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 Convenor body of AJP formed

 Patacharkuchi, Oct 23 - A new convenor body of the newly-formed Assam Jatiya Parishad was formed on Thursday at Pathsala with 10 chief convenors and 60 convenors. The meeting in this regard in the presence of leading citizens of the area was held at Azad Bhawan, Pathsala. Adip Kumar Phukan, chief coordinator of AJP attended the meeting and urged the people to strengthen the new party and also criticised the role of the BJP government and the AGP. – ANN Service

Six shops gutted

SILCHAR, Oct 23 - At least six shops were gutted in a midnight fire on Thursday at Shalchapra under Borkhola constituency of Cachar district. Sanjay Kumar Das, fireman at the Tarapur fire service station informed The Assam Tribune on Friday that they rushed to the spot with four fire engines to douse the fire. “We had to fight out the fire till wee hours to bring the situation under control,” Das said. On the other hand, while cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, the loss is approximately estimated to be around Rs 20 lakh, sources informed. Borkhola MLA Kishore Nath, local resident TB Nath along with others have reached out to the victims with assistance. – Correspondent

Opium seized at Dhemaji

DHEMAJI, Oct 23 - Dhemaji police following a tip-off apprehended a woman drug peddler from Dhemaji town on Thursday evening and seized about 1 kg opium (kaani) kept in a Maruti van. The narcotic was reportedly brought to Lakhimpur from Dibrugarh via the Bogibeel bridge route. A case (No. 491/2020) under Section 17 (b) of NDPS Act has been registered in this connection and police arrested Tara Devi (65) along with the van driver Kamal Chetry (32) both from Gogamukh Mohori Camp in Dhemaji district on charges of involvement in the illicit trade. The van (AS-07 F-6930 ) used by the duo, two mobile phones and some cash money was also seized from their procession. – Correspondent

Kali mandir meeting hall

Tihu, Oct 23 - The foundation stone of the meeting hall of the 214-year-old historic Sri Sri Kali mandir situated at Bali village in Nalbari district will be laid on October 29 by Ganesh Tamuly, eminent social worker, sports organiser and chairman of the North East Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Guwahati at 11 am. The estimated cost of this project is Rs 15 lakh. Meanwhile, the president and the secretary of the management committee have sought public cooperation in this regard. – ANN Service

Stolen tractor recovered

Patacharkuchi, Oct 23 - Patacharkuchi police in an operation conducted on October 19 in Baghmara village under Ghograpar PS recovered one stolen tractor and arrested one Dhanjit Kalita (20) alias Prahlad Kalita of Kalorguri village under Patacharkuchi police station. The tractor (AS28 C 8112) was stolen on the night of October 17 from the NRL petrol pump, Patacharkuchi. – ANN Service

Doctor 2nd time corona positive

Dhubri, Oct 23 - Dr Bijay Bhattacharjee from the Anaesthesia Department of the Dhubri Civil Hospital tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time on Thursday. The doctor was found to be positive on September 4 and recovered from the infection and was found negative after which joined his job. But, he was found positive again on Thursday, informed Health officials, who added that the doctor is currently undergoing treatment. – Correspondent

Online poem contest

DERGAON, Oct 23 - Khumtai-based NGO Sachetak and the Alumni Unit of the Department of Economics of Joya Gogoi College are jointly organising an online prize money poem recitation competition on October 29-30. The competition meant for students of class IX to XII of Golaghat district will have to recite the poem Mor Desh composed by noted poet Hiren Bhattacharya through Google meet from 6 pm to 7.30 pm. The top three participants will be presented cash prizes in the fond memories of former minister Jibakanta Gogoi, social worker Nabami Gogoi and teacher Rameswar Bhuyan respectively. The cash prize of Rs 2000, 1500 and 1000 will be provided by Dipak Gogoi, Rumi Gogoi and Mukunda Bhuyan respectively. For registration and other details the interested participants may contact the coordinator Dr Ananta Gogoi of Joya Gogoi College through WhatsApp 9435152579. – Correspondent

Death mourned

SIVASAGAR, Oct 23 - A retired Assistant Engineer of Sivasagar Lok Nirman Department, Karuna Dutta (61), collapsed suddenly on October 22 when he had gone to his sister’s house at Panichakua, Jorhat to call on the family at the sudden demise of his nephew. He was shifted to JMC in a critical condition but did not survive. Dutta had lost his only son Antariksh, a student of class XI in a tragic road accident two years ago. He leaves behind his wife Jyoti Baruah Dutta, Subject Teacher, Konwarpur HS School. Dutta had donated money for the Antariksh Dutta Memorial Award for meritorious students which is awarded annually by the APCU, Sivasagar unit. Dutta’s death was mourned by a large number of socio-cultural organisations here. – Correspondent

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