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ECI full bench to visit Tripura

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AGARTALA, Dec 27 � A full bench of the Election Commission of India (ECI) led by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) V S Sampath would arrive here on a two-day visit to review the poll preparedness of Tripura Assembly election scheduled to be held in February next, official sources said today.

Sampath and Election Commissioners (ECs) H S Brahma and Syed Nasim Ahmed Zaidi would arrive here on January 4, the sources said.

During the visit the CEC and the ECs would hold meeting with the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), District Electoral Officers and Returning Officers, they said.

The final voters list of the state would be published on January 12 next.

Meanwhile, a team of eight Observers of the Election Commission of India arrived here today to review the revision of the voters list.

Earlier the opposition Congress had complained to the ECI alleging that the voters list in the state was manipulated under the influence of the ruling CPI(M). The Congress had deposited two lakh complaints to the ECI and demanded that an error free voters list be prepared. �PTI

Tuki asks Centre to re-open Stilwel Road

Itanagar, Dec 27 � Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today pleaded the Centre to consider re-opening of the historic Stilwel Road for establishing border trade between India and South East Asian countries for economic development of the region as part of �Look East Policy�.

�The chief pre-requisite for a meaningful Look-East policy is land connectivity and re-opening of this road will help the region in manifold ways,� Tuki said while addressing the National Development Council (NDC) meeting at New Delhi today to finalize the 12th Five year Plan, official sources said here.

It has been almost two decades since the Look East Policy of India, and subsequently �Look East through North-East� doctrine was conceptualised.

However, the progress on ground on various aspects which were originally envisioned, like border trade and commerce, controlling cross border movement of UG elements, increase in flow of information, cultural exchanges and people to people contact has been minimal, he said.

�In the absence of such progress, there hasn�t been any tangible benefit that has accrued to the North-eastern region in particular although several years have passed since we adopted this policy,� he pointed out.

He informed, most of the 1,726 km long road is now in a usable condition and only about 160 km portion in Myanmar needs renovation and repairs. Opening of this road provides direct connectivity to Yunnan province of China. � PTI

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ECI full bench to visit Tripura

AGARTALA, Dec 27 � A full bench of the Election Commission of India (ECI) led by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) V S Sampath would arrive here on a two-day visit to review the poll preparedness of Tripura Assembly election scheduled to be held in February next, official sources said today.

Sampath and Election Commissioners (ECs) H S Brahma and Syed Nasim Ahmed Zaidi would arrive here on January 4, the sources said.

During the visit the CEC and the ECs would hold meeting with the state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), District Electoral Officers and Returning Officers, they said.

The final voters list of the state would be published on January 12 next.

Meanwhile, a team of eight Observers of the Election Commission of India arrived here today to review the revision of the voters list.

Earlier the opposition Congress had complained to the ECI alleging that the voters list in the state was manipulated under the influence of the ruling CPI(M). The Congress had deposited two lakh complaints to the ECI and demanded that an error free voters list be prepared. �PTI

Tuki asks Centre to re-open Stilwel Road

Itanagar, Dec 27 � Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today pleaded the Centre to consider re-opening of the historic Stilwel Road for establishing border trade between India and South East Asian countries for economic development of the region as part of �Look East Policy�.

�The chief pre-requisite for a meaningful Look-East policy is land connectivity and re-opening of this road will help the region in manifold ways,� Tuki said while addressing the National Development Council (NDC) meeting at New Delhi today to finalize the 12th Five year Plan, official sources said here.

It has been almost two decades since the Look East Policy of India, and subsequently �Look East through North-East� doctrine was conceptualised.

However, the progress on ground on various aspects which were originally envisioned, like border trade and commerce, controlling cross border movement of UG elements, increase in flow of information, cultural exchanges and people to people contact has been minimal, he said.

�In the absence of such progress, there hasn�t been any tangible benefit that has accrued to the North-eastern region in particular although several years have passed since we adopted this policy,� he pointed out.

He informed, most of the 1,726 km long road is now in a usable condition and only about 160 km portion in Myanmar needs renovation and repairs. Opening of this road provides direct connectivity to Yunnan province of China. � PTI

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