Assam is set to lose a huge amount of Rs 1000 crore as revenue if chief minister Tarun Gogoi is to be believed.
Addressing a press conference in Dispur on Saturday, Gogoi said that the Centre is contemplating to bring petroleum products under GST and that if the process is not stopped the state would be a big loser. According to Gogoi, the loss amount won’t be less than Rs 1,000 crore.
Notably, under the proposed system in the new bill, the Union and state would be free to levy general sales tax on petroleum products at a low rate. This will adversely effect the revenue of the state. If such goods are brought under GST, the states will have to levy additional tax over and above GST.
Petroleum products are considerable revenue earners for Assam, the sales tax on diesel is 17% while that on motor spirit (petrol) is 25%.
Eighteen Hands Maa Durga Idol at Hojai is a point of attraction for devotee's since decade's.
Hojai:-With Durga Puja less than a week away, preparations for the celebration in the Hojai are on in full swing. Members of various puja committees are working overtime to finish work on pandals in time. While artisans are busy in giving final attractive touch to the idol of Maa Durga along withGanesha,Laxmi,Saraswati and Kartikaye.Tent-house workers are busy in giving shape to massive theme-based welcome arches and light gates on the streets, lanes and by-lanes of the pandals.This year, Durga Puja celebrations will begin with Sasthi Puja on October 15 while immersion of the deities has been scheduled on October 20. Inspite inflation and simmering tension overNational Register Of Citizens, the enthusiasm ofdenizens of Hojai district is not less for Durga Puja. People want to worship Goddess Durga accordingly as per Vedic rituals and take her blessings.
In Hojai, Idol of Eighteen Hands Maa Durga is always been an special attraction for the devotees. Since the year 1967, Adarsha Durga Puja Samity is organising this Puja.This is their 52nd Year. The puja samity believes that, when Maa Durga slaughtered Mahisashur, She was in her 18 hands gesture. So, by which they started worshipping Eighteen (18) hands Maa Durga Idol. Here, puja is done with all the vedic rituals. Another, speciality of this puja is that on the day of Dashmi the mirror (prathibim) of Maa Durga is open for bidding, where the devotees gather and are very excited to take part in the bid, so that they can take the mirror to their house as a blessings of Maa Durga. As per sources, this year bidding for this mirror may across rupees one lakh and above. It is believed to be the only Puja with eighteen hands in entire Assam.
Sarbajanik Durga Puja Samity at Shivbari in Hojai is celebrating this festival since the year 1935. This Puja is famous for its tallest idol of Maa Durga in Hojai District and here festivity is always been point of attraction as devotees throng here in thousands.Sarbajanik Durga Puja Samity at Bishnupally in Hojai is celebrating the Durga Puja since the year 1956. This year they are celebrating 62nd Year. This Puja is special for its cultural procession, cultural competition and Quiz competition during puja since its inception. At Laxminarayan Mandir Marwari Durga Puja is famous for it's smooth arrangements. Here devotees along with Maa Durga can worship and seek blessings of Laxminarayan,Hanuman,Ram Darbar and Shiv Darbar.
There are many other Samiittee's in Hojai where the preparation's of Durga Puja are at final stage viz., Govind Ashram celebrating since the year 1940, Natun Bazar Durga Puja celebrating since the year 1947, Bharatiya Durga Puja Celebrating since the year 1984, Nabakalpa Durga Puja Commiittee, Ramkrisha Mission, Bharatsewa Ashram, Kediapuram,Lalpatty,Jamuna Lal Bajaj road Puja, Puja at Laxmi Cinema campus at J.K Kedia Road,Sahapatty,Govinda pally,Kali Bari,Krishna Nagar,Harijan Colony,Nepali Mandir. Manipuri Community Durga Puja is special for its different attraction based on Manipuri culture. Here cultural celebration's are organised as per Manipuri custom. It is to be noted that this year Ramthakur Mandir Commiittee at Shiv bari road is going to begin the Durga puja celebration for the time this year which will attract devotees.However, All the Puja samittees has to oblige by the rules and norms issued by District Administration like every year, for the smooth functioning of Puja without any hindrance.
Greenpeace and 50 students from various schools and colleges in the city, today, raised alarm about the increasing threat of climate change on the Indian monsoon while interacting with the public at the HUB mall in the city. They were inaugurating the week-long activity to engage the people on the issue of Climate Change and sign petitions demanding a Renewable Energy law from the newly reinstated Indian government.
The Indian monsoon which is the lifeline of the subcontinent will be significantly affected by climate change, according to a Greenpeace paper titled ‘Monsoon Wager: Climate change and the Indian Monsoon’, that was released on the eve of World Environment Day (1). “On the occasion of the World Environment day as well as the onset of the monsoon in the region, we decided to flag off the first set of activities in the city to involve the public on the issue of climate change and raise caution over the changing monsoon patterns due to it.” said Prarthana Banikya, activist from Greenpeace.
The stability and predictability of the monsoons are critical to India’s economy, society and ecology, and changes in the monsoon will have far reaching social and economic impacts. “The lives of millions of Indians, farmers, city dwellers, depend on the monsoon. Guwahati and India cannot allow the delicate balance of the monsoon to be thrown awry; we cannot afford to adapt if the monsoons are impacted, we simply have to stop that from happening”, Prarthana said. “Students from various schools and colleges in the city, along with Greenpeace will be interacting with the people in various parts of the city over the next week to inform people about the urgency to start acting on this issue” she added.
Greenpeace is carrying out the public engagement activity across various cities in the country, to drive home the point to the general public and build the support for the RE law in the country. Yesterday eight Greenpeace activists hung an 80 foot banner in Mumbai with a message to the Indian Prime Minister, that read, “Dr Manmohan Singh, Save our Monsoon” from the Mumbai-Thane bridge linking the two cities which are amongst the most vulnerable to cyclones, sea level rise and flooding in the South Asian region (2).
Greenpeace demanded that the Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh put India’s climate policy on track and urge world leaders such as Obama, Hu, Merkel, Sarkozy, Brown and Lula to do the same.