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SC to hear NRC issue today


NEW DELHI : The much hyped fate of the final draft publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) would be decided on July 2 with the Supreme Court expected to deliver its judgement as to the date when the complete draft NRC would be published. A Supreme Court bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice RF Nariman will take up the hearing on this crucial issue today.According to an earlier order of the apex Court, the draft NRC was to be brought out on June 30. However due to the onslaught of the first wave of the floods, it became an uphill task for the NRC authorities to carry out its work in a number of districts. NRC work came to a virtual standstill in the five flood-ravaged districts of Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi, Hojai, and West Karbi Anglong. Three districts of Barak Valley were the worst affected in the floods and the accompanying landslides during June. Work in a large number of NRC Sewa Kendras had to be temporarily halted due to the natural calamities. The State Coordinator of NRC, Prateek Hajela, will submit the status report on the update work of NRC to the Supreme Court bench tomorrow. He has reportedly already informed the apex Court about the situation arising due to the rains and floods. Besides Hajela, already leaders of the All Assam Students Union (AASU) and Assam Public Works (APW) are camping in Delhi. In the first part draft of the NRC, names of 1.90 crore people of the total 3.29 crore were included. Meanwhile, the Centre has been holding a series of meetings to review the situation in Assam. It has held meetings with Assam government officials and has committed to deploy adequate security forces to deal with the situation.

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Watery grave for 2 as boat capsizes

31 May 2017 - 6:43pm | AT News

Two women met watery grave in Lakhimpur when the boat ferrying a few people capsized on the middle of a river on Wednesday.

The incident took place on the river Bogolijan which started swelling from Tuesday after NEEPCO released a huge volume of waters from its Ranganadi dam.

As the boat reached the middle of the river, the boat  suddenly capsized under the impact of the strong current forcing many local residents to come to the rescue of the passengers.

SDRF jawans and local residents tried their best to rescue them. But they failed to save Pallavi Saikia and Munmi Saikia who met watery grave sending shock in the entire area.

CM meeting protesters

22 Aug 2014 - 9:34am | AT News

In a bid to restore peace and normalcy in Golaghat district chief minister Tarun Gogoi is holding a meeting with a delegation of the seven organizations in Dispur on Friday.

Facilitated by PWD minister Ajanta Neog, the AJYCP, KMSS and ATTSA representatives are attending the chief minister’s meeting at 12 noon.

When photos speak more than thousand words

12 Feb 2011 - 6:30pm | Abdul Gani

If you find it difficult to believe ‘an image speaks a thousand words’ then come to the state art gallery at Ravindra Bhavan in Guwahati. Or even if you are a fan of photography you will be mesmerized by the stunning images captured by some of the fantastic photographers of Assam.

The first photo exhibition organized by Assam Photojournalist Association (APA) which was formally inaugurated by noted artist Noni Borpujari on February 10 has received huge footfalls so far. The visitors seemed to be spelled bound by the photographs being exhibited in the event as one visitor said, “It was really fascinating and I would like to convey my sincere thanks to Assam Photojournalist Association for organizing such a beautiful event and which has offered us the grand opportunity to see such wonderful pictures.” The middle-aged businessman further said, “I would like to urge the APA to preserve those photographs in their website.”

If one photo reveals the creativity of the capturer the other makes the visitors spelled bound by the theme or the beauty. Though every images being displayed in the exhibition stands out of its own but some of them really drew the crowds closer.

One of Rituraj Konwar’s photo taken from top angle that captured the ghastly moments when a tiger bit a man’s hand and took it off to its cage a few years ago in Guwahati State Zoo received a special mention among the visitors.

While, young lens man Biju Boro’s one of the photographs that were displayed in the exhibition that shows a cowboy returning home with his herd of cows as the evening sun sets in the backdrop, keeps one wordless for moments with its sheer beauty.

Meanwhile, the president of APA Rajib Bhattacharaya, a senior photojournalist of the region expressed his happiness that people have come forward to appreciate the photographs.

“It’s definitely a good gesture and I think the young photographer would be encouraged by it. Photojournalists tell stories with their images and have to tell with timeless and objectivity. This responsibility is paramount to a photojournalist,” he said. “They have thousands of viewers and expecting to see the truth. In today’s world of digital manipulation of images, the photojournalists still tell the truth,” he further said.

Through this exhibition the APA attempts to bring forth some of the finest works of several eminent and upcoming photojournalists of Assam. Through their work, the association strives to celebrate this challenging profession and share some of their experiences. The APA also felicitated veteran photojournalist Mahendra Baruah on the inaugural day of the exhibition.