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A few handlooms are still at work in Sualkuchi, which has been badly hit by the Covid crisis. Here, a weaver makes a traditional Assamese mekhala-sador | Angana Chakrabarti | ThePrint

Little to no demand for silk weaves amid Covid crisis brings many of Assam’s looms to a halt

Sualkuchi, one of the world's largest weaving hubs, is known for silk varieties like eri, muga & paat. In lockdown, it has lost around Rs 100 crores.
Weaver Lakhyadhar Deka operates his handloom in Sualkuchi village, Assam's textile hub | Photo: Angana Chakrabarti | ThePrint

Handlooms silent, no Bohag Bihu sale: Assam textile hub Sualkuchi fights to survive Covid

Sualkuchi weavers in Assam incurred losses to the tune of over Rs 100 crore because the Covid-19 crisis struck just before Bohag Bihu, the peak sales season.
Muga silkworm

IIT Guwahati scientists using Muga silk to create 3D-printed human organs, implants

IIT-Guwahati scientists have been working with silk proteins to create artificial implants that mimic biological architecture of real tissues & bone cartilage.

On Camera

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September

Trump-Biden debate had no highlights, only lowlights

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his democratic challenger Joe Biden must have been one of the nastiest presidential debate in US history.
File image of Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj | Photo: ANI

India will not meet its Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment target in 2020-21, DEA secretary says

Govt retains its Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing limit for the full financial year, which means it can borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore in the second half.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Ordnance factories hit back at Army claims, cite export orders, accidents of other equipment

In a statement, OFB said only 19 per cent of the accidents involving defence ammunition between January 2015 and December 2019 could be attributed to the board.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.