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Hundreds of Angawadi Workers from parts of the Kokrajhar district joined hands in the sit in strike near DC office in Kokrajhar on Friday seeking early withdrawal of agreement of Akhayapatra Foundation for Mid Day Meal implementation, enhance salaries of Angawadi workers 5,000 from 1000 and release of 12 months arrears for the workers

 The strike was organized by Sadou Assam Madhyana Bhajon Karmachari Sanstha, Kokrajhar district unit. Agitators participated with banner, placards and shouted slogans early seeking enhance of salaries and withdrawal of Akhayapatra foundation agreement for the greater interest of Angawadi workers

A memorandum was submitted to Chief Minister of Assam through Kokrajhar deputy commissioner demanded early inclusive solution of the demands of the Angawadi workers in the region. 
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ABSU burns Hagrama's effigy

19 Dec 2015 - 1:53pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

Protesting against BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary's remark on ABSU chief Pramod Boro,the anchalik committee of Kalaigaon ABSU staged demonstration in front of Kalaigaon police station on December at 11 am. Hundreds of ABSU activists burnt down the effigy of BPF supremo shouting slogans “Down with Hagrama” ,”Hagrama go back” etc. Talking to media persons present there an ABSU official criticised Hagrama Mohilary for passing bad remarks on ABSU and its president Pramod Boro. He also condemned Hagrama for hatching conspiracy against Bodo people for political gain. It needs mention that,BTC chief attended 15th annual convention of ABWWF held at Chengapathar near Kalaigaon on December 18.Speaking as the chief guest BTC chief criticized ABSU and its president Pramod Boro,saying Pramod Boro had been trying to create instability among people in BTC.” Hagrama publicly opposed ABSU's demand for separate Bodoland for political mileage and has been working against Bodo unity and culture”, alleged angry ABSU leader. Police however brought the situation under control.


Awards for women entrepreneurs

7 Mar 2014 - 11:13pm | Raktim Baruah

With the aim of honouring the spirit of womanhood, Sreemanta Sankar Mission of Guwahati, a 28 year old voluntary organization based in Guwahati and having members from different NE states, instituted a unique felicitation program in 2013.

“Vasundhara – Celebrating Womanhood”, which saw felicitation of 20 iconic women of Assam on the occasion of International Women’s day 2013, in its second year of inception has grown into a regional level program highlighting the spirit of woman power. This year, the organization has instituted an award program to honour iconic women entrepreneurs from across the region including Sikkim. Titled “Vasundhara – NE Woman entrepreneur of the year (2012-13)” award, this pioneering effort seeks to honour the women entrepreneurs of the region so that their stories of success can be emulated by others and more and more women can be encouraged to set up businesses and contribute towards economic uplift of the region.

The selection of the woman entrepreneurs has been done by a selection Panel constituted by Sreemanta Sankar Mission of Guwahati with members from important institutions related with enterprise, business and media.

The distinguished Panelists include: Dr. Amiya Sharma, Executive Director, RGVN (Chairman of the Panel), B. B. Sangma, Director, Indian Institute of Bank Management (Co-chairman), J. K. Mahanta, CGM (East & NE Zone), NSIC Ltd., Patricia Mukhim, Editor, Shillong Times, Dr. Abhijeet Sharma, Asstt. Director, IIBM, Dr. Sriparna B. Baruah, Head, Centre for Industrial Extension, IIE, Guwahati, Rahul Karmakar, Asstt. Editor, the Hindustan Times, Aneeta Dutta, Asstt. Director, RGVN, Lemli Loyi, DGM, NEDFi, Asomee Dutta Baruah, Gen. Secretary, Sreemanta Sankar Mission of Ghy

The nominations of woman entrepreneurs in 8 states of NE India were made by recommending authorities including banks and financial institutions, industry bodies, departments under the ministry of MSME and industry and leading media personalities working for decades in the region. A total of 84 nominations were received and out of that 50 nominations with impeccable track record were shortlisted by the Panel.

A strict selection criteria was adhered to- taking care to ensure that the process was fair and above board. Emphasis was made on the fact that the enterprise was first generation; self-owned and had a healthy business graph, without any bank default. Its impact on society and innovation in enterprise, along with employment generation were also important criteria in the grading of the enterprise.

Study of the nominations revealed that there is a palpable change in the mindset of the entrepreneurial woman in the region. Venturing out into hitherto male domains, women are engaged in businesses ranging from industrial manufacturing, printing and publishing, skill development, commercial farming, education, service based industries including, media, tourism, transportation, ship building, food processing, garment manufacturing, handloom and handicrafts, information technology, human resource management and allied services.

On 27 th of February, after several hours of deliberation, the panelists made their final selection known and selected the following 8 entrepreneurs: -

  1. Assam – Hemaprava Devi (her unit is engaged in testing and painting of LPG cylinders)
  2. Arunachal Pradesh –Basamlu Krisikro (organic tea farming)
  3. Nagaland –H. Lemei Phom (printing and publishing)
  4. Manipur –R. K. Ongbi Poornima Devi (Handloom and embroidery)
  5. Mizoram –Lalmuankimi (Wellness and beauty)
  6. Tripura –Santa Debnath (Handicrafts)
  7. Meghalaya –Marina Marak (Education)
  8. Sikkim –Yangchen Doma Lepcha (Skill development)

All the above named women entrepreneurs have been invited to the award program on 11/03/2014 at the Pragjyoti – ITA Centre for performing Arts, Machkhowa, Guwahati from 5.30 pm onward.

The winner of the “Vasundhara – NE Woman entrepreneur of the year (2012-13)” award will be declared on that day by the Panel.

Jayanti Patnaik, the first Chairperson of the National Women’s Commission and the first women MP from the state of Orissa and the first lady of Assam will be the Chief Guest in the function which will also see top officials from different banking and financial institutions, trade promotion agencies and the central government taking part in it. The Indian Council for Cultural Relations is participating in the program as a partner organization and will host a cultural program showcasing the rich tradition of the Northeast India and the spirit of womanhood.

Moreover, Prasar Bharati Broadcasting Corporation of India (Doordarshan and All India Radio) has supported this program as the official Electronic Media Partner and is going to telecast the award program live through its Northeast channel.

The proposed award and felicitation program besides felicitating and awarding the selected women also seeks to establish a connect between the women entrepreneurs of the region with various institutions facilitating industries, trade and commerce and offer a platform to share their policies and requirements.

“Vasundhara – NE Woman entrepreneur of the year (2012-13)” is a sincere attempt to showcase the positive developments in the field of enterprise and business due to the various policy frameworks put in place by the Govt. of India and is an effort at showcasing the best that women entrepreneurs of Northeast India have achieved with their hard work and consistent efforts.

The conducive environment for growth of business and enterprise and the consistent effort on part of the central and the various state governments in the region has encouraged many women to set up micro and small enterprise. And initiatives such as the “Vasundhara – NE Woman entrepreneur of the year (2012-13)” award are expected to bolster the efforts of women entrepreneurs across the region to sustain and grow their enterprises, improve on quality and contribute towards the socio-economic growth of the region.

The “Vasundhara – NE Woman entrepreneur of the year (2012-13)” award program on 11/03/2014 at the Pragjyoti – ITA Centre for performing Arts, Machkhowa, Guwahati from 5.30 pm onward is an open program for all and interested citizens, different organizations, NGO’s, women groups, SHG’s etc. along with the honourable members of the media are kindly invited to attend it.


Vice Prez inaugurates NE Business Summit in Guwahati

15 Sep 2008 - 4:32pm | editor
Vice President Hamid Ansari on Monday has inaugurated the two-day North East Business Summit being organised by the Department of North East Region, DoNER in collaboration with the Indian Chamber of Commerce, ICC, Kolkata. The main objective of the summit is to showcase the potential of the NE States and to promote private sector investments.

Organisers say the fourth summit of the kind will primarily focus on sectors such as tourism, food processing, power, infrastructure, information technology, handloom and cottage industries especially in the context of the Look East Policy on trade and investment linkages with ASEAN and SAARC countries.

A special session on "North East on Fast Track - Building International Partnership" with special reference to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia and Philippines to discuss mutual cooperation will be the main attraction of the Summit. Governors and Chief Ministers of all north eastern states are attending the significant summit . Eight foreign Ambassadors and about 50 foreign delegates will attend the event. More than 200 private participants from North East region and near about 175 outside the North East region will also participate in the event.
The highlights of the summit include Chief Minister''s Conclave, International Session with Minister of Commerce of Cambodia, Ambassadors from Thailand, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Arab League and Bhutan, Special Thai Investment Session, specific sessions on infrastructure, agro and food processing, tourism, IT and skill development, one-to-one discussions among prospective investors (both from Northeast and foreign), banks, government officials, and corporate representatives, State Government investment hubs and an exhibition-showcasing Northeast.