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AASU opposes govt move on citizenship Bill , Hindu Bangladeshis will not be accepted; AGP opposes Citizenship Amendment Bill
 Bhupen Goswami (17/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : In an important meeting at the central office of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) at Ambari Head office, Party President Atul Bora expressed their party’s stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, that the passing of the bill in the winter session of the Parliament will be against the historic Assam Accord. The passing of the bill in the winter session ahead of the NRC draft to be published on the 31st of December, 2017 is a step towards granting citizenship to the Hindu Bangladeshis who illegally migrated to the State post 25th of March 1971 against which the AGP has cleared their stand in the meeting. The central government’s decision has already caused quite uproar in the State and sparked criticism from the opposition in the State. In an interesting turn, the AGP, which has been a close ally of the BJP in Assam, opposing the ruling party’s decision has divided the ruling coalition’s stance on the issue. In the meeting, the AGP has reiterated that the decision to grant citizenship to illegal migrants post 1971 will not be allowed under any circumstances irrespective of the religion of the migrants. Appealing the centre not to disregard the concerns of the indigenous people of the State, Party President and cabinet minister of Sarbananda Sonowal’s government, Atul Bora said, “It is not important where we are and with whom we are. Under no circumstances shall the decision to violate the Assam Accord and grant citizenship to the Hindu Bangladeshis be accepted. AGP’s stance on this issue is clear without a second thought. We have been working for a NRC updation bereft of any foreigner since the beginning. The party will soon request not only the Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the representatives of the ruling BJP party but also each and every party to oppose the bill in the Parliameny. A delegation of the party will be dispatched to Delhi to deliberate the same.” A letter to Rajnath Singh had been sent at the end of the meeting detailing AGP’s stand. The AGP further informed of their plans to conduct civilian meets all around the state in regards to the issue starting from the one in Guwahati on the 21st of December. The Asom Yuva Parishad, sister organisation of the AGP, in a separate meeting has echoed the demands of the AGP and urged the government to facilitate for a fair and hassle less updation of the NRC.he Centre’s reported move to bring the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 before the Parliament in the Winter Session to give citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, Parsis and Sikhs, who fled from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, has been strongly opposed by the All Assam Students Union (AASU). The student body has also threatened to launch a statewide movement along with 28 other organisations representing various ethnic groups of Assam if the Centre tries to forcibly impose the Bill on the people of the State.AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya told The RASHTRIYA KHABAR that the student body and the organisations representing the ethnic groups of the State would not allow the spirit of the Assam Accord to be diluted. He pointed out that Assam has already taken the burden of the foreigners who entered the State till the midnight of March 24, 1971. “The State will not take any more burden of foreign nationals irrespective of their religion,” he said, adding, as per the Accord, any foreigner, who entered the State illegally after the midnight of March 24, 1971, should be detected and deported and the Government of India must keep its commitment. Bhattacharya said if the Bill is passed in the Parliament by the BJP-led government, it would face a vigorous movement in Assam. He said the BJP-led coalition government in the State, which came to power with the promise of safeguarding the interests of the indigenous people, should also put pressure on the Centre in this regard. The AASU chief adviser also pointed out that though a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) was formed to examine the Bill and take the views of all concerned, the panel did not consult the indigenous people of the State. The JPC had taken the views of the AASU but it did not consult other stakeholders, including the organisations representing the ethnic groups of the State. The JPC members also cancelled their visit to Assam at the last moment, he added. On the reported statement of BJP MP from Tezpur RP Sharma, who had claimed that the AASU would accept the Bill, Bhattacharya warned the parliamentarian that he should desist from making irresponsible comments to create confusion in the minds of the people.
AASU opposes govt move on citizenship Bill , Hindu Bangladeshis will not be accepted; AGP opposes Citizenship Amendment Bill
 Bhupen Goswami (17/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : In an important meeting at the central office of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) at Ambari Head office, Party President Atul Bora expressed their party’s stand on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, that the passing of the bill in the winter session of the Parliament will be against the historic Assam Accord. The passing of the bill in the winter session ahead of the NRC draft to be published on the 31st of December, 2017 is a step towards granting citizenship to the Hindu Bangladeshis who illegally migrated to the State post 25th of March 1971 against which the AGP has cleared their stand in the meeting. The central government’s decision has already caused quite uproar in the State and sparked criticism from the opposition in the State. In an interesting turn, the AGP, which has been a close ally of the BJP in Assam, opposing the ruling party’s decision has divided the ruling coalition’s stance on the issue. In the meeting, the AGP has reiterated that the decision to grant citizenship to illegal migrants post 1971 will not be allowed under any circumstances irrespective of the religion of the migrants. Appealing the centre not to disregard the concerns of the indigenous people of the State, Party President and cabinet minister of Sarbananda Sonowal’s government, Atul Bora said, “It is not important where we are and with whom we are. Under no circumstances shall the decision to violate the Assam Accord and grant citizenship to the Hindu Bangladeshis be accepted. AGP’s stance on this issue is clear without a second thought. We have been working for a NRC updation bereft of any foreigner since the beginning. The party will soon request not only the Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the representatives of the ruling BJP party but also each and every party to oppose the bill in the Parliameny. A delegation of the party will be dispatched to Delhi to deliberate the same.” A letter to Rajnath Singh had been sent at the end of the meeting detailing AGP’s stand. The AGP further informed of their plans to conduct civilian meets all around the state in regards to the issue starting from the one in Guwahati on the 21st of December. The Asom Yuva Parishad, sister organisation of the AGP, in a separate meeting has echoed the demands of the AGP and urged the government to facilitate for a fair and hassle less updation of the NRC.he Centre’s reported move to bring the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 before the Parliament in the Winter Session to give citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, Parsis and Sikhs, who fled from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, has been strongly opposed by the All Assam Students Union (AASU). The student body has also threatened to launch a statewide movement along with 28 other organisations representing various ethnic groups of Assam if the Centre tries to forcibly impose the Bill on the people of the State.AASU chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya told The RASHTRIYA KHABAR that the student body and the organisations representing the ethnic groups of the State would not allow the spirit of the Assam Accord to be diluted. He pointed out that Assam has already taken the burden of the foreigners who entered the State till the midnight of March 24, 1971. “The State will not take any more burden of foreign nationals irrespective of their religion,” he said, adding, as per the Accord, any foreigner, who entered the State illegally after the midnight of March 24, 1971, should be detected and deported and the Government of India must keep its commitment. Bhattacharya said if the Bill is passed in the Parliament by the BJP-led government, it would face a vigorous movement in Assam. He said the BJP-led coalition government in the State, which came to power with the promise of safeguarding the interests of the indigenous people, should also put pressure on the Centre in this regard. The AASU chief adviser also pointed out that though a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) was formed to examine the Bill and take the views of all concerned, the panel did not consult the indigenous people of the State. The JPC had taken the views of the AASU but it did not consult other stakeholders, including the organisations representing the ethnic groups of the State. The JPC members also cancelled their visit to Assam at the last moment, he added. On the reported statement of BJP MP from Tezpur RP Sharma, who had claimed that the AASU would accept the Bill, Bhattacharya warned the parliamentarian that he should desist from making irresponsible comments to create confusion in the minds of the people.
PM in Northeast: Committed towards the development of the region
 Bhupen Goswami (17/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI :Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that his government is committed to the development of the North-East, adding that central schemes initiated for the benefit of the region have gained momentum. Narendra Modi was speaking after dedicating to the nation, the 60-Megawatt Tuirial Hydropower Project in Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram. The Prime Minister said the project was first cleared by the previous NDA government led by Atal Behari Vajpayee in 1998 but got delayed. Modi said the completion of this project is a reflection of the Centre’s commitment to complete ongoing projects and usher in a new era of development in the North Eastern region. With this, Mizoram has become the third State in North East region to have surplus power energy after Sikkim and Tripura. Modi said the commissioning of the project is a significant milestone in the history of Mizoram. He said it is the first major central project to be commissioned in Mizoram. The Prime Minister also inaugurated the Shillong-Nongstoin-Rongjeng-Tura Road, which will improve connectivity and further economic growth. Modi will also address a public meeting in Shillong during his day-long visit to the North-eastern State.
Peace talks expected to be complete by 2019: ULFA in Delhi
 Bhupen Goswami (17/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI :Delegates of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA)- pro talk group on Saturday addressed a press meet in New Delhi. The press meet concerned itself over topics of the charter of demands, missing ULFA cadres in Bhutan, Hindu Bangladeshi and Naga Framework Agreement. The Chairman of ULFA, Arabinda Rajkhowa was present along with Vice-Chairman Pradip Gogoi, General Secretary Anup Chetia and Publicity Secretary Mithinga Daimary in the meeting. Dineshwar Sharma’s role as a mediator was also appreciated in the meeting by Rajkhowa. Describing him as a kind person, he applauded Sharma’s unique approach to the talks. Rajkhowa stated that the deliberations were in the last stage and clarified their stands on various issues. “There is no question of changing the charter of demands. We are always striving for peace. ULFA (I) is a separate organisation. We do not want what the public of Assam does not want. We are with the people of Assam opposing the Naga Accord,” Rajkhowa said. He also made it clear that the ULFA was against the Citizenship Ammendment Bill, 2016. Meanwhile, General Secretary Anup Chetia applauded the role of mediator Sharma. “The situation of the 26 ULFA cadres that were lost in Bhutan has to be made clear before the treaty is signed. I have met Muivah and Isak Chisi Swu on the issue of Naga Framework Agreement and have had faced complicated situations. We have no problem with the Naga people getting their rights but it must not be at the cost of the Assam,” he added. The treaty between ULFA and the government is expected to be signed before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, said the leaders in the press meet. Preciously, on Friday Assam ADGP Pallav Bhattacharjee speaking on the ongoing peace agreement talks between ULFA and the Central government, had said that the talks are being carried out and moving in a peaceful direction and soon find a final agreement.
Nine month old baby's mother burned to death by neighbor in Nagaon, Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (17/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI :A sensational incident took place in Nagaon. Neighbor burned a nine month baby's mother to death in Raidangia, Nagaon. As per report, deceased, Purnima Das got involved in a fight with her neighbor Bintu Das on Thursday. During night, when she went to throw water on her backyard, Bintu put kerosene on her and set fire on her body. Family members later recovered her in a critical condition and admitted her into the hospital. But she failed to survive and breathe her last in the hospital. Victim’s family had filed an FIR against Bintu Das in Jajori Police station. But locals came out for the protest when police showed no interest in arresting the accused. Locals demanded to arrest Bintu immediately and to punish him.
15 new projects in the region with an investment of over Rs. 47,000 cror , PM Modi On Mizoram, Meghalaya Development Blitz Ahead Of Polls
 Bhupen Goswami (16/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI :In Mizoram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Tuirial hydroelectric power project that has a generating capacity of 60 megawatts.Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a couple of infrastructure projects in Mizoram and Meghalaya in the north-east today. Assembly elections in these two Congress-ruled states will be held next year, and the BJP is looking to replicate its electoral victories in Assam and Manipur -- another two states in the north-east that slipped from the Congress's hand since April 2016. In Mizoram, PM Modi inaugurated the Tuirial hydroelectric power project that has a generating capacity of 60 megawatts. In Meghalaya, the Prime Minister inaugurated a road connecting state capital Shillong with Nongstoin, Rongjeng and Tura.PM Modi, who inaugurated the Shillong-Nongstoin-Rongjeng-Tura road in Meghalaya, is addressing a gathering in state capital Shillong in what is being seen as the launch of the BJP's election campaign in the Congress-ruled statewhere assembly elections will be held next year. "The wave for change, which began with the Assam elections, is now reaching Meghalaya. This state can do wonders. 15 years of Congress rule has ruined Meghalaya," PM Modi said.The Prime Minister is also set to launch an app via which people in the north-east can connect with the government to monitor projects and ensure quicker release of funds. The developers' summary of the Android app 'MyDoNER', available on Google Play, claims "...The release of fund in many projects in current fiscal year, has taken as minimum as 7 to 10 working days as compared to time taken in earlier approval process."In Aizawl, the capital of Mizoram, PM Modi distributed cheques to young entrepreneurs under the North East Venture Fund, the first dedicated venture capital fund for the north-east, according to the government. In September, Minister for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh had said hundreds of proposals have been coming in every day with the DoNER Ministry, and the ministry is considering 60 proposals.While inaugurating a hydropower project in Mizoram earlier today, PM Modi said the centre is committed to putting all the state capitals of the north-east on the rail map, and is executing 15 new projects in the region with an investment of over Rs.47,000 crore. "It is said that the lack of connectivity is one of the biggest hurdles in the path of development of the north-eastern region," PM Modi said.The 60 megawatt Tuirial hydroelectric power project in Mizoram has been constructed as a central sector project and implemented by the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation or NEEPCO. It can power approximately 84,000 homes a year.PM Modi's 'development blitz' ahead of the assembly elections in Meghalaya and Mizoram next year will not go unnoticed by the Congress, especially after it lost Manipur in March this year despite winning the most number of seats but short of majority in the 60-member assembly. The BJP, which won 21 seats, formed a coalition government in the eleventh hour with state parties.Meghalaya BJP chief Shibun Lyngdoh told Rashtriya Khabar that PM Modi's campaign in the state will definitely boost the party's prospects. The Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance government has been in power for two consecutive terms.In Assam, the BJP with its allies won a whopping 86 of the 126 assembly seats in May last year. Party leaders were then unanimous that the victory was powered by good partnerships and the decision to project strong local leaders, like Sarbananda Sonowal -- who was made Chief Minister -- and Himanta Biswa Sarma, who switched sides from the Congress.In May, PM Modi had said the government aims to make the north-east a gateway to Southeast Asia and was making huge investments in the region. "If such a beautiful gateway is unclean, diseased, illiterate or disbalanced, then it will fail to cross the gateway of the country's development. There is no reason why, with all our resources, we should remain backward or poor," PM Modi had said.There are eight states in the north-east -- Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. After taking Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, the BJP is looking to score victories in Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland, where assembly elections will be held next year, and make its score an eighht out of eight.
Centre Approves Development Scheme for Northeast With 100 Percent Funding
 Bhupen Goswami (16/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : The cabinet approved the introduction of new central sector scheme of North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) from 2017-18 with 100 per cent funding from the central government.A new scheme for infrastructure development in the northeastern states with 100 per cent funding by the central government was today approved by the Union cabinet along with a capital investment subsidy amounting to Rs 264.67 crore. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also approved the continuation of the existing Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) scheme with funding pattern of 90:10 till March, 2020, with an outlay of Rs 5,300 crore to enable completion of ongoing projects, an official statement said. The cabinet approved the introduction of new central sector scheme of North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS) from 2017-18 with 100 per cent funding from the central government to fill the gaps in creation of infrastructure in specified sectors till March, 2020. The new scheme will broadly cover creation of infrastructure relating to water supply, power, connectivity and especially the projects promoting tourism, social sectors of education and health, the statement said. The assets to be created under the new scheme of NESIDS will not only strengthen healthcare and education facilities in the region, but will also encourage tourism, thereby providing employment opportunities to the local youth. The scheme will act as a catalyst in overall development of the region in the years to come, it said. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, headed by the prime minister, also approved the capital investment subsidy amounting to Rs 264.67 crore to four industrial units in the North-Eastern Region, including Sikkim, under the Central Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme (CCISS), 2007 of North East Industrial Investment and Promotion Policy (NEIIPP), 2007. The CCEA has revised financial powers for approval of capital investment subsidy claims up to Rs 500 crore which will be now approved by the Minister of Commerce and Industry. This will facilitate expeditious settlement of claims. The grant of subsidy to the industrial units will not only provide incentives to the operational units but also boost confidence of existing investors as well as potential investors in the states of NER, another statement said. The central government has been implementing this scheme to promote industrialisation in the Northeastern region.
Man abducted by NDFB militants from East Jaintia Hills rescued by police and paramilitary personnel: Two militants killed
 Bhupen Goswami (16/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI :A man abducted by NDFB militants from East Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya has been rescued in a joint operation taken out by Assam Rifles, Dima Hasao District Police and East Jaintia Hills District police on Friday night. Acting on a tip off, a joint operation led by Assam police and security forces was launched in the area on Saturday morning. As the joint party raided the hideout of the militants, they (militants) hold up opened fire. The team of security forces retaliated and in the cross-fire that ensued, two of the militants sustained bullet injuries. When firing stopped, the security forces took the two militants into their custody. One 9 mm pistol and several classified documents were recovered from the encounter site. Moreover, abducted victim Mahindra Rai who was kidnapped from Meghalaya on December 4 has been successfully rescued from the clutches of the militants.he rescued man identified as Mahendra Rai had been abducted by NDFB militants from East Jaintia Hills on December 4 by four armed militants who later demanded an extortion money amounting two crore rupees from the family. Reportedly, police and paramilitary personnel took out a rescue operation on Friday night which led to a shootout between them and NDFB militants following which two militants were killed. Police and paramilitary personnel have recovered a 9 mm pistol and cartridges from the scene.
ULFA (I) kidnaps businessman son in Tinsukia
 Bhupen Goswami (16/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI :In a shocking incident, a group of anti-talk faction of United Liberation Front of Assam, ULFA (I) cadres has kidnapped the son of a well established businessman in Tinsukia. The incident of kidnapping occurred at Jagun area in the district, when Aunabh Phukan has been abducted with his Mahindra Thar by a group of five militants. Meanwhile, the businessman Dilip Phukan denied receiving any ransom note following the incident. Police after launching a search operation in Assam-Arunachal border has recovered the vehicle of Arunabh. The anti-talk faction of ULFA has intensified its extortion drive in upper Assam. According to intelligent inputs, a five-member team of the banned outfit under the leadership of hardcore cadre Kolia Borah alias Rupam Asom has entered Tinsukia district in order to raise funds for the organisation. t may be stated that the jeep was later discovered by police in Arunachal Pradesh's Samru area. Police is carrying on with their search operation. Further details awaited. It may stated that the terror of ULFA (I) has been increasing in Tinsukia district – it was four days ago when ULFA (I) militants killed Village Defence Party (VDP) President Anteshwar Mahanta and his son, former student leader of AASU of Kakopothar - Korun Mahanta.
ULFA- Government agreement talks moving in a peaceful direction: AGDP Pallav Bhattacharjee
 Bhupen Goswami (16/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI :Speaking on the ongoing peace agreement talks between ULFA and the Central government, Assam’s ADGP Pallav Bhattacharjee said that the talks are being carried out and moving in a peaceful direction and soon find a final agreement. The ADGP informed that the government will expedite the agreement procedure immediately after the NRC draft is published. The peace agreement is likely to be finalized within next year, Bhattacharjee added. ULFA leaders and the government are also discussing other new developments and issues apart from the charter of demands. He also informed that there is a possibility of changes in the Charter of demand. The discussions will be based on few facts and occurring as some of the demands are not applicable to the charter of demands forwarded by ULFA in 2011. The charter of demands includes Constitutional amendments to give Assam greater control over its natural resources, revenue generation, and participation in the planning process, ensuring a secure demographic situation, besides accelerated and balanced development. ULFA also discussed their views and opinion on the ongoing Nagalim issue, the ADGP added.
Preservation of Rasaraaj Lakshminath Bezbaruah’s Sambalpur house to begin in March next
 Bhupen Goswami (16/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : The Odisha government will start the protection and preservation process of Rasaraaj Lakshminath Bezbaruah’s house in western Odisha town of Sambalpur from March 31, 2018. Informing the decision, the officials of Odisha government on Friday said that Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik will lay the foundation stone of the conservation project on that day. Previously, Divey Gupta, Head of Architectural conservation of INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) Delhi visited Bezbaruah’s house at Sambalpur on Friday morning and did the field study. He examined the pilot copy of the Detailed Project Report (DPR) minutely and studied the houses from all angle. Mallika Mitra, head of conservation, INTACH Odisha, who have prepared the draft copy of DPR was present and she had a detail discussion with Gupta. The construction work of Rotary or the expansion of the Chowk (where Bezbaruah’s house is situated) is being started. The new bridge on river Mahanadi of the back side of Bezbaruah’s house along with the Rotary will scheduled to be inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Odisha on 31st March 2018. On this very day the C.M likely to lay foundation for conservation work of Bezbaruah’s houses and work will be commenced from that day. A team of government of Assam had visited the Bezbaruah house in Odisha and requested Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik for his intervention in taking a proactive step for the preservation of the residence which is intrinsically associated with the emotions of the people of Assam. Bezbaruah had lived in Sambalpur from 1917 to 1937. In 1924, he constructed the house on the huge patch of land. Apart from numerous stories and essays, Bezbaruah penned his autobiography ‘Mor Jiwan Sowaran’ in this house.
Assam Chief Minister Sonowal meets foreign envoys Requests them to reap the benefits of Advantage Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (15/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : As a prelude to the first ever Global Investors’ Summit slated to be held in the month of February next year, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today made a fervent appeal to the Ambassadors of ASEAN countries and other important strategic partners of India such as Germany, Turkey, Israel, Afghanistan, Kazakhistan to send their business delegates to the Summit, at a meeting held in New Delhi today. It may be noted that Chief Minister Sonowal’s meeting with the foreign envoys was a part of a sequel of activities that the State Government has been convening to woo investors to Assam and unfurl the mutually cooperative investment and business landscape of the State. In the meeting Chief Minister Sonowal specifically presented the inherent potential, prosperities and possibilities of Assam. A power point presentation was given to make the envoys aware of Assam and the business opportunities and the geo strategic location that the State enjoys to become the gateway to the 10 South East Asian countries. The meeting was held in a congenial atmosphere where Sonowal apprised the envoys of the State’s turn around to a growing economy with a promise to expedite economic development. The Chief Minister drew the attention of the ambassadors to Assam’s business and investment friendly climate which has been unleashed especially by the declaration of Act East Policy by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Chief Minister Sonowal also said that the State Government is committed to creating a congenial eco system for attracting investments and is already working for creating the desired skilled manpower and ensuring complete ease of doing business among others. Making a strong pitch for investment in Assam, Sonowal underscored Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s overwhelming importance to Assam and other North Eastern States and said, “Assam is a springboard for India’s Act East Policy as the region has been appropriately termed as Ashtalakshmi”. The Chief Minister also invited the Ambassadors to join the state’s first Global Investors’ Summit “Advantage Assam” on 3 and 4 February, 2018 along with business delegations from their countries. Expressing his interests to work with the Government of Assam, Ambassador of Singapore Lim Thuan Kuan said, “Assam has a lot of advantages for business and our companies are very interested in the prevailing opportunities in Assam”. Other Ambassadors also after meeting with the Chief Minister appreciated the initiatives of the State Government and expressed their willingness to work with the Government of Assam to enhance cooperation. Chief Minister Sonowal also held one-on-one interaction with the Ambassador of Japan Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu. Sonowal while appraising the Japanese Ambassador of Assam’s vast and verdant natural resources, invited investments from Japan and offered his total and unconditional support in this regard. Investing in the region besides yielding a win-win situation for both India and Japan would go a long way in reaping the dividends of mutually co-existing bilateral business potentials, Sonowal added. Industries and Commerce Minister Chandramohan Patowary was also present during the interaction. The State Government delegation also held an interactive meeting with Ministry of Civil Aviation and senior representatives from aviation industry to highlight the opportunity to enhance air connectivity of Assam and the North East with South Asian countries and other parts of India. The role that schemes like UDAAN could play in boosting connectivity and growth of the state was also highlighted and called for strengthening the scheme to boost international connectivity as well making Guwahati the hub for India ASEAN air connectivity. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sonowal also met Deputy Secretary General Community and Corporate Affairs Department ASEAN AKP Mochtan at the ASEAN Secretariat in New Delhi. Ambassador Indian Mission to ASEAN Suresh Reddy, who was also present in the meeting, informed that an ASEAN cultural group would be sent to the state for participating at Global Investors’ Summit. The Deputy Secretary General said that a meeting of all ASEAN heads would be held on 27th January, 2018 at New Delhi where the invitation for participation at Global Investors’ Summit could be sent to them. Chief Minister Sonowal also called on Indonesia’s Minister for Industries Airlangga Hartarto at New Delhi today and a detailed discussion was held regarding Advantage Assam. Indonesian Minister assured that a delegation would be sent for participating in the event.
Assam Governor inaugurates national conference of Chartered Accountants Urges them to play catalytic role to seamless transition to GST
 Bhupen Goswami (15/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi urged upon the chartered accounts of the region to play a catalytic role to help the people and business establishments in ensuring smooth transition to a new tax regime ‘One Nation One Tax’ which has been necessitated in view of GST roll out. Inaugurating a two day national conference organized by the Institute of Chartered Accounts of India, Guwahati Branch held at Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts at Machkhowa here today, Governor Prof. Mukhi said that help and support from the chartered accountants would help the region in its smooth changeover to one nation one tax regime. The Governor also said, “The fact that the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India is the premier accounting body of the nation, the conference will go a long way in empowering its members to keep pace with the rapid growth of the accountancy profession. I am happy that the institute has achieved recognition globally, for its contribution in the fields of education, professional development, maintenance of high accounting, auditing and ethical standards”. The Governor further added that the role of Indian Chartered Accountants of India is crucial in strengthening the fulcrum on which the entire accounting system of the nation revolves. He also said, “I hope the National Conference becomes a brainstorming session of the Chartered Accountants which helps in strengthening our financial management system to a great extent”. He further said that the role of chartered Accountants has achieved added significance in the wake of demonetisation drive guided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Now the Chartered Accounts of the country have to contribute to the nation building exercise by virtue of their insight and foresight of the various advantages that the nation can gain by this momentous move. The Chartered Accounts are in a position to realize and appreciate that this great move would go a long way in achieving the long cherished dream which the forefather of our nation and the freedom fighters must have held – that of a corruption free India in which every citizen can be a partner in nation building and one that is not plagued by the ills of black marketing, hoarding, corruption, red-tapism, the Governor added. Chief General Manager of State Bank of India P.V.S.L.N. Murty along with a host of other dignitaries were also present at the inaugural function.
Both the political parties (BJP and Congress) have weakened the Jan Lokpal Bil, "Anna Hazare in Guwahati; to launch new movement against corruption"
 Bhupen Goswami (15/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : Anna Hazare, the Anti-corruption activist has planned to launch another campaign against corruption in the country. Hazare addressing a press meet in Guwahati on Friday expressed his displeasure with the both previous and current governments over rampant corruption. Thrashing the governments over Lokpal Bill, the social activist said, “Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rarely speaks, but he had also weakened the Lokpal law (when it was framed). Modi has further weakened the law by presenting an amendment in Parliament on July 27, 2016 through which a provision was made that relatives of (government) officers including wife, son, daughter and others will not have to submit details of their properties every year.” He also said that Narendra Modi-led Central government has given more emphasis on the interests of the industrialists of the country than the farmers. Hazare, who recently announced an agitation in the national capital on the issues of Lokpal and farmers’ problems on March 23, said he had written several letters to Prime Minister Modi on various issues, but never received any reply. Interestingly, he had said “I learnt my lesson the last time as I saw people rise politically through my movement. This time volunteers have to sign an affidavit stating that they will not join any political party or float their own once they are part of this movement against corruption.” The crusader of anti-corruption movement will visit Itanagar on Friday evening.Announcing a nationwide Satyagraha from March 23, 2018, social activist Anna Hazare slammed both the Congress and the BJP for weakening the anti-corruption movement in the country.He also took a dig at the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi. Claiming that both the political parties (BJP and Congress) have weakened the Jan Lokpal Bill, Hazare said that "no political leaders are going to be allowed to share the platform," of his agitation henceforth in Delhi. Attacking the Union Government for not keeping its promises on the farmers' issue, he said that in last three years "like previous governments, this government too has not done anything for the farmers." Hazare claimed that while the Manmohan Singh government passed the Jan Lokpal Bill under pressure from the common man, "It was not before diluting the law. The then PM Manmohan Singh gave us in writing during agitation at Ram Lila Maidan that the resolution on Lokpal and Lok Ayukt was passed by the Parliament unanimously. And I called off the movement based on the written assurance. When the promises were not kept I started the movement again and then the government presented the Bill again, but a weakened Bill." Alleging that while the Congress-led UPA government cheated the citizens and the subsequent BJP-led NDA government too backtracked on its poll promise on the matter.
China blocks Brahmaputra completely; shows satellite images
 Bhupen Goswami (15/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : In a sensational report, a retired colonel named Vinayak Bhat revealed some shocking satellite images which showed the river Brahmaputra disappearing into a 900 metre underground tunnel in China that seems to engulf the entire water flow of the river. Although the Indian government has said that there is no evidence of any water diversion project, according to Bhat, satellite imagery from 26 November 2017, indicated a new project in an advanced stage. The available satellite images showed a new 200 metre wide dam that seemed to have completely blocked the water of the Brahmaputra and the entire river seems to be forced into two inlets of almost 50 metre width each towards the west of the river. The water flow comes out after around 900 metre downstream in two outlets very similar to the size and shape. According to Col Vinayak Bhat, “The construction of another dam 13 km upstream of Tsangpo which diverts the entire water inside the mountain suggests that its purpose may not just be hydropower generation. The purpose of this project is possibly for diverting a portion of the Brahmaputra to the parched areas of Taklamakan desert.” Bhat also suggested that polymer resin adhesives have been sprayed by China all around this project area as a dust suppressant system. “The resin adhesives are commonly used for large construction projects but are never used for projects near water, according to some water projects construction engineers, since these polymer resin adhesives are said to be harmful to humans and animals,” he said adding, “The resin sprays have been observed over the last two months. The rough estimate of time for water flow to reach India from this project location is 15 to 20 days. The colour of the Brahmaputra water in Assam acquiring a darker shade could possibly be due to the use of these resin adhesives at this project site.” Previously, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had denied any possibilities of diversion projects by China over river Brahmaputra.
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 likely to passed in the Winter Session of Parliament
 Bhupen Goswami (15/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : Amidst the updation and publication of draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is likely to be passed in the Winter Session of Parliament, which is set to start on December 15 and last till January 5, 2018. The BJP in the State has been continuously pushing the matter with Centre. Previously, a delegation of BJP MPs from Assam had called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi to demand amendment to the Foreigners’ Act and Citizenship Act to accord the community citizenship status to displaced Hindu Bengalis from Bangladesh living in the State. Prior to that, BJP MP Kabindra Purkayastha moved a private member’s resolution on the issue pressing for citizenship status to the Hindu Bengali population. Meanwhile, sharp reactions are coming from various individuals and organisations in the State opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was tabled in Lok Sabha by the Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh on 19th July, 2016. Parliament formed a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) and gave it time up to January 1, 2018 to file their report. The JPC has not even bothered to visit Assam. They only received some representations over emails and normal posts. Now they are likely to give report quietly between December 15-31 and in the last week of the Winter Session, the government will be in a position to pass it. With December 31 as the last date of publishing the draft NRC, the ruling BJP party is likely to pass it as soon as possible. The bill focuses on the citizenship of illegal migrants. An illegal migrant was defined as a foreigner who travels to India without a passport and other travel documents or somebody who overstays their visit in the country. The bill has, however, modified the definition and made an exception for the Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. In short, foreigners falling under the mentioned religious category and places will no longer be treated as illegal migrants.
Fake note smuggler nabbed in Merapani: Bundles of fake notes recovered
 Bhupen Goswami (15/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : In a joint operation taken out by CRPF and police personnel, a fake note smuggler has been apprehended in Merapani on Thursday night. The accused identified as Rubul Hussain was found in possession of bundles of fake hundred rupee notes. Reportedly, Hussain has been involved in the smuggling of fake notes for a long time and officials suspect that he has connection with some international fake note manufacturing racket.
Tension at Kamrup's Nagarbera region after Foreigners Tribunal declares two "local" men as foreigners
 Bhupen Goswami (15/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : Tension erupted in Kamrup's Nagarbera region after two "local" men have been allegedly declared as foreigners by the Foreigners Tribunal on December 11. Following the verdict, the two men identified as Akbar Ali and Abu Bakkar has been transferred to detention camp. This has triggered a sensation in the region because as claimed by family members and neighbors both of them are of Indian nationality and so were their respective parents. Moreover they have the required documents to prove the same. The verdict has come as a major shock for the family members and the locals, who are openly denouincing it.
Owner shot on 6 workers in Numaligarh Bogidhola Tea Estate
 Bhupen Goswami (13/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : A sensational incident took place in Bogidhola Tea estate, Numaligarh. 6 workers of the tea garden were shot by the owner. Owner brothers, Sudhir Roy and Samir Roy shot the workers when they were demanding and protesting for their salary. All the 6 injured workers were taken into the Vivekananda Hospital. Immediately after the incident, a war-like situation occurred in the tea estate. Police reached on the tea estate and controlled the situation. All the workers demanded to arrest both Sudhir Roy and Samir Roy and to punish them.
'Safety Audit': Dhola-Sadiya Bridge closed for two days
 Bhupen Goswami (13/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI :Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Setu, Dhola-Shadiya Bridge has been declared as closed from Wednesday morning to Thursday night. A team of National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is going to do an audit on Setu. Tinsukia, Sadiya and Navayug Engineering Company declared the band for the ‘Safety Audit’. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration team will examine whether it have the capacity to carry the commodities for the barrage or not. The Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Setu is a beam bridge in India, connecting the Northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. The bridge is the first permanent road connection between the northern Assam and eastern Arunachal Pradesh. At 9.15 kilometres (5.69 mi) in length, it is the longest bridge in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the bridge on 26th May, 2017.
Dutch company to invest 200 million euros for solar plant in Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (13/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI :Netherlands-based solar power company HyET Solar has offered to set up a plant in Assam at the cost of EUR 200 million with the capacity to produce 200MW of solar power in the State. The Dutch company, which deals in producing lightweight and flexible solar modules, has said it was that the investment and the amount of solar power will help benefit 20 lakh people. It also offered to tie up with local partners and financial institutions. BJP led government's scouting for investment under the ‘Advantage Assam’campaign finally found takers after the company expressed willingness to invest close to 200 million euros for the plant. Netherlands Ambassador to India Alphonsus Stoelinga had a meeting with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday which turned out to be fruitful.
Massive fire broke out at Fancybazar: Fire tenders rushed to the spot
 Bhupen Goswami (12/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : Triggering sensation a massive fire took place at Hotel River View's building in Fancy Bazaar, Guwahati on Tuesday morning. The fire took place in the topmost floor of the building. The cause of the fire is said to be due to short circuit in the floor. SRDF personnel and fire brigade officials managed to douse down the fire. No casualties have been reported. Reportedly, the building belongs to Congress leader Bobita Sharma. Further details awaited.A massive fire broke out at Fancybazar in Guwahati at around 10:20 AM engulfing a godown on Tuesday. Though there is no report of any casualty till now, sources said the fire was reportedly caused by short circuit in a godown in the area. The residents alerted the fire station, after which several fire tenders rushed to the spot and dousing the fire. A clothes godown was completely gutted in the massive blaze. It may be mentioned here that several buildings were gutted in a devastating fire that broke out around in SK Bhuyan Road near Ambari in Guwahati on May 3. And on November 1, another massive fire engulfed more than 4 houses in Athgaon area. This is developing news. More details to follow.
Village Defence Party President and son fatally shot down by ULFA (I) militants in Dirak, Tinsukia, Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (12/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : Tension erupted in Tinsukia's Dirak region on Monday night after Village Defence Party (VDP) President Onteshwar Mahanta and his son, former student leader of AASU of Kakopothar - Korun Mahanta, were fatally shot down by a group of unidentified ULFA (I) militants.Sharp reactions are coming from around the State after 3 suspected United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) (ULFA-I) cadres dressed in army fatigues have shot dead a man and his son in Simaluguri area in Bordumsa, Tinsukia district. Simaluguri Village Defence Party (VDP) president Anteswar Mahanta and his son W. Mahanta were killed on Monday night after they were dragged out of their house and were shot dead by AK-47. “We reached the spot as soon as we received the information and we have started the investigation. The attack was carried out with an AK-47 whereby it seems that there are suspected ULFA militants behind the incident,” District Superintendent of Police (SP) said. Several organisations have condemned the incident and demanded quick investigation regarding the case. Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also condemned the brutal killing and directed top police officials take strict actions against those who were behind the incident. The All-Assam Students’ Union (AASU) general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi accused the BJP-led state government of failing to protect people. “We condemn the incident in the harshest of words. This government has failed to protect lives of people. The culprits should be immediately arrested and given exemplary punishment,” Gogoi said.
India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway,Connectivity central to ties with ASEAN: inister of External Affairs
 Bhupen Goswami (12/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI :India today said that connectivity is central to India-ASEAN relations.Addressing the India-ASEAN Connectivity Summit, Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar said that on the physical connectivity front, India has undertaken a number of international corridor projects such as the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway and Kaladan Multi-Modal Project that will serve as the land as well as sea bridge between Northeast India and the ASEAN region. “While the road component is progressing apace, maritime connectivity, the mainstay of our historical trade relations, requires urgent modernisation in the context of current geopolitical realities,” he said. The summit reflects India’s strong commitment to work together with all the stakeholders to enhance connectivity in India and with ASEAN and other countries in the Indo-Pacific region. “Our connectivity initiatives spanning across physical and digital projects are tailored to complement the strategic areas of Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025, especially sustainable infrastructure, digital innovation, seamless logistics, regulatory excellence and people mobility. The session on ‘ASEAN Connectivity Master Plan: Harnessing Opportunities’ would seek to carry forward the conversation on how India as a stakeholder and a dialogue partner can collaborate with the ASEAN in harnessing the opportunities inherent in the MPAC 2025,” Akbar said. “Connectivity will address investment opportunities in ASEAN-India Islands Connectivity and discuss the challenges that need to be addressed in order to sustain the progress... The sessions of this summit are well paced and structured, addressing both contemporary as well as emerging issues on the discourse on connectivity,” the minister said. “We are actively exploring signing the ASEAN-India Maritime Transport Cooperation Agreement. This agreement will help both India and ASEAN to further cooperate and communicate with each other, eliminate barriers hindering maritime transport, and establish regional maritime transport framework system with the aim to promote maritime transport facilitation between ASEAN and India, and beyond,” Akbar said.
Indian Army to build secret Tunnel below River Brahmaputra
 Bhupen Goswami (11/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : he Indian Army will soon start building a secret tunnel below the River Brahmaputra. The Central Govt. has recently taken steps to build this secret project to ease the movement of Indian Army during any crisis. The China’s recent move to pollute the Brahmaputra in its point of origin in Arunachal Pradesh has laid down severe security threats to India. In this situation, to cope up with the scenario, the Indian Army had made several plans to combat any terror attacks in the near future from the neighboring country. The Dhola-Sadiya bridge is also constructed to ease vehicular movement of the Indian Army in recent time. The Indian Army discussed the issue of building a tunnel in Fort William, Kolkata yesterday on the occasion of Vijay Divas.
Assam CM launches country’s largest tractor distribution scheme to farmers Sonowal urged farmers to work hard to strengthen agriculture sector
 Bhupen Goswami (11/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal made a fervent call to the farmers of the state to work hard with dedication to rejuvenate the agriculture sector and to contribute in the growth of Assam. While ceremonially launching the country’s largest tractor distribution scheme to the farm units of each revenue village of the state under Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana at Sarusajai Stadium in the city today, Sonowal further urged the beneficiaries to make best use of the tractors provided to them to ensure doubling the rural income. The programme was organized by the Agriculture Department, Government of Assam. Coinciding the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal also laid the foundation stone of Swahid Smarak and Udyan to be constructed at Paschim Boragaon in Guwahati in memory of the martyrs of Assam Agitation covering an area of 98 bigha land. “Agriculture is our identity and it is the best culture amongst all cultures. We have to work hard to strengthen our agriculture sector. Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana therefore envisages facilitating the farmers by providing one tractor in each revenue village at a subsidised rate”, Sonowal said adding that around 10,109 tractors would be distributed in the first phase of the scheme and all 26,000 villages would be covered phasewise with an aim to double farmers income by 2022. The Chief Minister also urged the farmers to own responsibility of the scheme and prepare an activity calendar so that maximum benefit could be accrued from the scheme. He also asked the agriculture department to organize district level training for the beneficiary units to develop their commercial outlook with scientific approach towards agriculture. “We have distributed these tractors by utilizing public money and therefore all farmers will have to ensure their proper utilization. People also have to keep strict watch over the use of the tractors. A separate unit under the Agriculture Department will also be constituted to guide the beneficiaries and monitor their activities”, Sonowal mentioned and asked the beneficiaries to inform the agriculture department in every three month about the progress of their work. The Chief Minister further said, “As a farmer’s son, I understand their challenges. Flood ravages their economy. We are committed to provide a secured life and robust economic foundation to the farmers. We’ll strengthen the farmers and uphold their swabhimaan”. He also asked the Agriculture Department to work with integrity so that people’s faith in the Government doesn’t erode. Sonowal also made an appeal to the people to strengthen govt initiatives and work with “Team Assam” approach. Minister of Finance, Health and Education Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma in his speech said that as an entry point activity under CMSGUY, Government decided to provide tractors to the farmers to give a new lease of life to agriculture economy of the state which are provided with 70% subsidy. While 20% of the cost of the tractor would be borne by the Banks, rest 10% would be borne by the beneficiaries. An amount of Rs. 1000 crore has been earmarked for its implementation, he informed. Dr. Sarma also announced that as part of its efforts to empower the farmers, Government has decided to waive interest on KCC and other agriculture loans, which are less than Rs. 3 lakh and an amount of Rs. 150 crore has been allotted in the budget for the same. Moreover, boosting financial inclusion initiatives of the government, Rs. 2500 would be deposited in the bank accounts of tea garden workers who have already opened their accounts on January 2. Further, another Rs. 2500 would be credited to the accounts which are uninterruptedly operated for six months in the next phase and the government has allotted an amount of Rs. 100 crore for the same, he informed. The Finance Minister also mentioned that the farmers who return their KCC loan timely would get cash incentive of Rs. 3000 from the government. He also spoke about agriculture mechanization initiatives of the government to help the beneficiaries and informed that Rs. 300 crore has been earmarked for this scheme. Dr. Sarma also underlined the agriculture department’s initiative for providing identity cards to the framers and informed that once the process of issuing ID cards is complete, Government would provide education and health facilities free of cost to their children. Agriculture Minister Atul Bora in his speech informed that the state government’s scheme to provide tractor to one farm unit in each revenue village is the largest scheme in the country. He expressed hope that the new initiative would help in doubling farmers’ income and highlighted the transparent mode adopted for implementation of the same. Urging the farmers to take the benefit of soil health card which would help the farmers to understand the quality of their land, the Agriculture Minister underlined the various schemes taken up by the department to boost the agriculture sector and promote multi-cropping. While Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia delivered the welcome speech, Minister of Industry & Commerce Chandra Mohan Patowary also spoke on the occasion. Water Resources Minister Keshav Mahanta, PWD Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, Minister of State for Revenue Pallab Lochan Das, MLA and Chairman of HOUSEFED Ranjit Das, Chief Minister’s Media Adviser Hrishikesh Goswami, Chief Minister’s Legal Adviser Santanu Bharali, several MLAs, DGP Mukesh Sahay and host of other dignitaries were present in the programme.
Muddy Waters In Brahmaputra Threaten Livelihood Of Boatmen, Fishermen
 Bhupen Goswami (11/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : In Dibrugarh, Assam, the lives of thousands of residents has run into muddy waters. Every day, passenger boats ferry thousands of people from Silapathar in the northern bank of the Brahmaputra to the southern bank's tea city Dibrugarh for work, health services and education. But with water levels already decreasing, the increasing turbidity of the river poses a challenge for boatmen and fishermen whose livelihoods depend on the river. The rapid increase in turbidity can lead to more sedimentation, which is a boatman's nightmare. Bhaikon Gam, a boatman, says "The water level is already decreasing and this water has turned muddy thus we are finding it difficult to ply out baits and sometimes at even night we need to ply medical emergency cases, it seems that will be difficult." But difficulty in navigating boats is not the only effect the increasing murkiness is having on the people. Dhananjay, another boatman, says that they have observed something unusual over the last few weeks. "We live and work on the river. We use the river water for everything but now we are not able to use. Some people are complaining about skin diseases after using this muddy water" he said. The water in the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra is increasingly turning muddy and extremely turbid. A recent test conducted in the upper reaches of the Brahmaputra showed a Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) - a measure of the concentration of suspended particulates in a liquid - of 404, while the turbidity in the middle reaches near Tezpur was measured at 195 NTU. The permissible level for human consumption, in comparison, is 5 NTU. The Assam government has already issued an alert and is now testing water samples even in middle and lower stream of Brahmaputra. The rising turbidity has had a direct effect on fishermen and their livelihood, as their catch has gone down as a result of murkier waters. A visit to the Rahmaria fishing village reveals gloomy faces. "Earlier we earned a lot during winter fishing season, but in a fortnight the water has turned muddy, and we have lost over Rs. 50 thousand and our livelihood is at stake. The water is turbid and it's like cement laden, muddy" Madhabdev Das, a fisherman from Rahmaria told Rashtriya Khabar . While boatmen and fishermen, whose livelihoods depend directly on the water, have been affected, even a few cattle in the area died from consuming the brackish water of the Brahmaputra.
Assamese scholar named a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
 Bhupen Goswami (11/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI :Assamese scholar, Curators’ Professor (and past Head) of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering (CSEE) Department, School of Computing and Engineering (SCE) at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), USA Deepankar (Deep) Medhi has been named a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Recognized as a Fellow for his scientific contributions to “optimization and the design of computer-communication networks” in the “Research Engineer/Scientist” category, Medhi is believed to be the first Assamese to be recognised as an IEEE Fellow. The Fellow membership is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors on a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any IEEE fields of interest after a rigorous nomination and selection process. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed 0.5 percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognised by the technical community as a prestigious honour and an important career achievement. The IEEE is the world’s leading professional association for advancing technology for humanity. Through its 4,20,000 plus members in 160 countries, the association is a leading authority on a wide variety of areas ranging from aerospace systems, computers and telecommunications to biomedical engineering, electric power and consumer electronics. Dr Medhi, who hails from Guwahati, completed his HSLC from Cotton Collegiate School and HS from Cotton College, Guwahati. He received the B.Sc.(Hons.) degree in Mathematics from Cotton College in 1981, and the M.Sc. degree in Mathematics from the University of Delhi in 1983. He then obtained the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985 and 1987, respectively. He joined the AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1987 as a member of technical staff and worked on routing and design of computer-communication networks, where he first found his true research interest in this area. He joined UMKC in 1989 where he has been since then. He was awarded the 2012 NT Veatch Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity, UMKC’s highest research award given annually to a single faculty member. He is also an honorary professor in the Computer Science & Engineering Department at IIT, Guwahati. In addition, he has published over 170 scientific papers. Dr Medhi is the eldest son of late Prof Jyotiprasad Medhi and Prity Medhi of Guwahati.
Two ULFA (I) cadres held captive by NSCN (IM) in Arunachal Pradesh for entering in their territory
 Bhupen Goswami (10/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : Two ULFA (I) cadres have been reportedly held captive by NSCM (IM) inside Namdapha National Park in Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh for allegedly entering in the latter’s territory. One of the two captive ULFA (I) cadres has been identified as Tiger Asom alias Bagh Phukan, who is a close aid of the outfit’s Chief Paresh Baruah. He is part of the three different teams of ULFA (I) which are conducting extortion activities currently on the Indian side. As per sourcese he is known to operate in the area of Miao - Vijaynagar Road which is under the control of NSCN (IM) & NSCN (K). Reportedly, NSCN (IM) may not harm the cadres, but are likely to seize their weapons, money and the like. Besides this, they are also seeking guarantee that in the near future no ULFA (I) cadres will enter their area. It may be mentioned that Paresh Barua is in good terms with Sr. Leader of NSCN (IM) Col. Hangshi, who is reportedly based in China around same area as that of Baruah. But the incident might come as a setback to ULFA (I) as it could also be exploited to create rift amongst various the outfits. Previously, the newly formed outfit – Eastern Naga National Government (ENNG) denied their involvement in the incident who stated that they would never indulge in such activities as their objective is to liberate the nation of Myanmar occupied Eastern Nagaland from the clutches of tyrannical Burmese occupation, and to defend from any external aggression which undermines aspirations of the Eastern Nagas as free people.
Assam observes Swahid Diwas to pay homage to the martyrs of Assam Movement
 Bhupen Goswami (10/12/2017)
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 GUWAHATI : Swahid Diwas was observed all across the State on Sunday, and several All Assam Students Union (AASU) leaders paid tributes to the 855 student leaders who sacrificed their lives during Assam-agitation. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will honour the families of the martyrs of the Assam Movement at the ‘Shraddhanjali’ programme today in Bhawanipur, Barpeta. He will also inaugurate a separate office of the Department of Implementation of Assam Accord at Officer’s Training Institute, College of Veterinary Science in Khanapara. The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) also observed the day as Swahid Diwas all over the State, the central function being organised in Barkhetri, Nalbari. Khargeswar Talukdar was the first of the student leaders who laid down his life on December 10, 1979 and the day is observed as ‘Swahid Diwas’.

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