People losing their lives in this year’s flood and landslide in the state of Assam. According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), more than 6.8 lakh people are affected due to the floods in Dhemaji, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup Metropolitan, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat and Tinsukia districts of Assam in India.
PepsiCo India, along with the global food and beverage company’s philanthropic arm, the PepsiCo Foundation, in partnership with Smile Foundation today launched its #GiveMealsGiveHope global program in Guwahati, Assam. The initiative was flagged off today by Shri Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister of Guwahati Development Department, Law & Justice, Cooperation, Government of Assam. The program will provide for over 2.5 lakh meals to the underprivileged communities which have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in Guwahati, Assam. The key locations in which the program will be launched include Noonmati, Lokhra, Chandrapur Bagicha and Goalpara.
Shri Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Hon’ble Cabinet Minister of Guwahati Development Department, Law & Justice, Cooperation, Government of Assam said, “We are amidst unfortunate times which are a first of its kind and it’s in times like these that that the Government, private sector and individuals need to come together to fight the outbreak of COVID-19. It is also important to ensure that the marginalised societies are catered to in these troubling times. We would like to thank PepsiCo India for stepping up and volunteering to help the underprivileged communities in Assam. We hope after looking at such initiatives, many other corporates will feel encouraged to help. I am sure that Assam will come victorious against the pandemic.”
Ahmed ElSheikh, President, PepsiCo India, said, “India, like the rest of the world is going through challenging times. In Assam, spearheaded by the State’s Health Ministry, the Government has done a commendable work to launch many initiatives to curtail COVID-19 outbreak. Contributing to the Government’s efforts, we are reaching out to the underserved families in Assam to help them with meals. We would like to thank the Hon’ble Law and Justice Minister for taking out time to flag off this initiative in the State. We are in this together and will continue to do our best to serve the nation in these challenging times.”
Santanu Mishra, co-founder and trustee, Smile Foundation said, “We are happy to partner with PepsiCo India for a meal distribution programme in Assam. Through this initiative, we will distribute food kits to support a five- member family for at least one month. We are glad that this partnership has helped us carry out relief work in some of the most vulnerable sections of the society across the nation.”
Under the #GiveMealsGiveHope global program PepsiCo has committed to distribute over 10 million meals to communities most impacted by COVID-19 outbreak in India. These meals are being distributed in partnership with Akshaya Patra Foundation, Smile Foundation & CII Foundation, across the country.
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India’s champion wrestler-turned-Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Ritu Phogat continued to dominate at the ONE Championship as she notched up a win by unanimous decision against debutante Wu Chiao Chen of China at the ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE held behind closed doors at the Singapore Indoor Stadium today. The Chinese, who has an 8-0 record as an amateur in MMA and has been a former JJIF Asian Jiu-Jitsu Championship gold medallist, was no match for the determined Indian in a heavily one-sided women’s atomweight contest.
Phogat controlled each of the three rounds by using her power and strength to force early takedowns of her opponent and kept her pinned to the ground. Wu tried hard to challenge the Indian in the second round but Phogat proved too strong in the grappling exchanges and did not give her opponent any chance to defend. The final round saw the Indian at her aggressive best as she kept landing deadly blows on Wu to be unanimously declared the winner by all the three judges present.
“Winning my second match at ONE Championship has been a very good feeling and my confidence level has been boosted further. I would like to thank my coaches and my Indian supporters watching. My goal of becoming India’s first MMA world champion is still a long way away but I will keep working with a lot of dedication to reach that,” said Phogat after her win.
Phogat’s victory follows a sizzling debut last year where she finished Nam Hee Kim in the first round by technical knockout. The daughter of the legendary wrestling coach, Mahavir Singh Phogat bagged the gold at the 2016 Commonwealth Wrestling Championships and a silver at the World Under-23 Wrestling Championships before making a smooth transition to the mixed martials arts. Training with multiple Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champions in Singapore has helped the 25-year-old amp up her striking and submission skills and she hopes that her continuing success will inspire more Indians to follow her path.
“I am thrilled to be representing India in MMA now. This is a growing sport and I foresee that it will be huge in India real soon,” said Phogat.
Black Lady to Assam this year, the venue for the Filmfare Award for the first-time outside Mumbai. The 65th edition of Filmfare awards in Assam that will be held on February 15, 2020. Filmfare Awards 2020 signed between the Assam Tourism and The Times Group.
Chairman of Assam Tourism Development Corporation Ltd, Jayanta Malla says- Filmfare will bring us a golden opportunity to reach almost 2 million people. As we can afford only Rs 1.50 to Rs 2 per person, so in general we need more than Rs. 300-400 crore to reach 2 billion people, which we can’t afford. By spending only one-tenth, we will be able to reach our goal to bring phenomenal tourist footfalls in the near future.
Here are some video realised by Filmfare promoting Assam state and its beauty..
A total of 644 rebels belonging to eight insurgent groups laid down their arms in Guwahati. Cadres have deposited 177 arms. AK-47, AK-56, AK-57 rifles, Beretta series pistols, explosives, bombs, rocket launchers and grenades.
- United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) (50)
- Saoraigwra faction of National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB-S) 
- National Liberation Front of Bengalis (301)
- Rabha National Liberation Front (13),
- National Santhal Liberation Army (87),
- Adivasi Dragon Fighter (178)
- Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (6)
- Communist Party of India-Maoist (1),
The cadres surrendered their arms at a ceremony held at Guwahati Medical College Auditorium. Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal, DGP of Assam Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta with others and senior police officials were present at the Ceremony.
The defending champions romped to a whopping 256 medals, including 78 gold and 77 silver to underline their pre-eminence in a multi-game event of this scale once more time.
The picturesque city of Guwahati bid an emotional goodbye to the Khelo India Youth Games here on Wednesday, crowing Maharashtra the unconquered champions during a power-packed and entertaining closing ceremony.
Assam’s Honourable Chief Minister, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, and Hon’ble Union Minister of State, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Shri Rameshwar Teli, presented the trophy to the winners even as a packed stadium rose to its feet.
“ I would like to congratulate all the participating teams from across states and everyone who has been part of this journey of making Khelo India Youth Games 2020 a mega success. Over the past 13 days the city was on song, witnessing some scintillating sports action. There was a feeling of competitive spirit and sportsmanship amongst all contestants and at the end we saw Maharashtra winning the championship. The tournament is a big boost towards achieving our Honorable Prime Minister’s Shri Narendra Modi’s long term vision of Fit India movement. I salute the hard work of all athletes that participated in the games as they will be the ones who will go on to bring major sporting laurels for our country globally. said the Honourable Chief Minister Of Assam Shri Sarbananda Sonowal
Hon’ble Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju, Assam’s Hon’ble Finance Minister, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, were among the many dignitaries and local celebrities who graced the occasion.
Hon’ble Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Kiren Rijiju, said “I congratulate all the athletes for their enthusiastic participation in Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati. Congratulations to Maharashtra for winning the champions trophy two years in a row. I am confident that from among this year’s winners will emerge our future champions who will represent India at international events and even at the Olympics, in the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. Our motto has been to provide the best facilities and a world class experience to athletes at the Khelo India Games. This is the platform from which they are starting their sporting journey, and with the right grooming they will evolve into international sporting icons”
Immediately after the awards ceremony, Assam showcased their rich cultural heritage in a crisp and beautiful show, led by a Modern Creative Dance performance by Aimee Baruah, Directed by Asim.
Before a range of local performers hit the stage, Chinese Martial Artists wowed the audience with their speed, power and elegance. They were specially flown in to mark the 70th year of the India-China friendship.
Performances by Ms Tarulata Kutum with Missing Dancers, Sajan Nayak with Jhumuir Dancers and a solo by Babita Sharma set the mood for the evening. Popular Assamese singer Jitul Sonowal too charmed everybody with his mellifluous sings.
In between, Krishnamoni Chutiya performed the Bihu Song which was beautifully choreographed by Pankaj Engiti, to the delight of the local fans.
The evening was topped up by a live concert by Bollywood singing star Shaan. The playback singer got the audience, including the athletes, on their feet as he belted out a series of his hit numbers.
Assam’s weightlifter Golap Gogoi broke the junior nationals record (clean and jerk score record and total score record) in the 81kg category (U-21) at the Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati on Monday. When the 19-year-old was asked about his performance, the weightlifter said he should have performed better in the competition. Gogoi, who recorded a snatch score of 120 and clean and jerk score of 155, clinched the gold medal with a total score of 275.
“I am feeling good about breaking the record, but I feel I should’ve done better. But anyway, I am feeling good about doing well here,” said Gogoi.
The weightlifter from Dibrugarh is currently practicing to perform well at the trials for the Commonwealth Championship.
“I started practicing weightlifting in 2014 in Dibrugarh. Now, I have joined the Indian Army and I practice in the India camp in Patiala. I am currently practicing for the trials for the Commonwealth Championship (junior tournament), which will take place in February,” said Gogoi.
The Assam athlete came across the sport while going to a gym in his hometown.
“I used to go to a gym in my hometown and then I saw people do weightlifting there. So then even I tried it and liked the sport. Thereafter, I took part in competitions and eventually went for the trials in Bhopal. I did well there and got a chance to join the Indian Army, four months ago,” said the weightlifter.
Gogoi, who has won bronze in youth nationals and silver in junior nationals, expressed that it was tough for his family to provide financial support for his sport in the beginning.
“My father works in the police. We have faced a few financial issues while procuring supplements for my game, but we have managed so far. At first, my family didn’t understand weightlifting very well. I am the first sportsperson in my family. I kept learning about the sport and moved forward on my own. Now, my family gives their full support to me. I have the backing of the Indian Army as well. They are helping me to reach greater heights in the sport,” signed off Gogoi.
Source: Khelo India 2020 Media Official
Gujarat’s Dodiya Sonal was ecstatic after she won gold in the 44kg category judo competition at the Khelo India Youth Games in Guwahati. The young judo athlete expressed that her parents have worked day and night to ensure that she is provided with all the facilities.
“We are not a very affluent family. My father is a rickshaw driver and works at the farm in our house. My mother works at the farm and takes care of all the work at home as well. It’s been quite difficult for my family to support my judo career. When I wanted to participate in selection trials, my father worked day and night to help me get selected,” said Sonal.
The judo athlete, who clinched gold in the last edition of the Khelo India Youth Games as well, said that the tournament is a fantastic one for young athletes.
“The Khelo India Youth Games is a great tournament for us. Every year, talented athletes are included in the Khelo India scheme and are provided with facilities,” said Sonal.
Gujarat has been making rapid strides in judo in the last few years and Sonal was quick to point out the rise of the sport in her state.
“Gujarat didn’t win too many medals in judo. But as the sport grew in the state, we started winning medals in state competitions. Earlier, everyone aimed for bronze in nationals, but now we have gold medallists from Gujarat,” signed off Sonal.
Students union of Cotton University displaying a collection of photographs from the protests against Citizenship Amendment Act, the students of Cotton University observed the one-month of the agitation against the CAA, that was passed by the Rajya Sabha on December 11, and came into effect on January 10.
All Assam Students’ Union and artiste fraternity sound their Rana Singa (war bugle), as a part of the All Assam Students’ Union’s series of agitations across the state of Assam. Artists from different part of Assam play traditional instruments during the Rana Singa protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), in Guwahati on 9 January 2020. From artiste fraternity, Singer Zubeen Garg participated in the demonstration.