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Protest-in-dharna at Raha demanding inclusion in Panchayat election

Giving a jolt to the ongoing Panchayat election process, around 400 families’ of Uttar Balipara village under Raha revenue cicrcle on Wednesday staged a strong protest- in-dharna in front of the Raha Circle Office demanding inclusion of their village in any Panchayat of the nearby villages. Led by All Tiwa Students’Union, (ATSU), Tribal Sangha, AASU, AJYCP , the protesters alleged that they have been kept away from voting in panchayat elections since 2001. The unhappy villagers further said that they have no basic amenities and their village has not been reached by any government scheme for the last 10 years as they are not belong to any panchayat.

The protesters later sent a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Nagaon urging him to take immediate action on the issue through Lakshi Das Barua, circle officer, Raha.

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Infiltration on the decline!

13 Apr 2014 - 12:52pm | AT News

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday claimed to have firmly deal with Bangladeshi infiltration from across the border.

Addressing a press conference in Guwahati on Sunday, Gogoi said,”we have done a lot. More needs to be done. But I can say that the infiltration from across the Indo-Bangla border is on the decline.”

He said BJP has no right to take on his government citing unabated infiltration of Bangladeshi immigrants.  

Rabha Divas observed at Kalaigaon

21 Jun 2009 - 1:20am | Jayanta Kumar Das

Asom Xahitya Xabha has celebrated Rabha Divas, centrally at Kalaigaon in Udalguri district on June 19 and 20 with gaiety. Sabha in association with ‘Kendukalai Sahitya Samaj’,Kalaigaon organized the two days celebration in presence of thousands of people on both the days. Hoisting of Sabha flag by Abul Hussain, president, Kendukalai Sahitya Samaj marked the beginning of the celebration on June 19 at 10 am followed by painting, quiz,recitation and Bishnu sangeet competition. Lumsraw Daimari,BTAD MCLA inaugurated the cultural evening on the first day at 8 pm. Floral homage was paid to Rabha’s image on second day morning on June 20 followed by a huge ethnic cultural rally, which was inaugurated by Rihan Daimari, minister PHE,Assam at 11 am. Daimari had also been the president of the reception committee.Maheswar Baro MLA,Kalaigaon; Keshab Deka and Dandi Rabha MCLA (BTAD);Sailen Rajbangshi,executive member of Sabha also participated in the rally where thousands of people in their respective ethnic colorful costume participated. Addressing the open session at 1 pm which was presided over by Rong Bong Terang,president Asom Xahitya Sabha,Rihan Daimari in his welcome speech recalled the historical background of Kalaigaon.saying that Kendukalai who had been the priest of Goddess Kamakhya lived in a village called Mura Deor just 5 km from present Kalaigaon.He thanked the people of Kalaigaon for organizing the great event with success. A souvenir named ‘Mukti Deul’,edited by Sukleswar Deka was released on the occasion by writer Radha Bora,project convener of Asom Xahitya Xabha.Seven new books published by Darrang Zilla Xahitya Xabha were also released formally at the open session by noted writer Suniti Sonowal, Maheswar Baro,MLA, Kalaigaon and Bipul Deuri,working president, cultural sub-committee of Asom Xahitya Xabha. Asom Xahitya Xabha also felicitated a few distinguished artists and singers namely- Kanika Bhattacharya,Bhadra Kanta Nath and Guni Ram Rabha (Oja) with citation letters,japi and Xarai.for their contribution to Assamese culture. Noted singer Sudakshina Sarmah attended the open session as the chief guest. She could not control her emotion when she had recalled her association with Bishnu Rava and Dr.Bhupen Hazarika.She made the audience spell bound by singing a few nostalgic songs of her times. Popular actor Nipon Goaswami’s speech won the heart of the people present. He said that people must respect and understand the values of ethnic cultures of Assam. Academy award winner ,writer Rita Choudhuri also addressed the session as the guest of honour.She said that Bishnu Rabha and Jyoti Prasad.Agarwalla through their writings tried to raise voice against exploitations on the poors.They had never been sitting in comfortable places away from common people while writing. She expressed her happiness to attend the huge gathering at Kalaigaon.Rong Bong Terang,who presided over the session recalled his meeting with Bishnu Rabha in Karbi hills.He said, Rabha used to play the traditional Karbi musical instruments instantly.According to him Asom Xahitya Xabha must try to do for the communal harmony among various ethnic groups of Assam.The cultural night in the evening was inaugurated by D.N.Hazarika,Circle Officer,Harisinga Revenue Circle (Tangla).where several distinguished singers like Samar Hazarika,Queen Das and Dilip Kumar Das etc performed to the delight of the people present.

Gorkhas demand indigenous status

21 Jul 2016 - 1:00pm | Nanda Kirati Dewan

Harka Bahadur Chetry, Chairman of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) representing approximate 30Lakhs Gorkhalis of the state has undetaken a non-violent democratic peaceful long march which is now called  ‘MARATHON MARCH’  from Mukong Selek, Jonai in Dhemaji district to Dispur, Guwahati approximately 560Kms from 19th July 2016 onwards  in protest against discrimination in proving OI (Original Inhabitant ) status to the Gorkhas of Assam in the National Register of Citizens (NRC)  upgradation process. The route districts wise would be Dhemaji, North Lakhimpur, Biswanath Chariali, Sonitpur, Nagoan, Morigoan, Kamrup Rural, Kamrup Metro and Guwahati. Chetry is expected to cover 30-50 kms every day and reach Guwahati after 1st March 2016 while the Assam Assembly is in progress.

While starting off the rally from Murkong Selek yesterday Gorkhafa of Assam Harka Bahadur Chetry said, ‘Gorkhas of Assam have settled since time immemorial and have extensively contributed to national building process and the freedom struggle movement so denying Original Inhabitant and Indigenous status to Gorkhas in Assam in up-gradation process of NRC is sheer discrimination and attempt to deprive fundamental rights of genuine Indian citizens. The Marathon March which will be peaceful non-violent democratic rally without slogans and blockades from 6am to 6pm every day till reaching Dispur is our way of registering our protest against this conspiracy and saving the fundamentals rights of Gorkhas’.

‘I welcome Civil Society Organizations, Non Government Organizations (NGOs), Mahila Samities, Associations, Unions , Federations,  Students Union, Youth Organizations and  Clubs, Foundations, Trusts, village development committees, Gaon Burahs, people holding public office, youth committees, organizations or any group also individuals  in any domain willing to extend their support and can contact Chief Secretary GACDC Sanjib Chetry and Vice Presidents Keshab Pandey and Raju Chetry who are marching along with me. I thank one and all  who participated today and covered a distance of 32 kilometers from 11.40am to 6.40pm today and expecting more participation from all walks of life’, said Harka bahadur Chetri while interacting with media at 7.30pm at Talem under Jonai subdivision.

Hundreds of Gorkhas waited in the roadside to have a glimpse of Gorkhafa and extend their support. Localities residing near the national highway arranged refreshments and lunch for their respected leader. Women, school children, students joined the marathon march as token support. GACDC office bearers said that  the numbers will rise and support will swell as the program progresses and it is very important that we extend support in all forms to our leader. GACDC has sought support and blessings for Gorkhafa from all quarters of people for peaceful and successful Marathon March.

Photo Caption : Harka Bahadur Chetry, Chairman of Gorkha Autonomous Council Demand Committee (GACDC) representing approximate 30Lakhs Gorkhalis of the state has undertaken a non-violent democratic peaceful long march named ‘MARATHON MARCH’  from Mukong Selek, Jonai in Dhemaji district to Dispur, Guwahati from 19th July 2016 onwards  in protest against discrimination in proving OI (Original Inhabitant ) status to the Gorkhas of Assam in the NRC Upgradation process. The rally has reached Telem in Jonai subdivision of Dhemaji today.