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Untoward incidents mar bandh in Raha

Marred by a slew of untoward incidents, the 12 hour central Assam bandh concluded on Monday evening called by 8 organizations demanding the proposed AIIMS in Raha. The untoward incident took place when a section of bandh supporters tried to enforce bandh call by pelting stones and water bottles at some vehicles on the National Highway No 37 in Raha. A group of bandh supporters set on fire many shops at Ambagan and attacked some of the local businessmen who allegedly tried to defy the call. Protesters in large number blocked the National Highway in Raha for more than 8 hours who clashed with police after partially damaging some vehicles.

Former minister Chandan Sarkar also was not spared when he on his way to Nagaon from Guwahati. The protestors targeted health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma alleging that the Centre decided to shift the proposed AIMMS venue to Cahnagsari from Raha only at acting on his conspiracy. Squarely, they blamed Nagaon MP Rajen Gohain for his failure to properly take up the matter with the Centre.

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Assam bandh hits normalcy

27 Dec 2017 - 9:01am | AT News

GUWAHATI: Normal life remains heavily disrupted on Wednesday as the All Assam Tai Ahom Students Union enforces a 12 hour statewide Assam bandh mounting pressure on the government to grant ST status at an earlier date.

AKSHYAY PRANAB KALITA FROM NAMRUP: Roads, mostly, in upper Assam districts are remaining deserter since vehicles have stopped plying from 6 in the morning when the bandh call started. Shops and markers, schools and colleges, banks and offices have not opened under the impact of the bandh call which is ending only in the evening.

Many AATASU leaders and workers have enforced the bandh call by burning tyres on the roads to stop the movement of traffic from early in the morning.

Security forces are fanning on the streets to deal with possible outbreak of law and order situation.

RANADEEP GOGOI FROM JORHAT:The bandh is total where normal life remains heavily disrupted. Public spaces in the Jorhat town remained deserted as all public and private offices and business establishments are not opening under the impact of the bandh.

Bandh supporters in Jorhat town and outskirt areas burnt tyres to disrupt traffic movement.

Reports of paralyzing bandh ate pouring in from Golaghat, Nagaon, Tezpur, Biswasnath, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia.

The impact is,however, little in Morigaon, Guwahati along with BTAD areas and lower Assam districts.

The Ahoms along with Koch, Chutias, Morans, Muttocks and tea tribes have been demanding ST status to uplift their socio economic condition.

But Centre has yet to clear the decks even after its six year long promise. The center assured it 6 years ago. 




Flying snake found at Bhairabkunda

3 Apr 2016 - 2:16pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

Happy news for wildlife loving people of Udalguri.A rare species of flying snake has been found at Bhairabkunda near Assam-Arunachal-Bhutan border on April 1. Members of man made forest known as JFMC,Bhairabkunda namely – Ismail Daimari.Alfred Daimari,Lenin Daimari and Bimal Daimari found the snake in their forest which was later identified as Chrysopelea Paradisi (Paradise Flying Snake).Its a very fast moving snake and hardly seen on ground.Flying snakes are actually gliders,using the speed of free fall and contortions of their bodies to catch the air and generate lift.Once thought to be more parachuter than gliders. Recent scientific studies have revealed intricate details about how these limbless, tube-shaped creatures turn plummeting into piloting. To prepare for take-off, a flying snake will slither to the end of a branch, and dangle in a J shape.It propels itself from the branch with the lower half of its body, forms quickly into an S, and flattens to about twice its normal width, giving its normally round body a concave C shape,which can trap air.By undulating back and forth,the snake can actually make turns.Flying snakes are technically better gliders than their more popular mammalian equivalents, the flying squirrels.There are five recognized species of flying snake, found from western India to the Indonesian archipelago. Knowledge of their behavior in the wild is limited, but they are thought to be highly arboreal, rarely descending from the canopy.The smallest species reach about 2 feet (61 centimeters) in length and the largest grow to 4 feet (1.2 meters).Their diets are variable depending on their range,but they are known to eat rodents,lizards, frogs, birds,and bats.They are mildly venomous snakes, but their tiny,fixed rear fangs make them harmless to humans.Scientists don’t know how often or exactly why flying snakes fly, but it’s likely they use their aerobatics to escape predators,to move from tree to tree without having to descend to the forest floor, and possibly even to hunt prey.Members of JFMC,Bhairabkunda are happy to see new animals,birds,reptiles coming to their forest which carries new ray of hope to wildlife loving people.It needs mention that villagers of six villages near Indo-Bhutan-Arunachal border have converted a plot of barren lands measuring 5500 bigha into a new green man made forest where they have already planted more than fourteen lakhs of saplings of various rare species. This has already been unofficially recognised as Indian record of human planting 14 lakhs plants. The plants have grown taller and bigger now attracting various species of animals,birds,insects and reptiles.After identification and photograph the snake was released in the forest without causing any harm to it.

Protect NE people: Centre to states

15 Aug 2012 - 2:59am | editor

The Centre has asked all states to provide security to the north east people living across the country. In a communication, the Home Ministry said there have been reports of attack on students and other people from Northeast in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh and immediate steps must be taken to stop such kind of violence. These states include Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Delhi. The communiqué said that a large number of Northeast people have been living in these states which is why, additional forces have been deployed.