Assam makes RAT mandatory for all air passengers arriving in the state

  • If a passenger tests positive, he/she will have to undergo home isolation or get admitted in a private hospital or government health institution depending on his/her medical condition, the order said.

GUWAHATI : Assam government Tuesday made it mandatory for all air passengers arriving in the state to undergo the rapid antigen test(RAT) which will be done free of cost. The order issued by the state health and family welfare came into force with immediate effect, officials said.

If an air passenger tests negative, then he/she will have to undergo confirmatory RT-PCR test at the airport at the maximum approved rate of 500, it said. After the RT-PCR sample is collected, the passenger will be allowed to leave the airport premises but will be required to be in quarantine till the test result is known. Hand stamping of the passengers after the sample collection must be done.

An undertaking in this regard will have to be furnished by each passenger, who can then continue with his/her normal activities in compliance with COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and norms, the order said.

There will be no exemptions from undergoing the tests and all earlier standard exemptions in this connection have been withdrawn, it added. Residents of other north eastern states who arrive in any airport in Assam airports from outside the state and are directly travelling onwards and all transit passengers of intra-Assam and inter-North Eastern states routes willl be exempted from testing provided they are asymptomatic.

These passengers will be required to produce proof of address in the north eastern states. Any person violating these instructions will be liable to be prosecuted as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of IPC and other legal provisions, it said.

Assam Budget 2021: Cess on Liquor Removed, Alcohol to Become Cheaper in Assam

GUWAHATI: Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has announced that tax on liquor will be slashed by 25 per cent.

Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma made the announcement while presenting the vote on account Budget on Friday, on the second day of the three-day State Assembly session. The vote on account from April-July 2021 comes ahead of the upcoming Assam Assembly Elections.

Speaking at the session, Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that the government has decided to remove the 25 per cent additional cess on alcohol, which was levied to meet healthcare expenses during the COVID-19 induced pandemic. The change in the cess tax on the price of alcohol will be put into effect by the state government from February 13.

The state government has decided to drop the price of liquor from February 13. 

INPUT: sentinelassam

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Assam Government Releases Holiday List for 2021

The Assam Government has released the holiday list for the year 2021. The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held on 13th December.

“The Cabinet approved the holiday list for 2021. General Holidays will be 34 days and restricted holidays will be 31 days.” posted Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal.

All offices under the Government of Assam and Magisterial Courts in Assam will remain closed for the following days:

14th and 15th January - Magh Bihu, Tusu Puja
23rd January - Netaji's Birthday
26th January - Republic Day/ Gwther Bathou San
31st January - Me-Dam-Me-Fi
27th February- Bir Chilarai Divas
28th March – Dol Jatra
2nd April- Good Friday
14th, 15th and 16th April- Bohag Bihu
21st April- Sati Sadhani Divas
1st May- May Day
12th May- Tithi of Damodar Deva
14th May- Id-Ul-Fitr
26th May- Buddha Purnima
27th May- Birthday Tithi of Madhav Dev
21st July- Id-Uz-Zuha
15th August- Independence Day
19th August- Mohharam (Half Holiday)
27th August- Tithi of Madhav Dev
30th august- Janmasthami
8th September- Tithi of Srimanta Sankaradeva
2nd October- Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi
12th, 13th and 14th October- Durga Puja
15th October- Bijaya Dasami and Janmotsav of Srimanta Sankaradeva
18th October- Kati Bihu
20th October- Lakshmi Puja (Half Holiday)
4th November- Kali Puja and Diwali
6th November- Bhai Dooj
10th November- Chath Puja
19th November- Guru Nanak Dev’s Birthday
24th November- Lachit Divas
2nd December- Asom Divas (Su-Ka-Fa)
25th December- Christmas Day

This list has been confirmed by the Governor of Assam as published on 18th December, 2020.

Assam Govt Releases Durga Puja Protocol, Details Inside

Guwahati: State Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma releasing the Durga Puja protocol in Assam this year stated that the puja committees will have to take the permission of the Deputy Commissioners’.

Meanwhile, committees will have to follow the guidelines issued by the government.

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Webinar on 'Conservation of Highly Endangered Greater Adjutant Stork' held in Guwahati

Guwahati: Celebrating the WILDLIFE WEEK, a Webinar on Conservation of Highly Endangered Greater Adjutant Stork was conducted at Regional Science Centre in Guwahati on Sunday afternoon.

Famous Conservation Biologist and Green Oscar Awardee, Dr. Purnima Devi Barman was the Chief Speaker at the webinar session.

Along with her, Bipul Chakrabarty, Director, Tata Zoo, Basudev Mandal, PC, RSCG, Ramendra Medhi, EO, RSCG, Luit Talukdar (Student), Shudhir Ranjan Dhar, Teacher, Prema Dhar Das, EO, RSCG, Dhrubajyoti Kalita, Social worker and Sailendra Pandey Pro to Parimal Suklabaidya Minister Of Environment And Forest, Gov't of Assam participated in the webinar.

The Webinar was compered by Ramendra Medhi, Regional Science Centre, Educational Officer.

Chief speaker Dr. Purnima Devi Barman spoke about the various measures and conservation techniques of the Endangered Greater Adjutant Stork.

She also urged all section of the people in the state to come out with an initiative to protect the different endangered species in the state.

Dr. Barman has also raised a point on setting up a Greater Adjutant Stork Corner (Hargila Corner) in order to develop the sense of protecting this endangered species of bird.

In fact, she had already submitted a proposal in this regard to the Regional Science Centre, as per the discussion by Sailendra Pandey and Basudev Mandal in the Webinar.

She also informed that one can contact her through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for any kind of queries regarding the conservation techniques.

Second speaker Bipul Chakrabarty, Director, Tata Zoo, Jharkhand, expressed his serious concern over the matter and highlighted the fact that a similar kind of species of Greater Adjutant Stork is also under threat in Bihar’s Bhagalpur. He also sought for similar kind of projects in order to protect the endangered species in Bihar.

To which, Dr. Barman said that they are ready to extend all kind of help in this regard, if being invited to do so.

Speaker Sailendra Pandey, PRO to Parimal Suklabaidya, Minister of Environment And Forest, Gov't of Assam also expressed his concern and suggested to forward a written request from Forest department, Govt of Bihar to Forest department, Govt of Assam in this regard.

Pandey also assured for all kind of support from Govt of Assam.

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Girl Child Rescued from malaise of child marriage in Dibrugarh

Guwahati: A girl child was rescued from the malaise of child marriage in Dibrugarh’s Borboruah area recently.

The boy and his guardian have been booked under the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act and the child has been handed over to Childline for necessary formalities.

Kudos to Officer in charge, Borboruah PS for timely intervening the matter, thus, leading to a major rescue operation of a girl child from the clutches of the family of the boy (with whom she was supposed to get married).

Following the incident, Dibrugarh police took to Twitter saying, “We urge the public to inform us any incidence of this social evil.”

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RASODE ME KAUN THA ? Rasode me do drugs peddlers tha! Nagaon police tweets

Guwahati: The edited viral video of the iconic Kokila Ben in hit Star Plus soap Saath Nibaana Saathiya seems to have inspired the Assam police to come up with something really fresh and new.

Taking a jibe at the drug peddlers, Nagaon police comes up with a witty tweet saying, “RASODE ME KAUN THA ? Rasode me do drugs peddlers tha. Carton  me se Livsaf and vitamins nikal diye aur CODEX and drugs chhupa diya. Itne me Team Nagaon ayi aur dono ko utha liya.”

It is to be noted that this Television actor Rupal Patel, who played the iconic Kokila Ben in hit Star Plus soap Saath Nibaana Saathiya, was also quite pleased with becoming a meme. Over the weekend, an edited video of her from the show went massively viral and it’s all that anyone is talking about.

The edited video was turned into a rap song by Musician Yashraj Mukhate and accordingly, he shared it on his social media accounts. The video went viral in no time and has raked in 4.9 million views on Instagram and endless memes on Twitter.

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Assam Government Extends AFSPA In State For Six More Months

Guwahati: Assam Government has extended AFSPA in the state for six more months. This decision was taken on Tuesday. This act will come into effect from August 28.

The state has been declared a “disturbed area” on account of recent insurgent attacks on security forces in the Northeast and recovery of illegal arms and ammunition from different areas of Assam, an official statement said.

Many civil society groups and activists have been demanding the withdrawal of the draconian law from the state.

The AFSPA, which empowers security forces to conduct operations, arrest anyone anywhere without prior notice, has been continuing in Assam since November 1990. It is renewed every six months.

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Provincialisation of educational institutions re-initiated under BJP govt: Himanta

Guwahati: The process of provincialisation of educational institutions in the state has been re-initiated,  stated minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday evening.

Taking to Twitter this evening, Himanta said, “After I left Government in 2014, the Provincialisation of educational institutions had come to a halt. Today we have initiated the process again.”

Himanta also informed that around 197 High Schools have been Provincialised, 9 Higher Secondary Schools provincialized, 149 Senior Secondary Schools or junior colleges across Assam has been provincialized, thus, a total of 355 educational institutions under the Directorate of Secondary Education has been provincialized by the Government of Assam.

Under the Directorate of Higher Education, 27 new colleges have been provincialized across Assam, Himanta stated.

Furthermore, provincialisation of a total of 3,980 teachers posts under the directorates of higher education and secondary education has also been announced by the GoA.

The total posts of teachers, provincialized by the Assam government after 6 long years, include 3,049 posts under the directorate of secondary education and 931 posts under the directorate of higher education.

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22,000 girl students securing 1st div in HS examination to get Scooty before Oct 15

Guwahati: State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday announced that a total of 22,000 girl students who secured the 1st division in the higher secondary examination this year will get one Scooty before 15th October.

All the Beneficiaries can opt for either electrical or petrol, he informed.

The cost of the scooty will be within the range of 50-55 K, Himanta stated before the media.

The registration cost has to be bear by the Beneficiaries themselves, he stated further.

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