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Escalating protest against Citizenship Bill

Nearly 200 political parties and organizations have started vehemently opposing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 in many forms after JPC set up to study the controversial Bill approved it to submit before Lok Sabha on Monday.

The All Assam Students Union along with 30 other ethnic pressure groups are holding a huge rally in the capital city of Guwahati on Sunday opposing the Bill that would give citizenship to the non Muslim immigrants.

The influent peasant body along with 50 other organizations are holding sit in strike demanding halt in the move.

The main opposition Congress will protest the Bill both inside and outside the Parliament. Opposition leader Debabrata Saikia has slammed the central and state governments and dared AGP to pull out of the coalition.

Peasant leader Akhil Gogoi said they would go to any extent to stop the move.

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Flood scene grim: toll 15

NH 37 submerged after  breach of Hatimura embankment  at Jakhalabandha in Nogaon district on Sunday. Photo by UB Photos.
14 Aug 2017 - 9:05am | AT News Guwahati

The overall flood situation has gone from bad to worse with the river Brahmaputra and its tributaries flowing above the danger level submerging nearly 3000 villages in 21 districts till Monday. 

The toll has gone up to 15 from ten during that last 24 hours forcing the authority to step up relief and rescue measures. The second wave of the flash wave seems to have hit Nagaon and Kokrajhar where thousands of people have been evacuated to relief camps. 

In Kokrajhar district alone the flood wave washed away six people while ten others have been reported from other flood affected areas where thousands of people have been keeping in the relief camps.

Panic spreads' among the local residents of Nagaon town after the over flowing waters breached a huge embankment in Jakhalabandha swelling the river Kolong that flows across the central Assam town. The district administration remains alert to face any eventuality. 

Army and Indian Air Force have assured the government help to firmly deal with thr situation. Surface communication remains heavily disrupted in many places and the Northeast Frontier Railway has cancelled trains on Sunday and Monday. Nearly a dozen of trains coming to Assam have refused to move beyond New Jalpaiguri.

VCD 'Jaan Oi Zowan Doi' released

29 Mar 2009 - 3:04am | editor

Mid April the major festival of composite Assamese society the Rongali Bihu begins, this also brings exuberance to the youths even to the aged and kids. As Assam and the Assamese people are gearing up with the preparation of Bihu; UB Photos – a premier news photo agency of North East India came out with full length commercial Bihu Video CD “Jaan Oi Zowan Doi” to be part of this gala celebration this year. The artists and producers released the VCD yesterday in a ceremony in UB Photos premises.

Speaking on the sidelines of the release Chief Photo Editor and Proprietor UB Photos Utpal Baruah outlined how and why UB Photos conceptualized on making of a Video Cd though it was a established name in still photography. Baruah reasoned that with visual media and editing set up being established in UB Photos; we tried to give a click with all freshmen in the technical setup. Directed by young director Kumar Sanjay Sarkar and freshman cameraperson Utpal Kalita the VCD is of standard quality. Most of composition through out the VCD has been given a second thought that is how the entire film becomes a good watching stuff. The fresh visual editor of UB Photos Pranab Bhuyan have done a wonderful job as well with sequence order, sound mixing and other editing activities. The entire UB Photos team has worked heart and soul to present a fabulous gift to the people of Assam this Rongali Bihu.

“Jan Oi Zowan Doi” has cast Kapil Borah as Jugal and Ratul Das as Pranab both ambitious village boys who come to Guwahati city to full fill their dreams. But they do not find any suitable employer or even a house to live in. In dilemma they lie and occupy a good accommodation in LP’s (Siddharta Mukherjee) house as tenants. Madhumita (Bhranti Medhi) is a pampered only daughter of LP who falls in love betrayal actor Pranab and her cousin Nandita (Zerifa Wahid) who comes to stay with them falls in love with Jugal an architect as lied to them. Alas! They (LP and family) come to know about their truth. The VCD however has a happy ending amidst tragedy, comedy and heart throbbing songs. Nishita Goswami appears as Guest Appearnce in a song. Acting by kid artist Rajhshree is really appreciable and it can be said from her skills that she owes a bright future in cine industry The other cast Lipika Bora Medhi, Kishor Choudhury, Debo Barman, Junali, Puspha Mishan and others. Bappa Ahmed, Ashim, Uday and Chandan have choreographed the dances and Ranjit Gogoi composed music. It is worth mentioning that songs have been sung by gen-X singer Zubeen Garg, Bollywood heartthrob Sonu Nigam, Jitul Sonuwal, Saswati Phukan and Sandhya Menon.

Actor Kapil Borah, Nishita Goswami, Sidhartha Mukherjee and the entire cast also spoke at length on their experience working with the UB Photos film unit. Produced by UB Photos the VCD has been supported by grassland, Reliance Mobile and co- produced by CEC Educational Group and Master (India) Brewing Company. The executive producer is Vinod Kumar Jain. During the release ceremony Dipankar Dutta, President CEC praised the efforts of all members of UB Photos and the film unit for their untiring effort behind the VCD. He expressed his desire to support and promote any group who is ready to come up with such commercial projects. A member of UB Photos termed it as leaning experience. A host of media persons, well-wishers and sponsors were also present during the release. The VCD is a must watch one this Rongali Bihu.

No let up in truckers’ logjam

8 Mar 2015 - 10:29am | AT News

An undeclared economic blockade against Nagaland continues to disrupt the supply of essential commodities in the neighbouring state.

Hundreds of trucks bound for Nagaland have been remaining stranded along the interstate border in Karbi Anglong, Jorhat and Sivasagar district plunging the state into yet another period of crisis.

Talking to Assam Times the truckers said that they won’t let anything go to Nagaland unless justice is ensured to Farid who was killed in mob attack.

“We don’t know when we will resume the supply of essential commodities. Let the government do justice to Farid. Then we will decide our next course of action,” said a trucker.  

They further said that the Nagaland government must give exemplary punishment to the youths who lynched the Karimganj businessman after dragging him out of the jail.

“Same punishments should be awarded to the policemen guarding the jail when the mob managed to storm into it to drag out Farid, who was a rape accused,” said a trucker.