Gautom Roy and Siddique Ahmed took oath a new cabinet ministers on Tuesday. Governor PBAcharya administered the duo the oath of office and secrecy at a brief function at the Raj Bhawan in the morning. Chief minister Tarun Gogoi along with his cabinet colleagues, APCC leaders and parliamentary secretaries attended the function. Gogoi sacked both of them last year.
Chief Election Officer on Saturday has suggested the Election Commission to conduct repolling at a booth in the outskirt of Guwahati acting on the allegations of vote rigging by a VDP member on Thursday.
The assurance came to AGP and BJP delegations after the CEO came to see a footage produced before him to substantiate the allegations of rigging.
The entire incident took place at Bornijora polling booth in full view of the presiding and polling officers which came to light after a private satellite news channel beamed the story with exclusive visuals of how a VDP member pressed the EVM button on behalf of a section of voters.
Ruolsafak, the major festival of Hrangkhol is being celebrated with traditional fervor and fun fare in different villages like Muolpung, Lungkhok, Zion, Rabi etc of Dima Hasao by the people of Hrangkhol community today (Wednesday)
This community festival is most important for Hrangkhol community. It is also considered to be the harvesting festival as well as the bidding goodbye to the passing year and welcome to the New Year. Previously the day was not fixed, the festival was celebrated accordingly to the conveniences of the village, during the last part of January and the first part of February every year. But since 1998 February, the Dima Hasao Autonomous Council warmly welcomed the festival and declared as the local holiday every year.
In the observance of the festival, both of young boys and girls of the village (kho tanggva) take the leading parts to be a grand success. Under the leadership of Tangva ulien, the youth are most engaged from ahead of the time of the actual celebration. The earnings (Vengasuoilhlo) of the village youth (khotangya) by doing physical labour and the earnings from village women (khonupui) are spent in the festival. In some village, the youth cultivate a patch of jhum land themselves and what ever earning they could get from the cultivated land, is spent for the celebration of this festival. This festival is celebrated for two days continuously. First day, early in the morning, the village priest along with his co-elders performs a ritual rites called Naran pnak/Tarpa phak/ pray to god, scarifying an older cock and hen and cooked it with rice called Nempok.
After eating theis Nempok with rice beer (Zu), the priest announces and declares the festival and its purpose to the villagers. The priest and his co-elder hold fast till noon. Holding of grand feast with the meat, rice beer, dancing and singing are the prime components of the festival. The elder may enjoy apart from the youths.
On the 2nd Day it is for competition (ruol irsiet) on traditional games and sports, singing and dancing. At the end, at night all get together and have feast, thus Ruolsafak ends for the year.
The adya shraddha of Mintu Deuri, who was killed in police firing while protesting shifting of the proposed AIIMS from Raha to Changsari, at Raha chariali on July 15 was held at Mahendra Nath Hazarika memorial hall premises here today under the initiative of Raha Anchalik Chatra Santha , AJYCP Raha unit, All Tiwa Students' Union ( ATSU ) , and MASS Raha unit.
On this occasion a memorial meeting was also held. In the meeting Hirannya Narayan Bora, president , AIIMS Demand Committee , Anup Chetia, Ex General Secretary ULFA , Journalist Biren Bhatta, and Mani Madhav Mahanta , vice-president AASU narrated briefly about Mintu deuri's great death. The speakers also came down heavily on the government for using armed police forces on the agitators who demanded AIIMS at Raha on the day.
Earlier to the meeting an all religious prayer meet was held where people from all walks of life and religions took part in. The other programmes were smriti tarpan, naam prasanga, kirtan path and banti prajyalwan.