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India & Bhutan agree to tackle cross border crimes, militancy

BY OUR BUREAU

GUWAHATI/KOKRAJHAR, Feb 2: In the backdrop of rise in criminal activities, including kidnapping, along the India–Bhutan border areas, a delegation of the Indian government has urged its Bhutanese counterpart to dismantle the three camps set up by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Songbijit) in the Himalayan kingdom. Each of the camps set up by NDFB (Songbijit) i...

 
Xabha session enters third day, gets lukewarm response

FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT

BARPETA, Feb 2: The 72nd session of the Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX), highest literary body in the State, entered the third day on Saturday.

In the first half of the Saturday’s session, AXX president Rong Bong Terong hoisted the AXX flag at the programme venue in Barpeta Road. In his speech, Terong said, “Everybody should come forward to help AXX...

 
State Pollution Control Board issues order to shut illegal brick kilns

BY OUR STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Feb 2: The Pollution Control Board, Assam has recently given an order to close down all the brick kilns illegally set up on agri–land in the State. The State Pollution Control Board has also found that these illegal brick kilns are creating large–scale environment pollution.

This was disclosed here on Saturday by the State Pollution C...

 
MGNREGA aids financial inclusion, second Green Revolution: PM

NEW DELHI, Feb 2: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said his government’s flagship MGNREGA scheme had accelerated the pace of financial inclusion in villages while Congress chief Sonia Gandhi said it could usher in a second ‘Green Revolution’ but corruption in the scheme had to be checked.

Speaking at the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (...

 
’Violence against woman seen as assertion of power’

NEW DELHI, Feb 2: Living in a society where violence and social attitude towards women has become a major societal concern, historian Romila Thapar called atrocities against women as assertion of power to maintain the caste structure.

“Whether it is killing of a Dalit or rape of a woman, it is assertion by those who see social violence as a way of expressing power,” Thapar s...

 
The mores of our work at home

It is perhaps entirely pointless to talk about work in Assam which ought to be taking place in our offices but doesn’t unless the right palms have been properly greased. Considering that due to a lack of any industrial development in three decades, when one talks about offices in Assam one is most often talking about government offices. And these happen to be places where employees drop i...

 
Rhino killed

FROM A CORRESPONDENT
KAZIRANGA, Feb 2: A rhino was found lying dead at a place near the Kukurakota hill under the Burapahar range office of the Kaziranga National Park. The forest guards heard gunshots at about 6.15 am near the Sundery forest camp and reached the area immediately. However, the carcass of the rhino was recovered from a place near the Kukurakota hill. Sources said that the fore...

 
India’s forex reserves up by $77 million

MUMBAI, Feb 2: India’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves increased by $77.6 million to $295.74 billion for the week ended on January 27, according to data released by the central bank. The reserves had decreased by $580.3 million to $295.67 billion for the week ended on January 18, 2013. The foreign currency assets (FCA) – the biggest component of the forex reserves – went up by ...

 
’Open to changes in sexual crimes ordinance’

NEW DELHI, Feb 2: The union government is open to consultation and changes in the ordinance on criminal law amendments passed by the cabinet to deal with sexual crimes against women, External Affairs Minster Salman Khurshid said on Saturday. IANS
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 Arunachal News
East–West corridor for economic development in offing: Tuki
Byaling advocates comprehensive police to tackle drug menace
 Meghalaya News
KHADC, MDCs to visit border villages today
’Aggrieved individuals can go to court of law’
Diarrhoea cases rising alarmingly State
Iewduh to get a face lift
 Northeast News
Realistic approach needed for solving Assam–Nagaland border row
BJP stresses development of NE
Construction of world’s tallest bridge begins in Manipur
 Cachar News
Jute Park in Cachar: Route to making money
ACKHSA demands Pro–VC Debashish Bhattacharjee’s resignation
 National News
Government denies bugging at Gadkari’s home, Congress wants probe
Identify bills for parliament session, PM tells ministers
Filter rogue whistle–blowers, Parrikar asks media
Saharanpur violence: Akali delegation meets Akhilesh
 International News
Israel embarks on ’unlimited ceasefire’ policy in Gaza
Iran urges Muslim countries to help end Gaza blockade
Nepali parties prepare to make Modi visit a success
’1,129 killed in eastern Ukraine crisis’
 State-1
Reservation policy should be done away with: SJBPA
Body recovered
RUKR slams AASU president, decides to fight BTC election
JSM fires salvo at AATS general secretary, demands his removal
 State-2
Fresh move to form one–man expert committee on Bodoland issue opposed
Family members of slain NDFB militant to approach Human Rights Commission
AKRSU president directs ire at AASU leaders, calls them ’opportunists’
AKRSU to celebrate its 24th establishment day
 Local Sports
Mrinmoyanandaji Maharaj advises students
Assam–NCA match evenly poise
4 NE organizers in new committee
 Sports
Ronaldinho on his way out: Jo
Real Madrid coach rules out another striker
Indian team hopeful of good show at chess Olympiad
Clark powers past Furyk for Canadian Open win
 Editorial
Disinvestment Plans
Developing World’s Immense Agri–potentialities
Taking India ahead
Letters to the Editor
 Op-Ed (Sunday)
Geographical Perspective of Artificial Flood in Guwahati
Subansiri project: Some facts
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