Guwahati, Sunday, December 31, 2006


Saddam Hussein, who ruled Iraq with an iron fist for over a quarter century, was today hanged to death three years after he was deposed from power by the US and convicted for killing Shiites in 1982, reports PTI.

India disappointed, political parties decry action
In a guarded response to execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, India today said it was “disappointed” over the “unfortunate” event but political parties and Muslim leaders strongly denounced the “illegal” hanging of a friend of this country, reports PTI.

Bush welcomes hanging
US President George W. Bush hailed Saddam Hussein’s execution as “an important milestone” on the road to building an Iraqi democracy but warned it will not end deadly violence there.

Mixed reaction by countries
World political and religious leaders were divided over whether former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s execution today was a milestone toward peace or further conflict in the Middle East.

Shrouded body of Saddam shown on Iraqi TV
Iraqi private television broadcast a grainy video showing the dead body of Saddam Hussein draped in a white shroud in the hours following his pre-dawn execution today.

Photo electoral rolls to be norm by ’09: CEC
Photo-electoral rolls will be the norm in India by 2009 general elections and some states like Maharashtra and Kerala have completed the procedures for this, Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami said here today, reports PTI.

21st Guwahati Book Fair gets under way
Some books are to be tested, some others are to be swallowed and few to be chewed and digested – with these lines of Francis Bacon, cited by the reputed litterateur, Arun Sarma in his inaugural speech, the 21st Guwahati Book Fair, organised by the Asom Prakashan Parishad got under way at the Assam Engineering Institute ground at Chandmari today.

Peace rally for child victims of terror
Bhaskarjyoti Gogoi, a frail-looking Class VI student of Demow HS School was running around the campus of the Sivasagar Govt HS School under a warm afternoon sun with a few others like him whose childhood bliss has been robbed by a long spell of violence and terror in the State.

Influx problem remains unsolved, spills over to 2007
Yet another year passed without any sight of a solution to the problem of infiltration of foreigners, which not only posed a threat to the identity of the indigenous people of the State, but also posed a security threat to the country.

RN Mathur to take over as new DGP
RN Mathur, a 1973 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, will take over as the next Director General of Assam Police.

AASU hails govt move on academic calendar
The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) today welcomed the decision of the Government to announce an academic calendar on the basis of the calendar prepared by the AASU in consultation with the teachers’ organisations.

Armymen enter lady doctors’ hostel
Fear and insecurity has gripped a group of seventeen lady internee doctors following the alleged unexpected entry by the men in uniform into their bedrooms yesterday.

Clear INDICTMENT by Partha P Hazarika

Annual SHOWCASE by Kishore Talukdar

Roving eye by Apurba Kumar Das

THE COLOSSEUM by Neelotpal Deka

Deadly desire
The recent Chinese reiteration that Arunachal Pradesh is a disputed territory confirms the expansionist tendency of Chinese leaders aimed to keep their strong neighbours perennially weak, writes Vijayanta Sharma Pathak.

Visitors’ delight
by Dhanjit Medhi.

buzzing AROUND by Simanta/Mridumoloy

Great Expectations
Manish Goswami discovers the hopes and dreams of several eminent people on the threshold of a new year.

Festive Tidings
Raj Adhikari travels back in time to unearth the tradition of celebrating the advent of the new year.

Greeting card by Arpan Saikia