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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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India, Bangladesh plan to launch bus service from Guwahati, Shillong to Dhaka

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India and Bangladesh are planning regular passenger bus services to Dhaka from Guwahati in Assam via Shillong in Meghalaya and the two sides will undertake a joint tchnical survey and trial run on December 11-12.
 
Teams from both countries will be part of the trial run that will help assess route conditions and other technical parameters, an official press release said here today.
 
The trial run will conclude at Dhaka on December 12 and the delegations are expected to submit the report on the details and feasibility of starting regular bus services on the route.
 
Passenger services are already operating to Dhaka from Kolkata in West Bengal and Agartala in Tripura.
 
Negotiations between India and Bangladesh for starting services from Guwahati and Shillong have been underway for the past several months and have gathered momentum, the release said.
 
The proposed bus service, covering approximately 500 kms starting from Guwahati will take the Shillong- Dawki (Meghalaya)/Tamabil (Bangladesh)-Sylhet-Dhaka route. 
 
The flag off of the trial run is scheduled at 9.00 am on December 10 from Guwahati. The Bangladesh delegation consisting of seven senior officials for the trial run will reach Guwahati on the previous day and proceed to Dhaka by bus along with the Indian delegation.
 
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PM calls for building a 'SMART' police force, focus on policemen's welfare

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for the creation of a SMART police force, with the letters of the word standing for "strict yet sensitive; modern and mobile; alert and accountable; reliable and responsive; techno-savvy and trained".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting senior police officers as he arrives for the National Conference of DGPs/IGPs at Guwahati on November 30, 2014. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju are also seen.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting senior police officers as he arrives for the National Conference of DGPs/IGPs at Guwahati on November 30, 2014. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju are also seen.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for the creation of a SMART police force, with the letters of the word standing for "strict yet sensitive; modern and mobile; alert and accountable; reliable and responsive; techno-savvy and trained".
 
Addressing the Annual Conference of Directors General (DGPs) and Inspectors General of Police (IGPs) at Guwahati in Assam this morning, he also called for a task force to suggest ways to institutionalize the memory of the over 33,000 martyred police personnel, who have laid down their lives in line of duty since independence.
 
"The sacrifices of these police personnel should not go in vain," he said and suggested that the police academies of each state should have a book dedicated to the memory of these personnel from their state. 
 
Mr Modi stressed on the welfare of the police personnel and their families. He said personnel cannot perform well if their families are not taken care of. He said issues such as health of the families and education for the children of police personnel was a priority. 
 
The Prime Minister said the police is a protector force, but is often not portrayed as such in Bollywood cinema. He said the mental image that people have with regard to police has to change. He said every police station should have a website to propagate good deeds done by the force. He said each police station should upload one positive story a week, which shows the good work done by them. 
 
He said that, from Chanakya's time, the primary source of security for any society is an effective intelligence network. A good intelligence network ensures minimal use of force, he stressed, saying that he was happy to have got a chance to felicitate intelligence officers for their distinguished service to the nation. 
 
The Prime Minister said taking this conference out of Delhi will bring more focus to the main agenda at hand, besides increasing the morale of police forces in the North-East. 
 
He also presented the President's police medals for distinguished service. Earlier, he was given a guard of honour on arrival at the venue of the conference.
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had addressed the conference on the opening day yesterday.
 
This is the first time that the conference is being held outside Delhi since its inception in 1920. The Chief Ministers of all the North Eastern states and Sikkim were also invited to attend the conference. 
 
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The conference is aimed at providing an interactive platform for senior police professionals and security administrators in the country to discuss and debate diverse national security-related issues, as also the various operational, infrastructural and welfare-related problems faced by the police. 
 
The discussions covered formulation and sharing of professional practices and processes in tackling challenges relating to crime control and law and order management, besides internal security threats such as terrorism, insurgency, left wing extremism, espionage and organised crime. 
 
The annual conference offers opportunities for generation and exchange of new ideas on capacity building for the police in respect of manpower, training, logistics and advanced technology.
 
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Modi flags off first train from Mendipathar, Meghalaya to Guwahati

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday flagged off the first train from Menipathar in Meghalaya to Guwahati in Assam and reiterated his government's resolve to accord priority to the development of the North-East region.

 
Modi flags off first passenger train from Mendipathar to Guwahati
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged off the first train from Mendipathar in Meghalaya to Guwahati in Assam and reiterated his government's resolve to accord priority to the development of the North-East region.
 
Mr Modi also unveiled the plaque for a new rail line from Bhairabi to Sairang in Guwahati and said it was an important occasion in the history of the Indian Railways, when a state was being added to its rail network. 
 
He said that he was convinced that, if India had to be prosperous, then the development of the North-East was a priority.
 
He said infrastructure was the first step towards development and cited the example of South Korea to underline how the creation of infrastructure could spur growth and development. He said that if good connectivity was established across the eight states of the North-East, the entire region would prosper and tourism would flourish.
 
He pointed out that in its first Budget, his government had committed Rs 28,000 crore for the development of new railway lines in the North-East.
 
He said the whole world acknowledged that this would be Asia's century and it was, therefore, necessary to extend India's Look East policy to an Act East policy and to connect the North-East with Myanmar and countries beyond.
 
Mr Modi said India now needed next-generation infrastructure - consisting of both highways and i-ways (information ways). He said there should be no digital divide, and the vision of Digital India also encompasses the North-East. 
 
"Why should there not be a gas-grid, why should we not get electricity for all 24 hours," he asked. He said a good optical fibre network would lead to immense opportunities for the North-East. 
 
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Mr Modi said that he was taking special interest in the development of the North-East and that he had discussed connectivity during his recent visit to Myanmar for the ASEAN-India Summit and the East Asia Summit.
 
He said the Railways could be an engine of economic growth and expressed disappointment that its potential had not been recognized in this fashion so far. He said his Government would expand and modernize the Indian Railways. He spoke of both horizontal expansion of railways - expanding the network across India, and vertical expansion of railways - which means capacity building, technology upgradation and better services. 
 
The Prime Minister said that India had allowed 100 percent FDI in Railways, to spur the process of modernization of Indian Railways. He said the Government is also considering privatization of railway stations to promote economic activity. 
 
He said that the Railways needed dedicated expertise and technology upgradation. He said that, in order to build the human resources for this purpose, the government would set up four universities for the Railways.
 
Assam Governor J B Patnaik, Meghalaya Governor Krishna Kant Paul, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
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ISL: NorthEast United crush Chennaiyin FC 3-0 to move to fifth spot

Photo courtesy ISL
Photo courtesy ISL
North-East United FC came up with an inspired performance to demolish leaders Chennaiyin FC 3-0 to move up to the fifth slot in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here tonight.
 
Durga Boro opened the account for the hosts and Senegalese defender Massamba Lô Sambou helped himself to a brace, all inside 23 minutes.
 
The Highlanders were on the ball right from the word go. They pegged the visitors back in their own half with their passing and speed of movement, particularly down the flanks. The fans did not have to wait long to see the home team go in front, when Eric Djemba-Djemba’s headed clearance hit Seiminlen Doungel and fell kindly for Durga Boro in the 10th minute. 
 
The Assamese striker was in the right place at the right time and pounced on the opportunity and finished past a charging Gennaro Bracigliano.
 
That opened the floodgates, and some ten minutes later Sambou got two goals in quick succession, both from set pieces, one a corner, and the other a free kick. The latter was a beautifully floated in curler from Koke which saw Sambou rise majestically over his markers and head it powerfully across the goal and into the far corner of the net. 
 
Both goals came in a space of two minutes, and NorthEast were three goals ahead in the 23rd minute after managing to score just one goal in the past three games.
 
The match had a lot of heated moments as the visitors felt the pressure getting to them, but surprisingly, they were the team that ended the game with 11 men, as the Highlanders’ marquee player Joan Capdevila was sent off in the 72nd minute after his second booking.
 
Chennaiyin FC still remain on top with 19 points while NorthEast United have 13, but the league leaders will now feel the pressure what with Atlético de Kolkata hot on their heels. The losers head down south to Kochi for a game against Kerala Blasters FC on November 30 while the winners travel to Goa for their next fixture on December 1. 
 
Match awards
 
Hero of the Match: Massamba Lô Sambou (NorthEast United FC) 
Swift Moment of the Match: Durga Boro (NorthEast United FC) 
Amul Fittest Player of the Match: Kondwani Mtonga (NorthEast United FC)  
ISL Emerging Player of the Match: Seiminlen Doungel (NorthEast United FC)  
 
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ISL: Delhi Dynamos outplay NorthEast United FC 2-1

Delhi Dynamos FC players congratulate each other after their win over North-East United FC in the Hero Indian Super League in Guwahati on November 24, 2014
Delhi Dynamos FC players congratulate each other after their win over North-East United FC in the Hero Indian Super League in Guwahati on November 24, 2014
Delhi Dynamos FC kept their hopes of a place in the top four alive by outplaying NorthEast United FC 2-1 in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here tonight.
 
They owed their victory to Gustavo Dos Santos and Hans Mulder who scored two early goals for the visitors while Kondwani Mtonga pulled one back late for the home side.
 
The win took Delhi to 10 points and the seventh spot on the table and condemned NorthEast United, also on 10, to the bottom, based on lesser number of goals scored with the goal difference being the same (-2).
 
Delhi were on the front foot in the 6th minute itself when Francis Fernandes played the ball to Dos Santos who passed two players before dispatching a thunderous left footed strike onto the bottom of the crossbar and into the net.
 
The Dynamos kept the momentum with Dos Santos looking dangerous every time he got the ball. But just five minutes later a terrible back pass by defender Henrique Dinis to his goalkeeper left Koke in a one-on-one position with Kristof Van Hout.  The Spaniard rounded the Delhi gloveman but could not squeeze the ball in and it went out after striking the near post.
 
In the 14th minute, Delhi doubled their lead. A loose ball at the back fell to Dos Santos who lifted it to Mulder. The visiting captain controlled beautifully before turning his marker for dead and shooting past Rehenesh TP into the far corner. 
 
NorthEast were the more attacking side thereafter, looking for the goal that would bring them back into the game, but they could not score despite creating many chances. They were given a boost when Delhi were reduced to ten men in the dying minutes of the half. Souvik Chakraborty was shown a second yellow after pulling back Isaac Chansa.
 
The home team took full advantage of their numerical superiority in the second half, and began attacking the Delhi citadel. As in the first half, however, they couldn't take their chances, despite dominating possession and fashioning numerous opportunities to score. They finally got their breakthrough in the 80th minute from a corner whipped in by Koke, which was headed in by Mtonga for his second goal of the tournament.
 
With ten minutes to go, it was really end to end football with both teams getting into great goal scoring positions. Koke fluffed a couple of chances, and Delhi could have buried the game with a late goal themselves. There was a late twist, as well, as the Highlanders’ Aiborlang Khongjee was shown a second yellow late in the game to even out the numbers. 
 
The Dynamos took that as a sign to attack, and forced Rehenesh into three quick saves, while at the other end NorthEast also pushed for an equaliser to complete the comeback, but ultimately the score stayed 2-1 in favour of the visitors.
 
Delhi Dynamos host Mumbai City on November 28 as they look to get their campaign back on track while NorthEast United have a tough outing against league leaders Chennaiyin at home on November 27.
 
Match awards:
 
Hero of the Match:  Gustavo dos Santos (Delhi Dynamos FC)
Swift Moment of the Match:  Gustavo dos Santos
Amul Fittest Player of the Match: Hans Mulder (Delhi Dynamos FC) 
ISL Emerging Player of the Match: Francis Fernandes (Delhi Dynamos FC) 
 
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Japan to provide ODA loan of !5.620 billion yen for Guwahati sewerage project

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Japan today committed to provide an Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) loan of 15.620 billion through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Guwahati Sewerage Project.
 
The notes in this regard were exchanged here between Mr. Rajesh Khullar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Mr.Takeshi Yagi, Ambassador of Japan to India. 
 
India and Japan have had a long and fruitful history of bilateral development cooperation since 1958. In the last few years, the economic partnership between India and Japan has steadily progressed. This further consolidates and strengthens the Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan, an official press release said.
 
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Annual conference of DGPs, IGPs to be held in Guwahati on Nov 29-30

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The Annual Conference of Directors General/Inspectors General of Police of States and Union Territories (UTs) and Heads of Central Police Organisations will be held on November 29-30 at Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati. 
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the conference on November 30 and also present the President’s Police Medals for distinguished service to officers of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), which organizes this annual event.
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Sngh will address the conference on November 29, an offcial press release said.
 
This is the first time that the conference is being held outside Delhi since its inception in 1920. The Chief Ministers of all the North Eastern states and Sikkim have also been invited to attend the Conference. 
 
The conference is aimed at providing an interactive platform for senior police professionals and security administrators in the country to discuss and debate diverse national security-related issues, as also the various operational, infrastructural and welfare-related problems faced by the police. 
 
The discussions will cover formulation and sharing of professional practices and processes in tackling challenges relating to crime control and law and order management, besides internal security threats such as terrorism, insurgency, left wing extremism, espionage and organised crime. 
 
The conference offers opportunities for generation and exchange of new ideas on capacity building for the police in respect of manpower, training, logistics and advanced technology, the release added.
 
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Eight die in road accident in Nagaon district of Assam

8 killed, many injured in bus accident at Nagaon in Assam
Eight people died and 26 others suffered injuries when a State Transport Corporation bus they were travelling in veered off the road and fell into a ditch in Nagaon district of Assam in the early hours of today.
 
Nagaon Superintendent of Police Arabinda Kalita told NetIndian over the telephone that the mishap occurred around 2 am today at Naltali in the Kaliabor police station area when the bus was on its way from Lakhimpur to Guwahati.
 
The deceased included five women and three men, he said.
 
Mr Kalita said the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals where some of them of them were stated to be in a serious condition.
 
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ISL: Atlético de Kolkata stay on top with 2-0 win over NorthEast United FC

Fikru Tefera Lemessa of Atlético de Kolkata during the team's match against NorthEast United FC in the Indian Super League in Guwahati on October 16, 2014. Photo courtesy: ISL
Fikru Tefera Lemessa of Atlético de Kolkata during the team's match against NorthEast United FC in the Indian Super League in Guwahati on October 16, 2014. Photo courtesy: ISL
Atlético de Kolkata remained on top of the league table after beating NorthEast United FC by a convincing 2-0 margin in the Hero Indian Super League at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here this evening.
 
Fikru Teferra Lemessa in the fifteenth minute and Jakob Podaný in the second-half injury time gave the away side their second consecutive win of the tournament.
 
The visitors took control of the match from the word go and looked full of confidence after their opening day win.
 
Borja Fernández was at it again as he spotted opposition goalkeeper Alexandros Tsorvas off his line and attempted to lob him from just inside the half-line, but Tzorvas managed to back-pedal in time to deny what would have been a fantastic goal. 
 
Kolkata attacked in waves and caused problems to the home side's backline, but the Greek goalkeeper continued his good run from the previous game and thwarted the attack brilliantly.
 
Tzorvas was, however, finally beaten by an excellent bit of skill by Luis García, who lobbed the ball over the defence for striker Fikru to control beautifully with his chest and smash it home. 
 
Kolkata continued to pile on the pressure after the goal, but were unable to double their lead as the Highlanders began to slowly get into the game towards the end of the first half.
 
NorthEast came out with purpose after the break, as they pushed for an equaliser. Skipper Joan Capdevila had the ball in the net in the 70th minute, but the goal was rightly ruled out for offside.
 
There was a twist late in the game, as Borja picked up a second yellow for pulling back NorthEast substitute Leo Bertos, and was sent off with six minutes left to play. But ten-men Atlético de Kolkata stood firm, and even went on to score a second goal to seal the game, a stoppage-time goal from substitute Jakub Podaný.
 
Herbert will have a lot to ponder after the missed chances and will want to put on a better show at home against FC Goa on October 19, while Atlético de Kolkata will look to keep their fine form going against Delhi Dynamos FC on the same day.
 
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1 killed, 9 hurt in twin blasts on Bangalore-Guwahati Express at Chennai station

 
1 dead, 9 injured in twin blasts on train at Chennai Central station
One woman was killed and nine others suffered injuries in twin blasts that occurred in two coaches of the Bangalore-Guwahati Express after it pulled into the Chennai Central station here this morning.
 
Southern Railway General Manager Rakesh Mishra told reporters on the spot that two of the injured had suffered grievous injuries while the others had minor injuries.
 
He said the "minor intensity" blasts occurred in sleeper coaches S4 and S5 at about 7.15 am, some ten minutes after the train had arrived on platform number 9.
 
The deceased passenger was identified as Ms Swati, 22, who was travelling from Bangalore to Vijayawada on her way to her home town of Guntur in Andhra Pradesh, he said.
 
Official sources said the blasts appeared to have been caused by some devices placed under the seats.
 
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 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 those with grievous injuries and Rs 5,000 for 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.
 
Mr Mishra said the entire train was being checked and the train would continue its journey after about an hour 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 said.
 
A team from the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Hyderabad will arrive here later today to probe the incident, sources added.
 
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45 hurt as engine, 9 coaches of Dimapur-Kamakhya Express derail in Assam

 
Train derailment in Assam injures over 50 passengers
As many as 45 passengers suffered injuries when the engine and nine coaches of the 15666 DN Dimapur – Kamakhya BG Express derailed in Assam in the early hours of today.
 
North-East Frontier Railway (NFR) sources said the mishap occurred between Aujuri and Jagiroad stations of Lumding Division at about 2.15 am today. The train had left Aujuri at 2.05 am.
 
The engine and five coaches derailed in the incident, while four coaches had overturned, they said.
 
The sources said 32 of the injured had been discharged after first aid, while 13 others had "simple injuries". Four of the injured have been referred to the Gauhati Medical College & Hospital at Guwahati, while one was taken to the NFR Central Hospital at Maligaon.
 
A special train with about 170 passengers of the train involved in the accident left Jagiroad for Guwahati at 8.10 hours.
 
As a result of the accident, the NFR cancelled several trains for today. These are:
 
1.12067 / 12068 Guwahati – Jorhat Town– Guwahati Jan Shatabdi Express.
2.55601 / 55602 Lumding – Kamakhya Passenger
3.55604 / 55603 Guwahati – Mairabari Passenger
4.55608 / 55607 Silghat Town– Guwahati – Silghat Town Passenger
5.55815 / 55816 Guwahati – Haibargaon – Guwahati Passenger
6.15717 Guwahati – Mariani Inter City Express.
7.15665 / 15666 Kamakhya – Dimapur – Kamakhya Inter City Express
8.15927 UP Rangiya – Dibrugarh Express
 
The following trains will be partially cancelled:
 
1.15469 / 15470 Alipurduar Jn. – Lumding – Alipurduar Jn. Intercity Express would remain partially cancelled between Guwahati – Lumding.
2.15718 Mariani – Guwahati Intercity Express will short terminate at Furkating and would remain cancelled between Furkating and Guwahati.
3.05968 Dibrugarh – Rangiya Express special will short terminate at Furkating and would remain cancelled between Furkating and Rangiya.
4.15817 Dhubri – Silghat Town Rajyarani Express Journey commencing o­n 15.04.14 and 15818 Silghat Town– Dhubri Rajya Rani Express of 16.04.14 would remain cancelled between Guwahati and Silghat Town.
 
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In addition, the running of some trains will be controlled as follows:
 
12423 Dibrugarh – New Delhi Rajdhani Express which left Dibrugarh o­n 15.04.14 has been controlled at Lumding.
15960 Dibrugarh – Howrah Kamrup Express which left Dibrugarh o­n 15.04.14 has been controlled at Lumding.
14055 Dibrugarh – Delhi Brahmaputra Mail which left Dibrugarh o­n 15.04.14 has been controlled at Dimapur.
15604 Ledo – Kamakhya Intercity Express which left Ledo o­n 15.04.14 has been controlled at Chaparmukh.
05968 Special will be controlled at Furkating.
 
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Modi says Hindu migrants from Bangladesh must be accommodated in India

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party, has said that Hindu migrants from Bangladesh must be accommodated in India and promised to disband detention camps housing them in Assam if he were voted to power in the coming 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally at Silchar in Assam on February 22, 2014.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi addressing a rally at Silchar in Assam on February 22, 2014.
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is the Prime Ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), has said that Hindu migrants from Bangladesh must be accommodated in India and promised to disband detention camps housing them in Assam if he were voted to power in the coming 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
 
Addressing a rally in Silchar yesterday, Mr Modi dwelt at length on the problem of influx of people from Bangladesh into the state.
 
“Some people have come to fulfill people’s aspirations of votebank politics, while others who have come are those whose lives have been ruined there in Bangladesh," he said.
 
He said many Hindus faced a threat in Bangladesh because of the lack of proper security and developed and urged the people of Assam to show their support for such people whose lives had been ruined and who had sought refuge in India.
 
"If a Hindu faces problems in any part of the world, there is only one place where he will come, and that is India. Should they be treated in the same way as they are treated elsewhere? No, we cannot do that," he said.
 
Mr Modi said senior BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee had, during his tenure as Prime Minister, initiated comprehensive schemes for Hindus who had returned from Pakistan and relocated them to different parts of India instead of putting the entire burden on Gujarat or Rajasthan.
 
Similarly, he said, Assam should not be expected to bear the burden of looking after the Hindu refugees from Bangladesh and they should be relocated to different states. "All states must contribute and they must get treated well,” he said.
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Mr Modi accused the Central Government of lack of vision and playing votebank politics and dividing people.
 
He said Assam had been a victim of such policies and cited the example of tea cultivators in different regions of the state.
 
“Why is the Congress dividing Brahmaputra and Barak valley" Why are there different prices for the labourers working on tea cultivation in both these regions? The government in Assam cannot do any good for you,” he said.
 
He said tea cultivators, who gave the state its identity, were living in woeful conditions and their children were deprived of good education and job opportunities.
 
Mr Modi stressed the need to send back those infiltrators who had entered Assam for political purposes, saying their continuance in the state would rob its people of growth opportunities.
 
“The infiltrators who have come for political purposes must be sent back there. The right of people cannot be snatched like this,” he said.
 
He was critical of the Tarun Gogoi government in the state and said the future of the people was not safe in such hands. He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who represented Assam in the Rajya Sabha, did not know the state as well as he did.
 
He said the state was blessed with abundant natural resources but it was looted by the votebank politics of the Central government.
 
“The Assam Government cannot rise over votebank politics. The way they have abused human rights in the name of detention camps is appalling,” he said.
 
"Why cannot we have institutions like All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in the state?" he asked, calling for better infrastructure in the state.
 
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Gauhati HC Chief Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel transferred to Orissa HC

Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel
Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel
 
The President has, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, transferred Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, Chief Justice of the Gauhati High Court, as the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court.
 
An official press release said Mr Justice Goel had been directed to assume charge of the office of the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court on or before October 24.
 
He will be succeed Mr Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre, currently the Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur. Mr Justice Sapre has also been directed to take charge of his new assignment by October 24, the release said.
 
The President has also transferred Mr Justice Karanam Sreedhar Rao, Judge of the High Court of Karnataka, to the Gauhati High Court.
 
Similarly, Mr Justice Laxmi Kanta Mohapatra, Judge of the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad, as been transferred to the High Court of Manipur.
 
The President has appointed Mr Justice Prasanta Kumar Saikia, Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court, to be a Judge of that High Court with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office, the release added.
 
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Azad launches new initiatives under NRHM in Assam

 
Union Health Minister of Health & Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad launched several new health initiatives worth Rs.500 crores under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in Assam here today.
 
The new initiatives include Free Generic Drug Service, Rashtriya Bal Swasthya karyakram (RBSK), National Iron Plus Initiative and a fleet of 359 new ambulances for National Ambulance Service. 
 
Mr Azad also inaugurated Mother & Child Tracking System Call Centre and Tele-Radiology Project under NRHM. 
 
In addition, he laid the foundation stone of 14 Maternal and Child Health (MCH) wings of various district hospitals which are being constructed at a cost of more than Rs. 320 crores to cater to the increased demand of institutional deliveries, as also improve the maternal & child health. 

Fernandes dedicates flyover in Guwahati to nation

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Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Oscar Fernandes yesterday dedicated the recently-completed two-lane flyover on National Highway (NH)-37 near the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) Airport near VIP Chowk here to the nation.
 
Union Ministers Paban Singh Ghatowar and Sarvey Sathyanarayana and Assam Ministers Ajanta Neog and Akon Bora were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
An official press release said the flyover is expected to ease the traffic congestion at the Airport Junction to a great extent because it would facilitate uninterrupted movement of vehicles from Goalpara side towards Guwahati.
 
This will result in lesser vehicle operating cost and considerable saving in travel time along the highway, it said.
 
Adequate arrangements have been made for entry and exit of traffic to the LGBI airport by provision of ways below the flyover viaduct and other service roads alongside the structure, it said.
 
The 4-laning of existing NH-37 from km 134 to km 140 including the construction of the flyover was sanctioned for a total estimated cost of Rs. 46.16 crore in October 2008. 
 
The revised sanction of the project was accorded in September 2011 for a total estimated cost of Rs. 55.58 crore on account of change in scope. 
 
The entire highway from LGBI airport junction point to Jalukbari has been taken up for 4-laning by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways including a 2.5 km bypass to Guwahati University. 
 
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Work on the latter part from Dharapur (km 140.00 of NH 37) to Jalukbari (Km 146.300 of NH 37), is also gaining momentum and is expected to be completed by March 2014.
 
The commissioning of this project along with the recently completed flyover and the 4-laning of km 134 – 140 of NH-37 would give a major fillip to development of highway infrastructure of Assam, the release added.
 
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Mukherjee presents Asom Ratna, Srimanta Shankardeva Awards

President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Srimanta Sankaradeva Award, 2008 to actress Sharmila Tagore, in Guwahati on May 13, 2013. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is also seen.
President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Srimanta Sankaradeva Award, 2008 to actress Sharmila Tagore, in Guwahati on May 13, 2013. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is also seen.

President Pranab Muherjee presented the Asom Ratna Award (posthumous) to late Assamese writer Indira Goswami and the Srimanta Shankardeva Award for 2008 to well-known actress Sharmila Tagore at a function in Guwahati yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Mukherjee said he was happy that his first visit as President to Assam was to confer distinction on two outstanding women of India.
 
He described the late Ms Goswami and Ms Tagore as social leaders who had contributed to the development and empowerment of women. 
 
The President congratulated Ms Tagore for her rich contribution to India’s cultural life. He said as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), Ms Tagore had used her influence to promote initiatives aimed at bringing positive change in our society. 
 
He also welcomed the recognition by the Government of Assam of the contribution of late Ms Goswami by awarding her the Asom Ratna Award posthumously. 
 
Mr Mukherjee said Ms Goswami was a legendary story teller and prolific novelist who courageously advocated social change in a very volatile period in Assam’s history. She would be particularly remembered for her role as a mediator in talks between armed militants in Assam and the Government of India. 
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"In all her works, ‘Mamoni’ as she was known, had focused on women, the disadvantaged and the oppressed in society. By creating a consciousness about these problems, she was able to sow the seeds of change," he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee said these were difficult times and referred to the December 16 gang-rape of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi which had shaken the national consciousness.
 
"We must ponder where we are and where we are going. We must reset our moral compass. Women are a symbol of power, peace, love, humanity and divinity," he said.
 
The President congratulated the Government of Assam for instituting the Srimanta Sankardeva Award. He said that this award would propagate the teachings of Swami Srimanta Shankardeva, an Assamese saint, scholar and social reformer who lived in the 15th and 16th centuries. 
 
"His neo-Vaishnava movement repudiated caste barriers and sought to create an egalitarian civil society based on the shared values of fraternity, equity, humanism and democracy," he added.
 
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CBI arrests engineer of Border Road Task Force for possession of Rs 15 lakhs in cash

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested a civil engineer posted as the commander of a Border Road Task Force (BRTF) unit at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh from the Guwahati railway station while he was travelling to New Delhi with allegedly unaccounted cash worth about Rs 15 lakhs.

A press release from the CBI said the official was detained while he was travelling by the Guwahati-Delhi Rajdhani Express. It said he could not give any reasonable explanation for the cash.
 
The release said documents relating to five bank accounts and two flats at Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh, near Delhi, were recovered from him.
 
A case was registered under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for possession of the unaccounted cash and assets beyond his known sources o income.
 
Searches are being carried out at his Noida houses and ancestral village at Sultanpur in Uttar Pradesh, the release said, adding that he was due to be produced today in the Court of Special Judge, CBI Cases, Guwahati.
 
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CBI arrests Deputy Chief Controller of Explosives, Guwahati in bribery case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a Deputy Chief Controller of Explosives in Guwahati for allegedly demanding a accepting a bribe of Rs.35,000 from a local businessman.

According to a complaint filed with the CBI by the businessman, the official had demanded the bribe for issuing him an explosives licence.
 
The agency registered a case under the Prevention of Corruption Act and laid a trap in which he was allegedly caught red-handed while demanding and accepting the bribe from the complainant.
 
Searches were conducted by the CBI in his office and residential premises and he was producted yesterday before the designated court in Guwahati, which remanded him to a day in police custody, the release added.
 
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India aims to increase world tourist arrivals share from 0.6 to 1%: Chiranjeevi

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Union Minister for Tourism K Chiranjeevi today said the Government had set a target of increasing its share in world tourist arrivals from the current 0.6 per cent to 1 per cent in the next five years.

Speaking at the International Tourism Mart here, Mr Chiranjeevi said foreign tourist arrivals to the country had been increasing over the past few years, but there was need to accelerate the rate of growth.
 
The three-day event was inaugurated by Assam Governor Janaki Ballabh Patnaik earlier in the day and is being attended by 85 delegates from 23 countries. It is the first ever international tourism event to be organized in the North-Eastern region.
 
Mr Chiranjeevi said the overwhelming response to the mart showed the growing interest for travel to the unexplored destinations of the North East. He also listed the various initiatives taken by his Ministry for the promotion of tourism in the region.
 
The overseas delegates include the Laos Deputy Tourism Minister, heads of national tourism organizations from Cambodia, Singapore, Bangladesh and Bhutan, 55 tour operators and nine hoteliers.
 
The delegates from abroad will engage in one-to-one meetings with sellers from the North Eastern Region and West Bengal. This will enable tourism  product  suppliers from the region  to  reach out to international and domestic buyers and promote tourism in the region. Besides foreign delegates, there are 70 domestic buyers from other parts of the country and 108 sellers from the nine participating States.
 
In addition to the business meetings, the event will include presentations, cultural evenings and press meets with the media from India and overseas. 
 
Post-mart familiarisation tours to the states in the region have been arranged by the State Governments for the overseas delegates, from the 21st to 28th January 2013 to create awareness about the rich and varied tourism products of the states of the North Eastern region and give them first-hand knowledge and experience of the destination.
 
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Former GM of Brahmaputra Board gets two years' RI in bribery case

The Special Judge for CBI Cases, Guwahati has convicted Dr Amarjyoti Baruah then General Manager of Brahmaputra Board, Guwahati and sentenced him to undergo two years' rigorous imprisonment with fine of Rs 25,000 in a bribery case.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said a case was registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act against Dr Baruah for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe of Rs 1 lakh from a contractor.
 
He had demanded the bribe for having sanctioned a construction contract, pending execution of tender agreement and issuance of formal work order and for awarding works in the future to the contractor, the release said.
 
He was caught red handed while demanding and accepting the bribe of Rs. 1 lakh from the complainant. On completion of investigation, chargesheet was filed on 21.09.2010 before the court, which found him guilt and convicted him, the release added.
 
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Ajit Singh calls up Alliance Air pilots, thanks them for averting major mishap

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Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh today called up Captain Urmila Yadav and co-pilot Yashoo Pereira, as well Guwahati airport director Manvinder Singh, and personally thanked them for ensuring the safe landing of an Alliance Air ATR 42 aircraft after one of its wheels had fallen off while taking off from Silchar.

The aircraft, VT ABD, was operating from Silchar to Guwahati and had 48 assengers on board.
 
Mr Singh, in particular, appreciated the courage and grit of Capt Yadav and her co-pilot Pereira, who maintained calm and ensured the safety of all the passengers on board without letting panic spread.
 
Mr Singh's personal call was meant not only as an appreciation of the incident but also to send a strong message that the services of staff and employees of the company, a subsiiary of Air India, would not go unnoticed and unrecognised by the Minister and the Government, an official press release said.
 
The aircraft managed to land safely under emergency conditions at Guwahati airport after circling the city for about an hour to dump fuel.
 
Air Traffic Control (ATC) staff at Silchar had noticed an object falling to the ground after the aircraft took off around 9 am. After finding that it was a nose wheel, the pilot was alerted, who then sought clearance for landing under emergency conditions.
 
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Singapore Foreign Minister K Shanmugam arrives on India visit

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Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam arrived here yesterday on a four-day introductory official visit to India.

Mr Shanmugam and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will co-chair the 2nd India-Singapore Joint Ministerial Committee Meeting on Bilateral Cooperation here today.
 
During his stay in Delhi, Mr Shanmugam, who also handles the Law portfolio, will call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. He will also meet Union Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, a official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said.
 
Mr Shanmugam will also visit Guwahati where he will meet Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Ahmedabad, where he will meet Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. In both places, he is also slated to interact with the business community, the release added.
 
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Ferry carrying 300 people sinks in Assam, several feared killed

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Several people were feared killed after a ferry carring about 300 people capsized in the Brahmaputra river near Dhubri in Assam during stormy wather today, official sources said.

Police officials said details about the incident were sketchy because it happened in a very remote location and also because the bad weather had disrupted communication links with the area.
 
They said at least 15 bodies had been recovered but many people were said to be missing. There were also reports about some people having managed to swinm to safety.
 
The boat was said to be on its way from Dhubri town to Hatsinghiamari when it got caught in the storm and capsized near the southern bank of the river around 5.30 pm, reports reaching here said. The passengers included many women and children, they added.
 
Meanwhile, in Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh expressed his shock and grief over the loss of lives in the boat tragedy and conveyed his deepest condolenes to the near and dear ones of those who died.
 
Dr Singh, who is a member of the Rajya Sabha from Assam, has given instructions for all possible assistance to the government of Assam in relief operations and also for assistance from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund to the families of the deceased. 
 
The Prime Minister spoke to the Chief Minister of Assam to convey his condolences and express solidarity with the people of Assam, an official press release added.
 
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