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Magh Bihu : The people of Assam and the Assamese diaspora spread throughout the world
 Bhupen Goswami (13/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Magh Bihu (also called Bhogali Bihu (Bihu of enjoyment) or Maghar Domahi) is a harvest festival celebrated in Assam, India, which marks the end of harvesting season in the month of Maagha (January–February). It is the Assam celebration of Sankranthi, with feasting lasting for a week.The New year has finally dawned upon us. The parties are over and the picnics (mostly) done with. But for the people of Assam and the Assamese diaspora spread throughout the world, the festivities have just begun. We are nearing the middle of the month of January and like the entire country, Assam is gearing up for its version of the ‘Sankranti’ celebrations which in this part of the world is known as- ‘Magh Bihu’. One of the three Bihus that are celebrated in a calendar year, the Magh Bihu is one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of the state of Assam. The entire state gets saturated with the joy and fervour associated with the festival days before the actual festivities begin and why not! Its Bihu after all.Like the two other variants of Bihu, the Magh Bihu too is a festival rooted to the harvest and cultivation sector of the state. It is synonymous to ‘Makar Sankranti’ and ‘Pongal’ which are celebrated elsewhere in the country in resonance with Magh Bihu. Magh Bihu is celebrated to mark the end of the long harvesting period in the state. The granaries of the farmers are full of paddy, vegetables and other crops which is undoubtedly the best sight any farmer can set his eyes on. The joyous sight calls for celebrations and hence the emergence of Magh Bihu. For those etymologically interested, Magh Bihu is called so because it is celebrated on the first day of the Assamese month of ‘Magh’. Actually, celebrations begin a day ahead, i.e. on the last day of the month of ‘Puh’. This evening before the day of the Bihu is known as ‘Uruka’ and it is in no way less grand than the actual Bihu itself. For the youngsters and those ‘young at heart’, Uruka brings the fun element to the Bihu. On the eve of Magh Bihu, people build a temporary structure known as a ‘Meji’ which is an amalgamation of dead tree twigs, fallen leaves, hay and dried bamboo. The Meji’s importance can be gauzed from the fact that it is nothing less than a symbol of the celebrations. On Uruka night, people stay out all night in open fields with friends and families. For the same purpose, a makeshift shelter called a ‘Bhela Ghar’is built out of hay. People spend the night in the bhela ghar, dance to Bihu songs and cook delectable dishes there. Large family feasts take place on the eve of the Bihu. Because of the abundant food supplies and the sumptuous feasts which are also known as ‘Bhog’, the Magh Bihu is also known as ‘Bhogali Bihu’.This brings us to the actual day of the festivities. On the day of Magh Bihu, people get up early and take a bath and then everyone proceeds to the Meji that had been built the previous day. The Meji is then lit up and then begins the rituals associated with it. Prayers are offered in the form of ‘Naam’ which are traditional Assamese devotional songs. Fruits, vegetables and traditional sweets are offered to the fire deity and His blessings are sought upon. Ladies of every household prepare traditional sweets and snacks and these are distributed amidst the gatherers at the spot where the Meji is burned. And this is not the end of the festival by any means. People then visit their near and dear ones and invite them back at their places. And anywhere you go, you can easily gorge upon delicious Pithas and other snacks that are plentiful in every household of the state during these days.The celebrations also feature traditional Assamese games such as tekeli bhonga (pot-breaking) and buffalo fighting.Magh Bihu celebrations start on the last day of the previous month, the month of "Pooh", usually the 29th of Pooh and usually the 14th of January, and is the only day of Magh Bihu in modern times (earlier, the festival would last for the whole month of Magh, and so the name Magh Bihu). The night before is "Uruka" (28th of Pooh), when people gather around a bonfire, cook dinner, and make merry
Mary Kom Visits Kaziranga National Park
 Bhupen Goswami (13/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : World Amateur Boxing champion MC Mary Kom appreciated the conservation efforts of officials and staff at Kaziranga National Park, which she visited on Sunday along with her family. Mary Kom, who is on her maiden visit to Kaziranga, after visiting the Park told reporters that she must congratulate the officials and staff of Kaziranga for their conservation efforts. She enjoyed elephant safari at the Bagori forest range.The Rajya Sabha MP refrained herself from answering questions regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. She said, “I am not a political person.” “I have started preparing for 2020 Olympics. An Olympic Gold is what I am still dreaming,” Mary Kom said.
Mary Kom Visits Kaziranga National Park
 Bhupen Goswami (13/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : World Amateur Boxing champion MC Mary Kom appreciated the conservation efforts of officials and staff at Kaziranga National Park, which she visited on Sunday along with her family. Mary Kom, who is on her maiden visit to Kaziranga, after visiting the Park told reporters that she must congratulate the officials and staff of Kaziranga for their conservation efforts. She enjoyed elephant safari at the Bagori forest range.The Rajya Sabha MP refrained herself from answering questions regarding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. She said, “I am not a political person.” “I have started preparing for 2020 Olympics. An Olympic Gold is what I am still dreaming,” Mary Kom said.
Assam BJP Worker Faces Public Wrath , BJP-Led Manipur Govt Wants Exemption From Citizenship Bill
 Bhupen Goswami (13/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The BJP-led in Manipur government has appealed centre to keep Manipur outside from Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on today. As per BJP sources, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Saturday met Rajnath Singh at his residence to have a dialogue on the Citizenship Amendment Bill amidst ongoing public protests in the North Eastern region against the controversial Bill. Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh asked Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to respect the Manipur People’s (Protection) Bill, 2018. It may be mentioned that, Manipur People’s (Protection) Bill, 2018 had been passed in the State Assembly last year to control entry and exit of non-Manipuris from outside the State. The state government has been raising the demand for keeping Manipur out of the Bill. Recently, at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Biren Singh, the state cabinet decided to appeal to the Centre to allow it not to implement the proposed legislation, which was recently passed by the Lok Sabha, a press release issued by the chief minister’s secretariat said. Many NEDA constituents in the northeast — including the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Mizo National Front (MNF), the NPP (heading a coalition government with the BJP in Meghalaya), the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT, a partner in the Tripura government) and the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP, heading a coalition government with the BJP in Nagaland) — have already said they are not in agreement with the saffron party over the controversial Bill. On other hands A BJP leader in Digboi has faced public wrath after posting hate comments targeting Assamese community in social networking platforms. Identified as Teja Dey, the BJP leader is a ward member of Tingrai Gaon Panchayat. According to locals, he is close to Digboi MLA Suren Phukan. The locals made Teja Dey stand holding placards, which read, “Joi Aai Axom. I am a BJP leader from Digboi. I oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. I am sorry for my comments.
Assamese people celebrate Magh Bihu : Rs 82 Crore Ladu-Pitha,fish, mutton 175 crores Market At Guwahati
 Bhupen Goswami (13/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Assam. Magh Bihu is one of the most important community festivals in Assam. It is the harvest festival celebrated by the Assamese people in the local month of Magh during 14-January. Magh Bihu is also called as Bhogali Bihu as it is celebrated with community feasts after the annual harvest.Bihu is Assam’s most dearest of festivals and the pride of the entire community. As a celebration that identifies with the spirit and integrity of the Assamese race, the enthusiasm and fervour associated with Magh Bihu has a truly infectious energy that every Assamese holds in high esteem. As a celebration that upholds the pride of the community, every Assamese waits with anticipation for their beloved festival to beckon the threshold. And though the festival of Bihu is celebrated with three different interpretations, the spirit embodying the festivities remains the same. Integrity and gratitude, fostered with a spirit of oneness and brotherhood rules this traditional celebration by the Assamese race. Magh Bihu in particular, is a celebration of the bounty of nature’s harvest, and an ode to the continuity of existence. It is only natural that Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu, as it is commonly called, is a rich celebration of the State’s rich reservoir of traditional food and delicacy preparations. And while it is the spirit of bhog or feasting that rules this yearly rendezvous in the month of Magh, Bihu also necessarily has quite a few ritualistic traditions associated with it. Community feasting and community worship are both an integral part of the Bihu celebrations.Guwahati has witnessed a phenomenal growth of Ladu-Pitha market in the run up to Magh Bihu and according to a conservative estimate of the Kamrup –Metro administration; it has crossed Rs 85 crore this year. This highly unorganized sector, involving more than 25,000 traders only in Guwahati have been a welcome step as increasingly Bihu fair have been organized in and around the city. As on today, the GMC authorities have conformed that more 16 such fairs were going on besides thousands of road side kiosk selling ladu-pitha and all kind of indigenous delicacies.“Increasingly the Assamese people are going organic and looking for indigenous delicacies. As the city environment do not allow authentic access to a village market, hence the entire village market have come to the city in these two days’The most popular item of her fair is Black Rice, as increasingly Guwahatians are embracing this new type of rice, said food commentator Durba Shyam.He Said calculate the fish, mutton and chicken, the Guwahati Bihu market will cross Rs 175 crores in these four days” said Bibek Baishya, a trader of Uzanbazar.Bihu, like any other festival, is also the time when people visit their relatives and near and dear ones and celebrate with their friends. As preparations for Magh Bihu are on in full swing, it’s perhaps apt to take a moment out from all the humdrum and relish this opportunity to express gratitude to the bountiful offerings that nature endows us with each year. Indeed it’s the spirit of the Bhogali in the Bihu that makes it particularly endearing to the greater Assamese nation.
Assam New Government : Congress offers support to Assam CM for new govt if he quits BJP
 Bhupen Goswami (13/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Congress offers support to Assam CM for new govt if he quits BJP "We will have Sonowal only as the chief minister of Assam again. We have 25 legislators in the 126-member House. We can take support from AGP and other parties to form the new state government," said the Leader of opposition in Assam legislative Assembly, Debabrata Saikia.The current 14th Assembly has 61 BJP, 25 Congress, 14 Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), 13 AIUDF, 12 Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) and one independent MLA. Meanwhile, the AGP, which had snapped ties with the two-and-a-half-year-old Sonowal government on January 7 over the Centre introducing and passing the Bill in Lok Sabha, indicated before reporters in Golaghat that it may restore its ties with BJP in the state. Asked if his party would renew its alliance with the saffron party, AGP president Atul Bora said, "If the government scraps the bill giving rise to the need to discuss the issue in our party forum and depending on the need of the political situation...we may reconsider our alliance with BJP". "Cannot say anything now till the Bill is dropped. We will observe their activities and as of now take a wait and watch stand".Leader of opposition in Assam legislative Assembly, MLA from Nazira Constituency Debabrata Saikia urged Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to quit the saffron party and figure a new government with Congress’ support. Describing the prevailing situation of the state, Saikia said that “CM Sonowal should leave BJP and come out with even just 40 of his MLAs. Congress has 25 legislators in the 126-member House. We can take support from the regional party AGP and other parties to form new government.Congress leader Debabrata Saikia Saturday asked Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to quit the BJP and form a new government with his party's support, while the AGP said it may restore its alliance with the saffron party if the Citizenship Amendment Bill is scrapped.
North East Students Organisation (NESO)to observed black day today
 Bhupen Goswami (12/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The BJP-led Tripura government barred a delegation of North East Students’ Organization (NESO) on Friday from meeting its members, who were injured in a police firing during Tuesday’s bandh against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. NESO has observed Black Day in Tripura across the North East region on today to protest against Tripura government’s move to fire on peaceful protesters. North East Students’ Organization Says there was “Emergency-Like Situation” in TripuraDenied permission to meet some of the persons injured in the police firing during the Tuesday (January 8) North East shutdown against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Tripura, a delegation of the North East Students’ Organization (NESO) today alleged that there was an “Emergency-like situation” in Tripura and the state machinery was forcefully suppressing the indigenous people’s protest against the Bill. The students’ body alleged that once the Bill becomes an Act allowing citizenship to illegal migrants, the indigenous population of the entire North East region would be treated as second-class citizens.
12-hour Tripura Bandh : The protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has left the entire north-east zone burning,INPT, demanded for resignation Chief Minister
 Bhupen Goswami (12/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Protesting the citizenship amendment bill, tribal groups in Tripura have called a 12-hour bandh today. Tribal groups are also protesting police firing earlier this week, in which six youth were injured. Parties led by BJP ally, Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), demanded the resignation Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb. They want a judicial probe headed by a sitting High Court judge, compensation of Rs. 20 lakh or government jobs for the families of the injured youth. "The BJP-led government's police opened fire on unarmed innocent people while they were protesting against the Bill on Tuesday, in a democratic manner. We have called for a bandh to protest the firing," INPT General Secretary Jagadhish Debbarma told reporters.Security measures have been intensified and large contingents of the Tripura State Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Assam Rifles and Tripura Police have been deployed across the tribal dominated areas police sources have told NDTV. Mobile data and Internet services are still suspended in the state to check spreading of rumours on social media. Six leaders of the North-East Students Organisation (NESO), who had called the bandh in the entire northeastern region on Tuesday, were not allowed to go to the troubled areas of Khumulwng, where protesters had clashed with the police injuring six people. "The BJP-led Tripura government does not believe in democratic values. The party is trying to bulldoze sentiments and opinion of the people of the northeast. The BJP is using force on people of the northeast, who voted for them and the police firing is an example of that. We will fight this and not allow the bill to be implemented," said NESO adviser, Samujjal Bhattacharjee. Alleging conspiracy, Tripura BJP spokesperson, Nabendu Bhattacharjee, said that the tribal parties, who called the bandh, "have no base among the masses" and these parties and the CPI-M are "conspiring against the state government".he BJP-led Manipur government too has sought exemption from citizenship bill as agitators hit the streets on Friday. Three persons, including a woman and a police officer, were injured in clashes between students, women vendors and the police at the Khwairamban Bazaar, the main market in Imphal. The police had to fire teargas shells to disperse the protesters. Many NDA partners in the northeast including the Asom Gana Parishad in Assam, the ruling Mizo National Front in Mizoram, the NPP heading a coalition government with the BJP in Meghalaya, the IPFT, and the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, heading a coalition with the BJP in Nagaland have already said that they are not in agreement with the BJP over the bill. The AGP has even quit the alliance.Meanwhile INPT General Secretary Jagadhish Debbarma said, “The BJP-led government’s police opened fire on unarmed innocent people while they were protesting against the Bill on Tuesday, in a democratic manner. We have called for a bandh to protest the firing,” To further settle the situation and bring the matter under control, the state government has deployed large contingents of the Tripura State Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Assam Rifles and Tripura Police. Places that are mostly tribal dominated are particularly being monitored. What is more, to avoid further turbulence, the government has even kept the mobile data and Internet services in the state suspended so that no more rumour gets to spread on social media. AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjee stated, “The BJP-led Tripura government does not believe in democratic values. The party is trying to bulldoze sentiments and opinion of the people of the northeast. The BJP is using force on people of the northeast, who voted for them and the police firing is an example of that. We will fight this and not allow the bill to be implemented.”
The Clause 6 implementation chairman MP Bezbaruah Walks Out
 Bhupen Goswami (12/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The Clause 6 implementation chairman MP Bezbaruah has decided to walk out of the Clause 6 implementation committee that was formed by the Union Home Ministry thus disbanding the committee. Bezbaruah expressed his disappointment over the Union Home Ministry and said that the members were not notified prior to the formation of the committee.As per notification issued by the Ministry on January 5 ,the committee was headed by M P Bezbaruah. It is to be mentioned that Former Assam Sahitya Sabha presidents, Dr Nagen Saikia and Rong Bong Terang, educationist Mukunda Rajbongshi and the AASU members had already rejected to be a part of the committee. However, former editor of the Sentinel Dhirendra Nath Bezbaruah had decided to be a member of the committee but has cleared his stand against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.Bezbaruah expressed his disappointment over the Union Home Ministry saying that the members were not notified prior to the formation of the committee. However, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) who has been a participant of the Assam Accord made it clear in the very beginning not to be a part of the committee. Meanwhile, veteran journalist DN Bezbaruah assured to continue as a panel member to give an answer to the government with some harsh words. He further said that he is not surprised on resigning the members one by one and that the committee will serve for a very little time. At first Bezbaruah also wants to resign from the panel member but later decided to stay as he has something to say to the government some unkind words and someone has to say as this is not a minor issue. Someone has to take the step and that he will do according to his capacity as a member of the panel. The Committee is now under the verge of getting disbanded as more than half the members have stepped out of the committee and rejected to be a part of the committee.
Citizenship Amendment Bill NESO leadership stopped : Tribal parties call for shutdown in Tripura on Saturday
 Bhupen Goswami (11/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : NESO leadership including Dr Samujjal Kr Bhattacharrya stopped at Agartala from meeting injured students.With rising protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Assam, administration has tightened security up. In an attempt to keep law and order under control, AASU leader Samujjal Bhattacharjee along with few other NESO members was stopped in Tripura. Tripura Police stopped the group of NESO members on the road, who were on the way to visit the injured protestors. NESO condemned the administration’s act towards the group, which was stopped in Agartala’s Khumlung.Six tribal parties have called for a 12-hour shutdown in Tripura on Saturday to protest police firing earlier this week injuring six youths agitating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, an official said on Friday. The parties led by the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) demanded Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb's resignation, a judicial probe by sitting High Court Judge, compensation of Rs 20 lakh or government jobs to the families of the injured youths."The BJP-led government's police opened fire on the unarmed innocent people while they were protesting against the Bill on Tuesday in a democratic manner. We have called for the 'bandh' to protest the firing," INPT General Secretary Jagadhish Debbarma told the media here. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and opposition Communist Party of India - Marxist (CPI-M)-led Left Front opposed the shutdown."The tribal parties, who called the shutdown, have no base among the masses. These parties and the CPI-M are conspiring against the state government," Tripura Pradesh BJP spokesman Nabendu Bhattacharjee told the media. The Congress, however, has supported the call. Left Front convener Bijan Dhar at a press conference here said that in the Tuesday's incident, at least 20 people were injured, 11 of them are being treated in Agartala hospitals and another in a Kolkata hospital. BJP ally, the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT), has demanded a judicial probe into the incident by a sitting High Court judge. Meanwhile, six leaders of NESO (North-East Students Organization), who had called the 11-hour shutdown in the entire northeastern region on Tuesday to oppose the Citizenship Bill, arrived in Tripura on Thursday. While talking to the media here on Friday, NESO leader Samujjal Bhattacharya slammed the firing incident and demanded a high level probe.Amid strong opposition by various political parties, including Congress, Left and Trinamool Congress, the Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, that seeks to grant citizenship to migrants from six non-Muslim minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. In view of the shutdown call, security measures have been intensified and huge contingents of the Tripura State Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force, para-military Assam Rifles and Tripura Police have been deployed across the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas, covering over two-thirds of the state's 10,491 sq.km area, and home to over 12,16,000 people, mostly tribals. Suspension of mobile-based internet services has been extended until 3 p.m. on Saturday to curb "unauthenticated information, visuals and photographs."
Janata Bhawan’s Security Beefed Up Amid Rising Protests,Suo Moto case against Dr Hiren Gohain
 Bhupen Goswami (11/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The massive protests that spurred due to the Citizenship Amendment Bill has definitely been able to make the Government take every step amid tight security. Witnessing such agitation, the Assam government is releasing notices one after the other in order to avoid compromise with security. Janata Bhawan’s security has been beefed up due to the ongoing unrest across the state. Seemingly, the government is so terrified that it has issued a notice on the entry of its employees. It may be noted that fearing entry of protestors acting as employees, the government has directed all its employees to wear their identity cards at all times and there has also been notice issued on the dress code of the employees. Further, according to the notice, the main entrance of the secretariat will be closed at 10 AM every day.NESO leadership including Dr Samujjal Kr Bhattacharrya stopped at Agartala from meeting injured students Assamese Students threatened at Assam University for protesting against CAB APCC leadership at Dr Hiren Gohain’s home extending their support Civil Society took out protest procession at Nagaon Sahitya Sabha Secy Dr Padum Rajkonwar and Sr. Journalist Prakash Mahanta on lead. Shekhar Gupta and Yogenra Yadav lend support to Dr Gohain. Decry Sedition charges. Golaghat Bar Association joins protest. Meanwhile Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi has slammed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for registering a Suo Moto case against Dr Hiren Gohain and called it unfortunate. The Congress leader said that BJP is a virus, and will engulf every regional party. BJP has engulfed regional parties of Kashmir, Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and now Assam, said Gogoi. If BJP stays in power, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will destroy the Indian Constitution, added Gogoi. Gogoi also said, it is not the right time for politics. Gogoi urged everyone to come together to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment ) Bill 2016. After the Latasil Police station registered a suo-moto case of Secession against Dr Hiren Gohain, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) Akhil Gogoi and Manjeet Mahanta for their recent utterance supporting independence from India, under Sections 120(B), 121, 123 and 124(A) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), there has been a massive uproar against the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) government in the state.
Disastrous for BJP : 2019 Elections will Impact on Citizenship bill in North East ,Tripura’s ruling ally IPFT, INPT oppose bill
 Bhupen Goswami (11/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) along with five more tribal parties has a 12-hour TTAADC bandh on January 12 on four-point charter of demands. Declaring the decision at press conference at Agartala Press Club here, INPT general secretary Jagadish Debbarma said six political parties including INPT, NCT, IPFT Tipraha and TPP have decided to observe a 12-hour bandh in tribal council area on four demands. The demands including judicial inquiry into Madhabbari incident, Rs. 25 lakh compensation for each victim, resignation of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and withdraw of false cases registered against bandh supporters. Tribal Students' Federation (TSF) and NESO have supported the January 12 bandh in ADC areas. IPFT, a partner of state's coalition government has also demanded high level judicial inquiry into Madhabbari incident on January 12 . "We want the government to order a judicial inquiry as possibility of CPI(M) hand in the clash could not be rule out", said Tribal Welfare Minister and IPFT general secretary Mever Kumar Jamatia at a press conference here. Meanwhile, a six-member team of NESO headed by AASU advisor Samujjal Bhattacharjee arrived here to review the situation. On the first day, the NESO team visited victims of Madhabbari incident at GB Hospital and held meeting with TSF leaders. They will visit Madhabbari area where six bandh supporters were injured in police firing on January 1, to know the ground reality.The BJP’s electoral feats in the northeast in the past two and half years, which turned the party from an also-ran to the biggest in the region, could face its first major stumble in the upcoming Lok Sabha election, thanks to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.Several student bodies and civil society groups have been opposing the bill for months and on Tuesday the region came to a near standstill due to a shutdown called by North East Students Union (NESO) in protest against the legislation.Despite the strong sentiments on the ground the Bharatiya Janata Party decided to brazen it out and is pushing for passage of the bill barely months ahead of the general elections. That move could affect its aim to bag 21 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the region. At present the BJP is heading governments in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura and is part of the ruling coalition in Nagaland and Meghalaya. In 2014, the party had won eight seats in the northeast—seven in Assam and one in Arunachal Pradesh.The NPP-led government, of which the BJP is also a part, had earlier passed a cabinet resolution opposing the Bill. The party is a constituent of the BJP-led North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), a conglomerate of anti-Congress parties in the region. Meghalaya has two Lok Sabha seats. NPP, which has four MLAs in Manipur, is also part of the BJP-led government headed by N Biren Singh. In Tripura, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT), which is a part of the BJP-led government, is also opposing the bill vehemently. The state also has two Lok Sabha seats.Mizoram’s ruling party Mizo National Front (MNF), which is also a part of NEDA, has also voiced its resentment against the bill and chief minister Zoramthanga extended full support to Tuesday’s shutdown. The state has one Lok Sabha seat. In Nagaland, where the BJP is part of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) led government, the state cabinet on Tuesday resolved to urge the Centre to review and examine the bill to ensure that it is in consonance with provisions of the constitution. Arunachal Pradesh could witness simultaneous assembly polls along with the general election. This would be the first time the Pema Khandu-led government will face voters as BJP candidates—in 2014 Khandu and others from his cabinet had won on Congress tickets.Citizenship Amendment bill could be disastrous for BJP in north-east
Citizenship Bill : BJP Alliance Party of North East demands to break ties with the NDA governmen
 Bhupen Goswami (09/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : After Bill To Give Citizenship Passed By Lok Sabha BJP Alliance Party of North East demands to break ties with the NDA governmen.Assam and Meghalaya have been facing the problem of illegal immigrants for a long time now and that’s nothing new. But rather than solving the issue, the present BJP led government decided to introduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and is slowly turning these states into a dumping ground of ‘legalized’ immigrants. However, three Northeastern states (Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland) were on their toes from the very moment when the concept of the Bill was proposed and strongly opposed it. On the other hand, Assam’s BJP led government and its leaders along with CM Sarbananda Sonowal took a surprising turnaround that has left the people of this state in misery and agony with deep feeling of being betrayed by their own.With NDA government moving ahead with Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016; BJP allies in Northeast India are in discomfort. National People’s Party (NPP) which is leading the six party coalition government in Meghalaya where BJP is also a member has decided to convene the parties meeting to decide the future course of action. Already BJP’s ally in Assam, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has quitted the alliance and three ministers are resigning on Wednesday. In May last year Meghalaya cabinet has said no to the proposed bill. President of NPP WR Kharlukhi told ET, “I have met the chief minister Conard Sangma and party will soon convene a meeting on the issue of the bill.” He added, “We will study the bill in detail. However this bill is dangerous for Northeast India. I do not know why Centre Centre government is imposing this bill when the region has witnessed such strong anti-foreigners movement in 1979. We will take a call on this.” When asked by media persons Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad said, "We will see when the situation comes". Conrad also said that there is no confusion about the stand of the Meghalaya government on the controversial stand as the state cabinet was the first to pass a resolution to oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. People's Democratic Alliance (PDA) government in Nagaland which has Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP)and BJP has resolved to urge the Centre to re-examine and review the Bill to ensure that it was in consonance with the provisions of the Constitution of India and the existing practices of the Nagas.The cabinet also resolved to convene an all-party meeting to examine the issue in its entirety. Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga said the state government is against the Bill. He said Mizo National Front (MNF) had been opposing the bill. “The bill is an attempt to make illegal migrants eligible for Indian citizenship on the basis of religion.” He added that bill is against the principle of secularism. “If passed the bill would be harmful to states like Mizoram where there are a large number of illegal Buddhist migrants from Bangladesh”. NPP, MNF and NDPP are a member of BJP floated platform on non-congress parties, North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA). Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma has once again come upfront and strongly said ‘NO’ to implementing the Bill. This comes at a time when whole of Assam is in dire-straits, as the Citizenship Bill threatens to endanger the culture, heritage, originality, opportunities and the very existence of Assamese society. A strong stand from someone like Sangma, who is also running a coalition government in Meghalaya with BJP, does send a strong message to our ‘Jatiya Nayak’ – CM Sarbananda Sonowal.
Assam Nagarik Samaj Urges ‘Clause 6’ Committee To Resign, “BTC Won’t Bear The Burden Of Citizenship Bill”
 Bhupen Goswami (09/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The members of ‘Nagarik Samaj’ asked all the members of High Level Committee to resign from it. The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, has formed the committee on implementation of Clause 6 of Assam Accord on January 5. As per notification issued by the Ministry, retired IAS officer MP Bezbarauah will head the nine-member committee. The Committee also consists of Subhash Das (Retired IAS), Dr Nagen Saikia (Former Assam Sahitya Sabha president), Dhiren Bezbaruah, Mukunda Rajbangshi, Ramesh Borpatragohain, Rongbong Terang (Former Assam Sahitya Sabha president), One representative of AASU and a Joint Secretary of MHA. Notably AASU has made it clear that it would not take part in the committee. The members of ‘Nagarik Samaj’, including Apurba Baruah, noted journalist Ajit Bhuyan and Prashanta Rajguru, while addressing a press conference on Wednesday said that as AASU has resigned from the committee, the remaining members should also follow the suit and resign from the committee as well. They said that the committee is nothing but a ‘cover-up’ to the central government’s move to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. They also thrashed Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and said, “Himanta is a liar and he has money power.”BTC won’t bear the burden of Citizenship Bill” senior BPF leader-cum- Minister of Social Welfare Department, Pramila Rani Brahma said while expressing her views on controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill issue. Her comments came just hours after the Lok Sabha passed the controversial Bill. A couple of days ago, BTC Chief-cum-BPF President Hagrama Mohilary said that “BPF has nothing to say much about the Bill as the issue is related to the Assam Accord and historic Assam Movement.” It may be mentioned that there are fears in the state that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will lead to a huge influx of Hindu Bangladeshis.
Citizen Amendment Bill, 2016 : AGP Ministers Tender Their Resignations
 Bhupen Goswami (09/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The three AGP ministers in the BJP-led Assam government are going to tender their resignations to Assam Governor today (Jan 9). The AGP leaders have been campaigning against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 for the past few days. On Monday, AGP President Atul Bora in an official statement in New Delhi had announced that ”AGP is no longer in alliance with BJP”. AGP leaders had gone to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at his official residence to discuss the controversial issue ‘Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016’. After the meeting the AGP leaders stated that after so much there is no question of staying in alliance with BJP. This was followed by, Cabinet had approved JPC’s report and the Citizenship Bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha amid massive protests on Tuesday. Earlier, Asom Gana Parishad threatened that “If Centre passes the Citizen Amendment Bill, 2016 in the Parliament then the AGP to break alliance with the BJP-led state government.”
Citizenship Bill : AGP Urges CM To Take The Side Of People,Cotton University Students’ Boycott Classes
 Bhupen Goswami (09/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : After returning from New Delhi, AGP president Atul Bora addressed a press conference on Tuesday. Bora got emotional during the Press Conference. He emotionally said that they had failed to get any positive response from CM Sarbananda Sonowal regarding the Citizenship Bill. “Our party repeatedly reminded Sonowal that if timely action is not taken, the Assamese people would become a minority in their own land.” “AGP had sought an appointment with Sonowal to discuss on the Bill, but CM Sonowal didn’t give appointment.” “AGP fought against the Bill till the end but when we came to know that the centre is going to pass the Bill in Parliament, we broke alliance with the party. Bora said that “My mother repeatedly urged me to take the side of the greater Assamese community as people are opposing it tooth and nail and atlast I did this.” “After the breakup with BJP, my mother telephoned me and said emotionally ‘Well done my boy” – said Bora. “Sonowal is our teammate during the time of Assam Agitation. I have seen the picture of my mother in Sonowal’s mother. Therefore, I want to urge Sonowal that he should stand with his eyes closed in front of the photograph of his mother and ask her opinion on the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.” – Bora added.On other hands The Cotton University Students’ Union (CUSU) on Tuesday declared an indefinite class boycott to protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The indefinite class boycott has started from today (Jan 9). CUSU also planned to initiate a united student movement against the Bill across the State. The CUSU has convened a meeting on Wednesday among the student unions of all colleges and universities of Guwahati to discuss about the matter. Tezpur university students’ council also clarified their stand against the Bill. In a press release, the students’ council firmly opposed the Bill and urged the people of Assam to continue the ongoing protest.
Assam Youth Opposes Citizenship Bill With Blood,Artists Voice Against Bill
 Bhupen Goswami (08/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Amid the massive protest against the Citizenship Amendmend Bill 2016 by various organisations in Assam on Tuesday, a Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad, Asom (TAYPA) member in Banderdewa’s Bhogpur has protested against the bill by writing a leaflet with his blood. The former All Assam Students Union (AASU) member and now a TAYPA member has shown his opposition against the bill ripping his chest with blade and writing a leaflet at National highway 15. The TAYPA activist named Ghanakanta expressed his exasperation and recalled the old days when Sarbananda Sonowal was an AASU activist who talked of regionalism but is now supporting the bill. He also appealed Sonowal to oppose the bill for the greater interest of the people of the state. In first of its kind from Assam in New Delhi, members of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) staged a naked protest in the national capital but the center is till adamant about imposing the bill. It is to be mentioned that an 11-hour Assam bandh has been called by All Assam Students Union (AASU) and 30 other ingenious organisations from 5 am on Tuesday. The bandh turned violent in many parts of Assam and incidents of stone pelting, tyre burning, and occasional lathi charges were reported from various places. The bandh has been called to withdraw the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 which the government will table in Lok Sabha today.Meanwhile A number of conscious Assamese singers on Tuesday took to street in seeking scrapping of controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The singers staged a sit-in protest at Moran and tied black cloths around their mouths in protest against the Bill. They sung Bhupen Hazarika’s one of the popular songs ‘Aah! Aah! Ulai Aah’, ‘Buku Hom Hom Kore’ and many songs based on Assamese regionalism during the protest. Singers like Bipin Chowdang, Neel Akash, Kusum Kailash, Madab Ranjan, Debajit Borah and others took part in the sit-in protest. Speaking at the protest the singers said that, if timely action is not taken, the Assamese people would become a minority in their own land.
No person will face discrimination, law will imply to all states: Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha,
 Bhupen Goswami (08/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :"Assam is facing problems due to illegal migrants. This law is for people of India and no person will face discrimination under this Bill. The law will imply to all states, it is not restricted to Assam. The bill is introduced to guard people's interest," Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Tuesday in Lok Sabha. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was tabled today in Lower House as scheduled. The Home Minister had earlier said Clause 6 "wasn't fully implemented" and the notification came days after the Union Cabinet cleared a proposal to set up a high-level committee. Home minister Rajnath Singh has tabled the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha. It aims to provide citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians - after six years of residence in India, instead of 12, even if they do not possess proper documents. The Bill has faced massive opposition in northeastern states, particularly Assam, after PM Narendra Modi declared the intention to get the bill passed in Parliament. The Constitutional Amendment Bill, number 124, to provide 10 per cent quota in government jobs and education for "economically weaker" sections among the general category has also been tabled in the Lok Sabha and will be taken up for debate next. The Narendra Modi Cabinet had on Monday, in a surprise decision months before polls, announced the reservation, meeting a key demand of upper castes, a staunch BJP support base which has shown signs of a drift from the party.
Northeast Bandh : In a 1st, Northeast India comes together against Citizenship Amendment Bill, Manipur,Arunachal , Nagaland,Mizuram , Aghalaya comes to standstill, protesters block roads
 Bhupen Goswami (08/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : North East Students' Organisation (NESO)has called for a state-wide called An 11-hour Northeast bandh Shops,he entire region of Northeast India is observing an 11-hr shut down on Tuesday to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The shutdown began from 5am and will go on till 4 pm today. markets, financial institutions kept their shutters down, educational institutions, private offices remained closed and private vehicles, including long-distance buses, kept off roads .An 11-hour Northeast bandh called by a number of students' organisations and political parties on Tuesday, to protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, began amid tight security.Several students' bodies of the region have decided to observe the ''bandh'' in support of the call given by the North East Students' Organisation (NESO), an umbrella organisation of students' unions, of which the AASU is a constituent.espite the Meghalaya Government issuing a warning against employees who will remain absent from work on the day of the band, the state wore a deserted look with scanty populace in the streets. Here are the highlights from across the state in pictures. Stray instances of vandalism including burning of tyres and damaged vehicles were reported from Shillong’s Mawprem area.Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday said that the Cabinet had already come out with an official resolution to oppose the move by the BJP led NDA to bring an amendment to the Citizenship Bill. “There is no confusion about our stand on this issue.In Mizoram, chief minister Zoramthanga on Monday said the state government is strongly against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and extended support to Tuesday’s bandh in the Northeast called by the North East Students’ Organisation (Neso) in protest against the Centre’s bid to pass the bill in Parliament.n Tripura, head of the erstwhile Royal Family of Tripura and Working President of the Tripura Congress Pradyot Manikya Debbarma has welcomed the decision of the AGP on the issue of the citizenship amendment bill where the regional party from Assam withdrew their support to the BJP after the saffron party decided to bring in the controversial Citizenship Amendment bill in the Parliament. In Arunachal Pradesh, the bandh has been supported by the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) among other organizations. Rallying behind the NESO, AAPSU general secretary Tobom Dai had informed that the AAPSU would enforce the 11-hour bandh across the state through its federating units.The streets of Nagaland also wore a scant look with volunteers of Naga students as well as Non Naga students helping to enforce the bandh among others.In Manipur too, the All Manipur Student’s Union (AMSU) had announced that it will enforce the 11-hour Northeast bandh in the state, called by the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) in protest against the proposed move of the Union Government to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.Meanwhile, member organisations of the NESO in other states such as Mizo Zirlai Pawal (MZP), All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU), Khasi Students Union (KSU), Garo Students Union (GSU), Naga Students'' Federation (NSF), All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) and Twipra Students Federation (TSF) are also supporting the bandh.The northeast 11-hour bandh has left its mark on Manipur as well and normal life has been disrupted as business establishments remained shut and public transport was off streets.
Burning Assam :Affects Trains Services,Villagers Protest Assam CM’s Residence,CM Calls For Emergency Meeting
 Bhupen Goswami (08/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The 11-hour Assam bandh called by All Assam Students Union (AASU) and 30 other ingenious organisations from 5 am on Tuesday turned violent in many parts of Assam. Incidents of stone pelting, tyre burning, and occasional lathi charges were reported from various places of the state so far. The bandh has been called to withdraw the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 which the government will table in Lok Sabha today. The bandh supporters resorted to damaging public properties and vandalized several vehicles at Guwahati Club, Noonmati, Beltola, Maligaon and many places of Guwahati.A number of vehicles including government properties were damaged in stone-pelting by the bandh volunteers in upper Assam as per reports. In early morning the bandh supporters swarmed in large numbers and blocked the roads by burning tyres in various districts of Assam. Commercial vehicles, government which were seen plying on the roads, were damaged by the protesters. Train services were hit and passengers stranded at different railway stations – as per reports. The bandh has also been backed by 70 other indigenous organisations of Assam, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) , Congress and Assam Gana Parishad (AGP). North East Students Organisation (NESO) has also called for a North East bandh today against the center proposed citizenship amendment bill 2016. “We will never be minorities in our own state. The bill once passed will make the Assamese people minorities in Assam. The BJP government in Assam came to power promising to protect ‘Jati’, ‘Mati’, and ‘Bheti’ (community, land, and foundation) of Assam. However, it has made a U-turn on its promises and is hatching a conspiracy against indigenous communities,” said AASU chief advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya . “We have been fighting for several decades to secure our indigenous rights and immigrants free state. Sadly, the government has turned a blind eye to our legitimate demands,” said Bhattacharya . It is to be mentioned that, ” In Assam, the All Assam Students Union (AASU) has called for a state-wide bandh after a gap of 10 years.Rail blockade across Assam were witnessed after All Assam Students Union (AASU) and 30 indigenous organisations called for a 11 hour Assam bandh on Tuesday against the Citizenship amendment Bill 2016. Protesters of Students Federation of India (SFI) and Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) staged a protest at gate no 2 of Guwahati Railway Station. The protesters also got into a fight with the security personnel. The Guwahati-bound Kamakhya was stopped near Moranhaat Station by the AASU protesters. AASU also staged protest a Kaliabor and halted trains. In Tinsukia’s Makum, half naked All Adivasi Students’ Association (ATASA ) and Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad protesters staged a protest in and halted Lidu – Tinsukia express. The protesters on the rail tracks today demanded the withdrawal of the citizenship Amendment Bill which is to be passed at Lok Sabha today.The Assam Bandh called by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has seen massive support from the people across the state and strong protests were seen in Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s home village. The villagers have staged a protest in front of Sonowal’s residence in Dibrugarh alleging that he is no more a ‘Jatir Nayak’ but a ‘Khalnayak’.The people of the state are agitated due to the BJP’s stand and most importantly Sonowal supporting the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which is all set to be passed in the Lok Sabha today. The CM’s support towards the Bill and the Centre leaving behind the emotions and what would the Bill, when passed, bring to the native and the indigenous population of the state have led people to lose faith in him leading to the massive protests in front of his house.With law and order at unrest in Assam, due to the Assam Bandh called by AASU opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill, an important meeting has been called at Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s official residence. All the spokespersons of the Assam BJP party have been invited for the meeting. Party President Ranjit Das, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Naba Doley, Bhabesh kalita are among those leaders attending the meeting. It may be noted that the state BJP leaders who maintained silence during the state’s struggle to oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill, have now called for an emergency meeting due to the state’s present situation.
Asom Gana Parishad walks out of coalition government with BJP over Citizenship Bill
 Bhupen Goswami (07/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :The Asom Gana Parishad on Monday broke alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.AGP chief Atul Bora. The Asom Gana Parishad and the BJP are part of the coalition government in Assam along with the Bodoland People’s Front. The bill seeks to amend the Citizenship Act of 1955 in order to grant citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan if they have lived in India for six years, even if they do not possess the necessary documents. The existing law states that “citizenship of India by naturalisation can be acquired by a foreigner (not illegal migrant) who is ordinarily resident in India for twelve years”.The decision came days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared in Silchar that his administration was working to ensure the law gets passed in Parliament. Addressing a rally on Friday, Modi claimed the legislation is meant to safeguard “all who had been victims of Partition”. The Asom Gana Parishad had on Saturday reiterated that it would break away from the alliance if the Bill is tabled in Lok Sabha. Party founder and former Assam Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta told Media persons on Monday that there is no reason for Asom Gana Parishad to continue its alliance with the BJP after the prime minister’s declaration. “The bill speaks of the double standard of the BJP-led central government,” Mahanta said. “On one hand the Supreme Court-monitored update of the National Register of Citizens, 1951, is underway and on the other, the government is trying to legalise the foreigners.” The Assam Accord is within the Indian Constitution, he said. “Mocking the Assam Accord reflects the bankruptcy of these leaders and shows that these leaders are nothing but empty vessels which sound more. They are not aware of the history and struggle of Assam,” Mahanta added.While the AGP had been announcing that it will break the alliance if the BJP goes ahead with the Citizenship Bill, pressure was mounting on it to break ties with the BJP. ‚Äč In a house of 126, BJP along with its allies Asom Gana Parishad and Bodoland People’s Front have 86 seats, of which 60 belong to the BJP, 14 to the AGP and 12 to the BPF. So, the AGP pulling out does not seem to pose a threat to the government. But, with the Lok Sabha elections looming large, this can have massive repercussion in Upper Assam, where Assamese identity has often been the main poll plank in every election.
Over Citizenship Bill:AJYCP Stages Naked Protest In Tinsukia, 11-hour bandh in Northeast on January 8
 Bhupen Goswami (07/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : After members of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) staged a naked protest at New Delhi on Monday , members of Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) too shaved off their head on the spot and staged a naked protest in Tinsukia against the center proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016. The protest has been launched as the Joint Parliamentary Committtee (JPC) is set to submit its final report on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in front of the House around 12 PM. The protest is demanding the cancellation of the Citizenship Bill. Massive protests erupted across the state after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Silchar visit had stated in his speech that Cab will be implemented this Parliament session. It may be noted that no organisation from Assam had to stage a naked protest in the national capital earlier. On other Hand Student organizations and indigenous groups across northeast have called for an 11-hour ‘bandh’ in seven states of the region on January 8 in protest against the Centre’s move to table the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in parliament. The announcement of the strike came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced at a rally in Assam’s Silchar on Friday about his government’s desire to go ahead with the Bill despite opposition from the region. There’s fear among a sizeable section in northeast that, if the Bill, which seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis, Buddhists and Jains from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, is passed, it would reduce the indigenous population in the region to minority.“This design by the government of India is very dangerous as it will reduce the indigenous peoples of the northeast to a minority,” said a statement issued by Samuel Jyrwa, president of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO). The umbrella students’ body, which comprises student organizations from seven states in the region and has been opposing the Bill, has supported the ‘bandh’ call on January 8.“NESO warns the government of India not to play with the future of the indigenous peoples of northeast for vote bank politics. Northeast is not a dumping ground for illegal migrants,” Jyrwa added. All Assam Students Union (AASU), the state’s prominent student body which led a six year agitation from 1979 to 1985 against illegal Bangladeshis, and 30 other indigenous bodies from the state have also sought support from the public for the January 8 ‘bandh’. To protest against the Bill, Monday will be observed as Black Day across Assam and copies of the Bill burnt. This will be followed by the ‘bandh’ from 5:00 am to 4:00 pm on January 8.
Over Citizenship Bill:AJYCP Stages Naked Protest In Tinsukia, 11-hour bandh in Northeast on January 8
 Bhupen Goswami (07/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : After members of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) staged a naked protest at New Delhi on Monday , members of Assam Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) too shaved off their head on the spot and staged a naked protest in Tinsukia against the center proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016. The protest has been launched as the Joint Parliamentary Committtee (JPC) is set to submit its final report on the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in front of the House around 12 PM. The protest is demanding the cancellation of the Citizenship Bill. Massive protests erupted across the state after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Silchar visit had stated in his speech that Cab will be implemented this Parliament session. It may be noted that no organisation from Assam had to stage a naked protest in the national capital earlier. On other Hand Student organizations and indigenous groups across northeast have called for an 11-hour ‘bandh’ in seven states of the region on January 8 in protest against the Centre’s move to table the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in parliament. The announcement of the strike came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced at a rally in Assam’s Silchar on Friday about his government’s desire to go ahead with the Bill despite opposition from the region. There’s fear among a sizeable section in northeast that, if the Bill, which seeks to grant citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Parsis, Buddhists and Jains from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan, is passed, it would reduce the indigenous population in the region to minority.“This design by the government of India is very dangerous as it will reduce the indigenous peoples of the northeast to a minority,” said a statement issued by Samuel Jyrwa, president of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO). The umbrella students’ body, which comprises student organizations from seven states in the region and has been opposing the Bill, has supported the ‘bandh’ call on January 8.“NESO warns the government of India not to play with the future of the indigenous peoples of northeast for vote bank politics. Northeast is not a dumping ground for illegal migrants,” Jyrwa added. All Assam Students Union (AASU), the state’s prominent student body which led a six year agitation from 1979 to 1985 against illegal Bangladeshis, and 30 other indigenous bodies from the state have also sought support from the public for the January 8 ‘bandh’. To protest against the Bill, Monday will be observed as Black Day across Assam and copies of the Bill burnt. This will be followed by the ‘bandh’ from 5:00 am to 4:00 pm on January 8.
KMSS Protest Naked In Delhi Against Citizenship Bill,Black Day Today In LS For Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (07/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : It is going to be black day in Lok Sabha today in Assam as the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) report on Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) will be placed today and BJP would like to pass it tomorrow. Sans technicalities, the Bill now can not be stopped from passing as the BJP has huge majority in the Lok Sabha. The only technicalities that till last night Business Advisory Committee (BAC), which runs the business of the house, was not informed by the Government about laying the bills. The conventions is that BAC is informed at least 4 hours in advance for any introduction of the Bill and for Constitutional Amendment Bill, the BAC informed days ago. Meanwhile Congress is organizing a symbolic protest before the Parliament today.The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and several other organisations of Assam on Monday stripped naked and staged protest in New Delhi against Centre’s move to table the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.Protesters took to the streets and raised “Bangladeshis, go back” slogans. The prime minister had announced at a rally at Silchar in Assam on Friday that the government is moving ahead with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. KMSS advisor Akhil Gogoi said “it’s time people come out and raise voice for their rights.” “I salute these men to stage the highest form of protest in the democratic way. This is the time we stand united for the cause of our land and rights. This is time all of the people should come out to voice for their rights and the conspiracy against the BJP government (sic),” Gogoi said. He also said that the BJP government is trying to woo the Hindu Bengali voters with this bill. North East Students’ Organization (NESO), the umbrella body of all major students’ bodies of the northeast, has also called for an 11-hour strike on January 8 to stage their opposition against the bill. On Sunday, the KMSS and other organisations took out protest rallies across Assam and burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. According to Assam Accord, anyone who has come here after March 25 of 1971 is illegal, irrespective of their religion, caste and creed. The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955. It seeks to grant citizenship to people from minority communities - Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh after six years of residence in India instead of 12 even if they do not possess any proper document. The Bill has been opposed by a large section of people and organisations in the Northeast.
JPC Submits Final Report On Citizenship Amendment Bill,Modi Cabinet Approved
 Bhupen Goswami (07/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The most dreaded moment for the people of Assam has come as the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) has submitted its final report on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 (CAB) in the Lok Sabha as well in the Rajya Sabha. The faith of the native and indigenous people of the state will be decided today as JPC Chairman Rajendra Agarwal submitted the final report of 440 pages. The Bill will be passed in the Lok Sabha tomorrow that is on january 08, which is the last day of the Parliament’s Winter Session. Already Modi cabinet Approved and the government will move the Constitutional Amendment Bill on Tuesday and may also extend the Winter Session for the same by two days. Amid mixed reactions, mostly opposing the Bill have been received by the JPC, who had come to Assam to meet the people and take their opinion into account. The JPC had also promised to return to Guwahati for a second meeting with the people to take opinions, however, nothing as such happened and the JPC have today submitted its final report. Even as JPC is submitting the report, there are massive protests being staged across the state as well as in New Delhi. KMSS has staged a naked protest in the national capital opposing the implementation of the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Black Day is being observed in the state with black flags being hoisted in front of the DC Office, BJP Headquarters and Chief Minister’s residence in Dibrugarh.
Assam Chief Minister Sonowal lays foundation stone of Kokrajhar Medical College
 Bhupen Goswami (06/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : In a bid to make healthcare facilities more accessible, affordable, accountable and yet advanced in the BTAD areas, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today laid the foundation stone of Kokrajhar Medical College and Hospital at a programme held at Kokrajhar today.    The 500 bedded Kokrajhar Medical College and Hospital will have the intake capacity of 100 students for MBBS degree. The hospital will be built on a plot of land measuring 81.75 acre involving an approximate financial outlay of Rs. 382.70 crore and is projected to be completed within 30 months.      Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Sonowal said that with the foundation stone being laid the long standing need for a state of the art medical college in BTAD areas has been fulfilled. He also termed the day as the red letter day in the history of BTC as he hoped that the proposed medical college will be able to impart state of the art medical education using advanced technology to the students especially belonging to BTAD areas. Stating about the sequel of developments taking place in BTAD areas, Sonowal said that this has been possible because of the able leadership of BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary. He also thanked Hagrama Mohilary for transforming BTAD area into an epicenter of development. The once violence ridden area has been turned into an area symbolizing peace, prosperity and harmony, Sonowal added. The Chief Minister also said that Assam is a melting pot of different communities who have been living in harmony since ages. He also said that people belonging to Barak, Brahmaputra, hills and plains in the state are living happily and nobody should be apprehensive as government will take all necessary steps to safeguard safety, security, integrity and dignity of all in the state. He further categorically said that the interests of the ethnic communities of the state will be safeguarded at any cost. Stating about improved law and order condition, Sonowal said that Assam is receiving investment proposals from various companies and with cooperation from all sections of the people the growth trajectory of the state will further be intensified. Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma while speaking on the occasion said that Kokrajhar Medical College and Hospital is the latest addition to the revolutionary changes that health sector in Assam has been witnessing under the BJP led coalition government in the state. He also said that a Cancer hospital and a Mother and Child Hospital will also be set up adjacent to Kokrajhar Medical College. He also said that under Assam Mala scheme new bridges and roads will be built in BTAD areas to stimulate it's connectivity. BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary speaking on the occasion gave a brief snapshot of the developmental activities taking place in BTAD areas. He also said a Sports Academy and Engineering college will also be built in BTAD areas. Social Welfare Minister Pramila Rani Brahma, Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma, Deputy Chief BTC Khampa Borgoiary, MP Biswajit Daimari, President Bodo Sahitya Sabha Toren Boro, it's general secretary Prasanta Boro, Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare Samir Kumar Sinha and a host of dignitaries from all walks of life were present on the occasion.
Hundreds Of Women Gherao Assam BJP Headquarter Office,AASU Called Assam bandh on January 8
 Bhupen Goswami (06/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Hundreds of women on Sunday morning gheraoed the BJP office at Hengerabari in Guwahati. According to sources, the women were members of Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS). The group of women shouted slogan against Narendra Modi led NDA government at the Centre for their decision to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in the ongoing session of the parliament. They also condemned the stand taken by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on the issue. Meanwhile, upon informing about the activities in front of BJP office, police immediately reached the spot and are controlling the situation and preventing the agitating crowd to take any violent step. It should be noted that, protests erupted across the State after PM Narendra Modi on Friday announced Centre’s decision of moving forward with the much debated Bill. On other hand After almost 10 years, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has called for Assam bandh on January 8 in protest against the Centre’s decision on the much debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. While addressing a press conference on Saturday in Guwahati, leaders of AASU and 30 other organisations said that though they do not want to call a bandh, the current socio-political situation in the State have compelled them to call a 11-hour bandh from 5AM on January 8. They leaders also said that they would observe ‘Black-Day’ on January 7, when JPC will Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 to the parliament. “We will never accept any Bill which goes against the Assam Accord,” said AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya, adding, “BJP has proved that they want to safeguard the Bangladeshis.” The Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking at a public rally in Silchar on Friday, made it clear that the government is going to pass the much debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on the ongoing session of the parliament.
Sarbananda A Fake ‘Jatiya Nayak’, Puppet CM: Tarun Gogoi
 Bhupen Goswami (06/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :Former Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi lambasted present Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday in a press conference at his government residence and said that Sonowal is a fake ‘Jatiya Nayak’(national hero) and is a puppet Chief Minister of the center ruled Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP). Calling Sonowal a spineless Chief Minister, Gogoi lashed out at BJP recalling the times when they announced to drive out the Bangladeshi’s out of the state but now have put red carpet to welcome them by implementing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. Gogoi also took a jibe at state Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and said that both Sonowal and Himanta wants to bring unrest in Assam again. Gogoi expressed his vexation against Sarbananda Sonowal and Himanta Biswa Sarma and the duo not care about the state and sentiments of the indigenous people. Assam Gana Parishad (AGP) and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) will also have to face massive dire straits in the upcoming elections, added Gogoi. Gogoi also said that the cabinet’s decision of forming a High Level Committee on the implementation clause 6 of Assam Accord is useless.
Citizenship Bill,Assam CM Faces Wrath Of Public :Committee Formed To Implement ‘Clause-6’
 Bhupen Goswami (06/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal had to face the wrath of public on his way to Ahom Sabha Adhibeshan in Dibrugarh’s Chowkidingee. Protestors who had been protesting against the Centre’s decision to implement the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, had disrupted the movement of the CM’s convoy. It may be noted that 70 organisations had staged a protest against the CM supporting the Centre to implement CAB. Effigies burned and waved black flags were during the protest. According to reports, police have arrested 40 persons involved in the protests.Meanwhile As declared by Rajnath Singh regarding the cabinet decision of forming a High Level Committee on the implementation clause 6 of Assam Accord, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Government of India, has formed a nine-member committee. As per notification issued by the Ministry on January 5, retired IAS officer MP Bezbarauah will head the nine-member committee. The Committee also consists of Subhash Das (Retired IAS), Dr Nagen Saikia (Former Assam Sahitya Sabha president), Dhiren Bezbaruah, Mukunda Rajbangshi, Ramesh Borpatragohain, Rongbong Terang (Former Assam Sahitya Sabha president), One representative of AASU and a Joint Secretary of MHA. The Committee will examine the effectiveness of actions taken since 1985 to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord. It will also assess the appropriate level of reservation of seats in Assam Legislative Assembly and local bodies for the Assamese people. Further the Committee will also suggest measures to be taken to protect Assamese and other indigenous languages of Assam and it will recommend the appropriate level of reservations in employment under the Government of Assam for the Assamese people. According to the notification issued by the MHA, the Committee will submit its report within 6 months from the date of notification.
Assam CM launches reconstruction and strengthening works of 81 roads at Dhekiajuli LAC
 Bhupen Goswami (05/01/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal ceremonially launched reconstruction and strengthening works of 81 roads of Dhekiajuli LAC under different schemes of the government in a programme held at Dhekiajuli Swahid Maidan in Sonitpur district today. Chief Minister Sonowal in his speech said that the initiative would boost road infrastructure and give new momentum to surface communication in the rural areas of Dhekiajuli. “Improvement of road infrastructure is a necessity for accelerating economic growth. The Union and State Governments have therefore put special emphasis on developing quality road network”, he said adding that Government of India sanctioned construction of 7000 KM rural roads in the state and released funds for the same. He moreover informed that the Government of Assam also focuses on reconstruction and strengthening roads of 26,000 villages and 1500 tea gardens of the state. Stating that corruption during Congress government deprived poor people of the state from the benefits of welfare schemes, Sonowal said that the present government completed 3.20 lakh IAY houses which were left incomplete by the previous government. Besides, the State Government completed 26 lakh sanitary toilets under Swacch Bharat Mission and provided free LPG cylinders to 19 lakh beneficiaries, he said. Sonowal also mentioned that anti-corruption drives being carried out by the present Government helped to regain people’s confidence into the administration. Further saying that the present government has come to power with popular mandate of the people of all section of the society, he assured that no one is required to panic as the government is committed to safeguard the interests of all local communities. He observed that interests of the local people are not safe unless they have rights over their land and added that the State Government handed over land pattas to around 11,500 local families on a single day in a bid to secure their interest and rights. Sonowal also informed that steps have also been taken to provide land pattas to around one lakh landless families of the state during current year. The Chief Minister in his speech urged the parents to induce humanitarian values among their children to develop them as good and responsible citizen of the country. He also directed Sonitpur Deputy Commissioner to take steps for allotment of land for construction of Swahid Smarak at Dhekiajuli.Tezpur MP RP Sarma, Dhekiajuli MLA Ashok Singhal and Borchola MLA Ganesh Limbu also delivered speech in the programme. MLA Pramod Borthakur, Chairman of Assam Petrochemicals Limited Jagadish Bhuyan, DC Manoj Deka, social worker Dr. Amiya Kumar Bhuyan and several other dignitaries were present in the programme. Earlier, Chief Minister Sonowal visited the Swahid Stambha located in the vicinity of Dhekaijuli Police Station and paid floral tribute to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives during the Quit India Movement.

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