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Amit Shah to meet all NE CMs in Shillong, discuss law & order, Covid

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah will meet the Chief Ministers, Chief Secretaries and Directors General of Police of all the eight northeastern states in Shillong on Saturday and discuss various issues, including law and order, and the Covid-19 situation, officials said.

Officials in Shillong and Guwahati said that Shah, during his two-day tour to Meghalaya and Assam, would also attend some other events and inaugurate several projects in the two states.

The Home Minister, who met the Governors, Chief Ministers, and other officials on January 23 while addressing the 69th plenary session of the North Eastern Council (NEC) in Shilling, would chair a meeting of Chief Ministers, and top officials on Saturday and review the law and order, Covid-19 situation and other issues including inter-state border troubles.

The meeting, to be be held at the North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) headquarters at Umiam, would also discuss the functioning and future plans of the space science and technology centre of the region.

Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) Minister G. Kishan Reddy, Union Science and Technology and Space Minister Jitendra Singh, and Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman K. Sivan are also expected to attend the NESAC review meeting.

The NESAC, which is a joint venture of the Department of Space and the NEC, utilising the advanced space technology, helps and guides the northeastern states in undertaking various developmental projects and schemes including estimating natural resources.

Set up in September 2000, it is well equipped with the state of the art facility in the areas of remote sensing and geographical information system, disaster management, satellite communication and space and atmospheric science research.

During his two-day visit in Meghalaya, Shah would also inaugurate a cryogenic oxygen plant at Umsawli, the inter-state bus terminus at Mawiong, the afforestation project at Wahshari in Sohra, the Greater Sohra Water Supply Scheme at Khliehshnong and visit the headquarters of the Assam Rifles in Shillong before leaving for Guwahati on Sunday.

In Agartala, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb before leaving for Shillong, told the media that he would discuss several issues separately with the Union Home Minister.

The issues to be discussed with Shah include some mega tribal development projects.

Deb, during his week-long tour to New Delhi, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 16 and urged him to grant a package for holistic development of tribal areas in Tripura comprising 17 projects of Rs 1,060 crore for undertaking various measures for social, economic, cultural and linguistic development of tribal population of Tripura. The Chief Minister also proposed to provide one Externally Aided Project for Rs 1,250 crore for overall development of tribals in the state.

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Digvijaya to file nomination for Cong prez polls

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Congress leader Digvijaya Singh will file nomination for the post of the party president for which election is scheduled to be held on October 17.

He took his nomination form from the party’s Central Election Authority (CEA) earlier in the day.

Sources close to Singh on Wednesday said the decision to contest the polls is his personal one, adding that nobody from the Gandhi family asked him to do so.

The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister may file the nomination by September 30, which is the last date for nominations.

Congress’ initial plan was to field Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for the top party post, but the high-octane drama in Rajasthan has miffed the Gandhis. Gehlot is in Delhi and has met Mukul Wasnik, but the suspense over his candidature continues.

Sources in the know of things said, “Gehlot has not been ruled out from the race yet”.

Congress treasurer Pawan Kumar Bansal has taken a nomination form from the CEA. On his part, Bansal said he is only a proposer and not a candidate.

CEA chairman Madhusudan Mistry on Tuesday had said: “Till now, Shashi Tharoor and Pawan Bansal have taken nomination forms from the CEA.”

Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath whose name had also come up and had met Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Monday, said that he did not want to become the party chief, and wants to continue to work for the party in Madhya Pradesh.

The drama in Rajasthan has made the Congress leadership think about a ‘Plan B’ for the top party post for which Gehlot was being seen as a contender. However, the open defiance by his MLAs loyal to him brought him under a cloud.

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PFI ban: Vijayan holds high-level meeting with police officials

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 Hours after the Centre banned the Popular Front of India, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday met top state police officials to take stock of the situation and draw elaborate plans to ensure that everything is kept under control.

State police chief Anil Kant told Vijayan that everything is under control and the Superintendents of Police of all the 14 districts have been asked to be on high alert.

In a related development, the RSS office at Aluva in Ernakulam district was provided Central security.

Meanwhile, PFI state General Secretary A. Abdul Sathhar, in a press statement, said that the PFI has been wound up and asked its cadres to stop all political activities and organisation work.

News also came the Kerala Police, acting on the directions of the National Investigation Agency, took Sathar into custody and is now kept at the Kollam Police Club waiting for the NIA officials to arrive to take him away.

In an early morning joint operation last week, the NIA and the Enforcement Directorate took into custody several top level state and national leaders of the PFI from various parts of the state in two cases registered at Delhi and in the state.

Those who were named in the case registered in Delhi were immediately taken to Delhi and produced before a court there and those named in the case in the state before local courts here.

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Maharashtra ATS to enforce further crackdown on PFI after Centre’s ban

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The agency has so far conducted raids in 12 districts in Maharashtra, arresting and detaining scores of people linked to the Islamist organisation
Following the central government’s imposition of a five-year ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI), the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) is planning to enforce a further crackdown on the organisation in the state, a senior officer said on Wednesday.“Relevant action has been initiated against the PFI in Maharashtra in accordance with the Centre’s ban this morning. We are getting details of their offices, members and bank accounts,” the officer said.

The agency has so far conducted raids in 12 districts in Maharashtra, arresting and detaining scores of people linked to the Islamist organisation. Sources said that more arrests are likely to happen in the days to come based on interrogations of the accused arrested so far.
The Union home ministry’s move banning the PFI and its affiliates under Section 3 of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act will be referred to a tribunal for adjudication, whether or not there is sufficient cause to declare the organisation “unlawful association”, people familiar with the procedure said.

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