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Western Assam sans any industry worth naming in last century but then under the British era, a match factory was set up at Dhubri by a Swedish Company named  as Assam Match Company ( Amco) in 1925.  It was a lone industry in Western Assam till Bongaigaon Refinery and Petrochemical Limited (BRPL) which now known as OIL Bongaigaon Refinery (BGR), came into being in 70s.

Again due to change of ownership of Amco , it came to be known as Western India Match Company ( Wimco), when Jatia group of Company  took over all the five match factories in India – Dhubri ( Assam), Calcutta, Madras (Chennai), Bombay (Mumbai and Baraily ( Uttar Pradesh) in 1979

 

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Lack of government support coupled with trouble and unrest in hilly region pushed the ginger farmers of Assam to go for an alternative. Situation goes to such an extent that for farmers ginger cultivation is no longer ‘viably cultivable crop’ and in hilly region of the state, farmers start shifting to other ‘long term items’.
 
Till 2010, the state recorded a huge quantity of ginger production annually. Ginger produced specially in Assam’s Karbi Anglong and then NC Hills (present name Dima Hasao) is known for its quality and organic aspects. Other popular ginger belts includes two lower Assam districts- Nalbari, Borpeta, two east Assam districts – Sonitpur, Darrang, three upper Assam districts – Golaghat, Sibsagar, Tinsukia and central Assam’s Nagaon district.

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Getting stunned suddenly by Corona’s satanic invasion, the globe now seems to be revolving round an unheard of pivot: agonizing wait for anti-pandemic drug and vaccine.

All are hoping for a remedy to stop the specter of death that loomed so large that it shadowed the entire world. Its specter kept on darkening on every passing day. And it continued!

Grimness of the situation can be gauged from the fact that even as normalcy in worldly affairs slowed down, the coffin makers and crematorium workers turned hyper busy to handle bodies of the dead.    

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(A still from Matamgi Manipur : Courtesy: Aribam Syam Sharma Archive)

 As the saying goes ‘better later than never’, Manipur, which boasts of a vibrant film production, will soon see a leap in the growth of Manipur Cinema as a creative economy with the government of Manipur, finally notifying the much awaited, ‘the Manipur State Cine Policy 2020’, bringing it into being in the state to the delight and relief of the state’s film fraternity.

“This is good news for Manipuri Cinema. The ladder to reach the goal of an identity and footprint around the world has been made,” said the grand old master of Manipuri cinema, Aribam Syam Sharma.

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In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak disinfectant tunnels are emerging as India's one of the important strategy to disinfect people and protect against infections.  The tunnel is designed with a view to reduce the time of sanitization in places where there are people entering in large numbers such as religious gatherings, educational institutions, hospitals etc. The sanitization process is effective as the person walks through the tunnel and disinfectants are sprayed all over the person from different angles so that the whole body can be sanitized. Taking into consideration the above research, a collaborative team comprising of faculty, scientists, doctors and industrialist have developed a tunnel sanitizer based automatic temperature controller device.

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