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Participants at a workshop for students during the 2nd Guwahati International Guitar Festival, on Thursday. – UB Photo
Bidi smoking costs India over Rs 80k crore every year: Study
KOCHI, Dec 21: Bidi smoking costs India over Rs 80,000 crore in ill health and early deaths every year which is equivalent to 0.5 per cent of the goods and services (GDP) the country produces and more than two per cent of its total health spend, says ...

US to withdraw 7,000 troops from Afghanistan
WASHINGTON, Dec 21: The Donald Trump administration has ordered the US military to start withdrawing roughly 7,000 troops from Afghanistan, a move that is likely to plunge the war-torn country further into chaos. ...

3 astronauts return after 197-day mission in space
WASHINGTON, Dec 21: Three members of the International Space Station's Expedition 57 crew have returned to Earth safely after spending 197 days in space. ...

All 22 accused in Sohrabuddin encounter case acquitted
MUMBAI, Dec 21: A special CBI court on Friday here acquitted all 22 accused in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati encounter case and rape-cum-murder of Kausar Bi saying witnesses and proofs were not satisfactory. ...

RBI Governor to meet officials of private sector banks next week
MUMBAI, Dec 21: After completing his consultations with heads of state-run banks, Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das will meet top officials from private sector lenders and cooperative banks next week. ...

Government seeks Parliament's nod to infuse over Rs 2,300 cr in Air India
NEW DELHI, Dec 21: The Central government has sought Parliament's nod to infuse Rs 2,345 crore into the financially strained national carrier Air India under the airline's 'Turn Around Plan'. ...

Hyundai Motor India to hike prices from January 2019
NEW DELHI, Dec 21: Automobile major Hyundai Motor India has said that it will increase prices up to Rs 30,000 on account of rise in input costs. ...

Google asks tech firms to help curb terror content online
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 21: Despite forging collaborations to stop terror content online, we have much more to do and more tech companies must join to responsibly address terrorist content online, Google has said. ...

Snowy Google Doodle marks winter solstice
NEW DELHI, Dec 21: A snowy Google Doodle on Friday marked the 2018 winter solstice, the shortest day of the year when the Earth is farthest from the Sun. ...

Markets open in red on Wednesday
MUMBAI, Dec 21: The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) on Friday opened on a negative note during the morning trade session. ...

Pontiff admits to mixing poison in Karnataka temple food: Police
BENGALURU, Dec 21: A pontiff and three others, including a woman admitted to have poisoned the food (prasad) resulting in the death of 15 people at a village temple in Karnataka on December 14, said police on Thursday. ...

ONGC to buy back over 1.90% equity shares for Rs 4,022 cr
MUMBAI, Dec 21: State-owned ONGC announced a buyback of 1.97 per cent equity shares at a price of Rs 159 per stock for a consideration not exceeding Rs 4,022 crore. ...

Hague court to decide in July if Italy or India will try marines
THE HAGUE, Dec 21: An arbitration tribunal in The Hague will decide in July if Italy or India will try two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen off southern India in February 2012 in a long-running case that has strained bilateral ties. ...

NASA's InSight lander places first instrument on Mars
LOS ANGELES, Dec 21: NASA's InSight lander has deployed its first instrument onto the surface of Mars, marking the first time a seismometer had ever been placed onto the surface of another planet. ...

Modi obsessed with creating history everyday: Sinha
NEW DELHI, Dec 21: Modi is the kind of man who wants to do everything himself and who is obsessed with creating history everyday. If he can become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Timbuktu he would do so whether it is necessary and impactful ...

10 lakh bankers to strike work on Dec 26 against mergers
CHENNAI, Dec 21: With the failure of conciliation talks, about 10 lakh bankers in private and government banks will go on strike on December 26 protesting against the merger of Bank of Baroda, Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank, the All India Bank Employees A ...

Govt to infuse Rs 83,000 cr in public sector banks
NEW DELHI, Dec 20 - The government on Thursday said it will enhance the capital infusion in public sector banks to Rs 83,000 crore, taking the total to Rs 1.06 lakh crore for the fiscal. ...

Sonowal flays Cong for corruption
GUWAHATI, Dec 20 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today criticised Congress president Rahul Gandhi describing him as an ‘untrustworthy leader’ whose dream of becoming the Prime Minister of India will never be fulfilled. ...

Publication Board award to Nagen Saikia
GUWAHATI, Dec 20 - The Publication Board, Assam today announced its Lifetime Achievement Award for the current year to former Asam Sahitya Sabha president Prof Nagen Saikia. The award consists of a cash amount of Rs 2 lakh, a citation, a shawl and a ...

Tourism to boost Bangla-Assam ties: Brahma
GUWAHATI, Dec 20 - Tourism can play a pivotal role in further improving ties with Bangladesh and Assam will roll out the red carpet to welcome visitors from the neighbouring country, Tourism Minister Chandan Brahma has said. ...

EVMs tamper-proof: CEC
NEW DELHI, Dec 20 - Lamenting that electronic voting machines are being “tossed like a football” in political discourse, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Thursday said the Election Commission is striving to ensure that incidents of EVM malf ...

Further cut in train speed will hit operations: NFR
GUWAHATI, Dec 20 - The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has already imposed a speed restriction of 50 km per hour on trains running along the Azara and Kamakhya section between kilometres 163 and 168, on the rail track passing through the Deepor Beel ...

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