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93rd birth anniversary of Bhupen Hazarika celebrated

AASU members lighted 93 pieces of earthen lamps in the statue of music maestro Bhupen Hazarika at Dighalipukhuripar, Guwahati on his 93rd birth anniversary on Sunday.
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Voters’ eye peaceful election

23 Apr 2014 - 5:55pm | Hantigiri Narzary

Irrespective of caste, creed and communities eyes to the holding of free and fair election for No. 5 Kokrajhar Lok Sabha constituency in the third and final phase in the state scheduled on Thursday.

S K Ahmed Ali, resident of Kathalguri Jaypur in Kokrajhar district said that he had already cast two times vote in parliamentary election, but he never get to cast his democratic vote during election as somebody cast his vote by someone else.

‘I think this time no rigging will happen and I feel it is like election and election will be free and fair. I wish I will cast the vote myself for suitable candidate’, he said.

M H Narzary in Kokrajhar town said that this time election will be held free and smooth function as peoples are seeing in healthy situation in the constituency. He said this time Kokrajhar constituency is witnessed multi-cornered contest among society, hence people can expect more healthy and peaceful election in the region.

Sonowal reviewed flood situation

30 Jul 2016 - 1:10pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the ongoing relief works for the flood affected areas on his Chirang district visit on Friday.

Taking serious note of the prevailing flood situation, CM Sonowal asked the district administrations to visit areas to ensure proper relief operations and assess the flood damages. He also asked to evaluate the post- flood scenario and instil confidence on flood marooned people. Further, he asking them to keep constant touch with the local MLAs so as to jointly expedite the relief works without leaving no stone unturned in order to mitigate the problem. After the meeting, he visited erosion site of Aie river at Choto Nilibari.

CM also visited relief camps at Subhaijhar High School and Community hall and had interaction with the camp inmates. During that time BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary met him and discussed on various flood related issues of the BTC area. CM Sonowal ordered the district administration to take immediate steps for giving ex- gratia to the next kins of Jagesh Ray and Naba Ray of Dababil village who lost their lives due to floodm besides asked to assess the lost of properties of people properly and provide lands to those people who lost everything during flood. In view of taking permanent anti flood measures he also asked both the district administrations to study and identify the vulnerable points of river Aie and its tributaries with the help of technical experts of the Water Resources department.

Burma demands return of democracy

1 Feb 2010 - 1:58pm | Daya Nath Singh

Burma’s largest political party, National League for Democracy (NLD), which won 392 seats out of total 492 parliamentary seats, in the country’s general elections of 1990, could not form its government even after its landslide victory, as the military junta regime ignored the verdict of the people and refused to hand over the power to NLD. That was a blatant mockery in the name of election in Burma.

It may be recalled that the people of that country have not forgotten the days when due to deterioration of Burma’s economic situation and oppressive one political party rule on August 8, 1988 (which is also known as 8-8-88), when the workers, monks, peasants, teachers, youth and government servants led by the university students in Rangoon rose up as one to call upon the military rulers to abolish the ill-reputed one party system demanding democracy and human rights in the country. The military responded with bullets against the peaceful demonstrators and killed more than 3000 demonstrators throughout the country. Since then, the Burmese democracy activists have been imprisoned, intimidated, tortured and put to death for demanding justice, peace, human rights and a democratic government. At present there are more that 2100 political prisoners, many of them have been given jail terms for several years and some even up to 106 years without trial. The Nobel Laureate and leader of the Burmese democracy movement, Aung San Suu Kyi has already spent more than 14 years under detention.

It has been learnt that military junta have now planned to conduct general election as part of its own ‘transition to civilian rule process’ (seven steps roadmap to democracy) which is likely to be held by October 10,2010 (10-10-10) . The people are scared of this election due to their past experiences of 8-8-88.

The Burma Centre, Delhi and Journalists’ Forum, Assam, jointly organized a ‘Consultation meeting on 2010 election in Burma and its implication on North East India’ in Guwahati, with the aim of analyzing and examining the impact of 2008 constitution, 2010 election and Burmese peoples’ aspiration and struggle and responses from North East India. General opinion of the participants in the discussion was that, If the election is allowed to go ahead without revision and amendment in the provisions of 2008 constitutions, it will make the Burmese military regime into permanent dictatorship.

Even in the unlikely event these elections are free and fair, they will not bring any real change in Burma, because the fundamentally flawed constitution that allocates vast powers to military, lacks any checks and balances, allows for the ongoing discrimination and persecution of ethnic nationalities, gender discrimination and lacks protection of human rights. Such a constitution will lead the country in conflict and post-conflict situation and will continue to put Burma’s vast problems into neighboring countries and throughout the region, if necessary measures are not taken. The North East India hosts more than one lakh Burmese refugees, which increased rapidly from 60,000 in August 2007 to one lakh in 2008.