• Gadkari lays foundation for India's first multi-modal logistic park in Assam
    Guwahati, October 20 (IANS): Indias first Rs 694 crore international Multi-Modal Logistic Park (MMLP) would be set up at Jogighopa in western Assam under the Bharatmala Project of the Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways. According to the officials, the first MMLP at Jogighopa, which would be connected to road, rail, air and waterways, would be developed in 317-acre land along the Brahmaputra River, and would provide direct or indirect employment to nearly 20 lakh youth in
  • Railways to operate 196 ‘Festival Special’ trains; 7 in NFR
    Guwahati, October 14 (MExN): The Ministry of Railways has approved running of 196 pairs (392 trains) of “Festival Special” services, including 7 in Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) zone to clear the festive rush of passengers. These special trains will be operated from October 20 to November 30, informed a press release from NFR Chief Public Relations Officer, Subhanan Chanda. The fare for these Festival Special services will be that applicable for special trains but
  • Around 10,000 'ineligible names' to be deleted from final NRC in Assam, say reports
    Guwahati, October 14 (PTI): Around 10,000 names will be deleted from the final NRC in Assam as many "ineligible persons" and their descendants were included in the list, according to a directive issued by its state coordinator Hitesh Dev Sarma and officials in the know of the decision. Sarma wrote to all the Deputy Commissioners and District Registrar of Citizen Registration (DRCR) on Tuesday, directing them to issue speaking orders for the deletion of such names. "
  • PIB webinar focuses on stress management among youth
    Guwahati, October 14 (MExN): The Press Information Bureau, Guwahati organised a webinar on ‘COVID-19 and its Stress Management for Youth of North East,’ with experts from the medical fraternity, government sector and academicians on October 13. According to a PIB release, discussions during the webinar were focused on COVID situation from medical and policy perspective. It also highlighted that stress management among youth with constructive behaviour and attitude change
  • No cinema halls to open in Northeast on Thursday
    Guwahati, October 14 (PTI): The cinema halls in the Northeast will not open on Thursday as the states have not issued any guidelines in this regard even though the Centre has permitted movie screenings. Cinema halls, distributors and content providers said that movie buffs will have to wait for some more days to visit the theatres as the official notifications are yet to be issued by the states in the region. Except for Manipur, all the Northeastern states have commercial cinema
  • Assam govt will pay midday meal workers Rs 500: Minister
    Guwahati, October 13 (PTI): The Assam government will give Rs 500 to the midday meal workers in addition to their monthly salary and this will be effective from April one this year, Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Tuesday. The amount will be deposited in the accounts of the workers before the Durga Puja and the state government will incur an expenditure of Rs 59.49 crore annually, the minister said at a press conference here. The Centre pays Rs 1,000 to the midday
  • Parents not willing to send kids back to school in Assam amid COVID-19 pandemic
    Guwahati, October 11 (PTI): Many parents in Assam are determined not to send their wards back to schools amid COVID-19 crisis even if the institutions reopen from next month, a cross-section of guardians said. Though no order has been issued, the state government is likely to consider reopening of schools for students of Class 6 onwards from November 1, a senior official of the education department said. Some of the parents along with teachers suggested that schools should remain sh
  • PIB Guwahati webinar on ‘COVID Information Management and Public Awareness’
    Guwahati, October 7 (MExN): Timely information management is at the core of awareness initiatives and to mitigate COVID-19 risks in the North East Region, experts opined during a Webinar on ‘COVID Information Management and Public Awareness’ organised by the Press Information Bureau (PIB), Guwahati, on October 7. Experts from the media fraternity, government sector along with academicians deliberated and discussed about the potential ways to tackle the COVID-19 situation
  • RPF arrests 4 gold smugglers
    Maligaon, October 5 (MExN): A Railway Police Force team from Guwahati recovered gold bars worth Rs 1.12 crs from a train in Guwahati. The raid was conducted in train no 05909 DN (Avadh Assam Exp) from Guwahati to Barpeta Road station. During raid they apprehended four persons. 13 pieces of Gold bars weighing about 02.15 kgs were recovered from their possession, which were kept concealed in shoes, bags and waist bands. Later, the apprehended persons were taken into custody by DRI/Guwaha
  • Gajraj Corps, raised amid India-China war, celebrates 58th Raising Day
    Guwahati, October 4 (IANS): Indian Army's Gajraj Corps, which was raised in the midst of the India-China War in 1962, on Sunday celebrated its 58th Raising Day at a function at its headquarters in Assam's Tezpur, defence officials said. At the ceremony, Corps commander, Lt Gen Shantanu Dayal paid homage to those who have made supreme sacrifice. He also complimented all ranks for their dedication and devotion to duty while serving in counter-insurgency operations in Assam as
  • Two lynched, beheaded, set afire in Assam over black magic allegations
    Guwahati, October 2 (IANS): Nine people, including three women, were arrested by the Assam police for lynching two persons including a woman on suspicion of "witch-craft", police said on Friday. Superintendent of Police Debojit Deuri said that two persons, including a woman, were hacked to death, beheaded and set afire by a mob over suspicion of practising witch-craft (black magic) in Central Assam's Karbi Anglong district. "On suspicion of witch-craft a mob ly
  • Gauhati HC issues notices to Centre, Assam govt, OIL for drilling inside forest
    Guwahati, September 30 (PTI): Gauhati High Court on Wednesday issued notices to the Centre, Assam government, Oil India and different agencies in a case related to granting permission to the PSU to drill seven wells inside Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, which is adjacent to Baghjan well tragedy site. Hearing the PIL filed jointly by advocate Mrinmoy Khataniar and mountaineer Amar Jyoti Deka, a HC bench comprising Chief Justice (Acting) N Kotiswar Singh and Justice Manish Choudhury direc
  • Yamaha hopes sales in North-East India to grow 5-8 per cent in 2021
    Guwahati, September 29 (PTI): Japanese two-wheeler major Yamaha is expecting its Indian subsidiary to clock 5-8 per cent growth in North East in next year, a senior official said on Tuesday. The Japanese company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Yamaha Motor India Sales, which earlier said this year’s sales in the Indian market will be the lowest in a decade due to COVID-19 pandemic, is hoping that the North East market will continue to grow despite challenges. “Yamaha
  • Stitching alliance in Assam to dethrone BJP: State Cong Chief
    Guwahati, September 28 (PTI): The Congress is all set to lead an opposition ''Mahajoot'' with like-minded parties like the AIUDF, Left and some ethnic groups in Assam to take on the BJP in the assembly elections slated to be held early next year, the state Congress president said. Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Ripun Bora also said that the Congress will contest about 90 seats out of the 126 in the state and asserted that the next chief minister wi
  • Drugs valued at Rs 25 cr seized in Assam, one held
    Guwahati/Imphal, September 28 (IANS): A huge quantity of drugs, valued at Rs 25 crore, was seized in central Assam's Karbi Anglong district on Sunday night and one person arrested, police said on Monday. Assam's Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said in a tweet: "The market value of the 5.05 KG of heroin recovered is said to be Rs 25 Crores ! One Ismail Ali, S/o Akabor Ali under Jogighopa PS has been taken into custody. This operation is part of an ongoin
  • Drugs valued at Rs 25 cr seized in Assam, one held
    Guwahati/Imphal, September 28 (IANS): A huge quantity of drugs, valued at Rs 25 crore, was seized in central Assam's Karbi Anglong district on Sunday night and one person arrested, police said on Monday. Assam's Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said in a tweet: "The market value of the 5.05 KG of heroin recovered is said to be Rs 25 Crores ! One Ismail Ali, S/o Akabor Ali under Jogighopa PS has been taken into custody. This operation is part of an ongoin
  • Large drug consignment seized in Assam, 3 held
    Guwahati, September 26 (IANS): A large haul of drugs, valued at Rs 5 crore, was seized in Assam's Karbi Anglong district on Friday, and three people arrested, police said. Acting on a tip-off, a police team, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Nahid Karishma, intercepted a Guwahati-bound truck coming from Manipur at a check post on Dimapur-Manja road and recovered the drugs including brown sugar, heroin and Yaba (Methamphetamine) tablets from the vehicle. The drugs, which
  • Assam govt develops new mobile app for air passengers
    Guwahati, September 25 (PTI): The Assam government has developed a mobile app through which air passengers can download forms, fill it up, and show it at airports to avoid delay in completing formalities for COVID-19 tests, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said here on Friday. The app named ''visitassam'' has been developed to ensure that proper social distancing is maintained and passengers are not delayed as filling up necessary forms at t
  • Customs seized goods worth Rs 110 cr in NE during COVID-19 pandemic
    Guwahati, September 16 (PTI): The customs sleuths have seized various goods worth Rs 110 crore in 710 operations in North East since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country and the region, a senior official said on Wednesday. Addressing a webinar on ''Combating Counterfeiting and Smuggling during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond'' organized by industry chamber FICCI, Commissioner of Customs (North East) G M Kamei said their officials are conducting raids in coordinatio
  • Amid Covid-19, air passenger numbers on the rise in NE
    Guwahati/Agartala, September  15 (IANS): Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, air passenger movement in northeast India is growing since July, Airport Authority of India (AAI) officials said on Tuesday. According to the officials, the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati has registered 111 per cent increase in airline passengers from 2,812 on July 10 to 5,924 on September 10. Agartala airport witnessed a 104 per cent increase, Assam's Dibrugarh 126 per cen