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Assam University to confer DLitt on Mary Com, Sharmila Tagore

SILCHAR, September 18: Assam University will confer DLitt (Honoris Causa) degree on five times World Boxing champion and an Olympic medalist MC Mary Kom, Indian film actress Sharmila Tagore, Prof Brij Mohan and well–known litterateur Sukanta Choudhury at its XIVth Convocation to be held on November 15. Besides, the varsity will confer DSc on Dr Animesh Chakraborty, a professor in Chemistry, Prof Ashok Sahani, Prof PS Ramkrishnan and Prof V Rajaraman.
The Assam University authorities had already sent these names to the Ministry of Human Resource Development for its approval, an insider said. “The Vice–Chancellor of Assam University Prof Somnath Dasgupta sent a letter in this regard to the Ministry of Human Resource Development on August 6, seeking the ministry’s approval on conferring the DLitt and DSc on these personalities,” said an insider.
MC Mary Com will be the cynosure of all eyes if she attends the Convocation. Although she hails from the neighbouring State of Manipur, but she had never visited the southernmost river valley and thus it is going to be here maiden visit to Barak Valley.
Born on March 1, 1983, Mangte Chungneijang Mary Kom had overcome many odds and oddities in her way to reach at the zenith of success. She has fans across the country including Barak Valley.
“Wow. It’s great! Mary Com, my ideal, is coming to my university. I am going to take my degree with Mary Kom. It is going to be a dream come true. She has been an exceptionally good boxer as well as an inspirational figure. She has faced lots of hurdles in her life, but she never gave up which made her a superwoman,” said Sangita Bhattacharjee, a student of Assam University.
Abhishek Chakraborty, a former student of Assam University who will attend this Convocation to get his master degree, said that he was a big fan of Mary Com. He added to say, “I read her autobiography Unbreakable which was co–authored by Dina Serto and released last year. I also saw the recent biographical film about her life which was directed by Omung Kumar. She is an inspirational personality.”
Mary Com is the second sports personality to be awarded DLitt by Assam University. Earlier, on February 1, 2011, the former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly was conferred DLitt in the XIIth Convocation of Assam University. (Source: SentinelAssam)

4,000 residents of Singerband threatened by Barak erosion

SILCHAR, September 22: As reported from time to time about the threats posed by erosion caused by Barak river across the valley to human habitations, road communication and agriculture, no action or plan for protection is taken up by the Water Resource Department concerned. Rather, the magnitude and dimension of erosions continue to rise. In the latest instance, around 4,000 population of Singerband under Lakhipur sub division have come under the darkening shadow of continuing erosion of Barak river.
The residents of the cluster of houses around Singerband said that quite recently the main PWD Road has been badly damaged due to the erosion in the rains continuing for days. The river that meanders along the village is swollen and in high spate. If the river continues to rise, there will be no trace of the road and the entire cluster of houses will come under water, forcing the residents to desert their hearths and homes. It has been alleged by the people of the area that though, according to their information, Rs. 15 crore to Rs. 20 crore was sanctioned for protection work, the Water Resource Department has not taken any action.
The condition of the road that links Binnakandie Ghat point on the other side of Lakhipur divided by Barak with Singerband, Rupaibali, Kaptanpur and Sonai is going from bad to worse and it is feared that not in very distant future, it will be no more in existence. Presently, around 500 metres of the road has come under erosion and it is taking in its grip the vast stretches. Residents of Singerband have to keep their vehicles in garages. The poor families close to the river bank are in critical trouble. K Mohan Singh, K Nando Singh, K Brojen Singh, K Nandarani Devi, K Chandramohan Singh, L Rajkishore Singh, S Angouton Singha, Reshmani Devi among others are in perpetual fear.
The newly elected MLA Rajdeep Goala has visited the area and seen for himself the heavy erosions taking place. He assured the people that he would take up the matter with the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, SDO (Civil) and Water Resource Department for initiating protection works as well as repair of the PWD work. Social workers, L Punshi Singha, Thampalangou Singha, Brajamohan Singh, K Champalal Singha, T Angoubi Singh, S Amuyaima Singha, K Nando Singh of Singerband have cautioned if immediate protection and repair works are not taken up, they might be forced to resort to other methods to voice their issues, affecting their very sustenance and existence. (source: SentinelAssam)

Campaigning gets hotter for by–elections

SILCHAR, September 6: Perhaps keeping tune with the heat and dust of summer, the campaigning for the by–elections for Silchar and Lakhipur gets hotter with a beeline of star campaigners of Congress, BJP and AIUDF, joining the race for boosting up the prospect of their candidates. The battle seems tough, considered against the force and vehemence with which the parties in reckoning in particular have thrown in all their punch and weight to beat one another.
Though under the shadow of ‘model code of conduct,’ no posters, banners or graffiti of significance, propagating the party manifesto and candidate’s winnability on merits come to notice, the milieu around brings to the fore all the hoi–polloi associated with an election. Crisscrossing the urban, semi–urban and rural areas of Silchar and Lakhipur, the vehicles and convoy of candidates whiz past one another to reach the destinations of their rallies and meetings.
A by–election, in fact, has taken the shape of a grand general election. Every party and its leadership that count in this race have taken it as a testing ground for the coming Assembly elections of 2016 which is considered crucial as the next government at Dispur has to be different in understanding the burning issues of the State and also evolve a strategy for their solutions. Non Congress parties therefore have taken it as a challenge to end the misrule and misgovernance of the ruling party which has failed on all fronts.
It will not be an exaggeration to point out that the leaders campaigning for their party and candidates have been holding series of meetings to convey their message to the voters. And to reach all the electorates of both the constituencies, it is BJP which has heralded the poll campaign by Siddhartha Bhattacharjee, State president, who made it clear that the installation of a BJP government is not distant at Dispur. It is all serious to achieve the target of 84 plus. His campaign was followed by that of Sudhangshu Mittal, In–charge of Assam, Pradyut Bora, national executive member, Kamakhya Prasad Tasha, Rameshwar Teli, both MPs, Mriganka Barman, State Yuva Morcha president, and other leaders are to join and add grist to the mill of whipping up support for Dilip Paul and Sanjay Thakur, contesting for Silchar and Lakhipur seats.
Not to lag behind, Congress too has roped in their leaders for campaigning who till date include Mehdi Alam Bora, State chief spokesperson, Apurba Bhattacharjee, State spokesperson, Pawan Singh Ghatowar, former DoNER Minister, Prithvi Majhi, Minister of Labour, and the two valley based Cabinet Ministers, Gautom Roy and Ajit Singh. They have been holding rallies and meetings with more or less identical thrust on fulfilling the unfulfilled poll manifesto of the party to brighten the chances of Arun Dutta Mazumdar and Rajdeep Goala for Silchar and Lakhipur seats. Of course, their bete–noir BJP, the main rival, has been the prime target, raising questions about the promises made by Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, for Assam and North East in general for development.
AIUDF, another adversary to decide the fate of both the seats of Silchar and Lakhipur and the candidates set up, Noor Ahmed Barbhuiya and Mukesh Pandey, has its charismatic campaigner Badruddin Ajmal, MP, and chief of the party, who has in his two–day hurricane round campaigning covered the interior as well as heartland of Lakhipur and addressed two public meetings at Topkhana and Berenga, besides holding group and workers meets, in and around Silchar. Significantly, the areas chosen for public contact are the vote–banks of Congress. Sparing BJP, Badruddin Ajmal has been sharp and attacking in his speeches on the ‘divide and rule’ of Congress for the last 66 years and following a policy of discrimination and deprivation towards the minorities and backward classes.
He has been critical of Tarun Gogoi, Chief Minister, for skipping the crucial meeting convened by Sarbananda Sonowal at the behest of Union Minister of Highways and Roads, Nitin Gadkari, for the connectivity and other developmental issues. His party, AIUDF chief asserted would reach the target of 54 from the present tally of 18 to form the next government at Dispur to end the jungle raj of Congress.
So far for CPM candidate Dulal Mitra, the only State leader to campaign is Ananta Deka, who has addressed street corner meeting at Chamragodam and other places in and around Silchar. On Sunday, he is expected to meet the people in other areas of the town. His appeal has been to vote for the CPM candidate to raise the issues of this Barak Valley in the Assembly for their redressal. The party he reminded has been carrying on its relentless fight against corruption and for people’s causes outside the House. CPM has no candidate for Lakhipur. SUCI leadership here is yet to bring in any leader of significance to canvass for the candidates contesting for both the by–poll seats.
By and large, the developments and the feverish poll campaign indicate that on both the seats, the fight will be triangular involving Congress, BJP and AIUDF. The trends and swings too make it clear that it is the AIUDF which will ultimately decide the fate. Though the countdown is yet to begin with seven days left for the polling, the division in minority votes which are decisive caused by AIUDF will have the last say. (Source: SentinelAssam)

SL Ratrey, observer, emphasizes peaceful polls

SILCHAR, September 7: In order to ensure free, fair and peaceful polls for Silchar and Lakhipur assembly seats on September 13, the District Magistrate of Cachar has enforced certain prohibitory orders under 144 CrPC. It says nobody can ply two wheelers with more than one pillion rider excepting in the cases of old, women and children below the age of 12. Movement of any person with sharp or lethal weapons, lathi or dao is strictly prohibited. Use of crackers and bombs causing high decibel sounds, carrying of chemicals toy guns and pistols as well as use of microphones on the day of polling are also banned. Vehicles with coloured or tilted glass cannot ply.
Temporary offices of political parties cannot be set up at any private or public places, religious and educational institutions on the day of voting. Party flags, banners or photographs should not be more than the size of 4X8 feet. Besides, temporary offices of political parties have to be away from 200 metres of the polling booths.
It is to be noted that SL Ratrey, Observer for the elections in Cachar, has reviewed at a meeting presided over by Gokul Mohan Hazarika, the Deputy Commissioner and the returning officer, the poll preparations and laid stress on the implementation of ‘model code of conduct’ strictly, use of vehicles, transportation to and fro polling booths among others.
At this meeting were present representatives of different political parties who were briefed about the use of vehicles for campaign strictly within the guidelines of ‘model code of conduct.’ The help and coordination of political parties has been sought for peaceful polls. SL Ratrey in the meantime visited the polling booths for Silchar and Lakhipur assembly constituencies to make it sure that the voters have no difficulty in exercising their franchise. It is to be mentioned that Cachar administration earned wide appreciation for conducting free, fair and peaceful polls during the last Parliamentary elections. (SentinelAssam)

Lakhipur residents for review of ban on passenger vehicles

SILCHAR, July 9: In a memorandum addressed to the Deputy Commissioner
of Cachar, Lakhipur Assembly Youth Congress Committee (LAYCC), on
behalf of the residents of the sub–division, have impressed upon him to review the decision for restricting the entry of vehicles like Cruiser, Sumo and Max into the Silchar municipal area with effect from July 1. It has been
however appreciated that the order for imposing such restriction is in
consistent with the judgement of the High Court. But, the action of the
administration has been described as partisan in restricting the entry of the
passenger vehicles plying on Silchar–Lakhipur route.
The LAYCC has pointed out that these vehicles are the prime medium of
transportation in the areas covering Lakhipur, Pailapool and Fulertal as well
as Hmarkhawlein of the sub–division. With the ban on their entry, the
owners along with their drivers and handymen have gone on indefinite
strike from July 2. As a result of which, commuters, State and Central
government employees, students and businessmen have been badly
affected.
Rajdeep Goala, president of LAYCC, who signed the memorandum with
copy to Sub Divisional Officer (Civil), Lakhipur sub–division, has stated that
without making alternative arrangement for the parking of these vehicles,
such a ban is not justified as they have to be placed on private areas in
Rongpur, in the northern fringe of this town, across river Barak. In the
situation, he has requested the Deputy Commissioner for providing
permanent parking for the passenger vehicles on government land. This will
be convenient for the commuters as well.
In the event of failure to make alternative arrangement, the memorandum
pleads for the entry of these vehicles in the town area to be parked on old
Lakhipur bus stand near Cachar College in close proximity to Barak bridge.
This will not cause any traffic jam or create any problem in the flow of
vehicular traffic in the town. Moreover, the old stand is just on the other
side of the river Barak and around 1 km from the new parking zone of
Rongpur.
Parking of vehicles in Rongpur area will pose another problem of safety
particularly for women passengers after dusk. Besides, travelling in the
evening and after that will be expensive for common people on Silchar–
Lakhipur route. Auto–rickshaws which take passengers from this side of
river Barak through the bridge to Rongpur demand high charges since city
buses are not operational during that sunset times.
Considering the difficulties, inconveniences and problems of passengers,
male and female, travelling on Silchar–Lakhipur route, Rajdeep Goala has
reiterated review of the decision in the larger interest of the people of the economically backward and communication scarce sub–division. It will at
the same time help the owners of vehicles to call off their strike. (Sentinelassam)