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Assam flood fury takes grim turn

Assam's overall flood situation remains grim on Wednesday with Brahmaputra flowing above the danger leevl affecting atleast five lakh people.

According to the Central Water Commission, the Brahmaputra is crossed danger level at Guwahati, Goalpara, Sibsagar, Dhubri, Dibrugarh, Nimatighat, Naharkatia and Tezpur.

This wave have affected 11 districts where vast tracks of farm land and a large number of human habitations have been submerged in Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Sibsagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Dhubri, Goalpara and Barpeta.

The wave of floods has so far claimed two lives in two separate incidents in lower Assam.

The marooned people have no option but to take shelter on railway tracks, roads, raised areas, government schools and offices.

River island Majuli in Jorhat district was flooded following a breach in an embankment affecting thousands of people. Kaziranga National Park and Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary have also come under the suring waters of the mighty Brahmaputra leaving immense inconveniance for the birds and animals. Rhinoceros, pygmy hog and wild buffaloes at the worls heritage site have been forced to move to the Karbi hills.

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National seminar on education

8 May 2016 - 8:17am | Ranjan K Baruah

All Bodo Students Union has organised a national seminar on Challenges and measures in ensuring quality education in vernacular medium (Elementary and Secondary) at Rabindra Bhawan , Guwahati on 7th May . The ceremonial lamp was lighted by Dr Hitesh Deka, Vice Chancellor of KKH State Open University. The session was chaired by Taren Bodo and key note speech was delivered by Pramod Bodo, President of ABSU. In his speech he mentioned that “it is already a decade elapse that the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) has been seriously working in a mission mode program to improve quality education for Bodo medium since 2006 declaring ‘Year of Education’ and ‘Mission Quality Education’ from 2007 up to 2020.” “I would like to congratulate all because in the beginning year 2006 only 66 got first division in the HSLC exam from Bodo Medium but in the year 2015 it raise to 910” , stated by Pramod Bodo in his key note speech .

Speaking as resource person, Tapan Chakraborty, Education Minister, Tripura Government has shared his views on the subject in the light of people’s movement for education in Tripura as well as education policies and action plans as taken care of by the government of Tripura for enhancing quality in education. It is to be mentioned that literacy rate in Tripura in 1901 was 2.3 % and the same is now 96.82%. 

The statistics of schools in Tripura justifies the fact that more than 95% schools in the state are government schools and as such, it can safely be said that unlike most of the other states the task of imparting education in this state is by and large shouldered by the government schools.

Education Minister said that “we are confident that with successful implementation of the measures adopted and motivated cooperation from the community and teacher, the challenge ahead can be combated and the cherished goal will be achieved”.

Speaking on the occasion Basanta Deka , Eminent Educationist of Assam  has said that “the problem of government schools can be solved if government officials send their kids to government schools.”

Congratulating ABSU, Professor Shantha Sinha , Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and former Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has  said that “ABSU has been fighting for the rights and justice of the students’ community.” She mentioned that every child must go to school and study and state must take responsibility as education should not be any commodity. “We must have education with infrastructure and teacher can do well if they are engaged only in teaching”, Said Prof Sinha . She strongly advocated that teachers should not be engaged in any other activities by government apart from teaching. She also said that “we must celebrate the diversity and students should learn as many language as they can and learning in mother tongue does not mean opposing any other language.”  She appealed ABSU to support good points in New Education Policies and at the same time critique the points which do not provide equality and justice.
Advocate Ashok Agarwal , Convener of All India Parent Association , New Delhi said that “there should be national law for the private schools and the school management committees of private schools must include 50% or more members from guardians and parents to avoid exploitation. More members with guardians’ means private schools cannot exploit the students or guardians.” He also said that, “there is need for amendment in RTE and free and compulsory education must reach to secondary which means till class XII.”  He emphasized that government servants or officials must send their kids to government schools.

Other speakers and guest includes Thaneswar Malakar , Mission Director , SSA Assam  ; Krishna Gopal Basumatary , director of UN Academy , Kokrajhar ; Urkhao Gwra Brahma Former MP of Rajya Sabha ; Rwn Gwra Narzary, MCLA .

ABSU has made some demands which includes more budget allocation from center and state for educational development in Assam, proper implementation of RTE, permanent solution of the issues of venture schools through a time bound policy decisions subject wise teacher appointment and rationalizations of teacher-student ratio, compulsory education up to class XII or 18 years, accountability commission for Teachers and Authority, etc. It was attended by teachers, parents, guardians, students, representatives from different voluntarily organisation from different parts of the region.

Koch Rajbongshi body opposes separate Bodo state

26 Dec 2009 - 6:48pm | Jayanta Kumar Das

The All Assam Koch Rajbongshi Yuva Chatra Sanmiloni has strongly opposed the demand of a separate Bodo state. A press note released by Mahesh Deka, joint secretary of the state body said that there had never been just one percent similarity between the socio-political situation of Andhra Pradesh and Assam. He said that the comparison between the two states were meaningless. The press release also said that the Bodos had already been enjoying supreme political rights and powers in BTAD areas with just twenty five percent majority ,curtailing the fundamental rights of seventy five percent non Bodo people mostly Koch Rajbongshis. The press note said that the formation of BTAD was unconstitutional in the sense that, vast non Bodo areas, mostly dominated by Koch Rajbongshi people had been included in it. Bodos have been occupying most of the high ranking government jobs in Assam taking advantage of quota and backlogs. The formation of BTAD could never bring peace to the region. The daily killing of hundreds of people in BTAD would justify it, the press release said.

The Koch Rajbongshi people feel that the formation of separate Bodo state would create Palestine like situation in Assam where general people,mostly Koch Rajbongshis would suffer. The All Assam Koch Rajbongshi Yuva Chatra Sanmiloni has appealed all the democratic forces of Assam to unite against any move to divide Assam. The Sanmiloni said that the rights of various ethnic groups of Assam could be well protected within the present boundaries of Assam. The leaders of the organization warned that Koch Rajbongshi people would not hesitate to launch agitation for their homeland , Kamatapur if any move was made to divide Assam. An important meeting of the state body of the organization has been convened at Chilarai Bhawan,Boko on January 3,2010 to discuss the matter.The press note requests all the central committee members, president and secretaries of the district committees have been asked to attend the meeting.

Vasundhara entrepreneur award

16 Sep 2015 - 6:44pm | AT News

The 2nd Vasundhara NE Woman Entrepreneur will be conferred on September 19 at Shillong. instituted by Sreemanta Sankar Mission of Guwahati, the wvent will see eight exceptionally talented women entrepreneurs from eight states of Northeast India being awarded in the state winners category and one among them being crowned with the coveted award for the year 2013-14.

M. Rajeshwar Rao, Chief General Manager, Financial Markets Operation Department, Reserve Bank of India, Mumbai will grace the occasion as Chief Guest besides a host of dignitaries who will grace the occasion as distinguished guests.

Instituted in 2014 by the Sreemanta Sankar Mission of Guwahati, it has emerged as a prestigious and one of a kind award and felicitation program covering the eight states of entire NE region. The award given to exceptional woman entrepreneurs with unique business ventures having a strong social commitment are selected by a selection panel constituted with eminent personalities from different sector related with entrepreneurship and business.

The state winners as has been declared by the selection panel for the  Vasundhara  NE Woman Entrepreneur of the year (2013-14) award are Lata Lepcha from Sikkim, Toko Likha Yaram from Arunachal Pradesh, T. Jemima Achumi from Nagaland, Moiregthem Muktamani Devi from Manipur, Lalhimpuii Hmar from Mizoram, Sukla Rani Debbarma from Tripura, Queency Thangkhiew from Meghalaya and Kanta Dey from Assam.

All of these women selected for the award have displayed rare sense of entrepreneurship and uniqueness in their idea and vision. For instance, while Smti T. Jemima Achumi of Nagaland has set up a fully automatic meat processing center with imported machineries from Germany and France, Toko Likha Yaram of Arunachal Pradesh has set up a cold storage at Banderdewa. Likewise Moiregthem Muktamani Devi of Manipur produces woolen knitted shoes and supplies to Indian army and also exports to countries such as UK, Australia and Korea. Their enterprises are exemplary in the otherwise male dominated sector of business and industry for which they have been identified and are being honoured, said Asomee Dutta Baruah, General Secretary of Sreemanta Sankar Mission of Guwahati.

The winner will walks away with a cash award of Rs. 25,000 besides trophy, a citation and a shawl and the eight state winners are being honoured with cash award of Rs. 10,000, a trophy, a citation and a shawl each.

Instituted with the sole objective of identifying the latent talents among the hardworking women entrepreneurs of NE region and recognizing and encouraging them for their endeavor and business achievements, the  award in its second year is being collaborated by the SME Division of the State Bank of India, NE Region and the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. The award ceremony has also been organized during the IIM, Shillong annual management conclave  Emerge 2015 which will take place on 19th and 20th September, 2015.