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Paralyzing bandh in Karbi Anglong

Normal life comes to a grinding halt in Karbi Anglong district from Saturday morning following the 24 hour district bandh demanding action against the rapist security personnel.

Roads are wearing a desert look. Schools and colleges, shops and markets, banks and offices are remaining closed under the impact of the bandh that began at 5 in the morning.

The bandh is peaceful so far and there is no report of any untoward incident during the bandh. Altogether 11 local organizations in the hills district called the bandh demanding immediate arrest and punishment to the army personnel involved in the rape incident.

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CBI continues to grill Anjan Dutta

28 Mar 2015 - 10:01am | AT News

The Central Bureau of Investigation grilled Anjan Dutta again on Friday in connection with Saradha scam. The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee was quizzed for several hours at the CGO Complex in Kolkata for the last two days.

The investigators have been trying to extract information on his alleged deal with Sudipto Sen who used his press to print two dailies in Guwahati.

Sources told Assam Times, CBI finds it quite difficult to ascertain Dutta’s real deal with the Saradha boss forcing them to quiz him again and again.

“Dutta is likely to be quizzed again if need be,” said sources adding that a former cabinet minister is also likely to be quizzed again very soon.

This was for the second time CBI questioned Dutta within 24 hours.       

Dr Sandeep Pandey to attend solidarity fast in Imphal

10 Sep 2007 - 6:03am | luitneildon
Eminent social scientist and Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Dr Sandeep Pandey will attend the Meet the Press programme at the Guwahati Press Club on September 12. Dr Pandey will attend a three-day solidarity fast, organised by the 'National Alliance of People's Movement' and the 'Manipur Forward Youth Front' (MAFYF), in Imphal from September 13 to 15 to protest against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA), and in support of Irom Sharmila Chanu's ongoing struggle against the law.

Many human rights activists from all over the country as well as from neighbouring countries will assemble in Imphal.

One of the founder members of 'Asha' (a non-profit organisation for Education), Mr Pandey was awarded with the Asian Nobel in 2002 in the category of Emergent Leadership for his work towards the uplift of the poor and the underprivileged in India. An engineering graduate from the prestigious University of Berkeley, Pandey later used to teach at IIT Kanpur, but he soon shifted his endeavor to bring hope for the underprivileged sections of the society.

Sapamcha Jadumani, president of the Manipur Forward Youth Front (MAFYF), said that the solidarity fast is being organised to demand the complete repeal of the AFSPA and to garner support for Sharmila. Thirty-seven-year old Sharmila is a woman activist of Meitei Manipuri community, and is known for her campaign against the controversial AFSPA.

Sharmila had gone on hunger strike on November 2, 2000 demanding the repeal of the AFSPA, after soldiers of the Assam Rifles allegedly killed ten young Meitei men in Malom. Three days later, police arrested Sharmila on charges of "attempted suicide", because suicide or attempted suicide is a criminal offence under Indian law. She was later remanded to judicial custody. To keep her alive, she was forcefully fed a cocktail of vitamins, minerals, laxatives, protein supplements and lentil soup through the nose with a rubber pipe. Several human rights organisations from across the country, as well as NRI groups from abroad, are also backing this programme.

All about “immigrant” on the floor!

26 Aug 2014 - 6:46pm | AT News

The world ‘immigrant’ created an uproar in the Assam Assembly forcing Speaker Pranab Kumar Gogoi to take prime minister’s name on Tuesday.

The uproar on the floor took place during the question hour when BPF MLA Pramila Rani Brahma alleged existence of immigrants in Bodoland Territorial Area Districts. But only to be objected by AIUDF MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed.

Brahma attributed many incidents to the encroachment by immigrants in BTAD areas. But Ahmed said that Hagrama Mohilary recently said there is no immigrant in BTAD.

Other AIUDF MLAs also backed Ahmed him and rose to their feet demanding that the Speaker expunge the phrase “immigrants" from the record of proceedings.

The Speaker rejected the demand. Other opposition parties AGP, BJP and BPF also backed Brahma saying there are illegal immigrants in Assam.

Ahmed rued that on the pretext of illegal immigrants issue, "one particular community has been tortured always".

Then the Speaker said, "When Modi came to Assam, he said lakhs of illegal immigrants were in Assam and all would have to leave bag and baggage after election. Now what action will you (AIUDF) take against him (Modi)?"