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Govt in Catch-22 over secret killing report

Stunned by the High Court directives on the secret killing reports, Dispur is holding talks with legal experts to tide over the Catch-22 situation and to ensure a hassle-free proceeding for Thursday’s Assembly session.

According to information, the Assam government finds it difficult to table the Justice K N Saikia Commission report on the floor of the House along with the Justice J N Sarma Commission report which was rejected by the Tarun Gogoi government in its previous regime.

“If an acceptable legal option fails to come up on Wednesday evening, the government will not be able to table the report on secret killings during the Mahanta regime. Submission of the Justice J N Sarma Commission report along with the Action Taken Report as per the court directives is not very easy right now,” say sources here.

The entire development came up when a division bench of Gauhati High took up a write petition by former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta challenging the Justice K N Saikia report.

The “rejected” Justice N Sarma Commission report virtually gave clean chit to Mr Mahanta but it failed to indict the main culprits behind the extra judicial killings during the AGP-led fourt party alliance government.

The court, however, rejected Mr Mahanta’s plea to reject the findings of the Saikia Commission report but observed that if the petitioner was not happy with the commission, he could approach the appropriate forum for redressal.

Notably, the government was getting ready to table the Saikia Commission report on Thursday.

Recently, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi observed that he found it horrifying while he was going through the report. He maintained that without the knowledge of the man in power, these killings could not have taken place.

Talking talking to reporters former Chief Minister, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta came down heavily on Mr Gogoi and charged him with violating the spirit behind the inquiry by making the findings public.
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Melting Jima Yangzong threatens downstream people

28 Oct 2011 - 2:22am | editor

Zima Yangzong glacier the prime source of the Brahmaputra (or Tsangpo) is retreating like some other Himalayan glaciers attributed to the global warming. Chinese expert on Himalayan Mountain and Tsangpo Dr. Yang Yong said during an interview in Kathmandu (Nepal) last week. He said that if global warming continues at current rate the glacier as well as other glaciers in that same height will disappear within few decades and the river which is called Yarlung Zangbo in China will be a seasonal river. There would be no water or might be a lean water flow during the winter. According to UN climate-change experts, the melting of Himalayan glaciers threatens 1.3 billion Asians. Over a billion people in Asia depend on Himalayan glaciers for water, but experts say they are rapidly melting, thereby threatening to bring drought and disease to large swathes of the continent. It is matter of grave concern that almost 1000 sq km area of Himalayan glaciers have disappeared from total area of about 5000 sq km.

Dr. Yong, a scientist from Hengduan Mountain Research Institute and Deputy Director of Expert Committee of China Foundation for Desertification Control revealed that the original area of Jima Yangzong has been decreased substantially within last few years . The upper glaciers of the Himalayas are still stronger unlike the lower glaciers which are creating glacial lakes and Chinese experts finds in an spot survey that the Zima Yangzong is no exception at almost 5500 meter altitude. It is feared that if the glacier melt continues the glaciers will decrease in near future and it is almost sure when Jima Yangzong will be finished there will no substantial amount of water in Tsangpo. According to Dr. Yong there are two other glaciers linked with the Tsangpo as source of water and they are also melting and retreating fast like Jima Yangzong. It is to be noted that the Himalayan region is warming about three times the global average with temperature increase of average 0.3 degree C measured for the past half century.

Glacier melting and glacial lakes appears as a great threat to the source areas of the Tsangpo in Tibet in China. When lake water swells Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) carries moraines to the lower part of the river and the river bed becomes shallow. Stone, mud and sand covers a vast area along the river. Moreover the areas covered by moraine and sand along the river in Tibet expanding every year. This growing desertification becomes a great threat to the ecosystem in Tibet. It is assumed that moraine carried by water may create problems in dam in Tibet., Dr Yong added. Replying to a question he revealed that desertification already started in the source of many rivers including Tsangpo the sand carried by the Tsangpo has turned many areas sandy along its downstream stretch. The river has also become shallow and narrower at some stretch due to climate change.

Rapid melting of the glaciers in the Himalayan region will fast increase the volumes of water in rivers, causing widespread flooding. Then in a few decades this situation will change and the water level in rivers will decline, meaning massive eco and environment problems for people in western China, Nepal and Northern India. These symptoms are already seen in the river (Brahmaputra) vividly. Experts say the effects of global warming are already being felt in the region.

The Nepal-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), which has conducted research on Himalayan glaciers for 30 years, warns of an urgent need for more research on the impact of climate change. Most experts accept that temperatures are changing, and this is happening more rapidly at altitudes. Current trends in glacial melt suggest flows in major Asian rivers will be substantially reduced in coming decades.

Pension Adalot at Udalguri

17 Nov 2014 - 8:17am | Jayanta Kumar Das

A pension Adalot was held at Deputy Commissioners Conference Hall at Udalguri on November 13 to settle long pending pension cases of the district.The Adalot was chaired by Mahtabuddin Ahmed,Commissioner and Secretary, Pension and Public Grievances Department of Assam.Out of 37 pending cases 32 long pending cases were settled to much delight of the pensioners of the district.All the cases were settled under Direcorate of Pension,Assam while two cases were settled under Accountant General of Assam office. Sadhana Hojai,Deputy Commissioner,Udalguri formally inaugurated the Pension Adalot at 11 am which was also attended by Podumi Gogoi,Director, Pension, Assam; Farida Samsul,Deputy Secretary,Pension and Public Grievances; L Pegu, Deputy Accountant General, Assam; P Kalita,Joint Secretary,Judicial Department, Assam; Dibakor Doley,ADC,Udalguri;Richand Ahmed, SDO (civil), Udalguri beside other high ranking officials of Asam and Udalguri.

In his concluding speech Mahtabuddin Ahmed requested all officials to settle all pension related cases immediately. He thanked Udalguri district administration for offering help to settle 32 long pending pension cases of the district.He also said that a few cases couldnot be settled as the pensioners could not submit proper documents in time.It needs mention that another 45 pension cases of the district had alreadybeen settled before the Adalot. 


Media clinic concluded at press club

19 May 2019 - 5:25pm | AT News

Guwahati: Down Town Hospital, northeast India’s pioneer healthcare institute, conducted a free hemoglobin screening camp at Guwahati Press Club on 18 May 2019, where the participants also got the opportunity to consult with experienced doctors.

Organized under the series of media OPD (out-patient department) clinics at the press club premises, the camp was graced by Dr Hrishikesh Bora, Dr Gaurav Kedia and Dr Rohini Kumari.

Ideally, the hemoglobin test measures the amount of hemoglobin (Hb or Hgb), which is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to various organs & tissues and also transports carbon dioxide back to the lungs. If the hemoglobin level is lower than normal, the person may have anemia. On the other hand, if it is higher than normal level, that person should also consult with the doctors.

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