The West Assam Milk Producers’ Cooperative Union Limited (WAMUL) is going to observe Purabi Milk Day tomorrow in the auditorium located on the premises of the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra at Panjabari.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will attend the function as the chief guest. Minister for Cooperation Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and Minister for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Atul Bora, will also be present.

The observation of the annual Milk Day, popularly known as Purabi Milk Day, comes in the wake of observance of Annual Milk Day every year by all the cooperative milk producers’ unions in India, which aims to unite all the milk producers affiliated with these milk unions.

Purabi Dairy, at present, is procuring a daily average quantity of 32,650 litres of milk from 176 village-based functional milk producer institutions (MPIs) and six dairy cooperative societies in the districts of Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Barpeta and Nalbari, covering around 4,650 dairy farmers. The milk union has created a bulk milk cooling capacity of 11,000 litres for chilling of milk in the villages of Barpeta and Morigaon districts and will soon be installing another bulk milk cooler at a site in Nagaon district to be handed over by the Directorate of Dairy Development, Khanapara.

The milk union will felicitate woman dairy farmers on the occasion. Three of its best woman dairy farmers – Madhu Devi (Lumding), Radhika Chetri (Chandrapur) and Ayecha Bibi (Hajo) – will be awarded with cash prizes. Besides woman dairy farmers, the milk union will also felicitate two of its best performing village-based mobile AI technicians for their tireless services rendered at the doorsteps of the dairy farmers, a press release stated.

As a major part of the event, the union has declared an additional milk price amount of around Rs 1.50 crore to be distributed among the dairy farmers who supplied milk to the union during September 2015 to March 2016. The ceremonial distribution of additional milk price will be done by the Chief Minister to five farmers representing different areas.

At present, the milk union is selling a daily average quantity of over 50,000 litres of packed liquid milk and milk products in the markets of Guwahati and towns like Nalbari, Rangiya, Nagaon, Tezpur etc., including various defence establishments.

Besides packed liquid milk, the union also sells milk products like paneer, sweet curd, plain curd, cream, flavoured milk and ghee that have gained popularity among the consumers in the market.

The milk union here is popularly known as Purabi Dairy and it was registered in 1976-77 under Operation Flood II.

Source: The Assam Tribune

Under its project ‘Swabalamban’, the Oil India Ltd (OIL) has signed an MoU with Pragati Edutech Pvt Ltd to train youths from the North East. The function, held on Saturday in the auditorium of Pragati, was attended by many dignitaries, including Dilip Kr Das from OIL. Das inaugurated the training programme, which will cover 500 students in this financial year.

Project ‘Swabalamban’ is a Corporate Social Responsibility project of OIL, under which it is conducting various projects and schemes for welfare of society.

Source: Assam Tribune

A special highlight on Open Defecation Free (ODF) Programme was made under Swachh Bharat Mission during the Independence Day programme at Chowkidinghee ground here with the aim to create awareness among people and attract their active participation for hygienic and healthy living.

The district administration had erected a very attractive ‘Gaurav Pavillion’ for 600 representatives of ODF areas who latter took out a march in the field to create awareness on problems of open defecation. The ‘Gaurav march’ of the ODF area representatives was led by Amiya Kumar Sharma, Superintending Engineer, PHE, Dibrugarh and each of the groups received a letter of appreciation from State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

So far one gaon panchayat, 35 villages, 15 tea gardens and three wards of Dibrugarh municipality have been declared open defecation free. The Deputy Commissioner and the president of the Open Defecation Free Committee, MS Manivannan, who has been recognised as a sanitation champion by the Government of India for his unique, ambitious and leadership roles in this respect, has resolved to convert the district into an ODF district.

Swachh Bharat Mission district nodal officer Bhaskar Jyoti Sharma expressed his gratitude to all the participating members who made the programme a grand success on this august occasion of India’s 70 Independence Day, a release stated.

Source: Assam Tribune

It is said that floods in Kaziranga National Park are a necessary evil. Yes, in fact a low flood without much animal mortality is needed to sustain its special biodiversity status and retain the grassland habitat in Kaziranga for animals like rhinos, Asiatic water buffaloes, deer , wild elephants and other herbivores. But Kaziranga witnessed very heavy to heavy flood in 1988, 1998, 2012, and this year, where the mortality of the animals was high either due to inability to escape from rising water level inside the park area or poaching by antisocials who always keep on waiting to take the advantage of the situation where the wild animals were not in a position to escape to the southern side of the National Highway i.e., the foothills of Karbi Anglong, due to anthropogenical obstruction in the original corridors of Kaziranga. The actual sizes of some of the corridors had been disturbed and minimised by some commercial or residential houses.

A wildlife biologist, who did not wish to be named, said that apart from scientific study of the area for any new construction of highland inside the Kaziranga Park, the original corridors must be freed from the encroachers so that wild animals can freely move to the foothills of Karbi Anglong for safe shelter. Moreover, the area in Karbi Anglong where wild animals prefer to remain till the flood water in Kaziranga recedes, must be brought under the total control of Kaziranga National Park authority so that it can easily be handled during the crisis arising from natural calamities like flood. Thirdly, there is an urgent need to improve the manpower in Kaziranga to ensure full security during floods so that poachers cannot kill any wild animals. Already, 107 wild animals had been rescued and brought to the Wildlife rescue centre in Kaziranga and out of it 93 had been released in the wild according to sources in Rescue centre, under WTI in Kaziranga.

Source: The Assam Tribune

The insurgency menace seems to be reviving yet again in the state of Assam and this time it is happeneing under the leadership of the BJP led government.

A BJP leader's son has been abducted by United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and they are demanding Rs 1 crore as ransom.

ABDUCTED BY ULFA

Kuldeep Moran, son of Tinsukia Zila Parishad's vice president Ratnaswer Moran, was abducted on August 1 by members of the same organisation.

Kuldeep Moran, son of Tinsukia Zila Parishad's vice president Ratnaswer Moran, was abducted on August 1 by members of the same organisation.

BJP MLA Bolin Chetia received a video message from members of United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) demanding Rs 1 crore in return for his nephew's life.

The militant group allegedly asked Ratnaswer Moran to get the money from the MLA and had put an ultimatum on it.

Kuldeep Moran was working for his uncle Bolin Chetia and was extremely close to him.

Bolin had recently won in the state assembly election from Sadiya constituency on a BJP ticket. Both Moran and Chetia were in Congress earlier and had switched loyalties before the state Assembly polls this year.

RANSOM DEMAND

The incident came to light when the members of ULFA released another video message of them demanding the same amount for the life of Ratnaswer Moran's son.

In the video Kuldeep is pleading for his life and requesting the family and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to consider the seriousness of the matter and intervene for his release even if they were required to pay the amount. He was surrounded by five armed insurgents whose faces were covered.

Meanwhile the Assam police is conducting a search operation to bring the 27-year-old youth back home.

The MLA has said that he will do whatever it takes to free his nephew and colleague from the clutches of ULFA.

Source: Indiatoday

By: Manogya Loiwal

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