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International Women’s Day observed across state
 GUWAHATI, March 8 - The International Women’s Day was observed across the state with a series of programmes.

Staff Correspondent adds from Dibrugarh: The International Women’s Day was observed today by various institutions and establishments here with special emphasis on women empowerment. 

The district administration organised a gathering of the women officers and its employees at the office of the Deputy Commissioner where several spoke on the challenges faced by women. Presiding over the programme, Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri called upon the women to strive to be at par with men and never feel inferior. She said that the pre-conceived impression that women cannot be better than men obstructs several women to go ahead in life.

The meeting was also addressed by District Development Commissioner Jadav Saikia and other women participants. Additional Deputy Commissioner Ankur Bharali, Additional Deputy Commissioner Subhon Goala, Additional Deputy Commissioner Sushanta Kumar Dutta, Circle Officer Dipu Kumar Deka and Circle Officer Tarali Das also attended the programme. 

In another event, the All India Radio station here organised a seminar on ‘Women Empowerment’, jointly with the Centre for Women’s Studies, Dibrugarh University as a part of its year-long celebration of golden jubilee.

Inaugurating the seminar organised to mark the occasion, Professor Naba Kumar Handique, Dean of Humanities and Social Science of Dibrugarh University, opined that human civilization cannot reach its zenith until the society worked sincerely towards the all-round development of women. The Head of the Programme of AIR Dibrugarh Lohit Deka urged the society to respect and secure the rights of women. Dr Jyoti Prasad Saikia, Chairperson of Center for Women’s Studies, Dibrugarh University, said that the society has to come forward to achieve the goal of women empowerment. The seminar was moderated by Anjuma Das of All India Radio Dibrugarh where scholarly articles were presented by  Dr Geetali Saikia of Hem Chandra Goswami College, Nitaipukhuri; Dr Dibyajyoti Dutta of University’s Political Science Department; Dr Ananya Gogoi and Dr Upasana Sharma of Sociology Department; Priyanka Sharma, Barnali Das and Devajani Borah from Women’s Studies Center.

Staff Correspondent adds from Jorhat: The International Women’s Day was observed at the Jorhat Police Reserve at Borbheta here today with Jorhat superintendent of police Vaibhav Nimbalkar attending the function as the chief guest.

Senior police officials and their wives also attended the function while wife of the SP, Anuja Nimbalkar lighted the ceremonial lamp on the occasion.

North Lakhimpur Correspondent adds: The All Adivasi Women’s Association of Assam (AAWAA) observed the International Women’s Day today with various programmes. Organised by the Lakhimpur district unit of AAWAA in association with Lakhimpur District Legal Service Authority at the playground of Ananda Tea Estate, the celebration of the day began with the hoisting of the flag by Lalita Topno Mazhi, president of AAWAA,Lakhimpur. A procession was taken out on the occasion by AAWAA members demanding equal rights and progress among the Adivasi women. An opening session was held on the occasion which was chaired by Lalita Topno Mazhi and it was also attended by Narayan Kuri, secretary, Lakhimpur District Legal Service Authority and Farhana Ahmed, Correspondent of The Assam Tribune.

Staff Correspondent adds from Silchar: In sync with the rest of the world, Cachar district administration observed the International Women’s Day in a befitting manner on Thursday. The central function was held at the Gandhi Bhawan in association with Bhoomi Women Trust, Nehru Yuva Kendra, National Health Mission and State Bank of India wherein as many as eight noted women were felicitated with mementos and uttorio in recognition to their contributions in their respective professional fields.

Kokrajhar Correspondent adds: The International Women’s’ Day was also observed here at Kokrajhar by various organisations with a series of programmes.

The LPG Distributors of Kokrajhar district organised an awareness programme camp on Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) at DN Himatsingka High School field here.

State Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma attended the programme as chief guest. Speaking on the occasion Brahma underscored the need for taking up welfare schemes for the development ofwomen.

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