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Conducted Press Tour on Goodwill Mission for Rural Media Persons to Rajasthan
 Sabyasachi Sharma (20/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Like the previous years, the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Assam has organised a Press Tour on Goodwill Mission for the Rural Media persons of various districts of Assam to the state of Rajasthan from 23rd May to 3rd June, 2018. Total 20 (Twenty) media persons from various districts have been selected for the press tour. Flagging-off function of the conducted press tour will be held on 23rd May, 2018 at Sri Sri Madhavdeva International Auditorium of Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati at 12:00 Noon where the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will flag-off the tour. The function will also be attended by Hrishikesh Goswami, Media Adviser to Chief Minister, Dr. A.K Singh, Addl. Chief Secretary and other dignitaries. The team will leave for Rajasthan on 24th May, 2018 from LGBI Airport, Borjhar. The team will be accompanied by two senior officers of the Directorate.
Assam PNRD Exam Question Paper leaked in WhatApp ?
 Sabyasachi Sharma (20/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : At first CBSC class ten and twelve question paper leaked, now in Assam PNRD Exam Question Paper has been leaked. People claimed they got question paper in some Whatsapp groups. As per the information, sources said that from various parts of Assam that question papers of the Panchayat & Rural Development Exam held on Sunday across various centres in the state got leaked before the commencement of the exam. Some people claimed that they came across the complete question paper in some Whatsapp groups. Sources also informed that the question paper was leaked on Whatsapp from a centre in Silchar at around 1:20 pm on Sunday. It has been suspected that some students inside the examination hall at the particular centre managed to take their mobile phones inside the hall and click pictures of the question papers and thereby leaked it in the Whatsapp groups which went viral later. In the mean time, the Panchayat & Rural Development Exam started at 1:30 pm and is scheduled to end at 4:30 pm. It is still not clear whether these claims of the paper leak are true and needed further verification and official reaction on this matter.
‘Parking Rhino’, an Mobile App to solve Assam’s Car parking problem
 Sabyasachi Sharma (20/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Assam’s car parking problems are about to be addressed soon. Now an App is ready to solve Assam’s Car Parking problem. Two young engineers of Assam are all set to address car parking problems in the Northeastern region with their mobile app named ‘Parking Rhino’. The app will reportedly manage both on-street and off-street parking in Guwahati and other towns of Assam such as Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Tezpur, by providing real-time information to drivers. The two founders Tridib Konwar and Mriganka Deka, both alumni of the Assam Engineering College, reportedly, secured seed funds from Numaligarh Refinery Limited’s ‘Ideation’ programme last year and they were able to launch their operation in Guwahati. ParkingRhino is currently serving 15 cities in India along with two cities in Philippines and there are plans of launching the app in a few South-East Asian countries in the next six months. Reports say that ParkingRhino has begun market research and lead generation for other northeastern states and has plans of digitizing more than 400 parking locations in the region through the platform. The app will most likely cover more than 50 GMC (Guwahati Municipal Corporation) parking locations in Guwahati-Shillong Road and Zoo road in the next few months. The founders, bogged by inefficient system of parking vehicles in their work city Bengaluru had launched the app in 2016, but the focus shifted towards the North East after Assam-based Numaligarh Refinery Limited had launched ‘Ideation’ last year to promote start-ups in the northeast and selected ParkingRhino along with two other firms for funding their projects. It should be mentioned here that it is real good news for the peoples of Assam. This mobile app can solve the daily problems of the peoples who worried for parking their vehicles.
Assam: ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans in Hailakandi, AIUDF member arrested for allegedly shouting
 Sabyasachi Sharma (20/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Not in Pakistan, but within Indian Territory, in Barak Valley, Assam ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans have been given by a political member. AIUDF member arrested for allegedly shouting ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans in Hailakandi of Barak. As per information, a party member of the AIUDF identified as Nasir Uddin has been arrested on Saturday by the Hailakandi police for allegedly shouting “Pakistan Zindabad” (Long Live Pakistan) slogans during the fiasco between the members of the Congress and AIUDF over the construction of a toilet recently. Sources informed that the members of the Congress and BJP had opposed the construction of the toilet under the supervision of AIUDF near a government-run hospital named after former Congress MLA Santosh Kumar Roy and had opposed the construction because it was being built close to a statue of Roy. Hailakandi Sadar I/C Tinku Goswami informed that the Hailakandi BJP has filed a case at the Hailakandi P/S bearing case number 347/2018 against Nasir Uddin along with Hailakandi MLA Anawar Hussain Laskar, Dilwar Hassan and Ali Ahmed accusing them of inciting violence and spreading anti-national feelings. Meanwhile, accused Nasir Uddin has been arrested and a detailed investigation is being carried out on the other AIUDF members including the Hailakandi legislator. It may be mentioned that Section 144 of the code of criminal procedure has been promulgated in Hailakandi district after the political clash went violent between the members of the Congress and AIUDF over the construction of the toilet. BJP strongly criticised this incident and demanded action against the person who was shouted “Pakistan Zindabad” (Long Live Pakistan) slogans.
Assam: Akhil Gogoi and others detained for waving Black Flags outside NEDA Meeting at Guwahati
 Bhupen Goswami (20/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Akhil whisked away moments before Amit Shah’s arrival at NEDA conclave. Akhil Gogoi and other leaders and members of KMSS were detained from outside the premises of Sankardev Kalakhetra while they were waving black flags followed by strong protests against BJP National President Amit Shah’s visit to Guwahati for the third NEDA meeting. Right from the morning on Sunday, hundreds of KMSS activists were seen protesting outside Kalakhetra premises in Guwahati where the third NEDA meeting is being held and Amit Shah is supposed to arrive. The activists were seen protesting against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. KMSS workers planned to welcome BJP national president with black flags opposing citizenship bill at NEDA conclave. The KMSS is also observing ‘black day’ on Sunday. As the protests grew stronger, KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi and others were detained and were taken away in buses from the spot. Akhil Gogoi, while being taken away said that though they had planned to stage a protest demonstration in a democratic way, the administration had acted in a barbaric way which is demeaning to democracy. Akhil had earlier called upon the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) to boycott the NEDA conclave and exhibit their protest against the citizenship bill. Meanwhile, multiple supporters of BJP arrived at the same spot waving party flags claiming that they have come to welcome BJP National President Amit Shah. Some of them were even seen involving in a mild fracas with KMSS supporters. According to latest reports, some of the KMSS members have been taken away to 4th APBN at Kahilipara while others have been taken away to Basistha PS.
Assam: Guwahati NEDA conclave Amit Shah begins brainstorming for Lok Sabha elections
 Bhupen Goswami (20/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Amit Shah begins brainstorming for Lok Sabha elections at NEDA conclave in Guwahati. Due to this Kalakshetra turns into powerhouse of BJP and its nine regional alliance parties of the Northeast. With an eye on the ensuing Lok Sabha elections slated for 2019, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president, Amit Shah arrived in Guwahati on Sunday. He is attending the third conclave of NEDA at Srimanta Shankardev Kalakshetra in Guwahati on Sunday. The third political conclave of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), a platform of BJP and its nine regional alliance parties of the Northeast, is being held in Guwahati today. Earlier, BJP national president Amit Shah was accorded a warm welcome by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Borjhar on the outskirts of Guwahati early Sunday morning. Shah drove straight to the venue of the NEDA conclave from the airport. According to top BJP sources, the NEDA political conclave in Guwahati is being organized to draw up strategies for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The BJP is eyeing to rope in as many as 21 seats among the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the north-eastern region. Notably, barring Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, all the other chief ministers of north-eastern states are participating in the third political conclave of NEDA in Guwahati on Sunday. They are Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, apart from Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. Around 120 office-bearers of the Assam BJP unit including ministers and legislators are attending the NEDA conclave at Kalakshetra. On the other hand, BJP in-charge for the Northeast, Ram Madhav, national general secretary of the BJP Ram Lal, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Northeast Zonal Secretary of the BJP Ajay Jamwal, Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) president Atul Bora, NEDA convenor Himanta Biswa Sarma, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) supremo Hagrama Mohilary, former Forest Minister of Assam Pramila Rani Brahma are among those present in the NEDA conclave. Several parliamentarians from the north-eastern region including Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Railways Rajen Gohain are also attending the NEDA conclave.
Rainfall To Continue In Parts Of Northeast
 Bhupen Goswami (19/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : As per latest Skymet Weather reports, rainfall shall continue in Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura during the next 48 hours. Light rain at scattered places may also occur over Arunachal Pradesh during the same time.Squall and lightning strikes are also expected to continue along with rainfall. Hilly regions are expected to observe pleasant and cool weather conditions. It may be mentioned here that Northeast India has been recording continuous rains since the beginning of pre-Monsoon season.
More than 15 years older Vehicles to be banned in Guwahati
 Bhupen Goswami (19/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : More than 15 years older Vehicles to be banned in Guwahati.In order to counter the rising level of pollution in Guwahati, the Transport Department has decided to put a ban on vehicles older than 15 years. The decision was taken on Saturday. According to the reports, all the vehicles registered in Guwahati will have to change their number plates to High-Security Registration Plates (HSRP) by May 21 and further, the department has banned all the vehicles older than 15 years from running in the city. A total of 9,95,265 vehicles will have to change their current registration plate with HSRP. Drivers seeking a license will have to undergo a specific test. Vehicles older than 15 years will be scrapped due to the pollution norms but it is yet to be ascertained which vehicle will fall under this rule. The plates will be installed on the vehicles to increase protection against theft. It may be mentioned that HSRP was made mandatory in many states at least 13 years ago but it was not implemented fully. Now, the transport department is taking steps to make the HSRP compulsory for all vehicles.
ASSAM: AASU STAGES PROTEST AT NALBARI & AGP IN GOLAGHAT DISTRICT AGAINST THE CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT BILL
 Bhupen Goswami (19/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :n a yet another protest staged by All Assam Students Union(AASU) on Saturday the activists opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Nalbari district of Assam. While the activists protested with slogans calling BJP ‘Go back’. The protest was staged at the same time while the Executive Meeting of Bharatiya Janata Party is still on continuation in Nalbari district. It may be notified that many organisations are still uproaring against the citizenship bill. While there is an uproar against the Proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 across the state,the Assam Gana Parishad Golaghat Committee joined in too. The Committee collected signatures from the locals protesting against the bill to be submitted as a Memorandum. The Committee stated that if the bill is not discarded at the earliest, then soon the situation in the state will take a dreadful turn.
Manipur State Government will continue to stand collectively against all the attempts of bringing disintegration of the State in any form.
 Bhupen Goswami (19/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Manipur State Government will continue to stand collectively against all the attempts of bringing disintegration of the State in any form.Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh has reiterated that the present coalition State Government will continue to stand collectively against all the attempts of bringing disintegration of the State in any form.speaking at a press conference Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren said that he on behalf of the State Government would like to make this joint stance clear to the public and the Central Government in the light of the Naga peace talks interlocutor Shri R.N Ravi’s reported statement hinting formation of an autonomous Naga Territorial Council to resolve the decades old Naga issue. Stating that there is no change of stance of the State Government on the State’s territorial integrity issue, the Chief Minister iterated that the present Government would also never accept any form of disintegration among the people of the State apart from boundary alteration. Assuring that the present State Government would never disappoint the people of the State but go together with them by keeping them on the loop on the issue, the Chief Minister urged the Centre to consult all the stakeholders and the State Governments concerned before taking any final decision. Shri N. Biren also urged Shri R.N. Ravi to not give any statement to the media which may create anxiety to people’s mind at this juncture. The Chief Minister also said that he had written to the Prime Minister’s Office mentioning people’s wish and State Government’s stand soon after R.N Ravi’s statement was published on the media. Urging the people of the State to maintain calm, he appealed to them not to indulge in any activity which may hurt sentiments of fellow people of other communities though every citizen is free to stage demonstrations democratically. Regarding the demand for implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the Chief Minister urged the agitating employees to return to normal duties as the Government is determined to fulfill the demand though it is hard to fix a date for the time being. The Government is facing certain difficulties including financial constraints now, he added. Expressing happiness on winning Cleanest Town (NE region) award by Kakching and Best City in Citizens’ Feedback (NE region) award by Mayang Imphal under Swachh Bharat Mission, the Chief Minister said that credit goes to the people of these two towns as it is a sign of improvement their civic sense. The achievement could not have been possible without their support and cooperation, he added. Deputy Chief Minister Shri Yumnam Joykumar, Health Minister Shri L. Jayantakumar, CAF & PD Minister Shri Karam Shyam, Tribal Affairs and Hills Minister Shri N. Kayisii, Public Health Engineering Minister Shri L. Dikho and Education Minister Shri Th. Radheshyam were also present at the press conference.
ULFA(I) CLARIFIED THEIR STAND IN ASSAM DOOMDOOMA’S FIRING INCIDENT
 Bhupen Goswami (19/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : In a sensational case two persons at Doomdooma’s Rupaisiding area under Tinsukia was shot dead on Friday where unidentified miscreants fired indiscriminately at a shop. To this locals suspected of the involvement of ULFA(I). The case took more turns when ULFA(I) informed through a press release that there was no involvement of ULFA(I) in the firing. The press release also mentioned that the accused Rupantor Moran has no relations with ULFA(I). They also expressed their gratitude to the police for arresting the accused for his illegal involvement in demanding money.
AASU To Meet National Leaders For Consensus On Citizenship Amendment Bill
 Bhupen Goswami (19/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : With widespread protests in Assam over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has come forward to create awareness against the Bill at the national level in order to pressurise the Central government to not progress with the proposed Bill. “We have already met leaders of 11 political parties across the state over the Bill. We are going to meet more leaders at national level to have a consensus over the issue,” union adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya said on Friday. A Bhattacharyya led delegation, has met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar recently over the concerned matter. Kumar has assured the delegation that he would write to the Prime Minister against the Central government’s move to give citizenship on the basis of religion.We are going to meet Mamata Banerjee, Navin Patnaik and other strong regional party leaders across the country soon,” he said. AASU President Dipank Kumar Nath said, “Assam is a small state and had already taken the burden of illegal Bangladeshis, who entered the state till midnight of March 24, 1971. The illegal infiltration from Bangladesh had already changed the demography of the state” adding “The historical Assam Accord is a national commitment which had categorically said that those who had entered the state after midnight of March 24, 1971 will have to be detected and deported.” Nath has also informed that the student body’s central executive meeting is scheduled on Saturday followed by a delegates’ meeting on Sunday.
TWO PERSONS SHOT DEAD AT RUPAI IN ASSAM’S TINSUKIA DISTRICT
 Bhupen Goswami (19/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : In a shocking incident of firing at a commercial establishment in Tinsukia which killed two people has stirred an outrage in the area. The police said that suspected gunmen fired at a grocery shop on Friday late evening. The incident took place at Uday Chand Agarwal’s shop in Rupai of eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district, said the police. According to locals, two gunmen came to the shop and fired randomly, leading to immediate deaths of two. One of the deceased has been identified as Ramakanta Deori who was a customer and the other as Jeet Varma who was an employee at the shop.With speculations spreading across the region that the anti-talk faction of ULFA militants is involved in the incident, the police term it as incident of robbery. According to reports, one suspected ULFA militant Rupantar Moran has been detained by the police with interrogation for more details is still on. As a protest against the incident, Marwari Yuva Manch and Marwari Sanmilan call for a 24 hour Doom Dooma Bandh on Saturday. The impact of the bandh can be seen extensively in the region.
Assam CM Sonowal lays foundation stone of Rs. 43.87 crore railway over bridge at Barpeta Road
 Bhupen Goswami (18/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation stone of a Railway over-bridge at Barpeta road on state highway connecting Manas National Park with Barpeta road at a function held Barpeta today. The railway overbridge will be constructed with an expenditure of Rs. 43.87 crore under NLCPR in two year period. While the Govt. of India will bear Rs. 30.74 crore of the entire project coast, the Govt. of Assam will pump in another Rs. 13.13 crore to complete the project. Speaking on the occasion Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal underscored the rich tradition of cultural homogeneity and coexistence set forth by Satra nagari Barpeta and urged the people to take that forward to every corner of the state. Stating that India is a young country with more that 60 per cent of its population below the age of 35 years, Chief Minister Sonowal said that considering large pool of young population, the government is taking up several programmes to re-orient the young generation and develop their skills with the help of latest technological innovations. He also mentioned that the state government has already set up several skill development centers at different development blocks of the state. Further saying that Assam is experiencing rapid transformation in every sphere of public life, the Chief Minister sought the cooperation and guidance of the people in state’s march towards prosperity. Terming that corrupt practices hinder growth of a state, Sonowal said that with the active support of the people, the State government is relentlessly fighting against corruption and all its manifestations. Sonowal also said that the State government aims at providing a better social environment with greater opportunities for the youth and maintained that its uncompromising fight against corruption helped the people to repose their confidence in governance. Chief Minister Sonowal also stressed on the importance of ethical values in social life and asserted that this government would always uphold public interest. He also urged the people to keep close watch on the activities of the government and offer constructive criticism. Finance, PWD etc. minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarmah while speaking on the occasion said that the railway over-bridge once completed would facilitate better traffic movement to Manas National Park and ease out traffic congestion at Barpeta Road besides making positive impact on local trade and commerce. He also announced that the State PWD would soon start construction of another railway overbridge at Sarbhog. The PWD Minister further informed that the government of India has sanctioned 8000 km roads for the state under PMGSY during the current fiscal and the State government would also convert 1200 km additional road into pavers block. Dr. Sarma also informed that the government would soon start repairing works of 20000 km roads simultaneously in the state. Chairman Housefed and Local MLA Ranjeet Kr. Dass in his speech thanked the Chief Minister and the PWD Minister for taking the lead in sanctioning the project. Dass also highlighted the background of the project and spoke about different steps which are being planned for giving a boost to the development narratives of Sarbhog constituency. Barpeta Deputy Commissioner Thaneswar Malakar, Superintendent of Police Violet Baruah, prominent social worker Sankar Das, Chief Engineers of PWD and several other distinguished personalities were present in the meeting.
CONGRESS STAKES CLAIM TO FORM GOVERNMENT IN MANIPUR
 Bhupen Goswami (18/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : In a sensational twist in the political scenario of Manipur, former Chief Minister and CLP leader Okram Ibobi Singh have sought an appointment with the Manipur Governor Professor Jagfish Mukhi on today to demand an immediate the dissolution of the present BJP government based on the developments which have taken place in Karnataka. The resolution was taken at a meeting of Congress Legislature Party held at the official quarters of Opposition leader and ex Chief Minister Okram Ibobi, yesterday. Singh in his demand will appeal to the Governor to dissolve…
ARUNACHAL PRADESH, AAPSU TO PROTEST AGAINST CITIZENSHIP (AMENDMENT) BILL 2016
 Bhupen Goswami (18/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) is going to organize a sit-in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 at Itanagar on May 21 (Monday) next as decided by the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), a conglomerate of students’ organisations from the Northeast including AAPSU, All Assam Students’ Union, All Manipur Students’ Union, Khasi Students’ Union, Naga Students’ Federation, Garo Students’ Union, Mizo Zirlai Pawl and Twipra Students’ Federation. The sit-in demonstration will be the second phase of NESO agitation against the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The NESO along
People’s Party of Arunachal PPA asks Khandu Govt to hold meet on Citizenship Bill
 Bhupen Goswami (18/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : People’s Party of Arunachal PPA asks Khandu Govt to hold meet on Citizenship Bill.Launching a scathing attack on the ruling dispensation, People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has criticised the Pema Khandu-led BJP Government in the State for maintaining stoic silence on the issues of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Chakma-Hajong and Tibetan refugees.The regional outfit has suggested the State Government to convene a meeting of all stakeholders, including all political parties, representatives from refugee affected areas, student unions, and subject experts from Rajiv Gandhi University or other institutions at the earliest to discuss the possible implications of the Bill on Arunachal Pradesh. The Bill proposed by the Central Government seeks to grant citizenship to people without valid documents from six minority communities – Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians – from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after six years of residing in India. The PPA opined that while the Tibetan refugees are excluded from the purview of the Bill for now, but if passed, there is apprehension that the Tibetan refugees will be included in the legislation in the coming years. If Tibetan refugees start getting citizenship after staying in India for just six years, soon Arunachal Pradesh will be dominated by Tibetans and Chakma-Hajongs, the party said. Making a mention that Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that he has no reason to continue in his post if he cant protect the interest of the people of Assam, the PPA said, in contrast, Pema Khandu is silent on this issue. “If he is silent even after being aware of the issue, the common public has no other option but to assume that Pema Khandu and his BJP-led State Government is indirectly sympathising with Chakma-Hajong and Tibetan refugees and is ready to welcome them to become bonafide citizens of Arunachal Pradesh,” commented the PPA.
Assam: Dhubri based book published misleading information regarding Bihu of the state
 Sabyasachi Sharma (18/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : It’s shocking but true. In Assam, Dhubri based publisher claims Assam has 12 types of Bihu. The grammar and essay book has been informed to be the second edition published under New Mohammadiya Pustakalaya press Dhubri written by two authors identified as Mohammad E Ali and Bhuyan and Mulla When in the state various organizations have been raising voice towards preservation of Assamese culture, a shocking incident has come to light from Dhubri where a recently published grammar and essay book in the district read that Assam has 12 different types of Bihu and that Bihu is celebrated at every month’s end. The book further stated that although there are 12 different types of Bihu, only three are celebrated and further gave a brief on the celebration of Bihu. The astonishing facts published in the book on the state festival have left the people thunderstruck creating a sensation in the district. The grammar and essay book has been informed to be the second edition published under New Mohammadiya Pustakalaya press Dhubri written by two authors identified as Mohammad E Ali and Bhuyan and Mulla written for the 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students. Following the recognition of the books, a group of the concerned citizens have condemned the press for printing misleading facts on Assamese culture and demanded an investigation suspecting a conspiracy behind it. Education experts stated that the books have misleading and false facts and should not be added to the school curriculum for it would just be confusion for the upcoming generation. So they demanded that the book should be banned.
AAUEF: Assam State Universities’ employees to strike on May 28, Parag Pratim Saikia selected as new President
 Sabyasachi Sharma (18/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Bad news for the higher education sector of State. Assam State Universities’ employees to strike on May 28. 15th biennial conference of AAUEF: Parag Pratim Saikia selected as new President of All Assam University Employees’ Federation. As per the information, the All Assam University Employees’ Federation (AAUEF) during its 15th biennial conference held at Bodoland University, Kokrajhar on Thursday decided to stage a six-hour strike on May 28, 2018 in protest against non-publication of the 7th Common Pay Committee Report. The six-hour strike, to be held also in protest against non-implementation of the revised pay structure of the non-teaching employees of the State Universities of Assam by the Government of Assam, will include two-hour dharna and four-hour pen down from 11 AM on May 28, 2018. It was also decided during the conference to observe the same six hours’ strike on June 5, 6, 2018 if the report is not published and the pay structure is not implemented within May 28, 2018. The 15th biennial conference of the AAUEF was held at Bodoland University, Kokrajhar. In the conference, the charge of the AAUEF was handed over to the Bodoland University Employees’ Union for the session 2018-2020. Parag Pratim Saikia was unanimously selected as the President of the federation, who is the junior-most President in the history of AAUEF. Akan Roy was selected as General Secretary while Detsinfa Basumatary was selected as the Treasurer and Rwisumwi Narzary as Assistant Treasurer, who is the first lady member in the history of AAUEF. The conference, convened under the chairmanship of Bhabanan Barman, President of AAUEF, discussed various issues of the Federation. Representatives of four State Universities of Assam – Gauhati University, Dibrugarh University, Assam Agriculture University and Bodoland University – attended the conference. The conference discussed about the 7th Pay Committee’s Report, which was constituted for revision of pay to the non-teaching employees of the State Universities of Assam by the Governor, who is also the Chancellor of the State Universities of Assam. During the conference, the speakers expressed deep resentment and anxiety about non-implementation of the revised pay structure even after elapse of one year from the constitution of the CPC. So the federation decided to stage protest demanding solution to their issue.  
Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain: Migrant Bangladeshis are majority in 15 districts of Assam
 Sabyasachi Sharma (18/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : : Illegal Bangladeshis are majority in 15 districts of Assam. This serious allegation has made by Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain. He said that if the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is going to destroy the Assamese community then the leaders who are opposing it must have some strategy for saving Assam and its people. Speaking on the Bangladeshi migrants, the Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain stated that illegal Bangladeshi migrants are the majority in 15 districts of Assam and they have entirely captured these areas. Union Minister Rajen Gohain questioned the leaders of the organisations opposing the bill to clarify and explain to the people of Assam that how will they recover these 15 districts of Assam from the clutches of Bangladeshis who have occupied the majority of these areas. Union Minister of State for Railways further said if the proposed Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is going to destroy the Assamese community then the leaders who are opposing it must have some strategy for saving Assam and its people. At least they must publicly explain this and also reveal the formula to regain these districts where the Bangladeshis now are a majority of the population. He said that Hindus from Bangladesh are not threat of Assam. But Muslims are the real threat for the Assam and for the origin peoples of the state.
Anil Raja has alleged that the Assam BJP president Ranjit Dass was expelled from the B.Ed examination in the year 1994
 Bhupen Goswami (18/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Congress leader Anil Raja has alleged that the Assam BJP president Ranjit Dass was expelled from the B.Ed examination in the year 1994.After bringing sensational allegations on former minister Rockybul Hussain, now Anil Raja has alleged that the Assam BJP president Ranjit Dass was expelled from the B.Ed examination in the year 1994 after he was caught cheating by the evaluators. Speaking on the issue, the Congress leader rubbishing speculations about him joining the BJP said, “There are no chances of me joining the BJP because the party in the state is being run by a person who was once expelled for cheating during an examination. He was expelled by the expelled by the evaluators.” Raja added that in the year 1994, BJP president Ranjit Dass was a lecturer at the MC College, Barpeta but then he appeared for the B.Ed examination. While sitting in the examination he was caught ‘red handed’ cheating on the exam and immediately he was expelled by the observers. Later on principle of MC College, Arjun Das after knowing about the incident that Ranjit Dass cheated asked him (Ranjit Dass) to resign from his post of lecturer. He added that he because of certain other reasons will not at all join the BJP. He stated, “I will stay in the Congress but at the same time I will bring out the true faces of dishonest leaders like Rockybul Hussain in front of the people of Assam.”
Assam Barak Valley’s Cachar BJP MLA asked to prove Citizenship by Foreigners Tribunal
 Bhupen Goswami (18/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Assam Barak Valley’s Cachar BJP MLA asked to prove Citizenship by Foreigners Tribunal.At a time when the state is preparing for the final draft of the National Register of Citizen (NRC) another sensational incident took place in Barak Valley’s Cachar after BJP MLA from Borkhola constituency was served with a notice by the Foreigners’ Tribunal. The Foreigners’ Tribunal has served a notice suspected the BJP MLA Kishore Nath and six members of his family to be doubtful voters. The Foreigners’ Tribunal No 1, Cachar sent the notice to the BJP MLA this morning. The FT has sent notices to Nath’s wife Nilima Nath, his four brothers Matilal Nath, Pradip Nath, Jagdish Nath, Manik Nath and sister in law Rakhi Nath. Kishore Nath along with his family members will soon have to appear before an FT judge in order to prove that they are citizens of India. If they fail to prove their citizenship then there are chances that legal actions might be initiated against them.
Afghan National residing in Assam for last 40 years sent back to Afghanistan
 Bhupen Goswami (18/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Strange but a true incident, one Afghani national who was residing in Mirza for the last 40 years was escorted by Assam Police from LGBI Airport in Guwahati to IGI Airport in New Delhi on Thursday and was sent back to capital Kabul in Afghanistan. As per reports, the person who was residing here in the region owns a huge plot of land (Miadi Patta) and has the visa from Afghanistan which is likely to expire on May 19. The incident has raised questions as to how an Afghani national got hold of huge land and property in the state. The person also has his name registered in the ration card has also voted four times in the elections. Reportedly, the person had come to Assam way back in the year 1980 and married a woman from the state and started living here since then. During a conversation with the media, the person directly refused to comment upon the matter, however, the Assam Police had informed that the visa of the person is getting expired on May 19 and so he is being escorted back to his country.
CITIZENSHIP (AMENDMENT) BILL: AASU MOBILISES NATIONWIDE SUPPORT, GETS BIHAR CM NITISH KUMAR’S SUPPORT
 Bhupen Goswami (18/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :AASU adviser Samujjal Bhattacharjee, president Dipanka Kumar Nath and general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi meeting Bihar CM Nitish Kumar in Patna.Amid the row surrounding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) is now trying to mobilise nationwide support against the bill. The AASU leadership has met leaders of as many as 11 political parties, seeking their support to the campaign against the citizenship bill. Incidentally, the AASU’s efforts have already started bearing fruits with Janata Dal (United) president and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Yadav extending his support to the AASU. “We have started a nationwide campaign against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, and have met leaders of as many as 11 national parties, including Congress, JD(U), TRS, TDP and Left parties, and sought their support to our campaign against the bill. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has, in fact, extended his support to our campaign,” AASU adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharjee said in Guwahati.The AASU leadership said they are hopeful of exerting more pressure on the BJP-led central government so that the latter does not go ahead with the bill that proposes granting citizenship to minority communities facing persecution in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, including Bangladeshi Hindus. “We have also sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi but the PMO is yet to provide us a date for the meeting,” the AASU leadership further said, and added that they hope Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will come up with a clearer stand rather than making diplomatic statements.The influential students’ body also said it will intensify its agitation against the bill in the coming days if the government goes ahead with the bill.
25,000 Teachers To Lose Their Jobs In Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (18/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The central government has been taking up numerous steps to bring about reforms in the education sector of the country. However, some of such reforms pose grave threat to the community of teachers. Such reforms have brought job insecurity to around 25,000 contractual teachers of Assam along with few other employees of the education department. Many states of the country have started the process of regularising the posts of contractual teachers; however, no such step can be seen in Assam. Former Education Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma had increased the service years of contractual teachers by a period of 11 months.It may be mentioned here that the centre has allotted a sum of Rs 75,000 crore for the development of education sector in the country; all states, however, have to contribute their shares. The centre plans to merge the RMSA (Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan) and the SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiya). As such, the workforce shall be halved. Contractual teachers have been demanding for regularisation of their jobs; however, the government has not given any clear decision on the issue.
The Students of Dibrugarh University faces ban on entry to Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal :: KMSS called 'Black Day' on May 20 in protest against BJP President Amit Shah's visit
 Bhupen Goswami (17/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Students of Dibrugarh University faces ban on entry to Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal and The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) called 'Black Day' on May 20 in protest against BJP President Amit Shah's visit.The Students of Dibrugarh University, where Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal studied, said they would not allow the chief minister to enter his alma mater until the Centre drop the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. This comes close on the heels of Sonowal's announcement last week that he would step down as CM if he could not protect the interests of the people ofAssam. Since the visit of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the bill on May 7, the state has seen unprecedented street protests against the proposed legislation that offers citizenship to refugees belonging to Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan on religious grounds. The protesters fear that granting of citizenship to migrants from Bangladesh would turn the indigenous people into a minority in their own state. "Sarbananda Sonowal has said there is no reason for him to continue as the chief minister if he cannot protect the interests of the people of the state. Now, we have decided that we will not allow him to enter the Dibrugarh University campus unless he gets the bill scrapped," general secretary of Dibrugarh University Post Graduate Students' Union David Hazarika said. He added, "We are against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill because it is against the people of Assam." On Tuesday, the streets of Dibrugarh - Sonowal's home town - rang with the angry slogans of protesters against the bill. The rally took off from Dibrugarh University and was led by the powerful All Assam Students' Union (Aasu), which had once led the anti-foreigner Assam Agitation and of which Sonowal is a former president. In Guwahati, anti-bill agitators are preparing the ground for a massive protest to coincide with BJP president Amit Shah's visit here on Sunday. Shah will chair a meeting of the North East Democratic Alliance, a BJP-led umbrella organization of regional parties of the northeast. The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) called for a 'Black Day' on May 20 in protest against Shah's visit. "We urge the state government to formally permit us to display black flags at the airport here upon his arrival and at the venues of the meetings he will address. The demonstration will be non-violent, with no confrontation or conflict," KMSS adviser Akhil Gogoi said. The state unit of Congress also took out protest rallies at different places in the state, including one here. The All India Congress Committee, after a detailed discussion with its MPs from the state, asked every member of the party to oppose the amendment bill, irrespective of the community she or he represents. The party had faced severe criticism after its leaders in the Barak Valley spoke in favour of the bill when the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the bill held a public hearing in Silchar. As the state-wide protest gains momentum every day, the discontent has spilled over to neighbouring Tripura as well. The JPC, which visited Assam and Meghalaya this time, is scheduled to visit Tripura soon. Like Assam and Meghalaya, Tripura shares a long border with Bangladesh and has dealt with the issue of illegal migration for decades. The Tripura Peoples' Front, the Tripura State Party and the Tipraha faction of the Indigenous Peoples' Front of Tripura came together and sat for day-long hunger strike in protest against the bill.
Lakhimpur police arrests drugs seller from Banderdewa Assam Arunachal Border
 Bhupen Goswami (17/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : A drugs seller caught red handed by locals of the Banderdewa today. As report, locals caught the seller by following two Arunachali girls who came to buy drugs. Locals informed that two local women injured due to attack by these two Arunachali girls. Both the girls then went to collect the drugs from the seller’s house and caught by locals. They informed the police about the seller immediately. Police arrested Amir Ali, the drugs seller and recovered two brown sugars’ bottle from his house.
ULFA(I) LINKMEN APPREHENDED IN SONARI ASSAM
 Bhupen Goswami (17/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The Maibela Army Camp of Dao Division alongwith Police busted an active network of ULFA(I) linkmen of over ground workers at Sonari. Based on the input of two active ULFA(I) over ground workers at Diamond Hotel, Sonari, Maibela Army Camp launched an operation and apprehended Mr Durlabh Konwar @ Moon 23 years, R/O Mahamara and Mr Niranjan Borgohain @ Nion 28 yrs R/O Barahi Gaon. One 9mm Pistol, One Magazine, Two 99 mm Live Rounds and Two Mobile Phones. The apprehended individuals revealed that they have assisted ULFA(I) in collection of extortion and are involved in Arms smuggling and fresh recruitment and also action on behest of the hardcore listed cadre ULFA(I) operating from Nagaland and Mynmar. They were handed over to theb Sonari Police on 16th May. This expose of the active ULFA(I) in the region brought a big jolt to the insurgent groups operating from foreign soil.
Muri Linggi 40 years from Arunachal conquers Mt Everest
 Bhupen Goswami (17/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Muri Linggi 40 years from Arunachal conquers Mt Everest.A forty year old mother of four girls Muri Linggi has made the region proud by becoming the third woman from Arunachal Pradesh to conquer Mount Everest – the highest mountain peak in the world. She summitted Mt Everest at 8 am on Monday last. Muri, a peon in the state education department, is said to be extremely dedicated and self-driven and reports say she had to wait out the inclement weather for about a month at the Everest Base Camp to fulfill her dream of unfurling the National Tricolour atop the highest mountain on the planet. Being the mother of four girls, Muri surely is like a brand ambassador for the campaign “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” which she has been seen passionately promoting even at Everest Base Camp. A photograph of her holding a banner with the slogan in Hindi was seen recently. Linggi’s expedition was flagged off from Roing in Lower Dibang Valley on April 5. She reached the base camp on April 20, but she had to bide her time owing to bad weather till 10th May which is when the weather cleared and she re started her summit campaign. Reports say she climbed even at night which is when other climbers usually take breaks. While other climbers take about 5 days to summit, she began climbing at after midnight on 10th May and continued relentlessly, summitting on 14th May morning. Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted a congratulatory message on Thursday.She was also congratulated by the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh who posted a message on Twitter.Linggi has earlier conquered smaller peaks like Mount Menthosa (6440 Meters) which is the 2nd highest peak situated at Lahaul-Spiti in Himachal Pradesh and also Arunachal’s highest peak- the Gorichen Peak(6858 m) recently, in 2017. She is the third woman from Arunachal Pradesh after Tine Mena and Anshu Jemsempa to conquer Mt Everest.
Main accused in Shweta Agarwal Murder Case gets bail
 Bhupen Goswami (17/05/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : In a big development, the main accused in the Shweta Agarwal Murder Case, Govind Singhal, got bail on Thursday at the Gauhati High Court. Govind Singhal had allegedly murdered Shweta Agarwal and had tried to set her on fire later. A special hearing on the case is going on at a Fast Track Court set up in the Kamrup Session Court. Meanwhile, the granting of bail to Shweta Agarwal’s alleged murderer at a time when a fast track court has been set up has led to much criticism from the family members and friends of deceased Shweta Agarwal. Earlier the Gauhati High Court had quashed the bail petition of the main accused Govind Singhal but had granted bail to the mother and the sister of the main accused.

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