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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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World Cup: Switzerland beat Serbia in Group E clash

A late goal by Xherdan Shaqiri earned Switzerland a 2-1 win over Serbia in a Group E clash of the FIFA World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium here.
 
Aleksandar Mitrovic handed Serbia the lead in the fifth minute during the match on Friday.
 
Switzerland equalised in the second half, thanks to a superb long range strike by Granit Xhaka (52nd).
 
Shaqiri (90th) found the winning goal in the final minute of regulation time.
 
Switzerland thus became the first team at this World Cup to clinch a come-from-behind victory after conceding first.
 
They now have four points from two matches, having held title contenders Brazil to a draw in their campaign opener.
 
They are at the same number of points as Brazil, but sit at the second place behind the South Americans due to an inferior goal difference.
 
Serbia are on three points from two games. They are currently third in the group.
 
Serbia enjoyed a promising start when Dusan Tadic won the ball near the corn er flag and sent in a cross which was headed in by Mitrovic.
 
The setback galvanised the Swiss who dominated possession for the rest of the game.
 
But despite being under considerable pressure, the Serbian defence prevented the Swiss from creating too many clear chances in the first half.
 
Switzerland finally made their domination count when Shaqiri's shot was bloc ked by the Serbian defence.
 
Xhaka pounced on the loose ball and unleashed a first time attempt from outside the penalty box which beat Serbia goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic with its pace and vicious swing before bulging the net.
 
Xhaka is the third Swiss player to score in more than one World Cup tournament.
 
He follows in the footsteps of former stars Jacques Fatton and Andre Abegglen.
 
Abegglen scored in the 1934 and 1938 World Cups while Fatton scored at the 1950 and 1954 editions.
 
Shaqiri hit the post soon after with a curling attempt from the right edge of the Serbia box.
 
Serbia did have their chances in the second half, not least a square pass across the face of goal by Aleksandar Kolarov which missed the extended leg of a Serbian player at the far post by mere inches.
 
Shaqiri found the winner in the closing stages off the counter.
 
He latched on to a pass out of defence, made a solo run from the half line with the Serbian defence caught off guard, before scoring with a calm finish.
 
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Moderate earthquake shakes Myanmar-Arunachal Pradesh border region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale, shook the border region between Myanmar and Arunachal Pradesh today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.2°N and longitude 96.8°E, occurred at 1116 hours at a focal depth  of 30 km.
 
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Gujarat’s Madhavpur Mela to see cultural integration with North-East

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The famous Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat will see its first ever cultural integration with the North-East with which it is said to share its roots, according to Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma. 
 
The Mela is being held from March 25 to 28 at Madhavpur Ghed in Porbandar district of Gujarat. 
 
Dr Sharma told reporters here yesterday that the purpose of this integration is to bring various parts of the country, especially the North-East, close to each other under the banner of “Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat” announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
 
The Madhavpur Mela of Gujarat shares its connection to the Mishmi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh. The Mishmi tribe traces its ancestry to the legendary King Bhishmak and through him to his daughter Rukmini and Lord Krishna. For the first time ever, the festival will celebrate the immortal journey which Rukmini undertook from Arunachal Pradesh to Gujarat with Lord Krishna, he added.
 
Bhismaknagar, located near Roing in the Lower Dibang Valley district, also finds mention in Kalika Purana. The IGNCA, Manav Sangrahalay of Ministry of Culture and States of Gujarat, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and others have joined hands to give a new dimension to the festival.
 
A Jatha of 150 persons from the North-East will be given a traditional welcome at Madhavpur Mela as representatives of Rukmini’s family. The entire concept of celebration this year symbolizes unity in diversity of the country and establishes the East to West connect, he added.
 
All States and Union Territories except West Bengal are participating in the Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat campaign and have been paired for the purpose of exchanges at the level of students, sports and through culture.
 
Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Raghvendra Singh said some of the local sites and temples connected to the Madhavpur festival have been upgraded by the Ministry of Culture and connecting the North-East through such kind of events and cultural exchanges will now be made a regular feature.
 
Apart from Dr Sharma, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brigadier (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd), Chief Ministers Vijay Rupani (Gujarat), Pema Khandu (Arunachal Pradesh) and N Biren Singh (Manipur) will join the Mela on March 27, along with senior officials of the Ministry of Culture and Gujarat Government.
 
The four-day event will see a vibrant cultural trail of art, dance, music, poetry, story-telling and folk drama from Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and the other North-Eastern States with the aim to integrate the rich cultures of the two regions.
 
Madhavpur Ghed, a small but culturally significant village, is the place where, according to folklore, Lord Krishna married Rukmini, the daughter of King Bhishmaka. Located on the seashore, close to Porbandar, the 15th-century Madhavrai temple marks the site. 
 
This event is commemorated by a cultural fair held every year, commencing on Ram Navami. A colourful chariot carrying the idol of Krishna is taken around the village and the festivities usually continue for five days. This year the Ministry of Culture is collaborating with the state government of Gujarat to scale up the festival.
 
The Mela will witness, for the first time ever, several eye-catching performances from the North-East, especially Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. Troupes from Assam will perform Rukmini-Haran, a popular folk theatre of the region. A musical troupe from Manipur will sing songs related to Rukmini in the Khullong Ishei and Nat gen?e.  Dance-dramas based on Rukmini-Krishna legends from Arunachal and Manipur and folk dance of the Idu Mishmi tribe from Arunachal will be part of the varied repertoire.
 
An exposition and sale of art and crafts of Gujarat and handloom and handicrafts products from Arunachal, Manipur and other North-Eastern states will be part of the event. 
 
A Visual Art Exhibition on Krishna and Rukmini put together by different institutions of Ministry of Culture like the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts and Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya highlighting the variegated legends of Krishna and Rukmini will be organised at an exhibition space being created for the purpose.
 
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Modi calls for focus on HR, infrastructure, modern technology in health sector

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said there was neeed to focus attention on human resource development, infrastructure and use of modern technology in the health sector.
 
Speaking after inaugurating the Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre here during a day's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, he said the Union Government was working towards building medical colleges in all parts of the nation. He said this is because, when one studies in a particular area, one becomes better acquainted with the local health challenges.
 
Mr. Modi said healthcare had be of good quality and must be affordable. He said the prices of stents had been brought down so  that the poor and middle class families benefit. 
 
He said the Ayushman Bharat announced in the Budget recently would help provide quality and affordable healthcare.
 
The convention centre inaugurated by Mr. Modi has an auditorium, conference halls and an exhibition hall.
 
He also dedicated the State Civil Secretariat Building to the nation, and laid the foundation stone of the academic block of the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Science.
 
He noted that most of the key departments are based in the new Secretariat, which would make it easier for people coming from distant villages.
 
He expressed happiness at the inauguration of the Convention Centre. "This is more than a building, it is a vibrant centre that will further the aspirations of Arunachal Pradesh,: he said. He said that conferences and cultural activities will draw government officials and private companies. He said he would personally suggest to people that they could go to Arunachal Pradesh, and hold important meetings at this Convention Centre. 
 
He recalled that he had visited Shillong for a North-East Council meeting, and an important meeting related to agriculture was held in Sikkim.
 
The Prime Minister said Union Ministers, and officials from the Union Government are visiting the North-East regularly.
 
Mr. Modi complimented State Chief Minister Pema Khandu for his good work in the State. He said the Chief Minister has prepared a top quality roadmap on how Arunachal Pradesh should be in 2027. He added that inputs for this plan were taken not just from officials but also from people from all walks of life.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in West Kameng region of Arunachal Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, was recorded in 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 27.3°N and longitude 92.5°E, occurred at 0013 hours today at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Modi to visit Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a day's visit to Arunachal Pradesh tomorrow when he will inaugurate the Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre in Itanagar.
 
The convention centre has an auditorium, conference halls and an exhibition hall. It is expected to become a significant landmark of Itanagar, an official press release said.
 
The Prime Minister will also dedicate the State Civil Secretariat Building to the nation, and lay the foundation stone of the academic block of the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Science. 
 
From Arunachal Pradesh, the Prime Minister will proceed to Tripura on a "non-official" visit, 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 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook West Kameng region of Arunachal Pradesh this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.3°N and longitude 92.7°E, occurred at 0601 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
Earlier, a minor quake, measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the West Khasi Hills reigon of Meghalaya just after midnight last night. The quake had its epicentre at latitude 25.5 N and longitude 91.0 E, occurred at 0002 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, the bulletin addded.
 
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Loan agreement signed for Pare Hydroelectric Plant

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A loan agreement and a guarantee agreement for providing additional funding of euro 20 million was signed here yesterday for the Pare Hydroelectric Plant in Arunachal Pradesh under Indo-German Bilateral Development Cooperation.
 
The loan agreement for the project was signed by Mr. A.G. West Kharkongor, Chairman and Managing Director, North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) and Mr. Christoph Kessler, Director, KFW while the guarantee agreement was signed by Mr. S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finace and Mr. Kessler in the presence of Dr. Martin Ney, Ambassador of Germany to India,.
 
In 2008, Germany had signed a loan agreement with NEEPCO for providing euro 80 million with Government of India’s guarantee for the project under Indo-German Bilateral Development Cooperation. 
 
An official press release said the broad objective of the project is generation of hydroelectric power for socio-economic development of the North Eastern Region. The purpose of the project is efficient and ecological friendly generation of electric power. This will contribute to the economic efficient generation of power, growth in the North East region and protection of global climate, it said.
 
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Bye-elections in R. K. Nagar, Tamil Nadu and four seats in Arunachal, UP, West Bengal to be held on December 21

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The Election Commission today announced that it would hold bye-elections on December 21 to fill up five vacancies in the State Legislative Assemblies of Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
 
The vacant seats include Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, where a bye-election was necessitated by the death on December 5, 2016 of then Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
 
The other seats for which bye-elections will be held are 12 – Pakke-Kasang (ST) and 28 – Likabali (ST) (Arunachal Pradesh); 207-Sikandra (Uttar Pradesh); and 226-Sabang (West Bengal).
 
The notification for the elections will be issued on November 27 and the last date for filing nominations is December 4. Scrutiny of nominations will be held on December 5 and the last date for withdrawal of candidatures is December 7.
 
Counting of votes will be taken up on December 24 and all the results are expected by that evening.
 
The electoral rolls of the five constituencies, revised with reference to 01.01.2017 as the qualifying date, will be used for the bye-elections.
 
The Commission has decided to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails in the bye-elections in all the polling stations, an official press release added.
 
The bye-election to fill the Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar seat was originally slated for April 12 this year, but the Commission had, on April 10, rescinded it because the electoral process had been "seriously vitiated" by unlawful activities of candidates and political parties, including bribing of voters.
 
At that time, the Commission had said that the bye-election would be held in due course when the vitiating effect created by the distribution of money and gift items to allure the electors got removed with the passage of time and the atmosphere in the constituency became conducive to the holding of free and fair election.
 
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Kovind tells legislators they must help achieve aspirations of people

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President Ram Nath Kovind today told members of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly that they must remember that they had been elected to achieve the aspirations of the people of the State and to render public service.
 
Addressing a special session of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly here today, he said that, after election, they represented all citizens of their constituency, including those who may not have voted for them.
 
He said that, as legislators, they are guardians of public interest and trust. It is their responsibility to make laws that improve the lives of people and to resolve issues of public concern.
 
The President said they were all citizens of a culturally rich and diverse country. "There is such variety in food, clothing, customs and even religious traditions in India. And yet, this diversity is our strength and unites us. Whether it is Tirupati or Tarnetar or the Buddhist monastery of Tawang, it inspires every Indian and is a matter of pride for each of us," he said.
 
The President said that Arunachal Pradesh’s experience of “unity in diversity” expressed the country's traditions beautifully. There are many ethnic and religious communities in the state, and they live together in harmony. This is an ideal for all Indians, he said.
 
The President said that, being a border state, Arunachal Pradesh offers a unique opportunity to trade and do business with neighbouring countries. He expressed hope that Arunachal Pradesh would become a driver of India’s trade and economic relations with ASEAN countries under the Act East Policy.
 
Earlier in the day, the President attended the valedictory function to mark the completion of 40 years of the Vivekananda Kendra in Itanagar.
 
Speaking on the occasion, the President praised the Vivekananda Kendra for commendable work in Arunachal Pradesh in the field of education. He was happy to note that the Vivekananda Kendra’s schools had kept alive the guru-shishya tradition through the Gurukul system. They have maintained Indian culture through yoga, pranayama, meditation, Sanskrit and other legacies of the country's past.
 
The President noted that the Vivekananda Kendra schools are a happy synthesis of India's traditional knowledge and values and of modern science and technology.
 
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Moderate earthquake shakes China-Arunachal Pradesh border region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale, shook the border region between China and Arunachal Pradesh early this morning.
 
A  bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its  epicentre at latitude 30.1°N and longitude 95.1°E, occurred at 0404 hours IST at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in East Kameng of Arunachal Pradesh

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the East Kameng region of Arunachal Pradesh in the early hours of today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.1°N and longitude 92.7°E, occurred at 0102 hours at a focal depth of 5 km.
 
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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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