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35 militants surrender before Gogoi

Altogether 35 militants laid down their arms before Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at a function in Tezpur on Saturday.
Twenty seven of them were from the Karbi Peoples' Liberation Tigers (KPLT), six belonged to the National Democratic Front of Bodoland and two from ULFA. They further handed over a large number of arms and ammunition on Saturday.

Among those who laid down arms were KLPT's self-styled Foreign Secretary Moniram Rongpi and self-styled Defence Secretary Ramling Ranghang. Besides Gogoi, Assam Planning Minister Tanka Bahadur Rai, state assembly Deputy Speaker Bhimananda Tanti and General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Army's Four Corp, Lt Gen Shakti Gurung were also present on the occasion.

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Workshop on 'Media and Environment' at Nameri

23 Jul 2013 - 8:47pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

Assam (Bhoreli) Angling and Conservation Association organised a state level workshop on media and environment on July 20 at Nameri Eco Camp. Media persons belonging to both leading print and electronic from Guwahati,Tezpur,Udalguri etc participated in the day long programme. The morning session with the topic “Responsibility of the Media in Conservation” was inaugurated by KK Bhattacharjee,Hony,Secretary, A(B)ACA and was conducted by its executive member Naomi Agarwalla. Green Reporter, Mubina Akhtar attended the workshop as the co-ordinator.

On the occasion she stressed the need for creating awareness among common people living in the areas where bio-diversity had suffered most. She also requested fellow journalists to highlight environmental issues with priority. Nature loving civil service officer Dr. Anowaruddin Choudhuri; Dr. Arupjyoti Saikia of IIT, Guwahati also addressed media persons present. Second session with the topic “Medias role in upholding Nameris Natural Heritage” was also presented by Naomi Agarwalla. Retd Conservator RC Bhattarcharjee; Dr. Gautam Narayan, Project Director, Pigmy Hog Conservation Programme; Dr. Asaha Lata Devi,Deptt of Environment Science, Tezpur University and Dr. Gaurangi Maitra (freelance writer) participating in the discussion expressed their views on the conservation activities to be taken for protecting flora and fauna of Assam and NE with special reference to Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary, Balipara Reserve Forest etc. Col.A Sarma, Commanding Officer,Eco Task Force of Indian Army also shared views with media fraternities present. Debojit Sarma, Hony Treasurer, A(B)ACA, offered vote of thanks at the end. The participants were taken to Pigmy Hog Conservation Programme attached to Eco Camp site for on spot study of of the endangered species.

It needs mention that Eco Camp,Nameri has been guiding nature loving people around the globe to venture into Nameri National Park for years and has been well-marked as a getaway for nature lovers and bird watchers. Bird watchers can watch 370 species of birds in the park.Besides the Eco Camp offers facilities like rafting down the Jia Bhorolu river.

Anjan Dutta’s demise jolts Assam Congress

Anjan Dutta: April 13, 1952 - June 16, 2016
16 Jun 2016 - 2:52pm | Ahmed Mohiuddin Siddiqui

The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Anjan Dutta breathed his last at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Thursday. He died due to cardiac failure. He was undergoing treatment at the Department of Pulmonary Sciences. The Congress President Sonia Gandhi and other senior party leaders have condoled the untimely demise of the popular leader from Assam.

Anjan Dutta was born on 13 April 1952 in the Sibsagar district of Assam. As a minister of transport, Dutta revived the almost defunct and dying Assam State Transport. He had received great accolades far and wide for doing so. As an industry minister, Anjan Dutta brought life and vigour in the Assam Tea Corporation. He set benchmarks for his colleagues and other ministers. Anjan Dutta was married to Ananya Dutta . The couple is blessed with three daughters including Ankita Dutta, who unsuccessfully contested the recently held Assembly elections in Assam.

He represented the Amguri constituency from 1991–96, from 2001-2006 and again in 2011 till 2016. He also served as the chairman of the Employment Review Committee of Assam Legislative Agency. Dutta also served as a member of the Assam Agricultural University. He was in the State Cabinet in November, 1992 till May 1996 He held the  portfolio of  Minister of State (Ind) Town and Country Planning Public Enterprises, Irrigation & Hydro-Carbon Development, Assam. In 2001, he was elected MLA from 103, Amguri LAC for the second term. For the second term, when he joined in the council of ministers in 2001, Dutta was  Minister Transport, MAD, GOD, Industry and commerce & Public Enterprises etc. and worked in this position till 2006.

Anjan Dutta was an avid reader. He contributed write-ups and news stories in various newspapers and magazines. He was the Editor of his monthly magazine Mahekiya Anubhuti. His political and literary shades enriched the Assamese life. He will be missed by the Assamese for a long time.

The Congress party in Assam was jolted by Anjan Dutta’s demise. At a personal level, it was a great loss for former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi as he lost a trusted colleague. The loss of power in the Assembly elections and the passing away of a senior leader Anjan Dutta has come probably too soon for the Assam Congress. The mantle of Assam Congress Chief will hopefully pass on to an able and deserving leader who can resurrect the fortunes of Congress before 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Miscreants held with arms in Udalguri

11 Jun 2017 - 7:28pm | AT Staff Reporter

On the basis of secret information a police team led by surjakanto Morang DSP (P) arrested two extortionist yesterday evening on June 10 from Shillongkhuti under Mazbat police station.The apprehended persons are- Birsila Basumatary,son of Roshen Basumatary of village No 2 Merabil in Udalguri and Gumdam Basumatary, son of late Anand Basumatary of village Solomari under Mazbat police station.Rajveer Singh,SP,Udalguri told this correspondent that they had given extortion call to the headmaster of Shillongkhuti HS and demanded an amount of rupees fifty thousands from the HM.There were more victims about whom details were being verified.

A case has been registered at Mazbat police station.The SP also said that police had recovered a hand made pistol and two rounds of ammunition from a tempo Reg.No 27 C 2636 at Kathalguri under Udalguri police station.