Assam Pradesh Congress Committee president Bhubneswar Kalita, BPPF(H) leader Biswajit Doimary and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) general secretary and former Union minister Birendra Prasad Baishya are set to win uncontested in the March 26 Rajya Sabha polls in Assam. The entire development is emerging clear on Saturday. The Congress high command has cleared the name of Kalita following a signature campaign led by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. The regional AGP also in a formal sitting participated by president Brindabon Goswami, Opposition leader Chandra Mohan Patowary and vice president Phani Bhushan Chaudhory announced Birendra Prasad Baishya s as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha polls. Baishya is filing his nomination papers on Saturday in Dsipur. The Coalition partner of the Tarun Gogoi Government BPPF(H) leader Biswajit Doimary has been declared as the candidate for the remaining seat backed by Congress. The Congress candidate kalita will be filing nomination papers on Saturday.
Veteran civil rights activist P V Rajagopal on Sunday urged Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi to take steps in land reform in the state at an earlier date.
Talking to reporters in Guwahati he said that it was urgent to work for land reform by Gogoi as he was a member of the National Land Reforms Commission. Rajagopal, also a member of ofthe NLRC, is now in Guwahati as part of a nationwide land rights yatra. He said that not a single meeting of NLRC was held in the past five years.
The grand old organization of the Assamese community living in Delhi, the Assam Association, Delhi celebrated ‘goru bihu’ with gusto and fervour, only missing point was the worshipping of the holy cow, which was not possible in a metro city life. It was an evening of coming together of the community to celebrate the spring festival to reconnect with life left behind in Assam and to teach the young city bred generation, about the social capital of the community and the traditional values and cultural heritage.
The cultural nerve centre- Srimanta Sankaradeva Bhawan was abuzz with the sound of ‘dhol-taal’, ‘penpa’, ‘gogona’, ‘hutuli’ and bonhomie of young and old alike. The format of the celebration was radically different this time. The evening was ordained as an occasion for competition for ‘Bihuwa’ and ‘Bihuwoti’ among the children and the youth. There were two categories; above and below 12 years, both for boys and girls. 20 participants took part and competed for the awards. In the Bihuwoti ( Below 12 years, Girls) 1st prize went to Ms Tina Kalita, 2nd to Ms Murchana Sarma and 3rd to Ms.Pari Devi Sil. A special commendation award was given to Ms Nandini Mihiryan (3 1/2 Years age). In the Bihuwa (Below 12 years, Boys) 1st prize went to Shri Sangeet Prasanna Das, 2nd to Shri Dipankar Kalita and 3rd to Shri Priyangam Gogoi again in Bihuwoti ( Above 12 years, Girls) 1st prize went to Ms Tonmoyee Rani Neog, 2nd to Ms Juri Bordoloi and 3rd to Ms. Rashmi Hazarika.
Ms Nabamallika Bhagawati, a student of Miranda House sang a few heart warming bihu songs. The programme ended with ‘egg fighting’.
The grand bihu will be held on 24th April at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, near India Gate. Young popular artist Simanta Sekhar and actor Spondon will be star attractions. More than 2500 people are expected to attend the programme that apart from a host of dignitaries.
The state of implementation of PMGSY in Goalpara district is very poor, particularly in and around Dudhnoi. Earthen roads are seen in most of the cases, which become muddy even in a single rain. The photo shows a road constructed under PMGSY in 2010.