News Post - Live, Latest and Breaking news from Assam & India. The new Assamese News Portal on Politics, Business, International news, Bollywood and much more http://www.newslivetv.com/ Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:26:38 +0530 News Post en-gb Saradha scam: CBI searches premises of Himanta Biswa Sarma and Anjan Dutta http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/saradha-scam-cbi-searches-premises-of-himanta-biswa-sarma-and-anjan-dutta.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/saradha-scam-cbi-searches-premises-of-himanta-biswa-sarma-and-anjan-dutta.html

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday carried out searches at 22 locations including the homes and offices of two former Assam ministers — Himanta Biswa Sarma and Anjan Dutta —in connection with its probe in alleged swindling of investors’ deposits by Saradha group.

CBI sources said searches were conducted at 12 locations in Guwahati, two in Dhubri, Assam, seven in Kolkata and one place in Mumbai in connection with the scam.

Those whose premises were searched in Thursday’s operation included former Assam Ministers and MLAs Himanta Biswa Sarma and Anjan Dutta, former DGP of Assam Shankar Baruah and singer Sadananda Gogoi.

Mr. Sarma was a powerful minister in Tarun Gogoi Cabinet since 2001 but was dropped by the Chief Minister after he spearheaded a campaign to dislodge Mr. Gogoi. Mr. Dutta is considered a Gogoi loyalist who handled important porfolios like transport.

In Kolkata, premises of one Bapi Karim, who was a personal assistant to a minister, industrialists Sajjan and Sandhir Agarwal, a former IPS officer Deben Biswas and one Asif Khan were searched.

There are four FIRs against Saradha Group in which it is alleged that thousands of investors were allegedly duped by the company officials and their associates who swindled their deposits. Besides, there are 44 FIRs in Odisha against ponzi companies.

The Supreme Court had handed over the Saradha chit fund scam probe to CBI and asked the State governments to provide all logistical help to the CBI team investigating the matter.

CBI has formed a Special Investigating Team (SIT) headed by Joint Director Rajeev Singh to also probe the role of Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and RBI.

“Investigation conducted so far puts a question mark on the role of regulatory authorities like SEBI, Registrar of Companies and officials of RBI within whose respective jurisdictions and areas of operation the scam not only took birth but flourished unhindered,” an apex court bench headed by Justice T.S. Thakur had said in its order.

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Pollution slur on polymer factory http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/pollution-slur-on-polymer-factory.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/pollution-slur-on-polymer-factory.html MTV VMA 2016: Arrivals...Pollution slur on polymer factory

DIBRUGARH: Accusing the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) of violating effluent standards and polluting surrounding rivers and water bodies, Asom Gana Parishad (Anchalikatabadi Mancha) has sought an independent probe by an expert panel.

The party in a press conference on Tuesday said the BCPL plant situated at Lepetkata in Dibrugarh has been violating norms by discharging industrial wastes directly into nearby rivers without meeting the required specifications of the Pollution Control Board.



"The effluent from the BCPL petrochemical plant is being discharged directly into nearby rivers and water bodies through underground pipes without being treated. The contamination of water by toxic wastes has led to a spate of fish deaths in the Sessa, Brahmaputra and Burhidehing rivers. Even fishes caught in these rivers have become unfit for human consumption. The livelihood of local fishermen is now at stake," said party president Sunil Rajkonwar.

Expressing concern over the issue, Rajkonwar said the phenomenon has been evident for the past five months after the BCPL, also known as the Assam Gas Cracker Project, was commissioned. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had dedicated the flagship project to the nation on April 5.

"We want an independent inquiry into the matter by an expert committee. The bio-diversity of the whole area is at stake. The plant is also causing massive air pollution. People of nearby villages are suffering from skin and respiratory diseases. Even from a distance of 20 km, one can see thick smoke billowing out of the gas cracker plant," Rajkonwar added.

When contacted, an official of the BCPL said it has an effluent treatment unit that discharges wastes after meeting specific parameters.
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Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Pollution-slur-on-polymer-factory/articleshow/53938405.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:10:00 +0530
Unions slam Assam govt for letting schools switch to CBSE http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/unions-slam-assam-govt-for-letting-schools-switch-to-cbse.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/unions-slam-assam-govt-for-letting-schools-switch-to-cbse.html MTV VMA 2016: Arrivals...Unions slam Assam govt for letting schools switch to CBSE

GUWAHATI: The state government's move to allow around 50 schools to switch from the state board to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) next year has come in for criticism from students' bodies in Assam.

All Assam Students' Union (Aasu) has vehemently opposed the move, while Students' Federation of India (SFI) has decided to raise the issue as part of the national strike on September 2.



"Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who made the announcement, said he is committed to improving the education sector here. On the other hand, he is allowing as many as 50 schools to change affiliation from the Board of Secondary Education, Assam, (Seba), to CBSE. If the state government wants to improve the education sector, it should initiate reforms in Seba instead of changing the affiliation of schools," said Aasu president Dipanka Kumar Nath.

He expressed concern that the move would encourage many other schools to opt for CBSE. "Seba is our own education body. It has a separate identity. We cannot allow it to die," Nath said.

The state committee of SFI said the government's decision would dent the students' perception of their state. "If schools start changing their affiliation to CBSE, a negative trend will begin. Seba focuses on many local topics in the social sciences. It includes the Assamese language and literature in great detail. CBSE does not do that," said Kashyap Choudhury, president of the state unit of SFI.

Sources in Seba said the matter of changing affiliation is yet to begin formally but expressed fear that it would lead to a large-scale migration of schools to the central board.
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Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Unions-slam-Assam-govt-for-letting-schools-switch-to-CBSE/articleshow/53938443.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:15:00 +0530
Absu blockade over separate state hits life http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/absu-blockade-over-separate-state-hits-life.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/absu-blockade-over-separate-state-hits-life.html MTV VMA 2016: ArrivalsAbsu blockade over separate state hits lifeA five-hour national highway blockade, called by All Bodo Students' Union (Absu) and its allied organizations demanding a separate Boroland state, paralysed traffic in the entire northeast on Tuesday....

KOKRAJHAR: A five-hour national highway blockade, called by All Bodo Students' Union (Absu) and its allied organizations demanding a separate Boroland state, paralysed traffic in the entire northeast on Tuesday.

The students' union has made it clear that it will not relax till its movement yields results.

Thousands of supporters of Absu, NDFB (Progressive), People's Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement (PJACBM), All Assam Tribal Sangha, Boro Somaj, Dularai Bathou Gouthum, United People's Party-Liberal (UPPL) and leaders of Garo Students' Union took part in the NH blockade at Karigaon in Kokrajhar district from 6am to 11am.

The Absu members and supporters also blocked stretched of NH-15, 31, 31 (C ) and 37 at Karigaon in Kokrajhar, Barama in Baksa district, Dudhnoi Amzonga in Goalpara, Orang in Udalguri, Dhakuakhana in Lakhimpur, Simen Chapori in Dhemaji and Jagiroad in Morigaon district.

General secretary Lawrence Islary said, "We have been demanding a separate Bodoland state for the past 50 years but the state government has been systematically denying the political and historical rights of the Bodos."

He blamed the Centre for not being sincere enough to find a solution through dialogues, even after NDFB(P) declared ceasefire in 2005 to come to the talks table, while drawing a sharp contrast with the Centre's biased treatment for Ulfa and NSCN(IM). He added that the Bodos would not sit as mute spectators to such injustices while the government would unnecessarily delay the peace process with NDFB(P).



Recalling BJP's tactics of seeking Bodos' help in the parliamentary election with the false promise of fulfilling their demands once it came to power, Islary expressed despair at the thought of being cheated.

"We have set a target for amicable solution of Bodoland issue within three years through mission Bodoland-2019 after which we will embark on an intensive people's movement till the government gives a positive response," he said.

Former Rajya Sabha MP Urkhao Gwra Brahma said,"I have seen a lot of struggle by the Bodos that started from the movement of Plains Tribal Council of Assam (PTCA), but today's stir is completely different."

A memorandum was sent to the PM, urging for a separate state. A copy of the memorandum was sent to Union home minister Rajnath Singh and CM Sarbananda Sonowal.
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Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Absu-blockade-over-separate-state-hits-life/articleshow/53938166.cms

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