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1 80 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE NATION PUBLISHED SIMULTANEOUSLY FROM GUWAHATI & DIBRUGARH RN-1127/57 TECH/GH 104/ , VOL. 80, NO. 117, GUWAHATI, THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018, Pages Price Rs N E W S CAPSULE Padma awards NEW DELHI, May 2: The process of honouring people with Padma awards next year for their works of distinction and exceptional achievement has begun with the Home Ministry inviting nominations, the last date being September 15, PTI PNB fraud NEW DELHI, May 2: The CBI may soon file a charge-sheet against those arrested in the over Rs 13,000-crore Punjab National Bank scam, which allegedly involves billionaire jewellers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, officials said. PTI Karti relief NEW DELHI, May 2: A Delhi court today granted Karti Chidambaram interim protection from arrest till July 10 in two cases filed by the CBI and ED in the Aircel-Maxis matter arising out of 2G spectrum cases. PTI Explosive found GUWAHATI, May 2: Acting on a tip-off, Basistha police recovered an over 2- kg explosive from a passenger bus today. The bus, coming from Barpeta to Khanapara, was intercepted at Basistha Chariali. Staff Reporter Iran quake TEHRAN, May 2: A 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck a mountainous region in southern Iran today, injuring at least 31 people and disrupting power and communication lines, state media reported. AP The Assam Tribune on Internet & PLANET Y UNG May 3, 2018 Aiming high by Indralee Chetia I, Me, Myself: Diganta Hazarika Goodbye, little birdies! by Samara Baishya Know your world: Cyclone Neelotpal Deka Book Nook, Picture Crossword. Plus Quiz, Poems, My Viewpoint, Little Hearts, Comics and other features. Core area of KNP, 3 monuments out of ambit Adopt a Heritage scheme envisages tie-up with firms to develop tourist amenities STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, May 2: Clarifying that the core area of the Kaziranga National Park or the historical monuments of Sivasagar would remain untouched under the Adopt a Heritage scheme of the Union government, the Assam Tourism Development Corporation today said that the project only had plans of tie-up with public or private parties for developing tourist-friendly amenities around the tourist destinations, and did not have anything to do with handing over the entire site as was being projected. After sharp reactions coming from different quarters about giving the heritage sites to private parties for maintenance, ATDC chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah and Regional Director of India Tourism Shoeb Samad said here that the project only envisages linking the CSR activities India, China militaries to set up hotline BEIJING, May 2: The militaries of India and China have reportedly agreed on the longpending proposal to set up a hotline between their headquarters after the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping in Wuhan, the official Chinese media said today. Modi met Xi last week in an SPL NEW DELHI, May 2: In a major relief for air travellers to Guwahati, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Wednesday decided to upgrade Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at a cost of Rs 1,383 crore. A meeting of the CCEA chaired by Prime Minister, Narendra Modi today cleared the proposal to upgrade three airports including Lucknow, Guwahati and Chennai Airports AASU activists protesting the Central government s reported move to hand over historical sites to private parties, at Sivasagar on Wednesday. UB Photos for facilities like cleanliness, public toilets, drinking water, tourist information centre, etc., in the surroundings of the tourist sites without touching the actual site in any way. unprecedented two-day heart-to-heart summit to solidify the India-China relationship. Leaders of the two nations have reportedly agreed to set up a hotline between their respective military headquarters, state-run Global Times daily reported today. The reported move comes after Modi and Xi agreed to issue strategic guidance to their respective militaries to strengthen communication in order to build trust and mutual understanding and enhance predictability and effectiveness in the management of border affairs. The two leaders further directed their militaries to earnestly implement various confidence building measures (CBM) agreed upon between the two sides, including the principle of mutual and equal security, and strengthen existing institutional arrangements and information sharing mechanisms to prevent incidents in border regions, the Ministry of External Affairs had said in a press release. The hotline was regarded as a major CBM as it would enable both the headquarters to intensify communication to avert tensions between border patrol in the 3488-km Line of Actual Control (LAC) and to avert standoffs like Doklam. PTI Rs 1,383 cr for upgradation of LGBI airport at the cost of Rs 5,000 crore. The CCEA has given its approval for expansion and upgradation of integrated terminals at Chennai, Guwahati Lucknow Airports, at a cost of CCEA clear proposal Rs 2,467 crore, Rs 1,383 crore and Rs 1,232 crore, respectively, announced Union Law Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad briefing newsmen. The LGBI Airport will have a new terminal building with an area of 102,500 square me- Regarding handing over Assam s Kaziranga and Ahom-era monuments Siva Doul, Rang Ghar and Kareng Ghar to the State-based tour and hospitality company Jungle Travels India, they tres to handle combined annual capacity (old and new terminals) of nine million passengers per annum (MPPA). The building would cater to the requirement of passenger growth up to the year This will encourage investment and tourism in NER with thrust on Act East Policy, said the Union Minister. The new terminals would be built in keeping with the latest initiative of the Centre to meet the growing demand, called Nirman (NextGen (See page 4) SANJOY RAY GUWAHATI, May 2: The Supreme Court has directed Dibrugarh police to submit the up-to-date inventory of evidences gathered against suspended Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) chairman Rakesh Paul to facilitate the latter s removal from the post by the President of India. It is only after the receipt of the complete inventory of evidences that the apex court can submit its report to the President of India recommending Paul s removal, sources told The Assam Tribune. As the chairman of the APSC is a constitutional post, it is only the President of India who can effect Paul s removal based on the recommendations of the Supreme Court. to be followed by a vision bidding that requires detailed proposals from the bidders, including operation and maintenance framework. The proposals would be scrutinized by the expert committees keeping in mind the nature of the monuments as well as the existing laws governing those monuments, the ATDC chairman said. Though the JTI has submitted its EoI, the process of vision bidding and signing of MoU is yet to be done before allowing them to build amenities. As per the scheme, the private parties or PSUs involved in the projects would have the advantage of advertising their brands and get a good visibility at the tourist sites. Private/public entities and even individuals can opt for becoming a Monument Mitra and help in developing certain amenities around the popular as well as neglected tourist sites. Only (See page 4) Apex court seeks inventory of evidences against Rakesh Paul Already in possession of prosecution sanction against Paul related to sections attributed under the Prevention of Corruption Act from the President of India, Dibrugarh police will submit the checklist of evidences, including forensic reports along with the list of newly-arrested government officials, within this month. Paul s removal is imminent. However, prior to his removal, Paul will be entitled to explain his case before the Supreme Court of India as part of the law, sources pointed out. Meanwhile, on whether there was any political pressure exerted on the investigation agency vis-à-vis the involvement of the daughter of a high-profile Bharatiya Janata Party leader, sources denied any such development stating, there was no direct pressure exerted on (See page 4) SC Collegium defers decision on Justice Joseph s elevation NEW DELHI, May 2: The Supreme Court Collegium today deferred a decision on the issue of reconsidering its recommendation to elevate Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph as the judge of the apex court, after it was sent back by the government last week. The five-member Collegium comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph met after the top court s working hours, but no decision was taken. said that the expression of interest (EoI) has been submitted by the company for all the four sites, but nothing has been finalized till date. As per the process, the EoI has Besides Justice Joseph, the agenda of the Collegium was to deliberate on the names of some judges from Calcutta, Rajasthan and Telangana & Andhra Pradesh high courts for elevation as apex court judges. (See page 4) Sensation in Goalpara over ISIS flags GOALPARA, May 2: Sensation prevailed around the town after a person noticed a total of six flags similar to the Islamic State (ISIS) flags with IS NE written on them flying atop a tree by the Brahmaputra riverside opposite to the old judicial building at Kacharighat near the Goalpara police outpost this morning. The flags were later pulled down by the police. According to sources, the words NE and IS were scribbled on the flags along with some Arabic inscription. The police has been carrying out a thorough investigation on the incident and it has not ruled out the handiwork of miscreants. The police also have stepped up vigil so as to prevent any untoward incidents arising out of it. Social activist Noni Das said that the issue is very serious and it is a warning that religious fundamental outfits are trying to spread its tentacles. He also termed the incident as intelligence failure of the police and demanded the government to take strict action against the growing fundamentalist forces and curb their designs to create disturbances in the area. However, police could not be contacted for official comments. JOCOSERIOUS So far maintenance is concerned can you expect something better than this from the government? Newly appointed State DGP Kuladhar Saikia being felicitated by Oil India CMD Utpal Bora at DGP Office in Guwahati on Wednesday. UB Photos New guidelines will help Govt to save over Rs 300 cr RITURAJ BORTHAKUR GUWAHATI, May 2: The plan to distribute tractors among farmers that was suspended after discrepancies were detected in the rates quoted by the manufacturers has been resumed, albeit with a different set of modalities. Sources said the new modalities will save the government over Rs 300 crore, as the manufacturers have this time quoted rates which are Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.8 lakh less than Tractor distribution what they did on the first occasion. The programme was suspended in December last after it came to light that there was a huge difference in the rate quoted by firms supplying the tractors for this scheme and that of another project of the Char Areas Development Directorate. The price quoted by one firm for supplying the tractors under the Chief Minister s Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana is around Rs 2 lakh more than the price quoted by the same firm (See page 4)

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Supplying and of fixing of Doors, Aluminum Windows, Ventilators, Grill, fitting of tiles of newly constructed building. Estimated Amount: Rs /- 8. Making of Furniture for Cultural Museum. Estimated Amount: Rs Lakh 9. Painting of newly constructed building. Estimated Amount: Rs /- 10. Electrification of newly constructed building. Estimated Amount: Rs /- 11. Supplying of Furniture for classroom newly constructed building. Estimated Amount: Rs Lakh. Sd/- Principal Chaiduar College, Gohpur CD/TN/6469/1 (CLASSIFIED ON PAGE 4)

3 NATIONAL India, US explore ways to boost cooperation in Indo-Pacific region THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI 3 School bus in J-K attacked by stone pelters, student injured SRINAGAR, May 2: A class 2 student suffered a head injury when the school bus carrying him was attacked by stone pelters in militant-infested Shopian district of South Kashmir this morning, triggering angry reactions from the Chief Minister and political leaders. Police said the bus of a private school was attacked by stone pelters in Zavoora area, injuring the student identified as Rehan Gorsai. The injured child was referred to SMHS Hospital where doctors attending on him stated his condition to be stable. The bus was carrying close to 35 students. The incident evoked sharp reaction from Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who said perpetrators of this senseless and cowardly act will be brought to justice soon. Shocked and angered to hear of the attack on a school bus in Shopian. The perpetrators of this senseless and cowardly act will be brought to justice, she tweeted. Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah condemned the attack on the school bus. These attacks deserve our unequivocal condemnation & this tweet is mine, Omar wrote on his Twitter handle. PTI NEW DELHI, May 2: India and the US have explored ways to further deepen operational cooperation in the resourcerich Indo-Pacific region where China has been trying to spread its influence. The issue was discussed extensively during the third round of the India-US Maritime Security Dialogue which took place in Goa from April 30 to May 1. The two sides discussed developments in the maritime domain in the Indo- Pacific region and exchanged views on ways to further strengthen bilateral maritime security cooperation, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement. The US has been pushing for a broader role by India in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region. India, the US and several other world AMARAVATI (AP), May 2: As many as 14 people were killed in 41,025 lightning strikes in different districts of Andhra Pradesh, the State Disaster Management Department said today. Yesterday, Guntur district recorded the highest number of deaths at six, followed by Vizianagaram (3), West Godavari (2), Srikakulam, Visakhapatnam and East Godavari (one each), a release from the department said. Cloud-to-ground strikes happened in 11 out of 13 districts till pm powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo- Pacific in the backdrop of China s rising military manoeuvring in the region. In November last, India, the US, Australia and Japan had given shape to the long-pending quadrilateral coalition to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific region free of Chinese influence. The MEA said, during the two-day dialogue, both sides reviewed the implementation of the decisions taken during previous deliberations. It said the next round of the dialogue will be held in the US on mutually convenient dates. The Indian delegation was led jointly by Pankaj Sharma, Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Affairs) and Munu Mahawar, Joint Secretary (Americas) in the MEA, while the US delegation was led by David Helvey, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, and Daniel Rosenblum, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. US President Donald Trump, in his first prime-time televised address to the nation as commander-in-chief last year, had laid out his South Asia policy saying a critical part of it was to further develop the US s strategic partnership with India. In June 2016, the US had designated India a Major Defence Partner intending to elevate defence trade and technology sharing with India to a level commensurate with that of its closest allies and partners. PTI Over 40,000 lightning bolts kill 14 in AP BENGALURU, May 2: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi lavished praise on him at an election rally in Karnataka, JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda today sought to play it down, saying it did not mean both parties were cosying up to each other. Gowda also slammed Chief Minister Siddaramaiah for suggesting that his party would back BJP. He claimed that it was Siddaramaiah who wanted to become Chief Minister in 2004 with the saffron party support when he was in the JDS. Virtually endorsing Modi s criticism of Rahul Gandhi for having insulted him, the JDS supremo also said a Kannadiga had become Prime Minister and Siddaramaiah tried to demolish Kannadigas pride. This is how Congress gives respect to Kannada pride, Gowda, who was the Prime Minister heading the United Front government at the Centre during , told a press conference here. He asserted that JDS would come back to power in the May 12 polls, and discounted possibility of a hung Assembly. Maybe, by praising me, he (the Prime Minister) wants on May 1, the release said, citing reports from Earth Networks, which operates weather and climate sensor networks worldwide. Nellore recorded the highest number of lightning strikes at 11,955, Prakasam (4,725), Srikakulam (4,703), Guntur (4,101), Vizianagaram (3,901), East Godavari (3,216), Krishna (2,925), Visakhapatnam (2,698), Chittoor (17,06), West Godavari (768) and Kadapa (327), the release said. Owing to sudden change in weather, heavy rain and strong gales occurred in the Bay of Bengal. That had caused the lightning strikes and loss of lives, it added. Due to whirlpool formation, two fishermen were reportedly drowned in the sea, it said. The State Marine Police and the Coast Guard were continuing the operation to trace the bodies. Meanwhile, five fishermen boats that went missing in the sea, returned to shore safely today. PTI Gowda downplays PM s praise; hits out at Siddaramaiah to gain sympathy. That is all. That does not mean there is an understanding (between BJP and JDS), Gowda said. In fact, the JDS is confident of forming the government on its own with the cooperation of TDP leader Chandrababu Naidu, Chandrasekhar Rao (of TRS) and other friends in political arena. I do not expect a hung Assembly, he said. I have been saying this and I will say this again we are confident of forming a government on our own, the JDS chief said. In remarks that raised eyebrows in political circles, Modi, while launching the second leg of his campaign blitz for the Assembly elections, had lashed out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi for insulting Gowda, saying it showed his arrogance. Showering praise on Gowda at a rally in Udupi, the Prime Minister had said Gowda was one of the most respected and tallest leaders for whom he had great respect. Modi s remarks relating to Gowda were seen as extending an olive branch to the JDS veteran to keep the options open for the BJP in the event of a hung verdict. PTI NDMA plans to create uniform, credible database on disasters NEW DELHI, May 2: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is planning to develop a uniform and credible database on manmade and natural disasters in collaboration with global bodies like the UNICEF and the UNDP, the Home Ministry said today. The issue was discussed at a workshop organised by the NDMA with participation of the United Nations International Children s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The two-day workshop is aimed at developing a consensus among various stakeholders on disasters and thresholds, and to develop standardised systems for data collection, updation and validation to ensure accuracy and quality, an official spokesperson said. Such a database would help track our progress towards achieving the targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR). Once ready, this database would be able to provide realtime disaggregated data, and this granular data would lend itself to generating evidences and analyses, which would help plan interventions that build disaster risk resilience. It is the first step towards developing a national disaster management information system that can provide real time information to various stakeholders for relief and rehabilitation response, policy interventions, planning and research for risk-informed development planning, NDMA member RK Jain said. United Nations Resident Coordinator, India, Yuri Afansiev emphasised on the need to understand implications of disasters, especially in a country as vast as India. PTI Political parties commenting to influence collegium: BJP NEW DELHI, May 2: Some political parties and individuals are constantly scrutinising and commenting on collegium meetings and trying to influence its decision making process, whereas the judiciary and its functioning should not be politicised, the BJP today said. The Supreme Court Collegium, which met today deferred its decision on the issue of reconsidering the name of Uttarakhand Chief Justice KM Joseph for elevation as an apex court judge. The recommendation for elevation of Joseph as a judge of the Supreme Court was sent back by the government last week. MUMBAI, May 2: Gangster Chhota Rajan and eight others were today convicted by a special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court here for killing senior journalist Jyotirmoy Dey in Judge Sameer Adkar, however, acquitted former journalist Jigna Vora, who was charged with instigating Rajan to carry out the killing. The judge also acquitted Paulson Joseph, who was accused of handling the financial operations concerned with the conspiracy. Vora broke down in the court soon after her acquittal was announced by the judge. Rajan, who was witnessing proceedings from New Delhi s Tihar jail via video conferencing, said theek hai (alright), when the judge read out the sentence and asked the gangster if he wanted to say anything. This is the first major conviction for Rajan since he was deported to India following his arrest at Bali airport in Indonesia in Earlier last year, Rajan was convicted by a court in Delhi and sentenced to 7 years imprisonment in a case of fake passports. Dey, 56, was shot by two motorcycle-borne men on June 11, 2011 in suburban Powai when he was on his way to his residence. At that time, he worked as a senior editor Our approach is that the entire process and functioning of the judiciary and issues related to it should not be politicised or motives constantly alluded to it. It is unfortunate that some political parties and individuals are persisting to do, BJP spokesperson Nalin Kohli said while speaking on the collegium s decision. Kohli, also an advocate in the apex court, said every judge who makes it to the Supreme Court is an institution by himself or herself and collectively they make the institution eminent. The constant approach of some political parties and individuals to scrutinise and comment on the meetings and functioning of the collegium and the apex court, in some way or the other, may also be seen as an attempt to influence its decision making, which it is fully capable of doing without these comments, the spokesperson said. Just as an independent judiciary is critical to the basic structure of the our constitution, the same constitution also requires a democratically elected government to discharge its duties in serving the people who elected it, he said. This separation of power is inherent to the basic structure of our constitution, Kohli added. PTI Chhota Rajan, 8 others convicted; Jigna Vora acquitted for the tabloid, Mid Day. A total of 12 persons were arrested in the case, including Rajan, Satish Joseph alias Satish Kaliya, the shooter, and Vora. One of the accused, Vinod Asrani, died after prolonged J Dey murder case illness in 2015, pending trial. According to the prosecution, Vora, who was out on bail during the pendency of the trial, had been in constant touch with Rajan before the incident. The CBI, in its chargesheet, had claimed that Vora complained to Rajan about Dey, and instigated him to execute the conspiracy to kill him. The accused were booked under various Sections of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to murder (302), criminal conspiracy (120(b)) and destruction of evidence (204), and under provisions of the stringent MCOCA and the Arms Act. All the nine persons convicted in the case will face a sentence under the MCOCA and IPC Section 302 which imposes the maximum punishment of death penalty. They are also liable to pay a fine under IPC Section 302. Besides Rajan, the others convicted in the case are Satish Kaliya, Anil Waghmode, Abhijit Shinde, Nilesh Shendge, Arun Dake, Mangesh Agawane, Sachin Gaikwad and Deepak Sisodia. PTI

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SIPRI said the US military spending was unchanged between 2016 and On the other hand, Russia s military spending fell for the first time since 1998, the report said, adding that the total global expenditure of trillion was an increase of 1.1 per cent in real terms compared to the spending in PTI Rs 1,383 cr for... (Contd from page 1) Airports for Bharat) (NABH), wherein systems and processes are geared to provide enhanced airport capacity to handle one billion trips in the next 10 to 15 years. Meanwhile, sources said that recognising its role as the growth driver of the Indian economy, the Government of India has given enhanced trust for the infrastructure sector in the Union Budget Towards this endeavour, Government of India has brought out National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP), which is the stepping stone to provide robust air connectivity throughout the length and breadth of the country. The policy also envisages to create an ecosystem which encourages economic growth of the country, by enabling people to connect with ease at an affordable cost, through Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS). Apex court... (Contd from page 1) us and the investigation is going on in the earnest manner. The daughter of a senior ruling party public representative is among the 20-odd ACS, APS and allied service officials who will soon be arrested in connection with the cash-for-job scam. Sources further divulged that the crackdown on the 20-odd officers has been kept on hold till May 15. Dibrugarh police has already arrested 44 accused in connection with the scam. The investigation is nearing its completion and the final charge-sheet would be submitted accordingly after the remaining officers are arrested. A few more middlemen are also in our hit list, sources added. New guidelines will... (Contd from page 1) for supplying the vehicles for another programme of the Char Areas Development Directorate which required around 133 tractors. Later, fresh quotations were called from the manufacturers. Of the thirteen manufacturers which were in contention earlier, twelve had responded and the government selected seven which quoted the lowest price, a government official told The Assam Tribune. This time some the rates are around Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.8 lakh lower than what was quoted on the first occasion. The models have been uploaded in a website. Farmers can also see the details at the district agriculture offices and make their choice, the official said. While the Government will give 70 per cent subsidy, which will be paid directly to the manufacturer, a farmer can also pay the remaining 30 per cent from his own sources. According to the earlier guidelines, 20 per cent of the cost was to be borne by bank in the form of loan. But banks were not forthcoming, prompting the Government to change the modality. The new guidelines also give options for procuring implements, which was earlier mandatory. The Government plans to distribute 10,134 tractors in the first phase, as there have been single application from as many villages. There has been not a single application from some 700 villages so far. Core area... (Contd from page 1) after thorough analysis of the project, the bidders would be allowed to develop the basic amenities at the site for the first five years, added Samad. It may be noted that the project also has the provision to extend the contract beyond five years for developing advanced amenities like cafeteria, surveillance system, tourist facilitation centre, illumination, etc., around the sites. IANS adds: Public protests were held in Assam today over the Centre s decision to involve the private sector in the maintenance of public amenities at the State s four sites. The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad held a protest demonstration at Nagaon. Its supporters also burnt effigies of the Assam government and shouted slogans against the move. The All Tai Ahom Students Union threatened to launch a statewide movement against the decision, whereas the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti also warned against the privatisation of the historical sites. Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, Debabrata Saikia, also condemned the move, terming the step part of a ploy by the BJP to destroy the Assamese identity by targeting national self-respect, national consciousness and national pride. SC Collegium... (Contd from page 1) The resolution of the meeting uploaded on the apex court website said the Collegium had met to consider the following agenda: To reconsider the case of Mr Justice K.M. Joseph, Chief Justice, Uttarakhand High Court [Parent High Court:Kerala], pursuant to letters dated April 26 and 30, 2018 received from Ministry of Law & Justice, Government of India and also to consider the names of Judges from Calcutta, Rajasthan, and Telangana & Andhra Pradesh High Courts for elevation as Judges of the Supreme Court, in view of the concept of fair representation. Deferred. Justice Chelameswar, who had not attended the court today, came for the Collegium meeting. There was no official word on when the Collegium would meet next. Justice Joseph s name was recommended along with then senior advocate Indu Malhotra on January 10 for their elevation as apex court judges. The government had on April 26 declined to accept the recommendation of the Collegium and asked it to reconsider Justice Joseph s name. PTI PM Modi twice as popular on Facebook than Trump: study GENEVA, May 2: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is far ahead of other world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, when it comes to popularity on Facebook, according to a new study which said 43.2 million people follow the Indian premier on the social media platform. Trump, who rules the other social media platform Twitter, is in second place with 23.1 million followers, according to the new study World Leaders on Facebook released today by Burson Cohn & Wolfe. The study analyses the activity of 650 Facebook pages of heads of state and government and foreign ministers from January 1, 2017 using aggregate data from Facebook s Crowdtangle tool, it said in a statement. Over the past 14 months, the Facebook page of Trump had by far the most interactions of any world leader on Facebook, with a total of million interactions (defined as the total number of comments, likes and shares), almost twice as many as Modi with million interactions, the study said. Modi, 67, has always encouraged use of social media platforms to stay in touch with the public. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has 46 million interactions and Cambodia s Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen and Argentina s President Mauricio Macri follow with 36 and 33.4 million interactions, respectively. The study found that 175, or 91 per cent, of the 193 United Nations member states maintain an official Facebook page. In addition, 109 heads of state, 86 heads of government and 72 foreign ministers maintain personal pages on the platform. Facebook has become the key platform for world leaders and governments to engage with voters, supporters and citizens. As of March 15, 2018, all pages of world leaders combined had a total of million followers. Since January 1, 2017, they have published a total of 536,644 posts which have garnered close to 900 million interactions, it said. PTI THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018

5 THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI 5 CITY WEATHER GUWAHATI L O C A L F O R E C A S T : Generally cloudy sky. Rain/thundershower is likely to occur. Maximum and Minimum temperature are most likely to be 29 C & 21 C respectively on Thursday. TEMPERATURE: Max 25.4 C Min 21.4 C One arrested GUWAHATI, May 2: Basistha police last night arrested one Kuldeep Singh in connection with the seizure of a truck which was carrying coal illegally from Meghalaya to Assam. Singh, who was also arrested in January last, was on bail. He was picked up from his residence yesterday. He was produced before a court today, which granted police seven days custody. Staff Reporter STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, May 2: Leader of Opposition in the Assam Legislative Assembly Debabrata Saikia today condemned the Central government s move to hand over to a private firm the task of maintaining and developing tourism infrastructure of three historical monuments Rang Ghar, Kareng Ghar and Shiva Doul and the Kaziranga National Park as betrayal of the people of Assam and a deliberate insult to their pride and sentiment. Saikia demanded that if the Centre is too bankrupt or too unwilling to look after the handful of monuments and ecological attractions in the State, then the responsibility of funding the upkeep and infrastructure development of these monuments and tourist sites should be handed over to public sector undertakings (PSUs) like the ONGC, OIL and Coal India Limited which are earning substantial revenue by utilising Assam s natural resources. Publication Board urged to accommodate State s diverse groups STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, May 2: Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharyya urged the Publication Board, Assam, to engage itself in building a composite society accommodating all the diverse groups of the State s people. He was addressing a function organised by the Publication Board on the occasion of its 60th foundation day here today. The function was presided over by Board vice chairman Sumanta Chaliha. Speaking as the chief guest, Bhattacharyya asserted that the development of the languages and literatures of each and every ethnic group of Assam would result in prosperity of the composite society of the State. Addressing the function as Cong, AASU oppose Centre s move on historical monuments a distinguished guest, litterateur Dr Dinesh Chandra Goswami suggested to the Publication Board what it should do in the days to come. He said the Board should continue with its efforts at publishing the rare books, besides implementing projects like its encyclopaedia project. Litterateur Sushil Kurmi, who was another distinguished guest at the function, praised the Board for its steps for intellectual development of the State s tea communities. At the function, the Education Minister released the second volume of the writings of noted litterateur, educationist and politician Late Hem Baruah. Earlier, Publication Board secretary Pramod Kalita welcomed the guests of the function. Maintenance and development by private firm Shiva Doul Kareng Ghar Handing over historical monuments and sites to private firms is part of a ploy by the BJP to destroy the Assamese identity by targeting national self-respect, national consciousness and national pride. The BJP envisages one Bharat where the RSS narrow writ will run, everyone will be Hindu and there will be no place for sub-nations and tribes, he said. Pointing out that the BJP had promised to protect the jati, mati, bheti of Assam, Saikia urged the people to unitedly protest this move in order to force the Centre to roll back the project and refrain from handing over more monuments and tourist sites of the State to private entities. It is especially difficult to accept that the Central and State governments together do not have the resources to preserve and upgrade the Kaziranga National Park, which is not only a World Heritage Site but also continues to attract a sizeable number of revenuegenerating foreign and domestic tourists because of its famed onehorned rhino, said Saikia. The Central government led by Narendra Modi lacks national and historical perspective, which is evident from its decision to hand over the Red Fort to a private firm under the Adopt a Monument project, he added. Saikia said that the Red Fort played an important part in the freedom struggle because it was there that the British incarcerated and hanged Indian patriots after the Sepoy Mutiny. In the present times, the monument symbolises a strong and independent India as the Indian Tricolour is hoisted atop it on Independence Day and successive Prime Ministers, including Modi, have addressed the nation from its ramparts on these occasions. Instead of abjectly abdicating its responsibility towards maintaining India s historical monuments and sites of ecological importance, the Central government should ask the private sector to spend their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Criminal Law Ordinance needs revision STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, May 2: The Adolescents and Child Rights Network, Assam (ACRNA), while welcoming the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance-2018 promulgated by the President of India on April 21, 2018, has said certain provisions in the ordinance merit revision before it becomes an Act. It indicates that the government is taking serious note of the rising number of sexual offence against children in the country. Though ACRNA welcomes the government s commitment in addressing sexual violence against children, it wishes to put forward its views on certain matters relating to the ordinance which needs a relook before it becomes an Act, ACRNA, a platform of organisations working on ad- olescent and child rights in Assam, said. ACRNA, which has submitted a petition to the President, said that the ordinance should cover not just crimes against girls, but boys as well. It addresses sexual violence only against girls/women. We are aware that the number of cases of sexual violence against boys are also rising and are a matter of concern. The law should not discriminate against a girl child and a boy child in matters of crimes against children, it The law should not discriminate against a girl child and a boy child in matters of crimes against children, says Adolescents and Child Rights Network, Assam said. Pointing out that the ordinance categorises girls/women in various categories, ACRNA said that no sexual abuse against any child is acceptable and that the categorisation discriminates against children. Any individual below 18 years of age is a child, it added. Saying that the award of death penalty in certain categories of crimes as mentioned in the ordinance goes against the spirit of Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states, Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person, it pointed out that Article 21 of the Constitution of India states that no person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except under procedure established by law. There is a general debate going on whether death penalty needs to be retained as a form of punishment at all. In the light of these, ACRNA calls for exercising greatest restraint in death penalty. Rather, there is a need for speedy charge-sheeting, speedy trial and conviction of the individuals committing such crimes against children. The mechanisms responsible for such speedy action need to be strengthened if proper justice is to be meted out for any and all type of crimes, Dr Chiranjeeb Kakoty, coordinator, ACRNA, said. funds for creating facilities in rural areas which will approximate those in urban areas, said Saikia. He added, Such anti-people policies are pursued whenever non-congress parties have been in power at the Centre. He said that the concept of non-government sponsorship of important monuments was first mooted during the tenure of HD Deve Gowda as Prime Minister. At one point, the ONGC was supposed to fund the upkeep of important monuments in and around Sivasagar through the Archaeological Survey of India, but nothing concrete happened on the ground, said Saikia. AASU reaction: Reacting to the reports of handing over four heritage sites of Assam to private parties for maintenance, the All Assam Students Union (AASU) today said that all such sites must be maintained by the State government under the State tourism policy. In a statement issued here, the student body said that giving the Ahomera monuments or the Kaziranga National Park to any private firm for maintenance will never be accepted by the people of Assam at any cost. Such monuments symbolise our glorious past as well as our identity. No private company can be sensitive enough to understand the sentiments attached to it. If the government is concerned about its maintenance, the local unemployed youth must be given this opportunity under government supervision, AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath and general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi said. Huge quantity of IMFL seized at Sonapur ANN SERVICE JORABAT, May 2: A huge quantity of IMFL was recovered in a joint operation conducted by Khetri and Sonapur police along with the excise department today. According to police sources, IMFL was seized from a godown at Sonapur s Bali Gate just a few metres from the Sonapur Revenue Circle office. However, Pranab Das, the owner of the godown managed to escape before the police arrived. The value of the seized liquor has been estimated at over one lakh rupees. Police has filed a case in this regard and handed over the liquor to the excise department. Any big fish this time? A man fishing in the river Brahmaputra in Guwahati on Wednesday. UB Photos Neglected Nabagraha Path The Kushal Konwar Path popularly known as Nabagraha Path is the only motorable road leading to the famous Nabagraha temple. Many tourists, including foreigners, visit the area. The PWD had repaired the road in 2010, while the GMC regularly deployed sweepers to keep the road clean. However, since November 2017, GMC staff engaged to sweep the road has been withdrawn, and most of the streetlights in the area are not working. The residents and the Nabagraha Path-Chenikuthi Hillside Nagarik Samiti have complained several times to the GMC s electrical division, but no action has been taken. We request the GMC Commissioner and Mayor to take immediate steps to arrange for workers to sweep the road regularly and repair the streetlights. If possible, the authorities can replace the existing tubelights with LED bulbs. Tourists visiting the Na- bagraha temple from the other parts of India as well as from other countries should not carry a wrong message about Guwahati as a whole. Pradip Kakati Nabagraha Path Starving destitute Every day in the early morning hours, destitute people are seen rummaging through garbage and scavenging for food dumped on the roadsides in areas like Silpukhuri, Ambari, Guwahati Club, Ugratara temple side, etc, which is really a heart-rending scenario in a city like Guwahati. In the Guwahati Club-Ambari area, some old, sick women have also taken shelter on the footpath with old clothes, umbrellas, etc, which is another pathetic sight. The authorities should look into this matter seriously for rehabilitation of such people. In this context, Kerala has set a great precedent. In that state, waste food packets are Citizens are requested to express their Guwahatispecific views within 100 words and mail the same to: collected from households and restaurants and kept in cold storage in public places like parks, bus stops, etc, so that poor hungry people can have them later. Since Guwahati is going to be a smart city, its citizens also need to think seriously about feeding such starving people. AB Rajan Lalmati, North Sarania Footpath Construction of footpath on both sides of the Nizarapar Road started from February 6. But the construction work has not been up to the mark. There is an electric pole with a hightension 11-kv line, to which no attention was paid during the work. The pole is posing a serious danger to the residents of the area. I approached the authorities concerned in this regard but no action was taken. Also, the people engaged in the construction work discriminated against some residents, while giving preference to others. Debojit Bora Nizarapar Road, Chandmari Colony Power failure On the day the State government effected the first Cabinet expansion, we all were expecting to watch the programme live on different channels. But, a power cut poured cold water on our hopes. The weather was good, with no showers or storm. Still, the authorities went ahead and effected the load shedding at Kahilipara. Hopefully, the authorities will desist from resorting to such unnecessary power cuts. Dhrubajyoti Sarma Kahilipara Janasanyog/DF/463/18

6 6 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 MESSAGE FOR TODAY Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what you want. TS ELIOT Much Taming the floods A major reason why the perennial problem of floods that heaps untold misery on the State every year is our reluctance to have a realistic assessment of the flood situation that can ensure effective intervention. Factors such as the presence of a very large river in the form of the Brahmaputra and the intricate dynamics it creates through the network of innumerable tributaries on either bank, and the State s bowl-like physical positioning with hills surrounding it from almost all sides, and the prolonged monsoon the State undergoes, are critical aspects that need a lot of dissection for the remedial measures to follow. These issues have rarely been assessed in the manner they deserved and the result has been the persistence with ad hoc solutions. The inadequacy of the interventions continues to be laid bare by the recurring flood devastations that take a heavy toll on cropland and infrastructure year after year. It is against this backdrop that the Centre s insistence on the State to have a detailed floodplain zoning assumes importance. The Centre has conveyed to the State that permanent immunity against floods is not a feasible proposition techno-economically, and hence floodplain zoning has to precede an effective strategy for easing the flood problem. The Centre has also stressed the need for easing the ferocity of the floods through construction of multipurpose dams on the upper reaches of the rivers but that is unlikely to enthuse the State Government, given the widespread opposition to big dams in the region in view of its seismic vulnerability and related geological, environmental and socio-economic issues. However, a thorough scientific assessment of the flood problem is bound to throw light on the mitigation measures to be adopted with due thrust on the environmental factors. Any flood control strategy should not be unmindful of the fact that flood waters are essential for sustaining agriculture and the rich biodiversity of the Brahmaputra floodplains. The need, therefore, is to bring down the ferocity of the floods to a reasonable level. More than flood, it has been the unabated erosion that is a more serious problem. Floods are essential for replenishing cropland and wetlands but erosion has none of this benevolence as it has eroded a vast landmass including prime agricultural land over the decades besides rendering thousands of families homeless. The situation actually calls for rethink on our flood and erosion control strategy. So the immediate need before the authorities is to carry out a thorough study of the peculiarities of the Brahmaputra river system as also the State s geo-physical and climatic features. As short-term measures, repairing of the existing embankments is a must, and that must be done within the lean winter season. Lack of expertise, poor planning and execution, and a funding system that causes delay and lopsided implementation of projects, have worsened the State s flood management. Mobile services The long wait is finally going to be over. In-flight connectivity is all set to become a reality in India. The travellers will soon get to use internet and voice services on mobile phones during flights in the Indian airspace. The Telecom Commission on Tuesday gave clearance to the much-awaited proposal allowing flyers to facilitate both voice calls and data surfing in domestic and international aircraft in India. Globally, many airlines are already offering wi-fi facilities for passengers. But they have to switch off the facility when they enter the Indian airspace. Around 30 airlines across the world have allowed the passengers to use mobile phone on aircraft. The inflight connectivity facility in India is likely to be rolled out within three-four months as time will be needed to work out the modalities of licences and back-end agreements. At present under the existing Indian civil aviation regulations, mobile phones must be turned off to avoid interference with the aircraft communication systems. The Telecom Commission has made it clear that it is upon the airlines to take a final call whether they want to provide one or both the services mobile phone calls and internet services. With this facility all set to be rolled out, the air passengers no longer will have to turn on their mobiles to airplane mode while taking a flight. This landmark decision will ensure more convenience to the air travellers. The move will also help the passengers to spend the time they are airborne gainfully without wasting a good number of hours. In-flight connectivity will be a win-win situation both for the passengers and the service providers. The decision of the Telecom Commission holds the promise to generate new source of revenue both to the airline industry and the telecom sector as well. The airline and the telecom service provider will decide on the amount which the passenger will have to pay for availing the in-flight mobile connectivity. The Telecom Commission unveiling its reform measures has also given its approval for setting up of an ombudsman for addressing the grievances of the consumers and internet telephony. Now companies who hold valid telecom licences can provide app-based calling services even by using wi-fi connection. The telecom ombudsman has been a long-pending demand to ensure that the consumers can get their grievances readdressed. With the in-flight connectivity on the verge of becoming a reality, the Telecom Commission should ensure that the telecom service providers and the airline companies don t fleece the flyers by quoting exorbitant rates. The flyers also on their part must be careful not to cause inconvenience to the fellow passengers which using the mobile phone. ado about AFSPA withdrawal The withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Meghalaya and parts of Arunachal Pradesh created quite a stir in the national media. Indeed this draconian Act has been a subject of intense debate across the country for decades. As a former member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB), I have repeatedly posed the question: Is the AFSPA necessary to contain insurgent outfits in the north-eastern States of India when similar anti-state movements by forces aligned to the Maoist ideology operate with impunity in Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, parts of Maharashtra and earlier in Andhra Pradesh but the Central Government has never considered it necessary to impose this Act or to even label these troubled zones as Disturbed Areas? Why are certain regions of this country considered security threats to the country? Are there precedents anywhere in the world, including the most troubled spots of the Middle-east where different laws are invoked to contain internal rebellions? The AFSPA dates back to the colonial era and flows from the Rowlatt Acts of February, The Act was hastily passed by the Imperial Legislative Council, the legislature of British India to contain the Indian Independence movement. The Acts allowed certain political cases to be tried without juries and permitted internment of suspects without trial. That an Act drawn premised upon a colonial law is used by the state against Letters to the EDITOR Sir, In September, 2017, the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, launched what it called Adopt a Heritage Apni Dharohar, Apni Pehchaan project for the development of tourist-friendly destinations. As a part of it, private or public sector companies/individuals would adopt the heritage structure for their upkeep, and be called Monument Mitras. The rationale given for this was that since India was a culturally rich country and tourism was on steady rise, there was a need to provide basic amenities to tourists on an immediate basis, and advanced amenities on a long-term basis. Under this its own people even today should actually have created a national uproar years ago. But since the Act is used selectively to contain the peripheries of this country such as the north-eastern States of India which are perpetually suspected to be closer to China than to India and for Jammu and Kashmir where a proxy war by Pakistan has been raging since 1947 is also an indicator that the Indian population too believes that such laws are needed to win the loyalties of the people of these troubled peripheries. That the army and paramilitary forces operate to contain the internal strife in these regions and that they often use tactics of war against their own people (that is if the people of North-east India are considered Indian enough) has been highlighted time and again even at international platforms, but to no avail. In Meghalaya, the AF- SPA was invoked in 1991 along a 20-km stretch of the Assam- Meghalaya border. As far as Meghalaya is concerned, this Act has never impinged on our lives hence the subdued response to its revocation recently. The intent is to prevent the prominent militant outfits from Assam such as the ULFA and NDFB from operating freely across the two States. Although Meghalaya is buffeted by insurgency since 1994, it is the State Police that have handled the situation. Only in 1998 was there an army operation Operation Birdie in the areas adjoining West Khasi Hills and East Garo Hills, when the 59 Mountain Division of the army was deployed. But that operation was short-lived as the army was out of depth in that terrain. Hence, the people of Meghalaya were not impacted by the draconian clauses of AFSPA which allow the security forces to operate with impunity, including shooting to kill anyone suspected to be a militant. The argument put forth by the Centre in revoking the Act is equally interesting. The prime reason for removing AFSPA from Meghalaya and parts of Arunachal Pradesh is because of the decline in the number of violent incidents in the two States. The rationale adopted is Since the AFSPA is ostensibly invoked to deal with armed insurgency, why is the same Act not invoked in the Maoisthit areas in the heart of the nation? Interestingly no one has raised this issue in Parliament. essentially the decline in the number of dead bodies of militants, security forces and of civilians (non-combatants) who lose their lives in collateral damage. The South Asia Terrorism Portal points to relative peace in Manipur and Assam too since So why are the Chief Ministers of the two BJP-ruled States, not demanding the revocation of this Act? Isn t that one of the important prepoll promises? As far as Arunachal Pradesh is concerned, the story is appalling. A central team has assessed the security situation in Tirap, Changlang and Longding and accordingly 1,570 police personnel were appointed out of 1,949 sanctioned posts under the Centre s special package for insurgency-hit districts. These posts were sanctioned for opening 11 new police stations and upgrade of nine existing police stations in the districts. But those in the know say that those appointed were very soon used for personal security of VIPs. Many of those appointed asked to be posted to other districts closer to their homes. Hence the whole purpose of appointing additional forces to tackle extortion and violence unleashed by the NSCN of the IM and K groups remains unfulfilled. Whenever there is a public outcry against the NSCN in Arunachal Controversy over monument adoption Pradesh, the easiest way out is to extend the AF- SPA. The State Government remains unaccountable for the security and safety of its own citizens. Very few question how the AFSPA was lifted from Tripura in 2015, by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, 18 years after its invocation. Sarkar argued then that the security situation in Tripura had improved. But there is the politics of AFSPA which is not spoken or written about. Sarkar was able to contain law and order in Tripura using the state police. Why are the Chief Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Nagaland unable to do the same despite the improved situation? Let me repeat the question asked earlier. Since the AFSPA is ostensibly invoked to deal with armed insurgency, why is the same Act not invoked in the Maoist-hit areas in the heart of the nation? Interestingly no one has raised this issue in Parliament. In 2004, the Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee had toured the north-eastern States in 2004 and given its recommendation for revocation of the Act. The UPA Government sat on it and the NDA Government in 2015 rejected the Committee s recommendations in toto. The State governments of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland can on their own assess the security situation in their States and revoke the Disturbed Areas Act following which the AFSPA can be withdrawn. But the State governments have become too reliant on the Centre for maintenance of law and order. It is also a convenient excuse to blame the Centre for any act of insurgency in their States. In one sense the States are admitting that their police force is either incompetent or incapable of maintaining law and order or the State Governments don t care about the impunities visiting their own people via the AFSPA. The flip side about the AFSPA other than the regular complaints of excesses by security forces is also that it has encouraged several subversive activities within the military. Drugs are peddled not just by nasty smugglers but also by defence officers operating in the disturbed areas. Teak from Myanmar regularly crosses the borders and reaches Delhi to adorn the homes of serving and now retired army officers. And this is not just a figment of my imagination. A regular scanning of news reports will inform us of the deviant behaviour of men in uniform when they are appointed in the so-called troubled areas where militant activities have come down. Making the Assam Rifles a paramilitary force that is largely populated by army officers the sentinel of the North-east has its own connotation. Is the North-east unsafe without these sentinels? Are the people unable to sustain peace on their own merit? Is the military culture of gun-carrying, uniformed guys in bandana sought to be embedded in our psyche forever? Food for thought beyond AFSPA. Climate change: India s biggest developmental challenge Arnab Jyoti Das A t a time when India is confronted with development imperatives, we have been severely affected by climate change. The problem has been thrust into public consciousness ever since scientific consensus emerged that warming of the climate system is unequivocal and that most of the observed increase in global average temperature since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations. In per capita terms, India s emissions are only one-third of the global average or the Asian peers such as China. But in absolute terms, India is one of the major emitters of greenhouse gases, currently accounting for over 4.5% of global GHG concentrations, behind only China, the US and the 28-nation European Union bloc. Anyone who has experienced the increasing intensity of sizzling summer temperatures in India over the past two decades would find it hard to have any doubts as to whether our planet is warming. The consequences can be seen in the melting glaciers, changing monsoon patterns, rising sea levels, changing ecosystems and fatal heat waves. It has become routine to report about the scorching heat gripping many parts of India during summer months, with the mercury shooting up to as high as 48 degrees Celsius. In the last four years, India has seen as many as over 4,620 deaths caused by heat waves, according to data published by the Ministry of Earth Sciences. The increased frequency and severity of these heat waves are blamed on the altering global weather patterns as a result of climate change due to human emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), including carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, among others. The potential adverse implications of unabated GHG emissions have placed New Delhi in a tough spot, forcing it to look for ways to come up with measures to cut the nation s high carbon footprint while not jeopardizing its economic growth prospects. With respect to climate change, mean annual temperature has increased, with an increase of 0.56 degree Celsius per 100 years between 1901 and Unusual and unprecedented spells of hot weather are expected to occur far more frequently and cover much larger areas. Under 4 C warming, the West Coast and southern India are projected to shift to new, high-temperature climatic regimes with significant impacts on agriculture. With built-up urban areas rapidly becoming heat-islands, urban planners will need to adopt measures to counteract this effect. A decline in monsoon rainfall since the 1950s has already been observed. The frequency of heavy rainfall events has also increased. A 2 C rise in the world s average temperatures will make India s summer monsoon highly unpredictable. At 4 C warming, an extremely wet monsoon that currently has a chance of occurring only once in 100 years is projected to occur every 10 years scheme, the group selected will provide tourists with amenities such as clean toilets and drinking water, illumination, signage, wi-fi, multilingual audio guides, cloakroom, canteen, advanced surveillance system (like PTZbased CCTV cameras), tourist facilitation-cum-interpretation centres which will have facilities such as museums, shopping/ souvenir shops, cloakroom, toilet, drinking water, money exchange, digital interactive kiosk, digital screening, light and sound shows with regular cultural shows, battery-operated vehicles and advanced tourist flow management system linked with carrying capacity of the monuments. There will be expert committees to oversee the projects, and 93 monuments based on footfall have been identified for it. There seems nothing objectionable to this on the surface. Yet, as soon as the news was announced, social media was abuzz with messages that the iconic Red Fort had been sold out. It seems that the move has landed amidst a controversy. Yours etc., PARTHA PRATIM MAZUMDER, Kazipara, Nalbari. Special care Sir, Kudos to The Assam Tribune for publishing the excellent article, Assam and 15th Finance Commission by Swapnanil Baruah (AT, May 1). Assam needs more and better infrastructure if it wants to obtain a high economic growth. Accordingly, the State must have roads and railways, electricity, by the end of the century. An abrupt change in the monsoon could precipitate a major crisis, triggering more frequent droughts as well as greater flooding in large parts of India. India s north-west coast to the south-eastern coastal region could see higher than average rainfall. Dry years are expected to be drier and wet years wetter. Improvements in hydro-meteorological systems for weather forecasting and the installation of flood warning systems can help people move out of harm s way before any weather-related disaster strikes. Building codes will need to be enforced to ensure that homes and infrastructure are not at risk. Cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata have witnessed significant environmental stresses in the recent years. Crowding due to population displacement is likely to exacerbate existing housing problems in these mega cities. Also, noise, overcrowding and other possible features of unplanned urbanization may increase the prevalence of mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, stress, schizophrenia and even suicides. Mumbai has the world s largest population exposed to coastal flooding, with large parts of the city built on reclaimed land, below the hightide mark. Rapid and unplanned urbanization further increases the risks of sea water intrusion. With India close to the equator, the subcontinent would see much higher rises in sea levels than the higher latitudes. Sea-level rise and storm surges would lead to salt water intrusion in the coastal areas, impacting agriculture, degrading groundwater quality, contaminating drinking water, and possibly causing a rise in waterborne diseases such as cholera, as the cholera bacterium survives longer in saline water. Kolkata and Mumbai, both densely populated cities, are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of sea-level rise, tropical cyclones, and riverine flooding. Even without climate change, the world food prices are expected to increase due to growing populations and rising incomes, as well as a greater demand for bio-fuels. While overall rice yields have increased, rising temperatures with lower rainfall at the end of the growing season have caused a significant loss in India s rice production. Without climate change, average rice yields could have been almost 6% higher (75 million tons in absolute terms). Recent studies show that wheat yields peaked in India and Bangladesh around 2001 and have not increased since despite increasing fertilizer applications. Observations show that extremely high temperatures in northern India above 34 C have had a substantial negative effect on wheat yields, and rising temperatures can only aggravate the situation. Seasonal water scarcity, rising temperatures, and intrusion of sea water would threaten crop yields, jeopardizing the country s food security. Should current trends persist, substantial yield reductions in both rice and wheat can be expected in the near and medium terms. Under 2 C warming by the 2050s, the country may need to import more than twice the amount of food grain than would be required without climate change. schools, hospitals, etc. The failure to invest in the infrastructure sectors would mean a failure to secure a high economic growth. Unfortunately, Assam is deficient in better infrastructure. But, for growth and creation of jobs, there is a need of quality infrastructure in Assam. The revenue collected by the Government of Assam is pathetically low. So, Assam is compelled to seek financial aids from the Central Government for building infrastructure, etc., while the Central Government is reluctant to release any special grants to Assam for the same. In the absence of proper infrastructure, Assam cannot dream of securing a high economic growth. Again, the deficiency in infrastructure is not the sole Crop diversification, more efficient water use, and improved soil management practices, together with the development of drought-resistant crops can help reduce some of the negative impacts. Climate change is expected to have major health impacts in India, increasing malnutrition and related health disorders such as child stunting, with the poor likely to be affected most severely. Child stunting is projected to increase by 35% by 2050 compared to a scenario without climate change. Malaria and other vector-borne diseases, along with and diarrhoeal infections which are a major cause of child mortality, are likely to spread into areas where colder temperatures had previously limited transmission. Heat waves are likely to result in a very substantial rise in mortality and death, and injuries from extreme weather events are likely to increase. Health systems will need to be strengthened in identified hotspots. To diversify its energy mix, India has been actively promoting renewable power sources and aims to pump tens of billions of dollars in new investments to expand generation capacity over the coming decade. Ambitious targets have been set: The goal is to source 40% of India s electricity from renewable and other low-carbon sources by It also wants to reach 175 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity by 2022, of which 100 GW will be from solar energy. This push has helped India emerge as a key player in the global renewables market, which has driven down the cost of clean energy. problem of Assam. The State is without medium and large industries since long. The unemployed youths have remained jobless for decades. There are more than 20 lakh unemployed youths in Assam. This is a pathetic scenario. Here also, the Central Government must set up medium and large industries with the aim to create jobs for the State s unemployed youths. Assam being a backward State, the Central Government must take special care of the State. Otherwise, Assam will continue to be an economically backward State. Yours etc., MAHESWAR DEKA, Rangiya. Articles (within words) and Letters to the Editor for publication in the editorial page may be sent to the ID:

7 CITY THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI 7 Convention lays stress on road safety STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, May 2: Society for Automotive Fitness & Environment (SAFE) organised its annual convention here today in association with the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, and Transport Department of the Government of Assam. The theme for this year s convention was Enforcement, Intelligent Transportation and Training for Safer Roads and was aimed at addressing the road safety hazards. The convention was organised to share the best practices adopted by the government and private organisations in areas of vehicular safety, technology innovations and standards for enhancing road safety. Speaking on the occasion, Parimal Suklabaidya, Minister of Environment, Forest, Fishery and Excise, Government of Assam, said, In our country, we have vehicles with new and best technology and we are trying to make them safer. We are working in the area of technology for vehicles and for road safety. It is our responsibility to lay emphasis on spreading awareness on road safety as our moral duty. The drivers need to understand the importance of being sensible on roads. The drivers must ensure that their awareness and sensible driving skills can prevent a road fatality. We are working towards initiating better driver training workshops for ensuring we have safer roads. Govt duty-bound to create right environ for civil services exams STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, May 2: There are responsibilities for the government to create an enabling environment for preparation for the civil services pre-examination. The Government of Assam has already been providing financial support to civil services aspirants clearing the UPSC prelims. The Education Department can plan to establish a full-fledged library for civil GUWAHATI, May 2: Assamese culture is vibrant, inclusive, on the ascendancy, and there is no chance of it being submerged by any other culture, including Bengali culture. Stating this while delivering the 5th Professor Sarat Mahanta Memorial Lecture on Recasting Assamese-Bengali Relationship: A New Perspective at the Royal Global University at Garchuk here on Tuesday, Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy underlined the need for Bengalis to learn about Assamese culture. Roy said that Assam is a great land of many ethnicities, cultures and religions and has to remain so. For that, the interests of the indigenous Assamese people have to be protected. He also high- STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, May 2: Considering the meagre representation of the Assamese Muslims both in Parliament and in the State Legislative Assembly, the Journalists Association of Assam (JAA) and Guwahati Senior Citizens Association (GSCA) have requested the Government of India to make constitutional provisions reserving at least six seats in the Assam Assembly and one seat each in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in order to secure constitutional justice to one of the numerically weak but culturally rich communities of the State. President of GSCA and JAA, DN Chakravartty dwelt at length on the historic contributions of the Assamese Muslim community towards the enrichment of the Assamese service aspirants and the North Eastern Council (NEC) has also a key role to play in implementing this plan. Education Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharyya today observed this at a felicitation function of the 17 UPSC toppers from Assam this year. The function was organised by the North East Institute of Advanced Studies (Northeast-IAS). While felicitating the UPSC toppers Bipasha Kalita (rank-41), Mrigakshi Deka (126), Manalika Borgohain (230), Sanket Agarwal (271) and Bidisha Chintey (818) Bhattacharyya endorsed the Mission-100 of the Northeast- IAS and stated that cracking the civil services examination for selection into different services like IAS, IPS and other allied services, is not easy. But, it is not difficult either, provided the latest information and teaching methodology is made available. Our local institutions should be committed to catering to the needs of the aspirants, he added. Sankar Ray, director-academics of Northeast-IAS, in his welcome address urged the youths of the North East to take the opportunity given by the institute which offers free training to 100 talented youths of the State for UPSC/ APSC examinations. A team of experienced faculty from Delhi has been invited to conduct the training, he stated. This photograph taken on Wednesday suggests that the authorities have not taken any step to remove the electric pole that had collapsed a few days back in the Ambari area of Guwahati city. UB Photos Assamese culture on the ascendancy: Tripura Governor lighted the need to propagate Assamese culture beyond the borders of the State. It is unfortunate that students outside Assam are not taught about the great sons of Assam like Lachit Borphukan, Tarun Ram Phookan and Lakshminath Bezbaroa, he said. Roy, who started his keynote address in Assamese, dwelt on the need for trans-provincial understanding of cultures. Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi paid rich tributes to Professor Sarat Mahanta and dwelt on his work as a academic, a historian, a journalist and a satradhikar. Assam Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma underlined the similarities between Assamese and Bengali cultures and their being integral Assamese Muslims need proper representation in Parliament, Assembly culture and civilisation for the last seven hundred years. The Assamese Muslims are the only community in India which has submerged their original Islamic identity into the larger identity of the Assamese community. The history of Assam is replete with instances of glorious deeds of courage and wisdom of the Assamese Muslims right from the Ahom days and during the British occupation, he said. Chakravartty said that while the Assamese Muslims like the great Bagh Hazarika alias Ismail Siddiqui fought shoulder to shoulder with their fellow warriors in the Ahom Army against the invading Mughals and Pathans, there were also shining instances of great martyrs and patriots like Bahadur Gaonburha and Formud Ali who 10th anniversary of yoga training centre held STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, May 2: The tenth anniversary of the yoga training centre at Puberun Sangha, Beltola, was observed recently with a daylong programme. The programme started with an early morning twohour yoga practice from 5 am, followed by flag hoisting by Udayaditya Goswami, a founder member of the centre. The programme concluded with a public meeting in the Puberun Sangha campus. The meeting, held with Rama Kumar Das, a retired engineer, in the chair, witnessed the participation of a number of noted yoga practitioners trained at the Patanjali Yoga Samiti, Hardwar. Hari Prasad Talukdar, a yogi, spoke how he had suffered from serious illness in his young age but was able to overcome his health problems through yoga, and became a full-time yoga teacher both in India and abroad. Another speaker, Bikash Goswami, State Prabhari of Patanjali Yoga Samiti Assam, laid emphasis on spiritual development through yoga, which needs full dedication on the part of both the teachers and learners. Another yoga practitioner, Divyajyoti Baruah also spoke among others. Free health camp GUWAHATI, May 2: A free health camp was organised by Jalukbari Senior Citizens Forum at Sundarbori High School, Jalukbari, a few days back, stated a delayed press release. Specialists from Dispur Polyclinic and Nursing Home offered free consultation. Doctors from the nearby Govt Ayurvedic College also attended the camp. A large number of patients attended it. fought for the cause of Assam. The great Assamese Muslim thinkers and patriots like Barrister Abdul Majid and civil surgeon Dr Jalnur Ali have emblazoned the pages of Assam history with their vast contributions in the field of service to humanity and advancement of the State, he said. Chakravartty spoke about the pitiable economic status of the Assamese Muslims during the recent years and lamented the fast disappearance of the Assamese Muslims from the decision- making seats of Assam administration. Chakravartty appealed to all the political parties of the State to rise above petty political considerations and uphold the genuine cause of the Assamese Muslims who are rich in culture and civilisation but are now extremely poor in administrative leadership. parts of the greater Indian culture. He spoke of the convergence of the teachings of Srimanta Sankaradeva and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the Vedic culture that binds all the cultures together. Sarma said that many eminent Assamese and Bengalis strove to cement ties between the two cultures and had worked for greater understanding and unity between the two cultures and communities. The two cultures are also distinct and while maintaining their distinctiveness, we should work for unity between the two communities that will strengthen the unity and integrity of the country as a whole, he said. Agriculture Minister Atul Bora spoke of his personal association with Professor Sarat Mahanta. He (Professor Mahanta) was a courageous, straightforward and multi-faceted personality who was adept at finding solutions to even very complex problems, said Bora. He also termed Professor Mahanta a prominent exponent of Satriya culture. The memorial lecture, organised by the Sarat Mahanta Foundation in association with Royal Global University, was also attended by Ministers Pijush Hazarika and Bhabesh Kalita, Lok Sabha MP Pradan Barua, legislator Satyabrata Kalita, Advisor to CM Hrishikesh Goswami, top bureaucrats and police officers, senior academics and prominent people from various walks of life. The programme was moderated by noted actress Jerifa Wahid. A brilliant dance recital depicting the ten avatars of Vishnu was presented by danseuse Mridusmita Das and her team with renowned singer Zublee Barua rendering the background score. Free dental camp held GUWAHATI, May 2: Premier Dental Care conducted a free dental checkup camp at DPS Khanapara recently, said a press release today. Students from KG to Class X, teachers and staff were screened for making an estimation of their oral health condition. On completion of the dental checkup each student was given a report summary of the diagnosed problem and the recommended dental treatment plan in their school diary. An awareness talk on the importance of dental health and dental hygiene measures was given for educating the students on common dental ailments, the press release added. Staff Reporter Death condoled GUWAHATI, May 2: Nizarapar Puja Samiti condoled the death of Loken Saikia, one of its life members, at a condolence meeting held yesterday under the chairmanship of Dr Lokendra Prasad Deka. Saikia, a retired mechanical engineer, was loved and respected by all for his amiable disposition. Staff Reporter ASSAM WOMEN'S UNIVERSITY Rowriah, Jorhat-04 Walk-in-Interview Eligible Candidates are invited to attend a Walk-In-interview for the following posts on purely contractual basis at the Assam Women's University, Rowriah, Jorhat. Date and Time of Interview: June 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM, Reporting time: 10AM Sl. Position Minimum Qualification Salary No. 1 Assistant (a) Good Academic record with at least 55% Rs, 15000/- Professors of marks (or an equivalent grade point, wherever PM Library and grading system is followed) at master s degree. Information (b) Besides fulfilling the above qualification, Science, the candidates must have cleared the National Education and Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by the Economics UGC or similar test accredited by the UGC like SLET/SET Date and Time of Interview: June 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM Reporting time: 1 PM SI.No Position Minimum Qualification Salary 1 Assistant (a) Good Academic record with at least 55% Rs /- Professors of marks (or an equivalent grade point, wherever PM Psychology grading system is followed) at master s degree. and (b) For Psychology, besides fulfilling tte above Physiotherapy qualification, the candidates must have cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by the UGC or similar test accredited by the UGC like SLET/SET. 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8 8 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 STATE AASU chief adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhattacharya paying floral tribute to the portrait of Hemchandra Barua, in Jorhat on Tuesday. UB Photos May Day observed across State STAFF SILCHAR, May 2: Along with the rest of the world, International Labour Day, popular among the working class as May Day, was observed with reverence in Silchar on Tuesday. Members of the Assam Provincial Bank Employees Association Cachar District Committee along with All India Bank Officers Association observed the day amid various activities. Tarun Nandy, president of the bank officers association s Cachar district committee hoisted the flag to mark the proceedings. Later, floral tributes were paid to the makeshift altar of the martyrs as well. Later, Dhiranjan Bhattacharjee, secretary of Assam Provincial Bank Employees Association, spoke on the significance of the May Day. The occasion was observed amid various activities in Karimganj and Hailakandi districts as well. ANN Service from Badarpur adds: Along with rest of the world, the International May Day was observed at Barak Valley Railway headquarters in Badarpur town with gaiety and in a befitting manner. On the occasion, several programmes were organised by different Railway trade unions and organisations. In the presence of a huge gathering at the Barak Valley Railway headquarters, the programme began with the unfurling of the union s red flag, followed by tributes to martyrs. After the flag hoisting ceremony, different leaders and workers of the trade and workers unions shouted slogans in support of their various demands. Several meetings were organised in front of different office premises, where speakers in their addresses explained the significance of the day and called upon all sections of labourers to remain united to fulfil their aspirations. The day was also observed by the Assam State Electricity Workers Union of Badarpur unit, where the union flag was hoisted by the trade union OBITUARY Bharat Chandra Baruah STAFF JORHAT, May 2: Former Secretary of Horticulture Department of Arunachal Pradesh, Bharat Chandra Baruah, passed away at a private hospital here due to oldage ailments late on Monday night. He was 82. Late Barua, a resident of Tarajan locality here, leaves behind his wife and a host of relatives. During his tenure as a Civil Servant of Arunachal Pradesh Government, he served in various capacities, including deputy commissioner of a district. Late Baruah was associated with several leading educational and social organisations here. He was former president of managing committee of Jagannath Barooah College, Jorhat. His death was mourned by more than 25 organisations, including Asom Sahitya Sabha and Lions Club of Jorhat. The last rites of Late Baruah was performed at the Tarajan Cremation Ground here yesterday. A TIHU, May 2: Under the auspices of the greater Belsor Anchalik Brahman Samaj, the first annual Belsor conference of the Assam Brahman Samaj and the eighth biennial sitting of Nalbari Zila Brahman Samaj will be held at the premises of Billeswar Devalay, Belsor in Nalbari district on May 12 and 13. For the purpose, a strong reception committee has been formed with Kanak Ch Sarma as the president, Pramod Mishra as the working president and Nabajyoti Mishra as leader, Sitangshu Roy. The several transport unions of Karimganj district also observed the day with enthusiasm. ANN Service from Sivasagar adds: The May Day was observed in different parts of Sivasagar district yesterday with a daylong programme. In Sivasagar Marowari Milan Mandir, the centrally observed meeting on the occasion was presided over by academician Dr Prakash Kotoky. In his speech, Dr Kotoky said that India being a welfare country has been implementing a number of policies for the welfare of the working class, but lack of education among the workers and corrupt practices of implementing agencies and executives have left them in the state of poverty. Prabin Sarmah, Professor of Sivasagar Girls College, said that only through a democratic and united movement, the workers and labourers of different categories can alter conditions and earn their rightful place in the society. Aswini Doley, ADC of Sivasagar, said that the workers need to be trained about the legal provisions of protection acts and other welfare schemes launched by the government. Samsul Barikm, addressing the meeting, said that the BJP government is controlled by capitalists and hence the workers cannot expect a fare deal from the present government. MI Bora said that the workers interest should be protected at all costs. In Rajmai Tea Estate, Naranath Chetia, former principal of Demow College, flagged off a mile-long procession of the tea labourers of several tea estates brought out on the occasion of the May Day. Addressing the meeting, Pawan Sing Ghatowar, former president of Asom Chah Mazdur Sangha and a former Union minister, said that Modiled NDA government is basically anti-workers and the Sonowal-led State government has never shown any respect to the workers plight. ANN Service adds from Patacharkuchi: Like in previous years, this year too the International May Day was observed in Pathsala by a coordination committee of workers and employees. The programme began with a rally from Bhagawati Khetra and passed through the main streets of Pathsala where around 500 workers took part and participated in an open meeting. Nageswar Das, retired subject teacher of Bajali Higher Secondary School and Sultan Ahmed, Professor BH College, Howly, were the guest speakers in the event. The programme also included various colourful cultural programmes. A free dental health checkup and treatment camp was also organised with help from Shreesti, Pathsala and Medident Foundation. Dr Rupam Choudhury led the camp which benefited around 300 poor and needy people. In his speech, Dr Choudhury said that it is a great pleasure to serve those who are poor and needy on occasion of the International May Day. He also said that it s a small tribute to the working people of the area for their contribution towards the society. One dies in road mishap DOOMDOOMA, May 2: Avinash Dutta (28), a popular youth and an emerging businessman of Lachit Nagar, Rupai Siding, near here died on the spot in a tragic road mishap at Gangabari under Makum police Station along the NH- 37 at around 7.30 am on Tuesday. He was the only child of Prakash Dutta, headmaster of Rupai High School. According to police, the mishap occurred when a speeding car (AS06M8188) coming from the opposite direction collided with the car (AS23J0315) that Avinash was driving to Tinsukia. The driver and three other passengers of the car also sustained injuries in the mishap. They were rushed to Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi Civil Hospital, Tinsukia. Avinash leaves behind his parents, grandmother and a host of relatives. After postmortem, his body was brought to home where many individuals, institutions and organisations of Doomdooma and Rupai Siding, including local MLA Durga Bhumij, students of Rupai High School and members of Doomdooma Press Club offered floral tributes before the cremation. His untimely death cast a pall of groom in Rupai Siding and Doomdooma areas. the general secretary. On the opening day, Amulya Nath Sarma, president of Nalbari Zila Brahman Samaj, will hoist the district flag which will be followed by smriti tarpan offered by Kanak Ch Sarma, president of the reception committee. The delegates and subject selection meeting will be inaugurated by Bipul Boro, OC of Belsor Police Station. The open meeting and souvenir release function will be inaugurated by Ashok Sarma, MLA of Nalbari LAC, while Chandra Mohan Patowary, Industry Minister; Dr Dinamani Bhagabati, Professor, Nalbari College; and Hargobinda Sarma, retired Principal of Sarthebari HS School; will attend the function as the chief guest, appointed guest and distinguished guest respectively. The souvenir Brahmashri will be released by Dr Thaneswar Sarma, Professor of Gauhati University. The other programmes of the day will include the opening of the delegates camp (Assam Brahman Samaj) by Siladitya Chetia, SP of Nalbari, while the delegates meeting will be inaugurated by Sanjib Kr Das, DC of Nalbari. The second day s programme will begin with the 120th death anniversary of Hemchandra Barua observed ANN SERVICE SIVASAGAR, May 2: Bhasacharjya and compiler of famous Assamese dictionary Hemkosh, Hemchandra Barua, was remembered on Tuesday by Rongpur Sahitya Sabha on the occasion of his 120th death anniversary. A meeting was organised at the Hemchandra Barua Park here on the occasion. Dhiren Chandra Bhunya, former president of Rongpur Sahitya Sabah, initiated the lighting of earthen lamps and said that the dictionary compiler collected the colloquial words even from thieves and thugs. One day, a burglar outside the dictionary compiler s house stood at midnight in wait for the man to sleep. Seeing MORIGAON, May 2: Rich tributes were paid to doyen of the Assamese language, Hemchandra Barua on his anniversary on Tuesday at Morigaon Sahitya Sabha Bhavan. A daylong programme was organised by Morigaon Zila Sahitya Sabha where a large number of people took part. The programme started with the flag hoisting by Bubumoni Goswami, president of Morigaon Zila Sahitya Sabha, followed by smriti tarpan by Ajit the man still busy working, the frustrated burglar spelt out an invective, swore an abusive slang and left. Hemchandra Barua rushed out and shouted at the burglar to repeat the word once more before leaving so that he could add the new slang in his dictionary, Bhunya said. Mridusmita Singha, chairperson of Sivasagar Municipality Board, said, We need more persons like Hemchandra as Assamese language is facing a critical junction again. Manoj Borthakur, president of Rongpur Sahitya Sabha, garlanded the bust of the linguist and said, As an Assamese, we are gone if we forget the sacrifices made by Hemchandra, Padmanath, Laksminath and others of the time. The meet was also addressed by Uzzal Thakur, Kalpana Kotoky, Santos Dutta and the members of Amolapatty Yuva Sangha. In Salaguri HS School, the anniversary was organised jointly by Sivasagar Zila Sahitya Sabha and Mukul Sahitya Sabha with a well-attended meeting on Tuesday. The meeting was addressed by Juga Gogoi, member of central committee of the Asam Sahitya Sabha; Dr Dilip Buragohain and Vinowa Taye, president and secretary of Zila Sahitya Sabha, respectively. Hemchandra Barua remembered in Morigaon unfurling of the State flag by Sunil Kr Goswami, presidentof the state body, followed by smriti tarpan by Girish Ch Dev Goswami, working president. At 9 am, the cultural procession will be flagged off by Ranjit Mishra. The open meeting to be held on May 13 at 10 am will be attended by Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Finance, Health and PWD Minister as the chief guest, while the other dignitaries will be Rohini Ballav Goswami, chief advisor, Assam Brahman Samaj; Uma Kanta Sarma Shastri, retired Professor, Krishna Kanta Handique Sarma, central executive member of Asam Sahitya Sabha. The open meeting was held at Gurucharan Medhi Bhavan, Morigaon, which was presided over by Bubumoni Goswami. Explaining the purpose of the meeting, Pinaki Bhushan Mahanta, general secretary of Morigaon Zila Sahitya Sabha, said that the Asam Sahitya Sabha has chalked out programme to pay respectful homage to the doyen of the Assamese language, the author of the first Assamese- English dictionary Hemkosh Govt Sanskrit College; Anand Prakash Tewari, Managing Director, Assam State Transport Corporation; and Narayan Deka, MLA of Barkshetri LAC. Rongali Bihu celebrated at Haribhanga: Under the auspices of the Haribhanga Central Rongali Bihu Sanmilani, Rongali Bihu was celebrated on the premises of Haribhanga Gaon Unnayan Samiti with a five-day programme on April 15, 16, 17, 30 and May 1 with fanfare. On the opening day, the different flags were hoisted by Nagendra Nath Medhi, Surendra Nath Kalita, Madan Ch which established the Assamese language in a very critical time of 19th century. Speaking on the occasion, Narendra Nath Keot, retired principal of Morigaon College, said that Hemchandra Borua was a crusader against the social evils of Assamese society of the 19th century and he established the main foundation of Assamese language writing not only the first Assamese dictionary, but also several valuable books during the crucial time when Assamese language was threatened by several Barman, Upendra Narayan Deka, Nalini Sarma, Paresh Barman and Suren Rajbongshi, followed by lighting of lamps by Guneswar Haloi, Banikanta Kalita, Khagendra Nath Talukdar and Harendra Nath Haloi and garlanding programmes performed by Harkanta Kalita, Umesh Barman, Bhubaneswar Kalita and Bijay Kr Kalita. Various competitions like drawing, recitation, extempore speech, quiz, goas-you-like, debate, Mukoli Bihu dance etc., were organised on the occasion. On May 1, the prize distribution and felicitation meeting forces of contemporary time. Addressing the gathering as the chief guest, Dr Surya Das, retired director of All India Radio, Guwahati, said that Hemchandra Borua exposed all the maladies of the then Assamese society writing the Kaniar Kirtan. He was a social reformer who advocated the widow marriage at that time, Dr Das added. In the programme, two authors of Morigaon district Maneswar Deuri and Mahat Das were felicitated by the Morigaon Zila Sahitya Sabha. Annual conference of Assam Brahman Samaj at Belsor on May 12, 13 Faculty development programme held DHUBRI, May 2: A sevenday faculty development programme on Behavioural Remodelling for Enhancing the Classroom Delivery of Teachers was organised by Electronics and ICT Academy, IIT Guwahati, in association with BN College recently. The programme was inaugurated by Prof NN Roy, GB member and former Head of the Department of Political Science of BN College in presence of other dignitaries. Principal of the college, Dr Dhruba Chakraborty, in his welcome address, expressed the need of such programmes which will benefit the participating teachers but also the students and future faculty members. Anjan Chowdhury, MD of Indian Skill Academy & Empanelled Member, E&ICT, IIT Guwahati, was the resource person in the development programme. Rupam Das, Technical Assistant of IIT Guwahati, assisted in conducting the one-week shortterm course. As many as 68 faculty members from various colleges of Assam and West Bengal participated in the programme. The course objective was to impart soft skill development training to a level where faculties will be benefitted in terms of teaching style, personality improvement, classroom development etc., explained Dr Piyush Kumar Mishra, Assistant Professor of the college. The programme coordinator, Dr Susmita Sen Gupta, offered the vote of thanks. Meanwhile, the teaching staffs of the college recently felicitated renowned agricultural scientist Dr Sanat Kuman Saha. Saha is a former student of BN College and a resident of Dhubri town. The scientist was felicitated in a programme organised at the Digital Hall of the College, which was presided over by Principal of the college, Dr Dhruva Chakravarty. The eminent scientist, while interacting with the college staffs and students, shared many incidents of his life and memories with the college. He also asked the students to be consistent in working hard. A rhino and a herd of wild buffaloes are seen at Manas National Park on Tuesday. UB Photos Rajib Prakash Barua, Director of Information And Public Relation, paying tribute to journalist late Pranab Singha on the occasion of his 4th death anniversary, in Tezpur on Tuesday. UB Photos was chaired by Nagen Medhi, president of the celebration committee, where 16 farmers and 16 weavers of greater Haribhanga area were felicitated. The cultural night was inaugurated by Sarbananda Kalita. Bikul Saikia, Moushumi Priya, Sumi Sarma, Jisen Riyang and Jurima enthralled the audience with their performances. On the other hand, the committee for the first time organised a half marathon race where Santanu Kalita, Jitu Kalita, Ankur Kalita and Hemen Thakuria secured the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th positions, respectively. Locals irked over illegal stone, sand mining KALAIGAON, May 2: Illegal stone and sand mining by anti-social elements at various places in Udalguri district have been criticised by locals. Such activities have not only caused big revenue loss to the government but those illegal activities have also been destroying environment of the district causing pollution at several places. Such illegal activities have been increasing day by day, the locals alleged. According to latest information, three stone crushing units have been operating at Gitibari on Nonai riverbed for last couple of months. One GCCL Company Private Ltd has been operating the units allegedly without any valid document. Another large screening plant has also been running at Kulsi riverbed in the district for the last three months. According to information, the screening plant worth crore of rupees has been established there by one Agarwalla with fake documents. It needs to be mentioned that taking advantage of government apathy, anti-social elements have been exploiting most of the natural resources of the district. Most of such activities have been running with fake documents, causing huge revenue loss to the government. People of Bhutaichang (Nonai) lodged complaints against such illegal activities to the district administration last year, but in vain.

9 THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 Farmers welfare workshops held HAILAKANDI, May 2: The Kishan Kalyan Karmashala was today held in different blocks of Hailakandi district as part of the ongoing Gram Swaraj Abhiyan. Organised by the District Agriculture Department, the farmers workshop was organised in Hailakandi, Algapur, Lala, Katlicherra and South Hailakandi development blocks. The farmers were also imparted training on the Prime Minister Krishi Sinchayee Yojana. The farmers welfare workshops were attended by agriculture officers, experts in the field, progressive farmers, representatives of PRIs, financial institutions and district heads of allied departments. A function was centrally held at the District Agriculture Department office at Laxmisahar in the Hailakandi development block. The rural-centric campaign, which begun on April 14, will conclude on May 5. 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Hundreds of members and supporters of the ABSU, the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Progressive) and the People s Joint Action Committee for Bodoland Movement Bodoland issue (PJACBM) took part in the highway blockade programme from 5 am with bullock carts, banners and placards. The protesters also shouted slogans demanding a Bodoland State. Addressing the gathering, ABSU president Promod Boro said the students body earlier gave April 26 as deadline for a positive response from the State and Central governments for initiating a permanent solution to the Bodoland issue, but the BJP governments at the Centre and the State haven t done anything in this regard till date. Boro said the Government of India held tripartite talks with the ABSU and allied organisations last year in New Delhi on the Bodoland issue. At the meeting, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was also present. He also stated that the BJP government promised to solve the Bodoland problem if it comes to power, but nothing has been done by the government in this regard so far. The Bodos have been demanding a new State under the constitutional provision of India for decades and it was the oldest struggling group in India, he said, adding that they would not stop their movement till the Bodoland State is created. A cultural rally being taken out during the golden jubilee of the Sodau Kalibari Bohagi Mela at Gohpur on Wednesday. UB Leave travel allowance for tea workers hiked STAFF DIBRUGARH, May 2: A long pending demand of a section of tea workers has been resolved recently with the tea managements and the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) signing an agreement on hiking the rates of leave travel allowance (LTA). The agreement was arrived at after eight rounds of negotiations between the Consultative Committee of Plantation Associations (CCPA) and the ACMS on the issue. The new LTA rates became effective from January The new LTA rates have now become double than the previous rates. Married employees will get Rs 3,000 as LTA (earlier it was Rs 1,500) and unmarried employees LTA has gone up from Rs 750 to Rs 1,500. LTA is paid once in every twelve months to the employees who earn monthly salaries. DHUBRI, May 2: In a bid to curb the rising incidents of violence against women in Dhubri district, the youths and police here have joined hands to create mass awareness among the common people against this social evil. Arro Kotto, a Goalpariya street drama, was staged at different places of the district by the members of the youth biking group Riding Maniac in KAZIRANGA, May 2: Reactions are pouring in from various places of the State over the reported move of the Union government to hand over the Kaziranga National Park to a private firm for its maintenance under the Monument Mitra scheme. Speaking to this correspondent, Mubina Akhtar, secretary of the Kaziranga Wildlife Society, said under what circumstances the government has decided to hand over the Kaziranga National Park to a private firm for maintenance. association with the Dhubri police. The drama, widely appreciated by the people of the district, beautifully portrayed different aspects of crimes against women, its effects on the society and children, and steps to be taken to curb the menace. The group members along with police took out a rally from Dhubri to Alamganj via Gauripur, displaying placards to create awareness among people. ACMS general secretary Dileswar Tanti said the new LTA rates will benefit more than 30,000 salaried staff of tea gardens in the Brahmaputra Valley. ACMS president Paban Singh Ghatowar said hike in LTA has been made possible due to consistent pressure applied on the tea managements by the Sangha. Ghatowar also thanked the CCPA for its cooperation in this regard. Effigies of PM, CM burnt: Following the Central government s decision to hand over the Kaziranga National Park and three historical monuments of Sivasagar to a private firm, the Tao Ahom Yuba Parishad and the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity today staged two separate demonstrations at Chowkidinghee where members of the two organisations burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, protesting the move of the government. Ward commissioner arrested: Police today arrested Dibrugarh Municipal Ward Commissioner Sudama Pandey for assaulting a woman security guard of Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) yesterday evening. The BJP Ward Commissioner of Ward No. 22 reportedly hit on the head of Mallaya Chutia Bora, the security guard, by angrily pushing the iron gate at her when the latter prevented Pandey from entering the Gynaecology Department of the Hospital at restricted hours. Pandey also reportedly misbehaved with the security guard and threatened her with dire consequences, according to an FIR lodged by the victim at the Borbari police outpost. The Borbari police registered a case (no. 613/18) following the complaint and arrested Pandey around noon. Govt move to hand over Kaziranga to private firm widely opposed This is a national park where wild species of flora and fauna are protected under the Indian Wildlife Protection Act, The government should take care of the tourism sector and its operation in Kaziranga instead of handing it over to a private firm in the name of sophistication and modernisation. This will only help their business at the cost of wildlife, Akhtar said. If the whole tourism operation including safaris is handed over to a private firm, it will badly affect the small hoteliers as well as those associated with safaris inside the Kaziranga National Park. Only big private players dealing with tourism will gain in the process, added Akhtar. Meanwhile, the Kaziranga Development and Jeep Safari Association has voiced its grievances over this entire issue. Association president Tulsi Bordoloi said the State government must come out with a clarification and remove the confusion as it has created a sense of insecurity among the stakeholders dealing with tourism. Uttam Saikia, Wildlife Warden, said the government needs to explain the things before the people as soon as possible. Woman gives birth on train STAFF REPORTER GUWAHATI, May 2: On duty railway staff rendered prompt medical help to a lady passenger who gave birth to a baby girl while travelling by the Dibrugarh-Chandigarh Express yesterday. Aparna Khatun (24) was travelling along with her husband Mohammed Gulam from New Tinsukia to Mirzapur when en-route she experienced labour pain and gave birth to a baby girl. The train was stopped at Nazira station, where RPF personnel along with other railway staff promptly arranged for shifting the mother and the child to the Civil Hospital at Nazira. Both the mother and her child are now doing well, said Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of NF Railway. Mass awareness to curb crimes against women If we go through figures and numbers, such crimes in the district are increasing at an alarming rate, said Md Ziaur Rahman, president of Riding Maniac, adding, we, the educated youths of the society, should take the onus on our shoulders to check such crimes. Meanwhile, different youth organisations, students from BN College, Dhubri Girls College, Dhubri Law College and many other institutions recently took out a candle march here, condemning the rise in incidents of rape in the district. Youth movements have brought many positive changes in the society and this time, we have come forward to check such crimes, said Kazi Mahmadul Hassan, representing the youths who took part in the candle march. By spreading mass awareness against this social evil, we can completely eradicate it, Hassan added. THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI 9 Arrangements made for JPC meeting in Cachar STAFF SILCHAR, May 2: The Cachar district administration has made elaborate arrangements to host the meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, In a release issued to the media, Cachar Deputy Commissioner Dr S Laxmanan informed that the meeting will be held on May 8 and 9 in the conference hall of NIT Silchar. The JPC would be taking memorandums and hearings from the interested NGOs, other organisations, individuals and associations of the Barak Valley from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm on May 8 and from 9 am to 12 noon on May 9 for which the NGOs and other organisations have been asked to submit their details in writing within 4 pm on or before May 4 at the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Cachar, stated the release, adding, the same shall be accepted in the offices of the Deputy Commissioner at Karimganj and Hailakandi as well. Meanwhile, the Cachar Deputy Commissioner has urged upon the people of the district to express their views and opinions before the JPC team in a disciplined manner. SHORT RECRUITMENT NOTICE THE GAUHATI HIGH COURT AT GUWAHATI (The High Court of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh) Online applications are invited from eligible candidates from for filling up of the posts of Administrative Officer, Stenographer Grade-I, Librarian, Programmer, Superintendent, Accounts Officer/ Accountant, Senior Administrative Assistant, Stenographer Grade-II, Junior Administrative Assistant Stenographer Grade-III, Library Assistant, Computer Operator, Driver, Duftry, Attender and Cook in the Judicial Academy, Assam, Guwahati in the usual scale of pay. All the necessary details viz., numbers of posts, pay scale, eligibility criteria etc. can be seen in the relevant notification published in the official website ( & Notice Board of Gauhati High Court at Guwahati. Sd/- Aditya Hazarika, Registrar (Administration), Janasanyog/D/575/18 Gauhati High Court, Guwahati ASSAM SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY (A State University of Government of Assam constituted by Assam Science and Technology University Act, 2009) Tetelia Road, Jalukbari, Guwahati Walk in Interview Walk in interview for the contractual post of Driver will be held on at Assam Science and Technology University office, Tetelia Road, Near AEC, Jalukbari, Guwahati from 10:30 AM. Reporting time 10:00 A.M 11 A.M. No candidate will be allowed after reporting time. Required qualification: Minimum education should be Class VIII pass and having valid professional Light Motor Vehicle Driving Licence issued by competent authority with normal vision. One person will be selected for a period of 11 months. Consolidated remuneration is Rs. 8000/- (Rupees Eight Thousand Only) per month. The decision of the University authority will be final and binding in respect of the advertisement. Sd/- Registrar Assam Science and Technology University Janasanyog/DF/450/18 INSTITUTE OF HOTEL MANAGEMENT GUWAHATI (A Central Autonomous Organisation under Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India) VIP Road, Borbari, Hengrabari, Opposite- Doordarshan Quarter, PIN Tel , (M): The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India is pleased to announce job oriented hotel & restaurant related courses (HUNAR SE ROZGAR) in the trades of: A. Front Office Associate B. F&B Service Steward The courses would be delivered by Institute of Hotel Management, Guwahati under Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India. There is no course fee. Students would get the following facilities: 1. Stipend: Rs.1500/- after placement for both courses 2. Working lunch 3. Protective uniform 4. Certificate at the end of course 5. Contact hrs for A): 340 hrs Institute hrs Industry B): 300 hrs Institute hrs Industry 6. Placement assistance for eligible students. Interested persons having minimum of class 12th Pass for Front Office Associate and class 10th Pass for F&B Service Steward & are minimum 18 years of age no upper age limit, may apply mentioning their name, address, contact No., qualification, experience etc. alongwith one passport size photograph to the Principal, Institute of Hotel Management, Guwahati on or before 11th May, The classes will be commenced from 14th May, Sd/- Principal Janasanyog/DF/452/18 IHM, Guwahati

10 10 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 NORTH EAST WEATHER NORTHEAST Forecast for North Eastern States: Moderate rain/ thundershower is likely to occur at many places over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. Warning: Heavy rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Assam & Meghalaya on May 3, 5 and 6; over Manipur on May 4; over Mizoram and Tripura on May 5 and 6. Temperatures : Max ( C) Min ( C) Dibrugarh Tezpur Silchar Dhubri Jorhat N Lakhimpur Shillong Cherrapunjee Aizawl Lengpui Kohima Pasighat Itanagar Imphal Agartala Rohingya immigrants held in Moreh IMPHAL, May 2: Manipur Police on Tuesday arrested four Rohingya immigrants, including a 19- year-old woman, from Moreh, a commercial hub bordering Myanmar. The arrests were made by Deputy SP (Commandos) Thomas Thokchom under the supervision of the SP of Tengnoupal district, Dr S Ibomcha, during a search operation at a hotel near Gate No. 2 in Moreh, police sources said. Moreh is a part of Tengnoupal district. The four arrested persons have been identified as Zobar (21), Rapik (19), Kamal Hussain (19) and Munni Bibi (19) from Yakhai in Myanmar. One Takhellambam Gobin Singh (29), who trafficked them to Moreh, was also arrested, the police sources added. Gobin Singh is a resident of Lilong Urup Arapti Makha Leikai in Imphal East district. The arrested persons have been handed over to the Moreh Police Station and a case has been registered in this connection. Manipur Police personnel stationed in Moreh had arrested five Rohingya persons on April 7 and 9. Acharya fetes UPSC rank holder DIMAPUR, May 2: Nagaland Governor PB Acharya has congratulated Swapneel Paul of Dimapur on securing the 64th rank in the UPSC Civil Services (Mains) Examiation, Swapneel s achievement has made not only his parents proud but the State and the nation as well, the Governor said in his message. Power to 3.70 cr households by Dec: Union minister AGARTALA, May 2: Union Minister of State for Power RK Singh today announced that around 3.70 crore untouched households in the country would be electrified under the Saubhagya (Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana) scheme by December this year. It is very painful that electricity, a basic need of the people, has not reached every corner of the country even after 71 years of Independence, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a pledge to do the unfinished work by December 2018, Singh said. The minister was speaking after launching Saubhagya, a scheme aimed at providing electricity connection to all untouched households of the country with 90 per cent funding from the Centre. There will be no constraint of funds to fulfil the Prime Minister s mission, but we have to achieve the target within the given time, Singh said. Admitting that the Prime Minister s pledge is very challenging, the Union minister said providing electricity connection to some States like Villagers join hands to build bridge TURA, May 2: Residents of as many as 13 villages in the Mindikgre region of South Garo Hills have come together to build a bridge on their own after alleged neglect by the local MLA and other leaders. The vital bridge across the Rompa river will be constructed by using MGNREGS funds meant for the welfare of the villagers. The foundation for the motorable RCC road across the river was laid on Tuesday in the presence of villagers, church elders and office-bearers of the Baghmara block under which the villages fall. AIZAWL, May 2: The third outbreak of Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRSS) in Mizoram has killed at least 1,473 pigs, while the virus has spread to 91 villages. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary officials said that the PRRS outbreak was first detected in Champhai district bordering Myanmar when some pigs died on March 16. The cause of death was confirmed to be PRRS on March 21. Since then, the death of at least 1,473 pigs has been reported from different districts, the Joint Director Virus attack kills 1,473 pigs in Mizoram (Livestock Health) of the State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department, Dr Hmarkunga, said. He, however, added that all the pig deaths have not been caused by PRRS alone, but also by classical swine fever (CSF). He said teams of veterinary doctors have been sent to the affected areas to take stock of the situation. Prohibition has been imposed on the import of pigs from Myanmar and export of the animals from the affected districts. The department is taking steps to contain the virus. Officials said the virus has not spread further. They added that over 3,185 pigs and piglets have so far been infected The proposed bridge will be about 52 metres in length. Inhabitants of 13 villages of the Mindikgre region have joined hands and decided to dedicate wages of 60 days each to construct the bridge. The total cost will be about Rs 1 crore. The villages of Gandragre and Upper Dosogre will be a part of the project, said Mindikgre resident Greneth Sangma. The lack of a bridge across the river has created a lot of difficulties for schoolchildren and local residents and the bridge is vital to our development, he added. Block officers who were present in the foundation laying programme yesterday were Chirikam M Marak, assistant engineer of Baghmara block, and Ale M Sangma, junior engineer. Seven officials and about 150 local people, along with pastors, nokmas, presidents and secretaries of all VECs, were present in the meeting. Mindikgre has been abandoned by political leaders and the Government has apparently forgotten its promises. All of them had assured to take up issues of roads, bridges, water supply, schools, etc., during the election, but all that has been conveniently forgotten now, rued Greneth Sangma. with PRRS and CSF in different parts of the State. The outbreak has hit pork markets in Aizawl as many families have refrained from buying the meat. Pork is a favourite among indigenous Mizos. PRRS had also hit Mizoram in 2013 and More than 3,000 pigs and piglets died in 2013 and over 4,000 pigs were culled after the outbreak in PRRS is caused by a virus known as arterivirus, which can propagate through respiration, intercourse and artificial insemination. Drugs to prevent secondary bacterial infection were administered to the sick swine, officials said. Meghalaya Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui laying the foundation of the Pynthorumkhrah Presbyterian School in the presence of Health Minister AL Hekon, in Meghalaya on Wednesday. UB Photos Chattisgarh, Jammu & Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh has been very tough in view of the Maoist problem and hostile geographic terrain. We are using choppers to transport materials to remote areas so that people can access electricity. Though the target is very challenging, this mission will be fulfilled within the stipulated time, Singh claimed. The Union minister also thanked the State Government for carrying out Saubhagya on a mission mode. Tripura is doing well as I was briefed by Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varman after arriving here. The Centre will be with Tripura in every step of its development, he added. The Tripura Deputy Chief Minister, in his brief speech, mentioned the State s success in executing Saubhagya. Principal Secretary of Power Manoj Kumar, CMD of TSECL Jayanta Barkakoti and ONGC Asset Manager GK Singha Roy were present in the programme. Singh also held a review meeting with officials of Central PSUs like the NEEPCO, and the State Government on the status of different Centrally-sponsored projects. Yoga run held at Manipur University IMPHAL, May 2: A yoga run was organised at the Manipur University campus in Canchipur near here today to mark 50 Days to the International Day of Yoga on June 21, The purpose of the yoga run was to keep the momentum for the International Day of Yoga by enlisting greater participation of youths in the current year s celebration. The run was flagged off by Manipur University Registrar Professor N Shyamkesho Singh from the Traffic Island in the varsity campus in the morning. Prof Kh Tomba Singh, Dean of Students Welfare, also attended the ceremony. More than 300 students, officials and other yoga enthusiasts of the Manipur University were present during the flag-off. The main objective of today s run was to promote a culture and environment for yoga in universities and other higher education institutions, said an organiser of the yoga run. Various activities relating to the celebration of the forthcoming International Yoga Day are being discussed to maintain the momentum for yoga among youths, he added. Man held with gold bars IMPHAL, May 2: A Chennai-bound passenger was today apprehended by CISF officials at the airport here for allegedly trying to smuggle gold bars worth about Rs lakh by concealing them in his body cavity. The security personnel detected metal pieces in the body of Senthil K during frisking and he was subsequently taken away for thorough checking. During the checking, the passenger revealed that he was carrying eight gold bars (about 1.3 kg in total) inside his rectum. The passenger, Senthil K, and the seized gold bars have been handed over to Customs officials at the airport, a CISF spokesperson said in Delhi. The value of the seized gold is estimated to be Rs lakh, he said. PTI Tribunal orders war injury pension to retd Army major CHANDIGARH, May 2: The Chandigarh bench of the Armed Forces Tribunal has directed the Centre to pay retired Major Jasbeer Singh, who lost a leg and an eye during cleaning of mine fields on the China border in Sikkim in 1966, arrears of war injury pension from the date of his discharge from duty. The bench comprising judicial member Justice MS Chauhan and administrative member Lt Gen Munish Sibal also imposed a cost of Rs 30,000 on the Ministry of Defence for forcing the Sena Medal winner to avoidable litigation. Major Singh, who is now in his 70s, lost a leg and an eye in a mine blast while clearing mine fields in the volatile operational area on the China border on July 11, In this incident, his right foot up to the ankle was blown off and his left eye was ripped open. He continued Prof Mukhi sworn in as new Manipur Governor IMPHAL, May 2: Prof Jagdish Mukhi was sworn in as the new Governor of Manipur today. Prof Mukhi, who is currently the Governor of Assam, will take additional charge as the Manipur Governor since Dr Najma Heptulla, the incumbent Governor, has gone on leave for four weeks to attend her grandson s graduation in the United States. The acting Chief Justice of Manipur High Court, N Kotiswar, administered the oath of office and secrecy to the Farmers Welfare Day observed in Nagaland DIMAPUR, May 2: Nagaland today observed the Farmers Welfare Day with the Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) organising farmers welfare workshops and other related programmes in different parts of the State under the theme, Doubling of Farmers Income. To mark the day here, the Department of AH & Veterinary Services conducted free vaccination of livestock and an animal health camp at the Veterinary Hospital in Burma Camp. More than 500 animals were treated in the camp. The Zunheboto ATMA block organised a farmers welfare workshop at the Zunheboto DC s conference hall. Addressing the event, SDO (C) Ajit Kumar Ranjan spoke on the importance of having self-help groups (SHGs) to generate more income from farming. He encouraged farmers to open bank accounts for saving the money generated from agricultural produce. In a powerpoint presentation, Dr Rajesh from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Nagaland University, Lumami campus, said the farmers need to shift from monocropping to multiple cropping in order to double their income. He also stressed the importance of using vermicompost to produce organic food. to serve the nation but due to further aggravation, he was invalided out on September 18, 1978 with 100 per cent disability for life. Instead of war injury pension, he was given disability pension. However, because of his concerted efforts with his representations, the Centre agreed to give him war injury pension from July 5, 2013, instead of the date when he was invalided out. We are constrained to observe that the applicant is entitled to the entire arrears of war injury pension and the respondents have approached the issue of release of the arrears to him in a stonehearted and headstrong fashion, the bench observed. The situation in which the applicant has been placed by his sincere discharge of his duty towards his motherland, that new Governor at the Durbar Hall of the Raj Bhavan here. After the swearing-in ceremony, the new Governor also inspected a guard of honour commanded by the Commandant of the 5th IRB, Ningshem Vashum. Speaking to reporters later, Prof Mukhi said that he would try to fulfil all requirements of the State as per the Constitution. Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar, Assembly Speaker Y Khemchand, Rajya Sabha member Kh Bhabananda, other ministers, MLAs, political leaders, and top officials of the State and Central governments attended the swearing-in ceremony. It may be mentioned here that Prof Mukhi will be the sixth Governor of Manipur since the NDA came to power in May Prof Mukhi, a veteran BJP leader and former MLA from Janakpuri Assembly Constituency in Delhi, was sworn in as the Governor of Assam on October 10, On the other hand, Dr Najma Heptulla, who was the longest serving Deputy Chairperson of the Rajya Sabha since 1985, was sworn in as the Governor of Manipur on August 21, TA/DA hiked for police personnel on poll duty DIMAPUR, May 2: Nagaland Home Commissioner Abhishekh Singh today stated that TA/DA for police personnel deployed for election duty in Karnataka has been increased to about Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 per day from Rs 175 to Rs 200 per day this year. The increase is primarily due to increase in TA/DA rates as per the 7th RoP (revision of pay), Singh said in a statement. The statement added the Government has been releasing funds to the PHQ (police headquarters) as per the approved rates, adding it is expected that the same is released to the personnel on duty as per their entitlements. Correspondent Dark clouds cover the skies in Agartala on Wednesday. UB Photos is 100 per cent disablement on account of loss of a leg and an eye while clearing the mines which were laid to defend our borders against the enemy, deserved an empathetic and humane approach, it said in the order. The Centre pleaded that the arrears should be restricted to three years as the applicant approached the tribunal late. But the bench, in its April 16 order, said: It is improper to say the least on the part of the Union of India to plead the bar of limitation against such a claim of a soldier who would have better died than survive with 100 per cent disability earned by him while serving the nation. The bench ordered arrears of war injury pension from September 1978 with an interest of nine per cent per annum. PTI

11 BUSINESS & ECONOMY THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI 11 CAPSULE Tata Power posts profit NEW DELHI, May 2: Tata Power today reported a consolidated net profit of Rs 1,477.5 crore in the quarter ended March 2018 on account of all-round good performance, mainly coal business and renewables. The company had reported a consolidated net loss of Rs crore in the quarter ended March 31, 2017, a company statement said. Its total income rose to Rs 7, crore in the quarter under review, from Rs 7, crore a year ago. For the full fiscal , the company s consolidated net profit stood at Rs 2, crore, against Rs 1, crore in the previous fiscal year. Besides approving the financial results, its board in a meeting held today also recommended a dividend of Rs 1.30 per equity share of Rs 1 each to the shareholders for the year ended March 31, PTI IndiGo PAT down 73% NEW DELHI, May 2: IndiGo s parent InterGlobe Aviation today reported 73 per cent plunge in profit after tax (PAT) to Rs crore for the March quarter as higher fuel costs and foreign exchange loss took a toll on its bottom line. The leading no-frills carrier, which last week announced the sudden departure of its President and whole-time Director Aditya Ghosh, had a PAT of Rs crore in the year-ago period. However, the company s total income in the fourth quarter of climbed 17 per cent to Rs 6, crore. It was Rs 5, crore in the year-ago period, according to a regulatory filing. PTI Bapco lubricants GUWAHATI, May 2: Bapco Lubricants launched its range of products for the Northeast markets at a function held here recently. The lubricants were launched by company s Senior Vice- President Rajiv Ranjan and Regional Manager for North-east Rajib Chakraborty. Bapco (Bahrain Petroleum Company), a Bahrain Govt company, markets its world class lubricants, which are fully imported from Bahrain, under a tieup with Mumbai-based Venture Impex, a press release said here today. ASSAM PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION Jawaharnagar, Khanapara, Guwahati The Assam Public Service Commission hereby announces the results today ( ) of the viva-voce test conducted by it for selection to the post given below: 1. District Museum Officer under Cultural Affairs Department The viva-voce tests for selection to the above post were conducted by the Interview Boards on 19th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th April, 2018 and 2nd May, 2018 constituted for the purpose and assisted by Experts/Advisers deputed by the Govt. The Commission completed the process of selection and recommended the following candidates for the aforesaid posts, in order of merit: Position Roll Nos. Names of candidates Vacancy relating to reservation MRINMOY DAS OPEN CATEGORY KAUSTUV SAIKIA DO ABANTIKA PARASHAR DO NB: For details of the results, all concerned may logon to the APSC s website: Sd/- Under Secretary Assam Public Service Commission ADD Janasanyog/D/584/18 Khanapara, Guwahati-22 No. PN/DIPR/5/2017/7 SHORT TENDER NOTICE Sealed tender on plain papers affixing non refundable court fee stamp of Rs (Rupees Eight and Twenty Five Paisa) only are invited from local newspaper agent / distributor for distribution of Assamese fortnightly magazine Raijor Batori published by the DIPR, Assam through hawker to the offices of all the District and Sub - Divisional Headquarters of the State of Assam from Guwahati during the financial year The tender must reach the undersigned up to 1.00 P.M. on Thereafter no tender will be accepted by the undersigned and shall not be responsible for any delay in submission of tender. All tenders received after the due date & time shall be returned to the respective bidder without opening the same. Intending bidder(s) shall submit tenders into the Tender Box kept in the office of DIPR, Assam, Dispur within stipulated date and time. The Tender Box will be opened on the same day or on subsequent working day at 1.30 PM if it falls on Govt. holiday in presence of bidders or their authorized representative present at the time of opening. Intending bidder(s) may collect Tender Paper / Documents on payment of non refundable amount of Rs (Rupees Three Hundred) only in cash along with written application in letter head with seal & signature of the concern reputed firm on any working day during office hours till Tender Papers / Documents are non-transferable. Sd/- Director of Information and Public Relations Janasanyog/C/552/18 Assam, Dispur, Guwahati-6 Draft telecom policy aims at 40-lakh jobs, $100-bn investment NEW DELHI, May 2: With the promise of rationalising levies including spectrum charges to rejuvenate the debt-ridden telecom sector, the draft new telecom policy proposes broadband access for all with 50 mbps speed, 5G services and 40 lakh new jobs in the sector by The draft policy branded as National Digital Communications Policy 2018 was unveiled by the government yesterday. It also aims to attract $100 billion in the digital communications sector by 2022 with help of regulatory reforms. The draft also proposes to address woes of the sector by reviewing licence fees, spectrum usage charges, universal service obligation fund levy all of which add to cost of telecom services. The policy aims to accomplish provisioning of broadband for all, creating 40 lakh additional jobs in the digital communications sector and enhancing its contribution to 8 per cent of India s GDP from about 6 per cent in Under the new policy, the government aims to enable fixed line broadband access to 50 per cent of households and start landline portability services. The policy suggests providing universal broadband coverage at 50 mbps to The policy suggests providing universal broadband coverage at 50 mbps to every citizen and providing 1 gbps connectivity to all GPs by 2020 and 10 gbps by 2022 every citizen and providing 1 gbps (gigabit per second) connectivity to all gram panchayats by 2020 and 10 gbps by It proposes to adopt Optimal Pricing of Spectrum to ensure sustainable and affordable access to digital communications. High spectrum price and related Speciality white tea packet fetches Rs 11,001 at auction RITURAJ BORTHAKUR GUWAHATI, May 2: A line of white tea made by Chabua-based Pipratoly Tea Estate today was sold for Rs 11,001 at the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre, making it the highest price for any speciality tea this season. The garden markets its product under the brand Jogipathar Tea. Today at the GTAC Sale No 18 in the catalogue of Parcon India Pvt Ltd sold a line of white tea. One packet of 1.7 kg of white tea was purchased by Ramshai Tea Estate Pvt Ltd, Kolkata at the rate of Rs 11,001, Secretary of Guwahati Tea Auction buyers Association Dinesh Bihani said. Ramshai Tea Estate Pvt Ltd Director LN Gupta said that there is good demand for good quality white tea. We are receiving a lot of enquiries from our upcountry buyers on such tea, he said. These teas are then dispatched to Suressa Tea Ltd Mumbai. These teas are bought for their high-end customer, says Vijay Shah of Suressa Tea. Owner of Pipratoly Tea Estate Aditya Agarwal told The Assam Tribune the white tea is made entirly by natural process. No machines are used. We used solar The solar dryer used for making white tea. dryer instead of the conventional dryer to preserve the quality of the tea. Plucking, which is done on the fourth day, has to be very fine, Agarwal adds. The tea estate had started making white tea since the last two years. Currently the garden makes around 15,000 kg of white tea annually, most of which is sold privately. Bihani said GTAC has become a hub for speciality tea. Our members from all across the country are keen to buy such teas. We are also trying to explore the export market for such speciality tea. We hope other manufacturers of white tea will also start sending speciality tea to Guwahati Tea Auction Centre, he said. Last year, GTAC had created a world record of selling the highest priced speciality tea. In November last year, the Donyi Polo Tea Estate of Arunachal Pradesh sold its Golden Needle grade tea at Rs 18,801 per kg, the highest price fetched under the hammer. As per data available, the GTAC has sold million kg of tea during the year 2017, the highest among all auction centres in the country. charges have been main concern of telecom services segment which is reeling under a debt of around Rs 7.8-lakh crore. The draft policy also proposes recognising of mid-band spectrum, particularly the 3 GHz to 24 GHz range, for nextgeneration networks. It also outlined the roadmap for highin-demand backhaul spectrum for transmitting signals between mobile towers in E and V band as per international best practices. Promoting the effective utilisation of high-capacity backhaul E-band (71-76/81-86 GHz) and V-band (57-64 MHz) spectrum in line with international best practices..rationalising annual royalty charges for microwave links for backhaul connectivity, the draft said. To propel development of the country with use of next generation technology through investment, the policy proposes attracting investments of $100 billion in the digital communications sector by 2022 with help of regulatory reforms. PTI ONGC to invest Rs 17,615 cr to drill record 535 wells NEW DELHI, May 2: State-owned ONGC today said it will invest Rs 17,615 crore in the current fiscal to drill a record 535 wells to augment oil and gas production. The firm drilled 503 wells in , the highest number in last 27 years. Of these, 119 were exploratory and 384 development wells. Oil and Natural Gas Corp said in a statement that in order to assess the prospectivity of existing acreages in a time-bound manner and add to the reserves, more focus was laid on exploratory drilling. It had targeted to spend Rs 16,038 crore in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018 to drill 496 wells including 110 exploratory and 386 development wells. Bid to augment oil, gas output However, the company has drilled 503 wells at a cost of approx Rs 14,200 crore which is 11.5 per cent lower than the budget outlay. The initiatives taken by the company to optimise cost and enhance operational efficiencies have yielded additional savings in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2018, the statement said. This is the second consecutive year that ONGC has drilled over 500 wells. In , it drilled 501 wells at a cost of Rs 15,440 crore. ONGC s increased drilling initiatives come at a time when it is looking to step up domestic output to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi s target of reducing import dependence by 10 per cent by ONGC Chairman and Managing Director Shashi Shanker said, We have taken measures to improve our operational efficiency by better well designs, inducting new technologies, improving cycle-speed, standardisation of well testing procedures and minimising idling period of rigs. What s more remarkable is that among the 119 exploratory wells drilled, 8 were in the deep-water fields against the initial target of 6 and 45 in shallow-water fields against the target of 38, Shanker said. PTI Cabinet okays extension of scheme for 2 years NEW DELHI, May 2: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today approved the extension for two more years of a scheme that seeks to double farmers income by The Green Revolution Krishonnati Scheme aims at bringing together under one umbrella 11 agricultural schemes, besides their effective monitoring. The scheme, launched last year, was approved for continuation beyond the 12th Plan. It will get the Centre s share of Rs 33,279 crore for three years , and In order to fulfil the promise of doubling Doubling farmers income Tata Motors launches Nexon AMT version MUMBAI, May 2: The country s largest auto-maker by revenue Tata Motors, whose passenger vehicle business is on a strong comeback after being struggling for many years, today launched an AMT (automatic manual transmission) version of its popular compact SUV Nexon that has helped it treble the volume in the UV/SUV segment since its roll-out last year. According to industry players, of late, demand for AMT and fully automatic versions of cars and SUVs have been on the rise, and Tata Motors hopes to cash in on this demand spike with the AMT version of Nexon. The new Nexon AMT variant is priced at Rs 9.41 lakh (1.2- litre petrol variant) and at Rs 10.3 lakh for a 1.5 litre diesel engine, the company said. We have sold more than 30,000 Nexons since its launch in September This strong demand for the Nexon has led to a three times growth for our UV segment, the company said. Launching the AMT version, Mayank Pareek, President for Passenger Vehicles Business Unit, said, Our focus is to introduce products and services that not only enhance the brand, but simultaneously align well with the rising consumer aspirations. PTI farmers income, our government has taken the decision to club 11 schemes into one umbrella scheme. It is a historic decision, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media. These schemes look to develop the agriculture and allied sector in a holistic and scientific manner to increase the income of farmers by enhancing production, productivity and better returns on produce, according to an official release. The major schemes are Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National Food Security Mission (NFSM), National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA), Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanisation (SMAM) and Integrated Scheme on Agricultural Marketing (ISAM). IANS India slips to 11th spot in FDI Confidence Index NEW DELHI, May 2: India has slipped by three notches to 11th position in the FDI Confidence Index 2018 of global consultancy firm AT Kearney. India falls by three spots, reversing its two-year streak of rising in the rankings, the report said. It said that India fell out of the top 10 for the first time since China (5), India (11), and Singapore (12) all rank lower this year, while Australia rises to 8th and New Zealand jumps to the 16th spot in only its second year on the index. Japan and South Korea hold steady at 6th and 18th, respectively, it added. India was ranked 8th in 2017, while it was at 9th rank in the previous year. The report said that some policies may have deterred investors, at least in the short term. The 2017 nationwide goods and services tax (GST), for example, has faced implementation challenges, and the 2016 demonetisation initiative disrupted business activity and weighed on economic growth, it added. About the Asia-Pacific region, the report said that investor preference for the region appears to have declined slightly, with only seven Asian countries appearing on this year s index. The flip side is that... Just four emerging markets appear among the top 25 countries for FDI intentions: China, India, Mexico, and Brazil, it said. PTI RE-TENDER INVITATION FOR E-BID (IFB) GLOBAL COMPETITIVE BIDDING e-tenders are invited online through e-procurement system i.e. through website from the intending Manufacturer/Accredited Dealers for supply and installation of 3 Tesla MR System for Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Guwahati under the Health & F.W. Department, Govt. of Assam on Turn Key Basis. The Equipment re-tendered here have been invited for bids vide an earlier tender, but due to unavoidable circumstances is being re-tendered again. The E-Tender is a Two-Bid System, to be submitted with affixed Court Fee Stamp Rs.8.25 (Rupees eight point two five paisa) only (for local bidders) or IPO of Rs. 10/- (Rupees Ten) only (in case of bidders from outside of the State of Assam) in favour of Director of Medical Education, Assam, Sixmile, Khanapara,Guwahati Important dates of the e- Tender SL Scheduled Start Date Start Time End Date End Time No. 1 e- Tender Publishing AM 2 e- Tender Download AM Noon 3 Pre-Bid meeting No pre-bid meeting shall be held, as these equipment are re-tendered without change in specification and pre-bid meeting has already been held in an earlier floated tender. 4 Bid Submission Noon PM 5 Bid Opening PM Brief Schedule SI No. Description Bid Security Delivery/ Tender fees Eligibility (Name of the Items) (E.M.D.) Installation in Rs. schedule/ Completion period 1 3 Tesla MR System for Rs Lakhs 120 days Rs /- Manufacture Gauhati Medical College from opening only Hospital, Guwahati on turn of LC key basis under the Health & F.W. Department, Govt. of Assam on Turn Key Basis. The detailed information of Bidding documents are available online through e procurement system i.e, through website only. The bidders would be required to register in the website for submission of the bids. The bidders are required to have Digital Signature (DSC) from any of the Certifying Authorities. Aspiring bidders who have not obtained the user ID and password for participating in e procurement may obtain the same by registering in the The requirements to register with the e- procurement portal are available on the website indicated above. The tender fees is non refundable and payable in favour of the Director of Medical Education, Assam, Sixmile, Khanapara, Guwahati , at SBI-Dispur (Guwahati) Branch. Janasanyog/C/565/18 Cut in levies, fast NTP implementation hold key: COAI NEW DELHI, May 2: Cutting telecom levies to below 10 per cent and speedy implementation of the proposed new telecom policy will be crucial for attracting $100 billion investment as envisaged in the NTP draft, COAI said today. The government last evening released the draft of the new telecom policy (NTP) National Digital Communications Policy 2018 with an aim to create 40 lakh new jobs by 2022, attract $100 billion investment in the sector and ensure broadband coverage at 50 mbps for every citizen. Bringing down total taxes and levies, currently at about 30 per cent, to below 10 per cent, will be important for attracting investment targets outlined in the draft policy document, Director General of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), Rajan Mathews told PTI. He said the industry reeling under a massive financial stress Attracting $100-bn would like the policy to investment be finalised and implemented by July-end. Mathews said the mobile industry fully supports the NTP blueprint released after public consultations. The draft proposes to adopt Optimal Pricing of Spectrum to ensure sustainable and affordable access to digital communications. High spectrum price and related charges have been main concern of telecom services segment which is bruised by a debt of around Rs 7.8-lakh crore. PTI Ú ø Ê ±ÚÚœ ±1 Z±1±, Dr. Amrit Ranjan Baruah, Registrar of Neurology, ø øfl» ± ±ø ıapple ± ø øfl» ± øî ıën Î ˇ1 :±Ó ±ÀÔ«Ê ÀÚ±ª± í Œ ± Û øú Œ ±ª± 1±Ê œ Ó ±ø1 1 Û1± fl M«ı Ó Ú Ûø öó ±À øó Àfl Ê ±ÚÚœ õ fl ± Œ ±ª±1 7 [ ±Ó ] øapple Ú1 øˆ Ó 1Ó Î Û Mê fl ±1Ì apple «± øúê fl M«ı Ó øó œà Ë Œ ± apple ±Ú fl ø1 ıõ Ê ÀÚ±ª± í º Òœé fl ø øfl» ± ±ø ıapple ± ø øfl» ± Janasanyog/D/587/18 øî ıën Î ˇ Sd/- (Prof. A.K. Barman) Director of Medical Education, Assam

12 12 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI Centre won t take unilateral decision on Cauvery board: Sitharaman MADURAI, May 2: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said the Centre is holding discussions with stakeholders on the formation of a Cauvery Management Board (CMB) and that no unilateral or arbitrary decision would be taken on the inter- State river water sharing issue. She said several States have river water management boards and authorities to resolve water disputes and the best system of boards should be chosen to address the Cauvery dispute. In the wake of the February 16 verdict of the Supreme Court, which directed the Centre to evolve a scheme on the Cauvery dispute involving Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the ruling AIADMK, the DMK and other political parties have been insisting for setting up of the CMB. ASSAM SMALL INDUSTRIES DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LIMITED (A Govt. of Assam Undertaking) M. R. D. Road, Bamunimaidan, Guwahati Ph Situation Vacant Applications are invited from Indian Citizen for filling up the Post of 1 (one) Dy. Manager (Finance & Accounts) in the Pay Band of Rs.12,000/- to 40,000/- (ROP 10) and Grade Pay of Rs.6,100/- per month plus other perks admissible as per the Rules of the Corporation. Candidate should be a person with adequate seniority and experience of minimum of 7 (seven) years at the level of Assistant Manager in a reputed Commercial Organization/P. S.U/Govt. Deptt./ Autonomous Bodies with knowledge, understanding and exposure to commercial accounting and financial management and conversant with all State Govt./ State PSU rules, expertise in Company matters, Corporate law and statutory provisions. The candidate should have minimum qualification of M.Com (Accountancy Group)/MBA (Finance) with Commerce background. The candidate should not be less than 40 years of age as on and not more than 50 years. Preference will be given to professionally qualified person like CA/ICWA and relaxation of age and experience may be considered in such cases. Application with C.V. photograph and two references alongwith attested copies of certificates should reach the undersigned on or before One valid address should be provided for any correspondence. Incomplete application will be rejected summarily. No application will be entertained after the last date fixed for receipt of application. No TA / DA will be paid for the interview. Candidate presently employed in Govt. Department/PSU/ Autonomous Organization should send their application through proper channel and to produce NOC at the time of Interview, failing which candidature will not be considered. Candidates already applied in response to our Advertisement dated need not apply again. Sd/- Managing Director Janasanyog/DF/451/18 ASIDC Ltd. Sitharaman said the board or system evolved should be acceptable and suitable to all. It (the Centre) has to hold consultations with all the States and inform the court about the outcome of the discussion with them and then take action. The Central government will not take any arbitrary and unilateral decision or action on the Cauvery issue, she told reporters at the airport here. Asked if the constitution of the CMB was being delayed due to Assembly elections in Karnataka, she said it was not the case. The State goes to polls on May 12. The CMB was not formed since The DMK and the Congress were in power and were allies. Did they not form the CMB with the elections in mind then? she asked. The Defence Minister is on a visit to Ramanathapuram and Virudhunagar districts in the State to carry out a review of Central government schemes. She said ministers are being deputed to rural areas to see if the Central government schemes reached the people. I will discuss with the collectors of Virudhunagar and Ramanathapuram districts implementation of Central government schemes, she said. To reports that students from Tamil Nadu appearing for medical examination National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) might be allotted exam centres outside the State, the minister said, I don t know about it, I will enquire and find out. PTI Cyclists ride on a dusty road in Kanpur on Wednesday. The World Health Organization, in its pollution report on Wednesday, ranked 14 Indian cities among world s 15 most polluted cities, with Kanpur on top; New Delhi also features in the list. PTI Amarnath yatra security plan being implemented JAMMU, May 2: Security agencies have started implementing a plan chalked out in a recent meeting with the Jammu and Kashmir Governor for the safety of pilgrims and success of the upcoming 60-day long Amarnath Yatra, a senior police official said today. Governor NN Vohra on Monday had reviewed the security plan for the yatra in a meeting attended by Director General of Police SP Vaid and Chief Secretary BB Vyas. The annual yatra to the Himalayan shrine in south Kashmir will start on June 28 and it would be longer by 20 days this year. It will end on Raksha Bandhan. Security agencies have already started implementing the security plan chalked out at a recent meeting chaired by Governor NN Vohra for the success of the yatra. Security forces are working together to deal with and eliminate any threat posed to the pilgrimage, IGP, Jammu Province, SD Singh Jamwal, said. Over one lakh pilgrims, so far, have already registered themselves for the yatra at centres across the country and advance online booking of helicopter tickets for the pilgrimage started on April 27. Efforts are being taken to make the yatra to the 3,880- metre high cave shrine of Amarnath peaceful and without any incidents, Jamwal said. The Amarnath yatra is a very big event, depicting our culture, history and brotherhood. Elaborate plans have been worked out to ensure a peaceful yatra and make it a best experience for pilgrims, the officer said. The annual yatra, which is being managed by the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board headed by the Governor, is scheduled to begin from two routes from June 28. PTI NATIONAL Rejecting Justice Joseph s elevation Govt decision not linked with his Uttarakhand ruling: Prasad NEW DELHI, May 2: The government today rejected suggestions that it turned down the elevation of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph to the Supreme Court as he had once overturned the imposition of President s Rule in the State. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also said that it has the right to seek reconsideration of proposals sent by the Supreme Court Collegium as the power flows from three apex court judgements. The government had on April 26 asked the Supreme Court Collegium to reconsider its recommendation to elevate Justice Joseph to the apex court, saying the elevation may not be appropriate. In a letter to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Prasad had said the government s rejection of Justice Joseph s name has approval of the President and the Prime Minister and also flagged that the SCs/STs have no representation in the Supreme Court since long. The proposed appointment of Joseph as a judge of the Su- MUMBAI, May 2: Chandrapur and Ballarshah railway stations in Maharashtra have bagged the first prize in the most beautiful stations category of the Indian Railways, a Central Railway official said today. Both the stations were picked for this honour under the Railways inhouse station beautification contest. Central Railway Chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi said the Madhubani and Madurai stations under East Central Railway and Southern Railway, respectively, shared the second prize. Madhubani station was recently given a face-lift by local Mithila artists who used traditional style to beautify the station. Chandrapur and Ballarshah stations (in Chandrapur district) of Central Railway were adjudged first among 62 entries from 11 Zones of the Indian Railways and were awarded the first prize jointly for the most beautiful stations of the Indian railways, Udasi said. The first prize includes a cash award of Rs 10 lakh and the second prize of Rs 5 lakh. Gandhidham (Gujarat) and Kota (Rajasthan) stations under Western Railway and West Central Railway, respectively, jointly won the third prize with cash award of Rs 3 lakh. A committee consisting Executive Directors (EDs) of Station Development, Passen- Hotel owner shoots official, SC takes cognizance NEW DELHI, May 2: The Supreme Court today pulled up the authorities for their failure to ensure safety of government officials after a woman officer was shot dead allegedly by a hotel owner in Kasauli town of Himachal Pradesh when she had gone to supervise the demolition of unauthorised constructions, dubbing it a brazen act. We might stop passing any orders if you are going to kill people, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said after the matter was mentioned before it. It also asked the State government why the police could not stop the alleged assailant from fleeing the spot. Assistant Town and Country Planner Shail Bala Sharma had yesterday gone to supervise the demolition of unauthorised construction at Kasauli s Narayani Guest House where its owner Vijay Singh allegedly shot at her. She later succumbed to injuries. The top court said, it is quite clear that there was absolutely no regard for the rule of law as the public servants had gone there to do their work as per the directions passed by the apex court. Insofar as Vijay Singh, owner of Narayani Guest House is concerned, he has committed a brazen act of defiance of the order of this court amounting to a challenge and has allegedly killed one officer in broad daylight who went to implement the orders of this court, the court said. PTI preme Court at this stage does not appear to be appropriate, Prasad had said in the letter. It would also not be fair and justified to other more senior, suitable and deserving chief justices and senior judges of various high courts. Responding to questions on the decision to stall Justice Joseph s appointment to the top court, Prasad said that sponsored allegations are being levelled against the government by the Congress party in particular and others in general that Joseph s appointment was stalled due to his Uttarakhand President s Rule verdict. I wish to deny with all authority at my command. It has nothing to do with that at all, he told reporters. He said there are two obvious reasons to support his stand. A proper government with 3/4th majority has been elected in Uttarakhand. Second that order (of Justice Joseph) was confirmed by Justice JS Khehar of the Supreme Court, who had also set aside the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act, yet he became the CJI in the NDA government... I deny these insinuations, the minister said. Through the NJAC law, the government had sought to have more say in appointment of Supreme Court and high court judges. Prasad said that the right of the government to seek a reconsideration of the proposals made by the collegium is granted to it by the Supreme Court judgements of 1993, 1998 and 2015 relating to the collegium system. The minister refused to comment on former CJI RM Lodha s remarks on independence of judiciary, saying he would not like to comment on observations made by a retired judge. I always felt that independence of judiciary is non-negotiable and it is for the CJI, who is the leader of the court, to take them forward. He has to show his statesmanship qualities, take all brothers and sisters together, Lodha had said yesterday, without making any reference to the incumbent CJI Dipak Misra. PTI Chandrapur, Ballarshah most beautiful rail stations: CR ger Marketing, Tourism and other departments judged the entries on various parameters, he said, adding that the idea of holding such a contest was to make railway stations look more inviting and beautiful. He said Ballarshah and Chandrapur railway stations were decorated with paintings and sculptures depicting the Tadoba forest, which was welcomed by the passengers who had a feel of the rich wildlife beauty of the Tadoba Forest in the station itself. He said the artists used fibre casting and round sculptures to decorate the station. For the spots not reachable by the artists (at the two stations), drawings were made and printed on Vinyl sheets, Udasi said. Chandrapur and Ballarshah stations fall under the Nagpur division of the CR. Central Railway General Manager DK Sharma said the beautification of Chandrapur and Ballarshah stations would bring smile and relief to the passengers from the tiresome longdistance journey. One is tempted to go closer to the drawings and sculptures, observe and take a selfie. Besides, this will help to boost tourism and generate employment in the region, he added. PTI No. PDS. 11/2010/123 THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 Cabinet approves continuation of PMSSY beyond 12th 5-year Plan NEW DELHI, May 2: In a major boost to expansion of health care infrastructure in the country, the Union Cabinet today approved the continuation of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) beyond 12th Five Year Plan to The PMSSY, which is a Central sector scheme, aims at correcting the imbalances in the availability of affordable tertiary health care facilities in different parts of the country in general, and augmenting facilities for quality medical education in the under-served States in particular. The financial outlay for this purpose is Rs 14,832 crore. PUBLIC NOTICE The Joint Committee on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 will visit Guwahati, Silchar and Shillong from 7th May, 2018 to 11th May 2018 to undertake an on the spot study visit on the issue relating to Citizenship Amendment Bill, All concerned organisations / stakeholders who are willing / interested to submit memorandum and be heard by the Hon ble Joint Committee are requested to inform Political (B) Department on or before 3 PM of 05/05/2018, mentioning preferred place of hearing (either Guwahati or Silchar). The hearings will be held at Guwahati on 7th May, 2018 and at Silchar on 8th and 9th May, The time and venue will be intimated to the organisations in due course. The concerned organisations are requested to provide their contact details (Office Address, Phone No., id) alongwith particulars of maximum 5 (five) members. They are requested to contact Nodal Officer of Political (B) Department, Govt. of Assam. Contact details of Nodal Officer Political (B) Department Phone No.: / id: in Address: 2nd Floor, CM Block, Janata Bhawan, Dispur, Guwahati 6. Janasanyog/D/591/18 TENDER NOTICE Sealed quotation affixing court fee stamps valued Rs (Rupees eight and twenty five paisa) only are hereby invited from interested parties / firms for disposal of the unserviceable departmental vehicles given below under Transformation & Development Department and will be received by the undersigned upto 2-30 P.M. on 16th May, Sl. No. Vehicle Registration No. Type Govt. Dep. Value (In Rs.) 1 AS-01-AN-4177 Scorpio 1,20,000/- 2 AS-25-A-3712 Maruti Car 15,000/- 3 AS Maruti Car 15,000/- 4 AS-01-U-0001 Ambassador 14,000/- 5 AS-01-AD-1680 Ambassador 14,000/- Terms & Conditions 1. The tender should be addressed to the Joint Secretary to the Govt. of Assam, Transformation & Development Department clearly marked on the top of the envelop TENDER FOR UNSERVICABLE VEHICLES showing the vehicle number. 2. An amount of Rs. 1,000/- (Rupees one thousand) only as earnest money by way of Bank Draft from any nationalized Bank requires to be drawn and submitted in favour of the Joint Secretary to the Govt. of Assam, Transformation & Development Department along with the quotation fee for each vehicle separately. The earnest money shall be returned to the unsuccessful bidders. The earnest money of the successful bidders will be returned after they deposit the tendered / bid value in cash and lifting of the vehicles in lot. 3. Interested bidder shall have to submit TENDER quoting their offer separately vehicle wise along with address proof document and PAN Card. NO LOT tender for all the vehicle will be accepted. 4. The vehicles will be disposed off AS IS WHERE IS BASIS AND AS IS WHAT IS BASIS 5. The vehicle would be disposed off in lot or vehicle wise. 6. The successful bidder will have to deposit the bid money in cash by next day in the office and lift the vehicles within 24 (twenty four) hours from the time of depositing the bid money. This office will not be responsible for any loss or damage of the vehicles if the same is not lifted within the stipulated time. 7. The undersigned reserves the right to accept or reject all or any tender without assigning any reason thereof. 8. The quotation will be opened at 3-30 p.m. on the same day in the presence of the Tenderers or their representative. Interested parties,can inspect the above mentioned vehicles on any working days which are kept in front of the Assam Secretariat Gate No.-5, near water supply office. Janasanyog/C/554/18 Under this scheme, new All India Institute of Medical Science are established and the government medical colleges are upgraded, a statement said. Expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister, Union Health Minister JP Nadda said setting up of new AIIMS would not only transform health education and training, but also address the shortfall of health care professionals in the region. The construction of new AIIMS is fully-funded by the Central government. Setting up new AIIMS in various States will also lead to employment generation for nearly 3,000 people in various faculty and non-faculty posts in each of the institutes. The upgradation programme is carried out in selected government medical colleges (GMCs) by agencies appointed by the Government of India under the direct supervision of the central government. The post-graduate seats and additional faculty posts as per norms will be created and filled up in these GMCs by the respective state/ UT governments. Highlighting the benefits of the scheme, Nadda said that each new AIIMS will add 100 UG (MBBS) and 60 BSc (Nursing) seats, super specialty departments and around 750 hospital beds. PTI (L. S. Changsan, IAS) Principal Secretary to the Govt. of Assam Home & Political Department Sd/- Secretary to the Govt. of Assam Transformation & Dev. Department, Dispur, Guwahati

13 THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI 13 LEISURE & LIFESTYLE Superman s ability to shoot laser beams from his eyes has come a step closer to reality, thanks to scientists who have developed an ultra-thin membrane laser using organic semiconductors. These ocular lasers could be harnessed Superman s eye beams Superman s laser vision a step closer to reality, claim scientists for new applications in security, biophotonics and photomedicine, according to researchers from the University of St Andrews in the UK. Published in the journal Nature Communications, the research explains that the threshold of the membrane lasers is compatible with the requirements for safe operation in the human eye. The team was also able to demonstrate ocular lasing using the cow eye as a model system. The new laser approaches the fundamental limit in specific weight and thickness, as well as an exceptional mechanical flexibility, which allows to put them on a contact lens or a bank note. In ancient Greece, Plato believed that visual perception is mediated by eye beams beams actively sent out by the eyes to probe the environment, said Malte Gather, a professor at the University of St Andrews. Plato s emission theory has of course long been refuted, but superheroes with lasers in their eyes live on in popular culture and comic books, said Gather. Our work represents a new milestone in laser development and, in particular, points the way to how lasers can be used in inherently soft and ductile environments, be it in wearable sensors or as an authentication feature on bank notes, Gather said. By floating a thin plastic film off a substrate we have made some of the world s smallest and lightest lasers and put them on contact lenses and bank notes, said Ifor Samuel from University of St Andrews. The team also demonstrated that the devices were flexible and mechanically robust, even when attached to another object, and that their optical properties did not change Know your DAY By JACQUELINE BIGAR HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday, May 3, 2018: This year you open up to new adventures and seem more willing to relate directly to key loved ones. Sometimes it appears as if you have a shyness about you, but that trait is likely to dissipate over the course of the year. Make it OK to be practical and conservative in your approach. If you are single, you might meet someone of significance before next winter. Take your time getting to know this person. If you are attached, the two of you seem more heavily intertwined than in the recent past. Your relationship will benefit as a result. CAPRICORN likes your earthiness. The Stars Show the Kind of Day You ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3- Average; 2-So-so; 1-Difficult. ARIES (March 21-April 19) You are full of excitement and energy. You might shock someone when you create some fun and unexpected moments. Do some needed research in order to clear up a problem. You tend to provide an unusual perspective, which others appreciate. Tonight: Think about taking a trip. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Others might have too great of an expectation that you can t seem to fill. They might be pushing you hard to achieve a certain goal that is nearly impossible. Be as clear as you can in a discussion. Feedback provides significant insight. Tonight: Have a one-on-one conversation. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Others can be provocative at times. How you handle a personal matter could change radically in a few weeks, when events allow you to gain a different perspective. Be more direct in your communication. Tonight: A friend surprises you with his or her choices and actions. CANCER (June 21-July 22) Defer to others in your immediate environment. You will want to take some time to consider a personal dilemma. Get feedback from others, and be ready to make an important decision. Tonight: Nap, and then participate in a fun happening with a loved one. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You might wonder what would be best to do under the present circumstances. You ll weigh the pros and cons of taking action. You might creatively brainstorm about a situation, but know that you can t make a solid decision until tomorrow. Tonight: Slow the hectic pace. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Pressure builds around a family member or a domestic situation. Listen to what a friend shares. Remain open to possibilities that you typically wouldn t consider. You are more willing to move in a new direction than you have been in the past. Tonight: Let the good times roll. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) You will experience a challenging moment or two throughout the day. Accept differences between you and others, and do not push too hard to achieve certain results. Time is your ally. Refuse to back out of an important get-together. Tonight: A cozy night with a loved one. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Curb a need to be possessive. When you push someone as hard as you can, you sometimes get a negative response. Be willing to act on a financial matter. Others will come forward and share their thoughts and ideas with you. Tonight: Put on your dancing shoes. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You perk up in the morning. You feel as if you can talk a friend into joining you in a project. This person enjoys some of your sassiness and drive, and knows when he or she has what you want. Exchange some fun stories. Tonight: Be a little more cautious than usual. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) You will feel a little off, as you could be drained from all the recent activity. You ll want to have a more social situation arise. Know that you don t need to push so hard to achieve certain results. Relax a little, and allow someone else to take the lead. Tonight: Head out the door. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) A friendship plays a significant role in a decision. You might not be sure as to what you want to do. You could feel unusually tired and withdrawn. Make a point of clearing out some must-do errands. Later, you will want some personal time. Tonight: Let it all hang out. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Pressure builds. You might be weighing the pros and cons of a certain situation. Open up to news that allows more give-andtake. You might want to share more of your feelings. Do not neglect a boss s request, if you know what is good for you. Tonight: Out with your friends. Thought for the day Then, never less alone than when alone, Those whom he loved so long and sees no more, Loved and still loves not dead but gone before. He gathers round him. SAMUEL ROGERS over the course of several months. They were then able to stick these ultrathin lasers onto banknotes and contact lenses, where they suggest the devices could be used as flexible and wearable security tags. By varying the materials and adjusting the grating structures of the laser, the emission can be designed to show a specific series of sharp lines on a flat background the ones and zeros of a digital barcode, said Markus Karl, who worked on the new lasers as part of his PhD. 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14 14 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI INTERNATIONAL Myanmar judge says cop s bait testimony stands YANGON, May 2: A Myanmar court today ruled that crucial testimony from a whistleblowing policeman in the case against two Reuters journalists is credible, a decision seen as a ray of light by the defence. Reporters Wa Lone, 32 and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, have been in custody since December. They are accused of violating the country s Official Secrets Act for possessing material linked to security operations in conflict-hit Rakhine state. The charge carries up to 14 years in prison. Over months of pre-trial hearings, their defence team has insisted they were set up lured to dinner by a police source who handed them documents for which they were subsequently arrested. Court testimony last month by Deputy Police Major Moe Yan Naing backed up that version of events, even though he had been called as a prosecution witness. He said a superior ordered his men to set up the sting which resulted in sensitive documents being passed to the reporters. In response prosecutors asked the court to declare Moe Yan Naing a hostile witness. But the court found no problems with the police officer s account. The court rejects the proposal claiming the law officer to be a hostile witness, Judge Ye Lwin told the hearing today. A lawyer for the journalists welcomed the decision. I am elated. The court has proved itself as a court of justice, Khin Maung Zaw said. We have seen a ray of light. It strengthens our case. The two journalists were also buoyed by the court ruling. AFP Around the WORLD UK to India on husband s passport LONDON, May 2: In a bizarre incident, a woman flew on an Emirates flight from Manchester to New Delhi on her husband s passport, without the error being noticed by the airport or the flight authorities. A relative of the passenger Geeta Modha said the shocking error was spotted by Modha after reaching the New Delhi airport, BBC reported on Tuesday. According to the relative, Modha had accidentally picked up her husband Dilip s passport when she set off on a business trip to India on April 23. The mistake was only discovered when she tried to fill in an immigration form in New Delhi. She was refused entry into India and had to return to Dubai on the next available flight, the relative said. IANS Wedding day carriage LONDON, May 2: It wouldn t a royal wedding without a horse-drawn carriage. Royal officials say Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen an opentopped Ascot Landau from the royal carriage collection to use in their wedding procession. The couple s office said today that after their May 19 wedding the newlyweds will take the carriage, pulled by four horses, from Windsor Castle through the town center and back for their reception. Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of the town west of London to see them. AP THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 Hawking s final research paper supports existence of multiverse LONDON, May 2: Stephen Hawking s final research paper suggests that the universe may be one of many similar to our own, resolving a cosmic paradox of the late British physicist s own making. The paper submitted to the Journal of High-Energy Physics, 10 days before Hawking died on March 14, also points a way forward for astronomers SYDNEY, May 2: No country can be allowed to dominate the Indo-Pacific, the leaders of France and Australia said today, as regional capitals fret over the rise of an increasingly assertive China. French President Emmanuel Macron said the two nations alongside fellow democracy India had a responsibility to protect the region from hegemony a veiled reference to Beijing s growing might. What s important is to preserve rulesbased development in the region... And to preserve necessary balances in the region. It s important with this new context not to have any hegemony, he added through an interpreter. France has a number of island territories in the Pacific Ocean. Australia has become increasingly alarmed at China s push into the Pacific, to find evidence of the existence of parallel universes. In the 1980s, Hawking, along with US physicist James Hartle developed a new idea about the beginning of the universe, BBC News reported. This resolved a difficulty with Einstein s theory that suggested that the universe began nearly 14 billion years ago but said nothing about how it began. The Hartle-Hawking idea used a theory called quantum mechanics to explain how the universe arose from nothingness. As scientists analysed the idea, it carried with it the implication that the Big Bang would create not just one universe but an endless supply. Some, according to the theory, would be very like our Macron warns over China dominance in Indo-Pacific which could potentially upset the strategic balance in the region. Neighbour New Zealand has also voiced concerns about strategic anxiety diplomatic code for Beijing s influence among the region s island nations. Reports last month which were denied said Beijing wanted to establish a permanent military base in Vanuatu. Australia s Lowy Institute estimates China provided US$1.78 billion in aid, including concessional loans, to Pacific nations between Turnbull, who called France a Pacific power, said he welcomed the economic rise of China and its investment, adding that it was crucial all sides work together in the Indo-Pacific. A rule of law that says might is not right, that the big fish cannot eat the little fish and the little fish eat the shrimps, that is absolutely critical, he said. Now, that rule of law is what we seek to maintain in our region. Macron, only the second serving French leader ever to visit Australia, has described ties between the two countries as historic, recalling how Australian soldiers helped defend France in World War I and II. AFP own universe, while others would be subtly different. Hawking collaborated with Thomas Hertog, a professor at KU Leuven in Belgium, to try to resolve this paradox. Neither Stephen nor I were happy with that scenario, Hertog said. Hawking s final paper has solved the puzzle by drawing on new mathematical techniques developed to study another branch of physics Buddhist monks recite inaugural hymn during the commemoration of International Day of Vesak at the UN General Assembly, in New York on Tuesday. PTI Attorney: Mueller team floated possible subpoena for Trump WASHINGTON, May 2: The special counsel leading the Russia investigation raised the prospect in March of issuing a grand jury subpoena for President Donald Trump, his former attorney has said, confirming that investigators have floated the extraordinary idea of forcing a sitting President to testify under oath. Attorney John Dowd told The Associated Press that special counsel Robert Mueller s team broached the subject during a meeting with Trump s legal team while they were negotiating the A rule of law that says might is not right, that the big fish cannot eat the little fish and the little fish eat the shrimps, that is absolutely critical terms of a possible interview with the President. It was not immediately clear in what context the possibility of a subpoena was raised or how serious Mueller s prosecutors were about the move. Mueller is probing not only Russian election interference and possible coordination with Trump associates but possible obstruction of justice by Trump. Dowd s comments come more than a month after he resigned from the legal team, and they provide a new window into the nature of the Trump lawyers interactions with the special counsel, whom the president has increasingly tried to undermine through public attacks. On Tuesday, Trump said it was disgraceful that a list of proposed questions drafted in response to Mueller s negotiations with the legal team was leaked to the news media. The about four dozen questions were compiled by Trump s lawyers during negotiations with Mueller s investigators earlier this year over the prospect of a presidential interview. A person familiar with the matter, who insisted on anonymity to discuss ongoing negotiations, told the AP that the President s lawyers extrapolated the list of expected questions based off conversations with Mueller s team about the topics prosecutors wanted to cover in a potential sit down with Trump. The questions reflected what the defense lawyers anticipated Trump would be asked, rather than verbatim queries that Mueller s team provided, the person said. AP Over 60 killed in NE Nigeria suicide blasts KANO, May 2: Suicide bombers killed more than 60 people at a mosque and a market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, in a twin attack bearing the hallmarks of Boko Haram and a day after US President Donald Trump pledged greater support to fight the Islamist militants. The blasts, said to have been carried out by young boys, happened shortly after 1:00 pm (1200 GMT) in Mubi, some 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the Adamawa state capital, Yola. Imam Garki, from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said a joint assessment with the police and Red Cross found that 26 people were killed and 56 were injured, 11 of them critically. hey were transferred to the Federal Medical Centre in Yola for treatment. But a medical source at the Mubi General Hospital said they had received 37 bodies, while a rescue worker involved in the relief operation said he counted 42 dead and 68 injured. These I saw with my own eyes. We were counting as they were being taken, said Sani Kakale. Two local residents who attended funerals for the victims said the death toll was much higher and could climb further. Before I left the cemetery I took part in the burial of 68 people. More bodies were being brought by families of the victims, said Muhammad Hamidu. I think this is the worst attack Mubi has ever witnessed. The human loss is unimaginable. AFP called string theory. The new assessment of the US, Israel condemn Palestinian Prez over anti-semitic comments JERUSALEM, May 2: US and Israeli officials have condemned Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas over alleged anti-semitic comments, after he suggested the social function of Jews in the banking sector had led to past massacres. Israel s foreign ministry today accused him of fuelling religious and nationalist hatred against the Jewish people and Israel. David Friedman, the US ambassador to Israel, said Abbas had reached a new low while President Donald Trump s envoy Jason Greenblatt said peace cannot be built on this kind of foundation. The comments came after Abbas, who has faced accusations of anti-semitism before, suggested in an address to a rare meeting of the Palestinian National Council on Monday night that Jews relations with banking had led to hostility against them. From the 11th century until the Holocaust that took place in Germany, those Jews who moved to Western and Eastern Europe were subjected to a massacre every 10 to 15 years. But why did this happen? WASHINGTON, May 2: President Donald Trump s political attacks on the FBI make America less safe because they undermine public confidence that the bureau is an honest, competent and independent institution, fired director James Comey told The Associated Press today. In a telephone i n t e r v i e w, Comey also said it was logical that special counsel Robert Mueller would seek to interview Trump since the president is a subject of an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Comey ruled out seeking elected office and said that, as a leader, he took responsibility for some of the turmoil that has surrounded the FBI in recent months. The ex-fbi chief said it was clear the president s blistering attacks on the bureau, including Trump s calls for scrutiny of his political opponents and his suggestion that Comey should be jailed, affect public Kanye West claims 400 years of slavery a choice LOS ANGELES, May 2: Rapper Kanye West, who has been dominating headlines with his controversial tweets in support of President Donald Trump, has landed in fresh controversy by suggesting that 400 years of slavery was a choice. West was invited by TMZ to talk about his recent tweets, free thought and Trump when he made the controversial comments, which have received massive backlash. When you hear about sla- very for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice. You was there for 400 years and it s all of y all. It s like we re mentally in prison. I like the word prison because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks. Slavery is to blacks as the Holocaust is to Jews. Prison is something that unites as one race, blacks and whites, that we re the human race, said West. In the footage released by TMZ, West is then shown addressing the newsroom: Do you feel that I m being free and I m thinking free? TMZ reporter Van Lathan, visibly angry, confronted the rapper, saying, I actually don t think you re thinking anything. I think what you re doing right now is actually the absence of thought. Lathan told West that he was unbelievably hurt by his comments even though the rapper was entitled to his opinion. You re entitled to believe H a r t l e - H a w k i n g theory in the latest paper has restored order to a hitherto chaotic multiverse. The analysis suggests that there can only be universes that have the same laws of physics as our own, according to the paper. PTI They say it is because we are Jews, he told the hundreds of delegates. He then cited three books written by Jews as evidence that hostility against Jews is not because of their religion, but rather their social function, adding he meant their social function related to banks and interest. He contrasted this with Jews in Arabic countries, who he argued had not faced similar persecution. Friedman said on Twitter late yesterday Abbas had reached a new low in attributing the cause of massacres of Jewish people over the years to their social behaviour relating to interest and banks. To all those who think Israel is the reason that we don t have peace, think again, he added. Greenblatt said the comments were very unfortunate, very distressing & terribly disheartening, calling for them to be unconditionally condemned by all. Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told AFP Abbas s anti- Semitism was all the more shocking considering that he presents himself as wanting to make peace with Israel. AFP Comey: Trump s attacks on the FBI make America less safe whatever you want. But there is fact, and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said. And while you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalisation that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice. Frankly, I m disappointed, I m appalled and, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that s not real, Lathan said. West s comments were met by anger and incredulity by the artistes and civil rights activists. Rapper Will.I.Am told Good Morning Britain that West s comments were ignorant and broke my heart... When you re a slaved, you re owned... That s not choice, that s by force. PTI safety in hundreds and thousands of ways especially if crime victims no longer believe that an agent knocking on their door will help them or that an agent testifying before a jury can be believed. To the extent there s been a marginal decrease in their credibility at that doorway, in that courtroom and in thousands of other ways, their effectiveness is hit. So it s hard, Comey said. You re not going to be able to see it, but logic tells me James Comey that it s there, which is why it s so important that we knock it off as a political culture. Trump fired Comey last May, an act now under investigation by Mueller for possible obstruction of justice. The White House initially said Trump had fired him over his handling of the Hillary Clinton case, but the president later said he was thinking of this Russia thing when he made the move. AP

15 THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI 15 SPORTS Real Madrid reach 3rd straight Champions League final MADRID, May 2: Last time, it was a late penalty. This time, a goalkeeping blunder. Real Madrid keep finding ways to get out of trouble in the Champions League. Madrid conceded early again at home and barely held on for a 2-2 draw against Bayern in yesterday s semifinal match, advancing 4-3 on aggregate to stay on track for a third consecutive European title. But with Cristiano Ronaldo held scoreless for the second time in as many games, Madrid needed a blunder from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich to gift them their second and crucial goal of the night. It s a Champions League semifinal. You will always suffer, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. Nothing is easy. Football is like that, you have to suffer. And when you win, it feels even better, although it s not too good for your heart. Joshua Kimmich scored for Bayern in the third minute to set the stage for another comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu, like the one Juventus nearly USA gymnastics star coaches sued CHICAGO, May 2: A champion American gymnast has filed suit against her sport s star coaches Bela and Marta Karolyi for failing to protect her from convicted serial sex abuser Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Sabrina Vega yesterday also sued Nassar, USA Gymnastics the governing body for her sport and the US Olympic Committee (USOC), claiming Nassar molested her hundreds of times starting when she was 12 years old. The 22-year-old alleges some of the abuse took place at the Karolyis remote Texas ranch, which USA Gymnastics sanctioned as an elite training centre for national and Olympic athletes. At least 265 female athletes including several Olympic gold medal-winning gymnasts have said they were abused by Nassar over a two-decade period, in the guise of medical treatment. The scandal is the biggest in US Olympic history and has had far-reaching ripple effects ending careers at USA Gymnastics, the Olympic committee and at Michigan State University, where Nassar practiced medicine. Athletes have testified in court that girls were easy prey at the Karolyi ranch outside of Houston, where parents were not allowed, but Nassar had unsupervised access to girls dormitory rooms. I have struggled to cope with the effects of the repeated abuse I suffered, Vega said in a statement. USA Gymnastics, the USOC and the Karolyis failed to protect me and the other athletes in their care and I believe they should be held accountable. Vega is seeking more than USD 1 million in damages from a Texas state court. AFP NEW DELHI, May 2: The Commonwealth Games gold has given him the confidence and star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is now aiming to grab another yellow metal at the upcoming Asian Games, which he admitted will be tougher than the Gold Coast CWG. Neeraj became the first Indian javelin thrower to win a gold at the CWG at Gold Coast last month with a throw of 86.47m but he said that effort will not be enough for a gold in the Jakarta Asian Games in August. Winning a gold in CWG with a very good effort early in the season is a big confidence-booster going ahead in the year. Not only the gold but the performance has made me assured that I can do better. Winning an Asian Games gold is my next target, the 20-year-old Haryana athlete told PTI. I worked hard to win the CWG gold and I will have to work even harder for the Asian Games. The Asian pulled off in the quarterfinals before Ronaldo converted an injury-time penalty. But the hosts reacted quicker this time, with Karim Benzema equalising early in the first half and scoring again just after halftime after an embarrassing mistake by Ulreich when he allowed a back pass into the area to go underneath him. Bayern went within a goal of eliminating the European champions when former Madrid player James Rodriguez scored in the 63rd, and it pressured the hosts until the end, but it was not enough to avoid a third straight elimination against the Spanish club. We were the best team in both games but we were not able to reach the final, Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said. We dominated. They should thank (goalkeeper Keylor) Navas for his performance, especially towards the end of the match. The German club, which has now been knocked out in the Champions League semifinals in four of the last five seasons, had several good chances in the Real Madrid s Karim Benzema (R) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League semifinal second leg against Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid. final minutes but was unable to capitalise. By successfully defending its 2-1 win from last week, Madrid stayed on track for a third consecutive European title, and fourth in five seasons. Europe s most successful club with 12 trophies, Madrid will play the final against either Liverpool or Roma. Liverpool won the first leg 5-2 at home and will face Roma later tonight. It was a crazy match, Azhar Mahmood adamant Pakistan want more from Amir CANTERBURY (United Kingdom), May 2: Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood wants more from Mohammad Amir, a challenge he believes the paceman will rise to in upcoming Test matches against Ireland and England. Amir was the hottest property in world cricket after bursting on the scene as a teenager in He was soon earning comparisons with fellow Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Wasim Akram, with Wasim himself declaring Amir a better bowler than he had been at the same age. At 18, Amir was the youngest bowler to have reached the landmark of 50 Test wickets. His first 14 matches in the five-day game saw him take 51 wickets at just a fraction over 23 apiece figures that had Amir on course to be an alltime great. But Amir s world was BENGALURU, May 2: Defending champions Mumbai Indians are standing at the threshold of an early exit from the ongoing IPL, but an optimistic bowling coach Shane Bond feels the team has enough arsenal at its disposal to turn things around in its must-win remaining six games. With just two wins from eight matches, Mumbai Indians are currently languishing at the second last position in the eightteam IPL. Three-time champions Mumbai Indians however have six more games remaining and Bond said they still can turnaround the script, just like 2015 when they went on to win their second IPL crown. We have six games left and we Zidane said. We struggled in the beginning, conceding early and not being able to play our game. But it was a lot better in the second half. We pressed up front and got the second goal. Bayern started well and easily created scoring chances, while Madrid tried to control possession but only threatened on counterattacks with the speed of Ronaldo and Marco Asensio up front. Asian Games will be tougher than CWG: Neeraj Games will be tougher (than the CWG) and I have to do better than my personal best (of 86.48m) if I have to win a gold in Jakarta, he added. At Gold Coast, going into the final round, Neeraj was the clear favourite to win the gold as Kenyan former world champion and Rio Olympics silver medallist Julius Yego crashed out at the qualification stage while Trinidad s Keshorn Walcott, the 2012 London Olympics champion and Rio Games bronze medallist, had already opted out of the CWG. In Jakarta, there will be Taipei s Asian record holder Cheng Chao-tsun (who has a personal best of 91.26m) and then Ahmed Bader of Qatar, who can throw above 85m. So, it will be a tough competition in the Asian Games and it will not be easy, said Neeraj, turned upside down in 2010 when he and Mohammad Asif became involved in a spot-fixing scandal after deliberately bowling no-balls during the Lord s Test against England at the behest of then Pakistan captain Salman Butt. Amir Neeraj Chopra who is targeting 90m before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Taipei s Cheng Chao-tsun has been Neeraj s close rival in Asia in the last couple of years. Last year, the Taipei thrower had beaten Neeraj in an Asian Grand Prix event while the Indian got the better of him in the Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar. But Chao-tsun is the only Asian to break the 90m barrier in the men s javelin throw as he hurled the spear to a distance of 91.26m on his way to win the World Underside gold medal in Taipei City in August last year. Qatar s Ahmed Bader is an up and coming talent and won a silver behind Neeraj in the 2017 Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar. He has a personal best of 85.23m. I will be preparing well for the Asian Games. I am going to start with the Diamond League in Doha on May 4 where the competition will be of Olympics and World Championships level with three-four competitors, who can hurl above 90m or near about consistently taking part, said Neeraj who will be in Finland for six weeks before the Asian Games as part of the Athletics Federation of India s trainingcum-exposure tour. All the top Indian athletes will be sent to different countries, mostly in Europe, before the Asian Games depending on their disciplines like jumps, throws, sprints and long distance race and all the top coaches will accompany them. In the season-opening Doha leg of the prestigious Diamond League series, Neeraj will be competing against the likes of reigning Olympic champion Thomas Rohler of Germany, world champion Johannes Vetter, also of Germany, and world silver-medallist and 2018 Diamond League champion Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic. Rohler and Vettel have been competing for some time in a sort of a match of who can throw above 90m more often while Vadlejch has been consistent at 88m or 89m-plus. Asked if he will be training under former world record holder and national team javelin head coach Uwe Hohn, he said, Yes, I will be with him. There is no plan to train under another coach as of now. PTI Kimmich netted from inside the area after Madrid captain Sergio Ramos failed to clear a ball crossed into the area by Corentin Tolisso. It was an eerily similar start to Madrid s match against Juventus, when it conceded in the second minute while trying to protect a 3-0 first-leg advantage. Madrid conceded twice more in that game but eventually advanced thanks to Ronaldo s injury-time penalty. This time, Madrid reacted a lot more quickly, with Benzema equalising in the 11th with a firm header after a well-placed cross from the left by Marcelo. Benzema hasn t been playing regularly as a starter and was a surprise addition to the lineup by Zidane. He had scored only once in his last 12 appearances in all competitions. It was a perfect night for me and for everyone, Benzema said. The French striker gave Madrid a 2-1 lead after Ulreich s howler. The goalkeeper appeared to lose his footing while trying to get to the ball Optimistic Bond says Mumbai can still turn things around have to win them all. That is what we have to do. I still believe when you look at our squad, we have key players who can win us six games in a row. We have done it in the past (in 2015) and I believe we can do it again, Bond said after Mumbai lost by 14 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore here last night. We just have to take one game at a time and hopefully we can do that. Bond said Mumbai players take a lot of pride in their performances so motivation is never a concern. Motivation is there for the players. The guys take a lot of In 2011 Amir was given a five-year ban by the International Cricket Council and sentenced to six months in jail by an English court. Amir returned to international duty in 2016 but his 16 Tests since his comeback have yielded 44 wickets at a relatively expensive We want more from Amir, as bowling coach I want more from Amir, Mahmood told AFP after the paceman took one wicket for 45 runs in 15 overs during Pakistan s drawn tour opener against Kent at Canterbury on Tuesday. If you see his record since he came back it s not great, but he was coming back after five years out, the former Pakistan all-rounder added. He needs to take a bit more responsibility and get more wickets for us. If he s the leader of this attack, he needs to show us a bit more. I m sure he will do that and that s what we want from him. Given his lengthy absence it is unsurprising that the now 26- year-old Amir has not quite scaled the heights he reached earlier in his career. AFP pride in their performances, he said. Bond said Mumbai bowlers did well for most part of the day, except for three overs of RCB innings which cost them 60-odd runs. We gave 15 runs above than Australia chief sees way back for disgraced Warner SYDNEY, May 2: Disgraced David Warner still has a future in Australian cricket, the sport s chief executive James Sutherland says, handing the explosive opener a lifeline after a cheating scandal. Warner was identified as the mastermind behind the plan to use sandpaper to tamper with the ball during the third Test in South Africa this year that shocked the sport. While former skipper Steve Smith was charged with knowledge of the plot, Warner was charged with developing it and instructing Cameron Bancroft to carry it out. Smith and then vice-captain Warner were banned for 12 months while Bancroft was exiled for nine months. All three held emotional press conferences to apologise, with public sympathy for a contrite Smith and Bancroft. Warner, who was also banned from ever holding a what we would have liked. We bowled well for 17 overs. We bowled three terrible overs which cost us probably runs. I think 155 or anything under 160 would have been good for us, he said. JP Duminy conceded 22 runs in the fourth over, Hardik Pandya gave away 20 in the 10th while Mitchell McClenaghan was hammered for 24 runs in the final over which eventually hurt Mumbai badly. Bond also defended skipper Rohit Sharma s decision to come down the order instead of opening the innings. If you look at the success of Shane Bond leadership role again in Australian cricket, admitted he was resigned to the fact he may never play for his country again. But Sutherland said the door remained open. I think everyone deserves their chance and their own personal redemption story is very Warner much in their own hands now, he told Melbourne radio station SEN last night. Each of them have to go about that during the time they re out of the game and prove that they re worthy and prove to the Australian selectors that they should want them back. They deserve that opportunity. Sutherland added that he felt for the players, whose reputations have been trashed. I feel forgiveness for all of them. I feel sympathy for them and I want to see them all come back and play their best cricket. I believe they all can, he said. Part of the design within the sanctions was to allow them to stay connected with the game. I also see part of our role is to support them with their state associations and their clubs, to help them stay hungry and come back and play their best cricket. Cricket Australia yesterday appointed an ethics guru to review the sport s culture in the wake of the scandal to ensure there is never a repeat. It will run in tandem with a separate probe announced last month into player behaviour. AFP the team and the times we have won titles, he (Rohit) has always batted at No. 4. He has batted at No. 4 and won games for us. There is always a debate about where Rohit should bat. But history suggests No. 4 is the best place for Rohit, he said. Meanwhile, RCB pacer Tim Southee praised Virat Kohli s captaincy and Mohammed Siraj s brilliance with the ball in the penultimate over, which left Mumbai to score 23 runs of the last over. It got a little bit close towards the end. But I think Virat backed the guys to go out there and back their strongest skill set and we saw that with the way Siraj closed out his last over and made my job a little bit easier with a few more to defend, he said. PTI Originating from Japan, su do ku is a mind game and a puzzle that can be solved with proper reasoning and logic. Fill the grid with digits in such a manner that every row, every column and every 3 x 3 box accommodates the digits 1 to 9 without SU DO KU Solution of last problem and seemed to hesitate to stop it with his hands before missing it entirely as he went to the ground. That allowed Benzema to run onto the ball for an easy finish into an open net. It was tough to concede that goal so early in the second half, Heynckes said. It was a gift. Bayern wasn t done yet and Rodriguez equalised with a low shot from inside the area. The Colombian playmaker didn t celebrate, instead raising his hands in an almost apologetic gesture to the home fans. Bayern unsuccessfully appealed for a handball by Marcelo just before halftime, when the Madrid defender appeared to be just inside the area. I d be lying if I said the ball didn t touch my hand, the Brazilian left back said. And if it touched my hand, I think it was (a penalty). Meanwhile Robert Lewandowski continued to struggle up front, as he went a fifth straight Champions League game without a goal for the first time in his career. AP England reclaim top spot in ICC ODI rankings DUBAI, May 2: England have overtaken India to seize the top spot in the ICC ODI team rankings following the annual update. England s rise up the table is largely because of a forgettable season which saw them winning only seven out of 25 ODIs against other Full Members. The season has been dropped from the latest calculations while those from the and seasons are weighted at 50 per cent. England, who last topped the ODI rankings in January 2013, have gained eight points and moved to 125 points. India, who were at the top before the update, have lost a solitary point and are in second place with a total of 122 points. South Africa, who were second, have dropped down to third place after losing four points, from 117 to 113, leaving them nine points adrift of India and only one point ahead of fourth-placed New Zealand. World champions Australia have lost eight points to go down to 104 in fifth position and are only two points ahead of reigning Champions Trophy winners Pakistan, who have gained six points. In other changes, Bangladesh (93 points) have gained three points, Sri Lanka (77) have lost seven points, the West Indies (69) have lost five points, Afghanistan (63) have gained five points, Zimbabwe (55) have gained four points and 12th-placed Ireland (38) have lost three points. In the T20I rankings led by Pakistan, there is no change in the top seven places but Afghanistan are now ahead of Sri Lanka in eighth slot. PTI

16 16 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI SPORTS Dhoni, Bravo, Watson have lot to offer: Fleming KOLKATA, May 2: Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming is happy that pivotal role played by veteran trio of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo have shut the sceptics, who termed the team as Dad s Army. Dhoni and Watson are months shy from being 37 while Bravo is in his 35th year. However all three have made major contribution in CSK s six wins out of eight. Dhoni has three half centuries while Watson has a century and a half-ton. Bravo has played a blinder at the start and has been mostly economical with the ball. Age isn t really a barrier. I still think the big guys have a lot to give. The calmness around the group plays a big part. Yes, we have some youngsters around but under pressure experience counts. There s not many games Mumbai Indians must look at the situation they are in It was the story of three overs. Or, you might say, it was the story of two balls. Or indeed, you might say, it has been the story of the M u m b a i Indians in this IPL. Overs 4, 10 and 20 in their match against the Harsha Bhogle Royal Chall e n g e r s Bangalore produced 66 runs. That means they conceded less than a run-aball over in the other 17. Two no-balls and the resultant free hits produced 14 runs which was the difference between the two sides. When the last over began, the scores were almost level. The reason I bring up these numbers is to illustrate the little moments that can turn a AUCKLAND, May 2: Indian teenager Lakshya Sen is set to play the biggest match of his nascent career when he will lock horns with legendary Lin Dan in the second round of the New Zealand Open Badminton Championship tomorrow. The Indians had a field day during the opening round of the tournament with the likes of B Sai Praneeth, Ajay Jayaram and Sameer Verma also recording victories in their respective matches. Seventeen-year-old Lakshya defeated June Wei Cheam of Malaysia 21-11, to enter the second round where where you don t have pressure, Fleming told reporters on the eve of their return leg fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders here. CSK have put up 200-plus totals four times this season and Fleming said it would have been a concern if they were not getting one more than what their opponents were getting. That s the silver lining. It s keeping us on the edge and making us uncomfortable about each game which is a good thing from a coach s point of view. Most times we have put up fight that matched them. If you lose three four games you are down in the bottom, we know that. The biggest gain for CSK has been Ambati Rayudu who has done well both as an opener and also at No. 4 as he leads the run charts with 370 runs from eight matches. match around, possibly an entire well-planned campaign around. And the Mumbai Indians think tank, experienced enough to win three titles, must be wondering if they could have plugged the little things. It raises an interesting question and I wonder if anyone can answer it honestly. When you keep losing games by small margins, when a little event here or there takes the game away from you, are you just unlucky or are you lax? Do you make your luck or do you rue it? The winners will say that you make your luck, those that fall short will point out how easily it could have gone the other way. I would love to know how the Mumbai Indians see this season. My own view is that while you cannot lose sleep over the things you can t control, the little controllables, no-balls, catches, direct hits are an outcome of your work ethic and intensity. That is even truer in T20 cricket where an over is a long time and a ball enough to change course. The Mumbai Indians must look at the situation they are in as an opportunity to create history. But like with so much discourse on our game, it is easier said from a distance than achieved in the middle. TCM Lakshya to meet Lin Dan; Praneeth, Jayaram advance at NZ Open he will face top seed Dan. The Chinese legend got the better of Takuma Ueda of Japan in straight games 21-13, India s top ranked player in the tournament, third seeded Praneeth made short work of Israel s Misha Zilberman 21-11, in just 41 minutes. Fifth seeded Indian Verma put up an authoritative display beating Indonesia s Sony Dwi Kuncoro 21-8, in less than half an hour. Jayaram was the most impressive among the Indians as he upset fourth seeded Hsu Jen Hao 21-23, 21-12, in a 62-minute slugfest. Sameer s brother Sourabh, however, had an early exit losing to reigning Australian national champion Abhinav Manota who won 21-19, 14-21, Sixth seeded Tomy Sugiarto of Indonesia beat Subhankar Dey 21-18, in another match. However, the Indian women had a disappointing day in the singles with both Jakka Vaishnavi Reddy and Chukka Sai Uttejitha Rao losing their respective matches. Vaishnavi lost to Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen of Australia 16-21, while Uttejitha lost to qualifier Yukino Nakai of Japan 14-21, PTI It just shows how flexible and how calm he is at the crease. He is having a fantastic season. He has been massive for us, he said. Young South African pacer Lungi Ngidi made his presence felt in his debut as he returned with a tidy 1/26. Fleming said he s looking forward to relish the conditions on the seaming Eden Gardens wicket. We have been excited about him for a while. He has a massive presence, conditions like the new Kolkata pitch, it would be exciting to see him have a go (at KKR). Wary of KKR s spin attack, Fleming said: There is not much time to relax as a bowling unit. We just got to combat the spinners. The spinners are the key weapon for KKR, there is no secret around that. So we have to find a way through that. At some point, Rampaging CSK look to spoil KKR s homecoming KOLKATA, May 2: Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni s vintage form has added to their strength and table-toppers Chennai Super Kings would look to continue their winning momentum when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match, here tomorrow. Dhoni has turned back the clock with his last three innings, two of them half centuries, adding to the fine run of imposing all-rounder Shane Watson. CSK are currently leading the eight-team table with 12 points from six wins out of eight games. Both the teams are here on the back of two morale-boosting wins. While KKR successfully chased 176 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru, CSK reigned supreme against Delhi Daredevils at their adopted home in Pune. Half-centuries from Watson and Dhoni blasted CSK to its third 200-plus score and then young fast bowlers Lungi Ngidi and KM Asif choked Delhi s chase to hand CSK its sixth win of the season. Dhoni himself has been a major factor in CSK s success with Lahiri back in action at Wells CHARLOTTE (US), May 2: Anirban Lahiri will be looking to get his rhythm back when he returns to competition at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club outside Charlotte. While Lahiri is trying to ensure that he does not have to struggle at the end of the season to get to the FedEX Cup, where he made the third leg last year, there is also Tiger Woods, looking stronger each week. Rory McIlroy looking solid and Jason Day also being touted as one of the favourites. The field includes Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson besides Tony Finau who has been consistent and knocking on the door. Lahiri began the season late last year well with Top-10s at CIMB Classic and CJ Nine Bridges, but since has been found wanting. PTI School cricket tourney GUWAHATI, May 2: The 14th edition of the Dhan Sena Sinha Memorial Inter School Cricket Tournament will start at the Latasil playground here from May 8. The championship has been organised by the River Rine Cricket Coaching Centre. Schools interested to take part in the meet may contact Ranjit Sarma, secretary of the organising body at the Latasil playground. we have to take a risk so just trying to find a way to do that (is the key). Robin Uthappa is yet to score a halfcentury in eight matches and Fleming said they re aware of that. It makes me worried as it means he is due for a big knock. If we can get him early, it s good for us as he is an aggressive player. I have seen a lot of him and he has played well against us. He is one we would like to get early. KKR find themselves at number four after eight matches with four wins and their target is to win at least three or four more to secure a play-off berth, young pacer Shivam Mavi said. We have been playing some good cricket. We have six matches to go. Our target would be to win the remaining four-five matches from here on, the Under-19 World Cup winning pacer said. PTI his batting and the ever-inspiring captaincy. His decision to make four changes against Delhi showed the team s depth and his faith in the bench-strength. Ngidi looked reliable both in powerplay and at the death as the South African led the pace department in the absence of an injured Deepak Chahar. Asif also impressed with his raw pace and quick arm action and took two wickets on debut, though the young Kerala pacer leaked 43 runs in three overs. In batting, Watson, who struggled for Royal Challengers Bangalore last season, has been a revelation. Backed by Dhoni, the veteran Australian all-rounder slammed this season s highest score 106 his fourth T20 hundred. Ambati Rayudu too has gone about his tasks quietly, be it as an opener or in the middle-order to lead the batting chart with 370 runs. Then there is Dhoni himself. Dhoni is currently averaging with three halfcenturies. PTI MATCH STARTS AT 8 PM THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 Malaysian shuttlers banned for match-fixing KUALA LUMPUR, May 2: Two Malaysian badminton players have been hit with career-ending bans of 20 and 15 years respectively after being found guilty of corruption and match-fixing, the sport s governing body said on Wednesday. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) said former world junior champion Zulfadli Zulkiffli, 25, was banned for 20 years and fined USD 25,000, while Tan Chun Seang, 31, was barred for 15 years and fined USD 15,000. They were found guilty of breaching the BWF code of conduct in relation to betting, wagering and irregular match results, said a statement from the body. A BWF ethics panel, which held hearings in February in Singapore into the case, found both players engaged in corruption offences over a significant period and a significant number of tournaments dating back to AFP A correction The name of DC Dibrugarh is Laya Madduri but not as published in the photo caption that appeared on May 2 issue of this newspaper. The inadvertent error is regretted. Printed and published by Ganesh Ch. Das on behalf of Assam Tribune Pvt. Ltd. at the Tribune Press, Tribune Buildings, P.O.- Assam Tribune, M.R.D. Road, Chandmari, Guwahati Tel (EPABX), , (News Desk), FAX n e w a s s a m t r i b u n e. c o m ; Editor: Prafulla Govinda Baruah

17 PLANET Y UNG PAGE 8 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI, THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 Which city was founded by Alexander the Great? A lexandria in Egypt was founded in 332 BC by Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia, who planned it as one of the fi nest ports of the ancient world. A mole (breakwater made of large stones or masonry) nearly 1.6 kms. in length, called the Heptastadium ( seven furlongs ), was built to the island of Pharos, enclosing a spacious harbour. A famous lighthouse, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was also built on Pharos. Another smaller harbour was open to the West. A canal joined Lake Maryot to a nearby branch of the Nile. The ancient city was about 6.4 kms. long, and regularly built, with streets crossing at right angles and colonnades adorning the principal streets. The most magnifi cent quarter of the city, called the Brucheium, was situated on the eastern harbour. Farther West was the Serapeion, or temple of the Egyptian deity Serapis; the Soma, or mausoleum of Alexander and the Ptolemies; the Poseidonium, or temple of Poseidon, God of the Sea; the museum; the great theatre; and the emporium, or exchange. A northeastern quarter was occupied by the Jews. In Alexandria, the Jews came into contact with Greek learning, which profoundly infl uenced the later religious thought of the world; here the Greek translation of the Old Testament, called the Septuagint, was made before AD100. Later, philosophers attempted to fuse the doctrines of Christianity with the ideals of Greek philosophy. Soon after the city was founded, the population consisting chiefl y of the Greeks, Jews, and Egyptians, numbered 3,00,000 free citizens, exclusive of slaves and foreigners. Alexandria was made the capital of Viacom International Inc. Created by Arlene Klasky, Gabor Csupo, and Paul Germain. Dist. by Creators Syndicate. rugrats.nick.com Parismita Kalita, H.S.L.C. appeared, St. Mary s H.S. School, Guwahati. What are the alternatives to fast food? Fast food is popular among youngsters. This type of food has very low-nutrient value, but the taste attracts all. There, however, are many alternatives that have high-nutrient value and can act as alternatives to fast food. For example, South Indian dishes like idli, homemade fried rice, and more. Also, there are many dishes that we students can make by watching internet videos. Many juices can also be made quite easily, rather than drinking canned juice. Overall, I think there are many alternatives to junk food, and these alternatives can help us maintain our fi tness. Rishiraj Kakoty, Class-X, Don Bosco School, Dibrugarh. Fast food helps us save precious time, but due to harmful ingredients present in them, such foods have affected our health, causing diabetes, high blood pressure, plus obesity. The alternatives to fast food like fruits, milk and vegetables are some of the solutions. But having said that, is it practically possible for an avid lover of fast food to actually avoid it? The answer is no. So the parents and guardians have to make an extra effort to prevent their children from eating fast food. We, the youngsters, also have to obey our parents and do as they say, because they have more experience of life than us. Therefore, for me, obedience towards our parents is the best alternative to fast food. Jyotismita Sarma, Class-VI, St. Mary s School, Maligaon. Nowadays, in our surroundings, there are too many junk food outlets stalls that sell pani puri, momo, chowmein, etc. If we eat ice-cream, we should eat in a clean surrounding or in an ice-cream parlour. We should eat healthy food that gives us energy. Foods that we should eat are vegetables, dalia, oats, roti, and corn fl akes. We should avoid momo, chips, pani puri, etc. They don t give us energy to perform various activities in life, so we should eat healthy food instead. Ankurita Mahanta, Class-VIII, St. Joseph s Convent H.S. School, Tezpur. From a kid to an adult, everyone today has switched to fast food primarily due to lack of time, and many other reasons. Some alternatives to fast food may include homemade delicious food, both healthy and tasty to consume. Seasonal fruits like mango, apple, guava; leafy, green vegetables; rice powder like korãi guri, pithã guri, komal sãul; and organic beverages and health drinks should be preferred, instead of oily fast food. People should be aware of their health and ought to eat food items which are good for their health, putting aside one s attraction towards fast food. I have decided to take up Humanities after my Board exams, said Adrija, when she finally got her Class-IX results. Are you serious, Adri? asked her elder brother, Adrian. Yes, why? You got a problem, Bro. No, not at all. But don t you think it will be a bit odd if you take up Humanities? I mean, your big brother is a medical student and our dad is a chemistry professor. Plus, Mom is a biology teacher. What will others say? GUWAHATI, THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 Scholarship for NRI children The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has announced a Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children (SPDC) for the academic year The scheme is applicable to children of Non-Resident Indians (NRI) and persons of Indian origin from 66 select countries. Under the scheme, the Government of India will provide partial financial assistance to the extent of 75 per cent of the total institutional economic cost (IEC) to the eligible students. Aiming high Indralee Chetia, Sophy Mercy Memorial School, Sivasagar. Why should I care about what others think? And even if our whole family studies Science, I want to break this tradition. I am going to work hard so that I can score good marks in every subject be it in any stream. That s my girl! said her father, who was standing near the door and smiling. Adri was delighted. Thank you so Be curious! Early curiosity can boost maths and reading skills in kids. Researchers have come to this conclusion after doing research on about 6,200 kindergarten children. A new study led by an Indian-origin researcher has suggested that being curious to learn new things may help kids grasp basic math, and also improve reading skills from an early age. Curiosity in young children was defined as a trait for the joy of discovery, and the motivation to seek answers to the unknown. But the current early learning interventions just focus on improving a child s effortful control, which includes their ability to concentrate or control impulses, the researchers rued. The findings, published in the journal Pediatric Research, suggest that even if a child manifests low effort control, high curiosity can lead to higher academic achievement. This is why children who have developed a wide range of socio-emotional skills such as invention, imagination, persistence, attentiveness to tasks, as well as the ability to form relationships and manage feelings, are generally more successful when they start school, the researchers said. CONTRIBUTOR OF THE WEEK Indralee Chetia, Sivasagar. Boost your skills by learning new things. much, Dad. So Adri, since you are going to take up Humanities, do you have any idea what scope it offers? Adrian asked. Adrija stared at her father s face, confused. Adrija s father smiled, Don t worry, dear, I will help you. The Humanities and Commerce streams offer a lot of scope to students. It is necessary that after your H.S. final, you need to take a Bachelor s degree. Then comes the main part what will you POEM OF THE WEEK Prapti Bhuyan, Guwahati. Explore your potential and be prepared to work hard. Diganta Hazarika is a well-known model and actor who was last seen in the Ashutosh Gowariker fi lm Mohenjo Daro. What has inspired me the most... Is my journey from Nagaon to Guwahati and Mumbai. It has been an eventful journey, full of challenges and opportunities. The turning point of my life... Was when I came to Guwahati for the second and final time. It opened up new vistas for me. The happiest moment of my life... Was when Mohenjo Daro released in theatres and I could see myself as the character Lothar on the big screen. A change I would like to see in the society. We, the Assamese people, must develop a work culture and put in our best efforts in any enterprise. Only then can we taste success. Message for today s youth. Don t be too obsessed with marks. All of you have different gifts. Explore your potential and be prepared to work hard. do after your degree? You need to show that a Humanities student too can be successful. After your B.A., you can opt for I.C.S., I.P.S., I.A.S., M.B.A., or even an M.A., if you like. But I do hope you go into the administration line. I would like you to gain so much power that no one can ever point a finger at you. But, of course, you should never misuse your powers. I won t, said Adri fervently. And, I ll never let you down, Dad. Whatever I end up doing in life, I promise, I shall always make you proud! SKETCH OF THE WEEK Yashvi Khemani, Guwahati.

18 Dear Ishani Aunty, I have very low confidence, especially when I learn to ride the scooty. I fear about falling down. Please help. Susmita Dear Susmita, I am sure this is a temporary phase. Once you gain balance and control, you will be able to drive with confidence. One may fall down, but it is important to rise up each time. All the best! Dear Ishani Aunty, My paternal grandmother does not get well with my mother. They have frequent arguments. This makes me tense and unhappy. Please help. Naina Dear Naina, Your mother and grandmother are certainly spoiling the atmosphere at home and making you unhappy. Don t get involved and instead, busy yourself with studies and play. Dear Ishani Aunty, We are going to Paris for a vacation. I am so excited. What should I take along with me? Madri Dear Madri, I am very happy for you. You need to make a checklist. The list should include all items you need to take like your passport, visa, clothes, medicines, toiletries, etc. Tick off each item once it is packed. That way your preparation will be systematic. 1) Do we call a plant-eating animal a carnivore or a herbivore? OH NO, NOT BRUSSELS SPROUTS AGAIN! PAGE 2 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI, THURSDAY, MAY 3, Hemanga Jyoti Das, Class-VII, G.U. Model High School (English Section), Guwahati. Please collect your certifi cates from our offi ce. [Send your entries to Calculate the clues and fi ll in the grids with the answers ) How many suits are there in a pack of playing cards: one, two or four? NICE SUIT! 7 14 My eyes are as round as golf balls. Ken Egan - mm1110 3) Do daffodils grow from seeds, bulbs or corns? Cyclonic storms wreak havoc. Acyclone, in meteorology, is an area of low atmospheric pressure surrounded by a wind system blowing (in the Northern Hemisphere) in an anti-clockwise direction. A wind system blowing around a corresponding high pressure area with clockwise wind is known as an anticyclone. In the Southern H e m i s p h e r e, these wind directions are reversed. Cyclones are commonly called lows and anticyclones are called highs. The term cyclone has often been more loosely applied to a storm and disturbance attending such pressure systems, particularly violent tropical hurricanes and typhoons, which centre on areas of unusually low pressure. Cyclones develop as moisture evaporates from warm oceans in the low latitudes ACROSS ACROSS DOWN DOWN Jim: What would be a mouse s favourite game? Tim: Hide and Squeak! Q: When does a car become like a frog? being toad! Bhabana Rabha, Class-IX, St. Mary s Sr. Sec. School, Maligaon, Guwahati. SOLUTION DON T WORRY, HE S A DAFFYDIL! NEXT WEEK S PICTURE Jenny: What did one cat say to the other? Ginny: Have a mice day! The wheel was invented in Mesopotamia. ANSWERS: 1) A herbivore, 2) There are four: diamonds, hearts, spades and clubs, 3) They grow from bulbs. J Noel: What s the best way to talk to a tyrannosaurus? Joey: Long distance! KES COULDN T YOU COME UP WITH SOMETHING SIMPLER TO CALL IT THAN ROTATING TRANSPORTATION DEVICE? Cyclone 1 2Who hosted the Oscars for a record 18 times? 3 Which movie won the fi rst Academy Award for Best Picture? Who was the creator of the original Oscar statuette? Low pressure near eye pulls water higher. Which fi lm won the Academy Award for the Best Animated Feature at the 90th Oscars? 5 Who has won the most number of Oscars till date? 6 Who was the fi rst Indian to win an Oscar? 1. Wings, 2. Bob Hope, 3. George Stanley, 4. Coco, 5. Walt Disney (26), 6. Bhanu Athaiya. ANSWERS A shallow coastline slope produces a greater surge than a steeper slope. Source: NOAA, Weather Underground Winds pile up water and push it towards the shore. Waves push the water inland faster than it can drain off. PAGE 7 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI, THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 The surge can begin before the storm hits, cutting off escape routes. There are over 8,600 species of birds in the world, but not all of these birds can y. One such bird is the African ostrich, which stands 2.5 metres tall and weighing up to 135 kilograms. It may not be able to y, but is very fast, reaching speeds up to 70 kilometres an hour. It also lays the biggest egg of any bird, weighing about 1.7 kg. Penguins also cannot y, but use their wings as ippers for swimming. One large bird which can y is the wandering albatross, with a wingspan of over three metres and weighing up to 14 kilograms. during the hottest months of the year. This air rises and condenses to form thunderclouds, while air rushes inwards to replace the rising air. As the winds strengthen, they begin to swirl around a central area, called an eye. They then drift West with the trade winds and sometimes travel into the middle latitudes as they weaken. A storm s wind must surpass 119 km. per hour (74 mi. per hour) before it is designated as a cyclone. Cyclones, which are devastating to low-lying coastal areas, bring violent winds, torrential rains, and high seas. Cyclones begin to die when they reach the land and are cut off from their sources of ocean moisture. Global warming may Floating debris can act as battering rams. Battering waves may erode beaches and damage buildings. The smallest bird in the world is the bee hummingbird of Cuba, weighing just 1.6 grams. IT S DEFINITELY FROM CUBA. IT S DANCING THE RUMBA! Can you nd the differences in the cartoon at right? 1: Cloud added to painting on wall, 2: Bone is smaller, 3: Cushion missing, 4: S missing from BONES, 5: Antennae has moved. increase the frequency of cyclones. Cyclones are not unique to Earth. Cyclonic storms are common on Jovian planets, such as the Small Dark Spot on Neptune. It is about onethird the diameter of the Great Dark Spot and has received the nickname Wizard s Eye because it looks like an eye. This appearance is caused by a white cloud in the middle of the Wizard s Eye. Mars has also exhibited cyclonic storms. Jovian storms like the Great Red Spot are usually mistakenly named as giant hurricanes or cyclonic storms. However, this is inaccurate, as the Great Red Spot is, in fact, the inverse phenomenon, an anticyclone. ( Gerty has food for her baby. Can you show her the way to her nest? The North American Bluebird cannot see the colour blue. YOU MEAN TO SAY THE SKY IS NOT GREEN AFTER ALL? NOW WHERE IS THAT NEST? Most of the dust particles at home come from dead skin. THAT S MINE THERE. I RECOGNISE THE FRECKLE.

19 PLANET Y 2 ac 5 ac 12 ac Pick the word that is closest in meaning (Singular) UNG PAGE Meddlesome a) Spirited b) Fretful c) Interfering d) Faint-hearted Albatross sea bird symbolising a) Persistent diffi culty b) Ecstasy c) Effortless achievement d) Lost treasure Permeate a) To fi rm up b) Rearrange c) Force an opening into d) Spread through 7 dn 9 ac ac 1 1 dn THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI, THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 PLANET Across: 2. Stapler, 5. Kangaroo, 6. Radish, 9. Lollipop, 10. Bottle, 12. Van, 13. Temple, 15. Coin. Down: 1. Batman, 2. Speaker, 3. Quill, 4. Pool table, 7. Djokovic, 8. Hyena, 11. Top, 14. Mug ac 2 dn Consortium a) Monopoly b) Partnership c) Illegal transaction d) Rental unit Laissez-faire a) Easy come, easy go b) At rest c) Unregulated d) Harmonious 4 dn 14 dn 1. c) Interfering, 2. a) Persistent diffi culty, 3. d) Spread through, 4. b) Partnership, 5. c) Unregulated. 8 dn (4, 5) Answers: 3 dn (Singular) 6 ac 10 ac 14 I 11 dn SOLUTION Hello Lighthouse By Sophie Blackall R Know your masterpieces Raymond Briggs aymond Briggs is an artist who has made a career as a successful children s author. Most of his books, which he both wrote and illustrated, were in the comic format and he has won many awards for the same. They include The Mother Goose Treasury. Jim and the Beanstalk. The Snowman. Unlucky Wally. Watch the days and seasons pass as the wind blows, the fog rolls in, and icebergs drift by. Outside, there is water all around. Inside, the daily life of a lighthouse keeper and his family unfolds as the keeper boils water for tea, lights the lamp s wick, and writes every detail in his logbook. Step back in time and through the door of this iconic lighthouse into a cosy dollhouse-like interior with the extraordinary award-winning artist Sophie Blackall. Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School By Janet Halfmann n Mississippi in the mid-1800s, it was illegal for enslaved people to learn to read and write. Getting caught meant 39 lashes with a whip as punishment. But this did not stop Lilly Ann Granderson, an enslaved woman herself. She believed in the power of education. To share her knowledge with others, she started a midnight school. In a small cabin hidden in a back alley, Lilly Ann held her secret classes. Every noise in the dark was a reminder of the punishment she and her students faced if they were found out. But the chance to learn was worth the risk. Over the years, Lilly Ann taught hundreds of enslaved people to read and write. Many of her students went on to share their knowledge with their families. Some started secret schools of their own. Others forged passes to escape to freedom in the North. Based on a true story, Midnight Teacher is an inspiring testament to a little-known pioneer in education. Goodbye, little birdies! Their sweet chirps were music to my ears as I would wake up before time just to draw up the blinds of my living room window and open it wide. It was a wonderful sight to see the birds soaking lazily in the warm sunshine, perched on top of a mango tree that almost covered my window and was taller than our building. Adjacent to my house was another house, a two-storied building with a caretaker and a cook who had been living there for a long time now. The mango tree was in their plot, and it housed the nests of sparrows. It had become my daily routine, before getting on the van for school, to throw crumbs of bread or bits of rotis to the birds and they would flock to the ledge below my window and look up at me and seem happy. By the time I returned from school, I would do the same and watch them as they would collect the food, call their young ones, and would retire early for the night. Well, they had become my friends. One day, after returning from school, my parents were absolutely silent, not even questioning the spots on my white shirt, nor asking me whether I had finished my tiffin, as they normally did. An abnormal silence prevailed in my otherwise noisy house. The blinds of the living room were down and it made the room dark; the lights were on, although there was bright sunshine outside. I went straight to the window and was about to lift the blinds, but Dad stopped me. He picked me up in his arms and took me downstairs and to the house where the tree with the nests was. On the way, he fed me some stories about a builder wanting to build a flat and he would IDIOM OF THE WEEK A bum rap Abum rap is a blame or punishment that is unfair. The word bum has two distinct uses of different origins. Among the British, bum is first and foremost used to describe the buttocks or behind. To Americans, bum is a term for a homeless person and by association refers to any worthless person or thing. Rap has taken on many different meanings over the centuries, although the original sense referred to a quick and light blow, such as in a rap on the knuckles, which is punishment that is not very severe and intended only as a warning. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the first sense of rap as in blame or responsibility first appeared around Thus, to get a bum rap is to be wrongly accused of something. This can be something as serious as being falsely accused of a crime or having an unwarranted bad reputation. One of the most famous instances of a bum rap involved Rubin Hurricane Carter, an American boxer who spent nearly 20 years in prison for murder and then was released after a court determined that the original trial was unfairly conducted. Samara Baishya, Don Bosco School, Guwahati. PAGE 3 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI, THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 tear the old building down and uproot the trees which was already done. As we walked through the gate, we saw many men tying ropes horizontally and vertically across the entire space as if they were measuring something. My eyes fell on something on the ground there were bits and pieces of the nests everywhere and the tree was gone cut down low and what remained was a huge hole on the ground where they had cut it down. I ran as fast as I could and hid myself in a shelter in our terrace and let the tears roll. It must have been an hour or so before Dad spotted me or maybe he just let me be. Finally, I rushed inside and opened the window. The men had Y UNG gone and were carrying lots of stuff on a truck. The nests were still lying there and the birds came early that day they came, chirped something and flew away. I had heard that the owner of the house was very wealthy and lived far away in another district. Then why did he need so much money that he had to sell his land to a builder to build flats? I understood at that time that to some people, money meant the world for me, it was the birds and the tree. May God protect them wherever they may be and may He feed them and look upon them with kind eyes. I skipped dinner that night and didn t talk for days. Goodbye, little birdies! New My Viewpoint Dear Bhaity, Bhonti, It is important to make sure you are safe. You must certainly have heard of children being abused, trafficked and subjected to cruel exploitation. Our New My Viewpoint goes to the heart of this very topic. Write in 100 words what you feel about How can I protect myself from abuse? Enclose a recent passport-size photograph, write your name, class, school/ college, village/ town / city, State, and post to My Viewpoint, Planet Young, The Assam Tribune, M.R.D. Road, Guwahati You can also e- mail us at The last date for receiving your entries is May 10, So, think of the issue and send your entries. With love, as always,

20 Sketch of the week Yashvi Khemani, Class-VII, Holy Child School, Guwahati PAGE 4 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI, THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 Poem of the Week Prapti Bhuyan, Class-IX, Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Guwahati. A source of light Be like the scorching sun, That lights up the whole world With its fierce, golden rays, By removing the unwanted darkness. Be like the charming moon, That guides us during the night With its faint light, Safeguarding us From the malignant darkness. PAGE 5 THE ASSAM TRIBUNE, GUWAHATI, THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 Bristi Bhattacharyya, Class-I, Don Bosco H.S. School, Panbazar, Guwahati Nyusha Raj Oinam, Class-I, Axel Public School, Guwahati A happy life Every day we are getting a new life, But the life we are Getting everyday will End one day. In no time, this life will end. But, we don t know when It will end. Therefore, we should enjoy Each and every minute, And we should Live happily, Without thinking Much about tomorrow. Shaheen Akhtar, Class-IX, Asian Academy, Guwahati. Beau ful Spring Aruhon Baruah, Class-VI, Don Bosco School, Guwahati Tinklejit Choudhury, Class-VI, Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Birkuchi, Guwahati Spring has its beauty, The chicks are little cuties. The birds are making nests To hide their babies from the pests. I love to sit under the trees, Reading, and enjoying the cool breeze. Oh! I love Spring For the joy it brings. Kush Riyan Das, Class-III, Delhi Public School, Guwahati. Giant blue serpent Gazing through the window, I see something below. I wonder what it could be; A giant, moving serpent! Its colour seems to be blue, And while we sit, It shows off its majestic colour. Creating so much noise, Oh my God! What a pitched voice! Where are you going, giant, Never-ending serpent? Are you in a real hurry? I love the way you move, You are carrying so much load, That I want to applaud! It must be a tough job, Venturing day and night, Crawling through the mountains And the valleys, Passing by the brooks, Making people say Look! Look! Look! You search for signals And creep along the lines, I suppose, you must be an Imperial serpent. For you, Everybody ceases to exist, Until you tell them to Stand up. But, sometimes, I feel you get Tired, my friend! You move from one place to another, But, I don t. Sitting in a confined room, How boring it could be, But walking a few steps Is easier than crawling Miles and miles, Isn t it? I have bindings, yet I am free, You are moving, Yet not free! Pranayana Bora, Class-IX, Kendriya Vidyalaya, O.N.G.C., Cinamara, Jorhat. Always embrace the path of light, Ignore the nasty path of darkness. Radiate the whole world With your admirable talent, Do not darken the world With your greedy deeds. Be an agent of happiness, Be a source of light for everyone. Jigyash Kalita, Miles Bronson Residential School, Guwahati Jyotishmoy Das, Class-II, St. Vivekananda Academy, Maligaon Maitreye Krishna Handique, Class-VII, Delhi Public School, Nazira, Sivasagar The wonders of the world There are so many wonders of the world Which no one will ever notice, Like the soft petals of a beautiful lotus, Or the green of a lovely big tree, And the nice fresh air that makes you feel free, Or the huge sky that has a great hue, And the colourful vegetables, Or the giant mountains that stretch up to the sky, And the fluffy white clouds that float by; Or the vast ocean which we call the big blue, And the amazing herbs which cure the flu! These are all wonders which no one will ever notice, Like the soft petals of a beautiful lotus. Aadi Hobart Khwairakpam, British School of Bangkok. In a village, there lived a boy. One day, he went to a jungle by the village and thought of strolling around. During his tour, the boy saw a chubby baby elephant playing with a cheerful baby deer. The boy went closer to them. Seeing him, the duo stopped playing and asked his name. The boy said, My name is Rinku, and what are your names, dear tiny tots? The elephant introduced himself as Ele and the deer as Joy. Soon the trio became friends and began to play and chat. After sometime, they felt hungry and made a plan to go around and find food. The three friends walked a long way into the jungle, but no fruit-bearing trees came to their notice. They felt hungrier and even more tired. After a few more minutes of walking, they suddenly saw a giant lion with his long, golden mane, resting under the shade of an apple tree. There were fallen apples all around him. Rinku, Ele and Joy wanted to have some apples, but were scared of the king of the jungle, sitting there as the authority. Since Joy was the most intelligent among Mustafa Hussain, Class-IV, Hindustani Kendra Vidyalaya Speaking so ly all three of them, his friends requested him to find a solution. Joy did not say anything for a moment, thought awhile, and then he slowly moved ahead towards the lion, while his friends followed. He asked the king in a very soft, but clear voice, Good afternoon, Your Majesty. Would you please allow us to pick some apples from the ground and also to take a few from the tree? We have not eaten anything for a long time. The lion turned his head to face Joy who was standing close to him, with his friends standing a little far. The king liked the way he spoke. He smiled and called upon the group to take as many apples as they could. Rinku, Ele and Joy cheered in delight. While gathering the apples hurriedly, each one of them was thinking how a couple of nice words, spoken in a soft, clear voice could conquer even a ferocious heart. From that moment, they decided to be soft-spoken ever after. Digvijay Das, S.F.S. H.S. School, Satgaon, Narangi, Guwahati.