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Assam’s First literary festival is the new attraction in the North East

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Assam, Jan 28, 2017: Assam is the new member of the cities organising literary jamborees group. Assam’s BLF ie. Brahmaputra Literary Festival is the new attraction in the already mesmerising North-east. BLF will last for three days wherein it will witness the participation of approximately 150 authors from India and abroad.

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BLF is a well-planned event organised by the National Book Trust and the Assam government. It will host 60-panel discussions, book releases, readings and culture events including screenings of films based on books, musical and dance performances.

NBT Director and a Sahitya Akademi winning Assamese author Dr Rita Choudhury gave a statement saying, “We have aimed to make the festival a landmark event of the country’s literary calendar which will not only expose people to interact with famed litterateurs but also take literature of the northeast to the rest of the country and the world.”

“There are many popular literary festivals in the country but the northeast with such a rich literary tradition, both past and contemporary, is yet to have one and the BLF wants to change that,” Choudhury said.

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“We hope that the festival will become an annual feature of the country’s literary calendar and not only encourage new ideas and their dissemination but also offer a platform for intellectual exchanges,” she said.

Carlo Pizzati from Italy, Clara Penalvar from Spain, Randy Teguchi from Japan, Linda Christanty from Indonesia, Dhunpal Raj Heeraman and Ramdeo Dhorundhur from Mauritius, Rajivawizesinha from Sri Lanka and Selina Hossain and Shaheen Akhtar from Bangladesh are few of the many contemporary authors that are expected to participate in the festival. The festival will be inaugurated by Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar.

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National Register of Citizens (NRC) published by Assam government

Assam Government released NRC report IANS
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The Assam government has published the part draft of the much-awaited National Register of Citizens (NRC) which includes names of 1.9 crore people of total 3.29 crore applicants in the state.

Registrar General of India (RGI), Sailesh said this while addressing a press conference at 11.45 p.m. on Sunday and said the names of the rest of the people are at various stages of verification.

The status of inclusion of names can be checked on the websites:

The RGI said the complete NRC will be published within the year 2018.

He said this is only the part draft of the NRC and that there is no need to worry if anyone’s name has not been included in the part draft that has been published.

“It only means that his or her name is at some stage of verification,” he said.

The NRC authorities had received applications submitted by 3.29 crore people, accompanied by six crore documents, of the state for inclusion of heir names in the NRC.

The process of updating the NRC began in 2013 and it was carried out under the guidance and instruction of the Supreme court. (IANS)

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