Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rahul Gandhi, AK Anthony to campaign in Nagaland

Kohima: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Defence Minister AK Anthony would campaign in Nagaland for the February 23 state Assembly elections.Rahul Gandhi would arrive on February 14 and address two election rallies in Mon and Tuensang districts, NPCC General Secretary Medokul Sophie said here on Tuesday.

Anthony will arrive on February 16 to address an election rally at Pftsero in Phek district, he said.


Ex-gratia announced for victims of fire in Arunachal

Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Tuesday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh to the next of kin of a woman and her two daughters who died in a fire at Daporijo in Upper Subansiri district.

The woman, who was pregnant and her two daughters, were charred to death while six others received partial burn injuries in a fire at Sigin colony in the district yesterday.
"Fires are the result of our own carelessness and therefore we need to take preventive measures for our own good, the chief minister said.

He also directed district administrations to create awareness and keeping fire fighting machinery on alert during the winter and power blackouts.


Garo rebel arrested in Shillong

Shillong: Security forces arrested a hardcore Garo rebel and his aide from an area near the Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya’s South West Garo Hills district, officials said on Tuesday.

Mariours N Sangma was arrested last night from the Betasing-Binapara area, under Ampati PS, during a joint operation by commandoes of the BSF and the state police. A country-made gun and ammunition were recovered from Sangma?s possession along with a mobile phone and camouflage uniforms.

During preliminary questioning, the rebel confessed that he was involved in a number of extortion cases and activity related to the militant organisation Garo National Liberation Army.

Later, on information provided by the arrested rebel, security forces apprehended a GNLA militant hailing from Ajangre village in the district.


P Chidambaram criticises LF govt in Tripura

Kamalpur (Tripura): Union Minister for Finance P Chidambaram on tuesday criticised the Left Front government for its alleged failure to improve the standard of life despite fund flow from the centre.
"We (Centre) have dispatched adequate funds to the state. The Left Front government has completed four consecutive terms in the elections but failed to improve the standard of life in the state", he told an election rally here.

Tripura is one of the poorest states in the country where 67% of the people live below poverty line.

He assured that the Congress manifesto would be implemented in letter and spirit in the state if it is voted to power and unemployment problem would be 'properly addressed'.