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13 killed, 15 injured as terrorists open fire near Kokrajhar in Assam

At least 13 people were killed and more than 15 others suffered injuries when a group of terrorists opened fire at a crowded weekly market near Kokrajhar town in Assam on Friday afternoon.
 
13 kiled in terror attack at Kokrajhar in Assam
At least 13 people were killed and more than 15 others suffered injuries when a group of terrorists opened fire at a crowded weekly market near Kokrajhar town in Assam this afternoon.
 
Sources said the three or four masked gunmen, wearing Army-style fatigues, struck at Balajan Tiniali near the town, about 220 km west of Guwahati, around noon, leaving at least 12 civilians dead.
 
The gunmen arrived in an autorickshaw, hurled grenades and then opened fire indiscriminately in the market before fleeing from the scene.
 
Security forces managed to shoot down one of the militants and have launched a manhunt for the remaining men, who are believed to have escaped into a nearby forest.
 
The attack has taken the security forces as well as the Assam Government and the Centre by surprise. Media reports quoted top police officials as saying that they suspected the militants were part of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Songbijit (NDFB-S) faction.
 
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who was in Delhi, told journalists that both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Narendra Modi had been in touch with him and had promised all help from the Centre to tackle the situation. National Security Adviser Ajit Doval met Mr. Sonowal to discuss the latest developments.
 
Condemning the attack, Mr. Sonowal said the state government was committed to ensuring protection of the lives and property of the people of Assam. He said the security forces would deal strictly with the situation.
 
He said the Director General of Police (DGP) of Assam and other senior officials were rushing to the scene of the incident.
 
Mr. Sonowal announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 5 lakh for the next-of-kin of those killed in the attack and Rs. 1 lakh each for those who suffered injuries. He also appealed to the people of Assam to maintain peace and harmony. 
 
The Chief Minister said senior Minister Hemanta Biswa Sarma had left for Kokrajhar.
 
Reports said additional columns of the Army and teams of para-military forces had been moved to the area. Police officials said an AK-56 rifle and some grenades were recovered from the scene.
 
The injured persons were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment even as security forces cordoned off the area and launched a combing operation.
 
In Delhi, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju described the incident as "unfortunate" and said it had taken place at a time when peace was returning to the state. 
 
“This incident has given us a shock and it is unfortunate so many people have lost their lives," he said, adding that the elements behind the "dastardly" attack would have to be identified.
 
This is the first major incident of violence in Assam since Mr. Sonowal assumed office as the head of the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the stte on May 24 this year.
 
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1 dead, 14 hurt in twin blasts on Bangalore-Guwahati Express at Chennai station

A 24-year-old woman was killed and 14 others suffered injuries in twin blasts which occurred in two coaches of the 12509 Bangalore-Guwahati tri-weekly express train minutes after it pulled into the Chennai Central station on Thursday morning.
 
Chennai train blasts: 14 injured passengers stable
A 24-year-old woman was killed and 14 others suffered injuries in twin blasts which occurred in two coaches of the 12509 Bangalore-Guwahati tri-weekly express train minutes after it pulled into the Chennai Central station here this morning.
 
Southern Railway sources said two of the injured had suffered serious grievous injuries while the others had received minor injuries.
 
Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Mishra told reporters at the scene that the "minor intensity" blasts occurred in sleeper coaches S4 and S5 at about 7.15 am, some ten minutes after the train arrived on platform number 9.
 
Three coaches of the train -- S3, S4 and S5 -- were affected by the two explosions, the sources said.
 
The deceased passenger was identified as Ms Swati who was travelling from Bangalore to Vijayawada on her way to her home town of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, he said. Media reports said she was an employee of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).
 
Sources said the blasts appeared to have been caused by some devices placed under seat 70 of coach S4 and seat 30 of coach S5.
 
Mr Mishra said the train was running slightly late and had arrived at the station at 7.05 am instead of its scheduled time of 5.45 am.
 
The injured were rushed immediately to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital near the station.
 
Minister of Railways Mallikarjun Kharge has sanctioned an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1 lakh for the next-of-kin of the deceased passenger, Rs 25,000 for each of those with grievous injuries and Rs 5,000 for each of those with minor injuries.
 
Police officials, accompanied by dog squads and bomb disposal squads, rushed to the scene of the blasts immediately and platform number 9 was cordoned off.
 
The entire train was checked by the police and it later resumed its journey to Guwahati, Assam after the affected coaches were detached and replaced with new coaches.
 
Mr Mishra said the entire train was being checked and it would resume its journey to Guwahati, Assam an hour later after the two affected coaches are detached.
 
The Railways have set up a helpline at Chennai on telephone number 044-25357398 to provide information to relatives of the passengers of the affected train.
 
Operations on other platforms as well as on the nearby suburban section continued to remain normal, Mr Mishra added.
 
A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Hyderabad will reach Chennai later today to probe the incident.
 
Security was intensified at Chennai Central railway station after the incidents.
 
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Among the seriously injured passengers, one was identified as Sumantho Devnath (37, Male), while the other was an unidentified male.
 
Those with minor injuries were identified as follows:
 
1. Shaiful Haque – 27 years Male
2. Anjanedu– 29 years Male
3. Vimal Kumar Das – 43 years Male
4. Shagun Kumar Rai– 23 years Male
5. Altaf Khan – 17 years Male
6. Uma – 35 years Female
7. Jitendra Mohanto Deka – 58 years Male
8. Sari – 21 years Male
9. Murali – 27 years Male
10. Bijoy Kumar – 14 years Male
11. Sudanchand Debnath – 64 years Male
12. Surendra Varma– 31 years Male
 
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Amit Shah assures NE States against any changes in Article 371

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah has asserted that the Centre respects Article 371 which grants special provisions to the North East and will not make any changes in it.
 
Addressing the opening session of the 68th Plenary of the North Eastern Council here yesterday, Shah said that, after abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, there was some misinformation that there will be also changes to Article 371.
 
He explained the difference between Article 370 which was temporary in nature and Article 371 which is about special provisions in the North East. “I have clarified in Parliament that this is not going to happen and I am saying it again today in Assam in presence of the eight Chief Ministers,” Shah said.
 
He began his address by paying tribute to late singer and music composerBhupen Hazarika on his birth anniversary. 
 
Shah said the region is a mini-India, with the mighty Himalaya range on the one hand and beautiful landscapes like Barak, Brahmaputra and the Imphal Valley on the other.
 
The Northeast comprises around 9% of the total area of the country with a population of around 5 crore which comprises 3.78% of the total population. The region also bears strategic importance for the fact that it has an international border for around 5300 km.
 
Referring to the diverse culture of the Northeast region, Shah said there were around 270 ethnic groups and around 150 dialects in the region. All development activities and initiatives should be directed towards preserving and enriching the rich heritage of this region.
 
The identity of India was never geopolitical rather it was geo-cultural and, if this principle is accepted by all India, Northeast will be never be treated separately. The cultural and linguistic identity of the Northeast Region should be preserved and maintained, he said.
 
He announced that the North East Council will earmark 30% of its funds for focused funding of priority areas and deprived sections of society.
 
Every state will identify those villages or regions which are backward in various indicators and will work to bring those regions at par with the rest of the country. The growth story will never be complete until the entire state progresses at par with the other parts, he added.
 
The Minister said that the North Eastern Council has been the nodal agency since 1971 for planning and implementation towards the economic and social development of the North Eastern Region. In 2022, NEC will be completing 50 years while India will be completing 75 years of its independence.
 
It is the time NEC should work on preparing the road map to ascertain the progress that Northeast will achieve by 2022, he said.
 
"Today we should set the targets to ascertain the law and order situation in Northeast by 2022 and to set the targets for enriching the culture, tradition and language of the Northeast," he said.
 
He said the Northeast, as a region prior to the Independence, was the greatest contributor of GDP for the Nation. "Today we all should manifest our efforts and set targets to bring back those days.
 
"The NEC should focus on afforestation, development of organic farming, measures to revive lost languages and measures to resolve inter-state disputes between the states," he added.
 
Speaking on the Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement, Shah said the landmark decision will enable the re-establishment of the links between Kolkata and Dhaka Ports.
 
Prior to independence, these ports served as the gateway for trade and commerce of the Northeast region. With the opening of the trade through this route, considering the huge natural resources, this region can once again become the leading contributor of GDP for the country.
 
Speaking on the recent publication of NRC in Assam, Shah expressed his satisfaction over the timely completion of the process and also added that the government will not allow a single illegal immigrant to stay back in the country.
 
Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh said the North East Council has been given its highest budgetary allotment of Rs 1476 crore for the year 2019-20.
 
The NEC Plenary meeting was attended by Governors, Chief Ministers, MPs of the Northeast and senior officers of the eight North-Eastern States and the Union Ministry of DoNER.
 
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Football: Late Oman comeback sinks India

Oman made a late comeback to defeat India 2-1 in the opening Group E match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup Joint-Qualifiers at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati on Thursday.
 
The Blue Tigers’ talismanic skipper Sunil Chhetri opened the scoring, but Oman made their comeback in the last 10 minutes, when Al-Mandhar Al Alawi struck a brace to win the match for the away side.
 
India got the early start that they were looking for, with Ashique Kuruniyan running his legs off in the attacking midfield position.
 
The Blue Tigers had their first real chance around the quarter-hour mark, when Thapa intercepted a ball in the middle of the park, played it to Chhetri, who put Udanta through. The winger jinked past an Oman defender and rattled the cross-bar.
 
Soon after, Ashique was played into the box has he took the ball away from the rushing keeper Faiyz Al Rusheidi. However, the 22-year-old was in too tight an angle to score.
 
The early pressure by the Blue Tigers soon paid dividends, as Ashique was brought down on the left flank by Abdulaziz Al Gheilani, who went into the books for the mistimed tackle.
 
It was a combination of Brandon Fernandes and Sunil Chhetri from the resulting free-kick, as they worked-out a set-piece straight from the training ground. Brandon drilled it in hard and low for Chhetri, who lost his marker and planted the sweetest of left-footers into the bottom corner, sending the partisan crowd of 22,798 at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati into ecstacy.
 
With a couple of minutes left for the half-time whistle, Oman captain Ahmed Al Mahaijri had the golden opportunity to put the away side level. A cross played from the right flank found Mahaijri on the other end of it, as the Oman captain went in with a powerful header. However, India custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu put in a strong hand to parry it away from point-blank range; Mahaijri failed to hit the target from the rebound.
 
Igor Stimac’s boys applied a much more cautious approach after the change of ends, and the equaliser nearly came from the most unlikeliest of sources – a miscued clearance by Anirudh Thapa. However, Gurpreet was on hand again, to tip it over the bar. The 27-year-old custodian bailed India out again a few minutes later, when he calmly collected a precise free-header by Abdulaziz Al Maqbali.
 
On the hour-mark, Stimac decided to add some pace to the wings, as he brought on Lallianzuala Chhangte in place of Brandon Fernandes. While Oman attempted to get the equaliser, Chhetri tried to use Chhangte’s pace as he played the youngster through on the counter. However, he scuffed his eventual shot.
 
Oman left it late, but they came back in the last 10 minutes, when Al-Mandhar Al Alawi scored two to win it for Oman. For their first goal, Al-Mandhar was played into the India box via a lofted through ball, as the attacker dinked it over Gurpreet to equalise.
 
The 24-year-old struck the winner on the last minute of regulation time, as he cut in from the left and rifled his shot into the back of the net.
 
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Amit Shah to visit Assam on September 8

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to visit Assam on a two-day visit from September 8, his first after the publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
 
The Home Minister is likely to attend the plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC) to be held on September 8 and 9. He is also scheduled to meet all the Chief Ministers of northeastern states during his visit.
 
The visit will come amid the BJP expressing its unhappiness over the way the NRC was updated, claiming that it had included names of illegal foreigners and left out names of genuine Indian citizens.
 
Although the party leaders in Assam have remained tight-lipped, it is learnt that the state BJP leadership will appeal to the Home Minister for legislative action to protect "genuine Indian citizens", whose names had been left out of from the NRC.
 
Assam BJP President Ranjit Kumar Dass had earlier stated that the party will appeal to the Central government to pass legislation or amend the Constitution to protect the interest of the genuine Indian citizens of the country.
 
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Sitting, former Assam MLAs flunk NRC test

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Some prominent faces of Assam are among the 1.9 million who have also flunked the citizenship test.
 
Among them are Ananta Kumar Malo, a sitting All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) MLA from Abhayapuri South constituency, and former AIUDF legislator Ataur Rahman Mazharbhuyan who represented the Katigora constituency in the Assembly between 2006 and 2011. 
 
"I and my brother filed the same data. But while the NRC document included my brother's name, my name was excluded," said Malo and added, he would soon approach the Foreigners' Tribunal.
 
Stating that his is just an example of how people are excluded from the NRC, Malo said, "There are some problems with the system, otherwise how can they exclude my name."
 
Mazharbhuyan also expressed shock on not finding his, his two daughters' and a son's names in the NRC. "The draft NRC included my entire family, but for me, two daughters and the son. As we received summons, we went to the NRC Seva Kendra and submitted all the relevant documents," he said.
 
"We were expecting to see our names in the NRC. Who should I blame to? There is no point blaming anyone but to follow the process laid down to correct the same," he said and added, they would soon approach the Foreigners' Tribunals to rectify the mistake.
 
Authorities on Saturday published the final NRC list, which excluded 19,06,657 and included 3,11,21,004 persons in the final document. 
 
The government has, however, stated that those excluded from the list would neither be arrested not declared foreigners. The excluded people would have to approach the Foreigners' Tribunal to prove their citizenship. They can move higher courts later if not satisfied with the tribunal's verdict, it said.
 
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Assam: NRC final list out, leaves out over 19 lakh people

More than 19 lakh people in Assam have been left out of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which was released on Saturday morning.
NRC final list out, excludes over 19 lakh people
NRC final list out, excludes over 19 lakh people
More than 19 lakh people in Assam have been left out of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), which was released on Saturday morning.
 
Some 19,06,657 people have been excluded from the final list, which names 3,11,21,004 people as Indian citizens.
 
The citizens' registry was released online around 10 a.m., ending six years of speculation over the exercise that identifies illegal foreigners living in the Assam.
 
The NRC has immense significance for the people of Assam as the state witnessed a six-year-long movement between 1979 and 1985 seeking detection and deportation of illegal Bangladeshis.
 
The NRC updation process was started in the state on the orders of the Supreme Court in 2013. It is being carried out by the Registrar General of India and is being monitored by the apex court. 
 
The process of NRC update in Assam differs from the rest of the country and is governed by Rule 4A and the corresponding Schedule of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.
 
"These rules have been framed as per the cut-off date of March 24 (midnight), 1971 decided as per the Assam Accord. The process of receipt of NRC application forms started at the end of May 2015 and ended on August 31, 2015. A total of 3,30,27,661 people applied for it through 68,37,660 applications," said a statement issued by the NRC authorities on Saturday.
 
"The particulars submitted by the applicants were taken up for scrutiny to determine eligibility of their inclusion in the NRC. 
 
"The NRC update is a mammoth exercise with around 52,000 state government officials working on it over a prolonged period. All decisions of inclusion and exclusion in the list are taken by these statutory officers. The entire process has been meticulously carried out in an objective and transparent manner," it said.
 
The draft NRC, which was published last year, found 2,89,83,677 persons eligible for inclusion in the list. "Thereafter, claims were received from 36,26,630 people against their exclusion," the statement said, adding that a verification was also carried out of the persons included in the Draft NRC under Clause 4(3) of the Schedule of the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003.
 
"Objections were received against inclusion of 1,87,633 persons, whose names had appeared in the Complete Draft. Another Additional Draft Exclusions List, which was published on June 26, 2019, had 1,02,462 names," it said.
 
"Taking into account all the persons already included and after disposal of all the claims and objections and proceedings under Clause 4(3), it has been found that a total of 3,11,21,004 persons are eligible for inclusion in the Final NRC leaving out 19,06,657 persons, including those who did not submit their claims," said the statement.
 
The government has assured that the people left out of the Final NRC will not be detained and they can appeal against their exclusion in the Foreigners' Tribunals (FT) and subsequently move higher courts. 
 
"These people can first approach the Foreigners' Tribunals (FT) and subsequently move to higher courts if not satisfied with the FT ruling," said Kumar Sanjay Krishna, Additional Chief Secretary (Home & Political). 
 
The Assam government will establish 400 Foreigners' Tribunals in the state to deal with such appeals.
 
Krishna added that legal aid will also be made available to those excluded from the Final NRC through the District Legal Services Authorities (DLSA).
 
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More measures coming to prop up economy: Sitharaman

Noting that consumption needs a boost, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday that more measures to accelerate economic growth are in the pipeline and would be announced in the coming weeks.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressing tax officials, in Guwahati on August 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressing tax officials, in Guwahati on August 29, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Noting that consumption needs a boost, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday that more measures to accelerate economic growth are in the pipeline and would be announced in the coming weeks.
 
She reiterated that spending on infrastructure would be the government's priority.
 
"We can front-load some public spending by the government," the Minister said during a media briefing in Guwahati, where she is as part of her multi-city tour to interact with tax officials, trade and business. 
 
Sitharaman discussed development schemes for the northeast region besides direct tax and GST.
 
Holding that the Narendra Modi government has been responsive and will come back with answers asked by the various groups, she cited the announcements made last Friday to boost economy by extending partial credit to NBFCs and measures to revive automobile sector.
 
Subsequently, the Centre has eased FDI rules in digital media and single brand retail, coal-mining and contract manufacturing. The government is expected to come with another set of measures to prop up the real estate sector.
 
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Su-30 on training sortie crashes in Assam, pilots safe

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Two months after the tragic loss of an An-32 transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force, an Su-30 fighter jet crashed near Assam's Tezpur on Thursday, a defence official said.
 
Defence spokesman, Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said that the aircraft was on a routine training mission from the Tezpur airbase when it crashed. "Both the pilots on board the aircraft, however, managed to eject safely and have been rescued," he added.
 
A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain cause of the accident, he said.
 
In July last year, a Su-30 had gone missing with two pilots on board while on a routine training mission from Tezpur. Its wreckage had been found three days later, close to its last known position after a massive surveillance operation.
 
Till July 2018, seven Su-30s - a frontline fighter of the IAF - had crashed in various incidents in different parts of the country ever since its induction into service in 1997.
 
Thursday's accident came over two months after an An-32 with 13 people on board, had gone missing along the Indo-China border on June 3, about 30 minutes after taking off from Assam's Jorhat for Mechuka advanced landing ground in Arunachal Pradesh.
 
The wreckage was only found on June 11 in a remote area in Arunachal Pradesh and the mortal remains of the crew and passengers recovered on June 19. 
 
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NRC re-verification fear grips people in Assam

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Ahead of the much-hyped August 31 publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a fear of being rendered stateless has gripped thousands of people in some districts of Assam after they received 24-hour notices from the NRC authorities for re-verification of their citizenship claim.
 
Thousands of people particularly from Goalpara, Barpeta, Chenga, Boko, Chaygaon constituencies were summoned by the NRC authorities in far off places like Golaghat, Jorhat, Sivsagar, Dhemaji and others to prove their citizenship claim. The people were served the notices on August 3 and 4 and were asked them to appear before the NRC centres on August 5, giving them very little time to travel to such far-off places over 500 km away.
 
"One bus carrying over 50 such persons from Sontoli village in Kamrup to Golaghat met with an accident at Khanapara area of the city on Sunday night injuring over 30 of them. These were all poor people and, for them, it is not possible to travel such a long distance at such short notice. However, somehow they managed to get ready but this accident happened," said Barpeta-based activist Ashraful Hussain on Monday.
 
He said that one Razia Khatun (68) died due to heatstroke in one of the NRC centres at Kaliabar subdivision in Nagaon district.
 
"Khatun a resident of Joakatdia village in Kamrup district was summoned to NRC centre at Naltoli in Kaliabar for re-verification," Hussain said.
 
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Ripun Bora on Monday dashed off a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah urging him to stop immediately the "illegal" order for re-verification of the NRC draft list in Assam.
 
"The Supreme Court has recently rejected the petition of the Assam government and Central government for 20 per cent re-verification of the names of people in draft NRC list. But surprisingly the NRC authority hurriedly issued thousands of notices to different persons across the state fixing August 5 as the date for re-verification. This has created panic as the people have got notice just one or two days ahead of the date," Bora said in his letter to Shah and sought his intervention.
 
Several social organisations have also condemned the sudden move of the NRC authorities and said innocent poor people have been subjected to suffering in the name of re-verification.
 
"How can the issue of re-verification even occur when the Supreme Court has rejected the petitions of the state and Central government seeking re-verification? We demand an explanation from the NRC authorities in this regard," said Hiren Gohain, a scholar and chairman of Forum against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016.
 
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Assam floods death toll rises to 75, over 3.4 million still affected

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At least six persons died in flood-related incidents in Assam in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 75 even as 34,82,170 people continued to be affected by the deluge in 20 districts of the state till Wednesday evening.
 
Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that 2,933 villages in 20 districts remained inundated by the floods.
 
Officials said that although there was a slight improvement in the flood situation in the last two days, incessant rainfall has led to swelling of the rivers particularly in the western Assam districts inundating more villages.
 
A total of 2,933 villages in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Udalguri, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Goalpara, Kamrup, Kamrup (M), Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat, Jorhat and Cachar are still under water, the ASDMA officials said.
 
"There are a total of 826 relief camps operational in the districts of Baksa, Nalbari, Barpeta, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Golaghat and Jorhat districts with 2,00,525 inmates and 107 Relief Distribution Centres," they said.
 
The Central Water Commission (CWC) said that the Brahmaputra river is flowing above the danger level at Neamatighat (Jorhat) and Dhubri while the Jia Bharali river is flowing above the danger mark at Sonitpur. Similarly the Puthimari river is flowing above the danger level in Kamrup while the Manas and Beki rivers are also flowing above the danger level followed by the Gaurang at Kokrajhar and Sonkosh river flowing above the danger mark at Golakganj.
 
Meanwhile, panic has gripped western Assam districts following reports that a power company in Bhutan has decided to release excess water from a hydropower dam located in the neighbouring country on Thursday.
 
The development took place after the Druk Green Power Corporation Limited of Bhutan issued a notice that it would open the gates of the dam to release over 1,200 cubic metres per second of excess water.
 
The release of this water is likely to affect Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Baksa and parts of Kamrup district in Assam.
 
The release of excess water from hydropower dams in Bhutan had wreaked havoc in Assam in the past, inundating hundreds of villages and killing many people.
 
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67 persons, 187 animals dead in Assam floods

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The human toll in Assam floods rose to 67 on Monday, while Forest Department officials said that a total of 187 animals including 15 one-horned rhinos, an elephant and over 100 deer have died.
 
The death toll rose to 67 after the death of two more persons in the last 24 hours, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority said on Monday even as the flood situation is improving gradually across the state.
 
As on Monday, 33,55,837 people are still affected by the flood in over 2,000 villages in the Dhemaji, Biswanath, Darrang, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Kamrup (Metro), Kamrup, Morigaon, Nagaon, Jorhat, Golaghat and Cachar districts.
 
The current wave of floods have submerged almost 90 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park, forcing the wild animals to stray out to take shelter on higher ground while floodwaters have also submerged the anti-poaching camps over the last one week.
 
The park authorities have, however, said that the flood situation is improving gradually as the water level have been showing a receding trend. "The floodwater level is showing a falling trend and we have recorded that the water level had fallen by 162 cm till Monday morning," an official said, adding that Forest Department staff have been working hard along with villagers to protect the distressed wild animals.
 
As many as 16 animals - 15 hog deer and a sambar - were killed by speeding vehicles on National Highway 37 while 15 rhinos and an elephant died of drowning. "A total of 13 wild boar, 12 sambar, 6 hog deer, two water buffaloes and three porcupines have also died due to drowning," he said adding that the forest officials and local villagers have also rescued 53 hog deer, some of which were later released in the wild again.
 
Meanwhile, the ASDMA officials said on Monday that over 1,14,179 hectares of agricultural land, including land with standing crops, continued to be affected by floods and close to 97,000 people are living in 757 relief camps set up by district administrations.
 
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Assam flood situation grim, death toll rises to 6

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The flood situation in Assam continued to be grim with three more people dying in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll in floods and landslides to six, even as over eight lakh people were marooned by the floods till Friday evening.
 
Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that two more persons died due to floods in Golaghat district in the last 24 hours while one person died in a landslide in Dima Hasao district.
 
"A total of 1,556 villages in 68 revenue circles in 21 districts have been affected in the current wave of floods. The affected districts include Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sibsagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia," an ASDMA official said on Friday.
 
"A total of 8,69,024 people, including women and children, have been affected by the floods," the official said.
 
He said that river Brahmaputra in Jorhat, Sonitpur, Kamrup, Goalpara and Dhubri districts was flowing above the danger level.
 
The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been pressed into service in the flood-affected areas for search and rescue operations.
 
"Presently, 68 relief camps are operational in the affected districts," the official said.
 
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Over 4 lakh marooned by Assam floods

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With flood waters inundating over 700 villages in 17 districts and affecting over 4 lakh people in the state, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Thursday reviewed the prevailing flood situation and asked Deputy Commissioners (DCs) and other officials to remain fully alert for tackling the situation.
 
Noting that people in distress must get adequate care and response, the Chief Minister asked the DCs to activate 24x7 control rooms for immediate response to the flood situation in their districts. He enquired about the status of relief camps, distribution of relief material to marooned people and measures adopted for safety and security of animals in the flood-affected districts.
 
The Chief Minister also asked the Deputy Commissioners to update their stocks of medicines in the hospitals and ensure availability of doctors. He also asked them to take steps for adequate care for animals affected by floods and arrange fodder for them.
 
Moreover, in view of the spurt of Japanese encephalitis and malaria cases, the Chief Minister directed the health department functionaries to collect blood sample of relief camp inmates to contain the diseases.
 
Underlining the importance of prompt action by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel in rescue operations, the Chief Minister asked the DCs to remain in close touch with concerned district administrations where the teams are currently being stationed. 
 
He also directed the police to carry out regular patrolling in flood-affected areas to ensure the safety and security of property of the flood-hit people.
 
Sonowal further asked the state Power Department to take all necessary measures to prevent incidents of electrocution which may occur owing to negligence of departmental officials. 
 
Besides, in case of any casualty by floods, he directed the DCs to immediately release the one-time financial assistance to the next of kin of the victim.
 
Apart from reviewing the present situation of inundation at the Kaziranga and Manas National Parks, the Chief Minister took stock of the preparedness of the Kamrup (Metro) district administration in responding to incidents of landslide in the district. 
 
In view of several such incidents in Guwahati in the past causing loss of many lives, Sonowal asked the DC and Assam State Disaster Management Authority to identify all landslide-prone areas and sensitise the local people to vacate such places to avert any mishap.
 
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SpiceJet flags off daily non-stop flight on Guwahati-Dhaka route

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Low-cost carrier SpiceJet today launched daily non-stop flights on the Guwahati-Dhaka-Guwahati route under the Government's International Air Connectivity Scheme (IACS). 
 
The flight is the first ever to be operated under IACS, a press release from the airline said. It said the flight also underlined the airline's commitment to enhancing connectivity in the North East region.
 
SpiceJet is the only airline to offer direct air connectivity between Guwahati and Dhaka. 
 
The flag-off ceremony at Guwahati airport was attended by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and other dignitaries.
 
Debojo Maharshi, Chief Marketing Officer, SpiceJet, said, “We are extremely delighted to launch our first ever direct flight under the International Air Connectivity Scheme between Guwahati and Dhaka. We believe that the tremendous success of RCS (Regional Connectivity Scheme) can be replicated in IACS as well thereby making international air travel much more affordable and convenient for Indians. Enhancing connectivity to the North-East has always been on top of our agenda and this new flight marks an important milestone in this regard.”
 
With the launch of the new flight services between Guwahati and Dhaka, SpiceJet now operates two flights under IACS besides operating a total of 43 flights connecting 24 cities under UDAN, the regional connectivity scheme.  This is the highest number of flights being operated by any Indian airline under UDAN.
 
SpiceJet is deploying its Bombardier Q400 on the Guwahati-Dhaka-Guwahati route.
 
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IAF retrieves stranded rescue team from AN-32 crash site

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Saturday evening retrieved all the 15 members of the search and rescue team engaged in the search of the AN-32 aircraft who got stranded in the crash site along the Indo-China border, said defence spokesperson Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh.
 
Singh said the 15-member search and rescue team was camping at the crash site since June 12 due to bad weather and rains.
 
"All the 15 members of the team, including eight from the IAF, four from the Army and three other civilian rescuers, were retrieved today using ALH and Mi-17V5 helicopters," Singh said, adding that the effort to retrieve them was delayed due to inclement weather and rain.
 
"The weather condition improved slightly today, allowing the risky helicopter operations to be undertaken. We did that and the team was retrieved," he said.
 
All the members were fit and in good health, he added.
 
The ill-fated AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force went missing after taking off from the Jorhat air base in Assam for Mechuka advanced landing ground in Arunachal Pradesh on June 3.
 
The rescue team was air-dropped near the wreckage site of the aircraft on June 12 and subsequently retrieved the bodies and mortal remains of 13 air warriors on board the AN-32. However, the rescue team got stranded there due to bad weather.
 
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Mistaken identity lands Assam woman in detention camp for 3 years

Madhubala Mandal, a 59-year-old woman who was sent to a detention camp for illegal immigrants in 2016 in a case of mistaken identity, leaves after being released in Assam's Kokrajhar on June 26, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Madhubala Mandal, a 59-year-old woman who was sent to a detention camp for illegal immigrants in 2016 in a case of mistaken identity, leaves after being released in Assam's Kokrajhar on June 26, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
A woman from Assam's Chirang district, sent by a foreigners' tribunal to a detention camp three years back on suspicion that she was an illegal infiltrator after being mistaken for someone else of the same name, has now been freed.
 
"I am happy that I can take care of my daughter now. She is physically challenged, she needs my help always," said Madhubala Mondal, 59, after her release on Wednesday. 
 
Mondal, a widow who worked as a domestic help, had to spend three years at a detention camp in Kokrajhar district after she was declared a foreigner by a Foreigners' Tribunal in March 2016.
 
She could not even challenge the Tribunal's order due to extreme poverty and lack of knowledge. The case of her "illegal detention" came to light only recently when a local organization took up the case and moved a petition challenging the Tribunal's order.
 
During the fresh hearing, the police admitted that they took her to be Madhubala Das of the same village in Chirang.
 
"We have received an order from the Foreigners' Tribunal asking to release Madhubala Mondal. We forwarded the order to the detention camp and accordingly she was released from the detention camp on Wednesday," said a senior police official in Chirang.
 
The officer, who did not want to be identified, admitted that there was a goof-up regarding the name as there are three Madhubalas in the village. "She was Madhubala Das when she got married. But later after her husband died, she got married to one Mondal and become Madhubala Mondal," the officer said adding that the police picked up Madhubala Mondal instead of Madhubala Das and sent to detention camp.
 
Village residents, however, said that the woman named Madhubala Das, who was declared a foreigner by a Tribunal and her husband Makhan Nama Das, had died long before the Foreigners' Tribunal order was issued.
 
The Assam government is updating the National Register of Citizens of 1951. A draft NRC was published last year which excluded names of over 40 lakh people due to some discrepancies in their documents in proving their Indian citizenship.
 
On Wednesday, the Assam government published a draft additional exclusion list which listed over one lakh people as ineligible for enrolment in the NRC, despite the fact that their names have appeared in the draft NRC published last year.
 
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Boxing: Mary Kom, Shiva Thapa, Amit Panghal fight their way to gold in India Open

Indian boxer Mary Kom celebrates her win and gold medal at the 2nd India Open on May 24, 2019 at Guwahati.
Indian boxer Mary Kom celebrates her win and gold medal at the 2nd India Open on May 24, 2019 at Guwahati.
Six-time world champion Mary Kom was crowned the 51kg champion while Amit Panghal (52kg) won his third gold medal of the year and Shiva Thapa finished on top in 60kg at the second edition of the India Open International Boxing Tournament at the  Bordoloi Indoor Stadium here on Friday. 
 
Fresh from winning her eighth medal at the Asian Championships, Sarita Devi added the India Open 60kg gold to her resume and Neeraj carried on her giant-killing form to stun Asian Championships bronze medallist Manisha Moun in 57kg. 
 
Mary displayed her experience to blow away the challenge of Vanlal Duati in a facile 5-0 win. This was the London Olympic bronze medalist’s second gold from the India Open to add to the 48kg gold she won last year in New Delhi.
 
Panghal smartly evaded the taller Sachin Siwach’s attacks in the first round to begin with a defensive approach. It was towards the end of the second round that the Asian Games gold medallist found his rhythm and started choosing the right moments to land his blows over the former world youth champion. Amit dominated the third round to make his way to the yellow metal following gold medals from the Strandja Cup and Asian Championships in 2019.
 
“Sachin's very tall. I think he's the tallest boxer I faced till date. I fought with some tall boxers in the Asian Championship but Sachin is taller than them,” said Panghal after his win. “My strategy was to either get close to him or stay away from his range. By staying away, it also helped me to assess his technique and then get close to attack from close range,” he added.
 
Much to the delight of the crowd, Shiva Thapa grabbed the 60kg gold in a revenge bout against 2018 champion Manish Kaushik a year after losing to him in the semi-finals. The Guwahati boy, who won a bronze at the continental event this year, was fierce and aggressive and did not put a foot wrong in the 5-0 demolition.
 
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Sarita Devi endured a tough fight from Simranjit Kaur to edge the World Championships bronze medalist for a 3-2 win. This was the former world champion’s first gold medal in any competition in three years following her victory at the South Asian Games in 2016 in Shillong. The veteran pugilist dedicated the prized medal to her mother whom she lost to cancer last year.
 
A day after knocking out World Championships silver medalist Sonia, Neeraj continued her sublime form to notch up a commanding 5-0 victory over Manisha, who had changed category from 54kg to 57kg.
 
Asian Championships bronze medalist Ashish showed his prowess in 69kg to soar to a 4-1 win over compatriot Duryodhan Singh Negi. Local girl Jamuna Boro delivered a flurry of punches that earned her a perfect 5-0 win over Y. Sandhyarani. World Championships bronze medalist Lovlina Borgohain did not share the same fortunes despite vociferous cheers of support from the crowd. The 69kg exponent missed out on the gold in a tight contest where she ended up 2-3 to Italy’s Assunta Canfora.
 
There was no stopping Deepak in 49kg. Oozing confidence with every punch, the Asian Championships silver medalist knocked out Govind Kumar Sahani 5-0. Kavinder Singh Bisht had to settle for the silver in a 2-3 result in a hard-fought contest with 2015 Asian champion Chatchai Decha Butdee. This is Bisht’s second consecutive silver this year after the Asian Championships last month.
 
In 64kg, Rohit Tokas suffered a knee twist in the first round and was forced to forfeit his bout to 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Colin Louis Richarno of Mauritius. Tokas, who secured the India Open bronze a year before, had to be content with the silver.
 
Ashish Kumar’s hopes of adding the 75kg gold were dashed as he had to give a walkover to Philippines’s Eumir Felix Delos Santos due to a cut that he sustained on his forehead in the semi-finals.
 
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Boxing: Amit Panghal, Shiva Thapa enter semis at 2nd India Open

Amit Panghal in action at the Indian Open International Boxing Tournament in Guwahati, Assam on May 22, 2019.
Amit Panghal in action at the Indian Open International Boxing Tournament in Guwahati, Assam on May 22, 2019.
Asian Games gold medalist Amit Panghal (52kg) and Asian Championships bronze medalist Shiva Thapa (60kg) led 12 Indian pugilists into the semi-finals to confirm medals on the third day of the ongoing second edition of the India Open International Boxing Tournament at the  Bordoloi Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday. 
 
Former world youth champion Sachin Siwach’s dazzling performance was the highlight of the day as he knocked out the 2018 Asian Games silver medalist Rogen Siaga Ladon of Philippines 4-1 to make the last-four stage of 52kg.
 
Fresh from his Asian Championships gold medal, Panghal faced some early resistance from Thailand’s veteran Chakapong Chanpirom whom he was meeting for the very first time in his career. But the 23-year-old soon proved his mettle to earn a 5-0 win and march his way into the semi-finals.
 
“It was a tight bout. A lot of boxers have changed category from 49kg to 52kg like me. So it’s important to study each one carefully and chalk out separate strategies for each,” commented the victorious Amit after having changed his weight category from 49kg to 52kg with an eye on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
 
Amid deafening roars of support, local boy Shiva Thapa soared to a 5-0 win over Hellene Damien of Mauritius. Thapa, who became the first Indian to win medals from four consecutive Asian Championships just last month, started with a defensive attitude until he freed up from the second round to deliver the blows.
 
“Never have I contested against such a tall boxer before. So my strategy was to attack from inside and I am glad I could execute with perfection,” said Thapa after the win.
 
Kavinder  Bisht (56kg) continued his fine form after winning a gold at the GeeBee Boxing tournament and a silver at the Asian Championships this year. He held his nerves to stave off some stiff resistance from Mario Fernandez of Philippines and register a 3-2 win in a split decision. Mohammed Hussamuddin was not so lucky in the same category as he fell to a 2-3 defeat to Thailand’s former Asian champion Chatchai Decha Butdee in a hard-fought bout.
 
In 49kg, Asian Championships silver medalist Deepak outclassed Thailand’s Samak Saehan 4-1 to advance to the semi-finals.
 
Former World Championships bronze medalist Gaurav Bidhuri also progressed into the last-four stage of 56kg by dint of a commanding 5-0 win over Turkmenistan’s Bayramhan Permanov. In 52kg, Commonwealth Games champion Gaurav Solanki did not waste any time to assert his supremacy over Mauritius’s Louis Fleurot en route to a 5-0 win.
 
Last year’s India Open 60kg champion Manish Kaushik began the successful defence of his title with a 5-0 win over Thiwa Janthacumpa of Thailand. 2018 World Youth bronze medalist Ankit showed his maturity in his 5-0 demolition of Nepal’s Prakash Limbu Ijam.
 
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Boxing: Mary Kom, Nikhat Zareen to meet in semis at 2nd India Open

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Six-time world champion Mary Kom and Asian Championships bronze medallist Nikhat Zareen set up a semi-final showdown in 51kg at the second edition of the India Open International Boxing Tournament at the Bordoloi Indoor Stadium here on Tuesday. 
 
Manju Rani, Monika and Kalavani also entered the 48kg semi-finals to confirm five medals for India on the second day of India’s premier boxing tournament and bring India’s total medal tally to 15.
 
Nepal’s Mala Rai was no match for the London Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom who wasted no time in progressing into the last four with a commanding 5-0 win. 
 
Strandja Cup gold medallist Nikhat too was equally impressive with her flurry of punches against compatriot Anamika and registered a comfortable 5-0 victory.
 
Strandja Cup silver medallist Manju Rani kept attacking her opponent, Cleo Claveras Tesara of Philippines, right from the start to earn a win by RSC (Referee Stop Contest) in Round 1 to move into the 48kg semi-finals. Monika was equally dominant in her quarter-final bout with Thailand’s Apaporn Intongsee to earn a 5-0 win.
 
Kalavani was deemed the winner by RSC in Round 2 over Bhutan’s Tandin Lhamo while Nitu did not enjoy the same fortunes and was blanked 0-5 by former world champion Josie Gabuco of Philippines.
 
Ten Indian boxers had already confirmed medals even before the start of the event with 6 in men and 4 in women being placed in the semi-finals because of the smaller size of the draw.
 
On the men’s side, Brijesh Yadav and Sanjay are already into the 81kg semi-finals and so are Naman Tanwar and Sanjeet in 91kg and Satish Kumar and Atul Thakur in +91kg. In women’s, Lovlina Borgohain and Anjali are already assured of medals in 69kg while Bhagyabati Kachari and Saweety Boora are through to the last-four in 75kg by virtue of a first-round bye.
 
Earlier in the day, four Indian men pugilists made it to the quarter-finals. Pawan Kumar made short work of reigning Youth Olympic champion Brian Agustin Arregui of Argentina 4-1 for a place in the 69kg quarter-finals.
 
Promising Indian boxer Dinesh Dagar, who upset 2012 London Olympic bronze medallist at the GeeBee Boxing tournament recently, continued his fine form to notch up a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Marjon Angcon Pianar of Philippines in the 69kg. In 60kg, Ankit proved too strong for Ryan Boy Empoc Moreno of Philippines whom he blanked 5-0.
 
In 75kg, Manjeet Panghal got a walkover into the last eight while Ashish lost 0-5 to Colin Louis Richarno.
 
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Arunachal Pradesh MLA, 10 others killed in militant ambush

National People's Party (NPP) MLA from Arunachal Pradesh's Khonsa West Assembly constituency, Triong Aboh who was killed along with 10 others after suspected Naga militants fired at the vehicle they were travelling in, at Bogapani in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, on May 21, 2019. (File Photo: IANS)
National People's Party (NPP) MLA from Arunachal Pradesh's Khonsa West Assembly constituency, Triong Aboh who was killed along with 10 others after suspected Naga militants fired at the vehicle they were travelling in, at Bogapani in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh, on May 21, 2019. (File Photo: IANS)
At least 11 persons, including Arunachal Pradesh legislator Tirong Aboh, were killed in an ambush by suspected Naga militants in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday, police said.
 
Police said that Aboh and his family members were travelling from Dibrugarh in Assam to Khonsa, when their vehicle was ambushed by suspected NSCN (IM) militants at Bogapani in Tirap district, located on Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.
 
Aboh, a sitting National People's Party (NPP) MLA from Khonsa West constituency of the hill state, contested the recently held Assembly elections for a second term and received threats from the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Issak and Muivah (NSCN-IM) militants over this.
 
The police confirmed that Aboh had died, but refused to divulge details of the other victims.
 
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju confirmed the number of killed to be 11 and condemned the incident.
 
"I'm shocked and saddened by the brutal attack and tragic killing of MLA Shri Tirong Aboh of Arunachal Pradesh, his family including 11 people. Strongest possible action will be taken against those responsible for such dastardly attack," Rijiju tweeted.
 
NPP chief and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma expressed shock over the tragedy. "The NPP is extremely shocked and saddened by the news of the death of its MLA Shri Tirong Aboh (Arunachal Pradesh) and his family. We condemn the brutal attack and urge @rajnathsingh and @PMOIndia to take action against those responsible for such attack," Sangma tweeted.
 
"Extremely shocked by the unfortunate killing of Khonsa MLA Tirong Aboh and several others, by insurgents. Strongly condemn this barbarous act. Action will be initiated to hunt down the perpetrators. My heartfelt condolence & may souls of those departed rest in peace," Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted.
 
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Boxing: Sonia, Manisha, Sachin give home side a winning start at India Open

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World Championships silver medalist Sonia Lather (57kg), Asian Championships bronze medallist Manisha Moun (57kg) and former world youth champion Sachin Siwach (52kg) gave India a bright start as the second edition of the India Open International Boxing Tournament began here on Monday. 
 
2017 youth world champion Jyoti (51kg), 2018 world youth silver medallist Anamika (51kg) and Shashi Chopra (60kg) led the youth brigade to wins as all seven Indians emerged victorious on the opening day to move into the quarter-finals.
 
Sonia proved too strong for Nepal’s Chandra Kala Thapa and was declared a winner by unanimous decision to move into the 57kg quarter-finals. 
 
Manisha, who won the bronze in the continental event in 54kg, continued her good form to notch up a 4-1 win over Nesthy Alcayde Petecio of Philippines and join Lather in the last-eight.
 
Having impressed at the GeeBee Boxing tournament this year with a bronze, the lanky Sachin Siwach used his height and exuded confidence with his flurry of punches to secure a flawless 5-0 win over Argentina’s Ramon Nicanor Quiroga.
 
In 60kg, Preeti Beniwal boosted her medal-winning hopes with a commanding 5-0 win over Nepal’s Sangita Sunar. Among the rising stars, Jyoti put up a spirited display in her 4-1 win over Irish Ardiente Magno of Philippines while Anamika was deemed the winner by virtue of RSC (Referee Stop Contest) over Filipino Claudine Decena Veloso in Round 3.
 
Shashi Chopra, youth world champion in 2017 in 57kg, made a seamless transition to 60kg to start off with a one-sided 5-0 victory over Tandin Choden over Bhutan.
 
Thailand’s two-time Olympian and former Asian champion Chatchai Decha Butdee asserted his supremacy in 56kg with a dominant 5-0 victory over Nepal’s Surendra Rai.
 
On Day 2, some of the key bouts will feature Mary Kom, Nikhat Zareen in 51kg, local girl Ankusihta Boro (64kg) and Ankit (60kg), Ashish (64kg) and Pawan Kumar (69kg) in men.
 
Key Results:
 
Sonia Lather (57kg) def Chandra Kala Thapa (Nepal) 5-0
Manisha (57kg) def Nesthy Alcayde Petecio (Philippines) 4-1
Jyoti (51kg) def Irish Ardiente Magno (Philippines) 4-1
Anamika (51kg) def Claudine Decena Veloso (Philippines) RSC (Round 3)
Shashi Chopra (60kg) def Tandin Choden (Bhutan) 5-0
Preeti Beniwal (60kg) def Sangita Sunar (Nepal) 5-0
Sachin (52kg) def Ramon Nicanor Quiroga (Argentina) 5-0
Chatchai Decha Butdee (56kg) (Thailand) def Surendra Rai (Nepal) 5-0
 
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Indian pugilists confident of good show at India Open

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Indian pugilists have promised a good show as the second edition of the India Open kicks off at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium here from Monday evening. 
 
As many as 16 countries are participating in this edition of the tournament In which about  200 boxers will vie for the podium. The preliminaries will be held on May 20 and 21 to be followed by the quarter-finals and semi-finals, culminating in the grand finale on May 24
 
Having trained rigorously on improving their attacking game, the India Open is a place where the country’s pugilists are ready to show their supremacy despite some stiff international competition.
 
"We have been training our boxers for the last few months in such a way that they understand the need to switch from defensive mode to offensive mode faster and make it effective as well,” said Santiago Nieva, India’s chief performance director.
 
“This has resulted in many of our boxers being attacking and aggressive-minded, yet they have been able to hold their ground when needed,” he added.
 
This approach resulted in India’s unprecedented success at the Asian Championships last month where the country had a rich haul of 13 medals while individual boxers have also benefitted from it.
 
Former World Championships bronze medallist Shiva Thapa, who had suffered a shocking semi-final loss to compatriot Manish Kaushik in 60kg at the India Open last year, agreed. The setback coupled with a few more unexpected losses made the 25-year-old introspect and work hard extensively with the coaches to change his game, which was rewarded with a bronze at the continental event this year.
 
“I have changed my game. Even in the last Asian Championships, I played much more freely. I am being more aggressive now. This is the style of boxing I have adopted now and our coaches, too, are helping me with my technique,” said Thapa.
 
The confidence of the Indian squad is bolstered as foreign boxers are now wary of India even before the start of the tournament as several teams have been thoroughly studying the Indian boxers.
 
Chatchai Decha Butdee, a two-time Olympian boxer from Thailand and former Asian champion considers the Indian challenge in 56kg to be tough. 
 
With the 2019 Asian Championships silver medallist Kavinder Bisht and 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin from India in the same category, his work is cut out.
 
“I have watched videos of Kavinder Singh Bisht to be aware of his style. I even watched his 56kg final at the Asian Championships in Bangkok this year. He definitely won’t be an easy opponent to deal with,” said the  Thai pugilist.
 
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Rain lashes Assam due to Fani impact

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Most parts of Assam witnessed incessant rains on Saturday due to the impact of cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to batter the Indian sub-continent in decades.
 
Following the rains, the state government has issued an alert to suspend ferry services between Jorhat and Majuli, Guwahati and North Guwahati, Dhubri and other places from Saturday to Sunday.
 
While flight services from Guwahati has been suspended till Saturday evening, the Northeast Frontier Railway has also cancelled several trains to Kolkata and Odisha. Similarly, trains from Kolkata and Odisha to Assam were also cancelled.
 
Weather experts at the Regional Meteorological Centre at Borjhar had warned of heavy rains accompanied by strong winds to lash the northeastern states on Saturday and Sunday.
 
Assam government had earlier warned the district administrations to remain alert ahead of Fani and deployed 40 companies of National Disaster Rescue Force at some vulnerable locations across the state.
 
As of Saturday, Fani has weakened into a "cyclonic storm leaving no more major threat" for West Bengal. It is situated at Shantipur in Nadia district about 60 km north of Kolkata, and is likely to enter Bangaldesh around Saturday noon.
 
The cyclone made landfall in Odisha on Friday morning.
 
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Assam on alert as Fani likely to hit on Saturday

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The Assam government has sounded an alert in all districts of the state following a warning that cyclone Fani will lash the state and other parts of the northeastern region for two days starting Saturday early hours.
 
The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) at Guwahati said that there will be heavy to very heavy rains in most of the northeastern states including Assam on April 4 and 5 and strong surface winds with speeds of up to 40 km per hour.
 
"Extremely severe cyclonic storm, Fani over west central Bay of Bengal has already hit coastal region of Odisha. It is very likely to impact Assam and other northeastern states on late Friday night or Saturday early morning. There will be heavy to very heavy rain accompanied by strong winds," said Sanjay O'Neill Shaw, Deputy Director General of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) based in Guwahati.
 
Following the warning, the government has asked the district administration in all districts of the state to remain on alert during the cyclonic storm and to extend help to people in case of any eventuality.
 
The Assam government had on Thursday evacuated over 100 pilgrims from the state who had gone to Odisha. The government in coordination with the Eastern Railway had arranged three special trains to bring the pilgrims from Odisha to Kolkata.
 
Meanwhile, Assam and some other parts of the Northeast have been witnessing light to moderate rains since Friday morning. Officials of the Airport Authority of India at Guwahati also said that departure of most inbound and outbound flights from Guwahati and Kolkata have been cancelled from 3 p.m on Friday till 8 a.m on Saturday.
 
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