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		     Vol.I, No.95  [*] March 3, 1997
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1  SUSPECTED ULFA ULTRAS BLOW UP BRIDGE, 3 HURT         [S:02-MAR-97]
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   Three policemen were injured when suspected ULFA militants blew up  a
   PWD  bridge along the Bangalmara-Salmara road at around 9 am on March
   1, as the mini-truck the policemen travelling in was  caught  in  the
   blast.   The  ultras  also  fired  upon  the policemen soon after the
   vehicle came to a halt following the blast and fled towards the  Pavo
   reserve forest, police sources said.
   

2  JOURNALISTS IN NE LACK PROFESSIONALISM               [AT:03-MAR-97]
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   Eminent  speakers  at  a seminar in Guwahati on March 2, organised by
   National  Education  Foundation,  expressed  concern  over  lack   of
   professionalism  in  the  field  of  journalism  in  the Northeastern
   region.  Dr.  Hiren Gohain said that the  journalists  in  the  State
   were  suffering  from  uncertainty  over role they were to play to do
   justice to the profession.  He called upon the scribes to formulate a
   common code of conduct to bring about  characteristic  uniformity  in
   presentation  of  news  items and stress the need to create a band of
   hardened professional journalist capable of projecting the issues  of
   the region in the proper light.
   

3  MAIDEN LIVE TELECAST OF ASSAM BUDGET SESSION         [AT:02-MAR-97]
   --------------------------------------------
   
   Proceedings of a few selective items  like  the  Governor's  address,
   tabling  of  the  budget and a few question hour as well as zero hour
   would be telecast live for the first time  from  the  State  Assembly
   Budget Session from March 7 to April 8.
   

4  GRANTS FOR WORKING WOMEN'S HOSTEL CONSTRUCTION       [S:02-MAR-97]
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   The  Government  of  India  has  introduced  grants-in-aid scheme for
   construction and expansion of hostel to provide greater mobility  and
   inexpensive  accommodation  to single working women with income limit
   of Rs.5,000 per month.
   
   The  grants-in-aid  is  provided to eligible voluntary organisations,
   public trust, local bodies, cooperatives, State Governments and Union
   Territory administration.   The  intending  agencies  are  to  submit
   applications   to  the  Secretary,  Department  of  Women  and  Child
   Development, Government of India, Shastri Bhavan, New  Delhi  through
   State Governmnet.    Details  of  the  scheme and prescribed form for
   application can be obtained from the Deputy Commissioner's office  in
   the district.
   

5  PREHISTORIC MEGALITHS FOUND NEAR BAITHALANGSO        [UNI:28-FEB-97]
   ---------------------------------------------
   
   A large number of prehistoric megaliths  dating  way  back  to  5,000
   years  was  found  by an experts' team of the Gauhati University near
   Baithalangso in the Karbi Anglong district.  The megaliths, which are
   lying scattered over a radius  of  more  than  4  km  in  the  Hamren
   subdivision are now being preserved by the university.
   
   The  Reader  of Gauhati University, Mr Dilip Medhi, who led the team,
   informed that most of these megaliths are huge stone slabs  used  for
   marking burial sites.  Mr Medhi said that in the entire track between
   Sonapur  in  the Kamrup district and Hamren in Karbi Anglong and some
   parts of Meghalaya, such megaliths were  scattered  in  the  jungles,
   evading notice of experts.
   
   The exact age of these megaliths was yet to be calculated, but  these
   structures  were  off  definitely of 5,000-6,000 years old, and their
   discovery had thrown light on the migration of tribals to Assam  from
   the South-east Asia, he said.

6  AMOL PRABHA AWARD PRESENTED TO DR SUSHILA NAYAR      [S:03-MAR-97]
   -----------------------------------------------
   
   Noted Gandhian worker  Dr  Sushila  Nayar  was  presented  the  first
   National  Amol  Prabha  Das  award,  1995  on March 3 at the Rabindra
   Bhawan in Guwahati.  The award instituted by the Assam Government was
   presented by the State Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta  and  it
   comprises of a citation, an amount of Rs.100,000, a big Xarai besides
   other items.
   

7  AXOM XAHITYA XABHA AWARDS                            [S:01+03-MAR-97]
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   Noted  literateur  Mr  Atulananda  Goswami  has been selected for the
   Kumar Kishore Memorial Award 1996 for his book Namgharia.  The award,
   presented every five years consists  of  a  citation,  an  amount  of
   Rs.10,000.
   
   The  AXX  has announced on March 2 the names of recipients of various
   memorial awards presented by it for  1996.    The  Bisnuprasad  Rabha
   award  goes  to  Dinesh  Sharma of Guwahati for his book Loka-Pagala.
   The Seetanath Brahmachoudhury award goes to Professor Nabeen  Chandra
   Sharma,  Gauhati  University  for  his  book  Asomor  Pariveshya Kala
   Ojhapali.  The Hariprasad Neog memorial award goes to  the  publisher
   and  writer  of  the  book Asomya Vividh Vyanjan by Ms Anu Bezbaruah.
   The Asom Sangha (America) award goes to Jamini Mohan Barua, BA  final
   year student  of  Debraj  Roy College, Golaghat.  The Giridhar Sharma
   memorial award goes to Saponar Seema Jot's writer Ms Purabi Dey  Bora
   from Bilipara of Sonitpur district.

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