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‘Struggle did not deter me’

Robin Hibu is the first Indian Police Service (IPS) officer from the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. The 1993 Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram and Union Territory (AGMUT) officer was recently elevated to the rank of Director General of Police in the Delhi Police.

BJD has always been fighting for the rights of Odisha: V K Pandian

Mr V K Pandian, bureaucrat turned BJD leader and close confidant of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on Thursday claimed that the Lok Sabha and the Assembly elections in the state are one-sided and the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will be a clear winner. In an interview with The Statesman, he said he considers Mr Patnaik as his "Guru" while responding to questions on a range of issues.

‘Hybrid immunity gives protection’

The Omicron variant has become a cause of great concern across the world, with many countries imposing restrictions and taking severe measures to contain its spread. India too needs to be cautious. The initial evidence, however, suggests that though the virus is highly transmissible, it is not causing severe disease or death

‘BJP can be defeated nationally’

We have taken a conscious decision to spread our party outside Bengal. We are already advancing in that direction. We have made footprints in Meghalaya, Tripura and Goa and also in Haryana. So we are advancing.

Govt. must tackle drug abuse

"Due to the pressure maintained by us, nearly 3,000 cases under the NDPS Act have been registered in the past three years and more than 900 peddlers arrested. The police in Jammu district arrested more than 500 peddlers during 2019"

‘High Command will pick CM’

We are disappointed by the role played by the Election Commission as no action was taken on our complaints since the body is expected to act impartially. However, we won the elections as people’s mandate was with us which contributed to defeating the money power of the ruling party

‘SC community still feels ignored’

Since 1966, all major political parties have ‘used’ the SC community as political pawns by promising freebies and selling lofty dreams. Never could any party envisage a SC as their party leader to guide the state because of the inherent casteism prevalent both overtly and implicitly.