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Assam Election 2011: Congress government and the new opposition

After the congress Tsunami in the 20011 election that left the political opposition horror-struck, now the million dollar question is about the functioning of the new government. Will the congress govern wisely? No Socrates and thus no philosopher kings, yet some feel that congress will do justice and corruption level will come down to some extent as because the congress has already looted for 10 years, on the other hand some feels, had the AGP came to power, corruption would have started right from the word “GO”. Million people with million minds will have various opinions, but in general people want a corruption free government and less burden of tax. However a taxi driver in Paltan Bazaar stand feels its time to pay more tax now even before the government had started functioning.

Will ANARCHY prevail? Congress spokesman Himanta Bishwa Sharma assures that anarchy will have no scope in the new tenure of the Congress government though there will be no opposition. He adds that the party will work more sincerely now for the development and that the various civil societies will act as opposition. He believes that the Assamese civil society is strong and vigilant enough to keep a check on the works of the Government. However taking the words of the minister for granted in face value will hardly serve any purpose. Yet it’s nice to hear these soothing words from the powerful minister who spoke very humbly each time we interviewed on the issue of opposition.

So how is the new opposition going to play its role in the days to come? Will protest on the streets get stronger or weaker without political opposition to raise relevant questions on the floor of the Assembly? Political parties have failed to get the Magic number, Just 21 out of 126 to sit in the opposition forget about the magic number to sit in power. Hope the civil doesn’t fail to raise voice on important issues. Specially people in the town and cities are always casual to join any protest on their own unless some one gives a push from behind or hijack his emotions. Its time for the people to come out to the street rather than trying to curse the politicians from their drawing rooms. Its time to get ready to brave the scorching sun and heavy rainfall. Hope the young bloods will not shy away from the new job, let’s all rock in true sense. After all for the general people, the opportunity of being in the opposition in real sense has come after a long gap of 64 years. All the good luck to the patriot and democratic people.

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To say a fact, since 1970s, Assam never had a strong Opposition in the state assembly. The so called 'Opposition' are a pack waiting for their oppurtune moment to plunge neck-deep in corruption. The actual and best 'Opposition' force in Assam presently is the Independent Farmer Leader and RTI Activist Akhil Gogoi, and We the People.

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HSLC/AHM exam results declared

16 Jun 2012 - 2:57am | editor

The Board of Secondary Education, Assam on Friday announced the results of the HSLC and AHM examination it conducted in February-March. Gyandeep Sarma from Shankardev Shishu Vidya Niketan in Bokakhat, Bhaswati Deka from St. Mary’s English High School in Maligaon and Stuty Khound from Shankardev Sishu Vidya Niketan in Biswanath Chariali topped HSLC examination this time leaving many reputed schools red-faced.

The percentage of successful candidates this year is 69.63 where altogether 2,78, 704 candidates appeared. Altogether 1,94,067 candidates have cleared the HSLC examination out of whom 26,203 have been ranked in first division and 68,180 candidates have secured second division. The first fourth rank holders are Gyandeep Sarma from Shankardev Shishu Vidya Niketan in Bokakhat, Bhaswati Deka from St. Mary’s English High School in Maligaon and Stuty Khound from Shankardev Sishu Vidya Niketan in Biswanath Chariali. Shahinoor Rahman from Bijni Bandhab HS School, Parijat Priyadarshin from St Josephs Convent High School in Tezpur ranked second top position. Priyanka Bezbaruah from Udayan Santi Niketan in Bezera is smiling with third top position while the fourth position goes to Neha Sharma from Holy Child School in Guwahati with Priyanka Medhi from Lokpriya GNB High School in Morigaon district. On the other hand, the number of successful candidates in the high madrassa examination this time stands at 5475 out total 7931. The percentage of successful candidates is 69.03. Of them, 230 have been placed in first division while 2172 have secured second division. The fifty per cent holders are set to get lap top this year.

ABSU convention concludes

12 Jun 2014 - 9:12pm | Hantigiri Narzary

A two-day special convention of the All Bodo Student Union (ABSU),  coinciding of the observance of the 27th death anniversary of Martyr Sujit Narzary,first martyr of Bodoland movement on Thursday concluded at Patgaon in Kokrajhar with adopting 10 resolutions including pressing the union government under the Prime Minsitership of  Narendra Modi to include Bodoland issues in its 100 days agenda,permanent solutions of NDFB problems,quality education among society etc.

The influential student union said that Assam, especially lower and middle Assam is venerable state due to illegal migrants from Bangladesh with huge chunk on tribal belts& blocks and forest land have been encroached upon including by suspected Bangladeshis. ‘Tribal and other indigenous people in the state, are under threat from the illegal migrants as their land are being encroached upon. The tribal belts & blocks, forest and government land are encroached upon illegally by the illegal migrants from across the border, Promod Boro, ABSU president  said.

Saying that the present land law is not strong enough for protection of land from illegal encroaches, the ABSU urged the govt for enactment of new land law in the state for protection of land rights of the tribal and other indigenous people of the state. The union lamented the state government and its machinery of neglecting the plight of the tribal people saying the state govt are not at all interested in proper implementation of reservation policy and rights of tribal people and has neglected the rights and interest of the tribal and other indigenous people all these years

The ABSU resolved to urged the govt of India to includes the ‘Bodoland issue’ in its 100 days agenda and  appeal the Union Home minister and department to includes the Bodoland issue in its 100 days agenda and solve the age old demands of Bodoland state for a lasting solution to the problem. 

The delegate sitting also urged the tribal affairs minister to take appropriate steps for providing Land Allotment Certificate under the Schedule Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers’ (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 saying that non availability of land documents, some of the schools have been dropped out and deprived from provincialization and other welfare projects for the ST and traditional forest dwellers people dwelling in the forest.

ABSU urged the Union govt to give special attention to NDFB’s and initiate talk with the militants organisations for a peaceful solution to militancy problem. It also urged the movement groups to create a congenial atmosphere and shun the path of violence.

The ABSU also resolved to work for protection of forest and wildlife in Bodoland region. It also urged the Union govt to retain the original name of Rajib Gandhi Orang National Park.

The student body also criticized the Assam government of neglecting the problems of Bodos medium institutions, including creation of separate Directorate for Bodo medium. It urged the state govt to  initiate steps to set up Degree colleges and upgrade the High schools to Higher Secondary as the students had to lots of hardship during admission due to lack of colleges.    

An open session was also held on the occasion with Promod Boro,president of the students union in the chair.Among others Maneswar Rabha,president of the All Rabha Students Union,Ratan Kachari,president of All Assam Sonowal Kachari Students Union,Bhaskar Deuri,president All Assam Deuri Students Union,Sanjib Kumar Hajong,general secretary All Assam Hajong Students Union were present.

KPLT utras held in Karbi Anglong

14 Aug 2015 - 8:57pm | AT News

Security forces claimed to have captured 4 dreaded KPLT militants during a combing operation in KarbiAnglong district of Assam on Saturday.

Acting on a tip of army, police and para military forces conducted the operation in Nongmeli area wheretheyheldthe 4 Karbi militants in the wee hours.

Police further seized a huge cache of arms from their possession. They were arrested two days after security forces held at least 8 dreaded Karbi militants including the self style commander in chief.