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Nagaland CM condoles death of ex-Minister
Kohima: Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang on Saturday deeply condoled the demise of former Nagaland minister Bangdi Iheilung on Friday at Jalukie in Peren district of Nagaland. In a condolence message written to Lt Bangdi’s wife Aniuliu Iheilung, Zeliang said Bangdi rose from humble beginnings, but displayed his leadership qualities and actively took part in various student organisations, including the Naga Students’ Federation. In 1987, he was elected to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly as Naga National Democratic Party (NNDP) candidate, which he later defended successfully in 1989 as NPC member. He served as Minister for Veterinary & Animal Husbandry in the NPC Ministry led by then Chief Minister late Vamuzo. Zeliang said he personally he lost a close friend, whom he always considered as a man of principle. He was an upright and sincere man. Zeliang, with his wife conveyed their deepest sorrow to Iheilung and her family. He regretted that he cannot be with the bereaved family as he was away in Delhi. (UNI)
Political parties prepare for ADC polls in Manipur
Imphal: Autonomous District Council (ADC) elections scheduled on May 30 next have spurred political activities in the hill areas of Manipur. Under the Manipur (Hill Areas) District Council Act, 1971 there are six Autonomous District Councils in Manipur viz, Chandel, Churachandpur, Sadar Hills, Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul. State Cabinet discussed the matter of ADC repeatedly and during a four hour long marathon Cabinet held on Friday last it was decided to go ahead with the elections on May 30. Notification for the ADC polls will be published on April 30 next. Education Minister M Okendro said voting will be done from 7 am to 4.30 pm and the result will be announced on June 8. The draft electoral roll will be published on March 30 next and the voters will be given opportunity to rectify any wrong till April 13. May 6 will be last date for submission of nomination papers. All the political parties have already started works in the hill areas where elections will be held. (UNI)
Over 7 lakh youths registered as jobless in Manipur
Imphal: The numbers of jobless youths in Manipur have reached 7,24,658 including 2,09,624 females. They are all registered in state employment exchange expecting a job offer from the government. With the state government only appointing security few persons and absence of private companies in the state almost all the youths are working in other parts of the country. According to Directorate of Employment the data was collected from all the exchanges and there could be large numbers of educated youths who are not registered. About 3000 youths were registered under physically challenged category. (UNI)
Nagaland Govt urged to restore traditional land of Nagas
Kohima: Various tribal and social organisations of Nagaland has urged upon the state government to give sincere efforts to protect and restore the traditional land of the Nagas and also to review the present map of Nagaland. The appeal was made during the ‘Nagaland Tribes Consultative Meeting’ on border issue between Assam and Nagaland held under the aegis of United Naga Tribes Association of Border Areas (UNTABA) in Dimapur on Friday. The meeting urged “the Government of Nagaland to give sincere efforts to protect and restore the traditional land of the Nagas in accordance to the 9 Point Agreement and 16 Point Agreement and also review the present map of Nagaland,” stated UNTABA Chairman, Hukavi T. Yeputhomi. UNTABA also appealed to the State Government to seriously take up the Assam–Nagaland border issue at the political level for final settlement on the basis of traditional historical facts. The meeting also urged the Government to review and strengthen the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation 1873 and make it relevant and effective and also to bring Dimapur area under Inner Line Permit zone. (PTI)
One killed, 15 injured in road mishap in Assam
Tezpur: One person was killed and 15 others were injured seriously when a truck carrying them skidded off NH-15 on Saturday at Dighali Basti about 20 km from here. The 20-year-old victim was declared brought dead when rushed to Kanaklata civil hospital, where the injured are being treated, police said. The truck was carrying a team of workers to a brick factory from Balipara Bamgaon. (PTI)

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