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Violence on in Darjeeling hills, funeral rallies held amid tight security

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Darjeeling, July 09 (IANS): Sporadic incidents of violence and funeral rallies by pro-Gorkhaland protesters marked the 25th day of the GJM-sponsored indefinite shutdown in the north West Bengal hills on Sunday after a fresh flare-up following the death of three activists allegedly in police firing.
The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) leadership claimed that three of their activists were shot dead by police on Saturday.

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Kaziranga using drones to monitor flood-affected animals

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Guwahati, July 09 (IANS): With over 50 per cent of the Kaziranga National Park in Assam submerged by flood waters, the park authorities have flown in drones to ensure security of animals in the park, particularly the famed one-horned rhinoceros.
Two drones have been engaged to enhance the vigil and monitor the movement of animals, most of whom are now migrating to the nearby hills in Karbi Anglong district, park director Satyendra Prasad Singh told IANS on Sunday.
"The two drones can fly up to the elevation of 2,000 feet and can capture visuals of five km radius. They can fly for half-an-hour at a stretch. We are using the drones to track the movement of animals due to the current floods in the park...and take precautionary measures for their safety," he said.

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Heavy rains trigger landslides in Manipur, rivers in spate

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Imphal, July 09 (IANS): Continuous heavy downpour in Manipur has triggered landslides along the mountainous national highways, suspending vehicular movement in the state, officials said on Sunday.
Two landslides at Sinam village in Tamenglog district have dislocated traffic along NH 37 as Border Roads Task Force labourers are trying to clear the debris. Hundreds of loaded trucks and oil tankers are stranded on the either side of the damaged National Highway.
District officials said that as torrential rains continue to lash Manipur and other northeastern states, there may be more landslides along the highways.

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Manipur CM says no rollback on new districts

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Imphal, July 09 (IANS): The Manipur government is not considering any reversal of the decision, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said on Sunday in reply to the United Naga Council's demand for rollback of the creation of the seven new districts in the state.
Meanwhile, the scheduled talks on Monday between representatives of the central and state governments, and the UNC on the inflammatory issue have been put off. Official sources told IANS on Sunday that the central government representatives cannot make it due to "unavoidable circumstances" and so the talks have been deferred.

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CSWO alleges corruption in NFSA scheme implementation

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SHILLONG, July 09: The Civil Society Women Organisation (CSWO) has alleged that deserving beneficiaries under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) are being charged beyond the specified price that is fixed by the government for the PDS.
“The actual price for the Priority House Hold (PHH) earlier called the BPL category rice is Rs 3- per kg while the beneficiaries are being charged between Rs 5 to Rs 10,” alleged CSWO President Agnes Kharshiing in a press communiqué on Sunday.

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