Northeast Briefcase

Irked over potable water crisis people block road in Tripura
Ambassa(Tripura): Hundreds of villagers blocked Ambassa-Gandacharra road for five hours, demanding potable water, for the third time in three months in the subdivision of Ambassa in the northern Tripura district of Dhalai here today. The villagers of Jagannathpur village have been suffering from acute crisis of potable water. “Earlier, the officials assured us of regular supply. But the situation remained the same. Hence, we blocked the road again today,”expressed one agitator Ratanjoy Halam. Hundreds of vehicles stood on both the directions due to the blockade. The agitators lifted the blockade after the officials intervened with the assurance of resolving the problem within a short period. Drinking water crisis has continued to hit Dhalai district due to decreasing ground water level. (UNI)
ZPM snaps ties with Congress
Aizawl: The Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM), which had forged an alliance with the Congress for the election to the lone Lok Sabha seat in Mizoram and the by-poll to the Aizawl West-I Assembly seat, Thursday said it has snapped ties with the party. ZPM chairman Lalliansawta said the pre-electoral tie-up with the Congress was issue-based — to form an anti-NDA alliance against the proposed legislation of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). “Our common candidate Lalnghinglova Hmar did not make it to Parliament,” Lalliansawta told newsmen, adding that there was no written condition for forging the alliance except that the common candidate would sit among the non-NDA parties. Replying to queries, ZPM leader Lalthansanga claimed that the main reason for the defeat of the common candidate was that the people had rejected the Congress. “The Congress could not muster votes in the Chakma-dominated area while Chakmas were the main vote bank of the party,” Lalthansanga said. Ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) party nominee C Lalrosanga defeated the ZPM-Congress combine candidate Hmar by a margin of over 8,000 votes. The MNF has 27 legislators in the 40-member state assembly, while the ZPM and the Congress have seven and five members respectively. The BJP opened its account in the north-eastern state by bagging a single seat in the state Assembly election held on November 28 last year. (PTI)
7 held for possessing party drugs
Imphal: Seven persons, including four women, were arrested by Manipur Police from two different places in the state for being in possession of party drugs, police said on Wednesday. A total of 1,06,060 of narcotic drugs known as ‘World is Yours’ (W Y amphitamine tablets) were recovered from their possession, they said. In the first incident four persons, including three women, were held from Sugunu Bazar area in Manipur’s Kakchig district Wednesday along with 6,060 W Y tablets, the Superintendent of Police, Victoria Yengkhom, said. Three others were arrested with 1,00,000 W Y tablets by officers of the Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB), Manipur, from the district on Tuesday, police said. A case has been registered at NAB police station. (PTI)

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