Jorhat police begins probe into the road mishap that left 70 people in Teok when a passenger bus met with a mishap on Monday. Preliminary investigation suggests it a case of over speeding which was why the driver lost his control over the over loaded bus on its way from Barpeta to Tinsukia.
Seventy workers were injured when an over-crowded bus carrying them fell into a ditch on the NH-37. Ten of them are battling for life at the Jorhat Medical College Hospital. According to police, all the passengers were labourers and they were transported for some construction work in Tinsukia.
Indian Navy has launched a Publicity Drive in the North east to build up awareness amongst the students and youth about various career opportunities available in Navy. As a part of the Publicity Drive, an Awarenss Programme was held at Handique Girls' College which was jointly organised in collaboration with the Career Guidance and Placement Cell of Handique Girls' College and APPOCCUS (Association of Past and Present Office Bearers of Cotton College Union Society). LieutenantCommander Saumar Jyoti Bhuyan who was deputed to the North east for co-ordinating the Publicity Drive explained in detail about the various oportunities that exists for entry into the Naval Force. He gave many valuable tips and suggestions for developing the necessary skill and knowledge base for successfull appearing in the recruitment drive conducted by Indian Navy. A large number of students including students from Cotton College took part in the Awareness Programme.
Nabajit Dutta, Convenor of the Career Guidance and Placement Cell of Handique Girls' College offered the vote of thanks and asked the students to circulate the information and knowledge acquired through the programme for the benifit of the youth of the region. Jagdish Dutta, General Secretary, APPOCCUS co-ordinated the programme. The awareness programme will be continued in several other places of the NE region.
With a aim to make available high quality and disease free quality planting materials of different citrus crops, a Centre of Excellence (Citrus), established by the Department of Horticulture & Food Processing, Assam, inaugurated by the Chief Guest of the programme, Kamal Kant Mittal,IAS, Additional Chief Secretary & Agricultural Production Commissioner , Government of Assam on Wednesday at Bamunigaon , Boko, about 61 km from Guwahati. This Inauguration Programme was organized in connection with the First 100 days Programme of Government of Assam. In his speech, Mittal appealed to the farming community to extend their cooperation towards the various departmental programmes. As per scheduled programme , Atul Bora, Minister of Agriculture , Horticulture & Food Processing etc. , Assam could not attend the programme due to his illness . Amlan Baruah, IAS, Commissioner & Secretary to the Government of Assam, Agriculture Department grace the occasion as a Guest of Honour in the meeting .
The Centre of Excellence (Citrus) will demonstrate the production of citrus fruits, such as mandarin, lemon etc. using modern farming techniques. Moreover, post-harvest handling of citrus crops will also be demonstrated in the Centre of Excellence (Citrus). This Centre will also undertake the training and capacity building programme of citrus growers, departmental personal, nurserymen etc. On the other hand, this Centre will act as a repository of citrus trees of different types. The total area of the Centre of Excellence (Citrus) is about 11.8 hectares (88 Bigha).
It may mention that, citrus crops occupy an important place in the horticultural output of Assam. These crops cover an area of 30,200 hectares and give a total production of 323,400 MT. The State produces about 3.2% of the national production of citrus crops. The important citrus crops include Khasi mandarin and Assam lemon.
However, the productivity of citrus crops has been declining in many parts of Assam due to the increased incidence of citrus diseases. In order to overcome the problem and make available disease free planting materials, this Centre of Excellence (Citrus) is established.
Several dignitaries, farmers, scientists, officials etc, including Bhabendra Nath Saikia, Director of Agriculture, Assam; Prabin Kumar Hazarika, Director of Horticulture & Food Processing, Assam , Kamal Choudhury , Chief Engineer , Agriculture, Gautam Mazumder , ADC, South Kamrup took part in the programme.
A Farmers Training Programme on Citrus Crops was also held in the event.
A joint team of army and police had a narrow escape in Sivasagar district on Wednesday when suspected ULFA militants attacked them with a grenade.
The incident took place at Nimonagarh in Charaideo sub division when the militants threw a powerful hand grenade at a joint team of police and army during a combing operation in the wee hours. But the grenade did not explode much to the major relief of the security forces.
Combing operation is in progress to nab the perpetrators who left the spot immediately after the abortive attempt. No outfit has so far owned up the responsibility. But sources called it a handiwork of ULFA’s Paresh Baruah faction which is active in this area bordering Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.