News in Brief
Train mows down elephant in Assam
Tezpur July 7 (PTI): A speeding train today mowed down a wild elephant while it was trying to cross a railway track in north Lakhimpur district of Assam, a forest official said. A herd of elephants from the nearby Dulung reserve forest was crossing the railway track at Pathalipam area, when the train hit the jumbo, killing it on the spot. Veterinarians have reached the accident site, located behind the reserve forest, for carrying out postmortem, the official said.
New air service launched in Manipur
Imphal, July 7 (EMN): In a move to ease the issue of connectivity in Northeast India, a new regional airline and Cargo service ‘Luwang Air service & Cargo Pvt Ltd’ will start operating from July 12 between Imphal and North East region. The aircrafts of the airline will be utilised on leased as per an understanding with Surat based Ventura AirConnect, an Indian nonscheduled airline operating flights in Gujarat. Initially the cargo service will be available from Kolkata-Imphal and Guwahati-Imphal. Director of Luwang Air Maisnam Ratankumar Singh informed reporters on Saturday that the online booking would start from July 10 onwards. The passenger services from Imphal to Agartala, Imphal-Silchar and Imphal-Shillog, will operate from August end this year. Luwang Air will provide air dispensary service as well cargo services apart from passenger, he added. The newly launched ‘Grand Caravan & LET 410’ aircraft have a sitting capacity of 13 passengers. The airline website was formally launched in Imphal on June 11 (www.luwangair.com).
IMD warns of heavy rains in NE
New Delhi, July 7 (IANS): Heavy to very heavy rains will occur across several states in eastern and north-eastern India by July 11, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday. “Heavy to very heavy rains are very likely in Assam and Meghalaya from July 8 to 11, apart from Uttarakhand, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, and Tripura,” IMD said. Additionally, downpour has been predicted for Kerala on July 10, and Konkan, Goa, and coastal Karnataka on July 11. The national capital will have to wait for the rains till July 11, IMD said.