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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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Congress to push for government formation in Manipur, Meghalaya

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The Congress leaders in Meghalaya and Manipur said on Thursday that they will stake claim for formation of government in the two states since the party had emerged as the single largest party in the recent elections.
 
The Congress leaders said that since the BJP which had become the single largest party in Karnataka was allowed to form the government the same should not be denied to the Congress. 
 
In Meghalaya, the National People's Party had bagged 19 seats in the 60 member House and the Congress had secured 21 seats but was denied the chance to form the government in February. 
 
Former Manipur Chief Minister and Congress leader Okram Ibobi Singh told IANS that he will stake claim to form the Congress government. 
 
In Meghalaya, the Congress had secured 28 seats while the BJP got just 21 in the March 2017 elections. 
 
He said that this chance cannot be denied to the party since the BJP was given a chance to form the government after denying the same to the Congress and JDS combined which command a majority in the southern state. 
 
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Foreigners allowed to visit Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur unrestricted

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In a significant move, the Union Home Ministry has allowed foreigners -- except those from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan -- to visit tourist locations in Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur. which were so far restricted areas.
 
With the decision, applicable from April 1, foreigners now can visit the three states for the next five years without any permit, an official said. 
 
Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur were, since the last six decades, kept under Protected Area Permit (PAP) regime. 
 
Earlier, from January 1, 2011, the PAP was initially lifted for one year from the three states as per a December 30, 2010 circular of the Union Home Ministry. 
 
"Foreign tourists can visit tourist locations in Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur without any PAP from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2013. Citizens from Pakistan, China and Afghanistan are still banned from all PAP areas," the Home Ministry official said. 
 
The areas falling between the Inner line and the International Border of some states were declared as protected areas under the Foreigners (Protected Areas) Order, 1958. 
 
The protected areas currently include whole of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim, besides parts of Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir. Some parts of Sikkim fall under the protected area regime while others under the restricted area.
 
The official further said a review is going on to lift PAP from other areas too. 
 
As per the guidelines, a foreign national is not normally allowed to visit a protected or restricted area unless the government is satisfied that there are extraordinary reasons to justify his or her visit.
 
Every foreigner, except a citizen of Bhutan, who desires to enter and stay in a protected or restricted area, is required to obtain a special permit from a competent authority having the power to issue such permits. 
 
In cases, where the power to issue such permits has not been delegated to a subordinate authority by the Central government, the application for the special permit has to be referred to Union Home Ministry for prior approval, at least eight weeks before the date of the expected visit. 
 
With an aim to promote tourism, the government, time to time by notification, exempts some of such restricted or protected areas from the need of special permission for foreigners to visit them.
 
Necessary powers have been delegated to various authorities to issue such special permits without the prior approval of the Home Ministry to facilitate foreign tourists subject to the certain exceptions. 
 
In cases of foreign diplomats, including the members of the United Nations and international organisations holding diplomatic or official passports, the special permits to visit such protected or restricted areas are issued by the Ministry of External Affairs. 
 
In cases of the citizens of Afghanistan, China and Pakistan and foreign nationals of Pakistani origin, no permit, however, can be issued without the prior approval of the Union Home Ministry.
 
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Former Manipur CM R K Dorendra Singh passes away, cremated with state honours

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Former Manipur Chief Minister R.K. Dorendra Singh passed away here on Friday and was cremated here on Saturday with full state honours. He was 84.
 
The three-time Chief Minister expired at the J.N. Institute of Medical Sciences here. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. 
 
The Manipur government has announced a three-day state mourning. The flag will fly half mast and there shall be no state function during this period. 
 
As Chief Minister thrice in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, he had tried to solve the armed movement and several insurgents had come overground and had been rehabilitated. He had also been the Speaker and Minister several times as well as a Rajya Sabha member. 
 
Chief Minister N. Biren Singh, Speaker Y. Khemchand and others have condoled his death.
 
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Redefine R&D as research for development: Modi

 
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The 105th session of the Indian Science Congress began here in the capital of Manipur with Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling upon scientists to work for solving societal problems. Time has come, he said, to redefine Research and Development (R&D) as ‘research for development’.
 
“The time is ripe to redefine ‘R&D’ as research for the development of the nation – that is ‘R&D’ in the real sense. Science is after all, but a means to a far greater end – of making a difference in the lives of others, of furthering human progress and welfare,” he said in  his inaugural address at the Congress, being hosted by the Manipur University. He said science and technology could help facilitate "ease of living" for the people.
 
Referring to the focal theme of this year’s congress - “Reaching the Unreached through Science and Technology”, he said scientific knowledge should be applied to solve day-to-day problems in various sectors such as housing, malnutrition, clean energy and elimination of diseases.
 
Innovative ideas can bring about change. For instance, he said, Rajagopalan Vasudevan, a professor from Madurai has developed a method to reuse plastic waste in construction of roads and has given it for free to the government. This technology has already been used to lay over 5000 kilometers of roads across 11 states. In the same way, scientist Arvind Gupta is inspiring students to learn science through toys made out of waste. Chintakindi Mallesham has developed a machine that significantly reduces time and labour required to weave sarees. 
 
The Prime Minister said the country’s scientific achievements need to be actively communicated to people, in order to help inculcate scientific temper among the youth as well as to attract them to careers in science. “We have to throw open our national institutions and laboratories to our children. I call upon scientists to develop an appropriate mechanism for interaction with school-going children. I also urge them, to spend 100 hours every year, with 100 students of classes 10,11 and 12 discussing various aspects of science and technology,” he added.
 
At the same time, India is moving ahead in high science. Chandrayan-2, to be launched soon, will include landing and travel on the surface of the moon by a rover. Indian scientists have also played a key role in the international Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO) Collaboration. The third LIGO detector is coming up India. “It will expand our knowledge in basic sciences in areas of lasers, light waves and computing,” he said.
 
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There should be greater coordination within the S&T sector. For example, Mr. Modi said, ISRO uses one of the best battery systems to run its satellites in space. The same technology can be used by other institutions to develop cost effective and efficient battery systems for mobile hones and electric cars. India should become a major player in developing technologies, devices, standards and manufacturing for 5G broadband networks by 2020.
 
He said the government would like to develop Clusters of Excellence in Science in Cities, around important scientific institutions. These clusters will bring together science and technology partners from academia, research institutes, industry and startups to help promote new discoveries, and create globally competitive research hubs.
 
“The Indian economy is on a high growth trajectory. But we rank low in Human Development Indicators. One of the important reasons for this inconsistency is major inter-state and intra-state disparity,” Mr Modi said. In order to address this, he said, the government had launched a programme to improve the performance of over 100 ‘aspirational districts’ with focus health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion, skill development and infrastructure. He wanted scientific institutions to catalyze creation and diffusion of appropriate technologies in these districts.
 
About 5000 Indian and foreign delegates are participating in the five-day annual event, which was earlier scheduled to take place in Hyderabad in January. 
 
(India Science Wire)
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Churachandpur region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.6 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 24.5°N and longitude  93.4°E, occurred  at 0756 hours at a focal depth of 27 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Churachandpur region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.7 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 24.0°N and longitude 93.5°E, occurred at 0701 hours at a focal depth of 50 km, an IMD bulletin added.
 
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Mohun Bagan pip Neroca in five-goal thriller .

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Birthday boy Dipanda Dicka notched a brace and Akram Moghrabi netted the winner as Mohun Bagan came out 3-2 victors over Neroca FC in the Hero I-League at the Khuman Lampak Stadium on Sunday.
 
Felix Chidi and Singam Subhash Singh scored the goals for the home side but were not able to hold their lead and allowed the visitors to get back into the game.
 
Chidi was brought back into the line-up in place of Nedo Turkovic as Neroca FC looked to win and stay on top of the league table. 
 
Sankarlal Chakraborty made three changes to his side - Kinshuk Debnath, Yuto Kinowaki and Mallick replaced Rana Gharami, Faiaz and Raynier Fernandes. 
 
The hosts did not have to wait too long to break the deadlock. Singam Subhash Singh robbed the ball of Kinshuk before chipping it over the custodian in the 16th minute to give his side a wonderful start to the game. 
 
The celebrations of the first goal were cut short four minutes later when Akram Moghrabi released Dipanda into the box. The striker was brought down before he could get his shot away by Bishorjit and the referee wasted no time in pointing to the spot. 
 
Aser Dipanda stepped up to hit the net for the tenth time this season and to level things for Mohun Bagan.
 
Just as the visitors thought they were back in the game, a failed overhead clearance by Kinshuk allowed Tondonba to find Chidi who did his best impression of a fox in the box by neatly slotting the ball past Shilton to make it 2-1 in the 24th minute. 
 
A fantastic cross into the box from Moghrabi was not headed on target by Dipanda three minutes later but he was forgiven for his big miss in the 36th minute.
 
The Neroca defence was caught napping by Bagui's cross and this time, Dipanda made no mistake and for the second time in the game, Mohun Bagan were level. Bagan kept piling up the pressure and were rewarded on the stroke of half-time.
 
Nikhil Kadam's cross was flicked on across the face of goal by Kinowaki into the path of Akram Moghrabi. The striker nodded the ball in from close-range to make it 3-2.
 
Subash threatened twice after the restart. A dangerous cross by the forward forced a good save from Shilton Paul with Sushil lurking behind the goalie to head the incoming ball into the net in the 70th minute.
 
A minute later, Subhash Singh took the entire Bagan defence out of the equation with a delightful flick to release Chidi. Unfortunately for the striker, the ball was behind him as he had made the run early and hence could not get his shot away.
 
Neroca built  attack after attack as the game progressed but Gift Raikhan's men were not able to penetrate the Bagan defence, thereby ending the game on the losing side and leaving the title race unpredictable.
 
There hasn't been any change in the league table but Neroca FC's title hopes have got severely hurt after today's loss.
 
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Minor earthquake recorded in Churachandpur region of Manipur

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An  earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, was recorded in  the Churachandpur 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 24.3°N and longitude 93.2°E, occurred at 0110 hours at a focal depth of 10 km.
 
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No lessons learnt in quake-prone Northeast

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It is often said that earthquakes don’t kill people; it is the buildings that do. If building codes are not enforced in seismically active zones, even moderate intensity quakes can cause widespread damage to buildings and injure people. This is what is happening in the Northeast, a new study has pointed out.
 
Manipur was hit with earthquake of intensity 6.7 on January 4, 2016 which caused devastation in state capital, Imphal, and adjoining areas. It provided an opportunity to scientists to understand risks posed to buildings and the state of construction practices in the region. While many buildings collapsed, it was noted that the damage caused to public building was disproportionate to the observed intensity of shaking.
 
Scientists from three Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) – Kanpur, Guwahati and Patna - undertook a reconnaissance survey of earthquake affected regions immediately after the quake, and revisited the area after three months to see the condition of damaged structures and restoration work. Results of this study have now been published in journal Current Science. 
 
It was found that while several reinforced concrete (RC) buildings in Imphal suffered varying degree of damage, traditional wooden houses made using bamboo and wood - known as Shing-Khim - reported no damage. Government buildings, covered in the study, were damaged heavily because they did not conform to seismic code of practices, and there is general lack of enforcement of existing regulations and codes. In addition, factors like inferior quality of raw materials and shoddy workmanship contributed to collapse of buildings.
 
“The seismic risk in the region is growing at an alarming pace with increasing inventory of vulnerable construction,” the study has concluded. The 2016 quake, it said, “should be regarded as a preview of what is likely to happen in the event of a greater shaking expected for the region and should hasten the community to take necessary steps.”
 
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Dr Durgesh C Rai, a professor of civil engineering at IIT Kanpur, who led the study, told India Science Wire that “despite considerable awareness in public about earthquakes and associated risks, both public and administrators, chose to ignore the threat and continued to build structures which were not earthquake-resistant.” 
 
Due to such negligence, he said, “many publicly-funded buildings suffered severe damage under shaking intensity of VI–VII which is not only ironic but also represents the utter betrayal of the public trust.”
 
Buildings at the Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT), Government Polytechnic and Central Agriculture University (CAU) are all government funded and supervised constructions, and were expected to perform satisfactorily during earthquakes, but they all experienced moderate to severe damages. Large building campuses such as CAU were constructed on landfill soil and they performed extremely poorly during the earthquake shaking, the study pointed out.
 
The newly constructed concrete buildings of world famous Ima Keithel or Mothers’ Market too suffered damage. The market earlier operated from bamboo structures which were functional but were in poor condition due to lack of maintenance. So the government dismantled the market and built three concrete structures in 2010. All three buildings have similar elevation and plan but only one of them showed better performance during the earthquake.
 
“The traditional constructions using lighter timber and bamboo have performed well and no damage to such structures in Imphal was reported,” Dr Rai added. “Despite available knowledge, seismic safety remains neglected and the society is not adequately prepared due to lack of implementation.” 
 
He said the lessons from the Manipur quake are applicable for the entire northeast region.
 
The research team also included Hemant B. Kaushik and Vaibhav Singhal. 
(India Science Wire)
 
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Moderate earthquake jolts border region between Myanmar, Manipur

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An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, jolted the border region between Myanmar and the Indian state of Manipur today.
 
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.7°N and longitude  94.7°E, occurred at 1217 hours at a focal depth of 35 km, a bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Imphal region of Manipur

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale, shook the Imphal region of Manipur this morning.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 24.8°N and longitude 94.0°E, occurred at 0633 hours at a focal depth of 32 km.
 
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Minor earthquake shakes Myanmar-Manipur border region

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An earthquake of slight intensity, measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale, shook the border region between Myanmar and the Indian state of Manipur tonight.
 
A bulletin from the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 23.5°N and longitude 94.1°E, occurred at 2115 hours at a focal depth of 126 km.
 
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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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