A powerful Improvised Explosive Devices was recovered ahead of the Republic Day celebrations in Darrang district on Thursday.
The bomb was found near the Mangaldoi police station and Republic Day parade ground in the morning. Police suspected it a handiwork of ULFA for triggering explosion targeting security forces. Later army bomb squad team defused the bomb.
The current flood wave in Kaziranga is likely to force the authority to suspend the movement of traffic on the National Highway No 37.
According to information, a huge portion of the vital road in the state has come under the surging waters of the Brahmaputra causing immense misery for the birds and wild animals.
Herds of wild elephants are waiting to shift to the nearby karbi hills. A number of rhinos in the national park have already crossed the road while some others have not been able to do it because of the flood waters. Many deer and buffalos have been reeling under the flood waters.
The forest guards have rescued a rhino calf from the flood waters. The hapless animal has been sent to the rehabilitation camp for treatment.
A pall of gloom replaced merrymaking at Garompani, the famous hot water spring at Karbi Anglong district when Birbol Gowala’s (50) body was discovered floating in the spring. Gowala who was an employee of Borpathar Railway Station had come to Garompani with his colleagues for picnic yesterday and in the afternoon his colleagues were informed by somebody that a body was seen floating in the water of the spring and when everybody arrived at the spot, the body was identified as of Gowala’s. Then his colleagues called up 108 and Gowala was taken to Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital, Golaghat where the doctors declared him dead.
However, Gowala’s death has raised many questions and his family has suspected some foul play behind his death. While talking to Assamtimes, his brother Moniram Gowala alleged that the family was not informed immediately when the incident occurred but it was only later when his late brother’s body was taken to hospital at Golaghat, the family was informed. At the same time, his family alleged that there were several cuts and bruises in the body of late Gowala which points towards the fact that the death was not an accident but some deliberate murder. Another point to be noted is that the water level in the hot water spring was not that high that somebody could so easily get drowned in it. Meanwhile, Gowala’s family and Borpathar unit of Assam Tea Tribes Students Association has submitted a memorandum with the Deputy Commissioner of Golaghat demanding proper investigation and justice. It is pertinent to mention that of late, there has been a drastic rise in criminal activities in picnic spots all over the state and it is high time that the authorities take the matter seriously and do the needful to prevent such mishaps in the future.
Celebrating World Earth Day 2012 with grassroots has deserve special mention. Aaranyak in association with Sankardev Sisu Niketon, Dadara celebrated World Earth Day 2012 on 22nd and 23rd April with villagers and school children in three adjoining villages Dadara, Pasaria and Singimari in style. Their decision to take out a candle light march on 22nd April evening was to mobilize mass support to save the planet on World Earth Day. However little did the locals of Dadara know, that their motive to encourage more people to work for conserving their surrounding complimented this year’s theme for Earth Day: Mobilise the Earth. “Green oath” signature campaign attracted mass villagers and they expressed their thought of protecting nature for future.
On 23rd April with continued event of “Green Oath” signature campaign, they conducted a drawing competition for school children of Dadara themed on “Mobilizing the Earth”. A mass rally was organized involving school children and local villagers who were spreading message of saving earth. Mr Paresh Das, Principal of Sankardev Sisu Niketon delivered a brief talk on “Green Oath” and under his guidance children villagers took the oath and took pledge.
Purnima Devi Barman an environmental educator and a wildlife Biologist of Aaranyak and a lecturer in Handique Girls College briefed the audience about the participation of Earth day and the history behind its celebration. Programme was followed by a few cultural programme like songs Of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika composed on the “Mother Earth” like ”O mor dharitri aai..saronote diba thai… in relation to earth day. Ecofriendly bags were distributed among villagers to initiate a ecofriendly habit amongst the participants. The programme was graced by the presence of Mr. Shyamal Dutta, Director Operation, Aaranyak and Mr. Manash Barthakur and Mr. Ajoy Kumar Das, senior member of the organisation. It is to be noted that Aaranyak has been extensively working on these three villages from last four years for protecting endangered bird Greater Adjutant as these villages specially Dadara is the hub of this world rarest species of Storks. With Continuous awareness Programe and environment education the villages have greeted this bird on this backyard and developed an “ownership feelings”, a most welcome development for conserving a globally endangered bird. Organizing such events in these villages not only boosted up their contribution but also enhances their knowledge on nature.