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Five killed as magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Manipur, other NE states

At least five people were killed when a strong earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, hit Manipur and other North-Eastern states of India and neighbouring countries like Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan in the early hours of Monday.

 
Massive 6.7 quake strikes northeast India
 
At least five people were killed when a strong earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, hit Manipur and other North-Eastern states of India and neighbouring countries like Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan in the early hours of today.
 
Official sources in Imphal said more than 45 people had been reported injured in the quake.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.8°N and longitude  93.5°E, occured at 0435 hours at a focal depth of 17 km.
 
According to IMD, the epicentre of the earthquake was in Tamenglong district of Manipur, about 35 km from Imphal, the state capital.
 
The tremors were also felt in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar, among other places.
 
Initial reports from Manipur spoke of damages to many buildings and houses. People in many places ran out of their homes to safety as a precautionary measure. Many people posted pictures of damaged buildings and walls with cracks on social media sites. Some government offices and a six-storeyed building in Imphal were among those affected.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke over the telephone to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on an official visit to Assam, and asked him to oversee the situation.
 
Mr. Modi also spoke to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on the situation.
 
The Manipur Government has sought the assistance of the Army and the Assam Rifles in the rescue and relief efforts.
 
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said Mr. Modi was continuously monitoring the situation.
 
Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been instructed to move from Guwahati to the areas affected by the earthquake.
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh said he had spoken to Mr. Gogoi and the Manipur Chief Secretary about the situation and assured them of all possible help from the Centre.
 
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"I'm also contacting other North Eastern states to know the extent of damage caused by the earthquake," he added.
 
In New Delhi, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is coordinating with the State Governments concerned, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of Defence (Mod), NDRF, Ministry of Communications and other Departments and agencies for seach, rescue and relief efforts.
 
NDMA officials have spoken to the Control Rooms and Relief Commisioners of all the States in the North-East and West Bengal.
 
Communication systems are functioning, particularly those of state-owned BSNL, in the affected areas.
 
The National Crisis Management Committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary held a meeting here this morning to assess the situation and provide all necessary help from the Government of India.
 
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Search operations resume for missing chopper carrying Arunachal CM Dorjee Khandu

Massive search operations were resumed early Sunday morning to trace the Pawan Hans helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, which went missing on Saturday while on a flight from Tawang to state capital Itanagar.

Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khandu.
Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khandu.
Massive search operations were resumed early this morning to trace the Pawan Hans helicopter carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, which went missing yesterday while on a flight from Tawang to the state capital, Itanagar.

Reports from Itanagar said four Indian Air Force (IAF ) helicopters had been deployed along the Tawang-Itanagar route to look for the chopper.


On the ground, men of the Army and para-military forces have begun search operations along the Indo-Bhutan border, where the helicopter was suspected to have headed.


Apart from Mr Khandu and the two pilots, J S Babbar and K S Malick, the Chief Minister's security officer Yashi Chadook and a female passenger, identified as Yeshi Lamu, sister of Tawang MLA Tsewang Dhondup.


The state government held an emergency meeting in Itanagar yesterday evening to review the situation.


The helicopter had left Tawang around 0950 yesterday and was due to land at Itanagr at 1130 hours. The last contact with it was around 20 minutes after it took off from Tawang and it had crossed the Sela Pass.


Mr Khandu was returning from Tawang after receiving Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who flew to Tawang yesterday to participate in a Speakers' conference there.


The Chief Minister was scheduled to participate in a May Day rally in Itanagar today.


About three hours after the helicopter was reported missing, there were reports that it had landed safely inside Bhutan, but there was no confirmation of this from Pawan Hans or from Bhutanese authorities.


The Bhutanese government has also deployed several search teams in the border area to look for the helicopter.


"The state government has been in constant touch with the Central government and the government of Bhutan as the safe landing of the Chief Minister's chopper in Bhutan is yet to be officially confirmed," a UNI report quoted Arunachal Pradesh government spokesman Jarbam Gamlin as saying.


He urged the people not to panic and to pray for the safe return of the Chief Minister and the others.


(With inputs from United News of India)


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Seven dead as Indian Air Force helicopter crashes in Arunachal Pradesh

All seven military personnel aboard died when an Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17 V5 helicopter crashed in the Tawang area of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday morning, official sources said.

File photo of an Indian Air Force Mi-17 aircraft.
File photo of an Indian Air Force Mi-17 aircraft.
All seven military personnel aboard died when an  Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17 V5 helicopter crashed in the Tawang area of Arunachal Pradesh this morning, official sources said.
 
The helicopter had taken off from a helipad north of Tawang on its second routine air maintenance sortie of the day at a forward area when it crashed around 0659 hours, a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
The helicopter was carrying supplies to a forward post of the Indian Army in the hilly terrain, it said.
 
"The helicopter crashed close to Dropping Zone and caught fire immediately," the release said.
 
Seven defence personnel were onboard, including five Indian Air Force personnel -- Wg Cdr V Upadhyay, captain of the aircraft, Sqn Ldr S Tewari, co-pilot, MWO AK Singh, Flt Gnr, Sgt Gautam Kumar, Flt Engr, and Sgt Satish Kumar, Flt Gnr -- and two Army personnel Sep HN Deka and Sep E Balaji.
 
"All of them sustained fatal injuries during the crash. A court of inquiry has been ordered to establish the cause of the accident," the release added.
 
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Two minor earthquakes shake Lohit region of Arunachal Prdesh

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Two minor earthquakes shook the Lohit region of Arunachal Pradesh this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
An IMD bulletin said the first quake, measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre at latitude 27.7°N and longitude 96.0°E and occurred at 0740 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
The second tremor, measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre at latitude 27.8°N and longitude 96.0°E and occurred at 1006 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, the bulletin added.
 
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Six dead, one injured as Indian Air Force helicopter crashes in Arunachal Pradesh

At least six persons died and one was critically injured when an Indian Air Force Mi-17 V5 helicopter crashed in the Tawang area of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday morning, official sources said.

File photo of an Indian Air Force Mi-17 aircraft.
File photo of an Indian Air Force Mi-17 aircraft.
At least six military personnel died and one was critically injured when an Indian Air Force (IAF) Mi-17 V5 helicopter crashed in the Tawang area of Arunachal Pradesh this morning, official sources said.
 
IAF sources said those who died in the mishap included five Air Force personnel and one from the Indian Army. A second person from the Army was critically injured, they said.
 
The helicopter was on a routine maintenance mission when it crashed around 6 am, they said, adding that more details were not immediately available.
 
According to various accounts, the helicopter crashed near Yanchi, about 130 km from Tawang.
 
The Air Force has ordered a court of inquiry to establish the cause of the crash, the sources said.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Lohit region of Arunachal Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale, shook the Lohit region of Arunachal Pradesh this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.7°N and longitude 96.0°E, occurred at 0740 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Tirap region of Arunachal Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale, shook the Tirap region of Arunachal Pradesh today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.8°N and longitude 95.5°E, occurred at 1555 hours at a focal depth of 66 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Lohit region of Arunachal Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the Lohit region of Arunachal Pradesh this evening.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.9°N and longitude 96.3°E, occurred at 1948 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Myanmar-Arunachal Pradesh border region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale, shook the border region between Myanmar and the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.6°N and longitude 95.4 °E, occurred at 0922 hours at a focal depth of 60 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Moderate earthquake shakes Andaman Islands region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Andaman Islands region this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 13.8 N and longitude 92.9 E, occurred at 0904 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
Earlier, an earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the border region between Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar. The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.3 N and longitude 96.6 E, occurred at 0809 hours at a focal depth of 60 km, the bulletin added.
 
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Modi reviews flood situation in NE, announces assistance of over Rs. 2,000 crore

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a relief package of over Rs. 2,000 crore for relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and flood mitigation measures in the flood-affected North-Eastern states. 
 
The announcement came at the end of a series of high-level meetings, where the Prime Minister reviewed the flood situation and relief measures in the affected States. 
 
Through the course of the day, Mr. Modi held separate, detailed review meetings on the situation in the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland. The Chief Ministers of the respective States, and senior officials were present at the meetings.
 
A memorandum was received from the Chief Minister of Mizoram, who could not make it to the meeting in person. 
 
An official press release said that over Rs. 1,200 crore would be given by  the Union Government for the infrastructure sector alone. The funds will be utilized for repair, maintenance, and strengthening of roads, highways, bridges, and other damaged infrastructure. 
 
The release said Rs. 400 crore will be provided for improving the water holding capacity of the Brahmaputra River, which will assist in flood control. 
 
In the current financial year, the Union Government has approved Rs. 600 crore as central share of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). Out of this, Rs. 345 crore has already been released, and the remaining will be released immediately, to assist the States in relief and rehabilitation work. 
 
The Union Government will also provide Rs. 100 crore for carrying out a study to synergize efforts towards finding time-bound long term solutions to recurrent floods in the region. 
 
The North-Eastern region, with eight percent of India's land area, contains one-third of the country's water resources. The Union Government will constitute a High Level Committee, with representation from Ministries of the Government of India and the States, for proper management of the region's vast water resources. 
 
An ex-gratia assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, and Rs. 50,000 to each of those seriously injured due to the floods, has been sanctioned under the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF). 
 
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Modi to review flood situation in North-Eastern States tomorrow

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Guwahati tomorrow where he will chair a series of high-level meetings to review the flood situation and the relief operations in the North-Eastern States, particularly Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur.
 
Chief Ministers and senior officials from these States are expected to be present at the meetings, an official press release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes border region between Arunachal Pradesh, Myanmar

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the border region between Arunachal Pradesh and Myanmar in the early hours of today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.9 °N and longitude 95.8°E, occurred at 0313 hours at a focal depth of 108 km.
 
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ECI cancels bye-election to Pakke Kessang assembly constituency in Arunachal Pradesh

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) today cancelled the bye-election to 12-Pakke Kessang assembly constituency in Arunachal Pradesh, scheduled for July 29, in view of the heavy rainfall, landslides and washing away of various formations in the area.
 
The Commission had issued a notification on July 5 for the bye-election and today was the last date for making nomiinations.
 
An official press release said that the Chief Electoral Officer, Arunachal Pradesh had, vide letters dated 6th and 10th July, 2017, informed the Commission of the damages caused by heavy rainfall and landslides in the area. It was reported that, out of 26 polling stations in the constituency, only nine were accessible at present.
 
"The Chief Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh vide letter dated 11th July, 2017 has also reported that under the current difficult climatic conditions, the conduct of poll as per the schedule may not be possible as movement and retrieval of polling teams are likely to be adversely affected.
 
"The Election Commission has considered the above reports of the Chief Electoral Officer and the Chief Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh and also reviewed all relevant factors viz; prevailing weather conditions, transportation of polling parties and election material, maintenance of polling stations and participation of all stake holders in the said Bye-Election including political parties, aspiring candidates and electors and is convinced that under the prevailing weather conditions, it is not possible to hold the Bye-Election from the said Assembly Constituency as per the Schedule fixed vide notification dated 5th July, 2017.
 
"Therefore, the Election Commission, in exercise of its powers under Article 324 of the Constitution of India, read with Sections 150 and 30 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, and Section 21 of the General Clauses Act, 1897, has cancelled the said Bye – Election to 12- Pakke – Kessang (ST) Assembly Constituency of the Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh by rescinding the said Notification dated 5th July, 2017 and declared all proceedings taken so far in pursuance of the said Notification as null and void," the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Papumpare region of Arunachal Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Papumpare region of Arunachal Pradesh in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.1°N and longitude 93.8°E, occurred at 0458 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts border region between Eastern Xizang, Arunachal Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale, jolted the border region between Eastern Xizang and Arunachal Pradesh this afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 29.2°N and longitude 95.5°E, occurred at 1329 hours IST at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes West Kameng region of Arunachal Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the West Kameng region of Arunachal Pradesh late last night.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.5°N and longitude 92.5°E, occurred at 2338 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 15 km.
 
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Sanjay Kumar takes charge as DG, NDRF

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Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Director General of Police, Himachal Pradesh, took over as the Director General of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) here today.
 
An Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the 1985 batch, Mr. Kumar has succeeded Mr. R K Pachnanda, who was appointed recently as the Director General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
 
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Wreckage of missing IAF helicopter found in Arunachal Pradesh, three bodies recovered

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Search and rescue teams have located the wreckage of an advanced light helicopter (ALH) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) which went missing over Arunachal Pradesh on July 4 with four persons on board and recovered the bodies of three of them.
 
The ALH, belonging to the helicopter unit based at Tezpur in Assam, had gone missing while carrying out a humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) mission near Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh.
 
An official press release said here today that the helicopter had carried out five sorties to evacuate people stranded near Itanagar after landslides between naharlagun and Sagalee.
 
There were three crew members and a Arunachal Pradesh police personnel on board, when the aircraft was reported missing at approximately 1550 hours.
 
Search and rescue operations were initiated immediately, but the process was hampered frequently due to bad weather in the area, the release said.
 
"Joint rescue teams of Army, NDRF, Arunachal Pradesh Police and IAF were launched to locate the helicopter. The Arunachal Pradesh Police team spotted the wreckage of the helicopter in the evening of 05 Jul 17. On 06 Jul 17 morning, rescue parties comprising IAF Garuds and medical team, Army, NDRF were able to reach the crash site alongwith the Arunachal Pradesh Police team who had sighted the wreckage. The bodies of three personnel have been recovered so far. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident," the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes West Kameng region of Arunachal Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook West Kameng region of Arunachal Pradesh this afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.0°N and longitude 92.1°E, occurred at 1535 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes West Kameng region of Arunachal Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the West Kameng region of Arunachal Pradesh today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.1°N and longitude 92.5°E, occurred at 1001 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Field activities in Arunachal yield evidence possibly associated with U.S. WWII Unaccounted-For Personnel

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The United States Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA) has recovered evidence that was possibly correlated to US World War II service members unaccounted for from that region during field activities conducted in Arunachal Pradesh, India from November 1-December 14, 2016.
 
A press release from the US Embassy here said the evidence recovered by the DPAA team was subsequently examined by a Joint Forensic Review Committee comprising both DPAA and Anthropological Survey of India (AnSI) members.  
 
On December 7, 2016, the committee determined that the evidence was possibly correlated to U.S. WWII service members unaccounted for from that region, and recommended the remains and material evidence be transported to a DPAA laboratory for further analysis, the release said.
 
In June 2017, DPAA personnel will escort the evidence from Kolkata to the U.S. laboratory in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. for analysis, it said.
 
The release recalled that, as a result of the DPAA recovery operation in 2015, U.S. Army Air Forces 1Lt Robert E. Oxford, unaccounted for since World War II, was identified and returned to his family.  
 
"The Government of India has extended its full support to all these humanitarian missions," it added.
 
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Modi to inaugurate Dhola-Sadiya, India's longest river bridge, in Assam on Friday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate tomorrow the Dhola-Sadiya bridge in Assam, the longest river bridge in the country, a project that is expected to transform road connectivity in the North-East.
 
The three-lane, 9.15 km bridge has been built over the river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, linking Dhola to Sadiya in Assam.
 
An official press release said the bridge would fill a huge connectivity gap that has existed in the region. Till now, the only means to cross the Brahmaputra at this location has been by ferry only in day-time and even this is not possible during floods. The last bridge over the Brahmaputra was the Kalia Bhomora Bridge at Tejpur. This will, however, change from tomorrow with the Dhola-Sadiya bridge ensuring 24X7 connectivity between upper Assam and Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, it said.
 
The bridge will also reduce the distance from Rupai on National Highway (NH)- 37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 km. The travel time between the two places will come down from the current six hours to just one hour – a total five-hour reduction. This will result in saving of petrol and diesel worth Rs 10 lakh per day, the release said.
 
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The total length of the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km. It has been constructed on BOT Annuity basis at a total cost of Rs 2,056 crore, as part of the Arunachal Package of Roads and Highways under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways' Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North East (SARDP-NE). The objective was to bring the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh closer to each other, the release said.
 
"The Dhola-Sadiya bridge promises to usher in prosperity in the North-East. It will provide efficient road connectivity to remote and backward areas which have poor road infrastructure. This bridge will also give a major boost to the overall economic development of the areas north of Brahmaputra in Upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It will also cater to the strategic requirements of the country in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, besides facilitating numerous hydropower projects coming up in the state, as it is the most sought after route for various power project developers," the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in East Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the East Siang region of Arunachal Pradesh in the early hours of today.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 28.1°N and longitude 95.1°E, occurred at 0253 hours at a focal depth of 30 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
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Airports Authority of India flags off ambulance service in Arunachal Pradesh

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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has provided an ambulance service with Advanced Life Support Systems (ALS) for Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh under its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
 
Flagging off the service, Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI said that the ALS ambulance will be a boon for patients in remote areas and will be a great support to the Primary Health Centre facility in the Longding.
 
AAI had, in the past, provided similar ambulance facilities to the Primary Health Centre at Pakyong, Sikkim, and also to Dr. Shakuntala Misra National Rehabilitation University, Lucknow and Primary Health Centre at Udaipur, Rajasthan, an official press release added.
 
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