Amazon India launches new delivery station in Guwahati

Amazon India launches new delivery station in Guwahati

Shillong, Sep 9: Amazon India today announced the launch of a new Delivery Station in Guwahati, Assam.

Spread across 10,000 square feet, the new station will enable Amazon to further strengthen its last-mile delivery network and ensure faster deliveries across the city of Guwahati and in areas such as Sonapur, Hatigaon, Beltola and Ambari, ahead of the upcoming festive season.

Investments in Delivery Stations enable faster last mile deliveries of orders to customers in the region, and creates local jobs in the city.

Commenting on the expansion, Prakash Rochlani, Director, Amazon Logistics said, “We believe customers, no matter where they are located, value fast and reliable delivery.

In line with our vision of making e-commerce a part of everyday life, and transforming how India buys and sells, we have expanded our last mile delivery network in the North-East region and also opened a new delivery station spread across 10,000 square feet in Guwahati.

This expansion will create many local work opportunities for individuals in the city as we continue our long-term investment in creating jobs and building infrastructure in the region.”

The company further announced the expansion of its delivery network with the launch of eight new Amazon owned and partner Delivery stations in the North East region this year to enable direct delivery presence in towns such as Morigaon, Diphu, Birpuria and Karimganj among others.

This growth of the delivery network will enable Amazon to penetrate further into smaller towns across the region, with significantly more customers now being able to enjoy one-day and two-delivery promises.

Over the years, Amazon has invested in deepening its reach and presence in the eight states of North East India and now has close to 65 Amazon owned and Delivery Service Partner stations that ensure direct delivery presence in more than 380pin codes across the region.

Chandra Mohan Patowary, Minister of Industry, Government of Assam, said, “Developments with regard to infrastructure and job creation are always welcome. Amazon India’s investments have proven to be beneficial in different regions of the country including the North-Eastern states. The investment in Assam in terms of supply chain expansion will help MSMEs from state to expand their footprint, increase local job opportunities and contribute to the growth of the local economy. We congratulate Amazon on their infrastructure expansion and appreciate these developments which support the State MSMEs to explore the e-commerce opportunity.”

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‘Resolution to Assam-Meghalaya border should be acceptable to people across community and party lines’

Mukul Sangma: How will you ensure independent enquiry if police officers still in office

Shillong, Mar 6: Meghalaya opposition leader, Dr. Mukul Sangma has said that any decision pertaining to resolution to areas of differences between Meghalaya and Assam must be something which is acceptable to all people across community and party lines.

Dr. Sangma also said that the issue should not be politicised.

”There should be hardly any place for politicisation of this issue once it is decided upon,” the leader of opposition added.

According to him, taking everybody on board at the time of engagement and discussion is very crucial.

Stating that there is a need to do some tight rope walking to resolve the decades long border dispute with Assam, Dr. Sangma said that when elections are near one cannot rule desperados trying to politicise this issue and whip up sentiments.

The opposition leader said that any government of the day will be hesitant to take a bold decision and this is where a strong political will is required, to arrive at a solution.

“Any contentious issues can be somehow misinterpreted and misused by anybody in order to take political mileage,” he said.

According to him, it is for this reason discussions have slowed down and there is complete dormancy of discussion.

“You revive and you restore the discussion and then a new incumbent government comes and new people which lead the government,” Dr. Sangma said.

According to the opposition leader, one needs an in-depth understanding about the actual genesis and core issues relating to the areas of difference.

“…then only we would be able to arrive at mutually acceptable solutions by the people from both sides so that no political party can create controversy out of it,” Dr. Sangma added.

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Modi govt will leave no stone unturned to promote North East, says Union Home Minister

Shillong Jan 23: Union Home Minister and chairman of the North Eastern Council (NEC) Amit Bhai Shah has assured that the Narendra Modi-led government would leave no stone unturned in promoting the North Eastern Region and put it on world map by bringing progress and prosperity in the region.

Shah, who inaugurated the 69th NEC plenary session in Shillong on Saturday, said the Central government has been focussing towards making the region a new engine of growth and overall development in the country.

He recalled that when Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister, he had mentioned from the very beginning that the development of India lies in the development of the North-East.

“The region which was neglected for decades has witnessed unprecedented peace and development under PM Modi,” Shah said.

The Union Home Minister who is the chairman of the North Eastern Council, said that from increasing livelihoods to bringing several development projects, the NEC has played a crucial role in fuelling the economic growth of the region .

Shah also said that the beauty of the North Eastern Region, be it natural beauty or rich cultural heritage, the region has immense potential to become a big tourism hub of our country.

“The Modi government is leaving no stone unturned in promoting the North East on world map and bringing progress and prosperity in the region,” Shah assured.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitender Singh, Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, other governors and chief ministers of all the North Eastern states attended the plenary session, besides officers of State Governments and Central ministries.

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Massive drug haul in Thoubal, seize 72 kg brown sugar

Imphal, Nov. 12: In a major operation undertaken by security forces, a joint team of Assam Rifles and Manipur Police seized nearly 72 kg of Brown Sugar from Kamu in Thoubal District of Manipur on 11 November.

Based on intelligence inputs received about a large consignment of drugs hidden in the area awaiting further distribution to various parts of the country, multiple teams were launched by Assam Rifles and Manipur Police on the intervening night of 10 and 11 November.

In a painstaking search undertaken in difficult terrain in the hours of darkness, three concealed bags containing Brown Sugar were recovered in the early hours of 11 November.

The market value of the narcotics recovered is assessed to be over Rs 287 Crores.

The security forces remain committed in their efforts to curb the drug menace in North East India by targeting the manufacturing and distribution networks.

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Dussehra marks conclusion of Durga Puja in Meghalaya

Shillong Oct 26: Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra marked the end of Durga Puja celebrations on Monday.
Shillong Oct: Vijaya Dashami or Dussehra marked the end of Durga Puja celebrations on Monday.
Amid restrictions due to COVID-19, devotees bid farewell to Goddess Durga on Dussehra and idols were immersed at various designated immersion ghats.
Altogether there were 253 Durga Puja Committees in the state out of which, Shillong has 61 community Pujas which include 6 private, and 3 defence.

There were 122 puja committees in Khasi Hills, 117 in Garo Hills and 14 in Jaiñtia Hills.

In Shillong, 54 Durga Puja Committees (DPCs) completed the rituals at the Immersion Ghat at Polo, and as decided by the Central Puja Committee, only 24 committees had idols which were brought for immersion.
Dussehra marks conclusion of Durga Puja in Meghalaya
Because of Covid-19, no foot procession was takennout and the immersion of idols was successfully carried out by the DPCs.
Cleaning of the stream was carried out after the immersion, and it will be completed by Tuesday.
The East Khasi Hills district administration congratulated the Central Puja Committee and all DPCs for the meticulous preparation and hard work that had gone into ensuring that protocols are followed in this year’s celebration, and also for adhering to environmental norms for immersion. 

CPC Meghalaya president, Naba Bhattacharjee while conveying greetings to all citizens, including elders, brothers and sisters residing in Meghalaya on the occasion of Dussehra, said that Shillong in particular, and Meghalaya in general has a rich, age old tradition of religious harmony, amity and bond among all faith and religion – probably foremost in the country which others should emulate. 

“Successful, smooth and peaceful conclusion of Puja is a shining example of this aspect. We don’t need to learn religious tolerance from anyone from outside. In fact it’s other way round and we can impart lessons to others in India,” Bhattacharjee said.

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Revised COVID-19 protocols: Here’s everything you need to know

Revised COVID-19 protocols: Here’s everything you need to know

Shillong, Oct. 27:  The Commissioner & Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Health & Family Welfare Department has issued a fresh revised protocols for testing and discharge in COVID-19 cases.

Here’s everything you need to know about revised protocols:

Entry & Exit Protocol

It is mandatory for all people entering Meghalaya to register themselves prior to their travel at:, and to download the Arogya Setu App and the
Behavioural Change Management App of Meghalaya from google play store.

(i) All entrants who produce a COVlD-Negative report at the entry point are exempted from testing,irrespective of their State of origin. The entrants should have been tested at a recognized laboratory by RT-PCR/TruNat/CBNAAT/RAT. The RT-PCRlCBNAAT/TruNat report will be valid only if they were tested within 72 hours of their arrival at the entry point. RAT Negative report will be valid only if tested within 48 hours of their arrival at the entry

(ii) For those entrants who do not have a COVID-Negative report.testing at entry points is available at a cost fixed by the Government.Entrants can choose either Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or RT-PCR.

(iii) Entrants coming with a COVID Negative report but showing symptoms on arrival at the entry point will have to be mandatorily tested by RT-PCR.

i). All entrants with a negative RT-PCR/TruNat/CBNAAT report and not having any symptoms will be exempted from quarantine and can proceed with their daily activities normally.

ii). All entrants tested by RT-PCR at the entry point should go into home quarantine or paid quarantine till the test results are declared. The test results are usually available within 48 hours. If tested negative, which shall be communicated through an SMS or can be checked online at, such individuals can carry on with their daily activities or work normal ly. If tested positive,SOP for home or institutional isolation should be followed.

iii). Entrants tested RAT Negative at entry point or coming with RAT Negative certificate should undergo mandatory quarantine of 7 days. If tested positive, SOP for home or institutional isolation should be followed.


For short-term inbound and outbound movement
i). All asymptomatic persons going out of Meghalaya for a short duration of 5 (five) days or less shall, on return, be exempted from quarantine if tested RAT negative at entry. They shall provide a valid travel document in the form of air/rail ticket or taxi voucher or any other evidence validating such travel. If tested positive, SOP for home or institutional isolation should be followed.

ii), Visitors coming for a specific purpose (business, examinations, industry, work, personal distress, etc.) to the State of Meghalaya for a short duration of 5 days or less are exempted from quarantine on production of a COVID-Negative RAT report from a recognized laboratory. The report will be valid only if they were tested within 48 hours of their arrival at the entry point. Such individuals can attend to their purpose of visit and are restricted to limited movement only from the residence to their workplace. In case the visit needs to be extended for more than 5 days, the visitors should mandatorily undergo RT-PCR/CBNAAT/TruNat test at their own expense in any of the\ recognised laboratory in the State on the 5th day and they will be allowed to carry on with their work only after declaration of the test result.

All entrants exempted from quarantine are to closely monitor their health for 10 days from .the date of entry into the State.Upon development of any symptoms of COVlD-19, such individuals should self-report to the nearest healthcare facilityl ANMI ASHA worker. All entrants will be monitored on a regular basis through IVRS calls from the Health Department. It is also mandatory that all entrants should diligently follow the three recommended practices of health at all times: wearing mask, maintaining social distancing and practicing hand hygiene.

This protocol supersedes the previous protocols vide No.Health. 74/2020/106 dated 20- 5-2020 and No. Health. 10012020/63 dated 21-08-2020.

2. Protocol for Discharge of Asymptomatic/Mildly Symptomatic COVID-19 cases after the recommended home/institutional isolation of 10 days.
(i) Asymptomatic/mildly symptomatic cases (category A and B patients) under institutional or home isolation will be discharged after 10 days, provided that they do not have any fever without medication during the last 3 days (8th/9th/10 day) of the recommended isolation period. No testing is required before these patients are discharged.

(ii) After 10 days of isolation, these individuals are allowed to carry on with their work normally and they only need to self-monitor themselves for 7 days and report to the nearest healthcare facility/ANM/ASHA worker ifany symptoms develop.

This protocol supersedes the previous protocol for asymptomatic/mildly symptomatic cases vide Health.94/2020/94 dated 23-09-2020 and Health.94/2020/95 dated 30-09-2020.

3. Testing and discharge policy for High-Risk contacts
(I) A person is identified as a high risk contact if he/she came into direct contact with a COVID 19 positive person without wearing a mask and was exposed to the person for at least 15 minutes.
(ii] All high risk contacts of a COVID positive person are to be tested by RT -PCR on the 5th day since exposure.High risk contacts are to quarantine themselves as soon as they get to know about their exposure until their test results are declared.

(iii) If tested negative and asymptomatic, such individuals can carry on with their work as usual while monitoring themselves for any symptoms for the- next 10 days.
(iv) If tested positive, SOP for home or institutional isolation should be followed.
(v) On completion of the isolation period, asymptomatic/ mildly symptomatic cases will follow the Protocol for discharge of asymptomatic/mildly symptomatic COVID-19 cases mentioned above.
(vi) Hospitalised COVlD-19 cases will be discharged as per the current SOP.

This protocol is in modification of the previous protocol for high risk contacts issued vide Health.94/2020/86 dated 27-08-2020.

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JSF Northeast Unit hails Himanta Biswa Sarma’s decision to close down all government-run madrassas in Assam

Guwahati, Oct. 24: Janasankhya Samadhan Foundation (JSF) Northeast Chapter Sailendra Pandey hailed the Assam Cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for his recent decision to close down all government-run madrassas in the state and convert them into general schools in the month of November.

Addressing a JSF’s national webinar recently, Pandey also claimed that such a bold decision to close down all government-run madrassas in the state by Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma will surely benefit the education system in the state and thus, help the nation to fight against the expanding population.

“Our educational system since the past 70 years has been very pathetic, it should be changed for sure. The state of Assam shares its border with Bangladesh, a country that has already contained its population issue, however, the labourers from that nation has been engaged in infiltrations and changed the demographic of the state of Assam. We need a strict population law to control such illegal activities will lead to the destruction of our mother nature,” said Pandey.

Pandey has also stressed on the rise in population in the state and nation, he also mentioned that the JSF Northeast Chapter has been tirelessly across the state of Assam and Northeast to enforce the population control law across the country by creating public awareness through the campaign and adopting strict law policies.

Pandey further mentioned that Assam Government had already implemented two-child policies in an advertisement for filling of Assam Secretariat vacancy. Similarly, UP and Bihar government had also tried to introduce two-child policies for both Government jobs and Panchayat elections in their states.

“We believe that very shortly Gov’t of India will also implement a strong policy for population control. We are really proud that the Assam government had already passed such kind of bill and are trying to implement it in the state,” Pandey added.

It is to be noted that Jansankhya Samadhan Foundation has been batting to form a referendum for implementing strict population control law by organizing awareness programs across the country since the year 2017.

On the occasion of World Population Day on July 11, a memorandum was sent to the Prime Minister, Home Minister, National President of BJP from 162 districts of the country in this regard. Memorandums are still being sent from other districts of the country.

On August 10, the Foundation’s Janjagaran Abhiyan was launched in Northeast India through a program in Guwahati, Assam.

So far, the work of the foundation has started in about 20 districts of Assam and other north-eastern states. In the coming time, there is a plan to extend the work to all the districts of North East India. A seminar will be organized in Guwahati in the month of February next year.

Also, JSF National Chairman, Anil Chaudhury congratulated Sailendra Pandey for his approach of spreading the agendas of JSF on population control to different parts of the Northeast through webinars, public awareness meetings, oath taking ceremonies etc.

“He had managed to include many eminent personalities from Northeast and Assam to join us in this fight against the population. His approach to the noble cause should be appreciated in all parts of the nation,” Anil Chaudhury added.

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Gadkari stresses on innovative logistics management

Shillong, Jul 11: Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari on Saturday emphasized on innovation, entrepreneurship, science, technology, research skills and successful practices and conversion of knowledge into wealth as the future for the country.

“Unless innovative transportation models are executed, high logistic management cost will remain,” he said addressing an e-symposium on Logistics Management under the e-Symposia Series on Emergent North East India: Strategic and Developmental Imperatives, hosted by the Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research & Analysis under the aegis of IIM Shillong.

Congratulating IIM Shillong on its delivery of business, management, and innovation leadership, Gadkari said, “I believe that you have a relatable responsibility to oversee the socio-economic growth of the region. This can only be achieved through cooperation, coordination and communication with stakeholders of the region.”

Also ruing on the country’s extensive import requirement despite the presence of minerals like copper, aluminium, gold, and coal as examples, Gadkari felt that impetus is on management institutes to contribute management strategies and solutions by comprehensively assessing the strengths and weaknesses related to industrial uplift.

Speaking specifically on logistics management, Gadkari opined the need to augment water transport while citing its cost effectiveness as compared to road or railway mode of transportation while sharing his insights on possibility of boosting Ro-Ro and Ropax water travel mode for easy connectivity, and cutting short distance coverage using the mighty Brahmaputra.

Assam Chief Minister, Sarbananda Sonowal said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, the centre is unleashing undivided policy attention towards the North Eastern Region across various dimensions of development while looking at the region as an upcoming engine of growth.

“With his (Modi) policy of transformation through transportation, the Prime Minister has given a special thrust on boosting the connectivity infrastructure of the Northeast,” Sonowal said, adding that the e-symposium would be helpful for us to draw a broad roadmap for realizing the growth visions of Northeast.

Chairman of the Board of Governors, IIM Shllong, Shishir Bajoria said, “Logistics is the key for success of anything. This could be very sophisticated with computers running dedicated programs or something as rudimentary as the Mumbai Dabbawalas who provide a great service to the entire working population of Mumbai. Be it in countries or companies, logistics is vital and strategic”.

Moving on to a technical session on opening up of opportunities for NER, Prof Keya Sengupta, Centre Coordinator, said, “Though logistics management forms the backbone for the development of the region, very few serious, and concerted studies have been achieved in the logistics sector. We would therefore be working to fill in this gap, to bring about paradigm change in making the NER a viable logistics corridor”.

Member of the Board of Governors, Atul Kulkarni opined, “We are not only looking at NER but also emerging economies of East Asia, and Southeast Asia. I think northeast India is at the crossroads between the three economies, wherein the existing transport corridors will automatically migrate into becoming the logistics corridors and ultimately into economic corridors which is expected to change the per capita income and the entire economy for the region”.

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All eyes on Manipur Governor as Cong, NPP demand floor test

Imphal, June 18: The opposition Congress along with the National People’s Party (NPP) in Manipur on Thursday urged Governor Najma Heptulla, to call a special Assembly session for taking up a no-confidence motion against the N Biren Singh-led government.

Former Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh informed the Governor that a Secular Progressive Front (SPF) comprising of 20 Congress members, four NPP, one Trinamool Congress and one Independent member has been formed to lead the new government in the State.

“We informed the Governor that the present N Biren Singh-led government is now in minority and hence a floor test should be done at the earliest,” Ibobi said, adding that the delegation has urged Heptulla to summon the sitting of the House in a couple of days.

The Governor is yet to take a call on the demand of the newly formed SPF.

With the resignation of three BJP legislators, Samuel Jendai, T.T. Haokip and Soibam Subashchandra, the BJP has reduced its strength to 18 but still enjoys the support of four Naga People’s Front which has four members and lone Lok Janshakti Party MLA in the 60-member Manipur Assembly whose effective strength is 59.

One seat is lying vacant after Th Shyamkumar was disqualified for defecting from the Congress to the BJP under the provision of the Tenth Schedule.

Earlier, the Congress legislator K Meghachandra served a notice for the removal of Speaker Y Khemchand after the latter preponed the proceedings regarding the disqualification of seven Congress legislators to June 18 from June 22 without reasonable cause or explanation.

However, Manipur High Court Justice Kh Nobin Singh directed the Speaker not to pronounce his judgment on the pending disqualification cases of seven Congress legislators, who had defected over to the BJP earlier, till Friday.

“The speaker has conducted himself in an authoritarian manner which is opposed to well established practice and procedures of the House”, Meghachandra alleged in his removal notice to the Secretary of the Manipur Legislative Assembly under Article 179 (c) of the Constitution.

The notice was signed by ten members, including former Deputy Chief Minister Y Joykumar Singh of the NPP.

The High Court order is significant in view of the election for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Manipur is scheduled to be held on June 19 at the premises of Manipur Assembly.

The ruling BJP has fielded Maharaj Leishemba, the titular King of Manipur, against Congress candidate T Mangibabu for the Rajya Sabha polls.

In its earlier order, the Manipur High Court has restricted the seven Congress MLAs from entering the State assembly till the pronouncement of the order by the Speaker.

Former Health and Family Welfare Minister and NPP legislator, L Jayantakumar on Thursday declared that the party will vote for the Congress nominee in the Rajya Sabha MP election on Friday.

“Our stand is final and there is no room for negotiation, retreat or surrender,” the NPP legislator said reaffirming NPP’s support to the SPF.

The Manipur Assembly elections in 2017 witnessed a hung assembly, with the Congress emerging as the single largest party with 28 legislators in the house of 60. The BJP won in 21 seats.

The NPP and the NPF bagged four seats each. The Lok Janshakti Party, Trinamool Congress and an Independent candidate won one seat each.

The BJP formed the government for the first-time with the support of non-Congress parties besides Congress legislator, Th Shyamkumar Singh who defected to BJP.

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With Rs 25.32 lakh crore outstanding, home/ edu/vehicle loan borrowers, credit card holders face credit score challenge: ASSOCHAM

New Delhi, 24th April 2020: Having witnessed a robust year-on-year credit growth of 17 per cent at the end of February, 2020, personal loans have an outstanding of Rs 25.32 lakh crore, posing a grave challenge for borrowers to pay their EMIs on time without default and retain their credit scores, an ASSOCHAM analysis has noted with concern arising out of Covid-19 crisis.

The ‘personal loans’ segment , as defined by the Reserve Bank of India, includes consumer durables, housing, advances against fixed deposits, credit card outstandings, education and vehicles loans.

As per the latest RBI data, analysed by ASSOCHAM, the major components in the ‘personal loans’ (PLs) were housing, vehicle loans and credit card outstandings, among others. Though components like consumer durables, had shown a big y-on-y growth of 43 per cent, the base was small with outstandings of Rs 6495 crore.

”As we deep-dived into the data, the areas of concern appear to be housing, credit cards, vehicle loans and education loans. Though the RBI has granted a three-month moratorium on EMIs, deferment comes at the cost of compounding of interest as the tenure gets prolonged, ” said ASSOCHAM Secretary General Mr Deepak Sood.

The credit card spenders were, in a way, leading the demand push and were sitting on an outstanding of Rs 1.11 lakh crore as at the end of February, 2020 logging a significant annualised growth of 33 per cent. Likewise, the housing sub-segment witnessed an annual expansion of 17.1 per cent with outstanding of Rs 13.30 lakh crore . Even before the Coronavirus outbreak , vehicle loans were acting as driver for somehow reviving the automobile demand with outstanding loans of Rs 2.21 lakh crore with growth of 10.3 per cent. The outstandings for ‘‘other personal loans” aggregated to Rs 7.17 lakh crore with a growth of over 20 per cent.

Though education loans had shown a negative growth of 3.4 per cent, the aggregate outstandings were large enough at Rs 66,563 crore to pose debt – servicing risks, which would only scale up in the wake of employment situation deteriorating because of lockdown and the subsequent costs to the economy.

”The outstanding loans to be serviced in different tenures carry different rates of interest and penalty clauses. For instance, the credit card default attracts huge compounding costs. Moreover, there is not much clarity with regard to credit card outstanding’s in reference to RBI moratorium, ” said Mr Sood.

The PL borrowers always remain concerned about maintaining their CIBIL ‘credit scores’ . ”Most of the personal borrowers are young professionals who have long working career as also personal ambitions ahead of them. We must ensure that their concerns are addressed and their credit scores are not compromised. After all, they are a key component of the India story,” said ASSOCHAM Secretary General.

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One more positive COViD-19 case in Assam, totally cases 27

‘COVID-19 situation in state improving’

Shillong, April 07,2020: Assam on Tuesday hike the tally in NE region with One more positive COVID-19 case taking the total tally in the state to 27.

The case is reported from the state’s Dhubri district. The person had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event that took place at Nizamuddin Basti in Delhi.

Confirmed by Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma who shared the news on social media.

Assam health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma announced through twitter account , “One more Covid19 positive case from Dhubri District has been confirmed, taking the total number in Assam to 27. This patient is related to Nizamuddin Markaz event in Delhi.”

The latest addition to the COVID-19 positive case tally of Assam makes 26 cases related to the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi.

Only case from Guwahati’s Spanish Garden apartment is not related to the Delhi event.



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NE8x Operations team lunches Challenge COVID-19 Online Portal

Guwahati, Mar 29: Digital accelerator NE8x® launches portal
The world is currently seeing an unprecedented crisis in the form of the recent Coronavirus outbreak.COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The new coronavirus, which first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan has become one of the biggest threats to the global economy and financial markets.

Meanwhile, the health fraternity is working round the clock to assist in detection and prevention of the COVID-19. Through the Challenge COVID19, the team is trying to drive in awareness by the 6-step, challenge that is breaking the myths, misinformation & amp; helping engage the community on necessary precautions that needs to be taken right away. Team at NE8x, has built an online aggregator dashboard to track the outbreak of COVID19.

The impact and initiative covers information, for real-time data analysis and social for community outreach ” says Riddhinil, Founder-NE8x Health Based in Guwahati, Assam (Northeast India) digital accelerator NE8x, launched the timely initiative in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak under the banner of ChallengeCOVID19 with a dedicated portal and real time information aggregator for providing resources, checklist on the Coronavirus outbreak.

Explaining more on the portal, Anisha from NE8x Operations team says “First publicly shared on March 16, Challenge COVID-19 dashboard tracks reported cases of coronavirus using real-time data, helping researchers, media and the public to monitor the outbreak as it unfolds globally. The portal also covers real-time data on the confirmed cases, deaths, and recovery rates for all affected countries, enabled with translation in regional languages.” Online dashboards, as known in the case of event of emergencies helps to fetch data and convey a real-time mapping of the spreading disease.

Public and media can use dashboards and maps to display data as with real-time mapping it helps to speed disaster outbreak awareness and preparedness ”Data and technology, in today’s age plays an integral role for assisting healthcare professionals to manage and monitor diseases.

The team at NE8x Health is working round the clock building the awareness campaign on the trends surrounding COVID19 in social media with influencers across the globe to help spread the word. ChallengeCOVID19 to people, is beyond data and real-time analytics” says. Arpan, Tech Head at NE8x Health. Driving the awareness campaign the team is working on the 6-steps challenge that comprises hashtags encouraging stay and work from home, washing hands, social distancing and wearing masks only on showing symptoms mentoring the team on this cause, Advisor Dr. Jagdish Behera has been helping the team with his expertise on telemedicine and is closely monitoring the portal live dashboard with his team at Master doctor Wellness that is assisting the team as a health analytics partner for the initiative.

The portal has sourced information from the world leaders in healthcare domain which includes WHO, CDC and ECDC. For the dashboard assistance, real-time data they have utilized Our World in Data illustration, JHU’s resource base and nCov19. Other mapping and info providers Nextstrain, Healthmap is also catering to the cause. The official portal of ChallengeCOVID19 is receiving hits every second from across the globe is not only assisting regional audiences but also helping bring the health domain corporates on a single platform to help unite for a much bigger cause, thereby clearing the information clutter and quoting the real-time happening on the Coronavirus outbreak.

The team has complied resource-list by conducting survey with citizen centric reports on how their country is tackling COVID19.NE8x Health also has set up an online symptom checker tool for crosschecking symptoms and conditions for non-clinical assessment and helping citizens understand the COVID19 commonly recorded symptoms Speaking on crosschecking facts, designing infographics for community engagement and awareness, Bijoy-Head of design at NE8x Health believes that the ChallengeCOVID19 has the potential to be an enabler for preparedness to COVID19 outbreak with outreach activities involving communities online to promote the 6-step challenges, reducing rumors and panic.

The design team has worked on simpler creatives with data visualization based on publicly declared travel advisories globally, virus outbreak and the commonly recorded symptoms with charts, graphs and simplified representational tools. In disease outbreaks, information is power and it helps citizens to protect themselves and their community “The team at NE8x Health is now focused on promoting effective measures declared by health organization like WHO and steps encouraged by regional government as simple as handwashing” says Krishna, Head of Community at NE8x, at the hour of COVID19 outbreak and support from government agencies, health organizations, media and communities the ongoing challenge to Coronavirus its truly a battle that needs to be fought together for the imminent threat world faces from it.

Encouraging the citizens to avoid panic, maintaining basic hygiene and social distancing can not only save lives but also help set an example of a worldwide revolution that despite sacrificing lives, came together as one with the advent of healthcare and technology and solved the challenge.

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