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Kumar Bhabesh enthrals Kalaigaon

Popular singer Kumar Bhabesh performed at a cultural night in Kalaigaon on Sunday night. An artiste who sings from the heart, Kumar Bhabesh has won over the heart of each and every Assamese through his mesmerizing singing. His songs have captured the heart and mind of his audiences. Since his debut with ‘Pori’ he has made more than 70 Assamese albums. His noted Assamese albums are ‘Puwa’, ‘Pratisruti’, ‘Dehajaan’, ‘Jeuti’, ‘Sonpahi’, ‘Jonak’, ‘Kamrupiya Chowali’, ‘Roja’, ‘Ruksana’, ‘Maijaan’ etc. He sang number of his hit songs including his popular song ‘Najaba najaba xun muke eri thoi’ from the album ‘Dehajaan’.

Kumar Bhabesh, who has already sung more than 250 songs in various languages, made his foray in Bhojpuri music for the first time. He always showed great curiosity and interest in diverse styles of music, although folk remains his real love. His first Bhojpuri album ‘Khatiya Hilela’, made in both audio–video formats, broke huge not only in UP, Bihar, Assam but in other parts of the country as well.

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Recipient of The Annual Colosseum Awards 2014 & 2015 (by The Assam Tribune group), Shajid Khan is a journalist based in Tangla.In his stint of journalistic experience he has contributed numerous political, socio-political stories for bountiful national,international as well as Assam based publications. He also pens down analytic commentary on print and web based publications.

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ST status: BJP MPs unhappy

26 Mar 2015 - 10:03am | AT News

Assam BJP MPs are not at all happy with the Centre’s decision not to accord ST status for six ethnic communities a year before the assembly polls.

The MPs have started mounting pressure on the tribal affairs ministry to reconsider the decision.

A senior party leader and MP told Assam Times that if the government proceeds this way the party will have to pay heavy price in the assembly polls early next year.

 “It would leave negative message before the people. We should ensure ST status for the six communities. It was our poll promise,” he said.   

Another MP, who refused to be named said,”the decision is not final. But we must approach the people with good news.”

On the other hand the home ministry officials find it strange to hear the protest against the rejection of the demands.

A home ministry official told Assam Times that process are on to raise it before the cabinet meeting. He said that the demand has been neither accepted and nor rejected.

“It is for the cabinet to take a final call. Home ministry or ministry of tribal affair can only prepare necessary proposals,” he said.  

ABSU reiterates Bodoland statehood demand

16 Jan 2019 - 5:55pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) has affirmed that strong mass movement will continue until and unless Bodoland statehood is achieved under Article  2 & 3 of the constitution for the protection of identity, culture, land and political rights of the Indigenous Bodo people and down trodden communities.

The students union has dead opposed the government’s move to grant new ST status to the six communities, who are regarded as populas and advanced communities in the state of Assam.

Speaking to reporters at a Press Conference at Bodofa House,  Kokrajhar on Wednesday, ABSU President Promod Boro said that the students union has resolved to intensify the Bodoland statehood movement for the protection of identity, culture, land and political rights of the Indigenous Bodo people and down trodden communities to achieve the long cherished goal to create Bodoland statehood under Article  2 & 3 of Indian constitution. He slammed the BJP led NDA government at centre for not initiating any measures to solve the long standing Bodoland statehood demand.He accused that BJP party had promised to make solution of Bodoland issue in its Lok Sabha election manifesto in 2014,but no any bold initiative was noticed so far. He has voiced against BJP led NDA government,said that a strong movement will be continued until and unless achieve of Bodoland statehood in coming days.

He said that the students union has resolved to intensify the Bodoland separate statehood movement for the protection of identity, culture, land and political rights of the Indigenous Bodo people and down trodden communities to achieve the long cherished goal to create Bodoland statehood under Article  2 & 3 of Indian constitution.

He said that the ABSU has strongly dead opposed any decision of the government which are going to affect the right and privilege of the existing Tribals of Assam. If some more advance and populas communities are enlisted in the ST lists, the existing ST tribals will lost its land, political representation, educational rights  employment, economy and great impact in social life.

Absu strongly condemned the statement of made by BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary stating to grant ST status to six communities in Assam.

He said ABSU will stand with the state’s organisations into the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 which is already passed in the Lok Sabha and the students union resolved to oppose it. Further, it is decided to continue the organisational support with 30 indigenous organisation movement group for protection of indigenous rights

Boro informed that the tsudents union resolved to work more effectively for all round development in bringing quality education in Bodo medium education through “Mission Quality Education”. The Union also strongly demands to take care of the Bodo medium school and to distribute the textbook for the session 2019 immediately and to fulfil all demands raised by the Union which is mentioned in the Action taken report by the State Government.

Mentioning the Tamulpur conference, he said that the tusdents union resolved to continue the work against witch hunting, superstition, child marriage, drugs & alcohol, gambling etc prevailing in the society through “Bodofa Mission for Sustainable Change”.

Boro while coming down heavily on BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary’s remarks on Bodoland issue, where he said that there are no criteria i.e. infrastructure, industry and IAS/IPS in Bodoland area to create Bodoland. It is an insult to the great Bodo leaders like Bodofa UN Brahma, Premsing Brahama, Bir Silagang and many more and also 5000 martyrs who died for the great cause. It hurts the genuine sentiment and aspiration of the Bodo people, working and fighting democratically to protect the distinct identity, culture, language, land and its existence of the Bodo people for creation of a state called Bodoland.

It is to be noted that new body of the ABSU central committee, took oath of office which was formed at Tamulpur conference in Baksa on January 9 at a meeting at Bodofa House in Kokrajhar on Wednesday. Promod Boro and Lawrence Islary, retained President and General Secretary for another two year term.

ABSU President Boro while reacting to the CAB issue in Assam,said that it is a BJP party’s streategy to draw attention by highlighting Citizenship Bill in the state. On CM Sarbananda Sonowal’s remarks on double standard,Boro said that BJP led NDA government must rethink the CAB Bill across the state.The CAB will create chaos and resented in the state.He has urged the government to rethink the CAB bill and demanded cancellation.

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31 Mar 2014 - 11:11am | AT News

Congress workers across Karimganj district are holding day long protest on Monday a day after AIUDF legislator Jamaluddin Ahmed threatened the Congress candidate Siddique Ahmed to set on fire.

Hundreds of Congress workers blocked the National Highway No 8 while some others are staging dharna in public places demanding action against the AIUDF legislator.