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                         Vol.4, No.7  [*] February 8, 1999
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             Should you shield  the canyons from the windstorms,
              you would never see the beauty of their carvings.
                           - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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1  HOMEPAGE OF ULFA LAUNCHED FOR INTERNATIONAL PUBLICITY
   -----------------------------------------------------
   GOLAGHAT:   The  banned  United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has
   launched a webpage in a bid to give wide publicity and  to  attract
   attention  of  millions  of  people worldwide through the Internet.
   The world wide web  homepage  is  published  by  the  international
   publicity department  of  the  outfit.    It  can  be  accessed at:
   http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Congress/7434.
   
   A report in  the  February  3  issue  of  an  Assamese  daily  from
   Guwahati,  Ajir  Batori  said  that the ULFA has also requested the
   general  public  to  send  their  suggestions  and  advice  through
   Internet e-mail at:  ulfa@geocities.com.  The webpage gives a brief
   background  about  Assam  and its people, the objective of the ULFA
   and details of Army deployed in the Northeast, amongst others.

2  RAJASTHAN DEALER BEHIND EXPLOSIVE SUPPLY TO NE HELD    [S:8-FEB-99]
   ---------------------------------------------------
   GUWAHATI:  The militants  of  the  Northeast  have  been  receiving
   explosive  materials  from  Bansilal,  a  dealer of explosives from
   Rajasthan since 1995.  This  was  revealed  from  the  confessional
   statement  of Bansilal and his unauthorized agent Nathu Gandhi, who
   had been  arrested  by  the  Government  Railway  Police  (GRP)  in
   Bhilwara district of Rajasthan under Mandal police station.
   
   Police  sources  said  that  Bansilal  was  an authorized dealer of
   magazines and  used  to  store  explosive  materials  brought  from
   abroad, and his unauthorized agent, Nathu Gandhi used to supply the
   materials to  customers  from  outside Rajasthan.  Nathu Gandhi had
   confessed that he had been supplying  explosive  materials  to  the
   Northeast since  1995.   The two accused are under judicial custody
   in Guwahati after they were brought from Bhilwara by the  GRP  team
   and produced them in a Guwahati court on January 24.
   
   It  may  be mentioned that GRP seized huge quantities of explosives
   in November, 1998 from the Brahmaputra  Mail  in  Guwahati  railway
   station  and had arrested three Hmar extremists in that connection,
   while five other extremists managed to  flee.    On  the  same  day
   Paltan Bazaar police seized a large quantity of explosives from the
   counter of a private bus operator near the railway station.
   
   During  the interrogation the Hmar ultras revealed that they bought
   the explosives from Mandal area in Rajasthan and  a  picnic  dhaba,
   Hyderabad.   Based  on  the  information supplied by GRP, Guwahati,
   Rajasthan police carried out the investigations  and  arrested  the
   two accused and five cases were registered against them.

3  INNER-LINE PERMIT IN MEGHALAYA WITHIN A MONTH          [S:8-FEB-99]
   ---------------------------------------------
   SHILLONG:   Inner-line  regulations  are likely to be enforced soon
   with an aim to check influx of  foreigners  into  Meghalaya.    The
   working group which was constituted by the Meghalaya Government for
   promulgation  of  the  inner-line permit in the State, is trying to
   implement the Regulatory Act within a month, sources said.
   
   The Meghalaya Home Minister A.H.Scott Lyngdoh assured  the  members
   of the Khasi Students Union (KSU) that the Inter-State Migrant Act,
   1979,  which  is already in force will be modified to implement the
   provisions more effectively.
   
   Mr  Lyngdoh  also  said  that  a work permit system to regulate the
   movement of labourers from outside the State  will  be  implemented
   from April  1.    The  permit  will allow migrant labourers to work
   within Meghalaya for a minimum of 179 days after which it has to be
   renewed.
   
4  PARESH'S CAMPAIGN FOR CHETIA'S RELEASE GAINING GROUND  [S:8-FEB-99]
   -----------------------------------------------------
   SILCHAR:  Paresh Barua, the  commander-in-chief  of  ULFA,  was  in
   Dacca  recently where he met senior Bangladesh National Party (BNP)
   leaders to create a strong lobby for the release  of  Anup  Chetia,
   general  secretary  of the outfit, and to prevent his repartriation
   to India, according to intelligence sources.
   
   Chetia and  his  two  associates,  Babul  Sarma  and  Lakhi  Prasad
   Goswami,  are  now  facing  seven-year  jail term after being found
   guilty by a special court in Bangladesh of possessing  huge  amount
   of foreign  currencies  and  fake passports.  They were arrested by
   Bangladesh police from a posh locality in Dacca in December 1997.
   
5  CLOSE SHAVE FOR NAGAON SP, ULFA ULTRA KILLED           [S:7-FEB-99]
   --------------------------------------------
   PURANIGUDAM: An ULFA activist -- Ratneswar Saikia died on the  spot
   while  Nagaon Superintendent of Police (SP) Satyendra Narayan Singh
   had a close shave in an encounter between  a  five-member  gang  of
   ULFA  ultras  and a team of policemen in the residence of one Raghu
   Bora of Sutragaon in Puranigudam area of Nagaon on February 6.
   
   Acting  on  a  tip-off  the police cordoned the house of Raghu Bora
   where the militants were hiding in the barn  of  the  house.    The
   militants  opened  fire  at  the  police  and  when  the  policemen
   retaliated one of the ultras died on the spot, while  SP  Satyendra
   Narayan  Singh  had  a  providential escape when one of the ultras'
   bullet hit his cap.  Four other ultras, however, managed to escape.

6  GOVT EMPLOYEES SENT TO JAIL FOR PAYING ULFA            [S:7-FEB-99]
   -------------------------------------------
   NAGAON:  Thirteen people -- Keshab Bora, Ramen  Chakraborty,  Nitya
   Bora,  Padmakanta  Baruah,  Manik  Bhattacharya, Sankardev Roy (all
   engineers of PWD), upper division assistant of PWD Punya Bhagabati,
   teacher of Puranigudam  Higher  Secondary  School  Chandra  Saikia,
   assistant executive engineer of Irrigation Department Hem Hazarika,
   ASTC employees Purna Hazarika, Gopal Hazarika, Durlabh Hazarika and
   the Tinsukia manager of a well-known tyre company MRF, Narayan Bora
   --  who  were  arrested recently on charges of paying cash to ULFA,
   were sent to jail custody by the court on February 6.
   
7  PROTEST RALLY IN BARPETA, NALBARI AGAINST INSURGENCY   [S:7-FEB-99]
   ----------------------------------------------------
   CHAPAGURI:  Thousands  of people came out in processions and held a
   rally at Simala on  February  6  in  protest  against  the  ongoing
   killings,  extortions,  and other kinds of violence being committed
   by various ultra outfits in Barpeta and Nalbari districts.
   
   While over 15,000 people from Kakalabari, Manikpur and Basaka  took
   out a bicycle procession from Jalahghat at 10 am and reached Simala
   via Bhalukamukhi, Amguri, Nalbari, Golahgaon, Borpam, Bamiakuchi, a
   group of women processionists reached Simala via Anchali.
   
   The  speakers  in the meeting at Kakalabari Higher Secondary School
   under the presidentship of Khargeswar  Deka,  vehemently  protested
   the insurgent  activities  of  the ultra outfits.  All the business
   establishments in Baghmara, Jalah, Anchali, Simala bazaar and other
   areas downed shutters and participated in the protest rally.
   
8  SABOTAGE AT SUI-KA-PHA DAY CELEBRATIONS                [S:6-FEB-99]
   ---------------------------------------
   CHARAIDEO:    The   concluding   function  of  the  Sui-ka-pha  Day
   celebrations at Charaideo was sabotaged by unidentified  miscreants
   towards  the  fag  end  of the function on the night of February 4.
   The  miscreants  triggered  an  explosion  in  a  electrical  power
   transformer  by connecting the high voltage transmission lines with
   a green bamboo pole and plunging the entire venue into darkness.
   
   Thousands  of  people  had  been  eagerly  waiting  for  Dr  Bhupen
   Hazarika, who was scheduled to sing in the function and utter chaos
   prevailed.   After about two hours, the line was repaired and power
   restored, but as soon as Dr Hazarika appeared  on  the  stage,  the
   saboteurs  again  did  the  trick, forcing abandonment of the show.
   The Minister of State for Veterinary, Mr Hiranya  Konwar  was  seen
   appealing to the people to forgive with tears in his eyes

9  INDEFINITE CHAKKA BANDH IN FIVE ROADS                  [S:6-FEB-99]
   -------------------------------------
   JORHAT:  As many as  ten  transport  associations  have  called  an
   indefinite  strike  on  plying  of  vehicles in five roads of upper
   Assam from February 8 in protest  against  the  State  Government's
   apathetic  attitude towards the demand of repairing the roads which
   are in dilapidated conditions.
   
   The  roads  on  which  `chakka  bandh'  will   be   observed   are:
   Naharkatia-Rajgarh-Moran    Road,    Digboi-Duliajan-Lahoal   Road,
   Namrup-Naharkatia-Lahoal   Road,   Tinsukia-Tengakhat   Road    and
   Tinsukia-Namrup-Sonari Road.    Of  the  ten  bodies,  six  are bus
   associations, three are autorickshaw associations and  one  is  tax
   association.
   
10 DHANI RAM ANNOUNCES REOPENING OF HEART INSTITUTE
   ------------------------------------------------
   GOLAGHAT:  Dr Dhani Ram Baruah has announced the reopening  of  his
   Heart  Institute  and Research Centre through advertisements in the
   newspapers recently.    `Entering  into  a   new   era   of   Heart
   Transplantation Surgery  with  new concept and technology.  World's
   pioneer   institute   for    cluster    (heart,    lung,    kidney)
   xenotransplantation  and  Northeast  India's  pioneer institute for
   open heart surgery', the advertisement said.
   
   It further announced  restarting  of  the  hospital  with  expanded
   facilities  for  high  quality  and  low  cost surgery by a team of
   specialists in related fields from  outside.    Similar  facilities
   will be  made  available  in the 200 bed hospital in Delhi.  Baruah
   Heartvalves and Baruah Heart-21 and other critical cardiac  devices
   are being relocated at Delhi and Guwahati, the notice said.

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