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                         Vol.4, No.37 [*] June 25, 1999

                    The game isn't over till it's over.
                              - Yogi Berra

1  AJYCP SET TO FLOAT NEW PARTY                        [UNI:22-JUN-99]
   GUWAHATI: The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) is all
   set to float a new political party by the  end  of  this  month  to
   counter the ruling Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in Assam.
   The   AJYCP  which  is  currently  critical  about  the  style  and
   functioning of the AGP  Government  and  the  party,  will  hold  a
   two-day `Jatiya Mahasabha' at Guwahati from June 26 to give a final
   shape of the new political outfit.
   Prominent  persons  including  former  Vice-Chancellor  of  Gauhati
   University Debo Prasad Borooa are expected to lead the  new  party.
   Sources  said  that  the  new party was necessitated as the AGP had
   failed to fulfill the hopes and aspirations  of  the  people.  They
   said  that  the AGP had betrayed the people by not fulfilling their
   Meanwhile, a large number  of  former  All  Assam  Students'  Union
   (AASU)  members  had  recently  joined  the  AGP  with  a  view  to
   strengthen the party. Former AASU president Sarbananda Sonowal  has
   decided to contest from the Lakhimpur parliamentary constituency.

   GUWAHATI:   Close on the heels of the recovery of a chopped-off leg
   leg at Dakhala under Palashbari police station, the recovery  of  a
   headless body of a man at the same spot on June 24 created panic in
   the area.    The hands of the body were tied from behind, and there
   were injury marks on the buttocks.  The  body  has  been  sent  for
   medical examination by the police.
   The  people of the locality alleged that for about a month a number
   of Maruti Gypsy-borne unidentified persons had  been  visiting  the
   very  spot at night, and they believe that the body might have been
   thrown by those nocturnal visitors.  `Who are those night  visitors
   and  what  is  the reason behind such visit?' are the two important
   questions for the local populace that await appropriate answers.
   They  further  alleged  that  the  police  was well informed of the
   plying of the vehicles in the locality, but was trying to  hush  up
   the matter.  Visiting journalists were stunned when they saw police
   picked  up  some  of  the  villagers who dared to talk to the media
   persons and gave information about the incident.
   Meanwhile,  the Assam Human Rights Commission has registered a case
   in connection with the recovery of the body parts in the  area  and
   asked the Assam Police to submit the report by August 26.

3  ABSU FLAYS SENGUPTA PANEL ON BRPL                   [PTI:24-JUN-99]
   KOKRAJHAR:  The All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU)  has  criticized  a
   recommendation  on  Bongaigaon  Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited
   (BRPL) suggesting the sale of government share in  BRPL  to  Indian
   Oil Corporation  (IOC).    The  ABSU  asserted  that  the  sale  of
   government share holding in BRPL to IOC as recommended  by  the  Dr
   Nitish  Sengupta  Commission  amounted  to  make  it  a `subsidiary
   company of IOC.'
   JORHAT:  A number of organizations of Jorhat district resorted to a
   `dharna' and burnt the effigy of State Health  Minister  Dr  Kamala
   Kalita in  front  of the Deputy Commissioner's Office, Jorhat.  The
   demonstrators protested against the failure of  the  Government  to
   control  malaria which have claimed the lives of many in the State.
   The agitating activists were later arrested by police.
5  COLD DRINKS GOWDON AT TEZPUR SEALED                   [S:25-JUN-99]
   TEZPUR:  In a  joint  raid  on  June  24  by  the  Tezpur  district
   administration,  the police, and the health department, 650 bottles
   of Pepsi, 7-Up, Mirinda etc., were seized from a distributor of the
   town.  The gowdon was sealed by the  authorities.    The  raid  was
   conducted  following  reports  published  in  newspapers  that some
   people fell ill after consuming contaminated soft drinks.
   GUWAHATI:  Presence of fluoride in water used for drinking has been
   detected at Tenglanajan area near Howraghat in  Diphu.    This  was
   disclosed  by  the  additional  chief engineer of the Public Health
   Engineering Department, Diphu, Mr.  A.B.Paul.  Suspicion about  the
   presence  of  the  chemical  arose  when people living in that area
   complained about pain in the bone joints.
   Laboratory  tests  of  water samples from the area conducted at All
   India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Calcutta, revealed 10
   to 15  milligram  of  fluoride  per  litre  of  water.    The  safe
   permissible  limit  according  to World Health Organization is only
   1.5 milligram per litre.  Scientists warned that  apart  from  bone
   and  teeth  diseases, pregnant mothers would give birth to deformed
   babies, if the fluoride get accumulated in the bones.

   GOLAGHAT:   Radio broadcasts from All India Radio (A.I.R.), Aizawl,
   the capital of the northeast Indian state of Mizoram, can be  heard
   in the  South  Asian  countries.   The reception in the 5070 kHz is
   loud and clear, in as far as Sri Lanka.  This was reported by Radio
   Netherlands  on  June  24  in  its  weekly  Media  Scan  programme.
   Interest in  the  A.I.R.   broadcasts increased recently due to the
   warlike situation in the bordering areas of Kashmir.

Compiled from newspaper and agency reports for private circulation only.
      [S=Sentinel, AT=Assam Tribune, Agencies = UNI, PTI, PIB]
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