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Barak Book Fair to begin from November 15

Silchar, November 9: The Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya O Sanskriti Sammelan (BUBSOSS) will conduct the annual book fair of 2015 in the three districts of Barak Valley. Publishers, distributors and booksellers from different parts of the country including Kolkata, Guwahati and Kumarghat among other places would take part in the fair. The fair will be held in all the 3 districts of Barak Valley. The book fair will begin in three phases. In the first phase, the book fair will be held in Silchar from November 15 to 21. In the second phase it will be held in Karimganj from November 23 to 27 and in the third phase it will be held in Hailakandi from November 29 to December 4.
It was informed by the members of BUBSOSS in a press-briefing held at Banga Bhawan here on Monday. Taimur Raja Choudhury, president of the Sammelan, said that the publishers’ and book sellers’ guild of Kolkata along with Tripura publishers’ guild have officially extended its support to the initiative. He further said that till date around 40 publishing houses have already registered their names to take part in the event. The committee expects around 55 to 60 houses to take part in the fair. The fair in Silchar will be held at Bipin Chandra Paul Sabhasthal.
Taimur Raja Choudhury further added to say that to encourage the youth to read books, a speech competition will be held in which students from all the schools and colleges of the valley can take part in. Tushar Kanti Nath and Sanjib Deb Laskar are organizing the event. The interested participants should bring a letter undersigned by the head of their respective institutions to participate in the competition. A maximum of 2 and 3 students each from schools and colleges respectively are eligible to take part in the event. All the participants will be given a gift coupon through which they can procure the books of their choice from any of the book stalls.
Gautam Prasad Dutta, general secretary, said that the process for registering in the event has been made by using the banking system. It is a fully transparent event. The fair will be inaugurated in Silchar by S Viswanathan, IAS, Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, and Niharendra Narayan Thakur, SMB chairman, will be the chief-guest on the occasion. In Karimganj, the event will be inaugurated by eminent litterateur Janmajit Roy.
Gautam Prasad Dutta further said that the book fair is being organized without any assistance from the government. He expressed his gratefulness to the common public for their cooperation in this regard. The central committee also thanked Joy Bardhiya, senior functionary of District Sports Association, and Gobinda Kansha Banik, owner of Abahan book store, for taking initiative to make the event a success. Paritosh Dey said that the district administration has cooperated, as always, to make this event possible.
The members said that they are taking initiative to organize book fairs of similar kind in remote parts of the valley. The members expressed hope that the book fair of the valley will someday be as popular as the book fairs in other parts of the country. Other committee members who spoke on the occasion included Swapan Dasgupta, Biswanath Bhattacharjee, Ajoy Chakroborty, Nirendranath Biswas, Anil Paul and Bibhash Ranjan Choudhury. (Source:SentinelAssam)

DGP reviews law & order situation in Cachar

SILCHAR, Nov 3: Assam DGP Khagen Sharma made his maiden visit to Barak Valley on Monday to take stock of the law and order situation in the region.
The DGP held a meeting with the Superintendents of Police of Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Dima Hasao districts to discuss the prevailing law and order situation of the region at the conference hall of office of the Cachar SP.
Sharma was accompanied by Satyendra Narayan Singh, Inspector General of Police (law and order) and Anurag Agarwal, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Southern Range, Assam.
The DGP while interacting with media-persons in a press-meet said that certain international terrorist groups of Bangladesh and Myanmar are using this valley to smuggle arms and ammunition. Sharma further said Barak Valley shares international border with Bangladesh and also with the states of Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram which is one of the primary reasons behind the terrorist organizations using this place as a safe corridor for their antinational activities. It is indeed a matter of concern that militants are using Barak Valley as a safe haven for shelter to reach Myanmar and Bangladesh for smuggling of arms and contraband.
Sharma assured that though there here have been instances of terrorist and jihadi activities along the Indo-Bangla border, the state police department is keeping a tight vigil to nab the terrorists. Speaking about the law and order situation in the valley, the DGP said that the situation is under control in the entire state of Assam including Barak Valley comprising the three districts of Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi. He further said that the crime rate is steadily reducing.
Sharma pointed out that presently the state government is involved in talks with as many as 13 terror modules, six of which are very active in the state, to lay down their arms. It shows the situation has improved in the state. On being asked about the suspected Maoist activities in the state, Khagen Sharma said that a certain section of people with Leftist ideologies are trying to influence the people, most of whom are illiterate, financially poor and socially backward, particularly in the tea garden areas of the valley. The police department is keeping a close eye on such activities and will not hesitate to take firm action if the need arises.
Speaking about the threat perception during Diwali, Sharma said such threats are common before any religious festival and other big social events in the state the police department is ready to tackle any untoward scenario. Replying to a query about the huge number of posts lying vacant in the state police service, the Director General of Police said as such there is not a major shortage of police personnel in the state, but in view of the ever increasing crime, it will help the department to maintain law and order better if the number of police personnel is increased. He said that steps are being taken to fill the remaining vacancies at the earliest.
Expressing his overall satisfaction at the functioning of Assam Police, Khagen Sharma said that the state police is among the most well equipped in the country. Modern gadgets and latest technical knowhow are being provided on a regular basis to equip Assam police to tackle any emergency situation successfully.
Today, in a programme held at Banga Bhawan, Khagen Sharma, S N Singh, Anurag Agarwal, Rajveer Singh were felicitated by the leading figures of the town. They were also presented a book on the hundred years of history of undivided Sylhet. Khagen Sharma said if the police do any good work for public welfare, the people of the valley praise the department wholeheartedly. The contribution of the valley towards the development of the country is immense. But there are some anti-social elements who always try communal tension on ethnic lines.
S N Singh said Barak Valley is a lovely place to work in. The ‘heroes’ get recognition for their good work in the valley. The police department here always gets recognized for its good work. There are so many communities who live here but there are no communal tensions, it is rightly the island of peace. Taimur Raja Choudhury told the DGP that earlier police used to conduct a public meet on a regular basis with the residents in every police station, it should be restarted again. Khagen Sharma assured him that the issue will be looked at.
D N Biswas, permanent member of Silchar Lok Adalat, further urged upon Khagen Sharma that now all the FIRs in Lok Adalat are now submitted in English while earlier it used to be written in Bengali. The administration should provide a copy of the FIR in Bengali as majority of the people who attend the Adalat are not well proficient in English. In his message to the youth, Khagen Sharma said unemployment in the state is a seriously major issue. Underdeveloped areas are breeding grounds of insurgency, terrorism and antinational activities. The state should be free from such disturbances or else big industries will not set up their base in Assam. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Cachar administration stops functioning of RSS education camp

Silchar, November 2: Mohammad Wadiul Islam, megistrate of Lakhipur subdivision, along with a team of police personnel and CRPF held up the functioning of a camp for about four hours at Nehru Higher Secondary School in Pailapool organized by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) alleging the organizers of violating the law by conducting the camp without taking the requisite permission from the district administration on Sunday. It should be mentioned here that the Camp which started on October 30, is an eight day affair and has more than 200 people from various parts of the district and around 40 teachers participating in the programme. It has been learnt from reliable sources that the camp had been organized after taking the permission of Kabiluddin Ahmed, inspector of schools. The officials of district administration said that the organizers had not informed the security agencies about the camp which is being attended by such a large number of people from various parts of the district. It was further pointed out that the district administration had clamped section 144 in Cachar to maintain law and order in view of Durga puja, Muharram and other religious festivals which is why organizing such a camp without the permission of security agencies is a violation of law. Ashok Biswas, a senior functionary of RSS Cachar district unit, said that in the eight day ‘Sangha Shiksha Varg’ camp is being conducted to teach physical education. The trainees are being given lectures on Hindu values and traditions by the teachers. The course structure has constantly been updated over the years and newer topics like environment protection have been introduced. Biswas added to say that similar camps are being organized in Irongmara and Katigorah. He categorically ruled out the rumours as per which political issues were being discussed in the camp. “As it is an educational camp so we took permission from the office of the inspector of schools. If more permissions were needed for the programme, the district administration should have intervened before the camp started,” Biswas pointed out. The functioning of the camp, however resumed, after the intervention of P K Gupta, circle officer of the subdivision, who took the initiative to contact the departments concerned and the senior functionaries and members of the Sangh. P K Gupta was instructed by S Viswanathan to look into the matter. The circle officer brushed aside the issue calling it a case of misunderstanding between the district administration and the organizers. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Gobindapuri maulana urges authorities to maintain communal harmony

Silchar, November 2: Islam lays stress on amity, brotherhood and abjuring violence of all sorts. In this turbulent world torn apart by animosity among the different communities, the best way to serve humanity is by committing oneself to the ideals of Islam where there is no place for violence. It is a religion of peace and harmony. These were among the views expressed by Maulana Ahmed Syeed Gobindapuri, in a press-meet held recently at his residence after his arrival from Haj pilgrimage. The Maulana said during the Haj, he prayed for the progress, welfare and development of the country and its people. He also prayed for world peace. Speaking on the issue of ‘Beef controversy’, Gobindapuri said that a certain section of the politicians are trying to create communal disturbances for their vested interests. He urged upon the people to maintain peace and communal harmony. He said that people can find a solution to the issue only through meaningful dialogues and discussions.
He further said that Barak Valley is the ‘island of peace’ and the authorities concerned should ensure that no untoward incidents take place in the valley. He further informed that he met with Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi, and impressed upon him to take steps to maintain law and order in the state. Gobindapuri further said that the state government should provide Rs.20 lakh each as compensation to the bereaved family members of Badal Saotal and Sajid Ahmed Barbhuiya. Gobindapuri also informed Tarun Gogoi of the issues being faced by Haj pilgrims of the state and urged upon him to take appropriate steps regarding it. Maulana Ahmed Syeed Gobindapuri also expressed concern at the fact that youths of the Muslim community are going astray. He asked for restraint and austerity on their part and called for holding prayers according to the principles of Islam everyday instead of on the occasions of holy festivals only. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Graves of WWI heroes from Manipur found in Europe

Imphal, Oct.28 (ANI): After almost a century, graves of eighty seven people from Manipur, who took part in World War I (WWI) as members of the Labour Corps, have been found in war cemeteries across Europe and Egypt and Yemen.
This was stated at a press meet held at the complex of at the Directorate of Information and Public Relations on handing over the pictures to the kin of late Putanleng Shinglai.
Putanleng, one of the troops who serve in the World War I, nephew and family became the first family to get the WWI casualty grave picture and the where about of Putanleng.
Sonereng Shinglai, son of Late Putanleng who is 82 years old received the pictures of his late father from Rajeshwar Yumnam at the Directorate of Information and Public Relations complex.
In April 1917, the Manipur Labour Corps, with strength of 2,000 people, belonging to Meiteis and tribal communities from the state, were sent to Europe by sea from Bombay, said eminent World War researcher Yumnam Rajeshwar.
They were sent after an agreement was signed between the then Manipuri king, Churachand Singh, and British Political Agent Lt Col HWG Cole, he said.
Satisfied with Singh's assistance, the British government honoured him with the title of Knight Commander Star of India. Being non-combatants, they were engaged in transportation of arms and ammunition, digging trenches, cleaning military camps, running errands and construction of temporary camps, Rajeshwar said. The men had stayed for one-and-a-half years in France.
"Many of the bravehearts died in various battles in Europe and records of the deaths were not maintained properly because of the insignificance of the Labour Corps," said Rajeshwar.
"But I have found 87 graves of Manipuris who were buried in France, Italy, Egypt and Yemen. I have their grave reference, name of the cemetery and the country where they were located," he said.
Among others, Rajeshwar named four Manipur labour corps members from the hill districts. They were Akhil Pukhini (Mao), Salkhukam Kuki, Sangai, and Makhal Tangkhul.
"It is almost a century now. No Manipuri has ever laid a flower on their graves. I am trying my best to collect photos of the graves. As of now, I have collected three grave pictures from France," Rajeshwar said.
He added that it was time the government took serious note of the matter and collect all the data of the 2,000 bravehearts, he said. "At least, we need to remember them. These brave Manipuris and their gallant efforts should be included in education and history books," Rajeshwar said.
He said some of their descendents had been requesting him to gather more details in this regard.
Speaking to the media persons, Yumnam Rajeshwor, co-founder WW2 Imphal Campaign Foundation siad that Manipuris who were sent to help the British troops during the world war remain unknown.
But in the last 2/3 year he manage to find 2 grave and 87 graves of Manipuris who fought in the WWI were also found in October 2015 while going through the war graves report through online research. These troops were sent during the reign of Churachand Maharaj, 1917, he added.
"These graves are in the four foreign soils namely France, Italy, Egypt and Yemen. Graves's numbers, when these troops died all the data are available to him and he even manage to give out the information to some of the person who have call up providing information of their family member who have fought in the WWI," he added.
Grave pictures of the British troops have been sent to the family members who have been contacting him in the last few months. This time he was able to receive information and pictures of graves of Manipuri's, which is the first in the history of Manipur, he added.
Yumnam Rajeshwor further said that this is just the beginning of finding the graves and will continue the research to find the rest of graves of the Manipuris.
"Expecting information from the family members who have serve in the IWW," he added. (Source: ANI)