State sponsors Tripura’s Durga Puja, thanks to ex-royals

Agartala: Tripura, ruled by a Communist Party of India-Marxist-led Left Front government, is possibly the only one in India where the government sponsors the Durga Puja festivities, and that too together with the erstwhile royal family. The Puja began Tuesday at the famous Durgabari temple, located in front of the 113-year-old Ujjayanta Palace, eastern India’s biggest such. A part of the fortress and mansion [Full Article...]

Incursions by Chinese Army unacceptable: Rijiju

New Delhi: In the wake of recent face-off at the LAC in Ladakh, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju today made it clear that incursions by Chinese Army were unacceptable but said security forces should refrain from “misadventure” to prevent escalation of any tension on border. Talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, Rijiju, while referring to recent incursion of [Full Article...]

North East Briefcase

Judicial enquiry into Assam girl’s death Guwahati: A one-man judicial enquiry commission has been constituted in Assam to investigate the killing of school girl Priya Basumatary allegedly by NDFB(S) terrorists suspecting her to be police informer. “The commission headed by Justice (Retired) BD Agarwal, a retired Judge of Gauhati High Court was formed on September 25,” an official release said. The Commission is constituted [Full Article...]

Gogoi refutes Sonowal’s ‘State not using central funds’ claim

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday refuted Union Minister of State (Independent) Sarbananda Sonowal’s claim that the state government has failed to utilise Central funds for disaster relief. “The state government has utilised the central allocation for disaster relief in the last fiscal, but the Centre is yet to release its share this year,” he said in a statement here. The state [Full Article...]

Tripura govt suspends another officer in RMSA scam

Agartala: The investigation of Rs 5 Cr Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RAMSA) scam in the school education department has taken a new turn with the suspension of its former additional director Biswarath Debbarma on Monday following his alleged involvement in the case. Earlier, two other officers of the department were suspended in connection with the case. Based on the statement of the prime accused [Full Article...]

Huge haul of explosives recovered from Guwahati bus

GUWAHATI: Acting on a tip-off Assam Police on Monday recovered a huge quantity of explosive materials from a bus at the Basistha crossing on the National Highway by-pass at the south of the city and arrested two persons in this connection. The explosives were recovered from a bus bound for Goalpara in western Assam. Police informed that it was a special operation conducted on [Full Article...]

North East Briefcase

5 candidates in fray for Hiyanglam bypoll, a candidate rejected Imphal: A candidate’s nomination papers for Hiyanglam bypoll was rejected on Monday during scrutiny. Altogether five candidates will be in the fray for the Hiyanglam bypoll scheduled to be held on October 17. Two persons had filed for Trinamool Congress and the nomination paper of the All India Trinamool Congress, Manipur state candidate, Yumnam [Full Article...]

India set to impound assets of NE insurgent chief in Nepal

New Delhi: In a rare case of India impounding foreign assets accumulated through terror funds, probe agencies will soon be taking possession of Nepal-based bank accounts and immovable properties allegedly operated by the chief of a prominent Northeast insurgent group, ‘Black Widow’. In culmination of an over two-year long diplomatic and legal cooperation between investigation and enforcement agencies of India and Nepal, the Enforcement [Full Article...]