In Lakhimpur, what’s Left is Right

first_imgCPI(M) candidate Amiya Kumar Handique, 65, received only 2.05% of the votes in the 2016 by-election to the Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituency. Pradan Baruah of the BJP won the bypoll after Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had vacated the seat.The CPI(M) has fielded Mr. Handique again, hoping the Leftist past of the constituency — its eastern half in particular — would catch up with the Rightist present. This half comprising Dhemaji district is almost always the worst hit by annual floods in Assam.Former ULFA bastionThe rest of the constituency is divided among Lakhimpur district, “island” district Majuli, and a part of Tinsukia district that houses Jerai Chokolibhoria, the village of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom’s military chief Paresh Baruah as well as the outfit’s general secretary Anup Chetia.Much of the areas under Lakhimpur constituency sustained the Maoism-inspired ULFA for a long time. The constituency was also responsible for its slide, beginning with the killing of rural development activist Sanjoy Ghose in Majuli in July 1997. The outfit still enjoyed local support until it set off a bomb in Dhemaji town and killed 13 people, including 10 schoolchildren, during the Independence Day function in 2004.The initial resistance to the ULFA, though, was from the United Reservation Movement Council of Assam in the late 1980s. Backed by the CPI(ML), it was led by Ranoj Pegu, a doctor who later formed the Ganashakti party before becoming a BJP legislator two years ago.Several other leaders with a communist past joined the BJP over the last three years.“Communication problems and farm losses due to floods were the main reasons why communism flourished in these parts,” said Manoj Pegu, a tea planter whose shopping complex in Dhemaji town is named after his son Lenin.The BJP has been showcasing two bridges — the 9.76 km Dhola-Sadiya, India’s longest, and the 4.94 km Bogibeel, India’s longest rail-road bridge — completed during “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure” as an example of connecting remote, backward parts of the constituency to the country’s development grid. The two bridges are located within the constituency.Claims, counter-claims“Much of these projects were completed during the Congress tenure,” Anil Borgohain, Lakhimpur’s Congress candidate said, accusing the BJP and its right-wing affiliates of intimidating and attacking him and party workers during the campaign that ended on Tuesday.The BJP’s sitting MP is confident of retaining his seat because of the party’s focus on improved communication. “We have also been addressing the issue of floods,” said Mr. Pradan Baruah.But at Dighiri Chapori, barely 10 km east of Dhemaji town, the likes of 49-year-old farmer Jarman Doley know it would take a lot more than promises to undo the damage done by the Jiadhol, a tributary of the Brahmaputra. Sand deposited by the river over the years has buried paddy fields and houses in six villages in the area. The sand-induced barrenness led to Dighiri Chapori and several other patches in the district.“About 100 of some 240 families have built new chang-ghars (houses on stilts) that are 20-25 ft above the original level. This happened in the last three years. The BJP has promised the rest of us more houses as well as roads,” he said.The other candidates — 11 apart from the BJP’s — too have assured a solution to their perennial problem. They include Hem Kanta Miri of Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) and Arup Kalita of CPI, underlining the Left Front’s bid to regain lost ground.last_img read more

Kidney transplant recipient meets his donor

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter November 22, 2018 Kidney transplant recipient meets his donor Posted: November 22, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- 17-year-old Alejandro Hernandez was on a waiting list for a kidney for 11 months until he received one from gracious donor Tiffany Jokerst.Hernandez had the surgery in July but met his donor this week. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

2 killed in Natore road crashes

first_imgRoad accident illustration by Prothom AloA man and a woman were killed while 10 others injured in separate road crashes in Sadar and Baraigram upazilas of Natore on Wednesday, reports news agency UNB.Mozammel Haque, in-charge of Jhalmalia highway police camp, said a cattle trader was killed and 10 others injured when a cattle-laden human hauler plunged into a roadside ditch as its driver lost control over the steering at Ramaigacchi in the district town around 11:00am.The injured were taken to local hospital, he said.In another incident, Rahela Begum, 45, wife of a certain Sukhchand of Lalpur upazila, was killed when a bus hit her while she was crossing the road in Garmati of Baraigram upazila in the morning.last_img read more

Guy calls out airline for handing out sweets to kids and suggests

first_img Posted by Thursday, May 9, 2019 Share Guy calls out airline for handing out sweets to kids and suggests this as an alternative treat instead Travelweek Group center_img WELLINGTON  — Don’t take candy from strangers – or from airlines, says one particularly health-conscious traveller.As reported in the NZ Herald, Freddie Coltart, who recently flew with Air New Zealand, took to Facebook to call the carrier out for distributing candy onboard to kids.He wrote: “Hi Air NZ, When I was flying a few weeks ago I noticed that a little boy was handing out sweets on the flight. I know you’ve been doing this for years but don’t you think this might have become outdated? Kids eating sweets is bad for their dental and physical health.”But if you think Coltart simply left it at that, think again. He went so far as to suggest an alternative ‘sweet treat’, one that would be much healthier for young tots.His solution? Hand out prunes instead.“What about handing out single serving prunes instead?” he added. “As one of NZ’s biggest brands it would be good to be encouraging clean eating and healthy digestion.”More news:  Save the dates! Goway’s Africa Roadshow is backHe signed off encouraging Air New Zealand to “consider the prune”.His post went viral, garnering close to 7,000 comments on Facebook. Not surprisingly, many of the comments slammed Coltart for being a bit clueless (again, we’re talking about prunes here), with people quickly pointing out candies’ dual-purpose on planes.“The whole idea of sucking on a sweet is to equalize the pressure in your ears while the plane is descending,” wrote Brent Hodder.Others didn’t think prunes would be a particularly ‘digestically’-sound option.Judy Haldane wrote: “Prunes? How many toilets are on Air NZ planes for how many passengers?!?!!”Many people didn’t have the patience to even deal with Coltart. Gayle Sinclair wrote, “You know where you can put your prunes Freddie” while Kyle McGovan responded with a simple “No just no.”And Delwyn Luke, who perhaps had the best advice out of everyone, wrote: “Why get rid of what works, it’s up to the parents to sort out dental hygiene, not the airline.” Tags: Air New Zealand, Food, Funny << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more