Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated on June 19 that the Assam government will progressively adopt a two-child policy for receiving benefits under state-funded programs. Sarma talked about recent evictions in three districts and encouraged the minority community to adopt a “decent family planning policy” for population management in order to alleviate poverty, which leads to limited living space and subsequent land encroachment.
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An earthquake of 4.2 magnitudes struck at Assam with its epicentre being near Tezpur at 1 AM, on June 19. In the last 24 hour, this was the fifth quake to hit the Northeast region. However, no casualties have been reported or any damage to property witnessed. Besides, following the tremor in Assam, Manipur and Meghalaya also recorded 3 & 2.6 magnitude on June 18, respectively.
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In the early morning of June 18, three earthquakes have jolted Manipur, Assam and Meghalaya. According to the National Center for Seismology, the strongest shake of 4.1 magnitudes registered in Assam's Sonitpur district. The other tremors of 3 and 2.6 magnitudes have been recorded in Manipur's Chandel and Meghalaya's Khasi Hills, respectively. Moreover, the entire North-East comes under high-intensity seismic zone. However, no casualties have… read-more
As a preparation for the third wave of COVID-19, the Assam government has converted a football stadium into a 300-bed hospital. The temporary hospital was inaugurated by Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma on June 10 at the Sarusajai Stadium complex in Guwahati. With the help of The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the hospital was built in 20 days at a cost of Rs 21.46 crore.
In a unique initiative, a 47-year-old woman from Assam is making traditional handloom products from discarded plastic waste. Living in Kaziranga, Rupjyoti Saikia Gogoi uses discarded plastic waste from Kaziranga National Park and nearly 35 villages to make colourful handbags, table mats, and doormats. Gogoi started the sustainable venture in 2004 and has trained over 2,300 women from all over the country for reusing the waste.
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What could be called a gladsome development, a previously defunct WW-II airstrip in Assam has become operational. The airstrip, Rupsi Airport, has been redeveloped under the Centre's UDAN scheme that aims to improve regional air-connectivity across India. Interestingly, the airport was a a strategic WW-II airstrip that used to house warplanes. Notably, it witnessed the last commercial flight operation in 1983 before being closed.
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The Ambubachi Mela, eastern India's biggest religious congregation, held in Guwahati's Kamakhya Temple has been cancelled for the second consecutive year. Scheduled to start from June 24, the organisers cancelled due to COVID-19 spread. The temple's chief priest informed that all the rituals will be performed within closed doors, devoid of any followers. Notably, the Kamakhya Temple is one of the 51 Shaktipeeths of the Shakti cult followers… read-more
The post mortem reports of the elephants that died on May 12 at Kundoli Proposed Reserve Forest in Assam reveals death due to lightning. Reportedly, the evidences are still being investigated in a joint efforts of forest officials & meteorological department to provide an accurate reason. However, a detailed investigation report will be produced in the coming weeks. Notably, 18 elephants lost their lives in the Bamuni hillock.
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In a unique initiative, the Assam government has launched a COVID-19 vaccination drive for transgenders in the state. Under this drive, 30 members of the community were vaccinated with the first dose at a shelter home in Guwahati on May 14. With a reported population of 20,000 transgender members in the state, the drive currently functional in Guwahati will be extended to other parts depending on the vaccine supply.
To investigate the death of 18 elephants in Assam, the state authorities on May 14 conducted a post-mortem and sent the report to forensic laboratories for further examination. While the initial suspected reason is a lightning strike, experts fear that mass poisoning could also be a reason. The elephants, reported dead on May 13 at Bamuni Pahar in Nagaon district, were buried on May 14.
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