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Ranjan Gogoi to get Z plus security in Assam after his retirement

Assam police has been tasked with the security arrangement for Gogoi’s ancestral home in Dibrugarh and another house in Guwahati. A senior police official in Assam said, “We have received a communication from the Union home ministry where it is stated that Gogoi’s security is upgraded to Z plus, which is the highest security cover."

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  • Govert of Assam launched a project for the transformation of the Inland Water Transport system on the National Waterways in the state. The project will develop an efficient river transport system which would be safe & secure for the large volume of passenger and cargo carried by vessels by IWT as well as by private boat owners and operators.

    Assam is the gateway to the NorthEast and our endeavour is to make a difference in their lives through our banking services as well as in the society through our social initiatives. We have already impacted more than 15.5 lakh people in the state so far and we are humbled by the trust and support they repose in us. We remain committed to keep serving our customers.

    Patwary hoped that with the visit of the Malaysian delegation, potentialities for a closer relationship shall blossom fully in the future. He highlighted the strengths and opportunities of the State and called upon the Malaysian delegation to invest in sectors like tea, hydrocarbons, transportation, food processing, bamboo, agar and infrastructure and skill development.

    While Abheek learned economics at Presidency, Kolkata and Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, his interests went far beyond the confines of the discipline. Arguably, he was the most widely read journalist, whose interests ranged from physics, through art, film and literature to the history of the Northeast.

    This will be the first ever containerised cargo movement on this Inland water transport (IWT) route and the ship will carry 21 containers of petrochemicals, 20 of edible oil and others of beverage and mineral water. The Centre will further finance 80% of the estimated cost of 305.84 crore for dredging in two stretches of Bangladesh inland waterways.

    Dev Sarma had earlier worked in the NRC directorate. He involved in the initial works of NRC which started in 2013. Later he moved out of NRC directorate in 2016. The NRC coordinator is the commissioner level post. Sarma was working as secretary in department of Finance and Urban development, government of Assam.

    The BSF has recently procured Israeli tethered drones and thermal imagers to check smuggling and illegal infiltration in Dhubri sector of Assam. The drones, equipped with day-night vision cameras, can fly up to a height of 150 metres to capture images on the ground, especially of isolated areas not visible to unaided human eye.

    According to villagers, the incident took place in the Madhupur area which is around 22 km away from Dibrugarh. The carcasses of the elephants were found by some villagers in the early hours on Friday while they were passing through the fields.

    Today's signing marks the launch of the second phase of Assam Project for Forest and Biodiversity Conservation (APFBC), which aims to reforest an additional 12,000 hectares of land, scale up efforts in biodiversity conservation and skill the members of 135 additional communities in different trades.

    The Union Home Ministry said that it has come to the govt's notice that lot of rumours is being spread in the media that the final Naga settlement has been arrived at and will be announced soon. The central government has already rejected the NSCN-IM's demand for unification of Naga inhabited areas -- located in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

    Last month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had directed the CAPFs to undertake a mega manpower planning and ensure that around seven lakh jawans get to spend at least 100 days with their families in a year. Shah was given a presentation in September about the functioning of the CAPFs in the ministry, following which he gave certain directions regarding the same.

    The CJI Ranjan Gogoi asserted that NRC is neither a "new or a novel idea" as it found expression as early as in 1951 and the current exercise is an attempt to update the 1951 NRC. Gogoi was also critical of "arm chair commentators" who, he said, are not only far away from the ground reality but also present a highly distorted picture about Assam.

    The committee will visit all detention centres in the state and review the legal aid status and health status of each detainee and provide recommendation for improvement if needed.

    Bigger microfinance firms have shown steady growth and profit numbers during the second quarter.

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