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Rice bags seized

Jorhat, June 15: The AJYCP on Friday seized 52,238 bags of FCI rice meant for distribution under the PDS in Jorhat and Sivasagar districts and handed those over to the FCI area manager to get them checked for quality before sending them for distribution. he organisation alleged that most of the bags of rice were rotten as the bags meant for Silchar were held up at Bongaigaon station for more than 20 days and were sent to Jorhat after they got spoilt.

Strike

Tinsukia: The Moran Students Union on Friday observed a general strike in Tinsukia to protest against the arrests of its 10 activists, including the general secretary, Jitumoni Baruah, on Thursday. The 10 members were arrested for demanding Rs 10 lakh from a construction company based at Tinsukia. The arrested were sent to judicial custody on Friday.

Trampled

Nagaon: A forest department official, Hema Kanta Sarma, was trampled to death by an elephant inside Sangsoki reserve forest on Thursday night. Sarma and nine other forest officials moved into the area after the villagers intimated the Kampur range office about the movement of a herd.

Decision

Guwahati: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday welcomed the decision of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to nominate Pranab Mukherjee as the candidate for the post of President.

Attacked

Nalbari: Four officials of the Nalbari water resources department on Friday were attacked over the department’s indifferent response to the problems caused by floods.

Tuki on police

Guwahati: Aruna-chal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki on Friday asked state police force to play an active role in thwarting the “bandh culture”, which was eating into the Arunachalee society and hurting the state.