Assam News

Assam: Of Cong dissidence, BJP emergence, jihadi activities

Dissidence in ruling Congress, BJP winning maximum seats in the Lok Sabha polls, rise in jihadi activities, interrogation of two former Congress ministers in the Saradha scam and violence in Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) were some major highlights in Assam in 2014.

Two militants killed in encounter in Assam

Two NDFB-Sonbijit militants were killed in an encounter with a joint police and army team in lower Assam's Chirang district on Sunday, a police official said.

Burdwan blast case: Shahnur Alam remanded to 14 days judicial custody

A city court on Saturday remanded Burdwan blast accused Shahnur Alam to 14 days judicial custody.

Four workers die while checking polypropylene tank at BPCL Dibrugarh

Four labourers on Saturday died after they entered a polypropylene storage tank in Central PSU Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited (BCPL) in Dibrugarh district following which enraged labourers set ablaze the construction company's office and damaged some vehicles.

Assam alerts districts after Peshawar school attack

Following the terrorist attack in a school in Peshawar in Pakistan, Assam government on Friday said it has asked all the districts to remain alert and ordered the security forces to be ready to stop any such incidents.

IIT-G staff demonstrate demanding Dean's dismissal over alleged rape of subordinate

The Dean Academic Affairs Prof Alok Kumar Ghosal of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Guwahati, arrested in connection with the alleged rape of a subordinate staff, has been placed under suspension.

Two militants gunned down in Assam

Security forces Thursday killed two cadres of a Meghalaya-based militant outfit in a gun battle in Assam`s Goalpara district, close to the inter-state border, police said.

Assam: Speaker warns of 'bad days' if ration for tea gardens stopped

Assam Assembly Speaker Pranab Kumar Gogoi on Thursday warned if subsidised foodgrains to tea garden workers are stopped, then "bad days" will come for the state with likely deterioration in law and order situation and urged BJP MLAs to raise the issue with the Central government.

Two UALA militants killed in encounter

Two hardcore militants of Meghalaya-based United Achik Liberation Army (UALA) were killed in an encounter with a joint Army and police team in Assam's Goalpara district close to Meghalaya border on Thursday.

IIT-Guwahati professor held on rape charge; students to take out protest march today
IIT-Guwahati professor held on rape charge; students to take out protest march today

The students of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Guwahati will on Wednesday take out a protest march in the wake of the arrest of the dean of academic affairs for allegedly raping an office assistant.

IIT-Guwahati dean arrested for allegedly raping office assistant

In another shocking incident of sexual assault in an educational institute, dean of the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati, Aloke Kumar Ghoshal was taken into custody by the Assam police on Tuesday for allegedly raping an office assistant.

JMB has prepared 'sleeper cell' for Assam: Minister

The Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has trained and prepared about 20 'sleeper cell' members, of which 10 are still at large, for subversive activities in Assam, the state Assembly was informed on Monday.

Assam govt looks to tighten law against ponzi scheme

Those committing offences under the Assam Protection of Interests of Depositors (in Financial Establishments) (Amendment) Bill, 2014, will not be able to get anticipatory bail, once the state Assembly passes it.

Gogoi's visits to 18 countries cost exchequer Rs 43 lakh

Guwahati: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's official overseas trips to 18 countries since assuming office in 2001 cost the state exchequer Rs.43,44,353 but yielded just one MoU, the Assam government has revealed.

Speaker mulls stopping of live TV coverage of Assam Assembly

Assam Assembly Speaker Pranab Kumar Gogoi on Monday said he is considering to stop live TV coverage of House proceedings after opposition AIUDF staged a walkout with their adjournment motion over an issue not accepted by the Chair.

Assam Speaker to refer 'non-utilisation' of fund to Privilege panel

Assam Assembly Speaker Pranab Kumar Gogoi on Monday said he would refer to the Privilege Committee alleged inaction over non-utilisation of a two-year old flood relief fund for Sonitpur district despite his ruling on the issue in the last session of the House.

Assam CM Gogoi made 18 official foreign visits since 2001

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has officially made 18 foreign trips since coming to power in 2001, the state Assembly was informed on Monday.

Ministry reshuffle in January, some will be dropped: Tarun Gogoi
Ministry reshuffle in January, some will be dropped: Tarun Gogoi

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said the much-awaited reshuffle of his ministry will be done in January with dropping of "some" existing ministers.

Prospect for Left, secular forces in 2016 Assam polls: Yechury

CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury on Saturday said Left and secular forces have a very good prospect in 2016 Assam Assembly elections as people are "disillusioned" with both Congress and BJP governments.

Anjan Dutta is the new chief of Cong's Assam unit

Congress on Saturday appointed former minister Anjan Dutta, who was quizzed by CBI in Saradha scam probe, as Assam PCC chief, replacing Bhubaneswar Kalita whose tenure would have ended in March after holding the post for ten years.

Certain BJP leaders sowing seeds of communal discord: Tarun Gogoi

 Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday charged "certain leaders of BJP" for sowing seeds of communal disharmony, leading to disruption of developmental process.

Shahanur Alam acknowledges his involvement in Burdwan blast

Interrogations by the Assam police have established prime accused Shahanur Alam's involvement in the October 2 Burdwan blast and his links with the Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangaldesh (JMB) which has set up a network in West Bengal, a top police official said on Monday.

Gogoi opposes move to scrap Planning Commission

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, a Congress veteran, on Sunday opposed the move to scrap the Planning Commission, saying replacing it without carefully devising a new structure was likely to do more harm than good.

Land swap pact with Bangladesh to help check illegal immigration: 3 BJP MPs from Assam

Three BJP MPs from Assam on Saturday defended the central government's decision to go ahead with a land boundary agreement with Bangladesh saying the pact will help check illegal immigration from across the border.

Burdwan blast: Key accused ​Shahnoor Alam remanded to 14 days police custody
Burdwan blast: Key accused ​Shahnoor Alam remanded to 14 days police custody

Shahnoor Alam, a key accused in the October 2 blast in West Bengal's Burdwan district, was on Saturday remanded to 14 days' police custody by a Kamrup court.

Police seize explosives in Assam

Diphu: A huge quantity of explosives, including 1,720 gelatin sticks, were seized from a bus in central Assam's Karbi Anglong district today, police said.

Tremor rocks Assam, Arunachal

An earthquake of mild intensity, measuring 4.8 on the Richter Scale, shook Assam's Sonitpur district along with West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh today, according to a report of Shillong's Regional Seismological department.

Health care package for BPL families in Assam

Assam government would introduce a total health care package for families belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL), Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Thursday.

Assam moots free medical treatment for poor

 Assam plans to launch a healthcare policy that will provide free treatment and medicine to below poverty line (BPL) families, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said on Thursday.

Tarun Gogoi orders vigorous operation to nab Baksa attack culprits

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday directed authorities to launch a vigorous operation to nab those involved in the killing of two persons in Baksa district yesterday.