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Infrastructue, Power, Communicqtion, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on April 29, 2009

Fast over power deal

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

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


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

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

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


19 plunge to death in bridge

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


Extortion stalls railway

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

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


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

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

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

Assam carlifters identified

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


LPG grey market back in

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


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

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


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


Drivers’ Day celebration(SEX_15_1_k8)

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

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

Airport upgradation
State Govt looks to Intl standard (SEX_19_1_k8)

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

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

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


14 kids hurt on way to school(TEL,

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

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

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

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

Radio as
tool for health mission(TEL_ 2_1_k8)

programmes raise awareness

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

device launched(TEL_ 6_1_k8)

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

hits traffic(TEL_9_1_k8)

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

looted: (TEL_9_1_k8)

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

revises fare

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

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


joint ventures: NGOs give ‘go-ahead’ signal
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The powerful traditional institution — the
Durbar of Hima Nonstoin — along with 11 social organizations of West Khasi Hills
district, gave a body blow to political parties and Shillong-based NGOs
opposition to the Cabinet decision to jointly develop power projects in Kynshi
river in the West Khasi Hills district. ….more….

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


Fund misuse cloud on Power Dept

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

Mobile woes

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


IMC asked to survey high rise buildings

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

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

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

Works Minister inspects Cdl roads,
points out obstacles

Works Minister K Ranjit inspecting the
roads at Chandel dist

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


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

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


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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Jiri-Tupul rail line
Work on in full swing

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

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

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



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


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

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

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


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


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

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

People irked over BSNL service

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


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

Kerosene diverted for Longleng VIPs

Dimapur, Jan 15 (NPN):
Acting on a complaint lodged by the
public of Longleng district over diversion of kerosene oil meant for Fair Price
Shops (FPS) in the name of VIPs in Longleng district, the Governor of Nagaland
has directed the authorities to immediately cancel all such arbitrary
allocations for the VIPs. The Governor has also directed that allocation of
kerosene oil in all districts must be strictly done as per the proportion of the
population of the villages.


seeks status report on link roads

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


NGOs continue to agitates in M’laya

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


Provide adequate security to NEEPCO: UPM

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



CBFC to set up regional office in Guwahati

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

Meghalaya power deal put in abeyance

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


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


Expectant woman dies in road mishap

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

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


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

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

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


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

GUWAHATI, Jan 3: The entire traffic system in Guwahati has
gone haywire due to the abysmally slow progress of works of both the Six Mile
and Bhangagarh flyovers, given to the same construction company —Simplex
Infrastructure Ltd, Kolkata. Besides the inconvenience caused to the people, the
slow progress of works of the two flyovers has given a body blow to the State
exchequer — in the form of additional works leading to additional expenditure
apparently due to faulty designing and cost escalation because of the failure on
the part of the construction company to meet the scheduled targets. The original
cost of the Bhangagarh flyover was Rs 32 crore, but the revised cost of the
project is Rs 54 crore.


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

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

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


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


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

should probe Mandi House racket: CPI-M parliamentarian

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

Passenger bus
looted at Dimapur (IFP_9_1_k8)

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

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

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

transporters take up cudgels against intoxicants (IFP_12_1_k8)

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

Mishap death

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

Two dead in
multiple mishaps (IFP_15_1_k8)

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

 Mishap death

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

One dead, 16
hurt in road mishap (IFP_16_1_k8)

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

Imphal airport
expansion plan meets with opposition (IFP_17_1_k8)

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


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

Governor for
better roads

Dimapur, Jan 7 (NPN):

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

violating recruitment norms: NSUI Nagaland

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


lauds BSNL

Dimapur, Jan 8 (NPN):

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

Meghalaya firm on power projects

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


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

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


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

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

BSNL call

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No scarcity of
LPG cylinders: IOC(AST_15_1_k8)

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

to meet on power project

issue next week

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

launches caller tracking facility

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

launches call centre

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


mishap(SHT, 7-1-k8)

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

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

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


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

stalls offices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


Opp MLAs
demand White Paper on power deal(SHT_13_1_k8)

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

launches mini ‘top up’ cards(SHT_13_1_k8)

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

anti-power deal stir begins this week(SHT_14_1_k8)

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

City cable
operators violate TRAI order(SHT_14_1_k8)

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

deal stir from today(SHT_15_1_k8)

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

holds fast, threatens more strike(SHT_16_1_k8)

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

can handle power projects: Scott(SHT_16_1_k8)

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

Cabinet scrap power deal? (SHT_16_1_k8)

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

condemns MDA decisions(SHT_16_1_k8)

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

on overloaded trucks(SHT_16_1_k8)

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

free to revoke power deal: Poll panel(SHT_17_1_k8)

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

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


ask Govt to scrap power deal(SHT_17_1_k8)

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

issued for local taxis in city(SHT_17_1_k8)

The Deputy Superintendent of Police
SR Marak has informed that stickers with numbers are being issued to all local
taxis after verification of their original documents while urging all owners to
collect stickers from the Office of the Superintendent of Police, Shillong.


Power deal
has few takers in Cabinet(SHT_18_1_k8)

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

pushes IPO boom in city(SHT_18_1_k8)

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

Nongstoin refutes power deal link(SHT_18_1_k8)

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

power deal put on hold(SHT_19_1_k8)

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


package for NE at Mumbai film fest(SHT_19_1_k8)

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


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


hoodwinked people on power deals: Headmen(SHT_26_1_k8)

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


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

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



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

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

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

Two killed in road mishap, 4 wounded(SHT_22_1_k8)

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

plunges into Umiam Lake, 3 hurt(SHT_22_1_k8)

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

UDP to move
HC against power pacts (SHT_23_1_k8)

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

Govt talks
tough on errant cab drivers(SHT_24_1_k8)

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

signal system to function by Feb 10(SHT_24_1_k8)

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

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

blockade hits rail-road traffic(SHT_28_1_k8)

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

Trial run on
Manu-Ambassa railway track(SHT_28_1_k8)

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

11 killed,
29 injured in bus accident (SHT_31_1_k8)

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

Guwahati-Tawang chopper service (SHT_31_1_k8)

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

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

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

landline, mobile services- (NPT_31_1_k8)

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

AIR to introduce new

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NFR steps to
ease city traffic snarls(AST_1_1_k8)

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

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

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


Sub-standard material found in bridge
construction, toll rises to 23(SEX_19_1_k8)
Lamka, Jan 18: A day after twenty people were killed in a
tragic road mishap over Ngasuan stream near S Sehken village, Works Minister K
Ranjit merely accepted moral responsibility over the incident even after
conducting a first hand inspection of the situation that led to the tragedy.

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

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

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

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

Manipur tourists hurt in Bengal road accident(sex_22_1_k8)

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

dam rally taken out(sex_23_1_k8)

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

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

killed in mishap(sex_28_1_k8)

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



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

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

TV sets distributed(SEX_29_1_k8)

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


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


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

AR extends help(SEX_30_1_k8)

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

4 injured in

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

KWB on road

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


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

services suspended(NPT_25_1_k8)

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


Khuga dam scam(SEX_21_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 20: Following the detection of the fraudulent
withdrawal/misutilisation of a total amount of Rs 51 crores in the IFCD and
Power Department, the high power committee, headed by Chief Secretary Jarnail
Singh, which was consituted to probe the matter, has taken up the case and fixed
a meeting on January 25. ….more….

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

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

dies of heart attack at airport(SEN_28_1_k8)

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


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


Villagers repair road sans Govt help

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

SE, Telecom arrested on bribery

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

killed in mishaps in Asom, Meghalaya(SEN_31_1_k8)

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

Guwahati-Tawang copter service okayed(SEN_31_1_k8)

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


29 killed in mishaps in Meghalaya,

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

Helicopter service to Arunachal(SEN_31_1_k8)

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

Two die in road mishaps (IFP_28_1_k8)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stillwell road could be Arunachal`s bounty (IFP_30_1_k8)

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

 Kakhulong gas
leak fire razes three buildings (IFP_31_1_k8)

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

residents furious over shoddy black-topping (IFP_22_1_k8)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

defaulters not to be allowed salaries for Jan (IFP_23_1_k8)

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

minister promises relaying of newly black topped road (IFP_23_1_k8)

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

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

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

agitation threatened on airport expansion issue (IFP_25_1_k8)

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

team visits Ccpur mishap victims, pays relief; Toll rises to 23; ex-gratia
promised from govt side (IFP_19_1_k8)

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

Official committee to look into power deal(SEN_19_1_k8)

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

CBI raids
NEEPCO officials’ residences(SEN_21_1_k8)

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

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

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

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

Live inaugurated(SEN_22_1_k8)

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

Four injured in road

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

Road Safety Day

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

50 of 10,000 cabs register for new

 SHILLONG, Jan 22: Out of 10,000 local cabs plying on the roads in
Shillong, only 50 cabs are registered with the police traffic department for the
new sticker system. The Government has recently decided to introduce the sticker
system for cabs with valid documents to prevent crimes. DSP (Traffic) Dr SR
Marak told The Sentinel that in view of the rising crimes against women,


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

6 killed in road mishap(SEN_23_1_k8)

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


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

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

policemen killed in road mishap(SEN_25_1_k8)

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


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

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

    Speeding vehicles
crash, plunge and kill(TEL_31_1_k8)

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





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