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  • oted social activist Dr. Akashitora addressing the gathering on the occasion of World Health Day 2014 at SIHFW, Khanapara, Guwahati
    oted social activist Dr. Akashitora addressing the gathering on the occasion of World Health Day 2014 at SIHFW, Khanapara, Guwahati

Assam State AIDS Control Society (ASACS) in collaboration with United Nations Resource Centre (UNRC) Northeast Region, organized World Health Day on  April 7, 2014 at the conference hall of State Institute of Health & Family Welfare (SIHFW) Khanapara, Guwahati.

Inaugurating the programme, SK Roy, ACS, Project Director, Assam State AIDS Control Society (ASACS) said that awareness is required not only in the field of HIV/AIDS but is required for all diseases.

Stressing on this year’s World Health Day theme – Small bites, big threats - Dr Aswini Sarma, Executive Director, UNRC, NE region, Guwahati  read out the messages of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan. Dr Utpal Tahbildar, Consultant, Institute of Child and Women Health delivered a presentation on First Aid.  Dr R K Sarma, Director of SIHFW said, “ Health awareness is the need of the hour.”

Jahnabi Goswami, president of Indian Network of Positive People (INP+) in her speech said that today the Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) programme initiated by NACO has completed the 10 years. She also stressed that cleanliness must be maintained not only at home and but also in the surroundings.

Tarun Saikia, the first mountaineer from Assam who climbed Mount Everest, spoke on First Aid and cleanliness. Sharing his experiences as a mountaineer, Saikia said that six months before he started his journey to Mount Everest, he was advised to maintain a healthy diet.  He further said all the mountaineers are advised to keep the mountain clean and thus use of plastics was strictly prohibited. “Plastic is the source of all illness,” he said.

Noted social activists Dr Akashitora, who was also present in the occasion, said, “Everyone must be conscious about his health and only then our mind will remain healthy.” On cleanliness, she said that youths must be made aware on cleanliness and thus awareness drive must be initiated in colleges.”  Bonti Saikia, Joint Director (IEC), ASACS offered the vote of the thanks.

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Talks over Assam Accord will clear citizenship jinx

5 Jan 2018 - 5:01am | AT News

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The three member AASU delegation has warned Singh that they were not prepared to compromise the implementation of the Assam Accord and the cut off date for detecting and deporting the Bangladeshi immigrants.

The AASU team told the reporters here that they have made it plain before the home minister that they won't allow the Centre to proceed with the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to grant citizenship to the Hindu immigrants.

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31 May 2018 - 3:42pm | AT News

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"All religions call for compassion, no religion requires killing or eating animals, and hacking animals to death with weapons is just plain cruel," says PETA India Associate Director of Celebrity and Public Relations Sachin Bangera. "We commend Zubeen for being a voice for animals and calling for an end to animal sacrifices."

Last year, following various efforts by PETA India and People for Animals, the Municipal Council of Kullu issued an executive order refusing to grant permission for animal sacrifices that were scheduled to take place on the last day of the Kullu Dussehra festival.

PETA India also offers this guidance on its website showing members of the public what they can do to help the group stop animal sacrifice. It links to this letter from the government advisory body the Animal Welfare Board of India to states – in advance of Bakrid – letting them know that, under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Slaughter House) Rules, 2001, the killing of animals outside licensed slaughterhouses is illegal. It further warns that animal-transport laws are often violated when animals are moved in order to be sacrificed.

Previously, PETA India wrote to the central government and all state and union territory governments urging them to implement the 17 February 2017 order of the Supreme Court stating that the Government of India's compendium of acts and rules regarding animal transport and slaughter must be complied with. PETA India had earlier asked them to implement the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011, pertaining to the establishment and operation of slaughterhouses, as well as those of the Central Motor Vehicles (Eleventh Amendment) Rules, 2015, which outline special requirements for motor vehicles that transport animals to slaughterhouses. 

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21 Jul 2015 - 2:29pm | AT News

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Talking to Assam Times in Tinsukia, Anit Yadav said, “we are shocked to have heard the ban imposed by ULFA. We have been living in Assam for the last several decades. We don’t understand why Baruah targetted us.”
Putul Prasad, who is a teacher by profession told Assam Times that “we need to live in peace and we should not allow others to be disturbed.”
“We will urge Paresh Baruah for a second thought,” said Rabi Shankar Das who was among those to oppose the killing of the Tinsukia trader.
Meanwhile district administration have asked the Hindi speaking people not to be panic saying that the authorty is commited to protect the lives and property of all sections of the people.