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Respite at last: HC stays eviction

GUWAHATI: The Gauhati High Court on Wednesday stayed the massive eviction drive against the illegal settlers in the Amchang wildlife sanctuary much to a major respite for many families.
A bench of the court stayed the eviction drive after the government moved a petition for a temporary stay.
The government is expected to submit its affidavit by the afternoon or Thursday morning.

But the forest officials and district administration keep demolishing the industries and factories in the wild life sanctuary.

Nearly 800 houses belonging to 1500 people were evicted during the last two days triggering shock and anger among the people across the state and a tribal group of organizations on Wednesday enforced a statewide Assam bandh in protest against it.

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Diphu polling by and large peaceful

16 Apr 2009 - 9:01am | editor

Assam also goes to poll in three Lok sabha seats from this morning along with other states. Brisk pollings have been reported from Silchar, Diphu and Karimganj where thousands of voters are lined up before polling booths to excercise their francise. The polling is reportedly by and large peaceful
In Autonomous seat a presiding officer at a booth in Diphu constituency on Thursday allegedly attempted suicide by slitting his throat. But however, polling remained unaffected .

According to information, presiding officer Dinanath Basumatary was found with his throat slit in the bathroom of polling station 40 at Dokmoka, under Howraghat police station before the commencement of polling. He was immediately admitted to hospital in a serious condition.

Altogether 7,93,022 voters are exercising their franchise in Diphu comprising five assembly segments in two districts. The sitting MP and Congress candidate Biren Singh Ingty is seeking re-election while AGP and BJP have jointly fielded common candidate in Kulendra Daulagopu. Former MP and CPI-(ML) leader Dr. Jayanta Rongpi, NCP leader Siddharth Rongpi, ASDC’s Elwin Teron and independent lady candidate Kabun Timungpi are also in the fray.

OK! North East - Allowing visitors to ‘live like a local’ in North-East India

17 Jun 2018 - 10:09pm | Upasana Medhi

From tailor-made itineraries to experiencing a place like a local, OK North East is adding a big dollop of imagination to the process of booking an adventure or experience trip or an accommodation at a stunning yet unexplored place in the Northeast of India.

Jim Ankan Deka, an Assamese photographer, musician and the founder of Eastern Fare, a production house in Bangalore, came back to North East in 2015 and started travelling extensively in search of hidden and unexplored places. He, along with his friend Debjani Hazarika, started the company OK North East in 2017 with an aim to bring foreign tourists to untouched and not very well-known places in the North east of India.

Within one year, with more than 30 homestays, resorts, farm stays and campsites, OK North East has become one of the most sought-after travel companies in the north eastern part of India. Curated by a dedicated travel design team, the company has launched 5 innovative experiences, and will continue to add to the collection as new journeys are created.  The trips by the team at OK North East are designed to encompass emotive experiences such as indulgence, connection, celebration, romance or replenishment.

The idea started sometime in 2008 when few foreign travellers enquired for information on North-East. Jim was running a page on Facebook then, which was also the first page on North-east India. Till 2015, his team at Eastern Fare took care of the page with regular updates of imperative, fun and frolicky facts about the North-East and North Eastern Personalities as well as putting forward the significant travel destinations to a worldwide audience.

OK! North East still gives out free information, but, this time, more substantially. The company has started camping on Yoga, meditation and life-skills training in unexplored places of North-East India specially designed for the travellers traveling from abroad as well as bikers and backpackers from India.

By the mid of 2017, the company started a campaign to help out villagers in the interior places of the Northeast by providing them with training on soft skills and client management as well as helping them to set up at least a room of their house or hut as a travellers’ den. This is mainly to help out the women in the rural or semi-urban areas as most of them don’t have any source of regular income.

As most of the travellers prefer to visit not very touristy but significant places, sometimes it becomes difficult for them to get a hotel or other accommodation in such places. The team at OK! North East has been travelling to various interior places where there is an opportunity for tourism, mostly the rural and tribal areas of North-east.

The OK! North East website has over 400 articles on different subjects of Northeast. Foreign travellers often share their amazing travel stories through the website. The website is full of stories by amazing travellers like Rico Reißmann, who had walked all the way from Germany to India, or on globetrotter like Willem Betts, a 7.2 ft tall photographer from Canada or Carlos from Spain who is a surfer and on a mission to India in search of spirituality and have been undergoing rigorous meditation practices.

“We’re always testing new ways to help our community members tell their stories, and this is one idea we are exploring,” said Jim. “We’re excited to continue looking at ways that help the hosts and guests share their travel experiences.”

OK! North East is supported by Everything Outdoor, an adventure storehouse, By The Way, a hangout zone, and Jenie’s Mascara, a fashion house in Guwahati mainly catering to foreign travellers.

BJP farmers cell flays Delhi, Dispur

2 Mar 2009 - 7:26am | editor
BJP Krishak Morcha has alleged that the UPA government and the Centre and the Assam Government in Dispur have not done enough for the well being of the farmer.

Talking to reporters on Sunday in Guwahati, BJP farmer cell general secretary Raghavendra Sarma called the UPA government’s loan waiver nothing but a poll gimmick. Sarma arrived in Guwahti to participate in two farmers’ rally in Guwahati and Rangiya on Monday and Tuesday. Sarma is scheduled to attend a meeting of the farmers at fancy Bazar on Monday. This would be followed by another farmers rally March 3 in Rangiya.