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Stalemate over third choice

Assam Congress has agreed to field Bhubneswar Kalita as the first choice candidate for the upcoming Rajjya Sabha polls. But the third choice candidate has yet to be cleared.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi is holding several rounds of talks with senior party leaders to arrive at a consensus on the third choice candidate after Sonia Gandhi recommended a New Delhi based political leader and former MP Sanjay Singh.

A circle of powerful AICC leaders has arrived in Guwahati convince chief minister Tarun Gogoi and APCC president Bhubneswar Kalita.

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Lobbying in Delhi for cabinet berths

26 Aug 2016 - 12:24pm | AT News

Amid hectic lobbying in New Delhi for ministerial berth, Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal is preparing to expand his cabinet in a day or two.

Sonowal is believed to have prepared a list. But it has yet to be approved by the party high command.

Sources told Assam Times that Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma has been trying to ensure berth for his own men. But many senior BJP and RSS leaders in Guwahati are dead opposed to Dr Sarma’s move.

Sonowal, who is in Delhi to attend the BJP Chief Ministers’ Conference is expected to get this list approved by Saturday.

On the other hand, many senior party legislators have been camping in the capital city to do lobby for ministerial berth.

AGP and BPF legislators are believed to have been picked up Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma who can ensure ministerial berth for them.

BJP govt facing floor test

19 Mar 2017 - 11:38pm | Hemanta Singh

The stage is set for N Biren Singh and his government in Manipur to face the floor test on Monday.
BJP leadership in Manipur told Assam Times that they were just expecting a formal announcement adding that they would be able to clear it.

“We don’t have anything to be worried. We have numbers since NPP, NPF are our coalition partners apart from TMC and independent not to speak of the Congress legislator who joined us,” said a party leader.
A Congress legislator has been keeping the party’s 27 legislators at his house to prevent BJP from poaching them who would go to the floor test together.

On the other hand, BJP is keeping 17 newly elected MLAs at a hotel in Guwahati apprehending horse trading by Congress.

Congress got 28 seats falling short of three seats to form the government while BJP got 21 seats. But it managed the numbers with 8 NPP and NPF legislators apart from one each from NPP, NPF, TMC, LJP. The lone independent candidate also took the side of BJP. In a dramatic development, one of the Congress legislators Shyam Kumar suddenly joined BJP.

First recorded case in Meghalaya, toothbrush removed from woman’s stomach without surgery

9 Feb 2019 - 1:26pm | Aiyushman Dutta

A rare and unheard case was recorded in Shillong where a woman in her 50s allegedly swallowed an entire toothbrush while brushing which was removed from her stomach without a surgery.

The patient had come to see Dr. Issac Syiem, a Senior Surgeon in the Shillong Civil Hospital on January 25 and narrated the whole incident. Prior to this, she had visited other doctors in the hospital, who referred the case to Dr. Syiem.

When she was evaluated by Dr. Syiem, he was surprised to know that the patient was in no discomfort and suffered no pain. The patient, a resident of Lower Mawprem, told him that she would have never approached any doctor if not for her daughter’s insistence.

The X-ray reports could not detect the toothbrush in her stomach. That was when Dr. Syiem suggested her to undergo endoscopy and it was then that the object was sighted in her stomach. He said, “We used an endoscope, hooked the object and successfully pulled the brush out through her mouth. No surgery was needed in the process.” The patient was kept under observation for a few hours and was discharged on the same day (Jan 28). “Even though there was no discomfort, the situation could have turned life threatening had she not been brought in for medical aid,” he added.

This was the first time that this kind of rare and unheard case was recorded in Meghalaya.