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ASI releases four books in Braille on North East archaeological site

Guwahati: Four books, published in Braille, on archaeological sites in the North East have been released for the first time by the Archaeological Survey of India, Guwahati Circle here.

The books in braille include a guide book on Sivasagar, three brochures, a booklet on Sri Surya Pahar
Archaeological Museum in Goalpara and Stone Jar of North Cachar, Assam, Superintending Archaeologist Dr Milan Kumar Chauley said today.

The brochures in Braille include Monuments of Sonitpur and the four tombs (Maidams) of Ahom kings at Charaideo in Assam and monuments of Tripura, he said.

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The publications in Braille are the first of its kind published by the Guwahati circle for the visually challenged visitors to the site and it has been printed at the Government Braille Press in Guwahati.

Chauley said that the guide book is the first of its kind by the Archaeological Survey of India printed in Braille and is for free distribution.

The book was released by Assam Governor P B Acharya during the ASI’s ongoing ‘World Heritage Week’.

The Week is celebrated every year from November 19 to November 25 to create awareness about the cultural heritage of the country.

The Guwahati Circle is celebrating the same this year at six of its monuments in the North East– Rangghar and Ghanshyam House in Sivasagar, Bhubaneswari Temple at Rajnagar and Unakoti in Tripura, Sri Surya Pahar at Goalpara and Bamuni Hill at Tezpur in Assam.

Assam floods: 42 lives claimed, over 18 lakh people affected

ASDMA said nearly 18 lakh persons are affected across Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Morigaon, Cachar, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Darrang, Nalbari, Kamrup, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Nagaon, Dhubri, Kamrup Metropolitan and Goalpara districts.

A girl stands in floodwater infront of her submerged hut in Morigaon district of Assam on Saturday.

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Nearly 80 % of Assam has been engulfed by floods which has affected 20 out of the total 27 districts, claimed 42 lives and affected 18 lakh people, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said today. Loss of six lives was reported during the day in the flood, which has affected 18 lakh people in almost 1,880 villages and submerged over 1.1 lakh hectares of crop land.ASDMA said one person was killed at Sipajhar in Darrang district, one at Barkhetri in Nalbari district, two persons at Mayong and Laharighat in Morigaon district and another two at Lakhipur in Goalpara. With this, the current wave of flood has claimed lives of 42 persons so far taking the total toll in this year’s two waves to 47 in Assam.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ASDMA said nearly 18 lakh persons are affected across Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Sonitpur, Barpeta, Morigaon, Cachar, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Tinsukia, Darrang, Nalbari, Kamrup, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Golaghat, Nagaon, Dhubri, Kamrup Metropolitan and Goalpara districts. The worst hit is Dhubri district where nearly 4.5 lakh people have been affected due to floods, followed by Morigaon with more than 2.6 lakh people, the ASDMA said.Authorities are running 308 relief camps in Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Cachar, Dhemaji, Tinsukia, Sonitpur, Nalbari, Dibrugarh, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Kamrup, Goalpara and Dhubri sheltering nearly 1.4 lakh people, it said. Brahmaputra is flowing above its danger level in Jorhat, Goalpara and Dhubri districts.Burhidehing river is flowing above danger level at Khowang in Dibrugarh, Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road crossing in Sonitpur, Kopili at Kampur in Nagaon and Kushiyara river is flowing above the red mark at Karimganj town, the ASDMA said.

Fresh flood alert sounded in four Assam districts

Official sources said that 2, 32, 000 people have been marooned so far and 1, 33, 000 of them are reeling in worst hit Dhemaji District.

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A fresh flood alert has been sounded in parts of Sonitpur, Darrang, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts of Assam for the next 24 to 48 hours.Reports said that around 700 villages have been submerged in 10 districts.Official sources said that 2,32, 000 people have been marooned so far and 1, 33, 000 of them are reeling in worst hit Dhemaji District.Several rivers including the Brahmaputra are flowing above the danger level.Flood water damaged roads, embankments and bridges have made communication very difficult.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Assam CM Tarun Gogoi votes for Indian Idol Junior contestant Nahid Afrin

Intense campaigning is on in Assam, particularly in her home town Biswanath Chariali, for Nahid’s victory in the singing reality show.
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Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday voted for Nahid Afrin, the young singing sensation from Assam, for the “Indian Idol Junior” Season II.In a statement, Gogoi said the young promising singer from Assam has been regaling the audience and viewers with her mellifluous voice and bringing laurels to the state. The Chief Minister appealed to the people of the state to vote for Nahid, who hails from Sonitpur district, to enable her to win the coveted singing reality show.Impressed by the singing of the 13-year old Visharad, a Part 2 student of classical music under the Bhatkhande Kala Kendra, the Indian Idol Junior Season 2 judges said she might get offers for playback singing by the end of this season.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Intense campaigning is on in Assam, particularly in her home town Biswanath Chariali, for Nahid’s victory in the singing reality show.

Floods in Assam: 2 lakh people in 280 villages affected

Highest number of 1.35 lakh people have been hit by the natural calamity in Bongaigaon district alone, followed by Dhemaji where over 20,000 people have been affected, it said.

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The flood situation in Assam turned grim on Wednesday following incessant rains in the past few days which have affected nearly two lakh people in over 280 villages in the state.Almost two lakh people are affected in 282 villages across Dhemaji, Kokrajhar, Chirang, Lakhimpur, Bongaigaon, Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in its flood report.Highest number of 1.35 lakh people have been hit by the natural calamity in Bongaigaon district alone, followed by Dhemaji where over 20,000 people have been affected, it said. More than 12,600 hectares of crop areas are under water currently, the report said. Authorities have opened 45 relief camps in Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Chirang, where more than 17,500 persons have taken shelter.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At present, Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat and Dibrugarh town, Jia Bharali at NT Road crossing in Sonitpur, Puthimari at NT Road crossing in Kamrup and Beki at Barpeta Road in Barpeta, ASDMA said.The flood waters have damaged at least 11 roads in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhemaji districts, while four embankments were breached in Chirang and Dhemaji. The death toll in this year’s flood in Assam has remained at five — two in Lakhimpur and one each in Bongaigaon, Baksa and Sonitpur.

NIA files charge sheet against 26 NDFB(S) militants

The NIA had filed a charge sheet at Special NIA Court, Guwahati yesterday against four NDFB(S) militants in the case where they have been accused of killing six persons in Hatijuli and Shantipur villages under Dhekiajuli police station in Sonitpur district, he said.

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NIA has filed charge sheet in five cases this month against 26 NDFB(S) militants accused in the killing of tribal villagers and members of the minority community in three Assam districts last year. The agency has filed three chargesheets against 18 militants of the outlawed outfit accused of killing 41 tribal villagers in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts in December last, a senior NIA official here said. A supplementary charge sheet was filed against six militants along with two others in a separate case this month, in addition to the one filed against two militants in October last year for their alleged involvement in the killing of 39 members of the minority community in Baksa district in May last year, the official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA had filed a charge sheet at Special NIA Court, Guwahati yesterday against four NDFB(S) militants in the case where they have been accused of killing six persons in Hatijuli and Shantipur villages under Dhekiajuli police station in Sonitpur district, he said. The charge sheet was filed against the outfit’s ‘assistant organising secretary’ Sanju Bordoloi alias Sibigiri, who was arrested in Bangalore early this year, ‘commanding officer’ of the outfit’s third battalion Ajoy Basumatary, ‘deputy commanding officer’ Nitul Daimary and Bishnu Narzary.The NIA would continue with further investigation into the case, he added. The NIA had filed a charge sheet on July 3 against 10 militants accused of killing 10 persons in Pakhiriguri village of Kokrajhar district in December last year, the official said. The charge sheets were filed against Milan Mushahary, Swmkhar Brahma, Bullet Basumatary, Ganda Basumatary, Bina Basumatary, Jayanto Mushahry, Gautam Mahalia, Khanda Daimary and Dwithai Basumatary. The investigation agency had filed yet another charge sheet on July 13 against four NDFB(S)militants accused of killing 30 adivasi/santhal villagers at Sonajuli village of Sonitpur district in December last year, he said.The chargesheeted militants are the self-styled ‘commanding officer’ of the outfit’s 3rd Battalion Ajay Basumatary, ‘assistant forest secretary’ Dilip Basumatary, Nitul Daimary and Khamrei Basumatary. The NIA had registered five cases related to the December 23, 2014 killings by NDFB(S) in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts, of which chargesheets have been submitted in three cases against the 18 militants. Efforts are on to complete the investigation in a timely manner, the official added.The NIA has also filed chargesheets on July 15 against six militants in two cases related to killing 39 members of the minority community on May 1, 2014. In the first case, the charge sheet was filed against two militants – Bikunash Narzary and Swmkwr Basumatary – accused of killing three persons at Narsingbari village of Baksa district. A supplementary charge sheet was filed on July 15 against six others accused of killing 36 villagers and burning houses at Khagrabari village in Baksa district. In the same case a charge sheet was filed against four militants on October 31, 2014 and their trial was under progress in the Special NIA Court, Guwahati.The NIA would continue further investigation in both the cases as some hardcore NDFB(S) militants are yet to be apprehended, the official added.

Assam horror: 60-year-old woman beheaded for ‘practising witchcraft’

A police team dispersed the crowd and recovered the body which has been sent for postmortem.

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A 60-year-old woman was beheaded today allegedly by a group of villagers who suspected that she had been practising witchcraft in Assam”s Sonitpur district.Superintendent of Police of Bishwanath Chariali, Manabendra Dev Roy, said the woman, Moni Orang, was called out of her house in Vimajuli village and attacked.Allegedly instigated by a couple, who act as priests in the area, the villagers severely beat her up then severed her head with a sharp weapon. The villagers also prevented the police from reaching the spot, the SP said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police team led by Additional Superintendent of Police Samad Hussain dispersed the crowd and recovered the body which has been sent for postmortem.Roy said three persons were arrested in this connection and the sharp weapon, used for beheading, has been recovered.The situation in the village was tense but under control, police added.

Assam flood turns grim; over 65,000 affected

More than 3,800 hectares of crop areas were under water currently, the report mentioned.

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The flood situation in Assam turned grim over the past 24 hours due to incessant rains with over 65,000 people being affected in 125 villages across the state.Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said in its flood report that more than 65,000 persons were affected in Dhemaji, Bongaigaon and Sonitpur districts. With 40,000 persons, Bongaigaon district was the most affected followed by Dhemaji with almost 25,000 people being affected at present, it said.More than 3,800 hectares of crop areas were under water currently, the report mentioned. Authorities have opened four relief camps in Bongaigaon, where 2,870 persons were taking shelter. The flood waters have also damaged a road and breached an embankment in Sonitpur.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The death toll in this year’s flood in Assam has remained at five – two in Lakhimpur and one each in Bongaigaon, Baksa and Sonitpur. At present, the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat, the ASDMA added.

Assam Floods: Two dead, over three lakh people affected

Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam deteriorated on Thursday with 3.11 lakh people in 702 villages of 15 districts being affected, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.

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Till Wednesday, 1.95 lakh people of 553 villages were hit by the flood in 13 districts across the state.

However, the death toll remained at two — one each in Bongaigaon and Lakhimpur districts.

The affected districts are Barpeta, Sonitpur, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Tinsukia, Darrang, Nalbari, Goalpara, Jorhat, Kamrup Metropolitan, Baksa, Dibrugarh, Kamrup, Nagaon and Bongaigaon, ASDMA said in its daily flood report.

With 91,000 people suffering, Barpeta accounts for the highest number of affected people, followed by Goalpara with 68,000 people being affected.

Authorities have opened three relief camps in Tinsukia and one each in Sonitpur, Nalbari and Dibrugarh, where a total number of 438 people took shelter at this moment, ASDMA said.

Currently, more than 10,800 hectares of crop areas are under water, the report mentioned.

It said more than 42 roads, bridges and culverts were damaged in the flood, while at least eight breaches were noticed in embankments in various districts.

Almost all the major roads in the world’s largest river island Majuli have been damaged by flood waters of Brahmaputra, the report said.

The Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat and Dhubri town in Dhubri district, ASDMA added.

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Five-year-old child allegedly sacrificed by ‘tantrik’; mob lynches accused

A five-year old child was killed in line No 8 in Rangapara Tea Estate under Rangapara Police station in Assam’s Sonitpur district today, said a police official.

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A five-year old child was killed in line No 8 in Rangapara Tea Estate under Rangapara Police station in Assam’s Sonitpur district today, said a police official.A mob, however, claimed a ‘tantric’ sacrificed the child during a Kali Puja and lynched him, District Superintendent of Police Sanjukta Parasar.She said initial investigations revealed the child was killed due to some monetary reason and that the person lynched identified as Nanu Mirdha was not a tantric.The child’s father Sanatan Bag and Nanu Mirdha earlier worked together in Manipur and since then there was problem between them over transaction of money, Parasar said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control, the SP said and added investigations were on.Local people claimed that the deceased Nanu Mirdha, an inhabitant of the same labour line of the tea garden near Rangapara town was performing Kali Puja at his residence and forcefully took away the child and sacrificed him before the altar of idol goddess Kali.

NDFB(S) platoon commander killed in encounter

Jagat Basumatary carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head for his alleged ‘direct involvement’ in the December 23 killing of adivasis in Pakhriguri area of the district

31 persons were killed in three simultaneous NDFB(S) attacks in Kokrajhar district

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An NDFB(S) platoon commander, allegedly involved in the recent attack by the outfit on Adivasis, was killed in an encounter in Assam’s Kokrajhar district on Saturday, police said.The police and the SSB launched a joint operation in Serfanguri area and the militant was killed in the ensuing encounter near Khousibazar, IGP (BTAD) LR Bishnoi told PTI. The militant has been identified as Jailing alias Jagat Basumatary and carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head for his alleged ‘direct involvement’ in the December 23 killing of adivasis in Pakhriguri area of the district, he said.The security forces recovered an AK-56 rifle, two grenades and 22 live ammunitions. Seven NDFB(S) militants, Kokrajhar platoon ‘second-in-command’ Mithinga and Khuren along with their four associates were arrested from Serfanguri in Kokrajhar district since Thursday night for their alleged direct involvement in the killings.Altogether, 31 persons were killed in three simultaneous attacks in Kokrajhar district in the December 23 attacks while in Sonitpur, 50 others were killed taking the death toll to 81.

Two NDFB(S) militants arrested in Assam along with arms

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Two militants of NDFB-Songbijit faction, which had massacred over 70 people in lower Assam districts in December, and another person who had provided shelter to one of them was arrested and arms were seized from them in lower Assam’s Chirang district.Chirang Superintendent of Police Ranjan Bhuyan on Thursday said one NDFB-S rebel was apprehended from Chapaguri under Dhaligaon police station and another from Bhauraguri village under Sidli police station last night. The one apprehended at Chapaguri was identified as Bairo and one 7.65 mm pistol and four rounds of ammunition was seized from him when he was travelling in a bus from Tezpur to Kokrajhar, he said.Bairo operates from Biswanath Chariali area of Sonitpur district, which was the worst affected in the massacre, he added. The other militant Bimal Basumatary was arrested along with a grenade at Bhauraguri village under Sidli police station, the SP said. A person identified as Bhaben Mushahary who gave shelter to Basumatary and a resident of Batasipur under Dhekiajuli police station of Sonitpur district was also arrested, he added.

NDFB(S) serial attacks: Situation gradually becoming normal, nearly 25,000 refugees return home

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Nearly 25,000 refugees hit by NDFB (S) violence in Assam have returned to their homes in the last 24 hours with gradual improvement of the situation though around 1.3 lakh people are still lodged in these temporary shelters across four districts.Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) Chief Executive Officer Pramod Kumar Tiwari said 1,29,828 persons are living in 77 relief camps in Kokrajhar, Sonitpur, Chirang and Udalguri districts at this moment. “During last 24 hours, 8 relief camps have been closed down in Chirang, Sonitpur, Udalguri and Kokrajhar districts… In total, 24,651 inmates have left the relief camps for their villages during this period,” he said. There has been no report of any untoward incident from any part of these districts and the situation has been improving fast, Tiwari said, adding the authority is hopeful that all people will return to their homes very soon.At present, nearly 1.1 lakh people are staying at 59 relief camps in Kokrajhar. It is followed by Chirang, where almost 20,000 people are staying at 11 camps. Authorities are running only 1 relief camp in Sonitpur and 356 people are staying here at this moment. Udalguri has 6 camps and houses around 1,400 inmates. Tiwari also said that district officials of Kokrajhar on Tuesday went to Alipurduar in West Bengal and brought back the refugees from two camps. Altogether 81 people, including 66 Adivasis, 13 Bodos and 2 Bengali-speaking persons, have been killed since December 23 evening in serial attacks by NDFB(S) terrorists, retaliatory violence and police firing across four districts.

Situation in four districts improving fast: Assam CM Tarun Gogoi

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said overall situation in Kokrajhar, Sonitpur, Chirang and Udalguri districts is improving fast following serial attacks and thousands of inmates are returning to their homes from relief camps.”The overall situation is fast improving and it is returning to normalcy. People are going back to their homes,” Gogoi told a press conference here. Gogoi said three persons are still missing since the attack took place on December 23.”As of total dead is 81 and three persons are still missing. Security persons are continuing their operations to nab the culprits,” Gogoi said. Out of the 81 dead, 66 are Adivasis, 13 Bodos and 2 are Bengalis, Assam State Disaster Management Authority said. Over 25,000 refugees hit by NDFB(S) violence in Assam have returned to their homes since yesterday as 13 relief camps were closed with improvement in the situation though more than 1.8 lakh people are still lodged in these temporary shelters.A total of 102 police cases have been filed in different places and 64 persons have been arrested. Out of these cases, the state government has handed over four cases to NIA.

Heavy firing between NDFB (S), Assam Rifles in Sonitpur

An encounter on Friday took place between NDFB-Songbijit militants and 12 Assam Rifles personnel in Itakhola area of Assam’s Sonitpur district along Arunachal Pradesh, a police officer said.Heavy firing was reported, but there was no report of any injury or casualty so far, district Superintendent of Police Sanjukta Parashar said. A group of 12 NDFB-S militants came to the Assam side and when the security forces encountered them, they fired upon the personnel leading to an exchange of bullets, police sources added.

NDFB(S) link woman held from Anthaibari in Sonitpur district of Assam

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A 19-year-old NDFB(S) woman link person was held by the Army from Anthaibari in Sonitpur district, police said on Thursday. Eliya Iswary was caught last night, Sonitpur SP Sanjukta Parasar said.Meanwhile, a 12-member NIA team today reached Sonitpur to investigate the serial attacks by NDFB(S) on adivasis on December 23.Parasar said the team, divided into six members each, reached Biswanath Chariali and Dhekiajuli to investigate the cases. The NIA team had also visited Kokrajhar district earlier.