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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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Sonowal takes over as Assam CM as BJP forms its first government in North-East

Former Union Minister Sarbanand Sonowal was on Tuesday sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Assam at the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party's first government in the North-East.

 
Sarbananda Sonowal takes oath as Assam's first BJP CM
Former Union Minister Sarbanand Sonowal was today sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Assam at the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party's first government in the North-East.
 
Governor P. B. Acharya administered the oaths of office and secrecy to Mr. Sonowal, who was Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports in the Union Council of Ministers, and 10 of his ministerial colleagues.
 
Those who took oath as Ministers included Mr. Hemanta Biswas Sarma, who had switched sides from the Congress to the BJP, now in power at the Centre, ahead of the elections.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several Union Ministers, BJP President Amit Shah and the Chief Ministers of states ruled by the BJP and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), attended the ceremony.
 
Mr. Sonowal, 53, is the 14th Chief Minister of Assam. He and Mr. Sarma had led the BJP and its two regional allies, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Bodoland People's Front (BPF) to victory in the elections held in April to the State Legislative Assembly, the results of which were announced on May 19. The coalition won 86 seats in the 126-member assembly.
 
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Congress leader Tarun Gogoi, who ruled the state for 15 years in three consecutive terms, was amongst those present at the swearing-in ceremony.
 
Later, addressing the gathering after the formal ceremony was over, Mr. Modi told the people of Assam that, in Mr. Sonowal, they had a Chief Minister from the tribal community who is dedicated to serving society.
 
He expressed confidence that the new Government would serve the people of Assam and transform the State through development. 
 
Mr. Modi said the Union Government was working on the principle of cooperative federalism, and wanted to give States maximum strength to enable them to progress. 
 
He said democracy is about "bhaagidaari" (participation), and stressed that the Centre and the States must walk shoulder to shoulder for development. He underlined the need for comprehensive and all-round development of the nation, and especially the eastern part of the country. 
 
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Nadda lays foundation stone for Super Specialty Block at GMC, Guwahati

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The Government is focused on strengthening the primary healthcare system while at the same time providing adequate facilities to secondary and tertiary healthcare in order to reduce the out-of-pocket burden on citizens, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare J P Nadda said today
 
Addressing a gathering at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a Super Specialty Block at Guwahati Medical College in Assam, he said that, under the upgradation project, Super Specialty Department of Pediatrics surgery, Haematology, Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal (GI) surgery, Endocrinology and Burns & Plastic surgery will be set up in the existing Medical College.
 
This will add 190 beds, 60 ICU beds and six Operation Theatres to the institute at an approved cost of Rs 150 crore. Foundation stone of a similar project was laid at Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh on February 12.
 
“Tertiary care facilities will thus get a boost with all these projects coming up,” the Minister said.
 
Work on a new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) project announced for Assam will soon start. The Government has also decided to upgrade District Hospitals at Nagaon, North Lakhimpur and Dubri to the status of Medical College, he added.
 
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Funding of Rs 189 crore each will be sanctioned for these colleges. As a first installment, Rs 22 crore have been released to the state government. Moreover, since May 2014, more than Rs 1,567 crore has been released to the state under National Health Mission (NHM), he said.
 
Mr Nadda said the Government had already started the process to establish 10 new AIIMS in addition to six already set up by the NDA government in the previous term.
 
Once fully functional, more than 16,300 additional bed strength would be available in the 17 AIIMS (960 beds in each Institution), he added.
 
Super specialty blocks were also being set up in 70 medical colleges and 58 district hospitals upgraded to Medical Colleges. Twenty Cancer Institutes and 50 Tertiary Cancer Care Centres were being set up.
 
The National Cancer Institute, Jhajjar (with bed capacity of 710) and second campus of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata were also to come up, he added.
 
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Modi opens South Asian Games, outlines his vision for development of region

Declaring the 12th South Asian Games open in Guwahati on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his vision for South Asia was the same as his vision for India -- Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas -- and that all countries in the region are partners in its journey towards development.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessing the inaugural ceremony of the 12th South Asian Games-2016, in Guwahati, Assam on February 5, 2016.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessing the inaugural ceremony of the 12th South Asian Games-2016, in Guwahati, Assam on February 5, 2016.
Declaring the 12th South Asian Games open here today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his vision for South Asia was the same as his vision for India -- Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas -- and that all countries in the region are partners in its journey towards development.
 
"We the people living in SAARC countries comprise 21 per cent of the world’s population and contribute about 9 per cent to its economy," he said in his inaugural address at the Games. 
 
The Games, which will continue till February 16, will be held at venues here and in Shillong, Meghalaya.
 
It is the biggest sporting event ever held in the North-East, with participants from all the eight SAARC member-nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
 
In all, competition will be held in 228 events in 23 disciplines for 228 gold, 228 silver and 308 bronze medals.
 
Competition in 16 disciplines -- Athletics, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Triathlon, Hockey, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Squash, Shooting, Kho Kho, Kabaddi, Handball, Cycling and Tennis -- will be held in Guwahati, while events in the other seven disciplines will be held in Shillong – Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Wushu. 
 
Men's Football will be played at Guwahati and Women's Football at Shillong. 
 
"This sports meet, for me signifies a perfect blend of 3 Ts - Talent, Teamwork and Togetherness. Among us is the best and most youthful talent from across South Asia. You are proud members of your team - it can be your team of the sport you play and a larger team of the nation you are representing. And, at the same time this meet also celebrates togetherness of all South Asian nations. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – no matter which country we are from, we all call South Asia our home," Mr. Modi said.
 
"Sports has to be an essential part of an individual’s life. A good game is both healthy and refreshing. All round development of the personality is incomplete without sports. Most importantly, sports brings with it the most vital sportsman spirit. Without sports, there cannot be any sportsman spirit. This sportsman spirit will not only help you on the field but also in other aspects of your life. You will cherish whatever you learn on the sports field for your entire life. I always say - Jo Khele, woh Khile. The person who plays, shines," he said.
 
He hoped that the feeling of friendship, trust and understanding engendered by the Games would convert into business and tourism opportunities as well.
 
"Let these Games become a spring board for bringing peace and prosperity in the region through business, interaction and sporting activities. Let this be an opportunity for SAARC people to realize their potential," he said.
 
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"On the sports field, we can forget what separates us, and we can truly connect with each other in the spirit of sportsmanship and adventure. We can celebrate our diversity, and at the same time, be united under common rules for our sports, and the shared values of honesty and fair play. 
 
"Let us play for peace: let us play for prosperity. Let us play with full vigour and enthusiasm so that we remember these Games even after they are over. The friendships you would form over these 12 days, and the memories you take back will last you a lifetime. I am confident that you will cherish these bonds, and become Ambassadors for peace and friendship between our nations. 
 
"While people play for medals and provide tough competition to each other, I urge the sports-persons and visitors here to take time from their busy schedules to visit the places of tourism attraction and wonderful wildlife sanctuaries nearby," he said.
 
"Let the competition be in true sports man spirit. May the best win. I declare the 12th South Asian Games open," he added.
 
The glittering opening ceremony was attended by a galaxy of national and international dignitaries, including Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
 
A colourful march past by players of participating countries enthralled the spectators.
 
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Modi dedicates Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Ltd to nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that rapid industrial development of the country was necessary to create employment for its youth.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking after dedicating to the nation the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited, at Dibrugarh, Assam on February 5, 2016.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking after dedicating to the nation the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited, at Dibrugarh, Assam on February 5, 2016.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said rapid industrial development of the country was necessary to create employment for its youth.
 
Speaking after dedicating to the nation the  Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Limited, a petrochemical complex, at Lepetkata, near Dibrugarh in Assam, he mentioned, in this context, his PRAGATI initiative, which he said was giving impetus to stalled projects.
 
Mr. Modi also dedicated to the nation the wax plant of Numaligarh Refineries Limited. 
 
Highlighting the importance of completing projects in time, Mr. Modi said this would ensure employment generation, and avoid massive cost overruns. He said rapid industrial development of the country is necessary to create employment for India's youth. 
 
He said the two projects were important for the value addition they would achieve for natural raw materials and for the employment opportunities they would create for the youth of Assam.
 
The Prime Minister reiterated that eastern India must develop for the all-round development of India. In this context, he said the Union Government was paying special attention to the North-Eastern region by boosting infrastructure and connectivity. 
 
Mr. Modi said the initiatives of the Union Government, including MUDRA and Start-up India, were aimed at creating fresh opportunities for the youth. 
 
He said employment opportunities had to be created not just in big cities but in smaller towns, too. 
 
He said the Union Government was working on the principle of cooperative federalism, and both the Centre and States had to work together for development. 
 
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Suresh Prabhu flags off first passenger between Silchar-Guwahati on new broad gauge section

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Union Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu flagged off the first passenger train between Silchar and Guwahati in Assam through the newly-constructed Lumbding-Silchar broad gauge section in the state.
 
The project fulfils a long-cherished demand of the people of the Barak Valley in South Assam for seamless connectivity with the rest of the country. Goods trains have been running on the section since March this year.
 
The flag-off was done through remote control from Delhi by organizing a video conference between Rail Bhavan here and the Silchar railway station.
 
Union Minsters Sarbananda Sonowal and Manoj Singh attended the function at Silchar.
 
An official press release said the new connection would also help open up new visas in providing links to Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur.
 
Mr. Prabhu said the Railways were committed to improving their infrastructure in the North-Eastern region.
 
He said the Railways would also work for better connectivity with Bangladesh.
 
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The 210 km Lumding-Silchar gauge conversion project was sanctioned in 1996-97 at an initial cost of Rs.648 crore. It was declared as a National Project in 2004.
 
The track passes through the verdant North Cachar hills almost parallel to the old metre gauge alignment criss-crossing the metre gauge alignment at many locations in the first 100 kms between Lumding and Migrendisa. Thereafter, the proposed broad gauge  alignment detours for 30 km before joining the metre gauge alignment again near Ditockchera.
 
Phase II of the total project consists of gauge conversion of Badarpur-Kumarghat (118 km) and finger lines Arunachal-Jiribam (50 Km), Baraigram-Dullabcherra (29 km) and Karimganj-Mahishasan including Karimganj byepass line (13.50 km). This phase will be completed by 31.03.2016 .
 
The current estimated cost of the entire project is around Rs. 6000 crore.
 
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Three Additional Judges appointed in Gauhati High Court

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The President has appointed Mr Nishitendu Chaudhury, Mr Lanusungkum Jamir and Mr Manash Ranjan Pathak, to be Additional Judges of the Gauhati High Court.
 
An official press release said the appointments would be for a period of three months with effect from tomorrow.
 
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Rajnath says NE must become hub of peace, progress, development

 
Rajnath meets CMs of North-Eastern states
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said it was the dream as well as resolve of the Government that the North-Eastern Region should become a hub of peace, progress and development but stressed that security was equally important.
 
"All of us know that development and security go hand-in-hand. They are complimentary to each other. Without development, security scenario suffers badly and without security, development cannot take place at the desired pace," he said at a meeting of Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern States in Guwahati, Assam on the issues of security and development.
 
"We have organized this meeting with you all with the purpose of ensuring peace and security in the region and get its dividend in the form of accelerated development. 
 
"I feel that in order to proceed further ahead in this direction, strong and close coordination between the Central and State governments is needed. One of the purposes of this meeting is that we mutually understand each other’s expectations better and deal with the situation in more effective way," he said.
 
Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal,Minister of State for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendr Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Home Secretary L. C. Goyal also participated in the meeting.
 
“North-Eastern Region is very important for us. This region is incomparably rich in natural resources, rivers, mountains, scenic beauty and cultural diversity. But, in spite of all these resources and diversities, our North-Eastern Region somehow lagged behind in development. For overall development of this region, the earlier NDA government created the Department of Development of North-Eastern Region (DONER) and continued mandatory 10% of funds for of this region out of the total development budget of Government of India. Many new projects were started," he said.
 
"Fortunately, the successor UPA governments also continued all these efforts and upgraded the Department to Ministry. As a result, this region also started developing fast along with the rest of the country. But, still a lot more is to be done. It is the dream as well as resolve of our Government that the North-Eastern Region should be hub of peace, progress and development," he said.
 
Mr Singh said that, over the last few years, there had been significant improvement in the security scenario in the North-East. 
 
"Overall level of insurgency is at all-time low. Mizoram, Tripura, large parts of Assam and Meghalaya, and Arunachal Pradesh except its three eastern districts, are almost free of insurgency. There is a strong popular desire for peace in Nagaland and Manipur too. All this has been possible because of sustained efforts of all of you and I congratulate you all for this achievement," he told the Chief Ministers.
 
He also appreciated the hard work done, particularly by the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), Assam Police and the Army, after the killings of Adivasis in last December in the districts of Kokhrajhar and Sonitpur in Assam. 
 
He said special and concerted efforts by Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi deserved special mention for action against NDFB and congratulated him for his "admirable action".
 
Mr Singh said the peace initiatives of the Government of India with insurgent organisations were now on the right track. 
 
"We hope to bring them to logical conclusions soon. However, these days much of the residual insurgency in the region is by some small violent insurgent groups operating from their safe havens across the border. Incidents of kidnapping for ransom, particularly in Assam and Meghalaya, have increased to almost double. In the Garo Hill districts of Meghalaya, some new splinter groups are there whose objective is kidnapping for ransom or looting the businessmen at gunpoint," he said.
 
"I would like to make it absolutely clear that the Central government would not talk to such criminal elements. Such criminal activities must be dealt with firmly," he declared.
 
"One of the purposes of this meeting is to emphasize that now the time has come when apart from Insurgency centric security, we must think, plan and deliver on People-centric security. 
 
"For improving the security ecosystem in the region, I would like to request all the Hon’ble Chief Ministers to further concentrate on the following important points so that we can create a better environment of peace and security leading to faster development of the area," he said.
 
He told the States that they must take care of the development along with the security of people living along the International Borders where hundreds of villages exist. 
 
He said that, under the Border Area Development Program (BADP), for development of border areas in this region, the government had enhanced the share of the region from 30% to 40%.
 
"Of late, India-Myanmar border has become more active as there are reports of insurgents, weapons and drugs crossing this border. I have constituted a committee headed by Chairman, JIC, Mr. R. N. Ravi to review how to effectively manage the Indo-Myanmar border. The committee has done the review and is expected to submit its report in the next few days. The Home Ministry will soon take action on that. We also need to tighten our vigil along the Indo-Bangladesh border," he said.
 
Mr Singh stressed that the border population must not be ignored. "There are some 240 villages with over two lakh population within 10 km of the India-Myanmar border. This large population is without any worthwhile security cover. They are at the mercy of the insurgents. Similar situation prevails along the India-Bhutan border," he said.
 
He said that, while the Home Ministry is taking measures for effective management of the border, the Chief Ministers must pay attention to this crucial area of security. 
 
"You may consider opening and strengthening of police stations in the border areas to reinforce a sense of security among our population. It will also be crucial for successful implementation of our Act-East policy," he said.
 
"The people of the region have suffered the trauma of insurgency for long. Now they must reap the dividend of peace. Insurgency has adversely impacted the criminal justice system. There has been marked increase in low-visibility yet high-impact violent crimes like kidnapping for ransom and extortions in Assam and Meghalaya. It has severely undermined common man’s access to justice. In some States, ratio of prosecution of criminals in cases of serious crimes is disturbingly low, as low as 5 per cent as against all India figure of over 85 per cent. In cases of kidnapping for ransom, this data is negligible in NER. 
 
"You would appreciate that when the aggrieved people do not get justice from the States, not only their confidence in the system gets eroded but they also become prone to alternative course for justice which further vitiates the environment. The State police must pay greater attention to registration and investigation of crimes and pursue the cases diligently in the courts for punishing the criminals who commit heinous crimes in these states. The larger criminal justice system must deliver," he said.
 
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Mr Singh said there was need to have Special Investigation Cells to tackle the cases of extortion and kidnapping for ransom. "It is crucial to restore the popular confidence in the Rule of law. I would urge upon the Hon’ble Chief Ministers to pay attention to it in their respective States," he said.
 
"We know that the North-East Region is replete with illegal firearms. Weapons are smuggled from across the border and sold in the region and even beyond. We are aware of places like Dimapur, being the centres for marketing of such smuggled weapons. Existence of illegal weapons will continue encouraging crimes and vitiating the security eco-system of the region. I would urge upon the Chief Ministers to launch sustained drives against illegal weapons and make their respective States free of such arms. 
 
"We also know that the youths in the insurgency today are mostly those who have been misled by vested interests. Many of them realize their mistakes and are seeking safe ways to lead normal happy life. They are welcome to the mainstream. However, those who have committed heinous crimes and acts of terror will have to face the law and meet the justice. I would like to reiterate and emphasize that we have zero-tolerance policy on insurgency," he said.
 
Mr Singh said there are boundary disputes between some States like the ones between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland, Assam and Meghalaya, Assam and Mizoram, and between Tripura and Mizoram. 
 
"Recently, disputes started between Angamis of Nagaland and Mao tribals of Manipur regarding Dzukou valley. Many of the disputes are legacies of the past. Unfortunately, such disputes, at times, tend to grow into serious tensions that occasionally erupt into violence and displacement of people. I would urge upon the Chief Ministers to resolve them mutually by using their good offices and ensuring that under no circumstances the disputes develop into active tensions. The Home Ministry will be happy to assist, should the Chief Ministers so decide. However, till the dispute is resolved amicably, the status quo must be maintained by both the concerned states," he said.
 
Mr Singh said that, in the wake of improvement in security scenario, there was a need to review deployment of security forces in the region. 
 
"At present the deployment is more than it was when the insurgency was at its peak. In the past few years there has been substantial strengthening of State police also. Without compromising with the security, we must plan to reduce deployment so as to make the environment easy to encourage positive thinking of outsiders about this region on this aspect," he siad.
 
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He urged the Chief Ministers to have a realistic audit of deployment of Central Armed Police Forces in their States. "However, I assure you of our endeavour to help you in the deployment of Central Forces when actually needed," he said.
 
"Border guarding is one of prime concerns. I would like to urge all the Chief Ministers concerned to provide land for border fencing and expedite land acquisition on urgent basis wherever it is pending," he said.
 
He noted that the North-Eastern part of India is a high intensity seismic zone and is also prone to periodic devastating floods. 
 
"These disasters cause untold miseries to the people and immense loss of life, property and livelihood. I am happy that the States, with active assistance of the National Disaster Management Authority, Ministry of Home, have built certain capabilities to meet and manage natural disasters. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has one Battalion stationed at Guwahati for the region. We have sanctioned one more Battalion of NDRF for the North-East," he said.
 
He urged the Chief Ministers to maintain and always keep in readiness their State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and upgrade their Disaster Management capabilities. 
 
"The Home Ministry will be happy to encourage and help strengthen their disaster response capabilities. 
 
"Before I conclude, I assure the people of North Eastern Region that government would take all steps to ensure that they are not discriminated against," he added.
 
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Rajnath Singh to chair meeting of CMs of NE States on Saturday

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair a meeting of the Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern States and Sikkim at Guwahati in Assam tomorrow to discuss, among other topics, security-related issues, inlcuding counter-insurgency operations.
 
Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and Union Home Secretary L.C. Goyal will also participate in the meeting, an official press release said.
 
The release said suspension of operations agreements, effective functioning of anti-extortion cells and strengthening and equipping of State police forces of the region will also be discussed at the meeting.
 
The participants will also discuss effective guarding of international borders in the North-Eastern States. In addition, important development projects and flood and landslide situation in the region will also be reviewed, the release added.
 
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Train driver hurt as Alipur Duar-Guwahati Sifung Passenger derails in Assam

 
Driver, passengers injured as train derails in Assam
 
 
The driver of the 55753 Up Alipur Duar Junction-Guwahati Sifung Passenger train suffered serious injuries when five of its coaches derailed over a bridge near Salakati in Kokrajhar district of Assam this morning, official sources said.
 
North East Frontier Railway (NEFR) officials said some passengers had also suffered minor injuries and were given first aid. The driver was hospitalised for treatment.
 
The derailment blocked the bridge on the up line towards Guwahati and efforts were being made to clear it as early as possible, they said.
 
Meanwhile, a separate bridge on the down line is being used to maintain the flow of traffic, though with some delays, the officials said.
 
Senior railway officials as well as officials from the district administration and police have rushed to the spot.
 
The mishap ocurred around 5.15 am today between Salakati and Basugaon stations as the train began crossing the bridge. Passengers were transshipped to the nearest station, they said.
 
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AirAsia India announces flights from Delhi to Bangalore, Goa, Guwahati

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Low-cost carrier AirAsia India today said it would launch new flights from New Delhi to Bangalore, Goa and Guwahati from May 21 this year.
 
To celebrate the launch of new sectors, AirAsia India is offering all-inclusive promotional fare from Rs 1700 from New Delhi to Bangalore and Goa and Rs 1500 from New Delhi to Guwahati and vice versa. 
 
Passengers will be able to start their booking on www.airasia.com  from 00:30 hrs on 21-04-2015 to 26-04-2015 for the travel period from 21-05-2015 – 31-05-2016
 
Mittu Chandilya, CEO, AirAsia India said, “We are very excited about coming into New Delhi and setting it up as our North region hub. Our ability to provide our guests with a truly low cost and high quality mode of travel is what we truly believe in. Our entry into New Delhi market is a sign of confidence in our business model and in our performance that we can come into a highly saturated market and help expand the market by providing connectivity to the underserved."
 
"It would be an opportunity we would have to work hard for, but one where the passengers should be the distinct winners with more choice and lower fares. The new sectors will allow more people to experience air travel in India. We will continue to build our network throughout India through both our Northern and Southern hubs," he added.
 
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Five additional judges appointed to Gauhati High Court

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The President has appointed Mr Manojit Bhuyan, Mr Michael Zothankhuma, Mr  Suman Shyam, Mr Paran Kumar Phukan, and Ms Rumi Kumari Phukan, to be additional judges of the Gauhati High Court.
 
The appointmnts, in that order of seniority, would be for a period of two years with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices, an official press release said here today.
 
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Death toll in attacks by NDFB-S militants in Assam rises to 47, curfew imposed

The death toll in Tuesday evening's attacks in the Sonitpur and Kokhrajhar districts of Assam by suspected activists of the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbjit group) has gone up to 47, official sources said on Wednesday.

 
Bodo militants kill 50 in Assam, Army called in
The death toll in yesterday evening's attacks in the Sonitpur and Kokhrajhar districts of Assam by suspected activists of the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbjit group) has gone up to 47, official sources said today.
 
Police sources said 33 people had died in two separate attacks in Sonitpur district and 14 in two incidents in Kokhrajhar district.
 
The state government has imposed curfew in the affected areas under nine police stations in Sonitpur district. The state government also called in the Army late last night to help the civil authorities maintain order in the affected areas, they said.
 
Police said the attacks could in retaliation for recent action by the Army and the state police against the militants in recent weeks.
 
The victims were said to be members of tribal communities in the two districts, the sources said. About 12 people also suffered injuries in the incidents.
 
The Assam government has put the entire state on alert after the attacks and sealed the border with Bhutan.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the killing of innocent people in the attacks and described them as an act of cowardice.
 
Mr Modi spoke to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard. He said Mr Rajnath Singh would travel to Assam today to take stock of the situation.
 
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased," he said in a statement late last night.
 
Reports reaching here said the militants opened fire indiscriminately in the tribal villages.
 
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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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