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AIUDF takes early lead in Jamunamukh

AIUF candidate Abdur Rahim Ajmal is taking an early lead in Jamunamukh by polls where the election took place on Saturday.

Ajmal, the son of party chief Badaruddin Ajmal is taking a huge lead over his nearest rival Congress candidate Bashiruddin Laskar by over 7,000 votes till 9 in the morning.

Amid tight security the votes would be counted in the electronic voting machines from 9 in the morning. The authorities have already deployed sufficient security forces at counting booths to ensure free and fair counting. 

The constituency has 165,718 voters who have sealed the fate of five candidates in the electronic voting machines on Saturday.

AIUDF has fielded Abdur Rahim Ajmal, son of AIUDF chief Badaruddin Ajmal. Congress has put up Bashiruddin Laskar while the BJP has nominated Bilal Uddin for the by-polls.

 

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Delaying peace process with NDFB

21 Aug 2015 - 8:31pm | Hantigiri Narzary

NDFB(P) is quite disappointed with the pace of peace process with the Centre.

This what the straight message the former insurgents conveyed to the Centre from Baska where they held national council meeting on Friday.

NDFB(P) general secretary B Swmkhwr told reporters in Barbari that they struck ceasefire pact with government several years back  and yet the progress has been slow as the organization wanted a speedier process.

According to Swmkhwr, they would never compromise their original demand. He said that they have already held 13 official level talks with the government.

He urged the government to speed up peace process and hold permanent solutions of the Bodoland issue so that dreams of the Bodos can come true under the purview of the constitution.

He said that the Naga accord will highlight peace and integrity in the region which will pave away the political solutions of the other demand groups across the country.

Silent Killer: The film that deals with reality

3 May 2018 - 12:00pm | Prasanta Baruah

 NEW DELHI: There was a time when blazing gunfire buried the hopes of peace in Punjab. Gun fell silent. But peace still remains a distant dream. The state of five rivers and its people are now in the deep grip of drugs that keeps escalating in menacing proportion. That’s the more or less of what a short feature film deals with.

 Named as Ad Da Punjab, the short film produced by TV News and Features, it focuses how a tiny hamlet in the state bordering Pakistan has been struggling to bail out of the hard times where one after another youths---bachelor and married lost their lives. The mother of all these maladies, precisely, is nothing but drugs that cripples the society once brought in the light of the teachings of Guru Nanak, the Sikhsim harbinger.

“Aj Da Punjab is more than a feature film. Precisely, this is a huge campaign. Without a massive campaign the silent killer will not die down. Enough is enough. We won’t want to see any more death of the drug addict. This is what we believe,” said TVNF chairman Satya Prakash Saherwal.

He said,” decade ago deadly weapons flooded the state and peace eluded in the sounds of bombs and bullets. Now drugs have injected the fear of a silent killer in the society. We can’t remain mute. “

“The main character says it all. How drugs have paralyzed a family and then the society. The parents are left shocked and the wife is left ruined. Everybody knows the malady. But who will fight it to the finish? We must do it,” said Sanjay Kr Kakoty from the north eastern state of Assam.

He said,” drugs, the impending never confines to Punjab only these days. This is happenings across the nation. The film and the people playing the roles have successfully dealt with this hazard.”

To top it all, only a mass awareness is what the need of the hour to firmly deal with this threat. Otherwise, days are not far when we will have nothing at hand to fight this cancerous menace.

Baby Elephant found dead in Udalguri

20 Nov 2017 - 10:31pm | Robertson Tanti

The mysterious death of an elephant calf casts no less spell of shadow in Udalguri on Monday. According to Ranjit Tanti, a wildlife activist, the calf, aged around 8, was found dead at a paddy field in Jorpukhuri village under Nonai forest range.

A team of forest officials rushed to the spot after some villagers informed them about the dead calf and postmortem of the carcass was on the spot and buried. The exact cause of the pachyderm's death is yet to be ascertained. The forest official Kushal Deka said, adding that no injury mark was found on the carcass during preliminary examinations.

The forest official did not find any electric wires, generally put up by local farmers around their croplands to prevent wild elephants from destroying their crops.

This is the third incident of elephant death since October 2017 in Udalguri district, Ranjit Tanti said.

In the past few months, there have been a number of human-elephant conflicts in the Indo-Bhutan border areas of Udalguri district comprising Hattigarh, Borengajuli, Budlapara, Majuli, Bhooteachang tea estates.

The region has witnessed several killings of tribals as well as elephants and widespread damage to house and crops by rogue pachyderms in the past years.