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Flood leads to dead of more than 140 animals in Assam

 

The second wave of floods in Assam has inundated 80 per cent of the 481 sq km area of the famed Kaziranga National Park and claimed the lives of over 140 animals, including seven rhinos.

Since August 10, seven rhinos, 122 swamp deer, two elephants, three wild boars, two hog deer, three sambhar deer, one buffalo and one porcupine died, KNP Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rohini Ballav Saikia said. "Carcasses are being recovered daily," the official said.

 

Out of the seven dead rhinos, six drowned while the other died of natural causes.

Water of the Brahmaputra river entered the KNP, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, through river Difloo.

Intensified water patrolling was on by KNP guards, task force, protection force along with those from NGOs, Wildlife Trust of India and forest department employees for rescuing, recovering and making assessment of species trapped or dead in the KNP, Saikia said.

 

At present, animals in KNP are moving in search of food available on both sides of the NH-37 and the adjacent tea gardens towards the higher altitudes of Karbi Anglong district. As per DFO, Forest department and security personnel are fixing hoardings, posters, banners to restrict speed limit of vehicles on the NH-37 passing through the park between 20-40 km per hour.

 

 

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Death Threat to Tripura CM Manik Sarkar

An unidentified person has given a death threat to Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, police said on Friday. The threat appeared in a Facebook post by one Riya Roy on behalf of the 'World Anti-Communist Council' which said anybody who kills Sarkar would be awarded Rs 5 Lakh. Police has suo motu registered a case, saying the post was suspected to have used a fake name.

A FIR in connection with the post was lodged by one Subrata Chakrabarty, who received the post from Roy. Chakraborty, a resident of Bardowali in Tripiura, suspects the post is the handiwork of a gang of criminals. 

The post reads:

 

Asked if Sarkar’s security would be enhanced, he said the chief minister already has Z Plus category security and in case it had to be enhanced would be decided by the committees which look into the security aspects of VIPs.

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Railways Links cancelled till 20 August 2017

All trains to the Northeast from rest of the country have been cancelled till 20 August due to flood damaged tracks in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar, officials said on Wednesday.“The Railway Board has directed all zonal railways to cancel trains travelling from various parts of the country beyond Malda town and Katihar,” Northeast Frontier Railway chief public relations officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma said in a statement. “However, virtually no accessibility to most of the damaged sites has affected the restoration work. Telecommunication network in the entire section is badly affected also,” Water is still above danger level in sections like Dalkhola-Telta-Sudhani Barsoi-Raiganj and Balurghat-Buniyadpur. Restoration work is going on. Boulder, ballast and other materials are being arranged from various locations for being used in restoration work. On date, there are about 120 passengers, who are stranded at Guwahati station and railway administration is taking all necessary steps to extend all possible assistance to these people currently.

 

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Uprooted tree from Raj Bhavan left 3 dead

Heavy rainfall for the past 4 days has created panic all over the state especially in Shillong when a large tree from Raj Bhavan premises fell just outside opposite MBOSE office which left three people dead. The tree unluckily landed on 4 vehicles in which three 3 occupants of the local taxi were crushed. Though emergency and ambulance were despatch still out of four, three victims were reported spot dead by the doctor in Shillong Civil Hospital. The injured women are Wannysha Ksoo (27) and Newmemorial Wahlang (51).

 

The victims have been identified as Crystal Gayle Kharnaior (23), daughter of artist Raphael Warjri of Mawlai Nongkwar Block-V, Paul LB Lyngdoh (70) and taxi driver Hubert Swer (35).

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Nepal criminalises isolation of menstruating women.

The recent death of young girl has prompt Nepal Parliament to criminalise the isolation of menstruating women which was still practiced despite its banned by the Supreme Court more than a decade ago.

Menstruating in Nepal is considered as unclean by some communities and in some remote areas women are forced to sleep in a hut away from home during their periods.  This custom known as “Chhaupadi” is linked to Hinduism and considers women untouchable when they menstruate, as well as after childbirth.

 

The new law accompanied three-month jail sentence or a fined of Rs. 3000 or both, for anyone forcing or encouraging the woman to follow this evil custom.

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