• Assam lab isolates COVID-19 virus
    Guwahati, July 1 (PTI): The Regional Medical Research Centre for NE Region at Dibrugarh in Assam has become the fourth laboratory in the country to successfully isolate SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus which can be used in the production of vaccine against the contagion in future, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday. Scientists at the RMRC have isolated the COVID-19 virus in VERO-CCL81 cell line in the BSL-3 level lab available at the institute, he told a press confer
  • Refusing 'Shankha-Sindoor' shows disregard for marriage: HC
    Guwahati, June 30 (IANS): The Gauhati High Court has granted divorce to a man whose wife refused to abide by Hindu culture prevalent in eastern part of the country, that of smearing vermilion on her head and wearing conch shell bangle.   In an observation of a kind, the top court in Assam said that the reluctance to wear 'shankha' (conch shell bangle) and 'sindoor' (vermillion) as have been the tradition and custom among the Hindu married woman, the petitione
  • One more die of COVID-19 in Assam, 41 fresh cases reported
    Guwahati, June 30 (PTI): A quinquagenarian brought dead to a hospital here has tested positive for COVID-19, raising the death toll in Assam to 12, while 41 new cases pushed the total tally to 7,835 on Tuesday, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The city resident was brought dead to Guwahati Medical College Hospital on June 22. His samples were sent for examination and it was found that he had contracted the viral disease, the minister said.   "I am sad to i
  • Assam bans use of spiked bits on horses
    Guwahati, June 30 (PTI): The Assam government has prohibited use of spiked bits on horses and directed veterinary officers to enforce the ban under provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Drought and Pack Animal Rules, 1965, an official said. Spiked bits are devices that are often fitted into the mouths of horses to control them through pain. The crude bits have metal spikes sticking out of them and are also referred to as "thorn bits". Animal Husbandry and Veterinary
  • Assam flood worsens; two more dead, nearly 9.3 lakh people hit
    Guwahati, June 28 (PTI):  The flood situation in Assam worsened further on Sunday with two more persons losing their lives in the deluge which affected nearly 9.3 lakh people in 23 districts, the State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said. According to the ASDMA daily flood report, one person died at Jonai revenue circle of Dhemaji district and another at Udalguri revenue circle of Udalguri district due to flood. With two more deaths, the fatalities due to flood this ye
  • Guwahati to witness 14-day complete lockdown from June 28
    New Delhi, June 26 (PTI): Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that a 12-hour night curfew will be imposed across the state from 7 pm onwards from Friday and a 14-day complete lockdown will be enforced in Kamrup (Metro) district, of which Guwahati city is a part, from June 28 midnight, following a spurt in COVID-19 cases.   Guwahati, the gateway to the northeast region, has reported 762 coronavirus cases since June 15, and 677 of them have no travel history, though
  • 88 new COVID-19 cases in Assam, tally climbs to 6,370
    Guwahati, June 25 (PTI): Assam reported 88 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 6,370 in the state, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Thursday. There are 2,400 active cases in the state, while 3,958 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from the disease, he said.   Nine persons have died due to COVID-19 so far and three patients migrated out of the state, the minister said.   "Alert ~ 88 more #COVID19+ cases detected
  • To check COVID surge, 14-day lockdown re-imposed in parts of Guwahati
    Guwahati/Agartala, June 23 (IANS): After a huge surge in the number of COVID-19 cases, lockdown was been re-imposed for 14-days in 11 wards in Guwahati on Tuesday night, officials said.   Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna said in an order that there has been large scale spread of COVID-19 cases among the people of certain areas in Guwahati city, causing a major threat to public health, hygiene and safety.   Biswajit Pegu, the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup
  • PCBA to lift closure notice of Baghjan wells: Oil India    
    Guwahati, June 22 (PTI): Oil India Ltd (OIL) on Monday claimed the Pollution Control Board, Assam (PCBA) has decided to withdraw its notice asking the company to shut down all operations in Baghjan, where a gas well of the PSU caught fire after a weeks-long blowout. This comes a day after Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal expressed displeasure over the PCBA order and said authorities to be "more sensible".   "Pollution Control Board, Assam served a
  • OIL to move Gauhati HC against PCBA’s Baghjan oilfield closure notice
    Guwahati/Dibrugarh, June 21 (PTI): PSU major Oil India Limited (OIL) on Sunday said it will move the Gauhati High Court, challenging the Assam pollution control board’s order to close all its production and drilling operations at the Baghjan oilfield in Tinsukia district. The Pollution Control Board, Assam (PCBA) issued a "closure notice" to the company on Friday, alleging that it violated environmental laws while operating at the oilfield. However, the PSU ma
  • Yoga Day observed enthusiastically in 5 NE states
    Yoga Day observed enthusiastically in 5 NE states Guwahati/Agartala, June 21 (IANS): The 6th International Yoga Day was observed with enthusiasm in five of the eight northeastern states on Sunday while it was a very low-key affair in Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Nagaland, officials said.   Chief Ministers of five northeastern states and Governors of eight NE states apart from prominent personalities performed Yoga at their respective residences.   Unlike previous
  • 133 more test positive for COVID-19 in Assam, total 5,388
    Guwahati, June 21 (PTI): A total of 133 more people tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the tally in the state to 5,388, Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Of the 133 fresh cases, 73 are from Kamrup (Metro), 31 from Nagaon, 18 from Jorhat, five from Udalguri, two each from Golaghat and Majuli and one each from Dhemaji and Tinsukia, the minister said.   Assam currently has 2,174 active cases. Nine people have died due to the disease so far, and three ha
  • Army team surveys spot to construct bridge at Assam’s gas well site
    Guwahati, June 16 (PTI):  A team from the Army carried out a survey for constructing a bailey bridge over a pond near the gas well site at Baghjan in Assam’s Tinsukia district, Oil India Ltd (OIL) said in a statement on Tuesday. The Baghjan well has been spewing gas uncontrollably for the last 20 days and it caught fire on June 9. Due to continued public agitation alleging negligence on the PSU major following a blowout in the gas well, the company said it incurred
  • IIT Guwahati develops high quality, affordable Covid-19 kits
    Guwahati, June 17 (IANS): Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G) on Wednesday announced that its researchers have created several affordable and high-quality Covid-19 kits during the crisis.   These affordable and sterile Viral Transport Media (VTM) kits, RT-PCR kits and RNA isolation kits have been developed at IIT Guwahati jointly with RR Animal Healthcare Ltd. with inputs from Gauhati medical college and hospital (GMCH), the institute said in a statement. &nbs
  • 10 fresh COVID-19 cases in Assam; count rises to 4,319
    Guwahati, June 16 (PTI): The total number of coronavirus cases in Assam reached 4,319 after 10 fresh cases were reported in the state on Tuesday, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Of the fresh cases, three each were reported from Dhemaji and Udalguri, while two were from Sonitpur and one each from Nagaon and Hojai districts, he said.   The recovery rate in the state has increased to 53 per cent, with the total number of people cured of the disease (2,205) being
  • Assam plans 50,000 tests, new strategy to handle Covid-19
    Guwahati, June 16 (IANS): With coronavirus infections on the rise, ahead of the formulation of new strategies, the Assam government has decided to launch the Assam Targeted Surveillance Programme (ATSP) on Wednesday to randomly test 50,000 samples in 11 days, according to officials here on Tuesday.   Assam Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) Samir Kumar Sinha said the random testing under the ATSP would be conducted in four categories of people.   In h
  • Assam Health Minister has kidney stone
    Guwahati, June 14 (IANS): Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday was diagnosed with kidney stone, health officials said.   Doctors at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) detected the kidney stone after Sarma had complained of extreme pain in stomach.   Sarma, who has been very closely supervising the COVID-19 health management in Assam, tweeted : "After an episode of extreme pain in the stomach, doctors in GMCH have detected a kidney ston
  • Experts from US, Canada join hands to douse Assam oil well fire
    Guwahati, June 14 (IANS): Experts from the US and Canada joined hands with Singapore-based M/s Alert to douse up oil well fire in Assam's Tinsukia district as the flames continued to erupt on the sixth day on Sunday, officials said.   Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, accompanied by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and other senior ministers and officials, visited the state-owned Oil India Ltd's (OIL) well, which has been spewing hug
  • Health Dept will conduct 50,000 random tests in Guwhati city: Sarma
    Guwahati, June 13 (PTI): The Health department will conduct 50,000 random tests in Guwahati city following the recent spike in COVID-19 positive cases, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday. He said the state government may consider imposing a lockdown if a sizeable number of new cases are detected. Guwahati city considered the Gateway to the North East, has so far reported 176 positive cases and of these 25 persons are from the community with no travel histor
  • 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