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/ Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:31:49 +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
Shah in Shillong: Protesters eat beef http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/shah-in-shillong-protesters-eat-beef.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/shah-in-shillong-protesters-eat-beef.html
Shillong: Angry protesters openly ate beef as BJP national president Amit Shah and general secretary Ram Madhav arrived here on Wednesday. The protest, staged by members of a pressure group, was in opposition to the recent attacks on churches and curbs on religious freedom.

The protesters, all members of Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR), also appealed to

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Shillong: Angry protesters openly ate beef as BJP national president Amit Shah and general secretary Ram Madhav arrived here on Wednesday. The protest, staged by members of a pressure group, was in opposition to the recent attacks on churches and curbs on religious freedom.

The protesters, all members of Thma U Rangli Juki (TUR), also appealed to religious leaders, civil society groups and regional parties of Meghalaya to boycott Shah, saying that BJP was responsible for anti-tribal and anti-farmer policies besides attacks on freedom of culture, religion and faith.

Though the Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC), a militant outfit, had called a bandh to protest against the alleged atrocities on minorities, it had no impact in the state capital where security was tight.

Shah, who is touring the eight states of the northeast, addressed party workers here at the state convention hall and encouraged them to 'work hard and expose the misdeeds of the Congress-led coalition government in Meghalaya and lay the foundation for forming a BJP government in the next state elections'.

He also urged party workers in the state to compile a list of corruption charges against the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance-II government in the form of a booklet and distribute it among people.

Shah told party workers, "If the successive Congress governments in the state had honestly utilized the funds given to them by the Centre, then there would not have been any poor people in Meghalaya."
Shah informed party workers that there are about 20,000 BJP workers in the state who need to work hard and follow all the centrally sponsored projects given to the state government for highlighting corrupt practices, if any.

Shah said the dream of bringing the NE region on a par with other developed regions of the nation can be fulfilled with BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the helm of affairs in Delhi. "But for this to happen, the NE states will have to make BJP strong," he added.

Speaking about the BJP's commitment for developing the NE region, Shah said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's NDA government has sanctioned Rs 100 crore to set up a sports' university in Manipur and also gave funds for a 127-MW power project in Meghalaya.

Informing party workers of NE-specific projects undertaken by the BJP government, Shah said the Union government has initiated construction of hostels for the welfare of NE students in Bangalore, Delhi University and JNU University. He added that to keep the culture and art of the NE region alive in Delhi, the BJP government also organized a festival in the national capital recently.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Shah-in-Shillong-Protesters-eat-beef/articleshow/47019197.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Thu, 23 Apr 2015 05:07:00 +0530
City’s low-lying areas betray flood jitters http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/city-s-low-lying-areas-betray-flood-jitters.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/city-s-low-lying-areas-betray-flood-jitters.html Guwahati: Even with some time to go before the monsoon arrives, the city seems to be reliving the nightmare of artificial floods. Not willing to take any chances after last year’s devastation, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration has kept rubber boats on standby, but residents in low-lying areas of the city are still apprehensive.Residents i...
GUWAHATI: Even with some time to go before the monsoon arrives, the city seems to be reliving the nightmare of artificial floods.

Not willing to take any chances after last year's devastation, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration has kept rubber boats on standby, but residents in low-lying areas of the city are still apprehensive.

Residents in areas like Anil Nagar, Nabin Nagar, Dhirenpara, Bhaskar Nagar and Garchuk, among others, are hoping that this year they will be spared the trauma of artificial floods.

"The administration has cleared drains along the highway, but whether this will be effective after an hour of heavy rain is anybody's guess. I feel the work should have been done earlier and faster," said Nayan Das, a resident of the Lakhra area in the city.

A few days ago, a person died after slipping in the drain in the locality.

The district administration and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has begun digging up and cleaning the major water channels and drains of the city.

Commissioner of the GMC, S Viswanathan, said most of the work is in progress and would be completed before the onset of monsoon.

Deputy commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) district, M Angamuthu, said the administration is trying its best to reduce the city's flood problem.

"We are trying our best, but we cannot bring about changes overnight. We are focusing on cleaning the major water channels so that these can quickly reduce the water level. This is the reason why we have taken strict measures to clean the drains around Deepor beel and the national highway," Angamuthu said.

Earlier, additional chief secretary to the chief minister, MGVK Bhanu, set a couple of deadlines for the completion of the cleaning of drains and other related work. The district administration has arranged for boats in different locations.

Last year, at least nine people were killed in the floods and landslides caused by heavy rain in the city.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Citys-low-lying-areas-betray-flood-jitters/articleshow/47004516.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:00:00 +0530
Rights violation slur on Assam Rifles http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/rights-violation-slur-on-assam-rifles.html http://www.newslivetv.com/regional/rights-violation-slur-on-assam-rifles.html The family of a prominent businessman from Nagaland’s Dimapur has accused personnel of Assam Rifles (37 battalion) of violating human rights by misusing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act...
KOHIMA/GUWAHATI: The family of a prominent businessman from Nagaland's Dimapur has accused personnel of Assam Rifles (37 battalion) of violating human rights by misusing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act.

Social activist Bano Haralu, the sister of businessman Kethozelhou, has sent a letter to the Nagaland chief secretary on Monday, giving the details of a raid on her brother's house by Assam Rifles personnel on April 16.

In the letter, she suggested the armed forces to build up 'reliable informants' and conduct foolproof background checks before conducting such operations. A copy of the letter has been sent to the Union home ministry as well.

The letter said jawans of Assam Rifles 37 battalion raided Kethozelhou's house at Kuda village in Dimapur on April 16. The entire household was woken up around 3:30 am when jawans of the force surrounded the house. About 8 to 10 men in uniform, who didn't even know the owner's name, demanded entry to the house. Then they conducted a search, claiming that they have information that he had hidden weapons in his house, it added.

However, no illegal weapons or incriminating documents were found, the letter claimed, adding that a licensed .22 bore rifle with a few rounds of ammunition was seized. Though the licence of the rifle had expired, it was renewed since the operation, it added. The troops then tried to take Kethozelhou away in their vehicle claiming that they were taking him to the 'police station', the letter alleged.

Sensing foul play, Bano informed the authorities concerned. It was only after the intervention of the higher-ups that the operation was called off. The authorities then admitted that they had been wrongly informed and graciously apologized, she said.

Incidentally, a unit of 29 Assam Rifles, is posted across his house on the main road, but the raiding party did not consult the personnel of that unit, Bano said.

When contacted, PRO of IG Assam Rifles (North) Lt-Col Sailesh said, "Whatever factual reports come to us, we will report it to higher ups. So far, nothing has come to us". Bano, who lives live next door with her mother Lhusi Haralu, said, 'I voice my deep concern over the manner in which the jawans carried out the search operation under AFSPA. The incident has left us humiliated and with a sense of extreme vulnerability." Lhusi Haralu is the executive director of Nagaland Peace Centre (NPC).

The NPC was established by Jayaprakash Narayan in 1965 after the 1964 ceasefire between the Centre and Naga rebels. Sources said the commanding officer of 37 AR has contacted Kethozelhou's family after Bano wrote the letter to the chief secretary. Sources said AR personnel of the 37 battalion were on the back foot as the village where they conducted the raid was not under its jurisdiction. The area falls under the jurisdiction 29 Assam Rifles.

Bano's letter said the news of frequent operations under AFSPA and complaints from public about harassment of villagers by security personnel are coming from various districts. She said that the action of 37 AR was supposedly carried outside its jurisdiction.

Source:  http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/guwahati/Rights-violation-slur-on-Assam-Rifles/articleshow/47005574.cms

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reporter@newslivetv.com (News Post) Featured Regional Wed, 22 Apr 2015 04:00:00 +0530