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Steps on to ban smoking

Come Thursday. Smokeless tobacco would not be available across the state. The Bill to ban sale, transport, display, consume and advertise smokeless tobacco will come into force.

Governor JB Patnaik has given his consent to the much-hyped bill cleared by the House in the winter session.  

The government is clearing the decks to strictly enforce the law after the legislation received ascent from the Governor.

Days are not far when the government will bring yet another legislation to ban smoking tobacco to deal with the impending health hazard in the state. This was what health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters in the Assam Assembly premises.    

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Sonowal reviewed flood situation

30 Jul 2016 - 1:10pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the ongoing relief works for the flood affected areas on his Chirang district visit on Friday.

Taking serious note of the prevailing flood situation, CM Sonowal asked the district administrations to visit areas to ensure proper relief operations and assess the flood damages. He also asked to evaluate the post- flood scenario and instil confidence on flood marooned people. Further, he asking them to keep constant touch with the local MLAs so as to jointly expedite the relief works without leaving no stone unturned in order to mitigate the problem. After the meeting, he visited erosion site of Aie river at Choto Nilibari.

CM also visited relief camps at Subhaijhar High School and Community hall and had interaction with the camp inmates. During that time BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary met him and discussed on various flood related issues of the BTC area. CM Sonowal ordered the district administration to take immediate steps for giving ex- gratia to the next kins of Jagesh Ray and Naba Ray of Dababil village who lost their lives due to floodm besides asked to assess the lost of properties of people properly and provide lands to those people who lost everything during flood. In view of taking permanent anti flood measures he also asked both the district administrations to study and identify the vulnerable points of river Aie and its tributaries with the help of technical experts of the Water Resources department.

Mass prayer for early recovery of BPF leader

12 Dec 2016 - 9:17pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

A community mass prayer was organised at Fakiragram Madrassa in Kokrajhar district on Monday praying for early recovery of Baktar Ali Ahmed,vice-president of BPF and former president of BTC Religious Minority Council(RMC),who has been under treatment at Apolo Hospital in Chennai since few months back.

Ahmed,senior BPF leader and former BTC MCLA,was admitted to Apolo Hospital few three months back for kidney diseases.Both kidneys of Ahmed failure and his kidney are being donated by his wife Sahajadi Alom Sarkar and would be transplated tomorrow.

Kokrajhar district unit of RMC organised the community mass prayer session at Fakiragram in Kokrajhar where Rabiram Narzary,Kokrajhar west MLA and vice president of BPF,BTC executive member Doneswar Goyary, Gulzar Ali Mollah,president of BTC RMC and devotees from Islam religion took part with praying early recovery of Ahmed.

Narzary wishes a speedy recovery of Ahmed and successful of kidney transplant by tomorrow.He said that Ahmed is a senior leader of BPF party and his contributions towards BTC region is endless in building social integrtaion.Mollah also extended his prayer to the almighty Allah(God) for early recovery of Ahmed with healthy successful of kidney transplant. Mentioned be made that Ahmed was BTC MCLA(govt nominated) 2005 to 2010,founder president of BTC RMC and still holding of vice president of BPF party.

Mrinal, Jiten, Jun et al pin hopes on Anup’s role in peace deal bred

10 Jul 2008 - 10:41pm | editor
The peace process in Assam is set to take a significant role as ULFA general secretary Anup Chetia is expected to play a vital role along with those in the ceasefire. According to the expelled top ULFA cadre Mrinal Hazarika, who captained ULFA’s crack unit they are more committed to the people and hoped that once Anup is released by Bangladesh they will urge him to take the lead.

Addressing a huge rally in Sadiya, Mrinal said despite ULFA diktat they will carry forward it and it would require two stages. Firstly, Firstly, on Friday they would exchange their views with various parties, organisations and individuals in Tinsukia district. Secondly, they will be organising a public rally at the Rangghar premises in Sivasagar.

Mrinal’s close associate Jiten Dutta, who was also expelled by the central leadership said they will stay at the designated camp until and unless the peace process bears fruit. According to him, they want two designated camps to be set up one at Lakhipathat and the another at Sadiya adding that they will keep their arms inside the these camps. He added that they have received assurance of support from several parties, organisations and individuals. Jiten maintained that despite expulsion they will try their best to avoid any confrontation with the central leadership only for the greater interest of the peace loving people.

Notably, Bangladesh has agreed to deport Chetia to his home country. According to information, he is all set to be extradited at the foreign secretary level bilateral meeting slated for July 12 in New Delhi. It is quite significant to note that ULFA sees it a government conspiracy in the unilateral ceasefire which is followed by a bid to involve Chetia in the peace process.