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Assembly elections: Counting of votes to be taken up on Saturday

Counting of votes will begin on Saturday morning in the crucial elections to the State Legislative Assemblies of five States -- Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa -- and most of the results are expected to be out within a few hours after that.

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Counting of votes will begin tomorrow morning in the crucial elections to the State Legislative Assemblies of five States -- Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa -- and the keenly-awaited results are expected to have far-reaching implications for national politics.
 
The elections in five States have taken place mid-way through the five-year term of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre and just weeks after the sudden decision of the government on November 8 to demonetise Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 banknotes.
 
Polling in Uttar Pradesh -- India's most populous state -- was held in seven phases between February 11 and March 8, while Manipur had polling in two phases on March 4 and 8. Punjab and Goa had single-phase polling on February 4 and Uttarakhand had single-phase voting on February 15.
 
The terms of the Goa, Manipur and Punjab assemblies are due to normally expire on March 18, Uttarakhand on March 26 and Uttar Pradesh on May 27.
 
The Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly has 403 seats, including 84 reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC) and two for Scheduled Tribes. Punjab Assembly has 117 seats (34 SC), Goa 40 (1 SC), Uttarakhand 70 (13 SC, 2 ST) and Manipur 60 (1 SC, 19 ST).
 
The Election Commission will give out counting trends and results of the elections through its website from 8 am tomorrow.
 
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Among other things, the website will give details such as the number of votes secured by the candidates round-wise and constituency-wise and political party-wise and candidate-wise trends.
 
The website can also be accessed through the main website of the Election Commission of India.
 
For the first time, the Commission will also provide analytics through interactive dashboard in the form of clickable infographics. Users can download data, crosstab, PDF and images for analysing the elections further at their end. It will include comparative analytics between 2012 and 2017. 
 
An official press release said users will get constituency analysis with respect to participation of electors (constituencies with more female electors, constituencies by slabs of voter turnout, turnout by poll days) and candidates (gender wise participants, winners and major competitors). To assess performance of political parties, analysis on seats won by them, the percentage vote-share in the State and the profile (age and social category)of candidates fielded by them have been included. Candidates have been mapped to their constituencies and the votes polled in their favour, it said.
 
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Five killed as magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Manipur, other NE states

At least five people were killed when a strong earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, hit Manipur and other North-Eastern states of India and neighbouring countries like Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan in the early hours of Monday.

 
Massive 6.7 quake strikes northeast India
 
At least five people were killed when a strong earthquake, measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale, hit Manipur and other North-Eastern states of India and neighbouring countries like Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan in the early hours of today.
 
Official sources in Imphal said more than 45 people had been reported injured 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.
 
Initial reports from Manipur spoke of damages to many buildings and houses. 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. Some government offices and a six-storeyed building in Imphal were among those affected.
 
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 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 been instructed to move 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.
 
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"I'm also contacting other North Eastern states to know the extent of damage caused by the earthquake," he added.
 
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.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Bishnupur region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Bishnupur region of Manipur early this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.6°N and longitude 93.8°E, occurred at 0401 hours at a focal depth of 21 km.
 
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Kovind says development of Northeast is true measure of India-ASEAN partnership

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President Ram Nath Kovind said on Tuesday  that the development of the Northeast region was both the development of India as well as the true measure of the India-ASEAN partnership.
 
"The opportunity is before us. Let us grab it," he said in his inaugural address at the Northeast Development Summit here.
 
"This is my first visit to the region and to the state of Manipur since taking office as the President of India, and I am truly glad that it has coincided with this very important event," he said.
 
He hoped the summit would take enlightened and actionable decisions on the development of the Northeast not just from a domestic, Indian perspective – but also in the context of the neighbourhood. 
 
"The development of the Northeast is tied with the development of India’s neighbours and the countries of ASEAN. Friendly partner countries from other regions too are integral to our vision for the Northeast and can contribute substantially," he said.
 
"For a short period in our history, there has been a misconception about the eight states of the Northeast being a 'frontier' of India. I say 'short period of history' deliberately. After all, if you consider the hundreds and thousands of years of civilisation, far from being a frontier, the Northeast has been at the heart of Indian imagination. And if you take South Asia and Southeast Asia as a continuum – as it has been perceived for most of history – then the Northeast is right in the middle of it.
 
"The Northeast is an amazing social and cultural ecosystem. Few regions of the world have such a wealth of cultural, ethnic and religious diversity packed into such a small area. This variety is an inspiration for all of us. The Northeast is home to some of the oldest indigenous communities in the world. It is one of our spiritual homelands. Whether it is the traditions of the Devi in Kamakhya or of Buddhism in Tawang and elsewhere, they make for a sacred bond that unites India with Southeast Asia. Christian missionaries have contributed to education here. And there is even a small but thriving Jewish community in Manipur and Mizoram," he said.
 
Mr. Kovind said prosperity is the Northeast’s natural destiny, its default position. "Its geographical location makes it the obvious gateway to India, linking the vast economies of the Indian subcontinent and of today’s ASEAN countries. This is the potential we have to tap. And this is the idea that must inspire this summit," he said.
 
He said that central to the Government of India’s approach to the development of the Northeast is an urgent and speedy enhancement of connectivity. This is a multi-modal programme, across land, water and air. And it refers both to connectivity within India as well as to connectivity between India and its eastern and Southeast Asian neighbours, he said.
 
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"In the past three years, railway lines have finally come to Arunachal Pradesh, fulfilling an old demand. An extensive development of railway links in the Northeast is under way, with investments totalling Rs 90,000 crore. Road building in the region is busier than it has ever been. Border roads, national highways and state roads are all being built or improved. Incorporated in July 2014, the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation is working with a special focus on the Northeast. It is engaged in about 100 road projects in the region.
 
"Inland waterways, especially along the majestic Brahmaputra and Barak rivers, can both save transport costs as well as facilitate connectivity. And finally, there is the push for air connectivity. The creation of infrastructure in smaller cities and airports, along with more and more flights, is making the skies of the Northeast buzz with traffic.
 
"In the broader neighbourhood, initiatives such as the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway and the Kaladan Multi-modal Transit Transport Project are critical for many of our countries and for the Northeast. The Northeast is also the corridor for so many trade and connectivity projects on the Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal [BBIN] and the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation [BIMSTEC] platforms. I would say that the states of the Northeast region are the true drivers of India’s Act East policy," he said.
 
The President said that the Northeast Tourism Development Council, incorporated in March 2017,  is creating partnerships between government and private sector players. "I am confident it will make the Northeast one of the leading tourism destinations of not just India but Asia. That is where it deserves to be," he said.
 
"The sense of connect with the Northeast gives every one of us in this room a stake in the region. It doesn’t matter whether we are from the Northeast, from other parts of India or indeed from other countries connected by culture and geography, history and trade to the Northeast. The development of the Northeast is a shared enterprise.
 
"Seeing the impressive degree of participation in this Summit – not only from Manipur and states of the Northeast, but from the rest of India and key partner countries – I am left extremely optimistic. I look forward to the deliberations between government officials, business-persons and other delegates at this summit leading to fruitful results – and specific projects and outcomes," he added.
 
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Moderate earthquake jolts Myanmar-Manipur border region

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, shook the border region between Myanmar and the Indian state of Manipur today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 23.7°N and longitude 94.5°E, occurred at 1418 hours at a focal depth of 82 km.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Ukhrul region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the Ukhrul region of Manipur late last night.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.7°N and longitude 94.3°E, occurred at 2335 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 102 km.
 
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Northeast to get India's first 'Air Dispensary': Jitendra Singh

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The Northeast is all set to get India’s first-ever "Air Dispensary" based in a helicopter with an initial funding of Rs 25 crore from the Union Ministry of Development of Northeast (DoNER), an official press release said today
 
DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh, after a meeting with the representatives of Aviation Sector and helicopter service Pawan Hans here yesterday said that, for quite a few months, the Ministry had been exploring the idea of introducing a helicopter based Dispensary/OPD service in far-flung and remote areas, where no doctor or medical facility was available and the patient, in need, also did not have any access to any medical care.
 
The proposal put forward by the Ministry has been accepted and is in the final stages of the process in the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, he added.
 
The Ministry is keenly pursuing the proposal so that by the beginning of 2018, it could become a reality, he added.
 
Even today, nearly one-third of India’s population did not have access to proper hospital bed care, as a result of which, poor patients living in remote areas remained deprived of crucial medical care. The experiment being introduced in the Northeast can also be emulated in other hill states having difficult topography like Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, he added.
 
To begin with, the helicopter will be based at two locations, Imphal in Manipur and Meghalaya in Shillong. Both of these cities have premier post-graduate medical institutes from where specialist doctors, along with the necessary equipment and paramedical staff, would be able to travel by a helicopter and hold a dispensary/OPD in different locations across the eight States of North Eastern Region.
 
On its way back, he said, the same helicopter can also transport a sick patient, requiring admission, to a city hospital. Giving an account of other new helicopter service plans for Northeast, he said, three twin-engine helicopters are planned to be placed for initial operation on six routes in the region around Imphal, Guwahati and Dibrugarh.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Ukhrul region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, shook the Ukhrul region of Manipur this evening, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.1°N and longitude 94.5°E, occurred at 1918 hours at a focal depth of 66 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Chandel region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, shook the Chandel region of Manipur this afternoon, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.4°N and longitude 94.1°E, occurred at 1612 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Two minor earthquakes shake Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.1 on the Richter scale, shook the Churachandpur region of Manipur early this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.3°N and longitude 93.6°E, occurred at 0405 hours today at a focal depth of 38 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
Earlier, at 2204 hours last night, another minor earthquake, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, had shaken the Ukhrul region of the state.
 
The tremor, which had its epicentre at latitude at latitude 25.0°N and longitude 94.6°E, occurred at a focal depth of 74 km, the bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Thoubal region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the Thoubal region of Manipur this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.4°N and longitude 93.9°E, occurred at 0910 hours at a focal depth of 40 km.
 
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AAI to construct Integrated Cargo Terminal at Imphal Airport

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Airports Authority of India (AAI) will undertake construction of an Integrated Cargo Terminal at Imphal Airport in Manipur after obtaining grant-in-aid under the Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
 
The Government of Manipur had planned to establish an Export Import Cargo Terminal (EICT) at Tulihal, Imphal Airport under ASIDE Scheme of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry. 
 
The proposed Integrated Cargo Terminal is expected to give a boost to the export of handicrafts items and perishable cargo, an official press release said.
 
It will also help generate employment opportunities in the North Eastern region of the country, thereby fostering economic development of the region. In addition to this, the EICT will help establish better connectivity with South and Southeast Asia and give a boost to trade between India and the ASEAN countries, the release said.
 
According to it, the estimated cost construction of the cargo terminal is Rs. 16.20 crore. Out of this, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry has sanctioned a grant of Rs. 12.96 crore under TIES. The balance amount to construct will be met out of the internal sources of AAI, the release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Imphal region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale, shook the Imphal region of Manipur in the early hours of today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.9°N and longitude 93.9°E, occurred at 0234 hours at a focal depth of 26 km.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Senapati region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the Senapati region of Manipur this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorlogical Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.9 N and longitude 94.1 E, occurred at 0935 horus at a focal depth of 30 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Churachandpur region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale, shook the Churachandpur region of Manipur this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.4 °N and longitude 93.5°E, occurred at 0605 hours at a focal depth of 35 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Magnitude 5.4 earthquake jolts Churachandpur region of Manipur

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale, jolted the Churachandpur region of Manipur late last night, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.4 °N and longitude 93.4°E, occurred at 2348 hours yesterday at a focal depth of 65 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Nadda flags off relief supplies for flood-hit Assam, Manipur and Gujarat

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Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda, who is Chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society, today flagged off relief material worth around Rs 3.15 crore to the flood affected families in Assam, Manipur and Gujarat.
 
Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, was also present on the occasion.
 
Speaking after flagging off the fleet of trucks, Mr Nadda stated that the government was ensuring that there was no shortage of essential items to the flood victims. “We have released the first batch of relief material worth around Rs 3.15 crore containing medicines, mosquito nets, clothes, etc., and will soon send the second batch as well.
 
“We will make sure that there is an adequate supply of relief material,” he added. 
 
The Red Cross units of Assam, Manipur and Gujarat through their volunteers have also initiated an immediate response by providing relief supplies to the affected communities from their existing stocks.
 
The Indian Red Cross Society national headquarters has also released relief items from its prepositioned stocks for response operation. These include mosquito nets, kitchen sets, tarpaulin pieces, towels, dhotis for men and sarees for women, cotton blankets, bed sheets and buckets.
 
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Modi reviews flood situation in NE, announces assistance of over Rs. 2,000 crore

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced a relief package of over Rs. 2,000 crore for relief, rehabilitation, reconstruction and flood mitigation measures in the flood-affected North-Eastern states. 
 
The announcement came at the end of a series of high-level meetings, where the Prime Minister reviewed the flood situation and relief measures in the affected States. 
 
Through the course of the day, Mr. Modi held separate, detailed review meetings on the situation in the States of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland. The Chief Ministers of the respective States, and senior officials were present at the meetings.
 
A memorandum was received from the Chief Minister of Mizoram, who could not make it to the meeting in person. 
 
An official press release said that over Rs. 1,200 crore would be given by  the Union Government for the infrastructure sector alone. The funds will be utilized for repair, maintenance, and strengthening of roads, highways, bridges, and other damaged infrastructure. 
 
The release said Rs. 400 crore will be provided for improving the water holding capacity of the Brahmaputra River, which will assist in flood control. 
 
In the current financial year, the Union Government has approved Rs. 600 crore as central share of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF). Out of this, Rs. 345 crore has already been released, and the remaining will be released immediately, to assist the States in relief and rehabilitation work. 
 
The Union Government will also provide Rs. 100 crore for carrying out a study to synergize efforts towards finding time-bound long term solutions to recurrent floods in the region. 
 
The North-Eastern region, with eight percent of India's land area, contains one-third of the country's water resources. The Union Government will constitute a High Level Committee, with representation from Ministries of the Government of India and the States, for proper management of the region's vast water resources. 
 
An ex-gratia assistance of Rs. 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, and Rs. 50,000 to each of those seriously injured due to the floods, has been sanctioned under the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF). 
 
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Modi to review flood situation in North-Eastern States tomorrow

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Guwahati tomorrow where he will chair a series of high-level meetings to review the flood situation and the relief operations in the North-Eastern States, particularly Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur.
 
Chief Ministers and senior officials from these States are expected to be present at the meetings, an official press release added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Churachandpur region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, shook the Churachandpur region of Manipur this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which  had its epicentre at latitude 24.1 °N and longitude 93.6°E, occurred at 0331 hours at a focal depth of 30 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Ukhrul region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale, shook the Ukhrul region of Manipur in the early hours of today.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which  had its epicentre at latitude 25.2 °N and longitude 94.5°E, occurred at 0136 hours at a focal depth of 80 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Ukhrul region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the Ukhrul region of Manipur this morning, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.0 °N and longitude 94.2 °E, occurred at 0441 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
Earlier, an earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale was recorded at 2235 hours yesterday in the Senapati region of the state. The tremor, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.7 °N and latitude 94.1 ° E, occurred at a depth of 10 km, the bulletin added.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Myanmar-Manipur border region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, shook the border region between Myanmar and the Indian state of Manipur in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.9 N and longitude 95.0 E, occurred at a depth of 113 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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CCEA okays upgradation of Imphal-Moreh section of NH-39 in Manipur

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday gave its approval for the upgradation and widening of the 65-km of the Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39 in Manipur at a cost of Rs. 1630.29 crore.
 
The project is being developed with loan assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) under the South Asian Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation (SASEC) Road Connectivity Investment Program which aims at upgradation of road infrastructure in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India (BBIN) in order to improve the regional connectivity among BBIN nations. 
 
The project corridor is also a part of the Asian Highway No. 01 (AH01) and acts as India's Gateway to the East. Thus trade, commerce and tourism in the region will get a boost, an official press release said.
 
The release said that Manipur, being a landlocked state with almost 90% of the area under difficult terrain, presently has only road transport as a means of mass transport system within the state. Hence development of the road infrastructure is of paramount importance to improve connectivity and progress of the State and to ensure that the administrative set-up reaches the isolated and remote habitats, it said.
 
According to it, the project will improve connectivity between Imphal and the eastern part of the state. Based on the existing and projected traffic requirements, the NH-39 will be widened to four-lane between Lilong village and Wanginj village, while the stretch between Wanginj village to Khongkhang will be upgraded to two-lane with paved shoulder.
 
The release said that, for fulfilling India's "Look East" Policy and to promote and enhance trade links with South East Asia, the Government of India has notified an Integrated Custom Post (ICP) at Moreh. The development of this project is essential in order to support the increased traffic volume due to coming up of ICP. 
 
The workers of Manipur who specialize in creating bamboo and wood based handicraft items and uniquely designed hand woven textile items will get a new market in Myanmar. Small scale industries such as those making farm implements and tools, stationery, plastic extrusion items, carpentry units, could also develop markets beyond the border, the release added.
 
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Two minor earthquakes shake Manipur

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Two minor earthquakes shook the Senapati and Churachandpur regions of Manipur tonight, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
The first quake, measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre at 25.1°N and longitude 93.9°E in the Senapati region and occurred at 1932 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, an IMD bulletin said.
 
The second tremor, also measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale, had its epicentre at latitude 24.2°N and longitude 93.6°E in the Churachandpur region and ccurred at 2046 hours at a focal depth of 10 km, the bulletin added.
 
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