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Rijiju absent from Xi’s state banquet

New Delhi: Absence of vocal Kiren Rijiju, the Minister of State for Home and the Member of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh, from the delegation-level talks and state banquet hosted by the President for his Chinese counterpart has raised many eye brows after the guest left on Friday. Since the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh had left for Nepal early Thursday for the SAARC home [Full Article...]

India initiates work to link Northeast with Bangladesh port

Agartala:  India has taken the first steps to construct a Rs.70 crore ($11.5 million) bridge over the Feni river in Tripura to access Bangladeshi ports for transporting goods and heavy machinery from other parts of the country to the landlocked and mountainous northeast and to boost trade and tourism, officials said. “The Tripura government has asked a New Delhi-based private company to prepare the [Full Article...]

12 injured in clash over organising Durga Puja in Tripura

Agartala:  At least 12 people, including six women, were injured during a clash between two communities over organising Durga Puja in Tripura, police said Friday. The Sipahijala district administration has promulgated Section 144 CrPc. A huge contingent of security forces have been deployed in Raghunathpur Munsibari area, 30 km from Agartala. “A group of people without taking permission from the district administration started building [Full Article...]

North East Briefcase

Army jawan injured in blast triggered by ULFA ultras From Our Correspondent Guwahati: An Army jawans was injured when militants belonging to the outlawed United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) or ULFA(I) detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) under an Army truck on a road passing through two tea estates at Kherbari Tiniali near Sapekhati in Sonari sub-division of Assam’s Sivasagar district Friday morning. [Full Article...]

Assam seeks MHA intervention for withdrawing Nagaland Police

Guwahati:  The Assam government has sought the Union Home ministry’s intervention to ask its Nagaland counterpart to withdraw their state police force from the disturbed area along the inter-state border. The Assam government has also requested the Union Home Ministry to deploy SSB as a neutral force along the border with Nagaland. In a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday, Assam [Full Article...]

Nagaland facing shortage of teachers in govt schools

Kohima: Nagaland Parliamentary Secretary for School Education Yitachu has said the state is currently facing a shortfall of 531 Mathematics and 314 Science teachers. Addressing the state-level INSPIRE Science Exhibition programme at Kohima on Thursday,  Yitachu said the state was in need of qualified people to fill up the vacant posts of Math and Science teachers. Admitting that many schools were facing shortage of [Full Article...]

Assam CM unveils Angel Fund for first generation entrepreneurs

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Friday unveiled the Angel Fund floated to help first generation entrepreneurs and skilled youths aspiring to set up micro and small enterprises, thereby giving an impetus to the economy of the State. Unveiling the special fund here, Gogoi said 80 per cent of the loan being extended would help the entrepreneurs and skilled youths to set up [Full Article...]

Gogoi urges Modi to raise Brahmaputra dam issue with Xi

GUWAHATI: The reports about China constructing mega dams on the mainstream of Brahmaputra River in Tibet area have been a major concern for Assam and the rest of the Northeastern region given that the river is the main channel for the entire region and determines its life and ecology. So, taking advantage of the visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping, Assam chief minister [Full Article...]