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Manas opens for tourists on Nov 4

he famed Manas National Park is all set to open for tourists from November 4. According to the park authorities, repairing works are on inside the park. The park remains closed for almost six months during the rainy season every year and reopens with the onset of winter.

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Simplify NRC process

23 Jul 2015 - 12:56pm | AT News

Its high time for the Supreme Court to simplify the process to update the NRC to ensure that the genuine citizines can smoothly participate in the process. This was more or less of what experts said at a meeting in Guwahati on Wednesday.  

Speakers at a meeting organized at the Institute of Social Change and Regional Development (ISCARD) in the city said that the Dispur’s process would disappoint the entire purpose of the exercise if the common people are allowed to face so harassment.
The mneeting suggested that the names of all residents of the pre-1971 villages, towns should be included without any documents.

Why failing to rescue Arunav?

18 Dec 2017 - 8:02pm | Mithun Baruah

MARGHERITA:Over 80 hours have passed since suspected ULFA-I rebels have kidnapped Arunav Phukan. The son of the established businessman has been remaining traceless even after an intensive combing operation by army, police and para military forces.

Asom Chatra Mukti Sangram Damuty, the student with of KMSS strongly criticised the government for failing to ensure safe release of Arunav whom thr rebels kidnapped from Khandubasti area along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on Friday.

The organization on Monday submitted a memorandum before Margherita SDO(Civil) demanding steps to safe rescue of Arunav.

Talking to Assam Times, CMSS general secretary in Tinsukia Papu Dutta said Sarbananda Sonowal, chief minister who also holds the home portfolio has been a failure even after he promised to save Assamese as a nation apart from land and mass.

Beware Lakhimpur, more woes in store

17 Jul 2017 - 3:16pm | AT News

More misery is in store for Lakimpur. The people in this flood-hit district are bracing up for yet another chapter of woes thanks to North Eastern Electric Power Corporation.

The hydel power generating unit is preparing to release more excess waters from it's Ranganadi dam a week after the exercise claimed at least six people triggering no less anger and protest.

NEEPCO is believed to have kept the people on alert that it would very soon release the excess waters from the same dams in Arunachal Pradesh suggesting yet another impending disaster.

Thr government owned power generating unit drew no less flak when it released waters from the dams last week forcing the North East Dialogue Forum to write to thr Centre demanding it's intervention. In its recent memorandum to Rajnath Singh, the organization urged the Union to review the 405 mw Ranganadi Ranganadi and the Pare Hydro Power Project.

In its memorandum, the North East Dialogue Forum called the release of excess dam waters without prior warning a case of human rights violation.

“  This is grave violation human right violation especially Art 21 of the Indian Constitution committed by NEEPCO. Because of such illegal and irresponsible action of NEEPCO’s management 11 persons lost their lives and one is still missing. Thousand of domestic animals were wash away.

“ This the violation of ILO Convention 107, International Covenant on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (United Nations CERD) which has to insure Free, Prior, Inform Consent of the affected people. NEEPCO also violate the UN mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Housing, Special Rapporteur on Right to Food etc,” said the organization.

According to the organization, more than 200 villages in the downstream located mostly in Assam are impacted directly due to the release of the Dam water and these areas  included  Pahumara near North Lakhimpur, Pahumara Tiniali under Nowboicha Revenue Circle, Borbeel area in North La- khimpur, Badatighaat to West Laluk  in Bihpuria  Revenue Circle.

Lakhs of people were marooned when NEEPCO released 3500 mm of water through its Gate No. 1, 5000 mm water through Gate No. 3 and 2000 mm water through its Gate No. 5 at 3.30 pm on July 9.

These have forced the organization to demand measures to ensure immediate rescue and relief fir the affected people and compensation for the victims’ families..

The demand is for reviewing the Ranganadi Hydro Power Plant and Pare Hydro Electric Power Project including DPR, EIA, Social, and Environmental, human right impact assessment reports of these projects by establishing a committee where dam and human right activists is member at the earliest.

They urged the Centre and Arunachal Pradesh and NEEPCO to make all the above mention reports of Ranganadi and Pare Hydro Power Projects available to the public immediately.

"We strongly demand to arrest all the responsible staffs and manager who gave the decision to release water without informing to the public at the earliest and demand for trail for punishment,” said the memorandum signed by NEDF coordinator Kh. Phajaton Mangang.

 

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