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The Sonapani Mini Hydel Project at Mawprem in Shillong, which was inaugurated by Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Thursday. The project will add 1500 KW of electricity to the grid. – UB Photos
India, Russia sign 5 deals, including for Sukhoi jets
MOSCOW, Dec 16 (IANS): India and Russia Friday signed five major agreements, including one on licensed production of an additional 42 Sukhoi combat planes and another on managing fly ash residue at thermal plants in Siberia. ...

India strong candidate for permanent UNSC membership: Russia
MOSCOW, Dec 16 (IANS): Russia Friday reaffirmed its support for a permanent seat for India in an expanded United Nation Security Council (UNSC) with President Dmitry Medvedev terming it "a strong candidate" for a place on the international body's hig ...

BJP demands Chidambaram's removal, minister rejects charges
NEW DELHI, Dec 16 (IANS): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday continued to press for the resignation of Home Minister P. Chidambaram over alleged favouritism to a hotelier, stalling parliament for the second consecutive day while the "deeply hurt ...

With inflation easing, India's central bank halts rate hikes
MUMBAI, Dec 16 (IANS): India's central bank Friday kept key interest rates unchanged after as many as 13 successive hikes since early 2010, shifting its stance from taming inflation to spurring growth. ...

Working on Lokpal Bill, Anna should be patient: Govt
NEW DELHI, Dec 16 (IANS): The government Friday said it will bring a strong Lokpal bill to parliament next week and asked Anna Hazare to have patience before he starts his indefinite fast Dec 27. ...

Plan to evolve strategy to tackle Maoists in NE
GUWAHATI, Dec 15 – The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is concerned with the attempts by the Maoist rebel groups to establish foothold in Assam and other parts of the North East region and strategies to deal with the problem will be chalked out in a m ...

Govt lays stress on downstream impact studies
GUWAHATI, Dec 15 – State’s Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi today laid stress on conducting downstream impact studies while undertaking mega-dam hydel power projects in the NE region. He was inaugurating a day-long conference on development of the pow ...

PM arrives in Moscow on three-day visit
MOSCOW, Dec 15 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today arrived here on a three-day visit to Russia during which he will work on further expanding bilateral cooperation and consolidating coordination on regional and global issues. ...

Karbi Anglong Council polls on Jan 4
GUWAHATI, Dec 15 – The election to the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) will be held on January 4 next year. The poll process, which began today with the first notification, will be over before Magh Bihu. This was announced by the Assam State ...

Protocol to maintain status quo
NEW DELHI, Dec 15 – Taken aback by the sharp reaction to the land transfer agreement with Bangladesh, the Centre has clarified that implementation of the Protocol to the Agreement Concerning the Demarcation of Land Boundary would maintain status quo ...

Anna threatens ‘jail bharo’
NEW DELHI, Dec 15 – Stepping up pressure, Anna Hazare today announced a new agitation of filling up jails (jail bharo) from January 1 if Parliament does not pass a strong Lokpal law, amid indications that it is unlikely to be done before the schedule ...

Hooch toll climbs to 143
KOLKATA, Dec 15 – Wails of grief shook West Bengal’s Sangrampur and neighbouring villages as the toll in the state’s worst-ever illicit liquor tragedy shot up to 143 amid fears that this may rise further with over 100 victims including labourers, ric ...

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