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                     Vol.2, No.46 [*] October 24, 1997
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              Avarice the spur of industry. - David Hume
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1  TEA COMPANIES ACTION UNTHINKABLE, SAYS BASU	          [AT:24-OCT-97]
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   West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu described as 'unthinkable', the
   Tea companies' action in dealing with militants bypassing  the  Assam
   Government.   While  addressing  a  press  conference  in Guwahati on
   October 23 the CPM stalwart said that any attempt  by  the  corporate
   sector   to  bypass  the  state  government  and  having  links  with
   extremists is unthinkable.
   
   Mr Basu said, the Government of West Bengal will have no objection if
   the tea companies shifted their headquarters from Calcutta  to  Assam
   if  that would serve the interest of Assam. He explained that, on his
   part he cannot ask the tea companies or, for that matter any business
   house, to shift and establish  their  headquarters  in  a  particular
   place.
   

2  PEOPLE DEFY ULFA ROAD BLOCKADE TO ATTEND RALLY	   [S:23-OCT-97]
   ----------------------------------------------
   
   West Bengal Chief Minister Jyoti Basu exhorted the  regional  parties
   like  Asom  Gana  Parishad (AGP) and Telegu Desam Party (TDP) to also
   take up the leadership of the country  and  address  the  issues  and
   problems  of  national  concern, apart from those of their respective
   States while addressing a huge  rally  organized  by  the  AGP,  CPI,
   CPI(M) and UPPA in Guwahati on October 22.
   
   Despite  the road blockade call by the ULFA, there was a huge turnout
   of people in the rally who came walking, in buses and other modes  of
   transport from several districts and the city.
   

3  DOGRA, SINGH'S GRILLING OVER, 2 TEA EXECUTIVES ARRESTED [S:24-OCT-97]
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   Sleuths of the special operation  unit  (SOU)  of  the  Assam  Police
   completed  interrogation of Tata Tea general manager and in-charge of
   the  northern  plantation  division  Shamsher  Singh  Dogra   and   a
   divisional manager  Mahavir  Singh  on October 23 in Guwahati.  After
   three days of questioning, police sources said,  the  top  executives
   had  'cooperated'  and  provided  some  vital  information  and  hard
   evidences on the Tata Tea-ULFA nexus.
   
   However, the statements of both Mr Dogra and Mr Singh did  not  tally
   with  the  statements  of  Dr  Brojen  Gogoi,  the senior welfare and
   community development officer, now in judicial custody.   the  police
   are  scrutinizing the statements of Dr Gogoi and two other executives
   which may pave the way for questioning and arrest of  more  Tata  Tea
   executives.
   
   On the other hand, manager of Nagrijuli tea estate Hari Prasad  Gogoi
   and  its assistant manager, Prakash Barua admitted that the financial
   assistance extended to the banned NDFB were  provided  knowingly  and
   after  receipt  of  threats  on their lives from the militant groups.
   Both Mr Gogoi and Mr Barua were arrested by  the  Nalbari  police  on
   October  21 on charges of having paid Rs.250,000 to the outfit in two
   installment in 1994-95.
   

4  EXPO NORTHEAST OPENED:  UK KEEN TO HAVE TRADE LINKS    [AT:23-OCT-97]
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   The  British  Deputy High Commissioner to India, Peter Whitehead said
   that Britain is interested  in  establishing  trade  links  with  the
   eastern  region  of the country including Assam, while addressing the
   inaugural function of the Expo Northeast in Guwahati on October 22.
   
   Mr Jyoti Basu who inaugurated the 10-day Expo held under the auspices
   of Bengal Chamber  of  Commerce  and  Industry  (BCCI)  in  Guwahati,
   suggested  closer  interaction  between  West  Bengal  and  Assam and
   strengthening of the Eastern Zonal Council as one of the major  steps
   for uplift of the northeast region.  He however, held the policies of
   the  successive Central Governments and geographical isolation as the
   primary reasons for the economic backwardness of the NE region.    It
   is  ironical  that  the  states  endowed  with  vast natural resource
   remained underdeveloped for so many years, he added.
   
   Assam  Chief  Minister P.K.Mahanta said the Government of Assam would
   extend all help and cooperation to industrialists seeking to  set  up
   projects in  Assam.    He  also  appealed  to the British Deputy High
   Commissioner to organize visits by British industrialists to Assam to
   explore possibilities of setting up projects in the State.
   

5  BANGLADESH FOR TRADE WITH ASSAM			 [PTI:22-OCT-97]
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   The  Bangladesh  Government  is  keen  on  building  up   subregional
   cooperation in trade and culture with West Bengal, Tripura and Assam,
   according  to  the  Bangladesh Shipping Minister, Mr A.S.M.Abdur Rob.
   West Bengal, Tripura and Assam have a common border  with  Bangladesh
   and a common cultural fabric, Mr Rob told newsmen in Calcutta.
   

6  RELIANCE MOBILE BOOKING STARTS			   [S:24-OCT-97]
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   Reliance  Mobile announced the opening of bookings for their cellular
   connections on October 23.  Commercial services will soon commence as
   soon as all necessary Government  clearance  are  received  from  the
   Department of  Telecom  in  the  next few weeks.  Reliance Mobile has
   planned quick expansion of the network  in  the  next  few  weeks  to
   Jorhat and  Tinsukia.   Network planning is also underway at Shillong
   which will soon join the list of cities in  Northeast  to  enjoy  the
   benefits of cellular service, sources added.
   

7  GMCH IMBROGLIO OVER GIRLS' HOSTEL INCIDENT CONTINUES    [S:23-OCT-97]
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   The  Gauhati  Medical  College  Hospital  imbroglio  over the bizarre
   incident of October 20 night when a group of unidentified  miscreants
   attempted  to  molest the inmates of the girls' hostel, continued for
   the third day when a section of the employees of the GMCH  threatened
   to launch an agitation against the agitation launched by the students
   and  doctors,  alleging  that  the  students  had  beat  up employees
   accusing them of involvement in the incident.
   
   The Government on the other hand ordered a magisterial  inquiry  into
   the  molestation  case  while  moving  promptly  to  settle the other
   demands of  the  agitating  students.    Telephones   with   intercom
   facilities  had  been  installed  in  the hostels, while PWD had been
   asked to put up a high wall with barbed-wire fence around the  girls'
   hostels.   The  inmates of the girls' hostel had already been shifted
   to safer place.
   
   The students agitation had paralysed the activities in the  hospital.
   The  patients have been worst-hit due to the non-cooperation launched
   by the students and junior doctors.  The stalemate has forced many  a
   indoor patient to shift from the hospital to private nursing homes.
   

8  ACUPUNCTURISTS INVITED TO BEIJING CONFERENCE	          [AT:24-OCT-97]
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   Dr Swaraj Ranjan Paul, noted acupuncture specialist of Assam and  his
   sister  Dr  Susmita  Roy, the first female acupuncturist of the State
   have been invited to present their joint thesis  titled  'Acupuncture
   cure landry gullian bare syndrome (progressively poly-neuropathy)' at
   the  academic  conference  of  the  10th  anniversary  of  the  World
   Federation of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Societies,  Beijing  to  be
   held  from October 31 at the Beijing International Convention Centre,
   China.   They  will  also  attend  a  10-day  workshop   on   advance
   acupuncture which will follow the conference.

9  ASSAMESE FILMS FOR FRENCH, KATHMANDU FESTIVAL	[S+AT:24-OCT-97]
   ---------------------------------------------
  
   Dr  Santwana  Bordoloi's  'Adjaya' has been selected for the Festival
   Des 3 Continents, Nantes, to be held in France from November 25.   In
   a  letter  to  Dr  Bordoloi,  the  director  of the festival, Mr Alan
   Jaludya besides breaking this news, has asked her to  participate  in
   the festival.
   
   Two  documentary  films from Assam, 'Hastir Kanya' directed by Prabin
   Hazarika and 'All Alone If Need Be' directed by Ranjit Das have  been
   selected  for screening at Films-South Asia '97 festival in Kathmandu
   from October 25.  The films are produced by Digvijay Medhi and Amulya
   Kakati respectively.
   
   Hastir  Kanya -- sub-titled as 'Daughter of the Elephant' is based on
   the life of Pratima Barua Pande  and  elephant-catching  in  Goalpara
   district.   'All  Alone  If  Need  Be'  is  based  on  the  life  and
   contributions of Mr Sarat Chandra Sinha,  former  Chief  Minister  of
   Assam.
   

10 NEW ASSAMESE FILM BY DIPAK BHUYAN		          [AT:24-OCT-97]
   ---------------------------------
  
   Deutar  Biya  (Dad's  Wedding) an Assamese film by actor-dramatist Mr
   Dipak Bhuyan is slated for release on  October  24  at  Sibsagar  and
   Golaghat.   The  script,  music and the choreography is by Mr Bhuyan.
   The cast include late Rana Tamuly, Nipon Goswami, Punya Das,  Jayanta
   Das,  Chetana  Das,  Hiranya  Deka,  Monita  Kalita,  Ratul Barua and
   Someswar Bharali.  Cinematography is by Suman Duarah while Rashbihari
   Sinha has edited the film.  Mr Bhuyan, a Production Engineer of ONGC,
   has a number of dramas to  his  credit.    His  telefilms  Aasha  and
   Sidhanta was well appreciated by viewers of Guwahati Doordarshan.
   

11 LAURELS TO ASSAMESE THEATRE PERSONALITIES	          [AT:24-OCT-97]
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   Dipak  Kumar  Gogoi was adjudged the best playwright for the Assamese
   play 'Ghar' and Prasanta Talukdar won the best director award for his
   Hindi play 'Duhswapna' in the fifth  All  India  Multi-Lingual  Drama
   Competition which  concluded at Cuttack in Orissa on October 22.  The
   other award winners include Shiv Kumar Prasad  (best  actor  for  his
   role  in  Hindi  play Sandhya Chhaya), Syeda Naznin (best actress for
   Assamese  play  Ujagare  Thakar  Samay),  Saroor  Ali  Ansari   (best
   comedian) and  Rudra  Narayan  Sahu  (best child artist).  The awards
   were presented by Orissa High Court Chief Justice S.N.Phukan.
   

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