Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal is on a visit to New Delhi amid the speculation of his preparedness to expand his cabinet.
Sources told Assam Times in the capital that Sonowal is meeting prime minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah for discussing the cabinet expansion.
Modi and Shah are expected to approve the list of the new ministers which comprise five from BJP along with two each from AGP and BPF.
The expansion was on the cards after January 15. But simmering discontent in AGP and BPF regarding more cabinet berths forced Sonowal to keep it pending and started the budget session which will be over by March 15.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday has said Arunachal Pradesh is in the need of a set of strategies for overall development of the state. Addressing a mammoth gathering at the Indira Gandhi Park during his trip the Prime Minister announced some development projects for the state worth Rs 8000 crores including a new rail link, micro hydro projects and grid based power project to cover all border villages.
He announced that the north eastern state will get a new greenfield airport in Itanagar besides airports at Passi Ghat, Along, Daporijo, Ziro and Tizu. Dr Singh said the Defence Ministry would also upgrade infrastructure at several areas including Pasi Ghat and Vijai Nagar. A trans-Arunachal highway, a drinking water scheme and a new secretariat building were among other projects announced by Singh, who had visited the state in 1986 as Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission.
Assam cyclists team at the 68th National Track Cycling Championship held at Ludhiana, Punjab from December 16-20 won several awards.
Gold Medal in 3000 meters Team Pursuit for under 18 girlswon by Anu Chutia, Bismita Gogoi, Bristi Kangkana Gogoi, Jayashree Gogoi. Anu Chutia also won silver medals in the 500 Mtr. Time Trial and 200 Mtr. Sprint. In 500 Mtr. Time Trial – Girls under 16 Years , Bronze Medal won by Bristi Kangakana Gogoi. In the Team Sprint – Girls under 16 Years, Bristi Kangkana Gogoi and Jayashree Gogoi won bronze medals.
Guwahati Press Club has announced a series of media fellowships for the benefit of the journalists of Assam. The fellowship is introduced in the memory of Bir Sing Majhi and has been sponsored by Prithibi Majhi and his family from this year. The first fellowship is offered to study the overall tea economy of the State. The second fellowship will incorporate various socio-economic aspects of the tea plantation labourers within Assam. Both the fellowships will be of four months each and the selected fellow will receive Rs.40,000 each. The remaining two fellowships will be offered to study the potentiality of fish production in Assam and the role of women journalists in the media of the State. These two fellowships will be for a period of two months and the fellows will be offered Rs. 20,000 each. Interested journalists with at least five years of experience in active journalism may apply for the fellowships along with a brief concept paper and methodology to the Secretary, Guwahati Press Club, Guwahati-781001 on or before 15th July next.