There seems to be marginal let up in the overall flood situation on Thursday. The waterlevels of the Brahmaputra have stopped surging following a temporary halt in the rains that lashed many parts of the state during the last couple of days.
But more than 3 lakh people are still remained marooned due to the flood waters in many places across the state till Thursday.
According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority, more than 21,700 people were affected as of now in 29 villages in the worst-hit Barpeta, Dhemaji, Morigaon, Lakhimpur and Chirang districts.
The highest number of people were hit in Lakhimpur district with nearly 18,000 persons still suffering due to the floods, followed by Barpeta with 1,500 people being affected at present.
Award winning documentary filmmaker Pankaj Butalia is visiting Guwahati on 11 September 2105 and attending an interactive session with the scribes same day. The program is scheduled to begin at 5 pm in Guwahati Press Club.
Once an acclaimed table tennis player turned a professor of Economics at Delhi University, Butalia is today more known as a serious filmmaker. Till date Butalia has made thirteen documentaries and one fiction film. Most of his documentaries have been screened extensively throughout the world.
His first documentary titled ‘When Hamlet Came to Mizoram’ (1989) received appreciations from the connoisseurs of art. The creative journey for Butalia continued with ‘Moksha’, ‘Cat's Concert’, ‘A Matter of Light’, ‘Karvaan’, ‘Centrestage’, ‘Manipur Song’ etc. His first feature film titled ‘Karvaan’ was screened in Amiens, Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam, Belgium, Hong Kong, Turkey, New Delhi and Calcutta film festivals.
It may be mentioned that his least documentary titled ‘Assam – a landscape of Neglect’ will be screened at Vivekananda Kendra on 12 September starting at 6 pm. The audience may also interact with the filmmaker after the show, which will be moderated by Xonzoi Borboa, assistant professor, TISS and Urvashi Butalia, well-known activist and writer.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the deputy commissioners and agriculture department authorities to firmly deal with the army worms who have destroyed crops in thousands of hectares in 12 districts in the post flood scenario.
Sonowal has also asked the authorities to visit the damaged areas to oversee the operation to bring the situation under control.
The situation suddenly took a grim turn when the army worms have damaged crop lands measuring thousands of hectares in the state
The worst-hit district is Golaghat where the caterpillar 6,671 hectares of crop field leaving the farming community in utter dilemma.
The picture is not different in Majuli where crops on more than 1700 hectares of land have been ravaged by the army worms in the flood hit river island leaving over 4000 families in dire-straits.
Majuli is followed by Dibrugarh and Sivasagar districts where the menace has damage 5000 hectares and 2,800 hectares of crop lands respectively.
Guwahati: Corruption in the name of anti corruption. Police informed that, a group of youth in lower Assam had formed a self-styled organization “Anti Corruption Force of Assam” to collect money illegally from Traders, contractors and Corrupt Government officers in 2004. Since then they have been raising several lakhs of rupees from different people.
Bagsha police Friday caught Babul Rabha from Barbari, recovered one hand grenade and some incriminating document including demand notes and money receipts. Rabha informed police that Durniti Nibarak Bahini, Asom, (ACFA) is active in Barpeta, Bagsha and Nalbari district with nearly fifty members joined in it.
A case has been registered in this regard.
Assam: The Accord, The Discord – Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty