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Friday, August 07, 2020

Tension in Assam’s Sonitpur over Bajrang Dal procession

August 6, 2020 2:13:48 am

According to the official, a couple of motorcycles and one Tata Magic vehicle were burnt in an area under Thelamara police station. Some persons received injuries, but none were grievously hurt, he added.

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Assam floods: Children account for 44.5 per cent of deaths

August 4, 2020 4:52:54 am

In a particularly devastating flood in Assam this year, 49 children have been reported dead so far.

Assam unlocks with evening curfew and weekend lockdown

August 3, 2020 5:13:17 am

All malls, gymnasiums and restaurants in the state will be allowed to open from Monday to Friday till August 15, with movement of individuals to be strictly prohibited between 6pm and 6am on all weekdays.

Assam: Ops to control Baghjan blowout face hurdle in final stage

July 31, 2020 10:36:28 pm

For more than two months now, OIL has been trying to control the blowout, first reported on May 27 in the Baghjan oilfield, located close to the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Maguri-Motapung wetland in Tinsukia district.

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Former Assam CM Gogoi writes to PM Modi, urges him to withdraw draft EIA notification

July 31, 2020 10:07:56 am

An EIA is carried out before the implementation of a project to assess its impact on the environment. The recent draft has run into criticism, with environmental experts pointing out dilution of safeguards against rampant infrastructural development without necessary checks for environmental protection.

Assam: Red kangaroo, Aldabra tortoises, other exotic wildlife rescued from smuggling racket

July 29, 2020 10:21:47 pm

Two people, Narsimha Reddy and Navnath Tukaram Daigude, have been detained by the Cachar police in connection to the case. The animals, now at the Cachar Forest Department office, will be transferred to Assam State Zoo in Guwahati.

NGT panel red-flags violations at OIL’s Baghjan project

July 29, 2020 6:29:47 am

In a preliminary report, the panel has recommended “scrutiny of all existing projects of OIL in Assam” in view of “serious and grave infraction against the statutory environmental safeguards”.

Assam: Prolonged floods force rhinos of Pobitora to seek refuge in houses

July 26, 2020 2:34:30 pm

In the sanctuary with the highest density of rhinos in the world, severe floods have led to shortage of food, forcing animals to move out.

Guwahati jail, a Covid hotspot, now on slow path to recovery

July 25, 2020 1:54:45 am

A senior government official told The Indian Express that 10 out of 31 jails in Assam have been affected by the outbreak and about 535 inmates have tested positive.

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Assam: Three held after labourer sells daughter

July 25, 2020 1:32:25 am

Dipak Brahma, a labourer and resident of Kachugaon in Kokrajhar district, allegedly sold his daughter to a woman he knew on July 8, the officers said, adding that the woman promised him Rs 50,000 in return.

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Shocked, deeply upsetting: Prince William, Kate Middleton on flood devastation in Kaziranga

July 24, 2020 6:44:00 pm

Expressing their appreciation for the park's rangers, the Duke said, "Catherine and I greatly admire all the work that you and the rangers at Kaziranga are doing to risk your own safety, rescue animals and contain the damage."

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Amid African Swine Fever outbreak, Assam opposes Centre’s nod to transport pigs to Northeast

July 26, 2020 8:53:48 am

The first ASF outbreak — a severe viral disease that affects wild and domestic pigs typically resulting in an acute hemorrhagic fever —was reported in September 2019 in China. The disease hit Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in April this year.

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Assam: Fire at OIL well during capping operations; three foreign experts injured

July 23, 2020 10:47:25 am

For almost two months now, Oil India Limited has been trying to plug the blowout, first reported on May 27 in the Baghjan oilfield, located close to the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and Maguri-Motapung wetland in Tinsukia district.

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In sixth heaviest deluge, highland & corridors shelter Kaziranga rhinos

July 21, 2020 1:12:43 pm

Already 113 animals, including 11 rhinos, have died — two of the rhinos succumbed to natural causes. And with this year's deluge said to be the “sixth heaviest” in the park's history, the fear is that the animal toll will rise.

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Five people die in flood-related incidents in Assam; over 25 lakh people hit by deluge

July 19, 2020 7:29:40 pm

The death toll due to floods and landslides this year has increased to 110, with 84 dying in flood-related incidents.

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Assam: Three suspected Bangladeshi cattle-lifters killed by mob in Karimganj

July 20, 2020 2:14:22 am

The lynching of the three alleged Bangladeshi cattle smugglers is the second such incident in this same area of Karimganj in less than two months.

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Assam govt orders partial unlock of Guwahati after three weeks of lockdown

July 19, 2020 2:54:53 am

The unlock order comes at a time when the state government has received an intimation by the Centre that by August 15, Assam would report around 65,000 Covid cases while Kamrup (Metro) district alone, under which Guwahati city falls, is projected to have over 32,000 cases.

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Assam orders judicial probe into illegal coal mining in Dehing Patkai

July 19, 2020 10:06:39 am

A release from the Chief Minister’s Office on Saturday said that the committee — headed by Brajendra Prasad Katakey, a retired justice of the Gauhati High Court —would “investigate the allegations against coal mining in the sanctuary since 2003”.

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Amid political outcry, CID to investigate journalist’s arrest in Assam

July 18, 2020 9:56:57 am

Rajib Sharma, a correspondent of DY365 channel in the border district of Dhubri in western Assam, was arrested at 2 am on Thursday from his rented house in Gauripur, where he was staying with his ailing father. The father died hours after Sharma was arrested.

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Gauhati HC grants bail to Akhil Gogoi in 3 cases, NIA court to decide on 2

July 17, 2020 2:14:03 am

Akhil Gogoi, charged with sedition by the NIA,  is currently undergoing treatment for Covid-19.

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Assam: Nine more drown in floodwaters, nearly 33 lakh affected

July 15, 2020 2:11:08 am

As many as 44,108 people are currently living in 517 relief camps in Assam.

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Assam floods: Six more killed, more than 21 lakh affected

July 13, 2020 11:58:42 pm

Barpeta continues to be the worst-hit district, with more than five lakh people affected.

Two more die in Assam floods, death toll rises to 42

July 11, 2020 11:07:20 pm

Apart from flood-related deaths, 24 people have lost their lives in landslides triggered by rainfall in different parts of Assam.

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Lockdown in Guwahati extended by a week

July 11, 2020 10:11:34 pm

Over 15,500 persons have tested positive in Assam till Friday and the state has reported 35 deaths. Guwahati was under a strict 14-day lockdown since June 28 evening.

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Assam: Activist Akhil Gogoi tests positive for Covid-19 in Guwahati jail

July 11, 2020 9:22:20 pm

The development comes amidst a growing concern by political parties and civil society members about Gogoi's health.