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Annual convention of ABSU concludes at Bhergaon

By Correspondent

KALAIGAON, Jan 16 � The 46th annual convention of the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) concluded at Bhergaon on January 12. The four-day convention was held at �Beher Fwthar� which witnessed thousands visiting each day to see the exhibition and other activities like sports, culture, etc.

The most important feature of the convention was discipline and punctuality with 700 volunteers showing a good example obedience to one and all. The traffic to and from the convention venue was also smooth during all the four days with a number of volunteers taking care of the affairs. Not a single police person was seen in the venue controlling traffic during the convention.

The exhibition had altogether 200 stalls that showcased agriculture, horticulture, handloom and textiles, ethnic food, and various local products, drawing the attention of the visitors.

On the concluding day of the convention, a grand cultural rally was inaugurated by Bidyasagar Narzary, Director, Public Information, New Delhi. The open session was held at 12 noon which was presided over by the student body�s president Pramod Boro. Social worker and Mazdoor Kishan Sakti Sangathan leader Nikhil Dey attended the open session as the chief guest, while Taren Boro of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha and D Ramakrishna Reddy, convenor, Joint Action Committee, Telangana addressed the session as the appointed speakers. Sanjay Nahar, Director SARHD, Pune was the special guest.

Presidents of various students organisations of the Northeast, namely � Tiwa, Mising, Rabha, Dimasa, Gorkha, Sarania Kachari, Barman Kachari, Hajong, etc., also attended the open session as the guests of honour.

The annual convention of the student body adopted a few important resolutions. Accordingly, the ABSU decided to support good candidates in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls in Assam; to declare a 1,000-hour bandh or do-or-die movement if Bodoland problems are not solved by the Centre in time; and to request the Centre to introduce a Bodoland Express form North Lakhimpur to New Delhi, besides other trains from North Lakhimpur to other important places of the country.

Moreover, the student body also resolved to undertake some special activities from February this year in a bid to check deforestation, encroachment in forest areas and killing of wild animals and birds.

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