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Politics is a ‘chronic disease’ that haunts a politician life long

It is an established fact that a person involved in political activities cannot remain in peace till his cherished dreams are fulfilled. This can be noticed through the recent statements of former Assam chief minister, Tarun Gogoi, who has been expressing his views frequently in media against the four months old BJP-led alliance government in the state under the chief minister ship of Sarwanand Sonowal. 

He (Gogoi) dares to demand a ‘white paper’ from state government about the steps taken by it to clear the encroachments of forest and other government  lands in the state and also to let the people of the state know, what action it has taken to identify and deport the foreign nationals from the state?. In fact he desired the newly formed state government should complete the works within four months of its rule, which the last government under ‘his own leadership’ could not do in fifteen {15} years of confidence and fifteen years of development’, a slogan well publicized in the last Assembly elections.

He has also expressed his concern over the eviction exercises in Kaziranga National Park and advised the state government to show interest in controlling the floods menace, which miserably affects the people of state ‘every year’. At last he has come to understand that the flood menace in past 15 years had also affected the people of the state during  which  he  used to remain out of the country. The media reports quoted in the past as the then chief minister saying as the flood problems ‘even occurs in countries like Japan and USA also’. He also accused the state government for its failure to check price rise of essential commodities.

Former CM Gogoi, seems to have been left alone in his party as an ordinary MLA. He is neither a spokesperson of the party nor the opposition leader in the State Assembly. He never thought of this situation he would have to face in the party for which he has given his lifelong service. Now, he feels lonely and that is the reason he manages to call media persons to talk and pass time from time to time.

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Hindi speakers committee at Tangla

17 Nov 2015 - 6:44pm | Shajid Khan

Akhil Hindi Bhasi Vikash Parishad, that works towards the interest of the Hindi speaking communities of four districts of BTC, had its general meeting on November 15 at Tangla where it had formed its regional committee. The meeting was presided over by Central General Secretary Santosh Shah. Speaking on the occassion he said that sole objective of the organization is to uplift the community in socio-economic, educational and cultural spheres. Ganesh Thakur, Vice-President District Committee of the organisation also spoke on the occasion and said that all communities residing in the state should promote brotherhood and communal harmony. In the regional committee Saddam Hussain was given the charge of President while Rajesh Shani and Aman Agarwalla were given the charge of Vice President. Amit Jha was made General Secretary.

No flood warning system for NE!

28 Sep 2014 - 10:38pm | AT News

CHANDAN KR DUARAH: The North Eastern Space Application Center (NESAC) in Umiam (Meghalaya) failed to alert people of the region despite its claim over its success in flood warning system. The devastating flood in states of Meghalaya and Assam killed at least 106 people in last week. The satellite based Flood Early Warning Systems (FLEWS) developed by NESAC had successfully predicted nearly 85 percent of major floods in the north east during the last few years.

The effectiveness of the FLEWs developed by NESAC at Umium near Shillong has increased from mere 25 per cent in 2009 to 85 percent last year. He said the system has generated over 70 per cent successful warnings this year even as generated 80 percent useful warnings on flood in 2012, 75 per cent in 2011 and 60 per cent in 2010, a year after it was adopted.

But this time non-cooperation of the Central Government agencies in India led to failure of  flood early warning in the state of Meghalaya and Assam which could save lives died in recent flood. But it is lamented that the Centre is not getting required data from central and state government agencies. The space center has been struggling to collect data from central and state agencies in view of the security threat perception surrounding the northeastern states.

This reluctance to share data has only put a hindrance for the space centre to implement various programmes including Flood Early Warning Systems (FLEWS) also. Lamenting the non cooperation an official of NESAC said its people working in isolation need an integration of data as the space community has a greater role to play in improving preparedness for various disasters.

The early warnings issued by NESAC provide information about the revenue circles and the probable villages that may be affected due to flood enabling the administration machinery to prepare and respond to the likelihood of the flood. FLEWS, which covers 15 flood prone districts in Assam, has added seven more districts prone to flood while another five districts including Kamrup were partially covered under the system.
The Central Government has also added 24 river catchment areas covering as many as 68 rivers and streams in the FLEWS forecasting book. The Centre launched the system in line with the recommendation of that 40 million hectares of land in the country is prone to flood bringing with it risks to human, livestock and agriculture.

Sypnotic rainfall advisory is also part of the system in which high definition satellite images The Central Government launched the system in line with the recommendation of the National Flood Commission which the recommendation of the National Flood Communication which reported that 40 of the cloud formation, motions and qualitative precipitation estimation which also helps in identifying the affected areas. Other projects undertaken by NESAC also included forest fire alerts. Under this project, the center said 33,072 forest fires took place between 2001 and 2014 in the region.

The study was undertaken by the Central government under the North Eastern Regional node for Disaster Risk Reduction which was well received by respective Forest departments, scientists from NESAC said. But it has been struggling to collect data from some central and state agencies in view of security perception surrounding the Northeastern states reasons.  The reluctance to share data has only put a hindrance for us to implement various programmes, like the Flood Early Warning System effectively.

The space centre has initiated various programmes, including establishment of the space center like NESAC set up by central government to develop high-tech infrastructure support for the northeastern states and has been identified for disaster-related issues, should be provided with the database generated by various state and central departments for analysis and generation of planning inputs, which will help in decision-making and implementation of various programmes more effectively.

Nevertheless, with its limited resources the NESAC is assisting various central and state departments to use separate technology for their planning processes and also enhance the implementation of central schemes effectively to bring economic inclusive growth at the grass root level.

It is felt that with cooperation of governments, a system for data should be created that will help in decision making and implementation of various programmes.


Climate Compatible Development Film Festival, India 2015

16 Dec 2015 - 8:50pm | AT News

Climate change is said to impact billions. In India, the effects of climate change are already being felt – erratic weather, delays in the monsoon, the worsening agrarian crisis, storms in Uttar Pradesh, landslides in Manipur, recent floods in Chennai, all tell their own devastating tales. Disaster and the impact on farmers livelihoods and communities dependent on natural resources requires deep thought and strategic action by multiple stakeholders, especially communities. Climate compatible development is a way where we can create development that minimises the harm caused by climate change and maximises the many human development opportunities. 

The “Climate Compatible Development Film Festival, India 2015” is being organised by Assam Times Foundation, in association with The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and Television Trust for Environment (TVE) which is to be held on December 18 (5 pm) at NEDFi House Auditorium, Dispur, Guwahati. The event is open to all. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion to be participated by climate change researchers, environmentalist, bureaucrats, development professionals, film makers, journalists, students and professors.

The selected films tell stories on the impact of climate change on diverse communities from Uttarakhand to Bangladesh. Loss of livelihoods, distress migration, destruction of crops and fisheries, is the reality that many face on a day-to-day basis. And yet there are inspiring change strategies adopted by communities, such as seed banks that sell climate resilient seeds and engaging the voices of women to be part of village planning and local governance. 

Films have huge potential to galvanise action, spur discussion, inspire youth and communities, and create synergies between different stakeholders, spread awareness on issues and showcase best practises. Issues, such as climate change that affect diverse groups require action at multiple different levels and by different sets of change agents. 

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