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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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