Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has asked the deputy commissioners and agriculture department authorities to firmly deal with the army worms who have destroyed crops in thousands of hectares in 12 districts in the post flood scenario.
Sonowal has also asked the authorities to visit the damaged areas to oversee the operation to bring the situation under control.
The situation suddenly took a grim turn when the army worms have damaged crop lands measuring thousands of hectares in the state
The worst-hit district is Golaghat where the caterpillar 6,671 hectares of crop field leaving the farming community in utter dilemma.
The picture is not different in Majuli where crops on more than 1700 hectares of land have been ravaged by the army worms in the flood hit river island leaving over 4000 families in dire-straits.
Majuli is followed by Dibrugarh and Sivasagar districts where the menace has damage 5000 hectares and 2,800 hectares of crop lands respectively.
A two day long National Symposium on Biodiversity of Assam : Status, Development and Conservation has been organised by the Assam Science Society on 4-5 December, 2010 at Assam Science Society Bhaban, Jawaharnagar, Khanapara, Guwahati to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity. Professor A C Bhagabati , Former Vic-Chancellor, R. G. University, Arunachal Pradesh and Dr. S. K. Choudhury, Director, Assam Science ,Technology and Environment Council will grace the occasion as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.
The Gauhati High Court has asked the Assam government to appoint a retired judge to probe into the allegations of corruption in the civil service examinations conducted by the state public service commission.
Taking up three PILs alleging corruption in the examination, a division bench of the court comprising acting Chief Justice K Sreedhar Rao and Justice P K Saikia asked ordered the state government to appoint a retired judge of the Gauhati High Court to inquire into the alleged anomalies.
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti leader Akhil Gogoi, Dimpu Jyoti Gogoi and six others and another by Prasanta Sinha filed the PILs alleging that some gross corruption, nepotism worked in the selection of candidates for ACS, APS and allied services.
The state observed the saint Madhavdeb death anniversary with traditional religious fervor on Saturday. Namghars and satras across the state celebrated the day with day long programme with nam kirtan, borgeet, seminar and bhaona along with other cultural programmes. Satras across the states are teeming with devotees to get a glimpse of the function. /