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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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BHEL commissions 250 MW unit at largest thermal power plant in North East

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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) today said it had successfully commissioned another 250 MW coal-based unit at the Bongaigaon Thermal Power Station (TPS) in Assam.
 
BHEL is executing the main plant package contract for setting up three coal-fired units of 250 MW each at Bongaigaon TPS of NTPC Limited. This is the highest rating coal based power plant in the North East region.
 
The first unit of the power plant was commissioned earlier by BHEL and is presently operational while the third and final unit is in an advanced stage of commissioning, a press release from the company said.
 
Bongaigaon TPS is located at Salakati near Bongaigaon in Kokrajhar district of Assam. Also known as the gateway to Lower Assam, Bongaigoan is one of the industrial towns of the state, which also has a major petrochemical industry. This project has been set up after demolishing an old 4x60 MW power station of Assam State Electricity Board.
 
The sets of this rating class, supplied by BHEL, are considered as the workhorse and backbone of the Indian power sector. These sets have been performing much above the national average as well as international benchmarks.
 
Presently, in Assam, BHEL is also executing a gas-based combined cycle power project of 98.4 MW at Namrup. The plant is already commissioned in the open cycle mode and the commissioning in combined cycle mode is in the final stages, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Kokrajhar region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.1 in Richter scale, shook the Kokrajhar region of Assam this afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.8°N and longitude 90.5°E, occurred at 1529 hours at a focal depth of 30 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nagaon district of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Nagaon district of Assam in the early hours of today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.6°N and longitude 93.0°E, occurred at 0023 hours at a focal depth of 30 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nagaon district of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale, shook Nagaon district of Assam tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicente at latitude 26.2°N and longitude 92.8°E, occurred at 2043 hours at a focal depth of 20 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Sonitpur region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale, shook the Sonitpur region of Assam today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.9°N and longitude 92.9°E, occurred at 1344 hours at a focal depth of 15 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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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 today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
An IMD bulletin said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.4° N and longitude 93.5°E, occurred at 1058 hours at a focal depth of 22 km.
 
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Former J&K, Assam Governor Lt. Gen. S. K. Sinha passes away

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Lt. Gen. S. K. Sinha (retired), who had served as Governor of Assam and Jammu & Kashmir, passed away here today. He was 90.
 
Lt. Gen. Sinha had also served as India's Ambassador to Nepal in the early 1990s.
 
Born in 1926, Lt Gen Sinha graduated with Honours from Patna University in 1942 at the age of 17. He joined the Army soon thereafter passing out as the Best Cadet from the Officers Training School, Belgaum. He saw combat during the Second World War in Burma and Indonesia and after Independence in Kashmir.
 
The General commanded battalion of 5 Gorkha Rifles in Ladakh, a brigade in Manipur, a Mountain Division in Assam, Infantry Division in Jammu,  a Corps and a field Army in the Western Theatre. He also had the distinction of serving as Adjutant General and Vice-Chief of Army Staff.
 
During his varied career, Lt Gen Sinha, in 1949 was appointed Secretary of the Indian delegation for delineation of the Cease Fire Line in Kashmir. In 1972 he led the Indian delegation to Italy for a conference on application of human rights to warfare. In recognition of his service he was awarded Param Vishist Sewa Medal in 1973.
 
Appreciative of his work as India's envoy, the then Prime Minister of Nepal had said, "General Sinha was as much India's Ambassador to Nepal as Nepal's Ambassador to India". 
 
A prolific writer, he authored five books including one on Jammu and Kashmir Operation of 1947-48 and his autobiography, "A Soldier Recalls".
 
Gen Dalbir Singh, the Chief of the Army Staff, and serving and retired army personnel will pay homage to the ‘soldier statesman’ at Brar Square, New Delhi tomorrow, an official press release added.
 
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Moderate earthquake jolts Karimganj region of Assam

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, jolted the Karimganj region of Assam this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.7°N and longitude 92.3°E, occurred at 0740 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Sonitpur region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Sonitpur region of Assam this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.6°N and longitude 93.0°E, occurred at 0607 hours at a focal depth of 36 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Nagaon region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale, shook the Nagaon region of Assam today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.2°N and longitude 92.7°E, occurred at 1130 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Bye-elections to be held on November 19 to fill four LS, eight Assembly seats

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The Election Commission (EC) today said it would hold bye-elections to fill casual vacancies in the Lok Sabha from three States and eight seats in the Legislative Assemblies in seven States.
 
The vacancies in the Lok Sabha are from Lakhimpur in Assam, Shahdol (ST) in Madhya Pradesh and Coochbehar (SC) and Tamluk in West Bengal, an official press release said.
 
The Assembly seats vacant are 20-Baithalangso (ST) in Assam, 45 – Hayuliang (ST) in Arunachal Pradesh, 179-Nepanagar (ST) in Madhya Pradesh, 263-Monteswar in West Bengal, 195-Thiruparankundram in Tamil Nadu, 4-Barjala and 25-Khowai in Tripura and 17-Nellithope in Puducherry.
 
The release said the notification for the bye-elections will be issued on October 26 and the last date for making nominations is November 2. Counting of votes will be taken up on November 22.
 
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Javadekar launches Param-Ishan supercomputer at IIT, Guwahati

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Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar launched the Param-Ishan supercomputing facility at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahati here yesterday.
 
“It is a glad moment to launch the fastest and most powerful computer in northeastern, eastern and southern regions,” he said at the launch.
 
“The IITs are modern temples for development and we reiterated our commitment to give a big push to research and innovations by empowering the educational institutes to transform into higher seats of learning and platforms for advanced research.  A nation’s potential for growth today is evaluated on the quality of its research and development,” he added.
 
Prof. Gautam Biswas, Director, IIT Guwahati said Param-Ishan had power of 250 Teraflops and 300 terra bytes capacity. It will not only augment the research initiatives in the Institute, but also help in creating an ecosystem for attracting right talents to the field of research, he said.
 
Param-Ishan can be used in the application areas like Computational Chemistry, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Electromagnetic, Civil Engineering Structures, Nana-block Self Assemble, Optimization, and so on, an official press release said.
 
North East India receives heavy rainfall during monsoon, which leads to flooding and landslides. Param-Ishan can be used for weather, climate modelling and seismic data processing, it said.
 
Mr. Vinay Sheel Oberai, Secretary, Department of Higher Education,  Prof. Rajat Moona, Director General, C-DAC, Pune, and Prof. S.V. Rao, Head, Computer Centre, IIT, Guwahati were also present at the launch.
 
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Regional conference on Citizen Centric Services Delivery System in Guwahati

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A two-day Regional Conference on Path Breaking and High Impact Initiatives in Citizen Centric Services Delivery System opened here today.
 
The conference has been organised by the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, in collaboration with the Government of Assam.
 
Inaugurating the conference, DARPG Secretary C. Viswanath said the Government had taken several initiatives for better administrative reforms.
 
“Government is not something separate or very different. People make the Government. Our common notion is that Government is routine, repetitive and hierarchical, where there is no accountability, no transparency and also where procedures are more important than outcome.
 
“But our Prime Minister Narendra Modi now appeals for the Government to reform, perform and transform,” he added.
 
He also emphasized that recently more than 1000 archaic laws have been reformed which will be definitely one step towards reducing corruption.
 
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Mr Pawan Kumar Borthakur, Principal Secretary, Administrative Reforms & Training Department, Assam, explained the importance of the conference in his introductory speech. The panellists will discuss digital intervention, corruption free governance and rural area connectivity issues.
 
Ms T. Y. Das, Additional Chief Sectary, Assam, spoke on good governance and called for steps to make the Government more accountable, transparent and citizen centric to meet the public expectation.
 
Delegates from eight states of North Eastern Region and four states of Eastern Region--West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand--and senior officers of DARPG are participating in the conference.
 
The conference aims to create a common platform to share experiences in the formulation and implementation of citizen centric governance, improved public service delivery through e-Governance, transparent, accountable and citizen friendly effective administration.
 
Ms Smita Kumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances, Ms Alpana Shukla Rao, Director, DARPG, Ms Anjan Chakravarty, Director, Assam Administrative Staff College and senior officers were present on the occasion.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Sonitpur region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, sook the Sonitpur region of Assam in the early hours of today.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.6°N and longitude 92.6°E, occurred at 0316 hours at a focal depth of 30 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Sibsagar region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Sibsagar region of Assam this afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 27.1°N and longitude 94.6°E, occurred at 1322 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
Earlier this morning, an earthquake of magnitude 4.5 jolted Nepal. It had its epicentre at latitude 27.7 N and longitude 86.2 E, and occurred at 0734 hours IST at a focal depth of 10 km, the bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Darrang region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Darrang region of Assam today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.3°N and longitude 92.0°E, occurred at 1711 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Darrang region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Darrang region of Assam early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.6°N and longitude 92.0°E, occurred at 0454 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Karbi Anglong region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Karbi Anglong region of Assam today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.7 N and longitude 93.2 E, occurred at 1531 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Earthquake of magnitude 6.7 jolts Myanmar, tremors felt in eastern, NE India

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An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 jolted Myanmar this afternoon and the tremors were felt in several parts of eastern and north-eastern India.
 
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 21.0 N and longitude 94.4 E, near Chauk town on the Irrawaddy river, occurred at 1604 hours IST at a focal depth of 58 km.
 
Reports reaching here said the tremors were felt in Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal, Patna in Bihar, Guwahati in Assam and Tripura, among other places. They were also felt in Bangladesh and Thailand.
 
Residents of the affected areas ran out of their homes and offices as a precautionary measure.
 
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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 in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.6 N and longitude 93.2 E, occurred at 0254 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Mukherjee, Modi condemn militant attack in Assam

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President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condemned the attack by militants in Kokrajhar district of Assam, in which 13 people lost their lives.
 
“I am extremely sad to learn about the attack by militants in Assam’s Kokrajhar district today in which a number of persons have lost their lives and several others are injured," Mr. Mukherjee said in a message to Mr. Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, the Governor of Assam.
 
"Such senseless acts of terrorism targeting innocent lives undermine the democratic base of society and deserve to be universally condemned. They must be met with determination and collective action. I call upon the State Government and all concerned other agencies to ensure that the guilty are brought to justice and law and order is maintained in State. I am sure necessary steps are being taken to provide all possible aid to the bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones as well as medical assistance to the injured. 
 
"Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I also wish speedy recovery to the injured persons," he added.
 
Mr. Modi also expressed sadness and strongly condemned the attack. “Saddened by the attack in Kokrajhar. We strongly condemn it. Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families and those injured. 
 
"The Home Ministry is in touch with the Assam Government and is monitoring the situation closely," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"News of the terror attack in Kokrajhar, Assam extremely worrying. My thoughts& prayers are with the families of the victims," Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Morigaon region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, shook the Morigaon region of Assam today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.3 N and longitude 92.5 E, occurred at 1137 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Karbi Anglong region 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 today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.5 N and longitude 93.3 E, occurred at 1121 hours at a focal depth of 30 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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BRICS Youth Summit, 2016 to be held in Guwahati from July 1

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The three-day BRICS Youth Summit, 2016 will be held in Guwahati from July 1 with thematic debates, cultural events, site-visits and interactive sessions with local youth.
 
The theme for the summit is “Youth as bridge for Intra-BRICS Exchanges”, an official press release said.
 
The subjects to be covered by thematic debates are Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Social Inclusion, Youth Volunteerism and Youth Participation in Governance.
 
The youth delegates will also call on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi and meet Assam leaders and senior officials during the course of the summit.
 
All the BRICS nations have confirmed their participation in the summit. The Indian Youth Delegation will be led by Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Jitendra Singh.
 
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