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SJA delegation happy with PM

PM's date with Dr Hiren Gohain led SJA delegation ended on a positive note on Monday. According to Dr Gohain, the prime minister is very positive and that he was keen to solve the Ulfa problem. He said the government must release the Jailed leaders to help them take a formal decision.

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Anniversary Brings out the Youth Friendly Face of NEDFi

21 Aug 2007 - 3:42pm | editor
The North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi), the premier financial institution of the region and an agent for socio-economic change in the North East has implemented a number of innovative developmental plans for the benefit of the inhabitants of the region. In its twelve years of existence, in one of the most well-defined structures and adoption of best practices, NEDFi has been able to address the livelihood issues of the poor, the unorganised and peripheral communities by building upon their strength, in a cluster approach. Some of the major interventions made by NEDFi in this sphere were in Majlishpur craft village in Tripura, weaving cluster of Marups in Manipur, Sitajakhala milk village and Sipajhar fishery cluster in Assam.

Apart from the forays made in developmental finance activities, NEDFi has also undertaken a number of other activities for the welfare of the society. Recently NEDFi had organised the Brain Jam Quiz 2007 in Guwahati which has been recorded as the biggest event of its kind in the history of North East. During its anniversary celebrations spread over the first fortnight of August, NEDFi in collaboration with RuTAG-NE and GIAN-NE organised a three day Exhibition of the products invented by the grass root innovators of the North East. The items invented by young artisans included indigenous dual security alarm system, manual wood cutting machine, wind turbine operated water pump, multi bladed bamboo fan and eri-muga reeling machine etc.

In another youth-friendly initiative, NEDFi organised an Inter University Debate in the city in which teams from 11 universities and institutions viz. Gauhati University, Assam University Silchar, Assam Agricultural University Jorhat, Mizoram University, NERIST Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland University, North Eastern Hill University Shillong, Tezpur University, IIT Guwahati, Tripura University and Manipur University participated. The topic of the Debate was India’s Economic Growth has failed to have any impact on the Rural Poor and it was chairmed by Shri R.G. Lyngdoh, Minister for Higher Education, Government of Meghalaya. Three eminent persons, Shri Subir Bhowmik (BBC), Prof Udayan Misra (Dibrugarh University) and Tomi Ete (Government of Arunachal Pradesh) who were themselves outstanding debaters in their student days judged the competition. Mark V. Vanlalrema of Mizoram University, Manish Gupta and Aditya Singh of IIT bagged the top three cash awards of Rs 10,000/-, Rs 7,500/- and Rs 5,000/- respectively.

By its recent series of innovative initiatives NEDFi has demonstrated that it is not confined only to extending financial assistance to the deserving youth of the North East but it will go to any length to enhance their intellectual and performing skills to make them compete with their counterparts in the rest of the country.

Awareness seminar on RTI Act held at Kohora

31 Jul 2011 - 9:02pm | Ritupallab Saikia

An awareness seminar on Right to Information (RTI) Act was organised by Kohora Soil Conservation Division at the Conference Hall of the Guest House of Kohora S.C. Division. The officers & staff of this Division and other Project Members actively participated by way of giving their views and opinions on the subject. The seminar was held to discuss the benefits and limitations of the RTI act. Mondip Chutia, Divisional Officer Kohora Soil Conservation Division welcomed all the guests and participants to the occasion. Devojit Phukan, President of Vox-Populi, an NGO working in various RTI activities, who was the chief Resource Person on the occasion said that any information gains the value only if it reaches the common man and the officials should understand it. He also said that the 'Right to Information Act 2005' (RTI) is intended not only towards the fulfillment of constitutionally granted rights of the people as part of their personal liberty but also to make functioning of each of the Government Department, more transparent, accountable and obligating them to take the necessary corrective measure. Phukan further added that since the RTI Act is a powerful tool in the hands of the common people to avail their right to access official information, it is very much necessary on the part of each social activist to see that the RTI Rules made by the State Govt is in perfect harmony with the letter and spirit of the mother Act.

Separate state agitation to hit economy in North East

6 Aug 2013 - 12:54am | Peter Alex Todd

The agitation on separate state demand might soon hit the entire North East, with organisations like the All Bodo Students Union, the Koch Rajbonshi organisations and organisation from Karbi-anglong districts calling Bandhs, road blockades, Rail blockades since 31st July in protest of separate state demands.The Record breaking Bandh call times has gone up as high as to 1500 hours by UDPF, 300 hrs by KPLT, 48 HRS by ABSU, and 36 hrs by AKRASU. There seems no reason why the economy will not only hit Assam but the entire North East if things continue in the same pace.

The only entrance to North East is through Kokrajhar district, which falls under Bodoland Territorial Area District,and both Railways and Roadways cross through Kokrahjar, which have been affected by Bandh called by the All Bodo Students Union.

"We have asked the organisations not to call for Bandh because it hits the economy, it will hit the entire North East, prices will go high, The government have said that it has stock for one month but it is not clear if that stock is for Assam or for Entire North East" Says Rupam Goswami, Chairman of Assam Chamber of Commerce, who had personally requested leaders of Bodo and Koch Rajbonshi organisation not to call Bandhs, but failed to get any good response."If things continues in this manner it will be difficult to get even Dal and rice in the market".He added.

"There will be inconvenience for the public and we are helpless" says, Longti Timung,president, Guwahati Karbi Students Association,when asked is not the poor people in general affected by the Bandhs."Our agitation will continue unless our demands are fulfilled" he added,while staging a protest rally in Guwahati today.

"Because of agitation the rail service also have also been affected badly, in the last three days 40 trains had to be cancelled and we are also running security trains in Kokrajhar" Said Jayanta Bhattacharya, PRO, NF Railways.