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Feasting fest: Magh Bihu

Bhogali Bihu begins on Monday. The stage is all set to celebrate the much vaunted event across the state. The day long festival slated for Tuesday begins with feasting and merriment on Monday evening.
People of all ages, of all walks of life are gearing up to celebrate the bihu with traditional pomp and gaiety. Despite price hike shops and markets are teeming with customers.
Chief minister Tarun Gogoi had his Urukua shopping in the Beltola market on Sunday. Talking to reporters he admitted that price hike make it difficult for the common people to afford everything.
Bihu preparations seem to have reached the final stage with only a few hours left for the festival. Bhelaghars of different types made of straw and stubble across the state are ready for the Uruka night on Monday where the people would hold feast in the evening. Similarly wooden majis are being erected in the public places to be set afire in the name of worship of the firegod on Tuesday morning.
Cultural functions and fairs are lined up for the bihu. Chief minister Tarun Gogoi has wished the people a happy bhogali bihu. Assamtimes family is also gearing up to celebrate the bihu at its headquarters in Guwahati. The news portal further wishes its correspondents, stringers, columnists and well wishers a happy Magh bihu.
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12th SAG Chef de Mission visits Guwahati Shillong

11 Jan 2016 - 10:48pm | AT News

The Chef de Mission (CdM) from eight participating countries- India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bhutan and Afganistan visited various venues of the 12th South Asian Games at Guwahati on on Monday. The Games will be jointly hosted by Guwahati and Shillong from February 5 to 16.

The high level delegation comprising officials from eight participating nations visited Sarusajai Sports Complex, Moullana MD Tayabullah Hockey Stadium, Kahilipara Shooting Range, All Assam  Tennis Association and Bhogeshwari Phukanani Indoor Stadium.

After the visit, the delegation expressed its satisfaction on the preparations of the Games. The officials will now visit the Games venues in Shillong on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Injeti Srinivas, CEO, OC-SAG, welcomed the guests from the eight neighboring countries and apprised them with the progress of the Games.

Srinivas said, “All ongoing works will be completed by the end of this month. The Organising Committee is working hard for the success of the Games. There will be nodal hotels for each country. We have shortlisted 80 hotels in Guwahati and 50 in Shillong to provide satisfactory and comfortable facilities to our guests and athletes,” he said.

The 12th South Asian Games, 2016 to be held in Guwahati and Shillong, is expected to be the biggest international multi-sporting extravaganza, a first of its kind in the North Eastern region. More than 2500 athletes will take part in the 12-day sporting event. The 23 sports disciplines of the Games are – archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, cycling, football, handball, hockey, judo, kabaddi, kho kho, shooting, squash, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu. 

ULFA(I) lashes out at Ravi Shankar

8 Sep 2017 - 2:52pm | AT News

The United Liberation Front of Asom (I) had strongly criticized Ravi Shankar a day after the spiritual leader urged the north eastern rebels to shun the path of violence and offered to broker peace between the rebels and the government. In a hard hitting statement, ULFA(I) military head Paresh Baruah said he and his organization won't buy the word rehabilitation and that ULFA(I) would continue the struggle till it achieved the goal. We are leaving for our visitors the full text of the letter.

Major General Paresh Asom

Vice Chairman cum Chief of Staff United Liberation Front of Asom [Independent] United Liberation Force of Asom [Independent]



Mr. Ravi Shankar
Spiritual Leader of India

Your holiness Ravi Shankar,

Respected Spiritual Leader of India Mr. Ravi Shankar on behalf of United Liberation Front of Asom [ULFA‐Independent], I would like to address the issues you have discussed during your press briefing. Firstly the independence of sovereign Asom is the birth right of all indigenous people. A few terms you used in your briefing deeply offended our ideologies.

First of all word ‘rehabilitation’ is strong word to use against our ideologies and principles. Our arms struggle for a sovereign Assam does not need any form of rehabilitation, demanding our mother land which was forcefully occupied by Indian colonists is not an illness or a crime. We have repeatedly shared our concerns about your proposal of peace talks, we released multiple statements stating that we do not want to participate in any forms of peace talks unless the government of India is willing to take the independence of Assam into consideration and practice it in their constitution.

You have repeatedly asked us to join in the false, biased and ridiculous peace talks held by the Indian government. We would like decline your request again to join the ‘mainstream’ peace talks because we only follow the revolutionary stream that will lead to an Independent Asom.

You have raised concerns over our arms struggle, we have picked up arms in order to protect ourselves not to threaten any individual or sovereign nation. Our struggles would not have gained recognition from the colonial government of India or the world if we did not pick up arms for the independence of mother Asom. Our struggles will continue until our ultimate goal is achieved, I urge you not to ask us to lay down our arms in hope of your empty promises. I suggest you to stick to your pretentious religion and let us continue our journey to freedom. I wish you a wealthy, healthy and a very peaceful life.

[Major General Paresh Asom]
Vice Chairman cum Chief of Staff
United Liberation Front of Asom [Independent] 

Learn and Earn initiative for women at Kalaigaon

10 Dec 2013 - 10:05am | Jayanta Kumar Das

A weaving and sewing centre for women was inaugurated at Adarshagaon near Kalaigaon on December 9. The centre was sponsored by Army camp Chapai, Mangaldai under the wings of Red Horns Division in association with SHO Kamdhenu of Kalaigaon. Women of the locality headed by Khira Deka and other 50 women of the locality joined hands with army for the establishment of the centre. Gitanjali Dutta,ADC, Darrng inaugurated the centre in presence of hundreds of women,girls and people at 11 am.

Col.Rajiv Sing, Commanding Officer of Chapai camp attending the inaugural ceremony as the chief guest thanked the women of Adarshagaon for coming out to learn and earn. On the occasion he said-” Teach a woman,teach a family and empower a woman empower the whole society. With the gender equality and rise in education-standard s of the women of today are equally progressive in their outlook and they want to fulfil their desired dreams”. It needs mention that army has donated five sewing machines, seven electronic sewing machines and seven weaving hand looms for the centre. Several distinguished people namely- RN Sinha, BDO,Kalaigaon; senior social worker Mahendra Saikia etc were also present on the occasion.