• 70 COVID-19 cases reported in Assam Raj Bhavan
    Guwahati, July 19 (PTI): Seventy COVID-19 cases have been reported from Assam's Raj Bhavan here, already declared a containment zone, an official said on Sunday. Of the 70 cases, 27 were detected Saturday night and the rest tested positive since July 1, the Raj Bhavan official said. The entire Raj Bhavan campus was declared a containment zone on July 4 after two staff members of the governor's office tested positive. Governor Jagadish Mukhi, his wife Prem Mukhi and 17
  • Sushmita Dev released from hospital after she tests negative for COVID-19
    Guwahati, July 19 (PTI): All India Mahila Congress President Sushmita Dev was released from Silchar Medical College and Hospital after she tested negative for COVID-19. Dev was admitted to the hospital on July 8 after she tested positive for COVID-19.   "I tested negative for COVID after 12 days. Thank you everyone for your support", the former Congress MP from Silchar tweeted. She also thanked the doctors and nurses for taking good care of her. "I watche
  • Assam: 100 patients break out of COVID care centre; block highway over food, water
    Rangia/Guwahati, Jul 17 (PTI): Around a hundred patients broke out of a COVID Care Centre in Assam''s Kamrup district and blocked National Highway 31, alleging that they were not being provided with proper food and water, officials said.   Kamrup Deputy Commissioner Kailash Kartik along with police rushed to the facility in Changsari on Thursday and asked the patients to clear the highway and return to the centre so that the matter could be resolved through discussio
  • Many senior bureaucrats test positive for COVID-19 in Assam
    Guwahati, July 15 (PTI): Several senior bureaucrats, including the Commissioner and Secretary to Assam Governor, have tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Wednesday. At least five senior officials have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the last 2-3 days, an official told PTI.   Commissioner and Secretary to the Governor of Assam, S S Meenakshi Sundaram, his wife and mother have tested positive for COVID-19 and they are being treated at the Gauhati Medi
  • Assam's Kaziranga park flooded, 51 animals killed, 102 rescued
    Guwahati, July 14 (IANS): Flood in different parts of Assam inundated large swathes of land in Kaziranga National Park, a World Heritage site, killing at least 51 wild animals though 102 animals have been rescued, officials said on Tuesday. They said many tigers and rhinos had strayed into the nearby villages due to flooding of their habitats. Officials of the Kaziranga National Park and the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said 95 per cent of the national pa
  • Lockdown in Guwahati may be extend for another week
    Guwahati/Agartala, July 11 (IANS) In view of surge in Covid-19 cases, the Assam government is likely to extend the lockdown in the Kamrup (Metro) district for one more week after the 14-day shutdown ends on Sunday.   "The Chief Secretary as the Chairman of the executive committee of the disaster management in consultation with the citizens' forum and MLAs of the Kamrup (Metro) district would take the decision on the extension.   "Though the health de
  • Northeast's Covid-19 tally rises to 18,665
    Guwahati/Shillong, July 10 (IANS): Meghalaya on Thursday joined the northeastern states in reaching a three-digit figure of coronavirus infections with 13 more persons testing positive while the northeast region saw its tally rise to 18,665 with 32 deaths.   According to the Chief Ministers, Health Ministers and officials of the eight northeastern states, Covid cases in the region spiked with return of around 4.5 lakh natives from south and north India.   After wi
  • PIB webinar on disaster management and crisis communication today
    Guwahati, July 8 (MExN): With Assam battling COVID-19 as well as nature's fury in the form of floods which has affected lakhs of people across the state, the role of the government gains far more significance much beyond providing relief to the affected people, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) stated on Wednesday. With this perspective, the PIB under the aegis of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India has scheduled a webinar on disaster management and crisi
  • Assam reports five more COVID-19 fatalities; death toll rises to 21
    Guwahati, July 8 (PTI): Assam reported five more COVID-19 fatalities on Wednesday, taking the state''s death toll due to the disease to 21 while the total number of cases stood at 13,336, Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Four patients died at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and one succumbed to the infection at Tezpur Medical College and Hospital (TMCH), he said.   All the four men who died at GMCH were aged above 60, with the oldest be
  • SBI's Northeast HQ's three floors regional biz office sealed as 30 employees test positive
    Guwahati, July 7 (PTI): The State Bank of India''s Northeast head office''s three floors and the entire regional business office were sealed on Monday after at least 30 employees in the two buildings tested positive for COVID-19, officials said. Kamrup Metropolitan Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu declared the offices of the country''s largest public sector bank as "containment zones" and ordered to seal them with immediate effect to prevent furt
  • Door-to-door COVID-19 testing launched in Guwahati
    Guwahati, July 7 (IANS): A door-to-door COVID-19 testing programme has been launched here on Tuesday following a surge in COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is personally monitoring the programme in the Pandu area of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), and is asking people to cooperate, not panic. "In the state, 786 new cases were detected on Monday night. Of this, 598 were from Guwahati alone. We aim to conduct 3,000 tests in
  • Assam invites textile firms to invest in state, assures customised support to ventures
    Guwahati, July 7 (PTI): The Assam government has invited textile companies to invest in the state, assuring customised support to their business ventures. With the advancement of the Act East policy, Assam is now the centre of Southeast Asia with access to eight crore people, Industry and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said.   Participating from Assam in the ''Exclusive Investment Forum'' webinar organised by the Union Ministry of Textiles in c
  • Assam's Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary to be upgraded into national park: CM
    Guwahati, July 6 (PTI): Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday announced that the state government has decided to upgrade the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary into a national park. The Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve, which surrounds the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary, was in the middle of a major controversy recently after the government gave preliminary approval to Coal India to mine it despite the PSU carrying out illegal mining inside the forest for 16 years. &n
  • 220 personnel of Assam Police found COVID-19 positive till now: DGP
    Guwahati, July 6 (PTI): At least 220 personnel of the Assam Police have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and of them, 171 are undergoing treatment at present, Director General of Police (DGP) Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said on Monday. The DGP said that of those infected, one police personnel belongs to his security team.   "So far 220 police personnel have tested positive. Out of this, 171 are currently lodged at different COVID Care Centres (CCC). These active cases
  • COVID-19 situation in Guwahati may worsen if restrictions not followed seriously: Assam minister
    Guwahati, July 5 (PTI): The COVID-19 situation in Guwahati, where 2,741 fresh cases were reported in the last 10 days, is alarming and may worsen if the restrictions imposed are not followed seriously by the people, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Sunday. Assam recorded its biggest single-day spike in COVID- 19 cases on Saturday, with 1,202 new infections, of which Guwahati accounted for 777 cases. The state has reported 11,001 cases so far.   Guwahati
  • Assam's flood situation improves
    7 lakh people in 17 districts still affected   Assam, July5 (PTI): The flood situation in Assam improved on Sunday, even though nearly seven lakh people across 17 districts continue to suffer from the deluge, officials said. According to the daily flood report of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), more than 6.8 lakh people are affected due to the floods in Dhemaji, Biswanath, Chirang, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalp
  • Assam govt allows certain relaxations during lockdown in
    Guwahati, July 4 (PTI): The Assam government has allowed certain relaxations during the ongoing lockdown in Kamrup (Metro) district, under which Guwahati city falls, from July five to 12, Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna said on Saturday.   A complete lockdown has been imposed in the district for 14 days since June 28 following a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Guwahati city.   Guwahati city has reported 2,114 COVID-19 cases. According to the relaxati
  • Assam making all-out efforts to provide best healthcare services to COVID-19 patients: Sonowal
    Guwahati, July 3 (PTI): Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday said that his government is making all-out efforts, including setting up of COVID-19 hospitals, to ensure best healthcare services for the patients. Sonowal visited COVID care centres at IIT Guwahati and Maniram Dewan Trade Centre here to view the arrangements made for patients following a recent surge in the number of cases in Guwahati, an official release said.   Health and Family Welfare Minist
  • COVID-19 cases surge past 9,000 in Assam, death toll at 14
    Guwahati, July 3 (PTI): Assam''s COVID-19 tally topped the 9,000-mark with 479 new infections, 238 from Guwahati city alone, Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The state has a total of 9,434 coronavirus cases, of which 3,311 are active, while the number of those recovered stood at 6,106.   "479 new #COVID19+ cases detected today. Out of these, 238 cases were reported from Guwahati city alone. Request people to take proper precautio
  • 140 more test COVID-19 positive in Assam; tally rises to 8,547
    Guwahati, July 1 (PTI): Assam recorded 140 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally in the state to 8,547, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Out of the 140 new cases, 122 are from Guwahati city, which is under complete lockdown for 14 days since June 28.   The state now has 2,885 active cases. While 5,647 patients have recovered and discharged from hospitals, 12 died and three migrated to other states.   Assam registered the highest single-da