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Sarba to replace Siddharth!

Central BJP leadership is asking Sarbananda Sonowal to take rein of the state president just nine months ahead of assembly polls.
Sources told Assam Times that Siddharth Bhattacharya is believed to have received some crucial charges to ensure poll victory.
The Union minister, who is the obvious choice for the chief ministerial candidate, is not interested for the assignment.
“If he is allowed to take over as the state unit president Sonowal will have to quit as Union minister which he does not want,” said a senior BJP leader.      

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IAS coaching at Gauhati University

6 Jun 2010 - 12:55pm | Raktim Baruah

A coaching for IAS (main) will be held from June 15 at Pre- Examination Centre of Gauhati University. The deputy director of the centre Dr.Sanjay Kumar Dutta said in a release that the coaching programme is organized especially for students of the Assamese optional besides the General Studies.Aspiring students may contact with the centre.

Aryabhatta Science Centres would be the nursery for future scientists in Assam: CM

13 Aug 2009 - 11:14am | Jayanta Kumar Das

Tarun Gogoi,Chief Minister of Assam, speaking at the central function of Aryabhatta Science Centre at Pragjyoti ITA centre, Guwahati on August 12 at 11 am, stressed the need to motivate the young generation to persue science education and to spread scientific temper among people of the state. It needs mention that government of Assam has already set up 219 Aryabhatta Science centres ,one in each developmental blocks of Assam for making science popular and useful among people.Chief Minister also said that human resource was the most valuable asset and there had been no dearth of talent in the state. He said that such centres could easily solve numbers of local problems of the farmer community. He appreciated the role played by ASTEC (Assam Science Technology and Environment Council) headed by its director Dr.S K Choudhury.

Science and Technology minister of Assam Dr.Himanta Biswa Sarma, while speaking on the occasion said that ASTEC, earlier was just involved in scientific enquiry within limited confines. But now it was gearing up to connect into needs at the grass root. The session was also addressed by Niraj Bajaj, IAS, secretary, science & technology, Assam; Dr.S.K.Choudhury, director ASTEC; Dr.H.K. Barman, HOD i/c ,S&T,ASTEC and Joydeep Baruah, Environmental head of ASTEC. Pratik Hajela, DC, Kamrup Metro also attended the session.

Two students under the guidance of the block coordinator of Aryabhatta Science Centre (219 in Assam) attended the programme. CM distributed an amount of Rs.36500/- along with a colour TV,DVD player with 40 Nos of scientific CDs to each of the centres. The money would be utilized for arranging block level science quiz, model making and other competitions. The winners from the block levels would compete in the district level competitions, An amount of Rs.60,000 was distributed to the Nodal Officers nominated by the DCs. The CM also announced that students who would show excellence in the state level would be taken on scientific tours to reputed institutions like ISRO etc. When the CM announced that government of Assam would also send 10 successful students and coordinators abroad for scientific exposure. Moreover a soil testing kit would be made available in each centre so as to help farmers of the villages. Two mobile vans demonstrating the use of unconventional energy were also launched on the occasion. The vans would travel the villages of the state. Several hundred students and teachers cheered with loud applaud at the declaration of the CM.Latter of the day,noted scientist Dr.Dinesh Chandra Goswami with his story telling science speech entertained the students as well as others.

The interaction of students with noted scientists had been the star attraction of the day. Noted scientists –Dr. Dinesh Chandra Goswami, Dr.S.K.Choudhuri, Dr.R.K. Barman answered volleys of questions on different topics.

Hydropower with barrel of bullet in Tawang Valley

6 May 2016 - 5:52am | AT News

NAPM Condemns Police Firing, Demands Commission of Enquiry and Moratorium on Dams in Arunachal Pradesh.

<--break->On May 02, 2016 in an ugly turn of event, two people, namely Monk Nyima Wangdue and Tshering Tenpa, were killed and many injured, while protesting against the arrest of Lama Lobsang Gyatso in Tawang including a young Buddhist Lama. The Victims were protesting for the release of Lama Lobsang Gyatso, one of the most vocal opponents of hydropower projects in the Tawang region and secretary of Save Mon Region Federation (SMRF), an organization of the Monpa Community in the Mon-Tawang region of Arunachal Pradesh. National Alliance of People’s Movements condemns this brutal police action on peacefully protesting communities and demands immediate action against the responsible officials.


The State govenrment continues to remain apathetic to the whole situation. Even as Tawang continues to reel under the shock of police firing, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Kalikho Pul at ASSOCHAM forum in New Delhi in a complete insesnitive statement has advocated for fast-tracking environmental clearances for hydropower projects and suggested single window clearance to the hydro project developers. This only shows complete contempt for the sufferings of the people and environemtnal destruction and concern for corporate profteering.



Our experience from struggles against the big dams have shown that, when world over the big dams are being done away with, it is extremely unfortunate that we are till trying to harness the hydro power in the most environmentally sensitive regions, or in densely populated areas, displacing massive populations.  Around 250 hydro-power projects are in pipeline in Arunachal Pradesh only, which would prove fatal for the whole north east and Himalayan region. For long, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) have been opposed to the Lower Subansri Hydroelectric Project, which would threaten the livelihood of more than 5 lakhs of fishworkers, farmers and others dependent downstream. It needs to be noted that even though a eight member expert committee report is awaited the construction on dam has started once again, facing challenge from people.



This remains the case for many of the dams in North East where public hearings have been a complete hogwash and based on half-baked and unscientifically conducted Environmental Impact Assessment keeping communities often in dark. The overall planning of hydro development in the State and Himalyan region needs a thorough examination keeping in mind the people’s interest first, until then put a moratorium on the planned projects.



Our own experience of struggle against the Narmada, Tehri, Waang Marathwadi, Gosi Khurd and other Dams across the country have exposed the false claim of clean energy by hydro power projects. In the process of building big dams, we have destroyed rivers, villages, townships, lives and livelihood of millions. The people are still suffering from the impact on agriculture, livelihoods and the cultural disconnect along with ecological disasters like frequent landslides and loss of forest cover in the areas. Its time we stopped damming the mountains and bringing ecological destruction. Everywhere these dams and hydropower projects are facing resistance and protests from communities and often govt. has resorted to violence and arrests.  This must stop now!


In Tawang Valley, police forces made complete mockery of the rule of law and killed two of them and opened fire at mere gathering of 200 people who were demanding release of their leader. All these events suggest a dangerous political motivation to strike down the people’s voices and provide a free hand of destruction to corporate through hydro power projects planned in the state.


In light of the above, we strongly condemn the political involvement and misuse of police forces in this matter and demand the following :


1)    AP government must constitute an independent judicial commission, under the Commission of Enquiry Act, headed by a sitting or retired judge, to investigate the whole incicdent including role of police officials, local MLA and other politicians.


2)    Untill completion of the enquiry, suspend the involved police officers along with SP, Divisional Commissioner and others.


3)    Put a moratorium on all the planned hydro power projects untill a complete scientific review is conducted, opinion of the communities concerned  taken and consent achieved. This must take a comprehensive look at the serious risk of environmental disasters and geological instability.

Medha Patkar - Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM); Prafulla Samantara - Lok Shakti Abhiyan & Lingraj Azad – Samajwadi Jan Parishad - Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, NAPM, Odisha; Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava - Kisan Sangharsh Samiti & Meera – Narmada Bachao Andolan, NAPM, MP; Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, Prasad Bagwe - NAPM, Maharashtra; Gabriele Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan – Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, TN; C R Neelkandan – NAPM Kerala; P Chennaiah & Ramakrishnam Raju – NAPM Andhra Pradesh, Arundhati Dhuru, Richa Singh, Nandlal Master - NAPM, UP; Sister Celia - Domestic Workers Union & Rukmini V P, Garment Labour Union, NAPM, Karnataka; Vimal Bhai - Matu Jan sangathan & Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand; Anand Mazgaonkar, Krishnakant - Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat; Kamayani Swami, Ashish Ranjan – Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan & Mahendra Yadav – Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar; Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, J S Walia, NAPM Haryana; Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan; Amitava Mitra & Avik Saha, NAPM West Bengal; Bhupender Singh Rawat – Jan Sangharsh Vahini & Rajendra Ravi, Madhuresh Kumar and Shabnam Shaikh – NAPM, Delhi