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Modi opens Tura-Nongstoin-Shillong road in Meghalaya

SHILLONG: Meghalaya received a fresh lease of life in its surface communication when prime minister  Narendra Modi opened up the Shillong-Tura-Nongstoin Road during his hurricane visit to the north eastern state on Saturday. 

Modi, who dedicated a hydro power project in Aiazwl in the morning before landing in Shillong opened the vital link road at a function in the state convention centre. 

In the same function, the Prime minister in a remote control system opened the state BJP office in Bever Road in the capital city a couple of months ahead of the assembly polls. Modi said the road section will boost the entire economic scene of the north eastern state

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Bonhomie message on festive occasion

11 Jan 2018 - 11:42am | Akshaya Pranab Kalita

NAMRUP: A tiny hamlet in Dibrugarh district dresses afresh to celebrate the Magh Bihu. Around 1500 people in this historic Rangshuwa Bordubi village in  Tingkhong area, have stood united to celebrate the much vaunted annual festival with a simple message: We Are the Same Boat Brothers, a Pol Robson song which still sticks to the lips of millions of people in Assam after it emerged from the bariton voice of Dr Bhupen Hazarika in native version.    

 

For the last fortnight, around 100 people—old and young are busy with erecting a huge boat of bamboo and stuble structure in the name of a Bhelaghar (make shift house meant for Uruka feasting) to spread the message of brotherhood and bonhomie on this auspecious occasion.

“With this attempt we want to spread the message of unity. Bhupen-da died. But what he tried to tell with the Assamese version of the great song still living in the hearts of millions of the people. We want to tell the world on this occasion,” said a villager who has been taking the lead.

“Bihu is an occasion to strengthen the bond beyond castes and  creeds. Let it unite the people of all walks of life,” said another villager.

A local lady who is prepararing the traditional sweets to serve her nears and dears on the occasion said,” we the simple villagers have decided to make it a huge occasion to spread this unique message at a time when unrest, intolerance threaten to break the age old unity. Eating and merry making is not the sole aim of this occasion. Let us feel the inner strength of this festival.”

She said,”we do vow to keep the culture and tradition intact in this annual harvest festival. Our sweets include sweets of coconut and pastries apart from the sticky rice in the bamboo tube.”

The two days occasion is starting on Saturday with a community feasting at night where the make shift house would be set afire after the end of the feasting.

On Sunday wee hours the folks are liting up the Meji, a huge bamboo and wooden structure to offer puja to the fire god. This would be followed by cultural shows and taditional games and sports.   

 

 

Raise Assam issue in Dhaka: Gogoi to PM

2 Jun 2015 - 10:35pm | Abdul Gani

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take up the issues with immediate concern to Assam with his Bangladeshi counterpart during his ensuing two-day Bangladesh visit. 

In a statement, Chief Minister Gogoi said that Prime Minister should take up the matter to bolster water and surface communication of Assam with Bangladesh and introduce rail link to utilize the geographical proximity between two geographical entities to harvest optimum benefits in the areas of trade and commerce. He also requested the Prime Minister to raise cross border infiltration and other related matters with his Bangladeshi counterpart. 

Moreover, Chief Minister Gogoi also requested the Prime Minister to take up the issue related to deporting illegal infiltrators detected in Assam by the Foreigners’ Tribunal with the Bangladesh authority to nail the matter once for all. 

AGP reunified at Golaghat

15 Oct 2008 - 12:43am | Ritupallab Saikia
14th October 2008, this day will remain a red letter day in Assam’s political scenario as all the breakaway fractions of Asom Gana Parishad, the largest regional party in Assam, makes formal unification. From 5:30 am in the morning supporters of the regional party from all over the state started to gather in Bhrigu Kumar Phukan Khetra at Golaghat. The whole Golaghat town was bathed in the tri colour of the AGP flag. For AGP, life comes to a full circle as AGP was formed on 14th October 1985 at Golaghat and after long 23 years AGP held their unification ceremony at their very birth place.

The rally started with the felicitation ceremony of the families of martyrs of Assam movement. After that Mr. Apurba Kumar Bhattacharya delivered the welcome speech. Mr. Chandra Mohan Patowary, President, AGP addressing a gathering of around fifteen thousand people, said that today was a historical day in the history of regional politics of Assam and he apologize to the people of Assam for all the wrongs they have committed knowingly or unknowingly and also took a pledge that it would not be repeated again and the united AGP will never be bound to organize an unification rally in the future. In a sentimental address Patowary stressed that the AGP have no high command than the people of Assam and their verdict will be considered as the ultimate decision by the party. Concluding his speech Patowary strongly evoke the people of Assam to stands together in order to resist the Congress(I) and usher in a new era of regional politics. The meeting took a momentous turn when Mr. Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, the most influential figure of regional politics joined hand with the new united AGP and his home coming was loudly cheered by everybody present at the gathering. The rally also witnessed the second coming of former heavy weights of AGP like Atul Bora, Pulokesh Baruah, Rekha Rani Das Boro, Biraj Sarma, Gunin Hazarika etc.