At a time when the special police officers have been agitating in Dima Hasao district alleging non receipt of salaries for several months, the Assam government has decided to hike the salaries of the home guards. Disclosing this official sources told Assam Times that the home guards’ salary have been hiked to Rs 7,500 salary per month—Rs 3,000 more than the existing amount.
2 Jan 2009 - 9:15pm | editor
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is schedule to arrive in Guwahati on Friday even as death toll in Guwahati serial blast has gone up to six on Friday.
According to information, one person, who was seriously injured on Thursday, succumbed to his injuries overnight. Some fifty people are undergoing treatment at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital after they were admitted on Thursday.
Union home minister P Chidambaram who arrived here minutes after the blast on Friday morning visited the injured people at the GMCH and understood to have instructed the authorities to ensure better treatment to these people.
The entire Garo Hills region is soaked in festivities. Market is full of colourful lights, glazing stars and other decorative items. The mood is set right for the advent of yet another eventful Christmas.
People from different parts of Garo Hills are visiting markets in Tura to do their shopping. Tura Super Market is flooded with clothes and other items. Like many others, Dimre Sangma from Baghmara was seen buying the best of clothes and shoes available in Tura market. “I have purchased clothes, shoes for me and my relatives. Baghmara has less options, so we have come to Tura to get the best from here”, said Dimre Sangma.
Manikram, a shop owner in Super Market said, “We are doing brisk business but people are not willing to pay much”. The traffic woes have become unmanageable with administration making an additional parking space. The parade ground in fancy valley is being used to accommodate heavy rush. The traffic police department is seeing the affairs.
As always Cakes are highly in demand. Bakeries in Tura are putting an extra effort to cater to the demand. Some shops have imported cakes from Guwahati and West Bengal.
“Christmas without cakes has no meaning. We know that we have to give the best to the customers, so we are doing our bit to meet the demand”, said Lastbirth Marak, who deals with bakeries.
Localities in Tura are slowly getting decorated with lights. Ringrey, Araimile and Tura Bazaar have been lit up with colour lights and other decorative items.
The atmosphere in Tura is just ripe as people are eagerly waiting to celebrate Christmas with the true spirit of peace and giving.
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.
Assam: The Accord, The Discord – Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty