Guwahati : Army Personel alongwith the Assam Police have apprehended two people including the president of the Darrang district of MASS, and recovered five kgs of RDX, five PTD switches and eight grenades from the Baihata Chariali area in Rangiya on Wednesday evening.
According to information, MASS General Secretary of Darrang unit Shyamal Sarma and Bipul Deka, a contractor of Mangaldai, were on the way to Guwahati on a Tata Sumo when they were apprehended. Interrogation is going on at Jalukbari police station
Being the first ever relief team to have reached out to the measles affected Myanmar's border villages, the Tangkhuls For Nagas in Myanmar (TaFNIM) has marvelously opened up new avenues for restoring strained relations between the Tangkhuls and the Konyaks.
The team undertook the mission to reach out to the hapless villagers in Myanmar's remote border areas in the backdrop of the current outbreak of measles epidemic claiming many precious lives in the Naga Self Administered Zone (NSAZ) since early June last.
Equipped with a heavy consignment of medicines, nutritional food and clothes, the team set out from Ukhrul on 23 August and managed to reach Longwah village in Nagaland's Mon district in the next few days with the help of numerous Naga social organizations like Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organization (ENPO), Eastern Nagaland Students Association (ENSA), Tangsha Students Union, Konyak Union and others.
From Longwah village, official members of Naga Cultural Committee/Yuya in NSAZ collected the relief materials on motorcycles which sneaked through the rugged terrain to reach Lahe township from where the materials would be despatched to each destination of affected villages in the border of the neighbouring country.
Acknowledging the tireless and humane mission of TaFNIM, S Manlip Konyak president Konyak Union, said that the team was the first ever group that had reached out to the affected villagers. He further poured out the feelings that the selfless mission was an eye-opener for them as it would give fresh impetus for revival of brotherhood between Tangkhul and Konyaks.
In the course of the mission to Mon district where Konyaks dominated, the TaFNIM team also had the fortune of visiting the Angh (chief) of Longwah village and his Anghnok(ancestral palace). In a bid to renew the bond of brotherhood, the team presented a traditional Tangkhul neck cloth to the Angh who rolled out a warm reception.
Meanwhile, the TaFNIM team has expressed gratitude to all the Naga civil society organizations for extending cooperation and assistance in the course of the journey and also all the individual and group donors for their generous contributions and added that all that has gone in to make the mission a grand success.
Bhubaneswar Kalita,president APCC has given the final touch of the Congress election campaign in 65 Kalaigaon LAC by attending a massive election rally at religious minority dominated Rajapukhuri and Bhehguri of Kalaigaon constituency on April 9 at 10 AM. More than 10000 people attended the rally which was organised by Congress in support of its candidate Rupa Rani Bhuan.It needs mention that this had been the last massive election rally in the constituency.The rally was held at Bherbheri HS play ground where AGP had organised an election rally few days back.Addressing people Bhubaneswar Kalita appealed voters to vote for Congress candidate Rupa Rani Bhuan.He further said that Congress would form the government in Dispur for the third term.But he did not make any negative comment against any political party, leader or candidate.Kandarpa Kalita.secretary of Darrang district Congress anchored the proceeding of the election meeting held at the same place.
Ajanta Neog,Minister,PWD,Assam also attended another election rally held at Kalaigaon town cattle market on April 8 at 11 AM in support of congress candidate Rupa Rani Bhuan in Kalaigaon LAC.More than 1000 people mostly woman attended the rally.She narrated the scenery when Congress had taken over government in 2001 administration was demoralised and broken in every field.She told people that an amount of Rs.18 corer had already been released for the reconstruction of MB road (lifeline of Darrang and Udalguri district) from Kalaigaon to Tangla (phase II).She criticised AGP for their emotional blackmail of the people of Assam.
Any mention of India’s Northeast, and the first two things that comes to the mind of people from outside the region which has been a wonderful cauldron of cultures are, a disturbed area battered for long by arms conflict, or else, ‘the other exotic’. However, very few from rest of the country recognizes, that this eastern tip of India, connected to the rest of the country by a mere chicken-neck corridor, which is both physically and metaphorically true, happens to be the western most end of South-east Asia merging and melting into the mainland of what came to be defined asIndia since 1947. It is true that the long history of this region of various racial identities have passed through troubled times while certain parts of Northeast continue to be still tormented by conflict situations. What is also true are prevailing patriarchal systems within the social folds, giving birth to treachery and cruelties like witch hunting across parts of contemporary Assam which has been historically the gateway to the entire region.
Yet, despite the existing odds and challenges presented by India in accepting the Northeast within its much greater folds, the region stands out as unique and not exotic as many may think. These photographs present vignettes of ‘traditionally empowered’ women of Assam, their self-dependent nature evident while returning from a weekly market in Chandubi, in Southern Assam, around 50 kilometers west of Guwahati. These women from the Rabha community are rarely dependent on their men folk to ferry them across long stretches of water, or support them on land, during visits to the market to sell vegetables and traditional commodities, and return home with goods for the hearth and home from the market.
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Assam: The Accord, The Discord – Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty