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SC thrashes Assam govt on detention camp condition

New Delhi:  The BJP-led Assam government was left red faced in the Supreme Court when it apprised the top court of the move to free some of the detention camp inmates identified as immigrants 5 years back.

A division bench of the court presided over by CJI Ranjan Gogoi who took potshot at the government as it was hearing a petition alleging untold torture on the detention camp inmates. 

Gogoi used a number of harsh words on  Chief Secretary Alok Kumar and said he had no rights to continue his post. Then Kumar tendered apology before the court for making such proposal unheard of.

CJI further slammed the government for missing of 5 lakh identified illegal settlers and  the contention that only 5 immigrants have been pushed back.

According to sources,  the Assam government is set to move a fresh affidavit before the top court on this issue. 

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GK Pillai cancels visit

4 Mar 2014 - 9:27am | AT News

Former Union home secretary Gopal Krishna Pillai has cancelled his stock-taking visit to BTAD on Tuesday.

According to home ministry, Pillai has cancelled his visit because of inconvenience in helicopter services on Tuesday.

But reliable sources told Assam Times that Pillai has cancelled his visit in the face of simmering protest in BTAD by a section of Bodo and non Bodo organizations.

Pillai, however, has not fixed the date of his next attempt.

On the other hand, the development has disappointed the Bodo National Convention leaders who were all set to hold a huge rally to woo Pillai who is studying the separate Bodoland demands.

EC case against Wazed Chaudhury

23 Mar 2014 - 9:13pm | AT News

The Election Commission has registered a case against Dhubri Congress candidate Wazed Ali Chaudhury for allegedly distributing money at a poll rally.

The country’s poll panel has lodged the complaint against the Congress candidate before the additional superintendent of police for investigation.

The Election Commission took the decision after it examine the video footage where the candidate himself was seen distributing money at a poll rally. 

Guwahati Don Bosco celebrates Rongali Bihu

Guwahati Don Bosco celebrates Rongali Bihu
16 May 2013 - 8:37pm | Abdul Gani
The 8th Don Bosco Rongali Bihu Utsav was inaugurated on the morning of May 16, 2013 at the Don Bosco Bihutoli at the school playground at Panbazar. The chief guest for the occasion was Padmashree Nrityacharya Guru Jatin Goswami, who lit the ceremonial lamp along with school principal Fr. Antony Thekkel, school administrator Fr. Sebastian Kuricheal, school vice-principal Fr. Xavier Beck along with other distinguished guests.

The chief guest also released the 51st issue of the school magazine – The Bosconian. This was followed by the rendition of Sreemoyee Asomi by the school students, followed by some foot tapping Bihu dances by the participants of the 10-day long Bihu workshop (May 6-May 15) that preceded the Bihu Utsav. Prior to this, school administrator Fr. Sebastian Kuricheal, in his speech harped upon the importance of Bihu as a festival that unites people from the entire length and breadth of Assam. An inter school Bihu Nritya competition was also held among six city schools, namely Sarla Birla Gyan Jyoti School, Happy Child School, Faculty Higher Secondary School, Gurukul Grammar School, South Point School and St. Mary’s School.

The first, second and third places went to Gurukul Grammar School, Sarla Birla Gyan Jyoti and Faculty Higher Secondary School respectively. The competition was judged by Prabin Saikia, Minu Bania and Anuj Kumar Bishaya. The two-day Rongali Bihu Utsav would conclude tomorrow (May 17) with a cultural evening, where various artists would perform including Angaraag Mahanta (Papon).