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Suspension of Operations Agreement with NDFB (P) extended by six months

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The Suspension of Operations Agreement with the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Progressive) (NDFB-P) was today extended for a period of six months upto December 31, 2016.
 
An official press release said this was decided at a meeting of the Joint Monitoring Group (JMG), consisting of representatives of Government of India, Government of Assam and National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Progressive) held here today.
 
The meeting reviewed the observance of Agreed Ground Rules for Suspension of Operations was, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in North Cachar Hills area of Assam

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A minor earthquake, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the North Cachar Hills region of Assam early this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.1 N and longitude 93.2 E, occurred at 0409 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Marigaon region of Assam

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A minor earthquake, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the Marigaon region of Assam this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.2 N and longitude  92.4 E, occurred at 1805 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Sonowal takes over as Assam CM as BJP forms its first government in North-East

Former Union Minister Sarbanand Sonowal was on Tuesday sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Assam at the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party's first government in the North-East.

 
Sarbananda Sonowal takes oath as Assam's first BJP CM
Former Union Minister Sarbanand Sonowal was today sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Assam at the head of the Bharatiya Janata Party's first government in the North-East.
 
Governor P. B. Acharya administered the oaths of office and secrecy to Mr. Sonowal, who was Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports in the Union Council of Ministers, and 10 of his ministerial colleagues.
 
Those who took oath as Ministers included Mr. Hemanta Biswas Sarma, who had switched sides from the Congress to the BJP, now in power at the Centre, ahead of the elections.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several Union Ministers, BJP President Amit Shah and the Chief Ministers of states ruled by the BJP and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), attended the ceremony.
 
Mr. Sonowal, 53, is the 14th Chief Minister of Assam. He and Mr. Sarma had led the BJP and its two regional allies, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Bodoland People's Front (BPF) to victory in the elections held in April to the State Legislative Assembly, the results of which were announced on May 19. The coalition won 86 seats in the 126-member assembly.
 
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Congress leader Tarun Gogoi, who ruled the state for 15 years in three consecutive terms, was amongst those present at the swearing-in ceremony.
 
Later, addressing the gathering after the formal ceremony was over, Mr. Modi told the people of Assam that, in Mr. Sonowal, they had a Chief Minister from the tribal community who is dedicated to serving society.
 
He expressed confidence that the new Government would serve the people of Assam and transform the State through development. 
 
Mr. Modi said the Union Government was working on the principle of cooperative federalism, and wanted to give States maximum strength to enable them to progress. 
 
He said democracy is about "bhaagidaari" (participation), and stressed that the Centre and the States must walk shoulder to shoulder for development. He underlined the need for comprehensive and all-round development of the nation, and especially the eastern part of the country. 
 
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BJP wins Assam, LDF back in Kerala; Jaya retains power in TN, Mamata in WB

The BJP, the ruling party at the Centre, came to power for the first time in the North-East when the coalition led by it won a historic victory in the Assembly elections in Assam, while the Left Democratic Front returned to power in Kerala, with the Congress ending up on the losing side in both states.

 
My life is dedicated to people of Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party at the Centre, came to power for the first time in the North-East when the coalition led by it won a historic victory in the Assembly elections in Assam, while the Left Democratic Front (LDF) eturned to power in Kerala, with the Congress ending up on the losing side in both states.
 
In Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister J Jayalalitha proved exit polls wrong as she won a rare second consecutive term in office while her West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) also won a second term with a massive win as the counting of votes in the Assembly elections to the four states and the Union Territory of Puducherry progressed today.
 
In Assam, the BJP dislodged the 15-year-old Congress regime headed by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who could not quite overcome the anti-incumbency factor. While the BJP won 60 seats in the 126-member assembly, its allies Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) got 14 seats and the Bodoland People's Front picked up 12. The Congress got only 26 seats. The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) won 13 seats. One seat was won by an independent candidate.
 
Among the winners were Mr. Gogoi from Titabor and BJP's chief ministerial nominee, Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who won from Majuli.
 
In West Bengal, the TMC won 211 seats in the 294-member assembly, while the Congress, which went into the elections as an ally of the Left Front, won 44. The Left Front got 32 seats, while the BJP won three and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha got three. One seat went to an independent candidate.
 
Ms. Banerjee, whose party had ended the 34-year reign of the Left Front in 2011, won from Bhawanipore.
 
In Tamil Nadu, Ms. Jayalalithaa became the first Chief Minister to get a second consecutive term in office after 1984 as her AIADMK won 134 of the 232 seats for which polling was held. The DMK, led by veteran M. Karunanidhi, a former Chief Minister, got 87 seats, and was leading in two more at the time of writing this report, while its ally, the Congress, could manage only eight. The Indian Union Muslim League got one seat.
 
While Ms. Jayalalithaa won from Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar, while the 93-year-old Mr. Karunanidhi won the Thiruvarur seat. Mr. Karunanidhi's son and DMK Treasurer M K Stalin retained the Kolathur constituency.
 
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In Kerala, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) won 91 seats in the 140-member assembly, while the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) could manage only 47. The BJP won a seat in the Kerala Assembly for the first time, with party veteran O. Rajagopalan winning from Nemom in Thiruvananthapuram.
 
Former Indian cricketer S. Sreesanth, the BJP's candidate in Thiruvananthapuram, also lost.
 
Among prominent winners were Chief Minister and Congress leader Oommen Chandy, his predecessor V S Achuthanandan (LDF), former Finance Minister K M Mani and Government chief whip P C George, who left Kerala Congress (M) to fight from Poonjar as an independent candidate. Film actor Mukesh won from Kollam as a CPI(M) candidate.
 
CPM leader and possible Chief Ministerial candidate Pinarayi Vijayan won from Dharmadam in Kannur district. Mr. Chandy, who has represented Puthupally in Kottayam for more than four decades, won once again from there.
 
In Kollam, well-known Malyalam film actor won as an LDF candidate, while another actor, K B Ganeshkumar, who had switched over to the LDF from the UDF before the elections, won from Pathanapuram, defeating another popular actor Jagadish of the Congress. In the losers' list were Ministers K Babu and PK Jayalakshmi..
 
In Puducherry, the Congress won 15 of the 30 seats and its ally, the DMK, got two to wrest power from the ruling All India NR Congress, which could get only eight seats. The AIADMK won four seats.
 
Polling was held in the four states and one UT between April 4 and May 16. Counting of votes began at 8 am today and all the results are expected by late tonight.
 
Assam went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, while West Bengal saw polling in six phases between April 4 and May 5. Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had single-phase polling on May 16.
 
In Tamil Nadu, polling in two constituencies -- Aravakurichi and Thanjavur -- was deferred by the Election Commision to May 23 and, accordingly, the votes cast there would be counted on May 25.
 
The term of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
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BJP wins in Assam, Congress ousted in Kerala; Jaya retains power in TN, Mamata in WB

The Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party at the Centre, appeared headed for a historic win in Assam to form its first ever government in the North-East, while the Left Democratic Front was all set to return to power in Kerala, with the Congress ending up on the losing side in both states.

 
My life is dedicated to people of Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party at the Centre, appeared headed for a historic win in Assam to form its first ever government in the North-East, while the Left Democratic Front (LDF) was all set to return to power in Kerala, with the Congress ending up on the losing side in both states.
 
In Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister J Jayalalitha proved exit polls wrong as she headed for a rare second consecutive term in offie while her West Bengal Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was also poised for another term with a huge win as the counting of votes in the Assembly elections to the four states and the Union Territory of Puducherry was underway today.
 
In Assam, the BJP was set for a huge win, dislodging the 15-year-old Congress regime headed by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
 
In Kerala, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government headed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy appeared to be on its way out as the Left Democratic Front (LDF) built up a huge lead.
 
As early counting trends came in, Ms. Jayalalithaa's ruling AIADMK was ahead in 131 of the 232 seats where polling was held, while the DMK led by veteran M. Karunananidhi, was leading in 90, its ally Congress in 8 and others in three constituencies.
 
In West Bengal, the TMC was leading in 212 of the 294 constituencies, while the Congress was ahead in 45, the CPM in 24, the CPI in 1, the RSP in 3, the Forward Bloc in 2 and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in 3. The BJP was leading in 3 seats.
 
In Assam, the BJP was ahead in 61 of the 126 seats, while the Congress was a distant second with leads in 26. The All India United Demcratic Front (AIUDF) was ahead in 12 seats, while the Asom Gana Parishad was leading in 14 the Bodoland People's Front in 12.
 
In Kerala, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) was leading in 91 of the 140 seats, while the Congress-led UDF was ahead in 47, while the BJP was ahead in one seat.
 
In Puducherry, the Congress was ahead in 15 of the 30 seats and its ally, the DMK, in two and the combine was all set to wrest power form the ruling All India NR Congress, which was ahead in eight seats. The AIADMK was leading in four.
 
Polling was held in the four states and one UT between April 4 and May 16. Counting of votes began at 8 am today and all the results are expected by this evening.
 
Assam went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, while West Bengal saw polling in six phases between April 4 and May 5. Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had single-phase polling on May 16.
 
In Tamil Nadu, polling in two constituencies -- Aravakurichi and Thanjavur -- was deferred by the Election Commision to May 23 and, accordingly, the votes cast there would be counted on May 25.
 
The term of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
Votes are also being counted today in the bye-elections held on May 16 to fill one vacancy in the Lok Sabha -- Tura in Meghalaya -- and six in legislative assemblies in four states -- Jharkhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.
 
The assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Godda and Panki in Jharkhand, Talala in Gujarat, Jangipur and Bilari in Uttar Pradesh, and Palair in Telangana.
 
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The Election Commission has deferred the bye-elections in Ghoradongri (Madhya Pradesh), Anantnag (Jammu & Kashmir) and Kanubari (Arunachal Pradesh).
 
The bye-election in Tura (ST) was necessitated by the death of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma on March 4 in New Delhi.
 
In Assam, the votes are being counted at 51 counting centres across the state amidst tight security. There are 1064 candidates in the fray, including Mr. Gogoi, who is seeking a fourth consecutive term as Chief Minister, the BJP's chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal and AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal. The state had witnessed 84.72 percent polling.
 
In West Bengal, where Ms. Banerjee is seeking a second term, the polling turnout was around 80 percent. 
 
The Election Commission has set up 80 counting centres for the counting of votes in the elections to the 140-member state assembly in Kerala. The state had registered more than 77 percent polling. There are 1203 candidates in the fray, including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, whose Congress-led UDF government is looking for a second consecutive term.
 
In Tamil Nadu, the counting of votes is being held at 68 centres across the state in the elections to the 234-member assembly. Polling was held on May 16 for 232 seats. The polling percentage was 73.76 percent.
 
In Puducherry, about 82 percent of the electorate had exercised their franchise on May 16. There were 344 candidates, including 21 women, in the fray for the 30 seats.
 
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Jayalalithaa, Mamata set to return to power, BJP ahead in Assam, LDF in Kerala

Proving exit polls wrong, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was headed for a second consecutive term while her West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress appeared set for another term with a huge win as counting of votes in the Assemby elections in five states progressed on Thursday.

 
Proving exit polls wrong, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was headed for a second consecutive term while her West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) appeared set for a second term with a huge win as counting of votes in the Assemby elections in four states and a Union Territory was underway today.
 
In Assam, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party at the Centre, was headed for a huge win to form its first ever government in the North-East, dislodging the 15-year-old Congress regime headed by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
 
In Kerala, the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) government headed by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy appeared to be on its way out as the Left Democratic Front (LDF) built up a huge lead.
 
As early counting trends came in, Ms. Jayalalithaa's ruling AIADMK was ahead in 130 of the 232 seats where polling was held, while the DMK led by veteran M. Karunananidhi was leading in 96 constituencies.
 
In West Bengal, the TMC was leading in 209 of the 294 seats, while the Left Front was ahead in 75. The BJP had established leads in 9 seats.
 
In Kerala, the LDF was leading in 92 of the 140 seats, while the UDF had leads in 45. The BJP, hoping to emerge as a strong third front, was ahead in two seats.
 
In Assam, the BJP was leading in 81 seats while the Congress was a distant second with leads in 22 seats. The AIUDF was leading in 14.
 
In Puducherry, the All India NR Congress was ahead in five of the 30 seats while the Congress was leading in four.
 
Polling was held in the four states and one UT between April 4 and May 16. Counting of votes began at 8 am today and all the results are expected by this evening.
 
Assam went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, while West Bengal saw polling in six phases between April 4 and May 5.
 
Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had single-phase polling on May 16.
 
In Tamil Nadu, polling in two constituencies -- Aravakurichi and Thanjavur -- was deferred by the Election Commision to May 23 and, accordingly, the votes cast there would be counted on May 25.
 
The term of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
Votes are also being counted today in the bye-elections held on May 16 to fill one vacancy in the Lok Sabha -- Tura in Meghalaya -- and six in legislative assemblies in four states -- Jharkhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.
 
The assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Godda and Panki in Jharkhand, Talala in Gujarat, Jangipur and Bilari in Uttar Pradesh, and Palair in Telangana.
 
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The Election Commission has deferred the bye-elections in Ghoradongri (Madhya Pradesh), Anantnag (Jammu & Kashmir) and Kanubari (Arunachal Pradesh).
 
The bye-election in Tura (ST) was necessitated by the death of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma on March 4 in New Delhi.
 
In Assam, the votes are being counted at 51 counting centres across the state amidst tight security. There are 1064 candidates in the fray, including Mr. Gogoi, who is seeking a fourth consecutive term as Chief Minister, the BJP's chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal and AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal. The state had witnessed 84.72 percent polling.
 
In West Bengal, where Ms. Banerjee is seeking a second term, the polling turnout was around 80 percent. 
 
The Election Commission has set up 80 counting centres for the counting of votes in the elections to the 140-member state assembly in Kerala. The state had registered more than 77 percent polling. There are 1203 candidates in the fray, including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, whose Congress-led UDF government is looking for a second consecutive term.
 
In Tamil Nadu, the counting of votes is being held at 68 centres across the state in the elections to the 234-member assembly. Polling was held on May 16 for 232 seats. The polling percentage was 73.76 percent.
 
In Puducherry, about 82 percent of the electorate had exercised their franchise on May 16. There were 344 candidates, including 21 women, in the fray for the 30 seats.
 
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Counting of votes begins in Assembly elections in Assam, WB, Kerala, TN, Puducherry

Counting of votes began on Thursday morning in the crucial elections to elect new legislative assemblies in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, where polling was held between April 4 and May 16.

 
Counting of votes began this morning in the crucial elections to elect new legislative assemblies in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, where polling was held between April 4 and May 16.
 
The counting of the votes, recorded in electronic voting machines, began at 8 am and all the results are expected by this evening, though early counting trends are expected to be available by mid-morning.
 
Assam went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, while West Bengal saw polling in six phases between April 4 and May 5.
 
Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had single-phase polling on May 16.
 
In Tamil Nadu, polling in two constituencies -- Aravakurichi and Thanjavur -- was deferred by the Election Commision to May 23 and, accordingly, the votes cast there would be counted on May 25.
 
The term of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
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Votes will also be counted today in the bye-elections held on May 16 to fill one vacancy in the Lok Sabha -- Tura in Meghalaya -- and six in legislative assemblies in four states -- Jharkhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.
 
The assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Godda and Panki in Jharkhand, Talala in Gujarat, Jangipur and Bilari in Uttar Pradesh, and Palair in Telangana.
 
The Election Commission has deferred the bye-elections in Ghoradongri (Madhya Pradesh), Anantnag (Jammu & Kashmir) and Kanubari (Arunachal Pradesh).
 
The bye-election in Tura (ST) was necessitated by the death of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma on March 4 in New Delhi.
 
In Assam, the votes will be counted at 51 counting centres across the state amidst tight security. There are 1064 candidates in the fray, including Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of the Congress, who is seeking a fourth consecutive term, the BJP's chief ministerial candidate Sarbananda Sonowal and AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal. The state had witnessed 84.72 percent polling.
 
In West Bengal, where the Trinamool Congress (TMC) led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is seeking a second term, the polling turnout was around 80 percent. 
 
The Election Commission has set up 80 counting centres for the counting of votes in the elections to the 140-member state assembly in Kerala. The state had registered more than 77 percent polling. There are 1203 candidates in the fray, including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, whose Congress-led UDF government is looking for a second consecutive term.
 
In Tamil Nadu, the counting of votes is being held at 68 centres across the state in the elections to the 234-member assembly. Polling was held on May 16 for 232 seats. The polling percentage was 73.76 percent.
 
In Puducherry, about 82 percent of the electorate had exercised their franchise on May 16. There were 344 candidates, including 21 women, in the fray for the 30 seats.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Goalpara region of Assam

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A minor earthquake, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Goalpara region of Assam late last night, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.0 N and longitude 90.5 E, occurred at 2333 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Heavy polling as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry vote to elect new assemblies

Voters turned out in large numbers on Monday in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the crucial single-phase elections to elect new legislative assemblies in the two Southern states and one Union Territory.

 
Kerala, Puducherry, TN vote to elect new Assemblies
Voters turned out in large numbers today in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the crucial single-phase elections to elect new legislative assemblies in the two Southern states and one Union Territory.
 
Voting began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm and initial figures said that 71.5 percent of the electors had exercised their franchise in Kerala.
 
In Tamil Nadu, 69.19 percent polling had been recorded by 5 pm and 81.94 percent in Puducherry, and the final figures were expected to be higher.
 
Campaigning for the elections in the three states had come to a close on Saturday evening.
 
Polling was by and large peaceful in all three states, with no major untoward incident reported from any constituency. Rains in the morning played a dampener for a while in some parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala but voters did not allow this to affect their enthusiasm and brisk polling was seen in these places later in the day.
 
In Kerala, there are a total of  2,61,06,422 electors, including 1,35,08,693 women, in the 140 constituencies that went to the polls. There are 1203 candidates, including 109 women, in the fray. The Election Commission had set up 21646 polling stations in the state.
 
In Tamil Nadu, a total of 5,82,59,801 voters, including  2,93,33,954 women, were eligible to exercise their franchise in the 234 constituencies.
 
However, voting was held today for 232 seats, with polling in Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies having been deferred by the Election Commission to May 23. There were a total of 3728 candidates in the 232 constituencies and voting took place at 65,486 polling stations.
 
In Puducherry, there are a total of  9,41,935 voters, including 4,94,238 women. There were 344 candidates, including 21 women, in the fray for the 30 seats. As many as 930 polling stations were set up by the Election Commission across the Union Territory.
 
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Counting of votes in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, as well as in Assam, which went to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, and in West Bengal, where polling was held in six phases between April 4 and May 5, will be taken up on May 19 and all the results are expected by that evening. In Aravakurichi and Thanjavur constituencies of Tamil Nadu, counting of votes will be taken up on May 25.
 
The term of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
Polling was also held today in bye-elections to fill one vacancy in the Lok Sabha -- Tura in Meghalaya -- and six in legislative assemblies in four states -- Jharkhand, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.
 
The assembly constituencies where bye-elections were held are Godda and Panki in Jharkhand, Talala in Gujarat, Jangipur and Bilari in Uttar Pradesh, and Palair in Telangana.
 
The Election Commission has deferred the bye-elections in Ghoradongri (Madhya Pradesh), Anantnag (Jammu & Kashmir) and Kanubari (Arunachal Pradesh).
 
The bye-election in Tura (ST) was necessitated by the death of former Lok Sabha Speaker Purno A. Sangma on March 4 in New Delhi.
 
Counting of votes in all these constituencies will also be taken up on May 19.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Cachar region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale, shook the Cachar area of Assam this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.8 N and longitude 92.7 E, occurred at 0644 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Barpeta district of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale, shook Barpeta district of Assam this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.5 N and longitude 90.8 E, occurred at 1725 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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79.5% polling in West Bengal, 82% in Assam, EC orders FIR against Gogoi

More than 79.5 percent of the voters exercised their franchise in the second part of the first phase of polling in the elections to the West Bengal legislative assembly and more than 82.2 percent of the electorate turned out in the second phase of polling in Assam on Monday.

 
Polling underway in part B of phase I of elections to the West Bengal Assembly
More than 79.5 percent of the voters exercised their franchise in the second part of the first phase of polling in the elections to the West Bengal legislative assembly and more than 82.2 percent of the electorate turned out in the second phase of polling in Assam today.
 
Election Commission officials told journalists here this evening that the final figures were still being tallied and the actual polling percentage could be higher.
 
The polling was by and large peaceful in both the states and no major untoward incident was reported from anywhere, they said.
 
In West Bengal, polling was held today for 31 Assembly constituencies in the districts of Paschim Medinipur, Bankura and Burdwan.
 
These constituencies had recorded 83.72 percent polling in the last assembly elections in 2011.
 
A total of 69.9 lakh electors were eligible to vote in today's polling in these 31 constituencies. There were a total of 163 candidates in the fray, including 21 women.
 
The Election Commission had set up 8465 polling stations in these 31 constituencies.
 
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In Assam, voting was held in 61 constituencies in the lower and central parts of the state. These constituencies had recorded 76.05 percent polling in the 2011 Assembly elections and 80.2 percent in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the officials said.
 
In all, 1.04 crore voters were eligible to vote in these 61 constituencies, including 50.44 lakh women. There were 525 candidates in the fray, including 48 women. The Election Commission had set up 12699 polling stations for today's polls.
 
A 19-year-old youth succumbed to injuries he suffered during an incident of stone-throwing and consequent lathi-charge by security personnel in Barpeta district of Assam. The Election Commission has directed the district administration to order a magisterial inquiry into the incident and establish the sequence of events.
 
The Commission said a first information report (FIR) had been filed by the election authorities in Assam against Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi for holding a press conference in alleged violation of the Representation of Peoples Act during polling hours today.
 
The election laws prohibit the holding of such press conferences within 48 hours of the closure of polls.
 
The officials also said that the allegations levelled by Mr. Gogoi against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Himanta Biswa Sarma during the press conference were found to be incorrect. 
 
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Voting begins in first phase of assembly elections in West Bengal, Assam

Voting began in the first phase of polling in the elections to the legislative assemblies of West Bengal and Assam amidst tight security on Monday morning.

Voting began in the first phase of polling in the elections to the legislative assemblies of West Bengal and Assam amidst tight security this morning.
 
Queues of voters were seen at many polling booths in the two states from the start of voting at 7 am.
 
In West Bengal, voting is being held today in 18 constituencies in Phase IA of polling. They include six seats in Paschim Medinipur, nine in Purulia and three in Bankura districts. 
 
These constituencies have a total electorate of 40,09,171 voters, including 20,47,202 men and 19,57,453 women. There are 4500 service electors in these constituencies.
 
There are a total of 133 candidates in these constituencies, including 11 women.
 
The Election Commission has set up 4945 polling stations and made elaborate arrangements to ensure a smooth poll in these constituencies.
 
As many as 65 constituencies went to the polls in the first phase of voting in Assam. There are 566 candidates in all, including 44 women. Prominent candidates in the fray include Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi of the Congress, who is seeking a fourth conseccutive term, and Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, the chief ministerial candidate of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
 
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Election Commission withdraws an Expenditure Observer from Assam for transgression

The Election Commission today said it had withdrawn an Expenditure Observer posted by it in Assam for the coming Assembly elections in the state for transgressing his jurisdiction by reaching the spot of an Income Tax raid and acting against the instructions of the Election Commission.
 
"The Commission has viewed this lapse by Expenditure Observer seriously and has withdrawn him from constituency forthwith and instructed the controlling authority to initiate suitable departmental action against him. 
 
"All Observers have been directed to perform their actions within the prescribed framework as laid down by ECI manual," an official press release said.
 
The release was issued following news reports saying that the Expenditure Observer had conducted a search at the residence of a sitting Minister in Assam on March 16.
 
"The Commission has verified the facts and has received a report from the Income Tax Department, Assam. A factual report has also been received from the Expenditure Observer. It has been ascertained that the search and seizure operation had been conducted independently by the Income Tax Department under the provisions of the Income Tax Act on receipt of intelligence from other independent agency. Meanwhile the Expenditure Observer deployed by the Commission had activated the Flying Squad as a part of follow up action, following the information received from the Income Tax department. 
 
"In the present case, the Expenditure Observer has transgressed his jurisdiction by reaching at the spot himself and acted against the instructions of the Election Commission. The Commission does not authorise any of its observers to carry out any such enforcement activities by himself/herself . The observers on receiving such information are required to pass on the same to enforcement agencies for appropriate actions and continue monitoring the action taken as laid down in the Manual of ECI," the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Darrang area of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, jolted the Darrang area of Assam this afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.5 N and longitude 92.3 E, occurred at 1600 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Cachar region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Cachar region of Assam this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.5 N and longitude 92.8 E, occurred at 0620 hours today at a focal depth of 30 km, an IMD bulleti added.
 
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EC announces dates for Assembly polls in Assam, West Bengal, TN, Kerala, Puducherry

Assam will go to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, West Bengal in six phases between April 4 and May 5 and Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will have a single-day poll on May 16 to elect new State Legislative Assemblies, the Election Commission announced in New Delhi on Friday.

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Assam will go to the polls in two phases on April 4 and 11, West Bengal in six phases between April 4 and May 5 and Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will have a single-day poll on May 16 to elect new State Legislative Assemblies, the Election Commission announced here today.
 
In Assam, as many as 65 constituencies will go to the polls in the first phase on April 4 and 61 in the second phase on April 11.
 
The notification for the first phase will be issued on March 11 and for the second phase on March 14.
 
In West Bengal, Phase 1A of the polling (18 constituencies) will be held on April 4, Phase IB (31 constituencies) on April 11, Phase 2 (56 constituencies) on April 17, Phase 3 (62 constituencies) on April 21, Phase 4 (49 constituencies) on April 25, Phase 5 (53 constituencies) on April 30 and Phase 6 (25 constituencies) on May 5.
 
The notifications for Phase IA will be issued on March 11, 1B on March 14, Phase 2 on March 22, Phase 3 on March 28, Phase 4 on April 1, Phase 5 on April 4 and Phase 6 on April 11.
 
Notifications for the single-phase polling on May 16 in Kerala, TAmil Nadu and Puducherry will be issued on April 22. 
 
Counting of votes will be taken up in all four states and UT on May 19 and all the results are expected to be in by that evening.
 
The terms of the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu is due to expire on May 22, West Bengal on May 29, Kerala on May 31, Puducherry on June 2 and Assam on June 5.
 
The Kerala Assembly has a total of 140 seats, including 14 reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC) and two for Scheduled Tribes (STs); Tamil Nadu 234 (44 SC, 2 ST); West Bengal 294 (68 SC, 16 ST); Puducherry 30 (5 SC); and Assam 126 (8 SC, 16 ST).
 
The electoral rolls of all the existing Assembly constituencies in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry have been revised, with reference to 01.01.2016 as the qualifying date, and have been finally published.
 
The total number of electors in Assam is 1,98,66,496; Kerala 2,56,08,720; Tamil Nadu 5,79,15,075; West Bengal 6,55,46,101; and Puducherry 9,27,034.
 
Briefing mediapersons about the election schedule, Chief Election Commissioner Naseem Zaidi said the Commission had directed the States concerned to conduct a time-bound and systematic drive for the improvement in the quality and health of their respective electoral rolls, so as to enhance their fidelity for the conduct of free and fair elections. 
 
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The Commission will set up 24,888 polling stations in Assam, 21,498 in Kerala, 65,616 in Tamil Nadu, 77,247 in West Bengal and 913 in Puducherry to ensure a free and fair poll.
 
Dr. Zaidi said that, for the first time, the Commission has provided a new symbol for the None of the Above (NOTA) option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs).
 
The Model Code of Conduct has come into effect immediately from now onwards. All the provisions of the Model Code will apply to the whole of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Puducherry and will be applicable to all candidates, political parties and, the State Governments of Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Pudducherry. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the Union Government insofar as announcements/policy decisions pertaining. for these States/UT is concerned.
 
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Committee to consider ST status to six communities of Assam

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The Government has set up a committee to recommend the modalities for granting of Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to six communities -- Koch Rajbongshi, Moran, Matak, Tai Ahom, Chutia and Adivasi (Tea tribes), in Assam.
 
The committee, headed by Mr Mahesh Kumar Singla, Special Secretary (Internal Security), Ministry of Home Affairs, would, in consultation with the Government of Assam suggest the modalities for the required reservations, an official press release said here today.
 
The committee will also consider shifting the existing reservation for these communities from OBC to ST, protecting the interests of existing tribes, a mechanism to ensure fairness of reservations within these six communities and related security considerations.
 
It will submit its report by May 31 this year, the release added.
 
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Nadda lays foundation stone for Super Specialty Block at GMC, Guwahati

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The Government is focused on strengthening the primary healthcare system while at the same time providing adequate facilities to secondary and tertiary healthcare in order to reduce the out-of-pocket burden on citizens, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare J P Nadda said today
 
Addressing a gathering at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a Super Specialty Block at Guwahati Medical College in Assam, he said that, under the upgradation project, Super Specialty Department of Pediatrics surgery, Haematology, Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal (GI) surgery, Endocrinology and Burns & Plastic surgery will be set up in the existing Medical College.
 
This will add 190 beds, 60 ICU beds and six Operation Theatres to the institute at an approved cost of Rs 150 crore. Foundation stone of a similar project was laid at Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh on February 12.
 
“Tertiary care facilities will thus get a boost with all these projects coming up,” the Minister said.
 
Work on a new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) project announced for Assam will soon start. The Government has also decided to upgrade District Hospitals at Nagaon, North Lakhimpur and Dubri to the status of Medical College, he added.
 
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Funding of Rs 189 crore each will be sanctioned for these colleges. As a first installment, Rs 22 crore have been released to the state government. Moreover, since May 2014, more than Rs 1,567 crore has been released to the state under National Health Mission (NHM), he said.
 
Mr Nadda said the Government had already started the process to establish 10 new AIIMS in addition to six already set up by the NDA government in the previous term.
 
Once fully functional, more than 16,300 additional bed strength would be available in the 17 AIIMS (960 beds in each Institution), he added.
 
Super specialty blocks were also being set up in 70 medical colleges and 58 district hospitals upgraded to Medical Colleges. Twenty Cancer Institutes and 50 Tertiary Cancer Care Centres were being set up.
 
The National Cancer Institute, Jhajjar (with bed capacity of 710) and second campus of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata were also to come up, he added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Karbi Anglong region of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Karbi Anglong region of Assam early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.3 N and longitude 93.3 E, occurred at 0436 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Modi opens South Asian Games, outlines his vision for development of region

Declaring the 12th South Asian Games open in Guwahati on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his vision for South Asia was the same as his vision for India -- Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas -- and that all countries in the region are partners in its journey towards development.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessing the inaugural ceremony of the 12th South Asian Games-2016, in Guwahati, Assam on February 5, 2016.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessing the inaugural ceremony of the 12th South Asian Games-2016, in Guwahati, Assam on February 5, 2016.
Declaring the 12th South Asian Games open here today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his vision for South Asia was the same as his vision for India -- Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas -- and that all countries in the region are partners in its journey towards development.
 
"We the people living in SAARC countries comprise 21 per cent of the world’s population and contribute about 9 per cent to its economy," he said in his inaugural address at the Games. 
 
The Games, which will continue till February 16, will be held at venues here and in Shillong, Meghalaya.
 
It is the biggest sporting event ever held in the North-East, with participants from all the eight SAARC member-nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
 
In all, competition will be held in 228 events in 23 disciplines for 228 gold, 228 silver and 308 bronze medals.
 
Competition in 16 disciplines -- Athletics, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Triathlon, Hockey, Weightlifting, Wrestling, Squash, Shooting, Kho Kho, Kabaddi, Handball, Cycling and Tennis -- will be held in Guwahati, while events in the other seven disciplines will be held in Shillong – Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Wushu. 
 
Men's Football will be played at Guwahati and Women's Football at Shillong. 
 
"This sports meet, for me signifies a perfect blend of 3 Ts - Talent, Teamwork and Togetherness. Among us is the best and most youthful talent from across South Asia. You are proud members of your team - it can be your team of the sport you play and a larger team of the nation you are representing. And, at the same time this meet also celebrates togetherness of all South Asian nations. Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – no matter which country we are from, we all call South Asia our home," Mr. Modi said.
 
"Sports has to be an essential part of an individual’s life. A good game is both healthy and refreshing. All round development of the personality is incomplete without sports. Most importantly, sports brings with it the most vital sportsman spirit. Without sports, there cannot be any sportsman spirit. This sportsman spirit will not only help you on the field but also in other aspects of your life. You will cherish whatever you learn on the sports field for your entire life. I always say - Jo Khele, woh Khile. The person who plays, shines," he said.
 
He hoped that the feeling of friendship, trust and understanding engendered by the Games would convert into business and tourism opportunities as well.
 
"Let these Games become a spring board for bringing peace and prosperity in the region through business, interaction and sporting activities. Let this be an opportunity for SAARC people to realize their potential," he said.
 
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"On the sports field, we can forget what separates us, and we can truly connect with each other in the spirit of sportsmanship and adventure. We can celebrate our diversity, and at the same time, be united under common rules for our sports, and the shared values of honesty and fair play. 
 
"Let us play for peace: let us play for prosperity. Let us play with full vigour and enthusiasm so that we remember these Games even after they are over. The friendships you would form over these 12 days, and the memories you take back will last you a lifetime. I am confident that you will cherish these bonds, and become Ambassadors for peace and friendship between our nations. 
 
"While people play for medals and provide tough competition to each other, I urge the sports-persons and visitors here to take time from their busy schedules to visit the places of tourism attraction and wonderful wildlife sanctuaries nearby," he said.
 
"Let the competition be in true sports man spirit. May the best win. I declare the 12th South Asian Games open," he added.
 
The glittering opening ceremony was attended by a galaxy of national and international dignitaries, including Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Union Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
 
A colourful march past by players of participating countries enthralled the spectators.
 
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Modi to visit Assam, Odisha; attend International Fleet Review in Visakhapatnam

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will pay a three-day visit to Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha from tomorrow.
 
In Assam, he will inaugurate the Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd at Lepetkata, which is the first ever petro-chemical project in the entire North-East, tomorrow.
 
As part of the same event, the Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation India's highest wax producing unit using indigenous technology in Numaligarh Refinery Ltd. 
 
He will address tea workers at Moran, near Dibrugarh. He will also address the 85th Annual Conference of Srimanta Sankaradeva Sangha at Sibsagar. 
 
In Guwahati, he will inaugurate the 12th South Asian Games, in which Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are participating, apart from India.
 
On February 6, Mr. Modi will attend the International Fleet Review at Visakhapatnam. He will also visit a maritime exhibition. 
 
The Prime Minister will reach Bhubaneswar on February 7, and will dedicate to the nation the National Institute of Science Education and Research. He will also visit the Shri Jagannath Temple in Puri. 
 
Mr. Modi will dedicate to the nation the state-of-the-art Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Refinery at Paradip. 
 
The refinery will have a total capacity of 15 MMTPA. The Indane Maximization unit at the refinery has been set up using indigenous technology to produce a higher quantity of LPG. The refinery is expected to unleash a new wave of industrialization in the hydrocarbon sector, and accelerate economic development in Eastern India. 
 
The Prime Minister will reach Visakhapatnam on the afternoon of February 7 and witness the operational demonstration and the International City Parade at the International Fleet Review. The Prime Minister will also deliver an address, an official press release added.
 
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Minor earthquake jolts Nagaon area of Assam

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale, shook the Nagaon area of Assam this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 26.2°N and longitude 92.6°E, occurred at 0623 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, a bulletin from IMD added.
 
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6 dead, 79 injured as magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Manipur, other NE states

At least six people died and 79 others suffered injuries when a strong earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, struck Manipur in the early hours of Monday.

 
Massive 6.7 quake strikes northeast India
 
At least six people died and 79 others suffered injuries when a strong earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, struck Manipur in the early hours of today.
 
The tremors were felt in most other North-Eastern states, including Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, as well as West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar, and neighbouring countries such as Myanmar, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
 
Several buildings, houses, and government offices in Imphal, including a six-storeyed building, and other parts of Manipur were damaged in the quake.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.8°N and longitude  93.5°E, occured at 0435 hours at a focal depth of 17 km.
 
According to IMD, the epicentre of the earthquake was in Tamenglong district of Manipur, about 35 km from Imphal, the state capital.
 
The tremors were also felt in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Bihar, among other places.
 
People in many places ran out of their homes to safety as a precautionary measure. Many people posted pictures of damaged buildings and walls with cracks on social media sites.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke over the telephone to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is on an official visit to Assam, and asked him to oversee the situation.
 
Mr. Modi also spoke to Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, 
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on the situation.
 
The Manipur Government has sought the assistance of the Army and the Assam Rifles in the rescue and relief efforts.
 
The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said Mr. Modi was continuously monitoring the situation.
 
Two teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have moved from Guwahati to the areas affected by the earthquake.
 
Mr. Rajnath Singh said he had spoken to Mr. Gogoi and the Manipur Chief Secretary about the situation and assured them of all possible help from the Centre.
 
"I'm also contacting other North Eastern states to know the extent of damage caused by the earthquake," he added.
 
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In New Delhi, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is coordinating with the State Governments concerned, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Ministry of Defence (Mod), NDRF, Ministry of Communications and other Departments and agencies for seach, rescue and relief efforts.
 
NDMA officials have spoken to the Control Rooms and Relief Commisioners of all the States in the North-East and West Bengal.
 
Communication systems are functioning, particularly those of state-owned BSNL, in the affected areas.
 
The National Crisis Management Committee headed by the Cabinet Secretary held a meeting here this morning to assess the situation and provide all necessary help from the Government of India.
 
Mr. Modi also held a meeting of the National Security Council at which earthquake relief measures were also discussed.
 
Minister of State for Development of North-East Region Jitendra Singh has been asked to rush to Imphal to oversee the rescue and relief efforts, an official press release said.
 
The Centre has offered all necessary help to the Manipur State Government for search, rescue and relief measures.
 
The release said 83 personnel of the NDRF were airlifted in three aircaft from Guwahati to Imphal and have been depoyed in rescue operations.
 
Another team of 35 rescuers of NDRF has been deployed in Silchar, Assam to cater to the needs of areas around Silchar. 
 
A three-member team from Power Grid Corporation has already reached Imphal for restoration of the power supply. A team of doctors will reach Manipur early tomorrow to assess the situation and assist the State Government. 
 
The release said there was no shortage of petroleum products in Manipur. There is normal availability of all products with stocks of two weeks and above. The LPG bottling plant at Sekmai has been temporarily suspended, which is likely to be resumed by tomorrow after inspection and rectification of damages. 
 
The NDMA has set up a toll free disaster helpline number 011-1078, which can be contacted round the clock for any help, it said.
 
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