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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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