Crackdown on Orchid Smuggling in Assam

Crackdown on Orchid Smuggling in Assam

JORHAT, (Assam): Rare orchids were seized from a privately owned ‘bio-diversity park’ which is believed to be a front for smuggling of  plants. Smuggling of rare and endangered plants is a lucrative business. Bokakhat Police (on March 2) seized samples of “three endangered species of orchid” from the Kaziranga Orchid and Biodiversity Park at Kohora […]

Can Assam curb Coal Syndicate?

Can Assam curb Coal Syndicate?

Guwahati: The Assam government has asked Meghalaya to check overloading of trucks carrying coal, following allegations that a “syndicate” is running the illegal trade in connivance with government officials and police. Transport minister Chandra Mohan Patowary told the Assembly on Wednesday that Dispur had set up a committee to monitor the trucks transporting coal from […]

Meghalaya: HIV prevalence up, Assam: Screening at Observation Homes

Meghalaya: HIV prevalence up, Assam: Screening at Observation Homes

From  Shillong comes the news that  HIV prevalence in Meghalaya has actually increased by  0.73 per cent, from 0.16 per cent in 2015, according to the HIV Sentinel Surveillance, 2017. An official from the Meghalaya AIDS Control Society (MACS) said  on Friday that that the cumulative anti-retroviral therapy (ART) data in October showed that the […]

Illegal Lottery concern in Assam State

Illegal Lottery concern in Assam State

Guwahati: (Assam)  “Gambling Addiction” is a serious social malady, and because of this, lotteries have been banned throughout the country. But people find ingenious ways of luring people to ‘try their luck’ and buy a ticket. The commissioner of police, Guwahati, has alerted all police stations here following a complaint regarding the running of illegal […]

Kaziranga Park becomes Rhino killing field?

Kaziranga Park becomes Rhino killing field?

Tezpur : Poachers reportedly  broke into Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, killed an adult rhinoceros and sawed off its horn, It’s the third such incidents in the protected zone this week, says a PTI report. The carcass of the male rhino was found today (November 9) near Bokpara camp under Kohora range of the park where […]

Chhath in Guwahati

Chhath in Guwahati

GUWAHATI: The large number of Biharis who perform the Chhath Puja here, do so in the Brahmaputra. The local administration takes great pains to see that the worship of the sun is done in an orderly and safe manner. The Kamrup (Metro) district administration has made elaborate arrangements for a peaceful Chhath Puja and a […]

Symbol of Hope: First Church of Northeast India

Symbol of Hope: First Church of Northeast India

The first church of Northeast India will be rededicated after renovation tomorrow, 26th October. Christine Ao sends this profile: GUWAHATI, Assam: Located in the heart of Guwahati city inside Nehru Park at Panbazar, the edifice of  Christ Church is a symbol of peace and hope. Looking back at  its glorious and eventful history,  we can […]

Adivasis to stir for Identity in Assam

Adivasis to stir for Identity in Assam

At least 17 Adivasi organisations in Assam will block national highways at several places on Wednesday in support of their demand for ST status and dialogue with five militant groups that are in ceasefire since 2012. Members of the organisations, under the banner of the Adivasi National Convention, will block the highways for five hours […]

Bear gall-bladders seized, poachers arrested

Bear gall-bladders seized, poachers arrested

Guwahati (Assam): Officials from Lakhimpur forest division, along with the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, have seized 42 bear gall bladders as well as leopard nails and suspected ‘tiger bones’ from Harmutty in Lakhimpur district. Sarbat Pradhan and Ajit Saha of Harmutty were arrested from their homes, and will be produced in court. Lakhimpur divisional forest […]

Assam to woo film makers from January

Assam to woo film makers from January

Guwahati: Film makers are being encouraged to make films in Assam, according to a new policy that will take effect next year.The  Assam government has rolled out an ambitious Tourism policy, declaring the sector an industry with an aim to increase tourist inflow. The ‘Tourism Policy of Assam 2017′, effective from January next year till […]

Assam wary of ISIS recruitment of Youth

Assam wary of ISIS recruitment of Youth

Guwahati: The Northeastern border state of Assam is jittery about ISIS (so-called Islamic State or Daesh) related recruitment.  Assam government  said it has instructed all superintendents of police to remain alert and tighten security at all sensitive places in view of the possibility of ISIS recruiting youths from the state (March 6). Replying to a […]

Nitish Govt ignores status of 47,000 Biharis in Assam

Nitish Govt ignores status of 47,000 Biharis in Assam

Guwahati: The Government of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar  is sitting upon some 47,000 documents that will help ascertain whether the ‘Biharis’ residing in Assam are really from Bihar or actually fake illegal immigrants. Even ‘slow states’ like UP and Bengal have verified over a thousand documents, while Tripura has verified 39,249. Bihar hasn’t verified a single […]