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Assam CM assures due facility to media persons

Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi assured the media persons of basic minimum facilities recommended by the labour laws and statutory wage boards of the country. Gogoi who attended the Guest of the Month program of Guwahati Press Club on Monday also expressed his goodwill for the entire journalist fraternity and promised that he would do the needful for the press club as well.

The third time chief minister of Assam in northeast India, Gogoi also promised the pioneer press club a plot of land in the heart of the city. On the occasion, a power point presentation was made in front of Gogoi, where a number of pictorial slides of the proposed press club building and its spacious campus were shown.

The proposed press club is expected to be a state-of-the-art building complex that would stand out as a landmark of the pre-historic city. The building will have all the modern facilities like conference hall, media centre, guest houses with provisions of high tech modern IT gadgets and instruments along with V-Sets for instant access to and from all over the globe.

The building is planned and designed with total application of green concepts such as use of green construction materials, energy efficient, environment friendly, efficient management for use of natural light, natural air and solar energy to minimize electricity consumption, healthy indoor ambience, proper drainage and garbage disposal facilities, rain water harvesting etc, informed Er JN Khataniar, who has prepared the design.

Other important features of the proposed five-storied press club building will be earthquake resistant design, pre- engineered multi level building complex with steel frame structure for better structural responses, high quality fire fighting arrangements, car parking, underground water reservoir, etc.

A memorandum with the print-outs of the presentation was handed over to the Chief Minister by Nava Thakuria, secretary of the press club. It needs to be mentioned here that the press club hall was officially converted into an air-conditioning auditorium from June 18, 2012. Three AC machines presented by Satyam Foundation were activated in the presence of the head of State government.

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Gogoi flays Sonowal govt for inhuman eviction drive

28 Nov 2017 - 5:17pm | AT News

GUWAHATI: Congress leader and former chief minister Tarun Gogoi strongly criticized the BJP led Assam government alleging in human eviction drive in Amchang wildlife sanctuary, Lakhimpur and Karbi Anglong.

Addressing a press conference in Guwahati on Tuesday, Gogoi said the Sonowal government failed to convince the High Court to buy more time to rehabilitate the settlers before evicting these people who are, mostly, the flood and erosion hit Mising people.

Gogoi said,"the ruthless eviction drive has exposed the BJP which came to power with a vow to safeguard the interest of the indigenous people. But only to be rendered homeless. We demand measures to compensate these hapless people."

"The way these people are being evicted from the wildlife sanctuary is unfortunate," said the former chief minister.

HPC Panchgram on the brink of closure

7 Sep 2008 - 4:55am | Daya Nath Singh
Hindustan Paper Corporation (HPC), Cachar unit, situated at Panchgram near Badarpur is in dire strait and likely to be closed very soon. The Board of Directors of the company and the nominated director had a meeting on August 28 last, with suppliers of coal and bamboos, which raised a suspicion that the factory would be closed very soon. Although the details of the meeting were not made public, the president of the Panchgram Citizens Rights Protection Committee (PCRPC), Saidur Rahman Barbhuya, confirmed that a meeting was held between the management and the businessmen.

He further said that Partha Dhar, the nominated director by the Union minister Santosh Mohan Dev, was also present in the meeting. It is learnt that the suppliers of coal informed the management that the coal from Meghalaya was not available at the rate fixed by the paper mill and for a good quality of coal the price has to be revised upwards. But the management did not agree on this point. On the other hand the management announced that no coal supplier would be allowed to supply more than two truckloads of coal per day. Since the mill's requirement of coal per day is about 550 - 600 truckloads per day and each coal supplier earlier used to supply 8-10 truckload material daily .

According to the list of registered coal suppliers of the HPC about 250-300 truckload of coal can enter the mill as per recent decision of the Board. At this rate of supply the production would automatically come down. Panchgram Citizens Rights Protection Committee (PCRPC) has doubt about the intention of the management.

Saidur Rahman Barbhuya, the PCRPC chief, said that the supply of bamboos to the mill has also come down. Total requirement of bamboo is about 120 truckloads per day. At present the mill is getting only 50 to55 truckloads of bamboo daily. It is alleged that a bamboo supplier of North Cachar Hills district continues supply of bamboo to other states instead of this paper mill. Not a single piece of bamboo now comes to the mill from N C Hills.

Rahman alleged that the management has given order for supply of bamboos to two suppliers of Mizoram without calling a tender notice. The value of the order is Rs.62 lakh and Rs 23 lakh. This action of the management is in the complete violation of rules. According to the management this transaction is only on trial basis. Further the rules for the trial basis order should not be over Rupees one lakh. Hence this is purely violation of Government rules. He has already pointed out this fact to the nominated director Partha Dhar. The activities going on in the paper mill clearly show that the factory is going to be closed again. It may be mentioned that the stalemate in this paper mill is continuing for a long time.

State level quiz on renewable energy held in Guwahati

22 Aug 2010 - 5:17pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

An all Assam level quiz competition on renewable energy was held at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakhetra,Guwahati on Aust 19 on the occasion of Rajiv Gandhi Akskay Urja Diwas,2010.The quiz was organized by Assam Energy Development Agency under ASTEC (Assam Science Tecgnology & Environment Council )Guwahati in association with BJVJ (Bharat Jana Vigyan Jatha). According to Dr.Manoj Patowari, Secretary, BJVJ, Assam district level quiz competitions had been arranged in each of the 27 districts of Assam in August 2010 (on the same focal theme) and best 27 teams were invvited to participate in the state level competition. Dr.SK Choudhury, Director ASTEC formally inaugurated the state level quiz at 2 pm on August 19 at Kalakhetra auditorium in presence of distinguished persons. Noted quiz master Sanjeev Goswami conducted the state level quiz to much delight of the participants and audience. A qualifying round was held to select the best ten teams for the grand finale.Accordingly -Cachar,Udalguri,Chirang,Jorhat,KarbiAnglong,Barpeta,Nagaon,Nalbari,Dhemaji and Goalpara qualified for the grand finale.Nalbari,Dhemaji and jorhat won the first three places respectively while Udalguri and Cachar jointly won the fourth place.

Prizes were distributed next day at a function where Dr.Akhil Medhi VC of Guwahati university;Niraj Bajaj,Commissioner cum Secretary,Science & Technology,Govt. Of Assam; Dr.SK Choudhuri,Director ASTEC;Mrinal Choudhuri,Asstt.Director, Assam Energy Development Agency and Dr.Manoj Patowari,Secretary,Bharat Jana Vigyan Jatha attended as the distinguished guests.More than thousand school children from various schools of Guwahati city attended the ceromony and colourful procession arranged on the occasion.