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NDFB-S cadre held in Kokrajhar

KOKRAJHAR: Security forces apprehended a hard-core cadre of the National Democratic Front of Boroland-Saoraigwra faction (NDFB-S) on Friday from Samukha Nala area under Bishmuri police outpost in Kokrajhar district.

The arrested cadre was identified as Dipak Basumatary @ B. Dwibai @Jolo (23) of Maina Nagar near Bishmuri. He was a Myanmar trained hardcore NDFB(S) cadre of 42nd batch and a member of the Batha Group.

One 7.65 mm pistol, a magazine, two live rounds and cash 200 were recovered from his possession. Further investigation is on.

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Fuss continues over Pakistani flag

14 Oct 2008 - 9:36pm | Daya Nath Singh
An incident of recent communal violence in Udalguri district has bred a number of questions to argue between the administration and opposition parties as well as media. The issue of Pakistani flag hoisting in Mohanpur at Jargaon playing ground on October 4 last has raised a number of questions about the incident. First of all the chief minister, Tarun Gogoi, going through the media reports flatly dismissed the report of hoisting Pakistani flag. Following the publication of photographs in the newspapers and video clippings shown by the electronic media, the government spokesperson and health minister, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma tried to defend the administration by over ruling the claims of Indian and Pakistani media which spread this news. Since then the ruling and opposition parties have started blaming each other. Whereas the ruling party claims it as the handiwork of the opposition, the opposition blames it as the total failure of administration.

Nobody can deny the fact that an incident of the communal violence has put the state government under very awkward position. This issue has raised certain doubts about the intention of the state government. It is astonishing that the violence in Udalguri erupted on October 2 and engulfed more places by the following day. The state government was under dark about the actual situation till the chief minister visited Udalguri after a week of incidence taking place and probe by the CBI was ordered.

In a press conference held on October 11, the government spokes person and Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma tried to explain the defects in the flag as an 'expert' and said it was not a Pakistani flag at all, by showing the footage of the video. He pointed out that the same was 'tailored by some non-Muslim' elements. Had it been made by a Muslim the defects found in it would not have occurred, he said. His statement created confusion in the minds of a section of minority people. They have taken the remark against them, as they feel that the minister had tried to say that 'Indian Muslims know better about the Pakistani flag'. Whatever be the intention of the minister, they pledge they are Indians and have no idea about the Pakistani flag as any other Indian.

Another aspect of Dr Sarma's statement was that Mohanpur area was a Bodo dominated area and after the outburst of violence on October 2 the minority community people fled out of the area and the flag was unfurled on October 4. Further he said that nobody was seen near the flag, as if the person who hoisted it was supposed to be present till his/her photograph was taken by the media persons.

Lapses by the government machinery were that the proper security to the people was not provided and simply transferring the District Commissioner and suspending the police official was not the solution to the problem. The chief minister did not visit the place till the opposition parties flayed the negligence of duty by the administration. The chief minister visited the place on October 9 to announce the compensation to the bereaved families. The tragedy with the state government is that it always decides to provide security to the people after the occurrence of some incidents. Such incidents could be averted if timely security is provided. The security forces demanded by the state administration are used mostly for the VIPs and not for the general people. This practice should not continue in this democratic country like India, people feel.

Student dead in accident

17 Aug 2016 - 12:47pm | AT News

A college student died and 4 others injured when a four wheeler rammed into a motorcycle in the outskirt of Guwahati on Wednesday.
The incident took place at Campo in Boko where one of the biker student died on the spot after a Santro car hit his bike on his way to the college.
The critically injured students have been battling for life at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital.

State level seminar on solar eclipse at Guwahati Planetarium

11 May 2009 - 1:25pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

A two day state level seminar on total solar eclipse began today on May 11 at 11 am at Guwahati Planetarium Conference Hall. The training programme has been organised by Guwahati Planetarium and Pragjyotish Amateur Astronomers’ Association, Guwahati, with support from Department of Science & Technology, Government of Assam. Dr. Anil Kumar Goswami, President, Pragjyotish Amateur Astronomers’ Association Guwahati and former Principal, Cotton College Guwahati welcomed all delegates and guests. In his welcome speech Dr. Goswami explained about the importance of creating awareness among people on the occasion of the total solar eclipse to occur on 22nd July, which would be fully visible on the northern bank of Brahmaputra.

Sri Babul Chandra Barbaruah, Joint Secy. Deptt. Of Science & Technology, Govt. of Assam and Director, Guwahati Planetaruim formally inaugurated the seminar where delegates from most of the districts of Assam participated. In his inaugural address he said that misconceptions and superstitions could be abolished from the minds of the people by organising such seminars. He stressed the need for making science popular among students as well as the common people. Prof. Vijay Mohan of IUCAA (Inter University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics), Pune, who was also on a visit to Guwahati University also addressed the delegates as a special guest. He described in detail all the aspects of astronomy and astrophysics with particular reference to the forthcoming total solar eclipse to occur on July 22nd. He also spoke about different types of telescopes and their operation for better sky watching. Prof. Hiralal Duarah, former VC of Guwahati University, also addressed the session and highlighted different aspects of the total solar eclipse. Prof. Amalendu Bandopadhaya, Senior Scientist, MP Birla Institute of Fundamental Research, Birla Planetarium Kolkata addressed the second session of the day as a special guest. He explained the differences between astronomy and astrology saying people around the world have always had misconceptions regarding solar eclipses. He advised the delegates on the things to be done for watching the solar eclipse on July 22nd in a better way. Moreover Dr. Kishor Baruah of Tezpur University, UN Deka, Secy. Pragjyotish Amateur Astronomers’ Association, also spoke on the occasion on the first day of the two-day seminar cum workshop, followed by a session of sky watching in the evening under the guidance of UN Deka and Babul Bora, Curator, Guwahati Planetarium.