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2 GNLA militants killed

Security forces claimed to have killed 2 GNLA militants at an encounter in Goalpara bordering Meghlaya on Sunday. The encounter took place at Balaikhamar in the wee hours during a joint operation by Goalpara police and army’s 7th Jat Regiment of the Red Horn division. Police further recovered two 7.65 mm pistols, 9 cartridges and three grenades were recovered from the spot. GNLA militants have been unlashing terror among the local residents for the last couple of months in the form of extortion.

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Powerful explosion at Mising Festival in Jonai: 4 dead, 55 injured

16 Mar 2008 - 8:45am | editor

Four people died and more than fifty injured while a powerful blast rocked a Mising cultural festival in Jonai in Upper Assam on Saturday midnight. Although ULFA is believed to be behind the incident the banned insurgent outfit refuted the charge saying a section of the people has been trying to slap bad name on them.

There was big flutter at the blast site while three people namely Kabita Sonowal, Somesh Sutradhar, Shahjahan Ali dead. The severely injured people numbering more than fifteen have been rushed to the Assam Medical College Hospital and Bina Pegu died on the way to the AMCH by boat.

Top ranked police official arrived on the spot and began relief and rescue operations. Other injured people were admitted to the nearest hospital and some people with minor injury were released after primary treatment. Police suspect it to be an act of ULFA which is observing its Military Day on Sunday.

Meanwhile, various organizations, political parties and individuals have vehemently condemned the blast terming it as an act of cowardice.

This entire blast has reminded the people of the massacre of as many as 14 children while they were thronged to participate in the Independence Day festival in Dhemaji town in 2005.

Meanwhile, ULFA has straightly denied its involvement in the incident. A statement issue on Sunday by ULFA major Raju Baruah said the outfit is not against the interest of the Mising people to disrupt the cultural function on Saturday midnight. Baruah further charged a section of the people with blaming it all on ULFA for this tragic incident.

NE Women Writer’s Conference held

2 Oct 2007 - 2:15am | Rituparna Goswami Pande
The Assam Lekhika Santha, a forum of women writers from the state organized a two day North East women writer’s meet on September 30 and October 1 in Shilpa Gram Panjabari Guwahati. The aim of the meet is to promote integrity among the north-eastern states and to provide a common platform to the women writers from the region.

The eminent writers who were to grace the occasion are Mamang Dai and Nanni Dai from Arunachal Pradesh, Dr Limattula and Dr Temsula Ao from Nagaland, Dr Shanti Kshetri from Sikkim, Dr Shilaramani Changkham from Manipur, Karabi Deb Barman from Tripura, P Kolongungi from Mizoram, Patricia Mukhim and Al Varin Dokher from Meghalaya and other noted writers from the state including Dr Anima Guha, Barnali Sarma Barua, Renu Devi among others. However, a few writers Temsula Ao, Patricia Mukhim were unable to attend the meet citing ill health.

On day one of the meet the forum felicitated Dr Jayashree Bora among others and many book release ceremonies were organized including a collection of poetry by Namita Das by Ratiprabha Gogoi, a children ‘s book written by Ranu Saikia Pator and a collection of Hindi poems of Premlata Khandelwal, a souvenir was also released on the occasion.

Eminent personalities Gobinda Sarma and Deepti Phukan Patgiri addressed the meet and termed it a fruitful venture which may also lead to future relationship among the states.

The second session saw eminent personality Dr Lakshahira Das inaugurating the Poetry Recitation Session and she also released a special edition Ardha Akash a tabloid of the Lekhika Santha. A cultural function was also organized on the occasion.

Violence in Uzaragaon village, Nagaon

22 Aug 2011 - 11:10pm | Pankaj Sharma

One Mintu Ahmed of Panikheti village was caught stealing telephone cables from Uzaragaon village by the residents of the area in the night. The accused was caught, thrashed by the public, and tied up inside the village library. The police arrived in the morning and found the person dead. After this, the villagers came out from Panikheti, Pakhimuria area and burnt 4 houses, damaged vehicles in Uzaragaon village. Around 10 persons were injured in the violence. Police and security personnel have been deployed in large numbers to control the situation.

Nagaon SP Surendra Kumar said over phone that the situation is under control as security personnel including CRPF jawans have been mobilized in the area. Partial curfew have been imposed in the area. No arrests have been made so far.