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Stage set for Rongali Bihu

Practice of Deori Bihu
8 Apr 2014 - 9:50am | Bg Gogoi

Spring is back. Tender leaves have dressed the trees afresh. Season flowers start blooming brightly. The rivers are set to regain their strength because of the rain that lashes parts of the state. Birds are chirping with the music of spring. That what strikes the minds of the people who are gearing up for the Rongali Bihu slated for Monday next.

Rural women are busy with preparing varieties of sweets and pastries to be served in the much-vaunted festival. Markets are teeming with people for bihu shopping. Some others are busy with weaving bihuwans for their near and dear ones. That’s the undying tradition of the Assamese girls which enjoys a unique degree of veneration.  

With drums and cymbals, flute and pepa, the youths are all out to make this festival a grand success. This is what the festive mood that grips the people of all walks of life these days.

The festival was originated in the rural areas. But with the passage of time, this pomp and gaiety has reached the urban lot.

Guwahati alone is preparing to host at least 200 cultural function to mark the occasion. The cultural functions focusing the huchories would take place from the day one---the day of Goru bihu where the cows would be worshipped. Greeting and good wishes are pouring in different parts of the state. Over to the people of Assam.

Hagrama made sudden inspection in offices

8 Jan 2017 - 12:00am | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary seized 21 attendance register books from different Council Head of Department (CHD) and district offices after sudden inspections along the offices on Saturday. Mohilary expresses dissatified with poor attendances of the officer and employees in the offices during office hours.

Mohilary along with Rajiv Brahma,BTC executive member made sudden inspections in different CHD offices and district offices today and several offices were found poor attendances besides most of the offices’ officers were also found absent.Mohilary seized attendance register books of several offices,those are found with poor attendance in office hours.

Speaking the reporters today at Bodoland Guest House in Kokrajhar,Mohilary told that he made sudden inspection at different offices,which included DRDA,PWD,Irrigation,Education,DIC,Revenue Circle,Sports & Youth welfare etc and found poor attendance of the officer and employees. Most of the offices found 50% absence of officers and employees during office hour in the offices.He said that attendance of officers in the office hour, was not saw satisfactory. He has announced use of bio metric machine to meet attendance clearance of officers and employees in right office hours.

‘There are 39 transferred departments in the council,but most offices’ are found poor work culture due to absence of officers in the offices’, he said.

He said that government offices must open right at 10 am in the morning and officers as well employees must in their duties till 5 pm in the evening as per norms. He said BTAD administration has started strict disciplinary actions those who are found absent in their office attendance to make strong work culture in the region.

He also said that he will make sudden inspection in district offices in other districts of the council in phase manner to check disciplinary step against government officers and employees.

‘I made sudden visit in several offices in Kokrajhar during office hours and found dissatisfactory attendance of officers besides most of 50% offices found poor attendance in the offices’,Mohilary said.

Mohilary expressing concern over increasing corruption environment in some departmental offices in the districts,said that corruptions must be stopped at any costs and involved officers with corruption would be checked and punished without any delay.

Mohilary hold a meeting with officers at Bodoland Guest House regarding poor attedance of officers and employees in the offices. He has urged Principal Secretary and Secretary of BTC to take stern measures against poor attendance of officer and employees during office hours and make healthy work culture to make speedy development.

Nazira HSMP School charging money for admission illegally

2 Jan 2013 - 5:27pm | SK Hasan

According to the Sarbashikha Abhijan Misson, addmission for the students of class I to class VIII is totally free. However, the Nazira HSMP School is charging from every students - Rs.200 for addmission in class I and Rs.500 for class VIII, without giving any receipt. While contacted, the Principal in-charge of of the school confessed that some stuff is doing the wrong practice without his knowledge.