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Sarbananda Sonowal takes charge as Assam BJP chief

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said Himanta Biswa Sarma, a state Congress heavyweight who recently joined BJP along with many Congress MLAs, will be the committee’s convener.

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BJP on Saturday appointed Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal its Assam unit president and also the head of an election management committee it constituted for the poll-bound state, signalling that he could be its chief ministerial face.Making the announcement, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said Himanta Biswa Sarma, a state Congress heavyweight who recently joined BJP along with many Congress MLAs, will be the committee’s convener.The party’s decision is a break from its Bihar Assembly poll strategy as it had not formed any state wide election committee and instead put many outside as well as local leaders in charge of various zones. A massive loss in Bihar triggered a backlash from within the party over its campaign. Sonowal currently holds the independent charge of Sports and Youths Affairs Ministry.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Javadekar parried query on whether Sonowal will be the party’s chief ministerial face, saying a decision will be taken by the Parliamentary Board at an appropriate time.”This is the beginning of our election preparation for Assam. In 2016, BJP will return to its winning ways,” he said.Party president Amit Shah will go to Dibrugarh on November 27 to attend a party meeting, Javadekar said. Assam is the only one of the five states going to the polls in 2016 which BJP has a realistic chance of winning. After winning Assembly elections in four states in 2014, it suffered massive defeats in Delhi and Bihar that has invigorated the opposition.Sonowal (53), who was All Assam Students Union president and AGP leader before joining BJP in 2011, headed the party’s Assam unit before he was made a Minister in the Narendra Modi government. BJP won most Lok Sabha seats in Assam in 2014 elections and expects to repeat its feat in the Assembly polls likely to be held in April-May. The term of Siddhartha Bhattacharya, who was was appointed head of Assam BJP, ended in October.Javadekar said Bhattacharya has been appointed as the party’s national spokesperson for north eastern states. He will also be one of the three vice-chairmen of the election management committee along with MPs Ramen Deka and Rajen Gohain.Bijoy Chakraborty, Kamakhya Tasha, Rajdeep Ray, Vijay Gupta and Mohammad Awal are the members of the election committee. Congress is in power in Assam for the last 15 years. Javadekar said Assam was ready for a change and cited BJP’s victory in local body elections as en evidence of its strong position.”The way Congress has ruled in the state no section of society is happy,” he said.He also pooh-poohed coming together of non-BJP leaders at the swearing in of Nitish Kumar as Bihar Chief Minister, saying they were brought together by their bitterness against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP was talking about development but the opposition leaders are talking about opposing Modi, he said.

‘Run for unity’ likely to be flagged off by PM Modi on October 31

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday chaired a meeting and reviewed the preparation of the events along with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and senior officials of different government ministries and departments.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to flag off a ‘run for unity’ on October 31 as part of tribute to country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary.The day, observed as ‘Ekta Divas’, will begin with paying tribute to the statute of Sardar at Patel Chowk, located on the Parliament Street in New Delhi, by the top leadership of the government. The function will be followed by the ‘run for unity’ that will start from Vijay Chowk to India gate. The Prime Minister is expected to flag off the run, a Home Ministry official said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday chaired a meeting and reviewed the preparation of the events along with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and senior officials of different government ministries and departments.

No help from Assam govt, says Union minister Sonowal injured in dais collapse

“So far, even after 24 hours, no medical team of the state government came to see my condition,” Sonowal, who is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Dibrugarh, told PTI over phone.

Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday claimed that the Assam government did not provide any medical help to him after he, along with several others, sustained injuries when the dais at a BJP Yuva Morcha meeting collapsed in Dibrugarh.”So far, even after 24 hours, no medical team of the state government came to see my condition,” Sonowal, who is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Dibrugarh, told PTI over phone. Sonowal, who received injuries in his back, will be flown to Delhi on Wednesday for further treatment at AIIMS. “I am going to Delhi tomorrow for treatment at AIIMS,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources said only one junior civil and a police officers visited the Union Minister after the accident but the administration has not sent any doctor or medical team to examine his injuries. Sonowal, two BJP MPs – Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and Rameswar Teli – and several others were injured when the dais at a BJP Yuva Morcha public meeting collapsed on Monday.

SAI athletes stable now, Ministry sets up medical board

“We have constituted a medical board (for the inquiry into the incident) and our priority is to save the lives of those athletes (girls),” Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on the sidelines of a conference in Delhi.

Police inspecting Sports Authority of India centre in Alappuzha, where a student died on Thursday, after she took poison along with three other students

The three young female athletes, who survived an attempted suicide bid after alleged harassment by seniors at the SAI Centre in Kerala, are stable now even as a medical board was constituted by the Sports Ministry to investigate the incident.”We have constituted a medical board (for the inquiry into the incident) and our priority is to save the lives of those athletes (girls),” Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on the sidelines of a conference in Delhi.In a tragic turn of events, a young athlete Aparna Ramabhadran died and three of her colleagues were battling for life after they ate a poison fruit under an apparent suicide pact following alleged harassment by seniors at the Sports Authority of India centre in Kerala.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All the four were undergoing training at the Water Sports Centre of the SAI in Alapuzha.A stunned Sports Ministry swung into action by ordering an inquiry and directing SAI Director General Injeti Srinivas to rush to Kerala for an on the spot assessment.The condition of the three athletes, who survived the attempt, is said to be stable. Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala, who visited the girls at the hospital, promised an unbiased probe.Alapuzha Medical college Hospital superintendent Santosh Raghavan told PTI that the three girls continue to be critical, but their condition had stabilised. However, there is no specific antidote for the poison they consumed.”We are trying to treat the main target organ, the heart.Teleconference with medical experts of the AIIMS, Delhi, was being held,” he said.Aparna, the girl who lost her life, had been undergoing training at the water sports training centre of Sports Authority of India for the past five years.Her mother Geeta said her daughter continued in the hostel despite the harassment because of the family’s circumstances.Aparna wanted to get a job to provide a better life to her younger brother, an eighth standard student at a local school. While her father is a worker in a house boat, her mother is an anganwadi worker. All the family’s hopes rested on the rowing champion, who had brought laurels to the state.She had apologised to her mother for taking the extreme step.Geeta said Aparna had told her about the “mental and physical harassment” meted out to them by seniors at the SAI hostel while fighting for life at the hospital.”Mother please forgive me. I did this due to harassment of senior ‘chechis’ (elder sisters). Will I not survive?,” Aparna was quoted as saying by her mother hours before she breathed her last.Geeta also said her daughter had no intention of committing suicide, but took the extreme step as there was no other option before her following the continuous harassment.”My daughter had come home for ‘Vishu’ festival on April 15 and had told me it was difficult to share a room with the seniors. When the hostel warden was informed, she had promised to shift her to another room within three months”.But Geeta said her daughter later gave the impression that all was well at the hostel as she did not want to cause any worry to her parents.”But in the hospital bed, while battling for her life, my child told me the truth about the seniors. Two seniors used to constantly harass Aparna and the other girls, due to which they consumed the poisonous fruit,” Geeta said.

Explosives found in railway station at Guwahati

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A huge quantity of gelatin sticks and cordex wires were recovered from an unclaimed bag by the GRPF in Guwahati Railway Station tonight on the eve of the 19th National Youth Festival beginning here tomorrow.During routine patrolling the bag containing 106 gelatin sticks and six wire rolls was noticed in platform number three by the security personnel, said GRPF sources. (an official in the GRPF office in the railway station)To which militant outfit the explosives belonged or who was carrying them was not immediately known as investigations were on, the sources said.Security measures have been intensified in the railway stations and the city where nearly 5000 youths from across the country have congregate to showcase their talent in the field of art and culture at the Festival, police said.At the opening ceremony of the Festival, organised by the union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in collaboration with the state government, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is scheduled to be the chief guest and union youth Affairs and Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will preside over the ceremony.