Army topguns are drawing up a set of massive strategies to make its crackdown against United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) more effective even as several top cadres are all set to surrender.
Chief of Army Staff Deepak Kapoor hold a series of meeting with top ranked security officials at the 4 Corps headquarters in Tezpur on Wednesday and Thursday and reviews the operations against the proscribed outfit in the state.
Several crucial issues relating to the offensive against the militant outfit came up for discussion and he instructed his senior officials to make the operation more elaborate and effective.
General Kapoor further visited the Indo-China border areas in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday and assesses the situation prevailing in the area.
Addressing a press conference in Tezpur on Thursday, Kapoor says insurgency always stymies the process of development and therefore he advocates operations against the ULFA.
On the other hand, after the surrender of Pranjal Saikia at Dinjan Army camp on Wednesday several topguns with the ULFA’s 28th Battalion are in touch with the police for surrender. These include the crack unit’s finance secretary Ujjal Gohain.
In yet another development, intelligence agencies have intercepted some messages from ULFA containing instructions to launch offensive the Hindi-speaking people.
Indian Air Force jawans are fanning in a huge area covering Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in search of the Sukhoi jet fighter which has been remaining traceless for the last 24 hours.
Apart from AIF, army chopper been deployed in the search operation where the rescuers have been concentrating on Dubia area in Biswanath bordering West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh where the fighter jet with two pilots is believed to have crash landed.
According to the sources, the incident might have taken place at an inaccessable hilly terrain where the weather was inclement on Tuesday.
The fighter jet took off on a routine sortie at 10.30 from Salonibari airport which lost contact from 11.10 in the morning from Dubia area near Gohpur.
International Worker’s Day was also observed on Monday at Tangla commercial hub of Udalguri district on Monday. The programme was organised by Centre for Indian Trade Unions(CITU) at Bordoloi Bhawan of Tangla which was participated by men and women alike from different corners of the district.Nurul Amin President of All Assam Nirman Shramik Union(AANSU) Udalguri district unit hoisted organisational flag which was followed by floral tribute to martyrs. A rally was also taken out throughout the town were men and women numbering no less than 400 holding red flags and shouting slogans 'We are united' 'Stop expoliting labours' hit the streets.A general meeting was also held at Bordoloi Bhawan hall were Rinku Baruah Secretary of AANSU district unit called on the working class to stay united to fightagainst the onslaught of pro-capitalist governments both at the Centre and the State."The working class are a important resource of the country. The development of a country depends on us. ", Baruah added.Nurul Amin President of AANSU district unit observed that since generations the working class have been deprived of due right,expolited by the elite class."The hopes and aspirations of labours have been shattered as the saffron party has been adopting pro-corporate laws detrimental to the working class "alleged Nurul Amin.Amin.He further stated that the wages of labour are not uniform while in Kerala ,Karnataka a wage earner earns Rs.800-900 and ANM workers receive honourarium of Rs.10-12 K. In Assam a wage earner barely manages to earn Rs.200-300 and ANM workers receive as low as 3 K."The wages have not been in sync with price upsurge of essential commodities. "Amin added.
Close on the heels of making ‘Grief on a Sunday Morning’ last year, independent filmmaker Shankar Borua has just announced his new film titled ‘The Curiosity Shop’. To be filmed entirely in Guwahati (Assam) this summer (June-July 2016), it is based on an original story and screenplay by Borua himself.
Talking about his new film, Shankar Borua said: “The Curiosity Shop is an urban tale, both bright and bleak, set in contemporary Guwahati. It is an expansive narrative about the capacities of human beings to be both brutally evil and sublimely kind. In the midst of naiveté and childhood innocence lurks dark deeds of deviousness and unspeakable brutality. A book store called 'The Curiosity Shop', where a lot of the drama unfolds, is the metaphorical theater where these two worlds collide.”
In addition to seasoned theatre actors Anupjyoti Choudhury and Krishna Sharma as well as debutants Samrat Bora, Ribhu Ranjan Baruah and Satya Doley, the film’s cast includes the usual suspects from Grief on a Sunday Morning - Upamanyu Boruwa (who has recently also been cast in Sange Dorjee's new film ‘River Song’), Prasant Saikia, and Lakhinandan Boruah. Adrita Priyam, daughter of well-known actor Bhagawat Pritam, is the child actor in the film.
The crew includes director of photography Prayash Sharma Tamuly, editor and di colorist Ratan Sil Sarma, art director Anup Hazarika, sound designer Debajit Gayan, unit production manager Manoj Mishra, and assistant directors Lakhinandan Boruah and Diganta Konwar.
‘The Curiosity Shop’ is presented by Mimir's Spring in association with The Assam Motion Picture Company.