SIVASAGAR, Oct 6 - On the occasion of the celebration of the golden jubilee year of the Dainik Asam, a public meeting was held on Monday at Sivasagar Natya Mandir.
Attending the meeting as keynote speaker, educationist Sunaram Baruah said, �Singha Purush RG Baruah had laid the foundation of the newspaper industry in Assam. He not only published news, but also raised the issues relating to the society and nation through his newspapers.�
�The then Prime Minister, Rajib Gandhi, even recognised his contribution to save Assam from inclusion into East Pakistan,� said Baruah. He also elaborated on the challenges faced by today�s journalists.
Earlier, Munin Bayan, Executive Editor of the Dainik Asam welcomed the distinguished guests and other dignitaries. Addressing the guest and other dignitaries, Bayan said, �Sivasagar is the birth place of journalism in Assam. The State�s first newspaper Arunodoi was published from Sivasagar about 170 years ago.�
Former president of Assam Sahitya Sabha, Imran Shah and educationist Dipali Chaliha also spoke on the occasion.
Later, a prize distribution ceremony was held. The winners of the art competition, which was organised to mark the occasion, were conferred awards. Jadumoni Das, Emili Bora and Tanushree Gogoi won the first, second and third prizes in A-category respectively, while Rishita Gogoi, Sukanya Gohain and Jahnavi Medchi won the first, second and third prizes in the B-category, respectively.
A cultural programme, held on the occasion, also enthralled the audience. Mahayhi Chaliha performed a Sattriya dance while children of Mou Mel performed a Tiwa dance.