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The recent tragedy of a boat carrying around 36 passengers having capsized near the Aswaklanta temple ghat of Brahmaputra River in Guwahati has raised several questions on the safety procedures governing the inland water transport system in Assam. In the incident which occurred on 5 September, a country made boat fitted with an engine, popularly known as bhutbhuti was carrying passengers from the Fancy Bazaar ghat in Guwahati to North Guwahati’s Madhyam Khanda, when the engine developed a technical snag and hit an under construction water supply project and overturned.

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Traffic rules in the world can be confusing. Americans drive on the right side of the road, the British drive on the left side of the road and Indians drive on any little open space available on the road. The irresistible urge to wedge your car into any available space on the road is so Indian. From Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to Guwahati, tight squeezes are common scenes on the roads. We can go to any extent to claim the open space on the road. If the lane on the other side of the divider is open, we can even take that lane too. Even in Gurgaon and Noida, India’s ultramodern cities, it is not uncommon to see some desperate fellow Indian brethren braving all odds and coming head on right into your lane. Fatalities do take place in Indian underpasses from time to time as some callous drivers drive in from the wrong side.

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It is in this context that we must play a little riddle. What a person should do to arrest this beauty? The answer is really very simple. Just click it. And that is what Prime Minister Narendra Modi did on arriving in Sikkim, a land that he described as “Serene and Splendid”.  

Coming to Sikkim to translate the dream of every Sikkimese to have an airport of their own into a reality, the Prime Minister just could not resist the temptation of turning a photographer. He clicked the camera to preserve the beauty of Sikkim.

Let us play with yet another riddle?

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The unprecedented police action on the five boys’ hostels of the university, six professors of the university and seven student leaders are lodged in jail under judicial custody with the arrested students and teachers refusing bail. Meanwhile K. Yugindro Singh, the Pro Vice Chancellor on whose complaint the police action took place has suspended the six arrested professors, following their remand in judicial custody.

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The expansion work of the Jowai-Ratacherra road was approved under Phase-III of the National Highway Development Programme which connects Meghalaya with neighbouring North Eastern States including Assam and Mizoram.The National Highway project was constructed at a cost of Rs 683 Crore which will reduce the travel time between Jowai and Ratacherra from four hours to two hours at present.

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