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Floods disrupt train services in northeast

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AGARTALA/GUWAHATI, Aug 17 (IANS): Due to severe floods in Assam, West Bengal and Bihar, the northeastern region has been cut off by rail from the rest of India for about a week, officials said on Thursday.
“As many railway tracks and stations in Assam, North Bengal and Bihar have been submerged by flood waters, train services have been suspended since August 12,” a Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) official said.

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Shillong girl plunges to death at Kolkata

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SHILLONG, Aug 16: Police are currently investigating the train of events which led to the unfortunate demise of Clara Khongsit form Shillong after she plunged to her death from the third floor of a building at Kolkata.
Clara lost her life at Keshtopur in the northern fringes of Kolkata when she was attending a friend’s birthday party on Tuesday night. She was working for a private budget airline and is an alumnus of Lady Keane College.

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Counter insurgency operations have improved internal security scenario: Mukul

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SHILLONG, Aug 16: Successful counter insurgency operations by state police and central paramilitary forces have played a big part in improving the internal security scenario in Meghalaya according to the Chief Minister, Dr. Mukul Sangma.
“The anti national elements have suffered serious setbacks leading to large scale arrests, surrender of militants as well as recovery of huge cache of arms and ammunitions,” Dr. Sangma said while addressing at the 71st Independence Day celebration held in the state capital on Tuesday.

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Forest dept in damage control mode Announces helpline numbers for felling trees

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SHILLONG, Aug 14: Seen as a direct result of the tragic incident on Saturday last when an uprooted tree had claimed the lives of three people and injured several others, the state’s forest department has gone into damage control mode, announcing the launch of helpline numbers which will facilitate the felling of trees which are posing danger to human life and property in and around the state capital.

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Govt to fell over 550 dangerous trees in Shillong

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SHILLONG, Aug 16: Fresh on the heels of the tragic incident which claimed 3 lives last week, the state government has identified over 550 trees in and around Shillong which are posing a threat to people.
It may be noted here that a tree had crushed three people to death and injured several others when it had collapsed near Raj Bhavan last week.
“The forest department has identified around 550 old and risky trees so far,” Deputy Chief Minister in-charge Revenue & Disaster Management department Roytre C Laloo informed here on Wednesday.

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Govt prompts officials to respond to torrential downpour

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SHILLONG, Aug 16: A review meeting was held on Wednesday in the Conference Hall, Main Secretariat Building with all the important Heads of the Department to take stock of the prevailing situation arising out of the incessant and torrential downpour in almost all parts of the State.

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Plain belt in the grip of floods

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TURA, Aug 15: The back draft of the mighty Brahmaputra River once again raised the scepter of floods in the plain belt of West Garo Hills, with rising water levels ensuring people reached for higher ground in search of safety.
While rains in the plain belt have been lower what other parts of the state are facing, the unabated rains in Assam led to the Brahmaputra beaching danger marks. It thus became only a matter of time before the same affected Garo Hills.

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