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, 01 Jul 2015 00:55:51 +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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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:47:44 +0530
Tripura byelections today, central forces deployed http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/tripura-byelections-today-central-forces-deployed.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/tripura-byelections-today-central-forces-deployed.html
Agartala: The Election Commission has deployed central paramilitary forces (CPF) ahead of the byelection to the Pratapgarh and Surma assembly constituencies in Tripura on Saturday.

Chief Electoral Officer S K Rakesh said besides CPF, state police and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawans had been deployed for the polls.

He said over 92,146 voters would

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Agartala: The Election Commission has deployed central paramilitary forces (CPF) ahead of the byelection to the Pratapgarh and Surma assembly constituencies in Tripura on Saturday.

Chief Electoral Officer S K Rakesh said besides CPF, state police and Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawans had been deployed for the polls.

He said over 92,146 voters would exercise their rights between 8 am and 5 pm across 115 polling stations of both the assembly constituencies to decide the fate of nine candidates.

Four candidates from Congress, CPM and BJP are contesting for Surma while five candidates, including two independents, are fighting for Pratapgarh.

This year for the first time candidates' images would be displayed on EVMs, Rakesh added.

"The images would be displayed in the middle of the party symbol and the candidates' names in the EVMs following a Supreme Court direction to avoid confusion among the voters," he added.

As many as 50,004 voters, of which 24,492 are women, will exercise their franchise in Pratapgarh SC reserved constituency while 42,142 voters, including 20,541 women, would cast vote in Surma SC reserve assembly constituency, said Rakesh.

He said of the 61 polling stations of Pratapgarh constituency, eight were categorized as sensitive. In Surma, of the 54 polling stations four were categorized as hypersensitive, 23 as sensitive for security reasons.

Over 10 companies of CPF will be deployed in the polling stations of both the assembly constituencies along with state police and TSR, he said and added that 600 polling personnel were deployed for election purpose.

Pratapgarh constituency feel vacant following the death of veteran communist leader and the longest serving minister of Tripura and sitting vice-chairman of Tripura Planning Board Anil Sarkar in February this year.

Within a week of Sarkar's death another senior leader and former minister of Left Front government Sudhir Das died, which left Surma constituency vacant.

CPM, Congress and BJP have introduced fresh faces in both the seats. The counting would be held on Tuesday.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Tripura-byelections-today-central-forces-deployed/articleshow/47835701.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Sat, 27 Jun 2015 06:30:00 +0530
‘Ambubachi turnout likely to cross a million’ http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/ambubachi-turnout-likely-to-cross-a-million.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/ambubachi-turnout-likely-to-cross-a-million.html The ongoing Ambubachi festival could see a record one million-plus people congregating at Kamakhya Temple in the next two days, Kamrup (Metro) deputy commissioner M Angamuthu said on Wednesday....
GUWAHATI: The ongoing Ambubachi festival could see a record one million-plus people congregating at Kamakhya Temple in the next two days, Kamrup (Metro) deputy commissioner M Angamuthu said on Wednesday.

The festival, which commemorates the annual fertility cycle of goddess Kamakhya, draws hordes of tourists every year. Last year, the number of people at Kamakhya during Ambubachi nearly touched six lakh.

Till Tuesday, close to five lakh devotees and tourists made their presence felt in the temple atop the Nilachal Hills. By Wednesday, another lakh was added to the ever-growing figure.

The deputy commissioner said the district administration, in collaboration with different government departments like police and public health engineering, has rolled out a systematic plan to manage crowds at the biggest religious congregation in this part of the country.

"Every year, the number of people attending the mela is increasing. This year, we think the total could be over a million. It is a record. In the next two days, as the hour of the reopening of the temple approaches, arrangements are being made to control the crowd," Angamuthu said.

To make the festival even more popular and accessible, videos of the various events associated with it will be posted on YouTube and social networking sites.

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi has asked the administration to help devotees access accommodation, hygiene, sanitation and transportation. Accommodation facilities, with 24-hour water supply, have been set up for 50,000 people. Four camps have been set up for devotees in different parts of the city.

The administration is taking stringent measures to prevent any mishap during the festival. On June 26, even vehicles with white passes will be restricted from going to the temple. "No preferential treatment will be given. On the day the temple reopens, buses will be made available for devotees at four in the morning," Angamuthu added.

With the festival attracting lakhs of people, security is of paramount importance. Police commissioner Mukesh Agarwalla said police will not take any chances and a multi-layered security system has been put in place.

As the festival draws tourists from across country and abroad, the Assam Tourism Developmental Corporation will gift devotees a bag with its logo and that of the temple printed on it.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Ambubachi-turnout-likely-to-cross-a-million/articleshow/47813846.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:41:00 +0530
Devotees count down to auspicious hour http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/devotees-count-down-to-auspicious-hour.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/devotees-count-down-to-auspicious-hour.html As the hour of reverence drew closer, lakhs of devotees, who have been congregating at the Kamakhya temple here for days, queued up for one last ‘darshan’ on Monday. The temple will close its doors an hour after midnight on Tuesday...
Guwahati: As the hour of reverence drew closer, lakhs of devotees, who have been congregating at the Kamakhya temple here for days, queued up for one last 'darshan' on Monday. The temple will close its doors an hour after midnight on Tuesday.

Traditionally called 'prabitti' or 'the hour of beginning', the auspicious hour is held in high esteem by devotees. The temple will reopen at sunrise ('nibritti') on June 26.

Ambubachi Mela — the age-old tradition of commemorating Goddess Kamakhya's fertility — has become a cultural and religious phenomenon over the past few decades. It marks the annual menstrual cycle of the goddess and devotees camping in the temple or staying in guest houses in the city follow rituals with fervour. As the three days signify the menstrual cycle of the goddess, many refrain from cooking, worshipping and farming. Some stay away from performing any new activity during this time. On the fourth day, the goddess undergoes ritual purification and the temple reopens for visitors.

"Every hour, the number of people here is increasing. Tradition is an intrinsic part of this festival. Devotees, poor or rich, adhere to the rituals with care," said Rana Sarma, a panda ( priest) and a resident of Kamakhya.

Devotees from West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and other neighbouring states have been camping at the religious site for more than two weeks now. Not just devout Hindus, even foreigners are among the thousands flocking to Kamakhya every day. Hailing from various countries, they, too, have been stationed here for quite a few days now.

"When I was young, I was attracted to eastern mysticism and philosophies. I grew up in communist Russia where religion was frowned upon, even banned. This is my second trip to Kamakhya and I am glad I could make it. I have been saving money to come here and take part in the festivities. I offer astrology and other spiritual services in Moscow, my hometown," said Om Prakash, a devotee.

This year alone, the number of devotees at Kamakhya may touch 10 lakh, the district administration feels.

Proper facilities have been set up in and around the temple and the district administration, along with the public health engineering and other departments, are working together to ensure that there are no glitches.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Devotees-count-down-to-auspicious-hour/articleshow/47775270.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Tue, 23 Jun 2015 05:30:00 +0530