Interview with M. Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner, Karbi Anglong. A woman seeking information at the Deputy Commissioner's office in Diphu. Karbi Anglong is the first district in north-eastern India to get ISO 9001:2000 certification.

Innovative development initiatives and good management practices have given a new image to the autonomous hill district of Assam. PHOTOGRAPHS: RITU RAJ KONWAR Ginger fields in Karbi Anglong. The district produces the best organic ginger in the world.

With a rangbwtang (necklace made of silver coins) round her neck, Koyati Reang, clad in the traditional attire of a Reang woman

For long, Hevelie Shohe and her family have been growing upland paddy on their traditional 'jhum' land on the hills of this Sema Naga village of Nagaland, but have had little to save. This autumn, the 45 year old farmer is busy taking care of the jatropha saplings she planted on one hectare of 'jhum' land. She hopes to double her income when they mature and their seeds sold for extraction of green fuel. Dec 2007

Every year the Brahmaputra and its tributaries bring death and destruction to Assam. Yet, there is no long-term plan to tackle floods in the State.