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Bus-truck Collision, 8 killed, 40 injured at Rangjuli


Eight persons were killed and 40 others injured, ten of them critically, when a bus collided with a 10-wheeler truck at Rangjuli in Goalpara district on Monday. Police, Indian Army of 9th Sikhli Regiment and medical emergency personnel rushed to the spot to rescue the injured. The speeding bus, bearing no. AS 01 DC-7245, was on its way from Fakiraganj of Dhubri district to Guwahati, and the truck (HR 74/3734) collided head-on at Rangjuli on National Highway 37 killing 2 persons on the spot and 6 others in the hospitals at Dudhnoi and Goalpara. According to eyewitnesses, the driver of the speeding bus lost control leading to the accident. Out of 40 injured, eight have been referred to GMCH.




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A question mark on Assam health services?

18 Nov 2010 - 6:00am | Daya Nath Singh


Assam Governor, Janaki Ballabh Pattanaik, who recently fell into the bathroom of Dibrugarh circuit house, had to go to All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi for treatment of the fracture .There successful surgery has been done on his ailment. Similarly, when the Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi had to go for by-pass surgery, he was advised to go to Mumbai. It all makes the fun of the Assam’s health and family welfare departments, which claims of providing ‘world class’ services in the healthcare sector. It is a question mark on state’s health services?


If the publicity through the advertisements of the Assam government in media is to be believed, the state does not lag behind any other state of the country, so far the health services are concerned. Recently launched Sarathi 104, the revolutionary 24-hour health information helpline is in the service of the people. After Andhra Pradesh Assam is the only state in the country to implement this service. Any medical advice e or health information is reachable through telephone round the clock from every nook and corner of the state. Mrityunjoy 108 Ambulance services are now available throughout the state. Operation Smile is back in Assam and people can avail of surgical corrections for cleft lip and palate free of cost. The department of health and family welfare has been successful in bringing new smiles on the faces of 2030 children and their families in Assam so far. These are the achievements shown in the newspapers of Guwahati and other cities.


Now in harmony with the Government’s effort to make quality healthcare services affordable and accessible, the Model Hospital Construction Scheme has been launched. Under this scheme 60 model hospitals with state-of-the art healthcare facilities would be provided to the people of the state. All this is being done for the welfare of the people by the department of health and family welfare, without improving the condition of already existing hospitals and healthcare centers. However, the VIPs lack faith on such services and prefer to go out of the state for better medical services.


It’s strange that despite such claims, the conditions of the hospitals and medical colleges in the state are not able to bring much relief to the suffering patients from malaria, dengue, swine flu etc. Even the medicines in the hospitals are not given to the patients, who are asked to purchase the same from outside pharmacies. Absence of competent doctors and other staff members is very common incidence. In most of the healthcare centers physicians are found absent. The problems of the ordinary people go unheard. A few cases of service by Mrityunjoy 108 had been reported earlier, when the ambulance reached to pickup patient without having oxygen and other necessary materials.


The VIPs and affluent people can afford to go to big cities for treatment, but it’s not possible for the common people. The state government should have planned to improve the services of the existing hospitals and take services of competent staff instead of laying too many foundation stones for new centers. The model hospital scheme has been started with foundation stone laying ceremonies and so far two foundation stones have been laid. Like many other schemes in the past a section of the society suspects that this scheme would also end with the foundation stones only.


Thumps up agriculture dept

20 Feb 2015 - 10:33am | Mowsam Hazarika

The agriculture department steals the show receiving the Krishi Karman Award for its achievements in the field of pulse production in the year 2013-14.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi formally presented the award to State Agriculture Minister Rakibul Hussain at a function of Soil Health Card and Krishi Karman Award distribution function held at Suratgarh Municipal Stadium in Rajasthan on Thursday in presence of Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, among other dignitaries.

Two farmers of Assam – Amrita Surin of Christianbasti village of Sonitpur and Pradip Kumar Das of Athgaon Chapori of Nagaon – were also honoured with the best farmer’s award at the function.

Assam has been ranked first among 35 States and Union Territories, which enabled it to get the award. The award was given on the basis of percentage increase in production and productivity in 2013-14 over the corresponding previous highest figures and percentage increase in productivity over the all-India productivity.

Rajkhowa, 6 others acquitted in Vijoy Majinder Baruah case

1 Apr 2012 - 4:49pm | editor


A TADA court in Guwahati on Saturday acquitted ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and six others in a sensational shoot out in Sivasagar citing lack of evidence.


Rajkhowa, along with vice chairman Pradeep Gogoi, Kushal Deori, appeared before the TADA court in connection with the killing of Biju Majinder Baruah. Hearing both sides, the court acquitted the ULFA leaders saying that the authorities lack proper evidence to implicate them in the case that took place in 1990.