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Indian Army-Vodafone MoU for Voice Service

Dimapur, February 20 (MExN): The Indian Army has signed a memorandum of understanding with Vodafone for Voice Mobility Services giving the cellular service provider an opportunity  to offer its services to over 9,00,000 army personnel across the country. The MoU was signed by Lieutenant General SP Kochhar, Senior Colonel Commandant and Sanjoy Mukerji on December 26, 2011 at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi.  Vodafone says the MoU could be a frontrunner to a lot of other communication needs of the Indian Army. The cellular service provider said it is looking at visibility and product availability at all touch-points such as army canteens, mess and clubs. Depending on various plans, local call rates per minute are 0.30 paisa while STD rate is 0.40 paisa.

International Conference held at Assam University

Dimapur, February 20 (MExN): International Conference on Global Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Environmental Sustainability in the 21st century was held from February 15-17, 2012 at Assam University, Silchar. Overall there were 255 paper presenters from all over India and from our neighboring countries Bangladesh and Nepal and from The Czech Republic. The chief guest of the conference was Prof. Michel Marek, Director, Global Climate Change Centre, Czech Republic. A book entitled “Biodiversity: Researches in North East India” was released by Prof. Tapodhir Bhattacharjee, Vice-Chancellor, Assam University, Silchar. Five Research Scholars from the Department of Geography, Nagaland University, Lumami participated and presented a paper each. Besides there were nine participants from SASRD including three Assistant Professors, 2 Research Scholars and 4 M.Sc students, where seven of them presented a paper each covering various contemporary topics.  The conference stressed on the needs of conservation of biodiversity and environmental sustainability in the 21st century all over the world, which is the basic essence of life.

One killed-Shillong accident

Shillong, February 20 (NNN): One person was killed and four others were critically injured when a Nongstoin bound bus (ML-06- 1464) heavily loaded with groceries, iron rods turned topsy-turvy on a moving vehicle ( Wagon R ML-05-g-8202) in Lumawbah, Shillong on Monday afternoon. Such was the impact of accident that the small vehicle was crushed beyond recognition, but four of the occupants were miraculously rescued after four hours of hard work involving the State police and the Army. While one identified as Abani Bora died on the spot, all the four sustained critical injuries. They are identified as Haquip Ali, M I Hussain, Mukhtar Ali and Ajay Ramchari. All of them were the occupants of the car. Police who rushed to the spot attributed to overloading as the main cause of the mishap, even as they blamed the West Khasi Hills bound buses of being responsive to numerous cases of overloading.  It took four recovery vans to simply help out the rescuing team. In course of the rescuing work, there was a serious traffic gridlock throughout the Guwahati-Shillong road and the Shillong-Jowai road.

New law to keep city clean

GUWAHATI, February 20 (TNN): Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday said that a new Act will be passed in the Assam assembly which will make it mandatory for all commercial establishments and households to keep the environment clean. Speaking during the environment awareness campaign organized by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) in front of the Cotton College, Gogoi said: "After the new Act on cleanliness comes into effect, commercial establishments and households found polluting the environment will be slapped with a fine by the concerned authorities." Emphasizing on such cleanliness initiatives across the state by the public as well as civic bodies, the chief minister praised the city students who took part in the drive carried out by the GMC on Sunday. State social welfare minister Akon Bora, water resources minister Rajib Lochan Pegu, irrigation minister Ardhendu Dey, public health engineering minister Gautam Roy and Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) chairman Robin Bordoloi joined the chief minister during the cleanliness drive conducted on the occasion. Gogoi, along with other top government officials, were leading the drive with brooms in their hands. Gogoi appealed the Guwahatians to set an example of cleanliness as Guwahati is the gateway to the north east and Assam. "As Guwahati city expands, the burden of waste materials produced is increasing. It is important that the waste material is properly disposed. Plastic packets should not be thrown into drains as it adds to the problem of flash flood," the chief minister said. Gogoi urged the people and the civic bodies to carry out cleanliness drives at least once in a week for a clean and healthy environment. "Clean environment is the key to a sound mind and body," he added. GMC commissioner Puru Gupta said the GMC will conduct such cleanliness drives every weekend. "Every Sunday, we will select a particular ward or place. On weekends, we get more workforce as GMC workers don't have a busy schedule. Besides, the local people can also offer a helping hand. We want public support in this new mission to keep Guwahati clean", said Gupta.

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