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Irate audience halt outside singer

MARGHERITA: An uneasy situation prevails in Tinsukia after an irrate mob vandalized a pendal meant for a cultural show of a Bhujpori singer who is known for controversial stage performance. Assam Sanskritik Samanboi Samity and All Assam Hindu Student Union, two lesser known  organizations hosted the function at the Tinsukia Tambulbari Piyali Phukan Auditorium where the audience destroyed the pendal on Monday for defying the diktat served to them against the singer in question Pawan Singh.   

 As Kumar started performing, the irrate audience stood up and broke chairs  forcing the organizers to halt for a while. "I purchased a ticket for Rs 1500 but unfortunately only three songs were sung by Controversial Bhojpuri singer Pawan Singh which made me anger and I immediately left the programme and promised not to watch such type of filthy programme," said an audience. 

 Notably, seven student organisations in the district submitted a memorandum to Tinsukia District Deputy Commissioner opposing the singer. But of no avail. The tent house owner claimed to have suffered a loss of Rs 3 lakhs and demands the amount from the organizers and if within three days the organising Committee doesn't pay the amount they would lodge a complaint before the police. The total budget of the programme was Rs 16 lakh. But the organisers paid only a little amount to the  singer.










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National Press Day observed in Guwahati

16 Nov 2009 - 12:02pm | editor

The Assam Press Correspondents’ Union has demanded an empowered Media Council of India, which can look after various issues of media persons effectively in the country. The media persons’ organization has asserted that the Press Council of India has slowly lost its relevance as it has no role to play on ensuring financial security to the working journalists. The APCU also raised its voice for a regional office of the media council in Guwahati. The demands were highlighted during a meeting organized on the occasion of the National Press Day.

Organized by the Assam Press Correspondents’ Union at Guwahati Press Club, the significant Day was celebrated with various programes today by the media persons. The celebration started with flag hoisting and culminated with a general meeting in the press club auditorium. A veteran journalist of South Kamrup, Khagen Bayan was also felicitated by the organizers.

Presided over by the APCU president Sobhit Chtri, the meeting was also addressed by senior journalists Bhabesh Baruah, Hiten Mahanta, Ranen K. Goswami, Nava Thakuria with others.

Growing Wild: the rescued rhino calves

31 Jul 2017 - 7:25pm | Subhamoy Bhattacharjee

It’s been a year since Kaziranga National Park was inundated by the worst floods to have hit Assam in over a decade. Among the 100-plus wild animal emergencies that CWRC (the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation: the wildlife rescue, treatment and rehabilitation centre run by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Assam Forest Department near Kaziranga) and its Mobile Veterinary Service units attended during the floods last year, were eight orphaned rhino calves that were rescued and brought to the centre to be hand-raised.

The simultaneous long-term care of eight rhinos has been a massive challenge for the team at CWRC. In addition to the efforts of the centre’s animal keepers and veterinarians, the tremendous support received from individual and corporate supporters, the Government of Assam, the Kaziranga National Park Authority and people from all walks of life across Assam has been critical.

“I remember that a group of children from a remote school had given up a mid-day meal to buy milk formula for the rhino calves”, says Dr Rathin Barman, WTI Joint Director and centre-in-charge, CWRC.  “There have been several such touching expressions of support. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the people of Assam and all well-wishers for their support and encouragement over the past year.”

When the rhino calves were first brought to CWRC they were stabilised at the centre’s Large Animal Nursery. Once they had recovered from their flood-related trauma and injuries they were shifted to a small outdoor paddock attached to the nursery. Gradually, having acclimatised to the outdoors, they were introduced to three larger paddocks with a natural stream running through them. This allowed the calves to wallow and play – an important part of their natural developmental behaviour.

“The calves have grown fast”, says Dr Panjit Basumatary, the lead veterinarian at CWRC. “Importantly, they’ve experienced all four seasons now, in an approximation of their natural habitat. It was touching to see how the younger calves huddled close to the older ones at night to keep warm during the winter, as they would have with their mothers. Now, as they play in the mud, enjoy the rain or nap together as they would in their natural environment, we feel a sense of satisfaction that they are making good progress towards a life in the wild.”

CWRC currently has ten rhino calves under care. The eight calves rescued last year had already bonded with an older calf that was rescued in 2015. Another under care four- to six-month-old calf displaced by the monsoon floods was rescued from Burhapahar and brought to the centre earlier this month during Kaziranga flood 2017.


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Udalguri situation under control, 19 injured

27 Feb 2014 - 11:05pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

In a most tragic incident, 19 injured at Udmari near Kalaigaon following identity crisis between villagers and a group of religious minority returning from a religious ceremony on February 27. According to information villagers of Udmari and other villages intercepted a mini van (Reg. No. AS-13-C/3682) at around 2 am carrying 26 people who had been returning home after attending a “Jalsa” ceremony organised at Outala Besimari village. When the villagers signalled the vehicle to halt the driver tried to speed away from the scene suspecting the villagers as dacoits. The villagers too suspecting the people in the vehicle as cattle thieves. It needs mention that miscreants have been stealing cattles in the nearby villages for couple of months and trucks were used in stealing cattles. The villagers chased the vehicle and mercilesslt beaten all the people on board causing serious injury to 19 people mostly youths including 4 in critical condition who had been rushed to GMCH. The villagers even tried to beat policemen arrived and set fire to the vehicle and two other bikes on the spot.

Following the incident, more than five hundred strong mob headed by AMSU leaders gheraoed Kalaigaon police station at 10 am demanding immediate arrest of culprits. Sadhana Hojai,Deputy Commissioner; Dibakor Doley.ADC; DR Mili,ASP, Udalguri ; Dr. DV Sibaprasad, SP and Rajvi Hussain, ADC Darrang visited Kalaigaon and Udmari and had discussion with the agitators. Five thousand strong AMSU agitators blocked MB road indefinately demanding immediate arrest of culprits. SP Darrang told this correspondent that more than two hundred police and para military personnel have been deployed in the area for maintaining law and order. In the mean time Darrang administration has imosed 144 in several villages under Kalaigaon and Mangaldai police station in and around Kalaigaon.SP Darrang said that more than 20 persons have already been arrested so far.Minister Basanta Das, MP Santias Kunjur have arrived at Kalaigaon and talked to AMSU and other agitators and road blokade has been withdrawn but has given 12 hours bandh call tomorrow in Udalguri and Darrang only.