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Driver dead in jumbo attack

TANGLA: The undying man elephant conflict has claimed yet another person in Udalguri along the  Indo-Bhutan border.
Apart from unleashing a reign of terror, a herd of wild  jumbos   trampled to death a villager at Rajgarh on Thursday wee hours.

According to report, the jumbos who stormed into the rented house of Dilip Boro and dragged him out and trampled to death. Dilip’s friend, who was with him managed to escape the danger. But he sustained grave injury. Both they were drivers by profession. He is battle to survive in the GMCH.
Then hundreds of local residents thronged the spot and blamed the forest officers alleging that despite repeated request the authority has done precious little.
Senior police officers and forest officials pacified the agitated people and sent the body for post mortem. In Udalguri district alone, seven people lost their lives in the name of the man elephant conflict.

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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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Environmental NGOs suggest measure for wildlife protection

18 Apr 2013 - 12:36am | Jayanta Kumar Das

In view of the worsening scenario vis-à-vis rhino poaching in the State, the Assam Environmental NGO Forum has recommended a number of measures to the forest department and the Kaziranga National Park authorities to ensure wildlife protection. The recommendations were presented at the invitation of Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain at a meeting at the Assam State Zoo recently.The core committee members of the forum headed by its Coordinator Mubina Akhtar (Green Reporter) and members namely-Jayanta Kumar Das (Green Society, Udalguri), Dr.Bibhuti Lahkar (Aranyak),Raj Phukan (Green Guard)etc joined the Ministers meet which was also attended by Principal Secretary,Forest,Assam and Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife ) etc.

"There is a lack of good relationship between the KNP authorities and the local communities in and around the park. This results in less community support in park management besides seriously hindering intelligence gathering. The forest department needs to build a good relationship with the fringe people with regular interactions, engaging them more often in the projects concerning KNP as well as minimizing the conflicts with them,” the Forum noted.

Underscoring the need to impart knowledge/practical training about KNP to the staff, the Forum said that the newly recruited forest guards, although well-equipped, find it hard to adjust in the difficult terrains without proper knowledge about the park.

"They need proper grooming as well as motivation and dedication to wildlife protection. Training of these new recruits is a must before their posting in KNP. Eligible casual workers also need to be appointed as frontline staff,” it suggested, adding that for enhancing local participation in park protection, local eligible youths should be employed as front line staff. Regular river patrolling, especially along the vulnerable stretches, was cited as another crucial area for wildlife protection in Kaziranga.

Expressing concern over the new settlements and tourist facilities, including dhabas and resorts coming up in the Haladhibari and Panbari animal corridors, the Forum said that the government must shift the barriers for facilitating unhindered movement of wildlife. Calling for ensuring strict accountability, the Forum noted that there was no accountability mechanism in the KNP management authority for any rhino poaching incidents.

Taking adequate precautionary measures against flood, greater public and local NGO involvement, adoption of new anti-poaching technology, coordination with the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council as most flood-affected animals migrate to Karbi hills during floods and lots of poaching incidents invariably follow were some other measures recommended.

The forum also raised the matter of suspension of appointments of ACF and Rangers in Assam since 1987.The forum said that the suspension of appointments of ACF and Rangers in the state has caused serious set back to forest department in Assam. Low ranking untrained forest officials have been promoted to ACF and Rangers. The Forum requested the Minister to do the needful urgently.

NHPC trailer in Nagaon

18 Feb 2014 - 10:55pm | AT News

The huge trailer carrying equipment for big dams in Gerukamukh has halted for the day in Nagaon on Tuesday.

Amid tight security, the trailer entered into the NHPC godwoon in the afternoon in the face of stiff protest by KMSS. The trailer crossed Guwahati on Monday night.

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12 Nov 2017 - 10:06pm | Nikhil Mundra

Railway Minister Rajen Gohain unveiled the foundation stone for a mini-hockey stadium at Deshbandhu Vidyapith Girls' High School field in Hojai on Sunday.

In a brief meeting, Gohain said,”Our Children's have many hidden talents, this mini-hockey stadium will be very helpful in bringing up some of those, from this region."

Mukesh Agarwala, Assistant Director General of Police said," A mini-hockey stadium in hojai is a good news for all the sports lovers of the district."

He further said,,"National Sub-Junior Hockey tournament in Hojai is going to be organised on January 2018 which is again a good news, If the ambition are directed by the hockey federation like this in right direction, then the name of Hojai will be recognised one day in the nation."

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“We have requested the minister for making an arrangement for the stoppage of Nagaland Express(Train No 15669/15670) or a new Demu train at Jamnamukh and Kampur railway stations for the convenience of daily commuters mainly college students and Govt. employees.",said Mritunjay Ray, a teacher.