Modi promises to end economic blockade in Manipur

Imphal, Feb 25 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today promised to end the crippling economic blockade in Manipur if the BJP comes to power in the state and said what the Congress could not do in 15 years, the BJP will do in 15 months. He also launched a scathing...

Arrest all those involved in Agriculture dept scam: NGO

Guwahati, Feb 25 (PTI) An NGO today demanded that the police arrest all those involved in the alleged Rs 700 crore scam in the Assam Agriculture department. The police yesterday arrested five officials of the Agriculture department -- Birendra Nath Sarma, Lankeswar Gam, Dilip Baruah, Rohit Bharali and Ranbir Kakati. The...

Low intensity tremor in Tripura

Agartala, Feb 25 (PTI) A low intensity tremor of 4.0 on the Richter scale shook north Tripura this noon. IMD director, Agartala, Dilip Saha said the quake took place at 12.32 pm in North Tripura district and lasted for six to seven seconds. "The magnitude of the tremor was low and...

Former footballer hopes to get lucky in poll arena

Imphal, Feb 25 (PTI) He had hung up his boots but his fighting instinct is still alive. Meet former Churchill Brothers skipper Somatai Shaiza, who is back in the poll arena after unsuccessfully contesting the last assembly elections. He had fought as a Trinamool Congress candidate during the 2012 elections...

Zeliang appointed FA to Nagaland govt

Kohima, Feb 25 (PTI) Former Nagaland Chief Minister T R Zeliang was today appointed as Finance Advisor to the state government in the rank of a cabinet minister. Zeliang, appointed by the Governor P B Acharya, will receive the pay and allowances and all other facilities admissible to a cabinet...

Dry state Manipur on a high during electioneering

Imphal, Feb 24 (PTI) Manipur, which is officially a dry state, seems to be on a high during electioneering with huge amount of liquor being regularly seized by the Excise department. Since the announcement of elections in Manipur on January 4, enforcement agencies have seized more than 51 litre of...

Centre to deploy 280 Central forces companies in Manipur

Imphal, Feb 24 (PTI): The Centre will deploy an additional 30 companies of Central paramilitary forces in Manipur for smooth conduct of the state assembly election. Manipur Chief Secretary O Nabakishore told reporters here that altogether 280 companies of Central paramilitary forces will be deployed for election duty in the...

Nine Passport Seva Kendras to be set up in Assam: Singh

Guwahati, Feb 24 (PTI) Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh today announced nine new Passport Seva Kendras would be set up in Assam soon. According to an official release by Assam Government, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh announced setting up of new Passport...

Sonowal directs releasing of funds to help the storm affected

Guwahati, Feb 24 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today directed the revenue and disaster management department to release funds for providing relief to people affected by the recent storm that hit several districts in the state. He also directed the water resource department to repair all broken and damaged...

Sit-in protest by CSS Hindi teachers in Mizoram

Aizawl, Feb 24 (PTI) More than 1000 Hindi teachers employed under Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) in Mizoram schools were continuing with their sit-in demonstration in front of the Chief Minister's Office since yesterday. The protest, demanding that the chief minister take up the matter with the Centre, continued despite rains...

5.2-magnitude quake hits Manipur

NEW DELHI, Feb 24 (PTI): A medium intensity earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale hit Manipur today. The epicenter of the quake was in Churachandrapur district. It struck at 5:32 PM at the depth of 20 kms, according to the National Centre for Seismology, a unit of the Ministry...

Economic blockade will not impact Manipur poll process: CEC

Imphal, Feb 22 (PTI): The Election Commission is confident that the economic blockade in Manipur will not impact the poll process in the state and has made all arrangements to ensure free and fair elections. "We have all the data from our state election machinery. We are confident that the...

BJP tried to destabilise Manipur govt: Congress

Imphal, Feb 22 (PTI): Manipur Congress unit president T N Haokip on Wednesday accused BJP of "trying to destabilise" his party's government in the state by "engineering defection of the party MLAs". He also alleged that BJP had "instigated" United Naga Council (UNC) to launch an economic blockade to create...

Panmei calls for tax grievance redressal system in NE

Shillong, Feb 22 (PTI) Central Excise and Service Tax Commissioner Gaigongdin Panmei today expressed concern at the lack of tax grievance redressal system in north eastern states called for to set it up before the GST rolled out later this year. "There is no (grievance redressal) mechanism as far as...

Hindi teachers in Mizoram unpaid for 10 months

Aizawl, Feb 22 (PTI) A total 1305 Hindi teachers in Mizoram appointed under Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) have not been paid their salaries for ten months and have launched a 'pen down strike'. The teachers took out a procession here today demanding payment of their salaries and continuation of their...

Heroin worth Rs 7.5 lakh seized, one person arrested

Aizawl, Feb 22 (PTI) The Mizoram Excise and Narcotics department officials today seized 245 grams of heroin worth Rs 7.5 lakh and arrested one person in this connection here, a department spokesperson said. The contraband was reportedly smuggled from Myanmar allegedly by Lalrongheta (25), a resident of Mizoram-Myanmar border Champhai...

Shurhozelie Liezietsu Sworn-In As Nagaland Chief Minister

KOHIMA, Feb 22 (PTI): Shurhozelie Liezietsu was today sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Nagaland by Governor PB Acharya in Kohima. 81-year-old Shurhozelie Liezietsu along with 11 ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Acharya at the Raj Bhavan in Kohima. The new Chief Minister...

Rs 6320 cr pending royalty to released for Assam

Guwahati, Feb 21 (PTI) Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said PSU oil majors ONGC and OIL will release Rs 6,320 crore pending royalty to the state for 2008-2014 within the next two years. "Out of Rs 6,320 crore due to us, the Centre will release 15 per cent...

CRPF DG praises people of Meghalaya

Shillong, Feb 21 (PTI) The CRPF Director General K Durga Prasad today lauded the people of Meghalaya for rejecting violence and embracing peace terming the situation as 'a matter of great satisfaction'. "People of Meghalaya deserved all the praise for rejecting violence and embracing peace," K Durga Prasad told reporters...

Assam govt to probe class X paper leak by retired HC judge

Guwahati, Feb 21 (PTI) A retired High Court judge will conduct an inquiry into the alleged leak of question papers in two subjects during the ongoing class X Assam board examination. State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "We will conduct a probe into the entire matter by a former...

Trains cancelled due to agitation in Assam

Guwahati, Feb 21 (PTI) Several trains in Assam were today cancelled by Northeast Frontier Railway in view of the agitation by Adivasi Ceasefire Organisation and Birsa Commando Force. "18 trains have been cancelled, regulated or short terminated today, owing to stir organised by Adivasi Ceasefire Organisation and Birsa Commando Force...

Manipur Elections 2017: Congress Vows To Strive For Removal Of AFSPA If Voted Back...

IMPHAL, Feb 21 (PTI): Congress today reassured that it would urge the Centre to provide constitutional safeguards for the territorial integrity of Manipur and strive for removal of AFSPA from remaining part of the state, if voted back to power. The manifesto with a 19-point agenda for development, was released...

Resignation by Mizo min sent to governor

Aizawl, Feb 21 (PTI) The resignation letter of Mizoram minister Lalrinmawia Ralte has been sent to Governor Nirbhay Sharma by the Chief Minister's office today. The resignation letter was submitted by Ralte, who holds the portfolios of labour, employment and industrial training, to Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla on Wednesday last,...

Mizoram peace talks postponed

Aizawl, Feb 21 (PTI) The fourth round of peace talks between Mizoram government and Hmar People's Convention (Democratic), which was scheduled to be held in mid February has been deferred and is now likely to be held in March. State home department officials today said efforts were being made to...

168 candidates in fray for Manipur first phase polls

Imphal, Feb 19 (PTI) A total of 168 candidates spread across 38 constituencies are in fray for the first phase of Manipur Assembly elections to held on March 4. BJP is fielding candidates in all the 38 seats, Congress has put up 37 candidates and there are 14 Independents, election...

Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang Decides To Step Down

KOHIMA, Feb 19 (PTI): T R Zeliang today decided to step down as Nagaland Chief Minister in a dramatic turn of events in the violence-hit state. A statement from the Chief Minister's Office confirmed Mr Zeliang was stepping down and a consensus leader will be chosen tomorrow morning at Naga...

Assam BJP MLA denies presence in video

Morigaon, Feb 19 (PTI) Assam BJP MLA Rama Kanta Deuri has denied his presence in a purported video showing him in a compromising position, claiming it is a political conspiracy against him. The video has gone viral over several local television channels. Denying that he was the person in the video,...

3 killed, 2 injured in mishap

Morigaon (Assam), Feb 19 (PTI) Three persons were killed and two others injured when a truck rammed into a van at Baghara on Jagiroad-Morigaon Road today. Police said the fish-laden van coming from Morigaon collided head on with the truck at around 5 am, killing three persons on the spot. Two...

BJP ‘vision document’ turns focus on Highway Protection Force

Imphal, Feb 19 (PTI) With the state facing economic blockade for three months, the Manipur BJP today stressed on raising a Highway Protection Force for ensuring a 'blockade free Manipur" in days to come, in its vision document. The 24-page vision document 2017, was today released by Union Home Minister...

Mizo Fin Min ready to present full state budget for 2017-18

Aizawl, Feb 19 (PTI) Mizoram Finance minister Lalsawta today said he was making preparations to present the state budget for 2017-18 during the budget session of the state legislature commencing from March 14. Lalsawta told PTI he would present the budget as real autonomy had been given to the states...
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