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One ZUF’s militant dead in Manipur gun fight

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Imphal, Sep 13, 2016: One militant of the Zeliangrong United Front (ZUF) was died during an hour long gun fight with the cadres of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) late on Monday in Tamenglong district of Manipur.

Police sources told media on Tuesday that a posse of police and Assam Rifles have reached Taodaijang village where the fierce gun battle took place.

Confirming the recovery of the bullet-ridden body of the militant, police said that he was identified by local residents as Paouwalung of Ajuram village in the same district.

NSCN(IM) and ZUF are enemies and draw guns on sight of each other. There had been some encounters between the two outfits recently.

Combing operations have also been started in the suspected areas to flush the militants out. The ceasefire between the Indian government and the NSCN(IM) does not extend to Manipur.

Tamenglong district of Manipur is adjacent to Nagaland and as such cadres of these two outfits sneak into it from time to time.

There had been chance encounters. Besides, temporary mobile camps were also attacked which killed and injured some cadres. Being a mountainous region there cannot be tooth combs to smoke out the armed militants.

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Central team visits drought-hit districts in Karnataka

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Bengaluru, Nov 17 : A 10-member inter-ministerial central team (IMCT) began visiting 17 drought-hit districts across Karnataka for spot assessment of the losses incurred by farmers and the people, an official said on Saturday.

“The 10-member team, divided into three groups are on a three-day tour of the 17 drought-hit districts in the state to assess the grim situation arising out of deficit monsoon rains,” a senior revenue official told IANS.

The team, led by Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare Joint Secretary Amitabh Gautam, has been split into three groups to visit the affected districts simultaneously.

The first group is visiting Ballari, Davangere, Raichur and Yadgir; second group Bagalkote, Belagavi, Dharwad, Gadag and Vijapura; and third group Chikaballapura, Chitradurga, Kolara and Tumukuru.

“The central team will meet state officials of the departments concerned on Monday in Bengaluru for discussing the drought situation in the state for the report to be submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office,” the official said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 10 assured a state delegation, led by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, in New Delhi that he would send the team to assess the damage caused by drought in 17 interior and northern districts of the state.

“The delegation sought Rs 2,000 crore package for rehabilitation and rebuilding of infrastructure in the affected regions in the state from the central government,” said the official.

A cabinet sub-committee assessed the losses due to drought and sent a report to the central government for relief aid in October.

State Revenue Minister R.V. Deshpande, Public Works Department Minister H.D; Revanna, Water Resources Minister D.K. Shivakumar and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Byre Gowda were part of the delegation.

The Chief Minister also told Modi that half the state’s area faced drought due to weak monsoon.

The state has been facing drought conditions during the last 13 years. As per preliminary estimates, 15 lakh hectares of agricultural and horticultural crops have been affected, with an estimated loss of Rs 8,000 crore.

“There has been a prolonged dry spell in September, which resulted in about 50 per cent crop production loss,” Deshpande said earlier.

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IndiGo employee commits suicide at guest house in Gurugram

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New Delhi, Nov 17: A 35-year-old IndiGo airline employee allegedly committed suicide at a guest house in Gurugram’s Sushant Lok on Friday.

The deceased has been identified as Mausami Gautam, who hailed from Assam. She was working with the airlines’ security wing. Her body was found hanging from a ceiling fan at the guest house.

The autopsy will be conducted today after the arrival of her family members.

Meanwhile, police has registered a case and an investigation is underway.

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Bihar: 5 injured in explosion at Nawada medicine shop

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Bihar, Nov 17: At least five people were injured in an explosion at a Bihar medicine shop on Saturday. 

The explosion took place at a makeshift traditional medicine shop in Nawada district’s Rajauli. The police investigation is underway.

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