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Sonowal directs removal of all red beacons

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GUWAHATI, April 20: Following the Union cabinet decision to do away with the red beacons atop cars of ministers, bureaucrats, politicians and VVIPs, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed all in the state to remove the same immediately.
Welcoming the Union cabinet decision the Assam CM said that the removal of red beacons is a step towards Narendra Modi’s vision of a new India.

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Centre banishes VIP red beacons, Congress says mere symbolism

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NEW DELHI, April 19 (IANS): VIPs will not be allowed to flaunt red beacons atop their vehicles from May 1, the government announced on Wednesday, in a decision taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Congress termed it as mere “symbolic politics”.
The decision was taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who informed the cabinet about it. Soon after the announcement, several ministers removed the red beacons from their vehicles.
“From May 1, no red beacon will be allowed atop any official vehicle. There will be no exceptions,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told reporters here after the cabinet meeting.

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China ‘reaffirms its territorial sovereignty’, renames 6 places in Arunachal in official map

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BEIJING, April 19 (IANS): China has given its own names to six places in Arunachal Pradesh, which it calls “South Tibet”, in a move to ‘reaffirm its territorial sovereignty’ over the Indian state, days after Beijing lodged strong protests with India over the Dalai Lama’s visit to the frontier state.
The Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on April 14 on its website that it had ‘standardized’ in Chinese characters, Tibetan and Roman alphabet the names of six places, the state-run Global Times reported on Tuesday.
The six names are Wo’gyainling, Mila Ri, Qoidêngarbo Ri, Mainquka, Bümo La and Namkapub Ri. The report did not say which six places in Arunachal Pradesh it was referring to.

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UDP ridicules Syiem for being a ‘partyless man’

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SHILLONG, April 19: The United Democratic Party (UDP) on Wednesday said that KHADC chief PN Syiem seems to lack understanding on how a party system works since he is a “partyless man”.
The statement came a day after Syiem refused to accept the UDP’s CEC decision to withdraw support to the ruling People Democratic Forum (PDF) led executive committee (EC) and decided to wait for the decision of the six MDCs.
“If he (Syiem) is not willing to accept the party’s decision, it only means that he doesn’t understand how a party system works. May be because he is partyless man,” UDP general secretary Jemino Mawthoh said here.

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Shillong hails ban on red beacons

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SHILLONG, April 19: Civil society of Shillong at large has hailed the union cabinet decision to ban use of red beacons by VIPs from May 1, 2017.
Public representatives and political parties of Meghalaya while appreciating this move on Wednesday stressed on the need to keep a close watch on long convoys used by VVIPs when they visit the state and the Northeast.
Congress Minister, Ampareen Lyngdoh said, “I’m good with it because as it is, I travel around in my own private vehicle and I hardly use the official vehicle except when I am in a rush to attend some meetings. Having said that, let us see whether the same order is being followed by the Union Ministers when they visit the Northeast.”

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Cabinet approves EC plan to buy VVPAT machines

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NEW DELHI, April 19 (IANS): The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Election Commission’s proposal to buy paper trail machines for electronic voting machines (EVMs), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.
Talking to reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Jaitley said a total of 16,15,000 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) units would be needed for the EVMs as per the Election Commission estimates.

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Four UDP MDCs reaffirm their allegiance to Syiem

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SHILLONG, April 19: Four of United Democratic Party (UDP) MDCs have decided to defer from  its central executive committee directives to pull out from the ruling PDF led by the Congress suspended member PN Syiem.
The four MDCs of the party – PP leader Teinwell Dkhar, Donkupar Sumer, Albinus Lyngdoh and Equator Nongrang have submitted letters to the KHADC chief reaffirming their allegiance to the coalition alliance stating that they are following convention.

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