Bust of Dr SN Baruah unveiled
DIBRUGARH, Jan 28: A bust of orthopaedic surgeon of the Assam Medical College and Hospital, the late Dr Siba Nath Baruah, was unveiled at the AMC campus by Rajya Sabha MP Ranjan Gogoi on Monday. Dr Baruah’s widow Dr Kanan Baruah, Dibrugarh MLA Prasanta Phukan, orthopaedic surgeon Dr Shantanu Lahkar, AMC Principal Dr Sanjeev Kakati, along with doctors, nurses, staff and students attended the inaugural function. – Staff Correspondent


Water supply schemes lying defunct
AZARA, Jan 28: Around 20 water supply schemes in Ramcharani Zila Parishad area under West Guwahati Assembly constituency have been lying defunct, resulting in severe drinking water crisis in the region. The Public Health Engineering (PHE) department’s Guwahati Division 1 started water supply schemes at Azara, Barbari, Hirapara-Lapatul, Lower Mirzapur, Bhaktobari, Kuhabari, Garal, Mazirgaon, Borjhar, Dekapara, Kahikuchi, Maria, Jobe, Chakardew, Pacaniapara, etc., several years back. But all the schemes are now non-functional. The people have been deprived of pure drinking water, due to which they are suffering from several water-borne diseases. – ANN Service


CM’s gifts to Cachar scribes
SILCHAR, Jan 28: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal recently presented New Year gifts to all government-recognized journalists of Cachar district. A meeting held in the Deputy Commissioner’s office was presided over by DC Keerthi Jalli in the presence of Shekhar Dey, OSD to Chief Minister, ADC Rajib Roy and DDIPR, Barak Valley, Dhruvajyoti Pathak. As many as 56 government-recognized journalists were offered gifts. The administration also felicitated poet-journalist Atin Das, who won the prestigious Republic Day Journalist Award this year. – Staff Correspondent


Free health camp for drivers
BISWANATH CHARIALI, Jan 28:
A free eye and health camp was organised for drivers of Biswanath district by the NHIDCL site office under the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and the State health department at the Civil Hospital here as part of the month-long campaign on road safety. Many drivers were screened and first aid kits and eye drops were distributed. The Joint Director of Health, Biswanath district, ADC (Health), Superintendent of the hospital, and NHIDCL officials were present. – Correspondent


Garo Sahitya Sabha meet
GOALPARA, Jan 28:
The 21st biennial conference of the Garo Sahitya Sabha (GSS) will be held on February 5-6 at Gohalkona in Kamrup district. GSS president Soroj Sangma said preparation was on and all office bearers, stakeholders and volunteers were working round the clock to ensure a conducive atmosphere. He said the conference will have plenary sessions featuring many speakers on the theme ‘Socio-economic and educational problems of the Garos’ as well as a discussion on pending agenda. The modified logo of the GSS and GSS publications will also be released. The GSS magazine Kusilchi will be released on February 5. – Correspondent


Padadhikar re-elected
NAGAON, Jan 28:
Kamalakanta Gogoi has been re-elected as the Padadhikar of Srimanta Sankardeva Sangha for the next term, winning the election by a margin of around 1,000 votes. Pabitrapran Bora from Golaghat and Dr Puniram Pator from Morigaon were the other contenders, the secretary general of the organization said. – A Correspondent


Free distribution of seeds
Gossaigaon, Jan 28:
The 129 Bn of CRPF, under its Civic Action Programme for 2020-21, distributed seasonal seeds free of cost to 50 farmers hailing from villages under Gossaigaon subdivision, like Hakma, Satyapur, Padmapukhuri, Sahajuri, etc. – ANN Service


Dwarbandh gets full-fleged PS
SILCHAR, Jan 28:
The police investigation centre at Dwarbondh in Dholai constituency has been transformed into a full-fleged police station. Excise and Forests Minister Parimal Suklabaidya ceremonially inaugurated the police station on Republic Day in the presence of DIG (Southern Range) Dilip Kumar Dey, Cachar SP Bhanwar Lal Meena and Cachar DC Keerthi Jalli. Suklabaidya said the police station was a fulfillment of a long-term demand of the people, anbd the government was making efforts to empower police with better facilities. SP Meena said the patrol post at Assam University will also come under the jurisdiction of the new police station along with 12 villages panchayats. – Staff Correspondent


Barpeta museum curator dead
BARPETA, Jan 28:
Nripen Roy, a writer, former AASU leader and curator of the Barpeta District Museum, died at the age of 57 at his residence at Bishnupur in Barpeta district on Thursday after a protracted illness. Born in Nalbari, Roy studied at Patacharkuchi Vidyapeeth HS School and graduated from Arya Vidyapeeth College in Guwahati. He completed his Masters from Gauhati Unversity in Anthropology. During the Assam Agitation, he was assaulted by police which left him disabled and compelled him to spend the rest of his life on a wheel chair. However, he was not confined within his home and was involved in many social activities. Roy joined as curator of the museum in 1990. He was published many poems, essays and books, and was instrumental in making people aware of as many as 84 satras through his books and essays. Barpeta MLA Gunindranath Das, Sarbhog MLA and State BJP president Ranjeet Kumar Das, DC Munindra Sarma, among others condoled the death. – Correspondent