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Assam's NRC draft includes 2.89 crore names

The first complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), comprising names of 2,89,83,677 people of Assam, was published on Monday.

 
Around 2.9 crore people eligible to included in NRC
 
 
The first complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), comprising names of 2,89,83,677 people of Assam, was published on Monday.
 
Releasing the document online at the state NRC headquarters here, Registrar General of India, Sailesh said that a total of 3,29,91,384 people had applied for inclusion of their names in the document, but 40,07,707 had been left out due to some discrepancies in their documents.
 
"This is a draft NRC and not the final NRC. All genuine Indian citizens whose names did not figure in the NRC will get ample opportunities to enter their names in the final NRC," Sailesh said, terming the day "historic". 
 
"It's a historic day for Assam and India as a whole. Today we have achieved a milestone of publishing the first complete draft NRC. 
 
"The scale, size and complexity of the whole exercise are unparalleled. The process has been transparent, clear and meticulously executed with involvement of over 52,000 government officials over a period of three years," he said.
 
Assam State Coordinator for NRC, Pratik Hajela said that all those whose name did not figure in the document need not worry as there is a laid down procedures for claims and objections, which will start from August 30.
 
"Whoever, wishes to file a claim for inclusion of their names in the NRC can approach the NRC Seva Kendras and file claim from August 30. 
 
"We will start distribution of claims and objection and correction forms from August 7. The process of filing of the claims, objection and corrections will continue til September 28," Hajela said.
 
There would also be assistance for those who need assistance in filing the claims and objections, he added.
 
Hajela said that the 40,07,707 people whose name did not figure in the NRC will be intimated through separate letters about the discrepancies and there will be opportunities for them to correct the same.
 
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"Details of these 40,07,707 (people) will not be disclosed as we have to respect their privacy. 
 
"Out of them, there are 2.48 lakh people whose cases are pending before different Foreigners' Tribunals," he said adding that the status quo of these people -- whose name did not figure in the NRC -- will remain as "applicant" and not as "Indian" or "non-Indian".
 
Satyen Garg, Joint Secretary, Northeast, in the Union Home Ministry, reiterated that the none of the persons, whose name did not figure in the NRC, will be taken to the detention camps or Foreigners' Tribunals. 
 
Sufficient opportunity will be given to those persons to include their names in the final NRC, he assured.
 
The Assam government has intensified security arrangements across the state following apprehensions that there might be trouble after publication of the NRC. 
 
The Central government had already sent over 200 companies of security forces to assist the state police in handling the situation.
 
The Assam government had started the process of updating the NRC on December 2013. On December 31, 2017, the Assam government had released the first draft of the NRC which included the names of 1.90 crore people.
 
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Home Ministry issues guidelines to Assam and neighbouring States ahead of Draft NRC publication

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The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the Assam State Government and neighbouring States to ensure maintenance of law and order in the run-up to and post-publication of the Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC).
 
Assam has been advised to set up a State-level coordination committee under the chairmanship of the Chief Secretary to ensure coordination among state agencies, NRC authorities and Central agencies. Round-the-clock Control Rooms at the State capital and district headquarters were to be activated to receive complaints and coordinate the prompt response.
 
The Registrar General of India (RGI) has been asked to use all means of communication including websites, toll-free numbers, SMS, and so on,  to provide information to the public about the Draft NRC. 
 
An intensive public awareness campaign has been launched to disseminate information regarding the NRC process, options available for individuals whose names do not figure in the Draft NRC, the procedure and timeline for filing claims and objections so as to address the concerns of people left out of the Draft list.
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had in a statement earlier assured that every individual will get justice and will be treated in a humane manner. All individuals will have sufficient opportunity for the remedies available under the law. The government made it clear that after draft NRC publication on July 30, adequate opportunity for claims and objections will be available. All claims and objections will be duly examined, he had said.
 
The Ministry has asked Assam not to initiate any action by the Administration or the police based on the Draft NRC. There was no question of referring the persons whose names do not figure in the Draft NRC to the Foreigners’ Tribunal as people are entitled to file claims and objections and due opportunity has to be given to them before final publication. 
 
The question of referring any person to a detention centre based on NRC exercise also does not arise. State Government has been asked to issue clear instructions in this regard to all Administrative and Police functionaries.
 
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Still-born found in AirAsia flight's toilet

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A still-born baby was found in one of the lavatories of an AirAsia flight that landed here from Guwahati on Wednesday afternoon, the police said.
 
The flight had originated from Imphal.
 
A police official said that a lady, who boarded the plane from Guwahati, delivered a premature baby during the journey. The suspect was identified after all female passengers onboard were questioned.
 
She was held back by the police for further investigation. 
 
The airline, in a statement, said that the new-born infant was found lifeless and abandoned in one of the lavatories when the aircraft was being prepared for landing.
 
"The police were alerted and a doctor from the medical team at the Delhi International Airport confirmed that the baby had been delivered onboard."
 
The matter has been reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the airline's staff are attending to other guests and cooperating with the Delhi Police. 
 
"We will be assisting in the investigation and cooperating with all concerned agencies," the statement said.
 
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Rajnath says updating of Citizens Register in Assam being done in "impartial manner"

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said updating of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was “being carried out in a totally impartial, transparent and meticulous manner.”
 
NRC is being updated in Assam in accordance with the Assam Accord signed on August 15, 1985. The entire process is being carried out as per directions of the Supreme Court which is constantly monitoring the process.
 
“I will like to assure everyone that the NRC exercise is being carried out in a totally impartial, transparent and meticulous manner and will continue to be so. At every stage of the process, an adequate opportunity of being heard is given to all persons. The entire process is being conducted according to law and the due procedure is being followed,” the Minister said in a statement.
 
“We will ensure that every individual gets justice and is treated in a humane manner. All individuals will have sufficient opportunity for all remedies available under the law,” he added. 
 
“Government wants to make it clear that the NRC to be published on July 30 is only a draft.  After draft publication, adequate opportunity for claims and objections will be available. All claims and objections will be duly examined. An adequate opportunity of being heard will be given before disposal of claims and objections. Only thereafter, the final NRC will be published,” Mr Rajnath Singh said.
 
“The Citizenship Rules provide that any person who is not satisfied with the outcome of claims and objections can appeal in the Foreigner’s Tribunal. Thus, there is no question of anyone being put in a detention centre after the publication of NRC.
 
“The State Government has been asked to ensure that law and order is maintained and no one is allowed to take the law into their hands and all possible arrangements are made to ensure safety and security for all. There is no reason for panic or fear. No person will be allowed to be harassed. The Central Government will provide all necessary help to Assam in this regard,” he added.
 
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BJP MP's daughter among 19 summoned in Assam's cash-for-jobs scam

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The daughter of BJP's Lok Sabha member R.P. Sharma is among 19 government officials issued summons on Sunday by the Assam Police in the multi-crore cash-for-jobs scam.
 
The Dibrugarh police, which is probing the case, has asked these officials to appear at the Special Branch Headquarters in Kahilipara area here on July 18 to give their handwriting samples for forensics tests.
 
These 19 include 13 officials of Assam Civil Service Officers, three of Assam Police Service and three of allied services. "Police officer Pallabi Sharma is the daughter of Bharatiya Janata Party's Lok Sabha MP from Tezpur, R.P. Sharma," said a senior official on the probe team.
 
The official said that police has already collected substantial evidence against the 19 for their alleged involvement in the job scam.
 
Certain top officials of the Assam Public Service Commission, which holds the two-stage examination for selecting candidates for plum state jobs, allegedly accepted huge bribes over several years for selecting the candidates.
 
Over 30 Assam civil and police as well as allied services officers have so far been arrested in the scam, apart from then APSC Chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul, two commission members, and other officials.
 
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Assam flood: Death toll is 23, situation better

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Two more people died due to floods in Cachar district of Barak Valley in Assam on Monday, taking the death toll to 23, even as the overall flood situation improved in the state.
 
According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), a total of 96,993 people in 192 villages in five flood-hit districts -- Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi -- are still reeling under the flood.
 
"Two people died in Cachar district, taking the death toll to 23," an ASDMA official said. But the situation was improving, with water level in most areas receding. None of the major rivers flowed above danger levels on Monday.
 
"We have closed down most relief camps. As on Monday, only 74 camps are operational -- mostly in Karimganj district. Only 22,000 people are staying in the camps as of now," the ASDMA official said.
 
Meanwhile, the flood situation in Hailakandi has improved further, with all the three major rivers flowing much below the danger level. 
 
"The number of villages still reeling under flood waters is 40... Flood water has receded in other parts of the district," an official said.
 
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Northeast flood situation grim, Army help sought

 
Floods wreak havoc in Northeast India
 
 
The flood situation in the Northeast continued to be grim on Thursday with at least nine people losing their lives and thousands displaced in Assam, Manipur and Tripura, where the state governments have sought Armys help in rescue operations.
 
Two people lost their lives in a landslide in a remote location in Assam's Dima Hasao district and one person died in Golaghat due to floods even as a total of 1,66,836 people are marooned in seven districts of the state. 
 
This is the first wave of floods to hit the state this year and according to Disaster Management Department officials, 370 villages were submerged by floods since Wednesday evening. The districts of Hojai, Cachar, Golaghat, Hailakandi, Karimganj, and East and West Karbi Anglong have been affected.
 
Three major rivers are flowing above the danger mark at different places, officials said.
 
While Dhansiri river is flowing over the danger level at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Barak river is flowing above Cachar followed by Badarpurghat at Karimganj, and at Matizuri in Hailakandi. Kushiyara river is flowing above danger level in Karimganj district, the officials said. 
 
The state government has pressed National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force teams into service in the affected areas for search and rescue operation. NDRF sources said that 422 persons have been rescued in from Karimganj, Hailakandi, Cacahar and Golaghat as on Thursday. 
 
Over 36,000 people are living in 115 relief camps in the flood-affected districts.
 
Train traffic has been affected following landslides triggered by incessant rains for past few days. 
 
Northeast Frontier Railway's Chief Public Relations Officer P.J. Sharma said at least four trains have been suspended due to the landslides, which have occurred in at least five locations in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section.
 
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Thursday sought the Army's assistance in rescue operations in the flood-hit state as incessant rains continued for the third day leading to floods and landslides -- forcing some 50,000 people to take shelter in relief camps and claiming four lives.
 
Deb informed Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh in a telephonic conversation on Thursday morning of the situation and apprised him of the steps taken by the state government. 
 
He also requested the Home Minister to "urgently" increase the number of National Disaster Response Force personnel in the state. 
 
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An official statement said the Centre has assured all the necessary support to Tripura to deal with the flood situation, while asking Army Chief, Gen. Bipin Rawat, to take necessary action.
 
Meanwhile, an official of the Tripura Disaster Management Control Centre said that around 50,000 people of over 10,000 families took shelter in around 200 relief camps in different parts of the state mostly in northern Tripura.
 
"At least four people, including two aged men and a teenager, died across Tripura since Tuesday due to landslides, falling trees or fishing in flooded rivers," the official said.
 
"We have kept ready a Pawan Hans helicopter and sent requisition to the Indian Air Force (IAF) to provide two more copters to rescue marooned people and to provide relief to the affected families if necessary."
 
He said that IAF helicopters on Wednesday and Thursday could not fly from Silchar in southern Assam due to bad weather.
 
The Disaster Management official said that the situation in northern Tripura's Unokoti district deteriorated after three old embankments of the Manu River were breached.
 
Waters of many rivers of Tripura are flowing over the danger levels. Flood waters inundated many villages, homes, paddy fields highways besides low-lying areas. 
 
Landslides have occurred in many highways affecting movement of traffic.
 
In Manipur, two persons including a 7-year-old boy drowned in Thoubal district. 
 
Four members of a family in Chajing in Imphal west district were trapped in the second floor of their submerged house. The government has requested the Army to rescue them. 
 
Chief Minister N.Biren Singh supervised the repairing works of the breached banks of the Imphal river on Wednesday, said officials, adding that he left only when the breached bank was repaired. 
 
Several houses and paddy fields in Thoubal district have been inundated from Thursday morning. Flood waters are running across the state and national highways. Officials said that more areas in the Imphal east and west districts had been inundated. 
 
The NH 37 linking Manipur with Assam was severely damaged near Sinam village in Noney district. Due to landslide and massive depressions along this highway triggered by the rains the vehicles cannot ply. Most of the drivers had turned back to come along the NH 2 that passes through Nagaland. 
 
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Train services suspended in Assam's hill section due to landslide

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Running of trains has been affected in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section of Assam following landslides triggered by incessant rains for the past few days.
 
Chief Public Relations Officer of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) P.J. Sharma said at least four trains have been suspended due to the landslides, which have occurred in at least five locations in the hill section -- between Dautohaja and Phiding, Phiding station yard, between Phiding and Mahur, between Jatingalampur and New Harangajao and between two tunnels on the stretch.
 
"The landslides occurred between 1.30 a.m. and 3.30 a.m.," Sharma said.
 
As a result, the Guwahati-Silchar Fast passenger is controlled at Lumding, followed by Sealdah-Silchar Kanchanjungha Express to be controlled at Lumding.
 
"Silchar-Guwahati Fast passenger has been cancelled on date. Agartala-Sealdah Kanchanjunga Express to be controlled in Badarpur," he said adding there is, however, no passenger train stranded within the affected section.
 
"Although the extent of damage is yet to be fully ascertained, restoration work has already started in all affected locations," the NFR CPRO said.
 
The Divisional Railway Manager of Lumding is already at the site monitoring the situation, Sharma said adding work is on to restart the train services as early as possible.
 
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16 arrested for lynching youths in Assam, CM holds review meet

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The Assam Police has arrested 16 persons in connection with the lynching of two Guwahati-based youths in Karbi Anglong district by villagers who mistook them to be child abductors, authorities said on Sunday.
 
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Mukesh Agarwala said that police was on the lookout for more people involved in the Friday evening incident.
 
Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath were brutally killed by a mob near Kathilangso waterfall. The incident has been widely condemned.
 
Agarwala said that the situation in Dokmoka, where the killings took place, was under control. 
 
"There was tension in the area following the incident but it is under control now," he said.
 
"In four to five villages around Dokmoka, fake posts went viral on social media about 'xopadhara' or child abductors in the area. Preliminary investigation says that the people in the area suspected the two youths as child lifters and attacked them.
 
"We appeal to people not to believe rumours and social media posts. We also appeal to the people to inform the police immediately if they find anyone spreading rumours and hate messages," Agarwala added.
 
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal later in the day held a high-level meeting to take stock of the law and order situation in the state.
 
Sonowal asked Director General of Police Kuladhar Saikia to ensure police vigil on all activities and to put an end to canards likely to vitiate public order and peace.
 
He said that no leniency should be shown to the culprits. 
 
Chief Secretary T.Y. Das and Saikia told the media after the meeting that the state government had taken the lynchings very seriously.
 
"While 15 were arrested for their involvement in killing, one person was arrested for posting objectionable and fake information on the social media while the mob fury was on on Friday," the DGP said.
 
The officer also appealed to the people not to pay heed to rumours. "We have instructed police in all Assam districts to take action against those spreading rumours," he said.
 
A team headed by Additional DGP Harmeet Singh has been set up to strengthen web monitoring.
 
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Centre to consider concerns of Assam people before Citizenship Bill: Sonowal

Sarbananda Sonowal (File photo: IANS)
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The Centre has assured the people of Assam that their concerns will be taken into consideration before taking any decision on amendment to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, the state's Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said on Wednesday.
 
Sonowal told the media that he got this assurance from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during a long meeting on Wednesday, a day after thousands of people participated in a mass hunger strike in Assam to protest against the bill. 
 
"There should be no apprehension in the minds of the people of Assam about the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016. The Centre has given an assurance that concerns of the people of Assam will be allayed before taking any step. All stakeholders will be consulted," Sonowal said.
 
The All Assam Students Union, supported by at least 28 other organisations including the Asom Gana Parishad, a partner of the BJP-led government in Assam, and the Congress on Tuesday staged protests in Guwahati warning of a massive agitation in case the Centre and the state went ahead with the passage and implementation of the bill.
 
Protests have become the order of the day in Assam since a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, visited the state this month. 
 
The bill aims to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees who have fled from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan following persecution. However, in Assam, several indigenous groups view it as a move to legitimise Hindu migration from Bangladesh after 1971. 
 
United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) has also threatened to derail the peace accord with the Central government over the issue related to the bill by conveying its strong opposition to government interlocutor A.B. Mathur during a meeting in New Delhi last week. Ulfa suspects the bill would reduce the indigenous people in Assam to a minority. 
 
Sonowal also said all efforts would be made to address the concerns of people of Assam in this regard.
 
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He also requested Rajnath Singh to set up a committee to make recommendations for implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord which provides for constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards to protect, preserve and promote the culture, social, linguistic identity and heritage of Assamese people.
 
"The Home Minister assured Assam Chief Minister that a committee will be set up at the earliest in consultation with the state government," a Home Ministry statement said.
 
The meeting discussed various administrative and security arrangements related to the updation exercise of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) as per the orders of the Supreme Court. A massive exercise to update the NRC was being carried out in Assam following a directive of the Supreme Court in 2005.
 
Issues related to arrangements required to dispose of claims and objections after publication of the next draft NRC on June 30 was also discussed in the meeting, the statement said.
 
It was emphasised that adequate opportunity be given to people in this regard and necessary arrangements made to avoid any inconvenience to public. It should be ensured that claims and objections are disposed of as per law, and in a proper manner, it said.
 
According to the statement, the meeting also emphasised that a strong information, education and communication campaign be launched to inform people about the process of filing claims and objections after publication of final draft NRC.
 
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Australian tourist falls to death from Assam hotel

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An Australian tourist fell to his death from a hotel in Assam capital Guwahati, police said on Sunday.
 
William Marinus fell from the third floor of the hotel around 11.20 p.m. on Saturday.
 
"Four Australians and an Indian, including William, were staying in our hotel. They checked in around 3 p.m. on Saturday after returning from Shillong," said a hotel staff.
 
"They were having a room party when we got a call around 11.20 about an accident. Hotel staff called emergency service personnel, who said William had already died."
 
Police said that a case of unnatural death was registered and an investigation launched to find out the circumstances leading to his death.
 
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CCEA okays expansion, upgrading of integrated terminals at Chennai, Guwahati, Lucknow airports

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave its approval for the expansion and upgrading of integrated terminals at Chennai, Guwahati and Lucknow Airports, at a cost of Rs 2467 crore, Rs 1383 crore and Rs 1232 crore, respectively.
 
An official press release said the new integrated terminal at Lucknow airport will have an area of 88,000 sq.m, along with the existing terminal building with 16292 sq.m, with an annual capacity to handle 2.6 million international and 11 million domestic passengers.
 
The new terminal building will cater to passenger growth up to the year 2030-31, the release said.
 
Total built-up area of the proposed terminal building at Chennai airport, including the present proposal measuring 197000 sq.m, will be 336000 sq.m with an annual capacity to handle 35 million passengers per annum (MPPA). The new terminal building incorporates green building features with an aim to achieve GRIHA-4 Star rating. The building will cater to the requirement of passenger growth up to the year 2026-27, it said.
 
The new terminal building at Guwahati airport will have an area of 102500 sqm to handle combined annual capacity (old and new terminals) of 9 MPPA. The building would cater to the requirement of passenger growth up to the year 2026-27. This will encourage investment and tourism in North East Region with thrust on ‘Act East’ Policy, it said.
 
According to the release, India has witnessed phenomenal growth rate in the range of 18 to 20% in the last three years in the aviation sector. According to IATA Traffic Study, India, at 7th position as of now, is likely to take the 3rd position by 2023-24 by overtaking the UK, Japan, Spain and Germany. The current rate of the growth in the domestic aviation sector of India is the highest globally.
 
To meet the growing demand, the Government has launched a new initiative of NABH Nirman (NextGen Airports for Bharat), wherein systems and processes are geared to provide enhanced airport capacity to handle 1 billion trips in the next 10 to 15 years.
 
Airport capacity upgrading and expansion require both the development of new greenfield airports and expansion of existing brownfield airports and same will be funded by the Indian private sector and Airports Authority of India by leveraging its balance sheet.
 
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Airports Authority of India is in the process of implementing plans for development of infrastructure to meet growing aviation demand by creating additional capacity at AAI Airports including Chennai, Guwahati, Lucknow, Agartala, Patna, Srinagar, Pune, Trichy, Vijayawada, Port Blair, Jaipur, Mangalore, Dehradun, Jabalpur, Kolhapur, Goa, Rupsi, Leh, Calicut, Imphal, Varanasi and Bhubaneswar with a capex of Rs 20,178 crore in the next 4 to 5 years.
 
AAI has already awarded the works at Agartala, Calicut and Port Blair towards construction of new state-of-the-art integrated terminals and is in the process of awarding the works for upgrading and expansion of capacity at Chennai, Lucknow and Guwahati Airports.
 
Similarly, upgrading of airside capacity by way of strengthening and extension of runways, construction of new apron bays has been taken up to cater to the demand from airline operators who have placed confirmed orders for almost 900 aircraft in the coming 10 years.
 
Under New Greenfield Airport Policy, many major cities are expected to have multiple airports. The government has granted approval for Noida International Airport (Jewar), Mopa (Goa), Purandar Airport (Pune), Bhogapuram Airport (Visakhapatnam), Dholera Airport (Ahmedabad) and Hirasar Airport (Rajkot).
 
Capex outlay of Rs 50,000 crore is expected in the development of New Greenfield Airports, wherein approval of Government of India has been given. In the private sector also, upgrading and expansion are in the offing for Delhi and Bengaluru, Hyderabad Airports at a cost of Rs 25,000 crore in the next five years, the release added.
 
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CCEA okays revised cost estimates of updation of National Register of Citizens, 1951 in Assam

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday approved the revised cost estimates (RCE) of the scheme of Updation of National Register of Citizens (NRC), 1951 in Assam at a cost of Rs. 1220.93 crore upto December 31, 2018.
 
The scheme of NRC, 1951 is specific to the state of Assam covering about 3.29 crore applicants.
 
An official press release said the exercise would help in preparation of National Register of Citizens in Assam. The proposed date for publication of final NRC is December 31, 2018.
 
A part Draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), Assam covering 1.90 crore persons out of 3.29 crore applicants was published on December 31, 2017 including names of those applicants in respect of whom the entire process of verification has been completed.
 
The verification of remaining applicants is at various stages of scrutiny and the complete draft NRC will be published by June 30, 2018, whereafter claims and objections will be received and disposed of, leading to the publication of the final NRC, the release said.
 
The NRC Assam is being updated as per the provisions of the Citizenship Act, 1955 and the Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and Issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003. It will include persons whose names appear in any of the electoral rolls upto the midnight of 24th March, 1971 or National Register of Citizens, 1951 and their descendants.
 
The release said 3.29 crore persons have applied along with 6.63 crore documents in 2015 for inclusion of their names in NRC. Thereafter extensive field and document verification has been done in respect of each applicant.
 
The actual implementation of NRC update is done by the Statutory Authorities i.e.Local Registrars and District Magistrates appointed by the State Government. A senior official of the State Government functions as State Coordinator and coordinates with the RGI/Government of India in regard to various activities.
 
The NRC update work is done under the supervision and control of the Registrar General of Citizen Registration (RGI). The administrative and operational matters are handled by the State Government as per their extant rules.
 
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The preparation of NRC is the most extensive citizen engaging exercise, which touches the life of every resident of Assam. It is part of the action for the fulfilment of Assam Accord and understanding arrived in a tripartite meeting held in 2005 at the level of Prime Minister. The National Register of Citizens, Assam will contain the names of genuine Indian citizens and will help the government to check illegal immigration in India, the release said.
 
The NRC Assam, the Register containing names of Indian Citizens in Assam, was prepared in 1951 as a non-statutory process by recording particulars of all the persons enumerated during 1951 Census. The Assam agitation (1979-85) against the illegal foreigners led to the signing of Assam Accord on 15th August 1985 between the Central Government, State Government, All India Students' Union (AASU) and All Assam Gan Sangram Parishad (AAGSP), which stipulated 24th March, 1971 as the cut-off date for identification and deportation of illegal migrants from East Pakistan (Bangladesh). Accordingly, the Citizenship Act, 1955 was amended by inserting section 6A as special provisions for Assam.
 
In a tripartite meeting of the Central Government, State Government and AASU chaired by the Prime Minister in May, 2005, it was agreed to update NRC, 1951. The modalities were approved by the Government of India in consultation with the Government of Assam.
 
In pursuance of the Supreme Court's direction, the exercise of NRC update in Assam commenced in December 2013 to be completed over a period of three years. The Supreme Court is continuously monitoring the progress of NRC update and has given various directions from time to time, the release added.
 
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Union Home Secretary holds meeting with Chief Secretaries of Assam, Mizoram on inter-State border issue

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Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba held a meeting of the Chief Secretaries of Assam and Mizoram on the inter-State border issue in the context of recent incidents at Bairabi on March 8 and 10.
 
The Chief Secretary of Assam, Ms. T. Y. Das and the Chief Secretary of Mizoram, Mr. Arvind Ray stated the position of their respective State Governments on the issue of construction of a shed at Kachurtal near Bairabi. 
 
Both State Governments reiterated their commitment to maintain peace and resolve the issues amicably, an official press release said.
 
"It was decided in the meeting to maintain status quo at the spot. Assembly of people at the site will not be allowed. Both the Governments of Assam and Mizoram will take all measures to maintain peace in their respective areas," the release said.
 
It was unanimously decided that a team comprising Joint Secretary (North-East), Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Principal Secretaries (Home) of Mizoram and Assam will visit the area within a week. This team will be assisted by officials of Survey of India in its work. The team will submit its findings to the Union Home Secretary which will be discussed in a follow-up meeting with the Chief Secretaries of the two States. 
 
Thereafter, a meeting will be convened by the Union Home Minister with the Chief Ministers of Assam and Mizoram, the release added.
 
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Union Home Secretary convenes meeting of Assam, Mizoram Chief Secretaries on March 20 on border issue

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has stated that a meeting of the Chief Secretaries of Assam and Mizoram will be held here next week to discuss the inter-State border issue.
 
The meeting of Chief Secretaries of the two States has been convened by the Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on March 20.
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh also wrote a letter to Mizoram Chief Minister Lalthanhawla, in response to a communication from him regarding the Bairabi incident of March 9. 
 
The State Governments of Mizoram and Assam must take all possible measures to maintain peace and public order. The outstanding issues between both the States need to be resolved mutually and amicably, he added.
 
The Union Home Minister has expressed the hope that the State Governments of Mizoram and Assam will take all steps to defuse the situation and prevent assembly of people at Bairabi.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Karbi Anglong region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Karbi Anglong region of Assam in the early hours of today.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.5 N and longitude 93.4 E, occurred at 0211 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Sonitpur region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Sonitpur region of Assam today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The  quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.8°N and longitude 92.7°E, occurred at 1524 hours at a focal depth of 18 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Karbi Anglong region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Karbi Anglong region of Assam today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.2°N and longitude 92.9°E, occurred at 1512 hours at a focal depth of 25 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Two pilots die as IAF's microlight aircraft crashes in Assam

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Two pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) died when an IAF Microlight Virus SW-80 crashed around noon today, after getting airborne from Air Force Station Jorhat in Assam for a routine sortie.
 
"Two pilots, Wg Cdr J James and Wg Cdr D Vats, sustained fatal injuries," a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident, the release added.
 
Reports  reaching here said the aircraft crashed at Somoimari in Majuli, one of the largest river islands in the world, in Assam.
 
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Modi says North-East at heart of India's Act East Policy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asserted that the North-East was at the heart of India's Act East Policy, which envisions increased people-to-people contacts, trade ties and other relations with ASEAN countries.

 
North East is at heart of Act East Policy: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asserted that the North-East was at the heart of India's Act East Policy, which envisions increased people-to-people contacts, trade ties and other relations with ASEAN countries.
 
Inaugurating Advantage Assam - Global Investors Summit 2018 here, he recalled the recent ASEAN India Commemorative Summit celebrating 25 years of partnership between ASEAN and India. 
 
He added that ties between India and the ASEAN countries go back thousands of years. He said it was a privilege for India to host the heads of state or government of 10 ASEAN countries as honoured guests at the Republic Day function in New Delhi on January 26.
 
Mr. Modi said India's growth story would be further energised through balanced and fast-paced growth of the North-Eastern region. He said all the schemes of the Union Government are oriented towards bringing about a qualitative change in the lives of the people. He said the aim is to improve "Ease of Living".
 
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The Prime Minister said that the "Ayushman Bharat" scheme announced in the Union Budget on February 1 is the largest scheme of its kind in the world. He said this healthcare scheme would benefit about 45 to 50 crore people. He also mentioned other steps that had been taken by the Union Government for healthcare for the poor.
 
Mr. Modi said the Government was working towards the target of doubling farmers' incomes, by lowering input costs and enabling appropriate price for their produce. He outlined other steps being taken by the Union Government for the welfare of farmers.
 
He mentioned the steps taken to provide affordable housing to people. He spoke of the Ujala Yojana for distribution of LED bulbs, which is resulting in significant savings on household electricity bills. He mentioned the restructuring of the National Bamboo Mission, which he said, is especially significant for the North-East.
 
The Prime Minister said that a revamp of administrative structures within the Union Government has greatly speeded up the implementation of projects.
 
He spoke of steps taken for providing collateral free loans to entrepreneurs, under the Mudra Yojana. He spoke of steps taken in the Union Budget to provide tax relief to MSMEs.
 
Mr. Modi reiterated the commitment of the Union Government to curb corruption and black money. He said Government had taken up many path breaking economic reforms in last three years, which have simplified procedures for doing business. It is a result of these reforms that India today ranks 100 among 190 countries in the Doing Business Report of the World Bank, after climbing up 42 ranks, he added.
 
Quoting the great Assamese musician Bhupen Hazarika, the Prime Minister said it is our collective responsibility to achieve the vision and dreams of our freedom fighters, and create a New India by 2022.
 
He outlined the work done to create new transportation infrastructure in the North-East. He congratulated Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for creating a business friendly and development friendly environment in Assam.
 
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MoU signed for Twin Tower Trade Centre in Guwahati

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A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed for a Twin Tower Trade Centre between Assam Government and the National Building Construction Corporation here today.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep S Puri said it was part of the Government's “Act East Policy” to elevate and harness the strengths of North-East India and reduce the isolation of the region by improving all-round connectivity and civic infrastructure. 
 
The Union Government has planned an investment to the tune of approximately Rs. 45,000 crore for the development of India's North-Eastern regions bordering China, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. 
 
Mr. Puri pointed out that Guwahati is one of the 100 smart cities chosen in a determined bid to recast the urban landscape of the country. It is being established as a Regional Hub for North East India and a world-class city by anchoring and reorienting it towards its natural assets. The proposed Twin Tower Trade Centre will definitively add to this transformational plan, he said.
 
“I am truly excited by the prospects and possibilities this trade centre will generate once established and made operational, by connecting us with South East Nations and being a major trading hub thereby increasing economic interlinkages,” he added.
 
“I do realize, that a vision can only be realized when we have the determination to do our very best, take the right decisions and pursue a mix of policies that create the most appropriate environment to facilitate the realisation of that vision. 
 
“I am aware that NBCC, which comes under my Ministry, is fully equipped with technology, technical capacity, design and intuition to implement this illustrious project and shall proactively work along the lines of sustainable and quality development and deliver the project to Assam on schedule,” he added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Karbi Anglong region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Karbi Anglong region of Assam in the early hours of today, about 13 hours after another earthquake hit the same region yesterday.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.0°N and longitude 92.3°E, occurred at 0153 hours today at a focal depth of 10 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
Earlier, an earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, had been recorded in the same region yesterday.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.1°N and longitude 92.1°E, occurred at 1241 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 20 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Karbi Anglong region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Karbi Anglong region of Assam today.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.1°N and longitude 92.1°E, occurred at 1241 hours at a focal depth of 20 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
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Gadkari to visit Majuli Island in Assam on December 29

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Union Minister for Water Resources & River Development Nitin Gadkari will visit Assam on December 29 to lay the foundation stone of protection work of Majuli Island from floods and erosion and construction of the Brahmaputra Board Complex.
 
The Brahmaputra Board under the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation was entrusted the work of protection of Majuli Island from floods and erosion in 2004.
 
Since then, the Board has completed execution of Immediate Measures, Phase-I and Emergent Works. About 22.08 sq.km of land has been reclaimed and secured by Brahmaputra Board during the period 2004 to 2016. Phase - II & III are on the verge of completion during 2017-18, an official press release said.
 
To address the issues of erosion in vulnerable reaches and reclaim more land by pro-siltation and other measures in the east-west reach length of about 80 km on south bank, a detailed project report (DPR) was formulated for “Protection of Majuli Island from flood and erosion of river Brahmaputra” as per the recommendations of the Standing Committee of Experts for Majuli Island and Technical Advisory Committee of Brahmaputra Board (TAC- BB).
 
An SFC of Rs 233.57 crore for the work has been approved by the Union Government. The Ministry of DoNER will fund an amount of Rs 207.00 crore under NLCPR mode. The work is under implementation for which the work order has been issued.
 
On the request of the Assam Government, Brahmaputra Board has approved the establishment of an office-cum-residential complex at Majuli. The complex will also include a godown and a skill development centre.
 
The Brahmaputra Board, in its meeting, decided that this work should be executed by NPCC Ltd., a PSU under this Ministry. Consequently, the work of construction of Brahmaputra Board office-cum-residential complex at Majuli has been assigned to NPCC Ltd. The work will be executed in a period of 24 months.
 
During 2016, Majuli was upgraded from a Civil Sub-Division to the status of a District. Protection of Majuli Island from the menace of floods and erosion by Brahmaputra River is thus one of the prime objectives of the State Government, with support from the Centre.
 
The average elevation of the Island is 87 m (at Bessamara) above mean sea level as against the High Flood Level of 88.32 m. The present area of Main Island is about 524 sq-km with a population of 1.68 lakh as per 2011 Census.
 
Majuli Island has been under severe threat of bank erosion by the flow of river Brahmaputra since the formation of the Island and particularly after the Assam earthquake of August 15, 1950.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Dhemaji region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, shook the Dhemaji region of Assam today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.6°N and longitude 94.3°E, occurred at 1150 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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