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4,472 Haj pilgrims will go from northeast

Guwahati, July 21 (IANS) A total of 4,472 pilgrims from the northeastern states are set to go to Saudi Arabia for Haj this year, it was announced on Friday. Haj Committee chairman Nekibur Zaman said the first batch would leave Guwahati on July 24 for Medina. The pilgrimage would continue till July 31. Daily 600 pilgrims will travel to Medina from Guwahati in two batches. For the ...

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4,472 Haaj pilgrims will go from northeast

Guwahati, July 21 (IANS) A total of 4,472 pilgrims from northeastern states are set to go to Saudi Arabia for Hajj this year, it was announced on Friday. Hajj Committee chairman Nekibur Zaman said the first batch would leave Guwahati on July 24 for Medina. The pilgrimage would continue till July 31. Daily 600 pilgrims will travel to Medina from Guwahati in two batches. For the fi...

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Kovind led in 21 states, benefited from cross-voting too

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind led in 21 states as also in both houses of Parliament over his rival Meira Kumar to register a thumping victory in the Presidential election, apart from cross-voting by those from the SP, Trinamool Congress and AAP. Meira Kumar, fielded by 18 opposition parties, including the Congress and the Left, led only in eight states and two ...

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Why India needs to count its broken toilets

In 2016, as many as 96.5 per cent of rural elementary government schools had toilets, but more than one in four (27.79 per cent) were dysfunctional or locked, according to data collected for the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). Only about 68.7 per cent of schools had working toilet facilities for students. In 2016, the ASER survey was conducted in 589 of 619 rural districts, and...

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16 states register 100% voting in presidential poll

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Sixteen states and a union territory registered 100 per cent polling in presidential election, official figures released here said on Tuesday. The lowest percentage of 86.67 per cent in the Monday voting was registered by Meghalaya while it was 95 per cent for Mizoram. The states with 100 per cent polling are Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Ch...

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Myanmar defence chief calls on PM, condemns Amarnath attack

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) Myanmar Defence Services forces' Commander-in-Chief U Min Aung Hliang called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Friday and conveyed his country's condolences to the victims of the terrorist attack on the Amarnath Yatra on Monday that claimed the lives of seven pilgrims Condemning the recent terrorist attack on pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra, Senior General U Mi...

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More money for education in key states, but little progress in learning

Even though six of India's least developed states -- among eight high-focus states in government jargon -- spent more on education per elementary school student in 2014-2015 when compared to 2011-2012, learning outcomes of students did not improve, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of expenditure data and learning outcomes. The six states are Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Ra...

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Andhra, Telangana, Gujarat best in ease of doing business: NITI CEO

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Gujarat are the three best-performing states in ease of doing business, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Monday. One the other hand, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam fare worst in the rankings, he told reporters here. Kant presented the rankings based on key development and social indicators across states and union territorie...

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'Stir again for inner line permit in Manipur'

Imphal, July 8 (IANS) A group in favour of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system on Saturday announced it will renew its agitation soon to demand its implementation in Manipur. Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS) Convener Arjun Telheiba said talks will be held with leaders of Manipur tribes in this connection. On Saturday, Manipur observed the second death annivers...

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Northeast traders embrace GST despite digital challenges

Agartala/Guwahati, July 8 (IANS) Amid confusion and initial reluctance, traders in the northeast seem to have finally accepted the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime and officials are hopeful that teething troubles will be resolved soon. The Federation of Industry and Commerce of North Eastern Region (FINER), the Northeast Chapter of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and...

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India,Bangladesh to construct bridge along Mizoram border

Aizawl, July 8 (IANS) India and Bangladesh have decided to construct a bridge over Mizoram's Khawthlangtuipui river to facilitate trade and improve communication between the two neighbours, an official said here on Saturday. Officials of India and Bangladesh held a meeting on Friday evening at Tlabung town (Mamit district) and discussed to speed up the works for the proposed bridge betwe...

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IMD warns of heavy rains in north-east, other places

New Delhi, July 7 (IANS) Heavy to very heavy rains will occur across several states in eastern and north-eastern India by July 11, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Friday. Heavy to very heavy rains are very likely in Assam and Meghalaya from July 8 to 11, apart from Uttarakhand, eastern Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Odi...

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Eight Mizo racers eye glory at JK Tyre National Racing meet

Aizawl, July 7 (IANS) A couple of months after the Aizawl FC created waves by clinching their maiden I-League football tournament, now a group of eight budding racers from Mizoram are all set to etch their name in the countrys racing circuit and earn a chance to represent India at the Red Bull Rookie Cup-Road To Moto GP in Spain. A total of 15 racers were selected in the Rookie Cup categ...

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Vehicle entry toll to continue on state borders: Centre

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) Clarifying on the unified pan-India GST that has set states dismantling their check posts, the central government said on Tuesday that vehicle entry and toll would continue to be levied on the state borders. Toll, mandi charges, fee on vehicle entry into states to continue but there will be no levy of any entry tax on goods movement, Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Ad...

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Flavours of eight northeast states on Delhi's platter

New Delhi, July 4 (IANS) It's spring rolls, Thai curry and chowmein-free zone. Rosang, where spices and herbs are sourced from all the eight states of northeast India to acquaint foodies of the country's capital with flavours of the region, is back in a bigger avatar. After a gap of six months, Rosang (God's gift) has reopened here at Green Park Extension. This time in a more spacious ar...

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Assam Rifles boosts vigil along India-Myanmar border

Aizawl, July 4 (IANS) The para-military Assam Rifles stepped up security on the India-Myanmar border along eastern Mizoram to stop drugs and arms smuggling, an official said on Tuesday. We have alerted our troops deployed along the (510 km long) India-Myanmar border with Mizoram. Vigil along the porous border was further intensified after reports of arms and drugs smuggling, an Assam Rif...

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GST: 22 states remove border check posts, 8 are dismantling

With the roll-out of the GST, 22 states in India have abolished their check posts, a Finance Ministry release here said. Among these are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and West Bengal. States where border check posts are in the process of being dismantled are Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura and Punjab, the st...

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No LPG connection in 6 northeast states till May; 4.3 million in UP: RTI

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) In six out of eight northeastern states, the Modi government failed to provide even a single LPG connection under its flagship scheme Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY). The Yojana is an initiative on whose success the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rode to power in Uttar Pradesh, having provided over 4.3 million connections in the state to BPL families. ...

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Quake hits Myanmar, northeast India

Shillong, July 2 (IANS) India's northeastern states shook on Sunday morning when a 4.9 magnitude earthquake hit Myanmar, officials said. The quake were felt at 10.57 a.m. with its epicentre in the Myanmar-India border region, said an official of the Regional Seismological Centre in Shillong. Seven of the northeastern states -- Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Arunach...

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Dalits who converted to Buddhism better off in literacy and well-being

There are more than 8.4 million Buddhists in India and 87% of them are converts from other religions, mostly Dalits who changed religion to escape Hindu caste oppression. The remaining 13% of Buddhists belong to traditional communities of the northeast and northern Himalayan regions. Today, these converts to Buddhism, also called neo-Buddhists, enjoy better literacy rates, greater work p...

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