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Army deployed as Gorkhaland movement turns violent in Darjeeling, tourists stranded

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Darjeeling, June 08 (IANS): The army was called in on Thursday after thousands of angry Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists demanding a separate Gorkhaland indulged in arson and pelted stones at police, injuring 15, as 12,000 tourists were stranded in the hill station due to the violence.
In Kolkata, a Defence Ministry spokesman said two army columns based in Darjeeling were being requisitioned.
The GJM has called a 72-hour shutdown in the north Bengal hills on Friday in protest against "indiscriminate police action on the peaceful demonstration" by its workers.

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Rajnath to chair meeting on India-Myanmar border

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Aizawl, June 08 (IANS): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will meet the Chief Ministers of four northeastern states bordering Myanmar here on Monday to review the security situation and will also visit the border areas by chopper, an official said.
"Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh would hold a meeting of Chief Ministers of Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram here on Monday to review the security situation along India-Myanmar borders," a Mizoram home department official said here.

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Bihar students go on strike over Class 12 mass failure

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Patna, June 08 (IANS): Train and road services were hit in Bihar on Thursday as student organisations affiliated to the Left parties went on strike to protest the large-scale failure of Class 12 students in the state board exams.
"Hundreds of students with flags and banners in their hands forcibly stopped trains in Ara, Patna, Vaishali, Begusarai, Jehanabad and Gaya districts," a police officer said.
Road traffic was also disrupted at several places as the agitating students blocked national and state highways, the officer said.

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One day Awareness on Food Security Act 2013 held

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Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, June 08: A State Level Awareness Programme on National Food Security Act, 2013 was organised by the Meghalaya State Food Commission in coordination with the Deputy Commissioner (Supply), West Garo Hills,Tura  for the entire Districts of Garo Hills on Thursday at District Auditorium,  Tura. Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Meghalaya, in-charge Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Prof. R C Laloo graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
Speaking as the Chief Guest of this awareness programme, Deputy Chief Minsiter, Professor RC Laloo spoke about the initiatives of the government to ensure food security in the state through the implementing of the National Food Security Act (NFSA) and functioning of the State Food Commission to provide food and nutritional security by accessing to adequate quantity and quality of food at affordable prices.

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Separate state only solution, says GJM General Secretary

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Kolkata, June 07 (IANS): Accusing the West Bengal government of interfering in the working of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration - the development body in the north Bengal hills, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha General Secretary Roshan Giri on Wednesday said a separate state was now the only solution for the Darjeeling hills.
"A separate state is the only solution for the development of our people," Giri said after his meeting with state BJP president Dilip Ghosh here.

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