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37th Bn, SSB apprehends Bhutanese national

UDALGURI: In a major drive against illegal Foreign liquor making entry into Indian markets.The troops of 37 Bn SSB stationed at Border Outpost( BOP), Tankibasti seized a consignment of 75 Cases containing 900 Bottles of Bhutan made Liquor along with Bolero Pickup and apprehended one Bhutan national namely Kinzang Wangchuk (26) near Dimakuchi of Udalguri district along the Indo-Bhutan Border on Saturday evening.According to reports the Bhutanese national is a resident of  Momring village under Jomotsangkha Post Office of Samdrup Jongnkhar province of Bhutan. The consignment was being brought from Bhutan and was to be delivered in Indian side. The seized items were later handed over to Excise Office Tangla, for further legal action.The market value of seized items is estimated to be about Rs 5,83,000.

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Recipient of The Annual Colosseum Awards 2014 & 2015 (by The Assam Tribune group), Shajid Khan is a journalist based in Tangla.In his stint of journalistic experience he has contributed numerous political, socio-political stories for bountiful national,international as well as Assam based publications. He also pens down analytic commentary on print and web based publications.

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One teacher for 6 classes!

5 Dec 2017 - 3:58pm | Simanta Hazarika

LAKHIMPUR: Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed to have brought a sea change in the education sector. But his “sea change” is confined to areas only. Many areas are still lagging behind with schools functioning with one teacher to look after six classes.

Come to the No 2 Khalihamari LP School in Narayanpur block in Lakhimpur district where only a teacher has been looking after six classes for the last 7 months. He has been taking care of the students after his sole colleague was transferred.

Despite repeated requests by the local residents the new teacher has yet to be restored much to the major inconvenience of the students and their guardians.    


Notably, the school scored A+ grade in the last 'Gunutsav'. Major inconvenience is in sight at a time when the students are appearing in the annual examination. 

My three weeks at Mushroom Development Foundation

15 Aug 2009 - 9:40pm | editor

My name is Gareth Knott and I would like to inform you about my experiences during the three weeks that I spent with MDF.

I am 22 years old and currently I study Mathematics at the University Of Bath, England. I have taken a year out of my studies and during this time I worked for 8 months for an insurance company in England before embarking on a round the world trip. In the previous 6 months I have been fortunate enough to visit the United States of America, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Singapore and India.

I became interested in MDF after I came across the organization on the internet. Following a correspondence between Pranjal Buruah and I, I gladly took the opportunity to come to Assam to see all the beneficial work being carried out by MDF. Subsequent to my work with a university organization ‘One World’, which raises awareness on a range of international social issues including fighting AIDs, fair-trade and the alleviation of poverty, I was keen to understand how an NGO in India operates.

I chose MDF in particular because it offered a very strong economic model built on top of a strong ethical foundation. MDF seeks to create a federation that brings farmers together in a way that allows them to actively participate in the market economy. The federation empowers the farmer so that they will be consulted in and contribute to related government decisions such as agricultural planning and policy. MDF has started to construct a resource centre that will help the community on a wide range of issues including health and sanitization, education, consumer protection laws and other income sources. Moreover MDF’s model will become an example of self-sustaining rural prosperity.

I was impressed to hear about its innovative approach to creating a new market system. The model works in a way that will create a measurable social impact. By 2015 MDF will be able to increase the income of 20,000 small farmers from Rs. 500 to Rs. 4000 as well as raise the income of a further 5,000 poor urban workers. The model is enterprising so that hard work is rewarded and that the project can operate in a fully self-sustaining manner. A huge advantage of the MDF economic model is its easy replicability to many other regions in the world - in the near future to regions such as Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Whilst the rest of India is booming, Assam which possesses the lowest per capita GDP growth in India, is being left behind. In Assam 64% of the population depend on farming for their income but agriculture only accounts for less than 4% of the states GDP. The farmers in Assam work hand to mouth earning little or no real income. Farmers face the problem of either being exploited by unscrupulous businesses or being entirely blocked from certain markets in which cartels have formed. The farmers’ difficulties are further compounded by the progressive shrinking of their land holdings.

Mushroom production provides a low cost solution to many of these problems. The mushroom market is still in its infancy and thus lacks the cartels present in other industries. Further mushroom production is not land intensive.
During my time in Assam I was able to see first hand how MDF makes a tangible benefit to the lives of small farmers. I have learned a great deal whilst being here and am very grateful to MDF for everything they have shown me. I would further like to extend my gratitude to the people of Assam for their persistent friendliness and goodwill.

One my return to England I plan to continue my support for MDF. I have started to develop a website for MDF and will complete this on my return. I will further investigate fund raising opportunities in England as well as potential market linkages.

I hope to be able to return to Assam soon.

If you would like to known more or talk to me directly I will be contactable on 9954653016 until August 16th. Otherwise you may email me at

Pranjal Baruah, the general secretary of MDF, is contactable on 9854003003 or alternatively you can email him at

SSB jawan injured

29 Jan 2015 - 8:57am | Hantigiri Narzary

One SSB jawan received bullet injury when his colleague jawan fired at him on Wednesday at  Ultapani Lungsung area under Kokrajhar police station.

The injured jawan was identified as Sukban Singh and immediately rushed to Bongaigaon Lower Assam Hospital.

The jawan received bullet on his leg and was engaged at Lungsung area post carnage of December 23 in Kokrajhar district and reason of injury was not known.