MORIGAON, Nov 19 - Along with the rest of the country, the foundation day of the Indian Press Council was observed here at Morigaon as the National Press Day on November 16 under the auspices of Morigaon district administration and in collaboration with the Morigaon District Journalists Association (MDJA) and the District Media Club, Morigaon.
The programme started with paying of tributes to a departed journalist, Late Khagen Kalita by his wife Mrinalini Kalita. This was followed by the tarpan programme, which was done by Pratap Hazarika, president, MDJA. The open meeting on the theme �Reporting, � A journey� was inaugurated by Rituraj Bora, Deputy Commissioner, Morigaon. In his inaugural speech, the DC, Morigaon appealed to the press fraternity to play a responsible role in the implementation of government�s various schemes in Morigaon district.
Delivering the keynote address, Dr Bhaben Chandra Neog, Principal, Jagiroad College emphasised upon a free and responsible Press so that the democratic values of our country can be upheld. In the function, two senior journalists � Pratap Hazarika and Bubumoni Goswami were felicitated. The Khagen Kalita Memorial Journalism Award, 2019 was conferred on Dalim Phukan, Morigaon Correspondent, The Assam Tribune. The award carries a cash amount of Rs 10,000, a citation, gamosa and a sarai. The meeting was also addressed by Bubumoni Goswami, Kishore Thakuria, CEO, Morigaon Zila Parishad and Birinchi Kumar Sarma, former president, MDJA.
At Jagiroad, the National Press Day was observed under the auspices of Natun Asomiya Sangbad� a weekly newspaper group, at Jagiroad College. The day�s programme began with a recitation programme by old and new poets of Nagaon and Morigaon districts. The open meeting held on the occasion was presided over by Dalim Phukan, editor, Natun Asomiya Sangbad. The meeting was inaugurated by Dr BC Neog, Principal, Jagiroad College.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kandarpa Kumar Deka, Vice Chancellor, Sankardev University, Nagaon said that the young journalists must face the challenges of the digital age and serve the society as the torch bearers of the society. Addressing the gathering, noted poet Nanda Sing, appealed to the young people to cultivate the energy of words and to contribute in the literary field. The �Sabda Ratna� Award from the Natun Asomiya group was formally handed over to Nanda Sing by the VC, Sankardev University, Dr KK Deka in the function. The meeting was also addressed by Mantu Saikia, Deputy Editor, Amar Asom and Biswajit Das, Executive Editor, Asomiya Khobor. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Karabi Deka Hazarika, retired Professor of Dibrugarh University urged the young journalists of Assam to learn Assamese language properly to write properly in newspapers.