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One killed, 30 injured in Manipur quake
Imphal : At least one person was killed and 30 injured as a powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale rocked Manipur and other north-eastern states early Monday.
 
Initial reports indicate that one young girl was killed and 30 were injured due to the earthquake, Inspector General of Police Clay Khongsai told IANS.
 
"Public and private properties have been damaged. The district administration is on the job to rescue trapped persons," he said.
 
Khongsai said they were yet to receive any report from Tamenglong district.
 
A six storey building was partially destroyed in Imphal and famous women's market in the town was also damaged.
 
Works minister E. Ratan and other officials assessed the damage of the buildings and market complex in the town.
 
The walls of some private hospitals also cracked. Panic stricken patients fled from the hospitals.
 
Reports of damages in buildings have been received from nearby localities in and around Imphal.
 
According to the regional seismological centre in Meghalaya, an earthquake of moderate intensity rocked India's northeastern states and adjoining Myanmar, Bangladesh and Bhutan Monday morning.
 
The quake occurred at 4.35 a.m. and had its epicentre in Manipur's Tamenglong district. It was felt in parts of Manipur, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram and Tripura, said an official of the regional seismological centre in Meghalaya.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a telephonic conversation with Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh discussed the post-earthquake situation in the state and other after areas, he said in a tweet.
 
Modi also spoke to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who is in Assam, and asked him to oversee the situation ruisen due to the quake.
 
India's northeast is considered the sixth major earthquake-prone belt in the world.
 
The northeast has seen some of the biggest quakes in history. In 1897, the Shillong-epicentred quake measured 8.2 on the Richter scale.
 
In 1950, an earthquake in Assam measuring 8.7 on the Richter Scale forced the mighty Brahmaputra river to change its course. In September 2011, Sikkim underwent heavy damage after a quake hit the state.
 
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Jaitley's pre-Budget talks with stakeholders from Monday
New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will hold pre-Budget 2016-17 consultations with agriculture groups and trade unions on Monday, as part of his programme of discussions with different stakeholders, including industry and economists.
 
The finance minister's discussions with economists and industry is slated on January 6, and with the IT sector on Thursday.
 
Jaitley would seek the views of financial sector regulators on January 11, and of the social sector, banks and financial institutions on January 12, the finance ministry said.
 
The government has also invited suggestions from the public for the budget. These can be posted on the http://mygov.nic.in web portal.
 
The department of expenditure has already been holding meetings with officials of other ministries towards finalising the budget estimates for the Plan and non-Plan expenditure for 2016-17.
 
The government's mid-year review released last month sharply lowered the economic growth forecast for the current fiscal to the 7-7.5 percent range, from the previously projected 8.1-8.5 percent, mainly because of lower agricultural output due to deficit rainfall.
 
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Traders' body asks Salman to drop 'Khan Market' from his portal
New Delhi : The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) on Sunday asked actor Salman Khan to withdraw the "Khan Market" name from his shopping portal to protect the brand name of the market here designated as the most expensive retail location in India.
 
"CAIT has shot up a communication to actor Salman Khan today (Sunday) urging him to withdraw the name of Khan Market from his web portal 'khanmarketonline.com' which he has announced on his birthday on December 27, 2015," CAIT said in a statement here.
 
Established in 1951, Kahn Market was, last month, ranked the 24th most expensive retail location worldwide in a report by global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.
 
"The name chosen by Salman Khan is more deceptive and infringes the rights of traders of Khan Market," said CAIT secretary general Praveen Khandelwal.
 
"We will not allow anyone to encroach upon the goodwill earned by traders for the market in the last 65 years," he added.
 
CAIT contended that things sold on 'khanmarketonline' would also be construed as sold by traders of the actual and physical Khan Market, leading to confusion and misunderstandings for consumers.
 
Sales discounts that Salman Khan may offer on products may lead to confusion and embarrassing situations for traders and consumers, the statement added.
 
Describing Khan Market itself as a brand, CAIT said: "A name by custom/practice/usage over a long period of time by a group of persons becomes an intellectual property right of that group of persons is an integral part of principle of natural justice. Accordingly, the first lien of using the name 'Khan Market' lies with traders of Khan Market only."
 
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