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                     Vol.2, No.50 [*] November 3, 1997
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          A man must not swallow more beliefs than he can digest.
                           - Havelock Ellis
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1  INDO-BHUTAN AGREEMENT TO CONTAIN ULTRAS		   [S:2-NOV-97]
   ---------------------------------------
   
   In  a  significant development, both India and Bhutan have reached an
   understanding for imposition of curfew on a 10 km belt of the 270  km
   long  international  border  'for better coordination' to wind up the
   bases of the militants, primarily the ULFA and NDFB,  and  'to  check
   their  movements'  from  thick jungles of the neighbouring country to
   the State, Defence sources said.
   
   Although officials in the Home Department are  tight-lipped,  sources
   confirmed  that the State Government had already issued notifications
   to seven deputy commissioners concerned 'to make  the  common  people
   aware not to use other than the seven roads' from the State to Bhutan
   to   avoid   any  untoward  incident.  The  district  administrations
   concerned of the two countries will also hold discussions  with  each
   other to discuss the situation. 
   

2  RAKESH-ARMY LINKS ADD TWIST TO ZOII NATH CASE	    [S:2-NOV-97]
   ---------------------------------------------
   
   The Sentinel published two photocopies of certificates -- one  issued
   by  Mangaldai  SP  late  R.K.Singh  and  the  other by the Army which
   indicated that Rakesh  Barua  helped  the  police  and  the  Army  in
   combating criminal  activities.    This  has given a new twist to the
   Zoii Nath-ULFA link and the Army FIR controversy.
   
   While  the  Army FIR establishes Rakesh as a hard-core ULFA activist,
   his 'confessional statement' before the Mangaldai police, to whom  he
   was  handed over by the Army, say he is neither ULFA nor a SULFA man.
   He said, he passed H.S.  exam in 1988 from Tangla  College,  gave  up
   studies  thereafter,  and  started  contract work and supplies to tea
   gardens.
   
   About  Dr  Zoii  Nath  Sarma,  Rakesh  told the police, 'I don't know
   anything about Assam Minister Zoii Nath Sarma, but fearing torture, I
   may have told them (the Army) what they wanted me to say.    I  don't
   remember.   I had campaigned for Congress candidate from Sipajhar, Mr
   Madhav Rajbongshi in the last election.  SULFA members were also with
   me...'
   
   In  the  certificate  issued  by  the  then Superintendent of Police,
   Mangaldai, late R.K.Singh, who was gunned  down  by  the  ULFA  in  a
   daredevil  attack  in Tinsukia in May, 1996 and who had officiated as
   the SP, Mangaldai from 1992 to 1995, Rakesh is  said  to  be  helping
   police in  combating criminal activities.  The certificate was issued
   on September 23, 1994.
   
   The certificate by the Army to Rakesh issued on June 3, 1994  by  one
   P.C.Balwada,  Major,  Officiating Adjutant for the Commanding Officer
   of 12 Bihar Regiment indicated Rakesh as a SULFA and requested the 26
   Maratha Light Infantry 'to  speak  to  Adjutant  12  Bihar  Regiment'
   before picking up Rakesh.
   
   [Also  see  November  1  issue of Times of India news item captioned:
   'Evidence' against minister not valid, says Assam DGP. - Mozz]
   

3  SUSPECTED ULFA MILITANTS GUN DOWN EX-MLA		    [S:2-NOV-97]
   ----------------------------------------
  
   Suspected ULFA militants brutally killed former MLA Sheikh Saman  Ali
   near  his house at Chunari PWD Road at Karaikhowa village in Goalpara
   district at around 10 pm on October 31.    According  to  police  the
   militants shot  at  Mr  Ali when he was about to reach his house.  He
   was on a bicycle along with two of his friends.  Mr Ali, who received
   at least five bullet injuries of stengun  died  on  the  spot.    The
   militants fled   away  soon  after  the  crime.    The  police  which
   immediately  swung  into  action,  picked  up  one  person  in   this
   connection.
   
   Mr Ali had been elected as the MLA from Goalpara (West)  constituency
   from the United Minority Front in the 1985 general election but later
   he joined the Indian National Congress.  He lost his seat in 1991 and
   1996 general elections.
   

4  SAKP NON-COOPERATION ON NOVEMBER 4			    [S:2-NOV-97]
   ----------------------------------
   
   The  Sadou  Asam  Karmachari  Parishad (SAKP) will resort to a 'total
   non-cooperation' from 6 am to 6 pm on November 4 throughout the State
   and 'Dispur Chalo' programme on November 5  to  protest  against  the
   'intentional  suspension' of its general secretary Charan Deka by the
   State Government, informed an SAKP release.  Besides, on November  5,
   a mass  convention  will  be  held  at  Dispur.    The  SAKP  general
   secretary, Charan Deka  was  suspended  by  the  Government  for  his
   anti-government  activities  and for demanding the release of Asamiya
   Pratidin Editor Ajit  Kumar  Bhuyan  who  is  booked  under  National
   Security Act.
   

5  BANK ACCOUNT OF FORMER CONGRESS MLA FROZEN		    [S:2-NOV-97]
   ------------------------------------------
   
   All  the  bank  accounts owned by the former Congress MLA, Mr Chandan
   Sarkar and his wife Ms Swapna Rani Sarkar,  amounting  Rs.12  million
   were  frozen  by  the Income Tax department on November 1, sources in
   Guwahati said.  These bank accounts had been opened by both Mr and Ms
   Sarkar  at  Abhayapuri   and   Bongaigaon   branches   of   different
   nationalized banks.  Although IT officials were tight-lipped, sources
   confirmed that the bank accounts have been frozen.
   
   Mr Sarkar had been arrested by the Abhayapuri police  on  charges  of
   taking bribe from unemployed youths promising jobs to them during the
   tenure of the previous Congress government rule in Assam.

6  AVIATION TANKER WITH 6,000 LITRES OF FUEL HIJACKED     [PTI:2-NOV-97]
   --------------------------------------------------
   
   Suspected militants  hijacked  an  aviation  tanker,  carrying  6,000
   litres  of  fuel,  from  Rangapara  in  Sonitpur district last night,
   police said.  The tanker was on its  way  to  Bomdilla  in  Arunachal
   Pradesh from  Missamary  army  cantonment.   The driver of the tanker
   found his vehicle missing at Rangapara where he had a halt for having
   his dinner.  The driver had gone to his house in  the  area  for  his
   dinner  but  could  not locate the tanker on his return, police said.
   Police is yet to identify the militant outfit responsible.

7  HORNETS KILL CHILD IN TRIPURA			  [PTI:2-NOV-97]
   -----------------------------
   
   In  a  bizarre  incident,  hornets  killed  a  two-year-old child and
   seriously injured three others when they were playing at Debbari area
   in South Tripura district on Wednesday.  Angry hornets rushed out  of
   their  nests  when  four  children threw stones at the tree casually.
   While Renu Mia, one of the four  wounded  children  died  in  Amarpur
   hospital, the condition of the three others remained serious.

8  EIGHTH CENTURY TEMPLE EXCAVATED AT GOLAGHAT	
   -------------------------------------------
   
   An eight century temple made of square brick  was  excavated  by  the
   directorate  of  archaeology,  Assam,  at  Dubaroni  in  Barpathar of
   Golaghat district recently.  A weathered mukh-linga has been found in
   the central part of the temple.  The mound containing  the  structure
   was four  metres  in  height.    A stone inscription consisting of 15
   letters of Brahmi characters was also recovered from near the site at
   Barpathar.  The inscription, which is yet to be  deciphered,  belongs
   to fifth century AD.

9  FILM ON NARAHARI BURHA BHAKAT			    [S:2-NOV-97]
   -----------------------------
   
   Shooting  on  life  and  works of late Narahari Burha Bhakat, a great
   exponent of Xatriya culture with its  multifaceted  manifestation  of
   dance,  drama  and  songs  was  recently completed at Barpeta and its
   suburbs and a few shots near Guwahati.
   
   Late Burha Bhakat travelled widely  in  India  as  a  torchbearer  of
   Xatriya culture.   He also received an invitation to USSR as a member
   of a cultural delegation of IPTA but could not go due to poor health.
   He  is  famous  for  Bhortal  Nritya  which  he  evolved  with  great
   ingenuity.   The  documentary  film  of  40  minutes' duration titled
   Bhortalar Chanda (rhythm of bhortal) is under  production  of  Living
   Cine Communications, a Guwahati-based cine organisation.
   
   Mr  Badal  Choudhury, a young dramatists and film and stage actor has
   written the screen play and directed the film.  Ms Kalyanee Choudhury
   is the  producer  and  Directorate  of  Cultural  Affairs,  Assam  is
   financing the  project.  The film is expected to be released in early
   1998.

10 ART DISPLAY BY BOSCONIAN AT STATE ART GALLERY	    [S:2-NOV-97]
   ---------------------------------------------
   
   A  two-day  exhibition of drawings by Mr Surajit Bhuyan, a class VIII
   student of Don Bosco School, Guwahati  was  held  at  the  State  Art
   Gallery in  Guwahati.    The  exhibition  was inaugurated by renowned
   artist Mr Noni Borpujari on November 1.
   
   Surajit's  drawings  were mainly architectural with ink and pencil on
   paper.  What is noticeable in his drawings is the minute  observation
   of the   surroundings.      His   creations  reflected  an  unmatched
   observation skill for a boy of his age.  He had not taken any  formal
   training in drawing. He is the son of Ms Eva Bhuyan and Suren Bhuyan.

11 SUBRAJIT TO LEAD ASSAM RANJI SQUAD		         [S+AT:3-NOV-97]
   ----------------------------------
   
   Dashing left-handed opener Subhrajit Saikia was named the new captain
   of the Assam Ranji Trophy team, replacing all-rounder  Gautam  Dutta,
   which will take on Tripura in the campaign opener at Maligaon Railway
   Stadium in Guwahati on November 5.
   
   The  Assam  Cricket Association announced on November 2 the 15-member
   Assam Ranji team  for  both  one-day  and  four-day  matches  against
   Tripura.   Seasoned  campaigners  Gautam  Dutta,  Nishanta  Bordoloi,
   Rajesh Bora and wicketkeeper Vinayak Samant would be the mainstay  of
   the Assam  team.   Iqbal Khan of Mumbai was also inducted in the team
   to strengthen the middle order.  Achyut Borthakur was named  manager,
   Diraj Das would take charge as the coach of the team.
   

12 COOCH-BEHAR TROPHY: BENGAL POST 7-WKT WIN OVER ASSAM    [AT:3-NOV-97]
   ----------------------------------------------------
   
   Bengal rolled over host Assam to post a seven-wicket victory  in  the
   final day of the three-day East Zone Cooch Behar Trophy cricket match
   at the Maligaon Railway Stadium in Guwahati November 2. 
   
   A devastating spell of six for 30 by the new Bengal hope Abdul Masood
   saw  his  team defeating host Assam by seven wickets in a low-scoring
   match. Final scores: Assam - 95 and 107; Bengal - 165 and 45 for 3.

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