Assam CM directs state officials to ensure tea garden workers receive bonuses before Durga Puja

Guwahati (Assam) [India], October 13 (ANI): Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday in a meeting with District Collectors (DCs), and Superintendents of Police (SPs) via video conferencing in Guwahati directed the officials to ensure tea garden workers receive bonuses at the fixed rate before Durga Puja.

In a series of tweets, the Chief Minister’s office informed that Sonowal also reviewed the preparations for giving ‘land pattas’ to 1 lakh landless indigenous families by December 2020.

“Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the progress of various schemes in a meeting with DCs and SPs via video conferencing in Guwahati. Inter alia, preparations for giving land pattas to 1 lakh landless indigenous families by December this year was deliberated in the meeting,” the CMO tweeted.

“The Chief Minister directed officials to ensure tea garden workers receive bonuses at the fixed rate before Durga Puja and ensure that all eligible beneficiaries avail benefits of schemes like Arundhati and Orunodoi,” it said in another tweet.

Sonowal further directed the officials to give special attention to law and order situation during Durga Puja and asked them to take steps to cooperate with the public during the festival.

“Reviewing law & order situation in the districts, the CM directed officials to give special attention to the same during Durga Puja festivities. The CM directed officials to take steps to cooperate with the public in observance of Durga Puja rituals and create awareness about following #COVID19 protocols,” CMO said.

CMO added that the Chief Minister further directed the officials to take necessary steps to expedite the issuance of Aadhaar card in all districts of the state.

The week-long festivities for Durga Puja will begin from October 22. (ANI)

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Restaurant review: Belfast’s Ginza Kitchen taking steps to ensure a creative taste of the Orient

New restaurants have been opening in Belfast in the face of appalling economic and social conditions imposed by the pandemic. Stove on the Ormeau Road, Yugo in Ballyhackamore and now Ginza Kitchen on the Lisburn Road are signs of defiance by the restaurant trade and a mark of confidence in the future. There is nothing more reassuring than to see sensible people invest in something perceived as risky at the best of times, never mind during Covid.

nd even more reassuring is the presence of Ben Tsang, one of the city’s most polished and able restaurant managers, who has popped up in Ginza a few doors down from French Village where he established it as one of the Lisburn Road’s best lunch houses.

Ben has form so for Ginza to appoint him to front of house and chef Chee Keong Lau formerly of Dublin’s Zakura in the kitchen shows they mean business.

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Three Things You Can Do Now to Ensure You’re Able to Afford the House of Your Dreams Once It Hits the Market

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Buying your dream home may seem like just that—a dream—when you look at your bank account, but affording your own house isn’t an impossible task. With a few smart moves, like prioritizing your wish list, reconsidering your down payment, and following the market, you could end up in the space you’ve always wanted.

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Start preparing your finances.

Whether you’re setting aside money every month for a down payment or trying to work a purchase into your current budget, saving every little bit helps. “It’s never too early to start saving,” says Leslie MacKinnon, a licensed real estate professional with Compass in Boston. “My 12-year-old started saving for her first property at age 10.” Work with your realtor to determine how much liquid cash you’ll need and any expenses beyond the price of the home—like closing costs or professional mortgage insurance (PMI)—that might add up. “A down payment of 20 percent or more is always preferable, especially to avoid PMI and to be attractive in a competitive bidding environment,” says MacKinnon. “But it’s not always necessary—many first-time home buyers are successful when equipped with five percent to 15 percent down.”

Many cities and states also offer incentive programs that trim costs or provide tax credits for first-time homebuyers. And though you might be tempted to start investing in big-ticket items for your future home while you’re looking at properties, MacKinnon warns against any major shopping trips: “Big purchases can cause dings on your credit report and delays in your mortgage application process,” she says.

Make a wish list.

Most home buyers go into their search with an idea of what their dream home would (and wouldn’t) include—you might be looking for a house with a newer roof and boiler, without a septic tank or well water, or have your heart set on a walk-in closet, a finished basement, or a specific neighborhood. But if your budget doesn’t allow you to check every box, decide which features are truly essential and which you can put off to save money now. “Be flexible on your wish list and think about perhaps trading up in a few years,” say MacKinnon. “Look in more affordable regions than you originally considered, and prioritize needs over wants.”

For some buyers, a fixer upper in a dream location might seem like a win-win, but unless you have plenty of cash to fund your renovation—or you’re willing to do it slowly over a long period of time—a house that needs a major gut isn’t necessarily cheaper. “Some buyers launch into the process thinking a fixer upper is the way they want to go, but after adding up the amount of money needed to turn the home into their vision, they realize that a newer, more move-in ready home makes more sense,” says MacKinnon. “That said, if the buyer is looking in a particular highly coveted neighborhood with low inventory, they may consider a fixer upper

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