News UpdatesPursuant To Filing Of PIL In Gauhati HC, Assam Govt Brings Out Policy To Rehabilitate People Who Lands Were Lost Due To Flood/ Erosion LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK24 March 2021 11:22 PMShare This – xThe Government of Assam, in response to a PIL filed before the Gauhati High Court seeking welfare schemes for people residing in flood/ erosion prone areas of the state, has come up with a comprehensive policy for rehabilitation of such families. The State has informed a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dulia and Justice Manas Ranjan Pathak that on January 6,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Government of Assam, in response to a PIL filed before the Gauhati High Court seeking welfare schemes for people residing in flood/ erosion prone areas of the state, has come up with a comprehensive policy for rehabilitation of such families. The State has informed a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dulia and Justice Manas Ranjan Pathak that on January 6, the Government had notified its decision to rehabilitate such persons or families who are affected by flood/ erosion. The development comes in a PIL highlighting various problems faced by the people of Assam, particularly, those inhabiting near the banks of mighty Brahmaputra which causes annual flood. The plea submitted that this frequent flooding and recurring soil erosion causes huge damage to the properties, throwing the lives of people in to disarray by rendering them homeless and depriving them of their livelihood. The Petitioners had sought implementation of the long pending Chief Minister’s Special Scheme for Rehabilitation of Erosion Affected Families in Assam, 2015. In response to the plea, the Assam Government submitted that the funds allotted in the earlier Scheme could not be utilised as there was no concrete provision in the earlier guidelines. It also filed an affidavit indicating the details of measures taken by it to give compensation to the persons whose lands have been taken away by the said natural calamities. The Government has also now come out with the policy titled— Rehabilitation Policy For Erosion Affected Families of Assam, 2020, to rehabilitate the population affected from 2014-15 onwards. Pursuant thereof, the Petitioner expressed satisfaction as to the provisions of the scheme. Accordingly, the PIL has been closed. Petitioners were represented by Advocate Debashree Saikia; State represented by Advocate R. Dhar Case Title: Hema Prava Devi & Anr. v. State of Assam & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
100 Muddy Miles of Tandem by Ryan Delaney and Kurt RosenbergerRYAN: There are plenty of stories about how riding a tandem has strengthened relationships, or how the encouragement of a cheerful stoker has pushed a flagging captain through a low point on a century, but even though my captain and I have been friends for years, we’re not here to talk about that.Six hours into the 2012 Shenandoah Mountain 100, I leaned the wrong way and our bike dropped over the edge of the trail coming to a skidding, muddy halt. Kurt, our captain, put a foot down and said “Let me try something”. In a minute, I found myself walking, in the rain, up an hour-long singletrack climb. Kurt pedaled our bike alone up the mountain and out of sight. I wouldn’t catch up to him till I found him waiting at the top, anxious to try and get down the other side without wrecking us. If I had been coherent, I would’ve asked how I got into this mess.In the summer of 2011, I was still scrambling to recover the fitness I lost in grad school. I was planning to just stay home and barbecue on Labor Day like a normal American.That all changed when Kurt called me up one evening in August to sell me on the idea of stoking his tandem for 100 off-road miles.Kurt laid it on thick, showering me with the hypothetical positives of racing a tandem in the dirt, “We can buy matching socks!” I was sold. After the three-martini haze of happy hour lifted, I remembered the other things he had said; “No, I’ve never ridden one either…how bad could it be?”The morning of the race, we took our first ride together: from our tent down to the start line. There were only two other teams in our category, and all six of us realized that all we’d have to do was finish to get on the podium…awesome! We took off, and it seemed like we had been riding together for years. Kurt is an incredible bike handler, and as a local, knew all the right lines. It surprised a lot of folks to be passed on downhill singletrack by a tandem and two dudes in matching pink lycra. After a heated late-race battle, we rolled into the finish with a comfortable lead, got into our podium shirts, had a little champagne, and promptly hung the tandem up till next Labor Day.In retrospect, not riding the thing for a year seems stupid, but we had gotten our first Shenandoah Mountain 100 win based purely on friendship and Kurt’s ridiculous downhill ability, so we weren’t worried—until we saw the wet forecast for race day. Still, flush with memories of victory, we suited up, and 364 days and 11 hours exactly after we hopped off the big machine, saddled up and rolled down to the start line. Then things got very real, very quick.KURT: Ryan’s recollection of how things unrolled during our two years of tandem racing, though mostly accurate, leaves me looking sadistic. Bike racing is about discovery. Anyone who’s raced hard knows it can take on spiritual qualities. Sadist? No, but maybe I get a little masochistic when faced with an elevated heart rate and a timing chip.Tandem racing is not like this. You aren’t going to find any catharsis when you can hear your buddy wheezing over your shoulder. There is no happy place that you can retreat to on that last climb of the day. Anyone who has raced an endurance event knows that beyond the physical stuff, keeping your mind and emotions in check is the real challenge. Tandem racing throws some social responsibility on top of all of that. “I’m okay…is Ryan okay?” “I’m thirsty, Ryan must be too”. “Ryan, I want to keep going, can we?”The broken record in my head spins faster than our shared wheels. For me, racing on a tandem became performance art. It’s about the spectacle, the hilarity and yes, the matching outfits. The idea was always that it’s supposed to be fun. 2011 was, so why wouldn’t 2012? Hurricane Isaac? Sure we’ll get muddy, but this is mountain biking!Seven miles in, we took the first hard turn of the day: lean bike, turn handlebar, bike goes straight, wheels wash out, riders touch ground. “I’m okay, are you okay? Back on the bike!” As the day went on, “let’s get back on” became “let’s push for a little”.Ryan and I had some highs during our long ride, and plenty of lows. At times, the highs and lows aligned nicely and we commiserated or celebrated together. At times, our highs and lows were out of sync, which is when I usually kept my mouth shut.Fourteen hours later, with borrowed brakepads and lights, we crossed the line for the win. We were the only category winners still on course during the podium ceremonies, so we missed out on our moment of champagne-soaked glory. The fun we had last time was buried somewhere in the mud out past Aid Station 5. We slid off the bike, exhausted from fighting the bike, the weather, the course, and each other.While we washed the mud off at the hand pump near our campsite, we dissolved into laughter. In the midst of these long races, you can get obsessed with finding a reason you’re putting yourself through the ringer, but really all you need from it is a story to tell, and the satisfaction of pushing yourself to your limits. You can bet we’ll be talking about this ride for years with grins on our faces…but you won’t catch us dead on a tandem next year, either. •
INDIANAPOLIS — Three swimmers with the Down East Family YMCA Dolphins competed in the YMCA Long Course National Championships last week.Talor Hamilton, Cooper Holmes and Hannah Wood, accompanied by coach Matt Montgomery, swam against the top YMCA swimmers from around the nation.“This was the first time that DEFY had two swimmers score at a National Championship meet,” Montgomery said. “Despite having very little experience swimming in a Long Course pool (50 meters long), the trio had a great meet.”Hamilton, Holmes and Wood combined for 13 personal best times (out of 13 swims), 11 team records and two top 16 swims.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textA Long Course pool is more than twice the length of the Ellsworth YMCA’s 25-yard pool.Local swimmers don’t get to train in Long Course pools because there are none in Maine.Montgomery said his swimmers travelled out of state a few times during the summer to get some experience.“Swimmers from Maine are at a disadvantage competing in Long Course meets,” Montgomery said. “We are the only state without one.”Hamilton competed in the 100-yard long course (LC) butterfly, the 100-yard LC backstroke, the 50-yard LC butterfly and the 50-yard LC freestyle. He placed 58th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.86; 36th in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 27.22; 25th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.96; and 10th in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.43.Hamilton also swam a time trial 100-yard LC freestyle in 54.61. All of Hamilton’s times set new team records.Holmes competed in the 50-yard LC breaststroke, the 100-yard LC breaststroke and the 200-yard LC individual medley. He placed 13th in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 31.14; 30th in the 100-yard LC breaststroke with a time of 1:09.21; and 64th in the 200-yard LC individual medley with a time of 2:20.32. Both of Hamilton’s breaststroke swims were new team records.Wood competed in the 50-, 100- and 200-yard LC backstrokes. She placed 98th in the 200-yard LC backstroke with a time of 2:33.56; 79th in the 100-yard LC backstroke with a time of 1:09.48; and 53rd in the 50-yard LC backstroke with a time of 32.67. All three of Wood’s swims also were new team records.