Ustad Bismillah Khan Youth Award to mime actor Pranjal Gogoi

Pranjal Gogoi (23), son of Khiteswar Gogoi, an OIL employee and resident of Duliajan, received the Ustad Bismillah Khan Youth Award from the Sangeet Natak Akademi for the session 2013-2014. Pranjal had started  mime acting when he was 9 at eminent drama group Kathia Mime & Drama Academy, Duliajan and later he took training under eminent mime actor and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Moinul Haque and Padmashree awardee Niranjon Goswami. He has been directing various drama and mime acts under  Nihabdda, Guwahati since 2008. AASU central committee organizing secretary Anil Gogoi, Jadumoni Dutta, education secretary of Dibrugarh district committee of AASU, Bulbul Neog, information and publicity secretary of central committee SAMYCS, Minaram Gogoi and Pranjal Rajknower, president and publicity secretary of ATASU Dibrugarh district committee respectively have lauded Gogoi for bringing laurels to the State.

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Sania-Martina win WTA Finals opener

Top tennis combine of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis got off to a winning start at the year-ending $7 million WTA Finals, being played on the hard courts of the Singapore Indoor Stadium here.

The Indo-Swiss pair took just an hour and 15 minutes to defeat American sixth seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-4, 6-2 in the red group of the round robin league format on Monday.

Sania, who won the prestigious tournament last year with Zimbabwean Cara Black, and Martina broke the American combination once in the first set, which was enough for them to take the lead in the match.

The Indo-Swiss pair will next take on Czech seventh seeds Andrea Hlavácková and Lucie Hradecká in the second match of the round robin.

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SAF Games in Guwahati, Shillong from Feb 6 to 16

The next edition of South Asian Federation (SAF) Games will be held from February 6 to 16 next in Guwahati and Shillong.

This was announced at a joint press conference here today by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Indian Olympic Association secretary general Rajiv Mehta.

Over 4,000 players and officials from eight countries would be participating in 23 events, of which 16 will be held in Guwahati and rest in Shillong.

Gogoi said though the Games were tentatively scheduled to be held in mid-January (January 10 to 20), the dates were postponed to February on request of the Assam government as the original dates coincided with the Magh Bihu celebrations in the State.

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ANYA declares 12 hours capital bandh

Despite opposition from Nyishi Elite Society (NES), its parental organization, the All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has decided to go ahead with dawn to dusk Capital bandh on October 19 and vowed to launch series of agitation against Tuki-led government till its demands are met.

Earlier, ANYA had declared 12 hours capital bandh on October 8 last for alleged non-fulfillment of its demands by the state government.

In a press statement ANYA President Biri Kakum claimed that NES has been blackmailing and threatening them that ANYA would be dissolved and made defunct, if it does not withdraw its democratic movement against Tuki-led government. The association’s demands includes, immediate scrapping of Pre-Paid  meters from Capital Complex, creation of Kamle and Pakke-Kessang districts, repealing of Arunachal Pradesh District Based Entrepreneurs and Professional (Incentive Development and Promotion) Act 2015, establishment of AIIMS at Itanagar, immediate recommendation of Itanagar as Smart City and repealing of Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and construction of 4-lane road from Itanagar to Banderdewa.

Condemning the bandh call given by the ANYA, the NES termed it as politically motivated and appealed to the citizens to defy the bandh call.

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Geeta to be brought back to India very soon: Government

Geeta, a deaf-mute Indian woman who has been stranded in Pakistan for over a decade, will be back in India soon, the government announced on Thursday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted: “Geeta will be back in India soon. We have located her family. She will be handed over to them only after the DNA test.#”

External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said at a briefing that the procedure for bringing Geeta back is almost over and she will be back in India very soon.

He also said that several families had approached the government claiming to be Geeta’s parents.

Sushma Swaraj has written to the chief ministers of the states from where the families belonged to conduct an internal probe on them to see if their versions on Geeta’s disappearance matched with what was known of her.

Geeta, now in her early 20s, was around 11 years old when she inadvertently crossed the border to Pakistan.

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Congress counterpunch puts Garlosa behind bars

Dima Hasao Autonomous Council member Jewel Garlosa was arrested from his rented house in the city in the wee hours on Monday, two days after he and eight Congress council members joined the BJP, reducing the Congress to a minority in the autonomous council.

Police said Garlosa was arrested in connection with a 2008 case registered at Langting police station of Dima Hasao district. Garlosa alias Mihir Barman was booked under IPS sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 121, 121 (A) (waging war against the government), 302 (murder) and 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapon).

A joint team of Dima Hasao and Dispur police arrested Garlosa from his rented residence at Hengerabari in the city early this morning.

Garlosa termed the arrest a “conspiracy” and claimed that he had met senior police officials in the district over tea before coming to Guwahati on October 2.

Describing the arrest as “blackmailing tactics”, State BJP president Siddhartha Bhattacharya said the Congress government “must think before acting” and that the party will have to “pay for its actions.”

“It was because of the misrule of the Congress that nine members defected and joined the BJP,” Bhattacharya said, alleging that two senior police officials were part of the “conspirators.”

“The police machinery is being politicized. But Congress cannot stall the BJP march through such tactics,” he said. While Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi maintained that he was not aware about the arrest and that “law will take its own course,” senior minister Rakibul Hussain insisted that there were many pending cases against Garlosa and the government is firm against criminal elements.

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Women to be inducted as fighter pilots

Breaking another glass ceiling, the Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, said on Thursday that women would soon be inducted as fighter pilots, making the IAF the first of three services to have women in a combat role. “We have women pilots flying transport aircrafts and helicopters, we are now planning to induct them into the fighter stream to meet the aspirations of young women of India,” Raha said at the 83rd Air Force Day parade at Hindon air base on the outskirs of the national capital. The air force chief said it will take at least one year to start the process, and around three years before women would be flying fighters.

“The air force has the largest number of women in the three services. We have more than 1,300 women officers,” said ACM Raha.

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Suicide bid case false, Irom Sharmila tells court

Civil rights activist Irom Sharmila, accused of a suicide bid during her fast-unto-death protest in 2006, told a court here on Tuesday she was implicated in a false case because of worldwide media attention to her struggle. “My struggle was attaining (attention) in national and international media and because of that police violated my fundamental right and forcibly removed me from Jantar Mantar (Delhi) and implicated me in the present false case,” Sharmila, the civil rights activist from Manipur, told Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain.

She said thousands of innocent people have been killed by the armed forces and hundreds of rapes occurred in Manipur. “I have been demanding the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) be repealed or be lifted from Manipur as it has caused immense hardship to common man of Manipur.” She added that no action has been taken against such things under the garb of the AFSPA.

Sharmila has been on a fast for about 15 years, seeking repeal of the AFSPA. The court on March 4, 2013, framed charges against Sharmila for attempting to commit suicide in Delhi, and put her on trial after she refused to plead guilty of the offence. Sharmila denied having attempted suicide while fasting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. The court on June 6 concluded the recording of statements of prosecution witnesses in the case.

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Ajmal in world’s 500 influential Muslims list

AIUDF president, Dhubri MP and owner of the Ajmal Group of Companies Maulana Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi has been listed in the group of top 500 influential Muslims in the world.

The 500 Most Influential Muslims is an annual publication which ranks the most influential members of the religion in the world. It is compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan, in cooperation with Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in the United States.

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Night city bus service from today

The Kamrup (M) district administration is going to start the night service of city buses in three main city bus routes from October 1.

The official sources said: “As per the decision taken in a meeting between the district administration office and all the transport authorities on September 21, the night city bus service is going to be started from October 1 covering a few city bus routes as route number 6, 8 and 28 on an experimental service. The flag-off ceremony will be held at Agriculture University of Khanapara at 7.30 pm. The night city buses will start their services from 8 pm till mid-night everyday in these routes. The description of city bus route No. 1 is — Khanapara via Six-mile, Ganeshguri, Bhangagarh, Ulubari, Paltan Bazaar, Pan Bazar, Bharalumukh, Adabari, Jalukbari, Garshuk, ISBT, Lakhara Chariali, Basistha Chariali and Khanapara and vice-versa. Route number two will cover from Jalukbari to Khanapara via Adabari, Bharalumukh, Kachari, Uzan Bazar, Guwahati Club, Chandmari Flyover, Zoo Road, Ganeshguri, Six-Mile, Khanapara and vice versa. Route number three will cover from Forest Gate to ISBT Betkuchi via Noonmati, Bamunimaidam, Chandmari, Guwahati Club, Uzan Bazar, Kachari, Bharalumukh, Adabari, Jalukbari and vice versa. Fifty per cent extra fare will be charge from the passengers.”

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