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PM deals new ministerial pack, makes Khurshid foreign minister

Posted in October 2012

New Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS): Salman Khurshid took over as India's new foreign minister as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday sought to shake off the perception of an inert government with a major revamp of his council of ministers, inducting 17 new faces and elevating five to cabinet rank, in what is possibly the last rejig before the 2014 elections.
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi did not join the government - leaving the field open for him to play a larger role in the party.
Several key portfolios changed hands, some new faces were introduced, some elevated to cabinet rank and at least one old face - Shashi Tharoor - was back in an exercise that jettisoned tainted ministers like Subodh Kant Sahay and roped veterans like Ambika Soni and S.M. Krishna back into the party organisation to gear up for the 2014 electoral battle.

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Meghalaya detects dengue case, situation under control

Posted in October 2012

Deepak Singh
Shillong, Oct 28:
With the entire country struggling under the grip of dengue, Meghalaya too has detected its first case of deadly dengue.
The case in Meghalaya was detected in Byrnihat, Ri Bhoi district, during early September. But the situation is under control and the person has now been cured.
Terming the case as ‘imported dengue’, DHS (MI) Dr AC Hazarika informed that the person did not get dengue virus in Meghalaya but from Assam.
He apprised that with the first case detection, the government has already undertaken awareness programmes at grassroot level in villages throughout the state where villagers were told on preventive measures, symptoms, and other necessary information relating to the deadly virus.
However, the biggest danger that remains is - there is no direct cure or vaccine for dengue virus.

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Sharmila returns award in protest against Manipur Govt

Posted in October 2012

IMPHAL, Oct 28: Kovillan Smaraka Activist India National Award, an award from Kovilan Trust, Kerala conferred to Irom Sharmila has been returned back to the Trust after receiving it formally in protest against the government of Manipur's move to bar people from outside the state as well as the locals from meeting Irom Sharmila, the hunger striker demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.
Addressing newsperson at Manipur Press Club Sunday, Babloo Loitongbam, a member of Just Peace Foundation (JPF) stated that the Kovillan Smaraka Activist India National Award which carries a cash reward of Rs 50,000 along with a memento was handed over to Irom Singhajit, brother of Irom Sharmila by Mahashweta Devi, noted writer and activist at a function held at Kolkata Press Club on October 27. He further said Irom Sharmila’s decision not to accept any award still stands tall.

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CM’s youth for green campaign movement launched in WJH

Posted in October 2012

Jowai, Oct 28: Education Minster, Prof RC Laloo, on Saturday launched the Chief Minister’s Youth for Green Campaign Movement in West Jaintia Hills (WJH) Districts, Jowai, organized by the District Administration, West Jaintia Hills District in collaboration with the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Meghalaya at Jrisalein Playground, Chutwakhu.
Deputy Commissioner, WJH, PS Dkhar  in his introductory  speech said  this campaign launch will  generate, create awareness and remind us  that as citizens  we have got responsibilities  to keep our localities, surroundings,  market place , Villages , rivers  clean  and green. He called upon the public to pass on the message to other villages on the need of cleanliness and keeping our environment green. He also informed that as part of campaign various awareness programmes will be organized like drawing & Painting, poster campaign, awards for the cleanliness locality or village and others to be chalked by the District Committee in order to create a better awareness to the public.

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Woman joins ULFA to avenge her husband

Posted in October 2012

GUWAHATI, Oct 28: A classic case of people joining militant outfits to serve their personal interests is vividly revealed with a woman joining the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).
Bina Bala Roy, a 23 woman has joined the Paresh Barua faction of ULFA recently to take revenge on her husband who is four years senior to her.
The news was revealed Sunday after a chit from Bina Bala Roy came to the knowledge of the media persons in Guwahati.

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