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Lakhipur win Sujit Narzary football championship

Lakhipur Sports Association, Silchar defeated Lakhimpur Sports Association 2-1 goal to lift 9th Sujjit Narzary memorial Inter District U-13 (Under-13) football championship in the final match   on Saturday at KDSA ground in Kokrajhar district.

Arun Nayak of Lakhimpur netted his first goal against Lakhipur in 32 minutes of first half and led the match 1-0.For Lkahipur, Stefen Keser and Alfred Lalreed scored one each goal in 42 minutes and 53 minutes respectively in the second half which led the team to lift the championship trophy by winning 2-1 goals.

It was organized by Kokrajhar district sports association in memory of late Sujit Narzary,first martyr of Bodoland movement.

Hemendra Nath Brahma,president of Assam Football Association and Doneswar Goyary,BTC executive member gave away championship trophy and cash 20,000 and Ankur Dutta,secretary of Assam Football Association handed over runners up trophy and cash 15,000.

BTC executive member Rajib Brahma,Ajay Basumatary,secretary KDSA,Bishnu Narzary,chairman KMB were prominent attendees on the prize distribution function.

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Will Manipur government arrest those who discuss govt decisions?

13 May 2008 - 10:44pm | bobbyramakant
A human rights activist was arrested in Manipur for discussing a state government's decision in a public forum.

Sapam Kangleipal Meitei, 27 years, was discussing the impact of arming the civilians with weapons on the conditions prevalent in Manipur state. The state government had decided to give 500 gun licenses to natives of two villages in Manipur state.

State government decided to hand over 500 gun licenses to civilians because armed cadres of People Revolutionary Party of Kangleipak (PREPAK), an armed opposition group in Manipur, had reportedly shot-dead two girls and a boy while seriously injuring the eyes of another girl on 24 March 2008. So the civilians of these villages were demanding arms for self-defense.

The only crime of Sapam was to have a public dialogue on the government's decision to allot gun licenses to civilians for self-defense.

Sapam was picked up from the Manipur Press Club on 7 May 2008 on charges of sedition against Government shortly after the public discussion.

The police team reportedly led by Mr. Munan and Mr. Khomdon, officer-in-charges of City Police and Imphal Police Station (West) respectively and forced to switch off the live telecast of the public discussion through a local cable TV network (ISTV).

Soon after Sapam completed his speech, a (special) police commando team also allegedly entered the venue on the main entrance of the hall and physically pulled him aside. A lawyer who was one of the panelists requested the police not to do any undesirable illegal action.

The police waited until the end of the programme to arrest Sapam without any legal procedure.

Before his arrest, Mr. Kangleipal reportedly told to the media "If we could not discuss and express regarding a decision of a Democratic Government, what is the meaning of democracy".

He was arrested in connection with FIR No. 129 (5) 08 Indian Penal Code (IPC) under section 124 A IPC and section 9 of Punjab security Act and Section 8 (b) Assam Maintenance of Public Order Act.

Is it illegal to hold discussions on the merits and demerits of the decisions of your own state government?

The issue of arming the civilians for self defense in a violence-torn state like Manipur is of deep concern.

"Weapons have never brought peace and security to communities. It has only aggravated the polarization by exacerbating the inequities" said Dr Sandeep Pandey, who is a Ramon Magsaysay Awardee (2002) and a noted social activist heading National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM).

Who will fill up the vacuum

13 Jun 2014 - 8:57pm | AT News

Khagen Mahanta’s sudden is a irrepairable lost on Assam’s cutural front. This was more or less if what a cross section of the people told Assam Times on Friday.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who visited Mahanta’s bereaved family on Thursday apart from attending the funeral function in Panjabari said that Mahanta united the people of the various castes and creeds with his songs.

BJP, AGP, AIUDF leaders also joined the condolence with a number of messages. All Assam Students Union said that a permanent site is necessary to keep his works alive.
More and more condolence messages are pouring in from different parts of the state.        

Cong war for territorial integrity continues

16 Nov 2017 - 7:44am | Ripunjoy Das

Assam Congress sharpens its attack on the NDA government at the Centre saying it betrayed the people of Assam by signing the Naga Framework agreement with the NSCN (I-M) in 2015.

Addressing a huge protest rally at Namtola on Wednesday state Congress president Ripun Bora said,”India being a republic it is a noble practice for the Centre to either seek the opinion of the concerning states or to hold consultations before signing any agreement which in all probability has direct impact upon the states concerned.”

He said two years after it signed the agreement with the Naga outfit on the formation of Nagalim without holding any kind of consultations with the concerning states, the Centre now wants to impose the agreement upon the people of these states like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

He said the people along the Assam- Nagaland interstate border have been spending sleepless nights since the agreement was signed. Even after demands being made by various quarters to make the controversial agreement public, the Centre had not heed to it thereby totally dishonouring public sentiments, said Bora.

Former minister Sarat Borkatoky in his speech termed the BJP as a party of betrayers and said that the sole objective of the BJP had only been to grab power both at the Centre and Assam by making false promises to the people.

Criticizing Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his council of ministers, the former MLA said that Sonowal and his ministries who work only with instructions from the RSS have now completely turned their back towards the development of the people and are focused on their personal benefits.


In his address, Kaliabor Lok Sabha MP Gourav Gogoi said that through demonetization and GST the Centre had put on more loads of taxes upon the poor and the weaker sections of the society. “The BJP led government in the state had totally failed in controlling price rise of essential commodities, to create job avenues and even to repair bad roads”, Gogoi said.