The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is dividing the state BJP legislators much to the major embarrassment of the central leadership who are annoyed with the on going schemes of things.
According to what the sources say, party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav went tougher against the 6 party legislatures who spoke up against the controversial Bill that promises citizenship to non Muslim immigrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The senior party leaders rued that these legislators should have raised the issue inside the party floor before venting ire on camera which was contrary to the party’s discipline.
The central leadership are further disappointed with assembly Speaker Hiten Goswami who was second to make open comment against the Bill mooted by his own party. All they were warned of action if they refuses to go on the party line.
“The central leadership is very disappointed. But this is not right time for them to take action against them since the Lok Sabha polls are round the corner. Any strict action might trigger revolt and the party would have to pay heavy price in the long run,” said senior party leader.
Dispur MLA Atul Bora was the first to oppose the Bill from its inception. Then assembly Speaker Hiten Goswami aired his grievance to be followed by Sootea MLA Padma Hazarika. Then Lahwal MLA Rhituporna Barua talked to reporters against the Bill to be followed by Devananda Hazarika.
Sources more and more MLAs are going to vent ire against the Bill within the next week which could put Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in a fix.
A bird species, locally common in eastern Himalaya and overlooked till now, has been identified as a new species. A team of scientists from India, Sweden, China, US and Russia have described this species from northeastern India and adjacent parts of China as Himalayan Forest Thrush. This is the first Indian bird (Zoothera salimalii), which has been named after Late Dr Sálim Ali, who was closely associated with BNHS-India, including as a researcher, honorary secretary and finally as its president. The bird has been named after him in recognition of his huge contributions to the development of modern Indian ornithology and wildlife conservation.
New bird species are rarely discovered to science nowadays, when most natural habitats are shrinking. Since 2000, an average of five new species have been discovered globally every year, mostly from South America. Himalayan Forest Thrush is only the fourth new bird species described from India by modern ornithologist since independence. Commenting on the development, Dr Asad Rahmani, Senior Scientific Adviser and former Director, BNHS said, “It is a remarkable discovery and shows how much more we have to do in the field of ornithology in India. It also proves that northeastern India is a treasure trove of biodiversity that needs protection from the mega projects that are planned in Arunachal Pradesh without giving any attention to biodiversity conservation.”
The tale of discovery
Dr Per Alström and Shashank Dalvi first discovered the species in May-June 2009 while studying birds at high elevations in western Arunachal Pradesh. It was realized that instead of a single species - Plain-backed Thrush (Zoothera mollissima) – as believed till now, in reality there exist two different species in eastern Himalaya. Till now Himalayan Forest Thrush has been overlooked because of its close similarity in appearance to the Plain-based Thrush, now renamed as Alpine Thrush.
Studies of specimens in 15 museums across seven countries revealed consistent differences in plumage and structure in the birds from the above two populations. It was confirmed that the species - Himalayan Forest Thrust - found to be breeding in the coniferous and mixed forests of eastern Himalaya was not separately classified till now. What first caught the attention of the scientists was the fact that the ones found in forests (Himalayan Forest Thrush) had a rather musical song, whereas individuals found in the same region on bare rocky habitats above the tree-line (Alpine Thrush) had a much harsher, scratchier and unmusical song.
Further analyses of its plumage, structure, song, DNA and ecology throughout the range revealed that a third species was present in central China. While this population was already known, it was treated as a subspecies of Plain-backed Thrush. It is now called Sichuan Forest Thrush, which has an even more musical song than that of Himalayan Forest Thrush. A fourth species from China remains unnamed. Future field studies are required to confirm this.
Hundreds of vehicles destined to Guwahati and Goalpara as well as to Meghalaya were left stranded at Dudhnoi in Goalpara district along the National Highways 37 and 62 following road blockade n Wednesday by various students organisations led by All Rabha Students Union (ARSU) demanding immediate release of the two abducted teachers. Thousands of youths from All Rabha Students Union, district committee of AASU, Bengali Youth Federation, AKRSU, Gorkha Students Union, ABSU and many others blocked the roads at Dudhnoi Chariali for two hours from 11 am.
Meanwhile, Goalpara DC, Pritam Saikia and Goalpara SP Luis Aind, arrived at Dudhnoi and assured the agitators that the culprits behind the abduction of the two teachers would be nabbed within seven days. It may be noted here that two teachers, Kameswar Rabha and Sarit Rabha were kidnapped by suspected militant group. Later, while talking mediaperson, Tankeswar Rabha, president of ARSU, alleged that the district administration has failed in tracing the abducted duo due their negligence. He also said that if the two teachers were not rescued within the specified time given by the administration, more agitation programme would be carried out in coming days.
The entire Garo Hills region is soaked in festivities. Market is full of colourful lights, glazing stars and other decorative items. The mood is set right for the advent of yet another eventful Christmas.
People from different parts of Garo Hills are visiting markets in Tura to do their shopping. Tura Super Market is flooded with clothes and other items. Like many others, Dimre Sangma from Baghmara was seen buying the best of clothes and shoes available in Tura market. “I have purchased clothes, shoes for me and my relatives. Baghmara has less options, so we have come to Tura to get the best from here”, said Dimre Sangma.
Manikram, a shop owner in Super Market said, “We are doing brisk business but people are not willing to pay much”. The traffic woes have become unmanageable with administration making an additional parking space. The parade ground in fancy valley is being used to accommodate heavy rush. The traffic police department is seeing the affairs.
As always Cakes are highly in demand. Bakeries in Tura are putting an extra effort to cater to the demand. Some shops have imported cakes from Guwahati and West Bengal.
“Christmas without cakes has no meaning. We know that we have to give the best to the customers, so we are doing our bit to meet the demand”, said Lastbirth Marak, who deals with bakeries.
Localities in Tura are slowly getting decorated with lights. Ringrey, Araimile and Tura Bazaar have been lit up with colour lights and other decorative items.
The atmosphere in Tura is just ripe as people are eagerly waiting to celebrate Christmas with the true spirit of peace and giving.
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