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A view of the Brahmaputra river in Jogighopa, in Assam, India.(Reuters photo)

China defends dam on Brahmaputra, India hits back

By Sutirtho Patranobis and Rezaul H Laskar | Hindustan Times, Beijing/New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 07:38 AM IST
India on Thursday said China must ensure its hydropower projects don’t infringe on the water rights of lower riparian states, even as Beijing asserted its right to build a dam on the lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo river close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC).
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Earlier this week, Chinese state media had reported that Beijing will build a “super” dam on the lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo river.(AP file photo)
Earlier this week, Chinese state media had reported that Beijing will build a “super” dam on the lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo river.(AP file photo)

India tells China it is concerned about its Brahmaputra hydropower project

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 07:18 PM IST
The Chinese side has assured that they’re only undertaking run of river hydropower projects which don’t involve diversion of waters of Brahmaputra, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said in a weekly media briefing.
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A view of the Brahmaputra river in Jogighopa, in Assam, India.(REUTERS)
A view of the Brahmaputra river in Jogighopa, in Assam, India.(REUTERS)

Our right to build dam on Brahmaputra, says China as experts warn of impact

By Sutirtho Patranobis | Hindustan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 09:43 PM IST
China said it was within its legitimate rights to build a dam on the lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo river close to the LAC, but assured that the hydropower project will take into account the interests of India and Bangladesh
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China’s is building the largest dam in Tibet on the Yarlung Zangbo river. It has already built several small and big dams on the river.(AFP Photo File)
China’s is building the largest dam in Tibet on the Yarlung Zangbo river. It has already built several small and big dams on the river.(AFP Photo File)

China plays down concerns over ‘super’ dam impacting water security in northeast India

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 08:28 PM IST
Yarlung Zangbo, which originates in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), flows into Arunachal Pradesh, where it is called Siang, and then to Assam as the Brahmaputra. China is building a mega dam on Yarlung Zangbo.
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As a lower riparian country, India has the right to be worried because dam building on the Brahmaputra by China can have far-reaching impacts on the lives and livelihoods of its people.(AP file photo)
As a lower riparian country, India has the right to be worried because dam building on the Brahmaputra by China can have far-reaching impacts on the lives and livelihoods of its people.(AP file photo)

Convey concerns on China’s dam-building

UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 12:22 PM IST
India must explore all diplomatic and economic options to bring China to the discussion table. But whatever it does, timing will be key to make the right impact
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A file photo of water flowing out from sluiceways at the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River. The hydropower generating capacity of a new dam being planned by China on its side of the Brahmaputra river could be three times that of Three Gorges Dam.(AP/ file)
A file photo of water flowing out from sluiceways at the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River. The hydropower generating capacity of a new dam being planned by China on its side of the Brahmaputra river could be three times that of Three Gorges Dam.(AP/ file)

China to build a super dam on its part of Brahmaputra river

By Sutirtho Patranobis , edited by Vinod Janardhanan | Hindustan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 11:34 PM IST
The new dam’s ability to generate hydropower could be three times that of central China’s Three Gorges Dam, which has the largest installed hydropower capacity in the world.
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A man pays homage to former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi who passed away on Monday in Guwahati.(AP PHOTO.)
A man pays homage to former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi who passed away on Monday in Guwahati.(AP PHOTO.)

Confusion over suitable cremation site for former Assam CM Tarun Gogoi

By Utpal Parashar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 09:56 PM IST
The Assam Congress unit has asked the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the state to allot a plot of land within the city for the cremation, but the latter is yet to take any decision on it.
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Rishan Doley (left) and Shekhar Bordoloi on their bamboo raft after completion of their trip on Wednesday.(Photo Credit: Rishan Doley)
Rishan Doley (left) and Shekhar Bordoloi on their bamboo raft after completion of their trip on Wednesday.(Photo Credit: Rishan Doley)

Two Assam men cover 400km of flooded Brahmaputra on bamboo raft

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON OCT 09, 2020 04:16 PM IST
The men rowed from the world’s biggest river island Majuli to the world’s smallest inhabited river island Umananda in eight days
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Flood affected people use rafts made of banana trunks to move to safer places at Mayong in Morigaon district of Assam.(PTI)
Flood affected people use rafts made of banana trunks to move to safer places at Mayong in Morigaon district of Assam.(PTI)

One more dies in Assam floods, over 3 lakh people affected in 13 districts

By Utpal Parashar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 11:47 PM IST
According to a bulletin by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 389 villages in 23 revenue circles have been affected by flooding due to heavy rainfall in the past few days.
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The report attributed the worsening report card of the Ganges to the discharge of untreated or partially treated sewage, negligible or dry seasonal flow that increases concentration of pollution and no fresh water discharges from the upstream.(HT photo)
The report attributed the worsening report card of the Ganges to the discharge of untreated or partially treated sewage, negligible or dry seasonal flow that increases concentration of pollution and no fresh water discharges from the upstream.(HT photo)

Ganga’s water did not improve during lockdown; less flow may have deteriorated quality

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 05:29 PM IST
A new report by the Central Pollution Control Board said that seven out of 19 major rivers in India recorded an improvement in water quality in April during the nationwide lockdown period
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The study has found a relatively low concentration of Ozone over Guwahati compared to the other urban locations in India. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
The study has found a relatively low concentration of Ozone over Guwahati compared to the other urban locations in India. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)

Air pollution: Low ozone layer found over Brahmaputra river valley

By Asian News International | Posted by Saumya Sharma | New Delhi [India]
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 08:26 AM IST
Tropospheric, or ground-level ozone, is created by chemical reactions between oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC).
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The 1.8-kilometre-long ropeway, built at a cost of Rs 56 crore, extending from central to northern Guwahati, will reduce travel time between both banks to just eight minutes.(HT Photo)
The 1.8-kilometre-long ropeway, built at a cost of Rs 56 crore, extending from central to northern Guwahati, will reduce travel time between both banks to just eight minutes.(HT Photo)

Longest river ropeway, across Brahmaputra, opens in Guwahati

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 05:00 PM IST
Every day, hundreds of people cross the Brahmaputra using ferries, but the service gets discontinued for several days during peak monsoon, when the water level in the river crosses the danger mark
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The burnt-out area is mapped as 65-70 hectares, which include crop fields, grasslands, and swamps.(ANI)
The burnt-out area is mapped as 65-70 hectares, which include crop fields, grasslands, and swamps.(ANI)

Long-lasting toxicity for humans, animals and birds at Baghjan oil spill region: Wildlife Institute

By Jayashree Nandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 06:06 PM IST
WII has said that the highest concentration of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a toxic compound, in fish samples from Maguri Motapung wetland, which is located near the blowout site, was found to be 10-to 100-fold higher than any concentrations reported from India or other parts of the world.
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Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal inspecting Charikoria river bank erosion site at Dhakuakhana in Lakhimpur district of Assam on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal inspecting Charikoria river bank erosion site at Dhakuakhana in Lakhimpur district of Assam on Wednesday.(ANI Photo)

Assam floods: Death toll rises to 107, 16.5 lakh people still affected

By Utpal Parashar | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2020 07:30 AM IST
Assam floods: According to a Central Water Commission (CWC) bulletin, Brahmaputra, Dhansiri, Jia Bharali and Kopili rivers continued to flow over the danger mark at several places.
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The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) has said that the death toll has reached 96. Floods have wreaked havoc in Assam’s various districts for the fourth time this year.(PTI)
The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) has said that the death toll has reached 96. Floods have wreaked havoc in Assam’s various districts for the fourth time this year.(PTI)

129 animal casualties reported at Kaziranga National Park, Tiger Reserve in Assam floods

By Asian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON JUL 26, 2020 05:36 PM IST
The animals which have been rescued include 14 rhinos, five wild buffaloes, eight wild boars, two swamp deer, 95 hog deer, a sambar, three porcupines, and a Python.
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According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) since the beginning of June, the state has recorded 20% more rainfall—894.4 mm till July 22 against the normal of around 743.9 mm.(PTI)
According to India Meteorological Department (IMD) since the beginning of June, the state has recorded 20% more rainfall—894.4 mm till July 22 against the normal of around 743.9 mm.(PTI)

Unrelenting floods without respite add to Assam’s plight this monsoon

By Utpal Parashar| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON JUL 24, 2020 07:29 PM IST
But this year heavy rains, almost without any long break, has led to more suffering for the state’s residents who are already witnessing the third wave of floods this monsoon.
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Morigaon: A village girl rows a makeshift raft to cross a flood-affected area in Morigaon district of Assam.(PTI)
Morigaon: A village girl rows a makeshift raft to cross a flood-affected area in Morigaon district of Assam.(PTI)

Four more die in Assam floods taking tally to 91; 26 districts still affected

By Utpal Parashar| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON JUL 23, 2020 07:37 PM IST
According to an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) bulletin, one death each was reported from Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Morigaon and Golaghat districts.
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Children walk past cattle on an embankment in a flooded area in Morigaon district, in the northeastern state of Assam.(REUTERS)
Children walk past cattle on an embankment in a flooded area in Morigaon district, in the northeastern state of Assam.(REUTERS)

Assam flood situation continues to be grim; Centre assures Rs 346 crore as relief

By Utpal Parashar| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON JUL 22, 2020 10:18 PM IST
According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 26 of the state’s 33 districts are still reeling under floods. Nearly 45,000 people uprooted by flood waters are still taking shelter in 391 relief camps.
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A boy transports a pot on a makeshift raft through a flooded area in Morigaon district, in the northeastern state of Assam on July 20, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
A boy transports a pot on a makeshift raft through a flooded area in Morigaon district, in the northeastern state of Assam on July 20, 2020.(Reuters Photo)

Over 24 lakh still affected in Assam floods; death toll rises to 85

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2020 12:22 AM IST
Over 48,000 persons displaced by flood waters have taken shelter in 468 relief camps and nearly 1.10 lakh hectares of crop area in the affected districts is submerged under water, according to the bulletin.
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Houses seen submerged in the flood-affected area as the water level of Barpani river rises, in Assam’s Nagaon district on Sunday.(ANI Photo)
Houses seen submerged in the flood-affected area as the water level of Barpani river rises, in Assam’s Nagaon district on Sunday.(ANI Photo)

Assam devastated by floods during Covid-19, CM says 70 lakh people affected

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2020 02:13 PM IST
The latest alert from Central Water Commission on Monday said that the Brahmaputra is expected to rise more by Tuesday evening.
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A villager wades through the waterlogged road at a flood-affected Lalmati Village in Assam’sTezpur(ANI)
A villager wades through the waterlogged road at a flood-affected Lalmati Village in Assam’sTezpur(ANI)

Over 25 lakh still affected in Assam floods; PM Modi takes stock of situation

By Utpal Parashar| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2020 09:01 PM IST
According to a bulletin issued by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), five more deaths due to drowning were reported from five affected districts on Sunday taking the death toll this season to 84.
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Five deaths due to drowning-2 in Morigaon district and one each in Barpeta, Lakhimpur and Goalpara-were reported during the day.(PTI)
Five deaths due to drowning-2 in Morigaon district and one each in Barpeta, Lakhimpur and Goalpara-were reported during the day.(PTI)

Nearly 4 million people still affected in Assam floods; 5 more deaths reported

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON JUL 16, 2020 08:07 PM IST
According to a bulletin issued by Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 3,218 villages and localities in 27 of the state’s 33 districts are still affected by flooding.
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Nagaon: A woman marooned in her house in the flood-hit Baghmari village in Nagaon district of Assam.(PTI)
Nagaon: A woman marooned in her house in the flood-hit Baghmari village in Nagaon district of Assam.(PTI)

Assam flood situation continues to remain grim; over 35 lakh affected, 66 dead

By Utpal Parashar| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON JUL 15, 2020 07:27 PM IST
With six deaths due to drowning reported from Sonitpur, Barpeta, Golaghat and Morigaon districts on Wednesday, the death toll in this year’s floods rose to 66. Another 26 have died in the state due to landslides caused by heavy rains.
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A one-year-old female rhino calf that got separated from its mother due to flooding in Kaziranga National Park was rescued by forest personnel on Tuesday.(Kaziranga National Park)
A one-year-old female rhino calf that got separated from its mother due to flooding in Kaziranga National Park was rescued by forest personnel on Tuesday.(Kaziranga National Park)

Assam flood situation worsens; 33 lakh people in 28 districts affected

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON JUL 14, 2020 07:55 PM IST
Nine deaths due to drowning were reported during the day taking the number of fatalities this season to 59. Over 44,000 uprooted by flooding are taking shelter in 517 relief camps in the affected districts.
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India inaugurated the crucial Bogibeel bridge on the Brahmaputra in 2018 to improve connectivity.(PTI File Photo)
India inaugurated the crucial Bogibeel bridge on the Brahmaputra in 2018 to improve connectivity.(PTI File Photo)

Centre gives in-principle approval for tunnel under the Brahmaputra amid tension with China: Report

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2020 09:47 AM IST
The proposed tunnel in India is going to be very important strategically as it will provide year-long connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
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People outside their house in a flood-affected village in Nalbari district of Assam.(PTI)
People outside their house in a flood-affected village in Nalbari district of Assam.(PTI)

Nearly 200k in Assam affected due to floods

By HT Correspondents | Guwahati/New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 03:20 AM IST
The Central Water Commission (CWC) has issued a severe flood situation alert for the Brahmaputra in Assam’s Neamati Ghat and Jiabharali in Jorhat and Sonitpur districts, respectively.
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People outside their house in a flood-affected village in Nalbari district of Assam on Tuesday.(PTI)
People outside their house in a flood-affected village in Nalbari district of Assam on Tuesday.(PTI)

Assam flood situation deteriorates, 2 lakh people in 7 districts affected

By Utpal Parashar | Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2020 08:36 PM IST
Nine thousand people affected by the floods have taken shelter in 35 relief camps set up in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Goalpara and Tinsukia districts
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Nagaon: Villagers watch a washed away road after flooding by Borpani River due to incessant rainfall for the past two days, at Madhab Para near Kampur in Nagaon district of Assam(PTI)
Nagaon: Villagers watch a washed away road after flooding by Borpani River due to incessant rainfall for the past two days, at Madhab Para near Kampur in Nagaon district of Assam(PTI)

Floods affect more than 10,000 in four districts of Assam

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2020 06:54 PM IST
According to Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 46 villages in seven revenue circles have been affected in Lakhimpur (3), Goalpara (2), Sonitpur (1) and Darrang (1) districts.
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Nagaon: Villagers watch a washed away road after flooding by Borpani River due to incessant rainfall for the past two days at Madhab Para near Kampur in Nagaon district of Assam on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Nagaon: Villagers watch a washed away road after flooding by Borpani River due to incessant rainfall for the past two days at Madhab Para near Kampur in Nagaon district of Assam on Friday.(PTI Photo)

Amid Covid-19 pandemic, Assam witnesses first spate of floods

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2020 02:50 AM IST
Rainfall in the past two days due to Cyclone Amphan, which hit the state on Thursday, has resulted in rise in water levels of the Brahmaputra and many of its tributaries.
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There were 37 people on board the cruise ship MV Mahabaahu, of whom four including the infected man and his friend were US tourists.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
There were 37 people on board the cruise ship MV Mahabaahu, of whom four including the infected man and his friend were US tourists.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

Foreign tourists in Assam face hassles amid fear of coronavirus spread

By Utpal Parashar | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2020 06:11 PM IST
A Greek national had a difficult time in Majuli, the world’s largest island on the Brahmaputra, on Thursday when she was refused transport by local auto-rickshaw drivers for fear of contracting Covid-19.
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