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India’s last election day Monday

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Guwahati, May 12, 2014: The huge and hectic Lok Sabha elections that ran over a month to finally come to end Monday. Completion of complex nine phased election however would pave wild speculations over parties mustering number to grab power at the centre.

In past eight phases got underway on April 7 election held in 502 constituencies across the country. On the final day 41 seats are going to polls.

Most significant feature of the last day of election exercise is contest at Varanasi where BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is fighting APP Chief Arvind Kejriwal and Ajay Rai of Congress. Samajbadi Party’s supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is in the fray at Azamgarh on edge of Varanasi constituency.

West Bengal is another focal point of the election where Trinamool Congress is expected to establish primacy over its three rivals – CPI(M) led left front, Congress and the BJP. In 2009 Trinamool won 14 of 17 seats slated for final day election in the state. 

Repolling peaceful in Nagaland

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Kohima, May 11, 2014: Polling at Ladeigarh Polling station-1 under 49-Tamlu Assembly constituency in Longleng district was held peacefully today without any untoward incident from any corner. Polling at Ladeigarh was held Saturday as 302 electors of Ladeigarh were prevented by Assam Police to exercise their franchise on April 9 where polling to the lone Nagaland Lok Sabha seat was held all over the state.

A senior district Administrative officer said on Sunday said polling percentage was recorded at 59 percent when polling ended at 4 pm. Polling parties have reached district headquarter Longleng via Tuli and Changtongya.

Repolling was also conducted at 25/33 Naltoqa and 2/33 Akhakhu polling stations under 33 Suruhuto assembly constituency of Zunheboto district.   41.36% of votes were polled at 25/33 Naltoqa and 31.25% at 2/33 Akhakhu.

Fresh election in the polling stations was conducted under tight security with district administration, police and different agencies including observers remaining vigilant. 

NAAC team visits Nagaland University

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Kohima, May 10, 2014: National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) Peer Team visited
Nagaland University (A Central University), Kohima Campus, Meriema. The NAAC Peer Team was welcomed by Pro Vice Chancellor.

The NAAC Peer Team was accompanied by Prof Imtisungba and Prof P.K. Deka Dean of School of Education & Humanities and Social Sciences. During their visits the team had a separate meeting with faculty members, research scholars, and students and non- teaching staff after the formal Accreditation in the various academic Departments and Centre in the University.

The UGC- NAAC team also inspected the new library construction in the University Campus and also the present Central Library Nagaland University, Kohima Campus in the old building of Kohima College Kohima in the main town

EC unmoved on CEO removal issue, opposition calls strike

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Agartala, May 9, 2014: Failure of the election commission to take a decisive decision on alleged rigged Lok Sabha elections in Tripura. All opposition parties have approached the EC with evidences of gross manipulation in West Tripura and East Tripura (Tribal Reserved) constituencies and claimed the entire misconduct was planned by ruling CPI(M) in connivance with election department officials specially state’s Chief Electoral Officer Ashutosh Jindal.

The EC has not made its decision clear even after meeting with a delegation of main opposition Congress at New Delhi over the demands. Trinamool Congress, BJP, AAP and Tripura Pragatishil Gramin Congress (TPGC) are striving with same set of demands mainly removal of the CEO Jindal.

Irritated over absence of any favourable action on part of the EC, the BJP and TPGC have called a 12 hour strike on May 12 in Tripura. They have not yet received support from Congress or Trinamool Congress though both are hitting the streets over demands.

Meanwhile Tripura Pradesh Congress General Secretary scion of Tripura royal family Maharaja Pradyot Manikya Deb Barma who was part of party delegation that met top brass of the EC at New Delhi said of total 1500 polling booths in Tripura 700 booths were rigged. He demanded harsh action against CEO Ashutosh Jindal under Representation of People's Act, 1951. 

High court cancels job of 10,000 teachers

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Agartala, May 8, 2014: In a landmark judgement the High Court of Tripura has ruled appointment of over 10,000 school teachers void. The court set aside their recruitment for not following set procedures and pulled up the state government that absorbed the teachers in different categories since 2010.

Anger and anxiety grip 10323 teachers of government run schools and their families after a division bench comprising Chief Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice S.C. Das delivered the judgement on Wednesday at end of four month long court proceedings that dealt with over one hundred writ petitions of job denied aggrieved youths.  

CPI(M) led left front government recruited 1100 post graduate teachers, 4617 graduate and 4606 under graduate teachers in three batches since March 2010. There were widespread allegations that the whole appointment exercise was manipulated flouting rules and political affiliation was only considered.

The High Court directed the state government to initiate fresh recruitment process and asked the appointment of teachers should be held in transparent manner with a point to consider age limit of certain candidates who despite having merit were not considered earlier.

10323 teachers however got an interim relief as the court allowed them in service till December 31 2014. The court asked the education department to prepare a fresh recruitment guideline and make it public within two months.

Meanwhile security at CPI(M) offices beefed up as fear looms large over protests by aggrieved teachers who are facing termination. During their appointment irate mob set fire to several CPI(M) offices and manhandled leaders for being discriminating. 

All eyes as eight round elections underway

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Guwahati, May 7, 2014: The eight round of the Lok Sabha elections on Wednesday catches global attention as Congress vice chief Rahul Gandhi is fighting apparently tough contest at home turf Amethi. He is in fray with Kumar Viswas of the AAP, who has worked hard in the segment for past four months to woo voters and new entrant Smriti Irani who is depending heavily on ‘Modi wave’.

The fight is for 64 seats in the country including Seemandhra curbed out from erstwhile Andhra Pradesh state following creation of Telangana state. Unlike past Congress is on the loss in both states over anger and reactions for paving a new state.

34 of 64 seats spread over seven states went to Congress in 2009 elections in which BJP could manage meagre 4seats. 897 aspirants are in the fray and number of voters is 95 million.

Remaining 42 constituencies would go to poll in last and ninth phase on May 12. BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narednra Modi and AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal will try luck from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. 

Drug menace, heroin seized in Mizoram

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Aizawl, May 6, 2014: Anti-Narcotic officials seized 10 gram of heroin from Chawnpui in Mizoram which can fetch millions of rupees in international market. The officials from Excise and Narcotics department detected the haul in ongoing anti drug operation.

One Lalrinsiami, 31, was arrested in connection with the seizure of heroin. Officials suspected the substance smuggled in from Myanmar through remote Champhai district.

Cross border rackets are involved in smuggling of heroin and other drugs. Different states in northeast and elsewhere as well as Bangladesh are the ultimate destinations of the drugs. 

Anger on dropping murder charge into Nido Tania’s death

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Itanagar, May 5, 2014: Resentment surfaced in northeast India after Central Bureau of Investigation  (CBI) dropped murder charges against the accused in tragic death of Nido Tania in New Delhi on February 10 this year. Son of an Arunachal Pradesh MLA, Tania succumbed to injuries he sustained in attack by several persons following a brawl over passing sectarian remarks. 

 

The CBI exclude the murder offense of Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code in the charge-sheet submitted in a court three days ago on plea that its investigation found the death was not premeditated and was fallout of an altercation after Niod Tania allegedly broke counter of a shop where he went to enquire whereabouts.

New Delhi police had pressed Section 302 against seven accused, three of them juveniles, besides charges under the SC/ST Atrocities Act. But the CBI charge-sheet claims the accused did not intend to kill the victim.

Social forums and students organisations in northeast India vented annoyance over the CBI investigation as they feel the attack on Nido Tania was carried out by several people with intention to cause harm to him. Despite election season they are planning to take up the issue with the union home ministry which is responsible for law and order affairs at the national capital. 

No fresh violence in Assam, demand for action

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Guwahati, May 4, 2014: No new incident of violence reported from Bodo Territorial Areas Districts (BTAD) on Sunday after days of attacks on Muslim settlers that left 32 dead and scores injured. Army and paramilitary forces deployed in disturbed areas continue to carry out flag march and search operation to track down the Bodo extremists.

Angry relatives and residents have refused to bury the corpses, mostly women and children, unless Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi personally visits them and give an assurance of full proof security. They alleged the government did nothing to protect their life and property even after three past massacres in the BTAD.

After several hours of try senior government and security officials pacified the irate people and made them agree to perform the last rites with an assurance of Gogoi’s visit anytime. The gun attacks on innocent people also left thousands of fear stricken people take shelter in makeshift camps.

Meanwhile curfew relaxed for few hours in disturbed districts to help people get their essential commodities. Shoot at site order is also in place in BTAD.

Meanwhile several political parties, organisations and prominent citizens have demanded tern action against the extremists and those who still possess arms even after their surrender to the authorities. Senior leader Bhubaneswar Kalita met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday and demanded recovery of illegal weapons in BTAD.

Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, who is a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, condemned the incidents and expressed grief over tragic deaths. But BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has not followed suit of Dr Singh. 

Nagaland launches space based information kiosk

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Kohima, May 3, 2014: Nagaland has launched Space Based Information Kiosk with the State
Chief Secretary Banuo Z. Jamir at the Secretariat Conference Hall Kohima. Speaking on recently held occasion, the Chief Secretary said that Nagaland is the first state to have introduced this Space Based Information Kiosk in the North East.

She said that any department could come forward by depositing Rs. 50,000 lakhs to have such Kiosk in their office. The Chief Secretary further said that with the introduction and release of the space based information portal in the state, the policy and planning of the state will be easier and there will be effective implementation of the government activities and developmental programmes.

Earlier, Director of North Eastern Space Applications Centre, Department of Space, GoI, Meghalaya, Dr. S. Sudhakar gave a presentation on the application of Space Based Information Kiosk portal which contains Geo-spatial thematic layers of information such as administrative details, infrastructure related information, Land resources, water resources, disaster information, briefing on the spatial module on the portal and the various GIS tools for easy navigation and data query.

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