Guwahati: Journalist Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed serious concern at the closer notices issued by the management of two Assam based daily newspapers and urged Assam government to take initiative for possible re-launching both the newspapers owned by the Kolkata based by Saradha Group. The forum also asked the management to release the outstanding salaries to the journalist and non-journalist employees at the earliest. In a press statement issued by the JFA president Rupam Baruah and secretary Nava Thakuria, the organization revealed that the management of Sakalbela, a Bengali daily and Seven Sister’s Post, an English daily published from Guwahati had issued closer notices recently from its Kolkota office and since the first week of April 2013 both the newspapers have not been circulated and printed. Mentionable is that Sakalbela had employed nearly forty working journalists and another hundred media employees and similarly Seven Sister’s Post had around fifty working journalists and hundred other employees. The sudden closer notice issued by the Saradha Group chairman cum managing director Sudipta Sen has forced all these newspaper employees to turn unemployed. The media reports from Kolkata suggest that all the newspapers and television channels owned by the Saradha Group have been closed down. More ever, the Saradha Group chief Sudipta Sen remains untraced for many days. The affected employees of the group have also lodged FIRs in local police stations. The media employees based in Assam have alleged that they have not received their monthly salaries for the last two months. The JFA has asked the Saradha Group management to immediately release their outstanding salaries and other due benefits (including the PF). The forum also appealed to the State chief minister Tarun Gogoi and State labour minister Prithvi Majhi to pursue with the management for reviving the production of both the newspapers and also providing due-financial benefits to nearly three hundred worried employees at the earliest.
10 May 2008 - 5:11am | editor
An astronomical amount of rupees to the tune of Rs 50 crore has been duped by a few people with some fake banking activities in Upper Assam’s Dhemaji district creating a great deal of confusion and sensation in the entire Dhemaji district. The entire racket came to light last week only when these people working with the bank have secretly fled from the town.
According to information, they opened an Union Cooperative Bank (ASCARD) branch in Chandannagar area in Silapathar area in Dhemaji district on April 24, 2004. Since than the bank has been running crore rupee financial dealing with its customers through some agents. Not only that they have also introduced a few insurance police to involve more people with its transaction at the Silapahar State Bank of India branch.
It is alleged that nine months ago, the bank was re-christened as the Union Cooperative Bank Ltd, Silapathar. The Bank Manager left the area citing trip to the Guwahati based head office. But the bank Manager Bhadra Kanta Saikia, of Chutia Kari in North Lakhimpur district has not returned and on May 4, 2008 his brother came and took away his wife.
Thereafter, fled another staff members namely Pranjal Gogoi of Gugamukh, Dipak Basumatary, Ranjit Deka of Morigaon, Chandan Bora of Jorhat and Riday Saikia of Dibrugarh, Ruhit Sarma of Silapathar and Imran Hussain of nagaon.
Defying rebel diktat, Assam is gearing up to celebrate the Independence Day with a massive security arrangement on Tuesday.
Police and para military forces are fanning in the nook and corner of the north eastern state where ULFA(I) and NDFB-S along with other north eastern rebel outfits announced general strike asking the people to boycott the celebration.
The capital city of Guwahati is being fortified with security forces stepping up checking and patrolling. Bus stops, railway stations, gas and oil installations are being heavily guarded to thwart any rebel strike.
Heavy security forces have been deployed at the Khanapara Veterinary Playground where chief minister Sarbanabda Sonowal will unfurl tri colour before the march past by army, police, para military forces and NCC. Cultural shows are also lined up on the occasion.
His cabinet colleagues are leaving for their assigned district headquarters on Sunday afternoon to unfurl the flag in the morning. All district administrations are beginning thr celebrations from Sunday with competitions among the students.
A beefed up security is in sight along the Indo-Bangladesh border apprehending strike by the disrupting forces.
21 Dec 2008 - 12:35am | editor
A view of match between SSU (Imphal, Manipur) and 2nd ASRF(Assam) during the 60th All India Independence Cup Football Tournament at Nurul Amin Stadium, Nagaon on 20th Dec.2008, Saturday.The tournament started on 18th Dec.2008 which was inaugurated by Premadhar Sharma, Prominent Football player of Assam. The opening ceremony was also graced by Forest and Tourism Minister of Assam Rakibul Hussain.