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Angry tea workers block vital road

BOKAKHAT: Normal surface communication on the National Highway No 37 remained heavily disrupted on Thursday when thousands of tea garden workers blocked the vital road in protest against the Numligarh incident where a tea garden owner sprang upon a group of workers as they demander due payments on Wednesday.

Nearly 5000 workers thronged the road and blocked it from 8 in the morning seeking justice

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BJP workers seize Nagaland vehicle

BJP workers in Uriam Ghat seizing a vehicle from Chetiagaon on Thursday
14 Aug 2014 - 6:03pm | AT News

BJP workers in Uriamghat seized a vehicle belonging to a top NSCN-IM militant in full view of a CRPF patrolling party on Thursday.

The Maruti WagneR bearing No NL 07C 6233 was seized by a group of BJP workers from Chetiagaon at around 2 in the afternoon.

Talking to Assam Times, a BJP worker who took the lead to intercept the vehicle said that they came to see the car plying in the troubled –hit area at noon and that as they moved towards the vehicle, three persons managed to escape leaving the car on the road.

Some arms have been recovered from the vehicle in question which was later handed over to police. Investigation is going on.

KMB's surprise market visit

14 Jul 2016 - 8:09pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Kokrajhar Municipality Board (KMB) in association with Food, Civil Supply & Consumer Affairs and weight & measure officials made a supersize check of trade license, food selling items and weight & measures along the shop and groceries in Kokrajhar town on Thursday.

The checking team was included Bishnu Narzary,chairman KMB, officials from Food & civil supply and weight & measures officials along with police started checking imitative from JD Road near Gangatalkies led Bishnu Narzary,chairman KMB.

The check team checked all kinds of shop and stalls along the town and found several shop and groceries are running their trading without trade license.The checking team also seized large numbers of domestic cylinders,which are used illegally at tea stalls instead of commercial cylinders.

Narzary said that KMB would serve legal notice those who do not take valid trade license from Municiplaity Boards within few days and punishment would be checked as per law to meet healthy administration.He also said that team have also check illegally occupied of foot path along the town and instructed all traders,who are occupying footh paths to vacate as soon early,otherwise KMB will take stern action. Surprise checking was carried out after receiving allegations from public more of the hotels and grocery shops has not trade license, which have been running their business, where the tea stools and hotels also running their business using the domestic cylinders instead of commercial besides food items are not good as price leveled.

“We have carried supersize check of trade license along the traders in Kokrajhar town.We found several shop and stalls have not valid trade license through they earning livelihood.We also check prices of essential commodities and weights of goods which are bound to sale.Those who have not valid license,they are asked to deposit fines and make valid license otherwise stern initiative would be taken”,Bishnu said.

ULFA's relevance and the Assamese Society

25 Dec 2010 - 3:15pm | Peter Alex Todd

As the gap for holding political dialogue between the ULFA leaders and Government seems to be getting closer with the release of the jailed leaders, once again expectations are growing and people in general have started weaving dreams in the twilight. Whenever the question of ULFA is being raised a million dollar question regarding ULFA, s relevance to Assam and the Assamese society in the present context has always been raised. There are many who wants to say ULFA is no more relevant to the Greater Assamese society. Yes, this might be true only in case of Greater Assamese society but not for the “Assamese society”. For me the greater Assamese society consists of those people who live in Assam but are least bothered about the sticky problems of the society. One may not necessarily be a non-Assamese in the greater Assamese Society, These people are practically more concern about their materialistic benefits, may be individual or organizational and thus the relevance of the ULFA in this era globalization may be considered as only a pin head. There are people who even question the need for a dialogue with the ULFA, when the might and support of the organization is fading. However not to get sentimental with those feelings because I don’t consider them to be Assamese by heart though they are breathing in this land. They don’t even deserve a booby prize from the Assamese society.

But for the “Assamese Society” the relevance of the ULFA will always be there. What is the use of thinking and talking about a greater Assamese Society that can’t think about the pros and cons of a problem and neglects important issues of the smaller tribes. And what if that society gets washed away in the wave of globalization. These days we are having bigger homes only to nestled smaller families, bigger money only to spend on ourselves own and a bigger society only think shallow.

Once again for me people including in the Assamese society may not necessarily be an Assamese by tradition. It is that society that tries to understand the problems and the plight of Assamese society and thus takes a dig into the ULFA problem and relates it to the people of Assam and comes to a wise conclusion. The wise conclusion is that the ULFA is still relevant to the Assamese society and the problem is our as a whole and thus a respectful solution is a must. I, very proudly including myself in the “Assamese Society” thus saying that the ULFA will always be relevant to the Assamese society.

We had supported the ULFA morally and their issues of conflict against the centre when they had taken up arms for revolution 30 years back and thus have to stand by their side when they needed the people most. I mean to say, at this juncture when the leaders are being freed for starting a dialogue we can’t push ourselves back as because they had come back with stains in the white collar shirts. Won’t it be unwise to think that a rebel organization all these days were meditating sitting under a “PEEPLE” tree for attaining nirvana. Is it so easy to rage a battle against a country like India, where Chanakya had laid rules of politics, whose leitmotif rested on the four key principles: "Saam, daam, dand, bhed". Join the foe, bribe him, punish him, and not least divide his ranks. Didn't our colonial rulers look like they were applying Chanakya's doctrine of divide and rule on us? The British had already reaped the dividend. We have chased the British long time back but we still feel pride and privileged to put our feet in their boots. We still love to kick our own people with shining polished boots but at least the British did not torture their own people.

There is no denying that the ULFA have taken lives of hundreds of innocent people and we have protested against it from time and again, but didn’t the security killed the innocent people in the name of counter insurgency, didn’t they looted our poor people. How many times hue and cry was made against the security forces and specially the government in this regards have always been a silent spectator. When a war is waged collateral damage id done and it’s the common people everywhere who suffers the most. However both the parties did not tried to minimize the damage and not to forget the brutality of the security forces. How can people expect discipline from an outlaw organization when one cannot expect discipline and restrain from a democratically elected government. The government in the centre knows our people are divided and thus a proper pressure could never be built for a respectful solution and I still wonder about the conclusion. Is it the same in the case of Nagaland?.

Once again coming to the ULFA, s relevance in the society, the Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi, feels that the ULFA is a past; to put in proper words the ULFA are a handful of people some about hundred in numbers at present and have almost finished. So the mighty Indian army has been fighting them since last 30 years to finish it all. Is now the ULFA like a wandering ghost that has come out of its coffin and searching for a place in the society and thus a little ritual with few wrong “mantras” can get it back into the coffin to rest. If a proper solution is not written for the future, history might repeat itself.

One can understand many how youths got off track and join the ULFA, that doesn’t mean that the ideology of the ULFA is too cheap that people will stop supporting their cause all of a sudden, yes, there are some demands which require more research works before coming to any abrupt ceremonial conclusion. ULFA is not merely an organization, and their people may die along with the organization but not their Ideology for which they were born and once had their Robin Hood image. We have to admit that hundreds of young Assamese died in the war between the ULFA and the Government, and does any one wants to forget the lives that the society have lost. Were those lives not precious or were they aliens to the Assamese society.

With the passage of time physical things tend to change their shapes, organization get weaker and stronger, people support and withdraw support, actions get right and wrong, and this is what has happed to the ULFA.But the relevance of ideology will always be there in the society. Did the ULFA initially take up arms out of passion for fun to fight the Indian Army? Of course not. So whats the moral duty of the society? Is it tolerable to listen that they are a bunch of goons or nasty Assamese youths. If yes, the whole Assamese Society should share the responsibility for the state of affairs. A past history is what we dig for learning about the evolution of a particular society and so will be in the case of the Assamese society. Every time someone takes a deep look into the Assamese society the relevance of the ULFA ought to be there. Yes, the account of the Government and the ULFA will be taken into consideration by the people both for their wrong actions and right doings. One just cannot make the Government a hero and demonize the ULFA.

There is no wonder when for the Government both in the centre and in the state the illegal Bangladeshi is not a big problem how can a handful of ULFA be a problem at all. The ULFA can only be an issue for any election. In the recent wiki leaks it was revealed that the insurgency problem in the North East is not a priority for the centre. Till date some more than 12,000 innocent people have lost their lives in the 30 year long revolution, does any one care if another thousand Assamese people die in the name of revolution. It’s no way going to affect the growing Indian Economy. In our country we are bound to support illegal things done legally and supporting legal things done illegally is a crime.