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Pangolin rescued in Kokrajhar

Kokrajhar: A Pangolin (Banrow) was rescued at Bhotgaon this afternoon in Kokrajhar today. People from the greater Bhotgaon area thronged in large number to see the Pangolin, a rare species found in Chakrashila wildlife in Kokrajhar.

The Pangolin was noticed by local people inside a hole of a residential area at Bhotgaon under Kokrajhar Police Station and immediately informed to the Forest department.

Forest department and IFAW workers reached at the spot and rescued the Pangolin (Banrow) and safely taken to Choraikola rescued centre of wildlife in Kokrajhar.

"he Pangolin (Banrow) was rescued safely from Bhotgaon area and taken to Choraikola rescue centre and medical treatment will be provided to the Pangolin", said a forest department official.



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Strong tremor strikes Assam

29 Dec 2009 - 11:58pm | editor

A strong earthquake has struck Assam and its neighbiuring areas pushing panic button among the people on Tuesday. The massive jolt was felt at 2-32 in the afteroon forcing a section of the people in Guwahati to come out of their homes immediately after the tremor. According to the US Geologocal Survey Centre, the intensity of the tremor stands at 5.4 in the Richter scale and its epicentre was Myanmar-India border. There is, however, no report of any loss of life and property til now.

Forum against human trafficking

10 Dec 2015 - 7:10pm | Hantigiri Narzary

The Nedan Foundation, a Kokrajhar based NGO has been pioneer in combating cross-border human trafficking in the North East region and has been continuously advocating for building regional collaboration on the issues in North East with South Asia. Strengtheningen strong collaboration and develop multi-sectoral partnership through networking and advocacy, Nedan  organized a  North East region's  consultation on Thursday at Central Institute of Technology (C.I.T)  in Kokrajhar, Bodoland Territorial Council  to further strengthen the North East Region partnership in combating human trafficking and to initiate a process of joint learning, collaboration, identification of good practices and replication of initiatives to combat human trafficking in the state of Assam.

The consultation was inaugurated by lightning of the lamp by  Madhav Prasad Sarma, Deputy Commissioner of Kokrajhar in the presence of  S.P. Saikia , Superintendent of Police- Kokrajhar,  A.K.C. Singh, Commandant of 16th Battalion- SSB.

DigambarNarzary, Chairperson of Nedan Foundation put forward the objective of the one day consultation and the idea of providingtimely justice, time framed for repatriating the survivors of human trafficking. Narzary stated that every year bunch of children is being repatriated from Mumbai, Haryana, Chennai and other parts of India. Assam has the highest number of missing children. 

 Sarma, Deputy Commissioner of Kokrajhar stated that the scenario of human trafficking is at an alarming rate where it can be seen that 70 % of the victims are girls and women. Flood related displacement; conflict related displacement and poverty are seen as the main reason for increased rate of human trafficking. Above all ignorance of such circumstances also leads to trafficking. In order to curb such menace, the Deputy Commissioner emphasized on cooperating with the concerned departments working on protection of children and women because it is only possible through the joint effort from various concerned departments to prevent the modern slavery and thus build a trafficking free society. 

S.P. Saikia, Superintendent of Police of Kokrajhar appreciated Nedan Foundation for organizing North East level consultation and had pledged to fight against human trafficking and child labor. In his speech, Saikia stated that he would closely coordinate and support NEDAN in working towards combatting human trafficking. 

The study done by UNODC highlighted Assam as the 2nd highest trafficking zone. Of the four BTAD (Bodoland Territorial Council) districts of Assam three districts namely Kokrajhar, Baksa and Chirang also have the large number of trafficking cases in the present scenario. Kokrajhar is one of the trafficking hubs known as 6th highest trafficking zone of Assam where highest no. of trafficking takes place. The recent cases of 60 children still sheltering at the registered homes in West Bengal hailing from the different districts of Assam including children from Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Udalguri and Baksa indicates the grim situation of trafficking in the region. The children are in the urgent need of restoration. 

In order to intervene the alarming rate of trafficking in the North East region, NEDAN Foundation along with the participants of the North East Network Forum Against Trafficking (NENFAT) have discussed on creating a logical model on rescue, repatriation and re-integration of the human trafficking survivors and drafting of an inter-state Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on rescue, repatriation and re-integration  will based on the feedback taken from the participants.  The drafting of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP)/Guidelines is important in order to build a positive partnership to carry out the plan of action in a sensitive and professional manner. The SOP is therefore expected to serve as a guideline to address the common concerns with all the stakeholders for raid, rescue and repatriation of the survivors of human trafficking. The purpose of drafting an inter-state SOP is to stimulate a process of discussion and development among government officials, uniform personnel's, Civil Society Organizations and supporting partners that will lead towards the adoption of uniform minimum standards and guidelines for the inter-state partner organizations, stakeholders/institutions that work on rescue, repatriation with survivors of human trafficking.

The one day consultation have convened more than 40 key stakeholders comprising of  core members of North East Network Forum Against Trafficking (NENFAT), government officials and uniform personnel's from the state of Assam and indeed was a successful consultation which ended with a good note. 


Ensure due oil royalty: Gogoi to Reddy

13 Sep 2011 - 8:45pm | editor

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi seeks protection of state royalty for oil citing huge loss of revenue. In a letter sent to petroleum minister Sudini Jaipal Reddy, Gogoi said Assam despite being a oil producer state a huge amount of revenue slips from its hands due to payment of crude extraction fee at discounted prices.

According to Gogoi, “Assam being a producer state should not be denied the benefits of its natural resources and made to compensate for the under-recoveries of the Central oil marketing PSUs.” He asked the petroleum minister to pass appropriate orders so that the oil companies pay royalty to the state government on the well head price determined by the actual price of equivalent crude oil prevailing in the international market and not on the sale price.

Gogoi said that the loss of revenue is due to under-payment of oil royalty by ONGC and OIL.

CAG also has raised the issue which estimates the loss at Rs 525crore over a period of 11 months during 2008-2009.

The chief minister further demands the Centre’s intervention to raise the effective royalty rate from the present 16.66% to 20% by modifying the present royalty calculation formula.