2.5lakh meals to the underserved families

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.

PepsiCo India: PepsiCo entered India in 1989 and has grown to become one of the largest MNC food and beverage businesses in India. PepsiCo India’s diverse portfolio includes iconic brands like Pepsi, Lay’s, Kurkure, Tropicana 100%, Gatorade and Quaker.

 Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business. We believe that continuously improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect our planet and empowering people around the world is what enables PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders. In 2009, PepsiCo India achieved a significant milestone, by becoming the first business to achieve ‘Positive Water Balance’ in the beverage world, a fact verified by Deloitte Touché Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd. The company has been Water Positive since then. For more information, please visit www.pepsicoindia.co.in

PepsiCo Foundation: Established in 1962, The PepsiCo Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PepsiCo, invests in the essential elements of a sustainable food system with a mission to support thriving communities. Working with non-profits and experts around the globe, we’re focused on helping alleviate hunger, managing water and waste responsibly and supporting women as champions of nutrition from farm to family. We strive for tangible impact in the places where we live and work—collaborating with industry peers, local and international organizations, and our employees to affect large-scale change on the issues that matter to us and are of global importance. Learn more at www.pepsico.com/sustainability/philanthropy.

Smile Foundation: Smile Foundation is a national level development organization reaching out to more than 600,000 underprivileged children, youth and women directly every year through more than 250 welfare projects on subjects such as education, healthcare, youth employability, and women empowerment across 25 states of India. Adopting a life cycle approach of development, Smile Foundation focuses its interventions on children, their families and the community.

Website – www.smilefoundationindia.org

Countdown Begins- The National Register of Citizens of Assam

A child undergo a verification process to link their Aadhar card with National Register of Citizens (NRC) during a hearing at a Seva Kendra in Barpeta, Assam.

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register containing names of all genuine Indian citizens. The register was first prepared after the 1951 Census of India. The NRC is now being updated in Assam to include the names of those persons who appear in the NRC, 1951, or in any of the Electoral Rolls up to the midnight of 24 March 1971 or in any one of the other admissible documents issued up to mid-night of 24 March 1971, which would prove their presence in Assam or in any part of India on or before 24 March 1971.

The final draft was released on 30 July, 2018, at all NRC Seva Kendra (NSK) in the state. In the final draft, of the 30.29 million registered names, as many as 4 million applicants found their names excluded.

The office of the State Coordinator for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) published a guide for checking names in the final list to be published on August 31, 2019.

Assam state BJP leadership has urged the state and central governments to introduce legislation to ensure that genuine Indians left out can be included later.

Log in to websites to check your name– www.nrcassam.nic.in 

Official check the documents submitted by people, ahead of the release of the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC), at an NRC Seva Kendra in Guwahati, Assam.
Security infront of the National Register of Citizen (NRC) office, ahead of the release of the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC), in Guwahati.
Security personnel stand guard at a National Register of Citizens (NRC) office ahead of the release of the register’s final draft in Guwahati.

Gangour Teej Festival

Gangaur is a festival celebrated in the Indian state of Rajasthan and some parts of Gujarat, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. It is the celebration of spring, harvest and marital fidelity. Gangaur Puja or Gangaur Teej is the festival that celebrates and worships Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Gangaur festival marks the beginning of the 16-day fasting to please the Gods and Goddesses. The ladies decorate their hands and feet by drawing designs with Mehndi, Newly-wedded girls observes the full course of 18 days of the festival that succeeds her marriage.


Gangour Teej festival. Guwahati, Assam, India. April 8, 2019. Devotees carry Gangour idol in the occasion of Gangour Teej festival in Guwahati.
Gangour Teej festival. Guwahati, Assam, India. April 8, 2019. Devotees carry Gangour idol in the occasion of Gangour Teej festival in Guwahati.

Gangour Teej festival. Guwahati, Assam, India. April 8, 2019. Devotees carry Gangour idol in the occasion of Gangour Teej festival in Guwahati.

Gangour Teej festival. Guwahati, Assam, India. April 8, 2019. Devotees carry Gangour idol in the occasion of Gangour Teej festival in Guwahati.

Gangour Teej festival. Guwahati, Assam, India. April 8, 2019. Devotees carry Gangour idol in the occasion of Gangour Teej festival in Guwahati.
Gangour Teej festival. Guwahati, Assam, India. April 8, 2019. A devotee in the occasion of Gangour Teej festival in Guwahati.

Gangour Teej festival. Guwahati, Assam, India. April 8, 2019. Devotees carry Gangour idol in the occasion of Gangour Teej festival in Guwahati.

Women’s March for Change

Thousands of women across India are marching today to voice their concern with the current atmosphere of hate and violence that prevail in the country. In Guwahati women activists, women leaders, students from different organizations participated in the march. The participants of the march also have seen singing and a street play on awareness of violence on women.

Participants performs a street play during the Women’s March for Change in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
Participants holding placards during the Women’s March for Change in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
A participant holding placards during the Women’s March for Change in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
Participants holding placards during the Women’s March for Change in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
A participant holding placards during the Women’s March for Change in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
A participant holding placards during the Women’s March for Change in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday, April 4, 2019. Thousands
Participants performs a street play during the Women’s March for Change in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
Participants performs a street play during the Women’s March for Change in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
Participants performs a street play during the Women’s March for Change in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
Participants performs a street play during the Women’s March for Change in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
Participants performs a street play during the Women’s March for Change in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday, April 4, 2019.
Participants performs a street play during the Women’s March for Change in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

World Water Day- ‘Leaving no one behind’

‘Leaving no one behind’ is the theme of World Water Day 2019. World Water Day is held annually on March 22, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater. Today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive. Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030.

Women catch water early in the morning from a pipe in the street in Guwahati, Assam on 20 March 2019. World Water Day is held annually on March 22, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater. PHOTO: DAVID TALUKDAR.
Women catch water early in the morning from a pipe in the street in Guwahati, Assam on 20 March 2019. World Water Day is held annually on March 22, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater. PHOTO: DAVID TALUKDAR.
Women catch water early in the morning from a pipe in the street in Guwahati, Assam on 20 March 2019. World Water Day is held annually on March 22, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater. PHOTO: DAVID TALUKDAR.
Women catch water early in the morning from a pipe in the street in Guwahati, Assam on 20 March 2019. World Water Day is held annually on March 22, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater. PHOTO: DAVID TALUKDAR.
Women catch water early in the morning from a pipe in the street in Guwahati, Assam on 20 March 2019. World Water Day is held annually on March 22, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater. PHOTO: DAVID TALUKDAR.
Women carry water after collect from a pipe in the street in Guwahati, Assam on 20 March 2019. World Water Day is held annually on March 22, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater. PHOTO: DAVID TALUKDAR.
Women carry water after collect from a pipe in the street in Guwahati, Assam on 20 March 2019. World Water Day is held annually on March 22, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater. PHOTO: DAVID TALUKDAR.
Women carry water after collect from a pipe in the street in Guwahati, Assam on 20 March 2019. World Water Day is held annually on March 22, as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater. PHOTO: DAVID TALUKDAR.

Riyan Parag : Rajasthan Royals


Riyan Parag of guwahati joined Rajasthan Royals

Cricket prodigy of Guwahati Riyan Parag joined Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2019. He is a proud son of former Ranji player Parag Das and swimmer Mithu Baruah. He was earlier selected for ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup.

Born: 10 November 2001, Guwahati, India

Bowling: Leg-break