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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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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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