Security beefed up in Dhubri

Dhubri, Jan 24: The Dhubri district administration has geared up its security arrangements for the Republic Day celebration. Talking to this correspondent, Dhubri Superintendent of Police Anand Mishra informed that a large number of police personnel have been deployed in the sensitive pockets to prevent untoward incidents. Security along the Indo-Bangla border has also been beefed up, he added. – Correspondent

R-Day preparations

DHEMAJI, Jan 24: Preparations are on in full swing to celebrate the Republic Day in Dhemaji district. Dhemaji Superintendent of Police Dr D Ghanawat on Saturday said that the Republic Day will be celebrated following all Covid-19 norms. Around 25 parade parties, including police, NCC and children, are likely to take part in the celebration. – Correspondent

2 SBI employees drown

BISWANATH CHARIALI, Jan 24: Two SBI employees drowned when the car (AS 06A B9993) they were travelling in along with two other SBI employees, lost control on the National Highway-15 and fell into a wayside ditch at Balijan under the Gohpur Police Station in Biswanath district on Friday night. The deceased have been identified as Bishal Raj, hailing from Bihar, who was a cash officer at the SBI Balijan branch, and Rameshwar Orang of Dubia Jarani village, a temporary employee of the bank. The other two were immediately rescued by a local youth. Later, the SDRF, in association with the Gohpur administration, recovered the bodies along with the car. – Correspondent

Anti-CAA stir at Doomdooma

DOOMDOOMA, Jan 24: Demanding a repeal of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, activists of the Doomdooma unit of the AASU today hoisted a black flag in front of the AASU office located at Rotary Path of Doomdooma town, and later, burnt the copy of the Act in front of the ASTC bus stand here. The secretary of the Doomdooma AASU unit, Pratim Neog, told the newsmen at the protest site that the AASU would continue its democratic protest against the controversial law. – Correspondent

Protest against price rise

Patacharkuchi, Jan 24: In protest against the rising prices of fuel and other commodities and demanding scrapping of the controversial farmer laws, the Bajali block Congress brought out a bicycle rally at Pathsala on Friday. Santanu Sarma, president of Barpeta district Congress unit, Girish Patgiri, vice president, Arun Das, president of Bajali Block Congress, and party leaders Manoranjan Das, Baikuntha Sarma and Arunima Das took part in the protest rally. – ANN Service

No more Covid patient at SMCH

SILCHAR, Jan 24: With two more Covid-19 patients being discharged after recovery, the Silchar Medical College and Hospital has now no patient suffering from the disease. The hospital had witnessed the first Covid case on March 31 last and since then there had been a constant surge in the number of cases last year. – Staff Correspondent

Executive body of AASU unit

Duliajan, Jan 24: The  new executive committee of the Dibrugarh district unit of the All Assam Students’ Union was formed in an executive meeting held at the recreation centre of the Namrup Thermal a few days back. Bulbul Dutta was retained as president, while the general secretary’s post went to Aboni Kumar Gogoi. Pallab Bora was selected as the finance secretary, Abdul Sattar as the assistant general secretary, Kanak Gogoi as the cultural secretary, along with other office-bearers. The post of the general secretary of the district unit was lying vacant after Sankor Jyoti Baruah was selected as the central general secretary of the organization last year. – ANN Service

Memorial trust constituted

NAGAON, Jan 24: Under the patronage of noted physician Dr Mukut Goswami, a trust was constituted recently at Nowgong College (autonomous) in the memory of his father late Dulal Ch Goswami. The trust will offer financial assistance or scholarship to deserving teachers and students. In an inaugural function organized by the Internal Quality Assurance Cell of the college, Dr Goswami handed over a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to the college management committee. Principal Dr Sarat Borkatoki expressed gratitude to Dr Goswami for the initiative. – A Correspondent

Workshop on skill development

JAMUGURIHAT, Jan 24: A district-level skill development workshop titled ‘Sankalp’ was organised in Biswanath on January 22. Deputy Commissioner of Biswanath district Pranab Kumar Sarma graced the occasion as the chief guest, while the welcome address was delivered by Rajib Narayan Kalita, State Planning Officer. In his speech, the Deputy Commissioner explained the importance of skill development among the youths to compete at the international level. The workshop was attended by 300 youths. – A Correspondent

VHP leader joins BJP

HAILAKANDI, Jan 24: Former president of the Hailakandi district committee of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), Monuj Mohan Deb, formally joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday ahead of the State Assembly polls. In a programme held in the party office, Deb was greeted with a party cap and ribbon by the top BJP leaders of Hailakandi district. The meeting held on the occasion was attended by the party’s district president Swapan Bhattacharjee, general Secretary Swapan Paul, vice president Hirok Jyoti Chakraborty and others. – Correspondent

Anti-tobacco programme

DIPHU, Jan 24: The National Service Scheme, Assam University, Diphu campus, in association with the Assam Cancer Care Foundation, organised an awareness programme on tobacco control at Hemari Terang village here. The villagers were sensitized about the impacts of tobacco use. Dr I Chanu, programme officer of the NSS, in his speech, stressed the need to create awareness on the ill-effects of tobacco consumption. Chanu also appealed to the youths not to consume gutkha and pan masala. – Correspondent

Alumni meet

JAMUGURIHAT, Jan 24: The Alumni Association of THB College was held on Saturday with a daylong programme. The programme began with the hoisting of the Association flag by Chandra Mohan Nath, president of the alumni body, followed by swahid tarpan and smriti tarpan by Dr Dilip Kumar Bhuyan, former professor of the college, and Suren Kalita, former librarian of the college, respectively. The open session was presided over by Chandra Mohan Nath, while Indra Prasad Saikia, former HoD of English of the college, inaugurated the open session. – A Correspondent

Agitation bid prevented

BARPETA, Jan 24: Hundreds of primary school teachers affiliated to the Assam Prathamik Sikshak Sanmilani were intercepted here on their way to Guwahati to participate in a programme to ‘gherao’ the Chief Minister’s residence. The teachers came from different parts of the district and neighbouring Bongaigaon district. The agitating teachers alleged that their right to democratic protest against the injustice meted out to them has been interfered in an undemocratic manner. It is learnt that a group of teachers were intercepted at Mazdia police outpost, where the secretary of the Barpeta Subdivision Sikshak Sanmilani was also present. Similarly, some were detained at Howli. Later, they were released by police and sent back to their places of origin. – Correspondent