Normal life comes to a grinding halt in Tinsukia district on Thursday following the 12 hour bandh in protest against the incident at Bijuliban where ULFA men shot dead a businessman and his daughter on Tuesday night.
Vehicles are off from the roads. Shops and markets, schools and colleges, banks and offices are remaining closed under the impact of the bandh called by the Bhujpuri students union.
Security forces are patrolling on the streets to avert any untoward incident in the district during the bandh hours.
Volunteers’ association Jeevan Initiative is organizing Brahmaputra Campaign Carnival on January 19-23. This is the sixth annual Jeevan Kite & River Festival to be held on the riverside at Rajaduwar Ghat in Panbazar. The objectives include offering tribute to the epic river, celebrating Brahmaputraas the Unity River which has nurtured and guarded all ethnicity and diversity, sensitizing people about swachchata around the river and exploring explore potential of tourism and livelihood by the river. Several programmes are being line up.
There will be various contests on the occasion. Cultural Parade is a contest among various schools/ colleges/ University/ hostels/ clubs/ associations where the participating groups will display any theme based cultural items (choreography/dramatic). BrahmaputraQuiz on the theme Brahmaputra, its tributaries, its heritage, cultural significance, economy, issues, literature and lives and livelihood on its banks besides Choreography contest on Brahmaputra, Kid’s Drawing contest, Sand art, Alpana making, Face mask contest, Cycling, Photography, Kite designing, T-shirt designing, Live painting and Fitness games are organized. For registration one may login www.jeevanin.org.
Every evening, thousands will offer earthen lamps and flower to the river. Besides the main event site in Guwahati, Brahmaputra Vandana. will be conducted in various places on the riverbanks across Assam. On the riverside, thousands will fly kites, as a metaphor of their desire to have wings. Three roundtable discussions are also being planned. There will be a solar-powered Boat Gallery of Arts & Images of the Brahmaputra, besides various live cultural performances representing cultural diversity and identity. A Heritage Cruise will connect visitors with Sukreswar to Manikarnewar Devalay. Assamese Putola Nach will be performed in front of metropolitan audience for revisiting and supporting this near-to-extinct folk art form. Jeevan Music Video Awards will also be presented. Adventure Sports, Robotics and Yoga-Meditation sessions will also be there.
Preparing of the comprehensive memorandum by the sub-committee of different political parties on the issue concerning the Indo-Naga peace talks is nearing completion, its chairman said on Friday.
Addressing media at his chamber, new Secretariat, Deputy Chief Minister and chairman of the sub-committee Y Joykumar informed that the memorandum will be first submitted to the Chief Minister in two-three days.
“Then it will be presented before the next meeting of all political parties. If approval is given on the memorandum by the meeting, it will be finally submitted to the Centre,” Joykumar said.
He said the memorandum mainly touches on no compromise on the question of territorial integrity of Manipur and no to introduction of Sixth Schedule in the state of Manipur.
The Manipur government recently set up the sub-committee consisting of seven members of different political parties in the larger interest of the people.
The sub-committee was a part of the different resolutions adopted in the recent all political party meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Biren Singh. The all-party meet was convened by the government to deliberate on the issue of territorial integrity in the matter of the ongoing peace talks between Government of India and NSCN (IM).
While welcoming a peaceful solution to the peace parleys between Government of India and NSCN (IM) without infringing upon the interests of other states, the Manipur Chief Minister had assured that his government would initiate steps to protect the territorial integrity of Manipur in letter and in spirit.
The Manas National Park (MNP) has got nod of approval for addition of 350 sq.km from Governor of Assam under Chirang division in west part of the National Park. Governor approved the first addition to Manas national Park yesterday under section 35 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972(as amended up to date) which facilitates welfare of the expansion of the national park in the BTAD as well lower Assam districts.
Speaking the reporters at BTC Secretariat conference hall today,BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary, who is also Forest in-charge told that Manas NP has now expanded to 850 sq.km after getting addition 350 sq.km which was approved by Governor of Assam. The Manas NP was first declared as World Heritage site in 1985 and since then it has been regarded best tourist spot in the region.
He said, ‘BTAD administration and forest department have been working to protect natural resources and wildlife through which today national park gained its attraction and conservation in the state. BTAD administration and forest department have been demanded addition land to make more sustained of the park since three years back and yesterday Governor cleared needy steps to the addition of land to the western area which connect Chirang division’.
Kampa said adding that addition of land will meet healthy livelihood of wildlife and natural beautification through pave way more area in its stability.
Borgoyary thanked Governor, state government and departmental staffs for making courageous step for conservation of forest wildlife as national park. He also said that forest department has been initiating to gain more attractive in the MNP by adopting new projects.
Borgoyary, replying to question on forest protection said that forest department has been taking stern step to check illegally destruction of forest trees and natural scenes. Forest department officials today seized three laden trucks which were illegally brought by timber smugglers on national highways.
He said BTC forest department was working to protect forest and wildlife after having transferred department under clause of BTC accord. There is a good communication with state government while discharging duty ad responsibility of the line departments in the region, Borgoyary told. He also said that forest has been decided to evict illegally encroached along forest area and strict actions are taking against deforestation in the region.