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Six militants surrender in Manipur

Imphal, February 15 (NNN): Six cadres of three different militant outfits today laid down arms before BSF DIG, Manipur and Cachar, Manoharlal Batham during a "home coming ceremony" held at 116 battalion of BSF Ningthoukhong Loktak Sector. The militants also handed a huge cache of arms and ammunition to the DIG. The surrendered militants are self-styled lance corporal Solendro @ Inaoton, 26, Amarjit @ Mangaljao,17, Thangcha @  Lupheng,28, self-styled corporal Tungdim Jangam @ Mangboi Zou,46, all from UNLF, and L Naobi,28 of RPF/PLA and Hamish, publicity secretary of People’s United Liberation front (PULF). The arms and ammunition they handed over to the border guarding force DIG during the home coming ceremony included four 9 mm pistols with 10 live rounds, one 7.65 mm pistol with five rounds, one country made 9 mm gun with two rounds and two Chinese hand grenades. DIG BSF Sector Manipur, Angom Shamu, CRPF officials, Bishnupur district Additional Superintendant of Police LM Haokip among others attended at the surrender ceremony.

2 killed, 1 injured in train-vehicle collision

Dhubri, February 15 (PTI): Two persons were killed and another was critically injured when the Dhubri-Kamakhya Passenger rammed into their vehicle at an unmanned level crossing in lower Assam's Dhubri district today. The train, coming from Guwahati, hit the vehicle as the four-wheeler was crossing the rail tracks at an unmanned level crossing at Modergola between Dhubri and Gauripur at around 7.30 AM, officials said. Two passengers of the vehicle died on the spot and identified as Amiruddin and Saiful Islam, while the injured is Miachand Ali, admitted to Dhubri Civil Hospital.

Tarun Gogoi’s name doing rounds for vice-president’s post

GUWAHATI, February 15 (TNN): After a lull of a few months, speculation of chief minister Tarun Gogoi's name for the post of the vice-president of the country is again doing the rounds, and this time in the national capital. Current vice-president M Hamid Ansari's term ends on August 10 and his successor has to be elected within the next six months. When the buzz was last heard some months ago, Gogoi had outright declined any interest in running for the country's second highest post. He was not available for comments this time around, but several sources said Gogoi's not disinterest in the vice-president's post has a lot to do with his political calculations. "Till now there are grounds to believe that the chief minister would not be interested in the post of the vice-president and he might decline the proposal if it is offered to him. But there is still time left and things might change when the election process starts," a source said. Gogoi has made a new record in the state by becoming the chief minister for the third straight time and political sources close to him reaffirm that he has dreams of seeing himself as the chief minister for the fourth time. The next Assam assembly election is scheduled for 2016. "He commands the respect of all national leaders of the Congress and has a close rapport with the party president. The Centre takes all decisions regarding the state after consulting him. If he is not interested (in the vice-president's post) it is unlikely it would be thrust on him," the source added.

Tripura to get PDS rice via B'desh

Guwahati, February 15 (ENS): Exactly a month after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s visit, her government has allowed transportation of PDS rice to Tripura through her country. The Bangladesh government has approved the use of Ashuganj port as well as the Ashuganj-Agartala road across the international border to transport the first consignment of 5,000 tonnes of rice in the next couple of weeks, which will save Food Corporation of India (FCI) a circuitous route through Assam and Meghalaya to move the consignment from mainland India. Once it works, Mizoram and Meghalaya would benefit too. State Food and Civil Supply Commissioner and Secretary B K Roy said FCI had already initiated the formalities for shipping the consignment from Kolkata to Ashuganj port, following which the same would be transported by trucks to Agartala.

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