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Tractors distributed in Kokrajhar

Kokrajhar: BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary distributed tractors among beneficiaries under the Chief Minister’s Samagra Gramya Unnaya Yojana at a ceremonial function held at BTC Secretariat ground in Kokrajhar today in presence of Assam minister Pramila Rani Brahma and Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary.

A total 1500 revenue villages from four BTAD districts are getting tractors under the under Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan Yojana, 2017-18, which was started from Kokrajhar with ceremonially distribution. On ceremonially distribution programme, 15 self help groups were given away tractors. The tractors are being distributed from BTC Agriculture department to generate double cropping as well incomes among farmers in the region and were given away subsidy way from the state government.

Mohilary urged the beneficiaries as well farmers to make double cropping to make more products of crops.

BTC director for Agriculture MM Swargiary told that the tractors are distributed among revenue villages in BTAD region and today ceremonially distributed. He said that the scheme will cover 2872 villages in BTAD region in phase wise in coming days.

Among others,BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary,BTC executive member Ansumwi Khunggur Boro,Deputy Commissioner Niranjan Baruah were prominent attendees on the occasion.

Meanwhile,BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary inaugurated the constructed office building of central selection board(CSB) near Kokrajhar Head Post Office.The building was constructed under BTAD GAD department with amounting of Rs.3.60 crores.

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Tragic end, what next

File photo: Suman Mahanta
23 May 2014 - 9:53am | Alankar Kaushik

Bohag Bihu is the time for a national renewal for the state of Assam. Bohag is not just a season or a month for the Assamese  but a crucial moment in the nation's life line. It is the time when the entire community takes a ritual bath to get rid of the shackles of sorrow. Since Bohag is the first month of the Assamese calendar the celebration of the same in the social space is independent and devoid of any discrimination. The people come together to take part in the electrified atmosphere created by the modern Assam. 

The Assamese popular music stands as a unifying factor in the entire month. People wait for their turn to get a glimpse of their favourite singers who perform at a stretch in the entire month of Bohag and may be little more that I termed as the Bihu Marathon. 

Now amidst all euphoria, suddenly once again the tickers of the regional news channels start blinking of a horrible road accident of another performing group led by an young Assamese singer Suman Mahanta and his team. This accident brought silence to the lives of 11 people. And with this, the statistics of Assam in terms of death in road accidents goes up once again. 

Immediately after this incident the celebrity performers of Assam started giving their opinion either in social media or in electronic media that the idea of late night performance during the month need a serious introspection. This is not the first time that an accident of this sort happened and killed many upcoming cultural talents of Assam. May be this has become a routine incident in the last few years. And when an incident of this sort happens, usually a blame game starts in the media as well as in the various public forums. Who is to be blamed ? Is it a time to blame each other or should the people and the government bring out a mechanism to lower such kind of untoward incident in future. 

This sort of road accidents and killing of many innocent lives brings out many questions to our mind :

a. Is it a culture of modern Assamese society to enjoy outdoor Bihu programmes till the dawn ?

b. Is there any respect shown to the singers and band members by the people except few famous names ?

c. Does the management who invite the performers take care of their safety and comfort ?

d. Does the management and the so called 'Bihu Committees' understand that a performer is a human and the same group need to perform somewhere else the next night ?

e. Why can't a management who organises the Bihu programmes finish up a programme by 10pm at night ?

f. What is happening on the part of Assam that the statistics of road accidents is alarmingly rising as compared to the entire country ?

g. Does the highways have enough facilities to perform a crisis management in terms of emergency ?

h.. Does the highways or the nearby hospitals have a full fleged trauma center ?

i. Is there any highway protection force available at regular intervals to check the speed of the vehicles ?

j. Is there any mechanism on the part of the administration to check the drunk drivers and their intake of alcohol while driving at night ?

k. Does all the highways have signs and symbols to instruct curves ?

l. How many highways in Assam write the warning in Indian languages apart from Kaziranga areas, so that the truck drivers understand the warnings ? 

Hence the list of questions will be endless. But it should not be the prerogative to question the administration or the existing government always on such issues. The culture of the entire state requires serious interrogation. We cannot sing and dance at the cost of many lives every year losing our cultural human resources. Morever the entire sociological imbalance among the rowdy audience compel the respected class of society to abstain from watching the usual Bihu programmes of today.

The easily available alcohol, timeless Bihu programmes,disrespect towards performers may be the subterranean cause towards such a menace. 

Life in Assam is not easy. There are regular deaths due to the attacks by terrorist groups in various forms, ethnic conflicts, natural calamities and to add to that if  the road accidents and such type of unnatural death starts at an alarming rate, we seriously need to join hands with the authorities to reduce this disaster. This incident of yesterday brought an end to the hope of  many families. May be for many they were the sole bread earner. I am sad because the hope of this spring ended with a despair. Hope it won't continue in days to come.

Meet on cyber laws in Guwahati

20 Mar 2015 - 10:05am | AT News

A crucial meet in Guwahati on Saturday is expected to give more teeth to deal with the cyber crimes across the north eastern regon.

Jointly organized by the Gauhati High Court and the Assam Judicial Academy, the two days regional meeting at the Assam Administrative Staff College in Khanapara will thoroughly discuss the need to sensitise the judges, public prosecutors and investigating officers of the north-eastern region on the issues and challenges pertaining to the field of cyber law.

To be opened by Supreme Court justice MB Lokur, the conference would be attended by Justice Amitava Roy, Justice Uma Nath Singh, Chief Justice (Acting), High Court of Meghalaya, Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva, Judge, High Court of Delhi, Justice S Talapatra, Judge, High Court of Tripura and Madras High Court’s Justice V Ramasubramanian.

Panchayat poll: Brisk voting going on

6 Feb 2013 - 11:34am | AT News
Brisk polling is going on in the second phase of panchayat polls to decide the fate of over 26,000 candidates on Wednesday.
 A total of 30,40,972 electorates are exercising their franchise to elect 26,724 candidates for this phase, out of which 520 are contesting for the Zila Parishad, 2265 are contesting for the Anchalik Panchayat, 2726 are contesting for the Gaon Panchayat president and 21,213 are contesting for the Gaon Panchayat member.
The state poll panel has appointed 13 observers to ensure that the local poll is conducted in a fair manner. The second phase includes 121 Zila Parishad constituencies, 598 Anchalik Panchayat constituencies, 598 Gaon Panchayat president constituencies and 5980 Gaon Panchayat member constituencies.

The final phase of the Panchayat election will be held on February 12. Counting will take place on February 14 and 15.