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Former student leaders to join BJP

Two prominent former student leaders are set to join BJP on Sunday. Former AJYCP president Manoj Baruah and former ATTSA leader Taresh Goala are set to join the party at a meeting in the District Library in presence of top leaders of the ruling party.
Apart from state unit president Siddharth Bhattacharya, Union sports minister Sarbanada Sonowal are scheduled to attend the meeting on Sunday.

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ULFA: In between talks and violence

27 Jul 2011 - 8:55pm | AT News

The Centre is all set to formally begin peace parleys with ULFA. But the anti-talk faction of the insurgent outfit steps up its activities in some parts of Assam.

Centre’s peace interlocutor P C Haldar is in Guwahati to oversee the preparation of the ULFA-govt talks which is likely to take place in the first week of August. The pro talk faction led by its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa is busy in giving the final touch to the charter of demands prepared by the Sanmilito Jatiya Abhivartan under the leadership of noted intellectual Dr Hiren Gohain.

Haldar, the former intelligence bureau chief on Tuesday called on governor and apprised him of the progress in terms of the ULFA-govt talks in the absence of chief minister Tarun Gogoi.

On the other hand, the Centre fears regrouping of the Paresh Baruah faction which is all out to strike in the state in form of blast. In set iof advisory, the Union home ministry has asked the Assam government to heavily guard the vital oil and gas installations in view of the martyrs’ day on Wednesday.

ULFA’s bid to strike came to light when security forces apprehended a hardcore ULFA leader Rwittick Hazarika in Sonitpur district bordering Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. He confessed before police that a group of harcore ULFA rebels have come down to Assam to strike at the instance of Commander in chief Paresh Baruah. Hazarika is the second lieutenant in the outfit’s 27 Battalion. His arrest by a unit of the Assam Rifles comes a day after the Union Home Ministry’s advisory to Assam to step up security in view of the ULFA’s martyrs’ day on July 27.

Arrested MLA sent to judicial custody

23 Aug 2012 - 9:07pm | editor

Arrested MLA Pradeep Kumar Brahma sent to judicial custody.

Quest of global peace in Christmas prayers

25 Dec 2017 - 11:28am | AT News

GUWAHATI: Christmas fever gathers momentum in Assam as the north eastern state soaks in the joy of the annual Christian festival with all traditional zeal and fervour on Monday. After the mid night carols, the well decorated churches across the state are teeming with visitors to participate in the special prayers.


Christian people of all walks of life visited the churches in quest of divine help to restore global peace. Dressed in colourful woolen clothes, the children are finding it a joyous moment to be at the church premise on the Christmas day. Tiny tots in many Christian dominated areas are seen distributing sweets and greeting cards to the elders to observe the occasion.


After the special prayers in the churches, the elders also are visiting their near and dear ones to share the joy of the annual festival marking the birth of Jesus Christ. "Global peace is what the need of the hour. Without His intervention that is not possible," said Beena Thousan, a college girl in Haflong who participated the special prayer after the mid night carol.


 George Timung, a local trader in Diphu said,"I want to spread His message of love and kindheartedness among the people to keep this planet cool. That power I am asking from the Jesus."In Guwahati, dressed in new attire people are visiting the churches at Christian Bast, Panbazar and Don Bosco to catch a glimpse of the celebration.


Akshaya Pranab Kalita adds: Reports of Christmas celebration are pouring in from Namrup where the Christians along with the non Christians alike visited the Union Church to attend the prayer. Similar solemn prayers dominate Sunday morning in Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baska, Barpeta, Nalbari, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nalbari, Sonitpur, Darrang, Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Silchar, Karimganj, Hilakandi, Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao.