• JFA seeks media council to regulate digital entities
    Guwahati, Aguust 18 (MExN): The Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed concerns over various ‘negative developments’ emerging out of digital media entities functioning across the country and called upon the Centre to empower the existing Press Council as Media Council of India (MCI).  "Such a measure would bring news channels and digital media entities under the purview of an upgraded and empowered watchdog body. Presently, only newspapers and perio
  • Assam ready to reopen educational institutions from Sep 1: Sarma
    Guwahati, August 18 (IANS): The Assam government is getting ready to reopen educational institutions in the state from September 1 but this would depend on the Union Home Ministry's decision, state Education and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Tuesday. Talking to the media, he said that all teachers and employees of the schools would compulsorily have to get themselves tested for Covid-19 between August 21 and 30. "Those teachers and employees testing negativ
  • Assam oil well fire: Leakage expected to be capped at any moment
    Guwahati, August 17 (IANS): Indian and foreign experts are now in the final stages of capping the oil well leakage and dousing the fire at the state-owned Oil India (OIL) field in eastern Assam's Tinsukia district. "The experts and engineers expected to control the outflow of gas and oil condensate and douse the blaze at any moment," a top OIL official told IANS over phone on Monday evening from the accident site. Natural gas and oil condensate started leaking from
  • Blow out preventer successfully placed over Baghjan gas well head
    Guwahati, August 17 (PTI): In the first successful step towards dousing the blaze at Baghjan gas well in Assam, a blow out preventer (BOP) could be placed at the mouth of the well, Oil India Limited (OIL) said on Monday. The BOP is a very heavy metal cover weighing several tonnes that is placed at the mouth of any gas or oil well to stop leakage of the fuel from under the ground. The company could place the BOP over the Baghjan 5 gas well head in its third attempt since a ma
  • Assam flood situation improves marginally; over 11,000 people affected in 3 districts
    Guwahati, August 16 (PTI): The flood situation in Assam improved marginally as the number of people affected by the deluge reduced on Sunday, a disaster management bulletin said. A total of 11,812 people were affected by the floods in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Baksa districts on Sunday, against 13,300 on the previous day, the bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said. Lakhimpur remained the worst-affected district with 9,600 flood-hit people, foll
  • Assam's COVID-19 tally tops 75,000 with 1,057 fresh cases, death toll climbs to 182
    Guwahati, August 16 (PTI): Assam''s COVID-19 tally surpassed the 75,000-mark with 1,057 fresh cases, while the death toll mounted to 182 as eight more people succumbed to the virus, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The state''s coronavirus caseload stood at 75,558, while 53,286 people have so far recovered from the disease, he said. Assam now has 22,087 active COVID-19 cases, the minister said in a tweet late on Saturday. "O
  • Assam hospital likely to be selected for Phase-II trials of Covaxin: Himanta
    Guwahati, August 14 (PTI): The Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) is likely to be selected as one of the centres for Phase-II trial of ''Covaxin'', the country''s first indigenous vaccine, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday. Hyderabad-based Bharat Biotech has "successfully completed" Phase-I human clinical trials of the vaccine and Phase-II will start soon, Sarma said at a plasma donation camp organised by the BJP here
  • Nearly 350 COVID-19 patients in Assam died due to comorbidities: Minister
    Guwahati, August 14 (PTI): Around 500 COVID-19 patients have died in Assam, including 300-350 due to comorbidities, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday. Deaths caused by other ailments are not included in the list of COVID-19 fatalities as per central government guidelines, he said. "There is another long list of 300-350 COVID-19 patients, who have died due to cancer, kidney failure, heart disease or other comorbidities," Sarma told a g
  • ULFA-I , Yung Aung-led NSCN (K) calls for boycott of I-Day celebration
    Guwahati, August 12 (MExN): The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA-I) and the Yung Aung-led NSCN (K) have called for a total ban on India’s Independence Day celebration in WeSEA (Western South East Asia) region. “The colonial Indian Independence day is not a day of freedom of our people but of bondage,” a joint statement of the ULFA and Yung Aung-led NSCN (K) stated. “We urge upon total shutdown of all commercial activities, administrative services and
  • Assam flood: 3 districts remain submerged
    Guwahati, August 12 (PTI): Dhemaji, Baksa and Morigaon districts of Assam continued to remain submerged on Wednesday, even as floodwaters receded from most parts of the state, according to an official bulletin. At present, 14,205 people are suffering due to the deluge in these three districts while 7,009 hectares cropland is affected, according to the daily flood bulletin of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). Dhemaji is the worst-hit district with 12,908 peopl
  • One killed in wild boar attack in Assam
    Guwahati, August 10 (PTI): An employee of Assam Archaeology Department, who was attacked and critically injured by a wild boar, died on Monday at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital, an official said. The man, along with four others, were attacked by a wild boar who had strayed into the Ambari area of the city on Saturday, and was later killed allegedly by locals. The post-mortem of the employee, identified as Motlesh Ali, has been conducted and the body handed over to family me
  • Second attempt to cap OIL gas well fails
    Guwahati, August 10 (PTI): The second attempt to shut Oil India's damaged well at Baghjan in Assam, which has been spewing gas uncontrollably for 76 days, failed on Monday when the iron cable to lift the lid snapped, the PSU said. This was the second attempt in ten days. The company said in a statement that when the blow out preventer (BOP) stack alignment was underway to insert the studs one of the two bull lines connected with the Athey Wagon, the equipment for fighting oil f
  • Assam DGP tests positive for COVID-19
    Guwahati, August 10 (PTI): Director General of Assam Police Bhaskar Jyot Mahanta tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, officials said. The top police officer has opted for home isolation, an official source told PTI. "Healthcare professionals will act as per protocols and test the samples of his immediate contacts," a senior official said. Since March, around 30 people at the Assam Police Headquarters have tested positive, including the IGP (Law and Order) and DIG
  • No quarantine for air passengers visiting Assam for less than 72 hours
    Guwahati, August 10 (PTI): Any air traveller to Assam who will depart from the state within 72 hours of his arrival will not have to undergo quarantine provided his Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) result at the airport is negative, an order issued by the state government said on Monday. The passenger will also have to provide a copy of his return ticket indicating his departure within 72 hours, the order issued by the state Health Department''s Principal Secretary Samir Sinha said.
  • Assam CM orders survey of govt land to map encroachments
    Guwahati, August 9 (PTI): Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday ordered the Revenue and Disaster Management Department to carry out a detailed survey on encroachments of government land. The order was issued in a review meeting chaired by the chief minister, an official release said. As per the order, the deputy commissioners (DCs) of all the 33 districts have been asked to carry out the exhaustive survey to ascertain the quantum of government land under encroachment.
  • Wild boar strays into heart of city, gets killed by locals
    Guwahati, August 8 (PTI): A wild boar strayed into the heart of the city and was killed allegedly by local people after it injured five persons on Saturday, police said. The animal had strayed into Ambari area which houses the Guwahati Press Club, state Archaeology department and the Assam Textile Institute and attacked five persons injuring them. After this it moved to a residential colony near Guwahati Railway station and local people allegedly attacked it with sharp weapons and ston
  • NIA court rejects peasant leader Akhil Gogoi''s bail plea
    Guwahati, August 7 (PTI): A special NIA court on Friday rejected the bail application of peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, who was arrested for his alleged role in a violent protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in Assam. "The court rejected the bail application. We are yet to study the detailed judgement and find out the cause of rejection. Accordingly, we will move the High Court in next seven days," Gogoi''s advocate Santanu Borthakur told PTI here. The K
  • Tight security in two Assam districts ahead of Bhumi Puja
    Silchar (Assam), August 5 (IANS): In view of the Bhumi Puja ceremony of Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya on Wednesday, security has been beefed up in two southern Assam districts — Cachar and Karimganj, officials said. Executive Magistrates have been appointed to oversee the situations, officials said on Tuesday, adding Central para-military and state security forces led by senior police officers have been deployed in Cachar and Karimganj districts. Cachar Distri
  • Javadekar launches 24x7 Doordarshan Assam channel
    Guwahati, August 5 (IANS): A 24-hour channel -- Doordarshan Assam -- dedicated to the northeastern state, was launched on Tuesday by Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar. Calling the channel "a gift to people of Assam", the Minister said it will cater to all sections of the people of Assam, and will also be immensely popular. He said it is important that all states have their own Doordarshan channel. Reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi&
  • Rhino calf separated from mother rescued in Assam
    Guwahati, August 2 (PTI): A new born rhino, separated from his mother, has been rescued by forest guards in the Kaziranga National Park amid the floods in Assam, a forest spokeperson said. The three-day or four-day old rhino calf was rescued from Mohpora village in the Kaziranga range area this morning, he said. The baby rhino has been taken to a rescue centre at the Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation at Panbari area of the Park. "All efforts will be made