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ULFA killed in encounter at Sivasagar

One ULFA cadre Hemo Gogoi @ Chintu Borgohain, resident of Majuli, Jorhat district, died in an encounter with Army 316 regiment. This incident took place at around 6:45 pm today at Ajanti Ghat, Sivasagar. Army recovered 2 Chinese grenades, some detonators, IED explosives, and some extortion notes.

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Role of AASU in Assam

28 Jun 2007 - 5:03am | editor
The All Assam Student’s Union (AASU) is a mouthpiece of the people of Assam. Since its inception the AASU has been fighting for the cause of Assam and making its presence felt politically in the entire nation. After the anti foreigner’s movement in Assam which was triggered off by infiltration of Bangladeshis from the border areas, a fear psychosis among the Assamese of losing their identities and cultural bondings led to the formation of AASU. The students of Assam united to form the AASU and lead the people of Assam in their struggle for protecting their identity. It resulted in the signing of the Assam accord. Though the AASU has undergone many splits and various other student organizations like Tai Ahom Students Union, All Bodo Student’s Union (ABSU) have come into existence, the AASU is still following the chosen path of being with the people of Assam and respecting the peoples’ democratic ideals. Though now its role has become even more manifolds with Assam facing newer challenges but the AASU still holds a beacon to the Assamese community during thick and thin high and low.

The AASU raises its voice every time it feels Assam is threatened by external or internal factors. Whether it is urging the central government to implement the Assam Accord, evict illegal Bangladeshis to save Assam or to protest for any injustice to its people, the AASU is the voice of Assam. It has also taken upon itself to uphold the Assamese culture and tradition and is working with the state and central government to maintain peace and unity in the state.

However it should be more vocal regarding the mayhem unfolded by extremists groups which has resulted in the loss of life of many innocent Assamese as well as Hindi speaking people. Instead of calling for bandhs to protest against issues it can resort to protest marches, dharnas etc for then people take notice of the cause behind the protests whereas bandhs not only effect the daily wage earners it also fails to register itself in the minds of the people as it becomes just another holiday for them. Bandhs also affect the state’s economy and slows down the development process of the state.

Moreover, women representation in AASU is quite negligible therefore it should take measures to ensure equal representation of female members by encouraging them.

The AASU being a student’s body has an important role to play in the lives of the student community therefore it should lead by example. It has done commendable work by recently felicitating meritorious student and therefore inspired them to achieve nobler goals.

The people of Assam have found a mouthpiece in the AASU and the future of Assam depends on these students who would carry forward the heritage of Assam by righteous means.

- Rituparna Goswami Pandey

Job generating industries

21 Sep 2015 - 8:47am | AT News

In a major boost on the industrial front, an Assam government panel on Sunday has cleared two projects which would generate more direct and indirect jobs for many unemployed youths.

Chaired by chief minister Tarun Gogoi, the meeting in Guwahati, the meeting gave green signal for Ajanta Pharma Ltd. To set up a pharmaceuticals manufacturing factory in Chaygaon, Palasbari areas in Kamrup district. The Rs.177.67 crore project, if set up, would generate over 800 jobs apart from many other opportunities.

Other projects include a kraft paper manufacturing unit at Kamalpur in the same district. M/s Ecotech Papers will set up the industry with an investment of Rs.140.19 crore.

This is apart from M/s North East Nutrients Pvt. Limited which would set up a biscuits factory at Ramhari village in Darrang to provide jobs for atleast 1000 people.

Industry minister Basanta Das, additional Chief Secretaries, R.T.Jindal, Subhash Das, K.V. Eapen, Davinder Kumar and other senior officials were present in the meeting.

Flood fury remains unchanged: toll 3

23 Sep 2012 - 4:17am | editor

The overall flood scene remains unchanged on Saturday. Fresh rains wreaked havoc in the form of flood inundating several villages in Dhemaji, Lakhmpur, Jorhat, Nagaon, Kamrup, Barpeta and Nagaon districts. Although there was no report of loss of life. District administrations rescued many affected people to higher ground. An alert has been sounded in Majuli, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Sivasagar. The government has announced measures to provide relief to the affected people and instructed the deputy commissioners of districts accordingly.