A four-day-long festival of northeast begins from Friday at New Delhi focusing various business and investment opportunities and showcasing the multifarious culture and rich heritage of the region. The chief guests for the evening – Gen. Dr. VK Singh, Union Minister (Independent Charge), DoNER, MoS (External Affairs and Overseas Affairs), Govt. of India and Mr. Kiren Rjiju, Hon’ble MoS (Home), Govt. of India along with MC MaryKom, Brand Ambassador of the North East Festival inaugurated the four day extravaganza. In the inaugural session, medal winning athletes from the North East who brought glory for the country in the recent CWG & Asian Games, including names like MaryKom, Sarita Devi, L. Devendro Singh, Dipa Karmakar, etc. were felicitated under NEC Chairman’s Sports Awards for Excellence in International & National Sports meets.
Around 30 bands will perform throughout all the four days for the festival. Some of them are Guwahati Lights, Akhu - Imphal Talkies, Yesterdrive, Chethuwang, Vinyl Record, Soulmate and The Local Train, Foot Wings, Stuti Choudhury, Minutes of Decay and Mayukh Hazarika, Tetseo Sisters, Guru Rewben Mashangva, Frisky Pints, Bluestring Parth, Zubeen Garg, Jeli Kayi, Emielyn D. Das, Aboriginals Project, Brahmaputra Boys, Late Too Soon, Simanta Sekhar, Girish & the Chronicles, MSonic and Bollywood singer Ash King.
Central agencies have been questioning Anup Chetia at an undisclosed location in New Delhi who was brought back from Dhaka on Wednesday.
According to top sources in PMO, only a special court would decide on his fate on Thursday. Homeministry officials have not been able to get any access into these affairs. If the court disallows CBI and IB to detain Chetia further, then the founder ULFA finance secretary would be flown to Guwahati where he has a number of sensational cases pending against him.
A team of Assam police has been preparing to question Chetia assoonas he arrives in the city.
Immediately after landing in New Delhi, Chetia was kept at a guest house in Vasantkunj area but later he was whisked away to an undisclosed location for questioning.
The people of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji have every reasons to celebrate the Bhogali Bihu. Courtesy Northeast Frontier Railway. For the first time a passenger train left for Lakhimpur on Wednesday. The train left Rongapara at 5-30 in the morning carrying over 500 passengers.
“It’s a huge respite. Now we have got a train to travel Lakhimpur. It was too late. But late is better than nothing,” said Chinmoy Bora who is one of the passengers to have left for his home district.
Another passenger Janmoni Dutta who got into the Lakhimpur bound train told Assam Times that the people in the north bank now need not spend money to travel to Tezpur and Guwahati. “Also it would help us manage time to travel from Lakhimpur to Rongapara,” she said.
The train will left Rongapara at 5-30 early in the morning regularly. Then it would be back from Lakhimpur in the afternoon.
Amid strident anti mega dam protest KMSS leader Akhil Gogoi on Friday dared Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to clear his government’s position. Addressing a press conference in Lakhimpur, Gogoi said his KMSS would never allow NHPC to build the mega dam at Gerukamukh. Taking pot shot at chief minister, the KMSS leader said that Gogoi lacked proper study on the mega dams built across the globe. He said KMSS would observe anti mega dam week from Saturday to make the people aware of the adverse impact of the mega dams.