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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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Sherlyn Narzary bags Miss North East Celestial Diva Beauty

5 Nov 2016 - 8:46pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Sherlyn Narzary of Udalguri district of Assam has been crowned Miss North East Celestial Diva Beauty Pageant contest in the grand finale held at Bodofa Cultural Complex in Kokrajhar on Friday evening. Beauty contest championship would be getting direct entry into Miss Sriya beauty contest in the country.

The beauty contest was organized by Sunrise Production Society, Kokrajhar to haunt beauty talent and energetic youngs among society in the northeastern states.

Altogether 16 top modelers were put forwarded to ramp in the grand finale.In the finale, Miss Sherlyn Narzary from Udalguri district has been crowned in the beauty contest. Mridusmita Borah of Tejpur and Andrea Khalongki of Shillong were adjusted first and second runners up respectively.

Swgwmshar Basumatary, president of Bodoland Students Union handed over cash 2 lakhs and a citation to Miss Crown. First runners up awarded 50,000 and a citation while second runners up was given away 35,000 and a citation.

'I am very excited having won the beauty contest in Kokrajhar. I would be continued this profession for long life', said Sherlyn after received the award.

Noted Bollywood actor Mahima Choudhury graced as chief guest in the grand finale. She has appreciated organizers in the region through which budding talents are getting plateform and communication in the beauty contest arena across the country. Kampa Borgoyary, BTC deputy chief lighted the lamp to open the beauty contest and wished a healthy successful in Bodoland region.

Payel, modeler and judge in the contest said that it is a beginning in the region as huge participants took part in the show with strong enthusiasm. She has lauded the initiative to bring modeling situation among society. A multi cultural showcase was also organized in the function. Noted singers Anaya Brahma, Gautam Brahma, cultural troops from various parts of the country presented beautiful cultural entertainment.

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