February 18, 2019
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If Central government declares war against Pakistan, (BTC) chief Will Send 500 Bodo Youths To Kashmir: Hagrama
 Bhupen Goswami (16/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary on Saturday said that BTC will send five hundred Bodo youths to Kashmir if a war breaks out with Pakistan. Visiting the home of martyr CRPF jawan Moneswar Basumatary, Mohilary also announced Rs. 5 lakhs to the family of Basumatary. The Assam son was martyred in the terrorist attack in Kashmir Valley on Thursday. Basumatary hailed from Kalbari under Baksa district.Speaking to media, the BTC chief said that if Central government declares war against Pakistan, he will send 500 Bodo youths to Kashmir. He added that BTC administration will pay the salaries of those 500 youths. Mohilary condemned the attack and said that BTC administration will look after the family of the martyr Basumatary. Meanwhile India's prime minister warned Friday of a "crushing response" to the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Indian-controlled Kashmir which killed 41 people and was the deadliest in the divided region's volatile history.India summoned Pakistan’s envoy today over a deadly attack in Kashmir and served a diplomatic notice demanding Islamabad take action against the militant group that has taken responsibility for the attack, a government source said.
Massive Protest Against Pak, JeM In Guwahati ,Burnedeffigies of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
 Bhupen Goswami (16/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Protesting against Thurday’s inhuman Pulwama terror attack by Jaish-e-Mohammed on Indian Security Forces, the locals of Fancy Bazar burned Pakistan flags and effigies of Jaish-e Mohammad chief Masood Azhar on Saturday. The protesters also demanded action against the masterminds of the terror attack and all business establishments of the area were shut as a protest against the attack. The protests also chanted “Pakistan Murbadaab” and “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” slogans.In Tinsukia’s Thana Chariali, people protested against the terror attack and burned Pakistan National flag and effigies of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.In Hajo’s Kalitakuchi, the members of All Assam Goria Moria Yuva Chatra Parishad also staged protest against the heinous attack and burned Pakistani flags. People across Assam on Saturday hit the roads and protested against the Pulwama terror attack which left 44 CRPF troopers dead including a jawan from Assam named Maneshwar Basumatary of the 98th Battalion. Earlier on Friday, The members of Mangaldoi unit of Bajrang Dal on Friday burnt Pakistan’s national flag in protest against the terror attack on a CRPF convoy in J&K. they also raised anti-Pakistan slogans during the protest. Similarly in Rangia, the members of All Bodo Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) on Friday burnt the effigy of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. The protesters asked the neighboring country to stop supporting terror activities and giving terrorists a safe haven to launch attacks against India.
Assam Son Martyred In J&K Terror Attack,Protesters Burn Pakistan Flag
 Bhupen Goswami (15/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan from Assam named Maneshwar Basumatary of 98th Battalion has been martyred in the biggest ever attacks on the Indian security forces by the Militants from the Jaish-e-Mohammad that claimed the lives of 44 CRPF jawans on Thursday. Basumatary hailed from Tamulpur’s Kalbari. Another jawan from Bongaigaon, Pabitra Barman, was also in the convoy. Soon after the attack there were rumors of the jawans death in social media. However, family members have confirmed of his well being. The jawan face moinor injuries in the attack. It was a convoy of 50 vehicles which came under the attack Jaish-e-Mohammad as the terrorist used suicide bombers using IED on Thursday. The convoy was on the Srinagar-Jammu highway and was on its way to Pulwama when a suicide bomber driving an explosive-laden SUV crashed into the bus. The bus had 39 jawans on board when the SUV crashed into it. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has condemned the incident and tweeted , “Strongly condemn the cowardly attack on #CRPF jawans in #Pulwama Terror has no place in India and we must together fight this menace as a nation. My heart goes out to the martyrs who have sacrificed their lives today. Deepest condolences”.MeanwhileThe members of Mangaldoi unit of Bajrang Dal on Friday burnt Pakistan’s national flag in protest against the terror attack on a CRPF convoy in J&K. they also raised anti-Pakistan slogans during the protest. Similarly in Rangia, the members of All Bodo Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) on Friday burnt the effigy of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar. The protesters asked the neighbouring country to stop supporting terror activities and giving terrorists a safe haven to launch attacks against India.Pakistan-based terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday. Among the at least 40 soldiers killed, one is Maneshwar Basumatary of 98th Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) from Assam. Basumatary hailed from Tamulpur’s Kalbari. Another soldier from Bongaigaon, Pabitra Barman, was also in the convoy faced minor injuries. His family members have confirmed of his well-being.
Rajnath Sing Dropped CAB Due to Peoples Stand : Meghalaya Chief Minister,Conrad Arrives At Guwahati To Rousing Welcome
 Bhupen Goswami (15/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, who has emerged as the hero after Citizenship (Amendment) Bill lapsed in Rajya Sabha arrived in Guwahati along with the leaders of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Atul Bora and Keshab Mahanta.Landing at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport on Thursday after, Sangma received a rousing welcome by more than 500 members of AGP and National People’s Party (NPP). The NPP leader was welcomed by his party members with the beats of drum and dances. Meanwhile, speaking to media, after arrival, Sangma termed the development as the victory of the people of northeast and said, “Sentiments of people and the voice of the people of the northeast have been heard.” Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma has said that the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was a “sentimental” one for the people of the Northeast. He added that once he came to know that the voices against the Bill belonging to the different student bodies, civil societies as well as religious organizations could be unified, Delhi would be compelled to listen to the issue. “We decided to ask all the political parties to come in and we decided to unanimously oppose the Bill at a meeting on January 29”, stated the Meghalaya CM. Sangma stated that the parties came together once they heard the voices of the people rising in unity. “Overall, seeing the situation and the sentiments of the people, the Government decided not to place the Bill”, he added. He also hailed the coming together of the people as one. Firstly, Sangma said that the aggressive political lobbying in Delhi resulted in the demise of the Bill. Secondly, he said Home Minister Rajnath Singh was concerned about the protests and due to the sensitive nature of the issue, decided to drop the Bill. He further added that since both the Home Ministry and BJP President Amit Shah were sympathetic to the concerns of the people, he was optimistic about the outcome. “The voice of the people has prevailed and there were many factors that led to it (the ‘death’ of the Bill)”, he added.
Biplab Kumar Deb-led Tripura BJP Goverment is trying to prevent people from holding a “victory rally”
 Bhupen Goswami (15/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The Biplab Kumar Deb-led Tripura administration is trying to prevent people from holding a “victory rally”. After the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 died a ‘natural death’ at the Indian Parliament, people who opposed the Bill have been celebrating in all corners of the Northeast, but the Movement against Citizenship Amendment Bill’s (MACAB) intention to hold a rally at Swami Vivekananda Ground in Agartala ran into hurdles. The application to hold the rally on 18 February from 11 am onwards was turned down by authorities citing an “apprehension of breach of peace”. The authorities have further stated that a Health and Fitness, Beauty and Fashion Expo is being organized from 15 February to 3 March. The BJP-led Tripura Government has often found itself in the centre of controversies due to statements made by their leader Biplab Kumar Deb. Deb, who is known for his hardcore ‘Hindutvabadi’ stance regarding politics and life, in general, has been known for making baffling statements. Deb’s solution for unemployment? Cow milking and opening up a paan-selling establishment! His message to people who point fingers at his administration? Chop off their nails! This latest incident of the Tripura Government’s refusal to let people hold peaceful and democratic rallies in the state shows the Government’s intolerance towards people with an opposing viewpoint.
Darul Uloom Asks People To Help Rohingyas!Doubtful Citizens Detained At Duliajan
 Bhupen Goswami (14/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : In a sensational incident in Morigaon, Jama-Islamia Darul Uloom has asked the people to help and ensure safety of Rohingyas. The incident came to light after seven Rohingyas have recently visited Morigaon from Hyderabad. Shockingly, the Darul Uloom has asked people to extend their helping hand to those Rohingyas visiting from Hyderabad.Meanwhile, several people also provided financial assistant to those Rohingyas after Darul Uloom’s appeal. The Rohingyas offered Namaz at the Hira Jame Masjid at Moirabari under Marigaon district. They also spent a night at the mosque and left for Hajo the next day. In other hand In a tensed situation in Duliajan, the members of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), All Tai Ahom Students’ Union (ATASU) and Brihattar Asomiya Mahila Mancha on Thursday detained around 50 doubtful citizens including women and children at the Duliajan railway station on Wednesday night. They were allegedly hiding at the Railway station. Officials of Railways informed police about the situation and police after reaching the spot controlled the situation. The group of doubtful citizens was later sent to another place by train.Though the alleged doubtful citizens claimed that they have come from Rajasthan, the organizations said that the doubtful citizens were unable to show any valid documents. “They have been hiding in the railway station and were unable to show any documents even after our continuous request,” said a member of the organizations.
Prince Daniel Of Sweden visit to Hajo Guwahati, Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (14/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Prince Daniel of Sweden reached Guwahati on February 13. The Duke of Västergötland is here to visit an underdeveloped area in Hajo and has offered financial assistance to a non-governmental organisation (NGO) there. The NGO is working to educate the underdeveloped area of Hajo. A member of the NGO said that the prince’s royal visit will bring more attention and awareness to the area and they will work be encouraged to work even harder. Earlier, Britain’s Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and the Duchess, Kate Middleton visited Assam in 2016.
Citizenship Amendment Bill Lapses In Rajya Sabha, North East Erupts In Joy
 Bhupen Goswami (13/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The contentious Citizenship (amendment) Bill was the one on banning issues. The set to lapse on June 3 when the term of the present Lok Sabha ends as they could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha which adjourned sine die on Wednesday. The Budget session was the last Parliament session of the present government. The 17th Lok Sabha has to be constituted before June 3. Lok Sabha polls are due this summer.Bills introduced in the Rajya Sabha and pending there do not lapse with the dissolution of the Lok Sabha. Bills passed by the Lok Sabha and pending in the Rajya Sabha lapse. The opposition had been opposing provisions of the bill in Rajya Sabha where the government lacks numbers. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 provides for according Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after seven years of residence in India instead of 12 years, which is the norm currently, even if they do not possess any document. The legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session on January 8 and has been awaiting the Rajya Sabha's nod. There has been strong opposition to the bill in Assam and other Northeastern states. Student organisations, political parties and socio-cultural bodies have been protesting on the grounds that it seeks to grant nationality to non-Muslims who have come into India up to December 31, 2014, thereby increasing the deadline from 1971 as per the Assam Accord.Also, according to the Assam Accord, all illegal immigrants who have come after 1971, irrespective of their religion, have to be deported and this bill violates that. Two BJP chief ministers of the Northeast -- Arunachal Pradesh's Pema Khandu and Manipur's N Biren Dingh -- have also voiced their opposition to the contentious Bill. Congress party leaders, led by president Rahul Gandhi and opposition have staged a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at the Parliament, demanding the central Government to scrap the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016. Congress leaders raised slogans, ‘Chowkidar hi chor hai’. The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned due to the continued uproar on Wednesday by opposition parties. The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 12 noon.Since the commencement of the Rajya Sabha session, the ruckus erupting every other day has been hindering the proceedings of the Parliament. Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 was listed for business today at Rajya Sabha and Government in all likelihood would try to pass it while the Congress will lead a strong opposition to it. Top 10 developments Citizenship Amendment Bill lapsed today as it did not get Rajya Sabha nod today. Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die following repeated interruptions by the Opposition. This was clear win for the people of India who protested against the CAB. This was also an outcome of the successful floor management by the Opposition The BJP backtracked at the last moment fearing more problem in the North East The Whole North East India was on boil protesting against CAB The BJP will now play “martyr card” promising to bring back CAB if voted back to power. The BJP has the option to bring the bill through an ordinance but generally there is no such precedence for an outgoing government. The new Lok Sabha after the General Elections have to bring in a new bill. Conrad Sangma, Meghalaya CM, emerges as the real hero. Congress credited for helping blockage of the Bill AASU, KMSS, AJYCP thanks people of Assam Manipur, Mizoram celebrates victory.
Citizenship Amendment Bill : Position to bring down two of the BJP’s coalition government in Nagaland and Manipur.
 Bhupen Goswami (13/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Citizenship Amendment Bill : Position to bring down two of the BJP’s coalition government in Nagaland and Manipur.If Citizenship Amendment Bill is passed, the Nationalist people Party (NPP) and its leader Conrad Sangma is in a position to bring down two of the BJP’s coalition government in Nagaland and Manipur. With Mizoram going wild over CAB and even demanding separate country, the dream of North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) is falling apart because of CAB and the BJP is unlikely to risk such a huge loss before General Election. Following is the party position in Manipur and Nagaland. In Manipur, it is quite simple, all Conrad Sangma has to join hands with Congress and Biren Singh led BJP Government is out on the cold. In Nagaland also Conrad has to dial JD(U) bosses and Mamata Banarjee and it will take no time for NPP(2), JD-U(1) and AITC(1)- to send Neiphu Rio nightmare with a tie of 30-30 in the house of 60 and the lone independent can go either way. Here is the seat strength at this moment MANIPUR(60) Ruling Coalition BJP 21 NPF 4 NPP 4 IND 1 LJP 1 AITC 1 Total : 32 Opposition INC 28 NAGALAND(60) Ruling Coalition NDPP 18 BJP 12 NPP 2 JD-U 1 IND 1 Total 34 Opposition NPF 26 Meanwhile The Citizenship Bill is seen as further imposition of forced policy, one that is threatening the region’s fragile ethnic balance The BJP either does not understand, or neglected to understand, that its majoritarian policies may not work in North-East India.The BJP either does not understand, or neglected to understand, that its majoritarian policies aimed at northern, central and peninsular India—mainland India, as it were—may not work in north-east India. Even Assam and Tripura, the two states it has electorally won as much on incumbency as pandering to local pro-Hindu impulses. The party is realizing, as the Congress did decades earlier, that it’s really the price to pay for ignoring local realities—indeed, rejecting local histories in a bid to create histories of its own.
Anti-CAB stir hits normal life in Manipur, Internet Jammed, Section 144 Imposed
 Bhupen Goswami (12/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The agitation against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (CAB) threw normal life out of gear in Manipur, particularly in the State capital here today.The agitation which was started at 5 am today is scheduled to conclude at 5 pm tomorrow. The programme was called by a people’s convention held under the aegis of People’s Alliance Manipur. The agitation was effective in the greater Imphal area and other districts as supporters came out in large numbers to join the movement against CAB. Greater Imphal area wore a deserted look as all forms of transport were suspended for the day. Most private offices, besides educational institutions, shops, business establishments and markets, remained closed. The government offices at Secretariat was open but with less attendance. Newmai News adds: Congress legislators from Manipur camping in New Delhi are planning to stage a protest demonstration against the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) on the streets in the national capital on Tuesday. The legislators led by former Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and recently appointed Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Gaikhangam are lobbying MPs of Rajya Sabha to oppose the CAB if it is tabled in the Upper House of Parliament on Tuesday, the leaders said. The delegation has already submitted memorandums to President of India, Prime Minister and Union Home Minister urging them to reconsider the passage of the Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Meanwhile, Internet services have been banned in Manipur and section 144 have been imposed in view of the protests against the situation arising out of intense protest launched by various Civil Society Organisations against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in both Imphal East and West of Manipur on Tuesday. Incidents of violence have made gathered headlines in Manipur as fresh protests broke out against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that is to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 was listed for business today at Rajya Sabha and Government in all likelihood would try to pass it by tomorrow while the Congress will lead a strong opposition to it. Tomorrow is the last day for the Rajya Sabha. Earlier on Monday, more than hundred women vendors from the Ima Market in Manipur staged protest against the Central government’s move to pass the much debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha. Police also resort to lathi-charge to disperse the protesters. More than ten women were injured during the incident and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu and Manipur’s Chief Minister N Biren Singh have voiced their opposition against the bill and urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to ensure it was not passed in Rajya Sabha.
All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) To Move To Supreme Court Of Citizenship Bill Passed
 Bhupen Goswami (12/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) General secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi on Tuesday said that the student organisation would move to the Supreme Court if the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 is passed at the Rajya Sabha. As per schedule the bill was to be tabled at the Upper House by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at 12 pm today. However, amid protest all over and massive uproar against the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 there are chances that the bill may not be discussed at the Rajya Sabha (RS) today. The first hour from 11 am to 12 pm is the zero hour second hour is the question hour and from 1 o’clock to 2 o’clock is the lunch hour Ten hours have been allocated for the President’s speech and debate. Reply to the President’s speech by the Prime Minister is scheduled to take place place sometime around 1030 -11 o’clock if at all RS is allowed to work normally. So there are probabilities that the discussion on the of Amendment Bill may not take place on Tuesday and it would be passed over to Wednesday’s Schedule. It is to be mentioned that almost all the indigenous organizations of Assam are opposing the Citizenship Bill and have been staging massive protests after it has been passed at the Lok Sabha.Meanwhile, NESO delegates led by AASU Chief Advisor Samujjal Bhattacharya are lobbying support among the NDA’s opposition as well as allies in order to vote against the Bill.
Internet Jammed, Section 144 Imposed In Manipur
 Bhupen Goswami (12/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Internet services have been banned in Manipur and section 144 have been imposed in view of the protests against the situation arising out of intense protest launched by various Civil Society Organisations against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in both Imphal East and West of Manipur on Tuesday. Incidents of violence have made gathered headlines in Manipur as fresh protests broke out against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 that is to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 was listed for business today at Rajya Sabha and Government in all likelihood would try to pass it by tomorrow while the Congress will lead a strong opposition to it. Tomorrow is the last day for the Rajya Sabha. Earlier on Monday, more than hundred women vendors from the Ima Market in Manipur staged protest against the Central government’s move to pass the much debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha. Police also resort to lathi-charge to disperse the protesters. More than ten women were injured during the incident and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu and Manipur’s Chief Minister N Biren Singh have voiced their opposition against the bill and urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to ensure it was not passed in Rajya Sabha.
Citizenship bill : Tej Hazarika Denounces Bharat Ratna To Bhupen Hazarika
 Bhupen Goswami (12/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Bharat Ratna to Bhupen Hazarika has been denounced by his son Tej Hazarika alleging that his father’s name has been politically used in the ongoing CAB controversy. An angry Tej Hazarika has issued a statement in this regard from the United States. Mr Hazarika was angry for using his father’s name in the ongoing Citizenship Amendment Bill controversy. While talking over phone from United State to the Pratidin Time, on being asked whether this denouncement amounted to refusal, Mr Tej Hazarika only cryptically said “wait for the statement and one step at a time”. A complete refusal by his son may not be feasible as the award is meant for Bhupen Hazarika and the family do not have right to refuse. Maximum he can refuse to accept the award on his behalf.Tez Hazarika said that Bharat Ratnas and longest bridges are necessary but they will not promote the peace and prosperity of the citizens of India.Tez Hazarika, son of late Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika who was conferred Bharat Ratna posthumously, has refused to accept the honour to protest against the Citizenship Bill. Bhupen Hazarika’s brother Samar Hazarika has said that it was up to Tez to decide whether to accept the honour or not. The... Read the full Facebook post of Tej Hazarika here:As the son of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika—one of the most popular and loved cultural and socio-political figures for the people of Assam and it’s neighboring sister states of India’s great Northeast—I believe that my father’s name and words are being invoked and celebrated publicly while plans are afoot to pass a painfully unpopular bill regarding citizenship that is actually undermining his documented position. It would in reality be in direct opposition to what Bupenda believed in his heart of hearts. For his fans—a vast majority of people of the Northeast—and India’s great diversity including all indigenous populations of India, he would never have endorsed what appears, quite transparently, to be an underhanded way of pushing a law against the will and benefit of the majority in a manner that also seems to be grossly un-constitutional, un-democratic and un-Indian. Adopting any form of this bill at this point in the manner in which it is being proffered, now or in the future, will ultimately have the sad and undesirable effect of not only disrupting the quality of life, language, identity and power balance of the region, but that of undermining my father’s position—by delivering a wreaking blow to the harmony, inner integrity and unity of the secular and democratic Republic of India. Bharat Ratnas and longest bridges while necessary, will not promote the peace and prosperity of the citizens of India. Only just popular laws and foresight on the part of leadership will. Numerous media journalists are now asking me whether or not I will accept the Bharat Ratna for my father. I go on record here to anwer that A), I have not received any invitation so far there is nothing to reject, and B), how the center moves on this matter far outweighs in importance the awarding and receiving of such national recognition—a display of short lived cheap thrills.
Assam CM inaugurates Mukhyamantrir Krishi Sa-Sajuli Yojna
 Bhupen Goswami (11/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : “Assam Government is taking all steps to ensure the socio-economic wellbeing of the farmers so that they can live a life of dignity. Policies are being implemented to uplift the poor farmers, labourers so that all sections of the population can derive benefit equally from the development agenda of the government. Farmers are the backbone of the state’s economy and therefore, various steps are being taken to empower the farmers.” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said while inaugurating ‘Mukhyamantrir Krishi Sa-Sajuli Yojna’ scheme at Dhemaji. Distributing approval letters worth Rs 5,000 each to 10 farmers of Dhemaji district under the scheme the chief minister today inaugurated Mukhyamantrir Krishi Sa-Sajuli Yojna which would enable a total 13,800 farmers of the district to purchase farming equipments to increase their agricultural production. The beneficiaries would receive the amount of Rs 5000 through direct bank transfer. Saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has initiated a lot of steps to uplift the poor farmers, Sonowal stated that 32 crore people in the country have been brought under formal banking system through Jan Dhan Yojna and 1.5 crore people in the state have already benefitted by this financial inclusion scheme which has eliminated middlemen from the system while directly transferring benefits under various schemes to the intended beneficiaries. Fasal Bima Yojna, Soil Health Card, Krishi Sinchai Yojna, fixing of minimum support prices (MSPs) for crops, extending an amount of Rs 6000 to farmers under PM-KISAN scheme in union budget 2019 are some of the epoch making steps by the central government, he said. Referring to the farmers of state who were taken to Vietnam for an exposure trip, the chief minister urged the farmers to emulate the example of Vietnam who have achieved rapid economic development through agriculture. Saying that agricultural products from Assam have reached the markets of London, Dubai, Singapore etc through air cargo service launched recently, Sonowal called on the farmers of the state to take advantage of these services to sell their produce outside the state. “Earlier no development used to happen in the state without people here resorting to agitation and now a plethora of activities are happening like approval of five new bridges over Brahmaputra, double tracking of railway lines, Prime Minister Modi inaugurating projects worth Rs 18000 crore on 9 th February including the construction works of AIIMS at Changsari near Guawahti.” The chief minister said. Calling on the young generation of the state to take advantage of the changing economic scenario of the state by empowering themselves through knowledge and skills, Sonowal urged various organisations of the state to maintain peace and harmony so that students do not get distracted in view of the ensuing HSSLC and HSLC examinations. MoS (independent) for P&RD Naba Kumar Doley informed that tractors would be distributed in 26000 revenue villages of the state under CMSGUY and a total of 5 lakh farmers would benefit from this scheme in the state. Lakhimpur MP Pradan Barua thanked the chief minister for inaugurating the scheme at Dhemaji district and informed that both central and state governments have embarked on a journey to double the farm income of the farmers by 2022. Dhemaji MLA Dr Ranuj Pegu was also present among other dignitaries.
North East Students’ Organization (NESO)Delegation Meet Samajwadi Party (SP)Leader
 Bhupen Goswami (11/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : A delegation of North East Students’ Organization (NESO) comprising of AASU, AAPSU, MZP, KSU, GSU, TSF, NSF, AMSU met Rajya Sabha MP and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Javed Ali Khan this afternoon in New Delhi to express their opposition to the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).The MP has assured to oppose the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), 2016 to the delegates of North East Students’ Organisation (NESO). During the meeting, the SP leader responded that they understand the problem of indigenous people of the state and will strongly support them by opposing the bill when it is placed in Rajya Sabha. Meanwhile Major political parties and student groups of the Northeast on Sunday intensified their campaign against the citizenship amendment bill (CAB) in the national capital with a series of meetings with leaders of the BJP, the Congress and other parties, urging them not to pass it in the Rajya Sabha. A delegation of 11 political parties of the Northeast, including the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the National People’s Party, met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and requested him not to press for passing the bill in the Rajya Sabha, AGP leader and former union minister Birendra Prasad Baishya told PTI. The delegation was led by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma. Earlier in the day, former Assam chief minister and founder-president of the AGP, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, along with other party leaders met Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, union minister Ram Vilas Paswan, and Samajwadi Party leaders, urging them to take a stand against the bill. The leaders of the regional parties of the Northeast, who are camping in Delhi, will meet representatives of all political parties, so that the bill is not passed in the upper house, Baishya said. A team of top leaders of the North East Students’ Organisation (NESO), comprising major students’ groups of the region, met Biju Janata Dal leader Bhartruhari Mahtab and requested him to ensure that his party votes against the bill if it is brought in the upper house. NESO advisor Samujjal Bhattacharjya told PTI that they met the leadership of the JD-U, which already declared its opposition to the CAB, and would meet leaders of the Congress, the Shiv Sena, the Akali Dal and some others parties in the next two days. The legislation was passed by the Lok Sabha during the winter session on 8 January, and has been awaiting the Rajya Sabha’s nod. There has been strong opposition in Assam and other northeastern states against the bill. The political parties have been protesting on the grounds that the bill seeks to grant nationality to non-Muslims who have come up to 31 December, 2014, thereby, increasing the deadline from 1971 as per the Assam Accord. Also, according to the Assam Accord, all illegal immigrants who have come after 1971, irrespective of their religion, have to be deported and this bill violates that. Addressing the joint sitting of parliament, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said the bill would give justice to persecuted minorities of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan through Indian nationality. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also announced that the bill was an “atonement of the wrong that was done during India’s Partition. India will safeguard all who had been victims of the Partition,” he had said.
Former IAS officer of the Assam Government MGVK Bhanu has officially joined Congress
 Bhupen Goswami (11/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Former IAS officer of the Assam Government MGVK Bhanu has officially joined Congress on February 11 at a party joining program held at Rajiv Bhawan. The former additional chief secretary to the Labour and Welfare Department of the state is considered to be a strong contender on Congress ticket against the Bharatiya Janata Party from Tezpur. Along with Bhanu, ten other candidates including retired Assam Police Official Biren Gogoi has also joined Congress at the same event.“I will work for the development of the state. The people of Assam never made me feel like an outsider. I want to contest from Tezpur and I will soon submit an appeal. Even if I am not given a ticket, I will continue to work for the party, state. I can still work 20 hours a day with the blessings of Ma Kamakhya”, Bhanu said after joining the party. Bhanu also praised Congress President Rahul Gandhi after joining the party. Bhanu, a 1985 batch IAS officer, who originally hails from Andhra Pradesh, also served as the Additional Chief Secretary to Panchayat & Rural Development Department.
Dispur SI Loots 60 Gold Biscuits, Suspended
 Bhupen Goswami (11/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : In a shocking incident, a Sub Inspector (SI) of Assam police has been suspended for allegedly looting 60 gold biscuits from police custody. Identified as Nipu Kalita, the SI of Dispur police has been absconding since January 15, after looting 60 gold biscuits from the police station. According to reports, the SI along with Constable Faijur Rahman and Home Guard Afjal Ali, have robbed the gold biscuits worth several lakh from the police station and absconding since then.Meanwhile, a case has been registered in this regard, informed Dispur Police. They also informed that statements of three people in this connection have been recorded under CrPC 164. They confessed that they have helped the SI in stealing the gold biscuits from the police station. However, Dispur police is confident of arresting the trio soon as Joint Commissioner of police is investigating the matter.
Special initiatives to expedite the implementation of flagship programmes under P & RD Schemes in every village under MGNREGA Target set to bring 16 lakh beneficiaries under SKKSBPA
 Bhupen Goswami (11/02/2019)
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 Guwahati: To implement the flagship programmes under Panchayat and Rural Development (P & RD), Assam more effectively, the department has taken some special initiatives under the diligence of departmental minister Naba Kr. Doley. The department has attained success in implementation of various schemes with active participation and dedication of the officials from top to bottom. Due to innovative initiative to solve problems faced by the beneficiaries whose PMAY-G houses are incomplete through home stay at newly constructed PMAY-G houses, the construction of houses under the scheme has risen up from September, 18 onwards and till date 1,35,356 houses have been completed. Targeting to complete the remaining houses already sanctioned under PMAY-G, a Problem Solving Mela was organised in every development block where minister Doley had participated along with DCs, other senior and field officials of P & RD. The problems that are being faced by the beneficiaries are discussed individually and an action plan to solve those problems was given to every beneficiary. It is hoped that this steps will help to achieve the target of completing houses by March, 2019. On the other hand, steps have been taken to take schemes under MGNREGA in every village of the state so that the needy people, especially the landless casual labour may be benefitted through it by rendering their services in native village itself. All job seekers holding job card will be offered job under MGNREGA in ongoing schemes and steps are being taken to implement new scheme where ongoing schemes are not available. For this, the process of sanctioning new schemes is being expedited. Thus, target has been fixed to offer minimum 50 days work to the job card holders, especially the landless casual labours in the rest of the current financial year. Those who are willing to work under MGNREGA but not having job card, are requested to apply immediately in their respective Gaon Panchayats. Besides paying Old Age Pension, Widow Pension and Divyang Pension under NSAP, Swahid Kushal Konwar Sarbajanin Briddha Pension (SKKSBPA) was launched in 2 nd October, 2018 with the state’s own fund. 2 lakh eligible senior citizens are being paid pension under this scheme with effect from October, 2017. Pension is also paid to another 4 lakh beneficiaries under SKKSBPA on 5 th Feb last through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). Minister Doley ceremonially distributed the pension through DBT starting from April, 2018 in presence of Principal Secretary Dr J B Ekka and Commissioner of P & RD Dr P Ashok Babu in a function held in the conference hall of Commissioner at Juripar. Thus 6 lakh senior citizens are availing pension under this scheme as of now. The process of verification of new applications is going and target has been fixed to cover 16 lakh beneficiaries under this scheme by 15 Feb next. The department urges all eligible senior citizens to apply for availing the benefit of this holistic scheme.
First Indian to pass the Kendo 5th Dan examination : Guwahati’s Siddhartha Sarma Shines In Japanese Martial Arts
 Bhupen Goswami (10/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : In what could be termed as a proud moment for the state and the whole of the nation, Siddhartha Sarma from Guwahati has recently become the first Indian to pass the Kendo 5th Dan examination held at Oita Kendo Federation Dan Exam in Oita, Japan.As per the AJKF (All Japan Kendo Federation), no Indian had earlier passed the 5th Dan examination, thus making him the highest ranked Indian Kendoka. In the examination, besides the practical fights test, he also passed the written test which was entirely in Japanese. Kendo is a Japanese marital art of fencing with Bamboo sword and armor in which the martial artist is adjudged based on his physical as well mental maturity to overcome his opponent.
Narendra Modi will not have a second term as prime minister : Ex-Union Minister Yashwant Sinha Criticises Modi Government
 Bhupen Goswami (10/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : With less than Two months to the Lok Sabha elections due in 2019, veteran politician Yashwant Sinha is confident that Narendra Modi will not have a second term as prime minister. The former BJP leader and union minister, who is one of the harshest critics of the present BJP government and PM Modi, pins his hopes on the responses he receives from various sections of people all over the country. Sinha, who minces no words when criticising Modi and his economic policies,Assam has been on the boil, since BJP-led NDA government in the Centre has passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha on January 8. In the meantime, former Union Minister Yashwant Sinha, took part in a discussion on the current situation in Assam on Sunday at an event in Guwahati. Speaking on the occasion, Sinha said, “The Citizenship Amendment Bill is wrong and illegal from all perspectives.” He also compared BJP with Kauravas of Mahabharata. “Now people only know Duryodhana and Dushasana of BJP,” said the senior politician, who had quit the saffron party in April, 2018. Sinha, who has been critical of the Union government on various issues, said that democracy today was in danger in the country. “Centre is undermining democratic institutions,” he added. “Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have been using strategies and tactics to manage media in the Country,” said Sinha. Several senior personalities of the State including senior journalist Haidar Hussain, Ajit Kumar Bhuyan, Prasanta Rajguru, AASU advisor Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya, maini Mahanta and Mayur Borah were also present during the event.
The Chinese government claims the Arunachal Pradesh, state as 'South Tibet': Beijing ‘firmly Upset as PM Modi lays foundation stone for new airport
 Bhupen Goswami (10/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Upping the ante, China has for the first time announced "standardised" official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, days after it lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama's visit to the frontier state. The state media here said the move was aimed at reaffirming China's claim over the state. China claims the state as 'South Tibet'. "China's Ministry of Civil Affairs announced that China upset as India’s Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for new airport in Arunachal Pradesh Beijing ‘firmly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to the eastern section of the Sino-Indian border’, foreign ministry says New Delhi urged to ‘respect Chinese interests and China has expressed its opposition to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, a disputed region on the border between the two countries, where he laid the foundation stone for a new airport.Beijing’s position on the issue has been “consistent and clear”, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on today.The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to the eastern section of the Sino-Indian border.” India should “take into consideration the two countries’ relations, respect Chinese interests and concerns, cherish the momentum of improving relations, and not take any actions that will complicate the border dispute”, she said.Modi laid the foundation stone for a new airport development at Hollongi in the region’s Parum Pare district during a two-day tour of northeast India. New Delhi considers Arunachal Pradesh as an Indian state, but Beijing claims a large part of it as South Tibet. The region was at the centre of the fighting during the 1962 war between the two Asian giants.The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in response, said “Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of India. This consistent position has been conveyed to Chinese side on several occasions,”.
Manisha Koirala In Guwahati; Takes Part In Cancer Awareness
 Bhupen Goswami (10/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Famous Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala landed in Guwahati on Sunday to take part in an awareness rally. Koirala, who herself is a cancer survivor, inaugurated the awareness campaign, titled ‘The Walk Against Tobacco & Cancer’. The walk began from Judge’s Field and ended at Cotton University premises. Speaking to media, the actress said, “We need a tobacco-free society. Our fight against cancer will continue.” She also praised the beautiful environment of the City.Other than Manisha Koirala, famous Assamese actress Zerifa Wahid and Deepak Kumar, Guwahati Police Commissioner were also present at the event, which was organised by Deepsikha Foundation. Koirala will also attend a special session at the Brahmaputra Literary Festival.
The Chinese government claims the Arunachal Pradesh, state as 'South Tibet': Beijing ‘firmly Upset as India’s Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for new airport
 Bhupen Goswami (10/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Upping the ante, China has for the first time announced "standardised" official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, days after it lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama's visit to the frontier state. The state media here said the move was aimed at reaffirming China's claim over the state. China claims the state as 'South Tibet'. "China's Ministry of Civil Affairs announced that China upset as India’s Narendra Modi lays foundation stone for new airport in Arunachal Pradesh Beijing ‘firmly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to the eastern section of the Sino-Indian border’, foreign ministry says New Delhi urged to ‘respect Chinese interests and China has expressed its opposition to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, a disputed region on the border between the two countries, where he laid the foundation stone for a new airport.Beijing’s position on the issue has been “consistent and clear”, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement on today.The Chinese government has never recognised the so-called Arunachal Pradesh and is firmly opposed to the Indian leader’s visit to the eastern section of the Sino-Indian border.” India should “take into consideration the two countries’ relations, respect Chinese interests and concerns, cherish the momentum of improving relations, and not take any actions that will complicate the border dispute”, she said.Modi laid the foundation stone for a new airport development at Hollongi in the region’s Parum Pare district during a two-day tour of northeast India. New Delhi considers Arunachal Pradesh as an Indian state, but Beijing claims a large part of it as South Tibet. The region was at the centre of the fighting during the 1962 war between the two Asian giants.The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in response, said “Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India. Indian leaders visit Arunachal Pradesh from time to time, as they visit other parts of India. This consistent position has been conveyed to Chinese side on several occasions,”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils the statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur in Agartala.
 Bhupen Goswami (09/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveils the statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur in Agartala.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday unveiled a statue of Tripura's last ruler, Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya (reigned 1923-47), at the airport which was renamed after him in July last year. Reaching here from Guwahati, Modi unveiled the 7.5-foot-high, fibre glass statue, designed and built by the faculty and students of Tripura government's Art and Craft College at a cost of Rs 5 lakh. An official release said that unveiling of the late Maharaja's statue is in line with the Union government's policy of honouring the unsung heroes of India, who have contributed greatly to nation building.It said the Union government renamed the airport after Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya in the wake of a long-pending demand of the people of Tripura as well as the state government to pay tribute to the last ruler of the erstwhile princely state. It was in 1942 that the Maharaja constructed the airport, which played a crucial role in the Second World War. The Agartala airport, earlier known as Singerbill Airport and is located 20 km north of the capital along the Bangladesh border, is the second busiest in northeastern India and provides crucial air connectivity in the region linking Kolkata and other major airports in the country. The Airports Authority of India has undertaken a Rs 438-crore project to upgrade the airport to international standards by providing world-class facilities, a top AAI official said on Saturday.
CBI to quiz Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in Shillong today
 Bhupen Goswami (09/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :Saradha scam: CBI to quiz Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in Shillong today.The CBI began questioning the Kolkata Police chief on Saturday morning at highly secured agency's office here in connection with chit fund scam cases. Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, his counsel Biswajit Deb and senior IPS officers Javed Shamim and Murlidhar Sharma arrived at the probe agency's office around 11 am, following which the interrogation began.Kumar arrived in the state capital of Meghalaya on Friday evening from Kolkata via Guwahati by road with three more West Bengal cadre IPS officers and his younger brother, an official said. The counsel and the officials, who accompanied Kumar to Shillong from Kolkata, were asked to leave the CBI office within 30 minutes.Around 10.45 am, amid heavy security, the officer's counsel and two IPS officers submitted a letter, mentioning that they also want to be present during the examination of Rajeev Kumar. They claimed that the presence of all the officers was necessary as they all were a part of the investigation and "linked" to the probe. However, CBI turned down their request. Kumar is being interrogated at the highly secured CBI office at Oakland area in the Meghalaya capital where three senior CBI sleuths from Delhi reached on Friday. The campus has been turned into a fortress. No one is allowed to venture close to the office. Sources said that Rajeev Kumar is ready with his defence as he will try to highlight that there was no substantiate evidence to prove that he tried to destroy the evidences to shield the accused. "In 2018, Call Data Records (CDR) were handed over the CBI and that time Kumar was not the commissioner of Bidhannagar. If they are alleging that he was reluctant to handover CDR to CBI, then why they waited for months. They could have easily got it from the service providers. On what basis CBI is alleging that the CDR (if at all) was damaged by Rajeev Kumar. It may be possible that they (CBI) tampered the CDR. We will contest all these things in the Supreme Court," a senior Kolkata police officer said. He further said, “There are allegation against Rajeev Kumar that he has suppressed the fact that a case was registered by Durgapur police on October 4, 2013 against Rose Valley. The commissioner of Asansol police has already replied about it and above all what Kumar has to do with this case. Why is CBI asking details of this case from him (despite the matter been addressed by CP Asansol). Above all, Kumar is not the head of SIT. The head of the SIT was ADG CID. They could have asked ADG CID about these details. It was ADG CID who would call data from all units and collate and give it to CBI. Why Rajeev Kumar is selectively targeted?" The Supreme Court on Tuesday had directed the Kolkata Police chief to appear before the CBI and "faithfully" cooperate in the investigation of cases arising out of the Saradha chit fund scam, while making it clear that he will not be arrested. The CBI had alleged in the Supreme Court that Kumar, who was leading the SIT probe into Saradha chit fund scam, tampered with the electronic evidence and handed over documents to the agency, some of which were "doctored". The apex court directed him to appear before the investigating agency at a neutral place in Shillong "to avoid all unnecessary controversy". CBI officials had gone to Kumar's residence in Kolkata to question him on January 3 but their attempt was thwarted by the police, following which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee staged a three-day dharna. A day earlier, Kolkata police raided two properties of a company it said was linked to Nageswara Rao, the former interim director of CBI. The police action is likely to be perceived as a tit-for-tat response for the attempted search at the house of city police chief Rajeev Kumar this past Sunday, as that was ordered when Rao was still at the helm of the investigative agency.Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, he was heading the SIT formed by the West Bengal government to probe Saradha and other similar ponzi scheme cases. The CBI has attached 10 officers from its Delhi, Bhopal and Lucknow units to its Kolkata office, which is probing the chit-fund scam cases, till February 20 to provide additional manpower during questioning of high-profile suspects, including the Kolkata police chief.
CBI to quiz Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in Shillong today
 Bhupen Goswami (09/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :Saradha scam: CBI to quiz Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in Shillong today.The CBI began questioning the Kolkata Police chief on Saturday morning at highly secured agency's office here in connection with chit fund scam cases. Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, his counsel Biswajit Deb and senior IPS officers Javed Shamim and Murlidhar Sharma arrived at the probe agency's office around 11 am, following which the interrogation began.Kumar arrived in the state capital of Meghalaya on Friday evening from Kolkata via Guwahati by road with three more West Bengal cadre IPS officers and his younger brother, an official said. The counsel and the officials, who accompanied Kumar to Shillong from Kolkata, were asked to leave the CBI office within 30 minutes.Around 10.45 am, amid heavy security, the officer's counsel and two IPS officers submitted a letter, mentioning that they also want to be present during the examination of Rajeev Kumar. They claimed that the presence of all the officers was necessary as they all were a part of the investigation and "linked" to the probe. However, CBI turned down their request. Kumar is being interrogated at the highly secured CBI office at Oakland area in the Meghalaya capital where three senior CBI sleuths from Delhi reached on Friday. The campus has been turned into a fortress. No one is allowed to venture close to the office. Sources said that Rajeev Kumar is ready with his defence as he will try to highlight that there was no substantiate evidence to prove that he tried to destroy the evidences to shield the accused. "In 2018, Call Data Records (CDR) were handed over the CBI and that time Kumar was not the commissioner of Bidhannagar. If they are alleging that he was reluctant to handover CDR to CBI, then why they waited for months. They could have easily got it from the service providers. On what basis CBI is alleging that the CDR (if at all) was damaged by Rajeev Kumar. It may be possible that they (CBI) tampered the CDR. We will contest all these things in the Supreme Court," a senior Kolkata police officer said. He further said, “There are allegation against Rajeev Kumar that he has suppressed the fact that a case was registered by Durgapur police on October 4, 2013 against Rose Valley. The commissioner of Asansol police has already replied about it and above all what Kumar has to do with this case. Why is CBI asking details of this case from him (despite the matter been addressed by CP Asansol). Above all, Kumar is not the head of SIT. The head of the SIT was ADG CID. They could have asked ADG CID about these details. It was ADG CID who would call data from all units and collate and give it to CBI. Why Rajeev Kumar is selectively targeted?" The Supreme Court on Tuesday had directed the Kolkata Police chief to appear before the CBI and "faithfully" cooperate in the investigation of cases arising out of the Saradha chit fund scam, while making it clear that he will not be arrested. The CBI had alleged in the Supreme Court that Kumar, who was leading the SIT probe into Saradha chit fund scam, tampered with the electronic evidence and handed over documents to the agency, some of which were "doctored". The apex court directed him to appear before the investigating agency at a neutral place in Shillong "to avoid all unnecessary controversy". CBI officials had gone to Kumar's residence in Kolkata to question him on January 3 but their attempt was thwarted by the police, following which Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee staged a three-day dharna. A day earlier, Kolkata police raided two properties of a company it said was linked to Nageswara Rao, the former interim director of CBI. The police action is likely to be perceived as a tit-for-tat response for the attempted search at the house of city police chief Rajeev Kumar this past Sunday, as that was ordered when Rao was still at the helm of the investigative agency.Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, he was heading the SIT formed by the West Bengal government to probe Saradha and other similar ponzi scheme cases. The CBI has attached 10 officers from its Delhi, Bhopal and Lucknow units to its Kolkata office, which is probing the chit-fund scam cases, till February 20 to provide additional manpower during questioning of high-profile suspects, including the Kolkata police chief.
Protesters wave black flags at PM Modi in Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (09/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : The members of All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) on Friday evening waved black flags at Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Guwahati. AASU members waved black flags at PM Modi, when his convoy was passing in front of Swahid Nyas at Latasil and heading towards Raj Bhawan in Guwahati. AASU leaders including Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya, Dipanka Nath and others were present during the incident.Prime Minister Narendra Modi was shown black flags in at least two places here on Saturday for the second consecutive day over the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Modi, who was on his way to the airport from the Raj Bhawan here, was shown black flags by protesters belonging to the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP) at Machkhowa area. Minutes later, a group of students showed black flags to the prime minister when his huge convoy was passing through the Gauhati University at Jalukbari area. Members of both the groups were detained, police said. On Friday evening, Modi was shown black flags in at least four different locations as soon as he landed in Guwahati and was travelling from the airport to the Raj Bhawan to spend the night. While hundreds of Gauhati University students waved black flags at Modi in Jalukbari area, activists of the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) and AJYCP did the same at Adabari and Fancy Bazar areas. Members of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) were also seen waving black flags to the prime minister and shouting slogans as his convoy crossed the AASU headquarters on the Mahatma Gandhi Road at Uzan Bazar. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to provide Indian citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India even if they do not possess any document. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session on January 8 and has been awaiting Rajya Sabha nod.Notably, police locked the members of AASU inside the premises of Swahid Nyas, when PM Modi’s convoy was passing through MG road. Black flags were also waved at the PM near the prestigious Gauhati University in Jalukbari by the students of the university in protest against the much debated Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.
PM Narendra Modi's visit to the Northeast:Assam to become oil and gas hub of country,Assam is on the path to progress says PM
 Bhupen Goswami (09/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : PM Modi addressed a public gathering at Changsari in Assam on Saturday, 9 February, saying that it would be marked as a historic day for progress and development in the Northeast.Assam to become oil and gas hub of country with projects worth Rs. 14,000 crore completed in last four years," PM Modi said. "Earlier governments had made corruption be a state of normalcy... but we are uprooting this menace from society. The chowkidaar is cracking-down on the corrupt," PM Modi said. "There are rumours being spread about the Citizenship bill.He praised Assam’s legacy, paying tribute to Bhupen Hazarika and Gopinath Bordoloi. “I pay my tributes to Dr Bhupen Hazarika. He raised his voice for the deprived and the poor,” he said at the rally. Referring to the recently-delivered interim Budget, he said that the proposals in it showed the BJP government’s commitment to the Northeast. “We increased the Budget by more than 21 percent for the Northeast. This shows our commitment to it,” he said. He also spoke of the Assam Accord, saying, “I'm here to ensure that your 36-year-old demand of implementing the Assam Accord sees the light of the day.” Speaking about the Citizenship Bill, he said that it would not harm Assam and the Northeast, adding that citizenship would be granted after due probe and consideration of the state government's recommendations. “Only after necessary investigation and recommendation of the state government can the decision of giving someone citizenship be taken. My government is fully committed to the interests of Assam,” he said. People who sit in AC rooms are spreading false rumours," PM Modi said. "The NDA government is ready to fully protect the culture, resources and Northeast states' language," he added. "You all have seen in the past few years, how headlines in newspapers across the northeast have changed... now you all read and see development and progress all around you. Northeast and its fast-paced development and overall progress has been a top priority for my government," PM Modi said."I am happy to inform you that projects worth Rs. 14,000 crore have already been built and completed. And many more projects are currently being constructed. Just today, in Assam, we launched the construction of a bridge across the Brahmaputra river which will reduce the travel time between east and west Guwahati from over an hour to a mere 15 minutes. Not just that, gas pipelines and a hydroelectric plant have also been inaugurated," PM Modi said.Assam is on the path to progress," says PM Modi. "We have launched projects worth thousands of crores." Today is a new chapter in the history of the Northeast.Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicked off his two-day tour of the Northeast last evening amid angry protests over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill. Activists greeted the Prime Minister with black flags with several civil society groups across the Northeast, including the All Assam Students Union, deciding to intensify their ongoing agitation today. Slogans of "Narendra Modi, Go Back" were heard as activists stood by the roads waving black flags as PM Modi's motorcade was heading to Raj Bhawan from the airport last evening. PM Modi kicked off his two-day tour of the Northeast by visiting Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura. He laid the foundation of a greenfield airport at Hollongi in Arunachal Pradesh's Parum Pare district. He will also inaugurate two key energy projects for Assam-Numaligarh Refinery's bio-diesel plant and the Barauni-Guwahati gas pipeline. In Arunachal Pradesh, the prime minister will launch a new, dedicated Door Darshan channel for the state, aptly named 'DD Arun Prabha'. PM Modi's last stop for the day will be in Tripura, where he is scheduled to arrive at around 3.30 pm.
Arunachal Pradesh is India's pride": PM Narendra Modi
 Bhupen Goswami (09/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI :Arunachal Pradesh is India's pride...it is India's gateway, and I assure you all that we will not just ensure its safety and security, but also put in on a fast-track to development," said PM Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that basic infrastructure has been a long-standing demand of Arunachal Pradesh which was ignored by the previous governments. He said his government has made sure that there is never a dearth of funds and determination for development. He was addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stones and inaugurating various development projects at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh today. Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the DD ‘Arun Prabha’ Channel in Itanagar. It will be a 24x7 satellite television channel and is Doordarshan’s second channel for the north-eastern region, after DD North East. The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone of a permanent campus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) at Arunachal Pradesh. This is the third Film and Television Institute of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The institute will provide a boost to the talented youngsters of the North-East in film and television sector. He also laid the foundation stone for the construction of Greenfield Airport at Hollongi. The airport will boost the economic growth of the region and will be of strategic importance to the nation. Not just airports, the lives of people in Arunachal Pradesh will improve vastly with new and improved rail and road facilities," said PM Modi. "You will soon have a tunnel in Sela, which will reduce the travel time to Tawang by over an hour. This road will be accessible round the year, in all weather conditions," he added.
PM to visit Guwahati, Itanagar and Agartala tomorrow
 Bhupen Goswami (08/02/2019)
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 GUWAHATI : PM will visit Guwahati, Itanagar and Agartala tomorrow. He will lay foundation stone for Greenfield Airport at Itanagar, Sela Tunnel and North East Gas Grid. He will inaugurate DD Arun Prabha Channel and Garjee - Belonia Railway Line. He will also unveil several other development projects in the three states. PM in Arunachal Pradesh PM will reach Itanagar from Guwahati tomorrow morning. He will unveil a series of development projects at IG Park in Itanagar. PM will lay the foundation stone for the construction of Greenfield Airport at Hollongi . At present the nearest airport to Itanagar is at Lilabari in Assam at a distance of 80 km. Airport at Hollongi will reduce the distance by a fourth. In addition to providing better connectivity to the region, the airport will also unravel the tourism potential of the state. The airport will boost the economic growth of the region and will be of strategically important to the nation. The airport will have various sustainability features like green belt along approach road to act as noise barrier, rain water harvesting, use of energy efficient equipment, etc. Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of Sela Tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh. It will provide all weather connectivity to Tawang Valley for civilians as well as security forces throughout the year. The tunnel will reduce travel time to Tawang by an hour and boost tourism and related economic activities in the region. A New dedicated DD Channel, for Arunachal Pradesh - DD Arun Prabha will be launched by PM at IG Park, Itanagar. The channel will be the 24th channel operated by Doordarshan. PM will also dedicate 110 MW Pare Hydroelectric Plant in Arunachal Pradesh to the nation. The project constructed by NEEPCO will harness hydro power potential of the river Dikrong (tributary of Brahmaputra) and provide cheap hydro electric power to the North Eastern states, thereby improving power availability in the region. Foundation stone for a permanent campus of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) at Jote, Arunachal Pradesh will be laid by the laid by the PM on this occasion. It will cater to film students especially those from the North Eastern states. PM will inaugurate the upgraded Tezu Airport in Arunachal Pradesh. The airport has been retrofitted and new terminal constructed for making it fit for commercial operations under UDAN scheme. 50 health and wellness centers in Arunachal Pradesh will be inaugurated by PM . Health and Wellness Centers is one of the vital components of Ayushman Bharat in ensuring Universal Health Coverage. PM will also declare 100% household electrification in Arunachal Pradesh under Saubhagya Scheme. PM in Assam From Itanagar, PM will return to Guwahati . Here he will lay the foundation stone of North East Gas Grid which will ensure uninterrupted availability of natural gas across the region and boost industrial growth in the region. The grid is part of Government’s plan to provide cheap and quality gas to the entire North East Region. He will lay foundation stone of City Gas Distribution Networks in Kamrup, Cacher, Hailakandi & Karimganj districts. City Gas Distribution ensures the supply of cleaner fuel (PNG) to households, industrial & commercial units. PM will inaugurate Hollong Modular Gas Processing Plant in Tinsukia, Assam. Once inaugurated this facility will deliver 15% of the total gas produced in Assam. PM will also inaugurate LPG Capacity Augmentation of Mounted Storage Vessel in North Guwahati. The foundation stone of NRL Bio Refinery at Numaligarh and a 729 km gas pipeline from Barauni - Guwahati passing through Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim & Assam will be laid by PM on this occasion. PM in Tripura The last leg of the PM’s visit will be in Agartala. PM will dedicate to the nation Garjee - Belonia Railway Line through unveiling of plaque at Swami Vivekananda Stadium here. This line will boost Tripura as the gateway to South and Southeast Asia. PM will also inaugurate New Complex of Tripura Institute of Technology at Narsingarh. Prime Minister will unveil the statue of Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur at Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, Agartala. Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Manikya Bahadur is widely regarded as the creator of modern Tripura. He is credited with planning of Agartala city. Unveiling of his statue is in line with the Union Government’s policy of honouring the unsung heroes of India, who have contributed greatly to nation building.

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