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Three arrested in Junu Sarma murder case


GUWAHATI: The Kamrup Police have arrested three persons in connection with the murder of senior State Bank India (SBI) official Junu Sarma.Police in a pre-dawn raid on Sunday arrested the three persons–Putul Ali alias Saddam Hussain, Sunil Kumar Mishra and Pranab Kalita from different places.While Putul alias Saddam is a loan recovery agent, Mishra is an official of SBI’s Dadara branch. Pranab, who was detained by police for questioning after the incident, is a driver of the vehicle of bank official Sarma.The arrested accused persons were produced in the Kamrup CJM’s court, which sent them to 14-day police custody.The 56-year-old woman official of SBI’s Dadara branch was shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Agyathuri under Dadara police station on the outskirts of Guwahati on Tuesday night (Oct 9) while she was returning from office to her residence at Nizarapar in Chandmari here.Assam DGP Kuladhar Saikia said that the way things seem to have unfolded certainly makes it a case of a pre-planned murder.“We are probing all possible angles that have emerged so far, especially the one related to bank-related operation. We would get to the root of the case very soon,” Saikia had said.He said that the statements of all the eye-witnesses have been recorded and the investigators are on .

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Firing between police and poachers; one killed and five arrested

25 Jul 2008 - 3:56pm | Ritupallab Saikia
A poacher was killed by the police at Kanchanjuri near Kaziranga National Park in the night of 23rd July. According to sources during the course of regular checking of vehicles by Bagori Police Station, a Tata Sumo bearing registration No. AS-06/E-5082 did not pay any heed to police signal to stop and speeded away. The poachers deserted the vehicle at Kanchanjuri and tried to escape towards Kaziranga National Park and started firing at the police team who were following them. In retaliation police also fired at them killing one of the poachers named Piku Ali and injuring one Bashar Ali. The police arrested five persons from the spot. Police also recovered a pipe gun from the poachers.

Pollution Control in Guwahati : Finally some steps

4 Aug 2007 - 6:23am | Rituparna Goswami Pande

Finally some eyebrows have been raised on the increasing pollution levels in the city. Guwahati ranks high in the pollution charts of the country competing with metros like Delhi and Calcutta. Though the other cities leapt into action in order to reduce the air pollution causing serious danger to the denizens Guwahati is waking up a tad bit later. The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Assam Oil Division has taken an initiative to convert petrol-run autorickshaws into LPG system in a phased manner. This, if implemented would prove to be a great step towards improving the damaged caused by the increased level of pollution in Guwahati.

The decision by IOC was taken after increased level of carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide and unburnt-hydrocarbon were observed in the city’s atmosphere. These pollutants are causing serious health hazards to the people. Guwahati had seen the introduction of Pollution Testing centres in city which has kept in check the vehicles spewing this dangerous smoke but the system needs to be more streamlined in order to get better results for there are huge anomalies in the procedures of such pollution checks. Many vehicles plying in Guwahati or in different parts of the state for that matter are quite old models unlike their modern Euro II versions which are easier on the environment. Therefore what Guwahati needs is a complete overhaul of its vehicular assets.
The Chief LPG manager, IOC, Assam Oil Division, Ashim Kalita announced that they are planning to convert around 3000 petrol run auto rickshaws into LPG during the current fiscal to control the level of pollution. This step comes in the wake of a drive taken up by IOC in all major cities across the country. However small a step it would go a long way as far as pollution is concerned as it is effecting the environment and particularly pose a lot of danger to children.

Pollution has a disastrous effect on children, a study showed that youngsters who live within 500 metres of major highways develop weaker lungs then those who live at least 1,500 meters away. It also says that traffic pollution could affect lungs of children. James Gauderman of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles followed nearly 3,700 children in the area from age 10, measuring the participants’ functioning of their lungs every year, according to the online edition of New Scientist. As part of the test, the children took a deep breath and exhaled with force into a machine that gauged the volume and speed of air leaving their lungs. By the time they reached age 18, those participants living within 500 metres of a motorway performed significantly worse on the lung function test than their more distant peers.

Therefore, it is important that more such constructive steps are undertaken which will assure our future generations of some pure and quality breathing space.

AIUDF names 2 candidates

14 Feb 2014 - 10:29pm | AT News

The All India United Democratic Front on Friday has announced candidates for two seats for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Senior party leaders told Assam Times that Bijoy Krishna Nath will contest from Silchar seat while Radheshyam Biswas has been fielded in Karimganj seat.