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AASAA activist dies. Adivasi organizations mourn at his death

  MONOJ GOGOI Gopal Toppo, 23, a students’ activist and teacher died this morning at his home in Factory Line of Ananda Tea Estate in Lakhimpur district. Toppo had been suffering from severe chest pain for last few months and this morning at 6:00 am he succumbed to this.   He was continuing as education secretary in the Ananda unit of All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam (AASSAA) and also serving as teacher at Saint Don Bosco School near Ananda Tea Estate. The fellow student activists of the area expressed deep grief and hoisted the AASAA flags during his cremation. The AASAA secretary Joseph Minj mourned at his sudden death and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family. He told that the organization lost a very active leader with high potentiality in the district. “He was the only son of the family and also sole breadwinner. Therefore we request the government and also the tea estate authority to help the family with some financial assistance. Adivasi Sahitya Sab

World Environment Day observed by NGOs in Assam. PAD planted saplings in flood affected areas in Lakhimapur

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MONOJ GOGOI     June 5, 2021 : The World Environment Day, observed for the first time in the United States in 1974, has become one of the most celebrated events of the United Nations for it’s importance in the present context. In Assam, many Non-Governmental Organizations including Guwahati based Aaranyak, Jorhat based North East Affected-Area Development Society (NEADS) and People’s Action for Development (PAD) with Head Office at Gogamukh in Dhemaji district observed the event abiding by the Covid-19 protocols imposed by the government. The World Environment Day has become more significant to create awareness among the world community on deteriorating environment across the globe. Human activities, like massive combustion of fossil fuels, excessive use of natural resources in unscientific manner, huge deforestation, human encroachment to natural bodies like fresh water sources, protected forest areas etc has debilitated the earth atmosphere. The emissions of Green House Gases

PAD Distributes Water-Resilient Rice Seeds to 100 Farmers in Lakhimpur

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Manuel Aind  Arun Kongari  Lakhimpur: People’s Action for Development (PAD), a leading Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), based in upper Assam recently distributed water-resilient rice seeds to a hundred farmers of 10 villages under Bihpuria Revenue Circle of Lakhimpur district of Assam. The NGO has been working to help the marginalised communities, particularly the tribals, Adivasis, women, children and other socio-economically downtrodden sections, of the region for last decades. Following all the ongoing Covid-19 protocols, imposed by the administration and additional suggetions from experienced medical professionals, the PAD volunteers sent the seeds to the Village Disaster Management Committees (VDMCs) of the 10 selected villages, highly affected by the Subansiri river’s floods and erosion. From each village, 10 farmers were chosen as beneficiaries by the PAD volunteers and the members of the VDMCs. The seed support to the farmers could be done under a project entitled “S

Assam Minister Dr Ranoj Pegu Speaks on Promotion of Eco-tourism in Dhema...

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No doubt, Assam Education and Welfare of Plain Tribes and Other Backward Classes (WPT & OBC) Minister Dr Ranoj Pegu has immense love for nature which are reflected on some his works. Dr Pegu dreamt to promote eco-tourism in the Northeast region of India. The region has tremendous potentiality to promote eco-tourism for its richness on Environment and Nature; and ethnic cultural diversity. Dr Ranoj Pegu spoke on the eco-camp, established and has been maintaining by Mising Autonomous Council (MAC), and importance of such such infrastructures in the region to attract tourists to the place in 2010. Now, in May, 2021, he became a cabinet Minister in the Assam Government. Hope, he will surely look after for the development of this sector too. Our expectation is high from you sir and Congratulate you.

Kalbari, an archipelago village in Lakhimpur flattened by storm

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  MONOJ GOGOI DHEMAJI, MAY 2: Kalbari an archipelago swathe of countryside in the Subansiri river under Bihpuria revenue circle of Lakhimapur district largely devastated by a massive storm came yesterday evening from the southern side and later the reversed storm wind flattened a large number of houses in the village with 85 households. Raj Kumar Chandi, a resident of the village and volunteer of People's Action for Development (PAD) informed today that the storm came suddenly and flattened 15 houses in village and the rest of the houses had been damaged highly by eroding roofs and bamboo walls. Elderly people told that this was an unprecedented storm and never experienced in their lifetimes. The panic stricken people immediately took shelter under banana trees available in the village with their children only to save to save lives. People from the village also informed that including houses they also lost their rice banks to the storm. When the storm ended it became dark and pe

Brief Introduction to Jiadhal/Kumatiya River, Dhemaji, Assam

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A Handbook for Flood Affected Communities Releases at Laluk, Lakhimpur.

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MONOJ GOGOI A handbook, 'Baan Durjyugor Somoyat Lobo Loga Sabodhanatar Haatputhi’ compiled by Monoj Gogoi and published by People's Action for Development (PAD) and Germany based Terre des Homme (TDH) was inaugurated today at Laluk field office of PAD. Inaugurating the book, Dhrubajyoti Borah, an employee at Aide et Action told that the book was very relevant at present time. And it would definitely help the flood affected communities in Assam. Israel Sanga from the organization expressed his happiness at the releasing of the handbook. He added Assam, particularly the districts of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji geographically very vulnerable to flood disaster. The book addressed about the cautionary measures that should be taken during flood, pre-flood and post-flood. PAD's director Wilfred Topno told that the organization was formed in 2001 with objectives to assist the socially and economically downtrodden communities. Now, he told, the organization had been continuing a climate