ASSAM

  • Assam government's aid gives a new lease of life to the state's 130-year-old fireworks industry this Diwali Yesterday

    Barpeta: As India prepares to celebrate Diwali, the 130-year-old firework industry in Assam is getting a new lease of life this festive season. The state government's aid of almost Rs 7 crore is trying to fire-up the industry once again. The Barpeta fireworks industry in lower Assam was started way...
  • Kiren Rijiju against big power projects, favours 300-500 MW projects 4 days ago

    Guwahati: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Friday said he is "traditionally" against construction of big dams in North East and favoured smaller ones with 300-500 MW capacities. "Traditionally I am not for big hydro power projects in North East. I am not in favour of 4,000 MW...
  • Burdwan blast: Persons arrested from Assam part of JMB module October 11, 2014

    Guwahati: The Assam police on Saturday claimed that the persons arrested on Friday from Barpeta district for suspected involvement in the October 2 Burdwan blast were a part of a module operating under the patronage of Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), allegedly involved in the blast. An Assam police spokesman claimed...
  • Burdwan blast: Six youths held in Assam October 10, 2014

    Guwahati: The Special Branch of Assam police has arrested six youths from Barpeta district in connection with the October 2 blast at Burdwan in West Bengal. Two terrorists were killed and one was injured in the blast which occurred in a house in Khagragarh area of Burdwan. West Bengal Police later arrested...
  • CM Tarun Gogoi kicks off 'Clean Assam Campaign' October 5, 2014

    Guwahati: Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday formally launched 'Clean Assam Campaign'. As part of the campaign, Gogoi visited the Latashil puja ground and broomed the compound along with the office bearers of the puja committee. After launching the campaign, Gogoi tweeted "Formally kicked off the Clean Assam Campaign in...
  • Nearly 4 lakh still hit, flood crisis remains grim: Assam government October 4, 2014

    Guwahati: The situation in flood-hit Assam remains grim with nearly four lakh people still affected even though water levels were receding at most places in the state. According to the daily flood report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 3.74 lakh people across three districts are still grappling with...
  • Assam flood toll rises to 44, nearly four lakh still affected October 3, 2014

    Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam remained serious with report of one more death today, taking the toll to 44 so far and affecting nearly four lakh people in the state. According to the daily flood report by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one body was recovered in Morigaon district. With...
  • Assam flood toll rises to 43; nearly six lakh affected September 30, 2014

    Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam continued to remain grim with report of one more death on Tuesday, taking the toll to 43 so far, while nearly six lakh people are affected in the natural disaster. According to the daily flood report by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), one body...
  • NDRF says 85 people killed by floods in Assam and Meghalaya September 27, 2014

    Guwahati: A total of 85 people have been killed due to heavy floods and inundation in Assam and Meghalaya, the NDRF on Saturday said. After combating the floods and water logging tragedy for over a week in the two states, the lead mitigation force has now shifted its operations from...
  • Centre, states need better coordination to handle flood: Kiren Rijiju September 27, 2014

    Guwahati: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said that there should be better and faster coordination between the central and state agencies in handling floods, besides strengthening of disaster forces. After doing an aerial survey of flood-hit Goalpara, Kamrup Rural and Dhubri districts in...
  • Railway track conversion to hit supply of essentials in northeast September 27, 2014

    Agartala: The supply of foodgrains and other essentials to Tripura, Mizoram, parts of Manipur and southern Assam would be severely affected due to gauge conversion of railway lines from next week, officials said on Saturday. The railway lines would be converted from metre gauge to broad gauge. For this, the Northeast...
  • Centre ready to give over Rs 1,000 Crore to flood-hit Assam September 26, 2014

    Guwahati: Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday said the Central government was ready to give more than Rs 1,000 crore, the amount demanded by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for flood relief. "The Centre is ready to give even more than Rs 1,000 crore for flood relief and to build damaged...
  • Assam flood situation grim, death toll rises to 40 September 26, 2014

    Guwahati: Assam's flood situation remained grim with the death toll rising to 40 and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi making an aerial survey of the worst affected Goalpara and Kamrup (Rural) district on Friday. Gogoi made an aerial survey of the two districts for about 45 minutes but could not land to...
  • Tarun Gogoi to make aerial survey of flood-hit Goalpara today September 26, 2014

    Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will make an aerial survey of flood-ravaged areas of Goalpara district to take stock of the situation. A statement from the Chief Minister's Office said Goalpara is the worst affected district where 16 people have lost their lives so far because of the floods....
  • Assam flood death toll rises to 36; 10 lakh affected September 25, 2014

    Guwahati: With the recovery of four more bodies on Thursday, the death toll mounted to 36 in Assam floods that affected about 10 lakh people in 13 districts and rendered majority of them homeless. Two more deaths were reported from Krishnai and Kukurkata areas of the worst-hit Goalpara district, while one...
  • Rajnath Singh to visit Assam, Meghalaya early October September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Assam and Meghalaya early next month to take stock of rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit states. Singh has sent Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and Minister of State (Independence charge) for Sports Sarbananda Sonowal to Assam on Thursday...
  • Pranab Mukherjee condoles deaths in Assam, Meghalaya floods September 25, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday condoled the loss of lives due to floods in Meghalaya and Assam. He wished speedy recovery for those who are injured, a statement said. In messages sent to Meghalaya Governor Krishan Kant Paul and Assam Governor Janaki Ballav Patnaik, the president said, "I am...
  • Assam flood toll rises to 32 September 24, 2014

    Guwahati: Sixteen more bodies were recovered on Wednesday from two flood-hit districts of Assam, raising the toll in the deluge to 32, as Army and disaster response forces personnel evacuated hundreds of marooned people from affected areas. A report by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said there has been no...
  • BJP asks MPs, MLAs to help in flood-hit Meghalaya, Assam September 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Expressing concern over deaths and losses due to floods in Meghalaya and Assam, BJP chief Amit Shah has asked partymen and public representatives in the two states, including party MPs and MLAs, to help in rescue and relief operations. After talking to the party units...
  • Assam floods claim 16 lives; Army called in, choppers pressed September 23, 2014

    Guwahati: The flood situation in Assam was grim in Assam on Tuesday with Air Force choppers pressed into service to evacuate the marooned as the death toll in the deluge mounted to 16. Around 3.7 lakh people have been affected in the floods. Army, NDRF and SDRF teams also conducted rescue...
  • Assam government to take meritorious students on 12-day tour to NASA September 23, 2014

    Guwahati: Assam government will take 10 meritorious students on a 12-day educational visit to the US-based National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The 'Deba Kumar Bora Memorial NASA Visit 2014' will sponsor visits of first three toppers of 10th standard and first position holder of 12th standard in each of...
  • Flash floods in Assam, Meghalaya; 10 dead, over 1 lakh affected September 23, 2014

    Guwahati: Flash floods have wreaked havoc in Assam and Meghalaya, leaving at least 10 people dead and over 1 lakh affected. Incessant rain over the past 24 hours has caused heavy waterlogging in Guwahati with water levels in the Brahmaputra river rising. In Meghalaya, heavy rains lashed the state inundating...
  • AlQaeda trying to enter Assam, planning attacks during Durga Puja: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi September 20, 2014

    Guwahati: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi played down threats of the alQaeda in India, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that he has information the terror group is trying to make inroads in the state. Gogoi's statement comes just days after the alQaeda issued a video threatening to...
  • Saradha scam: FIR against CBI sleuths who raided former Assam DGP's residence September 20, 2014

    Guwahati: Three days after former DGP of Assam Shankar Baruah committed suicide, an FIR has been registered against the CBI teams that conducted raids at the police officer's residence in connection with the Saradha scam. Baruah's house was raided on August 28 as he was being investigated for his alleged role...
  • Jawan injured in ambush in Assam September 19, 2014

    Sibsagar: A jawan was seriously injured in an ambush by ULFA(I) militants at Kanobari in Assam's Sibsagar district on Friday. The militants exploded two IEDs between two tea gardens at Kherbari Tiniali when jawans of the 4th Rajput Regiment were moving in three trucks to Naharkatia at about 7.30 AM, police...
  • Saradha scam: CBI denies questioning Assam exDGP Shankar Baruah September 17, 2014

    In a sudden twist in the Saradha Scam, the former Assam Director General of Police Shankar Baruah committed suicide on Wednesday. He was being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his involvement in the scam. ...
  • Raided in Saradha scam case, former Assam DGP Shankar Baruah commits suicide September 17, 2014

    Guwahati: Former Assam Director General of Police (DGP) Shankar Baruah, whose house was raided in connection with the multicrore Saradha chit fund scam, has committed suicide. Baruah, a 1974 batch Indian Police Service officer, had been admitted to hospital for the last three days and had been released from hospital on...
  • BJP wrests Silchar from Congress in Assam bypoll September 16, 2014

    Nagaon/Silchar: Opposition BJP wrested Silchar constituency from the Congress while the All India United Democratic Front and the ruling Congress retained Jamunamukh and Lakhipur seats respectively in the Assembly bypolls in Assam. The election office here said that BJP's Dilip Kumar Paul wrested Silchar from the Congress by defeating its nominee...
  • Assam: Woman cheated by lover, gangraped September 14, 2014

    Rangiya (Assam): A 25yearold woman was gangraped allegedly by a youth she trusted as her lover and seven of his friends at Hajo in Rangiya on Saturday night. SubDivisional Police Officer Kanteswar Gogoi said the girl from Nalbari came to meet the boy, who had befriended her...
  • Assam: Tea trader killed, two injured in blast September 14, 2014

    Tezpur: A tea trader was killed and two others including a tea garden manger were injured in a grenade blast by suspected NDFB(S) terrorists at Dalgaon area in Darrang district, police said on Saturday. The grenade was thrown last night at the Borgarah tea garden manager's office, in which the manager...