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Assam ferry tragedy: More bodies recovered

May 3, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Guwahati, May 3 (IANS) Eight more bodies, including of a woman and four children, were fished out from the Brahmaputra river Thursday, taking the number of bodies recovered in Monday's ferry disaster to 71. Over 250 people are believed to have died in the tragedy in Assam's Dhubri district.

Bodoland gets more support, strike from May 7

May 3, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Guwahati, May 3 (IANS) With other communities backing the demand for a Bodoland in Assam, a 36-hour state-wide strike has been called from May 7.

India to crack down on excessive load of ferries, buses after Assam tragedy

May 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

New Delhi, May 3 (Xinhua-ANI): After a ferry tragedy in the northeast Indian state of Assam on Monday, the state's Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has ordered police to crack down on excessive load of ferries and buses, reported local daily The Hindu Thursday.

'Pak Govt striving to promote trade, social ties with India'

May 3, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Islamabad, May 3 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said the government is striving to normalise trade with India, while speaking in the National Assembly.

U.S.-Afghan pact 'does not rule out drone strikes in Pak': U.S. Envoy

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Kabul, May 3 (ANI): US Ambassador Ryan Crocker has indicated that the pact between the U.S. and Afghanistan could leave the door open for continued drone strikes against insurgent targets in Pakistan after 2014, commenting on the deal signed in Kabul overnight by U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.There is nothing in this agreement that precludes the right of self-defence for either party and if there are attacks from the territory of any state aimed at us we have the inherent right of self-defence and will employ it," The Express Tribune quoted him, as saying.

Gogoi claims improved law and order

May 2, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Guwahati, May 2 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Wednesday complemented senior officials for improved law and order in the state but asked them to tame abductions and extortion.

Assam puts ferry tragedy toll at 63

May 2, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Guwahati, May 2 (IANS) Assam authorities Wednesday put the death toll in the ferry tragedy at 63 but furious locals insisted that not less than 200 perished in the Brahmaputra.

Modernize ferries in Assam: MP

May 2, 2012 at 2:26 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Two days after a boat disaster in Assam killed an estimated 270 people, Rajya Sabha member Birendra Prasad Baishya Wednesday sought New Delhi's assistance to modernize ferries in the state.

Rahul, Gogoi to visit Assam disaster site (Lead, Changing dateline)

May 2, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Guwahati, May 2 (IANS) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is Wednesday expected to visit the site of the boat tragedy in Assam's Dhubri district that is feared to have claimed 270 lives.

Pak Taliban vows to repeat Bannu jail break operation type attacks

May 2, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Islamabad, May 2 (ANI): The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has warned that they would continue carrying out attacks such as the one in Bannu, and denied reports suggesting the escaped prisoners were handed over under any truce with the government.

Assam asks Dhaka to help locate ferry victims

May 2, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Guwahati, May 2 (IANS) Assam has sought help from Bangladesh to trace bodies of a ferry disaster which might have been washed away downstream, an official said Wednesday.

Rahul Gandhi to visit Assam boat tragedy site

May 2, 2012 at 12:34 PM

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi will Wednesday visit the site of the ferry accident in Assam that is feared to have claimed 270 lives. He will meet the families of the deceased, an aide said.

Search resumes for Assam ferry tragedy victims

May 2, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Guwahati, May 2 (IANS) While the district administration Wednesday resumed the search operation with the help of Border Security Force (BSF) and National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) personnel for the victims of Monday's ferry tragedy, the state government has sought help from the Bangladesh government for recovery of the dead bodies, an official said.

Pak leggie Kaneria challenges ECB charges in spot-fixing scandal

May 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Islamabad, May 2(ANI): Pakistan leg spinner has challenged the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) charges through his legal representative Farogh Nasim.

Meira Kumar expresses grief over Assam boat deaths

May 1, 2012 at 9:09 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Tuesday expressed her heartfelt grief at the loss lives in the boat tragedy on the Brahmaputra River in Assam.

BJP seeks PM statement on defence preparedness

May 1, 2012 at 8:58 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday sought an explanation from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after a parliament panel reported that country lacked defence preparedness.

Meira Kumar expresses grief over Assam boat deaths

May 1, 2012 at 7:46 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Tuesday expressed her heartfelt grief at the loss lives in the boat tragedy on the Brahmaputra River in Assam.

Pak cricketers demand cricket board's focus on domestic cricket

May 1, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Karachi, May 1 (ANI): Former Pakistan cricketers have urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to focus on improving the standard of domestic cricket in the country before the next season, instead of investing its energy on the return of international cricket.

Assam ferry tragedy: 270 still missing, rescue operations on

May 1, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Guwahati, May 1 (IANS) The toll in Monday's Assam ferry tragedy, possibly India's worst such accident, is estimated to be around 270, with the search and rescue parties failing to recover even a single missing person Tuesday, an official said.

Rescue workers continue search for survivors of Assam ferry capsize

May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Dhubri (Assam), May 1 (ANI): Rescue workers continued to search for survivors of the Assam boat capsize tragedy on Tuesday.

US rights group calls on Justice Department to release all drone programme facts

May 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Washington, May 1(ANI): The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has demanded that the U.S. Justice Department release all documents pertaining to the drone programme.

U.S. drone strikes "wise, legal, just" says White House official

May 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Washington, May 1 (ANI): After facing condemnation and a fresh protest lodged by Pakistan over its controversial drone programme, the United States has mentioned that drone strikes are wise, legal and just.

Railway Minister Roy expresses grief over Assam boat tragedy

May 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): Railway Minister Mukul Roy on Tuesday expressed deep shock and grief over the loss of lives in Monday's boat tragedy on the Brahmaputra River in Assam.

PM announces Rs.2 lakh for Assam boat accident victims

May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday announced compensation of Rs.200,000 each for the next of kin of deceased in the Assam boat accident that has left nearly 70 people dead and 150 missing.

Assam boat tragedy victims' kin to get Rs.1.5 lakh each

May 1, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Guwahati, May 1 (IANS) The Assam government Tuesday announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs.1.5 lakh each to the next of kin of those who died in the boat tragedy in Dhubri district a day earlier.

Pakistan Army supports democracy, says Kayani

May 1, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Rawalpindi, May 1 (ANI): As the political crisis in Pakistan intensifies, with the government and the opposition constantly clashing over various issues, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said the army supports the democratic process in the country.

Assam boat tragedy: PM announces ex-gratia assistance for kin of deceased

May 1, 2012 at 12:50 PM

New Delhi/ Guwahati, May 1 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has announced an ex-gratia assistance to the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate boat tragedy on the Brahmaputra River in Assam.

Death Toll may rise in Assam Ferry mishap

May 1, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Rescue operations are carried out in Assam where a steamer capsized killing at least 103 people but number of casualties are expected to go up.

150 missing, toll could rise in Assam boat accident

May 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Guwahati, May 1 (IANS) Rescue operations continued in the Brahmaputra in Assam Tuesday, a day after a ferry capsized in the river killing nearly 70 people, but with at least 150 still missing the death toll was expected to rise, officials said.

68 die, over 150 still missing in Assam boat tragedy

April 30, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Guwahati, April 30 (IANS) At least 68 people died and over 150 were still missing after a ferry, with over 250 people on board, capsized in heavy storm in Brahmaputra river in Assam's Dhubri district Monday evening, officials said.

PM expresses grief over Assam ferry tragedy

April 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM

New Delhi, April 30 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday expressed grief over the boat tragedy in Assam's Dhubri district in which many people have died.

Several feared dead in Assam ferry capsize

April 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Guwahati, April 30 (IANS) Several people were feared drowned after a ferry capsized in the Brahmaputra river in Dhubri district Monday evening. There were over 200 people on the ferry.

India's refusal to allow Pak lawyers to cross-examine 26/11 attack witnesses challenged

April 30, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Islamabad, Apr 30(ANI): The alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi has challenged India's refusal to allow Pakistani lawyers to cross-examine Indian witnesses in a Pakistan court.

Gogoi more needed in Assam than in New Delhi: Assam Congress

April 30, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Guwahati, April 30 (IANS) The Congress party's Assam state unit Monday sought to end the over-week long speculation about Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi's probable nomination as vice president, saying his services were required more in the state than in New Delhi.

'Pak intelligence says Taliban may be planning another attack on Adiala Prison

April 30, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Islamabad, Apr 30(ANI): Pakistan intelligence agencies have warned that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) may be planning another attack on the Adiala prison.

Barua group gives ULFA 3 months to 'return to active duty'

April 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Guwahati, April 30 (IANS) A breakaway ULFA group led by Paresh Barua and opposed to any talks with the government, has set a three-month deadline for the majority pro-talks faction to "return" to ULFA and join "active duty".

Four anti-talks NDFB cadres nabbed in Assam

April 30, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Guwahati, April 30 (IANS) Troops from the Red Horns division of the Indian Army, based in Udalguri district of lower Assam, have arrested four hardcore cadres of the anti-talks faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) from a remote location on the Indo-Bhutan border in the district, an official said Monday.

'Unbridled' Saeed again publicly spews anti-India, US venom

April 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Islamabad, Apr 30(ANI): Jamaat-ud- Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed has blamed both the United States and India for the recent sectarian unrest in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B).

No PPP premier will write Swiss letter: Gilani

April 30, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Islamabad, Apr 30 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was convicted of contempt by the Supreme court last week, once again struck a defiant note by saying that no prime minister from the Pakistan People's Party would write a letter to authorities in Switzerland to seek a reopening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.

Veena Malik meets Fiji Attorney General

April 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Karachi, Apr 30 (ANI): Attorney General of Fiji Aiyaz Sayed Khiayum visited Pakistani actor Veena Malik during her shoot in the country.

I'll wait for my turn, says out of favour Yousuf

April 30, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Karachi, Apr 30 (ANI): Former Pakistan captain Mohammad Yousuf has dismissed the impressions that he is trying to enter the national squad through a 'shortcut', saying he will continue the hard work and wait until his turn comes to play for his country again.

Malik says Sharif brothers involved in corruption worth $32m

April 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Islamabad, Apr 29(ANI): The Pakistan government has decided to send references against the Sharif brothers to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for alleged corruption to the tune of 32 million dollars, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said.

MP seeks to protect Manipur's territorial integrity

April 28, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Imphal, April 28 (IANS) Lok Sabha member from Manipur Dr. Thokchom Meinya has introduced a private member's bill which seeks to protect and preserve the territorial integrity of Manipur for all time to come.

Suspected arms dealers nabbed in Assam

April 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Guwahati, April 28 (IANS) A joint team of Assam Police, Meghalaya Police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Saturday arrested four suspected arms dealers from Gorchuk area of Assam's main city of Guwahati.

Bogibeel Project to bridge Brahmaputra

April 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Guwahati, Apr 28 (ANI): The 4.940 km long Bogibeel rail cum road project over the Brahmaputra will enhance the connectivity between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Maoist threat a major concern for Assam

April 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Guwahati, Apr 28 (ANI): Even though many militant outfits in Assam have come forward for negotiations, the region faces renewed threat from the Maoists.

Security forces to launch operation against Karbi rebels soon

April 27, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Guwahati, April 27 (IANS) Police and security forces in Assam will soon launch a special operation against the Karbi Peoples' Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militants in Karbi Anglong district of the state, following the outfit's threats of attacking leaders of the local council.

Saeed defies Pak govt 'advice'; protests against restoring NATO supplies

April 27, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Quetta, Apr 27 (ANI): Rejecting the Pakistan Government's 'request' to limit his public appearances and activities, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, who has a U.S. bounty on him, protested against restoring of NATO supplies, in Quetta.

Four fall sick after consuming wild mushrooms in Assam

April 27, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Guwahati, April 27 (IANS) At least four people fell ill after consuming wild mushrooms at Borhat under Sonari police station in Upper Assam's Sibsagar district Friday.

Pak reiterates opposition to drone strikes amid US envoy visit

April 27, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Islamabad, Apr 27(ANI): Pakistan has reiterated its opposition to US drone attacks in its territory amid a US special representative's visit to Pakistan to mend bilateral ties.

Pak Government, Opposition clash over Gilani's fate

April 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Islamabad, Apr 27 (ANI): The Pakistan Supreme Court's verdict against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani continues to remain a bone of contention between the government and opposition in the National Assembly.

Pak captain Misbah opposed to separate teams for different formats

April 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Islamabad, Apr 27(ANI): Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has opposed the idea of forming three separate teams for all formats of the game, saying only three or four changes are required, but changing the whole team is not possible.

Obama's order to get Osama was 'go in and get Bin Laden'

April 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Washington, Apr 27 (ANI): President Barack Obama's order to "go in and get Bain Laden", as recorded in a memo scribbled by then-CIA chief Leon Panetta shortly after the decision was made, was made public on Thursday.

'US wants to hear Pak Govt's presentation of bilateral ties'

April 26, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Washington, Apr 26(ANI): The US "wants to hear the Pakistani Government's presentation of where it thinks the bilateral relationship needs to go," before it conveys its reaction to the parliamentary review, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland has said.

Aisam denies intention of switching partners

April 26, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Islamabad, Apr 26 (ANI): Pakistan's tennis ace Aisamul Haq has said he has no intentions of switching his current doubles team mate Jean-Julean Rojer.

'Out of favour' Razzaq to play county cricket after recovering from shoulder injury

April 26, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Karachi, Apr 26(ANI): Out-of-favour Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has opted to play county cricket in England after being snubbed since the series against Sri Lanka and for the ongoing fitness tests in Lahore.

Aisam battling against time with knee injury and low scores to get back in top 10

April 26, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Islamabad, Apr 26 (ANI): Pakistan's ace tennis player Aisamul Haq is racing against time, battling a knee injury along with his fallen rankings, in order to get into the top 10 by June 11, to be eligible for the London Olympics 2012.

JuD Chief Saeed rejects Pak gov. appeal to maintain low profile

April 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Co-founder of banned terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Chief of Jamaat-ud- Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has reportedly rejected the Pakistan government's appeal to limit his public appearances and activities, as United State has announced a bounty of US$10-million upon India's most wanted militant........

Interlocutor Halder meets Ranjan Daimary in Guwahati

April 25, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Guwahati, April 25 (IANS) The central government's peace interlocutor for the the northeast and former Intelligence Bureau chief P.C. Halder met the chief of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) Ranjan Daimary inside the Guwahati Central Jail Wednesday.

Biometric cards for Assam small tea growers soon

April 25, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Guwahati, April 25 (IANS) Small tea growers in Assam will soon get biometric smart cards with a unique number.

PPP plans to let Gilani continue as PM even if convicted of contempt

April 25, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Lahore, Apr 25 (ANI): The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has held exhaustive discussions on the possible outcomes and ways to deal with each scenario emerging from the Supreme Court's decision to convict Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for contempt of court.

U.S. in no mood to 'apologise' to Pak for deadly NATO air raid

April 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Islamabad, Apr 25 (ANI): Pakistan and the U.S. have ended up in a deadlock over the issue of a public apology for last year's deadly NATO airstrike, resulting in an indefinite delay in the much-anticipated re-engagement process between the two allies.

Pakistan successfully test fires 'nuclear enabled' Hatf IV ballistic missile

April 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Rawalpindi, Apr 25 (ANI): Pakistan successfully conducted a test launch of the intermediate-range ballistic missile Hatf IV Shaheen 1A weapon system, demonstrating its capability of carrying both nuclear and conventional warheads, a statement from Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

Top diplomats' meet on Apr 27 to review 'obstacles' to Afghan peace

April 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Islamabad, Apr 25 (ANI): Top diplomats from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. will meet in Islamabad on April 27 to discuss "obstacles" to the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, announced Omar Daudzai, the country's ambassador in Pakistan.

Railways battle to complete strategic Brahmaputra bridge by 2015

April 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Dibrugarh (Assam), April 25 (IANS) The railways are battling time and resource crunch to complete the country's longest 4.94 km rail-cum-road-bridge across the mighty Brahmaputra at Bogibeel that will provide connectivity to upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and cut down by 10 hours access to the border with China.

NSCN-IM return seized weapons to army

April 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Dimapur, Apr 25 (ANI): In a noble gesture, the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM) has handed over weapons to the 29 Assam Rifles unit near Dimapur.

Surgery forces Sania to give up singles for doubles

April 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Islamabad, Apr 25 (ANI): Tennis star Sani Mirza admitted that she has given up playing singles following her third surgery in the last five years.

Sania rules out pairing with Pak tennis ace Aisam for doubles

April 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Islamabad, Apr 25 (ANI): Tennis doubles World No. 8 Sania Mirza has said that she is happy playing with Mahesh Bhupathi and refused to take the court with Pakistan's Aisamul Haq Qureshi.

Four women die as boat capsizes in Assam

April 24, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Guwahati, April 24 (IANS) Four women died while seven other people were rescued after an overloaded boat capsized in lower Assam's Dhubri district Tuesday, police said.

Pak SC to announce verdict on contempt of court case against Gilani on April 26

April 24, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Islamabad, Apr 24(ANI): The Pakistan Supreme Court has reserved its judgement in the contempt case against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and will announce its verdict on April 26, 2012.

Saeed rejects Pak govt's request to maintain low profile

April 24, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Islamabad, Apr 24(ANI): Jamaat-ud- Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed has rejected the Pakistan government's 'request' to limit his public appearances and activities.

Younus wants to lead Pak cricket team again

April 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Peshawar, Apr 24 (ANI): Former captain, Younus Khan, has expressed a desire to lead the Pakistan cricket team again, as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has started its search for a player to replace Misbah-Ul Haq.

Didn't face security problems in Pakistan: Dav Whatmore

April 24, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Lahore, Apr 24 (ANI): Pakistan cricket team coach Dav Whatmore, while expressing disappointment over the Bangladesh cricket team's decision to cancel its tour of Pakistan over security issues, said he did not face any problems in terms of security for the two months that he had spent in Lahore.

Gogoi for refugee status for people facing persecution

April 23, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Guwahati, April 23 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Monday said that he had raised with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh the issue of granting refugee status to those people in the state who had fled their countries due to persecution, apparently referring to Hindus who were forced out from Bangladesh.

Gogoi follows Mamata, plans government channel in Assam

April 23, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Guwahati, April 23 (IANS) Following in the footsteps of his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said his government would soon have its own news channel to showcase developmental activities across the state.

Pak civil aviation authority begins check on private aircrafts after near miss in Karachi

April 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Islamabad, Apr 23(ANI): The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Pakistan has begun inspection of all private passenger planes after a disaster was averted in Karachi following Friday's deadly Bhoja aircrash.

PML-N rejects judicial commission probe of deadly Bhoja aircrash

April 23, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Islamabad, Apr 23(ANI): The opposition Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz has slammed the 'controversial makeup' of the judicial commission formed to probe last Friday's deadly Bhoja aircrash.

Siachen avalanche took less than 5 seconds: WAPDA

April 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Siachen, April 22 (ANI): It took the avalanche less than five seconds to wreak havoc on the unfortunate soldiers posted at Gayari, said hydrological experts of the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), the Express Tribune reported on Saturday.

U.S. Senator Kerry not to visit Pakistan

April 22, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Washington, Apr 22 (ANI): U.S. Senator John Kerry's spokesperson Jodi Seth has rejected news reports regarding the senator's visit to Pakistan on President Obama's directive, claiming that no such visit is scheduled.

India to declare tea national drink in 2013

April 22, 2012 at 11:09 AM

New Delhi, April 22 (Xinhua-ANI): India will declare tea as the national drink by April next year, the country's top planner has said.

'Acceleration at low height caused mid-air explosion leading to deadly Bhoja plane crash'

April 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Islamabad, Apr 22(ANI): The ill-fated Bhoja aircraft was flying at a speed of 500 kilometre per hour, which caused the fuel tank to burst, resulting in a mid-air explosion, an initial report has revealed.

Battling maternal deaths, Assam upgrades health workers' skills

April 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Guwahati, April 22 (IANS) Assam, which has the highest maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the country at 390 per 1,000 live births, also faces a serious crunch of doctors. So the state is now rolling out rural health workers, upgrading skills and making it mandatory for medical students to practise in villages.

Montek to push for declaring tea as India's national drink

April 21, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Guwahati, April 21 (IANS) Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia Saturday assured the tea planters in Assam that he will take up the issue of declaring tea as India's national drink with the union ministry of commerce and industry.

Bihu celebrations conclude in Assam

April 21, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Guwahati, Apr 21 (ANI): For over a week the reverberation of Rongali or Bohag Bihu celebrations continued in Assam with people dancing to the rhythm of the dhol with great enthusiasm.

Gilani calls for sweeping jail reforms to hasten disposal of prisoners' cases

April 21, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Islamabad, Apr 21(ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has directed the law and justice ministry to prepare recommendations for the release of prisoners, who are languishing in various jails for years due to the police's failure to present solid evidence against them.

Zardari hints at opening Sulemanki border, having dialogue with India on all issues

April 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Islamabad, Apr 21(ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has hinted at opening the Sulemanki border and added that the country is willing to have dialogue with India on all issues, and is also open to boosting trade ties with the neighbouring country.

Allow compensation for erosion, Gogoi asks PM

April 20, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Guwahati, April 20 (IANS) Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Friday appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to include erosion in the list of calamities admissible for assistance so that affected families may also get financial assistance like victims of other natural calamities.

Assam should become a growth engine: PM

April 20, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that Assam is a new engine of growth in the northeast and it has now been the

'Kayani's call for Siachen Glacier's demilitarization has opened window of opportunity'

April 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Islamabad, Apr 20(ANI): An editorial in a Pakistan daily has lauded army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani's comments that the Siachen Glacier should be vacated by troops from both sides and progress towards peace be made with India.

PM inaugurates linear accelerator at Borooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati

April 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Guwahati, Apr 20 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday inaugurated the state-of-the-art linear accelerator with intensity-modulated radiation therapy, image-guided radiation therapy and SRS/SRT facilities at the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati.

'Pak should invite low ranked teams rather than Test nations to play international cricket'

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Karachi, Apr 20(ANI): Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shaharyar Khan has said the country should invite lower-ranked teams for playing cricket series rather than urging Test nations to tour the country.

Pak Hindus not treated equally under law: Editorial

April 20, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Islamabad, Apr 20(ANI): An editorial in a Pakistan daily has highlighted that Hindus are treated equally under the country's law and added that a bill to recognise their marriages has been stalled in parliament for unexplained reasons.

Assam should become a growth engine: PM

April 20, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Dispur/Guwahati, April 20 (IANS) Braving security threats by the anti-talk faction of the ULFA and a shutdown call by the militants, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Friday inaugurated the platinum jubilee celebration of the Assam legislative assembly and said he wanted to make the state 'a new engine of growth' for the northeast.

Manmohan Singh asks insurgent groups in Assam to give up violence, start talks

April 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Guwahati, Apr 20 (ANI): Asserting that the new wave of development in Assam has been made possible by a period of social peace and political stability, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Friday said violence provides no answer and that diverse groups can fulfill their aspirations only through engagement in the democratic process.

Pakistan invites new Afghan Peace Council head Salahuddin Rabbani for visit

April 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Islamabad, Apr 20(ANI): Pakistan has invited the new head of the Afghanistan High Peace Council, Salahuddin Rabbani, for a visit this year, diplomatic officials have said.

Top Karbi militant, cadres killed in Assam

April 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Guwahati, April 20 (IANS) Five cadres of the Karbi Peoples' Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militant group, including a top leader, were killed and two arrested in an early morning operation by security forces in Assam's Karbi Anglong district early Friday.

Sharif says Kayani backs 'unilateral withdrawal of troops from Siachen Glacier'

April 20, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Lahore, Apr 20(ANI): Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif, who came under fire for his call for a unilateral withdrawal of troops from the Siachen Glacier, has said that Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani has backed his stance.

PM to visit Assam amid shutdown

April 20, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Guwahati, April 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh undertakes a daylong visit to Assam Friday amid a shutdown called by the anti-talks faction of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), which also carried out two blasts in the state a day earlier.

Security beefed up in Assam for PM's visit

April 20, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Guwahati, Apr 20 (ANI): With the anti-talk faction of ULFA led by Paresh Baruah calling for a 12-hour shutdown in Assam to protest against the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, security has been stepped up in the state to avoid any untoward incident.

NGO slams rural jobs scheme implementation in Assam

April 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Guwahati, April 19 (IANS) A survey of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNEGA) in Assam has revealed that only about 18 lakh households out the 43 lakh provided job cards in the state were provided with jobs in 2011-12, an NGO said Thursday.