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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

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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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