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Assam Panchayat Votes For BJP-Congress, Rejecting AGP-AIUDF
 Bhupen Goswami (13/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Voters of Panchayats of Assam have uncharacteristically risen above the local issues and voted in a pattern only seen in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. The pattern is distinct bipolar politics and that BJP and Congress completely rejecting both AGP and AIUDF. The trend of results in all the four categories give ample evidence that voters have either chosen BJP or Congress. Only in some distinct pockets the AGP and AIUDF have scored. The worst sufferer is the AGP. As the party was dilly delaying on the alliance with the BJP, the people of Assam rejected them completely and their voting share further shrieked. The Congress is happy that despite all odd and in front of the BJP juggernaut, they have done well holding onto roughly 28% seat as the BJP was expected to do further well as in the last Panchayat election, despite 13 years of anti incumbency the Congress got more than 60% seats. However the BJP spokesman Subhash Dutta was confident and said that they would eventually touch the 60+ % percent of vote share with Zilla Parishad member touching nearly 300. With almost 2/3d f votes are counted that is t highly unlikely as the BJP is reality is looking at a 230+ horizon in ZPC members.
Mizuram New Chief Minister Zoramthanga swearing in of the new cabinet would take place on Saturday ,The liquor issue turned the church and civil society
 Bhupen Goswami (13/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Mizuram New Chief Minister Zoramthanga swearing in of the new cabinet would take place on Saturday ,The liquor issue turned the church and civil society .The Congress, which suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Mizo National Front (MNF) in Mizoram, will review its performance in the just-concluded assembly polls at a meeting on January 18, a party leader said Thursday. Rebel leader and two-time Chief Minister of Mizoram, 84-year-old Zoramthanga has led his party -- the Mizo National Front (MNF) -- to victory in the assembly elections. The MNF has bagged 26 of the 40 seats in the hill state. The ruling Congress could manage only five. The outgoing chief minister, Lal Thanhawla, has accepted his defeat and resigned after the results were announced. The MNF is back in power after 10 years and its victory is being considered an early Christmas by party workers. "I had predicted over 29 seats for MNF and less than 10 for Congress. My prediction has come true. Voters were fed up of the mismanagement of the Congress. The liquor issue also turned the church and civil society against them. Mizoram is a Christian state and we are a compact society so there is no space for BJP ideology," MNF chief Zoramthanga told.Zoramthanga had served as the chief minister from December 1998 to December 2008. Exit polls that had indicated a hung assembly were also proved wrong and the old poll arithmetic of change of power every 10 years won. While Congress sees gains in three of the five states where polling was held, its last bastion in the northeast crumbled like a pack of cards. Five-time Chief Minister Lalthanhawla also lost both the seats he contested. The age-old party fell behind the newly floated Zoram People's Movement (ZPM) that won eight seats. The BJP opened its account with a lone seat from a non-Christian seat. "I don't know what went wrong. I am disappointed. I think I underestimated the ZPM," Lal Thanhawla told NDTV. 1 COMMENT Zoramthanga has already staked claim to form government and the swearing in of the new cabinet would take place on Saturday. A strong anti-incumbency wave worked against the 10- year-old Congress regime, Mr. Zoramthanga further said. Some quarters also cited another reason for the Congress’ dismal performance — resignation of the assembly speaker, home minister and two former ministers. Mr. Thanhawla denied any serious internal fighting in the party but admitted that some people campaigned against Congress candidates due to denial of party tickets. The Congress and the MNF have been in the driver’s seat at different times since 1987 when Mizoram became a full-fledged state, but none has so far been able to form governments thrice in a row. The MNF had also ruled the state for 10 years between 1998 to 2008, and was defeated by the Congress thereafter. The BJP opened its account with a solitary seat in this Christian majority state. It won from a constituency in the minority Chakma dominated area in southernmost Mizoram bordering Bangladesh. It garnered eight per cent votes.
The Supreme Court extends deadline for filing claims & objections of NRC to Dec 31
 Bhupen Goswami (12/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : In response to the petition filed by the Government of Assam to the Supreme Court of India, the divisional bench headed by Chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi extended the last date for filing claims & objections on the inclusion of names in the National Register of Citizen (NRC) to December 31. Earlier, the apex court had fixed December 15 as the last date to submit claims and objections. Stating this in a press release, Legal Advisor to the Chief Minister Santanu Bharali informed that the State Government earlier filed a petition in the apex court seeking an extension of time frame for filing claims & objections and the Supreme Court in view of the petition today extended the last date. He also informed that the apex court has also allowed filing objections against wrongful inclusions in the draft NRC at the nodal offices of NRC located at district headquarters. Moreover, the Supreme Court has also postponed the date for commencement of NRC verification process to February 15 from February 1, he said.The hearing was made by the bench comprising of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and S Nariman. To allow people to submit claims to be included in the NRC, the Assam government had urged the Supreme Court to grant at least an extra month beyond the deadline of December 15 . It may be mentioned that the Supreme Court had set December 15 as the deadline for filing claims and objections for the inclusion of names in the final draft of NRC. The State Government also sought directions from the apex court to make available the Application Receipt Number (ARN) in view of the less number of objections filed in the ongoing NRC updation process. On the other hand, two other applications filed by the All Assam Minorities Students’ Union (AAMSU) and Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind will also come up for hearing today. The Government also appealed the apex court to enable the state to re-verify at 20 per cent of those names included in the draft NRC from the districts bordering Bangladesh, as per reports. The Assam Government released the second and final draft of NRC on July 30. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Names of 4,007,707 people were not included in the final draft NRC. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold.
Assam Panchayat Polls : Counting Of Votes Begins,BJP leading so far
 Bhupen Goswami (12/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Counting of votes is being held today for Panchayat elections in Assam. Elaborate arrangements have been made to conduct error-free counting. More than 78,000 candidates are in the fray in the polls. 82 percent voting was recorded in the two-phase elections. On Tuesday , re-polling was held at 53 polling stations which went to polls in the second phase. All major political parties including BJP, Congress, Asom Gana Parishad, Bodoland Peoples Front, Left parties and AIUDF among others contested the elections. 78,571 candidates are contesting for the 26,808 PRI seats. Altogether 1,512 are contesting for the 420 Zila Parishad member seats, 7,004 contesting for 2,199 Anchalik Panchayat member seats, 7,667 candidates are in the fray for 2,199 Gaon Panchayat president seats and 62,388 candidates vying for the 21,990 gaon panchayat member seats. However, the latest trends of the counting reveal that Bharatiya Janata Party so far is leading the race with the highest number of votes being cast in their favour. As usual, BJP is followed by other giants like Congress, AGP and other independent parties. Results of 14 village panchayats in Dibrugarh are declared in which BJP secured a win in 8 panchayats. The rest of the 6 village panchayats are won by AGP and Congress with 3 each. In Lakhimpur, two village panchayat’s results are declared in which one is occupied by BJP and the other is by Congress. Whereas in Majuli, the results in 12 village panchayats are declared and in 10 out of 12 villages BJP and Ganashakti alliance candidates have secured the victory. On the other hand, the other two seats are won by Congress candidates. The results in Morigaon, although are not declared yet, but another untoward incident took place in a vote-counting centre. A candidate fell ill amidst the counting of votes in the Morigaon centre. The ward member contestant is being taken to hospital for primary treatment. On the other hand, amidst the cut-throat competition between the political parties in different village panchayats of the state, an instance of tie has come into notice wherein both BJP and Congress candidate have gained an equal number of vote. This has happened in Lahowal constituency’s Khanikar gaon village panchayat under the Dibrugarh district wherein both Congress and BJP candidates have secured an equal number of votes and hence, the election officer has not been able to declare the name of the winning candidate.
Meghalaya High Court Wants Urgent Citizenship Amendment Bill
 Bhupen Goswami (12/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Contrary to the popular mood of the Brahmaputra valley, the Meghalaya High Court has urged the Prime Minister, law minister and Parliament to bring a legislation to allow citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, Christians, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos, who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, without any question or documents. The 37-page judgement by Justice S R Sen was given on Monday while disposing of a petition filed by Amon Rana who was denied domicile certificate. The copy of the order was made available on Tuesday. The judgement observed that Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians, Parsis, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos are tortured even today in the three neighbouring countries and they have no place to go. Although the Centre’s Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 also seeks to make Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan eligible for Indian citizenship after a stay of six years, there was no mention of this bill in the court order. The judge directed the Centre’s Assistant Solicitor General, Meghalaya High Court, A Paul to hand over the copy of the judgment to the Prime Minister, Union home and law ministers latest by Tuesday for their perusal and necessary steps to bring a law to safeguard the interest of the communities. “I can simply say that the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, Christians, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos residing in India, on whichever date they have come to India, are to be declared as Indian citizens and those who will come in future also to be considered as Indian citizens. “I request our beloved Prime Minister, Home Minister, Law Minister and Members of Parliament to bring a law to allow the Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, Christians, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to live in this country peacefully and with full dignity without making any cut off year and be given citizenship without any question or production of any 21 documents,” Justice Sen said. The court said these communities may be allowed to come at any point of time to settle in India and the government may provide rehabilitation “properly” and declare them citizens of India. Similar principle to be adopted for those Hindus and Sikhs, who are of Indian origin and presently residing abroad, to come to India at any time as they like and they may be considered automatically as Indian citizens, the judge said. The court said it expected the Government of India to take a conscious decision to protect the innocent Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis, Christians, Khasis, Jaintias and Garos who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, and who are yet to come as well as from abroad as they have the same right to come to India as Indian citizens. Justice Sen was critical of the Boundary Commission appointed at the time of partition which drew an imaginary line to divide India into two. “A burning example is that if we visit the border, it is difficult to understand which land falls within India (in Meghalaya) and which is in Bangladesh as somebody’s kitchen is in India and their bedroom is in Bangladesh,” he said. Stating that it was “highly illogical, illegal and against the principle of natural justice”, the court said Hindus who entered India during partition are still considered foreigners.
Supreme Court of India To Consider NRC Claims, Objections Deadline Extension
 Bhupen Goswami (11/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : As the claims and objections window comes nearer to its deadline, Assam government has approached the top court seeking an extension of the deadline beyond December 15. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has assured that the court, which is supervising the massive exercise in Assam, will consider their request. Just over 10 lakh people out of the total 40 lakh excluded in the draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam have been able to submit applications for the inclusion of their names in the final list. The rest have blamed the complexity of the process set by the Supreme Court which they say has made it difficult for them to prove their citizenship. According to the 2011 census, Assam’s total population is over 3.11 crore. In July, the NRC draft listed 2.8 crore people, leaving out about 40 lakh applicants. The Supreme Court had said “claims and objections” can be submitted by December 15 and fixed a standard operating procedure (SOP). Initially, the top court had allowed 10 documents and the applicants could submit any one of them to prove their credentials, but on November 1, five more documents were added to the list, including the 1951 NRC, electoral roll up to March 24, 1971 and ration card.
Mizoram's Five-Time Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla Loses In Both Seats
 Bhupen Goswami (11/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Five-time Chief Minister of Mizoram, Lal Thanhawla, who contested from Champhai South and Serchhip, has lost both the seats. While he lost Champhai to Mizo National Front's (MNF) TJ Lalnuntluanga, Serchhip was snatched by Zoram People's Movement's (ZPM) chief ministerial candidate Lalduhoma. The 76-year-old Congress leader has been ruling the state since December 2008. In the 2013 assembly elections, he became the chief minister for the fifth time, a record in Mizoram.Thanhawla has been the Chief Minister of the state since 2008. The Mizo National Front has taken a huge lead in the state. It is leading on 27 seats, well above the exit poll predictions. According to Election Commission, the MNF has won five and leading on 17 of 40 seats. Going by the early trends, the Congress has lost its last remaining bastion in Northeast. The BJP is leading on three seats. The main contest in the state is between the ruling Congress and MNF. Congress Chief Minister has lost from Champhai South. He was defeated by MNF’s T J Lalnuntluanga by a large margin.The state with a population of about 10 lakh is seen by the BJP as the "final frontier" in the northeast as it is in power in all other states of the region -- either by winning polls or aligning with regional parties. COMMENT An aggregate of the exit polls had predicted the MNF notching 18 seats, the Congress 16 and the others six, while not giving the BJP even a single win. The MNF and Congress contested from all the 40 seats in the state, and an optimistic BJP fought in 39.
Assam Observes Swahid Diwas Today , CM announces Rs. 2 lakh aid to bullet victims of Assam movement
 Bhupen Goswami (10/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : December 10 a significant day in the history of Assam as it marks the day when the people of the state pay their tributes and homages to the brave and courageous souls, who gave up their lives in Assam Movement. Swahid Diwas is observed on the birthday of the first martyr of the movement, Khargeshwar Talukdar, who was killed on 1979 in a clash with police personnel in Bhawanipur Chowk. From 1979 to 1985, 855 people gave up their lives to protect the identity of the people of Assam. Under the aegis of the Assam Government, the day has been observed in Khanapara. While, AASU has organised the day at Nehru Park. On the other hand, AGP observed Swahid Diwas at the party headquarters in Ambari. Meanwhile Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced one-time financial assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to each of the victims who suffered bullet injuries during Assam movement. Moreover, a book reflecting every aspect of the movement would also be published by the State Government to preserve its rich legacy and showcasing the same to the posterity. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal made these announcements while speaking at the observation of Swahid Divas in the office premises of Assam Accord Implementation Department at Khanapara in Guwahati today. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal asserted the State Government’s commitment to implement every clause of the Assam Accord in letter and spirit and to safeguard the interests of the people of the State. “The Assam movement was a strong manifestation of people’s power and great example of non-violent means of protest. This was one of the most significant parts of India’s history as the movement aimed at safeguarding unity and sovereignty of the country”, he said adding that the State Government accords top priority to implementation of Assam accord, with active support and cooperation of the people of the State. He said that Assam Accord aims at detection, deletion and deportation of foreigners from the State and due to the State Government’s committed efforts Indo-Bangla border fencing work, with technological interventions at riverine areas has made significant headway. He also thanked the people of the border districts of Cachar, Karimganj, Dhubri and South Salmara for their cooperation in successfully taking forward the fencing work. Stating that people of the State thwarting evil designs of divisive forces that tried to derail the NRC updating process, made publication of final draft of NRC possible, the Chief Minister hoped that people would continue their cooperation at the claims & objection process as well saying that an error-free NRC would be a major deterrent against the illegal foreigners. The Chief Minister also praised the role played by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in highlighting the Assam Movement at the national level. “Vajpayee ji who supported the aims and objectives of the movement raised the issue of illegal migration to Assam at the national level through his fiery speeches at the parliament and different parts of the country. He made to realize the people of the country that the problem faced by Assam during that tumultuous period was not limited to the boundary of the State alone and it was more of a national problem”. Sonowal further said that the state government has been working to fully safeguard the interests of the local people and uphold their rights. He also vowed to continue the Government’s efforts resolutely and urged people not to panic. The Chief Minister further observed that implementing the Assam Accord is a national duty and called upon everyone to extend cooperation with the Government in performing this responsibility. Industry & Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary while delivering speech on the occasion underlined his association with the Assam Movement and various steps being taken up by the State Government to immortalize the contributions of the martyrs. He also appreciated Chief Minister Sonowal’s role in scrapping the IMDT Act and securing the future of the people of the State through implementation of every clause of the Assam Accord. Earlier, explaining the objective of the programme, Principal Secretary of Home & Political Department LS Changsan informed that construction of Swahid Udyan spread over an area of 100 bigha in Guwahati has already begun. Besides, the State Government in a bid to speed up implementation of Assam Accord already opened an independent office of the Assam Accord Implementation Department and a photo gallery on Assam Movement, she informed. Minister of Tourism Chandan Brahma also spoke on the occasion. The programme was also attended by Minister of State for Power (independent) Topon Kumar Gogoi, MLA Rituparna Baruah, Chief Minister’s Legal Adviser Santanu Bharali, Chief Secretary Alok Kumar, DGP Kuladhar Saikia, senior officials of State Government among others.
Assam Observes Swahid Diwas Today , CM announces Rs. 2 lakh aid to bullet victims of Assam movement
 Bhupen Goswami (10/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : December 10 a significant day in the history of Assam as it marks the day when the people of the state pay their tributes and homages to the brave and courageous souls, who gave up their lives in Assam Movement. Swahid Diwas is observed on the birthday of the first martyr of the movement, Khargeshwar Talukdar, who was killed on 1979 in a clash with police personnel in Bhawanipur Chowk. From 1979 to 1985, 855 people gave up their lives to protect the identity of the people of Assam. Under the aegis of the Assam Government, the day has been observed in Khanapara. While, AASU has organised the day at Nehru Park. On the other hand, AGP observed Swahid Diwas at the party headquarters in Ambari. Meanwhile Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal announced one-time financial assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to each of the victims who suffered bullet injuries during Assam movement. Moreover, a book reflecting every aspect of the movement would also be published by the State Government to preserve its rich legacy and showcasing the same to the posterity. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal made these announcements while speaking at the observation of Swahid Divas in the office premises of Assam Accord Implementation Department at Khanapara in Guwahati today. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal asserted the State Government’s commitment to implement every clause of the Assam Accord in letter and spirit and to safeguard the interests of the people of the State. “The Assam movement was a strong manifestation of people’s power and great example of non-violent means of protest. This was one of the most significant parts of India’s history as the movement aimed at safeguarding unity and sovereignty of the country”, he said adding that the State Government accords top priority to implementation of Assam accord, with active support and cooperation of the people of the State. He said that Assam Accord aims at detection, deletion and deportation of foreigners from the State and due to the State Government’s committed efforts Indo-Bangla border fencing work, with technological interventions at riverine areas has made significant headway. He also thanked the people of the border districts of Cachar, Karimganj, Dhubri and South Salmara for their cooperation in successfully taking forward the fencing work. Stating that people of the State thwarting evil designs of divisive forces that tried to derail the NRC updating process, made publication of final draft of NRC possible, the Chief Minister hoped that people would continue their cooperation at the claims & objection process as well saying that an error-free NRC would be a major deterrent against the illegal foreigners. The Chief Minister also praised the role played by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in highlighting the Assam Movement at the national level. “Vajpayee ji who supported the aims and objectives of the movement raised the issue of illegal migration to Assam at the national level through his fiery speeches at the parliament and different parts of the country. He made to realize the people of the country that the problem faced by Assam during that tumultuous period was not limited to the boundary of the State alone and it was more of a national problem”. Sonowal further said that the state government has been working to fully safeguard the interests of the local people and uphold their rights. He also vowed to continue the Government’s efforts resolutely and urged people not to panic. The Chief Minister further observed that implementing the Assam Accord is a national duty and called upon everyone to extend cooperation with the Government in performing this responsibility. Industry & Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary while delivering speech on the occasion underlined his association with the Assam Movement and various steps being taken up by the State Government to immortalize the contributions of the martyrs. He also appreciated Chief Minister Sonowal’s role in scrapping the IMDT Act and securing the future of the people of the State through implementation of every clause of the Assam Accord. Earlier, explaining the objective of the programme, Principal Secretary of Home & Political Department LS Changsan informed that construction of Swahid Udyan spread over an area of 100 bigha in Guwahati has already begun. Besides, the State Government in a bid to speed up implementation of Assam Accord already opened an independent office of the Assam Accord Implementation Department and a photo gallery on Assam Movement, she informed. Minister of Tourism Chandan Brahma also spoke on the occasion. The programme was also attended by Minister of State for Power (independent) Topon Kumar Gogoi, MLA Rituparna Baruah, Chief Minister’s Legal Adviser Santanu Bharali, Chief Secretary Alok Kumar, DGP Kuladhar Saikia, senior officials of State Government among others.
Assam Observes Swahid Diwas Today , Govt To Publish Book On Assam Movement
 Bhupen Goswami (10/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : December 10 a significant day in the history of Assam as it marks the day when the people of the state pay their tributes and homages to the brave and courageous souls, who gave up their lives in Assam Movement. Swahid Diwas is observed on the birthday of the first martyr of the movement, Khargeshwar Talukdar, who was killed on 1979 in a clash with police personnel in Bhawanipur Chowk. From 1979 to 1985, 855 people gave up their lives to protect the identity of the people of Assam. Under the aegis of the Assam Government, the day has been observed in Khanapara. While, AASU has organised the day at Nehru Park. On the other hand, AGP observed Swahid Diwas at the party headquarters in Ambari. MeanwhileThe Assam government would soon launch a new book on Assam Movement that took place from 1979-1985 against illegal immigrants in Assam. The Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal said this while attending a public meeting on the occasion of Swahid Divas(Martyrs Day) organised by the state government at Khanapara. Sonowal also announced that the tortured and the disabled would get an one-time financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh. While,All Assam Students Union (AASU) has organised the day at Nehru Park. On the other hand, AGP observed Swahid Diwas at the party headquarters in Ambari. The Assam movement, led by AASU and the ‘All Assam Gana Sangram Parishad’ (AAGSP), developed a program of protests and demonstration to compel the Indian government to identify and expel illegal, (mostly Bangladeshi), immigrants and protect and provide constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to the indigenous Assamese people. The Nellie massacre and Khoirabari massacre were some cases of extreme violence. The agitation program ended in August 1985 following the Assam Accord, which was signed by leaders of AASU-AAGSP and the Government of India. The agitation leaders formed a political party, Assam Gana Parishad. It came to power in the state of Assam in the Assembly elections of 1985 and later in 1996.
“Modi didn’t fulfil a single election promise” : Will Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) Join UPA Under Mahanta?
 Bhupen Goswami (10/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The Asom Gana Parishad and Bharatiya Janata Party are clearing their decks for formal split today as both the party president in an identical and choreographed way addressed news conferences in their respective party head quarters simply to buy some time. If the AGP shot off another letter to the BJP State President Amit Shah warning of split if the citizenship Amendment Bill(CAB) is passed, the BJP also left the matter of AGP to their central leadership. Timing, modus operandi and tenor carries unmistakable “time buying” move by both the parties. There are two camps within the AGP. Prafulla Kumar Mahanta camp, which is larger and stronger, are in favour of coming out of the BJP right way and veering the party towards the grand opposition alliance. On the other hand the Atul Bora- Keshav Mahanta camp want to hang around with the NDA. The party insiders of both the parties informed that today’s pres conferences were actually to keep Prafulla Kumar Mahnata at bay for the time being. The BJP is worried that Mr. Mahanta might take the party UPA way and attempts are on to thwart them. At this moment Mr Mahanta commands more MLAs then Atul Bora –Keshav Mahanta. However Assam political scene is likely to see some interesting development in the next 72 hours following the results of five states as well as Panchyat poll.However,Former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who was the signatory of the Assam Accord, on Monday said that the government of India while signing the Assam Accord in 1985 had assured to update the National register of Citizens (NRC) of 1951 but failed to take any follow up action. Asserting that now the Government of India must take up the issue of deportation of Bangladeshi nationals with its counterpart in Dhaka, Mr Mahanta said that demand for updating the NRC of 1951 was first raised by All Assam Students Union in a letter to the Prime Minister on January 18, 1980. Mr Mahanta, who himself as the president of AASU had signed the letter, said that again on February 2, 1980, the AASU submitted a memorandum to the PM, in which the demand for updating the NRC was raised again. Mr Mahanta said that the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) came to power in the later part of 1985 and in the following year, efforts were made to start the process of updating the NRC.Former chief minister of Assam Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and leader of Bharatiya Janata Party ally and National Democratic Alliance constituent party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), in conversation with National Herald accused the Narendra Modi Government of using the National Register of Citizens (NRC) process in Assam for political gains. Demanding immediate withdrawal of the proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act 1955 (Amendment) Bill 2016, he told NH that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could not fulfil even a single promise he made to the people of Assam during the 2014 Lok Sabha campaign. The AGP is a junior partner in the BJP-led government in Assam, with three of its MLAs serving as ministers. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was once a prominent leader of the AGP, before later switching over to the BJP. Accusing the BJP of “majority appeasement”, Mahanta said that the BJP government is trying to change the definition of illegal migrants by amending the Citizenship Act 1955. By doing so, the BJP wants to provide citizenship to illegal Hindu migrants who came from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, alleged Mahanta. Since its introduction in 2016, the AGP has been vociferously protesting against the bill, which is presently under consideration by a joint committee of Parliament. “Except Muslims, BJP will also provide citizenship to Sikh, Buddhist and Jains who came from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan which is a clear violation of the Assam Accord,” he added.
Crucial turn in Assam’s political scenario : AGP Likely To End Ties With BJP, Hints President
 Bhupen Goswami (10/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : AGP’s alliance with BJP had been time and again questioned over the former’s stand against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016. In turn of events, the AGP leader speaking to Pratidin Time has said that the party is likely to end alliance with BJP and the final decision will be informed soon. Mahanta made the statement at the Swahid Diwas which is being held at the AGP headquarters in Ambari. According to reports, AGP leader Atul Bora will hold a press conference today. It has also come to light that the regional party has addressed BJP President Amit Shah a formal letter expressing their disagreement over the Amendment Bill and that AGP is mulling over ending alliance with them. AGP’s decision will be a crucial turn in Assam’s political scenario.The BJP’s problems with its allies could be mounting. On a day Bihar leader Upendra Kushwaha quit from the Narendra Modi cabinet, another alliance partner Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has sounded a warning to the BJP over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. AGP president Atul Bora has written to BJP chief Amit Shah about his party’s reservations on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and said it will make the Assam Accord “meaningless”.“We decided for an alliance with the BJP based on understanding on the Assam Accord and other issues. The Government of India by introducing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 in Parliament has violated the understanding,” read the letter. Bora said the AGP will never support the “obnoxious” Citizenship Bill. He also targeted the BJP for “tabling the Bill in Parliament” despite protests in Assam. The AGP leader asked Shah to take necessary steps to withdraw the Bill.
Five FIRs have been registered by the CBI against the CRPF, Imphal Police and Assam Rifles
 Bhupen Goswami (09/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Five FIRs have been registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the CRPF, Imphal Police and Assam Rifles personnel in connection with multiple cases of alleged fake encounters in Manipur. The Special investigation team (SIT) had been formed under the directions of the Supreme court in July 2017, following a petition filed before it to probe 1,528 cases of alleged extra-judicial killings in the state. According to media reports, supreme court had “ordered FIRs in 81 cases, including 32 probed by a commission of inquiry, 32 investigated by judicial authorities, 11 in which compensation was given and six probed by a commission headed by former Supreme Court Judge Santosh Hegde.” In July 2018, the Supreme Court had pulled up the CBI over its delay in filing FIRs against accused in multiple cases of fake encounters in the state. At that hearing, CBI Director Alok Verma had told the court that the SIT had already filed two FIRs in the matter and would file five more by August 2018. Verma had also told the Apex court that “14 persons had been chargesheeted in two cases for murder, criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence under the provisions of IPC.”. The apex Court had, on 12 November 2018, dismissed a plea filed by some Manipur police personnel seeking recusal of the judges of the bench in Manipur fake encounter cases in which the CBI special investigation team (SIT) is carrying out a probe. The apex court’s order came on a plea filed by some Manipur Police personnel who had sought recusal of judges of the bench, claiming they had earlier termed some accused, who were charge-sheeted by the SIT in the encounter cases, as “murderers”.
Is it a "chaiwala" Prime Minister who is doing this to his own community? : Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS)
 Bhupen Goswami (09/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : "Before the Lok Sabha elections of 2014, Modi addressed several rallies in Assam and assured that the tea garden labourers would be paid a minimum wage of Rs 350 per day,"The Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) General Secretary Rupesh Gowala said while Modi often refers to himself as a "chaiwala", he is yet make good on his promises towards a million tea garden labourers in the state in the last four years."If this happens, the 10,00,000 tea garden labourers will lose Rs 30 each day for two months. Is it a "chaiwala" Prime Minister who is doing this to his own community?" Gowala added. The tea garden workers in Brahmaputra Valley in Assam are presently drawing Rs 167 per day while the tea garden workers in Barak Valley are getting Rs 145 per day. "The existing wage agreement between the Assam government and the ACMS and other tea workers bodies expired on December 31, 2017. The government had announced an interim hike of Rs 30 per day. The tea garden labourers are supposed to get this interim hike from January 1, 2018, but the government is saying the hike will apply from March 1, 2018. This would make them lose Rs 30 per day for two months," he said. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in Assam is yet to fix that minimum wage, Gowala said, urging Modi to announce the promised Rs 350 per day minimum wage before 2019. Gowala said the condition of all those tea gardens run by the Assam government was far worse. "While the labourers in company-owned garden are receiving a wage of Rs. 167 per day now, the 26,000 workers under the 14 gardens of state-owned Assam Tea Company Limited (ATCL) are receiving a wage of Rs 115 only per day," he said. Assam has over 800 medium and large size tea gardens that produces over 50 per cent of the country's total tea produce. The tea labourers of Assam live in the most deplorable conditions without some of the basic amenities, Gowala said.
‘No Road, No Vote’ Finally Connects Remote Arunachal Villages
 Bhupen Goswami (08/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Some villages in Arunachal Pradesh have been on a ‘no road, no vote’ policy for a year now and it has finally borne fruit as a 65-km road has finally been sanctioned by the state’s rural works department under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, and the work is expected to be completed soon, said a report by The Times of India. “This is a dream come true for us. We have suffered a lot because of the lack of connectivity. Things get worse when there is a medical emergency or inter-state disputes break out,” said Mikjom Taso coordinator of the “No Road No Vote” Central Committee that led the movement. Road connectivity to and fro Arunachal Pradesh had always been a matter of concern. Road connectivity within 24 remote villages under the Kangku circle in the Lower Siang district of the state, which is 15 km away from Assam’s NH15 and 65 km away from Likabali, the headquarters of the district, had been a long standing demand. After the state government ignored several demands of the villagers, they decided to resort to the ‘no road, no vote” policy. Under this policy, they simply withheld participation in the process of voting and electing anyone to power. Earlier in 2017, before the by-election for the Likabali assembly seat, the campaign had taken off. Under the circle, five of the nine polling stations remained empty, and nobody turned up to vote. Educated elders, local youth, as well as members of the welfare societies of each and every village, decided to carry out the ‘no road, no vote’ movement. According to the villagers, the success of Sissen, a small village in the Upper Siang district, inspired and motivated them to carry out a ‘no road, no vote’ movement. They believed that if a small village like Sissen could get a concrete road made by resorting to a ‘no road, no vote’ movement, so could they.
Arunachal Plans Major Road Near India Myanmar Border
 Bhupen Goswami (08/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu, on Friday announced that a 156 KM major road will connect Vijaynagar, the remotest circle of Changlang district, with Miao soon.hief minister Pema Khandu on Friday announced that a 156km road to connect Vijaynagar, the remotest circle of Changlang district, with Miao will be built as a major road soon. It takes around 10 days to reach the desolated and isolated region of Vijaynagar, nestled in the Himalayas along the India-Myanmar border, on foot through dense forests. The circle is surrounded by Myanmar on three sides and by a vast and thick forest of Namdapha National Park on the other side. Spread across 8,000 square kilometres, Vijaynagar is unique for many reasons. It was discovered by the Assam Rifles during Srijit II, an expedition, in 1961 under Maj. Gen. A.S. Guraya, inspector-general of the Assam Rifles. The valley was later named by him after his son. Addressing a meeting on the sidelines of the launch of his two-month-long Arunachal Rising campaign, Khandu said, “Vijaynagar has huge tourism potential owing to its scenic beauty. A lot of horticulture and agriculture activities can take place here.” “These potentials have, however, been hampered by lack of proper surface and air communication,” the chief minister said. “Though former chief minister Dorjee Khandu had approved of conducting a survey and preparing a detailed project report to construct the Vijaynagar road under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, it was delayed owing to improper work allocation,” he added. The chief minister also assured that an additional 70-metre steel suspension bridge would be constructed beside the Empen Bridge on the 32km motorable road from Miao, which normally gets cut off during the monsoon. On air connectivity to Vijaynagar, the chief minister said he would take up the issue with the Centre to expedite work on the advance landing ground (ALG) here and it would soon be connected with other six ALGs in the state under the Chief Minister’s Connectivity Scheme. Khandu also said he will talk to private carriers on starting MI 172 helicopter services in the region for six days a week. Addressing a meeting during the launch of his two-month-long Arunachal Rising campaign, Khandu said, “Vijaynagar has huge tourism potential owing to its scenic beauty. A lot of horticulture and agriculture activities can take place here.” “These potentials have, however, been hampered by lack of proper surface and air communication,” the CM added. Spread across 8,000 square kilometres, Vijaynagar is unique for many reasons. It was discovered by the Assam Rifles during Srijit II, an expedition, in 1961 under Maj. Gen. AS Guraya, inspector-general of the Assam Rifles. It takes around 10 days to reach the desolated and isolated region of Vijaynagar, which is surrounded by Myanmar on three sides and by a vast and thick forest of Namdapha National Park on the other side, on foot through dense forests. Vijaynagar is nestled in the Himalayas along the India-Myanmar border.
All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) Sees Assam Govt’s Lack Of Interest In NRC
 Bhupen Goswami (08/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The Government of Assam was not doing enough to ensure that names of illegal migrants from Bangladesh are not included in the NRC- alleged the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and 30 organisations representing various ethnic communities on Friday. It should be noted that, December 15 is the last date for filing NRC-related claims and objections. The organisations further alleged that the government did not utilize Section 4.3 of the Citizenship Act that empowers the NRC officials to conduct suo moto investigation for verifying the nationality of the applicants. AASU advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharyya on Friday said that ethnic and student bodies were ready to help people in filing their objections against doubtful nationals so that an error-free NRC is prepared. “So far, we have not demanded a deadline extension. Even if the government machinery comes into action now and assist the local people in filing objections, it will make a lot of difference,” he added. During the ensuing winter session of Parliament, AASU and 30 organisations would stage a protest programme in New Delhi on December 21.
Armed Forces Flag Day celebrated in Raj Bhawan, Guwahati
 Bhupen Goswami (07/12/2018)
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 Guwahati: Armed Forces Flag Day was celebrated at Raj Bhawan today. It is for the fifth time that the Armed Forces Flag Day was observed here. Every year, 7th December is observed as the ‘Armed Forces Flag Day’ throughout the country since 1949 with an aim to honour the martyrs and the men in uniform who not only fought valiantly for the country’s honour and safety but laid their lives for the sake of the motherland. Paying tributes to the brave and martyred soldiers for their selfless service for safeguarding the security and integrity of the Nation, Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi said that Armed Forces Flag Day is an occasion to generate funds for the welfare of the jawans of Indian Armed Forces and their dependents. Welcoming the ex-servicemen, war widows Governor Prof. Mukhi also extended his gratitude for their contribution to fortify the defense of the country. The Governor also said, “The heroic achievements of our Armed Forces during various wars and while combating cross border terrorism are commendable. In the line of duty many of our Armed Forces personnel have lost valuable lives. Due recognition should be given to them. The trauma and tragedy that the family suffers from on demise of service personnel is heart-rending. Acknowledging the unflinching valour of our Armed Forces personnel, we as a grateful society consider it our duty to take the responsibility of care and rehabilitation of the martyrs, disabled and their dependants.” He also called upon the youths to contribute for the flag day and wear the badge as a mark of respect for the armed forces. The day provides an opportunity to connect with Armed Forces personnel, their families and to reciprocate our admiration for tem by contributing generously to Armed Forces Flag Day to ensure welfare and rehabilitation of War widows, war wounded and dependants of our fallen soldiers and Ex-servicemen. The collection has gone up from Rs 1.69 lac in 2009 to more than Rs 30.0 lacs today. The flag day also plays an important role in collecting donations for ‘Armed Forces Flag Day Fund’ which is the lifeline for instituting welfare measures and rehabilitation of the Ex-servicemen community. Director, Sainik Welfare, Govt of Assam Brig Joshi Narain Dutt Ganesh Dutt said, “The most important gift from the Honourable Governor and the Honourable Chief Minister to the Ex-servicemen community of Assam has been the ‘War Memorial’ and ‘Sainik Bhawans’ at Guwahati, Jorhat, Halflong, Mangaldai, Dhubri, Diphu and Silchar. These two magnificient structures have provided the due recognition and respect to the Martyrs and Veterans and are one of the best in the country.” He also said that the Directorate of Sainik Welfare, Assam is working to bring the Ex-Servicemen to support Govt.of Assam by affiliating ESM with Govt. schools and developmental activities without financial implication thereby harnessing the potential of ESM. Senior officers from Govt. of Assam and senior Armed Forces personnel, gallantry award winners, war disabled, war widows, ex-defence service officers and host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Assam 70 Organisations To Strike In Delhi On Dec 9
 Bhupen Goswami (07/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The leaders of the 70 organisations on Friday said that they would sit for a strike in Delhi from December 9. They were addressing a press conference at the office of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) in Guwahati. The leaders of the organisations said that they would hold the strike in front of Sansad Bhawan in protest against BJP government’s move. They said that BJP government has betrayed the people of Assam. They also voiced against privatisation of the oil and gas fields. “Delhi should reject their decision of selling oil fields to private sector.” They also said that Delhi should also refrain from their decisions favouring capitalists. The leaders also expressed their grief towards the demise of Gyanendra Rajkhowa, who was shot dead by police during panchayat election in Golaghat. They demanded compensation from the DC.
Assam Congress MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi Bashes CM Sonowal, Minister Himanta
 Bhupen Goswami (07/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Mariani Member of Legislative Asembly (MLA) Rupjyoti Kurmi lashed out at Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday at a Panchayat Election campaign in Chapar in Dhubri. Kurmi reached Chapar after Chief Minister Sonowal campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party for the second phase of Panchayat elections here. Kurmi bashed Sonowal and compared him with Bollywood’s mega villain Amrish Puri and Himanta with Shakti Kapoor. Kurmi alleged that Sonowal has not opposed the Citizenship (Amnedment) Bill 2016 for his greed of being the CM of Assam . He also alleged Himanta Biswa Sarma failed fulfilling the commitments made to the people of Assam prior to the elections. The second phase of the election will be held in 9428 polling stations out of which 3081 are sensitive 3081 and 1666 are very sensitive A total of 35,056 candidates are in the fray of the elections on December 9. Polling started at 7 a.m. and will end at 3.30 p.m.
3 Hardcore NSCN (IM) Militants Killed In Arunachal Pradesh
 Bhupen Goswami (07/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Security forces killed three NSCN (IM) militants in an encounter in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday. On a tip off that cadres of the outfit assembled near Longkai village, Khonsa battalion of the Assam Rifles launched an operation. In the ensuing encounter, one of the three cadres who were killed has been identified as “captain” A Tangkhul. Two AK-56 rifles and a large quantity of ammunition were recovered from the site of the encounter, said police. The security forces have launched a search operation in search of other militants. In another operation, he Khonsa battalion captured a cadre of the NSCN (Khaplang) from Chasa Village in Tirap district of the state Thursday morning, police said. In the ensuing encounter, one of the cadres was killed and his body was handed over to the police. He was identified as a ‘Captain’ of the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Issac-Muivah). Two AK-56 rifles and a large quantity of ammunition were recovered from the site of the encounter, police said. The security forces have launched a search operation in search of other militants. In another operation, the Khonsa battalion apprehended a cadre of the NSCN (K) from Chasa Village in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, police informed further. Three pistols, some ammunition, opium and cash were recovered from his possession.
Panchayat Polls Assam : Repolling Underway In Various Centres, Panchayat Violence Continues As 2nd Phase Poll Approaches
 Bhupen Goswami (07/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Repolling is underway in several polling stations of Assam, which had to be conducted due to various confusions. Voting is going on in three centres of Kamrup, four in Dhemaji, two in Gohpur, two in Dhakuakhana, two in Sivasagar and one in each Charaideo, Biswanath and Titabor. Polling will be conducted again on December 10 at 27 centres in Lakhimpur. Various anomalies in voter lists, ballot papers had led to cancellation of polling in several centres. Polling in the 43 centres where it had to be rescheduled, due to confusions in the first phase of the Panchayat Elections, will be held in two phases. Today, voting is underway in 15 centres whereas, in the second phase voting will be held for 27 centres in Lakhimpur on December 10.Incidents of violence have been making headlines these days as the Panchayat Polls are being held in Assam. Miscreants set ablaze a vehicle on fire on Thursday that went for Panchayat Election Campaign in Hailakandi’s Visingsa. Miscreants set an Assam Gana Parishad’s vehicle on fire that went for campaigning at around 10pm on Thursday. The vehicle reportedly belonged to a ZPC candidate Osman Gani Laskar. The driver of the car is still missing. On the other hand in Nagaon’s Samguri, miscreants attacked a BJP leaders house on Thursday midnight. The BJP leader Hasan Ali’ house was attacked that injured three members of the family. The miscreants also vandalized the leaders house and vehicle. Ali also alleged that the miscreants came in with guns and other weapons and looted money.Later, Police and Para military arrived at the spot and took stock of the matter. Police have arrested two in connection with the attack, Imtaz Ali and Mohammad Ahadul Ali. The second phase of the election is set to be held in 9428 polling stations out of which 3081 are sensitive 3081 and 1666 are very sensitive A total of 35,056 candidates are in the fray of the elections on December 9.
Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Can Never Be CM : Ex CM Tarun Gogoi
 Bhupen Goswami (06/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Amid first phase of panchayat election and ongoing campaign for the second phase of the election, former Assam Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Tarun Gogoi on Thursday attacked his former colleague and now Assam cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma over latter’s remarks on Congress during the panchayat election campaign around the State. “Himanta Biswa Sarma can never become the Chief Minister of Assam,” said Tarun Gogoi, while addressing a press conference in Guwahati. The former CM also said that even if Himanta becomes Assam CM, the State would head towards a great distress. Recently, Himanta Biswa Sarma has compared the Congress party with the demonitised 500 rupees notes on several panchayat election campaign rallies. Ex CM Tarun Gogoi said that Himanta Biswa Sarma has become the all-in-all of the saffron party in the State leaving CM Sarbananda Sonowal to back foot. Tarun Gogoi also termed Himanta as the king of corruption and said that the former congressmen can even join AIUDF quitting BJP. Gogoi diminished Atal Bihari Vajpayees contribution at the construction of the Bogibeel road and rail bridge over the Brahmaputra between Dhemaji district and Dibrugarh district. The former Chief Minister clearly opposed renaming the bridge after Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Union Environment Minister, Harsh Vardhan Released A report : Assam, Mizoram Most Vulnerable To Climate Change
 Bhupen Goswami (06/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : According to a study presented by a team of Indian scientists at the COP 24 climate conference being held in Katowice, Poland, Assam and Mizoram are the most vulnerable to climate change among the Himalayan states. The team took into account 12 western and eastern Himalayan states on various parameters crucial for adaptation to climate change such as irrigated area, per capita income (for 2014-15), area under crop insurance, forest cover and the extent of slopes.It may be noted that the data for these parameters has been taken from government records such as the census and annual reports.The team, which comprises of scientists from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc, Bengaluru), the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) at Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, and IIT , Guwahati, found that Assam and Mizoram ranked highest on the vulnerability index, while Uttarakhand and Sikkim were the lowest relative to other hill states assessed.Assam has higher vulnerability because it has one of the lowest areas under irrigation and lowest forest area per 1,000 rural households among the 12 states. Besides, it has lowest per capita income, lowest area under crop insurance and relatively low participation in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Scheme, which provides 100 days of employment (unskilled public work) to at least one adult member of every poor rural household. Mizoram is also highly vulnerable because of the same issues but also because at least 30% of the geographical area is under slope. Jammu and Kashmir has the third highest vulnerability ranking, mainly because it has no area under crop insurance, least road density, low percentage of area under horticulture crops, low livestock to human ratio and low percentage of women in the overall workforce, among other factors.“Vulnerability to climate change is not about how much high temperature or high rainfall a region is going to experience. It is about the economic, social and environmental resources you have access to. So it will include money, infrastructure and many other factors. For example if there is frequent crop damage, a community would have to depend on the forests nearby which is an environmental resource. Developed countries for example can do it because they have resources. I believe this is a very important study for India which is struggling with climate impacts,” said Sanjay Vashist, director, Climate Action Network South Asia, a coalition of civil society organisations working to limit human-induced climate change.Sikkim has the lowest vulnerability because it has the highest per capita income among the states assessed, lowest area under open forests but good coverage of dense forests, large area under orchards and a low population density.NH Ravindranath, professor, Centre for Sustainable Technologies at IISc, made a presentation on these findings at Katowice on Tuesday. The Indian team said this vulnerability ranking will help in prioritising investment in mechanisms to adapt to climate change-in prioritising districts, blocks, communities, forest types and cropping systems and others.“The vulnerability ranking will help the government rank most vulnerable states and districts within a state and undertake adaptation on priority. Indian Institute of Science developed the guidelines along with IIT Gauwhati,” said NH Rabindranath who presented the report in Katowice. A report on the index was released by union environment minister, Harsh Vardhan.
Assam road accidents : 3 Killed In Two Separate Accidents Across State
 Bhupen Goswami (06/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : In Assam At least three killed in separate road accidents across the State since Wednesday night. Two daily labours were killed at Kasukhal under Cachar, whereas another lost his life in a bike accident at Naphuk in Sonari. Two daily labours were killed and 8 others injured, many of them seriously, when the dumper in which they were travelling fell into a 100 feet deep gorge in Kasukhal under Cachar. The mishap took place in the wee hours on Thursday. The deceased were identified as Uttam Gowala and Bina Gowala. On the other hand, an employee of Sarba Siksha office lost his life in a bike accident in Naphuk under Sonari. The accident took place Wednesday night, when the man lost control over his bike (AS-02-S-6201) and died on the spot. The deceased has been identified as Sanjib Bora.
Assam : Family Of Gyanendra Rajkhuwa Lodges FIR Against Golaghat police DSP
 Bhupen Goswami (06/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The family members of Gyanendra Rajkhuwa, who succumbed to his injuries after being shot by Golaghat police on Wednesday, have refuse to take his dead body and lodge an FIR against DSP Parthpratim Saikia at Merapani police station.The incident took place at Habichuk in Habial village under Golaghat district. Reportedly, the man had attacked the voters with a sharp object ‘dao’ and created ruckus near a polling station at Habial village. The man also tried to attack police personnel.Earlier police had said, “He was carrying a cutting edge, situation compelled us to fire on him as he attacked four persons with the sword.”Meanwhile, family members of Gyanendra termed the incident as violation of human rights and asked how a group of police personnel could not take a weapon away from a man?
Armed Forces Flag Day to be celebrated across the country tomorrow ‘At Home’ function tomorrow at Raj Bhawan
 Bhupen Goswami (06/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : To honour the Armed Forces, an “At Home” function is being held at the Raj Bhawan in Guwahati tomorrow to celebrate the Armed Forces Flag Day. The Governor of Assam, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi and the Chairman, ‘State Managing Committee’ for Ex-Serviceman Welfare will be present during the function. It is for the fifth time that ‘At Home’ is being organised at Raj Bhawan to celebrate the Armed Forces Flag Day. Senior bureaucrats and police officers from Govt. of Assam and Senior Armed Forces personnel will attend the event. Gallantry award winners, War disabled, war widows, Ex-Defence service Officers, will also be present in the programme. Since the year 1949, the Armed Forces Flag Day is observed on 7 th December, throughout the country, to honour the martyrs and the men in uniform, who bravely fight on our borders to safeguard its territorial integrity. This year too, this day is being observed across the country to remember the services rendered by personnel of Army, Navy and Air Force to the Nation. The day provides an opportunity to connect with Armed Forces personnel, their families and to reciprocate our admiration for them by contributing generously to Armed Forces Flag Day Fund to ensure welfare and rehabilitation of war widows, war wounded and dependents of the fallen soldiers and Ex- Servicemen.
Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT)defer agitation on statehood
 Bhupen Goswami (05/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT)defer agitation on statehood.Ruling BJP's ally the IPFT has postponed its Wednesday's shutdown in Tripura following a meeting with Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, an Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) spokesman said here on Wednesday.They will, however, go ahead with a proposed sit-in-demonstration in Delhi next week to press for its decade-old demand for separate state for the tribals, introduction of NRC in Tripura, he added. "After a high level meeting between Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma and our top party leaders the strike was postponed last night (Tuesday)," IPFT spokesman and Assistant General Secretary Mangal Debbarma told IANS. The party delegation was led by Revenue Minister and IPFT President Narendra Chandra Debbarma. "However, we are firm to hold a sit-in demonstration in Delhi next week and submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh highlighting the party's demands," Debbarma said. The IPFT, a tribal based party, as part of its agitations earlier announced to observe a 12-hour shutdown in the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas on Wednesday. The IPFT and its seven frontal organisations had called for the strike in the TTAADC areas in support of the party's long pending demands. The other IPFT demands include introduction of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Tripura, withdrawal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, introduction of inner-line permit in the TTAADC areas and inclusion of tribals' Kokborok language in the 8th Schedule of the Constitution. The IPFT has been agitating since 2009 for a separate state to be carved out by upgrading the TTAADC, which has a jurisdiction over two-thirds of the state's 10,491 sqkm area, home to over 12,16,000 people. In the nine-member council of ministry, headed by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, there are two IPFT ministers -- Debbarma and Tribal Welfare and Forest Minister Mevar Kumar Jamatia (General Secretary). Meanwhile, another tribal based party -- Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) -- has also called a road and rail blockade in Tripura on December 10 on almost the same issues. The state's oldest tribal-based political party, INPT, as well as the ruling BJP, opposition Congress and Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front have, however, been opposed to IPFT's separate statehood demand.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi To Inaugurate India’s Longest Rail-Road Bridge Bogibeel On Dec 25
 Bhupen Goswami (05/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The construction of the bridge will be a major boost in improving logistical support to the armed forces along the border in Arunachal Pradesh as India shares a nearly 4,000 km border with China. Bogibeel, India’s longest rail-cum-road bridge connecting Dibrugarh in Assam to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modion December 25, India and China share a nearly 4,000 km border.The 4.94 km bridge, work on which started in 2002, is the longest rail-cum-road bridge in India. It will connect Dhemaji and Dibrugarh districts at the north and south banks of Brahmaputra river. The bridge, which is the second longest in Asia, has three lane roads on top and double line rail below. The bridge is 32 metres above the water level of the Brahamaputra and is fashioned on a bridge that links Sweden and Denmark. For the government, the bridge, officials said is both a symbol of development in the northeast as well as part of a strategic move solving logistical issues for the armed forces stationed at the China border to get supplies from Tezpur. The bridge, which has been constructed by the railways, is 4.94 km long and 32 metres above the water level of the Brahmaputra. It will be the second largest bridge in Asia with three-lane roads on top and a double-line railway track below. The foundation stone of the bridge was laid in 1997 by then prime minister H D Deve Gowda but the work started only in 2002. The project, which has missed several deadlines, was supposed to be completed in June 2017 but got delayed. The construction of the bridge will be a major boost in improving logistical support to the armed forces along the border in Arunachal Pradesh as India shares nearly a 4,000 km border with China. The project also includes the development of a trans-Arunachal highway on the north bank of the Brahmaputra and new road and rail links over the mighty river and its major tributaries. The bridge will significantly decrease the journey time from Guwahati to Delhi. Currently, a train journey via Guwahati takes 37 hours. With the bridge in place, the journey between Dibrugarh and Delhi will be shorter by three hours.
Assam Panchayat polls:One Man Shot In Panchayat Clash,Villagers Boycott Polls, Arrange Feast In Barhampur
 Bhupen Goswami (05/12/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The Assam Panchayat poll’s 1st phase turned bloody on Wednesday as a man was shot during a clash with Police personnel. The incident took place at Habichuk in Habial village under Golaghat district. The injured person identified as Gyanendra Rajkhuwa. Reportedly, the man had attacked the voters with a cutting edge and created ruckus near a polling station at Habial village. The man also tried to attack police personnel – as per reports. “He was carrying a cutting edge, situation compelled us to fire on him as he attacked four persons with the sword”- police reports. Mention that Indian elections are a fertile ground for some extraordinary stories, stories that surprise, elate and sometimes, disappoint. And, the current Assam Panchayat election, which began from this morning with voting being held for the first phase of its two-part polls, is no different. Some thousand-odd voters of Tetelisara in Barhampur has decided to boycott this panchayat election and arranged a public feast at the village. The residents are upset over the lack of basic amenities in their village. Among their chief complaints is lack of water and no proper roads in their village. The villagers are also upset over irregular supply of electricity, the three utilities making a troika that often forms the basis of most parties’ poll promises. Interestingly enough, the voters of Tetelisara are not just upset over the lack of amenities but also because, they claim, nobody either from the Congress, AGP or the BJP visited the village to listen to their problems. “No votes if we don’t get services” one villager said as another one challenged politicians to come to their village and show what “development” has happened there. The polling centre wore a deserted look as villagers decided to boycott the election.

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