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Towards a new northeast
Fresh start: Militants surrender arms in Agartala

On December 28 and 29, 2005, the education department of Sibsagar College, Joysagar, Assam, organised a national seminar on 'problems of insurgency and the economic development in northeast India'. Sponsored by the Northeastern Council, the seminar was inaugurated by Gyanpeeth award winner, Dr Mamoni Roysom Goswami. The chief guests included, among others, Lok Sabha MP Sarbananda Sonowal; H.N. Das, ex-chief secretary of Assam, Pranab Gogoi, MLA, Sivasagar. Professors, lecturers, thinkers, philosophers and research scholars from various places participated in the seminar and provided their insight on the political, economic, legal, social, psychological and moral reasons for the growing insurgency in northeast India and discussed probable solutions.

Chayanika Bordoloi, Third year, BA, English department, Sibsagar College, Joysagar, Assam

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Sports day at MHS

December 22, 2005 was the annual sports day at Modern High School for Girls. The event began with the chief guest Major General Arun Roye presiding over the ceremonial march past. The younger students proudly displayed their aerobic and karate skills and performed a cheerful drill with umbrellas and sticks. The audience was left spellbound as the students gave renditions of the Samba, Arabian, Indian and many other dance forms. The old girls' race was another highly anticipated event and this year it had to be modified into a relay to accommodate the numbers. The ex-students made it even more special by sporting their old house sashes. Hibiscus House lifted the Cock House trophy.

Priyadarshini Mitra, Second year, English honours, Jadavpur University

Power of words

Last month, the English department (morning) of Seth Anandram Jaipuria College launched its annual English journal. Christened Words by Prof. Mou Chattopadhyay, the entire project had been designed by Prof. Protiva Sarkar and published by Prof. Srimanti Choudhuri. Special guests were presented with a copy of Words. We also staged a play and sang English versions of some Rabindrasangeet songs. Besides, during the rehearsals, students developed a closer bond with the teachers ' something that could never have happened in the classroom.

Manpreet Kaur,
Third year, English honours, SA Jaipuria College

Grand programme

On December 24, 2005, a grand cultural programme was held in our school. The students performed a 10-minute-long song item. One of the students enacted a hilarious skit based on the social problems of our daily life. Some teachers proved their excellence by singing and reciting. Those who had performed well in the Madhyamik, Higher Secondary and the school exams were given books donated by the teachers, ex-teachers and staff of the school. The day was a memorable one for the school as it showed the sense of camaraderie that the students of various disciplines shared.

Sourav Adhya,
Class XI, Berhampore J. N. Academy, Berhampore, Murshidabad

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