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Ultimatum ends; AASU on satyagraha

AASU’s 12 hour ultimatum is over. Soobodh Biswas is still on the run 5 days after he incited the violence in Silapothat where a local AASU office was ransacked. The state’s influential student body is on a statewide Satyagraha in protest against the failure to nab the Silapothar culprit.

AASU workers in the district and sub divisional headquarters started satyagraha from morning on Friday raising doubts over the sincerity of the government to hold Biswas. AASU served the 12 hour ultimatum to the chief minister on Wednesday.

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Why non Garo teachers in Garo schools?

28 Jun 2016 - 1:33pm | AT News

The recruitment of non Garo people in a section of Garo schools in Goalpara district brews anger and protest among the local tribal student organization.

In a strongly worded statement issued to Assam Times All A.Chik Youth Federation’s Assam zone general secretary Crossbell Marak said,” the candidates who cannot even speak a Garo language have been appointed and sent to the Garo school. We have been fed up with this kind of treatment which we had receiving during congress government last 15 years, how shall we believed in BJP Government also, Assam Government has been trying to dominated Garo medium schools. We hate this kind of illegal appointment of the Assam Government. Before get India freedom we are living at Assam state and we are the Indigenous Garo peoples. We are strongly condemned against the Assam Government to neglect the Garo Tribes. Before election they said we will change the Assam but we are not get a change of socio as same as congress government, so we hate like this dirty policy. We are giving a time for one week to revoked the appointed teachers and appoint fresh Garo teachers for garo medium school.”

He said the organization will never allow even a non-Garo teacher to join the post and that if the government refuses to listen to them they won’t remain silent.

AIEM meet focuses education

21 Oct 2017 - 11:44pm | AT News

The All India Education Movement (AIEM) focussed education for the minoroties in Assam as it held an interactive meet of the personalities engaged  in this sector at thd Gauri Sadan in Guwahati on Saturday.

AIEM, a non-political outfit, had planned an All India Educational Caravan in co-operation with Saiyid Hamid Foundation, New Delhi. The Caravan is presently travelling through ten states of northern, eastern and central India for 13 days from October 17 to  29. 

Starting from Agra on October 17, the Caravan travelled through Lucknow, Kanpur, Patna, and Kishanganj to reach Guwahati on the morning of Saturday. 

The meet in the city was presided over by Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury, eminent lawyer and social worker. Prof Abdul Mannan, former head of Department of Statistics, Gauhati University presented a report on the present educational status of the minority communities in Assam. 

Aman Ullah Khan, President of AIEM and leader of the Caravan, shared his experiences gathered during the campaigns in other states of the country. M Salman Ahmed Siddiqui (Dubai) and Tarique Azam (Malaysia), who are also accompanying the Caravan, stressed upon the importance of education and skill development and cited examples from their experiences abroad. 

Other members of the Caravan - Prof Khawaja M Shahid, Abdul Rashid, Dr Idrees Qureshi, Maulana Abrar Ahmad Islahi, Dr Ubaid Iqbal Asim, Er Tarique Azam, and Dr Abdul Quadeer also addressed and interacted with the audience on the occasion. 

Reshma NC Shah, founder Director, River Education Foundation; Zakir Hussain, Chairman, NEF Group of Institutions; Dr Taufique Borborah, former Principal, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh; and Inam Uddin Ahmed, President, Assam Zakat Fund participated in the interactive session that dealt with issues relating to school enrolment, prevention of school dropout incidence, re-enrolment of dropouts and quality education in schools. 

The meeting ended with the concluding remarks made by A Sabur Tapader, founder Director, Unity Education Foundation, Guwahati. 


The Caravan left for Kolkata in the evening en route to New Delhi where the campaign will come to an end on October 28.

Encroachment by Bangladesh puts Assam govt in tight spot on the floor

16 Jul 2008 - 12:16pm | editor
The Assam government on Tuesday came in for sharp criticism from the Opposition parties for failing to solve border dispute which is continuing for the last several years. The Opposition members asked the government to clarify its stand on the encroachment by Bangladesh on the soil of Assam. They criticised that the government for remaining silent while Bangladesh has already occupied an area of 499.3 acres of land. Not only that the opposition parties lambasted the government for unabetted encroachment by the neighbouring Arunachal Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Meghalaya. Caught in this debate, revenue minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman said steps are on for an amicable solution to the Indo-Bangla border row. He informed the House that a joint committee of foreign secretaries of both the countries is looking into the border dispute. Dr Barman further informed that House the Assam Government also is talking to its neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland in this regard. The raucous came to an end on Tuesday when Dr Barman informed the House that he would give a statement in the regard on Wednesday. Those participated in he discussion include Opposition leader Chandra Mohan Patoawry, Girin Baruah.