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Thailand, focus country at Jorhat trade fair

Thailand, one of the major exporters among the ASEAN countries and one of the fastest growing economies of the world, will be the ‘Focus’ Country at the 1st Assam International Trade & Industrial Fair, 2015 to be held in Jorhat from February 19-25. Some 300 and more participants are scheduled to exhibit their products and services in the 7 daylong event.

The event, an initiative of Assam CMTarun Gogoi, along with the Department of Industries & Commerce, Government of Assam, in association with the Federation of Industry & Commerce of North Eastern Region (FINER) is the first of its kind with over 10 participating countries from SAARC, ASEAN and BCIM countries. Neighbouring countries like Myanmar, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Laos, Sri Lanka and Thailand have also confirmed their participation. 

The event aimed at promoting business, value addition and entrepreneurship will provide a comprehensive buyer-seller platform to promote international trade and enterprise building with both national and international markets. The fair shall also expose the region to the latest technologies adopted by industry and service sector nationally and internationally besides helping exhibit indigenous products and technology that would add value to the region’s growth potential. “Assam being the Gateway of North-East, is an important business centre to South-East Asia. This fair will usher in new hope for businesses and entrepreneurs of the region, by connecting potential virgin markets and propelling a new wave of consumerism,” said R. S. Joshi, Chairman, FINER. 

The major areas of focus are aimed at two clusters- Open Cluster and Focus Sector. In the OPEN CLUSTER (Outdoor Display) category, there is Building Materials and Construction Technology (BMCT), AUTOMOBILES, Oil, Gas and Plastics, and Green Technology & Innovation.  In the ‎FOCUS SECTORS‎ (Inside Hangars) category, there is Education, IT & Electronics,Tea, Agri-Horti and Floriculture, Food Processing, Animal Husbandry, Dairy & Livestock, Health and Personal Care, Furniture & Home Furnishing, Handloom, Textiles and Handicrafts, Hosiery, Apparel & Footwear. The fair will provide FREE stalls exclusively for different Self-Help Groups (SHGs). 

Concurrent to exhibitions, the fair will provide speaking opportunities during Technical Sessions, participate in training programmes for youth and women, and create brand awareness and support initiatives through "Partner Options' stalls andpavilions.

Three major Pavillionshave been arranged for the fair: International Pavillion, Life Style Pavilion and Good Living Pavilion. “The venue comprises of a total of 4 lakh square feet area with Indoor Pavillions of 48,000 square feet. 

 

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Writes, edits and researches. In 2013 he was conferred the Rotary International District 3240 Young Achiever Award for his work in the area of environment and digital journalism. In 2006 he was awarded first in the category of Wildlife Photography by the Department of Environment & Forests and Tourism, Government of Assam.

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Living with floods is their destiny

22 Dec 2008 - 2:22am | editor
25 years old Mr. Shravan Kumar becomes very happy when he sees his growing agriculture fields. He did his post-graduation and Bachelor of Education form Gorakhpur. He says proudly, 'I love doing farming in my village rather than doing a job in the city. This way I can sustain myself and my 12 family members and also save about 8000 rupees annually.' He owns merely one acre of land, which is often troubled by floods. In this small piece of land he produces more than 20 varieties of crops. His village Laxmipur in Maharajganj district is in the Rohini River Basin and situated just 100 meters away from this river. This village faces heavy floods every year and almost all the crops are washed away. Mr. Kumar said, ' Five years ago I had no idea how to manage crops in the monsoon season. However, when I came in contact with Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group (GEAG), I learnt many adaptive methods and also got indigenous technical knowledge to strengthen agricultural production.' Now he can easily manage his crops' production and has becomes an ideal young farmer not only in his native village but in surrounding areas too.

Floods are a natural phenomenon occurring in the majority of the rivers in India. . The north-eastern region of Uttar Pradesh like Bahraich, Sidharthnagar, Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar and district Gazipur in south-eastern Uttar Pradesh are located in aheavy monsoon prone region. People in this area have been used to living with floods, and they have no hope of getting any help from the government to come out this bane. During monsoons, they have to spend many months on temporary shelters and community made embankments. Children can't go to schools as schools remain closed until the flood waters recede. They also face acute drinking water shortage.        

"The state-built embankments near rivers did little beyond providing an elevated area for people to shift to, during floods. But with human beings and livestock under the same roof and in the absence of proper health and sanitation facilities, villagers had to endure inhuman conditions three months a year. Access to safe drinking water has been an annual problem during monsoons" said, Mohna Devi, who lives in Manoharchak, a heavy flood prone village in Maharajganj district. 

According to Mr. Amit Kumar, Coordinator, Research and Advocacy working in GEAG , 'Human activities also play a major role in flood creation. Ponds and lakes meant for storing rainwater are being converted into land for housing or agriculture. Also, post monsoon, farmers intensively cultivate the newly created fertile silt stretches left behind by the receding floods. Subsequently, this encourages expansion of human settlements closer and closer towards the rivers, which only adds to the problem. Over a period of time, the decrease in natural water reservoirs and increase in human activities along riversides further impedes water drainage and causes floods.'

He further said that large parts of Uttar Pradesh are regularly affected by floods, which not only disturbs the livelihood of the people but has a deep physiological impact on them as well. The Government too, seems to be focusing more abrupt mitigation of flood devastation rather than a elongated and adaptive policy of flood diminution.' 

"We can save food-grains and can increase agricultural production by adopting pre and post flood cultivation. Pre-flood crops are sweet potato, maize, cucumber, barnyard millet, finger millet, and some varieties of paddy like Narendra-97. Deep water crops are; Neel Kamal, Tal Makhana, Kamalgatta, Karmua and Tinni paddy. Post flood crops are Lobia, Oil seeds, potatoes, arkil peas, lentil, kulthi, boro paddy,' said Dr. Shiraj A Wajih, Senior Environmentalist and President, GEAG. 

It is evident that there is no purpose of taking up development schemes like construction of roads and bridges without finding a permanent solution to the problem of floods, as the money spent on such project will only be washed away by the flood waters of the mighty river Rohini and its tributaries.

Close coordination with the neighboring states and the country of Nepal is also necessary as time and again gushing flood waters come down from Nepal. Despite the fact that a sizeable portion of the funds and time and energy spent on various development schemes are washed away by floods every year, the Government does not seem to be taking effective steps to solve the problem. If the Government is really serious about the development of Uttar Pradesh, especially eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh, then it has to adopt a multi pronged strategy to alleviate the sufferings of the flood victims.

Amit Dwivedi

(The author is a Special Correspondent to Citizen News Service (CNS). Email: amit@citizen-news.org, website: www.citizen-news.org)

Naseeruddin Shah to perform at Machkhowa

6 Aug 2007 - 2:31pm | editor

Renowned Hindi Film and theatre personality Naseeruddin Shah and his wife, also an actress, Ratna Pathak will perform a stage show at “Pragjyoti”, Machkhowa, Guwahati on Monday evening. They will take part in a play “Ismat Apa Ke Nam” at the conclusion day of the Natasurya Drama Festival. On Sunday they had performed at Rabindra Bhavan in a play “Collaga-2”.

The couple is camping at Rajbhavan since Saturday morning with their troop.

Tchoukball tourney from May 14

23 Apr 2018 - 11:10am | AT Kokrajhar Bureau

Kokrajhar: Preparations are going on in full swing to hold the second All Assam Biki Alchiary and Sansuma Kungur Basumatary memorial Tchoukball tournament-2018 beginning from May 14 next with two day programme scheduled in Kokrajhar. 

The tournament has been organised by Assam Tchoukball Assam to hunt sporting talents in the state.

A reception committee and eight sub committees have been formed to conduct the tournament with Simon Kisku as chairman and Molendra Narzary as convenor. 

The association has also organising Rongjali Bwisagu Bidai Pwrbw,felicitation to the award winners of Biki Alchiary National Tchoukball awards 2018,second All Assam Biki Alchiary and Sansuma Kungur Basumatary memorial Tchoukball tournament 2018,women Kabadi, dance competition  quiz are organising during the tournament.

The tournament will held at Jwhwlao Daimalu Pwthar, Karigaon in Kokrajhar. 

Secretary of the association Ashok Kumar Goyary informed thai the tournament anda Rongjali Bwisagu pwrbw will be organising which will begin from May 14 with different colourful programme scheduled in Kokrajhar. 

He said that huge participants from different districts of the state are participating. He has appealed all sections of society to cooperate the programme to meet healthy successful.