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Arunachal ministry expanded

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Itanagar, June 2, 2014: To firefight resentment over ministerial berth, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki expanded his council of ministers by inducting nine Cabinet ministers. One of the entrant is a first timer.  

Tanga Byaling, Chowna Mein, Kalikho Pul, Kamlung Mossang, Tapang Taloh, Pema Khandu, Gojen Gadi, Kumar Waii and Pario had served in previous government. Takam Pario is only new face in the council of ministers. 

Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma administered oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers at Raj Bhawan on Sunday evening. Portfolios of the ministers have been allocated on Monday.

 

Tuki assumed office on May 18 last for a second consecutive term. His party Congress won 42 seats in state assembly elections in a spectacular performance amidst nationwide electoral wave for the BJP.

Chief Minister has indicated that two more ministers would find place in his government. Besides there will be several Parliamentary Secretaries to the rank of ministers to accommodate MLAs would not find place in the council of ministers. 

Rajya Sabha poll in Mizoram on June 19

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Aizawl, May 31,2014: Mizoram will conduct election for lone Rajya Sabha seat on June19 as the tenure of sitting Rajya Sabha MP from the state Lalhming Liana ends on July 18 . State assembly officials informed about the poll schedule.

As per the notification issued by the election commission, the last date for filling nomination is June 9 and last date for withdrawal of nomination is slated on June 12. Scrutiny of nomination papers will be held on June10.

Assembly Secretary Ngurthanzuala and Additional Secretary S R Zokhuma have been appointed as returning officer and assistant returning officer respectively by the election commission for the upcoming election.

Liana was first elected to Rajya Sabha in 2002 as a Mizo National Front nominee and was re-elected in 2008 during successive MNF governments in Mizoram.

23 parliamentary secretaries sworn in Nagaland

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Kohima, May,30,2014:  Twenty three parliamentary secretaries have assumed office in Kohima of Nagaland. Chief Minister TR Zeiling has administered oath of office and secrecy to them.

Among the 23 new parliamentary secretaries, eight were inducted for the first time. 15 parliamentary secretaries had also servied in previous government headed by Neiphiu Rio.

On the other hand, among the rest of the eight parliamentary secretaries four are Independent secretaries, two from NCP and one each from BJP (Paiwang Konyak) and JD(U) (BS Nganlang).

It may be mentioned here that of the 8 newly-inducted legislators, NCP's  T M Lotha and Thomas Ngullie (Independent), served as  ministers previously. But the remaining six have made it to assembly for the first time.

JFA condemns murder of Orissa journalist

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Guwahati, May 29, 2014: : Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses shock at the brutal murder of Orissa (in central India) based journalist Tarun Kumar Acharya by miscreants on May 27 night and demands the culprits to be booked under the law. The forum also reiterates its demand for a special law to protect the working journalists across the country.

Acharya, from Bikrampur in Ganjam district of Orissa, used to work for a regional news channel named Kanak Television and he was targeted by a group of goons on Tuesday night while on way to home riding his bike. His body was recovered by local villagers with severe injuries because of repeated stabbing with sharp weapons.

The media fraternity of Orissa has already demanded the police to nab the killers and adequately compensate the victim family. Even after the victim family members named few suspects in the case to the authority, the police is yet to apprehend anyone for interrogations. Acharya, 35, left behind his wife and a minor girl.

Days back, Acharya prepared a series of stories relating to the local cashew nut processing factories deploying children as workers. Moreover he was vocal against few powerful individuals in his locality, which is around 120 km away from the State capital city of Bhubaneswar, who made social nuisances time and again.

Explosives recovered in Mizoram

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Aizawl, May 28, 2014: In yet another detection security forces recovered huge quantity of explosives in Mizoram. Paramilitary Assam Rifles and the state police found 40,000 detonators at a place called Bawngkawn.

Earlier Assam Rifles and other security agencies detected several arms haul in the state that shares porous border with Myanmar and Bangladesh. Police said that the detonators were meant to smuggle out to Myanmar.

They however failed to specify which extremist group was expected to receive the explosives. Two Myanmarese residents Zabika (49) of Falam area and Thawnga (37) were arrested after the recovery.

The detonators were made by Hyderabad-based Explosive Division of the Gulf Oil Export Corporation Ltd for exploration purposes. Mizoram police have communicated with the Hyderabad counterpart to progress investigation.

Mizoram is also being used for cross border smuggling of drug substances. 

Northeast veterans not in NDA government

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Guwahati, May 27, 2014: Veterans who had sided with the BJP in northeast India were not considered for ministerial berth in the NDA government that assumed office on Monday. Only two ministers – one cabinet and one state rank – from the region were inducted the 45 member ministry.

Neiphiu Rio, who relinquished chair of the Chief Minister of Nagaland after his win in state’s lone Lok Sabha constituency, was not considered. There was much hope and expectation that he would find a place in the new government and he too was confident.

Former Lok Sabha speaker and union minister PA Sangma who won from Tura segment in Meghalaya was left out. He also tied up with the BJP which was certain to wrest power from Congress from day one of campaign trail.

Political circles irrespective of party affiliation were surprised to see exclusion of veterans like PA Sangma who made it to parliament for record 11 times and Neiphiu Rio who was ‘unchallenged’ Chief Minister of his state for three successive terms. 

Those from northeast inducted as ministers were Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP Assam state President, as Minister of State (MoS) Independent and Kiren Rijiju, from Arunachal Pradesh, also as MoS. Both won as BJP candidates in their respective states. 

High Court order defines standing of Bangladeshis in India

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Shillong, May 26, 2014: A significant judgment of the High Court of Meghalaya has virtually defined status of Bangladeshis in India and will restrain certain circles from cultivating this sensitive issue. The court in a recently delivered judgement stated that Bangladeshi nationals who have entered in the state prior to March 24 of 1971 must be considered citizens of India.

Justice S.R.Sen in his ruling on May 15 did not categorise Bangladeshis on religious or ethnic line, which means that any Bangladeshi settled down in northeastern Meghalaya state before March 1971 are bonafide Indian citizens. The bench also mentioned legitimate right of this section of people to get enrolled in electoral rolls.

A few national and regional political parties, mainly the BJP raked up Bangladeshi issue during campaign to Lok Sabha elections. BJP slapped religious colour to the issue suggesting that door should always be made open to the Hindus subject to oppression in the neighbouring country.

The High Court observed that those migrated to India from Bangladeshis after the stipulated date is liable for deportation to their country – the same incorporated in Indira-Mujib pact. However parties like the BJP that was given a huge mandate to rule the country for five years have a different view.

Main opposition UDP of Meghalaya wants the state government appeal in the Supreme Court against the High Court ruling on basis of Indian Citizenship Act, 1955 and the Foreigner’s Act, 1946. It said cut of year of 1971 is only applicable in Assam and not in tribal infested states as constitutional provisions guarantee rights of indigenous people. 

New Nagaland cabinet sworn-in

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Kohima, May 24, 2014: The Governor of Nagaland, Dr. Ashwani Kumar administered the oath of Office to 12 new Cabinet Ministers at the Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan in Kohima on Saturday. T.R. Zeliang was sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Nagaland, with the following as Ministers Noke Konyak, G. Kaito Aye, Kuzholuzo Nienu, Kiyanilie Peseyie, Yanthungo Patton, P. Longon, Kipili Sangtam, Nuklutoshi, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, C.L. John and Dr. Benjongliba.

The Governor of Nagaland had earlier accepted the resignation of former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and appointed T.R. Zeliang as the Chief Minister of Nagaland and other Cabinet Ministers.

Later newly installed Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang accompanied by other Ministers addressed a press conference with the media persons. The Chief Minister expressed his appreciation to the former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for coming back to help install the new government in the State in spite of busy schedule in New Delhi.

Heassured that the new government will continue doing the good works which the former Chief Minister has left behind. T.R. Zeliang said Nagaland is not only about Kohima and Dimapur and his new government will bring development to all districts bridging the inequality mainly in infrastructure development.

The new Chief Minister is of the view that investment should come up for which the people have to create conducive environment for investment. He appealed to all concerned to work in unison for development.

RRII to host international workshops

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Kottayam, May 24, 2014: The Rubber Research Institute of India (RRII) will host two international workshops under the auspicious of International Rubber Research and Development Board (IRRDB) from  June 2 to 7 at Kottayam. The workshops will be on two subjects, ‘International Rubber Health Clinic’ and ‘Multilateral Clone Exchange’.

IRRDB is an international organization for natural rubber research, head quartered at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. RRII has developed an online rubber clinic for quick and effective disease diagnosis and advisory services. 

The web-based clinic has attracted many researchers and planters worldwide.  IRRDB proposes to study and evaluate the feasibility and modalities for developing an International Rubber Health Clinic for addressing pests and disease problems of natural rubber in the member countries.

The workshop is scheduled from 2 to 4 June 2014.  Invited lectures on the latest developments in ICT based technologies for agriculture are also included in the workshop.

The matters related to the exchange of promising planting materials will be discussed in the second workshop scheduled from 5 to 7 June 2014.  RRII has developed some of the most productive clones in the world. 

More than 200 promising clones in the pipeline are also at various stages of evaluation. Performance of clones under different agro-climatic conditions in the member countries, unique features and traits of different clones that are proposed to be exchanged, utilization of wild germplasm of Hevea etc. will be discussed in the workshop.

The workshops will have representatives from the areas of rubber research, development, extension, policy making etc.

Assam Chief Minister saved from ‘revolt’.

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Guwahati, May 23, 2014: Fire fighting effort of the Congress High Command has prevented rebel Congress MLAs of Assam from staging a revolt against Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday. The party in ethnic strife stricken state had landed on verge of a split after the dissidents threatened to meet Governor to submit their no confidence against Gogoi who is facing ire for party’s worst ever performance in recently held Lok Sabha elections.

Sensing an imminent split in the party which would further give ammunition to the BJP, party High Command asked the Chief Minister to swing into action before it was too late. Gogoi had no choice, but leave aside his ‘ego’ to speak with Minister Hemant Biswai, leader of the rebel group, to douse the fire at least for the time being.

Biswai group that comprises of some 45 MLAs was told that the AICC will send a senior leader from Delhi to sort the things out. “We have been told this and got an indication that Motilal Vohra will visit Assam in next four-five days”, the leader who many believe wants to become Chief Minister, told newsmen.

“Under the assurance we are suspending our move”, he announced adding they would not meet the Governor. They earlier set 5PM deadline on Friday for the Chief Minister to act or face consequences.

Tarun Gogoi had submitted his resignation to party Chief Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Wednesday, but his offer was rejected. The rebel leaders say it was a stunt and stressed on change of leadership to restore traditional monopoly of Congress in Assam.

Congress performed very badly in Assam in Lok Sabha elections and managed to win only three of 14 seats. BJP bagged 7 and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) 3 while one went to an independent. 

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