed in his presidential speech: �Assam�s racial entity has moved forward with the challenges as a wealth. Asam Sahitya Sabha has provided a beautiful platform so that in times of any challenge, we can move forward.�

The meeting was formally inaugurated by Surendra Nath Barma, former Principal of Mushalpur Higher Secondary School. As a part of the official itinerary, four books were released along with souvenir Shrotaswini Kaldia by Sabha president Dr Kuladhar Saikia.

Associate Professor of Cotton University Dhrubajyoti Das mentioned in his appointed speech, �History of modern Assam starts with the emergence of Asam Sahitya Sabha. It was founded in 1917 to promote Assamese culture and literature. The Assamese people owe much of their development to this august organisation and show their reverence to the illustrious founders.�

Dr Das also said, �It is estimated that if nothing is done, half of the over 7,000 languages spoken in the world are likely to disappear towards the end of this century. As per a latest research, one language dies every 14 days. Presently in India, around 196 languages are on the verge of extinction, and 80 of those are from the North East.�

Mrinaleni Devi, vice president of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Deben Basumatary, retired Additional Director General of Prasar Bharati, North East, Dr Keshab Basumatary, Principal of BB Kishan College, Jalah, Jadab Chandra Sarma, general secretary of Asam Sahitya Sabha, Premnarayan Das, treasurer of Sabha, Manjit Sing, secretary of Guwahati regional office,Damodar Talukdar, secretary of Jalah regional office, Rana Basistha, convenor of Jatiyo Siksha Sangsad, Bisnu Deka, accountant, Durgeswar Pathak, organising secretary, Dr Apurba Saikia, executive member, Dipen Narayan Kowar, secretary of Mangaldai regional office, Rana Alam, regional convenor, Ganesh Chandra Nath, regional convenor, Madhab Chandra Kalita, president of Baksa Zila Sahitya Sabha, Upakul Bardaloi, prominent singer, Dr Basanta Kumar Sarma, former executive member of the Sabha, executive members Gobinda Talukdar, Hemanta Das and Karuna Kanta Deka, among others, were also present.

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