Guwahati, Saturday, December 08, 2018

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Barn swallows enjoying the warmth of a sunny, wintry day in Guwahati on Friday. – UB Photos

1st Test: India in promising position against Australia after Day 3
ADELAIDE, Dec 8: Skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara came up with a steady partnership as India put themselves in a strong position after the third day of the opening cricket Test against Australia here on Saturday. ...

Mexico opens consulate in Bengaluru
BENGALURU, Dec 8: Mexico has opened its honorary consulate in this tech hub for Karnataka and the neighbouring state of Telangana. ...

India's Forex reserves edge up by over $932 mn
MUMBAI, Dec 8: India's foreign exchange (forex) reserves rose by $932.8 million during the week ended November 30, official data showed. ...

Modi's LPG scheme reduced household air pollution: Study
NEW DELHI, Dec 8: The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that aims to provide every household Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) replacing wood or coal fuel, has been found useful in tackling household air pol ...

SBI gets shareholders' nod to raise Rs 20,000 crore
MUMBAI, Dec 8: Lending major State Bank of India (SBI) said it has received shareholders' approval to raise up to Rs 20,000 crore. ...

Dharmendra turns 83, Hema calls him 'everlasting love'
MUMBAI, Dec 8: On veteran actor Dharmendra's 83rd birthday, his wife and evergreen actress Hema Malini wished him saying he is her "everlasting love". ...

Google announces 'Journalism AI' project
LONDON, Dec 8: To help news industry use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in more innovative ways, Google has announced a partnership with Polis, the international journalism think-tank at London School of Economics and Political Science, to create "Jour ...

Uber India to double down on hiring engineers in 2019
BENGALURU, Dec 8: Online ride-hailing platform Uber on Saturday announced to double its workforce in the product and engineering departments -- from over 500 to more than 1,000 'technologists' -- at its Bengaluru and Hyderabad facilities next year. ...

AIR employee accused of sexual harassment found guilty
NEW DELHI, Dec 8: An All India Radio (AIR) official accused of sexual harassment by nine women employees has been demoted from his position and subjected to other salary cuts as he was found guilty, the National Commission for Women (NCW) said. ...

Trump to nominate William Barr as new attorney general
WASHINGTON, Dec 8: US President Donald Trump has said he will nominate William Barr to be the new attorney general, a post the jurist previously held between 1991 and 1993. ...

UN chief asks world to prevent genocide
UNITED NATIONS, Dec 8: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the international community to prevent rather than react to genocide as the crime does not happen overnight. ...

Trump nominates Heather Nauert as US envoy to UN
WASHINGTON, Dec 8: US President Donald Trump has announced the nomination of State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert to succeed Nikki Haley as US ambassador to the UN. ...

NASA's InSight lander 'hears' Martian wind
LOS ANGELES, Dec 8: NASA's InSight lander, which touched down on Mars on November 26, has provided the first ever "sounds" of Martian wind on the Red Planet, the NASA said. ...

12 dead in bank robbery attempt in Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 8: At least 12 people have died following a shootout between a group of alleged bank robbers and the police in Brazil, officials said. ...

1st Test: Rain stops play on Day 3; Australia 204/8 vs India
ADELAIDE, Dec 8: Australia were 204/8 against India when rain stopped the play on the third day of the first Test at the Adelaide Oval here on Saturday. ...

Human rights violation rampant in country: Activists
KOLKATA, Dec 8: Human rights violation is rampant throughout the country in the form of Bulandshahr Killing, death in Bengal's Lalgarh or Kathua rape case, a panel of human rights workers said here on Friday. ...

OPEC, allies agree to reduce crude production by 1.2 mn bpd
VIENNA, Dec 8: The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allied producers agreed to lower their production of crude oil by 1.2 million barrels per day for a six-month period. ...

Voting underway for 8th phase of J&K panchayat polls
JAMMU/SRINAGAR, Dec 8: Voting was underway on Saturday for the eighth phase of the panchayat polls across Jammu and Kashmir amid tight security. ...

SC defers hearing on AAMSU, Jamiat plea
NEW DELHI, Dec 7 - The Supreme Court today deferred a petition filed by All Assam Minority Students’ Union (AAMSU) and Jamiat Ulema-I-Hind calling for changes in the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). ...

K Subramanian appointed as CEA
NEW DELHI, Dec 7 - The government today appointed ISB Hyderabad professor Krishnamurthy Subramanian as Chief Economic Adviser for a period of three years. ...

CBI all set to examine Michel
NEW DELHI, Dec 7 - The CBI is all set to examine British national and middleman Christian Michel in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal case in the light of documents and statements of his Delhi-based associate RK Nanda, sources said ...

ED raids against Vadra’s associates
NEW DELHI, Dec 7 - The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today carried out searches against three people linked to Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, in connection with its probe into alleged “commissions received by some suspects i ...

Sittwe Port in Myanmar ready for operations
KOLKATA, Dec 7 - Sittwe Port in Myanmar, being administered by the Ministry of External Affairs under the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project to facilitate connectivity between the mainland and the north eastern States of the country is “re ...

State govt not doing enough to ensure migrants’ names are not in NRC: AASU
GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and 30 organisations representing various ethnic communities today alleged that the Government of Assam was not doing enough to ensure that names of illegal migrants from Bangladesh are not inclu ...

Nazira woman joins as garden manager; breaks traditional male bastion
GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - For perhaps the first time in the nealy-200-year-old history of commercial tea cultivation in Assam, the industry has got a woman garden manager. ...

City »
Homage to men in uniform on Armed Forces Flag Day
GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - Armed Forces Flag Day was celebrated at Raj Bhavan here today. Every year, December 7 is observed as Armed Forces Flag Day throughout the country since 1949 to honour martyrs and men in uniform who not only fought valiantly for the ...

Woman pushed out of city bus dies
GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - In an incident that lays bare the growing high-handedness of city bus operators, a woman – identified as Rahima Begum (32) of Ghagrapara – died a tragic death when she was allegedly pushed out of the bus by the conductor. ...

BJP, Cong trying to give citizenship to illegal migrants: AGP
GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - Regional player Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) today blasted its coalition partner and ally BJP and accused the saffron party of joining hands with the opposition Congress to provide citizenship to the illegal immigrants. ...

Prof Nilima Bhagabati elected to C’wealth Council executive body
GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - Educationist and retired teacher of Gauhati University Prof Nilima Bhagabati has been elected as an executive member and representative of Asia, of the executive body of the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration & Mana ...

Retired bank employees stage dharna over grievances
GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - A dharna programme by the members of the Assam State committee of the All India Bank Pensioners and Retirees' Confederation (AIBPARC) under the banners of AIBPARC and Co-ordination Committee of Bank Pensioners and Retirees' Organisa ...

Manuscript Conservation Centre in city
GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - The National Mission for Manuscript of the Union Tourism and Cultural Ministry is setting up a Manuscript Conservation Centre (MCC) at the KK Handique Government Sanskrit College, Jalukbari here jointly with city-based conservation ...

Flipkart campus drive
GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - Royal Global University (RGU) organised an onsite pool campus recruitment drive for MBA students conducted by Flipkart on December 6 and 7 for Supply Chain Operations – Ekart posts, according to a press release issued here today. ...

State »
Specially-abled minors showcase their talent
SILCHAR, Dec 7 - Heart-warming performance by a group of specially-abled children at Ujjeevan Spastic Society here recently marked the observance of the World Disability Day. ...

Pre-X’mas programme organised at Tangla
UDALGURI, Dec 7 - Along with other parts of the globe, pre-Christmas activities got under way in Udalguri district too. ...

Rohit Choudhury receives Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award
GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - State’s RTI-cum-environment activist Rohit Choudhury today received the prestigious Sanctuary Wildlife Service Award of the Sanctuary Nature Foundation for the year 2018. ...

Probe ordered into alleged misconduct of polling officials
NAGAON, Dec 7 - Although violence and ruckus created by various political parties during the first phase of Panchayat polls in Nagaon district are on the wane now, yet some bizarre incidents are still drawing the attention of the people here. ...

‘No proper mechanism to detect expenditure limit violations’
GOALPARA, Dec 7 - Even though the State Election Commission has fixed expenditure limits on candidates contesting panchayat polls with the maximum limit fixed for candidates contesting for Zilla Parishad member at Rs 6 lakh, for the post of Anchalik ...

Doubts expressed over efficacy of human resource planning
GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - A large number of educated youths who registered as unemployed with the State Government are highly educated and hold graduate and post-graduate degrees in various subjects, including engineering, technology, medical, agriculture an ...

NGO launches novel sanitary device for women
DIBRUGARH, Dec 7 - All & Sundry, an NGO working for the development of women and children in the North East recently introduced ‘SANFE’ at the premises of Swahid Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital in Golaghat. ...

AJYCP president resigns
JORHAT, Dec 7 - AJYCP president Putul Dutta has tendered his resignation from the post of president of the organisation. ...

People urged to come out and vote to strengthen democracy’s edifice
HAILAKANDI, Dec 7 - The Election Observer for Hailakandi district, Nirmal Kanti Debnath has appealed to the people to come out in large numbers for exercising their franchise in the panchayat election to strengthen the edifice of democracy. ...

7 held for ATM theft
JORHAT, Dec 7 - Jorhat Police arrested seven persons from Guwahati and Nalbari on charges of being involved in lifting of an ATM by detaching it from a UBI ATM kiosk at Bahona here on December 2 last. ...

Others »
Khandu promises PRCs to ex-servicemen settled at Vijaynagar
ITANAGAR, Dec 7 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has promised to issue permanent residential certificates (PRCs) to ex-servicemen and their families, especially from the Gorkha community settled at Vijaynagar, the remotest Circle in Cha ...

Indian wild orange found in Tamenglong dist
IMPHAL, Dec 7 - The Indian wild orange (Citrus indica), which is believed to be the progenitor of all citrus species in the world, and is endemic to the North Eastern States, is found to be widely distributed in the forests of Tamenglong district of ...

Conviction rate rises in Tripura
AGARTALA, Dec 7 - The conviction graph has been growing significantly from April to November this year in Tripura, bringing much relief to the law enforcement agencies, according to a report of the State Law Department. ...

Tripura faces Rs 11,000-cr debt burden
AGARTALA, Dec 7 - Saddled with a huge debt burden of Rs 11,000 crore and a proportionate interest payment liability, the Tripura Government has decided to draw a loan of Rs 200 crore. ...

11 Bangladeshi nationals held
SHILLONG, Dec 7 - Eleven Bangladeshi nationals were held by BSF personnel from a village near the Indo-Bangladesh border in South Garo Hills district on Wednesday. Four of the apprehended persons are minors. ...

Cop held for sexual assault on minor
TURA, Dec 7 - A constable of the Meghalaya Police was arrested this morning after he allegedly kidnapped a minor girl from Jambal village in North Garo Hills (NGH) and attempted to sexually assault her. ...

Dimchrang fest begins at Ampati on Dec 19
TURA, Dec 7 - The two-day Dimchrang Winter Festival at Ampati will begin on December 19, according to an official release. ...

World-level paragliding meet begins in Mizoram
AIZAWL, Dec 7 - The Pre-World Cup Mizoram Open Paragliding Accuracy Championship, the first of its kind in the State, has taken off at Serchhip in central Mizoram. ...

Arunachal Guv, CM donate on Armed Forces Flag Day
ITANAGAR, Dec 7 - Along with the rest of the country, Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (retd) and Chief Minister Pema Khandu today observed the Armed Forces Flag Day by contributing towards the welfare of the Armed Forces personnel. ...

Sports »
Ashwin, pacers keep Oz on tight leash
ADELAIDE, Dec 7: India had the slight edge in a sedately-paced battle of attrition after senior off-spinner R Ashwin cleaned up the Australian top-order and a meticulous pace effort kept the home team’s scoring in check on the second day of the openi ...

India will play differently against Canada: Harendra
BHUBANESWAR, Dec 7: Having given a good account of themselves in the draw against mighty Belgium in their previous match, India will face another crucial encounter when they take on potentially tricky Canada in their last Pool C game here on Saturday ...

Australia hammer China 11-0 in Hockey WC
BHUBANESWAR, Dec 7: A brilliant performance saw Australia thrash China 11-0 in a Pool B match of the hockey World Cup here on Friday. ...

NorthEast United eye spot in top four
GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - After playing back-to-back draws, NorthEast United FC will look forward to snatch full points in a bid to qualify for the playoffs when they host ATK at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here tomorrow. ...

Assam concede 217-run lead
GUWAHATI, Dec 7 - Gokul Sharma batted with responsibility to stage Assam’s fightback in their Group C Ranji Trophy match against Rajasthan after conceding a 217-run first innings lead. ...