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Governance and Crime, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on April 26, 2009

Call for better accounting

Call for better
accounting(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Jan. 11:
There is a need
to improve the financial management system between the Centre and the Northeast,
the Controller General of Accounts (CGA), V.N. Kaila, has said. The principal
accounts adviser to the central government was addressing an outreach programme
on Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) at the NEC
auditorium, Shillong today.



An undertrial,
Hiranya Kumar Hira, escaped on Friday from the lockup of Morigaon district court
where he was taken in connection with a theft case. Hira was arrested by the
police four months back from Morigaon town says our Nagaon correspondent. The
police said he escaped through a ventilator of the lockup.



Corrupt babus
cream milk project (TEL_15-1-k8)

Jan. 14:
Its milk and cream are
still the purest, but the success story of Umrangsu’s most famous cottage
industry has turned sour. Until two years ago, people from across Assam would
religiously head for the North Cachar Hills township before Magh Bihu to buy
cream and curd for friends and family. This year, the queue in front of the
Umrangsu Creamery Scheme, the state’s only dairy processing unit, was
conspicuous by its absence.

IUCB Board
chairman sets record straight (SEX_14_1_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 13: Setting the record straight on the claims and counter-claims
about irregularities in the Imphal Urban Cooperative Bank, chairman of its (IUCB)
Board of Directors I Chandrasekhar observed that the truth is known to the
people. The facts cannot be covered up nor the truths blurred by uncorroborated
statements of some individuals.……..more….

Kamjong in time warp, governance goes haywire (SEX_14_1_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 13: Kam-jong sub-division of Ukhrul district seems to have been
caught in a time warp with not even a semblance of governance existing there.
All the Government Department offices including that of the SDO office were
found not functioning properly in the sub-division dur- ing an inspection tour
recently conducted by the Information Centre for Hills Areas, Manipur (ICHAM)
along with mediapersons from Imphal.……..more….

Water supply(SEX_15_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 14: The water supply at Chingmeirong East,
Chingmeirong West and Thangmeiband will remain disrupted for three days with
effect from January 15 due to repairing of rising main of Chingmeirong
Reservoir, according to a statement issued by Assistant Engineer Sub-Division
No. II, Water Supply Maintenance Division, PHE Department, Manipur.


Along with the proposal for keeping detailed records of available
resources of each of the departments under the Govt of Manipur separately, the
State Govt has also taken up necessary measures for setting aside the taxation
and non-taxation Departments. ……..more….


Assembly truths
for legislators (TEL, 1-1-k8)

NGO accuses people’s representatives of engaging only in self-help (TEL, 1-1-k8)

Shillong, Feb.
5: Self-help is the best help, but not when people’s representatives help only
themselves, says an organisation of “concerned” citizens in Meghalaya. The
organisation, christened Informed, Conscious and Responsible Existence (ICARE),
wonders why Meghalaya has several bills on legislators’ salaries and pensions
and hardly any on the state’s development.

paid back in same coin(TEL, 1-1-k8)

Over Rs 19 lakh
withdrawn from medical staff provident fund (TEL, 1-1-k8)

Feb. 5:
A fraud who robbed
nine fellow employees of the Manipur health department of Rs 19 lakh is being
paid back in his own coin. The money is being withdrawn from Lungdim Mangthang’s
salary and GPF accounts at the beginning of every month, just as he had done to
his “victims” four years ago.

after night of revelry(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Jan. 2:
An affluent
Guwahati-based businessman facing investigation for forgery and dealing in
stolen cars was shot dead in front of the gate to his apartment building early
today.  Najimul Islam, 41, was returning home from a New Year party after
dropping a woman friend at her residence when he took two bullets, fired from
point-blank range, on his head. The watchman at Islam’s Narikal Bari apartment
building told police that he saw an unidentified man getting into a car parked
at a distance and speeding off after the shots were fired.


Assam officials’ sons in cop net after binge(TEL_ 6_1_k8)

Jan. 5:
Dispur police
today arrested three youths on charges of drinking and threatening newspaper
vendors at Ganeshguri Chariali in the wee hours. Two of the youths, Imtiaz
Rahman and Anupal Hazarika, are sons of senior Assam government officials.
Dispur police, who arrested the youths with arms early this morning, identified
the third youth as Nayan Jyoti Das.

Panel glare on rice scam(TEL_ 6_1_k8)

Jan. 5:
The Manipur food
and civil supplies department today constituted a three-member committee to
probe how a huge amount of government rice ended up in a private godown here.
Food and civil supplies minister Y. Erabot Singh conducted a raid on Thursday
and recovered nearly 3,000 quintals of rice from the godown at Mantripukhri.


Pistol traced to Dimapur (TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Jan. 7:
Police today said
the three youths who were arrested on Saturday for threatening newspaper vendors
here had procured the .9 mm pistol from Dimapur in Nagaland. The pistol is of a
prohibited bore and is issued only to security personnel. Senior superintendent
of police V.K. Ramisetti said the trio had not revealed whose pistol it was, but
it had been ascertained that the weapon was brought from Dimapur.


Car chase, bullets & 3 dead thieves(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
Three armed men
fleeing with a stolen car were gunned down after a high-speed police chase
through empty streets and firing from both sides a few hours before this capital
city sprung to life today. The trio stole a Maruti 800 from Ganeshguri and were
headed for an unknown destination when a police patrol that had been informed
about the theft spotted the vehicle without numberplates near Lichubagan. That
was around 3.30am.

Fund misuse
cloud on Power Dept
 IMPHAL, Jan 2 :
Serious doubts have been raised over whether the Power Department had misused a
sum of Rs 22 crores and the State Government has already started an inquiry to
get to the bottom of the matter.During the course of an investigation conducted
by The Sangai Express it came to light there is a strong possibility that a sum
of Rs 22 crores may have been diverted for other purposes which are not included
in the State Plan and out of the works approved under the Budget.


Medical scam
accused convicted
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 2: In a landmark judgement the Special Court (No 1, Manipur West),
has found two doctors guilty of swindling Govt money while purchasing medical
The case stretches back to 1981 and involves the present Medical Superintendent
of State’s Tuberculosis Hospital Guru-mayum Mani Sharma and Chief Medical
Officer, Imphal Ayekpam Gojendra Singh.



‘Chief not
killed by firing’(SEX_4_1_k8)
Chief of H Gamnom village Hemkhogin Haokip found dead at
Heining-khong under Sugnu police station on January 1 was not killed by gun
shot, clarified the OC of Sugnu police station. During post mortem examination,
there was no sign of any bullet mark on the body of the deceased. But he was
found bleeding in the mouth and nose while wounds were found on the back
possibly caused by pulling him along a rough surface, the OC said.

Grenade found(SEX_4_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 3: A grenade
shell without pin and detonator was found from the basement of a building
located at Lilong Bazar at about 10 am today.
It is reported that the building serves as the office of Kangla Film Industries.
The Indian made grenade shell was discovered by some children while going there
to retrieve marbles. The grenade was later taken away by police personnel of
Lilong police station and AR personnel.

MAFYF to file
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 3: The MAFYF has prepared to file a case against the State
Government in connection with taking prisoners with handcuffs outside jail
premises for different purposes. ……..more….

Cops net
treasury scam accused(SEX_6_1_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 5: Even as the State Government has handed over the case of
fraudulent withdrawal of pension entitlements amou-nting to over Rs 55 lakhs
from Thoubal Treasury, with forged documents against the name of the pensioners
who are no more alive or without the knowledge of the pensioners concerned, to
the Enforcement Directorate of the Union Ministry of Finance, the police have
started arresting some of the bank officials who were allegedly involved in the

Bank to go on
Manipur Rural Bank would be
participating fully in the 2-day all India strike being called by the Joint
Forum of Gramin Bank Union (JFGBU) on January 10 and 11 in pursuance of various
demands. The demand of the Joint Forum include parity in pension, provi-dent
fund and other allowances, compas-sionate appointment, re cruitment and
promotion facilities and to stop outsourcing. On account of the strike, there
would be no transaction inclu-ding clearance on these two days, informed general
secry of Manipur Rural Bank Officers’ Association L Joychandra said in a

‘awarded’ forced retirement
IMPHAL, Jan 7: After a thorough
investigation into the shady dealings and mismanagements plaguing the Imphal
Urban Co-operative Bank for the last two years, the proscribed RPF has ‘given
voluntary retirement’ to its General Manager, Kangujam Lukhoi for manipulating
his date of birth. Parading Lukhoi before media persons at a place in
Churachandpur district on January 5, a spokesperson of the outfit’s Department
of Communication and Publicity conveyed that the outfit conducted a detailed
investigation to find out the fraudulent practices plaguing the bank.


Bharat Nirman
inaugurated in Ccpur
S Singlianmang Guite
Lamka, Jan 8: Bharat Nirman Campaign, an initiative to educate the masses on the
various flagship programmes of the centre Gov- ernment was inaugurated here
early today with the IPR Minister TN Haokip gracing the occasion as Chief Guest.
The awareness campaign hosted by PIB Imphal was also grace by Pankuj Pandey, Dy
Director PIB Guwahati, Joseph Larothang ZEO/CCpur and numerous other

to unmask corrupt officials(SEX_10_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 9: Expressing serious concern over underdevelopment in
hill districts of Manipur inspite of releasing large amount of developmental
fund year after year, Information Centre for Hill Areas, Manipur (ICHAM) has
sought the support of the public in unmasking the officials res- ponsible for
swindling these fund.……..more….

Inpi clarifies(SEX_10_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 9: Reacting to the press release about FCS foodgrains
found stockpiled in a private godown at Mantripukhri which reportedly included
share of Saikul block, the Kuki Inpi Saikul Gamkai has clarified that the
authority concerned has been distributing FCS, TDPS rice to people in Saikul
block regularly. A press release issued by the Inpi asserted that the press
release about siphoning off FCS rice was baseless.……..more….

men feted at investiture ceremony(SEX_12_1_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 11 : An investiture ceremony of AR personnel who were awarded the
Director General Assam Rifles Commen- dation cards was held at headquarters 9
Sector AR at Keithelmanbi today. During the ceremony presided by IG AR (South)
Maj Gen BK Chengapa, 37 AR personnel including officers were conferred
discs/medals and commendation cards.……..more….

Kills self(SEX_26_1__k8)
In an apparent case of suicide a rifleman of the 7 Manipur Rifles
posted at Moreh shot himself to death with his own service weapon at around 4.45
pm at the border town, reports our Moreh Correspondent. Identity of the deceased
serviceman has been established as L Inaocha of Wangoo.


From dust to
slush, Imp wallows in muck and filth, Livid CM summons officials,

contractors to seek explanations for delay in work(SEX_26_1__k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 25 : With the streets in Imphal changing from dusty to
slushy, due to no small measure to the failure to meet the deadline of
completing the pipe laying exercise taken up by the PHED for the Imphal Sewerage
Project compounded by the January rain, a livid Chief Minister today summoned
the Works Minister, PHED Minister as well as officials of PHED and PWD and
contractors concerned to quiz them about the progress of the work taken up,
especially at Paona bazar area.……..more….

2 extortionists arrested(NPT_15_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 14 (NPN): In the
continuing drive against armed extortion and forcible collection in and around
Dimapur, Dimapur police, based on a tip off by the public, Monday night arrested
two persons while they were trying to extort money from a certain hotel at
around 9 p.m.

KDGBA deadline to NSCN-IM(NPT_15_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 14 (NPN): The Kiphire
District GBs’ Association (KDGBA) has given a 30-days deadline to the NSCN (I-M)
to deliver justice in connection with the cold blooded murder of Throngtsangkiu,
head GB of Zanger Village, and six other family members on February 8, 2007.


SP lays stress
on strengthening of VDPs
From our Correspondent
NALBARI, Jan 14: In a well-attending meeting of village defence party workers
held at Barama Boys H.S. School on January 6 organized by Barama unit of Village
Defence Party (VDP), PK Datta, superintendent of Police (SP), Baksa appealed to
the public in general and VDP workers in particular to work for peace and
transquillity among people in trouble torn district of Baksa.


Non-availability of food in poll centre alleged

From our Correspondent
NAGAON, Jan 14: It is alleged by a section of victim polling officials in Nagaon
that the polling officials detailed for the polling duty in 67 different polling
stations under Dhing,’ Rupahihat and Raha LAC had to perform their duty without
food in the panchayat election held on January 8 and 9. Polling officials
further alleged that due to the non availability of safe drinking water, they
had to consume unhygienic water from the ponds. It is the total failure on the
part of the Government for not providing better provisions for food and drinking
water in the polling material distribution centres along with the polling



Syndicate involved in pilferage of bitumen busted
From our Reporter
TINSUKIA, Jan 14: A police team led by officer-in-charge of Dhola PS under
Tinsukia district busted a syndicate involved in the pilferage of bitumen on
Friday. The team also arrested three persons besides seizing a mini-truck with
four drums of bitumen.
According to information, an FIR was filed at the Dhola PS on Friday by JR
Constructions of Bormur, regarding the theft of drums containing bitumen.

Power joint
ventures: NGOs give ‘go-ahead’ signal
Staff Correspondent
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The powerful traditional institution — the Durbar of Hima
Nonstoin — along with 11 social organizations of West Khasi Hills district, gave
a body blow to political parties and Shillong-based NGOs opposition to the
Cabinet decision to jointly develop power projects in Kynshi river in the West
Khasi Hills district.
In spite of opposition by political parties and social organizations like the
KSU, FKJGP, FAF to the Cabinet’s decision on the power deal, syiem (Chief) of
Nongstoin, PS Syiem, convened a meeting with the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of
West Khasi Hills district. Besides the syiems and his ministers, the meeting,
comprising of the KSU and FKJGP, resolved to accept the proposed joint power
project in Kynshi river with five conditions.……..more….

Kohima DPDB
KOHIMA, Jan 14: The monthly Kohima District Planning & Development Board
meeting will be held on January 15 at the DC’s Conference Hall, Kohima, stated a
press release.

Tripathi joins as advisor to Nagaland Governor(SEN, 15-1-08)
KOHIMA, Jan 14: SC Tripathi, IPS (Rtd) has joined today as Advisor to
the Governor of Nagaland, stated a press release. A former IPS officer of Madhya
Pradesh Cadre, Tripathi also served as Director General (DG) of Nagaland Police
for a short term in 1994-95.……..more….

Money vanishes
from account!

From a
TEZPUR, Jan 16: Depositors of the State Bank of India, Tezpur branch are a
worried lot, after finding out that money from their accounts are being
withdrawn by fictitious people.
One Purna Kanta Bora was told that amounts of Rs 49,000, Rs 40,000, Rs 4,000 and
Rs 5,000 were withdrawn from his account by using an ATM card, without his
knowledge, on different occasions in the past two weeks.Surprisingly, the
depositor had not even applied for an ATM facility and, hence, had no ATM card
of his own.

jewellery recovered
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 18: Sleuths and officials of the Income Tax Department, who had
conducted raids at the rented house of notorious lottery don Alok Jain,
recovered gold jewellery worth Rs 1.14 crore, diamond jewellery worth Rs 30 lakh
besides many-property related documents, sources said. On the other hand, Rs 70
lakh in cash was also recovered from the houses of Alok Jain, Kailash Chader
Pandya, Manoj Joger, Ashok Joger, Anup Jain and Chatsingh Gangwal, the sources

Protesters damage vehicle
From a Correspondent
NAGAON, Jan 18: A mini bus was damaged when people participating in a rally at
Nagaon demanding capital punishment for the murderers of an eight-year-old boy
took the law into their own hands after a vehicle hit one of the protesters near
the Haibargaon police station. The irate mob also pelted stones at other

says Government employees involved in corruption(SEN_19_1_k8)
From our Correspondent
NAGAON, Jan 18: Nagaon Upabhokta Surakstiya Samity (NUSS) like to draw the sharp
attention of the Sadau Asom Karmachari Parishad that (SAKP), allegations were
pouring in among a larger section of Government officers and employees who are
not working for the public for which they were appointed and paid by the
Government unless they get bribes.……..more….

1 killed, 2 injuired by miscreants
From our Correspondent
NALBARI, Jan 18: One truck driver was killed on NH 31 at Barama by unidentified
miscreant on January 15 while one NDFB cadre along with a youth, were injuired
in a similar incident that took place at Kharua village under Barama police
station on Thursday.……..more….

Poultry trucks entering Asom ‘illegally’
From our Correspondent
BOXIRHAT, Jan 18: At a time when bird flu, also known as H5N1, is spreading
rapidly throughout West Bengal and its neighbouring areas including north Bengal
and the border areas of Asom, a few poultry-loaded trucks from west Bengal
illegally entered Asom through Boxirhat yesterday. According to sources, no
Government official was present near the check-gate to stop the trucks from
entering Asom. Though there is a Pest Eradication centre at Boxirhat near
Bidyardabri beside the NH-31(A), with 11 veterinary department employees, no
check-gate has been opened at Boxirhat till date, to obstruct trucks carrying
poultry from entering Asom.……..more….

Restriction on
arms during elections
PHEK, Jan 18: The District Magistrate and the District Election Office of
Phek, Maongwati Aier has, notified in a press release that, in pursuance of
directives of the Election Commission of India for restriction on possession of
arms during General Election 2008, the following instructions shall be observed
during General Assembly Elections in Phek district. ……..more….

Poll official
From our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, Jan 25: A lady official of Darrang District Administration looking
after the Food cell during panchayat Poll duty today had to face the wrath of
the agitated jawans of the Home guards and other employees at Mangaldai
Government HS School. Sources said that the incident took place when a group of
Home guard jawans forcibly entered the dinning hall owing to delay in serving
lunch, due to alleged mismanagement. This resulted in some heated verbal
exchanges among the jawans and employees resulting in chaos.

Bird flu: No
need for panic in North-east(SEN_26_1_k8)
 Common people of the NE States have been told not to panic over the
threat of bird flue as the government has taken all necessary measures.  Till
the filling of this story, no bird flue case has been registered in NE. Alarmed
by the outbreak of this avian influenza in neighbouring Bangladesh, Tripura was
the first State in NE to ban import of all poultry products form other States of
India. Meghalaya has also sounded red alert throughout the State.

Section 144 CrPC (SEN_26_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 25: The
District Magistrate (DM), Jaintia Hills District has promulgated Section 144
CrPC, prohibiting writing on walls, pasting of posters or erecting, displaying
of cut-outs etc, on any public properties stated a press release. No political
parties will be allowed to put up banners on all roads. No election meeting will
be allowed without taking permission from the District Magistrate and the local
headman regarding the venue of the meeting. No. PA system will be allowed to be
used between 10 PM to 6 AM. Further, no rallies or processions will be allowed
without prior permission from the DM. This order will remain effective till the
election process is over.

cells set up

SHILLONG, Jan 25: In view of the ensuring election to the State
Legislative Assembly, the District Election Officer, Jaintia Hills District has
set up Control Rooms-cum-Complaint Monitoring Cells. Any complaints or queries
on elections may be made at these cells. The cell is located at the office of
the SDO (Civil), Amlarem, for 4-Raliang at the office of the BDO Laskein, for
5-Nartiang at the office of the BDO Thadlaskein, for 6-NangbahWahiajer at the
Range Office, Soil and Water conservation, Thadlaskein and for 7-Jowai at the
Election Office, Jowai, stated a press release.……..more….

Levy sugar

SHILLONG, Jan 25: The Deputy commission (Supply), East Khasi Hills
District, Shillong has informed the public consumers that levy sugar against
January 2008, has been released and is being distributed through their
respective Fair Price Shops. The scale of issue is 500 grams per head, per month
at the rate of Rs 13.50 per kg, stated a press release. Any non-supply or
overcharging of the rate by the Suppliers many be brought to the notice of the
Deputy commissioner (Supply), East Khasi Hills District, Shillong with all the
details. ……..more….

Kerosene diverted for Longleng VIPs(NPT_16_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 15 (NPN):

Acting on a complaint lodged by the
public of Longleng district over diversion of kerosene oil meant for Fair Price
Shops (FPS) in the name of VIPs in Longleng district, the Governor of Nagaland
has directed the authorities to immediately cancel all such arbitrary
allocations for the VIPs. The Governor has also directed that allocation of
kerosene oil in all districts must be strictly done as per the proportion of the
population of the villages.  He pointed out that such act was against the
objective of PDS as it affected the distribution of essential commodity for the
people of the State.

Owner killed by
car lifters

From our Correspondent
SONARI, Jan 8: The owner of a Maruti van (AS04F3557), Jitu Hussain, was killed
by two car lifters who had hired the van at 3.30 pm here today. The car lifters
were later shot at and arrested by the police when the duo defied the police
signal near the Asom-Nagaland border. The two injured car lifters confessed
before Geleki police that they had killed the owner of the van.

apologizes to convict’s family
 SHILLONG, Jan 8: WHD Syngkon, State public prosecutor, who argued hard
till wife-killer Tenderly Hynniewta was sentenced to life imprisonment, has
apologized to the family of the convict. Hynniewta was sentenced to life
imprisonment for killing his pregnant wife four years ago. Syngkon’s role in
pleading for justice has been lauded by many women’s organizations. A few
organizations even said that “justice has been done by the judiciary”, Syngkon
told newsmen. “I feel jubilated that my success is an example of good prevailing
over evil”.……..more….

One killed by
From our Correspondent
SHILLONG, Jan 8: Unidentified miscreants shot down a staff of a fishery pond in
Borsora in West Khasi Hills district on January 6. Orningstar Lyngdoh
Marshillong died on the spot while his colleague, Honsingjoy Lyngdoh Marshillong,
has been admitted to Shillong Civil Hospital. Police said that the incident
occurred at around 8 pm near a fishery pond that belongs to one P Marwein.


Govt employees
directed to attend office on picketing days(SEN, 9-1-k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 8: In view of the office
picketing called by a certain organization on January 8 and 9, the Meghalaya
Chief Secretary has directed all government employees to attend office on the
said days failing which action as may be considered appropriate will be taken
against them, stated a press release. Officers allotted with vehicles are also
directed to take out their vehicles and bring them to office on these days.
Failure to do so will result in vehicle being withdrawn and will be allotted to
other officers, the release added. ………..more….

Rice under
Annapurna scheme

SHILLONG, Jan 8: the Deputy commissioner
(Supply), East Khasi Hills District, Shillong has informed all entitlement card
holders under the Annapurna Scheme that 30 kgs of rice against the month of
November to December 2007 has been released and will be distributed “free of
cost” at the scale of 10 kgs per card per month through their respective fair
price shops as indicated. ………..more….

3 car
lifters shot dead in Guwahati
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: The City
Police shot dead three car lifters near Chachal on the Express Highway in
Guwahati last night when the three were fleeing after having stolen a Maruti car
(AS-01H-8019) from Ganeshguri on January 8.

City Police
draws flak; memo submitted to CM(SEN_10_1_k8)
 NALBARI, Jan 9: The public hailing from Barsimuliguri area in Baksa
district recently sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi through
the Deputy Commissioner demanding the release of innocent youths who were
arrested by the Guwahati Police. It is alleged that some innocent youths,
hailing from undivided Nalbari district, who have been staying in Guwahati in
search of jobs are continuously harassed by the Guwahati police, sources said.

Media accuse district admin of indifference
From our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, Jan 9: The media persons of Mangaldai in Darrang district today have
been forced to boycott a press meet held at the District Commissioner’s
conference hall following the failure of the officials of the district
administration, including the Deputy commissioner to attend the press meet on
time, sources said. ……..more….

Injured car
lifters die; police on the hunt to nab absconding

From our Correspondent
SONARI, Jan 9: Two car lifters who were seriously injured when the police fired
at them near Geleky along the Asom-Nagaland border in Sivasagar district at
around 9:30 pm on Tuesday succumbed to their bullet injuries on Wednesday. It
may be mentioned here that Tirtharanjan Bora and Raju Dey, the two car lifters,
fled away with the car of one Jitu Hussain after killing him.

Gauhati HC
ruling on construction of buildings
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 10: The restriction imposed by the Gauhati High Court on
construction of buildings beyond the first floor was lifted today when a
division bench of the court wrapped up the case taken up suo motto by the court
on the basis of newspaper reports.……..more….

Land ‘usurpation’ cases rock Jorhat(SEN_11_1_k8)
From our
JORHAT, Jan 10: This is almost out of the script of a Bollywood potboiler. When
Tridib Bezbaruah, a Golaghat-based lawyer, came to pay the revenue for a plot of
land here, which belonged to his late father in October last year, he was
“shocked” to find that it had already been ‘registered’ in the name of Runu Das
Barua, his tenant. When he made inquiries on his own, he found that the plot had
been usurped through an unregistered sales deed, and that too, forged.


Administration, police conducting separate probes(SEN, 11-1-08)
filed a case (No 732/07 u/s 420/458/471/34 IPC) at Jorhat Sadar police station
on December 7 and named Prafulla Barua and his wife Runu, a school teacher, as
the prime accused. The couple had been staying at the plot, measuring one bigha
and nine lessas located in KK Barooah Path in the middle of the town, since
1988. Significantly, the lawyer also complained against the then Circle Officer
of Jorhat (East) Circle, a kanangu mandal, a mandal and two witnesses in his
Based on his complaint, the police arrested Barua and mandal Purnananda Dutta.
But Barua’s wife and kanangu mandal Ananda Saikia have been absconding since the
matter came to light. No action has been taken against the then Circle Officer
who is now acting as SDO (Sadar) so far.

United Bank of
India closes all offices in Manipur following extortion

IMPHAL, Jan10: A demand for 10 lakh rupees coupled with threats, has
forced the United Bank of India (UBI) to close all its branches in Manipur for
the second consecutive day, bringing financial transactions to a complete halt.
A militant group, whose name has not been revealed by the employees for fear of
reprisals, served the extortion note to the UBI.……..more….

Ten shops
11: Ten shops were gutted in an inferno at Modi Market in Tinsukia town in the
wee hours today. Fire tenders fought for over three hours to douse the flames.
No human casualty has been reported. The cause of the fire is yet to be
ascertained. Exact value of property lost in the fire has also not been


discussion on media and district administration held(SEN_12_1_k8)
DIPHU, Jan 11: A panel discussion was organised by the department of
Journalism and Mass Communication on “ How the Media can collaborate with the
District Administration to promote peace” in its conference hall at the Diphu
Government College. The panel discussion was presided over by M Angamuthu,
Deputy commissioner of Karbi Anglong district. Sanjay Paul, Bureau in Chief of
ETV, North East Zone was the main speaker and the chief guest. Anurag Tankha,
IPS, SP, Karbi Anglong; Mukul Baruah, president district journalism federation
and Diphu press club; Mongolsing Rongphar were some of the eminent persons
present in the discussion along with local media persons and journalism

6 motorcycle
thieves arrested
From our Correspondent
JOYSAGAR, Jan 11: Sivasagar police on January 9 arrested six veteran in lifting
motorcycles from different parts of Sivasagar under Sivasagar police station.

Sources said that the arrested thieves – Md Inamul Hussain (20), Md Rahmat Ali
(19), Md Zakir Khan (25), Md Akibul Ali (19), Nayan Bora (19) and Md Raju Ali
(20) – have confessed their involvement from different parts of Sivasagar during
police interrogation. The thieves also confessed that they had sold two recently
lifted motorcycles to a resident of Nagaland at Bihubor in Sivasagar district.
The thieves were arrested in connection with Sivasagar PS case No 11/08 u/s 380
of the IPC and 23/08 u/s 379 of the IPC. ………..more….


Vehicle thieves
having a field day
From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Jan 11: After a lull of a couple of months vehicle thieves have surfaced
once again to steal two motorcycles and a maxx pick-up in the town in the last
few days. ………..more….

2 houses, 5
shops gutted in cylinder blast

From our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, Jan 11: In a devastating fire that took place at about 11-30 in the
morning on Friday at Karichowk area of Mangaldai town, two thatched dwellings
with five shops have been gutted in fire. ……..more….

Accountability Commission constituted
GUWAHATI, Jan 13: As per directive of the Supreme Court of India to the
State Government to adopt their own Police Acts, the Assam Government has
enacted the Assam Police Act 2007, which has come into effect from September 18,
Subsequently as per section 70/71 of the Assam police act 2007 the State
Government has constituted the State Police Accountability Commission with the
following members Dhiresh Narayan Choudhury, retired judge, Guwahati High Court
is the chair person of the commission, Deepak Narayan Dutt, Jahanara Saikia,
retired professor, Handique Girls’ College and Dhirendra Nath Saikia, former
commissioner ad secretary to Government of Assam.……..more….

‘Illegal’ rickshaws on Jorhat roads: AJYCP slams JMB(SEN_14_1_k8)
From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Jan 13: Harping on the severe traffic congestion in the town, the Asom
Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) has sternly rebuked the district
administration and Jorhat Municipal Board (JMB) for not curbing the
proliferation of rickshaws, most of which are unlicensed. The AJYCP stated that
with the help of the Right to Information Act (RTI), it had found out that only
2,500 rickshaws had been signed by the JMB but alleged that there were 5,000
rickshaws plying on the streets.

RTI Act turns into a mockery in Dhubri(SEN_14_1_k8)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 13: Although it has been made mandatory for officials of
Government departments to provide information to people seeking information
under the Right to Information (RTI) Act within a month from the date on which
such information is officially sought, the rule, however, has not been followed
in Dhubri district. Further, officials who fail to provide information under the
RTI Act within a month has to pay Rs 250 rupees per day from his own pocket as
penalty. The upper limit of this penalty is Rs 25,000. But this rule has also
been openly flouted in Dhubri district.

PAC to examine irregularities
in four Manipur departments

Public Account Committee
of the Manipur legislative Assembly will examine findings given in the Audit
Report for the year ending March 2006 for four departments of the Manipur
government from January 28 onward.  The department to be examined are Rural
Development, Food and Civil Supply, Home and Finance, official source informed
that all concern officials of the these departments have been asked to attend
the examination for giving evidence before the committee with all the necessary

PMO, Railways
to blame for pathetic condition of Cachar Paper Mill’(SEN_2_1_k8)
 From our Correspondent
SILCHAR, Jan 1: The one lakh ton capacity Cachar Paper Mill has been hit by an
acute scarcity of bamboo and wood, which has adversely affected the production.
The situation has reached such a stage that the Cachar Paper Project Workers and
Employees’ Union (CPPWEU) has been holding street meetings at Katakhal,
Panchgram, Badarpur, Janakibazar and other adjacent areas of the mill in order
to highlight the ills of the project and the apprehension about its shutdown.
The mill, in fact, has been using bamboo only as its main raw material, the
supply of which was met from the forests of Barak Valley, Mizoram and North
Cachar Hills.……..more….

Chawlkhowa Sand
Mahal languishing in neglect
From our Correspondent
BARPETA, Jan 1: One of the sources of revenue for the Government and a great
income source of Barpeta, the Chawlkhowa Sand Mahal is facing an
economically-downward trend. It has been predicted that the Sand Mahal will lose
around Rs 8 lakh of revenue due to the indifferent attitude shown by the Barpeta
district administration as well as the Irrigation and Water Resource department.

Blatant corruption leading to fuel adulteration (SEN_2_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 1: Can
petroleum products being sold in the State through authorized retail outlets and
oil pumps be trusted to be free of adulteration? No, according to the United
People’s Front, UPF, which has alleged that such products are being sold without
being tested for adulteration.

facing computerization blues

IMPHAL, Jan 1: The State Government’s new scheme for computerization of
the pension payment process for former government employees is hanging in fire
as banks are not honouring the government’s standing order to follow the
guidelines under the new scheme.……..more….

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

involved in rampant corruption’(SEN_3_1_k8)
From our Correspondent
NAGAON, Jan 2: In two panchayat election meetings of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP)
held at Hatipukhuri and Dakhin Khatowal under Rupahihat LAC, former Asom Chief
Minister and president of the Asom Gana Parishad (Pragatisheel) (AGP-P)
addressed a huge gathering of more than 10,000 people.

193 voters deprived of right to franchise(SEN_3_1_k8)
From our Correspondent
BARPETA, Jan 2: Though the district administration here is getting ready for the
third phase of the panchayat polls to be held on January 9, 2008, yet 193 people
from the No. 4 Nasatra village under 11 No. Patbousi Gaon Panchayat are about to
deprived of their voting rights in the ensuing panchayat election. The voters,
however, voted in the Assembly elections under the serial numbers 231 to 424 in
the voters’ list.……..more….

Is PWD corrupt and incompetent? (SEN_4_1_k8)
Slow progress of Bhangagarh and Six Mile flyovers leads to hellish traffic snarl

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 3: The entire traffic system in Guwahati has gone haywire due to
the abysmally slow progress of works of both the Six Mile and Bhangagarh
flyovers, given to the same construction company —Simplex Infrastructure Ltd,
Kolkata. Besides the inconvenience caused to the people, the slow progress of
works of the two flyovers has given a body blow to the State exchequer — in the
form of additional works leading to additional expenditure apparently due to
faulty designing and cost escalation because of the failure on the part of the
construction company to meet the scheduled targets.


recovered at Kumarikata
From our Correspondent
Goreswar, Jan 3: Three powerful “Improvised Explosive device” (IED) were
recovered and defused at Kumarikata area in Baksa district recently. Police
personnel led by Sanjib Gogoi, Officer in Charge (OC), Tamulpur, police station,
Army officer Pusparag Pandey and CRPF officials recovered three IED fitted under
a bridge over Kalanadi on the Kumarikata area. The IEDs were later defused by
experts of bomb defusal squad of the Fourth Sikhlai Regiment of the Army
stationed at Kumarikata. The IEDs were so powerful that a hole of 6 feet deep
and 12 feet wide was created. ……..more….

Busy time ahead
for police; no let-up in crimes in New Year
From our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, Jan 3: Although the first day of the New Year was ‘incident-free’ for
Mangaldai Sadar police station at the district headquarters and the Dhula police
station, there seems to be questions as to whether the ever-rising crime graph
of our society could be brought down. Mangaldai police registered a case (No.
1/08 under section 341/325/34 IPC ) in which one Arun Sarkar of Mowamari chapori
lodged a complaint against Gada Mandal and five others for intercepting and
beating him mercilessly on the village road.

Seminar held

From our Correspondent
NALBARI, Jan 3: A seminar on the subject “The role of advocate in administration
of justice” will be held on January 5 in the premises of Nalbari District Bar
Association. The seminar will be organized in joint collaboration of Bar Council
of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and
Sikkim. ……..more….

Two land up in
police station fighting for their wives’ causes
From our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, Jan 3: It is said that everything is possible in polities. Friends
can turn into enemies. Two friends, who were involved in an argument over party
tickets for their wives, today landed in the police lock-up of the Mangaldai
police station.
The argument took place in the presence of a large number of poll aspirants at
the Rajiv Bhavan here, and the two persons — one Ghana Kanta Deka, a teacher of
Pathorighat HS School and a resident of Chengapara No.1, and Derajul Hoque of
Bar-Kumarpara, both under Sipajhar police station — sustained injuries. The
police had to interfere and arrest them. ……..more….

Meghalaya BJP a confused party(SEN_4_1_k8)
Our Correspondent
SHILLONG, Jan 3: BJP in Meghalaya appears to be in confusion even as the saffron
party sweeps polls in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.
The party could not send the list of its aspirants for the upcoming Assembly
elections except for three, infuriating the other five aspirants.Altogether
eights aspirants have applied for the Laban Constituency ticket to the Central
Election Committee (CEC). However, the State Election Committee (SEC) did not
send names of the five aspirants to the CEC in New Delhi.


brawl: DC calls patch-up meet
SHILLONG, Jan 3: Lack of respect to each other is the reason behind the
police-public brawl during the New Year celebration in Jowai town, stated
Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner FR Kharkongor. While the public lodged an FIR
against DSP BJ Laloo for his alleged involvement in the assault of Tympang
Sports Club secretary K Khryiem and Leiki Blah, the DC has called a meeting with
the victims, the DSP, the Superintendent of Police and the functionaries of the
club on Friday for a patch-up.

Situation tense
at Jorhat civil hospital
From our Correspondent
JORHAT, Jan 4: The situation turned tense at Jananayak Debeswar Sarmah Civil
Hospital here today after an alleged delay in conducting post-mortem on an
accident victim who hailed from Cinnamara area. A hospital source said that the
police had to be called in to control the mob which was protesting against the
‘delay.’ It may be mentioned here that such incidents of lawlessness had
occurred on several
occasion at the hospital precincts during last year.

Youths involved
in ‘extortion’ arrested
 TINSUKIA, Jan 5: Six activists of the Assam Students and Youth
Organization (ASYO) were arrested under sections 447, 365, 511, 34, 188, and a
case of kidnapping and extortion has been registered against them. The accused
youths kept in police custody include ASYO president Arun Neog, general
secretary Surajeet Borah, Ranjan Moran, Debajeet Buragohain, Siddhartha
Buragohain, Binanda Hatibaruah. It is worth mentioning that Surajeet Borah is a
journalist and a student of a law college here in Tinsukia.

Nagaland Governor lays stress on transparency(SEN_6_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 5: A day after
imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland, Governor K Sankaranarayanan has held
a meeting with heads of all departments in the Secretariat stressing to bring
transparency and clarity in running the government.
Sankarnarayanan said yesterday the government would accord top priority in
improving roads in the State for rapid economic development. He also said
provision of drinking water, health care and quality education were also the
importmant areas to work upon.

CBI should probe Mandi House racket: CPI-M parliamentarian(SEN_7_1_k8)
‘Prasar Bharati-producer racket out to deprive NE producers’
From our Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Jan 6: CPI-M Member of Parliament (MP) Hannan Mullah moved
Information and Broadcasting (I & B) Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi with a
serious allegation that a racket of Prasar Bharati officials and empanelled
producers has been out to deprive the film producers from the North-east of
their commissioned Doordarshan programmes. The CPI-M MP has demanded of the
Government to order a CBI inquiry to bust the racket active at Mandi House.


order on NH 40
SHILLONG, Jan 6: Ri-Bhoi district administration has imposed 144 CrPC in
the district prohibiting forcible obstruction of movement of vehicular traffic
along the NH 40 and other roads in view of the 12-hour road blockade on January
8, an MIPR release said.……..more….

Blast at
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: An IED went off in front of the house of one Nothikatha Sarma
at Itachali in Nagaon district today. There was no injury in the blast as none
of the family members of Sarma was at home. The family went to Rajasthan.

Seniority dispute divides top cops(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Officer from
‘special batch’ deserts station (TEL, 17-1-k8)

Jan. 16:
The battle
between two batches of Assam police officers over seniority and promotions is
being fought in court and outside it, too. An assistant superintendent of police
from the “special batch” of 1993 returned to headquarters in a huff yesterday
because a fellow officer who joined service later superseded him to the post of
district police chief.

‘vanishes’ with labourers’ wages(AST_29_1_k8)
 KALGACHIA, Jan 28 – Resentment prevails among the people of this
area over an incident where a contractor of village Janata under Jania LAC has
been absconding for about three years after misappropriating wages due to a
number of labourers whom he engaged in the construction of buildings at Shillong.


The Dimapur District Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union (DADU) has cautioned all the
responsible not to purchase any autorickshaw with tempered engine number,
chassis number and without proper document. Its president, Akaho Kiba has
further cautioned that anyone doing so would be doing at their own risk. ………..more….

Pillion riding
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The Kamrup Metropolitan District Administration
by an order issued under Section 144 CrPC, has prohibited pillion riding within
the entire district. However, certain relaxation has been made for persons above
the age of 50 years, ailing persons travelling to and from hospital, persons of
the police and armed forces in uniform, physically challenged and schoolchildren
in uniform, an official release stated.……..more….

 Works minister
tours remote Chandel areas (IFP_9_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 7: The state works minister K Ranjit
accompanied by MLA Thangkholun Haokip undertook a tour of the interior areas of
Chandel district on Saturday and Sunday, examining the condition of roads and
bridges infrastructure and listening to the grievances of the local public. The
ministerial team, which included top officials of the works department, and a
media group, travelled part way along the Tengnoupal to New Somtal route via
Joupi and Shomvi and also visited Chakpikarong and Sajik Tampak, where public
meetings were held.……..more….

Two held for
conducting HIV tests on minors (IFP_12_1_k8)

11: Two volunteers of a non-governmental organization, NGO who conducted blood
tests for HIV on nine children without the consent of the parents were detained
by the Porompat police on Friday. The two volunteers were named as Panganbam
Kennedy, 30, son of Gorbadon of Palace Compound and Sagolsem Tombi, 30, son of
Kalachand of Wangkhei Meihoubam Lampak presently residing at Mahabali Kabui Khul
in a rented house.

Thanga looters surrender to RPF (IFP_16_1_k8)

15: Two persons who had allegedly looted members of a family at Thanga Lawai
last Friday evening have surrendered to the underground Revolutionary People`s
Front. The two men, identified as Sapam Pradip, 23 and Haobijam Singhajit, 24,
both from Thanga Lawai, were paraded before mediapersons somewhere in
Churachandpur district today.

team visits Ccpur mishap victims, pays relief; Toll rises to 23; ex-gratia

promised from govt side (IFP_19_1_k8)

Lamka, Jan 18: A ministerial team comprising of works minister K Ranjit,
power minister Phungjathang, IFCD minister N Biren and MLA E Dwijamani today
visited the victims of yesterday`s tragic truck accident which claimed the lives
of 23 people and wounded around 35 others.……..more….

stations` phones remain dead despite CM`s instructions (IFP_20_1_k8)

19: Nearly a month has passed since the Manipur chief minister instructed the
state DGP before media persons to take up immediate action to re-connect the
dead telephones of the police stations, but the instruction is yet to see action
and as many as 32 police stations still have their phones out of service.


PAC to restart examination of CAG audit report findings (IFP_20_1_k8)

18: The Public Account Committee, PAC of the Manipur legislative Assembly will
recommence examination of the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General of
India, CAG`s audit report for the year ending March 2006 for the four
departments of the Manipur government from January 28 onward. During the four
day period, the PAC will examine the reports of the rural development
department, the food and civil supplies department, home department and finance
department, an official said.

Manipur rice racket busted

A big racket in siphoning
of rice mean for public distribution system, PDS was busted Thursday by state
FCS authority during a raid at a private godown. State FCS minister, Y Erabot
Singh led the team of the FCS officials in today’s raid conducted at around
11:30 am in which around 5000 bags of rice (50kgs per bag) mean for AAY and BPL
were seized from the private godown located at Mantripukhri, Imphal.


Tour restrictions on Govt officers(NPT_8_1_k8)

The Chief Secretary of Nagaland, Lalhuma, has in an Office Memorandum notified
that "all officers, Administrative Heads of Departments (AHoDs) and Heads of
Directorates (HoDs) and officers under their control are required to obtain
prior approval of the Governor before undertaking tours outside the state to
attend to important meetings convened by the Ministries of the Government of
India including DoNER and NEC where the presence of the Administrative Heads of
Departments or Heads of Departments is unavoidable."


FGN urged to discharge ‘killers’(NPT_9_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 8 (NPN):

The eldest son of late Throngtsangki,
Head GB of Zanger village under Pungro area, murdered along with six family
members on February 8, 2007, has appealed to authorities in the FGN to discharge
those 13 within its fold, involved in the gruesome killings so that they could
be prosecuted under the law for their crimes.


GB-DB Forum consultative meet   (NPT_10_1_k8)

The Joint Forum of GBs & DBs Nagaland
has resolved to convene a consultative meeting with all Naga frontal
organizations like Naga Hoho, ENPO, NBCC, NMA, NSF, ENSF, all tribal hoho
presidents and special invitees including former commissioner TN Mannen, Dr. VC
Kanito and Kaka D Iralu, at the earliest.

Extortionist held; police ups security(NPT_12_1_k8)

11 (NPN): Dimapur police on routine frisking arrested one person while the
latter was extorting money from businessmen at GS Road, Dimapur, on Friday.
According to police, the accused identified as one Heroka (21) alias Alfred Sema,
son of Khehoi of Surumi village, had been arrested earlier in 2007 in connection
with vehicle lifting.

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

City witnesses peaceful New Year celebrations(AST_2_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – While
the year 2007 culminated in just a couple of road accidents, the day one of the
New Year 2008 too witnessed negligible instances of criminal activities in the
city. The capital city in the last couple of days witnessed comparatively
peaceful New Year celebrations unlike the preceding years, which witnessed a
sudden spurt in criminal indulgence, especially road mishaps.


Army vocational training for jobless under way(AST_2_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – In yet
another effort to generate employment opportunities for jobless youths, a
four-week long vocational training under ‘Op Sadbhavana’ was started by the
electronics and mechanical engineers of the Red Horns artillery brigade at
Hatigor in Udalguri district on December 24, a press note said.


Yoga camp inside Mangaldoi jail(AST_2_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 MANGALDOI, Jan 1 – A yoga camp inside Mangaldoi jail would be held this month
2008, informed Yogacharya Hiren Sarkar, the management head of Vigyananda
Yogashram, Mangaldoi.

Youths arrested(AST_3_1_k8)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – Two youths were apprehended by Pan Bazar police today after
they threatened people working at the Choudhury, Das and Company at SC Road.
According to police sources, the youths, armed with a pistol and a dagger,
demanded valuables from the shop personnel and even fired a shot. Even though
the police arrested two youths, Pravin Sarania (22) of Lakkhi Service and Md
Imran Hussain (35) of Kumarpara, two others managed to flee from the scene.


 DRDA Haflong
accused of misusing rural uplift funds(AST_3_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 HAFLONG, Jan 2 – The District Rural Development Agency, Haflong, popularly
known as DRDA solely responsible for the rural development has once again become
the centre of criticism for misappropriation of huge amount in the name of

‘Police could have opted for other means to control Goalpara mob’(AST_4_1_k8)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – Former Lok Sabha Speaker and senior NCP leader PA Sangma on
Thursday described the Goalpara incident, wherein seven persons were killed and
several others injured, as very unfortunate and stressed on the need for refors
in the police department.  Sangma said that the police was resorting to firing –
which should be the last resort – even when there were several other options.


Police probe city shootout(AST_4_1_k8)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – Police have picked up several persons in connection with the
murder of businessman Nazimul Islam, who was gunned down in front of his
Narikolbari apartment yesterday.  “We have picked up several persons in this
connection and interrogation is on,” Addl SP (City) Debojit Deuri said, adding
that police was also examining the transactions in his bank accounts for clues.
“Even his family members know little about his activities,” Deuri said.


Police officer
under fire(AST_4_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 NALBARI, Jan 3 – The people of riverine areas in Nalbari district have become
disgusted with activities of the in-charge of Bhangnamari Police Outpost Bala
Krishna Giri who is allegedly working as a political agent of the ruling
Congress (I) party. People of that area have threatened the district election
officer with boycott the panchayat poll, scheduled on january 9 if Bhangnamari
IC Giri remained in charge of the outpost.……..more….

BSF bid to
find causes of jawan suicide cases(AST_4_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 3 – With frequent incidents of suicide among its
troops, BSF authorities in Assam-Meghalaya Frontier have circulated a
questionnaire among its rank and file to find out the reasons compelling a jawan
to take his life and to take steps from preventing such cases. “Introspection
holds the key. We should examine why a person commits suicide. In the military
force, the reasons are often seen as family problem, financial crunch,
unavailability of leave and bottled-up stress,” says BSF Inspector General
(Assam-Meghalaya Frontier) PK Mishra. ……..more….

relaxed at Lakhipur, death toll 8(AST_5_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – Curfew at Lakhipur in Assam’s Goalpara district
was relaxed for two hours today, even as one injured person in the Wednesday’s
violence died today taking the toll to eight, reports PTI. The curfew, clamped
after the violence on Wednesday, was relaxed in the area since 1.30 PM, where an
uneasy calm prevailed. ……..more….

Police call
to register tenants(AST_5_1_k8)
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – To beef up security arrangements for the approaching Republic
Day on January 26, the city police has requested the residents to register the
names and particulars of tenants with the nearest police station. The police,
alarmed due to the arrest of a number of ULFA linkmen in the city in the recent
few days, have requested the residents to provide photographs, name occupation,
permanent residence and father’s name of their tenants.

found dead(AST_5_1_k8)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – In yet another shocking incident after the killing of one
person at Narikalbari, a man was found dead close to his residence. This time
the victim was a resident of Hidimbapur, Udalbakra under Dispur police station.
Deep Bora alias Anil Kakoti, aged 38, was found dead with severe head injuries
not far from his residence. ……..more….

Meet voices
concern over sluggish loan repayment(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SIPAJHAR, Jan 4 – Poor recovery of loans has caused great inconvenience to the
banks for recycling their funds for further lending, thus resulting in
unemployed youths being deprived of the facility, said Babul Borah, regional
manager of Assam Gramin Vikash Bank.……..more….

decamp with valuables(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 4 – A group of ten miscreants reportedly attacked a site
supervisor at the Bogibeel bridge work site here and looted Rs 50,000 in cash, a
gold chain, a wrist watch and a mobile phone from him. The site supervisor
Ishwar Neog who sustained injuries, lodged an FIR with the police at the
Borborooah PS.……..more….

From Our Correspondent
 GOLAGHAT, Jan 4 – National Consumer Day was observed at Bokakhat in Golaghat
district with a day-long programme. On the occasion a roadside meeting was held
to generate awareness. It was addressed by Thaneswar Hazarika, ex-principqal of
JDSG College and adviser of the consumer protection samittee, Gopikananda Saikia,
senior lecturer of JDSG College, Nizora Borthakur, Kalpana Chetia, Runi Saikia
and Lohit Gohain. Copies of a sahitya patrika were also distributed among the

hearing on Imphal NIT site conducted(AST_5_1_k8)
Newmai News Network
 IMPHAL, Jan 4 – The fact- finding team comprising representatives of National
Integration Council, All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations and Dalit
Education Society, conducted a public hearing here recently on the issue
pertaining to the announcement by the government to set up a National Institute
of Technology (NIT) at Langol here by uprooting agricultural land and wetland.
 The team included Dr John Dayal of National Integration Council, Albert Lael,
director of Dalit Education Society and Madhu Chandra, national secretary of All
India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations and spokesperson of North East
Support Centre and Helpline, New Delhi and Sampaul of Arunachal Pradesh.

4240 bags of AAY/BPL rice seized(AST_5_1_k8)
Newmai News Network
 IMPHAL, Jan 4 – Manipur Food and Civil Supplies Minister along with department
officials raided a godown at NRL station in Mantripukhri here and seized 4,240
bags of AAY/BPL rice yesterday.Another 300 bags of ‘Annapurna’ rice meant to be
distributed to the schools under social welfare department was also unearthed
near the NRL oil station. ……..more….

Move on to scuttle PDS scam: KMSS(AST_6_1_k8)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), which exposed a
series of large-scale anomalies and corruption in the public distribution system
(PDS) of Golaghat district with the help of the Right to Information (RTI) Act,
today said that a vested interest group was working overtime to accord
legitimacy to over 10,000 qtls of rice and sugar seized from the Dergaon godown
of the Golaghat Paikary Grahak Samabay Samiti Ltd. “Following the publication of
the PDS scam, the inquiry committee headed by the Joint Secretary, State Civil
Supplies Department, seized 9,719.5 qtl rice and 1,811.5 qtl sugar from the
godown on December 24. Now, a well-orchestrated unholy move is afoot to
establish that the seized food grains had nothing illegal about them,” KMSS
president Akhil Gogoi said in a statement.……..more….

Youths held for threatening newspaper hawkers(AST_6_1_k8)
By Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – The City Police have arrested three youths from the city’s
Ganeshguri area after a section of local residents reported to the police about
their quarrel with some newspaper hawkers this morning. The police team, which
rushed to the spot held them and surprisingly recovered an Italian-made pistol
from the youth’s possession.……..more….

Move to hold
artillery show opposed(AST_6_1_k8)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 — Residents of Uzanbazar localities in the city have vehemently
opposed the reported move of the Defence Ministry to hold an artillery
exhibition at the Latasil playground. ……..more….

Killers of businessman identified(AST_6_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – City Police has identified the miscreants who have allegedly
masterminded the murder of city-based businessman Anil Kakati in city’s
Udalbhakra area on Friday. Additional SP (City) Debojit Deuri informed that they
conducted raids at various places, but so far no one has been arrested. “The
murder was masterminded by a gang of three miscreants. We have gathered some
important inputs about the murderers and very soon we will get to them,” Deuri
said, while adding, “ All the three miscreants hail from Guwahati.”

in poll officials training programme(AST_6_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SILCHAR, Jan 5 – In an incident which displays the utter infficiency of the
district administration, huge chaos was detected in a training programme for
polling officers in Cachar district. The training was scheduled to be held on
December 29 from 11 am to 3 pm but it ended in chaos and confusion.


193 voters likely to be deprived from voting(AST_6_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 BARPETA, Jan 5 – As many as 193 voters of Patbaushi Gaon Panchayat in Barpeta
sub-division are likely to be deprived from exercising their franchise in the
panchayat election to be held on January 9 next due to negligence and
indifference of the district administration. The serial Nos of voters are 224 to

Stolen bike recovered from pond(AST_6_1_k8)
From A Correspondent
 NAZIRA, Jan 5 – A CBZ motorcycle that was kept under water in a pond near
Mechagar Tiniali under Nazira police station was recovered recently by some
local people and VDP. It may be mentioned that two motorcycles were stolen from
a resident of Phukon Nagar, Sivasagar. One of them, the CBZ under registration
No AS 04 D 8354, owned by Anjal Phukon was recovered from the pond as the
miscreants left it there for an unknown cause, while the another black Pulsur
Bajaj motorcycle, with registration no As 04E 9587, owned by Jayanta Borgohain
is yet to be recovered.

coop societies aiding illegal deals(AST_7_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 6 – The
Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) today alleged that in the hierarchical
system of corruption in the Public Distribution System (PDS), the wholesale
cooperatives have been playing the role of a broker, helping the businessmen in
illegal transactions worth crores of rupees. The KMSS, which has unearthed
several scams in the PDS in Golaghat, Jorhat and Sivasagar districts with the
help of the Right to Information Act, said that the wholesale cooperatives in
Golaghat district did not have enough fund to purchase the allotted items, but
they were doing business to the tune of lakhs of rupees with black money.


 Car bomb blast(AST, 7-1-k8)
 DHUBRI, Jan 6: One person
was seriously injured in a car bomb blast at Dhubri town today. The police said
a bomb planted inside a car owned by a prominent businessman exploded when his
son opened the garage at their house premises. – PTI

Police find vital clues into murder cases(AST_7_1_k8)
By Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Jan 6 – The City Police today managed to lay hands on some vital
inputs in the two murders of city-based businessmen, which created sensation in
the city.
The two city-based businessmen were shot dead by unidentified miscreants in two
different places in the city on December 2 and December 4 respectively.


Youths remanded
to police custody(AST_7_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 6 – The court of Chief Judicial Magistrate today sent
the three youths, who were arrested by the City Police for illegal possession of
arms and threatening some of the newspaper hawkers under the influence of
intoxicating drugs yesterday, to five days of police custody. The three youths
have been identified as Anibul Hazarika, Md Imtiaz Rahman, Nayanjit Das of
Beltola, Hatiga on and Jatiya respectively.……..more….


Centre to hold high-level meeting on NE security(AST_7_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 6 – With
heightening security concern in the northeastern states, the Union Home Ministry
has proposed to hold a high-level Home Secretary-level meeting in Nagaland. The
first of its kind meeting is scheduled at Chumukedima Police Training Center, in
Dimapur, Nagaland on January 16. It would be an annual event and held in
different parts of the region on a rotation basis, a senior Home Ministry
official said today.

Nikhilesh Barua named for Michael Madhusudan award(AST_9_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – Noted
singer, writer and film-maker Nikhilesh Barua has been selected for the
prestigious International Michael Madhusudan Dutt Award, 2008.
The award, instituted by Michael Madhusudan Academy, Kolkata in memory of the
great poet Michael Madhusudan Dutt to felicitate select personalities for their
outstanding contributions in the field of arts, literature, culture peace,
science and philanthropical works every year, will be formally handed over to
Barua at an award-giving ceremony to be held at Calcutta University, Darbhanga
Hall, on January 25, 2008, synchronising with the birth anniversary of the poet.
This was stated in a fax message issued by Dr B Datta, secretary Michael
Madhusudan Academy.

3 shot dead in city encounter(AST_10_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – Three
suspected ‘contract killers’ today succumbed to their bullet injuries at the
Gauhati Medical College Hospital after the City Police shot them during a
dramatic encounter near Chachal area in the wee hours today. The incident took
place when the miscreants boarding the red Maruti 800 car did not stop after
being asked to do so by an Assam police patrol team near Lichubagan area around
3 am under Dispur police station.

Job racket in NFR
 GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – In what could bring to the fore the existence of
an organised job racket in the North East Frontier Railway, the Railway
Protection Force (RPF) today arrested one Ajit Barman, who according to RPF was
instrumental in duping numerous youths across the State assuring them of a job
in the RPF.Barman, according to police, is running a well-oiled racket in the
State since the last couple of years posing as a senior RPF official. Barman
hails from Nalbari district.……..more….

 GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The Government Railway Police today arrested three
dacoits from the city’s Pandu area. The trio were involved in numerous
incidents, especially the recent case of dacoity in the Kanchanjunga Express.

The GRP has also recovered cell phones and some fake currencies from their
possession. The dacoits have been identified as Babul Ali (44), Lachit Das (26)
and Pradeep Rabha (29).……..more….

One ‘shot’
 GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – One Gopal Singh (25), an employee of a weighing
scale house situated at Beltola area, was allegedly shot at by some unidentified
miscreants under Beltola police station today. Police, however, is not sure
whether it was a bullet or something else. “The medical examination would tell
the real story,” a police official said.……..more….

to make State police more accountable(AST_11_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – Setting of the Police Accountability Commission
under the provisions of the Assam Police Act, 2007 will make the state police
force more accountable and impartial, said former Director General of Assam
Police, DN Dutt. Talking to The Assam Tribune, Dutt, who is a member of
the Commission, said that the Act was promulgated following a directive of the
Supreme Court and the Commission, headed by Justice DN Choudhury, a retired
Judge of the Gauhati High Court, was formed under the provisions of the Act.


killers identified(AST_11_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – Of the three ‘contract killers’ who were shot
dead by the city police on Wednesday, two were identified by their respective
families here today.
The duo have been identified as Shyam Bahadur Biswakarma (22) and Prabhat Boro
(22). While Biswakarma hailed from Narengi area of the city, Prabhat Boro was
from Boko.……..more….

Bike thieves
having a field day in Sivasagar(AST_11_1_k8)
 SIVASAGAR, Jan 10 – Though there appears to be a lull in car-lifting
incidents in Sivasagar, it appears that the scooter and motor-bike thieves are
having a field day in Sivasagar as Sivasagar PS is busy observing New year

Redressal of
Railway pensioners’ grievances on the cards(AST_11_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – NF Railway Pensioners’ Association (Central
Committee) of Pandu with its 28 Branches located in different places from
Dibrugarh to Kolkata covering Assam, Nagaland, West Bengal & Bihar observed
Pensioners’ Solidarity Day and silver jubilee celebration of the association
recently. The programme at all branches were well-attended by pensioners, family
pensioners and senior citizens.……..more….

nabbed after 3 years(AST_12_1_k8)
 AIZAWL, Jan 11 – A murderer, who was absconding after killing his
co-worker in 2004 and fled the State, was finally caught by the police in
Champhai on January 8.
According to police, the decomposed body of Liana, a woodcutter from Myanmar
earning his living in the State, was found in July, 2004. Since his partner
Vanlalmuana could not be found anywhere since the disappearance of Liana, police
suspected that he murdered him for money.……..more….

City police
crackdown on racket soon(AST_13_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – With the real estate boom experienced by
Guwahati, which is also being billed as the future business hub of South East
Asia, adulteration of building materials, especially cement, is witnessing a
rising trend. Police investigation has revealed that a considerable size of
adulterated cement is being pressed into the Guwahati market, especially from
Meghalaya via Jorabat area, which has emerged as the major threat to the city’s
real estate industry.……..more….

IED blast in

 GUWAHATI, Jan 13 – Although an unprecedented security cover has been
thrown around the capital city on the eve of Republic Day celebration, the City
police today however failed to foil an improvised explosive device (IED) blast
near the Television Tower, which is regarded as one of the most sensitive zones
in the State. The blast took place around 2:45 am today at Narakasur Hill’s
Rajib Nagar area.……..more….

GMC issues
note of caution to Bihu revellers(AST_14_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 13 – As the city is fast gearing up to celebrate Uruka,
the pre-Bihu feasting on Monday, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has
issued a caution note to all the citizens under its purview to be extra cautious
while having their pick during this Bihu, especially in the fish market……..more….

Do’s and
don’ts for prospective flat owners(AST_14_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 13 – As the State government got involved in a blazing
row over a massive demolition drive in Guwahati to pull down commercial and
private buildings constructed in violation of prescribed norms, the naive common
flat buyers were the worst-affected. ……..more….

Centre to
implement funds control system for NE(AST_14_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 13 – For better monitoring of funds, the Union
Government would implement the Integrated Financial Management Information
System (IFMIS) that would help exchange information between financial institutes
in the State and the Central Government. Emphasising on the need for having a
“dynamic interface for information exchange” between the Centre and States, VN
Kaila, Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Ministry of Finance, said,
implementation of IFMIS was necessary as information systems in India are
slightly different at the Central-and State levels.……..more….

plead for a roof over their heads(AST_15_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – Asserting their right to live with dignity, the
urban poor population of the city under the banner of Society for Social
Transformation and Environment Protection, has once again asked the government
to ensure their basic rights, including social security.

scheme for employers(AST_15_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – The Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC)
has decided to offer an amnesty scheme to the employers who are facing criminal
prosecution under sec 85, 85A and 75 of the esi act for non-payment of
contribution or non-submission of return of contribution, etc under the amnesty

set afire abandoned ONGC wells(AST_15_1_k8)
 KOHIMA, Jan 14 – Unidentified miscreants set on fire abandoned oil
wells of ONGC in Wokha district of Nagaland, but the fire was doused immediately
before it could spread to nearby forests, official sources said on Saturday. One
of the wells abandoned by ONGC but capped was set on fire by miscreants recently
in Champang area. The spillover crude around the rig caught fire but it was
doused by local officials along with the villagers immediately, sources said.

in Dalima Dutta murder case(AST_17_1_k8)
TINSUKIA, Jan 16 – Police today made an important breakthrough in the
Dalima Dutta murder case with the main accused Arati Tanti having confessed to
the crime. Arati, who used to come to Dutta’s house to work as a part-time help,
re-enacted the scene of the murder before the police this morning. She told the
police that although she normally came to work in the morning hours, on that
fateful day she had come to the victim’s house around 2 pm and hidden herself
under a bed in the drawing room.……..more….

voice concern over extortion drive in Gossaigaon(AST_17_1_k8)
GOSSAIGAON, Jan 16 – The truckers, owners and the transporters here
in Gossaigaon subdivision have expressed resentment and bewilderment over the
large-scale collection of illegal money from the truck drivers plying vehicles
on the NH31 (C) and its adjacent link road like Gossaigaon-Saraibil PWD and DK
Road via Srirampur Checkgate in Kokrajhar district.……..more….

Locals not
to allow GMC market at Gopal Boro school field(AST_18_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – As the advocates of preservation of open spaces in
the city fear another blow in the form of shifting the Ganeshguri GMC market to
the Gopal Boro Higher Secondary School, the only big open space left in the
Dispur area, the civic body has clarified that nothing would be done against the
‘school’s will’.……..more….

Agar sticks
GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – The City police today seized ‘Agar’ sticks
weighing 11 kg from city’s Jorabat area from the possession of two persons. The
duo has been identified as Kabir Hussain and Rashid Ahmed and hails from Nagaon

Govt mulls law to protect domestic workers(SHT, 10th January

Chief Secretary Ranjan
Chatterjee on Wednesday said the State Government was mooting a law to ensure
protection of the basic rights of domestic workers in the State while pointing
out the necessity of having a legalised basic minimum standard of wages for the
domestic workers. Speaking as chief guest at a function observing the
International Domestic Workers’ Day here on Wednesday, Chatterjee said the
contributions of domestic workers to the society needed to be acknowledged.


NY crackers claimed five(SHT, 11th January

The Mizoram State Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has stated that at least five
persons in the city died of respiratory problems due to the pollution caused by
fireworks and crackers during the Christmas and New Year celebrations. MPCB
secretary Lalduhawma said the Board had decided to conduct research and
subsequent awareness campaign on the ill effects of pollution by fireworks and
crackers on the health.

Granary for the mautam affected in Mizoram(SHT, 11th January

A granary for people in need of food in ‘mautam’ (famine) ravaged Mizoram has
been set up by a government official’s wife. Named ‘Joseph’s granary’, it has
been set up Lalbiakdlki, the wife of Chief Secretary Haukhum Hauzel near his
official residence.

for sound info on accounting system(SHT, 12th January

Aiming to bring about efficiency in
service delivery and transparency in financial and accounting system in the
country, the Union Ministry of Finance will implement a new system called the
Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) soon, which would
link all the states with the Centre to provide a sound public information in
this regard. Informing this at an orientation programme held at the NEC
auditorium on Friday, the Controller General of Accounts VN Kaila said the
Finance Commission has also released funds to the states to computerise their
treasuries, after which they will be linked to a database while informing that
some states had already computurised their treasuries with sound financial
management system.

-and-order problem delays NEIGRIHMS inauguration: CM(SHT_13_1_k8)

Chief Minister DD Lapang has blamed
the law and order problem in the State for the delay in the inauguration of the
multi-speciality hospital, NEIGRIHMS. Speaking at the inauguration function of
the indoor stadium at Mawlai Phudmuri here on Saturday, Lapang said NEIGRIHMS
has been facing difficulties in recruiting faculty staff as qualified persons
are reluctant to apply for jobs in the institution due to threat perceived by
them about Meghalaya.

rights body alleges Assam Govt apathy(SHT_13_1_k8)

Only eight consumer courts are active in Assam, with even the State Consumer
Commission functioning without a chairman for the last four years. Pointing out
this grave lack of awareness regarding consumer rights in the State, president
of the Grahak Suraksha Santha Gopal Chandra Baishya on Saturday alleged that
even the Government was not playing its part.



Fifteen year-old George Sanpura
Marbaniang of Jaiaw Pdeng drowned at Wah Mynsain near Umroi, Ri-Bhoi district.
Police said the deceased went to have a bath in the river when the incident
occurred. The body was taken to Shillong Civil Hospital for post mortem and
later handed over to the relatives. His funeral will be held on Monday at the
Mawlai Catholic Church cemetery at

2 pm.

 Truck driver killed(SHT_14_1_k8)

A truck driver (AS01 9419) identified
as Sajal Dev (32) was killed by a group of armed miscreants at Mawiong on
Saturday. According to the statement of the handyman, unidentified miscreants
forcibly, armed with sharp weapons, entered the vehicle, while they were parking
the truck on the roadside at Mawiong to get some rest, and demanded money from

seeks additional forces(SHT_14_1_k8)

The Nagaland Election Commission has sought additional 1800 sections of Central
paramilitary forces to ensure free and fair conducts of the polls, informed the
Chief Election Commissioner (CEO) of Nagaland, CJ Ponraj. The CEO maintained
that the imposition of President’s rule in Nagaland would not be affecting the
schedule of elections nor the electioneering process. He revealed that besides
the usual State police and Assam Rifles, an additional number of 1800 sections
of Central para-military forces have been sought by the Election Commission.


Two youth killed in Ukhrul(SHT_16_1_k8)

In an apparent case of feud arising
over land dispute, two youths, suspected to be shot at by unidentified
assailants, have been found death today at Sirakhong village in Ukhrul district
of Manipur, according to an official source.

EPIC coverage in State 99 pc(SHT_17_1_k8)

The State Election Commission has announced that Elector’s Photo Identity Card
(EPIC) coverage in the State was 99.95 per cent and that only 264 voters whose
names appeared in the electoral rolls have not been included in the list of EPIC

Stickers issued for local taxis in city(SHT_17_1_k8)

The Deputy Superintendent of Police
SR Marak has informed that stickers with numbers are being issued to all local
taxis after verification of their original documents while urging all owners to
collect stickers from the Office of the Superintendent of Police, Shillong. The
stickers, which will be enforced from February 1, were issued with a view to
keep a check on taxis plying without valid documents in the city.


 Vandalism complaint(SHT_17_1_k8)

Two residents of Nongpyrdi village
near Laitkor, lodged an FIR on Wednesday against one Freelung Mynsong and four
others for destroying school property in the village on December 13 last.
According to the FIR filed by M Nongrum and L Nongpluh, the accused along with
four of his accomplices on December 13 morning for no rhyme or reason went to
school building and broke the benches and desks of the school.


State pulled up for NREGS, SJGSY lapses(SHT_18_1_k8)

New Delhi:
Meghalaya is not doing well in two flagship rural development schemes —
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) and Swarna Jayanti Gram
Swarojgar Yojana (SJGSY). A CAG report on the State found against 11,446 works
targeted for completion during 2006-07 only 867 works were completed under NREGS.


Hima Nongstoin refutes power deal link(SHT_18_1_k8)

Hima Nongstoin has denied the allegation that it was a party to the Cabinet
decision on handing over the Kynshi hydel power project to private companies,
terming the charge as "baseless and unjustified."


HPF to embark on ‘rural visit’(SHT_18_1_k8)

The Hynniewtrep People Federation (HPF)
would soon launch "a rural visit" programme to make people aware of how to elect
capable representatives in this 2008 Assembly elections, informed HPF general
secretary Milan Warjri at a press conference here on Thursday.


1 held for assault(SHT_18_1_k8)

One Phran Dorphang (31) of Sonidan,
Ri-Bhoi district was arrested on Wednesday for assaulting one Rewel Rator on
January 15 last. The accused has been remanded to judicial custody.


2 robbers held(SHT_18_1_k8)

Two persons identified as Shanbor
Wanniang and Tyngshaiñ Lyngdoh were arrested on Wednesday from their residence
at Sonapahar, West Khasi Hills in connection with a looting case in the village
in July and December last year.

Fraudster arrested(SHT_19_1_k8)

One Raja was arrested on Thursday
from Khyndai Lad for allegedly cheating one C Lalhuia (55) from Aizawl, Mizoram
recently. Police also recovered Rs two lakh from his possession.


4 suspended for negligence(SHT_19_1_k8)

Four Assam Government employees have been suspended with immediate effect by
Dibrugarh district administration on Friday for alleged negligence of duty
during the just-concluded Panchayat polls. Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner
Ashutosh Agnihotri told reporters here that four persons have been suspended as
they were found to have been negligent during poll duty.


Assam mounts vigil against bird flu(SHT_19_1_k8)

Assam has sounded alert against outbreak of Avian Influenza in neighbouring
West Bengal
and asked its bordering districts to check inflow of poultry products from the
neighbouring State. Assam Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department has sounded
alert in Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Dhubri and Goalpara districts of Assam, which
have borders with West Bengal in the wake of the outbreak of bird flu in that

CBI raids NEEPCO bosses’ houses(SHT_21_1_k8)

CBI continued to raid the residences of several top officials of the NEEPCO in
connection with the alleged fraudulent awarding of insurance contract of the
corporation’s Assam-based thermal plant. CBI sleuths conducted raids at the
residences of former NEEPCO CMD SC Sharma at Delhi, former executive director PK
Deka, present GM (Finance) Venkatesh and Director (Finance) MR Ghosh since
Saturday evening and seized several documents. CBI officials confirmed the raids
and said anti-corruption cases have been registered against them for awarding
contracts to insurance companies. (PTI)

1 killed in fire(SHT_21_1_k8)

One Nicolas Kurbah (35) of Umkdait,
Nongmynsong succumbed to his injuries in a fire incident on Sunday. According to
police, the deceased, who was in an inebriated condition, was killed after his
bed caught fire from a candle. The man was too drunk to escape the fire, the
police said, adding they took him to Shillong Civil Hospital but died soon

Insurance scam(SHT_21_1_k8)

CBI raids NEEPCO officials’ houses

CBI continued to raid the residences
of several top officials of the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO)
in connection with the alleged fraudulent awarding of insurance contract of the
corporation’s Assam-based thermal plant.

CBI sleuths conducted raids at the
residences of former NEEPCO CMD S C Sharma at Delhi, former executive director
PK Deka, present GM (Finance) Venkatesh and Director (Finance) MR Ghosh since
Saturday evening and seized several documents.


Assam bans import of poultry products(SHT_21_1_k8)

Assam Government has finally put a blanket ban on import of poultry products
from neighbouring West Bengal because of incidence of bird flu in that State.
Official sources here informed that as the culling of poultry birds has begun in
West Bengal where the situation is very serious, Assam Government, fearing
dumping of bird flu affected birds in the State, decided to impose ban on
poultry import from West Bengal.

let down by political class’ (SHT_22_1_k8)

perceptions of the state of the State (SHT_22_1_k8)

SHILLONG: As Meghalaya entered the 37th year of its existence, many
feel that the State has still remained underdeveloped, and much remains to be
done to uplift the hill State. The general perception is that the political
masters have let their people down.

The whole system is corrupt — right from politicians to the common man, who
easily get influenced by money power during elections; legislators are not
committed to working for overall development of the people as well as the State;
enlightened and responsible citizens need to take over the process of governance
from self-centred and selfish politicians; the State Government and people
should work together to take the State to higher levels.


JOWAI: Fourteen-year-old Lakhon Sungoh of Nangbah village was found
missing from Wah-Nangbah, Jowai since last Sunday. An FIR was lodged with Jowai
Police Station……..more….


Shillong: A group of miscreants stole five pairs of underground cables
of the BSNL worth Rs 30,000 from Saw Mer, Upper Shillong. However, no arrest has
been made in this connection.……..more….

against loan defaulter(SHT_24_1_k8)

Shillong: One Sarwan Kumar of Police Bazaar on Wednesday lodged a
complaint to the police alleging that one Manish Paul has failed to pay the
amount he had taken as loan from him. As per the complaint lodged with the
police, Mr Kumar said that Mr Paul has taken Rs 50,000 as loan from him on
January 21 last.……..more….


Shillong: One Lung Syiemlieh, a newspaper vendor, was reported missing
since Tuesday night from his residence. According an FIR lodged by his
relatives, Syiemlieh made a call from his mobile to the relatives saying that
one Richard Warjri and his accomplices were beating him.

New body

Shillong: A new organisation was formed under the name ‘Global Social
Welfare Organisation’ at a meeting held at Kench’s Trace, Shillong recently. The
meeting elected R Jana Nongbet as president, MS Timthai as vice president, RG
Pradhan as secretary general and Nicky W Wanbah as assistant secretary general
besides other secretaries and executive members, a statement said.


Shillong: One Wansu Mawrie lodged a complaint with the police on
Thursday against one Har Kharkongor for allegedly assaulting her husband at
Mawshbuit village on Wednesday. A case has been registered against the accused.


Shillong: One Borns-tarwell Nongsiej, who was suffering from mental
disorder, committed suicide by slitting his throat at his residence in Mawlai
Mawroh on Wednesday. His body was taken to Shillong Civil Hospital for post

Prohibitory order

Jaintia Hills district administration has promulgated an order under Section
144 CrPC prohibiting wall writing, pasting of posters, papers or defacement in
any form, or erecting/displaying of cut-outs, hoardings, banners, on any public
property or premises. However, prior approval from the house owner and final
approval from the District Magistrate can be sought for the same purpose. The
administration also prohibited use of PA system between 10 pm and 6 am. The
order comes into force with immediate effect.……..more….

Control rooms

The District Election Officer, Jaintia Hills District has set up Control
rooms-cum-Complain Monitoring Cells on which any complaints and queries on
electoral issues may be made, a release said. For War Jaintia, the cell is
located at the office of the SDO (Civil), Amlarem, for Raliang at the office of
the BDO Laskein, for Nartiang at the office of the BDO Thadlaskein, for
Nangbah-Wahiajer at the Range Office, Soil and Water Conservation, Thadlaskein
for the Jowai at the Election Office, Jowai.……..more….

Four unidentified miscreants looted Rs 15,000 from a
Playwin lottery counter at Polo on January 24 last.Police said that the Playwin
counter belonged to one Rajeev Dhar. No arrest has been made yet in this


phulbari: One Arab Marak was lynched by unidentified miscreants at
Kaimbatapara village under Phulbari police station. According to an FIR, the
unidentified miscreants allegedly attacked Mr Marak on Wednesday night and later
took him to Phulbari Community Health Centre in a serious condition.

Counterfeit currency: Heads may roll(SHT_31_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The arrest of a person in the city on Tuesday for possessing
counterfeit currency notes is likely to open a Pandora’s box, bringing to light
the ugly side of State politics, with Meghalaya Police looking determined to
bust the racket. The arrested, a resident of Boko, Assam, reportedly entered
Meghalaya with counterfeit currency worth several crores of rupees, which was
meant for use by some politicians during the ensuing State Assembly elections.


SHILLONG: In connection with the cheating of Rs 43 lakh belonging to
one Pynsuk Dkhar on January 4, two person were picked up for interrogation on
Wednesday from Khyndai Lad.The duo was identified as Lyen Zuaia and Lalrem
Thanga from Mizoram. However, police said that the main accused identified as
Mainul Khan is still absconding. They said that they are trying their best to
nab the main accused and also to recover the amount.

Violence at
Kangpokpi after fight between youths(IFP_10_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 8: Two passengers were wounded while the
whereabouts of another could not be traced amidst escalating violence following
a confrontation between two groups of youths today afternoon. The violence began
today at around 1.30 pm when two youths, residents of Kangpokpi ward no. 4,
suffered injuries in a confrontation with two other youths of the neighbouring
Dailii village.……..more….

Govt sanctions Rs. 45 crores more for police infrastructure (IFP_15_1_k8)

14: Manipur government, as a part of its ongoing plans for modernization of the
police force , has accorded sanction to funds amounting to Rs. 45 crores for
taking up various works related with the development of accommodations at police
stations and other state security establishment, an official source said Monday.
As part of modernization of the state police force with the funding from the
Centre through the Union ministry of home affairs, various works concerning with
the development of infrastructures of police stations are being taken up.


Jowai residents demand removal of police official(SHT, 6-1-k8)

A local club in Jowai has demanded immediate removal of Jaintia Hills Deputy
Superintendent of Police, BJ Laloo for assaulting two civilians on New Year eve.
A meeting held at Tympang Club Hall, Jowai on Friday, attended by more than 200
local residents of Iawmusiang (Tympang Club), expressed concern over the action
of the DSP, who was allegedly in an inebriated condition, when he along with
four of his security men, assaulted Kambhah Khyriem and Leki Shylla, both
residents of Tympang Club, Jowai.

Final electoral rolls published(SHT, 11th January

The final electoral rolls for the
next State Assembly elections were published on Thursday. As per the new
electoral rolls, out of its 26-lakh population, the State has only 12.31 lakhs
voters including 6,25,579 females and 6,04,647 males.


spells out State’s priorities(SHT_28_1_k8)
SHILLONG: The Republic Day celebrations, held amid the 24-hour HNLC
bandh, ended without any untoward incident in the city where acting
Governor Dr SS Sidhu urged peace and stability and improved infrastructure for
economic growth of Meghalaya, while reiterating the government’ desire for
peacefully settling any problems with ANCV and HNLC.

gears up to tackle bird flu(SHT_30_1_k8)

Kohima: Well prepared to tackle bird flu, Nagaland has intensified
surveillance, particularly in inter-state check gates, to prevent entry of avian
influenza to the State. At a meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary Lalhuma here
on Monday, senior officials of the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry and Health
and Family Welfare Departments were asked to take stock of their preparedness in
the event of outbreak of birdflu in the State. ……..more….

stolen, driver killed(SHT_31_1_k8)

JOWAI: A gang of car-lifters took away a Maruti car (ML05E-0665),
which belonged to one Paul Shylla of Mynkre village in Jaintia Hills and also
killed the driver of the vehicle. According to the police, unidentified people
asked the driver of the car, 20-year-old Duni Rymbai of Thangskai village on
January 28, for a reserved trip from Mynkre to Shillong to which he obliged.

Know Your Army’
exhibition at Tinsukia(AST_29_1_k8)
TINSUKIA, Jan 28 – Under the aegis of 2
Bihar Regiment, an exhibition titled ‘Know Your Army’ was organised on January
25 at Tinsukia District Sports Association stadium, Kachhujan. The exhibition
was inaugurated by Brig Binoy Poonen, Commander 181 Mountain Brigade. The
exhibition was first of its kind in Tinsukia where in locals were shown various
arms and equipment being used by Army. ………..more….

 Legal awareness meeting at Golaghat(AST_21_1_k8)
 GOLAGHAT, Jan 20 – A legal awareness
meeting was held recently at Dergaon Dolizolia area under the aegis of the
Golaghat Law College. The meeting was addressed by Chandra Gogoi, principal Law
College, Nilapadma Acharji, advocate Mohan Saikia. The speakers underlined the
right of information, the act of child labour, domestic violation act etc. In
the meeting more than 150 students of the Law College, Golaghat attended, the
college sources said. ………..more….


Govt urged to
set up council for elders(AST_21_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 20 – The seventh annual
general conference of the Guwahati Jyestha Nagarik Sanmilan held on Saturday
called upon the State government to set up a State council for elder persons in
the pattern of the council set up by the Andhra Pradesh government. ………..more….

Missing truck traced(AST_21_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 20 – The truck which was
reported missing from Beltola area of the city on December 18 last belonging to
Kajal Sarkar of Khetri, was traced in Rangjuli area of Barpeta district on
Friday night. The truck no AS-01-G-9484, carrying goods weighing 9 ton 500 kg,
which was on its way to Silchar from Beltola, before it went missing, was
recovered empty and abandoned by the police. ………..more….

picked up(AST_21_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 20 – The Delhi Police, in
association with the City police, today arrested three youths from the city’s
Dispur area. The Delhi police arrested the trio in connection with a murder
case, which took place under Srinivaspuri police station during November 2007.
The trio are alleged to have murdered a Kuki Revolutionary Army militant. The
trio, have been identified as Ranbir Singh (21), Elvin Singh (28) and Dinomoni
Singh (24). ………..more….

panel zeroing in on lapses(AST_23_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – Though it looked like
just another day in the office for the Manisana Commission probing the November
24 clash, which took place between the members of the Adivasi community and a
section of local residents, the Commission under Justice (retd) Manisana Singh
however is optimistic of wrapping up things even before the deadline set by the
State Government. ………..more….


Residents of
Bagan threaten to intensify stir(AST_23_1_k8)
 MIRZA, Jan 22 – The move to set up the
National Disaster Response Force here at Bagan under Palasbari revenue circle by
evicting the local people has aggravated the situation with the
would-be-affected people threatening to intensify their agitation. ………..more….

1 held on
assault charge(AST_23_1_k8)
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 22 – One Puspadhar Kutum
(52) was arrested on Saturday by Silapathar Police on the charge of grievously
injuring Raj Pegu (30), son of Mohan Pegu of Santi Borgorha Gaon under Dimow GP,
with a sharp weapon. ………..more….

 Gamblers sent to jail(AST_24_1_k8)
 BONGAIGAON, Jan 23 – Bongaigaon police
forwarded seven gamblers to jail on Sunday. They were arrested on Saturday night
from a gambling den on the second floor of a wine shop belonging to local wine
dealer Amulya Singha. ………..more….

Doomdooma Press Club burgled(AST_24_1_k8)
 DOOMDOOMA, Jan 23 – Burglars broke into
Doomdooma Press Club recently and stole away some chairs of the club. Police
registered a case in this connection at Doomdooma police station. It can be
mentioned here in the last few days anti social activities including theft have
been increasing in and around Doomdooma town. But the local police has yet to be
active in checking these antisocial activities. ………..more….


Fire damages
property worth Rs 1.5 crore(AST_25_1_k8)
 NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Jan 24 – A major fire
broke out in a busy commercial area of North Lakhimpur town which damaged
several houses and property worth an estimated Rs 1.5 crore. ………..more….

Pillion riding prohibited(AST_1_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The Kamrup
Metropolitan District Administration by an order issued under Section 144 CrPC,
has prohibited pillion riding within the entire district. However, certain
relaxation has been made for persons above the age of 50 years, ailing persons
travelling to and from hospital, persons of the police and armed forces in
uniform, physically challenged and schoolchildren in uniform, an official
release stated. ………..more….……..more….


CBI raids
NEEPCO officials’ residences(AST_21_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 20 – CBI continued to raid
the residences of several top officials of the North Eastern Electric Power
Corporation (NEEPCO) in connection with the alleged fraudulent awarding of
insurance contract of the corporation’s Assam-based thermal plant. CBI sleuths
conducted raids at the residences of former NEEPCO CMD SC Sharma at Delhi,
former executive director PK Deka, present GM (Finance) Venkatesh and Director
(Finance) MR Ghosh since last evening and seized several documents.

Sub-standard material found in bridge construction, toll rises to
Lamka, Jan 18: A day after twenty people
were killed in a tragic road mishap over Ngasuan stream near S Sehken village,
Works Minister K Ranjit merely accepted moral responsibility over the incident
even after conducting a first hand inspection of the situation that led to the
tragedy. ………..more….

Khuga dam
Committee takes up case, to meet on Jan 25 (SEX_21_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 20: Following the detection of the fraudulent withdrawal/misutilisation
of a total amount of Rs 51 crores in the IFCD and Power Department, the high
power committee, headed by Chief Secretary Jarnail Singh, which was consituted
to probe the matter, has taken up the case and fixed a meeting on January 25.

A sketched map
of the area to be affected by the expansion(SEX_21_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 20 : Asserting its stand against the proposal of the
Government to upgrade Tulihal airport by acquiring 512 acres of land from Malom
and its adjoining areas, the JAC Against the Acquisition of Land for Expansion
and Extension of Imphal Airport has argued extensively on why it stands against
the land acquisition move. ……..more….

Sumo recovered(sex_23_1_k8)
Jiribam, Jan 22: A stolen Tata Sumo (red) bearing registration number
AS-11B-3151 has been recovered by a combined team of Jiri and Jirighat Police
near Gularthol here yesterday evening. No arrest has been made in this
connection so far. The owner of the vehicle is identified as Rajat Das of
Beranga, Silchar. The vehicle is being kept at Jirighat Police Station.

JAC of Santi dead case(sex_23_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 22: The JAC instituted in connection with the death of
one Toijam (N) Oinam (O) Santi Devi of Nepra Company, Athokpam Khunou,
Charangpat expressed dissatisfaction over the Government’s stoic silence despite
their memoramdum submitted on January 10 last. ……..more….

 RI for two in Medical scam(sex_23_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 22: The Special Court (No. 1 Manipur West) has sentenced
two senior doctors, who were found guilty of swindling Government money while
procuring medical equipments, to three years rigorous imprisonment over and
above imposing Rs 1 lakh as fine on each of them.……..more….

LDA workers’ agitation(sex_25_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 24: With LDA management is turning a blind eye to the
grievances of the retrenched workers, the Loktak Development Authority
(Retrenched) M/R Employees and Workers Association has pulled up its shocks to
launch a series of agitation. ……..more….

Airport land acquisition(sex_25_1_k8)
JAC hardens stand, stirs lined-up(sex_25_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 24 : To oppose the move of the State Government to
acquire 512 acres of land from Malom and its surrounding areas for the proposed
expansion of Tulihal Airport, the JAC Against the Acquisition of Land for
Expansion and Extension of Imphal Tulihal Airport has announced its decision of
launching various agitations along with the support of other civil

second-hand item slur on LDA(sex_28_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 27 : The Loktak Development Authority (LDA) has been
accused of purchasing a worn out dredging machine at a rate fitting brand new
ones after repairing them. The worn out machine was lying unused at Chilka lake,
Orissa. In this connection, the LDA Employees and Workers Association has
decided to launch an agitation against the LDA management for allegedly
violating the agreement it signed with the association.

IMC chaos
reach new heights(SEX_30_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 29: a heated exchange of words ensued this afternoon
when councillors of Imphal Municipal Council belonging to both the ruling and
Opposition front voiced dissatisfaction over the continuation of Chairperson A
The situation nearly went out of control as the Councillors locked the
conference hall thereby preven- ting a meeting scheduled today.

Cancel work orders: NCSU(NPT_22_2_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 21 (NPN): The Nagaland Contractors and Suppliers’ Union (NCSU)
has demanded the cancellation of all work orders issued through “table tender”
and to immediately call for fresh open tender for the works including
upgradation of road from Rusoma to Kijumituma and construction of road from Phek
to Chazuba.……..more….
TVCU plea to

Dimapur, Jan 22 (NPN):
Highlighting a series of anomalies in the district
hospital in Tuensang, the Tuensang Village Citizen Union (TVCU) Tuesday asked
Nagaland Governor K. Sankaranarayanan, to institute a committee to probe the
state of affairs at the government hospital and impose the "No work no pay"
statute against erring public servants. ………..more….


Kohima, Jan 22 (NPN):
Five houses and three makeshift food stalls were
gutted in two fire incidents at Yonkhao village under Tobu sub-division and Naga
Heritage Village, Kisama on Monday and Tuesday. ………..more….

allegedly cheated of wages at Balikuri(SEN_30_1_k8)
 KALGACHIA, Jan 29: A blatant resentment
is prevailing among the people of this area over an incident where a contractor
of village Janata under Jania LAC is absconding since the last 3 years after
grafting the wages of a number of labourers whom he engaged in the construction
of buildings in Shillong. ………..more….

DC Mkg
visits Mangkolemba(NPT_23_2_k8)

The Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung visited Mangkolemba Sub-Division and a few
villages in the area on January 17 and held a meeting with all the
administrative officers, heads of the Departments, town elders and leaders of
NGOs at the ADC’s office chamber. ………..more….

encroached xatra land’(SEN_31_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 30: The Samanwita Yuba
Tirtha (SYT), youth wing of the Asom Xatra Mahaxabha (AXM), has urged the
Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture, Kolkata, not to publish any new edition
of its Cultural Heritage of India (Volume iv) till the mistakes appeared on the
chapter on Srimanta Sankardev are rectified. The Yuba Tirtha has also urged the
Centre to release the funds it had promised for the development of Sankariya
culture. ………..more….

Manipur fire service fighting with outdated equipments (IFP_29_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 28: Despite the country having geared up for "Disaster
Preparedness and Mitigation" on a war footing, the fire service department in
Manipur which is expected to take a main role in outbreak of fire and also at
time of natural disasters, is functioning with outdated fire fighting equipments
and fire tender vehicles.
Manipur lies in the category V seismic zone and upgradation of the fire services
are top priority. However, the Manipur government has neglected the department
by turning down its proposals for modernization.……..more….

Bpr SP
denies R-Day protests (IFP_30_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 29: The superintendent of police, Bishnupur district has
categorically clarified that there was no report of organised protest, rally,
dharna and shouting of anti-national slogans in Bishnupur district where strict
24-hour security arrangements had been made from the evening of January 15 for
the successful holding of the Republic Day celebrations in the district.

Edn (s) engineer`s abductor nabbed by I/W police(IFP, 22-1-k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 21: A PREPAK cadre
involved in the kidnapping of section officer of the engineering cell of the
education (s) department, I Indrajit was among eight activists of different
militants organizations including a woman apprehended by the police and security
forces in the last two days, police reports said today. ………..more….

Bishnupur DC refutes charges of involvement in irregularities(IFP_24_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 23: The deputy commissioner,
Bishnupur district, Aleng AS Shimray, has categorically denied the allegations
made by a representative of the All Pradhan Bishnupur District, of his
involvement in irregularities in connection with various development schemes
being taken up in the district.……..more….

jewellery recovered(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: Sleuths and officials
of the Income Tax Department, who had conducted raids at the rented house of
notorious lottery don Alok Jain, recovered gold jewellery worth Rs 1.14 crore,
diamond jewellery worth Rs 30 lakh besides many-property related documents,
sources said. ………..more….

damage vehicle(SEN_19_1_k8)
 NAGAON, Jan 18: A mini bus was damaged
when people participating in a rally at Nagaon demanding capital punishment for
the murderers of an eight-year-old boy took the law into their own hands after a
vehicle hit one of the protesters near the Haibargaon police station. ………..more….

NUSS says
Government employees involved in corruption(SEN_19_1_k8)
 NAGAON, Jan 18: Nagaon Upabhokta
Surakstiya Samity (NUSS) like to draw the sharp attention of the Sadau Asom
Karmachari Parishad that (SAKP), allegations were pouring in among a larger
section of Government officers and employees who are not working for the public
for which they were appointed and paid by the Government unless they get bribes.

incidents create flutter in Jorhat(SEN_19_1_k8)
 JORHAT, Jan 18: Weird happenings at No. 1
Bamungaon here have created a flutter among the residents of this sleepy village
and aroused a fear of ghosts.
Sources said that an 80-year-old woman was found in the midst of a bamboo grove,
in the back of her house, but how she got there is shrouded in mystery. The
woman was bedridden for the last few years and cannot walk around unaided. ………..more….

Poultry trucks
entering Asom ‘illegally’(SEN_19_1_k8)
 BOXIRHAT, Jan 18: At a time when bird
flu, also known as H5N1, is spreading rapidly throughout West Bengal and its
neighbouring areas including north Bengal and the border areas of Asom, a few
poultry-loaded trucks from west Bengal illegally entered Asom through Boxirhat

50 BDOs facing
probes against charges of corruption(SEN_21_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 20: Despite repeated
announcements made by the State Government saying that it is committed to
rooting out corruption from the administrative machinery of the State, yet there
have been many complaints against bureaucrats, including IAS, ACS and even block
development officers (BDOs), as far as allegations regarding their involvement
in corrupt practices and misappropriation of funds are concerned. ………..more….

administration raids CD parlours(SEN_21_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 20: The District
Administration sudden crackdown on video and CD parlours in Dibrugarh town on
Saturday resulting in seizing of more than 231 CDs including 50 Blue films. ………..more….


suspended for dereliction in duty(SEN_21_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 20: The district
administration has suspended four government employees in Dibrugarh for
dereliction of duty during the panchayat elections.
Sources said that a junior engineer of Water Resources Department, BC
Bhattacharjee, the lower division assistant in Assam Medical College, Bireswar
Deb Roy, and office peons, Manik Gogoi and Nirmal Gogoi. The administration has
also ordered the concerned departments to follow the order with immediate
effect. ………..more….

allowing entry of poultry from West Bengal’(SEN_22_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 21: Vigil along the Asom-West
Bengal border has been intensified following the seizure of vans loaded with
chicken from the neighbouring State at Bijoy Nagar and Gouripur on January 19
night despite the imposition of a blanket ban on the movement of poultry and
poultry products across the international and inter-State borders. ………..more….

Tax evasion at
Srirampur and Chagolia checkgates(SEN_22_1_k8)
Cross-checking of papers produced in WB, Asom may check the practice

 GUWAHATI, Jan 21: Srirampur and Chagolia
checkposts have once again triggered a controversy of tax evasion, with many
enquiry commissions of the past failing to tackle the problem. Coming to power
in 2001, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had assured that his government would put an
end to the tax evasion and extortion at these checkgates, but the discrepancies
are mounting up with gross misappropriation of tax revenues and mafia-style
money extortion by the police and other officials from the truckers. ………..more….

Car lifters
arrested (SEN_22_1_k8)
MOKOKCHUNG, Jan 21: Police arrested two
persons for lifting a Maruti Gypsy at Longsa Police Check Gate, Wokha on the
night of January 18, stated a press release. The two had stolen the vehicle from
Mokokchung on the same night, belonging to one Bendangwati from Sungkomen ward
Mokokchung. The police brought the vehicle along with the lifters to the police
station Mokokchung and registered a case in this connection. ………..more….


Son arrested
for ‘withdrawing’ father’s money! (SEN_22_1_k8)
 TEZPUR, Jan 21: Tezpur police apprehended
one Kankan Bora (44), an employee of the Public Works Department (PWD),
mechanical division, from his residence in Kalita Gaon in connection with the
recent withdrawal of money from the State Bank of India, Tezpur branch. ………..more….

50 of 10,000
cabs register for new stickers(SEN_23_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 22: Out of 10,000 local
cabs plying on the roads in Shillong, only 50 cabs are registered with the
police traffic department for the new sticker system. The Government has
recently decided to introduce the sticker system for cabs with valid documents
to prevent crimes. ………..more….

Violence in NE
has gone up by 27.3%: IB report(SEN_23_1_k8)
 NEW DELHI, Jan 22: Asom, Manipur and
Nagaland are States which have remained “disturbed and sensitive” with a high
degree of militant activities, says an Intelligence Bureau (IB) report on the
security situation in the North-east. ………..more….


Process on to
make policemen accountable for misbehaviour(SEN_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24: With the Police
Accountability Commission (PAC) starting its work, the process to make police
personnel accountable for misconduct and misbehaviour on their part has been set
in motion. The State Government has assured the PAC of full support and
cooperation in its work to discipline the delinquent police personnel. ………..more….

residents furious over shoddy black-topping (IFP_22_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 21: In yet another instance of extremely shoddy work on the part
of the state public works department and the contractors working under it,
blacktopping freshly laid last night on the road stretch between Lalambung
Makhong and the Lamphel super market at Lamphel was found to be already
crumbling and flaking away in the morning.……..more….

Cops grapple with rising street crime(TEL_22_1_k8)

Jan. 21:
Novelist Graham Greene’s Lawless Roads can be an apt description for the
streets of Dhubri town. With petty crimes like snatching and hooliganism on the
rise in the town, neither residents nor tourists appear to be safe. Dhubri
police arrested a man, identified as Mustafa Hussain, on charges of snatching
money from Bapi Das at Dhubri railway station yesterday. ………..more….


Imphal, Jan. 22:
Two government doctors of Manipur were sentenced today to three years rigorous
imprisonment by the court of special judge, Manipur West, for their involvement
in a Rs 1.99-lakh scam in the medical department in 1981. Judge Th. Surbala Devi
held Gurumayum Mani Sharma and Ayekpam Gojendra Meitei guilty on December 29.
The quantum of punishment was announced today. ………..more….

Church delivers
electoral Ten Commandments(TEL_28_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan. 27:
Here’s a piece of advice to Garo voters straight
from the pulpit: look no further than an honest man while voting.Issuing the
electoral equivalent of the “Ten Commandments”, the Garo Baptist Convention
asked voters to select candidates with integrity and moral character in the
March 3 Assembly elections. ………..more….

Axed staff
threaten to force way back(TEL_28_1_k8)

Imphal, Jan. 27:
Pay or no pay, 148 muster roll employees retrenched by the Loktak Development
Authority (LDA) have decided to join work “forcibly” if the government fails to
take them back. The sacked employees today said they have lined up a series of
agitation programmes to force the authorities into re-employing them, else they
would themselves join work even without pay. ………..more….

Lockout in
garden after labour unrest(TEL_29_1_k8)

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

Deluge of
funds, no water(TEL_29_1_k8)

Jan. 28:
A deluge of funds, zero accountability and hundreds of imaginary water supply
schemes — that in a nutshell is the happy situation of the public health
engineering department in Karbi Anglong. It does not take much to understand why
80 per cent of the district has no drinking water facilities, even though
official documents show as many as 341 water supply schemes. ………..more….

plagues AIDS project (TEL_30_1_k8)

– NGO questions
credentials of shortlisted organisation (TEL_30_1_k8)

Imphal, Jan. 29: Manipur’s war
on HIV/AIDS could boil down to a battle between undeserving NGOs seeking a slice
of the project pie rather than one against the disease. Kaphungreishang Long, an
organisation that has done extensive work in HIV/AIDS prevention in Ukhrul
district, is questioning the credentials of an NGO in line for selection as the
executor of a project funded by the National AIDS Control Organisation. ………..more….

Beggar threat
to shrine sanctity(TEL_30_1_k8)

Jan. 29:
The last time Guwahati-based businessman Prabir Sarma
visited the Siva Dol in Sivasagar, what struck him as unusual was how difficult
it had become to get past the beggars lining the approach road. “It was my
fourth visit to the Dol and I had not seen so many beggars on the previous three
occasions. They hounded me and my family for alms as we made our way to the
shrine. It is such a shame that nobody has done anything about it,” he said………..more….



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