Explained: The Miyas of Assam, and their char-chapori culture

News: A proposed “Miya museum” reflecting the culture and heritage of the people living in char-chapouris has stirred up a controversy in Assam.   Facts: Who are the Miyas? The ‘Miya’ community comprises descendants of Muslim migrants from East Bengal (now Bangladesh) to Assam.They came to be referred to as ‘Miyas’, often in a derogatory… Continue reading Explained: The Miyas of Assam, and their char-chapori culture

India’s first multi-modal logistics park to come up in Assam

News: Union Minister has laid the foundation stone for Jogighopa Multimodal Logistics Park in Assam.   Facts: Jogighopa Multimodal Logistics Park: It is India’s first multi-modal logistics park that will provide direct connectivity to air, road, rail and waterways to the people. Developed under: It will be developed under the Bharatmala Pariyojana of the Government… Continue reading India’s first multi-modal logistics park to come up in Assam

Country’s longest ‘ropeway over a river’ inaugurated in Guwahati

News: Assam government has inaugurated the country’s longest ropeway over a river in Guwahati,Assam. Facts: About the ropeway: It is a 1.8-km-long ropeway over the Brahmaputra river connecting Guwahati to North Guwahati. Significance: The ropeway ride will facilitate the passengers to look out for the Urvashi island and catch a glimpse of the Umananda temple… Continue reading Country’s longest ‘ropeway over a river’ inaugurated in Guwahati

Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary

News:National Board for Wild Life(NBWL) has recommended coal mining in a part of Dehing Patkai elephant reserve which includes the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam. Facts: The Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary is also known as the Jeypore Rainforest.It is located in the districts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia in Assam. Dehing is the name of… Continue reading Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary

Assam tops in the budgetary practices survey

News:The Transparency International has conducted a survey to analyse the best practices followed by the states in the Budget Formulation. Facts: About the survey: The survey was based on 4 parameters a) public disclosure b) budgetary process c) post-budget fiscal management and d) efforts to make the budget more transparent and citizen-friendly. Key takeaways from… Continue reading Assam tops in the budgetary practices survey

Arundhati Scheme: Assam Govt to gift 10 gm of gold to every bride

News:Assam Government has announced the launch of ‘Arundhati Swarna Yojana’. Facts: About Arundhati Swarna scheme: The scheme is aimed to strengthen women empowerment and reduce child marriage. Under this scheme,state government will give each beneficiary bride fixed amount to buy 10 grams(one tola) of gold during her marriage if the marriage is registered. The state… Continue reading Arundhati Scheme: Assam Govt to gift 10 gm of gold to every bride

Assam announces two-child limit for jobs in govt

News:Assam Government has announced a policy which says that no Government jobs will be provided to persons with more than two children after 1st January 2021. Facts: Why this policy: The policy was introduced as the population in Assam has grown exponentially higher as compared to other states. According to the 2011 census,the Assam had… Continue reading Assam announces two-child limit for jobs in govt

Anthrax

News:Recently,Veterinarians have confirmed anthrax as the cause of death of two Asiatic water buffaloes in central Assam’s Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary. Facts: About Anthrax: Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. The bacteria live in soil and usually infects wild and domestic animals such as goats,cattle and sheep. However,humans,pigs and dogs are… Continue reading Anthrax

AFSPA Extended for Six Months in Assam

News:Government has decided to extend Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act for six more months in Assam. Facts: Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act: The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act was enacted in 1958 to bring under control what the government of India considered ‘disturbed’ areas. What is a disturbed area? The state or central government considers… Continue reading AFSPA Extended for Six Months in Assam

Over 19 lakh excluded from Assam’s final NRC

The final list of National Register of Citizens(NRC) has been released in Assam. The names of 3 crore 11 lakh applicants have been included in the final NRC while 19 lakh 7 thousand have been excluded. However,Assam CM has assured that those excluded from final NRC will not be detained and they can appeal against… Continue reading Over 19 lakh excluded from Assam’s final NRC

Election Commission to revisit ‘D’ voter criterion ahead of final NRC

Ahead of the publication of the National Register of Citizens(NRC), Election commission(EC) may revisit the criteria whether those excluded from NRC should be marked as ‘D’(Doubtful) voters. The system of ‘D’ (dubious or doubtful) voters was introduced in 1997 by the Election Commission.Doubtful voters are those who have been disenfranchised during electoral roll revision for… Continue reading Election Commission to revisit ‘D’ voter criterion ahead of final NRC

Assam NRC is India’s internal matter: Jaishankar

India’s External Affairs Minister is on a two day visit to Bangladesh.  During his visit,India’s foreign minister has said that National Register of Citizens (NRC) process which is now underway in Assam is an internal matter to India. On Rohingya issue,the minister said that the safe and speedy return of Rohingyas to their place of… Continue reading Assam NRC is India’s internal matter: Jaishankar

Centre to double time limit to appeal NRC ouster to 120 days

The Central Government has proposed to double the time limit available for filing an appeal against non-inclusion of persons in the National Register of Citizens(NRC) in Assam At present,the time limit for filing of appeal in foreigners tribunals(FTs) is 60 days.This will be amended to increase the time limit to 120 days. Under the provisions… Continue reading Centre to double time limit to appeal NRC ouster to 120 days

Dr Jitendra Singh reviews status of implementation of various projects under MDoNER

Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region(MDoNER) has announced that Assam will become the first state to have first-ever Bamboo Industrial Park in the northeast.  This industrial park will be set up in Manderdisa in Assam’s Dima Hasao district.This project is set to be completed by March 2021.  Further,the central government has also planned to… Continue reading Dr Jitendra Singh reviews status of implementation of various projects under MDoNER

India’s first dragon blood-oozing tree

Researchers from Assam have discovered Dracaena cambodiana.It is a dragon tree species in the Dongka Sarpo area of West Karbi Anglong. This is for the first time that a dragon tree species has been reported from India. This plant yields dragon’s blood which is a bright red resin used since ancient times as medicine, body… Continue reading India’s first dragon blood-oozing tree

Reflection of faith

The annual four-day Ambubachi Mela is being held at Amingaon near Guwahati,Assam. Ambubachi Mela is a festival to mark the annual menstruation of the goddess which is held at Kamakhya temple. The Ambubachi Mela symbolises the fertility cult of goddess Kamakhya. There is no idols in the temple,the goddess is worshipped in the form of… Continue reading Reflection of faith

Assam temple bids adieu to turtle hatchlings

Recently,the Ugratara Temple in Assam had organised a special darshan of 34 hatchlings of the rare black softshell turtle as these hatchlings will be reintroduced into the wild. The black softshell turtle(Nilssonia nigricans) is a species of freshwater turtle found in India (Assam) and Bangladesh. The black softshell turtle figures in the International Union for… Continue reading Assam temple bids adieu to turtle hatchlings

Assam deportation figure given to Supreme Court doesn’t add up

A Bangladeshi diplomat has said that its government is puzzled over Assam government’s claim that only four Bangladeshi nationals have been deported to the country since 2014. Bangladesh claims that it had taken back 52 nationals in 2018 and 21 in January 2019. Earlier in the case related to detention camps for foreigners in Assam,… Continue reading Assam deportation figure given to Supreme Court doesn’t add up

Tiwa tribes and Khelchawa festival

Recently,Tiwa tribesmen had taken part in a dance during the Khelchawa festival in Karbi Anglong district of Assam. Tiwa tribesmen are recognized as a Scheduled tribe within the State of Assam.They are also found in the states of Meghalaya,Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.They speak Tibeto Burman language.Further,they are divided into two sub-groups namely Hill Tiwas and… Continue reading Tiwa tribes and Khelchawa festival

CJI tears into Assam move on detenus

The Supreme Court has sharply criticised the Assam government for its proposal to conditionally release and monitor declared foreigners who have been kept in dismal condition in the state’s detention centres for over five years. The SC has called for deportation of foreigners at earliest The Assam government has proposed to release foreigners who have… Continue reading CJI tears into Assam move on detenus

Assam CEO: people in electoral rolls can vote

Assam chief electoral officer said those people who have their names enrolled in the electoral rolls will be able to cast their votes in the Lok Sabha polls. There was confusion among a large section of people in Assam whether those excluded from the draft National Register of Citizens(NRC) could cast their votes or not.The… Continue reading Assam CEO: people in electoral rolls can vote

Assam to cut pay of staff who neglect parents

The Assam government has formed a 3 member PRANAM (Parents Responsibility and Norms for Accountability and Monitoring) Commission to hear cases under the Assam Employees Parental Responsibility Norms for Accountability Monitoring Act, 2017, or Pranam Act. Pranam Act obligates the Assam State government employees to look after their aged and dependant parents and differently-abled siblings… Continue reading Assam to cut pay of staff who neglect parents

SC upset at the plight of illegal migrants in Assam

The Supreme Court reprimanded the Assam government’s efforts to deal with the illegal immigration crisis as figures showed that in the past decade, out of 52,000 persons declared foreigners by Tribunals under Foreigners Act, only 166 could be deported. Around 938 are being held in six detention centres in the state. Illegal migrants are Doubtful… Continue reading SC upset at the plight of illegal migrants in Assam