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Monsoon rains seen below average: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi, June 10 (ANI): Earth Sciences Minister Jitendra Singh said that the monsoon is expected to bring below-average rainfall this year, potentially lowering grain yields, pushing up food prices and hurting the economy. Singh expects precipitation between June and September to be between 90 and 96 percent of the long-term average. Singh added that rainfall in July was seen at 93 percent of the long-term average, rising to 96 percent during August. Jun 10, 2014
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Union Home Ministry reviews the progress of Bezbaruah committee for Northeast people

New Delhi, June 10 (ANI): The newly appointed Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju reviewed the work of 6-member committee led by MP Bezbaruah and has sought an interim report by July this year. The committee comprising of retired IAS officers, student leaders and representatives from the northeastern states is looking into the concerns of the northeastern people residing across the country. The committee is interacting with students, professionals and various persons from Northeastern states living in metro cities across the country and seek their suggestions. Bezbaruah revealed that the committee has been looking into the possibility of enacting new laws to deal with racial discrimination. The committee was formed following the widespread outrage over the death of Nido Taniam, a student from Arunachal Pradesh in capital New Delhi. Jun 10, 2014
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Decline of insurgency paves way for the revival of tea industry in Tripura

Tripura, June 10 (ANI): Manu Valley Tea Estate in North Tripura is witnessing a boom. A few years ago, it was one among the many tea gardens in Tripura, which were on the verge of closing down due to rampant incidents of kidnapping and extortion by militant outfits. Plucking activities were almost ended in most of the estates as workers had left the area out of fear of the militants. However, with the decline in insurgency, the tea gardens have resumed production. The workers are happy to return to their traditional activities and earn a good livelihood. The tea industry in Tripura directly employs around 20,000 families. With the improvement in security situation, many small tea growers have started back to business. Tripura produces around 90 lakh kilograms of green tea annually and it aims to double the production in the next 5 years. Jun 10, 2014
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Hamas claims unity govt. violated reconciliation terms

The Islamist movement Hamas called on Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas to pay the salaries of employees of the former government in Gaza, and accused the new unity government of violating the terms of the reconciliation agreement. Duration: 00:50 Jun 10, 2014
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2 girls from Jharkhand raped in Delhi's Bhajanpura, Brinda Karat condemns

New Delhi, June 09 (ANI): CPI (M) leader Brinda Karat on Monday condemned the rape of two young girls from Jharkhand in North-East Delhi's Bhajanpura area. The girls were intoxicated and then gang raped According to Police after raping the women, the men reportedly dumped them at two separate spots in Bhajanpura. Jun 9, 2014
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JD (U) files nomination for three RS seats from Patna

Patna, June 09 (ANI): JD (U) on Monday nominated its National President Sharad Yadav, and senior leaders Ghulam Rasool Baliyavi and Pawan Kumar Verma for the Rajya Sabha seats from Bihar. The three leaders filed their nominations from Patna in the presence of Nitish Kumar among other party leaders. The party evening decided to field its candidates on all three vacant RS seats, the elections to which are scheduled on June 19. The decision was taken after a meeting between Yadav and former Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Jun 9, 2014
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Former JD (U) leader Sabir Ali files nomination for Rajya Sabha

Patna, June 09 (ANI): Following JD (U) President and leaders filed nomination for Rajya Sabha, former party leader Sabir Ali also filed his nomination papers from Patna. The rebel leader is getting support from other former leaders from JD (U) who have decided to support Independent Rajya Sabha candidates Anil Sharma, Sabir Ali and Dilip Jaiswal. Jun 9, 2014
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Tribal refugees in Tripura repatriated to Bangladesh

Tripura, June 09 (ANI): Authorities in Tripura sent back 90 Bangladeshi tribals who entered India illegally, seeking refuge, after ethnic clashes with non-tribal Muslims in their homeland last week. The repatriation took place through Gandacherra in Dhalai district of Tripura in presence of Indian and Bangladeshi officials and border guards of both the nations. The tribal people mainly consisting of Buddhists and Hindus had fled their homeland and entered into Indian territory after some "miscreants" allegedly attacked their homes in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), a tribal- dominated area in southeast Bangladesh that borders India and Myanmar. Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) Gandacherra, Bhaskar Das Gupta, said that the Bangladeshi nationals came to Tripura after facing ethnic violence back home. Jun 9, 2014