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                     Vol.2, No.25  [*] June 20, 1997
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   A loud voice cannot compete with a clear voice, even if it's a whisper.
                         - Barry Neil Kaufman
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1  INSURGENCY SCENE HOTS UP IN ASSAM		     [S+AT:17-20-JUN-97]
   ---------------------------------
   
   The  security  forces  and  the  various  insurgents outfits of Assam
   intensified their activities this week, resulting in the death of  at
   least  eight  persons  including  six  Army  jawans  in  an ambush by
   suspected ULFA militants and killing of two civilians by unidentified
   gunmen near Duliajan, arrest of at least 13 suspected ULFA  militants
   and  rescue  of  the  kidnapped  Managing Director of the Kepesia Tea
   Estate near Sonapur, Anup Shankar Bhaduri  and  the  son  of  Khiroda
   Bishoya,  Fish  Tycoon,  Anuj  Bishoya  by  the Army from Panikata in
   Morigaon district.
   

2  SIXTY LEADING CITIZENS OF GUWAHATI APPEAL FOR PEACE    [S:17-JUN-97]
   ---------------------------------------------------
  
   Sixty leading citizens  of  Guwahati,  including  Dr  Birendra  Kumar
   Bhattacharjee,  Homen  Borgohain,  Dhirendra Nath Bezboruah, Dr Hiren
   Gohain, have appealed to all the extremist organizations of the State
   and the State Government to create a peaceful environment so that all
   concerned get some respite from the prevailing atmosphere of violence
   and insecurity, to find out solution to the nagging eco-political and
   psychological problems of the State, in a joint statement released to
   the Press in Guwahati on June 16.

3  AGP SWEEPS CIVIC POLLS IN THE STATE		          [S:19-JUN-97]
   -----------------------------------
   
   Out  of  541  wards in the State, civic polls were held in 539 wards,
   polls being countermanded in two wards.  The  party-wise  breakup  of
   elected candidates  are:   AGP-234, BJP-109, INC-38, CPI(M)-23, CPI-5
   and Independent-130, according to the State Election Commission.
   

4  FIVE DISTRICTS HIT BY FLOODS: SITUATION GRIM	         [AT:20-JUN-97]
   --------------------------------------------
  
   With the death toll of three, the overall flood  situation  in  Assam
   remains  grim  with the Army moving in for rescue and relief works in
   the worst affected Nalbari district.  Official report say that 50,000
   people are affected by the floods in the five districts  of  Dhemaji,
   Nalbari, Goalpara, Dhubri and Dibrugarh, while large scale landslides
   disrupted road communications in Arunachal Pradesh.
   

5  OIL STARTS EXPLORATORY WELL IN NORTH BANK	         [AT:17-JUN-97]
   -----------------------------------------
   
   The  Oil  India  Limited (OIL) has achieved a landmark by starting an
   exploratory well in the  north  bank  of  the  river  Brahmaputra  in
   Bihpuria  in  Lakhimpur  district  on  June  16,  in  its  quest  for
   hydrocarbon.  Sources said that though both OIL and  the  ONGCL  have
   over  3,000 drilling wells in the south bank of the Brahmaputra, this
   was for the first time an exploratory well has been  started  in  the
   north.  The OIL has plans for drilling six exploratory wells.
   

6  CZA THREATENS TO WITHHOLD FUNDS FOR STATE ZOO	  [S:17-JUN-97]
   ---------------------------------------------
   
   The Central Zoo Authority  (CZA),  an  autonomous  funding  body  for
   upgradation   of   zoological   parks   throughout  the  country,  is
   considering withdrawing fiscal support for the  State  Zoo  following
   the  suspected 'misuse' of a substantial sum of money earlier granted
   to it for specific projects according to the Member Secretary of  the
   CZA,  Mr  S.C.Sharma  who  came  for  an evaluation tour of Assam and
   Meghalaya, in Guwahati on June 16. He  said  funds  to  the  tune  of
   Rs.280,000  had  been given to the State Zoo, and these funds had not
   been used at all or they had been 'used in a funny manner.'
   

7  RARE DISTINCTION FOR ASSAMESE MBA STUDENT	          [S:20-JUN-97]
   -----------------------------------------
  
   Mr  Gautam  Borooah,  who is taking his MBA degree from the Rochester
   Institute of Technology, New York, at the end of this month, has been
   invited to the membership of Beta Gamma Sigma, which is  the  highest
   national scholarship honour that a student in a school of business or
   management in USA can achieve.  Membership in the Beta Gamma Sigma is
   restricted  to outstanding scholars in institutions accredited by the
   American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).   It  is
   conferred  on students who get highest grade in at least 10 out of 12
   papers during graduate studies.  Gautam Borooah  is  the  son  of  Mr
   Triolokeswar   Borooah,   retired  director  general  of  Indian  Tea
   Association, Calcutta, and Ms Geeta Borooah.
   

8  TOPPERS IN HSSLC (ARTS, COMMERCE) EXAM	       [S:19+20-JUN-97]
   --------------------------------------
   
   Ms Luigy Borkakoty of Women's College, Tinsukia, topped the  list  of
   successful  candidates in the HSSLC (Arts) Examination, 1997 securing
   409 marks out of a total of 500, while  Ms  Aditi  Kejriwal  of  DHSK
   Commerce  College,  Dibrugarh,  stood  first  in the HSSLC (Commerce)
   examination, securing 410 marks. Ms Luigy is  the  daughter  of  Prof
   Lalit Borkakoty and Ms Runu Borkakoty of Tinsukia. Ms Kejriwal is the
   daughter of Mr Kishan Kejriwal and Ms Manju Kejriwal of Dibrugarh.
   
9  ASSAM IN LIMITED-OVERS CRICKET WILLS TROPHY	          [S:17-JUN-97]
   -------------------------------------------
   
   Assam has  qualified  for  the  Wills  Trophy  limited-overs  cricket
   tournament for the first time by virtue of their sterling performance
   in the  East  Zone Ranji Trophy one-day matches in 1996-97.  The East
   Zone Ranji one-day champions,  Assam  will  take  on  Mumbai  Cricket
   Association, the date and venue of which will be announced later.
   

10 ASSAM TEAM FOR NATIONAL MARATHON		          [AT:19-JUN-97]
   --------------------------------
   
   The Assam Marathon Players' Association has selected a 13-member team
   for the National Marathon Competition in  Pune  from  July  6.    The
   selected runners  are:    Biren  Das,  Abdul  Barek  (Kamrup);  Bipul
   Saharia,  Iswar  Nath,  Rudreswar  Deka   (Darrang);   Mohan   Chutia
   (Golaghat);   Dipak  Das  (Nalbari);  Munappa  Ali  (Barpeta);  Paban
   Baglari, Sikari Ingti (Karbi Anglong); Sajal Dey, Rustam Ali, Jay Dev
   Dey (Nagaon).

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