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Committee set up to consider ST status to six Communities of Assam



Committee set up to consider ST status to six Communities of Assam 

The Government has set up a Committee headed by Shri Mahesh Kumar Singla, Special Secretary (Internal Security), Ministry of Home Affairs to recommend the modalities for granting of Scheduled Tribe status to six Communities namely Koch Rajbongshi, Moran, Matak, Tai Ahom, Chutia and Adivasi (Tea Tribes) in Assam. 


The Committee shall in consultation with the Government of Assam suggest the modalities for the required reservations, of shifting the existing reservation for these communities from OBC to ST, protecting the interests of existing tribes, a mechanism to ensure fairness of reservations within these six communities and related security considerations. 

The Committee shall submit its report by May 31, 2016. 

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Visa on Arrival for Japanese nationals from tomorrow 

As announced by the Prime Minister, the Visa on Arrival for Japanese nationals is being launched from tomorrow i.e. 1st March, 2016. This facility will be available at six airports viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad. This facility can be availed for the purposes of business, tourism, conference and medical. Validity of this visa after entry will be for a period of 30 days. 

About 1.80 lakh Japanese nationals visit India every year on various kinds of visas. Business and Tourist Visas constitute around 78% of these. On an average 600 Japanese nationals arrive at Delhi Airport daily. It is expected that extension of this facility to Japanese nationals will further strengthen the business and tourism ties between the two countries. 

Detailed circulars pertaining to this subject have already been put on MHA’s website. 

During the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Mr Shinzo Abe to India during December last year, the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi had announced that India will extend 'Visa on arrival' to Japanese citizens from 1st March 2016. 

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ULFA delegation led by Shri Arabinda Rajkhowa and Shri Anup Chetia meets Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Mehrishi 

A delegation of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) led by Shri Arabinda Rajkhowa and Shri Anup Chetia met Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Mehrishi in his office here today. It was decided that the formal tripartite meeting of ULFA leaders with Home Secretary and representatives of Government of Assam will be held in the middle of March, 2016. 

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Senior appointments in CRPF 

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has appointed Shri Surendera Kumar Bhagat, IPS (UK:82), ADG CRPF and Shri P.V.K. Reddy, IPS (TR:82), ADG CRPF as Special Directors General in CRPF w.e.f. the dates of assumption of charge of the posts. 

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The new Commissioner of Police, Delhi, Shri Alok Kumar Verma calling on the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on February 29, 2016.

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