|State news in brief|
Free eye camp organised
JAMUGURIHAT, Nov 21 - A free eye camp will be organised on November 22 by Borpam Village Defence Party at Borpam Sub Centre at Sootea.
A team of eye specialists from the district will check the patients and provide necessary treatment for the needy. The team of doctors will provide guidance to those whose eyes are to be operated upon, stated a press release signed by Jagananda Kurmi and Arun Bordoloi, president and secretary of Borpam Village Defence party. – A Correspondent
35 houses gutted in Jorhat
JORHAT, Nov 21 - In all, 35 houses were gutted in a major fire that broke out at Harijan Colony alongside Rajamaidam Road here on Saturday morning.
No loss of lives were reported in the fire which was extinguished after few hours with fire-tenders from Jorhat and adjoining places rushing in and dousing the flames.
Deputy Commissioner Roshni A Korati, who visited the spot, said that a relief camp has been opened at the nearby Sri Bharati High School and Harijan LP School for the people who had lost their homes.
Korati said that the reason of fire was being enquired into and assessment of damage too has been initiated. She said that as most of the residents were not present in their households as they had gone out for Chhath Puja rituals in the morning, hence there were no casualties.
According to some local people, fire might have started from a light that was put on charge mode from an electric board in one of the houses. – Staff Correspondent
Thai-origin magur fish seized
GOSSAIGAON, Nov 21 - Gossaigaon Police seized a truck (bearing registration No.WB-25-H-8857) laden with Thailand-origin magur fish and coming from West Bengal at a police checkpoint near Uttarpara Chapat bridge on NH-31(c) on Friday night. The truck had no valid documents related to the transport of the fish. The truck was taken to the Gossaigaon Police Station and the driver and two others – identified as Tarun Biswas, Kutubuddin Mandal and Ashkal Hoque, all residents of West Bengal – were arrested. Manturam Borah, officer-in-charge of Gossaigaon Police Station led the police team in the operation. – ANN Service
BPF leader slams BJP
GOSSAIGAON, Nov 21 - Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has been luring BPF workers to join the BJP, and in response some BPF members have left the party. But this will not have any effect on the BPF in the BTC polls, said party leader Billa Kumar Brahma at a press meet held on Friday. On the day of a rally at Gossaigaon by Sarma, a few workers of the BPF joined the BJP along with the BPF’s Saraibil Block committee vice president Raghu Nath Basumatary. Brahma said that recently Basumatary was not actively involved in any party responsibility. On finding that he had no personal benefit with the BPF, he joined the BJP on the day of the rally, he said. Brahma said the BPF’s Mrityunjoy Narzary will win from the Saraibil No. 5 constituency with a huge margin of votes. – ANN Service
NAGAON, Nov 21 - SBI employees condoled the recent demise of Shyamal Chakrabarti, a trade union leader and former general secretary of State Bank of India Officers’ Association at a programme held recently at the SBI district zonal branch at Khutikotia in Nagaon. The condolence was organised jointly by the SBISA and SBIPA and presided over by retired bank official and noted Assamese storyteller Shivananda Kakati. Neelmoni Kotoki, Ranjit Dutta, Jinti Khaklari, AK Ahmed, H Bordoloi spoke on his life of Shyamal Chakrabarti and his contribution in shifting the local head office from Kolkata to Guwahati. – A Correspondent
BSF seizes 150 kg of Hilsa fish
SILCHAR, Nov 21 - Based on specific information, jawans of 7 Battalion of BSF at Karimganj conducted a special operation in the general area of BOP Mubarakpur on National Highway-37 between Karimganj town and BOP Mubarakpur (approximately 1.5 kms from Karimganj town towards Badarpur and about 7 kms from the BSF camp at Maizdhi) at around 2:30 am and seized a Maruti Zen car which contained 150 kg of Hilsa fish.
In a release issued to the media on Friday, the Public Relations Officer of BSF informed that during the operation, the Zen car bearing registration number10 D 9019 which was coming from Karimganj was stopped near J& J Filling Station. But sensing the presence of the BSF, the miscreants fled from the spot in the darkness after abandoning the Zen car along with the consignment of Hilsa fish.
The seized items were subsequently counted and weighed in the presence of Customs officials of Karimganj and handed over to the Customs along with the Maruti Zen car. The seized Hilsa fish was estimated to be worth Rs 3,50,000. – Staff Correspondent
AGM of Goalpara IRCS on Dec 12
Goalpara, Nov 21 - The annual general meeting of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), Goalpara branch will be held on 12th December 12 with a day-long programme from 11 am at the campus of the Deputy Commissioner’s office. The chairman of IRCS’ Goalpara branch Sailen Das said that their organisation in the district has more than 450 life and associate members. He therefore appealed to each of them to be present on the occasion of the general meeting considering the purpose and attainment of the objective of formation of a new executive committee. The chairman also informed that invitation letters had already been dispatched to their respective addresses. – Correspondent