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Centre to hold meeting of NE chief ministers on terror: Rijiju

Shillong : The central government would soon hold a meeting with all chief ministers of the eight northeastern states to discuss the security threat by jihadi groups, union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijju said here Friday.

"The issue (security threat) is serious and a meeting with chief ministers of the states from the (northeast) region will be convened soon to discuss and take strategic decisions," Rijiju said.

He was speaking to journalists after inspecting the India-Bangladesh border in the Dawki sector in Meghalaya.

Home ministry asks schools to follow SOP in terror attack

New Delhi : In the wake of the terrorist attack at an army-run school in Pakistan, the union home ministry has asked schools in India to follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued in 2010 for dealing with any terrorist attack, an official said Friday.

The SOP was issued to all the schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

In the SOP, the ministry had suggested various measures like mock drill, concrete boundary wall, 3 or 4 gates each manned round-the-clock, said the official.

Minority Affairs’ ministry focuses on education coz socio-economic dev not possible without it: Heptullah

By M Reyaz,,

New Delhi: Union Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla has said most of the schemes (of her ministry) are related to education as socio-economic development of minorities is not possible without enhancing the educational status.


NGO urges Maharashtra CM to stop discrimination against minorities

By A Mirsab,,

Mumbai: Maharashtra unit of All India Qaumi Tanzeem (AIQT), an NGO headed by NCP MP Tariq Anwar, on Thursday wrote a letter to Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis demanding solution of number of minorities issues in the state so as to stop what the NGO claims occurrences of discrimination against minorities.


High alert as Kashmir readies for last phase of polling

Jammu : After ensuring a peaceful, incident-free four phases of the assembly election in Jammu and Kashmir, authorities Friday sounded high alert in the Jammu region where 20 constituencies go to polls tomorrow in the fifth and final phase.

Minorities Rights Day observed at Manipur

By Dr Syed Ahmed, for,

Imphal: With an aim to strengthen the cause of the minorities, the Minorities Rights Day was observed in Manipur too by the Manipur State Minorities Commission (MSMC).

Graced by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, the function was held on December 18 at the Maharaja Chandrakirti Auditorium, near Palace Compound, here.

Standing struggle by Kerala adivasis ends; state agrees to most of their demands

By Staff Reporter,

Thiruvananthapuram: After 162 days, the Standing Struggle staged by the adivasis demanding rightful ownership of their lands came to a successful end on Thursday.

Started under the aegis of the Adivasi Gothra Maha Sabha (AGMS), the struggle ended following an assurance given by the meeting of the ministerial committee to agree to the demands raised by the tribal community.

Adil Jussawalla wins Sahitya Akademi Award 2014

New Delhi : Poet and critic Adil Jussawall's "Trying to Say Goodbye" is among eight books of poetry conferred the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award 2014, it was announced here Friday.

Apart from this, five novels, three books of essays, three of short stories, one of literary criticism and an autobiography have also won the award that recognises premier works in 22 Indian languages.

Muslim chamber wins award for opposing cow slaughter

Aligarh : A Muslim organisation here will get an award from a Jodhpur-based NGO for opposing cow slaughter.

The Acharya Hasti Karuna Award carries a cheque of Rs.50,000 and a citation. The award will be given to the Muslim Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI) at Jodhpur later this month.


India outraged over bail to Mumbai terror mastermind

New Delhi : India was outraged Friday over a Pakistani court's decision to give bail to the Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing shock in parliament.

But even as the Pakistani government, after widespread flak, said Lakhvi had been detained anew under the Maintenance of Public Order in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, Indian MPs expressed their disgust.