IAF launches fighter operations from six civilian airfields
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 The Shillong-based Eastern Air Command on Wednesday said Sukhoi-30MKI “air dominance” fighters and the Hawk advanced jet trainers will operate from Kolkata, Pasighat, Andal, Dimapur, Imphal and Guwahati in two phases from October 16 to 19 and October 29 to November 1. The overall aim is to use these civilian airfields during conflict situations, if existing fighter bases come under attack.
Satya Pal Malik took oath as the new Governor of the state in Shillong on August 19. He was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court Justice Biswanath Somadder. Malik served as Governor of Goa from November 2019 to August 18, 2020. He also was the governor of Jammu and Kashmir from August 2018 to October 2019, and during his tenure that the decision to abrogate Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was taken in August 2019. While Malik will replace Tathagata Roy in Meghalaya, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari will discharge the functions of the Governor of Goa in addition to his own duties.
Delhi police stepped up security in and around the capital ahead of the Independence day celebration on August 15. Police were seen checking vehicles in the India gate and Connaught place region. Similar checks are also underway in other regions of the capital. Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Indian Armed Forces (Tri-Service) Band gave a musical performance at the North Block. The Defence Ministry has said that the Independence Day event will be marked by musical performances by the bands from the Army, Navy and the Indian Air Force. 'These performances are intended as gestures of gratitude and appreciation of the nation towards the Corona warriors who have been steadfastly fighting to stop the spread of the Coronavirus in the country even at the risk of their lives,' said the Ministry of Defence in a press statement. Military and Police Bands will also perform in Imphal, Bhopal and Jhansi on August 12. The final performance of the series will be held on August 13 in Lucknow, Faizabad, Shilong, Madurai and Champaran, it stated. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Amid China tension, Indian armed forces showed their preparedness at LAC. Indian army and Air Force demonstrated their capability to counter Chinese aggression. Indian forces are ready for the long haul with supplies being flown in to support increased troop deployment. 50,000 Indian troops are likely to remain stationed in Ladakh through the winter months. IAF's C-17 aircraft and Chinook choppers are reportedly being used to ferry personnel and supplies. Soldiers are being provided with specialised winter clothing, heaters, and arctic tents. Army is also working to keep its equipment in optimum shape during Ladakh's punishing winter. Army engineers and technicians were seen doing servicing and repair work on Bofors howitzers. Mobile spare bin lorries, or vehicles with wide array of spare parts, have also been deployed. Watch the full video for more details.
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Indian Air Force plays a pivotal role in transporting essential supplies to troops deployed at forward posts in Ladakh. It has also assisted in speedy induction of troops over the past few months. This joint capability of Army and IAF is more than adequate to sustain the forces which have built up in recent times. Major General Arvind Kapoor in Ladakh said, "Our logistics infrastructure has smartly built that any unit coming from outside can join the unit here, seamlessly and be effective." "Today, each jawan deputed at the frontline has the state-of-the-art winter clothing and tentage," he added.
People in large numbers took holy dip in Hoogly River on 'Mahalaya Amavas' in Kolkata on September 17. Hindu devotees performed rituals and paid homage to their ancestors for salvation of departed souls. They performed 'Tarpan', a ritual to offer water and prayers to their ancestors' soul amid coronavirus pandemic. However, social distancing norms were flouted by the people amid rising COVID cases.
Metro services resumed in Kolkata on September 13 only for NEET 2020 examination aspirants and their guardians. Thermal screening was conducted before they boarded the metro. Social distancing norms were being followed inside the metro. NEET exam is being held across country on September 13 amid COVID-19 pandemic. Metros in Kolkata will resume for general public from September 14.
The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested the man, who made threat calls to Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut in Kolkata. The accused had also made calls to residences of other big Maharashtra politicians including CM Uddhav, according to Mumbai Police. Mumbai DCP (ATS) Vikram Deshmane said, "We traced threat call made to Sanjay Raut, to a person in Kolkata. Preliminary inspection indicated his possible involvement in earlier threat calls made to other politicians as well. He is in transit and will be produced before a court on Sep 14."
COVID-19 outbreak has affected small scale businesses across country. Pineapple farmers and sellers in Dimapur's Molvum village claimed that their sales have dropped by 50% due to COVID-19 pandemic. A local seller Hatneilang Thadou said, "I'm not earning much now since there are no travelers on the highway, I use to earn Rs 1000-1500/day earlier."
A class 9 student from Manipur’s Imphal developed a Covid-19 themed mobile game. Amid the pandemic, 13-yr-old Baldeep Ningthoujam developed a game ‘Coroboi’. Coroboi is a game about a boy from Manipur who is stranded and wants to return home. The character dons a traditional Manipuri cloth & a mask while running towards its goal. The game, based on Covid guidelines is now available for Android users. Watch the full video for more details.
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When the COVID lockdown was imposed and people were advised to stay at homes, this 13-year-old boy, Baldeep Ningthoujam is among those whose minds couldn't stay at a place. But what makes him different from the others is that he was busy developing mobile games while others simply struggled to spend time. A class 9 student from Imphal has developed a mobile game 'Coroboi' amid COVID-19 pandemic. "It's new to me, so I browsed through YouTube and read articles for 3-4 weeks to fully understand it," Baldeep told to ANI. The game, based on COVID guidelines, is now available for Android users.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 23 laid the foundation stone for Manipur Water Supply Project via video conferencing. Centre has provided funds for the project under Jal Jeevan Mission to Manipur for freshwater household tap connections. Project aims to cover 1,185 habitations with 1,42,749 households. It is an important component for state government to achieve its goal of 'Har Ghar Jal' by 2024. Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla, Chief Minister N Biren Singh, and his MPs and MLAs joined the program from Imphal.
Businesses of tea leaves sellers got distressed due to COVID-19 lockdown in Guwahati as their sales have decreased due to rise in prices owing to production shortfall. The increased prices are also not attracting customers at the shops. Rainfall and flood are the other major reasons behind less production of tea leaves. One of the tea sellers said, " There is no tea variety available below Rs 250/kg in market. The shortfall in tea production due to lockdown and floods has triggered the price rise."
The flower sales are usually high in Assam ahead of the Vishwakarma Puja, but this year, the sellers are facing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the flower sellers, they have not made profits after the COVID-19 lockdown. The coronavirus pandemic has dampened one of their best seasons for business. Usually, during this festival, flowers are bought for offerings and decorations at the temples. Vishwakarma Jayanti will be celebrated on September 16.
A leopard that killed a six-year old boy in Assam’s Guwahati was captured by officials of the Forest department on August 26 after setting up a trap for the animal. The incident had taken place in Maligaon area on August 21. The child's mother was speaking with her neighbour and the boy was playing near their house located on a hilly area in Maligaon. Eyewitnesses claimed that the leopard had suddenly leapt out of the bushes and dragged the child by his neck. The hilly areas of Maligaon have been witnessing a regular leopard movement at night and CCTV cameras have also captured images on several occasions, locals claimed. The leopard has been taken to the rescue centre of Assam State Zoo. Watch the full video for more.
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The Guwahati-North Guwahati river ropeway over Brahmaputra was inaugurated jointly by Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and GDD Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya on August 24. India's longest ropeway is 2 km long and will cover the distance in about seven minutes. The entire project has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 56 crore.