• OIL loses 638 MT crude oil due to blockades at Assam fire site
    Guwahati, June 13 (IANS): The state-owned Oil India Ltd (OIL) lost 638 MT of crude oil production from 66 producing wells and 0.46 MMSCMD of natural gas from three gas wells due to blockades by the local people and various students organisations in two districts of Assam, an OIL official said.   A senior OIL official said that as the fire fighters, the NDRF and engineers intensified their efforts to douse the oil well fire in Assam's Tinsukia district on the fifth day on
  • 2 officials of Oil India Ltd suspended in connection with Assam gas well blowout
    Guwahati, June 10 (PTI): Two staffers of the Oil India Ltd (OIL) have been suspended for alleged negligence of duty in the gas well blowout at Baghjan in Assam''s Tinsukia district, a company official said on Wednesday. Gas has been spewing uncontrollably from the Baghjan well since the blowout on May 27.   "The company is carrying out an internal inquiry and we have placed two officials responsible for the well under suspension. Once the probe is over, we
  • 13 monkeys found dead in Assam water reservoir
    Silchar, June 9 (IANS): At least 13 monkeys have been found dead in a reservoir in southern Assams Cachar district. Officials said on Tuesday that the deaths were due to "consumption of poison".   Veterinary department official Rubel Das said the bodies of 13 monkeys were found floating in a reservoir of the Katirail water supply plant of the public health engineering department early on Monday.   "During the post mortem of the monkeys, toxic substa
  • 12 new COVID-19 cases in Assam, tally reaches 2,693
    Guwahati, June 8 (PTI): Assam reported 12 new coronavirus cases on Monday, taking the COVID-19 tally to 2,693 in the state, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Assam had crossed the 2,600-mark with 208 new COVID-19 positive cases on Sunday.   "Alert ~ 12 new #COVID19+ cases reported. 7 Nagaon, 5 Barpeta," Sarma said in a tweet.   Of the total COVID-19 cases, four patients have died due to the deadly disease, while 636 have b
  • 60,000 people affected by flood in six Assam districts
    Guwahati, June 7 (PTI): The flood situation in Assam remained serious on Sunday with nearly 60,000 people still affected by the deluge in six districts, officials said. The flood waters receded from Lakhimpur district but entered two new districts Dhemaji and West Karbi Anglong, they said.   According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 59,840 people have been affected due to floods in Dhemaji, Goalpara, Nagaon, Hojai, Wes
  • As Assam's Covid cases surge, central team studying situation
    Guwahati, June 7 (IANS): A three-member central team, on a week-long visit to Assam, is studying the state's Covid-19 management and has held a series of discussions with senior state officials, a top official said on Sunday.   With 92 fresh cases on Sunday, Assam's coronavirus tally climbed to 2,565 with 1,943 of them active cases.   Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Samir Kumar Sinha said that the three-member team from the Union Health and
  • 92 new COVID-19 cases in Assam, tally increases to 2,565
    Guwahati, June 7 (PTI): Assam reported 92 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total number of infections in the state to 2,565, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Of the fresh cases, 39 are from Hojai, 24 from Dhubri, 10 from Nagaon, seven from Golaghat, six from Majuli, five from Lakhimpur and one case was from Dhemaji district, he said.   The number of cases in the state has nearly doubled in a week from 1,339 on May 31 to 2,565 on June 7.   COV
  • Assam reports 42 new cases of COVID-19, total rises to 2,115
    Guwahati, Jun 5 (PTI): Assam reported 42 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of people infected in the state to 2,115, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.   The state has witnessed a steep rise of 554 positive cases in the last two days, recording the biggest single-day spike of 285 new cases on Thursday.   Of the 285 cases, 42 were detected late Thursday night and 243 through the day.   Thirty-eight of the new cases were reported from Dhu
  • 'Most of N-E India's 2,434 corona cases are asymptomatic'
    Guwahati/Agartala, June 3 (IANS): Over 98 per cent of the 2,434 Covid-19 positive cases of eight northeastern states are asymptomatic, health officials said on Wednesday.   Health officials and medical experts of northeastern states said that over 98 per cent of the 2,434 COVID-19 patients are non-symptomatic or asymptomatic, they are just carriers of the virus.   "Though minor children and aged people are infected, a majority of the Covid-19 positive cases b
  • Assam''s COVID-19 count crosses 1,600-mark
    Guwahati, June 3 (PTI): Assam''s COVID-19 count crossed the 1600-mark, with 60 more people testing positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.   With the fresh cases, the state''s tally increased to 1,621, he said.   Of the 60 new patients, 38 are from Dhubri, 18 from Golaghat and four from Nagaon district, the minister said.   Of the 1,621 total cases, 1,277 are active, while 337 peop
  • Assam records 111 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 1,672
    Guwahati, June 3 (PTI): As many as 111 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam on Wednesday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 1,672, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.   While 51 new COVID-19 cases were detected in the afternoon, 60 people tested positive for the disease in the morning, the minister said.   The fresh cases were reported from Dhubri, Darrang, Karimganj, Sonitpur, Lakhimpur, Golaghat and Nagaon districts.  
  • Over 3.50 lakh returnees take COVID-19 cases in NE India to 2156
    Guwahati/Agartala/Aizawl, June 2 (IANS): The return of 3.50 lakh natives from south and north India has led to a surge in coronavirus cases in the eight northeastern states to 2,156, including 1,623 active cases till Tuesday night, ministers and officials said. Of the eight states of the NE region, only Mizoram was the COVID-19 free state until Monday, but 12 youths including 11 girls, tested positive for nCoV on Tuesday after they arrived in Aizawl from Delhi and Kolkata. Ac
  • NFR unloads more than 1300 rakes essentials during lockdown 
    To maintain supply of essential and other commodities in its jurisdiction   Guwahati, June 2 (MExN): The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has already operated more than 1300 inbound freight trains during the lockdown period from March 25 to May 31, an official release informed.    Goods like FCI rice, Sugar, Salt, Edible oil, Food grains, Fodder, Pulses, Fertilizer, Cement, Coal, Stone chips, Iron/Steal, Potato, Onion, Auto, Container etc were being transport
  • 45 new COVID-19 cases in Assam, tally 1384
    Guwahati, Jun 1 (PTI): Forty-five more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Assam, taking the number of cases to 1,384 on Monday, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.   There are 1,192 active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) across the state, while 185 people have recovered and three migrated to others states.   The new COVID-19 cases were reported from nine districts.   "Alert ~ 23 new cases of #COVID19+. 11 Barpeta,
  • 22 more test positive for COVID-19 in Assam; total cases rise to 1,361
    Guwahati, June 1 (PTI): Assam has reported 22 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infected to 1,361, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Monday. Fourteen fresh cases were reported from Dibrugarh district, four from Dhemaji, three from Tinsukia and one from Charaideo, he said.   Assam currently has 1,169 active COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment in different hospitals across the state.   A total of 185 people h
  • 56 more test positive for COVID-19 in Assam; total count 1,272
    Guwahati, May 31 (PTI): Assam reported 56 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total in the state to 1,272, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Of the 56 cases, 18 are from Lakhimpur, 12 from Barpeta, seven from Udalguri, five each from Baksa and Dhubri, three from Kamrup and two from Dhemaji.   Two people who recently returned to the state by air have also tested positive for the deadly virus. Of them, one is from Nalbari, and the details of the other person
  • PM hails Assam, Tripura men's enterprise, humanity
    Guwahati/Agartala, May 31 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the northeast people for making business out of local produce, and even daily wagers helping people in the time of coronavirus pandemic.   "Sudip from Assam wrote to me about his business of handicrafts, designed and produced by rural women. Sudip has decided to turn his bamboo-based handicraft business into a global brand in two years," Modi said in his monthly radio programme "Ma
  • Assam's coronavirus tally touches 1,100-mark with 43 new cases
    Guwahati, May 30 (PTI): Assam''s COVID-19 tally touched the 1,100-mark with 43 more people testing positive on Saturday, the state''s Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The state at present has 968 active cases, he said.   "Alert ~ 43 new cases of #COVID19+ 5 Dhubri, 5 Golaghat, 3 Barpeta, 1 Bongaigaon, 29 by various labs (dist to be confirmed)," Sarma said in a tweet.   Four patients have so far died due to
  • 24 more test positive for COVID-19 in Assam, total count 880
    Guwahati, May 29 (PTI): As many as 24 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 880, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Of the 24, 11 are from Goalpara, three each from Nalbari and Tinsukia, two from Dibrugarh and one each from Kamrup, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong and Dhubri.   The details of one case were yet to be determined, the minister said.   All 24 cases were detected late on Thursday, rais
  • Return of 1 lakh people poses big quarantine challenge for N-E
    Guwahati/Aizawl, May 27 (IANS): After a huge surge in COVID-19 cases in the northeastern states, specially in Assam, caused by the return of around 1,00,000 people from other states, the region is facing a very big quarantine challenge.   While the Assam government sought Rs 300 crore from the World Bank to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic effectively, 168 churches in Mizoram offered their halls to be used for quarantine facility as the state is facing a shortage of quarantin