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Sal logs seized

KOKRAJHAR: Forest department in Chirang, seized several numbers of tractors and trucks which were carrying illeglly felling sal timbers from Selekaguri, Shantipur, Deosri area under Runikata forest range on Thursday in Chirang district.

The seized timbers are kept now at Runikata forest range office.

Recently,forest department officials have seized a large number of smuggling timbers at Kachugaon in Kokrajhar district.

The seized timbers  are valued at Rs.20.

The forest department has been taking stern measures to check timber smuggling in the region and necessary deployments are made so far, said a senior forest official in BTAD.

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Primary Education in North East: All is Not Well

18 Jun 2008 - 3:02am | editor

The northeastern region is running with a deplorable state of affairs if the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), 2007, is any indication.

Making this startling revelation, the report says enrollment in Assam was found at more than 90 per cent and the attendance in schools was only at 70 per cent.

The out-of-school students in Assam were found about 6.9 per cent and about 66 per cent schools did not have toilets and 40 per cent did not have access to potable water, the report added.

The out-of-school figure in the age group of 6-14 years in Tripura was higher than the national average while in Meghalaya it was almost double the national average, says the report.

According to the ASER Report, stated that though pre-school enrollment for three-year old children remained unchanged at 56 per cent, the proportion of four-year old children in pre-school had increased about 10 per cent and about 5.9 per cent students were found to be out of school.

Also the report says,"though the Mid-Day Meal Programme was implemented satisfactorily in all schools of Tripura, basic facilities, including toilets and drinking water, are not available in half of them.''

Only 19 per cent children of Class III-IV could read simple English sentences and more than 20 per cent of Class I students failed identify the letters of their local language.

In Meghalaya, about 7.5 per cent students of age group 6-14 years were still out of school and similar trends were also observed among the age group below six years at pre-school level.

Besides, basic facilities, including toilets, drinking water and availability of adequate classrooms, were not found in more than 50 per cent of the schools in Meghalaya.

About 23 per cent of the children at pre-school stage in Meghalaya could identify English letters, the ASER stated.

Poll counting underway

16 May 2014 - 10:52am | AT News

Amid an elaborate security arrangement counting of Lok Sabha poll is underway in the state along with other parts of the countryon Friday.

Polling authorities have opened the strong rooms in the district and sub divisional headquarters at 8 in the morning to begin the counting process across the state. The votes sealed in the electronic voting machines were taken for counting as soon as the counting of postal ballots were over.

The results of the entire 14 Lok Sabha constituencies are expected to be available by 3 in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, the strong room premises are teeming with security forces, poll officials along with the political leaders, candidates and their representatives from early in the morning.

The authorities in each of the counting stations have deployed huge signboards to publicly update the trends and results. This is apart from deployment of sound system to announce the trends and results.

ACS officer fired from Dispur office

14 Jun 2017 - 12:28am | AT News

The Assam government has fired a newly appointed lady ACS officer alleging her involvement in the APSC scam suggesting similar action against many others who managed to be selected in the combined competitive examination.

M Kalita, the assistant commissioner attached to the chief minister's secreteriat has been fired on Monday in view of her alleged involvement in the scam.

According to sources, even after glaring evidence of her involvement she was not questioned by the investigators along with 25 others at Kahilipara last week.

Same fate awaits many other officers who allegedly ensured selection by bribing chairman Rakesh Paul who along with eleven others have been jailed.