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News Snippets

  • The convoy of BJP state president Dilip Ghosh was attacked in Contai in West Bengal. Ghosh was not hurt.
  • Two side roads being built to ease traffic congestion due to the collapse of Majerhat Bridge in Kolkata will miss the October 8 deadline
  • Mohan Bhagwat says RSS does not want to foist its ideology on anyone
  • In a rare admission, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat says Congress played a big role in the freedom struggle
  • SC to examine evidence in hand of Pune Police relating to the arrest of 5 rights activists
  • SC allows manufacture and sale of Saridon, Dart and Piriton Expectorant, the three drugs that were banned with 325 others recently
  • Nitish Kumar says that a seat-sharing deal has been finalized with the BJP, with his party getting a respectable share
  • One of the three prime accused in Rewari rape case arrested
  • Left wins all posts in JNU students' polls
  • Poll strategist Prashant Kishor joins JD(U)
  • Clashes in JNU over elections for student body
  • Pune school principal, who is also a priest, booked for sexual abuse of male student
  • Rewari rapists called a doctor after they panicked when the girl's condition deteriorated
  • Research by Dr Himmatrao Bawaskar shows that nearly 95% people with ear crease are likely to have heart disease
  • DINs of over 21 lakh individuals who failed to submit KYC will be frozen by the MCA making them ineligible for board positions in companies
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Advantage Assam Was Long Overdue

By Special Correspondent

Assam is the gateway to the North-East. But apart from that, the state is a lucrative destination to set up industrial units as ample land and cheap labour is available. Although the indigenous labour is not very skilled, migrants make up for that. Once big industries start coming in, skilling the work force will not be a problem. Against this backdrop, the decision of the BJP government in Assam to hold a Global Investor’s Summit titled Advantage Assam was timely and prudent. Given that previous governments had never thought it fit to highlight the state as an investment destination, this summit went a long way in correcting that negative perception.

Guwahati has also blossomed into a mega city and is highly cosmopolitan. It is also well connected by air, rail and road to the rest of India. Granted that civic infrastructure (open drains for one and frequent flooding during the monsoons) is woefully inadequate, but the smart city tag is going to change that in a few years. Guwahati also boasts of a thriving trading community and most companies have their regional offices in the city. Previously, they used to operate out of Kolkata.

Since every state is now showcasing itself as an attractive destination for investors, Assam would have fallen back if it had not taken this step, especially since Bengal is very aggressive on this front. Where Bengal scores on having a big pool of skilled workers, it loses on land issues, law and order and work culture. It is here where Assam can pit itself as superior. The success of the summit can be gauged from the fact that nearly 200 MOUs worth Rs 1 lakh crore were signed in two days. It is now upon the government to fulfill its commitments and pursue these MOUs to their logical end. Investments will transform the economy of the region and will generate huge employment opportunities.

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