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Justice Ajay Lamba sworn in as Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court

Guwahati: Justice Ajay Lamba was sworn in as the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court today.

Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi administered him the oath of office at a solemn function in presence of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal held at Darbur Hall in Raj Bhavan.

The Governor administered him the oath of office under article 219 of the Constitution of India.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by judges of Gauhati HC, members from legal fraternity, Chief Secretary, Govt.of Assam Alok Kumar, DGP Kuladhar Saikia and other senior officials of the state govt.

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Dilip Nunisa caught smuggling rare reptile

15 Aug 2013 - 8:35am | AT News

Dilip Nunisa, former Chairman of the DHD (NUNISA), once a dreaded Militant organisation of Dima Hasao was caught in Guwahati on August 14, along with others in case of smuggling a rare reptile called the "TOKEY GECKO" lizard.

The former militant turned politician Nunisa was found carrying the TOKEY GECKO reptile in his car while on his way to Haflong, accompanied by his body guards. He was believed to be involved making deals for smuggling the reptile. In this connection a group of five people were caught, while one had managed to escape.

"This particular reptile is a threatened species and is being protected under wild life act. There are beliefs among people that medicines prepared form this reptile can cure aids and cancer, but however scientific research does not prove that", said L R Bishnoi, IGP, Central western Range, Assam Police.

Police also seized 15 numbers of mobile phones from the arrested persons. Police official says that such reptiles are being smuggled to South Chine, Mayanmar, from Assam, and also from Mizoram. "The domestic market price of this lizard is around Rs.40,000 to 50,000 and in the international markets the price is Rs. 2 to 4 lac" adds Bishnoi.

KMSS hits Guwahati streets

31 Jul 2014 - 4:21pm | AT News

Thousands of KMSS activists took to the streets in Guwahati on Thursday demanding roll back of the government move to change the categories of agricultural lands in to other categories which have been lying unused for over ten year

After ending their week long fast, the KMSS activists staged protest in front of the Kamrup( Metro) DC office in Guwahati against the move. They further threaten to launch a massive agitation if it fails to listen to them.

The government recently notified a provision to facilitate recent change in the categories of agricultural lands in to other categories which have been lying unused for over ten years.

Protest and uncertainties loom large on Copenhagen climate summit

18 Dec 2009 - 10:10pm | Nava Thakuria

Hectic negotiations among the climate negotiators from different countries, never ending protest and demonstrations carried out by various activists in the freezing cold winter and unbelievable busyness of the environment NGO workers and also the media persons inside and outside the historic Bella Center at the Danish capital remained some important highlights from the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009.

With formal negotiation process starting from December 7, the climate summit is going to culminate on December 19 though the probable outcome is yet to get assured as the divide between the developed (western) and developing (eastern) countries continues to hunt the organizers. The diverse and arrogant opinions from America, Australia with some other European nations and the subsequent counter attacks by the representatives from China and India were in the media headlines worldwide for the last one week.

The rich countries, who are responsible for the green house gas emission and that way for the global warming and climate change have expressed their readiness to reduce their carbon use. But at the same time, they want to force (or compel) the developing countries like India to reduce the use of carbon to a greater extent.

India on the other hand has made it clear that it will take its own actions to reduce the emission of green house gas and increase forestation throughout the country. India will not agree to a legally binding emission cut theory as it has many miles to for development in the coming days. While initial negotiations are supervising by the Indian environment minister Jairam Ramesh, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is arriving here today for final agreement on the deal.

At the same time, the poor countries like Bangladesh which are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change are demanding some bail out packages from the developed countries. The Bangla Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made a hint that she might raise voice for the space of climate refugees.

The heads of respective governments of India’s neighbours have already joined the crowd of delegates in the massive Bella Center. In fact, the final hours of the summit will witness the participation of the heads of state and governments from over 130 countries around the globe including the US President Barack Obama.

Amidst all the debates, the high level segment of the conference was inaugurated on Tuesday evening where the UN Secretary General Ban-ki-Moon addressed the gathering and appealed all the country heads and representatives to go for a comprehensive, ambitious and effective international climate change deal.

The UN chief, while urged the environment ministers from different countries to compromise in the final days of discussions as various factors already apprehended a failed summit in Denmark capital, concluded his remark with the positive note, “Our future begins today here in Copenhagen.” The highly anticipated

conference, which marks an historic turning point on the way the human population faces the impact of climate change that relates to the health, food production and prosperity of all the human beings, was also graced by the Prince Charles of Britain.

In his brief speech, the Prince of Wales advocated for a safer planet to our next generation and hence emphasized on an accepted and sustainable approach by all the concerned. The Prince termed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit as historic.

“I can only appeal to you to listen to the cries of those who are already suffering from the impact of climate change. The eyes of the world are upon you and it is no understatement to say that, with your signatures, you can write our future,” Prince Charles added. The distinguished gathering was also addressed by the Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen, who pointed out that the affect of climate change knows no boundaries and it does not discriminate one from another. “The magnitude of the challenge before us is to translate this political will into a strong political approach,” he concluded.

The Danish government expected around 15,000 delegates for the summit, but to their utter revelation, over 30,000 delegates including a huge number of journalists form both the print and visual media gathered here. Though it was a difficult and painful task for the organizers to get them registered promptly, they have however provided thousands of laptops with high speed internet connections. Many of the journalists even go on working whole night to make the coverage in details and also comprehensive in nature.