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New book on Assam Agitaion

The Asam Agitation which started in 1979 and ended with The Assam Accord in 1985, is a major timeline of history of Assam.

The Assam Accord, which sought to end a six-year-long agitation against illegal immigrants in Assam, was signed between members of the All Assam Students Union (AASU), and state and central governments just a few hours before Rajiv Gandhi was to deliver the Independence Day address in 1985. Immediately afterwards, the student leaders were catapulted from their hostel rooms into the corridors of power. Their party, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), was voted to power the same year, with Prafulla Kumar Mahanta becoming the youngest ever chief minister of an Indian state.

Key clauses of the Assam Accord remained unimplemented during Mahanta's often controversial tenures (1985-1990, 1996-2001), and through three terms of Congress rule, which ended with the BJP's victory in the state in 2016. Central to the Accord was deportation of those who could not prove their roots in India prior to 24 March 1971. In 2015, the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) based on the 1971 cut-off of the Accord began. The first list was released in December 2017, and did not include 14 million names.

Assam: The Accord, The Discord authored by journalist Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty looks at the making of the Assam Accord and its long shadow on the state, through political gamesmanship between principle players, periods of ULFA and Bodo militancies, and right-wing propaganda that has split the state along communal lines.

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Priya crowns Bwisagi Khungri in Rongjali Bwisagu Pwrbw

23 Apr 2018 - 9:10pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Kokrajhar:: Priya Brahma of Bishmuri in Kokrajhar has been crowned Bwisagi Khungri-2018 in the Rongjali Bwisagu Pwrbw(Festival) celebration organised in Kokrajhar,heart of BTAD administration on Sunday. The Rongjali Bwisagu Pwrbw(festival) celebration is going on with pomp and festive fervor in Kokrajhar as the Bohag month is today entered 8th day.

Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma saw busy in Bwisagu dance in Kokrajhar on Sunday.

Budding dancing young talented Priya Brahma of remote Bishmuri in Kokrajhar district has been crowned Bwisagi Khungri-2018 defeating many talented young dancers from different areas of BTAD region participated their dancing talents in the Bwisagi Khungri contest,which was organised in Kokrajhar to mark the Rongjali Pwrbw celebration.

Priya has been achieved the Bwisagi Khungri award defeating Tinu Basumatary and Jeni Narzary of Kokrajhar town, who were adjusted first and second runners up in the Bwisagi Khungri contest respectively. 
Bwisagi Khungri Priya was awarded a golden crown and cash Rs. 10,000 while first runners up was awarded cash Rs. 8,000 and second runners up Rs. 5,000 along with trophies respectively. 
The Rongjali Bwisagu Pwrbw was concluded on Sunday with two programme scheduled at Science College auditorium in Kokrajhar,which was organised by Kokrajhar Rongjali Bwisagu Pwrbw Paligra Afad. Assam forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma graced as chief guest on the prize distribution ceremony and handed over the awards. She participated in the Rongjali Bwisagu celebration in Kokrajhar and offered her Bwisagu Dance along with Bwisagu troupes that created amusement and cultural entertainment.

The school management committee of the UN Academy,Kokrajhar has also organised Rongjali Bwisagu Pwrbw with daylong programme scheduled at the school complex on Sunday. Huge peoples from all walks of life participated the Bwisagu pwrbw celebrations with  traditional music instruments like Kham, Shifung, Jota etc which saw huge amusement.A cultural rally was also  carried out in Kokrajhar to mark the Bwisagu celebration followed sappling plantations at Bhatarmari LP school on the occasion World Mother Earth Day observation in Kokrajhar. 
Priya Brahma, a young dancing talented(who is now studying in degree six semester in Kokrajhar Govt College)  has been honored with Bwisagi Khungri award after her third time attempted in her life. Brahma consecutively participating the dance competition since 2016 till date. She was adjusted third in 2016, second in 2017 and this time (2018) achieved Bwisagi Khungri Titled through thorough showcasing of dancing talents.

She has expressed her happiness after winning the Bwisagi Khungri award in her life. ‘I am very much gladness by winning Bwisagi Khungri award in the Rongjali Bwisagu celebration.I am a simple dancer and today won the Bwisagu Khungri award’,Priya Brahma said.

Forest minister Brahma hailed the Bwisagi Khungri contest during the Rongjali Bwisagi Khungri contest in the region.She said that the Bodos are coming from Bathou as well Bwisagu festival celebration.

 “I am getting very much happy as me today got Bwisagi Khungri tittled during the Rongjali Bwisagu festival celebration.I am a student of six semesters in degree course and a small dancer in my locallity. I think, this time my lucky has been brightened up as my name has been figured in the grand finalist. It is my third time attempts that was seen achieved today’, Priya Brahma said.

Road mishap kills three

11 Sep 2016 - 7:11pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Three persons died and another sustained serious injury when a vehicle rammed into them at Dangaigaon on the National Highway No 31 in Chirang on Sunday. The angry local residents in large number blocked the vital road for many hours demanding action against the culprit adequate compensation.

According to eye witnesses, a speedy Bolero vehicle hit the three young persons at around 5 in the morning ias they were walking on the road. Three died on the spot while another has been battling for life at the hispotal. The deceased were identified as Anser Ali (14),Dilowar Hussain(14)
and Himjul Haque(15).

ULFA(I) rebel arrested in Dibrugarh

30 Mar 2018 - 12:36pm | Akshaya Pranab Kalita

NAMRUP: Despite a stepped up anti counter insurgency operation, rebels have been moving in Dibrugarh unleashing terror among a section of the people in the form of extortion. The police have capture an ULFA(I) rebel during an operation on Friday.

Acting on a tip off, a team of police raided a house in Bongalgaon where top rebel Gunjan Asom was picked up. Police further claimed to have seized a crude bomb from his possession. Interrogation is going on to extract more information on the current movement of the rebels in the upper Assam districts.