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Assam and Arunachal jolted by 5.9 magnitude earthquake post-midnight, PM Modi Calls Assam CM Sonowal
 Bhupen Goswami (24/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale (as per the US Geological Service) jolted the North-Eastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh at 1:45 AM on Wednesday. As per reports, the quake originated 36-km from Aalo town in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Although no damage was reported, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was concerned enough to call up Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to inquire about the quake. A tweet sent out from Sonowal’s official handle read: “PM Shri Narendra Modi ji called and enquired about the tremor last night in the Northeast. Assured him of our safety and thanked him for his concern and affection for the region even amidst a busy schedule.”Although there have been no reports of damage, taking stock of the situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation with Chief Minister of Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday morning.Tremors from the quake were felt in Dibrugarh, Dimapur, Nagaon, and Guwahati in Assam and Imphal in Manipur.
‘BJP may tamper EVMs if they sense loss’:APCC President Ripun Bora Confident Of Winning 8 To 10 LS Seats
 Bhupen Goswami (24/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Ripun Bora on Wednesday said that his party has gained massive support from the people of Assam and claimed that Congress will win 8 to 10 Lok Sabha seats out of total 14 seats in Assam. Addressing the media, Bora said, “Increasing number of voter turnout indicated that people want change. Also people have casted conscience vote in favour of Congress.Attacking the BJP, the Assam Congress president said, “BJP has faced challenged in this elections and most of the intellectuals have supported Congress.” Bora thanked party members as well as the voter. He also extended his gratitude towards media and said, “Assam’s media played an unbiased role this election except for a few media houses.Ripun Bora on Wednesday alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) sensing their defeat may resort to tampering the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Addressing the media, Ripun Bora said, “The Election Commission of India did not take any action on EVM malfunctioning. ECI are puppets of the BJP.” “The party is demanding all the volunteers in the strong room to monitor the process of counting as we have lost faith on the state government, Election Commission, and the Government machinery. The BJP sensing their defeat may resort to tampering of EVMs,” he added.
Five Rohingya girls along with a broker on the way arrested along Assam-Tripura border
 Bhupen Goswami (24/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Five suspected Rohingya women have been detained by the police on Tuesday from Churaibadi Gate in Tripura. According to sources, the five suspected Rohingyas were on their way to Karimganj in Assam but were nabbed by authorities at Tripura’s Churaibari Gate along with the broker who had taken a sum of six thousand INR from them. The Rohingyas entered India through the Indo-Bangla border near Tripura capital Agartala with the help of a broker. They were nabbed while on their way to Assam on a vehicle with registration number TR01AK-0211. The five Rohingya women have been identified as Jannat, Aabija, Saleha, Rabika, and Rasheeda. The five women and the broker Shyamal Miya have been detained by authorities. It may be mentioned that the Rohingyas are an ethnic group, the majority of whom are Muslim, who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. Currently, there are about 1.1 million Rohingya in the Southeast Asian country. They are not considered one of the country’s 135 official ethnic groups and have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982, which has effectively rendered them stateless. A top police official said the Rohingya girls were came from Tripura and the broker helped them to enter Assam. “During interrogation, the girls revealed that, they are hailing from Myanmar and entered into India without valid documents. They entered into India through Tripura-Bangladesh border with the help of broker. The broker had taken Rs 6000 each from them and promised to give secured shelter in Karimganj district,” the top police official said. The arrested Rohingya girls were identified as Jannat, Abiza, Saleha, Rabika and Rashida. Police also arrested one broker named Shyamal Miya. On Jan 21 this year, 30 Rohingyas including 12 minors were arrested by police from a Guwahati-bound passenger bus in Assam’s Karimganj district along with Assam-Tripura border. On Feb 2 last, seven Assam bound Rohingya children were arrested by the Railway Protection Force (RPF) from a railway station in Tripura. In last year, Manipur police had arrested a couple hailing from Uttar Pradesh for their alleged involvement in the trafficking of Rohingyas from Myanmar into Manipur. On Apr 8 last year, Manipur police commandos had arrested two Rohingyas, who entered into the north eastern state via Moreh border without valid documents. On the other hand, Manipur police had arrested three other Rohingyas on March 22 last year near Moreh town in Tengnoupal district along with Myanmar border.
Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Wife Cast Votes In Guwahati,phase 3: 66.13% turnout recorded in Assam till 3 pm
 Bhupen Goswami (23/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh along with his wife Gursharan Kaur on Tuesday cast their votes at a polling station in Dispur. Upon their arrival, Congress’ Gauhati LS seat candidate Bobbeeta Sharma welcomed them. Manmohan Singh’s name is listed under serial number 623 in the electoral roll of No. 52 Dispur legislative assembly constituency and his wife’s name is listed under serial no 624. After casting their votes both will return to New Delhi.The largest festival of democracy is underway in four Constituencies of Assam that are Gauhati, Dhubri, Barpeta, and Kokrajhar. Sources have reported the polling percentage from all the Constituencies of the Assam. They are: Gauhati: 59.55% Kokrajhar: 63.36% Dhubri: 67.12% Barpeta: 60.38% Assam: 66.13%
Polling Progressing Peacefully In Assam,EVMs Dysfunctional In Various Polling Booths
 Bhupen Goswami (23/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :Voting is peacefully progressing for the Phase-III of Lok Sabha Elections in Assam. Voting began at 7 AM and will end at 5 PM in the constituencies. A total of 54 candidates are in fray for the four LS seats in Assam- Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Barpeta and Dhubri. There are 9577 total number of polling booths for 74.77 lakh total voters. There is a straight fight in Guwahati between Congress’ Bobbeeta Sharma and BJP’s Queen Oja, whereas triangular fight in Barpeta and Dhubri and four-cornered fight in Kokrajhar. There are 17 candidates contesting from Guwahati, while 15 candidates are contesting in Dhubri, 13 candidates in Barpeta and 9 candidates in Kokrajhar. In Guwahati, there is a special provision for two ballot units. Names of 16 candidates along with NOTA have been registered in one unit and the other has one. Also there are 12 model polling booths in Guwahati constituency. Meanwhile, till 12 PM Assam recorded 28.64 percent of polling. However, there are reports coming from some of the polling booths where EVMs were or are dysfunctional. Voting for the third phase and final phase for Assam Lok Sabha seats is underway in four constituencies of the state. At this crucial hour, there are reports coming in of EVMs not functioning. Voting at all polling stations of the state has started from 7 AM and most of the centres are witnessing long queues of voters who have come out to exercise their franchise. Malfunctioning or dysfunctional EVMs stirred a situation of chaos at the concerned polling stations. Some of the polling booths where EVMs were or are dysfunctional are: Kahilipara High School, East Guwahati, Sadilapur LP School, Pandu 135 no. Rabindra Vidyapeeth English Medium School, Pandu 156 no. Dreamland School, Pandu 05. no centre in Beloguri middle School, Bongara 51 no. Phulguri LP School, West Guwahati 176 no. Baghbori High School 83 no. polling booth in Baksa Jalah High School 117 no. Sapmari JB School, Kokrajhar 130 polling booth at Tilpukhuri LP School, North Abhayapuri Pertaining to such inevitable hindrances, voting had to started much later than the stipulated time of 7 am in the morning. Voters who had queued up early in the morning had to face problems in view of the dysfunctional EVMs.
BJP alliance Party Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio pledges support to Rahul Gandhi
 Bhupen Goswami (22/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : In a shocking twist, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, whose Government is in an alliance with the BJP, has pledged his support to Congress President Rahul Gandhi in case the Congress party forms a Government at the Centre. This came to light after a ‘Top Confidential’ letter that Rio had written to the Congress leader reached InsideNE where the Chief Minister has apparently pledged his support to the Congress in case they form the Government at the Centre at the conclusion of the ongoing elections. This ‘top confidential’ letter is a big deal because Rio’s National Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), which came into existence in October 2017, is affiliated with the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the anti-Congress coalition convened by Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Rio’s apparent willingness to desert the NEDA in case of a Congress victory shows that for many of these North-Eastern regional parties, the NEDA has served its purpose and is seen as a declining power in the region. The ‘Top Confidential’ letter addressed to Rahul Gandhi reads: “Consequent to our telephonic conversation, the Coalition partners of the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government in Nagaland have taken place. The matter of forging an alliance with the Indian National Congress (INC) and to be part of a secular Government under your dynamic leadership, in the event of Government at the Centre is agreed upon in principle.” Moreover, Rio, in the letter stated that after seven MLAs from the opposition NPF party “joined hands” with the PDA Government, more are expected to soon follow suit. Further, Rio stated that the PDA Consensus candidate Tokheho Yepthomi would win the Nagaland Lok Sabha seat with a “thumping majority”.“With this in view, as stated above, the understanding between us is agreed upon in principle and you may kindly consider our acceptance to support your leadership in the event of Government formation after the Lok Sabha elections”, states Rio. It may be mentioned that the use of the word “secular” in the letter shows that the people in the Nagaland region see the BJP party as a ‘Hindu’ party, especially after the ruckus over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill which sought to grant citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Whereas, in reaction to this, the NDPP has released a statement stating, “The propagators of false propaganda and lies have once created false and fake document by forging the signatures of the Chief Minister and NDPP president.They have created fake documents and the content of the fake letter are completely ridiculous and deserve no explanation nor any comment. In their frustration, due to total failure and desperation, our adversaries have once again attempted to create confusion by creating such fake news This latest strategy of our adversaries exposes the fact the that they have completely run out of vision and political direction and have completely failed to provide any semblance of leadership. The matter will be dealt with in the most serious manner and appropriate action as per the laws of the land will be taken up. The party will file an FIR and ensure that such actions are punished in the most severe manner.”
Imphal : Two hand grenades were found right in front of a school
 Bhupen Goswami (22/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Disaster averted as bomb squads diffuse 2 grenades found near Manipur school.In a shocking development in Manipur capital Imphal, two hand grenades were found right in front of a school on Monday. Police sources said a report that the two hand grenades were found outside the gate of the girls’ only Little Flower School located in Imphal West district. It has been reported that the bombs were diffused by the bomb squad after they were alerted by school authorities. It is not yet known who is responsible for planting the bombs. Although the alertness of the bomb squad prevented a major disaster from happening, this incident shows that terrorists, who target the most vulnerable, are nothing but cowards.
First time in the history of Assam forest :Supreme Court Removes Assam Forest Top Boss
 Bhupen Goswami (20/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :Assam Forest department is an a major chaos as the court removed the Principal Chief Conservator of forest Dr A. M.Singh and appointed Dr Abhijit Rabha, who was bye passed despite Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal signing his appointment order. This is for the first time in the history of Assam forest, the top man was removed by the court. However the charge was not yet handed over til last night and plans are afoot to challenge the CAt order at the Supreme Court. The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed posting of Dr Abhijit Rabha, who is currently serving as Special PCCF in the Forest Circle of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), as Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) & Head of Forest Force (HoFF), Assam. At this moment, Dr. A.M.M Singh a junior officer was appointed by the coterie led by the Chief Secretary Alok Kumar overruling Chief Minister Sarbabanda Sonoiwal’s choice of Dr Rabha. An aggrieved Dr Rabha approached the court and got the order. However the coterie is expected to challenge the verdict of the CAT at the Supreme Court and hence the charge was not handed over till last night despite the CAT order which came almost a week back. Dr Rabha, an officer of 1984 (DR) batch of Indian Forest Service (IFS), being aggrieved at not being considered for promotion to the post of PCCF & HoFF, Assam by the Special Selection Committee that had met on September 26, 2018, challenged his non-selection before the CAT. His argument before the CAT was that he being the senior most IFS officer in the cadre, was deprived of his due promotion to the post of PCCF & HoFF despite the fact that he met the eligibility criteria for the said post. It may be mentioned that a major allegation of malafide action was also brought against the Principal Secretary to the Government of Assam, Environment and Forests Department and the chairman and the members of the Special Selection Committee vis-a-vis selection of Dr Rabha to the post of PCCF & HoFF, Assam. In response to the allegation, the Special Selection Committee brought some claims and allegations against Dr Rabha, declaring him to be unfit for the said post because of some departmental proceedings pending against him. The Committee also mentioned a few other reasons for Dr Rabha’s ineligibility for the post. But the CAT in its judgement, declined the Selection Committee’s claims, finding some discrepancies in them. In the said judgement and order dated 12th April, 2019, the CAT gave a detailed direction to the respondent government to immediately reconsider the case of Dr Rabha in the apex scale of PCCF & HoFF within a time limit. The CAT also directed that Dr Rabha be given charge of PCCF & HoFF, Assam forthwith in place of the in-charge PCCF & HoFF AM Singh, who is junior to Dr Rabha in the cadre of PCCF.
72.41% polling percentage in Assam till now
 Bhupen Goswami (18/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :The election is on in full swing in the country to decide the representatives of 95 Constituencies in eleven states across the nation. Meanwhile, official figures reveal that over 60% of voters in the five Constituencies have already cast their franchise. Polling percentages per Constituency as of 3 pm are: Karimganj – 71.72% Silchar – 68.77% Autonomous Districts – 71.56% Mangaldoi – 73.69% Nowgong – 70.80% Meanwhile, long queues were seen forming outside polling booths and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has meanwhile urged people of the country, and especially the youth, to head out and vote. The Prime Minister said: ” Thursday: “Dear Citizens of India, Phase 2 of the Lok Sabha polls start today. I am sure all those whose seats are polling today will strengthen our democracy by exercising their franchise. I hope more youngsters head to the polling booths and vote!”
Phase-II:Big Fights , Voters To Decide Electoral Fate Of 50 Assam Candidates
 Bhupen Goswami (18/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :As many as 69,10,592 voters including 33,55,952 female voters will decide the electoral fate of 50 candidates in the second phase of Lok Sabha Elections of the five seats in Assam. There are as many as 14 candidates in the fray for the Karimganj LS seat, while 13 candidates are in fray for the Silchar seat. Similarly, for Autonomous District (Diphu) seat, there are 5 candidates in the fray and 11 and 7 candidates are in fray for Mangaldoi as well as for Nowgong constituencies respectively. There will be a triangular contest between Congress, BJP and AIUDF for the Karimganj seat and straight contest between Congress and BJP in the remaining four seats. BJP’s decision to implement the CAB is likely to reversely affect the voters in Nowgong and Mangaldoi. And hence the phase-II of the polls are likely to be tough for the saffron party. Out of these five constituencies, Nowgong and Mangaldoi are in BJP’s hold, whereas Congress has two MPs in Silchar and Autonomous District constituencies. AIUDF has Karimganj constituency in its hand. The BJP has denied tickets to both the sitting MPs in Mangaldoi and Nowgong and fielded youth leader Dilip Saikia from Mangaldoi and Rupak Sharma from Nowgong. Sitting MP of Nowgong, Rajen Gohain was not seen campaigning wholeheartedly for Rupak Sharma. In last two elections, AIUDF has divided the votes and indirectly cleared the path for the BJP candidate to win in Nowgong. But Badruddin Ajmal-led party has not fielded any candidates from the Nowgong seat in this election. There are 17,90,684 voters in Nowgong, out of which around 5.25 lakhs are religious minorities. BJP has their hold in Mangaldoi since 2009 but due to the CAB issue, the party denied ticket to sitting MP Ramen Deka and fielded youth leader Dilip Saikia from the seat. On the other hand, Congress has fielded Rajya Sabha MP and senior party leader Bhubaneswar Kalita from the seat. Kalita has been vocal against the CAB in Rajya Sabha. He is also a former Minister of Assam. AIUDF has not fielded any candidates from the seat and the religious minorities are seems to be in favour of Congress. Kalita has already drawn the attention of voters from the minority dominated assembly constituencies like Dalgaon, Mangaldoi, Sipajhar etc. However, BJP has been continuously trying to attract the Bodo voters with the help of its ally BPF. The party is also hopeful with the voters of Nalbari, Rangiya and Kamalpur etc. assembly constituencies. There are 17,95,529 voters in Mangaldoi. Hence there will be a tough fight between BJP and Congress in this constituency. On the other hand, the fight for the Autonomous District LS seat is unpredictable as the political parties have failed to attract the voters with new promises. The leaders of the political parties seemed to be engaged in war of words among them during the campaigning process. There are more than 7 lakh voters in the constituencies and the major fight is in between Congress and BJP. After CM Sarbananda Sonowal, Ram Madhav, Angoorlata Deka, Hagrama Mohilary and Biswajit Daimary, Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also campaigned for BJP candidate Horen Sing Bey in Diphu and Baithalangso. BJP is ruling both the autonomous councils under the constituency. Interestingly, Congress has not organised any mega rally in support of Biren Singh Engti in the constituency. There was a hype that party president Rahul Gandhi would take part in a campaign for Engti, but expectation of the Congress workers went in vain as Rahul did not turn up for campaign in support of Engti. The party has organised several small meetings across the constituency in support of their candidate. Ahead of the election, former MLA Samarjit Haflongbar has joined the Congress and recently CPI (ML) and HSDC have extended their support to Engti. On the other hand, several Congress leaders, who were the supporters of Congress ticket contender Khorsing Engti, have joined the BJP. However, Khorsing Engti took part in two election meetings at Laharijan and Howraghat under Bokajan assembly constituency. Biren Singh Engti tried to attract the non-tribal voters during his campaign. Meanwhile, BJP candidate Horen Sing Bey has been opposing the proposed ST (Hills) status to Bodo communities living in the constituency. BJP government in the Centre has been taking initiative to grant ST (Hills) status to the Bodo communities living in the constituency. Notably, the newly formed rebel organization DNLA has called for 36-hour bandh during the time of polling. Though BJP candidate Horen Sing Bey is emerging as more powerful among the five candidates; Congress’ sitting MP Biren Singh Engti and ASDC’s Holiram Terang are also likely to give tough fight to the saffron candidate. There are 7,95,085 voters in the constituency. Meanwhile, 13 candidates are in fray for the Silchar Lok Sabha seat and there are 11,91,289 voters in the constituency. BJP has fielded Rajdeep Roy against Congress’ sitting MP Sushmita Dev. Both of them belong to linguistic minority community. There are large numbers of linguistic minorities in the constituency and hence sitting MP Sushmita Dev was not seen opposing the CAB inside or outside the parliament. Though the Congress has opposed the Bill in Brahmaputra valley, the party leaders including Sushmita Dev, Kamalakhya Purukayastha supported it in Barak valley. Apart from linguistic minorities, religious minorities also play a vital role in the constituency. For two occasions, PM Narendra Modi has campaigned for BJP candidate Rajdeep Roy, while Priyanka Gandhi took part in a rally in support of Sushmita in the constituency. With several road-shows by both ruling and opposition party, the Silchar constituency has already become a high-profile seat for this elections. On the other hand, there will be triangular contest in Karimganj. There are 13,38,005 voter in the constituency and the constituency is reserved for SC. AIUDF has fielded its sitting MP Radheshyam Biswas from the seat, while BJP fielded Kripanath Mallah and Congress’ has fielded new candidate Swarup Das. Apart from linguistic minorities and religious minorities, the tea tribe voters also play a deciding role the constituency. AIUDF’s Radheshyam Biswas has the dominance over the religious minorities in the constituency. The votes of the religious minorities might get divided between Congress and AIUDF and BJP is expecting to take that chance. Meanwhile its mention hear that as per report Polling has been underway in five parliamentary constituencies of Assam; Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous District, Mangaldoi and Nowgong. There are 50 candidates in the fray for the five seats. Here are the key fights in these constituencies: Karimganj: As many as 14 candidates are in the fray for the Karimganj Lok Sabha constituency. BJP candidate Kripanath Mallah and Congress’ candidate Swarup Das will contest election from the seat against sitting MP of AIUDF, Radheshyam Biswas. Silchar: In Silchar, there are 13 candidates in the fray for the seat. Congress’ sitting MP Sushmita Dev will fight against BJP’s Rajdeep Roy from the seat. Autonomous District: There are 5 candidates in the fray for the Autonomous District Lok Sabha seat. BJP candidate Horen Sing Bey will contest against Congress’ sitting MP Biren Singh Engti. Mangaldoi: In Mangaldoi, there are as many as 11 candidates in the fray for the seat. Congress’ Bhubaneswar Kalita will contest against BJP’s Dilip Saikia for the seat. Nowgong: There are 7 candidates in the fray for the Nowgong Lok Sabha constituency. Congress’ Pradyut Bordoloi will fight for the seat against BJP’s Rupak Sharma.
AASU To Continue Protest Against CAB,Himanta Is Assam’s Hitler : Tarun Gogoi
 Bhupen Goswami (18/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :Former Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi slammed Finance Minister of Assam Himata Biswa Sarma on Thursday and referred him as ‘Hitler of Assam’. Gogoi said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led government has pushed Assam to an unfortunate turmoil. Talking about Himant’s statement on BJP to change Assam’s fate in 20 years,Gogoi urged BJP to focus more on their performance and run the government smoothly. The former Chief Minister also said the BJP government has become paralyzed and hence the students of the state are made to take the streets and protest.Gogoi said the BJP government has turned fascist and have started crushing democracy. Recalling the old days Gogoi said ‘ Even I was waved black flags during my tenure” Gogoi also alleged that the BJP government do not care about the interest of the indigenous people and the government through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 has created conflict between the Bengali and Assamese community. There has been a constant competition between Himanta Biswa Sarma and Sarbananda Sonowal of who can be more loyal to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) said Gogoi. Gogoi added, no Chief Minister in the History of Assam stood against the interest of the indigenous people except Sarbananda Sonowal. Lambasting Narendra Modi, Gogoi said, “Modi is frightened with handing over responsibility to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as general secretary for Uttar Pradesh East ahead of the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. Meanwhile AASU chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya said that AASU and other students’ organizations will continue their protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. His remarks came after BJP general secretary Ram Madhav reiterated the commitment of the BJP to bring CAB in the parliament. Madhav has also said that BJP will implement the CAB within July. Notably, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is also going to be published in the same month. AASU, which led the anti-bill protests across the State, vowed to continue its agitation if the BJP attempt to re-introduce the bill. “We won’t accept it. It’s a communal bill. It is unconstitutional and violates the Assam Accord. This legislation will wreck the language, culture and identity of the indigenous people. We will continue with our protest. No one has the right to play with the future of the indigenous people,” said Samujjal Bhattacharya. He also added that BJP’s decision is a total disrespect to the indigenous people of NE region. “BJP aims to snatch away the rights of indigenous people. So opposing the Bill, the students’ organizations of all the seven States will stage protest, added Bhattacharya.
Manipur Set to Create History With All Women Polling Booths
 Bhupen Goswami (18/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Manipur is represented by two parliamentary constituencies- inner Manipur and outer Manipur (ST reserved). The first phase for outer Manipur was held on April 11. Manipur has a population of roughly 2.8 million, of which 19, 59,429 are eligible to vote. While 10,31,803 voters belonged to the Outer Manipur seat, which had already gone to polls in the first phase on April 11, 9,27,626 will vote to elect their representative for the Inner Manipur seat during the second phase on Today. The stage has been set for the second phase polling for the second phase Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency across 1300 polling stations under 32 assembly constituencies in Manipur’s four valley districts today on April 18. This time round, in Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency, around 138 polling stations including 38 polling stations under Yaiskul Assembly Constituency in Imphal East district and 40 polling stations under Bishnupur Assembly constituency in Bishnupur district will be manned by women polling personnel. This will enter the history books, with the state being the first in the country to introduce all-women polling booths in an entire assembly constituency. While such booths have been set up in other places too, Manipur takes the cake by having an entire assembly segment managed completely by women poll officers. Rangitabati Waikhom, deputy commissioner of Imphal East district – who happens to be a women officer gave the idea of all women polling station in one assembly segment, PK Singh, chief electoral officer of the state . PK Singh, chief electoral officer of the state, says: “Manipur is known for its female power. Most movements on social issues have been headed by the Manipuri women. We thought election is the right time to showcase this power through this kind of an arrangement. Interestingly, the district election officer and AROs were keen to set up as many all-women polling stations as possible. The selected ones were made to undergo a series of rigorous theoretical and practical trainings. The faith Waikhom bestowed on them and on their capabilities gradually transformed their confidence. Linda Lalhuinem, a higher secondary teacher who will be officiating the poll procedures for the first time, says she is a little nervous but confident. “It is a good platform for women’s empowerment because it shows they can play an equal part as men. It is a big step taken by the Manipur government. I’m proud to be a part of it,” Lalhuinem says. Summi, another first-timer on election duty, echoes the same confidence. “It is the right time to show to men that women can do everything too. We will try our best to outdo them,” said Summi, who has been assigned the job of a presiding officer. PK Singh points out that these polling stations were tested during the first phase in the Outer Manipur Seat in Churachandpur and Senapati districts, and the exercise proved to be a huge success. “This is possibly because women command a lot of respect in the society and their efficiency is well known,” Singh says. For free and fair elections, out of the 1,300 polling stations for the Inner Manipur Seat, 56 have been identified as hypersensitive and 54 as sensitive. While 90 companies of central armed police forces were deployed in the first phase, 44 companies of the central forces will be on duty for the Inner Manipur seat and 19 re-polls ordered for the Outer Manipur seat that will be conducted together with the second phase on April 18. A total of 11 candidates are in the fray for the Inner Manipur seat, which is pitched as a four-corner fight between the BJP, Congress, CPI and Manipur film star, RK Somendro, who is fighting on an independent ticket. The Outer Manipur seat had 8 candidates fighting to represent the hills.
Sufferings Of Police Photograph showing ‘deplorable’ condition of ‘jawans’ goes viral
 Bhupen Goswami (17/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Police forces have been playing a significant role in election process, despite the weary conditions of jawans protecting the democracy from unimaginable conditions taking a back seat, but a Facebook post raises uncomfortable questions about governance. In a facebook post gone viral, an Assam Police constable is seen exposing the rot in the system by revealing the deeply ingrained anomalies in the higher order, saying that the troops there are not even getting basic camping facility during polling duties. The FB post rightly led to an outrage on social media.The seven-phase mega election is underway in the world’s largest democracy, India. This election will decide who will sit on the thrones at the end of the process, but while the discussions turn towards netas and abhinetas, the common man tends to get overlooked. Security personnel, who make the conduct of “free and fair” elections possible, are among these ‘unsung heroes’. On Tuesday, a Facebook post by an Assamese Police jawan who is currently deployed in Cachar (under Silchar Constituency) has blown up social media. The pictures posted on social media shows that the personnel are being deprived of even the basic camping facilities. The post shows the deplorable conditions in which these jawans are being lodged in the state. In the pictures, a large hall can be seen where many jawans are loitering. The waterlogged hall is apparently being used by the jawans as their place of cooking, bathing, and sleeping. One glance at the hall would make one shudder due to the lack of hygiene.This single picture shows the callousness towards the protectors of democracy, the jawans. The administration has been heavily condemned by netizens after this photograph went viral, while some expressed hope that things will change for the better in the future. Any responsible citizen would say that the Government should take note of the hardships faced by the jawans and take measures to remedy the issue.
Storm Swept Lower & Middle Assam,Trail Of Destruction Maximum damage from Nagaon
 Bhupen Goswami (17/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : An early morning storm coupled with 100 km per hour speedy gale has left a trail of destruction in lower and central Assam as details are collected. The tree fell in the Silghat-Nagaon section of the NF railway near Salna disrupting the train service. The work is going on for early restoration as sketchy details emerging from rural Assam suggest that maximum damage has come from the Nagaon district so far. Video Player 00:00 00:10 The gale started at 0300 hours and turned to a storm by 0330 damaging thousands of houses and uprooted the trees. The loss of life and injuries are yet to emerge. In Guwahati city, almost all the Bihu pandals were completely damaged as the cultural evening program was about to wind up when the organizers hurriedly closed it. The Chandmari Bihutoli was completely damaged and it will need serious repairing today for the final day of the cultural function. Here is a picture, which shows nothing wrong at a first glance. But if you look closely you will find dozens of hoardings blown away by the storm.A storm, followed by heavy rains, left several Bihu pandals, houses damaged, dozens of hoardings blown away and trees, along with electric poles uprooted in various parts of the State on Wednesday morning. However no casualty was reported so far.The Chandmari, Maligaon as well as Latasil bihu pandals in Guwahati were completely damaged. Several big trees were uprooted in Dighalipukhuri and in Senikuthi area. A large number of birds’ nests were also seen damaged. On the other hand, the storm and rains has also damaged several houses in other parts of the State including Tihu, Kaliabor, Kampur, Golaghat, Nagaon, North Guwahati and other places. In Nagaon three people sustained injuries following the storm.
Cash seizure by Investigation Directorate crosses Rs 7.33 crore in North East
 Bhupen Goswami (17/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :Continuing its intense drive to attack unexplained cash during on-going election process, the Investigation Directorate of Income Tax, North East Region has so far made seizures of Rs. 7.33 crores from the date of announcement of polls by Election Commission. This massive haul during the brief period of last one month far exceeds cash seizures of Rs. 1.21 crores made by the Directorate during 2014 general elections and is already 605% of the total amount seized in the previous elections. It is significant that nearly 75% of seizures have taken place just in the past two weeks and include operations based on independent intelligence against moneylenders and interceptions at airports by the Directorate’s Air Intelligence Units across the 7 sister states of North East. Principal Director of NER, Shri Sanjay Bahadur held a meeting with all officers of the Investigation Directorate to deliberate strategies for further tightening election expenditure monitoring process in the upcoming 2 nd and 3 rd phases of polling in the region. Following that, Shri Subhrajyoti Bhattacharjee, Additional Director and Nodal Officer has repositioned officials from constituencies where polling has finished in the first phase and deployed them in the remaining poll bound constituencies. All the 12 Air Intelligence Units functioning under Shri Mrinal K. Das, Joint Director, will remain active across North East till 23 rd of April, the last poll dates in the region. AIU is also monitoring unscheduled and chartered private flights at all airports and Income Tax Surveillance Teams have asked state district authorities to alert them of helicopter landings in the districts. A Special Task Force is being constituted to investigate hundreds of suspicious bank transactions involving high value cash deposits and withdrawals.
36-hour ‘bandh’ in Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong , Phase-II: All You Need To Know About 5 Assam LS Seats,Campaigning Ending Today
 Bhupen Goswami (16/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : With only two days left for the second phase of polling of Lok Sabha elections, the political parties as well as the candidates across the country stepped up campaigning. The campaigning for the second phase will end on Tuesday. 97 parliamentary constituencies spread over 13 States and Union Territories will go to polls in this phase on April 18. In Assam, five parliamentary constituencies will go to polls in this phase. The constituencies are: Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous District, Mangaldoi and Nowgong. Here are some details about the constituencies: Karimganj: As many as 14 candidates are in the fray for the Karimganj Lok Sabha constituency. BJP candidate Kripanath Mallah and Congress’ candidate Swarup Das will contest election from the seat against sitting MP of AIUDF, Radheshyam Biswas. Total voters: 13,38,005 Male voters: 6,96,638 Female voters: 6,41,349 Transgender voters: 18 Total polling stations: 1,721 Assembly Constituencies: Ratabari (SC), Patharkandi, Karimganj North, Karimganj South, Badarpur, Hailakandi, Katlicherra, Algapur.In all the four of the five seats, it would be a direct contest between BJP and Congress and only in Karimganj seat, it would be a three-way contest with AIUDF, Congress, and BJP. The BJP’s campaign is much more visible than the Congress with Dr. Sharma as the star campaigner adding the spice in the electioneering with relentless evening road shows from Silchar to Mangaldoi. However, in Silchar, the Priyanka Gandhi road show stole the limelight. Meanwhile, the election materials for the remote polling booths have already left but the inclement weather has hampered the progress as some areas of Karbi Anglog , Halflong is very remote and need trekking. Here are the brief details of the Phase-II Silchar: In Silchar, there are 13 candidates in the fray for the seat. Congress’ sitting MP Sushmita Dev will fight against BJP’s Rajdeep Roy from the seat. Total voters: 11,91,289 Male voters: 6,13,931 Female voters: 5,77,283 Transgender voters: 75 Total polling stations: 1,461 Assembly Constituencies: Silchar, Sonai, Dholai (SC), Udharbond, Lakhipur, Barkhola, Katigorah. Autonomous District: There are 5 candidates in the fray for the Autonomous District Lok Sabha seat. BJP candidate Horen Sing Bey will contest against Congress’ sitting MP Biren Singh Engti. Total voters: 7,95,085 Male voters: 4,04,528 Female voters: 3,90,551 Transgender voters: 6 Polling stations: 1,174 Assembly Constituencies: Haflong (ST), Bokajan (ST), Howraghat (ST), Diphu (ST), Baithalangso (ST). Mangaldoi: In Mangaldoi, there are as many as 11 candidates in the fray for the seat. Congress’ Bhubaneswar Kalita will contest against BJP’s Dilip Saikia for the seat. Total voters: 17,95,529 Male voters: 9,20,977 Female voters: 8,74,520 Transgender voters: 32 Total polling stations: 2,353 Assembly Constituencies: Kamalpur, Rangiya, Nalbari, Paneri (ST), Kalaigaon, Sipajhar, Mangaldoi (SC), Dalgaon, Udalguri (ST), Majbat. Nowgong: There are 7 candidates in the fray for the Nowgong Lok Sabha constituency. Congress’ Pradyut Bordoloi will fight for the seat against BJP’s Rupak Sharma. Total voters: 17,90,684 Male voters: 9,18,386 Female voters: 8,72,249 Transgender voters: 49 Total polling stations: 2,283 Assembly Constituencies: Jagiroad (SC), Marigaon, Laharighat, Raha (SC), Nowgong, Barhampur, Jamunamukh, Hojai, Lumding. Meanwhile Yet another armed militant organization has reared its head in the North-Eastern region of India, which is generally perceived to be a ‘disturbed region’ by academic pundits. The latest armed organization is called the ‘Dimasa National Liberation Army’. The group has also called a 36-hours bandh in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts from 5 pm on 17 April onwards in a statement issued on April 15. Ringsmai Dimasa, the Information and Publicity Secretary of the Dimasa Peoples’ Supreme Council/ Dimasa National Liberation Army Dimasa released a statement. It reads: “With revolutionary greetings and warm wishes, I the undersigned on behalf of the organization do hereby would like to inform you all that the Dimasa Tribe of the India unitedly formed an Armed Revolutionary under the name and style of ‘Dimasa National Liberation Army’ (DNLA).” The organization sets its goals as follows: “To develop a sense of brotherhood among the Dimasa and also to rebuild the trust and faith among the Dimasa society for regaining the Dimasa kingdom.” The organization has also established a ‘government in exile’ called ‘Dimasa People’s Supreme Council which will interact with formal and non-formal media. “The general assembly held at deep forest has hoped to revamp our national struggle and declare to fight for the liberation of sovereign, independent Dimasa nation with strengthening our policy. We all are determined to our culture, language, and historical right”, read the communique. It may be mentioned that Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong will head to the polls on April 18 as the two autonomous districts constitute the Autonomous Council Constituency.
Priyanka’s Road Show In Silchar
 Bhupen Goswami (16/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The day after BJP’s roadshow at Silchar, the Congress today unrolled Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in a desperate bid to win the Silchar seat and she delivered with aplomb.if the sheer number of the roadshow is the barometer of the actual vote then Sushmita has a lot to laugh as her supporters literally swamped the Silchar city filling almost all the roads. It was a show of strength that even opposition also accepted as substantial. Literally whole of Silchar came out to see Priyanka gandhi and that should send jittery to the BJP camp, which is plagued by internal rift amongst the local leaders.The Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev is fighting a tough battle against BJP’s Dr Rajdeep Roy.She is battling both anti-incumbency and likely fallout of Congress’ opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) as she seeks another Lok Sabha term. Silchar in Barak Valley will vote in the second phase on April 18. Priyanka held a two-hour road show on Sunday, a day before the Bengali speaking Barak Valley celebrates Bengali New Year.Last week, Congress President Rahul Gandhi sought a second term for Sushmita Dev as he addressed a rally in neighboring Karimganj constituency. He did not bring up the CAB. While the CAB had wide support in Cachar and Karimganj districts, it had sparked strong opposition in the rest of the northeast. The bill lapsed in February after failing to make it to the Rajya Sabha,
Three Dead, Many Injured In Manipur Thunderstorm
 Bhupen Goswami (16/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : At least three people died on Monday at different places while at least ten school going students were injured following a massive thunderstorm and high speed wind, that swept Manipur today morning, officials said.In Churanchandpur district, at K Salemjang village, two woman aged 74 and 50 died after their houses collapsed as a result of the strong wind. Several houses and market sheds were also damaged during the natural calamity that occurred at around 10 am this morning.The high speed wind also claimed the life of a woman in Kakching district. The women vendor died after a tree adjacent to her hotel fell and crushed her. Elsewhere, at two different schools in Kumbi and Kwakta in Bishnupur district, at least ten students were injured due to the high velocity wind. They have been hospitalized. Officials further said that it is quite early to calculate the extent of damage, loss of properties and the estimated amount of money lost as of now. Meanwhile, Chief Electoral Officer PK Singh has informed the Election Commission that “immediate relief measures will be required” as just three days are there to go for the second phase of the Parliamentary election. He also strongly cautioned that no political parties cannot be involved in taking up relief works and that measures will be taken up through official machinery.Chief Minister N Biren Singh, who visited some affected areas, said three people were confirmed dead – two in Churachandpur and one in Kakching districts.“Efforts are being made by the administration to set up relief camps in the affected districts. In Kakching, 40 families have been displaced and they were being sheltered in relief camps,” she added. Chief Secretary Suresh Babu said the information was being collected from across the state.
Priyanka Gandhi Alleges BJP Of Disrespecting Constitution
 Bhupen Goswami (16/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra alleged the BJP of disrespecting the Indian Constitution and making an attempt of destroying it by the current exemptions. Priyanka also alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi of spending less time in his constituency in Varanasi, being busy touring the world.the Congress leader held a roadshow in Silchar to campaign for Congress candidate Sushmita Dev, during which she urged people to defeat the BJP-led government, adding that the government does not listen to people’s opinion, does not try to understand their problems and only wants to enjoy power. The Congress’ general secretary also criticised the NDA government for its “flawed policies and intentions” in the last five years citing instances such as the withdrawal of the Special Status to Assam, snapping of the north east-specific industrial policy and suspension of two paper mills in the state. Gandhi also urged the people of Silchar to go through the party manifestos carefully before deciding on their votes.
रोंगाली बिहु या बोहाग बिहु असम का एक महत्वपूर्ण गौरवपूर्ण परंपरा की पहचान
 भूपेन गोस्वामी (13/04/2019)
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 गुवाहाटी : असम सिर्फ एक प्रदेश का नाम नहीं, प्राकृतिक सौंदर्य, प्रेम, विभिन्न संस्कृतियों इत्यादि की झलक का प्रतीक है। असम की ढेर सारी संस्कृतियों में से बिहू एक ऐसी परंपरा है जो यहां का गौरव है। असम में मनाए जाने वाले बिहू मुख्यतः तीन प्रकार के होते हैं... रोंगाली बिहु या बोहाग बिहु - असमिया कैलेंडर बैसाख महीने से शुरू होता है जो अंग्रेजी माह के अप्रैल महीने के मध्य में शुरू होता है और यह बिहू सात दिन तक अलग-अलग रीति-रीवाज के साथ मनाया जाता है। बैसाख महीने का संक्रांति से बोहाग बिहू शुरू होता है। इसमें प्रथम दिन को गाय बिहू कहा जाता है। इस दिन लोग सुबह अपनी-अपनी गायों को नदी में ले जाकर नहलाते हैं। गायों को नहलाने के लिए रात में ही भिगो कर रखी गई कलई दाल और कच्ची हल्दी का इस्तेमाल किया जाता है। उसके बाद वहीं पर उन्हें लौकी, बैंगन आदि खिलाया जाता है। माना जाता है कि ऐसा करने से साल भर गाएं कुशलपूर्वक रहती हैं। शाम के समय जहां गाय रखी जाती हैं, वहां गाय को नई रस्सी से बांधा जाता है और नाना तरह के औषधि वाले पेड़-पौधे जला कर मच्छर-मक्खी भगाए जाते हैं। इस दिन लोग दिन में चावल नहीं खाते, केवल दही चिवड़ा ही खाते हैं।पहले बैसाख में आदमी का बिहू शुरू होता है। उस दिन भी सभी लोग कच्ची हल्दी से नहाकर नए कपड़े पहन कर पूजा-पाठ करके दही चिवड़ा एवं नाना तरह के पेठा-लडडू इत्यादि खाते हैं। इसी दिन से असमिया लोगों का नया साल आरंभ माना जाता है। इसी दौरान सात दिन के अंदर 101 तरह के हरी पत्तियों वाला साग खाने की भी रीति है। इस बिहू का दूसरा महत्व है कि उसी समय धरती पर बारिश की पहली बूंदें पड़ती हैं और पृथ्वी नए रूप से सजती है। जीव-जंतु एवं पक्षी भी नई जिंदगी शुरू करते हैं। नई फसल आने की हर तरह तैयारी होती है। इस बिहू के अवसर पर संक्रांति के दिन से बिहू नाच नाचते हैं। इसमें 20-25 की मंडली होती है जिसमें युवक एवं युवतियां साथ-साथ ढोल, पेपा, गगना, ताल, बांसुरी इत्यादि के साथ अपने पारंपरिक परिधान में एक साथ बिहू करते हैं। बिहू आज कल बहुत दिनों तक जगह-जगह पर मनाया जाता है। बिहू के दौरान ही युवक एवं युवतियां अपने मनपसंद जीवन साथी को चुनते हैं और अपनी जिंदगी नए सिरे से शुरू करते हैं इसलिए असम में बैसाख महीने में ज्यादातर विवाह संपन्न होते हैं। बिहू के समय में गांव में विभिन्न तरह के खेल-तमाशों का आयोजन किया जाता है । इसके साथ-साथ खेती में पहली बार के लिए हल भी जोता जाता है। बिहू नाच के लिए जो ढोल व्यवहार किया जाता है उसका भी एक महत्व है। कहा जाता है कि ढोल की आवाज से आकाश में बादल आ जाते हैं और बारिश शुरू हो जाती है जिसके कारण खेती अच्छी होती है। बिहु नृत्य में प्रयुक्त उपकरण ढोल (ड्रम),ताल,पेपा (भैंस के सींग से बना एक वाद्य यंत्र),टोका,बाँहि (बांसुरी),क्शुतुली,गोगोना असम के तीन अलग सांस्कृतिक उत्सवों के एक समूह को दर्शाता है और दुनिया भर के असमी प्रवासी इसे धूमधाम से मनाते हैं। यद्यपि वे प्राचीन संस्कार और प्रथाओं को उनके मूल मानते है हालांकि उन लोगो ने निश्चित शहरी सुविधाओं को अपना लिया है और हाल की दशकों में शहरी और लोकप्रिय त्योहार बन गए हैं। उनमें से एक में अप्रैल में मनाये जाने वाले असमिया नव वर्ष भी शामिल है। बिहु शब्द बिहु नृत्य और बिहू लोक गीत दोनो की और संकेत करते है। रोंगाली बिहु या बोहाग बिहु असम का एक महत्वपूर्ण त्योहार है। बिहु असम के सबसे महत्वपूर्ण त्यौहार है, जो सभी असमियों द्वारा बहुतायत में मस्ती के साथ मनाया जाता है बिना उनके जाति, धर्म और विश्वास में भेद किये। बिहु शब्द दिमासा लोगों की भाषा से ली गई है जो की प्राचीन काल से एक कृषि समुदाय है। उनकी सर्वोच्च देवता ब्राई शिबराई या पिता शिबराई हैं। मौसम की पहली फसल अपनी शांति और समृद्धि की कामना करते हुए ब्राई शिबराई के नाम पर अर्पित किया जाता हैं। तो 'बि' मतलब 'पुछना' और 'शु' मतलब पृथ्वी में 'शांति और समृद्धि' हैं। अत: शब्दै बिशु धीरे-धीरे भाषाई तहजीह को समायोजित करने के लिये बिहु बन गया। अन्य सुझाव यह हैं कि 'बि' मतलब 'पुछ्ना' और 'हु' मतलब 'देना' और वही से बिहु नाम उत्पन्न हुआ। यह " कलागुरु " विष्णु प्रसाद राभा द्वारा कहा गया था। असम में रोंगाली बिहू बहुत सारे परंपराओं से ली जाती हैं जैसे की- बर्मी-चीन, ऑस्ट्रो - एशियाटिक, हिंद-आर्यन- और बड़े ही उत्साह के साथ मनाया जाता हैं। त्योहार अप्रैल के मध्य में शुरू होता हैं और आम तौर पर एक महीने के लिए जारी रह्ता हैं। यह पारंपरिक नव वर्ष है। इसके अलावा दो और बिहु हैं: अक्टूबर में कोंगाली बिहु (सितम्बर विषुव के साथ जुड़े) और जनवरी में भोगाली बिहु (जनवरी संक्रांति से जुड़े)। अधिकांश अन्य भारतीय त्योहारों की तरह, बिहू (तीनों ही) खेती के साथ जुड़ा हुआ हैं, जैसे की पारंपरिक असमिया समाज मुख्य रूप से कृषि पर ही निर्भरीत हैं। वास्तव में, वैसा ही बहुत सारे उत्सब लगभग उसी वक्त पे पुरे भारतबर्श में मनाया जाता हैं।
रोंगाली बिहु या बोहाग बिहु असम का एक महत्वपूर्ण गौरवपूर्ण परंपरा की पहचान
 भूपेन गोस्वामी (13/04/2019)
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 गुवाहाटी : असम सिर्फ एक प्रदेश का नाम नहीं, प्राकृतिक सौंदर्य, प्रेम, विभिन्न संस्कृतियों इत्यादि की झलक का प्रतीक है। असम की ढेर सारी संस्कृतियों में से बिहू एक ऐसी परंपरा है जो यहां का गौरव है। असम में मनाए जाने वाले बिहू मुख्यतः तीन प्रकार के होते हैं... रोंगाली बिहु या बोहाग बिहु - असमिया कैलेंडर बैसाख महीने से शुरू होता है जो अंग्रेजी माह के अप्रैल महीने के मध्य में शुरू होता है और यह बिहू सात दिन तक अलग-अलग रीति-रीवाज के साथ मनाया जाता है। बैसाख महीने का संक्रांति से बोहाग बिहू शुरू होता है। इसमें प्रथम दिन को गाय बिहू कहा जाता है। इस दिन लोग सुबह अपनी-अपनी गायों को नदी में ले जाकर नहलाते हैं। गायों को नहलाने के लिए रात में ही भिगो कर रखी गई कलई दाल और कच्ची हल्दी का इस्तेमाल किया जाता है। उसके बाद वहीं पर उन्हें लौकी, बैंगन आदि खिलाया जाता है। माना जाता है कि ऐसा करने से साल भर गाएं कुशलपूर्वक रहती हैं। शाम के समय जहां गाय रखी जाती हैं, वहां गाय को नई रस्सी से बांधा जाता है और नाना तरह के औषधि वाले पेड़-पौधे जला कर मच्छर-मक्खी भगाए जाते हैं। इस दिन लोग दिन में चावल नहीं खाते, केवल दही चिवड़ा ही खाते हैं।पहले बैसाख में आदमी का बिहू शुरू होता है। उस दिन भी सभी लोग कच्ची हल्दी से नहाकर नए कपड़े पहन कर पूजा-पाठ करके दही चिवड़ा एवं नाना तरह के पेठा-लडडू इत्यादि खाते हैं। इसी दिन से असमिया लोगों का नया साल आरंभ माना जाता है। इसी दौरान सात दिन के अंदर 101 तरह के हरी पत्तियों वाला साग खाने की भी रीति है। इस बिहू का दूसरा महत्व है कि उसी समय धरती पर बारिश की पहली बूंदें पड़ती हैं और पृथ्वी नए रूप से सजती है। जीव-जंतु एवं पक्षी भी नई जिंदगी शुरू करते हैं। नई फसल आने की हर तरह तैयारी होती है। इस बिहू के अवसर पर संक्रांति के दिन से बिहू नाच नाचते हैं। इसमें 20-25 की मंडली होती है जिसमें युवक एवं युवतियां साथ-साथ ढोल, पेपा, गगना, ताल, बांसुरी इत्यादि के साथ अपने पारंपरिक परिधान में एक साथ बिहू करते हैं। बिहू आज कल बहुत दिनों तक जगह-जगह पर मनाया जाता है। बिहू के दौरान ही युवक एवं युवतियां अपने मनपसंद जीवन साथी को चुनते हैं और अपनी जिंदगी नए सिरे से शुरू करते हैं इसलिए असम में बैसाख महीने में ज्यादातर विवाह संपन्न होते हैं। बिहू के समय में गांव में विभिन्न तरह के खेल-तमाशों का आयोजन किया जाता है । इसके साथ-साथ खेती में पहली बार के लिए हल भी जोता जाता है। बिहू नाच के लिए जो ढोल व्यवहार किया जाता है उसका भी एक महत्व है। कहा जाता है कि ढोल की आवाज से आकाश में बादल आ जाते हैं और बारिश शुरू हो जाती है जिसके कारण खेती अच्छी होती है। बिहु नृत्य में प्रयुक्त उपकरण ढोल (ड्रम),ताल,पेपा (भैंस के सींग से बना एक वाद्य यंत्र),टोका,बाँहि (बांसुरी),क्शुतुली,गोगोना असम के तीन अलग सांस्कृतिक उत्सवों के एक समूह को दर्शाता है और दुनिया भर के असमी प्रवासी इसे धूमधाम से मनाते हैं। यद्यपि वे प्राचीन संस्कार और प्रथाओं को उनके मूल मानते है हालांकि उन लोगो ने निश्चित शहरी सुविधाओं को अपना लिया है और हाल की दशकों में शहरी और लोकप्रिय त्योहार बन गए हैं। उनमें से एक में अप्रैल में मनाये जाने वाले असमिया नव वर्ष भी शामिल है। बिहु शब्द बिहु नृत्य और बिहू लोक गीत दोनो की और संकेत करते है। रोंगाली बिहु या बोहाग बिहु असम का एक महत्वपूर्ण त्योहार है। बिहु असम के सबसे महत्वपूर्ण त्यौहार है, जो सभी असमियों द्वारा बहुतायत में मस्ती के साथ मनाया जाता है बिना उनके जाति, धर्म और विश्वास में भेद किये। बिहु शब्द दिमासा लोगों की भाषा से ली गई है जो की प्राचीन काल से एक कृषि समुदाय है। उनकी सर्वोच्च देवता ब्राई शिबराई या पिता शिबराई हैं। मौसम की पहली फसल अपनी शांति और समृद्धि की कामना करते हुए ब्राई शिबराई के नाम पर अर्पित किया जाता हैं। तो 'बि' मतलब 'पुछना' और 'शु' मतलब पृथ्वी में 'शांति और समृद्धि' हैं। अत: शब्दै बिशु धीरे-धीरे भाषाई तहजीह को समायोजित करने के लिये बिहु बन गया। अन्य सुझाव यह हैं कि 'बि' मतलब 'पुछ्ना' और 'हु' मतलब 'देना' और वही से बिहु नाम उत्पन्न हुआ। यह " कलागुरु " विष्णु प्रसाद राभा द्वारा कहा गया था। असम में रोंगाली बिहू बहुत सारे परंपराओं से ली जाती हैं जैसे की- बर्मी-चीन, ऑस्ट्रो - एशियाटिक, हिंद-आर्यन- और बड़े ही उत्साह के साथ मनाया जाता हैं। त्योहार अप्रैल के मध्य में शुरू होता हैं और आम तौर पर एक महीने के लिए जारी रह्ता हैं। यह पारंपरिक नव वर्ष है। इसके अलावा दो और बिहु हैं: अक्टूबर में कोंगाली बिहु (सितम्बर विषुव के साथ जुड़े) और जनवरी में भोगाली बिहु (जनवरी संक्रांति से जुड़े)। अधिकांश अन्य भारतीय त्योहारों की तरह, बिहू (तीनों ही) खेती के साथ जुड़ा हुआ हैं, जैसे की पारंपरिक असमिया समाज मुख्य रूप से कृषि पर ही निर्भरीत हैं। वास्तव में, वैसा ही बहुत सारे उत्सब लगभग उसी वक्त पे पुरे भारतबर्श में मनाया जाता हैं।
14 North-Eastern girls sold by human traffickers in Saudi Arabia
 Bhupen Goswami (13/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : At least 14 girls from North east India was sold to Saudi Arabia by the Human traffickers. This came into the light following the confession of notorious human right traffickers who was arrested by Lucknow police. Of the 14 girls who had already been trafficked and sold in Saudi Arabia, seven are from Tripura. The girls were mostly promised jobs of nursing attendants.According to the NGOs working in Human trafficking field, the kingpin of the human trafficking racket has been identified as Rumana Begum, who had allegedly trafficked many girls from across the country, including North East. The sensational revelation came a day after Uttar Pradesh Police busted a trans-national human trafficking racket where a girl hailing from Tripura was rescued on her way to be trafficked to Dubai on April 10.The incident came to light when a notorious human trafficker, who was nabbed by authorities in Lucknow, confessed to having trafficked and sold all 14 girls in Saudi Arabia. The trafficker has been identified as Rumana Begum, who has allegedly trafficked many girls across the country. The details about this operation came to light after Lucknow police busted the human trafficking racket and rescued a Tripura girl who was about to be trafficked to Dubai. The girls were allegedly sold in Dubai after being initially offered lucrative jobs. It may be mentioned that out of the fourteen girls who were trafficked, seven belong to the state of Tripura.
Cong Will Win All 5 First Phase Seats : Harish Rawat
 Bhupen Goswami (13/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The opposition Congress today claimed that the party would make a clean sweep and win all the five seats of the State which went to the polls in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections. Congress in-charge for Assam Harish Rawat was optimistic that the Congress had put up a good show in the five constituencies.He claimed that the electorate of Assam have become disillusioned with the Modi government. “The government has failed to perform. It failed to fulfil any of the commitments it made,” said Rawat. In the last parliamentary elections held in 2014, the BJP had emerged victorious from Lakhimpur, Tezpur, Dibrugarh and Jorhat constituencies, while the Kaliabor seat had gone to the Congress.
Myanmar Army Forces Control of the headquarters North East militant groups,Peace talks to suffered : NSCN-K
 Bhupen Goswami (13/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The Myanmar Army (officially known as ‘Tatmadaw’) has taken control of the headquarters North East militant groups and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland, Khaplang (NSCN-K) faction in the Naga self-administered zone of Sagaing region in Myanmar today. Not a single shot was fired, as the NSCN-K withdrew its troops in order not to disrupt the peace process with the Myanmar Government. According to U Kyaw Wan Sein, a member of the NSCN-K’s Central Executive Committee, a military column consisting of over 400 troops from six battalions led by the Hkamti District tactical commander under the Tatmadaw’s North-West Command took control of the NSCN-K’s headquarters in the village of Ta Ga in Nanyun Township on Tuesday. “We let them in because the peace process between us and the Myanmar government will be damaged if there are gunshots and artillery fire. So, we let them in. We withdrew,” U Kyaw Wan Sein said. According to sources, members of the NSCN-K’s ‘Peace Committee’ and some unarmed members of the group remain at the headquarters. Executive U Kasi Rang of the Naga Self-administered Zone Leading Body said he did not know why the Myanmar Army sent troops to the NSCN-K headquarters. “It can be said they have occupied it. There were no casualties or injuries,” he said. The Tatmadaw has declined to describe the operation as an “occupation”. North-West Command spokesman Colonel Than Naing said: “We will let you know when the time is appropriate. I am not yet authorized to provide details. But it is not that we have occupied their headquarters.” The NSCN-K signed a regional-level truce with the Government of Myanmar in April 2012. The Myanmar government has urged the NSCN-K to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), but the armed outfit has declared that it would not sign unless and until it reaches an agreement that can cover all the Naga people who live in Northeast India and Myanmar. It is to be mentioned that The National Socialist Council of Nagaland was founded in 1980 with the aim of establishing a sovereign Naga State. It split into two factions in 1988: the NSCN-K led by S. S. Khaplang, which is based in Myanmar, and the NSCN-IM led by Isak Chishi Swu and Thuingaleng Muviah, which is based in India. S. S. Khaplang died in 2017. According to media, NSCN-IM entered into a ceasefire agreement in 1997 and has maintained it since then. The pact with NSCN-K was broken after the group attacked a military convoy in Manipur in June 2015, killing 18 soldiers. On the Myanmar side, there have been no clashes between the Myanmar Army and the NSCN-K since 2000. However, the North-West Command warned then NSCN-K Chairman Kham Ngaw not to operate outside its territory in July, 2018 and subsequently, the group was forced to give up one of its toll gates. The NSCN-K toppled its Chairman Kham Ngaw in a meeting the following month, and elected Yong Awng, the nephew of late leader Khaplang, to the chairman’s position.In the aftermath of the Myanmar army’s crackdown against North-East militants, the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland- Khaplang (NSCN-K) has stated that it will struggle to keep up the peace talks with the Myanmar military if it does not release the captured NSCN-K soldiers, reported The Irrawaddy on Friday. Ten of the insurgent group’s political leaders and six fighters, including captains, had been captured by the Myanmar army after taking control of the NSCN-K headquarters in the Sagaing Region. Five of the detainees were released on April 5, leaving the fighters and the five leaders charged under the Unlawful Associations Act in custody, NSCN-K liaison officer Jüvlengthong (or Cue Hlaing Thong) told the Irrawaddy. He said the six fighters were being held by the military and the leaders by the Khamti district police. The NSCN-K has run afoul of the Myanmar administration in recent times for supporting rebel groups from Assam and Manipur such as the ULFA (I). It may be mentioned that the NSCN-K wants to bring the Nagas living on either side of the Myanmar-India border under one rule and has asked for tri-partite negotiations between it and Governments from both countries.
BJP Leader Roopa Ganguly and Maulana Suaib Qasmi Campaigns For BJP In Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (13/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The National President of Jamaat Ulema-e-Hind Maulana Suaib Qasmi is campaigning heavily for BJP and has openly announced his support for Modi. Addressing a press conference in Assam BJP HQ, Qasmi has expressed his displeasure with the Congress saying Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was released by Pakistan after Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned the neighbouring country of dire consequences, Why is China so much afraid of India? Who provided toilets and LPG gas cylinder? So, better go with the BJP. Qasmi heads Jamaat Ulema-e-Hind having nearly 16,000 Muslim clerics as its members. “There is no harm in trying BJP once. We should deliberate on a development agenda for the community while bargaining for support. No personal interest should be there, which is a practice,” he said. Qasmi has said Muslims too are craving for development and Modi is the right person for this job. Meanwhile With five more days to go for second phase polling, campaigning for the general elections in Assam is gaining momentum as the BJP fielded their celebrity leader Rupa Ganguly, a film artist who played the role of Draupadi in the mega TV serial Mahabharata. As per reports, Ganguly to attend four meetings at Lumding, Silchar, Karimganj and Hailakandi respectively.In 2015, Ganguly joined Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of West Bengal Legislative Assembly election, 2016. In West Bengal Assembly elections 2016, Ganguly lost from Howrah North to Trinamool Congress counterpart and cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla. She was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in October 2016 in place of cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu, who resigned earlier.
NDA, Cong expect good results from first phase of polls,Voter Turnout In North East States
 Bhupen Goswami (12/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Both the ruling NDA and the opposition Congress today exuded optimism about doing well in the five constituencies of the State which went to the polls in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections .While the BJP claimed that the ruling alliance would make a clean sweep and win all the five seats, the principal opposition party said it is confident of emerging victorious from three-four of the constituencies. “From the feedback we have received, we are confident that our alliance will win five out of the five,” said State BJP general secretary (Organisation) Phanindranath Sarma. He added, “The electorate of Assam have witnessed the developmental activities carried out by the Central government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well as the State government headed by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Therefore, the people have come out spontaneously to vote for us.” He said that the NDA regime has given special attention to development of the North East and people of this region have appreciated it. “We are confident of doing well in the next two phases as well,” said Sarma. Leader of the Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia was optimistic that the Congress had put up a good show in the five constituencies that went to the polls today. “Our performance will be much better than in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. We will win minimum three to four of the constituencies of phase 1,” Saikia said. He claimed that the electorate of Assam have become disillusioned with the Modi government. “The government has failed to perform. It failed to fulfil any of the commitments it made,” said Saikia, who is also the Leader of the State Congress Legislature Party (CLP). Saikia added, “We will perform well in the next two phases as well.” Five constituencies of Assam – Lakhimpur, Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Kaliabor – went to the polls in the first phase today. In the last parliamentary elections held in 2014, the BJP had emerged victorious from Lakhimpur, Tezpur, Dibrugarh and Jorhat constituencies, while the Kaliabor seat had gone to the Congress. Unlike in 2014, this time the BJP has an alliance with the AGP and the BPF, as well as with three other smaller local parties. As part of the seat-sharing arrangement among the NDA constituents, BJP has fielded candidates from Lakhimpur, Tezpur, Dibrugarh and Jorhat, while the Kaliabor seat has been allotted to the AGP. On the other hand, the Congress is contesting from all the five constituencies.Assam on Thursday recorded a polling of 67.4 percent in phase one of Lok Sabha elections. As per the State Election Office, Tezpur recorded 70 percent polling, Kaliabor 64 percent, Lakhimpur 62 percent, Dibrugarh 69 percent and Jorhat 72 percent. Besides, Assam, following list represents the polling percentage of other Northeastern State: Arunachal Pradesh (2/2 seats) – 66% Manipur (1/2 seat) – 78.2% Meghalaya (2/2 seats) – 67.16% Mizoram (1/1 seat) – 60% Nagaland (1/1 seat) – 78% Sikkim (1/1 seat) – 69% Tripura (1/2 seat) – 81.8%
Nagaland Dy CM Accused Of Violation Of MCC
 Bhupen Goswami (12/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The Nagaland State Congress has filed a complaint with the Election Commission of India (ECI) and Nagaland State Chief Electoral Officer against Deputy Chief Minister of the State and BJP leader Y Patton alleging violation of Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The party has also demanded a re-polling at a polling station under Tuyi Assembly Constituency in Wokha.The Congress alleged that the BJP leader displayed a party scarf while campaigning at the polling station on the Election Day. The party further said that Patton was seen in a video entering the polling station with seven to eight voter slips. The Chief Electoral Officer of the State admitted that entering the polling station with BJP scarf was a violation of MCC and said that a notice will be issued regarding the same.
BJP is committed to bring Citizenship (Amendment) Bill after consultations with all sections says PM Modi
 Bhupen Goswami (11/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Addressing an election rally in Silchar in Assam today , Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the BJP is committed to bring Citizenship (Amendment) Bill after consultations with all sections .He assured the Bill will be amended in way so as not to impact Assamese people.Modi said the mood in the country can be guessed by the crowds in his rallies. “There is a strong wave in favour of us,” he said. “The people of India have made up their mind. The opposition has no way out. Five seats are going to polls in Assam, the NDA will be victorious in all five. These elections will decide which direction will India move,” he said. The BJP has nursed the southern Assam districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi which have substantial number of Hindus of Bangaldeshi origin. There was wide support among these districts for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that had propose to make the process of granting Indian citizenship easier to non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Bill lapsed in February after it failed to make it to the Rajya Sabha.‘We are committed to bring Citizenship (Amendment) Bill after consultations with all sections; it will be amended in way so as not to impact Assamese people,” Modi said. The BJP manifesto also mentions that the party will try to revive the bill. Earlier in the day, at an election rally at Kendukona in Kamprup district, he accused the Congress of encouraging illegal immigration into Assam with the aim of securing their votes. “Remember how people of Assam and northeast had to fight to preserve their identity. Congress conspired to create a vote bank of infiltrators to ensure that the party continues in power in Assam,” Modi said. “They knowingly kept the border issues with Bangladesh pending and didn’t try to solve it. In the meantime infiltrators kept entering India, your rights suffered and Congress kept benefitting” he added. Modi said that if Congress had wished it could have solved border issues with Pakistan, along the border with Assam and Kashmir, after the 1971 war with the neighbouring country. “In order to protect Assam, we took effective steps like formalizing border agreement with Bangladesh. It has helped fencing work in the border (and stopped infiltration),” he said. Modi mentioned about how work on updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was speeded up after the NDA came to power in 2014 and assured that no genuine Indian citizen will be left out of it and no ‘foreigner’ will get included. But Modi was silent on the contentious (Citizenship) Amendment Bill. The PM blamed Congress of stalling implementation of the 1985 Assam Accord and listed development works undertaken in the region during NDA regime. “Your vote will decide what kind of security policy we have. Can there be any compromise on national security? Can we have a compromise with terrorists, Maoists and Naxalites?” questioned Modi. “Anta poril kola dhonor bepar (the business of black money has come to end), deshdrohir uporot poril madho mar (traitors of the country have got beaten up), anuprabeshkari sokole polabo simapa (infiltrators will have to flee across the border),”Modi said as thousands cheered. The PM ended his speech with statements in Assamese highlighting the BJP’s achievements and promises.
Lok Sabha Election 2019 Phase 1: Northeast witnesses impressive voter turnout
 Bhupen Goswami (11/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Around 59.8 percent voters exercised their franchise till 4 PM on Thursday in the first phase of Lok Sabha Elections in the five parliamentary constituencies in Assam, officials said.Tripura witnessed an impressive voter turn out among the north-eastern states, with 73 per cent of the registered voters in the states exercising their franchise by 4 pm. Nagaland also recorded an impressive turnout of 67.2 per cent. Manipur (65%), Assam (57.3%), Mizoram (58.4%) and Arunachal Pradesh (59.3%) respectively.Polling in all the Lok Sabha constituencies of Andhra Pradesh (25), Telangana (17), Uttarakhand (5), Meghalaya (2) and Arunachal Pradesh (2) besides lone seats in Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar, and Lakshadweep is being held. Eight seats in Uttar Pradesh, seven in Maharashtra, six in Bihar, five in Assam, four in Odisha, two each in Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal and one seat in Chhattisgarh are also going to polls.
Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Scam: Absconding Rakesh Gupta Surrenders
 Bhupen Goswami (11/04/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Rakesh Gupta, one of the prime accused in the infamous Assam Public Service Commission APSC cash-for-job scam has surrendered on Thursday. Gupta has been absconding since the investigating team started arresting government officials who have been accused of securing their jobs by allegedly bribing then APSC chairman Rakesh Paul.He surrendered before a special court in Guwahati. Earlier, he was appointed as DSP. The case was registered by Dibrugarh police in October 2016, when a job aspirant lodged a complaint that Nabakanta Patir, an engineer, has offered her a government job through APSC if she pays a bribe of Rs 10 lakh. The police laid a trap and caught Patir red-handed while accepting money from Anshumita and based on Paitr’s confession Rakesh Kumar Paul, the then APSC chairman, was arrested on November 4, 2016.

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