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Sonia meets NE Congress leaders, discusses NRC and other issues

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party senior leader Ahmed Patel and K.C. Venugopal were also present at the meeting that lasted for three hours.

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New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Friday met party leaders from the northeastern states to discuss the problems those states are facing, the issue of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and also decided to strengthen the Northeastern Coordination Committee.

The meeting was attended by top Congress leaders from the north-east, including former chief ministers and secretary in-charge of the north eastern states Luizinho Faleiro.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, party senior leader Ahmed Patel and K.C. Venugopal were also present at the meeting that lasted for three hours.

After the meeting, Faleiro told reporters: “Sonia Gandhi had called the meeting of all the northeastern states. We met her along with former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Ahmed Patel and K.C. Venugopal.”

He said during the meeting they discussed problems facing the northeastern states and the party leaders gave their inputs.

“One thing has been decided in the meeting to strengthen and consolidate Northeast Coordination Committee. We have also decided to put up a prominent office in Guwahati and we have also decided that we will meet and discuss periodically so that the problems of the northeastern states that are growing and mounting today have to be stressed out and we have come together in unity,” Faleiro said.

Faleiro said the issue of the NRC in Assam was among the issues discussed at the meeting.

The Congress leader said issues pertaining to the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which was opposed in the Rajya Sabha and is a part of the BJP manifesto, were also discussed threadbare.

The problems arising out of the NRC in Assam and other issues were also discussed during the meeting, party sources said.

The meeting comes a day after Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with all the general secretaries, state in-charges, state unit chiefs and CLP leaders on Thursday and advised the party leaders that they should not only agitate on Twitter but also on the ground.

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Minor fire in Mumbai cloth shop, doused

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Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) A minor fire broke out in a cloth shop in Dadar in Central Mumbai early Friday morning, which was later doused, officials said.

There was no casualty, even as the fire’s cause is being probed.

At least four fire tenders were rushed to the shop located within the Ranjit Studio compound near Chitra Talkies.

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Delhi Metro: Services at Yellow Line resume after brief halt

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New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Yellow line of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), running from Delhi Haat INA to Huda City Centre, resumed after a brief halt on Friday.

Due to the inadvertent delay, several passengers remained stranded on the metro platform at the peak hours in the morning. The cause of delay, however, remains to be unknown.

“Yellow Line Update. Delay in service from Delhi Haat INA to Huda City Centre. Normal service on all other lines,” the DMRC tweeted at 10 a.m.

After about 20 minutes, the rail corporation again tweeted that normal services have been restored. “Yellow Line Update Normal service has resumed.”

The Delhi Metro’s Yellow Line connects Samaypur Badli in Delhi to HUDA City Centre in Gurgaon.

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Snowfall in Shimla, Kufri cheers hoteliers

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Shimla, Feb 21 (IANS) Popular tourist destinations Shimla and Kufri again received snowfall on Friday, while the lower hills across Himachal Pradesh were lashed by rain, bringing the temperature down by several notches.

Towns in upper Shimla district were cut off temporarily with snow cover piled on roads, officials said.

Hoteliers welcomed the snowfall as they looked forward to more tourist footfalls this weekend.

Tourist spots near Shimla like Fagu and Narkanda looked even more picturesque after significant snowfall. In Shimla the snow largely melted. However, in Kufri and Narkanda it would stay for much longer duration.

With 3 cm of snow, the minimum temperature in Shimla was recorded at 0.2 degrees Celsius. It was 23 cm snow in Kufri, just 13 km uphill from the state capital.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest place in the state at minus 3.7 degrees Celsius. It was 6.6 degrees Celsius in Dharamsala, 0.8 degree in Kalpa and 4 degrees Celsius in Manali.

Dharamsala and Nahan towns had 10.6 mm and 16.7 mm rain respectively.

Meanwhile, traffic movement beyond Dhalli, 10 km from Shimla, was temporarily suspended as a large stretch of the Hindustan-Tibet Road was under a thick blanket of snow.

The Met Office said a Western disturbance — a storm system originating from the Mediterranean-Caspian Sea region and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region — would remain active till Sunday, bringing in its wake more rain and snow.

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