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Border Trade, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Stillwell road could be Arunachal

Stillwell
road could be Arunachal`s bounty (IFP_30_1_k8)

PANGSAU, Jan 29: `Thanks to the Allied Forces of 2nd World War` are the words
often repeated with great expectation by the people of Arunachal Pradesh. The
praise is for the 1079 km long Stillwell road which connects Indian territory in
Arunachal Pradesh with Myanmar and China. In fact, there have been several
traditional trade routes existing at the border of Arunachal Pradesh with China
and Myanmar since early periods when the people of the three countries shared
economic and social affairs through these trade routes. But with intense
restrictions on passing through the area by the security forces of the
respective countries the age old trade exchange has gradually decreased.
…more…

B’deshis carrying on
businesses, working illegally: BSF
(AST_5_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 4 – The arrest of two Bangladeshi nationals at Lantilla
in Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya has opened a new window on how
Bangladeshis have been carrying on businesses and working in the major towns of
the State. The Border Security Force personnel arrested two Bangladeshi
nationals at Lantilla in Jaintia Hills on Wednesday night and the revelation
confirmed the long suspected Bangladeshis prospering in the State. The BSF party
arrested Subhash Singha and Brij Mohan Singha, both from Maulvi Bazar. While Rs
22,463 in cash was recovered from them, the amazing fact is that one owned a
welding shop while the other is engaged in trade for the past two years in Jowai
town. …more…

CM woos Thai team to invest in
State(AST_11_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today held a discussion
with a high-level Thai delegation led by its Deputy Industry Minister on
prospects of Thai investment in the State besides bilateral trade transactions.
Exhorting the Thai delegation to invest in sectors like power, road and air
connectivity, tourism, tea, coal, oil, etc., the Chief Minister also stressed
the need for enhancing greater bilateral business transactions in
food-processing, handloom and handicrafts including muga and cane and bamboo.
…more…

Antony: Look East policy not
targeted at China(SHT, 7-1-k8)


Kuala Lumpur
:
India on Sunday said closer relations with the US and other nations will not be
at the expense of any of its "old friends" while its growing ties with Southeast
Asia were not aimed at countering China’s influence in the region. India’s
growing ties with the countries of this region had already paid rich dividends
as could be seen in increasing trade between New Delhi and the Association of
South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Defence Minister A K Antony, who arrived here
on Sunday evening on a two-day official visit, said.
…more…



Centre to upgrade LCSs to boost border trade(SHT, 7-1-k8)


New Delhi
:
With a view to boost border trade, over a dozen Land Customs Stations (LCSs)
along India’s borders with Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Nepal will be
upgraded into Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) in next three years for providing
better facilities to businessmen. he Centre will bear the entire cost of the Rs
853 crore project as per a decision taken at an inter-ministerial meeting here
recently, a Home Ministry official said on Sunday. The project to upgrade 13 LCS
is aimed at facilitating border trade by offering better and additional
facilities at ICPs for traders and businessmen.
…more…

Proposals for Thai-NE
cooperation pursued(SHT_24_1_k8)

NEW DELHI: In total, 42 proposals for Thai-North East Trade
Cooperation in investment and trade sector mostly in tourism are being actively
pursued under the overall aegis and coordination of the Indian Chamber of
Commerce, according to official sources here on Wednesday. Following high level
visits and business summit in Bangkok few months ago several encouraging
proposals involving close cooperation between Thailand and India’s North East
have come, the sources said. The Bank of Bangkok has also expressed interest in
funding Indo-Thai ventures in the region. The Thai delegation consisted of
representatives from the Thailand Board of Investment, the Royal Thai Embassy in
New Delhi, the Thai Office of Commercial Affairs in New Delhi and Thai companies
in the food, construction, banking and steel industry. …more…

Pangsau
fest may set platform for enhanced Indo-Myanmar trade activity (IFP_31_1_k8)

Nampong, Jan 30: The recently held Pangsau Pass
winter festival at Nampong village of Changalang district Arunachal Pradesh has
a remarkable historical significance and celebrates the true relationship
between the Burmese and the local people. The festival kicked off on January 20
with the striking of the traditional gong by DoTC chairman Phusum Kimhun and
singing of `We stand and sing for peace and unity` to send a clear message that
the people crave for peace in the insurgency affected Changlang district of
Arunachal Pradesh. The PPWF was organised with an objective to rebuild the age
old relationship between the people of Arunachal Pradesh and nieghbouring
Myanmar. …more…

‘Checkgates allowing entry of
poultry from West Bengal’(SEN_22_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 21: Vigil along the Asom-West
Bengal border has been intensified following the seizure of vans loaded with
chicken from the neighbouring State at Bijoy Nagar and Gouripur on January 19
night despite the imposition of a blanket ban on the movement of poultry and
poultry products across the international and inter-State borders. This was
stated by Dr AK Kataki, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Director, while talking
to The Sentinel here today. State Veterinary Minister Khorsingh Ingti convened a
meeting of the officials of the departments concerned at Dispur today to review
the prevailing situation arising out of the outbreak of avian influenza in West
Bengal.
…more…

Tax evasion at
Srirampur and Chagolia checkgates(SEN_22_1_k8)

Cross-checking of
papers produced in WB, Asom may check the practice
(SEN_22_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 21: Srirampur and Chagolia checkposts have once again triggered a
controversy of tax evasion, with many enquiry commissions of the past failing to
tackle the problem. Coming to power in 2001, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had
assured that his government would put an end to the tax evasion and extortion at
these checkgates, but the discrepancies are mounting up with gross
misappropriation of tax revenues and mafia-style money extortion by the police
and other officials from the truckers. …more…
Experts discuss policy(TEL,
19-1-k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 18:
The much-hyped
Look East policy came up for discussion on the concluding day of the two-day
conference on Northeast India and its Transnational Neighbourhood at IIT
Guwahati. Deliberating on Northeast India in a New Asia, experts said the
security establishments of the country have hijacked the Look East policy aimed
at economic development of the region. Sushil Khanna of IIM Calcutta said Indian
policy makers have used the “opening up” of its northeastern neighbours only to
strengthen ties with military regimes in Bangladesh and Myanmar to launch
counter-insurgency movements against the outfits in the Northeast.

…more…


Kaladan project nears completion
(SEN_4_1_k8)
AIZAWL, Jan 3: The Kaladan multi-model project, a key route to
the Indo-Myanmar border trade, is nearing completion, says Myanmar Foreign
Minister U Nyan Win.
Speaking to Mizoram Lok Sabha member Vanlalzawma, in the presence of Union
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on Wednesday, Nyan said
this and added that the project is in its final stage and an agreement in this
regard would be signed when Myanmar vice-president visits India in next April.
…more…

Bangla FDI bar off(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 3:
India has lifted
the ban on foreign direct investment (FDI) from Bangladesh. A 1999 law had
barred FDI from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. But Sri Lanka was exempt in
2000, and with Bangladesh joining the club, Pakistan is the lone country on the
hot list. The Indian gesture, pending for some time but notified without fanfare
in November, comes at a time a $3-billion-dollar investment proposal by the
Tatas is pending with the Bangladesh government. Delhi’s sweetener may also help
speed up resumption of hilsa imports from Bangladesh.
…more…



Bangla bans Meghalaya coal again(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Silchar
Jan. 3:
The Bangladesh
government has placed an embargo on the import of Meghalaya coal, most of which
reaches that country through the trade centre at Suterkandi checkpost in
Karimganj district.  A senior official of the central excise and customs
department at the checkpost said it had received an order to that effect from
the department’s counterpart in Dhaka yesterday. The Bangladesh government has
stated that the high sulphur content in Meghalaya’s low-ash coal is the reason
for its embargo, which was clamped last Tuesday for an indefinite period.

…more…



Smuggler shot dead (TEL_7_1_K8)

Shillong,
Jan. 6:
The BSF shot dead
a cattle smuggler at Gudligaon village in the Mankachar area bordering Garo
Hills, adjacent to Dhubri district of Assam, on Sunday. The police said the use
of high-tech thermal images helped the BSF to spot a gang of cattle smugglers
along the border. The cattle smuggler, identified as Bakul Mia from Gudligaon
village, was killed in the firing. The other members of the gang escaped.

…more…


Thai
team in Assam for trade(TEL_10_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 9:
An 18-member
delegation from Thailand is visiting the region to look for business
opportunities. The delegates, who represent various sectors including Bangkok
Bank, will visit Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.  They will be in the
region till January 13. “This is an opportune time to do business and one should
not lose opportunities now,” Assam industries minister Pradyut Bordoloi said
during a function held at Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra before an interactive
session with the delegation.
…more…


Bangladesh lifts ban on export of hilsa fish to India
(SEN_14_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 13: In news that will gladden
the hearts of many fish gourmands in India, Bangladesh has lifted the ban on the
export of the prized hilsa, six months after Dhaka clamped it to meet domestic
demand, officials said here on Sunday. “Considering all aspects, the government
has taken the decision last week to lift the ban on export of hilsa fish to
India,” said Monir Ahmed, first secretary and head of mission of Bangladesh visa
office here. Fish traders here expect that supply of the tropical fish from
Bangladesh would resume soon.
“The silver fish of Padma and Meghna rivers in Bangladesh has already hit the
markets in Kolkata and southern Asom three days back,” the traders said. Dhaka
stopped export of hilsa fish to India in an attempt to meet the local demand at
a reasonable price.
…more…
 

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Tea and Agro-Based, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Inferior tea pricks euphoria

Inferior
tea pricks euphoria(TEL,11-1-k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 10:
The tea
industry’s euphoria over good prices after several years may soon evaporate with
a lot of “waste tea” being pumped into the market by producers trying to make
hay while the sun shines. According to industry estimates, over 20 million kg of
inferior quality tea, a bulk of which is reprocessed from tea waste, has been
released in the market. Assam produces about 450 million kg annually. …more…

 

Cachar on
international biodiesel map(TEL, 17-1-k8)



British multinational to set up region’s first jatropha oil expeller in
the district

(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Silchar, Jan.
16: Two multinational honchos flew down to Cachar on Sunday and named the
district as the newest biofuel destination in the Northeast. The region’s first
oil expeller to extract biodiesel from jatropha curcas, a non-edible
oilseed bearing plant, will be set up by the multinational D1-BP Fuel Crops
Limited in the south Assam district soon. Ann Cormack, the chief executive of
the D1-BP Fuel, made the announcement on Monday night. Cormack said this oil
expeller would be the first step towards establishing the region’s first oil
refinery for biodiesel. …more…

 

Sour taste
to Manipur lemon fest(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Imphal,
Jan. 16:
More than 200
farmers will take part in the fourth annual lemon festival in Ukhrul with the
hope of attracting more buyers.However, their hopes could be dashed if the
Manipur government does not make any attempts to attract buyers from outside the
state. Ukhrul’s lemon festival is held annually and this year’s two-day festival
will begin at Kachai, known as the “lemon bowl of Manipur,” on Friday. The
organisers have decided to increase the number of stalls from last year’s 165 to
200. Six farmers from Senapati district have been invited. Farmers from 10
villages will compete in the festival. …more…

 

New
horizons for farmers(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 16:
The Year of the
Farmer, initiated by the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, ended
today with a clarion call asking them to take up new methods of farming. The
farming community in the state is a neglected lot, even though the state accords
highest priority to the farmers and more than 75 per cent of the people depend
on farming for their livelihood. Moreover, the farmers in the state are yet to
get familiar with the use of modern technology in farming. At a function held at
the state central library as a part of the culmination of the farmers’ year,
additional chief secretary W.M.S. Pariat said farmers in the state should use
new methods and explore the use of modern equipment. The farmers need to do this
in order to meet the growing demand in the market. …more…

 

Bitter
neem yields sweet dividend (TEL, 19-1-k8)


New
fertiliser revs up production and increases demand

(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Jan. 18:
Vegetables grown using non-toxic neem-based fertilisers and pesticides under the
Neem Dharitri project are flooding markets in Dhubri. Implemented by the
district unit of the Centre for Science and Environment Education and the
Science Learning Centre, the project is benefiting farmers in two ways. Besides
ensuring high yield, vegetables cultivated using eco-friendly neem are fetching
higher prices, too. Neem is known to be the antidote to many ailments and
fertilisers made from extracts of the plant are safe as well as economical.
…more…


German technology to be introduced in orange plantations

(SEN_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: The Directorate of Horticulture and Food Processing,
Asom, is going to introduce ‘water holding granules’, popularly known as ‘Rain
Drops’, in the orange orchards of Asom. The Water Holding Granules, a
Germany-based technology will help to retain water during the dry season in the
orange orchards of the State. This was disclosed by JP Meena, Agricultural
Production Commissioner, Asom, during the Gaonloi Bolok Abhijan held at the
Bongaon ADO Circle of Boko Agricultural subdivision. This was stated in a press
release. …more…

Grain Bank Project
under wraps, goes haywire(SEX_4_1_k8)

Lamka, Dec 31: In what could be term as the most dreadful act of any
elected Government, the State Government has put its 7th September 2007, 15th
September 2007 orders under wrap as far as atleast 93 village grain banks in
five hill districts are concerned. A document in the possession of this
correspondent has notified ‘the establish-ment of Village Grain Banks in 93 hill
villages in inacce-ssible food scarce areas of the 5 (five) hill districts of
Manipur.’  …more…


 


Food processing
(SEX_20_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 19: The
Association of Food Scientists & Technologist (India), Ma-nipur Chapter in
association with DIC Bishnupur would be organising a 4-week long EDP on Food
Processing Industries for the educated unemployed youths of Bishnupur district
from February 7 to March 8 at DIC Training Hall, Bishnupur.

…more…


Entrepreneur’s light spurs women vendors’ livelihood

(SEX_20_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 19: In what
could be terms an entrepre-neurial influence, 52 years old Thokchom Joy, who
hails from Lairenbi Leirak Yumnam Leikai, has given vegetable vendors in
parti-cular, more than a flicker of hope by providing the accessories they
needed most but which they could not perceive of not long ago. It is none other
than the artificial lamp that is used far and wide after dusk mainly in the
market places of Im-phal to replace the cumber- some pudon. Commuters and
customers alike espe-cially office-goers after long hours of work during the day
sometimes end up with no time left for vegetable shopping in the market.

…more…


Organic farming(SEX_26_1__k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 25: An awareness programme on organic farming was
organised by the State Department of Horticulture and Soil Conservation under
the National Project on Organic Farming at Tangkhul Theological Association
premises at Hamleikhong in Ukhrul district yesterday. Former Horticulture
Director B Haridas and horticulturist S Sanjoy spoke in the awareness programme
as resource persons. Project in-charge KD Sharma also elaborated on how to
undertake organic farming in hill areas. …more

 

Law to
save tea quality



Norms to be in place this year (TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 3:
Aghast at the
trend of sacrificing quality in the pursuit of quantity, the Congress-led
government has decided to set quality-control norms to protect Assam Tea’s
reputation in the domestic and global markets. Industry minister Pradyut
Bordoloi told The Telegraph that the government would frame a law to
prohibit growers from producing tea of inferior quality and undoing the
reputation the state has built over the decades. Assam Tea received a
Geographical Indications certificate, equivalent to a patent, in November.
…more…

 28-year
wait for a drop of water(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

1980: The
largest irrigation plan in Assam — the Champamati project — is announced. With a
budget of Rs 15 crore, the project is expected to water 24,994 hectares, be
completed by 1984 and benefit parts of Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar districts.

2008:
Champamati project has a revised budget of Rs 156 crore but has only 20 of the
120 canals that were supposed to be built 24 years ago. In the meantime, Chirang
has been carved out of Bongaigaon but the benefits of Champamati remain elusive.
…more…

 Trouble
brews over tea fertiliser shortage(TEL_7_1_K8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 6:
The year 2008,
projected as a comeback year for the tea industry, started on a jarring note
with Indian Potash Limited (IPL), supplier of imported fertiliser, expressing
its inability to sell it at the rate fixed by the Tea Board. The reason cited by
the company is high cost escalation of muriate of potash (MoP), essential to the
growth of tea plant. The crisis was discussed threadbare on Friday at a meeting
attended by state officials a representative each from the Tea Board and the IPL.
…more…

 Potash
aid for tea industry(TEL_10_1_k8)

Silchar,
Jan. 9:
The Centre will
send at least 10 railway rake-loads of muriate of potash (MoP) to Assam, after
the tea industry’s SOS to the Union commerce ministry about an acute scarcity of
fertilisers in the plantations. The muriate of potash is a vital fertiliser for
both the CTC and Orthodox varieties of tea. According to a press release by the
Indian Tea Association (ITA), the shortage of the fertiliser threatened the
production of tea in the state, particularly as the plucking season is due in
start in two months. …more…

 Small
tea growers face big trouble(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
They have shaken the
traditional “bada sahib mentality” of the tea industry, been tagged as a
“great social force” and “the first-generation local entrepreneurs in the tea
industry”. They also share the tables with the golf-playing big daddies of
business at conclaves and conferences. After all, they grow 35 per cent of the
state’s total tea output. But at the end of the day, it’s the word “small” that
gets magnified — when they must queue up in front of the snooty giants for
payment, be blamed for the deteriorating quality of tea and be left out of major
industry decisions. …more…

 

Farmer
scripts success story in tomato cultivation (SEX_12_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 11: It started with sweating all day tilling hard with
just spade and other hand tools without any modern machinery. But Ahongshangbam
Gambhir is now a successful farmer reaping the fruits of his own labour. Gambhir
was earlier a grade IV electrician in Manipur Rifles. Unable to run the family
with his meagre salary, he set his eyes on fields taking a bold initiative with
a firm determination. …more…

Vety
camp(SEX_26_1__k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 25: Under its ongoing ‘disease free animal’ project,
medical personnel of the 39 Assam Rifles conducted veterinary camps at Nilakuthi,
Mantripukhri, Khurkhul, Chingmeirong, Chingarel and Paorabi areas in the last
few days. According to a release of PRO IGAR (S) a total of 500 animals have
been treated so far.



Organic farming(SEX_26_1__k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 25: An
awareness programme on organic farming was organised by the State Department of
Horticulture and Soil Conservation under the National Project on Organic Farming
at Tangkhul Theological Association premises at Hamleikhong in Ukhrul district
yesterday. …more…

Scarcity of
fertilizers threatens tea production
(SEN_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: The Indian Tea Association (ITA) has been receiving
reports since August 2007 of an acute shortage of Muriate of Potash (MoP) in the
tea gardens in Asom covering both the Brahmaputra and Barak valleys. The
non-availability of MoP was reported be severely affecting the overall manuring
programmes, which have to be followed in the tea plantations and repeated
reference to India Potash Limited (IPL) — the sole importing agency for MoP —
did not yield any results. This was stated in a press release. …more…



Jorhat dairy plant comes a cropper
(SEN_15_1_k8)
 JORHAT, Jan 14: This was
a promise not delivered. The central dairy here, which operates under the Dairy
Development Department, did not revive the milk processing unit it had intended
to in 2006. There was a proposal to reactivate the plant through a generous
grant under the Centre-sponsored Integrated Dairy Development Programme.
Now with the advent of Magh Bihu festivities, the demand for milk and milk
products has risen in the district. According to official sources, the
requirement for cream goes up to 5,000 kg during the festival…more

 


African nations show interest in NE bamboo
(SEN_17_1_k8)
Guwahati, Jan 16: African nations may be
expected to import huge quantity of bamboo products from Asom. If interest shown
by African nations in bamboo products of Asom at the just-concluded Annual
General Conference of UNIDO held at Vienna is any indication, it can only mean
that the State can make good business out of its bamboo cultivation. High-level
Government officials from countries such as South Africa and Tanzania had
visited the Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) stall, and expressed keen
interest in cheap alternative of wood.
…more…

Farmers
urged to grow new crops
(SEN_17_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan
16: Farmers need to venture into new methods of farming and find out ways and
means of growing new products to match the growing demands of the market, said
additional chief secretary WMS Pariat.Addressing the closing function of the
Year of Farmers programme at the State Central Library premises here today,
Pariat said that to meet growing demands, farmers need to find out ways to grow
new and different kinds of vegetables and fruits.

…more…

 

Rs
28-crore New Year gift for Sukla project
(SEN_26_1_k8)
Agricultural
bundh at Bogamati constructed

 GORESWAR, Jan 25: The Sukla irrigation
project over the Sukla river near Goreswar, which was inoperational for several
years is expected to kick start this year as Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC)
has sanctioned an amount of seven crore along with financial help from NABARD to
the tune of Rs 21 crore. This was stated by Hagrama Mohilary in an open meeting
held at Betna High School field recently. The construction work of this
irrigation project slated to be the second biggest in Asom built at the cost of
4.9 crore in 1978 was stalled due to negligence of the State Government. The
irrigation project had failed to supply water to the cultivated areas since
1992. It lacks maintenance and its 12 sub-canals are in a damaged state. Hence
more than 500 employees have been taking monthly dues without work from 1992.

…more…

Tea garden
officials assaulted, office ransacked
(SEN_26_1_k8)
 JOYSAGAR, Jan 25: Three tea garden officials were injured and
property worth lakhs of rupees were damaged when angry tea garden labourers
attacked the officials and ransacked the office and factory of Doomar Dollung
Tea Estate in Sivasagar district today morning.According to reports, angry
protestors, allegedly belonging to the All Tea Tribe Students’ Association (ATTSA),
attacked the tea garden officials and ransacked tea garden property over a
long-standing dispute regarding pay-related matter. The protestors were
demanding punitive action against a Shramik Sangha leader, who has been alleged
to be involved in irregularity in payment of salaries to the tea garden
labourers.
Mukul Rahman, senior manager of the tea estate and two assistants — Dilip
Choudhury and Biraj Sarma — were injured in the attack. …more…

Seed
treatment(SEX_1_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Dec 31: Continuing the campaign being launched under the
Integrated Pest Management with the main objective of increasing agricultural
produce in the State, the office of the Agriculture Officer (Chemistry),
Mantripukhri, Department of Agriculture, Government of Manipur today conducted a
yet another Seed Treatment programme at Loushipat, Kakching. The campaign was
conducted at Loushipat in Kakching where the Society for People’s Advancement is
taking up necessary steps for cultivation of Potatoes covering over an area of
10 hectares. …more…

Centre allots Rs
15 cr for seed village prog in Asom
(SEN_10_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: The State Government is all set to implement a
massive seed village programme in the State so as to produce quality seeds along
with the participation of the farmers. This was stated by JP Meena, agricultural
production officer, Department of Agriculture, Government of Assam, while
addressing a meeting of Agriculture officers of the department at the conference
hall of the Goalpara deputy commissioner’s office yesterday. This was stated in
a press release. …more…

KAMUL milk launched
(SEN_11_1_k8)
DIPHU, Jan 10: As a part of the endeavor
to usher a white revolution in the district of Karbi Anglong the much awaited
Karbi Anglong Milk Union Limited (KAMUL) 500 ltrs per day capacity milk
processing plant was formally inaugurated by Khor Sing Engti, Minister Hill Area
Development (HAD), Government of Asom, at Manja on January 9.
On the ocassion of the mega launching public meeting was attended by a large
number of dignitaries including Mongal Sing Engti, Chief Executive Member (CEM)
Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Tarendra Brahma, Pradip Singnar,

…more…

 

Farmers
urged to boost cultivation in Karbi Anglong

(SEN_12_1_k8)
HOWRAGHAT, Jan 11: With a view to popularize mechanized agriculture
among the farmers and to boost the rate of the crop production suiting the
seasons, an adequate initiative has been taken up by the Government in
association with the Development Blocks and Integrated Tribal Development
Projects (ITDP) in Karbi Anglong hills district. …more…



Tough time for small tea growers in Kokrajhar
(SEN_7_1_k8)
 KOKRAJHAR, Dec 15: With very little avenues for Government jobs, the
educated unemployed youths of the State seem to be busy in choosing ways and
means for self-dependance. A good number of them are now concentrating on tea
plantation and farming. In Kokrajhar district is witnessing a significant number
of unemployed Bodo youths opting for tea plantation as a means of alternative
livelihood. Earlier there were only three tea gardens in Kokrajhar district. But
now around 40 small tea gardens have come up after the youths and interested
growers have chosen tea plantation for self-employment. While such plantation by
the youths for self-employment is an encouraging sign, the small tea growers
certainly need of inspiration from the tea majors and the administration.
…more…

Israel oranges
hope for Mizo farmers
(SEN_8_1_k8)
AIZAWL, Jan 7: The Mizoram Assembly Subject Committee members today hoped
that high quality and disease resistant oranges of Israel could solve the
problems faced by the State’s orange cultivators. The committee members said
these while presenting their report to state Agriculture Minister H Rammawi.
…more…

Ginger brings cheer
to entrepreneur(AST_2_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – Between 2003 and 2005, Pranab Mahanta of Boko
Barpara was a farmer. He used to cultivate ginger on his 5.5 hectares (about 42
bighas) of farmland. Now 33, Mahanta is an entrepreneur. He is now awaiting a
Government of India licence to enter the market on his own. A science graduate
with major in mathematics, Mahanta started his food-processing unit in 2006 with
his own money and subsequently he received financial help from the Small
Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and the Small Farmers’
Agri-business Consortium (SFAC). Today, he has an investment of around Rs 2.70
crore in his Barpara-based Rity Food Processing Pvt Ltd. …more…

IPM team hopes to continue
success streak at Nongren (IFP_10_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 9: The IPM
(Integrated Pest Management) team Wednesday discovered a field at Nongren
village in Imphal east which will be one of the best fields for growing potatoes
in its ongoing campaign for cultivating suitable crops in the soil available.

According to the result of the soil test conducted by the IPM experts, as usual
before growing crops for detecting percentage of the nutrient content and
acidity of the soil, the team detected presence of high quantity of organic
materials and acidity in a paddy field in the village (Nongren in Lamlai area).
…more…

Move to boost orange
cultivation with German technology
(AST_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The Directorate of Horticulture and Food
Processing, Assam, is going to introduce water-holding granules, popularly known
as ‘raindrop’ in the orange orchards of Assam. The water holding granules, a
German technology, will help to retain water during the water scarcity or dry
seasons in the orange orchards of Assam. This was disclosed by JP Meena,
Agricultural Production Commissioner of Assam, during the Gaonloi Bolok Abhijan,
held on Sunday at Bongaon ADO circle of Boko agricultural subdivision. …more…

State joha rice to hit
Germany, UK markets(AST_3_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – After securing a foothold in Switzerland market,
joha
rice of the State will hit Germany and United Kingdom markets soon.
Sunstar Overseas Limited, a leading export group in the country will send a
consignment of around 60 tonne of organic joha rice to Germany and UK.
The group has signed a deal with the State Government today to boost export of
scented joha rice to the foreign countries. Last year it exported nearly
40 tonne of joha rice to Switzerland. …more…

Articles invited for
horticulture souvenir
(AST_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – The organizing committee of the North East Regional
Horticultural Show 2008 has invited articles, poems, success stories related to
horticulture and other allied matters for its souvenir that would be released on
the opening day of the show. The horticultural show will start from February 10
and continue till 14 of the same month at the Assam Engineering Institute
playground at Chandmari. …more…

Programme held on ornamental
fish(AST_4_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – A day-long awareness programme on ornamental fish
was held at Dhumarkur area in Barpeta district recently, a press release stated.
The programme was organised by an NGO, the Society for Agricultural and
Industrial Development (SAID). It may be mentioned that some of the indigenous
fish in the State have good international demand as ornamental fish. But due to
lack of proper knowledge, most of the fishermen are selling these fish as food
fish. …more…

Involvement of rural women in
mushroom cultivation urged(AST_4_1_k8)
GOLAGHAT, Jan 3 – A mushroom cultivation training was held recently
at Banausadhi-Bagicha of Dr Gunaram Khonikar at Tetelitol, Golaghat under the
aegis of the Indian Traditional Treatment Regional Research and Training Centre,
Tetelitol where 20 women from rural areas of Golaghat district and three girl
students of DKD College Dergaon participated in both theory and practical
activity. The training on Mushroom cultivation was imparted by Indumoni Gogoi
and Arinita Saikia as the resource persons. …more…

Organic rice to be
exported(AST_5_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – The Agricultural and Processed Food Products
Export Development Authority (APEDA) has plans to export indigenous varieties of
rice, produced with organic farming methods in the North-eastern (NE) region of
the country to the foreign markets. Disclosing this, APEDA Regional Manager
Bidyut Baruah told this newspaper that the rice varieties like the Komal Chawl,
Bora Chawl, Bao Chawl (red rice), Joha and the black rice produced in the region
applying the organic methods had the export potential. While Manipur produces
the black rice, Assam produces the other varieties of rice named above.
…more…

Pineapple growers switch over
to agar plantation
(AST_5_1_k8)
HAFLONG, Jan 4 – The pineapple growers of Harangajao, bordering area
of the district, popular for the largest production of pineapple, have switched
over to agar plantation following the discouraging returns from the pineapple
production. Long back villagers of Harangajao started the pineapple plantation
for their livelihood and were happy with the outcome of their hard work but
without any assistance from the government. Thus Harangajao became famous for
the largest production of pineapple. But the lack of proper transportation and
market facility stood on the way, and growers lost the interest gradually. The
horticulture department, to ease the problem tried to provide transportation
facility but failed. …more…

Demonstration on farm
mechanisation at Dudhnoi
(AST_5_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – A training-cum-demonstration on farm mechanisation
for improved agriculture was organised at Guabari village, Dudhnoi on December
24 by the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Goalpara, a press release said. Nearly
30 farmers from Guebari, both men and women actively participated in the
programme. The need of farm menchanisation is an urgent need of the hour in
Assam since there is acute shortage of farm power. …more…

Move to promote commercial
vegetable farming in Tinsukia
(AST_6_1_k8)
 TINSUKIA, Jan 5 – In addition to the permanent urban settlers, some
other big establishments like Army, Central Reserve Police Force Railway, Digboi
Refinery, units of Oil India Ltd, Coal India, etc. Tinsukia district, remained
always a big consumer of vegetables and other eatables. Vegetables use to be
brought from other places of the State as well as outside the State to this
district as the production of the district is not sufficient to meet the
demands. …more…

Training on bamboo plantation
held
(AST_6_1_k8)
DERGAON, Jan 5 – A training programme on “Nursery techniques and
commercial plantation of bamboo” under the aegis of National Bamboo Mission was
held at Dergaon Veterinary Auditorium recently. The programme was sponsored by
Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) Guwahati and conducted by Assam Apex
Handicraft Marketing Co-operative Society Ltd. The inaugural meeting was chaired
by Gopal Krishna Khound, a social worker. …more…

Frequent bandhs hit
State tea industry(AST_8_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – Though the functioning of the tea gardens of Assam
are normally not affected by the frequent bandhs and road blockades called by
different organizations to put pressure on the Government for the fulfilment of
their demands, the industry as a whole has been severely hit by such agitations
as despatches of tea gets delayed, which, in turn, affects the financial health
of the gardens. Tea Industry sources told The Assam Tribune today that
most of the gardens of the State shift tea to the warehouses based in Guwahati
every week and a few gardens resort to stock transfers to Kolkata. But with
frequent bandhs and road blockades severely affecting movement of trucks, the
gardens are unable to transport tea either to Guwahati or to Kolkata by road and
majority of the gardens do not have adequate space for storing tea in the
gardens or factories, which in turn, affects production. …more…
 

Plea to
repair Philobari dam
(AST_10_1_k8)
TINSUKIA, Jan 9 – A vast area measuring about 656 hectares of land known
as Greater Philobari Floor has been transformed into fertile land by diverting
the Doomdooma river at its source, a big natural water reservoir (beel) at
Namholong, 4 km from Philobari under Doomdooma police station with the help of a
dam and a drain with sluice gate way back in 1962. The dam, a small one but very
helpful to the farmers of the entire area to grow rice as well as other crops,
was said to be the first of its kind in the entire North East Region. The entire
system of irrigation also helped to control flood in the area. …more…

Training on bamboo nursery held
at Dergaon
(AST_10_1_k8)
 DERGAON, Jan 9 – A two-day training programme on ‘Nursery techniques and
commercial plantation of bamboo’ under the aegis of National Bamboo Mission was
held at the Dergaon veterinary auditorium starting December 12. The programme
was sponsored by the Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC) Guwahati and
conducted by Assam Apex Handicraft Marketing Co-operative Society Ltd. The
inaugural meeting was chaired by Gopal Krishna Khound, a social worker.
…more…

Bakola seed farm in a shambles(AST_10_1_k8)
ITAKHOLA, Jan 9 – People of greater Naduar area of Sonitpur district
remembered the contribution of Bakola seed farm of Chaibari in Sonitpur district
during the floods this year by providing kathias to people of different
districts of the state. The farm is now run by a private party. Government of
Assam established Bakola seed farm in 1974 at Chaibari Mazgaon to facilitate
Green Revolution to the area through cultivation. To realise the dream,
government provided 100 bighas of land for the farm. …more…

Crop failure hits muga growers
hard
(AST_12_1_k8)
 MIRZA, Jan 11 – The muga rearers have received a massive setback
following the crop failure like bhodia seed. This correspondent who interacted
with a host of muga growers of Boko and Rani areas has found the pathetic state
that they find themselves in. “The extensive crop loss has left me in complete
disarray,” 85-year-old Gajendra Raba who has been rearing muga lamented, adding
the silkworm that crippled down the food plant had been barely seen climbing up
the plant. …more…

Karchantola agricultural farm
in a spot
(AST_12_1_k8)
JAMUGURIHAT, Jan 11 – Karchantola Agriculture Farm under Naduar
anchalik panchayat (NAP) in Sonitpur district was established in 1971 for
self-employment of rural unemployed youths of the undivided Naduar anchalik
panchayat which included both Naduar and Sootea anchalik panchayats. As there
was a central scheme for such a farm, the then NAP with the initiative of its
president late Maheswar Bora established this farm on a plot of land, measuring
more than 200 bighas of grazing ground in Borbhagia mouza, Borigaon under Sootea
revenue circle (Dag No. 357/279 and 401/420), at Karchantola, at a distance of 4
kilometres from Jamugurihat centre. The land was allotted vide govt. letter No.
28/72/411 dated 1.11.1972. The farm was running smoothly for few years as land
were leased to beneficiaries @125 per annum, the beneficiaries earned from
cultivation and government revenue. …more…

Fish traders’ warning against
chalani variety
(AST_13_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – The local fish traders of Uzanbazar area of
Guwahati have asked the people to beware of swindlers who might try to dupe them
with chalani fish, projecting it as local fish on Uruka. The Brihattar Uzanbazar
Scheduled Caste Unemployed Fish Traders Association has also warned of stern
steps against fish traders who cheat consumers in the name of local fish.
…more…

Organic joha rice
launched
(AST_13_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – Coinciding with the Bihu festival, Nature First
joha rice was launched for the consumers of Assam. The rice is being distributed
by Agriquest Plantations, a company promoted by Globally Managed Services. The
rice, with two variants – Organic and Nutripicked – are procured from the
farmers of Udalguri, who traditionally cultivate using organic method. The rice
has been certified by Geneva-based SGS. …more…

Milk producers body formed(AST_17_1_k8)
DUNI, Jan 16 – In order to provide self-employment opportunities to the
rural unemployed youths of Duni-Bherua area with scientific dairy farming, a new
organisation named Kamdhenu Dugdha Utpadak Samiti was formed recently. …more…

National Bamboo Mission in
Dhubri dist demanded
(AST_18_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – Bamboo, also christened as green gold, keeping in
mind its various utilities, is found abundantly in Assam. It is used for a
multitude of purposes including construction of houses, making furniture and
making various items of daily use. Keeping in mind the versatility of this
product, the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA) Government of India
has started a new mission, the National Bamboo Mission. It is an ambitious
project and the CCEA has sanctioned Rs 568 crore centrally sponsored scheme (CSS).
The central Government has also offered full assistance to this mission which is
supposed to cover 1.75 lakh hectare area under bamboo plantation activities over
a period of five years. This has stated in a press release. …more…

Kamul milk launched in Karbi
Anglong district
(AST_18_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – As part of the endeavour to usher in a white
revolution in the district of Karbi Anglong, the much awaited KAMUL (Karbi Milk
Union Limited) 500 litres per day capacity milk processing plant was formally
inaugurated by Khor Sing Engti, minister i/c HAD & Vety Govt of Assam, at Manja
recently, a press release said.
On the occasion, a public meeting was held which was attended by a large number
of dignitaries including Mongal Sing Engti, CEM, KAAC, Tarendra Brahma, EM I/C
Vety, Pradip Singnar, EM, and Bhupen Hasnu, EM. …more…

Horticulture workshop held(AST_18_1_k8)
NAMCHI, Jan 17 – An awareness programme on off-season vegetable
cultivation and other horticulture activities was held at the Community Centre
in Rabong here recently.
The programme was organized by the State Horticulture and Cash Crop Development
Department. The chief guest of the programme was MLA and Minister, DD Bhutia and
the special guest was the Agriculture Minister, Somnath Poudyal. …more…

State poultry sector hit by
bird flu threat(AST_30_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – Though the deadly
virus of bird flu or avian influenza is yet to hit the State, nevertheless, the
poultry industry, which is being facilitated by the numerous self-help groups (SHG)
across the State, especially in the rural areas, has started facing the heat.
Moreover, the huge burden of loans that most of these SHGs have taken to start
their business, is compounding the woes.
…more…

Training on scientific
dairy farming imparted
(AST_30_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – A three-day training
programme on ‘Technologies for increasing milk production’, involving 51 farmers
from Goalpara district was organised by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Dudhnoi
in Goalpara district and sponsored by the School of Agriculture, IGNOU, New
Delhi with the help of IGNOU Regional Centre, here at the auditorium of the
College of Veterinary Science at Khanapara from January 19-21, a press release
said.
…more…

Manipur bans poultry
imports
(AST_30_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 29 – In a pre-emptive measure
to check the spread of avian influenza, Manipur Government has banned the import
of chicks, ducklings, eggs, and live birds, etc., from other states. “Testing of
poultry feed samples for any possible contamination with avian influenza virus
is felt necessary”, said an order issued recently by the State Veterinary and
Animal Husbandry director, Th Dorendra Singh.
…more…

Vegetable producers in
dire straits
(AST_28_1_k8)
 BARPETA, Jan 27 – The agrarian people of
rural Barpeta are facing serious problems due to the low price of vegetables
they produce. More than 85 per cent of population in rural areas are dependent
on agriculture. Moreover, the devastating flood during the sali season has added
to their woes. Forgetting the past as past they resorted to rabi crops but the
all-time low price this year has made their lives miserable.
…more…

Sikkim to hold int’l
flower fest

(AST_28_1_k8)
 GANGTOK, Jan 27 – Sikkim would hold an
international flower festival at Saramsa Garden from March 14 to 16.
“Representatives from about 30 countries, including Holland, New Zealand,
Thailand, Australia and Korea are likely to participate in the event,” said GP
Upadhaya, secretary of the state tourism department.
…more…

Programme on milk
production
(AST_29_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – A threeday training
programme on ‘Technology for Increasing Milk Production’ was organised by the
School of Agriculture of IGNOU (New Delhi) in collaboration with IGNOU Guwahati
Regional Centre and Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Dudhnoi in Goalpara at the College
of Veterinary Science at Khanapara in Guwahati from January 19 to 21, stated a
press release.
…more…

Training on horticulture(AST_29_1_k8)
 DERGAON, Jan 28 – A day-long training on
horticulture was held at Dergaon Sports Club recently. The programme was
organised by GOAL, an NGO of Dergaon, with financial assistance from Assam
Agricultural University under Technology Campaign Project with Horticulture dept
of AAU.
…more…

Jatropha cultivation
making strides in Barak Valley
(AST_23_1_k8)
 SILCHAR, Jan 22 – Jatropha plantation has
completed one year in the Barak Valley. This was announced at a press conference
organised by Di Williamson Magor Bio Fuel Ltd recently. The company declared
November, 2006 for the plantation of jatropha on 10000 hectares of land. But it
achieved its first milestone by covering 9,713 hectares. The company has decided
to build the largest expeller unit of North-east in Cachar.
…more…

 

Rs 80-cr
fishery projects in State(AST_24_1_k8)

 MORIGAON, Jan 23 – The State Government
has signed a Rs 80-crore memorandum of understanding with the State Bank of
India to implement some ambitious fishery projects in the state. Fishery
Minister Nur Zamal Sarkar made this announcement at a press conference during
his visit to the Jungal-Balahu Government Fishery Farm in Morigaon district.

…more…

TAI seeks sops for State
tea industry(AST_25_1_k8)


 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – The Tea Association of India (TAI) has expressed the view
that because of the recession, Indian tea has lost its competitive edge not only
in the global market but also in the domestic market and demanded a series of
concessions from the Government of Assam including exemption on cess on green
leaf to improve the financial health of the industry. In a pre-Budget memorandum
to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, the TAI pointed out that all the other tea
producing States of the country have granted exemption to the industry from
payment on cess on green leaf but the gardens of the Brahmaputra valley have to
pay cess at the rate of 32 paise per kilogram, while, the gardens of the Barak
valley have to pay at the rate of 29 paise. The TAI demanded that the Assam
Government should also grant exemption on payment on green leaf cess.

…more…

Workshop on banana
cultivation
(AST_25_1_k8)
 MARIGAON, Jan 24 – A training-cum workshop on
banana cultivation was held with a two-day programme at Amolighat in Morigaon
district on January 18-19 under the auspices of the Agriculture department, Govt
of Assam. Altogether 150 cultivators from different states of North-eastern
region took part in the workshop.
…more…

Pramila’s call to set up
ICAR centre in Assam
(AST_26_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – State Agriculture Minister
Pramila Rani Brahma on Wednesday pleaded for a national centre by the Indian
Council of Agriculture Research in Assam to address the problem of rain-fed
agriculture. She was addressing the 79th annual general meeting of the Indian
Council of Agricultural Research Society in New Delhi.
…more…
 
‘Kangla Food products
safe for health’(sex_28_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 27: All the products of the Kangla Food are safe for health
and nature friendly, claimed its proprietor Akhom Birendra. Speaking to
reporters at its factory premises at Nambol Chingmang Phoijing, conveyed that in
addition to the Assam State Public Health Laboratory report which said that
seven items of the Kangla Food products are safe for health, the Manipur
Pollution Control Board, after inspecting its oven, has also declared that the
factory is not hazardous to environment. At present, the Kangla Food is
producing 22 different items. Out of these, the most popular seven items were
sent for laboratory test, Birendra said. …more…

Pig
rearing(SEX_30_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 29: A two day training programme on Scientific Pig Rearing
and Poultry Farming for Better Economy, conducted by the Department of Animal
Science, CAU, Imphal under the supervision of Prof M Dhaneswar, HoD of the
Department of Animal Science, CAU concluded today at Bamon Kampu Awang Leikai.
The programme was organised by Eastern Youth Welfare Organisation Bamon Kampu. W
Naba attended the concluding function as the chief  guest. …more…

 

 Cabinet
clears two battalions to absorb ATPSF personnel(SEN_29_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28: The long-standing
demand of the over 2,000 strong Assam Tea Plantation Security Force (ATPSF)
personnel was finally met today when the State Cabinet gave its nod to the
proposals placed by a Group of Ministers (GoM) to accord the permanent structure
to the ATPSF personnel by absorbing them as security personnel by raising two
new battalions in the name and style — Assam Tea Plantation and Industrial
Security Force (ATPISF) — on the line of the existing Assam Special Reserve
Force Battalions (ASRFB).
…more…

MSP of raw
jute gets Cabinet nod(SEN_31_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 30: The Union Cabinet
Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the minimum support price (MSP) of
raw jute for the season 2008-09 at Rs 1,250 per quintal for Tosa Desi-5 grade of
ex-Asom jute against Rs 1,055 per quintal in 2007-08, said Union Minister of
Information and Broadcasting and Parliament Affairs Priyananjan Dasmunsi after
the Cabinet meeting. The corresponding MSP for other varieties and grades of raw
jute will be fixed by the Ministry of Textiles keeping in view the aggregate
scores assigned to different grades of jute, apart from their normal market
price differentials.
…more…

Workshop on
jhum (SEN_31_1_k8)

 SHILLONG, Jan 30: A two-day workshop on
‘Scientific Management of Jhum Areas’ was today inaugurated by the Meghalaya
Additional Chief Secretary WMS Pariat in Shillong. Speaking on the occasion,
Pariat said there was a marked decrease in jhum cultivation in the State.

…more…
 

Pangsau
fest may set platform for enhanced Indo-Myanmar trade activity (IFP_31_1_k8)

Nampong, Jan 30: The recently held Pangsau Pass
winter festival at Nampong village of Changalang district Arunachal Pradesh has
a remarkable historical significance and celebrates the true relationship
between the Burmese and the local people. The festival kicked off on January 20
with the striking of the traditional gong by DoTC chairman Phusum Kimhun and
singing of `We stand and sing for peace and unity` to send a clear message that
the people crave for peace in the insurgency affected Changlang district of
Arunachal Pradesh. …more…

Flower and horticulture
exhibition held(SEN_21_1_k8)

 TEZPUR, Jan 20: A two-day flower and
horticulture exhibition which was organized by the Tezpur Environment Society
was held at the Ananda Chandra Agarwala Park complex here. The programme was
inaugurated by a noted social worker and sister-in-law of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala.

…more…

Lemon festival concludes
in Manipur

(SEN_21_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 20: The winners of the fourth
district-level Kachai Lemon Festival, 2008, held at Ukhrul district, which
concluded on January 18, were announced. More than 200 stalls were displayed
their products at the Lemon Festival held under the aegis of the Kachai Fruit
Farming and Processing Cooperative Society Limited, Ukhrul district.

…more…

Big plans
for bamboo industry (TEL_23_1_k8)

Jan. 22:
The curse of militancy may have prevented Karbi
Anglong from making the best use of its blessing, but all is not lost yet. If
things go according to plan, bamboo-based industries in this hilly district will
get a new lease of life soon. The district administration, in collaboration with
the Guwahati-based Cane and Bamboo Technology Centre (CBTC), will establish
“bamboo cluster villages” where residents will cultivate and conserve cane and
bamboo in groups and make items for the global market.
…more…

Promise of
prawn bounty, on paper (TEL_24_1_k8)

Jan. 23:
A prawn culture scheme that promised to revolutionise the rural economy in this
militancy-ravaged district has become a classic example of how not to go about
implementing a project. The story of the project will be familiar to anyone who
knows how government agencies work. Like all such projects that ride on promises
and little else, this one suffered for want of “proper guidance” — a polite
allusion to blatant negligence.
…more…

Tea panel
seeks cess reprieve(TEL_25_1_k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 24:
The Tea Association of India has requested the Assam government for a total
exemption from payment of green leaf cess for three years in Barak Valley and a
substantial reduction in the rate of green leaf cess in the Brahmaputra valley.
The association had requested for the exemption to maintain parity with other
tea producing states. The association in its pre-budget memorandum to chief
minister Tarun Gogoi said the state cess on green leaf, which is 32 paise in
Brahmaputra

Valley and 29 paise in Barak Valley, were the highest among the tea-producing
states.
…more…

Lockout in
garden after labour unrest(TEL_29_1_k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 28:
An indefinite lockout was today declared in the
Assam Company-owned Dumardolong tea estate whose functioning has been affected
by labour unrest since Friday. The management also withdrew the garden’s three
executives. Manager T. Rahman and assistant managers Vinit Choudhury and Vibhor
Sharma were injured when irate workers attacked them on Friday morning.

…more…

Tocklai to
host genome meet (TEL_31_1_k8)

Guwahati, Jan. 30:
In the first of its kind initiative in the world, the Tea Research Association,
Tocklai, has prepared a concept paper on Tea Genome Initiative to be discussed
at a meeting on Tuesday. Scientists from various tea institutes, along with
representatives of the tea industry, will participate in the meet. The purpose
of the initiative is to find out how tea bushes react to changing environmental
conditions and end problems of pests and diseases.
…more…

 

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Oil and Minerals, January 2008

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Lapang,
Nongtdu masterminded pro-uranium campaign’(SHT, 5-1-k8)
Shylla latest victim of Congress ‘use and throw’ policy?

SHILLONG: Adding a new twist to the
twin issues of proposed uranium mining and HS Shylla’s recent removal as CPP
leader in KHADC, NCP on Sunday claimed that Mr Shylla was actually
remote-controlled by Chief Minister DD Lapang and MPCC president OL Nongtdu to
carry forward the Congress campaign for uranium mining in Meghalaya. With the
Union Ministry of Environment and Forest giving environmental clearance to UCIL
to mine uranium in the State, MPCC decided to dump Mr Shylla, fearing that
continuing the campaign for uranium mining in the face of strong public
opposition could jeopardise the Congress’ chances in the coming Assembly
elections, NCP said.
….more…..


Oil,
gas conservation fortnight observed
(AST_17_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 16 – The need
to conserve oil and gas, the scarce and exhaustible energy resources Guwahati
Refinery, along with other oil and gas public sector undertakings throughout the
country, is observing Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight with a number of
programmes from January 15 – 31 to further enhance awareness among all, stated a
press release. The theme this year is ‘Save Oil, Save Gas, Save our Children’.

….more…..

SDRC for ‘strip mining’ in
Meghalaya
(AST_13_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 12 – The State Development Reforms Commission (SDRC)
today recommended ‘strip mining’ to check environmental degradation in Meghalaya.
The SDRC, in its report submitted to Chief Minister D D Lapang, recommended to
the State Government to take urgent steps in “encouraging scientific mining
practices,” and preserve the environment. Its chairman and former Chief
Minister, EK Mawlong heads the Commission.
….more…..

 Oil
blockade foiled
(AST_5_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 4: Altogether
seventy activists of the Tingkhong Udyugik Janasartha Sammity were rounded up
today while attempting to obstruct works of the Oil India Limited (OIL),
Duliajan at Shalmari OCS under Tingkhong PS, police sources informed. The
Sammity staged oil blockade at various oil installations in Tingkhong area
during its 36-hour oil obstructions today in support of their demand for
employment to at least hundred youths of the area.
….more…..

 MPHRC
threatens to move SC over uranium issue(SHT, 10th January
2008)


SHILLONG:

Taking serious note of environmental clearance given by Union Ministry of
Environment and Forest to UCIL for uranium mining in the State, Meghalaya
People’s Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has appealed to the Lapang-led
Government not to bow down to Centre’s "pressure tactic" and threatened to move
the Supreme Court if the State Government issued no objection certificate to the
Corporation to go ahead with the project.
….more…..



Don’t mislead people on uranium, HNLC tells Govt(SHT, 12th January
2008)


Shillong:

Seeking to re-establish its withering
impact on the people of the State, the HNLC has asked the State Government not
to mislead the people in the name of "economic progress," while cautioning any
individual or organisation against supporting the proposed uranium mining in the
State for personal interests. Stating that uranium was a natural resource and
belonged to indigenous tribals of the State, HNLC in a statement issued here on
Thursday said "the Central Government has no authority to decide on this
matter." "The HNLC will not respect any law passed by the Central Government or
the Supreme Court if it is in conflict with the interests of local indigenous
population of the State," the outfit said.
….more…..

  ‘Impose
trading licence on Munshis in JH’(SHT_13_1_k8)


NGO
issues deadline to Govt


Shillong:

The Hynniewtrep National People’s
Federation (HNPF) has set a ten day deadline to the State Government and Jaintia
Hills district authorities to impose trading licence on Munshis (agents)
dealing in coal trade in Jaintia Hills. Addressing a press conference, HNPF
president Ronnie Rani said that the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC)
had failed to impose trading license on Munshis who were presently carrying out
coal trade freely.
….more…..

Natl leaders’ intervention
in uranium issue sought(SHT_25_1_k8)

Shillong: The Langrin Youth Welfare Association (LYWA) has called for
intervention of national leaders including the Prime Minister to stop mining of
uranium in West Khasi Hills. In a statement, the Association said letters had
been sent to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Managing Director of Atomic
Energy, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs PR Kyndiah,
Robert Kharshiing, MP Rajya Sabha, expressing opposition to set up any uranium
project at Photkylleng-Pyndengsohiong under Langrin Syiemship by any company.
….more…..


OIL
chakka bandh peaceful
(AST_24_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH,
January 23 — The first day of the 1000-hour statewide chakka bandh of all
vehicles of Oil India Limited (OIL) called by the All Assam Mottock Yuba Chatra
Sanmilan in support of their demand for Rs 100 crore welfare package from OIL
for the Mottock community passed off peacefully. OIL operations were
particularly affected in some parts of Dibrugarh and Tinsukia district. –Staff
Correspondent



1,000-hour OIL blockade (SEN_23_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Jan
22: The Sadou Asom Mottock Yuba-Chatra Sanmilan (SAMYCS) has called a 1,000-hour
OIL blockade from tomorrow preventing the movement of all mode of OIL’s
transport in Dibrugarh district.
 


OIL
urged to stop seismic survey(SEN_23_1_k8)

 TINSUKIA, Jan
22: The Toilokhetra Gana Sartha Suraksha Samity (TGSSS), Tinsukia district
committee, has expressed strong resentment against the alleged motive of the Oil
India Limited (OIL) to start a seismic survey in the heart of the

Brahmaputra.
TGSSS president Ratan Singh stated that more than 33,000 families have been
depending on the river through the fish trade. He alleged that the survey would
cause water, land, sound pollution, which may threaten the flora and fauna
including the river dolphin, which is almost on the verge of extinction. The
TGSSS has also threatened to launch a strong movement against OIL.

 

 

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Tourism, Handicraft, Handloom, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

New Page 1


‘Bed
and breakfast’ scheme finds no takers in Sohra
(SHT,
6-1-k8)


SOHRA:

For tourists visiting the quaint
hills of Meghalaya, it will probably take a longer time to feel the warmth in
the world’s wettest place Sohra as the Central government -sponsored schemes for
promotion of tourism including the scheme to provide "bed and breakfast" are
almost non- starters. Union government launched a tourist promotion plan-"bed
and breakfast" scheme during the current financial year in Sohra area but the
local residents have failed to respond to the project that can bring about a
boost to their economy. Under the scheme, the government has proposed a
financial package to a tune of Rs. one crore for residents of Sohra to refurbish
their respective housing infrastructure to provide tourist a comfortable stay
and breakfast before venturing out to the wettest place on the Earth…..more….

 

Winter
mela opens (IFP_19_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 18: A winter craft mela targeting to display craft products of as
many as 100 stalls was opened today by MLA, Dr Kh Loken Singh at Hapta
Kangcheibung, Imphal. On the first day of the mela 60 stall were opened,
according to the organizers, the People`s Education for Awareness and Community
Empowerment Organization, PEACE. The inaugural candle of the mela was lighted by
the MLA. Lauding the efforts of the organizer for the organization of the mela,
Loken said that it will give room for exposing the products of the craftsmen of
the state. He said Manipur has plenty of talented craftsmen and there is the
need for encouraging them by holding such melas. ..more….

National Handloom Expo 2008(NPT_11_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The two-week long National Handloom Expo’ 2008, organized by Development
Commissioner for Handloom, Ministry of Textiles Government of India, New Delhi,
was inaugurated by Principal Secretary for Industries & Commerce and Agriculture
Production Commissioner of Nagaland, Alemtemshi Jamir IAS on Thursday here at
Naga Shopping Arcade, Super Market. ..more….

 

Foundation
Day of eco-Tourism Society
(AST_2_1_k8)
JALAH, Jan 1 – The fourth annual foundation day of Manas Maozigendri
Eco-tourism Society (MMES) was observed at Lwkhi Bazar under Jalah circle in
Baksa district at its musuem complex recently. The flag of MMES was hoisted by
Chandra Kanta Basumatary, president of the society. ..more….

Tourists, picnickers throng Sri
Surjya Pahar
(AST_6_1_k8)
GOALPARA, Jan 5 – Beginning from Christmas upto February every year, the
historical and mythologically famous Sri Surjya Pahar of Goalpara is full of
picnic parties and excursion groups. The hills are famous for ancient religious
temples and stupendous bio-diversity of the area with different species of flora
and fauna. The very rare Golden Langur is also found in the hills. ..more….

Weaving centres set up for
rural women
(AST_6_1_k8)
TINSUKIA, Jan 5 – Seven weaving cum production centres have been set up
by the Digboi Forest Development Agency in the Digboi Forest Division under the
National Aforestation Programme of the Ministry of Environment and Forest
Government of India. The Agency has provided the necessary sheds, looms and
threads to the women self help groups formed under the Joint Forest Management
Committees of the Division. ..more….

Nat’l Handloom Expo-08 in city
from Jan 9
(AST_8_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – The National Handloom Expo-08, organised by the
ARTFED, is ready to woo women buyers through their exquisite exhibition of
sarees, the elegant Indian outfit equally popular all over the country. The
exhibition will showcase fabulous magic saree produced by the weavers of Tamil
Nadu with a production cost of nearly Rs 50,000. ARTFED will also make the grand
exposition of fancy muga sarees produced through ARTFED’s ornamental inputs
valued at Rs 25,000. ..more….

Efforts on to convert
Alipukhuri Sattra into tourist spot
(AST_8_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – Realising the relevance of the teachings of the
great Vaishnavite saint Srimanta Sankardeva who had laid the foundation of a
strong and united society, the young people of Nagaon and Morigaon have come
forward to preserve Sri Sri Alipukhuri (Pateki Bori) Sattra, the birth place of
the saint and convert it into a spot of tourist attraction. Uniting under the
banner of Jhill Thrill Friendship Group and with support from the Sankari
Kalakrishti Bikash O Gabeshana Kendra and Sri Sri Alipukhuri (Pateki Bori)
Sattra Unnayan Samiti, the youth have already approached the authorities
concerned with their projects aimed at giving a facelift to the ancient heritage
site. ..more….

SHG bid to popularise
traditional delicacies
(AST_8_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – Once upon a time, the countryside reverberated with
the mellifluous sound that emanated from the rhythmic pounding motion of the
dheki. The delicacies that were made from the different varieties of rice
powdered on the dheki had a recognisable taste and a distinct flavour and the
generation of the yesteryears still recall the mouth-watering taste of those
delicacies. ..more….

Charaideo fast becoming major
tourist spot
(AST_8_1_k8)
SONARI, Jan 7 – Charaideo, situated about 28 km east of Sivasagar
town at the foot of Naga Hills within Charaideo Subdivision is becoming a major
picnic spot of upper Assam since the last few years. Thousands of people
thronged the place to celebrate New Year this time to the capital of the Ahom
Kings established by King Sukapha in 1253 AD which has turned to be a major
tourist spot of the State. ..more….

Nat’l handloom expo under way(AST_10_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The ARTFED National Handloom Expo’08 got under way
today at the Karmashree Hiteswar Saikia College field, Panjabari. Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi was present as the chief guest while State Agriculture Minister
Pramila Rani Brahma graced the occasion as guest of honour. Hemoprova Saikia,
president of Assam Tourism and Development Council and MLA Bhuban Pegu were also
present along with special guests cine actors Rati Agnihotri and Supriya Karnik.
..more….

SHGs woo visitors at handloom
expo
(AST_13_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – The ongoing ARTFED national handloom expo at the
Karmashree Hiteswar Saikia College field, Panjabari has attracted thousands of
visitors much to the delight of the traders taking part in the fair. Along with
stalls from all over the country, those put up by self-help groups (SHGs) from
various parts of the State particularly have been a great hit among the people
thronging the fair since January 9. ..more….

Call to preserve historic
Deopahar as tourist spot
(AST_15_1_k8)
GOLAGHAT, Jan 14 – Deopahar is historically famous for its rich cultural
heritage and artifacts apart from being known for its flora and fauna. It has
all the resources for becoming a tourist spot within the district of Golaghat.
But it is being observed by nature-lovers of Golaghat district that due to the
negligence of the Forest department as well as the Archeological and Tourism
departments, Deopahar is still being neglected. ..more….

 

60,000
take dip at Parashuram Kund(AST_17_1_k8)

DIBRUGARH, Jan 16 – Nearly 60,000 devotees and pilgrims from various
parts of the country and abroad took a holy dip at Parashuram Kund during Makar
Sankranti braving winter shower and windy night. The pilgrims and devotees
started to flow in rapidly from the morning of January 13 and swelled on January
14 and 15. The sadhus, devotees, pilgrims and tourists offered prayers at Shree
Shree Parashuram temple. ..more

 

Jonbeel
Mela begins in Morigaon(AST_18_1_k8)

From Our Correspondent
 MORIGAON, Jan 17 – The Jonbeel Mela – a community festival of the Tiwa (Lalung)
tribe of Assam, which portrays the very essence of the philosophy of the ethnic
group got under way today on the bank of Jonbeel. Jonbeel, a large natural water
body is so named because it is shaped like a crescent moon. It is situated near
Jagiroad in this central Assam district. ..more….

NEDFi exhibition on traditional
art
(AST_18_1_k8)
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – In conjunction with the North East India Investment Summit
on January 11 and 12, to showcase the potential for investment in NE Region,
North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi) put up an exhibition
covering different aspects of traditional art work and industrial growth in the
State. ..more….

DONER eyes of Govt staff to
boost NE tourism(SHT_17_1_k8)


NEW DELHI:

With the opening up of the region
both to the mainland and neighbouring countries, tourism in the North East is
expected to get a jumpstart with the DoNER ministry moving to attract, DoNER
Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said. The minister was addressing a national
conclave to introduce leave travel concession (LTC) system for the region for
Government employees. The ministry is also exploring ways to incentivise LTC
tourists to visit the region in consultations with the other Central ministries
concerned, he said. ..more….

MTPG to stage hunger
strike(SHT_25_1_k8)

Shillong: Airing its opposition to the adamant attitude maintained by
the State Government in connection with release of funds sanctioned by the
Central Government, the Maitshaphrang Tourism Promotion Group (MTPG) has decided
to hold a one-hour hunger strike at Khyndai Lad on February 26 from 10 am.In a
statement issued here on Thursday, MTPG chairman Michael N Syiem said the Union
Ministry of Tourism had sanctioned an amount of Rs 5.23 lakh as second
instalment for Eco Tourism at the Lumpongdeng Island, Umiam Lake. ..more….

 

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Regional Economy, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Faculties being trained to help develop entrepreneurship

Faculties
being trained to help develop entrepreneurship
(AST_21_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 20 – A two-day faculty
development programme on entrepreneurship, organised for teachers and faculties
of universities and colleges concluded on Friday. The programme, organised to
create an awareness about the need and importance of entrepreneurship in present
changing scenario, was sponsored by Ministry of Science and Technology,
Government of India where 22 participants from all over the country
participated. ….more…..
LIC employees seek
recognition of union
(AST_21_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 20 – Along with their
counterparts throughout the country, the LIC employees under Guwahati division
observed ‘Defend Public Sector Insurance Day’ on January 18 and demanded
recognition of the All India Insurance Employees’ Association in LICI. The 21st
general conference of AIIEA held at Kanpur from December 8 to 12, 2007 decided
to observe the programme. At Guwahati, the LIC employees working in the
divisional office assembled during recess hours and shouted slogans in defence
of public sector insurance and also demanding recognition of AIIEA in LICI.
….more…..

Rude behaviour by Canara
Bank official
(AST_23_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – The rude behaviour of
the manager of the Canara Bank, Chandmari Branch here shocked a section of its
customers yesterday.It is alleged that when an employee of the Assam Tribune
group of newspapers, who is a customer of the branch almost since its inception,
approached the manager for a cheque book containing 50 leaves, he straightway
turned down the plea. Instead of clarifying the reason behind he simply said it
was his discretionary power as he is the boss of the office. ….more…..
Interim relief for
Tribune employees
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – The management of the
Assam Tribune
group of newspapers today told a delegation of the Assam
Tribune Employees Union (ATEU) that it would be paying an interim relief of Rs
1,000 per month to the group’s employees with effect from the current month. The
announcement to this effect came in its meeting with the ATEU delegation here.
….more…..
Publishers’ award for
Barkataki Company
(AST_26_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Barkataki Company, a
leading publisher of religious books, alamanac etc. of the State has been chosen
for the Publishers’ Award of the Federation of Indian Publishers, a press
release said. The award will be received by the managing director and the
chairman of the company, Jyoti Prasad Barkataki at the ninth conference of the
federation to be held at the Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi on January 31
next. ….more…..
Branch of Indian Bank
inaugurated at Tinsukia (SEN_28_1_k8)
 TINSUKIA, Jan 27: For the first time a
Branch of the Indian Bank was inaugurated at Tinsukia opposite of the Old
Railway Station recently. Dr KK Dwevedy, Deputy Commissioner inaugurated the
branch. Speaking on the occasion chief guest, Dr KK Dwevedy said that the newly
inaugurated branch is going to help the people of the Tinsukia town economically
and commercially. ….more…

 

Bank
strike today (IFP_25_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 24: Employees of all commercial banks functioning in the state,
including the State Bank of India, will go on strike for a day today as part of
an all-India token bank strike. As per a statement issued by the United Forum of
Bank Unions, Manipur state committee, the one-day token bank strike has been
called in order to press altogether six major demands raised by bank employee
unions. ….more…..

IT expo opens
(IFP_18_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 17: The 2nd Information Technology Expo 2008 was opened today by
the education minister, L jayanta Kumar at Nupilal Complex and the president of
the All Manipur IT Organisation (AMITO), Arun Laishram. The expo is being
organised by the AMITO. Speaking at the opening function, L Jayanta Kumar, who
graced the occasion as chief guest, said that it is imperative for the younger
generation to keep abreast of the progress in science and technology. In this
competitive age it is important for the youth of our state to enhance their
computer skills. Keeping this in veiw the state government is trying to give
computer education in all the government schools. ….more…..

Bodoland Book Fair from January
21(SEN_21_1_k8)

 ROWTA CHARIALI, Jan 20: As has been decided earlier, a weeklong
programme of the Sixth Bodoland Booik Fair 2008 will be commencing from January
21 to January 27 at Durga Puja Mandap udalguri, Udalguri. Khampha Borgoyary,
Deputy Chief, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) will be the chief guest of the
opening ceremony, Hagrama Mohilary, chief of BTC, Asom Agriculture Minister
Promila Rani Brahma, Tarun Boro, vice president, Bodo Sathiya Sabha (BSS), has
been kindly consented as the chief guest, special guest and appointed speaker of
the ensuing Bodoland book fair of Udalguri here, the release said.
….more…..

Bird flu affecting
sale of chicken in Guwahati (SEN_21_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 20: The news of the rapid spread of bird flu across
the neighbouring State of West Bengal has also affected the sale of chicken in
the city.
The vendors have lamented that the number of chicken consumers in Guwahati has
decreased to a great extent. It is worth mentioning that the price of the local
variety of chicken had increased to almost Rs 120-130 during the Uruka and the
Magh Bihu celebrations a few days ago. ….more…..

Bank loan collection
camp held at Rowta(SEN_25_1_k8)

 ROWTA CHARIALI, Jan 24: Under the auspices of Asom Gramin Bikash Bank,
Rowta Chariali, Majbat, Orang and Dalgaon branch, a central level loan
collection camp was recently conducted along with an awareness meeting at Bodo
Indigenous Cultured Complex (BICC), Rowta Chariali. The awareness meeting was
held under the presidentship of Tikaram Sharma, chief volunteer, Dhansiri
Krishak Sangha. Participating in the meeting, Monoranjan Goswami, Anchalik
officer of Asom Gramin Bikash Bank (AGBB) said that the bank was created after
uniting four Gaonlia banks in 2006 and explaining the aims and objectives of
AGBB, he reiterated that the bank has greatly benefited the people of Asom. He
further added that striving for economic development is a main aim of AGBB and
to that effect outlined the different merits and demerits of taking a loan from
a moneylender and that from a bank. ….more…..
Thai Government to invest in
NE(SEN_25_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 24: The Thailand government has accepted the proposal
to conduct ‘exchange tour operators’ delegations with the North-east India and
strengthen tourism desk in Thai embassy at New Delhi. Official sources said here
today that Thailand Deputy Industry Minister Piyabutr Cholvijarn along with his
delegates from both public and private sectors visited Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh
and Asom in the second week of January to strike the deal. Earlier, Thai
Commerce Minister Krirk-Krai Jirapaet visited Tripura, Asom and Meghalaya to
promote and strengthen investment in the Northeast and exploring its trade
potentials. ….more…..

Promise of good
bargains at expo(TEL_31_1_k8)

- Artfed
organises fair to showcase best of handloom products (TEL_31_1_k8)

Jan. 30:
If you have been wanting that traditional handwoven Bodo shawl for long but been
repulsed by the price quoted at the city handloom fair, it won’t be a bad idea
to plan a trip to Kokrajhar for some quality bargains at the Special Handloom
Expo from Friday. The expo at Rashmela Pathar not only promises to be a riot of
colours and designs on traditional textiles, but also the place to buy the
choicest of handloom products at the best prices. The event has been organised
by the Assam Apex Weavers and Artisans’ Co-operative Federation Ltd (Artfed) in
collaboration with the development commissioner for handlooms. The department
for welfare of plains tribes and backward classes is the sponsor. ….more…..

NE yet to tap insurance
sector boom, claims expert
(AST_2_1_k8)
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – “Ever since the insurance sector in the country was opened up
to private companies about seven years ago, there has been tremendous growth in
the volume and area of operation of the insurance sector. But the same growth
has not touched the North East in a big way for want of trained personnel in
insurance business.” This was expressed by KK Dutta, Director of Insurance
Academy during a discussion with Jayanta Madhab, adviser to the Chief Minister
of Assam.

Guwahati Home Fair ’07
concludes
(AST_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The AREIDA Guwahati Home Fair’07, the first of its
kind show in the North-east organised by the Assam Real Estate & Infrastructure
Developers Association (AREIDA) concluded successfully here on Monday. The fair
was managed, which began from December 24 at the State Veterinary College ground
situated at Khanapara was managed by Epitome Communications. On the penultimate
evening of the fair, an award function titled as “AREIDA Builders Choice Awards”
was organised, wherein builder members of AREIDA and other end users voted and
selected their most preferred brand of products. While Star Cement bagged the
most preferred cement brand award, Topcem and UT Cement got second and third
most preferred cement brand award respectively. Most preferred Steel company
award went to Satyam TMT, while Biscon and Saiji TMT stood second and third in
the preference list. ….more…..
CRU demands 8-hour shift(AST_2_1_k8)
GOALPARA, Jan 1 – Medical and Sales Representative Union, CRU of
North Eastern region, organised a meeting demanding eight hours’ working shift
for them, at truck owners’ building in Goalpara town recently. All sales and
medical representatives of the district and outside attended the meeting. Dr AK
Thakuria, Dr NM Das, Dr BK Bordoloi, vice-president CRU, Manjul Sakraborty, BLNL
executive president Bongaigaon, Ashini Chou-dhury and members of Goalpara Press
Club were invited guests.

MCCI book
on trade regulation, VAT released
(AST_2_1_k8)
 AIZAWL, Jan 1 – Mizoram Trading Regulation and Value Added Tax, a
book published by the Mizoram Chamber of Commerce and Industries was released by
the MJA president K Sapdanga at the Aizawl Press Club here recently. Giving an
overview of the book, R Thangmawia, MCCI president, said although trading
regulation is yet to be put in place after the Trading by Non-Tribals
regulations expired in the State in 1977, the State Government has issued 144
permits to non-tribals to run trading establishments in the State while those
who can do so are only about ten firms whose family had been given permission to
operate in Mizoram since the time of the British.
….more…..

Guwahati Book Fair drawing big
crowds(AST_3_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – As a redeeming feature, the 22nd edition of the
Guwahati Book Fair has been an instant hit with the book lovers, despite the
billowing smoke of violence engulfing the State. The fair, which started on
December 30 last at the Chandmari ground of the Assam Engineering Institute (AEI)
here with a 12-day programme, has been attracting around 12,000 visitors every
day on an average. Meanwhile, the United Bank of India (UBI) has announced a
special loan scheme for the benefit of the book lovers visiting the fair.
According to Publication Board of Assam (PBA) Public Relations Officer (PRO)
Sushil Goswami, the bank will instantly sanction a loan to the tune of Rs 5,000
at the most, instantly against the security of UBI term deposit in any city
branch, National Savings Certificate (NSC) and Kishan Vikash Patra (KVP).
….more…..

Stock Exchange AGM(AST_4_1_k8)

The 23rd annual general meeting (AGM) of Guwahati Stock
Exchange (GSE) was held on December 29 at the Hotel President. Dr Shyam Bhadra
Medhi, chairman of the Stock Exchange, in his annual report emphasised the need
for public awareness on Stock Exchanges. RS Joshi and Santikam Hazarika also
spoke about the activities of GSE – and its roles. R C Choudhury, GM, GSE
answered to various querries of the members, stated a press release.
Banks urged to gear up sanction(AST_5_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – A joint meeting of the district consultative
committee and district-level review committee of Kamrup and Kamrup metropolitan
district was held today in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner’s
office here in the presence of various bank officials, including Reserve Bank of
India and other State Government officials of development departments, an
official release said. ….more…..

Indefinite oil field blockade
called
(AST_5_1_k8)
From A Correspondent
 NAZIRA, Jan 4 – In a bid to protest the callous attitude of the ONGC in paying
heed to repeated pleadings by the local public to repair a steel bridge on the
Nazira-Geleky road, several exasperated organisations have jointly resolved to
organise an indefinite oil field blockade programme from 5 am tomorrow. It may
be mentioned that a steel bridge on that road near Hatipati was damaged and
subsequently closed for vehicular traffic while the public of nearby areas were
facing major trouble in surface communication from December 22.
….more…..

Meet voices concern over
sluggish loan repayment
(AST_5_1_k8)
SIPAJHAR, Jan 4 – Poor recovery of loans has caused great
inconvenience to the banks for recycling their funds for further lending, thus
resulting in unemployed youths being deprived of the facility, said Babul Borah,
regional manager of Assam Gramin Vikash Bank. He was addressing a meeting
organised at Hatimuria gaon, on the occasion of its inauguration as a model
village. He informed that the bank will adopt strategies for all-round economic
development of the village. ….more…..
NE investment summit from Jan
11(AST_7_1_k8)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 6 – For the first time, leading companies and NRIs from nine
foreign countries will soon explore opportunities together in Assam and its
adjoining States for their future investments. The countries including the USA,
UK, Austria, Singapore, UAE, Australia and Switzerland are participating in the
‘North East India Investment Summit’ beginning from January 11 in Guwahati. The
two-day summit has been organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
to woo foreign investments in the region and to project the region as
investment-friendly. ….more…..

Banks yet to address needs of
downtrodden: Mukhim
(AST_7_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 6 – “If the banks desire to contribute to the cause of
the downtrodden, they should come to the people rather than waiting for the
people to approach them. With increasing computerization and the technical boom,
the banks have started to lose the human sprit.”  This was expressed by
Padmashri Patricia Mukhim, noted author and columnist, while delivering the
inaugural speech of the seminar on ‘Relevance of banking in the uplift of
downtrodden’ here today. ….more…..

State innovator develops new
hybrid car(AST_8_1_k8)

By Surajit Khaund
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – ‘Kanso’, a new hybrid car has been developed in Guwahati. The
100-cc two-seater car is the latest innovation of Kanak Gogoi. The youth has
already developed eco-friendly bikes, hovercraft and tricycles that have drawn
worldwide attention, including leading automobile companies. What is more
significant is that the Centre Bits and Atom, a US-based organisation, has
extended financial assistance to Gogoi for setting up of a new digital lab for
developing his new innovations.
“Kanso is a new concept car which does not have any gear. Altogether four solar
panels have been used to generate 320 watt and it will run on solar energy and
petrol,” Gogoi told this correspondent today. According to him the new car will
be useful for Guwahati roads considering the growing traffic snarls.
….more…..

Deluge of
newly-released books at ongoing book fair
(AST_8_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – There is a deluge of books just fresh from the
printing press at the ongoing 22nd Guwahati Book Fair. On Monday, readers were
introduced to several new books, which were released by prominent citizens at
the book fair ground. Karnal Anthonir Epitaph Aru Annanya Galpa, written by
Prasanta Rajguru, was released by noted playwright Arun Sarma. On the other
hand, Dr GP Sarma released the book titled Meji Jalil Esho Satjanar by Bedabrata
Mishra. ….more…..

Bank meet highlights importance
of thrift
(AST_9_1_k8)
 TIHU, Jan 8 – A special public meeting was organised on December 20 by
the UCO Bank brnach here for opening saving and current accounts. The meeting
was held at Tihu Gandhi Bhawan with Lohit Talukdar, former princial of Tihu
College in the chair.
Earlier, Kiranmoni Bordoloi, manager of the Tihu branch, explained the
objectives of the meeting. HP Satpathy, deputy general manager of UCO Bank,
speaking as the chief guest, highlighted different positive aspects of thrift
and assured customers of according financial aids by way of sanctioning loans
for development of different streams undertaken by entrepreneurs.
….more…..

National Consumers Protection
Week observed at Silapathar
(AST_9_1_k8)
SILAPATHAR, Jan 8 – The National Consumers Protection Week was observed
with a week-long programme from December 24-31 at Silapathar under the aegis of
Silapathar Regional Consumers Protection and Right Forum. In connection with the
week-long programme, a public meeting was held at Silapathar Commerce College on
December 26 under presidentship of Yudhadhar Pegu.
….more…..

Gramshree Mela (AST< 10-1-k8)

Under the
aegis of Asom Centre for Rural Development, a Gramshree Mela has been organised
at Seniaram School Boarding Field, Rinsukia. The Mela was inaugurated by the
Deputy Commissioner, Dr KK Diwedi by lighting a lamp on December 18 last. Stalls
of Self-help groups and other organisations from

….more…..


CM
reviews gas cracker progress(AST,11-1-k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 10: Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi on Wednesday reviewed the progress of the gas cracker
project with top officials. An official release said the CM was apprised of
various developments. – Staff Reporter

12-day city
book fair ends on a happy note
(AST_11_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – The 22nd Guwahati Book Fair ended on a happy note
today both for the organisers – numbering over 100 and coming from different
part of the country – and the participants. The 12-day fair, which started on
December 30, was visited by over 20,000 book lovers per day as per the records
of the entry tickets’ sale. “The overall response was far better than last
year’s; both in terms of footfall and sales,” said Dilip Kr Dutta, assistance
secretary of the Publication Board Assam, the organizers of the fair. “Due to a
shift of venue from the specious Judges’ Field, the fair suffered a setback
initially, but it seems that book lovers have accepted the new venue,” he added.
….more…..

State youth’s success
story(AST_13_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – Believe it or not, a youth from the State who
went to Austria to do a postgraduate course in hotel management in 1989, is now
the owner of a hotel management company in that country and a four-star hotel in
Gotzis city there! He is Yasobanta Mahanta. He hails from Helem in Sonitpur
district. He did his B Com from Gauhati University appearing from the Gauhati
Commerce College and then went to Chennai. In that South Indian city, he
completed a three-year course in hotel management. And then in 1989, he sailed
for Austria. ….more…..

Brisk business at pre-Bhogali
mela
(AST_13_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – Keeping true to its tradition of adding more
colours to the festival of homemade delicacies on the occasion of Bhogali or
Magh Bihu, NEDFi has organised the pre Bhogali Mela, which is attracting
visitors.A total 65 stalls from various places across the State have come to
participate in the fair with a collection of Bhogali Bihu related items and
other eatables. NGOs, self help groups, small industries, individuals and a host
of participants coming to this mela have gathered in this platform to make this
Bhogali Bihu as authentic and close to the Assamese tradition as possible.
….more…..

NRL receives National Safety
Council Award
(AST_13_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – NRL  received  the prestigious  ‘Shrestha
Suraksha Puraskar’ for the year 2006 from the National Safety Council, an apex
autonomous body set up by the Ministry of labour for developing and leading the
voluntary movement on safety, health and environment. The award, which comprises
a citation and a certificate was presented to NRL by the Union Minister of
Labour & Employment, Oscar Fernandes  at a glittering function held in Nehru
Centre, Mumbai on January 8. GM (Operations) NRL, Dhananjoy Ghosh, chief manager
(Fire & Safety), NRL Pankaj Kr Baruah, and general secretary of NRL Worker’s
Union, Jagadish Ch Sarmah received the award on behalf of NRL. Started in 1998,
this award is given to organisations for achieving outstanding occupational
safety and health performance and implementing effective management systems and
procedures. ….more…..

Loans disbursed among
unemployed Bongaigaon youths
(AST_14_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 13 – Under the Employment Generation Mission (EGM) of the
State Government, Asomi, a leading NGO of the Northeast, has started sanctioning
and disbursement of loans after training of unemployed youths for setting up of
viable economic activities, a press statement said. The handing over of sanction
letters was organised at a function held at Mulagaon in Bongaigaon district on
January 7. The selected trained beneficiaries were provided loans through
formation of joint liability groups. ….more…..

CM to woo investors
in Hyderabad(AST_15_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today left for
Hyderabad on a fiveday visit, during which, he will make efforts to attract
investments to Assam in the fields of information technology and health.
Official sources termed the visit of the Chief Minister as “official cum
personal”. Sources said that Gogoi would visit the Indian School of Business
tomorrow morning before leaving for Tirupati.
….more…..

Frequent bandhs telling on oil
industry(AST_15_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – Frequent bandhs, road blockades and activities of
the militant groups have severely affected functioning of the oil industries in
Assam in recent times and as a result, the production is affected and the State
is losing huge amounts of revenue. Oil industry sources told The Assam
Tribune
that as drilling sites are usually located in remote and isolated
places, security of the personnel engaged in crude oil production has also
become a matter of concern and there have been instances of attacks on vehicles
of the oil companies by miscreants, particularly during the bandhs and road
blockades. ….more…..

 Investors wary of investing in
NE due to insurgency: Lapang
(AST_15_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 14 – Major potential investors, who had shown interest to
make investment in Meghalaya, are turning back from their commitment due to the
insurgency problem in the North East region, according to Chief Minister DD
Lapang. “There is a need to ward off the fear psychosis among people from
outside about the North East region by taking the responsibility of improving
the law-and-order situation,” Lapang said at a function here last night.
….more…..

IT raids in city(AST_18_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 — The IT Dept conducted raids on houses of businessmen
in Athgaon and Fancy Bazar areas today. Sources said property worth several
lakhs of rupees is likely to be seized in the next couple of days. –
Correspondent


 CDR
in NE remains lowest in country(SHT, 8-1-k8)


NEW DELHI:

Despite constant criticism, the
credit-deposit ratio (CDR) of banks in the North Eastern region remained lowest
in the country, according to official sources here on Monday. The incremental
CDR in North East India registered a decline from 31.2 per cent in March 1997 to
26.8 per cent in March 2003, according to Reserve Bank’s report on Trend and
Progress of Banking in
India,
2007. A similar trend was witnessed in the central and eastern regions, the
report said.
….more…..



Couple to be awarded ‘best hawker’ in

Manipur(SHT_16_1_k8)


Imphal:

A 39 year old Kangabam Ongbi Grace Devi and her hubby Kangabam Sanahal have been
jointly selected for the award of Best Hawker by an evening paper Kangleipaki
Meira
published from the state capital in connection with its foundation day
to be held on January 16 in Imphal.

….more…..


 Reliance
pushes IPO boom in city(SHT_18_1_k8)


SHILLONG:

While Meghalaya is being rocked by the controversial power deal as most people
are unsure on the potential and capacity of privates companies to develop the
power projects in the State, paradoxically, majority of the people especially in
the city are confident on Reliance Power and are investing over-subscribing its
Initial Public Offerings (IPO). Over a thousand applications were received at a
local broker’s office in Shillong. This is for the first time that a local
broker’s office received such a large number of applications for a company’s
share.
….more…..

Credit scheme launched for
under-privileged(SHT_22_1_k8)

Shillong: The Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), Asia Centre on
Monday launched a micro-enterprise and economic development programme which aims
to provide financial assistance to local entrepreneurs from the under-privileged
families. Under the programme, the CYP will give financial assistance to 30
youth including those from Sohra, Jowai and Smit, through Impulse NGO Network.
….more…..

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Regional Politics, JAnuary 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

BJP keen on poll pact with AGP


BJP keen on poll pact with
AGP(AST_30_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 29 – The BJP is enthused
by its performance in the Panchayat polls in Assam, with the party revealing
that preliminary discussions were on with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) to explore
the possibility of forging a poll pact. “Despite heavy rigging by the Congress
Party, the BJP has done reasonably well in the Panchayat polls. Our candidates
have lost by narrow margins in several seats, confirming that ruling Congress
Party has indulged in massive rigging,” alleged BJP State unit president, Ramen
Deka.
Deka who is here to participate in the BJP’s National Council meeting, said the
BJP has won an impressive number of wards in the State, indicating that the
Party has over -whelming support at the grass-root level. “Our vote percentage
has certainly increased,” Deka commented. The BJP State unit president and his
team had a meeting with the party national president, Rajnath Singh to discuss
poll strategy for the State. One of the crucial issues was identifying new
partners ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. In keeping with the strategy of the
central leadership, the State unit too has decided to get in election mode.

….more….

Move on to change
funding pattern(AST_30_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 29 – The Northeast States
may finally get some respite, with Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh
Prasad Singh proposing to move the Union Cabinet to endorse his Ministry’s
proposal to change the funding pattern to 90 per cent grant. The Minister is
shortly moving a Cabinet Note in this connection. The matter is expected to come
up for Cabinet approval soon, said Singh, talking to newsmen on the sidelines of
the Social Editor’s Conference that got underway here today.
However, the Minister said the main hurdle has been cleared and he does not
foresee any major problems. “The Planning Commission is not opposed to the
proposal now, though the matter got delayed because of some objections in other
areas,” said the Union Minister. The long-pending requests of the NES have been
hanging fire since NDA regime’s days. A major cause for the delay was because of
the objections raised by the Planning Commission. After several rounds of
discussions between the Chief Ministers of the NES and the Central Government,
the impasse seems to have been resolved.
….more….

Work on rural
schemes in State dismal(AST_29_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 28 – Contrary to its claims, Assam Government has
slipped on several counts in implementation of the rural development schemes.
Assam has been named among States recording the lowest credit mobilisation and
disbursal. A status report brought out by the Union Rural Development Ministry
is bad news not only for Assam but all the eight North Eastern States. The
report brought out in form of a ‘background note’ was released at the National
Conference of Project Directors of District Rural Development Agencies (DRDA)
that was inaugurated by President, Pratibha Patil, here this morning.
Though percentage of credit mobilisation has increased from 32.96 per cent to
79.33 per cent, yet the rate of increase in credit mobilisation is below than
expectation. Credit mobilisation is poor in Assam (42.72), Arunachal Pradesh
(21.81), Manipur (20.82), Meghalaya (10.63), Mizoram (18.56), Nagaland (6.97)
and Sikkim (41.42) (per cents), besides other States. ….more….

BJP seeks new allies in
NE(AST_29_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 28 – To checkmate the Congress Party’s growth in the
North-east, the BJP has re-worked its strategy and is scouting for new partners
in the region. BJP national president, Rajnath Singh confirmed this, while
addressing the meeting of the National Council, here this morning. “To increase
our political strength in the North Eastern States, we need to toil hard in sync
with the unique situation there. For this, we must also endeavour to jointly
work with other partners who subscribe to similar political beliefs,” he said.

As reported earlier, a meeting of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) held
last week had endorsed plans to look for new partners. They were alliance
partner in the ousted DAN Government in Nagaland. In Assam, BJP is closely
monitoring activities of AGP and a section of the leadership is keen to woo back
the regional party into its fold.
The meeting being attended by Council members from all-over the country, was
addressed by top Central leaders of the Party, besides the Chief Ministers of
the BJP-ruled States. The Party also adopted a resolution, pledging to reserve
33 per cent seats for women. ….more….

Northeast to unravel its hidden
wonders on Republic Day
(AST_21_1_k8)
 NEW DELHI, Jan 20 – More in news because of insurgency, the Northeastern
states will go all out to showcase the flora and fauna as also their rich
archaeological and cultural heritage in their tableaux participating in the
Republic Day parade.
Capturing the beauty of the region’s wildlife, its magnificent architectural
heritage and diverse socio-cultural traditions, the northeastern states of
Tripura, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh are all set to roll their fascinating
tableaux down the majestic Rajpath as part of the Republic Day Parade in the
Capital on Saturday morning. Meghalaya, which is the home to some of the
exquisite varieties of butterflies in the world, will present its float titled
‘Butterflies of Meghalaya’. ….more….

Adivasi blockade(AST_25_1_k8)
 KOLKATA, Jan 24: Five Adivasi outfits, led by Jharkhand Disom Party,
have called an indefinite rail-cum-road blockade in Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand,
Orissa, Chhattisgarh and the Andamans from January 27, demanding among others a
national probe into the November 24 violence and granting of ST status to the
tribals of Assam and the Andamans. – PTI

Panel to stick to earlier
draft(AST_7_1_k8)

From Kalyan Barooah
 NEW DELHI, Jan 6 – Buoyed by the Supreme Court’s order vacating the Gauhati
High Court’s stay on the delimitation process in the four north-eastern States,
the Delimitation Commission has convened a meeting of the Associate Members on
January 12, landing the political parties of Assam in a quandary. To the
discomfiture of the State’s political parties, which had boycotted delimitation
process, the Commission has decided to stick to the old draft. The draft was the
bone of contention and had been unanimously rejected by the representatives of
the political parties, leading to a logjam before the Gauhati High Court stayed
the realignment of constituencies in the four States of Assam, Arunachal
Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland.
Chairman of the Delimitation Commission Justice Kuldip Singh told newsmen here
that the work in the four North Eastern States has already begun and that he
expected it to be completed by mid-February. A source in the Commission has
further ruled out the possibility of preparing a new draft, opting to go ahead
with the final draft. ….more….

 


Prez nod to Armed Forces Tribunal
Bill(SHT, 8-1-k8)


New Delhi
:
President Pratibha Patil has given assent to the Armed forces Tribunal Bill,
paving the way for setting up of the country’s first ever rederessal forum to
adjudicate on litigation of cases pertaining to men in arms. To start with, the
Tribunal will start functioning with a Bench in the capital. It will comprise
three judicial and three administrative members. The Tribunals have been
empowered to hear all appeals against Court Martial sentences and adjudicate in
service matters. It will also have powers to grant bail to any person accused of
an offence and in military custody. (PTI)

 


CDR
in NE remains lowest in country(SHT, 8-1-k8)


NEW DELHI:

Despite constant criticism, the
credit-deposit ratio (CDR) of banks in the North Eastern region remained lowest
in the country, according to official sources here on Monday.The incremental CDR
in North East India registered a decline from 31.2 per cent in March 1997 to
26.8 per cent in March 2003, according to Reserve Bank’s report on Trend and
Progress of Banking in India, 2007. A similar trend was witnessed in the central
and eastern regions, the report said.

The regions that fared best were the
west and the south, while north India saw fluctuations in this period.The CDR,
which is the proportion of loan-assets created by banks from the deposits
received, is an indicator of credit absorption in a particular area. ….more….


BJP
forms poll panel, eyes NE(SHT, 9-1-k8)


New Delhi:

Taking the party to the election mode
ahead of polls in nine states and a possible early Lok Sabha election next year,
the BJP on Tuesday set up a 19-member Central Election Management Committee to
work out strategy and explore ways of forming state specific alliances with
smaller parties to expand the base of the NDA.

The panel, headed by BJP president
Rajnath Singh, followed an informal decision taken at a meeting at the party’s
Prime Ministerial candidate LK Advani’s residence on December 29, which was
attended by the top party leaders. ….more….

 



Delimitation: ‘Problem states’ to be left out(SHT, 10th January
2008)


New Delhi
:
Government is coming out with an ordinance soon to exclude ‘problem states’ from
the delimitation process as the exercise of redrawing constituencies has got a
green signal in most of the states.Authoritative sources said that the
government would arm itself with powers not to notify delimitation of a
particular state and the decision to this effect has been taken recently.

While the government has not named
the states to be covered by the ordinance, it is expected that it would be
applicable to Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Jharkhand.It is
unclear whether the assembly elections in Karnataka due by May this year would
be held as per redrawn constituencies but government sources believe that
delimitation process would be implemented after that elections. ….more….

 


BJP
candidates’ list in one week(SHT, 10th January
2008)


New Delhi
:
Boosted by the elections results in Gujrat and Himachal Pradesh, BJP is bracing
up for assembly elections in the North-East, but declaration of list of
candidates would take some time, sources said.

Talking to The Shillong Times,
Khrien Riju, MP from Aruanchal Pradesh who is dealing with the region, said that
selection of candidates for the three poll-bound states in the region would have
to wait for declaration of election dates by the Election Commission. Meanwhile,
EC sources said right now the Commission was busy with election preparations in
Karnataka. ….more….

 



Centre defers delimitation exercise in 4 N-E states, Jharkhand(SHT, 11-1-k8)

Next polls under redrawn constituencies(SHT,
11-1-k8)


NEW DELHI:

Next elections will be held in constituencies redrawn by the delimitation
exercise under a decision taken by the Union Cabinet today.

The Cabinet adopted an ordinance to
defer the delimitation exercise in Jharkhand and four north eastern states–
Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

The delimitation process has been
completed for 3,726 assembly constituencies and 513 Lok Sabha constituencies in
the rest of the country. For it to become operational in time for the 2009
general elections, a Presidential order has to be issued.

The amendments to the Delimitation
Act, 2002, approved by the Union Cabinet, would take care of the concerns
expressed by the delimitation exercise in the four North Eastern states of
Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh due to the situation prevailing
there, Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi told reporters here.
….more….

 


EC
may announce NE poll schedule this week


NEW DELHI:

The Election Commission is expected
to announce this week the schedule for assembly polls in Meghalaya, Nagaland and
Tripura, marking the beginning of a series of electoral exercises in ten states
during the year.

The term of the present assemblies in
Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura will expire on March 10, 13 and 19 respectively.
Assembly polls in Karnataka will follow closely as they have to be held by May
but there is still lack of clarity on whether they would be held as per the
existing arrangement or on the redrawn constituencies. ….more….

 



Rahul prepares for campaign in N-E(SHT_19_1_k8)


NEW DELHI:

Ahead of his visit to three
poll-bound states of the North-East Congress leader Rahul Gandhi held a
discussion with North East Congress Coordination Committee (NECCC) on the
election strategy.

Mr Gandhi’s visit will be separate
from that of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who will be the other star
campaigner for the elections in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland, according to an
NECCC release issued here on Friday. However, the exact dates of his visit to
the region are yet to be finalised.Mr Gandhi evinced keen interest in the state
of affairs of the party in the region, the release issued by NECCC said. During
the discussion with NECCC general secretary Shariff Laskar, he discussed the
strategy to retain power in Meghalaya and bring back the party from opposition
ruled Tripura and Meghalaya. ….more….

State CS in race for AI top
job (SHT_24_1_k8)

NEW DELHI: With a possible change in political scenario in Meghalaya,
the topmost echelon of bureaucracy in the State might also see a change with the
Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee’s name figuring for much coveted Chairman and
Managing Director’s post in Air India. The post of CMD is also falling vacant
with the present incumbent V Thulasidas retiring on March 31 this year.
Incidentally, Thulasidas, former Chief Secretary of Tripura, belonged to North
East cadre of IAS officers.

The contenders for the hot seat at the post-AI merger, the National Aviation
Company of India Limited (NACIL), offer quite a variety ranging from advocates
to senior officials from the Civil Aviation Ministry itself besides a bunch of
prominent civil servants, according to reports here. The aspirants include
besides Chattarjee, IAS official K Jairaj, Arvind Mayaram, Joint Secretary,
Department of Economic Affairs; Prabhat Chander Chaturvedi, DG, Employees State
Insurance Corporation, formerly Uttar Pradesh Joint Secretary, Civil and SN
Mohanty, Principal Secretary in the Andhra Pradesh Government. Additional
Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) Amar Pratap Singh, who has
earlier done a stint as Vigilance Director in the pre-merger Indian Airlines and
T Radha Krishnan, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Chhattisgarh are also
among applicants. ….more….

Sonia to visit NE next
month(SHT_24_1_k8)

NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi will campaign for her party
in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura after the completion of nomination process in
all these states.She will be camping for two days each in Meghalaya and Nagaland
while the star campaigner will be available in Left Front-ruled Tripura only for
one day, according to AICC general secretary in-charge of Meghalaya and Nagaland,
Margarat Alva. ….more….

Meghalaya yet to finalise
BPL list; credit mobilisation 2nd lowest in NE(SHT_29_1_k8)

Rural devp picture dismal
in North-East (SHT_29_1_k8)

New Delhi:
Report card of all the eight north-eastern states on rural
development, specially on DRDA front, projects a dismal picture.All the eight
states have recorded lowest credit mobilisation and disbursement, according to
the status report brought out by the Union Rural Development Ministry.The report
was released at the National Conference of Project Directors of District Rural
Development Agencies (DRDA) inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil here on
Monday. ….more….



Polls as per delimitation plan
(NPT_6_1_k8)


NEW DELHI, JAN 5:

Despite vociferous protests by a
section of the political class, delimitation of Lok Sabha and assembly
constituencies will soon be a reality with Karnataka being the first state to go
to polls, possibly by April, with a changed electoral map. According to The Time
News Network, the notification of the delimitation commission’s report is
expected soon after the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs
to move ahead on recasting constituencies in keeping with the 2001 census.

According to the report, the number
of SC seats in Lok Sabha will go up from 79 to 85 and ST from 39 to 46.
Similarly, for the assemblies, SC seats will increase from 555 to 610 and ST
from 527 to 545. But CCPA has decided that certain states like Jharkhand,
Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Assam will be delinked from the
delimitation process. This means that the exact increase in reserved category
seats is still not entirely clear. ….more….

 



Delimitation likely by May
(NPT_9_1_k8)

 New Delhi,
Jan 8 (IANS):
A mammoth exercise that will redraw almost all parliamentary
and state constituencies in India is waiting to be implemented if and when
President Pratibha Patil assents.The nationwide effort follows the
recommendations of the Fourth Delimitation Commission, which seeks to make more
or less uniform the voter population of all constituencies and may be
implemented by May.

On Monday, a Supreme Court bench
headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan gave the government four weeks to
reply to a petition by NGO Delhi Study Group, seeking implementation of the
commission’s recommendations.If the suggestions are implemented by May, the
string of assembly elections scheduled for this year will be fought according to
new maps – a prospect that is making many veteran politicians uneasy.
….more….

 


Cabinet defers delimitation in
Asom, 3 NE States
(SEN_11_1_k8)
 New Delhi, Jan 10: The Union Cabinet today deferred the delimitation
exercise in four North-eastern States — Asom, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal
Pradesh — and Jharkhand by approving amendments to the Delimitation Act 2002.
The amendment would take care of the concerns expressed by the delimitation
exercise due to the situation prevailing there, Information and Broadcasting
Minister PR Dasmunsi said.
It was felt that due to the various situations prevailing in the Northeastern
States, including Asom, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA)
decided to let it remain as it is for now, he told reporters after the Cabinet
meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. One of the objectives of the
Delimitation Commission is to ensure that the number of seats is not decreased
if not increased, he said adding the exercise has been completed in 25 States.
….more….

 ‘ID
card not mandatory’
(SEN_8_1_k8)
New Delhi, Jan 7: Facing flak on the issue of photo-identity cards in
the capital, Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna today did a u-turn on the matter,
saying carrying of ID proof by the denizens would not be mandatory. PTI

EC declares poll dates
(TEL_15-1-k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 14:
The Election
Commission today announced the dates for Assembly elections in Tripura,
Meghalaya and Nagaland.Chief election commissioner N. Gopalaswami said elections
would be held in Tripura on February 23, in Meghalaya on March 3 and in Nagaland
on March 5. Election commissioners Navin Chawla and S.Y. Quraishi were also
present. The fate of several national and regional parties will be decided for
180 Assembly seats in these three states.

The
announcement comes even as Nagaland is under President’s rule and under the
shadow of an “emergency” imposed by a parallel government of the militant
National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah). President’s rule was
imposed on January 4 while the NSCN (I-M) imposed its “emergency” on Sunday
under the “provisions of the Yehzabo (constitution)” which was approved
by its Bangkok-based chairman Isak Chishi Swu. ….more….

 


Will
camp-in-Delhi tactic work for Manipur(TEL_7_1_K8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 6:
Public pressure
works on elected representatives and pressure from the latter works on political
bosses.After Nagaland, there may be changes in neighbouring Manipur it
appears.On January 4, President’s rule was imposed in Nagaland. By January 10,
the Congress leadership will decide on a change of leadership in Manipur.In both
cases, the tactic from the state party units has been to camp in Delhi and
prevail upon the national leadership. If Naga legislators’ pressure tactics
worked after a fortnight in the national capital, the Manipuri legislators have
been waiting in vain for two months

Even Congress
workers from Tripura have been camping here to resolve a leadership crisis
within the party in the CPM-ruled state. Fifteen Manipur legislators have been
camping here since November, insisting on the removal of Okram Ibobi Singh as
chief minister. The 16th MLA, state Congress president Gaikhangam, will arrive
late tonight. Last February, the Congress romped home with 30 seats and Ibobi
Singh began a second stint as chief minister. But rebellion started in a few
months and even Gaikhangam resigned from the cabinet. Three other ministers are
also supporting the rebels…….more….

 

Problem
‘States’ to escape delimitation exercise(SEX_10_1_k8)

New Delhi, Jan 9 : Government is coming out with an Ordinance soon to
exclude ‘problem States’ from the delimitation process as the exercise of
redrawing constituencies has got a green signal in most of the
States.Authoritative sources said that the Government would arm itself with
powers not to notify delimitation of a particular State and the decision to this
effect has been taken recently.
While the Government has not named the States to be covered by the Ordinance, it
is expected that it would be applicable to Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam,
Manipur and Jharkhand.It is unclear whether the Assembly elections in Karnataka
due by May this year would be held as per redrawn Constituencies but Government
sources believe that delimitation process would be implemented after that
elections. ….more….

Poll dates for 3 NE States
announced
(SEN_15_1_k8)
New Delhi, Jan 14: Assembly elections in three northeastern States of
Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland will be held on February 23, March 3 and March 5
respectively, the Election Commission today announced. Tripura and Meghalaya
will have counting on March 7 and Nagaland on March 8, Chief Election
Commissioner N Gopalaswamy told reporters. Nominations will open in Tripura on
January 30, in Meghalaya on February 8 and in Nagaland on February 9. In Tripura,
the last date for filing of nomination is February 6, while scrutiny will take
place on February 7 and the last date for withdrawal is February 9. ….more….

Barbora first PVSM winner
from North-east
(SEN_26_1_k8)
NEW DELHI, Jan 25: Major Dinesh Raghu Raman of 34 RR will be
conferred the Ashok Chakra posthumously by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at
the Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath tomorrow, while IAF’s Western Air
Command’s AOC-in-C Air Marshal Pranab Kumar Barbora is among the Param Vishist
Seva Medal (PVSM) winners — PVSM is the highest peacetime military Presidential
award. Barbora is the first from the North-east to receive this award.
….more….

Sonia, PM, Rahul to
campaign in NE
(SEN_26_1_k8)
From our Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Jan 25: After consecutive defeats in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh,
the Congress is embarking on an image make-over by harnessing the services of
party general secretary Rahul Gandhi for the ensuing Assembly polls in the three
north-eastern States of Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura. Rahul Gandhi and his
close lieutenant, North-East Congress Committee general secretary S Uzaman
Laskar, have reportedly had a closed-door
meeting to effectively chalk out an election strategy to be followed for the
three States with Rahul laying stress on the party’s strategy to retain power in
Meghalaya and wresting power in Nagaland and Tripura. Rahul is likely to meet
the North-east youth leaders of the party soon, though the exact dates of his
visit to the region is yet to be finalized, party sources added. ….more….

 

 

 

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Assam Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

No Assam tableau in R


No Assam tableau in R-Day parade,
Gogoi orders probe(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi today asked the Chief Secretary to institute a high level inquiry as to
why the State’s tableau has not been put up in this year’s Republic Day parade
in New Delhi, said an official press release. The Chief Minister has asked Chief
Secretary P C Sarma to fix responsibility if any lapse was detected on the
officials concerned and to file the report forthwith, said an official press
release………more

Blasts, bomb recovery
mark R-Day eve(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Security in and around
Guwahati along with the rest of Assam, has been tightened to a high level on the
eve of the 59th Republic Day. Tiers of policing are in place in all the district
headquarters where official functions will take place with reports of at least
one blast and several recoveries of explosives in different parts of the
State.The administration and police have gone the extra mile to prevent any
untoward incident taking place tomorrow. Intelligence has also been beefed up to
thwart any activities of extremist elements. ……more

Our correspondents add(AST_26_1_k8)
NALBARI: Three persons were injured, and one of them critically, in an
explosion triggered by suspected ULFA militants at Nagera Chowk of Nalbari town
around 6. 15 pm today. The bomb was kept in a bicycle in front of a grocery
shop. ……more

BONGAIGAON: Police recovered a bag full of explosive materials from a bus
at Chapaguri Road in North Bongaigaon this morning. ……more
 RANGIYA: Three IEDs were recovered by Rangiya Police from Balagaon under
Rangiya PS around 1 pm from a Guwahati bound bus (AS 15 A 4786) ……more

KOKRAJHAR: An army patrol recovered an IED weighing 4 kg from the front
of R & B Civil Hospital Kokrajhar around 5 am today. ……more
 DIPHU: A Joint team of police and CRPF arrested an NDFB militant,
Maikhangsa Basumatary from the residence of Dimbeswar Basumatary of Ilapara,
……more
Langhing last night. An M 20 pistol, two magazines and eight rounds
of ammunition were recovered from his possession.

 


Help to family of
patriots(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi today directed the Sonitpur district administration to invite freedom
fighters Swarnalata Mahanata and Tarun Sarma to the official Republic Day
function being held by the district administration tomorrow and also to provide
them assistance. The Chief Minister was reacting to a news item published by a
section of the print media on the plight of the two freedom fighters, which
stated that they were not provided with any assistance by the State Government
and were also not invited to the Republic Day function, said an official press
release here. ……more

Cong dominates Panchayat
polls(AST_30_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – The Congress is
forging ahead of the rest in its way to retain power in majority of the
Panchayats of Assam. Though the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) improved its
performance from the last Panchayat polls, the regional party is still far
behind the ruling party in the race to grab powers of the rural local bodies.
Till the last reports released by the State Election Commission, more than 2440
candidates of the Congress have been elected to the Panchayats, followed by 917
of the AGP and 177 of the BJP. More than 500 Independent candidates have been
elected to the Panchayats. ……more

Parties upbeat over poll
results(AST_30_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – With a clear trend of
the results of the Panchayat polls emerging, all the major political parties are
maintaining a brave face. Though Congress lost grounds since the last Panchayat
polls, the party is maintaining that it managed to overcome the anti-incumbency
factor, while, on the other hand, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and BJP are
satisfied over their improved performance. Though the Congress failed to sweep
the polls as it had done last time, the APCC general secretary Dr Haren Das said
that the party was satisfied with the performance. He pointed out that barring a
few districts, the Congress was ahead of other parties almost all over the State
and “we are satisfied with the performance.” He said that in some parts of the
State, the performance of the Congress was even better than the 2006 Assembly
polls. He also said that the Congress managed to overcome the anti-incumbency
factor, which was one of the positives for the Congress. ……more

Kalaguru birth centenary(AST_30_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – To spread the message
of peace and integrity among the different communities through propagation of
the ideas of the cultural doyen of the State, Bishnu Prasad Rabha, a cultural
troupe will visit nearly forty places of the State as a part of the year-long
celebrations of birth centenary of the Kalaguru. ……more

CM urges VDP personnel
to work for society
(AST_30_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – “Village Defence Party
(VDP) will have to work constructively towards welfare of the society apart from
working in close tandem with law-enforcing agencies in maintaining law and
order,” said Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi while speaking at the 59th foundation
day of VDO and State Convention at DIET premises at Mirza in Kamrup (Rural)
district today, an official press release said. ……more

Exclusion of hill
districts from list decried
(AST_30_1_k8)
 DIPHU, Jan 29 – Disgruntled activists of
CPI(ML), KSA, KNCA, AIPWA, RYA, AISA, and KANKIS staged a dharna on Friday in
front of deputy commissioner’s office here in protest against the UPA
government’s decision to exclude Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills from the
list of the proposed 2nd State Re-organisation Commission. ……more

Decision on holding
Hailakandi poll soon
(AST_30_1_k8)
 HAILAKANDI, Jan 29 – The Election
Commissioner C K Sharma hinted that the decision regarding the holding of poll
in Hailakandi will be taken in the first week of February.  Addressing a press
conference at Hailakandi Circuit house after holding a series of meetings with
the various sections of government officials, members of political parties etc,
Sharma said that they will examine all the records and reports after going to
Guwahati and after this the decision will be taken. ……more

 


Kalgachia meet recalls
contributions of Rupkonwar
(AST_30_1_k8)
 KALGACHIA, Jan 29 – Under the aegis of
Jyoti Rabha Nazrul Sangha (JRNS) here, which is a popular NGO, Silpi Diwas, was
observed at Kalgachia with a solemn function paying homage to Rupkonwar Jyoti
Prasad Agarwala and recalling his contribution in the field of Assamese music
and culture. ……more

Shyampur ZPC repoll on
Feb 1
(AST_30_1_k8)
 MANGALDOI, Jan 29 – The election for GP
president, AP, GP members and also ZPC under 12 no Shyampur ZPC would be held on
February 1 next, a release issued by the DC of Darrang, Dhruba Hazarika stated.
……more

Media Trust to celebrate
10th anniversary next year
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – The Institute of Mass
Communication and Media, run by Media Trust, Assam, will celebrate its 10th
anniversary next year, a press release said. This decision was taken at a
meeting of Media Trust presided over by Radhika Mohan Bhagawati. In this regard,
a two-day long programme is to be held with a meeting of the aluminis, release
of souvenir and some other attractive programmes. ……more

Lasting peace must for
development(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The need for lasting
peace in Assam and sustained development in different spheres was underscored in
the official State function celebrating the 59th Republic Day. In the function
at Judge’s Field, the Governor, Lt General (Retd) Ajai Singh, unfurled the
tricolour at 9 am sharp and inspected the guard of honour. Among the dignitaries
who attended the function were the Chief Minister, his ministers and other
senior officials of administration, police and armed forces. ……more

People throng R-Day
function in Dhemaji(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The memory of the
gruesome killing of 13 women and children in a blast during the Independence Day
celebration in 2004 is still haunting the people of Dhemaji district, but this
year, persuaded by the district administration, a large number of students
actively participated in the Republic Day programme in the district by defying
the call given by the ULFA to boycott the function. ……more

 

Opp urges
State poll panel to be neutral(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The Opposition parties
including the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), the Asom Gana Parishad (P),
the Samajwadi Party, RSP and the Left parties today called upon the State
Election Commission to revive the people’s faith in the democratic institutions
of the country by playing a neutral role. The appeal has come from the
Opposition parties as the counting for the Panchayat polls is slated for
tomorrow. The Opposition parties formulated a three-pronged strategy today at a
crucial meet to face the challenges thrown by the Congress and the Government.
……more

 SC body
demands probe panel(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – Alleging widespread
anomalies and misuse of Scheduled Caste (SC) certificates in the recently
concluded Panchayat polls in the State, the Anususit Jati Mahasabha, Assam has
demanded the State government to institute an independent enquiry commission and
book the guilty. Taking exception to the “uncivilised behaviour” allegedly meted
out to them by the State Election Commissioner CK Sarma, the Mahasabha members
have also decided to move the National Election Commission against him.
……more

 
Defying boycott call,
scribes celebrate R-Day
(AST_28_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 — In a dauntless show of
determination to uphold the dignity of the tri-colour and defying the ULFA-KLO
backed militant boycott call, the journalists fraternity celebrated the 59th
Republic Day with great enthusiasm. Many writers and senior citizens joined the
scribes at the Guwahati Press Club in observing the Day. ……more

Swahid Divas(AST_28_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 — The State Government has
directed all the district administrations to ensure that all the educational
institutions and public sector undertakings take part in the Swahid Divas on
January 30. Like the previous years, two minutes silence would be observed on
the Day dedicated to the martyrs of the independence movement. ……more

Rabha’s birth centenary
celebration at Narayanpur
(AST_28_1_k8)
 NARAYANPUR, Jan 27 – The ceremony of Kalaguru
Bishnu Prasad Rabha will be celebrated at Narayanpur under the sponsorship of
Narayanpur Sakha Sahitya Sabha on January 31 with a day-long programme. he
celebration will continue for one year. ……more

Assam celebrates 59th
Republic Day
(AST_28_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The 59th Republic Day was
celebrated yesterday throughout the State with pomp and gaiety despite the
boycott call given by various extremist organisations.Reports of the R-Day
celebrations, filed by our Correspondents, have poured in. ……more

President responds to
e-mail
(AST_28_1_k8)
 RANGIYA, Jan 27 – In response to an e-mail
addressed to President of India Pratibha Devi Singh Patil by a local scribe of
an English daily, regarding the issue of dilapidated road condition of Rangiya,
the former responded and asked the State Chief Secretary to act in this regard.
……more

.

VDP State
convention
(AST_28_1_k8)
 MIRZA, Jan 27 – The 59th convention of All
Assam Village Defence Party (VDP) would be held here at Mirza. The two-day
programme, to begin tomorrow, would be graced by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who
would release the souvenir on the concluding day. The workshop of the
representatives to be held on the inaugural day would be inaugurated by
Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta, Chief Controller of Assam Village Defence Party. ……more

Cong ahead in Panchayat
polls(AST_29_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – The process of
counting of the votes of the Panchayat polls started this morning and with the
trends available so far, the Congress candidates are doing better than their
opponents in most parts of Assam. However, a clear picture will emerge only
tomorrow as the counting process is turning out to be a slow one as electronic
voting machines were not used for the polls to the rural local bodies. ……more

West Bengal in NE?
(AST_29_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Again an attempt has
allegedly been made to dilute the interest of the NE states. The map drawn by
the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the largest confederation of the
country’s industry and commerce organisations, for the purpose of the North East
Investment Summit it held last month in the city has shown West Bengal also as a
part of the NE region. ……more

Call to speed up NE
development(AST_29_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi on Monday said that simply development, which is not inclusive at all
would not help in facing the challenge of identity related conflicts and other
related anxieties showing up in Assam as well as in some other North Eastern
States. Addressing a distinguished gathering after inaugurating a two-day
national workshop on the theme of Identity and Development: The twin challenges
in India’s North East organized by the Centre for Development and Peace Studies,
Gogoi stressed the need for all encompassing development, devolution of power
and transparent governance to cope with the identity related problems. ……more

 


Air Marshal PK Barbora awarded
PVSM(AST_29_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Air Marshal Pranab
Kumar Barbora, who was decorated with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) for
his outstanding services, is the first defence officer from the North-east to be
honoured with the award. Air Marshal Barbora, currently holding the post of Air
Officer Command-in-Chief, Western Air Command, is among the 30 PVSM awardees
recommended by President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil this year. ……more

 Political parties wary
of counting process
(AST_29_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Though all the
Opposition political parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam
Pradesh, would like to keep their fingers crossed over the outcome of the
Panchayat polls counting, the parties are, however, apprehensive about the
counting process. ……more

Nyshi council to move PM
over demands
(AST_29_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – The Nyshi Federal
Council will submit a three-point memorandum to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh scheduled for January 30.

The organization said that it wanted a review of free power share from the
existing 12%to 17% with Central PSUs in Arunachal Pradesh. ……more

Assam celebrates R-Day
with fanfare and gaiety
(AST_29_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Despite the boycott
call by various ultra groups, the 59th Republic Day the day was celebrated
across the State with fanfare and enthusiasm.
Reports of the celebration filed by our correspondents are pouring is from
various places of
Assam.
……more

Families protest
non-receipt of land compensation
(AST_21_1_k8)
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 20 – Families whose lands
were acquired for construction of approach roads to Bogibeel bridge from
Tokowbari to Karengchapori and subsequently deprived of compensation, registered
their protest recently by building huts, bamboo fence boundary and initiating
plantation drives on roads leading to the construction site. ……more

Relaxation likely to NE
media houses(AST_23_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – The Union Information
and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi today
said that he would take up the issue of allowing special relaxations to the
media houses based in the North East region. The Union Minister, while speaking
on the third anniversary function of local vernacular newspaper ‘Ajir Dainik
Batori’ here said, “ Though I cannot promise or announce anything at this
moment, but nevertheless, I want to assure you that a meeting would soon be
convened to entertain the long-standing demand of the local newspapers in the
region for special allocation of advertisement revenue under the Directorate of
Advertising and Visual Publicity.” ……more

Mafia group behind PIL,
says Himanta(AST_23_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 — State’s Health
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today alleged that a mafia group, which was bent on
discrediting the State, was behind the Supreme Court case filed against him by
BJP MP Sukhdeo Paswan. The petition of the BJP MP was, however, dismissed by the
Apex Court yesterday for suppressing some major facts. ……more

Nalbari teachers without
salaries for three months
(AST_23_1_k8)
 NALBARI, Jan 22 – Strong resentment
prevails among the teachers and employees over non-payment of monthly salaries
to teachers and employees of different Primary Middle Vernacular (MV) and Middle
English (ME) schools under Pub-Nalbari Block Elementary Education office for the
last three months. ……more

Assam agitation leader
joins Cong
(AST_23_1_k8)
 DUNI, Jan 22 – Gajen Bora of Joypur
village near here, who was a frontline student leader during the Assam
agitation, joined the Congress along with his followers.Earlier, Bora was an
active member of AGP. Besides Bora, more than 25 citizens of Duni, Tengera and
Barpathar villages under Duni GP also joined the Congress recently, informed
Gopi Kanta Deka secretary, Duni Mandal Congress Committee. ……more

Security stepped up for
Republic Day(AST_24_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 23 – The police has taken
over all the parade grounds where Republic Day celebrations will take place to
prevent militants from planting explosives, while, all district police forces
have been alerted following an intelligence input about efforts by jehadi
elements to sneak into the State to indulge in acts of violence. Police sources
said that the threat of jehadi attacks is not only for the Republic Day as there
were inputs that such elements would try to create disturbance in the month of
January. ……more

 


Body recovered
(AST_24_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 23 – The body of an
unidentified young girl was recovered from a Hindu crematorium under Dispur
police station today. Police said the body was found buried, which raised
suspicion. The body has been sent for post-mortem

 

Repoll
demanded in entire Hailakandi district
(AST_24_1_k8)
 HAILAKANDI, Jan23 – The Secretary of the
State Election Commission, Dr. Anwar Uddin Choudhury recently met the members of
all the political parties and various organisations of Hailakandi and listened
to their opinions regarding the large-scale violence and mismanagements on the
day of panchayat polls in Hailakandi district. ……more

 ‘Gogoi Govt not using
rural devp funds properly’
(AST_24_1_k8)
 DUNI, Jan 23 – The participation of Dr
Zoli Nath Sarma, former AGP MLA of Sipajhar LAC in the poll campaign has
motivated the AGP workers and supporters of Duni-Dipila area.Addressing an
election meeting held at Dipila on January 18, Dr Sarma alleged that Gogoi
government has not utilised the rural development funds properly, but utilised
it for the benifit of some Congressmen. ……more

Cachar dist LP teachers threaten strike(AST_24_1_k8)
 SILCHAR, Jan 23 – LP school teachers in
Cachar district have threatened to go on strike from this month itself if their
salaries which are pending for the last two months are not paid within January
25. This was stated in a memorandum submitted by the teachers to the deputy
inspector of schools Abdul Wahid recently. ……more

Breakthrough in MLA
assault case
(AST_24_1_k8)
 GAURIPUR, Jan 23 – The Gauripur police
arrested Nurul Azam Sarkar (Lubu), Amjad Ali, both candidates for ZP seat from
Madhusoulmari GP under Gauripur LAC and Abdur Rahim Sheikh, a Grade IV employee
of Gauripur ……more

 


75 pc voter turnout in Darrang
Panchayat polls(AST_25_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Darrang district,
where Panchayat polls were held as part of the fourth phase of elections,
recorded a voter turnout of 75 per cent till 5.30 pm, according to the State
Election Commission. The percentage may go up as a large number of voters were
still waiting to exercise their franchise in front of polling stations.
……more

Govt to hand over
research projects to GU(AST_25_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi today announced the decision of the State Government to hand over two
research projects to the Gauhati University and one to Dr AC Bhagawati, former
Vice Chancellor of Arunachal University. An official release said here that the
research projects to be handed over the Gauhati University are “ Effects of
climate changes in Assam” and “effect of change of river courses in Assam”. The
release said that Dr Bhagawati would be given the project of “Issues on
inter-community and inter-cultural relation in Assam”. ……more

 


Poll counting date rescheduled
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 — In continuation of the
Assam State Election Commission’s notification No.SEC 82/2007/Pt/13, dated
November 27, 2007, the Commission has refixed the date of counting of Panchayat
poll……more

 


Firing probe
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24: The State Government has
appointed Justice PG Agarwal, retired Judge of the Gauhati High Court, to
investigate into the police firing in the Lakhipur area of Goalpara district on
January 2, official sources said here. – Staff Reporter

R-Day boycott(AST_25_1_k8)
 HOWRAGHAT, Jan 24: The Autonomous State
Demand Committee, Karbi Nimso Chingthur Asong and Karbi Students’ Association
have jointly decided to boycott the Republic Day celebrations on January 26 in
Karbi Anglong, contending that the republic is incomplete without implementation
of Article 244(A) of the Constitution. – Correspondent

 


Incentive
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
today announced a State Government incentive of Rs 50,000 for Arnab Kakoty, who
has been appointed as a junior scientist by the NASA. Gogoi hoped that Arnab’s
stint at the NASA would be highly fruitful. – Staff Reporter


           


Independents demand CBI probe into Lakhipur firing
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Criticising the Congress
government for “curbing” the democratic rights of the people of Goalpara
district by postponing Panchayat elections, the Independent Candidates Forum,
Goalpara demanded a CBI probe into the Lakhipur firing that killed eight persons
and injured over 20 on January 2. ……more

Cong expected to win ZPs;
lose many AP, GP seats in Jonai
(AST_25_1_k8)
 JONAI, Jan
24 – Along with six districts of the State the
Jonai sub-division under Dhemaji district of North Assam too conducted the first
phase of panchayat election on December 31 last. Election was conducted in Jonai
in its only anchalik panchayat (Murkong Selek) which is divided into two ZPC
segments including 15 gaon panchayats under Jonai block. ……more
President’s Medal for 9
Assam policemen(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Nine Assam Police
personnel have been awarded the Presidents Police Medal for gallantry, Republic
Day 2008. In addition, six persons have been chosen for the President’s Police
Medal for meritorious service besides three police officers for distinguished
service. Those honoured for gallantry are Kamal Kumar Gupta (DSP), Ruhindranath
Changmai (OC), Naba Kumar Bora (OC), Dhiraj Choudhury (Constable), Soda Tisso
(Constable), Asim Swargiary (Adl SP), Bir Bikram Gogoi (Adl SP), Biraj Mohan
Baruah (DSP) and Jayanta Kalita (OC). ……more
           


Indifference of locals irks probe
panel(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Though the State
Government is pinning its hopes on the one-man judicial commission under Justice
(retd) Manisana Singh to unearth lapses during the November 24 Beltola clash and
fix responsibility for the same, the latter, however, is annoyed at the
indifferent attitude of the local residents. Sources in the commission told
The Assam Tribune
that even though the commission a couple of days back sent
the secretary of Justice Manisena on behalf of the commission, to convince a few
more local residents to give account of the November 24 clash before it, there
was hardly any takers to the call. ……more

Assaulted(AST_26_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 25: Tea garden workers of
Doomurdolong tea estate under Moran PS in Sivasagar district led by the
activists of the Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association today vandalized the
manager’s office and left the tea garden manager Mukshedur Rahman and two of his
assistants wounded, allegedly for misuse of workers’ dues, police said. – Staff
Correspondent

 


AGP(P) dist women’s wing formed
(AST_26_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 25 – The Dibrugarh district unit of the AGP(P) during its
convention at the Natya Mandir on Wednesday formed a 41 member district unit of
the Jatiya Mahila Parishad to strengthen the organisational base of the party.
……more

70 pc turnout in 1st
phase of Panchayat polls(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The first phase of
Panchayat polls held in seven districts of Assam passed off peacefully today,
according to official sources, with the average voting percentage hovering
around 70. The voting percentage may go up after receipt of information from the
interior places. No major incidents have been reported from any of the polling
stations, and the only difficulties experienced were a few polling officials
failing to discharge their duties and mistakes in some ballot papers. ……more

New Year celebrated with
gaiety(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Guwahati city tonight
welcomed the year 2008 and people made a beeline to the hotels and restaurants
with their family members and friends to celebrate the occasion. The City
Police, on the other hand, intensified security measures in and around the city
and also asked the various student and other organisations to abide by the
prescribed norms during the December 31 celebration. ……more

 Assam
Valley Award for Nagen Saikia(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Eminent litterateur
and former Member of Parliament Dr Nagen Saikia has been chosen for the
prestigious Assam Valley Literary Award for the year 2007. The Award, instituted
by the Williamson Magor Education Trust, will be presented to Dr Saikia in a
function to be held in Guwahati in March, 2008. ……more

Poll boycott fails to
evoke response(AST_1_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Dec 31 – A large number of
people thronged to their respective polling stations in the district to cast
their vote in the panchayat elections today despite the poll boycott called by
six different communities seeking scheduled status. Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha
president and former Dibrugarh MP, Paban Singh Ghatowar told The Assam
Tribune
here this evening that he is elated by the large turnout at the
polling booths today. "This only proves that democracy thrives in the grassroots
in our country. The voters deserve full credit for ensuring peaceful polls," he
said. He added that today’s large turnout is an indicator to a Congress victory
at the panchayat elections in upper Assam, and that a similar picture could
emerge elsewhere in the state too. ……more

Governor greets people(AST_1_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – State Governor Lt Gen (Retd)
Ajai Singh, has extended his greetings to the people on the occasion of New
Year. In his New Year message to the State the Governor has also asked the
citizens to pledge to work individually and contribute towards building a
strong, developed and peaceful Assam. ……more

Magazine nominates 10 as
persons of the year
(AST_1_1_k8)
Dec 31 – Assamese monthly youth magazine
Jeevan today announced names of its ten nominees who have been selected as the
State’s persons of the year 2007.Addressing a press conference here this noon,
editor of the two-and-a-half-year old magazine Suresh Ranjan Gaduka said that
the nomination was made on the basis of these persons’ role in various fields.
These persons gave a special dimension to the Assamese society, he said.
……more

Ashok Saikia’s death
condoled
(AST_1_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The members of the Lawyers’
Association, Guwahati, has condoled the demise of Ashok Saikia, IAS, a
distinguished bureaucrat and former Director, Asian Development Bank, Manila.
……more

Sports-culture fest
concludes
(AST_1_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The concluding function of
the XII Assam Sports and Cultural festival, 2007, organized on the occasion of
the 93rd birth anniversary of late sportsperson and freedom fighter Premoda
Kanta Sarma, was held in the city on December 26. ……more

Security tightened in
Karimganj for panchayat polls
(AST_1_1_k8)
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – The Karimganj district
police administration beefed up security in and around the entire district to
avoid any untoward incident during the panchayat polls. ……more

Electioneering reaches
crescendo at Palashbari
(AST_1_1_k8)
 MIRZA, Dec 31 – Electioneering for the second
phase of panchayat polls to be held on January 4 has gained momentum for the
three district councillor seats, including ten gaon panchayat seats in
Palashbari constituency. ……more

Tough fight for Cong in
Bandarmari panchayat
(AST_1_1_k8)
 TEZPUR, Dec 31 – While all the parties such
as Congress, AGP and BJP including independent candidate are seen busy in
conducting poll campaigns for drawing attention of the voters of Bandarmari
Panchayat of Biohuguri ZPC under Barchala Constituency of Sonitpur district, the
ruling Congress party particularly is facing tough challenges from Opposition
parties. ……more

Jania MLA hopeful of
winning all 4 ZPC seats
(AST_1_1_k8)
 KALGACHIA, Dec 31 – In view of the upcoming
panchayat polls, Jania MLA Abdul Khaleque called a press meet on Sunday at
Kalgachia Rajiv Bhawan at a time when the alert sections of the people in Jania
LAC have been seen to evoke a mixed response over the selection of Congress
candidates nominated as competent to overcome the challenge posed by AUDF
candidates. ……more

 

Army
conducts integration tour
(AST_1_1_k8)
 GOALPARA, Dec 31 – A national integration
tour was conducted by the 3rd Battalion of Sikh Regiment Red Horns Division from
December 17 to 30 for school students in association with the district
administration. Twenty students along with two teachers were taken to New Delhi
and Amritsar as part of the tour. ……more

Ramcharani ZPC may
witness triangular fight
(AST_1_1_k8)
 AZARA, Dec 31 – With the panchayat elections
around the corner, campaigning by different political parties has gained
momentum at 16 No Ramcharani Zila Parishad seat under Kamrup (M) district.
……more

Corruption CPM panchayat
poll plank in Jania LAC
(AST_1_1_k8)
 KALGACIA, Dec 31 – In view of the panchayat
elections, CPI -M has named its candidates to contest panchayat polls in Jania
LAC under Barpeta district. The party has provided its candidature to retired
head teacher Abu Bakkar Siddique to fight the battle in Haladhiya ZPC, which is
only one out of four ZPCs in the Assembly constituency. ……more

AUDF resents ‘communal’
tag
(AST_1_1_k8)
 HOJAI, Dec 31 – Sirajuddin Ajmal, Jamunamukh
MLA and brother of AUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, addressing a series of election
meetings said that after two-and-a-half years AUDF will secure majority in State
Assembly and the Chief Minister will be from their party as people belonging to
various communities in Assam have lent support to it because of AUDF’s secular
character. ……more

 

627 papers
filed at Badarpur
(AST_1_1_k8)
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – A total of six hundred and
twenty-seven nomination papers have been filed in Badarpur block for 120 posts
of gaon panchayat. This is a record in the history of panchayat polls, stated
the district election officers. ……more

Letter throws up scam
clue(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 11:
An “H” on the
letterhead of an education department communiqué to the state exchequer seeking
disbursal of Rs 214 lakh helped officials detect a scam in the nick of time.
Since the letter came from the elementary education department, the letterhead
should have had a capital “E” instead of “H”, which stands for the higher
secondary education department.
……more

Congress
hits back at AGP(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 11:
The Congress
today batted for Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, hitting out against the AGP’s
verbal bouncers that equated his conduct with that of a “boorish and arrogant”
Australian captain Ricky Ponting. The party described the AGP’s diatribe as
“underarm” bowling and “lacking” in cricketing knowledge.

……more

 

Election
buck stops at SP door (TEL, 12-1-k8)


Poll commissioner seeks officer’s
transfer; no repoll for now

(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Guwahati/Hailakandi,
Jan. 11
: The state
election commission today came down hard on the Hailakandi administration and
sought the transfer of superintendent of police A.K. Tiwari for the
unprecedented violence in the district during the third phase of panchayat
elections on Wednesday. Speaking to the media this evening, state election
commissioner C.K. Sharma defended the commission’s role and blamed Tiwari and
additional deputy commissioner H.K. Nath for the violence. He ruled out
repolling in the district till a semblance of normality returned.

……more

 

Repoll
plea for Hailakandi (TEL,13-1-k8)

Hailakandi,
Jan. 12:
The Opposition
parties in Hailakandi today rejected the state election commission’s decision to
hold repoll in 309 booths and reiterated their demand for fresh elections in all
the 621 polling stations of the district under adequate security.

The parties,
under the banner of Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakhya Mancha, had also enforced a
bandh in Hailakandi yesterday to demand repolling in the entire district.

……more


Free-for-all after election mockery(TEL,11-1-k8)

Hailakandi,
Jan. 10:
At least 19
people were injured as supporters of panchayat candidates clashed in Hailakandi
a day after polling officials made a bonfire of ballot boxes, reducing the final
phase of rural elections in Assam to a farce.Army and paramilitary forces were
out on the streets of Ratakandi after supporters of two candidates indulged in
rioting. Two shops were looted, as many houses set ablaze and five more
partially damaged. All 19 injured, including nine women, were admitted to
Hailakandi Civil Hospital.
……more



Opposition draws a parallel between panchayat polls and Sydney farce (TEL,11-1-
k8)

Guwahati, Jan.
10: If the Aussies have Ricky Ponting, Assam has an equally “arrogant” Tarun
Gogoi, or so the AGP thinks. Cricket’s bitter acrimony — and vocabulary — today
entered Assam politics with the AGP accusing the chief minister of being
“arrogant” and “boorish”, the exact words used to describe the Australian
cricket captain.
……more


Post-harvest festival begins with a frown(TEL_15-1-k8)

Jan. 14:
The granaries are full, as
are the storehouses, but every time Indra Mohan Das looks at his harvested
field, he feels a stab of pain.His courtyard, of course, smells of sandohguri
and doi — but for him it is the smell of an impending season of
emptiness.As the rest of the state dances around the meji, farmers in
Cachar crease their brows, only wishing that Bihu would be as carefree for them,
too. The fertile soil in the district that yields 190,000 tonne of rice in the
monsoon alone turns barren as soon as the skies dry up.

……more



Gogoi backs 4 Corps for hills(TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 1:
Assam chief
minister Tarun Gogoi today said the twin districts of North Cachar Hills and
Karbi Anglong should be brought under the 4 Corps based in Tezpur from the
Rangapahar-based 3 Corps in Dimapur.
……more

 



Orissa thorn pricks BJP (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 1:
The Nagaland unit
of the BJP believes external factors could make or break its chances in the
ensuing Assembly elections. While it was hoping that the party’s “magnificent
win” in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh would fan a wave in its favour across
Nagaland, it was also worried that attacks on Christians in Orissa could have a
negative impact on the party in Nagaland, a predominantly Christian state.
……more

 


Scam
whiff in civic board (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Jan. 1:
The BJP has accused the chairperson of the Congress-led Dhubri Municipal Board,
Sumitra Ghose, of favouritism and misappropriation of funds meant for the
development of slum areas. Seven BJP ward commissioners have expressed
resentment over non-allotment of slum development funds to their wards by the
state government in October.
……more


New
panel, new ideas (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Jan.1:
The newly constituted executive committee of the All Assam Madarssa Students’
Association’s
Barak Valley
unit is banking on a slew of new ideas to take madarssa education to the next
level.
……more


Cong
to steal ST thunder(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 2:
Buoyed by the high
turnout in the first phase of panchayat polls despite a boycott call, the ruling
Congress is gearing up to “hijack” the ST movement from the organisations that
have been troubling the government with bandhs and blockades.

……more



Congress targets Nagaland with eye on the past(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 3:
When New Delhi
sneezes, Kohima freezes, goes a joke in Nagaland. The sublime political message
in it is, however, not lost in the banter. The powers that be in New Delhi —
more precisely the Congress — has time and again scuttled elected governments in
the state by imposing President’s rule.

……more

 



Congress targets Nagaland with eye on the past(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 3:
When New Delhi
sneezes, Kohima freezes, goes a joke in Nagaland. The sublime political message
in it is, however, not lost in the banter. The powers that be in New Delhi —
more precisely the Congress — has time and again scuttled elected governments in
the state by imposing President’s rule. Call it a quirk of fate or political
manoeuvring, the Congress, except once after the Emergency, managed to win the
popular mandate after central rule despite public outcry.

……more

 

Cong not
averse to brief stint (TEL, 5-1-08)



Imkong ready if Nagaland governor invites him to form govt

(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 4:
The Congress is
not ruling out a brief stint in power in Nagaland given the fact that the
Assembly has not been dissolved. The 60-member House was put in suspended
animation when President’s rule took effect. The leader of the Congress
Legislature Party, I. Imkong, said he would extend his stay in

New Delhi
till Monday. He will attend the meeting of the screening committee that will
finalise the list of party candidates for elections in the state.

……more

 



Gogoi resumes poll campaign(TEL_ 6_1_k8)

Dhubri,
Jan. 5:
A day after
cancelling his tour to the Barak Valley, chief minister Tarun Gogoi criticised
his political rivals while campaigning for the third phase of the panchayat
elections slated for Wednesday.
……more

 


Army
called in for rural election(TEL_7_1_K8)

Silchar,
Jan. 6:
The army will form
the outer ring of security during panchayat elections in the tribal belt of
south Assam, the first known instance of troops being deployed for a rural poll.
When Assam sought more central forces to tackle a militant group that was said
to be planning to disrupt polling in Hailakandi district on Wednesday,

Delhi
immediately fell back on the army. Troops from the 57 Mountain Division have
since taken over security in areas categorised as “sensitive”.

……more

 



Minister jibe at AUDF for riot(TEL_7_1_K8)

Dhubri,
Jan. 6
: Asssam health
minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today blamed the AUDF for last week’s disturbances
in Goalpara district but stopped short of naming the party saying people
“understood” who was behind the trouble. He, however, was categorical that the
AUDF was trying to gain political mileage from the police firing that left eight
persons dead on January 2. “A third force enjoying direct patronage of a
political party is behind the incidents of violence in Goalpara district,” Sarma
told journalists in Dhubri.
……more

 


Muscles speak at poll rallies(TEL, 8-1-08)



Cong-AUDF clash in last campaign leg(TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Nagaon,
Jan. 7:
Two days before
they clash in the final battle of ballots in the rural heartland, Congress and
Assam United Democratic Front workers let their muscles do the talking at poll
rallies in Nagaon today, leaving nine persons injured.

……more

 


MLA
faces mob fury & bribery slur(TEL_9_1_k8)

Dhubri,
Jan. 8:
A legislator who
may have been surreptitiously doling out blankets and money to panchayat voters
last night was critically injured in an attack by workers of rival parties in
Assam’s Dhubri district. The bitterly fought electoral battle descended into
anarchy elsewhere in the district, too. An Opposition candidate was reported
abducted and two more got a taste of the ruling party’s allegedly liberal use of
muscle power in the run-up to the final phase of polling tomorrow.

……more

 



Jamir not to contest state polls(TEL_9_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 8:
Goa Governor and
former Nagaland chief minister S.C. Jamir, who has been the face of the Congress
in the state for past several decades, will not contest in the ensuing Assembly
elections. His name does not figure in the list of 40 candidates finalised by
the AICC screening committee headed by Margaret Alva in New Delhi last night.
Jamir has not been named even for his home constituencies — Mokokchung town and
Aonglenden.
……more

 

Ballots
burn in poll staff rage(TEL_10_1_k8)



Attacked by goons, election personnel make bonfire of materials in
Hailakandi(TEL_10_1_k8)

Hailakandi, Jan. 9:
Assam today made electoral history of the most dubious kind when officials on
panchayat poll duty made a bonfire of ballot boxes and other election materials
to protest the administration’s failure to protect them from groups out to rig
votingOfficial sources said nearly 100 polling officials were injured, one of
them critically, in the attacks since last night. A policeman was injured, too.
.
……more



Sabha sets April deadline(TEL_10_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 9:
Asam Sahitya Sabha,
the apex literary organisation of the state, has set April 14 as the deadline
for using Assamese as the official language. Sabha president Kanak Sen Deka said
they would launch a non-cooperation movement if the government failed to
implement the Official Language Act within three months. .

……more

 


Naga
fight reaches court(TEL_10_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 9:
The political
fight in Nagaland today moved to the courtroom with a division bench of Gauhati
High Court asking the central and state governments to file their replies on a
writ petition challenging the imposition of President’s rule in the state on or
before January 25.The petition was filed by Nagaland People’s Front (NPF). .

……more

 


Army
provides training to unemployed youths
(SEN_15_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 14: The 55
Engineer Regiment of Dah Division, organized a function on Jan 12 at Dinjan to
mark the culmination of training for poor and unemployed youth of nearby
villages. .
……more

Engti visits Howraghat to
monitor output development
(SEN_15_1_k8)
 HOWRAGHAT, Jan 14: The Asom Hills Area Development (HAD) Minister
Kharsing Engti visited the Howraghat Legislative Assembly Constituency here on
Sunday to monitor the infrastructure development works done.
.
……more

Failure
to protect Majuli may lead to violent situation’
(SEN_15_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 14: The
Majuli Island Protection And Development Council (MIPADC) in an open letter to
the chairman of the Brahmaputra Board has vehemently condemned the indifferent
attitude of the Board in solving the problem of erosion, which has been
threatening the very existence of the world’s largest river island. .

……more


BJP entered into pre-poll
understanding with AUDF’
(SEN_17_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 16: State BJP unit president Ramen Deka had stated in the
run-up to the panchayat polls that his party would work towards rooting out
three Cs — the Congress party, Communists and Communalism — from the State in
future elections. .
……more

 

BPF
office set on fire
(SEN_17_1_k8)
From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 16: An office of the Bodoland People’s Forum (BPF) was burnt down
by an irate mob at Mukuldang under Gossaigaon police station today. This comes a
day after three youths, allegedly from the camp, physically assaulted a villager
at Batabari in Simbargaon under Kokrajhar police station last evening.

 


Attack on BPF youth cell chief condemned
(SEN_17_1_k8)
From our Correspondent
UDALGURI, Jan 16: The alleged attack on Bodo Peoples Front (BPF) youth cell
chief Kabi Ranjan Brahma at Bhatarmari tiniali in Kokrajhar district on January
14 has evoked a widespread condemnation among the people in the Bodoland
Territorial Council (BTC) region. .
……more


Roy
pins blame on security goof-ups
(SEN_17_1_k8)
 SILCHAR, Jan 16: “I was
not in any way involved in the violence in the panchayat polls. Nor was any of
the members of the Congress were involved in any poll violence. The violence
took place due to serious security lapses”, Minister of Excise and Border Area
Development, Gautom Roy told media persons today at the Circuit House. .

……more


SEC may order fresh polls
in Hailakandi
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: The State Election Commission (SEC) today indicated
that fresh elections might be held in the entire Hailakandi district where
large-scale violence was reported during panchayat polls held in the district in
the third phase on January 9 last.
State Election Commissioner CK Sarma said that the SEC was considering to hold
fresh elections in Hailakandi district and the final decision would be taken
after discussing the matter with the State Government. .

……more


Leaders now lock horns in Darrang(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: With three
phases of the panchayat polls in the State over, the focus is on Darrang
district which will go to polls on January 24. Leaders of all main political
parties have made a beeline to the district in their efforts to woo the
electorate, with campaigning reaching a feverish pitch. .

……more

After panchayat polls,
turn of RS now
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: The panchayat polls are
almost over with elections only left for Darrang district which will go to polls
on January 24. But new equations have already begun among political parties,
this time for the three Rajya Sabha seats, due to fall vacant in the first week
of May. Elections for these three seats, in all probability, will be held in
April.
.
……more

Asom bans import of
poultry
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan
18: The State Government today imposed a ban on the movement of poultry and
poultry products across the inter-State and the international border. The
decision was taken in an emergency meeting held at Dispur today. The meeting was
attended by high-level officials of the Animal Husbandry, Health, Forest, Public
Health and Home Departments.
.
……more


 


Security beefed up ahead of R-Day
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 JORHAT, Jan 18: In view of Intelligence reports indicating possibility
of subversive activities in the run-up to Republic Day on January 26, security
has been beefed up in the district. The police have stepped up vigil in Jorhat,
Mariani, Teok, Titabor and adjoining areas. Sniffer dogs have been pressed into
service in certain localities in the town and also outside.
.
……more

Jehadi
groups turning sar areas into a safe haven for criminals’
(SEN_19_1_k8)
Congress Govt weak towards minorities: HYCP

 NAGAON, Jan 18: Taking
advantage of the alleged ‘weakness’ of the present Congress-led Government for
the religious minority community as well as the Jehadi groups, the different
Maulabadi extremist groups are spreading their tentacles in different parts of
the State at an alarming rate, particularly in the religious minority-dominated
areas and in sar areas, alleged Brajen Kakoti, president, Hindu Yuva Chatra
Parishad (HYCP), Asom. .
……more


Khasis living in KA cannot claim land as their own: Ingti
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 HAMREN, Jan 18: Biren
Singh Ingti, sitting Member of Parliament, paid a visit to the border areas of
Meghalaya-Karbi Anglong recently to take stock of situation and to inquire into
the needs of the people living in the border areas. He was accompanied by MLA
from 20 Baithalangso LAC constituency Dr Mansing Rongpi, MAC from Socheng
constituency, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) Ms Bina Ranghangpi, KAAC
member and Bidya Sing Teron, chairman of the Forest Board, KAAC and secretary of
the district Congress, Karbi Anglong. .

……more

 



tableaux in R-Day function in Delhi

Institute probe panel: CM
to CS


(SEN_26_1_k8)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 25: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has asked Chief Secretary PC Sarma
to institute a high-level inquiry into the matter as to why the State’s tableaux
is not being put in this year’s Republic Day function in New Delhi and submit
the report forthwith.
According to Government sources, the Chief Minister has taken the matter
seriously and asked the Chief Secretary to probe into the matter to find out the
lapses, if any, and to fix responsibility on the officials concerned.

……more

 


Govt
sanctions Rs 11.77 crore for Barak Valley
(SEN_26_1_k8)
KARIMGANJ, Jan 25: People
of the Barak Valley region are enthusiastic about the sanction of Rs 11.77 crore
by the Ministry of Road Transport for the construction of the Jowai-Badarpur
road under NH-44, which is severely affected by landslides.
Official sources said that the Border Road Organization (BRO) has started the
work. However, observers expressed doubt over the satisfactory execution of the
work in view of past experiences of the people. They said that the work need to
be monitored properly otherwise all efforts may go in vain.

……more

 


Republic Day boycott in KA
(SEN_26_1_k8)
HOWRAGHAT,
Jan 25: The Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), Karbi Nimso Chingthur
Asong (KNCA) and Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) have jointly decided to
boycott the Republic Day celebration on January 26 in Karbi Anglong. Sources
said that the organizations claimed that the Republic Day is incomplete without
implementation of Article 244(A) of the Constitution.

……


questions: Is violence during festivals acceptable? No is the answer
(SEN_15_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 14: Yesterday’s grenade explosion in Paltan Bazaar area of
the city, suspected to be carried out by the recalcitrant ULFA brings to the
fore a major question: Is violence during festivals acceptable?. The ULFA
otherwise claims to be fighting for the liberation of the Asomiya race from
“Indian colonial rule”, but orchestrates such henious attacks when the Asomiya
people are in a festive mood to celebrate Bhogali Bihu, one of the biggest
festivals of the community. ……more

 



Public beat up MLA in Gauripur
(SEN_9_1_k8)
MLA was allegedly distributing cash, blankets among voters
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Gauripur
MLA Mohibul Haque, an associate member of the ruling Congress, and one Sahidur
Rahman were critically injured in a pre-panchayat poll violence in Dhubri
district late last night. Haque and Rahman have been shifted to the Gauhati
Medical College Hospital (GMCH).
……more
 


Poll violence at its peak in
Dhubri
(SEN_9_1_k8)
BOXIRHAT, Jan 8:
Dhubri district has been witnessing a series of poll-related violence since
yesterday when the campaign for the third phase of panchayat polls came to an
end.
Five persons were injured and two motorcycles damaged when the supporters of
Congress candidate Sohor Bibi and independent candidate Joynab Bibi clashed at
Bhakatpara constituency last night. The husband of Sohor Bibi, Jakir Hussain,
was reportedly abducted by miscreants last night. Sagolia police arrested four
persons in this regard.
……more

 


Nine subdivisions go to panchayat polls today
(SEN_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Nine
subdivisions, both sadar and civil, of Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari,
Nagaon, a part of Morigaon, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts will go
to panchayat polls in the third phase tomorrow amid tight security arrangement
in view of the Congress-AUDF clashes in various parts of the State. As many as
4,26,589 voters will decide the fate of the record number of 37,893 candidates
in the nine subdivisions.
……more
 


JAMA hits out at CTSA
(SEN_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Janogosthiya
Aikya Mancha, Assam (JAMA) chief convenor Birinchi Neog today said the six
communities seeking ST status do not need any certificate from the Centre for
Tribal Studies, Assam (CTSA) to get their demand fulfilled. Neog was reacting to
the CTSA’s comment yesterday that the State Government should give c
……more.

 


AGP,
BJP and AUDF indulging in communalism: Gogoi
(SEN_9_1_k8)
KALGACHIA, Jan 8: At a
time when there remains only two days for the third phase of the panchayat polls
in Barpeta district on January 9, campaigning in Jania LAC has reached its peak,
with the helicopters of Badruddin Ajmal and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi landing
here to address public meetings at different places in a bid to woo the voters.
A kind of undeclared battle is going on in this LAC among the workers of various
parties especially the Congress and the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF).

……more

 


Repolling held in 10 polling stations


(SEN_9_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 8: Re-polls for
panchayat elections in ten polling stations (PS) in Dibrugarh district was held
today. The polling stations in question are PS 10 Rajabheta LP School and PS 3
Japaragaon LP School in Barbarua, PS 3 Digboimukh LP School in Tengakhat, PS 3
Teliapathar LP School, PS 5 Jogesh Gohain LP School and PS 3 Gajporia ME School
in Khowang, PS 3A Digholia LP School and PS 3 Dhadumia LP School in Tingkhong,
PS 3 Maijan Bagicha Mazdoor Club and PS 4 Maijan Bagicha LP School in Lahoal.The
turnout of the poll was 71 per cent in the district.

 


Election fever in Tihu Zila Parishad


(SEN_9_1_k8)
NALBARI, Jan 8: The panchayat
election fever has gripped the people of Tihu Barana and its outskirts in
Nalbari district. Workers and leaders of different political parties including
the ruling Congress, AGP, BJP and other Independent candidates have stepped up
their election campaign by putting up hoardings, banners and posters.
Candidates with their supporters have launched door to door campaign to woo the
voters. Offices for monitoring the electioneering have also been opened in every
nook and corner of the villages.
……more

 



Panchayat elections create ‘festive’ mood in Barak Valley!

(SEN_9_1_k8)
Congress to face tough challenge from BJP and AUDF
SILCHAR, Jan 8: In glaring
contrast to the poetic listlessness of winter, there has been a surge of
activities all around as political parties, their leaders and workers fastened
their belts for the toughest battle scheduled on Wednesday. The rural valley
dotted with villages in the hills and plains looked festive with rows of party
festoons, banners, flags and graffiti in multicolour seemed to dislodge each
other in art and imagination, the objective being to woo the voters.

……more

 



Violence mars 3rd phase of polls
(SEN_10_1_k8)
Poll personnel set poll materials afire in Hailakandi; firing in Dhubri,
Hailakandi
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Violence
in Dhubri district leading to police firing and the Barak Valley today marred
the third phase of the panchayat polls in Asom, which otherwise saw about 70 per
cent voting. Miscreants fired at poll personnel in Hailakandi district, snatched
ballot boxes and fled.
……more
 



Heavy turnout despite violence
(SEN_10_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Barring
Karimganj and Hailakandi districts where incidents of large-scale violence were
reported during the third phase of panchayat polls today, the voter turnout in
other districts was about 74 per cent.

……more

 


Nagaland PR challenged in Gauhati High Court
(SEN_10_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 9:
Imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland was challenged at the Gauhati High
Court today which issued notices to the Centre and fixed February 5 as the next
hearing. Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) leader and MLA Yivatchu filed the writ
petition on behalf of the outgoing Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) before
the High Court.
……more

 


Empty ballot boxes recovered near strong room
(SEN_10_1_k8)
TEZPUR, Jan 9: Hundreds of
empty ballot boxes were recovered near Darrang College in Tezpur. It may be
mentioned here that a strong room has been set up at the precincts of the
college to store ballot boxes. Tezpur had gone to polls during the second phase
of panchayat elections on January 4 last.

……more

 


Cong behind attack on me: Haque
(SEN_10_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 9:
Independent but associate Congress MLA from Gauripur Mohibul Haque, who was a
staunch supporter of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi both inside and outside the
State Assembly, today said that the Congress was behind the attack on him on
January 7 night at Naidar village near Gauripur. Haque even named the Congress
leaders who led the mob that assaulted him physically for about four hours.
……more

 



Asomiya as State language: AXX sets deadline for Govt
(SEN_10_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Two days
after a host of litterateurs of the State, including Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX)
president Kanaksen Deka, the apex literary body of the State today set a
deadline of April 14 to the State Government for complete implementation of the
Official Languages Act, failing which it has threatened to launch a total
non-cooperation movement.
……more

 


Cong
behind poll violence’
(SEN_11_1_k8)
AUDF blames Goutam Roy, Rahul Roy for violence in Hailakandi
GUWAHATI, Jan 10: The main
Opposition party in the State, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), today expressed its
unhappiness over the manner in which the three phases of the four-phase
panchayat elections were conducted on December 31, January 4 and January 9
respectively.
……more

 

 Gogoi
reviews Jorhat schemes
(SEN_11_1_k8)
JORHAT, Jan 10: Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi on January 8 instructed the State Public Works Department
to submit projects to improve the transport and communication infrastructure in
the areas along Asom-Nagaland border, sars and other interior places. The Chief
Minister was reviewing the execution of development works of all Government
departments in the district at a meeting held at the inspection bungalow of
Titabor.
……more

 



Presiding officer assaulted at Hatsingimari
(SEN_11_1_k8)
HATSINGIMARI, Jan 10: A
commotion prevailed among the police personnels during the second phase of
panchayat poll held on January 4 at Hatsingimari of Dhubri district.
Sources said that the presiding officer in Poll No 3214 of Monirchar Musullipara
L P School, under South Salmara LAC was assaulted by the incharge of
Kharuabandha outpost, Gauri Kanta Kalita. The incident took place in presence of
DK Bhotra, Extra Assitant Comissioner (EAC) and Abdul Rahim Sheikh, Sub
Divisional Officer (Civil)
……more

 


Himanta assures all-round development of State
(SEN_11_1_k8)
BOXIRHAT,
Jan 10: Asom Minister for Health, Planning and Urban Development, Dr Himanta
Biswa Sarma has urged the people of lower Asom to vote for the Congress and
reject the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
in the greater interest of the people of the State. Sarma was speaking at an
election rally of the Congress, organized at the No. 633 Paglar Pat GP near the
Indo-Bangladesh border near Bishkhowa under Golokganj LAC in Dhubri district
yesterday.
……more

 



Hailakandi SP responsible for poll violence, says SEC
(SEN_12_1_k8)
AK Tewari transferred to DGP headquarters
GUWAHATI, Jan 11: Holding
Hailakandi Superintendent of Police AK Tewari responsible for poll violence in
the district during the third phase of panchayat polls held on January 9, the
State Election Commission (SEC) (vide letter U.O. No. SEC.03/2008/2 dated Dispur
the 11th January 2008) today asked Asom Chief Secretary PC Sarma to initiate
disciplinary action against Tewari. The SEC has also decided to conduct
repolling in 309 polling stations in the district, but is yet to take a decision
as to when repolling in the district will take place.

……more

 


Non-Rabhas
to start mass agitation today(SEN_12_1_k8)
Panchayat polls in RHAC areas


 GUWAHATI, Jan 11: After a
brief lull, especially after the Lakhipur police firing incident where as many
as 8 people were killed and over 50 others injured, non-Rabha communities have
again raised their voices demanding panchayat elections be held in Rabha Hasong
Autonomous Council (RHAC) areas in Goalpara district.
An executive meeting of non-Rabha bodies which also included the Panchayat
Elections Demand Committee, Nagarik Adhikar Suraksha Sangrami Mancha and the
Non-Rabha Sammanay Rakhi Manch, held at Goalpara yesterday, demanded of the
Government to announce notification for panchayat elections in RHAC areas by
January 20.
It may be mentioned here that the State Government had postponed polls in areas
under the RHAC. Non Rabha communities, on the other hand, have been pressing the
Government with its demand for holding of panchayat elections along with other
parts of the State.
……more

 


Govt
flayed for indifference towards official language


(SEN_12_1_k8)
TINSUKIA, Jan 11: Taking
serious note of the recent alarming data showing the decline in the number of
Asomiya-speaking people and the subsequent increase in the number of
Bengali-speaking people, the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Tinsukia
district committee has expressed deep concern.

……more

 


Is
Govt interested in probing Beltola incident?

(SEN_14_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 13: Despite
Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi himself terming the Beltola mob violence
incident a black spot in his list of achievements made last year, and despite
the several announcements made on numerous occasions by the Government that the
guilty would be tracked down and punished, questions have now surfaced as to
whether it is really interested in getting to the truth of the matter.

……more

 


Tarun Gogoi in a holiday mood

(SEN_14_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 13: After
undergoing the rigours of holding the panchayat elections smoothly, he is a
weary man now. Yes, this person is none other than our very own leader — Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi. Gogoi today decided to try his luck at golf and spent
nearly an hour at the Army Golf Course in the city.

……more

 


Dist
admin a poodle of Cong: Opp parties(SEN_14_1_k8)
Hailakanda bandh passes off peacefully


 SILCHAR, Jan 13: The
bandh in Hailakandi called by various political parties in protest against the
alleged rigging by the Congress in the panchayat polls passed of peacefully and
was near total except for Lala and Kathicherra areas.

……more

 



Government amending State industrial policy: CM
(SEN_11_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10: With
foreign investors keen in investing in Asom, the State Government has decided to
amend the Assam Industrial Policy in order to ensure that the initial process
that potential investors need to go through before setting up industries is
streamlined. The Government has also stressed the need for state-of-the-art
infrastructure at the three new industrial estates coming up at Balipara, Matia
and Chhaygaon.
……more

 


Legal battle over reservation of
seats in PG medical courses
(SEN_11_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10: An air
of uncertainty is hovering over the entrance examination for postgraduate
courses in the three medical colleges in Asom with four medical students coming
from outside the State moving the Gauhati High Court challenging the rule on
reservation of seats for students from the State in postgraduate courses. The
High Court has fixed January 24 as the next date of hearing of the case, which
is three days ahead of the scheduled date of the examination.

……more

 

Assam
Secretariat uses Asomiya
(SEN_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: A few days ago, the Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX) set a
deadline to the State Government asking it to ensure that Asomiya is used as the
official language of the State. The Assam Secretariat, it seems, is out to
ensure that Asomiya language is used exclusively in all forms within the
secretariat complex. And the day to begin with cannot be better than the first
day of the New Year. ……more

 


Repolling in 55 poll stations
(SEN_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: The State
Election Commission (SEC) has ordered repolling in 55 polling stations which had
gone to elections for the first phase of panchayat polls in seven districts of
the State yesterday on account of various anomalies. SEC sources said repolling
has been ordered in two polling stations in Jonai, 16 in Dhemaji, 20 in
Lakhimpur, one in Sivasagar, one in Dhansiri, two in Jorhat, 10 in Dibrugarh and
three in Dhakuakhana. The dates of the repolling has not been finalized as of
now, the sources added.
……more

 


Congress leader accused of
threatening scribe
(SEN_2_1_k8)
 MANGALDAI, Jan 1: Strong resentment has been expressed by the
mediapersons and a section of conscious circle over an alleged attempt of
Darrang District Congress president Mazibar Rahman on the life of Dwipen Konwar,
special correspondent of Adinar Sambad and president of Mangaldai Media Circle.
……more

 


Revellers throng picnic spots after panchayat polls

(SEN_2_1_k8)
JORHAT, Jan 1: In what may be seen as a spontaneous relief from the
tension of bandhs, boycotts, blasts and the first phase of the panchayat polls
held in upper Asom districts yesterday, revellers thronged popular picnic sites
here and in neighbouring district today. ……more

 


Former Jagiroad GP president expelled
(SEN_2_1_k8)
JAGIROAD, Jan 1: Former Jagiroad Gaon Panchayat president Deba Bordoloi
has been expelled from the Congress party for indulging in anti-party activities
in the run-up to the panchayat polls. The party has also expelled Phuleswari
Bordoloi, who is standing as an independent candidate from Mayong.

 

 Naxalites
using AUDF as launch pad in Asom
(SEN_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: The AUDF is being used as the launch pad to expand
their network by the People’s Democratic Conference of India (PDCI) and
Naxalites like the CPI(ML) in Asom. PDCI leader Sardar Amjad Ali and Naxalite
leader (CPI-ML general secretary) Santosh Rana had been in the State for the
last four days when they campaigned for the AUDF in as many as 41 villages in
Sonitpur, Morigaon, Barpeta and Darrang districts where the AUDF have fielded a
large number of candidates for the panchayat polls.
……more

 

717 in
panchayat poll fray in Gohpur

(SEN_2_1_k8)
HALEM, Jan 1: Of the 883 nomination papers filed as candidates for
ward members, gaon panchayat presidents, Anchalik panchayat members and zila
parishad members, as many as 717 candidates are in the fray in Gohpur
subvidivision that will go to polls on January 4 in as many as 340 polling
centres. ……more

 



Poll campaign picks up in Gohpur
(SEN_2_1_k8)
HALEM, Jan 1: Campaigning for the forthcoming panchayat polls is at its
peak in Gohpur subdivision. A number of Congressmen have left the party, while
some others have been suspended. ……more



Cong candidate’s son, 2 supporters abducted
(SEN_2_1_k8)
SILCHAR, Jan 1: South Asom-based United Liberation Front of Barak Valley
(ULFBV) militants abducted three people, including a Congress leader’s son from
Hailakandi district. Police today said that the three people abducted yesterday
included two supporters of the Congress leader and his son. The Congress leader
is a nominee for the gaon panchayat president post. The police said the people
were kidnapped at gun-point from Kharolbasti, a remote village near Mizoram
border where they were campaigning for Abdul Khaliq Laskar alias Kuti, a
Congress candidate for Baldabaldi GP president post.
……more

 



Heavy panchayat polling: Advantage Cong in Jorhat
(SEN_2_1_k8)
 JORHAT, Jan 1: The heavy
turnout of voters in the first phase of the panchayat elections, which concluded
yesterday, augurs well for the ruling Congress. Official sources said that the
overall polling in Jorhat and Titabor subdivisions registered 74 per cent.

……more

 

Jamiat,
AUDF demand CBI probe
(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and the AUDF have today demanded
of the Government to order CBI inquiry into the police firing at Lakhipur in
Goalpara district. Jamiat leader Moulana Siddiqulla Choudhury, who is in Asom to
campaign for the AUDF, said today’s police firing on the agitators, who have
been protesting against the postponement of panchayat election in that area, has
exposed the autocratic character of the Congress-led Government in the State.
……more

 

Fake LoS
sold at Rs 3 lakh; prime accused absconding (SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: A multi-crore-rupee letter of sanction (LoS) scam
has been detected, and a case has been filed in Dispur police station in this
regard. The prime accused of the scam has already been detected, but no arrest
has been made as yet. It is apprehended that more such LoS scams might have
taken place in the Sixth Schedule areas like the Karbi Anglong Autonomous
Council (KAAC), North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) and the Bodoland
Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) earlier without detection.
……more

 


Illegal appointment in Nalbari, IS suspended
(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: In accordance with a
directive from the Gauhati High Court, the Government of Asom has suspended
Nalbari district Inspector of Schools (IS) with immediate effect on the charge
of making appointment of teachers in the district when there was a ban on
teacher appointment in the State. Besides a departmental proceeding against the
IS, Nalbari police has also been asked to investigate the circumstances leading
to the appointment of 11 teachers in the district when there was a ban on
teacher appointment. ……more

 


Goalpara polls deferred
(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: The State Election Commission (SEC) has postponed all
panchayat polls in Goalpara district indefinitely following the unrest in the
district over the deferment of panchayat polls in the RHAC area.

Fire on poll procession(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: A poll procession taken out in support of independent
candidate for Pub-Namborbagh GP constituency Rupdhan Ali in Bagsa district was
fired at by two motorcycle-borne miscreants near Barama police station today.
Though there was no casualty in the firing, some people sustained injuries in
the stampede that followed.

 

Reject
Congress, vote for AGP: Mahanta (SEN_3_1_k8)
NAGAON, Jan 2: In two panchayat election meetings of the Asom Gana
Parishad (AGP) held at Hatipukhuri and Dakhin Khatowal under Rupahihat LAC,
former Asom Chief Minister and president of the Asom Gana Parishad (Pragatisheel)
(AGP-P) addressed a huge gathering of more than 10,000 people.
……more

 


People exercise franchise in spite of poll boycott call
(SEN_3_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 2: The boycott
call of the panchayet election by various organizations seem to hardly affect
people’s enthusiasm to exercise their adult franchise, with the polling
percentage in Dibrugarh district supposedly touching 78.5. Re-poll has been
ordered in ten polling stations in the district and

……more

 

Every
Indian should be allowed to exercise his voting rights’
(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: On the eve of the second phase of the panchayat polls in
lower Asom, a meeting of leading citizens, litterateurs and members of the Koch
Rajbongshi community was held to think and discuss about the problems afflicting
the community, its language, customs and culture.
……more

 



Ajmal, Madani urge people to vote Congress out
(SEN_3_1_k8)
BOXIRHAT/HATSINGIMARI, Jan 2:
Launching a fresh tirade against the Congress in general and Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi in particular, Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) supremo
Baddrudin Ajmal and All India Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind general secretary Moulana
Mahmud Madani said the Congress party was involved in corruption. They also
alleged that the Congress was playing with the hopes and emotion of the people
of Asom.
The two leaders were addressing a panchayat rally at Belguri playground in
Golokganj in Dhubri district on Tuesday.

……more

 

Repoll
in 69 poll stations on January 8
(SEN_4_1_k8)
Phase-II of panchayat polls today
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3: As many as 14 districts and subdivisions of the
State will go to panchayat polls in the second phase tomorrow amid tight
security measures in the aftermath of yesterday’s mob fury leading to killing of
at least eight people in police firing in Goalpara district. A total of
35,26,827 voters will decide the fate of 26,169 candidates.
……more

 


Violation of model code by Cong
(SEN_4_1_k8)
AUDF not happy with SEC, to meet Governor

GUWAHATI, Jan 3: Not happy
with the “partial attitude of the State Election Commission (SEC) in dealing
with complaints filed against the Congress for alleged undemocratic actions”,
the AUDF today said it will apprise Asom Governor Lt. Gen (retd) Ajai Singh of
the matter.
……more

 


Goalpara tense, under control
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 3:
The situation in Goalpara district is tense, although no fresh incident has been
reported from anywhere in the district. There is a confusion over the death toll
of yesterday’s police firing. Though the Ana-Rabha Samanvayrakshi Aikya Mancha
claimed that 11 people had been killed in police firing, Additional SP of
Goalpara Jayanta Choudhury contradicted the figure by saying that altogether
seven persons had died in Wednesday’s violence.

……more

 


Judicial probe into firing
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 3: Asom
Government today announced a judicial inquiry into the Lakhipur police firing
leading to the killing of at least seven people yesterday. It may be mentioned
here that the entire Goalpara district is tense following the police firing.

Poll fever over, now an
agonising wait
(SEN_4_1_k8)
The Election Commission will decide to announce the results on the same date for
all the districts
JORHAT, Jan 3: For the more than 3,000 candidates of Jorhat district,
who are battling it out in the panchayat polls, already held in the district
along with six other upper Asom districts on December 31, the almost month-long
wait for the results, to be announced on January 28, seems interminable and
fraught with tension. The results which were earlier to be declared on January
12 is postponed to January 28, as polling in Darrang district will be held on
January 24. The Election Commission will decide to announce the results on the
same date for all the districts. ……more
 


For them, it’s a special way to
welcome the New Year
(SEN_4_1_k8)
MANGALDAI, Jan 3: The Youth Club of Mangaldai, a premier
socio-cultural institution of the district, celebrated the first day of the New
Year with an exceptional programme. All the members of the club, led by
secretary Rajib Kumar Deka, went to the Mangaldai Civil Hospital and offered
milk, fruits, biscuits and buns among the 150-odd indoor patients of the
hospital as New Year gift. They also offered fruits and biscuits to the sisters
on duty as a mark of gratitude for their sincere and dedicated service.
……more

 


Congress, BJP, AGP all set for triangular contest at Patidarrang
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GORESWAR, Jan 3: Poll
activities of the various political parties are yet to pick up in Patidarrang
Zila Parishad constituency comprising six Gaon Panchayat posts under
Bidhiya-Jajikona Block and 56 Kaalpur LAC for the Panchayat polls slated for
January 4.
No local issue was found predominance in this constituency, candidates and party
workers are yet to woo the voters.
……more

 


Block Labour Union formed
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GORESWAR, Jan 3: The Goreswar
block labour union was formed recently in a meeting held at Batiyamari ME
School. The meeting was presided over Suren Basumatary. In the meeting a 15
member executive body was formed with Joyram Deka as president,

……more

 

HC
notice on M’laya firing to be NCP’s main poll plank
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 3: In a development which may catch the Congress-led
Government in Meghalaya on wrong foot ahead of the forthcoming Assembly
elections in the State, a division bench of the Gauhati High Court, headed by
Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar, has issued show-cause notices to the Meghalaya
Government while dealing with a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a CBI
inquiry into the police firing incident at Tura and Williamnagar on September
30, 2005. It may be mentioned here that nine persons were killed and over a
hundred injured in the police firing. ……more

 


Campaign using helicopter fails to impress all
(SEN_4_1_k8)
Guwahati, Jan 3: Political parties’ helicopter campaign may have dazzled
rural voters of rural Asom in the run-up to the panchayat elections, but not all
politicians have taken kindly to this ‘extravagant’ style.
……more

 


Cong
facing dissidence in Baghbor ZPCs
(SEN_4_1_k8)
KALGACHIA, Jan 3: As
Barpeta district goes to polls in the third phase of the panchayat elections on
January 9, the Congress is facing threats from dissidents in many gaon
panchayats in the western part of Baghbor LAC. The Congress is facing a crisis
in constituencies within Baghbor LAC.

……more

 

Despite
violence, voter turnout is heavy
(SEN_5_1_k8)
Phase-II of panchayat polls
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: Amid violence, ballot paper anomalies and procedural
errors, the second phase of panchayat polls in 14 districts and subdivisions of
the State passed off peacefully registering a voter turnout of 71.2 per cent.
According to State Election Commission (SEC) sources, due to heavy rush of
voters voting had to be continued even after 4 pm in some polling stations, and
as such the voter turnout will go up. ……more

 

Sangma:
Nagaland PR unconstitutional
(SEN_5_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: In an outburst which may have its repercussion in
the ruling coalition at the Centre, former Lok Sabha Speaker and senior NCP
leader Purno A Sangma today said the Congress has engineered defection in
Nagaland which may create a political unrest in the North-east. Sangma has
termed the imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland “unconstitutional and
unethical.” ……more

 


‘Cong behind distribution of booklet on secret killings’
(SEN_5_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: The AGP-P
has moved the State Election Commission (SEC) today with a serious allegation
that wherever Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and other Congress leaders went for
panchayat poll campaign, a hitherto unknown organization called the Manab
Sajagata Mancha distributed copies of a booklet containing the Asomiya version
of some parts of the KN Saikia Commission report.

……more

 

Sports
pensioners urge Govt to enhance pension
(SEN_5_1_k8)
NAGAON, Jan 4: The tenth annual general meeting of “Nagaon District
Sports Pensioners Association” which was held recently at Mintleaf hotel under
the presidentship of Alimuz Zaman urged the Government to enhance the pension
from Rs 1500 to Rs 3000 per month and also to grant family pension after the
death of the sports pensioners. ……more

Republic Day venue changed
(SEN_5_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 4: The district administration has decided, in
consultation with leading citizens of the town, to change the venue of the
Republic Day celebration from the Chowkidinghee playground to the Police Reserve
Ground on Friday due to security reasons. ……more
 
Alleged threat to scribe
condemned
(SEN_5_1_k8)
KALGACHIA, Jan 4: People of Jania have expressed deep concern over
Jania MLA Abdul Khaleque’s alleged threat to a reporter during the panchayat
polls. It is said that Khaleque had threatened a correspondent of a daily
newspaper published from Guwahati during a few meetings held on January 2 at
different places in Jania. ……more
 
‘I have no personal
vendetta against Seema Goswami’
(SEN_5_1_k8)
 BARPETA, Jan 4: Secretary of AGP Town Committee Ratul Das said that
he has no personal vendetta against the Barpeta Municipality Board(BMB)
chairperson Seema Goswami. "I am only pointing out her faults for the sake of
the people of Barpeta", said Das in a pressmeet held at Barpeta AGP office as a
counter reply to the BMB chair person’s allegations that he had gone to BMB
chair person for contracts. ……more
 
Golden jubilee celebration
of Baptist church concludes

(SEN_5_1_k8)
UDALGURI, Jan 4: The Golden Jubilee celebrations of Harisinga Baptish
Church has concluded with an appeal to hold higher morality in day to day life.
Rev puher Daimary the executive secretary, NBBCA has delivered sermons during
the celebration and urged christian people to cultivate good qualities in public
life. ……more

 


Driver on duty manhandled
(SEN_5_1_k8)
JORHAT, Jan 4: A bus driver was hospitalized on Thursday, after he
was manhandled by a group of homeguards, on his poll duty at Nagaon. According
to police sources, the driver arrived very late to take the homeguards who were
alloted to his bus. ……more

 

Petition
submitted in HC challenging dereservation of ZP seat
(SEN_5_1_k8)
MANGALDAI, Jan 4: In a significant development over the dereservation
of the No. 7 Mawamori Puthimari constituency of Darrang Zila Parishad, the
Gauhati High Court in connection with WP(C) No. 2/2008 has asked the standing
counsel of the State Election Commission to submit a written statement within
January 4 regarding the grounds for dereservation of the constituency, which was
earlier reserved for SCs by the district administration.
……more

On helicopter, Badruddin
to tour Barak Valley now
(SEN_5_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: With most of the parties in the State spending big
in the run-up to the panchayat polls, two phases of which have already been
completed, the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), following the strategy of
its principal detractor — the Congress — has also pressed a helicopter to ferry
its leaders. ……more

 

APCC
condemns Padma’s statement on security
(SEN_5_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: The Asom Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has
vehemently condemned the statement of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) MLA from Sootea,
Padma Hazarika, who criticised a comment made by Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
that he would provide security to the lives and property of the Asomiya people.
……more

 



Now division among Adivasi leaders on poll-boycott call
(SEN_6_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 5: The election-boycott call given by the All Tea
Tribe Students’ Association (ATTSA) in protest against the failure of political
parties to support their demand for scheduling turned out to be a flop show in
the tea estates of upper Asom.
The six communities, which have been demanding ST status, called for the boycott
of the panchayat elections to air resentment over the negative attitude of the
State Government to their demand. ……more


Repoll in 30 polling stations on January 9
(SEN_6_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 5: The State Election
Commission (SEC) has today ordered repoll in as many as 30 polling centres where
panchayat polls were either stopped or cancelled in the second phase yesterday
due to various anomalies, including violence. Till yesterday repoll was ordered
in as many as 22 polling centres but the number rose to 30 today as more
complaints of anomalies poured in today. Repoll of the 30 polling centres will
be held on January 9, along with the third phase of polls. ……more
 

Army
moves out of Goalpara; curfew relaxed
(SEN_6_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 5: The indefinite curfew in Lakhipur area of Goalpara
district was relaxed for more than four hours today as the situation improved
steadily after Wednesday’s twin police firing, which left eight dead. The Army
had also been sent back after it was engaged in maintaining law and order
following the incident. Goalpara Superintendent of Police Abhijit Borah said:
“The situation is normal and no untoward incident has been reported since
Wednesday.” ……more

 


Scuffle at Mangaldai Cong office
leaves two injured
(SEN_6_1_k8)
MANGALDAI, Jan 5: Anger and resentment is brewing up among Congress
workers against the Darrang District Congress Committee president Mazibur Rahman
for denying nominations to “dedicated” party workers for the forthcoming
panchayat polls which will be held in the district on January 24 next.
……more

 

Congress
to face strong opposition
(SEN_6_1_k8)
NAGAON, Jan 5: The candidates of different political parties
including the ruling Congress and main opposition parties- AGP, BJP, AGP (P) and
the Independent candidates, have geared up their campaign for the ensuing
panchayat election in Nagaon subdivision. ……more

 


Polling stopped in 3 polling stations
(SEN_6_1_k8)
HATSINGIMARI, Jan 5:
Polling in three stations under Mankachar LAC which went to the polls during the
second phase of panchayat elections on Friday have been stopped due to anomalies
in ballot papers. It has also been reported that poll officials had encountered
many difficulties at poll materials had reached the two polling stations only
some hours before polling began.
……more

Demonstrators arrested(SEN_6_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 5: A tense situation is prevailing at Salmari Tea
Estate in Tingkhong after police arrested around 60 people who had put up a
blockade there. The blockade was staged by the Janaswartha Suraksha Samity (JSS)
in support of its demand to provide employment to local

Prog for world peace(SEN_6_1_k8)
BILASIPARA, Jan 5: A three-day-long jananusthan programme will be
held at Mahamaya Snanghat Mandir at Khoraghat in Dhubri from February 19. A
committee has been formed with 152 members for the event. Mina Roy and
Prankrishna Ghose are the president and secretary respectively.

 



Gautom Roy manipulated panchayat candidates’ list: Analysts
(SEN_6_1_k8)
SILCHAR, Jan 5: With
barely four days left for the panchayat polls in Barak Valley, Gautom Roy,
Minister of Border Area Development and Excise, seems to dwarf and outwit not
only his political adversaries but also his own party leaders with his dashing
and domineering style of functioning.

……more

Poll
campaign at its peak, to end today
(SEN_7_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 6:
Heavy-weights of all the parties of Asom were in the field on the penultimate
day of panc-hayat poll campaign that will come to an end at 4 pm tomorrow. While
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi campaigned using a helicopter in Bongaigaon, AGP
president Brindabon Goswami and AUDF president Badruddin Ajmal campaigned in
Nalbari and Barak Valley respectively.

……more

 

Tea
area poll: Cong upbeat
(SEN_7_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 6: Jubilant
over the huge turnout in the tea garden areas in the first two phases of the
ongoing panchayat poll despite a boycott and bandh call given by the
Janagosthiya Aikya Mancha, Assam (JAMA), the Congress has pooh-poohed the
leaders of the conglomerate of six communities for their, what it said, failure
of leadership. The APCC tea cell, on the other hand, has called its party’s
Government to take utmost care to implement the assurances given in the election
manifesto of the party to the agitating communities.

……more


AUDF-Congress
clash leads to police firing


(SEN_8_1_k8)
AUDF seeks EC intervention
NAGAON/GUWAHATI, Jan 7:
The skirmish that began between AUDF and Congress supporters in Nagaon district
ahead of the last Assembly polls reached its peak today when the supporters of
an AUDF gaon panchayat president candidate were attacked by Youth Congress
supporters at an election rally at Shiyalmari on the outskirts of Nagaon town
leading to police firing. A large number of people were injured in the clash
that was followed by lathicharge and firing by the police.

……more

‘Give
community-wise quota, not ST status to six groups’
(SEN_8_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: The
Centre for Tribal Studies, Assam (CTSA), an academic body working on tribal
culture and publishing books on tribals of Asom, has threatened to move the
Supreme Court, if the State Government does not stop its “cat-and-mouse game”
with the sentiment of the ethnic communities of the State on the Scheduled Tribe
(ST) issue.
……more
 


No witness for hearing in Adivasi
rally violence case
(SEN_8_1_k8)
UWAHATI, Jan 7: No witnesses turned up
before the RK Monisana Singh Inquiry Commission probing the violence in Guwahati
during an Adivasi rally on November 24 last on its first day of hearing today.
……more

 

 


NCHAC EC on January 9
(SEN_8_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: Asom
Governor Lt Gen (retired) Ajai Singh has finally approved the appointment of
Debulal Hojai as the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the newly-elected North
Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) and Mayanan Kamprai as the chairman of
the ruling coalition, UDA, Raj Bhavan sources said here today.

……more



Grassroots is vital for a party’s survival, say AGP activists(SEN_8_1_k8)
AGP supporters are unhappy for not launching  membership drive programmes


NAGAON, Jan 7: The Assam
Gana Parishad (AGP), the only regional opposition party of the state, even after
24- year stint could not realise that a political party thrives on the strength
of its grass root members. A section of the intellectuals and senior citizens
who are ardent supporters of the AGP for the last six years are unhappy with the
fact that the party has not launch membership drive programmes anywhere in Asom,
except confine among few of their limited circles.

……more

 


Projection of BPF candidates outside BTC creates controversy
(SEN_8_1_k8)
TAMARHAT, Jan 7 : “I do not understand why the Bodoland People’s
Front (BPF) has projected candidates for the panchayat elections in four Gaon
Panchayats (GPs) in 35 villages outside the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
The BPF is limited within the BTC area”, said Wazed Ali Choudhury, former
Agricultural Minister of Asom and present chairman of Assam State Housing board,
having cabinet rank, stated in an election rally at Hatidhura College field on
Monday. ……more

BJP and Congress all
set to battle it out in Golakganj
(SEN_8_1_k8)
Parties campaign door-to-door
TAMARHAT, Jan 7: As the third phase of the panchayat election draws
nearer, election fever has gripped the people of Tamarhat and its outskirts.
Workers and leaders of different political parties including the ruling Congress
and the main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Bharatiya Janata Parishad (BJP)
and the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and other independent candidates
have stepped up their election campaign by putting up hoardings, banners and
posters. ……more



Political heavyweights attend last-minute poll rallies
(SEN_8_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: On the
last day of campaigning prior to the third phase of the panchayat polls in the
State, political heavyweights entered the arena in a bid to woo the voters to
vote for their respective parties.
……more

After a grand
feast, comes purification(TEL, 16-1-k8)



Traditional revelry rules Bihu, complete with bulbuli, cock and egg
fights (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 15:
Assam and its
people purged their collective souls in the raging fires of the meji
before daybreak today and prayed for a year of prosperity as the entire state
celebrated Magh Bihu in a spirit of bonhomie and brotherhood. The celebrations,
which started with the grand feast on uruka yesterday, continued through
the night and culminated in the ritual of setting the mejis on fire, a
tradition of appeasing the fire god.
……more

Victory
for United (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Hailakandi,
Jan. 15:
United Club
emerged champions in the A-Division Cricket League championship of the District
Sports Association (DSA) of Silchar. In the final yesterday at Satindra Mohan
Dev Stadium here, they defeated Spirit Union by 8 wickets.Winning the toss,
Spirit Union decided to bat first and they were all out for 147 runs in 27.5
overs.
……more

Probe into
rural election clashes(TEL,18-1-k8)


Poll
panel team to arrive today(TEL,18-1-k8)

Hailakandi,
Jan. 17:
The three-member
inquiry team of the Election Commission, headed by Anwaruddin Choudhury, will
arrive here tomorrow to probe into the violence and mismanagement during the
panchayat polls in Hailakandi on January 9. Poll officials had burnt ballot
boxes and other election materials on the third and final phase of panchayat
elections in the district when authorities failed to protect them from goons
hired to rig the booths.
……more

 

Hailakandi
officials face tough action(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Guwahati/Hailakandi,
Jan. 18:
The state
election commission today recommended to the government to initiate departmental
action against an additional deputy commissioner posted in Hailakandi and
suspension of seven schoolteachers for dereliction of duty during the panchayat
elections in the district.
……more

Goalpara
embers fanned(TEL, 20-1-k8)


Two
non-Rabha leaders held for assault on MLA(TEL, 20-1-k8)

Dhubri,
Jan. 19:
Protests singed
the streets of Goalpara today following the arrest of two non-Rabha leaders in
connection with the assault on Congress MLA Abdul Rashid Mondal and his security
guards on December 18. The president of Non-Rabha Coordination Forum (NRCF),
Shajahan Ali, and the chief of the Ana Rabha Moulik Adhikar Surakha Samiti (ARMASS),
Mokadesh Ali Mondal, were arrested today on charges of inciting a mob that
attacked the Goalpara (West) legislator at Moilapather.

……more

70 pc
turnout in 1st phase of Panchayat polls(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The first phase of Panchayat polls held in seven
districts of Assam passed off peacefully today, according to official sources,
with the average voting percentage hovering around 70. The voting percentage may
go up after receipt of information from the interior places. No major incidents
have been reported from any of the polling stations, and the only difficulties
experienced were a few polling officials failing to discharge their duties and
mistakes in some ballot papers. ……more

Governor greets people(AST_1_1_k8)
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – State Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh, has extended his
greetings to the people on the occasion of New Year. In his New Year message to
the State the Governor has also asked the citizens to pledge to work
individually and contribute towards building a strong, developed and peaceful
Assam. ……more

Call to bring back peace in
state
(AST_1_1_k8)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Mediapersons and individuals from cross section of the
society on Friday condemned the dastardly killing of former Prime Minister of
Pakistan Benazir Bhutto. Terming terrorism as the greatest bane in a civilized
society, the media persons called upon all the groups creating a condition of
fear and insecurity in Assam and elsewhere in the country to announce ceasefire
on the first day of the New Year. ……more

Ashok Saikia’s death
condoled
(AST_1_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The members of the Lawyers’ Association, Guwahati,
has condoled the demise of Ashok Saikia, IAS, a distinguished bureaucrat and
former Director, Asian Development Bank, Manila.
……more

Security tightened in Karimganj
for panchayat polls
(AST_1_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – The Karimganj district police administration beefed up
security in and around the entire district to avoid any untoward incident during
the panchayat polls.Among nine hundred sixty-one polling stations of the
district, two hundred forty-nine have been identified as ‘sensitive’ and
seventy-five centres ‘hypersensitive’. This was stated by Mihir Goswami, the
Superintendent of Police of Karimganj recently.
……more

Electioneering reaches
crescendo at Palashbari
(AST_1_1_k8)
MIRZA, Dec 31 – Electioneering for the second phase of panchayat
polls to be held on January 4 has gained momentum for the three district
councillor seats, including ten gaon panchayat seats in Palashbari
constituency.In Rampur ZPC, Independent candidate Charli Das is ahead of the
other three contestants – Mina Mahanta (AGP), Deepika Talukdar (Cong-I) and
Anima Thakuria (Independent) with the popularity of this
advocate-turned-politician gaining ground. Moreover, besides taking advantage of
the infighting within the Congress (I), Charli is making inroads into the vote
banks of other parties. ……more

Tough fight for Cong in
Bandarmari panchayat
(AST_1_1_k8)
TEZPUR, Dec 31 – While all the parties such as Congress, AGP and BJP
including independent candidate are seen busy in conducting poll campaigns for
drawing attention of the voters of Bandarmari Panchayat of Biohuguri ZPC under
Barchala Constituency of Sonitpur district, the ruling Congress party
particularly is facing tough challenges from Opposition parties.
……more

Jania MLA hopeful of winning
all 4 ZPC seats
(AST_1_1_k8)
 KALGACHIA, Dec 31 – In view of the upcoming panchayat polls, Jania
MLA Abdul Khaleque called a press meet on Sunday at Kalgachia Rajiv Bhawan at a
time when the alert sections of the people in Jania LAC have been seen to evoke
a mixed response over the selection of Congress candidates nominated as
competent to overcome the challenge posed by AUDF candidates.
……more

Army conducts integration tour(AST_1_1_k8)
GOALPARA, Dec 31 – A national integration tour was conducted by the
3rd Battalion of Sikh Regiment Red Horns Division from December 17 to 30 for
school students in association with the district administration. Twenty students
along with two teachers were taken to New Delhi and Amritsar as part of the
tour. ……more

Ramcharani ZPC may
witness triangular fight
(AST_1_1_k8)
AZARA, Dec 31 – With the panchayat elections around the corner,
campaigning by different political parties has gained momentum at 16 No
Ramcharani Zila Parishad seat under Kamrup (M) district.
……more

Corruption CPM panchayat poll
plank in Jania LAC
(AST_1_1_k8)
 KALGACIA, Dec 31 – In view of the panchayat elections, CPI -M has
named its candidates to contest panchayat polls in Jania LAC under Barpeta
district. he party has provided its candidature to retired head teacher Abu
Bakkar Siddique to fight the battle in Haladhiya ZPC, which is only one out of
four ZPCs in the Assembly constituency. ……more

AUDF resents ‘communal’ tag(AST_1_1_k8)
HOJAI, Dec 31 – Sirajuddin Ajmal, Jamunamukh MLA and brother of AUDF
chief Badruddin Ajmal, addressing a series of election meetings said that after
two-and-a-half years AUDF will secure majority in State Assembly and the Chief
Minister will be from their party as people belonging to various communities in
Assam have lent support to it because of AUDF’s secular character.
……more

 

627 papers
filed at Badarpur
(AST_1_1_k8)
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – A total of six hundred and twenty-seven
nomination papers have been filed in Badarpur block for 120 posts of gaon
panchayat. This is a record in the history of panchayat polls, stated the
district election officers. ……more

Poll campaigning
picks up in Karimganj district
(AST_1_1_k8)
 NILAMBAZAR, Dec 31 – The second phase of panchayat polls in
Karimganj district along with other parts of Barak Valley is scheduled to be
held on January 9. As the election draws near, leaders and workers of ruling
Congress, BJP, AUDF and other political parties have geared up their poll
campaign. ……more

Poll campaigning picks up in
Karimganj district
(AST_1_1_k8)
NILAMBAZAR, Dec 31 – The second phase of panchayat polls in Karimganj
district along with other parts of Barak Valley is scheduled to be held on
January 9. As the election draws near, leaders and workers of ruling Congress,
BJP, AUDF and other political parties have geared up their poll campaign.
……more

Govt probe team seizes PDS
items from Dergaon
(AST_1_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The investigation team constituted by the State
Government to look into the anomalies in the Public Distribution System (PDS) in
Golaghat, Jorhat and Sivasagar districts after the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti
(KMSS) brought serious allegations against the departments concerned with the
help of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has seized 10,000 quintals of rice
and 2,000 quintals of sugar meant for distribution to consumers through the PDS
from a godown of a cooperative society in Dergaon.
……more

SAKP demands action against
corrupt officials
(AST_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad (SAKP) has
called upon the State Government to take stringent action against those
employees involved in irregularities, thus bringing shame to the society of the
employees. The functionaries of the parishad said that for the unethical
practices of a section of the Government employees, the entire society of the
employees could not be blamed. The secretary general of the parishad Bashav
Chandra Kalita said that allegations were pouring in about some employees not
working for the public unless they get bribes.
……more

Poll campaign gathers momentum
in Sualkuchi
(AST_2_1_k8)
 SUALKUCHI, Jan 1 – As the panchayat election draws nearer, election
fever has gripped the people of Sualkuchi and its outskirts. Workers and leaders
of different partical parties, including ruling Congress, main Opposition AGP,
BJP and CPM and other Independent candidates have stepped up their election
campaign by putting up hoardings, banners and posters.
……more

Kalaigaon LAC all set for
panchayat poll
(AST_2_1_k8)
KALAIGAON, Jan 1 – Political parties have geared up poll activities
in Kalaigaon LAC after re-lottery for reservation of panchayat seats against
women which done on December 22 accordingly panchayat polls will be held on
January 24 in Darrang. Filing of nominations by candidates will start on January
1 and January 4 will be the last date. January 7 will be the last date for
withdrawal of nomination papers. Counting of votes will start on January 28.
……more

Campaigning hots up in Gauripur
LAC
(AST_2_1_k8)
 GAURIPUR, Jan 1 – Campaigning for the panchayat poll scheduled to be
held on January 9 next in the Gauripur LAC has been gaining momentum in all the
17 GP areas of the constituency. ……more

20 hurt in poll clashes(AST_2_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 1 – Violence and bogus voting have hit a few polling centres in
Sissi block under Dhemaji district in the first phase of panchayat polls. At
least 20 persons were injured in separate poll clashes in the area.
……more

Poll fever grips Mangaldoi(AST_2_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 MANGALDOI, Jan 1 – Panchayat poll fever has gripped Mangaldoi to such an extent
that the New Year’s eve celebration was somewhat subdued with hardly any
celebration to note. ……more

Rs 80,000 fine realised for
code violation
(AST_2_1_k8)
 GORESWAR, Jan 1 – Forty contestants for different posts of the
panchayat polls scheduled to be held on January 4 next were fined on December 27
for violation of the code of conduct of the panchayat polls by Debeswar Bora,
officer in-charge of the Rangiya subdivision election branch.
……more

Corruption endemic during Cong
rule: AGP(P)

(AST_2_1_k8)
 KALIABOR, Jan 1 – Participating in a series of panchayat selection
meetings on Saturday at Kuthori, Jaklabandha Hospital Chari Ali, Jayantipur,
Noltoli Bazar, Misu and Borgheeli Bazar, a greater minority area under Kaliabor
sub-division, PK Mahanta, ex-CM and president AGP(P), has disclosed that the
present Congress Govt in Assam is a “total failure” due to corruption, price
hike, unemployment and insecurity of the public.
……more

Repoll in 10 Dibrugarh centres
on Jan 8(AST_3_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Jan 2 – The State Election Commission on the proposal of
the district administration, Dibrugarh, has directed fresh polling in ten
centres in the district. Repolling in all the ten centres will be held on
January 8, district officials informed.
The centres include Rajabheta LP school, Japara Gaon LP school, Digboimukh LP
school, Jugesh Gohain LP school, Gorpuria ME school, Dighalia LP school,
Dhadhumia LP school, Maijan Bagisa Mazdoor club, Maijan Bagisa LP school and
Teliapathar LP school. ……more

Saikia’s death condoled(AST_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – A meeting of the Govt. Pensioners’ Association, Assam,
held under the presidentship of Nagen Chandra Goswami, condoled the death of
Ashok Saikia and prayed God for the eternal peace of the departed soul by
observing a minute’s silence, stated a press release.
……more

AGP main rival of Cong in
Bihuguri ZPC
(AST_3_1_k8)
TEZPUR, Jan 2 – With the dates for panchayat polls in Bihuguri ZPC under
Barchala LAC of Sonitpur district nearing, political parties are gearing up
their poll campaign. The polls will be held on January 4 in the second phase.
……more

2 elected unopposed in Bihdia
Jajikona AP
(AST_3_1_k8)
GORESWAR, Jan 2 – Two gaon panchayat members namely, Harmaya Kalita
(Cong) of No 6 Barpanara under Bihdia Jajikona anchalik panchayat and another
Manju Boro (Cong) from No 3 Kalmoni Dhonkhanda of the same anchalik panchayat
have been elected unopposed in Rangiya subdivision.
……more

Cachar police on alert for
panchayat polls
(AST_3_1_k8)
 SILCHAR, Jan 2 – Cachar district administration declared the security
position in the backdrop of the panchayat polls in the state. The declaration
was outlined in the conference hall of deputy commissioner, Cachar in the
presence of various political parties. In the meeting it was specifically
mentioned that in Cachar district, 259 polling stations have been identified as
most sensitive. ……more

Cong wins Mandakata GP
uncontested
(AST_3_1_k8)
BAIHATA CHARIALI, Jan 2 – Though all seats of Mandakata Gaon
Panchayat including president and Anchalik Panchayat member seats of Bezera Zila
Parishad were wrested by ruling Congress uncontested, main Opposition Asom Gana
Parishad (AGP) is fully hopeful of winning the prestigious seat of Bezera Zila
Parishad under Jalukbari LA constituency. ……more

Rangiya MLA accused of assault(AST_3_1_k8)
RANGIYA, Jan 2 – The members of the Congress have alleged that the
local MLA of Rangiya Ananta Deka threatened and physically assaulted party
workers at the party office near here at Mohkholi Milan Chowk on the evening of
December 29 last……more.

 

Second
phase of Panchayat polls today(AST_4_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – The State is set for the second phase of the
Panchayat polls in 15 subdivisions in the districts of Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro),
Kamrup, Nagaon, Morigaon, Dhubri and Bongaigaon. According to State Election
Commission sources, more than 35 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in
the second phase of the polls to elect their representatives. More than 24,000
candidates are in the fray for the second phase of the polls, where elections
will be held to elect members for 118 Zila Parishad constituencies, 652 Anchalik
Panchayat constituencies, 652 constituencies of Gaon Panchayat presidents and
6,489 gaon panchayat members. ……more

Poll panel, police aiding Cong:
AUDF(AST_4_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – The Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) today
alleged that the police and the State Election Commission were acting as agents
of the Congress Government in the Panchayat polls. Working president of the AUDF,
Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury, said that the election code of conduct was openly
flouted by the Congress candidates, but the Election Commission was turning a
blind eye towards the violations. Choudhury said that the AUDF had made several
complaints to the election commission, but so far the election commission had
not acted on its complaints. ……more

Cancelled(AST_4_1_k8)
 TEZPUR, Jan 3: The candidature of an AP member of No.7 Solagaon (KA)
under Balipara ZPC of Rangapara LAC has been cancelled. Official sources said
Dipali Saikia’s (BJP) candidature has been cancelled on the basis of invalid
documents.– Correspondent

Repolling(AST_4_1_k8)
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 3: After alleged irregularities in the first phase of
Panchayat polls, repolling will take place in 16 poll booths in Dhemaji. –
Correspondent

 

Penguin
award for Surjya Hazarika(AST_4_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – Renowned publisher, author, editor, compiler, cine
personality, director, producer, lyricist, Surya Hazarika has been selected for
the prestigious ‘Rising personalities of India’ award with a gold medal in
recognition of his exceptional caliber and outstanding performances in his
chosen area of activities, stated a press release.
……more

Campaign gaining momentum in
Barbhag area(AST_4_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 NALBARI, Jan 3 – Involvement of more females in the ensuing panchayat election
in Barbhag area in Nalbari district has evoked considerable enthusiasm among
voters. Women in groups have been launching house-to-house campaign to get
support from voters till night. Barbhag area wears a festive look in the entire
area with election. ……more

29 rendered homeless
in Sikkim fire(AST_4_1_k8)
GYALSHING, Jan 3 – Three wooden houses were gutted and two partially
destroyed here at Gyalshing New Market area in a major fire that broke out on
Wednesday, but there were no casualty.Some shops adjoining the houses also
caught fire. The fire has left 29 members of 14 families homeless. The affected
families have been kept temporarily in the shopping complex at Gyalshing Bazaar.
……more

71 pc turnout in 2nd
phase(AST_5_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – The second phase of the Panchayat polls held in 14
sub divisions of the State witnessed a voter turn out of 71.2 percent till 4 pm
today. The State Chief Election Commissioner CK Sarma said that the percentage
of turn out might go up further as reports from some polling stations were still
awaited. Addressing media persons this evening, Sarma said that Bijni recorded
the highest turn out of 78 per cent followed by Bilasipara that recorded a turn
out of 77 per cent. Sonitpur, Morigaon and Kamrup witnessed a turn out of 76 per
cent each. Kamrup (Metro) recorded a turn out of 74 per cent.
……more

Development main poll plank of
Cong, AGP in Barpeta
(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 BARPETA, Jan 4 – The Congress has no competitor and the party will win nine per
cent of the panchayat seats in the ensuing elections to be held in the district
on January 9, claimed Dildar Rezza, parliamentary secretary at a press meet held
at Rajiv Bhawan here on Wednesday. ……more

Biennial meet of judicial
employees’ body concludes
(AST_5_1_k8)
HAILAKANDI, Jan 4 – The fourth biennial conference of the All Assam
Judicial Employees Association was held in Hailakandi recently with a two-day
programme. The conference started with the hoisting of the flag by the president
of the association, Atiur Rasul Ahmed. ……more

10 injured in poll-related
violence
(AST_5_1_k8)
HOJAI, Jan 4 – In poll-related violence, at least 10 persons received
minor injuries at Udali under Lanka police station of Udali ZPC in Lumding LAC
when AUDF and Congress supporters clashed on Wednesday evening.
……more

Many join Cong in Darrang(AST_5_1_k8)
DUNI, Jan 4 – Members of more than thirty families of Pubtitkuchi
locality here recently joined the Congress party. According to information
available, they formally joined the Congress party under the leadership of
Binapani Kr Deka, Paresh Deka and Bhumi Kakoti. Binanda Kr Saikia, MLA of
Sipajhar LAC was also present in the brief function held on the occasion.
……more

 Ashok Saikia’s death mourned(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 TEZPUR, Jan 4 – The district administration and different organisations mourned
the death of Ashok Saikia, a former deputy commissioner of undivided Darrang
district in the early eighties. ……more

Violence flayed(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 4 – The general public and several student organisations have
criticised the incidents of violence between Congress and Sanmilita Ganashakti
Party in the area during the poll and post-poll periods.
……more

Rijiju remark irks State
PWD(AST_6_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – Taking exception to the reported statement of
Arunachal Pradesh’s BJP MP Khirin Rijiju seeking the Prime Minister’s
intervention in handing over work of NH-52 to the Border Roads Organization
((BRO), the Assam PWD Engineers’ Service Association today said that the stretch
from 113 km to 345 km of the highway had already been handed by the BRO to Assam
PWD including the stretches of NH-39 to Nagaland and NH-37 from Numaligarh
onwards on the basis of “most satisfactory” maintenance of these roads by the
PWD. ……more

 

Move on to
scuttle PDS scam: KMSS(AST_6_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), which
exposed a series of large-scale anomalies and corruption in the public
distribution system (PDS) of Golaghat district with the help of the Right to
Information (RTI) Act, today said that a vested interest group was working
overtime to accord legitimacy to over 10,000 qtls of rice and sugar seized from
the Dergaon godown……more

 

Lakhipur
still tense, curfew relaxed(AST_6_1_k8)

GOALPARA, Jan 6 – Curfew at Lakhipur town and its neighbouring areas
in Goalpara district was relaxed for four hours with effect from 12 noon to 4.00
pm today. The curfew was imposed in the area after the violence on Wednesday
last where an uneasy calm is still prevailing.
……more

Cong faces threat posed by
dissident workers in Baghbar
(AST_6_1_k8)
 kalgachia, Jan 5 – At a time when only a few days remain for the next
panchayat polls to be held in Barpeta district, the largest party Congress will
have to overcome threat posed by dissident grassroot Congress workers in most of
the GPs in the western part of Baghbar LAC. Though, due to imprudence of AUDF
leaders, Congress has been able to occupy 5 No Chatala ZPC uncontested, yet to
win its GP constituencies Congress facing a stiff challenge.
……more

Poll scene in
Sarukshetri delicately poised
(AST_6_1_k8)
 BARPETA, Jan 5 – As the electioneering for the January 9 poll in Barpeta
subdivision gaining momentum the position of both the ruling Congress and the
main Opposition Asom Gana Parishad is interestingly poised in Sarukhetri
Assembly constituency. While the ruling Congress is much ahead in Paka Betbari
women reserved ZPC with Marjina Begum, wife of popular leader Amzad Hussain, it
seems to have allowed a walk over in Dakshin Pub Sarukshetri ZPC to the
opposition AGP where Chittaranjan Barman, the district secretary of Asom Gana
Parishad, the youth wing of AGP is ahead of all other contenders.
……more

22 file papers in Dalgaon(AST_6_1_k8)
 DALGAON, Jan 5 – A total of 22 candidates filed nominations in four
Zilla Parishad constituencies under Dalgaon LAC on the final day of filing of
nominations for the panchayat election of Darrang district scheduled on January
24 next. ……more

Opp parties intensify campaign
in Barpeta dist
(AST_7_1_k8)
BARPETA, Jan 6 – With less than a week to go for the Panchayat polls
to be held on the January 9 next in Barpeta subdivision, the Opposition parties
– Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) – have intensified their campaign to woo the voters.
……more


Repolling at Namtiali tomorrow(AST_7_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SIVASAGAR, Jan 6 – Repolling in 86 No. Namtiali polling station, under Amguri
LAC, will be held on January 8, a press release from DIPRO Sivasagar stated.The
polling was countermanded due to the negligent conduct of the poll officials on
December 31. ……more

Govt forms trust to help
violence-hit(AST_6_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – The Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Trust for the benefit of
the victims of the violence by insurgent groups, formed by the Government of
Assam, will start functioning soon and the modalities of extending help to the
families of the victims of acts of violence by the insurgents are being
finalised. Official sources said that the first meeting of the members of the
Trust, headed by the Chief Minister, was held this evening for finalising the
modalities of the functioning of the Trust. It may be mentioned here that the
State Home Commissioner is the member secretary of the Trust, while, other
prominent persons including the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police
are among the members. ……more

10 hurt in pre-poll clash(AST_8_1_k8)
 NAGAON, Jan 7: In pre-panchayat poll violence at least ten persons
belonging to both Congress and AUDF, including five police personnel, were
injured at Madhupur, a suburban area of Nagaon town today at about 11 am. Police
had to fire in the air to disperse the mob.– Correspondent

Beltola probe(AST_8_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7: The RK Manisena Singh enquiry committee probing the
Beltola violence of November 24 today held its first hearing in the city today.
The committee has so far received only received six representations. – Staff
Reporter

Repolling(AST_8_1_k8)
 BAIHATA CHARIALI, Jan 7: The election authority of Rangiya sub-division
has ordered repolling at Biradutta Gaon Panchayat under Pub-Kachari Mahal Zila
Parishad of Kamalpur LAC on January 9. – Correspondent

 


Govt flayed for failure to check
spiralling prices
(AST_8_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – Protesting unbridled rise in prices and the
Government’s failure to control the same, public activist Prof Deven Dutta said
in a statement that: “Galloping, unreasonable prices of indispensable
commodities are breaking the backbones of the people. Yet, the Government, the
administration and the Opposition parties have all resoundingly failed in
discharging their respective bounden duties and are deafeningly silent.
……more

Poll campaign gains momentum in
Badarpur
(AST_8_1_k8)
BADARPUR, Jan 7 – As the panchayat election draws nearer, election
fever has gripped the people of Badarpur and its outskirts. Workers and leaders
of different political parties, including ruling Congress, main opposition
parties, like – BJP, AGP and CPI(M) and other independent candidates have
stepped up their election campaign by putting up hoardings, banners an posters,
public meetings, car-rallies, processions with festoons, party flags and others.
To get mass support from the people, meetings are being organised in every
corner of the town and village areas. ……more

Cong committed to uplift of
rural people’
(AST_8_1_k8)
BARPETA, Jan 7 – The ruling Congress party which was lagging behind
in campaign for the January 9 polls in Barpeta subdivision received new momentum
on Sunday with the visit of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president
Bhubaneswar Kalita and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on two consecutive days,
namely Saturday and Sunday. ……more

Repoll likely in ward under
Lanka Bheta GP
(AST_8_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 HOJAI, Jan 7– Repolling may be held in Ward No 6 Pashbhandar LP School centre
of 48 Lanka Bheta GP under, Padumpukhuri ZPC due to mix up of name and symbol of
Congress and AUDF candidates. ……more

Himanta’s dig at Ajmal(AST_8_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 KALGACHIA, Jan 7 – In view of the upcoming panchayat election to be held in
third phase in Barpeta district on January 9, a public meeting, chaired by Jania
MLA Abdul Khaleque, was held on January 4 at Kalgachia.
……more

AGP, Cong workers clash in
Sootea LAC
(AST_8_1_k8)
TEZPUR, Jan 7 – Sensation is prevailing in Sootea LAC owing to the
clash between AGP and Congress workers on Friday last in two polling booths of
Sengamari area under Nagsankar ZPC of Sootea LAC in Sonitpur district.
……more

Rly union resents ‘anti-labour’
attitude of Centre
(AST_8_1_k8)
PANDU, Jan 7 – All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) to which the
NF Railway Mazdoor Union is affiliated, which has emerged as the biggest union
of railway employees in the recent, held elections through-out the Indian
Railways has expressed its deep resentment on the anti-labour attitude of the
present Central government. ……more

7 Cong workers expelled(AST_8_1_k8)
From Our Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 7 – The Dibrugarh District Congress Committee (DDCC) has
expelled seven party workers from the Indian National Congress party for a
period of six years for indulging in anti-party activities during the panchayat
polls conducted here. The expulsion notices have been signed on Saturday by the
DDCC president, Dr Jayanta Kumar Gogoi.

Third phase of
Panchayat polls today(AST_9_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – After successful completion of the Panchayat polls
in the first two phases despite the call given by some organisations for
boycotting the elections, the State is set for the third phase of the polls
tomorrow. State Election Commission sources said that polls would be held
tomorrow in the districts of Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Nagaon,
Cachar, Hailakandi, Karimganj and parts of Morigaon and all preparations for the
polls have been completed and the officials engaged for the elections have
already left for their respective polling stations.
……more

Police probe making
headway(AST_9_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The Manisena Singh Commission probing the Beltola
clash during its first hearing on Monday may not have yielded the desired
results but as far as the criminal investigation being carried out by the
special Assam Police investigation team into the November 24 incident is
concerned, the investigation is making a steady progress. Police sources told
The Assam Tribune
that though the investigation undertaken by the special
police investigating team started off in a snail’s pace, however later it gained
substantial momentum and has managed to bring to the fore many hidden facts.
……more

MLA Mohibul Haque
assaulted(AST_9_1_k8)

GAURIPUR, Jan 8 – Legislator Mohibul Haque and a number of his
supporters were assaulted in Gauripur last night when they were campaigning for
the panchayat polls even after expiry of the time for campaigning. The
supporters of his opponents objected to it and a clash broke out between both
the groups in Naidagaon village under Gauripur PS.
……more

State Hajjis allege raw deal,
file FIR at Kolkata
(AST_9_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – Shabby treatment meted out to them allegedly by the
Air India authorities and the Central Hajj Committee has made the Hajj pilgrims
fuming and they have formed a committee to move the court against the above
authorities. ……more

Sabha chief’s arrest condemned(AST_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The Purbottar Hindustani Sammelan, a premier
organisation of Hindi-speaking people living in the North East region, has
strongly condemned the arrest of the president of Asam Sahitya Sabha along with
a host of other prominent personalities on January 7, while they were peacefully
proceeding to submit memorandum to the State secretariat pressing the demand for
the implementation of the Official Languages Act.
……more

AGP decries firing by MLA’s
securitymen
(AST_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on today
condemned the incident of firing by security personnel of MLA Mahibul Haque at
Gauripur wherein AGP worker Shahidur Rahman was seriously injured.
……more

33,000 cast votes in Sualkuchi
ZPC
(AST_9_1_k8)
SUALKUCHI, Jan 8 – In the second phase of Panchayat election, 33,097
voters out of the total of 42,684 in No.13 Sualkuchi Zila Parishad Constituency
under Jalukbari LA constituency, exercised their franchise on January 4 and they
would decide the fate of 20 candidates for Gaon Panchayat president, 26
candidates for Anchalik Panchayat member (councillor) 163 Gaon Panchayat ward
members, and 5 for Zila Parishad councillors who were in fray from 8 Gaon
Panchayats under Sualkuchi Development Block. Meanwhile, Ali Hussain, candidate
for the Gaon Panchayat president of Singimari GP was declared elected without
contest following the withdrawal of nomination by the lone AGP rival.
……more

Chaos in Cachar dist; officials
burn ballot paper
(AST_9_1_k8)
SILCHAR, Jan 8 – Hours before the Panchayat election, a confusing
situation prevailed in Cachar district due to the mismanagement of the
administration. As per the direction received from the Election Commission, the
polling officers reported at the ISBT at 7 am on Monday. But upto 4 pm most of
the polling officers did not receive any papers. The hungry and exhausted
polling officers could not take it any more and set some important election
materials afire, including a trunk of ballot papers. This resulted in a chaotic
situation in the entire district. ……more

Repoll in Sonitpur district
today
(AST_9_1_k8)
 TEZPUR, Jan 8 – The district administration has directed repoll in 10
polling stations in Sonitpur district covering 3 subdivisions – Tezpur,
Biswanath and Gohpur – tomorrow. ……more

Training of RSS Hailakandi unit(AST_9_1_k8)
HAILAKANDI, Jan 8 – A three-day-long training programme of the Hailakandi
unit of the Rastriya Sevika Samiti was held recently at Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in
Hailakandi. A total of 58 members from all over the district participated in the
training. The training programme was conducted by Uttar Purb Sampark Pramukh of
the Samiti, Monideepa Das. ……more

Dissident Congmen form
independent forum in Darrang
(AST_9_1_k8)
MANGALDOI, Jan 8 – Dissident Congressmen and some high-ups in the
district (Darrang) Congress like the former Darrang ZPP, Enamul Majid formed an
independent forum ‘in protest’.Majid said “we are not leaving the party. We have
filed nomination papers as dissident independents by remaining in the party.”
……more

Violence mars Panchayat
polls(AST_10_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The third phase of the Panchayat polls was marred
by incidents of violence and rigging, particularly in the districts of
Hailakandi and Karimganj in the Barak Valley and the State Election Commission
will have to order re-polling in at least 170 polling stations. Briefing
newspersons this evening, the State Election Commissioner CK Sarma said that
altogether 74 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the third
phase of the polls today. He said that 70 per cent of the voters cast their
votes in Nalbari district, 75 per cent in Barpeta district, 80 per cent in
Bongaigaon district, 74 per cent in Dhubri district, 70 per cent in Cachar
district and around 78 per cent of the voters cast their votes in Morigaon
district. The figures of Hailakandi and Karimganj district could not be compiled
till late this evening. ……more

Writ against PR in Nagaland
admitted in HC(AST_10_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The Gauhati High Court comprising Chief Justice J
Chelameswar and Justice A Potsangbam admitted the writ petition (C) No. 93/2008
filed by Mr Yietchu, MLA of Nagaland Legislative Assembly from Maheuri
constituency challenging the imposition of President’s rule in Nagaland and
posted the matter for hearing on February 5.
……more

 

AGP flays
Cong over poll violence(AST_11_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – The opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on
Thursday described the Panchayat election situation in the State as
unprecedented and castigated the ruling Congress for violating the election code
of conduct and using the Government machinery in its favour. The party said that
after the shameful incidents of violence that disrupted the poll process, the
Government had no moral right to continue in power.
……more

AUDF alleges
rigging(AST_11_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – The Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) today
demanded re-election in all the polling stations of Hailakandi district, in 52
polling stations of Karimganj district and in 10 polling stations of Nagaon
district alleging irregularities in conducting the panchayat election process
and rigging by the Congress. The party also alleged partisan attitude of the
State Election Commissioner. He is working as an agent of the Congress, said the
AUDF. The party is planning to hold a meeting of the opposition parties on the
entire panchayat election process. ……more

 Repoll peaceful in Sissi,
Duliajan
(AST_11_1_k8)
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 10 – Repolling of the panchayat polls held in 12 polling
station of Sissiblock passed off peacefully amid tight security on Tuesday. Due
to alleged irregularities in 16 polling stations in Dhemaji Subdivision,
repolling was ordered. In the polling centres, 85-90 per cent polling was
reported. No untoward incident was reported from polling centres, but three
persons suspected to be involved in rigging were arrested in polling.
……more

CM reviews govt schemes in
Jorhat
(AST_11_1_k8)
 JORHAT, Jan 10 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday asked the State
Public Works Department to prepare projects to build roads and bridges in the
areas along Assam-Nagaland border, chars and other interior places.
……more

Apang case hearing on Feb
12(AST_12_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The full bench of the Gauhati High Court
comprising Chief Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice BP
Katakey after hearing PIL No 50 of 2004 filed by Bamang Anthony and Domin Loya
against rampant corruption and misappropriation of crores of money during 2000
to 2004 in distribution of ……more

 

Repolling
in 453 stations ordered(AST_12_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The State Election Commission has ordered repoll
in as many as 453 polling stations in six districts for the third phase of the
Panchayat polls. Of these Hailakandi accounts for the highest number of repolls
in 309 polling stations followed by Karimganj where repoll will be held in 74
stations. Cachar comes at third with repoll in 54 stations.
……more

State poll panel
biased, says BJP(AST_12_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh
on Friday said that it was ready to jointly protest, with other Opposition
parties including the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) against the biased stand of the
State Election Commission, (SEC). State BJP president Ramen Deka said that in
view of the pro Government approach of the State Election Commission, it was
necessary for the Opposition parties to unite and pressurise the Commission to
maintain its integrity. ……more

Opp parties seek Governor’s
intervention(AST_12_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The opposition political parties who met on
Friday to discuss the election condition resolved to join hands against the
ruling Congress and demanded the intervention of the Governor to ensure that the
democratic tradition was not violated in the State. The Assam United Democratic
Front (AUDF), the Asom Gana Parishad (P) and seven other political parties
attended the meet and took the decision to call upon the Governor and seek his
intervention into the prevailing situation. ……more

Public to exercise franchise
after 15 years
(AST_12_1_k8)
DALGAON, Jan 11 – As Darrang district is all set to hold the
panchayat elections on January 24 next, voters of eight Gaon Panchayats under
four Zila Parishad constituencies in two LACs of the district are getting back
their constitutional rights after a long spell of fifteen years.
……more

Creation of civil district for
Hamren sub-division demanded
(AST_12_1_k8)
DIPHU, Jan 11 – The Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) Hamren Regional
Committee (HRC) recently submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
through the Sub-divisional Officer (Civil) Hamren demanding creation of a civil
district for Hamren sub-division in Karbi Anglong.
……more

Stir threat over price rise(AST_13_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP)
on Friday lambasted the State Government over the issue of rise in prices of all
essential commodities and warned that if the Government remained a mute
spectator anymore on the matter, the student body would launch a Statewide
agitation. ……more

Hailakandi bandh peaceful(AST_13_1_k8)
HAILAKANDI, Jan 12 – The 12 hour Hailakandi bandh called by the
Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Mancha, a joint platform of various political
parties comprises CPI(M), NCP, AGP(P) and another non-political organization
Gram Swaraj Suraksha Mancha passed off peacefully on Friday in Hailakandi
district. Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and an NGO Barak Bandhu Club also
called Hailakandi bandh separately. ……more

Concern
over attack on Gauripur MLA
(AST_13_1_k8)
GAURIPUR, Jan 12 – Barring a few stray incidents, though Panchayat
poll in the 24 Gauripur LAC passed off peacefully, the untoward incident of
assault on the local MLA Mahibul Haque has caused concern among all sections of
people of the constituency. ……more

SULFA body to hold Silpi Divas
at Mangaldoi
(AST_13_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 DALGAON, Jan 12 – In an welcome start to the New Year, hundreds of youth who
once believed in armed revolution have now started believing in cultural
revolution. Things are shaping well as the ex-ULFA co-ordination committee of
undivided Darrang district under the supervision of its State body is organising
Silpi Divas at Mangaldoi on January 17 and 18 with variety of programmes.
……more

Campaigning peaks in Sipajhar
LAC
(AST_13_1_k8)
 SIPAJHAR, Jan 12 – Candidates and party workers of different
political parties, including ruling Congress and the Opposition Asom Gana
Parishad (AGP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), CPM and AUDF and also Independent
candidates have geared up political campaign in the entire Sipajhar LAC area as
panchayat election is scheduled for January 24.
……more

3595 candidates in fray for
Darrang panchayat poll
(AST_13_1_k8)
 DALGAON, Jan 12 – With the process of filing of nominations and its
withdrawal over, a total of 3595 candidates are contesting the final battle of
panchayat poll in Darrang district to be held on January 24. A maximum of 2819
candidates are left in the fray against 750 GP member seats while 369 candidates
are in fray for 75 AP member seats. ……more

Nalbari registers 70% polling(AST_13_1_k8)
Nalbari, Jan 12 – About 70 per cent voters cast their votes in the
third phase of panchayat poll held in Nalbari district to elect 792 Zilla
Parisad members, anchalik panchayat members, gaon panchayat president and
members on Wednesday. he election in the district was by and large peaceful,
except for three untoward incidents at Tihu, Pokowa and Bahjani ZPC areas.
……more

Repoll ordered(AST_13_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 12 – Fresh polling has been ordered at Bokuloni
Chariali Hindi L P School under Tengakhat Anchalik Panchayat in the district on
January 17, according to an official press communique.

 

Probe
ordered into burning of poll material(AST_14_1_k8)

 HAILAKANDI, Jan 13 – The Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi has
ordered an inquiry into the burning of ballot boxes and other poll material by
polling officials at SS College premises in the town on the day of Panchayat
poll on January 9. The presiding and polling officers became agitated after
attack by goons in most of the polling booths and vented their anger at the SS
College premises by burning the remaining poll material. The Additional Deputy
Commissioner of Hailakandi, Rupak Gupta will inquire into the entire incident.
……more

SAKP to continue fight for
resolving govt employees’ problems
(AST_15_1_k8)
udalguri, Jan 14 – “If the State government fails to implement the Sixth
Pay Commission’s structure in Assam by April of the current year, then the State
government may have to pay a big price for it. If we, the employees of State
government, get united under one umbrella organisation, it is likely that the
State government will have to bow down to our core demand of implementing the
Central government’s pay structure failing which it will have to quite the
throne at Dispur,” said Pradip Kr Borah, president, Sadou Asom Karmachari
Parishad (SAKP). ……more

Press Council
reconstituted(AST_17_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 16 – The Press Council of India has been reconstituted
in its tenth term on January 7 for a three-year term. The Council stands
constituted with strength of 28 members other than the chairman, of whom 20
represent the press, five are the Members of Parliament and one nominee each of
University Grants Commission, Sahitya Academy and the Bar Council of India.
……more

216 hyper-sensitive booths in
Darrang dist
(AST_17_1_k8)
SIPAJHAR, Jan 16 – With an eye on the forthcoming panchayat election in
Darrang district to be held on January 24, the district administration is making
all kinds of preparation for peaceful conduct of the polls.
……more

Violence during polls in
Nilambazar flayed
(AST_17_1_k8)
NILAMBAZAR, Jan 16 – The general public and several students
organisations have criticised the incidents of violence between the Congress and
AUDF in the Nilambazar area during the polls on January 9.
……more

Opp parties demand fresh polls
in Hailakandi dis
(AST_17_1_k8)
 HAILAKANDI, Jan 16 – Two hundred members of various Opposition political
parties, such as, BJP, AGP, AUDF, NCP, CPI, CPI(M) etc observed four hours
hunger strike in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Hailakandi
from 10 am on Monday demanding fresh elections in all the 621 polling booths in
Hailakandi district. Later they also submitted a memorandum to the Chief
Election Commissioner of the State through the deputy commissioner of Hailakandi.
……more

SEC allays fears on ballot
boxes security(AST_18_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – The Assam State Election Commission has appealed
to the voters, candidates and political parties not to have any apprehension
about the safety and security of the strong rooms where the ballot boxes of the
Panchayat polls are kept. In a release here today, the Commission said that all
the political parties have been offered the opportunity by the Deputy
Commissioners and Sub Divisional Officers (SDO) to keep their representatives at
the vicinity of the strong rooms till the date of counting so that they can keep
a close vigil. ……more

CRPF deploys new battalion in
Arunachal Pradesh
(AST_18_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – CRPF has inducted a new battalion in Arunachal
Pradesh to counter militant threat and intensified its operations in the
districts that witnessed increased violence during last year. Another battalion
has been added to the State, in addition to the two already existing ones
following reports of militant movements in Tirap and Changlang districts from
Myanmar, CRPF Director-General S I S Ahmed told reporters here recently.
……more

Poll boycott fails to evoke
response(AST_1_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Dec 31 – A large number of people thronged to their
respective polling stations in the district to cast their vote in the panchayat
elections today despite the poll boycott called by six different communities
seeking scheduled status. Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha president and former
Dibrugarh MP, Paban Singh Ghatowar told The Assam Tribune here this
evening that he is elated by the large turnout at the polling booths today.
……more
           


 


One
injured in blast(SHT, 7-1-k8)


Dhubri
:
One person was seriously injured in a car bomb blast in

Assam‘s
Dhubri town on Sunday.The police said a bomb planted inside a car owned by a
prominent businessmans exploded when his son opened the garage at their house
premises.

The son was
admitted to the Dhubri civil hospital in a critical condition. (PTI)


 



Misuse of tricolour lands panchayat candidate in trouble(SHT, 8-1-k8)


Guwahati
:
An over-zeal for patriotic display has almost cost a Panchayat election
candidate in Assams Hailakandi district his candidature.A Gaon Panchayat
presidential candidate for the local rural body polls, Nekibur Zaman Borbhuyan,
had published posters, appealing votes, with the Tricolour printed on it to
attract attention of the voters.
……more



Assam MLA injured in pre-poll violence(SHT, 9-1-k8)


Guwahati
:
Independent legislator Mohibul Haque and another person was critically injured
in pre-panchayat poll violence in Assam’s Dhubri district late on Monday night.

Official sources here on Tuesday
informed Mr Haque and his supporters were having dinner at a house in Nadirgaon,
near Gauripur police station, after the poll campaign, when they were attacked
by political rivals at about 2330 hours.

……more


 


Half
of Assam population don’t speak Assamese(SHT, 9-1-k8)

Guwahati:
The Directorate of Census, in a recently released data of state-wise language
figure, has said that more than half of Assam’s inhabitants do not speak
Assamese. The report stated that only 49.44 per cent of people speak Assamese
while 27.91 per cent speak Bengali followed by 5.97 per cent Hindi and 4.93 per
cent Bodo.
……more



Assam CM blames neighbouring nations for jehadi activities(SHT, 10th January

2008)

Guwahati:
Assam’s neighbouring
countries, particularly Bangladesh, are encouraging insurgency and jehadi
activities in the State, where a "third force" with suspected naxalite links is
working behind the growing Adivasi uprising, says Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. On
the see-saw peace process with the ULFA, the Chief Minister expressed his
Government’s readiness to hold talks with the insurgents provided they dropped
the sovereignty condition.
……more


74
pc turnout in Assam panchayat polls(SHT, 10th January
2008)

Guwahati:
An estimated 74 per cent of the electorate on Wednesday exercised their
franchise in the third and final phase of panchayat polls in nine districts of
Assam amidst incidents of violence and booth-capturing in some
districts.Official sources said that incidents of violence and booth-capturing
were reported from parts of Hailakandi, Nagaon, Morigaon and Barpeta districts.
Polling was suspended in several booths in the districts.

……more


 


2
hurt in explosion(SHT_13_1_k8)


Dibrugarh
:
Two drivers from Rajasthan engaged in railway contruction work were injured when
a grenade was lobbed at them by unidentified miscreants early on Saturday
morning in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district. Official sources said the granades
were hurled at the two when they were sleeping in their temporary camp at
Rangsali, under Khowang police station. (PTI)

 



Kameswari’ title for Sonal Mansingh(SHT_15_1_k8)


Guwahati:

Renowned Bharatnatyam dancer Sonal
Mansingh was conferred the title of ‘Kameshwari’ by the Kamakhya Debuttor Board
during the ‘Kameswari Festival, 2008′ beginning on Monday.

……more


 


BJP
to go with NPF in Nagaland polls(SHT_17_1_k8)


Guwahati:

The BJP is game for continuing the alliance with the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF)
in its is attempt to have a non-Congress Government installed at Kohima after
the forthcoming Assembly election on March 5 next.

……more


 



Police lathicharge curious crowd(SHT_21_1_k8)


Guwahati
:
Police resorted to a mild lathicharge to disperse a curious crowd which had
gathered to watch the helicopter in which Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had gone to
address a Panchayat election campaign in Assam’s Darrang district on Sunday.

……more

NE unfazed by R-Day boycott
call(SHT_28_1_k8)

Guwahati/Agartala: A 17-hour general strike by separatist rebels on
Saturday to boycott the 59th Republic Day celebrations failed to impact the
northeastern states of Assam, Manipur and Tripura. ……more

Cong set to sweep Assam
civic polls(SHT_29_1_k8)
Guwahati
: The ruling Congress was all set to sweep the Panchayat poll
in the Assam, winning majority of the seats announced so far, leaving only a
handful of pockets to Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Assam United
Democratic Front (AUDF). ……more

 ‘Contain conflicts for
growth of North-East’(SHT_29_1_k8)
Guwahati
: Conflict was a scourge on all development activities and
needed to be addressed, more so in the north east region faced with various
natural challenges, British deputy high commissioner to eastern India Simon
Wilson said on Monday. ……more

ULFA chief’s sister wins
civic polls (SHT_31_1_k8)

Guwahati: Separatist ULFA leader Paresh Baruah’s sister Hirawati
Baruah Chetia on Wednesday won the panchayat seat which she had contested as an
Asom Gana Parishad candidate. Hirawati, the only sister of the ULFA chief, who
had contested for the post of councillor of Baruahola village panchayat in upper
Assam’s Tinsukia district, defeated her nearest Congress candidate, official
sources said. Her constituency was in Bessopani area, native place of her mother
Miliki Baruah who has always been very vocal against the ULFA and also cast her
vote in the last assembly elections in the State. ……more

 

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Nagaland Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Nagaland Cong list


Nagaland Cong list
(AST_30_1_k8)
 KOHIMA, Jan 29 – Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee, besieged with
too many aspirants, yesterday announced the names of candidates for the 40
Assembly seats, elections to which will be held on March 5. …more

Cong candidates for 40
constituencies(NPT_28_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 27 (NPN): Even
though the Congress has finally cleared the first list of candidates to contest
in 40 constituencies for the March 5 assembly election , the suspense over the
remaining 20 names continues to fuel speculations amid rumblings within its rank
and file. …more

NPF Dimapur-II
dissolved(NPT_28_1_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The NPF Dimapur-II A/C comprising of its parent body, women wing, youth wing and
advisory board during its executive meeting at the residence of Y. Hewoto Awomi,
former parliamentary secretary for CAWD and decided to dissolve the party "en
bloc as subsequent to resignation of Hewoto Awomi from the party." …more

Houses, vehicles gutted in
Dimapur(NPT_29_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 28 (NPN): Seven trucks and around 30
to 40 houses including a motor garage were gutted in a major fire which broke
out at the residential Ghorapatty area here on Monday at around 10 am. …more

2 former
ministers quit Congress(NPT_29_1_k8)

KOHIMA/DIMAPUR, JAN 28 (NPN):  In an apparent
fallout of the tussle for Congress party tickets for the ensuing Assembly
elections, two former ministers and Congress leaders, K Kiko and Pukhayi Sumi,
have resigned from the Congress party to contest the polls under different
political parties.
While chairman, NPCC Kissan Cell, K Kiko Konyak of 48 Moka A/C, is set to
contest the polls on a BJP ticket, PCC member of 34 Aghunato A/C, Pukhayi Sumi
is eyeing for NPF ticket. …more

NPF list
likely by Jan 30(NPT_29_1_k8)

KOHIMA, JAN 28 (NPN): The NPF is expected to
declare its list of candidates for the ensuing March 5 assembly elections on
January 30, NPF sources said. 
A highly-placed NPF source disclosed that the party would have a meeting on
January 29 and the names of candidates declared the next day, with the ticket
distribution ceremony to be held at the NPF Central Office, Kohima. The source
also said the NPF party would kick-start its election campaign on February 6.
Though the NPF party is keen to contest in all 60 seats, there are speculations
that there could some seat adjustment with the DAN partners including the BJP.
…more

 
JAC to stage demo in
Delhi(NPT_30_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 29 (NPN): The Joint Action Committee of
Tribal Hohos on Delimitation has decided to stage a dharna in front of
Parliament House in New Delhi on February 7 as a part of its agitation in
protest against the proposed ordinance to exempt Nagaland from the purview of
delimitation exercise.A press release issued by JAC
general secretary Idailung Thou described the ordinance as "murder of
fundamental and democratic rights of the people" and "stark exposure of the
double standard treatment meted out to the Nagas by Government of India".…more

Cong pits Seyie against
Rio(NPT_30_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 29 (NPN):
In an interesting development, though the Congress is
yet to declare the candidature of Sevotso Seyie, party general secretary, Kohima
District Congress Committee for Northern Angami-II A/C, NPCC vice president
Khreidi Thenünuo Tuesday officially declared that Seyie would be pitted against
former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio of NPF. …more

Congress declares second
list(NPT_30_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 29 (NPN):
After a long delay, the Congress has announced the
second set of its list containing the names of candidates for ten assembly
constituencies. As expected, several aspirants who have been denied the party
tickets have either resigned or decided to contest as independents or candidates
of other rival parties for the March 5 assembly elections. …more

NYC leaders
quit(NPT_30_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 29 (NPN):
Apparently peeved at being denied the Congress party
tickets for the March 5 assembly polls, Nagaland Youth Congress (NYC) president
Prasielie Pienyu and secretary Ruokuovotuo have resigned from the primary as
well as active membership of the party with immediate effect. …more

Bid to change fund
pattern(NPT_31_1_k8)

 Dimapur, Jan 30 : The Northeast may finally get some
respite following a proposal by Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh
Prasad Singh to move the Union Cabinet towards endorsing his Ministry’s proposal
to change the funding pattern to 90 per cent grant.
…more

Plea to
factions(NPT_31_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 30 (NPN): Public of
Khaghaboto, Kuhuboto and Aghunaqa areas have directed all underground factions
not to disrupt the ongoing construction works of the RCC bridge between Shozukhu
and Zukihe, in the interest of the public of the three areas. …more
 

CEC to
review Assembly poll preparations in Nagaland
(AST_28_1_k8)

 KOHIMA, Jan 27 – Chief Election
Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswamy and two Election Commissioners (EC) will visit
Nagaland from January 31 to February 2 to review preparations for the March 5
assembly election in the State. …more

Rudy flays Central rule
in Nagaland
(AST_25_1_k8)

 KOHIMA, Jan 24 – Former Union Minister
and BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy yesterday said that the decision to impose
Central rule in Nagaland by the UPA Government was undemocratic. While the
government imposed President’s Rule in Nagaland dismissing an elected government
before the completion of its term, it applied a different yardstick for Goa in a
similar situation and allowed the Congress rule to continue. …more

Deo Nukhu quits
Assembly(NPT_21_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 20 (NPN): MLA Deo
Nukhu has resigned from the Nagaland Legislative Assembly with effect from
January 14.
In a letter to the Assembly Speaker, Nukhu said it was not possible for him to
continue as a member of the Assembly under the present political condition.
…more

 

15 dept to
vie for trophy(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR: Vying for the
Governor’s Trophy for Excellence, fifteen Government departments are to take
part in the Tableau Presentation at this year’s Republic Day celebrations at the
Secretariat

Plaza, Kohima. This was decided during a meeting held recently at Kohima to
chalk out arrangements for celebration of Republic Day 2008 in the state
capital. …more

 

DCC Wokha
recommends(NPT_23_2_k8)

 DIMAPUR: The District Congress
Committee (DCC) Wokha has re-affirmed for recommendation of INC ticket for Wokha
district. A press release jointly issued by its president, C Renpongthung Ezung
and general secretary Zubemo Lotha stated that Wokha DCC election committee has
re-affirmed its earlier decision taken on October 10, 2007 for recommendation of
INC ticket to all the four PCC members from Wokha district for the ensuing
general election. The release has further asked the authority responsible to
consider the enclosed minutes of the District Election Committee held on January
19 and take necessary action. …more

BJP graph rising:
Rudy(NPT_23_2_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 22 (NPN):
The BJP Tuesday asserted that Year 2008 would be the
"Year of BJP". Addressing a press conference here Tuesday, BJP all India
spokesman and election in-charge of Nagaland, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, claimed the
graph of BJP was ever rising. He was confident that BJP would do well in the
upcoming elections in several States. …more

Jamir asks Nagas to ‘arise
and awake’(NPT_23_2_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 22 (NPN):
Governor of Goa Dr. S.C. Jamir said the obsession of
the Nagas with the past had narrowed down their perspectives besides affecting
them in broadening their horizons and exploiting the natural talents and
creative capabilities in all spheres of human endeavours. …more

AR with people of State:
IGAR(NPT_23_2_k8)

Dimapur:
Maj. Gen. K.S. Sethi, IGAR (North), Tuesday asserted that Assam Rifles was
committed to the growth and development of Nagaland.Addressing a gathering after
inaugurating a water supply project at Kukidolong village on Tuesday, Gen. Sethi
said "We are with the people and it will be always our endeavour to work for the
people of the State". He said the Assam Rifles wanted to see the fruits of
growth in the State as in many places of the country.Commenting on the project,
the General said it was a very difficult and challenging task but was made
possible owing to the efforts of Col. K.P.S. Sirohi, CO, 42 Assam Rifles, as
also the villagers. …more

BJP Dmr-III
resolves(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The BJP Dimapur -III A/C Mandal in its meeting on January 21 at the residence of
Mandal president Hokheto Kiba had resolved to "unanimously support" the mahila
candidate Mrs. Helena Yepthomi as the BJP candidate for Dimapur-III. …more

RJD Mon(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The RJD Mon District Yuva has praised DRJD President, Panglei Konyak for his
efficient and dynamic leadership under whom the youth of the RJD Mon district
has improved and bloomed. Mon District Yuva Rashtriya Janata Dal general
secretary has in a press release informed that Panglei Konyak resigned from the
Congress party Mon district and joined RJD in the year 2007. …more

DC Longleng, DPRO Tsg
condole(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The Deputy Commissioner of Longleng has condoled the death of Sub- Divisional
Information Officer, Longleng, Meshu Khiammungam, who died in a road accident on
January 15 between Changtongya and Mokokchung road. …more

BSP informs(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) general secretary, K. Mhonchumo Lotha has informed all
the BSP State and District office bearers to collect their Identity Cards from
the head office. In a separate release, the general secretary also informed that
the office of the BSP has been shifted to Half Nagarjan, near GHSS Nagarjan,
Dimapur.

NLBC 75 years(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The N. Longchum Baptist Church (NLBC) under KBES Wokha will celebrate its 75th
anniversary from January 28 to 30 with the theme, "Nteno Ethungcheo Jipo". The
speakers during the conference will be executive secretary KBES Vankhosung Rev
Dr E. Nrio Ezung, Wokha Town Baptist Church Pastor Rev L.K. …more

JD (U) office bearers
resign(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
Altogether six state office bearers of the Janata Dal (United) have tendered
resignation from their respective designations since January 16. Appreciating
Deo Nukhu, former minister, Higher and Technical Education for withdrawing
support to the DAN Government, the six JD (U) signatories have extended its
gratitude to the screening committee members of the INC for inducting former DAN
legislators into Congress party and also for recommending the party’s tickets.
…more

Oting village alleges
fraudulent drawal(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The Oting village elders has alleged that an amount of Rs. 82, 25, 000 has been
drawn in the name of "fake development works" which have not been done at all.In
an open letter to the state Governor, the signatories sought the intervention
and demanded investigation into the alleged fraudulent works for which a total
of Rs. 82, 25, 000 has been drawn with "mutual understanding between DDOs of
some departments and contractors in the name of Oting village." …more

NPF Wka threat on ticket
issue(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) Wokha Division and NPF 37 Tyui A/C has
appealed to the NPF Party Ticket Distribution Committee to issue NPF ticket to
intending candidate Y. Y. Kikon and cautioned to resign en bloc in the event of
the candidate not getting the NPF ticket.In a press statement, signed by nine
NPF officials of Wokha Division and 37 Tyui A/C reaffirmed its earlier
recommendation for allotment of NPF ticket to Y. Y. Kikon for the 37 Tyui A/C.
…more

NCRC Sumi council
meet(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
A general meeting of Nagaland Christian Revival Church (NCRC), Sumi executive
council has been convened on February 2 at 8 am at its headquarter prayer
centre, Pughoboto. NCRC (Sumi) in a press release issued by its secretary,
Hekhevi Yeptho, has requested all LBC board members both old and new and council
members to attend the meeting.

Polling stations for Phek
(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The Deputy Commissioner & district election officer, Phek, Maongwati Aier has
informed that the list of polling stations for the five Assembly Constituencies
including 16 Pfütsero AC, 17 Chizami AC, 18 Chazouba AC, 19 Phek AC and 20
Meluri AC, have been published. Copies of the list are available for inspection
at the office of the District Election Officer, Phek, all outpost Administrative
Officers’ offices, Phek district and the office of the Phek Town Council.

Tuli ACCC Merangkong village
unit(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The 21 Tuli Assembly Constituency Congress Committee (ACCC), and Assembly
Constituency Youth Congress Committee (ACYCC), Merangkong village unit, during
their general meeting held on January 20 have reaffirmed to stand in the party
principles and resolved to support S. Imti Jamir, intending Congress candidate
in the ensuing general assembly election under the leadership of NPCC president,
Hokheto Sumi and CLP leader, I. Imkong. This was stated in a joint press
statement issued by 21 Tuli ACCC and ACYCC Merangkong village unit.

BJP 3 Dmr-III office bearers
resign(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
Fifteen BJP office bearers along with active and primary members under 3 Dmr-III
A/C has resigned from the party to support L. Inazhe Sema, RJD candidate, for
the ensuing general assembly election. …more

DAN co-ordination committee
formed(NPT_24_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 23 (NPN): Co-ordination Committee of the
Democratic Alliance Nagaland (DAN) in a consultative meeting held Wednesday at
Kohima, selected a new team of committee members and also set up a sub-committee
on drafting the common minimum programme (CMP) of DAN for the forthcoming
Assembly elections. …more

Congress first list
likely today(NPT_24_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 23 (NPN): Congress is likely to
declare the first list of 40 candidates for the March 5 Assembly polls in
Nagaland on Thursday; while the second list containing the names of the
remaining 20 was expected to be declared on February 2.
Congress leader I. Imkong told Nagaland Post Wednesday that the Central
Executive Committee (CEC) of the party would meet in New Delhi on Thursday to
discuss the matter. The CEC is headed by Congress president Mrs. Sonia Gandhi
and includes as members: Margaret Alva (AICC in-charge Nagaland), Ranjit Thomas
(joint secretary AICC) Lalthanhawla , P.R.Kyndiah, CLP leader I. Imkong and NPCC
president Hokheto Sumi. …more

Violation of
code of conduct(NPT_25_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 24(NPN): Despite election having been declared on January 14 and
after which the electoral code of conduct taking immediate effect, several
former ministers and VIPs of the DAN coalition are still using armed police
escorts during their movements.
Armed police escorts are officially permitted only for the former chief
minister, the opposition leader and a minister in the erstwhile DAN government
as they come under the category of the ‘threat perception’. …more

Congress to announce
list of candidates(NPT_25_1_k8)

 Dimapur, Jan 24 (NPN): With the Central Election Committee
of the AICC having sat for several hours on Thursday to finalise the list of
party candidates, no formal announcement has been made.
When contacted over telephone, NPCC president Hokheto Sumi simply said the list
would be formally declared after the AICC president Sonia Gandhi appended her
signature by Friday. …more
PR imposed in
Nagaland(SEX_4_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 3: Presi-dent’s Rule has been imposed in Nagaland this
evening.
Reacting to the development, Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio has said that
it is unfortunate that anti-democracy forces in the form of the Congress leaders
of Nagaland have put their best effort to impose President’s Rule in Nagaland
after failing on all fronts to dislodge the mandated DAN Government in Nagaland.
…more

Varied response to Delhi rule(TEL_ 3_1_k8)



Nagaland CMO dismisses report, minister prepares for battle (TEL, 3-1-k8)

Kohima,
Jan. 2:
The Nagaland
People’s Front, the main constituent of the ruling Democratic Alliance of
Nagaland, today reacted to the news of the Union cabinet recommending
President’s rule in the state in contradictory voices.The chief minister’s
office dismissed the news outright, saying it was a mere rumour floated by the
Opposition Congress.
…more

 DAN
weighs legal option(TEL_ 5_1_k8)



Ousted coalition finds support from Naga groups (TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan. 4:
The Neiphiu Rio-led Democratic
Alliance of Nagaland geared up for a legal battle with Delhi a day after losing
the political one that culminated in President’s rule being clamped on the
state.Rio said the coalition partners, led by his Nagaland People’s Front, were
consulting legal experts to move court against the “murder of democracy”. “We
will seek justice from the court,” he said, projecting his government as a
political martyr.
…more

 DAN
plans protest(TEL_ 6_1_k8)


Nagaland security reviewed, NPF
mulls bandh (TEL,6-1-08)

Kohima,
Jan. 5:
The Nagaland
People’s Front, a constituent of the Neiphiu Rio-led government, and the BJP
that backed the coalition have launched a vitriolic attack on the Centre for
imposing President’s rule in the state. The parties have chalked out a series of
agitation programmes to protest the Centre’s decision, though Governor K.
Sankaranarayanan today tried to cool tempers by assuring that central rule is
not “army rule”.
…more

 More
forces for NPF blockade (TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Kohima,
Jan. 7:
The Nagaland
administration has deployed additional police and IRB personnel along National
Highway 39 to ensure law and order during the 12-hour blockade called by the
youth wing of the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) tomorrow in protest against the
imposition of President’s rule.
…more


NPF
petition(TEL_9_1_k8)

The Nagaland
People’s Front (NPF) has filed a writ petition in Gauhati High Court,
challenging the imposition of President’s rule in the state on January 3. The
case will come up for hearing tomorrow. NPF spokesperson V.V. Abu Metha said
renowned constitution expert Soli Sorabjee would represent the party.



Nagaland bandh peaceful(SEX_9_1_k8)

 Kohima, Jan 8: The 12 hours
bandh of National Highway 39 and 61 in Nagaland called by the Youth Wings of
three non-Congress political parties including Nagaland People’s Front (NPF),
Bharatya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) from 6
am today went off peacefully without any untoward incident being reported from
any quarter.
…more



Nagaland Election Dept ready to conduct polls
(SEN_17_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 16: Nagaland
Election Department has made the requisite preparations to conduct the March 5
Assembly Elections as per the Election Commission of India (ECI) directive,
official sources said today.
Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) C J Ponraj told UNI that despatching of
election-related materials and instructions to maintain model code of conduct to
the district headquarters have already been started as the election process. He
said Nagaland has a total of 13,00507 voters, comprising 64,604 male and
6,35,903 female voters, who will exercise their franchise in 1800 polling
stations throughout the State.
…more
 
New Chairman
appointed
(SEN_19_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 18: Temjen Toy, Commissioner and Secretary, Urban Development
Department has being appointed Chairman Development Authority Nagaland (DAN),
stated a press release. …more



Vice President inaugurates NCC Republic Day camp

(SEN_9_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 8 : The Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari inaugurated the
National Cadet Corps Republic Day Camp – 2008, at New Delhi today, stated a
press release.
A contingent of smartly turned out NCC cadets drawn from all the three wings
namely Army, Navy and Air Force, presented a Guard of Honour to the Vice
President on his arrival at the NCC camp. …more

Armed forces
Tribunal Act notified


(SEN_9_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 8: The Union
Government has notified the Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007 which will pave the
way for the setting up of a tribunal dealing with disputes relating to the
personnel of the three Services, stated a press release.
The Armed Forces Tribunal Bill 2007, passed by the Parliament, received the
assent of the President on December 25, 2007.

…more

 Nagaland
Governor reviews security situation
(SEN_10_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 9:
Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayan reviewed the security scenario in the State
with the top Army personnel and discussed the issue of holding free and fair
election, said a Defence release issued here today. The high-level meeting,
attended by all senior security personnel, including Lt Gen M S Dadwal, GOC,
three Corps and Maj Gen K S Sethi, Inspector General of Assam Rifles (North),
was held here yesterday.
…more

Congress
not responsible for President Rule :Imkong
(SEN_10_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 9: Opposition
Congress leader I Imkong today said the party and the Nagaland Progressive
Alliance (NPA) members did not demand President’s rule in the State but only
dismissal of the ‘minority’ Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government.
Addressing a press conference here after returning from New Delhi, the leader of
Opposition in the previous Nagaland Assembly alleged that failure of the DAN
government led to the imposition of Central rule.

…more



Congress accuses Rio of fund misuse
(SEN_11_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 10: Congress
Legislature Party leader in Nagaland I Imkong has demanded explanations from
outgoing Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for “siphoning off” developmental funds and
requested Governor K Sankaranarayan to investigate the matter.
Addressing a press conference here yesterday, Imkong alleged that Rio had
withdrawn cash of more than Rs 400 crore between December 13 and 31 after his
Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government became a ‘minority’ in the
floor of the House on December 13.
…more

 


DAN
urges Governor to reinstate Rio govt
(NPT_15_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 14
(NPN): In a significant political development, the NPF-led DAN alliance Monday
called on State Governor K. Sankaranarayanan and urged him to reinstate the
Neiphiu Rio led government.
The DAN legislators, led by Rio, called on the Governor in the afternoon and
took group photographs along with the Governor.

…more

Imkong Delhi-bound(NPT_15_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 14 (NPN): With the Election Commission fixing
March 5 as the day for holding of Assembly elections in Nagaland, senior
Congress and NPA (Nagaland Progressive Alliance) leader I. Imkong Monday sounded
optimistic about the prospects of Congress in the polls.
…more


ENPO,
SH resolve
(NPT_15_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Eastern Nagaland Peoples’
Organization (ENPO) and the Sumi Hoho (SH) have resolved to support the Naga
Unification movement among the Nagas without any discrimination and territorial
limit.
…more

 Tripathi
assures free, fair polls
(NPT_16_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 15 (NPN):

Advisor to the Governor and former
DGP of Nagaland, S.C. Tripathi, assured that free and fair polls would be
conducted in Nagaland and hoped polling day would remain peaceful. Tripathi, who
assumed office on Monday, also assured that he would do "everything possible" to
ensure fair and peaceful conduct of the polls.

…more


 AKUN
appreciates Centre
(NPT_16_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Asukho Kughukho Union, Nagaland (AKUN) has appreciated the decision of the
Central Government to keep the delimitation proposal in abeyance in Nagaland.
…more


 Sumis
for unity
(NPT_17_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 16 (NPN): A “Peace and Unification Rally”,
organized in Zunheboto on Tuesday, resolved to unanimously reiterate and
reaffirm the Sumi resolutions adopted on December 11 and December 27 last year.
…more



Support unification: ‘Gen’ Kholi
(NPT_17_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 16 (NPN):
“General” Kholi Konyak, “Chief of Army”, People’s Army of Nagaland, NSCN (K),
Wednesday called upon all peace-loving Nagas to support the ongoing process for
unification of the Nagas with sincerity and dedication.
…more



Congress to finalise list after January 20
(NPT_17_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 16 (NPN):  It would seem that procrastination
by the Congress party in announcing its list of candidates in Nagaland for the
second time, reveals how difficult the process has turned out to be.
…more


JAC
calls bandh over delimitation
(NPT_17_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 16 (NPN): The Joint
Action Committee (JAC) of Tribal Hohos on Delimitation has called for a “total
bandh” in JAC districts and sub-divisions on January 28 besides resolving to
hold a dharna in New Delhi in the first week of February in protest against the
decision of Cabinet Sub-Committee to exempt some of the north-eastern States
including Nagaland from the purview of delimitation process.

…more


EC
on code of conduct
(NPT_17_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 16 (NPN): The Election
Commission of India has directed all political parties in the State to abide by
the model code of conduct which came into force immediately with the
announcement of poll schedule for the State on January 14.
A press release issued by C.J. Ponraj, Chief Electoral Officer, Nagaland, said
as according to the model code of conduct, no fresh release of LADP funds under
MPs/MLAs shall be made in any part of the State where election is in progress.
…more
 



Patil assures NPA
(NPT_18_1_k8)

Dimapur, Dec 17 (NPN): Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil
Monday purportedly assured a delegation of the Congress-led Nagaland Progressive
Alliance (NPA) that “justice will be done according to the provisions of the
Constitution of India.”
According to a report from NPA sources, Patil gave the assurance to a 30-member
NPA delegation, led by its leader-elect, I. Imkong, when they called on the
Minister in New Delhi Monday afternoon. …more

Rokonicha quits
(NPT_18_1_k8)

Kohima, Dec 17 (NPN): Even as the focus on the latest
political crisis shifted to New Delhi, senior Congress leader Rokonicha resigned
from Assembly on Monday.
According to official sources, Assembly Speaker Kiyaneilie Peseyie accepted the
resignation of Rokonicha. Following this, the strength of the Congress party in
the NLA has been reduced to 16 MLAs. Rokonicha represented the 5th Ghaspani II
Assembly constituency.  …more


NPF
lauds Assembly Speaker
(NPT_18_1_k8)

Dimapur, Dec 17 (NPN): The
NPF Kohima unit has lauded Assembly Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie for “graciously
and decently upholding” the Constitution of India, in particular the Tenth
Schedule, during the recent no-trust motion.
A press release issued by NPF Kohima division president Theyiekielie Tachu
alleged the nine NPF Members, who could not muster two third of the strength of
NPF, attempted to violate the Tenth Schedule of Constitution with impunity.
…more


Five
houses gutted
(NPT_18_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

Five houses including four thatch house and a RCC building were gutted during
the wee hours on Monday at Rongmei Colony, Dhobinullah, Dimapur.According to
Fire Brigade personnel who went to the spot to douse of the inferno, four thatch
houses and one RCC building were gutted at the same time property worth 50 lakh
were destroyed which left 21 families homeless. The caused of the fire could not
be ascertained, however it was suspected to be due to short circuit.

 Therie
slams NPF demand
(NPT_19_1_k8)

Dimapur,Jan 18(NPN): Former
NPF finance minister K.Therie slammed the NPF for demanding reinstatement of the
then DAN coalition ministry from the Governor adding, it only served to expose
“ignorance” on the part of the NPF.
In a statement, Therie said the NPF legislators should be “ashamed of making
such demand” if they had any “conscience and morality” since the NPA had the
majority support of 31 MLAs. He said it was known to all people that the DAN
coalition had lost majority support with only 23 members in a house of 60.
…more


Yitachu seeks info
(NPT_19_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 18 (NPN): Former parliamentary secretary (Law
& Justice) and MLA of the suspended 10th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Yitachu,
has sought information under RTI from the public information officer (PIO),
Secretariat of the Governor, Raj Bhavan Kohima, for use in the matter relating
to challenge of Proclamation under Article 356 in relation to Nagaland issued on
January 3, 2008, before the Gauhati High Court.
…more


JD(
U) units affirm
(NPT_19_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

Five JD (U) district level units including Mon, Mokokchung, Peren, Wokha and
Kiphire districts have affirmed not to compromise with former state JD (U)
president, S, Limatemjen, MLA Huska Sumi JD(U) Pughoboto A/C, and Deo Nukhu,
Chairman of State Deputy Planning Board, Nagaland under 17 Chisami A/C who
victimized the party workers with their "kiss and kill" policy for their own
individual benefit and run away from the package of party yearly shared.

…more

 Cancel
all VIP quotas: Governor
(NPT_20_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 19 (NPN): In his efforts to provide better
governance, the Governor of Nagaland K. Sankaranarayanan Saturday directed all
district authorities to implement the Public Distribution System (PDS) through
Fair Price Shops and not through the VIPs.
A release issued by the Governor’s Secretariat said the Governor had also
directed for the cancellation of all VIP quotas.
…more


SH,
WSH plea on unity
(NPT_20_1_k8)

 DIMAPUR, JAN 19 (NPN): Appealing to all Sumi underground
workers in particular and all Nagas in general, to cooperate with the
unification process, the Sumi Hoho (SH) and Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) also urged
all individuals and groups not to issue any provocative statement that might
disrupt the ongoing Naga unification. …more



Congress first list on Jan. 24
(NPT_20_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 19 (NPN): The Congress party in Nagaland will
formally declare the names of 40 of its 60 candidates for the forthcoming polls
in the State on January 24.
Disclosing this to Nagaland Post on Saturday, NPCC president Hokheto Sumi said
the names would be announced by the AICC in New Delhi. He said the Screening
Committee of AICC would hold a discussion for the remaining 20 seats on the same
day.
On the recent admission of 19 former DAN legislators into party fold, Hokheto
said their admission into Congress did not mean that all would get party
tickets. “A few seats will be given…The Congress has to sacrifice to give those
seats,” Hokheto said but refused to give further details.
…more


Rise
above petty differences: Sinha
(NPT_20_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

Deputy Commissioner Dimapur Abhijit
Sinha, on Saturday urged the CTC councilors to keep an eye on what other
Councils are doing for the development of the society and to rise above petty
differences.
…more


 Governor’s
promise of fair polls
(NPT_26_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 25 (NPN):
Governor K. Sankaranarayanan today assured the State Government has made
elaborate arrangements for “Free and Fair Elections” in order to ensure that
people of Nagaland elect their representatives to form a Government that was
based on the fundamental principles of public welfare and public good.
…more



Suspense over Congress list
(NPT_26_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 25 (NPN):  The suspense over the announcement
of list of Congress party candidates for the ensuing state Assembly elections,
continued with reports indicating that the second consecutive sitting of the
Central Election Committee of the AICC on Friday had failed to finalise the
list. …more


IATA
organizes special meeting
(NPT_26_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

A special meeting of the International Accreditation Theological Association (IATA),
North East India was organized here on Friday at New Life Bible College (NLBC),
Dimapur. The programme was graced by the presence of Dr. Babu P. Thomas,
International Co-ordinator of IATA (New York) and Dr. Stalin K. Thomas,
International Director, IATA (India).
…more

 Villages
resolve to support Esak
(NPT_26_1_k8)


KOHIMA:

The intending candidate from Congress ticket for the ensuing assembly polls from
47th Aboi A/C, Esak Hessum has gained more support from his constituency.A press
release issued by Chapa, party president of Longching unit stated that an
executive meeting of the Loncghing- Sowa youth was held on January 23, where
youths decided to strengthen and support Esak Hessum in the ensuing elections.
The youths also assured to work under the leadership of PCC President Hokheto
Sumi and Congress Legislature Party (CLP)

leader
I. Imkong in the ensuing polls.
…more

New
Secretary Defence (production) takes over
(SEN_3_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 2: Pradeep Kumar has taken over as Secretary (Defence
Production) in the Ministry of Defence, stated a press release. He belongs to
1972 batch of Indian Administrative Service. Kumar who is a Haryana Cadre
officer, is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of
Technology, Delhi and has a Master degree in Economic and Social Studies from
the University of Wales, UK. …more
 


Naga Hoho against ‘undemocratic move’
(SEN_4_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 3: Various organizations including the Naga Hoho has
expressed their opposition on the imposition of President rule in Nagaland,
stated a press release.
Speaking to media persons, the Naga Hoho’s press secretary said that “we are
absolutely against the imposition of President’s rule at this juncture.”“It will
create an undesirable situation,” Chuba Ozukum, the Naga Hoho’s spokesperson
stated. …more


NPF supporter shot dead

(SEN_4_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 3: A Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) supporter
was shot dead by a Congress activist at Kangtsung village under Tuli Assembly
Constituency in Mokokchung district of Nagaland. Police said here today that one
Zulunungba (25), a supporter of NPF Legislator T Tali of the Tuli Assembly
Constituency, was shot dead by a rival Congress supporter yesterday. The
assailant fled after committing the crime.
A case had been registered and a hunt was on to apprehend the killer, police
added. (UNI)

 Democracy
murdered in Nagaland: Neiphiu Rio
(SEN_5_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 4: Army and
paramilitary troopers were deployed in strength in Nagaland on Friday following
the clamping of President’s rule, which dismissed Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio
described as a “murder of democracy”.
The Northeastern State was brought under central rule late Thursday following
political uncertainty triggered by a controversial no-confidence vote.

…more

 


Nagaland Guv assures ‘SMART’ governance during President’s Rule
(SEN_5_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 4: Nagaland
Governor K Sankaranarayanan has assured he would do his best to ensure peace,
progress, prosperity and development of the State during the President’s Rule so
that the administration could meet the expectations of the citizens.
In a press communique here after President’s rule was imposed in Nagaland last
night, the Governor said, “The President’s Rule was necessitated following a
series of political activities in the form of changing loyalties and
horse-trading, which culminated in the December 13 No-Confidence Motion and
subsequently plunged the State into a
…more

 DAN
to challenge President’s rule in Nagaland in court
(SEN_5_1_k8)
RUSOMA Jan 4: Outgoing
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said the Democratic Alliance of
Nagaland (DAN) will move court against the undemocratic imposition of
President’s rule in the State. Talking to mediapersons at the inauguration of
the Golden Jubilee celebration of Rusoma Village Youth and Sports Association,
about 20 km from here, Rio said DAN leaders were consulting legal experts in
this regard, as the rulings of the Nagaland Assembly Speaker should be judged by
a court of law and not by the party high command.

…more

NPF accuses Congress of
imposing ‘martial rule’ in Nagaland
(SEN_5_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 4: The Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF), the major ally of
the outgoing Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government, today slammed the
State unit of the Congress for the imposition of President’s rule in the State.
In a release issued here, NPF president Shurhozelie said, “The President’s rule
is nothing but the Army rule. The Naga people do not need to be reminded of the
years of suffering and pain that they have undergone under the Centre’s Army
rule.” …more


Nagaland unit of the BJP
slams Congress leaders
(SEN_5_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 4: The Nagaland BJP, an ally of the outgoing Democratic
Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government, today lambasted the State Congress
leaders for imposition of the President’s Rule in the State. In a statement
issued here, BJP state unit president Ato Yepthomi described the development as
“murder of democracy” and claimed that it was a victory for the DAN government.

…more

 


Neiphiu Rio fears peace process
may go haywire
(SEN_6_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 5: Outgoing Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has
asserted that the imposition of President’s rule in the State was against the
aspirations of the Naga people and expressed apprehensions that the ongoing Naga
peace process may go haywire in the absence of a popular and mandated
government. …more

12-hour NH bandh
in Nagaland


(SEN_7_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 6: The youth
wings of three non-Congress parties in Nagaland have called for a 12-hour bandh
on National Highway 39 and 61, passing through the state, on January 8 to
protest the imposition of President’s Rule. Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) Youth
Wing president Kakuto Shohe said here today that the bandh was jointly called by
…more

 

I-cards
only for 45% in Kohima(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Kohima,
Jan. 15:
Nagaland will
receive nearly 180 additional companies of security forces, apart from the
existing 150 companies of state police, to ensure peaceful elections on March
5.Nagaland also has homeguard and village guard personnel, in addition to a
regular force. The state will also require around 20,000 government staff to
conduct elections in 1,786 polling stations. While the state election department
is yet to finalise the list of sensitive and hypersensitive polling stations,
election officials said identification of these areas would depend on the
prevailing situation in the near future.

…more

More
Nagaland MLAs resign (TEL, 20-1-k8)

Kohima,
Jan. 19:
Political drama
continued to unfold in Nagaland with the resignation of three Independent
legislators from the Assembly.Angetyongpang MLA Jongshilemba Ao, Suruhuto
legislator Khutovi Sumi and Tuensang Sadar-I MLA P. Chuba Chang submitted their
resignations to Speaker Kiyanielie Peseyie last night. They have joined the
Congress and are seeking tickets to the March 5 Assembly election.

…more


Cong
in a fix over list of candidates
(NPT_3_1_k8)


KOHIMA, JAN 2 (NPN):

The Congress high command in New
Delhi is reportedly having a tough time to finalize the list of party candidates
for the ensuing Nagaland assembly polls, following last month’s political
development in the state.The state Congress, which has 16 legislators in the
state legislative assembly, declared that it would contest all the 60 seats.
…more


DIG
graces Special Sainik Sammelan
(NPT_3_1_k8)

DIMAPUR:
A Special Sainik Sammelan was held on the occasion of its golden jubilee with
Brig Pramod Behl, DIG Assam Rifles Training Centre & School addressing all ranks
of the Centre. While wishing all ranks under its command a happy and prosperous
new year, the Commandant exhorted all ranks to put in their efforts in making
the Institution one of the best training centres of the country in the coming
years.
…more

 NGBF
& NDBA joint forum meet
(NPT_3_1_k8)

  DIMAPUR:
A joint forum meeting of the office bearers of NGBF and NDBA and presidents of
district GBs and DBs Association & District Forum Convenors have been convened
on January 8 at the joint forum office chamber, DC office complex Dimapur at 10
am to discuss on the ceasefire amongst the Naga National Workers (Groups) which
was extended on December 7 at Kohima.
…more

 SAEC
meet held
(NPT_3_1_k8)

  DIMAPUR:
A meeting of Saptiqa Area Elders’ Council (SAEC) was held on December 29 last at
GHS building comprising five villages including Ustomi, Zhevishe village,
Saptiqa, Shena Old and New.According to a press release issued by general
secretary of the council, the meeting was attended by 85 signatories comprising
of GBs, public leaders and various officers where it deliberated on the recent
creation of EAC post at Saptiqa by DAN government.

…more

 Naga
fellowship formed in Japan
(NPT_4_1_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The Nagas living in Japan had a meeting and formed a fellowshipfor the first
time called Naga Fellowship Japan (NFJ) recently. The NFJ consist of seven
families with a total of 26 members. One of the members was staying in Japan for
the last 25 years while another member was staying for the last 17 years.

…more

 Governor
assures SMART govt
(NPT_4_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 3 (NPN):

Nagaland Governor K.Sankaranarayanan has said President’s Rule in Nagaland was
compelled due to the series of political activities witnessed in the form of
changing loyalties and horse trading which culminated in the December 13 no
confidence vote that subsequently plunged the state into a political crisis.

…more


Rio,
NPF criticize Centre
(NPT_4_1_k8)

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and the
Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) have criticized the central government for the
imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland. Describing the Centre’s move as
"outrageous" and "murder of democracy", Rio said it could threaten the integrity
of the country.

"It is outrageous. Imposition of
Central rule in a sensitive north-eastern state could threaten the integrity of
the country," Rio told PTI.
…more


 BJP
slams Cong
(NPT_4_1_k8)

 DAN ally BJP
Thursday slammed the Congress party for imposition of President’s Rule in the
State.Describing the development as "murder of democracy", BJP State unit
president Ato Yepthomi claimed this was a victory of the DAN. He said it was a
"shame" for the UPA allies at the Centre as they had been kept in the dark and
not consulted on the issue.Yepthomi cautioned that the NDA, if returned to
power, would apply the same yardstick in Goa.

…more

 Rio
responsible for PR: Therie
(NPT_4_1_k8)

Former Finance Minister, K Therie,
said chief minister Neiphiu Rio himself was responsible for the present
situation as he (Rio) did not resign despite having lost the no confidence
motion by 23-31. Reacting to the imposition of President’s Rule, Therie told
Nagaland Post that "Because of Rio’s loss of morals and ethics the competent
authorities had no option but to uphold the Constitution of India and enforce
the rule of law".
…more.

 ACCC
Shamatore – Chessore refutes
(NPT_4_1_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The office of the ACCC, 58 Shamatore – Chessore assembly constituency has
refuted the news items that were published through local dailies, the latest one
having published on December 29 by one R. Tohanba and his followers under the
same assembly constituency.
…more
 

 Governor
stresses on co-ordination
(NPT_5_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 4 (NPN):

A day after imposition of President’s
Rule in Nagaland State, Governor K. Sankaranarayanan held the first official
meeting with heads of departments in his secretariat Friday where he stressed on
co-ordination among the Government servants and need to bring about transparency
and clarity in running the government.

…more



Wangyuh, Zeliang flay PR
(NPT_5_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 4 (NPN):

Condeming the imposition of President
Rule, the two Members of Parliament from Nagaland, Wangyuh Konyak (Lok Sabha)
and TR Zeliang (Rajya Sabha) today said the Congress party at the Centre had
imposed President Rule in Nagaland merely to rig the coming assembly elections
in the party’s favour.
…more

 Cong
brought ‘PR package’(NPT_5_1_k8)


KOHIMA, Jan 4 (NPN):

Stung by the imposition of President
Rule in the state, former chief minister Neiphiu Rio today said the Congress
party had brought "President’s Rule package" to the state. "When the NDA
government regime during 1999-2004 at Centre gave the state economic package,
the Congress party gave the state PR’s package," Rio said while addressing the
two-day Riisoma Village Youth & Sports Association (RVYSA) Golden Jubilee
(1959-2008), on Friday at Rusoma village.

…more

 Governor
pep talks at security meet
(NPT_6_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 5 (NPN):

Nagaland Governor K. Sankaranarayanan
pointed out that current President’s Rule, which was the fourth time in Nagalnd,
was not "army rule" as the responsibility of running the administration, law and
order was shared between the civil, police and Governor. Addressing a high level
security coordination meeting of senior police and paramilitary officers at PHQ,
Kohima Saturday, the Governor reminded them that priority accorded by the
government was for maintenance of law and order in the state. He expressed the
hope that the police officers were well prepared to face the challenges and live
up to expectations.
…more


 Bandh
against PR
(NPT_6_1_k8)


KOHIMA, JAN 5 (NPN):

The Youth Wings of three Non-Congress
parties including NPF, BJYM and NCP have called a 12-hour bandh on January 8
from 6 a.m, on National Highway-39 and National Highway -61, informed NPF Youth
Wing president Kakuto Shohe According to NPF Youth Wing , the bandh was called
in protest against the imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland by the
Congress led-UPA government at the Centre.

…more

 PR
a grave mistake: Fernandes
(NPT_6_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 5 (NPN):

Former Defence minister and Member of
Parliament George Fernandes has said the dissolution of the Nagaland Government
by the Congress Party and imposition of President Rule in the state was a grave
mistake since, according to Fernandes, the state was not giving any trouble to
the country.
…more

 PR
imminent in Nagaland
(NPT_3_1_k8)

  New
Delhi/Dimapur, Jan 2:
President’s Rule in Nagaland appears imminent with
President Pratibha Patil considering a recommendation of the union cabinet in
this regard. Agency reports quoting officials of the Home Ministry said the
recommendation was sent to the President who is currently in Hyderabad. The
reports said the President was considering the decision of the cabinet taken at
its unscheduled meeting chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday.
…more

 Former
MLA opposes delimitation
(NPT_6_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

Former MLA and Chairman of Nagaland
Khadi Village Industries Board (NKVIB), S. Hukavi Zhimomi has thrown his weight
behind the opposation against delimitation in Asukhomi village that appeared in
some local dailies on January 1 which was issued by convenor of
anti-delimitation, Dr. K. David Chophimi.

…more

 NPF
youth wing lauds
(NPT_6_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The NPF youth wing, Tuensang
division, has extended it gratitude to the then DAN government for creating
nine, new EAC headquarters, upgrading three EAC headquarters to SDO (C)
headquarters and two SDO (C) headquarters to ADC headquarters in the state.
…more

 NPCC
debunks Rio
(NPT_7_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 6 (NPN):

Taking on former chief minister
Neiphiu Rio for describing President’s Rule as "martial law" in Nagaland, the
NPCC Sunday accused Rio of trying to fool the masses since the Centre intervened
constitutionally to remove the DAN government which was clinging on to power
through violation of constitutional norms despite being reduced to a minority.

…more

 Advisers
to State Governor
(NPT_7_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 6:

Former Bengal chief secretary Manish
Gupta and former Andhra Pradesh DGP Swaranjit Sen will be advisers to the
governor of Nagaland during President’s Rule. Quoting sources, a report filed by
a national daily said the Centre had chosen the names in consultation with the
allies of the ruling UPA. Officially, however, a search was still on.

…more


 Governor
condoles

 DIMAPUR,
JAN 6 NPN):
Governor K Sankaranarayanan has condoled the death of Dr.
Nzanbemo Lotha, head of department, Sociology, and director of Tribal Studies
Centre, Nagaland University. The Governor in a condolence message addressed to
late Dr. Lotha’ wife, Mrs. Kedangnaro, said late Lotha was one of the founding
fathers of the university and in his untimely death, students and people of
Nagaland have lost a scholar and an academician. "Dr. Lotha was one of the most
active members of the Church and his initiatives in community service are
remembered by all," the Governor said.

 GB-DB
Forum plea
(NPT_7_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 6 (NPN):

The Joint Forum of Nagaland GBs
Federation and Nagaland DBs Association has appealed to the organizers of the
12-hour bandh on January 8, to exempt GBs and DBs from the purview of the bandh
since they were scheduled to attend a meeting called by the Joint Forum in
Dimapur on the same date. The Joint Forum in a press release issued by convenor
A. Taku Longkumer and secretary Lungrahei Herie urged the organizers to exempt
the GBs and DBs in the interest of the Nagas.

…more



Confusion in BJP over bandh
(NPT_7_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 6 NPN):

Confusion prevails in the state BJP
camp over the party taking part in NPF Youth Wing-sponsored 12-hour bandh-cum-poster
campaign on January 8, to protest the dismissal of DAN Government and imposition
of President’s Rule in Nagaland.
…more


NPF
on bandh
(NPT_7_1_k8)

Clarifying to confusion on the NPF
Youth Wing’s 12-hour bandh call on January 8, the NPF Youth Wing has said that
the bandh would be enforced only on the National Highways and that towns would
not be affected. NPF Youth Wing president Kakuto Shohe also said Government
offices, shops and business establishments would not be affected.

…more


 JD(S)
for better governance
(NPT_7_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

With the state JD (S) making a new
entrance in the state political fray, the party has pledged its "biggest concern
for the upliftment of the Nagas". In a press note issued by former minister and
chairman State JD (S), Tokheho Sema cautioned the people of Nagaland to have
careful meditation over the matter of electing their representatives.

…more


 Azo
predicts return of DAN
(NPT_7_1_k8)


Kohima, Jan 6 (NPN):

Former Agriculture Minister Kuzholuzo
(Azo) Neinu Sunday predicted that President’s Rule in the State would go against
the Congress and instead help DAN to retain power.Addressing a press conference
here, Azo said the Congress had "poured out" its frustration in Nagaland after
tasting defeats in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. He claimed imposition of
President’s Rule in the State was against the wishes of the people.

…more


 Kiphire
BJP flays PR
(NPT_8_1_k8)


KIPHIRE:

The BJP Kiphire district has condemned the "forceful imposition of Center’s rule
in Nagaland in spite of peoples mandate government in the state which is against
the wishes of the Nagas in democratic norms." A press release issued by S.
Tongpise general secretary of BJP Kiphire district stated that the world’s
largest democratic country has murdered the popular mandate government of the
Nagas which is going to face the peoples mandate to choose popular Government in
February 2008.
…more


 Bandh
against PR peaceful
(NPT_9_1_k8)


Dimapur/Kohima/Mokokchung, Jan 8 (NPN):
The dawn-to-dusk bandh on
National Highways 39 and 61, called by the NPF Youth Wing and backed by state
BJP and NCP parties on Tuesday, in protest against imposition of President’s
Rule in Nagaland, passed off peacefully with no reports of any untoward
incident.In the Dimapur, the bandh was enforced at three main entry points -
Nagaland Check Gate, Dillai Gate and Chumukedima – with the maximum number of
both NPF Youth and BJYM volunteers as well as NPF Mahilas monitoring enforcement
of the bandh at Nagaland check gate.
…more



Imkong hits back at DAN
(NPT_9_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, Jan 8 (NPN) :
CLP
leader I. Imkong hit back at the then DAN government accusing it of having
"murdered democracy" by clinging on to power despite being defeated on the floor
of the house on December 13 vote of no confidence by the Congress-led
opposition.Imkong, who returned after spending twenty one days in New Delhi,
told media persons in his residence that the Congress had met the Governor to
stake claim to form an alternative government and when it was not acceded, they
had no option but to go to Delhi to seek justice.

…more

 Kangtsung
Senso Mongdang condemns
(NPT_9_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Kangtsung Senso Mungdang (KSM) has condemned the "heinous crime" committed
by one Tiatemjen, son of Ongtensangba of Wamaken village under Tuli Sub division
for killing Zulunungba, son of Sutsungmenba of Kangtsung village on January 2 in
broad daylight at Tuli town. A press release jointly issued by I. Chuba Lemdor,
president and Mar Imsong, secretary of KSM stated that the Mongdang will not
remain a silent spectator against such cold-blooded murder and resolved to leave
no stone unturned till justice is obtained. The KSM also urged the district
administration to bring the culprit to book immediately before the matter
deteriorates.
…more

 NPA
raps Rio on overdraft
(NPT_10_1_k8)


Kohima, Jan 9 (NPN):

Leader of the nascent Nagaland
Progressive Alliance (NPA), formed during the second week of December last year,
I. Imkong has renewed the charge that the then DAN government headed by Neiphiu
Rio, had created an overdraft to the tune of Rs.450 crore while demitting
office.
…more


 Cong
finalises 40 names for polls
(NPT_10_1_k8)


Kohima, Jan 9 (NPN):

It appears that the ticket issue in
the Congress is likely to be contentious as the party has undertaken the process
twice. In the first recommendation, the party had "finalized candidates for 59
constituencies" while in the latest, it has again recommended names for 40
constituencies.
…more

 Jamir
not to contest
(NPT_10_1_k8)

  Dimapur,
Jan 9:
Governor of Goa Dr. S.C. Jamir will not contest the ensuing Assembly
elections, a national daily reported on Wednesday.

A report filed by the daily said the
name of Jamir did not figure in the list of 40 names finalized by the AICC
Screening Committee. Jamir has not been named even for his home constituencies.
…more


 NCS
officials, staff to report attendance
(NPT_10_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Home department, secretariat
administration branch ‘A’ has informed all departments/branches in Nagaland
Civil Secretariat (NCS) to prepare the attendance report of the officers and
staff of their respective departments/branches by 11 am on every working day and
submit the same for onward submission to the Governor of Nagaland.

…more

 NPF,
Youth Wing appreciate
(NPT_10_1_k8)

 DIMAPUR:
The NPF has congratulated the people for expressing solidarity to DAN by
extending support to the12 hour bandh called by the alliance’s youth on
Tuesday.A press release issued by the Shilumar, associate press secretary of NPF
claimed that by active cooperation from the public, the bandh passed off
peacefully without any untoward incident in both National Highways, 39 and 61.
However, it stated that "unfortunately, some Congress people led by its leader K
V Pusa tried to provoke the minds of the people by openly challenging the bandh
at Zubza bridge". In this regard the party has condemned the action of the
leader as "desperate and heartless", who it added intentionally came to disrupt
the peaceful observation of the bandh.

…more

 Rio
rebuts Cong charges
(NPT_11_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 10 (NPN):

Former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio
Thursday dismissed the allegations of senior Congress and NPA leader

I.
Imkong about financial irregularities committed by DAN government ahead of
imposition of President’s Rule in the State.In a release,

Rio said Imkong should have checked
out the facts before making such "wild and serious" allegations. He described
the allegations of Imkong that DAN government had created a whopping deficit of
Rs.450 crore till December 31, 2007, as "false" and "baseless".
…more


 Governor
writes to Shinde
(NPT_11_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 10 (NPN):

Governor of Nagaland, K.
Sankaranarayanan, has written to Union Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde,
drawing his attention to the serious problem of power shortage being faced by
the State since December last year.An official release said the Governor pointed
out to the Union Minister that the shortfall of power to the tune of 50 per cent
during both peak and off peak hours had led to heavy load-shedding, causing
inconveniences to the citizens, especially students. The Governor suggested that
additional allocation to the tune of 25 MW be made from the Eastern Grid. He
said the demand was justified since the proposed thermal power plant in Dimapur
had been abandoned.
…more



First JD (U) NE conclave
(NPT_11_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 10 (NPN):

The JD (U) Thursday announced that
the party would convene its first conference in Northeast on January 12 at Town
Hall, Dimapur, with JD (U) national president Sharad Yadav and state presidents
of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura and Manipur addressing the conference.Informing
this at a press briefing here at Hotel Saramati, JD (U) national general
secretary and incharge Northeast, AK Srivastav said the conference will discuss
on problems faced by northeastern states and their solutions and also
President’s Rule in Nagaland.
…more

 KBPF
plans tour to Israel
(NPT_11_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Kohima Baptist Pastor Fellowship (KBPF) will be organizing a Holy Land Tour
to Israel and Jordon for the Pastors and Church leaders of Baptist Church in
Kohima in September. A press release issued by Rev. Dr. Chen Rengma,
Coordinator, Holy Land Tour stated that the purpose of the tour was to provide
an opportunity to the Christian leaders to visit and travel through the birth
place of the Lord, tour some other important historical places of life and work
of Jesus Christ and to experience the Bible alive.

…more


 Govt’s
fiscal guidelines
(NPT_12_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 11 (NPN): As the end of
financial year 2007-2008 approaches, Principal Secretary & Finance Commissioner,
H.K. Khullu has reminded all government departments to strictly follow the
procedures laid down for control and regulation of expenditure as prescribed by
the Finance Department dated April 13, 2007.
According to an official bulletin, the Finance Commissioner also reminded all
the departments to strictly adhere to the guidelines issued by Governor K.
Sankaranarayanan for observance of financial principles and fiscal discipline.
…more


ABCC
mission convention


(NPT_12_1_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The mission convention of the Angami Baptist Church Council (ABCC) is being held
from January 11 to 13 at Kuda Village Baptist Church, Nagarjan on the theme,
"Your God reigns". The speakers for the convention includes Rev. Zhabu Terhüja,
NBCC general secretary, Rev. Dr. Anjo Keikung, director NMM, Rev. Vanlal Nghaka,
minister at large, Shillong, Dr. Vilevono Peseyie Maase, USA, Rev. Ketsozeho
Sale, former executive director ABCC, Pelhousehu Belho, lecturer SBS and
Visasieü, director women department.
…more

 


JD(S)
Mon dissolved

(NPT_13_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Janata Dal (Secular) under Mon
district have resolved to dissolve its unit and join the Samajwadi Party under
the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav, leader of third front and UNPA chairman,
former defence minister and former chief minister of UP. According to a release
issued by district president S. Moba Konyak, the Janata Dal decided to join
Samajwadi Party as JD(S) had no future vision and regional party.



CCCRC fasting and prayer

(NPT_13_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Council of Chakhesang Christian
Revival Churches (CCCRC) will organize a fasting and prayer programme for
Chakhesang community leaders from January 18 to 20 at Mission Centre, Chetheba,
with Rev. Vangphong, vice-president, NCRC, as speaker that will be chaired by
assistant pastor, CRC Chozuba Town, Veküdu Lohe.

…more

 Cong
unit clarifies

DIMAPUR: Reacting to a news report the Yimjenkimong
Unit Congress 30 Alongtaki A/C has clarified that no Congress party meeting was
held on January 2 and as such the press release was the work of some
unauthorized persons. The president, I. Molung Jamir clarifying to the news item
that appeared on January 4 under the heading "YVY to support" said that the
party would support the candidate getting the Congress ticket whoever it may be
under 30 Alongtaki A/C in the forth coming general election.

 


NPF
Kohima meet held

(NPT_13_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Nagaland People’s Front 9th
Kohima Town A/C in its first executive meeting for the year 2008, held on
January 9 discussed on the prevailing situation arising due to the
"irresponsible imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland, a la coup de etat by
vested interests to overthrow the peoples mandated NPF led DAN Government of
Nagaland."
…more



Support for Wongto Chang

(NPT_13_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

An emergency meeting of all village
councils, senior political leaders, youth organization leaders and prominent
leaders from all general societies under the jurisdiction of Tuensang village P
Khel was held on January 9 where the house unanimously resolved to support H.
Wongto Chang, NPF intending candidate from 54 A/C Tuensang Sadar-II for the
ensuing general assembly election.
…more

 


NPF
Mon condemns PR

(NPT_13_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) Mon
Division has termed the imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland as "not only
unconstitutional" but a "murder of democracy" as it was a "government with the
full mandate of the people."
…more

 


NPF
members resign

(NPT_13_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

Thirteen members of the Nagaland
Peoples’ Front (NPF) of Kiusam Area 57th Thonoknyu A/C have withdrawn their
support and tendered their resignation stating that they have "loss of
confidence with the partymen" for "non-treatment with equality and justice by
co-workers in the affairs of development activities allotted" meant for the
beneficiaries under LADP, BADP etc.
…more

 



Longching reiterates support to Esak

(NPT_13_1_k8)

 Kohima:
In its biggest gathering
of the Longching village, under 47th Aboi Assembly constituency on January 12,
the Longching Village Council, GB’s, youths and the publics of the Longching
village took its final decision and reiterated to unanimously support and vote
for Esak Hessum, intending candidate seeking for Congress ticket from 47th Aboi
A/C.
…more


 Jamir
for Constitutional safeguards
(NPT_14_1_k8)

Panaji, Jan 13: Governor of
Goa Dr. S.C. Jamir said Nagas must have Constitutional safeguards to ensure the
protection of their tribal and political identity.
These safeguards should be beyond the purview of Constitutional amendments, he
said.
A release issued by the OSD to the Governor said interacting with scholars,
writers, former diplomats and Constitutional authorities from the South Asian
countries at Raj Bhavan here on Saturday night, Jamir reiterated that there was
some sort of vacuum in the hearts and minds of the tribals of north-east India
who still could not fully identify themselves with rest of the country owing to
social and geographical isolation. …more


180
CPMF Coys. for polls
(NPT_14_1_k8)

KOHIMA, JAN 13 (NPN):The upcoming assembly election in
Nagaland is expected to witness the heaviest deployment of Central Para Military
Forces (CPMF) in the state during polls. Highly-placed sources revealed that the
state has requisitioned for 180 companies of CPMF (about 18,000 personnel), for
smooth and peaceful conduct of the polls. The requestis more than double of the
75 CPMF companies that were deployed during the last state elections in 2003.
…more


ABCC
mission convention ends


DIMAPUR:

The mission convention of the Angami Baptist Church Council (ABCC) concluded
here at Kuda Village Baptist Church, Nagarjan on Sunday evening.Delegates from
75 churches under ABCC and missionaries working under ABCC from USA to Myanmar
attended the convention which was held on the theme, "Your God reigns" from
January 11 to 13.
…more

 


President’s rule had become necessary in Nagaland: Governor
(AST_5_1_k8)
 KOHIMA, Jan 4 – A day after imposition of President’s rule in
Nagaland, Governor K Shankaranarayanan today said the move was necessitated by
possibility of horse-trading and shifting political loyalties. “There was no
option but to impose provisions of Article 356 and give a chance to the people
of the State to elect a government as per their wishes,” the Governor said in a
statement. …more

Rio may move Court against PR
in Nagaland(AST_6_1_k8)

 KOHIMA, Jan 5 – Former Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today
hinted at going to the court against imposition of President’s rule in the state
just before the state assembly elections, reports PTI. “Some of our friends
(party leaders) in Delhi are consulting legal experts whether the Centre’s
decision should go for a judicial review in appropriate courts,” Rio said here
after meeting the Governor K Shankaranarayanan following imposition of
President’s rule on Thursday. …more

AR to announce new welfare
measures for jawans
(AST_6_1_k8)
 DIMAPUR, Jan 5 – Stress has always been an area of major cocern for the
armed forces across the country and the Assam Rifles (AR) certainly is no
exception.In a novel move to cut down the chances of stress affecting the jawans
of its 46 battalions, the Assam Rifles headquaters based in Shillong is
contemplating to announce a host of welfare schemes for the force very soon.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Paramjit Singh, Director General of Assam
Rifles informed that moves to strike a balance between recreation and work of
the jawans and the officers of the AR is already on the cards.
…more

Naga civil societies
against President’s Rule
(AST_6_1_k8)
 KOHIMA, Jan 5 – Naga civil societies especially the apex Naga
organisation, the Naga Hoho, have all expressed their opposition to imposition
of Central rule in Nagaland.
Speaking to media persons, the Naga Hoho through its press secretary said that
“we are absolutely against the imposition of President’s Rule at this juncture”.
It will create an undesirable situation, Chuba Ozukum, the Naga Hoho’s
spokesperson stated.
The Hoho also said that if President’s rule is imposed in Nagaland, “it will
definitely have a negative impact on the peace process and the ceasefire.”
…more

Governor’s stress on security
in Nagaland(AST_7_1_k8)

 KOHIMA, Jan 6 – Allaying fears that President’s Rule might provide
free hand to the armed forces, Nagaland Governor K Shankaranarayan has said that
security and maintenance of law and order are the top priority of the government
during Central rule, which was imposed in the State on Thursday. “President’s
Rule means civil rule, not army rule, where the civil administration, police and
governor have to run the government efficienetly and smoothly,” he said in view
of some political parties and organisations’ assertion that President’s Rule
meant army rule leading to sufferings by the people.
…more

Congress lashes out at NPF over
imposition of bandh
(AST_7_1_k8)
 KOHIMA, Jan 6 – The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC),
while expressing surprise over the non-Congress political parties’ attempt to
“disrupt the lives of the people of Nagaland” through their call for a bandh on
January 8, termed it as “very unfortunate” as they want to impose ‘NPF Military
Rule’.
A release issued by NPCC Media Cell member Jonathan said, “If they were
genuinely agitated with the Centre’s decision to impose President’s Rule in
Nagaland, they should go to Delhi and demonstrate their unhappiness. We fail to
understand why they should disturb the normal lives of the people in Nagaland by
calling such a bandh.” …more

BJP to move SC against PR in
Nagaland
(AST_8_1_k8)
 KOHIMA, Jan 7 – Close on the heels of outgoing Chief Minister
Neiphiu Rio’s comment that his party might go to court for judicial review of
President’s rule in Nagaland, BJP today said it would move the Supreme Court
against the UPA Government’s decision. Senior BJP leader and former Health and
Family Welfare Minister of the State T M Lotha said the party leaders were
discussing the matter with their national leaders.
…more

Rio lands Nagaland into
overdrafts’
(AST_13_1_k8)
 KOHIMA, Jan 12 – Senior Congress leader I Imkong has alleged that
outgoing Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had withdrawn huge amounts just before
imposition of President’s rule in Nagaland landing the State into an overdraft
problem, a charge stoutly refuted by Rio. Imkong, who was the Congress
Legislature Party (CLP) leader alleged that Rio withdrew Rs 400 crore from
various treasuries between December 13 and January 3, resulting in Rs 450 crore
overdraft to RBI. …more

NPF announces list of
candidates(SHT, 5-1-k8)


Kohima:

Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF), a major
constituent in the former Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government, on
Sunday announced the list of 53 candidates contesting the March 5 Assembly
election in the State.Former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and NPF president and
former planning minister Shurhozelie are seeking re-election from their
respective home constituencies Northern Angami-II LAC and Northern Angami-I LAC
respectively.
…more

 President’s
rule in Nagaland
(SHT,
6-1-k8)

The Centre has decided to impose
President’s rule in Nagaland on second thoughts. Notwithstanding, that the
Assembly poll is just a month away. New Delhi was forced to rethink when 30
Congress MLAs called on President Pratibha Patil and claimed that they had won
the no-confidence motion against the Neiphu Rio-led Democratic Alliance of
Nagaland by 31-23 votes in the 60-member Assembly with an effective strength of
55 members. Recall, the Speaker had surprisingly barred nine MLAs from voting
and declared the motion lost. Expectedly, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and his
colleagues are livid. They have denounced the Centre’s decision as "murder of
democracy."


 Rio
to move court against PR
(SHT,
6-1-k8)


Kohima:

Former Nagaland chief minister
Neiphiu Rio on Saturday hinted at going to the court against imposition of
President’s rule in the state just before the state assembly elections."Some of
our friends (party leaders) in

Delhi
are consulting legal experts whether the Centre’s decision should go for a
judicial review in appropriate courts,"

Rio said here after meeting the
Governor K Shankaranarayanan following imposition of President’s rule on
Thursday.
…more


 Nagaland
Governor allays fear of Army excess(SHT, 7-1-k8)


Kohima
:
Allaying fears that President’s Rule might provide free hand to the armed
forces, Nagaland Governor K Shankaranarayan has said that security and
maintenance of law and order are the top priority of the Government during the
Central rule, which was imposed in the State on Thursday last. "President’s Rule
means civil rule, not Army rule, where the civil administration, police and
Governor have to run the Government efficienetly and smoothly," he said in view
of some political parties and organisations’ assertion that President’s Rule
meant Army rule leading to sufferings by the people.

…more

 Bandh
call criticised(SHT, 7-1-k8)


NNN adds:

The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has termed as "unfortunate" the
12-hour bandh called by non-Congress political parties on January 8 on
the NH 39 and 61, passing through the State, to protest against imposition of
President’s Rule in the State while stating that they (political parties) should
instead take up their grievances with the Centre.

…more


BJP
to move SC against Prez rule(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Kohima:
Close on the heels of outgoing Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s comment that his
party might go to court for judicial review of President’s rule in Nagaland, BJP
on Monday said it would move the Supreme Court against the UPA Government’s
decision. Senior BJP leader and former Health and Family Welfare minister of the
state T M Lotha said the party leaders were discussing the matter with their
national leaders.
…more


 Youth
wings of parties protest against Prez rule
NH blockade hits Nagaland(SHT, 9-1-k8)


Kohima:

The Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) on Tuesday hit the streets in protest against
imposition of President’s rule in the state. The 12-hour dawn-to-dusk blockade
called along two arterial National Highways — No 39 and No 61 — that run
through the hill state on Tuesday passed off peacefully even as vehicular
traffic on both the highways came to a grinding halt. The National Highway 39
connects Nagaland’s commercial hub Dimapur to Moreh along the India-Myanmar
border in Manipur.
…more


 NPF
upbeat about petition against PR(SHT, 11th January
2008)

Kohima:
The Nagaland’s People Front (NPF) on Thursday claimed that it was a victory for
the party after Gauhati High Court admitted their writ petition challenging the
Centre’s imposition of President’s Rule.NPF leader and MLA Yivatchu had filed
the writ petition on behalf of the outgoing Democratic Alliance of Nagaland
(DAN) before the High court on Wednesday.

…more


 Rio
asks rebel groups not to meddle in poll activities(SHT_14_1_k8)

Kohima:
Former Nagaland Chief
Minister and Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) leader Neiphiu Rio has requested
underground rebel groups, the NSCN(IM) and the NSCN(K), not to interfere with
the next round of Assembly elections to be held under President’s Rule in the
State. "I hope good sense will prevail on rebel groups and they should not
interfere with elections. However, we can’t fully rule out intervention in some
pockets of the State out of individual interests," he said.

…more


 Rio
demands reinstatement of DAN Govt(SHT_16_1_k8)


Kohima:

At least 24 MLAs of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland, led by outgoing Chief
Minister Neiphiu Rio, signed a memorandum before the governor to prove that DAN
still enjoyed majority in the state. The legislators also demanded revocation of
Preident’s rule and reinstatement of the DAN government as it ‘enjoyed majority’
in the Assembly with 24 MLAs (Nagaland Peoples’ Front 19, BJP four and one
Independent) in the present 45-member House.

…more


 Tripathi
assures peaceful, impartial elections(SHT_16_1_k8)


Kohima:

Advisor to Nagaland Governor, S.C.
Tripathi assured the people of the state that he would make every effort to hold
the forthcoming elections in the state in a peaceful and impartial manner. He
said he would take stock of the situation and do whatever possible for free and
fair election.
…more


 AICC
ropes in 19 DAN defectors(SHT_18_1_k8)


Kohima:

AICC General Secretary Margaret Alva
has released the list of 19 members admitted into the Congress by the approval
of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party sources on Thursday said.

…more


 RJD
to contest Assembly polls in Nagaland(SHT_21_1_k8)

Kohima:
Rastriya Janata Dal (RJD) party will contest the Nagaland Assembly elections,
scheduled on March 5, and the state unit of the RJD will come up with its
manifesto soon. Addressing a press conference at Dimapur on Saturday, MP and RJD
in-charge of the North East Manganilal Mandal said the decision over the number
of candidates to be fielded would be finalised only after consultation with
party supremo Lalu Prasad. He also informed that the Nagaland unit of the RJD
had already been constituted, headed by former state Commissioner and retired
IAS officer TN Mannen.
…more

CEC to visit Nagaland soon;
electioneering sitll a low-key affair(SHT_28_1_k8)

Kohima: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswamy and two
Election Commissioners (EC) will visit Nagaland from January 31 to February 2 to
review poll preparations for March 5 Assembly election in the State. Nagaland,
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) CJ Ponraj in a release said on Sunday the CEC and
the two ECs would hold separate meetings with representatives of recognised
political parties on February 1 here. …more

Cong announces list for
Nagaland(SHT_29_1_k8)

Kohima
: Nagaland Pradesh Congress, beseiged with too many aspirants,
on Monday announced the names of candidates for 40 assembly seats, elections to
which will be held on March 5. All the sitting Congress MLAs and five NPF
defectors featured in the list, party sources said. Nineteen NPF defectors, who
had joined Congress in the last two months, had sought party ticket. NPCC
sources said the list of the remaining 20 candidates would be announced soon. (PTI)

Nagaland
situation
(AST_6_1_k8)
 NEW DELHI, Jan 5 – BJP, which had opposed imposition of President’s rule
in Nagaland, has sent party in-charge of the State there to assess the situation
ahead of probable elections. Sidharth Nath Singh will hold talks with the party
unit and other constituents of the Democratic Alliance, whose government was
dismissed earlier this week on the ground of ‘biased’ ruling by the Speaker
Kiyanilie Peseyie. After discussing the future course of action with the
Alliance leaders, Singh will submit his report to party President Rajnath Singh
on his return on Monday, sources said. – PTI

 

UNPA
opposes PR in Nagaland(AST_8_1_k8)

From Our Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Jan 7 – United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) has opposed
imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland. The UNPA leaders, which met here
today to deliberate on the prevailing political scenario and agricultural
pricing policy, criticised the dismissal of N Rio’s Government in Nagaland. AGP
MP, Dr Arun Kumar Sarma, apprised the meeting of the developments in Nagaland.
…more

Centre recommends PR in
Nagaland(SHT, 3-1-k8)

New Delhi: Nagaland is set to come under President’s rule
with President Pratibha Patil considering a recommendation of the union cabinet
in this regard. The recommendation was sent to the President who is at present
in Hyderabad, Home Ministry sources said. They said Patil was considering the
recommendation which was made at an unscheduled Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday….more

 

Nagaland
Speaker’s order on trust vote challenged in SC(SHT_19_1_k8)

New Delhi: Legislators opposed to BJP-backed Democratic
Alliance of Nagaland on Friday moved the Supreme Court against an order of the
Assembly Speaker barring three independent members from voting and declaring
nine votes as invalid during the recent no-confidence motion….more

 

Nagaland
Congress in poll dilemma(TEL, 19-1-k8)

New Delhi, Jan. 18: Even without a Narendra Modi
in Nagaland, the Congress faces a dilemma that reminds it of lessons learnt in
the Gujarat elections. In the coming polls in the northeastern state, the fate
of not less than 10 dissidents, who “returned home” only months before the
polls, hangs in the balance. Only one of the 11 districts in the state, Mon,
remained without witnessing any political rebellion. As the Congress deals with
17 rebel legislators from the ruling coalition seeking party tickets, it runs
the risk of displeasing budding aspirants within its fold.

“There is no question of a dilemma like Gujarat as the
Nagaland People’s Front had engineered defections after last elections. All
those in question are Congressmen who have returned,” said a senior AICC member.
In Gujarat, the Congress lost where it relied on rebels from the BJP to win
seats for them. …more


Nagaland under PR
(NPT_4_1_k8)


New Delhi, Jan 3 (IANS):

Nagaland was brought under central rule on
late Thursday night after President Pratibha Patil signed the recommendation of
the union cabinet in this regard. Patil, who is in Hyderabad, signed the
proclamation Thursday evening. The cabinet meeting to decide on Nagaland had
been chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The northeastern state has been
facing political uncertainty and instability ever since two legislators of the
Nagaland People’s Front (NPF), supporting the state government, left the
alliance and joined the opposition Congress-led Nagaland Progressive Alliance (NPA)…more


Centre reviews political situation in Nagaland
(SEN_2_1_k8)
New Delhi, Jan 1: With
instability gripping Nagaland, the Union Cabinet today reviewed the political
situation in Nagaland amid demands for imposition of President’s Rule there.
“We reviewed the situation in Nagaland,” a senior minister told PTI here. The
issue had come up at an earlier meeting of the Cabinet which had failed to take
a decision on the issue. (PTI)
…more

Centre
recommends PR in Nagaland

(SEN_3_1_k8)
NEW DELHI, Jan 2: Nagaland is set to come under President’s Rule with the
Centre recommending it to President Pratibha Patil, Home Ministry sources today
said. The papers were sent to the President, who is at present in Hyderabad, the
sources said.
They said Patil was considering the recommendation which was made at an
unscheduled Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday.
The Cabinet meeting was convened at a short notice to discuss the fluid
political situation in Nagaland where BJP-backed Democratic Alliance of Nagaland
is in power. …more

Move for President’s
Rule ‘illegal’: Rio

(SEN_3_1_k8)

NEW DELHI, Jan 2: Amid speculations over imposition of President’s rule,
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said such a move would not only be
‘illegal and unconstitutional’ but would amount to “murder of democracy”.
“The Congress party does not want to face the people of Nagaland, which goes to
poll next month. The Congress wants to disrupt the election. If they really
impose President’s Rule and dismiss my democratically-elected government, it
would be nothing but murder of democracy,” Rio told PTI from Kohima. …more

Beltola incident
may figure in global meet
(SEN_4_1_k8)
JAMSHEDPUR, Jan 3: Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) chairman Salkhan Murmu
today urged tribal leaders, participating in the ongoing International Tribal
Meet in New Delhi, to discuss the attack on tribals in Asom recently and their
“apartheid-like treatment” by the Government. The prominent tribal leader said
instead of adopting formal resolutions, the four-day meet, where 22 nations are
taking part, should initiate concrete steps to ameliorate the “pathetic”
conditions of tribals worldwide in general and India in particular. UNI

PR imposed in Nagaland(SEN_4_1_k8)
New Delhi, Jan 3: President’s Rule was imposed in Nagaland with President
Pratibha Patil today approving the recommendation of the Union Cabinet in this
regard.
The President, who was handed over the recommendation yesterday, signed the
proclamation this evening, Home Ministry sources said. …more

PR in Nagaland a
mistake: Fernandes


(SEN_5_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 4: Former
Defence Minister and NDA convenor George Fernandes said that the Congress had
made a big mistake by dissolving the Nagaland Government. The Congress’ design
to destabilize the region and imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland is a
prelude to scrap the anti-defection law, he said.
…more

 


Former police chief is Nagaland Governor’s advisor
(SEN_8_1_k8)
NEW DELHI, Jan 7: A former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, SC
Tripathi, was on Monday appointed advisor to K Sankaranarayanan, the Governor of
Nagaland, which was brought under President’s Rule last week.
Tripathi, former Director General of Police, is a 1963 batch officer from the
Madhya Pradesh cadre. …more


GoI
has delivered justice(NPT_5_1_k8)


NEW DELHI, JAN 4:

Leader of Opposition, I. Imkong today
said that Constitutional propriety had been upheld and justice delivered by the
Government of India to the people of Nagaland.

Addressing media persons here at
Nagaland House Friday afternoon, Imkong said, "We thank the Government of India
and Her Excellency, the President of India for resuscitating and reviving
democracy and the rule of law in Nagaland which was murdered most brutally on
December 13th, 2007 wherein the hallowed office of the Speaker was used to
assassinate Parliamentary Democracy. We are elated that justice has been
delivered as deserved."
…more

Gogoi vows
better win in LS polls(TEL, 1-1-k8)

New Delhi,
Feb. 5:
A jubilant Assam
chief minister, Tarun Gogoi, today promised that the Congress would do even
better in the Lok Sabha elections next year.

Having won the
panchayat polls in adverse circumstances, such as the violence in Goalpara
district and opposition in the tea garden belt in Upper Assam, Gogoi was all
smiles today.



Central rule in Nagaland(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

New Delhi, Jan. 3:
The BJP-backed Neiphiu Rio government in Nagaland fell just two months short of
completing a full term in office when President Pratibha Patil gave her assent
today to central rule in the state till elections are held next month. The Union
cabinet recommended central rule in Nagaland after a meeting on Tuesday evening,
but Patil took her time consulting experts on the Constitution before finally
putting her seal of approval in

Hyderabad this afternoon.
…more

 Centre
blames it on Rio(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 4:
Delhi today
defended its decision to impose President’s rule in Nagaland, saying it was not
taken with mala fide intent but on the basis of reports sent by Governor
K.Sankaranarayanan.

A Union home
ministry statement said political instability in the state for several months
climaxed in the developments in the Assembly on December 13, when a
no-confidence motion was put to vote. “The voting pattern clearly demonstrated
that the government of the day had lost the majority support,” the statement
said.
…more

 Central
rule jinx for NPF(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 4:
President’s rule
in Nagaland weeks before elections were to be announced has reinforced a jinx
that the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) has been battling throughout its many
avatars.Just when the NPF, one of the oldest regional parties of the Northeast,
was beginning to look confident about completing a full term in office — it
failed to do so on four previous occasions — the Union cabinet sprung a rude
surprise. In 1974, when the party first came to power, the Vizol-led government
lasted only a year. Vizol returned to power again in 1977, but was again ousted
within a year. In 1980, J.B. Jasokie formed a government that lasted two years
before being upstaged by the Congress.“In 1988, 13 Congressmen joined our party
but no decision was taken by the Centre for two weeks. Later, the then home
minister, Buta Singh, came to Kohima and asked us to join the Congress in order
to allow the formation of the government. When we refused, President’s rule was
imposed the next day,” the NPF president, Shurhozelie Liezietsu, said over phone
from Kohima. …more



Governor’s advisors(TEL_ 6_1_k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 5:
Former West Bengal
chief secretary Manish Gupta and former Andhra Pradesh DGP, Swaranjit Sen will
be advisors to the governor of Nagaland during President’s rule. Sources said
the two names were shortlisted by the government after discussions with its
allies. For all official purposes, a search for the two appointees is still on.
Both candidates understand the law and order issues of the state. …more

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Arunachal Pradesh Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

JJ Singh sworn in as Arunachal Governor

JJ Singh
sworn in as Arunachal Governor
(AST_28_1_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Jan 27 – Former Army Chief
General (retd) Joginder Jaswant Singh was today sworn-in as Arunachal Pradesh
Governor.
Singh’s appointment as the Governor, soon after his retirement from the Army in
Sept last year, is being viewed by observers here as the Centre’s strong message
to streamline administration as the Governor has a special power under Article
371-H of the Constitution in this sensitive border state.
Singh’s family members, including his father Colonel (retd) Jaswant Singh Marwah
and wife Anupama Singh were present at the swearing-in ceremony, which was also
attended by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, his Cabinet colleagues, legislators
and top ranking officials.
Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar administered the oath of
office and secrecy to him. – PTI

 Arunachal inseparable part of
India’
(AST_23_1_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Jan 22 – The Arunachal Pradesh
Government yesterday said Tawang valley in the State is an inalienable part of
India and its status cannot be negotiated.
“We are Indians and China cannot claim Arunachal or any part of it just because
of the similarity in physical features and food habits”, government spokesman
Tako Dabi told a news conference here.
He said Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu was chosen from Tawang
specifically to tell the world that the valley belonged to India and no Prime
Minister can agree to change the status.
Dabi said the Prime Minister’s scheduled two-day visit to the State from January
31, soon after his China tour, was only to demonstrate the Centre’s concern for
the State.
Singh, during his visit, is likely to announce the progress of the ongoing
border talks between China and India specially on the Arunachal sector, Dabi,
who also holds several portfolios including Law, Water Resources and Panchayat,
said.
He said the situation along the Sino-India border had been peaceful and the two
armies regularly held meetings at Tawang and Kibitho. – PTI

Rijiju
moves PM over transfer of NH-52
(AST_2_1_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Jan 1 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention has
been sought to withdraw recent decision of the Union Ministry of Road, Transport
and Highways regarding handing over of NH-52 from Border Roads Organisation
(BRO) to Assam PWD.
In a letter to the PM, BJP mp from Arunachal Pradesh Kiren Rijiju on Saturday
requested Singh to intervene in the matter and keep national interest above
politics in the interest of the common people.
“Please recall that I had led a campaign along with the MPs from the North East
and demanded that your government does not come under pressure of Assam
Government because NH-52 is a road of national strategic importance and the life
line of the people of the northern bank of the Brahmaputra and Arunachal
Pradesh,’’ Rijiju said.
“We are deeply hurt that the Central Government has bowed down before the
pressure of Assam Government,’’ Rijiju said adding that before BRO took over
maintenance of NH-52, journey through the road was a nighmare because of poor
maintenance by the Assam PWD.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways T R Balu in a letter
dated December 20 to Rijiju said that a stretch of only 345 km out of a total
length of 876 km of the highway, had been handed to Assam Pwd keeping in view
the work load with various executing agencies. – PTI

Arunachal’(AST_10_1_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Jan 9 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should strongly defend
every inch of Arunachal Pradesh during his forthcoming three-day visit to China
next week, a BJP MP from the border State today demanded.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Lok Sabha member from Arunachal Pradesh
(West) Kiren Rijiju said the muted and guarded response of the Central
Government over claims made by the Chinese over Arunachal Pradesh “is hardly
encouraging”.
“We expect the Government of India will come out strongly to defend every inch
of Arunachal Pradesh,” Rijiju said.
He reminded Singh of the agreement reached during former Prime Minister A B
Vajpayee’s visit to China that status- quo in populated areas on both sides of
the McMohan Line or Line of Actual Control would be maintained in letter and
spirit.
That (the agreement) could be the only viable solution of the border dispute in
the Arunachal sector in the present circumstances, he said.
Rijiju said re-opening of border trade with China through traditional routes in
the State would also bring the two people closer.
Re-opening Kinjomane, Bumla, Taksing, Mechuka, Monigong, Geling and Kibito,
closed since the 1962 War, could make the defacto boundary and ultimately result
in being recognised as permanent border, the MP said. –PTI


 Thai
Minister surprised at Thai lineage
(AST_13_1_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Jan12 – Visiting Thai Deputy Industries Minister Piyabutr
Cholvijarm was surprised after learning that communities, like Khamti and
Singphos who constitute a sizeable section of the population in Arunachal
Pradesh, have Thai lineage.
Piyabutr dwelt on the common ethnic, cultural and linguistic similarities
between Thai Khamtis and people of Thailand during an interaction with Khamtis
at the Theraveda monastery here yesterday.
“It is a great pleasure to be among fellow Thais in Arunachal Pradesh”, he said.

The Thais and the people of Arunachal, particularly the Khamtis and Singphos,
are very close, he said.
The Minister said he was aware that some communities in other Northeastern
States, including Assam, had cultural and linguistic affinity with the Thais. –
PTI



Antony: Look East policy not targeted at China(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Kuala
Lumpur
: India on Sunday
said closer relations with the US and other nations will not be at the expense
of any of its "old friends" while its growing ties with Southeast Asia were not
aimed at countering China’s influence in the region.India’s growing ties with
the countries of this region had already paid rich dividends as could be seen in
increasing trade between New Delhi and the Association of South East Asian
Nations (ASEAN), Defence Minister A K Antony, who arrived here on Sunday evening
on a two-day official visit, said.He stressed that "we are not entering into any
military alliance with anyone," and emphasised that New Delhi’s ‘Look East’
policy "is nothing against China".

His comments
on China came ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s maiden visit to

Beijing
from January 13."Our friends of the past still continue,"

Antony
said here, apparently referring to Russia. "Of late our ties with the US is
expanding…it will further expand but not at the expense of any old friends,"
he said.

"In the new
geopolitical situation we need each other," Antony said. In the past few years,
New Delhi had realised that "this part of the world (Southeast Asia) is very
important," he added.Antony, the first Indian Minister to visit the country
after local ethnic Indians launched massive anti-government protests alleging
marginalisation, will meet his Malaysian counterpart and deputy premier Najib
Razak and Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar for extensive talks on Monday.The
Minister noted that the boundary dispute with China still continued but added
that negotiations too were continuing. "Even though a border dispute is there,
trade ties are increasing with China."

The Minister
said the Indian Ocean was important to India as was the Malacca Straits with the
country growing into a global power and trade on the rise. "We want to develop
close ties with our immediate neighbours, the ASEAN," Antony said."We feel there
is immense potential for ASEAN countries and India to work together in many
fields," including defence, he said, noting that Malaysia was a cornerstone of
these ties.He said the defence ties between the two nations was gaining new
momentum. (PTI)


 Centre exempts Arunachal from delimitation process(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Itanagar:
In a significant
development, the Centre has decided to exempt Arunachal Pradesh from the
delimitation of its Assembly constituencies, considering the demand of the
people of the State.

State
Parliamentary Affairs Minister and Government spokesman Tako Dabi informed from
New Delhi here on Sunday that the Centre would pass an ordinance within next the
three to four days for cancellation of its earlier order for delimitation of the
Arunachal Assembly constituencies.

”The Centre’s
decision to actively consider the State Government’s demand in the larger
interests has come as a new year gift to the people of this Himalayan state,”
Mr Dabi added.

Earlier, the
draft proposal for the delimitation of the Assembly seats had evoked protests
throughout the State as population was taken as a yardstick for the delimitation
process.

A team, headed
by Arunachal Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, Speaker Setong Sena, state PWD
Minister Nabam Tuki and Dabi, on Saturday met the Principal Secretary to the
Prime Minister to discuss the delimitation process.

Dabi further
informed that the Chief Minister had earlier written to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, stating that the delimitation of Assembly constituencies on the basis of
the 2001 census was not justified and could lead to serious law and order
problems in the State.

In a
memorandum, the State Government had also requested Delimitation Commission
Chairman Justice (Retd) Kuldip Singh to reconsider the case of Arunachal Pradesh
and exempt it from the purview of the delimitation process, Dabi added.

He further
informed that Khandu, along with his Cabinet colleagues, would call on Manmohan
Singh in New Delhi to finalise the Prime Minister’s visit to the State,
scheduled either in the end of January or the early part of February.

The Prime Minister was also likely to
announce a special package for infrastructure development in the state during
his visit, besides inaugurating the Rajiv Gandi Bhawan here, he informed. (UNI)



Indigenous faith movement picks up in Arunachal
(SHT_17_1_k8)

Itanagar:
The indigenous faith and culture protection movement is gaining momentum in
Arunachal Pradesh and spreading to other north eastern states.

The Arunachal
Government declared December 31 as a holiday for the first time conceding the
long standing demand of the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society for Arunachal
Pradesh (IFCSAP) which celebrates the day as ‘indigenous faith day’ every
year.The movement was started by eminent social activist and writer Talom Rukbo
by opening the first ‘Donyi-polo dere‘ (sun and moon worshipping centre)
at Pasighat way back in 1989, which was seen by many observers as a movement
against rampant conversions in the State.

Like previous
years IFCSAP organised procesions and rallies in different parts of the State on
December 31, the day when the first Donyi-polo dere was inaugurated.

Addressing a
rally here, IFCSAP President Nabam Atum claimed that the indigenous faith and
culture protection movement has become so popular that more than 400 ‘deres
(centres) are functioning all over the State.Hundreds of people belonging to
different tribes dressed in traditional attires took out the procession carrying
placards which read "loss of culture is loss of identity".

The Janajati
Faith and Culture Protection Forum (JFCPF) President Bikram Bahadur Jamatiya of
Tripura led a 90-member team from other north eastern states to attend the
celebration as chief guest.Jamatiya said JFCPF has been formed as an apex body
for the north eastern region to spread cultural awareness in the tribal
states.He said many indigenous faith and cultural organisations like Baba Gariya
in Tripura, Jauparlo in Mizoram, Seng Khihlang in Meghalaya are active in these
states.

Contributions
made by Haipou Jadanag and Rani Gaidonlu in Nagaland for spreading cultural
awareness was also recalled.Eminent writer Tony Koyu cited examples of
extinction of Greek, Roman and Persian civilisations and cautioned the people
that if they continue to neglect indigenous faith they will meet the same
fate.He said while people do not have any ill feeling towards other religions or
believers, there should be no attempt to disrupt the indigenous faith and
culture of the state."We should not uproot our faith and identity", Kayu said.
Later, Jamatia told newsmen that efforts are on to codify customary laws and to
see that benefits given to scheduled tribes are not usurped. (PTI)


 Fresh infighting in Arunachal Cong(SHT_21_1_k8)

Itanagar:
Intra-party rivalry resurfaced in ruling Congress in Arunachal Pradesh with
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu being accused by his predecessor Gegong Apang of
taking photographs with Chinese armymen across the border in 2006 without taking
permission from the authorities.Khandu, however, defended his action and said he
did "nothing wrong" and the photograph was "not anti-India".

The fluttering
flags of both nations below which he was shown standing along with Chinese
military officers in the photograph "spoke for itself" and he did not owe any
explanation, Khandu said in a statement here.It said people along with army
personnel from both sides cross the border to take part in the national day
celebrations of the two countries on August 15 and October 1 (for China) as a
goodwill gesture and for improving bilateral relations.

"I went across
the border not as a minister but as part of a public delegation. I was given a
photo pass by the army. There were 50 armymen there," Khandu said.The visit
along with cultural troupes and other civilians with the permission of the
Indian Army had lasted a couple of hours only, he said, adding he had interacted
with the Chinese officials across Bumla pass in Tawang district and the snap was
taken in 2006 when he was the power minister."The issue is being raised because
of political rivalry," Khandu said.

Apang, who was the Chief Minister in
2006, said "Khandu neither took prior permission from me nor from the Governor,
nor from the External Affairs Ministry for his visit." (PTI)

Arunachal
Governor(SHT_28_1_k8)

Itanagar
:
Former Army chief General Joginder Jaswant Singh was on Sunday sworn-in as
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Singh’s appointment as Governor, soon after his
retirement from Army in September last year, is being viewed by observers here
as the Centre’s strong message to streamline administration as the Governor has
a special power under Article 371-H of the Constitution in this sensitive border
state. (PTI)

PM to
visit(SHT_31_1_k8)

 Itanagar:

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will arrive here on Thursday on his two-day maiden
visit to Arunachal Pradesh to lay the foundation stone of a 3,000 MW
multipurpose Dibang power project.Official sources said here on Wednesday that
the project, to be executed by National Hydro Electric Power Corporation (NHPC),
will be the largest in the country.


Thai delegation to arrive at Arunachal
(SEN_10_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 9: A Thai
delegation, led by Thailand Deputy Industries Minister Piyabutr Cholvijarn, will
be arriving here tomorrow to explore investment opportunities in the State.
Official sources said here today that at the initiative of the Indian Chamber of
Commerce (ICC), with the cooperation of DoNER Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, the
high-level business delegation would arrive here to hold interactive discussions
with ministers, State Government officials and business entrepreneurs. An
official team would exhibit a power-point presentation on the State’s vast scope
in tourism and horticulture sectors, besides industries and agriculture
potentials. Presentations would also be given on infrastructure development,
including airports, on public-private partnership basis, the sources added. (UNI)


ACF
demands CBI inquiry into Orissa communal clashes
(SEN_4_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 3: The
Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) has demanded a CBI inquiry into the recent
communal clashes in Orissa and called for immediate deployment of paramilitary
forces in the affected areas.
In separate memorandums submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Orissa
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, ACF president Khyoda Apik and general secretary
Toko Teki alleged that atrocities were being committed on the Christians in the
state.
Criticizing the Orissa government’s ‘phlegmatic’ response to requests from the
Christian organizations to book the culprits, the ACF said, “The targeting of
Church leaders and concerted attacks on Christian institutions appears to be a
conspiracy planned over a period of time with meticulous mobilization.” The ACF
also alleged that the atrocities would not have been possible without the
complicity of the administrative machinery and the backing of powerful political
groups.
While demanding immediate compensation for the injured and next of kin of the
victims, the ACF urged the authorities to constitute a committee to assess the
damage. (UNI)


 AFTPA accuses Doordarshan, Itanagar, of violating norms


(SEN_6_1_k8)

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: The
Arunachal Film and Television Producers Association (AFTPA) has accused the
Doordarshan Kendra (DDK), Itanagar, of violating the Prasar Bharti norms in the
process of empanellment of local producers for commissioned programmes allotted
for the current year.
The AFTPA accused the DDK of denying justice to local producers and staged
protests yesterday by wearing black arm-bands as well as covering television
sets in black.
According to the association, out of the 55 producers empanelled under category
A, only 15 were local producers, which violated the guidelines drawn up by the
Prasar Bharti in its 79th board meeting on October 12.
The Prasar Bharti had ensured to make special efforts to promote and nurture
talent, provide a platform to deserving producers and artists and encourage
production of programmes in local languages with a view to project the region’s
rich art, culture and literature, besides emphasising on transparency and
fairness in the selection process.
“Far from promoting and nurturing local talent, the DDK, Itanagar, seems to be
consciously keeping the interest of the State furthest from its mind,” the
association stated.
Expressing resentment over the empanelment results, the association said since
government institutions in Arunachal Pradesh followed the practice of 80:20
reservations in its employment policy, it should have been implemented in
principle during the empanelment process within the 75 per cent set aside for
Northeast producers.
“As the television industry in the State is relatively new, many experienced as
well as young talents have taken it up professionally. The imbalanced selection
process has deprived a host of deserving producers from earning a livelihood for
the next five years,” the AFTPA stated.
“The present selection of 70 per cent non-Arunachalee producers against 27 per
cent indigenous producers is a gross disregard of the interests of the State,”
the association rued.
The association alleged that the authorities had deliberately taken local
aspirations for granted by not advertising the empanelment list in the local
newspapers despite clear-cut instructions from Prasar Bharti.(UNI)

BJP
criticizes UPA for PR in Nagaland
(SEN_6_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: The BJP
in Arunachal Pradesh today strongly criticized the Congress-led UPA government
at the Centre for imposing President Rule in Nagaland.
In a statement here, BJP general secretary Tai Tagak alleged that the UPA
government had illegally and clandestinely imposed President Rule in the State
and that it was undemocratic, unconstitutional and sans all political ethics and
norms.
“It is possibly the first time that a duly-elected government is being placed
under President’s Rule, only a fortnight ahead of the announcement of the
Assembly elections,” the statement added. The statement further alleged that the
decision of the union cabinet to sack the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN)
government headed by Chief Minister Nephiu Rio was with an obvious design to
manipulate and influence the forthcoming elections, where the Congress party was
in disarray and out of power since five years.
“This is a blunder committed by the Congress, which brutally murders democracy
in Nagaland,” the statement alleged. (UNI)
Arunachal inks MoAs for 42
projects in three years
(SEN_8_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 7: Arunachal Pradesh has signed 42 MoAs with various
power developers in the past three years for executing hydro power projects of
23, 591 MW in the State.
Official sources here today said that of the total projects, 14 were located at
West Kameng district with total installed capacity of 2,370 MW, eight in West
Siang (3,504 MW), six in East Kameng (927 MW), five in Tawang (1,790 MW), two
each in Dibang Valley (4,500 MW), Anjaw (2,700 MW) and Papum Pare (200 MW),
while one each in Lower Dibang Valley (3,000 MW), East Siang (1,600 MW) and
Lohit (3,000 MW). The National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) had signed MoAs
for three with capacity of 4,500 MW, while North East Electrical Power Company (NEEPCO)
and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) have signed for two projects each
with capacity of 1,230 MW and 4,500 MW respectively. Altogether 14 private power
developers signed MoAs with the State government in the past three years for 35
projects of 13,361 MW.
Dubai based Vilcon Energy Ltd had signed MoAs for four projects, while KSK
Energy Ventures Ltd, Hyderabad, signed for eight projects, followed by four
projects of Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd, New Delhi, three each by Noida based
Bhilwara Energy Ltd and Delhi based Mountain Fall India Pvt Ltd, two each by J P
Associates, New Delhi, Reliance Energy Ltd Mumbai, Patel Engineering Pvt Ltd
Mumbai and ECI Engineering and Construction Company Hyderabad. The State
government also identified another 115 numbers of hydro projects in the state
with total potential of 56,151 mega watts, sources disclosed.
The State government during the period had received an amount of Rs 158.64 crore
from various power developers as processing and upfront premium, officials
added. (UNI)

ACCI
resents AP’s approach to NE India Investment Summit
(SEN_17_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI)
today expressed resentment over the State government’s ‘half hearted’ approach
towards the recently held North East India Investment Summit 2008 at Guwahati,
organized by the DoNER ministry. Claiming that the summit was basically in
continuation of the Bangkok summit held in October last year, the ACCI said that
galaxy of ministers, MLAs and other officials from the State thronged the
summit, but the same which was held at Guwahati was not represented by the State
government.
“At least one secretary could have been deputed to represent the State in such
an important function,” commented ACCI Vice-President Dominic Tadar in a
communique here today. “We are discouraged to see no representative from the
State attended the summit, while other States were represented by their chief
ministers and other ministers,” he added. (UNI)


PM to visit Arunachal this
month(TEL, 19-1-k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 18:
Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh will be in Arunachal Pradesh within a month of his visit to
Beijing. For a long time now, Arunachal Pradesh has expressed fears that the
Centre was hinting of giving in to Beijing’s claims on the state.The joint
declaration by the two sides after the Beijing meet did not dwell in detail on
what transpired on the boundary question. While inaugurating infrastructure
projects on January 30-31, Singh will be sending a message to China about
India’s firm policy regarding the state of Arunachal Pradesh being an integral
part of India. Flagging off major projects, especially roads, indicates a marked
shift of strategy in the frontier state. Till now, India has not developed
border roads in the region, while

China
has rapidly developed infrastructure on its side of the line of actual control.
Chief minister Dorjee Khandu and top Buddhist monks at the Tawang monastery have
expressed their apprehension on the Centre’s approach to the problem. Tawang is
the seat of Mahayana Buddhism and the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama. It is
second in importance only to the monastery at Lhasa.During a recent visit by
Union minister of state for commerce Jairam Ramesh to Tawang, monks directly put
the question to him. Ramesh had put on record his opinion about Arunachal
Pradesh being an integral part of India.

“But we will expect something to be
said by the Prime Minister as well,” said a senior politician from Itanagar.
Singh will be the first Prime Minister after Rajiv Gandhi to visit Arunachal
Pradesh. It was during a tense period of Chinese activity on the border that
Rajiv Gandhi had visited the state. The state has made headlines and earned
priority after the repeated claims on Tawang and Arunachal Pradesh by Chinese
envoy San Yuxi just before the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao last year.



Arunachal MP unhappy with PM’s China visit
(SEN_19_1_k8)
NEW DELHI, Jan 18: BJP MP
from Arunachal Pradesh Kiron Rijiju yesterday expressed his unhappiness over
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s failure to extract assurances from China during
his recent visit to settle the border disputes between the two countries without
disturbing the populated areas.
Rijiju in a statement here said there was already an agreement between the two
countries that the border talks should not disturb the populated areas but China
was staking claim over Tawang district. “We have sent him our best wishes to get
a good deal but PM seems to return without securing any such hopes,” he
remarked. (UNI)

 

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Meghalaya Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Meghalaya House scam


Meghalaya House scam: court
reprieve for Mawlong
(AST_30_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 29 – In a major reprieve for former Meghalaya Chief
Minister E K Mawlong, the Gauhati High Court yesterday cleared his name from the
Kolkata Meghalaya House deal controversy. …..more



Show-cause to Meghalaya MLA
(NPT_28_1_k8)

Shillong:
Election authorities in Meghalaya on Friday issued a show-cause notice to
sitting Congress MLA and candidate Samuel Sangma for allegedly ”misusing” an
ambulance during his poll campaign in the state alleging that Sangma had
‘violated’ the model code of conduct for ferrying his poll supporters in the
ambulance and refusing to hand it over. …..more



FKJGP to launch stir against govt
(NPT_30_1_k8)

Shillong: The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP)
which claimed to fight against corruption will kick-off a series of
anti-government campaign from Chief Minister DD Lapang’s constituency Nongpoh on
February 2. The proposed campaign to highlight
corrupt activities of the ruling Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance
government assumed significance in view of the state government gearing up for
the Assembly polls scheduled on March 3. …..more

Political
divorces and remarriages!

(AST_21_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 20 – It has been the same thing every time on the eve of
elections and this time too it is no different. Legislators and political
leaders in Meghalaya are on a resignation spree, with as many as three of them
quitting the respective parties. So far, an Independent MLA and a Congress
district council member shifted allegiance and speculations are flowing thick
and fast that more senior politicians may follow suit. …..more

Cong MLA pulled up for code
violation
(AST_25_1_k8)
 TURA, Jan 24 – Sitting Congress MLA from Dalu, Samuel M Sangma, has been
pulled up for violating the model code of conduct for elections, for using an
ambulance purchased from Central schemes as his own. To make matters worse, the
MLA was also trying to mislead voters by having inscriped the words “Donated” on
the ambulance. …..more

Meghalaya wants Assam’s
cooperation for House polls
(AST_25_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 24 – Apprehending trouble from rebels in Assam and other
Northeastern States during Assembly elections in Meghalaya, the State Government
has sought cooperation from neighbouring Assam, reports PTI. …..more

Bhan to take over as new AOC-in-C
of EAC
(AST_1_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Dec 31 — Air Marshal Shiv Kumar Bhan would take over charge as
the new Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Eastern Air Command (EAC)
 on Tuesday. Air Marshal Bhan would take over charge of EAC on promotion. He
would replace Air Marshal PK Barbora who would be taking charge of the country’s
largest Air Command the Western Air Command. …..more



Corruption, main poll-plank of MDP
(NPT_23_1_k8)

SHILLONG, Jan 22:
The Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP), an ally of the
ruling Congress-led government said that corruption would be the main
poll-plank, besides to improve agriculture activities for the enusing assembly
elections in the state. …..more



M’laya seeks Assam aid
(NPT_24_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan 23: Apprehending trouble by
Northeastern rebels during assembly polls in Meghalaya, the State government has
sought cooperation from neighbouring States.
“We have communicated to the Assam Government our apprehension about potential
elements from the neighbouring State violating law and order during elections,”
Meghalaya Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee said on Wednesday. …..more

Lapang calls
cabinet meet on power deal(TEL,11-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan, 10:
Chief minister
D.D. Lapang has called for a cabinet meeting on January 17 to review the earlier
decision to hand over the state power projects to private companies. The move
came after pressure from NGOs and a section of the cabinet ministers.

…..more

2 more
MLAs join Rymbai (TEL, 12-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan.11:
In a boost to
Meghalaya’s United Democratic Party (UDP), three sitting legislators officially
joined the party today. The UDP claimed that it would emerge as the single
largest party after the Assembly elections. Former chief minister and Congress
member J.D. Rymbai, Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP) legislators P.T. Sawkmie
and D.P. Iangju joined the party at a function held at the residence of party
president and deputy chief minister Donkupar Roy.

…..more

Meghalaya
Opp. seeks white paper (TEL,13-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 12:
The Meghalaya
Opposition today asked for a white paper on the handing over of power projects
to private companies.Jointly addressing a news conference, BJP legislator A.L.
Hek and Independent MLA Manas Chaudhuri said the people of Meghalaya are in the
dark about handing over of the power projects to private companies.

…..more

 

Upbeat
Sangma kicks off Khasi Hills campaign(TEL,13-1-k8)



People at the grasssroots want change in governance, says NCP general secretary

Shillong,
Jan. 12:
NCP general
secretary and former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma today kicked off the party’s
election campaign in East Khasi Hills, highlighting the need for a change in
governance in the state.Addressing a gathering at Motinagar in Malki-Nongthymmai
constituency of Shillong, Sangma said the people of Meghalaya were fed up with
the existing Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government. “I have
interacted with the people at the grassroots level and they are all longing for
change,” the Garo stalwart said.
…..more

Assembly
truths for legislators (TEL, 1-1-k8)


NGO
accuses people’s representatives of engaging only in self-help (TEL, 1-1-k8)

Shillong, Feb.
5: Self-help is the best help, but not when people’s representatives help only
themselves, says an organisation of “concerned” citizens in Meghalaya. The
organisation, christened Informed, Conscious and Responsible Existence (ICARE),
wonders why Meghalaya has several bills on legislators’ salaries and pensions
and hardly any on the state’s development. It points out that since 1977, the
Legislators’ Pension Act has been amended at least nine times and the Meghalaya
Legislators’ Salaries and Allowances Act has been amended at least 18 times for
the benefit of legislators.
…..more

Shylla
removed from district council post (TEL, 1-1-k8)

Shillong,
Feb. 5:
The chief
executive member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), H.S.
Shylla, was officially removed from the post after he was defeated in the House
of KHADC by a voice-vote during the special session today. At the start of the
session, Congress member Ronny Lyngdoh moved a non-confidence motion against
Shylla.
…..more


BJP,
Janshakti to contest 20 seats(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 2:
The BJP and the
Lok Janshakti Party have decided to field over 20 candidates for the Meghalaya
Assembly elections in February. In a statement issued here today, Jamil Ahmed,
the state general secretary of Lok Janshakti Party, said the party has selected
Clement Mawlong to contest from Sohiong constituency and Meristella Wahlang from
Pynthorumkhrah in the first list of applicants. The party’s MP, Ram Chander
Paswan, and its national general secretary Mira Chakraborty, visited Shillong
last month to finalise the list of candidates.

…..more

Rymbai to
exit from Cong


UDP
ticket for man of integrity, other parties finalising nominees (TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 2:
Former Meghalaya
chief minister J.D. Rymbai will end his long association with the Congress this
week, resigning from both the party and the Assembly to contest the February
elections on a United Democratic Party (UDP) ticket.Rymbai never forgave the
central Congress leadership for not standing by him when D.D. Lapang, the man
whom he replaced as chief minister in mid-2006, wrested back power less than a
year later. He said today that the UDP offered him a ticket for the elections
several months ago and that he had been waiting for an opportune moment to make
a decision.
…..more



Mining heat on Lapang

(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 4:
A majority of
cabinet ministers of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) minus the Congress,
the main constituent of the coalition government, has opposed the uranium mining
project in the state. The project was recently accorded environment clearance by
the Union ministry of environment and forest through a notification.

…..more



Rymbai resigns from Congress, Assembly(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

 Shillong,
Jan. 4:
Former chief
minister and veteran Congress leader J.D. Rymbai resigned from the Assembly and
the party today.“I decided to resign from the Congress since I was denied a
party ticket,” he told The Telegraph. Rymbai said he had submitted his
resignation to PCC president O.L. Nongtdu and Speaker M.M. Danggo.

…..more

 



Nongtdu decrees hard work for Cong(TEL_7_1_K8)

Shillong,
Jan. 6:
Hard work and
door-to-door campaign will be the main poll strategy of the Congress for the
Assembly elections im Meghalaya, to be held in February. Meghalaya PCC president
O.L. Nongtdu today said there is nothing like hard work even if one has other
resources. “We have selected good candidates this time and they have to work
hard, meeting voters and creating confidence among the people,” Nongtdu said.
The people in Meghalaya place their faith in the individuals rather than the
party during the Assembly elections, he said.

…..more


UDP
gains from exodus(TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 7:
From a leader who
rarely broke the mould, J.D. Rymbai seems to have become a political trendsetter
overnight with his act of quitting the Congress and resigning from the Assembly
to avoid violating the anti-defection law. Two more legislators — P.T. Sawkmie
and D.P. Iangjuh of the Meghalaya Democratic Party, a constituent of the
Congress-led ruling coalition — did likewise last evening to join the United
Democratic Party (UDP). The president of the UDP, Donkupar Roy, said his party
would formalise the duo’s inclusion along with Rymbai soon.

…..more

Anguish
fans Assembly embers



Shillong residents condemn legislators’ inability to re-build House(TEL_9_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan. 8:
On a bitterly cold January night seven years ago, the Meghalaya Assembly went up
in flames and the heritage building was reduced to ashes within a few hours. On
the eve of the seventh anniversary of the inferno tomorrow, Meghalaya’s
residents — from all walks of life — expressed deep anguish that the government
has failed to build a new Legislative Assembly, leave alone construct a memorial
for the old building.
…..more



Meghalaya minister defends power deal(TEL_10_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 9:
Meghalaya power
minister Mukul Sangma today defended the cabinet’s decision to hand over six
power projects to private companies, saying it was only for the benefit of the
people.  According to the deal, the state will get 12 per cent of the power
produced by the projects free of cost. Of this, two per cent will be used for
the development of the areas where the power projects are situated, Sangma told
newspersons today.
…..more


Parties confident of forming Govt
(SEN_15_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The Congress, UDP and the NCP are making tall claims of
getting a majority in the forthcoming Assembly elections. AICC in-charge of
Meghalaya, Major (retd) Ved Prakash, told newsmen in Shillong today that based
on the impression of the Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA)
Government, it was sure to cross the halfway mark in the Assembly polls. “We can
easily bag over 30 seats to form the Government alone,” Prakash said, and added:
“We are following a well-planned strategy through which we are highlighting the
achievements of the MDA Government”. …..more

Draft Electoral
Rolls
(SEN_15_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The
Electoral Registration officer, West Khasi Hills district, Nongstoin has
notified in a press release that the draft electoral rolls for 33-Pariong
Legislative Assembly, 34-Nongstoin Legislative Assembly and 36-Mawthengkut
Legislative Assembly constitutencies have been duly prepared and published with
…..more

Section 144 CrPC
(SEN_15_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The DC, East Khasi Hills district, Shillong has
promulgated 144 CrPC prohibiting holding of hunger strikes within a radius of
200 meters from the Meghalaya Main Secretariat Building, Shillong, stated a
press release.

Foundation stone laid(SEN_15_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 14: Meghalaya Chief Minister today laid the foundation
stone of the training Centre-cum-office of the Ri Bhoi Youth Federation in a
function held at the Umdihar Community Hall, Ri Bhoi district, stated a press
release. Also present on the occasion was the DC Ri Bhoi district SF Khongwir.


M’laya creates benchmark in EPIC coverage
(SEN_17_1_k8)
 SHILLONG,
Jan 16: Meghalaya has achieved 99.95 per cent coverage of Election Photo
Identity Card (EPIC) receiving kudos from the Election Commission (EC). Chief
Electoral Officer P Naik told reporters here today that the EC has categorized
Meghalaya as a State that created a benchmark for itself in EPIC coverage.
However, the State that holds 12,30,152 electorate needs to cover another 264
voters with the identity cards, he said, adding that hundred per cent coverage
was expected.
…..more

 

FAF
withdraws agitation
(SEN_17_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan
16: The Federation for Achik Freedom (FAF) has withdrawn it’s proposed night
road blockade in Garo Hills following the announcement of elections to the State
Assembly.Talking to The Sentinel over phone, FAF President Mac D Shira said that
the organization has withdrawn the night road blockade supposed to start on
January 17. “We are withdrawing our agitation since the Election Commission has
declared the date of polls. Therefore it is pointless for us to agitate when the
Government is changing,” he said.
…..more
 

CEC
reviews poll preparedness in M’laya
(SEN_19_1_k8)
Voting right of Pyrdiwah residents hangs in balance

SHILLONG,Jan 18: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N
Gopalaswami is unaware of the fate of the 130-odd Khasi and Adivasi residents of
Pyrdiwah as far as their voting rights in the forthcoming Assembly polls in the
State is concerned. Pyrdiwah had rose into prominence when Bangladesh occupied
the village located in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya in 2001. Though
Bangladesh retreated after a week of occupation, questions are still doing the
rounds on their exact status as voters of the State.
“I don’t know much about the matter,” he said while answering diplomatically to
a question that could catapult into a major issue…..more

Official
committee to look into power deal
(SEN_19_1_k8)

SHILLONG, Jan 18: The Cabinet has kept its decision on
the power deal in abeyance fearing the model code of conduct. The MDA Government
has decided to constitute an official committee to study the Memorandum of
Agreement (MoA). The Cabinet meeting held today that lasted for two hours and
was attended by seven cabinet members unanimously decided that the matter
relating to the MoAs in the power sector will not be operationalized. Chief
Minister DD Lapang told reporters after the cabinet that “pending submission of
the report and decision by the Cabinet therein, the respective MoA entered into
will not be operationalized”. …..more

BJP announces
list of candidates for M’laya polls
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 18: The central
election committee (CEC) of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has released a list
of 20 candidates to vie for the ensuing Assembly elections in Meghalaya. Party
President Rajnath Singh, LK Advani and other members of the committee today
released the list of candidates for Meghalaya and Tripura.
For the Laban constituency where there has been a string of confusion, and the
state election committee (SEC) has been accused of trying to impose a candidate
of its choice, the ticket was granted to Edward Kharwanlang.

…..more

NCP releases 21-point
manifesto
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 18: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today released
its 21-point manifesto committing Meghalayans for a “change.” NCP general
secretary Purno A Sangma released the manifesto that resolves to take “remedial
actions” if NCP is voted to power in the elections. Sangma, confident that his
party will sweep the March 3 elections, said: “The Congress Government has
failed miserably and people are fed up with the frequent change in leadership,
non-performance and corruption.” …..more
Meghalaya Day
awardees announced
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 18: To mark the 36th year of statehood, the Meghalaya
Government has decided to present Meghalaya Day awards to outstanding
personalities in the field of arts and literature, social service and sports.
Chief Minister DD Lapang today announced the names of the awardees.
…..more

CM, 5 ex-CMs in fray(SEN_26_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 25: Five former Chief Ministers and present CM DD
Lapang will contest the ensuing Assembly elections while rumours are doing the
rounds that Lapang is trying an all-out effort to convince other political
parties to put up candidates from Nongpoh to split the votes of his strong
contender Dr Celestine Lyngdoh. …..more

Hearing on Kyndiah(SEN_26_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 25: The District Magistrate will apply his judicious
mind to decide on the controversial case that questioned the Khasi identity of
Waibha Khyriem Kyndiah, the son of Union Minister of Tribal Affairs PR Kyndiah.
Waibha Khyriem Kyndiah is a Congress candidate from Nongkrem constituency for
the forthcoming elections. …..more


Sangma firm on power deal
(SEN_10_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 9: Deputy
Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma refused to budge from his stand ‘not to review
the Cabinet decision to enter into a joint venture deal with private power
developers’. Amidst the growing opposition by Cabinet ministers, Opposition
parties and social organizations in the State on the decision to tap the 1,000
MW power potential in Kynshi river and another 260 MW from Umgot river with JP
Group and Athena Group respectively,

…..more
.


Meghalaya has less electorate compared to population
(SEN_11_1_k8)
SHILLONG,
Jan 10: Meghalaya has a population of over 26 lakh, But the number of voters
stand at 12.31 lakh which is less compared to its population. The total number
of electorate was identified after the final draft of electoral rolls was
published today. The number of female voters is high compared to male voters.
Female voters stand at 6,25,579 while male electorate is 6,04,647.

…..more

 
Sibling ‘rivalry’
at Laitumkhrah
(SEN_11_1_k8)
 SHILLONG,
Jan 10: Meghalaya Education Minister Robert Garnet Lyngdoh will campaign for the
Congress party even in the prestigious Laitum-khrah constituency, a seat he will
forfeit for reasons that he has never disclosed. Lyngdoh will not contest the
February 2008 Assembly elections and many sees his decision due to sibling
rivalry. His sister Ampareen Lyngdoh was a known aspirant for the Congress party
ticket but was eventually denied. Nicky Lyngdoh the Congress face for the
constituency, was ‘picked’ up by Robert Garnett Lyngdoh prompting Ampareen to
join the United Democratic Party (UDP).

…..more

Rymbai
returns to UDF, recounts days as M’laya CM
(SEN_12_1_k8)
SHILLONG,
Jan 11: Veteran Congress leader and former Meghalaya Chief Minister JD Rymbai,
during his formal induction to the United Democratic Party (UDP), revealed his
bitter experience as the Chief Minister of the State. Speaking during the
induction programme held today, Rymbai said: “I was earlier a member of the
regional party. I joined the Congress in search for a shelter but with no
sympathizers there, I decided to go back to my parent party UDP”.

…..more




Congress confident in Meghalaya
(NPT_15_1_k8)

Shillong:
Despite its polls debacle
in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, the Congress party today expressed confidence
to retain power in Meghalaya, with Election Commission setting March 3 as the
polling date for the state. AICC General Secretary in-charge Meghalaya Major (Retd)
Ved Prakash, who arrived here to galvanize the party ahead of the polls said the
Congress will retain power on the basis of its achievements during the past five
years.
…..more




CEC to review security
(NPT_15_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Chief Election
Commissioner (CEC) N. Gopalaswami along with the other two Election
Commissioners is scheduled to arrive here on January 18 to review for poll
preparedness for the upcoming assembly elections in Meghalaya. Assembly
elections will be held in Meghalaya on March 3 and the Counting will be held on
March 7, Gopalaswami said.During his visit, Gopalaswami will hold discussions
with the State Election Commission, observers, Director General of Police,
District Magistrates and political parties.

…..more


 Mon
most challenging for NAIP: Director ICAR
(NPT_15_1_k8)

MON:
Dr. S. V. Ngachan, Director ICAR
on Monday said among the states in the northeast where National Agriculture
Innovation Project (NAIP) was implemented, Mon in Nagaland was the most
challenging. Speaking as chief guest at the NAIP on livelihood improvement and
empowerment of rural poor through sustainable farming system at DC’s Conference
Hall, Mon said the project here was the most challenging as the technology had
to be upgraded.
…..more

 NGOs
continue to agitates in M’laya
(NPT_16_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan 15:
Normal functioning
of government offices and financial institutions has been affected in three
districts Meghalaya after the Federation of A’chik Freedom (FAF) launched its
series of agitation, protesting the Congress-led government decision to hand
over power projects to private companies.

…..more




Meghalaya cabinet cannot take policy decision: Naik
(NPT_17_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
With the election model code of conduct coming into force, the Cabinet would not
be able to take any policy decision with regards to going forward with the
controversial power projects in Meghalaya. "There would be no problem in
scrapping the deal but no policy decision can be taken in striking a deal in
view of the election model code of conduct coming into effect from January 14,"
Chief Electoral Officer, P. Naik told reporters on Wednesday.

…..more

 Provide
adequate security to NEEPCO: UPM
(NPT_17_1_k8)


SHILLONG:

After repeated extortion demands and the recent killing of five persons by
militants, the Union Power Ministry (UPM) has directed the

Assam
government to provide adequate security to North East Electric Power Corporation
limited (NEEPCO) officials stationed at Umrangsu, North Cachar Hills.

…..more




Meghalaya cabinet cannot take policy decision: Naik
(NPT_19_1_k8)


SHILLONG:

With the election model code of conduct coming into force, the Cabinet would not
be able to take any policy decision with regards to going forward with the
controversial power projects in Meghalaya. "There would be no problem in
scrapping the deal but no policy decision can be taken in striking a deal in
view of the election model code of conduct coming into effect from January 14,"
Chief Electoral Officer, P. Naik told reporters on Wednesday. Chief Minister DD
Lapang has called for a cabinet meeting on January 18 to review the earlier
decision to hand over the state power projects to private companies in the wake
of protest against the "shady deal" from several organisations and political
parties. Sources said the state government is contemplating to consult lawyers
to ensure that its decisions do not violate the election model of conduct.
Elections are due in Meghalaya on March 3.

…..more




Cong suspends Edmund S. Lyngdoh
(NPT_20_1_k8)

SHILLONG, JAN 19: The Congress party
today suspended senior Congress leader and former Meghalaya minister Edmund S
Lyngdoh from primary membership of the party. Lyngdoh’s expulsion came after he
dissolved the Jaintia Hills District Congress Committee (JHDCC) last week
without the consent of the state Congress party. Mr was the President of JHDCC
and former Chairman of Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC).

…..more




Meghalaya power deal put in abeyance
(NPT_20_1_k8)

Shillong:
Refusing to buckle under
pressure to scrap the power deal, the Meghalaya cabinet today decided to keep
the memorandum of agreement (MOA) inked with six private companies in abeyance.
In the wake of series of agitations by political parties and the NGOs, the
Meghalaya Cabinet met Friday to discuss the power deal.Speaking to newsmen after
the cabinet meet, chief minister DD Lapang said the meeting unanimously agreed
that a committee headed by the state chief secretary has been constituted to
examine questions raised by some Ministers and NGOs on the MOAs inked with six
private companies.
…..more


 PM,
Sonia to campaign in NE
(NPT_26_1_k8)

SHILLONG, JAN 25 (UNI): Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh will lead the campaign trails in the three Northeastern
states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura ahead of the Assembly elections.
…..more




Corruption, main poll-plank of MDP
(NPT_26_1_k8)

SHILLONG,
Jan 22:
The Meghalaya
Democratic Party (MDP), an ally of the ruling Congress-led government said that
corruption would be the main poll-plank, besides to improve agriculture
activities for the enusing assembly elections in the state. "If MDP voted to
power, the party would ensure to provide a clean government and eradicate
corruption," MDP President and Social Welfare Minister Martle N Mukhim said,
while announcing the first list of candidates for the ensuing Assembly
elections.
…..more



Meghalaya BJP a confused party(SEN_4_1_k8)

SHILLONG, Jan 3: BJP in
Meghalaya appears to be in confusion even as the saffron party sweeps polls in
Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. The party could not send the list of its aspirants
for the upcoming Assembly elections except for three, infuriating the other five
aspirants.Altogether eights aspirants have applied for the Laban Constituency
ticket to the Central Election Committee (CEC). However, the State Election
Committee (SEC) did not send names of the five aspirants to the CEC in New
Delhi.
…..more
 


Rymbai quits Cong
(SEN_5_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 4: Veteran
Congress leader and former Chief Minister JD Rymbai formally resigned from the
primary membership of the Congress today. Rymbai, the man who was
unceremoniously ousted by DD Lapang from the Chief Minister’s post, submitted
his resignation to Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee president (MPCC) OL
Nongtdu without citing any reason. The former Chief Minister also put down his
papers as a four-time legislator before the Speaker of the State Assembly today.

…..more

Cong
takes its allies head on
(SEN_5_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 4: Ahead of the February, 2008 elections, the Congress
has started to take on three of its regional coalition partners head on.
Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president OL Nongtdu said the
regional parties are trying to hijack every good initiative and developmental
work taken collectively during the past five years.
…..more

Shylla’s
complaint against Kyndiah
(SEN_5_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 4: Khasi
Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) chief HS Shylla has formally lodged a
complaint with Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president OL Nongtdu
against the status of Union Tribal Affairs Minister PR Kyndiah’s son Waibha
Kyndiah. Shylla, who was deprived of Congress ticket to contest in the ensuing
Assembly elections, told reporters that he had lodged a complaint with Nongtdu
recently. He said that a copy of the objection was also sent to Chief Minister
DD Lapang. It is left with the MPCC to decide and examine the status of Kyndiah,
he said.
…..more
 


Cabinet meet on fate of power projects soon
(SEN_6_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 5: With protest coming from various quarters on handing
over of power projects to private parties, Chief Minister D D Lapang has decided
to convene a Cabinet meeting to review the power policy of the State next week.
…..more

UDP-MDP snubbing
continues
(SEN_6_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 5: The
United Democratic Party (UDP) has called Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP) leader
Martle Mukhim an obstinate man who is left all alone. Mukhim, who split the UDP
to form his own party, has snubbed the parent party’s proposal for a merger.
Mukhim called the UDP a party of vested interest.

…..more

Go to
court to settle dispute: MPCC tells Shylla, Kyndiah
(SEN_6_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 5: A rattled State Congress leadership has asked Khasi
Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) HS Shylla
and the Waibha K Kyndiah to settle the claims and counter claims on the issue of
Khasi identity. After losing party ticket for the February Assembly polls to
Waibha K Kyndiah, the son of the Union Tribal Minister PR Kyndiah from the
reserved Nongkrem seat, Shylla complained to MPCC president OL Nongtdu and Chief
Minister DD Lapang about Waibha Kyndiah’s eligibility to contest from a reserved
seat. …..more

BJP
opposes deal
(SEN_8_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 7: The Meghalaya unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
joined the KSU to protest the decision to hand over five power projects of the
State to private companies. The KSU took out a procession in protest against the
proposed deal today. …..more

Complaint for
violation of service rule lodged
(SEN_8_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 7: A complaint has been lodged by one H R Das Gupta
with the Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee against one of the ticket aspirants
for the Laban constituency for violating the service rule and joining the BJP
even before his retirement under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS).
…..more

Meghalaya Cong sure
of victory (TEL_15-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 14:
The AICC
secretary in charge of Meghalaya, Ved Prakash, who arrived here as part of the
election campaign, today said the NCP would not even get double digit seats in
the state Assembly elections scheduled for March 3. Speaking to this
correspondent, Prakash said the claim of NCP leader P.A. Sangma that the party
would form the next government was just “wishful thinking”.

…..more

Shillong
feasts a night in advance(TEL, 16-1-k8)


No
holiday on Bihu makes Assamese community choose Sunday as night of

celebration(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Shillong, Jan. 15:
By the time people in
Assam
began preparing for their Magh Bihu feast, Assamese families in Shillong were
through with theirs. Over 200 people gathered at the century-old Assam Club in
Laban for the traditional community feast on Sunday, two days before their
fraternity in the neighbouring state celebrated uruka night. The advance
celebration was necessitated by today being a working day in Meghalaya, unlike
in Assam, where it was a holiday.
…..more

 


Preparation on in full gear(TEL, 16-1-k8)


Nagaland, Meghalaya set to get
more paramilitary forces (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 15:
The Meghalaya
government has sought 34 companies of central paramilitary forces for the smooth
conduct of the Assembly elections in the state. With the announcement of the
election date (March 3), preparations are on in full swing by the state
electoral department and almost all the political parties. Chief secretary
Ranjan Chatterjee said today that the government wanted the deployment of 34
companies of central paramilitary forces for the Assembly elections.

…..more

Meghalaya
to review deal(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 16:
The Meghalaya
cabinet is likely to keep in abeyance any decision regarding the power deal with
the private companies.It is scheduled to meet on Friday to review the December 7
cabinet decision to hand over major power projects to private companies.Chief
electoral officer P. Naik today made it clear that the cabinet cannot take any
policy decision in view of the model code of conduct, which came into effect on
January 14 when the election dates were announced.

…..more

Security
drill in Meghalaya(TEL,18-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 17:
Meghalaya chief
secretary Ranjan Chatterjee has asked the superintendents of police and deputy
commissioners of all the seven districts of the state to maintain strict vigil
to ensure that the political parties do not violate the model code of conduct
ahead of polls.
…..more

UDP
nominees(TEL,18-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 17:
The United
Democratic Party (UDP) has emerged as the second largest political party in
Meghalaya fielding as many as 52 candidates after the Congress, which is
contesting in all the 60 constituencies. UDP president and deputy chief minister
Donkupar Roy today said the party was planning to put up three more candidates.
He hopedthat the UDP would emerge as the single largest party after the
elections.
…..more

 

People
power bends Lapang(TEL, 19-1-k8)



Projects with companies on hold (TEL, 19-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 18:
Privatisation of
power projects in Meghalaya has been put on hold in the face of mounting public
opposition, just like uranium mining was over a year ago. Chief minister D.D.
Lapang said after a cabinet meeting today that no power project would be handed
over to a private company without a committee of senior bureaucrats ascertaining
whether the state would benefit from the deal. “Pending submission of a report
by the committee and a decision by the cabinet, the respective memoranda of
agreement entered into with companies will not be operationalised,” he said.
…..more

Sangma in
funds cry to woo voters(TEL, 19-1-k8)


NCP
releases manifesto(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan.18:
NCP general
secretary and former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma today released the party’s
manifesto, highlighting the NCP’s focus on foreign investment and creation of a
separate ministry for the empowerment of traditional tribal institutions in the
state. The minister said as far as resource mobilisation is concerned, he can
find ways and means to get more funds from the Centre. “We will make sure that
the central funds are utilised properly,” Sangma said.The Garo stalwart said the
NCP would create a separate ministry to look after the interests of the
traditional tribal institutions. These institutions have been demanding direct
funding from the Centre.
…..more

 

Arms
licences(TEL, 20-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 19:
The Meghalaya
government has decided not to issue fresh arms licences in the run-up to the
Assembly elections. The decision was taken after a meeting with the Election
Commission yesterday.
…..more




Rymbai to quit Congress
(NPT_3_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan 2:
Former Meghalaya
Chief Minister and senior congress leader, JD Rymbai today said he would quit
the Congress party, even as United Democratic Party (UDP) decided to allot a
party ticket. Rymbai who was forced last spring to relinquish his Chief
Ministerial chair in favour of bete-noire, DD Lapang had decided since than not
to contest on a Congress ticket for the upcoming 2008 Assembly elections. "I
have decided to put down my papers as a Congress man and as an MLA, this month,"
Rymbai said.
…..more




Pol parties flay PR in Nagaland
(NPT_6_1_k8)

SHILLONG,
JAN 5:
Political parties
in Meghalaya have condemned the Union government’s decision of imposing
President’s Rule in Nagaland, while terming the decision as ‘undemocratic and
unconstitutional’.
…..more




Megh. govt meet on power projects
(NPT_7_1_k8)

SHILLONG,
JAN 6 :
The Meghalaya
Cabinet will meet this week to discuss the demand of several organisations to
stop giving power projects to private companies in the state. Official sources
said here today that though state Chief Minister D D Lapang was yet to fix the
date for the proposed Cabinet meeting, Cabinet Minister Paul Lyngdoh confirmed
that the meeting would review the December 7 decision to hand over five power
projects to private companies.
…..more




Pol parties flay PR in Nagaland
(NPT_7_1_k8)

SHILLONG,
JAN 5:
Political parties
in Meghalaya have condemned the Union government’s decision of imposing
President’s Rule in Nagaland, while terming the decision as ‘undemocratic and
unconstitutional’. The State BJP condemning the Congress’ decision said it was
"undemocratic and unconstitutional." The state party, AL Hek, nonetheless warned
that the arbitrary decision would have negative fallout on the Congress’ poll
prospect in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

…..more

Bhan to
take over as new AOC-in-C of EAC
(AST_1_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Dec 31 — Air Marshal Shiv Kumar Bhan would take over charge
as the new Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Eastern Air Command
(EAC) on Tuesday. Air Marshal Bhan would take over charge of EAC on promotion.
He would replace Air Marshal PK Barbora who would be taking charge of the
country’s largest Air Command the Western Air Command.
…..more

Rymbai to quit Cong and join
UDP
(AST_3_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 2 – Former Meghalaya Chief Minister and senior
Congress leader, JD Rymbai is all set to quit Congress and join the regional
United Democratic Party (UDP).
Rymbai, who was forced last Spring to relinquish his Chief Ministerial chair in
favour of bete-noire, DD Lapang had decided since then not to contest on a
Congress ticket for the upcoming 2008 Assembly elections.
…..more

Chances of regional parties
uniting in Meghalaya remote
(AST_5_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 4 – Political mudslinging has begun sooner than
anticipated here in Meghalaya with Assembly elections in sight as the Meghalaya
Democratic Party (MDP) today branded its regional ally and coalition partner –
the United Democratic Party (UDP) as a party of ‘vested interest’.
…..more

Rymbai quits Congress(AST_5_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 4 – Former Meghalaya Chief Minister J D Rymbai today
resigned from the primary membership of the Congress in protest against the
denial of party ticket for the coming Assembly elections in the State.
…..more

Meghalaya seeks additional
paramilitary forces
(AST_6_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 5 – Chief Minister DD Lapang today sought from the Centre
additional companies of central paramilitary forces for deployment in the State.
Meanwhile, East Khasi Hills district administration has clamped prohibitory
orders here.With a series of agitation lined up and election fever hotting up,
Lapang shot of a letter to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil seeking “45
additional companies of central paramilitary forces” for deployment in the
State. …..more

Let court settle Khasi identity
issue: Congress
(AST_7_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 6 – Caught in a dilemma on the issue of “Khasi
identity” raised by the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the District Council HS
Shylla, the Meghalaya Congress leadership wanted the court to settle the matter.
Shylla, who was piqued by Waibha Kyndiah to contest from the Nongkrem seat, has
questioned the latter’s eligibility to contest from a reserved seat by terming
him as a non-Khasi for taking his father’s surname instead of the customary
adoption of the mother’s name the tradition followed by the Khasi community.
…..more

Sangma hails HC direction to
Meghalaya Govt on police firings
(AST_8_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 7 – Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Purno Sangma has
expressed satisfaction over the Gauhati High Court’s decision seeking details
from the Meghalaya Government on the action taken against security personnel
involved in the 2005 Williamnagar and Tura firings that killed nine persons and
left scores injured. …..more

Meghalaya MLAs on resignation
spree on poll-eve
(AST_8_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 7 – Legislators in Meghalaya are on a resignation
spree with as many as three of them quitting their respective political parties
just before the Assembly elections due next month. Close on the heels of the
resignation of former Chief Minister J D Rymbai from the Congress, two
legislators of the Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP), an ally of the Congress-led
Meghalaya Democratic Alliance Government, have also put in their papers.
…..more

Opp MLAs’ threat to move court
over power deal
(AST_14_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 13 – The Meghalaya Government has signed two power deals
with private companies amidst threats by the Opposition MLAs to move court
unless the it comes out with a White Paper on the controversial deals. “If the
government does not come out with a White Paper on the deals, we will have no
option but to knock on the court’s door,” Independent MLA Manas Choudhury and
BJP legislator AL Hek told in a joint press conference today.
…..more

 Cong launches poll campaign in
Meghalaya
(AST_15_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 14 – The Congress’ poll prospect in the March 3 Meghalaya
Assembly elections would not be affected due to the agreement reached between
the State Government and private companies to develop six power projects,
asserted AICC general secretary in-charge of Meghalaya, Ved Prakash.
…..more

 

Investors
wary of investing in NE due to insurgency: Lapang
(AST_15_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 14 – Major potential investors, who had shown interest to
make investment in Meghalaya, are turning back from their commitment due to the
insurgency problem in the North East region, according to Chief Minister DD
Lapang. …..more

Meghalaya joint
venture projects under cloud
(AST_18_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 17 – The political cauldron with the questionable mix
of ‘Pan masala and power generation’ for public consumption, seems unpalatable,
with most in Meghalaya openly complaining about it, distastefully.The Power
department, headed by Deputy Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma, entered into a joint
venture – many say arbitrarily – with six private companies, including Pan
Masala manufacturing giant, Dharampal Satyapal Group.
…..more

Lapang invites opinion of
political parties on uranium(SHT, 3-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
In the wake of environmental clearance given to UCIL by Union Ministry of
Environment and Forests for uranium mining in Meghalaya, Chief Minister DD
Lapang has invited opinion of all political parties to help the State Government
arrive at a decision on the matter. Mr Lapang told reporters on Wednesday that
with Assembly election round the corner, he did not want the Congress to take
the blame for starting uranium mining in the State, saying opinion of all
political parties was important before his government arrived at a decision on
the issue.
…..more

Lapang,
Nongtdu masterminded pro-uranium campaign’(SHT, 5-1-k8)
Shylla latest victim of Congress ‘use and throw’ policy?

SHILLONG:
Adding a new twist to the twin issues of proposed uranium mining and HS Shylla’s
recent removal as CPP leader in KHADC, NCP on Sunday claimed that Mr Shylla was
actually remote-controlled by Chief Minister DD Lapang and MPCC president OL
Nongtdu to carry forward the Congress campaign for uranium mining in Meghalaya.
With the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest giving environmental
clearance to UCIL to mine uranium in the State, MPCC decided to dump Mr Shylla,
fearing that continuing the campaign for uranium mining in the face of strong
public opposition could jeopardise the Congress’ chances in the coming Assembly
elections, NCP said.
…..more


 Cong
rejects Shylla charges(SHT, 5-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
Congress on Sunday
rejected Mr Shylla’s allegations that MPCC chief OL Nongtdu and Chief Minister
DD Lapang had conspired to sack him as KHADC CEM despite several MDCs being
unhappy with the election of CB Syiem as Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP)
leader. The party reiterated that Mr Shylla must either gracefully step down as
KHADC chief or face no-trust vote on February 5.

…..more


 Former
minister Armison Marak passes away(SHT, 5-1-k8)

TURA:
Former Minister and
two-time MLA from Dalamgre constituency, Armison Marak, passed away at his
residence here on Saturday night. He was 85. Marak had joined politics after his
retirement as a teacher from

Govt MP School, Tura, and was elected from Dalamgre constituency on an APHLC
ticket in 1977.
…..more


 Cabinet
to meet on power project

issue next week(SHT, 6-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
The State Cabinet will
meet next week to discuss its December-7 decision to hand over five power
projects to private companies.Urban Affairs Minister Paul Lyngdoh on Saturday
said Power Minister Dr Mukul Sangma would also attend the meeting "since any
review of the earlier Cabinet decision should be carried out in the presence of
the Power Minister."Mr Lyngdoh, who met Chief Minister DD Lapang on Friday,
stressed on the need to review the Cabinet decision in view of the protests from
various quarters.
…..more


Row
over Kyndiah son’s tribal status(SHT, 6-1-k8)


No
need to go to court: Shylla

SHILLONG:

KHADC chief HS Shylla has stuck to
his stand that Nongkrem Congress candidate Waibha K Kyndiah has violated the
Khasi Lineage Act by taking the surname of his father, saying there is no need
to take the matter to the court as suggested by the MPCC president. MPCC
president OL Nongtdu on Friday asked both Mr Kyndiah and Mr Shylla to go to the
court to settle the issue. "The Khasi Lineage Act needs interpretation by the
court," Mr Nongtdu said .
…..more


 Office
picketing on Jan 8, 9; Procession today
KSU calls off bandh, blockade(SHT, 7-1-k8)

SHILLONG: The
KSU-called road blockade and bandh on January 8 and 9, have been
suspended, purportedly to suit some wedding dates and church programmes. KSU
president Samuel Jyrwa, after an emergency meeting on Sunday, said they had
decided to call off the blockade and bandh after appeals from church
leaders, senior citizens and parents of those children whose marriages are
scheduled on the two days.
…..more


 Two
MDP MLAs quit to join UDP(SHT, 7-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
Ending a long row over proposed merger of two regional parties, MDP legislators
PT Sawkmie and DP Iangjuh on Saturday resigned from the party to contest from
UDP in the coming Assembly elections."We have resigned from the primary
membership of the party in order to bring back unity among the regional parties
and also to respect the sentiment of the people," Mr Sawkmie and Mr Iangjuh
stated in a letter addressed to MDP president Marlte N Mukhim.

…..more


Four
Garo Hills Independent candidates unite to take on political parties
Separate state for Garos tops demand list(SHT, 7-1-k8)

TURA:
Four Independent
candidates of Garo Hills have come under one platform to take on political
parties in the ensuing elections to the State Assembly. If elected, these four
candidates will put forward a set of demands to the parties, which seek their
support to form the next government. The Independent candidates John Leslee K
Sangma, Lazarus M Sangma, Sanjib R Marak and Septerwin R Sangma will contest
from
Tura, Bahamas, Dalamgre
and Rongchugre respectively.
…..more


 MDP
candidates for Rongjeng, Rongrenggiri(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Shillong:
The MDP, East Garo Hills
district unit has unanimously decided to field former minister Surjit Sangma and
Lenitha M Sangma, wife of former MLA PD Sangma, from Rongjeng and Rongrenggiri
Assembly constituencies respectively, for the Assembly elections.

…..more



Dorbar Shnong’s concern(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Shillong:
Taking a serious note over
non-attendance of sweepers, labourers and master rolls in cleaning the roadside
grasses and drains for many years, the Dorbar Shnong of Bishnupur Kench’s Trace
has decided to approach the concerned department to depute sweepers, labourers
and master rolls to clean the entire Bishnupur-Kench’s Trace regularly.

…..more



Scrap Cabinet decision on power projects: FKJGP(SHT, 8-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
FKJGP has urged the State Government to immediately scrap the December-7 Cabinet
decision to hand over five power projects to private companies, while indicating
that it will join hands with KSU in future agitations on the issue.

…..more



Party announces five more candidates
Rymbai to be named UDP candidate on Jan 11(SHT, 8-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
The UDP has named five
more candidates for the Assembly elections. Former minister Nimarson Momin is
also among them. Former Chief Minister JD Rymbai, who quit Congress recently,
will be formally declared as the party’s candidate for Jirang segment on January
11.
…..more

  ‘Kharkutta
MLA not a genuine resident’(SHT, 8-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
Continuing his personal
tirade against Congress legislator from Kharkutta constituency Elstone D Marak,
former MLA Projend D Sangma has claimed that Mr Marak is not a "genuine
resident" of Meghalaya because he was born and brought up in Assam."The recent
claim of Mr Marak that he is a local person is wrong and baseless as he was born
and brought up in Bali Kusi village of Upper Assam where his parents still
reside. He came to Meghalaya for studies and married a girl whose parents latter
settled in Assam permanently," Mr Sangma said.

…..more


 Rule
violation complaint against BJP ticket aspirant(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Shillong:
Putting the heat on the
State unit of the BJP, a complaint has been lodged with the Chief Secretary
Ranjan Chatterjee by one HR Das Gupta against one of its ticket aspirants for
the Laban constituency for violating the service rule and joining the saffron
party even before his retirement under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) was
accepted by the Gvernment.
…..more



Meghalaya BJP condemns(SHT, 8-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya
unit of the BJP has strongly condemned the imposition of Central rule in
Nagaland.A statement issued here said "the UPA Government while taking this
‘avoidable decision’ had exposed its double standard by treating the DAN
Government of Nagaland differently from the Congress-led Government in Goa."

…..more


 Businessmen
seek electoral fortune(SHT, 9-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
If Uttar Pradesh is known for its mafias entering politics or Tamil Nadu for its
movie-stars-turned politicos, Meghalaya, too, is not far behind with a sizeable
section of businessmen trying their luck in politics.With the Assembly elections
drawing nearer, most political parties in the State appear to be relying
considerably on businessmen to do better in the polls.There are many faces from
the trading community on the lists of poll nominees already declared by parties
like Congress, UDP and NCP.
…..more

 State
Govt to ‘rationalise’ fees in private schools(SHT, 9-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
The State Government has
decided to rein in the unbridled fees structures in private schools in the
State.Flawed fees structures in majority of the private educational institutions
have helped commercialisation of the State education system, forcing parents in
lower income groups to discontinue their children’s education resulting in high
school dropout rate in Meghalaya.
…..more



Mukul defends Cabinet decision on power deal(SHT, 10th January
2008)

SHILLONG:
Unfazed by KSU outcry and
opposition from other parties, Deputy Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Wednesday
defended the Cabinet nod to hand over five hydro-power projects to private
companies, saying the government decision was made "in the best interest" of the
State.
…..more


SC
hearing(SHT, 10th January
2008)

SHILLONG:
The Gauhati High Court will hear on Thursday the petition filed by senior
citizen Krieshon Rapthap challenging the State Government’s stand that the
Supreme Court’s ruling stripping offspring of non-tribal fathers and tribal
mothers of scheduled tribe status, is not applicable to Meghalaya.



MPHRC threatens to move SC over uranium issue(SHT, 10th January
2008)

SHILLONG:
Taking serious note of environmental clearance given by Union Ministry of
Environment and Forest to UCIL for uranium mining in the State, Meghalaya
People’s Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has appealed to the Lapang-led
Government not to bow down to Centre’s "pressure tactic" and threatened to move
the Supreme Court if the State Government issued no objection certificate to the
Corporation to go ahead with the project.

…..more


Govt
mulls law to protect domestic workers(SHT, 10th January
2008)

Shillong:
Chief Secretary Ranjan
Chatterjee on Wednesday said the State Government was mooting a law to ensure
protection of the basic rights of domestic workers in the State while pointing
out the necessity of having a legalised basic minimum standard of wages for the
domestic workers.
…..more



Final electoral rolls published(SHT, 11th January
2008)

SHILLONG:
The final electoral rolls
for the next State Assembly elections were published on Thursday.As per the new
electoral rolls, out of its 26-lakh population, the State has only 12.31 lakhs
voters including 6,25,579 females and 6,04,647 males.

…..more



MDP-UDP blame game over merger continues(SHT, 11th January
2008)

SHILLONG:
The MDP-UDP blame game over the merger issue gets murkier by the day.MDP
president Martle N Mukhim on Thursday hit back at UDP for allegedly spoiling his
move for unification of regional parties.Mr Mukhim said he was in favour of
unification of regional parties but UDP’s insincerity was the stumbling block to
such a move.
…..more



Purno kickstarts campaign today(SHT, 12th January
2008)

SHILLONG:
NCP leader and former Lok
Sabha Speaker Purno A Sangma will start his party’s election campaign in Khasi
and Jaintia Hills by holding public meetings at Mawlai Mawiong, Lumsohphoh and
Pynthorumkhrah here on Saturday. NCP sources said Mr Sangma would be on
extensive tour of various constituencies in Khasi and Jaintia Hills to campaign
for his party candidates for the coming Assembly elections.



Rymbai takes a potshot at Congress(SHT, 12th January
2008)

SHILLONG:
Former Chief Minister JD Rymbai on Friday took a potshot at Congress for failing
to fulfil the aspirations of people of the State. He said Meghalaya wanted a
change in governance and that regional parties, specially UDP, could work
towards that goal.Talking to reporters after formally joining UDP on Friday, Mr
Rymbai said people of Meghalaya wanted a change in the State as Congress had not
been able to fulfil their aspirations.

…..more



Don’t mislead people on uranium, HNLC tells Govt(SHT, 12th January
2008)

Shillong:
Seeking to re-establish
its withering impact on the people of the State, the HNLC has asked the State
Government not to mislead the people in the name of "economic progress," while
cautioning any individual or organisation against supporting the proposed
uranium mining in the State for personal interests.

…..more


LBYC
reconstituted(SHT, 12th January
2008)

Shillong:
The Laitumkhrah Block
Youth Congress (LBYC) was reconstituted at a general meeting held at the
residence of Congress candidate from Laitumkhrah constituency, Nicky Lyngdoh
here on Thursday.
…..more


NCP
hits campaign trail in State
Purno attacks MDA Government(SHT_13_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
NCP on Saturday attacked
the Congress-led MDA Government for corruption, non-performance and political
instability in the State and claimed that only NCP could provide people of
Meghalaya with strong leadership and a stable but development-oriented
government.
…..more



Novel initiative to quiz candidates(SHT_13_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Candidates are better
beware. This time round, people are going to ask them questions on what they
have achieved or failed to do or what they intend to do after contesting or
wining the ensuing Assembly elections.

…..more


Opp
MLAs demand White Paper on power deal(SHT_13_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Pressure is mounting on the MDA Government to scrap the controversial power deal
with two Opposition legislators AL Hek (BJP) and Manas Chaudhuri (Ind) demanding
a White Paper from the State Government on the issue and lending support to NGOs
who have raised their voice against the "shady deal."The MDA Government ought to
come out with a White Paper before Assembly election is announced giving all
aspects of the deal," Mr Chaudhuri said at a joint press conference here on
Saturday.
…..more



 
 ‘Impose
trading licence on Munshis in JH’
(SHT_13_1_k8)


NGO
issues deadline to Govt

Shillong:
The Hynniewtrep National
People’s Federation (HNPF) has set a ten day deadline to the State Government
and Jaintia Hills district authorities to impose trading licence on Munshis
(agents) dealing in coal trade in Jaintia Hills.Addressing a press conference,
HNPF president Ronnie Rani said that the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District
Council (JHADC) had failed to impose trading license on Munshis who were
presently carrying out coal trade freely.

…..more



Prospect of hung Assembly looms large(SHT_14_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
With some seven weeks to
go for Meghalaya to elect its eight Assembly, it is the same old prospect of a
fractured verdict that awaits the State. None of the three major power
contenders – Congress, NCP and UDP – have any pretensions about securing
absolute majority on their own. With no pre-poll alliance in sight, once again
it will be a perfect setting for power sharks to exploit the post-election fluid
situation to their benefit.
…..more


CEC
Gopalaswamy to arrive on Jan 18(SHT_14_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Chief Election
Commissioner N Gopalaswamy is scheduled to arrive here on January 18 for
reviewing poll arrangements in the State. He will take stock of the law and
order situation and the prospects of free and fair election in the State,
official sources said. Although it is unlikely that he would announce the
election schedule for Meghalaya, his interaction with senior officials would
help firm up the date.
…..more



Pynshai, Shullai to join NCP(SHT_14_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Mylliem legislator Pynshai
M Syiem and Laban MDC Sanbor Shullai have decided to contest the coming Assembly
elections as NCP candidates. Mr Syiem on Sunday said he would formally join NCP
in the next few days. "All of my supporters have backed my decision to join NCP,"
he said.
…..more


 Fresh
anti-power deal stir begins this week(SHT_14_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Notwithstanding the
Cabinet meeting slated for January 17 to review the contentious power deal,
FKJGP and Federation of Achik Freedom (FAF) have refused to budge from their
stands on adopting the path of agitation against the State Government’s decision
to hand over power projects to private companies.

…..more



 Police still clueless about KSU leader(SHT_14_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Police are still clueless
about the whereabouts of KSU’s

Dawki Circle
president Phersial Kongwang, who went messing under mysterious circumstances
about one month ago. Police had earlier claimed that Mr Kongwang was kidnapped
and taken to Bangladesh by suspected HNLC rebels. Mr Kongwang’s friends Stepping
Lamin and Sharky Lamin, who were reportedly with the KSU leader at the time of
his kidnapping, were also picked up for interrogation.

…..more



Power deal: MLA warns Govt(SHT_14_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Cautioning against a "Maharashtra-like
situation" in Meghalaya, Independent legislator Pynshai M Syiem on Sunday
expressed grave concern over the State Government’s decision to allow private
companies to take loans under the "amended policies of the State."

…..more

Talking to The
Shillong Times, Mr Syiem said it was a matter of serious concern that the State
Government decided to allow companies to take loans, and expressed fears that
the State would have to face the consequences if those companies were bankrupt
or failed to repay the loans.



One-day polling for three states — Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura — on the
basis

of the existing electoral rolls. (SHT_15_1_k8)

Elections to
Meghalaya will be held on March 3 followed by that of Nagaland on March 5. In
Tripura it’s on February 23.Announcing this, the Chief Elections Commissioner (CEC)
N Gopalaswamy told newsmen the model code of conduct had come into force in the
three states with immediate effect.Results would be announced on March 7 in case
of Meghalaya and Tripura, and a day later in case of Nagaland after nearly a
month-long poll process, the CEC informed.In Meghalaya, nomination starts on
February 8 and ends on February 15. Withdrawal is slated by February 18.

…..more



Anti-power deal stir from today(SHT_15_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
In a move to show
solidarity with the stand of various NGOs on the shady power deal, UDP’s Youth
Wing has decided to hold a silent procession on Tuesday opposing the same.The
silent procession, which will start from Shillong Club at 10 am, will culminate
at Main Secretariat.
…..more


UDP
denies NCP tie-up report(SHT_15_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
The UDP has denied the
report that appeared in a section of the Press that the party would have a
post-poll tie-up with NCP for formation of the new government.UDP vice-president
Standlington D Khongwir on Monday said that he had verified the matter with the
party president Dr Donkupar Roy who denied having had any meeting with NCP
leader Purno A Sangma in this regard.

…..more

 ong
MLA charged(SHT_15_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Former legislator Projend
D Sangma has charged Congress legislator from Kharkutta Elstone D Marak of
withdrawing around Rs 40 lakh in the name of a Mahila Samity during December
2007 for distributing it to 133 villages in the constituency for Christmas and
New Year celebrations.
…..more



Purno’s campaign(SHT_15_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
NCP leader Purno A Sangma kick-started poll campaign in Jaintia Hills by holding
a public meeting at Khliehriat on Monday. The NCP candidate from Rymbai
constituency is Simon Siangshai. The party also held meetings in Jowai to
campaign for its candidate and former JHADC chief Moonlight Pariat.


AICC
secy discounts NCP claim for power
Cong gears up to woo voters(SHT_15_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
The Congress party in Meghalaya is trying out new things to woo voters. For the
present the Congress party has decided to start off "a series of interfaces with
people," to swell its vote bank and possibly come back to power in Meghalaya.
AICC Secretary Ved Prakash said that the party would kick start its election
campaign with "a lot of face to face interactions," and follow it up with "door
to door visits." "We will try this experiment Constituency wise, and then expand
on it," he told The Shillong Times on Monday.

…..more


UDP
candidate flays Shylla over lineage Act(SHT_15_1_k8)

Shillong:
UDP candidate from
Laitumkhrah constituency Ampareen Lyngdoh has attacked KHADC Chief Executive
Member HS Shylla for trying to bring an amendment to Khasi Lineage Act to "suit
his political objectives". Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Lyngdoh
said any law that is affecting the community at large should not be amended
according to the ‘whims and fancies’ of one individual adding that this would
create confusion among the Khasi people.

…..more


 FKJGP
holds fast, threatens more strike(SHT_16_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
The FKJGP on Tuesday held
a hunger strike in protest against the alleged shady power deal and threatened
to intensify the agitation if the Cabinet fails to revoke its decision to hand
over five hydel projects to the private firms.Speaking to reporters after the
fast, FKJGP president Emlang Lyttan said, "We have decided to intensify
agitation if the proposed Cabinet meeting on January 17 fails to scrap the
deal."
…..more



Sonia, Rahul to campaign in State(SHT_16_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi would
address election rallies in Meghalaya after campaigning for the March 3 Assembly
polls picks up in the state.AICC Joint secretary Major Ved Prakash told
reporters here on Tuesday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would also tour the
state sometime in mid-February.
…..more


Is
this Mukul’s last ditch effort to save the power deal ?     


(SHT_16_1_k8)

By Patricia
Mukhim

SHILLONG:
It is uncanny and patently
dangerous that the people of Nongstoin without understanding the larger
ramifications of handing over the Kynshi power project to a private firm against
the norm of competitive bidding, should unilaterally decide that it is a good
project. The term ‘people’ can be very misleading. The Syiemship of Nongstoin
which is neither a democratic body since it is elected only by an electoral
college comprising of a few clans, nor representative of peoples’ view has no
locus standi to take decisions on behalf of the larger majority of citizens
including the elected representative of the area. That the Syiemship directly
contravenes the norms of the Indian Constitution is an understatement. This
dimension requires a larger debate. Nongstoin has no right to decide the future
of Meghalaya.
…..more



Government offices, banks affected on first day of picketing(SHT_16_1_k8)

TURA:
The Federation for Achik
Freedom (FAF), which is picketing the government offices and business
establishments in Garo Hills demanding the scrapping of the power deal by the
Congress government has decided to withdraw its agitational programme by
Wednesday evening following the announcement of elections to the state assembly
by the Election Commission of India on Monday.

…..more


 HPF
condemns MDA decisions(SHT_16_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
The Hynniewtrep People
Federation, Shella circle has condemned the decision of the MDA Cabinet to hand
over the power projects to private companies at this juncture of time where
Assembly election is in the corner.
…..more


 Jemberson
nominated(SHT_16_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
MDP Jirang circle has unanimously nominated Jemberson R Marak as its candidate
from Jirang constituency for the 2008 Assembly elections.

…..more

 Cabinet
free to revoke power deal: Poll panel(SHT_17_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Raising hopes among those who are demanding review of the controversial power
deal, the State Election Commission has given a green signal to any change in
the Cabinet decision on power projects, but has prohibited any go ahead on the
matter. Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik on Tuesday said the Cabinet was
free to decide on scrapping the power deal and such decision would not be viewed
as violation of the model code of conduct.

…..more



Model poll code in force: (SHT_17_1_k8)

 The
East Khasi Hills and Ri Bhoi district administrations have, meanwhile, ordered
strict adherence to the model code of conduct restricting political parties and
others in several activities in order to hold free and fair elections in the
State.
…..more


 BJP
to release candidates’ list this week(SHT_17_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
The BJP is expected to
announce its list of candidates in a day or two. Informing this on Wednesday,
State BJP president HS Syiemlieh said the party would contest at least 25 seats
across the State.
…..more

 Court
notice to Kyndiah’s son(SHT_17_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
The Court of East Khasi
Hills Deputy Commissioner has sent a notice to Union Minister PR Kyndiah’s son
Waibha K Kyndiah to reply within February 14 on a petition filed by an NGO
questioning his tribal status. The organisation "Ka Seng Tip Kur Tip Kha U Khasi"
recently stated before the court that Mr Kyndiah was no longer a Khasi as he had
taken his father’s surname violating the matrilineal system.

…..more


 EPIC
coverage in State 99 pc(SHT_17_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
The State Election Commission has announced that Elector’s Photo Identity Card
(EPIC) coverage in the State was 99.95 per cent and that only 264 voters whose
names appeared in the electoral rolls have not been included in the list of EPIC
holders.
…..more

 CEC
to meet political parties tomorrow(SHT_17_1_k8)

Chief Election
Commissioner N Gopalaswamy will hold separate meetings with all political
parties in the State during his visit here on January 18. The CEC will also meet
Deputy Commissioners and Police Superintendents of all districts besides Chief
Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee and Director General of Police BK Dey Sawian.

…..more


 MDP
kicks off election campaign
Mukhim lambastes national parties(SHT_17_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
In what could be termed as
the first real kick off to an election campaign, the MDP on Wednesday lashed out
at the "national parties" for "using money, to purchase voters and win
elections." The MDP attack on the Congress and other national parties came
during a rally at Kurkalang playground in Bhoi Rymbong in Ri-Bhoi district.MDP
chief Martle Mukhim, whose party is a partner in the Congress-led Meghalaya
Democratic Alliance, minced no words when he said, "They (national parties) go
to Delhi to collect "political drugs (money) and use the same to purchase voters
for their interest during election." Notwithstanding the fact that Mukhim’s
party MDP is part of the MDA, he appeared to be in no discomfort while making
the accusations against the Congress and other parties.

…..more


FAF
agitation passes off peacefully(SHT_17_1_k8)

TURA:
The two-day picketing of
all Government offices and financial institutions by the Federation for Achik
Freedom (FAF) in Garo Hills passed off peacefully on Wednesday with many
government offices failing to register any attendence.The FAF, which is
demanding the scrapping of the power deals alloted to private companies, has cut
short its agitation due to the announcement of elections and withdrawn its
proposed night road blockade and Garo Hills bandh.

…..more


 Headmen
ask Govt to scrap power deal(SHT_17_1_k8)

Shillong:
The Synjuk Ki Rangbah
Shnong has questioned the decision of the State Government to hand over the
power projects to private companies while it also asked the MDA Government to
scrap the deal immediately. In a letter to the Chief Minister DD Lapang on
Wednesday, general secretary of the Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnong HP Oflyn Dohling
said the power deal was a total sell-out of the natural resources of the State,
which was carried out in a surreptitious and totally non-transparent manner
without considering public interest.

…..more


PM
Syiem to contest from NCP(SHT_17_1_k8)

Shillong:
Independent MLA, Pynshai
Manik Syiem has announced his decision to contest the Assembly election from
Mylliem constituency from the NCP fold on Wednesday.

…..more

 Crucial
Cabinet meet today(SHT_18_1_k8)
SHILLONG:

Hemmed in by the model code of
conduct recently enforced in poll-bound Meghalaya, the Cabinet is likely to
either put on hold or shelve the contentious power deal at the meeting scheduled
for Friday.For the past one-and-a-half-months, the State Government has been in
the eye of a storm over its decision to hand over major electricity projects to
private firms with both Cabinet ministers and several oganisations, led by KSU,
demanding that the "shady power deal" be abandoned.

…..more


Bhan
meets Sidhu(SHT_18_1_k8)

Shillong:
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command (EAC), Air Marshal SK Bhan
on Thursday called on Meghalaya Governor Dr SS Sidhu at the Raj Bhavan here.
During his courtesy visit, Air Marshal Bhan briefed the Governor on the security
scenario in the EAC, sources said. Air Marshal also presented the EAC memento to
the Governor. (UNI)

 M’laya
Day with a difference(SHT_18_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
In a marked departure from
tradition, the Meghalaya Day will be celebrated on January 21 by organising mass
cleaning drive at the State’s biggest market Iewduh and its adjoining areas.The
decision on the "new kind of celebration" was taken at a meeting of shopkeepers’
bodies, Rangbah Shnongs of six localities under Mawkhar constituency, officials
of Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) and others on Thursday. The meeting was
convened by Director of Sports and Youth Affairs Aldous Mawlong on Thursday at
the initiative of Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee.

…..more

 MDP
meeting(SHT_18_1_k8)

Shillong:
The Central Executive
Committee of the Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP) will be held on Meghalaya Day,
January 21 at the Shillong Club, Shillong at 11 am. Joint secretary of the
party, BK Khongjirem told that the first list of candidates would probably be
released in the meeting. On the other hand, he informed that the Mairang circle
of MDP has unanimously nominated Mr Grossper Ryntathiang as party candidate for
the Assembly elections at a meeting held on January 15.

 Beautification
move faces hurdle; politicking alleged(SHT_18_1_k8)

Shillong:
The idea was noble, to
remove a "broken down and stinking dustbin," and in its place set up a
recreational space — Netaji Square — for people to see. But the East Khasi
Hills District Administration seems to think otherwise. At around 11:30 a.m. in
the morning on Thursday the district administration stopped the construction of
the square, arrested the labourers and took away all the implements and tools
from them. The labourers were later released.

…..more


 MDA
buckles under public pressure (SHT_19_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Giving in to public
pressure, the MDA Cabinet on Friday put on hold its decision to hand over
electricity projects to private parties and constituted a special committee to
examine the merits and demerits of the controversial deal.Emerging from the
Cabinet meeting on Friday, Chief Minister DD Lapang said the government decided
to keep the power deal in abeyance in view of announcement of State Assembly
elections.
…..more

 People’s
victory, says Purno(SHT_19_1_k8)

Meanwhile,
senior NCP leader Purno Sangma has termed the Cabinet decision to put the power
deal on hold as a "victory of the people."

"This is a
victory of the people of Meghalaya. The MDA Government signed the deal with
private companies without letting the people know the terms and conditions
contained in the MoAs," Mr Sangma said at a function held for releasing NCP’s
poll manifesto on Friday. Mr Sangma showered praise on KSU, FKJGP and others for
their strong stand against the "shady deal." He reiterated that if his party
came to power, the deal would be scrapped.



Citizenship cards answer to influx: NCP(SHT_19_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
NCP leader Purno A Sangma
has advocated identification of Indian nationals and distribution of citizenship
cards to them to effectively fight the problem of influx.Talking to reporters
after releasing NCP’s election manifesto on Friday, Mr Sangma said Indian
nationals should be identified and citizenship cards distributed to them,
besides introduction of work permit, to address the issue of influx.

…..more



Gopalaswami takes stock of poll preparations(SHT_19_1_k8)


CEC
for error-free EPICs

SHILLONG:
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami on Friday asked the State
Government to ensure that error-free electronic photo identity cards (EPICs)
were issued to all genuine voters. He, however, ruled out any security threat to
the March-3 polling, saying "elections in Meghalaya are always peaceful."

…..more


 BJP
announces list for 20 seats(SHT_19_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
BJP on Friday announced its candidates for the coming Assembly elections for 20
constituencies.No female contestant has figured on the list released on Friday
after its approval by the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) headed by LK
Advani.
…..more


 NCP
promises an array of devp in Meghalaya(SHT_19_1_k8)

Shillong:
The Nationalist Congress
Party (NCP) manifesto for the Meghalaya Assembly elections released here on
Friday assured an array of developments for the people of the State if it comes
to power.
…..more


 LJP
candidate’s manifesto(SHT_19_1_k8)

Shillong:
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP)
candidate from Laban constituency and former president of Civil Society Women
Organisation, Irin Hujon elucidated her desire to work and understand the
problems the people from the grass-root level are facing provided that the same
people elect her as their representative to the next Assembly.

…..more


 Shylla
still hopes for Congess ticket(SHT_21_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Even as Congress awaits a favourable court verdict on tribal status of its poll
nominee for Nongkrem constituency Waibha Kyndiah, KHADC chief HS Shylla is
confident that Mr Waibha’s candidature would be annulled, paving the way for him
to fight the elections on Congress ticket.

…..more

 MDP
membership drive on(SHT_21_1_k8)

In a bid to
strengthen its cadre strength ahead of the Assembly elections, MDP is going all
out to swell its rank and file by roping in former bureaucrats, academicians and
well-known personalities.In its latest such drive, MDP has brought to its fold a
young IFS officer of the Orissa cadre THS Bonney and as many as 81 followers.

MDP joint
secretary BK Khongjirem told The Shillong Times on Sunday that Mr Bonney,
and his supporters numbering 81 had already been enrolled into the party.

…..more


 NCP-Cong
duel over party nominee(SHT_21_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
A war of words between two
principal political parties, Congress and NCP, has begun, with NCP retaliating
to Congress’ warning to its Laban constituency candidate Sanbor Shullai by
calling the Congress antics as "cheap political stunts."MPCC on Saturday charged
Mr Shullai with violating party rules by joining NCP without tendering
resignation from the party. MPCC president OL Nongtdu had said Mr Shullai could
be charged under the anti-defection law.

…..more


 Security
tightened for R-Day amid bandh(SHT_26_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Tight security has been put in place to ensure peaceful Republic Day
celebrations across the State and deal with any eventuality due to the HNLC-called
24-hour bandh, which started on Friday evening partially affecting normal
life in the city.No untoward incident was reported from any part of Khasi and
Jaintia Hills where the bandh came into force from 6 p.m. of the day.

…..more



Congress in the dock over poll code(SHT_26_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Another Congress
legislator HDR Lyngdoh is likely to come under the scanner of election
authorities for flouting the model code of conduct by distributing freebies to
people of Mawlaingut village under his Sohiong constituency.Allegations of
violation of the poll code have surfaced against Mr Lyngdoh amid reports of
legislators misusing government assets for electoral advantage, sparking public
demand that expenses of candidates be monitored by the authorities to prevent
them from buying votes or adopting unfair means to win election.

…..more


 Padmashree
for Helen Giri(SHT_26_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Sangeet Natak Akademi Executive Member Dr Helen Giri has been selected for
Padmashree Award for her contribution in the field of art music. Speaking to
The Shillong Times
on Friday, Dr Giri, a retired Professor of Art, NEHU,
expressed both surprise and happiness on being selected for the prestigious
award by the Government of India in recognition of her contribution towards
Khasi traditional music.
…..more


 Govt
hoodwinked people on power deals: Headmen(SHT_26_1_k8)

Shillong:
Reiterating its opposition
to the Cabinet’s decision to keep the "shady power deals" in abeyance, Synjuk ki
Rangbah Shnong (SRS) on Friday alleged that the MDA Government "hoodwinked" the
public on the issue, saying the government was forced to take such a decision as
State Election Commission had itself stated that the Government could not
proceed with the deals due to announcement of Assembly elections.

…..more


Sec.
144 clamped ahead of R-Day(SHT_26_1_k8)

Shillong:
In view of the 24-hour
bandh
called by the HNLC on the eve of the Republic Day, the district
administration has clamped Section 144 CrPC in East Khasi Hills district
prohibiting any person or group of persons from causing obstruction to movement
of people and vehicular traffic, assembly of five or more persons at any public
places and carrying of arms and other lethal weapons with the exception of
security forces.
…..more


 LJP
announces list(SHT_26_1_k8)

Shillong:
The State unit of Lok
Janshakti Party on Friday released the first list of its candidates for eleven
constituencies for the Assembly elections to be held on March 3. Out of the
eleven candidates, three were women.

…..more

Meghalaya let down by
political class’ (SHT_22_1_k8)

Public
perceptions of the state of the State (SHT_22_1_k8)

SHILLONG: As Meghalaya entered the 37th year of its existence, many
feel that the State has still remained underdeveloped, and much remains to be
done to uplift the hill State. The general perception is that the political
masters have let their people down. The whole system is corrupt — right from
politicians to the common man, who easily get influenced by money power during
elections; legislators are not committed to working for overall development of
the people as well as the State; enlightened and responsible citizens need to
take over the process of governance from self-centred and selfish
…..more

State progressing in right
direction: Chatterjee(SHT_22_1_k8)

The public perceptions are mismatched with that of the bureaucrats. State
Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee claimed that the State was progressing in the
right direction. He, however, admitted that there was room for improvement to
take the State economy to higher levels. …..more

MDP announces 15
nominees(SHT_22_1_k8)

SHILLONG: MDP on Monday announced 15 candidates for the ensuing
Assembly elections.Briefing newsmen after the Central Election Committee (CEC)
meeting of the party here, MDP president Martle N Mukhim, who is seeking
re-election from Dienglieng constituency, said the second list of candidates
would be released shortly. …..more

Will poll outcome be old
wine in new bottle? (SHT_22_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The holier-than-thou postures taken by most political
parties over the "poaching game" appear to have triggered off a fresh debate on
whether the coming election or its outcome will be just old wine in new bottle.
…..more

UDP alleges ‘delaying
tactics’ over power deal(SHT_22_1_k8)

Shillong: The UDP, which is a major partner in the MDA Cabinet, has
rapped the Lapang-led Government for not scrapping the controversial deal
despite public demand while the KSU welcomed the Cabinet decision on the issue.
Speaking to The Shillong Times here on Monday, UDP youth wing president
Allan Dkhar termed the MDA Cabinet’s decision to keep the power deal in abeyance
as "delaying tactic" of the present Government which could lead to more
complications in the future. …..more

Demand for holiday on
Netaji’s birth anniversary(SHT_22_1_k8)

Shillong: The Greater Shillong Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Birthday
Celebration Committee has urged Governor Shivender Singh Sidhu to convince
Meghalaya Government to officially declared January 23 as State holiday on
account of birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
…..more

GNC to field ex-Congress man
in Rongchugre(SHT_22_1_k8)

TURA: The Garo National Council (GNC), a political party fightiing for
a separate state for the Garos, is fielding a former Congress candidate for the
Rongchugre constituency in West Garo Hills in the March 3 elections. The former
Congress candidate, Paul B Marak, who lost the last elections to sitting MLA
Beckstar K Sangma, has resigned from the Congress and joined the GNC.
…..more

NCP constitutes panels at
Laitumkhrah(SHT_22_1_k8)

Shillong: The Nationalist Congress Party, Laitumkhrah Block has
strengthened the party by constituting two working committees and one unit for
smooth conduct of the elections in Laitumkhrah Assembly constituency.
…..more

UDP to move HC against power
pacts (SHT_23_1_k8)

SHILLONG: UDP will move the Gauhati High Court against the State
Cabinet decision to keep the alleged shady power pacts in abeyance instead of
scrapping them altogether.UDP’s Youth Wing president Allan Dkhar on Tuesday said
the party had decided to file a PIL in the court to compel the government to
abandon the deals once for all."We want the deals scrapped immediately but the
MDA Government has decided to keep them in abeyance," Mr Dkhar said.
…..more

Shylla accused of selling
out KHADC
(SHT_23_1_k8)

SHILLONG: UDP has accused KHADC chief HS Shylla of "auctioning (off)
the assets of the Council for his own profit" by leasing out the trade and
professional tax departments to private parties."He (Mr Shylla) has auctioned
off the professional tax and trade departments of the Council to private parties
which amounts to taking away the powers and functions of the Council," UDP MDC
Hardinge L Massar said at a media conference here on Tuesday.
…..more

Shullai quits
Cong(SHT_23_1_k8)

SHILLONG: KHADC member from Laban Sanbor Shullai on Tuesday resigned
from Congress and as MDC and Executive Member in-charge of Trade. Mr Shullai
will formally join NCP on January 28 and is going to contest the forthcoming
elections as NCP candidate. Earlier, the Congress party said Mr Shullai could be
charged under Anti-Defection Law as he joined NCP without resigning from
Congress.

SP candidates(SHT_23_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Samajwadi Party (SP) has decided to put up candidates in the
March-3 State Assembly elections and appointed Shotis Dkhar as the State party
president and former KHADC Chief Executive Member Probin K Raswai as its
political adviser.

Bird flu team(SHT_23_1_k8)

Shillong: Officials from Union Ministry of Animal Husbandry and
Veterinary will arrive in Shillong on Thursday to assess the situation in the
State in the wake of outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) in West Bengal,
official sources said here on Tuesday.

Jaintia Hills DCC
reconstituted(SHT_23_1_k8)

JOWAI: Jaintia Hills District Committee (JHDCC) was reconstituted at a
party meeting at Ladthadlaboh, Jowai on Tuesday.Besides party workers of Jaintia
Hills, MDCs and Congress poll nominees, including Dr RC Laloo, Shitlang Pale,
Sniawbhalang Dhar, Commingone Ymbon, Draison Kharshiing and Lahkmen Rymbui,
attended the meeting to revive the party’s district committee, which was earlier
said to have been dissolved by its former president ES Lyngdoh.
…..more

 ‘UDP should snap ties with
UDA in KHADC’(SHT_23_1_k8)

Shillong: UDP’s Youth Wing has urged UDP to pull out of the United
Democratic Alliance (UDA) in the KHADC, alleging that the Council is rying to
"auction" its assets."Talking to newsmen here on Tuesday, UDP’s youth wing
president A Dkhar said the KHADC, under the leadership of Congress MDC HS Shylla,
had put the Council in a "shameful position," asserting stating that the manner
in which the CEM acted called for such an action as UDP withdrawal from UDA.
…..more

Purno plea to
voters(SHT_23_1_k8)

Shillong: NCP leader Purno A Sangma has stressed on the need to elect
a government that could deliver the goods in the March 3 Assembly
elections.Speaking at public meetings held at Oakland, Nongmynsong, Jail Road
and RR Colony recently to campaign for party candidate from Pynthorumkhrah seat
James Marvin Pariat, the former Lok Sabha Speaker said that…..more.

BJP criticises Cong,
regional parties(SHT_23_1_k8)

Shillong: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Umroi Mandal has held the
Congress and all regional parties responsible for taking Meghalaya backwards in
the last thirty five years.Taking dig at the regional parties at a meeting held
on Monday, members of the BJP unit, in a statement issued here, said the
regional parties in the State had lost their ideological values and termed them
the "B team of the Congress".…..more

Resignation(SHT_23_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Congress member from Laban, Mehboob K Lyngdoh has resigned
from the party membership. In a release issued here on Tueday, Mr Lyngdoh said
that he would join with the NCP.

Aide recollects Netaji’s N-E
sojourn(SHT_23_1_k8)

Shillong: At the age of 88, businessman JN Bawri might forget many
things of the past. But, he will never forget those three days he spent with
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose when he came here 70 years ago to stake claim for
first Congress Government in undivided Assam.The Shillong sojourn of the
"Patriot of Patriots" may be unknown to many but one of his aides, Bawri, will
remember Bose’s visit to the North East in 1938 forever.
…..more

Shylla refutes ‘auction’
charge (SHT_24_1_k8)

SHILLONG: KHADC Chief Executive Member HS Shylla has refuted the UDP
allegation that he had "auctioned off" the Trade and Tax departments of the
Council without the consent of the House.
Speaking to newsmen here on
Wednesday, Mr Shylla clarified the two departments had not been auctioned off to
private parties but were "leased out" to three agents in order to enhance
revenue collection by the KHADC. …..more

Decision to contest after
court verdict(SHT_24_1_k8)

Mr Shylla said he would decide on whether to contest the March-3 Assembly
elections only after the verdict of the Court of East Khasi Hills Deputy
Commissioner on the petition challenging the tribal status of Union Minister PR
Kyndiah’s son Waibha K Kyndiah."I will officially declare my political move only
after the verdict of the DC court on the matter," Mr Shylla said. The court will
hear the petition on February 5. …..more

Security
reviewed(SHT_24_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee on Wednesday hold a
meeting with East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner and senior police officials to
review the security measures adopted ahead of the Republic Day celebrations.
Meanwhile, the State will soon get around 40 to 45 companies of additional
central paramilitary forces for the smooth conduct of Assembly elections on
March 3. The decision was taken at an Election Commission meeting held in New
Delhi on Monday.

Dummy games that political
force play(SHT_24_1_k8)

SHILLONG: In the fierce battle for the ensuing Assembly elections the
spotlight has fallen on Independent candidates, especially in Garo Hills, where
not everyone is convinced that candidates who are "Independent," are entirely on
their own. Most people believe that Independent candidates "are part of a bigger
game plan," of big political parties like the Congress and the NCP who have set
them up to wrest power. …..more

JHADC members pulled up for
code violation(SHT_24_1_k8)

jowai: The Jaintia Hills district administration has issued a
show-cause notice to the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) over
alleged violation of the model code of conduct by certain Congress
MDCs.According to Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner Frederick Roy Kharkongor,
the show-cause notice was issued following complaints that few Executive Members
and MDCs went to the Congress election rally at Ladthadlaboh, Jowai using their
official cars. …..more

Dorbar’s
restriction(SHT_24_1_k8)

Flagging of party flag on residential buildings within Mulang village,
Jaintia Hills District, has been strictly prohibited by the Durbar Shnong of
Mulang. In a meeting held on Tuesday, the Dorbar Shnong passed a resolution
stating that no household within the village jurisdiction should be allowed to
decorate their houses with any political party’s flag.
…..more

Buses arranged for Republic
Day prog(SHT_24_1_k8)

Shillong: In connection with Republic Day celebration to be held at
Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex, Polo here, the East Khasi Hills district
administration has arranged buses for public conveyance on January 26.
…..more

Bird flu alert in
Ri-Bhoi(SHT_24_1_k8)

Shillong: The District Rapid Response Team of Ri-Bhoi District has
alerted people in the district in the wake of outbreak of bird flu in West
Bengal. A meeting held on Monday chaired by District AH & Veterinary Officer Dr
QX Rewarnd urged the district level task force and rapid response team to check
the possible outbreak of the disease in the district. So far, there were no
report of chicken deaths in the State. …..more

Our
Correspondent from Agartala reports(SHT, 24-1-k8)

 Tripura Government has imposed ban on importing eggs and chicks from
Bangladesh, Principal Secretary U Venkateswarlu said here on Wednesday. Even as
there no case of avian was reported in the State, the Government has taken all
possible preventative measures to avert avian flu, he said.
…..more

EC to curb slander campaigns
(SHT_25_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The Election Commission has decided to record poll campaigns
on camera to check "slander campaigns" by candidates against their
rivals.Election authorities will scan video footages of public meetings,
rallies, etc, during electioneering to see if candidates had indulged in
personal attacks against rival contestants.Addressing a press conference here on
Thursday, Chief Election Officer PK Naik said this time round candidates would
have to exercise restraint without going beyond a permissible limit during
election campaigns. …..more

635 hyper-sensitive polling
stations in State(SHT_25_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The State Government has declared 635 polling stations as
hyper-sensitive and 194 as sensitive, out of the total 1582.Chief Election
Officer PK Naik told reporters on Thursday that out of 465 polling stations in
East Khasi Hills, 199 had been identified as hypersensitive and only 4 as
sensitive."In Jaintia Hills, out of the 238 polling stations, 118 have been
described as hyper-sensitive and 53 as sensitive, while in West Khasi Hills 79
have been termed as hyper-sensitive and 35 as sensitive, out of the total 173 in
the district," Mr Naik said. …..more

Pawar campaign(SHT_25_1_k8)

New Delhi: NCP national leaders — Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel and
Tariq Anwar along with Purno Sangma — will visit Meghalaya in February to join
the party’s campaign for the State Assembly elections. NCP leaders including
Purno Sangma had a brain storming session here on Thursday to chalk out the
election strategy, sources said adding that the leaders were confident of the
party forming the next government in the State. Mr Sangma is leaving for the
State on Friday. The top NCP leaders will campaign for three days each from
third week of Februaury by which time electioneering will reach a cresendo.
…..more

MLAs may land in trouble for
code violation(SHT_25_1_k8)
Politicos misusing Govt assets(SHT_25_1_k8)

SHILLONG/TURA: A number of politicians of the State may land in
trouble for violating the poll code of conduct.Some sitting MLAs in Garo Hills
have allegedly misused government assets like ambulances and others to further
their political interests despite announcement of election date in the State.

Congress candidate and MLA from Dalu constituency Samuel M Sangma has drawn
flak for violating the model code of conduct by using a government-funded
vehicle for allegedly transporting his supporters. The legislator went to the
extent of inscribing the words "Donated by Samuel M Sangma, MLA" on an
ambulance, which was actually purchased under a Central scheme — Special Rural
Works Programme (SRWP). …..more

‘Individual charisma key to
poll success’(SHT_25_1_k8)
Shillong:
Individual charisma will be the deciding factor for the
candidates contesting the Assembly elections as has been the case in previous
elections, NCP candidate from Laitumkhrah constituency Paul H Suting said on
Thursday.Addressing a press meet here, Mr Suting said, "political parties have
never been a matter of concern for Laitumkhrah constituency as people here
scrutinise the personality and potential of the candidate to work for the good
of the constituency before giving their votes."
…..more

MDP announces Sohiong
nominee(SHT_25_1_k8)

MDP on Thursrday announced THS Bonney as its candidate from Sohiong Assembly
constituency. A meeting of the party held at Sohiong in presence of party joint
secretary B Kular Khongjirem and other leaders unanimously decided to field Mr
Bonney as the party candidate for Sohiong seat.
…..more

HSPDP-KHNAM combine’s addl
list(SHT_25_1_k8)

Joint Coordination Committee of the HSPDP and KHNAM has released the
additional list of candidates, approved by the two parties, for the Assembly
elections. …..more

HSPDP bid to woo
voters(SHT_25_1_k8)

Shillong: With the Assembly election round the corner, all political
parties began preparations for the mega showdown on March 3.The HSPDP, which is
campaigning on the separate state for Khasi-Jaintia poll plank, has been putting
in effort in different places of Khasi and Jaintia hills to woo voters.A general
convention of the party was held on Friday at Mawkyllei-Lyngdoh Nonglait village
of Pariong constituency graced by the presence of party leaders including its
candidates Dr A Pariong, Mr Tuberlin Lyngdoh, ex-MLA, and others.
…..more

Natl leaders’ intervention
in uranium issue sought(SHT_25_1_k8)

Shillong: The Langrin Youth Welfare Association (LYWA) has called for
intervention of national leaders including the Prime Minister to stop mining of
uranium in West Khasi Hills.In a statement, the Association said letters had
been sent to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Managing Director of Atomic
Energy, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs PR Kyndiah,
Robert Kharshiing, MP Rajya Sabha, expressing opposition to set up any uranium
project at Photkylleng-Pyndengsohiong under Langrin Syiemship by any company.
…..more

EC to curb slander campaigns
(SHT_25_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The Election Commission has decided to record poll campaigns
on camera to check "slander campaigns" by candidates against their
rivals.Election authorities will scan video footages of public meetings,
rallies, etc, during electioneering to see if candidates had indulged in
personal attacks against rival contestants.Addressing a press conference here on
Thursday, Chief Election Officer PK Naik said this time round candidates would
have to exercise restraint without going beyond a permissible limit during
election campaigns. …..more

R-Day passes off peacefully
(SHT_28_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The Republic Day celebrations, held amid the 24-hour HNLC bandh,
ended without any untoward incident in the city where acting Governor Dr SS
Sidhu urged peace and stability and improved infrastructure for economic growth
of Meghalaya, while reiterating the government’ desire for peacefully settling
any problems with ANCV and HNLC.Speaking at the Republic Day celebrations at
Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex here on Saturday, Dr Sidhu said Meghalaya needed
to strengthen its infrastructure and harness its power potential for development
of the State. …..more

FKJGP to kick off stir on CM
turf(SHT_28_1_k8)

SHILLONG: FKJGP will kick off on February 2 its State-wide
anti-government campaign in Chief Minister DD Lapang’s constituency Nongpoh as a
mark of protest against the Cabinet decision to put on hold the alleged shady
power deals rather than have them scrapped as demanded by the public.
…..more

MLA refutes code violation
charge(SHT_28_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Congress candidate and sitting legislator from Sohiong
constituency HDR Lyngdoh on Sunday denied the allegation that he had violated
the model code of conduct by distributing freebies to voters recently.
…..more

R-Day celebrated across
State(SHT_28_1_k8)

SHILLONG/TURA: The 59th Republic Day celebrations took place in a
befitting manner in all the districts headquarters and sub-divisional offices in
the State. National flags were unfurled by the respective Deputy Commissioners
and subdivional heads in separate functions held in East Khasi Hills, West Khasi
Hills, Jaintia Hills, Ri-Bhoi District, West Garo Hills, East Garo Hills and
South Garo Hills districts. …..more

Governor gives away
Meghalaya Day awards(SHT_28_1_k8)

Shillong: Acting Governor Dr SS Sidhu handed over the Meghalaya Day
Awards to the recipients on the occasion of Republic Day celebration at
Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex here on Saturday. Kalseng Ch Sangma was honoured
with the U Tirot Sing Award for his contribution to arts and literature,
Beningstar Lyngkhoi with the U Kiang Nangbah Award, for his outstanding
achievement in the field of sports and Bosco Reach Out, the Pa Togan Sangma
Award, for selfless social services. …..more

Mulayam, Amar to join SP
campaign(SHT_29_1_k8)
SHILLONG:
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and general
secretary Amar Singh will campaign for their party candidates in Meghalaya. SP,
which drew a blank in the last Assembly elections, has planned to put up at
least 15 nominees in the ensuing polls to the 8th State Legislative Assembly. SP
has already decided to field former KHADC Chief Executive Member PK Raswai in
Jirang constituency and State SP convenor Shutis Dkhar in Nartiang seat.
…..more

M’laya House
scam(SHT_29_1_k8)
Mawlong gets HC
reprieve(SHT_29_1_k8)
SHILLONG:
In a reprieve for EK Mawlong ahead of the Assembly polls,
Gauhati High Court has cleared the former Chief Minister of "acts of omission
and commission" in the Kolkata Meghalaya House deal, sparing him the proposed
CBI probe into his alleged involvement in the scandal.The Shillong Bench of the
High Court, while setting aside a writ petition filed by the Meghalaya
Government, on Monday said neither FIR nor criminal proceedings had been
registered by the State Government against Mr Mawlong.
…..more

Tribal body wants CEO to
monitor MLAs’ conduct(SHT_29_1_k8)
Shillong:
Meghalaya Tribal Welfare Association (MTWA) has sought the
intervention of the State Election Department to check improper display of MLAs’
names on vehicles or materials like ambulances, autorickshaws, water tankers,
tarpulins, chairs, etc purchased under MLA schemes.
…..more

‘Change of mindset
needed’(SHT_29_1_k8)
Meanwhile, former FKJGP president and UDP candidate from Nongkrem
Ardent M Basaiawmoit has said State will change for the better only when people
have changed their mindset on how to elect their legislators.Addressing a public
rally at Smit here on Monday, Mr Basaiawmoit lashed out at the current lot of
politicians for failing to fulfil the aspirations of the people and work for
socio-economic development of the State. …..more

Shullai joins
NCP(SHT_29_1_k8)
Former KHADC MDC from Laban Sanbor Shullai, who recently resigned
from Congress, formally joined NCP along with several of his supporters on
Monday. Mr Shullai will contest the March-3 Assembly elections on NCP ticket.
…..more

Voters cautioned against
‘unscrupulous’ candidates(SHT_29_1_k8)

Shillong:
UDP candidate from Nongkrem constituency, Ardent Basaiawmoit has
strongly criticised "unscrupulous" candidates of various parties for allegedly
adopting unfair means to win the elections.Speaking at a public meeting held at
Madan Smit on Monday, Mr Basaiawmoit alleged that some of the candidates are
reportedly enticing voters with monetary assistance and are canvassing in the
name of religion. …..more

Use of
loudspeakers(SHT_29_1_k8)
The West Khasi Hills district administration has prohibited
unauthorized use of loudspeakers beyond the stipulated decibel limit for
electioneering campaign in the whole district with immediate effect. A release
issued by the District Magistrate, West Khasi Hills said the order comes into
force with immediate effect.

UDP members join
Cong(SHT_29_1_k8)
Shillong:
With defection becoming the order of the day, about a dozen
supporters of the sitting UDP MLA from Nongspung constituency joined Congress on
Monday. Two UDP leaders from Mawngap and Kynshi areas, B Kurbah and B Warjri
quit the UDP and formally joined the Congress along with others at a meeting at
Mawngap on Monday. Alleged failure of the sitting MLA to implement the MLA
schemes was cited as one of the reasons for exodus.

Fake ‘election money’ seized
in city, 1 held (SHT_30_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Police on Tuesday arrested a person from here for
possessing counterfeit currency notes worth several crores of rupees meant for
use during the State Assembly polls. Police declined to reveal the identity of
the arrested but said he hailed from Boko, Assam.
…..more

Bollywood stars to dazzle
poll campaigns(SHT_30_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The run-up to the Assembly election promises to be
star-studded with BJP and Samajwadi Party looking to rope in a host of Bollywood
actors to campaign for their candidates in the State.  Congress’ electioneering
will also be livened up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA president Sonia
Gandhi and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi.
…..more

Sohiong: KHNAM, UDP accuse
sitting MLA of non-performance(SHT_30_1_k8)

SHILLONG: KHNAM has stepped up its ante against Congress legislator
and sitting MLA from Sohiong constituency H Donkupar Roy Lyngdoh. KHNAM on
Tuesday blamed the Congressman for the "backwardness" of the constituency and
the "plight of people" of that area. …..more

MLA’s
clarification(SHT_30_1_k8)

Shillong: Nongspung legislator John Anthony Lyngdoh has rejected the
claim of two UDP leaders – Born Kurbah and Bantalin Warjri – that they were
derecognised from UDP membership two years back as they act as "stumbling block"
in the party’s functioning.Reacting to reports, Mr Lyngdoh said that their
expulsion had no impact on the party while exuding confidence to win the
elections.

Lt Gen Paramjit bags
PVSM(SHT_30_1_k8)

Shillong: The Director General of Assam Rifles Lt Gen Paramjit Singh
has been conferred with the Param Vishist Seva Medal on Republic Day. Lt Gen
Singh took over the charge of Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary force of the
country in July last year. …..more

Myntri appeals to CM over
KHADC Bill(SHT_30_1_k8)

Shillong: Myntri of Langrin Syiemship of West Khasi Hills district has
urged Chief Minister DD Lapang to impress upon the Governor not to give his
assent to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Nomination and Election of the
Syiem, Deputy Syiem and headmen Langrin Syiemship) Bill 2007 passed by Khasi
Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), saying it was against the "wish of
the people of Langrin." …..more

Poll panel crackdown on
politicos(SHT_31_1_k8)

SHILLONG: In a bid to ensure strict adherence to the poll code of
conduct by politicians, the State Election Commission has barred legislators
from inscribing their names on vehicles and constructions bought and carried out
with public money. oliticians will be
asked to remove their names from vehicles purchased under different schemes.
This decision of the Election Commission would be implemented even after the
elections," Mr Naik added. …..more

HNPF suspends trading
lisence stir(SHT_31_1_k8)

Shillong: Hynniewtrep National People Federation (HNPF), which is
spearheading the agitation against issuance of trading lisence to outsiders,
particularly the ‘munshis‘, has decided to take up the matter once a new
Government is installed after the elections and would temporarily suspend its
proposed agitations for the time being. …..more

Crucial
battle for Sangma(TEL_10_1_k8)

New Delhi, Jan. 9: Purno A. Sangma did not carry
the characteristic smile as he disembarked at the Guwahati airport yesterday.
The former Lok Sabha Speaker will soon be fighting a crucial battle in Tura. The
concern about winning for Sangma and the Nationalist Congress Party comes not
from a weakness but from losing a golden opportunity. Riddled with factionalism,
allegations of non-transparency and defeated in Gujarat and Himachal, the
Congress is not on steady ground in the “abode of clouds”. …more

 

 

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