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Power, Communication, Infrastructure, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 14, 2009

Erratic power supply

power supply(SEN_1_2_k8)

WOKHA, Jan 31: Poor power supply has plagued
the people of Wokha in Nagaland, stated a press release. Since January 24 the
power supply has been very erratic. N Muzhui has informed that the Department
supplying power in Wokha was forced to resort to load shedding from the
substation at Wokha due to a fault and the Department is trying to restore the


police nabs Asom highway robbers(SEN_1_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Jan 31: The Kohima police has
apprehended three highway robbers, all of them from Asom, who frequently looted
night super buses on the National Highway 39.
A release, issued here today by the Superintendent of Police, stated that upon
information of a robbery on NH 39 police arrested all the three robbers, one
hailing from Karbi Anglong district, one from Nowgaon and the other from
Uriamghat of Asom.
The taxi, being used by the robbers, was also seized by police….more..


AASU slams
NHPC; says Subansiri project threatening people’s lives, (SEN_1_2_k8)property

NHPC has completely ignored the social and
environmental implications of the project, alleges Dhemaji AASU unit DHEMAJI,
Jan 31: The Dhemaji district committee of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU)
has stated that the Lower Subansiri Hydro Electric Project may pose a threat to
the life and property of the people living near the Subansiri river. The AASU
unit has alleged that the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has
completely ignored the social and environmental impacts of the project.



Assn rues
over bad road(SEX_1-2-08)

IMPHAL, Jan 31: Lamenting over deplorable
condition of the road connection NH-39 with Waithou Chiru-Thiyam Konjil, Waithou
Education Youth Association has threatened to close down the road if the Govt is
not going to repair the same at the earliest possible.

MIG 27 crashes

IMPHAL, Jan 31: One MIG 27 aircraft of the
Indian Air Force crashed near the Air Force Station at Hashimara today at about
12.40 pm, said PIB Defence Wing in a statement. The aircraft was on a routine
flying mission, said PIB and added that the pilot, Wing Commodore J Singh
ejected safely.


beaten up(SEX_1-2-08)

IMPHAL, Jan 31: One driver of an oil tanker
carrying petroleum product while coming from Gauhati to Imphal was beaten up at
Mayangkhang in Senapati district by three unidentified persons who claimed
themselves to be police personnel.



MLA dies in road mishap

 GUWAHATI, Feb 1 — Two persons including a former Meghalaya legislator
died, while four others were injured in three separate road mishaps that took
place in and around the city here today.


One killed
in mishap
From A Correspondent
 NAZIRA, Feb 1 – Jayanta Jit Paniphukan, AGS of Motiachiga Anchalik ATASU was
killed in a tragic road accident on Thursday while he was returning home on
foot. A speeding truck knocked him down near Rajmaow High School under Nazira
PS. He died on the spot..more..

DDK Agartala lands in
From Our Correspondent
 AGARTALA, Feb 1 – Taking a strong view of the engagement of six casual
reporters in DDK Agartala centre for its news service, Chief Electoral Officer
GSG Ayyangar on Wednesday served showcause notice to the Doordarshan Kendra
A showcause notice has been issued to Director DDK Agartala seeking
clarification whether six casual reporters were engaged for its news service on
January 28, the CEO told reporters here on Thursday.

 Govt taking
remedial steps on digital meters(AST_10_2_K8)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 9 – The Power Department is taking the issue of faulty digital
meters seriously, and is streamlining the process of receiving complaints from
aggrieved consumers and initiating rectifying measures. Revealing this at a
press conference after a meeting with the Chief Minister and the ASEB Chairman
today, the Sodow Asom Grahak Suraksha Mancha (ad-hoc) functionaries said that
the ASEB had agreed to conduct tests, including parallel tests if necessary by
having two meters – one digital and the other electro-magnetic — on complaints
of faulty digital meters from distressed consumers.

Mishap claims 2(AST,10-2-08)
 DIBRUGARH, Feb 9: Two persons were killed and four others seriously
injured when the autorickshaw they were travelling in collided with a bus at
Kulamuwa in Dhemaji, police said today. – PTI


shortage hits Lumding customers
LUMDING, Feb 9 – Inadequate supply of gas-cylinders at Lumding is a
regular feature. Consumers are supplied gas-cylinders at an interval of 30 to 31
days while a cylinder is consumed within 20 to 21 days by most of the consumers.
On enquiry it was known from the Vasudeb Gas Connection, main distributor at
Lumding that the quota of supply for Lumding is originally inadequate, that is,
21 truck-loads, but the requirement is 28 truck-loads.

People demand withdrawal of
digital meters
From Our Correspondent
 AMGURI, Feb 9 – A Gana Abhivorton was arranged at Amguri Women’s Community hall
on demand of revocation of defective digital meters. The meeting was presided
over by a board of president and members comprising freedom fighters Chandra
Kanta Bhuyan, Amguri Press Club’s president Pradeep Dutta and social worker
Pradip Hazarika (Sr.). At the beginning of the meeting, the death of Jnan Singh,
a freedom fighter, ex-RCPI state secretary, ex-secretary of Assam Tribal Sangha,
writer and a social worker of greater Amguri region was mourned. In the
explanation of the objective of the meeting, convenor, Abon Borah said Assam
State Electricity Board (ASEB) as well as the govt did not care to pay attention
to the programme taken up by the public for revocation of defective digital

2 die in mishaps(AST_12_2_K8)
 TEZPUR, Feb 11: Two persons died in two separate road accidents today at
Ulubari area under Thelamara police station of Sonitpur district. According to
information, one Sorkar (45) of Bahbera was knocked down by a Tata Sumo at
Ulubari Bazar and died on the spot.

Road mishap(AST_12_2_K8)
 SIVASAGAR, Feb 11: A building material laden truck (AS-06 C 5158) turned
turtle on NH-37 near Ghilaguri today killing two of the four labourers
travelling on it, besides grievously injuring a motorcyclist coming from the
opposite direction. – Correspondent


buses cause traffic chaos on N Lakhimpur road
NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 11 – The continuous use of National Highway-52 by
the private bus operators as their stand for the services to the up-route
Dhemaji-Silapathar-Dhakuwakhona-Ghilamara sector on the busy CD Road in North
Lakhimpur now is posing as a menace to other vehicles as well as the local
residents. This issue has been raised several times since last year but the
district administration has turned a deaf ear to it. Buses, mostly the Tata 709
and Star Buses, are parked from early morning till evening on the left side of
the CD Road of the NH-52 near the Deputy Commissioner’s office which creates
chaos affecting normal traffic, local traders and residents.

Concern voiced over plight of
 NARAYANPUR, Feb 11 – The public has expressed serious concern over the
dilapidated condition of NH 52, which causes problems in regard to plying of
There are innumerable big potholes on the road from Biswanath Chariali to North
Lakhimpur which cause much delay on the part of four wheelers as well as two
wheelers to reach their destination on scheduled time.

Graft slur on Power
CM sleeps over report(SEX_2_2_k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 1: Although a high powered committee headed by the Chief Secretary
as the Chairman has taken up action against the officials concerned under the
provisions of the Manipur Public Servant Personnel Liabilities Act , enacted to
fix responsibilities right from Ministers to the employees the Government in
connection with irregularities in appointment, financial mismanagement, issue of
work and supply order, etc, the Chief Minister has not been able to taken up
action against any of the Ministers involved in such cases.



Dam NPMHR, others pitch in for anti-Dam lobby(SEX, 2-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 1 : Throwing its weight behind the opposition raised against
the construction of Mapithel Dam (Thoubal Multi-Purpose Project), the Tangkhul
Katamnao Saklong and the Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights in
collaboration with various apex bodies of the Tangkhul community held a public
meeting and adopted a series of resolutions against the dam.


One hurt
in road mishap(SHT_2_2_K8)

Shillong: One Jamil Mohammed of Jhalupara was seriously injured after
the Maruti Santro he was driving fell into a gorge at Mawkdok on the way to
Sohra on Friday night.

lengthens mishap chain(TEL, 2-2-08)

Feb. 1:
Cars and trucks collided and buses overturned as fog,
rain and reckless driving combined to turn Assam’s roads into accident traps for
the third consecutive day today. Meghalaya politician P.D. Sangma, who was to
contest the Kharkutta Assembly seat in the February 23 elections as an
Independent, was one of two casualties in accidents since last night. As many as
49 more people were injured.The former legislator died when the vehicle he was
in rammed into a stationary truck at Bijoynagar in Kamrup district early today.
Two other men in the same vehicle, headed for Shillong from the East Garo Hills,
were injured.

Hills bandh hits traffic(TEL_2_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 1: Supply of
essential commodities to Manipur and inter-state bus services of the state were
affected as transporters stayed off the roads today following a 24-hour bandh
called in the Sadar Hills areas. The Sadar Hills District Demand Committee
imposed the bandh from midnight last night in the Sadar Hills in Senapati
district demanding revenue district status for the Kuki-dominated area.


Owners decry(SEX_3_2_k8)

JIRIBAM, Feb 2: The Railway Affected Land Owners’ Committee, Dibong Khunou, Jiri
has decried the compensation fixed rate by the Government.
The Committee charged that a meagre sum of Rs 3000 has been fixed per one point
of land whereas the actual price stands at Rs 15,000 per point.



card black marketers pulled up

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Observing that use of mobile
phones by persons other than the registered subscriber has become a common
practice in Manipur, SP CID (SB) P Dhanakumar has cautioned that such
subscribers are liable for criminal prosecution for misuse of their SIM cards
for criminal activities by the end user even if they have no knowledge about the


succumbs to injuries
NAZIRA, Feb 3 – Dharmeswar Gogoi, an active member of the AGP and a
resident of Gharphalia here, succumbed to his injuries at the AMCH, Dibrugarh
after meeting with an accident on Friday.

Dibang project evokes

GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – The launching of the 3000-MW Dibang Valley Hydel
Power Project by Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in Arunachal Pradesh on
January 31 last has irked environmental scientists and hydrologists here. It is
learnt that Assam has not issued any No Objection Certificate (NoC) for the
project required from it for its being a riparian State.

Poor BSNL service in Jonai area
JONAI, Feb 4 – The BSNL consumers here are not exactly cheering the
development of modern technology in the name of CellOne service. Even though the
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) authorities have geared up its activities in
the North-east to change the telecom scenario of the region, yet the company has
utterly failed to provide regular service in Jonai area under Dhemaji district.


on safety culture held
GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF),
London, recently conducted Safety Trainers seminars at New Delhi and
Secunderabad for both the recognised workers’ federations of Indian Railways.

Pijush Chakraborty, assistant general secretary of NF Railway Mazdoor Union, was
invited by the ITF to conduct both the seminars.

13 injured(AST_5_2_K8)
IMPHAL, Feb 4 – At least 13 passengers, mostly women vegetable vendors,
were injured when a passenger bus plunged into the Nambul river at Waheng Leikai
in the heart of Imphal on Sunday at around 6 am.

Railway surcharge on NE

NEW DELHI, Feb 5 – In a major respite for the North Eastern States,
the Railway Ministry has withdrawn the special surcharges of six per cent
imposed on transportation of goods to the Region. This was conveyed to Chief
Minister, Tarun Gogoi ahead of his meeting with Railway Minister, Lalu Prasad.
The Railways had imposed a busy season surcharge, terminal charge, development
surcharge. This had aggravated the situation.

Singer Anik Dhar hurt in road

GOALPARA, Feb 5 – Zee TV’s reality show champion singers Anik Dhar
and Sanchita Misra were injured along with two of their companions Ritesh
Agarwal and Dhruba Bhattacharjee, when the Bolero (AS 16/8716) they were
travelling in had a collision with a truck around 5-30 am today at Lela under
Krishnai revenue circle of Goalpara district.


expert suggests steps to check growing mishaps
GUWAHATI, Feb 5 – Over a thousand road mishaps on an average annually
leading to the death of three times the number of people in the State is
something just cannot be attributed to reckless driving alone.

South Karimganj villages
deprived of electrification(AST_6_2_K8)

NILAMBAZAR, Feb 5 – Even after 60 years of India’s independence, many
people living in some remote villages in South Karimganj LAC of Karimganj
district are still deprived of electricity. The Government of India in
cooperation with the State Government had introduced the rural electrification
scheme to develop the villages of the country, and though there has been an
increase in agricultural, cottage industries and other products due to
electrification, but many villages of the constituency are yet to be electrified
as yet. .more..

Mishaps on NH-31 on the rise(AST_6_2_K8)
RANGIYA, Feb 5 – With a large number of vehicles plying round the clock
through the NH-31 in the vicinity of Rangiya town, one of the major road links
of the country, frequent road accidents have become a matter of grave concern.

Serpentine queues contradict
IOC claims(AST_7_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – The claims of no LPG shortage in the city by Indian
Oil Corporation (IOC) and the plight of the consumers often seen in serpentine
queues outside many of the gas agencies, present a picture in stark contrast. At
a time when the Marketing Division and Assam Oil Division, the authorities
dealing with LPG supply, are initiating steps to facilitate home delivery, a
number of consumers claim it to be an ineffective measure, unless the black
marketing is stopped. .more..

Ten sites chosen for net
connectivity in Udalguri dist
UDALGURI, Feb 6 – As part of the citizen centric services (CCS) to be
implemented in the NE region by the Ministry of Communications and Information
Technology, the National Informatics Centre (NIC) under department of
Information Technology has selected ten locations in Udalguri district for
internet connectivity..more..

Students hurt in mishap(AST_7_2_K8)
From Our Correspondent
 MANGALDOI, Feb 6 – Students of Central School at Mangaldoi were injured in a
mishap when the wheels of their school van (No. ASM 3735) came off with the
vehicle hitting a tree in the process at Upahupara on Tuesday morning.

Dibrugarh Rly museum

DIBRUGARH, Feb 8 — A heritage museum, showcasing artefacts of the
erstwhile Dibru Sadiya Railway, was inaugurated at the Dibrugarh Railway
Workshop here this morning by the general manager of the Northeast Frontier
Railway, Ashutosh Swami. The museum will be open to members of the public on
working days during office hours.

Police seize truckload of
chicks smuggled from Assam(IFP_4_2_k8)

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

Thirteen women hurt as bus
falls into Nambul river(IFP_4_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 3: Some 13 women were injured, at least two of them seriously, when
a passenger bus fell into the Nambul river this morning near Wahengbam Leikai
under Imphal west police station.
The incident occurred when the bus, carrying mainly women vegetable vendors
heading to Khwairamband bazar, accidentally drove into the Nambul river while
trying to avoid a collision with a Maruti Van which had just emerged from the
Kangabam Leikai lane. The accident occurred at around 7:30 am.
 kept at the RIMS ICU ward.

Mystery enquiries over VVIP
movements land several in lock-up (IFP_4_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Several persons have been picked up by the state police in the
past few days after suspicious phone calls from a mobile number issued in
Manipur were found to have been made to a neighbouring state making detailed
enquiries concerning the movements of a prominent VVIP.
According to a statement issued by the SP, CID (special branch), the calls were
found to have been made from an AIRCEL number bought on the black market through
one person said to have links with an underground group. The original subscriber
along with the end user and at least one person through whose hands the SIM card
had passed have been taken into custody.

15 injured in bus accident Bus
falls into river


IMPHAL, Feb 3: At least 15 people, including seven women, were injured
when a bus skidded and fell into the Nambul river at Keishampat in Imphal today.
Police said the bus was travelling from Bishenpur district to Imphal when it
fell into the river..more..
Malom residents rally against
airport expansion plan (IFP_5_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 4: An attempt to take out a protest rally by the residents of the
Malom area against the expansion of Imphal Airport area was foiled by the police
at Keishampat Junction this afternoon. Around 1000 protestors marched towards
the chief minister`s bungalow just before noon from Malom bazar in a rally
organised by the JAC against the expansion of Tulihal Airport.

MeSEB project to prop up power scene

Shillong, Feb 4: With the commissioning of the 126-Mw Myntdu Leshka
hydroelectric project, the current power crisis in Meghalaya could be over by
next year, the Meghalaya State Electricity Board (MeSEB) sources said. ‘’The
coming up of industries at Byrnihat and other places of the state had changed
the power scene in Meghalaya from that of surplus to starving,’’ and the
completion of the new project would bring in relief to the power-starved state,
Chief Project Manager of Myntdu Leshka Project, Elias Lyngdoh told reporters
during a recent visit there..more..

highest bridge in Asia dedicated to Sikkim(SEN_5_2_k8)

LACHEN (NORTH SIKKIM), Feb 4: Sikkim Chief
Minister Pawan Chamling today inaugurated the 170-m-long Bansoi bridge, costing
around Rs 8.87 crore, along North Sikkim highway near Lachen in North Sikkim.
The bridge built in three years time by BRO serves as a vital infrastructure for
tourism and army activities. It is located at an altitude of 8300 ft, and is the
highest cantilever bridge in the country and the third highest in Asia, claimed
Border Roads Organization (BRO). The Lachen Chu (river) flows 92 m below this
bridge before joining Lachung Chu some 20 km away at Chungthang to form the
mighty Teesta river. Lachen is a popular tourist spot and an important passage
for the tourists to the world famous Guru Dongmar lake located at an altitude of
around 17000 ft. It is also an important link for the forward posts of the Army
and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITPB) who mans the inhospitable North Sikkim
border adjoining Tibet Autonomous Region.



operators to black out Star TV(SEN_5_2_k8)
Star India Ltd has demanded 20% hike in payout

From our Staff Reporter
DIBRUGARH, Feb 4: The Cable Operators Association, Assam (COAA) has decided to
switch off the pay channels of Star India Limited in protest against the
arbitrary hike of payout of cable operators. The decision was taken in a meeting
held at Dibrugarh yesterday.
Broadcasters, as per the rules laid down, cannot hike the rate arbitrarily and
it is the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) who has the authority to
do so.
As per the Conditional Access System, which is still not in force in Asom, a
customer just needs to pay a nominal amount, which will depend on the class of
cities, for each pay channel he or she wants to view besides paying Rs 77 to the
cable operators for 30 free-to-air channels.



biennial conference of GSS from March 29


From our Staff Correspondent
DIBRUGARH, Feb 4: The third biennial State conference of Gramyo Sangbadik
Sangstha (GSS) will be held here from March 29 with a two-day-long programme.
The decision was taken at the reception committee meeting held here recently.


Govt ignores MeSEB in favour of pvt firms(SHT_5_2_K8)

SHILLONG: Allegations of foul play over the power deals have
resurfaced, causing the State Government further embarrassment.The government
reportedly went back on its own promise to hand over two major power projects to
MeSEB despite the Board having the expertise and experience required to carry
out the task.

ignores MeSEB in favour of pvt firms(SHT_5_2_K8)

According to sources, the State Government had earlier proposed to
hand over the 240-MW Leshka Stage-II and 260-MW Umngot power projects to MeSEB
for execution and operation. The government had maintained this stand till
October 2007. Interestingly, the policy of the State Government on the two
hydro-power projects changed suddenly when it decided to hand over the projects
to Jay Pee Group..more..


SHILLONG: With the level of water at Umiam lake decreasing, MeSEB has
imposed loadshedding in the rural areas throughout the State since Saturday
last. The load shedding starts from midnight to 6 am. Principal Secretary of
Power BK Dev Verma said the water level at Umiam decreased to a huge extent in
spite of a good monsoon last year.

Loadshedding(SHT, 5-2-08)

By Our Reporter
With the level of water at Umiam lake decreasing, MeSEB has
imposed loadshedding in the rural areas throughout the State since Saturday
last. The load shedding starts from midnight to 6 am. Principal Secretary of
Power BK Dev Verma said the water level at Umiam decreased to a huge extent in
spite of a good monsoon last year.


Rs 7 lakh
for bridge(TEL,5-2-k8)

Feb. 4:
The Northeast Frontier Railways has submitted a Rs 7-lakh project to the forest
department to build a steel bridge that would reunite two gibbon families which
were separated during the laying of rail tracks through their habitat. While the
idea was to build two steel bridges designed and camouflaged to look like trees,
the assistant conservator of forest (Jorhat division), Gunin Saikia, said they
have finally decided to build one.


Night bus
mishap (IFP_12_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 11: Some passengers were injured when
an inter-state night super bus headed for Imphal from Guwahati turned turtle in
the wee hours of Monday at around 2 after colliding with a goods carrier truck
coming in an opposite direction at Golaghat in Assam near the Kaziranga National
The bus bearing registration number MN01-1722 belongs to the Delta Travels.
Altogether 33 passengers were boarding the bus from Guwahati on Sunday. Most of
the passengers have reached the Delta Travels counter at Dimapur, according to
report received here. .more..

Weak bridge, landslides disrupt
traffic on NH-39 (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: Traffic along the Imphal-Dimapur
section of the NH-39 was disturbed from this morning due to the bad condition of
a bridge along the highway at Keithelmanbi near Kangpokpi.
Crossing of heavy vehicles including loaded light vehicles was not allowed on
the weak Hamilton bridge there, a report said today.

Manipur petrol dealers protest

Imphal, Feb 11: Black marketers had a field day selling petrol and oil at
exorbitant rates after a protest shutdown by oil dealers here on Monday against
huge extortion demands by militant outfits.
All petrol pumps in Manipur remained closed for the day in protest against a
recent bomb attack on an oil outlet. The attack was perpetrated by unidentified
militants after the owner refused to pay monetary demand served by an outfit.
The blast on Tug and Bon Oil Pump caused damage to the window panes at the
counter. .more..


Repair of roads in

DIMAPUR: With the directive from the government during President Rule,
repairing of roads has been taken up in various pockets of Dimapur. According to
an official communiqué issued by Er. Kahuli Sema, executive engineer, PWD (R&B),
Dimapur, the roads repaired so far as priority-I included Tragopan point to City
Tower, City Tower to DC court junction via Metro hospital, Plaza point to Fly
Over bridge via Church Road, Fly Over bridge to Circuit house junction and DC
residence’s approach, Khermahal police point to Batta Charalli and to NH-36 via
Eros Lane, Tourist Lodge to Auto Parking via railway station (below fly over),
while Zion Hospital junction to Purana Bazaar near Labour office is under

Plight of
NH-52: A tale of Asom Government’s failure»(SEN_12_2_k8)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 11: It is utter failure on the part of the Congress-led Government
of Asom to convince the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to fund the
four-laning of the NH-52. The Left-ruled Government of Tripura, on the other
hand, was able to convince the NHAI to take up the complete project of financing
four-laning of 300 km of its 400 km of State highways. Should one blame it on
the Asom bureaucrats or the ministers handling the departments?

Road mishap(SEX_12_2_k8)
Imphal, Feb 11: Some pa-ssengers were injured when an inter-state night
super bus headed for Imphal from Guwahati turned turtle in the wee hours of
Monday at around 2 after colliding with a goods carrier truck coming in an
opposite direction at Golaghat in Assam near the Kaziranga National park.


personnel to patrol Silchar-Lumding project (TEL_12_2_K8)

Silchar, Feb. 11:
Army personnel may soon be guarding the Silchar-Lumding track to keep militants
from disrupting work on the gauge conversion project. The metre gauge track in
the hill section is being upgraded to broad gauge. Union heavy industries
minister and Congress MP in the Lok Sabha Sontosh Mohan Dev, said yesterday a
decision in this regard may be taken at a meeting in New Delhi next month.


electrification scheme trips(TEL_12_2_K8)

Election windfall?

Feb. 11:
Union heavy industries and public enterprises minister Sontosh Mohan Dev has
blown a fuse over the power ministry’s decision to downgrade its rural
electrification project in his home district. The Lok Sabha member from Silchar
constituency wrote to Union power minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday,
expressing concern about the possibility of the decision impacting the
Congress’s chances in the next elections.


to figure on railway map in June
 COOCHBEHAR (WB), Feb 12 – Agartala is going to come on the railway map
and train services will begin there in June this year, Railway Standing
Committee, chairman, Basudeb Acharya said here today.
Train services between New Cooch Behar in West Bengal and Golokganj in Assam
would also start soon, he said. “Trains might start plying between New Cooch
Behar and Golokganj by December 2009,” Acharya said.

Chakka bandh called

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

Weak bridge, landslides disrupt
traffic on NH-39 (IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: Traffic along the Imphal-Dimapur section of the NH-39 was
disturbed from this morning due to the bad condition of a bridge along the
highway at Keithelmanbi near Kangpokpi.
Crossing of heavy vehicles including loaded light vehicles was not allowed on
the weak Hamilton bridge there, a report said today.

All the goods ferrying trucks arriving from Dimapur side were stranded on the
Kangpokpi side..more..

Petrol pumps shut to protest
bomb attack, monetary demands (IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Petrol black marketeers had a field day on Monday following
the closure of petrol pumps across the state in protest against attacks on oil
pumps by militants and huge monetary demands made upon such pumps.
The closure of all oil filling stations in Manipur for the day was prompted by a
grenade attack upon the Tuks and Bon oil pump located at Hatta Minuthong in
Imphal on February 7 evening that caused some moderate damages at the oil

charges PHED officials
IMPHAL, Feb 12 :The New Kaiphundai Village Authority has charged the PHE
Department with neglec-ting the system of power supply in New Kaiphundai and its
adjoining villages, reports our Jiribam correspondent. Chairman of the village
authority G Issac lamented that PHE exists in the area only in name sake for
past one decades..more..


Tanker drivers decry, to stay off
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 12: With the marketing officer of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)
depot at Chingmeirong allegedly subjecting them to lot of difficulties in
emptying their oil tankers at the depot, Petroleum tanker drivers have launched
a hands off steering stir from today demanding removal of the said officer.
Announcing this during a press conference at Sangakpham today, president of All
Manipur Petroleum Tankers’ Drivers Union Y Bhupenchandra Ghosh said the drivers
of the oil tanker drivers are being harassed.



mini hydel project a non-starter
JAMUGURIHAT, Feb 13 – There was a plan to establish a mini hydel power
project at Sijousa along with the Bordikarai irrigation project which was
established in 1975. To irrigate the fields of the farmers of greater Naduar
area, the Bordikarai irrigation project was established on the river Bordikarai
by constructing three bypasses on the turbulent river, in which three turbines
were proposed to be installed to generate hydel power.

‘Education must cope with
changing times’
HALEM, Feb 13 – Tremendous changes have marked the world particularly in
the field of information and technology. The present government has launched
certain strategy to mould the educational system in the state and this system
must cope with the present needs of society, particularly, student community,
Ripun Bora, Minister Education, said on Friday.

PM’s visit boosts importance of
Leelabari airport
NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 13 – Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s arrival at
North Lakhimpur’s Leelabari airport en-route to his recent visit to the
neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh has greatly boosted the importance of this
airport for frequent air services to the rest of the country. The Prime Minister
arrived with Indian Air Force’s Boeing aircraft at the Leelabari airport and he
was received at the tarmac by the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, State Water
Resources & Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Bharat Narah, deputy commissioner,
Lakhimpur, Manish Thakur, superintendent of police, Sayed Ataul Kerim and other
high-level government officials..more..

Delay in road repair causes
KAMPUR, Feb 13 – The nagging delay and apathy on the part of Government
to construct or revamp the damaged roads of Kampur Jamunamukh and Kampur Borkola
have been widely resented by the people of Kampur as the roads were badly
damaged by the floods of Kopili in 2004.
People of Kampur Jamunamukh, Borkola, Dakshinpat and others including a few
socio-cultural organisations such as Kampur Senior Citizens’ Association and
Kampur Unnati Sadhini Sabha have been demeaning for speedy construction of the
roads but all in vain with Centre turning a deaf year.

Aizawl-bound passengers hold sit-in

 KOLKATA, Feb 13 – After five days of futile attempts to fly to
Aizawl, 82 passengers of an Air India plane bound for the Mizoram capital
yesterday refused to disembark when the plane returned here from the doorstep
due to inclement weather in the North-eastern state capital. Air traffic control
at Aizawl airport asked the pilot to go back because of inclement weather
yesterday, reports PTI..more..

Oil transporters go on strike;
Petrol pump stocks likely to be exhausted in few days (IFP_14_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 13: An indefinite strike by oil tanker drivers commenced from
today, raising the spectre of an artificial shortage of petroleum products
gripping the state.
The drivers, under the banner of the All Manipur Petroleum Tankers Drivers Union
Manipur have gone on strike demanding the transfer of two IOC officials whom
they claim have been making unfounded accusations against the drivers.

One killed in road mishap(SEN_14_2_k8)
BISWANATH CHARIALI, Feb 13: A policeman Benudhar Das (45), of Itakhola
police outpost under Sootea police station was killed in a road mishap on
National Highway 52 near Biswanath Chariali police station on Monday.


Bridge causes concern(SEN_14_2_k8)
From our Correspondent
TANGLA, Feb 13: The newly constructed RCC bridge near the Chatgiri Government MV
School on MB road is causing hardship to the people here.


crisis looms large over Manipur(TEL_14_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 13: Manipur is facing the grim prospect of
fuel scarcity as tanker drivers protesting against alleged harassment by the
Imphal office of the Indian Oil Corporation’s Assam oil division, completely
stopped their services from today. The All Manipur Petroleum Tanker Drivers’
Union alleged that the drivers could not continue their service as the Imphal
office failed to reimburse the quantity of fuel loss due to temperature
variation before dispatching the loaded tankers to the retail outlets.


Tezpur, Feb. 13 (PTI): Two motorcyclists were killed on
the spot when they collided head-on with a bus in Assam’s Sonitpur district
today, police sources said. The motorcyclists were run over by the bus, bound
for Tezpur from Lakhimpur on NH-52 at Jorbari under Biswanath Chariali police

Move to
improve NE-Bangla links(AST_15_2_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Feb 14 – In a move aimed at boosting connectivity between
the north-eastern region (NER) and the neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and
Bhutan, New Delhi has proposed to the Economic and Social Commission for Asia
and the Pacific of the United Nations (UNESCAP) to amend the Asian Highway (AH)
route–2 and 48. The Union Cabinet today granted its seal of approval to the
proposal to move UNESCAP to amend it routes, defined in the List of AH Routes of
the Inter-Governmental Agreement on the AH Network (AHN). The proposal is to be
considered by the Working Group on the Asian Highway, said Union Information and
Broadcasting Minister, Priyaranjan Dasmunshi, while briefing newsmen.

State facing power

GUWAHATI, Feb 14 – Assam is facing severe power shortage as the power
houses of the Kopili hydel power project are not operating following militant
attacks, while the problem compounded as the Karbi Langpi project is also not
operating because of annual maintenance. State Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi
told The Assam Tribune that the State is facing a shortage of about 200
MW of power, forcing the Assam State Electricity Board to buy power from outside
incurring heavy expenditure. He pointed out that the heavy expenditure incurred
could not be avoided, as the State could not afford to resort to heavy load
shedding in the examination season.

Move to improve NE-Bangla

 NEW DELHI, Feb 14 – In a move aimed at boosting connectivity between
the north-eastern region (NER) and the neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and
Bhutan, New Delhi has proposed to the Economic and Social Commission for Asia
and the Pacific of the United Nations (UNESCAP) to amend the Asian Highway (AH)
route–2 and 48. The Union Cabinet today granted its seal of approval to the
proposal to move UNESCAP to amend it routes, defined in the List of AH Routes of
the Inter-Governmental Agreement on the AH Network (AHN). The proposal is to be
considered by the Working Group on the Asian Highway, said Union Information and
Broadcasting Minister, Priyaranjan Dasmunshi, while briefing newsmen.


facing power shortage(AST_15_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 14 – Assam is facing severe power shortage as the power
houses of the Kopili hydel power project are not operating following militant
attacks, while the problem compounded as the Karbi Langpi project is also not
operating because of annual maintenance. State Power Minister Pradyut Bordoloi
told The Assam Tribune that the State is facing a shortage of about 200
MW of power, forcing the Assam State Electricity Board to buy power from outside
incurring heavy expenditure. He pointed out that the heavy expenditure incurred
could not be avoided, as the State could not afford to resort to heavy load
shedding in the examination season.

Chakka bandh called

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

Imphal Airport charging illegal
parking fees (IFP_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: The Imphal Airport authorities have been allowing illegal
parking fees on all private vehicle entering the airport, and not just on those
which park there more than five minutes.
The Airport Authority of India`s rule book exempts vehicles that enter airports
merely to drop passengers from being charged parking fees, but this rule has
been jumped, ostensibly while the authorities turn a blind eye.

Fourteen hurt in bus mishap

IMPHAL, Feb 13: At 14 persons were hurt in a bus accident at Lamjao Makha
Leikai under Waikhong police station at around noon.
All injured persons were the passengers of Imphal-Sugnu passenger bus bearing
registration No. MN01-0188..more..


Oil transporters go on
strike; Petrol pump stocks likely to be exhausted in few days (IFP_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 13: An indefinite strike by oil tanker drivers commenced from
today, raising the spectre of an artificial shortage of petroleum products
gripping the state.

The drivers, under the banner of the All Manipur Petroleum Tankers Drivers Union
Manipur have gone on strike demanding the transfer of two IOC officials whom
they claim have been making unfounded accusations against the drivers.

Zav Airways for North

 NEW DELHI, Feb 14: It’s finally official. The Alliance Air
is on its way out of the northeastern region, with the Centre selecting Zav
Airways to operate the dedicated regional air service. This was formally
announced by the Civil Aviation Minister, Praful Patel, at a meeting of the
Parliamentary Consultative Committee here this afternoon.
Four airlines have been given NOC in the Scheduled Air Transport (Regional)
Services category. M/s. Zav Airways has been given the NOC for North-east and
Eastern Region, he added, ending months of uncertainty.


Central team discusses ‘plane hijack plan’ with Governor


By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 14: A high-level Central team led by Union Cabinet Secretary KM
Chandra Shekhar and Defence Secretary Vijay Singh arrived in Guwahati this
evening to review the law-and-order situation and progress of
Centrally-sponsored developmental schemes in the State.


to seek change in Asian highway network

NEW DELHI, Feb 14: The Union Cabinet today gave its nod for sending a
proposal to the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific of the
United Nations (UNESCAP) for certain changes in the route of AH-2 and AH-48
defined in the List of Asian Highway Routes of the Inter-Governmental Agreement
on the Asian Highway Network, for consideration by the working group on the
Asian Highway. ..more..

‘Power shortage due to attack on power workers by rebels’

GUWAHATI, Feb 14: Asom has been facing a shortfall of 200 MW to 220 MW of
power for a few days due to the closure of Khandang and Kopili units of NEEPCO
following attacks on power workers by the Black Widow on February 11. According
to unofficial sources, the Black Widow demanded Rs 1 crore from the NEEPCO. .

Kak decries erratic power supply,
resorts to arson

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 14 : Peeved with the irregular supply of electricity to the
consumers, an irate mob set ablaze the office of the power transmission located
in Kakching sub-division of Thoubal district last night. .


Tankers stir

To resolve the deadlock following the decision of oil tanker drivers
not to take the wheel and deposit fuel at the Chingmeirong Oil Depot, FCS
Minister Y Erabot has convened a meeting tomorrow at his office chamber. The
Minister has sent missives to officials of IOC posted at the oil depot as well
as the office bearers of the All Manipur Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ Union to make
sure that they attend the meeting scheduled to start from 10 am tomorrow. .

staff back at work(TEL15_2_K8)

deploys additional forces for power project (TEL15_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 14: Fear-stricken workers of the North
Eastern Electric Power Corporation (Neepco) today agreed to resume work at
Umrangsu in North Cachar Hills district after the state government deployed
additional forces to escort the employees and assured them of foolproof security
at the project site. The power distribution network of the 275MW project was
defunct since Monday evening, as none of the employees dared to venture out to
repair the damage, after the Gorlosa faction of the Dima Halam Daogah (DHD)
attacked a convoy of Neepco employees, killing four security guards. .

Issued by
Fuel crisis in Manipur as drivers hold ground(TEL15_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 14: Petrol and diesel retail outlets in
Manipur ran dry today after tanker drivers refused to budge from their stand for
the second day today, plunging the state into a fuel crisis. Tanker drivers
suspended their services yesterday alleging harassment by the Imphal office of
the Indian Oil Corporation’s Assam oil division. They demanded the transfer of
division’s marketing officer in Imphal, Amar Jyoti Bordoloi. The IOC office in
Imphal denied the charges. ..more..

Mob sets
power office alight(TEL15_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 14: Angry over irregular power supply,
residents of Kakching in Manipur’s Thoubal district set the local office of the
power department on fire last night. Kakching police registered a case, but no
one involved in the arson has been arrested till this afternoon. The power
department said it would order an inquiry into the incident. Police said a
50-strong mob, including women, stormed the office of the sub-divisional officer
of the department’s rural electrification division 1 around 9pm. .

Bangla to boost air link(AST_16_2_k8)

NEW DELHI, Feb 15 – In what would lead to further opening up of
communication links between North-East and Bangladesh, Guwahati and Sylhet have
been named as new port of call for airlines. India and Bangladesh today held
Secretary-level bilateral discussion to develop air services between the two
countries. The two-day bilateral air services consultations concluded here
yesterday, official sources said. .

CM invites IT sector to

BANGALORE, Feb 15 — Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today invited IT
companies and premier educational institutions of Karnataka to set up their
branches in Assam, reports PTI. “Some IT companies like Infosys, Wipro had
evinced some interest and I have assured these companies that in case they
decide to open up branches in Assam, the government would extend all the
required facilities”, Gogoi, who was on a visit to the city, told reporters
here. ..more..

NDFB militants torch trucks(AST_16_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 15: Two pick-up vans were set ablaze by suspected NDFB
rebels at Kalapani in Baksa district today. They also fired three bullets before
setting fire to the vehicles, gutting one and damaging the other. In another
incident, 3 ULFA rebels, including 2 women, were arrested at Dudhnoi in Goalpara
district. – PTI


to broadcast programme on RIMS (IFP_16_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 15: The director of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences,
RIMS, Imphal, Prof L Fimate has asserted that RIMS has already become a premier
medical institute with super specialised treatment in many branches now
available in other parts of the country.
However, people still go outside Manipur for treatment at a huge cost ignoring
the treatment by experienced super specialists in the RIMS hospital as cited by
Prof L Fimate in an interactive programme with journalists, professionals and
students, organised by the All India Radio, Imphal. .

Chopper service available for

DIMAPUR: State helicopter service under the State Transport will be
available for charter by individuals, private parties including intending
candidates subject to the following conditions:-1. The rates and terms and
conditions specified by the Nagaland State Transport, Dimapur is strictly
followed. ..more..

Militant attack disrupts power supply to Mizoram

AIZAWL, Feb 15: Power generation from Kopili and Khandong
power stations was disrupted following a militant attack on shift personnel,
affecting supply to the entire Northeastern region. .


puts trains off track(TEL_16_2_k8)

Guwahati, Feb. 15: Train services to and from the
Northeast were disrupted today by a goods train derailment in Bihar. Northeast
Frontier Railway rescheduled the Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express. It was scheduled
to leave Guwahati at 7am tomorrow, but will now depart only at 1pm. Official
sources said nine bogies of a grain-laden goods train bound for New Bongaigaon
derailed between Kanki and Surya Kamal stations under Katihar division of NF
Railway this morning. ..more..

AR accused
of ‘taxing’ vehicles(AST_18_2_k8)

 IMPHAL, Feb 17 – A transport association in Manipur today alleged
that Assam Rifles (AR) personnel have demanded Rs 2000 per vehicle as ‘tax’ if
the association wanted its vehicles to pass through Imphal-Silchar National
Highway 53. The All Manipur Truck Owners’ and Drivers’ Welfare Association
(AMTOADWA) officials told reporters that 12 Silchar-bound trucks loaded with
iron scraps left Imphal on February 14 and were stopped at Keithelmanbi, about
25 Kms west of here, by Assam Rifles 32nd battalion personnel. .

Kahikuchi AJYCP urges ASEB to
curb load-shedding(AST_18_2_k8)

AZARA, Feb 17 – Guwahati airport anchalik committee of Asom
Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) has alleged that frequent power cuts
at Kahikuchi, Bullarpar, Jogipara, Tatipara, Milannagar, VIP Chowk, Dekapara,
Raibari, Belorguri etc under Mirza subdivision of ASEB has caused serious
hardships to the common people, traders and particularly the examinees of the on
going examinations. ..more..

Telephone cable thefts at

CHABUA, Feb 17 – Frequent thefts of underground and overground
telephone cables and telephone posts in surrounding areas of Chabua is giving a
harrowing time to both customers and the telephone department for the past one
year. ..more..

Transport project to connect
Myanmar with India
 AIZAWL, Feb 17 – The Kolodyne Multi Modao Transport Project, which would
connect Sittwe port in Myanmar with Mizoram, would be launched soon after the
Indian and Myanmar governments signed a formal agreement in April, DONER
Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Wednesday. .

Two die in mishaps

IMPHAL, Feb 16: Two persons, including one woman died in separate road
accidents today. 45-year old Atom Chandrakumar Singh A. Udhop Singh of Phubala
Makha Mamang Leikai was killed after he was hit by a passenger bus coming from
Churachandpur towards Imphal at Sunu Siphai Awang Leikai under Moirang police
station at around 11.15 am today. .

IOC talks tough as
oil tankers strike continues (SEN_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 17: There were no signs on Saturday of the ongoing indefinite
strike by oil tanker drivers coming any closer to a resolution, even as the
situation grows more complicated with the Indian Oil Corporation, IOC, holding
out the threat of cancellation of oil transport contracts if the strike
continues. ..more..


9 killed in two road


Agartala, Feb 17: At least nine people, including two women, were killed and
24 injured in two separate road accidents in Tripura, police said here on
Sunday. ..more..


Two die in mishaps

IMPHAL, Feb 17: Two persons, including one woman died in separate road
accidents yesterday.
Forty five-year old Atom Chandrakumar Singh A. Udhop Singh of Phubala Makha
Mamang Leikai was killed after he was hit by a passenger bus coming from
Churachandpur towards Imphal at Sunu Siphai Awang Leikai under Moirang police
station at around 11.15 am today. .


ASEB’s ‘annual ritual’
commences (SEN_18_2_k8)

TANGLA, Feb 17: The month of February has become significant in the sense
that HSLC and HS examinations have started from February 15 in the state. And
here comes the ASEB or rather the concered power distribution company to
‘‘celebrate its annual ritual’’ of harassing the examinees and the guardians
through load shedding. ..more..


One killed in road


TEZPUR, Feb 17: A head-on-collision between a motorbike and public vehicle
resulted in the death of one Ranjan Kumar Pogag (25), at Bhalukpong, 60-km from
here yesterday. ..more..


Minister sets target for NH-works completion

IMPHAL, Feb 17: Works Minister K Ranjit has asserted that
road develop- ment works along National Highway 39 stretching from Chingmeirong
till Senapati district would be completed within April month this year.
Announcing the target while interacting with mediapersons enroute to an
inspection tour of ongoing road and bridge construction works along the vital
highway, the Minister confided that related provisions for the road development
programme including bitumen had been stockpiled. .


Assam brigade in
Tripura(TEL, 18-2-08)

Agartala, Feb. 17: From his hotel room here, Asasm power
minister Pradyut Bordoloi barked an order over the phone to officials of his
department to go for “distress buy” to make up for the shortfall of 200mw caused
by militant attack on the Kopili hydel project in Karbi Anglong. .

7 killed in Tripura road
mishap (SHT_18_2_K8)

Agartala: At least seven persons, including a woman, died in a road
mishap that took place when a jeep and a lorry collided at Kalashi in South
district of Tripura on Saturday night. .

Boat mishap claims 3 lives
 GUWAHATI, Feb 19: Three persons, including two children, lost their
lives after the boat they were in capsized in the Brahmaputra today. City Police
sources said that two adults and a few children had ventured into the river near
Panikhaity when their boat went down. The bodies of an adult and a child have
been recovered and search operations are on. – Staff Reporter


BSNL cables stolen(AST_20_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 19 – Miscreants stole BSNL cables from in front of The
Assam Tribune
Post Office recently, resulting in disruption in telecom and
Internet services to hundreds of customers. The miscreants even carried off the
DB box. ..more..

Civic body’s indifference
compounds traffic chaos in Sivasagar
SIVASAGAR, Feb 19 – The Sivasagar Municipality Board (SMB)’s indifference
to rickshaws, cart-pullers and other civic problems is compounding the traffic
woes in the historic township.
First, there is no restriction on the number of rickshaws in the township and
whoever has the will can own a rickshaw and hand it over to a rickshaw- puller
to add to the traffic tangle on the narrow streets. Already there are over 3000
rickshaws in the town, which can accommodated only 1500 rickshaws and a large
number of hand carts, besides a booming small and medium sized vehicles on the
streets with no clear traffic control measure and parking areas. .

Mandal Cong VP killed in mishap(AST_20_2_k8)
GHOGRAPAR, Feb 19 – Lohit Kalita (47), who was the vice-president of
Pub-Bonbhag Mandal Congress Committee and also the founder teacher of village
Akana LP School, died at the GNRC in Guwahati on February 11 due to serious
injuries sustained in a road mishap on February 8 at Kayakuchi under Ghograpar
Police Station.

Regular power supply urged


IMPHAL, Feb 19: With regard to the forthcoming HSLC and HSSLC 2008
examinations the Thadou Students’ Association, Sadar Hills has fervently
appealed to the State authorities to initiate appropriate measures for ensuring
regular supply of electricity during the examination period as well as to ensure
kerosine oil provision. ..more..

Mobile woes(SEX_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: Kuki Students’ Organisation, Saikul
sub-division prevailed upon the BSNL authorities to redress abject failure of
mobile phone connectivity in Saikul area. “It is a matter of surprise that
authorities concerned failed to post requisite staff at Saikul inspite of being
service provider for the last two years,” expressed a KSO release.



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

roads tar Tezpur’s reputation(TEL, 20-2-08)

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

IAF refutes charge of
blocking Kumbhirgram Airport runway


GUWAHATI, Feb 20: The Indian Air Force (IAF) today said it is
cooperating fully for the extension of the runway at Kumbhirgram airport in
Cachar district and refuted media reports that it is blocking progress on the
work. ..more..


150 cabs
without stickers seized

SHILLONG, Feb 20: More than 150 cabs not availing stickers were seized by the
police, and approximately 3,000 have availed the label from the traffic
department. Deputy Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Dr Sacheng R Marak said
that seizure of cabs that did not avail the sticker started on February 16, and
they are being compounded. However, the traffic department is still continuing
to issue the stickers to ensure that all cabs are covered under the system. .


Special trains between
Lumding and Lower Haflong introduced(SEN_21_2_k8)

HAFLONG, Feb 20: With the active initiation and persuasion
of Debojit Thaosen and Kulendra Daolaguipu, Executive Member (EM), NC Hills
Autonomous Council, the NF Rly has introduced 0849 DN and 0850 UP, special
trains in between Lumding and Lower Haflong from today.
Sources said that the trains would leave Lumding Rly station at 9.35 hours and
arrive at Lower Haflong at 12.50 hours and the same would leave Lower Haflong at
13.15 hours and reach Lumding 17.00 hours respectively. .


Tata Sumos to cease service
 IMPHAL, Feb 20: Protesting undue monetary demands from various UG
outfits as well as the act of vandalism on two Tata Sumos perpetrated by some
unidentified persons at Kotlen this afternoon, Tata Sumo taxi service would
cease along the Imphal-Jiribam road would cease service from tomorrow. .


Tanker drivers’ agitation
Talk fails again, stir continues(SEX_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: As the second meeting between officials of the Assam
Oil Division and the agitating oil tanker drivers failed to arrive at any
understanding today, the ongoing stir of the tanker drivers to stay off the
roads is unlikely to end for some days.
On the other hand, following the threat that the IOC will cancel contracts given
to oil transporters, some tankers have started depositing oil at the AOD’s oil
depot today.
Speaking to reporters, Y Bhupenchandra Ghosh of the All Manipur Petroleum Tanker
Drivers’ Union informed that a joint meeting attended by IOC’s chief operation
manager LS Phukan, DGM Digboi Amitav Mishra, safety manager PK Sharma, state
level coordinator KI Singh, two officials of the FCS Department and
representatives of the Union was held at the office chamber of the IOC’s state
level coordinator. ..more..


of Rangiya Rail Div opposed(AST, 22-2-08)

RANGIYA, Feb 21 – The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the Asom
Jatiyabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), and leading citizens of the locality
submitted a memorandum to the Divisional Railway Manager of Rangiya Rly Div on
Tuesday protesting against the proposed shifting of Rangiya Railway Div from its
present location to Guwahati. ..more..

Rangia-Murkongselek BG line:
Chambers demand early completion(AST, 22-2-08)

 GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – The North Assam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(NACCI), Tezpur has demanded early completion of conversion of the
Rangia-Murkongselek line via Rangapara and extension to Tezpur the BG Line which
was approved way back in 2002. ..more..

One run over(AST, 22-2-08)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – A beggar was run over by a vehicle at Fancy Bazar area
today. He has not been identified till filing of this report.


1 killed
in mishap(AST, 22-2-08)

 TEZPUR, Feb 21: One Hemanta Kalita (63) of Balipara Dhekeripara, an
assistant teacher of Khonamukh LP School, died on the spot while rider of the
motorcycle, one Nabajyoti Bhuyan (27), a police personnel of Chariduar OP,
sustained serious injuries, when the bike he was riding pillion on collided with
a truck on NH-52 at Mangiri Tiniali under Chariduar police outpost at around
2.45 pm today. – Correspondent


One killed(SHT, 22-2-08)

SHILLONG: One person identified as Nicktoland Syiemiong of Mawngap was
killed when the Mahindra Jeep (ML05 5167) he was travelling in fell into a gorge
at a place near Sohiong on Wednesday night. Another person Michael Kharnaior was
seriously injured in the mishap. He was admitted to Shillong Civil Hospital.

Tiddim road blocked


IMPHAL, Feb 21: Claiming that the person who was shot dead by Imphal
West Police Commandos during an alleged shoot out at the crossing of
Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai Leirak Achouba Maning and Longjam Leirak under
Imphal Police Station last night was an innocent civilian, local people blocked
the Tiddim Road for sometime today. .


killed, 11 injured in road mishaps
NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 21: Three persons including a pregnant woman were
killed and 11 others were injured in two separate accidents in North Lakhimpur
yesterday. One Minati Bora (30), a pregnant woman and wife of Dipen Bora, of
Dhekiajuli Bisnupur village under Laluk PS was referred to North Lakhimpur Civil
Hospital in a critical condition. .


pipeline fire averted
From our Staff Reporter
DIBRUGARH, Feb 21: A gas-carrying pipeline of the Assam Gas Company running
along the edge of the old Boys’s High School playground here caught fire today.
Three fire tenders rushed to the spot and managed to douse the fire after one
and a half hour. ..more..

Haflong roads get a
 HAFLONG, Feb 21: The roads in Haflong which were in a dilapidated state
have been effectively repaired by the Haflong Road Division, which has taken a
timely step at renovating all the roads in and around the town with minimum
expenditures. ..more..

Tezpur to get BG line soon

TEZPUR, Feb 19: North Assam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NACCI), Tezpur
strongly demanded the early completion of Conversion of Rangia-Murkongselek line
via Rangapara and extension to Tezpur to Broad Gauge (BG) line which was
approved as long back in 2002. But still the progress of conversion of BG line
work is not seen. Reason best known to Railway Ministry. NACCI feels that this
conversion followed by long distance trains from Tezpur to Delhi will surely
pave the way of development of five district of North Asom and nine districts of
Arunachal Pradesh. ..more..


Action to be taken in
Ngasuan mishap case (IFP_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: State works minister, K Ranjit has assured the house that
appropriate action will be taken up to those officials after the enquiry report
on the fact and circumstances leading to the dead of 19 people and injuring to
27 other in the tragic truck accident at Ngasuan stream in Churachandpur
district on Janaury 17 this year. .

Haflong roads get a
HAFLONG, Feb 21: The roads in Haflong which were in a dilapidated state
have been effectively repaired by the Haflong Road Division, which has taken a
timely step at renovating all the roads in and around the town with minimum
expenditures. This was disclosed by the Executive Engineer in charge of Haflong
Road Division, SN Jidung. ..more..



IMPHAL, Feb 22: The youth who was being hospitalised after
being knocked down by a Jeep at Thoubal at around 6 pm of February 20 succumbed
to the injuries last night at Shija Hospital. .


CCpur mishap

Probe on, EE under suspension : Ranjit(SEX_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: In connection with the tragic mishap which claimed 23
lives following the collapse of a wooden bridge built over Ngakhuan river near
Sehken village under Singhat police station in Churachandpur district the
Executive Engineer of PWD Churachandpur Division has been put under suspension.


BRO jawan
sacrifices life to save 8 workers(AST, 24-2-08)

DIBRUGARH, Feb 23 — A bulldozer driver of GREF (General Reserved Engineer
Force – the personnel wing of Border Roads Organisation), attached to the 85
Road Construction Company of the 756 Border Roads Task Force, (under Project
Vartak) operating on the Hapong – Sarli – Huri road in Kurung Kumey district of
Arunachal Pradesh sacrificed his life to save eight other co-workers from a
landslide on Friday evening. Khan, a native of Shaina village in Barnala
district, Punjab, has been working with the 85 RCC since August last year. .


memorandum to Railway Ministry(AST, 24-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 23 – Voluntary organisation Save Guwahati Build
Guwahati (SGBG) today sent a memorandum the Union Railway Minister Laloo Prasad
Yadav urging for steps to convert the loop lines between Chaparmukh and Nagaon
and between Mariani and Jorhat into BG ones. .

Major fire doused(AST, 24-2-08)
DIBRUGARH, Feb 23 – A major devastating fire that broke out due to
leakage in an underground gas pipeline of the Dibrugarh Domestic Gas Grid of
Assam Gas Company Limited near the Old Government Boy’s High School field here
recently was halted from further spreading after three fire engines rushed to
the spot and doused it. The fire fighters had to use foam to extinguish the
inferno that rose to nearly 30 feet.


capsizes in Brahmaputra, no casualties(AST, 25-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 24 — An overloaded country boat today capsized in the
Brahmaputra river at around 6 this evening in Dinnachar area under Sadar police
station of the Dhubri district along the Indo-Bangladesh border, though all the
passengers were rescued by the BSF team. Informing this, Moni Saikia,
officer-in-charge, Sadar police station, said that around 60 persons boarded the
boat due to which it lost control. .

12 killed in Sonapur bus
mishap(AST, 25-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 24 – At least 12 people were killed and one injured when a
Green Valley night super bus they were travelling in fell into a roadside canal
near a bridge in Patgaon area under Sonapur police station on the NH-37, 20-odd
km from Guwahati, around 4:20 am today. Barring the handyman, all other
occupants of the bus are feared to be dead. The bus, bearing the registration
number AS-O1-T-4776, was coming to Guwahati from Silapathar in Dhemaji district.

Improving connectivity in
North-East will be focus of UPA govt(AST, 25-2-08)

 NEW DELHI, Feb 25 — Improving connectivity and expansion of
infrastructure will be the focus of the UPA government in North-East and a
whopping Rs 43,000 crore allotment has been made for constructing roads in the
region. "Improving connectivity, expanding infrastructure and generating
employment have been the focus of my government’s initiatives in the North
Eastern Region," President Pratibha Patil said addressing the joint sitting of
Parliament on the opening day of Budget session. .


Inter-state bus services suspended indefinitely in state; Increased extortion
related harassments cited as cause(IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: The suspension of services of the inter-state passenger buses
along National Highway-39 has caused immense hardships to the travelers along
this route. The services have been suspended owing to the unbearable extortion
demands served on them by militant groups operating in the state, a source said
Sunday. ..more..

12 killed as bus plunges into
river (SEN_25_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 24: In a gruesome accident, at least 12 people were killed
when a Guwahati-bound night-super bus from Silapathar plunged into a stream near
Kapalkata village under Sonapur police station at around 4.30 am today. The
death toll is likely to rise. Twelve bodies have been recovered so far, though
22 people were reportedly travelling in the bus. .


Boat capsizes(SEN_25_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 24: Over 40 people had a narrow escape today when the motorboat
they were travelling in from Golokganj to Binnachara in Dhubri district along
Bangladesh border capsized. Personnel from the Binnachara BSF BOP acted promptly
and rescued the passengers onboard.

One killed in road mishap
EZPUR, Feb 24: In a tragic road accident, officer-in-charge of Borghat
police out post under Tezpur Police Station Jadav Chandra Gogoi (52) died on the
spot. The accident took place near koliabhomora bridge. .


for power

IMPHAL, Feb 24: In view of the upcoming class X, XI and XII
examinations, the All Manipur Progressive Parents’ Association has appealed to
the State Govern- ment for regular electric supply during the exam period. .


recovered from cargo at Guwahati airport(SHT, 25-2-08)

Guwahati: An Italy-made pistol has been recovered from the cargo sent
by a courier company at the Lokopriyo Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport,
police said on Sunday. ..more..

Bus rolls
over into lake (TEL_25_2_k8)

Sonapur (Kamrup Metro), Feb. 24: A dozen people died and
an unconfirmed number went missing when a speeding Guwahati-bound night bus hit
the concrete railing of a bridge and plunged into a wetland about 40km short of
its destination in the wee hours of today. The bus began its journey the
previous night at Silapathar, in Dhemaji district, with 11 people on board,
including two drivers and as many handymen. It picked up more passengers along
the way, a few of them disembarking at places the bus crossed before the
accident occurred around 4.30am. .

PMO push
to tender for Northeast air link(TEL_25_2_k8)

New Delhi, Feb. 24: The Prime Minister’s Office has
asked the government to come out with a fresh tender to float an airline that
will connect a host of airports in the Northeast. With the state-run Alliance
Air’s contract to run air services within the region having ended in December
last year, the PMO has asked the government to float a global tender for an
airline that will run a fleet exclusively for the region. .

Long-distance buses posing threat to travellers(AST_26_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – How safe is travel by long distance buses in Assam
today? The recent spate of accidents involving coaches plying in various parts
of the State, reveal worrying news for travellers. They are among the least
monitored of all public transport, and even though they fulfil a vital function,
there have become a cause of concern for travellers and other motorists alike.
Many of their life-threatening acts are never noted for a variety of reasons. .


toll rises to 14(AST_26_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – The death toll of Sunday’s tragic road accident
today rose to 14 after police, with the help of local fishermen, fished out two
more bodies from the water channel of Digaru river at Digaru Patgaon area (near
Kapalkata village) under Sonapur police station, where the Guwahati bound Green
Valley night super bus fell off on the wee hours yesterday. The bus fell down
into the water channel at around 4.20 am and police recovered 12 bodies till
Sunday evening. Police had engaged divers to find out if there were more bodies
under thee water. ..more..

Mishaps claim 4(AST_26_2_k8)
 JORHAT, Feb 25 — Two persons – Jagat Bora (40) and Nilim Nath (36) –
were killed in a head-on collision of the motorcycles they were riding near
Malow Ali on Sunday night. In another mishap at 8 am today at Phuloni area of
Majuli, two women – Deuri Gam (35) and Kumoni Mili (45) – died when their
vehicle fell into a water body. – Correspondent

Cable sabotage(AST_26_2_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Feb 25 — A dual sabotage on the BSNL optical fibre ring in
Jorhat district last night has paralysed BSNL’s broadband internet services
today. Normal services are likely to resume from late tonight. – Bureau

Rail Budget to be
presented today
New lines likely for North-east (SEN_26_2_k8)

New Delhi, Feb 25: Buoyed by an impressive turnaround, Railway Minister
Lalu Prasad is likely to go in for a nominal reduction in passenger fares and
rationalisation of freight rates in the “people-friendly” Rail Budget to be
presented in Parliament tomorrow. This will be fourth year in a row that is
expected to see Prasad not hiking the passenger fares.
Sources said 26 new projects may be announced in the budget which the Railway
Minister said will be “people-friendly”. The Railways’ “major turnaround” in
financial and technical performance came in for special mention from President
Pratibha Patil in her address to Parliament today. .


BSNL employees’ proposed
stir deferred(SEN_26_2_k8)

Employees want abandonment
of the disinvestment plan of the telecom PSU and of the voluntary retirement

From our Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 25: The proposed indefinite strike by members of All India BSNL
Executives’ Association, Sanchar Nigam Executives’ Association and BSNL
Employees’ Union of Jorhat secondary switching area from Tuesday has been
deferred. A representative of the three executive and employee unions told The
Sentinel over the phone that there “are signs of some sort of dialogue” at the
highest level to redress the grievances of organizations of BSNL executives and
non-executives. . ….more..
Protest against delay in
completing railway line(SEN_26_2_k8)

DHUBRI, Feb 25: Chairman of the Railway Standing Committee, Basudeb
Acharya recently visited Dhubri district along with other railway officials to
review the progress of the work of laying down a new railway line. This visit by
a top level official came in the face of dissatisfaction of the public over the
slow progress of works in the district.
In protest against the inordinate delay in the construction of the broad gauge
(BG) railway line from New Moinaguri to Jogighopa, New Moinaguri – Jogighopa New
Railway line Demand Committee (NM, INRI DC) will stage a dharna in front of all
railway stations from Moinaguri to Jogighopa on February 28. .


Tulihal Airport expansion
CM assures compensation
IMPHAL, Feb 25 : Sticking to his gun, Chief Minister O Ibobi today
confirmed in the House that the process to upgrade the existing Tulihal airport
to the status of an international airport will go on, but added that adequate
compensation would be paid to the people whose lands stand to be affected. He
assured the House that there would be no question of bull dozing the
Government’s agenda without the nod of the people. .


to cease service, NH-53 to be blocked
IMPHAL, Feb 25: While all the passenger bus services under the
Indo-Burma Joint Transporters’ Union would lay off from work from tomorrow
indefinitely in protest against the alleged high-handedness of Police Commandos
and the ‘huge’ monetary demand from the UGs, the Joint Action Commission of the
Imphal to Jiribam Tata Sumo Taxi Services has decided to block National
Highway-53 indefinitely from tomorrow demanding withdrawal of the ‘intolerable
monetary demand’ of the UGs. ..more..


An attempt to steal power from the over hanging HT line nearly proved
fatal for the neighbours when an ‘enterprising’ man illegally tried to connect
his house to the power supply from the HT VIP line put up along the Keishamthong
Kabui village line today at about 8.30 am. .

ICC terms
rail Budget as progressive(AST_27_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 26 – The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has described
the Railway Budget 2007-08 presented by Rail Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav as
progressive and business friendly. It said that it was encouraging that Indian
Railways will have a cash surplus of over Rs 25,000 crore by March-end. .

Rs 1712 cr NE Rail Development

NEW DELHI, Feb 26 – Amidst unprecedented uproar, Railway Minister,
Lalu Prasad Yadav presented his last Railway Budget, here this afternoon,
proposing to create a non-lapsable North-East Rail Development Fund, projecting
an estimate of Rs 1712 crore. The Rail Budget for the region could be best
described as a mixed bag. Though a few new trains have been promised, no major
project has been announced in the Budget for 2008-2009. However, the Railway
Minister has spelled out the measures proposed to be taken to implement the
National Projects including the Bogibeel rail-cum-road project, announced last
year. ..more..

Move to mobilise public opinion
on digital meters(AST_27_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 26 – The Guwahati Mahanagar Unnayan Samity is now to
mobilise public opinion over the two plans of the State government –
installation of digital energy meters and the ambitious Master Plan 2025.
Emphasizing the need for public awareness on government policies, the
organisation working on public issues, today held a general meeting involving
the representatives of the greater Guwahati area. .

Four petrol sub-depots at
Dhemaji sealed(AST_27_2_k8)

DHEMAJI, Feb 26 – Four Petrol sub-depots at Machkhowa in Dhemaji
sub-division were sealed recently on the basis of complaints from the public.

Executive magistrate Biswajit Phukan accompanied by supply inspector Annaram
Pegu, sealed the petrol sub-depots on the orders of Dhemaji deputy commissioner
on the complaints that the owners of these petrol sub-depots were selling
adulterated petrol mixed with kerosene. .

Poor BSNL service irks Hojai

HOJAI, Feb 26 – The telecom service at Hojai has deteriorated to such
an extent that it has become unbearable for the customers. More precisely, the
BSNL network problem has caused serious concern to BSNL users. Most of the time
network service is not available. There are frequent disconnections in the
middle of a call, one-way connections and even false billing is also reported. .


Inter-state bus services in Manipur remain suspended(AST_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26 – The suspension of inter-State bus services along the
Imphal-Guwahati route for the third day on Tuesday has caused tremendous
hardships to the travellers. Reports here said the services have been suspended
owing to unbearable extortion demands served on them by militant groups
operating in the State. ..more..

Bus mishap(TEL_27_2_k8)

Six persons were killed and 31 injured when a bus overturned at
Liromoba in Arunachal Pradesh, official sources said today. The accident
occurred on Sunday.

Wheel jam
to protest rebel ‘tax’ (TEL_27_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb. 26: Transporters today suspended services
along the Imphal-Jiribam highway and the Imphal-Moreh sector of National Highway
39 to protest against extortion by various militant groups. Transporters who ply
along the Imphal-Jiribam and Imphal-Tamenglong routes called an indefinite bandh
today under the banner of the Joint Action Committee of Imphal-Jiribam Tata Sumo
Services. ..more..

Not a lot
on surface but full of promise(TEL_27_2_k8)

Four more
trains for the Northeast (TEL_27_2_k8)

New Delhi, Feb.
26: Lalu Prasad’s railway budget seems to hide more than it shows what

the Northeast will get. Although the budget does not have much for the region in
popular perception, Lalu has outlined a slew of measures to galvanise the growth
of rail infrastructure across the states. One of the proposals is a non-lapsable
Northeast Rail Development Fund on the lines of the non-lapsable pool of central
funds available to the ministry for development of the northeastern region
(DoNER). ..more..

Indo-Burma, Jiribam routes hit by transport strike (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: The indefinite suspension of passenger bus services along the
Indo-Burma Sugnu road hit movement of people along Imphal to Thoubal, Kakching,
Chandel, Sugnu and Chakpikarong Tuesday on the first day of the strike. .

Special NE development

New Delhi, Feb 26 (IANS): Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Tuesday announced that
rail network development in northeastern India, currently poorly connected,
would be funded through the Northeast Rail Development Fund. Lalu Prasad, while
presenting Railway Budget 2008-09 at the Lok Sabha, said he would request Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure funding for rail projects in the northeast. .

Three new trains from Asom;
six per cent cut in freight in North-east (SEN_27_2_k8)

NEW DELHI, Feb 26: With marginal cuts in freight and passenger fares and
with a cash profit of Rs 250 billion for this fiscal, Railway Minister Lalu
Prasad Yadav presented his fifth Budget today adding another chapter to the
dramatic turnaround story of the Railways. .


Silchar roads: Eighty
per cent in shambles
 SILCHAR, Feb 26: The roads in Silchar present a chaotic scenario. Any
citizen of the town reacts with dismay and shock on being questioned about
renovation of the roads, given the fact that eighty per cent of the road network
is in shambles. Alaince Project Implementations (API) and National Building
Construction Corporation (NBCC), which are constructing the road from Capital
Travels point to Holy Cross School, a stretch of 3.5 km at an estimated cost of
Rs 170 crore, have not outlined a specific time-frame to complete their work. To
that end the people of the town have to daily go through the ordeal of commuting
on dusty, dirty and potholed roads. .


Inquiries into road


GUWAHATI, Feb 26: Asom Government has today given the responsibility of
conducting an inquiry into the February 24 bus mishap at Sonapur on NH-37 to
Parliamentary Affairs Principal Secretary PK Chowdhury. The Chief Minister has
also asked Chowdhury to ascertain the reasons behind the rise in accidents in
the State and recommend preventive measures. The Principal Secretary has been
asked to submit the report in 45 days. .


Sikkim Government takes up
highway blockade issue with West Bengal and Centre(SEN_27_2_k8)

GANGTOK, Feb 26: About 100 vehicles from Sikkim were allowed to
proceed today to Siliguri along the NH 31 A, by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM)
picketeers as the indefinite Darjeeling hills bandh entered sixth day. .


Chakma village
threatens agitation against NBCC
AIZAWL, Feb 26: The Chakmas have threatened to launch agitation against
the National Building Construction Corporation Ltd (NBCC) by blocking roads and
fencing works if the NBCC fails to abide by the agreement signed with the
aggrieved Chakma tribals at Silsury village in Mamit district of Mizoram, stated
a press release. According to the terms of the agreement NBCC promised to
release the second phase of compensation to the families affected by the ongoing
India-Bangladesh border fencing project on or before March 15 2008. The
Agreement was reached between the Compensation Demand Committee, Silsury and BR
Sharma, Additional General Manager (Engineering), NBCC, Mizoram. .


Six killed
ITANAGAR, Feb 26: At least six people were killed and over 60 seriously
injured in a road accident at Liromoba in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Siang
district, official sources said here today. They said the mishap occurred
yesterday when the state transport bus, on way to Liromoba from Aalo district
headquarters, overturned at around 1500 hrs. .

‘Horror bypass’ claims
two more lives
JORHAT, Feb 25: Two persons were killed and three injured, one
critically, in two separate accidents at the bypass here last night. Police said
that Jagat Baruah (40), a resident of Choladhora and Nilim Nath (36) of
Kenduguri died after a head on collision of their motorcycles at the Malow
Pathaa area of the bypass. ..more..


Tomato-laden truck torched
IMPHAL, Feb 26: A Tata truck loaded with tomatoes was set on fire by
unidentified miscreants at Sanjenbam Shan-gsabi under Lamlai Police Station at
around 8 pm yesterday. The owner of the ill-fated Tata truck bearing
registration no. ..more..

over dilapidated condition of Dolal-Madhab Solal road(AST_28_2_k8)

KALIABOR, Feb 27 – Two and a half kilometres of Dolal-Madhab Solal
Road connects 4.250 kilometres of Dalgaon-Borbhagiya road under Kaliabor
subdivision which also connects National Highway-37 at Hatbor on one end and
NH-37 in the other end at Borbhagiya. The DMS road was constructed in early
1987-88 while the Dalgaon-Borbhagiya road was constructed in 2002-03 under World
Bank Scheme Pakage No-4 of Nagaon district which was formally handed over to
Kaliabor PWD road division. ..more..


Two die in

 TEZPUR, Feb 27 – One Hemanta Kalita (63) of Balioara Dhekeripara, an
assistant teacher of Khonamukh LP School died recently in a road mishap which
took place at Mansiri Tiniali on National Highway 52.
According to information available here the deceased person was coming back from
his school on a motor bike bearing No. AS-12B-1591 as a pillion rider with one
Nabajyoty Bhuyan (27), who is a police personnel of Chardwar PS. .

Tripura upbeat over Rail

AGARTALA, Feb 27 – The Congress-led UPA Government has included the
proposed railway extension work between Agartala-Sabroom in its Rail Budget for
the 2008-2009 financial year.
This was announced by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad in his budget speech in Lok
Sabha on Tuesday. He also mentioned that conversion of rail network in Tripura
would be done in a phased manner. .

Militants` extortion demand
hits business and transport in state (IFP 28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: The state has been hit hard by extortion demands of the
militants as after the stoppage of services of the inter-state buses and
inter-district services, business establishments in the heart of the Imphal city
as well as at Lamlong bazar, an important business centre in Imphal east, closed
down Wednesday unable to meet the monetary demands served by a particular
militant group operating in the state. .

Plea to CM for road
From our Correspondent
TANGLA, Feb 27: The executive members of the newly-formed submitted two
memorandum to the SDO, one addressed to the Chief Minister and one to BTAD chief
Hagrama Mohilary, expressing the associations displeasure over the dilapitated
conditions of a number of roads linking Bhergaon, the headquerters of Bhergaon
subdivision. ..more..


blocked to protest youth’s killing

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Contradicting the police claim that Dhamen
and Suranjoy were killed by a combined force during a shoot out at Kon-gba
Nongthombam Leikai in the evening of February 25, the JACs formed to protest the
killings have asserted that both of them have been picked up from Kakwa area.
Protesting the killing, volunteers of the JACs formed in connection with killing
of Suranjoy has also blocked the Mayai Lambi for an indefinite period from early
morning today. ..more..

Four-laning of NH 31 by
Dec 2009, RS told
If the 18-km stretch from Jalukbari to
Khanapara on the outskirts of Guwahati is yet to be fully completed, for which
works started in 1998, with what confidence can the Centre say that the
four-laning of NH 31, which is a part of East-West Corridor, is likely to be
substantially completed by December 2009?

Our Beauro
NEW DELHI/GUWAHATI, Feb 28: Replying to a question from AGP MP Kumar Deepak Das
seeking details of work completed for four-laning of NH 31 so far, Union
Minister of State of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways KH Muniyappa today
told the Rajya Sabha that the four-laning work of NH 31 “is in progress at
various stages”.
He said: “The original alignment of East-West Corridor had to be changed as it
was passing through wildlife sanctuaries, thereby affecting the progress of the
work mainly due to delay in land acquisition, relocation of utilities, cutting
of trees, forest clearance, ban on cutting of hills and poor law-and-order
situation. The target is now to complete four-laning of NH 31, which is part of
East-West Corridor, substantially by December 2009, except the stretches under
modified alignment, which are expected to be completed by 2012.” .


Rail Budget farcical
for Barak Valley
Silchar, Feb 28: The high promises made by Railway Minister Lalu Prasad
Yadav are farcical given the almost stagnant work in the Silchar–Lumding Broad
Gauge (BG) track. As per the admissions of the Northeastern Frontier Railway
authorities, only a mere 20 per cent of the work has been completed since the
foundation for the BG line was laid 11 years back. Ironically the target for
completion of the project was set for the ninth Five Year Plan by the then
Railway Minister Ram Vilas Paswan. .


Now, book railway tickets
from Majuli !    (SEN_29_2_k8)

JORHAT, Feb 28: In consonance with its bid to diversify its
activities, the Indian Postal Department will soon set up a Railway ticket
reservation counter at the Kamalabari Post Office in Majuli by March.
This was disclosed to The Sentinel here yesterday by SD Purkayastha,
Superintendent of Post offices, Sivasagar Division. .


JIRIBAM, Feb 28: Tata Sumo
service along NH 53 which has been suspended since last week due to monetary
demands made by va- rious UG groups has resu-med service from today, re- ports
our Jiri correspondent.


Information campaign
IMPHAL, Feb 28: A four day public information campaign will be
organised by Press Information Bureau under Right to Information Act and Bharat
Nirman at Kondong Lairembi pre-mises, Moreh from March 5 to 8. .


Power deal

The Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Peoples (FKJGP) today
launched an anti-government campaign at Nongpoh, chief minister D.D. Lapang’s
constituency, in protest against the handing over of power projects to private
companies. ..more..

spanner in power billing revamp plan(TEL_4_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 3: The abduction of one of its assistant
engineers has forced the Manipur power department to postpone the implementation
of a plan to revamp its bill collection procedure. The militant People’s United
Liberation Front abducted assistant engineer Naorem Kishore from Thoubal
district on Thursday. It is demanding the “surrender” of three senior officials
of the department — chief engineer B. S. Chingtham, retired chief engineer M.
Sanaton and superintendent engineer Kh. Khamba — in return for his release. .

settlers add to LPG crisis(TEL_4_2_K8)

Feb. 3: The Kamrup (metro) district administration has
cited an increase in the floating population as one of the major reasons for the
scarcity of LPG cylinders in the city. Sources in the administration said the
Indian Oil Corporation Limited (Assam Oil Division) had attributed the crisis to
the diversion of domestic cylinders for commercial use. However, the
administration has found other reasons for the problem. .

Malom residents rally against
airport expansion plan (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Jan 4:
An attempt to take out a protest rally by the residents of the Malom area
against the expansion of Imphal Airport area was foiled by the police at
Keishampat Junction this afternoon.

ASEB employee electrocuted(SEN,


DIBRUGARH, Feb 9: An employee
of the Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) sustained 80 per cent burns when he
was electrocuted while at work in the Niz Kadamoni control room in Dibrugarh
today. Another person, Bhogeswar Gogoi, was injured when Pradip Kumar Das fell
on him.

CM assures citizens’ body
of rectifying ‘faulty’ digital meters


GUWAHATI, Feb 9: The Sodou
Asom Grahak Suraksha Mancha (SAGSM) (ad hoc) met Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
at his residence today to apprise him about the ground reality of the drawbacks
of the digital meters.


killed in road mishap

JORHAT, Feb 9: Two persons
died on the spot when a Tinsukia-bound Bus rammed with a Scorpio coming from the
opposite side at Hatigarh on the AT Road yesterday. Police said that the
deceased have been identified as G Singh Biswakarma of Bokakhat and Gudu Ray of
Namsai, Arunachal Pradesh. The Scorpio in which the two died belonged to the
Hydropower project of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh.


for completion of Bogibeel bridge(SEN, 10-2-08)

DIBRUGARH, Feb 9: The Eastern Assam Chamber of Commerce and Industry
(EACCI) have urged the general manager of Northeast Frontier Railway, Ashutosh
Swami, to expedite the construction work of the Bogibeel Bridge and to avoid
further complications. ..more..


MeSEB tariff

SHILLONG, Feb 16: The Meghalaya State Electricity Regulatory Commission

( MeSEB) will be hearing the review petition regarding the distribution of
tariff, stated a press release. February 26 has been fixed for the hearing which
is open to the public. A copy of the petition can be seen on the website of
MeSEB. ..more..

renovation adds to traffic problem(SEN, 19-2-08)

DIBRUGARH, Feb 18: The traffic routes in Dibrugarh were thrown into
jeopardy when the over-bridge here was temporarily closed recently. People have
a harrowing time travelling from one part of the town to another. They have
raised doubts over the reopening of the infrastructure soon but reliable sources
in the Public Works Department (PWD) here said that efforts were on to complete
the renovation work of the over-bridge and throw it open to traffic by the end
of this month. ..more..


Double laning of Stilwell Road

JORHAT, Feb 18: In a bid to
fast track the Centre’s “Look East Policy”, the historic Stilwell Road will be
widened to a double lane up to the Myanmar (Burma) border in the Arunachal
Pradesh sector this financial year. Work on double-laning has already started in
the Asom sector this year.

Lumding-Silchar gauge conversion project not before 2011: MP

NEW DELHI, Feb 18: The work of railway gauge conversion project between
Lumding and Silchar cannot be completed before 2011, said Basudeb Acharya,
chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways. He blamed both the
Governments in the State and at the Centre for the delay in the work of the
project. ..more..


Baljek Airport: Government gets poll code as its pretext

SHILLONG, Feb 6: The model poll code of conduct is now an excuse for the
Government for delaying the commissioning of the Baljek Airport in Garo Hills.
During 2007, repeated assurances were made by the MDA Government for the
inauguration the long-standing airport sometimes in January, 2008. .


One dies in road mishap

ROWTA CHARIALI, Feb 6: One Jamshed Kahn died on the spot and another was
critically injured when the car they were travelling in met with an accident at
Panikhaiti under Rowta police station in Udalguri district. .

AYUCO opposes(SEX,

IMPHAL, Feb 8: All Yairipok United
Clubs Organisation (AYUCO) has categorically opposed to shifting of the office
of AE Electricity from Yairipok to Thoubal. In a statement, AYUCO observed the
office of the AE at Yairipok has not been functioning for the last many years
after it was attached with the EE office at Thoubal Athokpam on alleged ground
of threat and extortion demand from one UG group.


Road repaired(SEX,

IMPHAL, Feb 8: The road from Irengbam
Awang to Ti-ngai Khunou (Agiyang) be- ing neglected for long time has been
repaired by the villagers of Tingai Khunou (Agiyang) under the initiati-ve of
Sanjenpokpi United Club, claimed a statement issued by the club president Ch
Ibomcha Singh.


Pradhan appeals(SEX,

IMPHAL, Feb 8: The condition of inter
village road between Kumbi and Ithai falling under Kumbi constituency has become
deplorable as it has been neglected for long time, according to a release issued
by release Pradhan Wangoo Gram Panchayat M Brojen Singh.


Petrol pumps to close

IMPHAL, Feb 8 : Expressing serious
concern over the bomb attack at the Tuks and Bon oil pump at Hatta Golapati on
February 7 by unidentified miscreants on the ground that it could have led to a
major catastrophe, the petrol pump dealers of Manipur have decided to close
their outlet on February 11 (Monday) as a mark of protest.


Bridge sunken(SEX, 10-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 9:Movement of heavy vehicles over the bridge at
Keithel-manbi along Imphal-Senapati road under Kangpokpi Police Station has been
affected after sunken of the said bridge today morning. All the vehi- cles were
made to cross the bridge after the passengers were made to get down and the
taken out since 11.30 am today.

Anti-airport expansion stand stiffens(SEX, 11-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 10 : Even as the MPP held a press conference today to
question the Government over the wisdom of acquiring more land for the proposed
upgradation of Tulihal airport to an international standard, the JAC Against the
Land Acquisition for Expansion and Extension of Imphal/ Tulihal Airport today
evening at about 7 toom out a rally to protest the move of the Government. .

Oil tankers stay off from
road(SEX, 19-2-08)

Imphal, Feb 18: No Imphal bound oil tankers took to the highways on
Monday as the only oil transporter in the State Numaligarh Refinery Limited
(NRL) cease services due to the absence of security behind them in the seventh
day agitation of the All Manipur Petroleum Tanker drivers’ Association (AMPTDA).


Telephone cables stolen(SEX,

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Telephone lines around Keishampat, Haobam Marak and
Moirangkhom are severely affected due to frequent theft and damage of cable
lines in these areas. BSNL has appealed the public to take vigil of persons who
are in suspicious gesture and inform immediately on phone numbers 2449928,
2227127 and 2450020. ..more..


14 kids hurt on way to

– Jeep hits tree in
Mangaldoi; singers in Dudhnoi crash

Mangaldoi, Feb. 5: A rickety jeep, which should not have
been plying on the road, today put the life of 14 schoolchildren in peril in
this Darrang district headquarters of Assam.The private jeep was taking the
children to Kendriya Vidyalaya School, 2km from the town, around 7.40am when its
rear left wheel rolled out at Upahupara on National Highway 52. The vehicle hit
a tree on the edge of a deep gorge and stopped. All the 14 children in the
vehicle were injured, four of them seriously. .

Aneek in car mishap(TEL_6_2_K8)

Dhubri, Feb. 5: Two young singers of SaReGaMaPa
fame — Aneek Dhar and Sanchita Bhattacharjee — were injured in a road mishap at
Dudhnoi in Goalpara district around 4.30am today. Two more persons travelling
with them, Sanchita’s father Dhruba Bhattacharjee and their manager, Hitesh
Agarwal, were also injured when their Scorpio hit the back of a truck. .


The Synjuk ki Rangbah Shnong, an association of headmen, today
asked the state government to initiate an independent inquiry into the power
deal with private companies. ..more..

gates: (TEL_7_2_K8)

 Police today removed at least 11 illegal checkgates put up
along the highways in the East Khasi Hills district by various departments of
the state government and other bodies following a directive of the East Khasi
Hills deputy commissioner B. Dhar.

Concerned over the unabated collection of money at various
checkpoints, Dhar had yesterday asked the police to arrest those who collect
money at the toll gates. ..more..

Bird hit &
burst tyres(TEL_8_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 7: An Air India A-320 Airbus
from Calcutta to Guwahati with 82 passengers and seven crew members on board
today survived danger twice, first when a mid-air bird hit damaged a section of
the landing gear and then an emergency touchdown that went wrong with two tyres
bursting on impact. ..more..

BT flyover, boon or bane? (IFP,

IMPHAL, Feb 7: At a time traffic snarls have become
nearly a round-the-clock affair on all major thoroughfares of Imphal city,
thanks to the never ending road excavation for the Imphal sewerage project and
the showpiece Bir Tikendrajit flyover, Imphal city roads have today become
virtually unnegotiable. ..more..

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

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


New dams to catapult Arunachal to
status of top power provider in NE (IFP, 10-2-08)

Itanagar, Feb 9: The government of Arunachal Pradesh is
considering to export power to other states of the country and neighboring
countries like Myanmar, China and Tibet, after tapping the existing large
potential of hydro electric power generation. .

Weak bridge, landslides disrupt
traffic on NH-39 (IFP, 10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: Traffic along the Imphal-Dimapur section
of the NH-39 was disturbed from this morning due to the bad condition of a
bridge along the highway at Keithelmanbi near Kangpokpi. .

IOC threatens to cancel
contracts as oil tankers strike continues (IFP, 17-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 16: There were no signs Saturday of the
ongoing indefinite strike by oil tanker drivers coming any closer to a
resolution, even as the situation grows more complicated with the Indian Oil
Corporation, IOC, holding out the threat of cancellation of oil transport
contracts if the strike continues. .

Two die in mishaps (IFP,

IMPHAL, Feb 16: Two persons, including one woman died in
separate road accidents today. 45-year old Atom Chandrakumar Singh A. Udhop
Singh of Phubala Makha Mamang Leikai was killed after he was hit by a passenger
bus coming from Churachandpur towards Imphal at Sunu Siphai Awang Leikai under
Moirang police station at around 11.15 am today. .

Chakka bandh called off(IFP,

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


Traffic regulation in Dimapur(NPT,7-2-08)


The Superintendent of Police, Dimapur has made some changes in the traffic
regulation system in the commercial hub keeping in view of the increase in the
number of vehicles within Dimapur town area and due to which heavy traffic jams
occur especially during peak hours causing much inconvenience to the road users.

Notification on 4-lane(NPT, 19-2-08)

 DIMAPUR, FEB 18 (NPN): The Dimapur district
administration has notified all residents on both sides of NH-39 from Purana
Bazar to Chumukedima not to undertake any new construction on both sides of the
highway in view of the proposed 4-laning of NH-39 from Dimapur to Mao via
Kohima. ..more..


auto-rickshaws ready to ply (TEL_8_2_K8)

Feb. 7: After initial hiccups, the LPG-run
auto-rickshaws are ready to ply on city streets.  The Indian Oil Corporation
Limited (Assam oil division) has convinced financial organisations, including
the North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd (NEDFi), to provide funds
to execute the project. ..more..

Promise of
power remains unfulfilled(TEL_9_2_K8)

Feb. 8: Three years after being promised electricity,
most of the villages under Seuti gaon panchayat in Cachar district remain in
darkness. When Union minister Santosh Mohan Dev took a personal interest in the
scheme and convinced Delhi to sanction Rs 50 lakh in 2005, residents of the area
were elated. Little did they know that red tape and alleged corruption would
almost jeopardise the scheme. ..more..


Two persons were killed and several others injured when the
autorickshaw they were travelling in collided with a Guwahati-bound bus at
Dhakin Society in Dhemaji district on Friday.


seeks more security(TEL_10_2_K8)

Nagaon, Feb. 12: A wary Neepco management today moved
Delhi for special security arrangements at the 275mw power unit in Umrangshu,
which has been targeted by the Jewel Gorlosa faction of the Dima Halam Daogah
since January. Identical memoranda were sent to the Union power and home
ministers a day after the Gorlosa group killed four persons in an ambush near
Umrangshu. ..more..

govt to repair roads(TEL_10_2_K8)

Shillong, Feb. 12: In an attempt to avoid criticism from
various quarters, the Meghalaya government has decided to speed up repairs on
Guwahati-Shillong road, especially the Jorabat-Shillong stretch of National
Highway 40. In a statement issued here, the PWD said it was giving priority to
the maintenance of Jorabat-Shillong section after it was damaged by heavy
rainfall during the last monsoon. .

Trucks to
Silchar stranded(TEL_17_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 16: Twelve Silchar-bound trucks loaded with
scrap iron are stranded near the 32 Assam Rifles post at Keithelmanbi along the
Imphal-Jiribam highway for the past three days. The truck drivers today said
personnel manning the post, 14 km from Imphal, had “refused” them passage if
each of them failed to fork out Rs 2,000. The vehicles are now parked at Aang
Khunou, not very far from the post. Assam Rifles spokesman Col L.M. Pant
declined comment. ..more..

Snag hits
IAF plane, pilots safe(TEL_17_2_K8)

Dibrugarh, Feb. 16: An Air Force micro-light aircraft
out on a routine patrol this morning developed a technical snag and was forced
to land near the Chabua air force station from where it took off. The aircraft
made the forced landing at Hatiali tea estate playground around 10.15am. .

want highway cleared(TEL_19_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 18: Truck drivers today gave the Okram
Ibobi Singh government a February 20 deadline to clear the Imphal-Jiribam Road
where 12 trucks have been stranded for the past five days. .

Red tape
pushes project off track(TEL_19_2_K8)

Feb. 18: Like trains that invariably run behind
schedule, a broad gauge project supposed to link Jogighopa to Bengal’s Cooch
Behar district has overshot the deadline for completion several times over.Fed
up of waiting, residents of villages and towns along the incomplete New
Moinaguri-Jogighopa broad gauge track have decided to take the protest route.
Members of the New Moinaguri-Jogighopa New Railway Line Demand Committee will
stage sit-in-demonstrations at all railway stations along the route on February
28 to protest the delay. ..more..

chief tours bylanes(TEL_19_2_K8)

Feb. 18: A delegation of the Assessment Committee of the
Assam Legislative Assembly today inspected several bylanes in the city, which
were repaired by the National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC).
The members of the Assessment Committee, led by its chairman Robin Bordoloi,
carried out the inspection after reports of financial anomalies engulfed
repairing. ..more..

Power cuts
in time of exams, polls(TEL_21_2_K8)

Political parties & NGOs breathe fire on govt’s power policy
– Breather for Sangma OUR CORRESPONDENT

Shillong, Feb. 20: Political parties and non-government
organisations in Meghalaya are fuming over the timing of relentless powercuts in
the state — when board examinations and elections are round the corner. “I do
not understand the mind of the state government. The people are made to suffer
because of the defective government policies,” said UDP spokesperson Bindo
Lanong. ..more..

NBCC work
miffs Dispur(TEL_21_2_K8)

Feb. 20: Dispur has decided to approach the Centre to
make the National Building Construction Corporation Ltd (NBCC), involved in the
construction of the city’s inner roads, more accountable. .


Andila Chakraborty, a 15-year-old girl, was run over by the
Up Kamrup Express at railway gate no. 8 near Santipur around 5.40pm on
Wednesday. Andila was on her way to private tuition and was in a hurry to cross
the tracks.

Govt ignores MeSEB in favour
of pvt firms(SHT_5_2_K8)

SHILLONG: Allegations of foul play over the power deals have
resurfaced, causing the State Government further embarrassment.The government
reportedly went back on its own promise to hand over two major power projects to
MeSEB despite the Board having the expertise and experience required to carry
out the task. ..more..


SHILLONG: With the level of water at Umiam lake decreasing, MeSEB has
imposed loadshedding in the rural areas throughout the State since Saturday
last. The load shedding starts from midnight to 6 am. Principal Secretary of
Power BK Dev Verma said the water level at Umiam decreased to a huge extent in
spite of a good monsoon last year. He pointed out this was bound to happen with
the rise in consumption of power with every year. "The generation capacity has
remained the same," he said. ..more..

Work in
Kopili Power Project resumes(AST_17_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 16 – Finally, generation of power in the Kopili Hydel
Power Project of NEEPCO has started. A 25-MW unit of the Khandong powerhouse of
the hydel power project was synchronised with the grid today. Efforts are on
also to make power available from the other units of the powerhouse and the
Kopili powerhouse of the hydel project as soon as possible, said highly placed
sources in the NEEPCO. ..more..

LPG shortage hits Rangiya(AST_17_2_K8)
RANGIYA, Feb 16 – At a time when government is opting measures for the
proper and easy accessibility of daily and essential PDS commodities, acute
shortage and scarcity of LPG supply in the locality has hit the consumers for
the past few weeks. ..more..

International airport at
Sivasagar urged
SIVASAGAR, Feb 16 – Considering the vast entrapped tourism potential, it
historical importance, presence of major industrial giant ONGC, GAIL and
numerous tea estates, its proximity to Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland on the
north bank of the State through upcoming Bogibeel bridge and the Lepetkata Gas
Cracker Project, Sivasagar can definitely be the most suitable plan for the
proposed international airport in upper Assam and not Jorhat, the people here
feel. ..more..

Tangla to have better road
network by 2008: Brahma
UDALGURI, Feb 16 – It was at last after about three decades of eager
waiting and dozens of demonstrations with demands that the people of Tangla have
heaved a sigh of relief when Chandan Brahma, Panchayat and Rural Development and
Transport Minister declared that the much demanded Mangaldoi-Bhutiachang PWD
road through Kalaigaon and Tangla would be renovated and reconstructed within
this year. ..more..


era iron bridges of N Lakhimpur need early reconstruction
NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Feb 18 – A couple of iron bridges, constructed by
the British in North Lakhimpur for better connectivity with the tea estates of
the adjoining areas with the ferry ghat of the Brahmaputra, need immediate
reconstruction as modern RCC bridges for the safety of the traffic and the
public transport. ..more..

Rail Sangram Samiti demands
flyover at Barpeta Road
BARPETA, Feb 18 – The long-standing demand of a flyover across the
railway line dividing the Barpeta Road town has been gaining momentum these
Barpeta Road Rail Sangram Samiti, which has been spear heading the cause of the
commuters, has submitted a memorandum to the Divisional Railway Manager, Rangiya
Division of NF Railway recently. .

Girl dies in rail mishap(AST,

GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – In a tragic mishap, a 14-year-old girl, A
Chakravorty, was run over by a train near Bharalu this evening.
The teen was about to cross a rail track soon after a train had crossed the
other track. However, she was not aware of another train moving on the nearby
track, which resulted in the accident, police said. .


power plant in Barak Valley

SILCHAR, Feb 20 – To meet the crisis of power, the Government of
India is going to introduce coal-based electricity plant in the Barak Valley.
This was declared by SM Dev, Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public
Enterprises in a conference organised by Tea Association of India (TAI) Surma
Valley Branch here recently. ..more..

Repair of Dalongghat bridge
(AST, 21-2-08)
DUNI, Feb 20 – The people of greater west Darrang area have demanded
the Darrang district division-public work department to take urgent steps in
order to repair or rebuild the Dalongghat wooden bridge over Dimila river at
Govara-Dalongghat under Sipajhar LAC. .

‘Interlinking of rivers almost
 ITANAGAR, Feb 22 – The move to interlink rivers across the country
for transportation of extra resources from flood-prone areas to those receiving
the least amount of rainfall has almost been shelved as it would require huge
investment, an expert today claimed.
“I think the idea mooted by eminent civil engineer K L Rao in the 70s has almost
been shelved as it requires huge investment though it is technically feasible,”
Prof B C Mal of Agriculture Engineering Department of IIT, Kharagpur said here.

RCC bridge over Gunialguri
ditch demanded
KALGACHIA, Feb 22 – The people of greater Kalgachia area have
expressed deep concern over the apathy shown by the local public representatives
towards the disruption ofcommunication for heavy vehicles on the Naba Jyoti
College road connecting Kalgachia with many interior villages like Gunialguri
Balagaon, Langla and Moinbori, etc. in Barpeta district. .

 Anomalies in BRO
works on NH-52 alleged
ITAKHOLA, Feb 22 – The conscious citizens of greater Sootea
constituency in Sonitpur district and various organisations such as AASU, AJYCP,
North Jamuguri Press Club, Vision North East India have expressed their total
dissatisfaction regarding the dilapidated condition of the NH-52 from Khanamukh
to Chaibari particularly and from Tezpur to Hawazan in general, following which
it has become difficult to travel safely due to the deep potholes in the middle
of the National Highway. ..more..

Blame on Ibobi govt for


– House
furore over Jan. 17 accident OUR CORRESPONDENT

Imphal, Feb. 22: The bridge cave-in on January 17 that
led to the death of 23 passengers in Churachandpur district was, ironically, the
result of an MLA’s philanthropy. After the Manipur government failed to repair
the wooden bridge, closed in August last year by the public works department,
Hangkhanpao, a local MLA from Singhat constituency in the district, repaired the
bridge with money from his own pocket. .

Inter-state bus services suspended(TEL_24_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 23: All inter-state bus operators in
Manipur indefinitely suspended their services along the Imphal-Kohima highway
from today after a threat from a militant outfit.Sources said the “commander” of
the Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP)’s “highway task force” had allegedly asked
the bus drivers to stop operating along the highway from today as the bus
operators had failed to honour an agreement reached with the group. The bus
operators alleged that the group was demanding money from them. .

Two die in Dibrugarh(TEL_24_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 23: Two persons died and five were
injured when the truck they were travelling in overturned at Bholukaguri on
National Highway 37 in Assam’s Dibrugarh district this morning. The deceased
have been identified as Shoba Mundari, 19, and Kamalesh Kharia, 22. .

Bus mishap
toll mounts(TEL_26_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 25: Two more bodies were fished out today
after a Guwahati-bound bus plunged into a wetland in Sonapur yesterday, taking
the toll to 14. All the bodies have been identified.The body of the
driver, Anil Sarma, was fished out this morning by villagers under police
supervision. The body of Uttam Jain, a passenger, was retrieved in the
afternoon. ..more..

injured (TEL, 26-2-08)

Two women died and 11 others were injured when a Tata Sumo they
were travelling in skidded off the road and fell into a gorge at Garmurah in
Majuli around 8am today. ..more..

loses its wheels to elections(TEL_26_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 25: For close to a fortnight,
Guwahati-based businessmen who travel almost daily to Shillong will either have
to postpone their work or stay put at a Meghalaya address.The “share taxi”,
which is the most popular and convenient way to travel to and from Shillong, is
expected to remain off Guwahati roads with most of these vehicles being
requisitioned for poll duty. ..more..

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Infrastructue, Power, Communicqtion, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on April 29, 2009

Fast over power deal

Fast over power deal(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Jan. 15:
Members of the
Meghalaya organisation spearheading the campaign against privatisation of power
projects went on hungerstrike at the State Central Library today after being
denied entry into the state secretariat, where the protest was planned.
Activists of the Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People held placards
highlighting the cons of the power deal with private companies, no doubt
emboldened by the political support they have been getting…….more….


Train derails in heavy fog(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Scare for
Dibrugarh-Amritsar Exp. (TEL, 17-1-k8)

Jan. 16:
Sleeping train
passengers barely escaped death or critical injury when three bogies of the Down
Dibrugarh-Amritsar Express jumped rails at Saluabati station in South Dinajpur
district of Bengal on a foggy morning when visibility was dangerously low. The
three derailed bogies included the guard van. ….more….


19 plunge to death in bridge

Imphal, Jan. 17:
As many as 19 people were drowned or crushed to death when a rickety wooden
bridge caved in under the weight of a truckload of passengers in a remote area
of Manipur where bus services are unheard of. But for the army’s prompt response
to the accident, which occurred close to the Indo-Myanmar border in
Churachandpur district this morning, there would have been fewer survivors than
the 20-odd people who escaped with injuries. ….more….


Extortion stalls railway

Jan. 17:
Contractors and workers
engaged by Northeast Frontier Railway to lay broad gauge tracks are running into
trouble everywhere, be it in the hills of

North Cachar
or Dhubri in the plains. When militants do not get them, the local goons do. The
gauge conversion project from Dhubri to Fakiragram was stalled a few days ago by
goons who wanted a cut from the contractors’s earnings. ….more….


Truck mishap toll up(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Jan. 18:
The Manipur
government today provided monetary relief to families of the victims and those
injured in the truck accident in Churachandpur district yesterday. The death
toll has risen to 23 overnight. Nineteen passengers died on the spot when an
overloaded truck plunged into the Tuivai river as a weak wooden bridge near
Behiang village in Singhat subdivision gave way. Reports said the truck was
packed with charcoal bags and passengers when the accident took place.

 “We have
distributed Rs 10,000 each to the families of the deceased, Rs 5,000 each to the
seriously injured persons and Rs 2,000 to those who sustained minor injuries,”
N. Biren Singh, irrigation and flood control minister, said. He added that two
of the injured were still in a critical condition.

Assam carlifters identified

Jan. 10:
City police today
identified two of the three carlifters who were shot dead in an encounter at
Chachal yesterday. A police source said the slain criminals were identified as
Shankar Viswakarma and Prabhat Boro. Viswakarma was the son of Shyam Bahadur of
Narengi in the city, while Boro was the son of Sarat Chandra Boro of Boko in
Kamrup district. ….more….


LPG grey market back in

Jan. 10:
If you thought the district administration’s crackdown last year on the illegal
sale of LPG cylinders ended the business for good, you probably underestimated
the tenacity of the grey market. The racketeers are back in business, thanks to
the district administration’s preoccupation with the panchayat elections.


Schoolbus kills 4-yr-old(TEL,13-1-k8)

Jan. 12:
Dinay Jyoti
Nath’s fourth day in school turned out to be his last as the schoolbus he was
about to board ran over him, killing the four-and-a-half year-old on the spot.
“He was so thrilled to have accompanied his sister to school,” was the only
sentence his mother Bonita could utter as she cried inconsolably at the Naths’
resident in Gorchuk. ….more….


downstream project to be restudied (SEX_14_1_k8)
Jan 13: Even if the environmental survey/survey of the 66 megawatt capacity
Loktak Downstream Project to be taken up as a joint venture of Government of
Manipur and NHPC had been completed five years back, the environ-mental study of
the project is to be taken up afresh.


Drivers’ Day celebration(SEX_15_1_k8)

Drivers urged not to ferry banned
 IMPHAL, Jan 14: Along with celebration of Drivers’ Day at
different parts of the State, the departed drivers were honoured today amid-st
call to all the drivers not to smuggle in any banned subsistence for the sake of
some monetary benefit. ….more….

4 persons
killed in two mishaps(SEX_16_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 15:
Three persons were killed when the Shaktiman in which they were travelling met
with an accident at Ngakhamei, 40 kms east of Tadubi Police Station along
National Highway 39 at around 4.30 pm yesterday. According to police sources,
the deceased have been identified as Thingom Inaobi of Thangmeiband Yumnam
Leikai, Ibungo and Robi. A police team has reportedly gone to bring back the
bodies. ….more….

Airport upgradation
State Govt looks to Intl standard (SEX_19_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 18: Following the announcement by Prime
Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to provide night landing facility at Tulihal Airport,
Imphal, the State Government has proposed the development of the airport on par
with International standard against the backdrop of reaping the benefits of the
‘Look East Policy’ and the ‘Border trade’. ….more….

IMPHAL, Jan 19: The
Imphal-Churachandpur Road Bus Owners and Workers’ Association has appealed
against calling the indefinite Bishnupur district bandh proposed to be called by
All Pradhan Bishnupur District and Joint Action Committee Against the DC
Bishnupur with effect from 6 am of January 21 in special consideration of the
problems to be faced by the transporters and other daily wage earners.

Probe ordered into CCpur mishap
 IMPHAL, Jan 19:
Taking serious note of the tragic mi-shap that took place at Seh- ken village,
Churachandpur district in which 23 people dies and 28 injured, Works Minister K
Ranjit has ins-tructed Commissioner (Works) to institute an enquiry. Speaking to
The Sangai Express, K Ranjit conveyed that the Commissioner (Works) has also
been ins-tructed submit the enquiry report within a week.


14 kids hurt on way to school(TEL,

Jeep hits
tree in Mangaldoi; singers in Dudhnoi crash (TEL, 1-1-k8)

Feb. 5:
A rickety jeep,
which should not have been plying on the road, today put the life of 14
schoolchildren in peril in this Darrang district headquarters of Assam. The
private jeep was taking the children to Kendriya Vidyalaya School, 2km from the
town, around 7.40am when its rear left wheel rolled out at Upahupara on National
Highway 52.  The vehicle hit a tree on the edge of a deep gorge and stopped. All
the 14 children in the vehicle were injured, four of them seriously. ….more….

Aneek in car mishap(TEL, 1-1-k8)

Feb. 5:
Two young singers
of SaReGaMaPa fame — Aneek Dhar and Sanchita Bhattacharjee — were injured
in a road mishap at Dudhnoi in Goalpara district around 4.30am today. Two more
persons travelling with them, Sanchita’s father Dhruba Bhattacharjee and their
manager, Hitesh Agarwal, were also injured when their Scorpio hit the back of a
truck. ….more….

Radio as
tool for health mission(TEL_ 2_1_k8)

programmes raise awareness

Jan. 1:
The radio can be just as effective a healthcare tool as the stethoscope. The
National Rural Health Mission has begun airing radio programmes through the
Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Silchar stations of All India Radio for accredited
healthcare workers and villagers to raise awareness about common diseases and
how they can be treated. Listeners can use the phone-in segment of the programme
to interact with the speakers in real time. The administration distributed 543
radios, batteries and a drug kit each among 543 accredited social health
activists in Hailakandi district recently. The radios were distributed during
programmes in Katlicherra and Algapur. ….more….

device launched(TEL_ 6_1_k8)

Jan. 5:
BSNL today
announced the launch of the Location Based Services (LBS), a device to help
private and public sector companies to monitor the movements of any person who
uses a mobile. A.K. Gupta, chief general manager of the BSNL’s Northeast 1
telecom circle (comprising Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura), addressed a news
conference today and announced a series of new initiatives, including the launch
of the device, known as resource tracking management system. ….more….

hits traffic(TEL_9_1_k8)

Jan. 8
: Traffic was
disrupted on National Highway 39 during the daylong highway bandh called by the
youth wing of the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) to protest against the
imposition of President’s rule in the state.  Otherwise, the bandh passed off
peacefully with offices and business establishments in the state functioning
normally. ….more….

looted: (TEL_9_1_k8)

passengers of an Imphal-bound bus were looted of cash and goods worth Rs 3.5
lakh at Purana Bazar in Dimapur at 1.30am today.  Sources said nearly 10 armed
persons stopped the bus coming from Guwahati at Purana Bazar and robbed the
passengers of cash, mobile phones and other valuables. The passengers reported
the matter to Dimapur police.

revises fare

The Nuiland Auto and Taxi
Association (NATA) has revised the existing "disparity" of fare for commuters
between Nuiland and Dimapur. A press release issued by H. Liriki Awomi, NATA
president has stated that in view of the disparities on passenger fare between
Nuiland and Dimapur, the NATA has made some adjustment on the fare without
raising the fare.

railway express stop demanded
 NALBARI, Jan 14: The Railway department introduced a new
Intercity Express a passenger train under the North East Railway between New
Bongaigaon and Kamakhya Rail station from January 1 this year. The sources said
that it is worth-mentioning that the Assam Railway Passenger Association has
been demanding before the railway authority to introduce a new express passenger
train in between Guwahati and New Bongaigaon following the need of the


joint ventures: NGOs give ‘go-ahead’ signal
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. ….more….

2 die in
A scooterist died after a collission with a tractor at Lamlai
Bazar under Lam-lai police station at about 6.45 pm yesterday. The deceased is
identified as Moirangthem Santa (36) of Napetpalli Mayai Leikai. The corpse has
been handed over to family after post mortem. In another road mishap involving a
truck and Honda Activa, one rider of the Activa died on the spot while another
is undergoing treatment in RIMS. ….more….


Fund misuse cloud on Power Dept

By Our Staff Reporter
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.

Mobile woes

IMPHAL, Jan 4: Subscribers of
BSNL mobile phone service in Jiri town are a frustrated lots for the past one
week with absence of mobile network denying their desire to keep in touch with
near and dear ones, reports our correspondent.


IMC asked to survey high rise buildings

 IMPHAL, Jan 4: Following the
announcement made by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh to demolish high-rise
buildings that have come up in Khwairamband Bazar area in violation of the laid
down rules and regulations, MAHUD has entrusted Imphal Municipal Council to
conduct a survey of the high rise buildings and to submit a report of the same.
The survey is to be conducted over a period of one month along with the support
of the police.

NH looters
in police net(SEX_6_1_k8)
Two per-sons who
have been looting passengers travelling in buses and Tata Sumos along the
National Highway 39 stretch (Imphal-Moreh Road) between Lilong Kaleikhong and
Waithou have been arrested by personnel of Thoubal Police today. It is said that
noted Manipuri female singers Roshibina and Mandakini were also among the
victims of this heist.

Vehicle lifters pulled up(SEX_6_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 5: Two SP
capsule abusers involved in lifting a Honda Activa ( HR 26-P/1880) were pulled
up by volunteers of CADA Lilong branch from Lilong Kaleikhong yesterday
morning.The two vehicle lifters are identified as Nameirakpam Naoba alias Rajesh
(20) s/o N Budhichandra alias Budha of Bashikhong Mamang Leikai and Nepram Gobin
(20) s/o N Lukhoi of Pheija Leitong Makha Thongju Part II.

Works Minister inspects Cdl roads,
points out obstacles

Works Minister K Ranjit inspecting the
roads at Chandel dist

IMPHAL, Jan 7: Works Minister K Ranjit visited
Chandel district on January 5 and 6 on a two day inspection tour of the roads
and communication infrastructure of the district.
During his inspection tour K Ranjit was accompanied by MLA Thangkholun Haokip
and high ranking officials of the PWD.On the first day, the Works Minister made
field inspection of the road from Tengnoupal to Chakpikarong via Joupi and Monpi.


March deadline set for final rail-line
 NEW DELHI, Jan 8: Final Location Survey of the
Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway in Manipur has been completed for 52 kms. and the
remaining length is likely to be completed by March, 2008. As per latest status
re-port available at the Minis- try of DoNER, the part de-tailed estimate for
9.9 kms from Jiribam end has been awarded. The land has been handed over from Km
0.4-10 to the Ministry of Railways but is pending for 4 kms in Jiribam, Imphal
East district. An outlay of Rs. 15 crore has been provided for the pro-ject
during 2007-08. ….more….

Sub-standard road work peeves MLA(SEX_11_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 10:
Observing that the ongoing road development work from Tengnoupal along NH 39 to
Joupi under SPA is making serious compromise on quality, Chandel A/C MLA
Thangkholun Haokip has decided to apprise the matter to the Minister and the
Department concerned and to cease the ongoing road development work.


Hmar Inpui
seeks date with NEEPCO on Tipaimukh
IMPHAL, Jan 10: The
Hmar Inpui, Chura-chandpur has formally com- municated to the Chairman and
Managing Director of North Eastern Electric Po-wer Corporation (NEEPCO) to
schedule a meeting for discussion on various issues arising out of the proposed
Tipaimukh project.  As per a copy of the Inpui’s memorandum to the NEEPCO
authorities, a body christened ‘Hmar Inpui Co-mmittee on Tipaimukh Dam’ (HICTD)
was constituted as a nodal agency during the December 29 meeting of all major
Hmar community mandated organisations.

Addl CE
IMPHAL, Jan 11 :
Additional Chief Engineer (Power) and in-charge of Chief Engineer (Power) M
Sanaton Singh has been deputed as officer on special duty (Power) in the Manipur
Secretariat in his grade pay with immediate effect and until further orders.
According to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Administrative
Reforms on January 8, the service of Sanaton shall be utilised to assist the
Principal Secretary (Power), Government of Manipur in technical matters.



Bajali Journalists’ Union demands for
new train stop
From our Corespondent
PATHSALA, Jan 16: The Bajali Journalists Union urged upon the authorities of NF
railway, Maligaon, Guwahati to sanction a stop at Pathsala railway station of
the inter-city express introduced on January 1 between New Bongaigaon and
Kamakhya railway station.

1 killed,
3 injured in road mishap
 ROWTA CHARIALI, Jan 16: In a tragic road accident, Raha Ali (16)
was knocked down on the NH-52 near the Jhargaon Tourist lodge, Rowta in Udalguri
district. The incident took place when a Bolero coming from Sandroop Jhankar of
Bhutan to Daipam of Bhutan near Bhairabkunda. ….more…..


Person killed by speeding vehicle
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 16: A person was killed at Dikom yesterday when a
vehicle travelling from Tinsukia to Dibrugarh hit him. Seventy-two year old
Nandeswar Bora, the former headmaster of Dikom High School, had stepped out in
the morning hours for morning walk when the accident happened. He had severe
head injuries and died on the spot. The vehicle was later seized.

Power deal may be suspended
SHILLONG, Jan 16: The Cabinet is likely to place its decision on
the power deal under suspension after the Election Commission announced the date
for Assembly polls in the State. The meeting is scheduled for January 18 to
discuss the review made on December 7 to hand over mega power projects to
private parties.

Death toll increases to 21 in Manipur accidents
IMPHAL, Jan 18: The death toll in the two accidents, that occurred
yesterday in two districts of the Manipur, has increased to 21 after two people
died in the hospital here today. Police said the deceased included ten women and
three children.

Subscribers lock Hamren BSNL office
HAMREN, Jan 25: The frequent erratic and poor services of the
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have been giving trouble to the subscribers
of the Hamren subdivision.
The perturbed subscribers of the region alleged that in the past few days there
has been no telephone or mobile services in the area.

Imphal-Dpr flight service (SEX_1_1_k8)
The neighbouring towns of Dimapur and Imphal will by linked by
flight service from January 1. Accor-ding to a NACIL release, Alliance Air will
be laun-ching flight service on Dimapur/ Imphal /Dimapur route with effect from
January 1 four days a week on Tuesday, Thur-sday, Saturday and Sun-day with ATR
-42 aircraft. ….more….

Jiri-Tupul rail line
Work on in full swing

JIRIBAM, Dec 31 : Works on the Jiri-Tupul rail line have been on full swing
since November 24 with the survey conducted by the Rail India Technical and
Economic Services (RITES) at its final leg. Already land for laying ten kms of
the rail track has been acquired by the North East Frontier Railway in Jiribam
sub-division. The rest of the land needed for laying the track will be acquired
from Tamenglong district. ….more….

Night landing(SEX_1_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Dec 31: To identify the locations where Solar Power
Obstruction Light (SPOL) are to be installed for night landing of flights at
Tulihal Airport, Imphal as well as to discuss matters related to arranging the
accommodation of the security personnel was held today with Chief Secretary in
the chair. ….more….

demands scrapping of NEEPCO construction
ITANAGAR, Jan 8: The Natural Environment and Properties
Protection Group (NEPPG) today asked the North Eastern Electrical Power
Corporation (NEEPCO) management to scrap off the 135 MW project of Ranganadi
Hydro Electric Project at Yazali under Lower Subansiri district.



youths killed in road accident
AIZAWl, Jan 9: Two youths were killed on the spot when their
motorcycle collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction at Zodin
Square here last night, police said here today.


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

Official visits Jagiroad railway station
JAGIROAD, Jan 10: Ashutosh Swami, General Manager, NF Railway
visited the Jagiroad Railway Station today and took stock of some infrastructure
development in regard to various long standing demands of the commuters
including the employees. ….more….

airline to boost connectivity in NE
GUWAHATI, Jan 11: To bridge the air connectivity divide among
the northeastern States, a regional airline will soon be introduced in the
region. This was stated by Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh
today while addressing the inaugural session of the two-day North East India
Investment Summit which got under way at Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor
Stadium here.


Work on
lifeline comes to a halt
Bridge construction workers threatened by miscreants
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 11: The construction of the 168-metre RCC
bridge over the Gaurang river in the outskirts of Kokrajhar town connecting
Monokocha and Kokrajhar has been stopped due to a threat perception from an
unknown force. The construction has stopped totally from December last year. The
construction company also received similar threats during November last year and
stopped work, which later resumed after some days.


Bokakhat ASTC makes a profit of Rs
BOKAKHAT, Jan 11: The Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC),
Bokakhat, earned Rs 30,03,155 in the year 2007, an increase of Rs 4,93,849 than
the previous year. In the year 2006, the station got the third best station
award of Asom.

killed, 3 injured in road mishap
ROWTA CHARIALI, Jan 11: In a tragic road accident one person
was killed and three others seriously injured at Goraibari village under
Udalguri police station on January 5.
Sources said that the accident took place while a Tata mobile van caring 20
people from Bandarguri Gerseng village went for a picnic at Bhairabkunda
overtaking a bus coming from Bhairabkunda and collided with a Trekker coming
from the opposite side.

People irked over BSNL service

 NAGAON, Jan 13: The district branch of Bharat Sanchar Nigam
Limited is incurring heavy loss as the company has failed to provide effective
service to the people of the district and as a result people have lost faith in
the company and taking new connections from other telephone providers.


Dedicated airlines for North-east this
AGARTALA, Jan 13: The Centre has assured to start operation of
the dedicated regional private airlines for Northeastern States by the end of
this year to improve connectivity within the region. Official sources said here
today that of 23 airports of Northeast, only 11 were operating at present and by
the next five years the rest will also become operational. ….more….

Kerosene diverted for Longleng VIPs

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.


seeks status report on link roads

Following complaints of funds under
Nagaland Road Development Projects (NRDP) being drawn without road works being
executed , such as one by the Longkhum Village Council (LVC), the commissioner
and secretary, Works & Housing, has directed the chief engineer (Roads &
Bridges) to submit a status report of all eight link roads, latest by January
15, 2008.


NGOs continue to agitates in M’laya

Shillong, Jan 15:
Normal functioning of government
offices and financial institutions has been affected in three districts
Meghalaya after the Federation of A’chik Freedom (FAF) launched its series of
agitation, protesting the Congress-led government decision to hand over power
projects to private companies. In the state capital, Shillong, the Federation of
Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP) also staged a daylong hunger strike
demanding the government to scarp its resolution to rope in private companies
for developing state’s power projects


Provide adequate security to NEEPCO: UPM

After repeated extortion demands and the recent killing of five persons by
militants, the Union Power Ministry (UPM) has directed the Assam government to
provide adequate security to North East Electric Power Corporation limited (NEEPCO)
officials stationed at Umrangsu, North Cachar Hills. The Power Ministry directed
the Assam government that additional troops are provided at NEEPCO installments
in the militant-infested North Cachar hills district of Assam.



CBFC to set up regional office in Guwahati

Shillong, Dec 16:
Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) will be setting up its regional
office in Guwahati next year, while putting at rest earlier speculation that it
would be in Shillong. "The board has initially listed Delhi, Guwahati and
Cuttack for setting up its regional office," said CBFC chairman Sharmila Tagore,
who is here for the first Censor Board meeting held in the region on Sunday.

Meghalaya power deal put in abeyance

Refusing to buckle under pressure to
scrap the power deal, the Meghalaya cabinet today decided to keep the memorandum
of agreement (MOA) inked with six private companies in abeyance. In the wake of
series of agitations by political parties and the NGOs, the Meghalaya Cabinet
met Friday to discuss the power deal.


DDK Dibrugarh film gets berth in Mumbai
Int’l Film Festival
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 1: Mantur Prithivi, a feature film produced by
the Dibrugarh Doordarshan Kendra (DDK) has got a berth at the Film and Video
(Indian section) competition at the Mumbai International Film Festival, 2008.


Expectant woman dies in road mishap

 MANGALDAI, Jan 1: A tragic death occurred to an expectant mother
in a motor accident on her way to the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH)
at midnight of December 31, while everyone was busy in celebrating the advent of
the new year.
The accident took place near Banglagarh market, on the NH 52, 5 km from here.

AIR programmes
From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Jan 1: The All India Radio (AIR), Jorhat will air a number of special
programmes, a press release here said. On January 6 at 8 pm, litterateur Imran
Shah’s interview, Dikhowparor Manuhjonor Jamabandi will be broadcast.


Pipe laying to be over by mid-Jan: Ibobi
IMPHAL, Jan 1: The ongoing pipe-laying work on major roads of
Imphal city, being taken up as part of the Imphal sewerage project, will be
completed by the middle of next month, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has said.

Vehicle torched, driver injured
IMPHAL, Jan 1: A vehicle hijacked by suspected militants set
ablaze at Moirangkampu some seven kilometer north east of Porompat this evening
while the driver was shot at anfd injured at Keishamthong. ….more….

NE airports on high alert on ULFA plan
SHILLONG, Jan 2: A red alert has been sounded and security beefed
up at airports across the North-east following reports that the ULFA planned to
hijack flights to demand release of its jailed members, airport authorities
today said.


progress of Bhangagarh and Six Mile flyovers leads to hellish traffic snarl

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. The original
cost of the Bhangagarh flyover was Rs 32 crore, but the revised cost of the
project is Rs 54 crore.


One injured in road mishap
MANGALDAI, Jan 3: Mani Moy Goswami, president of the All Darrang
District Students’ Union (ADDSU), was seriously injured in a tragic road
accident at the National Highway-52 at Bhebarghat, Mangaldai, on Wednesday
afternoon. ….more….

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

Stickers for cabs in Shillong
SHILLONG, Jan 4: Stickers to determine cabs with valid
documents will now be implemented in Shillong starting next month. Informing
this East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner B Dhar said the Government has decided
to introduce the sticker system for cabs with valid documents.


personnel dies in mishap
BISWANATH CHARIALI, Jan 5: A poll personnel, Shyam Chandra Kro,
an assistant teacher of Balichang ME School, died when the 407 bus carrying poll
personnel turned turtle near Mizika, 14 km from Biswanath Chariali, yesterday.


BSNL launches Call NE1
SHILLONG, Jan 5: The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited NE -1
Telecom Circle has commissioned a state-of-the-art ‘10 Seater’ Call Centre
called Call NE1. The Call centre launched on New Years Day would function on all
days, including holidays and Sundays, and be operational for 24 hours, CGMT, NE
I Circle A.K. Gupta said at a news conference held here today. ….more….

should probe Mandi House racket: CPI-M parliamentarian

‘Prasar Bharati-producer racket out to deprive NE producers’

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.

Prohibitory 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.

blockade against Army atrocities
DIBRUGARH, Dec 15: More than five hundred people put up a road
blockade at Veterinary Tinali on the Moran-Naharkatiya Road today in protest
against alleged Army atrocities on villagers and the arrest of three innocent
youths on suspicion of having links with the ULFA. Locals of more than fifteen
villages gheraod the Tingkhong police station demanding the release of the
arrested youths and an end to Army highhandedness and atrocities.



Focus on safety norms at Jorhat DTO meet
JORHAT, Jan 7: The focus turned on safety norms at the
concluding function of the 29th annual road safety week held at the precincts of
Assam State Transport Corporation stand here today. Organized under the aegis of
Jorhat District Transport Office, the speakers stressed the need for averting
road mishaps which cause deaths and crippling injuries to people on the one hand
and damage property worth crores of rupees every year.
Stating the objectives of the road safety week, Jorhat DTO AK Baruah enumerated
the causes for the accidents on the roads. ….more

4 killed,
24 injured in separate road mishaps
MANGALDAI, Jan 7: Two persons were killed and 24 people
sustained injuries when a mini truck (NL-01-A-3976) knocked down a tractor
(AS-12-A-9803) near the Sipajhar College Chowk in front of the Sipajhar police
station near the NH-52 in the wee hours yesterday. ….more….


Arunachal inks MoAs for 42 projects in
three years
ITANAGAR, Jan 7: Arunachal Pradesh has signed 42 MoAs with
various power developers in the past three years for executing hydro power
projects of 23, 591 MW in the State. Official sources here today said that of
the total projects, 14 were located at West Kameng district with total installed
capacity of 2,370 MW,

2 killed in Sikkim mishap
 GANGTOK, Jan 28 – Two persons were killed and six others
injured when a jeep in which they were travelling overturned and plunged into a
gorge near Arubhotey locality under Naya Bazar police circle area in West Sikkim,
police said today. ….more….

NHPC hands over
DPRs to private parties in Arunachal
 ITANAGAR, Jan 28 – Public sector National Hydro Electric
Power Corp (NHPC) has ultimately handed over the Detailed Project Reports (DPRs)
of two major hydropower projects in Arunachal Pradesh to private power
developers Jaiprakash Associates and Reliance Energy. ….more….

NFR steps to
ease city traffic snarls(AST_1_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Although the North East Frontier Railway (NFR),
has proposed a host of measures to bail the Guwahatians out of the severe
problems in the recent past, which continue to engulf the city life miserably,
the State Government, is yet to pronounce its steps on these problems. The lists
of these problems include rising congestion and traffic hold-ups at various
level crossing gates in the city and growth of undesirable settlements and
related crime, among others. ….more….

Passenger bus
looted at Dimapur (IFP_9_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 8: A passenger bus coming from Guwahati to
Imphal was looted last night by armed miscreant at Dimapur Purana Bazar around
1.30 am. The Imphal-bound Sony Travels was coming from Guwahati with 27
passengers when armed miscreants in camouflage uniforms numbering around 10
stopped the bus and looted the passengers of all their money, mobile, ornaments
and other belongings. ….more….

Survey of
Jiribam-Imphal railway to be over by March (IFP_9_1_k8)

NEW DELHI, Jan 8: The final location survey of the
Jiribam-Tupul-Imphal railway in Manipur has been completed for 52 kms and the
remaining portion is likely to be completed by March 2008. As per latest status
report available at the ministry of DoNER, the part detailed estimate for 9.9
kms from Jiribam end has been awarded. The land has been handed over from Km
0.4-10 to the ministry of railways but is pending for 4 kms in Jiribam, Imphal
East district. An outlay of Rs. 15 crore has been provided for the project
during 2007-08. ….more….

transporters take up cudgels against intoxicants (IFP_12_1_k8)

Jiribam, Jan 10: Transporters along the New Cachar road
have decided not carry any narcotic substances, tobacco, alcohol and betel
leaves. The decision was taken following a public meeting organised by the
Imphal Silchar Road Transporters` Welfare Society, Jiribam branch under the
sponsorship of the Imphal Silchar Road Transporters` Welfare Society, Manipur
this afternoon at Jiribam public hall. ….more….

Mishap death

LAMKA, Jan 12: A man died while four other suffered
wounds when a Gypsy fall down into a deep gorge of 120 feet today morning at
around 9.45 am at Guite road. The Gypsy fall down into the gorge when the driver
attempted to overtake a passenger bus at a spot located between Tuima and
Thuagtam village. ….more….

Two dead in
multiple mishaps (IFP_15_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 14: At least two persons died, while several
others were seriously injured in separate road mishaps today. In one of the
incidents, a Tata DI 207 mini truck collided with an Ambassador car near the
Malom bridge along the Tiddim road under Nambol police station this morning at
around 11 am. ….more….

 Mishap death

LAMKA, Jan 12: A man died while four other suffered
wounds when a Gypsy fall down into a deep gorge of 120 feet today morning at
around 9.45 am at Guite road.The Gypsy fall down into the gorge when the driver
attempted to overtake a passenger bus at a spot located between Tuima and
Thuagtam village. ….more….

One dead, 16
hurt in road mishap (IFP_16_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 15: One person died while 16 others,
including eight females were injured when an passenger bus coming from Jiribam
met an accident at Keithelmanbi, under Patsoi police station this morning.
Reports said the bus, registration MN05-0574, which was headed towards Imphal,
dashed against a hillside and then overturned after suffering a brakes failure.
The incident took place near the Keithelmanbi excise post at around 8:30 am
today. ….more….

Imphal airport
expansion plan meets with opposition (IFP_17_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 16: Yet another major government development
project, the proposal for expansion and extension of the Imphal Airport, has run
into trouble with people who are likely to be affected raising strong objections
to the idea. The newly formed Joint Action Committee against the Acquisition of
Land for Expansion and Extension of Imphal Airport held a sit in protest and
public meeting on the issue at malom bazar at around 10 am this morning.


New Delhi, June 9 (NEPS): The Chief Minister of Assam, Tarun Gogoi today met
the Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Thiru T. R. Baalu
in connection with the implementation of ?Special Accelerated Road Development
Programme in North-Eastern Region (SARDP-NE)?. ….more….

Governor for
better roads

Dimapur, Jan 7 (NPN):

On his first day in office on Monday
after the State was brought under the President’s Rule on January 3, Governor of
Nagaland K. Sankaranarayanan announced that improving the condition of roads in
the State would be one of his top priorities.The Governor, who once said there
was no road between Dimapur and Kohima, reviewed the repair of roads in the
capital town with the Commissioner & Secretary, Works and Housing and directed
that all ongoing works of roads were finished before the advent of monsoon.

violating recruitment norms: NSUI Nagaland

The recent examination for 37 posts
of telecom technical assistant (TTA) conducted by the CGMT, NE-II Circle, BSNL,
exclusively for the states of Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, has
raised a storm with the National Students Union of India (NSUI) Nagaland Unit
alleging that the BSNL had violated the Government norms, and appealing to the
Union minister of Communication & IT to intervene in the matter.


lauds BSNL

Dimapur, Jan 8 (NPN):

The Directorate of Information &
Public Relations, Nagaland, has expressed appreciation to the BSNL for
restoration of the telephone connections to the Directorate building "IPR
Citadel". An official release said the Department appreciated the prompt action
of the BSNL which enabled the Directorate to resume its work smoothly.

Meghalaya firm on power projects

Despite the overwhelming protest from several organizations, the Meghalaya
government has decided to go ahead with its decision to let private companies to
develop six power projects in the state by asserting that people would get "free
power" once the projects are completed.


ASEB’s novel method to check power theft
GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) is
all set to reduce the revenue losses incurred by it due to rampant power theft
in the State by setting up special police stations meant to deal with cases of
pilferage. ….more….

AIR programme(AST_1_1_k8)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – On January 1, the All India Radio, Guwahati, will broadcast
a special programme titled Swagatam 2008 on 100.8 mega hertz at 9.30 am. Noted
litterateur and veteran journalist Homen Borgohain and singer Tarali Sarma will
participate in the programme to be conducted by Pankaj Kumar Barthakur.


Folk media most effective in creating
awareness among rural people
 GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The folk media are most effective in order
to properly communicate to rural people and create awareness among them.
Highlighting the significance of puppetry as a form of traditional folk media,
Prof Tapodhir Bhattarcharjee, vice-chancellor, Assam University, Silchar said
that it is a powerful medium of education as well as of entertainment. It has
more impact on an audience than a human character. ….more….

NPA never
demanded PR, says Imkong
From Our Correspondent
 DIMAPUR, Jan 1 – The Congress-led newly-constituted Nagaland Progressive
Alliance yesterday clarified that it had neither demanded President’s rule in
Nagaland nor has issued any ‘document’ in this regard to anyone. The Leader of
Opposition in the State Assembly, I Imkong terming the news as ‘fabricated’ and
‘concocted’ accused the Chief Minister’s Office for issuing the press
communiqué. ….more….

BSNL call

From Our Correspondent
 SHILLONG, Jan 1 – The Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, North East 1 circle, today
inaugurated a call centre to address issues concerning landline, Wireless in
Local Loop and broadband Internet connections. ….more….

Rijiju moves PM
over transfer of NH-52
 ITANAGAR, Jan 1 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s
intervention has been sought to withdraw recent decision of the Union Ministry
of Road, Transport and Highways regarding handing over of NH-52 from Border
Roads Organisation (BRO) to Assam PWD. ….more….

Poor road
network keeps Sikkim isolated
 GANGTOK, Jan 1 – A dependable road link to stay connected
with the country is all that Sikkim has insisted on with the Centre following a
series of landslides in July-August last year. The Centre’s response came too
late. In a statement during the Winter session of the Parliament, the Union
Government said that there was a proposal to double-lane the 140-km-long
National Highway-31A. ….more….

Bus requisition
for polls hits city commuters(AST_4_1_k8)
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – With Kamrup district going for the second phase of the
ongoing Panchayat elections on Friday, the city commuters have been sent into a
tizzy due to the sudden city bus crisis. With maximum number of buses deployed
on poll duty, Guwahati roads are left with some 300 buses plying for the
commuters out of a total of around 900 mini city buses. ….more….

people allege deprivation(AST_4_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 KALIABOR, Jan 3 – The public school/college students, employees of Dalgaon,
Bamunbhetigaon, Garikuri, Akhiranga, Dolpukhuri, Majgaon, Jaukota, Barpeta,
Bamuni etc. have been suffering a lot of inconvenience for a long time as the
Dalgaon-Kuwaritol sub-divisional HQ connecting most important routes under
Kaliabor subdivision have not yet been undertaken by the PWD authority under
Prime Minister’s Gram Sarak Yojona despite having the norms. ….more….

Centre directs
security beef up in NE airports(AST_4_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 3 – The Union Home Ministry has issued a
directive to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) to beef up security in
Northeastern airports following a threat from the outlawed United Liberation
Front of Asom (ULFA). The Union Home Ministry issued the directive on December
31, Maushumi Chakravarty, Director media and communication, Ministry of Civil
Aviation, told the Assam Tribune over phone from New Delhi. ….more….

Meghalaya Govt
signs MoAs with NEEPCO(AST_4_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SHILLONG, Jan 3 – With growing opposition against the Meghalaya Government’s
decision to hand over power projects to private parties, the Congress-led MDA
Government inked two Memoranda of Agreements (MoAs) to implement power projects
with the public sector North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Ltd. (NEEPCO).

Engineer killed
in road mishap
 GANGTOK, Jan 4 – A junior engineer of the Department of Rural
Management and Development of Sikkim was killed when the car in which he was
travelling skidded off the road and rolled down the mountain slope near Birdang
Hanuman Dora area on Geyzing-Daramdin road in West district, police said today.

BSNL launches
caller tracking in NE(AST_6_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 5 – Public sector telecom giant BSNL has
introduced the location-based services (LBS), which includes the service that
helps track the place from where the call is made to BSNL phone, in the
North-East, reports PTI. “We shall explain our scheme, especially the people
finder service to the police and health departments as these would be of immense
help to them,” said Chief General Manager Telecom, NE-I Circle, AK Gupta at a
media conference here today. ….more….

NSUI ultimatum
to BSNL(AST_6_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 5 – Poor telecommunication services by BSNL in
the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts in the past few months has prompted the
NSUI to serve an ultimatum on BSNL, demanding immediate improvement of services
or face an agitation. An NSUI delegation met the BSNL authorities here on Friday
and sought an explanation why services have reached frustrating levels. On
behalf of the BSNL, deputy general manager Chattopadhyay said work is on to
improve the mobile network. The students also demanded immediate improvement of
the landline and broadband services, saying this state of affairs cannot be
allowed to continue. ….more….

Poll official
 BISWANATH CHARIALI, Jan 5: A polling officer was killed while
several others were injured when the 407 bus carrying back the polling personnel
after completion of voting turned turtle last night at around 8.30 near Mijiki,
about 14 km from here. ….more….


Truck driver shot, cash looted
GUWAHATI, Jan 6 – A gang of masked youths shot dead a driver
of a Patna bound truck in Moranjan area on the National Highway 37 of Kamrup
district under Rangiya division here in the wee hours today. ….more


ASEB engineers’ body meeting
 GUWAHATI, Jan 6 – Association of Engineers, ASEB is holding
its 29th general body meeting on January 7-8 on the premises of Institution of
Engineers. A technical seminar is being organised tomorrow from 10 am to 4 pm.

Cable theft(AST_7_1_k8)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 6 – Cable theft is turning out to be a major problem for the
Telecom Department in Guwahati city. More than 2 km of overhead cables were
stolen in the Noonmati area alone within the last three months. ….more….

blitz to generate traffic awareness on the cards
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – Even as the Road Safety Week is being observed with due
fanfare, the city roads are witnessing utter chaos with the number of accidents
on an upward curve. The winter season, usually with more road injuries and
fatalities, could once again have more mishaps if drivers, pedestrians, and the
administration remain oblivious to the perils on the road.

alloted for road construction works in Sipajhar
From Our Correspondent
 SIPAJHAR, Jan 7 – The inauguration of the construction work of six roads by
MLA, Sipajhar LAC Binanda Kr Saikia recently, has raised hopes among the people
of Sipajhar area. The roads in the LAC were in a dilapidated condition. The
roads which are to the constructed are the dumunichowki-Khatara road (7,845 km),
Sipajhar College Chowk Sonapur Road (8 km) Banai Kuchi – Patharighat road (3.183
km) where an amount of Rs 4.28 crore, Rs 6.45 crore and Rs 1.09 crore has been
alloted respectively under PMGSY. ….more….

resent ASTC apathy
HAFLONG, Jan 8 – Indifferent attitude of the Assam State Transport
Corporation authority towards the passengers of the district has caused serious
concern among the people of NC Hills. It is learnt that earlier there were as
many as ten buses operated from Haflong but due to indifferent attitude and
negligence of the authority concerned, the buses have now reduced to only two,
one for Guwahati and one for Nagaon which are also not reliable. ….more….

12-hr Nagaland
bandh peaceful
KOHIMA, Jan 8 – The 12- hour bandh of National Highway 39 and 61
in Nagaland called by the youth wings of three non-Congress political parties
including Nagaland People’s Front (NPF), Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) from 6 am today went off peacefully without any
untoward incident being reported. ….more….

Power reforms: a double-edged
GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The merits and the demerits of reforms in
the power sector were discussed threadbare in the open session of the 29th
general body meet of the Association of Engineers of ASEB held on Tuesday. In a
meet that saw the participation of power engineers representing several
generations, the appointed speaker Sailendra Dubey, secretary general of All
India Power Engineers Federation, said that there were two angles to the ongoing
reforms in the power sector. ….more….

killed in Biswanath road mishap(AST_10_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 BISWANATH CHARIALI, Jan 9 – In a gruesome accident which took place at
Bihupukhuri area here last night between a Maruti van and a truck, four persons
were killed on the spot while another succumbed to her injuries at GMC hospital
this afternoon. According to reports, the Gohpur-bound Maruti van (AS-12-A-4888)
carrying 12 passengers was running from Chariali to Gohpur while it rammed into
a boulder-loaded truck (AS-25-A-0445) coming from the opposite ….more….


Tezpur Radio Centre to broadcast dramas
TEZPUR, Jan 9 – Taking 15 selected philosophical dramas from 15
playwrights of Tezpur, a drama week has been organised here at Tezpur radio
centre from the 3rd week of January. It may be mentioned that this is for the
first time that Tezpur radio centre is broadcasting dramas for bringing


Silapathar in dire need of a fire
From Our Correspondent
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 9 – The citizens of Silapathar town have demanded authorities
concerned to set up a fire brigade station at Silapathar town in the greater
interest of people of the area. ….more….

Bakhorma yet to
see the light of progress
From Our Correspondent
 HAFLONG, Jan 9 – Bakhorma area comprising Mabao, Berelengdisa, Disagisim (N
Wari), Riam Bathari, Riao, Moti Hojai and Walaodisa in Hadingma constituency of
NC Hills Autonomous Council has failed to draw the attention of the authority
concerned for its minimum development, people alleged. ….more….

One killed, 3
hurt in mishap
From Our Correspondent
 UDALGURI, Jan 9 – One Suren Daimari (35) of Gersonggaon under Udalguri PS was
killed on the spot while three others were injured at about 9.30 am near
Goroimari when the Tata mobile carrying them hit a stationary trekker
(AS-13-9447) on the route to Bhairabkunda. The Tata Mobile (D)-Model was
carrying 3 persons to Bhairabkunda for a picnic.

Meghalaya Govt determined to hand over power projects
 SHILLONG, Jan 9 – Refusing to be cowed down by widespread
protests and agitations, the Meghalaya Government is determined on private
companies developing six power projects in the State, claiming, “free power” can
be distributed through this joint venture.
Deputy Chief Minister in-charge of Power, Mukul Sangma and Chairman of the
Empowered Committee on Power, stated, “once these projects were completed, the
State would be in a position to enjoy “free power.” ….more….


 TEZPUR, Jan 10: Sixteen people were hurt in a head-on collision
between an Alto car and a jeep at Charidwar near Nameri National Park today. –

Driver missing
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – Ravindra Biswas, a driver who had left for Silchar from
Kumar Rana Roadways, in a truck (AS-01-G-9484) carrying iron etc. on December
18, has been missing ever since. ….more….

Poor facilities
at Bhojo railway station
From Our Correspondent
 SONARI, Jan 11 – Bhojo station, situated at a distance of five km from here is
the only railway station for Sonari town. It is also the lone station for the
passengers of Mon district in Nagaland. Surrounded by many tea gardens, revenue
villages Bhojo is one of the important railway stations of upper Assam within
Tinsukia railway division. ….more….

highlights social responsibilities of media
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – “If people want the media to be unbiased and a true
reflection of society, the common person would have to learn to question the
media,” said veteran journalist Prabhas Joshi, speaking as chief guest at a
seminar on human rights here on Friday. ….more….

Dist admn bid
to streamline supply of LPG cylinders
 GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – After a prolonged slumber, the district
administration which hitherto remained unmoved by the thriving black-marketing
of LPG cooking gas cylinder across the district, convened an emergency meeting
at the Deputy Commissioner’s office yesterday to ensure proper supply of gas
cylinders before the ensuing Magh Bihu. ….more….

FAF to agitate
against handing over of power projects
From Our Correspondent
 TURA, Jan 12 – Joining the chorus of protests to pressurise the Lapang
Government to cancel the power deals handed over to private companies, the
Federation for Achik Freedom (FAF) has announced a string of protests from
January 15 to demand scrapping of the 720 MW Nangalbibra thermal power project
given to Dharampal Satyapal group. ….more….

construction of NH-52 two-way lane demanded
From Our Correspondent
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 13 – The project for construction of two-way lane has turned
out to be a dream come true for the people of Dhemaji district, but slow pace of
construction of two way lane on NH-52 from Lakhimpur to Jonai touching Gogamukh,
Dhemaji, Akajan (Silapathar) around 155 km has hit the two wheelers, four
wheelers, public buses, trucks, among others. ….more….

2 houses gutted
at Mangaldoi
From Our Correspondent
 MANGALDOI, Jan 13 – Two houses were burnt to ashes in the Karimchowk vicinity
following short circuit and consequent bursting of gas cylinders at 11am on
Friday. ….more….

stir over dilapidated bridge
From Our Correspondent
 LANKA, Jan 13 – The Asom Jatiyatawadi Yuva Chhatra Parishad (AJYCP), Lanka
unit, staged a blockade in the Lanka-Nagaon road, demanding immediate repair of
Lankeshwari wooden bridge. ….more….

Sumo driver
dies in mishap
Newmai News Network
 AIZAWL, Jan 13 – The driver of a Sumo taxi heading to Shillong from Mizoram
died after colliding with a speeding truck at around 1 am onFriday, according to
police. ….more….

No scarcity of
LPG cylinders: IOC(AST_15_1_k8)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Jan 14 – The Indian Oil Corporation (Assam Oil Division) has
requested the LPG consumers not to go for panic buying and to wait for regular
home delivery instead of queuing up in front of the distributors. In a release
here today, AK Kalita Chief LPG Manager, Sales of the IOC ( Assam Oil Division)
said that the general perception of LPG scarcity led to panic buying by the
consumers. ….more


Shillong cable TV rates one of the
highest in country
 SHILLONG, Jan 14 – Cable television rates in Shillong continues
to be one of the highest in the country. Nonetheless, cable operators here have
moved the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) after new
tariff rates were notified nationwide. ….more….

6 killed in
Nagaon road mishaps(AST_17_1_k8)
NAGAON, Jan 16 – At least six persons were killed in three
separate incidents of road mishaps on January 14 and 15 in Nagaon sub-division.
On January 14 evening, a Tata Indica coming from Jagiroad collided head on with
a super bus coming from the opposite direction at Phulaguri killing four persons
on the spot. Two of them were girl children. ….more….

Centre to
invest Rs 28,000 cr in power sector in NE(AST_17_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 16 – In a bid to boost power generation in the
north eastern region, the Centre plans to pump in Rs 28,000 crore to add 5,615
mw of power during the 11th Five Year Plan, with 4,055 mw of hydro and 1,560 mw
of thermal power, an official statement said here today, reports PTI. ‘’Suitable
investments would also be made for strengthening the transmission and
distribution networks,’’ the statement said. ….more….

voice concern over extortion drive in Gossaigaon
From Our Correspondent
 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….

Road Safety Day
observed at Srirampur
From Our Correspondent
 GOSSAIGAON, Jan 16 – The 19th Annual Road Safety Day was observed with a
week-long programme here at the inter-State Srirampur Check Gates NH31 (C)
locality from January 1 to January 7 last under the auspices of the MVI gate
officials. ….more….

786-crore hydro-electric project to be commissioned by mid-2009(SHT, 5-1-k8)
Leshka project to better power scene

The Rs-785.88 crore Leshka Hydro-Electric Project worth 126 MW of power, to be
commissioned by mid-2009, is likely to significantly help overcome the power
crisis in the State. Work for all the three units of the power project located
just below the confluence of the three major rivers of Myntdu, Lyngriang and
Lamu in Jaintia Hills is going on in full swing.

plunges into river, 18 hurt(SHT, 5-1-k8)

At least thirteen passengers, mostly
women vegetable vendors, were injured when a passenger bus in which they were
boarding plunged into the Nambul River, at Waheng Leikai in the heart of Imphal
on Sunday morning at around 6.

to meet on power project

issue next week

The State Cabinet will
meet next week to discuss its December-7 decision to hand over five power
projects to private companies.Urban Affairs Minister Paul Lyngdoh on Saturday
said Power Minister Dr Mukul Sangma would also attend the meeting "since any
review of the earlier Cabinet decision should be carried out in the presence of
the Power Minister."

launches caller tracking facility

BSNL has launched for the first time
in the North-East a new device called Location Based Services (LBS) that could
largely help police detect crimes and hunt down criminals. Also known as
Resource Tracking Management system, LBS will come in handy for traffic police
in tracing vehicles violating rules of the road.

launches call centre

The BSNL NE-I Telecom
Circle (Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura) on Saturday announced the launching of a
call centre in Shillong to address the grievances of its burgeoning customers.


mishap(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Two persons died on the spot and one was seriously injured when a Tata Sumo
collided head on with a speeding motor cycle near Balipara of Sinitpur district
on Sunday. The victims were yet to be identified. (UNI)

Cabinet decision on power projects: FKJGP(SHT, 8-1-k8)

FKJGP has urged the State Government to immediately scrap the December-7 Cabinet
decision to hand over five power projects to private companies, while indicating
that it will join hands with KSU in future agitations on the issue.


Minister may declare Govt stand on hydel projects today(SHT, 9-1-k8)

stalls offices

The first day of the KSU-sponsored office picketing on Tuesday against the
December-7 Cabinet decision to hand over five hydro-power projects to private
companies crippled government offices in the Capital and many other places. The
day was by and large peaceful.

Traditional heads oppose power projects handover, uranium mining(SHT, 9-1-k8)

The Grassroots Democracy
Advisory Council (GDAC) has condemned the State Government for its decision to
hand over the power projects to private companies. The council comprises Ka
Dorbar Ki Nongsynshar Ka Ri Hynniewtrep (Federation of 25 Khasi States), Ka
Dorbar Ki Doloi and Council of Nokmas.

NH blockade hits Nagaland(SHT, 9-1-k8)

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

plans mega project in NE(SHT, 9-1-k8)

Power Grid Corporation of
India Ltd (PGCIL) on Tuesday announced that it would call a tender for building
a one billion dollar mega transmission project in the North East next month.
PGCIL sources said it was in talks with the World Bank and Asian Development
Bank (ADB) to raise US$ 1.2 billion in debt. Negotiations with the World Bank
for US $ 600 million debt were likely to conclude in February, the public sector
electricity distributor said.

Mukul defends Cabinet decision on power
deal(SHT, 10
th January

Unfazed by KSU outcry and opposition
from other parties, Deputy Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Wednesday defended the
Cabinet nod to hand over five hydro-power projects to private companies, saying
the government decision was made "in the best interest" of the State.


FKJGP, Garo NGO join anti-power deal
stir(SHT, 11
th January

SHILLONG/TURA: The KSU-led movement
against the State Government’s recent decision on power projects has spilled
over to Garo Hills with two prominent NGOs FKJGP and Federation for Achik
Freedom (FAF) on Thursday declaring agitations over the issue from January 15.
KSU, however, decided to suspend its stir pending the outcome of the Cabinet’s
meeting next week.

Bombs in
NE Exp(SHT, 12-1-k8)

Patna: A major attack was averted when police
recovered and defused two live bombs from the Guwahati-bound North East Express
at Bihar’s Katihar railway station on Friday morning. Police suspect the bombs
may have been placed in the train by some terrorist outfits to trigger a blast.
Finding of the bombs had created panic amongst passengers and Railway officials.
After a thorough search, the train resumed its journey. (IANS)


Airline for NE states soon, says
Ramesh(SHT, 12
th January

The North East will soon have a
dedicated airline and the bidding process for selecting the service provider was
almost over, said Union Minister of State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh.


Opp MLAs
demand White Paper on power deal(SHT_13_1_k8)

Pressure is mounting on the MDA Government to scrap the controversial power deal
with two Opposition legislators AL Hek (BJP) and Manas Chaudhuri (Ind) demanding
a White Paper from the State Government on the issue and lending support to NGOs
who have raised their voice against the "shady deal."

launches mini ‘top up’ cards(SHT_13_1_k8)

Aircel, the largest private mobile
operator in the North East, has launched a range of new products in the form of
value vouchers and ‘mini-top ups’ for its prepaid customers, informs a press
release. The mobile service provider has introduced the ‘mini-top-up’
denominations of Rs 10, Rs 25 and Rs 50 respectively.

anti-power deal stir begins this week(SHT_14_1_k8)

Notwithstanding the Cabinet meeting
slated for January 17 to review the contentious power deal, FKJGP and Federation
of Achik Freedom (FAF) have refused to budge from their stands on adopting the
path of agitation against the State Government’s decision to hand over power
projects to private companies.

City cable
operators violate TRAI order(SHT_14_1_k8)

Residents in the Capital city have to
doled out extra amounts of rupees to their respective cable service providers to
make sure they get to watch their favourite television channels compared to a
lesser tariff set by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) even as cable
operators in the city refused to slash the rates claiming "loss" in running the

deal stir from today(SHT_15_1_k8)

In a move to show solidarity with the
stand of various NGOs on the shady power deal, UDP’s Youth Wing has decided to
hold a silent procession on Tuesday opposing the same.The silent procession,
which will start from Shillong Club at 10 am, will culminate at Main

holds fast, threatens more strike(SHT_16_1_k8)

The FKJGP on Tuesday held a hunger
strike in protest against the alleged shady power deal and threatened to
intensify the agitation if the Cabinet fails to revoke its decision to hand over
five hydel projects to the private firms.

can handle power projects: Scott(SHT_16_1_k8)

Amid protests against handing over of
power projects to private companies instead of NEEPCO, State Planning Board has
showed confidence on MeSEB regarding efficiency to handle power projects. The
Planning Board has asked the Government to consider in the January-17 Cabinet
meeting the fact that MeSEB is well set to be on the forefront in future power
development programmes.

Cabinet scrap power deal? (SHT_16_1_k8)

Will the Cabinet decide against its
earlier resolution to hand over power projects to private companies? With the
announcement of Assembly elections and model code of conduct coming into force,
this question has raised enthusiasm among various circles.

condemns MDA decisions(SHT_16_1_k8)

The Hynniewtrep People Federation,
Shella circle has condemned the decision of the MDA Cabinet to hand over the
power projects to private companies at this juncture of time where Assembly
election is in the corner.

on overloaded trucks(SHT_16_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The District Magistrate, South Garo Hills District has
prohibited plying of overloaded coal trucks between Jagitim (Nangalbibra) and
Dudnai (Assam). The DC stated that over 100 overloaded coal trucks plies
everyday on the said road, due to which the standing cantilever bridge over the
River Simsung at Nangalbibra was damaged extensively endangering human life and
also threatened the smooth flow of traffic and essential commodities. Any
disruption in the vital means of communication may severely affect the smooth
conduct of the ensuing Assembly elections, he said.

free to revoke power deal: Poll panel(SHT_17_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Raising hopes among those
who are demanding review of the controversial power deal, the State Election
Commission has given a green signal to any change in the Cabinet decision on
power projects, but has prohibited any go ahead on the matter.

Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik
on Tuesday said the Cabinet was free to decide on scrapping the power deal and
such decision would not be viewed as violation of the model code of conduct.


ask Govt to scrap power deal(SHT_17_1_k8)

The Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnong has
questioned the decision of the State Government to hand over the power projects
to private companies while it also asked the MDA Government to scrap the deal
immediately. In a letter to the Chief Minister DD Lapang on Wednesday, general
secretary of the Synjuk Ki Rangbah Shnong HP Oflyn Dohling said the power deal
was a total sell-out of the natural resources of the State, which was carried
out in a surreptitious and totally non-transparent manner without considering
public interest.

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.


Power deal
has few takers in Cabinet(SHT_18_1_k8)

Hemmed in by the model code of
conduct recently enforced in poll-bound Meghalaya, the Cabinet is likely to
either put on hold or shelve the contentious power deal at the meeting scheduled
for Friday.

pushes IPO boom in city(SHT_18_1_k8)

While Meghalaya is being rocked by the controversial power deal as most people
are unsure on the potential and capacity of privates companies to develop the
power projects in the State, paradoxically, majority of the people especially in
the city are confident on Reliance Power and are investing over-subscribing its
Initial Public Offerings (IPO).

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."

power deal put on hold(SHT_19_1_k8)

Giving in to public pressure, the MDA Cabinet on Friday put on hold its decision
to hand over electricity projects to private parties and constituted a special
committee to examine the merits and demerits of the controversial deal.


package for NE at Mumbai film fest(SHT_19_1_k8)

Documentary and animation films from
the North Eastern region will get a special package in the 10th Mumbai
International Film Festival (MIFF) scheduled next month. The festival has a
special bonanza for films from the NE. At least 228 films were received from 37
countries for international competition, while another 543 films have entered in
the Indian competition section.


Meanwhile, Mr Dohling lauded the
Meghalaya State Electricity Regulatory Commission (MSERC) for its decision not
to chage the existing rates for supply of electricity to domestic users.


hoodwinked people on power deals: Headmen(SHT_26_1_k8)

Reiterating its opposition to the
Cabinet’s decision to keep the "shady power deals" in abeyance, Synjuk ki
Rangbah Shnong (SRS) on Friday alleged that the MDA Government "hoodwinked" the
public on the issue, saying the government was forced to take such a decision as
State Election Commission had itself stated that the Government could not
proceed with the deals due to announcement of Assembly elections.


Widow threat looms over NEEPCO’s Kopili power plant(SHT_26_1_k8)

Kopili Hydel Project of North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO)
located at remote part of Umrangshu sub-division of North Cachar Hill district
of Assam is under threat from tribal militants belonging to the Black Widow
group or the anti-peace talks faction of Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) outfit.



Shillong: A prima facie case has been registered against top NEEPCO
officials for allegedly entering into a conspiracy and fraudulently awarding of
insurance contract of the corporation’s Assam-based thermal plant to Bajaj
Allianz, a CBI official said on Monday. The case has been registered against
corporation’s former Chairman-cum-Managing Director of NEEPCO SC Sharma, former
executive director PK Deka, present GM (Finance) Venkatesh Waran and Director
(Finance) MR Ghosh. (UNI)

UDP alleges
‘delaying tactics’ over power deal(SHT_22_1_k8)

Shillong: The UDP, which is a major partner in the MDA Cabinet, has
rapped the Lapang-led Government for not scrapping the controversial deal
despite public demand while the KSU welcomed the Cabinet decision on the issue.

Two killed in road mishap, 4 wounded(SHT_22_1_k8)

Shillong: In a hit-and-run case, two persons were killed and four
others were seriously injured after the Maruti van they were travelling in was
dashed by a speeding truck at Umtyngar on Monday. ….more….

plunges into Umiam Lake, 3 hurt(SHT_22_1_k8)

Shillong: Three persons including the driver were seriously injured
after the truck (HR61 5103) they were travelling in plunged into the Umiam Lake
near Lad Umsaw on Monday. The injured persons were identified as Deepak Chettri
(driver), Krishna Rana and Arjun Rai of Maligoan, Assam. ….more….

UDP to move
HC against power pacts (SHT_23_1_k8)

SHILLONG: UDP will move the Gauhati High Court against the State
Cabinet decision to keep the alleged shady power pacts in abeyance instead of
scrapping them altogether. UDP’s Youth Wing president Allan Dkhar on Tuesday
said the party had decided to file a PIL in the court to compel the government
to abandon the deals once for all. "We want the deals scrapped immediately but
the MDA Government has decided to keep them in abeyance," Mr Dkhar said.

Govt talks
tough on errant cab drivers(SHT_24_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Poor response from cab owners to the government directive to
collect stickers by January 31 has showed that a good number of taxis plying in
city roads do not have valid documents. Taxis found operating without the
mandatory stickers to be issued by the authorities from February 1, would be
dealt with sternly by the authorities concerned, DSP (City) in-charge of traffic
Dr SR Marak warned on Wednesday. ….more

signal system to function by Feb 10(SHT_24_1_k8)

Shillong: The Deputy Superintendent of Police (City) Traffic Dr SR
Marak on Monday said the installation of the Urban Traffic Control System is
expected to be completed by February 10. ….more….

4 killed in mishap(SHT_25_1_k8)
Four persons died in a road mishap as the truck they
were travelling in plunged into a gorge at Sunapur Mandir in Jaintia Hills in
the wee hours of Thursday. The victims have been identified as Hussein Laskar
(25), Lakhmia Laskar (23) and Altab Hussein Laskar (23) all from Silchar, Assam.
Another old man believed to be a trader is yet to be identified. All the bodies
were sent to Khliehriat CHC for post mortem. The truck loaded with betel-nuts
was on its way to Guwahati from Silchar.

blockade hits rail-road traffic(SHT_28_1_k8)

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

Trial run on
Manu-Ambassa railway track(SHT_28_1_k8)

Agartala: The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has thrown open the
newly constructed Manu-Ambassa track for the people yesterday with a succesfull
trial run. The NFR officials said here on Sunday that the trail journey, which
was made yesterday took nearly two and a half hour to arrive at Ambassa covering
a stretch of 21 km. ….more….

11 killed,
29 injured in bus accident (SHT_31_1_k8)

SHILLONG: At least 11 people died and 29 others suffered injuries,
some of them critically, when an ASTC bus fell into a gorge at Mawryngkneng,
about 40 km from the city, early Wednesday morning. ….more….

Guwahati-Tawang chopper service (SHT_31_1_k8)

New Delhi: The Central Government on Wednesday decided to grant 75 per
cent subsidy to Arunachal Pradesh to run helicopter services between Guwahati
and Tawang, initially for a year. The proposal, according to which the state
government would be allowed to operate a MI 172 helicopter service, was approved
at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. ….more….

lock BSNL office
 HOWRAGHAT, Jan 29 – The frequent erratic and poor services of
the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) have been giving massive troubles to the
subscribers of Hamren subdivision. The perturbed subscribers of the region
alleged that is the past few days there has been no telephone and mobile
services in the area. ….more….

Lepcha script
to get Unicode soon
GANGTOK, Jan 29 – The Lepcha script of Sikkim will be covered
by Unicode soon. The development will boost efforts to preserve the knowledge
base of Sikkim’s original inhabitants in the electronic age. ….more….

landline, mobile services- (NPT_31_1_k8)

Frequent lapses in the landline and mobile services provided by the so-called
popular BSNL are not something to make hue and cry about atleast in a remote
place like Doyang any more. Rather, people here have learnt to suffer and live
with these problems. ….more….

AIR to introduce new

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – With the All India Radio (AIR) facing a stiff threat from
the rising number of FM radio channels in the State along with the other parts
of the country, especially in Guwahati, the All India Radio think-tank is
planning to introduce a host of value-added services for the listeners in the
near future. As a step towards it, the Guwahati Station of All India Radio would
start the ‘News on Phone’ (NOP) service from tomorrow. ….more….

Youth killed(AST_28_1_k8)
 RANGIYA, Jan 27 – One Abdul Mazid (25), a DTDC courier employee
of the locality, was killed in a tragic road mishap at Bezera on January 22 when
his motorbike was hit by a Tata DI while on his way to Changsari for his
marriage-related purpose.


AIR launches ‘news on phone’ services
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – “To cater to needs of the techno savvy
clientele of today, who are equally inquisitive and concerned about news of
their surroundings, the regional news wings of All India Radio would have to do
fresh and interesting stories and update them in short intervals,” said PK
Bandopadhayay, Director General (News) AIR New Delhi today. ….more….

First ever
international short film fest in city
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – The Cine Art Society, Asom (Cine ASA), Don
Bosco Society, Northeast India and Sampari Pictures of Tripura, in collaboration
with Das Management and Educational Services of Canada are holding the first
ever ‘International Documentary and Short Film Festival – Guwahati- 2008’ on
January 30 and 31 at the Del Co Auditorium, Don Bosco, Pan Bazar, stated a press
release. ….more….

CM to review
digital meters issue
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will soon invite
the Sodow Asom Grahak Suraksha Mancha for talks on the issue of installation of
digital meters by ASEB, which has led to controversies for the last several
months. ….more….

flyover to open by Bohag Bihu
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Much to the relief of those who have
harrowing times plying on the GS Road due to the ongoing construction works, the
Bhangagarh flyover would be opened for public use from this Bohag Bihu in April.

Northeast to
unravel its hidden wonders on Republic Day
 NEW DELHI, Jan 20 – More in news because of insurgency, the
Northeastern states will go all out to showcase the flora and fauna as also
their rich archaeological and cultural heritage in their tableaux participating
in the Republic Day parade. ….more….

Poor mobile
network resented, stir threatened
 BARPETA, Jan 20 – Subscribers of mobile telephone of BSNL have
expressed serious resentment over poor service in the eastern part of Barpeta
district.In a memorandum to the General Manager, BSNL, Bongaigaon, they pointed
out that network gets disrupted frequently. Network is not found effective even
at a distance of 1.5 to 2 km from towers located at Sarthebari, Nagaon, Bahari
and other places. ….more….

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

NFR pensioners
stage dharna
 GUWAHATI, Jan 20 – The NF Railway Pensioners’ Association of
NBQ-BNGN staged a two-hour dharna in front of New Bongaigaon Railway Hospital
recently demanding better medical care for the pensioners and family pensioners.

likely to NE media houses(AST_23_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – The Union Information and Broadcasting and
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi today said that he would
take up the issue of allowing special relaxations to the media houses based in
the North East region. The Union Minister, while speaking on the third
anniversary function of local vernacular newspaper ‘Ajir Dainik Batori’ here
said, ….more


1000-hr OIL chakkha bandh
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 22 — The All Assam Muttock Yuba Chatra Sammilan (AAMYCS)
has called 1000-hour statewide chakka bandh of all vehicles of the Oil India
Limited (OIL), Duliajan from 6 am tomorrow in an attempt to mount pressure on
the OIL authorities for grant of special Rs 100 crore package for the welfare of
the Muttock community. – Staff Correspondent


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

Elders to demand reserved seats in city
 GUWAHATI, Jan 23 – Facing problems everyday, trying to make
leg-room in crowded city buses, and ignored by young passengers occupying seats
in a ‘who cares’ attitude, the senior citizens of Guwahati have decided to ask
for seat reservation in buses to be enforced. ….more….

Hojai railway
stationto get facelift
 HOJAI, Jan 23 – General Manager, NF Railway, Ashutosh Swami
has said representatives of four organisations when they met him at Hojai
railway station during his recent inspection apprised him about encroachment of
railway lands which has posed a hurdle to the pace of development project of
renovating Hojai station to make it a ‘model station’ along with four other
stations under NF Railway. The GM sought the help and cooperation of people and
civil administration in the process of eviction operation. ….more….

Frequent cable
thefts give harrowing time to BSNL
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Rampant theft of underground and overground
telephone cables in Noonmati and Chandmari areas is giving a harrowing time to
both customers and BSNL authorities for the past two months. ….more….

service comes a cropper in State(AST_26_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 25 – Almost a month after the conclusion of
the calendar year 2007, teething broadband internet access problems continue to
remain routine throughout Assam. The reason: the Acceptance Test (AT) has not
been carried out in any of the BSNL broadband nodes in the Assam Telecom Circle
till date. This criminal neglect of a basic technical requirement has come to
light after an intimate discussion with a senior BSNL official of the state.

employees threaten stir
JORHAT, Jan 25 – Representatives of All India BSNL Executives’
Association, Sanchar Nigam Executives’ Association and BSNL Employees’ Union of
Jorhat secondary switching area (SSA) have threatened to go on an indefinite
strike from February 26 if their demands are not fulfilled by the BSNL
management by then. This is part of a nationwide programme to address the vital
issues relating to the existence of BSNL as a viable PSU, they told reporters
here on Thursday. ….more….

2 cops killed
in mishap
 JORHAT, Jan 25 – Sub-inspector Kanak Hazarika of Kamalabari
police station and constable Montu Kachari of Bongaon police outpost were killed
on the spot when the Tata Indica in which they were travelling from Nagaon
towards Jorhat hit an ASEB transformer on NH-37 at Behora near Bokakhat PS on
Thursday. ….more….

Leelabari gets
air connectivity with Dibrugarh, Jorhat
NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Jan 20 – Bringing cheers to the public of
Brahmaputra’s north bank of Assam and bordering Arunachal Pradesh, Leelabari
airport in North Lakhimpur has again been connected to Dibrugarh and Jorhat by
air. This was stated by Uday Sankar Hazarika of the DGA Travels here recently.

NFR steps to
ease city traffic snarls(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Although the North East Frontier Railway (NFR), has proposed
a host of measures to bail the Guwahatians out of the severe problems in the
recent past, which continue to engulf the city life miserably, the State
Government, is yet to pronounce its steps on these problems. The lists of these
problems include rising congestion and traffic hold-ups at various level
crossing gates in the city and growth of undesirable settlements and related
crime, among others.

ASEB’s novel
method to check power theft
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) is
all set to reduce the revenue losses incurred by it due to rampant power theft
in the State by setting up special police stations meant to deal with cases of
pilferage. The ASEB loses a whopping Rs 150 crore approximately due to power
theft every year. ….more….

AIR programme(AST_1_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – On January 1, the All India Radio, Guwahati,
will broadcast a special programme titled Swagatam 2008 on 100.8 mega hertz at
9.30 am. Noted litterateur and veteran journalist Homen Borgohain and singer
Tarali Sarma will participate in the programme to be conducted by Pankaj Kumar


Sub-standard material found in bridge
construction, toll rises to 23(SEX_19_1_k8)
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.

Airport upgradation(SEX_19_1_k8)
State Govt looks to Intl standard(SEX_19_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 18: Following the announcement by Prime Minister Dr
Manmohan Singh to provide night landing facility at Tulihal Airport, Imphal, the
State Government has proposed the development of the airport on par with
International standard against the backdrop of reaping the benefits of the ‘Look
East Policy’ and the ‘Border trade’. The State Government has also proposed the
redevelopment of the airfield of the Second World War time located at Kakching
in this regard. ….more….

CCpur mishap(SEX_21_1_k8)
Toll rises, death list ‘corrected’(SEX_21_1_k8)

 IMP/LAMKA, Jan 20 : A woman who had been undergoing treatment at
the Churachandpur District Hospital with serious head injuries sustained in the
January 17 accident at Sekhen village of the district succumbed at around 3.30
pm today, informed our correspondent S Singlian-mang Guite. ….more….

Manipur tourists hurt in Bengal road accident(sex_22_1_k8)

Midnapore (WB), Jan 21 : Eighteen tourists from Manipur were
injured when the bus carrying them to the sea resort of Digha overturned at
Madpur under Kharagpur Local police station in West Midnapore district
yesterday, police said. ….more….

dam rally taken out(sex_23_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 22: Demanding the stalling of the work if the
proposal to construct Mapithel (Maphou) dam is not to be reviewed, hundreds of
anti-dam activists took out a protest march around the dam site today.

Airport land acquisition(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
organisations. ….more….

killed in mishap(sex_28_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 27: A passenger of a Shaktiman truck was killed at
Lamlai Sha-bungkhok Mayai Lamkhai under Lamlai police station after the truck
rammed a tree at about 3 pm yesterday. The deceased is ….more….



Out of six persons who suffered electric shocks while
repairing a power line at Lhangnom village in Tamenglong district at about 4.45
pm today, one succumbed at CHC Jiri-bam reports our corres-pondent. The deceased
is identified as Ch Budha s/o Ch Babu of Chandra-pur, Jiri….more….

NH-53 bandh
Demanding revocation of the transfer order of Tamenglong DC T
Pamei at least until the close of the current financial year, the Zeliangrong
Boudi (AMN) and the Zeliangrong Students’ Union Manipur has called a 24 hour
general strike along NH-53 (Imphal-Jiribam road) from 6 pm of January 27 till 6
pm of January 28, informed a ZB release. It also appealed to the public

TV sets distributed(SEX_29_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 28: MLA of Khundrakpam A/C Thok-chom Lokeshore today
dis- tributed TV and DTH sets provided under the Union Ministry of Information
and Broadcasting to the local clubs, schools, Anganwadi centres and Meira Paibi
lups of his Constituency during a function held at his Sagolmang residence. In
all 34 TV and 34 DTH sets were distributed. The TV and the DTH sets have been
provided by the Union Ministry of Information and Broad- casting with the main
objective of helping the people to gain knowledge and reap the benefit of IT


IMPHAL, Jan 28 : One mini-Tata (MN-01-4541) seized together with
two persons for importing ‘banned’ mitha mana on January 22 has been burnt
today. The vehicle was set ablaze after a detailed investigation during which
direct involvement of the vehicle in mitha mana trade was established, stated a
spokesperson of the RPF’s Department of Communication and Publicity. ….more….


IMPHAL, Jan 29: The body of an unidentified man who was found dead
after being hit by a speedy vehicle along NH-39 just oppo- site to MBC complex
under Imphal Police Station on January 26 would be hand-ed over to the Imphal
Muni- cipality for disposal if no body comes to claim the sa-me by January 31.
The dece- ased is said to be around 40 to 45 years of age, 5 ft and 4 inches
tall with wheatist complexion. He was found clad in a grey jacket and a grey
underwear (VIP).

AR extends help(SEX_30_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 29 : Continuing its civic action programme, 22 Assam
Rifles under IGAR (S) and based at Maram has taken the initiative of marketing
the agricultural products of the local people, said the PRO of Assam Rifles in a
statement today. Due to lack of transportation most of the products of the local
people cannot reach the market, said the PRO and added that 22 Assam Rifles took
the initiative to transporting the products of the people of Maram Khullen to
Maram bazar.

4 injured in

DIMAPUR: Four persons suffered serious injuries in a
head-on collision between a scooter and Tata mobile near Ungma Village along the
NH 61 in Mokokchung district on Sunday. In a delayed report, DPRO Mokokchung
informed that the injured persons were admitted to Imkongliba Memorial Hospital
for further treatment.

KWB on road

Kohima: Expressing dismay over the deplorable road condition from
Pezielietsie to Don Bosco School area, which is also a lifeline road to
districts like Phek, Zunheboto and Kiphire, the Kenuozou Welfare Board (KWB)
said that the road has been neglected for many years, leaving the road below the
drainage level. ….more….


DIMAPUR: The District Administration will provide
five mini buses for transportation for convenience of the public attending the
Republic day function at Secretariat Plaza, Kohima on January 26. The buses will
ply from BOC junction to New Secretariat and the pick up point for the public
will be at BOC junction at 8 am.

services suspended(NPT_25_1_k8)

 Dimapur, Jan 24 (NPN): The NF Railway has suspended all
passenger train services from January 23 to January 27 in view of the call for
boycott of Republic Day celebrations by some insurgent outfits of the Northeast.


Khuga dam scam(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. ….more….

Arunachal to get 2,710MW power plant during 11th Plan(SEN_28_1_k8)

ITANAGAR, Jan 27: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu
today announced that the Centre has decided to add 2710 MW of power capacity in
the State during the 11th Plan period, under the Prime Minister’s 50,000 MW
hydro-power initiatives. Unfurling the tri-colour at Indira Gandhi Park here on
59th Republic Day, Khandu declared that the State Government had taken several
steps in the power sector to achieve the due target. ….more….

dies of heart attack at airport(SEN_28_1_k8)

CHENNAI, Jan 27: A 34-year-old man from Agartala died of heart
attack minutes before he was about to board a flight to Kolkata at the airport
here today. Airport sources said the deceased, Somnath Dutta had come to Chennai
for treatment of cancer in a private hospital. After treatment he was to leave
for Tripura via Kolkata when the tragedy befell at him. Somnath was being
brought on a wheel chair by his wife and mother when he complained of chest
pain. He was later declared dead by the local doctors. (UNI)


Bogibeel residents to protest Govt
apathy on infrastructure(SEN_29_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 28: Little has happened in the way of
development of the Bogibeel gaon panchayat, right from health services to road
and communication. The 6,000-voters-strong panchayat is lacking in proper health
facilities. ….more.


Villagers repair road sans Govt help

 KOKRAJHAR, Jan 28: Due to negligence on the part of the
government the people of No.16 Amguri, Haldijhora, Gejermaka, Majabari,
Brahmapara and Chandrapur repaired the 3.5 km Amguri-Haldijhora road as part of
its community work recently. Around 1000 people from 22 villages tendered their
physical labour and improved the road themselves which has been in a pathetic
condition for several years. ….more….

SE, Telecom arrested on bribery

GUWAHATI, Jan 29: The Shillong branch of CBI arrested Sanjeev
Kumar Kansal, Superintending Engineer, Telecom on charges of taking bribe, on
January 28, stated a press release. Kansal had demanded a bribe of Rs 3.5 lakhs
and had accepted Rs one lakh on the condition that the balance amount will be
paid within five days of the contract for erecting 40 mtr. USO Towers in Chandel
and Churachandpur districts of Manipur. The contract was for an amount of Rs 1.4
crores. ….more….

killed in mishaps in Asom, Meghalaya(SEN_31_1_k8)

 TEZPUR/SHILLONG/GUWAHATI, Jan 30: As many as 29 people were
killed in four separate road accidents in Asom and Meghalaya since last night.
In one of the accidents that occurred at Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district in Asom,
10 people of a marriage party were killed — seven on the spot and three in the
hospital — and 13 injured when the Savari they were travelling in collided head
on with a truck at Gajenguri Chowk at 3.30 am today. All the injured have been
admitted to Tezpur Kanaklata Hospital. ….more….

Guwahati-Tawang copter service okayed(SEN_31_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 30: The Union Cabinet has approved subsidy to
Government of Arunachal Pradesh for operating an exclusive MI-172 helicopter
service between Guwahati and Tawang initially for a period of one year. After an
hour-long Cabinet meeting, Union Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi said: ….more


29 killed in mishaps in Meghalaya,

 SHILLONG/TEZPUR/GUWAHATI, Jan 30: As many as 29 people were
killed in four separate road accidents in Asom and Meghalaya since last night.
Eleven persons were killed and 23 others injured, some of them critically, when
the Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) bus they were travelling in skidded
off the road and plunged into a 200-foot gorge at Mawryngkneng, about 40 km from
Shillong, on the way to Jowai here at around 2.30 am today. ….more….

Helicopter service to Arunachal(SEN_31_1_k8)

NEW DELHI, Jan 30: The Centre today decided to provide subsidy to
Arunachal Pradesh for operating an exclusive MI 172 helicopter service between
Guwahati and Tawang.
The subsidy would be initially for a year. It would be extended after review of
operation, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told
reporters after the Cabinet meeeting. ….more….

Two die in road mishaps (IFP_28_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 27 : Two persons died in separate road mishaps in the last 24
hours. 59 years old Yumnam Ingobi son of late Y. Indrajit of Sabungkhok Mayai
leikai died after his head was struck by a branch of a road side tree while he
was travelling on a Shaktiman truck yesterday afternoon near his village under
Lamlai police station. ….more….

24-hr NH-53
strike called on DC transfer issue (IFP_28_1_k8)

TAMENGLONG, Jan 27: Protesting against the transfer of the DC, Tamenglong,
Thaithuilong Pamei as Registrar of Cooperative Societies, the Zeliangrong
Students Union, and Zeliangrong Boudi, Assam Manipur and Nagaland, have joinly
called a general strike from ….more.

CM, senior ministers to visit Jiribam,
Thoubal project, Khuga dam today (IFP_29_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 28: Chief minister O Ibobi Singh, accompanied by senior Cabinet
colleagues including revenue minister Th Debendra, will be visiting Jiribam
subdivision, as well as the dam sites of the Thoubal multipurpose project and
the Khuga dam by helicopter tomorrow. ….more….

Jiribam first
needs infrastructure for upgradation to district: CM (IFP_30_1_k8)

JIRIBAM, Jan 29: The chief minister O Ibobi Singh, has said that before
upgradation of Jiribam subdivision to a full district, the subdivision needs to
have adequate infrastructure in place and the government is making necessary
efforts in this regard. ….more….

Stillwell road could be Arunachal`s bounty (IFP_30_1_k8)

PANGSAU, Jan 29: `Thanks to the Allied Forces of 2nd World War` are the words
often repeated with great expectation by the people of Arunachal Pradesh. The
praise is for the 1079 km long Stillwell road which connects Indian territory in
Arunachal Pradesh with Myanmar and China. ….more….

 Kakhulong gas
leak fire razes three buildings (IFP_31_1_k8)

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

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….

Freight truck
set ablaze on NH-39 (IFP, 22-1-k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 21: A truck (MN-01-6294) ferrying vegetables
item proceeding towards Imphal from Dimapur side along the NH-39 was set ablaze
by four miscreants at Maharabi area under Sekmai police station today at around
3 pm. Police said the truck which was heading towards Imphal was torched by four
miscreants coming into two NV scooters. After setting it ablaze, the miscreants
escaped. ….more….

 2008-09 plan
outlay fixed at Rs 1660 crores; SPA component Rs 550 cr; state told to take up
power sector reforms (IFP, 22-1-k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 21: The annual plan outlay for state of Manipur for the year 2008-09
was finalized at Rs.1660 crores representing a increase of Rs. 239.86 crores
from the revised approved outlay of the annual plan 2007-08.For the fiscal year
2007-08, mention may be made, the Planning Commission approved plan size of
Manipur at Rs. 1374.31 crores including Rs. 500 crores as special plan
assistance but it was later revised at Rs. 1420.14 crores. ….more….

tragedy toll 20, not 24 (IFP, 22-1-k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 21: The death toll in the motor accident at
Ngasuon bridge, in Singhat subdivision of Churachandpur district, is 20 and not
23 or 24 as variously reported in the media. As per a detailed statement issued
by the superintendent of police, Churachandpur, eight males and 12 females,
including a four-month old baby died in the accident. ….more….

defaulters not to be allowed salaries for Jan (IFP_23_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 22: Employees of the state government who have not cleared
electric consumption dues will not be allowed their pays for the month of
January payable in February. All the heads of departments of the Manipur
government have been requested by the chief engineer, power not to allow
disbursement of pay unless the concerned employees produce "No due certificate"
for electricity consumption charges. ….more….

minister promises relaying of newly black topped road (IFP_23_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 22: In a quick response to the media report of the crumbling and
flaking of fresh black-toppings on the road stretch between Keishampat bridge to
Heirangoithong, works minister K Ranjit along with the local MLA and education
minister inspected the stretch today and assured of appropriate action at the
earliest.Regarding the works on the road stretch between Lalambung Makhong and
Lamphel super market, the works minister, however clarified that the works were
not taken up by his department stating that it was taken up by the PHED
department in connection with the sewage project.Mention may be made that the
black topping works were taken up on these two stretches on Sunday night but on
the next day it was found crumbling. ….more….

Govt asked to
rebuild trust in Mapithel dam issue (IFP_23_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 22: The Citizens` Concern for Dams
and Development (CCDD) and the Mapithel Dam Affected Villages Organization (MDAVO)
have expressed strong condemnation that the coffer dam for Mapithel dam of the
Thoubal multipurpose project is already blockading the Thoubal river at the dam
site, submerging vast tracts of farmland along the river in Ukhrul district
while at the same time denying water availability in the downstream portion of
the river in Imphal east district, in a press release. ….more….

agitation threatened on airport expansion issue (IFP_25_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 24: Reiterating its opposition to the proposed acquisition of 512
acres of land adjacent to Imphal airport by the government for expansion of the
airport, the JAC Against Land Acquisition For Extension and Expansion of Imphal
airport has warned that it would resort to various forms of mass agitation if
the government remains deaf to its pleas. ….more….

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….

Official committee to look into power deal(SEN_19_1_k8)

SHILLONG, Jan 18: The Cabinet has kept its decision on the power
deal in abeyance fearing the model code of conduct. The MDA Government has
decided to constitute an official committee to study the Memorandum of Agreement
(MoA). ….more….

CBI raids
NEEPCO officials’ residences(SEN_21_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan 20: The CBI continued its raids at the residences of
several top officials of the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO)
for the second consecutive day today in connection with the alleged fraudulent
awarding of insurance contract of the company’s Assam-based thermal plant.

Minister to announce power projects in border areas(SEN_21_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 20: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, during his
proposed visit to Arunachal Pradesh in the later part of this month, would
announce a package to tap the potential of the small streams in border areas for
generating power. Official sources said here today that Union ministry of New
and Renewable Energy (MNRE) joint secretary Gauri Singh informed this to
Arunachal Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu during a meeting here yesterday.

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

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

Live inaugurated(SEN_22_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 21: Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today formally
inaugurated News Live, a Guwahati-based TV channel, at the ITA-Centre of
Performing Arts by lighting the ceremonial lamp. In his inaugural speech, the
Chief Minister said that the media should cover both negative and positive sides
of the Government. “A section of media highlights only the misdeeds of the
Government but never throws light on its achievements….more…..

Four injured in road

MOKOKCHUNG, Jan 21: Four persons suffered serious injuries in a
head-on collision between a scooter and Tata mobile near Ungma Village along the
NH 61 in Mokokchung district on January 20, stated a press release. The injured
persons were admitted to Imkongliba Memorial Hospital.

Road Safety Day

 NAGAON, Jan 21: On the occasion of the Road safety day, the
Gangutree Mahila Samity organised (GMS) a public meeting jointly with the Nagaon
Upabhokta Surakshya Samity here at Nagaon Balya Bhawan School. ….more….

50 of 10,000 cabs register for new

 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. DSP (Traffic) Dr SR
Marak told The Sentinel that in view of the rising crimes against women,


Poor telecom service irk election
AGARTALA, Jan 22: Poor telecommunication connectivity has
become a major obstacle for the election officials and security forces in
Tripura at a time when Election Commission of India (ECI) announced to go for
hi-tech polls in the State. ….more….

6 killed in road mishap(SEN_23_1_k8)

 NAGAON, Jan 22: At least six persons died in three different road
accidents at NH 37 recently in Nagaon. Sources said that the incident took place
when a Tata Indica coming towards Nagaon collided with a bus coming from the
opposite direction at Phulaguri, about 10-km from Nagaon. ….more….


‘Adulterated’ oil in ASEB transformers:
power consumers may suffer(SEN_24_1_k8)

 TINSUKIA, Jan 23: Due to the alleged filling of poor quality of
insulating oil meant for heavy transformers in a few feeder transformers of the
Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB) in Tinsukia division, the people of
Tinsukia town might have to spend the next few weeks in pitch darkness.

policemen killed in road mishap(SEN_25_1_k8)

 JORHAT, Jan 24: In a tragic road mishap early this morning, two
Assam Police personnel were killed on the spot when the Tata Indica car in which
they were travelling rammed into an Assam State Electricity Board (ASEB)
transformer on National Highway 37 at Behora near Bokakhat police station.


‘BSNL playing into hands of pvt operators’(SEN_25_1_k8)
        Employees of telecom PSU threaten
indefinite strike from Feb 26 (SEN_25_1_k8)

JORHAT, Dec 24: Organizations of BSNL executives and non-executives under a
joint forum have voiced concern over the deterioration of service provided by
the telecom PSU in the face of intense competition. Addressing reporters here
today, representatives of three executive and employee unions of Jorhat
secondary switching area (SSA) alleged that the BSNL management has been playing
into the hands of the private service providers. ….more….

    Speeding vehicles
crash, plunge and kill(TEL_31_1_k8)

     Jan. 30: Death came on
wheels and claimed 24 lives in a rash of horrific road accidents on a bleak and
bitterly cold day in Assam and Meghalaya. The first mishap occurred at a place
35km from Shillong around 3am and killed 11 people, all passengers of an Assam
State Transport Corporation bus headed for Silchar from Guwahati. Barely
half-an-hour later, 10 members of a marriage party died when a Tata Safari
rammed into a truck coming from the opposite direction at Sirajuli, near
Dhekiajuli on National Highway 52 in Sonitpur district. ….more….





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