UDALGURI, Feb 16 – It was at last after about three decades of eager waiting and dozens of demonstrations with demands that the people of Tangla have heaved a sigh of relief when Chandan Brahma, Panchayat and Rural Development and Transport Minister declared that the much demanded Mangaldoi-Bhutiachang PWD road through Kalaigaon and Tangla would be renovated and reconstructed within this year.
The much-valued declaration of the minister came when he was addressing the open session of Sixth Bodoland Day Celebration at Bordoloi Bhawan here at Tangla in Udalguri district as chief guest on Sunday.
Addressing the mammoth gathering in the open session organised by Khalingduar block committee of Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) and chaired by Bonjar Daimari, MCLA of Khalingduar BTC seat, Brahma also said the government was keen to develop the condition of rural region of the State. He also earned thunderous applause by declaring that the people of Tangla area would be able to avail the Tangla-Kokrajhar ASTC bus service from March next. The minister also assured to grant a permanent public bus stand soon.
Among many others, the open session of the two-day-long programme was also addressed by Kand Basumatari, MLA of Panery LAC and Karuna Kanta Swargiary, president of Bhergaon district committee of BPF.
Earlier on February 10 last being the first day of observation of Bodoland Day, Bonjar Daimari MCLA of Khalingduar constituency hoisted the BPF flag followed by homage to martyrs initiated by Karuna Kanta Swargiary, president of Bhergaon district unit of BPF. The first day’s programmes came to an end with delegates’ session, sports competitions and cultural nite.
The dilapidated Mangaldoi-Bhutiachang PWD road had been ignored for last three decades by the authorities concerned for reasons best known to them. Student organisations such as AASU, ABSU, AJYCP and several other social organisations of Kalaigaon, Bhergaon Tangla and Panery area had been demanding reconstruction of about 60-km PWD road from Mangaldoi to Bhutiachang since the last thirty years. The transport minister’s declaration to renovate the road within 2008 has boosted the enthusiasm of the people of the vast rural region.
BBC convention: The 94th edition of Bodo Baptist Convention (BBC) concluded here at Thoraibri in Harisinga recently .
The convention witnessed prayer by more than 45,000 devotees of about 284 mandals in the religious discourse.
On the first day, the door of the convention was inaugurated by Dr R Daimari followed by mass prayer conducted by Nelson Baglari, president of the convention while Rev Santosh Daimari read out the welcome address.
On the second day of the convention on February 1, Juron Basumatari hoisted the flag and conducted prayer.
In the second session, Hemol Basumatari, president of MC Zion Bible College presided over the convection of Zion Bible College followed by prayer conducted by Pranima Basumatari, vice president of women cell. This was followed by prayer conducted by Protul Daimari, executive member and Puhar Daimari.
Devotees from Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh, Dimapur, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Gohpur, Naduar, Charduar, Dhekiajuli, Parkijuli, Bagsa, Kokrajhar, Golaghat, Goalpara, Kamrup, Karbi Anglong, Nagaon and local areas througed the convention which witnessed a systematic arrangement for prayer food and accommodation for all.
Music workshop: Astha Sangeet Vidyapeth, a leading music institution of Mazbat organised a two-day-long workshop on Indian music of Pub Mazbat Nayanjyoti Yuvak Sangha premises recently.
The workshop was conducted by Dulali Mahanta and Rajasri Baruah as resource persons. The workshop on the first day was opened with a ‘bhajan’ presented by Karavi Acharya while the lamp on the occasion was lit by Dulali Mahanta.
More than 60 music, lovers were imparted basic knowledge on musical trends which are on the verge of extinction. NN Deka, secretary of the institution appealed to all participants to preserve trends of old Assamese music.