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Tiwa road blockade irks travelers

Normal surface communication on the National Highway No 37 came to a grinding halt on Wednesday in parts of Nagaon and Morigaon districts Tiwa students blocked the road demanding measures under the Sixth Schedule under the Constitution. 

Around 200 Tiwa students blocked the NH NO 37 at Dharamtul shouting slogans for the Sixth Schedule. Talking to Assam Times, the protesters said that they would further intensify the struggle to raise the demand.

The protestors did not even spared former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta who was on his way to Guwahati from Nagaon. His convoy was also was forced to halt along with hundreds of vehicles in the area.

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Lull in rains recedes worsening fear

AIUDF Chief Badruddin Ajmal meeting flood affected  villagers at Bilashipara in Dhubri on Wednesday. Photo by UB Photos.
17 Aug 2017 - 9:48am | AT News Guwahati

The rains have relented much to a major respite. But the flood waters have refused to recede putting more and more people in dire trouble.

The overflowing waters of the Brahmaputra and its tributaries still keep wreaking havoc among in 25 district with a toll of 25 during the last four days.

If rains refuse to fall afresh the water level of the major rivers is expected to recede during the next 12 hours. 

There seems to be some respite in the worst-hit Nagaon district where  the water level of the Kolong has shown a receding trend from Thursday morning. 

The situation took a grim turn after the overflowing waters breached a vital dyke in three places in Kaliabor on Tuesday wee hours sending a huge volume of waters to the river Kolong which was in spate following incessant rains. 

“From this morning the water level have shown a receding trend and if this remains uninterrupted within the next couple of hours we would be able to heave a sigh of relief,”said Ranjita Bora, a housewife in Nagaon town. 

Army, NDRF, SDRF jawans are on relief and rescue operations in the affected areas while Indian Air Force has been airdropping relief materials to the marooned people in the remote and inaccessable areas. 

Apart from Nagaon, other worst-hit districts include Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Morigaon, Sonitpur, Biswanath, Goal Para, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh where the government has set up as many as 100 relief camps. 

Many organizations and non governmental organizations have also been helping the marooned people shift to the relief camps. These organizations, mostly, have been distributing relief materials among the flood hit people. 

The government has instructed the district authorities to ensure adequate food, medicines and potable water to the camps. Doctors and nurses have been deployed in most of the relief camps. 

Normal surface communication remains cut off in the flood hit areas. Train services in the entire north eastern region remains unmoved for third consecutive day on Thursday. The Northeast Frontier Railway has suspended movement of all trains outside the region till August 20.

Bee keeping training

3 Dec 2017 - 9:14pm | AT News

GUWAHATI: Training on scientific beekeeping is completed in  Lakhimpur and Dhemaji  District on Sunday.

Fifty farmers availed of the training at RARS, Gorumoria, N. Lakhimpur and twenty five nos of farmers attend at Training Hall of DAO, Dhemaji. 

DAO, K. Kr. Lahan inaugurated  the training programme at Dhemaji. During the training programme, the Chief Scientist, Regional Agricultural Research Station (RATS), Lakhimpur Dr Prabal Saikia discussed with Bakul Saikia, Nodal Officer, Bee Keeping , Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing about establishment of Nucleus Centre of Honey Bee at RARS, N Lakhimpur, so that farmers can take the colonies of Honey Bee  from RARS easily. 

Bakul Saikia, L. Dutta  and Ranjan Dutta conducted the training programme as Resource Person .

Bharat bandh impact partial in Assam

5 Jul 2010 - 2:03pm | editor

Normal life in Assam is partially affected following the 12 hour countrywide Bharat bandh which has began in the morning. Barring government buses others are remaining off from the state. A section of business establishments is opening in some places. There is no report of any untoward incident so far. All government, semi government and private offices are functioning with skeletion staff. Flight and train services are normal. Police have arrested hundreds of bandh supporters during this period. They include BJP president Ranjit Dutta and BJP leader in Dibrugarh Prasanta Phukan.