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Eyeing tourism and electoral prospects, PM directs Ministers to make overnight stay in NE

Eyeing tourism and electoral prospects, PM directs Ministers to make overnight stay in NE

New Delhi, May 19 (UNI) In an ingenious move to boost tourism in the Northeastern region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered that Union Ministers who visit the far-flung but picturesque States to make night halt there. An order to this effect may be issued soon, official sources said here. The new move comes about two years after the Prime Minister's Office planned "fortnightly visits" of Union Ministers to the region -- which often has over the years alleged the Central Government of neglecting them. According to sources in the Ministries of Personnel and Tourism, all the Union Ministers have been asked to visit the Northeastern States and also to make overnight stay there. This move would help eradicate a perception that the insurgency-hit Northeastern States are actually a security-concerned issue especially for the VVIPs, a source said. "When Union Ministers will stay in the region overnight, this will showcase the region as a safe as well as idyllic destination," the source said. However, the official sources sought to skip a direct reply on whether the Prime Minister's new directive was linked to the ensuing Assembly elections in three northeastern states -- Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland. Elections in these states are due by March 2018. Meanwhile, sources said BJP's MODI (Making of Developed India) Festival -- marking completion of three years in office of BJP-led dispensation -- is likely to be started from May 26 from one of the Northeastern States. The BJP has captured power in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh while it is in alliance with the ruling NPF in Nagaland. On May 6-7, BJP president Amit Shah visited the known CPI(M) citadel -- Tripura -- wherein the saffron party is keen to give a serious contest to the Marxists, who have been in power in the State since mid-Nineties. UNI DEVN RSA SNU 1854

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India, Netherlands call for zero tolerance to terror

India, Netherlands call for zero tolerance to terror

Amsterdam, June 27 (UNI) After sending out a strong message to Pakistan on terrorism from the US soil, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with his counterpart of the Netherlands Mark Rutte today called for a unified and collective effort by the international community to eliminate terrorism.

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27 Jun 2017 | 9:48 PM
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Prez Trump "gladly accepts" Modi's invite for India visit

Washington, Jun 27 (UNI) The US President Donald Trump would be visiting India soon as Mr Trump today gladly accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to visit India.

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27 Jun 2017 | 2:26 PM
India – Myanmar explores more shipping and air connectivity at 6th JTC

India – Myanmar explores more shipping and air connectivity at 6th JTC

New Delhi, Jun 27 (UNI) India and Myanmar today explored the feasibilities of direct shipping lines with Vizag/Chennai and the need for direct air connectivity with Chennai/ Guwahati.

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27 Jun 2017 | 8:58 PM
GST is akin to 'tax terrorism': Congress

GST is akin to 'tax terrorism': Congress

New Delhi, Jun 27 (UNI) Hardly four days before the much awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime is enforced in the country, the Congress today said the uniform taxation norm is like 'tax terrorism' and will only result in adding to the burdens of the common man.

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27 Jun 2017 | 8:51 PM
Bilaspur-Manali-Leh railway line will boost tourism in Ladakh: Suresh Prabhu

Bilaspur-Manali-Leh railway line will boost tourism in Ladakh: Suresh Prabhu

Leh, Jun 27 (UNI) Terming opening of Bilaspur-Manali-Leh Railway line as an important step, Union Minister for Railways Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said this important railway line would prove a boon not only in tourism promotion, but would open so many employment opportunities to the locals besides strengthening the nation’s security.

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27 Jun 2017 | 10:00 PM
Textbooks must be designed to suit needs of children: Sisodia

Textbooks must be designed to suit needs of children: Sisodia

New Delhi, Jun 27 (UNI) Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia today said the design of the textbooks must be with the sole purpose of improving learning outcome of the children.

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27 Jun 2017 | 8:51 PM
100 days in office; Yogi blames opposition for mess in UP

100 days in office; Yogi blames opposition for mess in UP

Lucknow, Jun 27 (UNI) Blaming opposition for prevailing mess in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said that BJP government has put the redressal mechanism at place so that people have been deprived of government benefits could avail them and state could march to the path of progress.

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27 Jun 2017 | 8:52 PM

Action against Sarpanches and Councillors on cards for attesting fake documents

27 Jun 2017 | 11:45 PM

Jalandhar, 27 Jun (UNI) Setting the wheels of District administration in motion for two major fresh surveys, deputy commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma today directed all the sub divisional magistrates (SDMs) to conduct fresh surveys for distribution of wheat and pensions in fair and transparent manner.

FIFA finds no cause to block Russia and Qatar World Cups

28 Jun 2017 | 5:41 AM

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, Jun 28 (REUTERS) A much-awaited FIFA report on the race to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups makes no suggestion that Russia or Qatar should lose the right to stage the tournaments, despite detailing numerous attempts to influence voting officials.

Smriti Irani to inaugurate 65th National Garment Fair in Mumbai on July 10

Smriti Irani to inaugurate 65th National Garment Fair in Mumbai on July 10

27 Jun 2017 | 10:27 PM

Mumbai, Jun 27 (UNI) The 65th National Garment Fair, billed as the country’s largest apparel trade show and organized by The Clothing Manufacturers' Association of India (CMAI), will be held from July 10 to 12 at Bombay Exhibition Centre, NSE Complex, Goregaon, north Mumbai.

European Union Film Festival in Goa from Jul 1

European Union Film Festival in Goa from Jul 1

27 Jun 2017 | 11:26 PM

Panaji, Jun 27 (UNI) The European Union Film Festival, organized jointly by the Delegation of the European Union, Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF), Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) and Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, will be held in Goa from July 1 to 8.

Namibia bans poultry imports from South Africa, Belgium after bird flu outbreaks

Namibia bans poultry imports from South Africa, Belgium after bird flu outbreaks

27 Jun 2017 | 2:28 PM

WINDHOEK, Jun 27 (Reuters) Namibia has suspended poultry imports from South Africa and Belgium with immediate effect following outbreaks of highly contagious H5N8 bird flu in the two countries, its Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) said today.

Ubisoft founding family raises stake to ward off Vivendi

Ubisoft founding family raises stake to ward off Vivendi

27 Jun 2017 | 4:10 PM

PARIS, Jun 27 (Reuters) France's Guillemot family has raised its stake in videogames maker Ubisoft, according to a stock market filing released on Tuesday, as part of their ongoing battle to fend off Vivendi's rival interest in the company.

JPCC celebrates 26th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

21 May 2017 | 6:22 PM

Ranchi, May 21 (UNI) The Jharkhand Pradesh Congress Committee today paid floral tributes to former Prime Minister Bharat Ratna late Rajiv Gandhi on his 26th death anniversary which was celebrated by the party as ‘Shahdat Diwas’.

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