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EMFA demands stringent action against culprits

Guwahati: Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA) expressed serious concern over the brutal attack on city based television journalist Chakrapani Parashar last evening by a group of vendors at Ganeshguri locality and demanded stringent actions against the culprits.

The forum also urged the State government in Dispur to ensure security to media persons with enacting a special protection law at the earliest. It may be mentioned that Chakrapani, who is working for satellite news channel News18/AssamNE, was stabbed by some workers of a restaurant, adjacent to his office, on Thursday (21 March 2019) evening while he was on duty.

Chakrapani got serious injuries in various parts of his body and was subsequently rushed to the hospital where he is recovering. The city police have already detained four accused individuals of the restaurant and they are presently under the Dispur police custody. EMFA maintains that more incidents of physical abuses on journalists are being reported from various localities of India and the Union government in New Delhi should take the matter seriously. Finally the forum appeals to all media persons across the country to get united over the issue of safety & security of media persons.

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Colleges re-clubbed with GU from BU

9 Dec 2017 - 8:49pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Kokrajhar,Dec 9: As man as 23 Colleges from BTAD areas  have  re-clubbed with Guwahati University from Bodoland University due to lack of 12B issue setting at rest the huge confusion among the  students. But,the semester examination in Bodoland Univerity is underway with thin participations.

 The Bodoland University(BU) was set up through the spirit of the historic 2003 BTC Accord to faciliatate higher studies in the region and since then state government established the Bodoland University under State Act. Presently,the BU has been running its own syllabus and calender as per UGC norms and have 45 Colleges which are affiliated so far. But interestingly, 23 affiliated Colleges have been re-clubbed with GU on December 6 through the four-parties-meeting over the current running of the Bodoland University convened by education department and hence students have been reportedly face deprived from seating the semester examination on Friday.

While talking to this Correspondent on Saturday, Prof Hemanta Kumar Baruah,Vice-Chnacelore of the Bodoland University said that the BU has so far not been getting 12B status, so several colleges have been re-clubbed under GU,which was resolved at a meeting held in Guwahati. He said that there are 45 colleges from BTAD region as well its adjoining districts were affiliated under BU,but two-days back 23 Colleges have been re-clubbed to the GU through the minutes of a four-parties-meeting held on December 6.


 He said that the BU had been arranged all necessary arrangements to conduct semester examinations,which was started from December 8, but only students from three colleges participated in the examination. He has been revealed that the BU has yet to be getting the 12B status, of which why most of the colleges re-clubbed under GU. He said that students face hardships while attending pursuing their examinations due to non-clear policy on making respective managements in between education department and state governemnt..

ABSU, UPP submit memorandum

2 May 2016 - 8:15pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

The All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) and United People's Party (UPP) submitted memorandum in separate to the deputy commissioner, Kokrajhar in protest against prevailing situation arisen in the district which  took three lives in three separate places .

  Premjit Narzary and  Nion Mushahary , president and general secretary of the Kokrajhar districtct  committee, ABSU said that the student's union  submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner Kokrajhar District on demand of immediate arrest, prosecution and punishment of all the culprits who are involved in the recent killing of innocent people on the suspicion of witch craft practice, and political conspiracy and provide compensation of Rs 10 lakh to each victim families.

Ashinta Basumatary alias Ola, a BA 4th semester student of UN Brahma College, Kajalgaon in Chirang District went missing from his house ( East Maligaon, Bishmuri) since April 22 and his dead body  was recovered on buried condition in the presence of magistrate and police officials on 1st May from deep jungle nearby Badrampur village. Earlier, Ashinta’s mother Gaijrai was branded of being a witch five years back after the death of her husband and she was forced to leave her house. Since then she has been living at her parents house at Sulmari in  subdivision. On the other hand a man named Bishnu Boro (42) UPP worker was brutally killed by suspected miscreants on the ground of political conspiracy at Padmabil village under Serfanguri PS in Kokrajhar district on 1st May.  

The All Bodo Students Union demanded arrests of the  culprits within 24 hours of the submission of this memorandum and if the police administration failed to do so the Union will called indefinite Kokrajhar district bandh. Further the Union also demand a high-level inquiry into the recent killing of innocent people in the name of witch craft practice, and political conspiracy and also demand an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to each victim families of witch hunting and political conspiracy and seek appropriate legal action to punish the culprits involved in the killing of such innocent people.

This repeated incident of killing of innocent persons in remote areas under Kokrajhar District has proven a condition of insecurity in entire district. So the Union also demand to strengthen the safety and security measure before and after the result of Assembly poll.   

Sometimes, a planed murder by intentionally making an accident with vehicle has also been happening in the District. This is evident from the incidence of such nature where Chandrasing Basumatary of village Taigerguri Bishmuri was hit with a bike coming from opposite direction due to which Chndrasing Basumatary severely injured and succumbed to hospital, said the students union leaders.

ABSU, UPP submitted memorandum

Kokrajhar district committee of UPP also submitted memorandum to the district administration demanding strict action against arisen situation in the district and demanded involved culprits be nabbed and punished. The party strongly condemned the killing of innocent persons and a student, which was unfortunate for the society. The district administration should initiate stern action into the arisen situation, said Raimon Brahma and Buddadeve Mushahary, president and secretary of the Kokrajhar district unit UPP.

Sonowal in cabinet expansion mood!

20 Apr 2018 - 7:30pm | AT New Delhi

NEW DELHI: BJP central leadership is understood to have cleared the decks for the Assam cabinet expansion at the end of an hour long meeting between Amit Shah and Sarbananda Sonowal in New Delhi on Friday. 

Senior party leaders who refused to be named told Assam Times that Shah and Sonowal finalized the induction of eight new members in the expended cabinet where three sitting ministers would be dropped. 

Of the ten new faces AGP and BPF have one each while others are BJP legislators who are expected to take oath in a day or two. 

Chief minister Sonowal, however, avoided the media persons, who were waiting outside the official residence if the BJP president.