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Ethnic Tensions, Autonomu Movements, Indigenous Issues, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 13, 2009

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clash victims issue ultimatum to govt for recovering their dues (IFP_3_2_K8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: The families affected in the ethnic clashes that took place in
the state in the 1990s have delivered an ultimatum to the state government
demanding the release of rehabilitation funds meant for them which have already
been sanctioned by the Central government by February 5 next.

Riot-hit to get land of

Guwahati, Feb. 3:

Refugees languishing in
camps since the Kokrajhar riots in 1996 and 1998 could soon get to choose where
they want to be rehabilitated.The government scheme, barring a last-minute
derailment, provides for a registered co-operative society that will help
identify land for rehabilitation in consultation with the target group.


drops Beltola bomb(TEL_4_2_K8) 

– Blame on
rebels for Adivasi rally A STAFF REPORTER

Feb. 3: The root of the street violence that stripped this capital city of its
honour on November 24 was not some protesters going overboard or residents
retaliating shamefully, but a plan probably hatched by two Adivasi militant
groups.This stunning revelation came from the vice-president of the All Adivasi
Students’ Association of Assam a day after the Adivasi woman who was disrobed
and forced to run naked through Beltola told the Justice (retd) R.K. Manisena
Singh Inquiry Commission that Guwahati appeared to her a “land of animals”.


removed from district council post (TEL_6_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb. 5: The chief executive member of the
Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), H.S. Shylla, was officially
removed from the post after he was defeated in the House of KHADC by a
voice-vote during the special session today.  At the start of the session,
Congress member Ronny Lyngdoh moved a non-confidence motion against Shylla.


act meet(TEL_7_2_K8)

Dispur has asked the Kamrup (metro) district administration
to hold a meeting with various organisations on effective implementation of the
Official Language Act. he Asam Sahitya Sabha has set April 14 as the deadline to
use Assamese as the official language.


am a tribal father: PR Kyndiah
SHILLONG, Feb 8: Union Tribal Affairs Minister PR Kyndiah today said he
is a ‘tribal father’ to his son, and that the ousted KHADC CEM HS Shylla’s
action was “politically motivated”. “I am a Khasi, my wife is a Khasi, and so my
son too is a Khasi,” Kyndiah told reporters here on the sidelines of Congress
party releasing its election manifesto in Shillong today.


No need
to worry if Bodos in KA get ST status’(SEN,9-2-08)

HOWRAGHAT, Feb 8: A joint conference of premier Bodo organizations —
All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), Kachary Samaj (KS),
Dularai Boro Harimu Afat (DBHA), All Bodo Women Welfare Federation (ABWWF),
Dularail Boro Abadari Afat (DuBAA) and Ex-BLT Welfare Society, Karbi Anglong
district, held at Langhin Tiniali concluded on Thursday.


Demand for inclusion of KA, NC Hills in SRC
GUWAHATI, Feb 8: A 13-member team led by Autonomous State Demand
Committee (ASDC) central committee spokesman Mohet Hojai met Opposition leader
LK Advani and NDA convenor George Fernandes today and submitted a memorandum
demanding the inclusion of North Cachar Hills and Karbi Anglong in the terms of
reference of the proposed State Reorganization Commission (SRC) of the
Government of India. The team is also scheduled to meet Home Minister Shivraj
Patil on February 11. ..more..


Concept of sovereignty has changed with time: Imkong
Staff Correspondent
MOKOKCHUNG, Feb 8: The Nagas are freedom-loving by nature and they are ready to
die for it, which was why the Naga independence movement was started against the
British occupation of their land. This was stated by the Leader of the
Opposition I Imkong of the last Nagaland Legislative Assembly session in an
interview with this correspondent. He further said that the Naga people had
continued to strive for territorial independence and sovereignty even after
India’s liberation from the British, conceding, however, that the concept of
sovereignty has changed with the passage of time.


Losar celebrations begin in Sikkim(SEN, 10-2-08)
Gangtok, Feb 9:
The cold waves and the dip in temperature over the last few days have not
deterred the fervour of the Tibetans to celebrate their New Year (Losar).
Heralding the Earth Rat year (according to the Buddhist calendar) on Friday, the
Tibetans in
celebrated the day much fanfare.



century stone artifacts found near Mangaldai(SEN, 10-2-08)
MANGALDAI, Feb 9: The discovery of ancient archaeological artifacts
carved out in stone, dating back to the 10th century at Jaljali village about 12
km from here has created a sense of inquisitiveness and curiosity among all
circles here. The people here are of the opinion that this is going to throw new
light into the history, not only of Jaljali or of Darrang district, but into the
history of Asom as a whole. This is for the first time that a large number of
ancient archaeological stone artifacts have been recovered here during any
excavation work. ..more..


Kacharis condemn ‘undemocratic’ way of running council(SEN, 10-2-08)
Major allegations:
* Misappropriation of
* Violation of council tenets
* Expulsion of six SKAC members
* Members selected from areas already represented
From our Staff Reporter
DIBRUGARH, Feb 9: Members of several Sonowal Kachari organizations burnt
the effigy of the chief executive member of Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council (SKAC),
Milan Sonowal, at Dibrugarh today. They were protesting against his alleged
undemocratic way of running the council. They also demanded the submission of
the utilization report of Rs 4.5 crore, the total Plan amount allocated to SKAC
in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. ..more..


Book on Nellie massacre released

NEW DELHI, Feb 18: A book — 25 Years on… Nellie Still Haunts — on the
infamous Nellie massacre during the Assam Agitation was released at a function
held at Delhi Press Club today exactly after 25 years of the incident. At least
2,191 people were killed at Nellie in the incident as per Government estimates.


wants Naga integration in Myanmar also

KOHIMA, Feb 6:
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said the Nagas living in Myanmar are
also part of the greater Naga family and the Nagas of the North-east should not
forget them.Addressing the Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) ticket distribution
ceremony here, Rio said the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) if voted to
power in the coming Assembly election would take up the matter of the Myanmar
Nagas with the Union Government and its Myanmar counterpart.



Shylla moves HC, Syiem set to be new CEM

SHILLONG, Feb 6: A day after he was ousted from the top post of KHADC CEM
by a no-confidence motion, HS Shylla today filed a petition at the Guahati High
Court, Shillong bench, challenging the ‘unconstitutional’ holding of the special
session. Shylla had challenged the KHADC Chairman Martamlin Pyrbot for convening
the special session of the House by not acquiring the approval of the Governor.
He said the chairman had breached the Assam District Council Rules 1951.


aspirations keep Asom under siege(SEN, 7-2-08)
Guwahati, Feb 6: The multiethnic fabric of Asom is under siege with
the aspirations of different communities and groups showing no signs of a
decline despite attempts at devolution of power to the grassroots level.


Sankardev Sangha session begins

Feb 6: The 77th annual session of the Srimanta Sankardev Sangha began with the
participation of a large number of devotees from various parts of the State
today. The volunteers of 30 district committees of the Sangha are busy in
receiving the lakhs of devotees pouring in to Dhansirikhetra where the session
of the Sangha began with the opening of the delegates’ camp by Dhansiri SDO
Pradip Kumar Bhagawati at 6 pm yesterday.


upholds law against transfer of land owned by SCs and STs

This law is applicable to Asom as vast areas of land in tribal blocks and belts,
including the one at Sonapur on the outskirts of Guwahati, have been illegally
‘purchased’ by a number of affluent people.

NEW DELHI, Feb 6: Asserting that the rights of SCs and STs should be
protected from influential elements, the Supreme Court has upheld the validity
of a Karnataka legislation which prohibits sale or transfer of scheduled lands
without prior permission of the Government. The apex court ruled that even if
the land has been transferred or sold, the authorities would still be empowered
to acquire the land from the so-called purchaser.
“The act was introduced to help and protect the right, title and interest of the
scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, in respect of the granted lands, whose
poverty and status in the society was taken advantage of by some rich and
affluent persons who took their lands either by paying a paltry sum or even
without paying anything to them,” a bench of Justices Tarun Chatterjee and
Dalveer Bhandari said. ..more..


condemns(SEX, 9-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 8: The killing
of MD Talibur Rahman has been strongly condem-ned by Threatened Indige- nous
People’s Society. “Ev-ery step taken up by the JAC formed in connection with the
killing of Rahman and other related activities would be promptly joined and
supported by this society”, said a release issued by general secretary of TIPS
Asemcha To- ndon.



Horizon marchers reach Lakhipur Nagar

Lakhipur Nagar
(Assam) Feb 8: Volunteers of the Young Horizon Manipur who have been marching
across the States with the message of love and unity among to the indigenous
peoples of the North East region arrived at Lakhipur Nagar of Golaghat district,
Assam today.



Hill bandh
called on relief issue
Newmai News Network
Imphal, Feb 9: A 24-hour Manipur hill districts road (chakka) bandh has been
called on February 13 by the Communal Victims Relief and Resettlement
Asso-ciation Manipur (CVRRAM) in protest against the State Govern-ment’s failure
to release fund sanctioned for the affected families of the 1990s ethnic clashes
of the Kuki-Naga and the Kuki-Zomi/Paite.



AICC seal
on Naga integration(SEX, 10-2-08)
Kohima, Feb 9: The All India Congress Committee today (Feb 8)
endorsed its Nagaland unit’s demand for the integration of all contiguous Naga-inhabited
areas, seemingly unmindful of the potential for discord in the party units in
Manipur, Arunachal Pra-desh and Assam.


continues(SEX, 10-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 9: Volunteers of the Young Horizon Manipur who have been
marching across States taking the message of love, peace and unity to the
indigenous peoples of the North East region have reached Bor Pathar in Golaghat
district of Assam tonight, informed a release. The marchers were set off from
Lakhipur Nagar.


Hills gear
up for Dists Council polls(SEX, 11-2-08)
 Imphal, Feb 10: Its election time again in the hill districts of
Manipur. Few days after the formal announcement to hold election for the
District Councils after two decades of animated suspension, hectic activities
preparing for the polls have begun which will be held in two phases with the
first one slated for April 18 and the other on April 25.
Nostalgia has gripped for many with the coming of the District Council election,
as it had been some twenty years now that the hill people have been missing.


deride ‘endorsement’, demand explanations(SEX, 11-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 10 : A number of voluntary organisa- tions and political
parties have come out strongly against the reported decision of the AICC to
endorse the demand for the integration of all Naga inhabited areas under one
administrative unit. ..more..


Judge gets
a feel of Beltola(TEL_9_2_K8)

Feb. 8: Justice (retd) R.K. Manisena Singh today spent two-and-a-half hours
touring Beltola and speaking to people who either witnessed or were caught in
the street violence there on November 24.The former judge was a satisfied man at
the end of the unannounced tour. “A very, very happy and fruitful trip,” he
said, indicating that he had gathered important material for his probe.


schemes for BTC(TEL_11_2_K8)

announced for the Bodo belt on sixth anniversary P.B. CHOUDHURY

Kokrajhar, Feb. 10:

Dispur today announced a slew of development projects for the Bodoland
Territorial Council (BTC) to mark the sixth Bodoland Day.The projects included
setting up of an engineering college, upgrading Kokrajhar campus of Gauhati
University to a full-fledged university, a multicrore-rupee planetarium and an
enhanced economic package for the council in the next budget session. Besides a
Rajya Sabha seat, a special package of Rs 25 lakh for the development of
Chakrachila wildlife sanctuary and another Rs 45 lakh for tourist guesthouse at
Gossaigaon were also included in the project.


pledge on integrity (TEL_17_2_K8)

Feb. 16:

Representatives of various civil society organisations today pledged to protect
the territorial integrity of Manipur at a public meeting held at the Kangla Fort
auditorium.Leaders of All Manipur United Clubs Organisation, Zeliangrong Union,
Imphal, Janet Ulama, Manipur, Kuki Mothers Association and Kabui Mothers
Association, senior citizens, professionals and lawyers attended the meeting,
which was called by the United Committee, Manipur. The meeting resolved to
unitedly oppose any move to disintegrate the state.


to Nellie horror (TEL_19_2_K8)

move court for probe report A STAFF REPORTER

Guwahati, Feb. 18:

The ghost of Nellie
returned to haunt the government on its 25th anniversary with the Assam United
Democratic Front (AUDF) deciding to move court to make the T.D. Tiwari
Commission report on the killings public. Another organisation representing
minorities demanded that the government recognise all those killed in the
communal carnage, one of the worst in post-Independence India, as martyrs.


More dirt
on Beltola mayhem(TEL_19_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 18:

The violence that erupted during an Adivasi rally in Beltola was planned jointly
by the All Adivasi National Liberation Army (ANLA) and the All Adivasi Students’
Association of Assam, a woman companion of militant leader Bijay Munda revealed
. ..more..

Oscar plea
for Naga unity(TEL_19_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb. 18:

Delhi’s pointsman in the Naga talks, Oscar Fernandez, today said unification of
all warring Naga groups was imperative to take the “stalled peace process”
forward. Fernandez, who is in Shillong, to campaign for the party in the
forthcoming elections, said disunity among the various Naga factions was the
main hurdle in the peace process and that only “unification” would lead to an
early solution.
. ..more..

edgy on manifesto (TEL_23_2_K8)

promises territorial security

Feb. 22:
minister Okram Ibobi Singh may have found “nothing alarming” in the contents of
the Nagaland Congress’s poll manifesto, but the Manipur Assembly today thought
it best to urge the AICC to erase the controversial bit about “Naga integration”
from the document.
. ..more..

Carnage alert in Karbi belt(TEL_26_2_K8)

asked to shift to camps or leave

Guwahati, Feb. 25:

Hindi-speaking people in
Karbi Anglong have been advised to shift to the safety of relief camps and, if
it does not suit them, consider moving out of the district temporarily to escape
what officials believe is another ethnic pogrom in the making.

Ousted CEM may move court
against holding session without Governor’s approval
Shylla defeated on KHADC floor(SHT, 6-2-08)

SHILLONG: KHADC Chief Executive Member (CEM) HS Shylla on Wednesday lost
the no-trust motion in the House, ending his last hope to stick on to the post.
A special KHADC session, which Mr Shylla termed as illegal, voted in favour
of his ouster as CEM on Tuesday amid heated exchange of words between him and
Congress MDC Ronnie V Lyngdoh, who moved the motion. .

New CEM election on Feb 7

Cleophas B Syiem, the newly-elected leader of the Congress Parliamentary
Party (CPP) in KHADC, will be elected as the new CEM at a special session of the
House on February 7. Mr Syiem enjoys the support of 19 Congress MDCs besides six
of UDP and two each from MDP and KHNAM in the House of 30 members.

KHADC scene: Cong ready for
no-trust vote
Shylla set to make way for Syiem (SHT_5_2_K8)

SHILLONG: Eighteen Congress
MDCs are likely to table a no-confidence motion

against KHADC CEM HS Shylla at the Council’s special
session on Tuesday.
KHADC chairman Martamlin Pyrbot said 18
Congress MDCs were expected to move a no-trust motion against Mr Shylla at the
Council’s special session. The session could last for two days depending on the
length of the debate on the motion in the House, he said. .

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. .

Youth fest gets under way(AST_17_2_K8)

TARALANGSO, Feb 16 – “I have never seen such a beautiful and vibrant
culture and place in my 75 years of life, and this beautiful culture and
landscape of this land should be telecast in the entire country with a view to
propagate the rich heritage and culture of Karbi community for the marvellous
people of this land.” Governor Lt Gen (retd) Ajai Singh said this as a chief
guest in the inaugural ceremony of 34th Karbi Youth Festival in the outskirts of
Diphu. . ..more..

Bathou religious meet held at
NALBARI, Feb 16 – The eighth annual conference of Kshetri Anchalik Bathou
Dharma Sanmilan was held at Darangipara bathou mandir premises on February 8-9
with a two-day long programme. . ..more..

Wancho Oriah festival held(AST_17_2_K8)
DIBRUGARH, Feb 16 – The 18th annual Wancho Oriah festival of the Wancho
tribe was celebrated at Kanubari in Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh today
with traditional pomp and gaiety. . ..more..

Karbi Dehal fest begins(AST_19_2_K8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 18 – The Karbi Dehal Ronker festival, which is an
invocation to the positive powers for the well being of the human race, began at
the Patarkuchi Dehal Than, Sonapur on Monday. The three-day programme, in its
16th edition is being observed by the Karbi Bangthe Achem, Assam and the
Nazirakhat Anchalik Samity. . ..more..

BK Goswami re-elected Sattra
Sabha chief(AST, 21-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – Bhadra Krishna Goswami, Sattradhikar of Sri Sri
Jakai Sattra of Chiring, Sivasagar, has been elected for the second term as the
president of the Asom Sattra Mahasabha. He defeated Narayan Chandra Goswami,
Sattradhikar of the Natun Kamalabari Sattra, Majuli and Bashistha Dev Sarma,
Burhasatriya of the Barpeta Sattra. .

‘Ali Aye Ligang’ celebrated(AST,

GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – The fragrance of the traditional Purang Apin or
Bora rice boiled and packed in Tora pat of the Mising community was all
pervading at Murong Okum, Japorigog on Wednesday. The customary homemade rice
beer or the Para Apong was offered to the Gods as an appeasement and the seeds
were sowed thus heralding another season of cultivation. Ali Aye Ligang or the
festival that is an ode to the fertility of the land was celebrated with
ritualistic fanfare by the members of the Mising community residing in the
capital city through a daylong programme. .

Sattriya team for Khajuraho
Dance Fest
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – The Rangamandali troupe of dancers, led by noted Sattriya
artiste Sharadi Saikia, has been invited to the ensuing Khajuraho Dance Festival
being held from February 22 with a weeklong programme. It is organised by the
Madhya Pradesh Government. . ..more..

Dhemaji dist Sankardev Sangha
meet ends
(AST, 21-2-08)
DHEMAJI, Feb 20 – The 67th annual conference of Srimanta Sankardev
Sangha of Dhemaji district was celebrated at Monikanchan Sangjug Kshetra at
Samarajan here with a three-day-long programme recently. On the morning of the
first day after completion of the cleanliness drive and ‘Nam prasnaga’, the
district executive committee sitting was held. At 2 pm a conference of the
presidents and secretaries of the anchalik units of the Sangha and Sishu-Aai
Matri Kalyan Sammittees was organised under the presidentship of Hem Kanta
Saikia, president, Dhemaji district unit of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha. Budhi
Dihingia, adviser of the district body inaugurated the conference. .

Hagrama, Sewli tie nuptial

DEBORGAON, Feb 22 – Amidst huge fanfare, Hagrama Mohilary, Chief of
BTC tied the nuptial knot with Sewli at his native residence at Deborgaon in
Kokrajhar today. High profile VVIPs, colleagues and associates of Hagrama
started pouring into Kokrajhar, the heartland of BTAD today. They will also
participate in the marriage party to take place tomorrow. .

March mark(SEX, 11-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: Volunteers taking part in the ‘Love, Peace
and Unity’ march of the North Eastern region crossed into Golaghat district
headquarters of Assam State on the 12th day of the trip today. The march was
flagged-off this morning from Baskhande’s Bor Pathar of the same district. The
march aims to cover the NE States in 45 days, informed Young Horizon – the


Zomi Nam
Ni celebration to receive ‘Star’ touch(SEX, 19-2-08)

By S Singlianmang Guite
Lamka, Feb 18: The Zomi Nam Ni celebration this year will be a Star studded
affair as four sensational stars of the Zo ethnic community; one from the land
of clouds and the others from the land of Mautaam, landed in town today. .


Horizons (SEX, 19-2-08)

Peace marchers reach Jorhat in Assam(SEX, 19-2-08)

JORHAT, Feb 18: Red-clad marchers of the Young Horizon, Manipur arrived
at the district headquarters of Jorhat, Assam today carrying the message of
peace, love and unity among the people of the North east region.
The marchers had set out for Jorhat from Jhanji which is under Sivnagar this
Retired principal of Hemnath Sharma College Rajanikanta Goswami had flagged off
the march from Jhanji. . ..more..


expels(SEX, 19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 16: GoC of the Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN), western
command, Naga army Col DP Panmei has terminated two officers from the outfit and
suspended four others for a period of 1 years with rank degradation with effect
from February 9, reports our Jiribam correspondent. .


KAAC bid
to modernise handloom sector
howraghat, Feb 2 – Under the initiative of Kuntila Ronghangpi, executive
member, Handloom and Textile Department, KAAC, steps are being taken to bring in
change and modern methods for removing the old traditional practice of weaving
handloom and textile of tribal people. .

NE cultural fest(AST,10-2-08)
 THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, Feb 9: The third edition of the cultural festival of
eight north-eastern States, ‘Octave 2008’, will be held here from February 16 to
23 showcasing the rich traditions of the region. – PTI


integral to people’s uplift: Hagrama
HOWRAGHAT, Feb 9 – The joint conferences of Bodo organisations- All
Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), Kachary Samaj (KS),
Dularai Boro Harimu Afat (DBHA), All Bodo Women Welfare Federation (ABWWF),
Dularail Boro Abadari Afat (DuBAA) and Ex-BLT Welfare Society, Karbi Anglong
district unit held at Langhin Tiniali concluded here peacefully on Thursday. .

3 radicals killed in

GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – Three suspected members of fundamentalist forces
were killed in an encounter with the Army in Goalpara district last night.
Police sources said that the encounter took place at around 12.30 last night and
two persons were killed on the spot, while another died on way to hospital.
Those killed have been identified as Shahnawaj Ali, Abu Siddique and Jahan Ali.
. ..more..

Karbi Lamet Amei conference
 KURJOT RONGMONGVE AKLAM, Feb 11 – The Karbi Lamet Amei (KLA), the
highest literary body of the community, would move the hill district autonomous
council demanding inclusion of Karbi as the additional official language in the
hill district. . ..more..

Karbi Youth Fest(SEN, 20-2-08)
 DIPHU, Feb 19: The five-day-long 34th Karbi Youth Festival, jointly
organized under the aegis of both the factions of Karbi Cultural Society at
Karbi People’s Hall in Taralangso, concluded today amidst the reverberation of
drumbeats, folk songs and dances. ..more...


Zawlthuomkim Hmar : pride of NC Hills
HAFLONG, Feb 2 – “It was not my aim to get any certificate, My aim of
life was to serve needy people and bring awareness about health and hygiene
among our poor and underprivileged section of the society’ said Zawlthuomkim
Hmar of Muolhi, Haflong, who recently returned from Japan after completion 18
days training on Health and Medical Service (Maternal and Child Health)
organised by the Japan International Co-operation Agency, Japan. .

Concern over plight of Assamese
BOKAKHAT, Feb 3 – Noted litterateur and the ex-president of Asom Sahitya
Sabha Homen Borgohain resented the present plight of the Assamese language and
expressed his concern about the future of the language in a felicitation meet
organised by Ankuran Sahitya Sabha, Rajabari near here on January 31. The Sabha
branch organised the meet to honour him while he was enroute from Majuli. .

Bodo bodies for exemption from
KA bandh
HOWRAGHAT, Feb 3 — The Karbi Anglong district units of Bodo organizations
– All Bodo Students’ Union, Kachari Samaj, Boro Sahitya Sabha, Dularai Boro
Harimu Afat, All Bodo Women Welfare Federation, Dularai Bdoro Abadari Afat and
Ex- Bodo Liberation Tiger Welfare Society – have urged the Karbi Longri NC Hills
Liberation Front to exempt the 12-hour Karbi Anglong bandh for the joint annual
conferences is being held on February 6 at Langhi Tiniali. .

Bajali Satra Mahasabha meet at

PATHSALA, Feb 3 – The first annual meeting of the newly formed Bajali
Anchalik Satra Mahasabha, a branch of Asom Satra Mahasabha, was held at
Kathalmurighat in Baghmara about 15 km from Pathsala, on January 19. .

Karbi Anglong district admn
awarded ISO certificate
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..

Karbi new year celebrated(AST_5_2_K8)
HOWRAGHAT, Feb 4 – The Karbi Ningkan Kimi (Karbi New Year) was celebrated
here on Friday. It needs to be mentioned here that the celebration of the
Ningkan Kimi was declared by the KAAC to celebrate officially on February 1,
2006, which month is called as Thang Thang one (1st February) in Karbi language.
This time, the Karbi Ningkan Kimi has been celebrated in each of 26 Autonomous
Council constituencies as per the directive of the KAAC. .

Sikkim twist to special status
for Darjeeling Hills
GANGTOK, Feb 4 – A regional political outfit in Sikkim has added a twist
to the Sixth Schedule row by claiming that the consent of the erstwhile
Himalayan Kingdom is required to grant special status to the Darjeeling Hills. .


recollects Netaji’s NE sojourn
SHILLONG, Feb 4 – At the age of 88, businessman JN Bawri might forget
many things of the past. But he will never forget those three days he spent with
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose when he came here 70 years ago to stake claim for
first Congress Government in undivided Assam. .

Karbi,Dimasa bodies to
intensify stir(AST_6_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 5 – With the proposition for a second States
Reorganisation Commission gaining ground, the organisations in Assam that have
been demanding for creation of an autonomous State comprising North Cachar Hills
and Karbi Anglong have decided to intensify their movement. In the coming days,
the political scenario in the State might be rocked by the agitating voices of
the parties demanding for the creation of the autonomous State under the
provisions of article 244 (A) of the constitution of the country. .

‘Assamese language no hurdle in
reaching global heights’(AST_6_2_K8)

KALAIGAON, Feb 5 – Assam Science Society, Kalaigaon branch, arranged
a felicitation programme at Kalaigaon recently to felicitate Kamal Kumar Tanti,
scientist of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, a premier institute
of international fame. Kamal Kumar Tanti was born at Kalaigaon and later did his
MSc in Physics from GU. Presently, he is associated with ‘AstroSat’ to be
launched by ISRO. He has specially been involved with ‘Infrared Astronomy Group’
of the project in Mumbai. . ..more..

Satras of Lower Assam
struggling for survival
CHAPAR, Feb 5 – The satras in Lower Assam and North Bengal, established
either by Saint Sankardev and Madhabdev or by their devotees, which have not
become extinct till date, are struggling hard to survive. If not protected by
the government and devotees, they may lose their existence in the coming years
like many others in this region. . ..more..

In search of the Brindavani

In the winter of 2005, when we visited Guwahati, we had the
opportunity to see the performance of Bhaona Rukmini Haran. The performers were
from the Kamalabari Satra near Jorhat. I had the occasion to coverse with the
performers and request them to speak in the language of the drama, namely in
Brajawali language. All of them spoke fluently in that language, as we speak
Assamese. One of the performers mentioned that he is doing research on
Brindavani Bastra. I am sure most of the people in Assam know about the art
piece. . ..more..

Sankardev Sangha session

DERGAON, Feb 6 – The 79th session of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha got
underway at Dhansiri (Ikarani) Samannay Kshetra in Golaghat district today. The
programme began with morning prayers. This was followed by the inauguration of
book fair and exhibition. The souvenir published on the occasion Bhaktirath was
released by Dr Dhiren Kalita. . ..more..

Call to review Articles 341,
GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – The Sadharan Jati Parishad, Asom, a new body
representing the general caste Hindus of the State said on Wednesday that
thought it was already late, still Articles 341 and 342 of the Indian
Constitution should be reviewed in the interest of the country. .

Shylla files plea against KHADC
SHILLONG, Feb 6 – Chief Executive Member of KHADC, HS Shylla today filed
a writ petition in the Shillong bench of the Gauhati HC against chairman of
KHADC, Martamlin Pyrbot for holding an ‘unconstitutional’ session of the
council. . ..more..

Lifetime Award for Dr

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 8 – Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the cultural icon of the State, was
conferred with the Pramathesh Barua Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award
instituted by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam, at a
function at the Ravindra Bhavan this evening. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also
announced at the function that Dr Hazarika was honoured with Cabinet status by
the Government in recognition of the contributions made by the maestro. .

Inter-religion marriage on rise
in city(AST_9_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 8 – With a changing mindset facilitating an increasing
number of inter-caste and inter-religion relationships in the society, the
yardstick for choosing one’s Valentine, or for that matter one’s life partner,
has also become more liberal than ever. If the rise in the number of inter-caste
and inter-religious marriage in Kamrup is any indication, the young generation
is not really worried about the caste or even religious background when it comes
to choosing one’s life partner. . ..more..

900 bighas to Sankardev

From Our Correspondent
 DHANSIRI SAMANNAY KSHETRA, Feb 8 – In a significant move, about 10 lakhs
devotees across the State and other parts of the Northeast thronged Srimanta
Sankardev Sangha’s 77th session here in Golaghat district today. Today the open
session was held with Karuna Kanta Kalita in the chair. The open session was
formally inaugurated by former Sangha chief and present chief adviser of
Sankardefv Sangha Sonaram Chutia. . ..more..

Karbi Lamet Amei(AST_9_2_K8)
 DIPHU, Feb 8 : “We want all-round development of Karbi Anglong and all
the ethnic communities have to be developed so that standard of living of the
people should rise,” said State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, while addressing the
open session of the ongoing 20th annual general conference of Karbi Lamet Amei
here. – Correspondent


seek tripartite talks
GUWAHATI, Feb 8 – The Aikya Mancha of the six communities demanding
ST status has reminded the Government of the assurances it had given for the
socio-economic development of the six communities before the Panchayat polls.
The coordinator of the Mancha Birinchi Neog said that the tripartite talks
between the State Government, Central Government and representatives of the six
communities as promised should be held at the earliest. .

Report on Nellie massacre
missing? (SEN_20_2_k8)
AUDF to move HC demanding Government to make Tiwari Commission report public

GUWAHATI, Feb 19: Asom Government’s dilly-dallying tactics in
providing information sought about the TD Tiwari Commission report under the
Right to Information (RTI) Act makes one wonder if the report is missing. The
then Congress Government in the State led by Hiteswar Saikia had instituted the
TD Tiwari Commission to inquire into the February 18, 1983 massacre at Nellie
under Jagiroad police station in Morigaon district. .


youths embark on peace march   (SEN_20_2_k8)

welcome by Jorhat Axom Xahitya Xabha unit

 JORHAT, Feb 19: They are messengers of “love, peace and unity” who
have set out on foot from their home State, Manipur, with the aim to travel
across the North-east to motivate the indigenous peoples of the region. The long
march, billed as “nongpok chatpa khongchat”, by around 400 activists of Imphal-based
Young Horizon, was flagged off from the historic Kangla Fort by vice chancellor
of Manipur University Professor C Amuba on January 30. .



(SXP, 20-2-08)

GANGTOK, February 19:
Devotees from as far as Bhutan have started making a beeline to the
ancient Tashiding monastery to witness the Bum Chu ceremony and to get a drop of
it, believed to spiritually empower a person.

The water measuring ceremony considered a sacred procedure
will be held in the main shrine hall of Chogyal Lhagang on the midnight of
February 20 and will be witnessed by the Speaker of the Sikkim Legislative
Assembly DN Takarpa as the State Representative along with Senior Gendrung of
the Ecclesiastical Department, Sonam Gyatso Dokhampa. .


suspects “foul play” (SXP, 20-2-08)

RANGPO, February 19:
 Even as the political parties in the neighbouring Darjeeling Hills called for
an indefinite strike, an important bridge on the National Highway 31A has been
damaged. A huge breach in the Bridge at Tarkhola in West Bengal was discovered
in the early hours today, which resulted in the disruption of normal traffic
flow. A massive traffic jam lasted till 11 am, resulting in delays for stranded
passengers. . ..more..

rebels kill 4 in Assam(TEL, 20-2-08)

Feb. 19:
employees of a cement company were gunned down and two injured by suspected
Dimasa militants at a mining site near Umrangsu town of Assam’s North Cachar
Hills district today.
. ..more..

Film city at Taralangso

DIPHU, Feb 20: At a press meet held in the sidelines of the 34th Karbi
Youth Festival at Taralangso, the general secretary of the festival committee,
Ramsing Timung, said that a plan and an estimate has been prepared to set up a
cultural complex and a film city at Taralangso. The total estimate for this
project is around Rs 387 crore. . ..more..


chiefs appeal

IMPHAL, Feb 20: In connection with the rehabilitation package released by the
Union Home Ministry for the affected families of Kuki-Naga ethnic violence, Kuki
Chiefs’ Union, Tamenglong District has proposed that the compensation meant for
the affected 55 villages consisting of 1497 families in Tamenglong district be
directly entrusted to the DC Tamenglong.
Govt proposes study on Bir
Chilarai(AST, 22-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – The State Government would facilitate study and
research on Bir Chilarai, besides helping in production of a full-length film on
the acclaimed Koch general, by way of providing fund. Announcing this at the
498th birth anniversary of Bir Chilarai organised under the aegis of the All
Koch-Rajbongshi Sanmilan with support of the district administration, Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi today recalled the contributions of the great personality
towards the composite Assamese society. .

Cash relief for violence
victims(NPT, 22-2-08)

Imphal, Feb 21 (EPNS): Though there is no scheme or policy to compensate
victims of poll violence in Manipur, the State government has decided to grant
relief to the victims of last year’s post-poll violence in the State on
humanitarian ground.
According to official sources, a decision towards this effect was reached taking
into account the victims’ mental anguish, extent of damages to houses,
properties and injuries in the said post-poll violence. .


fest held amid glitz

IMPHAL, Feb 21 : Under the theme of ‘Working towards a common
nomenclature and culture’, the 60th District Level Zomi-Nam-Ni festival was
celebrated with great fanfare at Sugnu Zokhawpi yesterday. Presentation of
cultural dances and music and felicitation of the chiefs of the various tribal
villages of Chandel district were the main highlights of the celebration. .


Suspected militants
beat up 45 tribals
AGARTALA, Feb 21: At least 45 people were injured in a pre-poll violence
at Ampura area under Ramchandraghat constituency in West Tripura. According to
official sources, 22 of the injured were shifted to the Agartala Government
Medical College in critical condition late last night and others were undergoing
treatment in Khowai subdivisional hospital. .


NPF strives for
territorial integrity of Nagas
CHEDEMA, Feb 21: The Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) today said the party
will strive for unity and integrity of Naga inhabited areas and tackle the
illegal immigration problem. Releasing the party manifesto here, the NPF
president Shuthezelie said the party is committed to work out a peaceful
solution to the Indo-Naga political issue. .

Cloud over construction of
Siu-Ka-Pha Samanway Kshetra(SEN_22_2_k8)
JORHAT, Feb 21: This is another promise which remains to be
delivered. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi laid the foundation stone of the ambitious
Siu-Ka-Pha Samanway Kshetra at Mohbondha, about 12 km from the town, on January
20 in 2006. The cultural complex, the construction of which is estimated to cost
Rs 20 crore, is designed to be a repository of relics and assets depicting the
rich heritage of the resident ethnic groups of the State. .


NCHAC seeks full
fledged officials
HAFLONG, Feb 21: In a significant move the Executive Committee (EC) of
the 10th NCHAC has decided to move the Government to appoint full-fledged
officials in all the Government departments under the administrative control of
NC Hills Autonomous Council, in a meeting of the EC held recently. .


Workshop on Moran
TINSUKIA, Feb 21: A workshop on the “Culture and tradition of the Moran
community” will be organized by the Sodou Axom Moran Kala Sanskritik Bikash
Kendra under the aegies of the Srimanta Sankardev Kalakhetra, Guwahati from
February 22 to February 25 at the District Library and Inspection Bunglow,
Tinsukia. . ..more..


Dimasa infighting(TEL,

Suspected militants of the Jewel Gorlosa faction of Dima Halam Daogah threw a
grenade at the camp of their rival group, the Dilip Nunisa-led faction, at
Batsabari under Maibong police station in North Cachar Hills district around
8.15pm today. . ..more..

Organisations flay

DIMAPUR, JAN 31 (NPN): A consultative meeting of Naga frontal organizations
convened by the Joint Forum of GBs & DBs, has condemned the recent factional
killings in Mokokchung and Phek districts and urged all underground factions to
cease further bloodshed in line with the December 7, 2007, ceasefire agreement
signed by all factions under the aegis of the GBs and DBs forum. .


JORHAT, Jan 31: India’s look east policy
feature again during the observation of Me-Dam-Me-Phi centrally at Jaya Bhawan
here today.
Loas Ambassador to India Lee B Kham attended the occasion, reiterated the strong
ties which south-east Asia shared with the country’s North-east and appealed to
the gathering to work for greater cooperation and better communication between
the two.
Later Kham met Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at the circuit House and India’s
South-East Asian Policy was again the subject of the informal discussion. Kham
stressed on greater communication and trade ties as well as the tourism
potential between the two.
. ..more..


KAAC completes one year

DIPHU, Jan 31: The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) celebrates its
one year of the present executive committee on January 29 under the bold
leadership of Mongal Sing Engti, chief executive member (CEM) at the office
premises of KAAC secretariat at Diphu. .


Leikoiching cultural

IMPHAL, Jan 31: A one day “Customs and Cultural Meet” was organised by
the Tangkhul Miyur Art and Culture, Leikoiching village at the village public
The programme which showcase the rich culture and tradition of the Tangkhuls was
graced by Saikul A/C MLA Doukhomang Khongsai and the Leikoiching village head
man as chief guest and functional president respectively. .


Monsang personalities

IMPHAL, Jan 31: The Sirti Upa Ruh (Monsang Tribe Union) Manipur organised
a felicitation function of Monsang prominent personalities at Japhou village,
Chandel today. . ..more..
During the function graced by MLA Morung Makunga, prominent Monsang
personalities Ng Mono Monsang (ex-MLA), first field director SEMBA Rev (L) Kotha
Monsang, most Rev TS Dominic Lumon Monsang and retd ZEO Egbert Khartu Monsang
were feted.
At the function MLA Morung Makunga assured Rs 15 lakhs to build a community in
memory of Father Ng Mono Monsang. DPO ICDS Senapati Ts Nirmala, former field
director SEMBA Rev PY Volhung Anal and executive secretary MNYBA Rev W Roel
Moyon also attended the function as presidium members

Phamka : Democracy in its original form

IMPHAL, Jan 31: It is democracy at work at its purest form and the event
that we are talking of is the customary Phamka ritual cere- mony of installation
and blessing of the newly elect-ed chief of Lambung village of Chandel district.
. ..more..


named new Council CEM(SHT_1_2_k8)
Shylla sacked as KHADC chief


SHILLONG: Alleged financial mismanagement has cost HS Shylla the top post
Mr Shylla was sacked as KHADC Chief Executive Member on Thursday.
Nongpoh MDC Cleophas Banteilang Syiem will take over as the new Council chief.
The decision to replace Mr Shylla with Mr Syiem was taken at an emergency
Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) meeting at the residence of Chief Minister DD
Lapang . . ..more..

33 short films from NE to be

 GUWAHATI, Feb 1 – The week-long Mumbai International Film Festival
for Short, Documentary and Animation Film, 2008, beginning from February 3, will
screen 33 short films made by the filmmakers from the NE region. Disclosing this
at a press conference here today, co-ordinator of the festival for the NE region
Chandan Sarma said that of the films being screened at the festival five are
from Manipur, two each from Nagaland, Mizoram, Tipura and Arunachal Pradesh,
while there would be three films from Meghalaya and one from Sikkim. .

Hamren bandh(AST_2_2_k8)
 DIPHU, Feb 1: The ASDC has called for a 12-hour Hamren sub-division
bandh from 5 am tomorrow in protest against the killing of Ahim Bikram Kharka
(35) by Black Widow extremists at Durbintilla under Kherani PS at 7 pm
yesterday. The ultras also abducted two businessmen Santosh Dam and Basa Timung.
– Our Correspondent


in tea belt a mandate against AASAA, ATTSA’
GUWAHATI, Feb 1 – As the counting of the Panchayat polls is drawing
to a close and the opposition parties as well as the ruling party are rejoicing
over the results of the local polls for their own reasons, the Congress Tea
Cell, the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha and the INTUC Legislative Forum are doubly
happy claiming that the results of the local polls are a mandate against the
leadership of the All Adivasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA) and the
Assam Tea Tribe Students Association (ATTSA). .

Bodo Sahitya Sabha unit meet(AST_2_2_k8)
GORESWAR, Feb 1 – The first annual conference of the Gurmow Balahati
Bodo Sahitya Sabha will be held at Bahbari Lokra LP School with a two-day
programme on February 2 and 3. . ..more..

Me-Dam-Me-Fi observed(AST_2_2_k8)
From A Correspondent
 NAZIRA, Feb 1 – The religious festival of the Tai Ahom community, Me-Dam-Me-Fi
was observed in a traditional manner in different places of Nazira. .

Shylla removed from CEM’s post(AST_2_2_k8)
 SHILLONG, Feb 1 – Senior Meghalaya Congress leader H S Shylla, who
had opposed the giving of an election ticket to the son of Union Minister P R
Kyndiah for the March 3 Assembly polls, has been removed as Chief Executive
Member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council. .

Sadar Hills bandh ends

IMPHAL, Feb 1: The 24 hours Sadar Hills bandh
called by the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) since midnight
yesterday concluded peacefully.
During the bandh, there was little traffic on NH 39. All the markets and
commercial centres in Sadar Hills area were shut down. Educational institutions
also remained closed.
Attendance in Govt offices was also affected.


Shylla set to quit on Feb 5

SHILLONG: Congress MDCs will formally move a no-confidence motion
against KHADC CEM HS Shylla at the Council’s February-5 special session to pave
the way for Cleophas B Syiem to take over as the new KHADC chief. .

‘A conspiracy by Lapang,

SHILLONG: A day after he was removed as Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP)
leader, an unfazed KHADC chief HS Shylla on Friday announced his decision to
take on Congress nominee Waibha K Kyndiah from Nongkrem constituency in the
March-3 elections, while alleging that MPCC president OL Nongtdu and Chief
Minister DD Lapang had hatched a conspiracy to chuck him out of the post of
Council CEM. . ..more..

leader killed(TEL_2_2_K8)

Nagaon, Feb. 1:
Suspected militants belonging to the Jewel Gorlosa faction of the Dima Halam
Daogah gunned down Bikrom Khakra, 40, a senior leader of the Autonomous State
Demand Committee (ASDC) after abducting him last night in Karbi Anglong
district. Pranab Bey Sarkar, Swapan Malakar, Sontosh Dam and Basa Timung, who
were with the slain leader at Jirikinding bazaar in Hamren subdivision, were
also abducted.
. ..more..

Relief delay prompts stir

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Setting Fe-bruary
5 deadline for payment of the promised rehabilitation package to families in the
five hill districts of Manipur affected by the ethnic violence of the Kuki-Naga,
Kuki-Zoumi and Kuki-Paite clashes, the Co-mmunal Victims’ Relief and
Resettlement Association has cautioned the State Go-vernment to do the needful
failing which intense agita-tion would be launched.


Unity march reaches Mao

IMPHAL, Feb 2: The Peace and Unity March being
organised by Young Horizon has reached Mao today.
From tomorrow, the march would proceed to other Northeastern States where people
of the same ancestral stock are residing in an effort to renew emotional ties
with them.
For going ahead on its mission, the march would be flagged from Mao along with a
befitting function.
. ..more..


ZPC for
protection of Zou identity

IMPHAL, Feb 2: While seeking the support and
co-operation of all the people in protecting the identity of Zou tribe, the Zou
People Council (ZPC), Manipur has decried the measures being made by SDC, SDO
and DC Chandel to bring about changes in the chiefship of three Zou villages of
Sajik Tampak area namely Khullen Khai-let, Zoumunom and MT Thangjol after the
said villages have been forcefully abolished at the behest of United Kuki
Liberation Front (UKLF).
. ..more..


clash victims issue ultimatum to govt for recovering their dues (IFP_4_2_k8)


IMPHAL, Feb 2: The families affected in the ethnic
clashes that took place in the state in the 1990s have delivered an ultimatum to
the state government demanding the release of rehabilitation funds meant for
them which have already been sanctioned by the Central government by February 5
. ..more..

Conspiracy theory behind Beltola clash

GUWAHATI (EPNS): As the meeting on November 24,
2007, last was held just before the Panchayat Election in the state, there might
be a political conspiracy behind the Beltola clash, said Raphael Kujar, central
vice president of All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam (AASAA).
Raphael Kujar, who was arrested on November 27 last,
recorded his statement before Retired Justice Rajkumar Manisana Sigh commission
on Sunday.
. ..more..


Abducted Bodo leader killed

KOKRAJHAR/GUWAHATI, Feb 3: Bodo People’s Forum
for Peace and Rights (BPFPR) vice president Babul Swargiary was killed by
unknown miscreants last night, and his body was found from Medaghat this
Talking to The Sentinel, BPFPR divisor Bhrahman Baglary said that Babul had been
returning home after circulating the wedding cards of his daughter at 5.30 pm on
February 1 when some miscreants had held him hostage.

‘New land policy a false
propaganda of Opposition’(SEN_4_2_k8)

HOWRAGHAT, Feb 3: The womenfolk of Karbi
Anglong district have been launching vigorous rallies in several places of the
region in a bid to attain more political and social rights.Addressing a rally
organized by the Langpher Mondal Mahila Congress committee held at Bakalia HS
School playground, the Karbi Anglong District Mahila Congress president Kuntila
Ronghangpi said that till equal political rights are not given to women,
improvement of the country as well as the society is impossible and incomplete.
. ..more..

ceases to be a Khasi, rules KHADC(SEN_5_2_k8)

DC’s judgement today
SHILLONG, Feb 4: The registration authority of
the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) today ruled that Nongkrem
Congress candidate and Union Tribal Affairs Minister PR Kyndiah’s son Waibha K
Kyndiah has ceased to be a Khasi.
The order was passed today after Ka Seng Tip Kur Tip Kha U Khasi filed a
complaint that Waibha cease to be a Khasi according to Section 10 of KHADC (Khasi
Social Custom of Lineage) Act, 1997. The complaint was also filed with the East
Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner for which the hearing would be held tomorrow.

. ..more..


scene: Cong ready for no-trust vote(SHT_5_2_K8)

SHILLONG: Eighteen Congress MDCs are likely to table a no-confidence
motion against KHADC CEM HS Shylla at the Council’s special session on Tuesday.

KHADC chairman Martamlin Pyrbot said 18 Congress MDCs were expected to move a
no-trust motion against Mr Shylla at the Council’s special session. The session
could last for two days depending on the length of the debate on the motion in
the House, he said. . ..more..

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. .

Support to

Shillong: KHADC CEM HS Shylla has found another friend in a former
Youth Congress president. Speaking to The Shillong Times, the former
Youth Congress president, Mr Ban Wanniang alleged that Shylla had been used by
the Congress for so long time and its time that he (Shylla) "exposes all the
dirty political gimmicks of the Congress." .

Dalit Sena unit(SHT_5_2_K8)

Shillong: Dalit Sena national president Ramchandra Paswan on Monday
constituted the Dalit Sena, Meghalaya state unit at a meeting held in the city.
Dr Jay Prakash Sharma was elected as president, Prabhat Kumar and Loretta Mawa
as vice presidents, Agnes Kharshiing as general secretary and Mary Ann Nongbet
as treasurer, among other office bearers.

DHD had
asked non-Dimasas to leave (TEL,5-2-08)

Feb. 4:
The two persons who fell to militant bullets in Assam’s North Cachar Hills
district last night paid the price for defying the diktat of the Jewel Gorlosa
faction of the Dima Halam Daogah (DHD).Investigations today revealed that the
militant outfit had asked people residing along the railway tracks at Mandardisa
Part II in the Maibong area of North Cachar Hills to leave, saying that non-Dimasas
were not welcome in the district.

BTC seeks
additional funds from Centre(TEL,5-2-k8)

Kokrajhar, Feb. 4:
The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) has asked Delhi for an additional Rs 500
crore for the development of the four districts under its jurisdiction. The
council’s deputy chief, K. Borgayary, told reporters that the Rs 500-crore
package granted by the Centre in 2003 was “very small money considering the huge
area of the council”.
. ..more..

State govt
finds `nothing alarming` in Nagaland Congress manifesto (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Seeking to allay public apprehensions over the reported
endorsement of the demand for integration of Naga inhabited areas by the All
India Congress Committee ahead of the Nagaland elections, the Manipur government
has declared that there is `nothing alarming` about the promises made in the
election manifesto of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee. .

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. . ..more..

Integration issue hots up again
in state after AICC gen secy`s statement (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: The Manipur
People`s Party (MPP) has expressed strong opposition against the alleged
statement of the AICC general secretary Siddarth Patil that the AICC will be
approving the inclusion of phrases mentioning the integration of Naga Inhabited
areas under one administration in the election manifesto of the NPCC.

Car burnt; police blames
Mottock body»(SEN_12_2_k8)

From our Staff Reporter
DIBRUGARH, Feb 11: A Tata Sumo, bearing registration number AS-06-D-5507, was
burnt near Kothaloni OCS in Tengakhat today. Police have blamed activists of the
Sadou Asom Mottock Yuba Chattra Sanmilan (SAMYCS) for the incident. However, the
organization has denied any involvement in it.


Devp of
minorities will lead to devp of State: Gogoi»(SEN_12_2_k8)
GORESWAR, Feb 11: Asom Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi, addressing a huge rally at Khepkuchi village, stated that Asom will never
develop without the progress of minorities.
The Chief Minister told the gathering that the modern education system will
change the whole education scenario so that the public can reap benefits
including those of sar and border areas. He also laid stress on developing
madrassas for bringing in development among the minorities. He, however, added
that religion should never be politicalised. He assured that he would provide
the much-needed facilities to all madrassas.


executive body formed»(SEN_12_2_k8)

KOKRAJHAR, Feb 11: The new executive body of
Kokrajhar District Bodo Sahitya Sabha (KDBSS) was formed during its 33rd annual
conference held at Bishmuri with a three-day-long programme recently.
Samal Narzary and Baneswar Basumatary became the president and general secretary
of the newly formed body respectively. Dhajendra Nath Brahma and Rajendra Nath
Brahma were selected for the post of vice president. While Sunil Basumatary,
Rajendra Mashahary, and Jotirmoy Mohilary were chosen as secretaries and
Pabindra Basumatary as the treasurer.



IMPHAL, Feb 11: The You-ng Horizon-sponsored ‘Love, Peace and Unity
March’ arrived at Moriyani in Jorhat district of Assam today.
Setting out early morning today, the marchers arrived at Moriyani after
traversing a distance of around 45 kms from Golaghat town. .


Lim demand
in manifesto(SEX_12_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 11 : Responding to the media reports as well as the
reaction of quite a large number of political parties and voluntary
organisations over the election manifesto of the Nagaland Congress vis-a-vis the
demand for the creation of a Nagalim, the Cabinet today said that what was
reported in the newspapers is totally different and out of context of what is
being written in the manifesto of Nagaland Congress. .


concern over ruling in favour of Waibha Kyndiah(SHT_12_2_K8)

Shillong: Seng Tip Kur Tip Kha U Khasi, which spearheaded the campaign
against Congress candidate from Nongkrem Waibha Kyndiah, son of Union Tribal
Affairs Minister PR Kyndiah, and over his Khasi identity, has raised serious
doubts over the ruling in favour of junior Kyndiah. It further expressed
concerned the the manner in which senior Kyndiah defended his son. .

CM averts
rift over manifesto(TEL_12_2_K8)

Singh: Saviour?

Imphal, Feb. 11:
From someone whom the Congress was close to replacing
as chief minister a few weeks ago, Okram Ibobi Singh has became the man the
central leadership is most likely to thank. Ibobi Singh today averted a rift
between the Manipur and Nagaland units of the Congress over the contents of a
controversial election manifesto that backed the Naga demand for integration. An
“informal cabinet meeting” later, his office issued a statement stating that
“there is nothing alarming in the (Nagaland Congress) manifesto”.

Naga Cong
sticks to stand on integration(TEL_12_2_K8)

Kohima, Feb. 11:
Nagaland Congress today said the party would continue to insist on the full
implementation of the 16-point statehood agreement of 1960, despite opposition
from Manipur. Nagaland PCC president Hokheto Sumi said objection, particularly
from the Manipur government against the integration of contiguous Naga-inhabited
areas under one administrative unit, was unbecoming and inappropriate.

highlights Lachit Barphukan’s heroics
GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – A laudable attempt has been made to make the heroic
pursuits of Assam’s renowned military general Lachit Barphukan known throughout
the world. The Heritage India, a Pune-based quarterly English magazine, has
carried an article on the great general in its maiden issue published this
month. . ..more..

Chenga Sabha Mahotsav completes
75 yrs
BARPETA, Feb 12 – A glorious page was added to the annals of Chenga Aikya
Sanmilan, when the Sabha Mahotsav conducted by it completed 75 years and was
observed as its platinum jubilee this year with a week-long programme recently.

People in large numbers participated in all the programmes of the festival
making it a grand success. . ..more..


Day observed at Mushalpur
JALAH, Feb 12 – The 5th Bodoland Day was observed here in playground of
circle office of Baska, Mushalpur, district headquarter of Baksa, on February 10
last with a day-long programme. The function started with the flag hoisting of
National Flag in the morning by Emmanuel Mushahary, executive member of BTC. The
homage was paid to martyrs by Hitesh Basumatary, executive member of BTC. A
cultural competition programme was held at the function. .

Development process in BTC on:
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 12 – The Congress-BPF coalition government in Assam is
making all-out efforts for sustainable development and peace in this region.
Ceasefire was made with several outfits while the same with some are in the
process. But this should not be treated as a weakness of the government, said Dr
Himanta Biswa Sharma, Health Minister, here on Sunday at the 6th Bodoland Day
while addressing a large gathering at Kadamtola in Kokrajhar. .

AICC stand on Naga integration
IMPHAL, Feb 12 – The Manipur Government has clarified newspapers stories
on AICC’s reported assurance on the Naga integration issue recently which has
prompted many organisations and political parties to condemn the AICC stand in
Manipur. . ..more..

Chakka bandh called

Imphal, Feb 12: The proposed 24-hour Manipur hill districts
`chakka` bandh on February 13 called by the Communal Victims Relief and
Resettlement Association, Manipur (CVRRAM) has been suspended following an
agreement with the chief minister of the state and the CVRRAM representatives on
Tuesday. . ..more..

Assamese urged to preserve

GUWAHATI, Feb 13 – Social anthropologist Dr Audrey Cantlie, who
authored the famous book The Assamese: Religion, Caste and Sect in an Indian
Village (1948) on the religious and cultural life of the Assamese people, today
called upon the State’s people to preserve their character. She also observed
that she had not seen any change in the character of the Assamese people. Though
she could not define the Assamese people, she said that if she did not have her
family living in the United Kingdom (UK), she would have lived in Assam. It is
for the nice character of its people, she said. .

Mangalsutra finds a kin in
ITANAGAR, Feb 13 – Married women of Tebw and Lappa tribal communities of
Arunachal Pradesh will compulsorily wear ‘Jenjap’, a kind of traditional
necklace, much like Mangalsutra.
The decision was taken unanimously at the 7th annual convention of the community
at Ballan, about 50 km from here yesterday, setting an instance in the State to
prevent matrimonial relation between people belonging to same blood group. .


Rs 75-lakh
budget for 47th Bodo Sahitya Sabha session(SEN_14_2_k8)
Mohilary lays main post of BSS session

KOKRAJHAR, Feb 13: Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama
Mohilary today laid the post of the main pandal of the historic 47th session of
the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) to be held at Dotma in Kokrajhar district from
April 9 to 12. The main pandal has been named after Satish Chandra Basumatary,
who brought about a new revolution among the Bodos by floating the BSS in 1952.
. ..more..


conference held
PATHSALA, Feb 13: The annual conference of Salbari District Schedule
Caste Conference in BTAD was held recently in Jakhalipar village. The conference
started with a flag hoisting ceremony and this was followed by a meeting
presided over by vice-president of Salbari SC Haripad Mandal Parameswar
Sutradhar. . ..more..


resolutions sent to Delhi(TEL_14_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 13: Apprehensions over the Nagaland
Congress’s election manifesto appears to have united political parties of all
hues in Manipur. Amid demands by the parties for withdrawal of the controversial
part on Naga integration from the manifesto, Okram Ibobi Singh last night
presided over an all-party meeting at his conference hall. .


I represent people, not a
religious denomination: Malcolm(SHT_14_2_K8)

SHILLONG: Just as political parties – irrespective of their religious
leanings – had members from diverse religious, linguistic and ethnic
backgrounds, so too were candidates fighting the elections from the
17-Laitumkhrah constituency secular in character, with just one common goal –
the uplift of the people. . ..more..

bandh called off(IFP_15_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 12: The proposed 24-hour Manipur hill districts
`chakka` bandh on February 13 called by the Communal Victims Relief and
Resettlement Association, Manipur (CVRRAM) has been suspended following an
agreement with the chief minister of the state and the CVRRAM representatives on
Tuesday. . ..more..

Lotha Hoho supports Isak

DIMAPUR, FEB 14 (NPN): While appreciating the recent
unification move of Naga national workers, the Lotha Hoho has however expressed
surprise over proposed exclusion of Naga Hoho, NSF and NPMHR from the
unification ambit.
Coming out with its view on the unification move for the first time, Lotha Hoho
chairman Nyanbemo Ngullie and joint secretary (finance) Limhathung Lotha in a
press release said the Lotha community initially “felt very happy and excited”
when it heard the news of unification presuming that the declaration of NSCN
(I-M) chairman Isak Chishi Swu on January 13, 2007, for peace, unity,
forgiveness and reconciliation among Naga national workers and Nagas in general,
was practically making achievements. .


Peace march


IMPHAL, Feb 14: Young Horizon sponsored Peace, Unity and
Solidarity March reached Simulguri of Sib-sagar district of Assam yesterday. The
march was flagged off by retired headmaster Chao Jayram Gogoi from the Hemlai ME
School of Moriyani. The marchers will stay upto February 16 at Simulguri.


Lui-Ngai-Ni festival(SEX, 15-2-08)

Despite wishes, fest boycotted

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 14 : Even as many wishes were sent on the eve of the Naga seed
sowing festival, Lui-Ngai-Ni, by numerous prominent personalities of the State
including Governor Dr SS Sidhu as well as the Chief Minister, a dampener has
been thrown in with the Zeliangrong Union (Assam, Manipur and Na- galand)
boycotting the same.
Governor Dr SS Sidhu extended his warm greetings to the people of Manipur
especially the Naga brethren on the joyous and aupicious occasion of Lui-Ngai-Ni.
. ..more..


ZU (AMN) cries foul, to stay away

IMPHAL, Feb 14: Reacting against the alleged irresponsible and unofficial
attitude of the United Naga Council (UNC) officials towards the Zeliangrong
Union (Assam, Manipur and Nagaland), the latter has decided to boycott the
celebration of Lui-Ngai-Ni 2008 slated to be held at United College Lambung
Chandel district headquarters under the theme “Enriching culture for posterity”.
. ..more..


fest call to uphold ethnic culture(AST_16_2_k8)

MIAO, Arunachal Pradesh, Feb 15 – The 24th Singpho Festival-Shapawng
Yawng Manau Poi, which concluded here today, laid emphasis on preservation of
culture and identity of all ethnic communities living in the North East India by
bringing them under one umbrella.
The festival is generally celebrated to remember the forefathers of Singpho
people for their contribution in the field of art and culture. .

Council implementing
infrastructure schemes in Sonowal Kachari areas
DIBRUGARH, Feb 15 – Chief Executive Councillor of the Sonowal Kachari
Autonomous Council (SKAC), Milon Sonowal, is a young man in a tearing hurry. He
wants to ‘do something tangible’ for his Sonowal Kachari community, one of the
aboriginal groups of Assam. He had been leading the movement for Sonowal Kachari
autonomy under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, and has held the post of
chief executive councillor since the council was notified on September 19, 2005.
. ..more..

Workshop on Bihu dance(AST_16_2_k8)
NORTH GUWAHATI, Feb 15 – Under the auspices of Rodali Sangha and
Puthibharal, a socio-cultural old organisation of Abhoypur, a three-day workshop
on Bihu dance and Bihu dhol would be held at the venue of the Sangha from
tomorrow from 10 am to 3 pm.
Among others, the resource personnel and instructors of the workshop will
include reputed artists Prasen Bora, Sima Kakati (Bihu Samraagi), Dhrubajyoti
Neog from Goalpara. . ..more..

Lui-Ngai-Ni celebrated at
Chandel (IFP_16_2_k8)

CHANDEL, Feb 15: The colourful Lui-Ngai-Ni seed sowing
festival of the Nagas was celebrated with pomp and gaeity at United college,
Lambung, Chandel district headquarter today.
The festival kicked off with the lighting of the Naga sacred fire. Several
ethnic Naga tribes presented traditional dances and folk songs marking the
beginning of the function this morning. .

Workshop aims to give fillip to
traditional tribal art forms (IFP_16_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 15: A 10-day workshop on `Traditional Wood
Carving and Totem Art of the Tribes of Manipur` was inaugurated today by Dr. Kh
Sorojini, director, arts and culture, government of Manipur at the complex of
Tribal Museum and Research Centre, Imphal at 1 p.m. The workshop is being
sponsored by the Indira Gandhi Rastriya Manav Sangrahalaya in collaboration with
the Tribal Museum and Research Centre, Imphal. .

Chishi moots new approach to
Naga issue(NPT_16_2_k8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 15 (NPN): Former chief minister K L Chishi Friday said the
Constitution of India should be “re- amended” to draw new boundaries as a part
of the 16-Point Agreement, which was not implemented by the Government of India.
Chishi said the issue of integration of Naga inhabited areas as contained in the
16-Point Agreement was an “ignored clause” since it was not implemented by the
Government of India “in toto.” He also said there was no more “equi-closeness or
equi-distance” policies but drawing a new boundary to bring about a negotiated
settlement. . ..more..


‘NSCN’ reiterates

DIMAPUR, FEB 15 (NPN): The ‘GPRN/NSCN’ has reiterated that the ongoing
unification was based on the sole interest of the Nagas and as per “Chairman”
Isak Chishi Swu’s proclamation of “peace, reconciliation and unity”, which Swu
had further reaffirmed through media on November 26 and 27, 2007, that the unity
of Sumis was essential to pave the way for unification of all Nagas. .


Tangkhuls celebrates ‘Luira

DIMAPUR: The Tangkhul community in Dimapur celebrated ‘Luira Phanit’
(Seed sowing festival) on Friday at Half Nagarjan, Dimapur with NPF candidate
for 2 Dimapur II, Savi Liegise as chief guest. Speaking at the occasion, MLA
hopeful Savi Liegise harped on the integration tune as he partook in
celebrations sharing his dreams to make Dimapur a place where all communities
can live in peace and also disclosed that he had joined active politics in order
to fulfill the dream of promoting goodwill among all the Naga tribes
irrespective of where they belong. . ..more..

Bonds of
tradition displayed(TEL_16_2_k8)

Lambung (Chandel) Feb. 15: Manipur’s Chandel
district witnessed a unique display where flavours of politics culture and
cuisine all blended together to produce a unique aroma that tantalised the
senses. Nagas from different parts of the Northeast came down to this sleepy
hamlet today to celebrate the ethnic groups’ biggest festival, Lui-Ngai-Ni.
Setting aside class differences, the Nagas shared the table to enjoy pork,
beef and indigenous plantain iromba. Not only was it a symbolic
representation and preservation of cultural identity, but also to strengthen the
hands of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) leadership, who
are holding talks with the Centre to bring an honourable solution to the Naga
political issue. . ..more..


Beyond the
Bodo iron curtain


Feb. 15: Bodoland has opened its heart to
teachers, researchers and graduates from across the east. A group of 13 members
from Assam, Manipur, West Bengal and Orissa is on a two-week tour of the Bodo
Territorial Council-administered districts to study Bodo history, language,
culture and the environment. The study tour started on February 4 and will
continue till February 18. . ..more..

SC order on minority status
sparks off fresh debate (SHT_16_2_k8)

NEW DELHI: In a judgment that could have a serious impact on minority status
of Christians, particularly those in northeastern states, including Meghalaya,
Supreme Court on Friday upheld the Punjab and Haryana High Court order that
Sikhs were not a minority community in Punjab, drawing sharp reaction from
various Christian bodies of the country. .

144 imposed(SXP, 17-2-08)

DARJEELING, February 16:
Situation turned hostile here today when the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM)
supporters took out a massive protest rally alleging that the Darjeeling
Municipality Chairman election which was held today was entirely unfair and
foul. Although the date of the Darjeeling Municipality Chairman Election expired
45 days ago, the election for the same was held at the Municipality Office here
today. . ..more..

Haj pilgrims seek compensation(AST_18_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – The aggrieved Haj pilgrims from the State, who
faced innumerable difficulties during their pilgrimage, have asked the Air India
and the Haj Committee of India to pay compensation to each of the Hajjis who
suffered due to the alleged recklessness of the authorities. Haj Welfare
Committee, the newly formed committee of the Hajjis, has asked for a
representation from both the authorities explaining the reasons of flight delay
lose of luggage and the shabby treatment meted out to them on the Netaji Subhash
Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBIA), Kolkata and Jeddah International
Airport, Saudi Arabia. ..more..

Karimganj Loko Sanskriti Manch
convention concludes
NILAMBAzar, Feb 17 – The second bi-ennial conven-tion of Karimganj
Loko-Sanskriti Mancha, a cultural organisation established in 2004 at Karimganj
was celebrated with a two-day programme recently. The inaugural ceremony was
organised at the Karimganj College premises. A cultural procession consisting of
around 200 people show-casing varied ethnic culture and integrity of the State
was an attractive feature of the day.

Manipur’s territorial integrity
Convention resolves to fight challenges
Imphal, Feb 17 – A peoples’ convention here has resolved to fight against
all challenges and threats to integrity of Manipur collectively by all the
communities and ethnic groups of the State. The step has been taken up taking
grim note of threat posed to the integrity of Manipur emanating from the recent
endorsement of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee’s election manifesto by
the All India Congress Committee which sought integration of all Naga inhabited
contiguous areas under a single administrative unit.

 Kangla public meet
resolves to unitedly protect state`s integrity (IFP_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 16: In the face of the apparent endorsement by the Congress High
Command of the demand for integration of Naga inhabited areas of the region
under a single administration, representatives of several major civil society
organisations of the state have reiterated their commitment to protecting
Manipur`s integrity. ..more..

Tribal students to give up
Manipur university from Mar 1 (IFP_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 16: Protesting against lack of adequate opportunities for the
tribal communities in Manipur University, the All Tribal Students Association,
Manipur has declared that all tribal students of the university will withdraw en
masse from the institute from March 1, 2008.

Workshop to give fillip to
traditional tribal art forms


Imphal, Feb 17: A 10-day workshop on ‘Traditional Wood Carving and Totem Art
of the Tribes of Manipur‘ was inaugurated yesterday by Dr. Kh Sorojini,
director, arts and culture, government of Manipur at the complex of Tribal
Museum and Research Centre, Imphal at 1 p.m. The workshop is being sponsored by
the Indira Gandhi Rastriya Manav Sangrahalaya in collaboration with the Tribal
Museum and Research Centre, Imphal.
The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manab Sangrahlaya (National Museum of Mankind), is
an autonomous organization of the ministry of culture, government of India, and
is dedicated to the depiction of the story of humankind evolving in time and
space. ..more..


Bandh hits Baksa

GORESWAR, Feb 17: Strong resentment has been prevailing in Baksa district
under the Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD) as the National Democratic
Front of Boroland (NDFB) has called an indefinite bandh in Baksa district
demanding the immediate release of eight NDFB cadres, who were arrested in a
kidnapping case. ..more..


Yandaboo Treaty Day may
get ‘cultural harmony day’ tag


DIBRUGARH, Feb 17: A demand has been raised to recognize February 24, the day
when the Yandaboo Treaty was signed in 1826, as a day of reaffirming the unity,
mutual understanding and harmony of the ethnic tribes, religious, social and
cultural groups of North-east India. ..more..


IMPHAL, Feb 17 : A two day long conference under the theme “Abundant Life
Meet” organised by the Hmar Administration Council concluded today at
Evangelical Church of India Church, Kalinagar Jiribam, reports out Jiri
correspondent. Hymns of praises and prayers to The Lord marked the conference
which was attended by hundreds of Christian faithfuls

‘Knowledge on ethnic groups a
must’ (SEN_23_2_k8)

From our Staff Reporter
DIBRUGARH, Feb 22: We could have avoided many of the quarrels in the North- east
region if we had taken the trouble to understand ourselves, our root, our
culture and heritage. We need to borrow European methodology to delve deep into
our indigenous system. ..more..


NCHAC seeks full
fledged officials
HAFLONG, Feb 21: In a significant move the Executive Committee (EC) of
the 10th NCHAC has decided to move the Government to appoint full-fledged
officials in all the Government departments under the administrative control of
NC Hills Autonomous Council, in a meeting of the EC held recently.


Workshop on Moran
TINSUKIA, Feb 21: A workshop on the “Culture and tradition of the Moran
community” will be organized by the Sodou Axom Moran Kala Sanskritik Bikash
Kendra under the aegies of the Srimanta Sankardev Kalakhetra, Guwahati from
February 22 to February 25 at the District Library and Inspection Bunglow,
Tinsukia. ..more..

 50,000 guests for marriage
of a former Bodo militant(SHT, 23-2-08)

Kokrajhar (Assam): Former dreaded militant and now Chief of the
Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Hagrama Mohillary got married on Friday which
has been arguably the grandest marriage reception of the region’s history. With
three different stages for cultural programs, 800 volunteers, 50000 invitees,
dozens of welcome arcades and three district administrations using its all
resources, this is certainly the biggest and costliest marriage for the whole
North-East.The groom is Hagrama Mohillary, once the chief of the Bodo Liberation
Tiger (BLT) who tormented the region for more than 15 years with killings,
bombings and kidnappings in lower Assam.

demands setting up of panel(AST, 24-2-08)

NEW DELHI, Feb 23 – Reiterating its demand for implementation of Article
244 A, Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC) has called for setting up of a
commission to take stock of the problems of the two Hill districts. An
eight-member delegation under the aegis of the ASDC has been touring the capital
meeting Central leaders pleading for resolution of their problems. They called
on Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, Tribal Affairs minister, P.R.Kyndiah,
Opposition Leader, L.K.Advani and NDA convenor George Fernandes, among others.

11th century stone sculptures
unearthed at Jaljali(AST, 24-2-08)

KALAIGAON, Feb 23 – People have been rushing to a small village
called Jaljali, just 10 km away from Mangaldai town, to watch and worship
several stone sculptures belonging to 11th century AD found there. The stone
sculptures were found on February 5 as the local people had started cleaning the
historically famous Jaljali tank on February 3 under NREGA scheme in order to
protect it from extinction as the water level of the tank had been drying up day
by day. ..more..


Tai Ahom
body to meet at Nazira(AST, 24-2-08)
NAZIRA, Feb 23 – Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad, Assam (TAYP) Sivasagar
district wing has called a meet to discuss the issue of engaging foreign
multinational companies in oil production sector in the State.
The Parishad felt such engagement has been affecting the socio-economic status
of local businessmen of the State. Moreover, the meet will also discuss
large-scale pollution from oil-based industries in the district and steps to be
taken. ..more..

Brindabani Bastra’s return to
India demanded(AST, 25-2-08)
BARPETA, Feb 24 – A special meeting to discuss the unique textile
piece created by Mahapurush Sankardev, the Brindabani Bastra, was held recently
in Barpeta Satra. The meeting was presided and inaugurated by Basishtha Deva
Sarma, burha satradhikar of Barpeta Satra, organised by the All Assam Handloom
and Textile Officers’ Association and the Barpeta Satra Parichalana Samiti. It
was attended by a large number of anxious people to gather information about the
master art. ..more..

Damodardev’s birth anniversary
observed at Bamakhata(AST, 25-2-08)
PATACHARKUCHI, Feb 24 – The 520th birth anniversary of ‘Mahapurush’
Damodardev was observed here at Bamakhata (Bahbari Namghar) under the aegis of
Damodardev Seva Samiti, Bajali with a two-day programme on February 16 and 17.
Mathura Mohan Goswami, president of the Seva Samiti, hoisted the flag and Priya
Nath Patgiri, a social worker of the locality, planted sapling.

Protest against news item on
Hagrama marriage(AST, 25-2-08)

KOKRAJHAR, Feb 24 — A strong protest by a large number of people this
morning at Kokrajhar town against publication of a news item on Hagrama
Mohilary’s marriage in the vernacular daily Asomiya Pratidin created some
tension in the area. Hundreds of people in various places of Kokrajhar district
and other parts of BTAD area burnt several copies of the daily and shouted
slogans condemning the news item. The action by the people was carried out in
active cooperation of supporters of Hagrama-led BPF.

2 Hindi-speaking persons killed
in Karbi Anglong(AST, 25-2-08)

HOWRAGHAT, Feb 24 – After six months of lull, suspected Karbi Longri
NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) has again started killing of innocent
Hindi-speaking people in the hill district. According to police sources, an
eight-member group of KLNLF members entered the Rongnagar Chauhan Basti at
around 5.30 this morning, about five km away from the Bakalia police station,
and killed two persons. ..more..

Without amendments district
council polls will have no meaning: BD Behring(IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Holding of elections to the district
councils in the hill districts of the state without correcting the loopholes and
the existing local adjustments of the constituencies will not be able to serve
the interests of the tribal people of the state. Seriously considering the
issue, several tribal leaders and ex-tribal MLAs commented that the recent
decision of the state government to conduct elections to the district councils
on April 25 and April 28 this year, after a long lapse of 20 years, will not be
able to serve the interest of tribal people of the state until and unless
existing loopholes and local adjustment of the constituencies of the Manipur
Hill Areas District Council Act of 1971 are rectified.

No changes in Cong
manifesto on Naga-inhabited areas: Alva


SHILLONG, Feb 24: The Congress today ruled out any change in the its
election manifesto in Nagaland as far as the integration of Naga-inhabited areas
was concerned.
“There is no question of change in the manifesto as the 16-point agreement
adopted several years ago suggests the need to have the integration of all Naga-inhabited
areas,” AICC general secretary, in-charge of Meghalaya and Nagaland, Margaret
Alva told reporters here. The Congress election manifesto for Nagaland had
evoked sharp criticism from various political parties and influential NGOs in
Manipur. ..more..

Rajnath advocates for unity among Nagas


DIMAPUR, Feb 24: BJP national president Rajnath Singh has stressed upon
the importance of unity among all sections of Nagas and holding dialogues to
bring about peace in the State.
Singh, who is also an MP from Uttar Pradesh, arrived here for campaigning in
support of BJP candidates ahead of the March five Assembly elections.


Sabab observed (SEN_25_2_k8)

JOYSAGAR, Feb 24: The annual conference –– Isale Sabab –– was held at the
historic Ajan Pir Dargah at Saraguri Chapori near Disangmukh in Sivasagar
district with a two-day-long programme from yesterday. The occasion is observed
to pay obeisance to Shah Milan, better known as Ajan Fakir, who came to Asom in
the 17th century from Baghdad and spread the message of Aliah among the masses
through his unique creation of Jikir.


festival-cum-workshop concludes today (SEN_25_2_k8)

TINSUKIA, Feb 24: The ongoing upper Asom Cultural festival and workshop
with a four-day-long programme organized by the Indira Gandhi National Centre
for Arts (IGNCA) in collaboration with the district administration Tinsukia and
Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra, Guwahati here started on February 22 to February
25. ..more..


Ali-Ai-Ligang celebrated


BOKAKHAT, Feb 24: The Mishing people of Bokakhat town observed their
agricultural based festival Ali-Ai-Ligang in a day-long programme.
The programme started with banti prajwalan by Meghnath Saikia which was followed
by hoisting of the flag by Utpal Doley. The Migan-Migani of the festival
Mohendra Pegu and Rewati Pegu were taken from their residence with a cultural
team. . ..more..


HERICOUN, UPF observe Ereipak
Kanba Numit

IMPHAL, Feb 24: In recommendation of the signing of Treaty of Yandaboo
between the British and the Burmese on this day in 1826 which recognised the
independence of then princely State of Manipur, Ereipak Kanba Numit was observed
Organised jointly by Ethno-Heritage Council (HERICOUN) and United People’s Front
(UPF), Manipur, the commemoration function was attended by president of HERICOUN
Renghang Chothe and president of UPF Th Mangi Singh as presidium members. .


Inampei Lin concluded

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Chothe tribes’ traditional festival Inampei
Lin has been celebrated today at Lamlanghupi Chothe village of Bishnupur
district. The festival, which was organised by Chothe Ethnological Museum and
Cultural Research Centre under the aegis of Indira Gandhi National Centre for
Arts, New Delhi and MFDC Limited, Manipur was started on Febraury 18. .


probe panel submits report(AST_26_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – Justice (retd) RK Manisana Singh heading the probe
into the November 24 Beltola violence today submitted the commission’s report to
the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at his official residence at around 6 this
evening. . ..more..

Alleged BPF workers struck
at Asomiya Pratidin(SEN_26_2_k8)
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 25: Unidentified miscreants suspected to be workers of
BPF youth wing burnt down a Tata sumo belonging to Asomiya Pratidin at NH-31
Kajalgaon in Chirang district in the wee hours, today. .

MKJP meeting held(SEN_26_2_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Feb 25: The Dibrugarh District Mech Kachari Jatiya
Parishad (MKJP) meeting was held at No 2 Naharhula MV Baputi School recently.
The meeting was presided over by Bulkan Mech, president, MKJP, Dibrugarh
district. In his inaugural speech he outlined the need for the formation of MKJP.
He also emphasised the urgency of the all-round development of the Mech Kachari.
. ..more..


Scam rocks Dibrugarh
DIBRUGARH, Feb 25: Asom Xahitya Xabha (AXX), general secretary, Dr
Pradip Bhuyan has lodged an FIR at Dibrugarh police station against Thaneswar
Bora, former secretary of AXX, Dibrugarh unit, for his alleged involvement in a
financial scam of Dibrugarh unit of AXX. He also urged upon the police to take
necessary legal action against Bora. .


AJYCP flays Nagaland Cong
poll manifesto(AST_27_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 26 — The Assembly election manifesto of the Nagaland
Congress, demanding creation of Greater Nagalim by including all the areas
inhabited by the Naga community, has invited sharp reaction from the Asom
Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP). The student body on Tuesday said that
the Nagaland Congress Party was talking in a tune akin to the insurgent outfits
of Nagaland and asked the Government of Assam to make its stand clear on the
manifesto released by the Nagaland Congress party. .

2nd BPF Udalguri district
annual conference from Feb 28(AST_27_2_k8)
UDALGURI, Feb 26 – The second annual conference of Udalguri district
committee of Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) will be held at Mohanpur ME School
premises near Udalguri town from February 28 to 29.
Mitharam Basumatary, EM of BTC and president of the reception committee, and
Charan Boro, secretary of the reception committee, said that the programme would
begin on February 28 with BPF flag hoisting by Kartick Ch Boro, president of the
BPF, Udalguri district committee followed by homage to the Bodoland martyrs and
delegates’ registration of Udalguri district BPF, Women BPF and Youth BPF. .

Nyokum-Yullo observed in
SHILLONG, Feb 26 – Far from the political humdrum in Meghalaya, a
group of Arunachalee students today celebrated their annual harvest festival –
Nyokum-Yullo – ferrying a Mithun here for the first time, all the way from
Arunachal, for sacrifice.
“The Mithun is the most important animal in our (Nishi) community. It is
sacrificed to appease the Almighty during festivities, so we thought of ferrying
one from Arunachal for the festival this year,” one of students, Krishna said,
while interacting with The Assam Tribune. .

Chakma village threatens
agitation against NBCC
AIZAWL, Feb 26: The Chakmas have threatened to launch agitation against
the National Building Construction Corporation Ltd (NBCC) by blocking roads and
fencing works if the NBCC fails to abide by the agreement signed with the
aggrieved Chakma tribals at Silsury village in Mamit district of Mizoram, stated
a press release. . ..more..

Annual conference of BPF held
ROWTA CHARIALI, Feb 26: The first annual conference of Rowta Station
Bodoland Peoples Front (BPF) under Dhansiri BTC constituency was observed with a
day-long programme at Rowta Station playground recently. Mukunda Sarmah,
president of the primary committee hoisted the BPF flag. Gopal Sutradhar,
chairman of Rowta station VCDC paid homage to the martyrs. .

issues amity call
IMPHAL, Feb 26: During his recent visit to Bunglon village in
Churachandpur district, social activist Amrik Singh Pahwa stressed on the need
to bring about communal harmony between the hill and the valley people in the
true spirit of brotherhood.
Addressing a reception function, he said ‘we are all Manipuris living in Manipur
even if we belong to different communities like Tangkhul, Kuki, Chiru, Hmar,
Sikh, etc’. . ..more..


serious on Naga issue: PM  (NPT_28_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb 27 (NPN): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
Wednesday asserted that UPA government, which is willing to go the extra mile,
would succeed in securing an honourable settlement to decades-old Naga political
“We have been open and liberal in our approach and are hopeful that we will
succeed in our efforts for an honourable solution. We are willing to go the
extra mile for this purpose,” the Prime Minister told an election rally at Local
Ground here, which was attended by around ten thousand people. .


promise on Naga integration: Gogoi, Kalita mum(SEN_28_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 27: After the BJP and the AGP, the Assam Pradesh Youth
Congress (APYC) has registered its opposition to the promises made by the
Congress in its Nagaland Assembly poll manifesto. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and
Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Bhubaneswar Kalita, on the
other hand, have been maintaining a stoic silence on the matter. .


Autonomous council polls in May
GUWAHATI, Feb 27: The Asom Cabinet has decided to hold the autonomous
council elections in May this year by bringing an amendment to the Assam
Autonomous Council Act. Separate Budget allocations will be made for the
autonomous council elections.
The Rabha-Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC), Deuri Autonomous Council (DAC),
Mising Autonomous Council (MAC), Tiwa Autonomous Council (TAC), Sonowal Kachari
Autonomous Council (SKAC) and the Thengal Kachari Autonomous Council (TKAC) are
being run by representatives selected by the Government. .


a ferry, now a forum


GUWAHATI, Feb 27: Seven artists, six weeks, a “dead” ferry and the
Brahmaputra river. As incredulous as it sounds, all the above mentioned
components are indeed related to one another. Earlier this year, seven creative
professionals from different corners of the globe got together to create a
network space for negotiating the challenge of contemporary cultural production
on a ferry on the Brahmaputra. . ..more..


IMPHAL, Feb 27:Strongly contending that the Manipur Hill Areas Autonomous
District Council 1971 has become obsolete, the Chandel Naga People’s
Organi-sation (CNPO) has urged upon the Government to postpone the scheduled
District Council elections until such provisions as protection of tradition and
customs, land, forest, special powers on administration, finance and other are
incorpora-ted in the Act. . ..more..

on ADC poll slams Govt

Imphal, Feb 27: Representatives from all the hill districts
of Manipur who were present in the one day open dialogue on the proposed
“Autonomous Dis- trict Council (ADC) elections 2008 vis-à-vis issues confronting
the tribal people of Manipur”, organized by the Movement for Tribal People’s
Rights Manipur (MTPRM) today unanimously condemned the ar- bitrary exercise of
the government of Manipur with a “fool hardy decision” to hold election to the
ADC of Manipur under the obsolete and repealed Act of 1971 “without any thought”
for amendment to the Act whichever are irrelevant now and also the very ulterior
motive of the state government for having failed to notify the ADC Act of 2000
in the Gazette for official publication and implementation of the Act in the
hill districts of Manipur. . ..more..


against WMYU condemned(SHT_28_2_k8)

Meghalaya Tribal Welfare Association (MTWA) has strongly
condemned the threats made by a few sitting legislators against NGOs or persons
who exposed their unlawful deeds through the use of RTI Act.

In a statement issued here on Wednesday, MTWA general secretary DH Warjri
expressed resentment against the threat and intimidation by the concerned MLAs,
which tantamount to violation of the model code of conduct and seemingly painted
a picture that information gatherrd through the RTI Act is illegal. .

Arunachal students
celebrate harvest festival in city

Shillong: Tribal students from Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday celebrated
their traditional harvest festival – Nyokum-Yullo – with a ritualistic sacrifice
of Mithun for the first time in Shillong. The festival is celebrated to invoke
the deities as thanksgiving for a bumper harvest and well-being of the tribe
during the year. . ..more..

to float political party(AST_29_2_k8)

NEW DELHI, Feb 28 – Agitation for Schedule Tribe status by the
Adivasi community may come back to haunt the Assam Government, with Adivasi
Students’ Association of Assam (ASAA) threatening to intensify their stir. The
last round of agitation in November last year, that led to violence on the
streets of Guwahati, has left the State Government in a tight spot. TV images of
violence against the agitators, stripping of a girl student had left the Assam
Government red faced. The issue had rocked the Parliament, with a defensive
Centre making desperate attempts to bail out the State Government. .

SIT yet to frame
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 – The special investigating team (SIT) of the Assam
Police, which is conducting a criminal investigation into the November 24
Beltola clashes, is yet to arrive at any definite conclusion and it would take
at least another couple of months before charges could be framed against the
accused. This assumes significance as the one-man judicial commission headed by
Justice (Retd) RK Manisena Singh had submitted its enquiry report to the State
Government couple of days back. . ..more..

Moinabori Satra in a dilapidate

KALGACHIA, Feb 28 – October 28, 2005 was a heart-rending day in the
Satra history for the people belonging to Jania, Baghbar, Sorbhog and Barpeta
LACs, as on that day 500-year old Moinabori Satra, which exhibited the rare
example of Hindu-Muslim amity was shifted to Chantabari village in Bousi Mouza
under Barnagar (Sorbhog) revenue circle. .

Goodwill meet between Kukis,

HAFLONG, Feb 28 – To strengthen the age-old brotherhood relation
between the Kuki and the Dimasa a good will meet between Kuki Inpi , Assam and
Jadikhe Naiso Hosom was organised at Sonpijan village recently. In this
connection a well attended meeting was held at the Songpijan Youth Club, wherein
JK Thaosen, GC Hojai, advisor, JNH, Dethang Naiding, president, JNH, V Changsan,
president, KIA, members from various NGOs and students organisation of Dimasa
community besides members of Kuki Students Organisation and Gaonburas from
several Kuki villages were present. .

Upper Assam cultural festival,
workshop conclude  (AST_29_2_k8)

TINSUKIA, Feb 28 – The four-day long Upper Assam Cultural Festival
and Workshop successfully concluded on February 25 at the district library,
Tinsukia. A total of ten ethnic groups namely Tai Ahom, Moran, Mottock, Sonowal
Kachari, Deuri, Mising, Tai-Phake, Chingpha from Golaghat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh,
Jorhat, Tinsukia participated in this festival along with their folk cultural
resources, various art and craft items and ethnographic objects. .

Jyotiprasad’s achievements
From A Correspondent
 DHEMAJI, Feb 28 – The 28th biennial conference of Machkhowa Sahitya Sabha and
the 12th inter-schools quiz competition (Machkhowa mouza-based) was celebrated
at Machkhowa Girls’ Higher Secondary School premises with a three-day-long
programme recently. The conference began with the last sitting of the executive
body of the Sahitya Sabha on the first day afternoon. .


district Bathou meet(AST_29_2_k8)

PATHSALA, Feb 28 – A general meeting of Sadou Bathou Dharma Sanstha
was held under the aegis of Barpeta Zila Committee at Geruapara Shibrai Bathou
Ashram near Bhawanipur, about 15 km from Pathsala recently. Nilkanta Boro
presided over the meeting. At the meeting, Barpeta Zila Laiman Afat (youth
section) ad-hoc committee of Bathou Dharma Sanstha was formed. .

NCHAC Budget passed(SEN_29_2_k8)
HAFLONG, Feb 28: A special Budget Session of
the NC Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) was held at Haflong today when CEM
Depolal Hojai tabled the Annual Budget of 30 departments entrusted to the
Council for the financial year 2008-09. After a brief discussion, the House
passed the Budget amounting to Rs 13457.28 lakh under Plan and Rs 13547.77 lakh
under non-Plan.
. ..more..

Ignorance of law leads
to backwardness: Shylla
SHILLONG, Feb 28: Ousted Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC)
Chief Executive Member HS Shylla today deplored legislators of the State
Government and the district council stating that ‘poor knowledge of the law’ has
driven the people and the State to backwardness. .

BTC Budget
session from March 24
From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 28: The budget session of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC)
will be held from March 24. According to BTC Secretariat sources, the budget
session file has already been sent to the Asom Governor for his approval.


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Naga hand in Adivasi surge

Naga hand in
Adivasi surge(TEL,11-1-2008)

Arrested rebel reveals NSCN link (TEL,11-1-2008)


Jan. 10:
The new-found
belligerence of Adivasi militants in

stems from an arms deal with the big daddy of rebel groups in the Northeast.

Rupen Lakra,
the Adivasi National Liberation Army leader whom police caught on Tuesday night,
said the cache of arms and ammunition that was dug up from a paddy field after
his arrest came from the NSCN (Isak-Muivah). The mini arsenal would do any
militant group proud — M-16, AK-47 and .315 rifles, US-made carbines and rocket
launchers were found neatly wrapped in polythene and buried in the field.


Naga group
plays jury & executioner(TEL_15-1-2008)


Jan. 14:
Barely 48 hours
after appointing itself “sole administrator” of the Naga-inhabited areas and
declaring a “state of emergency”, the Isak-Muivah faction of the NSCN took the
high moral ground and gunned down three senior members of the Khaplang group for
allegedly indulging in extortion.



Racial slur!
AGP calls Gogoi ‘Ponting’(TEL,11-1-2008)


Guwahati, Jan.
10: If the Aussies have Ricky Ponting, Assam has an equally “arrogant” Tarun
Gogoi, or so the AGP thinks.

bitter acrimony — and vocabulary — today entered Assam politics with the AGP
accusing the chief minister of being “arrogant” and “boorish”, the exact words
used to describe the Australian cricket captain.


Amity stressed on New Year
Our Correspondent
MOREH, Jan 3 : New Year’s Day was celebrated together by the people of Moreh
town belonging to different communities at Moreh Veterinary office ground.
The highlights of the celebration were cultural and musical programmes.


GoI accused
of playing communal card (SEX_8_1_2008)
Newmai News Network
Dimapur, Jan 8: The NSCN-IM has today accused the Government of India of playing
a communal card while stating that the latter had chosen the ‘vested interest
group of Semas to make a fool’ of the NSCN-IM.
“The Government of India, after a seeming show of seriousness for the last ten
years, chose the vested group of Semas to make a fool of the NSCN by
surreptitiously playing a communal card,” said the NSCN-IM today.


State looks back to Gambhir Singh for inspiration(SEX_10_1_2008)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 9: Together with hundreds of people and leaders of different ethnic
groups, the Re-consolidation Day was observed under the joint aegis of the Ethno
Heritage Council (HERICOUN) and United People’s Front (UPF) at Kangla Hall
Giving the key-note address of the function, UPF vice-president YK Dhi-ren
stated that January 9, being the day on which king Chinglen Nongdrenkhom-ba (Gambhir
Singh) breathed his last, has much historical significance.


Tribal leaders adopt 5 resolutions(SEX_11_1_2008)
Newmai News Network
Imphal, Jan 10 : The public meeting of “all tribal leaders and representatives”
on the issue of Delimitation convened today by the Movement for Tribal Peoples
Rights, Manipur (MTPRM) has taken five resolutions at District Council, Guest
House, Chingmeirong in Imphal, according to the MTPRM.
The tribal rights body said that tribal organisations have unanimously expressed
“strong objection to the numerous representations pertaining to Delimitation
made by the so-called All Political Parties delegation led by O. Ibobi Singh,
the chief minister of Manipur”.


Row resolved(SEX_12_1_2008)
IMPHAL, Jan 11: A tense
situation resulting from a brawl among youths belonging to two ethnic groups at
Thonglan Akutpa along IT road has been resolved amicably during a meeting
between the two sides today.



IMPHAL, Jan 14: 3rd Minorities
Awareness Programme was conducted at Imphal Meitei Church, Lamphelpat.  Under
Secretary MOBC Abdul Salam talked on various schemes provided for the
minorities. Prof. MS Ningomba presided over the function. The programme was
organised by All Manipur Minorities Forum (AMMF).


clarifies (SEX_19_1_2008)

IMPHAL, Jan 18: Reacting to the statement issued by the village authority of
Kwarok Maring Khul in connection with the Catholic-Baptist stand off that led to
the act of vandalising five houses belonging to the Catholics allegedly by the
Baptist Christians, Rev Fr KD Joy, Chancellor, Archbishop’s House, Imphal
clarified that the relevant news report was not a news item reported by the
Church Church. “At the same time it must be noted that a Fact Finding Team went
to Kwa-rok village on January 16 to ascertain the facts and they have reported
that the Ca-tholic Church was desecra- ted and the houses belonging to the
Catholic members destroyed”, he said.
IMPHAL, Jan 19: In
connection with the unfortu- nate incident of January 17, a joint meeting of the
village chiefs and public leaders of Sugnu area was held at the residence of
Councillor of Sugnu Nagar Panchayat ward no. 7 yesterday. The meeting resolved
to work toward maintaining the spirit of peaceful co-existence among the people
of the area.


status demand for Sadar Hills(SEX_26_1__2008)
24 hours bandh called from Jan 31
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 25: Renewing the long standing demand for conversion of Sadar Hills
to a full-fledged revenue district and installing separate offices for DC and
SP, a 24-hour total bandh has been called in Sadar Hills area with effect from
midnight of January 31 to midnight of February 1.


Bloodspill in Assam bandh mayhem(TEL_ 3_1_2008)


Dhubri, Jan.
2: Curfew was clamped in Lakhipur town and the army asked to move in after a
three-day bandh that began this morning left a trail of death and destruction in
Goalpara district of Lower Assam.


Cong to steal ST thunder(TEL_ 3_1_2008)


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

Eye on riot ‘instigator’(TEL_ 5_1_2008)


Jan. 4:
A leader of the
Non-Rabha Co-ordination Forum has come under the scanner for his role in the
disturbances that led to police firing in

Goalpara district on Wednesday.

investigating the circumstances that led to the firing did not name the person,
but said he was an alumnus of Darul Uloom Madrasa in Deoband and had served more
than a year in jail.

held for inciting Goalpara violence(TEL_ 6_1_2008)


Jan. 5:
Two persons were
today arrested for inciting violence in Assam’s Goalpara district on Wednesday,
even as Lakhipur town limped back to normal and an all-party peace meeting
resolved to restore peace in the district.


Adivasi rebel leader held(TEL_7_1_2008)


Jan. 6:
The area commander
of the Birsa Commando Force, Jasrious Lakra alias Raj Urang, was apprehended by
19 Kumaon regiment of the army this morning. Lakra was arrested from Bishrampur
under Pengeri police station in Tinsukia district. A large quantity of arms,
ammunition, explosives and incriminating documents were seized from him.


Adivasis reject probe panel(TEL_9_1_2008)


Jan. 8:
The All Adivasi
Students’ Association of Assam today decided to stay away from the judicial
inquiry instituted by Dispur into the Beltola violence, saying that nothing
would come out of it. The declaration by the association, which had sponsored
the Adivasi rally that culminated in the mob mayhem in Beltola, is seen as a
major setback to the one-man commission of Justice (retd) R.K Manisena Singh.


Fresh oath-taking by Debulal
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Debulal Hojai today took fresh oath as the Chief Executive
Member (CEM) of the North Cachar Hill Autonomous Council (NCHAC). Today’s
oath-taking has put an end to the Constitutional crisis that arose as the
Governor had not approved the December 14 oath-taking of Debulal as NCHAC CEM.

BPF appeals for people’s cooperation for devp of BTC (SEN_15_1_2008)
From our Correspondent
UDALGURI, Jan 14 : The Bodoland people’s Front (BPF) appeals to the people to
co-operate with the party for the sake of regional development in the Bodoland
Territorial Council (BTC) area.
Lwmshrw Daimary the executive member of BTC and also the secretary of BPF urged
the people to be cautious and not to be misled by the opposition party citing
the names of Rabinram Narzary and UG Brahma he says that they are making hue and
cry just to mislead the people.

SC relief for
Bru refugees
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 16: The Supreme Court, taking cognizance of a writ petition
(694/2007) filed by the Asian Indigenous and Tribal People’s Network and the
Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum against the Centre and the State
Governments of Mizoram and Tripura over repatriation and resettlement of over
35,000 Bru and Reangs displaced from Mizoram in October 1997, has tagged the
petition to another writ petition (no. 1/2005) filed by Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram in
this regard.

BTC bandh
total in Kokrajhar
From our
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 16: The 12-hour BTC bandh given by the BPPF to protest against
the attack on BPPF president Kobi Ranjan Basumatary by armed miscreants evoked
total response in the district.


demand suspension of border fencing
AIZAWL, Jan 16:
Chakma residents in Mizoram, near the Indo-Bangla border, today demanded
immediate suspension of the ongoing border fencing unless an appropriate
rehabilitation programme was made.
“We are not against fencing of the Indo-Bangladesh border but we want the
authorities to order suspension of work till a concrete rehabilitation programme
is put into place,” Young Chakma Association legal cell advisor Dilip Kanti
Chakma said this morning.


JCC condems violence in NC Hills(SEN_19_1_2008)
HAFLONG, Jan 18: The Joint
co-ordination committee (JCC) ASDC/BJP alliance NC Hills distict committee,
Haflong vehemeatly condemn the killing of 2 persons by unknown militants at
Maibong on the January 16.


raise Boro national issues for solution
From our Correspondent
UDALGURI, Jan 18: The All Boro Peace Forum (ABPF) which was formed to initiate
peace process with National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) in 2004 is now
renamed as Boro People’s Forum for Peace and Rights (BPFPR).
The delegates session of ABPF 2nd Annual Conference held at Batasipur (Dhekiajuli)
has unanimously approved this and affirmed its stand for the unity and
solidarity amongst the indigenous Boro people

‘Jehadi groups turning sar areas into a safe haven for criminals’(SEN_19_1_2008)
Congress Govt weak towards minorities: HYCP
Our Correspondent
NAGAON, Jan 18: Taking advantage of the alleged ‘weakness’ of the present
Congress-led Government for the religious minority community as well as the
Jehadi groups, the different Maulabadi extremist groups are spreading their
tentacles in different parts of the State at an alarming rate, particularly in
the religious minority-dominated areas and in sar areas, alleged Brajen Kakoti,
president, Hindu Yuva Chatra Parishad (HYCP), Asom.


Khasis living in KA cannot claim land as their own: Ingti(SEN_19_1_2008)
From our Correspondent
HAMREN, Jan 18: Biren Singh Ingti, sitting Member of Parliament, paid a visit to
the border areas of Meghalaya-Karbi Anglong recently to take stock of situation
and to inquire into the needs of the people living in the border areas. He was
accompanied by MLA from 20 Baithalangso LAC constituency Dr Mansing Rongpi, MAC
from Socheng constituency, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) Ms Bina
Ranghangpi, KAAC member and Bidya Sing Teron, chairman of the Forest Board, KAAC
and secretary of the district Congress, Karbi Anglong.

MPCC demands
removal of Chakma CEM

AIZAWL, Jan 18: The Mizoram
Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today urged Mizoram Governor M M Lakhera to
remove the Chakma Autonomous District Council’s (CADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM)
for allegedly misappropriating funds under the Rastriya Sam Vikash Yajona (RSVY).

The MPCC took the step following an Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) inquiry,
ordered by the Governor, which found the allegations against the Chakma council
authority to be true.


Moran bodies condemn CTS director statement opposing ST status(SEN_9_1_2008)
From our Reporter
TINSUKIA, Jan 8: Leading organizations of the Moran community, All Assam Moran
Students’ Union (AAMSU), Assam Moran Xabha (AMX), All Assam Moran Jatiya Mahila
Parishad (AAMJMP) at a press meet held at the Tinsukia Press Club have strongly
reacted to the statements of Lakshminath Panging, Director of the Centre for
Tribal Studies (CTS), Asom, situated at Guwahati, where, while talking to the
media, had opposed the accord of Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the six
indigenous communities — Moran, Mottock, Tai Ahom, Tea tribes, Chutia and Koch
Rajbongshi — based on their history and social status and had suggested
community-wise reservation for them.


‘DBHA plans
to bring new revolution on Bodo Drama’

From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 9: The Dularai Bodo Harimu Afat (DBHA) has decided to bring a new
revolution among the upcoming generation to revive the “Bodo drama” and
‘yatragan’ which is on its diminishing trend. The decision was taken in the 6th
Annual Convention of DBHA held at Mushalpur in Baksa district which ended
successfully on January 8.


Asomiya as State language: AXX sets deadline for Govt(SEN_10_1_2008)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Two days after a host of litterateurs of the State, including
Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX) president Kanaksen Deka, the apex literary body of the
State today set a deadline of April 14 to the State Government for complete
implementation of the Official Languages Act, failing which it has threatened to
launch a total non-cooperation movement.


Non-Rabhas to start mass agitation today(SEN_12_1_2008)
 By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 11: After a brief lull, especially after the Lakhipur police
firing incident where as many as 8 people were killed and over 50 others
injured, non-Rabha communities have again raised their voices demanding
panchayat elections be held in Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) areas in
Goalpara district.
An executive meeting of non-Rabha bodies which also included the Panchayat
Elections Demand Committee, Nagarik Adhikar Suraksha Sangrami Mancha and the
Non-Rabha Sammanay Rakhi Manch, held at Goalpara yesterday, demanded of the
Government to announce notification for panchayat elections in RHAC areas by
January 20.


Panchayat polls in RHAC areas (SEN_12_1_2008)
It may be mentioned here
that the State Government had postponed polls in areas under the RHAC. Non Rabha
communities, on the other hand, have been pressing the Government with its
demand for holding of panchayat elections along with other parts of the State.



HAFLONG, Jan 11: The Principal Secretary of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous
Council (NCHAC), through a letter No. NCHA/GAD/1/2007-08/6, addressed to the
Commissioner and Secretary, Hill Areas department, Government of Asom, has
requested for the approval of the Asom Governor, for the appointment of
executive members of the council, stated a press release. The Principal
Secretary has requested for the approval of the Asom Governor as required under
Rule 19(1) and 20(1) of the Assam Autonomous Districts (Constitution of District
Councils) Rules, 1951. Mohet Hojai, Kalijoy Sengyung, Mahendra Chandra Nunisa,
Golon Daulagupu, Bijoyendra Sengyung, Ntingbambe Newme, Laltlansang Hmar,
Debojit Thaosen, Hamjanan Langthasa, Ngamsei Hengma, Subrata Hojai and Kulendra
Daulagupu are the names of the advised members.


Prohibitory orders clamped in Shillong


Prohibitory orders have
been clamped in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district prohibiting the Federation
of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People’s holding of hunger strike in front of the main
secretariat. The FKJGP has decided to go on a six-hunger strike in protest
against the Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government decision to
hand over power projects to private companies in the state.


ENPO, SH resolve(NPT_15_1_2008)

The Eastern Nagaland Peoples’
Organization (ENPO) and the Sumi Hoho (SH) have resolved to support the Naga
Unification movement among the Nagas without any discrimination and territorial
limit. In a consultative meeting with the Sumi Hoho, the Unification camp, Core
committee and the NSCN (IM) on January 8 and 9, the ENPO and SH adopted
resolutions and appealed the public not to cooperate with any factions that
violated the resolutions. ENPO and SH have also decided to form a joint co-
ordination committee to work for the Naga unification.


NSCN(K) poser to GBs, DBs(NPT_16_1_2008)

Dimapur, Jan 15 (NPN):
Expressing its anger over the killing
of three of its cadre members and abduction of another civilian in Mokokchung by
the NSCN (I-M) on January 14, the NSCN(K) Tuesday demanded a clarification from
the GBs and DBs’ Federation over the authenticity of the declaration of
ceasefire agreement signed on January 7, 2008, in Kohima that was initiated by
the Federation.


Kuda villageday observed(NPT_16_1_2008)

Staff Reporter

The 67th Kuda (Nagarjan) Village Day was observed on Tuesday at

School campus, Kuda (Nagarjan),
Dimapur, coinciding with the dedication programme of the new chapel hall of the

On the occasion, Kolhulie Nagi an
elder of the village was the speaker, speaking on the topic ‘towards
excellence,’ he also narrated the story of the village in the early days. He
further exhorted the gathering about the ways of live and called upon the
gathering to live wisely, truthfully with all honesty to excel in one’s life.


Sumis for unity(NPT_17_1_2008)

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



WSKH supports unification(NPT_19_1_2008)

DIMAPUR, Jan 18 (NPN): The village
heads (GBs) of Western Sumi in a general meeting unanimously decided to support
the 9-point resolution adopted in support of unification of all Naga National
workers at the Sumi Public Rally organized by Sumi Hoho on January 15 at



SH, WSH plea on unity(NPT_20_1_2008)


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


Villagers nab NNC member


Villagers caught one person belonging to Naga Nationalist Council (NNC), and
handed him over to the police, along with an M-20 gun loaded with five live

The NNC members had allegedly
intruded into Chanbilok village in Senapati district and were demanding money on
Tuesday (January 22), a delay report from police said Friday.



KSTT condemns(NPT_26_1_2008)

The Kangtsung Senso Telongjem Tuli,
Town (KSTT) has strongly condemned the brutal killing of Zulunungba son of
Sutsungmenba a bonafide citizen of Kangtsung village by Tiatemjen, son of
Ongtensangba of Wameken village on a broad daylight on January 2 at bazaar
junction, 18th Mile Tuli town. A release jointly issued by KSTT president, I
Tali Jamir and general secretary, M Mar Jamir stated that the union will not
leave even a single stone unturned till the culprit is caught and booked.


using AUDF as launch pad in Asom (SEN_2_1_2008)

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


Agitation demanding panchayat polls in RHAC turns

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: As many as eight people were killed today in two police firing
incidents on non-Rabha mobs at Lakhipur in Goalpara district. Night curfew has
been claimed in Lakhipur area in the district.
According to police sources, during the Ana-Rabha Samanvay Aikya Mancha (ARSAM)-sponsored
48-hour national highway blockade that began from 5 am today, thousands of non-Rabhas
took to the streets at about 12.30 noon. The processionists went berserk and
started to break and torch vehicles near Lakhipur police station


Multi-crore-rupee LoS scam detected in KAAC(SEN_3_1_2008)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: A multi-crore-rupee letter of sanction (LoS) scam has been
detected, and a case has been filed in Dispur police station in this regard. The
prime accused of the scam has already been detected, but no arrest has been made
as yet.


appeals to PM for restoration of peace in Orissa(SEN_3_1_2008)

Our Staff Correspondent
SHILLONG, Jan 2: Perturbed by the Hindu – Christian riot in Orissa, the Former
Lok Sabha Speaker and NCP leader Purno A Sangma has appealed to the Prime
Minister to restore peace in the State
In an open letter to the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Sangma stated, “The
recent attack on the churches in Orissa and the merciless killings of the
Christians there has shocked the entire Christian community particularly those
in the Northeast India”.


Jharkhand leader to raise Beltola incident in int’l tribal meet


Jamshedpur, Jan 3:
Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) chairman Salkhan Murmu, who, during his visit to
Asom after the Beltola mob violence incident, today urged tribal leaders,
participating in the ongoing International Tribal Meet in New Delhi to discuss
the attack and their ‘apartheid-like treatment’ by the Government.


AXX backs
communities’ demand for ST status(SEN_5_1_2008)

From our Correspondent
UDALGURI, Jan 4: The apex literary body of the State, Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX),
has backed the ST demand of six Asom communities. AXX secretary Dr Prodeep Kumar
Bhuyan said that the six communities should be given ST status for their overall


Now division
among Adivasi leaders on poll-boycott call
From our Staff Correspondent
DIBRUGARH, Jan 5: The election-boycott call given by the All Tea Tribe Students’
Association (ATTSA) in protest against the failure of political parties to
support their demand for scheduling turned out to be a flop show in the tea
estates of upper Asom.
The six communities, which have been demanding ST status, called for the boycott
of the panchayat elections to air resentment over the negative attitude of the
State Government to their demand. The ATTSA had also distributed leaflets in
each and every tea estate of upper Asom urging the people to do the same. But
significantly, 60 to 70 per cent of the tea tribe community defied ATTSA’s call
and exercised their voting rights in almost all tea estates.


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



‘No objection in granting ST status to Koch Rajbongshi


TAMARHAT, Jan 5: “The panchayat election is no longer part of the rural society,
it has assumed the importance of Assembly elections in the State. The main motto
of this election is to bring about around development in rural areas through
decentralisation of power”, said Panchayat and Transport Minister, Asom, Chandan
Brahma at a largely-attended election rally held at Hatidhura College under
Tamarhat PS in Kokrajhar district yesterday. “For the uplift of the rural areas
of Asom”, the minister said, “23 different departments have already been handed
over to the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the State and this panchayat system
is far better than that of other States in South India”.


community asked to preserve Bathou culture

From our Correspondent
UDALGURI, Jan 5: The Bathou Religious Union, in a statement has urged the Bodo
community to stick to their own culture and identity. The union stated that the
philosophy of the Bathou religion is a primitive and age-old tradition of the
community. There has been a growing threat of conversion by the Bodo people to
follow other religions, which has threatened the very existence of the Bathou
religion, according to the union leaders.


70 litterateurs arrested, freed(SEN_8_1_2008)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: Over 70 senior members of the Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX),
litterateurs, journalists, intellectuals and retired bureaucrats were arrested
by the State police force today when the former went to submit a memorandum to
Chief Secretary PC Sarma demanding implementation of Asomiya as the official
language in all the State Government offices in toto from


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


No witness
for hearing in Adivasi rally violence case
Staff Reporter &
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: No witnesses turned up before the RK Monisana Singh Inquiry
Commission probing the violence in Guwahati during an Adivasi rally on November
24 last on its first day of hearing today.
The Justice (retd) RK Monisana Singh Commission was scheduled to conduct the
first hearing of the Beltola violence case at the Circuit House in Guwahati, and
seven people were scheduled to dispose before the Commission


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


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



Bangla rebels
blamed(TEL, 16-1-2008)


New Delhi,
Jan. 15:
BJP legislators
from Bihar have spoken up for the Hindi-speaking people in Assam, in an apparent
bid to raise the anti-Bangladeshi bogey again.

In a letter to
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday, the BJP leaders listed the incidents of
violence against non-Assamese people. In the process, the BJP turned Ulfa into a
lesser evil. The party laid the blame on Bangladeshi outfit, the Harkat-ul
Jehadi Islami (Huji), charging them with being behind most incidents of violence
in the last two years.


Mob goes on
rampage in Assam(TEL, 17-1-2008)


Jan. 16:
A mob burnt down
a camp of former Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) militants at Mukuldang in Assam’s
Kokrajhar district this evening, accusing them of harassing the villagers
without any provocation.


‘Ethnic’ book
fair to break mould (TEL,18-1-2008)


Jan. 17:
An ethnic melting pot that
has unfairly come to be associated only with violence, Karbi Anglong also
produces literature steeped in the ethos of tribal life and evoking the smell of
the earth.

Some of these
fine examples of writing in the Karbi and Dimasa languages will be on display at
the district’s first book fair, beginning January 31.


Assamese too
a dying community, says public activist(AST_1_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – In view of the
deafening silence of all concerned on the grievous issue of thousands of dead
fishes suddenly floating on the waters of the Brahmaputra in the capital city
itself and the Government’s ‘grand success’ in making the people entirely forget
the matter in spite of its ‘wilful and deliberate failure’ to inform the polity
about the cause of the phenomenon even after eleven days, public activist Prof
Deven Dutta has termed the Assamese as a ‘dying community’.

installed at mid-term Sabha session site(AST_30_1_2008)
 KAMPUR, Jan 29 – The ‘Lai-khuta’ (first
post erected on ground) of the 5th mid-term Sabha session at Dakshinpat near
here was installed at Sankar-Nanak-Ajanpir Kshetra, the venue of the session
amidst enthusiasm and in presence of a large number of people from every nook
and corner of Nagaon district besides prominent personalities and litterateurs.

Exclusion of hill districts from list decried(AST_30_1_2008)
 DIPHU, Jan 29 – Disgruntled activists of
CPI(ML), KSA, KNCA, AIPWA, RYA, AISA, and KANKIS staged a dharna on Friday in
front of deputy commissioner’s office here in protest against the UPA
government’s decision to exclude Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills from the
list of the proposed 2nd State Re-organisation Commission.

Bandh in Sadar Hills on Feb 1(AST_30_1_2008)
 IMPHAL, Jan 29 – A 24-hour total bandh
has been called on February 1 in Sadar Hills area under Senapati district. The
bandh will begin at midnight of January 31.
It has been called by Sadar Hills District Demand Committee, renewing their
long-standing demand for conversion of the district into a full-fledged revenue

too a dying community, says public activist(AST_1_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – In view of the deafening silence of all concerned
on the grievous issue of thousands of dead fishes suddenly floating on the
waters of the Brahmaputra in the capital city itself and the Government’s ‘grand
success’ in making the people entirely forget the matter in spite of its ‘wilful
and deliberate failure’ to inform the polity about the cause of the phenomenon
even after eleven days, public activist Prof Deven Dutta has termed the Assamese
as a ‘dying community’.

5 killed,
20 hurt in Goalpara firing(AST_3_1_2008)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – Five persons were killed and at least 20 others injured when
police opened fire at an unruly mob at Lakhipur under Lakhipur police station in
Goalpara district during the bandh sponsored by groups opposing the postponement
of the Panchayat polls in the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council area this morning.

The Goalpara district administration has clamped indefinite curfew in the
Lakhipur police station area from 4 pm today to bring the situation under

Coins of
Ahom rulers can throw light on past(AST_3_1_2008)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – A valuable addition to Assam’s history could be made if
historians and researchers focus their attention on its ancient and medieval
coins. The Ahom coins alone would open up a treasure trove of information that
has hitherto remained hidden.

tense, curfew on?(AST_4_1_2008)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – The situation in violence-hit Lakhipur in Goalpara district
was tense but under control today. The curfew imposed in the area last afternoon
has not been relaxed till filing of this report. There was flag march by the
Army in the affected area today.


bodies call bandh on Jan 11(IFP_10_1_2008)

Newmai News

Imphal, Jan 9: In a show of solidarity to the joint initiative of two tribal
apex bodies – Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) and United Naga Council (UNC) – in
pursuing concerned authority to expedite the process of delimitation in Manipur
without any further delay, the Kuki Students` Organization General headquarters
(KSO-GHQ) and the All Naga Students` Association, Manipur (ANSAM) have called
12-hour Manipur bandh on January 11.

`Tax demand` perturbs Jiri residents (IFP_16_1_2008)

15: There is considerable disquiet among the residents of the Dibong area in
Jiribam town in the wake of the delivery of what appears to be a `tax demand`
addressed to the Meitei community living there.

The `tax demand` written on plain paper without any letter head, was handed over
to an elderly resident of Dibong by a rickshaw driver apparently on the
instructions of some unknown persons in the first week of this month, and has
caused alarm among the community.

Talk on national character (IFP_19_1_2008)

IMPHAL, Jan 17: Dr A Bimol Akoijam of the Centre for the Study of Developing
Societies, New Delhi, will be delivering a talk on `National Character and
Manipur`s Response to Crises` at the Lecture Hall of the Department of
Economics, Manipur University tomorrow at 1 pm.

The talk will be organized by the Centre for Manipur Studies, MU. Dr Bimol`s
talk will be centred on how as a nation, the people of Manipur, respond to the
various crises happening in Manipur. He will be talking on the present trend of
response to crises as well as various historical accounts. Academicians,
intellectuals, journalists, among others will be attending the talk. As per a
press communiquthe talk will be
followed by discussion. Interested persons are invited to join the talk and
discussion to initiate a dialogue process in the state.

Nupigi Phidam Phirepnaba Numit observed(IFP_20_1_2008)

The Imphal
Free Press

IMPHAL, Jan 19: The 18th Nupigi Phidam Phirepnaba Numit was observed today at
Kangla Hall Imphal organised by Leimarol Lamjingkon (LEIMAKON).

The observation was attended by K Taruni, president All Manipur Women`s Social
Reformation and Development Samaj (Nupi Samaj) and MC Reeta, president LEIMAKON
as chief guest and president respectively.

ACU condemns(NPT_3_1_2008)

Jan 2 (NPN):
The Angami
Catholic Union (ACU) has condemned the recent attacks on Christians in Orissa. A
release issued jointly by ACU president Luolhoulie Linus and its general
secretary Neisievilie Joseph lamented that the "Hindutva fundamentalists" had
perpetrated the attacks when the whole world was welcoming the Prince of Peace.
The signatories pointed out that in a secular country, which India professed,
every citizen had the freedom to worship, propagate, practice and embrace any
religion of his or her choice. However, they lamented, the actions of the "Hindu
fanatics" in Orissa and elsewhere in the country did not reflect this principle.


KU, SH to support unification movement(NPT_5_1_2008)


MON, Jan 4:
The Konyak Union (KU) and Sumi Hoho (SH)
have resolved to support the ongoing unification movement initiated by the
"like-minded NSCN" cadres and appealed to all the factions and Naga communities
to work out modalities for "in toto unification of Naga warring factions." The
two apex tribal bodies of the Konyaks and Sumis also appealed for an end to
fratricidal killings in order to pave the way for solution to the Naga political
problem. The resolution came about following a two-day marathon meeting of Sumi
Hoho officials and the Konyak Union advisory board, which concluded here Friday.


Sumi Hoho rally(NPT_6_1_2008)

In connection with the ongoing Naga
unification process, the Sumi Hoho will be organizing a second Sumi public rally
on January 15 at Zunheboto town at 10 a.m. Informing all Sumis to attend the
rally, Sumi Hoho in a press release also said it was mandatory for every
village/town GBs, VCC and church leaders to attend the rally. Meanwhile, the
hoho has also informed Sumi Hoho executive members and leaders of various
frontal organizations to attend the first executive committee meeting of the new
team of Sumi Hoho slated for January 14 at the Sumi Hoho office premise,
Zunheboto, at
10 a.m


MVC clarifies on clash(NPT_9_1_2008)

Dimapur, Jan 8 (NPN):
Reacting to the recent clash near
Dimapur-Peren district boundary, the Mhaikam Village Council (MVC) Tuesday said
the clash erupted after one Judao Zeliang while cultivating the field of his
brother Atui Zeliang had accidentally encroached upon the

land of Moni Dash, Head GB of
Tiesagophu village. Clarifying the incident, the MVC chairman in a release
alleged that when Atui came to know about the incident and later met Moni Dash
to discuss the matter, he (Atui) was manhandled and beaten up by Moni Dash.


Kangtsung senso refutes(NPT_10_1_2008)

The Kangtsung Senso Telongjem Mongdang (KSTM) has refuted the news item under
the caption "Kangtsung Village Council affirms" which published by I. Nungkum in
the name of the chairman of Kangtsung Village Council (KVC).  A press release
jointly issued by I. Chuba Lemtur, president and Mar Imsong, general secretary
of KSTM has urged all not to take the publication that since the tenure of I.
Nungkum as the chairman of KVC was over. It also stated that the representation
submitted to the ADC Tuli on January 4 was given by the office of the KSTM after
its emergency executive meeting "which is the highest body nominated by the KSTM."
It also stated "if Nungkum treat the KSTM official as some vested interested
persons then he alone is answerable for his action." It further stressed that
the KSTM will not tolerate such "reckless" action and will take stern action in
due course of time.


ENPO, SH resolve on unification(NPT_11_1_2008)

The Sumi Hoho (SH) and Eastern
Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) have resolved to whole heartedly support
all initiatives and efforts for the unification of Naga people, irrespective of
territorial demarcation. A joint meeting of the two tribal bodies held at
Thahekhu village on January 8 on Naga unification also resolved that there
should not be bloodshed, threat, intimidation and discrimination in any form
amongst the Nagas and that both ENPO and SH would appeal to the public for
non-cooperation to any faction that violated the resolution.


Sumi region NSCNs declare unification(NPT_12_1_2008)

unification declaration programme of the NSCN (I-M) and NSCN (K) Sumi Region was
held on January 10 at Zunheboto town, where civil societies and church leaders
attended to appreciate and pray for the coming together, informed the Sumi
Baptist Akukuhou Kuqhakulu (SBAK).


‘Police could have opted for other means to control Goalpara mob’(AST_4_1_2008)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – Former Lok Sabha Speaker and senior NCP leader PA Sangma on
Thursday described the Goalpara incident, wherein seven persons were killed and
several others injured, as very unfortunate and stressed on the need for refors
in the police department.

BPF meet concludes(AST_4_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 GORESWAR, Jan 3 – The 2nd annual conference of Goreswar Block Bodo People’s
Front (BPF) committee was held recently at the Kaurbaha Balika High School
On the first day of the conference, the delegates session was addressed by Mohan
Chandra Boro, Umesh Chandra Boro and Nurul Haque. This was followed by a
cultural programme. The next day, Moni Ram Deka president, Goreswar Youth Block
BPF committee hoisted the party flag. This was followed by tree plantation as
well as smriti tarpan.


relaxed at Lakhipur, death toll 8(AST_5_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – Curfew at Lakhipur in Assam’s Goalpara district
was relaxed for two hours today, even as one injured person in the Wednesday’s
violence died today taking the toll to eight, reports PTI. The curfew, clamped
after the violence on Wednesday, was relaxed in the area since 1.30 PM, where an
uneasy calm prevailed.
The sources said one of the injured, identified as Sahidul Islam, succumbed to
his wounds at the Gauhati Medical College Hospital this morning.

celebrate Tali Tshechu fest(AST_5_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 4 – Bhutanese in the sub-divisional town of Gelemphu in Sarpang
district bordering India celebrates three days of religious festival bringing
the curtains down on the old year and heralding the New Year.
This religious festival of Tali Tshechu is performed every year with traditional
rituals and cultural participation at Guru Tshengey in their traditional and
customary costumes.

still tense, curfew relaxed(AST_6_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 GOALPARA, Jan 6 – Curfew at Lakhipur town and its neighbouring areas in
Goalpara district was relaxed for four hours with effect from 12 noon to 4.00 pm
today. The curfew was imposed in the area after the violence on Wednesday last
where an uneasy calm is still prevailing.

situation improves, curfew relaxed(AST_7_1_2008)
From A Correspondent
 LAKHIPUR, Jan 6 – With the situation in Lakhipur and the adjoining areas in
Goalpara district showing improvement, the curfew was relaxed in the area for
eight and a half hours with effect from 8 am today. The curfew was imposed in
the areas after Wednesday’s violence. People were seen moving on the streets and
flocking to the shops to buy essential items and medicines. But the Army has
continued with the flag marches to maintain peace in Lakhipur town area even as
a heavy presence of police and CRPF personnel has also been instrumental in
preventing eruption of further violence.

must cultivate work culture’(AST_7_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 MUSHALPUR, Jan 6 – “There is no alternative to hard work for all-round
development. We, the Bodos, must develop work culture. It is unfortunate that
some Bodo people are still reluctant about educating their children in Bodo
medium when even some Japanese and Chinese people are coming forward to learn
the Bodo language,” said Brajendra Kumar Brahma, president of the Bodo Sahitya

 Let court
settle Khasi identity issue: Congress(AST_7_1_2008)
Newmai News Network
 SHILLONG, Jan 6 – Caught in a dilemma on the issue of “Khasi identity” raised
by the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the District Council HS Shylla, the
Meghalaya Congress leadership wanted the court to settle the matter. Shylla, who
was piqued by Waibha Kyndiah to contest from the Nongkrem seat, has questioned
the latter’s eligibility to contest from a reserved seat by terming him as a
non-Khasi for taking his father’s surname instead of the customary adoption of
the mother’s name the tradition followed by the Khasi community.

Sabha chief, 74 others arrested(AST_8_1_2008)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – City police today arrested a 75-member team of the Asam
Sahitya Sabha office bearers, members and supporters while they were proceeding
towards the State Secretariat to submit a memorandum to the Chief Secretary on
the implementation of the Official Languages Act. They included Sabha president
Kanak Sen Deka and veteran freedom fighter and journalist Shiva Prasad Baruah.


‘creating’ distrust among ethnic groups(AST_8_1_2008)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – The Centre for Tribal Studies, Assam (CTSA), a non-government
research organisation, has blamed the State Government for the present situation
resulting from the restlessness among the six ethnic groups on the issue of
Scheduled Tribe (ST) status. The State Government is making things more
complicated by not telling the truth involving the issue. It has deliberately
created the present situation of mutual distrust and violence on the issue, said
the CTSA members at a press conference here this morning.

youth shot dead(AST_8_1_2008)
 AGARTALA, Jan 7 – A tribal youth was today shot dead by para-military
Tripura State Rifles personnel who mistook him to be a militant after which
activists of an opposition party set on fire five houses of ruling CPI(M)
leaders in West Tripura district. Seventeen-year-old Dhananjoy Debbarma was
fatally injured when he was fired at by the securitymen, mistaking him for an
insurgent, during a counter-insurgency operation at Tuichakma area. As news of
Debbarma’s death spread, supporters of opposition INPT set ablaze the houses of
CPI-M leaders. – PTI


Steps to promote folk culture(AST_9_1_2008)
By Kabita Duarah
 GUWAHATI, Jan 8 –
New Delhi
is keen to promote the rich folk culture of the State and towards that end it
has sponsored a project related to the improvisation of the folk dances of the
Karbi community living in the plains.
The project almost nearing completion under the aegis of the ministry of
culture, Government of India’s scheme for promotion and dissemination of tribal
folk art and culture focuses on three specific dances of the plains Karbis.

conference at Kampur from Jan 17(AST_9_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 KAMPUR, Jan 8 – Preparations are afoot to hold the two-day Dimasa conference
under the auspices of Kampur Kacharipar Dimasa Sangathanik Samiti starting
January 17 with a variety of programmes.
The conference is likely to be attended by Dimasa Kacharis living in the hills
and plains of
including the Dimasas of North Cachar Hills, supposed to be the hub of Dimasa

National integration tour concludes(AST_9_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 RANGIYA, Jan 8 – The National Integration Tour to New Delhi and Bangalore,
undertaken by Red Horns Army under the goodwill project of ‘Operation Sadbhavana’,
came to a successful conclusion at Rangiya junction on that very day where
participating schoolchildren from both Darrang and Kamrup districts were
accorded a warm welcome by Maj Gen Gyan Bhushan, VSM, General Officer
Commanding, Red Horns Division and other senior officials of Army in the
presence of mediapersons.


ultimatum to Govt(AST_10_1_2008)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The Asam Sahitya Sabha has served an ultimatum on the State
Government fixing April 14 next as the deadline for implementation of the
Official Languages Act at all levels of the State administration. The Sabha has
warned that it would make an appeal to the people not to cooperate with the
State Government after the expiry of the deadline.

block BPF meet begins today(AST_10_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 GORESWAR, Jan 9 – The 2nd annual conference of the Goreswar Block BPF
conference is to be held in the Betna High School and Betna MV School premises
near Goreswar in Baksa district with a dayalong programme from January 10.
On January 10 the party flag will be unfurled by Rama Kanta Basumatary,
president, Goreswar Block BPF while Mohan Chandra Boro will perform the swahid
tarpan. Ghanashyam Deka will open the representative camp while Habibuddin
Ahmed, incharge O/C of Goreswar Police Station will open the dining hall. Nizara
Narzary, secretary, Tamulpur Zila BPF will also inaugurate the Mahila Mancha
representative meet where Nurul Haque and Dharma Kanta Rajbongshi will take part
in it as observers.

List of
EMs for NC Hills sent to Govt(AST_11_1_2008)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – The North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council has sent the list
of the members for appointment as executive members of the 10th council, to the
Government of Assam for necessary approval by the Governor.

favoured cohesion, harmony among all indigenous

From Our Correspondent
 GORESWAR, Jan 11 – Addressing a huge gathering on the occasion of the open meet
of the 27th annual conference of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha, Rangia Zila Sakha
held at Naokata in Baksa district on January 6 under the aegis of the Mani
Kanchan Anchalik Sakha, Prof Ismail Hussain of the Assam Engineering Institute,
Guwahati– as the appointed speaker said that Srimanta Sankardev who is called
today ‘Mahapurusha’– a great religious saint of Assam favoured cohesion and
harmony among all indigenous people of Assam to create the Assamese nation as a
whole through the propagation of his religion ‘Ek saran Harinaam dharma’. ‘Ek
Saran’– means the philosophy while Harinaam means – Supplication.

Docu on
militancy for New York fest(AST_13_1_2008)By Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – Insurgency and insurgents in the North-east have
always been regarded as a virgin plot for the film-makers across the country but
seldom did the region’s age-old problem witness international attention, be it
through celluloid or any other popular medium. But finally, there is something
to look forward to.

Mohilary’s call for peace and harmony in BTC(AST_14_1_2008)
From Our Correspondent
 GORESWAR, Jan 13 – “No political parties are allowed to work for development of
the BTC except the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF). We got the BPF after a long
agitation by the BLT with a view to bring development and prosperity in the
entire BTC by redressing problems faced by the Bodos in particular living under
the jurisdiction of the present BTC.”

 Plains Karbi Adarbar from January 19(AST_15_1_2008)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – The problems faced by the plains Karbis would be discussed
at length at the convention of the Assam Plains Karbi Adarbar scheduled from
January 19 at the Hengerabari High School ground.
The two-day programme, which will have a cultural touch to it, would also strive
at building the bridge of friendship between other ethnic communities of the

Dimasa National convention from today(AST_17_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 16 – Dimasa National Convention is being held on
January 17-18 with a series of programmes at Senapati Tularam Hasnu Kshetra at
Kampur in Nagaon district with the objective of forging unity among Dimasas in
the backdrop of a greater Assam.

officials grilled on Beltola mayhem(AST_18_1_2008)
By Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – The one-man judicial commission under Justice (retd) RK
Manisana Singh probing the November 24 mob mayhem in city’s Beltola area today
examined a host of police officials including the then Senior Superintendent of
Police (City) Surinder Kumar in the second hearing here at the circuit house.
Amongst the other police officials who were questioned included the then
Officer-in-Charge of Basistha police station PK Borah. Besides, representations
were made by as many as four members of a non-government organisation-North East
Network, a local resident and a retired State Government official, who were
present during the incident.


Cong rejects Shylla charges(SHT, 5-1-2008)

By Our

Congress on Sunday rejected Mr
Shylla’s allegations that MPCC chief OL Nongtdu and Chief Minister DD Lapang had
conspired to sack him as KHADC CEM despite several MDCs being unhappy with the
election of CB Syiem as Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) leader. The party
reiterated that Mr Shylla must either gracefully step down as KHADC chief or
face no-trust vote on February 5.

Army moves out of Goalpara, curfew relaxed (SHT,


The indefinite curfew in Lakhipur area of Assam’s Goalpara district was relaxed
for more than four hours on Saturday as the situation improved steadily after
Wednesday’s twin police firings, which left eight dead.

The Army had also been sent back
after it was engaged in maintaining law and order following the incident.

Goalpara Superintendent of Police
Abhijit Borah said, "The situation is normal and no untoward incident has been
reported since Wednesday. " He informed that the curfew was relaxed from 1130
hours to 1630 hours on Saturday. A decision of withdrawing it completely was
likely in a couple of days.

Hearing on tribal status(SHT, 7-1-2008)

By Our

The Gauhati High Court has
fixed the hearing of the case challenging the recent State Government order that
the Supreme Court judgement on tribal status of an offspring of non-tribal
father and tribal mother is not applicable in Meghalaya on January 10. While the
apex court judgement holds that children of a non-tribal father and a tribal
mother cannot claim schedule tribe status, according to State Government the
judgement is not applicable in Meghalaya as "it is a matrilineal State".

Four Garo Hills Independent candidates unite to take on political parties
Separate state for Garos tops demand list(SHT, 7-1-2008)

From Our

Four Independent candidates of Garo
Hills have come under one platform to take on political parties in the ensuing
elections to the State Assembly. If elected, these four candidates will put
forward a set of demands to the parties, which seek their support to form the
next government.

The Independent candidates John
Leslee K Sangma, Lazarus M Sangma, Sanjib R Marak and Septerwin R Sangma will
contest from Tura, Bahamas, Dalamgre and Rongchugre respectively.

Dorbar Shnong’s concern(SHT, 7-1-2008)

By Our

Taking a serious note over
non-attendance of sweepers, labourers and master rolls in cleaning the roadside
grasses and drains for many years, the Dorbar Shnong of Bishnupur Kench’s Trace
has decided to approach the concerned department to depute sweepers, labourers
and master rolls to clean the entire Bishnupur-Kench’s Trace regularly.

Traditional heads oppose power projects handover, uranium mining(SHT, 9-1-

By Our

The Grassroots Democracy Advisory
Council (GDAC) has condemned the State Government for its decision to hand over
the power projects to private companies.

The council comprises Ka Dorbar Ki
Nongsynshar Ka Ri Hynniewtrep (Federation of 25 Khasi States), Ka Dorbar Ki
Doloi and Council of Nokmas.


Half of Assam population don’t speak Assamese(SHT, 9-1-2008)

The Directorate of Census, in a recently released data of state-wise language
figure, has said that more than half of Assam’s inhabitants do not speak

The report
stated that only 49.44 per cent of people speak Assamese while 27.91 per cent
speak Bengali followed by 5.97 per cent Hindi and 4.93 per cent Bodo.


NSCN (I-M) declares ‘emergency in Nagalim’(SHT_13_1_2008)

A day after accusing the Centre of
foul play on the thorny Naga unification issue, NSCN (I-M) on Saturday declared
"emergency in Nagalim due to the precarious situation threatening peace and
normal state of affairs in Greater Nagaland."


Traditional chiefs take demands to Delhi(SHT_13_1_2008)

From Our
Spl Correspondent

Traditional tribal chiefs of various
ethnic groups of Meghalaya met the Union Minister for DoNER Mani Shankar Aiyer
for the first time in 60 years and apprised him about the problems of their
respective areas starting from lack of development to infiltration.

The delegation also demanded creation
of legislative council (upper house) in Meghalaya to give representation to
persons of various groups and the tribal chiefs. They, however, denied any
political ambition of the tribal chiefs.

FAF decides to withdraw agitation(SHT_16_1_2008)

From Our

The Federation for Achik
Freedom (FAF), which is picketing the government offices and business
establishments in Garo Hills demanding the scrapping of the power deal by the
Congress government has decided to withdraw its agitational programme by
Wednesday evening following the announcement of elections to the state assembly
by the Election Commission of India on Monday.  The FAF is opposing the handing
over of the 720 MW Nangalbibra thermal power project to the gutka manufacturing
company Dharampal Satyapal group by the Lapang government.


Indigenous faith movement picks up in Arunachal

The indigenous faith and culture protection movement is gaining momentum in
Arunachal Pradesh and spreading to other north eastern states.

The Arunachal Government declared
December 31 as a holiday for the first time conceding the long standing demand
of the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society for Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP)
which celebrates the day as ‘indigenous faith day’ every year.

Shylla accused of selling out KHADC

SHILLONG: UDP has accused KHADC chief HS Shylla of "auctioning (off)
the assets of the Council for his own profit" by leasing out the trade and
professional tax departments to private parties. "He (Mr Shylla) has auctioned
off the professional tax and trade departments of the Council to private parties
which amounts to taking away the powers and functions of the Council," UDP MDC
Hardinge L Massar said at a media conference here on Tuesday.

Shylla refutes ‘auction’ charge (SHT_24_1_2008)

SHILLONG: KHADC Chief Executive Member HS Shylla has refuted the UDP
allegation that he had "auctioned off" the Trade and Tax departments of the
Council without the consent of the House.
Speaking to newsmen here on
Wednesday, Mr Shylla clarified the two departments had not been auctioned off to
private parties but were "leased out" to three agents in order to enhance
revenue collection by the KHADC.

members pulled up for code violation(SHT_24_1_2008)

jowai: The Jaintia Hills district administration has issued a
show-cause notice to the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) over
alleged violation of the model code of conduct by certain Congress MDCs.

Dorbar’s restriction(SHT_24_1_2008)

Flagging of party flag on residential buildings within Mulang village,
Jaintia Hills District, has been strictly prohibited by the Durbar Shnong of
Mulang. In a meeting held on Tuesday, the Dorbar Shnong passed a resolution
stating that no household within the village jurisdiction should be allowed to
decorate their houses with any political party’s flag.

blockade hits rail-road traffic(SHT_28_1_2008)

Guwahati: A 12-hour economic blockade called by Adivasi protestors
disrupted road and train traffic in western Assam on Sunday. The All Adivasi
Students’ Association of Assam (AASAA) had called for the blockade to demand the
accord of scheduled tribe status to the Adivasi (tea tribe) community.

body wants CEO to monitor MLAs’ conduct(SHT_29_1_2008)
Meghalaya Tribal Welfare Association (MTWA) has sought the
intervention of the State Election Department to check improper display of MLAs’
names on vehicles or materials like ambulances, autorickshaws, water tankers,
tarpulins, chairs, etc purchased under MLA schemes. In a letter submitted to the
Chief Election Officer (CEO) PK Naik here on Monday, MTWA general secretary DH
Warjri urged the CEO to issue an order to all MLAs concerned to erase their
names for the sake of justice and fair polls or electioneering in the State.

appeals to CM over KHADC Bill(SHT_30_1_2008)

Shillong: Myntri of Langrin Syiemship of West Khasi Hills district has
urged Chief Minister DD Lapang to impress upon the Governor not to give his
assent to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Nomination and Election of the
Syiem, Deputy Syiem and headmen Langrin Syiemship) Bill 2007 passed by Khasi
Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), saying it was against the "wish of
the people of Langrin."

for broad based unification(NPT_28_1_2008)

Dimapur, Jan 27 (NPN): The Sumi Hoho Sunday
reiterated its stand that “Sumis stand for broad-based unification of all the
Nagas irrespective of arbitrarily imposed boundaries”.


killed in Tuli clash(NPT_30_1_2008)

  Mokokchung, Jan 29 (NPN): In the continued
violence between the supporters of T. Tali and S. Imti Jamir, one person was
killed while four others were injured in a clash on Tuesday.
The clash erupted at around 6 am when the supporters
of Tali and Imti Jamir exchanged fire leaving five injured, one of them
critically. The critically-injured person died on way to hospital. The victim
sustained fatal injuries on the abdomen. He was identified as Tsuknungyanger
(30), son of Opangomen of Kangtsung village. The four others escaped with minor

Plea to

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


Call to
preserve Bodo culture(AST_21_1_2008)
 MUSHALPUR, Jan 20 – The 6th annual
conference of the central committee of Dularay Bodo Harimu Afad (DBHA), a
prominent Bodo cultural organisation, was held at Mushalpur on January 6 to 8.
body demands probe panel(AST_28_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – Alleging widespread
anomalies and misuse of Scheduled Caste (SC) certificates in the recently
concluded Panchayat polls in the State, the Anususit Jati Mahasabha, Assam has
demanded the State government to institute an independent enquiry commission and
book the guilty. Taking exception to the “uncivilised behaviour” allegedly meted
out to them by the State Election Commissioner CK Sarma, the Mahasabha members
have also decided to move the National Election Commission against him.

Nyshi council to move PM over demands(AST_29_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – The Nyshi Federal
Council will submit a three-point memorandum to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh scheduled for January 30.

on NC Hills released(AST_29_1_2008)
 HAFLONG, Jan 28 – Executive Member of NC
Hills Autonomous Council for Information and Public Relations, Mohet Hojai,
formally released the Photo CD ‘The Colourful Land, People and Culture of NC
Hills’ at Haflong on January 26.

to hold book fairs every year in 4 districts(AST_29_1_2008)
 UDALGURI, Jan 28 – “I like books but for
last thirty years I have not been able to go through books. Reading two or three
lines, I leave them. During student life, I read a good number of books in
Bengali,” said Pramila Rani Brahma, Agriculture Minister of Assam. She was
addressing the closing ceremony of week-long sixth Bodoland book fair, which
concluded on Sunday here at Udalguri Durga Puja pandal, as the chief guest.

Probe panel zeroing in on lapses(AST_23_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – Though it looked like
just another day in the office for the Manisana Commission probing the November
24 clash, which took place between the members of the Adivasi community and a
section of local residents, the Commission under Justice (retd) Manisana Singh
however is optimistic of wrapping up things even before the deadline set by the
State Government. The Manisana Singh Commission, which has been asked by the
Government to verify the circumstances leading to the incident along Basistha
Road and compile a comprehensive report by February 28. The Beltola incident, it
may be mentioned, claimed one life besides rendering over 200 people injured.

 ‘Karbis on verge of losing identity’(AST_23_1_2008)
 DIPHU, Jan 22 – Intensifying the demand
of United People’s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS), the Karbi Anglong People’s
Party (KAPP) took out a massive procession at Diphu in Karbi Anglong seeking
immediate solution to the UPDS demands.
Talking to this correspondent, Nilambar Rongpi and Bhaskar Phangcho, president
and secretary of KAPP respectively, said that Karbis are on the verge of losing
their own socio-cultural and linguistic identity by remaining under the
Government of Assam. The region has been forced to bear the brunt of unmitigated
political unrest in the last few decades. Insurgency and violence have brought
untold suffereings to the people of the district, they added.

Unity stressed on Gaan-Ngai fest(sex_22_1_2008)
Mass participation advocated(sex_22_1_2008)
IMPHAL, Jan 21: Understanding each others’ culture and participation
in celebrating the different cultural festivals would help in ushering in peace
and harmony in a State like Manipur which is home to many ethnic group of
people, titular king of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba has stated.

render a number during the Statehood Day function(sex_22_1_2008)
IMPHAL, Jan 21 : Along with reminiscing the struggle of the people
before and after it was brought under the administrative set up of India, the
36th Statehood Day of Manipur was celebrated by the Government at the parade
ground of Ist Manipur Rifles here today.


IMPHAL, Jan 24: Reacting to news report of January 17 regarding
dispute in Kwarok Maring village near Nongpok sekmai, the Kwarok Maring Village
Authority and local youth club have clarified that the issue has nothing to do
with religious affinity or practice in the said village.


Local tongue
To enable the BSF personnel comprehend religious practices, cultural
ethics and sentiments of the local people better, BSF personnel may be taught
Manipuri language. This was stated by BSF DIG Gopal Krishna Sharma at a free
medical camp conducted at Heirok Part II Litan Makhong in Thoubal district
today. He stated that the BSF is here to maintain peace and ensure security
people of the people.

Stage set for
IMPHAL, Jan 29: Spreading the message of unity and fraternity among
the indigenous people of the region, a march under the banner of ‘Nongpok Chatpa
Khongchat’ would be flagged off from Kangla tomorrow.


Unrest in
Bodo heartland(NPT_21_2_2008)

Guwahati, Jan 20 (IANS): The
situation in the Bodo tribal heartland in India’s Assam state has turned
volatile following charges of "armed activity" by men patronised by the party at
the helm of the Bodo autonomous council.

The delay in starting peace
talks with a frontline separatist group has also added to the unrest, community
leaders said Sunday.

UPDS reiterates Statehood demand

Diphu, Jan 22:
The United Peoples Democratic Solidarity (UPDS)
Tuesday slammed the central government for what it described "overlooking" the
aspirations of the people of Karbi Anglong by not including Karbi statehood
demand "in the terms of reference of the proposed State Reorganization Committee

in Kiphire condemns clash(NPT_23_2_2008)

Kohima, Jan 22 (NPN):
Strongly condemning the January 19 clash between the
Sumi and the Sangtam communities in Shishimi village of Kiphire district, the
Sangtam community led by United Sangtam Likhum Bamji (USLB) and United Sangtam
Students’ Conference (USSC) Tuesday held a rally at Kiphire and submitted a
memorandum to the district administration demanding the arrest of the culprits
within 48 hours.

interpretation of rights(NPT_24_1_2008)

"The interpretation of the Government of India, proposing to interpret minority
within the state territory will affect the rights of the tribal across the
country" said Bishop D.K Sahu, General Secretary of NCCI. Pointing out the
issues that have adversely affected the minorities, Bishop Sahu also said that
the issues included the rights of the tribal, the rights of the dalits and the
atrocities against the minorities through out India, stressing that the case
needs to be attained while addressing media persons here on Wednesday before the
meeting on Dalit-Tribal Interface at the Trinity Theological College, Dimapur.

festival celebrated in Nagaland(SEN_29_1_2008)
KOHIMA, Jan 28: Blending hues of Naga
culture with unity, people of Nagaland celebrated Chuthuni, the premier festival
of Mao Naga. It is the festival of purification, invoking God’s blessing and
Chuthuni, the post harvest festival of Mao Nagas, is described to be an occasion
to celebrate success and victory over death and destruction. Organized by Mao
Union of Kohima, the festival is marked with cultural songs, dances, indigenous
games, and display of Mao traditional attire at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama.


seminar of Sankardev Sangha(SEN_30_1_2008)
 NAGAON, Jan 29: Under the auspices of
Srimanta Sankardev Sangha a two day seminar was held here recently on the
subject of Srimanta Sankardev’s Philosophy in four sessions wherein several
distinguished vaisnavite scholars including Dr Nilima Chaudhury, Dr Suresh Bora,
Kailash Das, Dr Sibanath Sarmah, Dr Girish Sarma, Dr Dharmeswar Chutia, Dr
Lakhyahira Gogoi Chutia, Milamani Phukan, Dr Indira Saikia Bora, Budheswar
Kakoti, Dr Girish Baruah, Jivakanta Nath, Dr Maheswar Hazarika, Narayan Goswami,
Dr Sanjib Borkokoti and Dr Phonibhushan Das took part and presented papers.


festival held at Barak Valley(SEN_30_1_2008)
 SILCHAR, Jan 29: The Barak valley
cultural festival and workshop concluded with a four-day-long programme at
Silchar recently. The festival was organized by Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra
in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, New Delhi.
Gautam Ganguly, Deputy Commissioner, Cachar inaugurated the festival and the
workshop while Gautam Sharma, secretary, Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra
explained the purpose of the festival. During the four-day-long programme
intellectuals from various communities like Riang, Barman, Manipuri, Bengali,
Hindu, Bishnupriya Manipuri, and Bengali Muslims participated in the workshop to
discuss about the traditions of their communities. Cultural items from these
ethnic communities were also exhibited.


Give correct
information on Sankardev:Yuba Tirtha tells RKM Institute of Culture

 GUWAHATI, Jan 30: The Samanwita Yuba
Tirtha (SYT), youth wing of the Asom Xatra Mahaxabha (AXM), has urged the
Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, not to publish any new edition
of its Cultural Heritage of India (Volume iv) till the mistakes appeared on the
chapter on Srimanta Sankardev are rectified. The Yuba Tirtha has also urged the
Centre to release the funds it had promised for the development of Sankariya


18 MDCs ready
to oust Shylla as KHADC CEM(SEN_31_1_2008)
 SHILLONG, Jan 30: The Khasi Hills
Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) is all set to
be removed by 18 Congress members of the district council tomorrow. A special
meeting is scheduled tomorrow at the call of the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress


AMESCO joins
Gaan-Ngai celebrations (IFP_22_1_2008)

IMPHAL, Jan 21: Representatives of the All Manipur Ethnical Socio-Cultural
Organisation, AMESCO, joined in Gaan Ngai celebrations today at the Konthoujam
Kabui Khul, laying emphasis on the theme of peace, and emotional harmony among
communities of the state.
Apart from traditional rituals and colourful cultural performances, the occasion
was marked by exchange of gifts between AMESCO and local community

meet gets under way(SEN_19_1_2008)
 JORHAT, Jan 18: The second Asom Bhaona Xamaroh got under way with
nine xatradhikars lighting the inaugural lamp at the Manikanchan Kshetra at the
river island of Majuli toady. Earlier, the xatradhikar of Auniati Xatra, Dr
Pitambar Deva Goswami, hosted the flag and participated in a prabhati (morning)
ferry cruise. Former Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX) president Dr Nagen Saikia
inaugurated a book fair being held on the sidelines of the xamaroh.


JCC condems
violence in NC Hills(SEN_19_1_2008)
HAFLONG, Jan 18: The Joint co-ordination
committee (JCC) ASDC/BJP alliance NC Hills distict committee, Haflong vehemeatly
condemn the killing of 2 persons by unknown militants at Maibong on the January


raise Boro national issues for solution(SEN_19_1_2008)
 UDALGURI, Jan 18: The All Boro Peace
Forum (ABPF) which was formed to initiate peace process with National Democratic
Front of Boroland (NDFB) in 2004 is now renamed as Boro People’s Forum for Peace
and Rights (BPFPR).


groups turning sar areas into a safe haven for criminals’(SEN_19_1_2008)
Congress Govt weak towards minorities: HYCP (SEN_19_1_2008)
 NAGAON, Jan 18: Taking advantage of the
alleged ‘weakness’ of the present Congress-led Government for the religious
minority community as well as the Jehadi groups, the different Maulabadi
extremist groups are spreading their tentacles in different parts of the State
at an alarming rate, particularly in the religious minority-dominated areas and
in sar areas, alleged Brajen Kakoti, president, Hindu Yuva Chatra Parishad (HYCP),


Khasis living
in KA cannot claim land as their own: Ingti(SEN_19_1_2008)
 HAMREN, Jan 18: Biren Singh Ingti,
sitting Member of Parliament, paid a visit to the border areas of
Meghalaya-Karbi Anglong recently to take stock of situation and to inquire into
the needs of the people living in the border areas. He was accompanied by MLA
from 20 Baithalangso LAC constituency Dr Mansing Rongpi, MAC from Socheng
constituency, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) Ms Bina Ranghangpi, KAAC
member and Bidya Sing Teron, chairman of the Forest Board, KAAC and secretary of
the district Congress, Karbi Anglong.


MPCC demands
removal of Chakma CEM (SEN_19_1_2008)
AIZAWL, Jan 18: The Mizoram Pradesh
Congress Committee (MPCC) today urged Mizoram Governor M M Lakhera to remove the
Chakma Autonomous District Council’s (CADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) for
allegedly misappropriating funds under the Rastriya Sam Vikash Yajona (RSVY).


Workshop on
Boro folk songs held(SEN_21_1_2008)
 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 20: A workshop on Boro
folk song was conducted under the banner of “Music Vision Kendra” at its office,
Bhatarmari, Kokrajhar recently. The purpose of 24-days workshop project was to
revive and preserve the diminishing Boro folk songs and original folk tunes.


concerned over Asomiya writings(SEN_21_1_2008)
 NAGAON, Jan 20: The Asom Asttittya
Rakshya Sangrami Manch (AARSM) here expressed concern at the state of the
spelling in contemporary Asomiya writings, even in the newspapers and journals.
The AARSM opined that the educationists and the literateurs should have given
serious concern over the matter to keep the quality of the Asomiya language and
literature intact.


Lack of
political space in BTC for NDFB leadership in case of an agreement a

stumbling block for peace talks(SEN_21_1_2008)
Guwahati, Jan 20: The situation in the
Bodo tribal heartland in the state has turned volatile following charges of
“armed activity” by men patronised by the party at the helm of the Bodo
autonomous council.


KAAC doles
out Karbi medium schools (SEN_21_1_2008)
 HOWRAGHAT, Jan 20: The Karbi Anglong
Autonomous Council (KAAC) has declared recently that it is going to introduce
Karbi medium schools for the first time in the district. Bidaysing Rongpi, KAAC
Executive Member for Education Department said this in an Upper Primary School
Living Certificate (UPSLC) and Primary School Living Certificate (PSLC) toppers
felicitation programme held at KAAC colony, Diphu.
Rongpi announced that altogether 26 primary schools in each of the 26 Member of
Autonomous Council (MAC) constituency are to be established in the first phase.
Against the newly introduced institutions one teacher will be appointed to every
primary school, Rongpi added.


Chakma bodies
rail against ‘autocracy’ in Chakma council(SEN_22_1_2008)
AIZAWL, Jan 21: Various Chakma bodies,
under the leadership of Chakma district Mizoram People’s Forum (MPF), have
accused Rasik Mohan Chakma, former chief executive member of the Chakma

Devp board or
council for Gorkhas soon: CM(SEN_22_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 21: The State Government
will soon take steps for the overall development of the Gorkha and the Nepali
communities living in the State. The Government will form a development board or
council for the community. This was stated by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi while
addressing the open session of the 24th biennial conference of the Gorkha
Sanmillani at Digboi today. Gogoi was the chief guest on the occasion.


Second annual
conference of Goreswar held(SEN_22_1_2008)
 GORESWAR, Jan 21: The 2nd annual
conference of the Goreswar Block Bodoland people’s front (BPF) was held at the
Betna High School playground with a two day long programme recently in Baksa
Ramakanta Basumatay, president, Goreswar BPF unit chaired on the open meet and
hoisted the party flag while sahid tarpan was performed by Mohan Boro and the
tree plantation programme was performed by Mohi Ram Basumatary.


ST status:
Tea bodies warn State Government(SEN_23_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 22: The INTUC Legislative
Forum, Asom Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS) and the APCC Tea Cell have warned the
Congress-led State Government to arrive at solutions to the long-standing issues
afflicting the tea tribe community, including the issue of ST status. The three
organizations will spearhead a vigorous movement against the Congress-led UPA
Government at the Centre if no concrete steps are taken by New Delhi in this
regard, said Congress Tea Cell chairman Bhagirath Karan while talking to The
Sentinel today.


Leasing out
of depts by KHADC draws flak(SEN_23_1_2008)
 SHILLONG, Jan 22: After the demand for
scrapping of the power deal between the State Government and the private
companies, the leasing out of two departments by the Khasi Hills Autonomous
District Council (KHADC) to private parties might create stiff opposition.


the Beltola Incident(SEN_23_1_2008)
This refers to the report titled “Is the
government interested in probing the Beltola incident?” (The Sentinel, January
14, 2008).
The Beltola incident was largely provoked by the vandalism perpetrated by the
rowdy elements of the Adivasi youths who violated the ethics of the civil
society by indiscriminately attacking the innocent bystanders while carrying out
their rally, armed with bows and arrows.


villages with non-Rabha majority from RHAC ’ (SEN_24_1_2008)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 23: A delegation of the
Non-Rabha Coordination Forum has today met State Revenue Minister Dr Bhumidhar
Barman and submitted a memorandum asking the Government to hold panchayat polls
in the Rabha-Hasong Autonomous Council (RHAC) areas soon.


Kyndiah will be stripped of Khasi status’(SEN_24_1_2008)
 SHILLONG, Jan 23: Khasi Hills Autonomous
District Council (KHADC) chief HS Shylla is confident that Nongkrem Congress
candidate Waibha Kyndiah, who is also the son of Union Tribal Affairs Minister
PR Kyndiah, will cease to be a Khasi after the hearing of a petition filed by an
NGO questioning his tribal status.

Xatradhikars to issue ultimatum to PM(SEN_24_1_2008)
Bhogpur and Bengenuati xatras worst
affected by erosion (SEN_24_1_2008)
 JORHAT, Jan 23: The Xatradhikars of Majuli have decided to issue an
ultimatum to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the severe erosion problem
on the island, which is slowly but surely changing the geographical shape of
this large fresh water island. The decision was taken at a meeting called by the
Majuli Surakshya Samiti (MSS) at the Manikanchan Kshetra yesterday.


communities giving shelter to maulabadi terrorists’(SEN_24_1_2008)
 NAGAON, Jan 23: The Asom Astitya Rakshya
Sangrami Manch (AARSM) here has strongly warned all ‘communal forces’ and also
the political parties not to give communal colour to the issue of detection and
deportation of illegal Bangladeshis, allegedly pouring in to the State everyday
from Bangladesh. The migrant after crossing the Indo-Bangladesh border
illegally, have allegedly settled in different minority-dominated areas
including the sar and forest areas in Nagaon district under patronage from a
particular section of religious-minority people and political leaders.


MMH demanding
separate state for KA(SEN_24_1_2008)
DIPHU, Jan 23: A four-man delegation will
leave Diphu for New Delhi on January 29 to submit a memorandum to the Union Home
Minister for inclusion of the demand for a separate state of Karbi Anglong in
the Terms of Reference of the soon to be constituted Second State Reorganization

Congress rally held (SEN_24_1_2008)
 HAMREN, Jan 23: A Congress rally was held
recently at Dongangmukh Kali Mandir premises under Hamren subdivision. The rally
was attended by the local MP Birensing Ingti, Hills Area Development (HAD)
minister of Asom Khorsing Ingti, the MLA from Baithalangso, Dr Monsing Rongpi,
and the VDC chairman from Amreng constituency, Francis Rongpi .

Separate Bodoland demand when need arises: Hagrama(SEN_25_1_2008)
general secretary of the Bodoland Peoples’ Front (BPF), Emanuel Mashahary, who
is also an executive member (EM) in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) has
said that a third force was conspiring to build up a situation of turmoil in the
BTC region with an aim to collapse the BPF-Congress alliance in the State.


HNLC flays
parties for playing religious card in poll campaign(SEN_25_1_2008)
 SHILLONG, Jan 24: The proscribed
Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has denounced the alleged use of
religious cards by political parties in the State. In an e-mail sent by HNLC
publicity secretary Sain Kupar Nongtraw today, the outfit termed the use of
religion for political advantage as detrimental to the people’s cause.



Two depose in
Beltola case(TEL_22_1_2008)

Guwahati, Jan. 21:
The Manisena Commission, which is probing the Beltola violence of November 24,
will summon more witnesses or recall those who have already testified if there
is not enough evidence.


Khasi council
chief defends revenue lease(TEL_24_1_2008)

Shillong, Jan. 23:
The chief executive member of Khasi Hills
Autonomous District Council, H.S. Shylla, today said he had partially leased out
the revenue collection of two departments of the council to private parties.

Bandh as
weapon for delimitation (TEL_28_1_2008)

– 3 tribes
protest process suspension (TEL_28_1_2008)

Kohima, Jan. 27:
Three Naga tribes have called a 12-hour bandh tomorrow in protest against
Delhi’s decision not to go ahead with the process of delimitation of
constituencies in Nagaland.

The bandh is expected to affect
traffic on National Highway 39, the lifeline of Manipur and parts of Nagaland,
and National Highway 61, which passes through Kohima and Mokokchung en route to
Amguri in Assam.

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