Security forces found a powerful Improvised Explosive Device from railway tracks in Chirang district on the eve of ULFA’s 12-hour Assam Bandh call.
Weighing 3 kgs, two detonators and some fused wire were recovered at Maneswari near Bijni railway station during routine patrolling by a joint team of the police and army personnel.
The security forces have cordoned off the area and the IED defused. Train services have been temporarily halted in the section as security personnel launched a massive combing operation in the area to detect whether any more explosives have been planted or not.
Meanwhile, security along the railway tracks have been tightened with several trains cancelled or rescheduled in view of the bandh.
The Centre has asked both Assam and Nagaland to maintain status quo on the vexed border issue that has been confronting both the north eastern states for the last several decades.
Centre’s strong message came up when Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his Nagaland counterpart TR Zeliang met Union home minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday. Singh said that efforts are on to break the impasse and that it would be possible if both the states cooperate with the Centre.
Gogoi and Zeliang apprised Singh of the latest situation along the Assam-Nagaland border in the wake of the violence in Golaghat district where at last 15 people were killed and over 200 houses were torched by miscreants.
Music legend of undivided Darrang (presently Darrang, Udalguri and Sonitpur) Sisir Kumar Suni is now 84 years old being confined to his home only.He is still optimistic about systemic research and practice of traditional folk culture of Assam in their original style.Although forgotten by present day singers and producer directors of Assamese music world,Suni still busy with his never ending musical activities alone in his home at sleepy Bengbari just five KM away from Tangla town.Age could have restricted his bodily movements,but his talent and spirit still busy looking for new ideas.It had been his effort that Bodo folk dance "Kherai" was performed on stage for the first time during 1955."Kherai" dance had never been performed on a stage till then.He was also the first music director of Bodo modern song broad caste through All India Radio Guwahati in 1977.
Sisir Suni will always be remembered as the founder of Bodo Musical Notation in Assam.He was the person involved with the book "Gwthang Denkhw" published in 1994.He also composed notation on Kamrupi Lokageet in a book "Sodomsri" published from Barama in 1995.Suni composed more than hundred songs which have already been published in books namely-'Jaydhwani', 'Palas Phular Botarote','Denkwo Bidang','Gwdan Denkhwani Methai', 'Swrang Lama', 'Bodo Bhajan' etc.He composed Assamese Notation of modern songs,Jyoti Sangeet,Rabha Sangeet,Bhupendra Sangeet,Kamrupi folk songs,Bihu songs etc and also have trained many students in his lifetime.Preffering to keep a very low profile,this octogenarian music maestro has now been living alone at Bengbari in Udalguri district.He is never angry with anybody nor had any complaints.He loves to play violin most although he has mastery over other musical instruments namely-Spanish Guitar,Hawain Guitar,Mandolin, Piano, Organ,Accordion etc.Suni had been a close associate of Bishnu Rabha,who had been a regular visitor to his house at Bengbari during early days when Kalaguru had been underground.Sisir Kumar Suni was born on 20 November in 1932 at Bengbari.He was the eldest son of Dr.James Suni and singer Giribala Suni.Completing primary education at Bengbari LP School,he joined Bengbari Mission School in 1942.He eastblished Bengbari ME School in association with late Nabin Chandra Medhi,Mouzadar of Harisinga Mouza.Also offered to work as an Hony Asstt. teacher.While talking to media persons Suni expressed unhappiness at the present day status of Assamese ethnic folk song and dances."If not preserved with notation all will be lost in the midst of remix culture",he said.He was also critical of government policy towards singers,actors and musicians."Anybody with Radio and TV background gets government recognition leaving behind genuine artists", he said.He mentioned Dr.Nirmal Prabha Bordoloi, Mukul Barua and Pulak Banerjee as his most favourite artists of Assam.Unfortunately,even after so much of his contribution to Assamese music society,Sisir Suni is yet to receive government pension or recognition.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh told Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh that the Naga peace pact should not disrupt the age-old oneness of the state in the ongoing efforts to end the Naga problem.
Singh, who met Rajnath Singh in Kolkata on Thursday said he discussed the influx of Rohingya and Bangladeshi immigrants and how to check it.
Rajnath Singh also listened to CM Biren Singh, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu in the matter of the ongoing peace parleys between the Government of India and NSCN (IM).
The three neighbouring states of Nagaland are concerned that their state boundaries could be distorted if the demand of territorial integration of all Naga areas in these three states is granted by the Centre to the Naga outfit.
NSCN (IM) general secretary Thuingaleng Muivah has already claimed that the ‘Framework Agreement’ recognises this demand.
Briefing media in his chamber, the Manipur CM Biren Singh said Rajnath Singh was told to not disrupt the over 2000 years old oneness of the hills and valley of the state while trying to bring about a final solution to the decades-old Naga political issue.
“I’ve told the Union Home Minister that my government is always willing to extend any sort of help in the efforts to end the Naga problem, but we’ll never allow any attempt to impinge upon our territorial integrity,” he said.
He said Rajnath was also told in the meeting that the Naga settlement should be confined within the state of Nagaland.
The Assam and Arunachal CMs also made the same clear stand during the meeting with Rajnath, Biren Singh said.
In a media query the Manipur CM said the Centre has already assured that there will be no infringement on territorial integrity of Manipur because of the Naga solution.