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 Opportunists using Paresh Baruah-led ULFA’s name

From our Correspondent

SIVASAGAR, April 5: Taking advantage of insurgency, some opportunists, in order to make easy money, continue to send extortion demands to businessmen, business establishments, employees of ONGC like oil-giants in the name of the Paresh Baruah led anti-talk faction of ULFA. In such an incident, police on Wednesday arrested five persons, including a woman and the president of Nepali Xahitya Xabha (NXX), from Sonari town under Charaideo subdivision in Sivasagar district on charges for allegedly making calls and sending SMS demanding extortion from several government officials, doctors and businessmen using the name of ULFA in the last week. The arrested persons were identified as Horen Gogoi of Sapekhati, Suren Saikia of Sapekhati, Ajit Saikia and Boby Saikia, both husband and wife hailed from Sonari town and Dilip Raut, central committee president of NXX.

Sonari police station OC Abdul Hannan said: “We have registered a case under section 387 of IPC against the five. We received several complaints that ULFA has regularly been calling and demanding money. The callers also threatened their targets with dire consequences if they fail to fulfill their demands.”

He added: “The victims had lodged complaints with the police about the calls several days ago and we launched a search operation in the town and went through the phone numbers used for demanding money. We identified the persons using the phones and arrested the culprits,” he said.

On producing before the court, the five had been later sent to jail.

It needs mentioning that earlier in the month of March, a fake ULFA and a trio belonging to the Arabinda Rajkhowa faction of pro-talk  ULFA, on charges of demanding money in the name of Paresh Baruah led ULFA, had been arrested in the district.


 Body calls to celebrate Bihu in traditional form

From our Staff


DIBRUGARH, April 5: The Central Committee of Sadou Asom Bihuwa, Bihuwoti, Bihu Bikhekhogyo aru Bihu Bisarok (SABBBBBB) has called for the celebration of Bihu in its traditional form. While wishing the people of the state, the organized expressed resentment over the commercialization of Bihu on the pretext of modernity. The committee urged upon all Bihu organizing committees to preserve the purity of Bihu and uphold its cultural characteristics. The eleven points to be taken into consideration by Bihu festival organizing committees as mentioned by SABBBBBB includes bestowing titles like Bor Bihuwa, Borbihuwoti and Bihuwa Bihuwoti on the best participants instead of Bihu Samrat, Bihu Samraggyi and Bihurani, putting more emphasis on holding of Huchori competition, celebrating Mukoli Bihu and Huchori competition separately, wearing traditional dresses by each individual during the celebration period, encouraging local artistes and folk singers by paying them respectable amount of money for their performances and not holding any Bihu celebration in the Assamese month of Jeth.


 Gyanyatra programme organized

From our Staff Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, April 5: In order to update the knowledge of students of high schools and higher secondary schools in the district, the ongoing Gyanyatra  programme, organized by Rastriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan (RMSA) in association with the district administration, will be concluded on April 9. More than one thousand students of different high and higher secondary schools of the district are attending the programme which was inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner, Aruna Rajoria on April 2 Gyanyatra programme includes Bogibeel Railway Bridge, Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited, (BCPL) Khanikar Park, Jokai Botanical Garden, Assam Medical College and Hospital and Tamulbari Tea Estate where Roop Konwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwalla was born. The participating students are visiting such places and subsequently updating their knowledge on the concerned subjects.

The inaugural function of the Gyanyatra was graced by Additional Deputy Commissioner, PK Rajkhowa, and District Coordinator of Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan Mission, Subhra Sinha.


 Quality of education affected

From our Staff Reporter

DIBRUGARH, April 5: Indiscriminate transfer of teachers without taking into account their respective mother tongue is being cited as one of the causes affecting the quality of education in government schools.

The school management committees (SMCs) of the district moved the concerned authorities to ensure that the aspect is taken into consideration while deciding on transferring teaching staff. The issue came up for discussion during a recent meeting in which these bodies discussed the various problems ailing schools. They submitted memoranda to the Deputy Commissioner, District Mission Coordinator of SSA, District Elementary Education Officer and Deputy Inspector of Schools in the district drawing their attention to the matter.

The president and members of the SMCs pointed out the difficulty in communicating and imparting lessons when the medium in the school and the mother tongue of the concerned teacher is different.

The student-teacher ratio specified in the Right to Education (RTE) Act also found mention in the memoranda. According to committees, the ratio of 30:1 should be applied to every classroom rather than in the school as required. They considered it impractical to expect a teacher to attend to all six classes at one point of time in a school where the total pupil strength is 30. The engagement of head teachers and number of teachers in non-teaching activities like official paperwork also affected the standard of teaching, the memoranda added.

The SMCs also objected to the manner in which teachers were transferred without consulting them.

Meanwhile, the recent transfer of two hundred teachers in the district has caused uproar among the teaching community. The transferred teachers have lodged complaints against the decision on various grounds.

When contacted, the District Mission Coordinator of SSA, Dibrugarh, and ADC, Pradip Kumar Rajkhowa, revealed that block officers have been ordered to assess the matter and find out plausibility of the complaints. A review meeting will be held this month to take decision in this regard. He also said that the pupil-teacher ratio has been hiked to 30:2 in each school. Teachers who were posted in excess in various schools, mostly in the town areas, were asked to join institutions where the ratio was yet to be met.


 ABWWF rally against use of alcohol continuing

From our Correspondent

KOKRAJHAR, April 5: The nine days long mammoth rally of the All Bodo Women’s Welfare Federation (ABWWF) against the use of alcohol, killings, hunting in the name of witch, extortions and immoral activities being carried out in connection with the observation of dry day is continuing.

As part of the programme, the chief of BTC- Hagrama Mohilary flagged off the rally at Gossaigaon on Wednesday morning after the president of the ABWWF- Mithinga Basumatary hoisted the organizational flag. An awareness meeting was held at Kachugaon on Wednesday. As scheduled programme, the rally was resumed from Patgaon today and an awareness meeting on the rising trend of consumption of alcohol, drugs, killings, extortions and other unsocial activities was held at Bismuri.

Similarly, the rally and public awareness meeting would be held at Kajalgaon, Bijni and Panbari in Chirang district, Saudurva and Mushalpur in Baksa district and Bhergaon, Harisinga and Routa in Udalguri district respectively from April 4 to 12 as part of scheduled programme.

The president of the ABWWF- Mithinga Basumatary and general secretary- Dipali Narzary said the consumption of liquor, immoral activities, unsocial events, rape, trafficking, witch hunting and killings are on the rise in the society that are affecting the human resources. They said the society needs to stop over consumption of alcohol.


 Gamocha Mela in Jorhat

By our Staff Reporter

JORHAT, April 5: Assamese women on her loom with its rattling sounds, weaving traditional gamochas for her loved ones on the eve of Rangali Bihu is a familiar scene in the rural areas. Yes, the gamucha is a symbol of the Assamese identity. But, alas, carton-loads of machine made gamochas imported from other states by non-Assamese traders have flooded in Jorhat market thereby making the traditional Assamese gamochas get suppressed under their weight.

Of course, the State Handloom & Textiles Department has organized a Gamocha Mela from April 3 at Jorhat which has encouraged the local weavers of the rural areas including those belonging to various self help groups. Unfortunately, the customers are seen not so much interested in buying the traditional gamochas and the number of the visitors to the mela are not so encouraging. However, the Gamocha Mela organized at MG Road in the town will continue till April 12.

The State Government, in the past years had announced that the impart of machine-made gamochas would be stopped to encourage the growth of traditional weaving in Assam. But nothing has been done as yet and according to a government source during the Rangali Bihu season alone, more than ten lakh gamochas are brought to Assam from outside.


 A tribute to my grandmother

M y Aita, Neli Baruah,

    expired on March 23,

    2012, following a fall at her residence at Duliajan which had led to her hospitalization at Dibrugarh. Though her demise has cast a pall of gloom over all of us and we are all gathered now at her funeral it feels as if she had only left for a short visit to a far off place and will soon be back amongst us. Aita was a person who was filled with boundless love for all of us, her grandchildren, and she was someone who never scolded us but always forgave us whenever we were naughty.

Aita made it a point to always give us a ring everyday and inquire about how our day went; to offer her praise and guidance on all our affairs, small and big. She also gave us gifts, not only on our birthdays, but also on every little occasion, often overruling our parents protests while doing so. I have been told that once, when I was a baby and staying with her, my Aita had even come to my rescue during an earthquake though she herself had difficulty in walking due to her knee problem.

Aita was a very pious person, and was an ardent devotee of Shri Sai Baba. On one occasion, when she had come on a visit to our house at Digboi, and after she had finished her prayers the ash form the incense sticks accumulated at one place and formed themselves into the footprints of Shri Sai Baba. She was also actively involved in several literary and social organizations of Duliajan and after her death people came from miles around to pay tribute to her.

Aita, on the occasion of your Addya Shraddha, I pray that your soul may rest in peace and continue to shower your blessings on all of us as you have been always doing for so many, many years and also guide our thoughts and actions in the years ahead.

–Gyanabrata Lahkar, Grandson.


 Rains bring welcome relief to Jorhatians

By our Staff Reporter
JORHAT, April 5: A moderate shower of rains, though for a brief spell, yesterday morning, gave the people of Jorhat at least some welcome relief from the acute dry conditions and dust storms due to no rainfall for months together. Yesterday’s shower was not at all heavy. It was just more than a drizzle, but it was accompanied by gushes of storms, and lightning flashes with rumbling sounds.
Assamese people believe, as is the tradition that it is the harbinger of the new year and also the spring season, ‘Bordoichila’ goes to her mother’s home at the end of the month of ‘chait’. As if, yesterday’s shower of rains and the storm, made the people of Jorhat to feel this phenomenon only.


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