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Ravaging storm revisits

Guwahati: Over 100 people sustained injury and properties worth thousands of crores have been damaged as a ravaging storm lashed 3 Upper Assam districts on Sunday.

The storm ravaged thousands of houses started at 9 in the evening lasted for around 15 minutes leaving a trail of devastation in Jorhat,Sivasagar and Dibrugarh districts.

"As we were having dinner at around 9, the huge storm started and within 5 minutes many houses in our villages have been damaged.  Uprooted trees have blocked the roads in many places," said Sarat Saikia, a local resident of Basbari area in Sivasagar district on Monday.

"The storm was very brief but strong where none of the houses in my village has been spared.  Trees, electricity and telephone line posts have been uprooted causing immense inconvenience in the entire area," said Darshana Gogoi,  a degree student of JB College in Jorhat.

There are reports of some injury in many areas.  According to electricity authorities, the extent of damage was so huge that it would take atleast 5 days to restore the services. 

Same cycle of storm hit Dibrugarh district where 10 persons are said to have sustain injury. 

"This was for the second time during this period of 15 days devastating storm lashed many parts of our district. Big trees have been uprooted and in some areas even the concrete structures have been damaged, " Amulya Das said in February.

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Central team reviewing Assam law and order

15 Feb 2008 - 5:35am | editor
A high level Central team is reviewing Assam’s law and order situation. According to information, led by Union cabinet secretary K M Chandrasekhar the 24 member team is reviewing the performance of the three tier unified command structure which has been failing to achieve desired results in tackling the terrorists. The team discussed the state’s security scenario Assam Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh on Thursday. Earlier, the 24-member high level central team, led by KM Chandrasekhar and comprising Union Defence Secretary Vijay Singh arrived in Guwahati by a special Indian Air Force flight at around 5.50 in the evening on Thursday. The team was received by the Assam chief secretary PK Sharma and DGP RN Mathur at the airport. The team drove straightly to Hotel Brahmaputra Ashoka where they met the heads of various Assam government departments. The union home secretary Madhukar Gupta was also scheduled to join the delegation but later he cancelled the trip. The team is expected to review the situation in the hills districts in view of the recent spate of violence.

NGO meets Majhi for upgradation of Employment Exchanges

13 Oct 2012 - 4:19pm | editor

Unity Education Foundation (UEF) met Labor & Employment Minister Prithibi Majhi recently to press for the modernization of Employment Exchanges in both the rural and urban reaches of Assam. In a memorandum to Majhi, UEF drew his attention to the burgeoning problem of unemployment in the state which it held responsible for anti-social behaviour, increasing insurgency and terrorism in India's NorthEast; Assam in particular.

The proposal seeked online registration facilities for the issuance of employment registration, renewal, transfer and user-friendly digitized platforms in Employment Exchanges. It suggested networking with dedicated government and private websites to work as credible clearing houses between job seekers and employers coupled with an understanding of vocational training. Introduction of sms and email alerts for sharing job-seeker's databases with employers for the extention of employment services through Public-Private-Partnerships and offer facilities for screening and short listing of prospective employees.

This organisation felt would play a pro-active role in redefining objectives of private sector placements and convert Employment Exchanges into centres of excellence for the employment of the youth. Demographic dividends may become demographic disaster if education, employability and employment are poorly managed. While the rectification of Universities and schools will take a long time, the reformation of our skill-system and Employment Exchanges are achievable, urgent and in the hands of the State Governments the memorandum stated an wished for technological developments in the interest of the youth population.

I-Day feeling of a forgotten freedom fighter

13 Aug 2010 - 9:59pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

Nation wide preparations to celebrate country's 64th I-Day with pomp and gaiety have been on everywhere. Ministers,high ranking civil and police officials have had a tough time to make the celebration a success. Far away from all these hectic activities, a 95 year old freedom fighter has other ideas in mind.He feels that their dream of a free and peaceful India had been shattered. He is sad at the loss of qualities like morality and dedication among the leaders for which they had sacrificed their prime youths 75 years back.

Pani Ram Das, one of the few renowned living freedom fighters of Assam,who had spend more than two years in British prison,now at the age of 95 years recounts his old days of struggle sitting in his Ashram at Kalaigaon. He was born in a poor family in Jajjali village in Darrang district on April 7 in 1917.Being a very sharp student he passed the matriculation examination in 1937 in first division from Calcutta university. Defying a brilliant personal career he joined freedom struggle to be send to British prison on several occasions. Pani Ram Das had a clear vision on his mission to make the nation free and prosperous. So he did not join politics like his colleagues and established an Ashram at Kalaigaon to work for poor and needy.

Pani Ram Das is now forgotten by the society.When asked his feeling on the occasion of I-Day he said with regret that sacrifice of thousands had ben forgotten by the country. People hardly understand the meaning of dedication and sacrifice not to speak of the significance of the Tricolor. He is sad when hears of the thousand corer scam; enhancement of the salary of the MLAs; frequent unnecessary foreign trip of the leaders; frequent bomb blasts at public places etc. He narrated a few examples of the past great leaders whose priority was peoples welfare only. In one such incident Sardar Ballav Bhai Patel (first home minister of India) had refused to attend a felicitation ceremony in USA,saying that he was busy with the people of India and could not spare time for the felicitation ceremony. On another occasion when Bimala Prasad Chaliha (CM of Assam) was seriously ill was advised by doctors to attend a hospital in USA for better treatment. Chaliha too refused the proposal on the ground that state financial position was not sound to support his trip.

Pani Ram Das is of the opinion that country is not safe at the hands of present day politicians. He appeals people to raise their voice against all kinds of violence and corruption practices. He concludes his comment with his favorite quotation :

“I seek neither kingdom nor Heaven nor even salvation;

I see the deliverance of afflicted from affliction”. -Najrul Islam