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Bomb explodes in Imphal, no casualty
Imphal: A powerful bomb exploded in Imphal town  on early Saturday morning but there was no report of any casualty, the police said. The bomb suspected to be an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded at about 5.20 am at Moirangkhom Sougaijam Leirak area near the gate of an ex-SSB personnel’s residence in Manipur’s Imphal West district, the police said. No individual or outfit has claimed responsibility for the explosion. The motive behind the bomb explosion was yet to be known, the police said adding investigation was going on. (PTI)
Bharti Airtel announces launch of 4G services in Arunachal
Itanagar: Bharti Airtel Limited, the third largest mobile services provider globally with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, on Saturday announced the commercial launch of its high speed 4G services (also called LTE). “Customers are at the very core of everything we do and delivering a compelling experience for them is our foremost priority. Mobile data traffic is soaring in India and users are switching from slower 2G connections to 3G and superior 4G,” Bharti Airtel CEO (Assam and NE) Saurabh Goel said. “We are launching our 4G services in Itanagar on Saturday, looking at the demand for high speed data in the region. Customers will now enjoy blazing Airtel 4G speed across a range of devices,” he added. Airtel has led the 4G story in the country, having launched India’s first 4G network in Kolkata in April 2012. On August 6 last, Airtel announced that its 4G services were available in 296 towns across the country. Prior to that, Airtel had successfully conducted trials of its 4G services in select cities and leveraged feedback from customers towards strengthening its service experience, the release said. (PTI)
NE designers to showcase at London Fashion Week
Guwahati: Yana Ngoba, one of the first tribal jewellery designers from North East and the founder of designer label “Yana in Style”, will be presenting her exclusive designs at the coveted London Fashion Week today. As a part of the London Fashion Week’s off-schedule shows ‘Fashions Finest’, Yana is set to showcase her collection at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London, a statement said here. Yana Ngoba, who hails from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, will showcase contemporary tribal jewellery and costumes at the event.  Her collection at Fashions Finest-London Fashion Week brings in life -loin loom, one of the oldest looms in the world and the fabric is hand-woven by the weavers of the Itanagar district in Arunachal Pradesh and is a heritage fabric, passed down from generation to generation of weavers, the statement said. Yana Ngoba will be presenting this collection with Nabam Aka, one of the finest weavers of India, also from Itanagar. The colored fabrics have been dyed using the traditional method of indigo dyeing, and also with other vegetable colors. About her collection to be showcased at the London Fashion Week, Yana Ngoba said, “There is a huge following of boho and gypsy trends in the UK and I plan on capitalising it. It is a great platform to bring north eastern tribal accessories, fabric and fine artmanship to UK market and to the world.” Yana Ngoba’s accessories and Nabam’s loin loom aim to elevate traditional and ethnic fabric and accessories into modern, stylish boho and gypsy international fashion wear, the statement added. (UNI)
Assamese Sattriya wins heart in Dehradun
Dehradun: Dr Anwesa Mahanta, known exponent of the Sattriya dance form of Assam, presented the ritualistic living dance tradition to the Government School students of Doon as part of her SPICMACAY tour to Uttarakhand. In an interactive session, Dr Mahanta, who currently teaches Dance Aesthetics at IIT Guwahati as a Visiting Artist, explained few basic stances, hand gestures and patriotic poetry to the students of CNI Girls’ Inter College and GIC, Kishanpur. The Sattriya dance tradition belongs to the Sattras of Assam, originally the Vaishnavaite monks offering dance as worship and believing it as a means of salvation, she explained. Her demonstration included Vandana, a pure dance repertoire dedicated to Sriman Sankar Dev, who is hailed as the great master who has compiled the grammar of the Sattriya form. Dr Mahanta said she has been performing in India and abroad since 2001,drawing resource material from the vast literary corpus of the Vaisnava Renaissance of Assam. The students specially applauded her ‘Abhinaya’ based performance that involved a myriad of expressions recounting how the people of Mathura, including a hunch-back woman, Gopis and Gopas, warriors and wrestlers, Devki and Vasudev and the evil-king Kansa himself, react to the cow herd God Krishna’s arrival in Mathura. (UNI)

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