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2 GNLA militants killed

Security forces claimed to have killed 2 GNLA militants at an encounter in Goalpara bordering Meghlaya on Sunday. The encounter took place at Balaikhamar in the wee hours during a joint operation by Goalpara police and army’s 7th Jat Regiment of the Red Horn division. Police further recovered two 7.65 mm pistols, 9 cartridges and three grenades were recovered from the spot. GNLA militants have been unlashing terror among the local residents for the last couple of months in the form of extortion.

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AIUDF begins probe

9 Feb 2014 - 5:22pm | AT News

The All India United Democratic Front is probing into the allegations of helping Congress and BPF candidates in the recent Rajya Sabha polls.

Senior AIUDF leaders told Assam Times that the party leadership would take action against the guilty legislators.

The probe is in progress acting on the allegations in media against Gopinath Das, Aminul Islam, Sher Shah Alom.      

Pioneer Mini Bihuwan designer Gopinath Talukdar passes away

28 Jun 2012 - 6:04pm | Nava Thakuria

An appreciator of classical music, folk art and theatre, who took an innovative plan to weave Assamese traditional Bihuwan in a mini form, Gopinath Talukdar expired recently at his Eighties. Died after a brief illness on June 25 evening at Dispur Hospital, Talukdar lived in Pathsala, a small town of Barpeta district in western Assam, where he was cremated with Hindu rituals in presence of his family members and well-wishers.

Born in January 9, 1932, Talukdar was the eldest son of Satya Talukdar & Ramanti Talukdar and he had his early education in Pathsala and Howly. Later he shifted to Guwahati and Shillong to complete his IA and BA courses. Talukdar had to abandon his Science stream due to financial constrain and took a part-time job to continue education through night classes. Initially Talukdar had to take care of his brothers and sisters too. After the completion of BA from Saint Anthony College, Shillong in 1955, Talukdar joined in Assam Cooperative Society and retired from the department in 1993 as the Deputy Register.

As a sincere, committed and honest employee, Talukdar earned goodwill from his colleagues. A thinker in nature, Talukdar also tried his hands in cultural plays, writings and handicrafts. Since early Eighties, Talukdar developed a mini form of Bihuwan (6 x 14 sq inches) with the traditional design and motives.

“Initially he (Talukdar) used to send the Mini Bihuwans to the closed relatives and well-whishes. Our leisure time was mostly spent in weaving those pieces. Slowly his initiatives received appreciations from various sections in the society. During the Pathsala session of Asom Sahitya Sabha in 1987, we had opened a stall and where thousands of Mini Bihuwans were sold,” said his bereaved wife Kanika Talukdar remembering the golden days.

It may be mentioned that Bihuwan is recognized as the highest traditional love and respect to somebody in the Assamese society. The traditional Assamese towel, Bihuwan is offered to the dearest one during the Bohag bihu festival celebrated in every spring.

A habituate angler, Talukdar designed the initial emblem of Bajali College of Pathsala. A vivid fan of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Talukdar himself used to sing and encouraged his daughter and four sons for formal education in classical music. For some time, he taught in Bajali Higher Secondary School, Pathsala too.

A soft spoken gentleman, Talukdar also tried his hands in creative writings and two collections of his poems titled as Samannay and Adhyatmika were published. Many of his creations on spiritual theme were also translated from Assamese into English by himself. Talukdar also entertained the invitations from different organizations and individuals for recitation (reading) of holly volume of Bhagawat in various places. His crisp and clear voices with wisdom added attraction to the devotees and also the general listeners.

The National Integration camp at Puranigudam

24 Jul 2010 - 12:32pm | DigantaTalukdar

The National Integration camp (NIC) which has been organised by Dristi Foundation under the sponsorship of Ministry of Youth affairs & Sports,Govt. of india in colloboration with NYK Nagaon, was inaugurated today at Bapuji hall in Puranigudam, some 12 kms away from Nagaon town of Assam. Deepok Jumar, the Youth officer of NSS inaugurated the camp by lightening an earthen lamp. The other distinguished guest who attended the inaugural ceremony were Ghansyam Hazarika,Rtd. RC of NYKS, Dandi Nath, DSO of Nagaon & Dr. Abu Hanifa .

In the inaugural speech, Deepak Kumar said "National Integration Camps are held to promote the feeling of unity in diversity among the youth of our nation. To this end the youth of different regions and religions are brought together for a cultural exchange". He appealed the camp participants to contribute their service in nation development.He further mentioned that the government of India has framed National Integration Camp decades ago, which basic aim is to provide opportunity to the youth, irrespective of their caste, creed, community, religion or region, to exchange their cultures, customs and traditions among themselves for better mutual understanding and coexistence.

Youths from Sikkim, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh are the participants of the 7 days long programme along with the host state, Assam. The camp will conclude on 28th July.After the inauguration, the participants from different state performed folk songs and dances. The dances in colourful traditional attires enthralled the audience.