A second Assam agitation is on the threshold if the All Assam Students Union leaders are to be believed. AASU leaders on Saturday disclosed their preparedness to launch a massive movement to stop Centre from making Assam a dumping ground of immigrants.
Participating in Gana Satyagrah programme in Barpeta AASU advisor Dr Sammujjal Bhattacharjya said that the second Assam agitation is imminent and that that is the best possible way to deal with the Centre who is trying to make Assam a safe haven for the Bangladeshi immigrants. “But we are not anti-Muslim and not anti Bengalis. We oppose Bangladeshi immigrants,” said the AASU leader.
A slew of steps to ensure sustainable development in the north eastern region struck global attention when human rights organizations from the region raised the issue at the United Nations Human Rights Council Regular Session at Geneva on Wednesday.
The human rights activists hailing from this region stressed involvement of the indigenous people in the extraction of natural resources which, they said, the key to the path of sustainable development.
They further dwelt at length of the impact of the extraction of mineral resources including uranium, oil and gas on the indigenous people in the northeast.
Immanuel Varte who represented CORE from Manipur narrated the impact of the mega development initiatives on the environment which struck the attention of the global leaders. In her address at the global forum, CENRs convener Mary Beth Sanate outlined the status of women in the region with special focus on women and extractive industries.
This was followed by Narender Kumar’s narration on the country’s legislation on the rights of the indigenous peoples. Kumar who represented IPAC from New Delhi drew no less response from the world leaders.
A brief video documentary on Manipur "Manipur Diary" was screened in the sidelines of the world event. The documentary was produced by CENRs.
This was followed by a lively question and answer session. …………………
Assam Boat Racing & Rowing Association on Wednesday sent a 12 member team consisting of 7 Men and 5 women for 36th Junior National Rowing Championships in the Upper Ganges Canal at Saulani Park, Roorkee which begins on Wednesday.
According to Assam Boat Racing & Rowing Association General Secretary Nababuddin Ahmed, the 12 member squad has left Guwahati under the leadership of Chiranjit Phukan as Coach where Shanghita Lahon is the team manager.
The team comprises Nafisa Sadiq, Shreyanshi Kashyap, Prerna Basnet, Jyestha Dipak, Nupur Chetia, Ridhwaan Azeem, Akash Deep Rajkhowa, Shankhanil Tamuli, Sreyash Kashyap, Paul Rajkonwar, Pervez Sadiq, Aryan Lahon.
If spring comes can the Bohag Bihu stay far behind? Here comes the Bihu. Tender leaves on the trees, season flowers in full bloom, chirping of birds seem to have dressed the entire state afresh. Armed with traditional dhul, pepa, gogona and flute, the youths are busy with rehearsal for bihu huchori. The girls in the rural areas are busy with weaving bihuwans for their near and dear ones. The women in these areas are concentrating on delicacies to be served on the much vaunted occasion.
Huge pandels are seen in the urban areas hardly two weeks before the festival of merrymaking. Organizers are making beeline on the doors of the performing artists seeking engagements on the occasion.
The festival is slated to begin on April 14 to be marked by Goru Bihu where the cows are to be worshipped. This would be followed by the bor bihu on April 15.