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Crime against women: Pramila blames govt

BPF leader and former minister Pramila Rani Brahma blamed it all on the failure of the government for the rising incidents of crime against women.

In an exclusive interview with Assam Times, the Kokrajhar MLA said these incidents are taking place because of the government failure to ensure safety and security. She called Juliet Zonunmawi’s mysterious death an unfortunate incident in the national capital.

She said that repeated attacks on the north east students has already spread resentment among the peoples across the region. According to her, Delhi and Dispur have totally been failing to safeguard the interest of the common people.

She further lamented lack of stringent steps to counter these incidents and crimes against women. “We the people have been waiting for the BJP led NDA government to do something for the women. But that is not happening.

These incidents have refused to die down,” she said. She squarely expressed concern over the Karbi Anglong incident of witch hunting where a national level athletic was tied and tortured by villagers alleging practice of black magic at Dokmoka.

“The perpetrators must get exemplary punishment so that these incidents do not take place again,” said the BPF leader.

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Bathou Mahasabha from Feb 6

19 Nov 2015 - 10:48pm | Shajid Khan

The silver jubilee session of Udalguri district ‘Bathou Mahasabha’ is going to be held at Harisinga from February 6 to 9, 2016. The Harisinga Bathaou Anchalik has taken the initiative to organise this big religious event of the Bodo culture. The venue of the event is fixed at Sonaisri Fwthar, Harisinga. Meanwhile volunteers have been put to work to colect population and education data of the Bodo people and with the collected data a souvenir magazine would be published where data's of population; education, occupation of people number of service holder, cultivates, buisiness man would be published.

APFEJ expresses concern over China dam on Brahmaputra

9 Oct 2016 - 4:10pm | AT News

Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ) expresses concern over the ongoing initiative to block a tributary of Brahmaputra inside Tibet for a massive Chinese hydro project and urged the Chinese regime in Beijing to remain cautious about its impacts on lower riparian localities in India and Bangladesh.

The Chinese government run news agency reported recently from Beijing that a hydro project at Xigaze/ Shigatse on Xiabuqu river (a tributary of Yarlung Zangbo, the Tibetan name for Brahmaputra), inside Tibet was coming up involving an investment of USD 740 million. The construction of the expensive project began in June 2014 and it is scheduled to be completed by 2019.

“The outline of China’s 12th Five Year Plan indicates that few more hydropower projects on the mainstream of the Brahmaputra river in Tibet Autonomous Region have been approved for implementation,” added the report.

The forum of environmental journalists, headquartered at Dhaka appealed to New Delhi and Dhaka regimes to firmly deal with the issue pursuing the Beijing administration promptly. The APFEJ also advocated for an effective water treaty among all the countries in the Himalayan region urgently.

Himanta divides BJP

26 Aug 2015 - 7:33am | AT News

The move to formally welcome Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma is believed to have divided the BJP leaders. A section of the party leaders in Assam is upbeat with Dr Sarma’s entry saying it would help the party showing good poll performance. Some others have said that it would do more harm than good.   

 At least 7 senior leaders including MPs have been dead opposed to Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma saying that it would hamper the party’s poll prospect.  “Several top BJP leaders are disappointed with the central leadership which allowed his to join the party. It is quite embarrassing,” said a senior leader who did not wished to be named.

Another leader said, “till the other day we have been demanding action against him for his alleged involvement in a number of scams. Now how can we approach the people? What we will be telling the people.”

A BJP ideologue said, “the move will in no way help BJP come to power. It only helps Congress retain power in Dsipur. Congress will blame it all on Dr Sarma for all scams when they would be approaching the people for vote.” “The decision was taken in a haste. The central leadership could have wait,” said the leader.    

BJP workers in Jalukbari are waiting to welcome Dr Sarma on August 28. The celebration started as soon as the former Congress minister confirmed his decision to join the party. They said that they want Dr Sarma to lead the poll campaign to ensure good performance.   

Despite differences BJP is preparing to hold a huge rally in Guwahati to formally welcome Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on August 28.
Along with the former Congress minister, at least five others are expected to follow the suit.