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Citizenship Bill report on Monday

The joint parliamentary committee set up to study the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 will table its report to Parliament on Monday.

Presided over by chairman Rajendra Agarwal, the committee held its last session on Thursday where the draft report was passed without accepting any amendment proposal.

Congress member Bhubneswar Kalita walked out of the meeting for not considering his proposals. Later hr said they would oppose the Bill inside and outside Parliament.

In a related development Congress leader and former chief minister Tarun Gogoi said the Bill if enacted would reduce the Assam Accord, 1985 and NRC  into a meaningless sheet of papers.

The AGP leaders met in Dispur in the afternoon and said they have not change their position and that they would pull out of the coalition the moment the Bill is passed in Parliament.

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Sonowal grills MLAs

10 Feb 2014 - 4:05pm | AT News

State BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday grilled his party legislators to find out the real one who did not toe on the party line in the recent Rajya Sabha polls.

Sonowal took statements from all the five MLAs who claimed to have voted for Opposition consensus candidate Haidor Hussain.

Barring Prasanta Phukan, other Manoranjan Das, Dilip Moran and Jadav Deka and Ranjit Dutta are believed to have apprised Sonowal that they did produce their ballots before the party agent after casting their votes.

But Phukan did not produce it citing absence of his party agent as he was casting his votes. That’s why, his role seems to have raised doubt.

Sonowal’s meeting with the legislators assumed significance a day after the party set up a three member panel to probe the sensational allegations. Led by former MLA Mison Ranjan Das, the panel is probing the allegations against them.

Bhutan delegation visits BTAD

30 Sep 2016 - 11:00pm | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

A four member delegation of Bhutan Royal Government led by Sonam Topgay, Secretary for Ministry of Home & Culture, Bhutan Royal Government met BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary at Circuit House in Kokrajhar on Friday to discuss on friendship and co-operation along borders regions with BTAD administration.

The Bhutan delegation also held meeting with district and police administration, in separate manner where they discussed on the border management in between Assam (India) and Bhutan country.

Bhutan delegation also included Tashi Penjore,Director of Ministry of Home & Culture,Bhutan Royal Government.

Topgay,after the meeting with BTAD administration told that they discussed on the border management to gain peace and security along border region of BTAD districts.

‘We reach here to discuss to about law and order along with border districts coordination meetings in the region, border districts with BTAD-Kokrajhar,Chirang,Baksa and Udalguri.

‘To promote friendship between India-Bhutan,cooperation, peace and integration so that people living in the border area could be held peaceful atmosphere was prime vision of the meeting’, Topgay said.

Kampa Borgoyary,BTC deputy chief said Bhutan delegation team discussed on the prevailing situation along Indo-Bhutan border areas in region.Discussion was stressed to make strong relationship and cooperation in between India and Bhutan country.

‘We have been sharing information about all matter related to border management in between two country. We have over 300 kilometer of border area with Bhutan and many common issues in border areas through which both countries can build healthy integration’, said Kampa adding that they discussed over maintaining of law and order on peaceful and harmony in the region.

CBI team in Kokrajhar to probe Lafikul case

12 Jan 2018 - 7:20pm | AT News

Kokrajhar: A six member team of the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) has started probing the murder of Lafikul Islam Ahmed in Kokrajhar four months after the sensational case struck the state. Led by CBI SP attached to special crime branch Upendra Kumar Agarwal, the CBI team based in Kolkata arrived in Kokrajhar on Thursday and visited at the spot at Titaguri Bazar and rushed at Salakati SBI branch office.


The CBI team which is camping at the Kokrajhar Circuit House and has been extracting inputs for the probe. The investigation agency has already questioned some eye witness  apart from interacting with the police officials. They interrogated the owner of the JK Trader Gautam Khundo and bullet injury survivor Shubangkhar Chakrabarty where Lafikul was shot dead by unidentified miscreants on August 1, 2017. The CBI team checked bank accounts belonging to Lafikul Islam at Salakati SBI branch and interacted with bank officials.