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Development, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 9, 2009

Dispur seeks private help

seeks private help (TEL_4_2_K8)


Feb. 3:
Dispur has approached various
agencies for money to execute its development plans, after the Centre slashed
the funds allocated to Guwahati under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban
Renewal Mission. A government official said Dispur’s plans to improve the city’s
infrastructure suffered a setback after the Planning Commission decided to allot
funds based on the urban population. “The funds allocated to Guwahati is
expected to come down to around Rs 3,100 crore from Rs 500 crore that was
sanctioned earlier. So the government has to manage funds from other sources to
keep its schemes afloat,” the official said.

light to slum project (TEL_6_2_K8)

Feb. 5:
The Centre today put its seal of approval on a Rs 57.7-crore slum development
project for Guwahati. The decision was taken at a meeting in

New Delhi
by the central sanctioning and monitoring committee of the Sub-Mission of Basic
Services to the Urban Poor under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal
Mission today. A source in the Guwahati Municipal Corporation said the committee
has sanctioned the detailed project report for the construction of 1,232
residential units along with basic infrastructure in the three slum areas of the
city. ….more..



A general meeting of Guwahati Mahanagar Unnayan Samiti will
be held at the Guwahati Press Club on Sunday. The meeting will discuss various
issues, including the construction of the proposed Azara-Byrihat railway line.




Sapoon, an NGO, in association with the Union ministry of
surface transport recently organised a painting competition to highlight the
issue of road safety at Hatigaon Muktab Primary School.


NEC to
fund welfare projects(TEL_26_2_K8)


Feb. 25:
The North Eastern Council (NEC) is ready to extend funds to Dispur to execute
development and beautification plans. A state government official said the NEC
had agreed to sanction funds particularly to develop and enhance the tourism
potential of the city. He said the council had asked the state government to
submit a list of various development projects in order to study the feasibility
aspect and take a decision to allocate funds during the financial year 2008-09.

boost to health plan(TEL_29_2_K8)

Feb. 28:
Unicef has come to the aid of Dispur in implementing the comprehensive school
health programme which include de-worming of students, looking after their
sanitation, diarrhoea prevention and providing them with safe drinking water.
Officials of the Kamrup (metro) district unit of the National Rural Health
Mission in charge of executing the school health programme, had held a detailed
discussion with Unicef on implementing the programme effectively through joint
collaboration. ….more..


Feb. 7:
The Guwahati Municipal
Corporation will hold a meeting with the representatives of the Kirloskar
Brothers Ltd on February 11 to discuss the progress of execution of the final
phase of the Rs 7-crore-water supply augmentation scheme. “The Kirloskar
Brothers Ltd, the executing agency, will have to give an accurate picture of the
status of execution of the project. The company will not be given any extension
of deadline,” a corporation official said.

Village gets water supply project(TEL_9_2_K8)

In its efforts to
improve the quality of life of the underprivileged, 42 Assam Rifles, under the
aegis of HQ IGAR (North) and 5 Sector Assam Rifles, last week handed over
the much-awaited water supply project to Kukidolong village. Maj. Gen. K.S.
Sethi, IGAR (North), donated the project to the village at a function organised
to mark the occasion. ….more..


Assam Rifles
dedicated a conference hall to the people of Merankong village on January 28.
Col Deepak Dadhwal, commandant of 30 Assam Rifles, who was the chief guest of
the function, inaugurated the conference hall. Several important dignitaries and
village council members were present at the function. The local people will use
the conference hall as a central platform for meetings and functions.

to speed up urban projects (TEL_9_2_K8)

Feb. 8:
A two-day workshop sponsored by the Union ministry of urban development began
today to help the Guwahati Municipal Corporation expedite works under the
Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. The “rapid training programme”
for the elected representatives of the GMC is organised by the Hyderabad-based
Administrative Staff College of India in partnership with the Centre for Good
Governance, Hyderabad, at Hotel Prag Continental.


Gauhati University had asked the PWD to implement a
stormwater drainage system on the campus to flush out rainwater to the
Brahmaputra. ack of a drainage system leads to regular waterlogging on the


A wedding
and three funerals (TEL_19_2_K8)

– Deaths
by accident and conspiracy KHELEN THOKCHOM

Imphal, Feb. 18:
Songs of celebration at a
wedding in Manipur quickly turned into a dirge when three relatives of the groom
were charred in a fire triggered by a lamp explosion.The victims were the
groom’s grandmother Thangjam Ngangbi, 80, aunt Rina, 42, and cousin Dipu, 2. All
three were in the same room of the house at Thangmeiband Maisnam Leikai, in
Imphal West, when the fire broke out. The rest of the family and guests who had
gathered for the wedding were about to leave for the bride’s home when someone
spotted the sparks and informed the fire department. In half-an-hour, the gaiety
of a wedding was replaced by the heart-rending wails of people mourning the
dead. ….more..

park on Ugratara temple plot(TEL_19_2_K8)

Feb. 18:
The Ugratara temple, an important Shakti shrine in the heart of the city, is set
for a revamp.The Kamrup (metro) administration has decided to take up a slew of
measures, including setting up a children’s park to develop the temple at Uzan
Bazar into a tourist spot.An official in the administration said deputy
commissioner Prateek Hajela recently held a meeting with senior citizens of Uzan
Bazar and representatives of Hitakalpa, an NGO, who are interested in executing
the project. At the meeting, discussions were held about the current status of
the temple and plans for its development.

“In 2005, the metro
administration pulled down unauthorised constructions from the plot of the
Ugratara temple. But some forces are still trying to encroach on the vacant plot
of the temple. The administration has therefore decided to develop the site.
There are plans to set up a children’s park on the plot,” the official said.

drive (TEL_19_2_K8)

The Guwahati Municipal Corporation on Monday removed
roadside encroachers from MM Road and Dewan Patty Road at Fancy Bazar.


Past glory
captured in frames for future(TEL_21_2_K8)

Feb. 20:
One step forward but two steps backward. The Guwahati Municipal Corporation
(GMC) plans to take a step into the past to chalk out a better future. The
34-year-old civic body is all set to create two photo galleries of all its
mayors — past and present — and major projects executed successfully during
their tenure. These galleries will be housed at the corporation’s offices at
Uzan Bazar and Panbazar.

projects (IFP, 24-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Under the Military Civic Action proect,
13 AR of 10 sector under IGAR(South) constructed and dedicated a community hall
at Awangkasom village, a vocational training centre at tolloi and another
community hall at Lhungjang of Ukrul district. Commander 10 sector inuagurated
these facilities on Feb 20. various dignitaries of Assam Rifles and
representatives of NGOs and social orgnisations of Awangkasom, Tolloi and
Lhungjang village were present on the occasion.

Majuli nominated for world
heritage status(SHT, 6-2-08)

NEW DELHI: World’s largest riverine island, Majuli, located in a
complex delta system, at the confluence of Brahmaputra and Lohit rivers in Assam
has been recommended as World Heritage Site under the "Cultural Landscape"
category for this year. India currently has 27 World Heritage Sites, 22 of which
are cultural and five natural. Red Fort was the most recent addition to the list
last year. If inscribed, Majuli Island will be first world heritage site in
India under the ‘cultural landscape’ category, which contains both cultural and
natural components. ….more..

Sabha bid to boost self-employment in State(AST_3_2_K8)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 2 – The Asom Unnati Sabha today signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) with Guwahati Marketing Company, which will help the Sabha
market the potato in the State. The Sabha, a close associate of the All Assam
Students’ Union (AASU), had already started potato cultivation in composite
farming system at about 5000 bighas of land in various parts of the Barpeta
district in Lower Assam.

NEIRDO camp organised(AST_23-2-08)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – The North East Integrated Rural Development
Organisation (NEIRDO), a Guwahati-based NGO working for the development of rural
areas, had recently organised an one-day awareness programme on rural employment
at Malaybari in Sonapur area, stated a press release.

Town planners’ congress(AST_23-2-08)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – The North-east regional chapter of the Institute
of Town Planners, India is organising a day-long east zone planners’ congress
tomorrow at the Hotel Nakshatra, Beltola here. The theme of the congress is
‘Emerging Challenges in Urban Planning’ which will focus mainly on the issues
concerning the implementation of the master plans.

Centre redrafts dossier on

 NEW DELHI, Feb 22 – The Majuli River Island may be touted as the
World’s largest river Island, but it is Marajo Island in Brazil that enjoys the
status. Part of the State of Para, the second largest state of Brazil, Marajo,
is an island located where the Amazon river meets the Atlantic Ocean.The
‘misrepresentation’ by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had almost cost
Majuli River Island the status of World Heritage Site in 2006, after
international experts raised objection.

Rs 28 cr grant for Sukla
Irrigation Project
GORESWAR, Feb 2 – The Sukla Irrigation Project (SIP), a major irrigation
project over the Sukla river near Naokata and Goreswar, which was in operational
for several years is expected to kick state this year once again as Bodoland
Territorial Council (BTC) has sanctioned an amount of 7 crore along with
financial help from NABARD to the tune of Rs 21 crore. This was stated by
Hagrama Mohilary in an open meet held at Betna High School Playground
recently.The construction work of this irrigation project stated to be the
second biggest in Assam built at the cost of Rs 4.9 crore in 1978 was stalled
due to negligence of the State government. The irrigation project had failed to
supply water to the cultivated areas since 1992. It lacks maintenance and its 12
sub-canals are in a damaged state.

Development panacea of State’s
woes: CM
 MIRZA, Feb 3 – Violence cannot last long and nor can it be an
insurmountable impediment to development, said Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi,
reiterating his commitment to the cause of development. He was addressing the
open session of the 59th foundation-cum-State convention of All Assam Village
Defense Organisation held at DIET, Mirza recently.

Historic Parikshit tank to be
NORTH GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – During the late Bhrigu Kumar Phukan’s tenure as
Home Minister of the AGP-led government, attempts were made to convert the
historic Parikshit tank at Silsako, North Guwahati, into a beautiful tank-cum-pisciculture
complex and about Rs 13 lakh were spent. But due to lack of follow-up measures,
the tank could not be renovated as per plan.

‘Agri sector needs to grow at
over 2 pc’
 GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – The State Government has chalked out elaborate plans
to educate the farmers and persons involved in allied sectors about the
post-harvest handling of the produce, value addition and processing through the
horticulture show to be started from February 10. State Minister for
Agriculture, WPT and BC, Pramila Rani Brahma, addressing a press meet today,
emphasized on the awareness among the farmers, including the marginalized ones,
for the overall development of agriculture in the State.

Op Sadbhavana projects helping
rural populace
RANGIYA, Feb 6 – Grand projects under the umbrella of Operation
Sadbhavana of Indian Army is fulfilling needs and desires of the common people.
With army ushering in different goodwill projects under the said operation
living standard of the people particularly the rural section is going on. Under
the welfare projects, army in recent times had significantly opted for a few
value based and employment generation programmes especially for the un-employed
educated youths of the locality. The vocational training camps being organized
by Red Horns Division of army both in the last and current year gathered good
response and support. This vision of army might prove significant as the major
prevalent problem in the state is that of unemployment itself.

 Foundation of
model village laid
DIPHU, Feb 6 – Biren Sing Engti, Member of Parliament, laid the
foundation stone of a model village at Langmili under Lumbajong Development
Block near Diphu in Karbi Anglong recently.The people of Longmili area who
migrated from other villages during Karbi-Dimasa ethnic clashes in 2005 settled
in this area in different, hamlets, are all finally with this initiative by the
Lumbajong Development Block. The victims who had settled just on the outskirts
of Diphu town, leaving their original homes during the clashes are facing all
kind of difficulties in regard to roads, potable water, school, electricity,
medical facility etc, will now have a well developed village with all these
facilities. ….more..

Nagrijuli area craving for
GORESWAR, Feb 6 – The deplorable Tamulpur-Nagrijuli-Guwabari PWD road
condition, broken bridge and other connecting sub-PWD roads in and around the
vast Nagrijuli here emerged as a serious hindrance to surface communication for
the people of Nagrijuli area in Baksa district since a couple of years. This has
forced the public in general, office goers, school and college students to
communicate from Nagrijuli to their respective destination by private Tata Sumo,
Maruti van and other small vans regularly. This is only possible during dry
season but not during the rainy season. This was stated by Sona Ram Das, retired
personnel of Agriculture department and a permanent citizen of Nagrijuli Chowk.
Das said no development schemes of the government have touched the Nagrijuli
area in Baksa district inhabited by people of diff-communities such as Bengali,
Nepali, Assamese, Bodo, Adivasi even after 60 years of independence.

Rs 16.3 cr potable
water project for Sivasagar
SIVASAGAR, Feb 6 – The Central Government has sanctioned Rs 16,39,34,000
for the urban water project in Sivasagar town from non-lapsable central pool of
Detailing about the project, Rana Khan, chairman Sivasagar Municipality Board
said here on Monday that the project will be implemented by Assam Urban Water
Supply and Sewerage Board, Guwahati in three years time through the completion
period earmarked for the project is two years.

Major projects in BTC nearing
GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – Several major projects funded by the Ministry of Home
Affairs are presently under way in different parts of the Bodoland Territorial
Council. Some of them would serve the long-felt cultural and economic needs of
people while a few would help better functioning of the administration.One of
the most prestigious projects undertaken by the BTC, the Bodofa Cultural Complex
at Kokrajhar, is gradually moving towards completion. Work on the massive
complex that would showcase the best of Bodo arts and craft is going on and more
than half of the construction is complete.

NSS generates awareness on
birth registration at Jorhat
JORHAT, Feb 19 – Supported by UNICEF and under the aegis of Dibrugarh
University, a 25-member NSS team from Bahona College here recently generated
awareness on registration of births and detected several cases of anomalies
among members of the backward classes on the outskirts of the city, the
organisers informed. In all, 399 cases of non-registration of births were
detected at two locations around the city. Of them, 265 cases were recorded in
471 households at Chenijan TE, which has a 400-strong labour force. Six adjacent
villages were also surveyed comprising a population of approximately 3,000 in
475 families. Chenijan TE, it maybe mentioned, is situated beside NH-37 on the
eastern extremity of the city.

Information commissioner raps
PIOs for denying information under RTI (IFP_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 17: The chief information commissioner, Manipur, RK Angousana,
today expressed disquiet over the misinterpretation of the exemption clauses in
the Right to Information Act 2005 by public information officers, PIOs, in the
state, which had posed obstacles in the way of access to information by the
public. The chief information commissioner, giving the inaugural speech in a
workshop on the Right to Information, held today at the conference hall, of the
Institute of Cooperative Management, Lamphelpat noted that the RTI Act which
came into force on October 12, 2005 aims at setting out the practical regime of
right to information for citizens to secure access to information under the
control of public authorities in order to promote transparency and
accountability in the working of every public authority.

“Think development;
not easy money”: Miatho-u(NPT, 20-2-08)

DIMAPUR: With the campaigns for the state assembly
election in full swing, debutant Congress candidate for 5 Ghaspani-II A/C,
Miatho-u Krose while campaigning in Jarnapani on February 18 urged the people
not to be wooed by ‘easy money’ during the election but to decide and vote for
the candidate who can bring about real development and progress. On Rokonicha’s
defection to NPF, Miatho-u said it has made the Congress workers more united
with youths coming back to the party in all constituencies and are confident of
forming the next government.


about process of governance, little about vision of government (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: The chief minister Okram Ibobi
Singh, who also holds the additional portfolio of finance, presented the state
budget for the year 2008-2009, on the first day of the State Budget Session here
today. This is the sixth budget he has presented in the successive two terms of
his government. The deficit budget estimate, which showed a marked improvement
in the fiscal position of the state from previous years, however suffered from
the same shortcomings all his other budgets suffered
too much obsession with the process of
fiscal distribution and too little attention to vision and developmental
philosophy for the year(s) ahead. .

Arunachal our land of the
rising sun, says PM in Itanagar, eye on Beijing(IEX, 1-2-08)

UPGRADE ANNOUNCED 1840-km trans-Arunachal highway
from Tawang to Tirap, new power projects, upgradation of airports among string
of measures for state

after returning from China, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today sent a veiled
yet strong message to Beijing from Itanagar where he called Arunachal Pradesh
“our land of the rising sun”. China stakes territorial claim over portions of
the state which is at the centre of the boundary dispute between the two

“The sun kisses India first in Arunachal Pradesh.
It is our land of the rising sun,” Singh told a large crowd which, despite
inclement weather, gathered at the Indira Gandhi Park to listen to a Prime
Minister in Itanagar after a gap of nearly nine years.

“It is my sincere hope that like the sun, Arunachal
Pradesh will also rise from the east as a new star and become one of the best
regions of our country,” he said.


distributed to SHGs at Howraghat
HOWRAGHAT, Feb 17 – Under the initiative of the DRDA, State Bank of India
(SBI) and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department, Karbi Anglong district,
loans were distributed to the registered Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Joint
Liability Groups (JLGs) at a function organised on Friday at Howraghat State
Veterinary Dispensary premises. .

NE to get priority in 11th Five
Year Plan
AGARTALA, Feb 17 – Country’s most backward- Northeastern region will get
top priority during the 11th five year plan (2008-20012) to materialize the
central government’s Look East policy. The central government had sanctioned
huge allocation for each NE state under the annual plan (2008-2009) to speed up
the development activities in the backward region, said Union Minister for
Information and Broadcasting Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi at a press conference here
on Sunday. . ….more..

Information commissioner raps
PIOs for denying information under RTI (IFP_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 17: The chief information commissioner, Manipur, RK Angousana,
today expressed disquiet over the misinterpretation of the exemption clauses in
the Right to Information Act 2005 by public information officers, PIOs, in the
state, which had posed obstacles in the way of access to information by the
The chief information commissioner, giving the inaugural speech in a workshop on
the Right to Information, held today at the conference hall, of the Institute of
Cooperative Management, Lamphelpat noted that the RTI Act which came into force
on October 12, 2005 aims at setting out the practical regime of right to
information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of
public authorities in order to promote transparency and accountability in the
working of every public authority. .

Churches, NGOs issue poll

Kohima, Feb 17: The influential church groups and social
organizations in Nagaland have issued various dos and don’ts for political
parties to ensure free, fair and morally acceptable state Assembly Polls on
March 5. . ….more..

UCM blasts
Centre for plight of North-east

Imphal, Feb 17: Coming down heavily on the Government of
India, K.Langamba, who is the president of United Committee of Manipur (UCM),
said that it is because of ‘double standards’ in dealing with the people of
North-east that makes the region suffer. The UCM chief accused that the ‘divide
and rule’ policy of the Government of India has brought immense problems among
the various communities of the northeastern region.
Langamba was speaking on the occasion at the UCM sponsored public meeting on the
theme ‘Voice of the People on the Issues of the Territorial Integrity’ held at
Kangla Fort in Imphal on Saturday. .

Community hall
inaugurated at Dibrugarh (SEN_1_2_k8)

DIBRUGARH, Jan 31: The DAH division deployed
in Upper Asom has carried out a number of Sadbhavana Projects which has been
lauded by the local populace. Keeping in tune with the villagers’ aspirations
Brig Binoy Poonnen, Commander, 181 Mountain Brigade, inaugurated a community
hall at Madhopur Nepaligaon in Dibrugarh District recently.

Devp of
minorities will lead to devp of State: Gogoi»(SEN_12_2_k8)

GORESWAR, Feb 11: Asom Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi, addressing a huge rally at Khepkuchi village, stated that Asom will
never develop without the progress of minorities. The Chief Minister told the
gathering that the modern education system will change the whole education
scenario so that the public can reap benefits including those of sar and border
areas. He also laid stress on developing madrassas for bringing in development
among the minorities. He, however, added that religion should never be
politicalised. He assured that he would provide the much-needed facilities to
all madrassas.

BJP flays
Manmohan for not visiting Tawang
Speed up pace of growth, PM tells NE (SHT_1_2_k8)

Itanagar/NEW DELHI: On his first visit to Arunachal Pradesh, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursdayasked people to speed up the pace of growth
in the northeastern region where the Congress has played a major role in the all
round development. "Congress party has played a significant role in the all
round development of the North-East, particularly Arunachal Pradesh. Four
decades ago, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had accorded Union Territory
status to Arunachal Pradesh and two decades back Rajiv Gandhi had made it a
state," he said. . ….more..

quota for disabled(TEL_1_2_k8)

Kohima, Jan. 31:
The Nagaland government has announced recruitment quotas for the physically
challenged.The Nagaland government, in supersession of all earlier notification
on Persons with Disabilities Act, 1995 has announced reservation of three per
cent of the vacancies for persons with low vision, hearing impairment and
locomotor disability or cerebral palsy. The state government today said that, of
the three per cent reserved vacancies, one per cent each would be reserved for
the three categories. The reservation comes into force with immediate effect.
. ….more..

reaps project bounty(TEL_1_2_k8)

Itanagar, Jan. 31:
Sometimes actions say what words do not reveal. Without mentioning China, Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh today launched a road project worth Rs 5,500 crore — the
1,840-km-long Trans Arunachal Pradesh Highway — that will connect every district
headquarters and facilitate easy movement of civilians and war machinery till
the international border.

meet denounces Maphou dam (IFP_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 1: Contending that as many as 11 villages in the upstream area of
the Thoubal river, including fields, jhum lands, medicinal plant plots, sacred
sites, graveyards, salt springs and other types of bio-rich lands will be
submerged by the Mapithel dam, a public meeting held in Ukhrul district today
has strongly urged the authorities to review the Thoubal multi-purpose project.
. ….more..

Capacity building

IMPHAL, Feb 1: A five day workshop on “Capacity Building of Key Resource
Persons on Quality Question Setting” organised by the BSEM in collaboration with
the NCERT concluded at TG Higher Secondary School today, informed a BSEM
Altogether 74 teachers from different colleges, schools and university
participated in the workshop. .

Question legislators before voting: NGO

NONGPOH, FEB 3: An influential organisation in Meghalaya has asked the
electorates to question every candidate before exercising their franchise to
elect their representative to legislative assembly. "The people must question
their legislators to bring in an election of hope for a step to a change," FKJGP
President, Emlang Lyttan said, while launching the first ever anti-government
campaign from chief minister D D Lapang’s Nongpoh constituency. .

Left Front promises devp of vital

AGARTALA, Feb 3: The ruling Left Front
has promised to continue development activities in all vital sectors if it is
voted back to power in Tripura. Besides, the party campaigners, in the Left
Front’s manifesto for the Assembly elections, which was released yesterday,
committed to implement specific measures to make Tripura a prosperous State. The
manifesto sought to reach out to cross sections of the electorate – farmers,
youth, rural and urban dwellers – with special emphasis on the development of
tribals, minorities and infrastructure improvement. Releasing a 40-page
manifesto, Left Front convener and MP Khagen Das said the poverty alleviation
and overall socio-economic development of common people would be the top
priority sector for the Left Front in Tripura.

RTI awareness
campaign held


SHILLONG, Feb 3: A one-day awareness campaign
on Right to Information was organized by the office District Public Relations
Officer, Nongpoh in collaboration with the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Ri
Bhoi District and the State Information Commission recently, stated a press
release. GP Wahlang grace the occasion as the Chief Guest. The meeting was
presided by D Mawphniang, headman, Mawlong Nongtluh.

KA becomes
first district in NE to get ISO 9001-2000 certificate (SEN_4_2_k8)

 DIPHU, Feb 3: The office of the Deputy
Commissioner, Karbi Anglong has been solving the problems afflicting the people
of the district with ISO standards. The certifying agency Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
has certified the office under the International Organization for Standards
(ISO) under certificate No. 18373-2008-AQ-IND-KVA dated 23/1/2008. This DC
office is the lone office in the entire North-east and the fourth district in
India, which has received the ISO certificate.

Mega dams will
endanger indigenous people: IPT(SEN_5_2_k8)

ITANAGAR, Feb 4: The Independent Peoples
Tribunal (IPT) has expressed apprehension that the mega dam projects in
Arunachal Pradesh will endanger the indigenous people. Addressing the
mediapersons here yesterday, a three-member panel of the IPT, an NGO, said with
coming up of the mega dams huge influx of labourers from outside would
marginalize the local population and could leave its impact on socio-economic,
bio-diversity, environment besides traditional and cultural ethos of the State.

. ….more..

Silchar to
have hi-tech township

Besides a multi-speciality hospital, IT training

institute, IT park, residential school and culture
centre are on the cards (SEN_5_2_k8)

 SILCHAR, Feb 4: Luxmi Township and Bengal
Ambuja are planning to develop a satellite township and speciality hospital, 15
km from here, revealed Subhash Mohan Dev, a reputed architect and builder. Two
hundred acre of land has been acquired for the purpose.Increasing population,
traffic-snarls and ever increasing air and noise pollution of the town has
prompted the Luxmi Township Pvt Ltd to undertake such a multi-dimensional
project, after successfully developing a state-of-the-art integrated residential
and commercial complex in Siliguri.

BTC seeks
additional funds from Centre(TEL,5-2-k8)

Kokrajhar, Feb. 4:
The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) has asked Delhi for an additional Rs 500
crore for the development of the four districts under its jurisdiction. The
council’s deputy chief, K. Borgayary, told reporters that the Rs 500-crore
package granted by the Centre in 2003 was “very small money considering the huge
area of the council”.He said more money was required as the council had to look
after four districts (Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri) covering an area
of 8,900 square km.

The package money was part of
the memorandum of settlement signed by the Union and Assam governments with the
militant Bodo Liberation Tigers in 2003.

under RTI
IMPHAL, Feb 11 :Following a petition filed by a social worker, Titus
Kamei, seeking information under the RTI Act, the State Chief Information
Commissioner has issued an order directing the Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong
district to furnish the information sought. The information sought include
schemes taken up under the RGSY, .

Slum children learn
to tell stories through drawings
GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – Thanks to the initiative taken by World Comics India
and the Guwahati Street Children Project (GSCP), World Vision, children living
at the railway station and in slums are getting ready to tell their own stories
through the medium of comics. At the ongoing four-day comics workshop that began
on February 11, 17 children are learning the skills of telling the untold
stories of their lives through drawings.

Public meet flays lack of
development in Tezpur
TEZPUR, Feb 12 – Though the Tezpur Municipality Board had declared that
overall development of Tezpur city is a major issue for it, but considering the
pitiable condition of roads, knee-deep potholes, footpaths, traffic jams, and
the garbage dumps that create unpleasant odour, etc, it can be said that the
district administration and the Tezpur Municipality Board consist of some
unscrupulous people who have done nothing in this regard. .

 Sadarghat Point: a tale of
SILCHAR, Feb 12 – The Sadarghat Point, one of the important public places
in Silchar town, is undergoing severe threat from commercial vehicles. Sources
said no vehicle is parked or given any stoppage. But this is still happenning
right before the eyes of traffic police who are knowingly or unknowingly
supporting the activities. .

Social worker felicitated(AST_13_2_k8)
PANDU, Feb 12 – The Pandu branch of the NF Railway Mazdoor Union
felicitated Santanu Roy Chaudhury, lecturer of Pandu College at a function on
Saturday for winning the Indira Gandhi National Service Scheme Award conferred
by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. .

Manipur sectoral allocation for plan finalized

Imphal, Feb 11 (EPNS): The sectoral and sub-sectoral allocation of the agreed
annual plan size Rs. 1660 Crores of the Manipur government has been finalized,
official source said here on Monday. Manipur government is giving more priority
to the agriculture and rural development sectors in the finalized sectoral
allocation. . ….more

Chishi plans all round development of Dmr(NPT_13_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: Veteran Congress leader and candidate for 1 Dimapur-I A/C,
K.L. Chishi Tuesday said that he has a plan to convert Dimapur into a "master
plan" city while addressing the gathering at Local Ground Colony, Dimapur.
According to Chishi his "master plan" included uplift of youth and women as his
top priority at the same time pledge to modernize Dimapur which was lacking in
all facilities. . ….more

Plan panel urges Asom to lay
stress on health, education(SEN_13_2_k8)

New Delhi, Feb 12: The Planning Commission wants Asom to
undertake focussed development initiatives, with special emphasis on health,
education and poverty alleviation. The state has over five million people living
below the poverty line.
For 2008-09, the commission has allocated Rs 50.11 billion ($1.3 billion) as
plan outlay for the state, and sought new initiatives from the government to
streamline the education infrastructure. .

Famine aid

IMPHAL, Feb 12 :In view of the problem of food shortage being faced by
the people in the four sub-divisions of Chura-chandpur district following the
outbreak of bamboo flowering and its sub-sequently rodent menace on food crops,
the Union Home Ministry would be extending aid for providing immediate relief
measures, a top official of the State Government disclosed.

Welfare prog
IMPHAL, Feb 12: Earth Care Foundation has
concluded today a two-day special programme on labour welfare at Kiyam Siphai
Girls Lower Primary School.
The programme, which was participated by 30 labourers was organised in
association with Regional Directorate, Central Board of Labour and Employment.

Delhi reviews schemes in State
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 12 : The Centre reviewed the progress of the numerous Central
schemes being taken up in the State during meeting convened by Union Cabinet
Secretary KM Chandra- sekhar and State officials led by Chief Minister Jarnail
Singh at Rastrapati Bha-wan, Delhi today at 11.30 am. Speaking to The Sangai
Express an official source from Delhi said that the meeting reviewed the
progress of the works taken under the National Rural Employment Guarantee
Scheme, the Jiri-Tupul Rail Line as well as the works taken up to upgrade NH-39
to a four laned Highway and the works taken up along NH-150 from Churachand-pur
to Tipaimukh. . ….more

Water supply in

KOHIMA: Governor of Nagaland, K. Sankaranarayanan had identified
certain key areas as the prime focus areas in his address after the promulgation
of President’s Rule on January 3. According to an official bulletin, one of the
key areas was to address the need for augmenting supply of drinking water in
Kohima town and other urban centers especially in the lean season. It was noted
that Kohima town faces acute water shortage in this season and people have to
actually buy water from private suppliers. In view of this, the Governor had
given directions to start supply of Water in Kohima town through water tankers
and trucks. . ….more

Farmers’ open letter to
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 13: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, Asom (KMSSA), in an open
letter to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today has sought his intervention in the
PDS scam that allegedly took place in the three districts of Asom, including
Golaghat, to ensure punishment of the kingpins of these large-scale financial
anomalies. The KMSSA has also demanded for a CBI inquiry into the scam and
threatened to start a people’s movement throughout the State, if no action is
taken in this regard by the end of this month. .

Cm talks tough, exhorts all to
overcome obstacles(SEX, 14-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 13: Chief Minister O Ibobi has stated that all the
difficulties that may come along the way of developing Manipur and make Manipuri
society a civilised society should be overcome.Speaking at the occasion of the
inauguration of a consultative workshop on the proposed Municipal Laws and
Bye-laws organised by Municipal Adminis- tration, Housing and Urban Development
(MAHUD) Department of the State Government at the Banquet hall of Ist MR here
today, the Chief Minister observed that for proper development of Imphal city,
Municipality areas and other smaller towns under the Nagar Panchayats as part of
the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewable Mission launched by Prime Minister Dr
Manmohan Singh in 2005, amendment of the existing Municipal laws to incorporate
some new laws an by-laws is essential. .


Citizens’ body prepares
questionnaire and pledge for candidates SHT_14_2_K8)
Promise on paper to get votes(SHT_14_2_K8)

SHILLONG: In what could be described as civil society’s bid to ensure
good governance, the Meghalaya Citizens for Change (MCC), a fledging
organisation which was set up to bring about social transformation, has released
a set of questionnaire for voters and a pledge for candidates contesting in the
ensuing Assembly elections. Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, MCC
President Manas Chaudhuri said to work towards "value-based politics in
Meghalaya," the MCC has prepared a list of 12 promises on which the candidates
have to sign. "The idea is to ensure that the candidates show some kind of
commitment to abide by the principles of value-based politics," he said. .


GANGTOK, February 13: More than 2000 unmarried women from
Sikkim have been benefited from the Small Family Scheme. The government, through
the State Women and Child Welfare Department, recently released the first
installment of Rs 2000 to each beneficiary in the State. This was informed by
the Child Development Project Officer (CDPO), East District GM Gurung today.   .

on productivity held
 GUWAHATI, Feb 14 – A seminar on ‘productivity for sustainable
development was organised by Assam Productivity Council (APC) in association
with the Guwahati based management institute Darwin School of Business. The
Assam Productivity Council is the state chapter of the National Productivity
Council, under Ministry of Industry, Govt. of India.  Speaking on the occasion,
Dr TK Bharali, deputy secretary of APC highlighted the significant contribution
made by APC in encouraging the spirit of productivity in the region. .

Free skill training for manual
DIBRUGARH, Feb 14 – The Government of India has sanctioned Rs 40 crore
through the National Scheduled Castes and Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC)
for the rehabilitation of at least 3,224 manual scavengers in the state.  An
amount of Rs 1.60 crore has already been released to begin the rehabilitation
process through training programmes under new self employment scheme, Balbir
Singh Chumber, the deputy general manager, NSFDC said while inaugurating a free
skill development programme for the manual scavengers at ITI, Borborooah here on
Sunday. . ….more

Governor visits Somtal
villages, Moreh; Promises to take up development issues with state govt

IMPHAL, Feb 14: The Governor of Manipur, Dr SS Sidhu today travelled to the
Somtal salient of Chandel district, meeting village leaders and the public and
assuring them of government commitment to the development of the area. The
Governor, accompanied by the inspector general, Assam Rifles (South), Mj Gen. BK
Chengappa, toured Changjol, Old Somtal and Khengjoi villages, which had recently
been cleared of militant presence, and also visited the border town of Moreh.
The Governor first travelled by helicopter to Changjol, before proceeding by
road to Old Somtal, where he interacted with the gathered leaders of the
villages located in the area, including S Bongjoi, Wonjang, Tuitang, Sehlon,
Changjol, Phoilen, M Gamnum, Phoipenkot, Kovang etc. .

Manipur sectoral allocation for plan finalized

Imphal, Feb 11 (EPNS): The sectoral and sub-sectoral allocation of the agreed
annual plan size Rs. 1660 Crores of the Manipur government has been finalized,
official source said here on Monday. Manipur government is giving more priority
to the agriculture and rural development sectors in the finalized sectoral
allocation. . ….more

closed down

IMPHAL, Feb 14: The office of Kaphung Reisang Long, an NGO
in Ukhrul has been closed down indefinitely for not honouring the ultimatum
served to its secretary Reisang Shinglai to retract his statement that appeared
on January 30 in the State dailies by Tang-khul Mayar Ngala Long (TMNL), which
is the apex youth organisation of Ukhrul district, said a release issued by
general secretary of TMNL Ram-reiyo Makang. .


IMPHAL, Feb 14: All Mani-pur Aluminium Foundry Workers’
Welfare Associa-tion will organise a 20- day aluminium making skill up-gradation
programme from February 18 . Details of this NABARD funded pro-gramme can be had
from the Association office at Lang-thabal Lep Awang Leikai.

Co-optive seminar on poverty
alleviation held
 IMPHAL, Feb 14: A seminar on “Cooperative for Po- verty Alleviation and
Employment Generation” was organised at Kuki Inn here by the Manipur State
Cooperative Union under the ae- gis of the National Cooperative Union of India,
New Delhi. Speaking as chief guest at the inaugural function, Social Welfare
Minister N Loken rued that the Ma-nipuri society which had hitherto been a
harmonious one has plunged into anarchy and chaos with the mushrooming of
‘patriots’. . ….more

implementing infrastructure schemes in Sonowal Kachari

DIBRUGARH, Feb 15 – Chief Executive Councillor of the Sonowal Kachari
Autonomous Council (SKAC), Milon Sonowal, is a young man in a tearing hurry. He
wants to ‘do something tangible’ for his Sonowal Kachari community, one of the
aboriginal groups of Assam. He had been leading the movement for Sonowal Kachari
autonomy under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, and has held the post of
chief executive councillor since the council was notified on September 19, 2005.
. ….more

Cheques for constructing school
sanitation blocks disbursed
KALIABOR, Feb 15 – At a simple function organised at PHE Kaliabor
Division recently, cheques worth Rs 25,000, which formed the first instalment
towards construction of school sanitation blocks under TSC (Model B), were
distributed by the SDO(C), BO and BDO Kaliabor to the presidents/HMs of 61
schools, both LP & ME under Kaliabor education block. The EE of PHE, Kaliabor
welcomed all and appealed to the SMC presidents/HMs to construct sanitary
toilets and urinals as per plan, estimate and drawing in due time. All SMCs were
advised to subit utilization certificates of the first instalment within March
20. The schools concerned were directed to complete their works within March. .

Army trains up 127 jobless
youths to earn livelihood
RANGIYA, Feb 15 – The six-week-long vocational training camp targeting
rural unemployed youths under Army’s Operation Sadbhavana project concluded at
107 Mountain Brigade HQ at Tamulpur on Febuary 11 last. In a colourful
concluding ceremony held coinciding with the occasion, army top brass including
Brigadier Arun Gupta as chief guest, 621 EMG Battalion CO Col NR Mego, Col
Jayant Kar, Maj Aman Mehta attended the ceremony. .

OIL fully committed to
development of NE: CMD(SEN_16_2_k8)

TINSUKIA, Feb 14: Oil India Limited (OIL), one of the largest exploration and
production companies in the hydrocarbon sector in the country, which produces
around 10 per cent and seven per cent of the nation’s total crude oil and
natural gas, is all set to celebrate its golden jubilee with a year-long
programme starting from February 18.
The public sector undertaking (PSU), which started its operations on February
18, 1959, was transformed into a wholly-owned Government of India enterprise in
1981. The company has continued to pursue its goal of a global enterprise in its
core area of exploration, production and transportation of crude oil and natural
gas. . ….more

Rs. 559.28 cr
supplementary demands for grants tabled (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: A total of Rs. 559.28 crores covering 46
demands and 3 appropriates was presented in the House today as Supplementary
Demands for Grants for the year 2007-08. Chief minister O Ibobi Singh, who is
also minister in charge of finance, while presenting the Supplementary Demands
for Grants for the fiancial year 2007-08 mentioned that out of the total amount
sought Rs. 16.53 crores is charged on the consolidated fund of the state and Rs.
541.75 crores is to be voted by the House. .

Sewage project delays
discussed in House (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: Many inconveniences were caused by the
ongoing works of the sewerage scheme in Imphal city, observed MLA O Joy Singh of
MPP today in the House while putting up a calling attention of the PHED minister
on the execution of the works of the scheme. Admitting that the implementation
of the scheme has caused convenience to the people, PHED minister TN Haokip said
that the inconvenience suffered now is for the betterment of the future. .


‘AP needs
proactive, resource-based strategy’(SEN_21_2_k8)

ITANAGAR, Feb 20: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen(Retd) J J Singh today
stressed the need for a proactive, resource-based and time-bound strategy for
development of the state and said the Centre should give foremost priority in
this direction. Addressing the gathering here at I G Park this morning on the
occasion of 22nd Statehood Day celebration, the former Army Chief pleaded the
Centre not to subject Arunachal to the theoretical “cost-benefit” analysis and
added that money spent in the state was not “expenditure, but investment.” .

Competitions for
overall development held(SEN_21_2_k8)

NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 20: The Bhipuria Block Primary Health Centre (PHC) has
organized quiz competitions, extempore speech, and essay competitions at Laluk
primary school under the aegies of Lakhimpur district National Rural Health
Mission (NRHM), here recently. The goal of the programme was to develop the
mental , physical and spiritual development of THE children. .

O Joy blasts Govt on sloppy Imp
Sewerage Project
IMPHAL, Feb 20 : To a calling attention motion raised by MLA O Joy of
MPP that the Imphal Sewerage Project taken up for the welfare of the people has
become more of a trouble, PHE Minister TN Haokip has appealed to bear with the
inconvenience till October 2009. Moving the motion, Joy asked the House whether
the people should bear the trouble till October 2009 even though the stipulated
period to complete the Rs 134.75 crore project is just three years. The Sewerage
Project was taken up at Imphal under an agreement between the Government of
India and the Government of France in 1998, Joy asserted. .


MLA in row over ‘misuse’ of
devp schemes(SHT, 21-2-08)

Shillong: Mylliem legislator Pynshai Manik Syiem has landed in a
controversy over alleged misuse of MLA schemes in his constituency. In a latest
case of misuse of MLA schemes, the MLA was accused of claiming to have
implemented few projects and some "ghost" projects also, according to
information pooled out through separate RTIs by a group of residents from
Mylliem constituency. Documents received through the RTI applied in this regard,
revealed that the MLA claimed to have taken up improvement works on "grounds for
Khasi traditional dances" at Mawnianglah, Madan Iing Syiem, Mawri, Pomkaniew and
Mawkhan villages under the Intensive Art and Culture Development Programme (IACDP)
of 2001-2002 and 2003-2004. .

supply scheme yet to start functioning(AST, 22-2-08)
AZARA, Feb 21 – Even after completion of construction work, the water
supply scheme at Jabe-Patgaon under Rani development block is yet to start
functioning. Delay in commissioning of the scheme has caused serious hardship to
the people living in the area. People in the locality have been deprived of pure
drinking water. They are still using stream water for which they frequently
suffer various water-borne diseases. .

World Bank team visits JFMCs
From Our Correspondent(AST, 22-2-08)
 HOJAI, Feb 21 – Grant Milne of USA, Paul Ryan of Australia, both members of
World Bank expert team on forestry and community forestry, respectively, visited
JFMCs for an on-the-spot assessment of work undertaken by the Joint Forest
Management Committee (JFMC) funded by World Bank. .

Move to develop dist, subdiv
museums(AST, 22-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – The State’s glorious past would now be presented in a
more attractive manner so that gathering knowledge of history does not become a
tedious activity. In view of the transitions sweeping over the society and a
perceptible change in the common people’s mindset, showing an inclination to
know about the rich cultural heritage of the State, the Directorate of Museums,
Government of Assam has embarked on a mission to scientifically develop the
district and subdivisional museums in the State. .


IMPHAL, Feb 21: The 2nd phase training-cum-orientation
programme in connec- tion with the conduct of household survey, registration of
households and other related works for implementation of NREGS in Thoubal
district will be held on February 23 at 1 pm at the elec- tion counting hall of
Thoubal DC’s office, said a release. .

MCA projects

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Under the Military Civic Action proect, 13 AR of 10 sector
under IGAR(South) constructed and dedicated a community hall at Awangkasom
village, a vocational training centre at tolloi and another community hall at
Lhungjang of Ukrul district.  Commander 10 sector inuagurated these facilities
on Feb 20. various dignitaries of Assam Rifles and representatives of NGOs and
social orgnisations of Awangkasom, Tolloi and Lhungjang village were present on
the occasion. . ….more

Fire guts Jorhat godown
From our Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 22: In a terrible fire which broke out here in the wee hours today,
property worth lakh of rupees stored in a godown housed on the first floor of a
multi-storied building was destroyed. The godown, Shiv Store, located on Chamber
Road, belonged to one Hanuman Baheti who is out of station at present. .

Water woes at Paona Bazar

IMPHAL, Feb 22: In addition to traffic and peddling
inconveniences, residents of Paona Bazar are facing drinking water woes as water
pipes are severely damaged recently by the JCBs used under the ongoing sewarage
project. As the drain water is sipped inside the damaged main pipes, the water
is not fit for human consumption, said a Paona Bazar Development Committee press
release. The committee requested the concerned departments to repair the damage
soon while appealing to take care not to damage water pipes and telephone cables
in future. The committee also requested the PWD to allow digging of road for
having new connections from the new main water pipes running through the Paona

‘Rs 1360 lacs allocated under BRGF’

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 22: Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Md Allaudin Khan
has informed the house that a total amount of Rs 1360 lakhs under the Backward
Regions’ Grant Fund (BRGF) has been allocated for block wise distribution in
Churachandpur district by the District Planning Committee for the 2007-08
Replying to a question put forth by MLA Ngursanglur on the third day of the
ongoing budget session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly today, Md Allauddin
detailed to members present that out of the total allocation meant for 10 TD
blocks of the district, Tipaimukh’s share was Rs 12.20 lakhs; Vangai Rs 44 lakhs;
Thanlon Rs 87.10 lakhs; Henglep Rs 171.50 lakhs; Lamka Rs 332.90 lakhs; Tuibuong
Rs 292.90; Samulamlang Rs 98.50 lakhs; Saikot Rs 65.60 lakhs; Singhat Rs 98.30
lakhs; and Sangaikot Rs 106.50 lakhs. .

Plans afoot for
new-look Nabagraha(AST, 24-2-08)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 23 – The Nabagraha temple is getting ready to enjoy better access
and ambience with a development scheme that perhaps was long overdue. Sections
of the motorable roads are being widened, a new water supply plan has been
announced, and in the months ahead the temple precincts will have improved
illumination. The widening of the road linking the ancient temple to the
foothills had been a long-term demand not just from the temple, but also for a
large number of people living on the route. Now, road widening will ensure that
at least two vehicles can cross one another without much difficulty. .

AUS initiative lauded(AST,
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 23 – The Assam Unnati Sabha (AUS), which led a project of potato
farming on 5000 bighas of land in Barpeta district, started harvesting the crop
on February 21. Dr SS Baghela, Vice Chancellor, Assam Agricultural University
(AAU) initiated the cropping at a formal function at Erabamundi Gaon.According
to a press release of the Unnati Sabha, the Vice Chancellor (VC) also inspected
the potato farms set up by the local youths and farmers at various places of
Barpeta district under the aegis of the Sabha and took part at a farmers’ meet
organised by the Sabha at Bahari. He expressed happiness over the initiative
taken by the Unnati Sabha and the All Assam Students’ Union to make the youths
of the State self-dependent through farming. .

Govt wants to provide banking
facilities in all blocks in state (IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 23: Even though the state government is in favour of opening 34
more branches of banks covering 18 unbanked blocks in Manipur, the commercial
banks including the State Bank of India (lead bank) and United Bank of India
have not shown much enthusiasm in the expansion of their branch network,
official sources in the state finance department said Saturday. .

Ministry of Heavy Industries
and Public Enterprises involved in
face-lift (SEN, 25-2-08)

From our Correspondent
SILCHAR, Feb 24: Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
Santosh Mohan Dev has lauded the efforts of public sector enterprises for their
involvement towards the development of the people with financial back-ups. Dev
made this comment on the occasion of the installation of a CT Scan machine at
the Cachar Cancer Hospital yesterday, the fund for which was provided by the Oil
and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). .

Book reading
competition held


From our Correspondent
ITAKHOLA, Feb 24: A book reading competition was organized by the Giyan Vigyan
Samity (GVS) here recently.
The competition was conducted by Golap Kalita. Prafulla Hazarika and Bandana
Baruah were president and secretary of Naduar Block of GVS respectively. A total
of 23 participants took part. The competition has aroused keen interest among
the participants and GVS workers as it was organized for the first time.

Sarthebari Xabha Mahotsav


From our Correspondent
PATHSALA, Feb 24: The nine-day celebration of Sarthebari Xabha that is 150 years
old, begins. On the day of Xabha gondh the bigrahas (statue of God) from
different khels (villages) are brought to the Xabha Kshetra. Homa Yagna is
performed on the day of full moon. Sources said that Nam kirton will also be
held on the occasion where thirty members from every khel wil take part at the
xabha. Though it was a religious mela at the beginning, it has now turned out to
be a commercial mela where traders from various parts of Asom have gathered here
to sell their articles.

Patil endorses
Centre’s initiative on NE(AST_26_2_k8)
Our Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Feb 25 – Harping on development initiatives taken by the UPA
Government, President Pratibha Devisingh Patil said improving connectivity,
expanding infrastructure and employment generation have been the focus of the
Centre’s initiatives in the North Eastern Region (NER). Delivering her maiden
address at the joint session of the Parliament, marking the beginning of the
Budget Session, the President clearly stirred clear of the contentious issues,
training her focus instead on developmental initiatives. The high points of her
address was Rs 43,000 crore road project and green field airport in Assam and
Arunachal Pradesh. . ….more

Government focussed on NE
development: President(SEN_26_2_k8)
‘Priority sector lending to minorities will increase’ (SEN_26_2_k8)

From Our Correspondent
New Delhi, Feb 25: Claiming that the internal security situation of the country
is under control, President Pratibha Patil today, however, expressed her anguish
over terror activities in States like Asom, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and
Jammu & Kashmir. In her maiden address to the joint sitting of Parliament
marking the commencement of the Budget Session, she said: “The overall internal
security situation remains under control. My Government is fully alive to the
threat of terrorism and Left-wing extremism. The entire nation stood as one in
condemning inhuman acts of terrorism in Jammu & Kashmir, Asom, Uttar Pradesh and
Andhra Pradesh.’’ . ….more

Kulsi dam gets
national status(AST_27_2_k8)
From Our Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Feb 26 – The Central Government has declared 14 water resources
projects as National Projects for which 90 per cent project cost of irrigation
and drinking water component of the project is to be provided as Central Grant.
The projects include the Kulsi Dam in Assam, Upper Siang and Nao Dihang Dam
Projects in Arunachal Pradesh. .

JNNURM to facilitate GMC
GUWAHATI, Feb 26 — Like other developed urban local bodies of the
country, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation is also expected to get more teeth
with the increasing necessity to implement the 74th constitutional amendment,
advocating the empowerment of the local civic bodies. Whereas the demand for
empowerment is growing from inside the civic body, the ambitious Jawaharlal
Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has also made it mandatory to
implement the 74th constitutional amendment, before granting sum for the urban
infrastructure developmental projects to the city. .

Jhaskal Model village
crying for basic amenities


From our Correspondent
TAMARHAT, Feb 26: Although the State Government has declared some villages as
“model village” from time to time its apathy towards them has raised a question
mark about the Government’s sincerity in making these villages as model
villages. Jhaskal village under Satrasal GP in Dhubri district located in the
far-western Part of the Indo-Bangla International border is a glaring example of
underdevelopment. After 21 years of its declaration as a model village, Jhaskal
area is still to see the light of development in communication, healthcare,
education power supply, agriculture etc. .

Bid to restore
illustrated manuscripts(AST_28_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 27 – After about two hundred years, the Natun
Kamalabari Sattra of river island Majuli, has launched an effort to revive the
tradition of illustrated manuscripts. A glut of socio-political problems made
the tradition lost into oblivion. The Sattra is also trying to revive the
tradition of the indigenous ink called mahi. The tradition of illustrated
manuscripts placed Assam on a high pedestal among the Indian states as far as
cultural heritage is concerned. .

Civic body to look into tardy
progress of work today(AST_28_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 27 – The Guwahatians would have to endure their thirst
for some more days as the company entrusted with the task of quenching their
parched throats has failed to meet the deadline of completing the overhauling
work at the Panbazar and Satpukhuri water treatment plants. The Kirloskar
Brothers Ltd, which has undertaken the revamp work of the water treatment
plants, had failed to meet four deadlines on earlier occasions and was told to
complete the work by February 29. But the monitoring committee, which the
Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) constituted to look into the progress of
the work, under pressure from the public, has concluded that the Kirloskar
Brothers would not be able to meet the final deadline. The committee will submit
its findings on February 28 to the civic body. .

Norms being flouted for JNNURM
By Ajit Patowary
 GUWAHATI, Feb 28 – The much-publicised Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban
Renewable Mission (JNNURM) has set aside all accepted norms of urban development
due to the connivance of the politicians. It is the duty of the town planners of
the country to frustrate this collusion, this was the observation made by
distinguished professor of architecture and regional planning BK Sengupta of the
Kharagpur IIT. Prof Sengupta was speaking on development control and search for
an alternative at the East Zone Congress of the town planners organised by the
NE Chapter of the Institute of Town Planners, India (ITPI) here recently. .

Seminar on rural uplift
 GUWAHATI, Feb 28 – A seminar on ‘Unemployment problems of Rural
Areas – Reasons and Suitable Reasons’ was organized by the Guwahati-based North
East Integrated Rural Development Organisation (NEIRDO) at Sahid Nyash in the
city on Monday, stated a press release. .

ESI scheme at Dimapur(SEN_29_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 28: The ESI scheme under the provision of the Employees’
State Insurance Act, 1948, is being implemented in Dimapur area in Nagaland,
stated a press release. The Central Government has fixed March 1, 2008, as the
date on which the provision of the said Act shall come into force. The process
of registration of factories and establishments and employees is also under way
immediate effect, the release added.

Awareness camp held(SEN_29_2_k8)
From our Correspondent
JHANJI, Feb 28: Krishak Nyas, a leading NGO of Sivasagar district organized a
district level awareness meeting at the premises of Sivasagar officers Club
The meeting was presided over by Arun Changkakoty, chairman Krishak Nyas. NM
Hussain, Deputy Commissioner Sivasagar formally inaugurated the meeting. In his
inaugural speech he urged the farmers to take opportunities of Government
schemes like agriculture, fishery, veterinary, irrigation and other departments.
He also exchanged his views with the farmers and asked their problems. .

CM assures increment in SBI loan
IMPHAL, Feb 28: A total of Rs 24.70 crores has been provided to 6159
self help groups (SHGs) in the State under the Micro Finance Policy till
September 30, 2007, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has stated Responding to a
question raised by MLA Dr Ng Bijoy of the MPP during the ques-tion and answer
session of the State Assembly today, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, who is also
in-charge of the Finance portfolio informed the House that un-der the Micro
Finance Poli- cy, a sum of Rs 7.29 crores was provided to 1483 SHGs which are
linked with SGSY and Rs 17.41 besides another Rs 17.41 crores to 4676 SHGs
through direct financing by the banks. .

Stir support
IMPHAL, Feb 28: The Village Development Committee, Thowai Kuki
village, Ukhrul district has pledged full support to the two days bandh called
by the Manipur Hill Areas Bamboo Plantation Entrepreneurs Association (MAHABEA)
in hill districts including NH 39, NH 53 and other roads in hill district from
midnight of March 2 till midnight of March 4, conveyed a release.

BSF’s civic
activities at Pyrdiwah
Staff Correspondent
SHILLONG, Feb 8: Downplaying the reported skirmishes with the BDR along Umgot
river located along the Indo-Bangladesh BSF had a special civic activities
programme at Pyrdiwah village today.  


team visits Goreswar
From our Correspondent
GORESWAR, Feb 8: Dr Kenji Wako, professor, Department of Enviromental Design,
Osaka University of Japan accompained by Kunihara Tamai, chief planner and Yuri
Nakagawa, vice chief Chubu branch, of Preg institute, Nagaya city, Japan visited
Goreswar recently.



In Shillong, flowers
faded as shops soar

Staff correspondent
SHILLONG, Feb 16: “Where have all those flowers gone in Shillong?” asked the two
octogenarians, Mr and Ms Hazarika. The couples, now residing in Dibrugarh after
leaving Shillong in 1978, was staggered to see that adorning gardens and flowers
in every compound being no more the sight of Shillong it used to be.
The Hazarikas lost their way in Shillong just because the busy lanes from
Umsohsun-Jaiaw has no sight of houses with blooming flowers in the frontyard. .

RTI campaign

SHILLONG, Feb 6: A day-long programme as part of the Right to Information
Campaign was held at Mairang recently, stated a press release. The programme
called “RTI for transparent governance” was organized by the office of the
Subdivisional Public Relation office, Mairang Subdivision. Hundreds of people of
the area attended the programme where they were acquainted with the RTI Act.
Angela Rngad was the resource person for the programme.

Secretary Falguni Rajkumar holds meeting in Kohima (SEN, 7-2-08)
KOHIMA, Feb 6: Secretary
NEC, Falguni Rajkumar held a meeting with the Chief Secretary Nagaland, Lalhuma
and other senior officers at Kohima today, stated a press release.
During the meeting the Secretary NEC underlined the different roles played by
NEC and DoNER, to clear confusions while proposals are being submitted. “NEC
role has now become an Act of Parliament endorsed by all the State Government,”
he said. He pointed out that NEC Act was amended in the year 2002 by an Act of
Parliament as against the Act of 1972.


Sonia asked to
inquire about problems afflicting Barak Valley(SEN, 7-2-08)
From our Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Feb 6: North–East Congress Coordination Committee (NECCC) general
secretary Sharif Uzaman Laskar has sought the immediate intervention of Congress
president Sonia Gandhi regarding some of the problems of Barak Valley.
In this connection, Laskar met Sonia today and discussed the various ongoing
projects and the problems afflicting them. He also submitted a memorandum,
pointing out that Barak Valley not only constitutes an important part of Asom
but is also the main gateway to Mizoram, Tripura and Manipur. These important
areas have remained underdeveloped and neglected and are literally crying for
development. “One of the mega project — Lumding-Silchar-Jiribam conversion
project — has been delayed only due to security reasons”, the memorandum stated.
. ….more

Governor inspects
development projects(SEN, 7-2-08)
From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 6: Asom Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh today visited a number
of development projects of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) and expressed
satisfaction over the progress of work.
Singh assessed the ongoing construction of the Rs 24-crore urban water supply
scheme at the Gauhati University Kokrajhar campus. He said that he has given
keen interest towards the development of higher educational institutions in the
BTC area. The 15 colleges of the BTC region will get affiliation and the fund
for the infrastructure development of the colleges will be flown in from the
Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), Government of India, under UGC
guidelines, he added. . ….more

Govt not keen on
implementing devp schemes’(SEN, 7-2-08)
NREGS, IAY fund being siphoned off
From our Correspondent
SILCHAR, Feb 6: Dr Rumi Nath, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Borkhela in
Cachar and Salim Uddin Barbhuiya, Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) MLA form
Hailakandi, have expressed serious resentment and anxiety over the alleged
faulty implementation of centrally-funded rural schemes meant for the
socio-economic betterment of the masses. .

Army engages in
social work

From our Staff Correspondent
DIBRUGARH, Feb 6: The 2 Mountain Division has been making tremendous efforts and
is keenly involved in looking after the social welfare of the civilian
population besides ensuring peace and harmony especially in the remote and the
inaccessible part of the region. Children of Missionaries of Charity, Tinsukia
participated at the Republic Day function organized by the Army at the Dinjan
cantonment. The children of the orphanage also took part in various events and
other activities organized on the occasion. Through the event, the Army and its
families have shown great concern and compassion for the noble cause and have
promoted and facilitated the efforts of the Missionaries of Charity towards the
under privileged orphanage.

Unemployment problem ?
Study the stories of these unsung heroes
Soubam Bokuljaoba
 IMPHAL, Feb 8: In the struggle for survival, if one is not choosy enough, then
one can easily run one’s family and send one’s children to private schools for
education by being just a cobbler.
This is the story of some 13 people who have successfully taken up mending shoes
as their profession in the State where most of the people normally shun manual
work and are hankering after white-coloured jobs.
After the 1979 foreigner issue over domination of the job market by migrant
workers, and the subsequent exodus of non-local residents, some 20 natives, most
of them local residents of Top Khongnang Makhong under Imphal East District,
came out and started mending shoes along the BT Road of Imphal. Out of these 20
natives, some of them have passed away. But 13 of them are still engaged in the
profession earning enough income to run their families and send their children
to private schools.






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