Kokrajhar: Seven wage earners sustained injury when the mini truck on which they were travelling from Bilashipara in Dhuburi met with a mishap in Kokrajhar on Monday. The incident took place in the morning when the Kokrajhar bound vehicle bearing registration no. AS 18A-1526 met with the mishap near Shyamaguri forest on the MK Road. Injured were rushed to hospital.
According to police, the driver lost control over his vehicle amid fog before the mishap took place.
The Kamrup(rural) police have arrested three persons on Friday a day after the trio along with 4 others gangraped a woman in Rangiya after beating up her husband. According to police, Pankaj Das, Tilak Das and Nareshwar Das have been held in this connection while search operation is on to nab Sonmoni Das, Prabhat Das, Satish Das and Dipak Das.
The incident took place on Thursday night when 7 persons stormed into a house in Kekenikuchi where a newly-wed couple from Baska stayed for the night. They assaulted the husband and took away the woman to a nearby jungle to be gang raped.
Hours after the FIR was filed, Kamrup (rural) police nabbed three of the gang. The four others who have been absconding are expected to be arrested shortly. The injured woman is battling for life at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital.
There still exists a place in Mariani, Assam, a quite unknown to the world. Its known as the Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, formerly called Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary or Hollongapar Reserve Forest. It is an isolated man-made evergreen forest located in Hoollongapar, Mariani extending as far as the foothills of the Patkai mountain range. The sanctuary was formed by the British in 188, but later on 30th July, 1997, the Government of Assam changed it into a Wildlife Sanctuary vide notification no. FRS 37/97/31 and was subsequently renamed it as the Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary covers about 20.98 sq. km in area. The forest has been fragmented and is surrounded by tea gardens like Chenijan, Koliapani, Meleng including human habitats. Madhpur, Lakhipur, Rampur, Velleoguri are the neighbouring villages.
Hoollongapar Sanctuary contains India's only ape family - the Hoolock Gibbon, numbering about 106. Other primates in the sanctuary include the Stump-tailed Macaque (Henduri Bandor in Assamese) which are some 233 in number, the Pig-tailed Macaque which are left with a population of 75 only, the Capped Langur with just 162, 174 Rhesus Macaques, and the Slow Loris (Lajuki Bandor) whose estimation is yet to be made.
Beat Officer Deepak BordoloiThe Beat Officer is the Officer in charge of the Sanctuary accompanied by 24 other staff members. The guards patrol the reserve 24x7, and check posts are maintained in all four directions. Visitors are never sent alone while exploring the forest, and are always accompanied by the forest guards for safety. Mr. Deepak Bordoloi is presently posted as the Beat Officer of Hoollongapar Sanctuary. The working staff has so far had no special training to look after these rare species.
Gibbons usually never stray and are therefore not a threat to human habitats and no special method is required to contain them. Gibbons stay within their own territories and any kind of disturbance from other primates leads to fights. A unique thing about gibbons is that they choose mates from outside their immediate family.
Dr. Narayan Sharma is a primatologist from National Institute of Advanced Studies associated with the sanctuary and Dr. Dilip Shetty is another researcher who completed his post doctorate studing the sanctuary itself. The sanctuary so far has received no foreign funds.
The vegetation at the Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary is evergreen in nature and comprise a variety of canopies. The upper canopy consists of trees which have straight trunks like Sam, Amari, Sopas, Bhelu, Udal and Hingori. Nahar trees dominate the middle canopy with its branches spreading and casting their shade over areas like Bandordima, Dhuna, Bhomora, Ful Gomari Bonbogi and others. A variety of the evergreen shrubs make up for the lower canopy and the ground layers. Some of them are Dolu Bamboo, Bojal Bamboo, Jengu, Jati Bet, Houka Bet, Tora, Kaupat and Sorat.
The main concern in the reserve is that the habitat is being threatened by illegal trees felling encroachment by human settlements and habitat fragmentation. Collection of large quantities of leaves and grasses from the forest bed to feed cattle poses interferences.The tea gardens are used by elephants as a corridor to Nagaland, making them vulnerable to frequent poaching. Railway lines further divide the park, stranding a single group of gibbons in a small fragment of the sanctuary.
A seminar on “Krishak- Nursery Samadhaan ( Farmer- Nursery Solutions)” is being held at Farmers Training Centre, Guwahat, on October 13-14. The programme is organised by Institute of Horticulture Technology and and Assam Agricultural University, with support of Department of Horticulture and Food Processing, Assam; Institute of Bioresources & Sustainable Development, Imphal and Coconut Development Board. The seminar is organised to acquaint the farmers, extension officials and entrepreneurs with the benefits of new technologies, how it is going to enhance the productivity and profitability in horticulture.
Additional Chief Secretary & Agriculture Production Commissioner Shri K K Mittal inaugurated the 2-days long seminar on Friday. Mittal appealed the farmers to adopt scientific technology in horticultural farming for doubling the farmers income.
The event is expected to draw about sector specific attendees that include Farmers, Central/ State Governments officers, Horticulturists, present and prospective Entrepreneurs, Nurserymen & Gardeners etc. The seminar will provide a forum to exchange experiences, best practices, and ideas related to current and emerging issues associated with nursery production. This seminar will make participants aware of the changing scenario and technological advancements that has led to quality nursery production of fruits, vegetables, ornamental, medicinal and aromatic and forest plants in sizable quantities.