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Friday, May 4, 2018

HEC near Bornadi WLS discussed

May 4:A meeting of forest department officials and representatives of various public organizations was held at the Range Office of the Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary in Udalguri district on May 3 at 11 am.The meeting was organized by Dhansiri Forest Division, Udalguri in view of the increasing instances of 'Man-elephant Conflict' in the villages around the sanctuary,with special reference to the killing of a man at Saharia Chowk on April 26 by wild elephant.The man was killed at 2.30 am while sleeping in a room of a village shop.The incident has been recorded as the first instance of human causality in 2018.Traditionally,wild elephant herds arrive in the plains of the district from Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh since June-July.But this year wild elephant herds have started visiting villages and tea gardens of the district well in advance.MK Sarma,DFO,Dhansiri Forest Division, Udalguri district in his introductory speech spoke on 'Man-elephant Conflict' in the district during 2009 and 2018 years.He explained about various departmental projects and schemes for protecting lives of both man and wild animals. He requested public representatives present in the meeting to suggest practical solutions to mitigate the burning issue. DFO Sarma expressed happiness at the arrival of new species of animal and birds in the WLS.According to him 234 number of species of wild animals and birds have been found in the WLS as per latest census including-wild elephants,deer,leopard,wild dog,porcupine,wild bison, bear,wild bore,hornbil, peacock, pygmy hog and clouded leopard etc."This has been very positive indication as both clouded leopard and pygmy hog have been listed as the most endangered species in the world",DFO Sarma said. Jayant Das,Hony.Wildlife Warden appointed by recently by Assam government while addressing the meet thanked a few dedicated front line staff of forest department for working hard against all odds for the restoration of lost glory of the Bornadi WLS.He also thanked local nature loving youths for giving good support to forest department. Sarat Sarma,president,Nalapara Eco Development Committee;Lakhi Ram Kalita,chairman,Rajagarh VCDC; Sukh Ram Boro,ex president Rajagarg VCDC;Chandan Deka,Jyotish Sarma,local coordinator of 'Elephants on the Line' programme;wildlife conservation activist Rajen Boro also spoke on the occasion, giving a few good suggestions for solving the prevailing man-elephant conflict.The meet adopted a few resolutions suggesting BTC authority and Assam government on the following:1.Construction of at least five numbers of permanent watch towers at Sahariapara chowk,Nalapara chowk,Simli chowk (Garobasti),Simanta Sangha chowk and at Tankibasti near Nalapara.2.Equipments like digital camera,binoculars,night vision devices for the forest staff of Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary and Khalingduar Reserve Forest necessary for creation of wildlife data base for all.3.Installation of 40 numbers of solar street lights at vulnerable places near the WLS for human safety.4.Errection of 10 km long solar fencing from Deochunga to Tamkibasti to prevent wild elephants from entering human villages.5,Plantation of fruit trees and grasses inside the WLS.6.Launching of facilities to attract tourists to visit the sanctuary for generating funds for wildlife conservation and arranging alternate livelihood of people of the nearby villages.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Faulty names figure in the NRC part draft in Kalaigaon RC

A total of 53 percent of the applicants of Kalaigaon Revenue Circle figured in the part drft of the updated NRC which was published on December 31 midnight.This has been stated by Biraj Kumar Barua,CRCR cum Circle Officer,Kalaigaon Revenue Circle.According to him,although there were apprehensions of law and order situations in the NSKs during post publication of NRC part draft,but people had fully cooperated with the NKS officials or administration and not a single incident of violence etc were reported.It needs mentioning that more than 1.5 lakh people under Kalaigaon Revenue Circle area applied for inclusion in the NRC part draft,out of which 80,245 applicants made it to NRC part draft publication.In Kalaigaon RC,five NRC Sewa Kendras (NSK) namely-Gobinda Misra Puthibharal,Dala;Chilarai Bhawan, Kulsipar;Old Building of Kalaigaon RC;Kabirali Sports Club and Bhakatpara Agriculture office have been functioning full time since January 1.Claims and objection forms were not available causing a little confusion among people whose names did not figure in the part draft of NRC publication.Moreover many faulty names have also figured in the part draft NRC for which people expressed resentment. When asked Circle Officer,Barua said that forms would be available soon for correction and objection etc.NSK officials on the other hand said that although they had expected huge turn outs in the NSKs,but nothing such happened due to publication of part draft in several web sites.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Eight years old Assam girl wins national dance competition in Kolkata

Nilakshi Devi,an eight years old girl of Kalaigaonhas won laurels in Kolkata recently by winning first positions in Xatria and Folk dance category in the 10th All India Indian Classical and Folk Dance Competition organized at Dwarakanath Manch,Jorasanko Thakurbari and Oriental Seminary School playground,Kolkata from December 24 to 30.The event was organized by Bharat Sanskari Utsav in association with Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Ministry of Culture,government of India.Nilakshi Devi,daughter of Mahadeb Nath and Konmoni Devi of Kalaigaon won first positions in Xatria and Folk dance category also winning second position in modern dance category. Nilakshi has been promoted to class four this year has been learning xatria,folk and modern dancing for last four years under the guidance of her Guru Kushal Deka of Mangaldai.A student of Kalaigaon Town LP School,Nilakshi has also secured first position in the last annual examination.
She was also declared as the best student of the school before winning All India laurels. Nilakshi's mother Konmoni Devi,a house wife was too happy at the outstanding performance of her little daughter.Talking to this correspondent,she said that she would be happy see her daughter performing Xatria and Folk dances of Assam in the national and international level,thereby bringing glory to Assam and Assamese culture.Various institutions and organizations including Kalaigaon Nagarik Samiti,Udalguri District Journalists Union,Sankari Kala Kristi Bikash Kendra,Kalaigaon etchave congratulated Nilakshi at her achievements in the national level competition and also thanked her parents for supporting and guiding her in all the way.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Golden jubilee celebration of Sonai Khawrang BBC youth wing

The two days golden jubilee celebration of Sonai Khawrang Youth Wing of BBC (Bodo Baptist Church) concluded at Sonai Khawrang village in Udalguri district on December 30 with the focal theme "It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young".Rev. Prahar Daimari,General Secretary of the North Bank Baptist Christian Association attended the golden jubilee celebration in both the days.He also spoke on the concluding session as the chief speaker.One of the organizer,Bhraman Baglari,welcomed all the distinguished guests and people present.He also introduced and felicitated a few distinguished present on the occasion namely-former OIL executive Ashok Das and his wife Jyoti Das;Tea consultant Jit Kakati and his wife Radhika Kakati; senior journalist Jayanta Kumar Das.Ismail Daimari, secretary JFMC man made forest,Bhairabkunda; specially able singer students (blind) Nyonok Tamang and Birdul Daimari with Aarnai.The golden jubilee celebration had started on December 29,which was inaugurated by Juris Baglari.A souvenir was released on the occasion by Sadananda Baglari.Biswanath Brahma spoke on the main theme in the evening session as the appointed speaker. The hoisting of BBC flag by Derhasor Narzary marked the beginning concluding days celebration of December 30. Fagun Daimari of Sonai Khawrang village spoke on the historic importance of the golden jubilee activities followed by welcome and felicitation conducted by Phillip Sargiary. The concluding ceremony was also attended by Sushil Daimari,executive secretary of BBC,Udalguri district committee and Binimai Daimari,president BBC Woman wing Udalguri district committee.It needs mentioning that youth wing of Sonai Khawrang village BBC was established in the year 1967.Sonai Khawrang village in Udalguri has also earned reputation in Assam as one of the most clean village in Assam.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Chirstmas celebration at Gersong village in Udalguri

Christmas was celebrated at a remote Assam-Arunachal border village Gersong on December 25 with gaiety.The programme was held at Gersong Baptist Church under the supervision of church pastor Anil Daimary. Bilson Basumatary,chairperson of the ceremony in his welcome message thanked villagers and people of other communities and requested all to preach peace friendship and happiness.Satyanath Basumatary attended the ceremony as the religious speaker of the day.It was good to see him deliver his speech in Assamese language although they used to preach in English and Bodo only.It needs mention that people of other communities were also invited as distinguished guests on the occasion.The villages were spectacularly decorated and everybody joined in cleaning the villages always."Our people love cleanliness and we always keep our villages clean irrespective of the celebration,ceremony or festival etc",said Ismail Daimari a leading citizen of the village.He also said that their villages would draw attention of the world for cleanliness if exposed properly to the world by media and people.Two specially able (blind) boys namely- Nyonok Talang of Arunachal Pradesh and Birdul Daimari of Gersong village were felicitated in public for their excellency in singing.The boys could steal the hearts of people present with several sweet songs in English and Assamese language.Later Nyonok Talang from Arunachal Pradesh told this correspondent,(who was present at the ceremony as the invited guest,)that Jubin Garg has been his most popular singer.

Friday, December 22, 2017

JFMC Bhairabkunda calling you

In a major boost to eco-tourism sector in Assam,the members of JFMC (Joint Forest Management Committee),Bhairabkunda in Udalguri district are now ready to welcome tourists from India and abroad at picturesque JFMC,Bhairabkunda man made forest in a spreading area of 550 hectare lands by Dhansiri river.The JFMC Bhairabkunda has already earned world wide reputation with the plantation more than fifteen lakhs valuable well grown saplings,virtually transforming the landscape of the area into a ever green paradise sheltering various species of flora and fauna.The JFMC Bhairabkunda has won "Life time Achievement Award" from Kaziranga Wildlife Society (an oldest NGO working for the conservation of nature and wildlife in Assam) in 2016 and Special Appreciation Awards from Balipara Foundation in 2017.The process of plantation had started in 2007 at a plot of barren sandy lands near Bhairabkunda.The 22.24 sq km Bhairabkunda Reserve Forest (RF)was left without a single tree by the early 1980 due to rampant illegal logging.People of six villages namely-No.1 Mazorgaon, No.2 Mazorgaon,Bhairabpur, Goraimari, Sonaigaon,Sapangaon started plantation in April,2007 under the supervision of Naba Kumar Bordoloi,Range Officer, Bhairabkunda and within ten years a spectacular man made forest known as Gedsimani JFMC has grown up near Bhairabkunda with the conversion of a plot of barren and sandy lands measuring 550 hectares to a new picturesque forest with the planting of
Khoir,Gamari,Simul, Sisum etc near fast flowing Dhansiri river at Bhairabkunda, the meeting point of Assam-Arunachal Pradesh-Bhutan. The regenerated forest land now has rich vegetation and has given shelter to wild elephants,leopards, deer,pythons, wild boars,monkeys,bears beside various species of flora. A small river with several canals a few of them man made run through the forest providing replenishment for the green cover.Members of JFMC planted more than fifteen lakg saplings which are now grown up well.The members of the JFMC have already developed the area as an ideal eco-tourism hub.With rivers criss-crossing the verdant Assam-Arunachal-Bhutan border and Bhairabkunda Reserve Forest providing some undulating trekking trails,promoting eco-tourism in the state.The man made forest has also been recognised as an ideal place of shooting of films and documentaries etc.
Esmail Daimari,Secretary of the JFMCtold this correspondent that they had arranged accommodation and meals for eight to ten people along with friends and family members including children in their JFMC camp with all basic amenities this year in 2017-18 season for the first time."People who love nature,love to stay far away from hue and cry can enjoy calm and serene atmosphere here,as the location is away from vehicular traffic or hustle and bustles of town life' Esmail Daimari said.He specially mentioned the contribution of Assam Minister Rihon Daimari,former Udalguri DC,Thaneswar Malakar;MK Sarma,DFO, Udalguri;wildlife activist Jayanta Kumar Das, Kaziranga Wildlife Society,Aranyak,Assam;Sivashis Thakur of The Assam Tribune, Pranoy Bordoloi of Dy 365 for constant support.Another member Bimal Daimari of the JFMC said that interested people can book rooms etc well in advance."Accommodation charge is minimum and sight seeing etc can be arranged with our members at additional charge",Daimari said.He also said the there will be no security problems at all as their members would be with the visitors any time.He requests interested people to contact them at-9854342958 and 9854227701.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Wild jumbo electrocuted in Udalguri

In a very tragic incident one male wild elephant has been electrocuted in Udalguri district last night on December 20.According to information the 25 years old male wild elephant died at Singrimari village near Khagrabari in Udalguri district (Assam) when it had come into contact with loosely hanging 11 KV power line while it was being chased away by villagers.So far several wild elephants have been killed in Assam due to electrocution posing threat to wild elephant population.In most of the villages the high tension live wires hanging loose at just eight to ten feet height are like death traps not only to wild elephants but to human beings also.Wildlife activists of the district expressed anger at the frequent deaths of wild elephants and human beings for the irresponsible attitudes of ASEB. Wildlife activists of the district and Udalguri District Journalist Union demanded Forest Department to lodge FIR against ASEB for their faults.Its need mentioning that so far 11 wild elephants died in this district during 2017 only.Dr.Jahan Ahmed,a Guwahati based veterinary expert presently in Udalguri said that the elephant was in musth which was unnoticed.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Stray Orang NP tigress creates havoc at Rowta in Assam

The tigress sneaking out from Rajib Gandhi Orang National Park creating havoc in and around Rowta area in Udalguri district since November 11 has been resented by people as well as wildlife loving people of the district.The tigress has already killed five cows and six numbers pf pings at Borobazar village near Rowta town. People are terrified because of its presence in the locality for more than a month as they have been compelled to stay inside their houses during evening times not to speak of venturing into their paddy fields.The frustrated villagers might kill the tigress if not send back to its habitat urgently.It needs mentioning that another female tiger with two cubs was poisoned to death in the village situated close to the Orang NP last year on January 2.Another tiger from the national park was spotted at nearby Badagaon Majuli during last week of January last year showing regular movements of tigers from Orang NP.Forest department or NTCA could not track the tiger but estimated that it had gone north towards Bhutan or Arunachal Pradesh after examination of its pug marks.According to MK Sarma,FO, Dhansiri Forest Division,Udalguri forest department has taken all possible steps locally to track the tigress which is identified as No.F 23 of Orang National Park as seen from the camera trapping photos dated November 25.Three cages along with baits were placed at three spots in the area on November 15 to capture it alive.But the tigress evaded the traps.Again on December 12 recently,another cow was eaten by the tigress indicating its presence in the area.The incident created panic among villagers.When asked on their failure to track or capture the tigress,DFO Sarma said that three groups with four forest personnel in each group have been working day and night but the tigress had found it most suitable to hide in the nearby JFMC forest. "Two domestic Kunki elephants from Orang National Parks have also been pressed into service to track the tigress",Sarma said.It is also learned that Dr. Daoharu Boro,a veterinary expert from CWRC,Kokrajhar has been working hard to tranquilize the tiger for the last two weeks.He has been observing any possible movement of the tigress from the top of the three masangs constructed by the forest department."The tigress is very clever not to venture into the cages moreover she deliberately avoided the cage doors while trying to hunt the baits.She must be a tigress experienced with cages or traps",said DFO Sarma.
Dipen Boro,social activist and vice president of ABSU central committee,who is a resident of Rowta area said that Assam forest department deploy highest level expertise and mechanism to track the tigress immediately and to push or trans locate it to Orang NP. Otherwise she might be killed by antisocial elements or even by irate villagers carrying bad names to Udalguri and Darrang districts."The villagers cannot wait for a indefinite period.State forest department and NTCA must pay attention to the safety of the tigress as well as villagers immediately",Boro said.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Former BTC MCLA of Kalaigaon Keshab Deka passes away

People of Kalaigaon paid tearful farewell to former BPF leader late Keshab Chandra,at Kalaigaon on December 11,who had breathed his last at GNRC hospital,North Guwahati on December 10 at 3 pm. His body was taken first from Mangaldai to his original village Nahorbari near Kalaigaon this morning.Later motorcade carrying his body arrived at AASU Kalaigaon office where AASU leaders paid floral tribute to their former leader.Later his body was taken to BPF office at Kalaigaon where hundreds of people including BPF leaders and members of other organizations paid their last respect to him.Prominent among them were -Lwmsrao Daimari, EM, BTC;Jagadish Sarkar,EM,BTC;Kamali Basumatari,MLA, Paneri LAC;Nerson Boro,Deputy Speaker BTC Assembly; Jayanta Das,president,Udalguri District Journalist Union; Bhargab Kumar Das,Advisor,Mangaldai Media Circle etc. Later his body was taken to Mangaldai for performing last rites.It needs mention that Keshab Deka had been the president of All Darrang District Students Union before joining AGP.He was elected as an AGP MCLA in BTC council from Mudoibori constituency.He joined BPF a few years back and was offered the post of Chairman of OBC Board in BTAD.Various organizations including -Darrang and Udalguri District Students Union,AYJCP,Darrang District Committee;Mangaldai Media Circle,Udalguri District Journalist Union,Central Committee of BPF etc.have expressed sorrow at the untimely death of Keshab Chandra Deka.He was only 53 at the time of demise.He left behind his singer wife Rinti Moni Deka,one son and a daughter.

AAJU state executive meet held at Orang

The executive meeting of All Assam Journalist Union (AAJU) held at Orang Natya Mandir on December 11 with a day long programme.The meeting was organised jointly by Udalguri district Journalist Union and Orang Press Club in association with All Assam Journalist Union.The meeting started with paying of homage to Khargeswar Talukdar, the martyr of Assam movement with one minute silence.DJ Sarma,working president of AAJU in his introductory speech welcomed all the AAJU officials coming from different districts of Assam.Pankaj Kumar Sarma, president,AAJU,Assam presided over the meeting where Dr.Ramesh Chandra Borpatra Gohain,former Adviser of AAJU and presently the Advocate General of Assam was felicitated with gamocha,xapi and xorai by AAJU state committee;Udalguri District Journalist Union, Orang Press Club,Orang HS School,AKRSU etc.Speaking on the occasion Advocate General Borpatra Gohain thanked AAJU and other organizations for honoring him in public.He specially mentioned the sacrifices made by woman in supporting man for doing services to people and society.He assured media persons that he would continue his relentless fight against injustice and corruption in Assam in the coming days.He also requested media persons to draw his attention to any social issues for which he would be happy to offer his support.Pankaj Kumar Nath,president,AAJU in his speech expressed his serious concern over the regular deaths of wild elephants on railway tracks in Assam.He criticized Assam government and NF railway for their failure in saving the lives of wild elephants and man.He appealed Assam government to cancel land allotment to Baba Ramdeb at Balipara and in other districts of Assam.