Guwahati: Fani, neither the name of a lady nor a snake struck Odisha leaving a trail of devastation in the form of a storm and rains before it entered the north eastern region with relentless rains.
Originated in the Bay of Bengal at the coastal areas of Puri, it swept across Bangladesh leaving mile impact in the north east where incessant rains continue to wreak havoc in many parts of the region.
Guwahati, the capital city of Assam remained in a zone of darkness amid heavy downpour that disrupted electricity and Telecom network where the denizens are being trapped on Saturday.
Many roads and lands have been submerged by rainwaters forcing the people to remain confined to their houses.
The general budget has hardly anything for Assam and its other north eastern states. Industry chambers of the NE have termed the union Budget presented by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today as a 'stereotype' with nothing specific in it for the region.
FINER said the decision to increase service tax and lack of stimulus for the industry would curb weak growth. FINER Chairman R S Joshi said that there were no measures in the budget to revive industry. Instead standard excise duty has been hiked.
National Federation of Newspaper Employees has expressed shock at the incident of assault on two women journalists of Arunachal Pradesh and condemned the incident. The national organization of media persons also extends moral support to the ongoing agitating programmes of local journalists against the authority for its failure to nab the culprits even after four days of the incident, stated in a release issued by Nava Thakuria, zonal secretary, NFNE.
It may be mentioned that the entire press fraternity of the State has come out strongly against the assault and demanded to book the culprits. They have dressed in black and demonstrated in front of Capital Complex DC’s office Thursday morning.
“On December 12, Appu Gapak and Nyapi Bomjen of ‘The Sentinel Arunachal’ were assaulted while they were on duty. Irked at the repeated assault and lack of action by the concerned authorities, the journalists had launched a series of democratic protests including boycott of all State government related news reports,” stated in a report of a local newspaper.
The journalists have meanwhile threatened to go for ‘pen down protest’ from tomorrow (December 18) until the culprits are arrested and punished under the law.
Assam: The Accord, The Discord – Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty