Slogans against the Brahmaputra Board roared in the city roads when the activists of Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad taken out a huge protest rally as the Board fails to take appropriate steps towards protecting Majuli from erosion and possible extnction. The student Parishad urges the State Government to maintain a fair policy to save Asia's biggest river island Majuli where half of the soil is under water due to the havoc flood this time. The activists symbolize the Board as a "White Elephant" as it has only reached the status of a department of no use. They took out the mock rally with a replica white elephant and ended it with throwing to the river for its funeral.
30,000 people have been displaced after floodwaters entered 20 villages in Majuli. Majuli, with a population of about 150,000 people, once covered a calm and prosperous 1,500 sq km that was dotted with Hindu monasteries. So intense was the erosion that Majuli was reduced to a quarter of its size and became prone to extensive flooding.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh a day after the PMO called up Dr Hiren Gohain who is leading a group of peace brokers in Assam. Talking to reporters in Delhi, Gogoi said Dr Singh as not aware of Dr Gohain's Fax message seeking an appointment with him. He hoped that Dr Gohain and his associates would soon be able to hold meet with the prime minister. his was followed by Gogoi's meet with Union water resources development minister Pawn Kuma Bansal.
The development came two days after the Chief Minister announced that he has as in touch with a ULFA top leader who wants to hold talk.
Freedom fighter, president of Nazira District Freedom Fighters Association and veteran Congressleader Subha Gogoi breathed his last at his residence at Mazenga on Thursday. He was 95 and survived by his wife and three sons.
MLA of Nazira Debobrate Saikia, ex. Minister Hemoprobha Saikia, ex. MP Durpad Borgohain and several organisations condoled in his death.
TEZPUR: Despite a stepped up vigil smuggling of forest resources refuses to die down along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. The safe transit route, these days, is the Bhalukpung area where these resources in question are brought to Assam even with support from a section a section of police and forest officials.
A joint team of Dhekiajuli forest department and police intercepted a huge consignment of illegal wood logs worth over ₹ 6 lakh in Kalamati on Wednesday.
According to information loaded in six trucks, these were brought from Arunachal Pradesh to Sonitpur district through Bhalukpung to be intercepted by a team of forest department led by ranger Prabhat Sarma with the help of police.
Police further seized a bolero pick up van used by the smugglers.
The entire smuggling network is expected to surface since the police investigation is going on.
The smugglers were believed to have managed a section of forest officials and police deployed in the check gates in between Arunachal Pradesh to Dhekiajuli in Assam.