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AGP to pull out of Sonowal govt!

NEWS DELHI:The Asom Gana Parishad on Friday gave hint of an extreme step if the Centre proceed with the deal to grant citizenship to the Hindu Bangladeshi immigrants.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi after meeting Union home minister Rajnath Singh, the 8 member delegation of the regional party and coalition partner said they are still dead opposed to the NDA government's initiatives.

"We have apprised Singh of our concern. We have talked to other regional parties like TDP, Akali Dal, BJD and received huge support in our favor. We won't compromise,"said Dr Kamala Kalita who was one of the members.

Former Union minister BP Baishya said,"if need be we need to pull out of the coalition government. Two cabinet berths is not a big issue. The issue is Assam and it's people."

The regional party held a citizens' convention in Guwahati on Thursday morning where the party resolved to firmly oppose the Citizenship(Amendment) Bill, 2016 inside and outside Parliament.

The significant development assumes significance when a BJP delegation also called on Singh on Friday in support of the Bill saying that the Bill should be passed at an earlier date to help the Hindu immigrants stay safe before the publication of the NRC draft.

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No tobacco in public transport

25 Jun 2015 - 7:27pm | AT News

Tobacco consumption in the public transport system is set to be a thing of the past. Courtesy transport department.

In a significant order, transport commissioner has passed a slew of instructions to all District Transport Officers to strictly enforce anti-tobacco laws in the public transport system.

In his letter on June 18, commissioner J Balaji asked all DTOs to take necessary steps for making public places like bus stands, parking places, all public conveyances, halting places, including Transport offices as No Smoking Area/Zone.

The letter from the Commissioner Transport also asked the DTOs to take necessary action against the violators as per the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act (COTPA), 2003.

The Commissioner directed the DTOs to launch a campaign to create awareness among drivers/handyman/vehicle operators against the use of smoking or non-smoking tobacco.

Balaji through the letter also directed the DTOs to submit action taken report in this regard to the Commissioner's office on a regular basis.


Helping hand for HSLC topper

3 Jun 2015 - 2:13pm | SK Hasan

Poverty will never be an impediment for Rijit Konwar who brought glory for Nazira with 10th top position in the HSLC results.

Hours after the Nazira body got the results, MLA Debobrata Saikia visited Rijit at his residence and promised Rs 25,000 in cash to pursue HS course.. 



Golaghat lawyers join nationwide strike against HER Bill

12 Jul 2012 - 5:19am | editor

Lawyers in Golaghat have joined the two-day nation-wide strike beginning from today, called by Bar Council of India (BCI) against the government's Higher Education and Research (HER) Bill aimed at usurping its control over the legal education. Members of Golaghat Bar Association staged a sit in demonstration in Bar premise against the draft of Higher Education and Research Bill 2011 which excludes legal education from the purview of the Bar Council of India. The Bar Council of India (BCI), the apex body representing 1.7 million lawyers in India is opposing certain provisions of the Draft Higher Education and Research Bill, 2011 and other connected bills which may have an adverse effect on the hitherto autonomous functions of the BCI and the universities providing legal education. Addressing the protestors, Golaghat Bar Association President Mrinal Buragohain said that the proposed Bill predicts the formation of a National Commission comprising academicians and others to look into the legal education. The National Commission will deprive the representative of Bar Council to have their say while forming the policies on legal education, he said. Extending their support to the BCI's call, Golaghat Bar Association Secretary Tridib Bezbarua said, "As its BCI's call to abstain from work, so all the lawyers are supporting it. As of now we are on strike even tomorrow." The protestors also opposed ‘National accreditation regulatory authority for higher educational institution Act 2010,’ ‘The foreign educational institution regulation of entry and operation Bill 2010,’ ‘The prohibition of unfair practices in higher educational institution Bill 2010’ ‘The National Law Schools Bill 2011’ Later the members of Golaghat Bar Association also burnt the copies of Higher Education and Research (HER) Bill