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Good bye 14 welcome 15

Blooms and bangs marked the exit of 2014 and entry of 2015 at the stork of mid night hour on Wednesday when defying the chill, people in large number came out of their homes bursting fire crackers to welcome the new year.

People in urban and rural areas alike had celebrated the 31st December with music and late night party. Some others spend the night sitting riveted on their television sets on the occasion.

Cultural programmes are in progress in some places across the state to celebrate the event. Temples are getting a fresh look to facilitate the devotees who are thronging for puja offerings on Thursday.

Kamakhya temple along with Assam State Zoo, Regional Science Museum, Sradhranjali Kanon, Umananda Temple, Basistha temple have dressed afresh on the occasion in Guwahati.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi wished the people a happy new year. The Assam Times House also wishes its visitors and well wishers a happy new year. 

 

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Major jolt for ULFA; 5 top cadres arrested

30 Jun 2007 - 10:29am | pbaruah

Guwahati: ULFA received a serious blow on Friday as the Army and Assam police arrested five of its top guns with a huge cache of arms and ammunition including RDX explosives from a hide-out in Baska district of Assam.

According to information, acting on a tip off, Army and Assam police conducted a joint raid at Murkusiapara village under Barama police station close to Bhutan border and apprehended the ultras in the morning.

Altogether 3.5 kgs of RDX explosives, two 7.63 mm pistols, three China-made grenades, four detonators weighting 4 kgs each, 32 rounds of ammunition of AK 47 assault rifles, three timer devices used in bombs, explosive materials used in making improvised explosive devices have also been recovered from the spot.

The arrested ULFA militants are named as Pradip Barman, Mono Das, Shankar Rajbongshi, Haramohan Saud, and Modo Rajbongshi, say police sources.

The search operations in Bagsa district bordering Bhutan was launched on the basis of tip-off that the DR P C Ram was being kept in the area by ULFA in different hide outs.

No tobacco in public transport

25 Jun 2015 - 7:27pm | AT News

Tobacco consumption in the public transport system is set to be a thing of the past. Courtesy transport department.

In a significant order, transport commissioner has passed a slew of instructions to all District Transport Officers to strictly enforce anti-tobacco laws in the public transport system.

In his letter on June 18, commissioner J Balaji asked all DTOs to take necessary steps for making public places like bus stands, parking places, all public conveyances, halting places, including Transport offices as No Smoking Area/Zone.

The letter from the Commissioner Transport also asked the DTOs to take necessary action against the violators as per the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act (COTPA), 2003.

The Commissioner directed the DTOs to launch a campaign to create awareness among drivers/handyman/vehicle operators against the use of smoking or non-smoking tobacco.

Balaji through the letter also directed the DTOs to submit action taken report in this regard to the Commissioner's office on a regular basis.

 

Flood Situation in Nagaon Dhemaji grim

11 Sep 2007 - 3:11am | Dibya J Borthakur
Raha : The overall flood situation in Nagaon district remained grave for the second day today as incessent rain has been keeping all the rivers of Nagaon district constantly in spate. The major rivers of Nagaon district Kolong , Kapilee and Barpanee are flowing above danger level. It is learnt from official sources that eighty five villages under Raha Constituency and 10723 hectares area of Paddy fields have been badly damaged by flood water. Many houses have been washed away along with 7 persons which includes 2 children by flood water. Road communication between Baithalongsho and Kampur and Baithalongsho and Hojai have been cut off as surging flood waters inundated several portions of the High-ways of these places. Many people of Kampur, Kachua , Chaparmukh, and Raha areas are taking shelter in colleges, high-schools and railway lines. The worst affected people of Jarabaree Mouza are taking shelter on Bashundharee and Tilaa hills.

It may be mentioned here that the district administration has not yet come forward to help the people of flood affected areas. The state forest minister Rokibull Hussain has visited the places and ordered the administration to provide all kind of help to the affected people. Ina few places relief camps have been opened in some schools but the relief provided so far is inadequate.

Meanwhile the flood situation in Dhemaji District continues to be bleak as floods have entered Dhakhuakhana town and the Bailey Bridge is also under threat. Supply of essentials are being maintained from North Lakhimpur town.