ULFA chairman meets Baruah's mother

Jeraigaon (Assam), January 11 (PTI):
ULFA Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa today visited the outfit's elusive ''commander-in-chief'' Paresh Baruah's mother Miliki Baruah, who insisted that her son and others be brought back for the peace talks. "As all of you went out together on your struggle 30 years ago, now bring Paresh Baruah, Anup Chetia and others back by any means for the talks for a lasting solution to the Assam problem. Otherwise it will remain unsolved," octogenarian Miliki said. Baruah is reportedly in China and is still insistent on discussing the outfit''s core issue of sovereignty. Accompanied by the outfit''s idealogue Bhimkanta Buragohain, Rajkhowa came to Jeraigaon in Dibrugarh district and visited Baruah''s mother for the first time since his release on bail recently. Rajkhowa''s wife Kaberi Kochari also accompanied him during his visit. The ULFA leaders also visited the ancestral residence of general secretary Anup Chetia, now in a Dhaka jail, also in the same village.

Dispur dharna seeking Gorkhaland

GUWAHATI, January 11 (TNN):
United under the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) coordination committee, Nepalis on Monday staged a dharna in the Last Gate area of Dispur for bringing together for bringing together people of the community living in the northeast for seeking a separate homeland in West Bengal. L N Subba, the president of the committee, said Gorkhas in the northeast should be united for the Gorkhaland demand in greater interest of the community. Gorkha leaders assembled at the dharna place said that although Gorkhaland movement is 103 year old, the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha,  Darjeeling has been spearheading the movement since 2007. The Gorkha leaders said Gorkhaland state areas will comprise Darjeeling district and some areas of Doars and Tarai region. After staging the dharna at Last Gate, the committee submitted a memorandum to the Union home minister through the deputy commissioner of Kamrup metro district.

Abducted forester returns home

ITANAGAR, January 11 (PTI):
A forester in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, who was allegedly abducted by insurgents on Friday, returned to his home on Monday. The police had launched a massive search operation with the help of CRPF and Assam Rifles personnel after Chanye Akhang, forester, was allegedly abducted from his residence on January 7 by insurgents, police sources said.

A museum for Bhupen Hazarika

Guwahati, January 11 (ENS):
The Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, a cultural complex in Guwahati, will soon have a museum dedicated exclusively to music maestro Bhupen Hazarika. The museum, which will open later this month, will put on display over 4,000 items belonging to the balladeer who has written and sung over a thousand songs about humanity, rivers and the joys and miseries of the common man.

AGP doubts halt BJP's alliance idea

Guwahati, January 11 (BS):
The prospective alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) for the coming Assam assembly elections is stuck. There is a clear divide within the regional party on whether to join hands with the BJP or not. Senior members of the BJP informed that although AGP leaders had themselves got in touch with them to form an alliance, the talks couldn’t succeed due to the AGP’s internal problems. "BJP has held talks with senior members of the AGP but they could succeed because their house is not in order. We were interested in forming an alliance but it cannot succeed till the time other party is also keen to join hands," said a senior member of the BJP who took part in the talks.

Rhino killed in Guwahati

Guwahati, January 11 (PTI):
A rhino was killed and its horn removed allegedly by poachers in Assam''s Orang National Park, officials said today.  The poachers killed the female rhino when the forest guards had returned to their camp office late last night, divisional forest officer S K Daila said.  The horn of the rhino was removed and taken away by the poachers.  A massive search operation has been launched in the area to apprehend the poachers and patrolling by forest guards inside the Park has been intensified to stop such incidents, he added.