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Mass ‘die in’ at Guwahati

Citizens of Guwahati yesterday demanded that the government declare a Climate Emergency and take strong action to deal with the climate crisis.

Despite the Durga Puja celebrations, activists draped in reds and ‘Phullam gamusas’ gathered at Shhraddhanjali Kanan and marched peacefully to the Central Mall premises.

“The Indian government report at the UNFCCC COP24 had named Assam as the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Recent studies by IITs and the ICIMOD point to a bleak future for the region with rampant water scarcity and conflicts,” said Rituraj Phukan, Founder of Extinction Rebellion Guwahati and environmental writer with first-hand experience of warming at the polar regions.

At yesterday’s protests, XR Guwahati was joined by activists of the Greta Thunberg led Fridays For Future in demanding protection of the natural ecosystems that sustain life on earth and stop exploitative overutilization of natural resources. 

"Our rivers, wetlands, oceans, forests and wildlife are not replaceable," said one activist. They also expressed outrage and grief over the felling of thousands of age-old trees in Aarey, Mumbai. 

During the protest, the citizens read out a climate emergency declaration, followed by a symbolic die-in to protest inaction on the climate crisis.

“Extinction Rebellion India called for the Indian Rebellion on the 6th of October and people across the countries have responded by coming out in large numbers to protest, with all chapters expressing their indignation with the felling of ancient trees at Aarey forest,” said Biswajyoti Baruah, Co-Founder of Extinction Rebellion Guwahati.

Extinction Rebellion is a socio –political movement that emerged out of the UK in 2018 and has spread across the globe. XR believes in civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance to compel the government action on climate breakdown, biodiversity loss and the risk of social and ecological collapse.  

 

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Bike lifters arrested

12 Feb 2016 - 9:15am | Hantigiri Narzary

Police arrested two gang of Bike lifter from Gutipara area under Bagribari police station in Kokrajhar district today.

A police team of Bagribari police station able to arrest the bike lifter with stolen Bajaj Pulsar 150 cc bike bearing registered no AS- 19G-1932 from a Assam police constable Gulzar Hussain of Salbari village. The bike was stolen from a police constable of Bagribari police station.

The theft were identified as Iman Ali and Sumar Ali, Duo were arrested by the police from their resident Gutipara part-II.

Shyamal Prasad Saikia,Kokrajhar SP said the theft were the most reveal theft in the area, where police able for caught them red handed today. They have been taken in police custody for further interrogation.

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Sonowal’s instruction came up when the Union minister held a crucial meet with Chief conservator of forest, Kaziranga national park authorities along with Golaghat and Nagaon deputy commissioners.

He said that the Centre won’t allow the rhinos to be poached in the national parks and sanctuaries. 

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Utter insecurity still persists in Guwahati these days. Despite heavy presence of security forces, suspected Ulfa militants killed an engineer after he was kidnapped on the way back to his home on Thursday. The incident took place when agriculture department engineer Manik Baishya called up his wife at 7.30 evening that he was forcibly towards Jalukbari. Later at 9.30 pm his body was recovered near APRO office. It was learnt that Baishya received a number of phone calls demanding money. He also took up it with city police.