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New political party in the offing in BTAD

Kokrajhar MP Naba Sarania is going  to float new political party in BTAD.

Sarania disclosed this in front of media on Tuesday.


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Assam biologist undertakes training in Cambodia on Greater Adjutant Stork conservation

Purnima at work on a tree-top observation centre
28 Jan 2013 - 6:28pm | AT News

Aaranyak’s wildlife biologist, Purnima Devi Barman who has been working continuously on conservation of Greater Adjutant Stork species has completed an international field training in a remote forest area on Cambodia on nesting monitoring and biology of Greater Adjutant Stork.  Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) , UK, offered the training to her under and provided a scholarship for it.  Ms Barman also works as a part-time Lecturer in Handique Girls’ College, Guwahati.

Greater Adjutant stork is an endangered bird whose global population is less than 1000 and almost 80% of its population is distributed in Assam.

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Cambodia hosted this training for her. During this training period she worked extensively in forest with rangers of Cambodia Forest and WCS team, Cambodia. She was the only participant in the training. She worked in Prek Toal Bird sanctuary which is situated on Tonle Sap lake, the largest freshwater lake in South east Asia.  Many Cambodian people are dependent on this lake’s bio-resource for their surviving.

It is worth mentioning that global distribution of Greater adjutant stork, the rarest of the 20 species of storks available are confined to a few isolated pockets in Brahmaputra valley of Assam , Bihar  in India and Cambodia.  In Assam this bird mainly nests in private areas and conservation is mainly dependent on the efforts of the community.  For last several years. Purnima has been working extensively for protection of this bird species that is mentioned the IUCN Red list. 146 pairs of Greater adjutants were recorded last year by WCS team in Cambodia whereas in Assam around 750-800 birds are recorded.

Purnima who received  Future Conservationist award 2009 from Conservation Leadership Programme, UK, has been extensively working in Dadara and Pacharia villages, 12kms away from Guwahati ,  where Greater Adjutant Storks breed in tree-top colonies located on  private land. There are about 128 nests recorded this year  in the area during in a survey lead by her.  Many education and awareness programmes have been facilitated by her team in the area  to make villagers aware  about the need for conservation of the species. The villages in Dadara and Pacharia  now take pride in the  presence of this bird in their backyard. 

The villagers have become so attached to the bird species emotionally that  they have even built a statue of the bird in the campus of Sankardev Sisu Niketan at  Dadara and regularly perform prayer for the conservation of this bird.

According to Purnima, the major difference  in the conservation story  of Greater Adjutant Stork in Cambodia and Assam is that in Cambodia the bird  breeds and roosts in deep forest not in private lands as is the case Assam.  Habitat destruction, cutting down of trees, hunting etc. are major problem in Assam where as a poaching for meat, egg collection  done by fringe villagers  are the problem there in Cambodia in respect of conservation of the endangered bird species. 

Prek Toal is a flooded forest on the Tonle sap lake  and villagers lives 28kms away from his forest in  three floating villages.   Villagers are extensively dependent on the lake and the forest for livelihood.  It is noteworthy Ministry of environment and Forest in Cambodia  has declared this area as  Biosphere Reserve to help the communities and to reduce the pressure on forest resources .  The MoEF in collaboration with the WCS selected some egg collectors from the village and transformed them into rangers  by providing continuous education and training to them.  They are now dedicated conservationist. Purnima spent all the time  during the training period with these Rangers who helped her a lot.

There are 28 numbers of bird monitoring platforms in the forest area of Prek Toal, Cambodia and Purnima visited many of them for monitoring purpose. These platforms are located on tree tops at about 30-40 feet height  from the ground that makes those look like  tall ‘machan’.

Hagrama files defamation case against AIUDF MLA

19 Feb 2016 - 3:31pm | editor

BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary,who is also president of Bodoland Peoples Front(BPF) party files a defamation case against Abdur Rahim Khan,MLA of All India Democratic Front(AIUDF) of  No.43 Barpeta constituency of Assam  today at Chief Judicial Magistrate Court,Kokrajhar demanding strong punishment to Khan.

Mohilary demanding strong punishment to Khan,MLA from AIUDF party files defamation with CJM court in Kokrajhar district of Assam,which was case registered with court 142/2016,under/section(u/s) 499/500/501/502 of the India Penal code(IPC),1860. Khan had commented defamtory words on Mohilary on February 1 last terming that Mohilary belonged to terrorist of blood,killer, BPF is terrorist party.

Mohilary after filling defamation said, “I, today filed a defamation case against Abdur Rahim Khan,MLA of  Barpeta  constituency of AIUDF  party ,who had commented me as killer on February 1 last. I seeking early punishment to Khan , moved to court so that I can get justice.Khan should be given punishment.Khan should give proof over his allegation I was belonged to killer”.

Anand Bhuyan,advocate said, “Hagrma Mohilary file defamation case against Khan for his remarks of that Mohilary  belonged to terrorist of blood,killer, BPF is terrorist party.Defamation case was filed against Khan who had kept defamatory words and falls allegation on Mohilary. Law will take its cours".

Former minister, MLA and vice president of BPF party Chandan Brahma said that Mohilary seeking legal action on Khan filed defamation case in the court. MLA Khan should be face of punishment for his allegations levelled on Mohilary, Brahma added. 


Third front very soon: Prakash Karat

15 Dec 2008 - 3:43am | editor
CPM general secretary Prakash Karat says the country needs a third front for a better future.

Addressing a mammoth rally in Guwahati on Sunday the party’s he said need of the hour is a non BJP and non Congress force to make an end to the current situation.

In his address, the CPM general secretary warned the UPA government of dire consequences if it fails to halt the bill for foreign investment in the country’s banking and insurance sector. He said communal forces like BJP and RSS can’t fight terrorism.

Karat further said the party was trying its best to work out a non Congress and non BJP front before the Lok Sabha poll saying it is right time for the country to get an alternative front. The veterans include West Bengal Left Front chairman Biman Basu, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat along with several other senior leaders in the state. Including Urdhav Barman, Hemen Das, Ananta Deka.