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AASU sit-in

The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) along with rest of the state, the students union also observed sit-in-demonstration today at Swahid bedi in Kokrajhar reiterating the demand for constitutional safeguard for the indigenous people of the state.

The union activists staged demonstration from 12 noon to 2 pm with banner,placards and demanded indigenous peoples of the state should be given constitutional safeguard and peoples should not be face any harassed,the students union added.  

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India Cup Table Tennis in Shillong from Oct 9

9 Sep 2007 - 1:31am | editor

GUWAHATI, Sep 8: The North East Table Tennis Fourm, in collaboration with the Meghalaya Table Tennis Association, will host the India Cup Table Tennis Championship at Shillong from October 9. All top-ranking players of the country, both in the men’s and women’s categories, are expected to take part in the meet.

President of the North East Table Tennis Forum and Meghalaya Education Minister RG Lyngdoh, while addressing a media conference today in Guwahati on the tournament, said that the forum has been working hard to bring back the lost glory of table tennis in the region. A series of activities will be organized in this regard and this meet can be billed to be a step towards achieving this goal, he said.

It may be mentioned here that it is for the second time that this prestigious tournament would be held in the North-east with Dibrugarh hosting the meet earlier. To encourage the players of the North-east, the Table Tennis Federation of India has given a green signal to the organizers to give direct entry to a single player from every northeastern States.

Lyngdoh further spelled out the future plan and programmes of the Fourm. “We will try our best to save some fund from this meet to be used for different coaching programmes scheduled to be organized in the differnt states of the North-east from time to time. We are also mulling over a plan to set up a table tennis academy in the region. However, a decision as to where the academy will be set up will be taken after detailed discussions.”

Stage set for Second phase of Assam Assembly polls on Monday

10 Apr 2011 - 5:15pm | AT News


Assam is all set to go to the second and next phase of assembly polls on Monday. Altogether 96,77,113 voters are set to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of596 candidates --449 men and 47 women who are in the fray for 62 seats. This phase will cover 14 districts namely Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Altogether 50,09,083 voters are male while 46,68,030 others are female.


These people will exercise their franchise in 12,589 polling stations. According to election commission, 2033 stations are hyper-sensitive, 4175 475 are vulnerable.


In a bid to ensure free and fair poll, the authorities have deployed 345 companies of central paramilitary forces apart from a number of micro observes.


Both the ruling Congress and the Opposition Asom Gana Parishad have a number of heavyweights in this phase. Besides, this phase will be very crucial for Bodoland People's Front (BPF).


Top candidates include healthy ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma, Rockybul Hussain, Akon Bora, Pramila Rani Brahma, Chandan Brahma, and Bhumidhar Barman.


AGP heavyweights include president Chandra Mohan Patowary, two-time chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Phani Bhusan Chowdhury and Keshab Mahanta.


An interesting contest awaits Samaguri constituency. There will be a bitter fight as it is Prafulla Kumar Mahanta versus Rockybul Hussain, a powerful minister in the Gogoi cabinet. Mahanta is also contesting from his home turf Barhampur. Other contests include a tough battle on April 11 is the prestigious Dispur constituency in Guwahati as senior AGP leader Atul Bora is pitted against social welfare minister Akon Bora.


Women in Manas gears up for alternative livelihood source

7 Jan 2014 - 6:16pm | Dr M Firoz Ahmed

A process of confidence building among the women themselves seems to have started. Their increased ability to articulate their needs, as is evident, is an important aspect of their identity building. Their world has expanded and their confidence is soaring and this was no exception to the women in the fringe villages of Manas National Park, who on Monday came forward and actively participated in a day-long training programme organized by Aaranyak in association with Forest Department, Bodoland Territorial Council at Bhuyanpara in Manas National Park.

Women, particularly, in wildlife areas are vulnerable to poverty and leads a life dependent on forest resources. Limited access to basic infrastructure like roads, communication and electricity makes it difficult for women to access information, markets and services necessary to improve their livelihoods. Therefore, with an aim to provide women hailing in the fringe villages, with an alternative sustainable livelihood option independent of forest resources, Aaranyak conducted a training programme- ‘Mushroom Training for fringe villages of Manas National Park’.

“Fringe villagers depending on the forest resources for livelihood are a common scenario in Manas National Park. So, we targeted the Women Self Help Groups, which were not actively engaged in livelihood activities yet, to undergo this training and capacity building,” said Namita Brahma, Aaranyak. “However, the training programme did not remain restricted to women only. 35 participants including farmers of the fringe villages were also involved. So we decided to facilitate them with a livelihood option which is easy and profitable as well,” she added.

“We have been running our group for a long time but with very less activities due to lack of resources but this training have inculcated the confidence in us to start off with an easy process of mushroom cultivation. The entire process was practically demonstrated by the trainer and now we can soon work on it,” said Satya Chanda Das, a Self-help Group member.

“Mushroom is easy to cultivate and make profit. The best part is that it can be cultivated round the year with two varieties in summer and winter respectively,” said Nabin Basumatary, a farmer. The training was efficiently conducted by GK Upamanyu, Scientist, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Howli along with the field staff of Aaranyak.

Loss of an ecosystem will not only destroy wildlife but the traditional livelihood of indigenous people of the region. Exposure to financial transaction and a feeling of contributing the families’ financial security has given the women a sense of confidence and improved their status, in varying degrees, within the household.

Aaranyak, a leading bio-diversity group in Assam, started a novel project a few years ago to provide means of alternative livelihood to the people in the fringe areas of Manas National Park who have been dependent on the jungle for their daily necessities.