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                         Vol.3, No.54  [*]  August 1, 1998
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              We are citizens of the world; and the tragedy of
                   our times is that we do not know this.
                             - Woodrow Wilson
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1  GEGONG APANG TO HELP DR DHANIRAM BARUAH		 [PTI:31-JUL-98]
   ---------------------------------------
   Arunachal   Pradesh  Chief  Minister  Gegon  Apang  has  assured  all
   assistance  to  Dr.Dhaniram  Baruah,  the  controversial  pig   heart
   transplant surgeon and held him as an `extraordinary genius'. 
   
   `Dr.Baruah  is  an extraordinary genius and should have been rewarded
   for his scientific pursuits.  He should be recognized as an asset  of
   the  Northeast  region,'  Mr.Apang  told  a  gathering  of doctors at
   Itanagar on Thursday.
   
   Apang,  who  was  speaking  after  a  video   presentation   of   the
   controversial  pig  heart  being  transplanted  to  a  man by Baruah,
   welcomed the surgeon to the State for his medical ventures  and  said
   though  criticism and scepticism had always confronted new inventions
   the people  of  the  region  should  `come  out  of  the  inferiority
   syndrome.'
   
2  CENTRE NOT TO SUSPEND ARMY OPERATIONS		  [AT:30-JUL-98]
   -------------------------------------
   The Union Home Minister L.K.Advani told the Rajya Sabha  on  July  29
   that  the  Government  has  no  proposal  at  present to suspend Army
   operations in Assam  for  talks  with  ultras  while  replying  to  a
   question by Member of Parliament Drupad Borgohain on whether there is
   any  plan  to  suspend  Army  operations as a goodwill gesture and to
   create a congenial atmosphere for talks with  the  ultras.  
   
   The Home Minister said that the Union Government as well as the State
   Government have appealed to the militant groups including the ULFA to
   give  up  arms  and to come forward for unconditional talks to settle
   the issues through dialogue.  Defence Minister George Fernandes  told
   the Lok Sabha on May 28 that there are about 47,000 defence personnel
   in the Northeast for counter insurgency operations in the region.
   
3  BOMB BLAST IN NALBARI, ETHNIC VIOLENCE IN KOKRAJHAR	   [S:31-JUL-98]
   ---------------------------------------------------
   At  least 12 persons were killed and more than 35 others were injured
   in a powerful bomb blast at the weekly cattle market at Dhamdhama  in
   Nalbari district  at  about  11:15 am on July 29.  Police suspect the
   involvement of the Bodoland Liberation Tiger (BLT) in  the  incident.
   The  powerful  bomb  was  fitted with a time device and placed at the
   receipt-payment counter of the market.    The  market  was  unusually
   crowded  because  it  opened after two days of Nalbari district bandh
   and of the fair weather in the flood ravaged district.
   
   The  Chief  Minister,  the  AASU  and  many  other  organizations had
   strongly condemned those  responsible  for  the  blast.    The  Manab
   Adhikar Sangram Sammittee (MASS), a human rights outfit, on the other
   hand,  alleged  that  the  blast  was  the  handiwork of a government
   sponsored group.
   
   Within six hours of the bomb blast at Dhamdhama,  a  group  of  40-50
   Santhal  miscreants  armed  with  sharp  weapons,  bows  and  arrows,
   massacred 11 persons including six  children  in  the  age  group  of
   one-and-a-half  years to six and four women, at village Daimaguri and
   Mainaguri, about 25 km from Kokrajhar.  One pregnant  women  who  saw
   the killings died of shock.
   
4  ARMY FOILS CARNAGE ATTEMPT IN KOKRAJHAR		    [S:1-AUG-98]
   ---------------------------------------
   The  jawans  of an Army patrol party foiled an attempt at yet another
   carnage when they nabbed 14 of a big group of Bodo miscreants,  armed
   with  sharp  weapons,  as they chased Santhal women and children of a
   refugee camp at  Karigaon  at  4:30  pm  on  Friday.    The  incident
   occurred,  when  the  patrol  party  happened to see a large group of
   panic-sticken women and children running helter-skelter in the  area.
   The  troops  moved  immediately  and  nabbed  14 micreants, while the
   others escaped.  The Army handed over the  arrested  persons  to  the
   police.
   
   Assam  Tribune  adds:  Meanwhile,  in another incident armed Adivasis
   attacked a Bodo  hamlet  at  Kathalmuri  near  Bismuri  in  Kokrajhar
   district  around  5:30  pm  on  Friday.  Details  of the incident are
   awaited while forces had been rushed to the troubled spot.

5  PARESH BARMAN DIED OF ASPHYXIA			    [S:1-AUG-98]
   ------------------------------
   The post-mortem report of Paresh Barman, student of Nalbari  College,
   who  was  arrested by the Army on July 22 and who died in its custody
   has revealed that he died due to asphyxia as a result of drowning. An
   Army release on Friday said, the post-mortem also confirmed the  time
   of the accident. Reiterating its position that he died accidently due
   to  drowning  in  a pond at Ahinchowk in Nalbari district as the Army
   vehicle, in which he was been taken, turned turtle,  the  Army  said,
   the post-mortem confirmed its position.
   
6  ULFA-NSCN APPEAL FOR PEACE IN ASSAM-NAGALAND BORDER    [AT:30-JUL-98]
   ---------------------------------------------------
   The ULFA and the NSCN have appealed to the people residing along  the
   Assam-Nagaland  border  to  restore peace and normalcy. A joint press
   release issued by ULFA chairman Arabinada Rajkhowa and  NSCN  general
   secretary  Dally  Mongro  said that the tense situation on the border
   areas is a `result of instigation by the Indian intelligence agencies
   through some evil groups in  order  to  weaken  the  united  struggle
   against India.'
   
7  ULFA KILLS COLLEAGUE AT NARAYANPUR IN LAKHIMPUR	   [S:30-JUL-98]
   -----------------------------------------------
   Suspected   ULFA   militants  shot  dead  the  former  organizational
   secretary of Lakhimpur district unit of ULFA,  Bhagaban  Deuri  alias
   Rajib  Bharali  at Narayanpur Fakuagaon under Bihpuria police station
   at about 8:45 pm on July 28.  The incident took place  when  Bhagaban
   Deuri,  who had his dinner in the house of one Bangshidhar Bora, went
   out of the house to spit as he was chewing  betel-nut.    The  ultras
   used 9  mm  pistol  for the killing.  Bhagaban who had got bail three
   months back, distanced himself from the affairs of the outfit and was
   more interested to get married and live a normal life.

8  ASSAM UNIVERSITY AUTHORIZED TO SET UP CAMPUS	           [AT:1-AUG-98]
   --------------------------------------------
   The  Assam University authorities are empowered to set up campuses in
   the hill areas of North Cachar  Hills  and  Karbi  Anglong  district,
   besides  Cachar,  Karimganj and Hailakandi districts. This was stated
   by Union Human Resource Development Minister Dr.Murali Manohar  Joshi
   in  the  Lok Sabha on July 20 in reply to a question put by Member of
   Parliament Dr.Jayanta Rongpi. 
   
   The Union Minister said that the University which  is  an  autonomous
   body,  has  its  jurisdiction  mentioned  in  the  Clause(6)  of  the
   University Act. The jurisdiction is extended  to  Cachar,  Karimganj,
   North  Cachar  Hills,  Karbi  Anglong  and  Hailakandi districts. The
   university authorities can set up campuses at any  place  within  its
   jurisdiction as per provision of the Assam University Act, he said.
   
9  HC DIRECTS GU TO REASSESS ANSWER SCRIPT		   [AT:1-AUG-98]
   ---------------------------------------
   The  Gauhati High Court in a significant judgement recently, directed
   the Gauhati University (GU)  to  arrange  for  re-evaluation  of  the
   answer  script  in  Physics  of  a  1996-97  medical college entrance
   examination candidate by an examiner other  than  the  original  one.
   The  High  Court  also held that the provision of Medical Colleges of
   Assam and Regional Dental College regulation for  admission  and  not
   the  regulation  of  the  Gauhati  University  are  relevant  in this
   connection.
   
   The Court order came following a  petition  filed  by  Ms  Rowshanara
   Ahmed,  who  was  awarded  only  3 out of 100 marks in Physics in the
   entrance exam.  Her total marks shown  as  125  out  of  300  with  a
   position of  218  in the merit list.  Earlier, she had secured 76 per
   cent marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology in the Higher  Secondary
   School board  exams.  On perusal of the answer script the Judge found
   that the answers given by the petitioner to different questions  were
   not given a fair treatment.
   
10 IRRIGATION (60:40) DEPARTMENT HEADING FOR BIG SCAM	    [S:1-AUG-98]
   --------------------------------------------------
   According to a report in The Sentinel of  August  1,  the  Irrigation
   Department  of  Assam,  which  has  earned  notoriety  as  the `60:40
   Department' because the funds earmarked for  various  schemes,  which
   nobody  gets  to  see,  are  shared by the people in authority in the
   department and the contractors and  suppliers  on  60:40  ratio,  has
   again  finalized the formalities to siphon off at least Rs.50 million
   of  the  Centrally-sponsored  `Accelerated   Irrigation   Beneficiary
   Project' (AIBP) and share it among the top brass and a handful of the
   blue-eyed contractors of the department.
   
   The  report  said  that  the  `60:40  department'  almost entered the
   Guiness Book of World Records in meeting the targets when it  created
   irrigation  potential  of  --  hold your breadth -- just 500 hectares
   during 1996-97! And this, despite the fact that  the  department  had
   created  additional  irrigation potential of 3,000 hectare and 10,500
   hectares during 1994-95 and 1995-96 respectively when  there  was  no
   AIBP!  Circles concerned have demanded that the Chief Minister should
   intervene in the matter before it is too late.
   
11 MOVE TO INCREASE STATE ZOO AREA			  [AT:30-JUL-98]
   -------------------------------
   A move has been initiated to increase the area of the Assam State Zoo
   in Guwahati  by adding 45 hectares to the existing 135 hectares.  The
   Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of  the  State  Zoo,  R.Bhattacharjee
   said  that  45  hectares of adjoining Hengrabari reserve forest which
   has been  cleared  of  illegal  encroachment  earlier  this  year  is
   proposed to  be  added to the Zoo.  He said that although there is no
   space crunch in the State Zoo, which is one of  the  biggest  in  the
   country,  it  is  better to include the forest land in it rather than
   allowing the encroachers to grab the land.
   
12 BISHOP ORESTES MARENGO PASSES AWAY		          [AT:31-JUL-98]
   ----------------------------------
   Bishop Orestes Marengo died at Holy Cross Hospital in Tura, Meghalaya
   on July 30.    He  was 92.  He was former Bishop of Dibrugarh, Tezpur
   and Tura.  Born in 1906 in Diano d'Alba, Italy, Orestes came to India
   in 1923 at the age of 17.  He was among the second batch of Salesians
   of Don Bosco who came to the Northeast as missionaries.    After  his
   studies, Marengo  was  ordained  a  priest  in  Shillong in 1932.  He
   worked in St.Anthon's, Shillong, Don Bosco School, Guwahati, Salesian
   College, Darjelling, Don Bosco, Bandel, West Bengal.
   
13 BODO FILM `MOUJOUOSE AUNAY' TO BE RELEASED IN SEPT	    [S:1-AUG-98]
   --------------------------------------------------
   Moujouose  Aunay  a Bodo film produced by M.D.Productions is awaiting
   release on September 27.  The story of the film displays how one  can
   win  over with a little love offered and on the contrary, deprived of
   this little love how frustration  and  sorrow  turns  a  man  into  a
   perverse character.
   
   The  film  is  produced  by  Mala  Doimary,  story is by Shashi Mohan
   Doimari, and pictured by Jitu and Raju  Doimari,  and  stars  Kanchan
   Basumatary, Romol Narzary, Rupali Basumatary, Damayanti Boro and many
   other  artists,  new  and  old.  The  film  has  six songs written by
   Motharam Boro and Jagadish  Boro.  Music  by  Purandur  Boro,  dances
   directed by Kamaleswar Boro, a press release said.
   
14 JANAK BASUMATARY IN INDIA U-19 FOOTBALL TEAM	          [AT:31-JUL-98]
   --------------------------------------------
   Janak  Basumatary  has  been  selected  by  the  All  India  Football
   Federation  as  a member of the Indian under-19 football team for the
   Asian Youth Football Championship which will be played  in  Bangalore
   in  August. Janak, a well-built defender, is a member of the Guwahati
   based ASEB Sports Club team. He represented the Indian school team in
   the Asian School Football Championship last season  and  has  been  a
   regular  member  of  the  Assam  junior-level team for last couple of
   years. 
   
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