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Tarun Gogoi reviews the Assam situation

News4u-News Desk  : A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team would visit the ethnic violence-hit areas on Friday in lower Assam which remained incident-free on Thursday.

The CBI team as recommended by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is scheduled to visit the strife-torn districts on Friday, Additional DGP (Law and Order) AP Rout said in Guwahati.

On Wednesday four bodies were recovered from Kokrajhar, Baksa and Chirang districts taking the toll to 77 in the clashes which broke out on July 9 between Bodos and migrants.

“The situation in the violence-hit areas is under control and there is no fresh incident. The army is regularly conducting flag marches in the affected areas,” Rout said.

The Chief Minister also called a special review meeting with top Army, police and paramilitary officials at his residence during the day.

 

The CBI will investigate certain cases of Assam clashes where conspiracy seems to have been involved and a senior official of the probe agency will visit the violence-hit state for the purpose.

“CBI will take over certain cases, wherein conspiracy seems to be involved, for investigation,” Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told the Lok Sabha replying to a discussion on the Adjournment Motion on the Assam violence moved by BJP leader L K Advani.

He said for this purpose, Additional Director, CBI and Joint Secretary (Northeast) in the Home Ministry were being deputed to Guwahati on Thursday.

After fresh incidents of violence were reported in lower Assam districts, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Gogoi decided to recommend a CBI probe into the clashes.

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PM announces Rs 500 cr package for flood-hit Assam

News4u-News Desk-Announcing a Rs 500 crore package for flood-hit Assam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said the Centre will take measures to rebuild damaged infrastructure and wipe away the misery of the people.   

After making an aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Upper Assam with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Singh said, “I am making a commitment to provide a central ad hoc support of Rs 500 crore to the state government”.

“People are facing considerable damage during these worst times and the Centre will do everything possible to wipe away their misery,” Singh who represents Assam in the Rajya Sabha, said at the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at the end of his day-long visit to the state.

“A central team has arrived today in the state to assess the exact nature of damage and immediately after they file their report more financial support will be announced,” he told reporters.

“The central team will make a detailed assessment of damage to crops, infrastructure and national highways and also for restoration of public buildings like schools, water supply systems and hospitals,” he said.

Singh, Gandhi and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi made an aerial survey by helicopter of Majuli island, Jorhat, Sibsagar, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts and the Kaziranga National Park.

He said that 77 persons had perished in the floods while five were missing and nearly twenty lakh affected.

“I am satisfied that the rescue and relief operations have been organised with speed,” he said.

“For the next two days our focus will be on rescuing people still marooned and extending relief to those who have been forced to leave their homes … once we complete search and rescue, our focus will shift to restoration of damaged infrastructure,” the Prime Minister said.

“Once the immediate relief work has taken place, we will pay more attention to medium and long term problems of flood control, erosion and related issues,” Singh said.

“We will ensure that adequate quantities of foodgrains and other essential commodities are available in the state and that agricultural seeds of the desired variety are also available,” the Prime Minister said.

The Government of India, he said, would also extend assistance for reconstruction.

He said that 16 NDRF teams and 71 boats were operating in the state to rescue marooned people, while the army had rescued more than 4000 affected people.

Army has deployed 752 personnel for rescue and relief operations and 400 persons have been transported to safety.

Twenty tonne of relief materials were delivered by the Air Force, the prime minister said.

Nearly 4.84 lakh victims were in 768 relief camps while mobile rescue centres were in operation to provide succour to the people, Singh said.

He said that to ensure there was no shortage of essential food items, the government distributed over 10,000 quintals of food items.

He said “Work has been undertaken for restoration of damaged railway lines in the hill region of Dima Hasao district which is the lifeline of south Assam’s Barak valley, Mizoram and Tripura”.

After making the aerial survey, the prime minister held a high-level meeting with the state cabinet and top officials at the airport to review the latest situation.

Government sources said the chief minister submitted a detailed report to the prime minister about the exact nature of the damage and demanded central help to tide over the situation.

Singh and Gandhi left for Delhi after the meeting.

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Assam flood situation worsens, four persons drown

News4u-News Desk- Four persons, including a child, were drowned in the flood waters on Monday taking the toll in the deluge to five, even as the flood situation in Assam deteriorated following incessant rainfall affecting 80,000 people.

Three women and a child were drowned in Barpeta’s Bhella town when their cropland was inundated by the rising waters of River Nakhanda, official sources said on Monday.

The four have been identified as Rehana Begum, Rita Begum, Halida Begum and five-year old Monima Begum.

Earlier on June 14, a child was drowned in a flooded pond in Ouiguri area of Baksa district.

Nearly 80,000 people have been affected by the current wave of floods, while road communication was disrupted in many parts of the affected districts.

The flood affected districts include Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Kamrup (Rural), Baksa, Udalguri, Sonitpur, Nagaon and Dhubri.

Incessant rainfall in the catchment areas during the last week have led to a rise in the water level of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries overrunning vast tracts of farmland and villages in ten districts of Lower and Upper Assam and Hailakandi in Barak Valley.

In Bajali sub-division of Barpeta, surging waters of the Kaladiya river breached dykes and embankments at many places inundating villages and fields.

In Dhubri district severe erosion has been reported from villages on the banks of Gauranga river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, while in Darrang water from the Sathtola river has breached dykes at many places with the Patharughat- Moirabari road submerged under water.


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26000 school teachers appointed in Assam

News4u-News Desk- Assam CM Tarun Gogoi on Sunday handed over the appointment letters to the officially appointed 26000 teaching candidates, who passed the TET, which was conducted by the state education dept.

Assam government appointed the school teachers during a function held at Sarusajai stadium in Guwahati on Sunday.

“The state government was committed to providing jobs to the eligible persons and on its policy the government had recruited 26,100 eligible youths for the teachers post,” Gogoi said.

Among the 26,100 appointed teachers, 18,297 posts are for primary schools, 2,120 posts for upper primary (science) and 5,732 posts for upper primary (social science).

Gogoi said, “For need to the better infrastructure in the education sector in the state, government had made such kind of policies.”

Assam Education and Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarmah, Parliamentary Secretary of Education Department Rekibuddin Ahmed, former Assam Education Minister Gautam Bora and other officials of the state education department were also present at the occasion.

However, the Assam Tribal Sangha alleged that, there had been largescale conversion in the Teachers Eligibility Test(TET) lists prepared for appointment of the teachers in lower primary and upper primary schools.

They claimed that the scheduled tribes (STs) category post was converted to general category.

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I do not plan to retire: Gogoi

News4u-News Desk-Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has launched Prime Ministers new 15-point programme by formally distributing cheques to beneficiaries of Kamrup district at a function in Guwahati on Friday.
Gogoi, reiterating his governments commitment towards alleviating the socio-economic lot of the minorities, tea garden workers and tribes in order to bring them to the mainstream said,
”It is only by ameliorating the socio-economic condition of the people who are way behind that we can take the state along the path of progress and prosperity.”
Exhorting the beneficiaries for proper utilisation of the money for construction of dwelling units under the scheme, he asked them not to fall into the dragnet of middlemen and to approach the Deputy Commissioners if confronted with difficulty.
He announced that solar energy would be provided to places which do not have access to electricity.
State Minority Welfare Department Minister Nazrul Islam said that besides Kamrup (rural) district, the programme would be launched in 12 other districts of the state soon.

News4u-News Desk-Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday rubbished recent reports in a section of the media that he was planning to retire soon and his place would be taken by young ministers in his cabinet. 

“As long as my health is good I plan to continue,” Gogoi told reporters on the completion of the first year of his third consecutive term in office inGuwahati.

“If my MLAs want a change then it is ok … It is not that I am against any change,” a beaming chief minister said.

Flanked by two young ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma and Pradyut Bordoloi, who were tipped by the media as possible successors to Gogoi, the chief minister said “Why I should think of tomorrow or the day after? I think for today only and as I have faith in God I do not think there should be any problem”.

Both Bordoloi and Sarma have said there was no such move as Gogoi is the undisputed leader of Congress in the state.

Gogoi for strong strategy to counter Maoists in NE

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday claimed that activities of almost all militant groups active in the state have been brought under control and called for a strong strategy to counter the threat of Maoists in the northeastern region.

“The Maoists have of late selected the northeastern region because it is important for them as it has long borders with foreign countries. As in other areas, the northeastern states should adopt a strong strategy and remain cautious,” he told reporters in Guwahati on the completion of the first year of his third consecutive term in office.

“They are spreading their tentacles and we should be cautious and thus it is important to train up the police force particularly those who are posted in rural and underdeveloped areas to counter them,” he said.

Development can solve the problems created by either the Maoists or other insurgent group and so the thrust area in the second year would be to generate employment with emphasis on skill development, he said.

Expressing satisfaction that the law and order situation was under control, Gogoi said apart from the Paresh Baruah section of ULFA and a faction of Karbi Peoples Liberation Tiger (KPLT), talks were being held with the other 14 militant groups in the region.

Gogoi said the number of civilian killings had come down in comparison to the previous AGP regime but “we cannot be complacent”.

Giving a list of achievements during his 11 years of rule, he said the economy which was in “ruins” has been brought back on rail while there was development in the agriculture, education, health and industrial sectors.

“In fact, we have received a reward of Rs 3000 crore from the 13th Finance Commission after our state was declared the best financially managed in the country by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee”, he said.

Gogoi claimed that the state’s per capita income has gone up substantially while external aided schemes have been implemented in participation with companies from Japan, France, Germany and the US.

On the power crisis, he said an additional 240 mw would be available by the year end while steps were being taken to start small power projects.

Claiming that the Congress had no opponents in the state, Gogoi, in a lighter vein, said, “I hope AGP leader Prafulla Kumar Mahanta and civil activist Akhil Gogoi would become popular and grow by strength to be my rivals.”

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Assam merged with French for Forest Conservation Project

News4u-News Desk-A project on forest and biodiversity conservation is on the anvil at Assam with assistance from the French Development Agency at an estimated cost of 60 million Euros.

Official sources said that, with Assam being one of the bio-diversity hotspots in the country, a coordinated approach for conserving the biological heritage with involvement of research institutions, academicians and civil society was necessary and hence the new project will go a long way in fulfilling this aim.

The sources also said that, another pilot project for natural resource management and integrated livelihood under World Bank Funding launched in 2007 in two forest divisions to usher in a new era of forest management has now been expanded to nine forest divisions.

As the state has a huge forest cover, a number of schemes have been taken up for increasing tree coverage and in the current financial year 11,592 hectares of plantation and 127 saplings are targeted to be raised.

On the raging man-animal conflict that has taken a toll on wildlife, the government is in an effort to reduce the menace proposed to erect solar-powered fencing in and around the reserve forest areas, the sources added.

To develop the tourism sector, the sources said, a number of steps have been taken up to create infrastructure, facilitate growth of income-generating tourism related activities and for marketing and promoting the tourism potential of the state.

One of the plans is to set up a mega wildlife circuit covering national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, reserve forests and bird sanctuaries in the state.

Another mega circuit is to cover the important tourist spots of Chirang, Barpeta, Nalbari, Guwahati, Morigaon, Nagaon and Sonitpur.

Destination development is proposed to be taken up with the Sasoni Merbeel eco-tourism project in Dibrugarh district and the fresh-water lake Deepor beel project in Guwahati.

A number of ghats (river fronts) and jetties at strategic places along the mighty Brahmaputra are sought to be developed and a luxury cruise vessel in joint venture with private entrepreneurs will be started soon, the sources said.

For improving rural tourism, an innovative scheme to provide tourists home-stay facilities in selected rural homes will be also be taken up, the sources added.

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Two lakh affected in Assam flood

News4u - News Desk : Nearly two lakh people have been affected by the first wave of flood which has hit Assam’s twin districts of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji, at least 20000 hectare of agricultural land had been covered by the flood waters damaging standing crops.

 

Four people have so far lost their lives in the flood that has inundated nearly 200 villages in the worst affected Jonai sub division, official sources said in Guwahati on Sunday.

The district administrations of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji have pressed into service motor boats for rescue and relief operations.

The boats belong to the districts Disaster Management authority but incessant rain has hampered rehabilitation operation.

Flood has also affected neighbouring Sonitpur district with revenue circles of Halem and Gohpur under water of the swollen Subansiri river.

Meanwhile, the swirling water of river Jiadhol has caused flash flood in parts of villages of Kechukana, Lowmunri, Misamari and Naruathan.

Food items are being supplied to the affected people by the Dhemaji district administration.

Rain-fed river Brahmaputra, its tributaries and other rivers flowing down from the upper reaches of Arunachal were causing the first wave of floods in Assam submerging 105 villages in Lakhimpur district affecting 1.25 lakh people, officials said on Saturday.

While the rising Humdiri river in Lakhimpur had overrun 15 new villages under Lakhimpur revenue circle overnight, the swollen Subansiri flowing down from the neighbouring state was rising menacingly breaching an agricultural embankment.

At least 20000 hectare of agricultural land had been covered by the flood waters damaging standing crops there, the sources said.

Four persons drowned on Friday when the Ranganadi embankment breached at Kharkati under Lakhimpur revenue circle.

In neighbouring Dhemaji district the deluge caused by the swollen Jiadhol river affected Kechukhana, Ghuguha, Lowmuri, Naruathan and other areas affecting 25000 people, officials said.

The surging waters overtopping the National Highway 52 connecting Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts with Arunachal closing traffic on Friday has, however, ebbed and movement of vehicles was restored on Saturday.

In Sonitpur district, the flood waters of Brahmaputra’s tributary Jiabhorali breached a major embankment at Gotaimari, submerging three villages and rendering 25 families homeless on Saturday.

Chatrang river overran Ward number four areas of Gohpur town inundating most of its low lying areas and of Brahmajan and Kalabari areas.

The Jiabhorali and Depota rivers were rising alarmingly and were feared to cross their danger levels soon unless the heavy rainfall ceased.

Meanwhile, the district administrations were on high alert and providing relief materials in the affected areas, officials added

 

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Flood situation in Assam remains unchanged

News4u - News Desk : Heavy rainfall in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam for the last two days has affected Sonitpur, Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts of Assam submerging villages and hitting a population of over 1.50 lakh.

 

Rain-fed river Brahmaputra, its tributaries and other rivers flowing down from the upper reaches of Arunachal were causing the first wave of floods in Assam submerging 105 villages in Lakhimpur district affecting 1.25 lakh people, officials said on Saturday.

While the rising Humdiri river in Lakhimpur had overrun 15 new villages under Lakhimpur revenue circle overnight, the swollen Subansiri flowing down from the neighbouring state was rising menacingly breaching an agricultural embankment.

At least 20000 hectare of agricultural land had been covered by the flood waters damaging standing crops there, the sources said.

Four persons drowned on Friday when the Ranganadi embankment breached at Kharkati under Lakhimpur revenue circle.

In neighbouring Dhemaji district the deluge caused by the swollen Jiadhol river affected Kechukhana, Ghuguha, Lowmuri, Naruathan and other areas affecting 25000 people, officials said.

The surging waters overtopping the National Highway 52 connecting Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts with Arunachal closing traffic on Friday has, however, ebbed and movement of vehicles was restored on Saturday.

In Sonitpur district, the flood waters of Brahmaputra’s tributary Jiabhorali breached a major embankment at Gotaimari, submerging three villages and rendering 25 families homeless on Saturday.

Chatrang river overran Ward number four areas of Gohpur town inundating most of its low lying areas and of Brahmajan and Kalabari areas.

The Jiabhorali and Depota rivers were rising alarmingly and were feared to cross their danger levels soon unless the heavy rainfall ceased.

Meanwhile, the district administrations were on high alert and providing relief materials in the affected areas, officials added.

 

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North India continues to reel under severe heat wave

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Blistering heat continued to sweep most parts of North India on Tuesday, including the national capital, with Phalodi town in Rajasthan registering a record-breaking 49.6 degrees Celsius.

 

Mercury maintained its upward trend in Delhi with the maximum temperature settling at 43.6 deg C, four notches above normal while the minimum stood at 29.6 deg C, up by two degrees, the MeT office said.

The temperatures would hover between 42 deg C and 30 deg C during the next 24 hours, it added.

Normal life was badly hit in several parts of the desert state Rajasthan with heat wave conditions tightening its grip.

Phalodi town recorded 49.6 deg C, the highest temperature registered here since 6th June 1991, a MeT official said.

Barmer, Dholpur and Jaisalmer recorded a maximum of 49.1, 49 and 48.7 degrees respectively while Bikaner, Jodhpur and Churu settled at 48.1, 47.8 and 47.5 degrees.

Kota, Sriganganagar recorded 47.4 deg C, while Jaipur and Ajmer sizzled at 46 degrees.

In the plains of Punjab and Haryana, scorching heat continued with Hisar being the hottest at 45.1 deg C, three notches above normal level.

Rohtak registered a high of 43.7 deg C. Ambala and Karnal recorded identical highs of 38.4 deg C, the MeT office said.

Chandigarh’s maximum settled within the normal range at 38.8 deg C. Amritsar in Punjab braved another hot day at 43.4 deg C, two degrees above normal.

Ludhiana’s high settled at 41.5 deg C, up two notches while Patiala recorded a high of 40 deg C.

Uttar Pradesh experienced another hot and humid day though certain eastern districts of the state were hit by dust storms along with light rains on Tuesday afternoon, the local MeT office said.

The day temperatures recorded at Varanasi, Allahabad and Lucknow were 42 deg C, 42.3 deg C and 37.4 degrees respectively.

Meanwhile, some parts of Himachal Pradesh were lashed by squalls during the past 24 hours, causing marginal fall in mercury.

The minimum temperature dropped from 17 degrees to 12.5 degree in Shimla, while it plummeted from 24.5 degrees to 16 degrees in Nahan and dropped marginally to 16.4 degrees in Solan, 15.5 degrees in Bhuntar, 17.5 degrees in Mandi and Sundernagar, 19 degrees in Palampur and 20 degrees in Dharamsala, the MeT Dept said.

Una remained hottest during the day and night with maximum and minimum temperatures of 42.4 deg C and 23.4 deg C respectively.

In Uttarakhand, temperatures remained within the normal range with Dehradun recording a high of 35 deg C.


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Assam MLAs take oath

News4u - News Desk :Newly elected Assam Assembly members led by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi formally took oath at the beginning of the thirteenth session on Monday.

 

Led by Gogoi, all the 126 MLAs took oath of office and secrecy which was administered by pro-tem Speaker Dr Bhumidhar Barman.

Among the prominent members who took oath were senior ministers Prithvi Majhi, Dr Ardhendu Kumar Dey, Gautam Roy, Himanta Biswa Sarma, Pradyut Bordoloi and Rockybul Hussain.

Others who took oath were all the 18 members of the minority dominated All India United Democratic Front (AUIDF), 12 of Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) and ten belonging to the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP).

Five MLAs of the BJP and the lone All India Trinamool Congress member also took oath.

The party wise strength in the state Assembly is as follows: Congress-78, AUIDF-18, BPF-12, AGP-10, BJP-5, TMC-1 and Independent-2.PTI


 

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