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Delhi bins Assam CM's allegation on Bangladesh visa issue

Delhi bins Assam CM's allegation on Bangladesh visa issue

India's external affairs ministry yesterday rejected Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s suggestion that India was thinking of allowing Bangladeshi nationals entry without visa if they were aged over 70 or under 10, a Kolkata newspaper reported. Gogoi made the allegation at two media briefings in three days. A loosely worded summary of a key foreign...

Pre-1971 migrants to be Indian voters

In a landmark judgment, the High Court in Indian state of Meghalaya has said Bangladeshis, who settled in the north-eastern state before March 24, 1971, be treated as Indians and enrolled in the voters' list. Though the verdict is surely welcomed by the pre-1971 Bangladeshi settlers, it leaves a large question mark over the fate of those who migrated to India from Bangladesh afterwards, including during the Liberation War. The judgement came just a few days after Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata...

Pre-March '71 Bangladeshi settlers are Indians: Meghalaya HC

Pre-March '71 Bangladeshi settlers are Indians: Meghalaya HC

In a landmark judgement, the High Court in Indian state of Meghalaya has said that Bangladeshi nationals who have settled in the northeastern state before March 24, 1971, should be treated as Indians and can be enrolled in the voters' list. The verdict was based on a petition by over 40 refugees from Bangladesh,...

10 killed in Assam militant attack

10 killed in Assam militant attack

At least ten people including two children and four women were killed in two separate attacks by suspected National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) insurgents at a village in Assam’s communally-sensitive Kokrajhar and Baksa districts since late last night. A group of heavily armed extremists descended on two houses at Balaparajan Village-1 under Goreswar...

Lok Sabha war heats up

Lok Sabha war heats up

With 29 former chief ministers, one serving chief minister and a former prime minister in the poll fray, the 16th Lok Sabha elections simply don't get bigger than this. The country is now over halfway through its nine days of voting for a new parliament in the world's biggest ever election. Narendra Modi, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) candidate for prime minister, has been wooing voters with promises to rouse India's economy from its slowest growth in a decade and create jobs for its booming young population. In the latest large opinion poll, taken in the first week of April, the BJP and its allies were forecast to win a narrow...

Lok Sabha Polls Begin

Peaceful voting on first day

Peaceful voting on first day

India's marathon parliamentary elections -- the world's biggest democratic exercise -- began yesterday amid projections that opposition rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party would sweep back to power riding on popular anger against slow economic growth and a series of scams. In the first phase of polling involving six Lok Sabha constituencies held yesterday, an estimated 72.5 per cent turnout of voters was recorded in five of the total of 13 seats in northeastern state of Assam and 84 percent in one of the two seats in adjacent Tripura. The north-eastern areas voting first are in often neglected parts of the country wedged between Bangladesh, China and Burma, which has long been hit...

Power corridor given to India

Bangladesh will allow India to use its soil to transmit 6,000 megawatt of power from Assam to Bihar via Dinajpur through a new electricity network, officials said yesterday. A committee has been formed to explore the feasibility of transmitting power from Rangia Raota in Assam to Borakpur in Bihar through Barapukuria of Dinajpur, and asked to submit its report in six months. Power Secretary Monowar Islam said this at a press briefing after the seventh meeting of Bangladesh-India joint steering committee...

Dhaka agrees to allow power corridor to New Delhi

Dhaka agrees to allow power corridor to New Delhi

Bangladesh has decided to allow India to use its soil to transmit 6,000 megawatt of power from Assam to Bihar through Dinajpur using a new electricity network, officials said today. A committee has been formed to see the feasibility of transmitting power through Rangia Raota in Assam to Borakpur in Bihar through Dinajpur's Boro...

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