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Flash flood wreaks havoc: 1 dead

  • Water submerges several villages in Rangapara area of Sonitpur district on Monday. Photo  by UB Photos.
    Water submerges several villages in Rangapara area of Sonitpur district on Monday. Photo by UB Photos.

The incessant rains in the catchment areas of Arunachal Pradesh creates no less havoc in Sonitpur and Biswanath districts of Assam in the form of a ravaging flash flood.
One person met watery grave while nearly 8,000 people have been rendered homeless during the last three days. The situation remains unchanged on Monday. The worst-hit is Chariduwar where many people have been taking shelter in the relief camps.
The flood waters have washed away a 22-year old man at Chariduar. The body was fished out on Monday 24 hours after he was missing.
According to the  State Disaster Management Authority, the fresh flood wave has affected Udalguri,Jorhat, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon and Sonitpur.

In Morigaon, the situation is grave where 24,985 people have been reeling under flood. The figure of affected people stands at 21,679 in Sonitpur district.

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London Rongali Bihu 2015

25 Apr 2015 - 6:02pm | Dr Nilmoni Sikdar

I feel honoured and privileged to write about the celebration of Rongali Bihu in London, which is the oldest venue for this beautiful Spring Festival outside of India.

This year London Bihu Committee decided to host on Saturday 18th April, which happily fell near the traditional Bohag Bihu date of 15th April. It was a stunningly beautiful sunny Saturday morning although the cold breeze from the North Pole produced a nip in the air. Not taking into account last minute arrival at the gates, the number of Bihutoli attendees was close to 252 if not over that figure. Over the last 28 years of Bihu celebrations in London, this is one of the rare Bihu celebrations where so many  people congregated  under one roof. It was not so much the very young, or the young, or even the seniors who congregated in the Bihutoli who held a special feature, but as far as I can remember it was one of the special occasions that children  who were born and brought up in United Kingdom and  appeared and performed on the stage with great confidence, that highlighted the Bihu theme of roots and identity.

As the guests arrived they were welcomed at the gates by members of London Bihu Committee, and then treated to home-made Assamese delicacies including the inimitable Pitha, laroo, the chira-doi.

Bihu Committee President’s Welcome speech

Dr. Khogeswar Lahon, President of the Committee spoke both in Assamese and English whilst welcoming the guests. Vice-President Professor Jayanta Barua, delivered an erudite dissertation about the global aspect of this Spring Festival.

Sports for adults and juniors

The hall size was sufficient enough for musical chairs to be hosted. The age groups of the participants involved ranging from septuagenarians to toddlers was hilarious and had the whole crowd entertained.  

Cultural programme

The highlight of the cultural aspect was the presence and performance of the guest artist from Assam, Mr Jitul Sonwal, who is known as the Father of Modern Assamese songs. He delighted the audience with a medley of songs containing both traditional Bihu and modern. He was ably assisted by a hugely talented group from Birmingham. There were four singers who represented the London Bihu Committee. In my view, the Husori group representing men, women and the children, who all wore colourful traditional Assamese costumes and sang and danced in perfect unison and timing, stole the show in the evening. Jhumur dance, which is the traditional dance of tea plantation workers was my personal favourite and was beautifully represented by the ladies. It vied for position and popularity with Nazitora’s group, which was a dance executed by young boys and girls. I must say that it was beautifully choreographed and matched by the hard work and intense practice of the performers. In addition, there were individual song performances by invited guests, living outside London, and they were lucky enough to be guided and supported by a beautiful band.

Vote of thanks

The vote of thanks by General Secretary Dr. Urbashi Barua, was delivered with precise care and attention and dedicated to all those who had made the Bihu a great success. Dr Barua paid special compliments to Zarir Hussain, senior Editor of News Live (TV channel), and Albert Bando the cameraman, who had taken the effort to come all the way from Guwhati to record London Bihu 2015. Naturally, the main recipients of the thanks are the guests, who are the jewel in the crown and have consistently attended and supported the London Bihu over the years.

General Bihu dance: This is essential to every Assamese occasion and even more so with Rongali Bihu. Guests danced and sang to the tunes of Mr Sonwal’s live music that even I, with an artificial knee, could not resist the temptation to join in.

The Bihu feast

The guests were quite famished and thirsty after a long day of meeting friends and entertainment. Shirin, the caterer of Assamese and Indian cuisine, customarily rose to the occasion and supplied food of superb quality and sufficient quantity to feed the large audience. After a sumptuous meal, people were still hungry. However, this was not for food but more for dance and music, which they did to their hearts’ content. As the evening drew to a close, it was time to say a good bye to those friends and families, who had come vast distances from all directions of the United Kingdom 

Dr. N. Sikdar

 

 

 

Massive security for Lok Sabha polls

31 Mar 2014 - 3:20pm | AT News

Assam is gearing up to ensure a free and fair Lok Sabha polls. The state is prepared to procure at least 235 companies of security forces to help the Election Commission ensure smooth conduct of the polls which is slated to begin on April 7.

Sources told Assam Times that plan for security deployment is ready and that the state police alone will have over 100 companies to manage the polls.

The state at present has 122 companies of central forces and the deployment of 77 companies are on the cards. In addition, the Centre will rush 58 more companies from the Centre.

The new companies will comprise ten would be from CISF, 14 from SSB, six from ITBP and 20 companies from the state police forces from the neighboring states.

The authorities have identified some districts as critical in view of the recent incidents. These include Sonitpur, Kokrajhar and Chirang. More forces would be rushed to these districts.

AGP leaders visited Flooded areas

1 Jun 2009 - 1:01pm | Juthika Das

The central AGP members and MP Kumar Deepak Das today visited the flooded areas of Barpeta District under Sarbhog LAC. In this visit Gunindra Nath Das, MLA, Barpeta; central AGP members David Ledger, Dhruba Talukdar, Mukul Das and MP Kumar Deepak Das took part. The group also demanded to construct a braille bridge at Dumunighat under Sarbhog LAC in Barpeta district. In this regard they submitted a memorandum to the Deputy commissioner of Barpeta along with some other demands like --rehabilitation of the flood victims, food for the cattles etc.The Deputy commissioner of Barpeta assured the AGP leaders to solve these problems as per as possible.