Monday, February 25, 2013

Rahul to meet PCC chiefs, CLP leaders from Northeast today

New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will hold talks with PCC chiefs and CLP leaders from the Northeastern states here on Monday in a bid to strengthen the party in states ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.

This is the second part of such consultations with state leaders, the earlier being held ten days back. State leaders from the Northeast had not attended those deliberations due to the Assembly polls in Nagaland, Mizoram and Meghalaya.

This is the second such consultation by Gandhi after he was appointed the vice president of the party at Congress 'Chintan Shivir' in Jaipur in January.

Rahul Gandhi had earlier held freewheeling discussions with the AICC office-bearers about the challenges confronting the party and the way ahead.

The deliberations with state leaders assume significance as Assembly elections in nine states, including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Delhi, are scheduled this year while the Lok Sabha polls are nearly 15 months away.


Alert sounded in Tripura

Agartala: An alert was sounded in Tripura following twin blasts in Hyderabad in which 16 people lost their lives, official sources said on Sunday."Following instructions from the central government, we have alerted our security forces so that no sabotage could take place in the state," state Chief Secretary Sanjoy Kumar Panda told reporters here.

On February 22, BSF Director-General Subhash Joshi here had said high alert had been sounded along India's borders with other countries.

Tripura has 856-km-long border with Bangladesh.


India's northeast alerted after Hyderabad blasts

Agartala: A high alert has been sounded in India's northeast following the Hyderabad terror attack that killed 16 people, an official said on Sunday.

"The union home ministry has asked all northeastern states to intensify their vigil," a paramilitary official told a news agency.
He said bomb experts and dog squads had been told to scan crowded places.

Four northeastern states - Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Assam - share a 1,880-km border with Bangladesh. Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh share a 1,640-km border with Myanmar. Most of the international border is unfenced and runs through dense forests and mountainous, making it porous, vulnerable and advantageous for terrorists and others.

On Feb 21, two powerful bombs, suspected to be planted by terror groups, killed 16 people and injured 117 in Hyderabad.