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One drowns at Hell River

A 17-year-old youth has died and another his colleague was rescued after drowning at Hell River at Fakiragram in Kokrajhar.

The incident took place on Sunday evening at Dhopertal village along the Hell River.

The duo hailed from Maligaon Guwahati visited their reltives house at Fakiragram. They went to the Hell River to have a bath in the afternoon and met the mishap.

Local police and SDRF team rushed the spot after the incident recovered one body and another one rescued.

The rescued has rushed the Kokrajhar RNB civil hospital for medical treatment after rescued.

The deceased was identified as Shyam Basfor (17),son of  Amarjit Basfor of Maligaon, Guwahati. The rescued was identified as Sanjay Basfor (19), son of Raju Basfor of Maligaon.

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Jumbo electrocuted

12 Oct 2016 - 11:19am | Shajid Khan

A male jumbo was electrocuted in a paddy field at  Sagolijhar area, Panery of Nonai Forest Range of Udalguri district on Sunday night.  Dr. Sulab Sarma Vety. Assistant carried out the post-mortem of the jumbo which revealed electrocution as the cause of death.

Manipur rights bodies demand govt support in CBI probe

18 Aug 2017 - 9:46pm | AT News Imphal

Human rights organisations on Friday called upon all concerned and the Manipur government to extend full cooperation to the CBI inquiry into 85 cases of alleged extrajudicial killings that took place in the state between 1979 and 2012. 

A discussion on imposition of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) in Manipur was held at Manipur Press Club jointly organized by the Extra-Judicial Execution Victim Families AssociationManipur (EEVFAM), Human Rights Alert (HRA) and United NGOs Mission-Manipur (UNMM). 

“We appeal to all concerned and the state government as well to extend full cooperation to the CBI inquiry to help ensure delivery of justice to the victims and their families,” said HRA Executive Director Babloo Loitongbam during the meet to review prolonged enforcement of AFSPA in Manipur.   

AFSPA was enacted in 1958 to bring under control what the government of India considered ‘disturbed’ areas.    

On July 14, 2017, the Supreme Court ordered the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) within two weeks to go through the records of at least 85 cases of alleged extrajudicial killings in Manipur.   

The CBI was also told file fresh First Information Reports (FIRs), and complete investigations where required. The apex court also directed the agency that the investigations must be completed by December 31, 2017.

On  July 27, 2017, the CBI constituted a five-member Special Investigating Team in accordance with the Supreme Court’s directions. 

During Friday’s discussion four key resolutions were adopted by the human rights bodies, which included fresh demands for removal of AFSPA and Disturbed Area Status from Manipur, seeking of witnesses to give evidence to the inquiry into the 85 cases of extrajudicial killings by the CBI, extending full cooperation by the families of all victims and early disposal of the long-pending cases of Sanjit and Rabina.  

The Apunba Manipur Kanba Lup (AMKIL) president Sakhi and several important persons attended the discussion.

Biju Phukan, Tapan Bordoloi chosen for Tarun Duarah memorial award

1 May 2013 - 5:15pm | Abdul Gani

Seasoned Assamese actor Biju Phukan and veteran artist Tapan Bordoloi have been chosen for the prestigious Tarun Duarah memorial Oil India award for the year 2012. Gauhati Artists’ Guild who instituted the award in 2009 to recognize the contribution of people in art and culture said in a press conference in Guwahati on Wednesday.

“Both Biju Phukan and Tapan Bordoloi have immensely contributed to the art and culture of the state. On the occasion we are glad to announce their names for the Tarun Duarah memorial Oil India award for 2012,” said Kishore Kumar Das, general secretary of Gauhati Artists’ Guild.

The award will be given on May 21 at an event at Rabindra Bhawan by Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi with the presence of several noted personalities. The award carries Rs 1.5 lakh, a citation and a memento.

Biju Phukan is one of the most popular faces of Assamese film industry since decades and still continues to dominate the screen with his acting. The 55 year old actor who has spent more than 30 years with the film industry started his career with Brojen Barua directed ‘Dr Bezbaruah’ in 1970. Besides, he has also tried his hand in direction in 1980s with ‘Bhai Bhai’.

On the other hand, Tapan Bordoloi has been a silent contributor to the field of art. He has served in Magadh Medical College and Gauhati Medical College Hospital as staff artist after doing his Fine Arts Graduation from Visva Bharati, Santiniketan in 1974. He was also the honorary principal of Art Class of Gauhati Artists’ Guild. He was also awarded senior fellowship in the field of visual art by the department of union ministry of culture.

Veteran artist Neel Paban Barua and Jahnu Barua were the winners of the inaugural edition of the award in 2009. In 2010, Benu Misra and musician Ramen Barua were conferred the award and in 2011senior sculptor Ramesh Ghosh and drama activist Anil Das got the award.