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1817 rebellion to be mentioned as First War of Independence: Javadekar

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Region

Bhubaneswar, Oct 22 (IANS): Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday said that the 1817 'Paika Bidroha' or rebellion would find a place in history books as the First War of Indian Independence.
"Odisha's Paika rebellion will find a place as the First War of Independence in the 2018 history books and include details of the rebellion against the then British rule. Because, the country should learn factual history," the Minister told a function held here to commemorate 200 years of the rebellion.
He said the Centre had allocated Rs 200 crore for the rebellion's commemoration across the country.

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Manipur rivers flow above danger mark after heavy rain

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Region

Imphal, Oct 22 (IANS): Most major rivers in Manipur were flowing above the danger level on Sunday following two days of heavy rain. Locals rued the lack of action by officials to redress the situation.
And with an overcast sky, there were apprehensions of more rain in Manipur and neighbouring states.
People were asked not to cross the Singjamei bridge since Sunday morning as the Imphal river was in spate near Singjamei town.

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Mamata calls for shutdown withdrawal, permanent solution to hill problem

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Jalpaiguri, Sep 12 (IANS): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday stressed on finding a permanent solution to the crisis in the state's northern hills and announced sops for various sections of the people during a meeting with parties from the region here.
Describing the meeting held at the state's northern secretariat Uttarkanya as 'positive', she called for lifting the indefinite hill shutdown, which has been continuing for 89 days.
The next round of meetings would be held on October 16, she declared.

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Plan panel's abolition: Tripura losing Rs 2,000cr annually, says CM

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Agartala, Sep 12 (IANS): Following the abolition of the Planning Commission and the adoption of a new policy at the Centre, Tripura has been losing around Rs 2000 crore per year, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has said.
"With the abolition of the Planning Commission, the central government led by the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) has stopped various central aid and changed the sharing pattern for the centrally-sponsored schemes (CSS), which caused Tripura a net loss of about Rs 2000 crore per year," Sarkar said while addressing a meeting here on Monday night.
He said the Centre has stopped funding under normal central assistance, special plan assistance and special central assistance. Besides, the fund flow under some major schemes has been reduced by Rs 350 to Rs 400 crore.

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Manipur girls trafficked to Myanmar being brought back: CM

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Imphal, Sep 12 (IANS): Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Tuesday said 14 Manipuri tribal girls, who are victims of human trafficking and were sent to Yangon in Myanmar on way to Thailand, are being brought back to their respective homes.
"Eight of the fourteen girls are on their way to Imphal. The remaining six will also be brought back soon," Biren Singh said.
"Five women and one man have been arrested on charges of trafficking these girls for immoral purposes. Police are going to arrest more persons once the girls reach Manipur," he added.

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