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Bypolls to 4 Lok Sabha, 10 assembly seats on May 28

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The bypoll to the Kairana Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh will be held on May 28 as the Election Commission on Thursday announced dates for bypolls to four Lok Sabha seats and 10 assembly seats across ten states. Apart from Kairana in Uttar Pradesh, parliamentary bypolls will be held on May 28 for Palghar and Bhandara-Gondiya in Maharashtra and to the Nagaland ...

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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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Man held with 30 smuggled gold bars in Manipur

Imphal, April 24 (IANS) The anti-smuggling wing of Manipur's Customs Directorate on Monday arrested a man along with 30 gold bars, an official said. The arrested smuggler has been identified as Mohammad Yashim of Sangai Yumpham Mayai Leikai in Thoubal district. Assistant Commissioner of the Customs Directorate R.K. Dorendrajit told reporters the accused had been handed over to th...

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Northeast states told to expedite digitisation of PDS to check fraud

Agartala, April 23 (IANS) The Union government has asked the northeastern states to expedite the computerisation of the Public Distribution System (PDS) to ensure greater efficiency and transparency, and to check large-scale fraud. After the digitisation of ration cards and computerisation of PDS, transparency and performance of the government-sponsored food supply system will improve an...

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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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Tripura asked to expedite digitisation of PDS to check fraud

Agartala, April 23 (IANS) The Union government has asked the northeastern states to expedite the computerisation of the Public Distribution System (PDS) to ensure greater efficiency and transparency, and to check large-scale fraud. After the digitisation of ration cards and computerisation of PDS, transparency and performance of the government-sponsored food supply system will improve an...

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Ceasefire pact with Nagaland insurgent groups extended one more year

New Delhi, April 20 (IANS) The Central government on Friday announced it has extended a ceasefire agreement with insurgent groups in Nagaland for one year affecting from April 28. The ceasefire agreement is between the central government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Reformation and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Neopao Konyak/Kitovi. It was decided t...

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Nagaland CM meets Rajnath, seeks support for police infrastructure

New Delhi, April 19 (IANS) Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio called on the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh here on Thursday and discussed issues related to development as well as support for improvement of police infrastructure in the state, an official statement said. The Chief Minister apprised the Union Home Minister about the situation in the state and the issues on which it requ...

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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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Northeastern states asked to expedite computerisation of PDS

Agartala, April 17 (IANS) The Cnion government has asked five northeastern states - Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura - to expedite the computerisation of Public Distribution System (PDS) for its better and transparent performance, an official said here on Tuesday. Cent per cent works of digitisation of ration cards in most of the states, including the northeastern states...

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Shah attacks Congress, says it has no 'internal democracy'

Dharwad (Karnataka), April 12 (IANS) BJP President Amit Shah on Thursday lambasted the Congress for the washout of the second half of the Budget Session of Parliament, saying a party which lacks internal democracy cannot protect democracy in the country. Accusing the Congress and its President Rahul Gandhi of promoting divisive politics in the name of caste and religion, he said the peop...

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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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'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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Severe weather forecast April 7-11: IMD

New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) The IMD has warned of severe weather conditions for five days starting Saturday. Heavy rains in Meghalaya and thunderstorms with squall and hail are forecast in Gangetic West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Bihar, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura. On April 7, heavy rain is likely at isolated places in Meghalaya, while thunderstorms accompanied with squa...

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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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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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Manipur Minister warns of action against erring forest officials

Imphal, March 27 (IANS) Manipur Forest Minister T. Shyamkumar on Tuesday warned of action against forest officials who failed to perform their duties properly. The warning came after he visited Awang Sekmai on Tuesday to check the interception of nine trucks transporting high-quality sand from Dimapur in Nagaland. There is a heavy demand for this sand in Manipur for quality construction ...

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Zhaleo Rio elected as Deputy Speaker of Nagaland Assembly

Kohima, March 26 (IANS) Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) legislator Zhaleo Rio, the brother of Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, was on Monday elected the Deputy Speaker of the state assembly Parliamentary Affairs Minister C.M. Chang proposed his name and it was seconded by K.T. Sukhalu, following which Speaker Vikho-o Yhosu declared Zhaleo elected to the post as the Op...

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