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Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is proposing a slew of measures that would make you uncomfortable indeed. If you are planning to lodge at a hotel, be prepared to pay more.

Gogoi, in his Rs 26.32 crore deficit budget has proposed hike in luxury hotel rooms with rent above Rs 2000. Smoker will have to spend Rs 1 more of cigarettes. Same it is with the liquor with 6 per cent turn-over tax on liquor bars.

Gogoi further proposed to raise tax on costlier pre-owned cars and one-time tax on four-wheelers costing more than Rs 12 lakh.

The budget further proposed  annual motor vehicle tax on commercial vehicles including omni tourist buses, deluxe/super express buses and contract carriages.

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Campaign ended today, AGP had a mega rally

21 Apr 2009 - 10:22am | Juthika Das

The election campaign for the 2nd phase of Lok Sabha election that will be held on April 23/09 in Barpeta constituency ended today. Today AGP has taken out a vast election rally throughout the main roads of the town. It looks like AGP will be able to touch the heart of the voters this term whereas congress could not be able to persuade the voters in spite of their level best. On the other hand, the participants of the women folk of this rally or in the election campaign is noticeable. This term the people of this locality do not want congress candidate Ismile Hussain Khan as their leader, because of his former inactivity as an MLA in Barpeta LAC. That is why it is a plus point for Bhupen Roy, the BJP supported AGP candidate to get more votes. On the contrary, the AUDF candidate Abdus Samad also a rival for the congress and the more AUDF break the vote of Congress ,the more AGP will be benefited. As a result there is a great chance for AGP to win the seat of Barpeta constituency.

Delayed construction of Kalanadi bridge at Bamunjuli resented

25 Jul 2011 - 12:37am | Jayanta Kumar Das

The delay in the construction of an RCC bridge over Kalanodi at Bamunjuli in Bhergaon Sub-division of Udalguri district been a serious concern of several villages namely- Kalikhola, Bamunjuli, Orangajuli, Nonoikhuti, Samrang etc, for several years.Situated 25 kms away from Tangla, construction work of the new RCC bridge over Kalanodi near Bamunjuli has been very slow, as alleged by the people of the locality. Being one of the most important PWD road,this Bamunjuli- Tangla PWD road,connecting Tangla, Kalaigaon, Paneri,Khoirabari, Dimakuchi and Bhergaon had been closed for nearly 15 years,causing untold misery to people. The old bridge over Kalanodi at Bamunjuli had been constructed by the British more than a century ago.


It needs mention that the old steel bridge has been the second existing British made steel bridge in Both Udalguri and Darrang districts. The second one is still seen near Bhutiachang over Nonoi river. According to information received ,the construction work of the PWD road and the RCC bridge over the Kalanodi river near Bamunjuli was alloted to Rajsekhar Construction, Athgaon, Guwahati (estimated value Rs. 33 crore) four years back. But the said construction company had given sub contract of the construction work to another local contractor causing unnecessary delay. Only small portion of the works have been completed so far in long four years time.The media team members,who had visited the spot on July 21 saw just the beginning of construction work of three RCC pillars. The PWD department had done their job by just placing “Road Closed” sign boards on either side of the old steel bridge. But vehicular traffic has been continuing even at their own risk. This has posed big risks to commuters and passengers at any time. People of the locality urged BTC administration and Assam government to take steps so as to complete the work within this year.

Violence: ULFA says it a conspiracy

2 Dec 2007 - 12:25pm | editor
The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) says the Beltola violence is a managed one and was done to divide the Assamese.

In its latest edition of its mouthpiece Freedom, the proscribed outfit says the rush of political leaders from outside makes it a clear that the protesters were made a scapegoat.

To make the violence more effective, bandhs have also been called in Jharkhand, it says.

The ULFA accuses a section political leaders of trying to disrupt the protestors on the day of violence in Beltola.