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Three arrested in Kokrajhar

KOKRAJHAR: Police apprehended three persons including a government employee involved with cheating related cases from Kokrajhar town on Thursday.

According to Police, Kokrajhar and Guwahati police have jointly carried out a search operation and apprehended the trio. They have been identified as Alok Sen (49) of Prince Golam Hossain Shah Road, Kolkata, Pradip Kalita (42) of Jamalpur of Kamrup rural and Manoj Kumar Deka (75) of Geetanagar, Guwahati. Kalita is a fourth grade government employee in PHE department.

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Red carpet to private parties! Stop

4 May 2018 - 4:04pm | AT News

The Civil Society Alliance – Assam, a solidarity group committed to the cause of promoting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights for peace, justice and equality is expressing to voice its  deep concern regarding the proposed financing development model of privatizing the historical monuments of Ahom Kingdoms of Sivasagar district and kaziranga National Park of Assam being crafted through the ambitious ‘adopt a heritage’ in the state.  CSAA  believe that this kind of aggressive project pose greater challenge to sustainable and people-oriented development which institutionalize the private control over the resources and divert the government attention from addressing the social concerns in a new form of advancing neoliberalism. It is also a thought-provoking matter of concern now for the indigenous people because such privatize sector move may facilitate human rights violation, including land grabbing and displacement of the native community in the long run.

The Alliance group is also deeply concerned about increasing private sector involvement in the state in various forms are becoming an increasingly important actors in social development process. This kind of PPP model which  is known is also a privatization by other means in the state run system which has gained momentum since the failure of privatization programs initiated by the International Financial Institution (IFI) such as World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other bilateral and multilateral institutions across many counties earlier.

In a solidarity statement, CSAA would also like to urge that Government of India to comply its international human rights commitments and obligation of Rights of Indigenous Peoples as drawn in United Nation Declaration of the Rights of the Indigenous People, adopted by the General Assembly in 2007 (UNDRIP, Article 11) that Indigenous peoples have the right to practice and revitalize their cultural traditions and customs. This includes the right to maintain, protect and develop the past, present and future manifestations of their cultures, such as archaeological and historical sites, artefacts, designs, ceremonies, technologies and visual and performing arts and literature.

The Civil Society Alliance – Assam, a collation of NGO, Community Based Institution, indigenous Peoples Organisations & social activist, being connected to this land by virtue of aboriginal are urging to withdraw the current proposal of privatizing modality of corporatizing the historical monuments & national park of Assam instantly to address the negative consequences in order to defend the community control over the basic services and resources for development justice. The alliance also would like to urge the Government for its policy towards the use of development resources for private financing implementation to replace with greater and more democratic public sector leadership with the enforcement of regulatory mechanisms to ensure transparency for people. The press release has been shared which is being endorsed by North-East Affected Area Development Society (NEADS) – Jorhat, United Women Rights Protection Forum, - Upper Assam,  Chutia Yuva Sanmilan, Assam – Jorhat District Committee, People Right Forum - Dhemaji, The EAST, Tezpur and Social Activists of the state.

 

By Tirtha Prasad Saikia 

Tragic death of an Indian wild Gaur

13 Oct 2010 - 3:37pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

Frequent deaths of wild animals in the state has been a growing concern for the nature loving people.The causes of deaths had been- reckless driving of trucks and trains,illegal poaching,poisoning by villagers living near reserve forests and accidental deaths caused by forest officials etc.Such an incident occur on October 6 in Udalguri district when a tranquilized male Indian wild Gaur in the process of its rescue operation.The animal was spotted at Daflapota near Gelabil (Orang) on October 4. Hundreds of fun making villagers started chasing the innocent wild animal who had strayed away either from Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh jungles.A team of experts from CWRC (Conservation of Wildlife and Rehabilitation Centre) Kaziranga NP under WTI (Wildlife Trust of India) arrived, at the request of Bankim Sarma,DFO,Dhansiri Forest Division, Udalguri on October 6. The exhausted and empty stomached wild animal finally took shelter at Betali TE near Mazbat where it was tranquilized by Dr.Anil Deka of CWRC,Kaziranga NP.Five people including Dr.Deka got injury in the process of rescuing the animal.The animal was arranged to be released at Sikaridanga in Bhairabkunda Reserve Forest on October 7.But it breathed its last before regaining sense.Environmentalists said that the animal was too weak, exhausted and empty stomached at the time of tranquilizing.They also appeal people not to chase away or disturb wild animals coming out to locality in search of food.

Sahitya Akademy for Patangia, Brahma

20 Dec 2014 - 6:22am | AT News

The Sahitya Akademy has announced its award to prolific writers Arupa Patangia Kalita and UG Brahma for 2014.

Dr Kalita, who teaches English at Tangla College is known for her epoch making novels and short stories has been announced the award for her fiction in Assamese. The author of 10 novels has already received literary awards which include Bharatiya Bhasha Parishad Award, Katha Prize and Prabina Saikia Award.

The name of former Rajya Sabha MP and BPF leader has been announced for his contributions to the Bodo literature with five collections, including poetry, short stories, biography and essay. His poetry book Údamgwphral Gidinghphnnanal is known for socioeconomic and cultural scene of contemporary Bodo society.

The award comprising an engraved copper plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1 lakh would be given away at a function on March 9 next year.