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Six arrested for Witchcraft case in Kokrajhar

KOKRAJHAR: Police arrested six persons for involved in a witchcraft case at Jhornagra village, Kokrajhar.

Police registered a case in this regard themselves.

Last Thursday, the village committee of Jhornagra village ordered Badreswar Rabha and his family members to leave the village within a week on suspicion of practicing witchcraft.

As soon as Kokrajhar police came to know about the incident, they rescued the family and apprehended six persons including a VDP secretary on Friday evening.

They are identified as Karam Rabha, Longar Rabha, Jereng Rabha, Nitai Rabha, Sameswar Rabha and Pendor Rabha.

A case was registered in Kokrajhar police station 382/2019, u/s 4(I) (ii)/7/9(ii)/10/11 under the Assam Witch Hunting (prohibition,prevention and protection Act), 2015.

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Heartbreak suicide rise in Udalguri

13 May 2016 - 9:15pm | Shajid Khan

A spate of suicides specially among youths in the last couple of days has sent shockwaves through the district. An alarming 8 cases of suicides during April 30 to May 13 reported in the district. The last two reports are one of 65 year old Bhubaneswar Deka of Teliapara village who allegedly committed suicide at about 2.30 am on Friday and other of a 2nd semester Political science student of Cotton College. The girl a residence of a girl Kaberi Swargiary a resident of Udalguri town who allegedly was found hanging at her home on the evening of Thursday last. The reason behind her extreme step is unknown. After post mortem,her last rites were performed at her home-town. On May 10 last a youth named Sajidul Islam of Udalguri also reportedly committed suicide.

NGO demands removal of hazardous towers from residential areas

12 Oct 2012 - 10:50pm | Daya Nath Singh

A city based NGO, Citizens’ First, has appealed to the district administration to remove all hazardous towers of mobile phones from different localities in Guwahati city and surrounding areas to ensure safe living condition for the citizens. Submitting memoranda recently to the Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (Metro), Commissioner, Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and Member Secretary, Pollution Control Board, Assam, the organization has brought it to the notice that different companies like Reliance, BSNL, Vodafone, Airtel, Aircel and Tata Indicom etc; have installed their towers in different areas of Guwahati city. All such towers are installed within the jurisdiction of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC). High power diesel generator sets are installed to provide power to the towers in the event of electricity failure. While the said diesel generators are running these further create unbearable noise and vibration as a result of which the residents living near such towers are getting disturbed day and night. In such situation residents cannot sleep, neither they can take rest at their residence. Children, elderly persons, students and particularly ailing persons are facing serious disturbance.

It is an established fact that noise has its ill effect on our body functions. Unbearable noise not only disturbs sleep of the citizens but it can damage our auditory and cardiovascular systems and can also cause mental and other disturbance. Such situation can disturb mental and physical status of the residents.

On the other hand while the diesel generator sets run to provide power to activate the mobile towers, it emits harmful smoke in the air and pollutes the area. Such pollution can further damage the health of the neighboring residents living near to the site of the mobile towers, the memoranda added.

Signatories to the memoranda the Citizens’ First’s working president Ajoy Dutta, (former MLA), President Jagannath Chakravorty, (Retd.IAS) and general secretary, Jagannath Das, have further said that other serious issue is that after installation of such towers near the residential houses, educational institutions, hospitals etc; different areas of the city and its surroundings become hazardous to health of the residents. It has been noticed that such mobile towers emit electromagnetic frequency radiation. Studies reveal that exposure to such radiation could have an adverse impact on human health. Under such situation residents living near to such towers are exposed to radiation, which may further cause their serious health problems.

Reminding that this area is under Zone-V of Seismic map and therefore in the event of high intensity earthquake gigantic towers installed on different buildings can cause serious damage to the life and properties of the citizens.

Considering these important aspects, such towers should not have been allowed to install in any residential area. It is felt that the whole atmosphere of different residential area is now exposed to serious risk for the life of the citizens and all other living creatures. It is nothing but blatant violation of fundamental rights of the peace loving residents of Guwahati city and its surrounding areas. It is believed that the state has an obligation to ensure proper and healthy living environment for the citizens in the interest of their better health and life.

Under the situation stated, the organization has requested the concerned agencies to take immediate necessary action to remove all hazardous mobile towers and noise creating generators sets from different residential and areas of the city and its surroundings in the better interest of the citizens and take appropriate action against those who are involved with such environment deteriorating activities.

Record atop the abode of cloud

26 Oct 2007 - 2:39pm | pbaruah

Shillong: Its a swashbuckling show that sets record in the Scotland of the East.

The hilly town atop the abode of cloud is enthralled by an unique show of 1730 guitarists playing together to mark the beginning of the much vaunted Autumn Festival which draws thousands of people across the north eastern states.

As soon as the clock strikes at 6 in the cold evening, the hilly town. And that too with a record-breaking event when these guitarists who vie for a page in the Guinness Book of World Records for the ever biggest guitar ensemble.

Guitarists from across the country are performing Bob Dylan's classic "Knocking on Heavens Door" at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here to mark the beginning of the grand 10 day festival.

Titled "Rhythms of Meghalaya", the session will be looking to crack the world record by 1,721 guitarists from the United States, performing "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple's classic on June 4.

The grand guitar event is witnessing celebrity guitarists, kicked off the 10-day-long Autumn Festival.

Photo: Artists playing magical tune of Guitars in the "Largest Guitar Ensemble" during the inaugural day of "Autumn Festival 2007", organized by Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum at J.N Stadium, Shillong, capital of North Eastern state of Meghalaya on 26-10-07 afternoon. Autumn festival will be continued till 4th November. Total 1730 guitarists from all over Meghalaya, the Northeast and visiting tourists performed Bob Dylan's classic 'Knocking on heavens door' and make record after breaking last ones, where guitarists were total 1721. Remarkably the MTDF had organized a record breaking "Largest Drum Ensemble" in Autumn Festival 2006, which entered the Guinness World Records. Pix by UB Photos.