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Cabinet Cancels DoNER Recommended Rs 100 Crore Assam Eight Road Projects
 Bhupen Goswami (23/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :The Central Cabinet’s decision to cancel DoNER (Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region) recommended eight important road projects in Assam has raised many questions over Centre’s actual intention to make the eight states of North eastern region an ‘engine of growth’. In the recent meeting, the Central Cabinet committee had cancelled eight important road projects for Assam which was earlier cleared by North Eastern Council (NEC) and recommended by DoNER ministry. Total amount earmarked for these eight roads was Rs 100 crore. These eight road projects included Jagun- Namsai- Miao road near the Indo- Myanmar border, which was regarded important from security point of view for troop’s movement. Of the rest seven road project, one falls in Chief Minister’s home constituency Majuli. Concerned circle said that if Central Cabinet cancels crucial roads projects which was earlier cleared by NEC (North Eastern Council) and recommended by DoNER ministry then how would Modi government develop the NE region. Assam government had prepared a detailed project report (DPR) on eight important road’s construction in the state last year after getting a request letter from NEC to do so. The state government had submitted the DPR to NEC and the latter had submitted it to DoNER ministry, who had given a green signal for the eight road project in Assam. The DoNER ministry is responsible for the matters relating to the planning, execution and monitoring of development schemes and projects in the North Eastern region. Its vision is to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development of the NE region so that it may enjoy growth parity with the rest of the country. The recent moves taken up by the centre over infrastructure development in NE region was objected by majority of the states. In the recently held 67th Plenary Session of the NEC in Shillong chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh , chief ministers of these states had objected the Central government’s decision to put on hold developmental projects sanctioned by NEC, by passing the plenary council. CMs of the northeastern states appealed the Union Minister to review the recent decision to meet the development needs of the region. The projects sanctioned during 2017-18 were meticulously selected by the state as priority and were also retained and sanctioned by NEC after thorough scrutiny.
Cabinet Cancels DoNER Recommended Rs 100 Crore Assam Eight Road Projects
 Bhupen Goswami (23/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :The Central Cabinet’s decision to cancel DoNER (Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region) recommended eight important road projects in Assam has raised many questions over Centre’s actual intention to make the eight states of North eastern region an ‘engine of growth’. In the recent meeting, the Central Cabinet committee had cancelled eight important road projects for Assam which was earlier cleared by North Eastern Council (NEC) and recommended by DoNER ministry. Total amount earmarked for these eight roads was Rs 100 crore. These eight road projects included Jagun- Namsai- Miao road near the Indo- Myanmar border, which was regarded important from security point of view for troop’s movement. Of the rest seven road project, one falls in Chief Minister’s home constituency Majuli. Concerned circle said that if Central Cabinet cancels crucial roads projects which was earlier cleared by NEC (North Eastern Council) and recommended by DoNER ministry then how would Modi government develop the NE region. Assam government had prepared a detailed project report (DPR) on eight important road’s construction in the state last year after getting a request letter from NEC to do so. The state government had submitted the DPR to NEC and the latter had submitted it to DoNER ministry, who had given a green signal for the eight road project in Assam. The DoNER ministry is responsible for the matters relating to the planning, execution and monitoring of development schemes and projects in the North Eastern region. Its vision is to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development of the NE region so that it may enjoy growth parity with the rest of the country. The recent moves taken up by the centre over infrastructure development in NE region was objected by majority of the states. In the recently held 67th Plenary Session of the NEC in Shillong chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh , chief ministers of these states had objected the Central government’s decision to put on hold developmental projects sanctioned by NEC, by passing the plenary council. CMs of the northeastern states appealed the Union Minister to review the recent decision to meet the development needs of the region. The projects sanctioned during 2017-18 were meticulously selected by the state as priority and were also retained and sanctioned by NEC after thorough scrutiny.
Cash For Job Scam: Two Arrested For Attempting To Manipulate Court For Arrested ACS’s Bail
 Bhupen Goswami (23/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Cash For Job Scam, Two Arrested For Attempting To Manipulate Court For Arrested ACS’s Bail.Just a few days after 19 ACS-APS Officers had been arrested in context of the APSC Cash for Job scam; Dibrugarh Police has arrested Darrang district’s BJP Vice President Sailen Sharma Baruah and real estate businessman Surajit Choudhury late night on Sunday. Husband of already arrested ACS Pallavi Sharma Choudhury, Surajit Choudhury and Pallavis’ legal advisor Sailen Sharma Baruah will be brought to the Special Court on Monday. Police has alleged Choudhury and Sharma of trying to manipulate the court for Pallavi’s bail and also attempting to obstruct further probe into the APSC scam. Earlier on Sunday, Dibrugarh Police had arrested DSP Kavita Das, who had been absconding for last nine days, from Duliajan for her alleged involvement in the scam. Dibrugarh Additional Superintendent of Police Surajeet Singh Panesar confirming the arrest on Sunday said, “Dibrugarh Police has arrested DSP Kavita Das from Duliajan. She is an accused in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) cash for job scam”. Police had arrested these Officers and identified a few others for bribing APSC officials to get jobs through doctored answer scripts.
AAMSU Flexes Muscle As Pre-NRC Protest Erupt
 Bhupen Goswami (23/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :The All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) has started flexing its muscles as protests against alleged harassment by Border Police in the name of D-voters have erupted all over Assam, especially in western Assam and Lakhimpur. These protest have been viewed as prelude to a major protest after the publication of NRC as the AAMSU have alleged that large number of the minority people have been kept out intentionally. This was strongly rebutted by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Assam Chief Minister Sarbannda Sonowal and NRC Chief Coordinator Prateek Hajela. In fact, to ease the situation Union Home Minister asserted that no Indian citizen shall be harassed and non inclusion of name in NRC does not mean confinement in the detention centre. All of them iterated that there would be ample opportunity to all the Indian citizens to prove their credentials. However AAMSU is not convinced and have threatened to intensify their opposition. Meanwhile security measures have been tightened all over the state specially in the minority and AASMU dominated areas to thwart any untoward incidents.
Last Attempt To Block NRC Fails In Supreme Court
 Bhupen Goswami (23/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :The last attempt to block NRC in the Supreme Court has failed as the Supreme Court bench referred the application regarding the status of siblings of the D-voters, before the original bench. Earlier, the Chief Justice of India Deepak Mishra created a new bench consisting of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice S Abdul Nazeer to look into the petition regarding the status of the siblings of D-voters and those declared foreigners in the upcoming NRC. This new move may complicate the release of NRC on July 30 now. The matter was heard on Monday and has been referred to the already existing bench comprising of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Rohington Nariman. This is noteworthy that the Gauhati High Court had rejected an earlier petition seeking inclusion of the names of the siblings of D-Voters and Declared Foreigner in the upcoming final draft of the NRC. This was challenged by Congress MLA Kamlakhya Dey Purkaystha and Nurul Huda in the Supreme Court.
Six Communities Assam Bandh Effects Upper Assam, Western Assam; Bandh Time Reduced To 12 Hours
 Bhupen Goswami (23/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Normal life was affected in several places across Assam since early Monday morning due to a 48-hour strike called by six communities demanding scheduled tribe (ST) status. Organisations belonging to the Koch-Rajbongshi, Moran, Motok, Chutia, Tai Ahom and Adivasi tea garden workers communities have called the strike protesting the failure of the state and central governments to fulfil promise of granting tribal status to them.The 48 hours Assam bandh beginning from 5 am on Monday called by Choi Janagosthiya Aikya Manch, the umbrella organization of six OBC communities demanding for ST status has evoked full response in upper Assam, northern Assam and western Assam districts. Adviser of All Assam Tai Ahom Students’ Union (AATASU) Aswini Chetia said that in view of the present situation of Assam, the bandh period has been reduced from previous 48 hours to 12 hours and it would end at 5 pm on Monday. “The next meeting of all organisations of the six communities will be held at Golaghat on July 25. There we will decide our future course of agitation”, said Chetia. Bus services from Guwahati to upper Assam and western Assam has been affected due to the bandh and most of the educational institutes also remained closed. The bandh had been called after a talk between MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) and eight ethnic bodies, demanding ST status, failed. The meeting was held at New Delhi on Friday last which was chaired by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. Later, representatives of six communities alleged that Centre has no intention of granting ST status to six communities of Assam. They vowed rigorous movement in the state in days to come. Granting of Scheduled Tribes status to the six communities – Moran, Muttock, Tai Ahom, Koch-Rajbongshi, Chutia and Tea Tribes – was a political promise of the BJP. The grant of ST to these communities will lead Assam to turn into a tribal state.Granting ST status to these communities will render Assam a tribal majority state and would entitle it to special safeguards, which under present circumstances, might be the only way out to resolve the state’s problems arising out of reported large-scale immigration from nearby Bangladesh which has already hit Assam’s demography. If granted reservation, the number of assembly seats reserved for tribals is expected to jump from the existing 16 to about 85-90 in the 126-seat state assembly by way of fresh delimitation of assembly constituencies.
All important meeting with Union Home Minister in the run up to the complete draft publication of NRC
 Bhupen Goswami (22/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who chaired a meeting with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in the run up to the complete draft publication of NRC at his official residence in New Delhi today asked the State government to ensure that law and order is maintained and no one should be allowed to take law into their hands and all possible arrangements are made to ensure safety and security for all. Talking to the press after the meeting, chief minister Sonowal said that the complete Draft NRC consisting of names of all eligible applicants will be published on 30 July, 2018. He however, made it eloquently clear that the applicants who do not find their names in the complete NRC need not be apprehensive as they will be given adequate opportunity to prove their eligibility for inclusion in the final NRC. Sonowal also said that there should not be any apprehension or misgivings among the genuine Indian citizens after the publication of the Draft NRC as all the applicants whose names have not been figured in the draft NRC will get chance to submit their claim in prescribed form. Sonowal also appealed to the people to stay away from passing any comment likely to vitiate communal fabric of the state. He also said that after the publication of the first draft NRC on December 31, 2017, people from Barak, Brahmaputra, hills and plains showed adequate maturity and therefore, peace was not disturbed in the state. He, therefore, asked people of the state to showcase same maturity and restraint this time around to maintain peace and order in the state. He also said that under the supervision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, the Registrar General of India and State Coordinator of NRC looked after the updation process of the NRC and the Central and State governments have rendered support in the whole process. He also said that Central and State governments have been showing complete sincerity and giving all kinds of support for the preparation of a complete and flawless NRC. Even in the coming days also both central and state governments would provide all necessary supports in this regards. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, Registrar General of India Sailesh, Chief Secretary TY Das, DGP Kuladhar Saikia, senior officers of the Home Department of state were present at the meeting.
NRC : Central government wantsto make it clear that the NRC to be published on 30th July is only a draft ,will get opportunities to prove citizenship: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh
 Bhupen Goswami (22/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Ahead of the publication of NRC in Assam, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said NRC is being updated in Assam in accordance with the Assam Accord signed on 15 August, 1985. The entire process is being carried out as per directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court which is constantly monitoring the process. The Home Minister said the entire process is being conducted according to law and the due procedure is being followed. Singh said I will like to assure everyone that the NRC exercise is being carried out in a totally objective, transparent and meticulous manner and will continue to be so. At every stage of the process, adequate opportunity of being heard is given to all persons. The entire process is being conducted according to law and due procedure is being followed. We will ensure that every individual gets justice and is treated in a humane manner. All individuals will have sufficient opportunity for all remedies available under the law. Govt. wants to make it clear that the NRC to be published on 30th July is only a draft. After draft publication, adequate opportunity for claims and objections will be available. All claims and objections will be duly examined. Adequate opportunity of being heard will be given before disposal of claims and objections. Only thereafter, final NRC will be published. The Citizenship Rules provide that any person who is not satisfied with the outcome of claims and objections can appeal in the Foreigner’s Tribunal. Thus, there is no question of anyone being put in a detention centre after the publication of NRC. State Govt. has been asked to ensure that law & order is maintained and no one is allowed to take law into their hands and all possible arrangements are made to ensure safety and security for all. No person is allowed to be harassed and no one is allowed to create fear or panic. Central Govt. will provide all necessary help to the Govt. of Assam in this regard " he said.The first draft of the NRC, a list of the state's citizens, was published on the intervening night of December 31 and January 1 last where names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated. The massive exercise aimed at identifying illegal immigrants in the state that borders Bangladesh is being carried out following a decision in 2005 after a series of meetings between the central and state governments and the influential All Assam Students' Union (AASU). Assam, which faced an influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC, first prepared in 1951. The current exercise started in 2005 under the then Congress regime, got a major push after the BJP came to power in the state with illegal immigration from Bangladesh as a poll plank. When the NRC was first prepared in Assam way back in 1951, the state had 80 lakh citizens then. The process of identification of illegal immigrants in Assam has been debated and become a contentious issue in the state's politics. A six-year agitation demanding identification and deportation of illegal immigrants was launched by the AASU in 1979. It culminated with the signing of the Assam Accord on August 15, 1985, in the presence of the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Man Held In Guwahati For Opening Multiple Fake FB Accounts Of Senior Police Officers
 Bhupen Goswami (22/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Guwahati police on Saturday evening arrested one named Suleiman Ibrahim Ali (30) in connection with Panbazar PS case no 341/18 for opening fake Facebook accounts in the name of many senior police officers. Ali,a resident of Anupam Path in Sijubari was arrested from his home and police recovered a total of 47 mobile phones, 13 tabs, 15 sim cards and other gadgets from him through a prompt operation by officers of city police Crime Branch. He is being interrogated by the Commissioner of Police, Guwahati and other senior officers. He has admitted to have opened as many as 17 fake FB accounts in the name of senior police officers. Recovered phones and sim cards also reveal that he made many ISD calls. Efforts are on to unearth if any large scale conspiracy behind it. The arrest id considered to be a big breakthrough against cyber crime in the city.
Guwahati To Get Surveillance Boost With 4,000 CCTV Cameras
 Bhupen Goswami (22/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :In an effort to boost security and surveillance mechanism in Guwahati, the State Government has approved installation of 4,000 close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in strategic locations all over the city. Of the 4,000 cameras, around 800 would be used to monitor vehicular traffic and also to effectively track down hit-and-run cases and road mishaps. The initiative is a part of the Smart City project which will be carried through by Guwahati Smart City Limited. The total proposed cost of the Guwahati Smart City project is predicted to be around Rs 2,296 crore, including Rs 1,579 crore(approx) in area-based development cost and Rs 622 crore (approx) in pan city cost. Presently, the city has only around 350 CCTV cameras, including the ones that are supported by private parties. Post installation of 4,000 cameras, the city will be rated among cities with the highest density of CCTV cameras, keeping in mind its size and population. The installation process will be under the direct supervision of Assam Police as the issue is directly related to the welfare and security of the Guwahati residents.
Meghalaya Completes First Level Verification Of ODF Status
 Bhupen Goswami (22/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Meghalaya has completed the first level of verification of the open defecation free (ODF) status it achieved in January 2018 under Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin). The three month long process of first level verification began in April 2018, spanning across 11 districts of the state. A. Lyngkhoi, state coordinator of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) had mentioned that the second level of verification has already begun in the first week of July and would last for approximately six months. He also added that whether Meghalaya was able to sustain its ODF status would be verified by the end of the year. Lyngkhoi shared the difficulties of the verification and said that the whole process was rather cumbersome as each and every home had to be verified with a set of standardised parameters. Owing to the Meghalaya Assembly elections in February, there has been a two-month delay in verification. The state also aims to make all the 2,347 villages free from solid and liquid waste in a year’s time. In order to be declared ODF, each and every household in the state must have a toilet. Till date, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya are the only north-eastern states to have achieved the ODF status. The Centre plans to make the entire country ODF by October 2, 2019.
Tripura Implements Aadhaar-Enabled Biometric Attendance System In Secretariat
 Bhupen Goswami (22/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Tripura Secretariat introduced an Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance system on Saturday to keep a close watch on employees so that they are in their respective offices in time. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had introduced the new system and urged all government employees to complete all their tasks timely. “The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party)-IPFT (Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura) alliance government seriously wants to deliver the best services to the people. For this the state government wishes to complete the works within time by the employees,” the CM said. “The Aadhaar-enabled biometric attendance would also reduce the paper works and remove the late attendance of employees in their offices,” he added. The Aadhar-enabled biometric attendance system will soon be introduced in other state government offices across the State, according to a General Administration Department official. Earlier this month, CM Deb also announced his government’s plans of reducing paper use to cut wastage of resources.
Poachers including two Nagas held with arms from near Orang National Park in Darrang, Assam
 Mayukh Goswami (22/07/2018)
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 Mangaldai : A major rhino poaching attempt in Orang National Park and Tiger Reserve has been evaded by Darrang police on Saturday night as in a significant anti poaching operation four poachers including two residents of Nagaland have been arrested along with a huge cache of arms and ammunition. The seized arms included two point three knot three rifles and one carbine. This was stated before media by Superintendent of Police, Darrang Sreejith Thiraviam. The poachers who have been arrested from a hide out at village Kachomari Sonarigaon, adjacent to Orang National Park are identified as Denial, Alob Kripa (both from Dimapur), Noor Hussain and Abul Hussain (both from Kachomari village).
2552 Metric Tonnes Salt Imported From Gujarat Seized At Changsari
 Bhupen Goswami (21/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The Food and Civil Supplies Department of Assam Government has seized 2552 metric tonnes of salt imported from Gujarat at Changsari railway station near the city on Friday last. The seized salts were meant for Public Distribution System (PDS) in Kamrup district of the state. This was the second seizure of salt in huge quantity within a week. Earlier, the department had seized huge quantity of salt imported from Gujarat to the state at Tezpur in Sonitpur district. Based on series of complains about poor quality of salts being distributed through PDS system to common masses, the Food and Civil Supplies department of Kamrup district had carried out a raid at Changsari railway station where Railway wagon loaded with salt were unloaded. The officials found that the imported salt in packets had no manufacturing and expiry dates as well as no mention of quantity every packet has and no price tag. Sources said that the seized salts are brought in 42 wagons of a train and each wagon carries 60 tonnes of salt. One rake carries 2,500 tonnes of salt. Gujarat produces 2.6 crore tonnes of salt per year of which 80-90% is exported. The rake of salt was allotted to M/ s. P M Enterprise Guwahati by the Government of Assam. Two businessmen named Pradip Kumar Jain and Manju Devi Jain were responsible for importing the salt to PDS system in the district. Later a team of officials collected sample of the seized salt and sent it to laboratory of the department to test whether it was fit for human consumption or not. There have been huge allegations against many firms supplying salt to PDS system in Assam responsible for importing poor quality of salt. It was believed that a section of corrupt officials always back these dubious civil supply items firm. The Salt Commissioner’s Organisation is responsible for equitable distribution of salt in the country. In coordination with Railways Distribution and Movement of salt from production centers to consuming states is planned by Salt Commissionerate. Any salt manufacturer can transport salt by rail for human or industrial consumption. However there is a nationwide ban on sale of non-iodised salt for human consumption as only Iodised salt can be booked by rail for the cause. Only Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan produce salt surplus to their requirement and cater the requirement for edible and industrial consumption of other region of the country. Hence it is imperative that salt, being an essential commodity, reaches every nook and corner of the country regularly in time to prevent any scarcity. About 57 per cent of salt for human consumption moves by rail and the rest by road. Railway Board, New Delhi, in 2006 had introduced simplification of procedure for registration of indents of salt rakes . No indent for human consumption salt rake will be accepted without the valid certificate issued by the Salt Commissioner or his authorized agents. Movement of salt to North Eastern States (except Meghalaya) is planned under quarterly programmes and issued in consultation with state governments. Governments of these states prepare a list of nominees authorizing them to procure iodised salt for human consumption every quarter and forward it to Salt Commissioner. In respect of salt iodisation units who are granted permission in consuming states, movement of common salt for iodisation at their units is allowed and programmed.
2552 Metric Tonnes Salt Imported From Gujarat Seized At Changsari
 Bhupen Goswami (21/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The Food and Civil Supplies Department of Assam Government has seized 2552 metric tonnes of salt imported from Gujarat at Changsari railway station near the city on Friday last. The seized salts were meant for Public Distribution System (PDS) in Kamrup district of the state. This was the second seizure of salt in huge quantity within a week. Earlier, the department had seized huge quantity of salt imported from Gujarat to the state at Tezpur in Sonitpur district. Based on series of complains about poor quality of salts being distributed through PDS system to common masses, the Food and Civil Supplies department of Kamrup district had carried out a raid at Changsari railway station where Railway wagon loaded with salt were unloaded. The officials found that the imported salt in packets had no manufacturing and expiry dates as well as no mention of quantity every packet has and no price tag. Sources said that the seized salts are brought in 42 wagons of a train and each wagon carries 60 tonnes of salt. One rake carries 2,500 tonnes of salt. Gujarat produces 2.6 crore tonnes of salt per year of which 80-90% is exported. The rake of salt was allotted to M/ s. P M Enterprise Guwahati by the Government of Assam. Two businessmen named Pradip Kumar Jain and Manju Devi Jain were responsible for importing the salt to PDS system in the district. Later a team of officials collected sample of the seized salt and sent it to laboratory of the department to test whether it was fit for human consumption or not. There have been huge allegations against many firms supplying salt to PDS system in Assam responsible for importing poor quality of salt. It was believed that a section of corrupt officials always back these dubious civil supply items firm. The Salt Commissioner’s Organisation is responsible for equitable distribution of salt in the country. In coordination with Railways Distribution and Movement of salt from production centers to consuming states is planned by Salt Commissionerate. Any salt manufacturer can transport salt by rail for human or industrial consumption. However there is a nationwide ban on sale of non-iodised salt for human consumption as only Iodised salt can be booked by rail for the cause. Only Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan produce salt surplus to their requirement and cater the requirement for edible and industrial consumption of other region of the country. Hence it is imperative that salt, being an essential commodity, reaches every nook and corner of the country regularly in time to prevent any scarcity. About 57 per cent of salt for human consumption moves by rail and the rest by road. Railway Board, New Delhi, in 2006 had introduced simplification of procedure for registration of indents of salt rakes . No indent for human consumption salt rake will be accepted without the valid certificate issued by the Salt Commissioner or his authorized agents. Movement of salt to North Eastern States (except Meghalaya) is planned under quarterly programmes and issued in consultation with state governments. Governments of these states prepare a list of nominees authorizing them to procure iodised salt for human consumption every quarter and forward it to Salt Commissioner. In respect of salt iodisation units who are granted permission in consuming states, movement of common salt for iodisation at their units is allowed and programmed.
Inconveniences To Commuters On Day 2 Of Motor Transport Congress Strike In Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (21/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The ongoing nation wide strike called by All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) has caused great inconveniences to commuters in most parts of Assam on day 02 of the strike. Road transport in Guwahati came to a near idle situation on Saturday as vehicles kept off the road in response to the indefinite strike call. In the city, gatherings of common people waiting for city buses have been seen right from morning. From the early morning, all private long distance and city buses, mini buses, taxis went off the roads but auto-rickshaws and private vehicles plied as usual. Only a few state-owned Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) buses operated. Commuters and office goers were greatly inconvenienced by the strike and most could not avail of any transport leading to thin attendance in the offices. “I have been waiting for city bus since morning. From yesterday, we have only government owned buses that is not enough to cater transport service for large masses in the city. Today is the second day, I could not go to office due to non availability of city buses”, said an Assam government employee, waiting for city bus at Guwahati’s busy Ganeshguri city bus point. Many commuters blamed the BJP led government policies for the current transport impasse. Transport unions across the country have started an indefinite strike from Friday last over slew of demands, including slashing diesel prices and highway tolls, GST compliance issues, practical problems with e-way bills and some other issues. The transport union’s nation-wide strike, supply of essential commodities has already hit common masses in most parts of the country.
CM attends Mahila Samaroh at Dhubri Govt. pushes women empowerment through economic self reliance: Assam CM
 Bhupen Goswami (21/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the State government aims at strengthening the financial condition of every family of the state and make each women economically self reliant. The Chief Minister said this while taking part as chief guest at the Mahila Samaroh organised at Halakura Higher Secondary School at Golakganj in Dhubri District today. The Mahila Samaroh was organised under the aegis of Assam State Rural livelihood Mission under the Panchayat and Rural Development department. The Chief Minister on the occasion distributed cheques of revolving fund under Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni amounting to Rs. 25000 each to the women self- help groups from ten numbers of assembly constituencies under Dhubri Lok Sabha constituency. Altogether 6372 SHGs of Dhubli Loksabha would be covered under the scheme with a financial outlay of Rs. 10.54 crore. Addressing the mammoth gathering, Chief Minister Sonowal informed about the State government’s initiative to empower the women of the state through the Kanaklata Mahla Sabalikaran Achoni and urged the SHGs to take forward the scheme with uprightness and competitive temperament. He said that the State government intends to increase the amount of revolving fund to the SHGs under the scheme on the basis of performance of the SHGs and would also provide training to them to enhance their capabilities. The Chief Minister in his speech underlined the inherent strength of the women to lead their family and the society and called upon them to nurture their children with good moral and human values. He also urged them to encourage the children to invest their energy in different fields of their choice and cited the example of Hima Das as an example of women power in the state. Sonowal in his speech also stressed on the importance of education for the girl child and informed that the State government had already announced to set up nine colleges for girls in minority areas out of which two would be set up in Dhubri district. Referring to the mantra of inclusive development enunciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through ‘Sabka Sath Sabka Vikash’, the Chief Minister observed that the steps taken up by the NDA government to ensure holistic development of the people of the country irrespective of cast and creed resulted in greater confidence amongst the people and boosted their trust in the government. The Chief Minister in his speech lavished high praise on the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of different communities in Dhubri district and urged the people to draw inspiration from the same and promote peace, harmony, friendship and brotherhood in the state. He also assured to start Science stream in Halakura HS School and also to take expeditious measures for completion of the half done construction of an indoor stadium at Dhubri town. Further, addressing the concerned raised by many people about the ongoing exercise of NRC updation, the Chief Minister exhorted the people of the state not to panic or worry about the exercise. He said that the final draft role of the NRC would be published on 30 th July and if name of any person is not included in the published list, he or she would have opportunity to file claim and objection against the same. Stating that the State government would also extend necessary support to meet the grievances of the people, the Chief Minister appealed to the people not to make any provocative statement to inflame communal passion. He also advised the people not to be carried away by such statements. Moreover, the Chief Minister also spoke about the demand of six communities of the state for ST status and said that both central and state governments are working with genuine inclination for the communities. He informed that the process is getting prolonged due to technical complications and assured that the government would take it to right direction in consultation with the representatives of the six communities. Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Phani Bhushan Choudhary delivering speech on the occasion highly praised the Chief Minister for his initiative to empower the women of the state through Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni. Saying that during his 32 year long political carrier as a member of the Assam Legislative Assembly, he did not see an initiative of such a mega scale for enhancing women power and hoped that the initiatives would go a long way in rebuilding a robust economic foundation for the state. Minister of State with independent charge for Panchayat and Rural Development Naba Kumar Doley, addressing the gathering informed that the state government during last two years formed more that 1.10 lakh women SHGs in the state and provided them with financial assistance. He further said that the revolving fund provided to the SHGs under Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni would be released in five phases starting from Rs. 25000 upto Rs. 5 lakh depending on the performances of the SHGs. Stating that the fund being released to the SHGs is generated from its own sources of revenue, the P&RD Minister also informed about the State governments is also considering to form male SHGs in the state in future in a bid to ensure livelihood for all grown up eligible individuals. Former Speaker of Assam Legislative Assembly Chairman of Housefed Ranjeet Dass and Deputy Mayor of Guwahati Municipal Corporation Bijuli Kalita Medhi and West Bilashipara MLA Hafeez Bashir Ahmed also delivered speech at the mahila samaroh. While Golakganj MLA Ashwini Roy Sarkar delivered welcome speech, the mahila samaroh was also graced by Gauripur MLA Nizanur Rahman, East Bilashipara MLA Ashok Kumar Singhi, Dhubri Deputy Commissioner Anant Lal Gyani and several other dignitaries.
Sporadic Violence Marks Koch – Rajbonshi’s Assam Bandh
 Bhupen Goswami (20/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Sporadic Violence Marks Koch – Rajbonshi’s Assam Bandh.The 24 hours Assam bandh called by All Assam Koch Rajbonshi Students Union ( AKRSU) on Friday witnessed several incidents of sporadic violence in Brahmaputra valley of the state. The ethnic students’ body has called the bandh in protest against Government’s failure to accord ST (Scheduled Tribe) status to Koch Rajbonshis community living in Assam . The students’ body also demanded creation of Kamatapur state – the homeland of Koch Rajbonshi community by curving out some areas of Assam and West Bengal. At Salbari in Baska district under BTC ( Bodoland Territorial Council) , clash occurred between bandh supporters and public. AKRSU activists set able tyres on road to stop vehicles’ movement. Also, some Bandh supporters pelted stones on some vehicles. Later Police – CRPF brought the situation under control. The bandh call evoked good response in western Assam. The roads wore a deserted look in most parts of the region. Educational institutes, government offices remain closed during the bandh time. AKRSU leader Gakul Barman said, “The BJP played only political game with our issues. We will give them a fitting answer in the next election.” In protest against Government’s no attention to the demands of various Koch – Rajbonshi bodies, AKRSU had announced a series of agitation. Friday’s 24 hours Assam bandh is part of the series agitation launched by the ethnic students’ body.
Sporadic Violence Marks Koch – Rajbonshi’s Assam Bandh
 Bhupen Goswami (20/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Sporadic Violence Marks Koch – Rajbonshi’s Assam Bandh.The 24 hours Assam bandh called by All Assam Koch Rajbonshi Students Union ( AKRSU) on Friday witnessed several incidents of sporadic violence in Brahmaputra valley of the state. The ethnic students’ body has called the bandh in protest against Government’s failure to accord ST (Scheduled Tribe) status to Koch Rajbonshis community living in Assam . The students’ body also demanded creation of Kamatapur state – the homeland of Koch Rajbonshi community by curving out some areas of Assam and West Bengal. At Salbari in Baska district under BTC ( Bodoland Territorial Council) , clash occurred between bandh supporters and public. AKRSU activists set able tyres on road to stop vehicles’ movement. Also, some Bandh supporters pelted stones on some vehicles. Later Police – CRPF brought the situation under control. The bandh call evoked good response in western Assam. The roads wore a deserted look in most parts of the region. Educational institutes, government offices remain closed during the bandh time. AKRSU leader Gakul Barman said, “The BJP played only political game with our issues. We will give them a fitting answer in the next election.” In protest against Government’s no attention to the demands of various Koch – Rajbonshi bodies, AKRSU had announced a series of agitation. Friday’s 24 hours Assam bandh is part of the series agitation launched by the ethnic students’ body.
Citizenship Bill Goes To Cold Storage
 Bhupen Goswami (20/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :The controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 has gone to cold storage and is unlikely to be revived by this government. Although no formal announcement shall be made by the BJP, fearing Bengali backlash, but in private both BJP and its ideologue RSS have confirmed that it has been sent to cold storage and should be considered as consigned it for good. The decision was quietly taken by the highest echelons of RSS and BJP looking at the widespread agitation in the Brahmaputra valley of Assam. In the last two months, a series of meetings held in New Delhi among the organization’s top echelons and functionaries from Assam has reportedly convinced the leadership about the pitfalls of tabling the Bill in parliament. This is known by the organisations and political parties who are opposed to the bill. But they have also decided to go with the momentum so that organisational strength increases and also to grab media space. That is why both AGP and KMSS are still on the roads against the Bill, while AASU has now turned their energy to NRC.
Hima Das Training In Ukraine
 Bhupen Goswami (20/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Golden girl Hima Das has been sweating out hard at Ukraine under the watchful eye of the Athletic Federation of India (AFI) with the senior Athletic team of India bound for Jakarta Asian Games. Although 400 metres is her main event, but looking at her potentialities, she has been kept tentatively at 200 metres event too besides 4×400 metres event. A final decision shall be taken on August 03 when the preparatory trials will be conducted for final timing. The Jakarta Asian games is starting from August 18 but the athletics event will start from August 25. Hima and the other athletes are not going to take part in the opening ceremony as she and her athletes will slip into the Games village around August 25 as their concerned events are in the second stage of the Games. Meanwhile as a part of Target Olympic Podium Scheme of the Union Government she has been provided end to end support besides a pocket money of Rs 50,000. At the same time, politicians and celebrities continued to make a beeline to her home even as AFI is not keen in allowing Hima any distraction. After Jakarta Games, she might be allowed to come home once so that Assam Government can formally felicitate her .
Manipur University Row Continues, Government Desperate To Oust VC
 Bhupen Goswami (20/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :The Manipur University row continues threatening to snowball into the first major conflict for the Chief Minister N Biren Singh even if he tries to see the back of the controversial VC through a fact finding team. Speaking to media persons, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said that the State Government fully empathises with the Manipuri University community. He said that as per the wish of the Manipur University Teachers’ Association (MUTA), Manipur University Students’ Union (MUSU) and Manipur University Staff Association (MUSA), the State government persuaded the Central Government to form a Committee headed by a retired Chief Justice of a High Court to investigate the allegations against the Vice-Chancellor AP Pandey. If Pandey is found to be guilty in the investigation, then he will be ousted automatically, he added. Meanwhile Chief Minister N.Biren Singh on Friday, visited the injured students including student leader Shital Oinam whose left hand got fractured after a truck ran over his hand during a scuffle between the students and police last Monday who are undergoing treatment at Raj Medicity, Imphal. A police officer had also been suspended. Internet services have been suspended in Imphal pertaining to the unrest.
Assam’s Top Bureaucrat Kumar Sanjay Krishna’s Name Figured In CBI’s Chargesheet On Aircel Maxis Case
 Bhupen Goswami (20/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : One of the top bureaucrats of Assam, Kumar Sanjay Krishna’s name figured in the CBI’s chargesheet on Aircel Maxis case. CBI has filed a fresh chargesheet in Aircel Maxis case in Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Thursday. CBI has named P Chidambaram and his son Karti in the fresh chargesheet in the Aircel Maxis case. The chargesheet was filed before special CBI judge O P Saini who has fixed July 31 for considering the document. Krishna is currently one of the additional secretaries of Assam. After completing his deputation, Krishna returned to the state and he was elevated to additional chief secretary post. Krishna, an IAS officer of 1985 batch belongs to Assam – Meghalaya cadre was joint secretary of Finance dept during UPA govt.’s second term. In its new chargesheet, the investigating agency said that two sets of money trails were discovered regarding Foreign Investment Promotion Board clearance. P Chidambaram, as FM, approved the investment at his level without sending the file to CCEA. He knew everything from the beginning, the agency said. Two illegal payments Rs 26 lakh and Rs 87 lakh were given to Karti’s firms – Chess Management and Advantage Strategic during the Aircel-Maxis deal, the agency said. The CBI alleged that for FIPB ( Foreign Investment Promotion Board) approval; the then finance minister P Chidambaram had powers to clear only Rs 600 crore and it was shown on the file that Rs 180 crore (18 crore shares at the rate of Rs 100 each) but Maxis paid Rs 3,200 crore for taking over Aircel. Reacting to the CBI chargesheet, Chidambaram dismissed the charges against him as “preposterous allegation”. Congress leader Kapil Sibal said that the latest attempts CBI to frame his party’s leader will meet the same fate as that of earlier chargesheets filed by the agency. “What do you expect from this government and the CBI. It’ll meet the same fate as other chargesheets of the CBI. Remember what happened to the 2G case, it all resulted in acquittement. Same thing will happen here,” Sibal said. In December last year, a CBI court had acquitted all the accused, including former telecom minister A Raja and DMK Rajya Sabha member Kanimozhi, of corruption and money laundering charges in the 2G corruption case.
10 th Delhi Dialogue: Minister Patowary pitches for strong Indo-ASEAN proximity to boost economy and trade.
 Bhupen Goswami (20/07/2018)
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  GUWAHATI : Along with chief ministers of Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura and Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam State Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary attended the 10th edition of the Delhi Dialogue at New Delhi today. Delhi Dialogue, organized by the Ministry of External Affairs, is an annual event for strong economic and socio-cultural engagement between India and ASEAN. The theme of this year’s event is ‘Strengthening India-ASEAN Maritime Cooperation’. Delivering the keynote address in the Ministerial Session, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that, ‘India and ASEAN as maritime partners and neighbours, must work together to ensure security and sustainability of oceans, seas and waterways.’ The 10 th Delhi Dialogue opened with a roundtable of Chief Ministers of North-East to discuss the current progress and priorities in strengthening the economic and cultural linkages with the ASEAN member states. Addressing the Special Plenary Session, Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen. (Dr) VK Singh (Retd) said the theme has been aptly chosen in view of the government’s thrust on Indo- ASEAN maritime cooperation. He highlighted that through the Act East Policy, North-East India has an important role to reinvent itself as the hub of the country’s emerging relations with her eastern neighbours. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Patowary said that Government of Assam has established the Department of Act East Policy Affairs to supplement the efforts of the Government of India to improve the trade, economic and cultural relations between North East India and the countries of the ASEAN bloc. Minister Patowary mentioned that in order to project Assam as India’s expressway to ASEAN, the Government of Assam organized the ‘Advantage Assam’ – Global Investment Summit in February this year where captains of the Indian industry attended the summit. ‘A special session on North East India’s economic ties with ASEAN and BBN countries was held where ministers of five ASEAN and BBN countries attended’, added Minister Patowary. The Minister emphasised the importance of accessibility of Chittagong and Mongla ports of Bangladesh through the Brahmaputra River and Barak River. ‘We plan to promote trade through mutual investment and build an environment of mutual cooperation based on the physical proximity’, said Minister Patowary. Additional Chief Secretary (Act East Policy Affairs and Industries and Commerce) Ravi Capoor also attended the programme.
Minister Patowary hands over skill certificates and appointment letters to twenty trainees, asks them to aim high to excel in life
 Bhupen Goswami (19/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Skill, Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary handed over skill competency certificates and job offer letters to twenty trainees of IOCL sponsored programme at Janata Bhawan, Dispur today. Under the CSR initiative of Indian Oil Corporation, Guwahati Refinery, twenty students comprising of six girls and fourteen boys, from economically marginalized section of the society, underwent a 5 months training programme on ‘Machine Operator – Plastic Injection Moulding’ at Plastic Waste Management Centre, CIPET, Guwahati. After completion of the course, all the students have been successfully placed along with free accommodation at two plastic manufacturing units at Aurangabad and Tarapur of Maharashtra. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary stated that, ‘The Government has a vision to tackle the unemployment issue but government jobs alone cannot suffice. The only alternative arrangement lies in the areas of skill and industries.’ The Minister asked CIPET to conduct similar industry-oriented programmes which would be sponsored by ASDM. He asked Commissioner and Secretary of Skill Department to start the training programme in mission mode. ‘Skill Department assist in providing finance, building and infrastructure and CIPET will extend faculty, tools and market linkages for conducting such training programmes’, mentioned Patowary. The Minister congratulated CIPET in successfully conducting the course and offering 100 % job placement to the trainees. He also lauded the CSR activity of IOCL in financially sustaining twenty trainees and their respective families. Congratulating the trainees, Minister Patowary asked them to aim high and excel in their skills and area of practice. ‘Many plastic-related manufacturing units have come up in Assam. In future these very trainees with their expertise and experience can get better opportunities in their hometowns and can be future master trainers as well.’ He added. Jogen Barpujari, Executive Director of IOCL said, ‘IOCL has a long sustained commitment for the society for which it has been extending sponsored programme in areas like hotel management, pisciculture, nursing etc.’ He called upon the students to upgrade their skill to scale new heights. ‘Once a technical person is employed there can be no looking back’, said Barpujari. Director of CIPET, KJ Ghai informed that there is a demand of 5 lakh jobs per annum in the plastic industry in states like Maharashtra and Gujarat. He stated that the course included plastic processing, moulding and recycling and the trainees have acquired the expertise to create plastic products.
Internationalization Of The NRC ::: Assam Likely To Be Affected As MHA Relaxes LTV Procedure For Minorities From Neighboring Countries
 Bhupen Goswami (19/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : At a time when Assam is being rocked with protest against controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the Centre’s decision to extend religiously prosecuted Bangla, Pak national’s staying terms in India and relaxes Long Term Visas (LTV) procedures for prosecuted minorities would likely to trigger further protests in Assam. Assam is divided over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill because it proscribes the deportation or imprisonment of Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Buddhists, Parsis and Christians of Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan who entered India without valid documents before December 31, 2014. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) announced that it will ease the process of obtaining LTV for minorities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The plan, which reduces the time limit for security clearance from 45 days to 21 days, will be valid for the ‘persecuted minorities’ of the mentioned countries. A LTV permits a non-Indian to stay in the country for a period of more than six consecutive months. These provisions dilute the 1985 Assam Accord, which stipulates that those who entered Assam after the midnight of March 24, 1971, be identified and deported. The decision comes days after an official was arrested by the Rajasthan Anti-Corruption Bureau for coercing Pakistani Hindu migrants to pay money in exchange for visa extension, visa transfer and citizenship. Since the National Democratic Alliance came to power in 2014, the process of obtaining LTVs by the persecuted minorities has been liberalized for the most part. The issuance of visas to Hindu minorities surged and the government granted concessions to Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Afghanistan nationals belonging to the Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Christian and Jain communities in terms of visa and citizenship applications. Meanwhile As the dates of the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is coming closer, it has come under the greater scanner of the international community as the Muslim world’s news and opinion portals have started raising the human right bogey, forcing the NRC authorities to issue rebuttal. Almost on daily basis there are report of “Rohingiya type” human right abuse in various news portals across the globe, most of which has close links with Arab world. This all started with the resignation of renown social activist Harsh Mandher from NHRC, citing gross human right violation in the detention camp of Assam. That was quickly followed by UN Special rapporteur’s letter to Indian Government and then a report of a fact finding team led by former UP Top Cop S R. Darpuri, which was released in New Delhi last week. This three have triggered a cascading international effect and as a result there is growing interest by international community on the process and that has put the NRC authorities on Assam are under greater scanner.
Police Finally Gets Hold Of Rajani Khargharia’s Son, Daughter-In-Law
 Bhupen Goswami (19/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Debashish Khargharia and Gitashree Khargharia, son and daughter-in-law of unfortunate father, actor and theatre artist Rajani Khargharia, who committed suicide on July 1, were arrested by police in Guwahati on Wednesday night. The noted artist committed suicide after being neglected repeatedly by his son for years. He left a suicide note blaming Debashish Khargharia’s behavior for his wife’s untimely death which forced him to end his own life. The deceased left multiple suicide notes to the media fraternity, residents of the area, Police Station-in-charge and family members specifying the neglect and disregard of their son and daughter-in-law as the reason. The couple has been sent to police custody and being shifted to Sibsagar. Rajani Khargharia was a 67 year old theatre personality, a socio-cultural activist, businessman, artist, student leader and an entrepreneur from Assam. The couple reportedly had been dealing with financial troubles and their son harassed them when approached for medical assistance. The couple, through their note, has asked for exemplary punishment for their son and daughter-in-law.
Assam Officers Arrested In APSC Cash For Job Scam To Be Produced Before Court Today
 Bhupen Goswami (19/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : All the 19 Assam civil, police and allied services officers arrested on Wednesday last by police for their alleged role in involvement of ‘ Cash for Job’ scam of Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) to be produced before the Court of Special Judge in Guwahati on Thursday. The ACS officers arrested on Wednesday last are Utpal Bhuyan, Barnali Das, Susovan Das, Dhruvojyoti Chakraborty, Manzoor Ilahi Laskar, Moon Mazoomdar, Mustafa Ahmed Borbhuyan, Md Saibur Rahman Borbhuyan, Monika Teronpi, Ganesh Chandra Das, Srabanti Sen Gupta, Deepsikha Phukan and Leena Krishna Kakati. The arrested APS officials are Gulshan Daolagapu, Pallavi Sharma and Bhargav Phukan. The three other arrested allied services officers are Rituraj Neog (Superintendent of Taxes), Nipon Kumar Pathak (Inspector of Taxes) and Suranjita Hazarika, District Transport Officer, Guwahati. Among the 19 Assam officers arrested in the ‘Cash for Job’ scam included Pallavi Sharma of Assam police service, who is the daughter of Tezpur BJP MP Ram Prasad Sharma. The 19 officers of state civil, police and allied services were summoned by Dibrugarh police on Wednesday last to the Assam Police Special Branch headquarters at Kahilipara in Guwahati for handwritten test. Later they all were arrested by police and kept eight female officers at the Panbazar women police station for whole night. The arrested male officers were kept at Assam police special branch guest house. Police have so far arrested 55 officer belonged to different services of Assam civil services of the 2015, 2016 batch in the cash for job scam. The accused officers’ answer scripts were checked by forensic experts, which confirmed anomalies. All these anomalies were taken place during the chairmanship of Rakesh Kr. Paul in APSC. Paul was arrested on November 4 last year and Rs 50 lakh seized from him. Two APSC members Samedur Rahman and Basanta Kumar Doley were arrested later.
APSC Scam: Arrested Officers Continue To Be In Police Custody : Brokers, government employees under police scanner
 Bhupen Goswami (19/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The police custody of the 19 officials arrested yesterday in the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) cash for job scam is expected to increase as they are going to be produced before the lower courts today. The police will be demanding 14 more days of police custody for further detailed interrogation. Those arrested include 13 Assam Civil Service (ACS) and three Assam Police Service (APS) officers besides a District Transport Officer and two tax officers. With this the number of arrested persons in the cash-for-job scam in the APSC has shot up to 65, including 54 APS, ACS and allied service officials.Assam Police investigating the case has identified some brokers through whom financial transactions had allegedly taken place between the candidates appearing for the civil service examination and Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) officials for the former’s selection. The ongoing investigation into the cash-for-job scam in APSC is now in an interesting phase. The sentinel reports, some state government employees too had acted as brokers. As of now, there is still no final word about their arrest. Dibrugarh Additional Superintendent of Police and Investigating Officer Surjeet Singh Panesar admitted that the probe team had identified 10 to 12 brokers who were allegedly in the scam. “A couple of them are even government employees. We will definitely take action against them,” Panesar confirmed before newsmen here on Tuesday. He said the ongoing investigation will continue and further details will be known subsequently as the probe progresses.
Former VHP leader Pravin Bhai Togadia today returns to haunt PM Narendra Modi
 Bhupen Goswami (19/07/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The Modi government has failed the Hindu community, which stood solidly behind it during 2014 elections. They have failed to build the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. They haven't kept their promise of abolishing Article 370 and 35A in Kashmir. Kashmiri pandits are still waiting to be resettled in the Valley," Togadia said during his address a Press Conference in Guwahati .Defying a prohibitory order imposed by the Police Commissioner asking him to abstain from making any “inflammatory speeches”, former VHP leader Pravin Bhai Togadia today launched a scathing attack on the BJP government for “failing to free Assam of Bangladeshi infiltrators”. Togadia, who had recently launched a new Hindutva outfit Antarrashtriya Hindu Parishad (AHP), landed in the city today wearing a black cloth in his mouth protesting the prohibitory order imposed by the Police Commissioner. He visited the Kamakhya Temple and the Ugratara Temple and met volunteers who staged a demonstration at Dighalipukhuripar against the police order. The Commissioner had yesterday issued an order asking him to abstain from attending any event and making any inflammatory speeches without an “appropriate permission”. Togadia, however, met the Commissioner at his office at 3 pm and gave a written objection to the prohibitory order. However, Togadia spoke to mediapersons after landing at the airport and also at the residence of an AHP leader at Rupnagar where he also met other workers of organisation. “The BJP government has failed on all fronts. While there are some 50 lakh Bangladeshis in Assam, the BJP government in the last two years had deported only 17 of them. The BJP government, which had vowed to protect Assam’s jati, mati and bheti, has failed utterly to keep its promises to protect the State. It also could not free the sattra lands from the hands of Bangladeshis,” Togadia asserted. He said the government has also failed to seal the Indo-Bangla borders, thus keeping the door open for more Bangladeshi infiltrators to enter Assam and eventually make it a part of “greater Bangladesh.” Togadia said that the Indian Army should capture a portion of Bangladesh and use that land to settle “50 lakh Bangladeshis” from Assam, if that country refuses to accept the immigrants after National Register of Citizens (NRC) is out. Togadia is likely to stay in the city tomorrow as well.

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