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Birth anniversary of Guru Govind Singh celebrated in Udalguri

UDALGURI: The Sikh community of Udalguri and Darrang celebrated the 350th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Gobind Singh with religious fervour at Tangla in Udalguri on Friday.

They celebrated the occasion at the Gurudwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha. Sikh devotees, including women and children, from different parts of the district gathered at the Gurudwara since morning and offered their prayers.Devotees read out the scriptures of Sukhmani Sahib and recited kirtan, which spread the messages of love and harmony among the people. Devotees also participated in Langar (community feasting) on the ocassion.

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Recipient of The Annual Colosseum Awards 2014 & 2015 (by The Assam Tribune group), Shajid Khan is a journalist based in Tangla.In his stint of journalistic experience he has contributed numerous political, socio-political stories for bountiful national,international as well as Assam based publications. He also pens down analytic commentary on print and web based publications.

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Bhupenda’s funeral postponed to Wednesday

8 Nov 2011 - 9:09pm | editor

A huge turn out of Bhupen-da’s fans finally forced the Assam government to postpone the funeral of the legend to Wednedsay. Talking to reporters, Assam Cultural Minister Pranati Phukan said, people from the nook and corner of the state have descended on Judges Field to him their last respect. It is not possible for all to pay their respect till 5 pm on Tuesday.

In view of the situation, the government has decided not to cremate the body on Tuesday and has rescheduled the funeral to Wednesday morning. People walked all the way to the venue where Hazarika's body, draped in traditional Assamese 'gamosa', was lying inside a glass casket.

The last rites will be conducted at Shishu Udayan in the Guwahati University campus in Jalukbari area by his only son Tez Bhupen Hazarika. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi have sent DONER Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who visited the lifeless legend at the Judges’ Field said the final journey to Jalukbari would take place at 6 in the morning and his son would perform last rites at 7 in the morning. He said the decision was taken after consultation with the family members.

Thousands of people are still remaining in queues extending to about five to six kilometers. All of a sudden, a stampede like situation took place at the Judges Field on Tuesday morning as close to 2,000 people jumped the barricade and entered the playground through a gate meant for VIPs. Lakhs of his fans are singing his popular songs and slogans while some thousands others are patiently are queuing up to have a last glimpse of one of the last known balladeers.

Celebration of International Women’s Day at Darrang

13 Mar 2010 - 3:13am | tpsaikia

In the centenary year of the International Women’s Day Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Darrang organized a two days Awarness cum Training Programme on Women Empowerment on 8th and 9th March,2010 at Youth Club, Mangaldai. Realizing the importance of Women Empowerment DRDA, Darrang sponsored the programme and rendered full cooperation in conducting the programme.

The inaugural ceremony of the programme was presided over by Dr. N. N. Pujari, Sr. Extension Specialist and Incharge of KVKs under Assam Agricultural University (AAU). At the outset, on behalf of the organizers Dr. T. P. Saikia, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Darrang welcome the participants and distinguished guests. The programme was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Dr. S. K. Dutta, Associate Director of Extension Education, AAU, Jorhat and described the history and importance of Women’s Day, Need of Women Empowerment in social upliftment and role, activity and mandates of KVK in this regard. Mrs Rani Devi, noted social worker of Darrang in her speech as guest of honour urged upon Women force to come forward for individual and social development. Distinguished guests Sri J. N. Hazarika, Sri N. Bora of DRDA, Darrang and Md. T. Hussain, SDAO, Mangaldai spoke on the occasion. In his presidential speech Dr. N. N. Pujari congratulated KVK and DRDA, Darrang for organizing the programme and expressed hope for a permanent solution of establishing the KVK, Darrang in a suitable site at the earliest. More than 100 participants of more than 30 Women SHGs have participated the programme.

The open session was ended by vote of thanks by Dr. D. Borthakur of KVK, Darrang followed by the training sessions where Mr. N. Bora of DRDA, Darrang, Ms. M. Bora of SATRA, NGO Sipajhar, Mr. S. Saharia of Mangaldai College, Mr. A. Kakoty of AGVN, Mangaldai, Mr. L. Das of NABARD, Darrang and Mr. N. H. Hazarika of Fishery Department, Darrang delivered their valuable lectures as resource person on various aspects of Women Empowerment.

In the valedictory session the Project Director of DRDA, Darrang Mr. Rakesh Kumar, IAS expressed satisfaction on the programme and in near future also he urged to have such programmes for the greater interest of the society. Three best Women SHGs of Darrang district for the year 2009-2010 were also felicitated in the valedictory function for their outstanding performances.

Murder convict escapes gallows

25 Dec 2015 - 3:24pm | AT News

After Mahendra Das, yet another murder convict has escaped the gallows much to the delight of the his delight.

He is none other than Holiram Bordoloi who got the court breather.   

The Gauhati High Court has commuted his death sentence to lifer ten years after he killed two of his brothers.

According to a statement, a division bench comprising Chief Justice (acting) T Vaiphei and Justice C R Sarma, in its judgment recently  commuted the death sentence of the murder convict to imprisonment for life.

The Morigaon sessions Judge, in case No.47(A) of 1999 convicted him in the gory offence under sections 147 (rioting)/148 (rioting with deadly weapons)/436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance)/326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt)/302 (murder) read with section 149 (unlawful assembly) of IPC and sentenced him to death.

The even the Supreme Court confirmed his death sentence vide order dated April 8, 2005.

Then  Holiram Bordoloi preferred mercy petitions on April 18, 2005 before the Governor and the President. But only to be rejected. 

Caught in uncertainty, Holiram moved the Gauhati High Court in 2014 for commutation of his death sentence saying on the ground of inordinate delay of about nine years and three months in disposal of his mercy petitions. Then the court gave that landmark judgment.