Guwahati  diary

This is quite an interesting place,” England cricket team captain Heather Knight had told reporters after visiting the sanctuary. 

Published: 17th March 2019 05:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th March 2019 09:02 AM   |  A+A-

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Pobitora mesmerises cricketers

Famous for one-horned rhinos, the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary had members of the English women’s cricket team mesmerised when they visited it during their stay in the city for a three-match T-20 contest against India. The team visited, Pobitora, also known as the Mini Kaziranga, and praised the management of the sanctuary for their efforts. “We are very happy to be here. This is quite an interesting place,” England cricket team captain Heather Knight had told reporters after visiting the sanctuary. 

YONO Cash service launched

The State Bank of India (SBI) has launched its cardless ATM withdrawals with “YONO Cash” in the Northeast. Among others, the service eliminates the risk of skimming and cloning. The bank expects YONO Cash to up the ante by virtue of its security features and the convenience of cardless cash withdrawals.  After launching the service in Guwahati, SBI North Eastern Circle chief general manager, SK Tandon, said, “This feature on YONO is designed to help its users withdraw cash without a physical debit card. Through YONO, our endeavour is to create a digital universe by integrating the entire transactions ecosystem under one platform in next two years.”

No let-up in leopard attacks
There seems to be no letup in human-leopard conflicts in picturesque Guwahati. The latest incident was reported from the city’s Maligaon area. A couple was injured when a leopard strayed into their home. The animal was caught and tranquilised after several hours of efforts by forest department officials. About 20 hills are spread around Guwahati. These are home to leopards who often stray into the city. Deforestation due to encroachment is increasingly shrinking the forest land, leaving no space for the leopards.

Guwahati gets skill centre
The first North East Skill Centre (NESC) was set up recently by the state’s BJP-led government in collaboration with Singapore-based ITE Education Services. The basic aim of the NESC is to provide skills training to unemployed youngsters of the state. It will offer year-long diploma courses in beauty and wellness, retail services, food and beverages and housekeeping. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said the government’s effort is aimed at tapping the talent of the young. 

prasanta mazumdar
Our correspondent in Guwahati
prasantamazumdar@newindianexpress.com

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