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14 pilgrims dead; Assam pilgrim critical

Nine Haj pilgrims from Assam sustained serious injury at the Mecca stamped on Thursday. Identified as Jahanur Begum, she as been battling for life at the Al Jadid Hospital. This was stated by the ministry of external affairs in New Delhi.

Four other pilgrim hailing from Karimganj district are believed to have been battling for life at the hospital. Details are awaited.

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Ajmal denies pact with Cong

26 Feb 2014 - 5:30pm | AT News

AIUDF will never forge a pre poll pact with Congress if Badaruddin Ajmal is to be believed.

Addressing a press conference in Guwahati on Wednesday, Ajmal called Congress a sinking ship and that the government formation formula has changed in Delhi.

He told reporters that they would contest in 10 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

The party has already announced the candidates for two seats.    

Union Budget: North East gets more funds for development

17 Mar 2012 - 2:48pm | editor


Union Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has pumped in more money to develop the northeastern Region.


In his general budget, he has from the revised amount of Rs 1664.27 crore to Rs 1929.33 crore, a jump of Rs 265.06 crore.


The plan outlay under the head of northeastern areas has also been lifted from a meager Rs 3.65 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 73 crore.


The biggest jump is in the central plan outlay from Rs 91 crore in 2011-12 to Rs 205 crore, which include Rs 60 crore as outlays on industries and minerals, Rs 45 crore for roads and bridges under NE States Roads Investment Programme, which is a huge hike from just Rs 0.35 crore in the last budget allocation


The North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation (NEHHDC) has been given a non-plan loan of Rs 2 crore to cover its cash losses. A similar loan amount has also been given to North Eastern Regional Agricultural Marketing Corporation Limited (NERAMAC) as working capital. The allocation include Rs 60 crore soft loan to North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi)


Besides the regular special package of Rs 50 crore for Bodoland Territorial Council, the outlay also includes a provision of another Rs 50 crore for funding special projects and schemes for the economic development of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Territorial Council (KAATC) in Assam.


Pray for peace

31 Oct 2008 - 2:54am | editor
The serial blasts that shook the north eastern state of Assam on October 30, 2008 should be condemned by one and all. The inhumane act of injuring and killing the innocent people should be denounced and every act that damages the social fabric and disturbs peace and harmony of the nation should also be condemned. Let us pray for the bereaved families of those who have lost their lives in the incident and hope that communal harmony and peace will be maintained not only in northeast but also in every part of India.

Omar Luther King

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