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AIUDF takes early lead in Jamunamukh

AIUF candidate Abdur Rahim Ajmal is taking an early lead in Jamunamukh by polls where the election took place on Saturday.

Ajmal, the son of party chief Badaruddin Ajmal is taking a huge lead over his nearest rival Congress candidate Bashiruddin Laskar by over 7,000 votes till 9 in the morning.

Amid tight security the votes would be counted in the electronic voting machines from 9 in the morning. The authorities have already deployed sufficient security forces at counting booths to ensure free and fair counting. 

The constituency has 165,718 voters who have sealed the fate of five candidates in the electronic voting machines on Saturday.

AIUDF has fielded Abdur Rahim Ajmal, son of AIUDF chief Badaruddin Ajmal. Congress has put up Bashiruddin Laskar while the BJP has nominated Bilal Uddin for the by-polls.

 

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Oil field auction fuels massive protest

6 Jul 2016 - 1:07pm | Bg Gogoi

Assam is on the threshold of a massive agitation for exercising the rights over its own resources if somebody goes by the howls of startewide protest against the move to auction marginal oil fields.

Many political parties and organizations are up in arms against the Narendra Modi Government at the Centre alleging a set of policies which is believed to have hurt the sentiment of the people who are proud of the state’s oil and tea.

These agitating parties and organizations have not spared three month old BJP-led coalition government as they pledged massive agitation to stop the move.
The massive agitation started erupting as soon as the Centre cleared the decks for auctioning a dozen of oil fields to the outside parties for operation calling it a non profitable exercise.

“We won’t allow it to happen. We will try to resist. Let’s see how the Centre auction these oil fields,” uttered RTI activist Akhil Gogoi who was thrashed along with his fans and supporters when he was staging a demo beside a roadshow in Guwahati in presence of petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan as he was holding talks with the interested bidders a couple of days back.

The uncompromising United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I) vowed to protest the auction move. In a statement, the armed outfit said that they won’t remain idle if the people in power keep exploiting the state resources.

Same voice of discord was evident when student organizations like All Assam Students Union and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad pledged to resist the move. AASU, the influential student organization threaten to launch a massive agitation if the Centre refuses to halt the move. In a recent statement, it strongly opposed the move and advocated state ownership of its natural resources to serve the interest of the state.

The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad has given the NDA government at the Centre an ultimatum till July 8 to stop the deal. In a recent press conference in Sivasagar in the upper portion of the oil rich Assam said that the Centre’s anti-Assam policy has forced them to take resort to oil field, road and rail blockade from Monday.

“We are dead opposed to the move and have served an ultimatum to the Modi government at the Centre till July 8. We are ready to face any eventuality,” said Biswajeet Tipomia, an AJYCP leader in Sivasagar district where they are blocking the oilfields, rails and roads from Monday.

The picture is not different in the political circle. The Asom Gana Parishad, the main coalition partner of the newly elected NDA government in Dispur has vehemently opposed the move. “This is bound the hurt the sentiment of the people of Assam. I want to urge the Centre to reconsider the decision,” said AGP leader and former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta.

Outgoing Assam Chief Minister and octogenarian Congress leader Tarun Gogoi also opposed the Centre move and vowed to back any democratic form of protest to resist the auctioning of Assam oil fields. Addressing a crowded press conference the three time chief minister castigated the governments at the centre and state alleging it an attempt to handover the state resources to the outsiders.

Gogoi said, “f these marginal oil fields are not economically viable what forces the private parties to come forward? Why the public sector units are not considered? We would oppose it tooth and nail.”

A local organization has already called for 12-hour statewide Assam bandh last week which met partial response.

But the Government side is not likely to halt the process. Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan who keeps visiting the oil rich state was firm on the government stand saying that it would fetch Rs 17,000 crore. He further said that it would give Assam the full rights over its own resources albeit he could not explain it.

Chief Minister Sonowal smartly said,” the entire process is allowed only for the interest of Assam and its people.” Beyond that he could not go further to convince the people whom he heads.

The Centre has not shown any sign to reconsider suggesting a full scale agitation in the state where the government would take up it “a law and order situation”.

Healthy Life with Aroma Therapy

12 Jul 2007 - 10:48am | HemantaKalita

We use various perfumes to refresh our mind or to attract some one. It is an aroma, which give a refreshing sensation to you and others. You feel fresh and healthy. But nowadays aroma is not only used for refreshing the mind but it also cures diseases. We can solve our mental as well as physical problems by using aromatherapy. This is a natural and alternative therapy like yoga, acupressure and naturopathy. It cures various common diseases without any side effect.

Aromatherapy is the oldest form of natural therapy dating back to 1000 BC when it was practised in India, Egypt and China. Aromatic oils and plants were then used to cure the diseases, for physical and mental well being, for religious purpose and mummification.

Today, the concern for environment and the desire to connect with nature has brought about a resurgence of interest in aromatherapy. Since it is the most natural and beneficial of all forms of naturopathy, the world is realizing its potential for enhancing the quality of human life. People tend to confuse aromatherapy with medicinal herbalism or nature cure. These may be compatible but aromatherapy is a very precise art dependent on the use of essential oils-the distilled vital essence of a plant with its complex hydrocarbons that develop naturally within flowers leaves, roots, bark and fruit rind.

Although the properties of the essential oils and herbs may be somewhat similar, however, the benefit/action differs between aromatherapy essential oils and herbal extracts. A single drop of essential oil is equivalent to an ounce of living plant. The essence is, therefore, highly potent and therapeutic action takes place on a more subtle level. Herbalism involves the use of the whole herb or its extract which is then used in the manufacture of cosmetics. Being weaker in potency, its therapeutic value is localized to the area of application.

Aromatherapy on the other hand is a holistic approach. It is the most natural way of treating an array of physical, mental and emotional problems. Also it is the most safe, effective and environmentally responsible alternative to conventional medicines and cosmetics. Today aromatherapy has added a new dimension to skin, hair, body care and personal hygiene routine. It can give a healthy appearance to any skin, especially problem skin. Regulate oily skin, clear skin problem and provide a healthy glow. It is also immensely beneficial for hair care, dandruff and hair regrowth.

Aromatherapy has a direct and profound effect on the mind and emotions of an individual as the sense of smell has a direct access to the human brain and emotions and works at a subconscious level to modify emotional behavior. Essential oils are endowed with the power to lower or increase mental activity. Stimulate positive feelings and control negative ones, trigger pleasant memories and feelings, enhance emotional equilibrium calm relax, energize and promote sexual feelings as well. Essential oils also have several medicinal properties like antiseptic, antibacterial, disinfectant, anti viral and anti toxic, anti diuretic, anti neuralgic, anti rheumatic, anti spasmodic, anti-inflammatory and anti venomous and others. They are also stimulating, deodorizing, expectorating and circulation qualities.

Essential oils are natural capacitors and catalysts and are able to store amplify and release energy when required, literally boosting the body system back into operation. Essential oils work principally in two ways. They have an instant effect on the mental state of the individual through inhalation and through absorption by application. Whether we are aware of it or not, our sense of smell is working for us all the time. It can instantly evoke a certain memory. It can just as quickly signal a change of mood, yet we often over-look the profound impact aroma has on our perceptions.

Although many people still give less time and thought to the way our closet, shelf or a ear lobe does. There is a growing interest in discovering new subtle ways to add aroma to our lives and surroundings.
There are so many ways to surround ourselves in enjoyable suggestions of fragrance. More then 200 oils are use in aromatherapy with vastly different therapeutic properties.

In the hair and beauty profession, aromatherapy oils are used to treat ageing and wrinkled skin, to treat loss of elasticity, tone and contour, pigmentation, dry and oily skin, and may other skin complaints. The greatest strength of essential oils lies in their rejuvenating properties, the ability to heal, disinfect and especially to stimulate the metabolism while accelerating healthy cell production which is the guiding maxim for youth and beauty.

Essential oils are use as a bath oils also. On bathing a thin film of oil will envelop your body and will penetrate your skin and diffuse into the tissues. A gently scrubbing of the body with a towel or a natural scrubber helps absorption of the oil into the skin. If your skin tends to be dry, add a tablespoon of vegetable oil along with the essential oil. Aromatherapy is also used as massage oils. The best time to use these aromatic massage oils is after a bath especially if you have a dry skin, because it counteracts the drying effects of soap.

Essential oils can be used as air fresheners. It contributes to a cheerful atmosphere. All that is needed is to put a few drops of essential oil blend on a source of heat. This could be a light bulb, a radiator or a small bowl of hot water. The oil evaporates and perfumes the air. Inhalation of aromatherapy is excellent treatment for colds, coughs, catarrh and sinuosities and other physical ailments. Cold compresses through aromatherapy are used for sprains, bruises, fevers, headaches etc. While hot compresses are used for boils, abcesses, cystitis and menstruation pain etc. So, use aromatherapy for your various mental and physical problems. It is beneficial and has no any side effect.

Technology - boon or bane!

30 Sep 2014 - 9:02pm | Rajiv Roy
The modern world despite all its technological innovations and inventions has not been successful in keeping human beings on earth together. We have the best gadgets, technologies and the rest of it but these have not been able to serve the purpose as the world is increasingly becoming a community centric place, each claiming their own place under the sun. Each nation is trying to assert their superiority and authority over others and the oddest side to this game is that these nations have communities inside them who too are seeking independence and sovereignty. The latest among them is United Kingdom (UK) where Scotland is going for a referendum this month to seek independence from the UK and add as a new country into the European Union (EU). If the September 18 referendum favors creation of Scotland as an independent state then Great Britain will certainly not remain as great as it is today. Britain, which ruled the world through its colonialism will be a fractured democracy despite being a member of the EU and geographically located in one of the most advanced parts of the world. But the question that haunts is advancement, unbelievable technological development and all those stuffs that helps a nation boast of at the first place is enough to keep the union going. Well, no matter whatever is the reason but these world developments indicates that preserving racial identities is a global concern now followed by the role of politics, businesses and what comes next in this list.

Although, sovereignty of any state will have a higher degree of politics and people’s will involved but what about families, neighborhoods, public institutions and all those classifications that is centered around humanity. They are faltering like ninepins, be it anywhere in the world, from the northeastern part of India to Africa to Europe, Middle East, in fact the world as a whole. Technology which is shaping up human lives in every possible manner, unimaginably, is also the bane here. If we see the use of social networking in recent times, it has created more friction in societies over the world than the good that it was designed with. Countries like China have come up with their own set of legislation towards use of such sites but this undreamed of freedom of expression is sinking more into the world of spreading hatred, jealousy, igniting comments, fanaticism and the rest which has created commotion and has even taken lives in many nations. Mischief mongers, groups with extremist motives use these platforms as it is very easy to open a fictitious account and do maximum harm, all but free. The time has come when users must be asked to produce documents, as required while opening bank accounts, to create email and social networking accounts given the number of misuse and damages that these ‘camouflaging’ mediums are producing on a daily scale. It cannot go on and on like what it is now where nuisance is going unabatedly as these forums have become safe heavens for them. No matter how good the intentions are but it cannot be denied that these mediums are playing mischief and has divided this world more than the wars and crimes it has seen.

We cannot deny the fact that most of these technological developments have truly taken place in advanced countries, mostly in America and Europe. If we analyze their use, form and freedom they are actually developed targeting the free economy and people of these nations. For an average American or a European, it is “cool” to say and post comments, which is a trend in their societies. Now, if some of these comments create any type of fissure in the country then they have a holistic legal framework in place to correct them. But in countries, outside the parent countries where these technologies are developed, it may not be in sync at the first place and the increasing animosities, trapping to false mails, creating law and order issues are some that is constantly reported in countries in Asia and other parts of the world. It has to be understood that technologies are after all the manifestation of intelligence inside a human brain and that manifestation may not necessarily work well all the time at all places until and unless it is a divine sanctity. What one cannot say, write or speak in regular frontline media, these social networking sites are thus allowing public to vent their anger with the most foulest of language never ever seen in any public domain earlier because it is just enough for the owner of such sites to escape prosecution with a nondescript disclaimer that any comments posted are not the views of these sites. In fact this disclaimer is the root cause of the danger associated with these sites. How absurd it is that the owners of such sites are roaming scot-free whereas a slightly absurd comment in the regular media, bosses are taken to task. The comments made in the social networking sites are not confined to specified geographical boundaries as seen in case of newspapers, television channels since they can be read and seen by anybody in any parts of the world and create local trouble. Their circulation is worldwide and so their bosses should be held more responsible for any problems that arises out of comments, videos and others postings in their sites.

The divided world, in which we live, where families are shortened to a pigeon hole, is actually the result of our efforts trying to instill technology practically in everything in our daily lives. We have literally become slaves instead of technology being our slaves. This penetration into critical areas of human lives, where a human touch can do much good than any technological interference, is changing the dynamics of our society. Today people tend to rely on technology more as they prevent themselves from every possible personal contact with fellow beings and keep that up through the use of gadgets citing pretexts of one thing or other. People say, “we will keep in touch” whereas a neighbor is seen conversing via technology instead of a possible meet. This virtual reality is the new reality now as good wishes, greetings, condolences and everything else are all but possible through technology. The gap thus remains since there is no alternative to human to human contact and technology can never fill up that gap. Technologies which are designed to simplify human lives on earth have rather complicated it alarmingly. We may get heart-attack, nightmares and the rest if we are asked to imagine our lives for a day without it. But then what good have technologies done instead of taking us away from our roots. A rootless civilization will not last and continue to rupture no matter how advanced is our technologies. It is like shielding the exterior more and more ignoring the vital interior which is collapsing all the time and will bring down everything, one day. The present world civilization is sustaining on this falling core.