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New political party in the offing in BTAD

Kokrajhar MP Naba Sarania is going  to float new political party in BTAD.

Sarania disclosed this in front of media on Tuesday.


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Shankar Barua commits suicide

17 Sep 2014 - 1:38pm | AT News

Former director general of police Shankar Baruah committed suicide on Wednesday. Baruah came home and within half an hour he went to the terrace and shot himself with his pistol revolver. Then he was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital at around 12 noon. But only to be declared brought dead there.

He was admitted to Down Town hospital last week after he complained of heart problems and was released from there on Wednesday morning. His body has been sent for postmorten.

The incident took place after his name hit media headlines in the Saradha scam where he was alleged to have received protection money from the chit fund.

CBI had conducted raids on his house on August 27 in connection with the multicrore rupees ponzi scheme scam.


Rabha Hasong areas on the boil

1 Nov 2013 - 8:47am | AT News

The Rabha Hasong dominated areas in Goalpara and South Kamrup continue to embroil in violence. The situation refuses to improve on Friday a day after the police firing in Goalpara where a youth died and several others have been injured.             Normal life remains crippled in these areas following the 12 hour bandh in protest against the Thursday's police firing. Vehicles are off from the streets. Offices, shops and markets, schools and colleges are remaining closed.             Notably, the move to hold the proposed Rabha Hasong autonomous body runs into a hail of protest from the non Rabha organizations who have vowed to disrupt the poll process.

EMFA hails SC verdict on Majithia Board

28 Apr 2014 - 11:12am | Paragmoni Aditya

Electronic Media Forum Assam (EMFA), while appreciating the recent verdict of the Supreme Court to implement the Majithia Wage Board recommendations for journalists & non-journalists of newspapers from this month onwards, has emphasized on pay hike for journalists & non-journalists, engaged with privately owned television channels. The apex court on April 9 had directed the newspaper managements across India to implement the recommendations of new wage board, which would be applicable since 11 November 2011 and to clear the arrears up to March 2014 to be paid to all eligible employees within a year. Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), a regional non-governmental organisation that monitors human rights in Asia and advocates for justice & institutional reform to ensure the protection & promotion of the rights also urged the newspaper owners to implement the latest wage board from April 2014.

Taking the recent Supreme Court’s judgment as a standard, the AHRC urges the media houses to implement the Majithia Wage Board recommendations as a matter of priority, said a recent statement from the Hong Kong based organization.

EMFA pointed out that nearly 80% television employees of northeast India are still performing their duties with pitiable salaries, unlimited working hours and without any facilities recommended by the country's labour laws not to speak of any statutory wage board recommendations. Hence EMFA calls for due legal benefits to the television employees as like their counterparts in the print media. Earlier All Assam Media Employees Federation (AAMEF) and Journalists Forum Assam (JFA) also raised voices for systematic pay hike for all media employees, engaged with the print & electronic media. Both the organizations also reiterated their demand for a social media audit in the region such that the readers and viewers can find a transparent picture of the financial dealings involved with their favourite newspapers and private news channels. The media audit should address many vital issues relating to the media market in the country, asserted the AAMEF and JFA adding that the exercise would hopefully help the media employees to receive their due benefits supported by the law of the land.