There is little sisterly about ‘Seven Sisters’: Chaudhuri

Guwahati: The ‘Northeast’ as a common entity is more of a myth than a reality given the prevailing ground reality that all the states of the region which are usually referred to as ‘Seven Sisters’ hardly pursue a regional agenda. Delivering Harendra Nath Barua Memorial Lecture before a select gathering here on Sunday evening, former Editor of The Shillong Times, Manas Chaudhuri said, ” [Full Article...]

Lack of fund mars Tripura govt’s human rights panel plan

Agartala: The Left Front government in Tripura, despite its will, was not able to form human rights commission due to lack of fund and non-availability of a suitable judge, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said here Monday. “The Tripura government has no required funds to constitute a full-fledged state human rights commission,” Sarkar said in the state assembly. “According to the act, the state human [Full Article...]

3 dead, 9 injured in pipeline blast in Assam

Guwahati: At least three persons including a pregnant woman were killed and nine others sustained serious burn injuries when a gas carrying pipeline belonging to Assam Gas Company Limited (AGCL) exploded near Singarijan Tea Estate in Moran in eastern Assam at around 3-30am on Monday. The pregnant woman, Jyoti Sabar, died on the spot while two others, Bhasan Sharma and Parash Sarma died due [Full Article...]

North East Briefcase

Assam Rifles seizes huge ammo in Nagaland Kohima: Personnel of 33 Assam Rifles recovered ammunition and warlike stores from Namsa town of Mon district, official sources said on Monday. A release from the PRO of the Inspector General of Assam Rifles (North) said that based on specific intelligence input the Assam Rifles launched a search operation on August 29 and searched the house of [Full Article...]

Naga UNTABA unhapy with talks

Kohima: The United Naga Tribes Association of Border Areas (UNTABA) has expressed its disappointment with the outcome of the Nagaland-Assam Commissioner level meeting, held on August 30 at Chumukedima near Dimapur. In a press release, UNTABA chairman Hukavi T. Yepthomi and general secretary Ejanthung Ngullie said the meeting could not arrive at any ‘substantial agreements’. It alleged that the meeting only tried to absolve [Full Article...]

Gogoi calls for proper mapping of trafficking areas

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today called for proper mapping of areas from where incidents of trafficking of children and women are reported. Gogoi, who chaired a review meeting with officials of the state social welfare department, pointed out that the growing incidents of trafficking of women and children in the state was a matter of concern, an official spokesman said. He directed [Full Article...]

Tripura govt not to reduce tax on aviation fuel

Agartala: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar today made it clear in the assembly that unless the private airlines make commitment to reduce the passenger fare, the state government will not think of reduce tax on aviation fuel (AF). Reacting to a media report regarding allegation of some private airlines that they are winding up the fleet from Tripura because of highest amount of sales [Full Article...]

Are children safe in insurgency-hit Assam?

Guwahati: How safe are the children in militancy-hit Assam? The recent killing of a school girl by Bodo militants has once again brought to the fore this question. Priya Basumatary, a Class 9 student, was gunned down Aug 20 in the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) in front of her parents by the anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), which [Full Article...]