Guwahati Diary: 50 Years of Liberation War, Awareness Rally at Ramsar Site and more

Naveen Bharat Editorial

Armed forces celebrate 50 years of Liberation War

To commemorate 50 years of Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 and as part of Golden Victory Year celebrations, a golden friendly football match was played at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium in Guwahati. The players were drawn from the Army, Assam Rifles and football clubs like Shillong Lajong FC, Aizawl FC and Gokulam Kerala FC. The event was marked by an impressive flypast by aviation helicopters of the Indian Air Force and Army, followed by a display of slidering and skydiving by Army paratroopers. Chief Guest Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma congratulated the Armed Forces.

22 ‘fake’ TET teachers caught in police trap

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Assam Police has arrested 22 teachers who got jobs in government schools in Bodoland Territorial Area by submitting fake Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) certificates. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had directed the CID to register a case and investigate the matter after reports of some people getting jobs by making fake TET certificates surfaced. The Chief Minister had earlier said that the government has received information that 36 TET teachers have left their jobs by submitting fake documents. The CID hopes that it will soon be able to crack down on those giving fake certificates. Earlier the BJP government had changed the jobs of 46,000 TET teachers from contract to permanent.

Adani group captures airport amid protests

Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) airport in Guwahati was handed over to Adani Guwahati International Airport Limited (AGIAL) amid protests by some opposition parties. AGIAL took over the management, development and operation of LGBI Airport, the largest airport in the Northeast. Airport Director Ramesh Kumar handed over the symbolic keys to Chief Airport Officer Utpal Barua. The Adani Group tweeted: “We are happy to announce that the popular Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport is now the ‘Gateway to Goodness’.”

Rally to spread awareness at Ramsar site

As part of the 67th Wildlife Week, a cycle rally was organized by the Guwahati Wildlife Division to create awareness at the Ramsar site Deepar Beel. The rally, which was attended by Environment and Forest Minister Parimal Shuklabaidya, started from Assam Forest School, Jalukbari and ended at Deepar Beel, covering a distance of about 14 km. The wetland was declared a Ramsar site by the Ramsar Convention in 2002.

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