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Rains stop; let-up in flood fury

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.

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Will the Churachandpur ice melt?

4 Oct 2015 - 8:25am | AT News Imphal

The ice seems to have started melting in Manipur. The process to bridge the trust deficit between hills tribe and their counterparts in the valley begins from Churachandur, the epicenter of the recent orgy of violence. Amid heavy security arrangement, a delegation of the plains people visited their Chhurachandpur counterparts on Saturday and shared their grief for the recent happenings. 

Led by former chief minister and chairman of the citizens' committee Radhabinod Koijam, the 12-member delegation of the Citizens Committee Manipur paid customary respect to those who died during the agitation before handing over their relatives sugar, milk, shawls and financial assistance. This is the first organisation from the valley to have reached out to Churachandpur town after trouble.

Then the trouble shooting delegation visited the office of the Joint Philanthropic Organisation and interacted with the leaders before a prayer session for the departed souls.

Talking to reporters, Koiijam called it a non political visit and that they want the normalcy to be restored at an earlier date.

 

Politics is a ‘chronic disease’ that haunts a politician life long

10 Oct 2016 - 11:39am | Daya Nath Singh

It is an established fact that a person involved in political activities cannot remain in peace till his cherished dreams are fulfilled. This can be noticed through the recent statements of former Assam chief minister, Tarun Gogoi, who has been expressing his views frequently in media against the four months old BJP-led alliance government in the state under the chief minister ship of Sarwanand Sonowal. 

He (Gogoi) dares to demand a ‘white paper’ from state government about the steps taken by it to clear the encroachments of forest and other government  lands in the state and also to let the people of the state know, what action it has taken to identify and deport the foreign nationals from the state?. In fact he desired the newly formed state government should complete the works within four months of its rule, which the last government under ‘his own leadership’ could not do in fifteen {15} years of confidence and fifteen years of development’, a slogan well publicized in the last Assembly elections.

He has also expressed his concern over the eviction exercises in Kaziranga National Park and advised the state government to show interest in controlling the floods menace, which miserably affects the people of state ‘every year’. At last he has come to understand that the flood menace in past 15 years had also affected the people of the state during  which  he  used to remain out of the country. The media reports quoted in the past as the then chief minister saying as the flood problems ‘even occurs in countries like Japan and USA also’. He also accused the state government for its failure to check price rise of essential commodities.

Former CM Gogoi, seems to have been left alone in his party as an ordinary MLA. He is neither a spokesperson of the party nor the opposition leader in the State Assembly. He never thought of this situation he would have to face in the party for which he has given his lifelong service. Now, he feels lonely and that is the reason he manages to call media persons to talk and pass time from time to time.

AGP leaders meet to end Guwahati logjam

21 Feb 2009 - 5:16pm | editor
The AGP steering committee is holding a crucial meeting on Saturday afternoon to clear the decision to handover the prestigious Guwahati Lok Sabha seat to the BJP. According to AGP sources, the leaders are ready to leave the seat formally despite protests from several party leaders. On the other hand, BJP is ready to field its candidate in Guwahati after the AGP leadership agreed in principle to do so while they held talk with BJP top guns in New Delhi. But the deal bristled with difficulties in the face of vociferous protest from the Kamrup district AGP leaders.

Notably, AGP earlier had several rounds of talks to end the deadlock but failed to clear the air.