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War of words: Gogoi vs Sonowal

Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal took on chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday a day after the latter thrashed state BJP MPs alleging lack of voice in New Delhi.

Talking to reporters at the sidelines of a function in Sonapur in the outskirt of Guwahati city, the former state BJP president said that the BJP MPs have been discharging their duties and responsibilities in parliament. “Gogoi should concentrate on his own duties. It would be better for the chief minister to concentrate on the development of the state than blaming it all on BJP,” said Sonowal.

According to the Union minister, Gogoi has no option to cover up his failure but to blame to BJP for all issues of the state.

Notably, Gogoi on Tuesday dared BJP MPs from Assam to raise their voices in Delhi on the issues confronting the state. He said he has not seen such MPs who lack courage to fight for the state


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Rhino poaching on the rise

11 Sep 2016 - 7:09pm | Shajid Khan

Despite tight vigilance there has been steep rise in the rhino poaching cases in the Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park(ONP). Heavy presence of forest guards has been failing to stop the entry of rhino poachers in to the famed abode of one horn rhinos. Very recently, police have received some stunning clues of the entire poaching network when they interrogated a few poachers from the vicinity of the national park during the last couple of months.

A growing market of rhino horn has been encouraging the nefarious network and it would no die down as long as the international market remains.  Taking serious note on the poaching activities in ONP  a group of wildlife loving people under the banner of "Anti-Forest Activities Protection Committee " has come forward led by Mushabirul Haque as President Joynel Abedin and Baharul Haque as Secretary the wildlife lovers held a anti-poaching and anti forest activities  awareness camp at Bechimari village on Saturday  located on the fringes of the national park.

The awareness programme was presided by Silbari Village panchayat president Abu Bakkar Siddique,Mangaldoi wildlife divisional forest officer Sunnydeo Choudhury Budhin Hazarika Principal Kharupetia College among others attended the programme. The programme where the strategies to stop the local youths from poaching activities was discussed was also attended by village headman, members of VDP and activists of Darrang AMSU.

Mushabirul Haque said,"The first and foremost responsibility to protect the resources of the national park lies on the hand of villagers.The villagers should protect the national park from the hands of poachers." It is to be mentioned that ONP, also known as mini Kaziranga, lost its first rhino to poachers this year so far after the carcass with horn missing was recovered on June 30. The park recorded zero poaching last year after several poaching attempts were foiled by the officials. In 2014 one rhino was poached in Orang. The park spread over 79.28 sq km has 100-odd rhinos. Orang as  a tiger habitat covers  an area of 492.46 sq km.

Bleeding Assam in the time of bombings

31 Oct 2008 - 4:25pm | Ritupallab Saikia
Assam bleeds again. Nobody knows when and where there will be blasts. An eerie silence is all that is prevailing in the state on Friday when serial bombings, mostly in Guwahati, unleashed a reign of terror on Thursday in the busy city areas namely Dispur, Fancybazar and Panbazar. These were followed by some other bombings in Bongaigain, Kokrajhar and Barpeta Road where over 15 people were killed besides leaving several others injured.

The toll after the government’s statement on Thursday stood at 61 but it has reportedly gone up to over 70 while some others succumbed to injuries towards the break of the day. Caught in a Catch-22 situation, the Assam Government has no option but to admit its loopholes in the intelligentsia network. Thus these blasts have once again turned the much-hyped security blanket into a farce.

H is behind these blast? Its not sure. May be ULFA. May be Jehadi group. But ULFA has denied its role while some others have yet to own up the responsibility. The government’s inability to ascertain the terrorists behind the blasts. It proves how the power that be in Delhi and Dispur are ill prepared to deal with the situation.

Strangely enough, the authorities across the country ensured a mammoth security arrangement to avert any incident of the kind apprehending the strike during the dewali celebration by the Islamist trouble mongers. Reportedly Assam was an exception. The Assam government was not serious on the security arrangement during diwali which could have helped avert these terrific bombings. But that has not happened. That too in spite of previous caution issued by the intelligence agencies about terrorist activities by Islamic Fundamentalist. It is a matter of great concern that how these fatal elements managed to sneak into the city areas despite the so called round-the-clock-vigil. The home truth is that the security arrangement is only to ensure safety and security for the ministers, MLAs and the VVIPs and VIPs at the cost of the state exchequer and not for the people in general.

After the blasts, now its blame game. The Opposition tries to corner the government while the government is trying its best to avoid the stigma saying these blasts were not similar to that of the past strings.

Measured by any standard, terrorism is terrorism, which deserve firm action. Mere blame game will not serve any purpose except petty political squabbling. Need of the hour is an united stand against terrorism. Then and then only there will be an end to these black chapters that can mar the pages of golden history. Will the prisoner of conscience awake?

Stage set for charity soccer

25 Sep 2015 - 1:27pm | Nava Thakuria

The city based media persons and performing artistes have prepared for a friendly football match to generate funds for the flood affected families of Assam. The charity soccer match, scheduled for Saturday (26 September 2015) at Nehru Stadium, Ulubari, Guwahati, will kick off at 6 in the evening.

Senior journalist Pranay Bordoloi will lead the Media XI, where as popular singer Zubeen Garg will be the captain of the Artistes Eleven. The media team also comprises Atanu Bhuyan (VC & Goal Keeper), Piter Alex (VC), Kishor Talukder (GK), Debashis Mandal, Niloy Bhattacharya, Amarendra Deka, Sunil Bora, Dasarath Deka, Pitambar Newar, Banajit Bhuyan, Naba Pegu, Dhruba Mahanta, Gautam Sarma, Siddhartha Sankar Deka, Dhiren Sarma, Hitesh Deka, Anupam Chakrabarty, Tibra Bairagi, Prasanta Dutta, Kumud Talukder, Partha Chakrabarty, Vicky Das and Sibanu Bora.

Formulated by the Electronic Media Forum Assam with the inclusion of media persons from both the print & electronic media, the Media XI has Subodh Malla Barua as the coacher and Nava Thakuria as the team manager. The media team has already joined in regular practice sessions at Judges Field in morning hours.

On the other hand, the artists and technician’s team will also include Partha Pratim Goswami, Pradhan Deori, Sasanka Samir, Mahadev Deka, Shekhar Goswami, Achinta Shankar, Pabitra Rabha, Rohit Sonar, Hemanta Gogoi, Shiddharth Sarma, Bhaskar Dutta, Hitesh Gogoi, Manash Phukan, Dhanjeet Kalita and Bhabesh.

The city based Dispur Hospitals will extend the emergency medical supports to the players. Meanwhile, the State based artists and technician’s forum has urged everyone to contribute financial aid for thousands of flood affected families in Assam through Kalaguru Artiste Foundation (ICICI Bank, Ganeshguri branch, Account no: 215101000145, IFSC code: ICICI0002151).