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, 23 Apr 2014 16:44:24 +0530 News Post en-gb Young Dhubri royals opt out of political race http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/young-dhubri-royals-opt-out-of-political-race.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/young-dhubri-royals-opt-out-of-political-race.html One of Assam's last remaining royal families, the Dhubri-based Gauripur Rajbari, is no longer as politically influential....
GUWAHATI: One of Assam's last remaining royal families, the Dhubri-based Gauripur Rajbari, is no longer as politically influential. Nor do its young descendants want to be part of the political fabric.

Mughal emperor Jahangir had conferred a royal title on the family, whose influence over its former diverse subjects is based on secularism - the reason why a member of the family refused to take part in politics for the upcoming elections.

Probir Barua, a descendent of the family, said, "A few months ago, I was approached informally by a BJP leader he asked me to join their party. But I felt their ideology was somewhat out of sync with my own. I have to live up to the image of my family - one that is secular. For years we have been working with both the Hindu and Muslim communities. During Durga Puja as well, both the communities used to work together. Our family has to maintain the trend. If I had joined that party, it would have been bad for the image of my family. I have to live up to my family's image. Politicians from all quarters should adhere to the secular fabric of the place. The fear of communalism looms large."

With communities such as Rajbonghsi, Muslims (local and migrants), Bodos and Assamese living there, Dhubri is diverse but politically volatile. Barua cites the district's problems like shutting down of local industries, an issue that is being overlooked by political representatives.

"The local matchbox factory has been closed down for many years. Nothing is being done to bring in employment to Dhubri . They only want to exploit the communal situation. There are no great leaders anymore. Dhubri has changed a lot. People still pin their hopes on the secular fabric," said Barua.

In the fifties, Probir's father Prakitish Chandra Barua, a famed elephant trapper and family patriarch, took part in elections and became an independent MLA . Former chief ministers like Bimala Prasad Chaliha, Sarat Sinha, and Mohendra Mohan Choudhury were all closely acquainted with him.

With the passing of decades, the family began to lose its political touch as politicians preferred to milk their respective vote banks in and around the district. The waning of its royal status deterred political parties from wanting its influence over the diverse electorate of the district.

The younger members of the royal family also feel politicians should look away from their political gains and focus on people instead.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Young-Dhubri-royals-opt-out-of-political-race/articleshow/34082233.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:11:00 +0530
Storehouse prayer on Mangaldoi farmers' lips http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/storehouse-prayer-on-mangaldoi-farmers-lips.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/storehouse-prayer-on-mangaldoi-farmers-lips.html All that matters to Akbar Ali, a farmer from Dalgaon in Mangaldoi, is the fate of his crops....
GUWAHATI: All that matters to Akbar Ali, a farmer from Dalgaon in Mangaldoi, is the fate of his crops. With campaigning for the April 24 polls in the state coming to an end on Tuesday, farmers like him are hoping against hope that their concerns will be heard by whoever wins the seat.

"We have no knowledge of politics. We can only vote and hope that our problems are solved. Farmers here face numerous difficulties, from the lack of a proper storehouse to not getting feasible prices for our crops," Ali said, adding that he has to sell his produce cheaply due to the lack of storage options.

"Farmers in Mangaldoi hardly get their due. Here, the MP can play a major role by constructing a storehouse and improving market infrastructure. Government agencies can also buy the produce from farmers to help them. The irrigation system has to be upgraded as well," said Bhargab Kumar Das, a resident of Mangaldoi town.

Improved connectivity and overall development are also on the minds of voters in this constituency, with Das adding that the district does not have a railway link.

"No one has taken any initiative to bring the railways to this district. I think this is another issue in which people want help from their MP," he added.

Voters also hope that the Patharughat massacre, regarded as one of the first incidents leading to independence, will be considered an event of national importance.

"More than 140 farmers were killed by the British. Unfortunately, nobody remembers the massacre anymore. I think whoever wins from here should ensure that this issue is known to people outside the state," said Das, who is also the secretary of the Mangaldoi Unnayan Parishad (MUP).

Ainuddin Ahmed, general secretary of the All Assam Minority Students' Union, Mangaldoi, emphasized the need to improve the plight of farmers here.

Mangaldoi, which comprises 10 assembly segments, will see a fight among Congress's Kirip Chaliha, sitting MP Ramen Deka of BJP and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP)'s Madhab Rajbongshi, among others.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Storehouse-prayer-on-Mangaldoi-farmers-lips/articleshow/34082301.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:15:00 +0530
Gogoi rules out possibility of Bodoland http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/gogoi-rules-out-possibility-of-bodoland.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/gogoi-rules-out-possibility-of-bodoland.html With the fight for Kokrajhar boiling down to the issue of a separate Bodoland state, which has been raised by the rivals of Bodoland People's Front (BPF), chief minister Tarun Gogoi sent out a strong message, stating that Congress would fight for unity, and not division, in society....
GUWAHATI: With the fight for Kokrajhar boiling down to the issue of a separate Bodoland state, which has been raised by the rivals of Bodoland People's Front (BPF), chief minister Tarun Gogoi sent out a strong message, stating that Congress would fight for unity, and not division, in society.

Addressing an election rally at Bongaigaon in Barpeta district, Gogoi on Tuesday accused BJP of trying to divide society. "We want to live in peace and unity, as taught by Srimanata Sankardeva and Ajan Fakir. BJP only wants votes. We also want votes, but for peace and development," Gogoi said.

He not only rejected further division of the state, he reiterated Congress's policy of fighting tooth and nail any attempt to victimize the minority citizens of the country in the guise of controlling the influx of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.

"BJP says there are foreigners in the state. I agree, but we will protect genuine Indian citizens from being victimized in the name of checking illegal migrants. We will also stand by the Bengali Hindu migrants from Bangladesh, who have migrated out of compulsion," Gogoi said.

The Bodoland issue has taken centrestage this election, with BJP assuring All Bodo Students' Union (Absu) that it would reexamine its demand for a separate state in return for political support. The Bodo students' body has been spearheading the movement for a separate state, while the ruling BPF, also Congress's partner in the state, has only supported the Centre's move of setting up an expert team to study the feasibility of a separate state.

In 2012, communal clashes between Bodos and Bengali-speaking Muslims in the Bodo heartland had spread to Bongaigaon as well. Gogoi asked people in the area to keep this in mind.

Winding up his campaign for the last phase of polls in the state on Tuesday evening, he said, "Tarun Gogoi has to be removed if BJP wants to win, but Tarun Gogoi can never be removed."

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Gogoi-rules-out-possibility-of-Bodoland/articleshow/34082307.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:16:00 +0530
Fire at Silchar market, 4 hurt in clash http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/fire-at-silchar-market-4-hurt-in-clash.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/fire-at-silchar-market-4-hurt-in-clash.html Four persons, including three policemen, were injured when locals attacked policemen and firemen when a devastating fire broke out at Barajatrapur bus stand in Cachar district on Tuesday afternoon....
SILCHAR: Four persons, including three policemen, were injured when locals attacked policemen and firemen when a devastating fire broke out at Barajatrapur bus stand in Cachar district on Tuesday afternoon.

Reports said a fire broke out in the locality, 12 km from here, at 2 pm and at least 10 shops were gutted. When three fire tenders arrived at the spot to douse the flames, locals attacked the firemen alleging that they came much later after the shops were completely damaged. Irate locals also attacked policemen who reached the spot from Bhangarpar outpost.

Three policemen were injured in the attack, They have been identified as OC of the outpost, Deepak Kumar Neog, assistant sub-inspector Paritosh Barman and constable Kajal Mahanta.

Abdul Hussain Barbhuiyan, a villager, also sustained injuries. They have been admitted to hospital, a senior police officer said.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Fire-at-Silchar-market-4-hurt-in-clash/articleshow/34082328.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:16:00 +0530