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Cattle slaughter rules unlikely to affect business in northeast

Imphal, May 27 (IANS) People across sections in the northeastern states are more or less unanimous in their opinion that enforcement of the cattle slaughter rules issued by the central government on Friday will have little or no impact in the region. In a bid to regulate the hitherto unregulated cattle trade, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre issued a notifica...

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BJP wins lone Rajya Sabha seat from Manipur

Imphal, May 25 (IANS) President of the Manipur unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Khetrimayum Bhabananda won the state's lone Rajya Sabha seat, the election for which was held on Thursday, officials said. He defeated his lone rival Elangbam Dijwamani of the opposition Congress by a margin of 18 votes. In the 60 member Manipur assembly, Bhabananda secured 39 votes while Di...

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Modi government in celebratory mode but concern over Hindutva outfits

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Stepping into its fourth year in power on Friday, the Narendra Modi government is in a celebratory mood after the BJP's stupendous electoral success in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, a modest pick-up in the economy and the imminent roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax across the nation in July. But questions remain over the stridence shown by Hindutva outfits over cow p...

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BJP expanding across the country, says Amit Shah

Hyderabad, May 25 (IANS) BJP national President Amit Shah on Wednesday said the party was expanding across the country but felt that it has to become strong in south India. Addressing a meeting of party workers here to wind up his three-day visit to Telangana, he exuded confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will form the government in Telangana in the same way as it has done i...

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Bodies of 8 Manipur tribals killed in 2015 violence finally buried

Imphal, May 24 (IANS) The bodies of eight tribal activists in Manipur, killed in a September 2015 violence, were interred on Wednesday after being kept in the mortuary for 600 days in the state's Churachandpur district. Nine persons were killed in September 2015 during a violence that erupted after the Manipur assembly passed three Inner Line Permit Bills in August 2015. One body was bur...

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Junior men & women players named for national hockey camps

New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) Hockey India (HI) on Wednesday selected 53 men and 37 women players for the junior national camps based on their performances in the recently concluded national championships. A group of 53 men and 37 women reported to the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Bengaluru on May 24 for a five-week camp that will further identify talent who can represent the country in t...

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Escaping ethnic trouble, 280 Myanmar tribals seek shelter in Mizoram

Aizawl, May 23 (IANS) At least 280 people, mostly women and children, from Myanmar have taken shelter in two villages in Mizoram allegedly fearing ethnic trouble at home, an official said here on Tuesday. Around 280 people from Myanmar's Ralie village in Arakan area have taken shelter at Lungpuk and Khalkhy mountainous villages in Saiha district since late Friday, a Mizoram home departme...

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Bodies of Manipur activists killed in 2015 violence to be buried

Imphal, May 23 (IANS) Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Tuesday said the bodies of eight tribal activists killed in mob violence in September 2015 in the state's Churachandpur district will be buried on Wednesday. Singh has been invited to the burial of the bodies of the activists which had been preserved in the morgue since September 2015. The officials, however, said that owing ...

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SC notice on plea against Manipur Police's 'arbitrary' acts

New Delhi, May 22 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Central and Manipur governments' response on a petition by parents of Irom Rojer who was killed in 2011 in a road rage case by Ajay Meetai - the son of present Chief Minister N. Biren Singh - seeking protection from the illegal and arbitrary acts of the state police. Biren Singh in 2011 was Sports Minister in the government ...

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Why coalitions among NE militant groups won't work

Chronic attacks of the insurgency virus for decades has made the people of northeast apparently immune to the scourge. The relentless operations by security agencies have forced some of the militant groups to surrender or to run away to alien lands which they use as shelter -- and to employ hit-and-run tactics in the region. In between, there are instances of militant groups surrendering...

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Tripura polls will be a Waterloo for BJP: Yechury

Agartala, May 21 (IANS) The BJP might think it is unstoppable in Indian polls, but the assembly elections in Left-ruled Tripura in February next year would a Waterloo for it, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said here on Sunday. BJP recently formed governments in Manipur and Goa by using money power and illegal means... they would use all methods to win in Tripura as they declared...

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Japan to build war museum in Manipur

Imphal, May 21 (IANS) Japan's Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu said that Japan will build a war museum at Maibam Lokpa Ching in Manipur's Bishenpur district. Maibam Lokpa Ching is a historical place where the British and the Japanese fought during the Second World War. About 70,000 Japanese soldiers laid down their lives in the Imphal and Kohima battles, which are regarded as the fier...

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EVM challenge to begin on June 3

New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Picking up the gauntlet, the Election Commission on Saturday offered its EVMs for political parties to hack them, if possible, under a Framework of Challenge from June 3 but insisted that the machines cannot be tampered with in its custody. Amid doubts raised about EVMs by political parties, the Commission held a demonstration of the EVMs equipped with VVPAT mach...

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EC picks up gauntlet on EVMs, hacking challenge from June 3

New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) The Election Commission on Saturday announced it will hold a hacking challenge from June 3 to prove that its electronic voting machines (EVMs) cannot be tampered with or hacked and came out with a framework of conditions under which this will be done. Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi said the challenge will be open to national and state parties which took ...

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Sports ministry to launch talent search portal

New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) The Union Sports Ministry will launch a portal to search for young talent in different Olympic disciplines, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel said here on Saturday. In an interaction with the media here, Goel said that when he came across a case where a young talented sportsperson was denied entry to a stadium on the ground that the facili...

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Surrender policy for militants a failure: Manipur CM

Imphal, May 20 (IANS) Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Saturday said the surrender policy designed for militants was a total failure. Speaking at a function here, the Chief Minister said he had discussed the matter with union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. It is disappointing that there is no proper supervision over the outfits which have joined the national mainstream, he...

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India will lose 2,305 sq km forest cover by 2025: Study

Kolkata, May 20 (IANS) A staggering 2,305 sq km of forest cover in northeast India and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands -- slightly more than the size of Mauritius -- could disappear by 2025, a simulation study by ISRO scientists has predicted. The overall predicted loss of forest cover by 2025 is estimated to be 2,305 km square in the Northeast and Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The m...

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Three years of Modi: Possibility of 2nd innings looms large

Considering that the score line in the last round of assembly elections before Narendra Modi's third anniversary of the assumption of power was 3-2 in the Congress's favour, one can only say that his approval rating has been average. True, the final line-up of winners became 4-1 because the prime minister's factotums were able to dislodge the Congress from its No 1 position in Goa and Ma...

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Four Manipur Police commandos injured in ambush

Imphal May 19 (IANS) Four Manipur Police commandos were wounded in an ambush on Friday by suspected militants who exploded a bomb along the Trans Asian Highway, police said. The injured personnel were evacuated to hospital in Imphal for treatment. Additional police and paramilitary personnel were rushed to Kotha Lamkhai, where the explosion took place, to launch a combing operat...

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Strike paralyses border trade, affects normal life in Manipur

Imphal, May 19 (IANS) A 24-hour general strike called by groups belonging to the Kuki hill tribe paralysed the legal border trade and normal life at Manipur's border town of Moreh on Friday. Police told IANS that there was no report of any untoward incident during the total shutdown, which is in protest against a bomb blast in the border town on Wednesday night by suspected militants.

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