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Elephant census begins in Assam

jorhat: The Assam forest department on Sunday launched the elephant census operation across the state. Principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife), Suresh Chand, told The Telegraph that the exercise would be conducted across the state till February 24. The census will be conducted by the staff on foot and also on elephant back in some places, he added. The last elephant census in Assam was done in 2008 and the total population of jumbos in the forest and its surrounding areas was found to be 5,284.

Health centre

sonari: Sonari MLA and deputy chairman of the State Planning Commission, Sarat Borkotoki, on Sunday inaugurated a health sub-centre at Borahi under Patsaku primary health centre in Sivasagar district.

Mishap

jorhat: Bana Munda, 32, of Dihingiapar tea estate factory line of Mariani died in a road accident on Sunday on the Jorhat-Mariani road, when he lost control of his two-wheeler and hit an iron bar next to the railway track.

Pistol found

jorhat: A pen pistol was found on a couple, Y. Newpong Konyak, 40, and Enon Konyak, 30, hailing from Nagaland from a hotel at Moran in Dibrugarh district on Sunday. They have been detained for questioning.

Govt aid

kokrajhar: Assam agriculture minister Pramila Rani Brahma distributed five tractors and 66 power tillers at a programme held at Debargaon in Kokrajhar as part of various development schemesor STs and SCs.

Accident

Dhubri: Two persons died and 10 were injured when their car hit a tree on NH 37 at Amjonga in Goalpara district on Sunday. One of the victims, Jonaki Basumatary, was an actor of Mancha Rupa Theatre Group of Sakati near Dudhnoi. Two of the three seriously injured, Jaba and Maina Basumatari, both actors of the theatre group, were shifted to GMCH while Dalimi Basumatari, a singer, was admitted to a private nursing home in Goalpara.
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