A third relocated rhino has been poached in Manas sanctuary in Assam, causing concern among conservationists and prompting World Wildlife Fund(WWF), partners in the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 programme, to question the sincerity of the state forest department in protecting the endangered animal.

The discovery of the crime comes close on the heels of the recovery of two carcasses of rhinos, with horns cut off, in Morigaon and Sonitpur districts of the state on January 11.

The Assam government today said it would install solar power fencing to check the increase in straying of elephants from their shrinking habitats into human settlements.

Assam has been susceptible to the effects of climate change, and this has dramatically impacted the lifestyles and livelihood options of thousands of marginalised women and their households in the

Union Environment and Forests Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Wednesday announced a fund of Rs 1 crore for the infrastructural development of Kaziranga National Park’s (KNP) tiger reserve area. She also assured 24-hour security arrangements in KNP for protection of wildlife, providing nine speed boats and a battery-powered aircraft.

Natarajan, accompanied by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, State Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain and senior wildlife officials, visited the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) on Wednesday to take stock of the situation there following the recent spate of rhino killings in the park.

To secure better working conditions for plantation workers, the Tea Board has approved a proposal to provide subsidies for drinking water schemes and rainwater harvesting projects.

The flood situation in central and lower Assam turned critical, with the water level of the Brahmaputra rising alarmingly and flowing above the danger mark in most places. The situation continued to be grim in upper Assam too. The death toll in the current wave of the flood has gone up to 18 and seven persons were reported missing on Tuesday.

As over 17.60 lakh flood-hit people, including about four lakh of them in relief camps, suffered in 16 affected districts, food packets were dropped by the Army and Indian Air Force helicopters in some of worst-hit areas such as the Majuli river-island in upper Assam's Jorhat district, Sootea in Sonitpur district, Sadiya sub-division in upper Assam's Tinsukia district.

GUWAHATI, Sept 24 – The overall flood situation in the State has worsened further with nearly 14 lakh people in 1,972 villages under 63 revenue circles of 16 districts reeling under flood.

Situation in Assam, Arunachal worsens; ITBP, BRO personnel among victims

Landslips triggered by heavy rain claimed 27 lives, including those of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) personnel, in Sikkim, even as the flood situation in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh deteriorated. Official sources said in Gangtok on Sunday that at least 21 bodies, including those of the ITBP and BRO personnel, were found while eight persons were missing following flash floods and landslips in remote areas of North Sikkim.

GUWAHATI: The flood situation in the State has deteriorated on Sunday with 15 districts reeling under its impact. More than 8 lakh people have been affected in the current wave of floods. Sources said seven people have died in floods in Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Chabua during the past one week.

The government has sounded an alert, as water level in most of the rivers in the State continue to rise owing to incessant rains in some upper Assam districts as well as in neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh.

TEZPUR, Aug 27 – Continuous erosion caused by tributaries of the Brahmaputra like Gabharu, Belsiri and Jiabhoroli has turned serious in Sonitpur district during the last couple of days, posing a se