ULFA leader Mrinal Hazarika addressing the media in a press conference organised under the 28th Battalion of ULFA at a ULFA camp on 26-06-08. The A and C companies of powerful 28th battalion of the ULFA declared an Unilateral Ceasefire few days back.
There seems to be marginal let up in the flood scene during the last 24 hours following the halt of rains that lashed the catchment areas.
The water levels of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries have shown receding trend during the last 12 hours much to a major respite for millions of people who have been rendered homeless.
But the blues have refused to die down where there is report of ten more deaths and with this the toll had gone up to 40 till Friday.
Assam Chief minister Sarbanabda Sonowal who came to New Delhi on Wednesday called prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and apprised him of thr situation who assured the flooded state of all help to overcome the problem.
Prominent RTI activist Akhil Gogoi blames it all on the big dams for the ravaging flood alleging that more mega dams would result in more disaster in the state. He further strongly took on the Centre accusing it of not taking up the issue seriously.
Army, NDRF, SDRF jawans are continuing relief and rescue operations in the affected areas while Indian Air Force has been airdropping relief materials to the marooned people in the remote and inaccessable areas.
Apart from Nagaon, other worst-hit districts include Barpeta, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Goal Para, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh where the government has set up as many as 1000 relief camps.
Many organizations and non governmental organizations have also been helping the marooned people shift to the relief camps.
Normal surface communication remains cut off in the flood hit areas. Train services in the entire north eastern region remains unmoved for sixth consecutive day on Thursday. The Northeast Frontier Railway has suspended movement of all trains outside the region till August 20.
National Investigation Agency probing the Burdwan blast case has arrested yet another person from Assam on Saturday. NIA arrested Suburuddin Ali from Nalbari who happens to be a close relative of Sahanur Alam---one of the main accused in the incident during.
NIA team and police arrested Ali after conducting a search operation at his house at Boroliapar village on Saturday wee hours. Police further detained Ali’s two relatives for several hours. But the duo were released later on Saturday.
NIA further seized some Jehadi books along with a huge quantity of medicines from Ali’s possession which were kept beneath the ground. The operation was carried out acting on the confessional statement of Sujana Begum, who was arrested from the ISBT here on November 7.
Hojai:- The Five days long Ganesh Chaturthi Celebration has kicked started in Hojai with religious fervour. The celebration began on Wednesday evening at the heart of Hojai Town i.e Netaji Point. Since Eighteen years Hojai Baybasayee Ganpati Puja Udjapan Samittee is celebrating the Puja with much pomp and gaiety.A large pandal has been erected at Netaji point and sparkle light decoration have added much attraction to the festival. At Hojai Baybasayee Ganpati Puja Udjapan Sammiitte the festivity will conclude on 16th September with town 'parikarma with idol of Lord Ganesha' along with devotees in the evening, thereafter immersion at Kali Bari.On the other hand, Sri Sri Sarbajanik Ganesh Utsav Samiittee is also celebrating the festival at ward No 2 at New-market in Hojai with much fanfare and lots of enthusiasm.Laxminarayan Temple and Biswanath Temple in Hojai witnessed long queues of the devotees on Thursday, who came to offer puja and seek blessings of Lord Ganesha for better health and prosperity and also for removing obstacles of life on the occasion of Ganesh Chatruthi. Devotees lit earthen lamps and incense sticks to please the deity and offered flowers and sweets. In Lanka, Marwari Panchayat Lanka celebrated Ganesh Chatruthi on Thursday with religious fervour. Devotees from all the sections of the society thronged the Ram Temple, where they celebrated the festival by offering sweets, flowers and chanting of mantras as per Vedic rituals and at last prasadam was distributed among them