Life in BTAD areas and Dhubri is limping back to normal. There was no report of any fresh incident from Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts during the last 24 hours. But night curfew would continue. A CBI team on Friday visited Kokrajhar to gather inputs on the ethnic clashes that took 77 lives. Headed by a special director K Saleem Ali and Deputy Inspector General Satish Golcha the team gathered inputs on the main reasons behind these incidents.
They further would try to ascertain the possible angle of their investigation. The team straightly left for Joypur village where four Bodo youths were lynched spreading the violence to other places. This was followed by their visit to Ranighuli where three people were killed in militant firing. Then they rushed to Magurimari and Karaigaon.
Agriculture, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Minister V Hangkhanlian appealed to the flood affected farmers not to panic over loss of crop due to floods.
The Minister was on a visit to the site of the Raising of Community Nursery, conducted by Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur, at Haotal, Pangei on Wednesday. The minister dispersed rice seeds varieties such as RCM-10 and RCM-12 at the nursery.
Talking to reporters on the sidelines, Hangkhalien said that compensation for the farmers affected by floods would be provided under natural calamity relief fund for which the state government has already put forward to the Central Government.
“Compensation will be given to all farmers once the fund is available. The government has made all possible efforts to help farmers,” he said.
The minister said all steps have been taken to purchase alternative crops in case if there is no recovery from the current floods.
Efforts are on to grow hybrid rice in selected areas like Imphal East, Imphal West and Thoubal districts, he said but added that the government will not be in a position to cover the entire Manipur.
The minister, however, said the crop yield is unpredictable as the hybrid rice cultivation will take place for the first time in the state.
“The department is planning to cultivate these crops in the elevated areas in flooded fields also. If the flood water do not recede till August next, we have no option but to purchase other alternative crops,” he added.
He was accompanied by Agriculture Director Dr Ph Rajendro Singh during the visit.
The students of Assam Agricultural University (B.Sc Agri.) who had been undergoing the Rural Agricultural Work Experience programme in Puronigudam,Nagaon inaugurated the full fledged Farmers' Information Centre (FIC) in Gayon Boiragi Chuk,Puranigudam on September 11 recently. The day was celebrated with the inaugural ceremony by Dr.D. K.Borah,Dean,Faculty of Agriculture,Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat and an interactive session cum official meeting was organized by the students.The meeting was presided over by Dr.P .K. Das,Chief Scientist, RARS, Shillongani. The lighting of the lamp was formally done by Dr.D.K.Borah,Dr.P.K Das,Dr.Tulshi Prasad Saikia(Programme Supervisor)and Dr.K.K. Sarma(Principal Scientist, RARS) assisted by a fellow student Shilpi Gupta.Other dignitaries present in the meeting were Dr.Ranjana Chakraborty, Scientist,RARS and Mrs.Hira Borah.Dr.Tulshi Prasad Saikia described the objectives of the meeting and Dr.P.K.Das explained the motive behind opening up of the centre. Dr.D.K Borah spoke as the guest of honour and inspired the students and farmers on how to improve their agricultural systems.The programme was hosted by senior students Manisha Barman,Gouranga Chetia,Jyotiprasanta sharma. The meeting witnessed huge gathering and warm appreciation from the locals.The Information Centre was designed with a view to serve need of the farming community of the area so that they can be made aware of the new technologies, which they can use to improve their present farming pratices.The Information centre comprised of various models,disease charts, equipments and all sorts of information for the farmers.Thus,the effort of the students received mass appreciation from the farmers.Students on their part assured farmers to promote more information forl farmers at grassroot level in future
6 Dec 2007 - 7:21am | Dibya J Borthakur
The Nijara Kavi Sailadhar Rajkhowa Memorial Award committee has selected eminent Assamese Poet and Critic Ajit Baruah for the 2007 Nijara Kavi Sailadhar Rajkhowa Memorial Award.
The award, instituted to keep the memory of Sailadhar Rajkhowa alive and to acknowledge the contribution made in the field of Assamese verse or drama, carries Rs.12,000 in cash and a citation.
The award will be presented to Baruah on December 17.