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BJP sails through in Manipur Assembly trust vote

BJP sails through in Manipur Assembly trust vote

Imphal, Mar 20 (UNI) The BJP-led coalition government today convincingly won the confidence motion in the Manipur Assembly. The Nongthombam Biren Singh headed dispensation secured 32 votes in the 60-member assembly. The Congress, the single largest party with 27 seats, voted against the motion. The BJP, which had garnered 21 seats in the just-concluded elections, had stitched a coalition with the NPP and NPF (4 members each) besides, one each of the Trinamool Congress, Lok Jana Shakti Party and an Independent. Today's win paves the way for successful establishment of the first BJP government in this north eastern state. Earlier, after the assembly convened, Mr Yumnam Khemchand (54) of BJP was elected the Speaker. A first time entrant to the assembly, Mr Khemchand, a renowned Taekwondo expert, won from Singjamei constituency. The new Speaker adjourned the House after his election. The House reassembled at 1230 hours and the motion of confidence was then moved. A voice vote was done with 32 'Ayes' and 27 'Noes'. Mr Khemchand announced the result amid thumping of tables by the ruling BJP alliance. Governor Dr Najma Heptulla is scheduled to address the Assembly tomorrow. UNI NS PL

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Modi inaugurates Global Cyber Security Summit

Modi inaugurates Global Cyber Security Summit

New Delhi, Nov 23 (UNI) Underlining the importance of cyber security in the fast emerging digital world, Prime Minster Narendra Modi on Thursday said nations must take responsibility to ensure that the digital space does not become a playground for the dark forces of terrorism and radicalization. “We need to ensure that vulnerable sections of our society do not fall prey to the evil designs of cyber criminals.

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Congress 'Fire Fighting' team to extinguish dissension after ticket row

Congress 'Fire Fighting' team to extinguish dissension after ticket row

By Nirendra Dev Ahmedabad, Nov 23 (UNI) Faced with dissensions among the rank and file following ticket distribution row, the Congress high command could see depute a "fire-fighting team to extinguish unhappiness" among the disgruntled party workers in poll-bound Gujarat.

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Assam's  BJP minister comment on cancer draws flak

Assam's BJP minister comment on cancer draws flak

Guwahati, Dec 23 (UNI) Star strategist of BJP in North East, Himanta Biswa Sarma jibe at cancer patients has drawn sharp criticism from various quarters for linking accidents and life-threatening diseases like cancer to "sin.

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Mehbooba announces withdrawal of cases against first-time stone-pelters

Mehbooba announces withdrawal of cases against first-time stone-pelters

Srinagar, Nov 23 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has announced withdrawal of cases against first-time stone-pelters or offenders in the Kashmir valley.

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CEC hardens position on int’l poll observers

CEC hardens position on int’l poll observers

Kathmandu, Nov 23 (UNI) Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Ayodhee Prasad Yadav has hardened position on international observers following some “questionable activities” on the part of some representatives in Kanchanpur district, The Kathmandu Post reported on Thursday.

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Sibal slams Assam Minister for 'cancer is divine justice' remark

Sibal slams Assam Minister for 'cancer is divine justice' remark

New Delhi, Nov 23 (UNI) Congress leader and former Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday slammed Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma for his remarks that cancer is divine justice for sins committed.

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British Board for Film Certification clears Padmavati for Dec 1 release

British Board for Film Certification clears Padmavati for Dec 1 release

New Delhi, Nov 23 (UNI) Even as the film faces protests in India, forcing postponement of its release here, the British Board for Film Certification has cleared Padmavati for release in the United Kingdom.

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