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National level Science Conclave in Assam

Assam State Science & Technology Councils two days annual conclave has been inaugurated in Guwahati city on September 6 which has been organised by Assam Science Technology & Environment Council (ASTEC),Guwahati and supported by Department of Science & Technology,Government of India.The inaugural session was held at Hotel Gateway Grandeur where S&T officials from 23 Indian states have participated.In the inaugural ceremony at 11 am todayRavinder Gaur,Scientist D (TDT) and Member Secretary (SSTP),DST,India spoke on State S&T Council's Conclave while Dr.Neeraj Sharma,Advisor & Head (TDT),DST,India explained about significance of state S&T council programmes and activities.Dr.Arup Kumar Misra,Director,ASTEC,Assam in his welcome address thanked all the distinguished scientists from 23 states of India attending the Science Conclave in Guwahati.Speaking on ASTEC and its activities on science popularisation,he said that officials and activists of ASTED had been working closely with the help of 219 Aryabhatta Science Centers established in each development blocks in Assam.BR Samal,Commissioner and Secretary ,Department of Science & Technology, Assam highlighted the challenges posed by Assam with special attention to With Hunting as a major social menace.Keshab Mahanta,Minister,Science & Technology,Assam formally inaugurated the Science Conclave and released the “Compendium on State Specific S&T Interventions by States and S&T Councils”.On the occasion he also said that a Science City would be constructed in Assam shortly with an initial amount of rupees 110 core.He specially mentioned the role to be played by scientists in remote areas of Assam giving importance to increase in pioneering activities on research on river beds,Muga silk and to prepare a state wide data base of Bio-diversity.He declared that ASTEC would arrange state or NE level science exhibition or Science mela every year.Dr.RK Barman,HOD,S&T,ASTEC offered vote of thanks at the end of inaugural ceremony.Along with the two days Science Conclave ASTEC is also organising an exhibition -”Ideas to Action:Let us Grow with Innovation” at Regional Science Centre,Khanapara during September 7 and 8.The exhibition will display the various technologies propagate the programmes carried out by the council for the benefit of the participants coming from different states of India.


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NSCN (K), drug peddlers arrested in Khonsa

5 Jun 2013 - 9:21pm | Ripunjoy Das

In a well planned joint operation by the 1 Assam Rifles and Arunachal Pradesh Police one NSCN (K) cadre was arrested from Khonsa town, the district headquarters of Tirap district on Monday while two other persons including a lady was arrested from two separate locations in Khonsa town itself on the same day on charges of drug peddling. On Monday at around 11 am on received of an input from sources regarding presence of NSCN (K) cadre in Khonsa Town for extortion of money from businessmen, a joint operation of 1 Assam Rifles, Khonsa lead by Major D.Kakoti, Adjutant, one J.C.O and 25 other rank from Battalion Head Quarters, Khonsa and Police party lead by Sub Inspector Thomas Pertin, Officer-in-charge of Khonsa police station and 04 Constable from Khonsa P.S. conducted specific intelligence based operation.

The suspected individual was apprehended from Longding road tri-junction in Khonsa Market. On spot interrogation the individual identified himself as Naga Army No. 17800 Self Styled Pvt. Pangto Atoa of NSCN (K), S/o Sri Makriat Atoa of village New Kothin, PO/PS-Khonsa Dist. Tirap (AP) who claimed that he was involved in Inter Factional Clash (IFC) at Chasa on 8th January 2012 and I.F.C at Borduria on 7th March 2012. One Micromax Mobile phone and Rs. 300/- recovered from his possession and a case had been registered at Khonsa P.S. vide KSA/P.S. case NO. 45/2013 U/S 384 IPC. On the other hand, based upon description provided by sources one individual matching the description of the suspected carde was searched by the same security forces team on the same day.

Upon search 125 gram of opium was recovered from the individual name Sri Panlong Khangham of Niausa village, Longding District (AP) and on spot interrogation, the individual said he had purchased the opium from a woman in Bank Colony on the same day. Immediately, search party accompanied by lady constable went to Bank Colony and raided the house and recovered 500 gram of opium from a woman named Smti Chumyang Ransong, W/o Sri Kena Ransong of village Lazu, PO/PS-Lazu, Dist. Tirap (AP) and recovered 500(Five hundred) gram of opium which was seized and the seize opium all total valued worth Rs. 29,500/-. The arrested woman revealed that she use to buy the opium from Myanmarese people who use to visit Khonsa via Lazu for selling of opium in Tirap distt. Khonsa. On received of above complaint a case vide KSA/PS/case No. 46/2013 U/S 17 of NDPS Act has been registered and both accused has been arrested. The seized articles have been sending to Forensic Science Laboratory, Guwahati for examination by experts.

Blood Donation camp on August 15 at Dr B Barooah Cancer Institute

14 Aug 2010 - 12:09am | Ranjan K Baruah

Old Boys Association of Sainik School Goalpara is going to organize a blood donation camp to commemorate the Independence Day on 15th August. The blood donation camp is being organized in collaboration with Dr B Barooah Cancer Institute and will start from 10 am. It is to be mentioned that OBA SSG has been organizing blood donation camp on 15th August since 2008. OBA SSG has appealed to interested person to participate in the event and donate blood for the poor and needy people. OBA SSG is a registered organization consisted of the ex-students of Sainik School Goalpara. Interested person and former students of the school may contact the organizers at 94350 46336, 94351 90202 or 98640 55558.

Sense of security elusive in trouble-torn Kokrajhar

6 Aug 2012 - 2:59am | Ranen K Goswami

The Kokrajhar administration claims that the victims of recent clashes in the district are no longer feeling insecure. But the victims tell a different story.

Talking to this correspondent, who visited the district on Saturday with a team of Government employees with relief materials, Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner Jayant Narlikar said many victims had already returned home. On State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s public promise that the victims’ return would be complete by August 15, Narlikar was ambiguous in his reply. He said: “What the CM Sir has actually meant is an emphasis on accelerating their return.”

But the victims don’t buy this view. Inmates in Rupnath Brahma Memorial High School Relief Camp at Gambari Bil, Gosaigaon, are still in grip of the chilling fear that drove them to the camp. Same is the case with inmates in Bhotgaon High School camp at Jaipur. They told this correspondent with tears rolling down their cheeks, that they felt they would never be able to go back to the hearth and home they had been forced to leave.
Authorities have made necessary arrangements for smooth functioning of the camps. But toilet facilities for more than two thousand three hundred inmates in the Gambari Bil camp and more than four thousand three hundred inmates in the Bhotgaon High School camp are grossly inadequate. Food is in good supply, at least for now, said Sikendra Nath Brahma, in-charge of the Gambari Bil camp. “There’s enough of rice, dal, salt and other essentials, but not edible oil, the cooking medium, not even a drop,” he said. Drinking water and health check-up facilities are there.

Partha Gogoi, Regional Director, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, who visited the Gambari camp the same day, claimed that medical needs of all the camp inmates were being properly taken care of. Pressed into service was a team of 34 doctors, he added.

But the million-dollar question is, when will the victims be able to return home and resume their normal day-to-day life. Neither the victims nor the district administration has a clear-cut answer. And now comes the news that the Chief Minister has constituted a Group of Ministers to monitor the situation in BTAD, which means even the State administration is chasing the answer and not able to find it.