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Stop battle of birds and buffalos

Traditional fights of birds and buffalos would soon come to an end in the time of Magh Bihu. Animal lovers across the state are dead opposed to the idea.

“Why two buffalos should be brought to a battle only for our entertainment? Isn’t it an act of cruelty?,” said an animal lover who said that we should take pains at this tradition.

Another animal activist said, “We should leave the birds to fly freely. But what we do is painful. I don’t understand what entertainment we get when two bulbul birds after weeklong torture are fielded to fight in public.”  

A circle of animal lovers told Assam Times that the birds and animals should not be allowed to bear the brunt of an age old tradition.

This time the animal lovers are publicly opposed to the bird and buffalo fights for entertainment. In a letter chief minister Tarun Gogoi, Humane Society International has urged the government to stop the practice which normally take place in Magh Bihu mainly in Sivasagar, Nagaon, Morigaon and Kamrup.

They deplore that the buffaloes are forced to participate in fights for a reward of Rs 10,000 or more. The tradition pulls huge crowd in Ahatguri.

Bulbuls or ‘songbirds’ as they are known, protected under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, are reportedly captured from the wild by villagers who then train them by intoxicating their food with marijuana and starve the bird a night before the fight.

HSI India chapter managing director NG Jayasimha called it a blatant violation of Section 11(1) (m) (ii) and (n) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960.

The Supreme Court had already passed an order prohibiting all animal races and fights, thereby directing the Animal Welfare Board of India and the government to prevent infliction of unnecessary pain and suffering to animals. The order also ensures that animal caretakers shall not incite any animal to fight against a human being or another animal.

 

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Assam Governments laptop politics

27 Feb 2011 - 12:22pm | Peter Alex Todd


Fallen from grace very gracefully and the laptops are ready to operate now. It was very unsatisfactory to hear some senior journalist saying if Journalist can travel on government concessions in trains, book flats and avail government facilities why not laptops. Will some one explain whether journalist are not common people and are not subjects of the country, do they don’t vote? Government facilities of traveling in train in concession can never be an excuse for, accepting laptops gracefully at a time which is too odd and any layman can understand this and have an impression. It is simply like inviting a friend to have breakfast in the dead of night. I believe the friend would be bound to give a second thought.


Regarding excuse, are we not traveling on Government built roads, avail drinking water facilities, have electricity connection, apply for government jobs, kids studying in government schools and colleges, travel in government buses etc. Should we now say we have accepted the token of “sincere love” from the government because we all uses government properties and thus no regrets? Excuse is the most easiest way to spit on the opponent, as our Chief minister says, there is flood in the America too. And thus we will avail government facilities at any point of time without any regret, this is not done. Had the government announced to distribute money in cash to the journalist what would have been the reaction, can we say we do not need any financial grant.


I wish the journalists had suggested the government that the token of love and care can be given after the election results and formation of the new government. After all the Tarun Gogoi-led present congress government is all sure to do a hatric, so what is the problem? Was there any doubt in the minds of the journalists about losing the golden opportunity provided the same government fails to make a come back. Many would have been very happy to accept the laptops with open heart from the new government. When the people would voted the congress to power we can accept the government token of love as a token on behalf of the people. After all it is taxpayer’s money and the public would not have mind it then.


Those who accepted the token had a lot of reasons to put forward but now it has become more disgusting to hear a lot of queries in the field regarding the laptops, who has got, who has not, did you get it, why you didn’t get, didn’t you apply for it, your name appeared, why you did not take, when is next list coming, Some happy to get it, some sad to miss it, some disheartened not to be allowed to accept from the office and for sure some might be now learning the ABCD of computer to open and shut down the new laptop.


I believe there are people who really deserve the government LAPTOPS, and I was really happy to hear them getting the laptops but again the question of time is disturbing that sends wrong signels. It is really a bad to receive the token of love in the name of making Assam a technosavy state. If the farmers do not produce will technology feed us and if we cannot do proper judgment what can technology do.


The government thought to play a game, they did it, won it and we all cheered it. Sooner or later perhaps we will all have to learn to adjust ourselves with the system. After all accepting Government laptops leads to no violation of human rights and thus no crime. We have just fallen gracefully, who cares.




Guwahati's Games Village says no to fire crackers

29 Oct 2016 - 11:15pm | AT News

In response to a call of Games Village Residents' Welfare Society to observe Pollution Free Diwali this year, all the residents came out with a very positive response and decided to celebrate Diwali, 2016 "Pollution Free". In the residents' meeting held on October 26, the Diwali Festival Celebration Committee was formed headed by Manju Rani Deka, an energetic young Lady Officer of Assam Secretariat. As part of the celebration, a huge procession was taken out, on October 29, comprising school students in their school uniform along with Games Village residents holding play cards with catchy slogans appealing all the residents not to burst crackers and create pollution by any other means, in the name of Diwali. The slogans were prepared by the children themselves. A tree plantation drive was also organised through plantation of valuable fruit bearing trees by the residents within the campus.

Games and sports activities among the children will be conducted on October 30 from morning 10, and homage to the victims of serial bomb blast of  2008 will precede the lighting of lamp from 5 pm celebrating Diwali. The entire Games Village will be illuminated by earthen lamp lighted by all the residents jointly covering the common areas around the complex. Cultural program, games for the children and adults and also exchange of pleasantries with refreshment will continue at Bihu Ground of the Campus.

 

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Bhutan seals border with BTAD

20 Apr 2018 - 10:53am | AT News

Kokrajhar: Traffic movement remains heavily disrupted along the Indo-Bhutan border areas in BTAD areas as the National Council Elections in Bhutan is holding the country wide polls on Friday.

The security forces manning the border of the Himalayan kingdom sealed  the gates from 6 PM(BST) on April 19 to till 6 PM(BST) on Friday  to facilitate smooth conduct of the elections.

The elections of Bhutan Royal Government is gaining up since morning in peacefull and fair as the border share with four districts of BTAD(Assam),which includes Kokrajhar,Chirang,Baksa and Udalguri have alerted to be traffic controlled along the international border.

The Sarpang Deputy Commissioner of neighboring Bhutan had informed that in order to facilitate smooth conduct of the National Council Elections in Bhutan country, their border will be remained sealed from 6PM(BST) on April 19 to 6PM(BST) on Friday.

The Sarpang district administration of Bhutan country sought cooperation from India counterpart districts,apart from Chirang,Baksa administration to meet healthy successful of the national council elections to be held on April 20.

 Taking note of such situation, the Chirang and Baksa Deputy Commissioners(Assam) asked the district police to sensitise all the security agencies to keep strict vigil along the Indo-Bhutan border area as well as instructed the district transport officer to inform all the transporters' associations not to ply to Bhutan during that period.