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‘Anti-talk’ Ulfa behind 4 explosions in Assam

The Paresh Barua-led ULFA(I), along with a few other militant outfits of the Northeast, had called for a boycott of the Republic Day celebrations in the region. Three blasts had taken place in Dibrugarh and one in Charaideo districts of Upper Assam in a span of 10 minutes -- between 8.15 and 8.25 am on Sunday, a police officer said.

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  • The team was led by Sanjeev Jindal, Regional Executive Director, AAI; Ramesh Kumar,Airport Director, LGBI Airport.

    Assam Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that Assamese will be made a compulsory subject in all schools of the state and only those who have studied the language till Class 10 will be eligible for its government jobs.

    The first blast was reported outside a shop at Teokghat in Sonari police station area of Charaideo district. Three explosions followed soon after in Dibrugarh district - two at Graham Bazar and AT Road, beside a gurudwara, and another at the oil town of Duliajan Tiniali, just 100 metres from the local police station, ASP Padmanabh Barua said.

    The members of the insurgent groups -- ULFA (I), NDFB, RNLF, KLO, CPI (Maoist), NSLA, ADF and NLFB -- surrendered in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a programme in Guwahati.

    Tea Association of India (TAI) stated ‘The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2019’, is expected to be introduced in the Budget session of Lok Sabha. Earlier this Code was referred to the Standing Labour Committee after being introduced in the Parliament for garnering inputs from various stake holders.

    In a statement the NABARD stated it has sanctioned Rs 410.38 crore out of total financial outlay of Rs 455.98 crore for rural bridges to be constructed in 29 districts. Around 27.12 lakh population in 803 villages will be benefited. The better connectivity would also benefit 322 markets, 208 schools and 88 hospitals/health centres.

    Having monitored the final NRC list with 31 million included in the registry while almost two million excluded, finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is waiting for the next step of the apex court on the NRC. ​​Once the people are given reasons for non-inclusion, they can move the foreigners’ tribunal to contest the exclusion.

    Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has maintained that less than five lakh people will be eligible to apply under the CAA, and those who are saying that one crore people will come to Assam will have to tender apology to public after the application process is wrapped up.

    Manufacturing of sports goods has seen a 25% increase this year in Jalandhar — the sports city of India compared with 10% growth last year. Manufacturers and importers have attributed this growth to improved health consciousness among Indians, higher number of gymnasiums and an increase in sporting activities in schools.

    A senior official in the state government, who does not wish to be named, said, “The Prime minister's visit will not take place. We will discuss with the state leadership and see if we can extend the invitation to him for the closing ceremony on January 22.”

    The PhD students, Vikrant Singh and Himanchal Singh, said they were “forcibly removed” from campus by police officers today. Himanchal said they were told by police that they were attempting suicide, and that was considered an offence.

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