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Ex gratia for flood victims

 The Assam government has ex-gratia of Rs 3.5 lakh to the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the current floods.

The formal announcement was made on Wednesday after the flood toll went up to 30 from 14. In Goalpara district alone altogether 14 bodies were fished out.

In Kamrup (Rural)ten bodies were found apart from four other remaining traceless. Rescue operations are on and the situation was improving gradually on Wednesday.

Traffic along NH 37 has resumed but they were moving very slowly as several parts of it are still submerged.

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64th Republic Day celebrated at Haflong

28 Jan 2013 - 9:26am | Anup Biswas

The 64th Republic Day was celebrated at Haflong with a daylong programme at N L Daolagupu Sports Complex at Haflong in presence of huge gatherings on Saturday. Debojeet Thaosen, Chief Executive Member, Dima Hasao Autonomous Council hoisted the National tri-colour in presence of several Executive Members, Members of DHAC and government officials.

Attending the ceremony as the Chief Guest Sri Thaosen inspected the march past by 5th AP Bn, Home Guards, NCC, Scout & Guide and contingents from schools etc. In his speech, Thaosen said ‘Our constitution speaks of empowerment of the grassroots. When other parts of the country had panchayati system, our council had introduced village council system even long before the panchayati raj system introduced in India. Now with active initiatives of our team and the present Governor of Assam we are going to introduce a better village council system on the lines of Panchayati system.’ – The major difference being election rather than selection. Thus we will be empowering the grassroots in a better and more adequate way than ever before with direct flow of benefits to the grassroots and the aspiring leaders at the grassroots will have a chance to experience governance.’ ‘ Our council has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, in order to prevent such events in future and to bring in transparency in the entire system we have introduced complete computerisation system connecting all the departments electronically, thus we became the first Autonomous Council to have introduced such system.’

Detailing the steps taken by the Autonomous Council for the all round development of the district through the all most all the departments, CEM disclosed that departments like Education, Health Care, sports, veterinary etc. have shown remarkable improvement and achievements. Further he said they still have the salary problem in the normal sector of the council. They are actively working out with the government of Assam to find out a permanent solution to this grave problem. The adopted ROP will be implemented very soon once the internal technicalities are sorted out, he assured.

All most all the communities living in N. C. Hills performed their traditional dance on the occasion.


American Center Director visits Guwahati

30 Aug 2014 - 4:45pm | Syed Miraz Ahmed

American Center Director & Public Affairs Officer Joanne "JJ" Joria was on a 2 day visit to Guwahati. During her August 28, 29 stay she visited the American Corner which is the American Library Kolkata's northeast resource center. The center jointly set up by the U.S. Consulate, Kolkata and the Darwin School of Business was inaugurated on February 25, 2012 by Ambassador Peter Burleigh.

The American Corner provides current and reliable information about the United States and communicates diverse academic information essential for students, teachers, professionals and others. The information outpost is a tool for expanding knowledge on the United States for the people of northeast India. Currently, it has a collection of about 1500 books, in addition to DVDs and periodicals on American English, education in the United States, U.S. history, political and social sciences, environment and travel. In addition the American Corner also has a growing collection of children andyoung adult books, DVDs and periodicals. Over 130 members use this corner for their academic, professional and leisure interests.

As part of her educational outreach JJ Joria enjoyed her engagement with the students of Handique Girls College, Don Bosco School and Maharishi Vidya Mandir where she spoke to the students on opportunities for higher education in the United States.

She also meet with the local alumni of various U.S. Department of State funded exchange programs including those of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and local NGO representatives. Joria concluded her visit with an interaction with the media fraternity.

Fear of horse trading looms large

23 Jul 2014 - 9:08pm | Jintul Talukdar

The ongoing crisis in the Congress Legislature Party is likely to result in the recurrence of horse trading. This was what BJP MLA Manoranjan Das said on Wednesday.

In an exclusive interview with Assam Times, Das said that both Gogoi and Dr Sarma are expert in horse trading and that they might resort to this clandestine practice only to prove their majority.

Das ridiculed Dr Sarma for moving Governor JB Patnaik for tendering his resignation instead of chief minister which is constitutional.

“What forced him to put in his papers before the Governor when the Chief Minister was available? Is it the formality observed by a senior cabinet minister” said the BJP MLA.

Das said that the days of Congress are over. According to him, the people are ready to dislodge Congress whenever the assembly polls take place.

In his scathing attack on Dr Sarma, the BJP legislator told Assam Times that the senior cabinet had some sharp remark against the opposition party MLAs.

“Dr Sarma and Rockybul Hussain laughed at our strength on the floor because we are five in number. But we the five members have ensured the victory of 7 MPs in the recent Lok Sabha polls. Why 71 MLAs could help only three Congress candidates win the polls?,” said Das. 

He further tore apart Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for utter mis governance and lack of ability to rein in his cabinet colleagues where a section of MLAs and minister have been lobbying against him in Delhi and Dispur.