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Training on Jatropha Cultivation at Patherighat

A special scheme to promote Jatropha (Bhot Era) cultivation in Assam has been taken by the Department of Agriculture, Assam for production of Bio-diesel. Altogether 137.4 ha area will be covered under this crop, covering 9 districts, namely, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Kamrup, Darrang, Sonitpur, Nagaon, Marigaon, Karimganj and Hailakandi. Moreover, 26 nos. of demonstration will be conducted for motivation of farmers. The cultivation will be done in waste land of the State.

In this context, a two day long training programme on Jatropha cultivation concluded on Tuesday at Patherighat . Pratap Singh Bharali, District Agricultural Officer, Darrang attended the programme as chief guest and stress about the production of bio diesel. Mahesh Barman, SDAO (Horticulture), Dr. Bangshi Kalita, SDAO(Fruit Preservation) , Bijoy Konwer, SDAO, Patherighat; Mowsam Hazarika, DAIO, Darrang, K K Pandit, ADO etc. participated in the programme as resource person. It may be mention that, 25 ha of non agricultural land is covered under Jatropha cultivation in Darrang district. 4 nos. of training on Jatropha cultivation will also be conducted in Darrang district during current year.

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Voting heads for huge turn out

24 Apr 2014 - 10:42am | AT News

A huge turn out is expected to take place in the third and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday. The average percentage polling in all the six constituencies stands at 25 per cent till 10 in the morning.  

Defying scorching heat, voters in large numbers have been waiting in huge queues in front of the polling booths to exercise their franchise.

Long queues started even before the polling got off to a start in all the six constituencies Nagaon, Barpeta, Guwahati, Mangaldoi, Dhubri and Kokrajhar.

If this trend is allowed to go on, the polling booths, mostly, won’t be able to complete the voting by 5 in the evening.

Barring some technical glitches, the polling is by and large peaceful.       

Around 94,37,731 electors are set to decide the fate of 74 candidates by voting in altogether 1,994 polling.

The authorities have deployed 47,976 polling personnel in this phase who will conduct polling till 5 in the evening.

Guwahati has maximum 18 candidates whereas Kokrajhar has minimum 6 candidates. On the other hand, Guwahati has maximum number of 19,21,374 electors, whereas Barpeta has minimum number of 14,24,638 electors.

The main contest would be among the Congress, the BJP. But AGP and IUDF have also good support in some pockets. As many as 29 independent candidates are in the fray.

Counting will take place on May 16.

Third H1N1 case detected in Assam

18 Aug 2009 - 10:02am | editor
Assam confirms its third H1N1 virus infection case when a youth in
Dibrugarh tested positive on Tuesday. The patient is Manjot Gogoi, a
resident of Milon Nagar in Dibrugarh who is undergoing treatment at
the Assam Medical College Hospital in Dibruagrh. The confirmation came
from the Regional Medical Research Centre at Lahowal in Dibrugarh.
That too a few hours after an ex army jawan Raj Kumar Sinha tested
positive . Raj Kumar, who hail from Silchar in Assam is an employee
with Reliance in Mumbai. He came to Assam on Sunday and was admitted
at the Army base Hospital in Basistha after he complained of swine flu

Consultation on Women's right to Land and Property Concluded

15 Mar 2008 - 4:19am | Ranjan K Baruah
A two day Regional Consultation on Women's right to Land and Property in North East India concluded on 14th of March 2008 at Sankardev Kalakshetra, with a consolidated plan of action with regard to issue. The consultation focused on the Impact of Look East Policy and Neo-liberalization, violence against women, customary laws in relation to land and property rights of women. Mrinal Gohain, Regional Manager, Action Aid speaking in the context of Neo-liberalization mentioned about North east being a focus area for mega development projects like dams for power generation, infrastructure development connecting South East Asia. He raised his concerns on the impact of this on the people of the North East and appeal to the house to group together to get clear evidence of how Neo-liberal policies are affecting the region. Patricia Mukhim, eminent Journalist from Meghalaya expressed that the abolishing of International Borders under the banner of free trade would not only attract market investors but also other antisocial activities like child and women trafficking, prostitution, drug trafficking etc.

Gina Shangkham, activist from Manipur, point out the vanity of Land revenue and Land Reform Act, 1960 particularly in the hills of Manipur, thus compelling the customary laws to prevail. It was attended by various organizations, women activists, journalists and grass root level workers. The Chairperson of State Women Commission from Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya spoke on the inaugural sessions of the consultation

Birubala Devi from Goalpara who has been nominated for Nobel Prize, 2005 for her dedicated efforts to fight against the evils of witch hunting was felicitated on the occasion along with 5 other women activists who are making a difference at different places in the North East on the rights issues.

This consultation was a part of the national level campaign on women's right to land and property and aims to build an understanding of the status of women's right in the context of North Eastern Region. It was organized jointly by Indo Global Social Service Society (IGSSS), Action aid, Churches Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS).