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Development, January 2008

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Interactive session on NE development

Interactive session on NE
 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – Students of Media and Communication Study Centre
of the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC), Cotton College, members of
Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (FASS), and many others took part in an
interactive session recently and exchanged their views. The programme held at
the MCSC with the objective of providing inspirational energy and motivational
force for the overall revival and development of North East India evoked
enthusiastic response from the participants……more….

Insurgency hurdle to development of NE

Guwahati, Jan 28 (UNI): British Deputy High Commissioner to
Eastern India Simon Wilson today stressed on the need for fighting insurgency in
Northeast to promote development in the region. He was speaking at the inaugural
session of the two-day workshop on ”Identity and Development: Twin Challenges
in India’s Northeast”, orgainsed by the Centre for Development and Peace
Studies (CDPS), Guwahati, and supported by the British Deputy High Commission,
Kolkata. …more


Areas of development identified
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – As the Union Government
initiates steps to develop a science city in the State, science and technology
enthusiasts from the State have come up with a vision for the proposed project
with an aim to synergise the existing potential and manpower, with trade and
commercial objectives. …more….

Housing facilities for
city poor likely
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – Lagging far behind many
other cities of the country and also different parts of Assam in preparing
scheme for the urban poor, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation has received a
letter of inquiry from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.

Seminar on project
GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – An awareness seminar on
‘Activities, Principles, Programmes and Policies for Project Funding – A Package
of Practices for NGOs’, organized by MIND India, will be held on February 2 at
the MIND India premises. …more….

Senior citizens’ forum
formed at Tezpur
 JAMUGURIHAT, Jan 28 – The Tezpur
Parliamentary Senior Citizens’ Forum, intended to augment the process of
socio-economic development of the area, was formed on January 20 at a convention
of members representing the constituency and held at the Model Primary School,
Jamugurihat. …more….

Unemployed youths set
novel example of self-reliance
 UDALGURI, Jan 20 – “The unemployed educated
Bodo youths have set an example of self-reliance by way of involving themselves
in the setting up a tea factory at Amjuli, which would create another milestone
in their progress.” …more

‘BTC govt
committed to tourism development’
 MUSHALPUR, Jan 20 – “The BTC government is
taking all initiatives to expedite the infrastructural development to boost
tourism in BTAD and top priority has been given to development of road
communication. “The 22km Uttarkuchi-Dhamdhama road worth Rs 13.5 crore under
NLCPR scheme is under construction. …more….


Move to popularise handloom
GUWAHATI, Jan 20 – With an aim to popularise
handloom and handicraft products among masses, the Weaver Service Centre,
Ministry of Handloom, Govt. of India has taken a special initiative to educate
and sensitise the visitors at the ongoing ‘National Handloom Expo 2008’ on the
Karmashree Hiteswar Saikia field premises at Panjabari here, informs a press
release. …more….

Octogenarian from
Arunachal to be conferred Krishna Ch Gandhi award
 GUWAHATI, Jan 20 – The Purbottar Janajati
Siksha Samiti (PJSS), an NGO affiliated to the Bidya Bharati Akhil Bharatiya
Siksha Sangsthan would confer the Krishna Chandra Gandhi Award to Nyong Panyang
of Arunachal Pradesh. The prestigious award would be given for Nyong Panyang’s
contribution in spreading education among the tribals of Arunachal Pradesh. PJSS
secretary Jaykanta Sarma while talking to newsmen here today informed that the
annual award is given to an individual in the region for doing excellent work in
the education sector. …more….

Workshop on
identity, development
 GUWAHATI, Jan 23 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi will inaugurate a two-day national workshop here on January 28, on the
topic, ‘Identity and Development: The twin challenges in India’s Northeast,’
stated a press release. …more….

Approach to NE
in the 11th Plan
 SHILLONG, Jan 23 – The national planning
policies have selected balanced regional development of the country as one of
the major objectives for progress with the approach document for the 11th
five-year Plan identifying “regional divides” as one of the major challenges,
with special reference to the North-East. In this regard, the Planning
Commission has set up an expert group on equitable development for the 11th
Plan. …more….

FASS-NEDFi MoU signed(AST_25_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – The Friends of Assam and
Seven Sisters (FASS) and the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi)
recently signed an MoU for development of industries, infrastructure, animal
husbandry, agri-horticulture plantation, medicinal plants, sericulture,
aquaculture, poultry anddiry in the North Eastern Region. – Staff Reporter


people urged to maintain peace in development’s interest
GORESWAR, Jan 24 – The 2nd annual conference
of the Goreswar Block Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) was held here in the Betna
High School playground with a two-day-long programme on January 10 and 11 in
Baksa district. Rama Kanta Basumatary president, Goreswar Block BPF was in the
chair at the open conference held on January 11. …more….

‘Tripura has made
remarkable achievement’(SEN_28_1_k8)

AGARTALA, Jan 27: Tripura Governor Dinesh
Nandan Sahaya today said the State had achieved remarkable economic growth and
all-round development during the past year, besides the restoration of peace and
tranquility. Unfurling the national tricolour on the occasion of the 59th
Republic Day here at the Assam Rifles ground, Sahaya said among all the
Northeastern states, Tripura stood second, after Mizoram, in the literacy rate.

Nobel laureate
for uplift of rural people(AST_21_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 20 – Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has agreed to
extend his help to the Government of Assam for introducing a micro-credit scheme
for uplift of the standard of living of the people of the rural areas of the
State. Prof Yunus, who is the executive trustee of the Grameen Trust of
Bangladesh, was requested by the Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi, to extend his help
to Assam in introduction of a micro-credit system in the State and the Nobel
Laureate has agreed to extend help to the State Government in this regard.

Foreign experts review disaster
control in Nalbari district
 NALBARI, Jan 25 – A high-level foreign team of disaster management
visited flood-prone Nalbari district on Tuesday to take first-hand information
regarding preparedness on disaster management by the Nalbari district
administration. The team consisted of consultants of European Commission Marshal
Silver and Rajen Aleojandar. The state project officer of Disaster Risk
Management Programme Nandita Hazarika lead the experts team to the district.

Magazine nominates 10 as
persons of the year
Dec 31 – Assamese monthly youth magazine Jeevan today announced names
of its ten nominees who have been selected as the State’s persons of the year
2007. Addressing a press conference here this noon, editor of the
two-and-a-half-year old magazine Suresh Ranjan Gaduka said that the nomination
was made on the basis of these persons’ role in various fields. These persons
gave a special dimension to the Assamese society, he said. …more….

Govt probe
team seizes PDS items from Dergaon
GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The investigation team constituted by the State
Government to look into the anomalies in the Public Distribution System (PDS) in
Golaghat, Jorhat and Sivasagar districts after the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti
(KMSS) brought serious allegations against the departments concerned with the
help of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has seized 10,000 quintals of rice
and 2,000 quintals of sugar meant for distribution to consumers through the PDS
from a godown of a cooperative society in Dergaon.

The KMSS has appealed to the
Government to take action against the corrupt officials.

30,222 given job cards under NREGS
at CCpur (IFP_10_1_k8)

CHURACHANDPUR, Jan 9: The first technical session of the
Bharat Nirman Campaign now underway at Synod Hall of Churachandpur town began in
the afternoon on January 8. The ianugural function of the technical session was
attended by Ngursanglur, MLA, as a special invitee. Delivering his speech
Ngursanglur stressed the need for organising Bharat Nirman Campaign in the
interior area of the state where public awareness of government policies and
programmes is nil. …more


Three member gang dupe Ccpur
residents of huge amount (IFP_15_1_k8)

LAMKA, Jan 13: Three non-locals who allegedly collected a
huge amount by luring people for supply of goods with 50 percent discount
escaped even though locals caught one of them on Sunday. An estimated amount
from Rs. 30 to 40 lakhs was collected and taken away by the three non-locals who
have been missing since early today. …more….

Parbung enquiry may be delayed

IMPHAL, Jan 15: The state chief minister`s scheduled site
visit to Thoubal dam, Khuga dam and Jiribam was cancelled today due to
non-availability of a helicopter and owing to the same reason the sitting of the
Justice Rajkhowa Commission of inquiry which is scheduled to commence from
tomorrow at Parbung is likely to be suspended, an official source said today.

Dyking of Thoubal river having
adverse effects, claim activists (IFP_20_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 19: Blockade of the Thoubal river by the
coffer dam of the Mapithel Dam built as part of the Thoubal Multipurpose project
since the last week of December has seriously impacted upon residents along the
Thoubal river in Ukhrul and Imphal east districts, the Mapithel Dam Affected
Villagers Organisation, and the Citizens` Concern for Dams and Development have
alleged. …more….

Govt-promoter nexus hamper development: WBDF

The schemes for rural development in the state have not been
successfully implemented only because of the nexus of promoters and the Congress
led Government in Assam, said Siddiqulla Choudhury, President, West Bengal
Democratic Front and General Secretary, West Bengal Jamiat Ulema.


donates food items to Asha Bhawan

DIMAPUR: Keeping up its rich
tradition of assisting civil populace, the 42 Assam Rifles under the aegis of
Headquarters Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) and Headquarters 5 Sector
Assam Rifles welcomed New Year by donating food items to Asha Bhawan, the
De-Addiction Centre at Chumukedima on January 7.


Wokha DPDB meeting held



The District Planning & Development
Board (DPDB) of Mokokchung and Wokha held its meeting on January 11 and 9
respectively. In Mokokchung, the meeting was held at the Deputy Commissioner’s
Conference Hall under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner and vice chairman
Mokokchung DPDB, Ramongo Lotha. …more….


training on accounting



The Community Development Foundation
(CDF), an NGO working for the economic enhancement of the less privileged people
with a vision for strong economic health and an empowered society in the region,
conducted a training on perspective building and financial accounting for CBOs/SHGs
promoted under its initiative, at Government Primary School, Nagarjan, on
January 12. …more….


renovation works at New Market


The Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) is currently undertaking a massive
renovation work at the New Market area as a part of its commitment to give a
facelift to the town. The DMC dismantled a number of temporary structures at the
New Market for the construction of concrete buildings. A similar drive was also
being conducted at Haji Park Market of the town.


to augment cooperative movement


In a significant move towards the development of cooperative movement, a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was executed between the Government of India,
Government of Nagaland and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
on January 3 at the head office of Nagaland State Co-operative Bank (NSCB),
Dimapur. During the meeting, B.K Thadani, managing director NSCB informed that
the package would go a long way in the history of cooperative development of the
cooperatively backward state of Nagaland. …more….


Kalyan Sadan strives for self-sufficiency(AST_2_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The Assam Sishu Kalyan Sadan at Sunderbori,
Jalukbari – the oldest home for destitute and orphaned children of the region –
is craving for a way to become self-sufficient. In order to ensure the full
mental, physical and social development of the inmates of the Sadan, the
authorities are now stressing on sending every child to the school and helping
them to become self reliant. …more….

Deaf make people listen to
GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – No impediment can come in the way of achieving the
dreams if determination and courage is never once lost in life. The members of
the Assam Association of the Deaf just tasted fame through their determination
and skill when they emerged champions at a recently concluded national-level
cultural fest at Kurukshetra University in Haryana.

DRDA Haflong accused of
misusing rural uplift funds
HAFLONG, Jan 2 – The District Rural Development Agency, Haflong,
popularly known as DRDA solely responsible for the rural development has once
again become the centre of criticism for misappropriation of huge amount in the
name of development. This came to light only when hundreds of beneficiaries
gheraoed the DRDA, Haflong recently demanding the immediate payment against the
approved schemes under DRDA. …more

Rs 40 lakh
for Barpeta Municipality Board
BARPETA, Jan 4 – A number of house owners and lessees of the Barpeta
Municipality Board buildings have not paid tax and rent for several years and
the penalty and fine stand at a mindboggling Rs 45 lakh. This information was
provided by the chairperson of the Ad-hoc Municipality Board Seema Goswami at a
press conference recently. …more….

Army organises vocational camp(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 RANGIYA, Jan 4 – The Red Horns Division has taken an initiative to help youths
of Assam and wean them away from the wrong path by orgainising vocational
training under Operation Sadbhavana for the second consecutive time here at the
Field Workshop Company at Tamulpur from December 31 to January 31 in various
fields of interest. The month-long value based vocational camp would help in
developing different technical skills including training on welding, repairing,
banana chips preparing besides other employment generating skills.


protection panel meet at Silchar
From Our Correspondent
 SILCHAR, Jan 4 – Increase in price of pulses, rice and other essential items,
black-marketing of LPG cylinders duplicate medicines, inefficiency of supply
department were the issues discussed at the consumer protection committee meet
at Silchar. The meet was organised at Gandhi Bhawan here in the presence of many
people recently. The participants salled for public support for a permanent
solution. …more….

Meet highlights role of media
in shaping society
 UDALGURI, Dec 5 – Media persons have an influencial role in shaping
society. We have seen the sacrifice of soldiers of the fourth pillar of
democracy and salute these valiant soldiers. The above was observed by Purna
Daimari, deputy speaker of BTC Assembly while addressing the inaugural ceremony
of the temporary office building of Udalguri district Journalists Unit (UDJU) on
December 22 as chief guest. …more….

Teesta project evictees get
 GANGTOK, Jan 5 – The 55 families whose land were taken over for the
construction of Teesta Stage-V hydro-electric power project, were distributed
housing plots and money at Doodhey Dara in East district, officials said. Each
family was given 200 square metre land and a sum of Rs 25,000 for building
dwelling places in areas spread over East and South districts yesterday,
officials of National Hydroelectrical Power Corporation Ltd (NHPC) who are
constructing the power project said. …more….

Banks yet to address needs of
downtrodden: Mukhim
GUWAHATI, Jan 6 – “If the banks desire to contribute to the cause of
the downtrodden, they should come to the people rather than waiting for the
people to approach them. With increasing computerization and the technical boom,
the banks have started to lose the human sprit.”

‘Bodos must cultivate work
From Our Correspondent
 MUSHALPUR, Jan 6 – “There is no alternative to hard work for all-round
development. We, the Bodos, must develop work culture. It is unfortunate that
some Bodo people are still reluctant about educating their children in Bodo
medium when even some Japanese and Chinese people are coming forward to learn
the Bodo language,” said Brajendra Kumar Brahma, president of the Bodo Sahitya
Sabha. …more….

Laduma area craving for basic
From Our Correspondent
 HAFLONG, Jan 6 – Residents of North, South, West Laduma, Baranagar and Goalpara
villages of Udharband LAC in Cachar district with a population of more than
10,000 have been deprived of basic amenities like road, water supply, medicare,
etc., for a long time, conscious people of the area alleged.

‘Think-tank’ FASS to discuss NE
GUWAHATI, Jan 7 — The Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (FASS) an
international ‘think-tank’ welfare organisation engaged in propelling
developmental activities in NE region, will hold its first international meet on
January 10 at the Vivekananda Kendra auditorium here. According to a press
release here, the FASS, which was formed of the people of the NE origin of both
resident and non-resident character, has designed the January programme as a
daylong one with several sessions. …more


Centre releases Rs 100 lakh to
Manipur under SSA
 NEW DELHI, Jan 7 – The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development
has so far released a sum of Rs 100 lakh to Manipur till the end of December
2007 out of the approved outlay of Rs 4908.86 lakh earmarked for Manipur during
the current year 2007-08 under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) programme.
Sources in the Ministry said that in the Eleventh Plan, the SSA has a funding
pattern between Centre and States in the ratio of 65:25 for the first two years
of the Plan i.e. 2007-08 and 2008-09 ; 60:40 for the third year i.e. 2009-10;
55: 45 for the fourth year i.e. 2010-11 and 50:50 thereafter i.e. from 2011-12
onwards. …more….

FCI makes Tawang, Ziro depots
 ITANAGAR, Jan 7 – Food Corporation of India (FCI) has made its Ziro
and Tawang base depots in Arunachal Pradesh functional this month by making rice
available, much to the relief of the people who have been deprived of essential
items for the past few years because of a huge PDS scam in the State.

GMC delegation on study trip to
Kolkata, Bhubaneswar
GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The seven-member GMC team touring Kolkata and
Bhuwaneswar to learn the tricks of trade from their counterparts, is stressing
on the sources of income generation and means to minimise the losses..

Rich-poor gap widens despite
economic development’
GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – Noted economist Prof Kaushik Basu of Cornell
University, New York, said on Tuesday that though the country had been making
remarkable progress in the field of economic development, inequality was also
rising in the country sharply. He was delivering a lecture on ‘India’s Dillemma:
Economic Policy in Globalised World’ at the IIT, Guwahati.

Plea to repair Philobari dam(AST_10_1_k8)
 TINSUKIA, Jan 9 – A vast area measuring about 656 hectares of land known
as Greater Philobari Floor has been transformed into fertile land by diverting
the Doomdooma river at its source, a big natural water reservoir (beel) at
Namholong, 4 km from Philobari under Doomdooma police station with the help of a
dam and a drain with sluice gate way back in 1962. The dam, a small one but very
helpful to the farmers of the entire area to grow rice as well as other crops,
was said to be the first of its kind in the entire North East Region. The entire
system of irrigation also helped to control flood in the area.

Utility items distributed(AST_10_1_k8)
ITAKHOLA, Jan 9 – Various items have been distributed among handicapped
persons in Balipara recently under District Social Welfare Department of
Sonitpur.  A public meeting was also held in this regard which was presided over
by Moni Deepa Saikia, District Social Welfare officer of Sonitpur.

Call for new approach on NE
cultural issues(AST_11_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – People of the North-eastern region today need a
new approach to solve the cultural problems bogging down their spirits. For, the
people of this region are now passing through an age of foolishness. The
cultures and civilisations these people developed through the ages have been
dying without there being any consciousness among these people.

CM woos Thai team to invest in

GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today held a discussion
with a high-level Thai delegation led by its Deputy Industry Minister on
prospects of Thai investment in the State besides bilateral trade transactions.
Exhorting the Thai delegation to invest in sectors like power, road and air
connectivity, tourism, tea, coal, oil, etc., the Chief Minister also stressed
the need for enhancing greater bilateral business transactions in
food-processing, handloom and handicrafts including muga and cane and bamboo.

AASU signs MoU with FASS for NE
GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – In a bid to enhance the State’s development, the All
Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters (FASS),
which works as a think-tank welfare organisation for the development of the NE
region, today entered into an agreement and signed a memorandum of understanding
(MoU) on Wednesday. …more….

CM reviews govt schemes in
JORHAT, Jan 10 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday asked the State
Public Works Department to prepare projects to build roads and bridges in the
areas along Assam-Nagaland border, chars and other interior places.  The
instruction was given to PWD Commissioner and Special Secretary Mohan Boro and
its Chief Engineer Padma Gogoi at a meeting held at the inspection bungalow of
Titabor to review the execution of schemes by various government departments in
the district. …more….

Centre to invest Rs 50,000 cr
in NE region(AST_12_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The Central Government will invest Rs 50,000 crore
to improve road, air and highway connectivity in the NE region in five years,
said Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh. He was addressing the
North East India Investment Summit here. Allaying fears of the potential
investors, he said that large part of the country was unsafe compared to most
areas of the NE region. He also made it a point for the media that the
development that was happening in the region should get attention it desired
rather than the news on bomb blast and ethnic violence.

Shops gutted at Sissiborgaon(AST_13_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 12 – Six shops of Sissiborgaon Chariali were gutted in a
devastating fire at 7.25 pm on Wednesday.According to sources the fire broke out
in the evening and damaged the properties of shops including one paper agency, a
PCO, stationary shop and a hotel. …more….

Loans disbursed among
unemployed Bongaigaon youths
GUWAHATI, Jan 13 – Under the Employment Generation Mission (EGM) of the
State Government, Asomi, a leading NGO of the Northeast, has started sanctioning
and disbursement of loans after training of unemployed youths for setting up of
viable economic activities, a press statement said.

A village where God’s grace is
the only medicine
UDALGURI, Jan 13 – While the present generation of human beings is
witnessing a tremendous development in science and technology, medical science
itself is experiencing unbelievable progress. And when India is providing
herself to be one of the powerful nations in the world, a village in Udalguri is
found to be doing just the opposite. …more….

Centre to implement funds
control system for NE
 SHILLONG, Jan 13 – For better monitoring of funds, the Union Government
would implement the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS)
that would help exchange information between financial institutes in the State
and the Central Government. Emphasising on the need for having a “dynamic
interface for information exchange” between the Centre and States, VN Kaila,
Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Ministry of Finance, said, implementation
of IFMIS was necessary as information systems in India are slightly different at
the Central-and State levels. …more….

Homeless plead for a roof over
their heads
GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – Asserting their right to live with dignity, the urban
poor population of the city under the banner of Society for Social
Transformation and Environment Protection, has once again asked the government
to ensure their basic rights, including social security.

NRL taking up schemes for
development of education
GOLAGHAT, Jan 14 – NRL authority has been taking up several ambitious
schemes for the all-round development of education in Golaghat district and
those schemes have been implemented successfully. NRL authority has taken up a
new scheme in the current year-free educational scheme. They took up this scheme
in the schools within a radius of 10 kilometres of the NRL.

Blankets donated(AST_15_1_k8)
DIBGOI, Jan 14 – The Executive Committee of Golai Kalibari convened a
general meeting on the premises of Golai Kalibari at Golai No 1, Digboi recently
to distribute blankets among the poor. The meeting was presided over by the
president of Golai Kalibari, Gokul Chandra Day.

Aiyar move to promote NE
NEW DELHI, Jan 16 – Acknowledging that misconception about the North
Eastern region is the biggest hurdle holding back development of tourism, Union
Minister for Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER), Mani Shankar Aiyar
said his Ministry is preparing a Cabinet Note proposing relaxation of the Leave
Travel Concession (LTC) guidelines to allow air travel by Government employees.
The Minister also asked the North Eastern States (NES) to prepare holiday
packages tailored made to suit the Government employees traveling on LTC. A
media campaign is also being planned to portray the region in proper perspective
vis-à-vis the security problem. Both the campaigns are proposed to be launched
simultaneously. …more….

Citizens’ meet held at Duni(AST_17_1_k8)
duni, Jan 16 – A well attended meeting of Duni-Dipila area’s leading
citizens convened by Duni Regional Students’ Union was held at Khatara Satra
guest house on January 6. The meeting held under the presidentship of Atul Ch
Kalita, president, Duni Regional Students’ Union discussed various problems
faced by the people of greater West Darrang area due to lack of development.

Centre to appoint new
From Our Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Jan 17 – Despite initial set backs, the ambitious dedicated regional
airline project is still on tracks, with the Centre all set to appoint a new
operator. Fresh bids from airline operators are slated to be opened, later this
month. …more….

‘Lakhimpur can develop with
investment, diversification’
 NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Jan 17 – Bringing investments to set up industrial
units to generate employment and diversification of agriculture to increase
profitability of farmers are the key ingredients for development of Lakhimpur
district, according to the Deputy Commissioner of the district, Manish Thakur.
In an informal chat with this correspondent despite his busy election schedule,
Thakur made this observations as his vision for the development of Lakhimpur,
one of the backward districts of Assam. …more….

CDR in NE remains
lowest in country(SHT, 8-1-k8)


Despite constant criticism, the
credit-deposit ratio (CDR) of banks in the North Eastern region remained lowest
in the country, according to official sources here on Monday. The incremental
CDR in North East India registered a decline from 31.2 per cent in March 1997 to
26.8 per cent in March 2003, according to Reserve Bank’s report on Trend and
Progress of Banking in
2007. A similar trend was witnessed in the central and eastern regions, the
report said. …more….


IFMIS for sound info on accounting system(SHT, 12th January


Aiming to bring about efficiency in
service delivery and transparency in financial and accounting system in the
country, the Union Ministry of Finance will implement a new system called the
Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) soon, which would
link all the states with the Centre to provide a sound public information in
this regard. …more….


Godown gutted(SHT, 12th January


A godown of the Agriculture
Department used for storing haystack at Hynriew Mer, Upper Shillong was gutted
on Friday evening. Police suspected that a short circuit led as the cause of the
fire. According to official sources, the estimated damage from the incident
amounted to lakhs of rupees.


Traditional chiefs take demands to Delhi(SHT_13_1_k8)


Traditional tribal chiefs of various
ethnic groups of Meghalaya met the Union Minister for DoNER Mani Shankar Aiyer
for the first time in 60 years and apprised him about the problems of their
respective areas starting from lack of development to infiltration.


sets 30-day deadline to Govt(SHT_15_1_k8)


The Co-ordination Committee Against Lukha River Contamination (CCALRC) has set
30 days deadline to the Government to make public the findings in connection
with the Lukha River contamination case. A public meeting held in this
connection at Umkiang village in Jaintia Hills on Saturday was attended by local
people of the Narpuh area, headmen of various villages and NGOs beside, the
chairman of the co-ordination committee, DDG Dympep, CCALRC secretary LD Lakiang
and president of Jaintia Students’ Union CS Laloo.


State pulled up for NREGS, SJGSY lapses(SHT_18_1_k8)

New Delhi
Meghalaya is not doing well in two flagship rural development schemes —
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) and Swarna Jayanti Gram
Swarojgar Yojana (SJGSY). A CAG report on the State found against 11,446 works
targeted for completion during 2006-07 only 867 works were completed under NREGS.


to embark on ‘rural visit’(SHT_18_1_k8)


The Hynniewtrep People Federation (HPF)
would soon launch "a rural visit" programme to make people aware of how to elect
capable representatives in this 2008 Assembly elections, informed HPF general
secretary Milan Warjri at a press conference here on Thursday.


Centre to approve Rs 1500-cr scheme for flood control(SHT_18_1_k8)


The Centre would soon approve a
scheme worth Rs 1500 crore for river management works in border areas of the
country and critical flood management works in the Brahmaputra and Barak river
basins. The Union Cabinet has already approved flood management programme at a
cost of whopping Rs 8000 crore in the 11th Plan to assist the states in
execution of the flood management works, …more….


Centre seeks report on rural programmes(SHT_19_1_k8)

New Delhi
Union Minister for Rural Development Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Friday said his
ministry had sought action taken report (ATR) from the Meghalaya Government
about performance of various rural development programmes.


Sibal: Seismic micro-zonation of populated cities must for safety(SHT_19_1_k8)


The seismic micro-zonation must start
from the densely populated cities first then move to other areas of the country,
Union Minister of Earth Science and Science and Technology Kapil Sibal said on
Friday while unveiling the report on ‘Seismic Micro-zonation of Guwahati
Region’. …more….

Cleaning drive marks
Statehood Day(SHT_22_1_k8)

SHILLONG: In a bid to mark the Statehood Day in a novel way, the
Meghalaya Government, in association with paramilitary forces and NGOs, carried
out a massive cleaning drive in the capital city on Monday. Speaking to
reporters during the cleanliness programme at Iewduh and Motphran, Chief
Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee said the drive at Iewduh and Motphran was part of
the government initiative to keep Meghalaya clean and beautiful.

Credit scheme launched for

Shillong: The Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), Asia Centre on
Monday launched a micro-enterprise and economic development programme which aims
to provide financial assistance to local entrepreneurs from the under-privileged
families. Under the programme, the CYP will give financial assistance to 30
youth including those from Sohra, Jowai and Smit, through Impulse NGO Network.

UN’s Project G86 to cover
N-E states

Guwahati: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has
included the seven states of the North East under its Project G86 – which aims
at preventing the onset of drug use by providing accurate information and life
skills training, informed Prateek Kumar of the UNODC at the workshop on ‘Role of
Media in Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS Prevention’ jointly organised by the UNODC and
the Guwahati Press Club on Tuesday. …more….

Rural devp picture dismal in
North-East (SHT_29_1_k8)
New Delhi:
Report card of all the eight north-eastern states on rural
development, specially on DRDA front, projects a dismal picture.All the eight
states have recorded lowest credit mobilisation and disbursement, according to
the status report brought out by the Union Rural Development Ministry.

demands apology (SEX_21_1_k8)

 Lamka, Jan 20: The Manipur Hills Journalist Union today issued a notice
asking a key person of the Medicine Sans Frontier (MSF) to tender unconditional
apology to the union for impeding the media and also for blowing things out by
giving false report to various organizations and even some non-state actors.



IMPHAL, Jan 27: The annual general body meeting of Motbung Meetei
Development Committee was held yesterday at MMYC Hall.The meeting has
unanimously elected N Bira Singh to be the president and A Iboya Singhto be the
general secretary of the committee for the tenure 2008-09, said a release issued
by the secretary, MMDC Irambam Iboyaima.


wait for water supply continues(sex_28_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 27: The prolonged wait of 50 years for a water supply scheme
in Kachai village under Chingai block still continues as the scheme is
incomplete even today. This was discovered during a visit to Kachai village by a
team of ICHAM (Information Centre for Hill Areas Manipur) on January 17,
conveyed ICHAM in a statement. In addition to the fact that the scheme remains
incomplete, the pipes procured for it at the site are of lowest grade.

Buying second-hand item slur on

 IMPHAL, Jan 27 : The Loktak Development Authority (LDA) has been accused
of purchasing a worn out dredging machine at a rate fitting brand new ones after
repairing them. The worn out machine was lying unused at Chilka lake, Orissa. In
this connection, the LDA Employees and Workers Association has decided to launch
an agitation against the LDA management for allegedly violating the agreement it
signed with the association. …more….

drive on RTI held(SEX_29_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 28 : Pamphlets giving guides on the Right to Information
Act, 2005 were released during a function jointly organised by Centre for
Organisation Research and Education (CORE) and Commonwealth Human Rights
Initiative, New Delhi at Manipur Press Club here today. Chairperson of Manipur
Human Right Commission WA Shishak and RTI activist N Ibomcha were respectively
chief guest and president of the function. The pamphlets on RTI are being
brought out with the main objective of making the people aware of their right to
have access to information they need from various Government departments.

CM on tour, inspects
Jiri, Tbl project(SEX_30_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 29: A high level delegation led by Chief Minister O Ibobi
Singh today inspected the develop- mental works being taken up in Jiribam
The Chief Minister also inaugurated the newly constructed main building, library
and auditorium of Jiribam Government Higher Secondary School. Speaking at the
occasion, the Chief Minister noted that development of adequate infrastructure
in Jiribam sub-division is essential before it is upgraded as a full-fledged
revenue district. …more….


The All Nagaland Disabled People Organization (ANDPO) has convened an emergency
meeting at the Red Cross Complex, Room No.18 on February 9 at 10:30 am. It has
also asked all parties/representatives to attend positively while executives are
requested to make themselves available at the venue on February 7 for
deliberations. …more….


11 multi-crore-rupee projects to
start in BTC region soon

 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 27: Bodoland Territorial
Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary formally inaugurated the Rs 46.22 crore
Swrmanga River Protection Project under the National Rural Employment Guarantee
Act (NREGA) at Jharbari and Patgaon in Kokrajhar district. This is the
first-ever project for the protection of the land from the fury of Swrmanga,
which is also known as Saralbhanga river which has been causing extensive damage
to land and property. …more….

Demand for a
state council for senior citizens

 NAGAON, Jan 27: The Guwahati Senior Citizen’s
Sanmilan has demanded the Government to set up a State council for senior
citizens in the like of the council set up by the Andhra Pradesh Government,
during the annual general meeting held here recently. The Nagaon district Sports
Pensioner’s Association (SPA), in support of the Sanmilan, has also urged the
Government of Asom to set up a separate directorate for the benefit of the
senior citizens including sports pensioners of the State. …more….


neglected by UPA Government: Rajnath(SEN_29_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 28: “Besides its geographical
isolation, the north-eastern region of the country is unique in economic, social
and cultural fronts. But the Congress has never understood the feelings of this
region, and under the UPA Government at the Centre, the region has faced serious
neglect,” said BJP president Rajnath Singh in his address at the national
executive council meeting of the party in New Delhi today. …more


Development can’t wait for insurgency to end: CM(SEN_29_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi,
while delivering his speech after inaugurating a two-day workshop on Identity
and Development: The Twin Challenges in India’s North-east in the city today,
has denied what he called the “partly true notion” of insurgency in the State
being a deterrent to development. He said that the steps to usher in development
could not wait for insurgencies to end and peace to return. “My Government has,
therefore, embarked on the road to development even while trying to address the
insurgency issue,” he added. …more….

infrastructure forcing people to spend sleepless nights(SEN_29_1_k8)

 GORESWAR, Jan 28: No development schemes of
the Government has touched the Nagrijuli area in Baksa district inhabited by
people of different communities — Bengali, Nepali, Asomiya, Bodo, Adivasi — even
after 60 years of independence.
The entire area has been affected by flood and prone to malaria since 1993 and
the Government schemes have failed to solve the long standing grievances and
burning problems of the local people. …more


Self Help
Groups transforming lives in Tripura(SEN_30_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 29: Many self-help groups (SHGs)
in Tripura are today silently transforming the lives of several youngsters. They
are helping the local youth to develop self-reliance by personal initiatives to
start new ventures putting behind the turbulent past of the State. Biprajit
Barua was one of the several unemployed youths for a long time until he decided
to start off his career on his own. …more….

RTI a powerful
instrument for people`s empowerment: Shishak (IFP_29_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 28: Justice W A Shishak, chairperson Manipur Human Rights
Commission called the RTI Act "a powerful instrument in democratic nations, a
light to dispel the darkness". Releasing the pamphlet on RTI at a People`s
Campaign to Protect and Promote Citizen`s Right to Information today at the
Manipur Press Club, the Justice said, "If we are aware of the purposes for which
this law is enacted, it will be very powerful and useful. This is not an
ordinary enactment." …more….

Only Rs. 550 crs SPA
for 2008-09(IFP_23_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 22: Despite the
Manipur government`s strong plea for an outlay of Rs. 800 under the special plan
assistance, SPA, considering the setbacks suffered in the development
infrastructure of the state, the planning commission finalized an outlay of Rs.
550 crores indicating an increase of Rs. 50 crores from the previous year`s
marked amount. …more….

Chairman appointed(SEN_19_1_k8)

KOHIMA, Jan 18: Temjen Toy, Commissioner and
Secretary, Urban Development Department has being appointed Chairman Development
Authority Nagaland (DAN), stated a press release.  Toy replaced Torechu, MLA who
ceases to be the Chairman in view of the tenth Nagaland Legislative Assembly
being placed under suspended animation.  Other members of the DAN remain the


gets face-lift on Meghalaya Day celebrations(SEN_22_1_k8)

 SHILLONG, Jan 21: The long-ignored Mothphran
monument gets a befitting face-lift during the cleaning drive organized to
celebrate Meghalaya’s 36 years of Statehood today. Though the cleaning drive,
organized by the State Government in areas around Mothphran and Iewduh — the two
biggest market areas in the State — aimed at initiating hygienic conditions
throughout the city, yet the cleaning drive’s starting point was…more….’


water supply projects come a cropper(SEN_23_1_k8)
45 projects fail to supply water in rural areas (SEN_23_1_k8)
 JORHAT, Jan 22: At a time when the State
Government is on record as being focused on the supply of clean and safe
drinking water to rural people, the Public Health and Engineering (PHE)
Department has not been able to meet the needs here in this respect.
According to sources, only 128 out of 154 water supply schemes in the district
are at present functional. As many as 20 of these operational projects have
deteriorated due to lack of regular repairs, the sources pointed out. …more….

Approach to NE
in 11th Plan(SEN_24_1_k8)

SHILLONG, Jan 23: The national planning
policies have selected balanced regional development of the country as one of
the major objectives for progress with the approach document for the 11th
Five-Year Plan identifying “regional divides” as one of the major challenges,
with special reference to the north-eastern States. The north-eastern region is
being given special focus as its per capita income has been found to be
considerably low in comparison to the national figure. …more….

Beautification plans draw flak(SEN_25_1_k8)

 JORHAT, Jan 24 : The Jorhat Development
Authority (JDA) plans to beautify the town by laying a number of parks in
congested residential areas has met with stiff opposition from people of the
Choladhora area, who feel that parks will only add to the congestion by
narrowing down the roads and create more parking problems. In a meeting held
yesterday, senior citizens protested against the laying of the park in the Tarun
Ram Phukan road in memory of Bakul Bon Kavi Anundo Chandra Baruah. …more….


Thai Government to invest in
AGARTALA, Jan 24: The Thailand government
has accepted the proposal to conduct ‘exchange tour operators’ delegations with
the North-east India and strengthen tourism desk in Thai embassy at New Delhi.
 Official sources said here today that Thailand Deputy Industry Minister
Piyabutr Cholvijarn along with his delegates from both public and private
sectors visited Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Asom in the second week of January
to strike the deal. …more….


Asia Centre aid for 30 youths

Shillong, Jan. 21:
The Commonwealth Youth
Programme, Asia Centre, today launched a micro-enterprise and economic
development programme for the uplift of the less privileged youths in the state.
The programme will provide financial assistance to 30 youths from the state
through the Shillong-based Impulse NGO Network. …more….


neglect of war graves(TEL_29_1_k8)

Discovered in 1997, Jairampur cemetery gets entangled in red tape (TEL_29_1_k8)

Jairampur, Jan. 28:
A conservation law that judges the importance of a place of historical interest
by its antiquity has ensured that the region’s largest World War II cemetery —
undiscovered till 1997 — remains in obscurity. The Arunachal Pradesh Monuments
and Architecture Preservation Act, 1990, stipulates that any structure or place
of historical importance can be “officially protected” if it is at least 100
years old. Since the seven rows of graves tucked away inside a forest along the
Jairampur stretch of the Stilwell Road are only 62 years old, they must — going
by the book — wait another 38 years for their place in the sun. …more….


harps on development(TEL_29_1_k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 28:
Blasts have failed to deter Assam’s progress,
chief minister Tarun Gogoi said today.  “There has been no let up in the
development process despite terrorism,” Gogoi said while addressing the
inaugural session of a workshop on Identity and Development: Twin Challenges in
India’s Northeast. …more….


Mart for
self-help groups (TEL_29_1_k8)

Jan. 28:
Self-help groups in Kokrajhar need no longer wait for melas or
exhibitions to display their products. They can now exhibit their array of goods
in the rural mart that was inaugurated in the district headquarters recently.
 Financed by Nabard, the mart will be managed by the Anjali Sukhati Self-Help
Group Foundation, a women’s NGO that supports self-help groups in the district.
Nabard will help in marketing products, foot the salary bill and pay rent for 15
months. …more….



Karbi Anglong has been awarded
the ISO certificate for its citizen-centric services and people-friendly
administration, becoming the first in the Northeast to receive the coveted tag,
says our staff reporter in Guwahati. …more….

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