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Nagaland EO warns against inclusion of ‘illegal migrants’ in voters’ list

Kohima: Commissioner and Secretary to the Nagaland Governor and state Electoral Roll Observer (ERO) V Shashank Shekhar has warned state election officials against registering illegal immigrants in the Electoral Rolls (E-Rolls). According to a press release issued by the Dimapur Deputy Commissioner today the ERO’s advice followed a meeting held with the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dimapur N Hushili Sema, Electoral Registration Officer and other administrative officers yesterday in connection with special summary revision 2014. The ERO advised those who attended the meeting to take due care and precaution that ‘no illegal immigrants were enrolled’. The DC and DEO, Dimapur also informed the ERO that care was taken and verification process carried out to identify and weed out duplicate/bogus electors. Hushili also mentioned that due to overlapping of certain administrative and census circles, the electors’ population ration was somewhat abnormal in certain areas in the district. (UNI)

Kuki bodies protest over labourers abduction

IMPHAL: Kuki Inpi, Saikul Gamkai (KISG) and Kuki Students Organisation-Saikul Area (KSO) held sit-in-protest at Ekou Bazar demanding the immediate release of two labourers. Two labourers were reportedly kidnapped from Saikul area of Sadar Hills, Senapati district by Kuki militants. The Kuki Inpi Saikul Gamkai (KOSG) and Kuki Student Organisation (KSO) Saikul said they are very much concerned about the kidnapping of Mr. Sanasam Tomba (44 yrs) and Amon Doren (36 yrs) from a work site near Twichamphai village, Saikul Block on December 10 by suspected Kuki militants under Suspension of Operation (SoO) pact. The two abducted persons were working as labourers for construction of Ekou-Saparmaina road. “The abduction of innocent labourers just for money or ransom is against humanitarian laws. Any kind of misunderstanding or confusion can be sorted out through talks and negotiations. Kidnappings, abductions or violent activities will never bring solutions to any problems,” the Kuki bodies said. KISG and KSO said it is also a matter of serious concern that disruptions have been created on the developmental works in Saikul assembly constituency due to frequent kidnappings and abductions. Development works are for the people. The disruption of the developmental works is against the wish and welfare of the people. The KISG and KSO, therefore made this fervent appeal to the group concerned for the safe and early release of the abducted labourers on humanitarian ground and in the interest of development, progress and in Saikul Sub-Division. (NNN)

Nagaland Minister expects good roads within 4 years

Kohima:  Nagaland Minister of Road & Bridges and Parliamentary Affairs, Kuzholuzo Neinu asserted that having good roads in Nagaland depended solely on funds from the centre and if the enough funds were provided then ‘we can expect good roads within three to four years’. In a statement Nienu said he had been trying to provide good roads in the state during the past seven to eight months as a result of which people would soon notice some ‘visible changes.’  He however, said the ‘visible changes’ would only happen if adequate funds were accorded by the centre. On awards for Nagaland, he said the India Today Group did the finest analytical calculations on performance and infrastructure during the past three to four years. He credited chief minister Neiphiu Rio for providing a strong and dynamic leadership and the force behind the achievements of all other Departments. (UNI)

Assam announces Rs 100 cr package for tea tribes

Guwahati: Assam government today announced a Rs 100-crore special package for uplift of the tea garden communities. The amount will primarily be spent for expanding education and increasing employment opportunities among tea tribes, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said here. While addressing a function of the tea tribes, Gogoi said a separate cell will be set up in the education department for the tea garden students and a special scheme will be launched soon. The government will provide scholarships to poor students from the community, besides establishing hostels in the schools, he added. The Chief Minister also announced to donate Rs 20 lakh to publish different books relating to the tea tribes. Gogoi also announced a host of other measures to uplift the communities including connecting the areas through electricity and providing bicycles to students. (PTI)

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