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Judges Field, which previously known as Gauhati Town Club ground

Time to regain lost glory

The century-old Gauhati Town Club held its annual general meeting on June 29 and took a decisive step towards a new era. It unanimously elected a new set of office-bearers for the next term with health and development minister Himanta Biswa Sarma unanimously named the president of the club.

The GTC is popular among the sportsloving people of Assam for its soccer team, but gone are the golden days when the club used to dominate the football scenario of the state. The Judges Field, previously known as GTC ground, had the distinction of hosting the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi tournament and other major events, to the delight of Guwahati fans.

It is good to know that Judges Field will be completely renovated and I hope there will be an indoor games facility and a big auditorium so that meetings and seminars related to sports can be held at regular intervals.

Noted architect J.N. Khatanier has already presented a model of the pavilion for the Judges’ Field, which was appreciated by the chief minister Tarun Gogoi and a replica of the same was handed over to him by a delegation of GTC.

I am sure that even a little bit of interest shown by the new president will usher in a huge change in the administrative set- up of the club and GTC will regain its lost glory.

J. N. Bhattacharya,
life member and former general secretary of GTC,
Navagiri Road, Chandmari

Students browse through the display at Summer Book Festival organised by Anwesha recently. File picture

Best gift

It is heartening to hear that Anwesha, an NGO engaged in promoting the culture of reading quality books, has decided to join hands with city schools to set up classroom libraries. In all developed countries, the classrooms are equipped with a library to encourage children to develop reading habits. It has several benefits. Not only does it help enrich one’s knowledge, but also allows that person to pass his or her time in a constructive and fruitful manner. At a time when the world has witnessed a sea change following Internet and television,printed words have not lost their value and can still make a permanent impression on human life. I believe no gift could be greater than a giving a good book to an individual.

Mehbooba Begum
Lachit Nagar, Guwahati

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