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Youth jumps to death from a building in Ludhiana,Mizoram
 Bhupen Goswami (18/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :A 23-year-old student hailing from Mizoram has reportedly committed suicide by jumping off the third floor of a building in Ludhiana on Sunday. The deceased, identified as Lapram Hema, a student of Btech at Lovely Professional University. The incident took place at a posh locality in Hargobind Nagar where the student was reportedly staying in a paying guest quarter. Hema was known as Tayia among his friends. His family have been informed by the police and they are on their way. Reports say the Hema has been suffering from depression due to burden of studies from sometime and investigators are ruling out any foul play. The body has been sent for postmortem to the Civil hospital, and a case has been registered in the matter.
Minor Girls Trafficked from Bangladesh rescued in Tripura
 Bhupen Goswami (18/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : In a major breakthrough, the Tripura police on Sunday busted a trafficking racket at Melaghar under Sonamura sub-division of Sipahijala District. As per reports, two minor girl children were trafficked from Bangladesh through the Sonamura border on Saturday by one Billal Mia. The minors had taken shelter in the house of one Usman Mia here in Tripura. A group of conscious locals on suspicion informed the same to the police. The Melaghar Police rushed to the spot and rescued the two minor girl children and nabbed the main culprit and owner of the house. As reported, the victims are two and seven years old respectively. The children were kidnapped from their house by some miscreants and trafficked to Tripura. Their home is located at Sujoynagar of Comilla in Bangladesh. It may be mentioned here that a portion of the unfenced areas along the Sonamura border of Tripura have recently become a matter of concern as reports of criminal activities have shot up in the recent days.
Two persons arrested in Numaligarh on charges of human trafficking :::16-year old minor girl elopes with Lover, escapes from trafficking racket
 Bhupen Goswami (18/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : In a recent development, police arrested two persons in Numaligarh on charges of human trafficking. As per reports the two accused identified as Palash Gogoi and Jonali Gogoi had been trafficking women and girls from the tea-estates of the region to other states. Both of them had allegedly sold two girls in Delhi and Mumbai respectively, as per a report. Police is currently interrogating them and expecting to get further information on such human trafficking rackets. In a anther shocking incident, a 16-year old minor girl, who eloped with her lover, came back to her family and shared that her lover was planning to traffick her to the other states. Police said that the boy intended to traffick the girl to the North Indian states and hence asked her to come with him on the pretext of marrying the victim. The incident took place in Darrang-Udalguri border under Orang Police Station. The accused Siddique Ali (35) is a resident of Baganbasti Gaon under Rowta Police Station. The victim is a resident of the Kachari Bhetitop village under Rowta Police Station. As per reports, the duo first met over the phone and became friends. After falling in love with each other, they decided to elope and get married. It was only after eloping with Siddique, the victim discovered that the accused was running a human trafficking racket. She also learnt that Siddique was planning to traffick her too. The girl somehow managed to escape from the Jalukbari house and meet her family. After she shared her ordeal with her family, she asked Siddique to come to her house. When he reached her house, the villagers nabbed the accused. They tied him to a tree and assaulted him for his illegal activities. In the meantime, a police team reached the stop and apprehended Siddique. As per reports, Siddique had earlier trafficked one woman from Guwahati’s Sijubari area.
Amit Shah and Ratan Tata lays foundation stone of 19 cancer centres in Guwahati
 Bhupen Goswami (18/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : To improve the cancer care facilities in Assam and Northeast, the foundation stone of 19 cancer speciality centres was laid here on Monday in presence of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah and industrialist Ratan Tata. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and State finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were also present at the meeting. The state government and Tata Trusts collaborated for a joint venture under which a three-tier cancer care grid will be established in Assam with a corpus of Rs 2,200 crore to be shared on an equal basis by both parties. As per data, 90,000 cancer cases were detected in the state in the previous five years. In the next 24 months, the construction works of the centres are expected to be completed. “The scheme is being pioneered with the aim of making comprehensive cancer control services accessible and affordable to all,” tweeted Sarma. Under the tiered structure, there will be three levels. L1 – state level cancer-care institute in Guwahati; L2 – state medical college and L3 – district hospitals, as per reports. The state government also announced that in the next three months, treatments of children below 14-year will be made free.Amit Shah, Ratan Tata, Pema Khandu along with the Assam Ministers lit the lamp for the ceremony of 19 cancer care centres in Assam as part of the inclusive cancer care programme. Under this project 19 units will be setup at Dibrugarh, Barpeta, Dhubri, Diphu, Jorhat, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Nalbari, Silchar, Tezpur, Tinsukia, Darrang, Goalpara, Golaghat, Haflong and Sivasagar and Guwahati.These 19 cancer care units will be in touch with all the major cancer units in the country and will provide all the facilities to all the cancer patients of the state and said to be completed within 24 months. Out of the 19 centres, around 6 centres are near the border of Arunachal Pradesh which will greatly benefit the cancer patients of Arunachal Pradesh. Himanta Biswa Sarma while delivering his speech at the ceremony said that the entire project will require Rs 2000 cr out of which Tata Trusts will provide Rs 900 cr. The state government will provide Rs 1030 cr and rest will be provided by the centre.
5 more die in the last 24 hours in Assam Floods
 Bhupen Goswami (18/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Flash floods and landslides, triggered by torrential rains, continue to wreak havoc in Assam as five more died in the last 24 hours with more than 4.5 lakh people being affected as per the flood bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority(ASDMA). With this, the death toll has risen to 9. As reported, Brahmaputra at Neamatighat(Jorhat), Dhansiri at Numaligarh(Golaghat), Jia Bharali at NT Rd Xing(Sonitpur), Kopili at Kampur(Nagaon). Barak at AP ghat(Cachar), Badarpurghat(Karimganj), Katakhal at Matizuri(Hailakandi), Kushiayara at Karimganj are still flowing above danger level. More than 6153 persons have been evacuated to safer places in the last 24 hours by the NDRF(National Disaster Response Force) and the SDRF(State Disaster Response Force). As per the flood bulletin, 235 rescue camps are operational in the flood-hit districts of the state. Breaches of embankment have also been reported in six places in Hojai. In Karimganj natural embankment breach is reported at 3 points in Longai river. Several trains in Lumding-Badarpur hill section has been suspended since Thursday by the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) due to landslides and tunnel washouts in five places following torrential rains in Assam.
NRC might miss June 30 deadline for Assam Floods
 Bhupen Goswami (18/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : As the flood situation worsens in Assam, specially in the Barak Valley, uncertainty looms large over the publication of the draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam on June 30. It may be mentioned that incessant rains in the past few days have wreaked havoc in Barak Valley, particularly in Hailakandi district. Speaking to media persons Assam NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela said, “We have visited Barak Valley last Friday. The flood situation in grim in the Barak Valley. If the flood situation doesn’t improve, we might miss the June 30 deadline.” As per reports, State NRC coordinator might approach the Supreme Court seeking “more time” to publish the draft NRC in view of the flash floods in the state. Hajela added, “As of now, we have not taken any decision. We are monitoring the flood situation right now. If the flood situation improves, we will be able to meet the deadline.” As per reports, most of the NRC Seva Kendras in the Barak Valley is reeling under flash floods. Flash floods and landslides, triggered by torrential rains, continue to wreak havoc in Assam as five more died in the last 24 hours with more than 4.5 lakh people being affected as per the flood bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority(ASDMA). With this, the death toll has risen to nine. As reported, Brahmaputra at Neamatighat (Jorhat), Dhansiri at Numaligarh(Golaghat), Jia Bharali at NT Rd Xing(Sonitpur), Kopili at Kampur(Nagaon). Barak at AP ghat(Cachar), Badarpurghat(Karimganj), Katakhal at Matizuri(Hailakandi), Kushiayara at Karimganj are still flowing above danger level. As per reports, all the wards in Karimganj Municipality are totally submerged, following a rise in the level of water of the Kushiayara river. This year, the floods have damaged many embankments, roads and bridges in the district. Hailakandi district has been particularly affected due to flood, which is expected to hit tea production. Assam’s Minister for Water Resources, Keshab Mahanta visited the flood-hit Barak Valley on Sunday and inspected breached embankments, erosion-affected areas. The first draft of NRC was released on December 31 (midnight) last year, which included the names of 1.90 crore people out of 3.29 crore applicants. The verification of the second draft was completed by May 31. The updation process of the NRC is being monitored by the Supreme Court.
Nagaland Ambush | ULFA-I, NSCN-K claim responsibility; 4 Assam Rifles Jawans killed
 Bhupen Goswami (18/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :The banned militant outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) (ULFA-I) on Monday claimed the responsibility of jointly launching the attack on the Assam Rifles with the SS Khaplang faction of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) in Mon district of Nagaland on Sunday. In the press release, the ULFA-I stated: “In pursuance of the Truth and common cause of Liberation and to enhance the progress for the National Liberation Movement of WESEA, United Liberation Front of Asom [ULFA-Independent] and National Socialist Council of Nagaland/Government of People’s Republic of Nagaland, undertake a Joint Military Operation against the common enemy India. Under this, Joint Military Operation, a joint team attacked the 40 Assam Rifles and 164 TA (Naga) Bn of Indian Security Forces near Tenyak River, about 2 kms away from Aboi town under Mon district on Sunday afternoon 17June 2018. In this attack the Joint Team killed four soldiers and injured six or more and were able to recover some guns and weapons.We United Liberation Front of Asom [ULFA-Independent] & National Socialist Council of Nagaland/Government of People’s Republic of Nagaland express our gratitude to the Joint Team for their bravery action against Indian Security Forces (sic)”. The press release was signed by Major Arunudoy Asom, the self-styled assistant information & publicity secretary of the ULFA-I. On Sunday, the rebel outfits laid a trap at Aboi in Mon district f Nagaland near Indo-Myanmar border where four jawans of the 40th Assam Rifles were martyred; six others were injured and are reportedly in critical condition. The injured jawans are undergoing treatment in Jorhat. As per reports, the encounter took place around 2.30pm on Sunday. The gun battles lasted for around an hour. It may be mentioned that the NSCN-K, which is based in Myanmar, pulled out of a 15-year-old ceasefire agreement with the Centre three years back.
Assam : The historic Jayshree Cinema Hall In Nagaon To Be Renovated Into Marketing Complex
 Bhupen Goswami (18/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The historic Jayshree Cinema Hall in Nagaon will soon be renovated into a marketing complex, as the owner of the land where the hall stands has decided to demolish the building. It may be mentioned here that the cinema hall was constructed by Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala in the name of his daughter Jayshree. His second film ‘Indramalati’ was screened at this hall. The decision to demolish the hall has led to reactions among many. Filmmaker Parthajit Baruah and other prominent cultural workers of the region came together and urged the state government to declare the hall as a ‘Heritage Building’.
Naga Encroachment At Daldali Reserve Forest In Diphu
 Bhupen Goswami (18/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Naga miscreants have once again encroached upon Assam’s land at Daldali Reserve Forest in Diphu. The encroachment has taken place along Pillar no 7 at the border region. A wall had been constructed in the area and when Police and Forest Department officials went to demolish the wall, they were allegedly attacked by the miscreants. It may be mentioned here that a similar wall was constructed along Pillar no 6 earlier.
Amit Shah, Ratan Tata to lay foundation stone for 19 cancer care centres in Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (16/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Amit Shah, Ratan Tata to lay foundation stone for 19 cancer care centres in Assam.The Assam government and Tata Trusts collaborate for a JV under which a three-tier cancer care grid will be established in the state.The foundation stone of cancer care units in 19 new hospitals will be laid by industrialist and philanthropist Ratan Tata next Monday 18 June 2018 at Guwahati.State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on today announced the establishment of cancer care units in 19 new hospitals. All the 19 hospitals will be established under the supervision of Assam Cancer Care Foundation and the Tata Trust in a bid to provide advanced treatment to the cancer patients of the region.Addressing the media here, the Health Minister further informed that the foundation stone of the hospitals will be laid on June 19 next in the presence of Tata, Chairman of the Tata Trust, in Guwahati. The Assam Cancer Care Foundation will be headed by Chief Secretaries of Health and Finance departments including a senior doctor from Tata Trust, Dr Tapan Saikia, who is recognized as one of India’s leading oncologist. Around 13 sites have been identified so far for the construction of the hospitals. The Minister also informed that these hospitals have been conceptualized based on a 3-tier system and will be constructed under the L3 (Level 3), L2 (Level 2), L1 (Level 1) divisions. The L3 hospitals will maintain the ‘Basic’ standards of a hospital and will be located in Barpeta, Diphu, Dhubri, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur, Lakhimpur, Nagaon, Dibrugarh districts of the state. The L2 hospitals will maintain the ‘Surgery’ standards and will be set up in Goalpara, Haflong, Karimganj, Kokrajhar, Golaghat, Darrang, Nalbari, Sivasagar and Tinsukia districts. And the L1 hospitals will have ‘Sophisticated’ standards and will be established in Guwahati. “L1 or a state-level cancer care institute in Guwahati would have advanced tertiary care facilities; L2 or medical colleges in the state would have facilities for chemotherapy, radiation and surgical oncology and L3 or district hospitals would have day-care, chemotherapy and radiation facilities,” Sarma added. It may be mentioned that last year, Tata pledged to give Rs 1000 crore along with other resources to help the Centre’s move of developing cancer-care centres in five states. The five-states are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.BJP president Amit Shah and industrialist Ratan Tata will attend the foundation laying ceremony on 18 June in Guwahati for 19 cancer specialty centres to be opened across Assam. The move has the potential to drastically improve cancer care in the state and the entire region. Highly placed sources in the government of Assam confirmed that chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal is also expected to be present during the ceremony. Shah’s presence is of political significance given Assam is a crucial state for the BJP and has been a key central point of its entire Northeast expansion plan. A 50-50 collaboration The Assam government and Tata Trusts have collaborated for a joint-venture called Assam Cancer Care Foundation (ACCF), under which a three-tier cancer care grid will be established with a corpus of Rs 2,200 crore to be shared on an equal basis by both parties. The board will comprise a chairman and six members. While the chairman will be the health minister of the state, there will be three representatives of the Assam government and three of the Tata Trust as members. Under the tiered structure, there will be three levels. L1 – state level cancer-care institute in Guwahati; L2 – state medical college and L3 – district hospitals. L1 will provide advance and tertiary care facilities, L2 will have chemotherapy, radiation and surgical oncology facilities and L3 district hospitals will have daycare, chemotherapy and radiation facilities. “There will be one L1 centre in Guwahati and nine L2 centres in state medical colleges. We have six state medical colleges so far and three more are coming up. The L3 centres will be across eight districts,” Samir Kumar Sinha, principal secretary, health and family welfare in the Assam government told ThePrint. “There is also a cancer research institute that will be set up in Guwahati. This makes it a total of 19 centres. However, right now work will begin only on 18 L1, L2 and L3 centres and the research institute will be taken up later,” Sinha said. The need for cancer facilities in Assam The Assam government says the need for so many cancer hospitals in the state was felt due to three main reasons — high incidence of cancer in the state, lack of such facilities in the region and to enable early detection and prevention. The government says over 90,000 cancer cases were detected in the state in the previous five years. “The L3 and also L2 centres will also facilitate outreach to enable cancer prevention, and most importantly, early detection. This is not something we really have now,” Sinha said. In fact, given that Assam caters to the medical treatment needs of the entire region due to logistical difficulties in setting up big centres in other Northeastern states, it’s imperative to have an adequate number of cancer care centres in the state. Last year, a report by the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research under the Indian Council of Medical Research said lifestyle-related cancers top the chart in Northeast, with the region anyway showing an overall high incidence of cancer in India. It said the main cause of cancer in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura is the excessive tobacco consumption. The report also found that the possibility of cancer can be as high as 20 per cent in the region. But given the lack of adequate cancer facilities, most cancer patients have to travel outside the northeast for treatment.
Assam : Hundreds of Women offer Eid ‘Namaz’ at Mangaldoi in Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (16/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : In Assam Hundreds of Women offer Eid ‘Namaz’ at Mangaldoi.In what seems to be a rare instance, hundreds of women came out in Mangaldoi in Assam and took part in the ‘namaz’ on the occasion of Eid ul-Fitr on Friday. The women came out in large numbers and offered ‘namaz’ at Bandiya Idgah Maidan of Mangaldoi.Unlike most other places in the state and outside where women are kept away from the public ‘namaz’, the offering of ‘namaz’ by hundreds of women at the place is not a rare incident at Mangaldoi. According to reports, this has been a tradition of the place since a few years now. Assam and the rest of the region is celebrating Eid amidst the devastating floods that began a few days back. Members of the Muslim Community from the region joined the rest of the world in celebrating Eid ul-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. During Eid Namaz this year, the community prayed for peace and unity to return to the state just days after it erupted in protest after the recent incident of mob lynching in Karbi Anglong where two youths from Guwahati were killed on suspicion of being child-lifters. Prayers were also offered for slain ABMSU leader Lafikul Islam who was killed by miscreants in Kokrajhar.
Earn Paytm Cashback by recycling plastic bottles at Guwahati Railway Station!
 Bhupen Goswami (16/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Now you can beat plastic pollution and earn Paytm cashback by recycling plastic bottles at this crusher installed at the Guwahati Railway Station. The initiative taken by the Indian Railways has been hailed by one and all as it will ensure that the surroundings become free from plastic bottles which form a major chunk of the garbage generated by the commuters at Railway Stations. “The environment has become so much cleaner now. I haven’t spotted any plastic bottles anywhere. Until recently such bottles could be seen strewn about all over the platforms,” said a commuter who tried the machine for the first time. The Railways have set up such plastic crushers at different stations as part of its efforts to reduce plastic waste. Under this scheme, passengers will get a cashback of Rs 5 in their Paytm wallet for dropping a plastic bottle into the crushing machine which have a provision for the user to enter his or her mobile number, once a bottle is put in the slot.“The excitement of earning Paytm cashback will surely encourage everyone to stop littering and put all plastic bottles in here instead! Commendable move by the Railways and I hope we get more such machines installed elsewhere,” said another commuter. This new scheme will also ensure that plastic bottles are used just once and the results of the installation of this crusher can be seen as there are hardly any plastic bottles lying around. The Railways are also, reportedly, trying to use this as a channel of revenue by forming agreements with plastic manufacturers. There are also talks of engaging Corporate Social Responsibility funds to install more of these machines. Apart from this, the Indian Railways have begun slowly switching over to biodegradable plates in lieu of plastic plates to help reduce pollution. Share this: www.assamnewsnetwork.com
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: AGP to meet Shiva Sena’s Thackeray today
 Bhupen Goswami (16/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Demanding immediate withdrawal of the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is going to rope in more regional parties outside the Northeast region to add more teeth to the protests. A team of the AGP, led by its president and state agriculture minister in Sarbananda Sonowal-led BJP government in Assam, Atul Bora is going to meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. Bora is likely to meet Thackeray on Saturday and request the Shiv Sena to oppose the Bill in the Parliament. Bora will be accompanied by the AGP leaders and state government ministers Keshab Mahanta and Phani Bhushan Choudhury. It may be mentioned that the AGP has been agitating and mobilizing support against the “anti-national Bill” at various levels in Assam and also outside it. The party recently met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Rajnath Singh and Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to oppose the Bill. The party is also carrying out a signature campaign against the Bill.
Guwahati Customs Seizes 6300 Kgs Of Banned Chinese Apples
 Bhupen Goswami (16/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Guwahati Customs has seized 350 Cartons of Chinese apple weighing 6300 kgs at ISBT on Saturday. The value of the seized apple has been reported to Rs. 12, 60,000. The apples were being transported from Imphal by buses. Reportedly, the Customs duty of these apples is around 8 lakh.It was based on the inputs given by Pratidin Time that the Customs Division had been able to seize these imported apples. So far no one has come forward to claim the seized goods. A case has been booked and is being investigated. It may be noted here that, Indian government had banned the import of Chinese apples with effect from June 01 in 2017.After Chinese items, now apples are flooding the city markets. On Saturday, Guwahati Customs has seized 350 cartons, weighing 6300 kilograms, of Chinese apples at the ISBT, Guwahati. The value of the seized apple is Rs 12,60,000. “These apples were brought from Imphal by buses. The customs duty of these apples will be about Rs 8 lakh. A case has been booked and now it is under investigation,” said sources. The sources added that so far no one has come forward to claim the seized goods.The northwestern province of Shaanxi, to the central Henan, and Shandong on the east coast are China’s main producing regions of the Fuji apple, which is the major apple type China produces. Apple orchards in Gansu and Shaanxi are China’s largest apple producing regions.
Over 3 lakh people affected in flood-hit Assam : In Hailakandi Has Affected More Than 58 Thousand, Says DDMA Report
 Bhupen Goswami (16/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : According to an official release by the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), the flood in Hailakandi district of Assam has affected 58,208 people. The first wave of flood has affected crops spread over 740 hectares, read the release. Around 51 relief camps have been set up by the district administration, which is now sheltering 23,689 flood affected people. State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed in the affected areas.Altogether eight boats are being pressed into service for rescue and relief operations. Around 11 roads have been submerged with several culverts washed away across the district. There are no reports of any casualties in the district as of now. On the other hand, the Meteorological Department has issued a 48 hours warning of heavy monsoon showers in southern Assam and Tripura.The number of flood-hit people in the State swelled up to 3,86,570, according to a flood bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA). As on June 15, 668 number of villages in seven districts – Hojai, Cachar, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Karimganj, Karbi Anglong (East) and West Karbi Anglong – have been affected in the first wave of flood, fully damaging 325 houses. Dhansiri at Numaligarh (Golaghat), Jia Bharali at NT Rd Xing (Sonitpur) Barak at AP Ghat (Cachar) and Badarpurghat (Karimganj), Katakhal at Matizuri (Hailakandi), Kushiyara at Karimganj (Karimganj) are flowing above danger levels. Landslide occurred at Mahur, Harangajao, Maibang, Dima Hasao in which 136 houses were fully damaged and in Birubari, Nizarapara, Kamrup Metro. No casualty/injury has been reported so far. NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) and Assam Rifles teams have been engaged into service in the flood-affected areas for search and rescue operations. 471 persons have been rescued in from Karimganj, Hailakandi, Cachar and Golaghat by rescue operation teams. 162 number of camps are operational in Karimganj, Hailakandi, Karbi Anglong (East) and Golaghat with 67,175 inmates. According to the flood bulletin, the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) has started releasing water from the dam of its Ranganadi Hydroelectric Power Project in a regulated manner and the situation is under control till now. The district administrations of the hydropower station’s downstream districts are in close touch with the NEEPCO and that they were kept on high alert, as stated in the bulletin.
Manipur Governor Donates One Day Salary To Flood Victims
 Bhupen Goswami (16/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Governor of Manipur Najma Heptulla has donated her one day salary to the Governor Relief fund for flood victims. Speaking to the media at Raj Bhavan on Friday, the Governor said that all the staff of Raj Bhavan will also donate their one day salary to the relief fund.She also appealed to the people of the state to donate whatever they can and contribute to people who are in need. Heptulla informed that she had a discussion with Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Union DoNER Minister on precautionary measures that can be taken up by the government for the flood affected people. Centre government is also aware of the situation, said Heptulla adding, the Raj Bhavan will not celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Saturday considering the grim situation that has affected large number of people.
Communication in Dima Hasao yet to be restored ,Three missing persons
 Anup Biswas (15/06/2018)
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 Haflong, Assam :Though the restorations works are going on full swing in war footing way by the N F Railway and also the NHAI, but road communication in between Lumding – Haflong and Haflong – Silchar and also the rail communications between Lumding -- Badarpur are yet to be restored. Following the instructions from Deputy Commissioner, the companies engaged in NH 54 started the restoration works in at least twelve locations on NH 54 E and it is expected to be cleared by tomorrow up to Haflong but from Haflong to Silchar, the conditions of the road is so precarious that there has not been any sign of immediate restoration of the communication. The N F Railway had cleared all the landslides between Daotuhaja and Phiding by yesterday night but fresh landslides between Damchera and Bandarkhal stood on the way of restoration. All the trains including Humsafar, Anand Vihar Rajdhani remained cancelled between Guwahati – Agartala and Guwahati – Silchar etc. The restoration work is going on in the affected locations round the clock.Divisional Railway Manager along with Chief Bridge Engineer from Maligaon are at site monitoring the restoration work. It is learnt, Sashibala Barman wife of late Mahendra Barman of Chotolongmailai under Mahur Police Station has been missing from June 14 th due flush flood, thus the number of missing persons in Dima Hasao increased to three.
CM attends commemoration of 75 th death anniversary of Swahid Kushal Konwar Sonowal urges youth to contribute in nation building
 Bhupen Goswami (15/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal urged the youth to follow the ideals of great freedom fighters who laid their lives for the cause of the country’s independence and work with dedication and commitment for building a better and stronger India. Chief Minister Sonowal made this call while speaking at the commemoration of 75 th death anniversary of Swahid Kushal Konwar at Sarupathar in Golaghat district today. The programme was organized by Dhanshiri Sub-Divisional Administration in association with All Assam Freedom Fighters’ Association. Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister Sonowal also announced to set up a memorial park in honour of Swahid Kushal Konwar at Padumoni in Sarupathar. He also informed that similar initiatives are also being taken up in different parts of the state to keep the memory alive of the great martyrs. Underlining the great valour and heroism of Swahid Kushal Konwar, he said, “Swahid Kushal Konwar set great example of human sacrifice through his deep commitment towards the cause of the nation. Human life is impermanent but their great contributions to the society live forever. Those who work for the nation with honesty and commitment are remembered always. The youth must take a lesson from the heroic feats of the freedom fighters and develop strong belongingness for their motherland”. Further calling the parents and teachers to work jointly for nurturing the youth with great human values, Sonowal emphasised on imparting spiritual, social, cultural and moral education to them. Saying that value based education helps the youth to tide over the challenges of their lives, he stressed on an academic environment that fights against superstition, establishes peace and harmony and promotes tolerance and intelligence. Sonowal also reiterated Assam government’s commitment to protect the land, culture and language of the people of the state and vowed to continue the same in right earnest the days to come. State Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, MP Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, MLA Roselina Tirkey also delivered speech on the occasion.MLA Mrinal Saikia, ex-minister Binod Goala, Golaghat Deputy Commissioner Gaurav Bothra, president of All Assam Freedom Fighters Association Krishna Lahkar, family members of Swahid Kushal Knowar, several freedom fioghters and host of other dignitaries were also present in the programme. Earlier, the Chief Minister visited the residence of the martyr located at Gandhkoroi in Sarupathar and interacted with his family members. He also paid his deep obeisance to the martyr. Noteworthy that the state government has already renovated the residence of the martyr in a bid to preserve his legacy. Moreover, construction of boundary wall of the residence and its approach road have also been completed recently.
Scheduling of six communities of Assam is under active consideration of the Centre :Union tribal welfare minister Jual Oram
 Bhupen Goswami (15/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Union tribal welfare minister Jual Oram says he was ‘misquoted’; scheduling of 6 communities under consideration.Union tribal welfare minister Jual Oram on Friday said that “scheduling of six communities of Assam is under active consideration of the Centre”.His tweet came following the uproar across Assam over his statements. Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal later re-tweeted his tweet. It may be mentioned that, Oram on Thursday has reportedly stated that it takes four decades to grant Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to a community, and hence “there’s little hope” for fulfilling the demands for ST status. Following demands from several pressure groups, Assam government has sent the proposal to the Centre to include the OBC communities Koch-Rajbongshi, Tai-Ahom, Chutiya, Moran, Muttock and the Adivasi tea-tribes in the ST category. After Oram’s statements, students’ bodies and civil groups flayed the Union Minister. On Friday, All Koch-Rajbongshi Students’ Union (AKRSU) members burnt effigies of Oram, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Sonowal at Salakati in Kokrajhar. Demanding “immediate” resignation of Oram, AKRSU said that the statements of the Union Minister are “irresponsible and humiliating”.It may be noted that a few days back, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes had stated that it has not received any notification on granting ST status to six communities of Assam either from Assam or Central government. As per a government notification, a Committee was set up by the Ministry of Home Affairs to recommend the modalities for granting of ST status to six communities on February 29, 2016. The committee was supposed to submit its report by May 31, 2016. It must be noted that these six communities have been carrying out intense protests in various forms for many years now demanding ST status and the Assam government as well as the Centre has time and again assured that they are very much concerned about their demands and are doing their best to soon grant them the ST status.
ASSAM: MAN HELD FOR RAPING DAUGHTER, SHREDS WIFE TO DEATH
 Bhupen Goswami (15/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :In a sensational incident, a wife was stabbed to death by her husband with a sharp-edged weapon inside Dibrugarh Court following a domestic dispute on Friday.The accused person has been identified as Purna Nahar Deka who was produced before the court in a hearing for allegedly raping his own daughter.OC Dibrugarh PS, Siddheswar Borah said, “We have arrested the accused in the court right after he committed the crime.” It may be mentioned that earlier, the wife of the accused had filed an FIR against her husband for allegedly raping her daughter on several occasions.An accused Purno Nahor shredded his wife Rita Nahor Deka’s head in front of the session court in Dibrugarh at presence of the chief justice Dibyajyoti Bhuyan. According to reports, the convict Purno Nahor was arrested as the accused raped his own daughter. The following incident happened on Friday during the hearing of the rape case. It can be also noted that the convict has earlier been arrested in connection with raping of his daughter.
Flash floods in the past 48 hours have left 15 people dead and thousands homeless across Assam and North East
 Bhupen Goswami (15/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : 15 killed in flash floods, landslides in Northeast. Flash floods and landslides, triggered by torrential rains, continue to wreak havoc in the Northeast. Flash floods in the past 48 hours have left 15 people dead and thousand and thousands homeless across Assam, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura and also disrupting rail services. Altogether 1,66,836 people in 370 villages of seven districts in Assam have been affected by the first wave of the flood of the year. The affected districts are Hojai, Cachar, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Karimganj, Karbi Anglong (East) and West Karbi Anglong, as per the flood bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority. A minor landslide took place at Hemlota area in Guwahati’s Kamakhya region. As per the flood bulletin, the National and State Disaster Response Force teams rescued 422 people, mostly in southern Assam. A total of 115 relief camps have been opened in Karimganj, Hailakandi, Karbi Anglong and Golaghat districts for 35,927 inmates. The flood situation of Barak Valley has remained critical as most of the rivers are flowing above the danger level, as per reports. According to the flood bulletin issued by the ASDMA, the Dhansiri (South) at Numaligarh in Golaghat district, the Barak at Annapurna Ghat in Cachar district and at Badarpurghat in Karimganj district, the Katakhal at Matizuri in Hailakandi district and the Kushiyara at Karimganj in Karimganj district are flowing above their respective danger levels. The rail communication between Lumding and Badarpur has been disrupted due to landslides in between Jatinga and Harangajao, and Daotuhaja and Phiding. Due to landslides, road communication was disrupted in many portions like Jatinga-Harangajao, Haflong-Mahur, Jatinga-Haflong. As per reports, the water level of the Barak River and its tributaries are increasing rapidly, snapping communication between the Barak Valley and Meghalaya. Landslides have also been reported at several locations on the National Highway 44 in Meghalaya. On the other hand, the Manipur government has declared a holiday for all government offices and educational institutions as floods hit most part of Imphal city.In Mizoram, flash floods have been reported in Lunglei and Aizwal districts, where over a thousand people have been evacuated to safer places. Landslides have blocked roads in more than 30 locations. As per reports, waters of many rivers of Tripura are flowing over the danger levels. Flood waters inundated several villages, paddy fields, highways besides low-lying areas across the state. Rail connectivity and surface communicated disrupted due to landslides and floods.50,000 people of over 10,000 families have taken shelter in around 200 relief camps in different parts of the state, mostly in northern Tripura.Flash floods, landslides wreak havoc in Manipur, MizoramGuwahati: Flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains have wreaked havoc in parts of the north-east, particularly Manipur and Mizoram. The situation is worse in Manipur. The entire Imphal Valley, which includes 40 of the state's 60 Assembly constituencies, is under floodwaters, resulting in large-scale displacement of people.The situation is critical. Almost the entire Imphal Valley resembles a sea. Some hill districts have been also badly affected by landslides. We are trying to rescue people and give relief to them. We are assessing the situation," he said. Singh also said that a national highway, which connects Manipur with southern Assam's Barak Valley, had been cut off following landslides. The All India Radio station is submerged, resulting in suspension of its services, Singh added. In the wake of the floods, power supply has been also affected. Educational institutes and government offices were closed in the valley on Wednesday. According to official sources, a number of river embankments caved in at various places as several rivers were in spate, flowing above the danger level. In Mizoram, hundreds of families have been affected by flash floods and landslides in four districts, including Aizawl. As landslides blocked roads in more than 40 places, disrupting traffic, the state government declared a two-day holiday. Mizoram Minister Lalthanzara told The New Indian Express that the road to Lengpui Airport, which remained blocked due to mudslides, was cleared on Tuesday evening. "The people are suffering a lot as the landslides occurred in more than 40 places in four districts. Around 80 per cent of the blockage has been cleared," he said. Parts of Assam are also in the grip of floods. The flooded Difolu river submerged National Highway 37 for a few hundred metres in Golaghat district, affecting vehicular traffic. Kaziranga National Park was also partially inundated. In Barak Valley, the floods inundated several villages in Karimganj and Hailakandi districts. In Assam, as many as 1,48,912 people have been affected in 222 villages under eight revenue circles in the districts of Biswanath, Karbi Anglong West and Karbi Anglong East, Golaghat, Karimganj and Hailakandi, according to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report issued today. Karimganj in the Barak Valley remained the worst-hit with the breaching of the Longai river at Nayadhar area. The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has so far evacuated 124 people in the district. The authorites have opened 71 relief camps with Karimganj having the highest of 54, followed by Hailakandi 16 and Golaghat one. In total, 10,710 people have taken shelter in relief camps with Karimganj having the highest at 10,100. The flood situation in the other districts of the state is also being closely monitored, the officials said. In Tripura, over 3,500 families have been rendered homeless.15 Dead In Flash Floods, Landslides In Tripura, Manipur, Assam Flash floods and landslides have killed fifteen people in Tripura and Manipur. Torrential rain in last 24 hours have crippled normal life in Assam
Two Massive landslides at Nilachal Hills way to Kamakhya Temple
 Bhupen Goswami (15/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Triggered by torrential rains, two massive landslides took place at the Nilachal Hills way to the Kamakhya temple on Friday monring. As per reports two residences have been destroyed causing property loss worth several lakhs. Both the families narrowly escaped death. No casualties have been reported so far. House of one Dinesh Mehta was damaged in the landslide. District administrative authorities have reached the spot to take stock of the situation. Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (Metro), Virendra Mittal in the meantime have appealed to the public not to panic and asked the public to be cautious. The DC further added that the district administration has taken all the safety measures and that a statutory warning has been issued to all the vulnerable areas of the city. It may be mentioned that rumors are also doing the rounds if the weather would play spoilsport in this year’s Ambubachi Mela which is about to be held from June 22 to June 25. Another landslide was reported from Nizarapara, Birubari today morning. House of one Tilak Dutta was damaged in the landslide. Police have reached the spot. No casualty/injury has been reported till now.
Maa Kamakhya Devalaya: Ambubachi Mela to start from June 22
 Bhupen Goswami (15/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Ambubachi mela is one of the important festivals of Kamakhya temple. It is celebrated for three days during the monsoon. And this festival starts on the seventh day of Asad as it is believed that during this period Mata Kamakhya goes to menstruation. The temple remains closed for three days and it opens with a big celebration on the fourth day. In first three days mata will remain in seclusion and on the fourth day it will be finished with a big ceremony. Ambubachi Mela is the festival of tantriks This Mela is also famous as Ameti or tantrik fertility festival and it is observed for getting siddhi, tantraSakti and tantra knowledge. Mata kamakhya is the goddess of tantras and trantriks visit to this place to fulfill their wishes and to get siddhi in tantra knowledge. People of India and Abroad come to participate in this popular tantra mela People of India and abroad participate in this mela to get the blessing of Mata Kamakhya. Some unique tantra rituals are performed in these four days and these are the main attractions of this mela.Prasad of this festival is considered very powerful The temple remains closed for three days as Mata Kamakhya goes through her menstrual cycle and it reopens with a grand ceremony. People from all over India and abroad wait outside of the temple on the fourth day for the reopening to get the precious prasad that is a small piece of cloth and it is believed to be moist with the menstrual discharge of Mata Kamakhya. This prasad is very auspicious and used for multiple purposes.Assam finally gears up to celebrate the Ambubachi Mela at the Kamakhya Temple from 9:27 am on June 22. As per the rituals, this year’s festival will start on June 22 and it will end on June 26. As per Kamrup (M) District Administration, around 400 CCTV cameras were installed in each and every nooks and corner of the Devalaya to provide protection to the pilgrims, priests and visitors coming from around the whole world. Sources from Devalaya also informed that around 500 volunteers would be recruited for the entire programme starting from next Friday and all the necessary preparations are done. For this year Ambubachi Mela has been renamed with Ambubachi Mahajug-2018. Further, there will be around 5000 plus Naga Babas joining in the Ambubachi Mela this year.
Assam CM Sonowal attends Mahila Samaroh in Sivasagar Women should take lead role in educating their wards towards judicious use of social media: CM
 Bhupen Goswami (14/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Chief Minister Sarbanadna Sonowal said, “Women in our society have always played a lead role as an important element of change agent. They have always been a great motivator for the society to respond to changes”. Speaking at a Mahila Samaroh at Sivasagar today, Chief Minister Sonowal said that in today’s world where the society has seen a complete proliferation of ‘social media’ the use of which has become omnipresent, women should take a lead role in guiding the younger generation against the abuse of social media. Sonowal, moreover, said, “Swargodeos of Ahom regime more particularly Chaolung Suikapha formed the edifice of Bor Asom and we should all be motivated by the ideals of a united Asom and work accordingly in the 21 st century to strengthen the edifice of Bor Asom”. He also said, “We all should keep in mind the glowing history of Assam. Ahom rulers braving all odds fought against the Mughal invaders who invaded Assam for 17 times and not only saved Assam but the entire North East”. The 600 years rule of Ahom rulers has had a unique place in the history of the country which had created a foundation of friendship and harmony among all the ethnicities of the state. He also stressed on the need for the younger generation to study the glowing history of Assam for them to understand the richness of the state. Chief Minister also said that the women folk should work to remove all forms of superstitions in the state. He also informed that to discourage superstitions and all its manifestations, government has introduced a programme called ‘Sanskar’. He also urged upon the women folk of the state to act as a catalyst and work with artistes, litterateurs, and all sections of the people of the state to make ‘sanskar’ really successful. He also said that some unscrupulous sections of the society through social media spread canards in an effort to de- stabilize the ago-old harmony of the society. The women should take a lead to teach the right use of internet and mobile phone to lend capacity building to their wards. Chief Minister Sonowal also said that the people of Assam should give importance to work culture. He also informed the gathering that Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi for the empowerment of women has taken several innovative steps. ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padao’ is one such programmes through which he wanted to create opportunity for the girls of the country to establish themselves in the global arena. Sonowal also said that State government wants to make the foundation of a strong economy through women empowerment. Synchronizing with the programme, Chief Minister Sonowal handed over cheques to 22 women self-help groups under Kanaklata Mahila Sabalikaran Achoni. Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Minister of State for Panchayat and Rural Development Naba Kumar Doley, Minister of State for Power Topon Kumar Gogoi, MPs Rameswar Teli, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa also spoke on the occasion. MLAs Kushal Duori, Pranab Kumar Gogoi, Jogen Mohan, Bimal Bora, DCs of Sivasagar, Jorhat and Charaideo and a host of dignitaries were present on the occasion.
Sarbananda Sonowal attended two personalities during Jan Sampakarik Abhiyan at Jorhat
 BIJOY HANDIQUE (14/06/2018)
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 JORHAT: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on the occasion of Jan Sampakarik Abhiyan (the Public Relation Mission) called upon two prominent personalities from Jorhat city Ms Shashi Prova Borgohain-educationist cum director of Jonaki Sangha Vidhayala and social worker T Jail Road resident while on the other hand he also called upon Dr. Mukul Chaliha-educationist and Dr. (Ms) Anjana Chaliha-educationist in the KB Road resident interacted with both the personalities, listened to their suggestion for greater development for the state and as a whole and what should be the government do for further development where he spent for over half an hour at the resident of Ms Borgohain who is the wife of Group Captain late Banshi Borgohain, the kin of Pandit Krishna Kanta Handique and cousin of former Union Minister late Bijoy Krishna Handique at her jail road resident, Jorhat here today. Moreover Chief Minister calling upon two very prominent educationist from Jagannath Barooah College Dr. Mukul Chaliha-former HoD, department of Physics and retired as principal while his wife Dr. (Ms) Anjana Chaliha who was also ex-principal cum HoD from department of Philosophy. The chief minister during interaction thoroughly went through the writings of Mikul Chaliha which he had written after his retirement from the College’s principal. Dr. Chaliha praised the chief minister for dynamic leadership and further praised that he could do more for building a develop state in coming three years to come during the Jan Sampakarik Abhiyan. Along with the chief minister Kamamkhya Preasad Tasa- Jorhat MP, Shantanu Pujari-Jorhat district BJP president among several other personalities was present during the Abhiyan before living for Sivasagar via roadways from Jorhat here today. (Ends)
Tripura CM Seeks Centre’s Assistance To Tackle Flood Situation
 Bhupen Goswami (14/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had conducted an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on Wednesday and also visited a flood relief camp at Netaji Vidyaniketan in Unakoti’s Kailashahar which is one of the most adversely affected areas during floods. Deb in a conversation with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over the phone on Thursday has discussed the situation in the state and appealed to the Centre for immediate assistance in rescue and evacuation operations from the Indian Army. Deb has also requested Singh to strengthen the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team in Tripura urgently. According to reports, four people have already lost their lives due to consistent heavy rainfall in many parts of the state. The situation is significantly grave in Unakoti, Gomati, and Dhalai districts. Centre has assured all the necessary support to tackle the flood situation. The Army Chief has been instructed to take necessary actions. Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday discussed the situation in the state with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh over phone and requested the Centre for immediate assistance from Indian Army for rescue and evacuation operation. Deb also requested Singh to beef up the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team in Tripura urgently. According to reports, four people have died due to consistent heavy rainfall in many parts of Tripura. The situation is critical in Unakoti, Dhalai, and Gomati districts. The Central government has assured all the necessary support to Tripura to tackle the flood situation and the Army Chief has been asked to take necessary actions. Since the last few days, the incessant rains in Tripura have thrown normal life out of gear and residents are facing problems due to the increasing water level. Deb conducted an aerial survey of the work being done across flood-affected areas on Wednesday. He also visited a flood relief camp at Netaji Vidyaniketan in Unakoti's Kailashahar, one of the most badly affected areas during floods. The Chief Minister of Tripura has appealed all to cooperate and assist in the relief work. Besides Tripura, several areas in Assam, Mizoram and Manipur are also witnessing flooding.
NORTH EAST FLOOD : Manipur IAS officer goes waist-down in water, earns accolades from Twitterati,Floods claim first victim in Assam this year
 Bhupen Goswami (14/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI :Torrential rains and floods have thrown life out of gear in Manipur. To tackle the crisis, the government has launched relief and rescue operations in full swing. Manipur IAS officer H Deleep Singh, secretary, flood control was seen leading the relief work in flood-affected areas. Photographs of the 2000-batch IAS officer in waist-deep water are being shared widely on the social media platforms. Netizens applauded Singh for spearheading the relief work. Netizens praised the officer’s dedication and honesty towards his duty. The situation is worsening in Manipur as 40 out of 60 Assembly constituencies, is under floodwaters, resulting in the large-scale displacement of people. The Imphal Valley, as well as the hill districts, are in the grip of flash floods and landslides. Due to floods, electricity services have been also affected. The water levels in major rivers- Gomati, Deo, Manu, and Haora were swelling with every passing hour, as per reports. Landslides occurred in 40 places. In the last 24 hours, two persons including a child died due to flood in Manipur. A seven-year-old minor boy was reportedly drowned into the Ingourok River under Nongpok Sekmai police station on Wednesday. Incessant rain in Manipur has caused flash flood which has adversely affected the normal life in the state. Major rivers which pass through the valley districts are flowing at danger level and at some locations river banks have been breached. Low lying areas of the valley districts including government offices and educational institutions have been partially submerged in Imphal East, Imphal West, Bishnupur and Thoubal Districts. Officials said that the national highway connecting Manipur with southern Assam had been cut off because of landslides. Power supply had also been disrupted. Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh through twitter said, “Flooded in many parts of the valley areas of Manipur due to continuous heavy rains and badly destroyed the National Highways imphal Jiribam roads.” Educational institutions had been closed in the valley on Wednesday.The first wave of floods claimed its first victim in Assam as a tea-garden watchman became the first casualty. The victim has been identified as Suneel Mura. He was a resident of Kaksang near Karbi Anglong and was working in former Bokakhat MLA Jiten Gogoi’s private tea estate. He went missing on Wednesday and his body was recovered on Thursday in Bokakhat sub-division of Golaghat. Nearly 1.50 lakh people have been affected by the first wave of the flood that hit Assam on June 13. As of June 13, a total of 222 number of villages in eight revenue circles of six districts – Bishwanath, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Karimganj, Karbi Anglong (East) and West Karbi Anglong of Assam have been affected in this first wave of the flood. A total of 1,48,912 number of the population have been affected by the flood. The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has suspended four trains in Lumding-Badarpur hill section this morning due to landslides and tunnel washouts in five places following torrential rains in Assam. NFR CPRO, PJ Sharma informed that landslides were reported in five places in Lumding-Badarpur hill section due to heavy rainfall which has affected the normal train running in that section and has been suspended.
Union Cabinet : North Eastern Council comes under direct control of Home Ministry
 Bhupen Goswami (14/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The Centre on Wednesday upgraded the North Eastern Council (NEC) and brought it under the direct control of the Union Home Ministry. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was appointed as the chairman and Minister of Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh will function as the vice chairman. The significant decision was taken by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. All the Governors and Chief Ministers of the northeastern states are the members of the NEC. Under the new arrangement, the inter-state matters will be discussed more comprehensively. The NEC is the nodal agency for the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region which consists of the eight States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.
Rail-flood : Five train services suspended in flood-hit Assam
 Bhupen Goswami (14/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has suspended four trains in Lumding-Badarpur hill section this morning due to landslides and tunnel washouts in five places following torrential rains in Assam. NFR CPRO, PJ Sharma informed that landslides were reported in five places in Lumding-Badarpur hill section due to heavy rainfall which has affected the normal train running in that section and has been suspended. The landslides have occurred between 1:30 am and 3:30 am on Thursday. Sharma further informed that Divisional Railway Manager, Lumding is already at the site and is monitoring the situation. “Work is going on to restart the train services as early as possible. There is no passenger train stranded within the affected section,” said Sharma while speaking to TIME8. The affected trains are 55616 Guwahati – Silchar Fast passenger, which is controlled at Lumding from 05.17 am, 25657 Sealdah – Silchar Kanchanjungha Express to be controlled at Lumding, Silchar – Guwahati Fast passenger which has been cancelled and 15658 Agartala – Sealdah Kanchanjungha Express which will be controlled at Badarpur, as informed by Sharma. Landslides have been reported in KM 75/7-8 between Dautohaja – Phiding, KM 83/1-3 at Phiding station yard, KM 87/7-8 between Phiding – Mahur, KM/113/8-9 between Jatingalampur – New Harangajao and washout between tunnels no 9 and 10. “The extent of damage is yet to be ascertained. Restoration work is going on in the affected areas,” said Sharma.
Assam will burn if Centre implements Citizenship Bill: Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) informed to President of India
 Bhupen Goswami (14/06/2018)
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 GUWAHATI : Assam will burn if Centre implements Citizenship Bill: Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) informed to President of India.

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