Lok Sabha polls 2014 kicked off on Monday with nearly six million people casting their vote in five constituencies in Assam and one of two seats in Tripura. The Election Commission in New Delhi said the voter turnout in Assam was approximately 78 percent while in Tripura it was 85 percent.
A high turnout of 85 percent was recorded for one Lok Sabha seat in Tripura, while Assam registered 76 percent in five seats in the first phase of the elections which began peacefully on Monday from the country`s North East.
Sports can play an important role in bringing people together and fostering better understanding. Young sports enthusiasts from across the country recently came together in Assam`s Jorhat district for the 15th All India Agriculture University Games and Sports Tournament.
Among the most prestigious Lok Sabha seats in Assam, Jorhat will see six-time sitting Congress MP Bijoy Krishna Handique battle it out against BJP`s Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, a tea tribe leader, and AGP`s Prodip Hazarika.
The police have denied that the woman, who died of burn injuries in Assam, was the one who had kissed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during his recent two-day state visit, news reports claimed on Saturday.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is touring different parts of the country in order to revive his party`s fortunes, was welcomed with kisses on his cheek and on his head during his visit to Jorhat in Assam on Wednesday.
The state Health department along with the Jorhat Medical College has opened a special facility to speed up treatment of typhoid patients after 21 persons suffering from the disease were admitted to hospitals, a government official said.
The police on Thursday rescued four persons including two women who were assaulted allegedly for practising witchcraft in the world`s largest river island Majuli in Assam`s Jorhat district, official sources said.
A sudden storm with strong winds lashed Jorhat district in upper Assam on Sunday injuring 16 persons and killing eight Adjutant Storks, besides uprooting trees, electric poles and damaging tea bushes and farm fields.