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  • I am extremist in protecting Indian, Assamese culture: Himanta
    Guwahati, February 14 (PTI): Labelling AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal as the "enemy of Assam", state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday asserted that he is an extremist in protecting Indian and Assamese culture. Accusing Ajmal of trying to do something alien to Assamese culture, Sarma, the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) convenor, said he will talk about politics of identity till the Lok Sabha MP and opposition leader is in the political scene. "I am an extr
  • Assam-Mizoram border row: Tension on; fresh troubles discussed in Assembly
    Guwahati/Aizawl, February 13 (IANS): The Assam Assembly on Friday discussed the Assam-Mizoram border disputes even as tension prevailed in the villages along the borders of the two northeastern states following the violent incidents on Tuesday and Wednesday. According to the southern Assam's Hailakandi district officials, the prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Cr Pc have been continued on Friday along the bordering areas, in addition to the deployment of a large conting
  • Assam govt presents vote on account in Assembly; petrol, diesel to become cheaper by Rs 5 per litre
    Guwahati, February 12 (PTI): Ahead of the assembly polls in Assam, Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday presented a vote-on-account for Rs 60,784.03 crore in the House and withdrew an additional cess on petrol and diesel, making the fuels cheaper by Rs 5 per litre. He also proposed to remove an additional cess of around 25 per cent imposed on alcoholic beverages in the last year. "Speaker sir, at the peak of COVID-19, we had levied additional cess on petrol, diesel
  • Waterfowl numbers up 173%, species rise to 112 in Kaziranga
    Guwahati, February 9 (IANS): The number of waterfowl in Assam's world-famous Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNP & TR) in the latest census increased by 173 per cent and the species' numbers rose to 112 from 99, officials said on Tuesday. KNP & TR Director Karmashree P. Sivakumar said that a total of 93,491 birds belonging to 112 species were recorded in the two-day third annual waterfowl census on February 6 and 7. "The number of wetland birds cou
  • Waterfowl numbers up 173%, species rise to 112 in Kaziranga
    Guwahati, February 9 (IANS): The number of waterfowl in Assam's world-famous Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve (KNP & TR) in the latest census increased by 173 per cent and the species' numbers rose to 112 from 99, officials said on Tuesday. KNP & TR Director Karmashree P. Sivakumar said that a total of 93,491 birds belonging to 112 species were recorded in the two-day third annual waterfowl census on February 6 and 7. "The number of wetland birds cou
  • Hostage's wife, mother appeal to ULFA-I chief to release him
    Guwahati, February 9 (IANS): Family members of one of the two private oil company employees, kidnapped by the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) from Arunachal Pradesh in December, on Tuesday appealed to the outlawed anti-talk outfit's chief Paresh Barua to release him. Delhi-based Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Ltd's drilling superintendent Pranab Kumar Gogoi and radio operator Ram Kumar were abducted at gunpoint from the drilling site in Innao area of
  • People abroad conspiring against India, but won't succeed: Modi
    Guwahati, February 7 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that some people sitting abroad are conspiring against India, but the people of the country would not allow them to succeed. Addressing a massive public gathering at Dhekiajuli in northern Assam's Sonitpur district, the Prime Minister without naming any person and organisation said that the conspirators sitting abroad not only conspiring against India but also maligning the world famous Indian and the Assam
  • Rs 8,060 cr for Northeast Frontier Railway in Budget 2021
    Guwahati/Agartala, February 6 (IANS): A sum of Rs 8,060 crore has been allocated for the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) in this year's Budget, officials said on Friday. NFR's Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda said that of the Rs 8,060 crore, Rs 4,330 crore has been allocated for three new Lines and doubling of several railway line works. A sum of Rs 3,470 crore has been allocated for safety and capacity enhancement works while passenger amenities received R
  • Army rescues 5 persons from snow-bound Sikkim
    Guwahati, January 31 (IANS): The Army rescued five persons, including three truck drivers and their co-passengers, from the snow-bound north Sikkim, officials said on Sunday. Defence spokesman Lt Col P Khongsai said that soldiers carried out night evacuation of the five persons stuck in heavy snow in a remote area between Samdong and Lachen in north Sikkim between 9 pm and 11 pm on Friday night. According to the Army official, these people were returning from Samdong (Sikkim) to
  • BJP in Assam used communal divide to polarise voters: Congress
    Guwahati, January 31 (IANS): All India Congress Committee (AICC) spokesperson Gourav Vallabh on Saturday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for been incapable, incompetent and indifferent towards the plight of the Assamese people as he said that the state government used communal divide as a tool to polarise the voters in the state. Vallabh said the BJP leaders have, over the last few weeks, resorted to lies and deceit to whitewash their actions of misgovernance and
  • Cong trying to open Assam to infiltrators: Amit Shah
    Guwahati, January 24 (IANS): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday alleged that the Congress and its electoral ally AIUDF in Assam wanted to open the gates for the infiltrators in a bid to increase their "vote bank". Addressing a public gathering in western Assam's Nalbari, Shah said that Congress always termed his Bharatiya Janata Party as a non-secular party, but itself forged alliance with the Muslim League in Kerala and the All India United Democratic Front (AIUD
  • Violent phase of terrorism ended in J&K, NE: Shah
    Guwahati, January 24 (IANS): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that to fulfil the Prime Minister's dream for a new India and 'Atmanirbhar Bharat', the violent phase of terrorism had ended and a peace and development era has begun in the entire Northeastern region and Jammu and Kasmir. Addressing a gathering in western Assam's Kokrajhar, bordering West Bengal, Shah said that with the repeal of Article 370, violence has been tamed in Jammu and Kashmir while
  • Modi, Shah to visit poll-bound Assam on Saturday
    Guwahati, January 22 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah will visit poll-bound Assam on Saturday to attend different government events to campaign for the assembly polls, likely to be held in April-May. Officials and BJP sources said that Modi and Shah do not have any common programme in the Bharatiya Janata Party ruled state. The Prime Minister on Saturday would launch a mega programme of the Assam government to distribute land "patta"
  • Assam polls to be held keeping in mind Bihu festival, CBSE exam
    Guwahati, January 20 (IANS): Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said on Wednesday that the Assembly elections in Assam would be held taking into consideration the Bihu festival in mid April and the CBSE board examinations. Arora, who was accompanied by Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar and other senior officials, told the media that the elections would be held following the social distancing norms in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The CEC said that the el
  • Cong to contest Assam assembly polls in alliance with 5 parties
    Guwahati, January 19 (PTI): The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Monday said it will contest the forthcoming Assam assembly polls in alliance with five parties to oust the ruling BJP from power. APCC president Ripun Bora said following discussions with various parties, it has been decided that the Congress will join hands with the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), the CPI, CPI(M), CPI(ML) and the Anchalik Gana Morcha. "Our doors are open for all anti-BJP p
  • Parties want three-phase polls in Assam, most prefer elections before Rongali Bihu
    Guwahati, January 19 (PTI): Political parties in Assam on Tuesday urged the Election Commission to conduct the assembly elections in the state in three phases, and preferably before the Rongali Bihu festival in April. The full bench of the EC, on a three-day visit to the state, held discussions with the representatives of different political parties at a hotel here. The ruling BJP submitted before the EC that the polls be held in three phases before the Bihu festivities, party lead
  • Robots to deliver meds to Covid patients at Assam hospital
    Guwahati, January 17 (IANS): Now robots would deliver medicines and essential services to Covid-19 patients at a hospital in Assam, officials said here on Sunday. The robots designed by the Guwahati-based Yantrabot Technologies Pvt Limited with remote controllable robotic vehicles would deliver food, medicines and other essential services to Covid-19 patients as well as patients with other extremely contagious diseases inside the isolation chambers of the quarantine facilities. A
  • Gauhati HC stays derecognition of Debabrata Saikia as Leader of Opposition in Assam Assembly
    Guwahati, January 12 (PTI): The Gauhati High Court on Tuesday put an interim stay on the Assam Assembly secretary’s notification withdrawing recognition to Congress leader Debabrata Saikia as the Leader of the Opposition in the 126- member House. After hearing a writ petition filed by Saikia, Justice Achintya Malla Bujor Barua issued notices returnable within four weeks to the speaker, secretary and principal secretary of the Assembly, and the chief secretary of the state.
  • PM, Shah to launch Assam poll campaign next week
    Guwahati, January 12 (IANS): As the ruling BJP kicks off its Assembly poll campaign in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and other central leaders would hold a series of election rallies in the northeastern state next week, BJP leader and Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Tuesday. BJP National President J.P. Nadda, who left here on Tuesday for Delhi, addressed a public gathering in southern Assam's Silchar on Monday and claimed that the saffro
  • Assam: Man opens fire from roof, injures six
    Guwahati, January 12 (IANS): At least six people, including a woman, were injured when a 70-year-old man started firing from his gun from the roof of a building in Assam's Goalpara on Monday, police said. The man, identified as Animesh Chandra Rai, has been arrested and his licensed gun seized, police said. The injured were immediately shifted to the hospital. "Personal enmity might be the cause for the firing. However, we are investigating," a police official to