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Gogoi reshuffling mind

Chief minister Tarun Gogoi is again in a mood to reshuffle his cabinet. Gogoi is understood to have discussed it with AICC general secretary Dr CP Joshi on Saturday.

Gogoi is leaving for New Delhi in a day or two to finalise the list of new ministers. But sources told Assam Times that the chief minister is still not in favour of dropping all the cabinet ministers who have been enjoying the post for the last ten years.

Five vital portfolios have been lying without a full time ministers for the last six months. Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma resigned refusing to work under Gogoi.

Gogoi dropped cooperation and border development minister Siddique Ahmed and irrigation minister Dr Ardhendu Dey for doing dissidence five months back. Transport minister Chandan Brahma came out of the cabinet after BPF parted ways with Congress.  


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Assam tables first e budget

12 Mar 2018 - 10:39am | AT News

GUWAHATI: For the first time in the history of Assam, the state government tabled an e-budget for 2018-19 in the assembly on Monday.

Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tabled the budget, doling out many promises a couple of months before the state rural body polls.

In his speech presenting the Rs 2149.04 cr deficit budget, Sarma promised three new bridges over the Brahmaputra apart from three more medical colleges not to speak of the 5,000 HS toppers who would get scooty in this fiscal.

Sarma further proposed 10 law colleges in addition to 9 women law colleges and 10 B.ED colleges.

In a bid to promote sports, the government has proposed a sports university in Dibrugarh, said Sarma much to the delight of the sportsmen across the state.

The budget further proposes Rs 17.50 crore to uplift the brass metal industry in Sarthebari

The BJP-led coalition government in the second budget since it was voted to power proposed 2 model villages in each of the 126 assembly constituencies.

Giving a ray of hope for the unemployed lots Sarma proposed Rs 77 crore for employment generation apart from Rs 9.1 crore to revive APOL.

In a bid to boost the technical education, the budget has proposal to set up three new polytechnics in Hajo, Majuli and Tingkong.

The state capital city of Guwahait, said Sarma will be connected with a bridge in between North Guwahati and Panbazar. This is apart from Rs 150 crore proposal RCC bridge to end the road communication gap.

The people of Kokrajhar have heaved a sigh of relief as Sarma in his budget proposed a medical college in the BTAD headquarters.

National Bird Day at Sankarghola

5 Jan 2016 - 11:18pm | Ashoke Kumar Das

Sankarghola is a village under the North Salmara sub-division of Bongaigaon district of Assam. It is located in the foothills of Bhairabsura hill under Bhairabsura reserve forest. The nearby forest area has been conserved by the local Rabha community people since last twenty years. Therefore, it is recommended as one a community conserved area by an environment action group Kalpavriksha. Aaranyak has been providing their helping hand from the beginning of their conservation work.

On Tuesday Aaranyak West Assam Zone has organized the National Bird Day in collaboration with Abhayapuri College Alumni Association at Sankarghola under Bongaigaon District. Afternoon an awareness meeting among the youths of Sankarghola is held near Shankarghola LP School. Dr. Ashoke Kumar Das, coordinator of Aaranyak West zone has delivered lecture on the significance of National Bird Day. He mentioned that “we are experiencing a decreasing amount of both population and species number of birds in Assam including Vulture, Lesser adjutant stork Bengal florican, White winged wood duck etc. He also mentioned that in Bongaigaon district, the major wetlands like Tamranga, Doloni etc. are once full of several species of migratory bird in winter period but presently it is decreasing in alarming rate due to extensive fishing and agricultural work in the banks. Yet there is no intervention or any initiative by the government of Assam to take necessary steps.” Sri Sadananda Ray, the secretary of Abhayapuri College Alumni Association has also advised the participants to conserve the local bird species and their habitat to make the place more beautiful and to conserve our natural wealth for the coming generation.

At the evening a bird watching programme is held among the members of Aaranyak under the supervision of Bikram Ranjan Roy of Aaranyak. The team has recorded few bird species like Red vented bulbul, Spotted dove, Asian openbill, Chestnut tailed starling, Common kingfisher, Indian Rollar, Oriental magpie robin, Common hoopoe, Green bee-eater, Lesser caucal, Greater caucal, Common hawk Cuckoo, Bronze drongo, House swift, Green-billed Malkoha, Greater racket tailed drongo etc. 

Sea of humanity atop Nilachal

22 Jun 2015 - 11:21am | AT News

Kamakhya temple premises turns into a sea of humanity as Ambubachai festival gets underway on Monday.

Amid tight security arrangement, lakhs of devotees and tourists are thronging the ancient temple premises to get a glimpse of the annual fair.

Nearly five thousands of pilgrims have arrived in the shrine last week. Railway and bus stations are busy with the arrival of the tourists from far flung areas of the country and abroad.

The authorities have deployed over 100o security personnel apart from 200 CCTVs to monitor the security scenario.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi formally opened camps for the pilgrims on Sunday evening. The fair will conclude on Thursday.