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Mamata calls for shutdown withdrawal, permanent solution to hill problem

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Region

Jalpaiguri, Sep 12 (IANS): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday stressed on finding a permanent solution to the crisis in the state's northern hills and announced sops for various sections of the people during a meeting with parties from the region here.
Describing the meeting held at the state's northern secretariat Uttarkanya as 'positive', she called for lifting the indefinite hill shutdown, which has been continuing for 89 days.
The next round of meetings would be held on October 16, she declared.

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Plan panel's abolition: Tripura losing Rs 2,000cr annually, says CM

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Agartala, Sep 12 (IANS): Following the abolition of the Planning Commission and the adoption of a new policy at the Centre, Tripura has been losing around Rs 2000 crore per year, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has said.
"With the abolition of the Planning Commission, the central government led by the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) has stopped various central aid and changed the sharing pattern for the centrally-sponsored schemes (CSS), which caused Tripura a net loss of about Rs 2000 crore per year," Sarkar said while addressing a meeting here on Monday night.
He said the Centre has stopped funding under normal central assistance, special plan assistance and special central assistance. Besides, the fund flow under some major schemes has been reduced by Rs 350 to Rs 400 crore.

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Manipur girls trafficked to Myanmar being brought back: CM

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Imphal, Sep 12 (IANS): Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Tuesday said 14 Manipuri tribal girls, who are victims of human trafficking and were sent to Yangon in Myanmar on way to Thailand, are being brought back to their respective homes.
"Eight of the fourteen girls are on their way to Imphal. The remaining six will also be brought back soon," Biren Singh said.
"Five women and one man have been arrested on charges of trafficking these girls for immoral purposes. Police are going to arrest more persons once the girls reach Manipur," he added.

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Manipur steps up vigil on border, detains illegal migrants

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Imphal, Sep 12 (IANS): Over 40 migrants of "suspicious nationality" were detained in Manipur as police and civil society organisations stepped up vigil along the state border to check influx of displaced Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, police said.
Of the 46 detained, pending inquiries, many were children as young as nine-years-old.
The civil society groups rounded up the labourers who were sneaking into Manipur through Jiribam district. They were handed over to the police on Monday night.

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Eight Manipuri tribal girls rescued from Yangon

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Imphal, Sep 10 (IANS): The Indian Embassy in Yangon with the help of Myanmar police has rescued eight Manipuri tribal girls who were to be taken to Thailand and Singapore by some international human traffickers, an official said.
S. Suresh Babu, Additional Chief Secretary, Manipur in a statement said that the Indian government swung into action following an SOS to Manipur police from the eight girls who were lodged in a hotel near the central railway station, Yangon, before being taken away to Thailand and Singapore for flesh trade.
With this, the number of tribal girls rescued from the clutches of the sex traders in the past few weeks has increased to 15.

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