Assam Govt Provides Scooters to Girl Students

The Assam Government has started the distribution of scooters to girls who have passed higher secondary examination, 2020 with first division.

A total of 22,034 petrol-driven scooters and 211 battery driven scooters are to be provided to a total of 22,245 girl students across Assam.

"Under the scheme, our government will provide scooters to 22,245 girl students across Assam" tweeted the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal with delight after attending Dr Baniktala Kakaty Merit Award presentation ceremony as chief guest at Numali Jalah Parade Ground, Amingaon, Guwahati on 20th of December.

Assam Govt Orders Closure of Hookah Bars in Guwahati

The government of Assam has notified for closure of all the trades in respect of Hookah Bar operating within the city of Guwahati.

"No further renewal/ issuance of trade license for Hookah Bar will be entertained by Guwahati Municipal Corporation for which the said activities are to be closed within a period of 7 days," states an order issued by the Commissioner, GMC.

The order has been issued on December 18, 2020.

Assam Govt to Enact Anti-Love Jihad Law Post 2021 Election: Himanta Biswa

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday revealed that the state government has drafted a bill to curb deception in cases of marriage.

Speaking to Republic TV, the minister said that the bill will be enacted after the BJP-led government is re-elected to power in the 2021 Assam Assembly polls.

Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma remarked, "Actually, in Assam, we have seen many cases where girls particularly get engaged to a boy thinking that they are from the same religion. Because many people hide their real identity in social media and thereafter, certain things happen after which the girls cannot come back from the situation. We continued to get such complaints and they were authenticated later on by facts and circumstances. We consider that marriage is a voluntary engagement by the two consulting parties. There should not be any fraud or element of cheating. So, we have to cover infrastructure or an institutional mechanism where even the remotest chance of fraud is eliminated. We have drafted a law. But we do not want to push it now as Assam is going to elections in the next two months. But as and when we come back to power, this will be our priority."

Weighing in on the contours of the proposed bill, Sarma stated that it will ensure that no person can provide a false identity to get married.

Assam Govt to Launch Pink Buses for Female Commuters

The Assam State Transport Corporation will launch pink buses exclusively for female commuters and elderly persons in Guwahati.

The buses that would be called ‘Brahman Sarathi’ will be launched at the beginning of 2021.

Notably 15 buses will be allocated initially in the capital city and no fare will be charged for the commuters.

These buses, painted in pink colour, will be on some of the busiest routes throughout the day and will provide fast, safe and easy mobility to the women and the senior citizens.

“This step is basically initiated because we often see that women and senior citizens experience a lot of hardship although some seats in ASTC buses are reserved for all women and the elderly, they are sometimes wrongly occupied by others and are mostly inadequate,” said Assam State Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Assam Govt Official Held for Stealing Mobile Phone in Guwahati

Guwahati Police have arrested a senior official of Assam town and country planning department for allegedly stealing a mobile phone from a shop in Guwahati

According to reports, city police arrested town and country planning department deputy director Md Ali Ashraf on Monday based on a complaint lodged by an employee of the shop with Satgaon police station, said the police official.

The officer in white shirt and blue jeans, was caught on CCTV cameras stealing the mobile phone from the shop, Yash Josh at city’s Baghorbori Tiniali area.

The FIR lodged in the Satgaon police station stated, “The deputy director Ali Ashraf has stolen a mobile phone Samsung A-507FZKVINS which was registered in the name of Yash Ahmed, son of Raju Ahmed, an employee of ‘Yash Josh’ store situated at Baghorbori Tiniali.”

Ali Ashraf is posted as deputy director at the office of town and country planning in North Lakhimpur.