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The Kamrup Metro district administration formed a Special Committee for the inspection of schools in the city. The team visited several schools in the city during the month. On April 21, the team visited Little Flower School located in the heart of Hatigaon to ensure its compliance with Supreme Court guidelines and the provisions under RTE.

The school established on March 22, 1988 has since become a center of education for people in the area. Findings of the team did not turn out to be as alarming as the reports published in three print editions of the city later appeared to be. The reports saddened the school administration and the students alike.

According to the reports published the team that visited the school ordered it be shut down on grounds for defying Supreme Court and other standard norms.

What irked the students and the school administration to no end was the allegation in the reports that the school has been established adjacent a wine shop without permission from the government.

Sister Shelma Kuriakose, Principal Little Flower School speaking to Assam Times about the alleged shut down order by the District Administration said, “We imparted education since 1988 under the SEBA curricula and since 2012 we are affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education under affiliation number 230085. I am really very shocked by the reports that appeared in G-plus, The Sentinel and the Dainik Asomiya Pratidin.”

Rubbishing the reports an excited Saurav Baishya, a student of Class X exploded saying, “G-plus being a new tabloid on the block has nonetheless resorted to arm chair reporting in the bargain defaming our school and tarnishing our image. And for the matter even The Sentinel and Dainik Asomiya Pratidin too has given in to such a tactic. Where for heaven’s sake is there a wine shop here around the school, in the area. These editions urgently need to send their reporters to our school and verify facts and stop publishing inaccurate reports.”

Who informed them that the school authority has been asked to submit all legal documents related to the school and close it down? Can’t they see we are still attending classes, he queried.

Rakesh Barman, prominent entrepreneur and proprietor of Integrity Tower situated adjacent Little Flower School reacting to a query about a wine shop in the vicinity laughed it off saying, "When was there ever a wine shop in this area, that too in an area with a considerable Muslim population? Who passed off these reports as news?"

Fakharuddin Ahmed, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup Metropolitan who was present during the inspection along with the School Inspector, the District Transport Officer and his subordinates said that Little Flower School was in fact the first amongst the schools in the capital to submit all necessary documents even before they were asked for. Speaking to the electronic media just after the inspection he stated that apart from minor matters like a distant toilet that needs to be relocated and the girls’ toilet that calls for more cleaning, inadequate fire extinguishers considering the size of the school and only one old bus on the run, all else were fine.

Nur-ul Islam whose son Naveed Islam is in Class IX said that had the team found any serious irregularities, the district administration would have immediately disclosed it to the media then itself.

And as far as closure of the school is concerned, the Kamrup Metro district administration cannot play up with the lives of the students even if some norms have been flayed according to newspaper reports. The administration can slap a show cause notice and perhaps impose a fee of sorts for the violation of norms if at all and order for compliance with immediate effect but not closure considering RTE and the targets of the Millennium Development Goals 2015, Islam opined.

Students of the school and their guardians meantime have resorted to an online petition against G-plus, The Sentinel and the Dainik Asomiya Pratidin in this regard refuting their reports. The petition demands that the editions tender an apology and verify the facts immediately. The petition is being mobilized by Afreed Islam, an alumnus of Little Flower School.

                

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A Rubber plantation within Guwahati city

A Rubber plantation within Guwahati city
3 Jan 2013 - 4:17pm | Manoj Kumar Das

Indrajit Narayan Dev is the 14th generation of the chronological lineage of the erstwhile Koch Dynasty from the days of the great Koch King Maharaja Naranarayan & his General brother Chilarai, of the then 16th century Assam. He dwells atop the ancestral bungalow, the “Little Hillock”, overlooking the sprawling 30 bighas (1 bigha = 1600 sqyd) estate of Ranibagan situated at Beltola Tiniali in the metropolitan city of Guwahati, in the state of Assam, a serene environment amidst the crowd.

The estate has a collection of numerous fruit, flower bearing trees and plants and a host of varied species of other valuable trees too.  Within the contour terrain, an approximately 5 bighas (approximately 1.5 acres) has been concentrated on the plantation of rubber trees (hevea brasiliensis) and as Indrajit says – there is wider scope for increasing plantation of more rubber saplings in the next monsoon seasons of 2013.


Rubber Foliage

Tapping of rubber latex

Formic Acid used for Rubber Curing

5 Latex pans with latex for curing

Cured Rubber sheets being dried

Rubber sheets for sale (In pic is Taz)

A few months back we had a casual discussion about unlocking the value of the land at his disposal without losing the right over it. I suggested him an expert on Medicinal Plants, who advised him to plant a high value aromatic plant – the Sandalwood (Santalum album L) and tap the rubber, which was lying unutilised. He hired a tapper and is making about Rs. 20000/- per month from 80 rubber trees.


Indrajit Narayan Dev with cured rubber sheets in the
background

I have not seen a rubber estate in action. It was wonderful to see the rubber tapping. Mr. Indrajit didn’t tap the rubber trees for the past 14 years. Now he is getting 500 gms of latex per day per tree. I spoke to his tapper Mr Taz, who told me that it can be done for 9 months.

Next process after tapping is drying of the latex by mixing with anti fungal Formic acid. 200 gms of Formic Acid is mixed with 20 litres of latex and latex is kept in pans for 24 hrs. After the rubber solidifies, its kept for drying. After 3 days drying, the rubber sheets are packed and kept ready for sale.

People of North East, particularly from the hill states has huge land resources and can benefit from rubber plantation.

Rubber is beneficial for the following reasons:-

  1. Traditional areas like Malaysia, Indonesia, Kerala are reducing areas under rubber plantation
  2. It suits some of our soil, mostly loamy and hilly
  3. Mixed farming with spices is possible
  4. Rubber has a ready market
  5. Rubber product is compact
  6. There is future demand
  7. The rubber tree can give latex upto 50 years
  8. At the end of the economic life rubber wood is available for furniture making
  9. Rubber Board has various incentives which can be viewed at www.rubberboard.org.in

Sale price of rubber sheets is Rs. 84/ kg. Rolled rubber has double the price.

Rubber Board approved Buyer in Guwahati:

M/s Manimalayar Rubber Pvt Ltd
Br. Dr B N Saikia Road
Behind SBI Beltola Branch
Guwahati 781029
Telefax: +91-361 2305289

 

Poll preparation afoot in North Cachar

19 Nov 2007 - 1:00pm | pbaruah
A mammoth security arrangement is on the cards to ensure free and fair election for the North Cachar Hills District Council.

According to information, the authorities have chalked a detailed plan of action in respect of duties to be carried out by the election machinery prior to, during and after the polls.

Sixteen cells are functioning round the clock to ensure a free and fair election process with the polls slated for November 26 and December 1.

NC Hills Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer Anil Kumar Baruah and Election Officer L Zovi Nampul are closely monitoring the poll preparation in view of the deteriorating law and order scenario.

Mr Baruah is holding several rounds of meetings with the candidates, political parties, apex bodies of various communities, zonal magistrates and sector officers of both the civil and police administration and departmental heads for smooth conduct of the poll.

The returning officer urges all the political parties and candidates to maintain distance and not to have any nexus with extremists and anti social elements for political gain.

He also warned the candidates or political parties that action would be taken against them if such alliances is detected.

He further appealed to all the officials and political parties to strictly follow the Model Code of Conduct while directing the zonal magistrate and the sector officers.

Deputy Commissioner and and superintendent of police Deepak Kedia also assured that sufficient number of security force personnel would be pressed into poll duty to make the process free and fair.

The Election Control Room and the Information, Publicity & Media Cell have already are functioning round the clock.

Altogether 78 candidates are in the fray in 27 constituencies on NC Hills Autonomous Council. Of these, 27 candidates are from the Indian National Congress, 17 are from ASDC, 10 from BJP and the remaining 24 candidates are Independent.

Seventeen-Garampani witness the highest number of candidates in any constituency which is 5. In 12 constituencies there will be straight contest.

Significantly this time, 2 women candidates, one from the BJP and another independent, are contesting in council election.

Shoot at sight order in BTAD

27 Aug 2012 - 1:18am | editor

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday ordered BTAD administration to crush the spine of the trouble mongers in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts. He asked the administration to open fire at anyone who resorts to arson and violence. Gogoi has asked a team of his cabinet colleagues to visit the BTAD areas to assess the situation.