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Regional Economy, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 14, 2009

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Oil and Minerals, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 14, 2009

Cylinders at your doorstep

at your doorstep(TEL_6_2_K8)

Feb. 5: Besieged by complaints from homemakers and
senior citizens who usually queue up for hours for an LPG cylinder, Indian Oil
Corporation (Assam oil division) has come up with an idea which may end the
citizens’ ordeal. IOC is planning to inform the customers over phone the date
and time of cylinder delivery at the doorstep in the greater Guwahati areas thus
putting an end to the serpentine queues. Ashim Kumar Kalita, chief LPG manager
(sales) said IOC wants to do away with the system of spot delivery of LPG
cylinders. He said the IOC has been receiving complaints from women and senior
citizens, who face a tough time queuing up in front of the gas agency’s office
for the cylinders. The city needs over 26 lakh LPG cylinders every month. “Once
the project is functional, customers will be informed about the delivery of
their cylinders. To implement the project, the IOC is installing software called
Indsoft in all its distribution agencies. The software has already been
installed in IOC-authorised LPG distribution agencies on RG Baruah Road and
Maligaon. The rest of the distribution agencies will be covered under the
project within March 31,” Kalita said. The IOC has started a drive
to collect phone numbers and addresses of the LPG cardholders. Phone numbers
will be incorporated into the software. The software will help the distribution
agencies obtain online information about the IOC and the LPG bottling plant.
Once the cylinders are delivered from the bottling plants the distributing
agencies will immediately be informed. The agencies will accordingly bring out
the list of customers and send the details about the cylinder delivery.


Oil major
to explore Mizoram(TEL_7_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 6: Oil India Limited (OIL) will carry
out a seismic survey in Mizoram as part of its expansion plans in its golden
jubilee year.“Mizoram has good gas potential, but we will have to drill to
explore it,” OIL chairman and managing director M.R. Pasrija said here last
evening. The company will undertake the survey in block MZ-ONN-2004/1 which was
awarded to it under the sixth round of the New Exploration Licensing Policy. The
oil giant, which was incorporated on February 18, 1959, will step into its
golden jubilee this year this month.


scrutiny of uranium mining plan (TEL_8_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb. 7: The newly elected chief executive
member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has said the
uranium mining project would be subjected to a fresh scrutiny before it is
allowed to begin. Speaking to The Telegraph, C.B. Syiem said his
predecessor H.S. Shylla never consulted the executive committee, the decision
making body of KHADC, on the project. The construction of Mawthabah Road in the
West Khasi Hills to facilitate uranium mining was the centre of a controversy
with the CBI probing the alleged irregularities in the construction of the road.
Shylla initiated the road construction and was determined to allow Uranium
Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) to mine uranium in the state. However, Syiem
said he would cooperate with the CBI to find out the anomalies in the
construction of the road project.


say no to mining(TEL_10_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb.12: Barring the Congress, other
political parties who took part in an all-party meeting today convened by the
Khasi Students Union (KSU) have endorsed the view of the union to oppose uranium
mining in Meghalaya.The political parties, which include the NCP, BJP, Khun
Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement and Hill State People’s Democratic
Party, sent their representatives to voice their opinions on uranium mining.
United Democratic Party (UDP) spokesman Bindo Lanong sent a letter addressed to
the KSU expressing their inability to attend the meeting but endorsed the stand
of the KSU on the issue of mining. MDP also could not send their representative,
as they were busy with the elections. However in their manifesto, the party has
opposed uranium mining in the state.


‘Historical’ tag on OIL well(TEL_19_2_K8)

Dibrugarh/Guwahati, Feb. 18: Assam chief minister
Tarun Gogoi today urged petroleum giant Oil India Limited to lay more stress on
its corporate social responsibility in its operational areas and declared
Naharkatia Block-1, OIL’s oldest well, “a historical well”. He was
speaking on the occasion of the oil major’s golden jubilee celebration at
Naharkatia Block-1 in South Bank.


Ashok Anand takes over as OIL Director (HR & BD)

(SEN, 10-2-08)

From our Reporter
TINSUKIA, Feb 9: Ashok Anand, Group General Manager (Human Resource &
Administration), Oil India Limited has taken over as the Director (HR & BD) of
the company from February 1. Ashok began his career in OIL in 1974 as Senior
Administrative Officer. He was posted at the Company’s offices in the North-east
and also worked in New Delhi.


Cracker Project will be a boon for North-east’(SEN, 17-2-08)

From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 16: Laying emphasis on the tremendous employment potential once the
gas cracker project goes on steam, the Minister of State for Chemicals and
Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, BK Handique, said that more than one lakh
jobs would be generated in the downstream projects.

Shoulder greater social responsibility: Gogoi to OIL on its golden jubilee(SEN,

 TINSUKIA, Feb 18: Asom
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi led the State in commemorating the role of OIL by
visiting the first oil-producing well of independent India at Naharkatiya this
morning, and dedicated the well as a “National Heritage Site”. The second
largest exploration and production company in the hydrocarbon sector of the
country, Oil India Limited (OIL) completed 50 years today. OIL produces 10 per
cent and seven per cent of the country’s total crude oil and natural gas
respectively. …more..

office ready to be shifted to Assam(SEX, 19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Even as all
preparations have been made to shift the Imphal office of the IOC (Marketing
Division) to Assam, the State Government has been caught unaware of the whole
arrangement. The divisional office of IOC opened at Imphal was the second in the
whole North East region only after the one at Assam .
At times of bandhs, blockades and general strikes which occur more often than
not, the divisional office used to tackle the problems of fuel shortage from
time to time in consultation with the State Government.

India poised for massive growth(AST_7_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – Oil
India Limited (OIL) is now poised to play a crucial role in ensuring India’s
energy sector, while at the same time carving out a strong international
presence. The twin goals would be achieved by a synergy of technological
improvement and strategic partnerships with global counterparts, and buoyed by
fund infusion. …more..

Trucks laden with illegal coal
GOLAGHAT, Feb 6 – The Kamargaon police seized 110 tons of illegal coal on
February 3 at Numaligarh brick field. The coal trader Binod Agrawalla and the
proprietor of the brick field Mithu Agrawalla managed to escape, the police
sources said. …more..

Petrol tanker drivers strike(AST_17_2_K8)
IMPHAL, Feb 16 – The All Manipur Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ Union
sponsored indefinite strike entered third day today.
The drivers have gone on strike since February 13 demanding the transfer of two
Indian Oil Corporation officials for their alleged ‘illegal harassment to the
innocent drivers’. …more..

Naharkatia oil well gets
heritage status(AST_19_2_K8)

From Our Correspondent
 DULIAJAN, Feb 18 – The Naharkatia oil well No.1 of Oil India Limited (OIL),
situated on the south bank of river Buri Dehing 5 km from here, was declared a
heritage well today by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in a function coinciding with
the OIL’s golden jubilee celebrations. Commending OIL for its proactive business
activities and describing the occasion as momentous, the Chief Minister said he
appreciates the corporate social responsibility programme of the company, but
hoped that this would be taken further to reach out to more and more people.

Oil jubilee gets under

By Ron Duarah
 DULIAJAN, Feb 18 – Oil India Limited (OIL) is celebrating its golden jubilee
with a year long programme from today. The festivities were formally inaugurated
by the Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dinshaw Patel at
the Bihutoli grounds here this evening. Adding glitter to the occasion was Union
Minister for Rural Development and DoNER, Mani Shanker Aiyer.

3 in fray for OIL CMD

By Ron Duarah
 DIBRUGARH, Feb. 22 – As the race for the post of Chairman and Managing Director
of public sector “Schedule A” petroleum upstream company Oil India Limited (OIL)
gains momentum, it is gathered from highly placed sources that three persons
have formally put in their applications. These three contenders are, Nayan Moni
Bora, TK Ananth Kumar and Ajit Kumar Hazarika. Bora is the director (operations)
of OIL, Kumar the director (finance) of the same company and Hazarika is
director (onshore) of ONGC Limited. Sources in New Delhi said another likely
candidate, VK Sibal, currently Director General of Hydrocarbon in the Ministry
of Petroleum & Natural Gas is yet to put in an application, and that he may not
go for the post of OIL CMD.

Ashok Anand new OIL HR

From Our Correspondent
 DULIAJAN, Feb 9 – Sri Ashok Anand has taken over as the new Director (Human
Resource & Business Development) of Oil India Limited from February 1. Anand was
officiating as the Group General Manager (HR&A) of the PSU prior to his joining.
He started his career in OIL in 1974 as a Senior Adminisrative Officer and
during his three decades of service period has worked in different capacities in
HR group and served at both company’s operational areas in NE region of the
country and at corporate office, New Delhi.

NRL observes oil and gas
conservation fortnight
 GUWAHATI, Feb 9 – Numaligarh Refinery Ltd observed ‘Oil & Gas
Conservation Fortnight-2008’ from January 16 to 31 in a befitting manner with a
programme involving a gamut of activities, a press release said.
A series of events marked the observance of the fortnight. The objective of the
fortnight was to generate awareness amongst employees in particular and
neighbouring people in general on the importance of conserving oil and gas and
other forms of energy. …more..

Petrol pumps observe bandh(AST_12_2_K8)
IMPHAL, Feb 11 – Petrol pumps in Imphal city remained closed today
expressing their serious concern over the bomb attack at a fuel outlet here by
unknown armed men a few days back. The closure forced many private vehicles to
buy petrol and diesel from black marketeers.

Following TSE’s report, IOC office shift plan dropped
IMPHAL, Feb 22: Contrary to
the earlier apprehension, the Divisional Office of the Marketing Division of
Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) at Imphal is to stay here for long with the
question of shifting of the said office being dropped from the discussion during
the meeting of the Indian Oil Officers Association.

NGO urges IOC
to invest in sugar mills for ethanol
GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – The United Forum of Greater Noonmati Based Mass
Organisations, an umbrella of more than 60 organisations has demanded of the
Indian Oil Corporation to come to an understanding with the Government of Assam
to make investment in sugar mills located in the State for collection of
necessary ethanol. …more..

Fire breaks out at GGS(SEN_20_2_k8)

JOYSAGAR, Feb 19: A devastating fire broke out at the
ONGC’s Gas Gathering Station (GGS) No 1 at Galeky last evening and damaged
property worth crores of Rupees. The fire broke out due to electrical fault at
the GGS, sources said. …more..

IOC office

IMPHAL, Feb 19:Reacting to the report that preparations are being made to
shift the office of the Indian Oil Corporation (Marketing Division) from Imphal
to Assam, FCS Minister Y Erabot has clarified that although there is such a
proposal, no final decision has been taken.


fail, oil tanker drivers to further intensify strike (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: After the failure to bring about an
amicable solution on their strike, the striking All Manipur Petroleum Tanker
Drivers` Union today reaffirmed its demand and decided to further intensify the
Drivers of oil tankers have been on ceasework strike since February 12 demanding
transfer of depot manager, Amar Joti Bordoloi and supervisor, PC Kumar of the
Assam Oil Division, Sangakpham.

 AGCL’s gas
pricing under scanner(AST, 22-2-08)

From Raju Moni Gogoi
 DULIAJAN, Feb 21 – The reported selling of natural gas to the consumers by one
of the profit-making state PSU, Assam Gas Company Limited (AGCL) by allegedly
swapping the gas price and calorific value of natural gas of its producers has
come under the scanner of the Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
Asserting that country’s natural gas price (based on 10,000 kilo calorie) is
under the purview of the Ministry, the Additional Secretary of the Ministry S
Sundareshan expressing concern as to how the State PSU is swapping gas price and
calorific value of its producers.

Oil transporters, drivers
tussle likely (IFP_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: With the striking All Manipur Petroleum
Tanker Drivers` Union adopted an uncompromising stance even as oil transporters
are facing a threat of termination of their contracts, a tussle between the two
appears to be on the cards.
Tanker owners who have a two year transport contract with the IOC (AOD) have
been asked to report at the IOC depot with their vehicles on Monday, failing
which the oil corporation has threatened to cancel their contracts, and they are
now scrambling to find alternative drivers for their tankers.

IOC threatens to cancel
contracts as oil tankers strike continues (IFP_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 16: There were no signs Saturday of the ongoing
indefinite strike by oil tanker drivers coming any closer to a resolution, even
as the situation grows more complicated with the Indian Oil Corporation, IOC,
holding out the threat of cancellation of oil transport contracts if the strike
The IOC (AOD), Imphal has issued instructions to all transporters who have
signed contracts with the corporation to report to the corporation at Imphal
along with their respective tankers whether loaded or empty on or before coming
Monday, warning bluntly that failure will result in cancellation of contract
with the corporation. …more..

 OIL’s year-long
golden jubilee prog begins today(SEN_18_2_k8)

TINSUKIA, Feb 17: The year-long golden jubilee celebrations
of Oil India Limited (OIL), one of the premier oil companies engaged in
exploration, production and transportation of crude oil and natural gas and a
Schedule A company, will start tomorrow at Duliajan.

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

jubilee celebrations from February 18

From our Reporter
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..

Arson reply to OIL

Youths set
bus ablaze, damage car


Dibrugarh, Feb. 15: Arsonists suspected to be from a
youth organisation targeted two Oil India Ltd vehicles in Upper Assam since last
night in retaliation to the company’s alleged refusal to funnel a fraction of
its revenue into local development projects.

MDP opposes uranium mining

Shillong, Feb 2: Making Uranium mining issue as one of its poll planks, the
Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP) today said it would urge the Union government
not to go ahead with its plan to mine the ore in the state.
Releasing its 25-point manifesto for the March 3
assembly polls, MDP president and Social Welfare Minister Martle N Mukhim said
the party would ask the government to take people into confidence and ensure
that no damage was done to health, habitation and environment.


pumps shut to protest bomb attack, monetary demands (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Petrol black
marketeers had a field day on Monday following the closure of petrol pumps
across the state in protest against attacks on oil pumps by militants and huge
monetary demands made upon such pumps.
The closure of all oil filling stations in Manipur for the day was prompted by a
grenade attack upon the Tuks and Bon oil pump located at Hatta Minuthong in
Imphal on February 7 evening that caused some moderate damages at the oil

meet today on uranium mining (TEL_12_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb. 11:
The regional parties which will attend the uranium meet convened by the Khasi
Students’ Union (KSU) tomorrow have decided to oppose uranium mining in the
state. The KSU has convened the all-party meeting tomorrow to know political
parties’ opinion on the controversial issue before the March 3 Assembly polls.


Productivity Week gets under way at Guwahati Refinery
 GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – Like previous years, the Productivity Week is being
observed at Guwahati Refinery from February 12 to 18 along with rest of the
country with this year’s theme ‘Productivity for Sustainable Development’.

Oil tanker drivers go on
indefinite strike; IOC, drivers point accusing fingers at one another

IMPHAL, Feb 12: Drivers of oil tankers responsible for
ferrying petroleum products into the state from outside have decided to go on
indefinute strike with immediate effect demanding the transfer of the IOC (AOD),
Manipur marketing officer Amarjyoti Bordoloi and supervisor PC Kumar.
This was announced by Y Bhupenchandra, president of the All Manipur Petroleum
Tankers Drivers Union Manipur, at a press conference, held today at Sangakpham.

Uranium mining: Parties
opt KSU line

SHILLONG, Feb 12: National and regional parties contesting
the March 3 Meghalaya Assembly polls toe the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) in
opposing the proposed Uranium Mining in West Khasi Hills district. The KSU
called an all-party meeting today to question the political parties’ stand on
the vexed uranium mining issue in West Khasi Hills district.
The BJP, NCP, UDP, KHNAM and the HSPDP attended the meeting. The UDP sent a
letter of support in the opposition to the proposed uranium mining, while the
Congress and the MDP abstain from the meeting.

Union Minister irked
over Gas Cracker delay(AST_14_2_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Feb 13 – Union Minister of State for Chemicals and
Fertilizers, Bijoy Krishna Handique today, repeatedly displayed his annoyance at
the sluggish pace of work on the coveted gas cracker project at Lepetkata here.
The Minister has been entrusted with the overall supervisory responsibility for
time bound implementation of the Rs 5,600 crore project by Prime Minister Dr
Manmohan Singh, and Handique said he wants “action on the ground within this
month.” …more..

Oil India Limited to celebrate
golden jubilee
From Our Correspondent
 DULIAJAN, Feb 13 – The second largest exploration and production company in the
hydrocarbon sector in the country, Oil India Limited, which produces 10 per cent
and 7 per cent of the nation’s total crude oil and natural gas respectively is
all set to celebrate its golden jubilee with a year-long programme from February
18, 2008 to February18, 2009.Incorporated on February 18, 1959 and transformed
into a wholly Government of India- owned enterprise in 1981, the PSU has taken
remarkable strides during the last five decades, both in its achievement as a
corporate entity as well as a responsible corporate, sensitive to its social
obligations and its growth in diverse fields. Briefing the local mediapersons on
Tuesday, the chairman and managing director, Mulk Raj Pasrija elaborated the
journey of the company during these last five decades and future strategies.

Oil vehicle torched(AST_14_2_k8)
From Our Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Feb 13 – Unidentified miscreants torched a Mahindra DI vehicle of
the Oil India Limited (OIL), Duliajan near Kathaloni OCS under Tengakhat PS on
Monday. No casualty has been reported. Police investigation is on.


transporters go on strike; Petrol pump stocks likely to be exhausted in few days

IMPHAL, Feb 13: An indefinite strike by oil tanker drivers
commenced from today, raising the spectre of an artificial shortage of petroleum
products gripping the state.
The drivers, under the banner of the All Manipur Petroleum Tankers Drivers Union
Manipur have gone on strike demanding the transfer of two IOC officials whom
they claim have been making unfounded accusations against the drivers.
While not much panic buying of petrol and diesel could be seen at oil pumps, the
situation could become acute in the next few days if the strike continues.

Downstream industries of
gas cracker to create jobs: Handique
From our Staff Reporter
DIBRUGARH, Feb 13: Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizer and
Parliamentary Affairs BK Handique today inaugurated a Small Industries
Development Bank of India (SIDBI)-sponsored rural industries programme at
Speaking on the occasion, Handique said that the main plant of the Gas Cracker
Project coming up at Lepetkata would require the services of highly educated

Industrial disaster
drill at Digboi Refinery
From our Correspondent
DIGBOI, Feb 28: The National Disaster Management Authority conducted an
Industrial disaster drill at Indian Oil Corporation Limited (Assam Oil
division’s) at Digboi Refinery recently. The drill was conducted to test the
preparedness of the civil administration concerned in the event of a major
industrial disaster. …more..

Lafarge bags Mine
Safety Week Award(SHT_29_2_k8)

SHILLONG: Lafarge Umiam Mining Pvt Ltd (LUMPL) has bagged the
prestigious Mine Safety Week Award from the Directorate General of Mine Safety
for complying with the highest safety standards prescribed by Government of
India. Lafarge has received this accolade for its mining operations at its
Nongtrai mines in Meghalaya.The award was presented to LUMPL at a formal
function held at Meghalaya Cement, Jowai on February 10 by Satish Puri, Deputy
Director General of Mines Safety, Government of India.

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Tourism, Handicraft, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 14, 2009

KAAC bid to modernise handloom sector

KAAC bid
to modernise handloom sector
From Kamal Kr Brahma
 howraghat, Feb 2 – Under the initiative of Kuntila Ronghangpi, executive
member, Handloom and Textile Department, KAAC, steps are being taken to bring in
change and modern methods for removing the old traditional practice of weaving
handloom and textile of tribal people.

Elephant Festival from
April 18

BOKAKHAT, Feb 19: The Kaziranga Elephant Festival which was
to be held from February 27 has been re-scheduled on April 18, sources added.
Sources said that the Government didnot seek any cooperation from the public and
the journalists like the previous year.


lures with new tourist sites(TEL_26_2_K8)

18 spots
to be developed in Lower Assam promise something for all

Guwahati, Feb. 25: Backpackers, Assam beckons you — to new and
exotic destinations beyond the known adventures and romances with nature and
ruins.  Besides age-old attractions like Kaziranga National Park and the Ahom-age
ruins in Sivasagar district, vacationers can now choose from 18 new destinations
across the state being developed by Dispur with help from Delhi. The tourism
circuit, linking 18 places in Lower Assam, promises something for everybody —
nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, ornithologists, pilgrims and
sightseers.“The proposed circuit will be developed with Dhubri as the core and
cover tourism destinations in nearby Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta and Nalbari
districts. We hope that the new circuit will be a hit as it has all the
ingredients tourists look for,” said Shantanu Thakur, the managing director of
Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC), which will develop the circuit
over 24 months. Work will start on the project in the next couple of months.
Thakur said Delhi had already given its approval to the project, which is
estimated to cost nearly Rs 4.97 crore.

Fabric tie and dye training camp inaugurated
From our correspondent
Biswanath Chariali, Feb 8: A 45-day skill development training on fabric tie and
dye was recently conducted by Gramin agency for rural income generation and
management with partial financial assistance from Small Industries Development
Board of India (SIDBI). The programme was inaugurated by Khiraprava Baruah,
newly elected president of Goregagi gaon panchayat.

British artist
Bruce Allan on a trip down childhood lane

An art exhibition
to recreate a past tea era

JORHAT, Feb 16: British artist Bruce Allan carried an arrow — which was
made during his childhood at Dhoolie Tea Estate near Titabor — to England when
he left India in 1960. The “time’s arrow dipped in paint” has returned to his
place of birth after long 47 years. Allan is on a trip here to rediscover the
memories of the people he grew up with in the early 1950s.

Training programme
held(SEX, 10-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 9: The one month long programme of design and skill
upgradation from December 27 last to February 9 organised by Creations society
for Handicrafts and Goodwill under the sponsorship of North east Development
Finance Corporation Ltd. at Pungdongbam Imphal had concluded today. The closing
ceremony was marked with the chair- manship of branch manager NEDFi Imphal
Thangjamang Lhouvum who distributed certificates and stipends to the
participants of the programme in the presence of Khomei Meetei, a State awardee.


Leela fest kicks off with festive mood(SEX, 11-2-08)
 IMPHAL, Feb 10: Along with participation by 11 male and 11 female
groups, the 36th edition of All Manipur Shumang Leela Festival, 2008 has begun
from today at the Iboyaima Shumang Leela Shanglen, Palace Compound here today.
The festival is being organised by Manipur State Kala Akademi.

Tourism fest weds
with Sports (SEX, 11-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 10: The Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA)
has geared up to add a special zing to the Manipur Tourism Festival 2008
scheduled to be celebrated from March 12 to 16 at Mapal Kangjeibung, Imphal.  As
a part of the Tourism Festival, the MMTA is organising several adventure sports
and eco-tourism events.
Briefing media persons here today, MMTA secretary Dr L Surjit informed that a
caving expedition to Tharon Cave, Tamenglong district will be flagged from
Imphal on the opening day of the festival.

 Traditional catch
after 40-year hiatus(TEL_11_2_K8)

of 13 hamlets in Tirap district gather at Teesa river for a four-day angling


Naitong (Tirap), Feb. 10: Rows of dimly-lit huts dotted the
riverside, smoke billowed from firesides and the air smelt of smoked fish. It
was an ambience straight out of a cowboy flick. But there were no guns here —
only hook, line and sinker. About 5,000 villagers from 13 villages of Kanubari
assembled on the bank of the Teesa, deep in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh,
last week for a four-day fishing festival of the Wancho tribe. The “king” of
each hamlet presided over the event, revived after a 40-year hiatus. For the
past four decades, the kings were at “war” — not armed battles but differences
of opinion — which stood in the way of holding the fishing fest.

Seminar dissects eco-tourism hope
A two-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on Sustainable Growth of
Eco-tourism in Northeast with Special Reference to Tezpur was held on February
8-9 at Darrang College. The inaugural function was held under the presidentship
of J. Hazarika, principal of Darrang College. Gracing the occasion were L.
Goswami, president of the governing body, and K.L. Goswami, deputy commissioner
of Sonitpur, as chief guests.


efforts to promote tourism lauded
MUSHALPUR, Feb 2 – With a view to analysing the prospects and challenges
of tourism development around Chowki Pagladiya Eco Tourism Centre, a
reader-journalist meet was held at the camp premises of Manas Sousi Khongkhor
Eco Tourism Society (MSKETS) under Pratiddhani NGO at Uttarkuchi in Baksa
district recently. …more..

NE handloom fair(AST_12_2_K8)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – The North East Handloom and Handicraft Fair 2008,
which got under way at NEDFi Haat on February 9 is having Manipur as the focus
State. The fair, which will continue till February 18, is showcasing the finest
handloom and handicraft products of the North East.
Recognising the fact that the master craftsmen are the creators of the beautiful
hand crafted products and that they keep the tradition moving, NEDFi invited
Padmashree Naorem Ongbi Nilamani Devi, a master craftsperson of repute, to
inaugurate the event.
The exhibition is not only showcasing the colourful and vibrant products of the
North East, but has also brought before the visitors craftsmen of Manipur who
are displaying their traditional skill. Dry flowers from Manipur, fine crafted
artefacts from Nagaland and handloom of Arunachal Pradesh are an additional
attraction at the fair.


to be developed as a tourist hub
UDALGURI, Feb 11 – The second ‘Bhairabkunda Festival-2008’ organised by
the Bhairabkunda Tourist Centre and sponsored by the Tourism Department of
Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) concluded here at Bhairabkunda Tourist Ground
near the tri-junction of Bhairabi, Jampani and Dhansiri rivers in Udalguri
district on February 9 last with open session and cultural shows of various
ethnic groups which included Bodo, Assamese, Adivasi, Mizo bamboo dance, etc.
The open session was inaugurated by Reo Rewa Narzari, Speaker of BTC Assembly.
In his inauguaral speech, Narzari lauded the initiative taken up by the
Bhairabkunda Tourist Centre to boost the tourism industry in Bhairabkunda and
said that the BTC would provide all possible help to make Bhairabkunda a
favourite tourist destination.

Expo to showcase handicraft
products in Mumbai
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 18 – Giving wide exposure to the handicraft items of State,
‘Craft Bazar’ a national exhibition of handicrafts to be organised at the Assam
Bhawan Complex, Navi Mumbai will start from February 21.
Organised by the ARTFED in collaboration with Development Commissioner for
Handicrafts, the exhibition would provide a platform to the artisans coming from
different parts of the country to display their wide range of handicrafts
“The targeted business in the Craft Bazar, Mumbai, this time is Rs 51 lakhs,”
said an ARTFED official.
Holding handicrafts shows in the metropolitans is aimed towards helping
craftsperson to interact with the consumers and get a big market for direct sale
of artefacts produced by them.

Car rally in picturesque
GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – This Sunday, the picturesque valleys of Arunachal
Pradesh would witness the passionate sportsmanship clubbed with a message to
promote the Northeast as a major sporting destination.
The Arunachal Car Rally’08, organised by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh,
would rock the adventurous sports lovers from February 24 to 27, if the
organizers are to be believed. Organised by the district administration, West
Kameng district and Government of Arunachal Pradesh in association with the
Motor Sports Club of Arunachal, the rally is being sponsored by the mobile
service provider, Bharati Airtel.

Centre renominates Majuli
island for World heritage status(AST_6_2_K8)

From Our Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Feb 5 – After having lost its case in 2006, the Centre has again
nominated Majuli Island for inscription on the World Heritage Site List under
the ‘Cultural Landscape’. The official announcement today came even as Chief
Minister, Tarun Gogoi clarified that the Rs 20 crore sanctioned by the Planning
Commission here yesterday for the River Island, would not be spent on flood
control measures but for preservation of the heritage sites.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which acts as the nodal agency for
nomination of Indian sites on the World Heritage List, meanwhile, has prepared a
detailed document with the help of consultants and has submitted the additional
information for consideration of the World Heritage Committee at its next
meeting to be held at Quebec City, Canada in June 2008, officials sources said.

Call to exempt Bhairabkunda
fest from bandh
udalguri, Feb 5 – The reception committee of the second Bhairabkunda
Festival 2008 expressed grave concern at the kidnapping and killing of Babul
Swargiary, vice-president of All Bodo Peace Forum (ABPF) on February 1 last at
Medaghat in Barama district by some unidentified miscreants.
Condeming the attack, Robison Daimari, president of festival committee,
expressed concern over the incident and appealed to maintain peace and
tranquility in this critical hour. He also appealed to the ABPF to exempt the
programmes of the Bhairabkunda festival from the proposed 36-hour Assam Bandh
called by ABPF from February 6 to February 7 next.

Khadi exhibition concludes(AST_7_2_K8)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – The Khadi and Gramodyog Exhibition at the Chandmari
AEI field concluded today, stated a press release.
Speaking as chief guest at the concluding function of the Khadi Gramodyog
exhibition, State Education Minister Ripun Bora said, “At a time when the State
is witnessing various advancements in the field of science and technology, it is
imperative that the rural areas are developed through strengthening the khadi
and smallscale sector.
He further said that the khadi sector should be modernised.
In the meeting presided over by chairman of the state Khadi Board Jai Kumar
Jain, Dr. JN Das, chief executive officer of State Khadi Board and JL Choudhury
from the Central Khadi Gramodyog Commission were presents as guests of honour.
Entrepreneurs earning highest sale of their respective commodities were
felicitated at the function.

NE Octave 2008
pulls huge crowd

From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 19: Colourful Bodo traditional dances at the ongoing NE Octave,
2008, under way at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala received tremendous response
from the crowd. This was disclosed by Bodoland Cultural Centre (BCC), Ramfalbil,
president, Barlangfa Narzary. Altogether 20 members from the BCC demonstrated
Daosri Delai, Bagurumba and Nagurnai. Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan
inaugurated the NE Octave, where, 700 participants from the North-east took


Craft Bazar

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Under the sponsorship of Development Commissioner (Handi-
crafts), Ministry of Textiles, HADO Craft Bazar, a craft mela which would go on
till March 1 has begun from today at Tiddim ground.
The craft mela is being organised by the Help and Development Organisation (HADO).
Artisans from other North Eastern States like Assam, Nagaland, Tripura and
Sikkim are also participating in the craft mela where in all 50 stalls are
displaying various craft items.

Khadi mela

IMPHAL, Feb 21: The five-day long District Level Khadi and Village Industries
(REGP) Exhibition, 2008 which has been going on at Yangoi Ningthou Community
hall in Bishnupur District since February 17 concluded today.
The Khadi mela was organised by the Manipur Khadi and Industries Board, Imphal
under the sponsorship of Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Mumbai.

camp-cum-workshop on jute designs


From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 21: Paridhi, a society for rural economic development is conducting
a 15-day training camp-cum-workshop on jute designs at the Dekagaon Naamghar
here from Febrhuary 22. The NGO which purports to uplift the economic health of
the rural areas, has chosen representatives from 30 to 35 self-help-group of
Dhekorgorah for the training.
Post training the participants would be able to carve out a niche for themselves
at the national and international levels.
The superior designs and handicrafts made using modern technology would help a
number of poor women to get gainful employment.
The training would be imparted by Kalpana Bora with the assistance of Jiten
Borgohain and Manoj Gogoi. The workshop is being held under the aegis of the
Development Commissioner (handicraft) under the Central Ministry of Handloom and

Kaziranga Elephant fest
 BOKAKHAT, Feb 17 – The sixth Kaziranga Elephant Festival has been
postponed to April 18-20 due to the ongoing examinations, elephant census in the
KNP scheduled from February 20 to 26 as well as some other reasons.

Earlier, it was informally decided to organise the KEF from February 27 to 29 .
The decision to postpone the festival was taken at a public meeting held at the
convention centre, Kohora under the chairmanship of Golaghat Deputy Commissioner
DK Goswami where officers and representatives of different organisations were
Ranjit Hazarika, the SDO(C), Bokakhat who is also the general secretary of the
KEF, organising committee, informed that some more features will be added this
year in the festival to attract visitors.
He has also asked for write-ups for the KEF souvenir which may be addressed to
his office at Bokakhat or to Jayanta Das, lecturer in English, JDSG College,
Bokakhat or to Nizara Borthakur, Bokakhat.

aims to give fillip to traditional tribal art forms (IFP_16_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 15: A 10-day workshop on `Traditional Wood Carving and Totem Art
of the Tribes of Manipur` was inaugurated today by Dr. Kh Sorojini, director,
arts and culture, government of Manipur at the complex of Tribal Museum and
Research Centre, Imphal at 1 p.m. The workshop is being sponsored by the Indira
Gandhi Rastriya Manav Sangrahalaya in collaboration with the Tribal Museum and
Research Centre, Imphal.
The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manab Sangrahlaya (National Museum of Mankind), is
an autonomous organization of the ministry of culture, government of India, and
is dedicated to the depiction of the story of humankind evolving in time and
space. Under its outreach activities, the museum organizes field visits to
various remote places of the country for the collection of material as also
documentation of rich and diversified cultural heritage of India. It is with
this bold initiative that an attempt has been made to organise this workshop to
cater to a renewed interest among the tribal wood carvers of the state towards
the preservation and propagation of their languishing art forms.
The workshop has 20 participants from different tribes of the state and its
objective is to initiate a network of tribal craftpersons from the various parts
of the state with the purpose of motivating them towards the preservation and
propagation of their traditional arts and crafts.
Dr. Kh Sorojini who graced the inaugural function as chief guest said the Tribal
Museum and Research Centre, Imphal is a private museum set up in 1995, dedicated
to the study of life styles of the different ethnic tribes inhabiting Manipur,
with the focus on their material and cultural heritage.

Woman injured in political
clash in Tripura

AGARTALA, Feb 15: A woman was injured in a clash between Congress and CPI(M)
workers in Kailashahar in north Tripura when Congress workers tried to stop
disbursement of old age pension from a local bank yesterday. Police said a group
of Congress supporters, led by MLA and candidate of the area, Birajit Sinha,
assaulted one Anjan Roy, a CPI (M) supporter who was assisting widows to fill up
withdrawal forms.Congress men, also allegedly looted Rs 5000 from the victims.
Sinha had reportedly rushed there and protested against disbursement of the fund
and asked the bank manager to stop the process as the model code of the conduct
had come into force for the February 23 Assembly polls.

Cavers to converge in

SHILLONG: In a move to create awareness on the importance to preserve
and protect the caves in the State, the State Government in collaboration with
the Meghalaya Adventurers Association (MAA) will organise a two-days conference
on "Discovering Meghalaya – The Caving Experience (An international conference
on caving-2008)" in the city on February 22 and 23.The two-day conference is
also supported by Hotel Association of the State and Meghalaya Tourism
Development Forum (MTDF), MAA chairman Bryan D Kharpran Daly said on Thursday.
Cavers from Europe, tour operators from across the country as well as from
Bangladesh, Nepal and Thailand and the management of cement companies in the
State will attend the conference. "The moot point of the conference would be
safety and protection of the caves of Meghalaya for heritage importance,
intrinsic scientific value and economic benefit of the people through cave
tourism," Mr Daly said. …more..

distributed to handicraft artisans
GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – Assam Apex Weavers & Artisans Coop Federation Ltd,
popularly known as ARTFED in collaboration with Development Commissioner,
Handicraft, Government of India, Ministry of Textiles has ceremonially launched
the printing and issue of photo identity card to handicraft artisans under data
base management system on February 11 at the head office, ARTFED in presence of
NN Rana Patgiri, Managing Director, ARTFED and PC Boiragy, Handicraft Promotion
Officer, Office of the Development Commissioner for Handicraft (NER), Government
of India, Ministry of Textiles.
To promote and secure Assam handicraft artisans, ARTFED had distributed 1,10,000
photo identity cards to artisans and Rajiv Gandhi Shilpi Swasthya Bima Yojana (RGSSBY)
to 20,000 artisans, stated a press release.


to move state govt for handicrafts urban hub (IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 12: The Governor of Manipur, Dr. SS Sidhu has pledged to
pressurise the state government to set up a 150-stall urban hub for handicrafts
which would provide exposure and facilitate proper market access for the
handicraft products of Manipur.
The Governor made this statement while addressing a gathering during his visit
today to the ongoing Crafts Bazar 2008 being held at Thoubal.
The Crafts Bazar, organised by the Women`s Income Generation Centre, Thoubal,
entered its seventh day today. It will continue till February 15.
The Governor, in his address, also backed the setting up of a handicrafts museum
in the state.
He praised the WIGC, Thoubal, for the steps taken by it for eradication of
poverty and enhancement of human resources by providing the poor and needy in
particular with handicrafts training, as well as facilitating market exposure.

New tourism project(AST_2_2_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 1 – With a view to promote and develop adventure and
eco-tourism resources of Assam for attracting domestic and foreign tourists, the
Assam Tourism has taken up a new project, stated an official press release. A
preliminary discussion was held at the conference room of the Minister Tourism,
Dispur between the Minister of Tourism and Forests etc, Sri Rockybul Hussain,
Sri HS Das, IAS, principal secretary, Tourism Department and the representatives
of Xola Consulting Inc, a reputed consultancy organisation of USA Ms Christina
Heyniger, founder and Ms Lisa Alley, programme director, where, other officials
from Tourism Department were also present.
During the discussions the said consultancy firm of USA offered to evaluate
nature, eco-adventure, culture and heritage tourism resources in Assam, to
identify few potential …more...

‘Special Handloom Expo’

DIMAPUR: The fourteen-day long "Special Handloom Expo" organized at
Impur by the Women Department of Ao Baptist Churches Conference (ABAM) concluded
successfully. The closing function was graced by the presence of Dr Lima Jamir,
chairman of Nagaland Development Outreach (NDO) as the guest of honour. Speaking
at the occasion, the guest of honour expressed his satisfaction in the overall
arrangements of the Expo and said that though the Expo was organized in a place
away from the district headquarter, it could attract various groups from
different places of the state. While recalling the remarks of some of his
friends – "seeing Impur itself was worth visiting the Expo", Dr Lima also said
that the Expo was in many ways much better than others which were held in
populated towns in Nagaland. He however said "Nevertheless, we need to upgrade
in all preparations such as fine product in handloom materials, food
preparations and other home needs. When such things are updated, we can
participate in all the national and International level." He further encouraged
the Self Help Groups (SHG) to develop more from organic items.Dr Lima further
showed his interest stating that the NDO would like to work together with the
Women Department of ABAM in uplifting rural women SHGs under Mokokchung
district. …more..

Far from
the maddening work(TEL_2_2_K8)

carnival on Brahmaputra bank to help executives unwind (TEL_2_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 1: It’s time for
corporate honchos to take a break from the maddening pace of work and have a
blast on the banks of the Brahmaputra. Sun, sand, sports, snacks and sips have
been lined up for the work-strained executives at a sports carnival, christened
Blast on the Beach, to be held here on February 9 and 10.The entertainment has
been organised by D’Vantage, a management firm manned by state cricketers like
Bitop Mahanta, Bhaskarjyoti Barman and Anupam Bora.Taking a cue from the
Australian concept of beach cricket, the firm has organised an eight-a-side
cricket tournament on an isolated sandy arena of 55-yard radius. The pitch will
be wooden and covered with a mat. The bosses can also stretch their muscles with
football matches and indulge in fun and games with their spouses and kids.

“We have come across many
work-strained corporate honchos who have little time to relax and flex their
muscles on the sporting ground. All of them have expressed the desire to take a
day or two out of their hectic schedules for games and sports. They have often
asked us if something could be organised on these lines and this prompted us to
take this initiative. We promise it will be total fun and frolic for the
participants,” said Anupam Bora, one of the main organisers.



Sikkim and
Nepal join hands for tourism (SEN_4_2_k8)

GANGTOK, Feb 3: The stakeholders from the two
premier tourist destinations of the Himalayan belt – Pokhara in Nepal and Sikkim
– have inked a deal to promote tourism.
“The stakeholders must work shoulder to shoulder in evolving a regional tourism
concept for the Eastern Himalayan belt,” Travel Agents Association of Sikkim (TAAS)
treasurer Lukhendra Rasaily said at a Tour and Travels exchange programme here
The need was stressed in the wake of stiff competition from other mountainous
tourist spots across the world.
“This combined thrust will not only help in windfall of tourism but also ensure
that benefits percolate down to the masses,” Rasaily told to his counterparts
from Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA).
A 27-member team from the Pokhara chapter of NATTA is currently on two-day visit
to Sikkim to showcase the rich tourism products of the Nepal.
Rasaily also called upon both the stakeholders to promote Sikkim and Nepal in
their own channels like websites and brochures.
“TAAS should work on disseminating proper information about Nepal and must
divert its clients towards Nepal allaying the client’s image of a disrupted
nation,” he said.
On the current situation in Nepal, NATTA president Pashupati Sharma said the
country has never witnessed the peace as it is now, and tourism is being
restored back to its earlier glory.


Xamaroh ends


From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 3: Curtains fell on the second Asom Bhaona Xamaroh recently with a
colourful procession to the venue of the Bhaona in Majuli. The Xatradhikar of
Auniati Xatra, under whose aegis the xamaroh was organized, Dr Pitambar Deva
Goswami and other xatradhikars as well as different communities and tribes
participated in the procession in traditional gear. Dr Goswami expressed the
hope that the Bhaona would gain popularity in other parts of the state and carry
the message of harmony and unity as preached by the great neo-vaishnavite
religious preacher and philosopher Srimanta Shankardev in the 15th century.

Gangtok selected for
mega tourism projects(SEN_14_2_k8)

Gangtok, Feb 13: The Union Tourism Ministry has selected Gangtok
among 16 cities to be developed under the Ministry’s latest scheme of mega
tourism projects for destination and circuit development in the country.
Sikkim Tourism department officials said here today that the state capital was
given the distinction of being the only city in the Northeastern region owing to
its excellent performance in the tourism sector so far.

Better deal for

Feb. 13: If you are looking forward to a restful trip to
enjoy the lush surroundings of the Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary, chances are
you will be in for a better experience than you had bargained for.The forest
department has sanctioned Rs 35 lakh for construction of better facilities for
tourists in and around the wildlife sanctuary.The Kokrajhar wildlife division
will spend the amount mostly on developing amenities for tourists.Several NGOs
of the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) and Dhubri district
have long been demanding the development of this wildlife sanctuary, the abode
of the endangered golden langur.The core area of the golden langur habitat is
now almost inaccessible from Kokrajhar. Tourists can enter the forest only
through Dhubri district via Salkocha, some 20km from National Highway 31. The
divisional forest officer of the Kokrajhar wildlife division, Sonali Ghosh, said
several tourism-promotion schemes were under consideration. “The recently
sanctioned funds will be spent on creating comfortable places to stay in the
forest villages within the sanctuary.”

Fest to
promote adventure tourism(TEL_14_2_K8)

Feb 13: If you are interested in adventure tourism, the
three-day Dehing Patkai Festival is where you should be. Jungle treks and visits
to ethnic villages are the main attraction of the three-day festival, beginning
Friday at Lekhapani in Tinsukia district. “A visit to the Pangsau Pass through
the historic Stilwell Road will be the most exciting of them all. We will
provide special passes to visitors who wish to take a ride down the road,which
was built during the World War II. We want to establish this 61-km stretch as
one of the best places for trekking in the country,” said Jogesh Baruah, the
sub-divisional officer of Margherita sub-division, also the chairman of the
organising committee. The festival is the brainchild of state power and industry
minister Pradyut Bordoloi who is also the local MLA of Margherita constituency.
Bordoloi had been working relentlessly for the development of the region, which
had seen very little light of development since Independence. Altogether 22
ethnic groups and tribes had been involved in the construction of a model ethnic
village to showcase the theme “unity in diversity” to the visitors. Arunachal
Pradesh Speaker Setong Sena will be the chief guest at the inaugural programme
on Friday. “The whole of Patkai is a diverse and unique area. We have to work
together to bring in development using the vast resources of the area.
Therefore, we have decided to work in tandem with our neighbouring state.
Borders are no longer seen as barriers these days, but a gateway for
development,” Bordoloi, who is busy overseeing the work of the festivities,
said. …more..

potential of Tezpur highlighted
From Our Correspondent
 TEZPUR, Feb 14 – A daylong programme of National-level seminar was Darrang
College on February 8 under the aegis of the Department of Commerce, Darrang
College and sponsored by UGC.
Among those present in the inaugural session of the event were Dr Joysankar
Hazarika, principal of Darrang College, DC Sonitpur Kamal Goswami, Dr Lakhi
Goswami, president, governing body of Darrang College, Dr SC Patra, director,
NERIWALM, Padmashri Dr Sheela Borthakur and professor Mahendra Keot. Lighting
the lamp of the inaugural session of the programme Dr SC Patra director of
NERIWALM spoke about Tezpur which is a home of three architects of Assamese
cultural revolution-Kalaguru Bishnuprasad Rabha, Natasurya Phani Sarma and
Rupkonwar Jyotiprasad Agarwala. He said that in natural beauty too Tezpur has a
distinction and therefore, such a place would be perfectly suited for tourism.
He pointed out that the entire north east is a paradise on earth but it remains
unexplored, undiscovered by the rest of the world. Patra felt that such seminars
should focus on how to showcase north east. He also urged the academic community
to engage themselves more in developmental activities rather than day to day
routine work. …more..

Rs 70 lakh for tourism devp in
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 14 – Rs 25 lakh for tourism development in Chakrashila
Wildlife Sanctuary and another Rs 45 lakh were also sanctioned for tourism
development in Gossaigaon subdivision in Kokrajhar district.
Rockibul Hussain, Forest and Enviroonment Minister disclosed this at a public
meeting held on 6th Bodoland Day.
He added that a separate scheme is also underway to develop Manas National Park
in BTC area for attracting tourism in a big way.

Island of the sun eyes swarm of

Feb. 14: A small island could become the next big thing
in Lower Assam’s growing list of tourist attractions.Overlooking the Dhubri
Circuit House and the Sri Guru Tegh Bhadur Sahib Gurdwara on the southern side
of Dhubri town, the island makes for a spectacular sight at sunset.Former deputy
commissioner Biswa Ranjan Samal was the first to spot the potential of the
island as a spot where tourists could spend a quiet, relaxing afternoon and
enjoy a view of the sun creating magical hues in the waters of the Brahmaputra
and gradually sinking into the horizon.A blueprint for development of
infrastructure on the island was drawn up in 1998, when Samal was in charge. His
successor Avinash Joshi followed up the plan on assuming office in 2004. Joshi
mobilised Rs 17 lakh from the MP’s Local Area Development Fund and began the
spadework. The focus was on anti-erosion measures in the first phase of
development. Barbed fences were erected around the island and some sheds built
for tourists. …more..

Food for
thought in Speaker’s message(TEL_16_2_k8)

Three-day Dehing Patkai Festival gets under way at Lekhapani Tinsukia


Feb. 15: The sixth edition of the three-day
Dehing Patkai Festival began at Lekhapani today with Arunachal Pradesh Speaker
Setong Sena’s message to all ethnic tribes providing food for thought. Sena
asked the ethnic tribes that inhabit the Northeast to be united and preserve
their “uniqueness” instead of bickering over petty issues. “Your cultures,
languages, rituals and food habits are your USP,” he said. Tinsukia deputy
commissioner K.K. Dwivedi nodded in approval. The Patkai belt extends from the
eastern part of Margherita subdivision to Lohit, Changlang and Tirap districts
of Arunachal Pradesh.  This stretch is home to an assortment of ethnic groups
like the Singphos, Tangsas, Tai-Phakes, Khamtis, Semas, Nocktes, Misings,
Kacharis, Khamiangs, Deoris, Morans, Tai Ahoms, Sonowal Kacharis, Hajongs and
Nepalis. “The chief guest (Sena) made a very strong statement and we need to
ponder where we stand. I hope our younger generation will pick up from where the
Speaker left off,” Manje La Singpho, a local community leader, said.

Training camp-cum-workshop on jute designs


From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 21: Paridhi, a society for rural economic development is conducting
a 15-day training camp-cum-workshop on jute designs at the Dekagaon Naamghar
here from Febrhuary 22.
The NGO which purports to uplift the economic health of the rural areas, has
chosen representatives from 30 to 35 self-help-group of Dhekorgorah for the
Post training the participants would be able to carve out a niche for themselves
at the national and international levels.

Handicraft expo

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Action for Social Justice Organisation,
Porompat PDA Complex will organise a 10 day long ‘Exhibition cum Sales of
Handicraft Products’ from February 25 on the western side of National Highway 39
near MBC Church. …more..

Puthiba Crafts Bazar closed

 IMPHAL, Feb 24: Government is studying to market more
craft products of the State to foreign countries. Despite having various
achievements, State craft products are not that popular in foreign markets due
to limited designs and frail quality, said Commerce and Industries Principal
Secretary P C Lawmkunga at the closing function of the Puthiba Crafts Bazar at
Hapta Kangjeibung today. Government representatives are sending to countries
like Japan and Germany to explore new markets, he added.
The Principal Secretary graced the function as chief guest with Imphal East
Deputy Commissioner Y Thamkeshore presiding over and Development Commissioner
(Handicrafts) Assistant Director A Sahadev as guest of honour.
Echoing the same view with Lawmkunga, Thamkeshore mentioned the need of value
addition and innovative designs while appealing the crafts persons to produce
crafts with more utility value.

2nd Bhairabkunda
festival held
 ROWTA CHARIALI, Feb 25: The second Bhairabkunda Festival 2008
organized by the Bhairabkunda Tourist centre and sponsored by the Tourism
Department of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) was held at Bhairabkunda
Tourist Ground at the confluence of Bhairabi, Jampani and Dhansiri rivers in
Udalguri recently.
Khampa Borgoyar, deputy chief of BTC assured to develop Bhairabkunda as one of
the important tourist spots in the Bodoland region. He explained about the
development of various schemes led by Hagrama Mohilary, BTC chief. He also
observed that Bhairabkunda with its splendid beauty had potential to be framed
as a beautiful tourist centre of the region compared with the natural beauty of
Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai , sources added. In the open session the Souvenir
“Bhairabkunda” edited by Protul Kumar Bhobora was released by retired DI of
school Reo Rewa Narzary. Speaker of BTC Assembly Rihon Daimary, PHE Minister of
Asom chaired the meeting. Mitharam Basumatary, EM of BTC Purna Kanta Daimary,
Deputy speaker of BTC assembly, Mahaswar Boro, MLA Kalaigaon attended among
others besides EM and GM of BTC in the open session.

10-day national
handicrafts mela from March 14
JORHAT, Feb 25: Artisans making top-of-the-line handicrafts in rural
areas of Asom, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Delhi will
exhibit and sell their wares at the 10-day craft bazaar which will get under way
at the Jorhat District Sports Association playground here from March 14. Jorhat-based
voluntary organization Intandem is organizing the handicrafts mela under the
aegis of the New Delhi-based Office of the Development Commissioner,
Handicrafts, which operates under the Union Ministry of Textiles.
In a press release, Intandem said that the handicrafts expo would seek to
provide inspiration to the local micro-level entrepreneurs on the one hand and
create conducive conditions for a competitive market for them on the other.
There will be ample opportunities for the entrepreneurs to build market
linkages, the release added.

Heritage exhibition kicks off
IMPHAL, Feb 25: Sharadha Foundation under the aegis of Development
Commissioner (Handicrafts) opened 10-day Heritage Exhibition at Wangkhei Puja
Lampak today.
Imphal East DIC general manager S Thoiba, Developemt Commissioner assistant
director A Sahadev, Khandi and Industries Board chairman Kh Borkeshor and
designer Sukumar Haobam graced the function as chief guest, president and guest
of honours respectively.

IMPHAL, Feb 25: A State level khadi and village industries exhibition
being organised by the Manipur Khadi and Village Industries Board was opened
today at GM Hall here.
The inaugural function was attended by FCS Minister Y Erabot as chief guest,
senior journalist K Madhumangol as president and Director of Commerce and
Industries Dhiraj Yumnam as guest of honour.

 Review of
NE tourism restrictions(AST_27_2_k8)
NEW DELHI, Feb 26 – Flooded with pleas for relaxation of the
Protected Area Permit (PAP) and Restricted Area Permit (RAP), the Centre has
agreed for a comprehensive review from the tourism and security perspectives.
Union minister of State for Home Affairs Radhika Selvi said that a comprehensive
review of the RAP and PAP regime to relax the restriction imposed to visit some
locations in North-east from tourism perspective has been undertaken.
Specific proposal have been received and are being invited from the concerned
State Governments. The proposals are being duly examined from security
perspectives with the concerned State Government, she said.

Tourism MoU(AST_27_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 26 — State Tourism Department and the US-based Xola
Incorporation today signed an MoU for promotion of adventure tourism in the
State. Official sources here said that the US Company will project the tourism
potential, particularly adventure tourism potential of the State in the
international circuit. The US Company will also bring in foreign tourists to the
State in association with the State Tourism Department, said the MoU.

Workshop on traditional
wood carving in Manipur
IMPHAL, Feb 26: A ten-day workshop to promote traditional wood carving
and Totem art of Manipuri tribes was organized here recently. Hosted by the
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sanghralaya (national museum) of Bhopal in
cooperation with the Tribal Museum and Research Centre of Imphal, the workshop
offered a platform for traditional artistes.
Twenty artists from five tribes -Marams, Paomei, Kom, Tangkhul and Mao
-showcased their work at the workshop.
The workshop’s objective was to bring together Manipuri tribal craftsmen and
motivate them to continue to preserve their traditional art and craft forms.
“The wood carving tradition of the tribal society and other indigenous groups
reflects their socio-cultural and economic aspects. Their tradition is
languishing day-by-day. To conserve and propagate their rich culture and
tradition we organized this workshop,” said N Sakmacha, the Assistant Curator of
the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya of Bhopal.
Manipur has over 33 Scheduled Tribes, and each of them has a distinct way of
life. The tribes collectively present a richly variegated cultural mosaic.
Appreciating the initiative, Kaikho P Fokerlo, a Mao tribe artisan, said: “It
felt very good. It has brought in passion for the work. We do not have money and
we are very poor. We cannot buy the material and other stuff for wood carving.
They think that we can carry out the work like that, but it is not possible.
This Indira Gandhi workshop has certainly provided great platform to us and we
will support it.”
An interesting feature of tribal art is that traditional wood carvings can adorn
different parts of the house, gates and totem poles.
Wood carvings are symbolic of certain practices, such as honouring brave
warriors and persons of status in their tribal society. Wood carvings are
frequently seen in traditional houses in the Mao-Maram-Purul area of Manipur.
Human head motifs carved on the village chief’s house at Purul are round in
shape, whereas the human head seen at Oinam Village are relatively smaller and
shorter by two times the actual size of a human head.

Panthoibi shame

Govt pleads helplessness(SEX_27_2_k8)

 IMPHAL, Feb 26 : Commerce and Industries Minister Y Erabot has admitted
that the Panthoibi Emporium at New Delhi which is being run under the Manipur
Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation has not been able to provide
goods sought after by the people coming from other places.
In response to a call attention motion moved by MLA Dr Ng Bijoy who demanded to
know why products from other States are being kept in the Panthoibi Emporium
instead of from Manipur during the Assembly session today, the Commerce and
Industries Minister said that the three counters of the emporium set up in 1976
have been rented out to private entrepreneurs as it is being done in case of the
emporiums of other States and a total of Rs 60,000 received as rent are being
utilised for paying the salaries of the staff and the maintenance of the
The products sold and displayed in the three rented out counters would to be
their choice and nothing can be done in this regard, the Minister said.
While asserting that a wide range of products from Manipur are being kept in the
Emporium, the Minister, nonetheless, admitted that the products wanted by the
people coming from other parts are not available there.
To encourage cultivation of Kauna, the State Government has been extending
assistance, he added.
While informing the House that a plot of land measuring 15 acres has been kept
reserved at Jiribam to ensure unlimited supply of products made from bamboo, the
Minister said as earmarking of fund for renovation of the emporium in the budget
could not be worked out, efforts are being made to seek the assistance of the
Centre. …more..

LTC relaxation will boost NE
tourism: Aiyar(AST_28_2_k8)

From Our Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Feb 27 – Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER),
Mani Shankar Aiyar has asserted that relaxation of LTC rules by Government of
India would lead to surge of tourists to the north eastern region (NER). Since
2007, the Central Government has permitted its employees the use of private
airlines, many of which offer low fares, while availing of LTC, with the proviso
that reimbursement would be restricted to the entitled class by the train. “This
relaxation in rules is expected to increase the number of LTC travellers to the
Region,” he said.
The Minister, who had organised a daylong national conclave on January 16 on
promoting the North-east as a tourist destination to LTC travellers said around
39.57 lakh domestic and 47,695 foreign tourists visited the region in 2006.
Meanwhile, the proposed Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Facility Projects
is estimated to cost Rs 545 crore, said External Affairs Minister, Pranab
Mukherjee in a separate reply.

Draft of tourism policy to
GUWAHATI, Feb 27: Asom Tourism Minister Rockybul Hussain today submitted
the draft of the New Tourism Policy of the State to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
With its thrust on eco-tourism and cultural tourism, the policy that was drafted
by former Tourism Secretary to the Union Government MP Bezboruah has proposed
the setting up of a tourism development board in the State. The draft policy has
also laid its stress on private participation in the tourism sector.

State all
set to have Tourism Policy(AST_29_2_k8)
By R Dutta Choudhury
 GUWAHATI, Feb 28 – With abundance of potential to attract tourists, both
domestic and foreign, Assam Government has finally decided to accord high
priority to tourism sector and for the first time, the State is going to have a
Tourism Policy for ensuring proper planning and infrastructure development. The
State Government entrusted the job of preparing the draft Tourism Policy to
former Secretary, Tourism, of the Government of India, MP Bezbaruah and he
submitted the draft policy to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday. The draft
policy is likely to be placed in the State Assembly during the ensuing Budget
Session to give final shape to the Tourism Policy of Assam.

 Craft Bazar in
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 28 – Buoyed with the response in a national level exhibition in
New Delhi, the ARTFED is going to organise ten-day long Craft Bazar in
Chandigarh in collaboration with the Development Commissioner for Handicrafts,
Ministry of Textile from March 5 to 14.
A wide range of handicraft products would be displayed and sold in the
exhibition to be held at the Bal Bhavan ground, sector 23 B, Chandigarh.

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Tea and Agro based Economy, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 10, 2009

Poultry farmers count losses

farmers count losses(TEL_4_2_K8)           

Culling to
continue in dhubri district (TEL_4_2_K8)

Satrasal (Dhubri), Feb. 3: Two gloved hands closed
around the chicken’s neck. A practised jerk and Pradeep Sil froze in pain. As
the culling team carefully went about its task at his poultry farm in Dhubri’s
Ramrai Kuti Part-I village, Sil drew a sharp breath and looked away. The air was
beginning to smell of blood, every drop robbing the poultry owner of a lifetime
of hard work. The outbreak of bird flu in neighbouring Bengal has begun showing
side-effects in Assam. …more…

Govt bows
to World Bank (TEL_8_2_K8)

Feb. 7: Dispur has asked the National Dairy Development
Board (NDDB) to take over the management of West Assam Milk Producers’
Co-operative Union Ltd (Wamul), the creators of milk brand Purabi, from April 1.
The move follows the World Bank’s subtle threat to drop its dairy development
programme in the state if it was not managed by a professional organisation with
a proven track record. Sources said the government had formally moved the NDDB a
few days ago, but had stressed that it would not be able to immediately release
the first-phase amount of Rs 1.35 crore, required to set the revival of Wamul in
motion. …more…

ABITA annual general meeting held in Dibrugarh(SEN, 17-2-08)
Staff Correspondent
DIBRUGARH, Feb 16: The 118th Annual General Meeting of the Assam Branch of
Indian Tea Association (ABITA), held today at the Dibrugarh and District
Planters’ Club concluded successfully with a note to face the new challenges
that have emerged in the tea sector in order to achieve global competitiveness.
The AGM chaired by Jagadish Bezbaruah, Chairman, ABITA, was attended by
Chandrajit Saikia, Executive Director, Tea Board, CS Bedi, Additional Vice
Chairman, Indian Tea Association (ITA), Monojit Das Gupta, Secretary General,
ITA and reputed actor Victor Banerjee.

Government ‘apathy’ towards small tea growers draws flak(SEN, 19-2-08)
‘Middlemen having a field day in Jorhat bought leaf factories’
From our Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 18: Small tea growers of the State have voiced their concern over
the ‘apathy’ shown by the Government towards the redress of their long-standing
grievances. A source close to All Assam Small Tea Growers’ Association pointed
out that the non-representation of the small tea growers of the State in the Tea
Board of India has deprived them of benefits under the various welfare and
relief schemes operated by the Board. All Assam Small Tea Growers’ Association
has on its rolls 65,000 members, the source claimed.

Farmers need seeds and water; Gogoi gives them raincoats



18: Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi announced recently that the State Government
would provide raincoats to the farmers of the State instead of jaapis, while the
farmers badly need seeds and irrigation facilities. The ground reality is such
that the production of rice in the State has been maintaining a declining trend
for the last few years, while its requirement has been rising continuously.


gunpowder to glad tidings(TEL_9_2_K8)

Militancy-ravaged village ready to go global, says it with flowers

Kokrajhar, Feb. 8:
Flowers are now blooming where
militant guns once boomed. Kusumbil, a village in Gossaigaon subdivision of
Kokrajhar district that witnessed the worst of Bodo militancy, has blossomed
into a riot of colours.  The villagers grow over 30 varieties of flowers,
including roses, chrysanthemums, cosmos, silvia, dahlia and flox.  The
villagers, who do brisk business in Assam and at times in Shillong, and are now
ready to export their colourful produce to the West.  “We are holding
discussions with firms which export flowers to European countries,” said
Surjamohan Biswas, a villager who started it all in 2005 with the help of a
relative in Calcutta. …more…


of sops for fish farmers & students(TEL_10_2_K8)

Feb. 12: The first Sonitpur Matsya Mahotsava brought
with it glad tidings for students of pisciculture and fish farmers. Speaking at
the two-day event in Tezpur on Sunday, organised jointly by the district
administration and District Rural Development Authority, minister Nurjamal
Sarkar said the College of Fisheries in Raha would be upgraded soon. The
fisheries minister also announced plans to set up a research institute for fish
farmers in Assam. The proposal was placed before Delhi at a conference of
fisheries ministers recently. Sarkar said Assam required at least 20,000 tonnes
of fish everyday and most of it was coming from outside the state.

bouquet to boost Assam tea(TEL_11_2_K8)

Silchar, Feb. 10: The Centre has finally given the
go-ahead to a package of schemes under the 11th five-year Plan that aims at
rejuvenating Assam’s ailing tea industry. The announcement by the chairman of
the Surma Valley branch of the Indian Tea Association (ITA), Surya Narayan
Singh, here yesterday came as a major relief for the recession-hit tea industry.
Addressing the branch’s 107th annual general meeting, Singh said the schemes
covered were plantation development projects, including the much-vaunted Special
Purpose Tea Fund (SPTF), human resource development, quality upgrade, product
diversification besides research and development.

Plea on

Dibrugarh, Feb. 16: The Assam tea industry urged
Dispur to check militancy at the 118th AGM of the Assam Branch of the Indian Tea
Association here today. ithout naming the ANLA, additional vice-chairman of the
Indian Tea Association C.S. Bedi and outgoing chairman of Abita Jagadish
Bezbaruah expressed concern about the activities of the Adivasi outfit.



The office of the director-general of police, Assam, has
secured the first position in the recently concluded the 3rd Northeast regional
horticulture show at the Assam Engineering Institute playground, Chandmari.


Deluge of
funds, no water(TEL_21_2_K8)

Feb. 20: A deluge of funds and scores of imaginary
irrigation schemes — that, in a nutshell, is the state of affairs in the
irrigation department. On paper, as many as 159 minor irrigation schemes have
been launched in Karbi Anglong so far. In reality, all of them are defunct. Of
the 79,000 hectares of irrigable land in the district, only 52,000 hectares have
partially benefited from government irrigation schemes. “Water is essential for
cultivation and people are struggling to find a drop since all irrigation
schemes are defunct. The funds that Delhi and Dispur have sanctioned are being
misused,” said Mangalsingh Rangpi of Donkamokam. The department’s annual
operational plan tells a different story. It claims that Rs 7 crore is spent
annually on projects old and new.

birds to be culled in Kokrajhar(AST_4_2_K8)

 KOKRAJHAR, Feb 3 – Alarmed over bird flu incidents in neighbouring
West Bengal, authorities in Kokrajhar district have ordered culling of 50,000
birds. The veterinary and animal husbandry department has set the target to
create a ‘free poultry zone’ as a precautionary measure in Kokrajhar, which is
adjacent to North Bengal districts.
Veterinary Officer Debojit Brahma told PTI that about 400 birds were culled
today with five rapid response teams arriving here from Guwahati for better
coordination. …more…

Poultry sector hit by feed

GUWAHATI, Feb 3 – The State poultry is being pushed to the jaws of
death not because of the deadly bird flu virus, but because it is being denied
its share of food. The State Government’s intensive move to bar the entry of the
dreaded bird flu virus in the State has started costing the existing poultry in
the State the diet. The State is facing acute shortage of poultry feed, imported
from West Bengal and Bihar.

Tea exports come down

GUWAHATI, Feb 9 – Indian tea is gradually losing its competitive edge
in the international market and the volume of exports is coming down
drastically, which posed another major threat to the tea industry as a whole.
According to figures available, the volume of exports in 2007 came down by more
than 60 million kilograms compared to 2006, which gave a clear picture of the
state of affairs. …more…

NE roses attract foreign

By Surajit Khaund
 GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – Roses cultivated in the North East are all set to explore
the Valentine Day market. This time, New Zealand and several Gulf countries have
come forward to buy roses from this region for the ensuing Valentine Day. The
demand for roses in foreign countries is very high during the Valentine Day.
And, the demand was earlier met by Japan and many South Indian countries. But
now North East India has been able to draw the attention of the foreign buyers
through its variety of roses.

Dimoria beekeepers set example
of fruitful self-employment
GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – In one of those rare success stories that epitomise
the determination and perseverance of at the people level the grassroots, more
than 200 beekeepers of Dimoria have been able to change their living standard by
supplying not only honey but also equipment needed for beekeeping. By 2010, the
number of beekeepers will increase to 1000, so claims the Dimoria Gramin Bikash
Samity, the society which sowed the seeds of a new dream by first taking up
beekeeping and later on diversifying into supplying all the materials needed for
beekeeping. …more…

NE horticultural show gets
under way
GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – All the colours of the season are on display in their
brilliant best at the Assam Engineering Institute Playground, which is hosting
the North East Regional Horticultural Show – 2008 organised jointly by the Assam
State Agricultural Marketing Board, Assam Horticultural Society and the
Directorate of Agriculture and Horticulture, Government of Assam.

Training on cost-effective
farming techniques
 GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – The Art of Living will conduct a three-day training
programme for farmers on chemical-free and cost-effective farming techniques
from February 13 next.
Over 1,000 farmers from different parts of Assam are expected to attend the
training to be held at the DIET Training Centre, Mirza in Kamrup district, a
press release informed. …more…

Bongaigaon poultry farmers in
dire straits
BONGAIGAON, Feb 11 – Bird flue scare and enforced ban on sale of imported
chickens and eggs have led to a crisis situation for the poultry farmers and
sellers in Bongaigaon.
Though the avian epidemic has not hit the district, the District Veterinary
Department has already adopted preventive measures to check the spread of the
menace. Hence, the department has constituted nine Rapid Response Teams to keep
vigil and act as per the demand of the situation. The District Veterinary
Department has sent blood samples of some chickens and ducks suspecting the
infection of avian flu on January 27. But no positive result was found. It has,
thus, removed the fear of such disease.

Poultry ban likely to be lifted
in State(AST_19_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 18 – A high-level expert committee meeting involving
the representatives of the State Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department and
a host of other related departments today formally recommended the lifting of
poultry import ban in Assam, with the final notification likely to be issued in
two days. Moreover, the committee has also vouched for the formulation of a
special developmental scheme, which would aim at compensating the loss incurred
by the farmers of the poultry industry in the State after the government ordered
culling of birds as a precautionary measure.

State lauded for implementing
bio-fertiliser schemes
GUWAHATI, Feb 18 – The role of the State in implementing the bio-fertiliser
schemes has been lauded by several quarters, including the Central Government.

This became evident today at the North East Zonal Conference For Kharif. Joint
Secretary, Integrated Nutrient Management of the Union Government Satish Chander
expressed the hope while addressing the conference that Assam would be able to
lead the NE States in this area.

Small tea growers urged to
adopt innovative farming methods
UDALGURI, Feb 18 – “The small tea growers should adopt organic
farming for better output. They should install vermicompost plants in their own
tea gardens and use it for quality production of tea,” said by Rihon Daimari,
State PHE Minister while addressing a mammoth gathering at No 4 Amjuli, where
the open session of the third annual conference of All Bodoland Small Tea
Growers’ Association was held.

Bamboo suppliers’ meet(AST_19_2_K8)
From Our Correspondent
 BAIHATA CHARIALI, Feb 18 – Under the aegis of North Kamrup Bamboo Suppliers’
Association (NKBSA), a meeting of lower Assam bamboo suppliers was held recently
on the premises of the office NKBSA at Baihata Chariali.

State lifts ban on poultry
imports(AST, 21-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – The State Government has lifted the ban on the
import of poultry and poultry products from the rest of the country, barring
West Bengal. The Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Commissioner and Secretary
Shyam Lal Mewara signed the order to this effect yesterday. The State Government
imposed the ban on the import of poultry and poultry products from the rest of
the country through two orders on January 18 and 22 last, following outbreak of
the dreaded bird flu in West Bengal and its spread to some of the North Indian
states. The term poultry products include poultry feed and feed ingredients,
besides egg. …more…

Training on milch cow rearing(AST_23-2-08)
MIRZA, Feb 22 – A training programme on rural development through
scientific rearing of milch cow was held recently here at Bijoynagar. The NABARD-sponsored
programme organised by Man & Wild, an NGO was inaugurated by I Padbidri,
assistant general manager, NABARD.
Laying stress on the need of rural development through scientific methods,
Padbidri reiterated the commitment of NABARD to develop rural economy by
different income generating sources.

‘Medicinal plant-based
industries have growth prospects in State’
From A Correspondent
 NAZIRA,Feb 22 – “In Assam, there are a lot of medicinal plants. People can
utilize the medicinal values of the plants for several human needs through
production of herbal medecine from such plants. For this purpose one can adopt
commercial farming and set up plant-based small industries in the State. The
growth prospects of such industries in the State are high due to availability of
raw materials. Moreover, such industries could be set up with relatively limited
funds which would also help engage the rural youths in gainful employment,” said
Dr Rabin Kumar Sharma, Deputy Director of Northeast Institutes of Science and
Technology (NEIST), formerly Regional Research Laboratory (RRL), Jorhat.

 Tall plans to make NE bamboo a
major source of revenue
GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – The tallest grass in the world could well become
an unexpected revenue source in the Northeast if an ambitious plan makes
headway. The National Bamboo Mission (NBM) has envisaged a scheme that would
allow bamboo plantations to become part of a global carbon credit mechanism.

Training programme for master
GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – To accelerate information technology in the agriculture
sector for the welfare of the farming community, the State Agriculture
department in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation
under the Union Ministry of Agriculture has come up with a mission mode project
for implementation of Agriculture Informatics and Communication Network (Agrisnet),
a press release said. …more…

Farmers Club inaugurated(AST_6_2_K8)
GORESWAR, Feb 5 – The newly-formed Patidarrang Farmers Club was
inaugurated by Kailash Sarma, senior manager, Assam Gramin Vikash Bank (AGVB),
Guwahati Regional Office, at a public meet held recently at Jatiyabhangara Bazar
under the aegis of the AGVB, Muktapur branch in Kamrup district.

‘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.

IPM braces to fight outbreak of
plant diseases at experimental farms (IFP, 24-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Responding quickly to the complaints of
the farmers the Integrated Pest Management, IPM team today found potatoes in the
fields at Ishikha in Imphal east affected by disease and the pea leaves turning
Investigation at the field by the IPM team today suggested that the potatoes
were infected with leaf-blight disease caused by caterpillars and the peas being
dwarfed and leaves becoming reddish which is very common if there is excessive
rain during the growing period.

Agri dept to promote compost pits for farmers (IFP, 24-2-08)

23: Feeling the need for improving soil health which has sharply deteriorated in
the state due to excessive use of chemical fertilizers, the state agriculture
department designed a new method for preparation of bio-fertilizers by the
farmer making bio composite pits near their field.
Agriculture scientists and experts of the state agriculture department, mention
may be made, have been worried by the fast increasing acidity rate and
decreasing fertility of soil in the state owing to the excessive and
uncontrolled application of fertilizers in the cultivating lands and unchecked
use of pesticides to control pests for a long time.

Prawn farming programme



A two-day training programme on "giant freshwater prawn farming", organized by
the Department of Fisheries and Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE)
Mumbai got underway here at Training Centre, Brooders Fish Farms, Half Nagarjan,
Dimapur on Friday. …more…


refreshers course on biotech(NPT, 19-2-08)

The inaugural function of the refreshers course on Biotechnological intervention
for augmenting animal production and health with special reference to Mithun was
held at Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Complex, Jharnapani,
Medziphema on Monday. …more…


in Domurdolong TE on
DIBRUGARH, Feb 6 – Even as the suspension of all works in the Assam
Company’s Domurdolong tea estate in Sivasagar district entered the eleventh day
on Tuesday after the attack on two managerial staff on January 25, the concerned
authorities have not expressed their desire to call off the lock out as yet.
Neither the Labour department nor the district administration has been able to
broker peace between the workers and the management of the tea garden. The
workers in collaboration with the members of the Assam Tea Tribes Students’
Association (ATTSA) had roughed up two managerial staff of Domurdolong besides
vandalizing manager’s office for alleged misuse of worker’s pay on the eve of
Republic Day. …more…

 Avian flu scare hits poultry
farmers hard
MIRZA, Feb 8 – The problem faced by the poultry industry across the
State after the outbreak of bird flu virus in the neighbouring state of West
Bengal has come as a blessing in disguise for the vendors of mutton along with
chickens of local variety.
Though no case of the dreaded virus has so far been reported from any part of
the state including Kamrup district, the scare has dealt a body blow to the
poultry farmers with both the wholesale and retail price nosediving from Rs 80
to 40. …more…

Blight hits tomato crop;
thousands of farmers affected(AST_28_2_k8)
BARPETA, Feb 27 – The farmers in the district of Barpeta who
cultivate tomato are facing an ominous future as their farms are being destroyed
by the dreadly disease blight. As one goes along the Barpeta Bansbari road
thousands of bighas of tomato cultivation would be seen rotting on the ground.
As a result, the farmers who mainly depend on this vegetable are living their
lives apprehending starvation. On the other hand the Agriculture department is
totally indifferent to the plight of the beleaguered farmers.

‘Asom farmers unable to compete
with farmers from other States’(SEN_28_2_k8)
Auction centres, computer training, marketing terminus, motor boat service for

TINSUKIA, Feb 27: In a bid to improve the agricultural production in
Asom, the Assam State Agricultural Marketing Board (ASAMB) has adopted a few
resolutions. The Board also aims to help the farmers get the right prices for
their products. In this connection, the Board has been mulling over the setting
up of a few auction markets.


cultivation a boon to Asom farmers


GUWAHATI, Feb 27 : Maize cultivation during rabi season (September –
June) is not a common practice in Asom. But few progressive farmers of Asom,
especially in Darrang district, has started its cultivation very successfully
and bringing a ray of hope to the remaining farmers of the State.
Recently, Agricultural Production Commissioner J P Meena, IAS and Director of
Agriculture, Asom,Dr. Prasanta Kalita had visited the rabi maize growing areas
of Darrang district, along with local agricultural officials and interacted with
the farmers, a press release states.


Coffee growers

MOKOKCHUNG: The Coffee Laison Officer in order to
help the coffee growers of Nagaland and transport the cured coffee to Bangalore
for disposal, has informed that suitable arrangements have been made to cure the
coffee at APCDC Ltd , Lokhora Guwahati. Further, he requested all coffee growers
of Nagaland to harvest their coffee and dry it to the required moisture level
and deliver to the seasonal based coffee go-down at Dimapur, V.K. Town and
office of the senior liaison officer, coffee board, Mokokchung from march 1 to
April 4 from 11 am to 3 pm.


Goods made
of banana fibre to hit domestic market soon
GUWAHATI, Feb 19 – The plantain fibre of the North East, well
complemented by the fine skill of the artisans here, is set to change the fate
of the banana farmers.
After wooing the outfit markets in Japan, goods made of banana fibres will be
the in-thing in the domestic market here, if efforts of the State agriculture
department bear fruits.  …more…

Herbal mosquito repellent
NAZIRA,Feb 19 – A group of scientists of the North-East Institute of
Science and Technology (NEISC), formerly known as Regional Research Laboratory (RRL),
Jorhat, has prepared a safe mosquito repellent in the form of Agarbatti or
incense sticks from a harmless bio-product.

IPM braces to fight outbreak of
plant diseases at experimental farms


IMPHAL, Feb 22: Responding quickly to the complaints of the farmers the
Integrated Pest Management, IPM team today found potatoes in the fields at
Ishikha in Imphal east affected by disease and the pea leaves turning reddish.

Investigation at the field by the IPM team today suggested that the potatoes
were infected with leaf-blight disease caused by caterpillars and the peas being
dwarfed and leaves becoming reddish which is very common if there is excessive
rain during the growing period.

Aquaculture prog opens

IMPHAL, Feb 19: A five-day Integrated Aquaculture Training
Programme was opened today at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Central Agricultural
University, Andro.
In his address as chief guest, Manipur Assembly Deputy Speaker Th Shyam Kumar
Singh said that it has become a trend in Manipur to add scientific method and
outlook to agriculture and fish farming. Now, farmers can run their bussiness
without depending upon the Government, he added. On that note, he expressed hope
that a change is certain in the near future. Shyam Kumar expressed thanks to all
concerned for running a KVK at Andro.


date for coconut farmers extended
 GUWAHATI, Feb 1 – The Coconut Development Board has extended the
last date for receiving nomination for the best coconut farmer award from
December 31, 2007 to February 15, 2008, a press release said.
The nomination for the award has to be received by the Director of Horticulture,
Agriculture from the local agriculture officer or other sponsoring agencies like
research institutes or state agriculture universities. The best three farmers in
each state will be selected by committee nominated by the state department as
per the norms of the board and sent to the board on or before March 15, 2008.
The panels received from various states will be considered for final selection
at the national level. …more…

After recovery of dead wild
birds, vety dept on bird flu alert (IFP_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 31:The state veterinary and animal
husbandry services have gone on the alert following reports of unnatural deaths
of wild birds during the last few days in the vicinity of Maharabi village,
under Sekmai police station in Imphal west district.
As per official reports, at least eight local and migratory wild birds have been
found dead at Maharabi village in the past three days. Out of this three dead
birds have been collected by a veterinary department team yesterday and today.

Culling operation in State

GUWAHATI, Feb 15 – The State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary
Department’s preventive culling of poultry in Dhubri and Kokrajhar districts has
come to an end with the completion of the moping process to give the finishing
touch to the operations coming to conclusion on February 13. So far, there has
been no report of outbreak of the dreaded bird flue from any part of the State.
Disclosing this here today, sources in the Department told this newspaper that
culling operations have turned the five km area along the State’s border with
West Bengal in these two districts into a poultry free zone.

Lockout lifted
 DIBRUGARH, Feb 15: The Domurdolong tea estate in Sivasagar district
reopened today and all garden activities functioned normally after the
management withdrew the suspension. – Staff Correspondent. Nicholas Farrelly, a
research scholar of Australia echoed his view.

Bleak future awaits Kampur Cooperative Sugar Mill
From Our Correspondent
 KAMPUR, Feb 15 – Like all other co-operative ventures in Assam, the Kampur
Sugar Mill is also languishing due to gross negligence on the part of the
authority concerned and its end seems to be not far away. This clearly bears
testimony to the fact that the co-operative movement has remained unsuccessful
in Assam even after six decades of independence became the general public are
not properly trained up to undertake co-operative enterprises and because the
government machineries are not properly trained to streamline co-operative
movement in Assam. …more…

Manipur lifts ban on poultry
IMPHAL, Feb 15 – The Manipur Government today lifted the ban on import of
chicken and other poultry products from other States following the completion of
control and containment measures of bird flu in West Bengal, official sources
Sources said an official notification to this effect was issued by Manipur Chief
Secretary Jarnail Singh. …more…

Cultivation training on Naga

MEDZIPHEMA VILLAGE: For the first time Naga King Chilly has been
introduced to commercial scale this year and the Government of India has
recognized King chili as a crop in the Northeastern states. Nagaland can now
boast of its King Chilly as an indigenous product with its hotness measuring
11.41 lakh Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) more than the Bhut Jolokia of Assam. This
research was recently conducted by the Central Food Technological Research
Institute, Mysore. …more…

painter returns to roots(TEL_16_2_k8)

– Allen
revisits childhood in Assam garden


Guwahati, Feb. 15: A British painter is trying to
revisit his childhood at Dhoolie tea estate at Titabor in Jorhat
district. Bruce Allen had spent seven years of his boyhood at the estate where
his father Peter worked as a manager in the pre-Independence days 52 years ago..
Tomorrow, he will hold an exhibition of photographs of his days at the garden of
the estate clicked by his mother Sue. He is back to his roots after shooting
pictures that he wants to put on display at an exhibition at the Empire and
Commonwealth Museum in London next year.

Tea bosses
back in a huddle(TEL_16_2_k8)

Dibrugarh, Feb.15: Captains of the tea industry will
assemble at the Planters’ Club in Chaulkhowa tomorrow for the 118th annual
general meeting of the Assam Branch of the Indian Tea Association.Quality of
production will be the main topic of discussion at the meeting. Abita is the
dominant tea association of Assam, having around 350 member gardens across the
Brahmaputra Valley. …more…

Villagers urge for

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Villagers whose crops like orange,
lemon etc were affected while making a helipad at Thangal village under Nungba
sub-division for the Prime Minister’s visit there in November 2006 have urged
upon the Government to provide compensation for the crops destroyed.

Training programme(SEX_3_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: A fisheries training and demonstration programme for 10 days was
held at Poiroukhongjin Co-mmunity Hall from January 19 to 28. Sponsorship by
National Fisheries Development Board, Hyderabad, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt
of India, the training programme was organised by the Allied Sciences and Social
Development Orga-nisation, Poiroukhongjin.

Chicken industry affected the
worst (SEN_4_2_k8)
1,500 chicken were culled in Asom districts bordering West Bengal today by ten
rapid response teams (RRTs) that have been pressed into service. Each RRT
comprises ten people. The culling operation first began at Ramraikuti village in
the morning, and continued in villages like Satrasal, Talli Part-I and Part-II,
Paborsora etc.

10-day fishery training held
TEZPUR, Feb 3 : The National Fishery
Development Board (NFDB) of Hyderabad has sponsored 10-day fishery training
programmes to 38 youths of the Sonitpur district jointly in collaboration with
Central Institute of Fishery Education Mumbai and Rangapara Development Circle
here, recently.

Culling continues; price rise hits
people (SEN_5_2_k8)

KOKRAJHAR/GUWAHATI, Feb 4: Culling of chicken
and ducks is going on in full swing in Dhubri and Kokrajhar districts for the
second day today. In Kokrajhar district, around 1,500 chicken were culled till
5.30 pm today.
According to Kokrajhar subdivisional administration sources, three rapid
response teams (RRTs) have been carrying out the culling operation at Srirampur,
Simultapu, Dawaguri, Dongfangbari and other areas in the district.


Labour dispute at Doomur Dullong
Tea Estate(SEN_5_2_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Feb 4: Efforts are on to break
the stalemate at Doomur Dullong Tea Estate. The management had declared a
lock-out of the tea estate from January 28 when irate workers of the estate
assaulted the manager and two assistant managers of the tea garden on January
25. The workers’ union and other organizations are trying to settle the matter
amicably in the greater interest of the tea estate as well as the workers and
hopes hoped that within this week a settlement would be arrived at.


ACMS unit president assaulted by
tea estate workers»(SEN_12_2_k8)

DIBRUGARH, Feb 11: Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha
(ACMS), Moran branch, president Lakheswar Tanti was assaulted by a section of
irate workers of Doomur Dullung Tea Estate who had assembled at the Moran branch
office of ACMS today to press for their genuine demands.


One to one with TSE(SEX_12_2_k8)
Fish jetties set up at Loktak opened(SEX_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Two fish jetties constructed
at an estimated cost of Rs 31 lakhs with funding from NABARD have been
respectively inaugurated at Takmupat and Ithingpat of Loktak lake
today.Fisheries Minister M Allauddin Khan inaugurated the two fish jetties in
the presence of local MLA T Mangibabu.Talking to The Sangai Express exclusively
in connection with the NABARD- funded project, Fisheries Minister Md Allauddin
Khan recalled that the project was sanctioned in 2005 and construction work
began in 2006-07 with MANIDCO as the work agency.


Poultry farmers urge govt to allay

GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – The All Assam Poultry Farmers’ Association (AAPFA)
today said that the State Government should come forward and help in allaying
the unfounded fears regarding bird flu. The AAPFA, confirmed that over 50
thousand poultry farms in the State are facing huge financial loss because of
the Government ban.
“As the Government has banned the entry of poultry and poultry products from
West Bengal and so far no unusual death of chickens has been reported in the
State, we do not think there is any harm in the consumption of local poultry
products,” Rajib Sarmah, …more…

Farmers to be introduced to
GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – In a bid to enhance water management as well as to
tide over the dry spell, the Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing,
Government of Assam, is going to introduce farmers of the State to Raindrops,
the water retaining granules very soon.
According to officials of the department, the technology brought for the first
time to the State would greatly benefit the farmers by ensuring improved plant
growth and cutting the cost of irrigation.

Flower show(AST_13_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – The second annual flower show of Guwahati Refinery
will be held from February 15 to 17 at Sector-I of the Refinery township around
the lily pond.
Various competitions among employees and family members including garden
competition, ornamental and kitchen, potted plants, cut flowers and vegetables
etc will be held. Reputed nurseries from Guwahati and Sonapur are expected to
participate in the event.

Cashew farming paying rich
dividends for Mankachar farmers
GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – It’s not a nutty case, but nuts have actually ushered
in unbelievable changes in Mancachar in Dhubri district. The cashew has changed
the wheel of fortune in favour of those who have the patience and the
perseverance, for one has to wait for a couple of years to actually gather the
yields from cashew cultivation.

Foreign buyers eye NE

Dimapur, Feb 12: Roses of the Northeast has drawn
the attention of foreign nations with New Zealand and several Gulf countries
coming forward to buy roses from this region for the Valentine Day.

‘Lift ban on
poultry and poultry feed’


GUWAHATI, Feb 12: The All Assam Poultry Farmers’ Association (AAPFA) has
today sent an SOS to the State Government to rescue the poultry industry of Asom
from the current crisis due to, what it said, unnecessary panic over the
outbreak of avian flu in neighbouring West Bengal. The association, in a bid to
remove the panic of bird flu from the minds of the people, has produced a
veterinary expert before the press to convince that the State is free from the
H5N1 virus so far. …more…

IMPHAL, Feb 12: The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
(NABARD) conferred the National Award to 25 Best Performing Farmers’ Clubs from
all over the country with the prize distribution ceremony held on Feb 8 at the
Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi.

Tea planter dies in Delhi(AST_14_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 13 – Pranab Saikia, an eminent tea planter from Guwahati,
died at Delhi following a cardiac arrest. He was 49.

Herbs come handy for ailing
SHILLONG, Feb 13 – The medicinal powers of the herbs of Arunachal Pradesh
and Myanmar may not have any takers in the rest of the world, but the
battle-hard insurgents have discovered their benefits at the time of crisis.

Farmers’ open letter to CM(SEN_14_2_k8)
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.

Battle for ginger trade in
Mizoram continues
AIZAWL, Feb 14 – The Engineers India Research Institute, the company with
which the Mizoram Government has signed an agreement to take over the ginger
trade, has again raised the rate of ginger on Saturday from Rs 8.50 to Rs 9.10
per kg in their bid to secure the trade.
Meanwhile,, the Mizoram Acgricultural Crops Growers and Marketing Society
(MACGAMS) is set to purchase ginger at Rs 9.25 per kg at the Vairengte ginger
gate as soon as they sign an agreement with MAMCO, a company run by the
government. …more…

Assam to better tea quality

plans to ban new bought leaf factories(TEL15_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 14: The Assam government will soon impose
a ban on setting up of new “bought-leaf factories” as an immediate measure to
control production of poor quality tea. The term “bought-leaf factories” denote
standalone units that process tea with leaf procured mainly from small growers.
These factories allegedly do not care for quality and sell their produce outside
the state. …more…

operation in State ends(AST_16_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 15 – The State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary
Department’s preventive culling of poultry in Dhubri and Kokrajhar districts has
come to an end with the completion of the moping process to give the finishing
touch to the operations coming to conclusion on February 13. So far, there has
been no report of outbreak of the dreaded bird flue from any part of the State.

State bags first prize in NE
Regional Horticulture Show(SXP, 17-2-08)

GANGTOK, February 16:
Having bagged the first prize in the Northeast Regional Horticulture Show
held in Guwahati from February 10-14, this year, the State Horticulture and Cash
Crops Development Department has added one more blossom to its bountiful
harvest. …more…

import to resume soon(AST_18_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – In what could bring in some good news for the
languishing poultry industry in the State, the ban on poultry import in Assam is
likely to be lifted in the next few weeks. The decision on the ban would be
reviewed at a high-level meeting tomorrow.
Sources in the State Veterinary and Animal Husbandry department told The
Assam Tribune
that the officials of the department along with the officials
of a host of related departments would meet to review the ban order tomorrow.

 ‘Transport subsidy for tea
industries under study’
 SILCHAR, Feb 17 – Santosh Mohan Dev, Union Minister for Heavy Industries
and Public Enterprises, has said that transport subsidy to tea industries is
under active consideration of the Central Government, an official release said.

Cultivation training on Naga

DIMAPUR: The Department of Horticulture in collaboration with ITC Ltd,
Spices Division has organized a one day training on various cultivation aspects
of Naga king chilli with special reference to post harvest and marketing.

New bamboo unit to come up
in Karbi Anglong (SEN_23_2_k8)
From our Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 22: Once considered the poor man’s timber, bamboo is fast emerging
as a viable alternative for wood in furniture-making. To cash in on the exotic
and diversified uses to which the monocot has been put in countries like China,
the State Forest Department is doing spadework for setting up a unit to
manufacture medium-density bamboo fibre boards in Karbi Anglong district.

Broom farmers doing brisk
business(AST, 24-2-08)
From Kishore Talukdar
 RANI, Feb 23 – The hilly areas bordering Meghalaya have sprung into life with
the broom farmers doing a roaring trade by supplying truck loads of brooms
locally known as phul jaru to different parts of the State. Used for sweeping
floor on all occasions, this particular grass grows in the hilly terrain here in
the tribal dominated areas Kanthampaham, Amring, Umsalani, Kalang, Dekapathar
and it has earned Rani fame as stream of traders are witnessed making a bee line
for buying this natural gift.

Poultry sector regaining
lost market after lifting of ban(AST, 25-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 24 – Heaving a sigh of relief after the prolonged bird
flu scare in the State, the All Assam Poultry Farmers’ Association (AAPFA) has
divulged that the poultry industry in the State has managed to regain the lost
market up to at least 60 per cent ever since the ban on the import of poultry
products was lifted, excluding the West Bengal origin products.
The association further informed that as the sale is going higher with every
passing day, the prices of the poultry products, especially livestock would go
up, thanks to the limited stocks of birds and other poultry products in the
market. …more…

 Agri dept to promote compost
pits for farmers (IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 23: Feeling the need for improving soil health which has sharply
deteriorated in the state due to excessive use of chemical fertilizers, the
state agriculture department designed a new method for preparation of
bio-fertilizers by the farmer making bio composite pits near their field.
Agriculture scientists and experts of the state agriculture department, mention
may be made, have been worried by the fast increasing acidity rate and
decreasing fertility of soil in the state owing to the excessive and
uncontrolled application of fertilizers in the cultivating lands and unchecked
use of pesticides to control pests for a long time.

Clear-cut policy on agar trade
HOJAI, Feb 25 – The healthy relations between Assam agar wood traders,
Agar Oil Manufacturers’ Association and the State government that developed
after a long cold war with the present regime seems to be on the verge of
deterioration as the traders are disgusted over the indifferent attitude of the
government in implementation of a clear-cut policy concerning agar wood and agar
oil business. …more…

Aquaculture training prog opened


IMPHAL, Feb 25: A five-day fisheries training and demonstration programme
on Fish Health Management in Aquaculture was opened today at Thoubal district
Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Wangbal. Thoubal district Zilla Parishad Adhakshya Md
Abdul Latif and KVK Thoubal Programme Co-ordinator Dr O Nobo Singh graced the
function as chief guest and president respectively.

on food, nutrition

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Extension Activities Cell of Manipur College
conducted today a one-day extension programme on Food and Nutrition at Temple of
Learning, Canchipur. Dr S Giri and Dr L Jairaj spoke as resource persons.

Awareness prog
IMPHAL, Feb 25: Rural Area Society under aegis of NABARD organised
today a one-day awareness programme on ciltivation of medicinal plant was
organised at Bless Academy, Tera Bazar.

intensified research trial at Bogorioni(AST_27_2_k8)
DERGAON, Feb 26 – A Seed Intensified Research (SIR) trial on farmer’s
field was held at Bogorioni under Dergaon Revenue Circle on February 18.
The programme was held under the aegis of North East Centre for Rural Livelihood
Research, an NGO headquartered at Dergaon, with the help of ‘National Gramin
Vikash Nidhi’ (NGVN). …more…

Foundation of rubber processing
unit laid(AST_27_2_k8)
DHUBRI, Feb 26 – Many self-help groups (SHG) of Dhubri district have
undertaken rubber cultivation as their main profession. In Chapar area itself as
many as nine SHGs are growing rubber plants, besides some individual farmers are
engaged in rubber cultivation. The raw materials produced by these rubber
cultivators are to depend on some private rubber processing units, which become
expensive for the cultivators.



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Border Trade, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Stillwell road could be Arunachal

road could be Arunachal`s bounty (IFP_30_1_k8)

PANGSAU, Jan 29: `Thanks to the Allied Forces of 2nd World War` are the words
often repeated with great expectation by the people of Arunachal Pradesh. The
praise is for the 1079 km long Stillwell road which connects Indian territory in
Arunachal Pradesh with Myanmar and China. In fact, there have been several
traditional trade routes existing at the border of Arunachal Pradesh with China
and Myanmar since early periods when the people of the three countries shared
economic and social affairs through these trade routes. But with intense
restrictions on passing through the area by the security forces of the
respective countries the age old trade exchange has gradually decreased.

B’deshis carrying on
businesses, working illegally: BSF
SHILLONG, Jan 4 – The arrest of two Bangladeshi nationals at Lantilla
in Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya has opened a new window on how
Bangladeshis have been carrying on businesses and working in the major towns of
the State. The Border Security Force personnel arrested two Bangladeshi
nationals at Lantilla in Jaintia Hills on Wednesday night and the revelation
confirmed the long suspected Bangladeshis prospering in the State. The BSF party
arrested Subhash Singha and Brij Mohan Singha, both from Maulvi Bazar. While Rs
22,463 in cash was recovered from them, the amazing fact is that one owned a
welding shop while the other is engaged in trade for the past two years in Jowai
town. …more…

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.

Antony: Look East policy not
targeted at China(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Kuala Lumpur
India on Sunday said closer relations with the US and other nations will not be
at the expense of any of its "old friends" while its growing ties with Southeast
Asia were not aimed at countering China’s influence in the region. India’s
growing ties with the countries of this region had already paid rich dividends
as could be seen in increasing trade between New Delhi and the Association of
South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Defence Minister A K Antony, who arrived here
on Sunday evening on a two-day official visit, said.

Centre to upgrade LCSs to boost border trade(SHT, 7-1-k8)

New Delhi
With a view to boost border trade, over a dozen Land Customs Stations (LCSs)
along India’s borders with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal will be
upgraded into Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) in next three years for providing
better facilities to businessmen. he Centre will bear the entire cost of the Rs
853 crore project as per a decision taken at an inter-ministerial meeting here
recently, a Home Ministry official said on Sunday. The project to upgrade 13 LCS
is aimed at facilitating border trade by offering better and additional
facilities at ICPs for traders and businessmen.

Proposals for Thai-NE
cooperation pursued(SHT_24_1_k8)

NEW DELHI: In total, 42 proposals for Thai-North East Trade
Cooperation in investment and trade sector mostly in tourism are being actively
pursued under the overall aegis and coordination of the Indian Chamber of
Commerce, according to official sources here on Wednesday. Following high level
visits and business summit in Bangkok few months ago several encouraging
proposals involving close cooperation between Thailand and India’s North East
have come, the sources said. The Bank of Bangkok has also expressed interest in
funding Indo-Thai ventures in the region. The Thai delegation consisted of
representatives from the Thailand Board of Investment, the Royal Thai Embassy in
New Delhi, the Thai Office of Commercial Affairs in New Delhi and Thai companies
in the food, construction, banking and steel industry. …more…

fest may set platform for enhanced Indo-Myanmar trade activity (IFP_31_1_k8)

Nampong, Jan 30: The recently held Pangsau Pass
winter festival at Nampong village of Changalang district Arunachal Pradesh has
a remarkable historical significance and celebrates the true relationship
between the Burmese and the local people. The festival kicked off on January 20
with the striking of the traditional gong by DoTC chairman Phusum Kimhun and
singing of `We stand and sing for peace and unity` to send a clear message that
the people crave for peace in the insurgency affected Changlang district of
Arunachal Pradesh. The PPWF was organised with an objective to rebuild the age
old relationship between the people of Arunachal Pradesh and nieghbouring
Myanmar. …more…

‘Checkgates allowing entry of
poultry from West Bengal’(SEN_22_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 21: Vigil along the Asom-West
Bengal border has been intensified following the seizure of vans loaded with
chicken from the neighbouring State at Bijoy Nagar and Gouripur on January 19
night despite the imposition of a blanket ban on the movement of poultry and
poultry products across the international and inter-State borders. This was
stated by Dr AK Kataki, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Director, while talking
to The Sentinel here today. State Veterinary Minister Khorsingh Ingti convened a
meeting of the officials of the departments concerned at Dispur today to review
the prevailing situation arising out of the outbreak of avian influenza in West

Tax evasion at
Srirampur and Chagolia checkgates(SEN_22_1_k8)

Cross-checking of
papers produced in WB, Asom may check the practice
 GUWAHATI, Jan 21: Srirampur and Chagolia checkposts have once again triggered a
controversy of tax evasion, with many enquiry commissions of the past failing to
tackle the problem. Coming to power in 2001, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had
assured that his government would put an end to the tax evasion and extortion at
these checkgates, but the discrepancies are mounting up with gross
misappropriation of tax revenues and mafia-style money extortion by the police
and other officials from the truckers. …more…
Experts discuss policy(TEL,

Jan. 18:
The much-hyped
Look East policy came up for discussion on the concluding day of the two-day
conference on Northeast India and its Transnational Neighbourhood at IIT
Guwahati. Deliberating on Northeast India in a New Asia, experts said the
security establishments of the country have hijacked the Look East policy aimed
at economic development of the region. Sushil Khanna of IIM Calcutta said Indian
policy makers have used the “opening up” of its northeastern neighbours only to
strengthen ties with military regimes in Bangladesh and Myanmar to launch
counter-insurgency movements against the outfits in the Northeast.


Kaladan project nears completion
AIZAWL, Jan 3: The Kaladan multi-model project, a key route to
the Indo-Myanmar border trade, is nearing completion, says Myanmar Foreign
Minister U Nyan Win.
Speaking to Mizoram Lok Sabha member Vanlalzawma, in the presence of Union
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Wednesday, Nyan said
this and added that the project is in its final stage and an agreement in this
regard would be signed when Myanmar vice-president visits India in next April.

Bangla FDI bar off(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 3:
India has lifted
the ban on foreign direct investment (FDI) from Bangladesh. A 1999 law had
barred FDI from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. But Sri Lanka was exempt in
2000, and with Bangladesh joining the club, Pakistan is the lone country on the
hot list. The Indian gesture, pending for some time but notified without fanfare
in November, comes at a time a $3-billion-dollar investment proposal by the
Tatas is pending with the Bangladesh government. Delhi’s sweetener may also help
speed up resumption of hilsa imports from Bangladesh.

Bangla bans Meghalaya coal again(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Jan. 3:
The Bangladesh
government has placed an embargo on the import of Meghalaya coal, most of which
reaches that country through the trade centre at Suterkandi checkpost in
Karimganj district.  A senior official of the central excise and customs
department at the checkpost said it had received an order to that effect from
the department’s counterpart in Dhaka yesterday. The Bangladesh government has
stated that the high sulphur content in Meghalaya’s low-ash coal is the reason
for its embargo, which was clamped last Tuesday for an indefinite period.


Smuggler shot dead (TEL_7_1_K8)

Jan. 6:
The BSF shot dead
a cattle smuggler at Gudligaon village in the Mankachar area bordering Garo
Hills, adjacent to Dhubri district of Assam, on Sunday. The police said the use
of high-tech thermal images helped the BSF to spot a gang of cattle smugglers
along the border. The cattle smuggler, identified as Bakul Mia from Gudligaon
village, was killed in the firing. The other members of the gang escaped.


team in Assam for trade(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
An 18-member
delegation from Thailand is visiting the region to look for business
opportunities. The delegates, who represent various sectors including Bangkok
Bank, will visit Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.  They will be in the
region till January 13. “This is an opportune time to do business and one should
not lose opportunities now,” Assam industries minister Pradyut Bordoloi said
during a function held at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra before an interactive
session with the delegation.

Bangladesh lifts ban on export of hilsa fish to India
AGARTALA, Jan 13: In news that will gladden
the hearts of many fish gourmands in India, Bangladesh has lifted the ban on the
export of the prized hilsa, six months after Dhaka clamped it to meet domestic
demand, officials said here on Sunday. “Considering all aspects, the government
has taken the decision last week to lift the ban on export of hilsa fish to
India,” said Monir Ahmed, first secretary and head of mission of Bangladesh visa
office here. Fish traders here expect that supply of the tropical fish from
Bangladesh would resume soon.
“The silver fish of Padma and Meghna rivers in Bangladesh has already hit the
markets in Kolkata and southern Asom three days back,” the traders said. Dhaka
stopped export of hilsa fish to India in an attempt to meet the local demand at
a reasonable price.

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Tea and Agro-Based, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Inferior tea pricks euphoria

tea pricks euphoria(TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan. 10:
The tea
industry’s euphoria over good prices after several years may soon evaporate with
a lot of “waste tea” being pumped into the market by producers trying to make
hay while the sun shines. According to industry estimates, over 20 million kg of
inferior quality tea, a bulk of which is reprocessed from tea waste, has been
released in the market. Assam produces about 450 million kg annually. …more…


Cachar on
international biodiesel map(TEL, 17-1-k8)

British multinational to set up region’s first jatropha oil expeller in
the district

(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Silchar, Jan.
16: Two multinational honchos flew down to Cachar on Sunday and named the
district as the newest biofuel destination in the Northeast. The region’s first
oil expeller to extract biodiesel from jatropha curcas, a non-edible
oilseed bearing plant, will be set up by the multinational D1-BP Fuel Crops
Limited in the south Assam district soon. Ann Cormack, the chief executive of
the D1-BP Fuel, made the announcement on Monday night. Cormack said this oil
expeller would be the first step towards establishing the region’s first oil
refinery for biodiesel. …more…


Sour taste
to Manipur lemon fest(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Jan. 16:
More than 200
farmers will take part in the fourth annual lemon festival in Ukhrul with the
hope of attracting more buyers.However, their hopes could be dashed if the
Manipur government does not make any attempts to attract buyers from outside the
state. Ukhrul’s lemon festival is held annually and this year’s two-day festival
will begin at Kachai, known as the “lemon bowl of Manipur,” on Friday. The
organisers have decided to increase the number of stalls from last year’s 165 to
200. Six farmers from Senapati district have been invited. Farmers from 10
villages will compete in the festival. …more…


horizons for farmers(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Jan. 16:
The Year of the
Farmer, initiated by the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, ended
today with a clarion call asking them to take up new methods of farming. The
farming community in the state is a neglected lot, even though the state accords
highest priority to the farmers and more than 75 per cent of the people depend
on farming for their livelihood. Moreover, the farmers in the state are yet to
get familiar with the use of modern technology in farming. At a function held at
the state central library as a part of the culmination of the farmers’ year,
additional chief secretary W.M.S. Pariat said farmers in the state should use
new methods and explore the use of modern equipment. The farmers need to do this
in order to meet the growing demand in the market. …more…


neem yields sweet dividend (TEL, 19-1-k8)

fertiliser revs up production and increases demand

(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Jan. 18:
Vegetables grown using non-toxic neem-based fertilisers and pesticides under the
Neem Dharitri project are flooding markets in Dhubri. Implemented by the
district unit of the Centre for Science and Environment Education and the
Science Learning Centre, the project is benefiting farmers in two ways. Besides
ensuring high yield, vegetables cultivated using eco-friendly neem are fetching
higher prices, too. Neem is known to be the antidote to many ailments and
fertilisers made from extracts of the plant are safe as well as economical.

German technology to be introduced in orange plantations

GUWAHATI, Jan 1: The Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing,
Asom, is going to introduce ‘water holding granules’, popularly known as ‘Rain
Drops’, in the orange orchards of Asom. The Water Holding Granules, a
Germany-based technology will help to retain water during the dry season in the
orange orchards of the State. This was disclosed by JP Meena, Agricultural
Production Commissioner, Asom, during the Gaonloi Bolok Abhijan held at the
Bongaon ADO Circle of Boko Agricultural subdivision. This was stated in a press
release. …more…

Grain Bank Project
under wraps, goes haywire(SEX_4_1_k8)

Lamka, Dec 31: In what could be term as the most dreadful act of any
elected Government, the State Government has put its 7th September 2007, 15th
September 2007 orders under wrap as far as atleast 93 village grain banks in
five hill districts are concerned. A document in the possession of this
correspondent has notified ‘the establish-ment of Village Grain Banks in 93 hill
villages in inacce-ssible food scarce areas of the 5 (five) hill districts of
Manipur.’  …more…


Food processing
IMPHAL, Jan 19: The
Association of Food Scientists & Technologist (India), Ma-nipur Chapter in
association with DIC Bishnupur would be organising a 4-week long EDP on Food
Processing Industries for the educated unemployed youths of Bishnupur district
from February 7 to March 8 at DIC Training Hall, Bishnupur.


Entrepreneur’s light spurs women vendors’ livelihood

IMPHAL, Jan 19: In what
could be terms an entrepre-neurial influence, 52 years old Thokchom Joy, who
hails from Lairenbi Leirak Yumnam Leikai, has given vegetable vendors in
parti-cular, more than a flicker of hope by providing the accessories they
needed most but which they could not perceive of not long ago. It is none other
than the artificial lamp that is used far and wide after dusk mainly in the
market places of Im-phal to replace the cumber- some pudon. Commuters and
customers alike espe-cially office-goers after long hours of work during the day
sometimes end up with no time left for vegetable shopping in the market.


Organic farming(SEX_26_1__k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 25: An awareness programme on organic farming was
organised by the State Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation under
the National Project on Organic Farming at Tangkhul Theological Association
premises at Hamleikhong in Ukhrul district yesterday. Former Horticulture
Director B Haridas and horticulturist S Sanjoy spoke in the awareness programme
as resource persons. Project in-charge KD Sharma also elaborated on how to
undertake organic farming in hill areas. …more


Law to
save tea quality

Norms to be in place this year (TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Jan. 3:
Aghast at the
trend of sacrificing quality in the pursuit of quantity, the Congress-led
government has decided to set quality-control norms to protect Assam Tea’s
reputation in the domestic and global markets. Industry minister Pradyut
Bordoloi told The Telegraph that the government would frame a law to
prohibit growers from producing tea of inferior quality and undoing the
reputation the state has built over the decades. Assam Tea received a
Geographical Indications certificate, equivalent to a patent, in November.

wait for a drop of water(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

1980: The
largest irrigation plan in Assam — the Champamati project — is announced. With a
budget of Rs 15 crore, the project is expected to water 24,994 hectares, be
completed by 1984 and benefit parts of Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar districts.

Champamati project has a revised budget of Rs 156 crore but has only 20 of the
120 canals that were supposed to be built 24 years ago. In the meantime, Chirang
has been carved out of Bongaigaon but the benefits of Champamati remain elusive.

brews over tea fertiliser shortage(TEL_7_1_K8)

Jan. 6:
The year 2008,
projected as a comeback year for the tea industry, started on a jarring note
with Indian Potash Limited (IPL), supplier of imported fertiliser, expressing
its inability to sell it at the rate fixed by the Tea Board. The reason cited by
the company is high cost escalation of muriate of potash (MoP), essential to the
growth of tea plant. The crisis was discussed threadbare on Friday at a meeting
attended by state officials a representative each from the Tea Board and the IPL.

aid for tea industry(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
The Centre will
send at least 10 railway rake-loads of muriate of potash (MoP) to Assam, after
the tea industry’s SOS to the Union commerce ministry about an acute scarcity of
fertilisers in the plantations. The muriate of potash is a vital fertiliser for
both the CTC and Orthodox varieties of tea. According to a press release by the
Indian Tea Association (ITA), the shortage of the fertiliser threatened the
production of tea in the state, particularly as the plucking season is due in
start in two months. …more…

tea growers face big trouble(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
They have shaken the
traditional “bada sahib mentality” of the tea industry, been tagged as a
“great social force” and “the first-generation local entrepreneurs in the tea
industry”. They also share the tables with the golf-playing big daddies of
business at conclaves and conferences. After all, they grow 35 per cent of the
state’s total tea output. But at the end of the day, it’s the word “small” that
gets magnified — when they must queue up in front of the snooty giants for
payment, be blamed for the deteriorating quality of tea and be left out of major
industry decisions. …more…


scripts success story in tomato cultivation (SEX_12_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 11: It started with sweating all day tilling hard with
just spade and other hand tools without any modern machinery. But Ahongshangbam
Gambhir is now a successful farmer reaping the fruits of his own labour. Gambhir
was earlier a grade IV electrician in Manipur Rifles. Unable to run the family
with his meagre salary, he set his eyes on fields taking a bold initiative with
a firm determination. …more…

IMPHAL, Jan 25: Under its ongoing ‘disease free animal’ project,
medical personnel of the 39 Assam Rifles conducted veterinary camps at Nilakuthi,
Mantripukhri, Khurkhul, Chingmeirong, Chingarel and Paorabi areas in the last
few days. According to a release of PRO IGAR (S) a total of 500 animals have
been treated so far.

Organic farming(SEX_26_1__k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 25: An
awareness programme on organic farming was organised by the State Department of
Horticulture and Soil Conservation under the National Project on Organic Farming
at Tangkhul Theological Association premises at Hamleikhong in Ukhrul district
yesterday. …more…

Scarcity of
fertilizers threatens tea production
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: The Indian Tea Association (ITA) has been receiving
reports since August 2007 of an acute shortage of Muriate of Potash (MoP) in the
tea gardens in Asom covering both the Brahmaputra and Barak valleys. The
non-availability of MoP was reported be severely affecting the overall manuring
programmes, which have to be followed in the tea plantations and repeated
reference to India Potash Limited (IPL) — the sole importing agency for MoP —
did not yield any results. This was stated in a press release. …more…

Jorhat dairy plant comes a cropper
 JORHAT, Jan 14: This was
a promise not delivered. The central dairy here, which operates under the Dairy
Development Department, did not revive the milk processing unit it had intended
to in 2006. There was a proposal to reactivate the plant through a generous
grant under the Centre-sponsored Integrated Dairy Development Programme.
Now with the advent of Magh Bihu festivities, the demand for milk and milk
products has risen in the district. According to official sources, the
requirement for cream goes up to 5,000 kg during the festival…more


African nations show interest in NE bamboo
Guwahati, Jan 16: African nations may be
expected to import huge quantity of bamboo products from Asom. If interest shown
by African nations in bamboo products of Asom at the just-concluded Annual
General Conference of UNIDO held at Vienna is any indication, it can only mean
that the State can make good business out of its bamboo cultivation. High-level
Government officials from countries such as South Africa and Tanzania had
visited the Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) stall, and expressed keen
interest in cheap alternative of wood.

urged to grow new crops
16: Farmers need to venture into new methods of farming and find out ways and
means of growing new products to match the growing demands of the market, said
additional chief secretary WMS Pariat.Addressing the closing function of the
Year of Farmers programme at the State Central Library premises here today,
Pariat said that to meet growing demands, farmers need to find out ways to grow
new and different kinds of vegetables and fruits.



28-crore New Year gift for Sukla project
bundh at Bogamati constructed

 GORESWAR, Jan 25: The Sukla irrigation
project over the Sukla river near Goreswar, which was inoperational for several
years is expected to kick start this year as Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC)
has sanctioned an amount of seven crore along with financial help from NABARD to
the tune of Rs 21 crore. This was stated by Hagrama Mohilary in an open meeting
held at Betna High School field recently. The construction work of this
irrigation project slated to be the second biggest in Asom built at the cost of
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. Hence
more than 500 employees have been taking monthly dues without work from 1992.


Tea garden
officials assaulted, office ransacked
 JOYSAGAR, Jan 25: Three tea garden officials were injured and
property worth lakhs of rupees were damaged when angry tea garden labourers
attacked the officials and ransacked the office and factory of Doomar Dollung
Tea Estate in Sivasagar district today morning.According to reports, angry
protestors, allegedly belonging to the All Tea Tribe Students’ Association (ATTSA),
attacked the tea garden officials and ransacked tea garden property over a
long-standing dispute regarding pay-related matter. The protestors were
demanding punitive action against a Shramik Sangha leader, who has been alleged
to be involved in irregularity in payment of salaries to the tea garden
Mukul Rahman, senior manager of the tea estate and two assistants — Dilip
Choudhury and Biraj Sarma — were injured in the attack. …more…

IMPHAL, Dec 31: Continuing the campaign being launched under the
Integrated Pest Management with the main objective of increasing agricultural
produce in the State, the office of the Agriculture Officer (Chemistry),
Mantripukhri, Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur today conducted a
yet another Seed Treatment programme at Loushipat, Kakching. The campaign was
conducted at Loushipat in Kakching where the Society for People’s Advancement is
taking up necessary steps for cultivation of Potatoes covering over an area of
10 hectares. …more…

Centre allots Rs
15 cr for seed village prog in Asom
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: The State Government is all set to implement a
massive seed village programme in the State so as to produce quality seeds along
with the participation of the farmers. This was stated by JP Meena, agricultural
production officer, Department of Agriculture, Government of Assam, while
addressing a meeting of Agriculture officers of the department at the conference
hall of the Goalpara deputy commissioner’s office yesterday. This was stated in
a press release. …more…

KAMUL milk launched
DIPHU, Jan 10: As a part of the endeavor
to usher a white revolution in the district of Karbi Anglong the much awaited
Karbi Anglong Milk Union Limited (KAMUL) 500 ltrs per day capacity milk
processing plant was formally inaugurated by Khor Sing Engti, Minister Hill Area
Development (HAD), Government of Asom, at Manja on January 9.
On the ocassion of the mega launching public meeting was attended by a large
number of dignitaries including Mongal Sing Engti, Chief Executive Member (CEM)
Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Tarendra Brahma, Pradip Singnar,



urged to boost cultivation in Karbi Anglong

HOWRAGHAT, Jan 11: With a view to popularize mechanized agriculture
among the farmers and to boost the rate of the crop production suiting the
seasons, an adequate initiative has been taken up by the Government in
association with the Development Blocks and Integrated Tribal Development
Projects (ITDP) in Karbi Anglong hills district. …more…

Tough time for small tea growers in Kokrajhar
 KOKRAJHAR, Dec 15: With very little avenues for Government jobs, the
educated unemployed youths of the State seem to be busy in choosing ways and
means for self-dependance. A good number of them are now concentrating on tea
plantation and farming. In Kokrajhar district is witnessing a significant number
of unemployed Bodo youths opting for tea plantation as a means of alternative
livelihood. Earlier there were only three tea gardens in Kokrajhar district. But
now around 40 small tea gardens have come up after the youths and interested
growers have chosen tea plantation for self-employment. While such plantation by
the youths for self-employment is an encouraging sign, the small tea growers
certainly need of inspiration from the tea majors and the administration.

Israel oranges
hope for Mizo farmers
AIZAWL, Jan 7: The Mizoram Assembly Subject Committee members today hoped
that high quality and disease resistant oranges of Israel could solve the
problems faced by the State’s orange cultivators. The committee members said
these while presenting their report to state Agriculture Minister H Rammawi.

Ginger brings cheer
to entrepreneur(AST_2_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – Between 2003 and 2005, Pranab Mahanta of Boko
Barpara was a farmer. He used to cultivate ginger on his 5.5 hectares (about 42
bighas) of farmland. Now 33, Mahanta is an entrepreneur. He is now awaiting a
Government of India licence to enter the market on his own. A science graduate
with major in mathematics, Mahanta started his food-processing unit in 2006 with
his own money and subsequently he received financial help from the Small
Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and the Small Farmers’
Agri-business Consortium (SFAC). Today, he has an investment of around Rs 2.70
crore in his Barpara-based Rity Food Processing Pvt Ltd. …more…

IPM team hopes to continue
success streak at Nongren (IFP_10_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 9: The IPM
(Integrated Pest Management) team Wednesday discovered a field at Nongren
village in Imphal east which will be one of the best fields for growing potatoes
in its ongoing campaign for cultivating suitable crops in the soil available.

According to the result of the soil test conducted by the IPM experts, as usual
before growing crops for detecting percentage of the nutrient content and
acidity of the soil, the team detected presence of high quantity of organic
materials and acidity in a paddy field in the village (Nongren in Lamlai area).

Move to boost orange
cultivation with German technology
GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The Directorate of Horticulture and Food
Processing, Assam, is going to introduce water-holding granules, popularly known
as ‘raindrop’ in the orange orchards of Assam. The water holding granules, a
German technology, will help to retain water during the water scarcity or dry
seasons in the orange orchards of Assam. This was disclosed by JP Meena,
Agricultural Production Commissioner of Assam, during the Gaonloi Bolok Abhijan,
held on Sunday at Bongaon ADO circle of Boko agricultural subdivision. …more…

State joha rice to hit
Germany, UK markets(AST_3_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – After securing a foothold in Switzerland market,
rice of the State will hit Germany and United Kingdom markets soon.
Sunstar Overseas Limited, a leading export group in the country will send a
consignment of around 60 tonne of organic joha rice to Germany and UK.
The group has signed a deal with the State Government today to boost export of
scented joha rice to the foreign countries. Last year it exported nearly
40 tonne of joha rice to Switzerland. …more…

Articles invited for
horticulture souvenir
GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – The organizing committee of the North East Regional
Horticultural Show 2008 has invited articles, poems, success stories related to
horticulture and other allied matters for its souvenir that would be released on
the opening day of the show. The horticultural show will start from February 10
and continue till 14 of the same month at the Assam Engineering Institute
playground at Chandmari. …more…

Programme held on ornamental
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – A day-long awareness programme on ornamental fish
was held at Dhumarkur area in Barpeta district recently, a press release stated.
The programme was organised by an NGO, the Society for Agricultural and
Industrial Development (SAID). It may be mentioned that some of the indigenous
fish in the State have good international demand as ornamental fish. But due to
lack of proper knowledge, most of the fishermen are selling these fish as food
fish. …more…

Involvement of rural women in
mushroom cultivation urged(AST_4_1_k8)
GOLAGHAT, Jan 3 – A mushroom cultivation training was held recently
at Banausadhi-Bagicha of Dr Gunaram Khonikar at Tetelitol, Golaghat under the
aegis of the Indian Traditional Treatment Regional Research and Training Centre,
Tetelitol where 20 women from rural areas of Golaghat district and three girl
students of DKD College Dergaon participated in both theory and practical
activity. The training on Mushroom cultivation was imparted by Indumoni Gogoi
and Arinita Saikia as the resource persons. …more…

Organic rice to be

 GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – The Agricultural and Processed Food Products
Export Development Authority (APEDA) has plans to export indigenous varieties of
rice, produced with organic farming methods in the North-eastern (NE) region of
the country to the foreign markets. Disclosing this, APEDA Regional Manager
Bidyut Baruah told this newspaper that the rice varieties like the Komal Chawl,
Bora Chawl, Bao Chawl (red rice), Joha and the black rice produced in the region
applying the organic methods had the export potential. While Manipur produces
the black rice, Assam produces the other varieties of rice named above.

Pineapple growers switch over
to agar plantation
HAFLONG, Jan 4 – The pineapple growers of Harangajao, bordering area
of the district, popular for the largest production of pineapple, have switched
over to agar plantation following the discouraging returns from the pineapple
production. Long back villagers of Harangajao started the pineapple plantation
for their livelihood and were happy with the outcome of their hard work but
without any assistance from the government. Thus Harangajao became famous for
the largest production of pineapple. But the lack of proper transportation and
market facility stood on the way, and growers lost the interest gradually. The
horticulture department, to ease the problem tried to provide transportation
facility but failed. …more…

Demonstration on farm
mechanisation at Dudhnoi
 GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – A training-cum-demonstration on farm mechanisation
for improved agriculture was organised at Guabari village, Dudhnoi on December
24 by the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Goalpara, a press release said. Nearly
30 farmers from Guebari, both men and women actively participated in the
programme. The need of farm menchanisation is an urgent need of the hour in
Assam since there is acute shortage of farm power. …more…

Move to promote commercial
vegetable farming in Tinsukia
 TINSUKIA, Jan 5 – In addition to the permanent urban settlers, some
other big establishments like Army, Central Reserve Police Force Railway, Digboi
Refinery, units of Oil India Ltd, Coal India, etc. Tinsukia district, remained
always a big consumer of vegetables and other eatables. Vegetables use to be
brought from other places of the State as well as outside the State to this
district as the production of the district is not sufficient to meet the
demands. …more…

Training on bamboo plantation
DERGAON, Jan 5 – A training programme on “Nursery techniques and
commercial plantation of bamboo” under the aegis of National Bamboo Mission was
held at Dergaon Veterinary Auditorium recently. The programme was sponsored by
Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) Guwahati and conducted by Assam Apex
Handicraft Marketing Co-operative Society Ltd. The inaugural meeting was chaired
by Gopal Krishna Khound, a social worker. …more…

Frequent bandhs hit
State tea industry(AST_8_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – Though the functioning of the tea gardens of Assam
are normally not affected by the frequent bandhs and road blockades called by
different organizations to put pressure on the Government for the fulfilment of
their demands, the industry as a whole has been severely hit by such agitations
as despatches of tea gets delayed, which, in turn, affects the financial health
of the gardens. Tea Industry sources told The Assam Tribune today that
most of the gardens of the State shift tea to the warehouses based in Guwahati
every week and a few gardens resort to stock transfers to Kolkata. But with
frequent bandhs and road blockades severely affecting movement of trucks, the
gardens are unable to transport tea either to Guwahati or to Kolkata by road and
majority of the gardens do not have adequate space for storing tea in the
gardens or factories, which in turn, affects production. …more…

Plea to
repair Philobari dam
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. …more…

Training on bamboo nursery held
at Dergaon
 DERGAON, Jan 9 – A two-day training programme on ‘Nursery techniques and
commercial plantation of bamboo’ under the aegis of National Bamboo Mission was
held at the Dergaon veterinary auditorium starting December 12. The programme
was sponsored by the Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) Guwahati and
conducted by Assam Apex Handicraft Marketing Co-operative Society Ltd. The
inaugural meeting was chaired by Gopal Krishna Khound, a social worker.

Bakola seed farm in a shambles(AST_10_1_k8)
ITAKHOLA, Jan 9 – People of greater Naduar area of Sonitpur district
remembered the contribution of Bakola seed farm of Chaibari in Sonitpur district
during the floods this year by providing kathias to people of different
districts of the state. The farm is now run by a private party. Government of
Assam established Bakola seed farm in 1974 at Chaibari Mazgaon to facilitate
Green Revolution to the area through cultivation. To realise the dream,
government provided 100 bighas of land for the farm. …more…

Crop failure hits muga growers
 MIRZA, Jan 11 – The muga rearers have received a massive setback
following the crop failure like bhodia seed. This correspondent who interacted
with a host of muga growers of Boko and Rani areas has found the pathetic state
that they find themselves in. “The extensive crop loss has left me in complete
disarray,” 85-year-old Gajendra Raba who has been rearing muga lamented, adding
the silkworm that crippled down the food plant had been barely seen climbing up
the plant. …more…

Karchantola agricultural farm
in a spot
JAMUGURIHAT, Jan 11 – Karchantola Agriculture Farm under Naduar
anchalik panchayat (NAP) in Sonitpur district was established in 1971 for
self-employment of rural unemployed youths of the undivided Naduar anchalik
panchayat which included both Naduar and Sootea anchalik panchayats. As there
was a central scheme for such a farm, the then NAP with the initiative of its
president late Maheswar Bora established this farm on a plot of land, measuring
more than 200 bighas of grazing ground in Borbhagia mouza, Borigaon under Sootea
revenue circle (Dag No. 357/279 and 401/420), at Karchantola, at a distance of 4
kilometres from Jamugurihat centre. The land was allotted vide govt. letter No.
28/72/411 dated 1.11.1972. The farm was running smoothly for few years as land
were leased to beneficiaries @125 per annum, the beneficiaries earned from
cultivation and government revenue. …more…

Fish traders’ warning against
chalani variety
GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – The local fish traders of Uzanbazar area of
Guwahati have asked the people to beware of swindlers who might try to dupe them
with chalani fish, projecting it as local fish on Uruka. The Brihattar Uzanbazar
Scheduled Caste Unemployed Fish Traders Association has also warned of stern
steps against fish traders who cheat consumers in the name of local fish.

Organic joha rice
 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – Coinciding with the Bihu festival, Nature First
joha rice was launched for the consumers of Assam. The rice is being distributed
by Agriquest Plantations, a company promoted by Globally Managed Services. The
rice, with two variants – Organic and Nutripicked – are procured from the
farmers of Udalguri, who traditionally cultivate using organic method. The rice
has been certified by Geneva-based SGS. …more…

Milk producers body formed(AST_17_1_k8)
DUNI, Jan 16 – In order to provide self-employment opportunities to the
rural unemployed youths of Duni-Bherua area with scientific dairy farming, a new
organisation named Kamdhenu Dugdha Utpadak Samiti was formed recently. …more…

National Bamboo Mission in
Dhubri dist demanded
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – Bamboo, also christened as green gold, keeping in
mind its various utilities, is found abundantly in Assam. It is used for a
multitude of purposes including construction of houses, making furniture and
making various items of daily use. Keeping in mind the versatility of this
product, the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) Government of India
has started a new mission, the National Bamboo Mission. It is an ambitious
project and the CCEA has sanctioned Rs 568 crore centrally sponsored scheme (CSS).
The central Government has also offered full assistance to this mission which is
supposed to cover 1.75 lakh hectare area under bamboo plantation activities over
a period of five years. This has stated in a press release. …more…

Kamul milk launched in Karbi
Anglong district
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – As part of the endeavour to usher in a white
revolution in the district of Karbi Anglong, the much awaited KAMUL (Karbi Milk
Union Limited) 500 litres per day capacity milk processing plant was formally
inaugurated by Khor Sing Engti, minister i/c HAD & Vety Govt of Assam, at Manja
recently, a press release said.
On the occasion, a public meeting was held which was attended by a large number
of dignitaries including Mongal Sing Engti, CEM, KAAC, Tarendra Brahma, EM I/C
Vety, Pradip Singnar, EM, and Bhupen Hasnu, EM. …more…

Horticulture workshop held(AST_18_1_k8)
NAMCHI, Jan 17 – An awareness programme on off-season vegetable
cultivation and other horticulture activities was held at the Community Centre
in Rabong here recently.
The programme was organized by the State Horticulture and Cash Crop Development
Department. The chief guest of the programme was MLA and Minister, DD Bhutia and
the special guest was the Agriculture Minister, Somnath Poudyal. …more…

State poultry sector hit by
bird flu threat(AST_30_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – Though the deadly
virus of bird flu or avian influenza is yet to hit the State, nevertheless, the
poultry industry, which is being facilitated by the numerous self-help groups (SHG)
across the State, especially in the rural areas, has started facing the heat.
Moreover, the huge burden of loans that most of these SHGs have taken to start
their business, is compounding the woes.

Training on scientific
dairy farming imparted
 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – A three-day training
programme on ‘Technologies for increasing milk production’, involving 51 farmers
from Goalpara district was organised by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Dudhnoi
in Goalpara district and sponsored by the School of Agriculture, IGNOU, New
Delhi with the help of IGNOU Regional Centre, here at the auditorium of the
College of Veterinary Science at Khanapara from January 19-21, a press release

Manipur bans poultry
 IMPHAL, Jan 29 – In a pre-emptive measure
to check the spread of avian influenza, Manipur Government has banned the import
of chicks, ducklings, eggs, and live birds, etc., from other states. “Testing of
poultry feed samples for any possible contamination with avian influenza virus
is felt necessary”, said an order issued recently by the State Veterinary and
Animal Husbandry director, Th Dorendra Singh.

Vegetable producers in
dire straits
 BARPETA, Jan 27 – The agrarian people of
rural Barpeta are facing serious problems due to the low price of vegetables
they produce. More than 85 per cent of population in rural areas are dependent
on agriculture. Moreover, the devastating flood during the sali season has added
to their woes. Forgetting the past as past they resorted to rabi crops but the
all-time low price this year has made their lives miserable.

Sikkim to hold int’l
flower fest

 GANGTOK, Jan 27 – Sikkim would hold an
international flower festival at Saramsa Garden from March 14 to 16.
“Representatives from about 30 countries, including Holland, New Zealand,
Thailand, Australia and Korea are likely to participate in the event,” said GP
Upadhaya, secretary of the state tourism department.

Programme on milk
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – A threeday training
programme on ‘Technology for Increasing Milk Production’ was organised by the
School of Agriculture of IGNOU (New Delhi) in collaboration with IGNOU Guwahati
Regional Centre and Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Dudhnoi in Goalpara at the College
of Veterinary Science at Khanapara in Guwahati from January 19 to 21, stated a
press release.

Training on horticulture(AST_29_1_k8)
 DERGAON, Jan 28 – A day-long training on
horticulture was held at Dergaon Sports Club recently. The programme was
organised by GOAL, an NGO of Dergaon, with financial assistance from Assam
Agricultural University under Technology Campaign Project with Horticulture dept
of AAU.

Jatropha cultivation
making strides in Barak Valley
 SILCHAR, Jan 22 – Jatropha plantation has
completed one year in the Barak Valley. This was announced at a press conference
organised by Di Williamson Magor Bio Fuel Ltd recently. The company declared
November, 2006 for the plantation of jatropha on 10000 hectares of land. But it
achieved its first milestone by covering 9,713 hectares. The company has decided
to build the largest expeller unit of North-east in Cachar.


Rs 80-cr
fishery projects in State(AST_24_1_k8)

 MORIGAON, Jan 23 – The State Government
has signed a Rs 80-crore memorandum of understanding with the State Bank of
India to implement some ambitious fishery projects in the state. Fishery
Minister Nur Zamal Sarkar made this announcement at a press conference during
his visit to the Jungal-Balahu Government Fishery Farm in Morigaon district.


TAI seeks sops for State
tea industry(AST_25_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – The Tea Association of India (TAI) has expressed the view
that because of the recession, Indian tea has lost its competitive edge not only
in the global market but also in the domestic market and demanded a series of
concessions from the Government of Assam including exemption on cess on green
leaf to improve the financial health of the industry. In a pre-Budget memorandum
to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, the TAI pointed out that all the other tea
producing States of the country have granted exemption to the industry from
payment on cess on green leaf but the gardens of the Brahmaputra valley have to
pay cess at the rate of 32 paise per kilogram, while, the gardens of the Barak
valley have to pay at the rate of 29 paise. The TAI demanded that the Assam
Government should also grant exemption on payment on green leaf cess.


Workshop on banana
 MARIGAON, Jan 24 – A training-cum workshop on
banana cultivation was held with a two-day programme at Amolighat in Morigaon
district on January 18-19 under the auspices of the Agriculture department, Govt
of Assam. Altogether 150 cultivators from different states of North-eastern
region took part in the workshop.

Pramila’s call to set up
ICAR centre in Assam
GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – State Agriculture Minister
Pramila Rani Brahma on Wednesday pleaded for a national centre by the Indian
Council of Agriculture Research in Assam to address the problem of rain-fed
agriculture. She was addressing the 79th annual general meeting of the Indian
Council of Agricultural Research Society in New Delhi.
‘Kangla Food products
safe for health’(sex_28_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 27: All the products of the Kangla Food are safe for health
and nature friendly, claimed its proprietor Akhom Birendra. Speaking to
reporters at its factory premises at Nambol Chingmang Phoijing, conveyed that in
addition to the Assam State Public Health Laboratory report which said that
seven items of the Kangla Food products are safe for health, the Manipur
Pollution Control Board, after inspecting its oven, has also declared that the
factory is not hazardous to environment. At present, the Kangla Food is
producing 22 different items. Out of these, the most popular seven items were
sent for laboratory test, Birendra said. …more…


IMPHAL, Jan 29: A two day training programme on Scientific Pig Rearing
and Poultry Farming for Better Economy, conducted by the Department of Animal
Science, CAU, Imphal under the supervision of Prof M Dhaneswar, HoD of the
Department of Animal Science, CAU concluded today at Bamon Kampu Awang Leikai.
The programme was organised by Eastern Youth Welfare Organisation Bamon Kampu. W
Naba attended the concluding function as the chief  guest. …more…


clears two battalions to absorb ATPSF personnel(SEN_29_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28: The long-standing
demand of the over 2,000 strong Assam Tea Plantation Security Force (ATPSF)
personnel was finally met today when the State Cabinet gave its nod to the
proposals placed by a Group of Ministers (GoM) to accord the permanent structure
to the ATPSF personnel by absorbing them as security personnel by raising two
new battalions in the name and style — Assam Tea Plantation and Industrial
Security Force (ATPISF) — on the line of the existing Assam Special Reserve
Force Battalions (ASRFB).

MSP of raw
jute gets Cabinet nod(SEN_31_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 30: The Union Cabinet
Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the minimum support price (MSP) of
raw jute for the season 2008-09 at Rs 1,250 per quintal for Tosa Desi-5 grade of
ex-Asom jute against Rs 1,055 per quintal in 2007-08, said Union Minister of
Information and Broadcasting and Parliament Affairs Priyananjan Dasmunsi after
the Cabinet meeting. The corresponding MSP for other varieties and grades of raw
jute will be fixed by the Ministry of Textiles keeping in view the aggregate
scores assigned to different grades of jute, apart from their normal market
price differentials.

Workshop on
jhum (SEN_31_1_k8)

 SHILLONG, Jan 30: A two-day workshop on
‘Scientific Management of Jhum Areas’ was today inaugurated by the Meghalaya
Additional Chief Secretary WMS Pariat in Shillong. Speaking on the occasion,
Pariat said there was a marked decrease in jhum cultivation in the State.


fest may set platform for enhanced Indo-Myanmar trade activity (IFP_31_1_k8)

Nampong, Jan 30: The recently held Pangsau Pass
winter festival at Nampong village of Changalang district Arunachal Pradesh has
a remarkable historical significance and celebrates the true relationship
between the Burmese and the local people. The festival kicked off on January 20
with the striking of the traditional gong by DoTC chairman Phusum Kimhun and
singing of `We stand and sing for peace and unity` to send a clear message that
the people crave for peace in the insurgency affected Changlang district of
Arunachal Pradesh. …more…

Flower and horticulture
exhibition held(SEN_21_1_k8)

 TEZPUR, Jan 20: A two-day flower and
horticulture exhibition which was organized by the Tezpur Environment Society
was held at the Ananda Chandra Agarwala Park complex here. The programme was
inaugurated by a noted social worker and sister-in-law of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala.


Lemon festival concludes
in Manipur


IMPHAL, Jan 20: The winners of the fourth
district-level Kachai Lemon Festival, 2008, held at Ukhrul district, which
concluded on January 18, were announced. More than 200 stalls were displayed
their products at the Lemon Festival held under the aegis of the Kachai Fruit
Farming and Processing Cooperative Society Limited, Ukhrul district.


Big plans
for bamboo industry (TEL_23_1_k8)

Jan. 22:
The curse of militancy may have prevented Karbi
Anglong from making the best use of its blessing, but all is not lost yet. If
things go according to plan, bamboo-based industries in this hilly district will
get a new lease of life soon. The district administration, in collaboration with
the Guwahati-based Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), will establish
“bamboo cluster villages” where residents will cultivate and conserve cane and
bamboo in groups and make items for the global market.

Promise of
prawn bounty, on paper (TEL_24_1_k8)

Jan. 23:
A prawn culture scheme that promised to revolutionise the rural economy in this
militancy-ravaged district has become a classic example of how not to go about
implementing a project. The story of the project will be familiar to anyone who
knows how government agencies work. Like all such projects that ride on promises
and little else, this one suffered for want of “proper guidance” — a polite
allusion to blatant negligence.

Tea panel
seeks cess reprieve(TEL_25_1_k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 24:
The Tea Association of India has requested the Assam government for a total
exemption from payment of green leaf cess for three years in Barak Valley and a
substantial reduction in the rate of green leaf cess in the Brahmaputra valley.
The association had requested for the exemption to maintain parity with other
tea producing states. The association in its pre-budget memorandum to chief
minister Tarun Gogoi said the state cess on green leaf, which is 32 paise in

Valley and 29 paise in Barak Valley, were the highest among the tea-producing

Lockout in
garden after labour unrest(TEL_29_1_k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 28:
An indefinite lockout was today declared in the
Assam Company-owned Dumardolong tea estate whose functioning has been affected
by labour unrest since Friday. The management also withdrew the garden’s three
executives. Manager T. Rahman and assistant managers Vinit Choudhury and Vibhor
Sharma were injured when irate workers attacked them on Friday morning.


Tocklai to
host genome meet (TEL_31_1_k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 30:
In the first of its kind initiative in the world, the Tea Research Association,
Tocklai, has prepared a concept paper on Tea Genome Initiative to be discussed
at a meeting on Tuesday. Scientists from various tea institutes, along with
representatives of the tea industry, will participate in the meet. The purpose
of the initiative is to find out how tea bushes react to changing environmental
conditions and end problems of pests and diseases.


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Oil and Minerals, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

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Nongtdu masterminded pro-uranium campaign’(SHT, 5-1-k8)
Shylla latest victim of Congress ‘use and throw’ policy?

SHILLONG: Adding a new twist to the
twin issues of proposed uranium mining and HS Shylla’s recent removal as CPP
leader in KHADC, NCP on Sunday claimed that Mr Shylla was actually
remote-controlled by Chief Minister DD Lapang and MPCC president OL Nongtdu to
carry forward the Congress campaign for uranium mining in Meghalaya. With the
Union Ministry of Environment and Forest giving environmental clearance to UCIL
to mine uranium in the State, MPCC decided to dump Mr Shylla, fearing that
continuing the campaign for uranium mining in the face of strong public
opposition could jeopardise the Congress’ chances in the coming Assembly
elections, NCP said.

gas conservation fortnight observed
 GUWAHATI, Jan 16 – The need
to conserve oil and gas, the scarce and exhaustible energy resources Guwahati
Refinery, along with other oil and gas public sector undertakings throughout the
country, is observing Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight with a number of
programmes from January 15 – 31 to further enhance awareness among all, stated a
press release. The theme this year is ‘Save Oil, Save Gas, Save our Children’.


SDRC for ‘strip mining’ in
SHILLONG, Jan 12 – The State Development Reforms Commission (SDRC)
today recommended ‘strip mining’ to check environmental degradation in Meghalaya.
The SDRC, in its report submitted to Chief Minister D D Lapang, recommended to
the State Government to take urgent steps in “encouraging scientific mining
practices,” and preserve the environment. Its chairman and former Chief
Minister, EK Mawlong heads the Commission.

blockade foiled
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 4: Altogether
seventy activists of the Tingkhong Udyugik Janasartha Sammity were rounded up
today while attempting to obstruct works of the Oil India Limited (OIL),
Duliajan at Shalmari OCS under Tingkhong PS, police sources informed. The
Sammity staged oil blockade at various oil installations in Tingkhong area
during its 36-hour oil obstructions today in support of their demand for
employment to at least hundred youths of the area.

threatens to move SC over uranium issue(SHT, 10th January


Taking serious note of environmental clearance given by Union Ministry of
Environment and Forest to UCIL for uranium mining in the State, Meghalaya
People’s Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has appealed to the Lapang-led
Government not to bow down to Centre’s "pressure tactic" and threatened to move
the Supreme Court if the State Government issued no objection certificate to the
Corporation to go ahead with the project.

Don’t mislead people on uranium, HNLC tells Govt(SHT, 12th January


Seeking to re-establish its withering
impact on the people of the State, the HNLC has asked the State Government not
to mislead the people in the name of "economic progress," while cautioning any
individual or organisation against supporting the proposed uranium mining in the
State for personal interests. Stating that uranium was a natural resource and
belonged to indigenous tribals of the State, HNLC in a statement issued here on
Thursday said "the Central Government has no authority to decide on this
matter." "The HNLC will not respect any law passed by the Central Government or
the Supreme Court if it is in conflict with the interests of local indigenous
population of the State," the outfit said.

trading licence on Munshis in JH’(SHT_13_1_k8)

issues deadline to Govt


The Hynniewtrep National People’s
Federation (HNPF) has set a ten day deadline to the State Government and Jaintia
Hills district authorities to impose trading licence on Munshis (agents)
dealing in coal trade in Jaintia Hills. Addressing a press conference, HNPF
president Ronnie Rani said that the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC)
had failed to impose trading license on Munshis who were presently carrying out
coal trade freely.

Natl leaders’ intervention
in uranium issue sought(SHT_25_1_k8)

Shillong: The Langrin Youth Welfare Association (LYWA) has called for
intervention of national leaders including the Prime Minister to stop mining of
uranium in West Khasi Hills. In a statement, the Association said letters had
been sent to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Managing Director of Atomic
Energy, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs PR Kyndiah,
Robert Kharshiing, MP Rajya Sabha, expressing opposition to set up any uranium
project at Photkylleng-Pyndengsohiong under Langrin Syiemship by any company.

chakka bandh peaceful
January 23 — The first day of the 1000-hour statewide chakka bandh of all
vehicles of Oil India Limited (OIL) called by the All Assam Mottock Yuba Chatra
Sanmilan in support of their demand for Rs 100 crore welfare package from OIL
for the Mottock community passed off peacefully. OIL operations were
particularly affected in some parts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia district. –Staff

1,000-hour OIL blockade (SEN_23_1_k8)

22: The Sadou Asom Mottock Yuba-Chatra Sanmilan (SAMYCS) has called a 1,000-hour
OIL blockade from tomorrow preventing the movement of all mode of OIL’s
transport in Dibrugarh district.

urged to stop seismic survey(SEN_23_1_k8)

22: The Toilokhetra Gana Sartha Suraksha Samity (TGSSS), Tinsukia district
committee, has expressed strong resentment against the alleged motive of the Oil
India Limited (OIL) to start a seismic survey in the heart of the

TGSSS president Ratan Singh stated that more than 33,000 families have been
depending on the river through the fish trade. He alleged that the survey would
cause water, land, sound pollution, which may threaten the flora and fauna
including the river dolphin, which is almost on the verge of extinction. The
TGSSS has also threatened to launch a strong movement against OIL.



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Tourism, Handicraft, Handloom, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

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and breakfast’ scheme finds no takers in Sohra


For tourists visiting the quaint
hills of Meghalaya, it will probably take a longer time to feel the warmth in
the world’s wettest place Sohra as the Central government -sponsored schemes for
promotion of tourism including the scheme to provide "bed and breakfast" are
almost non- starters. Union government launched a tourist promotion plan-"bed
and breakfast" scheme during the current financial year in Sohra area but the
local residents have failed to respond to the project that can bring about a
boost to their economy. Under the scheme, the government has proposed a
financial package to a tune of Rs. one crore for residents of Sohra to refurbish
their respective housing infrastructure to provide tourist a comfortable stay
and breakfast before venturing out to the wettest place on the Earth…..more….


mela opens (IFP_19_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 18: A winter craft mela targeting to display craft products of as
many as 100 stalls was opened today by MLA, Dr Kh Loken Singh at Hapta
Kangcheibung, Imphal. On the first day of the mela 60 stall were opened,
according to the organizers, the People`s Education for Awareness and Community
Empowerment Organization, PEACE. The inaugural candle of the mela was lighted by
the MLA. Lauding the efforts of the organizer for the organization of the mela,
Loken said that it will give room for exposing the products of the craftsmen of
the state. He said Manipur has plenty of talented craftsmen and there is the
need for encouraging them by holding such melas. ..more….

National Handloom Expo 2008(NPT_11_1_k8)


The two-week long National Handloom Expo’ 2008, organized by Development
Commissioner for Handloom, Ministry of Textiles Government of India, New Delhi,
was inaugurated by Principal Secretary for Industries & Commerce and Agriculture
Production Commissioner of Nagaland, Alemtemshi Jamir IAS on Thursday here at
Naga Shopping Arcade, Super Market. ..more….


Day of eco-Tourism Society
JALAH, Jan 1 – The fourth annual foundation day of Manas Maozigendri
Eco-tourism Society (MMES) was observed at Lwkhi Bazar under Jalah circle in
Baksa district at its musuem complex recently. The flag of MMES was hoisted by
Chandra Kanta Basumatary, president of the society. ..more….

Tourists, picnickers throng Sri
Surjya Pahar
GOALPARA, Jan 5 – Beginning from Christmas upto February every year, the
historical and mythologically famous Sri Surjya Pahar of Goalpara is full of
picnic parties and excursion groups. The hills are famous for ancient religious
temples and stupendous bio-diversity of the area with different species of flora
and fauna. The very rare Golden Langur is also found in the hills. ..more….

Weaving centres set up for
rural women
TINSUKIA, Jan 5 – Seven weaving cum production centres have been set up
by the Digboi Forest Development Agency in the Digboi Forest Division under the
National Aforestation Programme of the Ministry of Environment and Forest
Government of India. The Agency has provided the necessary sheds, looms and
threads to the women self help groups formed under the Joint Forest Management
Committees of the Division. ..more….

Nat’l Handloom Expo-08 in city
from Jan 9
GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – The National Handloom Expo-08, organised by the
ARTFED, is ready to woo women buyers through their exquisite exhibition of
sarees, the elegant Indian outfit equally popular all over the country. The
exhibition will showcase fabulous magic saree produced by the weavers of Tamil
Nadu with a production cost of nearly Rs 50,000. ARTFED will also make the grand
exposition of fancy muga sarees produced through ARTFED’s ornamental inputs
valued at Rs 25,000. ..more….

Efforts on to convert
Alipukhuri Sattra into tourist spot
GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – Realising the relevance of the teachings of the
great Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardeva who had laid the foundation of a
strong and united society, the young people of Nagaon and Morigaon have come
forward to preserve Sri Sri Alipukhuri (Pateki Bori) Sattra, the birth place of
the saint and convert it into a spot of tourist attraction. Uniting under the
banner of Jhill Thrill Friendship Group and with support from the Sankari
Kalakrishti Bikash O Gabeshana Kendra and Sri Sri Alipukhuri (Pateki Bori)
Sattra Unnayan Samiti, the youth have already approached the authorities
concerned with their projects aimed at giving a facelift to the ancient heritage
site. ..more….

SHG bid to popularise
traditional delicacies
GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – Once upon a time, the countryside reverberated with
the mellifluous sound that emanated from the rhythmic pounding motion of the
dheki. The delicacies that were made from the different varieties of rice
powdered on the dheki had a recognisable taste and a distinct flavour and the
generation of the yesteryears still recall the mouth-watering taste of those
delicacies. ..more….

Charaideo fast becoming major
tourist spot
SONARI, Jan 7 – Charaideo, situated about 28 km east of Sivasagar
town at the foot of Naga Hills within Charaideo Subdivision is becoming a major
picnic spot of upper Assam since the last few years. Thousands of people
thronged the place to celebrate New Year this time to the capital of the Ahom
Kings established by King Sukapha in 1253 AD which has turned to be a major
tourist spot of the State. ..more….

Nat’l handloom expo under way(AST_10_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The ARTFED National Handloom Expo’08 got under way
today at the Karmashree Hiteswar Saikia College field, Panjabari. Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi was present as the chief guest while State Agriculture Minister
Pramila Rani Brahma graced the occasion as guest of honour. Hemoprova Saikia,
president of Assam Tourism and Development Council and MLA Bhuban Pegu were also
present along with special guests cine actors Rati Agnihotri and Supriya Karnik.

SHGs woo visitors at handloom
 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – The ongoing ARTFED national handloom expo at the
Karmashree Hiteswar Saikia College field, Panjabari has attracted thousands of
visitors much to the delight of the traders taking part in the fair. Along with
stalls from all over the country, those put up by self-help groups (SHGs) from
various parts of the State particularly have been a great hit among the people
thronging the fair since January 9. ..more….

Call to preserve historic
Deopahar as tourist spot
GOLAGHAT, Jan 14 – Deopahar is historically famous for its rich cultural
heritage and artifacts apart from being known for its flora and fauna. It has
all the resources for becoming a tourist spot within the district of Golaghat.
But it is being observed by nature-lovers of Golaghat district that due to the
negligence of the Forest department as well as the Archeological and Tourism
departments, Deopahar is still being neglected. ..more….


take dip at Parashuram Kund(AST_17_1_k8)

DIBRUGARH, Jan 16 – Nearly 60,000 devotees and pilgrims from various
parts of the country and abroad took a holy dip at Parashuram Kund during Makar
Sankranti braving winter shower and windy night. The pilgrims and devotees
started to flow in rapidly from the morning of January 13 and swelled on January
14 and 15. The sadhus, devotees, pilgrims and tourists offered prayers at Shree
Shree Parashuram temple. ..more


Mela begins in Morigaon(AST_18_1_k8)

From Our Correspondent
 MORIGAON, Jan 17 – The Jonbeel Mela – a community festival of the Tiwa (Lalung)
tribe of Assam, which portrays the very essence of the philosophy of the ethnic
group got under way today on the bank of Jonbeel. Jonbeel, a large natural water
body is so named because it is shaped like a crescent moon. It is situated near
Jagiroad in this central Assam district. ..more….

NEDFi exhibition on traditional
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – In conjunction with the North East India Investment Summit
on January 11 and 12, to showcase the potential for investment in NE Region,
North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) put up an exhibition
covering different aspects of traditional art work and industrial growth in the
State. ..more….

DONER eyes of Govt staff to
boost NE tourism(SHT_17_1_k8)


With the opening up of the region
both to the mainland and neighbouring countries, tourism in the North East is
expected to get a jumpstart with the DoNER ministry moving to attract, DoNER
Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said. The minister was addressing a national
conclave to introduce leave travel concession (LTC) system for the region for
Government employees. The ministry is also exploring ways to incentivise LTC
tourists to visit the region in consultations with the other Central ministries
concerned, he said. ..more….

MTPG to stage hunger

Shillong: Airing its opposition to the adamant attitude maintained by
the State Government in connection with release of funds sanctioned by the
Central Government, the Maitshaphrang Tourism Promotion Group (MTPG) has decided
to hold a one-hour hunger strike at Khyndai Lad on February 26 from 10 am.In a
statement issued here on Thursday, MTPG chairman Michael N Syiem said the Union
Ministry of Tourism had sanctioned an amount of Rs 5.23 lakh as second
instalment for Eco Tourism at the Lumpongdeng Island, Umiam Lake. ..more….


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Regional Economy, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Faculties being trained to help develop entrepreneurship

being trained to help develop entrepreneurship
GUWAHATI, Jan 20 – A two-day faculty
development programme on entrepreneurship, organised for teachers and faculties
of universities and colleges concluded on Friday. The programme, organised to
create an awareness about the need and importance of entrepreneurship in present
changing scenario, was sponsored by Ministry of Science and Technology,
Government of India where 22 participants from all over the country
participated. ….more…..
LIC employees seek
recognition of union
 GUWAHATI, Jan 20 – Along with their
counterparts throughout the country, the LIC employees under Guwahati division
observed ‘Defend Public Sector Insurance Day’ on January 18 and demanded
recognition of the All India Insurance Employees’ Association in LICI. The 21st
general conference of AIIEA held at Kanpur from December 8 to 12, 2007 decided
to observe the programme. At Guwahati, the LIC employees working in the
divisional office assembled during recess hours and shouted slogans in defence
of public sector insurance and also demanding recognition of AIIEA in LICI.

Rude behaviour by Canara
Bank official
 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – The rude behaviour of
the manager of the Canara Bank, Chandmari Branch here shocked a section of its
customers yesterday.It is alleged that when an employee of the Assam Tribune
group of newspapers, who is a customer of the branch almost since its inception,
approached the manager for a cheque book containing 50 leaves, he straightway
turned down the plea. Instead of clarifying the reason behind he simply said it
was his discretionary power as he is the boss of the office. ….more…..
Interim relief for
Tribune employees
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – The management of the
Assam Tribune
group of newspapers today told a delegation of the Assam
Tribune Employees Union (ATEU) that it would be paying an interim relief of Rs
1,000 per month to the group’s employees with effect from the current month. The
announcement to this effect came in its meeting with the ATEU delegation here.
Publishers’ award for
Barkataki Company
 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Barkataki Company, a
leading publisher of religious books, alamanac etc. of the State has been chosen
for the Publishers’ Award of the Federation of Indian Publishers, a press
release said. The award will be received by the managing director and the
chairman of the company, Jyoti Prasad Barkataki at the ninth conference of the
federation to be held at the Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi on January 31
next. ….more…..
Branch of Indian Bank
inaugurated at Tinsukia (SEN_28_1_k8)
 TINSUKIA, Jan 27: For the first time a
Branch of the Indian Bank was inaugurated at Tinsukia opposite of the Old
Railway Station recently. Dr KK Dwevedy, Deputy Commissioner inaugurated the
branch. Speaking on the occasion chief guest, Dr KK Dwevedy said that the newly
inaugurated branch is going to help the people of the Tinsukia town economically
and commercially. ….more…


strike today (IFP_25_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 24: Employees of all commercial banks functioning in the state,
including the State Bank of India, will go on strike for a day today as part of
an all-India token bank strike. As per a statement issued by the United Forum of
Bank Unions, Manipur state committee, the one-day token bank strike has been
called in order to press altogether six major demands raised by bank employee
unions. ….more…..

IT expo opens

IMPHAL, Jan 17: The 2nd Information Technology Expo 2008 was opened today by
the education minister, L jayanta Kumar at Nupilal Complex and the president of
the All Manipur IT Organisation (AMITO), Arun Laishram. The expo is being
organised by the AMITO. Speaking at the opening function, L Jayanta Kumar, who
graced the occasion as chief guest, said that it is imperative for the younger
generation to keep abreast of the progress in science and technology. In this
competitive age it is important for the youth of our state to enhance their
computer skills. Keeping this in veiw the state government is trying to give
computer education in all the government schools. ….more…..

Bodoland Book Fair from January

 ROWTA CHARIALI, Jan 20: As has been decided earlier, a weeklong
programme of the Sixth Bodoland Booik Fair 2008 will be commencing from January
21 to January 27 at Durga Puja Mandap udalguri, Udalguri. Khampha Borgoyary,
Deputy Chief, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) will be the chief guest of the
opening ceremony, Hagrama Mohilary, chief of BTC, Asom Agriculture Minister
Promila Rani Brahma, Tarun Boro, vice president, Bodo Sathiya Sabha (BSS), has
been kindly consented as the chief guest, special guest and appointed speaker of
the ensuing Bodoland book fair of Udalguri here, the release said.

Bird flu affecting
sale of chicken in Guwahati (SEN_21_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 20: The news of the rapid spread of bird flu across
the neighbouring State of West Bengal has also affected the sale of chicken in
the city.
The vendors have lamented that the number of chicken consumers in Guwahati has
decreased to a great extent. It is worth mentioning that the price of the local
variety of chicken had increased to almost Rs 120-130 during the Uruka and the
Magh Bihu celebrations a few days ago. ….more…..

Bank loan collection
camp held at Rowta(SEN_25_1_k8)

 ROWTA CHARIALI, Jan 24: Under the auspices of Asom Gramin Bikash Bank,
Rowta Chariali, Majbat, Orang and Dalgaon branch, a central level loan
collection camp was recently conducted along with an awareness meeting at Bodo
Indigenous Cultured Complex (BICC), Rowta Chariali. The awareness meeting was
held under the presidentship of Tikaram Sharma, chief volunteer, Dhansiri
Krishak Sangha. Participating in the meeting, Monoranjan Goswami, Anchalik
officer of Asom Gramin Bikash Bank (AGBB) said that the bank was created after
uniting four Gaonlia banks in 2006 and explaining the aims and objectives of
AGBB, he reiterated that the bank has greatly benefited the people of Asom. He
further added that striving for economic development is a main aim of AGBB and
to that effect outlined the different merits and demerits of taking a loan from
a moneylender and that from a bank. ….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. Earlier, Thai
Commerce Minister Krirk-Krai Jirapaet visited Tripura, Asom and Meghalaya to
promote and strengthen investment in the Northeast and exploring its trade
potentials. ….more…..

Promise of good
bargains at expo(TEL_31_1_k8)

– Artfed
organises fair to showcase best of handloom products (TEL_31_1_k8)

Jan. 30:
If you have been wanting that traditional handwoven Bodo shawl for long but been
repulsed by the price quoted at the city handloom fair, it won’t be a bad idea
to plan a trip to Kokrajhar for some quality bargains at the Special Handloom
Expo from Friday. The expo at Rashmela Pathar not only promises to be a riot of
colours and designs on traditional textiles, but also the place to buy the
choicest of handloom products at the best prices. The event has been organised
by the Assam Apex Weavers and Artisans’ Co-operative Federation Ltd (Artfed) in
collaboration with the development commissioner for handlooms. The department
for welfare of plains tribes and backward classes is the sponsor. ….more…..

NE yet to tap insurance
sector boom, claims expert
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – “Ever since the insurance sector in the country was opened up
to private companies about seven years ago, there has been tremendous growth in
the volume and area of operation of the insurance sector. But the same growth
has not touched the North East in a big way for want of trained personnel in
insurance business.” This was expressed by KK Dutta, Director of Insurance
Academy during a discussion with Jayanta Madhab, adviser to the Chief Minister
of Assam.

Guwahati Home Fair ’07
GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The AREIDA Guwahati Home Fair’07, the first of its
kind show in the North-east organised by the Assam Real Estate & Infrastructure
Developers Association (AREIDA) concluded successfully here on Monday. The fair
was managed, which began from December 24 at the State Veterinary College ground
situated at Khanapara was managed by Epitome Communications. On the penultimate
evening of the fair, an award function titled as “AREIDA Builders Choice Awards”
was organised, wherein builder members of AREIDA and other end users voted and
selected their most preferred brand of products. While Star Cement bagged the
most preferred cement brand award, Topcem and UT Cement got second and third
most preferred cement brand award respectively. Most preferred Steel company
award went to Satyam TMT, while Biscon and Saiji TMT stood second and third in
the preference list. ….more…..
CRU demands 8-hour shift(AST_2_1_k8)
GOALPARA, Jan 1 – Medical and Sales Representative Union, CRU of
North Eastern region, organised a meeting demanding eight hours’ working shift
for them, at truck owners’ building in Goalpara town recently. All sales and
medical representatives of the district and outside attended the meeting. Dr AK
Thakuria, Dr NM Das, Dr BK Bordoloi, vice-president CRU, Manjul Sakraborty, BLNL
executive president Bongaigaon, Ashini Chou-dhury and members of Goalpara Press
Club were invited guests.

MCCI book
on trade regulation, VAT released
 AIZAWL, Jan 1 – Mizoram Trading Regulation and Value Added Tax, a
book published by the Mizoram Chamber of Commerce and Industries was released by
the MJA president K Sapdanga at the Aizawl Press Club here recently. Giving an
overview of the book, R Thangmawia, MCCI president, said although trading
regulation is yet to be put in place after the Trading by Non-Tribals
regulations expired in the State in 1977, the State Government has issued 144
permits to non-tribals to run trading establishments in the State while those
who can do so are only about ten firms whose family had been given permission to
operate in Mizoram since the time of the British.

Guwahati Book Fair drawing big

 GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – As a redeeming feature, the 22nd edition of the
Guwahati Book Fair has been an instant hit with the book lovers, despite the
billowing smoke of violence engulfing the State. The fair, which started on
December 30 last at the Chandmari ground of the Assam Engineering Institute (AEI)
here with a 12-day programme, has been attracting around 12,000 visitors every
day on an average. Meanwhile, the United Bank of India (UBI) has announced a
special loan scheme for the benefit of the book lovers visiting the fair.
According to Publication Board of Assam (PBA) Public Relations Officer (PRO)
Sushil Goswami, the bank will instantly sanction a loan to the tune of Rs 5,000
at the most, instantly against the security of UBI term deposit in any city
branch, National Savings Certificate (NSC) and Kishan Vikash Patra (KVP).

Stock Exchange AGM(AST_4_1_k8)

The 23rd annual general meeting (AGM) of Guwahati Stock
Exchange (GSE) was held on December 29 at the Hotel President. Dr Shyam Bhadra
Medhi, chairman of the Stock Exchange, in his annual report emphasised the need
for public awareness on Stock Exchanges. RS Joshi and Santikam Hazarika also
spoke about the activities of GSE – and its roles. R C Choudhury, GM, GSE
answered to various querries of the members, stated a press release.
Banks urged to gear up sanction(AST_5_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – A joint meeting of the district consultative
committee and district-level review committee of Kamrup and Kamrup metropolitan
district was held today in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner’s
office here in the presence of various bank officials, including Reserve Bank of
India and other State Government officials of development departments, an
official release said. ….more…..

Indefinite oil field blockade
From A Correspondent
 NAZIRA, Jan 4 – In a bid to protest the callous attitude of the ONGC in paying
heed to repeated pleadings by the local public to repair a steel bridge on the
Nazira-Geleky road, several exasperated organisations have jointly resolved to
organise an indefinite oil field blockade programme from 5 am tomorrow. It may
be mentioned that a steel bridge on that road near Hatipati was damaged and
subsequently closed for vehicular traffic while the public of nearby areas were
facing major trouble in surface communication from December 22.

Meet voices concern over
sluggish loan repayment
SIPAJHAR, Jan 4 – Poor recovery of loans has caused great
inconvenience to the banks for recycling their funds for further lending, thus
resulting in unemployed youths being deprived of the facility, said Babul Borah,
regional manager of Assam Gramin Vikash Bank. He was addressing a meeting
organised at Hatimuria gaon, on the occasion of its inauguration as a model
village. He informed that the bank will adopt strategies for all-round economic
development of the village. ….more…..
NE investment summit from Jan

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 6 – For the first time, leading companies and NRIs from nine
foreign countries will soon explore opportunities together in Assam and its
adjoining States for their future investments. The countries including the USA,
UK, Austria, Singapore, UAE, Australia and Switzerland are participating in the
‘North East India Investment Summit’ beginning from January 11 in Guwahati. The
two-day summit has been organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
to woo foreign investments in the region and to project the region as
investment-friendly. ….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.”  This was expressed by
Padmashri Patricia Mukhim, noted author and columnist, while delivering the
inaugural speech of the seminar on ‘Relevance of banking in the uplift of
downtrodden’ here today. ….more…..

State innovator develops new
hybrid car(AST_8_1_k8)

By Surajit Khaund
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – ‘Kanso’, a new hybrid car has been developed in Guwahati. The
100-cc two-seater car is the latest innovation of Kanak Gogoi. The youth has
already developed eco-friendly bikes, hovercraft and tricycles that have drawn
worldwide attention, including leading automobile companies. What is more
significant is that the Centre Bits and Atom, a US-based organisation, has
extended financial assistance to Gogoi for setting up of a new digital lab for
developing his new innovations.
“Kanso is a new concept car which does not have any gear. Altogether four solar
panels have been used to generate 320 watt and it will run on solar energy and
petrol,” Gogoi told this correspondent today. According to him the new car will
be useful for Guwahati roads considering the growing traffic snarls.

Deluge of
newly-released books at ongoing book fair
GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – There is a deluge of books just fresh from the
printing press at the ongoing 22nd Guwahati Book Fair. On Monday, readers were
introduced to several new books, which were released by prominent citizens at
the book fair ground. Karnal Anthonir Epitaph Aru Annanya Galpa, written by
Prasanta Rajguru, was released by noted playwright Arun Sarma. On the other
hand, Dr GP Sarma released the book titled Meji Jalil Esho Satjanar by Bedabrata
Mishra. ….more…..

Bank meet highlights importance
of thrift
 TIHU, Jan 8 – A special public meeting was organised on December 20 by
the UCO Bank brnach here for opening saving and current accounts. The meeting
was held at Tihu Gandhi Bhawan with Lohit Talukdar, former princial of Tihu
College in the chair.
Earlier, Kiranmoni Bordoloi, manager of the Tihu branch, explained the
objectives of the meeting. HP Satpathy, deputy general manager of UCO Bank,
speaking as the chief guest, highlighted different positive aspects of thrift
and assured customers of according financial aids by way of sanctioning loans
for development of different streams undertaken by entrepreneurs.

National Consumers Protection
Week observed at Silapathar
SILAPATHAR, Jan 8 – The National Consumers Protection Week was observed
with a week-long programme from December 24-31 at Silapathar under the aegis of
Silapathar Regional Consumers Protection and Right Forum. In connection with the
week-long programme, a public meeting was held at Silapathar Commerce College on
December 26 under presidentship of Yudhadhar Pegu.

Gramshree Mela (AST< 10-1-k8)

Under the
aegis of Asom Centre for Rural Development, a Gramshree Mela has been organised
at Seniaram School Boarding Field, Rinsukia. The Mela was inaugurated by the
Deputy Commissioner, Dr KK Diwedi by lighting a lamp on December 18 last. Stalls
of Self-help groups and other organisations from


reviews gas cracker progress(AST,11-1-k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 10: Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday reviewed the progress of the gas cracker
project with top officials. An official release said the CM was apprised of
various developments. – Staff Reporter

12-day city
book fair ends on a happy note
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – The 22nd Guwahati Book Fair ended on a happy note
today both for the organisers – numbering over 100 and coming from different
part of the country – and the participants. The 12-day fair, which started on
December 30, was visited by over 20,000 book lovers per day as per the records
of the entry tickets’ sale. “The overall response was far better than last
year’s; both in terms of footfall and sales,” said Dilip Kr Dutta, assistance
secretary of the Publication Board Assam, the organizers of the fair. “Due to a
shift of venue from the specious Judges’ Field, the fair suffered a setback
initially, but it seems that book lovers have accepted the new venue,” he added.

State youth’s success

 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – Believe it or not, a youth from the State who
went to Austria to do a postgraduate course in hotel management in 1989, is now
the owner of a hotel management company in that country and a four-star hotel in
Gotzis city there! He is Yasobanta Mahanta. He hails from Helem in Sonitpur
district. He did his B Com from Gauhati University appearing from the Gauhati
Commerce College and then went to Chennai. In that South Indian city, he
completed a three-year course in hotel management. And then in 1989, he sailed
for Austria. ….more…..

Brisk business at pre-Bhogali
GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – Keeping true to its tradition of adding more
colours to the festival of homemade delicacies on the occasion of Bhogali or
Magh Bihu, NEDFi has organised the pre Bhogali Mela, which is attracting
visitors.A total 65 stalls from various places across the State have come to
participate in the fair with a collection of Bhogali Bihu related items and
other eatables. NGOs, self help groups, small industries, individuals and a host
of participants coming to this mela have gathered in this platform to make this
Bhogali Bihu as authentic and close to the Assamese tradition as possible.

NRL receives National Safety
Council Award
 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – NRL  received  the prestigious  ‘Shrestha
Suraksha Puraskar’ for the year 2006 from the National Safety Council, an apex
autonomous body set up by the Ministry of labour for developing and leading the
voluntary movement on safety, health and environment. The award, which comprises
a citation and a certificate was presented to NRL by the Union Minister of
Labour & Employment, Oscar Fernandes  at a glittering function held in Nehru
Centre, Mumbai on January 8. GM (Operations) NRL, Dhananjoy Ghosh, chief manager
(Fire & Safety), NRL Pankaj Kr Baruah, and general secretary of NRL Worker’s
Union, Jagadish Ch Sarmah received the award on behalf of NRL. Started in 1998,
this award is given to organisations for achieving outstanding occupational
safety and health performance and implementing effective management systems and
procedures. ….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. The handing over of sanction
letters was organised at a function held at Mulagaon in Bongaigaon district on
January 7. The selected trained beneficiaries were provided loans through
formation of joint liability groups. ….more…..

CM to woo investors
in Hyderabad(AST_15_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today left for
Hyderabad on a fiveday visit, during which, he will make efforts to attract
investments to Assam in the fields of information technology and health.
Official sources termed the visit of the Chief Minister as “official cum
personal”. Sources said that Gogoi would visit the Indian School of Business
tomorrow morning before leaving for Tirupati.

Frequent bandhs telling on oil

GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – Frequent bandhs, road blockades and activities of
the militant groups have severely affected functioning of the oil industries in
Assam in recent times and as a result, the production is affected and the State
is losing huge amounts of revenue. Oil industry sources told The Assam
that as drilling sites are usually located in remote and isolated
places, security of the personnel engaged in crude oil production has also
become a matter of concern and there have been instances of attacks on vehicles
of the oil companies by miscreants, particularly during the bandhs and road
blockades. ….more…..

 Investors wary of investing in
NE due to insurgency: Lapang
 SHILLONG, Jan 14 – Major potential investors, who had shown interest to
make investment in Meghalaya, are turning back from their commitment due to the
insurgency problem in the North East region, according to Chief Minister DD
Lapang. “There is a need to ward off the fear psychosis among people from
outside about the North East region by taking the responsibility of improving
the law-and-order situation,” Lapang said at a function here last night.

IT raids in city(AST_18_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 — The IT Dept conducted raids on houses of businessmen
in Athgaon and Fancy Bazar areas today. Sources said property worth several
lakhs of rupees is likely to be seized in the next couple of days. –

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.

Couple to be awarded ‘best hawker’ in



A 39 year old Kangabam Ongbi Grace Devi and her hubby Kangabam Sanahal have been
jointly selected for the award of Best Hawker by an evening paper Kangleipaki
published from the state capital in connection with its foundation day
to be held on January 16 in Imphal.


pushes IPO boom in city(SHT_18_1_k8)


While Meghalaya is being rocked by the controversial power deal as most people
are unsure on the potential and capacity of privates companies to develop the
power projects in the State, paradoxically, majority of the people especially in
the city are confident on Reliance Power and are investing over-subscribing its
Initial Public Offerings (IPO). Over a thousand applications were received at a
local broker’s office in Shillong. This is for the first time that a local
broker’s office received such a large number of applications for a company’s

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.

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