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11.10.2018, 8:20 AM

Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is expected to fund Rs. 300 crore for the Meghalaya government to construct stadiums for hosting the 2022 National Games, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said on Tuesday.

Meghalaya will be hosting the National Games 2022 coinciding with the 50th year of the creation of the state.

“For creating the stadiums, the Union ministry of social justice and empowerment is funding the state Rs 300 crore, and for building the games village, the fund has to be managed by the state government,” Tynsong told journalists after the cabinet meeting.

The cabinet, chaired by chief minister Conrad Sangma, discussed at length the state’s preparations for hosting the national games. The sports department had also briefed the cabinet about getting a fund of Rs 300 crore from the Union ministry of social justice and empowerment.

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06.10.2018, 11:17 PM
On Saturday, the Election Commission of India announced that Mizoram will go to polls on November 28. Mizoram is the only state in the Northeast with a Congress government, with incumbent Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla, leading the 40-membered Assembly. While the Thanhawla government, which has been in power (elected in 2008 and 2013) for two terms now, feels confident about a third term, the opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) feels anti-incumbency will bring the Congress down. “There is quite a lot of anti-incumbency feeling among the public. The primary reason is a lack of development in almost every field: roads are in a pathetic condition, and there has been no progress in the field of agriculture or horticulture. Everything is suffering,” says Zoramthanga, former chief minister and president of MNF.
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01.10.2018, 7:56 AM

Assam is scheduled to deport seven Myanmarese nationals lodged in a detention camp at Silchar in Cachar district on October 4, sources said on Thursday.

“Seven Myanmarese nationals lodged in Silchar will be deported on October 4. The travel permits have come. The deportation will take place via Moreh [a border town] in Manipur,” a senior official of the home and political department of the state told The Indian Express.

Administrative officials and police in Cachar district said the seven are Rohingya Muslims who escaped persecution in Myanmar, but the official quoted above did not confirm this. The official added that two Myanmarese nationals were deported from Assam a few months ago.

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30.09.2018, 8:47 AM
AGARTALA, Sept 29 - Miffed by the indifference of the Reang refugees lodged at six camps in north Tripura towards the repatriation process despite the Centre’s assurances of rehabilitation, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to completely stop
supply of free rations to the refugees from October 1.

This has been decided as a pressure tactic to persuade the refugees and their leaders to return home on the agreed plan of the rehabilitation package. All inmates of the Kanchanpur and Panisagar camps in North Tripura district have been apprised of the decision by the respective subdivisional administrations.

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28.09.2018, 8:22 AM

 GUWAHATI, Sept 27 - During the past one year, 22 earthquakes of various magnitudes occurred in the northeastern region and its neighbours Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar. During the past one month, two earthquakes rocked the region and during the past one week, there occurred one earthquake in this region, according to the website Earthquake Track that has quoted the United States Geological Survey seismic data.

This week, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake with its epicentre in Barpeta district rocked the region and its neighbours. During the current month, another earthquake of 5.3 magnitude with its epicentre at Sapatgram in Kokrajhar district rocked the region and its neighbours.

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28.09.2018, 8:18 AM

In a major haul, Customs sleuths seized banned methamphetamine tablets worth Rs. 19 crore destined for Bangladesh via Meghalaya, from a hideout along Meghalaya-Assam border.

Customs officials said they arrested Letminlun Khongsai (27), the international drug kingpin and his driver Sailesh Singh from their hideout in Killing village under Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi district on Wednesday. Khongsai, who has been on the radar of the security agencies and customs officials, is from Manipur’s Moreh village bordering Myanmar.

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26.09.2018, 11:12 AM
SHILLONG, Sept 25 - Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari today announced that the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) would withdraw and the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) would take its place for development of roads in the Northeast.

Informing about the decision after a two-day review meeting of the ongoing national highway projects in the Northeast with chief ministers of the region, Gadkari said the NHIDCL is implementing sanctioned road projects worth Rs 1,66,000 crore in the Northeast.

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25.09.2018, 10:39 AM

Union minister of Road, Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari on Monday said land acquisition and environmental clearances were two major hurdles for the delay of construction of road infrastructure projects in the North Eastern states.

Inaugurating the 102 km Jowai-Ratacherra section of NH-06 in Meghalaya, the Union Minister asked Chief Ministers of the North Eastern states to held monthly review meetings on land acquisition and environmental clearance for early implementation of road projects.

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24.09.2018, 9:48 PM

Malaria outbreak has claimed the lives of six persons in Tripura with Dhalai district being worst-hit from the disease, State Health Minister Sudip Roy Burman stated in Agartala Monday. The minister, however, claimed that the ‘epidemic’ has been controlled with merely 0.42 per cent casualty rate amongst malaria-infected patients.

Speaking to reporters in a press conference at state secretariat Monday evening, the health minister said that 7,991 patients were found infected with malaria so far across Tripura since January this year. The figures have shot up since 2017, when 5,058 malaria-infected patients were identified.

“The spike in malaria cases might have been caused by an early monsoon. There was scope for mosquito breeding in the stagnant water”, Roy Barman said.

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24.09.2018, 9:45 PM

Guwahati, September 24: Assam has registered a steep rise in incidence of rape cases during the last couple of years.

In the state, rape cases have been in the rise in Barpeta, according to information provided by the Assam Government in the State Assembly on Monday.

A total of 3,420 incidents of rape took place in Assam in the last two years. 1,552 rape cases were registered in 2016-2017  and the number went up to 1868 in 2017-18, 1,868 cases in 2017-2018, State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary informed in the State Legislative Assembly while replying to question raised by AIUDF legislator Md Hafiz Basir Ahmed.

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22.09.2018, 10:15 AM

Guwahati/Gangtok, September 21: A businessman from Sikkim was arrested for carrying a consignment of 27 kg of smuggled gold in West Bengal’s Siliguri on Friday.

According to officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), the value of the gold is around Rs 8.6 crore.

The businessman has been identified as ST Bhutia and was allegedly carrying 27 gold bars each weighing a kg. The bars were kept concealed under the seat of his car.

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21.09.2018, 8:55 PM
Karimganj, September 21: In a gruesome incident, a woman was stripped naked and chilly powder was rubbed in her private parts in Karimganj on Friday.
The incident draws back to September 10 and took place in Magura village under Bajarisora Police Station of the district.
The victim had received Rs 85,000 under the Centre’s flagship Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY). However, on September 10, six men barged into her house and threatened the woman to handover the money to them, as per the woman.
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