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Sri Lankan expert to interact with Guwahati scribes

Guwahati: Chennai based exert on Sri Lankan affairs, N Sathiya Moorthy will interact with Guwahati scribes tomorrow (Monday, 29 April) at 3 pm where he is expected to highlight the socio-political background of the island nation and also the implication of Colombo terror attacks for India as a whole.

A former journalist and presently a senior fellow & Chennai chapter director of Observer Research Foundation (, Sathiya Moorthy will be available to members of Guwahati Press Club through video-conferencing.

Sathiya Moorthy has developed expertise on Indian politics, elections, public affairs along with political affairs of Maldives and Sri Lanka. After writing weekly columns on Sri Lankan politics and society for Colombo-based Daily Mirror and The Sunday Leader, now he contributes analytical pieces to the Ceylon Today and the Colombo Gazette. He also worked as the editorial consultant/chief news editor of the trilingual Sri Lankan television group MTV, Shakti TV and Sirasa. Moreover he authored/edited books on Sri Lanka and contributed chapters on India’s two immediate southern neighbours.

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Fight for insurgency, not for insurgents: GOC Jaswal

26 Sep 2007 - 7:08am | luitneildon

The Army today said that the terrorism in Assam is on a path of decline and split might take place within the ULFA. The Army also ruled out any future truce with the ULFA.

In a virtual threat to the rebel group, the GOC, 4 Corps Lt Gen BS Jaswal said today: "The ULFA cadres are very keen to join the main stream. I appeal to the parents of the ULFA men to give clarion call to their near and dear one to give up arms or they would have to receive their mortal remains."

In an interaction with the journalists in Guwahati today, Jaswal said: "Terrorism is a wanton endeavour by psychologically-perverted individuals who carry out heinous crimes for personal gratification."

Jaswal, who took over charge in August 10 from Lt Gen RK Chabbra, said: "My strategy is fight for insurgency, not for insurgents. And it is working in Assam now."

Referring to spate of incidents in which six terrorists were lynched by local public, he said: "It is a good sign. The militants have no agenda. I laud the efforts of some NGOs who have come up very openly against the terrorist activities."

Stating that extortion has become a 'business', Jaswal said: "Common cadre is being used as cannon fodder whereas all the laundered money is being utililised by the functionaries for their own benefits. Moreover some of the intelligence organizations in other countries are misguiding these terrorists as a part of their national agenda and sacrificing these terrorists for their gains."

When asked about the arrest of the 28 battalion's top commander Prabal Neog, he said: "The ULFA has become marginalized now. In this moment, they get desperate and try to target soft targets. But it will be tackled by the Army and security forces."

Admitting that Bangladesh and Myanmar have become safe haven for the rebel group now, he said: "The ULFA has shifted to Myanmar. But we cannot start any operation against them without any inter-Government protocol."

The security forces have had sensational successes in the recent past and the terrorists are under heavy pressure. Since January, 2007, 109 rebels were killed, 1295 rebels including linkmen were arrested while 81 had surrendered.

Photo: Lieutenant General Baljit Singh Jaswal,General Officer Commanding Gajraj Corps addressing a press Conference at Narengi, Guwahati on 26-09-07. Pix by UB Photos.

Fifth bi-ennial Conference and 27th foundation day of Barpeta Press club held

16 Jul 2009 - 7:20am | Juthika Das

The 5th bi-ennial conference and 27th foundation day orf Barpeta press club was held recently at Barpeta Press club premises with two days long programme. On the first day the new committee with 11 executive members was formed with Sunil Kr. Das as President, Utpal Kr. Das as Secretary , Priyaranjan Das as Vice President, and Pulkesh Pathak as Assistant Seretary. In the next morning the programme started with the hoisting of the flag by Sunil Kr Das, President, Barpeta press club. The floral tributes and tree plantation were also held. The open session in the evening was ornamented by Basanta Kr. Sarma, the newly elected President, Barpeta District Xahitya Xabha as chief guest and Phanidhar Kalita, DC Barpeta as distingushed guest. Addressing in the open session Basanta Kr. Sarma said that the life of journalists are not so easy, it is full of struggle. He addedd that the society never accepted anything whatever written by the journalists. The journalists should not go against the society. As the false news hampers the society very badly, sometimes the truthfull news may also help to change the society. In this meeting noted literatuer Akshay Kr. Mishra, Arjun Ch. Das, ex- principal, MC College, Barpeta were also addressed.

BTC all party delegation to meet CM

19 Jul 2016 - 10:41pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

BTC Legislative Assembly has resolved to send an all party delegation team to meet Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal within few days to appraise about various issues and grievances including fund enhancement, receive of revenue taxes, implementation of project and schemes in the council in the ongoing Budget Session.

Meanwhile, Opposition members’ demanded clarity expressing displeasure about budgets presented yesterday to run the council involving all kinds of plan and non plan receives from governments.

The BTC budget session enters today second day with Tridiv Daimary, Speaker of BTC Legislative Assembly in the chair. Members both from ruling and opposition join hands on the general discussion on the budget presented yesterday by BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary, who is also finance in-charge. The discussion lasted nearly one and half hour on the budget figuring properly indication and implementation of budgets tabled to meet healthy running in the council.

Opposition MCLA and UPP leader Rwngwra Narzary initiated his first participation on the discussion, raised question on the presented budget allocation which had tabled only 462.66 crores for the financial year of 2016-17 for BTC yesterday. The presented budget was to be 2182.95 crores indicating plan and non plan allocations from the governments. He has suggested that the budget should be presented on clarity with indicating over all receive and expenditures flowing from governments.

Narzary expressed displeasure over the presented budgets for council because the budget could not go detailed with proper indication of audacity.

“There is no word of satisfied or dissatisfied on the budget because the presented BTC budget was not in detailed manner’, Narzary said adding that the ruling council should take bold step to clarify and correct about tabled budget pattern. He said that opposition members also extended support to join hands in an all party delegation to be led by council leaders to meet CM Sonowal to apprise about fund enhances as well several developmental projects in the council area”, Rwngwra said.

More opposition members from UPP, included Maoti Brahma Hazoary,Nirmal Chandra Brahma,Jiran Basumatary,Jyotirindra Brahma were also participated on the discussion and urged the ruling party to be clarity while preparing budgets for the council.

BTC chief Mohilary, deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary replied questions raised from Opposition members in the house. Mohilary said that the BTC has been received only limited funds to run council from governments, which was tabled in the budget speech. He has opined to go an all party delegation team from the council to meet CM to seek proper implementation and healthy fund enhancement. He said that the council is getting Bineswar Brahma Engineering College, a full-fledged college in the ongoing budget session of the state, besides medical College also getting minimum budgets to gain educational packages in the region.

He said, ‘we do hope BJP led alliance government will fulfill peoples’ expectation and aspirations through giving priority of funding pattern’.

“An all party delegation party will be proceeding to meet Chief Minister immediately to appraise about the developmental funds’ enhancement, scheme implementations. We have various issue and problems, these will be highlighted during meeting, which including revenue, taxes receives. We have yet to implement various project and schemes which were under taken by us due to none receive of proper funds from governments. We would put pressure government to engaged local youths in BRPL and NTPC, Salakati in the region”, Mohilary said.