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Car sale ban: Whose initiative

She is none other than Rita Das Mozumdar who moved the court seeking its intervention to stop the sale of small four wheelers without crash-test clearance.

According to the advocate at the Gauhati High Court claims to have found that cars weighing up to 1,500 kg do not meet the specifications laid down by the Motor Vehicles Act. According to her, it amounts to a violation of the statute itself.

The 50 year old Mozumdar owns a Hyundai Eon, Maruti Suzuki Ritz and Mahindra Xylo, filed a PIL contending that small passenger cars manufactured do not conform to safety standards.

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Terror tentacles in Meghalaya: NCP candidate killed

19 Feb 2018 - 10:09am | AT News Shillong

SHILLONG: Diabolic terror tentacle is spreading in Meghalaya a week ahead of the assembly polls where a poll candidate was among five were killed in an explosion in the northeastern state.

NCP candidate Jonathone N Sangma, his two security guards and two associates died when suspected GNLA rebels exploded a powerful bomb on Sunday evening in a remote place within his constituency in the East Garo Hills district.

The explosion took place at 7.30 in the evening as Sangma and his team was on their way back to home in Williamnagar after holding a huge poll rally. All the passengers inside the scorpio on which they were travelling were killed on the spot.

All the bodies were brought to the Williamnagar Civil Hospital for post mortem. Police officials suspect the incident a handiwork of GNLA since the entire area is said to a huge stronghold of the Garo rebels who often keep unleashing terror in the form of killing, kidnapping and extortion.

The rebel outfit has been targeting Sangma since 2013 before he lost to Congress candidate forcing the authorities to provide him security forces to ensure safety.


Kaziranga celebrates World Elephant Day

12 Aug 2017 - 10:28pm | Syed Miraz Ahmed

The Corbett Foundation, Kaziranga Chapter in association with the Kaziranga National Park authorities celebrated World Elephant Day at Bokakhat today. World Elephant Day is an international annual event dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world's elephants. The first World Elephant Day was held on August 12, 2012. Assam is home to over 5000 wild elephants.

The event was organised in front of Bokakhat Natya Mandir where eminent artists of Kaziranga landscape demonstrated their skills and imagination with brush on canvases as large as 4 ft x16 ft on issues like poaching for tusks, habitat loss and deforestation.

Dr. Naveen Pandey, a conservation medicine professional and Deputy Director of TCF informed that the main purpose of the display of artwork was to spread awareness on the need for conservation and protection of pachyderms in the state.

Park officials and eminent personalities of Bokakhat town including students from schools, colleges, art schools, wildlife enthusiasts and villagers from the nearby villages who witness frequent man-elephant conflict were present during the celebration.

Flyers containing information on elephant and its ecological importance were distributed among the visitors along with interesting facts and statistics on elephants. Various dimensions of man-elephant conflict including its causes, costs involved and mitigation measures were discussed during the event. Documentaries on the conservation issues of wild elephants were also screened and discussed.

The Corbett Foundation has placed high importance to man-elephant conflict mitigation in Kaziranga. It has made 39 watch towers (locally called tongis) to support the farmers in guarding their crop lands. The tongis have been provisioned with powerful flash lighting systems which can even charge mobile phones. A solar powered fence, 9 km in length, has been built in Silghat area by TCF. In areas where elephants move quite often, TCF recommends removable solar powered fence which are dismantled after the harvest season. TCF has also built a 4 km long solar powered fence in Burapahar Range of the Kaziranga National Park which is seasonal. This way, elephant movements are not blocked across landscape. The approach has been well appreciated by the park authorities. The situation however, also calls for site specific measures for mitigating man-elephant conflict according to Pandey.

Daloabari TE championship in Kokrajhar zonal

16 Sep 2016 - 9:26pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Kokrajhar, Sep 16:Daloabari Tea Estate defeated Amguri ex-Tea Garden 1-0 to lift CM's Inter Tea Garden football championship for Kokrajhar zonal in today's final match being played at Magurmari Jilimili club ground in Kokrajhar district. Jastina Dhanowar netted his lone goal against Amguri in 42 minutes in second half which led the team to win 1-0 goal in the zonal football championship.

Jastina Dhanowar was awarded a trophy and cash 5000 as best player in the zonal championship. BTC executive member Rajib Brahma attending as chief guest handed over trophy and cash 7,000 to championship team.Rabiram Narzary, Kokrajhar west MLA gave away runners up trophy and cash 5,000 to runners up team. BTC executive member Doneswar Goyary, Janjabati Basumatary, BTC CHD for sports & youth welfare department was prominent attendees on the prize distribution function.