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Nagaland factions enabled to come into mainstream: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said different factions in Nagaland have been enabled to join the national mainstream after the signing of the peace accord between the central government and the NSCN-IM. "I want to talk about Nagaland," Modi said addressing 50,000 cheering expatriate Indians at the Dubai Cricket Stadium in Dubai on the second day of his two-day visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). "Less than a month ago, we moved ahead successfully with different factions of Nagaland after 60-70 years of insurgency (in that northeastern state)," Modi said referring to the peace accord signed on August 3 between the government and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah).
Source: IANS2015-08-18 09:52:14 AM
Nagaland CM met PM two days before peace accord inked: BJP
The BJP on Saturday dismissed the Congress' allegation that the central government did not consult any stakeholder on the Naga peace accord, saying the Nagaland chief minister met the prime minister two days before it was inked. "Nagaland chief minister (T.R. Zeliang) with all party delegations led by the speaker of Nagaland assembly met Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) two days before the Naga peace accord was signed," BJP leader and union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in New Delhi at a press conference. "The chief minister has been continuously in dialogue with the prime minister and he met him even today (Saturday)," she added. The Naga peace accord, between the central government and the NSCN-IM, was signed on August 3 in the presence of the prime minister. Sitharaman also accused former Congress prime ninisters of not taking any stakeholders into confidence before signing various accords.
Source: IANS2015-08-08 05:51:00 PM
Sonia, Rahul flay failure to consult states on Naga pact
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the government for failing to consult the chief ministers of three northeastern states before signing the Naga peace accord. "We are really shocked that the prime minister (Narendra Modi) didn't even think of taking into confidence the chief ministers of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh which are the directly affected states," Sonia Gandhi told reporters in parliament complex. "It is the arrogance on the part of this government. How can an accord be signed without consulting the chief ministers that are directly affected even if the accord is being termed as historic?" she asked.
Source: IANS2015-08-06 05:54:35 PM
Modi speaks to Sonia, Mulayam after Naga accord
Reaching out after signing of historic peace accord between government and Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland NSCN (I-M), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to leaders of various political parties including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. According to an official press release, Modi also spoke to former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and H.D. Deve Gowda. The release said that the prime minister spoke to Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Acharya, state Chief Minister T. R. Zeliang, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Janata Dal-United chief Sharad Yadav. He also spoke to Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury, Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and DMK leader M. Karunanidhi.
Source: IANS2015-08-04 10:12:32 AM
Congress leader elected Nagaland deputy speaker, BJP walks out
Imtikumzuk Longkumer of the Congress was on Tuesday elected unopposed as the new deputy speaker of the Nagaland assembly. However, BJP legislators supporting the Naga People's Front-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) staged a walkout following the party directive not to vote for the Congress candidate. Speaker Chotisuh Sazo declared Longkumer elected as the new deputy speaker of the 60-member house since there were no other contenders. Longkumer replaced independent legislator Levi Rengma, who was elevated to the rank of parliamentary secretary on April 27. Four BJP legislators led by legislature party leader P. Paiwang Konyak walked out before the speaker's declaration. "We cannot support the Congress candidate as the party (BJP) leadership does not agree to the decision of the coalition partner (NPF). Therefore, we staged the walkout sticking to our party principle and directive," BJP legislator Mmhonlumo Kikon told media.
Source: IANS2015-07-22 09:47:25 AM
People of Nagaland weary of insurgency: Jitendra Singh
Union Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister Jitendra Singh on Friday said the people of Nagaland were weary of insurgency and their resolve for peace remains unshaken. Singh, who was in Nagaland on a day-long visit, met Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang. The two later attended a joint meeting of the state cabinet and senior officers, according to an official statement. The union minister also met different social and political groups and civil society representatives including from the Naga Mothers' Association, the Naga Hoho, the Eastern Naga Peoples' Organization, the Eastern Naga Women's Organization, Nagaland GB Federation, Naga Students Federation and Eastern Naga Students Federation.2015-06-13 10:21:14 AM
Dimapur lynching raised in Rajya Sabha
The lynching of a rape accused in Nagaland's Dimapur town was raised in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday with MPs questioning the state government's inability to prevent the crime. Raising the issue during zero hour, Janata Dal-United MP Sharad Yadav questioned why police could not stop a mob of 10,000 people entering into the jail. "What is the difference in Taliban, IS and this?" Yadav asked. Syed Farid Khan, a 35-year-old second-hand car dealer, was accused of raping a 20-year-old Naga woman on February 23 and 24 at different locations. Police arrested Khan on February 25 and a lower court sent him to judicial custody. On March 5, an irate crowd dragged him out of jail and lynched him.2015-03-10 06:02:05 PM
PM wishes Nagaland CM on his birthday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday conveyed his wishes to Nagaland Chief Minister T. R. Zeliang on his birthday. "Spoke to Nagaland CM T. R. Zeliang and conveyed my good wishes on his birthday," the prime minister said. Zeliang's party Naga People's Front is a member of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Zeliang was born on Feb 21, 1952.
Source: IANS2015-02-21 12:26:20 PM
160 northeast youths to join Delhi Police: Rijiju
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday announced that 160 youths from northeast states would be inducted into Delhi Police. Rijiju made the announcement while attending a meeting with senior officials at Delhi Police headquarters, considering the increasing number of racial attacks against people from northeastern states in Delhi. Rijiju said that 10 male and 10 female police officers will be inducted in Delhi Police from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim. At pPresent, only 39 policemen from northeastern states are serving with Delhi Police. Of these policemen, 10 are Indian Police Service officers while the rest are either constables, head constables or inspectors.
Source: IANS2014-12-30 04:53:12 PM
BJP loses assembly by-election in Nagaland
The BJP Monday lost the assembly by-election to its coalition partner Naga People's Front (NPF) candidate in Nagaland.
Neiphrezo Keditsu, the NPF candidate retained the Northern Angami-II assembly constituency, held by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who vacated the seat after being elected to the Lok Sabha. "Neiphrezo Keditsu defeated BJP candidate Visasolie Lhoungu by 3,045 votes," W. Honje Konyak, Kohima returning officer said. The BJP, which is supporting the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government headed by T.R. Zeilang, has only one member in the 60-member Nagaland assembly. ( IANS).2014-10-20 05:39:21 PM
Northeast CMs' meet to decide roadmap for development
DoNER Minister Gen. (retd) V.K. Singh would meet the chief ministers of all eight northeastern states in Guwahati Aug 21-22 to decide a roadmap for the development of the region, an official said. This would be the Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) minister's first meeting with the chief ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, Manipur and Sikkim.
Source: IANS2014-08-18 04:21:58 PM
Assam-Nagaland border still tense, Gogoi seeks PM's intervention
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally intervene to restore peace in Uriamghat area along the Assam-Nagaland border where 11 persons were killed and seven injured in major violence on August 12 and August 13. Despite night curfew continuing, tension continues to grip the areas along troubled B sector on the Assam-Nagaland border.
Source: IANS2014-08-16 05:14:18 PM
Nagaland CM condemns Manipuri man's killing in Delhi
Condemning the killing of a 29-year-old Manipuri man in Delhi, Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang urged the personal intervention of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to ensure that the guilty do not go unpunished. "It is indeed unfortunate that such incidents of discrimination and physical assault against people of the northeastern region residing in national capital region of Delhi continue to recur without any sign of reduction," Zeliang said in a missive to Rajnath Singh.
Source : IANS2014-07-23 09:29:44 AM
Ashwani Kumar quits as Nagaland governor
Nagaland Governor Ashwani Kumar submitted his resignation but it was not immediately clear if the resignation has been accepted, an official here said. He is the third UPA-appointed governor to quit after his counterparts in Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh -- B.L. Joshi and Shekhar Datt, respectively -- tendered their resignation last week. "He (Ashwani Kumar) has submitted his resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee but there is no confirmation if his resignation has been accepted," a senior government official told IANS on condition of anonymity. Source : IANS2014-06-26 12:07:17 PM
Nagaland governor meets Modi
Nagaland Governor Ashwani Kumar Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister's Office said. "It was a courtesy call," said an official statement. Source : IANS2014-06-20 12:59:58 PM
Modi congratulates new CM of Nagaland
Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated newly sworn-in Nagaland Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang."Congratulations to T.R. Zeliang on taking oath as Nagaland chief minister. My best wishes and support in Nagaland's development journey," Modi said in a tweet. Zeliang of Naga People's Front was on Thursday appointed as the new chief minister of the state following the resignation of Neiphiu Rio who won the lone Lok Sabha seat in Nagaland. Source:IANS2014-05-24 01:04:55 PM
Zeliang sworn in as Nagaland CM
Leader of Naga Peoples Front (NPF), TR Zeliang, sworn in as the chief minister of Nagaland on Saturday. The oath was administered by Governor Ashwani Kumar. Zeliang along with 11 members of council of ministers took the oath at the Rajbhavan. He inducted six new cabinet ministers and have retained five ministers. NPF's top leaders and senior govt officials also attended the swearing-in ceremony.2014-05-24 01:10:53 PM
Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio leading
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is leading by around 30,000 votes in the lone Lok Sabha constituency in the state against Congress candidate K.V. Pusa. Counting of votes is in progress.
Source: IANS2014-05-16 10:15:47 AM
Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio heading for victory
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio was heading for victory as he was leading by around 2,68,000 votes in the lone Lok Sabha constituency in the state against Congress candidate K.V. Pusa. Counting of the votes is in progress in the state.
Source: IANS2014-05-16 12:22:19 PM
Zeliang to be Nagaland's new chief minister
Senior Naga People's Front (NPF) leader and Minister T.R. Zeliang will be the next Nagaland chief minister replacing Neiphiu Rio, a party leader said today. "They (NPF legislators) have chosen Zeliang as chief minister after Noke Wangnao (public health engineering minister) withdrew himself from the race (for the post of chief minister)," Rio told IANS. Source: IANS2014-05-14 12:16:59 PM
Voting begins peacefully in Nagaland
Voting for the lone Lok Sabha seat in Nagaland began Wednesday for the second phase of India's general elections, official said. The Lok Sabha election for the Nagaland parliamentary seat will be webcast to keep a tab on the voting process in 84 polling centers. This is the first election in India's northeastern states to be webcasted.
Source: IANS2014-04-09 07:59:53 AM
Estimated 20.9 per cent polling in Nagaland till 10 am2014-04-09 11:41:16 AM
Over a third of votes polled in Nagaland
More than 35 percent votes had been cast till noon on Wednesday in the lone Lok Sabha constituency in Nagaland, an official said. An Election Commission official said that little over 35 percent of the electorate had cast their votes till 12 p.m. No untoward incident was reported from the state, which borders Myanmar.
Source:IANS2014-04-09 12:52:18 PM
Over 60 percent polling in Nagaland till 2 p.m.
Clear weather encouraged enthusiastic voters in Nagaland's lone Lok Sabha constituency on Wednesday, with more than 60 percent of the ballots cast till 2 p.m., an official said. An Election Commission official said there was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere in the northeastern state, bordering Myanmar.
Source:IANS2014-04-09 03:23:42 PM
Over 82 percent turnout in Nagaland
Around 82 percent of the one million plus electorate in Nagaland cast their votes Wednesday for the state's lone Lok Sabha constituency, an official said. An Election Commission official said that at least 82 percent of the 1,182,903 electorate had cast their votes as polling ended at 4 p.m.. No single untoward incident reported from anywhere in the northeastern state, which borders Myanmar.
Source:IANS2014-04-09 05:30:28 PM
Manipur, Nagaland head to polls Wednesday
Two northeastern states - Manipur and Nagaland - go to the polls Wednesday, marking the second phase of the staggered nine-phase elections in India. The Election Commission has deferred the balloting to the lone Lok Sabha seat in Mizoram to April 11 considering the three-day shutdown and poll boycott call by NGOs and students' organizations. The polling in the state was earlier scheduled to be held April 9.
Source:IANS2014-04-08 02:03:55 PM
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