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Ahead of Christmas, Mizoram govt inks truce with rebel outfit to ensure peace

Aizawl: Days before Christmas, the Mizoram government signed a ceasefire agreement with a militant outfit to facilitate people of the Christian-dominated state to celebrate the carnival and New Year under undisturbed ambience, an official said in Aizawl on Saturday.

The Mizoram government has been holding peace talks with Manipur-based terror outfit Hmar People’s Convention-Democratic (HPC-D) to find a solution of the outfit’s demand for an autonomous council.

Silent for now. ReutersSilent for now. Reuters

Silent for now. Reuters

The third round of talks between the Mizoram government and the HPC-D held in Aizawl on Friday in which the outfit members deposited three AK-47 rifles, one INSAS rifle, four point 9 mm pistols, 17 magazines of different arms and 74 rounds of ammunition. These arms and ammunition were earlier snatched by the terror outfit from the Mizoram police.

The six-member HPC-D team was led by the group’s working chairman LT Hmar and the outfit’s leaders from Manipur and Mizoram while the government delegation was headed by additional secretary (home department) Lalbiakzama.

“We have signed a temporary ceasefire agreement with the militant outfit to make easy people of the state to celebrate Christmas and New Year under a peaceful environment. The third rounds of talks were held under friendly atmosphere,” Lalbiakzama said, adding that both sides agreed to resume the fourth round of talks by mid-February next year.

The first round of peace talks between the Mizoram government and the HPC-D was held on 10 August and the second round on 5-6 October.

Lalbiakzama said that issues discussed in the talks included more autonomy and power to Sinlung Hill Development Council, which was functioning since 1994 in the northeastern part of the state neighbouring Manipur where a large number of tribals belonging to Hmar tribes are living.

HPC-D A leader LT Hmar after the meeting, said, “The demand for Hmar autonomous district council was no longer included in the talks.”

The Manipur-based militant outfit of the Hmar tribals has been triggering intermittent violent activities in Mizoram since 1994 demanding a separate autonomous district council under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution by carving out areas adjoining southern Manipur, northern Mizoram and southern Assam.

The negotiations between the state government and the HPC-D reached an impasse in 2013 on the issue of extension of the period of suspension of operations.

A six-month ceasefire between the Mizoram government and the militant outfit expired on 31 July 2013.

The state government held inconclusive talks with the outfit on 14 August 2013, to extend the period of ceasefire.

After the talks broke down over the suspension of operations against the terror group, a host of leaders of the outfit were arrested.

On 28 March 2015, the HPC-D guerillas ambushed a legislator’s convoy near Zokhawthlang village in north Mizoram, leaving three policemen dead and six others seriously wounded.

Mizoram is the first and only state in India which received Rs 182.45 crore from the central government in 2000-01 as “Peace Bonus” for keeping peace after decades of insurgency.

As Mizo National Front’s founder leader Laldenga, a former Indian Army official, became chief minister in 1986 after his group took to mainstream politics, peace and law and order returned to the Christian-majority Mizoram.

First Published On : Dec 17, 2016 16:21 IST

Police, Assam Rifles catch 8 militants near Mizoram-Myanmar border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state police and the Assam Rifles caught eight militants along with a cache of sophisticated weapons during a joint operation at Mizoram-Myanmar border area.A police report here said the militants were caught from Mizoram’s southernmost Siaha district on Thursday.All eight militants were taken to the Siaha Police Station and booked under the Indian Passport Act and Arms Act, the police report said.The seized weapons comprised one Lathode Grenade Launcher, one 7.62mm Assault rifle, one 5.56mm M-16 rifle, one M-11 Assault rifle, one G-3 rifle, ten Lathode grenades, two Chinese-made hand grenades, large rounds of ammunition and magazines.

Presbyterian Church of Mizoram not to accept demonetized notes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Presbyterian Church of Mizoram Synod, the largest church in Mizoram, announced that the Synod Office in Aizawl would no longer receive demonetized Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in cash. Mizoram Synod’s Senior Executive Secretary Rev Lalramliana Pachuau, in a circular issued to all the local churches and pastoral committees said that church collections should in future be deposited in the bank account of the Synod or transfer the money through digital transfer, cheques. The branches and district offices under the Mizoram Synod were also cautioned not to receive demonetized notes in cash.However, the Baptist Church of Mizoram, the second largest church in the state announced that the church continued to receive demonetized notes till today, but did not specify when it would discontinue receiving the notes.Meanwhile the new Rs 500 denominations, which arrived at the State Bank of India Aizawl branch yesterday was distributed to other branches and other public sector and private banks.State Bank of India Aizawl Branch Assistant General Manager Pradeep Kumar Sen said that the Rs 500 notes most probably would be dispensed by the ATMs by tomorrow.Sen said that a large amount of Rs 100 notes also arrived along with the new Rs 500 note consignment and the arrival of Rs 500 notes was expected to ease the problem of the common people further.

Mizoram: Question mark on Bru people repatriation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mizoram Bru Displace People’s Forum (MBDPF) President A Sawibunga expressed doubt that thousands of Bru people, now lodged in six relief camps in North Tripura district would be willing to return to Mizoram unless each repatriated family is disbursed money for construction of a house under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). MBDPF is an apex body of the Bru people lodged in the Tripura relief camps since the later part of 1997. Sawibunga, who is now in Aizawl to appear before a district court in which he is the accused in a defamation case, said that the centre has to give official assurance that all the families in the camps would be given house construction expenses under the Prime Minister’s program of housing for all.He lamented that many bona fide residents of Mizoram in the six relief camps were not identified by the Mizoram government officials who conducted the identification since November two till Wednesday. “The officials did not bother to check ration cards issued by the Mizoram government and other documents saying their instruction was to identify only those enrolled in the 1995 Voters lists,” he said, adding that many descendants of voters whose parents have died were also left out in the identification.He also said that the Tripura government officials issued birth certificates to only few Bru babies born in the relief camps which created problems in identification. Mizoram government officials identified 32,857 Brus belonging to 5,413 families during the identification process who would be repatriated as per the proposed road map for Bru repatriation.According to the Road Map-V for Bru Repatriation, around 21,000 Brus belonging to 3,445 families were to be repatriated, but the figure had shot up much more than the target earlier.Meanwhile, the physical repatriation, scheduled to commence from November 30 is not likely to begin as per schedule due to various problems, state home department officials said.The officials said that the Ministry of Home Affairs’ delay in making final decision on the proposed enhancement of rehabilitation and resettlement package for the resettled Bru families and the recent demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes hindered physical repatriation to begin as per schedule.At this rate, the physical repatriation may only take off in February next year, some officials said.

Demonetization: People in northeastern states welcome PM Modi’s move against black money

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The central government’s move to demonetize Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination currency notes evoked mixed reactions with the common people generally welcoming it in Assam, Tripura, Mizoram and some other places in northeast India.Although markets and other businesses in different parts of the state witnessed low-key activity due to the demonetization, most praised it as a step towards freeing the country of black money.From exchanging the demonetized 500 and 1,000 rupees notes to depositing and withdrawing cash, people were seen in long queues outside cash deposit counters and ATMs in Assam’s Guwahati city after Prime Minister Modi’s decision to ban the existing 500 and 1000 rupee notes that took the entire nation by surprise. Understandably, people had to face problems but they lauded the step of the government. “This is a huge success for the government for us and the entire nation. But the government should have given us time so that people would know the use of money during such hard times. I too have cash with me to deposit but let’s see what will happen. It would be miracle for us if something good happens out of it,” said a local from Guwahati.In the remote north-eastern province of Arunachal Pradesh, ATMs and banks were flooded by people, however, they were of the view that it was a short-term pain for a long-term gain. “Decision is good. For one to two months general people will face great difficulties but that is for time being . I am sure it will reap great benefits for us. It is definitely for the good of the public because these will great difference in the development scenario of the country,” said a local from Arunachal Pradesh. “It is a great initiative undertaken by our PM. Public’s money are all used as black money and not for the welfare of the people but such initiative is helping people to get back their money,” he added.In Manipur, security was beefed up as people in large numbers rushed to the banks to exchange notes and deposit cash. People were allowed to enter the banks in batches for depositing the amount. Patience wore thin after standing in long queues as depositors especially senior citizens were seen lining up since 6 am on Friday morning. “It is good but for people like us who only keep small amount of money for daily use will be very difficult. Now if we need to buy certain things from shops, shopkeepers are not accepting it as the 500 and 1000 notes are no more legal. The decision by Modi is good but abrupt as for common people it has really become a difficulty,” said a senior citizen Robin from Manipur.In Nagaland, security was beefed up outside bank branches as people struggling to buy daily items lined up to get Rs 100 currency notes. “My daughter is getting married this month but we are unable to do any kind of preparations. Shopkeepers are not accepting old notes it is creating great difficulties for us. I am sick. It is really creating problem for us. Could not express my problem in front of anybody,” said a local from Nagaland.In Tripura, people supported Modi’s bold step saying the absence of large-denomination notes will make it harder for people to hoard black money. “For time being some public will be affected of course but as a whole public and country will be benefited. To stop black-marketing this is going on for the last few months. This step is good and perfect,” said a local from Tripura.The government move is part of its efforts to tackle the triple menace of black money, fake currency and terror financing. It will not only curb the menace of black money, but will also help the government in improving its finances which can be used for public spending.

Rail roko by tribal students’ union disrupts raiway services in Northeast

Agartala: A rail blockade called by tribal students hit railway services in parts of northeast India for the second day on Wednesday, snapping the crucial rail link of Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and southern Assam with the rest of the country.

The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) cancelled several important trains passing through the Lumding-Badarpur hill section due to the indefinite rail blockade agitation by the North Cachar Hill Indigenous Students Forum (NCHISF).

Hundreds of NCHISF members have blockaded rail tracks since Tuesday morning at Haflong, the district headquarters of Dima Hasao district, formerly known as North Cachar Hills District.

The NCHISF has been demanding compensation to the affected families, whose land and homes were taken away by the NFR during conversion of metre-gauge railway line to broad gauge in 2014 and 2015.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Dima Hasao district Sonaram Khanikar held an inconclusive meeting on Tuesday with the agitating students body and the railway officials at the district headquarters at Haflong, 279 km from Guwahati.

“The NFR official failed to give a written promise to release compensation within 15 days as demanded by the Forum. The railway authorities sought four months’ time to sort out the matter,” Khanikar told reporters.

NCHISF President David Kevom said a total 300 hectares of land belonging to 500 families was affected by the construction of the broad-gauge railway line in the hill district.

“The NFR authorities had promised compensation to the affected families, but nothing has been done yet,” Kevom told reporters.

NFR officials, however, said that the railway authorities had given compensation of around Rs 55 crore to the affected families, but they are demanding Rs 3-5 crore more.

The NCHISF President said that unless senior and responsible officials of the railways come to the spot, they would not withdraw the indefinite rail blockade agitation.

A railway official, on condition of anonymity, said Divisional Railway Manager AK Jain is expected to visit Halflong.

In a statement, NFR’s Chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma said four trains — Guwahati-Silchar, Silchar-Guwahati train services, Sealdah-Silchar Kanchenjunga Express and Agartala-Sealdah Kanchenjunga Express — have been either cancelled or short-terminated.

Around 1,200 passengers were stranded at Haflong station due to the rail blockade. Some passengers were, however, trying to reach their destinations using other modes of transport.

The railway line from Guwahati passes through Lumding (in Nagaon district of central Assam) and Halflong, connecting Agartala and parts of Manipur and Mizoram, besides southern Assam, with the rest of India.

The Guwahati-Silchar railway route is the lifeline for southern Assam, comprising Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi and Dima Hasao districts, and the mountainous states of Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram.

The region is dependent on this railway route for supply of food grain, fertiliser, petroleum products, construction materials and other consumer goods.

First Published On : Nov 16, 2016 15:58 IST

Sinking of land in Mizoram, locals help 22 families evacuate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Local volunteers helped 22 families to evacuate their houses and shift to safer places due to sinking of land at Hunthar locality of Mizoram’s capital city here, state Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Director C Lalpeksanga today said. Lalpeksanga, who visited the place this morning said seven houses have been dismantled by the volunteers since yesterday as another spell of rain was most likely to sweep away the houses. He said many displaced families were living with relatives while temporary accommodation arrangements were made for others in government buildings constructed for urban poor and the proposed office of Legal Metrology.The landslide and sinking of land occurred after heavy downpour in the city for days which also severely affected the road linking the lone Lengpui Airport as the road itself had been sinking, he said. Lalpeksanga said experts from the Geological Survey of India (GSI) in Shillong would be arriving here today to conduct a detailed study of the area from Tuesday.A detailed project report (DPR) would be submitted to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) for prevention of the area from sinking further and reclamation of the area in accordance with the GSI report, he added.

June ends with 11% rain deficit

In its first month, monsoon rainfall deficit in the country stands at 11 per cent below the long period average and the monsoon is now set to advance over Delhi-NCR, Haryana, Punjab and in the hill-states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. This year, the monsoon arrived in Kerala on June 8, a week later than usual and the delay had a domino effect on its subsequent progress, Met officials said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per the India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) extended fortnightly forecast, above normal rainfall is likely over north India during first week of July and over central India and western parts of the country during second week of July. The western coast, too, will receive above normal rainfall till July 10. In its second long-range forecast issued earlier this month, IMD had said that the monsoon will be bountiful in July at 107 per cent of the long-period average and even in the later months due to the La Nina weather phenomenon.Met officials said that the monsoon advanced in three phases since its onset. In the first phase, the it covered much of Kerala and the southern peninsula. In the second phase it covered parts of the western coast, up to Karwar.But, a lull in activity over the Arabian Sea halted the monsoon’s progress for a few days. Even as the Arabian Sea branch saw a lull, the Bay of Bengal branch brought significant rainfall to central India, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.”In the last week of June, monsoon picked up strength over the Arabian Sea and advanced speedily. Now, the conditions are favourable for monsoon’s advance over the remaining states,” said Sunitha Devi, director, weather section, IMD, Pune.According to IMD data, with 1213.8 mm rains, Goa has recorded maximum rainfall in June, followed by Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram. The least rainfall has happened in Gujarat, which has recorded a mere 30mm rains. During the last week of June, the southwest monsoon advanced into south Gujarat, west Madhya Pradesh, east Uttar Pradesh and some parts of east Rajasthan.

International borders of North-eastern states will be fenced to check trans-border movement

Agartala: International borders of the northeastern states would either be fenced or sealed to check trans-border movement of militants and prevent infiltration and cross-border crimes, a top Union Home Ministry official said here on Friday.

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Representational image. PTI

“Government has different approach depending upon the northeast India’s borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar. We have concrete action plan for the management of the borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar,” Union Home Ministry’s Border Management Secretary Susheel Kumar told reporters.

“Government has already decided to seal Assam’s border with Bangladesh within two years. Most parts of Assam’s 263-km-long border with Bangladesh are riverine,” he said.

To a question the official said that topography, requirement and approach to manage the 1,640-km unfenced border with Myanmar are completely different from the Bangladesh border.

Four northeastern states of Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Assam share a 1,880-km border with Bangladesh, while Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh share a 1,640-km unfenced border with Myanmar.

Susheel Kumar, who came to Tripura on Friday on a three-day visit after meeting officials in Meghalaya and West Bengal, held a meeting with Tripura Chief Secretary Yashpal Singh, senior officials of the Border Security Force, District Magistrates and Collectors of different bordering districts besides senior state government officials.

“By December next year, Tripura’s 856-km border with Bangladesh would be completely fenced to check trans-border movement of terrorists, hostile elements, prevent infiltration and check border crimes,” he said.

“As per international norms, the barbed wire fencing is being erected 150 yards from the zero line of the borders. Where there are problems, the fencing is being erected at the Zero Line after taking cognisance of the Bangladesh government,” he added.

The official, who will visit a few bordering areas during the next two days to assess border management, said that wherever the people’s perception is different about erecting the fencing, the concerned District Magistrate and Collectors have been asked to talk to the people.

India had started erection of a fence and putting up of floodlights all along the 4,096-km India-Bangladesh border in West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura several years back to stop infiltration.

Congress losing power as it did not listen to advice of Gandhiji: Rajnath Singh

Taking a dig at Congress for losing powers in many states, senior BJP leader and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said it did not listen to the advice of Mahatma Gandhi to work for the development of villages and poor.Addressing a ‘Vikas Parv’ rally held to celebrate the completion of NDA government’s two years in office, Singh said Gandhiji had given a call for ‘gram swaraj’ for the development of rural areas and the underprivileged sections.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Congress was in power for 54 years and that is not a very short period of time to develop the country. But the Congress did not listen to the advice of Gandhiji which resulted it losing power gradually in most parts of the country,” he said.On the other hand, Singh said, the NDA government had dedicated itself to the welfare of rural areas and the poor, following Gandhi’s principle. Singh said the influence of Congress is now limited to only some hilly states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram besides Karnataka.Highlighting various development initiatives taken by the Narendra Modi government, the Home Minister said due to its farmer-friendly policies, farm income will double by 2022. He said Foreign Direct Investment has reached an all time high of more than USD 50 billion and India has now become the fastest growing economy in the world.Alleging that the previous UPA governments were steeped in corruption, Singh said malady has gone away from the high places and governance has become transparent now. The Home Minister said the central government is going to get Rs 2,00,000 crore revenue from the auction of coal mines through a very clean and transparent policy.

All steps will be taken to boost agriculture in North-East: Radha Mohan Singh

Aizawl: The central government would take all possible steps to increase production and productivity of agriculture in North-East region, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh said on Sunday.

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. PIBAgriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. PIB

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. PIB

“The central government would undertake all possible steps to increase production and productivity of agriculture in hilly northeastern region,” he said after laying the foundation stone of proposed Horticulture College at Thenzawl on the outskirts of the Mizoram capital.

He said that the northeastern region comprising eight states have huge potentiality to boost agriculture, horticulture and other crops as its climate and soil are favourable.

Singh also met Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and discussed prospects and planning of agricultural development in Mizoram and other northeastern states, farmers welfare and technology inputs to agriculture and allied sectors.

An official release said that the Union Agriculture Minister apprised the Chief Minister that a Vocational Training Institute and a Multi-Technology Testing Centre would be established in Mizoram in collaboration with his ministry within three months.

Monsoon likely to hit Kerala in next two days: IMD

New Delhi: The much-awaited southwest monsoon is expected to hit the Kerala coast in next two days.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

However, there is going to be “no significant” change in the temperatures in northwest India for the next five days, which is reeling under intense heat.

“Conditions continue to remain favourable for the onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala in next 48 hours,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday.

The IMD had earlier said that monsoon should hit the Kerala coast on 7 June, with an error margin of plus or minus four days.

The MeT department has also predicted “heavy to very heavy rains” in coastal Karnataka and Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, south interior Karnataka and Lakshadweep.

Thunderstorms accompanied with squall are very likely at isolated places over Telangana and north interior Karnataka.

“Heavy to very heavy rains are also likely at isolated places over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura,” it said.

However, heatwave conditions are “very likely” to prevail over isolated places in Rajasthan and west and east Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, south Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.

Much-awaited southwest monsoon likely to hit Kerala in next 2 days: IMD

The much-awaited southwest monsoon is expected to hit the Kerala coast in next two days.However, there is going to be “no significant” change in the temperatures in northwest India for the next five days, which is reeling under intense heat.”Conditions continue to remain favourable for the onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala in next 48 hours,” the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The IMD had earlier said that monsoon should hit the Kerala coast on June 7, with an error margin of plus or minus four days.The MeT department has also predicted “heavy to very heavy rains” in coastal Karnataka and Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh, south interior Karnataka and Lakshadweep.Thunderstorms accompanied with squall are very likely at isolated places over Telangana and north interior Karnataka.”Heavy to very heavy rains are also likely at isolated places over sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura,” it said.However, heatwave conditions are “very likely” to prevail over isolated places in Rajasthan and west and east Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, south Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.

PM Modi in Shillong: Centre committed to North East’s welfare

Shillong: The government is committed to the welfare of the northeastern India, especially the women of the region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday after laying the foundation stone of a new football stadium here.

File photo of Narendra Modi.

PM Modi also inaugurated passenger train services to Mizoram and Manipur on the newly-laid broad gauge line, and the Kamakhya-Katra weekly train from Assam to J&K. File photo

Modi laid the foundation stone of a football stadium which is being constructed in Shillong at a cost of Rs 38 crore.

“Foundation stone of a football stadium has been laid. This region has a great talent in sports, particularly football. Football is a passion here and it is played in each and every nook and corner of the state and the region,” said Modi.

The prime minister also inaugurated passenger train services to Mizoram and Manipur on the newly-laid broad gauge line, and the Kamakhya-Katra weekly train from Assam to Jammu and Kashmir.

“The government is committed to the development in the northeast region, the Self Help Groups (SHG), particularly the women SHGs. Keeping this in mind, the government has also approved a special package for the northeast,” the prime minister said at the North Eastern Council meeting here.

He said he wanted to see the northeastern region shine in the organic farming sector.

“I am particularly keen to see the northeast shine in the organic farming sector. Northeast can become the organic food basket of India,” said Modi, who is the first prime minister in the last two decades to attend the NEC plenary meeting.

He said the central government’s focus on the northeast is manifested in its ‘Act East Policy’.

“We want to particularly improve connectivity, infrastructure and tourism,” said Modi.

The North Eastern Council (NEC) is the nodal agency for channelising the funds for economic and social development in the region.

The prime minister said Agartala, the capital of Tripura, has become the third international location to be connected to Cox Bazar of Bangladesh, which would further aid the social and ecomomic empowerment of the northeastern region.

After Digivijay Singh calls for ‘major surgery’, Congress calls CWC meeting to plug dissent

With senior leaders such as general secretary Digvijay Singh calling for a “major surgery” to overhaul Congress structure, the party on Friday said its highest decision making body the Congress Working Committee (CWC) will meet soon, possibly next week to take stock of suggestions by party leaders in the wake of defeat in the recently concluded five state assembly elections.Senior party spokesperson P C Chakoo also warned leaders going public, saying there are enough forums within the party to discuss all suggestions related to improvement of party functioning.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Digvijay Singhji and all of us will have the opportunity to attend the highest forum of the party, and there everybody is free to express their opinion,” he said. In his tweet, Singh had asked for “major surgery” and a “major overhaul” in campaign strategy and social media, and also “fresh faces and fresh ideas”.Chakoo said the CWC may also decide about the next AICC session, which is overdue for two years now. Last AICC session was held in January 2014.While announcing a detailed discussion on the reasons for electoral defeat at the CWC, the party leaders, shielding top leadership – Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son vice-president Rahul Gandhi — say the overall performance of Congress was much better than the BJP in terms of the outcome of the two pan-India parties.While the BJP could win a total of 64 seats (60 in Assam, 3 in West Bengal and 1 in Kerala), the Congress fared much better with a total tally of 115 seats (26 in Assam, 44 in West Bengal,, 22 in Kerala, 8 in Tamil Nadu and 15 in Puducherry), they said. Armed with statistics, they also said Congress had polled 31% votes in Assam despite losing the election whereas the BJP which will be forming the government in its place won with lesser percentage of votes — 29.5%.The Congress polled 23.7% in Kerala as against the BJP’s 10.5%, 12.3% in West Bengal against BJP’s 10.2%, 6.4% in Tamil Nadu as against BJP’s 2.81%, and 30.6% in Puducherry as against BJP’s 2.4%.Sources in Congress admit that the party is now reduced to be in power in just seven states, six of them small ones, but it still has an overall larger footprint across the country that will come into play next year when the elections are held for the post of the President of India. Karnataka is the only big state under its rule that will go to polls in 2018. Other tiny states/Union territories to have the Congress chief ministers are Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, Meghalaya and Mizoram and now Puducherry.Uttarakhand and Manipur will be going to polls early next year with Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, while Himachal Pradesh is due for polls in November 2017. Mizoram and Meghalaya have polls in 2018. Since last Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the Congress has lost 10 states, including Delhi. The BJP and its allies were able to form the governments in six states while the Congress did not get to win even one. All bigger states, barring Karnataka, are today ruled either by the BJP or the regional parties. One of the biggest losses for the Congress after the 2014 elections was Maharashtra where it had ruled for 15 years, losing almost half the seats it had won in 2009.

Army officer arrested for looting gold

Police in north-eastern Mizoram state arrest an Indian army officer for looting smuggled gold.

Check out www.mbse.edu.in, for MBSE HSLC Class 10 Result 2016 to be declared today

Results of Class 10 exams conducted by Mizoram Board of Secondary Education set to be declared today. The exam took place in March earlier this year. Follow the instructions give below to check the results1. Click on official website of the board – mbse.edu.in2. Click on the section “Results”3. It will take you to the results page<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>4. Fill in the details like roll number, name, mobile number, and email ID.5. Click on submit6. Take the print out of the results copy for future reference.Please keep in mind that the print out is for your reference only. Students are advised to collect their original mark sheet and other documents from their respective schools/institutes.Students who cleared the exams with flying colours need to keep in mind that this is a stepping stone for a good career. Others need to know that the marks do not define you. There is potential in all of us, it’s only matter of time until you realise yours.All the best!

Tamil Nadu: Cervical cancer vaccine programme to be launched

Chennai in Tamil Nadu ranks second among the metros to have the highest incidence of cervical cancer. Reportedly, 17 out of one lakh women suffer from cervical cancer. Soon, the state could become the second in India to launch the Human Papilloma Virus (6HPV) vaccine as a health programme for school children.A report in The New Indian Express cites a senior official in the TN Health and Family Welfare Department as saying that discussions are at an early stage and post the assembly elections, a decision would be made. According to the daily, plans are on in Tamil Nadu to launch the vaccine under the universal immunisation programme and there are plans for rotavirus too.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Health Minister JP Nadda had said in the Lok Sabha that an estimated 62,416 women died of cervical cancer in 2015-16. The daily added that cervical cancer accounted for 24 per cent of all cancer cases in women in India and 25 per cent of death worldwide.Among the metros, Bangalore had the highest incidence of cervical cancer with 19 in one lakh women suffering from it and Delhi ranked third with 15 cases in one lakh women. In India, the highest incidence of cervical cancer was in Aizwal district, capital of Mizoram, which topped the list with 24 women in one lakh being diagnosed with cervical cancer.The Delhi government is in touch with two pharmaceutical companies – GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and MSD. Since the vaccine is not manufactured in India, it would need to be procured from outside. The New Indian Express quoted Dr Shafi Kolhapure, GM-Medical Affairs, GSK Biologicals, India, as saying that the Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had announced his government’s decision at a recent international workshop and they would have to call for tenders.The daily also quoted the research paper by Aswathy Sreedevi, co-author of “Epidemiology of cervical cancer with special focus on India”. According to her research, the north-eastern districts of Tamil Nadu showed a high incidence of cervical cancer and penile cancer due to HPV.

Assam Rifles not being withdrawn from Myanmar border

Shillong: Home Minister Rajnath Singh has ruled out the withdrawal of Assam Rifles from the Indo-Myanmar border and its replacement with another paramilitary force, saying no such decision has been taken yet.

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“We have not taken any decision yet. Whenever we take any such decision, we will let you know,” he told reporters here, on the sidelines of a ‘Sainik Sammelan’ organised on the occasion of the 181st Raising Day of Assam Rifles.

There have been reports that the central government may entrust the task of guarding this border to another border guarding force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). Border Security Force (BSF) was earlier being considered for the task and it had also prepared an assessment report in this regard.

India and Myanmar share an unfenced border of 1,643 km adjoining Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Nagaland (215 km), Manipur (398 km) and Mizoram (510 km) and permit a “free movement” regime up to 16 km across the border.

Assam Rifles, raised in 1835, functions under the operational command of the Union Home Ministry. The Home Minister is on a two-day tour of Meghalaya.

PTI

Broad gauge goods train chugs into Mizoram for first time

For the first time, a broad gauge goods train on Monday arrived at Bairabi Railway Station in Mizoram from Guwahati carrying 2,600 metric tonnes of rice. Mizoram Transport Minister John Rotluangliana, who received the train, said the arrival of the “large train” was a significant milestone in the history of Mizoram.The operation of larger trains at the Bairabi Station on the Mizoram-Assam border would ensure that people could purchase commodities at lower prices while produces of the state could also be transported outside at cheaper rates.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the National Highway 54 linking Aizawl with the rest of the country via Silchar in Assam has been the only lifeline for Mizoram, operation of goods train from Assam to Bairabi is expected to provide an alternative root, an official statement said.

Amid outrage over JNU incident, 14 senior Delhi Police officials transferred

Delhi Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief MK Meena, who had been at the loggerheads with the Arvind Kejriwal government, has been transferred along with 14 senior Delhi Police officials in a major reshuffle on Tuesday night.The transfer of officials came amid the criticism of Delhi Police by opposition parties in the wake of the JNU incident and alleged inaction by the police during the assault on journalists at Patiala House court on Monday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As per the transfer order, Meena, who had incurred the wrath of the Aam Aadmi Party government over a number of controversial cases, has been shunted out to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, official sources said.Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Prem Nath, who is handling a number of high-profile cases, including the Sunanda Pushkar death case, has been shifted to Mizoram.While Joint Commissioner of Police (Central range) S K Gautam has been transferred to Puducherry, Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander has been moved to Goa, sources said.Another Joint Commissioner rank official, T S Luthra, who was posted in the security unit, has been shifted to Chandigarh.Meanwhile, 1986-batch IPS officer, T N Mohan, who is presently posted at Goa, is supposed to join as a Special Commissioner here replacing Chander. The other top slots will be occupied by R P Upadhay, presently posted at Chandigarh, Praween Rajan, presently at Pondicherry, and V Renganathan, presently serving at Goa. The order also states that Gautam and Rajan’s transfers shall be put on hold until the conclusion of the general elections at Pondicherry, sources said.The others to be transferred out of Delhi are all DCP rank officials which include S N Mossobi, Shweta Chauhan, B K Yadav, Chandan Chaudhary, Ghanshyam Bansal, Usha Rangnani, Pranav Tayal, S K Sain and the present additional DCP of New Delhi district Deepak Gauri.The officers who have been shifted to Delhi include Esha Pandey, Rajiv Ranjan, R P Meena (to join by September after completion of three years tenure at Mizoram), Rajneesh Gupta, Devender Arya and Vijayanta Arya (both to join by August after competion of their respective tenure in Arunachal Pradesh), sources added.

Mizoram shows how good sanitation can help tackle problems like child malnutrition

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