Northeast India Clipings

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Governance and Crime, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 13, 2009

Duo nabbed for robbing labourers

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Duo nabbed
for robbing labourers(IFP_3_2_K8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: A group of labourers staying at a makeshift
camp (khola) at Leimaram Waroiching, were robbed by two persons last night using
the name of the proscribed RPF/PLA. The two robbers were however quickly caught
by the cadres of the underground outfit, and produced before mediapersons today.
According to reports, the pair,
identified as Leichongbam Brucelee alias Jiten, 23, of Leimaram Waroiching and
Leichongbam Sanatomba alias Ingocha, 23, of Leimaram Waroiching Awang Leikai
looted a total amount of Rs. 1450 from nine labourers staying at the khola set
up at Leimaram Waroiching Mangol Garden last night after intimidating them with
the name of the RPF/PLA.
..more..

State Govt to
dismantle all toll gates(SHT, 6-2-08)

SHILLONG: Toll gates or rather "extortion gates"
will cease to exist, bringing a direct relief to the truck operators and
indirectly affecting the price of essential commodities.The East Khasi Hills
district administration has termed all the check gates put up by various State
Government departments, district councils, Shillong Municipal

Seal of traditional heads
not needed for land transfer: HC(SHT_5_2_K8)

SHILLONG: In a judgement that could have a far-reaching impact on the
State, Gauhati High Court has said that consent of Rangbah Shnongs or
traditional heads is no longer mandatory for registration of sale deed for
transfer of land from one person to another.The High Court, in its order passed
by Justice T Vaiphei on January 1 last, ruled that the Sub-Registrar was the
sole authority to decide on registration of sale deed.
..more..

Karbi
Anglong district admn awarded ISO certificate
(AST_4_2_K8)
DIPHU, Feb 3 – Karbi Anglong, which has always been famous for all the
wrong reasons, ranging from insurgency, ethnic clashes to various other hidden
factors, has emerged in the world map as one of the best administered districts
with the awarding of the International Organisation for Standards (ISO) by Det
Norkse Veritas (DNV) Netherlands.
..more..

 Manipur DGP to monitor poultry
ban
(AST_4_2_K8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 3 – The Manipur police chief has been instructed to join the
State’s initiative to prohibit import of poultry and poultry products into the
State.
The State authority has taken up the move to prohibit spread of bird flu in the
region in the wake of confirmation of the epidemic in some districts of West
Bengal. ..more..

‘Faulty GMC tendering cause of
slow garbage removal’
(AST_5_2_K8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – While the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) is
trying to improve its garbage-cleaning pattern through newer reforms, a few
insiders blame that faulty tender process as the root cause of the inefficient
services.
Problems are unlikely to end for the civic body top brass, with a few of the
councillors planning to move the GDD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma with a demand
of re-examination of reports on tender of conservancy.
..more..

Dacoits nabbed(AST_5_2_K8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – The Latasil police today apprehended three dacoits
around 12.30 pm from the Digahali Pukhuri area. The trio, Firoze Ali, Akram Ali
and Sirajul Khandakar, was travelling in a Maruti van when they were
intercepted. ..more..

Thieves nabbed(AST_5_2_K8)
PATHSALA, Feb 4 – Miscreants looted pat, muga clothes worth Rs 4,20,372
from the Artfed at Sarupeta recently. Following the incident, Sarupeta police
acting on a tip-off managed to arrest two youths – Dhanajit Kalita and Abdul
Rejjak of Sarupeta locality for the theft case.
..more..

4 car-lifters held(AST_6_2_K8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 5 – The City Police today picked up four car-lifters from
city’s Basistha area. The four, according to police, were linked with many
car-lifting cases in the recent past.

 

1 killed,
16 hurt in factory blast(AST_9_2_K8)

DIBRUGARH, Feb 8 – One person succumbed and sixteen others working in
an aluminum workshop at Lahoal, some 15 kilometres from here sustained burn
injuries when the huge metal vessel used for liquefying aluminum scraps for
developing utensils exploded during the melting process.
..more..

 

Kakhulong
gas leak fire razes three buildings (IFP-1-2-k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 30: At least three residential houses were
reduced to ashes in a devastating fire that broke out in the Kakhulong enclave
at Paona Bazar in the heart of Imphal city this morning.
The fire, which apparently started from a leaking gas cylinder, resulted in the
loss of property worth some Rs 6 lakhs, according to locals.
..more..

Of SULFA, land mafia, a section
of policemen and land grabbing(SEN_1_2_k8)
Process on to add more teeth to land laws
GUWAHATI, Jan 31: In order to tackle the problem of forcible
encroachment of private and Government land by a racket of surrendered ULFA
militants, land mafia and a section of policemen, the State Government is
contemplating on introducing a procedure to directly involve the deputy
commissioners to free such encroached lands from land grabbers.
It may be mentioned here that a number of SULFA men and mafia, in league with
policemen, take possession of private and Government land, in most of the cases
without the knowledge of the land owners, and sell them. Whenever the land
owners move the police, the response is not prompt as a section of police
personnel is also in the nexus. This problem is alarming in Guwahati and other
fast-developing towns and townships of the State. So much so that even patta
lands are encroached or sold without the knowledge of the owners.
..more..

Youth missing
JIRIBAM, Jan 31: One Standhope Kamei (21) s/o
Pouguangrei of Taodaijang village of Tamenglong district has gone missing since
January 18, reports our correspondent. Standhope Kamei is about 5 ft in height
and has long hair. He wore blue jeans and full sleeve shirt when he left home.
                                                          

       


LDA
clarifies(SEX_1_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 31: Reacting to the allegations of the LDA (Retrenched) MR
Employees and Workers’ Association that the LDA bought a worn out dredging
machine at Rs 20 lakhs, the LDA Project Director has dismissed the allegation as
totally baseless and fabricated.
In a press release, the LDA Director clarified that a dredging machine costs
more than 3 crores. ..more..



Projects review

 IMPHAL, Jan 31 : Union Cabinet Secretary KS Chandrasekhar will be
reviewing 12 different projects being implemented in the State on priority basis
including the Jiribam-Imphal railway project. According to a reliable source,
the Cabinet Secretary has convened a meeting with the State Chief Secretary,
Commissioners and Secretaries at New Delhi on February 12.
..more..


1 more money cheat held(SHT_1_2_k8)

SHILLONG: Police on Thursday arrested one more person from Riangdo,
West Khasi Hills for cheating a Jowai-based businessman out of Rs 43 lakh.Police
did not disclose the identity of the arrested but said a brand new Maruti Alto,
Rs 1 lakh and two passbooks were seized from his possession.
..more..

Date for sticker collection
extended(SHT_1_2_k8)

SHILLONG: Responding to the request of various local taxi associations
in East Khasi Hills, the Traffic Police department has decided to extend the
date of collecting stickers till February 15. The earlier deadline was March
31.Informing this on Thursday, DSP (City) In-charge Traffic Dr Sacheng R Marak
said, "We have decided to extend the last date of collecting stickers as
documents of most of the local taxis were still lying at the DTO, Shillong."
..more..

Gunshot
scare before visit(TEL_1_2_k8)

Itanagar, Jan. 31:
Security personnel in Itanagar were in for a scare when a gunshot rang out this
morning in the midst of a road security drill, a few hours before the arrival of
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Their fears of a security breach were allayed
when it was subsequently found that Abeso Ama, a constable from the 2nd IRB, had
accidentally fired a shot from his service revolver. Papum Pare superintendent
of police, Hibu Tamanag, said a daily-wage earner, 28-year-old Yanbiu Taya, was
injured in the firing. He has been shifted to the Ramakrishna

Mission Hospital at Ganga.
..more..

 

1 more
held in fake note case(TEL_1_2_k8)

Shillong, Jan. 31:
The arrest of one more person today on charges of distribution of counterfeit
notes gave the BJP more ammunition against the D.D. Lapang government in
poll-bound Meghalaya. The party demanded a full-fledged inquiry into allegations
that a section of politicians could be using fake notes to fund its election
campaign.
..more..

 

CPI meet
from Mar 23(SEX_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 1: Ahead of the CPI National
general conference scheduled for March 23 to 28 in Andhra Pradesh, the CPI
Manipur State Council will be organising the 19th State con- ference from
February 17 till February 19 at the Irabot Memorial hall of Lamlai Chalou.
Briefing media persons at Irabot Bhavan this after-noon, MLA N Mangi who is also
chairman of the preparatory committee spe-cifically constituted for the
forthcoming national con-ference informed that 65 countries have been invited to
the Andhra Pradesh con-ference.

..more..

Rally taken
out(SEX_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 1: A rally against sexual
harassment and racial discrimination on the people from the North East region
was taken out in Delhi from Gandhi Vihar to Nehru Vihar yesterday, informed a
press release issued by Manipuri Students’ Association, Delhi.

..more..

 
Thief pulled
up(SEX_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 1: One Md Zakir Hussain (32) of
Lilong Turel Ahanbi Upakthong Makha allegedly accused of stealing GI pipes and
other household articles has been pulled up by volunteers of the AMADA Lilong
Local Council today, informed an AMADA release.

..more..

Sidhu’s
address stresses on law and order(SEX_2_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 1: Delivering his customary
address in the opening session of the 9th Manipur Legislative Assembly (third
session) today, Governor Dr Shivinder Singh Sidhu reiterated the SPF Govern-
ment’s commitment to resolve all issues through peaceful means. On behalf of the
Government, the Governor appealed to the youths who have taken up arms to lay
down arms and adopt a democratic and peaceful means for resolution of the
outstanding issues.

..more..

 

Tml DC
feted(SEX_2_2_k8)

The Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong, T Pamei was given a fitting
farewell by the Zeliangrong Students’ Union as well as the public of the
district following his transfer from the district. Acknow-ledging the service
rendered by the IAS officer, the student body said that he was the best DC the
district had seen and this in turn evoked a lot of respect and love from the
people. Due to the sincerity that the DC had shown towards his work, the people
of Tamenglong had in fact begun to repose faith and confidence in the Government
machinery, said the student body.
..more..
.



AR to probe
(SEX_2_2_k8)
As reported earlier in this newspaper,
the Assam Rifles authority has ordered an inquiry into the circumstances leading
to the death of Major BL Sharma of 1 Assam Rifles who reportedly passed away
after his service pistol accidentally went off while giving
..more..

.CRPF
clarifies
(SEX_2_2_k8)
Reacting to the news report about the
suicide of Safai Karamchari Avdesh Kumar at Detachment Hqs 48 Bn CRPF Kaimai and
the suspected reason behind the extreme step, Commandant of 48 Bn CRPF has
clarified that leave for Avdesh had already been sanctioned on January 15.
..more..

Bid to
revamp river police (TEL_2_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 1:
The Assam waterways are set to see an improvement in security levels following
the state government’s decision to revamp its water police force. The Assam
police have prepared a comprehensive blueprint regarding this revamp. The
decision comes in the wake of intelligence reports that suggest militant groups
are increasingly taking advantage of the lack of river policing to smuggle in
arms and ammunition, and as an infiltration route across the border.

..more..

 

Duo nabbed
for robbing labourers (IFP_4_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: A group of labourers staying at a makeshift
camp (khola) at Leimaram Waroiching, were robbed by two persons last night using
the name of the proscribed RPF/PLA.
The two robbers were however quickly caught by the cadres of the underground
outfit, and produced before mediapersons today.
According to reports, the pair, identified as Leichongbam Brucelee alias Jiten,
23, of Leimaram Waroiching and Leichongbam Sanatomba alias Ingocha, 23, of
Leimaram Waroiching Awang Leikai looted a total amount of Rs. 1450 from nine
labourers staying at the khola set up at Leimaram Waroiching Mangol Garden last
night after intimidating them with the name of the RPF/PLA.
..more..

Police seize
truckload of chicks smuggled from Assam(IFP_4_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 3: With a ban imposed on the import of poultry
and poultry products from outside the state in view of the bird flu outbreak in
West Bengal, the Patsoi police today seized altogether 6120 chicks which were
being brought in from Assam along NH-53 this afternoon.
According to reports, the chicks were meant to be delivered to one Huidrom
Ramcharan, who runs a chicken meat shop at Kwakeithel bazar.
..more..

Kakching residents set deadline
for abducted engineer`s release(IFP_4_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 3:
Kakching bazar observed a shutdown today in protest against the kidnapping of
Naorem Keshwar Singh, an assistant engineer in the state electricity department,
by cadres of an underground group on January 31.
Several hundred Kakching residents, including members of the abducted engineer,
also staged a massive sit-in protest at the Irabot Park, Kakching bazar over the
kidnapping. A joint action committee has also been formed to take further course
of action in connection with the issue.

..more..

Shops gutted in
Kohima(NPT_4_2_K8)

Kohima, Feb 3 (NPN): Seven shops, including a restaurant and a pharmacy, were
gutted in a devastating fire that broke out at Midlane Colony in Phoolbari area
here Sunday morning.
Sources suspected that the fire broke out from Laxmi Restaurant and then spread
to the adjoining shops. Three fire tenders were pressed into service which
doused the flames after half an hour’s effort. The cause of the fire was yet to
be ascertained. ..more..

KA becomes first
district in NE to get ISO 9001-2000 certificate (SEN_4_2_k8)
DIPHU, Feb 3: The office of the Deputy Commissioner, Karbi Anglong
has been solving the problems afflicting the people of the district with ISO
standards. The certifying agency Det Norske Veritas (DNV) has certified the
office under the International Organization for Standards (ISO) under
certificate No. 18373-2008-AQ-IND-KVA dated 23/1/2008. This DC office is the
lone office in the entire North-east and the fourth district in India, which has
received the ISO certificate.
..more..

Army averts fire
tragedy
(SEN_4_2_k8)
TEZPUR, Feb 3: A major fire tragedy was
averted by the prompt action of the troops of Ball of Fire Division when they
doused the fire in a local basti in Tenga Valley (Dahung) recently.

..more..

Equipment for
disabled

(SEN_4_2_k8)

TINSUKIA, Feb 3: The Tinsukia Disabled Persons
Association president Gopal Dey Sarkar has informed in a press release that on
February 12 certain equipment for the disabled persons like tricycle, hearing
aid, elbow cluth, waking machine will be distributed at Dibrugarh Polo ground.
..more..

Duo nabbed for robbing
labourers (IFP_5_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: A group
of labourers staying at a makeshift camp (khola) at Leimaram Waroiching, were
robbed by two persons last night using the name of the proscribed RPF/PLA.
The two robbers were however quickly caught by the cadres of the underground
outfit, and produced before mediapersons today.

..more..

Market partially open;
3-tier security around Dimapur City(NPT_5_2_K8)

Dimapur, Feb 4 (NPN): Despite the announcement
made by representatives of traders and shopkeepers of Dimapur on Sunday to
reopen the markets by Monday, shops continued to down shutters creating
confusion among public.
According to several sources, most shopkeepers were still apprehensive about the
situation which was confirmed when some unknown miscreants in the morning
reportedly ordered shops to remain closed.

..more..

 



Violence graph of NE
(NPT_5_2_K8)

Dimapur, Feb 4: Four northeastern States accounted for the majority of
violent incidents in the region last year with Manipur taking the top spot,
according to statistics compiled by the Union Home Ministry.
A national daily reported that the statistics were based on detailed figures of
last two years’ rise and fall of violence in the region. Of the seven States,
Manipur, Assam, Tripura and Nagaland were categorized as violence-prone. Mizoram
and Arunachal Pradesh were deemed peaceful, the report said. While Manipur
topped the violence chart, Assam was a close second.Of the nearly 1,500
incidents of violence in the region last year, more than 550 were in Manipur.
..more..

MOBC minister
concedes irregularities but denies his own involvement

(IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: State minorities and other backward classes minister Md.
Allauddin Khan has categorically denied any involvement in irregularities or
siphoning of funds in the implementation of various schemes under the MOBC
department.
The minister, speaking to mediapersons at a press conference held at his office
chamber this afternoon maintained that the recent allegations made against him
by the underground PULF of involvement in siphoning of funds for various schemes
under MOBC for the financial years 2004-05 and 2006-07 were totally baseless.
..more..

Anomalies detected in IAY house
construction»(SEN_12_2_k8)

GORESWAR, Feb 11: Allegations of corruption have been raised against the
people involved in the construction of houses under the Indira Awas Yojana (IAY)
in Goreswar Development Block in Baksa district. Local villagers informed The
Sentinel that most of the IAY houses under the block are awaiting completion
even after a span of two years.
Based on public complaints, this correspondent visited the interior areas of
Goreswar recently, to take a look into the alleged anomalies and the cases of
corruption. It was indeed found that a large number of houses are lying
incomplete. ..more..

SOS to all, hunger
pangs strike CCpur district(SEX_12_2_k8)
First hand account of the starving villagers(SEX_12_2_k8)

THANLON, Feb 11: The apprehension of a famine
has become a harsh reality today in the four sub-divisions of Tipaimukh, Than-
lon, Henglep and Singhat in Churachandpur district.
With most of the villagers reeling under the harsh reality, sending children to
schools has become a non-affordable task for a great number of families.
While the victims of the natural bamboo flowering phenomenon are wistfully
looking up to the Government for some concrete measures to tide over their
misfortune, many opined that in case the State Government and relevant
authorities fail to take up relief and famine control measures immediately, the
crisis may deepen and ultimately lead to a major human disaster.

..more..

Five MOBC
officials suspended(SEX_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Five officials of the MOBC
Department have been placed under suspension for alleged irregularities in
distributing the benefits to the beneficiaries under various developmental
schemes of the Department.
The five MOBC officials who have been placed under suspension so as to
facilitate disciplinary proceedings against them are Deputy Director-1 Dr K
Lokhol Singh, Deputy Director-II Th Gopal Singh, Accounts Officer K Paukhamlung,
Agriculture Officer L Mak Joute and Agriculture Officer H Gourakishwar Singh.

..more..

 

Political
workers assault Agri dept officer
(AST_13_2_k8)
TEZPUR, Feb 12 – Sensation prevails here over the assault on the
Assistant Agricultural Officer, Sonitpur district Pranab Bora by some unknown
political workers of the town.
According to sources, Bora was called by the ADC, Fatik Nath to visit his office
to discuss a Panchayat poll-related matter. Bora visited the office of ADC. On
his way back to his office, some political workers of Ushapur Panchayat under
Dekargaon ZPC of Tezpur constituency stopped him and inquired about the counting
of votes of anchalik member of the Panchayat and assaulted him. The official
sustained an injury on his left eye. The miscreants decamped from the spot soon
after commiting the crime.
..more..

Bike lifters held(AST_13_2_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Feb 12 – Six persons including a woman were caught red-handed
while selling a stolen motorbike (Bajaj Discovery) near Kodomoni in Dibrugarh
here today, police sources informed. The persons have been identified as
Umananda Sarma, Gopal Suryabangshi, Bitu Thapa, Bikash Gogoi, Jyotsna Balmiki
and Shakti Balmiki. ..more..

 


College
principal, cashier accused of deducting money from staff salaries(IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: The Imphal police has taken up a suo-moto case over the
reported threat to the life of officials of the Reliance company in Imphal by
militants said to be PREPAK, even as another case of deduction of money from the
monthly pay of teachers and staff of the Lilong Haoreibi College was registered
at Lilong police station on receipt of a complaint, a source said Monday.
..more..

State`s sectoral allocation for
2008-09 finalised (IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: The sectoral and sub-sectoral allocation of
the agreed annual plan for the fiscal year 2008-09 which was finalised at Rs.
1660 crores, including Rs. 550 crores special plan assistance for the state has
been finalized, an official source has said.
As per the finalized sectoral and sub-sectoral allocation, a total amount of Rs.
3976 lakhs has been allocated for various schemes under the major head
agriculture and allied activities, Rs. 8408 lakhs for the rural development
sector, Rs. 26720 lakhs for the schemes under the irrigation and flood control
department most importantly.
..more..

1 held in forgery
case(NPT_13_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: Dimapur Police Monday night arrested one person in connection
with a forged vehicle document from G.S Road and also seized the autorick-shaw
from his possession. ..more..

Union Secys to review
Asom law and order
(SEN_13_2_k8)

NEW DELHI, Feb 12: Union Cabinet
Secretary K Chandrasekhar and Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta were going to
Asom on February 15 to hold a review meeting of the Unified Command Structure (UCS)
in the State, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

..more..

Jorhat gets UIDSMT funds for
urban development(SEN_13_2_k8)

JORHAT, Feb 12: Jorhat has been selected for allocation of funds under the
Centre’s Urban Infrastructure Development for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSMT)
for 2008. This was informed by L Owarie, Deputy Director of Town and Country
Planning.
“Last year, Titabor was selected for the scheme and Jorhat has been selected for
this year,” Owarie said. In regard to the funds, Owarie said, “It depends on how
many projects we can come up with.”
..more..

2 held for stealing
jewellery

JORHAT, Feb 12: The police today held Binod Sahu and his friend Sanjib
Dey for stealing jewellery from one Sujit Ghosh, a resident of Bishnupur in
Na-Ali area, during a marriage ceremony last night.
..more..


Vigilance Department moots investigations against officials

(SEX_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 12 : After an investigation into the case related to
disbursal of Rs 1,89,04,629 by the former Project Director of Manipur State AIDS
Control Society (MACS) to various NGOs for conducting awareness programme on
HIV/AIDS in violation of not only the operational guidelines of National AIDS
Control Organisation (NACO) but also without the approval of the Executive
Committee of MACS, the State Vigilance has recommended to the Government to
initiate a departmental inquiry and has recommended a major penalty.
..more..


RIs for three docs in 1981 scam
(SEX_13_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 12: Holding three more doctors
guilty in connection with the infamous scam of 1981 wherein an amount of Rs 7
lakh was swindled during purchase of medical equipment a special court has
sentenced the trio to three years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 50,000
each.
..more..

Govt pulled up
for inaction against accused(AST_14_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 13 – The State Information Commission has expressed its
displeasure over the failure of the Government in initiating action against the
officers involved in the corrupt practices in the Public Distribution System (PDS)
scam in Golaghat, and conveyed this to the Chief Secretary, Government of Assam.
The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) which had unearthed a series of scams in
the PDS in Golaghat, Jorhat and Sivasagar districts by accessing information
under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, had alleged before the Commission that
no action was taken against the guilty officials exposed by the KMSS and the RTI.
..more..

Governor directs DCs on
PDS(NPT_14_2_K8)

Dimapur, Feb 13 (NPN): Governor of Nagaland, K. Sankaranarayanan, has
directed all Deputy Commissioners and other district authorities to ensure that
all commodities under the Public Distribution System (PDS) were distributed
properly to the beneficiaries without diversion of any kind.
..more..

Extortionist
held(NPT_14_2_K8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 13 (NPN): Dimapur police arrested one person for
collecting money in the name of ‘Chaplee Committee’ of the ‘Unified NSCN’ from
Supermarket area on Wednesday afternoon. Police said the accused identified as
one Hukato Achumi, son of Shoqhezu Achumi, of Xekiye village, had admitted to
extorting money from businessmen after forcibly issuing demand coupons.
..more..


Revenue Department is not the last authority to allot Government

lands
(SEN_14_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 13: Allotment or settlement of Government lands has been
centralized in Asom from February 1. Now on, the Revenue Department is not the
last authority to give allotment or settlement of Government lands as was the
case till January 31, 2008. The Revenue Department can give allotment or
settlement of Government lands now only after getting the nod from the Cabinet.
..more..


Night shelters for labourers
assured
(SEX,14-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 13: Labour and Employment Minister Ph Parijat has announced
that two night shelters for the workers engaged in unorganised sector would be
set up in Imphal.
Speaking as chief guest of the inaugural function of the 3-day long State level
training programme on Human Empowerment and Development of the North East Region
being organised by Central Board for Workers Education, Regional Directorate,
Imphal at Hotel Imphal here today, the Minister said Manipur is a State where a
large number of people are engaging in unorganised sector. So it is the duty of
the Government to look after the welfare of the workers in this sector.
..more..

 

Kasturba
trust, RK Mission exempted 50 pc GMC tax
(AST_15_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 14 – The Guwahati Municipal Corporation has decided to
extend 50 percent tax exemption to Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust,
Assam branch and to Ramkrishna Mission for their contribution towards the
society. A decision to this effect was taken at the general body meeting of the
civic body held on February 12.
..more..

City police drive against
extortionists
(AST_15_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 14 – The City Police is on look out for a gang of around
five miscreants, who are reportedly on extortion drive in and around the
city.The matter was brought to the fore after a resident of city’s Chandmari
area lodged a First Information Report (FIR) with the Chandmari police station
today. ..more..

New Treasury office
inaugurated(NPT_15_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: The new office of the treasury officer of
Mokokchung was inaugurated Thursday by R. Ramakrishnan IAS Deputy Commissioner
of Mokokchung . The inaugural function was chaired by Verie Joint director,
Treasuries and Accounts and invocation was pronounced by Rev Luin Pastor (MTBA).
..more..

 

Two
arrested
(SEN_15_2_k8)

DHUBRI, Feb 14: Two suspected arms dealers, identified as
Rijaul Ahmed and Jainal Abedin, have been arrested by the police from Kadamtola
under Bilasipara police station today. One pistol and five rounds of ammunition
have been recovered from them.


Sensitisation programme on NREGS
(SEX_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: A one day sensitisation programme on the
Central Government sponsored National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme was
organised by the Thoubal District Block Panchayat at the counting hall of
Thoubal DC office today.
..more..


FCS dept hailed
(SEX_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: The Village Authority Association (VAA)
Tamei sub-division expresses its heartfelt gratitude to the department of Food &
Civil Supply, Government of Manipur for timely distribution of especially rice
and SK oil under public distribution system.
..more..


NREGS deadline
(SEX_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: Chairmen/secretaries of village authorities
under TD Block Kangpokpi are informed to submit fresh NREGS Perspective Plan
(work pro- posal) for five years, effective from the current fiscal, to the
office of Additional Deputy Commissioner/Programme Officer, Kangpokpi within
February 18. ..more..


USER concerned
(SEX_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: Expressing serious concern over the issue
related to alleged misuse and diversion of fund released by NACO to MACS, USER
Manipur has stated that the matter should not be taken lightly by the people of
the State. ..more..


Shops raided

(SEX_15_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 14: Eleven computer shop owners and 19 CPU hard
disks, suspec-ted to be engaged in down- loading and transferring obscene
pictures and X-rated videos, have been picked up by the Imphal City police on
Thursday for scrutinizing and verification in a raid conducted at several
computer shops in Paona bazaar area.
..more..


Governor visits ‘liberated’ Somtal
(SEX,
15-2-08)

 IMPHAL, Feb 14: In a rare visit of its kind, Governor Dr SS Sidhu paid a
visit to a number of villages in the interior areas of Chandel district
including Samtal today.
The Governor first flew by helicopter to Changjol from where he travelled to Old
Somtal by road. There he interacted with the villagers of Old Somtal, S Bongjoi,
Wonjang, Tuitang, Sehlon, Changjol, Phoilen, M Gamnuam, Phoipenkot, Kovang etc,
informed a press release issued by the Raj Bhawan.
..more..


Works Minister decries lack of
progress, quality(SEX,15-2-08)

MOREH, Feb 14: Taking strong exception to lack of progress and
quality regarding different develop- ment works and projects being taken up in
the State, Works Minister K Ranjit asserted that underground outfits operating
both in the hills and valley ought to ensure that contracts works being executed
by their chosen contractors are being implemented at a right pace with due
emphasis on quality. ..more..

Nagaland schemes
reviewed(TEL15_2_K8)

Kohima, Feb. 14: Nagaland Governor K.
Sankaranarayanan today reviewed the implementation of projects under the
non-lapsable central pool of resources.  Altogether 30 such projects are
being implemented by the state government departments at a cost of Rs 474 crore,
of which Delhi has already released Rs 269 crore.
..more..

 


Miscreants snatch cash at Nalbari
(AST_16_2_k8)
NALBARI, Feb 15 – Two motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched away Rs 9.40
lakh from two employees of Ashish Agency of Nalbari town on Tuesday in morning
in broad daylight. ..more..

Governor visits
Somtal villages, Moreh; Promises to take up development issues with state govt
(IFP_16_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: The Governor of
Manipur, Dr SS Sidhu today travelled to the Somtal salient of Chandel district,
meeting village leaders and the public and assuring them of government
commitment to the development of the area.
The Governor, accompanied by the inspector general, Assam Rifles (South), Mj
Gen. BK Chengappa, toured Changjol, Old Somtal and Khengjoi villages, which had
recently been cleared of militant presence, and also visited the border town of
Moreh. ..more..

Arson reply to OIL
‘arrogance’(TEL_16_2_k8)

Youths set
bus ablaze, damage car

(TEL_16_2_k8)

Dibrugarh, Feb. 15: Arsonists suspected to be from a
youth organisation targeted two Oil India Ltd vehicles in Upper Assam since last
night in retaliation to the company’s alleged refusal to funnel a fraction of
its revenue into local development projects.Police arrested five members of the
All Assam Muttock Yuba Chatra Sanmelan on charges of setting ablaze a staff bus
near Timona, under Lahowal police station of Dibrugarh district, last evening.
The arrested activists are the vice-president of the organisation, David Chetia,
publicity secretary Golap Lahon and members Mukul Hazarika, Bijit Konwar and
Indrajit Hazarika. ..more..

 

Dispur
faces Delhi flak for shoddy work(TEL_16_2_k8)

Guwahati, Feb. 15: Dispur today came under fire from
the Centre for poor implementation of centrally-sponsored schemes under the
Bharat Nirman programme. The Centre’s displeasure was conveyed at a high-level
review meeting chaired by cabinet secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar at the chief
minister’s conference hall here.The meeting observed that the programme, which
was to be completed next year, had been delayed.
..more..

 

Public
welfare takes ‘hot seat’(TEL_16_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb. 15: For the people of Nagaland, the
horizon may seem brighter this year with public welfare projects getting special
attention. R.S. Pandey, former Nagaland chief secretary and now advisor to
Governor K. Shankaranarayanan, has reviewed the implementation of Annual Plan
2007-08 and its performance at a meeting with administrative heads and heads of
departments today. He also held in-depth discussions on the draft of the Annual
Plan for the year 2008-09. Reviewing the performance of the current plan, Pandey
appealed to the officers to implement the appropriate projects.
..more..

 

More RBI
offices in NE demanded
(AST_18_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – Flaying the management of the Reserve Bank of India
(RBI) for a skeletal presence in the North East India, the All India Reserve
Bank Employees’ Association (AIRBEA) on Saturday asked the authorities concerned
to open up more RBI offices in various parts of the North East India.
..more..

No more entry fees, only
parking fees at Imphal airport (IFP_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: The authorities at the Imphal airport have
abruptly disallowed collecting entry fees from vehicles visiting the Tulihal
airport since February 15 and are now charging only parking fees as is the norm.
..more..

HCs in all NE states:
Centre(NPT_18_2_k8)

New Delhi, Feb 17: As part of its efforts to extend the
judicial system to the remotest parts of the northeast, the Centre on Sunday
announced it will set up separate high courts in all states of the region, the
first of which will come up in Nagaland soon.
..more..

Multi-storeyed
shopping complex to come up at Jorhat(SEN_18_2_k8)

Rs 17
crore sanctioned under the Urban Poverty Alleviation Scheme
JORHAT, Feb 17: The skyline of Jorhat is all set to get another
face-lift with the Jorhat Municipal Board (JMB) ready to construct a grand
multi-storeyed complex at the site of the present Chowk Bazaar by the side of
the AT Road here. ..more..

Fraud ‘labour
inspector’ arrested

(SEN_18_2_k8)

TINSUKIA, Feb 17: An “imposter”, Nowel Koya — identifying
himself as a Labour Inspector and the brother-in-law of Digboi MLA Rameswar
Dhonowar — while demanded money from the driver of an oil tanker, for preparing
a labour permit certificate, was caught red-handed by Petroleum Mazdoor Union
members and handed over to the Tinsukia Sadar PS yesterday.
..more..

 


Mid-day cooks’ stir

in offing

(SEX_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 17: All Cook’s and Helpers Association, ZEO Zone-I has warned
the Government that the association will go for cease work strike if their due
honorarium for ten months is not cleared by the end of this month. Talking to
media at Manipur Press Club, the members of the association expressed strong
dissatisfaction over Government’s attitude of ignoring the grievances of the
long suffered cooks and helpers.
..more..

Bag snatcher
held(SHT_18_2_K8)

Shillong: One Ricky Swer was caught red-handed while trying to snacth
a handbag of a woman near NEEPCO office at Lower New Colony here recently.
However, his accomplices managed to flee the scene.
..more..

Sawmill gutted(SHT_18_2_K8)

Shillong: A sawmill, belonging to one S Lyngdoh, was gutted in a fire
at Tiehsaw, New Nongstoin here on Sunday. According to sources, the fire broke
out at around 8:30 in the morning and completely destroyed the sawmill.
..more..

Demand to
issue patta to Chunsali residents
(AST_20_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 19 – The foundation day of the Chunsali Nagarik Manch, the
organisation leading a movement of people who do not have patta, was observed on
February 17 at the premises of Chunsali Durga Puja Mandap with a day- long
programme. ..more..

Policemen should be role models
for society’
(AST_20_2_k8)
DERGAON, Feb 19 – Police personnel should be role models for the society.
They should update their knowledge with field experience. They should also raise
their families well to make the society a good one. This was stated by P Doungel,
Inspector General, Police (TRG), Manipur, while delivering his speech as chief
guest in the passing-out parade of ASI of Manipur Police held on February 13 at
Police Training College parade ground.
..more..

Three including two year child
perish in tragic fire; Bridegroom`s house razed by inferno (IFP_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Tragedy struck at the home of a bridegroom
at Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai this afternoon, with a devastating fire taking
the lives of three persons and almost entirely destroying the house.The fire,
which apparently originated from a kerosene lantern, broke out just as the bor
jatra, the ceremonial departure of the groom for the bride`s home, was starting.
It quickly engulfed the house, killing the groom`s invalid grandmother and two
others, including a two-year old child.
..more..

One shot:

In an unrelated incident, unidentified gunmen shot one Santosh, alias
Binoy, 27 of Haobam Marak Chingtham Leikai, in the hand this evening at around 7
pm while the latter was returning from attending a marriage ceremony.
The incident took place at Haobam Marak Lourembam Leikai. However, reasons for
the shooting are not yet known.


‘North-east yes, but we are eight
different States’(SEN_20_2_k8)

NEW DELHI, Feb 19: The government should review its
approach towards the Northeastern region and, in order to solve the problems
there, it should understand that each of the eight States is unique and so are
their issues, said speakers at a conclave here.
The National Conclave of North Eastern States for Access to Justice to Women of
the Region saw members of the legal fraternity, social activists and students of
the Northeastern region emphasizing that it’s time one realizes that all the
eight States of the region cannot always be clubbed together.
..more..

‘Institute commission
to inquire into sugar mill closure’(SEN_20_2_k8)

Memo submitted to Cooperative Minister

 NAGAON, Feb 19: The Kampur Sugar Mill, which was constructed way
back in 1975 at a cost of Rs 12 crore and was commissioned in 1985 during the
then Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) Government, has been locked down for incurring
heavy loss due to alleged misuse of fund by the authority concerned.
..more..

Ahom bodies condemn
demolition of 18th century structure(SEN_20_2_k8)

PWD admits pulling down Ahom-era
relic due to ignorance about its historical significance


JORHAT, Feb 19: The Tai Ahom Sanskriti Sangrakshan Aru Siksha Bikash
Samiti (TAISSAB) has condemned the demolition of an Ahom-era structure located
in the heart of the town during the “mindless” construction activities of Public
Works Department here. Members owing allegiance to the Ahom body asked the State
Government to initiate immediate remedial steps and preserve other relics and
symbols, bearing testimony to the Ahom rule, which dot the town which has
already celebrated 200 years of its existence.
..more..


Secretariat employees strike

Govt takes serious note, stern action mooted(SEX_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19 : Taking serious note of the snatching of files on the
second day of the indefinite stir being launched by the Manipur Secretariat
Employees’ Association, an emergency meeting held this afternoon with Chief
Minister O Ibobi Singh in the chair and attended by Ministers and other
officials concerned has decided to take up action against the disruptive
elements. ..more..


State level convention on NREGS
held
(SEX_20_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 19: To discuss necessary measures that need to be taken up
for successful implementation of the third phase of the National Rural
Employment Guarantee Scheme (NRE-GS) in the State, a one-day State level
convention on NREGS was held at Manipur Panchayat Bhawan here at Porompat today.
..more..

 


      FIRST NO TRAFFIC ZONE, NOW NO SMOKING
ZONE (SXP,

20-2-08)

GANGTOK, February 19:
Those of you who like to emulate the Marlboro Man and believe that walking
around with a cigarette in your hand is macho, think again.Smoking may now burn
more than your lungs, if you happen to do it at the MG Marg here.
..more..

Residents
fume at administration’s lack of concern (TEL, 20-2-08)

Feb. 19: Having roamed the streets of India as a
backpacker for almost half a decade, Jamie Curtis thought he was now a veteran
in negotiating bad roads. But that was before the 30-year-old backpacker from
the US stepped on Tezpur soil, allured by brochures at a travel agent’s office
in Guwahati. ..more..



Parties neglect plight of PWD
(NPT,
21-2-08)

Shillong, Feb 18: Political parties in Meghalaya has been criticised for not
having any uplift programmes and schemes in their election manifesto for Persons
with Disability (PWD). At least, eight national and regional political parties
are contesting the March 3 Assembly elections but not a single party have
mentioned their future plans for the PWD, Executive Director, Bethany a society
for the disabled, Carmo Noronha told reporters here. "PWD population in
Meghalaya is about 1 lakh, according to our estimates. These people can make
significant difference during this election with their voting rights, especially
in smaller constituencies like Mawkhar," Mr Noronha said..more..

DC Dmr bans carrying
arms(NPT, 21-2-08)

DIMAPUR: The Deputy Commissioner and District
Magistrate (DC & DM) of Dimapur has banned carrying of any fire arms and
ammunition or lethal weapon in Dimapur district. A press release issued by
Abhijit Sinha, DC & DM of Dimapur has stated that there was an apprehension of
breach of peace and tranquility in the district during the electioneering period
due to "carrying of fire arms and ammunition and lethal weapons openly by the
people..more

 


PWD office picketed
(SEX_21_2_k8)
In protest against the ab-duction of PWD Surveyor of Works Ngangbam
Manglemjao and IFCD SO Ngangbam Shanti of Kangla Shangomshang by the KLA, a
large number of Meira Paibis and local club volunteers picketed the PWD office
this after-noon. ..more..

PTC
decries
(SEX_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: The Paite Tribe Council, Jiri-Vangai Block
has decried the inefficiency of the Public Distribution System (PDS) in Vangai
Range, reports our Jiribam correspondent.
..more..


Vehicle lifter pulled up
(SEX_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: AMADA has pulled up vehicle lifter identified as Md Amir Khan
Yumkhaibam (17) s/o Md Karimuddin Yumkhaibam of Lilong Haoreibi Makha Leikai.
He was paraded in front of mediapersons at AMADA Mayai Loishang.
..more..

Training on capacity
building programmes for civic officials(AST, 22-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – While the Guwahati Municipal Corporation is
limping towards the ambitious urban infrastructure development plan under the
Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM), experts feel that a lot need to
be done on the manpower and the technical front. With a view to bring awareness
on the need, significance and urgency of implementation of reforms under the
Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission, the Ministry of Urban Development,
Government of India has initiated a capacity building programme to all the
officials of the Urban Local Bodies and implementing agencies of the 63 cities
covered under the mission.
..more..

4 labourers held(AST, 22-2-08)
 SONARI, Feb 21: Four labourers including one woman of Doomurdulong TE
under Charaideo subdivision were arrested today by Moranhat PS on charges of
causing grievous injury to the secretary of Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha, Moran
branch, and..more..

Major fire(AST, 22-2-08)
 DIBRUGARH, Feb 21: A devastating fire that broke out due to leakage in
an underground gas pipeline of the Dibrugarh Domestic Gas Grid of AGCL near the
Old Government Boys’ High School field here was stopped from spreading further
after three fire tenders doused it. – Staff Correspondent

Rs 4.46 lakh looted(SEN_22_2_k8)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 21: Rs 4.4650 lakh was looted from an employee of Hub, Phani
Talukdar, near Axis Bank on GS Road in Guwahati today. According to police,
Talukdar was on his way to deposit the cash in the Axis Bank when two
motorcycle-borne miscreants snatched the bag by spraying chilli dusts on his
eyes.

11 shops gutted in
Laluk
(SEN_22_2_k8)
From our Correspondent
NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 21: Eleven shops were gutted and materials worth more than
half a crore rupees were destroyed in a fire that broke out at Laluk recently.
According to police sources, the shops of Ashu Bhowal, Subrata Nandi, Budu Dutta,
Sujan Bhawal, Pabir Dutta, Mithun Das, Biswajit Dey, Mantu Dutta, Gopal Biswas,
Santi Bhawal and Simanta Roy were destroyed in the fire. Laluk Police and three
fire brigade engines arrived at the spot and were able to control the fire.

Residents
allege inaction, threaten agitation(TEL, 22-2-08)

Feb. 21: More than a fortnight since Ganga Chettry, a
small-time trader, was killed during a drunken brawl in the heart of the town,
police are clueless about the whereabouts of the murderers.
..more..

 

GMC
not sincere in use of funds
(SEN_23_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 22: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) could not get
Rs 34 crore meant for garbage disposal in Guwahati under the Jawaharlal Nehru
National Urban Renewal Fund (JNNURF) from the Government in 2007. Likewise, the
GMC was allotted Rs 56 crore in January 2008 for development of the slum areas
of the city. ..more..

11 shops gutted
in Laluk
(SEN_23_2_k8)
NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 21: Eleven shops were gutted and materials worth
more than half a crore rupees were destroyed in a fire that broke out at Laluk
recently.
According to police sources, the shops of Ashu Bhowal, Subrata Nandi, Budu Dutta,
Sujan Bhawal, Pabir Dutta, Mithun Das, Biswajit Dey, Mantu Dutta, Gopal Biswas,
Santi Bhawal and Simanta Roy were destroyed in the fire. Laluk Police and three
fire brigade engines arrived at the spot and were able to control the fire.

 


Police recruitment

Seven impersonators held, says recruiting chairman(SEX_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: In all seven impersonators, who were appearing in the
ongoing recruitment rally of Police Constable (Civil/Male) at Manipur Police
Training School, Pangei have been arrested and handed over to the authorities
concerned. ..more..


Frauds pulled up
(SEX_23_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 22: Next time when you think of allowing your gold ornaments
to be brushed up and polished to give a brand new look and shine by those coming
to offer the service right at your doorsteps, think over twice or thrice, if
necessary. ..more..

Real estate
developers fear losing time(AST, 24-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 23 – As the dilemma over the issue of granting fresh
building permission in Guwahati city persists, the real estate developers fear
losing a vital year of construction work.
“It has been more than two months since fresh building permissions were
restricted on the ground-plus-two and above storied buildings, bringing all the
major real estate activities in the city to a standstill,” said an aggrieved
builder while talking to The Assam Tribune.
..more..

Municipal Board drawn
into controversy(AST, 24-2-08)
From Our Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Feb 23 – The Dibrugarh Municipal Board has allowed itself to be
pulled into an unnecessary controversy over the installation of a statue of
Swahid Bhagat Singh, a martyr of the Independence struggle. The district
administration proposes to install the statue at the Sahityarathi Lakshminath
Bezbaroa Park here, whereas popular public opinion here is that a befitting
full-sized statue of the martyr should be installed at the Victory Park, after
developing the facility.
..more..

Burnt Rs 1000 note at
Dhekiajuli SBI ATM! (AST, 25-2-08)
DHEKIAJULI, Feb 24 – The automatic teller machine (ATM) installed
throughout the country by the State Bank of India (SBI) and other nationalised
banks have immensely helped its customers to withdraw their money at any time.
But sometimes the ATMs create great trouble while drawing money even though it
is perfectly operated by the customer.
..more..

Public information campaign at
Nalbari(AST, 25-2-08)
From Our Correspondent
 NALBARI, Feb 24 – Press Information Bureau (PIB) organised a three-day public
information campaign under Bharat Nirman at Nalbari Harimandir on February 20,
21 and 22.
The aim of this campaign was to make the common people aware about the Central
governments flagship programmes which include schemes like NREGS, NRHM, Mid-day
meal, SSA, IAY, PMGRY, RTI, among others.
..more..

‘Hike in water tariff
justified’(AST, 25-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 24 – The Assam Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board
Employees’ Association (AUWSSBEA) has urged the intellectual section of the
society not to make a hue and cry over the water tariff hike, saying that the
hike was due for the last many years and necessary for the better growth of the
department in the longer run.
..more..

‘Govt involved in destruction
of archaeological relics’(AST, 25-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 24 – Lambasting the State Government for its
indifference in protecting the State’s heritage, public activist Prof Deven
Dutta today said that a series of developments in the recent past was ample
proof that Government was involved in systematic destruction of some invaluable
archaeological relics. ..more..

Moreh residents serve ultimatum
for settling of compensation claims(IFP_25_2_k8)

MOREH, Feb 24: Residents of the border town of Moreh have served an ultimatum
to the state government on Saturday setting a deadline of February 29 for
payment of adequate compensation to the people who were displaced due to the
occupation by the personnel of the Manipur Rifles, even as another separate
memorandum to the chief minister called for proper implementation of child
education, child health policies and rights of the children in Moreh.
..more..

MR-AR stand off causes tension
at Kotlien (IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 23: A conflict erupted between the Manipur Rifles and Assam
Rifles today at Kotlien arising out of the latter`s reported attempt to conduct
a verification on the MR personnel posted at Circuit House at Kotlein.
..more..

Is publicity hungry Majhi
making
Dibrugarh
suffer?(SEN_25_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 24: Reopening of an overbridge may be a small matter, but
it reflects many an unhealthy trend on the part of the Government which seems to
hanker for publicity. An overbridge at the Thana Chariali in Dibrugarh town has
been reopened by local BJP MLA Prasanta Phukan at 10 am today after the
completion of its repair work.
..more..

Project yet to
supply water after 21 years

(SEN_25_2_k8)

TAMARHAT, Feb 24: The Purni Drinking Water Supply Scheme has been a cause
of concern for the people of Purni village under Golakganj LAC of Dhubri
district.
According to sources, the purni drinking water supply scheme which was launched
21 years ago with 29 taps.
..more..


Tribunal sitting on March 10
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 24: The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal headed
by Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed, considering the reference made to it of declaring
the Meitei extremist organisations as unlawful associations will hold its
sitting on March 10 at 4 pm in the Tribunal High Court, Delhi to grant one more
opportunity to the Meitei extremist organisations to file their evidence
affidavits within three weeks, conveyed Joint Secretary (Home) M Yaiskul Meitei
in a press release.   

         


Sonapur decries
(SEX_25_2_k8)

JIRIBAM, Feb 24: People of West Sonapur, Jiri have decried
the decision of the State Government to set office of Superintendent of Police
and a housing complex at Sonapur, reports our Jiri correspondent.
..more..


Consumers decry
(SEX_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Decrying that the consumers and
beneficiaries of BPL and APL rice of Senapati district have not been receiving
their quota for the last three months, the beneficiaries have appealed to the
concerned authorities of Senapati district to clarify on the inordinate delay to
deliver the goods, conveyed a release.
..more..

CBI probe demanded
into NREG scheme

anomalies(AST_26_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – The flagship employment scheme of the UPA
government, which has already come under the scanner for fund anomalies, seems
to have met the same fate in the State. On Monday, the members of the All Assam
Gramin Sramik Santha and the Karbi Anglong and NC Hills Krishan Sramik Sabha who
assembled in the capital city demanded a CBI enquiry into alleged anomalies
perpetuated by Government officials entrusted with implementation of the
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
..more..

3 suicides in city(AST_26_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – City Police today registered three suicide cases in
the city.
In Maligaon, one Dhubani Choudhury (17), a Higher Secondary II year student
doused herself with kerosene and set herself on fire resulting in her death.
“According to family members of the deceased, Dhubani’s mental state was not
well in the last few days. Though the family members took her to the Maligaon
Central Hospital, she was however declared brought dead,” police added.
..more..

Rly Colony residents protest
eviction notice
(AST_26_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – More than a thousand members of the Guwahati Railway
Colony Unnayan Samittee on Monday rented the air with shouts of protests against
the Railway authorities for issuing notice of eviction to the people occupying
the free land of the Indian Railways in Guwahati.
..more..

 

Thefts at
Sila Gosain Than
(AST_26_2_k8)
JAMUGURIHAT, Feb 25 – Two bells of bell metal weighing 4.5 and 2.5 kg
along with 10/12 numbers of silver flowers were stolen from Sila Gosain Than
situated at Dekaraiguri near Nagsankar recently.
..more..

Shops gutted(AST_26_2_k8)
HATSINGIMARI, Feb 25 – A major fire broke out at Singimari Bazar, a
Assam-Meghalaya bordering town under West Garo Hills district of Meghalaya,
recently in which over 20 shops and godowns were gutted.
..more..

Mizoram cops top in crime
detection(SEN_26_2_k8)
Crime detection rate is 96.55 per cent in the State
AIZAWL, Feb 25: Mizoram police have claimed a high crime detection
rate of 96.55 per cent, which is far ahead the other States. Mizoram DGP
Lalrokhuma Pachuau, while speaking to the press for the first time after he took
over the post three months back, said that the tireless efforts of the teams had
led to crime rates drastically reducing during the past two years.
..more..


Workshop on consumers
(SEX_26_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 25: Consumers Club Manipur under the aegis of Hilly
Moundation Manipur opened a two-day Consumers Awareness Programme on February 24
at Yoibu Yoihen Loop, Thongju part-II. Member of Thoubal and Chandel District
Forum L Rameshwar, State Health Department public analyst Ch Sanajaoba, Manipur
University assistant professor Chinglen Meisnam were the resource persons

 

Govt
clears land compensation money(AST_27_2_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Feb 26 – In yet another step closer to the implementation
of the gas cracker project at Lepetkata near here, the Assam Government has
cleared the payment of Rs 2.11 crore as surface and land compensation to 22
families. These families can then be shifted to a rehabilitation site, paving
the way for actual commencement of work on the mega project. Giving this
information to The Assam Tribune today, the Assam government nodal
officer for the gas cracker project, Samsher Singh said the money would reach
the Dibrugarh district administration in a few days’ time, for facilitating
payment to the beneficiary families.
..more..

Rice seized, four
arrested(AST_27_2_k8)
 DERGAON, Feb 26 — In a significant move, the officer-in-charge of
Pulibar PS lodged an FIR against two rice traders of Dergaon and arrested four
persons in this connection. According to police,
..more..

12 huts gutted(AST_27_2_k8)
TEZPUR, Feb 26 — A devastating fire gutted 12 huts owned by cobblers
and rickshaw-pullers of Tezpur town near Tezpur Kanaklata Civil Hospital area
today. ..more..

Eviction drive by railway
authority at Kalibari(AST_27_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 26 – The City Police today resorted to lathi charge to
disperse thousands of people of Traffic colony, Kalibari and New Colony areas
adjacent to the Guwahati Railway station after they protested an eviction drive
carried out by the Northeast Frontier (NF) Railway authority.
..more..

Grahak Suraksha Parishad
formed(AST_27_2_k8)
KAMPUR, Feb 25 – With a view to keep uniformity in the price of
essential commodities and to check artificial price hike by unscrupulous
businessmen and vested interests, a Grahak Suraksha Parishad was formed at
Kampur recently. ..more..

Action against ‘corrupt’
postmaster demanded(AST_27_2_k8)
BARPETA, Feb 26 – The Postmaster of Barpeta Head Post Office has been
accused of several irregularities, including withdrawal of money from
depositor’s account by forged signatures.
Though the Postmaster tried to defend himself, one such withdrawal from an
account belonging to a group of women under ‘Mahila Samriddhi Yojana’ has raised
the eyebrows of the conscious people here.
..more..

One held with fake
currency(AST_27_2_k8)
HATSINGIMARI, Feb 25 – An Army team, headed by Havildar Guru Charan
Singh under Sikh Regiment of Tikrikilla (Meghalaya), nabbed a person namely Amir
Ali Sheikh alias Mozaffar Ali Sheikh (24) of the village Fekamari under South
Salmara police station of Dhubri on Saturday at 6.30 pm with 28 fake Rs 500
notes. ..more..

One arrested(AST_27_2_k8)
 RANGIYA, Feb 26 – Acting o a tip-off, Rangiya police on Monday
apprehended one Jainur Ali of Kharaibari village in connection with possession
of HSLC Mathematics question paper (photocopy) and preparation of answers of the
day’s said question paper.
..more..

Heat is on NREGA job card
scheme (SEN_27_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 25: The All Assam Gramin Sramik Santha (AAGSS) and the
Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Krishan Sramik Sabha (KANCKSS) have submitted a
memorandum to the Chief Minister through the office of the Deputy Commissioner
demanding an CBI inquiry into the alleged NREGA scam involving issue of job
cards which came to light after a Comptroller and Auditor General interim
report. ..more..
 

Murder
accused in police net(SEN_27_2_k8)
MANGALDAI, Feb 25: In a significant turn to the sensational murder of
the brother of a general secretary of Darrang district Congress committee, the
Mangaldai Police last night apprehended the brother of Md. Mazibar Rahman, the
president of Darrang district Congress committee which indicates that the murder
may be politically motivated.
The accused, Atowar Rahman, who was absconding from the police since the day of
the recovery of the body was picked up by the police along with two other
absconding persons- Rustom Ali and Samsul Hoque- both timber smugglers of Bandia
village near Mangaldai town.
..more..

Legal aid camp
held
(SEN_27_2_k8)
JORHAT, Feb 26: The Jorhat Law College organized a legal aid camp at Dani
Gaon here recently.The village which is mainly inhabited by people belonging to
the scheduled caste were made aware of various laws pertaining to fundamental
rights of the Indian Constitution, Consumer Protection Act, Right to Information
Act 2005, and protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005.
..more..


CAG report : Cows meant for
beneficiaries taken by VIPs
(SEX_27_2_k8)
Skeletons tumble out of Govt Dept’s closets
IMPHAL, Feb 26 : From financial bungling to fraudulent withdrawal of
funds and bills and over expenditure, the 2006-07 report of the Comptroller and
Auditor General which was presented in the Assembly today nailed the Government
on many points. ..more..

Three abducted (SHT,
27-3-08)

Silchar: Suspected Bru (Reang) militants on Monday abducted three
persons at gun point from a remote village near Kotamoni under Patharkandi
police station in Karimganj district of Assam. Police said two of the kidnapped
persons are employees of a bamboo plantation while another is a local villager.
A group of ten armed militants whisked away the three, who were on their way to
work. (PTI)

Plan to
make Dibrugarh a model district(AST_28_2_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Feb 27 – Planning and Development Minister Prithbi Majhi
has drawn an exhaustive plan to make Dibrugarh a model district with the best of
infrastructure in the State. Majhi, the Minister in charge of Dibrugarh district
disclosed his plans during the formal reopening of the renovated railway
overbridge on Tuesday. ..more..

Manpower shortage impeding
revenue dept: Debendra (IFP 28_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 27: The revenue minister, Th Debendro said the failure of the
state revenue department to meet revenue targets was on account of lack of
manpower and infrastructure in the department since more than one decade.
The minister noted this in a clarification made during the passing of demand for
grants in the House this afternoon.
..more..

CAG report indicts state govt
on many counts (IFP 28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India report ended
March 2007 for the state of Manipur apart from exploring little impact of
implementing Sarva Siksha Abhiyan also revealed that the state was unable to
ensure quality drinking water.
..more..

SC upholds appointment of
5,500 Asom constables
(SEN_28_2_k8)
NEW DELHI, Feb 27: The Supreme Court today
upheld the appointment of 5,500 Assam Police constables.A bench comprising
Justices SB Sinha and VS Sirpurkar set aside the impugned judgement of the
Gauhati High Court of December 6, 2006 quashing the selection process of these
police constables.

..more..

1 killed,
14 injured in Tezpur blast
(SEN_28_2_k8)
TEZPUR, Feb 27: A powerful bomb exploded at
the Main Road in Tezpur at around 2.30 pm today, injuring 14 people. Some of the
injured were later admitted at Kanaklata Civil Hospital in Tezpur and at Gauhati
Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). Meanwhile, one person died on the way to
GMCH.
..more..

No certainty
on location of Maniram Dewan cemetery(SEN_28_2_k8)
JORHAT, Feb 27: Maniram Dutta Dewan, who blazed a trail in local
entrepreneurship by starting tea plantation on his own during the British rule,
was hanged on February 26, 1858. The Asomiya nobleman, who had served the
British authorities as revenue sheristadar of upper Asom and then as minister of
Purandar Singha when the latter was reinstated as a tributary prince, was tried
for his “conspiracy” to overthrow the foreign rule and restore the native king
by inciting an armed insurrection.
..more..


Ultimatum served for repairing
canal
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Serving an ultimatum setting February 28 as
the deadline to the Government for taking up necessary measures for proper
repairing of the canal to irrigate the surrounding paddy field, Affected Area of
Waithou Water Supply Project, Kiyam Siphai has warned of stopping all works
related to construction of the water supply project with effect from February 29
in case the Government fails to do the needful in this regard.
..more..


Artisans plea for expo ground
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Artisans have drawn the attention of the
Government of Manipur for providing a platform through which the hand-loom and
handicraft pro- ducts of the State can be promoted and help them in reaching out
their products to a wider market.
According to the arti-sans who are setting up stalls in the HADO Craft Bazar
being organised for the second time at Tiddim ground by the Help and De-velopment
Organisation (HADO), Uripok Polem Lei-kai under the sponsorship of Ministry of
Textiles, Gover-nment of India, limited scope for marketing the handloom and
handicraft products is the main difficulty being faced by them and organising
mela once in a while is not going to solve this problem.
..more..


Vehicle retrieved
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Lamphel police today picked up the remnants
of the Tata truck (AS01Y-7364) laden with tomatoes which was found set ablaze at
Sanjenbam Shangsabi under Lamlai Police Station after having hijacked by
unidentified persons from Iroisemba area on the night of February 25.
..more..

 
Jawans posted along highway
accused of taking ‘illegal’ tax (TEL_28_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb. 27: The Okram Ibobi Singh government is
contemplating legal action against Assam Rifles and CRPF personnel deployed
along the Imphal-Jiribam highway for allegedly collecting “illegal tax” from
truckers. ..more..

 

Art of
Living spiritual sessions for jail inmates(AST_29_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 – Rajesh Tiwari (name changed), an under-trial
prisoner at Guwahati Central Jail is facing the charges of masterminding a
dacoity in the city. Though charges against him are yet to be proved in the
court of law, he is contemplating to make a humble submission before the court
to confess his crime. This is what the seven-day long spiritual sessions under
‘Art of Living’ has done to his outlook.
..more..

One arrested(AST_29_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 – The City Police arrested Sunny Kumar Singh (30)
from Dimapur in connection with the recovery of a sophisticated rifle from the
LGBI Airport a few days back.Police sources told The Assam Tribune that
Singh was one of the persons who were allegedly involved in the crime.
..more..

One reported
missing(AST_29_2_k8)
DERGAON, Feb 28 – One Sahidur Rahman alias Felai (29), a businessman,
was reported missing from Disoi Chariali on February 22 last.
..more..

DM’s notification(SEN_29_2_k8)
SHILLONG, Feb 28: The South Garo Hills District Magistrate has
promulgated an order with immediate effect, prohibiting carrying of arms in the
entire district, stated a press release. Meanwhile the DM has also prohibited
the plying of vehicles carrying more than nine metric tonne of goods on NH-62.

Fake currency
racket busted
(SEN_29_2_k8)
JOYSAGAR, Feb 28: Acting on a tip off, Sivasagar police busted a fake
currency racket yesterday evening. According to reports, Sivasagar police, led
by Superintendent of Police Shyamal Prasad Saikia apprehended three persons and
seized counterfeit currency worth Rs 86,000 at Japihujia village near Rajabari
under Demow PS. ..more..

 

Murder
spree baffles cops(TEL_4_2_K8)              

13
unsolved cases in a month (TEL_4_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 3: As many as 13 murders in just over a
month and not a clue to any of them.Residents of Manipur convulsed in anger and
insecurity after two more unexplained killings last night — that of a school
watchman in Imphal West and the owner of a roadside kiosk in Thoubal. A third
target escaped with injuries in the capital town.
..more..

 

Hijacked
truck recovered, truckers missing (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 5: A truck
carrying 110 barrels of bitumen from Dimapur which was hijacked by suspected
Kuki militants last night around 10.30 pm

from Motbung area along the NH-39 was found abandoned without the driver and
handyman by the police this morning at Motbung.
According to a police source, a combined team of Sapermeina police and Kangpokpi
police carried out a massive manhunt following the hijacking of the truck coming
from
Assam
by suspected Kuki militants from Motbung area.
..more..

Alert cops nab
miscreants who fired at EE`s house (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 5:
Miscreants, said to belong to the proscribed organisation PREPAK, fired some
rounds at the residence of the executive engineer (engineering cell) of the
department of education (s), Yumnam Deben Singh, at Keisamthong Moirangningthou
Leikai last night. ..more..

Ex-Moreh BDO to be penalised for
GPF fraud (IFP,
6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 5: State
health minister Ph Parijat has affirmed in the state Assembly today that action
is being taken against the then BDO, Moreh, Dr Lunkim, for siphoning off over Rs.
19 lakhs in GPF funds of some employees of the community health centre, Moreh.
..more..

64458 households provided
employment under NREGS in state (IFP,

8-2-08)
NEW DELHI, Feb 7: Out of 86458 households
in Manipur who applied for employment under the National Rural Employment
Guarantee Act (NREGA), 64458 households were provided employment during the
current year 2007-08 till the end of December 2007.
..more..

 


Around 65,000 families in Manipur
provided employment under NREGA
(SEN,9-2-08)
NEW DELHI, Feb 8: Out of 86458 households, who demanded employment in Manipur
under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), 64458 households were
provided employment during the current year 2007-08 till the end of December
2007.
According to official sources, in all 20024 households who demanded employment
in Tamenglong district and 44434 households in Churachandpur district were
provided employment during the period.
..more..


When residents take
to roads against Tulihal’s airport expansion in Imphal
(SEN,9-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 8: Hundreds of residents of Malom area located near
Imphal’s Tulihal airport recently staged a protest march against the expansion
of the airport being done by acquiring their agricultural land. They said it
would deprive them of their livelihood.
Residents criticized the authorities and went on a protest march from Malom to
the State Assembly under the banner of Joint Action Committee (JAC) at
Keishampat Junction in Imphal earlier this week. Shouting slogans against the
local authorities, the protesters said thousands of families’ lives would be
affected by expansion of the airport with the acquisitions of agricultural land.
..more..


Rebel politics
keeps Nagaland trade hub on boil(SEN,9-2-08)
DIMAPUR, Feb 8: This commercial hub
of Nagaland is on the boil with armed men killing, kidnapping and terrorizing
people, casting a shadow on the Naga peace process ahead of the March 5 State
Assembly polls. Attacks against non-tribal traders began a few months ago and,
despite heightened police and paramilitary vigil in Dimapur, a bustling town,
armed militants lobbed a grenade at a hardware store on Wednesday, killing its
manager and injuring two others.
..more..


Satellite links
to aid in e-governance, telemedicine(SEN,9-2-08)
JORHAT, Feb 8: Village resource
centres connected via satellite to the Assam Agricultural University (AAU) here
will soon start functioning in rural areas in 10 districts of the State
including Mariani in Jorhat in a bid to provide information access relating to
agriculture, health and education to the rural people. This was disclosed to The
Sentinel recently by Dr PC Acharya, director, ABITA Gramin Krishi Unnayan
Prakalpa (GKUP), under the aegis of which the centres will be operating.
..more..


Cop accused of
extortion
(SEN,9-2-08)
NALBARI, Feb 8: A timber businessman of
Nalbari has levelled serious allegations against a police officer of trying to
extort money from him.
According to sources, one Girish Deka, a timber merchant, resident of Kendukuchi
village, has lodged a case against the Sub Inspector (SI) of the Town police
station, Balaram Saikia, of demanding a sum of Rs 500 every month. It may be
mentioned here that Deka had started his timber business in Nalbari in March,
2007. ..more..


Teachers
‘forced’ to attend poll duties despite SC ban(SEN,9-2-08)
Joint teachers’ body to move court

SILCHAR, Feb 8: Teachers of Barak Valley
right from the primary level to the college level met under the banner of the
newly-floated Teachers’ Coordination Committee at a convention held here on
Tuesday and have threatened to move court against the decision of the Government
authorities for engaging them in poll duties during the last panchayat elections
as a case of gross violation of the Supreme Court ruling.
..more..


Misuse of power
in Government offices eats into exchequer
(SEN,9-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 8: Had the Asom Government
offices and the babus manning them avoided misuse of power, the power scenario
in the State and its exchequer would not have been what they are today. Electric
fans, lights and ACs remaining on even when there is none in the office rooms is
a common sight in the State Government offices. Austerity measures seem to be
quite “alien” to the State Government babus, at least in the use of power, and
for that the State exchequer has to bear the brunt.
..more..

 


Airlines
official accused of cheating
(SEN,
10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: Misappropriation of more
than Rs 7.5 lakh from the sale proceeds have been reported in the account of the
Indian Airlines, Imphal division at State Bank of India, MG Avenue, an official
source has said.
The authorities of the airlines in Imphal who lodged a complaint at the Imphal
City police station suspect the money was taken away by one C Rongmei, son of
late P Adim Kabui of Sangaiprou Kabui Khul who is serving in the division as
accountant. ..more..


Fake note
detected
(SEN,
10-2-08)

Shillong, Feb 9: An employee of the
Inspectorate of Electricity yesterday detected a fake 1,000-rupee note after he
withdrew money from the Meghalaya Rural Bank in Police Bazaar. Stephen Rapthap,
a peon at the Inspectorate, withdrew Rs 7,000 from the bank on February 1.
..more..

 


One robbed by miscreants
(SEN,
10-2-08)

JOYSAGAR/ SONARI, Feb 9: Militants armed with AK-47 rifles looted Rs 1.5
lakhs, two mobile phones and a motorcycle from one Bhuban Phukan at Khana Tea
Estate Tiniali under Moranhat PS yesterday evening.
..more..

 
Locals thrash thug duo(SEN,
10-2-08)

JORHAT, Feb 9: Two thugs, who claimed to have miraculous healing powers,
were roughed up by local youths near Ajanta bypass here today and later handed
over to the police. According to information available, Arif Ali alias Sirajul
Ali and Dulal Choudhury alias Dulal Ojha — both residents of Lanka in Nagaon
district —..more..


Property worth Rs 70 lakh gutted
at Rangapara
(SEN,
10-2-08)

TEZPUR, Feb 9: Property worth Rs 70 lakh was gutted in a fire that broke
out at Rangapara town market in Sonitpur district at midnight last night.
..more..


Three killed in fire at Imphal
(SEN,
19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: At least three people, including two women and a minor
boy, were killed today when a fire broke out an a house at Thangmeiband in
Imphal. Police said fire tenders rushed to the spot but could not save the tro.
..more..


First Baksa district VDP meet
held(SEN, 7-2-08)
NALBARI, Feb 6: The Baksa district police administration has recently
organized a two-day Village Defence Personnel (VDP) convention at the open field
in front of SP office, Baksa (Mushalpur).
..more..


Police accountability panel hearing
(SEN,
7-2-08)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 6: The State Government has constituted a police accountability
committee that will meet on every Wednesday at the Guwahati Circuit House for
hearing of complaints against police personnel.
..more..

Works
Minister scans Bishnupur
(SEX,
10-2-08)
 IMPHAL, Feb 9: The
on-going construction of the Bishnupur mini-Secretariat building and transport
in-frastructure development works being executed in Bishnupur were inspected by
Works Minister K Ranjit today.

..more..

Household
survey(SEX, 11-2-08)
The household survey and its sche- duled campaign for National Rural
Employment Guarantee Act in respect of Imphal West District would begin from
February 12 in all the Gram Panchayat areas of the district. Altogether 78
survey teams would conduct the survey visiting each and every household,
according to a notification issued by
..more..


Grandma, aunty, nephew die in inferno(SEX, 19-2-08)

Tragedy strikes, three of a marriage party killed(SEX,

19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18 : Tragedy struck the
family of a bridegroom at Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai under Imphal Police
Station today when a devastating fire broke out roasting alive his grandmother,
aunty and nephew. The tragic incident occurred at around 2.10 pm today while
everyone was engaged in the Bor Jatra ceremony of the bridegroom in the house of
Thangjam Ongbi Nganbi (80) w/o late Thangjam Tomba of Thangmeiband Meisnam
Leikai. ..more..


Airlines official accused of
cheating (IFP,

10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 8:
Misappropriation of more than Rs.7.5 lakhs from the sale proceeds have been
reported in account of the Indian Airlines Imphal division at State Bank of
India, MG Avenue, an official source has said. The authorities of the airlines
in Imphal who lodged a complaint at the Imphal City police station suspect the
money was taken away by one C Rongmei, son of late P Adim Kabui of Sangaiprou
Kabui Khul who is serving in the division as accountant.
..more..

Top state bureaucrats head for

Delhi; Centre focuses on state law & order, plan

progress(IFP,

10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: Even as
the chief minister O Ibobi Singh arrived at Imphal today from the national
capital, the state chief secretary and principal secretary (home) left for New
Delhi to attend meetings with officials of the Prime Minister`s Office and
ministry of home affairs respectively on February 12.
..more..

Primary teacher candidates call
general strike (IFP,

17-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 16: In an
emergency meeting of the All Manipur Written Test Successful Candidates`
Association for Primary Teachers 2006 the association has decided to call a
general strike from 6 am of February 20 to till the midnight of February 22.
..more..

Information commissioner raps PIOs
for denying information under RTI

(IFP,
19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 17: The chief
information commissioner, Manipur, RK Angousana, today expressed disquiet over
the misinterpretation of the exemption clauses in the Right to Information Act
2005 by public information officers, PIOs, in the state, which had posed
obstacles in the way of access to information by the public.
..more..

Three including two year child
perish in tragic fire; Bridegroom`s house razed

by inferno (IFP,19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Tragedy
struck at the home of a bridegroom at Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai this
afternoon, with a devastating fire taking the lives of three persons and almost
entirely destroying the house.
The fire, which apparently originated from a kerosene lantern, broke out just as
the bor jatra, the ceremonial departure of the groom for the bride`s home, was
starting. It quickly engulfed the house, killing the groom`s invalid grandmother
and two others, including a two-year old child.
..more..

One shot
In an unrelated incident, unidentified gunmen shot one Santosh, alias
Binoy, 27 of Haobam Marak Chingtham Leikai, in the hand this evening at around 7
pm while the latter was returning from attending a marriage ceremony. The
incident took place at Haobam Marak Lourembam Leikai. However, reasons for the
shooting are not yet known.


 


Submit schemes
to DoNER: NEC(NPT,7-2-08)

 Dimapur, Feb 6 (NPN):
The North Eastern Council (NEC) Wednesday urged the member States to submit all
State specific schemes to the Ministry of DoNER and not to the Council.Speaking
at a meeting with Chief Secretary Lalhuma and other senior government officials
in Kohima, Secretary, NEC, Falguni Rajkumar, said the Council was concerned
about inter-State projects which have wide ranging impact and therefore, it
would not take up any State specific schemes. “All State specific schemes should
be given to the DoNER Ministry”, Rajkumar said. He apprised the officials that
all project proposals should be focussed on Vision 2020.
..more..

 


Police rue
public apathy(NPT, 8-2-08)

 The Superintendent of
Police Dimapur on Thursday said that people were not coming forward to the
police for help. He said on the recent kidnapping and abduction cases only one
which was that of the PABSCON engineer was only registered with the police.
Addressing the local press at his office, SP Dimapur S.K. Saravanan said that
the police were taking “all types of preventive measures” for the security of
the public with all the “disturbances going on.”
..more..


NH plea to
Governor(NPT, 9-2-08)

DIMAPUR, FEB 8 (NPN): Taking note of the
worsening law and order situation in the state, the Naga Hoho (NH) has said it
was the paramount duty of the Government of India and the Governor of Nagaland
as the head of the state, to eradicate social turmoil and to shoulder
responsibility towards maintenance of democratic values in the trouble-torn
state of Nagaland. ..more..


Police
lauded(NPT, 10-2-08)

 Dimapur, Feb 9 (NPN):
The Interim Body of Business Community, Dimapur, and the Muslim Council Dimapur
have lauded Dimapur Police for the prompt action in rescuing a businessman who
was abducted in broad daylight on February 8.
..more..


F&CS
Commissioner instructs DCs on PDS(NPT, 19-2-08)

 DIMAPUR: The
Commissioner & Secretary for Department of Food and Civil Supplies, has issued
the following instructions to all DCs, for strict compliance in the
implementation and monitoring of Public Distribution System (PDS) in the state,
according to an official bulletin.
..more..


 


DLSC meeting
held at Mon(NPT, 19-2-08)

 DIMAPUR: To
conduct the forth coming general election to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly
on March 5 in a peaceful atmosphere, the District Level Standing Committee (DLSC)
of Mon was held at DC’s conference hall on February 18 under the Chairmanship of
Deputy Commissioner & Returning Officer, Mon, M. Patton, IAS.
..more..


 


Security for
business community: Chishi(NPT, 24-2-08)


DIMAPUR:

Former chief minister and INC candidate for 1
Dimapur-I A/C, K. L. Chishi on Saturday assured to provide security for the
business community and at the same time said police assistance booth would be
set up in all the wards under Dimapur I constituency if he is elected.
..more..

 

Assembly
truths for legislators (TEL_6_2_K8)

– NGO
accuses people’s representatives of engaging only in self-help

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 Meghalya. 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. ..more..

Fraud paid
back in same coin(TEL_6_2_K8)

– Over Rs
19 lakh withdrawn from medical staff provident fund

Imphal, Feb. 5: A fraud who robbed nine fellow employees
of the Manipur health department of Rs 19 lakh is being paid back in his own
coin. The money is being withdrawn from Lungdim Mangthang’s salary and GPF
accounts at the beginning of every month, just as he had done to his “victims”
four years ago. When the Opposition raked up the 2004 scam in the Assembly today
and asked the government why no action was taken against Mangthang even after
his “crime” was proved, the answer amused the legislators and visitors alike.
..more..

Cops seek
FCI help in rice detour(TEL_6_2_K8)

Feb. 5: City police have sought the FCI’s help to
investigate the alleged diversion of rice meant to be distributed as part of the
food-for-work programme under Sampoorna Gramin Rozgar Yojna.  Additional
superintendent of police (city) Debojit Deori said they have contacted the
regional office of the FCI and asked for the relevant records.
..more..

GMC to
crack down on realtors(TEL_7_2_K8)

Feb. 6: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC)
will launch a drive against builders who have allotted flats without obtaining
occupancy certificates from the civic body.  A GMC source said the decision was
taken at a meeting on Monday evening in the presence of mayor Dolly Bora and
joint commissioner M.P. Sharma.
..more..

 

Block
officials in scheme fraud(TEL_8_2_K8)

Feb. 6: Lies, damned lies and statistics — that is
presumably the only truth in the sheaves of official documents that speak of
Pakhimoria’s transition from a development-starved backwater to a rural block on
the mend.  A slew of schemes sanctioned by the 12th Finance Commission and meant
to transform this cluster of villages in Nagaon district has actually brought
about little change except in the financial health of the officials who handled
the funds. ..more..

 

Fake notes
seized(TEL_8_2_K8)

Feb. 7: Police today seized fake currency notes
valued at Rs 50,000 from two members of an inter-state gang dealing in
counterfeit currency.  A police official said acting on a tip-off, a team from
Dispur police station arrested the accused from North Eastern Lodge in
Ganeshguri.  The two have been identified as Ranjit Kakoty and Debojit Phukan
alias Rajdeep. Both are in their twenties and come from Dibrugarh district. They
were staying at a rented house in Chandmari. Debojit is a student of the George
Telegraph Training Institute in Rajgarh.
..more..

 

‘Stoneman’
baffles cops(TEL_8_2_K8)

Feb. 7: Is a “stoneman” on the prowl in the city?
The question has left police baffled after an unidentified person injured as
many as five pavement dwellers by hitting their heads with a stone or a brick,
in the past couple of months.  The latest prey of the “stoneman” is a
60-year-old priest Baleswar Kumar who was hit in the head with a brick when he
was sleeping on the porch of a temple in the wee hours yesterday.
..more..

 

Blast in
aluminium factory kills one(TEL_9_2_K8)

Dibrugarh, Feb. 8: An explosion in an aluminium
production facility killed a worker and injured 12 others, including the owner
of the factory, in Lahowal this afternoon. Workers at the Assam Aluminum
Manufacturing Company, located along National Highway 37, some 12km from
Dibrugrah town, were in the middle of their chores when they heard a loud bang.
..more..

 

3 Manipur
doctors get RI(TEL_10_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 12: An Imphal court today sentenced
three government doctors to three years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a Rs 7.2
lakh purchase scandal in 1981. The doctors are P. Brajamni and T. Bijay Chandra.
Another doctor, G. Mani Sharma, who was sentenced to three years’ RI last month
in a similar scam was also sentenced to three years’ RI today.
..more..

 

Political
strain on eviction (TEL_10_2_K8)

– Bigwigs
on settlers’ side, says official

Feb. 12: The Kamrup metropolitan district
administration is finding it tough to carry out eviction drive along the Bharalu
and Bahini channels because of political pressure and other factors. Sources
said though there has been widespread concern about how rampant encroachment has
blocked the natural flow of the channels, the metropolitan administration has
made it clear to the government that an effective and strong eviction drive is
not possible under the present circumstances.
..more..

GMC workers
stall meeting(TEL_10_2_K8)

Unions demand
regular salaries, pension scheme

Feb. 12: Employees of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation
(GMC) today disrupted the general meeting of the corporation demanding
fulfilment of their long-pending demands. Hundreds of agitated employees of the
corporation stalled the proceedings of the meeting for nearly five hours at the
conference hall in the mayor’s office at Uzan Bazar. The protesters demanded
that the government should immediately deposit the outstanding amount of Rs 29
crore in the contributory provident fund (CPF) account, introduce a pension
scheme, provide employment to the family members of the employees who died
during service and regular payment of salaries.
..more..

 Crackdown
on errant traders(TEL_11_2_K8)

Feb. 10: A section of traders who were allotted shops at
the Fancy Bazar municipal market is using their premises as godowns violating
their agreement with the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC).The misuse of the
market space has irked the GMC, which is now planning a crackdown on these
traders. ..more..

Twelve
weeks to settle field row(TEL_19_2_K8)

Decide on
playground, HC tells Dispur

Feb. 18: Gauhati High Court today put the ball in
Dispur’s court by giving it three months to settle the matter of reopening
Judges Field to sporting activities.After hearing a public interest litigation (PIL)
on the matter today, a division bench of Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar and
Justice Hrishikesh Roy, fixed the next hearing after 12 weeks.
..more..

 

Deluge of
funds, no water(TEL_21_2_K8)

Feb. 20: A deluge of funds and scores of imaginary
irrigation schemes — that, in a nutshell, is the state of affairs in the
irrigation department. On paper, as many as 159 minor irrigation schemes have
been launched in Karbi Anglong so far. In reality, all of them are defunct.Of
the 79,000 hectares of irrigable land in the district, only 52,000 hectares have
partially benefited from government irrigation schemes.
..more..

 

German
experts free for GMC(TEL_21_2_K8)

Feb. 20: The Federal Republic of Germany has offered
to provide experts, who will provide technical knowhow to the Guwahati Municipal
Corporation (GMC) free of cost on a short-term basis. This is in response to a
presentation given by the corporation last month to a seven-member delegation of
the German-Indian Parliamentary Friendship Group.
..more..

 

Siren
shoos away robbers(TEL_21_2_K8)

Alarm goes
off when gang is about to enter Central Bank strongroom

Feb. 20: A gang made an attempt to loot the Central
Bank of India on RG Baruah Road in the wee hours today. Taking advantage of the
absence of guards, the robbers sneaked into the bank around 4am and were about
to enter the strongroom when the passive infra red (PIR) siren went off.
According to a police officer, on hearing the siren, a patrol van stationed
nearby reached the bank immediately but the burglars had escaped by then.
..more..

 


Sub-registrar arrested, sent to judicial custody
(AST_17_2_K8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 16 – Raj Kumar Baishya, a sub-registrar of the Deputy
Commissioner Court was sent to 14 days of judicial custody by the court of Chief
Judicial Magistrate (CJM) on Friday.
..more..

Cycle lifters nabbed(AST_17_2_K8)
JAMUGURIHAT, Feb 16 – Sahil Ali (20) alias Dulumani Hazarika and Dulu Ali
(20) alias Sonti of Ghahigaon Sootea, were caught red-handed by the public on
February 11 while they were trying to lift two bicycles, which they kept near
Basudev Than, Kusumtola.
..more..

Rajah adalats(AST_17_2_K8)
GOLAGHAT, Feb 16 – In Golaghat revenue circle all total 12 rajah adalats
would be held till April 8 next. On February 18, the rajah adalat will be held
in Raidangia LP School under Kocharihat Mouza, on February 20 in Chokial LP
School under Ghiladhari
..more..

 

Salary
scam probe loses momentum(AST_19_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 18 – The investigation into the multi-crore salary scam
in the 10 Assam Police Battalion (APBn) being carried by the Criminal
Investigation Department (CID), has allegedly lost its momentum since the
announcement of the panchayat polls in the State.
..more..

 

Personal
databases being misused
(AST_19_2_K8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 18 – Keeping your passbook and your financial
statements in the safe might not be enough to keep you protected. Increasingly
the State is witnessing a trend where personal details of customers are being
stored by companies and sold as databases to other parties.
..more..

Mooshahary for mutual
resolution(AST, 21-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – Chief Information Commissioner of Assam RS
Mooshahary today called upon the people of the NE region not to be enslaved by
their past and to resolve their internal conflicts mutually in a bid to pave the
way for lasting peace and prosperity in the region. He was delivering the
keynote address at the national-level young scholars’ meet organised by Cotton
College, named Cotton College Conclave, at the Sudmersen Hall of the college
this morning. ..more..

State deaf body to approach
Centre over grievances
(AST_23-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – Miffed by the indifferent attitude of the State
Government towards the grievances of the physically challenged, the Assam
Association of the Deaf has decided to approach the Central ministers and
intimate them about the problems faced by the physically challenged.
..more..

Price hike of fuel flayed(AST_23-2-08)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – The NF Railway Pensioners’ Association lodged a
strong protest against the hike in prices of petrol and diesel and demanded
immediate withdrawal of the same in the face of sky-high price-rise of all
essential commodities during the recent past, stated a press release.
..more..

Fire in Jorhat business
hub(TEL_23_2_K8)

Jorhat, Feb. 22: A multi-storey building that was
constructed recently in violation of norms was gutted in a fire at Chambers Road
in the heart of this Upper Assam town after midnight yesterday. The fire, which
began around 1am, was brought under control only at noon today by more than 15
fire tenders requisitioned from the Rowriah Indian Air Force station and the
neighbouring districts of Sivasagar and Golaghat.
..more..

 

Water
switch-off next week(TEL_23_2_K8)

GMC to
shut down supply to shift electric cables for final phase of project

Feb. 22: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC)
will stop supply of drinking water to city residents next week. The corporation,
however, mentioned that it would be a temporary arrangement. Water supply would
be shut down primarily because of the execution of the final phase of the Rs
7-crore-water supply augmentation scheme.
..more..

 

Builders
plan towns on outskirts(TEL_23_2_K8)

Feb. 22: Hamstrung by the revised building bylaws
which prohibit construction in narrow lanes, private developers are looking at
areas outside the city to develop townships. Speaking at a workshop on “Guwahati
Development: Opportunities and Challenges” at the Enterprise Northeast Expo
today, Nilotpaul Choudhury, director of the Quantum Enterprises, said the main
focus of real estate developers would be to build townships in areas outside the
city. ..more..

 

Flutter
over army wall(TEL_23_2_K8)


Construction blocks 18-foot thoroughfare in Shantipur

Feb. 22: A boundary wall constructed by the army has
drawn the ire of some residents of Shantipur who are planning to move court.
They alleged that the wall, erected on a plot of land belonging to the Military
Engineering Service, blocked a public thoroughfare causing inconvenience to
people of the locality. Their demand that the wall be constructed leaving a
passage for pedestrians, fell on deaf ears.
..more..

 

Shops,
houses razed in Silchar(TEL_26_2_K8)

Property
worth Rs 6 crore gutted in shopping complex fire

Silchar, Feb. 25: Property worth nearly Rs 6 crore
went up in flames as 25 shops and as many houses on Janiganj Road in downtown
Silchar were razed in a shopping complex inferno last night. It took 15
fire tenders nearly four hours to douse the blaze. There was no report of any
casualty. ..more..

 

Police
hunt for woman robber(TEL_26_2_K8)

Domestic help in her thirties
accused of drugging and looting residents

Feb. 25: A dark-complexioned woman, all of five feet and in her thirties
— if this description tallies with that of your recently hired domestic help,
its time to inform city police at once.Because she is suspected to have been
behind a series of drug-and-rob cases in the city.A police source said the woman
was allegedly involved in several cases of robbery in the Dispur and Chandmari
police station areas. ..more..

 

Murder
spree baffles cops(TEL_4_2_K8)              

13
unsolved cases in a month (TEL_4_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 3: As many as 13 murders in just over a
month and not a clue to any of them. Residents of Manipur convulsed in anger and
insecurity after two more unexplained killings last night — that of a school
watchman in Imphal West and the owner of a roadside kiosk in Thoubal. A third
target escaped with injuries in the capital town.
..more..


Hijacked truck recovered, truckers
missing (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 5: A truck
carrying 110 barrels of bitumen from Dimapur which was hijacked by suspected
Kuki militants last night around 10.30 pm

from Motbung area along the NH-39 was found abandoned without the driver and
handyman by the police this morning at Motbung. According to a police source, a
combined team of Sapermeina police and Kangpokpi police carried out a massive
manhunt following the hijacking of the truck coming from

Assam by suspected Kuki militants from Motbung
area. ..more..

Alert cops nab miscreants who
fired at EE`s house (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 5:
Miscreants, said to belong to the proscribed organisation PREPAK, fired some
rounds at the residence of the executive engineer (engineering cell) of the
department of education (s), Yumnam Deben Singh, at Keisamthong Moirangningthou
Leikai last night.
Reacting swiftly for once, police nabbed one of the miscreants soon after the
incident, and managed to arrest two more in follow up action today, one of whom
is said to be a rifleman in the 1st India Reserve Battalion, IRB.
..more..

Ex-Moreh BDO to be penalised for
GPF fraud (IFP,
6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 5: State
health minister Ph Parijat has affirmed in the state Assembly today that action
is being taken against the then BDO, Moreh, Dr Lunkim, for siphoning off over Rs.
19 lakhs in GPF funds of some employees of the community health centre, Moreh.
Responding to a a calling attention motion raised by Dr Ng Bijoy Singh on the
issue this morning, Ph Parijat, informed that the fraudulently withdrawn amount
is being recovered from Dr. Lunkim even as a police case has been taken up
against him. ..more..

64458 households provided
employment under NREGS in state (IFP,

8-2-08)

NEW DELHI, Feb 7: Out of
86458 households in Manipur who applied for employment under the National Rural
Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), 64458 households were provided employment
during the current year 2007-08 till the end of December 2007.
Sources from the Ministry of Rural Development said that all 20024 households
who demanded employment in Tamenglong District and 44434 households in
Churachandpur District were provided employment during the period. No employment
had been given to 22000 households who demanded employment in respect of Chandel
District. ..more..

Around 65,000 families in
Manipur provided employment under

NREGA
(SEN,9-2-08)
NEW DELHI, Feb 8: Out of 86458
households, who demanded employment in Manipur under the National Rural
Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), 64458 households were provided employment
during the current year 2007-08 till the end of December 2007.
According to official sources, in all 20024 households who demanded employment
in Tamenglong district and 44434 households in Churachandpur district were
provided employment during the period. “No employment had been given to around
22000 households who had demanded employment in the Chandel district,” sources
informed. ..more..


When residents
take to roads against Tulihal’s airport expansion in Imphal
(SEN,9-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 8: Hundreds of residents of
Malom area located near Imphal’s Tulihal airport recently staged a protest march
against the expansion of the airport being done by acquiring their agricultural
land. They said it would deprive them of their livelihood.
Residents criticized the authorities and went on a protest march from Malom to
the State Assembly under the banner of Joint Action Committee (JAC) at
Keishampat Junction in Imphal earlier this week. Shouting slogans against the
local authorities, the protesters said thousands of families’ lives would be
affected by expansion of the airport with the acquisitions of agricultural land.
..more..


Rebel politics
keeps Nagaland trade hub on boil(SEN,9-2-08)
DIMAPUR, Feb 8: This commercial hub
of Nagaland is on the boil with armed men killing, kidnapping and terrorizing
people, casting a shadow on the Naga peace process ahead of the March 5 State
Assembly polls. Attacks against non-tribal traders began a few months ago and,
despite heightened police and paramilitary vigil in Dimapur, a bustling town,
armed militants lobbed a grenade at a hardware store on Wednesday, killing its
manager and injuring two others.
..more..


Satellite links
to aid in e-governance, telemedicine(SEN,9-2-08)
JORHAT, Feb 8: Village resource
centres connected via satellite to the Assam Agricultural University (AAU) here
will soon start functioning in rural areas in 10 districts of the State
including Mariani in Jorhat in a bid to provide information access relating to
agriculture, health and education to the rural people. This was disclosed to The
Sentinel recently by Dr PC Acharya, director, ABITA Gramin Krishi Unnayan
Prakalpa (GKUP), under the aegis of which the centres will be operating.
..more..


Cop accused of
extortion
(SEN,9-2-08)
NALBARI, Feb 8: A timber businessman of
Nalbari has levelled serious allegations against a police officer of trying to
extort money from him. According to sources, one Girish Deka, a timber merchant,
resident of Kendukuchi village, has lodged a case against the Sub Inspector (SI)
of the Town police station, Balaram Saikia, of demanding a sum of Rs 500 every
month. It may be mentioned here that Deka had started his timber business in
Nalbari in March, 2007.
..more..


Teachers
‘forced’ to attend poll duties despite SC ban(SEN,9-2-08)
Joint teachers’ body to move court

SILCHAR, Feb 8: Teachers of Barak Valley
right from the primary level to the college level met under the banner of the
newly-floated Teachers’ Coordination Committee at a convention held here on
Tuesday and have threatened to move court against the decision of the Government
authorities for engaging them in poll duties during the last panchayat elections
as a case of gross violation of the Supreme Court ruling.
..more..


Misuse of power
in Government offices eats into exchequer
(SEN,9-2-08)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 8: Had the Asom Government offices and the babus manning them
avoided misuse of power, the power scenario in the State and its exchequer would
not have been what they are today.
..more..

 


Airlines
official accused of cheating
(SEN,
10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: Misappropriation of more
than Rs 7.5 lakh from the sale proceeds have been reported in the account of the
Indian Airlines, Imphal division at State Bank of India, MG Avenue, an official
source has said. ..more..


Fake note
detected

Shillong, Feb 9: An employee of the
Inspectorate of Electricity yesterday detected a fake 1,000-rupee note after he
withdrew money from the Meghalaya Rural Bank in Police Bazaar. Stephen Rapthap,
a peon at the Inspectorate, withdrew Rs 7,000 from the bank on February 1.
According to Rapthap, the bank had provided him seven notes of Rs1,000
denomination. It was at the Nazareth Hospital that the staff of the hospital
detected the fake note. Rapthap told reporters, “I didn’t know that the Rs 1,000
note is fake. It was only when I went for check-up at the Nazareth Hospital, the
staff there told me that the money was fake.”
..more..

One
robbed by miscreants
(SEN,
10-2-08)

JOYSAGAR/ SONARI, Feb 9: Militants armed with AK-47 rifles looted Rs 1.5
lakhs, two mobile phones and a motorcycle from one Bhuban Phukan at Khana Tea
Estate Tiniali under Moranhat PS yesterday evening.
..more..

 
Locals thrash thug duo(SEN,
10-2-08)

JORHAT, Feb 9: Two thugs, who claimed to have miraculous healing powers,
were roughed up by local youths near Ajanta bypass here today and later handed
over to the police. According to information available, Arif Ali alias Sirajul
Ali and Dulal Choudhury alias Dulal Ojha — both residents of Lanka in Nagaon
district — ..more..
Property worth Rs 70 lakh
gutted at Rangapara
(SEN,
10-2-08)

TEZPUR, Feb 9: Property worth Rs 70 lakh was gutted in a fire that broke
out at Rangapara town market in Sonitpur district at midnight last night. More
than 20 shops were gutted in the fire with fire engines from neighbouring areas
also pressed into action to douse it. The fire was suspected to have sparked
from an electric short circuit, official sources said here today. UNI
Three killed in fire at
Imphal
(SEN,
19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: At least three people, including two women and a minor
boy, were killed today when a fire broke out an a house at Thangmeiband in
Imphal. Police said fire tenders rushed to the spot but could not save the tro.
The fire could have spread from a lantern in the house, the police added. (UNI)

First Baksa district VDP meet
held(SEN, 7-2-08)
 NALBARI, Feb 6: The Baksa district police administration has
recently organized a two-day Village Defence Personnel (VDP) convention at the
open field in front of SP office, Baksa (Mushalpur). A colourful procession was
held which was attended by UDP workers of the district, local cultural parties,
police officials, constables, teachers and students through the main roads of
rural areas of greater Mushalpur.
..more..


Police accountability panel hearing
(SEN,
7-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 6: The State Government has constituted a police
accountability committee that will meet on every Wednesday at the Guwahati
Circuit House for hearing of complaints against police personnel. According to
official sources, such a hearing was held at the Circuit House today.

Works
Minister scans Bishnupur
(SEX,
10-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 9: The
on-going construction of the Bishnupur mini-Secretariat building and transport
in-frastructure development works being executed in Bishnupur were inspected by
Works Minister K Ranjit today.

..more..

 

Household
survey(SEX, 11-2-08)
The household survey and its sche- duled campaign for National Rural
Employment Guarantee Act in respect of Imphal West District would begin from
February 12 in all the Gram Panchayat areas of the district.
..more..

 


Grandma, aunty,
nephew die in inferno(SEX, 19-2-08)

Tragedy strikes, three of a marriage party killed(SEX,

19-2-08)

 IMPHAL, Feb 18 : Tragedy struck the
family of a bridegroom at Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai under Imphal Police
Station today when a devastating fire broke out roasting alive his grandmother,
aunty and nephew. ..more..
 


Airlines official accused of
cheating (IFP, 10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 8:
Misappropriation of more than Rs.7.5 lakhs from the sale proceeds have been
reported in account of the Indian Airlines Imphal division at State Bank of
India, MG Avenue, an official source has said.
..more..

Top state bureaucrats
head for Delhi; Centre focuses on state law & order, plan progress(IFP, 10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: Even as the
chief minister O Ibobi Singh arrived at Imphal today from the national capital,
the state chief secretary and principal secretary (home) left for New Delhi to
attend meetings with officials of the Prime Minister`s Office and ministry of
home affairs respectively on February 12. .
..more..

Primary teacher candidates call
general strike (IFP, 17-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 16: In an
emergency meeting of the All Manipur Written Test Successful Candidates`
Association for Primary Teachers 2006 the association has decided to call a
general strike from 6 am of February 20 to till the midnight of February 22. .
..more..

 


Information commissioner raps PIOs
for denying information under RTI (IFP,19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 17: The chief
information commissioner, Manipur, RK Angousana, today expressed disquiet over
the misinterpretation of the exemption clauses in the Right to Information Act
2005 by public information officers, PIOs, in the state, which had posed
obstacles in the way of access to information by the public. .
..more..

Three including two year child
perish in tragic fire; Bridegroom`s house razed by inferno (IFP,19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Tragedy
struck at the home of a bridegroom at Thangmeiband Meisnam Leikai this
afternoon, with a devastating fire taking the lives of three persons and almost
entirely destroying the house.
The fire, which apparently originated from a kerosene lantern, broke out just as
the bor jatra, the ceremonial departure of the groom for the bride`s home, was
starting. It quickly engulfed the house, killing the groom`s invalid grandmother
and two others, including a two-year old child. .
..more..

Submit schemes to DoNER:
NEC(NPT,
7-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 6 (NPN): The North Eastern Council
(NEC) Wednesday urged the member States to submit all State specific schemes to
the Ministry of DoNER and not to the Council.Speaking at a meeting with Chief
Secretary Lalhuma and other senior government officials in Kohima, Secretary,
NEC, Falguni Rajkumar, said the Council was concerned about inter-State projects
which have wide ranging impact and therefore, it would not take up any State
specific schemes. “All State specific schemes should be given to the DoNER
Ministry”, Rajkumar said. He apprised the officials that all project proposals
should be focussed on Vision 2020. .
..more..

 


Police rue
public apathy(NPT, 8-2-08)

 

The Superintendent of Police Dimapur on Thursday
said that people were not coming forward to the police for help. He said on the
recent kidnapping and abduction cases only one which was that of the PABSCON
engineer was only registered with the police.
Addressing the local press at his office, SP Dimapur S.K. Saravanan said that
the police were taking “all types of preventive measures” for the security of
the public with all the “disturbances going on.” .

..more..

 


NH plea to
Governor(NPT, 9-2-08)

 DIMAPUR, FEB 8 (NPN):
Taking note of the worsening law and order situation in the state, the Naga Hoho
(NH) has said it was the paramount duty of the Government of India and the
Governor of Nagaland as the head of the state, to eradicate social turmoil and
to shoulder responsibility towards maintenance of democratic values in the
trouble-torn state of Nagaland. .

..more..

 


Police
lauded(NPT, 10-2-08)

 Dimapur, Feb 9 (NPN):
The Interim Body of Business Community, Dimapur, and the Muslim Council Dimapur
have lauded Dimapur Police for the prompt action in rescuing a businessman who
was abducted in broad daylight on February 8. .
..more..

 


F&CS
Commissioner instructs DCs on PDS(NPT, 19-2-08)

  DIMAPUR: The
Commissioner & Secretary for Department of Food and Civil Supplies, has issued
the following instructions to all DCs, for strict compliance in the
implementation and monitoring of Public Distribution System (PDS) in the state,
according to an official bulletin. .

..more..


 


DLSC meeting
held at Mon(NPT, 19-2-08)

  DIMAPUR: To
conduct the forth coming general election to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly
on March 5 in a peaceful atmosphere, the District Level Standing Committee (DLSC)
of Mon was held at DC’s conference hall on February 18 under the Chairmanship of
Deputy Commissioner & Returning Officer, Mon, M. Patton, IAS. .

..more..


 


Security for
business community: Chishi(NPT, 24-2-08)

Staff Reporter


DIMAPUR:

Former chief minister and INC candidate for 1
Dimapur-I A/C, K. L. Chishi on Saturday assured to provide security for the
business community and at the same time said police assistance booth would be
set up in all the wards under Dimapur I constituency if he is elected. .

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Assembly
truths for legislators (TEL_6_2_K8)

         
NGO accuses
people’s representatives of engaging only in self-help OUR

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. . ..more..

 

Fraud paid
back in same coin(TEL_6_2_K8)

         
Over Rs 19 lakh
withdrawn from medical staff provident fund

KHELEN

Imphal, Feb. 5: A fraud who robbed nine fellow
employees of the Manipur health department of Rs 19 lakh is being paid back in
his own coin. The money is being withdrawn from Lungdim Mangthang’s salary and
GPF accounts at the beginning of every month, just as he had done to his
“victims” four years ago. When the Opposition raked up the 2004 scam in the
Assembly today and asked the government why no action was taken against
Mangthang even after his “crime” was proved, the answer amused the legislators
and visitors alike. . ..more..

 

Cops seek
FCI help in rice detour(TEL_6_2_K8)

Feb. 5: City police have sought the FCI’s help to
investigate the alleged diversion of rice meant to be distributed as part of the
food-for-work programme under Sampoorna Gramin Rozgar Yojna. Additional
superintendent of police (city) Debojit Deori said they have contacted the
regional office of the FCI and asked for the relevant records. .
..more..

 

GMC to
crack down on realtors(TEL_7_2_K8)

Feb. 6: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC)
will launch a drive against builders who have allotted flats without obtaining
occupancy certificates from the civic body. A GMC source said the decision was
taken at a meeting on Monday evening in the presence of mayor Dolly Bora and
joint commissioner M.P. Sharma. The decision to crack down on unscrupulous
realtors was taken as it was found that on many occasions builders of
residential apartments hand over flats to buyers without obtaining the mandatory
occupancy certificate and the buyers take possession of the flats and start
living there. . ..more..

 

Block
officials in scheme fraud(TEL_8_2_K8)

Feb. 6: Lies, damned lies and statistics — that is
presumably the only truth in the sheaves of official documents that speak of
Pakhimoria’s transition from a development-starved backwater to a rural block on
the mend. A slew of schemes sanctioned by the 12th Finance Commission and meant
to transform this cluster of villages in Nagaon district has actually brought
about little change except in the financial health of the officials who handled
the funds. . ..more..

 

Fake notes
seized(TEL_8_2_K8)

Feb. 7: Police today seized fake currency notes
valued at Rs 50,000 from two members of an inter-state gang dealing in
counterfeit currency.  A police official said acting on a tip-off, a team from
Dispur police station arrested the accused from North Eastern Lodge in
Ganeshguri. . ..more..

 

‘Stoneman’
baffles cops(TEL_8_2_K8)

Feb. 7: Is a “stoneman” on the prowl in the city?
The question has left police baffled after an unidentified person injured as
many as five pavement dwellers by hitting their heads with a stone or a brick,
in the past couple of months. The latest prey of the “stoneman” is a 60-year-old
priest Baleswar Kumar who was hit in the head with a brick when he was sleeping
on the porch of a temple in the wee hours yesterday. .
..more..

 

Blast in
aluminium factory kills one(TEL_9_2_K8)

Dibrugarh, Feb. 8: An explosion in an aluminium
production facility killed a worker and injured 12 others, including the owner
of the factory, in Lahowal this afternoon. Workers at the Assam Aluminum
Manufacturing Company, located along National Highway 37, some 12km from
Dibrugrah town, were in the middle of their chores when they heard a loud bang.
. ..more..

 

3 Manipur
doctors get RI(TEL_10_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 12: An Imphal court today sentenced
three government doctors to three years’ rigorous imprisonment (RI) in a Rs 7.2
lakh purchase scandal in 1981. The doctors are P. Brajamni and T. Bijay Chandra.
Another doctor, G. Mani Sharma, who was sentenced to three years’ RI last month
in a similar scam was also sentenced to three years’ RI today. .
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Political
strain on eviction (TEL_10_2_K8)

        
Bigwigs on
settlers’ side, says official

Feb. 12: The Kamrup metropolitan district
administration is finding it tough to carry out eviction drive along the Bharalu
and Bahini channels because of political pressure and other factors. Sources
said though there has been widespread concern about how rampant encroachment has
blocked the natural flow of the channels, the metropolitan administration has
made it clear to the government that an effective and strong eviction drive is
not possible under the present circumstances. .
..more..

 

GMC
workers stall meeting(TEL_10_2_K8)

        
Unions demand
regular salaries, pension scheme A STAFF REPORTER

Feb. 12: Employees of the Guwahati Municipal
Corporation (GMC) today disrupted the general meeting of the corporation
demanding fulfilment of their long-pending demands. Hundreds of agitated
employees of the corporation stalled the proceedings of the meeting for nearly
five hours at the conference hall in the mayor’s office at Uzan Bazar. The
protesters demanded that the government should immediately deposit the
outstanding amount of Rs 29 crore in the contributory provident fund (CPF)
account, introduce a pension scheme, provide employment to the family members of
the employees who died during service and regular payment of salaries. .
..more..

 

Crackdown
on errant traders(TEL_11_2_K8)

Feb. 10: A section of traders who were allotted
shops at the Fancy Bazar municipal market is using their premises as godowns
violating their agreement with the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC).The
misuse of the market space has irked the GMC, which is now planning a crackdown
on these traders. . ..more..

 

Twelve
weeks to settle field row(TEL_19_2_K8)

        
Decide on
playground, HC tells Dispur

Feb. 18: Gauhati High Court today put the ball in
Dispur’s court by giving it three months to settle the matter of reopening
Judges Field to sporting activities.After hearing a public interest litigation (PIL)
on the matter today, a division bench of Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar and
Justice Hrishikesh Roy, fixed the next hearing after 12 weeks. .
..more..

 

Deluge of
funds, no water(TEL_21_2_K8)

Feb. 20: A deluge of funds and scores of imaginary
irrigation schemes — that, in a nutshell, is the state of affairs in the
irrigation department. On paper, as many as 159 minor irrigation schemes have
been launched in Karbi Anglong so far. In reality, all of them are defunct. .
..more..

 

German
experts free for GMC(TEL_21_2_K8)

Feb. 20: The Federal Republic of Germany has offered
to provide experts, who will provide technical knowhow to the Guwahati Municipal
Corporation (GMC) free of cost on a short-term basis. This is in response to a
presentation given by the corporation last month to a seven-member delegation of
the German-Indian Parliamentary Friendship Group. .
..more..

 

Siren
shoos away robbers(TEL_21_2_K8)

        
Alarm goes off
when gang is about to enter Central Bank strongroom

Feb. 20: A gang made an attempt to loot the Central
Bank of India on RG Baruah Road in the wee hours today. Taking advantage of the
absence of guards, the robbers sneaked into the bank around 4am and were about
to enter the strongroom when the passive infra red (PIR) siren went off. .
..more..

 


Sub-registrar arrested, sent to judicial custody
(AST_17_2_K8)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 16 – Raj Kumar Baishya, a sub-registrar of the Deputy
Commissioner Court was sent to 14 days of judicial custody by the court of Chief
Judicial Magistrate (CJM) on Friday. .
..more..

Cycle lifters nabbed(AST_17_2_K8)
JAMUGURIHAT, Feb 16 – Sahil Ali (20) alias Dulumani Hazarika and Dulu Ali
(20) alias Sonti of Ghahigaon Sootea, were caught red-handed by the public on
February 11 while they were trying to lift two bicycles, which they kept near
Basudev Than, Kusumtola. .
..more..

Rajah adalats(AST_17_2_K8)
GOLAGHAT, Feb 16 – In Golaghat revenue circle all total 12 rajah adalats
would be held till April 8 next. On February 18, the rajah adalat will be held
in Raidangia LP School under Kocharihat Mouza, on February 20 in Chokial LP
School under Ghiladhari Mouza, .
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.

 

Salary
scam probe loses momentum(AST_19_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 18 – The investigation into the multi-crore salary scam
in the 10 Assam Police Battalion (APBn) being carried by the Criminal
Investigation Department (CID), has allegedly lost its momentum since the
announcement of the panchayat polls in the State. “The investigation was on in
full swing till before the Panchayat polls and a host of officials of the
battalion were already arrested for their involvement in the scam till a
dramatic turnaround happened,” said a senior police official while talking to
this correspondent. . ..more..

Personal databases being
misused
(AST_19_2_K8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 18 – Keeping your passbook and your financial
statements in the safe might not be enough to keep you protected. Increasingly
the State is witnessing a trend where personal details of customers are being
stored by companies and sold as databases to other parties. .
..more..

 Mooshahary for
mutual resolution(AST, 21-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – Chief Information Commissioner of Assam RS
Mooshahary today called upon the people of the NE region not to be enslaved by
their past and to resolve their internal conflicts mutually in a bid to pave the
way for lasting peace and prosperity in the region. He was delivering the
keynote address at the national-level young scholars’ meet organised by Cotton
College, named Cotton College Conclave, at the Sudmersen Hall of the college
this morning. . ..more..

State deaf body to approach Centre
over grievances(AST_23-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – Miffed by the indifferent attitude of the State
Government towards the grievances of the physically challenged, the Assam
Association of the Deaf has decided to approach the Central ministers and
intimate them about the problems faced by the physically challenged. .
..more..

Price hike of fuel flayed(AST_23-2-08)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – The NF Railway Pensioners’ Association lodged a
strong protest against the hike in prices of petrol and diesel and demanded
immediate withdrawal of the same in the face of sky-high price-rise of all
essential commodities during the recent past, stated a press release. .
..more..

Fire in Jorhat business
hub(TEL_23_2_K8)

Jorhat, Feb. 22: A multi-storey building that was
constructed recently in violation of norms was gutted in a fire at Chambers Road
in the heart of this Upper Assam town after midnight yesterday. The fire, which
began around 1am, was brought under control only at noon today by more than 15
fire tenders requisitioned from the Rowriah Indian Air Force station and the
neighbouring districts of Sivasagar and Golaghat. .
..more..

 

Water
switch-off next week(TEL_23_2_K8)

GMC to
shut down supply to shift electric cables for final phase of project

Feb. 22: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC)
will stop supply of drinking water to city residents next week. The corporation,
however, mentioned that it would be a temporary arrangement. Water supply would
be shut down primarily because of the execution of the final phase of the Rs
7-crore-water supply augmentation scheme. .
..more..

 

Builders
plan towns on outskirts(TEL_23_2_K8)

Feb. 22: Hamstrung by the revised building bylaws
which prohibit construction in narrow lanes, private developers are looking at
areas outside the city to develop townships. Speaking at a workshop on “Guwahati
Development: Opportunities and Challenges” at the Enterprise Northeast Expo
today, Nilotpaul Choudhury, director of the Quantum Enterprises, said the main
focus of real estate developers would be to build townships in areas outside the
city. . ..more..

 

Flutter
over army wall(TEL_23_2_K8)


Construction blocks 18-foot thoroughfare in Shantipur

Feb. 22: A boundary wall constructed by the army has
drawn the ire of some residents of Shantipur who are planning to move court.
They alleged that the wall, erected on a plot of land belonging to the Military
Engineering Service, blocked a public thoroughfare causing inconvenience to
people of the locality. .
..more..

 

Shops,
houses razed in Silchar(TEL_26_2_K8)

Property
worth Rs 6 crore gutted in shopping complex fire

Silchar, Feb. 25: Property worth nearly Rs 6 crore
went up in flames as 25 shops and as many houses on Janiganj Road in downtown
Silchar were razed in a shopping complex inferno last night. It took 15
fire tenders nearly four hours to douse the blaze. There was no report of any
casualty. The fire at Janiganj, the commercial hub of Silchar town, has left
over 25 families homeless and laid bare the shortage of fire tenders in this
growing town of South Assam with a population of nearly four lakh. The fire was
first spotted by passersby around 10.40am, police said. The rows of shops in the
congested area were turned to ashes in no time. Most of the gutted shops were
made of timber and tin and stashed with highly inflammable items. Firecrackers,
polythene, wedding pandal materials, including decorative papers, boards and
bitumen tins, fanned the flames that wreaked havoc in an area spanning nearly a
1km radius. ..more..

 

Police
hunt for woman robber(TEL_26_2_K8)

Domestic help in her thirties
accused of drugging and looting residents

Feb. 25: A dark-complexioned woman, all of five feet and in her thirties
— if this description tallies with that of your recently hired domestic help,
its time to inform city police at once.Because she is suspected to have been
behind a series of drug-and-rob cases in the city.A police source said the woman
was allegedly involved in several cases of robbery in the Dispur and Chandmari
police station areas.Her latest victim was a woman from Dwarka Nagar. The
52-year-old woman, Gunaprava Devi, is an employee of the state
secretariat.Gunaprava had unwittingly appointed the woman as a part-time help
five days ago before the incident took place…..more..

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