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United Democratic Party president Donkupar Roy addressing the general council meeting of the party in Shillong on Saturday. – UB Photos

Jaitley presents General Budget; focus on small tax payers, rural economy
New Delhi, Feb 29 (IANS): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today gave relief to small tax payers, nudged the affluent to shell out more while focusing on the rural economy with much higher fiscal outlays, as he presented India's national Budget for 2016 ...

Jaitley announces amnesty scheme on black money
New Delhi, Feb 29 (IANS): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today announced a new amnesty scheme for those holding unaccounted money and assets to come clean by paying 45 percent of such wealth. ...

Budget will accomplish 'housing for all' dream: PM Modi
New Delhi, Feb 29 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hailed his Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the poor-friendly General Budget that will also fulfil their dream of owning a house. ...

Small relief to individual tax payers
New Delhi, Feb 29 (IANS): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today gave a small relief of Rs 3,000 to individuals having an annual income of less than Rs 500,000. ...

Tripura ministers attacked with chair
Agartala, Feb 29 (IANS): Tripura ministers Badal Chaudhury and Manik Dey sustained minor injuries when a man attacked them in the CPI-M office here with a chair, police said on Monday. ...

HC upholds TRAI's call drop compensation order
New Delhi, Feb 29 (IANS): Delhi High Court on Monday upheld the order of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) making it mandatory for cellular operators to compensate subscribers for call drops. ...

Dr Jiten Goswami awarded Asom Ratna
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - Eminent scientist and the ‘Moon Man of India’ Dr Jitendra Nath Goswami was today conferred the prestigious Asom Ratna Award 2015 by the Government of Assam in recognition of his contributions in the field of science. ...

Centre mulls strategy to tackle influx
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - The Government of India is trying to chalk out a comprehensive plan to deal with the problem of infiltration of foreigners, while instructions have been given to the agencies concerned to expedite the construction of border roads a ...

Union Budget today amid growth worries
NEW DELHI, Feb 28 - Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is set to present India’s general budget for the next fiscal on Monday amid worries over the country’s stagnating growth rate, government finances and direction of reforms. ...

Services of 6,700 school teachers to be regularised
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - The State Cabinet today approved 12 new revenue circles in the State and also gave its nod to regularise posts of 6,700 school teachers, who were serving on contractual basis. ...

NDA Govt taking undue credit: Ajanta
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - The State government today accused the NDA government at the Centre of trying to take credit for projects sanctioned by the previous UPA dispensation in New Delhi. ...

Centre has gone back on promise: AKRSU(B)
NEW DELHI, Feb 28 - The All Assam Koch Rajbongshi Students’ Union (B) has charged that the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre has gone back on its promise on granting ST status to the community. ...

City »
‘Mock-Up’ rocks B Borooah College
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - Here We Are, a play by American playwright Dorothy Parker was staged in the Bhupen Hazarika auditorium of B Borooah College here on February 26. The play was directed by Karen Libman, Professor of Theatre and Communication, Grand V ...

Science Fair begins at Cotton University
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - The Science Fair 2016 organised by Cotton University and the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology got off to a great start with the inaugural speech by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who stressed on the importance of s ...

GU bus service reintroduced
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - The Gauhati University (GU) and the Gauhati University Law College units of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) today hailed the step of the authorities to reintroduce a separate bus service for the GU community. ...

BJP refutes news on poll alliance with AGP
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh today clarified that the news circulating in a section of the electronic media regarding a possible alliance and seat adjustment with the AGP is not based on facts. ...

Plea to revive vernacular medium schools
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - Dr Hitesh Deka, Vice Chancellor of Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take special measures to revive the vernacular medium schools of Assam. ...

Intellectuals’ authorises AAMSU to move SC
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - In a new twist to the National Register of Citizens (NRC) updating process, the intellectuals’ meet organised by the All Assam Minorities Students’ Union (AAMSU) on Saturday authorised the student body to move the Supreme Court of ...

State »
Historic Tiwa Rajdarbar conference held
JAGIROAD, Feb 28 - The two-day third biennial conference of the historic Tiwa Rajdarbar concluded this evening at Kumoi-Khumdung Kshetra, 10 km from here in the presence of a large gathering. ...

Varsity Library after Chandraprabha Saikiani
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - The State Government has decided to name the Central Library of the State Women’s University at Jorhat after Late Chandraprabha Saikiani, noted freedom fighter, social worker and a pioneer of women’s emancipation movement in Assam. ...

Yellow autorickshaws to ply in Silchar soon
SILCHAR, Feb 28 - In a move to spot the autorickshaws running within the town area without local ...

We will support BJP to form Govt: Hagrama
GORESWAR, Feb 28 - Hagrama Mohilary, the Chief Executive Member of Bodoland Territorial Council, addressing an election campaign at the Gashbari High School playground under No-56 Kamalpur LAC here on Friday, announced that his party will back the BJ ...

Chilarai Divas observed at Dhemaji
DHEMAJI, Feb 28 - The 506th birth anniversary of Veer Chilarai was centrally observed at North Dhemaji on Shantipur Ranganoi High School premises as Chilarai Divas with a two-day programme under the auspices of the Dhemaji Jila Koch-Rajbongshi Sanmil ...

ITBP passing-out parade
NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 28 - A spectacular passing- out parade by 542 newly-recruited constables of Batch No. 145, 146, 147 and 148 of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police was recently held at the Recruitment and Training Centre (RTC) parade ground at Kimin a ...

Mukalmua, Tihu, Howraghat inaugurated
NALBARI, Feb 28 - Minister for Revenue and Disaster Management, Dr Bhumidhar Barman formally inaugurated two newly-declared sub-divisions, namely Mukalmua and Tihu in two separate functions held at Barkshetri Development Block and Tihu Revenue Circle ...

‘Rly Budget proves BJP’s anti-Assam credentials’
DIBRUGARH, Feb 28 - The just-declared Railway Budget is being termed as the latest instance of the BJP’s secret “anti-Assam agenda”. ...

New library declared open
BISWANATH CHARIALI, Feb 28 - The newly-constructed building of Biswanath Sub-Divisional Library was inaugurated today by Prabin Hazarika, MLA of Biswanath LAC at Madhupur Tiniali here. ...

Biswanath district to be inaugurated today
BISWANATH CHARIALI, Feb 28 - The newly-declared administrative district of the State, namely Biswanath, will be formally made functional tomorrow by Manika Borah, Parliamentary Secretary to the Department of Transport, Government of Assam, at a funct ...

Ethnic group gears up for Bah-Gosai Ceremony
GORESWAR, Feb 28 - The Sarania Kachari ethnic group of Assam is going to celebrate their religious programme ‘Bah-Gosai Ceremony’ at Goreswar in Baksa district with a two-day event on April 19-20. ...

Others »
CPM floors opposition in Tripura council polls
AGARTALA, Feb 28 - As anticipated, the ruling CPM in Tripura has registered yet another emphatic victory by winning 520 Village Committees (VCs) of the total 687 VCs. ...

Church-NGOs meet Sangma on GNLA talks offer
TURA, Feb 28 - The peace committee which had welcomed the move of both the Meghalaya Government and the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) to hold discussions, met Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma recently seeking speeding up of talks with the milita ...

Mizoram girl in Mt Everest expedition
AIZAWL, Feb 28 - A schoolgirl from Mizoram has been selected in a 10-member expedition team to scale the Mount Everest to be organised by National Cadets Corps in May this year. ...

Minor gives birth after being raped
TURA, Feb 28 - A girl from Koinadubi village near here gave birth to a child in Tura Civil Hospital after being raped by another minor from her school. ...

Mizoram team on Myanmar flood relief mission
AIZAWL, Feb 28 - A team of central committee of the Young Mizo Association (YMA) led by its President Lalbiakzuala visited neighbouring Myanmar’s Halkha area to distribute relief materials among flood-affected people there. ...

ZYF stir paralyses railway works in Manipur
IMPHAL, Feb 28 - The indefinite ban imposed by Zeliangrong Youth Front (ZYF) on national and international projects in Zeliangrong areas has paralysed the ongoing construction of railway works in Jiribam-Tupul sector in Tamenglong district, sources s ...

Science centres proposed in Manipur: Ibobi
IMPHAL, Feb 28 - Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Saturday said that the government has proposed to have a science centre in every district of the State. ...

Rape victim dies in hospital
IMPHAL, Feb 28 - A minor rape victim, hospitalised at RIMS hospital here since the last few days, died this morning. The victim said to be around six and half year-old girl from Tamenglong district, was staying at a relative’s place at Chiningkhul un ...

Sikkim school gets green award
NEW DELHI, Feb 28 - Ten schools from across the country including one from Sikkim were given awards by a Delhi-based body for following environment-friendly practices like proper waste and water management. ...

Army on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
IMPHAL, Feb 28 - Gorkha Rifles has constructed four toilet blocks at Government Higher Secondary School at Khoirok village in Senapati district as part of Operation Sadbhavana. ...

Pensioner’s database system launched
AIZAWL, Feb 28 - Mizoram Finance Minister Lalsawta launched the Pensioner’s Database Management System (PDMS) in the State recently. ...

Operation Hillstorm: six more IEDs recovered
TURA, Feb 28 - The arrest of an alleged overground worker of the banned Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has led to the recovery of another five IEDs bringing the total number of IEDs recovered to 67 in the ongoing third phase of Operation Hillst ...

‘Agartala Doctrine’ answer to policy paralysis?
NEW DELHI, Feb 28 - The Agartala Doctrine that focuses on pro-active but positive engagement with neighbours has fitted in well with India’s Bangladesh policy since Indira Gandhi to Manmohan Singh and may be a useful complement to Narendra Modi’s nei ...

Sports »
Wenger backs Arsenal to win EPL this season
LONDON, Feb 28: Arsenal have mostly played second fiddle in the English Premier League (EPL) title race over the years, but manager Arsene Wenger believes his team have the self-belief and focus to emerge champions this season. ...

Bud CC emerge champions
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - Bud Cricket Club (Red) lifted the 14th Bud Challenge Cricket Tournament title for the Jugal Kishore Newatia Trophy defeating City Cricket Club by 67 runs in the final at the MDSA Stadium in Mangaldoi on Sunday. ...

Wrestling academy inaugurated
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - The State Government sponsored Assam Wrestling Academy was formally inaugurated at the Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Amingaon today. ...

Kohli fined for showing dissent
DUBAI, Feb 28: Indian star batsman Virat Kohli has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee for showing dissent at the umpire after being adjudged lbw during his side’s Asia Cup T20 match against Pakistan in Mirpur. ...

JKM Cricket Trophy
DIBRUGARH, Feb 28 - Margherita Marine Club did not have to sweat it out on a bright sunny day here today to defeat Phoenix Club of Sivasagar by 18 runs in the ongoing prize money JKM Trophy Cricket Tournament, being played at the Dibrugarh Outdoor St ...

ASJA media T20 gets under way
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 - Media Management Eleven and Electronic Media won their respective matches on the inaugural day of the 3rd Star Cement ASJA Media T20 Cricket Tournament at the Judges’ Field here today. ...