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 Dhubri priests oppose tests

 GAURIPUR, Oct 17 - The priests of Dhubri district in a meeting held on the premises of Harisabha Chatuspathy, Dhubri on Thursday last decided not to undergo COVID-19 tests before and after Durga puja. The meeting, participated by almost all the priests of the district, was chaired by Jangeswar Sastri, Principal of the Chatuspathy. Debasankar Chaudhury, priest of the Harisabha temple explained the purpose of the meeting. The meeting passed a unanimous resolution and decided that the priests will not undergo COVID-19 test before and after the puja. They also decided not to take part in the puja rituals and oppose the instructions issued by the government for mandatory screening of COVID-19 test and requested the authority to withdraw the order. The meeting decided to send the resolutions to the puja committees and the concerned authority. The decision of the priests has created serious concern and celebration of the autumn festival remains uncertain. – Correspondent

TMPK foundation day

DHEMAJI, Oct 17 - The All Mising Students Union Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK) celebrated its 49th foundation day in all Mising-populated villages of Dhemaji and other North Assam districts. Mising people from all walks of life including members of TMPK, MMK (action committee) and TMMK (women) come out to their respective murong ghors (community hall) and observe the foundation day with a day- long programme. The programme started with flag hoisting and the Mising anthem was followed by a meeting, discussion and cultural presentation. Eminent Mising citizens, who were invited to the programme delivered speeches highlighting the need of socio-economic and educational development of the tribal group with special reference to its self determination through economic movement. The TMPK central committee hosted a colourful programme at Gogamukh in Dhemaji district, while its district, anchalik and village wings observed the day in their areas. – Correspondent

Wildlife smugglers held

NAGAON, Oct 17 - Forest personnel of Gorajan range under Nagaon Wildlife Forest Division arrested five smugglers of wild species from Naltoli, Kaliabor and Bamuni areas respectively on Friday last. Forest personnel subsequently recovered two tokay gecko lizards among which one was dead. According to sources, the arrested smugglers have been identified as Bilal Uddin, Aimuluddin of Rekapahar under Samaguri PS, Muksidul Islam of Hatibandha under Rupahihat PS, Asar Ali of No 4 Borghuli under Ulloni PS and Ainul Haque of Bamuni village under Kaliabor PS. Officials from Gorajan range have registered a case under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 in this regard and further investigation is on. – A Correspondent

No IMFL ‘OFF’ licence

Tezpur, Oct 17 - The Excise department of the Government of Assam is not issuing any licence for retail IMFL ‘OFF’ shops, clarified the Additional Deputy Commissioner Kulen Sarma in a press meet held at the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Friday. Superintendent of Excise, Bedanga Bhushan Saikia said it has come to the notice of the government that certain fraudulent elements were collecting money from the public on the pretext of issuing IMFL ‘OFF’ retail shop licence which is completely false and baseless. The Excise department has not issued any such orders, he clarified. ADC Kulen Sarma requested mediapersons present to give wide publicity about the same in order to create awareness so that innocent people are not cheated. He also appealed to the people to bring any such cases to the notice of the Superintendent of Excise and if anyone is found guilty, appropriate legal action will be initiated against them. The public can contact the Superintendent of Excise at 94350-36580 to lodge any such complaints. – Correspondent

Bezbaroa remembered

GAURIPUR, Oct 17 - Under the auspices of the Department of Assamese, BN College, Dhubri the birth anniversary of Sahityarathi Lakshminath Bezbaroa was observed on the premises of the college recently. Dr Dhruba Chakraborty, Principal of the college paid floral tributes before the portrait of the Sahityarathi. Dr Upendrajit Sharma, HoD, Assamese spoke about the contributions of Bezbaroa in the development of the Assamese language and culture. Dr Alaka Sharma, Dr Pali Bezbarua and Arjuma Nasrin Sarkar also addressed the meeting. Alongside, a friendly get-together meet was held and the students of the 6th semester were accorded farewell and the speakers advised them to be responsible citizens in the days to come and try to develop the society and help the needy people of their respective localities. From among the students Runima, Sarbesh, Ashim, Abinash, Kangkana, Arifa and Jahangir spoke in the meet. The meeting ended after singing the of the Assamese National Song O mor aaponar desh. – Correspondent

Notice on Aadhaar Card graft

BARPETA, Oct 17 - After large-scale irregularities and allegations of graft in the enrolment of Aadhaar Cards in Barpeta district came in, the district administration has issued strong directives to check such activities. An order issued by the ADC of the district stated that government has taken the responsibility of issue of Aadhaar cards totally free of cost. Acceptance of money by anybody engaged in enrollment of Aadhaar is illegal and contrary to the objectives and directives of the government. So it has requested the public not to offer money in this process. The notification further stated that allegation of demanding money by persons or agencies engaged in enrollment of Aadhaar can be reported to the administration over WhatsApp no 8638273482 and 7002303347. The people of Barpeta have been facing a lot of problems in enrolling themselves for Aadhaar and the main reason for this is lack of sufficient enrollment centres and rumours that Aadhaar has been made compulsory to get government subsidised or free schemes. – Correspondent

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