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98 makes it to 'Smart Cities' list, to get Rs.500 crore

New Delhi, Aug 27 (IANS) In a move aimed at enhancing the quality of urban life, the government on Thursday unveiled a list of 98 cities in the country for the Smart City Mission. The central government proposes to give financial support to the extent of Rs.48,000 crore to these cities over the next five years, Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said here. Naidu said a ...

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These cities made the cut

List of 98 cities and towns selected under the Smart Cities mission (population in brackets): Andaman & Nicobar Islands: Port Blair (140,572) Andhra Pradesh: Vishakhapatnam (18,78,980), Tirupati (374,260), Kakinada (350,986) Arunachal Pradesh: Pasighat (24,656) Assam: Guwahati (962,334) Bihar: Muzaffarpur (393,724), Bhagalpur (410,210), Biharsharif (29...

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One injured in Manipur blast

Imphal, Aug 26 (IANS) One person was injured in a bomb blast near the gate of the Assam Rifles office in the Manipur capital on Wednesday, police said. Thokchom Kumar, a civilian, was sitting in a hotel when the blast occurred in the Chingarel area. His condition is stated to be stable. Preliminary investigation indicates that rebels could have triggered the improvised explosive ...

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Young Manipuri filmmaker attempts to popularise his state

New Delhi, Aug 24 (IANS) Where is Manipur located? It's a question often thrown at Manipuris by other citizens of India. In a bid to make the northeastern state popular, Wanglen Khundongbam, who has studied in Bangkok and London, chose to go back to his roots and make films. A diploma holder in Digital Filmmaking from SAE Bangkok and a similar degree from London's Middlesex University, t...

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Master plans approved for 50 solar cities

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The government has approved a proposed master plan to develop 50 solar cities, for which master plans have been prepared for 46, an official statement said on Sunday. Three of these cities under the programme are planned to be set up the national capital region, the ministry of new and renewable energy said in a status note. At least one city in each stat...

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Travel frequency has increased across India

New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The frequency of Indians, especially from cities like Lucknow, Nashik and Ludhiana, travelling within the country and abroad has gone up, says an expert. Overall travel frequency has increased across India. On an average, travellers are doing three to four trips per year. Demand is increasing from tier-II and tier-III cities like Patna, Lucknow, Mysore, Tumkur, N...

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Helicopter hub in Guwahati to boost northeast tourism

New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) The government has decided to turn Guwahati in Assam into a helicopter hub to promote tourism in the northeastern states, union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said on Friday. We have taken a decision to turn Guwahati into a helicopter hub and are acquiring a hangar at the airport there for this purpose, Sharma told the media here. This is part of our ef...

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Helicopter hub in Guwahati to boost tourism in northeast

Guwahati, Aug 14 (IANS) The government has decided to turn Guwahati into a helicopter hub to promote tourism in the northeastern states, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma said on Friday. We have taken a decision to turn Guwahati into a helicopter hub and are acquiring a hangar at the airport there for this purpose, Sharma told media persons here.

12 days ago
Northeastern states on high alert for I-Day

Agartala/Guwahati/Imphal, Aug 14 (IANS) A massive security alert has been sounded across northeast India and vigil along the international borders tightened ahead of the 69th Independence Day celebrations, officials said on Friday. We have seen media reports that some militant outfits jointly made statements to boycott the Independence Day celebrations and observe bandh. But there is no ...

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Alert sounded in northeastern states ahead of I-Day

Imphal, Aug 11 (IANS) A massive security alert has been sounded in four northeastern states after separatist rebels announced a boycott of Independence Day celebrations on August 15, a home ministry official said on Tuesday. We are aware that they (rebels) will be making attempts to disrupt Independence Day celebrations in Manipur, Nagaland, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Therefore, we hav...

18 days ago
Ibobi meets Modi, Rajnath; seeks Naga accord copy

Imphal/New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Saturday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in New Delhi, seeking a copy of the recently signed Naga peace accord. Ibobi Singh met Modi at his residence at 7, Race Course Road in Delhi. The prime minister assured the Manipur chief minister that everything would be discussed with...

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Rs.76 crore allocated for Sikkim greenfield airport

New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) The government has allocated Rs.76 crore since 2013 for the development of a boundary wall of a greenfield airport at Pakyong in Sikkim, DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh said on Thursday. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, the minister for Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) said Rs.32 crore was sanctioned for the project in 2013-14, Rs.22 crore in 20...

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Centre reviews Manipur flood situation

New Delhi, Aug 6 (IANS) DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh and Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Thursday visited the flood-affected areas of Manipur and reviewed the situation. During their visit, they had telephonic conversation with Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh over the flood situation and assured him that the Centre would provide full support to the state. ...

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Manipur goes without newspapers

Imphal, Aug 6 (IANS) Newspapers were not published in Manipur on Thursday in view of a 48-hour shutdown called in support of an inner line permit (ILP) system for the state. The ILP is a special pass or permit required to enter the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. It originated during the British rule and is now essentially used as a mechanism to s...

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Manipur floods: Centre to sanction Rs.8.5 crore

Imphal, Aug 5 (IANS) Union ministers Kiren Rijiju and Jitendra Singh on Wednesday conducted an aerial survey of flood-hit areas of Manipur where 20 people have died and several lakhs have been affected. Rijiju, the minister of of state for home affairs, said the central government will release an amount of Rs.8.5 crore for relief measures in the flood-hit areas. The situation is ...

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Naga peace accord won't affect neighbours: Rijiju

Imphal, Aug 5 (IANS) The peace accord signed between the central government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) will not affect the territorial integrity of bordering states, union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said on Wednesday. The people of Manipur need not to be apprehensive about the Naga accord... as the accord is just a framework ...

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Won't accept Naga peace accord if Manipur affected: Ibobi Singh

Imphal, Aug 4 (IANS) Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh on Tuesday said his government will not accept the peace accord signed between the central government and NSCN-Isak-Muivah if it alters the boundaries of Manipur. We welcome the peace accord signed between the central government and the NSCN-IM but we will, under no circumstances, accept the peace accord if it disturbs the ter...

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Portions of 15 air routes not adequately covered by radar: Minister

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) The government on Monday informed that portions of 15 air routes situated in northern and north-eastern India are not adequately covered by radar surveillance. According to the minister of state (MoS) for civil aviation Mahesh Sharma, some distance of air routes such as W30, W31, W34, W36, W39, W85, W108 and W104 do not have adequate radar coverage. Portio...

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Manipur floods: Waters receding but life hit

New Delhi, Aug 2 (IANS) Even as the central government rushed in the National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), thousands of people in Manipur's Thoubal and Chandels districts are trying to come to grips with life in relief camps after their houses were submerged by flood waters. Water-filled paddy fields have been covered by sand and community and residential ponds have been rendered unusab...

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20 dead, houses swept away in Manipur landslides

Imphal, Aug 1 (IANS) At least 20 people were killed and several houses swept away as a landslide, caused by heavy rain, devastated a village in Manipur's Chandel district bordering Myanmar on Saturday, officials said. The death toll is likely to increase, officials here said adding that many people still missing. An official of the state disaster management wing said that the tra...

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