Assam also observes Dewali, the festival of light across the state. Rows and rows of earthern lamps, sounds of fire crackers speak all what the celebration everywhere.
Despite some restrictions to control pollution in the time of Diwali, people in the city are out to the streets to enjoy it with fire crackers. Several organizations are organizing some functions to celebrate the festival.
People in the city of Guwahati are making long queue in the markets for Diwali shopping. Banana trees are also being sold like hot cakes from Thursday morning. But at a price that is much dearer for the common people.
Assam Governor Lt general (Retd) Ajoy Kumar Singh and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi greet the people on the occasion of the festival of light. In their messages, they hope the festival will mark the beginning of a new era in the state.
A huge herd of wild elephants unleashed no less reign of terror in a vast rural area in Namrup on Tuesday forcing the forest authority to step in.
Comprising around 16 full grown wild elephants, the herd managed to sneak into the rural areas of Joyepur in search of food on Monday night damaging, crops, fruits and vegetables till Tuesday.
A few of these elephants are moving on the roads and backyards of the houses in search of food even as the villagers and forest guards deployed there have been following the wanton creatures in broad day light.
The entire herd keeps striking panic among the villagers in Hindu gaon, Janghal Basti, Chaikiya Gaon, Dillighat villages. The hapless villagers passed the information to the forest authority who rushed a team of officials to the spot. With the help of local police, efforts are on to drive out the elephants to the nearby reserved forest by bursting firecrackers in the evening.
Over ten thousand people staged dharna in front of Baska Deputy Commissioner's office a day after the attack on Nava Sarania's office in Mussolpur. The protestors in large number demanded immediate arrest of the miscreants involved in the incident. They further threatened to intensify the protest if the miscreants in question are not brought. A four wheeler vehicle and a bike were riddled when unidentified miscreants fired upon Saranias office who is contesting as an independent candidate from Kokrajhar in the Lok Sabha polls with support of non-Bodo people.
Dispur turns into a security fortress with heavy deployment of security forces in the capital. Restrictions on the movement of vehicles have been enforced during the winter session of the Assam Legislative Assembly to be effective from December 10 to ensure safety of the public, vulnerable road users, vehicles users and to maintain smooth flow of traffic in and around Dispur Capital Complex keeping in view that several organisations have announced protest actions during the period.