Stunned by the revelation of illegal cigarette trade, Dispur on Wednesday announced a panel to probe it. Official sources told Assam Times that an additional Chief Secretary will probe illegal cigarette trade in the state.
The panel will further suggest a slew of measures to check and disband illegal trade in cigarettes reportedly happening in the state. The panel will study different aspects of the illegal trade in cigarettes and come out with a strategy to stop it.
The announcement came a day after FICCI released a report on illegal trade in seven core sectors resulting in Rs 39,239 crore of revenue loss in 2014.
The All Assam Students Union (AASU) continues to target Tarun Gogoi two days after the chief minister decided to move the Centre for inclusion in NRC those whose name figure in voter list by virtue of birth.
This is nothing but his attempt to protect the interest of illegal Bangladeshis by getting their names registered in the National Register of Citizens.. Talking to reporters AASU chief advisor Dr Samujjal Bhattacharjya called it a conspiracy to divide the state by confusing the entire process. "We will not allow it to happen. We will move the Supreme Court alleging that Gogoi is trying to go against the apex court's order.”
Two local businessmen went missing from Mancachar on Saturday. Popularly known as Akidul Islam and Billul Miyan, the duo were suspected to have been kidnapped by militants from across the interstate border. Security forces have stepped up search operations in Chandguri from where the duo went missing.
HOJAI: Hojai, the headquarter of the newly created central Assam district suddenly turned into Kashmir after a huge hailstorm that lashed the town for half an hour on Friday. Hailstorm accompanied by rain lashed a huge area at 3.45 in the afternoon amid thunder and lightening which lasted till 4.15 leaving the entire area in a Kashmir-like state with huge hailstones covering the surface. People in large number came out of the houses after the rain and found it utterly surprised to have looked the post hailstorm scene that disrupted normal life. Huge hailstones took two hours to melt. “I was frightened as I came to head the sound of thunder amid the heavy hailstorms. I could not look into the house yard at that moment,” said Narayan Chanda, a student in Hojai. Chain Room Sharma, a local resident said,” the falling of hailstones on the rooftop was enchanting indeed which lasted for a little while. Never have I seen such scene during the last 45 years. Wonderful indeed.” Normalcy returned only in the evening. There is,however, no report of any casaulaties.