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All about AIIMS: Bandh hits central Assam

Normal life comes to a grinding halt in the central Assam districts on Monday following a 12 hour long bandh demanding the AIIMS in Raha.
Schools and colleges, shops and markets, banks and offices have been remaining closed since morning when several local organizations enforced the bandh from 6 in the morning.
The surface communication from Guwahati to upper Assam districts has been snapped in view of the dusk to drawn bandh.
Bandh supporters in large numbers thronged the National Highway No 37 in Raha and shouted slogans reiterating the AIIMS in the area.
Notably, Raha was considered as the place for the proposed AIIMS. But the erstwhile Congress Government finalised Changsari in the outskirt of Guwahati as the ideal site. The people of Raha vowed to keep fighting for the state-of-the-art hospital.

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AGP MLA Padma Hazarika shot at in home town

14 Dec 2007 - 1:43am | editor
Asom Gana Parishad MLA, from Sootea, Padma Hazarika was shot by some unidentified miscreants in his home town on Thursday night. Further, the miscreants set on fire his vehicle.

According to information, the miscreants sprayed five rounds of bullets and he fell injured. Later he was rushed to the hospital where his condition is said to be out of danger.

Investigation is going on but no one has so far been picked up in this connection.

Workshop on transit of Venus concludes at Guwahati planetarium

12 May 2012 - 12:38am | Jayanta Kumar Das

A national level orientation workshop on transit of Venus, 2012 which had been started in Guwahati Planetarium on May 7 concluded on May 9. 50 numbers of participants from various districts of Assam and from other states of NE took part in the workshop for creating awareness among people regarding the safe awtching of the great celestial event on June 6 from Sun rise till 10.19 AM. Experts from Mumbai and Kolkata briefed the participants on all the three days demonstrating methods to develop low cost equipments for the observation of the transit of Venus.


On the second day,UN Deka,secretary,PRAG delivered speech on transit of Venus while Sandeep Baruah, Scientist- D of Vigyan Prasar,Govt of India conducted a special workshop on “Amateur Radio” where he demonstrated latest 'HAM RADIO' activities and its importance in NE Indian states.On the concluding day ie on May 9, Dr.Chandrarekha Mahanta,working president of PRAG conducted a special class on “Cosmology”.


The closing ceremony was held at 2 PM in the conference hall of Guwahati Planetarium. HC Dutta,Director of Guwahati Planetarium & Director of ASTEC; Dr.Anil Goswami,president PRAG; Kabyashree Mahanta,Dy Secy,Science & Technology, Assam; UN Deka,secretary PRAG; senior scientists of the country Prof.Sabyasashi Chatterjee and TV Bhankatesh of Vigyan Prasar, Govt. of India and Babul Borah,Curator,Guwahati Planetarium etc attended the closing ceremony as distinguished guests. Director Dutta declared that a week long workshop would be arranged at planetarium with more “Do yourself” type science activities for the promotion of science in the state. It needs mention that on June 6, Venus will pass across the face of the Sun for the second and last time this century. People can see the great celestial event from sunrise till 10.19 AM. Next transit would occur in December in 2117.

Rongali Bihu is here

13 Apr 2009 - 7:05am | Bg Gogoi

If winter comes can spring behind? Its spring time in Assam...time for celebration of the season with joy. The advent of spring is marked by the season flowers in full bloom. The rivers which lost their primes have regained its strength with the rains that end the dry spell. The entire state gets transformed into a nest of singing birds and what not.


Assam, the name of a north eastern state in India is all set to celebrate the season with its much-vaunted Rongali Bihu. The seven day long festival begins on Tuesday to be observed as Garu bihu. The day would be observed with the pujas offering to the cows..the lifeline of Assam and its economy. Early in the morning cows would be taken out for a community bath which would be followed by the pujas.


The Day two is Manih Bihu---the day of joy and merriment. Its the begining of the agricultural activities for the year in the Assamese calender begining on Friday. Bihu hucharies, the ineperable part of the Rongali Bihu would be in place to make the celebration a success.


Despite hardpressed by many and hurdles and hi-cups, the people of Assam are set to celebrate the Bihu this time also from Tuesday. The sky-rocketing price hike, string after strings of incidents of violence and even the electioneering heat and dust have nothing to disrupt the Bihu. Right from Sadiya to Dhubri, from Kamakhya to Kakopathat, its a moment of joy and merriment as the Bihu is here. The bihu hucharis, even it originated amid pastoral surrounding, with the passage of time is being shifted to the urban areas. Hucharis have reached the stage in towns.


Umpteen numbers of cultural functions are being organised to make the occasion across the state. Guwahati has gone one step ahead. The principal north eastern city has kickstarted the celebration of the bihu from Sunday with cultural function.


Markets are teeming with people for shopping. After all its the much-vaunted Rongali Bihu.


Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has congratulated the people on the occasion. In a message, he hopes that the Bihu will bring peace and development to Assam at a time it is embroiled in violence.