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Foreigners allowed to visit Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur unrestricted

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) In a significant move, the Union Home Ministry has allowed the foreigners -- except those from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan -- to visit tourist locations in Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur. which were so far restricted areas. With the decision, applicable from April 1, the foreigner now can visit the three states for the next five years without any permit, an...

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Congress appoints three state chiefs of Adivasi Congress

New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) The Congress on Wednesday appointed three state chairpersons of Adivasi Congress - Amarjeet Bhagat (Chhattisgarh), Sushil Marandi (Jharkhand) and Anadrao Gangram Gedam (Maharashtra). Congress President Rahul Gandhi also approved a 58-member National Executive Committee of the All India Adivasi Congress. All the chairperson of State Adivasi Congress and ...

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Five more states to roll out intra-state e-way bill

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The central government on Monday said that five more states -- Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Puducherry -- will roll out intra-state e-way bills from Wednesday. According to a Ministry of Finance statement, with the latest addition, the total number of states implementing e-way bills for intra-state movement of goods will rise to 17.<...

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AFSPA removed from Meghalaya, restricted in Arunachal

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) The Union Home Ministry has removed Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Meghalaya and reduced it to eight police stations in Arunachal Pradesh, an official said on Monday. AFSPA was totally withdrawn from all areas of Meghalaya from April 1. In Arunachal, it is down from 16 police stations to eight, the official said. The Act has however be...

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76% citizens want death penalty for rapists: Survey

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) A day after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his nod to an ordinance on death penalty for rapists who attack children, a citizen survey shows that 76 per cent of the people agree with it. According to the survey conducted by LocalCircles, 18 per cent voted for life imprisonment without parole for convicted rapists while three per cent said it should be a seven-ye...

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Instead of death penalty, improve implementation of existing laws: Amnesty

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) Human rights organisation Amnesty International India on Saturday termed a knee-jerk reaction the decision to introduce death penalty for those convicted of raping a child below the age of 12, calling on the government to improve implementation of existing laws to protect children from sexual abuse. The government's decision to introduce death penalty through a...

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SC asks states to expedite process of appointing Lokayukta

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday asked 11 states and a union territory to expedite the process of appointing Lokayukta or Uplokayukta. A bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R. Banumathi said that appointment need not wait and the process (must) be expedited. Earlier, the court asked the Chief Secretaries of the states to explain the reasons for non-a...

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'Good monsoon for central region, low in east, northeast and south'

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) With high probability of normal monsoon at 97 percent predicted pan India for 2018, private weather forecaster Skymet on Tuesday forecast central India to receive highest rainfall at 108 percent between June and September. A figure between 96 to 104 percent is considered normal monsoon. Below 90 per cent rainfall is considered deficient, 95 per cent is consider...

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India has regressed by expanding scope of death penalty: Amnesty

New Delhi, April 12 (IANS) Global human rights organisation Amnesty International on Thursday said executions and death sentences worldwide have fallen but several countries have regressed -- like India, where death sentences fell but it expanded the scope of death penalty. Positive steps were taken in 2017 and the full impact will be seen in the coming months and years. However, with so...

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Tourism among five sectors to exploit on mission mode in northeast

Agartala, April 10 (IANS) The first meeting of the 'Niti Forum for North-East' (NFNE) on Tuesday chosn five sectors including tourism and food processing to exploit them on mission mode basis to accelerate inclusive and sustainable economic growth of the region, said NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar. Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh, in a ...

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Don't hype boundary row, work with us: China tells India

Beijing, April 9 (IANS) China on Monday told India not to hype up the boundary dispute and work with Beijing to maintain peace in the border areas. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang made the comment after Chinese troops reportedly objected to Indian troops' patrolling in Arunachal Pradesh. I am not aware of the detailed information on the (current) situation on Ch...

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'Niti Forum for North-East' to accelerate region's inclusive growth

Agartala, April 9 (IANS) The first meeting of the 'Niti Forum for North-East' (NFNE) will be held here on Tuesday to accelerate inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the region, an official said here on Monday. The newly constituted forum will be co-chaired by the Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog Rajiv Kumar and Minister of State for Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNE...

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Tibetan Buddhism flourished with India support: Sangay

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Tibet's Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Monday said that Tibetan Buddhism had flourished due to India's support in the last 60 years ever since the Dalai Lama arrived in India in 1959. An ancient civilization that was almost destroyed (by the Chinese) has been preserved due to (support of) India. In the 60 years of our exile, Tibetan Buddhism flourishe...

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Focus on opening up Northeast, Himalayan states; marketing 'wisdom of India': Tourism Minister Alphons

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) Moves are afoot to open up out-of-bounds tourist destinations in the northeast of India and other border states to foreign visitors to boost India's tourism industry -- a major job creator that grew at over 15 percent last year. Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons said the issue was now before the Union Home Ministry, which was likely to take a call on it soon. ...

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Dalai Lama embraces trooper who escorted him in 1959

Dharamsala, March 31 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama got emotional on Saturday as he embraced one of the five Assam Rifles troopers, Naren Chandra Das, who escorted him in India after his escape from Tibet. In 1959, as a young trooper Das, now 80, escorted the Dalai Lama, now 82, on his arrival in Arunachal Pradesh. Dalai Lama has lived in exile ever since fleeing Tibet in...

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China agrees to share Brahmaputra river data with India

Beijing, March 28 (IANS) China on Wednesday said it has agreed to share the Brahmaputra river water data with India, which it had withheld last year after the Doklam military stand-off. The announcement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry came a day after India and China held talks over the trans-border rivers in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou. The 11th meeting of the India-Chi...

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A mere Rs 1 cr for tribal scheme in 2016-17, Congress-ruled states ignored

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) The allocation for a Centre-sponsored tribal welfare scheme launched in 2014 has come down to a mere Rs 1 crore ($154,000) in 2016-17 from Rs 200 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 100 crore in 2014-15, according to an RTI reply that also indicates that the lion's share of the allocations went to BJP-ruled tribal states while Congress-ruled states were ignored. The Vanban...

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Gujarat government fest to retrace links with North East

Gandhinagar, March 26 (IANS) Commemorating the traditionally celebrated mythological event of Lord Krishna's wedding with Rukmini, who is believed to have hailed from Arunachal Pradesh, the Gujarat government is holding an epic celebration from March 25 to 28 at the Madhavpur-Ghed village fair. The event is likely to see the Chief Ministers of both states as well as that of Manipur, and ...

1 month ago
No such thing as changing status quo in 'Chinese Doklam': China

Beijing, March 26 (IANS) China on Monday said Doklam is a Chinese territory and the question of changing the status quo does not arise after India's envoy Gautam Bambawale warned Beijing against any attempt to change the present state of affairs on the plateau. In an interview to Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, Bambawale said any attempt to change the status quo in Doklam would...

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Set up Lokayukta immediately, Ramadoss tells TN government

Chennai, March 24 (IANS) PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss on Saturday demanded that Tamil Nadu's AIADMK government set up anti-corruption body Lokayukta immediately. Citing the Supreme Court's direction to Chief Secretaries of 12 states - including Tamil Nadu - to explain the reasons for not setting up Lokayuktam, he said the state government should pass the necessary law immediately.

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