Three days after they were picked up in Bangladesh, top ULFA leaders Chitraban Hazarika and Sasha Chaudhury have been handed over to Assam police after a series of formalities both in Delhi and Dhaka. The ULFA top guns who were detained at Gakulnagar area across Indo-Bangla border in Tripura were handed over to the BSF before being whisked away to Silchar en ropute to New Delhi. Later they were taken back to Guwahati for more formalities.
Meanwhile, the family members of both the topguns are eagerly waiting to see them since they have been been able to see them for the last many years. According to sources, the entire sudden development is stage managed as ULFA is rapidly losing its strength forcing a section of them to join the pro truce faction led by Mrinal Hazarika. But the pro truce faction has yet to react.
The First North East Peoples’ Parliament hosted by Coalition for Indigenes’ Rights Campaign (CIRCA), Manipur, Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha (ASM) and Assam Meitei Apunba Lup (AMAL) has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. The Parliament was originally scheduled from 13 November to 15 November 2015 in Imphal. The Parliament will be rescheduled from 8 December to 10 December 2015 in Imphal. A committee has also been formed to facilitate the conduct of the Parliament. Somorendro Thokchom, Matiur Rahman and Wangkhemcha Saratchandra have been assigned as conveners. Ningthouja Lancha and Soubam Rajen have been assigned Coordinator and Finance In-charge respectively.
The First North East Peoples’ Parliament will be organized with avision to resolve all issues and threats faced by the indigenous people of the region. The Parliament envisions a common platform to protect and defend the distinct social, cultural, economic and political identities of the indigenes through a collective and unified effort in the line of United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP), 2007.
The Parliament will provide a common platform to share and exchange our views and ideas on the rights of the indigenes to govern ourselves in matters relating to our internal and local affairs an home rule so as to conserve our distinct political, legal, economic, social, and cultural institutions. This historical episode looks forward to bring together all the leaders and representatives of indigenous peoples of the North EastIndia in recognition of our historical connections and geo-political interdependence.
Yakaai Kongjang (Awakening Campaign) for the unity of all ethnic communities which has been carrying on by CIRCA, Manipur since 21 August 2015 in Manipur has been extended to other states of the North East Region of India in association with Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha (ASM) and Assam Meitei Apunba Lup (AMAL). During this campaign, the first ever North EastIndigenous Peoples’ Parliament 2015 (NIPP 2015) is to be jointly organized by the three organizations to resolve all issues and threats that challenge the survival of the indigenous peoples of the region.
Rokibul Hussain, forest, panchayat & rural development minister of Assam Govt. laid down the foundation stone of mass awaited multipurpose building of Nazira Anchalik Panchayat at Nazira Development Block campus, Chapangani, on July 8. Total project cost of the building is Rs.1.26 Crore, which will be provided by the Panchayat & Rural Dev. Department of Assam Government. This 3-stories multi purpose building will include one Conference Hall, one Vocational Training cum Multi purpose Hall, 8 nos. shops and one ATM counter for banking purpose etc. In this connection a public meeting was held wherw Hemoprova Saikia, chairperson of Assam Tourisim Corporation, Hemo Gogoi, chairman of Sivasagar Zilla Parishad, Debobrat Saikia , MLA of Nazira were also present alongwith other dignatories.
1st Assam International Agri-Horti Show 2014 will begin from Wednesday at Guwahati. Participants include the America, Italy, China, Myanmar, South Africa, the UK, Laos and Israel. "This is the largest conference cum exhibition in the agriculture and horticulture sector in the North East. It will showcase the strength of Assam in cultivation of different varieties of crops," said Agriculture Minister Nilamani Sen Deka. More than 5,000 farmers from different parts of the state to participate in the event.