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Pawan, Gaurav to get tickets

Union minister Pawan Singh Ghatowar will contest from Dibrugarh while Gaurav Gogoi is set to contest in Kaliabor seat in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

AICC sources told Assam Times that 90 per cent sitting MPs are set to get ticket. Chaired by SK Shinde at his residence, the screening panel has prepared the panels of three candidates for Tezpur, Mongoldoi and Silchar.

AICC general secretary in charge of Assam Dr CP Joshi, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and APCC president Bhubneswar Kalita are present in the meeting.

The prepared list would be handed over to Sonia Gandhi for seal of approval in a day or two. The list would contain the candidates for 12 seats. The party won’t field any candidate in Kokrajhar. Panel of candidates for Guwahati would be prepared later. 

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Cattle seized, smugglers arrested

26 Aug 2016 - 12:48pm | AT News

The Border Security Force (BSF) personnel on 25 August apprehended four cattle smugglers from the Indo-Bangladesh border area. Days back, the BSF troops under Guwahati frontier seized a large number of cattle heads meant for smuggling to Bangladesh from the same Dhubri international border locality.

“The cattle smugglers were identified as Rahim Ali (age 39 years), Jahikul Islam (57), Muktadul Hassan (33) and Sahidul Islam (24). All of them hail from Mankachar in South Salmara district of Assam. The BSF troop caught them red-handed while they were trying to smuggle the cattle to Bangladesh. They were already handed over to the local police,” said a statement issued by the Guwahati based BSF office.

Earlier the BSF personnel seized a large number of cattle from the same location on the night of 23 and 24 August. Altogether 312 cattle heads worth around rupees 24,25,800 were seized from the riverine border area.

Mid-Day meal for Upper Primary students

22 Oct 2007 - 9:03am | luitneildon
A good news for the students of upper primary classes in Assam. Now onwards, the students from Class VI to Class VIII will also get to taste the mid-day meal in the schools.

The Centre has extended the Mid Day Meal Scheme to the Upper Primary Stage of Education (classes VI to VIII) in 3479 Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) in 2007-08 and areas across the country from 2008-09. This will benefit about 1.7 crore all over the country.

The Centre has changed the name of Scheme from 'National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education' to 'National Programme of Mid Day Meals in Schools'.

The Centre has released the assistance to the respective States for extension of Mid-Day Meal programme to upper primary stage. A sum of Rs.7324 Crores was provided in the Budget 2007-08 for the MDM Programme, representing 37% increase over the budget provision for 2006-07. The Centre has also extended transport subsidy from Rs 100 per quintal to Rs 125 per quintal. for 11 Special Category States (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir & Uttarakhand).

The calorific value of the mid day meal has been fixed for upper primary at 700 calories and 20 grams of protein. Foodgrains @ 150 grams per child/ school day for the upper primary stage would be provided.

The cooking cost of mid day meal for upper primary stage at Rs 2.50 per child/school day with the NER States contribution being a minimum of Rs 0.20 per child/school day and for all other States and UTs, the State contribution being Rs 0.50 per child/school day.

The Central assistance to construct kitchen-cum-store in upper primary schools would be provided @ Rs 60,000 per unit, as in the case of primary stage besides, Central assistance for kitchen devices to upper primary schools would be @ Rs 5,000 per school as in the case of primary stage.

Anjan Dutta slams dissidents

12 May 2014 - 8:31pm | AT News

Senior Congress leader and MLA Anjan Dutta on Monday dared dissident ministers and parliamentary secretaries to quit immediately.

Addressing a press conference in Sivasagar, Dutta said that those who are harmful for the ruling party should not try to dislodge Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi taking advantage of a position of minister or parliamentary secretary

He said that he would lead a 42 member delegation of MLAs to New Delhi to expose the dissident activities in the time of polls.