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Gaurav thrashes NaMo

In only two words ‘imaginary’ and ‘jugglery’ speaking something harsh Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi takes on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the time of ravaging flood.

Taking cue from the J&K flood assistance, the Kaliabor MP in his twitter post, accused Modi of spreading flimsy promises for Assam to help the flooded state mitigate the flood misery. 

In another tweet, Gaurav pounded on the NDA government saying that the ministers have stopped pouring on the state as soon as 19 districts have come under the surging waters. “Previously Modi Govt would send two Union ministers every month to Assam . Where are they during the floods?”

 

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ULFA cadre apprehended at Sualkuchi

6 Aug 2009 - 12:30pm | Bikash Das

Kamrup Police today apprehended one ULFA cadre namely Mintu Kalita (22) from Bamundi under Sualkuchi PS under Kamrup district of Assam. Police has recovered some documents pertaining to ULFA. Mintu was involved with many extortion activities. He is a member of 709 battalion of ULFA.

Usha Mangeshkar visit to Assam

7 Sep 2008 - 9:54pm | Nanda Kirati Dewan
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Almost all the Assamese of yesteryears has got special likings for the immortal songs 'Chinaki Chinaki mur monar manuh' and 'Asom desor bagisare chowali'. The singer of these immortal songs is Usha Mangeshkar, the youngest sister of the famous Mangeshkar family. Music of these songs were of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika, the inimitable singer from this part of the country.

Lata Mangeshkar introduced her youngest sister to Dr. Hazarika during their rehearsal for the song 'Jonakore Rati' from the film 'Era Bator Sur'. In their first meeting itself, Dr. Hazarika offered Usha Mangeshkar proposal for singing some Assamese songs and she accepted it with all her sincerity. This was the beginning of a honeymoon between Usaji and the Assamese songs. With her mellifluous voice, she gifted songs like 'Chinaki Chinaki mur monar manuh', 'Asom desor bagisare chowali', 'Jilmilia Komol Bali', 'Chenai mur o', 'Hawa Nai Batash Nai', 'Aparupa, Aparupa', 'Ayotire Uruli', to name a few to the music lovers of Assam.

She received state award for the song 'Chinaki Chinaki mur monar manuh' from the film 'Khoj'. The best quality apart from her voice is her almost perfect pronunciation.

She was invited as the chief guest in the award giving ceremony of 'Natyaprabar-Silpapran' on 28th August at Nagaon. In her lecture, she expressed her emotional closeness with Assam and the Assamese people. She said that the Assamese culture is very rich and she wants the preservation of this rich culture. She gave a clarion call to the new generation of Assam to remain alert so that this rich culture can not be eclipsed by bad external cultures. She recollected some of her sweet memories mentioning how Dr. Hazarika taught her and Lataji the Assamese songs. She ended her lecture with the song 'Chinaki Chinaki mur monar manuh'.

She spent the night in the circuit house of Nagaon. She became quite nostalgic when she was served the dinner with her favourite 'Kaldilor Tarkari'. She recollected that she had the same food with fish curry of gourd, tomato and lemon when she visited Assam with Dr. Hazarika many years back. She has a liking for the 'Nemu tenga', the Assamese lemon. So, next day, when she visited Kaziranga, she was offered lunch with her favourite fish curry. She did not forget to take 'tamul-pan' after her food. On her way to Kaziranga, she visited the Kellydane tea estate. Starting from plucking of tea leaves to the preparation of tea in the factory, she observed all the processes keenly. While she was walking in the tea estate, I heard her singing the song 'Asom desor bagisare chowali' in a low tone. While we were moving by the side of the hills of Karbi Anglong on our way to Kaziranga, looking at the clouds on the hills, she spontaneously uttered- 'Assam is like the Switzerland'. During our visit to Kaziranga she recollected her earlier visit to the sanctuary with Dr. Hazarika and said that she was really missing Dr. Hazarika at that moment.

She visited the holy Kamakhya temple on 30th August before flying back to Mumbai. She was accompanied by her nephew Adinath Mangeshkar, son of Hridaynath Mangeshkar and Adinath's wife Krishna Mangeshkar. Adinath was also seen also to be quite emotional towards Assam and Assamese people.

Before she went back, Ushaji expressed her wish to come to Assam again for some musical function. She let me know that she has a dream to record some of her Assamese songs in an album. I sincerely hope that her dream will be fulfilled by someone very soon.

With inputs from Kumar Bhaskarjyoti, Silpukhuri, Guwahati

Chanakya Brahma remembered

31 Oct 2015 - 9:26pm | Hantigiri Narzary

Sports organiser fraternity and publics recalled contribution of late Ayung Chanakya Brahma, founder of Bodoland Indigenous Games Association(BIGA) and former principal of Kokrajhar DIET on his third death anniversary at his burial place at Chota Adabari in Kokrajhar today. 

Noted educstionist, former principal of Kokrajhar DIET Chanakya Brahma died on October 31 in 2012 while going  Beijing to participate at a sports event in China. 

The anniversary was organised by BIGA at Chota Adabari with day long programme scheduled in Kokrajhar. 

Rani Bala Brahma, widow of Brahma paid rich floral tribute to Brahma at his portrait followed by BTC executive member Doneswar Goyary, noted writer Brajendra Kumar Brahma, sports organisers. 

An open discussion on the contribution of late Brahma was also organised on the occasion. 

BTC executive member Doneswar Goyary graced as chief guest on the occasion. 

Goyary recalling Brahma said that Chanakya was a versatile person who had contributed lots towards sports development as well social uplift in his life. He said Chanakya was associated with various social organization and activities including Citizens Forum, Cultural, Sports, literary, education in his living. 

Gunashankar Wary, secretary of BIGA told that the anniversary was organised to mark the recalled of contribution of lats Brahma who had dedicated his life towards development and social integration. He said that Chanakya Brahma was a man of good personality and contributed lot to the human resources building. 

Retired IRS Janaklal Basumatary, Dr AK Brahma were prominent attendies on the occasion.