PM Modi receives Guard of Honor in Guwahati

Narendra ModiGuwahati, Nov 30 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday received the Guard of honor in Guwahati, where he will shortly be addressing the Director General of Police/ Inspector General of Police (DGP/IGPs) Conference.

Union Home Minister Rajnath, Chief Ministers of the northeastern states and senior police officials were also present at the occasion.

Prime Minister Modi, who is on a three-day visit to the north-eastern states of Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland, had yesterday, flagged-off the first train from Mendipathar, Meghalaya, to Guwahati and unveiled the plaque for a new rail line from Bhairabi to Sairang.

Harsimrat Kaur interacts with stakeholders involved with food processing sector in Guwahati

harsimrat kaur badalGuwahati, Nov 18 : Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal visited Guwahati last week and interacted with various stakeholders involved with the food processing sector.

She highlighted about the facilities of the Centre in the food processing sector at the interaction session that was organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce on November 11.

The Minister for Food Processing Industries also talked about the vast potential in organic farming in the north-east and how it can reap the benefit to the maximum. (ANI)

PM Modi happy with Tarun Gogoi in Clean India campaign

Narendra ModiGuwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed happiness over Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi inspiring its people to work towards a clean India. "Glad to see Assam CM Tarun Gogoiji inspiring the people of Assam to work towards a Clean India," Modi said on Twitter.

In response Gogoi, who had formally launched the 'Clean Assam Campaign' here yesterday, thanked the prime minister for his compliments.

"Together we can make it (Clean India) happen," the Chief Minister's Office(CMO) spokesman quoted Gogoi as saying.

Toyota looks to enhance operations in India's North East

Toyota looks to enhance operations in India's North EastGuwahati - Japanese car giant Toyota plans to increase operations in India's North Eastern region, where its sales have grown at double the national average of 3 percent annually.

The company, which is present in India through a joint venture with Kirloskar group, is looking to set up an area office in the North East considering its rising importance.

Prakash Javadekar visits Kaziranga

Prakash JavadekarNagaon, (Assam), Sep 13 : Union Minister for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar visited the Kaziranga National Park recently.

At a meeting held at Kaziranga Convention Hall, the union minister spoke to the locals and various NGOs and organizations and discussed problems like Rhino Poaching and the protection of wildlife.

He declared that he will try to recruit maximum local people and engage them for the safety and security of the Kaziranga National Park. He also announced that a special Rhino Protection Force will be formed soon. (ANI)

Assam tea growers seek irrigation subsidy

Assam-tea-growersGuwahati, May 29 : Hit by a severe drought-like situation and erratic rainfall, the tea growers' organisations in Assam have asked the government to launch a subsidy scheme for irrigation which can be availed of by tea estates of all sizes.

According to statistics provided by the organisations, production is already low this year compared to the last two years, and the overall figures are likely to suffer if this situation persists.

Experts say this has been the worst season in the last 25 years as the gardens were forced to stop plucking in April-end even in rain-fed areas like Doomdooma in Tinsukia district.

BJP sweeps Lok Sabha polls in Assam

BJP sweeps Lok Sabha polls in AssamG0uwahati, May 16 : The BJP Friday swept the Lok Sabha polls in Assam by securing seven of the total 14 seats in the state.

The ruling Congress could bag only three seats, and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) also managed to secure three seats.

Independent candidate Naba Kumar Sarania won the Kokrajhar Lok Sabha seat.

Sarania, a former militant, defeated his rival with the highest margin among all the constituencies.

Elections to the 14 Lok Sabha seats were held in Assam in three phases April 7, April 12 and April 24. There were 168 candidates in the fray.

Assam records 12 percent polling in first two hours

Assam records 12 percent polling in first two hoursGuwahati, April 7 - People queued up at polling booths in Assam's five constituencies as balloting began in the first phase of the Lok Sabha election Monday. The state recorded 12 percent voting in the first two hours, officials said here.

The polling started at 7 a. m. in most of the polling stations, barring a few polling booths under Kaliabor and Tezpur Lok Sabha constituencies where the process was delayed due to some technical snags in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Compare performance before casting votes: PM to electorate

Manmohan-SinghSivasagar, March 29 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday urged the people to compare the performance of the Congress and non-Congress governments at the centre before casting their votes in the Lok Sabha polls.

He was speaking at a rally for Congress' candidate from Khumtai in Assam.

He said poverty declined three times faster under the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

"No other decade has recorded as much development as there has been in the last 10 years," Manmohan Singh said.

Gujarat model doesn't apply everywhere: Rahul

Rahul-GandhiGuwahati, March 27 : Each state has its own model of development and the Gujarat model cannot be applied everywhere, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Thursday at two election rallies in Assam.

Gandhi braved a boycott call by a militant outfit and addressed rallies at Biswanath Chariali town in the Tezpur parliamentary constituency and in Dibrugarh.

A National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) faction opposed to peace talks in a statement to the media had threatened to disrupt the Congress leader's rallies.

Parties which claim they change country in 60 months mock people: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul-GandhiGuwahati, Feb 25 : Making a direct attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the leaders who say that they could change the country within 60 months were making fun of people and that it was a laughable statement.

"It is laughable that they say they will do in 60 months, what the Congress did in 60 years.  It is not because of the Congress, but the people of the country who worked hard for these years to take the country forward." said Gandhi, while addressing a rally in Guwahati.

Decentralisation needed to tackle corruption: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul-GandhGuwahati, Feb 25 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Tuesday that decentralisation of power is essential to tackle corruption.

Addressing a rally in Assam, Gandhi said that power needs to be decentralised and given to the people and the local bodies in the states.

"More power is given to the councils, local bodies and people, more better it is for the people in the state," he said in Diphu.

The rally took place days after Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed the people of Assam.

Assam Government gifts laptops to students

Tarun-GogoiJorhat, Dec 24 : Students from Assam's Jorhat District were given laptops by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at a function recently.

The Assam Government had instituted an award in the name of Ananda Ram Barooah, the state's first Indian civil servant, in 2008 to promote excellence in the field of information technology education.

Apart from the award the students will also be given free computer training.

Assam to institute annual bravery award

Tarun-GogoiGuwahati, Dec 14 : The Assam government has decided to institute an annual state bravery award to honour brave children of the state, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said Saturday.

The award will be named after Gunjan Sharma, a Class 8 student who recently offered herself as a hostage to a gunman to save 10 other children of her school, Gogoi said.

The state government will formally honour the girl Jan 1. The government earlier announced an award of Rs. 2 lakh for Gunjan's courageous act.

Gogoi announces Rs.5 lakh each to HIV victims, four officials suspended

Tarun-GogoiGuwahati, June 17 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Monday announced compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each to the three people who tested HIV-positive after receiving blood from a state-run hospital, and said the government would bear the expenses for their treatment.

The Assam government had already instituted a one-man inquiry commission by the state's Additional Chief Secretary P. P. Varma into the incident. The probe report is to be submitted to the state government in a month.

On Monday, the state's advocate general was asked to explore the legal option for initiating deterrent action against those found guilty for the serious lapse.

Assam town protests blood bank's HIV 'mistake'

blood-bankGuwahati, June 15 : Assam's Mangaldai town witnessed massive protests Saturday over the allegation that four people contracted AIDS after undergoing blood transfusion at a government blood bank.

Police cane charged the protestors who had blocked National Highway 52 since morning to protest the district administration's apathy in not taking action against "guilty officials" of the blood bank at Mangaldai Civil Hospital.

Four people alleged Saturday that they contracted AIDS after undergoing blood transfusion through the blood bank of the hospital. It was discovered later that a professional blood donor was HIV+.

Ulfa, AGP two sides of same coin: Assam minister

Tarun-GogoiGuwahati, June 1 : A day after Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi called the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) a "cousin brother" of Ulfa, state power minister Pradyut Bordoloi said Saturday that the AGP and Ulfa are two sides of the same coin.

Gogoi had called AGP the United Liberation Front of Assam's (Ulfa) "cousin brother" after the AGP reacted to the recent WikiLeaks revelation that AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi had in 2006 equated Assam's regional political party with insurgent outfits.

AGP president and former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said Friday that the Congress had links with the Ulfa.

Manmohan Singh re-elected to Rajya Sabha

Manmohan-SinghGuwahati, May 30 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha Thursday from Assam for the fifth straight term, officials said.

Another Congress candidate, Santiuse Kujur, also got elected to the upper house -- for the first time.

There were three candidates for the two Rajya Sabha seats from Assam: Manmohan Singh, Kujur and Aminul Islam of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).(IANS)

Rahul right in equating AGP with insurgents: Gogoi

Rahul right in equating AGP with insurgents: GogoiGuwahati, May 30 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Thursday said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was right in accusing the AGP of having links with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

"What Rahul Gandhi had said is 100 percent true. The AGP had links with the ULFA, and everybody knows that. They (AGP) are actually the cousins of ULFA," Gogoi told a press conference here.

Asked for evidence to prove the link, Gogoi said: "I have evidence to prove the allegations but I am not bound to disclose it now."

Women symbol of peace, love, humanity and dignity: President

Pranab-MukherjeeGuwahati, May 13 : President Pranab Mukherjee Monday termed women as the symbol of peace, love, humanity and dignity, while calling for measures to ensure they get recognition for their "selfless work" as well as the "respect and courtesy they deserve".

He was speaking after conferring two awards, instituted by the Assam government, to two distinguished women at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts at Machkhowa here.

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