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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 will not allow Judge Loya to be forgotten: Rahul

India will not allow Judge Loya to be forgotten: Rahul

20 Apr 2018 | 5:49 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) A day after the Supreme Court dismissed a series of petitions
seeking a fair probe into the death of Judge Loya, Congress president Rahul Gandhi
on Friday said India will not allow Judge Loya to be forgotten.

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NAJ, DUJ condemn attacks on women journalists

20 Apr 2018 | 5:04 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) The National Alliance of Journalists (NAJ) and the Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ) have condemned the spate of attacks on women journalists, a joint press statement issued here said.

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Apex court gives green signal to Centre to seize Dawood's properties

Apex court gives green signal to Centre to seize Dawood's properties

20 Apr 2018 | 5:02 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the stand taken by the Central government in seizing the alleged and ill gotten properties of underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim, in parts of Mumbai.

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Sitharaman to visit China on Apr 23

Sitharaman to visit China on Apr 23

20 Apr 2018 | 5:00 PM

New Delhi, Apr 20 (UNI) Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will pay a two-day visit to China from April 23 in a step aimed at stabilizing ties with Beijing after a standoff between both the nations on the Doklam issue that erupted last year.

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20 Apr 2018 | 4:53 PM

MPs from the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Left parties
Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Communist Party of India
(CPI), the Samajwadi Party (SP), and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP)
signed the notice calling for the impeachment.

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