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Debris Cleared At Assam Oil Blowout Site, Work On Controlling Fire Next

Debris Cleared At Assam Oil Blowout Site, Work On Controlling Fire Next

Written by Ratnadip Choudhury | Wednesday July 15, 2020, Guwahati

About 45 days since a damaged gas well blew out in Assam's Baghjan area, the state-owned Oil India Limited (OIL) said it was confident of beginning the "main works" for controlling the fire in the next few days.

Assam MLA Wades Through Waist-Deep Water To Help Those Stranded In Flood

Assam MLA Wades Through Waist-Deep Water To Help Those Stranded In Flood

Reported by Ratnadip Choudhury, Edited by Nandini Gupta | Monday July 13, 2020, Golaghat, Assam

Assam MLA Mrinal Saikia is not afraid to get his hands dirty while working for the people of his constituency, where he walked through waist-high water and rescued people and livestock marooned because of floods that have affected over 13 lakh people across 2,015 villages in 24 districts.

Assam Man Helps Creates Jobs For Migrants Who Returned Amid Pandemic

Assam Man Helps Creates Jobs For Migrants Who Returned Amid Pandemic

Reported by Ratnadip Choudhury, Edited by Nandini Gupta | Friday July 10, 2020, Golaghat, Assam

42-year-old social worker in Assam's Golaghat district is helping youngsters, who were left without jobs or shelter in the country's metros because of the coronavirus lockdown, create livelihood back home by setting up fish farms offering hope of a sustainable future.

Flood Situation Worsens In Assam, 20 Dead, Over 9.5 Lakh Affected

Flood Situation Worsens In Assam, 20 Dead, Over 9.5 Lakh Affected

Edited by Debjani Chatterjee | Monday June 29, 2020, Guwahati

Monsoon weather update: According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority, 23 of the state's 33 districts are affected. Over 9.5 lakh people are badly hit by the floods. The weather office has said more rain is likely in the next few days.

PM Reviews Assam Oil Well Fire, Says Develop Expertise To Avoid Future Accidents

PM Reviews Assam Oil Well Fire, Says Develop Expertise To Avoid Future Accidents

Press Trust of India | Friday June 19, 2020, New Delhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed the situation arising out of the oil well blow out in Assam's Tinsukia district and pressed for capacity development of organisations to prevent such mishaps in the future.

After Suspected Custodial Death, Assam Tweaks Counter-Insurgency Ops SOP

After Suspected Custodial Death, Assam Tweaks Counter-Insurgency Ops SOP

Written by Ratnadip Choudhury | Wednesday June 17, 2020, Guwahati

Two days after a 30-year-old man allegedly died in custody after being caught by the Army in a counter-insurgency operation in Assam's Jorhat district, the state government said that security forces involved in such operations will have to be accompanied by the village headman or the line head of the tea estates.

Assam Hospital Releases COVID-19 Patient Due To Confusion Over Names

Assam Hospital Releases COVID-19 Patient Due To Confusion Over Names

Press Trust of India | Saturday June 13, 2020, Guwahati

What's in a name? It turned out to be a lot in Assam's Darrang district as a COVID-19 patient was discharged from hospital instead of a recovered person due to confusion over their similar-sounding names.

Environmentalists Fear Long-Term Impact Of Oil Well Fire On Assam Biodiversity

Environmentalists Fear Long-Term Impact Of Oil Well Fire On Assam Biodiversity

Press Trust of India | Friday June 12, 2020, Guwahati/Tinsukia

The raging fire at an oil well in Assam's Tinsukia district has caused irreversible damage to the Dibru-Saikhowa National Park and the Maguri Motapung wetland area besides jeopardising livelihood of people dependent on the land, conservationists said on Friday.

Fire At Oil Well Leaking Gas For Days, Assam Wants Army, Air Force Help

Fire At Oil Well Leaking Gas For Days, Assam Wants Army, Air Force Help

Written by Ratnadip Choudhury | Tuesday June 09, 2020, Guwahati

A massive fire has engulfed a natural-gas producing well of Oil India Limited (OIL) in upper Assam's Tinsukia district, that has been leaking gas for the last 14 days. Sources say the fire, that began this afternoon, may spread to adjoining areas.

Hit By Flood, COVID, Assam Adds Social Distancing Rules To Disaster Relief Manual

Hit By Flood, COVID, Assam Adds Social Distancing Rules To Disaster Relief Manual

Written by Ratnadip Choudhury , Edited by Sumana Nandy | Tuesday May 26, 2020, Guwahati

Assam, which has been hit by the first wave of floods and a continued spike in coronavirus cases, has rolled-out a flood relief and rescue operation manual while also ensuring strict adherence to rules put in place to curb spread of the contagion.

Row Over 2 Environment Clearances In Protected Wildlife Areas In Assam

Row Over 2 Environment Clearances In Protected Wildlife Areas In Assam

Written by Ratnadip Choudhury | Thursday May 21, 2020, Guwahati

There is a controversy brewing in Assam over environment clearances given for two separate projects. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has given clearance for hydrocarbon drilling to Oil India Limited at seven locations under the Dibru Saikhowa National Park in Assam's Tinsukia district at time when there is already a lot of criticism in the state over the centre allowing coal mining in the Dihing Patkai wildlife sanctuary, spread over Tinsukia and Dibrugarh districts.

After Its Highest Spike, Assam Comes Up With Strict Quarantine Rules

After Its Highest Spike, Assam Comes Up With Strict Quarantine Rules

Written by Ratnadip Choudhury | Friday May 15, 2020, Guwahati

With Assam witnessing its highest spike of 22 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, that too from Guwahati, a green zone, and at a time when the special passenger trains are arriving with stranded people from outside, the state government has tweaked its quarantine protocol and has come up with a strict SOP.

Not Testing Samples Of Girl Who Died Of COVID-19 A Mistake: Himanta Sarma

Not Testing Samples Of Girl Who Died Of COVID-19 A Mistake: Himanta Sarma

Press Trust of India | Sunday May 10, 2020, Guwahati

Doctors at the government-run ESIC Hospital committed a "mistake" by not testing samples of a 16-year-old girl, who later died of Covid-19, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.

Coronavirus: Guwahati Medical College Closed For New Patients After Doctor Tests COVID-19 +ve

Coronavirus: Guwahati Medical College Closed For New Patients After Doctor Tests COVID-19 +ve

Written by Ratnadip Choudhury , Edited by Stela Dey | Saturday May 09, 2020, Guwahati

Assam has 'temporarily' shut down the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) - the biggest medical college of the northeast and the B Borooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati after four coronavirus cases were reported from their premises. Guwahati was a green zone before these cases were reported.

Assam To Reopen Borders With Northeast States From Sunday

Assam To Reopen Borders With Northeast States From Sunday

Written by Ratnadip Choudhury , Edited by Sumana Nandy | Saturday May 02, 2020, Guwahati

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said state borders with all states in the northeast, except Sikkim, will be opened to "ease the return" of those stranded in the other states in the region.

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