Eviction at Manas National Park
A massive eviction drive was carried out at Saliagaon near Boro bazaar under Bhuyanpara forest range in Manas National Park on Saturday which drew strong protest from public during the eviction, which force forest department to lift the eviction after 11 am.
Over two thousand of publics from different nearby villages protested the eviction drive carried out by forest department, Manas Tiger Project authority in the presence of magistrate carried out eviction drive against illegally occupying national park lands. The forest officials dismantled several small huts which were illegally built along the national park.
The eviction was carried out in support police administration in the national park on its second phase on Saturday. The forest department had taken eviction drive on December 22 last at Betbari area under Bhuyanpara range.
HK Sharma, director of MTP told that the forest department evicted several areas of the Bhuyanpara range which are illegally occupied the national park lands since few years. He said that the eviction drive has been lifted for seven days as peoples seek few days time to vacate the houses.
'The eviction would be carried out again after seven days at any costs along the national park which are illegally occupied by publics', Sharma said.
Peoples from all walks of life come out to stage protest against eviction carried out in the area. Protesters shouted slogans against forest department, demanded early stop of any kind of eviction along the national park which have used for cultivation for the local peoples. The protesters demanded allotment of land to the nearby peoples who are residing in these lands since long years. They alleged that no any pre notice was serve to the peoples before eviction in the area besides making altercation facilities for the evicted peoples. They also claimed that they are not illegally encroacher in the national park as forest department terming illegally settlers.
'This land is meant for nearby peoples as they are using for cultivation since long years, so eviction against peoples is totally unwanted', said a protestor along the national park.
'We will continue our protest against eviction that has been carrying by forest department in coming days', said a woman protestor.
23 Jul 2016 - 1:32pm | AT News
Assam continues to reel under the flood waters following the incessant rains that clash the state along with the catchment areas in Arunachal Pradesh. The mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries have been overflowing and the surging waters have been wreaking havoc in 15 districts rendering over 2 lakh people homeless covering 450 villages. The worst-hit districts include Barpeta, Bongaigaon and Chirang, Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Sivsagar and Kokrajhar. NDRF and army personnel have been deployed in the relief and rescue operations. The authorities have set up a number of relief camps in the affected areas. The flood waters are believed to have damaged crops in 25,000 hectares in the worst-hit affected districts.
In many places a number of embankments have been washed away leaving thousands of people marooned totally disrupting surface communication in Sivasagar, Kokrajhar and Bongaon.
12 Dec 2013 - 1:41pm | Saidul Khan
Meghalaya CM Dr. Mukul Sangma Wednesday mooted for promoting the state as a popular destination for Christmas and New Year celebration. Dr. Sangma told a gathering at the Winter Festival in Tura that the rich and diverse culture of Meghalaya should be harnessed for economic benefits.
Dr. Sangma remarked that the government is contemplating to declare December and January as a calendar month for promotion of the state as a destination for celebration of Christmas and New Year. Towards this end, the tourism department has been instructed to light up and beautify Shillong and Tura in the run up to the festive month.
Dr. Sangma detailed out that Meghalaya Tourism Development Forum (MTDF) has been asked to chalk out elaborate strategies for promoting Meghalaya as Christmas and New Year destination.
“Unique Christmas celebration of Garo Hills should be preserved and promoted for economic gains”, exhorted Dr. Sangma.
Seeking cooperation from the people Dr. Sangma opined that it has been an endeavor of his government to reach out to the people through sustained livelihood programme, encouraging activities related to Tourism.
“Meghalaya is abundantly blessed with rich culture, natural wealth and most importantly human resources. Government has made an attempt to showcase the different tribes of the state in promoting and marketing the state”, said Dr. Sangma.
Citing that festivals and events give an opportunity for showcasing the latent talents, Dr. Sangma suggested that their expertise be harnessed for the benefit of the people.
He also made an appeal to take advantage of the rich culture to promote Meghalaya as a vibrant state. Dr. Sangma further informed that Rs. 165 cr has been earmarked for construction of an international standard – Shillong International Centre for Performing Arts via-a-via highlighting that a similar centre is being also established in Tura, for which Deputy Commissioner has been entrusted with the responsibility for locating land.
4 May 2015 - 10:43pm | Hantigiri Narzary
Security forces claimed to have captured a hardcore cadre of NDFB-S militant in Chirang district on Monday.
Swmkwr Mushahary alias Serfang the militant was held during a joint operation in Bamungaon area near Sidli in the evening. He was trained up in Myanmar who returned to the state in March only.
A 7.65 pistol, two round live bullets were recovered from his possession.