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Materials used to make IED recovered at Silchar

SILCHAR, October 31: The police recovered some materials which are used to make Improvised Explosive Device (IED) weighing 1kg from the residence of Uttam Chanda, an employee of Sale Tax and Gautam Chanda, owner of a grocery shop, at Chencoorie Road near Vivekananda Junior College last night.
The police after receiving information from sources raided the house of Uttam Chanda and Gautam Chanda, who are brothers in relation, at around 2 am last night and recovered the materials. Police arrested both of them and took them to Tarapur police outpost. After thorough interrogation, the police released both of them this afternoon.
In order to check the materials and to confirm whether the recovered materials was an active IED, the personnel of 147 CRPF battalion, whose headquarter is at Kashipur in Cachar district, were called in the morning. The CRPF personnel under the leadership of assistant commandant J K Verma, commandant of ECO Company, accompanied by Kanak sniffer dog and the dog master Nilotpal Chakraborty and assistant dog master Raruttam Das, reached Tarapur police outpost.
The CRPF sources said that the materials which are used to make an IED were there, but the connection was missing. The sources added that it was handmade. The CRPF experts diffused the materials before they left for their camp
The police sources said that they interrogated both the brothers, but did not find anything and thus they released them. However, the sources added that the investigation is on. The sources in police, however, did not reject the point that some might be trying to harass both Uttam Chanda and Gautam Chanda. The police, however, refused to make any statement as of now. (Source: SentinelAssam)

Barak organisations raise voice against racial attack on NE students

SILCHAR, October 19: The members of Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya O Sanskritik Sammelan, Manipuri Diaspora Assam, Assam Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, All Assam Manipuri Youth Association, All Assam Manipuri Women Meirapaibi, Cachar Tribal Sangha, Committee on People and Environment, Barak Human Rights Protection Committee raised their voice against the racial attacks on the people of Northeast in metro cities of the country.
All the organisations submitted a joint memorandum addressed to the President of India through the Deputy Commissioner of Cachar, apprising him of the continuous racial attack on the people of North East India in different cities of the country and urging him to take a step to deal the issue with strong hand.
The general secretary of Cachar district committee of Barak Upatyaka Banga Sahitya O Sanskritik Sammelan Dipak Sengupta said that the gruesome murder of Nido Tania of Arunachal Pradesh in the capital a few months back is still fresh in the memory of the people of this region. He added to say that an engineering student from Manipur, T Michael Lamjathang Hoakip, was badly beaten up recently by a group of three miscreants in Bengaluru. The miscreants attacked his friend also. Haokip was assaulted because he could not speak Kannad.
Dr M Santi Kumar Singha, secretary of Assam Manipuri Sahitya Parishad, pointed out that series of such xenophobic attacks on the North East Students in Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai has sent out a message of hate and mistrust to us. “At a time when the North East is trying to integrate more and more with the mainland India, such hate attacks on its people are spoiling the spirit of national integrity and unity of the country,” he added.
Singha further added to say that the increasing rate of selective violence on the people of this region especially the students in the major cities of the country had led to disturb the peace and amity of our country. What is even more bizarre is the nonchalance of the concerned administration Assam Manipuri Sahitya Parishad of different States when the basic fabric of diversity of the country has come under siege. The members demanded quick and stern remedial measures against such gruesome activities on the students of this region as they are the future of this country.
The copy of the memorandum was also sent to the Prime Minister of India, the Home Minister of India, the Governor of Karnataka, and the Chief Minister of Karnataka. (Source-SentinelAssam)

Taboo around menstruation needs to be broken

New Delhi, October 15: In India, menstruation is culturally considered dirty so we need to break this taboo and teach our daughters that it is fine to have periods, boxing icon MC Mary Kom said on Wednesday.
"Menstruation is the first step towards a healthy motherhood but in India it is culturally considered dirty or impure," Mary Kom wrote in an article on the occasion of International Day for Rural Women.
"We need to break this taboo and teach our daughters that it is ok to have periods and it should not weigh them down mentally or physically or hold them back from accomplishing their dreams," she wrote. Highlighting the need to ensure good health for women and girls in the rural areas and urban slums the medal winning athlete said the girls in rural areas need to be educated and informed about menstruation before they hit puberty.
"As mothers we should not shy away from talking about periods to our daughters and educating them. In rural and tribal areas, girls continue to use sawdust, grass or mud during the periods which can lead to infections and even death.
"We should tell our daughters to keep use sanitary napkins or a clean cloth during period and that they should bathe regularly and change their napkins or the cloth every 4–6 hours to keep them clean and dry," she added.
On the occasion, Mary Kom also joined a campaign –– "The Taj Must Smile" –– to ensure behavioural change in women and make them aware about their health needs during crucial days of menstruation, pregnancy and lactation.
Mary Kom, a five–time world champion, became the first Indian woman boxer to win a gold medal in Asian Games when she clinched the yellow metal in the Incheon Games earlier this month.
She also won a bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics.   IANS

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)