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Former Odisha CM J B Patnaik passes away in Tirupati

 
Three-time Odisha CM Janaki Ballabh Patnaik passes away
Veteran Congress leader Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, who served thrice as Chief Minister of Odisha and was the Governor of Assam until recently, passed away in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, early today.
 
He was 88.
 
Sources said Mr Patnaik, who was in the well-known pilgrimage centre to attend the annual convocation of the Rashtriya Sanskrit University, was admitted to a local hospital aftr he complained of pain in the chest late last night.
 
Despite the best efforts of the doctors at the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS), he could not be saved and breathed his last around 3 am today, the sources said.
 
Born on January 3, 1927 at Rameshwar in Puri district, Mr Patnaik became the Chief Minister of Odisha for the first time on June 9, 1980 and remained in office until December 7, 1989. He returned as Chief Minister onMarch 15, 1995 until February 17, 1999.
 
He became Governor of Assam on December 11, 2009 and remained in that position till December 10, 2014.
 
Mr Patnaik took his B.A. in Sanskrit from the Utkal University in 1947 and then M. A. in Political Science from the Banaras Hindu University in 1949.
 
In 1950, he became the president of the Odisha unit of the Youth Congess. In 1980, he became the Union Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Labour.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the passing away of Mr Patnaik, saying tht his contribution to the development of Odisha would always be remembered.
 
"Saddened on his demise. Condolences to his family. Shri Patnaik will be remembered as a pillar of Odisha politics, a popular leader always connected with people's views and aspirations," he said.
 
Odisha Governor S C Jamir and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also condoled Mr Patnaik's death. The statement government announced a holiday today as a mark of respect to him and also declared a week-long state mourning.
 
His last rites will be performed in Puri, the sources added.
 
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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, shook the Sonitpur region of Assam this afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.6°N and longitude 92.4°E, occurred at 1518 hours at a focal depth of 60 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Two minor earthquakes jolt Sonitpur, Marigaon areas of Assam

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Two minor earthquakes jolted the Sonitpur and Marigaon areas of Assam in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The first quake, which measured 4.8 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre at latitude 26.8°N and longitude 92.7°E in the Sonitpur area, occurred at 0335 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
The second tremor, measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale, occurred at 0550 hours. It had its epicentre at latitude 26.3°N and longitude 92.4°E, and occurred at a focal depth of 30 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 3.1 on the Richter scale, shook the Sonitpur region of Assam today, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.6°N and longitude 92.8°E, occurred at 1650 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, it added.
 
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HCC wins Rs 392 crore project for four-laning of highway in Assam

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Infrastructure construction major HCC Ltd today said it had won a Rs 392.13 crore contract from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) for four-laning of the 26 km-section of national highway (NH) 52 between Jamugurihat and Biswanath Chariali bypass in Assam.
 
The project will be completed in 36 months, a press release from the company said here.
 
The project is part of the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North Eastern Region (SARDP-NE) and includes rehabilitation, upgradation and augmentation of the existing carriageway, major and minor bridges, culverts, road intersections,
interchanges, drains, and so on.
 
In addition to this, HCC is the lowest bidder in contracts worth Rs 4,341 crore in various segments for which the final orders are yet to be received. The order-book position as of December 2014 stands at Rs 14,307 crore, the release added.
 
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Lumding-Silchar broad gauge railway line in Assam opened

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Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the Lumding-Silchar broad gauge section in Assam by flagging off a goods train via video conferencing at a function here today.
 
Passenger train services will be started soon on this section, which has brought the region on the broad gauge railway map of the country.
 
The line, implemented as the first part of a two-phase project, provides broad gauge connnectivity from the rest of the country ot the Barak Valley of Assam. Phase II, consisting of gauge conversion of three sections, Badarpur-Kumarghat, Baraigram- Dullabcherra and Silchar-Jiribam, will be completed by March 31 next year, an official press release said.
 
The states of Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura will also be on broad gauge by then. These states are dependent on this line for supply of food grains, fertilizers, petroleum products and so on.
 
The 210 km Lumding-Silchar line, one of the largest gauge conversion projects of the Indian Railways, was completed at a cost of Rs 3500 crore. 
 
The engineers had to contend with difficult hilly terrain, geologically unstable hills and difficult law and order challenges and has been appreciated as an engineering marvel in all respects. A number of railwaymen sacrificed their lives in the completion of this project, the release said.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Prabhu siad the Railways had made all-time high alloctions for ongoing new lines, gauge conversion and track doubling projects in the North-East region. He noted that Meghalaya had been recently brought on the railway map for the first time and the capital of Arunachal Pradesh was connected to Delhi by a direct train.
 
There are 79 major bridges, 340 minor bridges and 21 tunnels, with a length of 1286 km, on the section. The work involved working at 101 locations simultaneously round the clock.
 
Along with the second phase of the project, the line from Kumarghat to Agartala, which was opened as  a metre gauge section in 2008, will also be converted to broad gauge by March, 2016 to provide seamless connectivity to the capital of Tripura with the rest of the country.
 
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ADB to provide $ 50 million loan to boost power generation capacity in Assam

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The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of India signed here today a $50 million loan agreement for the second Assam Power Sector Investment Program which aims to build up the capacity of power generation and distribution systems to meet the growing energy demand in Assam. 
 
The first tranche loan of the $300 million multi-tranche financing facility will fund generation capacity enhancement and distribution efficiency improvement subprojects in the state, an officia press release said.
 
Mr Tarun Bajaj, Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions), Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, who signed the agreement on behalf of Government of India said that more than a third of households in the state face daily electricity cuts of five to six hours, many important businesses, such as the tea gardens, still are not connected to the grid, and in peak periods Assam has to buy up to 15% of its power from independent producers at very high cost.
 
He added that the project would finance investments to augment and improve generation capacity through the replacement of an inefficient generating plant and construction of a new hydropower plant. 
 
Ms. Teresa Kho, Country Director of ADB’s India Resident Mission, who signed the loan agreement for ADB said that ADB has supported Assam’s power sector since 2003 with five loans totaling $450 million, which have helped the State enact key reforms and improve transmission and distribution systems. 
 
She said that the new loan would further support Assam to increase capacity and efficiency of power generation to meet growing local and national demand.
 
The project agreements were signed by Mr. V. B. Pyarelal, Additional Chief Secretary (Power) on behalf of the Government of Assam and Mr K. V. Eapen, Chairman, Assam Power Generation Company Limited (APGCL). 
 
The project is expected to be completed by 31 December 2018, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Darrang region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Darrang region of Assam this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.9°N and longitude 91.9°E, occurred at 1843 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Kamrup region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Kamrup region of Assam today, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.9°N and longitude 91.2°E, occurred at 1458 hours at a focal depth of 11 km, it added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Karbi Anglong region of Assam

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A minor earthquake, measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, shook the Karbi Anglong region of Assam tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.4°N and longitude 93.2°E, occurred at  2130 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, a bulletin from the IMD added.
 
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Five additional judges appointed to Gauhati High Court

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The President has appointed Mr Manojit Bhuyan, Mr Michael Zothankhuma, Mr  Suman Shyam, Mr Paran Kumar Phukan, and Ms Rumi Kumari Phukan, to be additional judges of the Gauhati High Court.
 
The appointmnts, in that order of seniority, would be for a period of two years with effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices, an official press release said here today.
 
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Centre orders NIA to probe recent attacks in Assam

The Union Government on Saturday directed the National Investigation Agency to take up the investigation of the four cases registered by the Assam police in connection with the December 23 attacks by suspected militants of the NDFB-S in which about 73 tribals were killed.

Army chief Dalbir Singh leaves for Assam to review situation
The Union Government today directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to take up the investigation of the four cases registered by the Assam police in connection with the December 23 attacks by suspected militants of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Songbjit group (NDFB-S) in which about 73 tribals were killed.
 
The attacks in the Sonitpur and Khokrajhar districts of the state had led to some retaliatory action by some groups of tribals, who allegedly set fire to some houses of Bodos.
 
An official press release said the Assam government had, in a letter dated December 26, recommended that the investigation of the cases may be handed over to the NIA.
 
"Considering the gravity of the offences and relevant factors, the Central Government is of the opinion that these attacks are scheduled offences under the NIA Act, 2008 and should be probed by it," the release added.
 
Police had said the attacks could have been in retaliation for action by the Army and the state police against the militants in recent weeks.
 
Reports reaching here said the militants opened fire indiscriminately in the tribal villages.
 
The Assam government has put the entire state on alert after the attacks and sealed the border with Bhutan.
 
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Centre extends SoO pact with NDFB (P) for six more months

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The Centre has extended the Suspension of Operations (SoO) Agreement with the National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive), NDFB (P), for a further period of six months. 
 
This followed tripartite talks with the representatives of NDFB (P) held on December 22, an official press release said here today.
 
The meeting was attended by officials of the Assam Government and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. In the meeting, demands of NDFB (P) were discussed, the release said.
 
"After discussion, it was mutually agreed to extend the SoO Agreement for a further period of six months up to June 30, 2015," the release added.
 
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Union Cabinet pays homage to victims of militant attacks in Assam

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The Union Cabinet, which met here this morning under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra, paid homage to the victims of the militant attacks in Assam yesterday.
 
The Cabinet members observed silence for two minutes as a mark of respect to the 52 people killed in the four separate attacks in Sonitpur and Kokhrajhar districts.
 
Mr Modi has sanctioned an ex-gratia payment of Rs 200,000 to the next-of-kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the seriously injured persons from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, an official press release added.
 
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Death toll in attacks by NDFB-S militants in Assam rises to 47, curfew imposed

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

 
Bodo militants kill 50 in Assam, Army called in
The death toll in yesterday evening's attacks in the Sonitpur and Kokhrajhar districts of Assam by suspected activists of the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbjit group) has gone up to 47, official sources said today.
 
Police sources said 33 people had died in two separate attacks in Sonitpur district and 14 in two incidents in Kokhrajhar district.
 
The state government has imposed curfew in the affected areas under nine police stations in Sonitpur district. The state government also called in the Army late last night to help the civil authorities maintain order in the affected areas, they said.
 
Police said the attacks could in retaliation for recent action by the Army and the state police against the militants in recent weeks.
 
The victims were said to be members of tribal communities in the two districts, the sources said. About 12 people also suffered injuries in the incidents.
 
The Assam government has put the entire state on alert after the attacks and sealed the border with Bhutan.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the killing of innocent people in the attacks and described them as an act of cowardice.
 
Mr Modi spoke to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard. He said Mr Rajnath Singh would travel to Assam today to take stock of the situation.
 
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased," he said in a statement late last night.
 
Reports reaching here said the militants opened fire indiscriminately in the tribal villages.
 
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About 40 tribals killed by suspected NDFB-S militants in Assam

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Suspected militants of the  banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland-Songbijit (NDFB-S) killed about 40 people in four separate attacks in the Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts of Assam this evening, official sources said.
 
Police said the attacks could in retaliation for recent action by the Army and the state police against the militants in recent weeks.
 
They said 27 people had died in one incident in Sonitpur and six in the second. In Kokrajhar, four people were killed and four injured in one incident, while details abut the second incident were awaited.
 
The victims were said to be members of tribal communities in the two districts, the sources said.
 
The Assam government put the entire state on alert after the attacks and sealed the border with Bhutan.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the killing of innocent people in the attacks and described them as an act of cowardice.
 
Mr Modi spoke to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in this regard. He said Mr Rajnath Singh would travel to Assam tomorrow to take stock of the situation.
 
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased," he said.
 
Reports reaching here said the militants opened fire indiscriminately in the tribal villages.
 
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Nagaland Governor P B Acharya to hold additional charge in Assam

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President Pranab Mukherjee today appointed Mr Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya, Governor of Nagaland, to discharge the functions of the Governor of Assam, in addition to his own duties.
 
A press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan said that the arrangement would continue until a successor is appointed to succeed Mr J B Patnaik, the Governor of Assam, will complete his tenure on December 10.
 
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India, Bangladesh plan to launch bus service from Guwahati, Shillong to Dhaka

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India and Bangladesh are planning regular passenger bus services to Dhaka from Guwahati in Assam via Shillong in Meghalaya and the two sides will undertake a joint tchnical survey and trial run on December 11-12.
 
Teams from both countries will be part of the trial run that will help assess route conditions and other technical parameters, an official press release said here today.
 
The trial run will conclude at Dhaka on December 12 and the delegations are expected to submit the report on the details and feasibility of starting regular bus services on the route.
 
Passenger services are already operating to Dhaka from Kolkata in West Bengal and Agartala in Tripura.
 
Negotiations between India and Bangladesh for starting services from Guwahati and Shillong have been underway for the past several months and have gathered momentum, the release said.
 
The proposed bus service, covering approximately 500 kms starting from Guwahati will take the Shillong- Dawki (Meghalaya)/Tamabil (Bangladesh)-Sylhet-Dhaka route. 
 
The flag off of the trial run is scheduled at 9.00 am on December 10 from Guwahati. The Bangladesh delegation consisting of seven senior officials for the trial run will reach Guwahati on the previous day and proceed to Dhaka by bus along with the Indian delegation.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Nalbari district of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3 on the Richter scale, shook the Nalbari district of Assam late last night, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.3°N and longitude 91.3°E, occurred at 0017 hours today at a focal depth of 15 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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PM calls for building a 'SMART' police force, focus on policemen's welfare

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for the creation of a SMART police force, with the letters of the word standing for "strict yet sensitive; modern and mobile; alert and accountable; reliable and responsive; techno-savvy and trained".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting senior police officers as he arrives for the National Conference of DGPs/IGPs at Guwahati on November 30, 2014. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju are also seen.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting senior police officers as he arrives for the National Conference of DGPs/IGPs at Guwahati on November 30, 2014. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju are also seen.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called for the creation of a SMART police force, with the letters of the word standing for "strict yet sensitive; modern and mobile; alert and accountable; reliable and responsive; techno-savvy and trained".
 
Addressing the Annual Conference of Directors General (DGPs) and Inspectors General of Police (IGPs) at Guwahati in Assam this morning, he also called for a task force to suggest ways to institutionalize the memory of the over 33,000 martyred police personnel, who have laid down their lives in line of duty since independence.
 
"The sacrifices of these police personnel should not go in vain," he said and suggested that the police academies of each state should have a book dedicated to the memory of these personnel from their state. 
 
Mr Modi stressed on the welfare of the police personnel and their families. He said personnel cannot perform well if their families are not taken care of. He said issues such as health of the families and education for the children of police personnel was a priority. 
 
The Prime Minister said the police is a protector force, but is often not portrayed as such in Bollywood cinema. He said the mental image that people have with regard to police has to change. He said every police station should have a website to propagate good deeds done by the force. He said each police station should upload one positive story a week, which shows the good work done by them. 
 
He said that, from Chanakya's time, the primary source of security for any society is an effective intelligence network. A good intelligence network ensures minimal use of force, he stressed, saying that he was happy to have got a chance to felicitate intelligence officers for their distinguished service to the nation. 
 
The Prime Minister said taking this conference out of Delhi will bring more focus to the main agenda at hand, besides increasing the morale of police forces in the North-East. 
 
He also presented the President's police medals for distinguished service. Earlier, he was given a guard of honour on arrival at the venue of the conference.
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had addressed the conference on the opening day yesterday.
 
This is the first time that the conference is being held outside Delhi since its inception in 1920. The Chief Ministers of all the North Eastern states and Sikkim were also invited to attend the conference. 
 
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The conference is aimed at providing an interactive platform for senior police professionals and security administrators in the country to discuss and debate diverse national security-related issues, as also the various operational, infrastructural and welfare-related problems faced by the police. 
 
The discussions covered formulation and sharing of professional practices and processes in tackling challenges relating to crime control and law and order management, besides internal security threats such as terrorism, insurgency, left wing extremism, espionage and organised crime. 
 
The annual conference offers opportunities for generation and exchange of new ideas on capacity building for the police in respect of manpower, training, logistics and advanced technology.
 
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Modi flags off first train from Mendipathar, Meghalaya to Guwahati

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday flagged off the first train from Menipathar in Meghalaya to Guwahati in Assam and reiterated his government's resolve to accord priority to the development of the North-East region.

 
Modi flags off first passenger train from Mendipathar to Guwahati
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today flagged off the first train from Mendipathar in Meghalaya to Guwahati in Assam and reiterated his government's resolve to accord priority to the development of the North-East region.
 
Mr Modi also unveiled the plaque for a new rail line from Bhairabi to Sairang in Guwahati and said it was an important occasion in the history of the Indian Railways, when a state was being added to its rail network. 
 
He said that he was convinced that, if India had to be prosperous, then the development of the North-East was a priority.
 
He said infrastructure was the first step towards development and cited the example of South Korea to underline how the creation of infrastructure could spur growth and development. He said that if good connectivity was established across the eight states of the North-East, the entire region would prosper and tourism would flourish.
 
He pointed out that in its first Budget, his government had committed Rs 28,000 crore for the development of new railway lines in the North-East.
 
He said the whole world acknowledged that this would be Asia's century and it was, therefore, necessary to extend India's Look East policy to an Act East policy and to connect the North-East with Myanmar and countries beyond.
 
Mr Modi said India now needed next-generation infrastructure - consisting of both highways and i-ways (information ways). He said there should be no digital divide, and the vision of Digital India also encompasses the North-East. 
 
"Why should there not be a gas-grid, why should we not get electricity for all 24 hours," he asked. He said a good optical fibre network would lead to immense opportunities for the North-East. 
 
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Mr Modi said that he was taking special interest in the development of the North-East and that he had discussed connectivity during his recent visit to Myanmar for the ASEAN-India Summit and the East Asia Summit.
 
He said the Railways could be an engine of economic growth and expressed disappointment that its potential had not been recognized in this fashion so far. He said his Government would expand and modernize the Indian Railways. He spoke of both horizontal expansion of railways - expanding the network across India, and vertical expansion of railways - which means capacity building, technology upgradation and better services. 
 
The Prime Minister said that India had allowed 100 percent FDI in Railways, to spur the process of modernization of Indian Railways. He said the Government is also considering privatization of railway stations to promote economic activity. 
 
He said that the Railways needed dedicated expertise and technology upgradation. He said that, in order to build the human resources for this purpose, the government would set up four universities for the Railways.
 
Assam Governor J B Patnaik, Meghalaya Governor Krishna Kant Paul, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhu were amongst those present on the occasion.
 
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Japan to provide ODA loan of !5.620 billion yen for Guwahati sewerage project

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Japan today committed to provide an Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) loan of 15.620 billion through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Guwahati Sewerage Project.
 
The notes in this regard were exchanged here between Mr. Rajesh Khullar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Mr.Takeshi Yagi, Ambassador of Japan to India. 
 
India and Japan have had a long and fruitful history of bilateral development cooperation since 1958. In the last few years, the economic partnership between India and Japan has steadily progressed. This further consolidates and strengthens the Strategic and Global Partnership between India and Japan, an official press release said.
 
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Mukherjee says imperative for India to have effective deterrence, strong defence

President Pranab Mukherjee awarding the Standards to 115 Helicopter Unit and 26 Squadron of Indian Air Force, at Tezpur, in Assam on November 21, 2014. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, is also seen.
President Pranab Mukherjee awarding the Standards to 115 Helicopter Unit and 26 Squadron of Indian Air Force, at Tezpur, in Assam on November 21, 2014. The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, is also seen.
President Pranab Mukherjee today said that it was imperative for India to have an effective deterrence and a strong defence to preserve peace and harmony and promote all-round development.
 
"Today our nation is on the path of growth in all fields.  While the nation grows and develops in all realms, the subcontinent also faces varied threats especially from non-state actors," he said after presenting standards to 115 Helicopter Unit and 26 Squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Tezpur in Assam.
 
"Though as a nation we are firmly committed to peace, we must be prepared to use our might to safeguard the sovereignty of our nation, should the need ever arise," he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee said 115 Helicopter Unit and 26 Squadron were distinguished flying units with a glorious past and a rich tradition of professional excellence.
 
"Since their inception, they have rendered illustrious service to the nation and done us proud.  Their rich heritage and stellar efforts in the pursuit of excellence have set a benchmark for others to emulate.  For their selfless devotion, professionalism and courage in the face of adversity, the nation honours them today with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation," he said.
 
He pointed out that the IAF had always been at the forefront in the projection of the nation's might. It has also always been a harbinger of humanitarian aid within the country's boundaries, he said.
 
"We are a nation which believes in equality in all realms. The men and women who stand before us today epitomize our grit and determination towards this underlying cause. I am immensely proud of our Armed Forces for leading the path in this respect. I also take this opportunity to congratulate all the Air Warriors on parade for their exemplary standard of drill, dress and deportment this morning," he said.
 
115 Helicopter Unit was formed in Chandigarh in April 1967 with Mi-4 helicopters. It was also one of the first Helicopter Units to be equipped with jet engine Chetak helicopters. 
 
During the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War, the unit undertook various operations in support of the Army offensive, casualty evacuation and search and rescue operations. The personnel of the Unit have been decorated with several gallantry awards for their courage and valour.
 
26 Squadron was formed in Adampur in January 1968 and was the first squadron to be equipped with the indomitable Sukhoi-7 aircraft. The squadron actively participated in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War where it acted as a force multiplier in support of the army offensive. The commendable performances of the personnel has been recognised and appreciated in the form of Gallantry Awards. In 1977, the Squadron was re-equipped with MIG 21BIS aircraft and moved to Pathankot. 
 
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Annual conference of DGPs, IGPs to be held in Guwahati on Nov 29-30

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The Annual Conference of Directors General/Inspectors General of Police of States and Union Territories (UTs) and Heads of Central Police Organisations will be held on November 29-30 at Assam Administrative Staff College, Guwahati. 
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the conference on November 30 and also present the President’s Police Medals for distinguished service to officers of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), which organizes this annual event.
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Sngh will address the conference on November 29, an offcial press release said.
 
This is the first time that the conference is being held outside Delhi since its inception in 1920. The Chief Ministers of all the North Eastern states and Sikkim have also been invited to attend the Conference. 
 
The conference is aimed at providing an interactive platform for senior police professionals and security administrators in the country to discuss and debate diverse national security-related issues, as also the various operational, infrastructural and welfare-related problems faced by the police. 
 
The discussions will cover formulation and sharing of professional practices and processes in tackling challenges relating to crime control and law and order management, besides internal security threats such as terrorism, insurgency, left wing extremism, espionage and organised crime. 
 
The conference offers opportunities for generation and exchange of new ideas on capacity building for the police in respect of manpower, training, logistics and advanced technology, the release added.
 
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Mukherjee to visit Assam, Arunachal Pradesh on November 20-21

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President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a visit to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on November 20-21, an official press release said here today.
 
The release said that Mr Mukherjee would attend the 12th convocation of Tezpur University at Tezpur, Assam tomorrow. In the evening tomorrow, he will witness a cultural programme and receive a copy of the book ‘Agnikanya Chandraprabha Saikiani’ at Tezpur University Auditorium. 
 
On Friday, Mr Mukherjee will present the standard to 26 Sqn and 115 HU of the Indian Air Force (IAF) at Air Force Station, Tezpur. 
 
On the same day, he will deliver the address at the first convocation of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Yupia in Arunachal Pradesh.
 
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