• Assam allows inter-district travel on 2 days of week; night
    curfew, weekend shutdown to continue Guwahati, August 2 (PTI): The Assam government has issued a new set of guidelines, allowing inter-district movement on two days of the week, and hundred per cent office attendance from Monday to Friday. Night curfew from 6 pm to 6 am on all days and total lockdown on weekends, however, will continue to remain in force for now, an order issued on Sunday by Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna said. Inter-district movement of people is allowe
  • Assam Govt keen to reopen educational institutions from Sept 1
    Guwahati, August 1 (IANS): The Assam government is keen to reopen educational institutions from September 1 but it would depend on the decision and directives of the Centre, state Education and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday. Addressing the media, he said that all teachers and employees of the schools will have to get themselves tested for coronavirus before August 30. "In coordination between the Education and Health departments the compulsory sample t
  • Assam to set up 40-member committee to analyse Centre''s New Education Policy
    Guwahati, August 1 (PTI): The Assam government will set up a 40-member committee to initiate implementation of the Centrte''s New Education Policy (NEP) in the state, a minister said on Saturday. The panel, headed by the education department''s principal secretary, will be set up by next week. "The committee will submit its report by December 31 and by January we want to prepare the blueprint for implementation in the state," Education Minister Himanta B
  • Erratic power supply posing a challenge to tea industry in Assam s Barak valley: TAI
    Guwahati, July 31 (PTI): Erratic power supply was posing a "serious challenge" to the tea industry in Assam''s Barak Valley which has reported crop loss to the tune of approximately 5.5 million kg during the period March to June this year, the Tea Association of India (TAI) said. The crop outlook for the tea industry at this point of the season looks bleak, in the aftermath of prolonged period of lockdown and this can be gauged from the crop loss for the period Mar
  • Assam''s deputy speaker tests positive for COVID-19
    Guwahati/Silchar, Jul 28 (PTI): Assam Assembly's Deputy Speaker Aminul Haque Laskar tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the sixth MLA from the ruling BJP to get infected by the coronavirus in the state. Laskar's driver has also tested positive for the infection, officials said. "With a very sad heart I would like to inform that I have been tested Covid-19 positive (+ve) from the first swab sample test few minutes back. I was not feeling well was since morning (s
  • Along with loss of human lives, animals too victims of Assam floods
    Guwahati, July 28 (IANS): While the annual monsoon floods in Assam claim hundreds of lives, damage crops, infrastructure and assets, the animals too are not spared. These include the endangered rhinos in the world famous Kaziranga National Park, home to more than 2,200 one-horned Indian rhinos. Kaziranga National Park Director Karmashree P. Sivakumar said on Tuesday that this year at least 137 wild animals have died so far due to the floods while 163 have been rescued, even as over
  • Rs 12.44 crore disbursed as COVID-19 advance: EPFO Guwahati
    Guwahati, July 28 (MExN): The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) Regional Office, Guwahati has disbursed non-refundable COVID-19 advance to the tune of Rs 12.44 crore during the month of March to June, an official statement informed today.  The amount was disbursed to enable 5697 EPF members to deal with COVID-19 induced financial exigencies during the month of March to June, informed the statement issued by P Hangsing, Regional Provident Fund Commissioner-I
  • Only online EFF claims to be entertained from August:  EPFO 
    Guwahati, July 28 (MExN): The Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) Regional Office, Guwahati has called upon all upon employers of all EPF registered establishments to ensure immediate seeding of Aadhaar, PAN and Bank details with KYC of their Employees.  “Only online Claims shall be entertained with effect from August, 2020 and physical claims if submitted shall summarily be rejected, except Death cases,” informed a press statement issued by P Hangsing
  • NFR installing ‘Automatic Coach Washing Plant’ at many locations
    Guwahati, July 28 (MExN): As a part of the initiative by the Indian Railways to promote water conservation by minimising use of water, Automatic Coach Washing Plants (ACWPs) are being installed in various pit lines and depots in the NFR areas, an official release informed today.  Installations of such eco-friendly ACWPs are in progress in various locations like Katihar, New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri(DEMU), Alipurduar, Naharlagun, Dibrugarh, Silchar and Agartala, said the release iss
  • Two-day investigative journalism training held at ADBU
    Guwahati, July 26 (MExN): A 2-day online capacity building training on investigative journalism for journalists and journalism students was organised on July 25 and July 26. The training was a collaborative effort of Department of Mass Communication, Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU); Guwahati Press Club; Centre for Investigative Journalism (India) and DataLEADS, a press release informed.  The key objectives of the training programme, among others, were to increase the under
  • 2 more COVID patients die in Assam; mortality rate at 0.25pc    
    Guwahati, July 26 (PTI): Two COVID-19 patients died in Assam on Sunday, taking the toll to 79, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Both the patients -- a 53-year-old woman from Tinsukia and a 50-year- old man from Dibrugarh -- succumbed at the Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh, he said. "Two more #COVID19 patients succumbed to their infections. Both of them were admitted at AMCH, Dibrugarh. Deeply saddened. May God provide enough strength to their familie
  • Indian Railways reviews steps to promote Make in India products
    Railways to ensure its goods and services procurements are made through Government e-Market  Guwahati, July 26 (MExN): The Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal reviewed the steps to promote Make in India products in procurement process of Indian Railways as well as Government of India, an official release informed today.  During a recent meeting, Goyal urged to take measures to generate confidence in industry of corruption free and transparent p
  • 5 more die as flood situation in Assam remains critical
    Guwahati, July 26 (PTI): The flood situation in Assam remained critical with five more persons losing their lives, while nearly 25 lakh people have been affected by the deluge in 23 districts, an official bulletin said on Sunday. Barpeta and Kokrajhar districts reported two deaths each and one fatality was reported from Morigaon district, according to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). With this, the total number of people losing thei
  • Over 44 pc inmates in Guwahati jail test COVID-positive
    Guwahati, July 23 (PTI): Over 44 per cent of the 984 prisoners in the Guwahati Central Jail, including peasant leader Akhil Gogoi and student activist Sharjeel Imam, have tested positive for COVID-19, a senior official said on Thursday. The Gauhati High Court has ordered the Assam government to provide the best treatment to prisoners who have tested positive for COVID-19 after suo motu cognisance of the rising number of cases inside the jails. Total 535 inmates have been infected
  • 6 die of COVID-19 in Assam; 938 recover
    Guwahati, July 21 (PTI): Six persons, including four women, died due to COVID-19 in Assam on Tuesday, pushing the death toll to 64, and the caseload reached 25,092, Minister for Health and Family Welfare Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Of the six dead, two each are from Kamrup Metropolitan and Kamrup Rural and one each from Darrang and Dibrugarh districts. The fatality rate is 0.26 per cent and the recovery rate is 71.87 per cent. "938 patients have been discharged today. Patie
  • 'COVID safety protocols not followed in Assam jails'
    Rights panel seeks report from government Guwahati, July 21 (PTI): The Assam Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has ordered the chief secretary and inspector general of police (prisons) to submit a report on the alleged violation of COVID-19 safety guidelines for prisoners in the state. The AHRCs order came after Leader of the Opposition in Assam Assembly, Debabrata Saikia, lodged a complaint in this regard. In a letter to the Commission on July 14, the Congress leader had also al
  • 116 animals perished in flooded Kaziranga park so far, 143 rescued
    Guwahati, July 21 (IANS): With over 90 per cent of land and forest areas in Assam's Kaziranga National Park flooded by rainwater, at least 116 wild animals have been killed so far due to drowning or vehicle-hits even as 143 animals have been rescued, officials said on Tuesday. Officials of the Forest Department and Kaziranga Park, a World Heritage site, said many tigers and rhinos had strayed into nearby villages and higher locations due to flooding of their habitats. Park an
  • Assam records 1,093 fresh COVID-19 cases; infection tally crosses 25,000-mark
    Guwahati, July 20 (PTI): Assam breached the 25,000-mark in COVID-19 cases with 1,093 fresh cases reported on Monday, while one more person died due to the disease in the state, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The state, at present, has 7,936 active coronavirus patients, who are being treated in different hospitals and COVID care centres, he said on Twitter. "Alert ~ 1093 new #COVID19 ve+ patients in Assam today with 448 cases from Guwahati City. With 20000+ tests c
  • Assam flood situation little better, 85 deaths so far
    Guwahati, July 20 (IANS): The flood situation in Assam further improved on Monday, even though one more person's death was reported in Kamrup (Metro) district, taking the death toll due to the deluge in the state to 85, while around 24.30 lakh people in 24 of the 33 districts continue to be distressed.   Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that of the 24.30 lakh persons still affected, around 15.77 lakh are in Goalpara (459,010), Barpe
  • Second policeman dies of COVID-19 in Assam
    Guwahati, Jul 20 (PTI): Another policeman succumbed to COVID-19 in Assam on Monday, taking the death toll due to the disease in the state to 58, according to the state police. NK Rajesh Narzary is the second person in the force to die of coronavirus infection after Hareswar Nath who lost his life on July 10.   "We are saddened to inform that NK Rajesh Narzary, 9th APBn, who was battling #Covid19, made the supreme sacrifice today. Our deepest condolences are with th