The Forest Department, in a major move against the illegal trade of timber, seized two salis of logs while they were being smuggled from Arunachal Pradesh through the waterway of the Brahmaputra at Balijan in Tinsukia today. A haul of three hundred logs was made during the operation, which was conducted jointly by forest officials and personnel from the forest ranges of Dibrugarh, Doomdooma and Dibru Saikhowa.

The unabated illegal felling of valuable trees is threatening the existence of Dibru Saikhowa, a biosphere reserve in Tinsukia district. Sources said that mediapersons yesterday recovered 25 logs which have been illegally felled and kept hidden in Kaliapani ghat of river Guijan near Natun gaon under Guijan PS some 10 kms away from Tinsukia. The local people have alleged that the logs are illegally brought from Dibru Saikhowa and Dangari and have been kept concealed under water hyacinth.

DULIAJAN: Extending the ongoing mobile health care service of Oil India Limited, the company has signed an MoU with St Luke's Hospital of Tinsukia on April 25 at the

Japanese encephalitis immunization campaign started on April 2 completed successfully with an achievement of 92.3% of the target covering 4,19,965 children between age group of 1 to 15 years of age.

The trace metal levels were studied in soil and water of Tipong, Tirap and Tikak Collieries of Makum Coal Field, Tinsukia, Assam. The toxic trace metals were analyzed using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS). On the basis of the results obtained, it is clear that continuous mining operations have left permanent scars in the coalfield environmental scenario to a large extent.