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Minor earthquake shakes Kamrup region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Kamrup region of Assam today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.3 °N and longitude 91.7°E, occurred at 1655 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Cabinet approves setting up of new AIIMS in Kamrup, Assam

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The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for the establishment of a new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Kamrup (North Guwahati Revenue circle) in Assam.
 
The cost of the project is Rs. 1123 crore and it will be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), an official press release said.
 
The new AIIMS will be completed in a period of 48 months from the zero date (the date of the approval of the Union Government), broadly comprising a pre-construction phase of 15 months, a construction phase of 30 months and stabilisation/commissioning phase of three months.
 
The institution will consist of a hospital with a capacity of 750 beds, trauma centre facilities, a medical college with an intake of 100 MBBS students per year, a nursing college with an intake of 60 B.Sc. (Nursing) students per year, residential complexes and allied facilities/services, broadly on the pattern of AIIMS, New Delhi.
 
The hospital will have 22 Specialty/Super-Specialty Departments including 16 Operation Theaters. It will also have an AYUSH department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in the traditional systems of medicine.
 
"The establishment of the new AIIMS will serve the dual purpose of providing super speciality health care to the population. It will also help create a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region that can be available for primary and secondary level institutions/facilities being created under National Health Mission (NHM)," the release said.
 
Under this scheme, AIIMS have been established in Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Raipur, Jodhpur, Rishikesh and Patna while work of AIIMS Rae Bareli is in progress. Also, three AIIMS in Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) have been sanctioned in 2015 and two AIIMS have been sanctioned at Bathinda and Gorakhpur in 2016.
 
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Two minor quakes shake Kamrup, Nagaon regions of Assam

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Two minor earthquakes, both measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Kamrup and Nagaon regions of Assam today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The first quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.1 N and longitude 91.3 E, occurred in the Kamrup area at 0044 hours at a focal depth of 18 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
The second tremor, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.5°N and longitude 93.0°E, occurred at 0910 hours in the Nagaon region at a focal depth of 24 km, the bulletin added.
 
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Minor quake recorded in Kamrup region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Kamrup region of Assam tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.8°N and longitude 91.2°E, occurred at 2049 horus at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
Earlier in the day, a minor quake, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, jolted the border region between Arunachal Pradesh and China. It had its epicentre at latitude 28.1°N and longitude 93.4°E and occurred at 1316 hours at a depth of 10 km, the bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Kamrup region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Kamrup region of Assam today, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.9°N and longitude 91.2°E, occurred at 1458 hours at a focal depth of 11 km, it added.
 
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30 killed, 17 hurt as truck, vans collide in Assam

30 killed, 17 injured in Assam road mishap
 
As many as 30 people were killed and 17 others suffered injuries when a speeding truck rammed into a van, which then rear-ended a second van, on the National Highway in Barpeta district of Assam in the early hours of today, official sources said.
 
Dr Siddharth Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Barpeta, told NetIndian over the telephone that the mishap occurred around 5 am today at Doholapara in the Sorbhog police station area.
 
He said 28 people died on the spot, while two others succumbed to their injuries in hospital.
 
He said the victims were mainly labourers from Kholkholi in Dhubri district working at brick kilns in Rangia in Kamrup district. They were heading towards their workplace in the two vans, with their families, when the mishap occurred. He said the victims included several women and children.
 
Dr Singh said the injured were admitted to the Barpeta Medical College Hospital for treatment.
 
The truck hit one van, which then rear ended the other which was just behind it, and both vehicles turned turtle in the process, sources said, adding that the driver of the truck was absconding.
 
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Minor quake jolts Kamrup district of Assam

An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, jolted the Kamrup district of Assam tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at  latitude 26.1 degrees North and longitude 91.4 degrees East, occured at 2135 hours at a focal depth of 5 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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3 killed, 50 injured in Assam train mishap

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At least three people were killed and about 50 others suffered injuries when the engine and nine coaches of a passenger train derailed after hitting a bulldozer at an unmanned level crossing near Guwahati in Assam this morning, official sources said.

They said the mishap occurred around 9.15 am today when the Bongaigaon-Guwahati Chilarai passenger train crashed into the JCB machine at the crossing at Gossainghati between Azara and Mirza railway stations.
 
Rescue teams from the North-East Frontier Railway, the district administration and the National Disaster Response Force rushed to the spot and moved the injured to hospitals at Azara, Mirza and Guwahati, the sources said,
 
Assam Agriculture Minister Nilmani Sen Deka visited the scene of the accident on the directions of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and oversaw the rescue and relief efforts. He also visited the health centres at Azara and Mirza.
 
Assam Governor J B Patnaik has also extended his condolences to the victims and sympathy for those who suffered injuries.
 
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16 people injured as earth-moving vehicle hits train in Assam

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At least 16 passengers were injured when the engine and nine coaches of a passenger train derailed after hitting an earth-moving vehicle at an unmanned level crossing near Guwhati in Assam this morning, railway officials said.
 
They said the mishap occurred around 9.15 am today when the Bongaigaon-Guwahati Chilarai passenger train crashed into the JCB machine at the crossing at Gossainghati between Azara and Mirza railway stations.
 
Rescue teams from the North-East Frontier Railway, the district administration and the National Disaster Response Force rushed to the spot and moved the injured to hospitals in Guwahati, the sources said.
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Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.

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ADB to provide $ 56.9 m to tackle floods, erosion in Assam

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India have signed an agreement for the first tranche loan of $ 56.9 million under the $ 120 million Assam Integrated Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Investment Programme.


The programme is aimed at helping to mitigate the disruption to life and livelihoods and the huge economic losses that are caused by periodic floods in the Brahmaputra river.


The agreement was signed here yesterday by Mr Venu Rajamony, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of the Government of India, Mr. Hun Kim, ADB Country Director for India and Mr R. S. Prasad, Chief Executive Officer, Assam Integrated Flood and Riverbank Erosion Risk Management Agency and Commissioner and Secretary, Finance Department, Government of Assam, on behalf of the state government.

The Multi-tranche Financing Facility of $120 million for the investment programme was approved in October, 2010 to enhance the reliability of flood and river erosion protection infrastructure and management systems in key urban, suburban, and rural areas along the Brahmaputra River in Dibrugarh, Kamrup (near Guwahati), and Golaghat (upstream of Kaziranga National Park) districts.


The first tranche loan will focus on the most vulnerable reaches and upgrade existing embankments, provide riverbank protection works where required, and help collect critical data and information. Work under the first loan is expected to be completed by September, 2014, an official press release said.

In addressing flood and river erosion problems, the programme will introduce a range of innovations, including the application of the latest cost-effective and sustainable technologies of bank protection with geo-textile fabrics, proactive risk mitigation through erosion prediction modelling using remote sensing, and community participation through local disaster management committees, among others.

Mr Rajamony said that effective management of flood and erosion problems was critical for Assam where the majority of urban and agricultural land was flood prone. He said that the ADB programme would, therefore contribute to inducing critical private investments in urban, industrial, and agriculture sectors, while protecting essential public and private assets and livelihoods of the population.

Mr. Hun said that this innovative water sector loan would put into operation comprehensive structural and non-structural measures for flood risk management following international best practices and introducing latest technologies. He expressed hope that its successful implementation would provide a model that can be replicated in other flood prone states in India.


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GDP growth in 2008-09 to be 7.1%: CSO Advance Estimates

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The Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) today, in its Advance Estimates for India's Gross Domestic Product for 2008-09, said the growth of GDP was estimated to decline to 7.1 per cent during the year from 9 per cent (Quick Estimates) during 2007-08.

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