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Bihar lacks in implementation of rural schemes: MoS Rural Development

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) As Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here, the Rural Development Ministry on Saturday termed Bihar as one of the least performing states in implementing the central government's rural housing project or in creating Open Defecation Free (ODF) districts. According to the ministry, there isn't a single ODF district in Bihar, and just five ...

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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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The 'Supercop' who pacified Punjab and his controversial career

Hailed by many as a Supercop who ruthlessly stamped out terrorism from Punjab in the 1990s, K.P.S. Gill had an equal number of detractors who slammed his high-handedness and alleged human rights violations in his campaign against Khalistani militancy. The stern-looking, impressively-moustachioed Gill, who was brought to the state from the northeast in 1984 after Operation Blue Star, was...

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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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'Travel responsibly, respect indigenous communities'

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Conserving biodiversity and promoting sustainable tourism by working with local communities needs to be the focus of the tourism industry, say researchers. In the Hindu Kush Himalayas alone, nearly 71.5 million tourists visit every year, say researchers of an international institute. They say tourism in the Hindu Kush plays a potentially significant role ...

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Meghalaya Chief Secretary to contest conviction in coal scam case

New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Meghalaya Chief Secretary K.S. Kropha, who was convicted in a coal block allocation case, on Sunday said he would file an appeal in a higher court. I am waiting for the copy of the judgment and will decide accordingly to appeal in the higher court, Kropha told IANS over phone. On Friday, a special CBI court convicted former Coal Secretary H.C. Gupta and c...

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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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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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Rajnath Singh reviews security situation in northeast

New Delhi, May 16 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday reviewed the security situation in the northeast states and directed he police to focus on improving normal police functioning, better prosecution and conviction in criminal cases. Since counter-insurgency operations are now not taking as much time of the security forces as before, the state police forces need to focus...

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Selected footballers from Santosh Trophy, universities train under Constantine

Mumbai, May 16 (IANS) A total of 40 U-22 players from all across the country selected by the All India Football Federations (AIFF) scouting network are undergoing trials under India coach Stephen Constantine at the Andheri Sports Complex here in a four-day trial camp. The boys would be going through training sessions under Constantine to get selected for the final selection-cum- preparat...

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All future elections to be held with VVPAT: CEC

New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) The Election Commission on Friday said that all future elections would be held with EVMs equipped with paper trail machines, which would enable the voter to verify their vote and also rule out possibility of tampering of machines. After the all-party meeting, the poll panel also said it will hold a challenge for political parties to prove their claim that Electro...

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Myanmar keen to set up border 'haat': Indian official

Agartala, May 10 (IANS) Myanmar is keen to set up a border 'haat' (market) on its border with India and an official team from the neighbouring country visited Kasba market in Tripura to study its functioning, an Indian official said here on Wednesday. The move comes in the wake of the successful operation of such markets along India's border with Bangladesh. A five-member team le...

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Only 1 in 10 children aged 6-23 months gets adequate diet

Only one in 10 Indian children aged 6-23 months gets adequate diet, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data from National Family Health Survey 2015-16 (NFHS-4). Consequently, 35.7 per cent of children below five years of age are underweight, according to NFHS-4 data. After birth, between 0-6 months, breastmilk alone is sufficient to meet an infant's requirement for food and water. On...

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Quality education must for progress of nation: Javadekar

Guwahati, May 6 (IANS) Quality education is a must for all-round development of the country, Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar said on Saturday. After inaugurating a two-day Regional Workshop on Innovations and Best Practices in School Education here on Saturday, he said that all NCERT books had been revised in the last 10 years. The HRD Ministry has...

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IAF chief reviews security scenario in Northeast

Shillong, May 5 (IANS) Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa on Friday reviewed the security scenario in the northeast with commanders from the Eastern Air Command. Dhanoa, who arrived here on Thursday, inaugurated the Commanders' Conference here in Meghalaya. The conference is hosted by Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command Air Marshal Anil Kho...

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Bangladesh no longer safe for Indian insurgents: BSF

Shillong, May 5 (IANS) Bangladesh is no longer a safe haven for Indian insurgents, Border Security Force (BSF) Director General K.K. Sharma said on Friday. They (Indian insurgents) are no longer active in Bangladesh. There were few training camps and hideouts of Indian insurgents and on our (BSF) information, the BGB (Border Guards of Bangladesh) has taken effective action and destroyed ...

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India ready to deal with 'misadventure' from Pakistan: BSF

Shillong, May 5 (IANS) India is prepared to deal with any misadventure by Pakistani troops or terrorists, Border Security Force (BSF) Director General K.K. Sharma said on Friday. They (Pakistan) keep on infiltrating and sending terrorists. We (Indian security forces) keep on fighting them and you can see that so far we have successfully countered all their nefarious attempts, Sharma said...

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Lack of funding, poor infra hit higher education in NE

Agartala, May 5 (IANS) A dearth of investments, poor infrastructure and lopsided planning affect higher education in the Northeast, though the region has enough potential, meritorious students and teachers, experts and academicians say. However, compared to last year when the exercise was first begun, universities and technical institutions in the northeastern states have slightly improv...

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Gangtok is northeast's cleanest city

Agartala/Gangtok, May 5 (IANS) Nine cities from eight northeastern states have found place in Swachh Survekshan-2017, with Sikkim's capital Gangtok emerging as the region's cleanest city. The report of the evaluation, conducted in 434 cities and towns across the country, was released by Union Urban Development Minister M. Venakaiah Naidu in New Delhi on Thursday. Gangtok ranked 50 with a...

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Centre considering more autonomy to tribal bodies

Agartala, May 4 (IANS) The Modi government is considering demands to provide more autonomy to 16 autonomous district councils (ADCs) in north-east India. Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) Chief Executive member Radha Charan Debbarma met Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday and discussed issues related to the ADCs. We have been demanding more powers an...

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