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Marathon race organised in Durga Puja celebration

A marathon competition was orgaised to create awareness on anti-social activities like crimes against women along with Durga Puja celebration at Salakati in Kokrajhar district on Saturday.

Hundreds of participants from different places from greater Salakati area participated the marathon race which started from Station Road, Salakati and concluded at the same point completing of 8 kms distance.

Former BTC executive member Derhasat Basumatary and social activist Durga Hasda flagged off the the marathon race. The spot holders in the race were awarded with cash award and prizes from the organising committee.

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Docu film: Fuel for Fire

3 Nov 2015 - 11:28am | AT News

Fuel for Fire is  short film with a story about conservation of water and livelihood pattern of rural communities near Gerukamukh, in Dhemaji.

The film is about wastage of water. The crew made a field study upon which, it was discovered that people living in nearby areas of Gerukamukh hill collect drinking water from unsafe sources that has high potential to cause hazard. The team decided to document the practice and link it up with water wastages. The film is also a brief documentation of the livelihood pattern of the people living by the bank of river Subansiri and foothills of Gerukamukh. People those who have running water facilities in their home often misuse it. Wide scale extraction of ground water by pump has caused ground water depletion as chances for recharge is gradually becoming minimal. The problem has become graver in cities and towns, and people are yet to understand the threat. The film is an attempt to give a message to those who, in their daily errands, wastes alarming quantity of water.

The film is directed by Ratul Gohain and produced by Sristi production.


Garo Hills must come forward to appeal not to impose AFSPA

3 Nov 2015 - 10:35pm | AT News

With the recent announcement of Meghalaya High Court to direct Centre to impose AFSPA in the Garo Hills area is very unfortunate. Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign, with due respect to honorable high court of Meghalaya, appeals the high court to review its decision. SSSC also appeals to centre, not to impose AFSPA at any other place and to avoid making common people victims of such harsh laws. 

SSSC also see that it is the same time when numerous protests and events were going on in India and abroad to mark 15 years of heroic struggle of Irom Sharmila, it should also be noted that it is 15th anniversary of Malom massacre where justice has not been delivered till yet. Not only these, but even many other cases are still under jurisdiction of law and waiting for justice in differenmt courts of North East as well as in Supreme Court. All these cases tell a history of atrocities that had happened in the veil of AFSPA because of unchecked unlimited powers.

SSSC believe that though the concerns are genuine, but not the remedy. imposing AFSPA can have more grave effects on the situation. At present, common population is affected with anti-state insurgencies, but with imposing this act, there is a possibility of happening the same , though may be lesser ways, by centrally deployed forces. 

Convener of Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign, Ravi Nitesh said ' We also appeal to high court that it must ask to State of Meghalaya to take responsibilities in more serious ways and to take action in this regard through direction to state government to deploy more numbers of security personals as well as to resolve the issues through all possible ways. On the other hand, we also appeal that even if situation seems out of control, paramilitary forces should be first choice instead of having full deployment of army with an act like AFSPA. We also appeal common people and peoples' representatives, local political leaders and civil society organisations to come forward to appeal for the same.' 

Police get wind of militant activities in Guwahati

30 Apr 2012 - 12:39am | editor
More explosive revelations on the militants activities in Guwahati surfaced on Sunday a day after security forces apprehended four GNLA militants on their way from Dimapur to Goalpara. GNLA, along with a section of Manipur-based insurgent activists have been hiding in the city preparing blueprint to carry out a string of subversive activities in the entire region.

The startling revelations have come out in their confessional statements. Security forces apprehended four hardcore GNLA militants during a joint operation in Gorchuk on Saturday. Two sophisticated weapons and some ammunitions were also seized from their possession. Security forces intercepted a vehicle in Guwahati en route to Goalpara from Dimapur. During interrogation, the militants are believed to have confessed that they weapons were meant for their camp in Meghalaya bordering Goalapara.