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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wild elephants kill 4 in Udalguri.Baby elephant electrocuted.

Man-elephant conflict has taken a serious turn in Udalguri district following deaths of four more persons at Coramore near India-Bhutan border last night on July 14. One wild elephant has also been found dead at Gitibari near Paneri.So far 10 people have been killed by wild elephants this year in the district. According to information a wild elephant of a herd killed Dhira Digol (32),son of late Bhabani Digol, Simon Digol (40),son of Haridas Digol, Victor Ekka (30) son of Thomas Ekka at Coramore last night while trying to chase away wild elephants. On the otherhand one Budhin Mura (45) son of Bijoy Mura was also killed last night by the same wild elephant at Bongurum just one km away. All the persons died on spot.In another incident,one baby wild elephant died at Gitibari near Paneri due to electrocution. Nature loving people of Udalguri urge CCF,BTC immediately to take steps to protect lives and property of the villagers and to ensure safety of wild elephants.In the mean time Sadhana Hojai,Deputy Commissioner,Udalguri has taken initiative to mitigate “Man-elephant conflict” in the district in cooperation with Bhutan forest officials and elephant experts of India and Assam.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Kalaigaon child scientists topped district science competition at Udalguri

Child scientists of Kalaigaon block have won five of the six awards in the district level science based competition held at Udalguri HSS on May 29. The competition was organized by Udalguri district administration under the aegis of Assam Science Technology & Environment Council (ASTEC). Sadhana Hojai,Deputy Commissioner, Udalguri formally inaugurated the district level science competition at 11 am. On the occasion she appreciated the child scientists of the district for showing innovative talents in the field of science and technology. She also announced that she would personally sponsor five child scientists for a science exposure tour to Kolkata which was applauded by all present. Dibakor Doley,ADC,Udalguri attending the programme as the distinguished guest expressed pleasure to meet child scientists. He told students that all the top inventors of the world had never been a scientist in their early life but had dedication and innovative ideas.
It needs mention that Aryabhatta Science Centre of six blocks in the district namely- Kalaigaon, Khoirabari, Bhergaon,Udalguri,Rowta and Mazbat had organised block level science based- extempore speech,poster drawing and model competitions last months in respective blocks and first three winners in each category took part in the district level competition. In the science based model competition Dolly Saharia and Akashi Deka of Kalaigaon Girls HS (Kalaigaon block) won first prize while Monpreet Kaur and Henrita Boro of Arunodoi Academy,Tangla (Kalaigaon Block) won second prize. In the science based poster drawing Seema Ujir of Sacred Heart School (Rowta block) won first while Himanta Biswa Deka of Arunodoi Academy,Tangla (Kalaigaon block) won second prize. In the science based extempore speech competition Rimjim Chaliha of Arunodoi Academy,Tangla and Swapna Baroi of Bright Life English HS (both Kalaigaon block) won forst and second prizes respectively. All the winners will take part in the state level Aryabhatta Science Centre competition to be organised by ASTEC at Srimanta Sankardeb Kala Khetra on July 9 and 10. Noted artist of Assam Rabi Ram Brahma conducted the science based poster drawing competition while senior lecturers -Dr, Rohit Daimary, Jadabendra Roy and Naba Kumar Baishya of Udalguri college conducted the science model competition. Photo shows Sadhana Hojai,DC and Dibakor Doley,ADC Udalguri talking to child scientists at Udalguri HSS on May 29.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tangla students shine in HS & HSLC

The students of Tangla have shown excellence in recently declared HS and HSLC examinations. Hridoijyoti Ojah and Nishamoni Sarma of National Pioneer Jr.College,Tangla have secured 5th and 9th position in the HS (commerce stream) bringing glory to not only Tangla but to Udalguri district. Total 332 students appeared in Arts and Commerce stream. 87 passed in first division ( 8 students with distinction marks, 24 with star marks and 185 with letter marks); 122 in second division and 111 in third division.The success percentage was 99 percent. Students of Arunodoi Academy Junior Science College,Tangla also performed very well in science stream with hundred percent success. Out of 87 students appeared,76 passed in first division ( 5 students with star marks) and 11 in second division with none in third division. Punkha Narzary topped the successful candidates with 80 percent marks.
In HSLC examination students of Arunodoi Academy, Tangla showed excellent result with hundred percent success. Out of 50 students appeared 28 passed in first division ( 5 with distinction marks,7 with star marks ); 22 in second division and none in third division. Tangla English Medium High School students performed very well in HSLC examination this year too with 99 percent success. Out of 52 appeared, 30 passed in first division ( three with distinction marks and 8 with star marks),20 in second division and 1 in third division. Syad Parvizul Islam,Principal,National Pioneer Jr.College ;Pranab Jyoti Das, Principal, Arunodoi Academy Junior Science College; Napoleon Daimary,Principal of Arunodoi Academy HS and Kandeswar Deka,Principal of Tangla English Medium HS expressed happiness saying that the good result of Tangla students was significant in the sense that the district had been infested heavily with frequent bandhs, extremist activities etc.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Golondi river beach festival concludes in Udalguri

Amidst soaring enthusiasm people of Udalguri celebrated the Udalguri beach festival with fun, frolic and fanfare. The main attractions being the beach volleyball event and the sand castle making contest apart from a host of traditional Bodo games and events that flooded the Golandi river bed. Drawn from various schools of Udalguri 28 boys’ teams and 12 girl’s teams participated in the glamorous beach volleyball event. In the boys event Kathalguri village beat Udalguri college by 12-21, 21-16, 15-11 in the final while Udalguri Higher Secondary School won the bronze. In the girls section Auxilium College Udalguri won gold and bronze while Kathalguri village women won the bronze. Even more attractive was the sand castle making competition in which more than hundred children converged the Golandi into a sea, making the most unbelievable edifices varying from forts, palaces, cartoons, fancy cars, Temples, Churches, Mosques and displaying boundless patriotism with their endless imagination setting paradigm sure enough to put adults to bitter shame, wherein there was a clear writing on the walls for society to live in goodwill and harmony. Sand Castle making competition was in three categories. In the first category aged 5 -10 yrs, the second category 11- 20 yrs. In the third category was a befitting reminder of the fact that men in Olive Green care for specially abled children in which the gold went to Pinky Daimari silver to Babul Daimari and bronze to Sorita Daimari.
Speaking on the occasion the chief guest Rihon Daimari, MLA applauded the efforts made by the Indian Army Red Horns Division in bringing such creative and constructive entertainment to Udalguri and exerted the people to make full use of such opportunities provided by the Army. The inquisitiveness displayed by people of all communities in a sport unheard of earlier to them augurs well for community development that entertainment can be a melting pot for all cultures and for a blissful personality development. With merriment galore the Indian Army Unit of Red Horns Division in the district in collaboration with NGOs of Udalguri like ADWR and YPM Media proved that the calm that prevailed in Udalguri while the rest of BTAD was burning in ethnic strife was no fluke and as Assam awaits the monsoon to set in to provide relief to parched lands.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Assam Sahitya Sabha fails to maintain its glory: former president

“ Assam Sahitya Sabha has lost its glorious tradition of past and is now divided into several lobbies”. So said Academy Award winner writer and former president of Asom Sahitya Sabha Dr.Lakhinandan Borah at a felicitation programme at Kalaigaon on May 11. Expressing his displeasure over the present controversial activities of Sabha,Dr.Borah said that lobbying would never help constructive activities of Sabha. He even remarked that Assamese literature would florish even without Sabha. Addressing the felicitation programme which was also attended by writer cum civil service officer Thaneswar Malakar and writer cum businessman Gopal Jalan. Dr.Bora was in all praise for the people of Udalguri district for maintaining peace and communal harmony during the period when all the other three districts of BTAD namely-Kakrajhar,Chirang and Baksa had been burning causing deaths of more than fifty people including women and children. He requested media persons to expose positive picture of the rural villages. According to him new generation writers have shown less consiste
ncy and study in them. Thaneswar Malakar,who had served three years term in Udalguri as Deputy Commissioner, while addressing remarked that Udalguri had been his first love in his life and he would do all possible for the welfare of its people. Gopal Jalan also spoke on the occasion saying that he had negative thought about Satras of Assam. But after visiting two Satras in Udalguri district-namely Borongajuli Satra and Harisinga Satra, his thoughts had changed completely. He said Satras in Udalguri had been managed and supported by tribal people.Dandi Kumar Boro and social worker Gopal Borah also spoke a few words on the occasion. It needs mention that three social organisations of Kalaigaon namely- Kendukalai, Kalaigaon Press Club and Durgat Kalyan Nyas felicitated Dr. Lakhinandan Borah,Thaneswar Malakar and Gopal Jalan at Kendukolai Bhawan on May 11 at 4 pm. Senior journalist Jayanta Kumar Das anchored the proceeding while Kamal Prasad Sarma offered vote of thanks at the end.

Friday, May 9, 2014

ABSU AMSU join hands for peace in Udalguri ,BTAD

When other three districts in BTAD, namely- Kokrajhar,Chirang and Baksa had been hit hard due to post poll violence leading to deaths of nearly fifty innocent people including children and women belonging to religious minority community, the other BTAD district Udalguri remained peaceful without a single incident. Now the secret of peace has been revealed by ABSU and AMSU leaders of Udalguri district to a visiting media team on May 8 at Udalguri. The joint timely action taken by ABSU and AMSU in association with the district administration could very well prevented more violence and killing in the district. Nerkhang Khaklary, president,ABSU,Udalguri unit told media team at their office that all people irrespective of caste and community want to leave in peace. Only a few interested people just try to misguide common people for their own interest. Referring to recent violence in BTAD he remarked that it was a planned conspiracy and time was chosen accordingly. “The recent violence in BTAD was never communal but a well planned political conspiracy” he said. Dipen Boro,Advisor of the district ABSU adding his personal experience,narrated the story of a small incident at Bhakatpara near Darrang district on May 3 last.He said that a gaonbura belonging to Bodo community was about to flee his house fearing attack of other community people. Dipen proudly mentioned that it was AMSU district president who had informed him the matter about to ignite large scale violence in the district. District level joint ABSU and AMSU meeting was arranged immediately on May 4 and the matter was buried on the spot while AMSU had taken the responsibility of protecting the neighbouring Bodo villages. Dipen Boro also mentioned that whenever there was rumour,leaders of both the organisation used to arrange spot visit to the areas to settle the matter. Thankfully mentioned the contribution of SS Meekashi Sundaram and Thaneswar Malakar previous DCs ; Anand Prakash Tiwari and Debojit Deuri, previous SPs of Udalguri,Boro said that they had planted the trees of friendship and peace in the district since 2009. Supporting views of ABSU, Md.Hedayatullah,President of AMSU,Udalguri district unit told visiting media team at Udalguri that joint activities of both ABSU and AMSU could successfully prevented violence in both Darrang and Udalguri district and situation was under their control. He too thanked district administration of Udalguri for timely intervening small incidents for peace. Revealing their strategies to combat violence and spreading of rumour,ABSU and AMSU leaders said that arrangement of immediate joint visit to the source of rumour very well prevented further spreading of rumour. Moreover both the organisations had decided to suspend visits one community member to others villages without informing own local units of either ABSU or AMSU till normalcy returns to BTAD. Sadhana Hojai,Deputy Commissioner of the district while briefing the visiting media on prevailing law and order in the district remarked that people must not venture out after dusk in vulnurable villages.She also requested people not to follow TV breaking news. She said that five companies of para military forces including two company of BSF,one SSB and two CRPF had been deployed in vulnerable areas.The district administration has arranged eleven fix police picket at eleven vulnerable villages in the district

Sunday, April 27, 2014

EC appreciates Udalguri admn for smooth poll conduct

The peaceful conduct of the recent LS poll in Udalguri district under 8 No Mangaldai HPC has been appreciated by all. The district has been infested heavily with violence, extortion etc and there had been fears in the mind of people regarding peaceful conduct of LS poll. But district administration headed by Sadhana Hojai, District Election Officer cum Deputy Commissioner,Udalguri successfully arranged LS poll in all three LAC namely- 64 Paneri, 69 Udalguri and 70 Mazbat without any violence or disturbance. Starting from planned seating arrangement for trainee personnel to decoding of polling stations and distribution of materials, electioneering was smooth and almost flawless. The seamless flow has reluctant in the cascading effect of a relaxed ambience in the different cells where people had been working hard for the last few weeks. The General Observer of EC S Murugaiyah has expressed his pleasure to see the systemic arrangement made in Udalguri district during his three visits.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

AGP poses tough challenge before BJP in Mangalgai HPC

With the ending of election campaign and arrival of polling officials in the polling stations in 8 Mangaldai HPC,BJP has been keenly challenged by AGP and Congress.Earlier it was thought to be a clean sweep for Ramen Deka of BJP. But situation has changed dramatically during last three or four days with Madhab Rajbongshi of AGP gaining public support in various places of the HPC. Chances of BJP candidate has decreased rapidly.The votes that will go in favour of AGP were originally meant for Ramen Deka of BJP. BJPs alleged secret deal with a few Bodo organisations including – ABSU and NDFB(P) has angered many of BJP supporters and they have shifted their support to AGP making congress candidate Kirip Chaliha gainer. So it can be said that there will be a tough triangular contest among Congress,AGP and BJP in Mangaldai HPC. Additional advantage for congress this time will be the mass support of religious minority people. The contest no doubt will be tough and triangular and anyone of BJP,Congress or AGP could win with narrow margin.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Count down starts for LS poll in Udalguri district

Udalguri district administration has completed all the arrangements for the peaceful conduct of the LS poll in the district under 8 Mangaldai HPC on April 24.According to Sadhana Hojai,District Election Officer cum Deputy Commissione,Udalguri,three LAC namely- 64 Paneri,69 Udalguri (ST) and 70 Mazbat are ready for poll. Polling stations have been arranged and security has been tightened up in the district. LAC wise numbers of voters are-1,21,577 (male-62,857 female- 58,720) in 64 Paneri; 1,25,545 (male-64,287 female-61,258) in 69 Udalguri (ST) and 1,20,724 (male-63,369 female-57,355) in 70 Mazbat LAC.There are 3 zones (23 sectors) in 64 Paneri LAC; 2 zones (23 sectors) in 69 Udalguri LAC and 3 zones (24 sectors) in 70 Mazbat LAC as stated by District Election Officer Udalguri. Though major part of 64 Kalaigaon LAC falls in Udalguri district but Election Commission has authorised District Election Officer,Darrang to conduct LS polls in Kalaigaon LAC. There are 1,44,365 (male-74,655 female-69,710) voters in this LAC. The LAC has been divided into 6 zones (23 sectors) with total 168 numbers of polling booths. In view of the ensuing LS poll, Udalguri district administration has declared the period from 5 pm of 22 April to 5 pm of 24 April as Dry Day in the district. Sale and possession of any kind of liqures has been prohibited. By another order Sadhana Hojai,Deputy Commissioner,Udalguri has imposed Section 144 in the district and banned pillion riding till election is over.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Measures to upgrade JFMC Sapangaon as tourist hub discussed

A high level delegation of Udalguri district administration visited Sapangaon JFMC (Joint Forest Management Committee)forest near Indo-Bhutan border at Sapangaon on April 9 recently to study and suggest its up gradation to an eco-tourism hot spot. The delegation included Sadhana Hojai,Deputy Commissioner,Udalguri; Girindra Adhikari,DFO, Raju Kumar Brahma,ACF of Dhansiri Forest Division and Jayanta Kumar Das, Hony. Wildlife Warden,Assam.The delegation along with the visiting environmental workers visited the 5 Sq KM picturesque man-made forest and had a discussion with the JFMC members and media persons to chalk out measures to make JFMC Sapangaon a world famous place of positive environmental movement.The Deputy Commissioner advised the JFMC members to plant bamboo,lemon,orange,peeper on commercial basis.The DC also advised the DFO to arrange training of bamboo plantation and craft for the members of the JFMC. The DC also assured that students of various schools of Udalguri district would be taken to JFMC Sapangaon under Jyan Yatra scheme of the government so as to make the students understand the necessity of conservation of flora and fauna.
It needs mention that six villages on the India-Bhutan border at Bhairabkunda joined hands with the Forest Department in successfully regenerating a stretch of barren sandy forest land. The results of this quiet community initiative done under joint forest management (JFMC) are evident with the regenerated forest expanse of 5 sq KM already emerging as a shelter of wild animals and birds. The 22.24 sq KM Bhairabkunda Reserve Forest (RF)was left without a single tree by the early 1980s due to rampant illegal logging. Afforestation drive by forest Deptt. in association of people of six villages namely- Sonaigaon, Goroimari, Bhairabpur, Sapangaon,No.1 Mazargaon and No.2 Mazargaon started in April 2007 and within six years a spectacular man made forest known as JFMC forest has grown up at Sapangaon by converting plot of barren sandy lands measuring 500 hectare (5 sq KM) in to a new picturesque forest by planting khoir,gomari,simul,shisum etc near Dhansiri river,very close to Bhutan and Arunachal. Thaneswar Malakar,former DC of Udalguri sanctioned an amount of rupees five lakhs for the construction of a guest house for visitors. Conservation activists hoped that the place would draw the attention of tourists all over the world,if government developed infrastructure of the area. The regenerated forest land now has rich vegetation and has given shelter to wild elephants, deer, monkeys,leopard,bears etc beside various species of flora.A small river with several canals -a few of those man made runs throughout the forest ,providing replenishment for the green cover.