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Tribal group slams Legislative Council decision


Guwahati, January 7, 2014:: All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS), a forum of various tribal bodies of the state has said that by creating a Legislative Council, the government is going to waste the public money. AATS alleged that the members of the proposed council will have no power in making a decision in the house.  

It also demanded amendment in the proposed Legislative Council to accommodate representatives from the smaller ethnic tribes.

“Creation of Legislative Council means wastage of public money. Just because the members of the council will have no power to pass a bill or in any political activity,” said AATS general secretary Aditya Khakhlari recently commented.

Further, he said that if it has to be created, the representatives of all the smaller ethnic groups should be accommodated in the council. And for that the organization has demanded that the procedure of the election should be amended.

“If the government really wants to create the Legislative council in the state, we want that the representatives of all the smaller groups of ethnic people should be included in the council. But by the present system this is not possible,” Khakhlari added.

The house will have 42 members (one/third of the strength of the 126-member Assam Assembly) and 14 are to be elected by members of local self-government bodies like the chairman of municipal boards, town committees, elected members of Guwahati Municipal Corporation, president and councilors of Zilla Parishads and Anchalik Parishads and president of Gaon Panchayats.

While, the MLAs will elect 14 members and the governor will nominate seven members from various fields. Then, four members are to be elected by Sixth Schedule Autonomous Councils — two by BTC, one each by Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao. The rest three members are to be nominated by the six non-Sixth Schedule Autonomous Councils.

Convention appeal government for 100 % literacy


Guwahati, December 31, 2013: The International Education Convention organized by American Federation of Muslims of Indian Origin (AFMI) in Guwahati has appealed the respective state governments of the country to give stress towards the marginalized section of the society so that 100 per cent literacy can be attained.

On the concluding day of the two-day convention it has taken resolution to urge to all the stake holders of the society for better coordination to develop socio-economic and educational scenario sharing each other’s resource, knowledge and experience.

“We are shocked at the low literacy rate among the Muslims of northeast region and especially among the women. This is matter of concern. We hope the state government will take appropriate measures to better the scenario,” one of the resolutions read.

Union minister for minority affairs K Rahman Khan who was also present has urged the people of minority community to think positively and work. “Muslims are not minority but the second largest community of the country. They should think positively and work accordingly. Then I think the community can develop,” Khan said.

Earlier, altogether 133 meritorious students were felicitated with various awards from across the country. There were six students from Assam as well.

The convention was inaugurated by Tripura governor Devanand Konwar at Pragjyoti ITA Centre, Machkhowa in Guwahati on Saturday. Devanand Konwar appreciated the initiative taken by AFMI.

“These awards will definitely encourage the students. I think more such initiatives should be taken for the uplift of the downtrodden in the society,” he said.

Wages Fixed for private security employees


Guwahati, December 28, 2013: Assam government after consultation with the Minimum Wages
Advisory board, has fixed the minimum rate of wages payable to the employees/workers employed in the “Private Security Agency Houses” vide a notification published on December 18 last.

As per the schedule, ASO’s minimum daily wages fixed as Rs. 300 and monthly Rs. 9000; Supervisor’s daily wages Rs. 250 and monthly Rs. 7500; Gunman’s (Armed) daily wages Rs. 220 and monthly wages Rs. 6600; Security Guard’s (Unarmed) daily wages as Rs. 180 and monthly wages Rs. 5400; and for other Unskilled Employees daily wages as Rs. 160 and monthly Rs. 4800.

In addition to the rate of wages fixed, the employees and security personnel will be entitled to Variable Dearness Allowance (VDA) to the extent of 75% of the rise or fall in the Index Point of All India
Consumer Price index for Industrial Workers. Rate of VDA will be calculated in every six months on the basis of the changes in CPI during the intervening period.

Besides that, the Minimum wages so fixed, the Security Personnel will be paid wages as per the rate fixed on the net payment basis. Any serving charges etc. will not be deducted from the Minimum Wages, said an official release of the state government.

As per this schedule, the employees will be allowed a day of rest every week which will ordinary be Sunday, but the employers may fix any other day of the week as rest day for any employee or class of employees.

Assam CM says of giving focus of Tea Tribe


Guwahati, December 23, 2013: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has announced a special package of Rs 100 crore for the uplift of the tea tribe people in the state. Taking part in Tea Tribe Community’s Second Bi-annual Literary Convention in Tinsukia, Gogoi said that special focus would be given in technical education and employment in the community.

“There are talented students among the community and the state government will bear the cost in some technical courses of the poor students. The government will also create a separate cell of for the students of tea tribe,” Gogoi said on Sunday.

He also said of constructing a hostel for the tribal students in these areas dominated by tea tribe people. Besides, the CM announced Rs 20 lakh for publishing books to the Tea Tribe Literary Body. “It’s a good sign that literary and sports activity has increased among the community”..

“The more you people will involve in education and sports, it is good for the community. It will help in the overall growth of the state,” Gogoi added.

Union DoNER minister Paban Singh Ghatowar was also present during the occasion.

Professor Sibnath Deb honoured


Agartala, December 21, 2013: Prof. Sibnath Deb has been awarded Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) by the University of Calcutta on November last for 2012-13 academic year. This believed to be the first D.Sc. from the Department of Applied Psychology, in the history of University of Calcutta.

Currently Prof. Sibnath Deb is Head of the Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University (A Central University. This year Prof. Deb has also received a prestigious invitation from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), a top Ranked University in Australia as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Social Work, Faculty of Health, QUT for three years from 2013 to 2016.  

Son of late Sushil Ch.Deb resident of Indranagar ITI road, Deb was a student of Bodhjung Boys H.S School and M B B College in Agartala.

Well wishers, relatives and friends congratulated Mr Sibnath Deb on his success.                                                            

Spread Christmas cheer as “SECRET SANTA”


Guwahati, December 21, 2013: an online cake and gift portal that delivers Pleasant Surprises, is ushering in the Christmas cheer with their new initiative, “Secret Santa”. The initiative allows the customers to share the season’s greetings and bring smiles into the lives of numerous underprivileged people. Any cake ordered from the “SECRET SANTA” segment at, will automatically guarantee the delivery of another chocolate cake sent in your name to an old age home or orphanage. 

Speaking on the initiative, Shyeda Tasneem Zarin, Co-Founder & Operations Head of OrderMyTreat said, “We are not just another gift portal, we believe in doing things differently. It has always been our paramount efforts to bring joys in the lives of our customers. This Christmas we want to spread happiness by sharing our love and joy with the under privileged through our customers. When a customer will order a cake for themselves from the Secret Santa segment, we will send another cake in their name to an old age home or an orphanage, spreading smiles.”

To help take the initiative forward, OrderMyTreat has talked with some of the most reputed NGOs across the country who will guide them to deliver the gifts at the right place. Some of the NGOs associated with for the cause of spreading Christmas cheer are Shenalaya orphanage and old age home Amar Ghar.  

Within a very short span of time, OrderMyTreat has succeeded in gaining popularity, primarily through word of mouth. Another contributing factor in their success was the OrderMyTreat Facebook page, which is regularly updated and hence building trust amongst the users and fans. Today, the page has nearly 7,000 fans and the number is constantly increasing. OrderMyTreat has also been able to gather numerous fans outside the region. They have associates in all major metros and also deliver to other cities like Hyderabad, Bangalore and Pune.

AGP, BJP and AASU oppose Land Swap Bill


Guwahati, December 19, 2013: BJP and AGP on Thursday staged strong protest against the Indo-Bangladesh Land Swap bill after it was tabled in Rajya Sabha. The opposition parties alleged that the bill was tabled in an undemocratic way at the house on Wednesday. The MPs of BJP have staged protest in New Delhi while the MLAs of BJP and AGP in Guwahati have staged a walk out during the winter session of Assam assembly on Thursday.

All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) too has reacted at the development by burning effigy of the bill.

“The congress government wants to hand over Indian land to Bangladeshi and that too in undemocratic way. It’s a shame for trying to do so. We will not let it happen at any cost. We won’t let it pass in Lok Sabha,” BJP national vice president and Guwahati MP Bijoya Chakraborty said at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

The constitutional amendment bill which will facilitate the swap of land enclaves with Bangladesh was introduced in Rajya Sabha amid din and high drama which saw members of Trinamool Congress and AGP trying to snatch copies of the proposed legislation on Wednesday. The protesting members complained that deputy chairman P J Kurien did not keep his promise not to allow introduction of the legislation without taking the sense of the House.

The saffron party has also called for a 12-hour Assam bandh on Friday.

Tackling cancer in northeastern states


New Delhi, December 18, 2013: Government of India has approved in 12th Five Year plan, a scheme ‘Strengthening of Tertiary Care Cancer Facilities’ under National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) to enhance the tertiary care cancer facilities by assisting in setting up of State Cancer Institute’s (SCIs) and for strengthening Tertiary Care Cancer Centres (TCCCs) in different parts of the country.

Financial Assistance upto Rs.120 cr. and upto Rs.45 cr. per SCI and TCCC respectively has been envisaged. The Centre and State share will be in the ratio 75:25 except in North-East and Hill States, where the State share will be 10%. Twenty SCIs in twenty States and fifty TCCCs in different parts of the country can be assisted under the scheme.

According to estimates of mortality due to Cancer, based on Cancer Registries under the aegis of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the incidence of deaths due to cancer is increasing in North East Region in the country. The estimated deaths due to cancer cases are 15996, 16198 and 16409 in the year 2011, 2012 and 2013 respectively.

Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI), Kolkata, is a National level Cancer Institute which also caters to cancer patients from the North-East region. This is in addition to Regional Cancer Centres (RCCs) in the North East region namely, the Dr. B Barooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Civil Hospital, Agartala in North Eastern region.

Under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) Scheme, from 2013-14 onwards, interventions for prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, which can be taken upto District level, have been brought under the umbrella of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). State Governments have already been advised to submit their Project Implementation Plans under this program.

Indigenous Muslims seek political rights


Guwahati, December 18, 2013: Indigenous Muslim body – Goria Moria Jatia Deshia Parishad (GMDJP) – of Assam has demanded for a satellite autonomous council for the development of the people of the community rueing that the since independence these people have been neglected just for being Muslims. Representatives of GMJDP also requested the government to clear all the names of the indigenous people from the D voters list.

“We are in serious crisis of identity. We are deprived of all the rights – be it political or economic – just because we are Muslims. In spite of being the indigenous people of the state we are always neglected. Even the funds which are meant for the minority welfare are not reaching to us.

Only a satellite autonomous council which is based on the tribe not in the name of religion can safeguard and work for the development of the people of Goria, Moria and Deshi community,” said Sahir Bhuyan, president of GMDJP as they stage protest at Last Gate during the ongoing winter session on Tuesday.

Rueing at the inclusion of indigenous people in the Doubtful voters’ list, Bhuyan also demanded the early update of National Register of Citizens (NRC). “Just in Udalguri district, around 200 indigenous people are included in the D voters’ list which is a serious matter of concern.

We want the state government to take early steps in this regard and clear off all the names of indigenous people,” Bhuyan added. They have also urged the state government to set up a cultural complex in the name of Ajan Fakir as a sign of cultural harmony. 

Mary Kom’s life history, Unbreakable, launched


Guwahati, December 17, 2013:  MC Mary Kom is a name synonymous with the vitality, strength and determination of Indian women and Indian sportsmanship. She is a role model to many and everyone’s desire to read about her rise to success has finally culminated in her autobiography, Unbreakable.

Published by Harper Collins, the much-awaited book was launched by Sushmita Sen, at a glittering event in Guwahati at IIT Guwahati on 16th December. The event was organized by IOS Sports & Entertainment, Mary’s long standing marketing agency and one of the country’s fastest growing sports and entertainment companies, with engagements spanning across celebrity management, film marketing, event management, infrastructure development and more.

Speaking on the launch of her book, Mary said, “My struggle has been one that many in our country face, especially women. The reason I decided to pen my story down was so others could read it and feel that if I could achieve what I have, so can they. One must have passion, dedication and faith in oneself and all dreams can come true.” 

Born to parents who were landless agricultural labourers in the state of Manipur in Northeast India, Mary’s story is one of relentless struggle and an unflinching passion for the sport of boxing. A childhood of hard labour prepared her body for the sport just as well as any fitness training might have. Her own will and determination carried her through the minefield of politics that any sport in India is. Nimble of foot and pulling no punches, the boxing ring was Mary’s dominion.

Speaking on this occasion, Neerav Tomar, MD and CEO, IOS Sports said, “It’s a great feeling to be associated with Mary since past 5 years. We have a long relationship and feel proud to make this autobiography as an inspiration for those, whom Mary is a role model. I personally congratulate her on her success and wish her to reach on the heights of her career.”

M.C. Mary Kom is not yet ready to call it a day, but here she tells her story so far, no holds barred – her tough childhood, her rebellions, how long she waited for husband Onler to propose marriage, how she was willing to run away with him and, of course, how she held her own in the male bastion of boxing. It’s all packed into this inspiring, exhilarating tale of a woman who faced impossible odds in a man’s world – and won.


Former Miss Universe and Actor Sushmita Sen said on Mary Kom’s valiant journey towards success, “I have been a personal fan of Mary Kom and have been following her journey for some time now. Her zeal to excel amidst all odds and determination to overcome every hurdle in her way is worth emulating by women across the globe. I congratulate and thank her for giving us her rendition of her marvellous story through this book which I believe is a simply told tale of a woman’s road to emancipation and empowerment.”