In a move that defies the Supreme Court order, the Meghalaya Government has issued permission again to transport coals in the state. In it modified order, the NPP-led coalition Government permitted coal transportation triggering protest from the opposition parties and organizations.
The apex court on January 15 asked the state to ban on coal transportion after the coal-mine tragedy where as many as 20 miners were believed to have trapped inside a flooded mine in East Jaintia District.
The government issued order to implement the top court order. But suddenly on Sunday, the government modified the order allowing the transportation of coal.
The government on Saturday claimed to have identified the perpetrators in the Balajan bloodbath where 14 people were killed in a reign of terror at an open market. According to government sources the neutralized perpetrator was none other than Manjay Islari who along with a few others unleashed the reign of terror with firing and bombing on the common people in the open market.
Meanwhile, a 6 member NIA team is taking the statements of the eyewitnesses amid an intensified counter insurgency operation. The army, police and para military forces have been expanding the operation area to the neighbouring BTAD district to trace down the culprits who managed to flee from the spot.
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Assam Agricultural University, Nagaon and Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology, Regional Centre Guwahati under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, GOI have organised a day long training programme at Nagaon on 12.12.2011. About 60 farmers (both man and women) from 7 villages of the district have attended the programme where topics related to food processing in horticultural crops were thoroughly discussed. At the beginning of the training programme, Dr Mrinal Saikia, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Nagaon has welcomed the trainees and delivered a lecture on post harvest handling and value addition of potato and other tuber crops. Dr S. Gogoi, Principal Scientist, HRS, Kahikuchi, Guwahati has spoke about post harvest technology of fruits and vegetables.
Dr T. P. Saikia, Principal Scientist, RARS, Shillongani, Nagaon has delivered a lecture on food processing as a small scale enterprise. Mrs P. Nath, SMS (Home Science) and Mrs S. Das, SMS (Horticulture) has given hands on training to the women trainees on squash and pickle making. Mr G. Barman, DDM, NABARD, Nagaon has presented a lecture on role of banks for going for entrepreneurship in food processing. Dr K. Suresh Kumar, Sr. Scientist and In-charge, IICPT, RC- Guwahati, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, GOI, has informed the house about the role of the institute in development of food processing sector in the NE region and appealed the farmers of this district to come forward with sound projects for establishment of small scale food processing industries in their localities to improve their livelihood. At the end of the programme, feed back was received from the representative trainees and the certificate of completion was distributed among all the participating farmers. Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nagaon has thanked the In-charge, IICPT, RC- Guwahati for choosing this KVK for such programme and thereby helping the farmers to develop their knowledge on food processing sector.
The next session of GNRC Media Fellowship program will begin on August 5. Nine working journalists have already been selected for the fellowship program, which is sponsored by GNRC Hospitals and initiated by Guwahati Press Club.
The month long fellowship will enable the fellows to study various healthcare related issues and also a remuneration of Rs 10,000 each. Three journalists will form a group for the fellowship and it will finally culminate in the first week of November 2013.
The selected fellows include Rabindra Saikia, Krishna Bhuyan, Jahnavee Sarmah, Manoranjan Bori, Jadumoni Saikia, Padmi,pni Hazarika, Hiren Sarmah, Manuj Kumar Neog and Sidananda Saikia.
Dr NC Borah, CMD of GNRC Hospitals has congratulated the selected fellows and expressed hope that the fellowship would enrich their knowledge on various medical and healthcare related issues which should help them in the growth of their careers.
The fellows are expected to attend at least two interactive sessions with GNRC assigned doctors every week and each of the fellows would publish three articles out of their experiences in the mainstream media.