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Floods affect over 6 lakh in 14 Assam districts, toll rises to seven

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Guwahati, July 24 (IANS): The overall flood situation continued to be grim in Assam with over six lakh people affected across 14 districts till Sunday evening while one person died in Lakhimpur on Sunday taking flood-related death toll to seven this year.
An Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) official said that the flood have inundated large areas in Tinsukia district on Sunday, besides Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Morigaon, Jorhat, Dhemaji, Sivsagar, Kokrajhar, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Nagaon, Dhubri, Dibrugarh and Chirang districts, which have remained flooded since last few days.

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Tripura tribals all set for Ker Puja to thwart evil spirits

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Agartala, July 24 (IANS): There is no place for death, birth or recreation in centuries-old Ker Puja in Tripura. Steeped in intricate, time-honoured rituals, this mega tribal event is about well-being and warding off evil spirits. And this 31-hour-long festival is all set to begin from Monday.
It may sound strange but no pregnant woman or critically ailing person is allowed in the sacred puja precinct. Anyone who violates is made to pay a fine and the puja starts from scratch.

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Dalu NGO submits memo to CM on ‘basic amenities’

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TURA, July 24: The Mother’s Union (MU) of Dalu in West Garo Hills recently submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister, Dr Mukul Sangma asking for the redressal of grievances faced by the people of the Dalu area, including basic amenities for all. The memo was submitted by a delegation of members of the NGO including its president, P Sangma and secretary A Ch Marak in Shillong a few days ago.
The memo submitted questioned the performance of the MeECL Dalu sub station which the NGO felt was not performing according to rules and regulations.

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CM inspects Samgong Horti Hub at Williamnagar

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WILLIAMNAGAR, July 24: Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma inspected the Horti Hub at Samgong in Williamnagar and also interacted with the Horticulture officers and farmers of the district during his visit on the evening of Saturday.
Accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner in-charge, PM Sangma, the Chief Minister during his inspection had a discussion with the District Horticulture Officer, B.G.Momin, Manager of the Horti Hub, Tasri M. Momin and other officers on the status of the Horti-Hub, the returns generated from the sale of flowers and the need for diversification of their species, among others.

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Kolkata lad Kushal Paul wins 'Sa Re Ga Ma Pa'

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Mumbai, July 17 (IANS): Kushal Paul, a 17-year-old from Kolkata, sang to victory on music reality show "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa", the grand finale of which was aired on Sunday night.
Paul, who came to be known as the rockstar of "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa", was part of singer-composer Pritam Chakraborty's team on the singing talent hunt show.
"Never in my wildest dream had I thought of such a big win," Paul said in a statement after being announced the winner.
For him, it was "unbelievable" to be holding the trophy -- a goal, he said "each one of us have worked day and night for".
Kushal, who was presented the winner's trophy and drove away in a new Elite i20 - Hyundai, said singing is his life and passion, and winning the show is a dream come true.

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