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Assam boxer waiting to strike gold

GUWAHATI: A young boxing talent from Assam is waiting to steal the thunder at the Youth World Boxing Championship in Guwahati on Sunday.
She is none other than Angshunita Boro who is taking on Dynnik Ekateria from Russia in the 64 kg category in the International Boxing Association event at Sarusajai stadium in Guwahati.

He victory would fetch her gold in the event. She is one of the five Indian pugalists who are seen in action at the pact Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in the evening.

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Bhimajuli burning with simmering tension

6 Oct 2009 - 2:47am | editor

A simmering situation is what prevails at Bhimajuli area in Sonitpur district on Monday a day after armed NDFB rebels gunned down at least 12 villagers where over 20 others have been injured.

The angry residents in the tiny hamlet spilled into the streets with bows and sharp arrows in their hands and prevented CRPF jawans from entering in the village. Some other residents have set on fire the vehicle of a magistrate as it was on the way to the village. Some of them set ablaze as many as 25 Boro houses in retaliation to this strike by the Boro rebel outfit. This has forced policemen on duty to resort to blank firing to disperse the mob.

Assam DGP Shankar Baruah even was not allowed to go into the area by the angry mob who said they need no longer government security measures. This incident took place after his convoy was attacked.

In yet another incident, three youths were burnt alive at Dilchang village to make the situation more tense.

A full scale operation is underway by army, para military forces in the dense jungles of the area bordering Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.

A worried Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has rushed three ministers to assess the situation after holding a high level meeting with top ranked police officials at his residence. Dr Bhumidhar Barman, Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and Bharat Narah are camping in the district to monitor the situation.

KMSS vows to prevent the prospect of big dams at any cost

10 Jul 2011 - 10:18pm | editor

RTI activist Akhil Gogoi says they will at any cost prevent the prospect of big dams that would spell ecological disaster in Assam. Addressing a press conference at the Guwahati Press Club on Sunday Gogoi accused chief minister Tarun Gogoi of resorting to blatant lies to safeguard the interest of the NHPC. “The Chief Minister has hardly any point of supporting the big dams. The experts have already rejected these dams citing the north east a highly a seismic zone,” said Gogoi.

Gogoi said the KMSS, AASU, TMPK, AJYCP must join the massive protest against the big dams and the ships carrying big dams turbines on the Brahmaputra riverways must be stopped from proceeding beyond Dhubri.

Gogoi’s stiff resistance assumes significance a day after Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi pledged all out support to the NHPC and big dams citing it a question of Assam’s economic development.

Boost for wild crop harvesting

23 Jul 2017 - 8:34am | Mowsam Hazarika

The Centre has launched a centrally sponsored Scheme in the north eastern region to boost the wild crop harvesting in thr country where Assam will reap rich harvest.

Named as Mission Organic Value Chain Development, the scheme is expected to develop crop commodity specific organic value chain and address gaps in organic crop production.

Apart from it, the mission aims at giving a boost to the organic livestock management, processing handling and marketing of organic agricultural products through the developing crop specific organic production clusters with necessary infrastructural.

Technical and financial support by facilitating partnerships between farmers and organic businesses is another objective of the initiative.

This includes Local enterprises and / or Farmer Producer Companies based on back-to-back long-term trade relations with clients in domestic and export markets. It is expected to help the farmers by providing enabling environment for project initiatives and development programs with necessary support for organic value chain development and create market access.

It will empower producers with program ownership by organizing them into FIGs with the final aim to federate into farmer producer organizations/ companies and replace conventional farming and subsistence farming system into local resource based, self sustainable, high value commercial organic enterprise.

Developing commodity specific commercial organic value chain under integrated and concentrated approach with end-to-end facilities for production, processing, storage and marketing and develop organic parks and zones with facilities for collection, aggregation, value addition, processing, storage and market-linkages for specific commodities requiring capital intensive technology.

The scheme will provide the region products as brands-labels through brand building and facilitating stronger marketing access under the ownership of growers‟ organizations- companies.

Apart from it, this will focus on creating state specific lead agency (Organic Commodity Board or Organic Mission) for coordinating, monitoring, supporting and financing the development and operationalization of entire value chain.

Assam has identified the areas with feasibility of organic farming in 10 clusters in 9 different districts in Chirang, Cachar, Dhemaji, Majuli, Kamrup, Sonitpur, Kokrajhar and Nalbari and Golaghat with a target to attain a total of 5000 Ha of area and 5000 farmers in different clusters.

Dhemaji(Butikar areas), Majuli (Pokajora areas) and Golaghat(Kaziranga areas) clusters are,  selected for  Red Rice and an area will also be covered in Kaziranga crop for Black Rice. Districts like Golaghat (Podumpather areas), Kamrup (Sonapur areas), Kokrajhar(Titagiri areas) and Chirang(Panbari areas) are specified in Ginger and Turmeric also Bokakhat and Sonipur followed by Turmeric and Ginger cultivation.

Bihaguri cluster of Sonitpur District specified in Okra and Ridge gourd, along with Ginger cultivation. Cacher in Lakhipur cluster mainly focused on Pineapple as their major crops.


The farmers of the clusters will be organized to Self Help Groups and finally they will be registered under Society registration Act as Farmers Producers Companies. The Farmers growers will also be certified as Organic growers sothat their produces may be marketed as certified organic. For better marketing of the organic produces Branding, labeling, Value addition and processing facilities will be created .