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Himanta Sarma elected badminton federation chief

Lucknow, April 23 (IANS) Himanta Biswa Sarma was elected President of the Badminton Association of India (BAI) at an executive committee meeting held here on Sunday. Humbled at being elected as President of Badminton Association of India @BAI_Media. My sincere thanks to all. Shall do the best I can, Sarma wrote in his twitter handle. The post became vacant following the death of ...

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Sonowal appeals for help in reviving Assam paper mills

Guwahati, April 23 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for help to revive the Ashok, Nagaon and Cachar Paper Mills, saying their resumption will provide a boost to the state's rural economy. In his address at the third Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog here, Sonowal requested Modi to assist the state government in revivi...

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Tamil Nadu farmers call off Delhi protest till May 25

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Farmers from Tamil Nadu, holding a protest at the Jantar Mantar here from the last 41 days to draw attention to their plight, on Sunday suspended their protests till May 25 after state Chief Minister K. Palaniswami assured them that he will take up their demands including that of loan waiver with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, the agitation would be res...

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NSE IPO: The most eagerly awaited show after 'Baahubali-2'

Mumbai, April 23 (IANS) While movie lovers are hotly debating as to why Kattappa killed Baahubali, stock market investors appear to be eagerly looking forward to the big ticket Rs 10,000 crore-plus IPO of the National Stock Exchange (NSE). An IPO launch is typically much akin to the making of a Bollywood movie, involving story, script, drama, distribution and pre-launch build up, said Ar...

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Three northeastern districts awarded in Centre's flagship schemes

Agartala/Guwahati, April 22 (IANS) Three districts in Assam, Tripura and Mizoram got awards for the execution of the central government's flagship schemes in agriculture and the power sector, officials said on Saturday. According to an official from the Tripura government's agriculture department, Gomati district in southern Tripura got the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana (PMFBY) award ...

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My socio-political awareness reflects in my work: Farhan Akhtar

Mumbai, April 22 (IANS) Filmmaker-actor Farhan Akhtar says as a creative person, he has a socio-political consciousness and that reflects in his work. Asked about the importance of social awareness in being a creative person, Farhan told IANS here: As a citizen, the social fabric that we are living in, all our actions impact others. So, that consciousness is important. When it comes to p...

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BJP's poll strategist predicts Congress' downfall in Meghalaya

Shillong, April 22 (IANS) Predicting Meghalaya's Congress-led government's downfall, BJP poll strategist Himanta Biswa Sarma has shown confidence that his party will win the people's mandate in the state in 2018. Sarma, who is considered the chief architect of BJP's success in Assam and Manipur, was optimistic that Chief Minister Mukul Sangma will lose in the next assembly elections. ...

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Meghalaya CM is not performing at all: BJP leader

Shillong, April 21 (IANS) In a scathing attack on the Congress-led government in Meghalaya, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday held Chief Minister Mukul Sangma responsible for the underdevelopment of the state. Rating the performance of the Mukul Sangma-led government as zero, the Assam Finance Minister also slammed Sangma as one of the worst-performing Chi...

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Pedalling through Majuli to feel the soul of world's largest river island

Majuli (Assam), April 21 (IANS) Majuli, the world's largest inhabited river island, is famous for the many features unique to it -- the Neo-Vaishnavite Satras (institutional centres) dating back to the 15th century, the colourful yet simple lifestyle and culture of the Mising tribe, the art of mask-making, and the even more ancient art of pottery practised by villagers. It was a dilemma ...

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Everything is fair in love and war: Ram Madhav on Kashmir situation

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The idea of using a Kashmiri man as a human shield against angry stonepelters in Kashmir by a young army officer was the right thing as everything is fair in love and war, BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav said on Thursday. There would have been huge amount of loss of human life. He (Army Major) tried to avoid that... One can try and take a moral positi...

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Assam may launch service to ferry bodies from hospital: Minister

Guwahati, April 19 (IANS) Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday said the state government may consider starting a service to send bodies back from hospitals. Sarma's reaction came after the state government received all-round flak over an incident in Assam's river island Majuli, where a youth had to tie his relative's body to a bicycle to carry it back home after the per...

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SC to examine validity of law granting citizenship to pre-1971 migrants from Bangladesh.

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) A five judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court will examine constitutional validity of the Citizenship Act's Section 6A providing granting citizenship to migrants from then East Pakistan who had crossed over to India before March 25, 1971. Asking all the parties to the cases to submit their written submissions by May 1, the constitution bench of Justice M...

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Assam to make Assamese mandatory till Class 10

Guwahati, April 19 (IANS) Assamese will be made a mandatory subject in all schools in Assam till Class 10, Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday. A legislation will be passed in this regard in the assembly in August. But if someone is not interested in taking up Assamese as a subject, he or she can opt Bodo or Bengali. Students in Barak Valley can opt for Benga...

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Assam CM orders probe on youth carrying kin's body on cycle

Guwahati, April 19 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the Directorate of Health Services to rush to Majuli and probe the circumstances in which a youth had to carry the dead body of his relative on a bicycle from hospital to his village. The instruction came immediately after television channels aired images of the youth carrying the dead body of his relative on ...

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Oil tankers ambushed along Manipur highway

Imphal, April 18 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen, suspected to be Kuki tribal militants, opened fire at oil tankers on Tuesday morning in Manipur's Kangpokpi district. The attack caused no casualty, the police said. Some trucks and tankers coming from Assam towards Imphal were ambushed by the militants using automatic rifles. The personnel of CRPF escorting the convoy opened fire in retaliat...

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Two poachers killed in Assam national park

Guwahati, April 18 (IANS) At least two poachers were killed by forest guards in Assam's Orang national park on Tuesday, an official said. The guards also recovered a .303 rifle, 10 bullets and an axe. Assam's Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Bikash Brahma confirmed on Tuesday that the poachers had entered the park with the intention to kill one-horned rhinos. ...

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Chinese envoy meets Assam CM, Sonowal seeks help to manage river

Guwahati, April 17 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday sought the help of Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui for sending a delegation from the state to study the successful management of Hwang Ho river in his country. At a meeting here on Monday evening when the Chinese envoy met him at his office, Sonowal said managing the Brahmaputra river was a big concern fo...

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Buxa tiger relocation approved by NTCA: Officials

Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has approved the introduction of tigers in West Bengal's Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) from Assam, officials said on Monday. The technical committee of NTCA has approved the relocation and they may take 10 to 15 days to complete the process. The state government has approved it in principle, Bengal Chief Wildlife Warden...

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Central team assesses flood, landslides damages in Nagaland

Kohima, April 17 (IANS) A five-member Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) on Monday visited Nagaland for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the wake of floods and landslides in the state during 2016, a official statement said. The central team along with the Nagaland State Disaster Management Association officials also briefed Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu on how the ...

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Gogoi calls for water sharing accord between India, China

Guwahati, April 17 (IANS) Former Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday demanded that India enter into a water sharing agreement over the Brahmaputra river with China, so that Assam was not deprived of its share of the river water. Gogoi raised the issue with Chinese Ambassador Luo Zhaohui who visited Gogoi at his official residence in Guwahati late Sunday evening. Luo Zhaohui is on ...

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