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Assam Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

No Assam tableau in R


No Assam tableau in R-Day parade,
Gogoi orders probe(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi today asked the Chief Secretary to institute a high level inquiry as to
why the State’s tableau has not been put up in this year’s Republic Day parade
in New Delhi, said an official press release. The Chief Minister has asked Chief
Secretary P C Sarma to fix responsibility if any lapse was detected on the
officials concerned and to file the report forthwith, said an official press
release………more

Blasts, bomb recovery
mark R-Day eve(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Security in and around
Guwahati along with the rest of Assam, has been tightened to a high level on the
eve of the 59th Republic Day. Tiers of policing are in place in all the district
headquarters where official functions will take place with reports of at least
one blast and several recoveries of explosives in different parts of the
State.The administration and police have gone the extra mile to prevent any
untoward incident taking place tomorrow. Intelligence has also been beefed up to
thwart any activities of extremist elements. ……more

Our correspondents add(AST_26_1_k8)
NALBARI: Three persons were injured, and one of them critically, in an
explosion triggered by suspected ULFA militants at Nagera Chowk of Nalbari town
around 6. 15 pm today. The bomb was kept in a bicycle in front of a grocery
shop. ……more

BONGAIGAON: Police recovered a bag full of explosive materials from a bus
at Chapaguri Road in North Bongaigaon this morning. ……more
 RANGIYA: Three IEDs were recovered by Rangiya Police from Balagaon under
Rangiya PS around 1 pm from a Guwahati bound bus (AS 15 A 4786) ……more

KOKRAJHAR: An army patrol recovered an IED weighing 4 kg from the front
of R & B Civil Hospital Kokrajhar around 5 am today. ……more
 DIPHU: A Joint team of police and CRPF arrested an NDFB militant,
Maikhangsa Basumatary from the residence of Dimbeswar Basumatary of Ilapara,
……more
Langhing last night. An M 20 pistol, two magazines and eight rounds
of ammunition were recovered from his possession.

 


Help to family of
patriots(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi today directed the Sonitpur district administration to invite freedom
fighters Swarnalata Mahanata and Tarun Sarma to the official Republic Day
function being held by the district administration tomorrow and also to provide
them assistance. The Chief Minister was reacting to a news item published by a
section of the print media on the plight of the two freedom fighters, which
stated that they were not provided with any assistance by the State Government
and were also not invited to the Republic Day function, said an official press
release here. ……more

Cong dominates Panchayat
polls(AST_30_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – The Congress is
forging ahead of the rest in its way to retain power in majority of the
Panchayats of Assam. Though the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) improved its
performance from the last Panchayat polls, the regional party is still far
behind the ruling party in the race to grab powers of the rural local bodies.
Till the last reports released by the State Election Commission, more than 2440
candidates of the Congress have been elected to the Panchayats, followed by 917
of the AGP and 177 of the BJP. More than 500 Independent candidates have been
elected to the Panchayats. ……more

Parties upbeat over poll
results(AST_30_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – With a clear trend of
the results of the Panchayat polls emerging, all the major political parties are
maintaining a brave face. Though Congress lost grounds since the last Panchayat
polls, the party is maintaining that it managed to overcome the anti-incumbency
factor, while, on the other hand, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and BJP are
satisfied over their improved performance. Though the Congress failed to sweep
the polls as it had done last time, the APCC general secretary Dr Haren Das said
that the party was satisfied with the performance. He pointed out that barring a
few districts, the Congress was ahead of other parties almost all over the State
and “we are satisfied with the performance.” He said that in some parts of the
State, the performance of the Congress was even better than the 2006 Assembly
polls. He also said that the Congress managed to overcome the anti-incumbency
factor, which was one of the positives for the Congress. ……more

Kalaguru birth centenary(AST_30_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – To spread the message
of peace and integrity among the different communities through propagation of
the ideas of the cultural doyen of the State, Bishnu Prasad Rabha, a cultural
troupe will visit nearly forty places of the State as a part of the year-long
celebrations of birth centenary of the Kalaguru. ……more

CM urges VDP personnel
to work for society
(AST_30_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – “Village Defence Party
(VDP) will have to work constructively towards welfare of the society apart from
working in close tandem with law-enforcing agencies in maintaining law and
order,” said Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi while speaking at the 59th foundation
day of VDO and State Convention at DIET premises at Mirza in Kamrup (Rural)
district today, an official press release said. ……more

Exclusion of hill
districts from list decried
(AST_30_1_k8)
 DIPHU, Jan 29 – Disgruntled activists of
CPI(ML), KSA, KNCA, AIPWA, RYA, AISA, and KANKIS staged a dharna on Friday in
front of deputy commissioner’s office here in protest against the UPA
government’s decision to exclude Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills from the
list of the proposed 2nd State Re-organisation Commission. ……more

Decision on holding
Hailakandi poll soon
(AST_30_1_k8)
 HAILAKANDI, Jan 29 – The Election
Commissioner C K Sharma hinted that the decision regarding the holding of poll
in Hailakandi will be taken in the first week of February.  Addressing a press
conference at Hailakandi Circuit house after holding a series of meetings with
the various sections of government officials, members of political parties etc,
Sharma said that they will examine all the records and reports after going to
Guwahati and after this the decision will be taken. ……more

 


Kalgachia meet recalls
contributions of Rupkonwar
(AST_30_1_k8)
 KALGACHIA, Jan 29 – Under the aegis of
Jyoti Rabha Nazrul Sangha (JRNS) here, which is a popular NGO, Silpi Diwas, was
observed at Kalgachia with a solemn function paying homage to Rupkonwar Jyoti
Prasad Agarwala and recalling his contribution in the field of Assamese music
and culture. ……more

Shyampur ZPC repoll on
Feb 1
(AST_30_1_k8)
 MANGALDOI, Jan 29 – The election for GP
president, AP, GP members and also ZPC under 12 no Shyampur ZPC would be held on
February 1 next, a release issued by the DC of Darrang, Dhruba Hazarika stated.
……more

Media Trust to celebrate
10th anniversary next year
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – The Institute of Mass
Communication and Media, run by Media Trust, Assam, will celebrate its 10th
anniversary next year, a press release said. This decision was taken at a
meeting of Media Trust presided over by Radhika Mohan Bhagawati. In this regard,
a two-day long programme is to be held with a meeting of the aluminis, release
of souvenir and some other attractive programmes. ……more

Lasting peace must for
development(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The need for lasting
peace in Assam and sustained development in different spheres was underscored in
the official State function celebrating the 59th Republic Day. In the function
at Judge’s Field, the Governor, Lt General (Retd) Ajai Singh, unfurled the
tricolour at 9 am sharp and inspected the guard of honour. Among the dignitaries
who attended the function were the Chief Minister, his ministers and other
senior officials of administration, police and armed forces. ……more

People throng R-Day
function in Dhemaji(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The memory of the
gruesome killing of 13 women and children in a blast during the Independence Day
celebration in 2004 is still haunting the people of Dhemaji district, but this
year, persuaded by the district administration, a large number of students
actively participated in the Republic Day programme in the district by defying
the call given by the ULFA to boycott the function. ……more

 

Opp urges
State poll panel to be neutral(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The Opposition parties
including the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), the Asom Gana Parishad (P),
the Samajwadi Party, RSP and the Left parties today called upon the State
Election Commission to revive the people’s faith in the democratic institutions
of the country by playing a neutral role. The appeal has come from the
Opposition parties as the counting for the Panchayat polls is slated for
tomorrow. The Opposition parties formulated a three-pronged strategy today at a
crucial meet to face the challenges thrown by the Congress and the Government.
……more

 SC body
demands probe panel(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – Alleging widespread
anomalies and misuse of Scheduled Caste (SC) certificates in the recently
concluded Panchayat polls in the State, the Anususit Jati Mahasabha, Assam has
demanded the State government to institute an independent enquiry commission and
book the guilty. Taking exception to the “uncivilised behaviour” allegedly meted
out to them by the State Election Commissioner CK Sarma, the Mahasabha members
have also decided to move the National Election Commission against him.
……more

 
Defying boycott call,
scribes celebrate R-Day
(AST_28_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 — In a dauntless show of
determination to uphold the dignity of the tri-colour and defying the ULFA-KLO
backed militant boycott call, the journalists fraternity celebrated the 59th
Republic Day with great enthusiasm. Many writers and senior citizens joined the
scribes at the Guwahati Press Club in observing the Day. ……more

Swahid Divas(AST_28_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 — The State Government has
directed all the district administrations to ensure that all the educational
institutions and public sector undertakings take part in the Swahid Divas on
January 30. Like the previous years, two minutes silence would be observed on
the Day dedicated to the martyrs of the independence movement. ……more

Rabha’s birth centenary
celebration at Narayanpur
(AST_28_1_k8)
 NARAYANPUR, Jan 27 – The ceremony of Kalaguru
Bishnu Prasad Rabha will be celebrated at Narayanpur under the sponsorship of
Narayanpur Sakha Sahitya Sabha on January 31 with a day-long programme. he
celebration will continue for one year. ……more

Assam celebrates 59th
Republic Day
(AST_28_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The 59th Republic Day was
celebrated yesterday throughout the State with pomp and gaiety despite the
boycott call given by various extremist organisations.Reports of the R-Day
celebrations, filed by our Correspondents, have poured in. ……more

President responds to
e-mail
(AST_28_1_k8)
 RANGIYA, Jan 27 – In response to an e-mail
addressed to President of India Pratibha Devi Singh Patil by a local scribe of
an English daily, regarding the issue of dilapidated road condition of Rangiya,
the former responded and asked the State Chief Secretary to act in this regard.
……more

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VDP State
convention
(AST_28_1_k8)
 MIRZA, Jan 27 – The 59th convention of All
Assam Village Defence Party (VDP) would be held here at Mirza. The two-day
programme, to begin tomorrow, would be graced by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who
would release the souvenir on the concluding day. The workshop of the
representatives to be held on the inaugural day would be inaugurated by
Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta, Chief Controller of Assam Village Defence Party. ……more

Cong ahead in Panchayat
polls(AST_29_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – The process of
counting of the votes of the Panchayat polls started this morning and with the
trends available so far, the Congress candidates are doing better than their
opponents in most parts of Assam. However, a clear picture will emerge only
tomorrow as the counting process is turning out to be a slow one as electronic
voting machines were not used for the polls to the rural local bodies. ……more

West Bengal in NE?
(AST_29_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Again an attempt has
allegedly been made to dilute the interest of the NE states. The map drawn by
the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the largest confederation of the
country’s industry and commerce organisations, for the purpose of the North East
Investment Summit it held last month in the city has shown West Bengal also as a
part of the NE region. ……more

Call to speed up NE
development(AST_29_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi on Monday said that simply development, which is not inclusive at all
would not help in facing the challenge of identity related conflicts and other
related anxieties showing up in Assam as well as in some other North Eastern
States. Addressing a distinguished gathering after inaugurating a two-day
national workshop on the theme of Identity and Development: The twin challenges
in India’s North East organized by the Centre for Development and Peace Studies,
Gogoi stressed the need for all encompassing development, devolution of power
and transparent governance to cope with the identity related problems. ……more

 


Air Marshal PK Barbora awarded
PVSM(AST_29_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Air Marshal Pranab
Kumar Barbora, who was decorated with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) for
his outstanding services, is the first defence officer from the North-east to be
honoured with the award. Air Marshal Barbora, currently holding the post of Air
Officer Command-in-Chief, Western Air Command, is among the 30 PVSM awardees
recommended by President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil this year. ……more

 Political parties wary
of counting process
(AST_29_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Though all the
Opposition political parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam
Pradesh, would like to keep their fingers crossed over the outcome of the
Panchayat polls counting, the parties are, however, apprehensive about the
counting process. ……more

Nyshi council to move PM
over demands
(AST_29_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – The Nyshi Federal
Council will submit a three-point memorandum to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh scheduled for January 30.

The organization said that it wanted a review of free power share from the
existing 12%to 17% with Central PSUs in Arunachal Pradesh. ……more

Assam celebrates R-Day
with fanfare and gaiety
(AST_29_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Despite the boycott
call by various ultra groups, the 59th Republic Day the day was celebrated
across the State with fanfare and enthusiasm.
Reports of the celebration filed by our correspondents are pouring is from
various places of
Assam.
……more

Families protest
non-receipt of land compensation
(AST_21_1_k8)
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 20 – Families whose lands
were acquired for construction of approach roads to Bogibeel bridge from
Tokowbari to Karengchapori and subsequently deprived of compensation, registered
their protest recently by building huts, bamboo fence boundary and initiating
plantation drives on roads leading to the construction site. ……more

Relaxation likely to NE
media houses(AST_23_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – The Union Information
and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi today
said that he would take up the issue of allowing special relaxations to the
media houses based in the North East region. The Union Minister, while speaking
on the third anniversary function of local vernacular newspaper ‘Ajir Dainik
Batori’ here said, “ Though I cannot promise or announce anything at this
moment, but nevertheless, I want to assure you that a meeting would soon be
convened to entertain the long-standing demand of the local newspapers in the
region for special allocation of advertisement revenue under the Directorate of
Advertising and Visual Publicity.” ……more

Mafia group behind PIL,
says Himanta(AST_23_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 — State’s Health
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today alleged that a mafia group, which was bent on
discrediting the State, was behind the Supreme Court case filed against him by
BJP MP Sukhdeo Paswan. The petition of the BJP MP was, however, dismissed by the
Apex Court yesterday for suppressing some major facts. ……more

Nalbari teachers without
salaries for three months
(AST_23_1_k8)
 NALBARI, Jan 22 – Strong resentment
prevails among the teachers and employees over non-payment of monthly salaries
to teachers and employees of different Primary Middle Vernacular (MV) and Middle
English (ME) schools under Pub-Nalbari Block Elementary Education office for the
last three months. ……more

Assam agitation leader
joins Cong
(AST_23_1_k8)
 DUNI, Jan 22 – Gajen Bora of Joypur
village near here, who was a frontline student leader during the Assam
agitation, joined the Congress along with his followers.Earlier, Bora was an
active member of AGP. Besides Bora, more than 25 citizens of Duni, Tengera and
Barpathar villages under Duni GP also joined the Congress recently, informed
Gopi Kanta Deka secretary, Duni Mandal Congress Committee. ……more

Security stepped up for
Republic Day(AST_24_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 23 – The police has taken
over all the parade grounds where Republic Day celebrations will take place to
prevent militants from planting explosives, while, all district police forces
have been alerted following an intelligence input about efforts by jehadi
elements to sneak into the State to indulge in acts of violence. Police sources
said that the threat of jehadi attacks is not only for the Republic Day as there
were inputs that such elements would try to create disturbance in the month of
January. ……more

 


Body recovered
(AST_24_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 23 – The body of an
unidentified young girl was recovered from a Hindu crematorium under Dispur
police station today. Police said the body was found buried, which raised
suspicion. The body has been sent for post-mortem

 

Repoll
demanded in entire Hailakandi district
(AST_24_1_k8)
 HAILAKANDI, Jan23 – The Secretary of the
State Election Commission, Dr. Anwar Uddin Choudhury recently met the members of
all the political parties and various organisations of Hailakandi and listened
to their opinions regarding the large-scale violence and mismanagements on the
day of panchayat polls in Hailakandi district. ……more

 ‘Gogoi Govt not using
rural devp funds properly’
(AST_24_1_k8)
 DUNI, Jan 23 – The participation of Dr
Zoli Nath Sarma, former AGP MLA of Sipajhar LAC in the poll campaign has
motivated the AGP workers and supporters of Duni-Dipila area.Addressing an
election meeting held at Dipila on January 18, Dr Sarma alleged that Gogoi
government has not utilised the rural development funds properly, but utilised
it for the benifit of some Congressmen. ……more

Cachar dist LP teachers threaten strike(AST_24_1_k8)
 SILCHAR, Jan 23 – LP school teachers in
Cachar district have threatened to go on strike from this month itself if their
salaries which are pending for the last two months are not paid within January
25. This was stated in a memorandum submitted by the teachers to the deputy
inspector of schools Abdul Wahid recently. ……more

Breakthrough in MLA
assault case
(AST_24_1_k8)
 GAURIPUR, Jan 23 – The Gauripur police
arrested Nurul Azam Sarkar (Lubu), Amjad Ali, both candidates for ZP seat from
Madhusoulmari GP under Gauripur LAC and Abdur Rahim Sheikh, a Grade IV employee
of Gauripur ……more

 


75 pc voter turnout in Darrang
Panchayat polls(AST_25_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Darrang district,
where Panchayat polls were held as part of the fourth phase of elections,
recorded a voter turnout of 75 per cent till 5.30 pm, according to the State
Election Commission. The percentage may go up as a large number of voters were
still waiting to exercise their franchise in front of polling stations.
……more

Govt to hand over
research projects to GU(AST_25_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi today announced the decision of the State Government to hand over two
research projects to the Gauhati University and one to Dr AC Bhagawati, former
Vice Chancellor of Arunachal University. An official release said here that the
research projects to be handed over the Gauhati University are “ Effects of
climate changes in Assam” and “effect of change of river courses in Assam”. The
release said that Dr Bhagawati would be given the project of “Issues on
inter-community and inter-cultural relation in Assam”. ……more

 


Poll counting date rescheduled
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 — In continuation of the
Assam State Election Commission’s notification No.SEC 82/2007/Pt/13, dated
November 27, 2007, the Commission has refixed the date of counting of Panchayat
poll……more

 


Firing probe
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24: The State Government has
appointed Justice PG Agarwal, retired Judge of the Gauhati High Court, to
investigate into the police firing in the Lakhipur area of Goalpara district on
January 2, official sources said here. – Staff Reporter

R-Day boycott(AST_25_1_k8)
 HOWRAGHAT, Jan 24: The Autonomous State
Demand Committee, Karbi Nimso Chingthur Asong and Karbi Students’ Association
have jointly decided to boycott the Republic Day celebrations on January 26 in
Karbi Anglong, contending that the republic is incomplete without implementation
of Article 244(A) of the Constitution. – Correspondent

 


Incentive
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
today announced a State Government incentive of Rs 50,000 for Arnab Kakoty, who
has been appointed as a junior scientist by the NASA. Gogoi hoped that Arnab’s
stint at the NASA would be highly fruitful. – Staff Reporter


           


Independents demand CBI probe into Lakhipur firing
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Criticising the Congress
government for “curbing” the democratic rights of the people of Goalpara
district by postponing Panchayat elections, the Independent Candidates Forum,
Goalpara demanded a CBI probe into the Lakhipur firing that killed eight persons
and injured over 20 on January 2. ……more

Cong expected to win ZPs;
lose many AP, GP seats in Jonai
(AST_25_1_k8)
 JONAI, Jan
24 – Along with six districts of the State the
Jonai sub-division under Dhemaji district of North Assam too conducted the first
phase of panchayat election on December 31 last. Election was conducted in Jonai
in its only anchalik panchayat (Murkong Selek) which is divided into two ZPC
segments including 15 gaon panchayats under Jonai block. ……more
President’s Medal for 9
Assam policemen(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Nine Assam Police
personnel have been awarded the Presidents Police Medal for gallantry, Republic
Day 2008. In addition, six persons have been chosen for the President’s Police
Medal for meritorious service besides three police officers for distinguished
service. Those honoured for gallantry are Kamal Kumar Gupta (DSP), Ruhindranath
Changmai (OC), Naba Kumar Bora (OC), Dhiraj Choudhury (Constable), Soda Tisso
(Constable), Asim Swargiary (Adl SP), Bir Bikram Gogoi (Adl SP), Biraj Mohan
Baruah (DSP) and Jayanta Kalita (OC). ……more
           


Indifference of locals irks probe
panel(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Though the State
Government is pinning its hopes on the one-man judicial commission under Justice
(retd) Manisana Singh to unearth lapses during the November 24 Beltola clash and
fix responsibility for the same, the latter, however, is annoyed at the
indifferent attitude of the local residents. Sources in the commission told
The Assam Tribune
that even though the commission a couple of days back sent
the secretary of Justice Manisena on behalf of the commission, to convince a few
more local residents to give account of the November 24 clash before it, there
was hardly any takers to the call. ……more

Assaulted(AST_26_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 25: Tea garden workers of
Doomurdolong tea estate under Moran PS in Sivasagar district led by the
activists of the Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association today vandalized the
manager’s office and left the tea garden manager Mukshedur Rahman and two of his
assistants wounded, allegedly for misuse of workers’ dues, police said. – Staff
Correspondent

 


AGP(P) dist women’s wing formed
(AST_26_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 25 – The Dibrugarh district unit of the AGP(P) during its
convention at the Natya Mandir on Wednesday formed a 41 member district unit of
the Jatiya Mahila Parishad to strengthen the organisational base of the party.
……more

70 pc turnout in 1st
phase of Panchayat polls(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The first phase of
Panchayat polls held in seven districts of Assam passed off peacefully today,
according to official sources, with the average voting percentage hovering
around 70. The voting percentage may go up after receipt of information from the
interior places. No major incidents have been reported from any of the polling
stations, and the only difficulties experienced were a few polling officials
failing to discharge their duties and mistakes in some ballot papers. ……more

New Year celebrated with
gaiety(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Guwahati city tonight
welcomed the year 2008 and people made a beeline to the hotels and restaurants
with their family members and friends to celebrate the occasion. The City
Police, on the other hand, intensified security measures in and around the city
and also asked the various student and other organisations to abide by the
prescribed norms during the December 31 celebration. ……more

 Assam
Valley Award for Nagen Saikia(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Eminent litterateur
and former Member of Parliament Dr Nagen Saikia has been chosen for the
prestigious Assam Valley Literary Award for the year 2007. The Award, instituted
by the Williamson Magor Education Trust, will be presented to Dr Saikia in a
function to be held in Guwahati in March, 2008. ……more

Poll boycott fails to
evoke response(AST_1_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Dec 31 – A large number of
people thronged to their respective polling stations in the district to cast
their vote in the panchayat elections today despite the poll boycott called by
six different communities seeking scheduled status. Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha
president and former Dibrugarh MP, Paban Singh Ghatowar told The Assam
Tribune
here this evening that he is elated by the large turnout at the
polling booths today. "This only proves that democracy thrives in the grassroots
in our country. The voters deserve full credit for ensuring peaceful polls," he
said. He added that today’s large turnout is an indicator to a Congress victory
at the panchayat elections in upper Assam, and that a similar picture could
emerge elsewhere in the state too. ……more

Governor greets people(AST_1_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – State Governor Lt Gen (Retd)
Ajai Singh, has extended his greetings to the people on the occasion of New
Year. In his New Year message to the State the Governor has also asked the
citizens to pledge to work individually and contribute towards building a
strong, developed and peaceful Assam. ……more

Magazine nominates 10 as
persons of the year
(AST_1_1_k8)
Dec 31 – Assamese monthly youth magazine
Jeevan today announced names of its ten nominees who have been selected as the
State’s persons of the year 2007.Addressing a press conference here this noon,
editor of the two-and-a-half-year old magazine Suresh Ranjan Gaduka said that
the nomination was made on the basis of these persons’ role in various fields.
These persons gave a special dimension to the Assamese society, he said.
……more

Ashok Saikia’s death
condoled
(AST_1_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The members of the Lawyers’
Association, Guwahati, has condoled the demise of Ashok Saikia, IAS, a
distinguished bureaucrat and former Director, Asian Development Bank, Manila.
……more

Sports-culture fest
concludes
(AST_1_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The concluding function of
the XII Assam Sports and Cultural festival, 2007, organized on the occasion of
the 93rd birth anniversary of late sportsperson and freedom fighter Premoda
Kanta Sarma, was held in the city on December 26. ……more

Security tightened in
Karimganj for panchayat polls
(AST_1_1_k8)
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – The Karimganj district
police administration beefed up security in and around the entire district to
avoid any untoward incident during the panchayat polls. ……more

Electioneering reaches
crescendo at Palashbari
(AST_1_1_k8)
 MIRZA, Dec 31 – Electioneering for the second
phase of panchayat polls to be held on January 4 has gained momentum for the
three district councillor seats, including ten gaon panchayat seats in
Palashbari constituency. ……more

Tough fight for Cong in
Bandarmari panchayat
(AST_1_1_k8)
 TEZPUR, Dec 31 – While all the parties such
as Congress, AGP and BJP including independent candidate are seen busy in
conducting poll campaigns for drawing attention of the voters of Bandarmari
Panchayat of Biohuguri ZPC under Barchala Constituency of Sonitpur district, the
ruling Congress party particularly is facing tough challenges from Opposition
parties. ……more

Jania MLA hopeful of
winning all 4 ZPC seats
(AST_1_1_k8)
 KALGACHIA, Dec 31 – In view of the upcoming
panchayat polls, Jania MLA Abdul Khaleque called a press meet on Sunday at
Kalgachia Rajiv Bhawan at a time when the alert sections of the people in Jania
LAC have been seen to evoke a mixed response over the selection of Congress
candidates nominated as competent to overcome the challenge posed by AUDF
candidates. ……more

 

Army
conducts integration tour
(AST_1_1_k8)
 GOALPARA, Dec 31 – A national integration
tour was conducted by the 3rd Battalion of Sikh Regiment Red Horns Division from
December 17 to 30 for school students in association with the district
administration. Twenty students along with two teachers were taken to New Delhi
and Amritsar as part of the tour. ……more

Ramcharani ZPC may
witness triangular fight
(AST_1_1_k8)
 AZARA, Dec 31 – With the panchayat elections
around the corner, campaigning by different political parties has gained
momentum at 16 No Ramcharani Zila Parishad seat under Kamrup (M) district.
……more

Corruption CPM panchayat
poll plank in Jania LAC
(AST_1_1_k8)
 KALGACIA, Dec 31 – In view of the panchayat
elections, CPI -M has named its candidates to contest panchayat polls in Jania
LAC under Barpeta district. The party has provided its candidature to retired
head teacher Abu Bakkar Siddique to fight the battle in Haladhiya ZPC, which is
only one out of four ZPCs in the Assembly constituency. ……more

AUDF resents ‘communal’
tag
(AST_1_1_k8)
 HOJAI, Dec 31 – Sirajuddin Ajmal, Jamunamukh
MLA and brother of AUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, addressing a series of election
meetings said that after two-and-a-half years AUDF will secure majority in State
Assembly and the Chief Minister will be from their party as people belonging to
various communities in Assam have lent support to it because of AUDF’s secular
character. ……more

 

627 papers
filed at Badarpur
(AST_1_1_k8)
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – A total of six hundred and
twenty-seven nomination papers have been filed in Badarpur block for 120 posts
of gaon panchayat. This is a record in the history of panchayat polls, stated
the district election officers. ……more

Letter throws up scam
clue(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 11:
An “H” on the
letterhead of an education department communiqué to the state exchequer seeking
disbursal of Rs 214 lakh helped officials detect a scam in the nick of time.
Since the letter came from the elementary education department, the letterhead
should have had a capital “E” instead of “H”, which stands for the higher
secondary education department.
……more

Congress
hits back at AGP(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 11:
The Congress
today batted for Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, hitting out against the AGP’s
verbal bouncers that equated his conduct with that of a “boorish and arrogant”
Australian captain Ricky Ponting. The party described the AGP’s diatribe as
“underarm” bowling and “lacking” in cricketing knowledge.

……more

 

Election
buck stops at SP door (TEL, 12-1-k8)


Poll commissioner seeks officer’s
transfer; no repoll for now

(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Guwahati/Hailakandi,
Jan. 11
: The state
election commission today came down hard on the Hailakandi administration and
sought the transfer of superintendent of police A.K. Tiwari for the
unprecedented violence in the district during the third phase of panchayat
elections on Wednesday. Speaking to the media this evening, state election
commissioner C.K. Sharma defended the commission’s role and blamed Tiwari and
additional deputy commissioner H.K. Nath for the violence. He ruled out
repolling in the district till a semblance of normality returned.

……more

 

Repoll
plea for Hailakandi (TEL,13-1-k8)

Hailakandi,
Jan. 12:
The Opposition
parties in Hailakandi today rejected the state election commission’s decision to
hold repoll in 309 booths and reiterated their demand for fresh elections in all
the 621 polling stations of the district under adequate security.

The parties,
under the banner of Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakhya Mancha, had also enforced a
bandh in Hailakandi yesterday to demand repolling in the entire district.

……more


Free-for-all after election mockery(TEL,11-1-k8)

Hailakandi,
Jan. 10:
At least 19
people were injured as supporters of panchayat candidates clashed in Hailakandi
a day after polling officials made a bonfire of ballot boxes, reducing the final
phase of rural elections in Assam to a farce.Army and paramilitary forces were
out on the streets of Ratakandi after supporters of two candidates indulged in
rioting. Two shops were looted, as many houses set ablaze and five more
partially damaged. All 19 injured, including nine women, were admitted to
Hailakandi Civil Hospital.
……more



Opposition draws a parallel between panchayat polls and Sydney farce (TEL,11-1-
k8)

Guwahati, Jan.
10: If the Aussies have Ricky Ponting, Assam has an equally “arrogant” Tarun
Gogoi, or so the AGP thinks. Cricket’s bitter acrimony — and vocabulary — today
entered Assam politics with the AGP accusing the chief minister of being
“arrogant” and “boorish”, the exact words used to describe the Australian
cricket captain.
……more


Post-harvest festival begins with a frown(TEL_15-1-k8)

Jan. 14:
The granaries are full, as
are the storehouses, but every time Indra Mohan Das looks at his harvested
field, he feels a stab of pain.His courtyard, of course, smells of sandohguri
and doi — but for him it is the smell of an impending season of
emptiness.As the rest of the state dances around the meji, farmers in
Cachar crease their brows, only wishing that Bihu would be as carefree for them,
too. The fertile soil in the district that yields 190,000 tonne of rice in the
monsoon alone turns barren as soon as the skies dry up.

……more



Gogoi backs 4 Corps for hills(TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 1:
Assam chief
minister Tarun Gogoi today said the twin districts of North Cachar Hills and
Karbi Anglong should be brought under the 4 Corps based in Tezpur from the
Rangapahar-based 3 Corps in Dimapur.
……more

 



Orissa thorn pricks BJP (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 1:
The Nagaland unit
of the BJP believes external factors could make or break its chances in the
ensuing Assembly elections. While it was hoping that the party’s “magnificent
win” in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh would fan a wave in its favour across
Nagaland, it was also worried that attacks on Christians in Orissa could have a
negative impact on the party in Nagaland, a predominantly Christian state.
……more

 


Scam
whiff in civic board (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Jan. 1:
The BJP has accused the chairperson of the Congress-led Dhubri Municipal Board,
Sumitra Ghose, of favouritism and misappropriation of funds meant for the
development of slum areas. Seven BJP ward commissioners have expressed
resentment over non-allotment of slum development funds to their wards by the
state government in October.
……more


New
panel, new ideas (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Jan.1:
The newly constituted executive committee of the All Assam Madarssa Students’
Association’s
Barak Valley
unit is banking on a slew of new ideas to take madarssa education to the next
level.
……more


Cong
to steal ST thunder(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 2:
Buoyed by the high
turnout in the first phase of panchayat polls despite a boycott call, the ruling
Congress is gearing up to “hijack” the ST movement from the organisations that
have been troubling the government with bandhs and blockades.

……more



Congress targets Nagaland with eye on the past(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 3:
When New Delhi
sneezes, Kohima freezes, goes a joke in Nagaland. The sublime political message
in it is, however, not lost in the banter. The powers that be in New Delhi —
more precisely the Congress — has time and again scuttled elected governments in
the state by imposing President’s rule.

……more

 



Congress targets Nagaland with eye on the past(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 3:
When New Delhi
sneezes, Kohima freezes, goes a joke in Nagaland. The sublime political message
in it is, however, not lost in the banter. The powers that be in New Delhi —
more precisely the Congress — has time and again scuttled elected governments in
the state by imposing President’s rule. Call it a quirk of fate or political
manoeuvring, the Congress, except once after the Emergency, managed to win the
popular mandate after central rule despite public outcry.

……more

 

Cong not
averse to brief stint (TEL, 5-1-08)



Imkong ready if Nagaland governor invites him to form govt

(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 4:
The Congress is
not ruling out a brief stint in power in Nagaland given the fact that the
Assembly has not been dissolved. The 60-member House was put in suspended
animation when President’s rule took effect. The leader of the Congress
Legislature Party, I. Imkong, said he would extend his stay in

New Delhi
till Monday. He will attend the meeting of the screening committee that will
finalise the list of party candidates for elections in the state.

……more

 



Gogoi resumes poll campaign(TEL_ 6_1_k8)

Dhubri,
Jan. 5:
A day after
cancelling his tour to the Barak Valley, chief minister Tarun Gogoi criticised
his political rivals while campaigning for the third phase of the panchayat
elections slated for Wednesday.
……more

 


Army
called in for rural election(TEL_7_1_K8)

Silchar,
Jan. 6:
The army will form
the outer ring of security during panchayat elections in the tribal belt of
south Assam, the first known instance of troops being deployed for a rural poll.
When Assam sought more central forces to tackle a militant group that was said
to be planning to disrupt polling in Hailakandi district on Wednesday,

Delhi
immediately fell back on the army. Troops from the 57 Mountain Division have
since taken over security in areas categorised as “sensitive”.

……more

 



Minister jibe at AUDF for riot(TEL_7_1_K8)

Dhubri,
Jan. 6
: Asssam health
minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today blamed the AUDF for last week’s disturbances
in Goalpara district but stopped short of naming the party saying people
“understood” who was behind the trouble. He, however, was categorical that the
AUDF was trying to gain political mileage from the police firing that left eight
persons dead on January 2. “A third force enjoying direct patronage of a
political party is behind the incidents of violence in Goalpara district,” Sarma
told journalists in Dhubri.
……more

 


Muscles speak at poll rallies(TEL, 8-1-08)



Cong-AUDF clash in last campaign leg(TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Nagaon,
Jan. 7:
Two days before
they clash in the final battle of ballots in the rural heartland, Congress and
Assam United Democratic Front workers let their muscles do the talking at poll
rallies in Nagaon today, leaving nine persons injured.

……more

 


MLA
faces mob fury & bribery slur(TEL_9_1_k8)

Dhubri,
Jan. 8:
A legislator who
may have been surreptitiously doling out blankets and money to panchayat voters
last night was critically injured in an attack by workers of rival parties in
Assam’s Dhubri district. The bitterly fought electoral battle descended into
anarchy elsewhere in the district, too. An Opposition candidate was reported
abducted and two more got a taste of the ruling party’s allegedly liberal use of
muscle power in the run-up to the final phase of polling tomorrow.

……more

 



Jamir not to contest state polls(TEL_9_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 8:
Goa Governor and
former Nagaland chief minister S.C. Jamir, who has been the face of the Congress
in the state for past several decades, will not contest in the ensuing Assembly
elections. His name does not figure in the list of 40 candidates finalised by
the AICC screening committee headed by Margaret Alva in New Delhi last night.
Jamir has not been named even for his home constituencies — Mokokchung town and
Aonglenden.
……more

 

Ballots
burn in poll staff rage(TEL_10_1_k8)



Attacked by goons, election personnel make bonfire of materials in
Hailakandi(TEL_10_1_k8)

Hailakandi, Jan. 9:
Assam today made electoral history of the most dubious kind when officials on
panchayat poll duty made a bonfire of ballot boxes and other election materials
to protest the administration’s failure to protect them from groups out to rig
votingOfficial sources said nearly 100 polling officials were injured, one of
them critically, in the attacks since last night. A policeman was injured, too.
.
……more



Sabha sets April deadline(TEL_10_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 9:
Asam Sahitya Sabha,
the apex literary organisation of the state, has set April 14 as the deadline
for using Assamese as the official language. Sabha president Kanak Sen Deka said
they would launch a non-cooperation movement if the government failed to
implement the Official Language Act within three months. .

……more

 


Naga
fight reaches court(TEL_10_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 9:
The political
fight in Nagaland today moved to the courtroom with a division bench of Gauhati
High Court asking the central and state governments to file their replies on a
writ petition challenging the imposition of President’s rule in the state on or
before January 25.The petition was filed by Nagaland People’s Front (NPF). .

……more

 


Army
provides training to unemployed youths
(SEN_15_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 14: The 55
Engineer Regiment of Dah Division, organized a function on Jan 12 at Dinjan to
mark the culmination of training for poor and unemployed youth of nearby
villages. .
……more

Engti visits Howraghat to
monitor output development
(SEN_15_1_k8)
 HOWRAGHAT, Jan 14: The Asom Hills Area Development (HAD) Minister
Kharsing Engti visited the Howraghat Legislative Assembly Constituency here on
Sunday to monitor the infrastructure development works done.
.
……more

Failure
to protect Majuli may lead to violent situation’
(SEN_15_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 14: The
Majuli Island Protection And Development Council (MIPADC) in an open letter to
the chairman of the Brahmaputra Board has vehemently condemned the indifferent
attitude of the Board in solving the problem of erosion, which has been
threatening the very existence of the world’s largest river island. .

……more


BJP entered into pre-poll
understanding with AUDF’
(SEN_17_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 16: State BJP unit president Ramen Deka had stated in the
run-up to the panchayat polls that his party would work towards rooting out
three Cs — the Congress party, Communists and Communalism — from the State in
future elections. .
……more

 

BPF
office set on fire
(SEN_17_1_k8)
From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 16: An office of the Bodoland People’s Forum (BPF) was burnt down
by an irate mob at Mukuldang under Gossaigaon police station today. This comes a
day after three youths, allegedly from the camp, physically assaulted a villager
at Batabari in Simbargaon under Kokrajhar police station last evening.

 


Attack on BPF youth cell chief condemned
(SEN_17_1_k8)
From our Correspondent
UDALGURI, Jan 16: The alleged attack on Bodo Peoples Front (BPF) youth cell
chief Kabi Ranjan Brahma at Bhatarmari tiniali in Kokrajhar district on January
14 has evoked a widespread condemnation among the people in the Bodoland
Territorial Council (BTC) region. .
……more


Roy
pins blame on security goof-ups
(SEN_17_1_k8)
 SILCHAR, Jan 16: “I was
not in any way involved in the violence in the panchayat polls. Nor was any of
the members of the Congress were involved in any poll violence. The violence
took place due to serious security lapses”, Minister of Excise and Border Area
Development, Gautom Roy told media persons today at the Circuit House. .

……more


SEC may order fresh polls
in Hailakandi
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: The State Election Commission (SEC) today indicated
that fresh elections might be held in the entire Hailakandi district where
large-scale violence was reported during panchayat polls held in the district in
the third phase on January 9 last.
State Election Commissioner CK Sarma said that the SEC was considering to hold
fresh elections in Hailakandi district and the final decision would be taken
after discussing the matter with the State Government. .

……more


Leaders now lock horns in Darrang(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: With three
phases of the panchayat polls in the State over, the focus is on Darrang
district which will go to polls on January 24. Leaders of all main political
parties have made a beeline to the district in their efforts to woo the
electorate, with campaigning reaching a feverish pitch. .

……more

After panchayat polls,
turn of RS now
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: The panchayat polls are
almost over with elections only left for Darrang district which will go to polls
on January 24. But new equations have already begun among political parties,
this time for the three Rajya Sabha seats, due to fall vacant in the first week
of May. Elections for these three seats, in all probability, will be held in
April.
.
……more

Asom bans import of
poultry
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan
18: The State Government today imposed a ban on the movement of poultry and
poultry products across the inter-State and the international border. The
decision was taken in an emergency meeting held at Dispur today. The meeting was
attended by high-level officials of the Animal Husbandry, Health, Forest, Public
Health and Home Departments.
.
……more


 


Security beefed up ahead of R-Day
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 JORHAT, Jan 18: In view of Intelligence reports indicating possibility
of subversive activities in the run-up to Republic Day on January 26, security
has been beefed up in the district. The police have stepped up vigil in Jorhat,
Mariani, Teok, Titabor and adjoining areas. Sniffer dogs have been pressed into
service in certain localities in the town and also outside.
.
……more

Jehadi
groups turning sar areas into a safe haven for criminals’
(SEN_19_1_k8)
Congress Govt weak towards minorities: HYCP

 NAGAON, Jan 18: Taking
advantage of the alleged ‘weakness’ of the present Congress-led Government for
the religious minority community as well as the Jehadi groups, the different
Maulabadi extremist groups are spreading their tentacles in different parts of
the State at an alarming rate, particularly in the religious minority-dominated
areas and in sar areas, alleged Brajen Kakoti, president, Hindu Yuva Chatra
Parishad (HYCP), Asom. .
……more


Khasis living in KA cannot claim land as their own: Ingti
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 HAMREN, Jan 18: Biren
Singh Ingti, sitting Member of Parliament, paid a visit to the border areas of
Meghalaya-Karbi Anglong recently to take stock of situation and to inquire into
the needs of the people living in the border areas. He was accompanied by MLA
from 20 Baithalangso LAC constituency Dr Mansing Rongpi, MAC from Socheng
constituency, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) Ms Bina Ranghangpi, KAAC
member and Bidya Sing Teron, chairman of the Forest Board, KAAC and secretary of
the district Congress, Karbi Anglong. .

……more

 



tableaux in R-Day function in Delhi

Institute probe panel: CM
to CS


(SEN_26_1_k8)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 25: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has asked Chief Secretary PC Sarma
to institute a high-level inquiry into the matter as to why the State’s tableaux
is not being put in this year’s Republic Day function in New Delhi and submit
the report forthwith.
According to Government sources, the Chief Minister has taken the matter
seriously and asked the Chief Secretary to probe into the matter to find out the
lapses, if any, and to fix responsibility on the officials concerned.

……more

 


Govt
sanctions Rs 11.77 crore for Barak Valley
(SEN_26_1_k8)
KARIMGANJ, Jan 25: People
of the Barak Valley region are enthusiastic about the sanction of Rs 11.77 crore
by the Ministry of Road Transport for the construction of the Jowai-Badarpur
road under NH-44, which is severely affected by landslides.
Official sources said that the Border Road Organization (BRO) has started the
work. However, observers expressed doubt over the satisfactory execution of the
work in view of past experiences of the people. They said that the work need to
be monitored properly otherwise all efforts may go in vain.

……more

 


Republic Day boycott in KA
(SEN_26_1_k8)
HOWRAGHAT,
Jan 25: The Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), Karbi Nimso Chingthur
Asong (KNCA) and Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) have jointly decided to
boycott the Republic Day celebration on January 26 in Karbi Anglong. Sources
said that the organizations claimed that the Republic Day is incomplete without
implementation of Article 244(A) of the Constitution.

……


questions: Is violence during festivals acceptable? No is the answer
(SEN_15_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 14: Yesterday’s grenade explosion in Paltan Bazaar area of
the city, suspected to be carried out by the recalcitrant ULFA brings to the
fore a major question: Is violence during festivals acceptable?. The ULFA
otherwise claims to be fighting for the liberation of the Asomiya race from
“Indian colonial rule”, but orchestrates such henious attacks when the Asomiya
people are in a festive mood to celebrate Bhogali Bihu, one of the biggest
festivals of the community. ……more

 



Public beat up MLA in Gauripur
(SEN_9_1_k8)
MLA was allegedly distributing cash, blankets among voters
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Gauripur
MLA Mohibul Haque, an associate member of the ruling Congress, and one Sahidur
Rahman were critically injured in a pre-panchayat poll violence in Dhubri
district late last night. Haque and Rahman have been shifted to the Gauhati
Medical College Hospital (GMCH).
……more
 


Poll violence at its peak in
Dhubri
(SEN_9_1_k8)
BOXIRHAT, Jan 8:
Dhubri district has been witnessing a series of poll-related violence since
yesterday when the campaign for the third phase of panchayat polls came to an
end.
Five persons were injured and two motorcycles damaged when the supporters of
Congress candidate Sohor Bibi and independent candidate Joynab Bibi clashed at
Bhakatpara constituency last night. The husband of Sohor Bibi, Jakir Hussain,
was reportedly abducted by miscreants last night. Sagolia police arrested four
persons in this regard.
……more

 


Nine subdivisions go to panchayat polls today
(SEN_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Nine
subdivisions, both sadar and civil, of Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari,
Nagaon, a part of Morigaon, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts will go
to panchayat polls in the third phase tomorrow amid tight security arrangement
in view of the Congress-AUDF clashes in various parts of the State. As many as
4,26,589 voters will decide the fate of the record number of 37,893 candidates
in the nine subdivisions.
……more
 


JAMA hits out at CTSA
(SEN_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Janogosthiya
Aikya Mancha, Assam (JAMA) chief convenor Birinchi Neog today said the six
communities seeking ST status do not need any certificate from the Centre for
Tribal Studies, Assam (CTSA) to get their demand fulfilled. Neog was reacting to
the CTSA’s comment yesterday that the State Government should give c
……more.

 


AGP,
BJP and AUDF indulging in communalism: Gogoi
(SEN_9_1_k8)
KALGACHIA, Jan 8: At a
time when there remains only two days for the third phase of the panchayat polls
in Barpeta district on January 9, campaigning in Jania LAC has reached its peak,
with the helicopters of Badruddin Ajmal and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi landing
here to address public meetings at different places in a bid to woo the voters.
A kind of undeclared battle is going on in this LAC among the workers of various
parties especially the Congress and the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF).

……more

 


Repolling held in 10 polling stations


(SEN_9_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 8: Re-polls for
panchayat elections in ten polling stations (PS) in Dibrugarh district was held
today. The polling stations in question are PS 10 Rajabheta LP School and PS 3
Japaragaon LP School in Barbarua, PS 3 Digboimukh LP School in Tengakhat, PS 3
Teliapathar LP School, PS 5 Jogesh Gohain LP School and PS 3 Gajporia ME School
in Khowang, PS 3A Digholia LP School and PS 3 Dhadumia LP School in Tingkhong,
PS 3 Maijan Bagicha Mazdoor Club and PS 4 Maijan Bagicha LP School in Lahoal.The
turnout of the poll was 71 per cent in the district.

 


Election fever in Tihu Zila Parishad


(SEN_9_1_k8)
NALBARI, Jan 8: The panchayat
election fever has gripped the people of Tihu Barana and its outskirts in
Nalbari district. Workers and leaders of different political parties including
the ruling Congress, AGP, BJP and other Independent candidates have stepped up
their election campaign by putting up hoardings, banners and posters.
Candidates with their supporters have launched door to door campaign to woo the
voters. Offices for monitoring the electioneering have also been opened in every
nook and corner of the villages.
……more

 



Panchayat elections create ‘festive’ mood in Barak Valley!

(SEN_9_1_k8)
Congress to face tough challenge from BJP and AUDF
SILCHAR, Jan 8: In glaring
contrast to the poetic listlessness of winter, there has been a surge of
activities all around as political parties, their leaders and workers fastened
their belts for the toughest battle scheduled on Wednesday. The rural valley
dotted with villages in the hills and plains looked festive with rows of party
festoons, banners, flags and graffiti in multicolour seemed to dislodge each
other in art and imagination, the objective being to woo the voters.

……more

 



Violence mars 3rd phase of polls
(SEN_10_1_k8)
Poll personnel set poll materials afire in Hailakandi; firing in Dhubri,
Hailakandi
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Violence
in Dhubri district leading to police firing and the Barak Valley today marred
the third phase of the panchayat polls in Asom, which otherwise saw about 70 per
cent voting. Miscreants fired at poll personnel in Hailakandi district, snatched
ballot boxes and fled.
……more
 



Heavy turnout despite violence
(SEN_10_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Barring
Karimganj and Hailakandi districts where incidents of large-scale violence were
reported during the third phase of panchayat polls today, the voter turnout in
other districts was about 74 per cent.

……more

 


Nagaland PR challenged in Gauhati High Court
(SEN_10_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 9:
Imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland was challenged at the Gauhati High
Court today which issued notices to the Centre and fixed February 5 as the next
hearing. Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) leader and MLA Yivatchu filed the writ
petition on behalf of the outgoing Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) before
the High Court.
……more

 


Empty ballot boxes recovered near strong room
(SEN_10_1_k8)
TEZPUR, Jan 9: Hundreds of
empty ballot boxes were recovered near Darrang College in Tezpur. It may be
mentioned here that a strong room has been set up at the precincts of the
college to store ballot boxes. Tezpur had gone to polls during the second phase
of panchayat elections on January 4 last.

……more

 


Cong behind attack on me: Haque
(SEN_10_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 9:
Independent but associate Congress MLA from Gauripur Mohibul Haque, who was a
staunch supporter of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi both inside and outside the
State Assembly, today said that the Congress was behind the attack on him on
January 7 night at Naidar village near Gauripur. Haque even named the Congress
leaders who led the mob that assaulted him physically for about four hours.
……more

 



Asomiya as State language: AXX sets deadline for Govt
(SEN_10_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Two days
after a host of litterateurs of the State, including Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX)
president Kanaksen Deka, the apex literary body of the State today set a
deadline of April 14 to the State Government for complete implementation of the
Official Languages Act, failing which it has threatened to launch a total
non-cooperation movement.
……more

 


Cong
behind poll violence’
(SEN_11_1_k8)
AUDF blames Goutam Roy, Rahul Roy for violence in Hailakandi
GUWAHATI, Jan 10: The main
Opposition party in the State, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), today expressed its
unhappiness over the manner in which the three phases of the four-phase
panchayat elections were conducted on December 31, January 4 and January 9
respectively.
……more

 

 Gogoi
reviews Jorhat schemes
(SEN_11_1_k8)
JORHAT, Jan 10: Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi on January 8 instructed the State Public Works Department
to submit projects to improve the transport and communication infrastructure in
the areas along Asom-Nagaland border, sars and other interior places. The Chief
Minister was reviewing the execution of development works of all Government
departments in the district at a meeting held at the inspection bungalow of
Titabor.
……more

 



Presiding officer assaulted at Hatsingimari
(SEN_11_1_k8)
HATSINGIMARI, Jan 10: A
commotion prevailed among the police personnels during the second phase of
panchayat poll held on January 4 at Hatsingimari of Dhubri district.
Sources said that the presiding officer in Poll No 3214 of Monirchar Musullipara
L P School, under South Salmara LAC was assaulted by the incharge of
Kharuabandha outpost, Gauri Kanta Kalita. The incident took place in presence of
DK Bhotra, Extra Assitant Comissioner (EAC) and Abdul Rahim Sheikh, Sub
Divisional Officer (Civil)
……more

 


Himanta assures all-round development of State
(SEN_11_1_k8)
BOXIRHAT,
Jan 10: Asom Minister for Health, Planning and Urban Development, Dr Himanta
Biswa Sarma has urged the people of lower Asom to vote for the Congress and
reject the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
in the greater interest of the people of the State. Sarma was speaking at an
election rally of the Congress, organized at the No. 633 Paglar Pat GP near the
Indo-Bangladesh border near Bishkhowa under Golokganj LAC in Dhubri district
yesterday.
……more

 



Hailakandi SP responsible for poll violence, says SEC
(SEN_12_1_k8)
AK Tewari transferred to DGP headquarters
GUWAHATI, Jan 11: Holding
Hailakandi Superintendent of Police AK Tewari responsible for poll violence in
the district during the third phase of panchayat polls held on January 9, the
State Election Commission (SEC) (vide letter U.O. No. SEC.03/2008/2 dated Dispur
the 11th January 2008) today asked Asom Chief Secretary PC Sarma to initiate
disciplinary action against Tewari. The SEC has also decided to conduct
repolling in 309 polling stations in the district, but is yet to take a decision
as to when repolling in the district will take place.

……more

 


Non-Rabhas
to start mass agitation today(SEN_12_1_k8)
Panchayat polls in RHAC areas


 GUWAHATI, Jan 11: After a
brief lull, especially after the Lakhipur police firing incident where as many
as 8 people were killed and over 50 others injured, non-Rabha communities have
again raised their voices demanding panchayat elections be held in Rabha Hasong
Autonomous Council (RHAC) areas in Goalpara district.
An executive meeting of non-Rabha bodies which also included the Panchayat
Elections Demand Committee, Nagarik Adhikar Suraksha Sangrami Mancha and the
Non-Rabha Sammanay Rakhi Manch, held at Goalpara yesterday, demanded of the
Government to announce notification for panchayat elections in RHAC areas by
January 20.
It may be mentioned here that the State Government had postponed polls in areas
under the RHAC. Non Rabha communities, on the other hand, have been pressing the
Government with its demand for holding of panchayat elections along with other
parts of the State.
……more

 


Govt
flayed for indifference towards official language


(SEN_12_1_k8)
TINSUKIA, Jan 11: Taking
serious note of the recent alarming data showing the decline in the number of
Asomiya-speaking people and the subsequent increase in the number of
Bengali-speaking people, the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Tinsukia
district committee has expressed deep concern.

……more

 


Is
Govt interested in probing Beltola incident?

(SEN_14_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 13: Despite
Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi himself terming the Beltola mob violence
incident a black spot in his list of achievements made last year, and despite
the several announcements made on numerous occasions by the Government that the
guilty would be tracked down and punished, questions have now surfaced as to
whether it is really interested in getting to the truth of the matter.

……more

 


Tarun Gogoi in a holiday mood

(SEN_14_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 13: After
undergoing the rigours of holding the panchayat elections smoothly, he is a
weary man now. Yes, this person is none other than our very own leader — Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi. Gogoi today decided to try his luck at golf and spent
nearly an hour at the Army Golf Course in the city.

……more

 


Dist
admin a poodle of Cong: Opp parties(SEN_14_1_k8)
Hailakanda bandh passes off peacefully


 SILCHAR, Jan 13: The
bandh in Hailakandi called by various political parties in protest against the
alleged rigging by the Congress in the panchayat polls passed of peacefully and
was near total except for Lala and Kathicherra areas.

……more

 



Government amending State industrial policy: CM
(SEN_11_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10: With
foreign investors keen in investing in Asom, the State Government has decided to
amend the Assam Industrial Policy in order to ensure that the initial process
that potential investors need to go through before setting up industries is
streamlined. The Government has also stressed the need for state-of-the-art
infrastructure at the three new industrial estates coming up at Balipara, Matia
and Chhaygaon.
……more

 


Legal battle over reservation of
seats in PG medical courses
(SEN_11_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10: An air
of uncertainty is hovering over the entrance examination for postgraduate
courses in the three medical colleges in Asom with four medical students coming
from outside the State moving the Gauhati High Court challenging the rule on
reservation of seats for students from the State in postgraduate courses. The
High Court has fixed January 24 as the next date of hearing of the case, which
is three days ahead of the scheduled date of the examination.

……more

 

Assam
Secretariat uses Asomiya
(SEN_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: A few days ago, the Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX) set a
deadline to the State Government asking it to ensure that Asomiya is used as the
official language of the State. The Assam Secretariat, it seems, is out to
ensure that Asomiya language is used exclusively in all forms within the
secretariat complex. And the day to begin with cannot be better than the first
day of the New Year. ……more

 


Repolling in 55 poll stations
(SEN_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: The State
Election Commission (SEC) has ordered repolling in 55 polling stations which had
gone to elections for the first phase of panchayat polls in seven districts of
the State yesterday on account of various anomalies. SEC sources said repolling
has been ordered in two polling stations in Jonai, 16 in Dhemaji, 20 in
Lakhimpur, one in Sivasagar, one in Dhansiri, two in Jorhat, 10 in Dibrugarh and
three in Dhakuakhana. The dates of the repolling has not been finalized as of
now, the sources added.
……more

 


Congress leader accused of
threatening scribe
(SEN_2_1_k8)
 MANGALDAI, Jan 1: Strong resentment has been expressed by the
mediapersons and a section of conscious circle over an alleged attempt of
Darrang District Congress president Mazibar Rahman on the life of Dwipen Konwar,
special correspondent of Adinar Sambad and president of Mangaldai Media Circle.
……more

 


Revellers throng picnic spots after panchayat polls

(SEN_2_1_k8)
JORHAT, Jan 1: In what may be seen as a spontaneous relief from the
tension of bandhs, boycotts, blasts and the first phase of the panchayat polls
held in upper Asom districts yesterday, revellers thronged popular picnic sites
here and in neighbouring district today. ……more

 


Former Jagiroad GP president expelled
(SEN_2_1_k8)
JAGIROAD, Jan 1: Former Jagiroad Gaon Panchayat president Deba Bordoloi
has been expelled from the Congress party for indulging in anti-party activities
in the run-up to the panchayat polls. The party has also expelled Phuleswari
Bordoloi, who is standing as an independent candidate from Mayong.

 

 Naxalites
using AUDF as launch pad in Asom
(SEN_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: The AUDF is being used as the launch pad to expand
their network by the People’s Democratic Conference of India (PDCI) and
Naxalites like the CPI(ML) in Asom. PDCI leader Sardar Amjad Ali and Naxalite
leader (CPI-ML general secretary) Santosh Rana had been in the State for the
last four days when they campaigned for the AUDF in as many as 41 villages in
Sonitpur, Morigaon, Barpeta and Darrang districts where the AUDF have fielded a
large number of candidates for the panchayat polls.
……more

 

717 in
panchayat poll fray in Gohpur

(SEN_2_1_k8)
HALEM, Jan 1: Of the 883 nomination papers filed as candidates for
ward members, gaon panchayat presidents, Anchalik panchayat members and zila
parishad members, as many as 717 candidates are in the fray in Gohpur
subvidivision that will go to polls on January 4 in as many as 340 polling
centres. ……more

 



Poll campaign picks up in Gohpur
(SEN_2_1_k8)
HALEM, Jan 1: Campaigning for the forthcoming panchayat polls is at its
peak in Gohpur subdivision. A number of Congressmen have left the party, while
some others have been suspended. ……more



Cong candidate’s son, 2 supporters abducted
(SEN_2_1_k8)
SILCHAR, Jan 1: South Asom-based United Liberation Front of Barak Valley
(ULFBV) militants abducted three people, including a Congress leader’s son from
Hailakandi district. Police today said that the three people abducted yesterday
included two supporters of the Congress leader and his son. The Congress leader
is a nominee for the gaon panchayat president post. The police said the people
were kidnapped at gun-point from Kharolbasti, a remote village near Mizoram
border where they were campaigning for Abdul Khaliq Laskar alias Kuti, a
Congress candidate for Baldabaldi GP president post.
……more

 



Heavy panchayat polling: Advantage Cong in Jorhat
(SEN_2_1_k8)
 JORHAT, Jan 1: The heavy
turnout of voters in the first phase of the panchayat elections, which concluded
yesterday, augurs well for the ruling Congress. Official sources said that the
overall polling in Jorhat and Titabor subdivisions registered 74 per cent.

……more

 

Jamiat,
AUDF demand CBI probe
(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and the AUDF have today demanded
of the Government to order CBI inquiry into the police firing at Lakhipur in
Goalpara district. Jamiat leader Moulana Siddiqulla Choudhury, who is in Asom to
campaign for the AUDF, said today’s police firing on the agitators, who have
been protesting against the postponement of panchayat election in that area, has
exposed the autocratic character of the Congress-led Government in the State.
……more

 

Fake LoS
sold at Rs 3 lakh; prime accused absconding (SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: A multi-crore-rupee letter of sanction (LoS) scam
has been detected, and a case has been filed in Dispur police station in this
regard. The prime accused of the scam has already been detected, but no arrest
has been made as yet. It is apprehended that more such LoS scams might have
taken place in the Sixth Schedule areas like the Karbi Anglong Autonomous
Council (KAAC), North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) and the Bodoland
Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) earlier without detection.
……more

 


Illegal appointment in Nalbari, IS suspended
(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: In accordance with a
directive from the Gauhati High Court, the Government of Asom has suspended
Nalbari district Inspector of Schools (IS) with immediate effect on the charge
of making appointment of teachers in the district when there was a ban on
teacher appointment in the State. Besides a departmental proceeding against the
IS, Nalbari police has also been asked to investigate the circumstances leading
to the appointment of 11 teachers in the district when there was a ban on
teacher appointment. ……more

 


Goalpara polls deferred
(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: The State Election Commission (SEC) has postponed all
panchayat polls in Goalpara district indefinitely following the unrest in the
district over the deferment of panchayat polls in the RHAC area.

Fire on poll procession(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: A poll procession taken out in support of independent
candidate for Pub-Namborbagh GP constituency Rupdhan Ali in Bagsa district was
fired at by two motorcycle-borne miscreants near Barama police station today.
Though there was no casualty in the firing, some people sustained injuries in
the stampede that followed.

 

Reject
Congress, vote for AGP: Mahanta (SEN_3_1_k8)
NAGAON, Jan 2: In two panchayat election meetings of the Asom Gana
Parishad (AGP) held at Hatipukhuri and Dakhin Khatowal under Rupahihat LAC,
former Asom Chief Minister and president of the Asom Gana Parishad (Pragatisheel)
(AGP-P) addressed a huge gathering of more than 10,000 people.
……more

 


People exercise franchise in spite of poll boycott call
(SEN_3_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 2: The boycott
call of the panchayet election by various organizations seem to hardly affect
people’s enthusiasm to exercise their adult franchise, with the polling
percentage in Dibrugarh district supposedly touching 78.5. Re-poll has been
ordered in ten polling stations in the district and

……more

 

Every
Indian should be allowed to exercise his voting rights’
(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: On the eve of the second phase of the panchayat polls in
lower Asom, a meeting of leading citizens, litterateurs and members of the Koch
Rajbongshi community was held to think and discuss about the problems afflicting
the community, its language, customs and culture.
……more

 



Ajmal, Madani urge people to vote Congress out
(SEN_3_1_k8)
BOXIRHAT/HATSINGIMARI, Jan 2:
Launching a fresh tirade against the Congress in general and Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi in particular, Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) supremo
Baddrudin Ajmal and All India Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind general secretary Moulana
Mahmud Madani said the Congress party was involved in corruption. They also
alleged that the Congress was playing with the hopes and emotion of the people
of Asom.
The two leaders were addressing a panchayat rally at Belguri playground in
Golokganj in Dhubri district on Tuesday.

……more

 

Repoll
in 69 poll stations on January 8
(SEN_4_1_k8)
Phase-II of panchayat polls today
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3: As many as 14 districts and subdivisions of the
State will go to panchayat polls in the second phase tomorrow amid tight
security measures in the aftermath of yesterday’s mob fury leading to killing of
at least eight people in police firing in Goalpara district. A total of
35,26,827 voters will decide the fate of 26,169 candidates.
……more

 


Violation of model code by Cong
(SEN_4_1_k8)
AUDF not happy with SEC, to meet Governor

GUWAHATI, Jan 3: Not happy
with the “partial attitude of the State Election Commission (SEC) in dealing
with complaints filed against the Congress for alleged undemocratic actions”,
the AUDF today said it will apprise Asom Governor Lt. Gen (retd) Ajai Singh of
the matter.
……more

 


Goalpara tense, under control
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 3:
The situation in Goalpara district is tense, although no fresh incident has been
reported from anywhere in the district. There is a confusion over the death toll
of yesterday’s police firing. Though the Ana-Rabha Samanvayrakshi Aikya Mancha
claimed that 11 people had been killed in police firing, Additional SP of
Goalpara Jayanta Choudhury contradicted the figure by saying that altogether
seven persons had died in Wednesday’s violence.

……more

 


Judicial probe into firing
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 3: Asom
Government today announced a judicial inquiry into the Lakhipur police firing
leading to the killing of at least seven people yesterday. It may be mentioned
here that the entire Goalpara district is tense following the police firing.

Poll fever over, now an
agonising wait
(SEN_4_1_k8)
The Election Commission will decide to announce the results on the same date for
all the districts
JORHAT, Jan 3: For the more than 3,000 candidates of Jorhat district,
who are battling it out in the panchayat polls, already held in the district
along with six other upper Asom districts on December 31, the almost month-long
wait for the results, to be announced on January 28, seems interminable and
fraught with tension. The results which were earlier to be declared on January
12 is postponed to January 28, as polling in Darrang district will be held on
January 24. The Election Commission will decide to announce the results on the
same date for all the districts. ……more
 


For them, it’s a special way to
welcome the New Year
(SEN_4_1_k8)
MANGALDAI, Jan 3: The Youth Club of Mangaldai, a premier
socio-cultural institution of the district, celebrated the first day of the New
Year with an exceptional programme. All the members of the club, led by
secretary Rajib Kumar Deka, went to the Mangaldai Civil Hospital and offered
milk, fruits, biscuits and buns among the 150-odd indoor patients of the
hospital as New Year gift. They also offered fruits and biscuits to the sisters
on duty as a mark of gratitude for their sincere and dedicated service.
……more

 


Congress, BJP, AGP all set for triangular contest at Patidarrang
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GORESWAR, Jan 3: Poll
activities of the various political parties are yet to pick up in Patidarrang
Zila Parishad constituency comprising six Gaon Panchayat posts under
Bidhiya-Jajikona Block and 56 Kaalpur LAC for the Panchayat polls slated for
January 4.
No local issue was found predominance in this constituency, candidates and party
workers are yet to woo the voters.
……more

 


Block Labour Union formed
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GORESWAR, Jan 3: The Goreswar
block labour union was formed recently in a meeting held at Batiyamari ME
School. The meeting was presided over Suren Basumatary. In the meeting a 15
member executive body was formed with Joyram Deka as president,

……more

 

HC
notice on M’laya firing to be NCP’s main poll plank
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 3: In a development which may catch the Congress-led
Government in Meghalaya on wrong foot ahead of the forthcoming Assembly
elections in the State, a division bench of the Gauhati High Court, headed by
Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar, has issued show-cause notices to the Meghalaya
Government while dealing with a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a CBI
inquiry into the police firing incident at Tura and Williamnagar on September
30, 2005. It may be mentioned here that nine persons were killed and over a
hundred injured in the police firing. ……more

 


Campaign using helicopter fails to impress all
(SEN_4_1_k8)
Guwahati, Jan 3: Political parties’ helicopter campaign may have dazzled
rural voters of rural Asom in the run-up to the panchayat elections, but not all
politicians have taken kindly to this ‘extravagant’ style.
……more

 


Cong
facing dissidence in Baghbor ZPCs
(SEN_4_1_k8)
KALGACHIA, Jan 3: As
Barpeta district goes to polls in the third phase of the panchayat elections on
January 9, the Congress is facing threats from dissidents in many gaon
panchayats in the western part of Baghbor LAC. The Congress is facing a crisis
in constituencies within Baghbor LAC.

……more

 

Despite
violence, voter turnout is heavy
(SEN_5_1_k8)
Phase-II of panchayat polls
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: Amid violence, ballot paper anomalies and procedural
errors, the second phase of panchayat polls in 14 districts and subdivisions of
the State passed off peacefully registering a voter turnout of 71.2 per cent.
According to State Election Commission (SEC) sources, due to heavy rush of
voters voting had to be continued even after 4 pm in some polling stations, and
as such the voter turnout will go up. ……more

 

Sangma:
Nagaland PR unconstitutional
(SEN_5_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: In an outburst which may have its repercussion in
the ruling coalition at the Centre, former Lok Sabha Speaker and senior NCP
leader Purno A Sangma today said the Congress has engineered defection in
Nagaland which may create a political unrest in the North-east. Sangma has
termed the imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland “unconstitutional and
unethical.” ……more

 


‘Cong behind distribution of booklet on secret killings’
(SEN_5_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: The AGP-P
has moved the State Election Commission (SEC) today with a serious allegation
that wherever Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and other Congress leaders went for
panchayat poll campaign, a hitherto unknown organization called the Manab
Sajagata Mancha distributed copies of a booklet containing the Asomiya version
of some parts of the KN Saikia Commission report.

……more

 

Sports
pensioners urge Govt to enhance pension
(SEN_5_1_k8)
NAGAON, Jan 4: The tenth annual general meeting of “Nagaon District
Sports Pensioners Association” which was held recently at Mintleaf hotel under
the presidentship of Alimuz Zaman urged the Government to enhance the pension
from Rs 1500 to Rs 3000 per month and also to grant family pension after the
death of the sports pensioners. ……more

Republic Day venue changed
(SEN_5_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 4: The district administration has decided, in
consultation with leading citizens of the town, to change the venue of the
Republic Day celebration from the Chowkidinghee playground to the Police Reserve
Ground on Friday due to security reasons. ……more
 
Alleged threat to scribe
condemned
(SEN_5_1_k8)
KALGACHIA, Jan 4: People of Jania have expressed deep concern over
Jania MLA Abdul Khaleque’s alleged threat to a reporter during the panchayat
polls. It is said that Khaleque had threatened a correspondent of a daily
newspaper published from Guwahati during a few meetings held on January 2 at
different places in Jania. ……more
 
‘I have no personal
vendetta against Seema Goswami’
(SEN_5_1_k8)
 BARPETA, Jan 4: Secretary of AGP Town Committee Ratul Das said that
he has no personal vendetta against the Barpeta Municipality Board(BMB)
chairperson Seema Goswami. "I am only pointing out her faults for the sake of
the people of Barpeta", said Das in a pressmeet held at Barpeta AGP office as a
counter reply to the BMB chair person’s allegations that he had gone to BMB
chair person for contracts. ……more
 
Golden jubilee celebration
of Baptist church concludes

(SEN_5_1_k8)
UDALGURI, Jan 4: The Golden Jubilee celebrations of Harisinga Baptish
Church has concluded with an appeal to hold higher morality in day to day life.
Rev puher Daimary the executive secretary, NBBCA has delivered sermons during
the celebration and urged christian people to cultivate good qualities in public
life. ……more

 


Driver on duty manhandled
(SEN_5_1_k8)
JORHAT, Jan 4: A bus driver was hospitalized on Thursday, after he
was manhandled by a group of homeguards, on his poll duty at Nagaon. According
to police sources, the driver arrived very late to take the homeguards who were
alloted to his bus. ……more

 

Petition
submitted in HC challenging dereservation of ZP seat
(SEN_5_1_k8)
MANGALDAI, Jan 4: In a significant development over the dereservation
of the No. 7 Mawamori Puthimari constituency of Darrang Zila Parishad, the
Gauhati High Court in connection with WP(C) No. 2/2008 has asked the standing
counsel of the State Election Commission to submit a written statement within
January 4 regarding the grounds for dereservation of the constituency, which was
earlier reserved for SCs by the district administration.
……more

On helicopter, Badruddin
to tour Barak Valley now
(SEN_5_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: With most of the parties in the State spending big
in the run-up to the panchayat polls, two phases of which have already been
completed, the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), following the strategy of
its principal detractor — the Congress — has also pressed a helicopter to ferry
its leaders. ……more

 

APCC
condemns Padma’s statement on security
(SEN_5_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: The Asom Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has
vehemently condemned the statement of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) MLA from Sootea,
Padma Hazarika, who criticised a comment made by Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
that he would provide security to the lives and property of the Asomiya people.
……more

 



Now division among Adivasi leaders on poll-boycott call
(SEN_6_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 5: The election-boycott call given by the All Tea
Tribe Students’ Association (ATTSA) in protest against the failure of political
parties to support their demand for scheduling turned out to be a flop show in
the tea estates of upper Asom.
The six communities, which have been demanding ST status, called for the boycott
of the panchayat elections to air resentment over the negative attitude of the
State Government to their demand. ……more


Repoll in 30 polling stations on January 9
(SEN_6_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 5: The State Election
Commission (SEC) has today ordered repoll in as many as 30 polling centres where
panchayat polls were either stopped or cancelled in the second phase yesterday
due to various anomalies, including violence. Till yesterday repoll was ordered
in as many as 22 polling centres but the number rose to 30 today as more
complaints of anomalies poured in today. Repoll of the 30 polling centres will
be held on January 9, along with the third phase of polls. ……more
 

Army
moves out of Goalpara; curfew relaxed
(SEN_6_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 5: The indefinite curfew in Lakhipur area of Goalpara
district was relaxed for more than four hours today as the situation improved
steadily after Wednesday’s twin police firing, which left eight dead. The Army
had also been sent back after it was engaged in maintaining law and order
following the incident. Goalpara Superintendent of Police Abhijit Borah said:
“The situation is normal and no untoward incident has been reported since
Wednesday.” ……more

 


Scuffle at Mangaldai Cong office
leaves two injured
(SEN_6_1_k8)
MANGALDAI, Jan 5: Anger and resentment is brewing up among Congress
workers against the Darrang District Congress Committee president Mazibur Rahman
for denying nominations to “dedicated” party workers for the forthcoming
panchayat polls which will be held in the district on January 24 next.
……more

 

Congress
to face strong opposition
(SEN_6_1_k8)
NAGAON, Jan 5: The candidates of different political parties
including the ruling Congress and main opposition parties- AGP, BJP, AGP (P) and
the Independent candidates, have geared up their campaign for the ensuing
panchayat election in Nagaon subdivision. ……more

 


Polling stopped in 3 polling stations
(SEN_6_1_k8)
HATSINGIMARI, Jan 5:
Polling in three stations under Mankachar LAC which went to the polls during the
second phase of panchayat elections on Friday have been stopped due to anomalies
in ballot papers. It has also been reported that poll officials had encountered
many difficulties at poll materials had reached the two polling stations only
some hours before polling began.
……more

Demonstrators arrested(SEN_6_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 5: A tense situation is prevailing at Salmari Tea
Estate in Tingkhong after police arrested around 60 people who had put up a
blockade there. The blockade was staged by the Janaswartha Suraksha Samity (JSS)
in support of its demand to provide employment to local

Prog for world peace(SEN_6_1_k8)
BILASIPARA, Jan 5: A three-day-long jananusthan programme will be
held at Mahamaya Snanghat Mandir at Khoraghat in Dhubri from February 19. A
committee has been formed with 152 members for the event. Mina Roy and
Prankrishna Ghose are the president and secretary respectively.

 



Gautom Roy manipulated panchayat candidates’ list: Analysts
(SEN_6_1_k8)
SILCHAR, Jan 5: With
barely four days left for the panchayat polls in Barak Valley, Gautom Roy,
Minister of Border Area Development and Excise, seems to dwarf and outwit not
only his political adversaries but also his own party leaders with his dashing
and domineering style of functioning.

……more

Poll
campaign at its peak, to end today
(SEN_7_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 6:
Heavy-weights of all the parties of Asom were in the field on the penultimate
day of panc-hayat poll campaign that will come to an end at 4 pm tomorrow. While
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi campaigned using a helicopter in Bongaigaon, AGP
president Brindabon Goswami and AUDF president Badruddin Ajmal campaigned in
Nalbari and Barak Valley respectively.

……more

 

Tea
area poll: Cong upbeat
(SEN_7_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 6: Jubilant
over the huge turnout in the tea garden areas in the first two phases of the
ongoing panchayat poll despite a boycott and bandh call given by the
Janagosthiya Aikya Mancha, Assam (JAMA), the Congress has pooh-poohed the
leaders of the conglomerate of six communities for their, what it said, failure
of leadership. The APCC tea cell, on the other hand, has called its party’s
Government to take utmost care to implement the assurances given in the election
manifesto of the party to the agitating communities.

……more


AUDF-Congress
clash leads to police firing


(SEN_8_1_k8)
AUDF seeks EC intervention
NAGAON/GUWAHATI, Jan 7:
The skirmish that began between AUDF and Congress supporters in Nagaon district
ahead of the last Assembly polls reached its peak today when the supporters of
an AUDF gaon panchayat president candidate were attacked by Youth Congress
supporters at an election rally at Shiyalmari on the outskirts of Nagaon town
leading to police firing. A large number of people were injured in the clash
that was followed by lathicharge and firing by the police.

……more

‘Give
community-wise quota, not ST status to six groups’
(SEN_8_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: The
Centre for Tribal Studies, Assam (CTSA), an academic body working on tribal
culture and publishing books on tribals of Asom, has threatened to move the
Supreme Court, if the State Government does not stop its “cat-and-mouse game”
with the sentiment of the ethnic communities of the State on the Scheduled Tribe
(ST) issue.
……more
 


No witness for hearing in Adivasi
rally violence case
(SEN_8_1_k8)
UWAHATI, Jan 7: No witnesses turned up
before the RK Monisana Singh Inquiry Commission probing the violence in Guwahati
during an Adivasi rally on November 24 last on its first day of hearing today.
……more

 

 


NCHAC EC on January 9
(SEN_8_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: Asom
Governor Lt Gen (retired) Ajai Singh has finally approved the appointment of
Debulal Hojai as the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the newly-elected North
Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) and Mayanan Kamprai as the chairman of
the ruling coalition, UDA, Raj Bhavan sources said here today.

……more



Grassroots is vital for a party’s survival, say AGP activists(SEN_8_1_k8)
AGP supporters are unhappy for not launching  membership drive programmes


NAGAON, Jan 7: The Assam
Gana Parishad (AGP), the only regional opposition party of the state, even after
24- year stint could not realise that a political party thrives on the strength
of its grass root members. A section of the intellectuals and senior citizens
who are ardent supporters of the AGP for the last six years are unhappy with the
fact that the party has not launch membership drive programmes anywhere in Asom,
except confine among few of their limited circles.

……more

 


Projection of BPF candidates outside BTC creates controversy
(SEN_8_1_k8)
TAMARHAT, Jan 7 : “I do not understand why the Bodoland People’s
Front (BPF) has projected candidates for the panchayat elections in four Gaon
Panchayats (GPs) in 35 villages outside the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
The BPF is limited within the BTC area”, said Wazed Ali Choudhury, former
Agricultural Minister of Asom and present chairman of Assam State Housing board,
having cabinet rank, stated in an election rally at Hatidhura College field on
Monday. ……more

BJP and Congress all
set to battle it out in Golakganj
(SEN_8_1_k8)
Parties campaign door-to-door
TAMARHAT, Jan 7: As the third phase of the panchayat election draws
nearer, election fever has gripped the people of Tamarhat and its outskirts.
Workers and leaders of different political parties including the ruling Congress
and the main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Bharatiya Janata Parishad (BJP)
and the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and other independent candidates
have stepped up their election campaign by putting up hoardings, banners and
posters. ……more



Political heavyweights attend last-minute poll rallies
(SEN_8_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: On the
last day of campaigning prior to the third phase of the panchayat polls in the
State, political heavyweights entered the arena in a bid to woo the voters to
vote for their respective parties.
……more

After a grand
feast, comes purification(TEL, 16-1-k8)



Traditional revelry rules Bihu, complete with bulbuli, cock and egg
fights (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 15:
Assam and its
people purged their collective souls in the raging fires of the meji
before daybreak today and prayed for a year of prosperity as the entire state
celebrated Magh Bihu in a spirit of bonhomie and brotherhood. The celebrations,
which started with the grand feast on uruka yesterday, continued through
the night and culminated in the ritual of setting the mejis on fire, a
tradition of appeasing the fire god.
……more

Victory
for United (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Hailakandi,
Jan. 15:
United Club
emerged champions in the A-Division Cricket League championship of the District
Sports Association (DSA) of Silchar. In the final yesterday at Satindra Mohan
Dev Stadium here, they defeated Spirit Union by 8 wickets.Winning the toss,
Spirit Union decided to bat first and they were all out for 147 runs in 27.5
overs.
……more

Probe into
rural election clashes(TEL,18-1-k8)


Poll
panel team to arrive today(TEL,18-1-k8)

Hailakandi,
Jan. 17:
The three-member
inquiry team of the Election Commission, headed by Anwaruddin Choudhury, will
arrive here tomorrow to probe into the violence and mismanagement during the
panchayat polls in Hailakandi on January 9. Poll officials had burnt ballot
boxes and other election materials on the third and final phase of panchayat
elections in the district when authorities failed to protect them from goons
hired to rig the booths.
……more

 

Hailakandi
officials face tough action(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Guwahati/Hailakandi,
Jan. 18:
The state
election commission today recommended to the government to initiate departmental
action against an additional deputy commissioner posted in Hailakandi and
suspension of seven schoolteachers for dereliction of duty during the panchayat
elections in the district.
……more

Goalpara
embers fanned(TEL, 20-1-k8)


Two
non-Rabha leaders held for assault on MLA(TEL, 20-1-k8)

Dhubri,
Jan. 19:
Protests singed
the streets of Goalpara today following the arrest of two non-Rabha leaders in
connection with the assault on Congress MLA Abdul Rashid Mondal and his security
guards on December 18. The president of Non-Rabha Coordination Forum (NRCF),
Shajahan Ali, and the chief of the Ana Rabha Moulik Adhikar Surakha Samiti (ARMASS),
Mokadesh Ali Mondal, were arrested today on charges of inciting a mob that
attacked the Goalpara (West) legislator at Moilapather.

……more

70 pc
turnout in 1st phase of Panchayat polls(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The first phase of Panchayat polls held in seven
districts of Assam passed off peacefully today, according to official sources,
with the average voting percentage hovering around 70. The voting percentage may
go up after receipt of information from the interior places. No major incidents
have been reported from any of the polling stations, and the only difficulties
experienced were a few polling officials failing to discharge their duties and
mistakes in some ballot papers. ……more

Governor greets people(AST_1_1_k8)
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – State Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh, has extended his
greetings to the people on the occasion of New Year. In his New Year message to
the State the Governor has also asked the citizens to pledge to work
individually and contribute towards building a strong, developed and peaceful
Assam. ……more

Call to bring back peace in
state
(AST_1_1_k8)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Mediapersons and individuals from cross section of the
society on Friday condemned the dastardly killing of former Prime Minister of
Pakistan Benazir Bhutto. Terming terrorism as the greatest bane in a civilized
society, the media persons called upon all the groups creating a condition of
fear and insecurity in Assam and elsewhere in the country to announce ceasefire
on the first day of the New Year. ……more

Ashok Saikia’s death
condoled
(AST_1_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The members of the Lawyers’ Association, Guwahati,
has condoled the demise of Ashok Saikia, IAS, a distinguished bureaucrat and
former Director, Asian Development Bank, Manila.
……more

Security tightened in Karimganj
for panchayat polls
(AST_1_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – The Karimganj district police administration beefed up
security in and around the entire district to avoid any untoward incident during
the panchayat polls.Among nine hundred sixty-one polling stations of the
district, two hundred forty-nine have been identified as ‘sensitive’ and
seventy-five centres ‘hypersensitive’. This was stated by Mihir Goswami, the
Superintendent of Police of Karimganj recently.
……more

Electioneering reaches
crescendo at Palashbari
(AST_1_1_k8)
MIRZA, Dec 31 – Electioneering for the second phase of panchayat
polls to be held on January 4 has gained momentum for the three district
councillor seats, including ten gaon panchayat seats in Palashbari
constituency.In Rampur ZPC, Independent candidate Charli Das is ahead of the
other three contestants – Mina Mahanta (AGP), Deepika Talukdar (Cong-I) and
Anima Thakuria (Independent) with the popularity of this
advocate-turned-politician gaining ground. Moreover, besides taking advantage of
the infighting within the Congress (I), Charli is making inroads into the vote
banks of other parties. ……more

Tough fight for Cong in
Bandarmari panchayat
(AST_1_1_k8)
TEZPUR, Dec 31 – While all the parties such as Congress, AGP and BJP
including independent candidate are seen busy in conducting poll campaigns for
drawing attention of the voters of Bandarmari Panchayat of Biohuguri ZPC under
Barchala Constituency of Sonitpur district, the ruling Congress party
particularly is facing tough challenges from Opposition parties.
……more

Jania MLA hopeful of winning
all 4 ZPC seats
(AST_1_1_k8)
 KALGACHIA, Dec 31 – In view of the upcoming panchayat polls, Jania
MLA Abdul Khaleque called a press meet on Sunday at Kalgachia Rajiv Bhawan at a
time when the alert sections of the people in Jania LAC have been seen to evoke
a mixed response over the selection of Congress candidates nominated as
competent to overcome the challenge posed by AUDF candidates.
……more

Army conducts integration tour(AST_1_1_k8)
GOALPARA, Dec 31 – A national integration tour was conducted by the
3rd Battalion of Sikh Regiment Red Horns Division from December 17 to 30 for
school students in association with the district administration. Twenty students
along with two teachers were taken to New Delhi and Amritsar as part of the
tour. ……more

Ramcharani ZPC may
witness triangular fight
(AST_1_1_k8)
AZARA, Dec 31 – With the panchayat elections around the corner,
campaigning by different political parties has gained momentum at 16 No
Ramcharani Zila Parishad seat under Kamrup (M) district.
……more

Corruption CPM panchayat poll
plank in Jania LAC
(AST_1_1_k8)
 KALGACIA, Dec 31 – In view of the panchayat elections, CPI -M has
named its candidates to contest panchayat polls in Jania LAC under Barpeta
district. he party has provided its candidature to retired head teacher Abu
Bakkar Siddique to fight the battle in Haladhiya ZPC, which is only one out of
four ZPCs in the Assembly constituency. ……more

AUDF resents ‘communal’ tag(AST_1_1_k8)
HOJAI, Dec 31 – Sirajuddin Ajmal, Jamunamukh MLA and brother of AUDF
chief Badruddin Ajmal, addressing a series of election meetings said that after
two-and-a-half years AUDF will secure majority in State Assembly and the Chief
Minister will be from their party as people belonging to various communities in
Assam have lent support to it because of AUDF’s secular character.
……more

 

627 papers
filed at Badarpur
(AST_1_1_k8)
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – A total of six hundred and twenty-seven
nomination papers have been filed in Badarpur block for 120 posts of gaon
panchayat. This is a record in the history of panchayat polls, stated the
district election officers. ……more

Poll campaigning
picks up in Karimganj district
(AST_1_1_k8)
 NILAMBAZAR, Dec 31 – The second phase of panchayat polls in
Karimganj district along with other parts of Barak Valley is scheduled to be
held on January 9. As the election draws near, leaders and workers of ruling
Congress, BJP, AUDF and other political parties have geared up their poll
campaign. ……more

Poll campaigning picks up in
Karimganj district
(AST_1_1_k8)
NILAMBAZAR, Dec 31 – The second phase of panchayat polls in Karimganj
district along with other parts of Barak Valley is scheduled to be held on
January 9. As the election draws near, leaders and workers of ruling Congress,
BJP, AUDF and other political parties have geared up their poll campaign.
……more

Govt probe team seizes PDS
items from Dergaon
(AST_1_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The investigation team constituted by the State
Government to look into the anomalies in the Public Distribution System (PDS) in
Golaghat, Jorhat and Sivasagar districts after the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti
(KMSS) brought serious allegations against the departments concerned with the
help of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has seized 10,000 quintals of rice
and 2,000 quintals of sugar meant for distribution to consumers through the PDS
from a godown of a cooperative society in Dergaon.
……more

SAKP demands action against
corrupt officials
(AST_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad (SAKP) has
called upon the State Government to take stringent action against those
employees involved in irregularities, thus bringing shame to the society of the
employees. The functionaries of the parishad said that for the unethical
practices of a section of the Government employees, the entire society of the
employees could not be blamed. The secretary general of the parishad Bashav
Chandra Kalita said that allegations were pouring in about some employees not
working for the public unless they get bribes.
……more

Poll campaign gathers momentum
in Sualkuchi
(AST_2_1_k8)
 SUALKUCHI, Jan 1 – As the panchayat election draws nearer, election
fever has gripped the people of Sualkuchi and its outskirts. Workers and leaders
of different partical parties, including ruling Congress, main Opposition AGP,
BJP and CPM and other Independent candidates have stepped up their election
campaign by putting up hoardings, banners and posters.
……more

Kalaigaon LAC all set for
panchayat poll
(AST_2_1_k8)
KALAIGAON, Jan 1 – Political parties have geared up poll activities
in Kalaigaon LAC after re-lottery for reservation of panchayat seats against
women which done on December 22 accordingly panchayat polls will be held on
January 24 in Darrang. Filing of nominations by candidates will start on January
1 and January 4 will be the last date. January 7 will be the last date for
withdrawal of nomination papers. Counting of votes will start on January 28.
……more

Campaigning hots up in Gauripur
LAC
(AST_2_1_k8)
 GAURIPUR, Jan 1 – Campaigning for the panchayat poll scheduled to be
held on January 9 next in the Gauripur LAC has been gaining momentum in all the
17 GP areas of the constituency. ……more

20 hurt in poll clashes(AST_2_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 1 – Violence and bogus voting have hit a few polling centres in
Sissi block under Dhemaji district in the first phase of panchayat polls. At
least 20 persons were injured in separate poll clashes in the area.
……more

Poll fever grips Mangaldoi(AST_2_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 MANGALDOI, Jan 1 – Panchayat poll fever has gripped Mangaldoi to such an extent
that the New Year’s eve celebration was somewhat subdued with hardly any
celebration to note. ……more

Rs 80,000 fine realised for
code violation
(AST_2_1_k8)
 GORESWAR, Jan 1 – Forty contestants for different posts of the
panchayat polls scheduled to be held on January 4 next were fined on December 27
for violation of the code of conduct of the panchayat polls by Debeswar Bora,
officer in-charge of the Rangiya subdivision election branch.
……more

Corruption endemic during Cong
rule: AGP(P)

(AST_2_1_k8)
 KALIABOR, Jan 1 – Participating in a series of panchayat selection
meetings on Saturday at Kuthori, Jaklabandha Hospital Chari Ali, Jayantipur,
Noltoli Bazar, Misu and Borgheeli Bazar, a greater minority area under Kaliabor
sub-division, PK Mahanta, ex-CM and president AGP(P), has disclosed that the
present Congress Govt in Assam is a “total failure” due to corruption, price
hike, unemployment and insecurity of the public.
……more

Repoll in 10 Dibrugarh centres
on Jan 8(AST_3_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Jan 2 – The State Election Commission on the proposal of
the district administration, Dibrugarh, has directed fresh polling in ten
centres in the district. Repolling in all the ten centres will be held on
January 8, district officials informed.
The centres include Rajabheta LP school, Japara Gaon LP school, Digboimukh LP
school, Jugesh Gohain LP school, Gorpuria ME school, Dighalia LP school,
Dhadhumia LP school, Maijan Bagisa Mazdoor club, Maijan Bagisa LP school and
Teliapathar LP school. ……more

Saikia’s death condoled(AST_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – A meeting of the Govt. Pensioners’ Association, Assam,
held under the presidentship of Nagen Chandra Goswami, condoled the death of
Ashok Saikia and prayed God for the eternal peace of the departed soul by
observing a minute’s silence, stated a press release.
……more

AGP main rival of Cong in
Bihuguri ZPC
(AST_3_1_k8)
TEZPUR, Jan 2 – With the dates for panchayat polls in Bihuguri ZPC under
Barchala LAC of Sonitpur district nearing, political parties are gearing up
their poll campaign. The polls will be held on January 4 in the second phase.
……more

2 elected unopposed in Bihdia
Jajikona AP
(AST_3_1_k8)
GORESWAR, Jan 2 – Two gaon panchayat members namely, Harmaya Kalita
(Cong) of No 6 Barpanara under Bihdia Jajikona anchalik panchayat and another
Manju Boro (Cong) from No 3 Kalmoni Dhonkhanda of the same anchalik panchayat
have been elected unopposed in Rangiya subdivision.
……more

Cachar police on alert for
panchayat polls
(AST_3_1_k8)
 SILCHAR, Jan 2 – Cachar district administration declared the security
position in the backdrop of the panchayat polls in the state. The declaration
was outlined in the conference hall of deputy commissioner, Cachar in the
presence of various political parties. In the meeting it was specifically
mentioned that in Cachar district, 259 polling stations have been identified as
most sensitive. ……more

Cong wins Mandakata GP
uncontested
(AST_3_1_k8)
BAIHATA CHARIALI, Jan 2 – Though all seats of Mandakata Gaon
Panchayat including president and Anchalik Panchayat member seats of Bezera Zila
Parishad were wrested by ruling Congress uncontested, main Opposition Asom Gana
Parishad (AGP) is fully hopeful of winning the prestigious seat of Bezera Zila
Parishad under Jalukbari LA constituency. ……more

Rangiya MLA accused of assault(AST_3_1_k8)
RANGIYA, Jan 2 – The members of the Congress have alleged that the
local MLA of Rangiya Ananta Deka threatened and physically assaulted party
workers at the party office near here at Mohkholi Milan Chowk on the evening of
December 29 last……more.

 

Second
phase of Panchayat polls today(AST_4_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – The State is set for the second phase of the
Panchayat polls in 15 subdivisions in the districts of Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro),
Kamrup, Nagaon, Morigaon, Dhubri and Bongaigaon. According to State Election
Commission sources, more than 35 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in
the second phase of the polls to elect their representatives. More than 24,000
candidates are in the fray for the second phase of the polls, where elections
will be held to elect members for 118 Zila Parishad constituencies, 652 Anchalik
Panchayat constituencies, 652 constituencies of Gaon Panchayat presidents and
6,489 gaon panchayat members. ……more

Poll panel, police aiding Cong:
AUDF(AST_4_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – The Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) today
alleged that the police and the State Election Commission were acting as agents
of the Congress Government in the Panchayat polls. Working president of the AUDF,
Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury, said that the election code of conduct was openly
flouted by the Congress candidates, but the Election Commission was turning a
blind eye towards the violations. Choudhury said that the AUDF had made several
complaints to the election commission, but so far the election commission had
not acted on its complaints. ……more

Cancelled(AST_4_1_k8)
 TEZPUR, Jan 3: The candidature of an AP member of No.7 Solagaon (KA)
under Balipara ZPC of Rangapara LAC has been cancelled. Official sources said
Dipali Saikia’s (BJP) candidature has been cancelled on the basis of invalid
documents.– Correspondent

Repolling(AST_4_1_k8)
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 3: After alleged irregularities in the first phase of
Panchayat polls, repolling will take place in 16 poll booths in Dhemaji. –
Correspondent

 

Penguin
award for Surjya Hazarika(AST_4_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – Renowned publisher, author, editor, compiler, cine
personality, director, producer, lyricist, Surya Hazarika has been selected for
the prestigious ‘Rising personalities of India’ award with a gold medal in
recognition of his exceptional caliber and outstanding performances in his
chosen area of activities, stated a press release.
……more

Campaign gaining momentum in
Barbhag area(AST_4_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 NALBARI, Jan 3 – Involvement of more females in the ensuing panchayat election
in Barbhag area in Nalbari district has evoked considerable enthusiasm among
voters. Women in groups have been launching house-to-house campaign to get
support from voters till night. Barbhag area wears a festive look in the entire
area with election. ……more

29 rendered homeless
in Sikkim fire(AST_4_1_k8)
GYALSHING, Jan 3 – Three wooden houses were gutted and two partially
destroyed here at Gyalshing New Market area in a major fire that broke out on
Wednesday, but there were no casualty.Some shops adjoining the houses also
caught fire. The fire has left 29 members of 14 families homeless. The affected
families have been kept temporarily in the shopping complex at Gyalshing Bazaar.
……more

71 pc turnout in 2nd
phase(AST_5_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – The second phase of the Panchayat polls held in 14
sub divisions of the State witnessed a voter turn out of 71.2 percent till 4 pm
today. The State Chief Election Commissioner CK Sarma said that the percentage
of turn out might go up further as reports from some polling stations were still
awaited. Addressing media persons this evening, Sarma said that Bijni recorded
the highest turn out of 78 per cent followed by Bilasipara that recorded a turn
out of 77 per cent. Sonitpur, Morigaon and Kamrup witnessed a turn out of 76 per
cent each. Kamrup (Metro) recorded a turn out of 74 per cent.
……more

Development main poll plank of
Cong, AGP in Barpeta
(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 BARPETA, Jan 4 – The Congress has no competitor and the party will win nine per
cent of the panchayat seats in the ensuing elections to be held in the district
on January 9, claimed Dildar Rezza, parliamentary secretary at a press meet held
at Rajiv Bhawan here on Wednesday. ……more

Biennial meet of judicial
employees’ body concludes
(AST_5_1_k8)
HAILAKANDI, Jan 4 – The fourth biennial conference of the All Assam
Judicial Employees Association was held in Hailakandi recently with a two-day
programme. The conference started with the hoisting of the flag by the president
of the association, Atiur Rasul Ahmed. ……more

10 injured in poll-related
violence
(AST_5_1_k8)
HOJAI, Jan 4 – In poll-related violence, at least 10 persons received
minor injuries at Udali under Lanka police station of Udali ZPC in Lumding LAC
when AUDF and Congress supporters clashed on Wednesday evening.
……more

Many join Cong in Darrang(AST_5_1_k8)
DUNI, Jan 4 – Members of more than thirty families of Pubtitkuchi
locality here recently joined the Congress party. According to information
available, they formally joined the Congress party under the leadership of
Binapani Kr Deka, Paresh Deka and Bhumi Kakoti. Binanda Kr Saikia, MLA of
Sipajhar LAC was also present in the brief function held on the occasion.
……more

 Ashok Saikia’s death mourned(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 TEZPUR, Jan 4 – The district administration and different organisations mourned
the death of Ashok Saikia, a former deputy commissioner of undivided Darrang
district in the early eighties. ……more

Violence flayed(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 4 – The general public and several student organisations have
criticised the incidents of violence between Congress and Sanmilita Ganashakti
Party in the area during the poll and post-poll periods.
……more

Rijiju remark irks State
PWD(AST_6_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – Taking exception to the reported statement of
Arunachal Pradesh’s BJP MP Khirin Rijiju seeking the Prime Minister’s
intervention in handing over work of NH-52 to the Border Roads Organization
((BRO), the Assam PWD Engineers’ Service Association today said that the stretch
from 113 km to 345 km of the highway had already been handed by the BRO to Assam
PWD including the stretches of NH-39 to Nagaland and NH-37 from Numaligarh
onwards on the basis of “most satisfactory” maintenance of these roads by the
PWD. ……more

 

Move on to
scuttle PDS scam: KMSS(AST_6_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), which
exposed a series of large-scale anomalies and corruption in the public
distribution system (PDS) of Golaghat district with the help of the Right to
Information (RTI) Act, today said that a vested interest group was working
overtime to accord legitimacy to over 10,000 qtls of rice and sugar seized from
the Dergaon godown……more

 

Lakhipur
still tense, curfew relaxed(AST_6_1_k8)

GOALPARA, Jan 6 – Curfew at Lakhipur town and its neighbouring areas
in Goalpara district was relaxed for four hours with effect from 12 noon to 4.00
pm today. The curfew was imposed in the area after the violence on Wednesday
last where an uneasy calm is still prevailing.
……more

Cong faces threat posed by
dissident workers in Baghbar
(AST_6_1_k8)
 kalgachia, Jan 5 – At a time when only a few days remain for the next
panchayat polls to be held in Barpeta district, the largest party Congress will
have to overcome threat posed by dissident grassroot Congress workers in most of
the GPs in the western part of Baghbar LAC. Though, due to imprudence of AUDF
leaders, Congress has been able to occupy 5 No Chatala ZPC uncontested, yet to
win its GP constituencies Congress facing a stiff challenge.
……more

Poll scene in
Sarukshetri delicately poised
(AST_6_1_k8)
 BARPETA, Jan 5 – As the electioneering for the January 9 poll in Barpeta
subdivision gaining momentum the position of both the ruling Congress and the
main Opposition Asom Gana Parishad is interestingly poised in Sarukhetri
Assembly constituency. While the ruling Congress is much ahead in Paka Betbari
women reserved ZPC with Marjina Begum, wife of popular leader Amzad Hussain, it
seems to have allowed a walk over in Dakshin Pub Sarukshetri ZPC to the
opposition AGP where Chittaranjan Barman, the district secretary of Asom Gana
Parishad, the youth wing of AGP is ahead of all other contenders.
……more

22 file papers in Dalgaon(AST_6_1_k8)
 DALGAON, Jan 5 – A total of 22 candidates filed nominations in four
Zilla Parishad constituencies under Dalgaon LAC on the final day of filing of
nominations for the panchayat election of Darrang district scheduled on January
24 next. ……more

Opp parties intensify campaign
in Barpeta dist
(AST_7_1_k8)
BARPETA, Jan 6 – With less than a week to go for the Panchayat polls
to be held on the January 9 next in Barpeta subdivision, the Opposition parties
– Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) – have intensified their campaign to woo the voters.
……more


Repolling at Namtiali tomorrow(AST_7_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SIVASAGAR, Jan 6 – Repolling in 86 No. Namtiali polling station, under Amguri
LAC, will be held on January 8, a press release from DIPRO Sivasagar stated.The
polling was countermanded due to the negligent conduct of the poll officials on
December 31. ……more

Govt forms trust to help
violence-hit(AST_6_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – The Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Trust for the benefit of
the victims of the violence by insurgent groups, formed by the Government of
Assam, will start functioning soon and the modalities of extending help to the
families of the victims of acts of violence by the insurgents are being
finalised. Official sources said that the first meeting of the members of the
Trust, headed by the Chief Minister, was held this evening for finalising the
modalities of the functioning of the Trust. It may be mentioned here that the
State Home Commissioner is the member secretary of the Trust, while, other
prominent persons including the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police
are among the members. ……more

10 hurt in pre-poll clash(AST_8_1_k8)
 NAGAON, Jan 7: In pre-panchayat poll violence at least ten persons
belonging to both Congress and AUDF, including five police personnel, were
injured at Madhupur, a suburban area of Nagaon town today at about 11 am. Police
had to fire in the air to disperse the mob.– Correspondent

Beltola probe(AST_8_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7: The RK Manisena Singh enquiry committee probing the
Beltola violence of November 24 today held its first hearing in the city today.
The committee has so far received only received six representations. – Staff
Reporter

Repolling(AST_8_1_k8)
 BAIHATA CHARIALI, Jan 7: The election authority of Rangiya sub-division
has ordered repolling at Biradutta Gaon Panchayat under Pub-Kachari Mahal Zila
Parishad of Kamalpur LAC on January 9. – Correspondent

 


Govt flayed for failure to check
spiralling prices
(AST_8_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – Protesting unbridled rise in prices and the
Government’s failure to control the same, public activist Prof Deven Dutta said
in a statement that: “Galloping, unreasonable prices of indispensable
commodities are breaking the backbones of the people. Yet, the Government, the
administration and the Opposition parties have all resoundingly failed in
discharging their respective bounden duties and are deafeningly silent.
……more

Poll campaign gains momentum in
Badarpur
(AST_8_1_k8)
BADARPUR, Jan 7 – As the panchayat election draws nearer, election
fever has gripped the people of Badarpur and its outskirts. Workers and leaders
of different political parties, including ruling Congress, main opposition
parties, like – BJP, AGP and CPI(M) and other independent candidates have
stepped up their election campaign by putting up hoardings, banners an posters,
public meetings, car-rallies, processions with festoons, party flags and others.
To get mass support from the people, meetings are being organised in every
corner of the town and village areas. ……more

Cong committed to uplift of
rural people’
(AST_8_1_k8)
BARPETA, Jan 7 – The ruling Congress party which was lagging behind
in campaign for the January 9 polls in Barpeta subdivision received new momentum
on Sunday with the visit of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president
Bhubaneswar Kalita and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on two consecutive days,
namely Saturday and Sunday. ……more

Repoll likely in ward under
Lanka Bheta GP
(AST_8_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 HOJAI, Jan 7– Repolling may be held in Ward No 6 Pashbhandar LP School centre
of 48 Lanka Bheta GP under, Padumpukhuri ZPC due to mix up of name and symbol of
Congress and AUDF candidates. ……more

Himanta’s dig at Ajmal(AST_8_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 KALGACHIA, Jan 7 – In view of the upcoming panchayat election to be held in
third phase in Barpeta district on January 9, a public meeting, chaired by Jania
MLA Abdul Khaleque, was held on January 4 at Kalgachia.
……more

AGP, Cong workers clash in
Sootea LAC
(AST_8_1_k8)
TEZPUR, Jan 7 – Sensation is prevailing in Sootea LAC owing to the
clash between AGP and Congress workers on Friday last in two polling booths of
Sengamari area under Nagsankar ZPC of Sootea LAC in Sonitpur district.
……more

Rly union resents ‘anti-labour’
attitude of Centre
(AST_8_1_k8)
PANDU, Jan 7 – All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) to which the
NF Railway Mazdoor Union is affiliated, which has emerged as the biggest union
of railway employees in the recent, held elections through-out the Indian
Railways has expressed its deep resentment on the anti-labour attitude of the
present Central government. ……more

7 Cong workers expelled(AST_8_1_k8)
From Our Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 7 – The Dibrugarh District Congress Committee (DDCC) has
expelled seven party workers from the Indian National Congress party for a
period of six years for indulging in anti-party activities during the panchayat
polls conducted here. The expulsion notices have been signed on Saturday by the
DDCC president, Dr Jayanta Kumar Gogoi.

Third phase of
Panchayat polls today(AST_9_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – After successful completion of the Panchayat polls
in the first two phases despite the call given by some organisations for
boycotting the elections, the State is set for the third phase of the polls
tomorrow. State Election Commission sources said that polls would be held
tomorrow in the districts of Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Nagaon,
Cachar, Hailakandi, Karimganj and parts of Morigaon and all preparations for the
polls have been completed and the officials engaged for the elections have
already left for their respective polling stations.
……more

Police probe making
headway(AST_9_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The Manisena Singh Commission probing the Beltola
clash during its first hearing on Monday may not have yielded the desired
results but as far as the criminal investigation being carried out by the
special Assam Police investigation team into the November 24 incident is
concerned, the investigation is making a steady progress. Police sources told
The Assam Tribune
that though the investigation undertaken by the special
police investigating team started off in a snail’s pace, however later it gained
substantial momentum and has managed to bring to the fore many hidden facts.
……more

MLA Mohibul Haque
assaulted(AST_9_1_k8)

GAURIPUR, Jan 8 – Legislator Mohibul Haque and a number of his
supporters were assaulted in Gauripur last night when they were campaigning for
the panchayat polls even after expiry of the time for campaigning. The
supporters of his opponents objected to it and a clash broke out between both
the groups in Naidagaon village under Gauripur PS.
……more

State Hajjis allege raw deal,
file FIR at Kolkata
(AST_9_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – Shabby treatment meted out to them allegedly by the
Air India authorities and the Central Hajj Committee has made the Hajj pilgrims
fuming and they have formed a committee to move the court against the above
authorities. ……more

Sabha chief’s arrest condemned(AST_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The Purbottar Hindustani Sammelan, a premier
organisation of Hindi-speaking people living in the North East region, has
strongly condemned the arrest of the president of Asam Sahitya Sabha along with
a host of other prominent personalities on January 7, while they were peacefully
proceeding to submit memorandum to the State secretariat pressing the demand for
the implementation of the Official Languages Act.
……more

AGP decries firing by MLA’s
securitymen
(AST_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on today
condemned the incident of firing by security personnel of MLA Mahibul Haque at
Gauripur wherein AGP worker Shahidur Rahman was seriously injured.
……more

33,000 cast votes in Sualkuchi
ZPC
(AST_9_1_k8)
SUALKUCHI, Jan 8 – In the second phase of Panchayat election, 33,097
voters out of the total of 42,684 in No.13 Sualkuchi Zila Parishad Constituency
under Jalukbari LA constituency, exercised their franchise on January 4 and they
would decide the fate of 20 candidates for Gaon Panchayat president, 26
candidates for Anchalik Panchayat member (councillor) 163 Gaon Panchayat ward
members, and 5 for Zila Parishad councillors who were in fray from 8 Gaon
Panchayats under Sualkuchi Development Block. Meanwhile, Ali Hussain, candidate
for the Gaon Panchayat president of Singimari GP was declared elected without
contest following the withdrawal of nomination by the lone AGP rival.
……more

Chaos in Cachar dist; officials
burn ballot paper
(AST_9_1_k8)
SILCHAR, Jan 8 – Hours before the Panchayat election, a confusing
situation prevailed in Cachar district due to the mismanagement of the
administration. As per the direction received from the Election Commission, the
polling officers reported at the ISBT at 7 am on Monday. But upto 4 pm most of
the polling officers did not receive any papers. The hungry and exhausted
polling officers could not take it any more and set some important election
materials afire, including a trunk of ballot papers. This resulted in a chaotic
situation in the entire district. ……more

Repoll in Sonitpur district
today
(AST_9_1_k8)
 TEZPUR, Jan 8 – The district administration has directed repoll in 10
polling stations in Sonitpur district covering 3 subdivisions – Tezpur,
Biswanath and Gohpur – tomorrow. ……more

Training of RSS Hailakandi unit(AST_9_1_k8)
HAILAKANDI, Jan 8 – A three-day-long training programme of the Hailakandi
unit of the Rastriya Sevika Samiti was held recently at Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in
Hailakandi. A total of 58 members from all over the district participated in the
training. The training programme was conducted by Uttar Purb Sampark Pramukh of
the Samiti, Monideepa Das. ……more

Dissident Congmen form
independent forum in Darrang
(AST_9_1_k8)
MANGALDOI, Jan 8 – Dissident Congressmen and some high-ups in the
district (Darrang) Congress like the former Darrang ZPP, Enamul Majid formed an
independent forum ‘in protest’.Majid said “we are not leaving the party. We have
filed nomination papers as dissident independents by remaining in the party.”
……more

Violence mars Panchayat
polls(AST_10_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The third phase of the Panchayat polls was marred
by incidents of violence and rigging, particularly in the districts of
Hailakandi and Karimganj in the Barak Valley and the State Election Commission
will have to order re-polling in at least 170 polling stations. Briefing
newspersons this evening, the State Election Commissioner CK Sarma said that
altogether 74 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the third
phase of the polls today. He said that 70 per cent of the voters cast their
votes in Nalbari district, 75 per cent in Barpeta district, 80 per cent in
Bongaigaon district, 74 per cent in Dhubri district, 70 per cent in Cachar
district and around 78 per cent of the voters cast their votes in Morigaon
district. The figures of Hailakandi and Karimganj district could not be compiled
till late this evening. ……more

Writ against PR in Nagaland
admitted in HC(AST_10_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The Gauhati High Court comprising Chief Justice J
Chelameswar and Justice A Potsangbam admitted the writ petition (C) No. 93/2008
filed by Mr Yietchu, MLA of Nagaland Legislative Assembly from Maheuri
constituency challenging the imposition of President’s rule in Nagaland and
posted the matter for hearing on February 5.
……more

 

AGP flays
Cong over poll violence(AST_11_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – The opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on
Thursday described the Panchayat election situation in the State as
unprecedented and castigated the ruling Congress for violating the election code
of conduct and using the Government machinery in its favour. The party said that
after the shameful incidents of violence that disrupted the poll process, the
Government had no moral right to continue in power.
……more

AUDF alleges
rigging(AST_11_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – The Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) today
demanded re-election in all the polling stations of Hailakandi district, in 52
polling stations of Karimganj district and in 10 polling stations of Nagaon
district alleging irregularities in conducting the panchayat election process
and rigging by the Congress. The party also alleged partisan attitude of the
State Election Commissioner. He is working as an agent of the Congress, said the
AUDF. The party is planning to hold a meeting of the opposition parties on the
entire panchayat election process. ……more

 Repoll peaceful in Sissi,
Duliajan
(AST_11_1_k8)
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 10 – Repolling of the panchayat polls held in 12 polling
station of Sissiblock passed off peacefully amid tight security on Tuesday. Due
to alleged irregularities in 16 polling stations in Dhemaji Subdivision,
repolling was ordered. In the polling centres, 85-90 per cent polling was
reported. No untoward incident was reported from polling centres, but three
persons suspected to be involved in rigging were arrested in polling.
……more

CM reviews govt schemes in
Jorhat
(AST_11_1_k8)
 JORHAT, Jan 10 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday asked the State
Public Works Department to prepare projects to build roads and bridges in the
areas along Assam-Nagaland border, chars and other interior places.
……more

Apang case hearing on Feb
12(AST_12_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The full bench of the Gauhati High Court
comprising Chief Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice BP
Katakey after hearing PIL No 50 of 2004 filed by Bamang Anthony and Domin Loya
against rampant corruption and misappropriation of crores of money during 2000
to 2004 in distribution of ……more

 

Repolling
in 453 stations ordered(AST_12_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The State Election Commission has ordered repoll
in as many as 453 polling stations in six districts for the third phase of the
Panchayat polls. Of these Hailakandi accounts for the highest number of repolls
in 309 polling stations followed by Karimganj where repoll will be held in 74
stations. Cachar comes at third with repoll in 54 stations.
……more

State poll panel
biased, says BJP(AST_12_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh
on Friday said that it was ready to jointly protest, with other Opposition
parties including the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) against the biased stand of the
State Election Commission, (SEC). State BJP president Ramen Deka said that in
view of the pro Government approach of the State Election Commission, it was
necessary for the Opposition parties to unite and pressurise the Commission to
maintain its integrity. ……more

Opp parties seek Governor’s
intervention(AST_12_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The opposition political parties who met on
Friday to discuss the election condition resolved to join hands against the
ruling Congress and demanded the intervention of the Governor to ensure that the
democratic tradition was not violated in the State. The Assam United Democratic
Front (AUDF), the Asom Gana Parishad (P) and seven other political parties
attended the meet and took the decision to call upon the Governor and seek his
intervention into the prevailing situation. ……more

Public to exercise franchise
after 15 years
(AST_12_1_k8)
DALGAON, Jan 11 – As Darrang district is all set to hold the
panchayat elections on January 24 next, voters of eight Gaon Panchayats under
four Zila Parishad constituencies in two LACs of the district are getting back
their constitutional rights after a long spell of fifteen years.
……more

Creation of civil district for
Hamren sub-division demanded
(AST_12_1_k8)
DIPHU, Jan 11 – The Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) Hamren Regional
Committee (HRC) recently submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
through the Sub-divisional Officer (Civil) Hamren demanding creation of a civil
district for Hamren sub-division in Karbi Anglong.
……more

Stir threat over price rise(AST_13_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP)
on Friday lambasted the State Government over the issue of rise in prices of all
essential commodities and warned that if the Government remained a mute
spectator anymore on the matter, the student body would launch a Statewide
agitation. ……more

Hailakandi bandh peaceful(AST_13_1_k8)
HAILAKANDI, Jan 12 – The 12 hour Hailakandi bandh called by the
Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Mancha, a joint platform of various political
parties comprises CPI(M), NCP, AGP(P) and another non-political organization
Gram Swaraj Suraksha Mancha passed off peacefully on Friday in Hailakandi
district. Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and an NGO Barak Bandhu Club also
called Hailakandi bandh separately. ……more

Concern
over attack on Gauripur MLA
(AST_13_1_k8)
GAURIPUR, Jan 12 – Barring a few stray incidents, though Panchayat
poll in the 24 Gauripur LAC passed off peacefully, the untoward incident of
assault on the local MLA Mahibul Haque has caused concern among all sections of
people of the constituency. ……more

SULFA body to hold Silpi Divas
at Mangaldoi
(AST_13_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 DALGAON, Jan 12 – In an welcome start to the New Year, hundreds of youth who
once believed in armed revolution have now started believing in cultural
revolution. Things are shaping well as the ex-ULFA co-ordination committee of
undivided Darrang district under the supervision of its State body is organising
Silpi Divas at Mangaldoi on January 17 and 18 with variety of programmes.
……more

Campaigning peaks in Sipajhar
LAC
(AST_13_1_k8)
 SIPAJHAR, Jan 12 – Candidates and party workers of different
political parties, including ruling Congress and the Opposition Asom Gana
Parishad (AGP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), CPM and AUDF and also Independent
candidates have geared up political campaign in the entire Sipajhar LAC area as
panchayat election is scheduled for January 24.
……more

3595 candidates in fray for
Darrang panchayat poll
(AST_13_1_k8)
 DALGAON, Jan 12 – With the process of filing of nominations and its
withdrawal over, a total of 3595 candidates are contesting the final battle of
panchayat poll in Darrang district to be held on January 24. A maximum of 2819
candidates are left in the fray against 750 GP member seats while 369 candidates
are in fray for 75 AP member seats. ……more

Nalbari registers 70% polling(AST_13_1_k8)
Nalbari, Jan 12 – About 70 per cent voters cast their votes in the
third phase of panchayat poll held in Nalbari district to elect 792 Zilla
Parisad members, anchalik panchayat members, gaon panchayat president and
members on Wednesday. he election in the district was by and large peaceful,
except for three untoward incidents at Tihu, Pokowa and Bahjani ZPC areas.
……more

Repoll ordered(AST_13_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 12 – Fresh polling has been ordered at Bokuloni
Chariali Hindi L P School under Tengakhat Anchalik Panchayat in the district on
January 17, according to an official press communique.

 

Probe
ordered into burning of poll material(AST_14_1_k8)

 HAILAKANDI, Jan 13 – The Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi has
ordered an inquiry into the burning of ballot boxes and other poll material by
polling officials at SS College premises in the town on the day of Panchayat
poll on January 9. The presiding and polling officers became agitated after
attack by goons in most of the polling booths and vented their anger at the SS
College premises by burning the remaining poll material. The Additional Deputy
Commissioner of Hailakandi, Rupak Gupta will inquire into the entire incident.
……more

SAKP to continue fight for
resolving govt employees’ problems
(AST_15_1_k8)
udalguri, Jan 14 – “If the State government fails to implement the Sixth
Pay Commission’s structure in Assam by April of the current year, then the State
government may have to pay a big price for it. If we, the employees of State
government, get united under one umbrella organisation, it is likely that the
State government will have to bow down to our core demand of implementing the
Central government’s pay structure failing which it will have to quite the
throne at Dispur,” said Pradip Kr Borah, president, Sadou Asom Karmachari
Parishad (SAKP). ……more

Press Council
reconstituted(AST_17_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 16 – The Press Council of India has been reconstituted
in its tenth term on January 7 for a three-year term. The Council stands
constituted with strength of 28 members other than the chairman, of whom 20
represent the press, five are the Members of Parliament and one nominee each of
University Grants Commission, Sahitya Academy and the Bar Council of India.
……more

216 hyper-sensitive booths in
Darrang dist
(AST_17_1_k8)
SIPAJHAR, Jan 16 – With an eye on the forthcoming panchayat election in
Darrang district to be held on January 24, the district administration is making
all kinds of preparation for peaceful conduct of the polls.
……more

Violence during polls in
Nilambazar flayed
(AST_17_1_k8)
NILAMBAZAR, Jan 16 – The general public and several students
organisations have criticised the incidents of violence between the Congress and
AUDF in the Nilambazar area during the polls on January 9.
……more

Opp parties demand fresh polls
in Hailakandi dis
(AST_17_1_k8)
 HAILAKANDI, Jan 16 – Two hundred members of various Opposition political
parties, such as, BJP, AGP, AUDF, NCP, CPI, CPI(M) etc observed four hours
hunger strike in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Hailakandi
from 10 am on Monday demanding fresh elections in all the 621 polling booths in
Hailakandi district. Later they also submitted a memorandum to the Chief
Election Commissioner of the State through the deputy commissioner of Hailakandi.
……more

SEC allays fears on ballot
boxes security(AST_18_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – The Assam State Election Commission has appealed
to the voters, candidates and political parties not to have any apprehension
about the safety and security of the strong rooms where the ballot boxes of the
Panchayat polls are kept. In a release here today, the Commission said that all
the political parties have been offered the opportunity by the Deputy
Commissioners and Sub Divisional Officers (SDO) to keep their representatives at
the vicinity of the strong rooms till the date of counting so that they can keep
a close vigil. ……more

CRPF deploys new battalion in
Arunachal Pradesh
(AST_18_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – CRPF has inducted a new battalion in Arunachal
Pradesh to counter militant threat and intensified its operations in the
districts that witnessed increased violence during last year. Another battalion
has been added to the State, in addition to the two already existing ones
following reports of militant movements in Tirap and Changlang districts from
Myanmar, CRPF Director-General S I S Ahmed told reporters here recently.
……more

Poll boycott fails to evoke
response(AST_1_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Dec 31 – A large number of people thronged to their
respective polling stations in the district to cast their vote in the panchayat
elections today despite the poll boycott called by six different communities
seeking scheduled status. Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha president and former
Dibrugarh MP, Paban Singh Ghatowar told The Assam Tribune here this
evening that he is elated by the large turnout at the polling booths today.
……more
           


 


One
injured in blast(SHT, 7-1-k8)


Dhubri
:
One person was seriously injured in a car bomb blast in

Assam‘s
Dhubri town on Sunday.The police said a bomb planted inside a car owned by a
prominent businessmans exploded when his son opened the garage at their house
premises.

The son was
admitted to the Dhubri civil hospital in a critical condition. (PTI)


 



Misuse of tricolour lands panchayat candidate in trouble(SHT, 8-1-k8)


Guwahati
:
An over-zeal for patriotic display has almost cost a Panchayat election
candidate in Assams Hailakandi district his candidature.A Gaon Panchayat
presidential candidate for the local rural body polls, Nekibur Zaman Borbhuyan,
had published posters, appealing votes, with the Tricolour printed on it to
attract attention of the voters.
……more



Assam MLA injured in pre-poll violence(SHT, 9-1-k8)


Guwahati
:
Independent legislator Mohibul Haque and another person was critically injured
in pre-panchayat poll violence in Assam’s Dhubri district late on Monday night.

Official sources here on Tuesday
informed Mr Haque and his supporters were having dinner at a house in Nadirgaon,
near Gauripur police station, after the poll campaign, when they were attacked
by political rivals at about 2330 hours.

……more


 


Half
of Assam population don’t speak Assamese(SHT, 9-1-k8)

Guwahati:
The Directorate of Census, in a recently released data of state-wise language
figure, has said that more than half of Assam’s inhabitants do not speak
Assamese. The report stated that only 49.44 per cent of people speak Assamese
while 27.91 per cent speak Bengali followed by 5.97 per cent Hindi and 4.93 per
cent Bodo.
……more



Assam CM blames neighbouring nations for jehadi activities(SHT, 10th January

2008)

Guwahati:
Assam’s neighbouring
countries, particularly Bangladesh, are encouraging insurgency and jehadi
activities in the State, where a "third force" with suspected naxalite links is
working behind the growing Adivasi uprising, says Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. On
the see-saw peace process with the ULFA, the Chief Minister expressed his
Government’s readiness to hold talks with the insurgents provided they dropped
the sovereignty condition.
……more


74
pc turnout in Assam panchayat polls(SHT, 10th January
2008)

Guwahati:
An estimated 74 per cent of the electorate on Wednesday exercised their
franchise in the third and final phase of panchayat polls in nine districts of
Assam amidst incidents of violence and booth-capturing in some
districts.Official sources said that incidents of violence and booth-capturing
were reported from parts of Hailakandi, Nagaon, Morigaon and Barpeta districts.
Polling was suspended in several booths in the districts.

……more


 


2
hurt in explosion(SHT_13_1_k8)


Dibrugarh
:
Two drivers from Rajasthan engaged in railway contruction work were injured when
a grenade was lobbed at them by unidentified miscreants early on Saturday
morning in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district. Official sources said the granades
were hurled at the two when they were sleeping in their temporary camp at
Rangsali, under Khowang police station. (PTI)

 



Kameswari’ title for Sonal Mansingh(SHT_15_1_k8)


Guwahati:

Renowned Bharatnatyam dancer Sonal
Mansingh was conferred the title of ‘Kameshwari’ by the Kamakhya Debuttor Board
during the ‘Kameswari Festival, 2008′ beginning on Monday.

……more


 


BJP
to go with NPF in Nagaland polls(SHT_17_1_k8)


Guwahati:

The BJP is game for continuing the alliance with the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF)
in its is attempt to have a non-Congress Government installed at Kohima after
the forthcoming Assembly election on March 5 next.

……more


 



Police lathicharge curious crowd(SHT_21_1_k8)


Guwahati
:
Police resorted to a mild lathicharge to disperse a curious crowd which had
gathered to watch the helicopter in which Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had gone to
address a Panchayat election campaign in Assam’s Darrang district on Sunday.

……more

NE unfazed by R-Day boycott
call(SHT_28_1_k8)

Guwahati/Agartala: A 17-hour general strike by separatist rebels on
Saturday to boycott the 59th Republic Day celebrations failed to impact the
northeastern states of Assam, Manipur and Tripura. ……more

Cong set to sweep Assam
civic polls(SHT_29_1_k8)
Guwahati
: The ruling Congress was all set to sweep the Panchayat poll
in the Assam, winning majority of the seats announced so far, leaving only a
handful of pockets to Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Assam United
Democratic Front (AUDF). ……more

 ‘Contain conflicts for
growth of North-East’(SHT_29_1_k8)
Guwahati
: Conflict was a scourge on all development activities and
needed to be addressed, more so in the north east region faced with various
natural challenges, British deputy high commissioner to eastern India Simon
Wilson said on Monday. ……more

ULFA chief’s sister wins
civic polls (SHT_31_1_k8)

Guwahati: Separatist ULFA leader Paresh Baruah’s sister Hirawati
Baruah Chetia on Wednesday won the panchayat seat which she had contested as an
Asom Gana Parishad candidate. Hirawati, the only sister of the ULFA chief, who
had contested for the post of councillor of Baruahola village panchayat in upper
Assam’s Tinsukia district, defeated her nearest Congress candidate, official
sources said. Her constituency was in Bessopani area, native place of her mother
Miliki Baruah who has always been very vocal against the ULFA and also cast her
vote in the last assembly elections in the State. ……more

 

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