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                     Vol.2, No.7  [*]  April 29, 1997
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1  MSSR RADAR AT BORJHAR AIRPORT			[S:27-APR-97]
   -----------------------------
   
   With the commissioning of the new Rs.300 million Mono-pulse Secondary
   Surveillance Radar (MSSR) at the Borjhar airport  on  April  26,  any
   aircraft  flying within 256 nautical miles (approximately 476 km), of
   Guwahati will not go undetected, according to the Joint Secretary  of
   the  Ministry  of  Civil  Aviation and Chairman, Airport Authority of
   India, Mr Ranjan Chatterjee at Guwahati.  The  MSSR  will  augment  a
   primary  radar  with  a range of 60 nautical miles, already servicing
   the airport.    The  new  state-of-the-art  radar,  manufactured   by
   Westinghouse  of  USA  would  give the Borjhar airport an operational
   edge over even major airports like Mumbai, Delhi and  Chennai.    The
   Borjhar  radar  would  be  the  third of its kind in the country, the
   other two being operational in Hyderabad and Thiruvananthapuram.
   

2  THREE KILLED IN ENCOUNTER				[S:27-APR-97]
   -------------------------
   
   Two  persons  were  killed in a railway coach of the 171 UP Arunachal
   Pradesh passenger train on April 26 near Guwabari station about 19 km
   from Fakiragram, when  the  Railway  Protection  Force  (RPF)  jawans
   present  in  the  coach opened fire at a group of four/five suspected
   Bodo extremists who tried to snatch arms, ammunition  and  cash  from
   them.   According  to  UNI,  at  least  three  persons, including two
   suspected Bodo militants, were killed.  The RPF jawans were escorting
   a railway team which had  gone  to  collect  the  day's  earnings  of
   Gossaigaon railway station.


3  SAKP STIR DISRUPTS WORK				[UNI:29-APR-97]
   -----------------------
   
   Work in all  State  Government  offices  was  disrupted  following  a
   48-hour  State-wide  non-cooperation  call  given  by  the  All Assam
   Karmachari Parishad on April 28.  The  Parishad  was  protesting  the
   alleged   failure   of  the  Government  on  many  fronts,  including
   non-payment of the salaries of teachers and other State employees for
   months.
   

4  ULFA WARNS STATE GOVERNMENT				[S:29-APR-97]
   ---------------------------
   
   The  ULFA  warned  the AGP-led Government in the State to fulfill its
   poll promises or be ready for dire consequences.  A signed  statement
   from the publicity secretary of the outfit, Mithinga Daimary received
   on  April  28,  stated that the outfit was not ready for talks at the
   moment, but believe in peaceful solutions to the issues taken  up  by
   it.   It  stated  that the State should stop military pressure on the
   outfit if the former was interested in talks.  It reiterated that the
   ULFA was ready for negotiations on the basis of the  conditions  laid
   down by it earlier.
   

5  MASS-ULFA LINKS ALLEGED				[S:28-APR-97]
   -----------------------
   
   The  Jorhat  police  has  alleged direct links of some members of the
   Jorhat district unit of the Manab Adhikar Sangram Samiti (MASS)  with
   the  ULFA  after identifying Mr Dambaro Bora, the executive editor of
   'Dhumuha', as a member of the MASS.  Police has been searching for Mr
   Bora and another member of the editorial board of  the  magazine  and
   has  already  arrested a board member Jadumoni Borua after the arrest
   of the editor Dr Bikash Barua.
   
   Police  has  also  been  searching  for some other MASS members after
   getting information of their participation  in  ULFA  foundation  day
   programs.   The  police  had  called MASS district unit members for a
   discussion but only the publicity secretary turned  up.    Meanwhile,
   the MASS Jorhat district unit in a press release said that Mr Dambaro
   Bora   had   already   been  relieved  from  the  membership  of  the
   organisation.
   

6  AAI PROJECTS IN NORTHEAST				[PTI:26-APR-97]
   -------------------------
   
   The  Airport  Authority  of  India  undertook  major  projects in the
   Northeast during  1996-97  for  expansion  and  modification  of  the
   existing  terminal building of Guwahati, Imphal and Silchar airports,
   besides constructing new terminal buildings at Tezpur,  Lilabari  and
   Dimapur.   Strengthening  of  the  runways  at  Dibrugarh airport and
   extension of runways at Lilabari  were  also  undertaken  during  the
   period, according to the annual report of the Union Ministry of Civil
   Aviation for 1996-97.
   

7  LAND FOR OLD-AGE HOME				[S:28-APR-97]
   ---------------------
   
   The  Government  of  Assam  has  allotted  eight  bighas  of  land at
   Betkuchi, a suburb of Guwahati city, for construction of  an  old-age
   home,  the  first  of  its kind in the Northeast region, said a press
   release of Assam Old Age Home.  Meanwhile, various schemes have  been
   prepared for gradual construction of the home, for the old people.
   

8  WOSOBIPO SCREENING IN GERMANY			[S:27-APR-97]
   -----------------------------
  
   Noted filmmaker Gautom Bora's film, Wosobipo,  will  be  screened  in
   Bremen,  Germany as a part of India week organized by the Pune Bremen
   Solidarity Fund from April 28.  The film will mark the  beginning  of
   the week-long function organized at the northern port city of Bremen.
   Wosobipo  which  has  won  laurels  both  in India and abroad for its
   honest and aesthetically rich  portrayal  of  the  Karbi  society  of
   Assam,   also   won   acclaim  in  the  Berlin-Swiss  and  the  India
   International Film Festivals.
   

9  SITAR CONCERT BY DINESH DUTTA AT PORT LAND		[AT:28-APR-97]
   ------------------------------------------
  
   Mr  Dinesh  Ranjan  Dutta  of  Guwahati recently performed in a sitar
   concert at Port Land, USA.  He was accompanied on  the  tabla  by  Mr
   Lowell Lybarger,  a  professional  American tablist.  The concert was
   organized by the Indian Association of Tri-cities, USA.
   

10 GAUTOM ROY NAMED BCCI OBSERVER			[S:27-APR-97]
   ------------------------------
   
   Mr Gautom Roy, the president of Assam  Cricket  Association  and  the
   former  vice-president  of  the Board of Control for Cricket in India
   (BCCI) has been named the BCCI observer for the Srilanka-New  Zealand
   match  of  the Pepsi Independence Cup Cricket Tournament to be played
   at Hyderabad on May 20.

11 KEYBOARD ERROR SHIFTS ASSAM DISTRICTS TO MEGHALAYA
   --------------------------------------------------
   
   In the news item-1  captioned  'IFAD  US  $33  MILLION  LOAN  FOR  NE
   PROJECT'  of the April 25, 1997 issue of AOL, Karbi Anglong and North
   Cachar Hills district were errorneously  mentioned  as  districts  of
   Meghalaya instead of  Assam.    The  sentence  should  read  as:  The
   project will cover Karbi Anglong and North Cachar districts of Assam,
   two districts of Meghalaya and two districts of Manipur.  - Mozz

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