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Act East Policy centric conference in Shillong

The increasingly bigger role of the “Third Space” in every economic sphere will be richly explored in a 2-day conference titled “India’s North Eastern States and Eastern Neighbors:  Engaging for Connectivity Culture and Prosperity by an Intelligent Third Space” at Shillong starting this December 5. Divya Jeevan Foundation – Asian Confluence, which is a civil society institution at Shillong trying to contribute towards implementation of a forward looking Look East Policy which have aptly upgraded as Act East Policy in tune with the present NDA government vision of India’s emerging position in Asian and the World, in collaboration with Indian Council for World Affairs, a unit of Union Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India will organize the conference. The event will be unveiled at Hotel Polo Towers and is expected to be inaugurated by Meghalaya Governor, Dr KK Paul.

The Conference will address the complex and sensitive issues relating to the tremendous role that the Civil Society can must play in development of the land- locked and relatively underdeveloped North Eastern part of India, both as a homeland goal, and also as India’s land-connectivity corridor to the greater economy of the larger South East and East Asia. Governments can put in political structures. Big Businesses together with Governments can take a step forward by putting in economic structures. There is however a Third Space that exists beyond such efforts, that functions at the grass-root level of people-to-people contact, which is far more effective and has to be nurtured.  This Third Space has remained unutilized so far but has tremendous potential of functioning as an arena for intelligent, proactive Civil Society initiatives in connecting daring stakeholders, people across disciplines, who think creatively for out of the box solutions.

The 2-day event will seek to outline practical plans for bringing together organizations and individuals representing Government, Medium & Small Enterprises, Civil Society and the Academicia, to have a brainstorming on the topics of how this Third Space can be best utilized to create win-win synergies to link this larger region, which has a long history of thinking alike leading to synergy of Culture. The focus is to create concrete measurable time line and action based agendas that stakeholders from all sides can act upon to complement the Government of India’s renewed focus on India’s connectivity with the rest of South East and East Asia.

The conference has been designed in view of transforming the Look East Policy to Acting East will hinge on     Civil Society initiatives that create bridges of mutual confidence and friendship to nurture human capital, which can operate the physical, economic and political infrastructures that Governments put in place. In addition to economic initiatives, organizations and individuals can (and should) play a more proactive role in the region through bottoms-up approach of socio-cultural exchanges of local knowledge & skills through fairs & festivals; trade & commerce; games & sports, debates & competitions; inter-communication over internet, and such like. Developing sectors like education, tourism and health services with injection of ground-level science & technology innovations, can give the large service sector a major boost to sharing of much needed skilled human capital among the neighbors. This holds the key to breaking the psychological barriers, promoting goodwill and prosperity within this larger region and also creating confidence in the political and economic structure that governments are trying to put in place.

However considerable trust deficit in the region inhibits development and win-win synergies from taking place. India’s links with South East Asian neighbors span centuries of spiritual, cultural, economic and strategic ties. The hiatus created by colonization, cold war and other developments are finally a thing of the past. India and its South East Asian neighbors must leverage their common history and aspirations to build a better, peaceful and more prosperous future by reviving and redeveloping physical, psychological, economic and organic linkages among the Civil Societies of the region before its too late.

The event will see high dignitaries from Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Bangladesh and India. The Governor of Orissa, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Chief Minister of Mizoram, Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court is expected to participate. 

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Decks clear: Gogoi ready to table secret killing reports

15 Nov 2007 - 2:10am | pbaruah
The Assam Government has already cleared the decks to table both the secret killing reports of both the Justice K N Saikia Commission and Justice JN Sarma Commission on the floor of the House on Thursday.

According to reliable sources here, the decision was taken after considering all legal options to avoid all future embarrassment. But there will not be any action taken report on the Justice J N Sarma Commission as it was rejected by the government.

Dispur was holding talks with legal experts to tide over the Catch-22 situation and to ensure a hassle-free proceeding for Thursday’s Assembly session.

According to information, the Assam government found it difficult to table the Justice K N Saikia Commission report on the floor of the House along with the Justice J N Sarma Commission report which was rejected by the Tarun Gogoi government in its previous regime.

The entire development came up when a division bench of Gauhati High took up a write petition by former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta challenging the Justice K N Saikia report.

The “rejected” Justice N Sarma Commission report virtually gave clean chit to Mr Mahanta but it failed to indict the main culprits behind the extra judicial killings during the AGP-led fourt party alliance government.

The court, however, rejected Mr Mahanta’s plea to reject the findings of the Saikia Commission report but observed that if the petitioner was not happy with the commission, he could approach the appropriate forum for redressal.

Notably, the government was getting ready to table the Saikia Commmission report on Thursday.

Recently, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi observed that he found it horrifying while he was going through the report. He maintained that without the knowledge of the man in power, these killings could not have taken place.

Talking talking to reporters former Chief Minister, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta came down heavily on Mr Gogoi and charged him with violating the spirit behind the inquiry by making the findings public.

Workshop on handicrafts

10 Dec 2014 - 4:19pm | Hantigiri Narzary

A two-day workshop on development of handicraft and languishing craft of Bodoland  was begun from Wednesday at Basic Training Centre, Kokrajhar.

Over two-hundred weavers participated in the workshop which is being organised by Bodoland Regional Apex Weaver & Artisans Cooperative Federation Limited (BRAWFED) in association with Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. An exhibition cum sale of handicrafts was also organised  in connection with workshop where various handicraft products were exhibited.

Former Assam Agriculture Minister and Kokrajhar east MLA Pramila Rani Brahma graced the function as chief guest and inaugurated the workshop by lighting the lamp in the presence of participant,resource person and experts.

Brahma said the handicrafts in Bodoland region has great potential among society.She said that artisans who are expert on various handicrafts should be uplift and make them sustainability so that handicrafts in the region be gained in all aspects.

Partha Borbora,Principal of SIFT,Sualkuchi, Jatin Kalita,associate faculty,IIE,Guwahati, Maitree Das,designer(handicrafts),Guwahati participated as resource persons in the workshop.

NN Rana Patgiri,Managing Director,BRAWFED said that the workshop has been organised to highlight  the potentialities of the handicrafts in Bodoland region.The experst who are attending as resource persons discussed and shared views thoroughly on various aspects of handicrafts including production of decorative eri-silk textiles according to new trend and fashion,improvement of product & productivity of Bodoland handicrafts for creating new opportunities on global trade,use of Bodoland languishing craft for generating employment.

Patgiri said that there about 2.63 lakh artisans of handicrafts in four districts of the council who are working on upliftment of various handicraft works among society.The Brawfed was trying to uplift potentials of the handicrafts in the council region.


Tea Mazdoor Congress Committee formed

12 Jan 2016 - 9:23pm | Shajid Khan

The Assam Pradesh Tea & Ex-Tea Mazdoor Congress Committee had formed its new Udalguri district committee at a general meeting which was held at Tangla Congress Bhawan on Tuesday. The meeting was attended by former of state Jaman Singh Brahma, Rajya Sabha MP Santius Kujur, Bhergaon Block Congress President Khagen Boro, Tangla Block Congress President Manmohan Das and others along with 300 people of tea tribe community.

Speaking on the ocassion the Congress leaders  urged the tea tribe community to vote for the Congress in the coming Assembly election. They said that Congress have been providing  the Tea tribe community with many welfare schemes and there by helping their community. The leaders also said that BPF would have a hard time in the three assembly constituencies of Udalguri district namely Udalguri,Mazbat and Paneri. In the new District committee Sanjit Tanti was made the President while Simon Nag was made the Secretary, Bimon Mahato was made the General Secretary. The meeting came to an end with the vote of thanks offered by Santius Kujur Rajya Sabha MP of state.