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Assam government fixes 8.7
per cent as GPF interest rates
Guwahati: Assam government has retained the rate of interest on General Provident Fund at 8.7 per cent for the year 2014-15. The rates fixed were in conformity with the rates fixed by the Centre and would be effective from April one, 2015, an official release said here on Tuesday. This rate of interest will be applicable only for GPF of state government employees and officers and staff having GPF Accounts who are serving in Assam. Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in a tweet said that the state-owned Assam Tea Corporation Limited would give 20 per cent bonus to its tea garden workers. He also urged all tea companies to pay the same amount. (PTI)
Smriti Irani assures AAPSU
on CBSE branch office
Itanagar:  Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani has assured to take up the proposal for early establishment of a CBSE branch office here to mitigate the sufferings of students in the state. Irani’s assurance came when a delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Student’s Union (AAPSU) led by its general secretary Biru Nasi and spokesperson Tanya Agu called on her at New Delhi on Monday and submitted a memorandum. To another demand for establishment of a law school in the state, the union minister suggested that the delegation team take the matter up with the law ministry, a communiqué informed here. Speaking on the occasion, Nasi apprised the union minister about the problems encountered by students and parents of Arunachal Pradesh due to absence of branch office of CBSE, to which all schools in the state are affiliated, at Itanagar. (PTI)
Nagaland Cricket Association condoles Dalmiya’s death
Kohima: The Nagaland Cricket Association (NCA) Tuesday expressed pain over the demise of BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya, who passed away on Sunday. In a condolence message the NCA said, ”Late Dalmiya was a pioneering administrator and leader in the field of cricket. He made significant contributions towards the uplift of the game not just in India but also at the global level. He was one of the persons responsible for the elevation of India as an influential and contributing member of the worldwide cricketing community.” The NCA also said Dalmiya?s contributions to Indian cricket and the game at the international level will be remembered by future generations in the most positive manner.  The Association further conveyed condolences to the members of the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty to let the departed soul rest in eternal peace. (UNI)
Tripura police look for
‘forged mother’
Agartala: The Assam Police has sought help from it?s Tripura counterpart to arrest a lady health worker posted in a hospital in Karimganj district who is accused of taking incentive illegally showing false record of motherhood. According to police, the local district health authority lodged an FIR against Lili Begam Laskar last week but police found her absconding. Reportedly, she has taken shelter in North Tripura. Lili allegedly forged the record of 80 births and put her name as the mother to get incentive. Report said, the Assam government has a scheme which provides Rs 500 in each case of institutional delivery in rural areas. The hospital where Lili is posted has recorded a total of 160 delivery cases in six months. In 80 of the cases she recorded her name and details as the mother. Accordingly, she has taken away incentive of Rs 40,000. Recently, Karimganj district hospital authority had suspected the forgery and during administrative investigation it was established that she had forged the records, police said. (UNI)
Two JNB militants killed
in encounter
Haflong: Two militants of the newly formed Jabinkhe Naiso Boshom (JNB) were gunned down in an encounter with the Assam Rifles in central Assam’s Dima Hasao district on Tuesday. In an operation executed with intelligence inputs, the Assam Rifles raided a hideout of the JNB in the dense jungles between Lungting and Hatikhali East of village Hatikali under Langting police station, an Assam Rifle official said. The paramilitary force team closed in on the hideout when the extremists fired at random and tried to run away. In the retaliatory firing, two ultras were neutralised, while the third fled, he said, adding, one AK-56 rifle, three single barrel rifles and one air gun pistol were recovered from the hideout. The deceased were identified as Hamsen Ardao alias Laden and Maisa alias Mukhesh Porbosa, the official said adding that the a manhunt is on in the area to nab the third terrorist who might have been injured during the encounter. The activities of the underground group was revealed recently and it is reported to be operating in Dima Hasao for the past few months. (PTI)

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