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 Durga Puja at Gauripur

 GAURIPUR, Oct 19 - Preparations are afoot to celebrate Durga Puja at greater Gauripur areas. This year puja will be celebrated by observing COVID-19 guidelines. At Gauripur, 29 pujas will be held. A large number of pujas held last year will not be held this year as some clubs will not celebrate Durga Puja due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bina Mandir Club will celebrate Durga Puja without any fanfare and with limited decoration. Mahamaya Temple Royal Durga Puja committee has requested the devotees to wear masks and they will be allowed to offer puja after thermal screening and only 20 devotees will be allowed to offer puja but they will not be permitted to enter the temple. Offering of cooked bhog prasad will not be allowed. Size of the idols will be much smaller than the previous years at Bazar Durga temple and at Harisabha temple. – Correspondent

Dreaded criminal arrested

HAILAKANDI, Oct 19 - Based on a secret tip-off, a dreaded criminal named Rohimuddin Laskar (28), was apprehended by the Hailakandi district police at a cattle market at Laskar Bazar, Nitainagar under Hailakandi Sadar Police station at around 4 pm on Sunday. Son of late Mantaz Ali Laskar of Bondukmara village, Laskar is involved in snatching, bike lifting, cattle theft, kidnapping and other crimes. During body search, a handmade pistol with cartridges was recovered from his possession. Immediately, his house was searched and six keys of two-wheelers and four-wheelers and one tool suspected to be used in stealing motor boat and bike were recovered. – Correspondent

Saikia for judicial probe

SIVASAGAR, Oct 19 - Debabrat Saikia, Leader of the Opposition, through a release in Nazira on Sunday has brought serious allegations of involvement of BJP and government officials in the SI and P&RD scam rocking the State. Saikia said that the government has brought in some private agencies in conducting examinations for government employees and thereby a lobby within the government is minting money indirectly through the agents. Some of those agents have already been mentioned by various accused people and arrested in the SI scam. Saikia also said that similar dealings have been alleged in different quarters in the appointment of 397 Section Assistant’s posts in the Irrigation Department. According to allegations, district screening committees were kept in the dark while selecting candidates and in the list published in the website, there was no signature of concerned higher officer. The agency involved in the selection procedure was APTECH which, he said, was a blacklisted company. In the wake of the allegations, the State government should admit moral responsibility and hand over the investigation to an independent authority under an officiating High Court Judge, Saikia demanded. – Correspondent

Durga Puja at Tihu

Tihu, Oct 19 - Amidst the covid-19 pandemic, the Tihu Barowari Durga Puja celebration committee is bracing up to observe the 117th Sri Sri Barowari Durga Puja Mahotsov of Tihu in a low-key manner following strict covid-19 protocols. The puja mahotsav from October 22-26 will be managed by the Barowari Durga Puja Celebration Committee with Kulesh Ch Sarma as president and Hiren Talukdar and Kanak Baishya as secretaries. This year, there will be no arrangements for bhog bitaran and banti prajjalan. Devotees will be allowed to the mandir premises wearing masks. On the other hand, the Kaithalkuchi Durga Puja Committee will also celebrate the puja mahotsav obeying the covid-19 protocols.– ANN Service

Tulsi plantation contest result

DERGAON, Oct 19 - Jeshika Bhorali (11) of Tinsukia, Bonti Borpuzari (45) of Jorhat and Nibha Gogoi (45) of Golaghat district have secured the first, second and third positions respectively in the 7th All Assam Tulsi Plantation Competition organised by leading nature organisation AASHRAY online on October 17-18. Rina Goswami (50) of Golaghat and Reeta Phukan Buragohain (62) of Jorhat were declared to have got the fourth and fifth positions while Arati Dutta (72) of Jorhat and Samadarshini Bora (05) of Moran were also awarded certificates for eldest and youngest participants of the competition. – Correspondent

COVID-19 warrior dies

BAIHATA CHARIALI, Oct 19 - Hemanta Kumar Das, a Multi Purpose Worker ( MPW) of the Health and Family Welfare department of the Government of Assam and a resident of Bondapara village of Kamrup district died yesterday at 8-30 pm. He was 47. Das joined Bangalpara Sub Centre under Bhurbandha BPHC of Morigaon and later worked at a Sub Centre under Jhargaon BBPC. He was suffering from liver trouble for a couple of months and recently was admitted to the GMCH. Thereafter, he was taken to his Boko residence where his regular treatments were going on. The MPW Association and other staff have condoled his death. His death has cast a pall of gloom in his locality as also at Morigaon. He leaves behind his wfe, a son and a daughter along with a host of relatives. – Correspondent

Digboi Press Club body

DOOMDOOMA, Oct 19 - The biennial general meeting of Digboi Press Club (DPC) was held on Sunday at the office premises of the club. A new executive committee of the DPC was formed in the meeting for the session 2020-2022 with Raju Hazarika as president, Arup Kalita as vice- president, Manoranjan Das as secretary, Arman Ali as assistant secretary and Runu Hazarika as treasurer. In the general council meeting, TDJA president Dr Rishi Das, secretary Ranajyoti Neog, assistant secretary Umesh Singh, executive member Hemanta Saikia and the vice president of the South East Zone of the Assam Union of Working Journalists Kamal Talukder were present as observers. – Correspondent

New committee formed

DOOMDOOMA, Oct 19 - A new executive committee of Borhapjan Sakha Sahitya Sabha (BSSS) was formed in a general meeting held at the auditorium of Borhapjan High School on Sunday with Saban Dhekial Phukan as president, Prabin Deka as vice-president, Baputi Handique as secretary, Kaberi Borpatra Gohain as assistant secretary and Maheswar Gowala as publication secretary. Molina Begum was selected to represent the unit in the district committee. – Correspondent

Blood donation camp held

JORHAT, Oct 19 - A blood donation camp was organised at the Greater Jorhat Lions Blood Bank at Sonali Jayanti Nagar here on Sunday by a group of people under the banner of ‘Friends of Santanu Pujari’, a social worker and a former journalist on the occasion of his (Pujari’s) birthday. Fifty persons donated blood while four donated plasma for COVID-19-infected patients. Pujari, the incumbent president of the Jorhat District Sports Association and a former Jorhat district unit president of BJP, accompanied by his friends and well-wishers, later visited an orphanage at Dagaon outskirts here and arranged a meal for the inmates.

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