Brisbane Touch Football grows from humble start

first_imgTuesday’s Courier Mail has a great story about Touch Football in Brisbane and how it is celebrating 40 years in 2013.  To view the story, please click on the link below: http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/more-sports/love-of-the-game-brisbane-touch-football-grows-from-humble-start/story-fnii0hmo-1226679980464 Related LinksCourier Mail Storylast_img

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Man who pledged 7M to hockey team charged with fraud over cheques

first_imgVANCOUVER – A man who promised $7.5 million to a junior hockey team in British Columbia has been charged with forgery and fraud after a restaurant owner complained to police about an unpaid bill.Cranbrook RCMP say they began investigating Michael Lawrence Gould of Wasa, B.C., in early November after a local business owner contacted them. The owner said she’d catered a banquet for 50 people and she was paid with cheques.“When the business owner attempted to cash the cheques, she was advised that there were insufficient funds,” Const. Kathy Forgeron said in a statement on Tuesday.Forgeron said Crown counsel has approved charges of forgery and fraud against Gould, who is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.Asked for his response to the allegations, Gould said he did not plan to appear on the charges.“I’m not going to court,” he said.“I got no reaction. I don’t have to be there. There you go. Goodbye,” he said, before hanging up.In some cases, a lawyer can appear on behalf of an accused at a first appearance. Gould did not say whether he had obtained counsel.Gould, 38, promised millions to the Kimberley Dynamiters at a home game in October attended by 700 people. He said he had won a jackpot in a EuroMillions lottery, although he declined to say how much he’d won.The team’s board of directors issued a statement on Nov. 13 saying it had not received the money.On Nov. 15, Gould said the team would receive the money in 10 days. He said the delay was due to minor issues and also “with the banks,” but he didn’t elaborate.In an email on Wednesday, team president James Leroux said the team has not received the donation.Jolene Salanski, owner of the Northwest Grill, said Gould held a banquet at the restaurant in October to celebrate his promised donation to the team.She said he appeared to be a “very nice gentleman, very businesslike, well-mannered.”The bill was close to $8,000 and he paid her in two cheques that had his stepfather’s name on them, she said. Salanski said she knew the man was Gould’s stepfather because he had also attended the banquet. The stepfather could not be reached for comment.The next day, Gould called her and asked her not to cash the cheques, adding he’d bring her a bank draft instead, Salanski said.“There was promise after promise,” she said. “He kept telling me he’d come and then he never did.”She said he gave her a gift letter with a bank’s logo on it as well as other documents that he said were from the bank. She said she became suspicious and frustrated as she owed money to food vendors and employees who assisted with the event.After about a month, she took the cheques and other documents to the bank, Salanski said.“I was informed at that time that (Gould’s stepfather) had no idea the cheques were written and I was to meet (him) at the RCMP station,” she said, adding the bank also told her the other documents were not real.Gould has told the National Post that all the documents he has provided on financial institutions’ letterheads were authentic, and repeated he plans to fulfil his promise to the Dynamiters hockey team.The Post quotes Gould as saying he asked Salanski not to cash the cheques because he didn’t have access to funds to give to his stepfather to cover the payment. Gould told the newspaper he offered the gift letter to Salanski because he wanted to help her out.Salanski told The Canadian Press she turned over all the documents to police. Cranbrook RCMP did not respond to interview requests.About two weeks ago, Gould came into the restaurant and paid the bill in cash, Salanski said.“He likes to put on a show,” she said. “It was right in the middle of the restaurant and he’s counting out all this money on the table. … He just made a big spectacle of it.”She said the experience was extremely stressful as she just took over as owner of the restaurant in August.“This was not my dream of owning my own restaurant, put it that way,” she said.— By Laura Kane in Vancouverlast_img read more

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Your Chance To Crash Luke Bryans Party and Meet Him Backstage

first_imgWhatever plans you have, break them… because you and a friend are crashing Luke Bryan’s party.Crash Luke Bryan’s Party and Meet Him Backstageomaze.com is giving you the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet country music star Luke Bryan. You’ll get to head backstage at his show in Lake Tahoe, snap some photos, and chat about hunting, fishing or whatever you’d like. All we know is you won’t want this night to end. Flights and hotel are included.All you have to do is visit omaze.com and donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, located in Memphis Tennessee, is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer. Its mission is clear: Finding cures. Saving Children. Your donation will support the groundbreaking research of St. Jude and their cutting-edge work combating pediatric cancer, all while making sure families never pay a dime for anything.The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.But be quick, this opportunity only has a few more days to run.To find out more, and take part, click here.last_img read more

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Dutch cable operator Ziggo has completed the acqui

first_imgDutch cable operator Ziggo has completed the acquisition of business services telco Esprit Telecom following approval by the Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM).According to Ziggo, the acquisition will help it expand its services for the business market. Esprit is active in the small and medium enterprise market in the Netherlands. The acquisition also includes Zoranet, an information and communication technology specialist that focuses on the retail sector.last_img

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Olivier Barberot Globecast has completed a company

first_imgOlivier BarberotGlobecast has completed a company-wide reorganisation, in a bid to “enhance its position as a fully integrated media solutions provider.”Globecast said the changes will allow it to operate in a unified manner across all its territories and address the changing needs of its customers.Powered by the launch of ‘Media Factories’ around the world, Globecast said aims to deliver an end-to-end solution offering – moving from an independent teleport operator and satellite services provider to an integrated, global media solutions company.“Globecast has expanded tremendously since its inception, and seen enormous success with its satellite and fibre services. We have listened to our customers and closely examined the next phase of our development using their responses and our market expertise,” said Globecast CEO, Olivier Barberot.last_img read more

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Michelle Phan Endemol Beyond Germany and Viacom In

first_imgMichelle PhanEndemol Beyond Germany and Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe have partnered to launch a local version of multiplatform lifestyle channel Icon.The pair and brand partner ASOS has created FLiP, which is a local language version of Icon, which premiered in the UK and US in March 2015 and is now being adapted in 16 more markets.Furthermore, a TV spin-off will air in Germany on Fridays at 10.25pm from tonight on Nicknight.Digital star Michelle Phan leads Endemol Beyond-owned Icon on the creative front. The German network will offer content from up-and-coming digital influencers such as Mel (AMissMelle / Vanellimelli), Melissa (BreedingUnicorns) and Hatice (Hatice Schmidt)/Endemol Beyond’s global managing director, George Ramme, is based in Germany. His digital group is part of Endemol Shine Group.“The launch of FLiP marks the next step in the growth of Endemol Beyond as we bring one of our digital formats to television for the first time,” said Ramme.“Viacom International Media Networks Northern Europe pursues with its brands a multi-platform approach to offer the audience and users targetgroup focused, interesting and exciting entertainment via linear and non-linear channels at all relevant platforms and devices,” said VIMN’s VP of digital, north, Mathias Blüm. “With FLiP we create the perfect combination of linear and non-linear with a clear focus on ‘digital first’.”last_img read more

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Managing nontraditional risk factors to improve outcomes after cancer surgery

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 12 2019In a study of 142 patients preparing for cancer surgery, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers say they have evidence that psychological or social risk factors such as depression, limited resilience and lack of emergency resources along with standard medical risk factors such as high blood pressure or diabetes are linked with higher risks of surgical complications.”When it comes to cancer surgery, the conventional strategy has always been to treat the cancer as fast as you can,” says Ira Leeds, M.D., M.B.A., a research fellow in the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “But our study suggests that there are things related to their psychosocial lives that we could and should be managing ahead of time, and that would help our patients have better outcomes after their surgery.”The researchers caution that their study wasn’t designed to determine cause and effect, but to identify associations between risk factors and outcomes.In a report on the study, published Jan. 7 in Annals of Surgical Oncology, the researchers said such psychological and social factors as mood, the ability to handle stress, resources patients can pull together in a pinch, and a history of drug, alcohol or smoking addiction were tied observationally to poor surgical outcomes in their study population. Taking note of them, and perhaps taking some time to address them, may help reduce complications and improve outcomes.Leeds said his study was prompted in part by the better outcomes documented in other kinds of surgery where there may be less of a sense of immediate urgency, such as weight reduction and orthopaedic operations. In those fields, he noted, surgeons generally require that their patients have a good psychosocial safety net and plan before surgery, because such things as quitting smoking and having a plan for after-surgery care can result in fewer adverse events.To see whether that might be the case for cancer surgery patients, the researchers compiled a special questionnaire based on well-known terms and concepts used to measure psychosocial risk factors. For example, the questions ask a patient how well they bounce back from a difficult event, or how likely they could cope with and care for a minor infection from home after surgery.Related StoriesStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessaryHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerBetween March and October 2017, they gave the survey to 142 patients before they had abdominal cancer surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital or its local affiliates. Each survey took an average of 10 minutes to complete and asked patients to rank their answers to about 20 questions on a 1 to 5 scale.The patients were an average of 65 years old; 56 percent were men and 23 percent were nonwhite. More than half the patients had a liver or pancreatic tumor, and the rest had primarily colorectal tumors. The researchers assessed patient outcomes 30 days after surgery, using medical records to count such complications after surgery as infections, blood clots, bleeding from surgery, heart attack, kidney problems, stroke and spending excessive time on a ventilator.Of those who had operations, 43 percent had other medical risk factors prior to surgery, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, lung disease or heart failure, all of which may lead to post-operative complications. Almost three-quarters had at least one psychosocial risk factor, with the most frequent reported as smoking (43 percent) and limited resourcefulness (29 percent).The researchers found that one psychosocial risk factor alone did not make a person more likely to have complications after cancer surgery. However, they found that if people had medical risk factors and a single psychosocial risk factor, it made them 28 percent more likely than those without those factors to have complications after surgery, even after accounting for the extra complications tied to medical risk factors.Those patients who had a medical risk factor and two or more psychosocial risk factors were 3.4 times more likely to develop a complication after surgery than those with no risk factors.”Our results suggest that there is an opportunity to test new interventions focused on managing psychosocial risks before surgery in order to improve outcomes, and that is what we plan to do next,” says Leeds. Source:https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/potential-way-to-improve-cancer-surgery-outcomes-by-managing-nontraditional-risk-factorslast_img read more

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Novel models and strategies for TB detection elimination and care

first_imgCredit: GDJ, Pixabay and NIAID, FlickrAn estimated 10 million people developed tuberculosis (TB) and 1.6 million died of TB globally in 2017, making it the number one cause of death from a single infectious agent. Last year the United Nations held a High Level Meeting on TB, where heads of state pledged to eliminate the disease by 2030.The Special Issue opens with publication of two original research articles:In the first article, Radojka M. Savic, of the University of California, San Francisco, and colleagues, develop a model for estimating the distribution of TB drugs in patients’ lung lesions. They used data on 329 plasma- and 1,362 tissue-specific drug concentrations from 9 distinct lung lesion types obtained from 15 patients (10 men, 5 women) undergoing lung resection surgery, to develop and evaluate a site-of-action mechanistic pharmacokinetic model for 7 major TB drugs (rifampin [RIF], isoniazid [INH], linezolid [LZD], moxifloxacin [MFX], clofazimine[CFZ], pyrazinamide [PZA], and kanamycin [KAN]). The researchers found that patients receiving standard doses of RIF and INH, who are at the lower range of exposure distribution, spent substantial periods (>12 h/d) below effective concentrations in hard-to-treat lesions, such as caseous lesions and cavities. Standard doses of INH (300 mg) and KAN (1,000 mg) did not reach therapeutic thresholds in most lesions for a majority of the patient population. The investigators also found that the majority of TB drugs showed poor penetration into the cavitary lesions, leading to inadequate drug levels at the site of disease and increased risk of developing drug resistance. The authors note that this was a small group of patients from a unique population of TB patients who failed treatment and underwent lung resection surgery. Still, the authors note that the finding that TB drugs do not penetrate equally in different tissues suggests that a patient-focused approach to optimize drug regimen to the disease extent, lesion type, and individual drug-susceptibility profiles may eventually be useful to guide selection of tailored drug regimens with improved outcomes. They provide a web-based tool to further explore this model and results at http://saviclab.org/tb-lesion/.Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyIn the second article, Ankur Gupta-Wright, of London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and colleagues develop a clinical risk score for identifying HIV-positive patients diagnosed with TB with an increased chance of dying within 2 months. The risk score includes 6 factors that can be measured upon hospital admission, including a urine TB diagnostic test to detect the protein lipoarabinomannan [LAM], age, sex, previous experience on antiretroviral treatment, anaemia, and ability to walk unaided. The score was derived in a cohort of 315 patients from the STAMP TB screening trial in Malawi and South Africa, and externally validated in 644 patients from 2 other studies done in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Kenya. For patients identified by the score as high-risk, the odds of dying within 2 months were about 5 times greater (odds ratio 5.3, 95% confidence interval 2.2–9.5) compared to patients classified as low-risk in the validation cohort. The authors note that this risk score depends on access to urine LAM testing, does not measure all potential predictors of mortality (e.g., TB drug resistance), and further validation in larger and diverse cohorts is necessary. However, this risk score may be able to identify patients who could benefit from enhanced clinical care, follow-up, and/or adjunctive interventions.In addition to the research articles this week, the Special Issue includes a blog on Speaking of Medicine featuring the stories of six survivors of TB, discussing their experiences with different aspects of the TB care cascade, and how it led them to advocate at a local and global level to improve TB care.The Special Issue will continue with further research and discussion articles appearing over the next several weeks. Apr 8 2019This week, publication of a special issue on tuberculosis (TB) begins in PLOS Medicine, advised by guest editors Richard Chaisson of Johns Hopkins University, Claudia Denkinger of the University of Heidelberg, and Mark Hatherill of the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Institute. Source:https://www.plos.orglast_img read more

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Tesla proposes big payout if Musk meets lofty goals

In this July 15, 2017, file photo, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk responds to a question by Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval during the closing plenary session entitled “Introducing the New Chairs Initiative – Ahead” on the third day of the National Governors Association’s meeting in Providence, R.I. Tesla says it’s put together a 10-year compensation package for Musk that pays him based on certain market cap and operational milestones he hits – otherwise he gets nothing. The electric vehicle maker says Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, its market cap would have to grow to $650B for Musk to fully vest. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File) Explore further Elon Musk is known for his bold predictions on electric and self-driving cars. Now his pay could depend on whether those predictions come true. Under a new all-or-nothing pay package, Musk would remain at Tesla Inc. for the next decade and see his compensation tied to ambitious growth targets.The proposal, revealed Tuesday in a regulatory filing, requires that Tesla grow in $50 billion leaps, to a staggering $650 billion market capitalization.The electric car maker, based in Palo Alto, California, is worth less than $60 billion today. Tesla must hit a series of escalating revenue and adjusted profit targets, only after which Musk would vest stock options worth 1 percent of company shares. He would get no other guaranteed compensation.The pay package, developed over the last six months by Tesla’s board, still needs the approval of Tesla shareholders, who will vote on it at a special meeting in late March. Musk and his brother Kimbal, who is a Tesla board member, will recuse themselves from the vote.If the goals are reached, Tesla would be one of the biggest companies in America. The $650 billion benchmark would make Tesla the fourth-most valuable U.S. company, behind only Apple Inc., Alphabet Inc., and Amazon.com Inc. based on current valuations. It would be larger than Microsoft Corp., and would exceed the current combined valuation of the world’s top eight publicly-traded auto companies.The pay scheme would also catapult Musk into the ranks of the world’s richest people. Musk’s stock options could be worth up to $55.8 billion if he meets the company’s goals. He also would own a 28 percent stake in Tesla, which would be worth $182 billion. Forbes’ current richest billionaire, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, is worth $86 billion.Musk has long had ambitious plans for Tesla. In a 2015 earnings call with analysts and media, he predicted Tesla could match Apple in total value by 2025.Musk’s growth plans were laid out in a 2016 blog post he titled “Master Plan, Part Deux.” Tesla plans to expand from electric cars and SUVs to trucks—including a semi due out in 2019—and buses. It will continue to work on autonomous vehicle technology and plans to enter the car-sharing business, letting Tesla owners share their cars when they’re not using them and running Tesla-owned fleets in cities. Citation: Tesla proposes big payout if Musk meets lofty goals (2018, January 23) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-big-package-musk-bigger-goals.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This April 7, 2015 file photo shows the Tesla logo on the new Tesla Model S 70D during a test drive in Detroit. Tesla says it’s put together a 10-year compensation package for CEO Elon Musk that pays him based on certain market cap and operational milestones he hits – otherwise he gets nothing. The electric vehicle maker says Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, its market cap would have to grow to $650B for Musk to fully vest. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Elon Musk says Tesla is planning to make a pickup truck The company, which bought solar panel maker SolarCity Corp. in 2016, also plans to expand its solar panel and energy storage businesses. Tesla is making solar panels and roof tiles at its factory in Buffalo, New York, which will help the company blunt any impact from President Donald Trump’s recent 30-percent tariff on imported solar panels and cell modules. The plans are ambitious, but that’s nothing new for Tesla. Under a 2012 agreement, Musk’s stock options vested only if the Tesla’s market cap continued to rise in $4 billion increments. The company also had to hit matching operational milestones, including vehicle production targets and developmental milestones tied to the Model X and Model 3 programs. Tesla wound up reaching all of the market cap milestones and nine of the 10 operational milestones, falling short only of its goal to have four consecutive quarters with 30-percent gross margins.When that pay package was created, the company was worth just $3.2 billion. Its market cap at the end of last year was 17 times that amount. That’s why the new goals may not be that far-fetched, says Michael Ramsey, an analyst with Gartner who follows Tesla.”To this point, it has been dangerous to predict failure for Tesla or Elon,” he said.Adam Jonas, an analyst with Morgan Stanley who follows Tesla, thinks plan is partly a marketing tool as the competition for electric and autonomous vehicle talent heats up.Jonas added that Musk—who owns 21.9 percent of Tesla shares—is already “all-in” on the company, so he sees the incentive package as more for investor confidence than for Musk’s personal benefit.In order to vest shares when milestones are reached, Musk must stay on as CEO or serve as both executive chairman and chief product officer. That would give Tesla the option of hiring a different CEO. Tesla said while it doesn’t currently intend for Musk to step away from the CEO role, the terms allow him to potentially focus his attention on key products and strategy.The amount of time Musk divides between Tesla and other ventures has been a concern for investors. Musk is also the founder and CEO of rocket maker SpaceX and the co-founder and chairman of OpenAI, a nonprofit that researches artificial intelligence. He also recently started The Boring Co., which hopes to build tunnels beneath Los Angeles and other major cities for high-speed transit.Musk has never made a salary at Tesla, which is unusual but not unheard of for a CEO. Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford didn’t take a salary or bonus for five years starting in 2005 when the company’s fortunes were sagging. Oracle Corp.’s Larry Ellison has a $1 salary but takes home millions in stock awards. And Steve Jobs took home $1 per year when he was Apple’s CEO from 1997 to 2011.Tesla—which turns 15 this year—has never earned a full-year profit. It has reported only two profitable quarters since it went public in 2010.Each of the four vehicles it has made has faced significant delays and production problems. Its newest vehicle, the lower-cost Model 3 sedan, is no exception. Musk initially said Tesla would be making 20,000 Model 3s per month by the end of 2017, but he recently pushed that goal to the end of the second quarter.That hasn’t dimmed investors’ appetite for Tesla’s stock. Tesla shares were up less than 1 percent to $352 in afternoon trading. They’ve risen around 40 percent over the last year. read more

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Floods affect 8 lakh in Assam 10 dead across Northeast as rains

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 23:28 IST An village in Kamrup district of Assam on July 12. (Photo: IANS)Heavy rain and floods have thrown life out of gear in the entire eastern region with over eight lakh people being affected by the overflowing Brahmaputra in Assam. Non-stop rain in north Bengal and Sikkim has triggered several landslides, throwing normal life out of gear.Low-lying areas in north Bengal and Sikkim are also staring at a flood-like situation with the incessant rainfall while in Assam at least 6 people have been killed so far. A total of 10 people have died across three states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram. Some are feared dead in Bengal.Here are the top 10 developments:1. Road connectivity between north Bengal and Sikkim has been completely disrupted by the continuous rainfall. Rail connectivity has also been disrupted in the Dooars region. Several tourists are struck on the road while two tourist vehicle were drawn into the Teesta River and bodies are yet to recovered due to the rising water levels in Teesta.2. Road connectivity between Siliguri and Sikkim has been shut. Heavy rain is expected till July 14.3. Over eight lakh people have been affected by the flood situation in Assam with more than half of the districts in the Northeastern state submerged under water.4. Barpeta in Assam is the worst hit district with over 85,000 people reeling under the impact of the floods. Six people have lost their lives in Assam so far.5. Animals are fleeing the Kaziranga National Park, the famed habitat of the Great Indian Rhino and a World Heritage site. Authorities have set up road barricades on the national highway passing through the park to limit speeding vehicles.6. The Assam disaster relief force has said nearly 800 villages in 41 revenue circles are under water and about2,000 marooned people have been put up in 53 relief camps and relief distribution centres set up by the district administrations.7. In Arunachal Pradesh, 2 girls were buried in their sleep and three others were injured after a landslide caused a boundary wall to collapse on the hostel building of a school in Tawang district.8. Arunachal capital Itanagar has been witnessing landslips, mudslides and road blockades due to heavy rainfall for several days and the district administration has ordered closure of all schools in Itanagar till Sunday.9. In Mizoram, 2 men have drowned and 390 houses submerged in floods triggered by incessant rain across the state. Disaster management and rehabilitation officials said landslides made many places inaccessible.10. The Itanagar-Naharlagun stretch of NH-415, which is being upgraded to a four-lane highway, is the worst hit by the monsoon fury.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Incessant rains trigger landslides, bring life to a standstill in Arunachal PradeshAlso Watch | In Depth: Decoding the link between floods and droughtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee Floods affect 8 lakh in Assam, 10 dead across Northeast as rains lash region | 10 pointsHeavy rainfall and floods have affected the entire Eastern and Northeastern India. Over eight lakh people have been affected in Assam while the rain has disrupted life in north Bengal, Sikkim and other states.advertisementlast_img read more

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