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Modi to review flood situation in North-Eastern States tomorrow

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Guwahati tomorrow where he will chair a series of high-level meetings to review the flood situation and the relief operations in the North-Eastern States, particularly Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur.
 
Chief Ministers and senior officials from these States are expected to be present at the meetings, an official press release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Darrang region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Darrang region of Assam this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.9 °N and longitude 92.3°E, occurred at 0627 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Inter-Ministerial Central team calls on Assam CM after assessing flood situation

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A seven-member Inter-Ministerial team from theCentral Government is presently on a visit to Assam to assess the damage caused by recent floods in the state.
 
The team is led by the Joint Secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs V. Shashank Shekhar. The team is visiting Assam following directions by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his meeting with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on July 18 in the national capital.
 
The Inter Ministerial team called on the Chief Minister here yesterday and apprised him about the findings of their visit to the flood-affected districts.
 
Mr Shekhar informed the Chief Minister that they personally saw the damages and the distress and migration of the flood-hit people. He mentioned that the teams were divided into two groups and visited the flood- hit Brahmaputra and Barak valley districts.
 
As part of their on-the-spot-assessment, the teams interacted with the affected people and respective district administrations to find out the intensity of damage caused by the flood, he informed.
 
Mr Sonowal said that most of the embankments which were constructed as a safeguard to rural economy and habitations had already outlived their life.
 
He said the team that a proposal had already been submitted to the Government of India to take up ‘Prime Minister’s Special Programme for Flood and Erosion Control’ for developing embankments of the state as road-cum-embankments stretching 5,000 km.
 
The Chief Minister said once the 5000 km stretch is converted into road-cum-embankments, this would help rural people in terms of connectivity and will benefit the rural economy as well as tourism. This initiative would also facilitate implementation of PMGSY to connect every village in the state. The Chief Minister also referred to the issue of resettlement of people who became homeless and landless due to flood.
 
Considering the gravity of the situation and the intensity of flood damage in Assam, Mr Shekhar informed the Chief Minister that the team would submit their report at the earliest to the Central Government so that fund for tackling the flood related issues could be released expeditiously.
 
The team visited Biswanath, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Barpeta, Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj districts of Assam for on-the-spot-assessment of flood damage.
 
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Rs 200 crore assistance to Assam for repair of rain-ravaged National Highways

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Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari today announced a financial assistance of Rs. 200 crore as the first instalment for the immediate repairs of the National Highways damaged due to the heavy rains in Assam.
 
The announcement was made after the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called on Mr Gadkari for a review of the situation in Assam.
 
Meanwhile, an expert team of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been dispatched for an on-the- spot assessment of the damage. If needed, further financial assistance will be provided based on the NHAI team's report expected to be submitted within a week.
 
Another Rs 400 crore has been sanctioned for dredging work in the Brahmaputra. The work will start from September using six dredgers to increase the depth of the river and prevent it from flooding.
 
A total of seven bridges is to be built on the river during the next five years for better road connectivity with the NE region. Work on two bridges is underway. DPR for three more bridges is to be prepared by the state government.
 
Mr Gadkari has also asked the state government to submit the DPR for the proposed Brahmaputra National Highways to be built along the banks of the river at a cost of Rs 40,000 crore, an official release said.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Karbi Anglong region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the Karbi Anglong region of Assam late last night.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorlogical Department (IMD) said the quake, which  had its epicentre at latitude 26.3 °N and longitude 93.1°E, occurred at 2358 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 28 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Myanmar-India border region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale, shook the Myanmar-India border region this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.3°N and longitude 94.4°E, occurred at 1057 hours at a focal depth of 80 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
Earlier, another minor quake, measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Kokrajhar region of Assam. It had its epicentre at latitude 26.5 N and longitude 90.0 E, and occurred at 1014 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
Also, a tremor of magnitude 4.9 occurred in Nepal this morning. It had its epicentre at latitude 27.4 N and longitude 86.5 E, and occurred at 0728 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, the bulletin added.
 
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World Bank to provide $ 35 million loan for Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project

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India today signed an agreement for IBRD credit of $ 35 million from World Bank for Assam State Public Financial Institutional Reforms Project here today.
 
The agreement was signed by Mr. Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary (MI), Department of Economic Affairs on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. John Blomquist, Acting Country Director, World Bank (India) on behalf of the World Bank. 
 
The Implementing Entity Agreement was signed by Additional Chief Secretary (Finance), Department of Finance, on behalf of Government of Assam, and the Country Director (India) on behalf of the World Bank. 
 
An official press release said the programme size is $ 44 million, of which $ 35 million will be financed by the Bank, and the remaining amount will be funded out of the State Budget. The programme duration is five years.
 
The release said the objective of the project is to improve predictability and transparency in budget execution and efficiency in tax administration in Assam. The project will benefit the people of Assam through efficient processes, enhanced transparency and better service delivery (such as electronic payments and collections for services, better public procurement, and enhanced taxpayer services) provided by public institutions, it added.
 
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Prabhu inaugurates various railway related services in Odisha, Assam

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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated various railway related services in Odisha and Assam through video conferencing from Rail Bhavan here yesterday.
 
Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Member of Parliament Prasanna Kumar Patasani were present at the launch along with Railway Board Chairman A. K. Mittal, Member Traffic Mohammed Jamshed and others.
 
The projects launched were a railway line between Bolagarh Road and Nayagarh Town and work for the provision of a new line between Khurda Road and Bolangir for a total length of 289 km that was sanctioned in the year of 1994-95 at a total cost of Rs 801.78 crore.
 
The work for commissioning of new line between Bolagarh Road and Nayagarh town (12 km) has been completed. The total length of rail line is about 65 km, an official press release said. Train No. 58429/ 58430/ 58431/ 58432 (Khurda Road- Bolagarh) were being extended up to Nayagarh Town.
 
The release said the train would benefit a large number of pilgrims visiting Puri during the Rath Yatra festival. It will be a daily service with a composition of 12 coaches.
 
In other infrastructure, the Nayagarh Town Railway Station building was inaugurated. It is an ‘E’ category station on Khurda Road-Bolangir section, built at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore. Passenger amenities like booking windows, public address system, waiting hall, platform, toilets and drinking water have been provided at the station. To facilitate physically handicapped passengers, wheelchairs have been provided. Stretchers have also been provided for medical needs of the passengers.
 
The passenger halt at Bolagarh Town was sanctioned on October 13, 2016. Location of the halt is between Rajsunakhala and Bolagarh Road stations on Khurda Road-Bolangir new line in Khurda Division of East Coast Railway. It has been built at a cost of Rs. 98 lakh.
 
The amenities provided are high-level platform (360 metres), booking counter-cum-waiting room (25 sqm), approach road (900 sqm) and one hand operated tube well.
 
The Minister also inaugurated a passenger reservation system (PRS) counter at Kamakhya temple announced on May 7 this year. This is a non-rail head PRS with the assistance of Kamakhya Devottar Board and will cater to an approximately catchment area of 5000 passengers. This is a location of tourist importance, lakh of devotees visit the shrine, especially during Ambubushi Mela.
 
At present, on Northeast Frontier Railway, there are 249 locations where computerised reservation facility is available. After this, the figure will be 250 (including 115 locations in Assam), the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Jorhat region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale, shook the Jorhat region of Assam this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.0°N and longitude 94.4°E, occurred at 1044 hours at a focal depth of 31 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Tinsukia region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the Tinsukia region of Assam late last night, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.8°N and longitude 95.7°E, occurred at 2308 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 91 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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DAE to take over Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute in Goa

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The Union Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal for the taking over of the Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute at Guwahati in Assam by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), with the administrative control being managed by the Tata Memorial Centre.
 
An official press release said the decision was aimed at augmenting cancer treatment facilities in the North-East.
 
The Cabinet meeting also gave the green light for the creation of 166 posts in medical, paramedical and support positions, it said.
 
The decision comes in the wake of the increasing instances of cancer, limited cancer treatment facilities and the need for a hospital support to carry out further research in North Eastern Region.
 
The approximate non-recurring expenditure for the strengthening of the institute is estimated at Rs. 150 crore and annual recurring expenditure is estimated at Rs. 45- 50 crore.
 
The Borooah Cancer Institute was established by a voluntary organisation in 1974 with the aim and objective of the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the North Eastern region. Assam Government took over the institute with all its assets and liabilities in 1986 and entered into a tripartite agreement with the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and North Eastern Council for the management of the institute. The institute at present is a 209-bed hospital with an eight-bed intensive care unit (ICU).
 
The Chief Minister of Assam in October 2013 had proposed that DAE should take over the institute to develop it as a centre of excellence for cancer treatment, education and research for the entire North East.
 
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World Bank to provide $ 39.2 million IBRD credit for Assam Citizen Centric Service Delivery project

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India and the World Bank signed an agreement for IBRD credit of $ 39.2 million for the “Assam Citizen Centric Service Delivery” project here today.
 
The agreement was signed by Mr. Raj Kumar, Joint Secretary (MI), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance on behalf of the Government of India and Mr. Hisham Abdo, Manager, Operations (India) on behalf of the World Bank. 
 
The Implementing Entity Agreement was signed by the Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Assam, on behalf of Government of Assam, and the Country Director (India) on behalf of the World Bank.
 
An official press release said the programme size is $ 49 million, of which $ 39.2 million will be financed by the Bank, and the remaining amount will be funded out of State Budget. The programme duration is five years.
 
The release said the objective of the project is to improve access in the delivery of selected public services in Assam. It seeks to enable citizens to access services under the RTPS Act in a timely, efficient, and accountable manner. The project adopts an integrated approach to improve access and accountability, it added.
 
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Both pilots of crashed Su-30 aircraft died in the accident: IAF

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) today said that the two pilots of the Su-30 MKI aircraft which crashed about 60 km from the Tezpur Airbase in Assam on May 23 had died in the incident.
 
"Sqn Ldr D Pankaj and Flt Lt S Achudev, the pilots of the Su-30 aircraft sustained fatal injuries when the aircraft crashed approximately 60 Km from Tezpur Airbase on 23 May 17," a press release from the IAF said.
 
It said analysis of the Flight Data Recorder of the aircraft and certain other articles recovered from the crash site revealed that the pilots could not initiate ejection before the crash. 
 
The wreckage of the aircraft had been located on May 26 after a continuous search operation in the area.
 
The Su-30 aircraft took off around 1030 hours on May 23 and had gone off the radar and lost radio contact around 1110 hours when the aircraft was around 60 kms from Tezpur. The aircraft was on a routine training mission as part of a two-aircraft formation. 
 
The aircraft was declared overdue and search and rescue operations were launched to locate the aircraft and the pilots. Help from civil administration and military authorities was also sought to locate the aircraft. Aerial search was commenced based on the last known position of the Su-30 MKI. Incessant rain, dense clouds and difficult terrain hampered the search operations in air and on the ground. 
 
A court of Inquiry has already been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident.
 
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Wreckage of missing IAF Su-30 MKI aircraft found in Assam

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The wreckage of an Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30 MKI jet that went missing on May 23 with two pilots on board has been found in a thick forest about 60 km from Tezpur Air Base in Assam from where it had taken off on a routine training mission, official sources said today.
 
An official press release from the Ministry of Defence said the wreckage was located today and ground parties are standing by to be airlifted to the crash site as the area is totally inaccessible. 
 
The search for the flight data recorder and missing crew will be pursued by the ground parties after they reach the crash site, it said.
 
Search parties of the Army are also attempting to reach the crash site by trekking cross country. However, their progress is hampered due to inclement weather, thick vegetation and steep gradient of the terrain, the release said.
 
The aircraft had taken off around 1030 hours on May 23 and gone off the radar and lost radio contact around 1110 hours when it was around 60 km from Tezpur.
 
The aircraft was on a routine training mission as part of a two-aircraft formation.
 
The aircraft was declared overdue and search and rescue operations were launched to locate the aircraft and the pilots. Help from civil administration and military authorities was also sought to locate the aircraft. Aerial search was commenced based on the last known position of the Su-30 MKI. Incessant rain and dense clouds hampered the search operations in air and on the ground. Search parties of IAF and Army had set out to the area where the aircraft was declared missing. 
 
A court of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the cause of the accident, the release added.
 
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Modi to inaugurate Dhola-Sadiya, India's longest river bridge, in Assam on Friday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate tomorrow the Dhola-Sadiya bridge in Assam, the longest river bridge in the country, a project that is expected to transform road connectivity in the North-East.
 
The three-lane, 9.15 km bridge has been built over the river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, linking Dhola to Sadiya in Assam.
 
An official press release said the bridge would fill a huge connectivity gap that has existed in the region. Till now, the only means to cross the Brahmaputra at this location has been by ferry only in day-time and even this is not possible during floods. The last bridge over the Brahmaputra was the Kalia Bhomora Bridge at Tejpur. This will, however, change from tomorrow with the Dhola-Sadiya bridge ensuring 24X7 connectivity between upper Assam and Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh, it said.
 
The bridge will also reduce the distance from Rupai on National Highway (NH)- 37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 km. The travel time between the two places will come down from the current six hours to just one hour – a total five-hour reduction. This will result in saving of petrol and diesel worth Rs 10 lakh per day, the release said.
 
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The total length of the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km. It has been constructed on BOT Annuity basis at a total cost of Rs 2,056 crore, as part of the Arunachal Package of Roads and Highways under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways' Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North East (SARDP-NE). The objective was to bring the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh closer to each other, the release said.
 
"The Dhola-Sadiya bridge promises to usher in prosperity in the North-East. It will provide efficient road connectivity to remote and backward areas which have poor road infrastructure. This bridge will also give a major boost to the overall economic development of the areas north of Brahmaputra in Upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It will also cater to the strategic requirements of the country in the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, besides facilitating numerous hydropower projects coming up in the state, as it is the most sought after route for various power project developers," the release added.
 
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Cabinet approves setting up of new AIIMS in Kamrup, Assam

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

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A two-seater Su-30 MKI aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF), which got airborne this morning from Tezpur Airbase in Assam on a routine training mission as part of a two-aircraft formation, has gone missing.
 
The aircraft lost radar and radio contact with the controlling station at 1110 hours today, a press release from the Ministry of Defence said.
 
The last reported position of the aircraft was 60 km north-west of Tezpur, it said.
 
"The aircraft was declared overdue and search and rescue operations have been activated to locate the aircraft and the pilots. Help from civil administration and military authorities has also been sought for the search and rescue effort," the release added.
 
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Cabinet approves setting up of Indian Agricultural Research Institute in Assam

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved the setting up of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (lARI) in Assam.
 
The proposal of Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE) / Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR) says that the institute would be set up on 587 acres of land provided by the state government, an official press release said.
 
lARI-Assam would be a post-graduate institution of higher learning in Agricultural Education. It will have the hallmark identity of an IARI including all sectors of agriculture like field crops, horticultural crops, agroforestry, animal husbandry, fisheries, poultry, piggery, silk rearing, honey production, and so on.
 
It will be off-campus of IARI, New Delhi and integrated multi-disciplinary research would be undertaken in school mode -- Schools of Crop Sciences, Natural Resource Management, and Animal Sciences & Fisheries.
 
IARI-Assam would work on the agrarian challenges and complexities of North Eastern India in tandem with all existing Central and State Government R&D Institutions and private sector enterprises. It would undertake research, education, extension programs in its mission towards developing the quality human resource, generation of farmer-friendly technologies to enhance productivity, quality and profitability, promote agro-based industries and generate employment opportunities for holistic and sustainable development of the agriculture sector in the North Eastern region, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nagaon region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale, shook the Nagaon region of Assam this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.3°N and longitude 92.7°E, occurred at 0723 hours at a focal depth of 25 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Naidu to review progress of urban missions in eight NE States

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Union Minister of Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation M.Venkaiah Naidu will review the progress of new urban missions in the eight States of North-Eastern region during a day-long stock taking here today.
 
Secretaries of both the urban ministries, National Mission Directors of new urban missions launched by the Central Government and senior officials conducted an official level review yesterday with State Level Mission Directors and other senior officials of States.
 
Chief Ministers and State Ministers of Urban Development and Municipal Affairs and Housing would join the review by Mr Naidu.
 
Implementation of Prime Minister’s Awas Yojana (Urban), Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Smart City Mission, all launched on June 25, 2015 and Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) launched on October 2, 2014 besides the continuing 10% Lump Sum Scheme for North-East and North-Eastern Region Urban Development Programme will be reviewed.
 
Under PMAY (Urban), Ministry of HUPA has approved construction of 99,940 affordable houses for urban poor in the eight States of N-E during the last two years as against 31,778 sanctioned during ten years between 2004-14 under JNNURM and Rajiv Awas Yojana. Of these houses sanctioned during 2004-14, only 20,991 houses were constructed.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Gopalpara region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Gopalpara region of Assam early this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.0°N and longitude 91.0°E, occurred at 0405 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Assam emerging as economic hub of East India and South East Asia, says Mukherjee

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Inaugurating the ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ festival, President Pranab Mukherjee today said Assam is emerging as an economic hub of East India and South East Asia.
 
It is the gateway and most effective location to put into effect the Prime Minister's Act East policy, he said.
 
South East Asia is an important destination for India's investment and trade and the country will soon celebrate 25 years of its association with ASEAN, he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee said Assam had immense potential, being rich in natural resources and with hard working people. “What is needed is strong drive, right policies and effective implementation," he said.
 
Referring to the diverse and distinctive culture of Assam, the President said India's strength was its ability to manage diversity and forge unity in divergence.
 
“It was not just the elite but also the common people who were firmly committed to trust, mutual understanding and harmony. Indians were argumentative but never intolerant. Our traditions, including the teachings of Assam's great scholar and social reformer Shankaradev never allowed the practice of intolerance,” he added.
 
The President said Brahmaputra river is the lifeline of Assam and the region. It is intertwined into the economy, culture and day-to-day life of the people of the area through which it flows. He complimented the State Government for having started ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ as an annual festival to showcase Assam’s culture as well as potential.
 
Namami Brahmaputra, stated to be the biggest River Festival of India, is being organized across 21 districts in Assam from March 31-April 4.
 
The festival, being held along the Brahmaputra in its entire stretch from Sadiya to Dhubri, will serve as an ideal platform to showcase Assam’s tremendous potential as a state brimming with trade, tourism and culture opportunities.
 
The spectacular opening ceremony is being held at the riverfront of Bharalumukh, Guwahati, land of Kamakhya Temple, one of the most important and popular Shakti peethas in India. The event includes a soulful veneration of river Brahmaputra along with other attractions like indigenous sports, local food, exhibition of organic tea, display of handloom& handicrafts, cultural evenings, film festival, business meetings and symposium among others.
 
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This five day event, epic in scale and grand in reality, shall bring along business, fun and festivities for all. Brahmaputra is not called ‘lifeline of Assam’ for nothing as this perennial river presents incredible business opportunities. The National Waterways, especially NW 2 and NW16 will be the drivers of economic development and prosperity. National Waterways 2 (NW-2) from Dhubri to Sadiya is a bridge to drive economic progress in Southeast Asian markets, as part of India’s ‘Act East Policy’.
 
These waterways will not only make Assam the centre of India-ASEAN collaboration but also attract major investments from around the world. The river is also a source of current and potential hydroelectric power generation. It will give a boost to power infrastructure in the state, he said.
 
He said the rivers of the world are fast becoming hotspots for travellers, and the mighty Brahmaputra happens to be one of them. 
 
"A river cruise on Brahmaputra is an eclectic blend of luxury, comfort and nature’s never ending delights. The extraordinary cruise experience on Brahmaputra can be further heightened by watching migratory birds, visiting temples, tribal villages, monasteries, touring breathtaking tea estates and more. Its tributaries like Manas, Jia Bharali and Kopili are ideal for white water rafting," he added.
 
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SSB personnel neutralize two suspected NDFB militants in Assam

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Two suspected militants of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were neutralized in an encounter with personnel of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in Assam today, an official statement said.
 
The SSB personnel were part of a joint operation by security forces, including the Army, the CRPF, CoBRA and State Police in the area of Simlaguri of Chirang district following a specific input that two hardcore NDFB cadres were present in the area.
 
The 15th Bn, Kajalgaon and 6 Bn, Ranighuli, Kokrajhar of SSB participated in the cordon and search operation, along with the civil police, and were placed as stops on various routes to foil any attempt of escape by the militants, the statement said.
 
"One of the teams engaged in operation had an encounter with two NDFB cadres and neutralized them," it said.
 
Later on, during a search of the area, the bodies of the slain men were recovered along with a rifle, a pistol and some ammunition, the statement added.
 
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Two minor quakes shake Kamrup, Nagaon regions of Assam

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

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Karbi Anglong district of Assam this afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.5°N and longitude 93.5°E, occurred at 1548 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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