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DoNER minister visits flood-hit areas

DoNER minister Dr. Jitendra Singh said the Centre will extend all possible help to the state government in the time of flood. Talking to reporters during his stock taking visit to Kokrajhar on Tuesday, the Union minister said the prompt response of the government helped the state minimize flood casualities.

Accompanied by revenue minister Dr. Bhumidhar Barman and Guwahati MP Bijaya Chakraborty, Dr Singh visited the flood affected areas of Bongaigaon in a chartered helicopter and landed at Dhaligaon BGR stadium.

Talking to media, he said Prime Minister and home minister are keeping close watched of the flood situation and that they have yet to receive the report on the extent of flood damages.

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Guwahati IGNOU into CBI trap, Chief likely to become scapegoat

13 May 2010 - 4:30am | Daya Nath Singh


The Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) has arrested an employee of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Guwahati Centre on alleged charges of financial scam worth about Rs.26 lakh. On Monday last the accused, Niranjan, was granted three days remand by CBI Special court. According to Senior CBI Chief, Hiren Nath, huge financial irregularities were reported in this prestigious institution and accordingly the CBI began investigation and detected a scam of Rs.25.65 lakh. The CBI has registered a case No. RC 0172010A0007, against the Director of IGNOU, Guwahati Centre, Dr Vardhini Bhattacharjee and the office assistant, Niranjan. The CBI has also seized all the records and other papers related to the financial irregularities.


According to the report, Niranjan has told the investigating team that in alliance with the Centre Director, he managed to manipulate lakhs of rupees by preparing false bills in the name of non-existing Manas Travels and Bajrang Goods Carrier. Besides this, while shifting the office from Chandmari to Christian Basti, about Rs.15 lakh, were manipulated by preparing fake bills in the name of Bajrang Goods Carrier. He has been reported of giving some sensational information about the purchases of vehicles and their repairing and informed the CBI that some outsiders were also involved in the scam. The CBI is trying to bring all of them in its net by its investigation going to the root of the scandal.


It may be mentioned in this regard that the IGNOU Guwahati Centre was running in a mess even since it was functioning at Chandmari. A news report filed by this reporter in the month of August 2008, brought it to the knowledge of IGNOU HQs at New Delhi, after which a lot of changes have taken place and the regional office was also shifted to the new and spacious place. In the recent case the Director, Dr Vardhini Bhattacharjee seems to have been made scapegoat. A big lobby seems to have been working behind the scene, which was not cared for even by the institution. The report filed by this reporter goes on as “according to the students, the regional centre is anarchic. There is no one responsible person except the Regional Centre Director, Dr V. Bhattacharjee, who has to remain most of the time outside the city on her official assignments. It is alleged that the Deputy Director, second in position, does not take any responsibility to solve the problems of the students.”


Refuting the allegations the official, informed this reporter that the report concerned was baseless as the functioning of the Centre was going on well. If the things were going on smoothly, how these anomalies have occurred and detected. Even in small organizations, there is system of looking into the affairs by the next official in absence of the Chief. The IGNOU Guwahati Centre has already issued a rejoinder that the director is in no way involved in this scam. Let us see what the CBI brings out in this case.


Land dispute: 4 killed

19 Jul 2012 - 12:05am | editor

Four persons were killed an ugly string of group clash in Barak Valley on Wednesday. Twenty others have been 20 injured in the clash. According to police, the clash took place over a five year long land dispute. The two groups used sharp weapons during the clash at Matijuri area of Hailakandi district. The deceased were identified as Mizanur Rahman Chaudhary, Nazimuddin Chaudhary, Nazrul Haq Barbhuiyan and Aziruddin Barbhuiyan.

How NRC objections drastically went up in 3 days

2 Jan 2019 - 2:08pm | AT News

AASU along with many other organizations have submitted over 2.5 lakh objections before the NRC authorities in different parts of the state from Saturday to Monday.

According to sources, these objections, mostly, were submitted in Kamrup, Goalpara, Nagaon, Barpeta and Morigaon districts.

Nine lakh applicants who were dropped from the draft in June last year did not turn up with supporting documents while 31 lakh submitted claims. The phase to submit claims and objections ended on December 31 and process to take up the claims is said to have started.