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Assam News

Assam court moved over woman activist's disappearance

Guwahati, Feb 20 (IANS) Two Assam-based NGOs have approached the Gauhati High Court seeking details of the "disappearance" of a woman rights activist, about whom police claimed that she has joined banned militant outfit ULFA.

Assam CM visits violence-hit Goalpara, reviews situation

Guwahati, Feb 19 (IANS) A week after violence rocked Assam's Goalpara district, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Tuesday visited the area and reviewed the law and order situation as well as relief measures taken by the administration.

Three killed in violence during Assam panchayat poll counting

Guwahati, Feb 15 (IANS) Three people were killed and five others injured as security forces opened fire to control a mob Friday in Assam's Dhubri district where counting of votes was on for the recently held panchayat polls, officials said.

Assam's Rabha areas still tense, toll rises to 21

Guwahati, Feb 14 (IANS) Curfew was relaxed but tension prevailed in Rabha community areas in Assam's Goalpara and Kamrup districts even as the toll in panchayat poll-related violence rose to 21 with the discovery of another body Thursday, said officials.

Assam tea planters gear up for Jorhat Races

Guwahati, Feb 14 (IANS) Assam's tea industry is gearing up for the annual 'Jorhat Races', the historical equestrian event held in Jorhat, Upper Assam. The event, started in the days of the British Raj, has been held for almost 140 years.

Assam violence toll 19; Gogoi admits lapses

Guwahati, Feb 13 (IANS) Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Wednesday admitted to his government's lapses for the violence in Goalpara and Kamrup districts during the panchayat polls in Assam, that killed 19 people.

10 killed in police firing in Assam panchayat polls

Guwahati, Feb 12 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed in police firing during panchayat polls in Assam's Goalpara district Tuesday, police said.

Five killed in Assam panchayat poll violence

Guwahati, Feb 12 (IANS) At least five people were killed in police firing to contain violence, related to ongoing panchayat polls in Assam's Goalpara district Tuesday morning, police said.

Assam to divide Kaziranga to protect rhinos

Guwahati, Feb 9 (IANS) The unabated killings of rhinos has forced the Assam government to divide Kaziranga National Park into four new divisions, Assam Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain said Saturday.

Assam will have 200 bank branches in 2013-14: RBI governor

Guwahati, Feb 7 (IANS) As many as 200 branches of rural banks will be opened in Assam in fiscal 2013-2014, Rreserve Bank of India Governor D. Subbarao said Thursday.

Law, land problems delayed Assam East-West Corridor: Joshi

Guwahati, Feb 5 (IANS) Problems of law and order, land acquisition and environmental clearances delayed the East-West Corridor project in Assam but the remaining work is expected to be done by December 2014, union Road Transport and Highways Minister C.P. Joshi said Tuesday.

Assam opposition slams Gogoi over rhino poaching

Guwahati, Feb 4 (IANS) Poaching of rhinos in protected areas of Assam has reached an alarming proportion with suspected poachers continuing to kill them, an official said Monday.

China building 26 dams on Brahmaputra: NGO

Guwahati, Feb 1 (IANS) A day after India admitted that China was building three more hydropower dams on the Brahmaputra river, an NGO alleged that the neighbouring country is building 26 hydropower dams on the upper reaches of the river in Tibet.

Minister wants easy credit for Assam's small units

Guwahati, Jan 30 (IANS) Expressing concern over the poor credit ratio in Assam, K.H. Muniyappa, union minister of state for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), Wednesday said banks would be told to enhance credit flow to small units in the state.

Rhinos killed yet again in Assam, horns taken

Guwahati, Jan 29 (IANS) Suspected poachers have yet again killed two rhinos in Assam, including one near the high-security Kaziranga National Park within less than 24 hours, and decamped with their horns, forest officials said Tuesday.

Low intensity blasts in Assam

Guwahati, Jan 27 (IANS) Two low intensity bomb blasts occurred in Assam's Golapara district late Saturday night, police said Sunday. No casualties were reported.

Defying rebels, Assam celebrates R-Day

Guwahati, Jan 26 (IANS) Tens of thousands took part in Republic Day celebrations across Assam Saturday defying rebel calls to boycott official events.

CRPF man killed, policeman injured in Assam ambush

Guwahati, Jan 24 (IANS) A CRPF trooper was killed and an Assam Police constable injured when armed Karbi Peoples' Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militants ambushed a security forces patrol in Assam's Karbi Anglong district Thursday, police said.

IED recovered from near Assam police station

Guwahati, Jan 24 (IANS) Suspected ULFA hardliners Thursday planted a powerful improvised explosive device (IED) near a police station in Assam's Darrang district but it was detected in time and safely defused, police said.

Court asks CBI to probe Assam minister's land grab

Guwahati, Jan 23 (IANS) The Gauhati High Court has asked the CBI to carry out a fresh probe into a case of land grabbing in Assam in which cabinet minister Khor Sing Engti was allegedly involved.

Grenade seized from police station in Assam

Guwahati, Jan 23 (IANS) Barely two days after a police station was attacked, a grenade was seized from the compound of another police station Wednesday, Assam Police said. The grenade, suspected to have been lobbed by militants, did not explode.

65 Assam villages keen to merge with Mizoram

Silchar (Assam), Jan 22 (IANS) Around 16,000 people of 65 villages of Assam want to merge with neighbouring Mizoram, a leader of the villagers said here Tuesday.

Armyman got lenient punishment for molestation: CM

Guwahati, Jan 22 (IANS) After an armyman was demoted and given three months in jail for molesting a village woman, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Tuesday said the army court had taken a "lenient" view of the crime.

Soldier jailed for molestation in Assam

Guwahati, Jan 21 (IANS) An army court in Assam Monday sentenced a soldier to three months' rigorous imprisonment in military custody and demoted him, an army spokesperson here said.

RDX recovered in Assam, alert ahead of Republic Day

Guwahati, Jan 20 (IANS) A huge quantity of RDX was recovered from a village in Assam's Tinsukia district, police said, even as security forces are on alert across the state after warnings that insurgent groups may strike in the run-up to the Republic Day (Jan 26).

More security sought for rhinos in Assam

Guwahati, Jan 16 (IANS) Wildlife groups called for enhanced security in Assam's Manas National Park Wednesday after a rhino was found dead this week.

Two anti-talk militants arrested in Assam

Guwahati, Jan 14 (IANS) Security forces in Assam's Kokrajhar district have nabbed two militants of the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), an official said Monday.

Yet another one-horned rhino poached in Assam

Guwahati, Jan 14 (IANS) Suspected poachers killed another one-horned rhino in Assam's Manas National Park and took away its horn. The carcass was spotted by forest officials Monday.

Assam's silk village: Weaving does not pay

Sualkuchi (Assam), Jan 14 (IANS) In Assam's Sualkuchi village, the rhythmic click-clock of the loom reverberates everywhere. Every house has a loom and in it the xipini, or weaver, weaves exotic mekhla chadors, the traditional Assamese attire, with an adept hand. Of late, there has however been a decline in the number of weavers, as weaving is no more seen as a paying proposition, changing the warp and weft of 'the silk village'.

Poachers kill two rhinos in Assam, escape with horns

Guwahati, Jan 11 (IANS) Two one-horned rhinos were poached in isolated sandbars of Brahmaputra river in the last 48 hours, forest officials said Friday.

Noted Assamese engineer-literatteur dead

Guwahati, Jan 11 (IANS) Bhava Kanta Saikia, the first secretary of the Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) and a noted writer, passed away Thursday in the US, his family here said. He was 92.

Three children killed, one hurt in Assam blast

Guwahati, Jan 9 (IANS) Three school children were killed and another was seriously injured in an explosion in Assam's Tinsukia district Wednesday afternoon, a government official said.

Now, CRPF trooper nabbed in Assam for raping woman

Guwahati, Jan 4 (IANS) Police in Assam's Lakhimpur district have arrested a CRPF trooper for allegedly raping a physically challenged woman, police said Friday.

Trooper detained for raping physically challenged woman

Guwahati, Jan 4 (IANS) Police in Assam's Lakhimpur district have detained a CRPF trooper for allegedly raping a physically challenged woman, police said on Friday.

Congress leader in Assam nabbed for attempted rape

Guwahati, Jan 3 (IANS) A Congress leader in Assam's Bodoland Territorial Areas Districts (BTAD) was taken into custody by police Thursday after he allegedly attempted to rape a woman and was beaten up by villagers. He will be formally arrested as soon the case is filed.

Repeal AFSPA in Manipur, say rights activists

Guwahati, Jan 2 (IANS) A conglomeration of civil society and rights groups from the northeastern region Wednesday asked the central government to repeal the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Manipur.

Gogoi favours expenditure cut in 2013

Guwahati, Jan 1 (IANS) The Assam government will step up efforts to reduce its expenses and increase revenue in the year 2013, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said Tuesday.

Assam Congress leader slammed for threatening media

Guwahati, Dec 31 (IANS) A forum of journalists Monday lodged a complaint with Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) chief Bhubneswar Kalita against former Lok Sabha member and Congress leader Kirip Chaliha, who misbehaved with a group of reporters Monday.

Cops suspect cannibalism in Assam tea grower's murder

Guwahati, Dec 31 (IANS) An Assam tea estate's labourers who killed their employer owner and his wife last week ate the victims' flesh after the crime, police said Monday.

Assam legislator blames party chief for violence

Guwahati, Dec 28 (IANS) A Bodoland People's Front (BPF) legislator Friday blamed his own party chief Hagrama Mohilary for the communal violence in Assam that left more than 100 people dead three months ago.

Guwahati bars to stay open past midnight on New Year's eve

Guwahati, Dec 27 (IANS) Bars and hotels in this Assam city have been allowed to serve alcohol till 12.30 a.m. on New Year's eve but barred from serving drinks to those below 21 years.

Situation under control in Tinsukia tea estate

Guwahati, Dec 27 (IANS) The law and order situation was under control even as tension gripped the MKB tea estate in Bordumsa of Assam's Tinsukia district Thursday, a day after a group of agitated labourers burnt alive the estate's owner and his wife, police said.

Bodoland council seeks steps for peace

Guwahati, Dec 26 (IANS) The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Wednesday appealed to the Assam government to take steps for maintaining peace after protests over alleged "killing" of a youth in Baksa district last week.

Scribe killed in Imphal in police firing

Guwahati, Dec 23 (IANS) A journalist was killed in Imphal Sunday and curfew was imposed after police fired to disperse agitating members of Manipur film and cultural organisations who were demanding the arrest of a Naga militant for allegedly molesting an actress Dec 18.

Bodos warn of agitation ahead of Telangana statehood meet

Rowta (Assam), Dec 21 (IANS) Ahead of the union government's all-party meeting Dec 28 to discuss Telangana, a powerful Bodos union in Assam Friday said they would not "tolerate" any isolated decision on the statehood issue.

School owner, two kin hacked to death in Assam

Guwahati, Dec 19 (IANS) Unidentified miscreants hacked to death a private school owner and two of his family members and burnt their bodies in Assam's Golaghat district, police said Wednesday. Two people have been detained.

Gogoi for direct flights from Asean nations to Guwahati

Guwahati, Dec 17 (IANS) Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Monday appealed to Asean nations to have their visa offices here and also asked them for direct flights from this city to that region to boost tourism, trade and commerce.

Asean-India Car Rally concludes in Guwahati

Guwahati, Dec 17 (IANS) The Asean-India Car Rally, 2012 came to a end here Monday with the Assam government according a red carpet welcome to the 124 participants in 31 vehicles who had covered 8,000 km across nine countries.

Two tiger cubs rescued in Arunachal Pradesh

Guwahati, Dec 15 (IANS) Conservationists and the Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department have rescued two orphaned Royal Bengal tiger cubs from a dry water tank in Angrim valley near Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh.

US envoy inaugurates American business centre in Guwahati

Guwahati, Dec 13 (IANS) US Ambassador to India Nancy J. Powell Thursday inaugurated the American Business Corner (ABC) here - the first such in northeast India.


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