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Manipur Political, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 14, 2009

Information commissioner raps PIOs for denying information under RTI

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Information commissioner raps PIOs for denying information under RTI
(IFP_18_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 17: The chief information commissioner, Manipur, RK Angousana,
today expressed disquiet over the misinterpretation of the exemption clauses in
the Right to Information Act 2005 by public information officers, PIOs, in the
state, which had posed obstacles in the way of access to information by the
public.
The chief information commissioner, giving the inaugural speech in a workshop on
the Right to Information, held today at the conference hall, of the Institute of
Cooperative Management, Lamphelpat noted that the RTI Act which came into force
on October 12, 2005 aims at setting out the practical regime of right to
information for citizens to secure access to information under the control of
public authorities in order to promote transparency and accountability in the
working of every public authority. .
.more…

Force to probe tax slur(TEL,
18-2-08)

Imphal, Feb. 17: The Assam Rifles today denied
allegations that its personnel manning one of the posts at Keithelmanbi had
demanded illegal tax from truck drivers heading for Silchar. The paramilitary
force, however, has ordered a probe considering the seriousness of the
allegations.“We have ordered an inquiry to know what exactly has happened. The
investigation will take some time and action will be taken if anybody is found
guilty,” Assam Rifles spokesman Col L.M. Pant said today.Twelve Silchar-bound
trucks loaded with scrap iron were stopped at the checkgate of the 32 Assam
Rifles post at Keithelmanbi along the Imphal-Jiribam highway. .
.more…

Twin
agendas to dominate CPI meet(TEL, 18-2-08)

Party
takes up army act & peace talks(TEL, 18-2-08)

Imphal, Feb. 17: The CPI today began its three-day state
conference in Imphal with an expressed desire to fight against the Armed Forces
(Special Powers) Act in the state.A partner in the Okram Ibobi Singh-led Secular
Progressive Front ministry, the CPI reiterated its commitment towards getting
the army act repealed and creating a conducive atmosphere for peace talks with
the militant groups in the state.CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan, who
attended the inaugural function at Hafta Kangjeibung in Imphal, said the army
act has become an “issue” in the entire Northeast and the party would continue
to press for its repeal. ..more…

6 lakh
unemployed youths in Manipur
(AST_20_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 19 – The number of unemployed educated youths in Manipur was
over six lakhs till January this year, an official statement said today.
The statement said a total of 6,00,949 youths including 1,68,819 females, were
recorded as unemployed educated youths till January. The total population of
Manipur is slightly over 23 lakhs. – PTI

 

Employees`
blitzkrieg paralyses secretariat (IFP_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Work at the state secretariat was paralysed for the day as
the indefinite ceasework strike of the employees of the state secretariat
services commenced Monday.
The ceasework strike is likely to impact the preparation of government agendas
and other issues to be raised during the second part of the third session of the
state Assembly which is scheduled to commence February 20.
The employees are demanding review of an order of the state government seeking
the direct recruitment of section officers of Manipur Secretariat and others on
February 4 this year by the department of personnel. .
.more…

Manipur Assembly Budget
Session to begin today
(SEN_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: The Budget Session of the Manipur
Legislative Assembly will begin tomorrow and continue upto March 12. Official
sources said here today that the Session had started on February one and after
two days of sittings, Speaker Dr S Budhichandra postponed the House till
February 20. ..more…
 
Employees stir affects
State administration
(SEN_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: The functioning in the State Secretariat was affected for the
second day today, following the indefinite strike of the Manipur Secretariat
Service Association (MSSA). The MSSA employees had launched an indefinite strike
yesterday to protest the decision of the State Government to recruit 25 section
officers in the Secretariat.
The MSSA has been demanding to fill the vacant posts of the 25 section officers
on promotion basis. ..more…

Looted
at Nelli
(SEX_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: The delegates of the BJP Manipur Pradesh Mahila Morcha who
were travelling in a bus on their way to New Delhi to attend the Mahila Arakshan
Rally were reportedly loot-ed of their belongings inclu- ding cash, mobile
phones, gold ornaments worth aro-und Rs 3 lakhs by armed goons at Nelli in
Naogaon district of Assam yesterday. .
.more…

 

Bodies
oppose
(SEX_20_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: Zeliangrong Baudi sent today a memorandum
to Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora to hold the shifting of
Imphal Divisional Office of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd to Silchar. The Union in
the memoramdum mentioned that the shift will create lots of inconvenience to
dealers and general public. Reminding that Assam has the maximum number regional
offices in the North East and the decision may give sentimental impact to the
people of Manipur. ..more…

 


Peddling shame : After Panthoibi,
it’s State House at Kol
(SEX_20_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 19: The condition of Manipur Bhawan which is still under
construction for the last 10 years at Salt Lake in Kolkata is, at best to say
the least, simply deplorable.
On the other hand Nagaland House presents a chic picture.
Instead of seeing any possible sign on completion of the building in the near
future, the iron rods of the foundation too have been cut off and siphoned. .
.more…

 


Lim in NPCC manifesto

Model code of conduct violated : Ex-MLA(SEX_20_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 19 : Contending that the insertion of the Nagalim clause
in the election manifesto of the NPCC violates the election code of conduct as
spelt out by the Election Commission, former MLA and RTI activist L Ibomcha
Singh today accused the AICC secretary Sidarth Patil and the Congress for trying
to foment violence in other States particularly Mani-pur.
In a statement, L Ibomcha said that the insertion of the clause has the
potential to incite violence, it violates Para 1 (I) of the Model Code of
Conduct published by the Election Commission of India. .
.more…

 


Files seized on Day-II of MSSA
stir
(SEX_20_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 19 : Suspected members of the striking Manipur Secretariat
Service Association (MSSA) seized files of various departments as the ceasework
agitation of the MSSA completed its second day today.
Claiming that the files seized today also included those processed from the
Chief Minister’s Office and are being locked up in a safe location, an MSSA
member confided plans are afoot to stage demonstration that could entail Court
arrest. ..more…

 


Tml body backs Lim demand
(SEX_20_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 19: Even as strong opposition has been raised against the
inclusion of the Lim demand in the election manifesto of the NPCC, the Senior
Citizens’ Forum, Tamenglong has endorsed the integration of all Naga inhabited
areas under one administrative unit, reports our Jiribam correspondent. .
.more…

 


State level convention on NREGS
held
(SEX_20_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 19: To discuss necessary measures that need to be taken up for
successful implementation of the third phase of the National Rural Employment
Guarantee Scheme (NRE-GS) in the State, a one-day State level convention on
NREGS was held at Manipur Panchayat Bhawan here at Porompat today. .
.more…

 


Tanker drivers to hold talks with
Govt today
(SEX_20_2_k8)
Newmai News Network
Imphal, Feb 19: The striking All Manipur Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ Union (AMPTDU)
will hold talk with the state government in the presence of officials of the
Indian Oil Corporation (Assam Oil Division) on Wednesday so as to pave way for
the ending of the strike, the AMPTDU president Y. Bhupenchandra informed NNN on
Tuesday.
During the Wednesday’s meeting the drivers’ union will put across their demand
of transferring the depot manager and supervisor of IOC (AOD) Imphal and other
thing regarding the lack of infrastructures for drivers’ community in the IOC
Imphal’s premises. ..more…

 

Strike
enters second day(TEL, 20-2-08)

Imphal, Feb. 19: Employees of the Manipur secretariat
continued their strike for the second day today as they blocked officials of
other departments from attending office. Around 1,000employees, under the banner
of Manipur Secretariat Services Association, went on an indefinite ceasework
yesterday demanding cancellation of the process of recruiting 25 section
officers through the Manipur Public Service Commission. The employees are
demanding that the posts be filled up by promoting officials from the existing
workforce through an internal competitive exam. The agitating employees barred
the entry of files, visitors and officials from other departments after chief
secretary Jarnail Singh asked the principal secretaries, commissioners and
secretaries to use officials from their own departments for emergency work. .
.more…

Peon`s
dilemma ends in nick of time (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: A peon of the Manipur legislative Assembly who entered the
PWD office for collection of files related with the Assembly session from the
chief engineer had to negotiate the fencing wall of the office to leave the
office and reach the Assembly in time.
The peon in question had entered the office from the main gate before the
protestors arrived and blocked to and fro movement to the office. .
.more…

House condoles (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: The Manipur Legislative Assembly today observed two minutes
silence as a mark a respect on the demise of ex-member of the first Manipur
Territorial Assembly, RK Irabot Singh.
The Speaker moved a resolution on the demise of the ex-member in the House
during the obituary reference and the same was passed by the House after many
members of the House spoke on the life of the late ex-member who passed away on
February 3 last. ..more…

State BJP women looted in
Assam(IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: A women’s delegation of the BJP Manipur Pradesh Mahila Morcha
heading for New Delhi in a bus were looted at Nagaon district in Assam before
reaching Guwahati, a statement of the BJP, Manipur Pradesh said today.
A local gang carrying blunt weapons like lathi s stopped the bus at Nelli area
and looted all money, mobile phones, gold ornaments from the women delegates
amounting to Rs. 3 lakhs. ..more…

 

Improved deficit budget
presented (IFP_21_2_k8)

mphal Free Press
IMPHAL, Feb 20: The chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, who also holds the
additional portfolio of finance, presented the state budget for the year
2008-2009, on the first day of the State Budget Session here today. This is the
sixth budget he has presented in the successive two terms of his government. .
.more…

AFSPA to be discussed at CPI
conference (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: The issue of Armed Forces Special Power Act, AFSPA and
territorial integrity of Manipur will be discussed at the national conference of
the Communists Party of India to be held at Hyderabad from March 23 to 27 this
year.
Speaking to journalists in Imphal today, state secretary, CPI, Manipur state
Council, Iboyaima said people of the state could not lead a peaceful life
because of the killings and atrocities meted out by the security forces under
AFSPA. ..more…

Rs. 559.28 cr supplementary
demands for grants tabled (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: A total of Rs. 559.28 crores covering 46
demands and 3 appropriates was presented in the House today as Supplementary
Demands for Grants for the year 2007-08.
Chief minister O Ibobi Singh, who is also minister in charge of finance, while
presenting the Supplementary Demands for Grants for the fiancial year 2007-08
mentioned that out of the total amount sought Rs. 16.53 crores is charged on the
consolidated fund of the state and Rs. 541.75 crores is to be voted by the
House. ..more…

60 secretariat strikers held
during "court arrest" stir (IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: Police rounded up around 60 strikers of the Manipur
secretariat service Wednesday on the third day of the ceasework strike as the
employees staged a mass court arrest at the Imphal police station.
Other employees who also converged at the same police station were pushed back
by the police upto the Telephone Bhavan where they continued their sit-in
protest till late afternoon. ..more…

Budget session likely to be
affected by secretariat employees strike; Important files in hands of
strikers(IFP_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 19: All is not hunky-dory though the Assembly
session is due to recommence from tomorrow. This is due to the impact of the
ceasework strike of the employees of the state secretariat which commenced from
yesterday.
According to a highly reliable source, concerned officials are running from room
to room to prepare budget and other matters related with the agendas to be
discussed in the House tomorrow.
As lower rank staffs of both old and new secretariats are on ceasework strike
and have not returned to work despite government threats to apply dies-non on
them, the commissioners and other heads of departments were seen doing
compilation of datas for the replies to be given by the concerned ministers on
the questions raised by members of the House. .
.more…

Sect
strikers held
(SEX_21_2_k8)
For disturbing official functions of the State Secretariat, 63 members of
the Manipur Secretariat Service Association who are currently on cease work
strike were pulled up by police today. .
.more…

 


CPI assures to guard State’s
interest

(SEX_21_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 20: Different resolutions adopted in the 19th State Conference of
the CPI Manipur State Council will be put up for deliberation in the party’s
National Conference scheduled to be held at Hyderabad from March 23 to 27,
stated newly elected Secretary of the CPI Manipur State Council Langol Iboyaima.
..more…

 


Crime round up, Imp West Cdos
scalp one UG suspect

(SEX_21_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 20: Imphal West District Commandos shot dead a suspected UG at a
spot in between Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai Leirak Achouba Maning and Longjam
Leirak under Imphal Police Station at around 7.50 pm today. .
.more…

 


Deficit of Rs 46 Crs presented
(SEX_21_2_k8)
CM highlights plus point of 2008-2009 State Budget(SEX_21_2_k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 20 : Presenting the Budget of the Government of Manipur for the
financial year 2008-09 with a projected budgetary deficit of Rs 46.05 crores,
Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has, nonetheless, stated that the State’s finances
have shown considerable improvement during the recent years. .
.more…

 


Balance sheet
(SEX_21_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 20: The balance sheet of GPF of the personnel
of Senapati District Police, specially those of the Constables has not been
reportedly released since 2006. According to information received by the press,
unlike in other districts where the balance sheets are.
.more…

 


Pension adalat for NE States(SEX,
22-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: The office of the Principal Contro- ller of Defence
Accounts Pensions, Allahabad will be holding a Defence Pension Adalat at
Guwahati in the third week of May for spot settlement of pension related
grievances of the Defence Pensioners including Defence civilians residing in the
North Eastern States. ..more…

 


Buddha temple inaugurated
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: For the first time in the valley of
Manipur, a temple dedicat-ed to Buddha was inaugu- rated at Meetei Langol,
Wangdei today.
Constructed under the aegis of Buddhist Council, Manipur, the ceremonial
function of inaugurating the temple conducted under the priestship of Bud- dhist
monk Akshyananda Maha Thera, who is also the general secretary of Tripura Rajya
Bikkhu Sangha. His disciple Kodeinya was also present at the occasion. .
.more…

 


Chiru Union condemns
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Reacting against the act of unidentified cadres suspected to
be KRA members who allegedly forced the village authority members of Kangchup
Chiru to sign on a blank document on February 19 at the office of SDC Kangchup,
Chiru Union, NEI has called upon all concerned to respect the law of the land
and condemned such act in its strongest term. .
.more…

 

Sangh
posers on ICDS recruitment

(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: The Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh Manipur State has sought
clarification from the State authorities on what criteria recruitment of
anganwadi workers and helpers for Chandel district and Gamphajol sub-division
ICDS projects was effected.
Contending that the said anganwadi workers and helpers were enrolled without the
slightest adherence to prescribed norms, the Sangh also expressed annoyance over
alleged issuance of forms for the post of CDPOs of ICDS projects in other
districts despite the fact no DPCs would be conducted. .
.more…

 


 Airport defiance support
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Opining that Government plan for expansion of the Tulihal
Airport to upgrade the facility into an international standard airport by
evicting local residents and consuming cultivable land is detrimental to
interest of the general public, Salai Apunba Nupi Lamjing Lup, Singjamei pledged
unflinching support to any movement launched against the plan by the JAC
concerned. ..more…

 

 Samuk
assembly elects, flays
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: The annual assembly of the Samuk (Tucha) Village Authority (Senapati
district) held on February 16 apart from electing Chawangsinang Thiumai and
Wilinlungbou Thumai as chairman and secretary respectively of the new office
bearers also reviewed with all seriousness a particular content in the souvenir
released on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebration of Alingsan (Khundong)
village in Tamenglong district. .
.more…

 


Drivers detained
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: A team of Heingang police station has taken into custody 11
of the striking petroleum tanker drivers from Shangakpham area at around 5 pm
today.
The FCS Minister is informed to be present when the arrests was made. .
.more…

 

LDA
strike
(SEX_22_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Expressing strong resentment against
indifferent attitude of State authorities, the Loktak Development Authority
(Retrenched) M/R Employees and Workers’ Association has threatened to launch
fast unto death agitation. Inspite of cessation of LDA activities after the
Association members went on strike since January 28 neither the LDA Minister nor
its Chairman (Chief Minister) accord importance to the matter, the Association
lamented while urging all concerned to extend cooperation in resolving the
issue. ..more…

 


Age limit for State CS, Sectt
strike discussed; Hemochandra backs age relaxation

bid, Let’s see, says CM on upper age relaxation
(SEX_22_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 21 : Following intense pressure from the Opposition bench to relax
the upper age limit to 35 for General category, 38 for OBC and 40 for ST/SC in
the State Civil Services competitive examination sche- duled to be held by the
MPSC on August 3 this year, Chief Minister O Ibobi refrained from giving a
concrete assurance but none- theless said that he would see what can be done.
Significantly Congress MLA, I Hemochandra also supported the motion raised by
the Opposition members. ..more…

 


CM vague on number of
die-harness-case
(SEX_22_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 21: There are in all 1452 candidates who have applied for
appointment in 40 different Departments of the Government under the Die-in-
Harness Scheme and how many cases are pending in the other Departments is not
known as the list has not been submitted, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh informed
the State Assembly today during its question and answer session. .
.more…

 


House passes Supplementary demands
of over Rs 558 Crs
(SEX_22_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 21 : Though the Assembly passed Rs 558.28,11,000 unanimously as
Supplementary Grants during the evening session of the sitting today, the
Opposition advised the Government to ensure that its employees develop the
required work culture as well as to judiciously utilise the funds allotted to
their departments.
Answering to queries on the Supplementary Demands, Chief Minister O Ibobi
explained that the academic session of the National Institute of Technology
(NIT) will start at the Government Polytechnic Institute and asserted that there
is no question of shifting the proposed institute to another State. .
.more…

 


JAC formed against abduction
(SEX_22_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 21: Along with formation of a JAC in connection with the
abduction of Ngangbam Mangoljao who is an Executive Engineer in PWD and his wife
Ngangbam Ongbi Shanti Devi , who is an SO in IFCD, allegedbly by armed cadres of
Kuki Liberation Army (KLA), the JAC has appealed to the outfit to set the couple
free on humanitarian ground within February 23. .
.more…

 

Ibobi review
of exam age limit(TEL, 22-2-08)

Imphal, Feb. 21: Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi
Singh today assured the state Assembly that he would reconsider his decision to
reduce the upper age limit of the upcoming combined service examination. The
decision comes after the members forced the chief minister to look into the
issue. ..more…

Ibobi
seeks help on hostages(TEL, 22-2-08)

Imphal, Feb. 21: The Manipur government has requested
security forces to help secure the release of a couple who hold senior positions
in the Manipur works and irrigation departments from militant
captivity.Ngnangbam Manglemjao Singh, an executive engineer in the works
department, and his wife Shanti Devi, a section officer in the irrigation and
flood control department, were abducted by militants on their way to office on
Monday.The militant group, suspected to be the Kuki Liberation Army (KLA),
allegedly demanded Rs 1 crore from the public works department for their
release. The Kuki outfit has not made any claim to the abductions yet. .
.more…

Attack on
NE TV scribe condemned (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: A statement release by the
secretary of the All Manipur Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) has condemned the
firing at Manoranjana Singh of the NE TV in Guwahati city.
The said incident happened at 2.30 am today. Some unidentified persons coming in
a black Tata Sumo suddenly fired at the journalist on the roadside. .
.more…

Tirades against Cong continue
in state (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Seeking to allay public
apprehensions over the reported endorsement of the demand for integration of
Naga inhabited areas by the All India Congress Committee ahead of the Nagaland
elections, the Manipur government has declared that there is `nothing alarming`
about the promises made in the election manifesto of the Nagaland Pradesh
Congress Committee. ..more…

State`s sectoral allocation for
2008-09 finalised (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: The sectoral and sub-sectoral
allocation of the agreed annual plan for the fiscal year 2008-09 which was
finalised at Rs. 1660 crores, including Rs. 550 crores special plan assistance
for the state has been finalized, an official source has said.
As per the finalized sectoral and sub-sectoral allocation, a total amount of Rs.
3976 lakhs has been allocated for various schemes under the major head
agriculture and allied activities, Rs. 8408 lakhs for the rural development
sector, Rs. 26720 lakhs for the schemes under the irrigation and flood control
department most importantly. ..more…

MPP, NCP, UCM flay Nagaland
poll campaign assurances (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: The Manipur
People`s Party (MPP) has expressed strong opposition against the alleged
statement of the AICC general secretary Siddarth Patil that the AICC will be
approving the inclusion of phrases mentioning the integration of Naga Inhabited
areas under one administration in the election manifesto of the NPCC.
.
.more…

Manipur govt fails to
book ride for salary despatch (IFP_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: Even though the
Manipur government did not seek further approval for requisition of helicopter
from the Centre for cash remittance in the hill districts, the state government
asked for the requisition of the same to the EAC, Shillong which seems to be a
slip up by the state home department.
.
.more…

 

CPI
political conference ends (IFP_12_2_k8)

 

IMPHAL, Feb 10: A two-day political conference of the
Communist Party of India, Imphal east has passed five resolutions, one among
which urges the state government to declare Imphal east district as a backward
district of Manipur.
Other resolutions which were passed on the concluding day of the conference
today at Porompat Panchayat Bhavan include non inclusion of Manipur in the
delimitation exercise taken up by the Delimitation Commission of India, and
distribution of public distribution system at police stations so as to reach the
people directly. ..more…



Manipur petrol dealers protest
(NPT_12_2_K8)

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

 

NNC rejects
election(SEX_12_2_k8)

IMPHLA, Feb 11: Disapproving the elections of India as Naga national
affairs, the Naga National Council has directed the Naga people not to involve
in the Indian elections but to stay at home when such alleged proxy election of
India is forced in any part of Nagaland. .
.more…

57 Mt Brigade
felicitated(SEX_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: For its commendable service in NC hills, Assam Governor
Lt Gen Ajai Singh recently felicitated 57 Mountain Ar- tillery Brigade in a
function organised at Raj Bhavan. It may be reminded that the Brigade
facilitated free, fair and peaceful autonomous council elections in the area
last year. ..more…

SCFS condoles
IMPHAL, Feb 11: Senior Citizens for Society, Mani-pur in its meeting held
on February 11 expressed its shock and sorrow on the sudden demise of senior
citizen Prof Maibam Jugeshwar Singh. .
.more…

CPI conference(SEX_12_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 11: CPI Sagolband Local Council convened its 30th local
conference on February 10 at Amudon Khamlangba community hall with the hoisting
party flag by its president Thangjam Ongbi Sha-khi-tombi Devi. The Conference
has also selected a panel of 19 partymen to appoint new office bearers, a
release informed.

 

AMUCO
slams ‘two tongued Cong’(SEX_12_2_k8)

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 11: Recalling the UPA Government’s Common Minimum Pro-gramme which
clearly laid down that territorial boundaries of the North Eastern States will
be protected, the All Manipur United Clubs’ Organisation (AMUCO) has decried the
reported AICC’s endorsement of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee’s (NPCC)
election manifesto which sought integration of all contiguous Naga inhabited
areas.
It also accused the AICC of maintaining double-standard. .
.more…

 

Report out
of context : Cabinet(SEX_12_2_k8)

 IMPHAL, Feb 11 : Responding to the media
reports as well as the reaction of quite a large number of political parties and
voluntary organisations over the election manifesto of the Nagaland Congress
vis-a-vis the demand for the creation of a Nagalim, the Cabinet today said that
what was reported in the newspapers is totally different and out of context of
what is being written in the manifesto of Nagaland Congress.
.
.more…

 

NIT site;
Kim Gangte makes stand clear (SEX_12_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Questioning whether the Central Government has given any
condition on releasing the fund if the proposed NIT is not going to be set up at
Langol-Lamphelpat area, the JAC for Protection of Langol Residential Areas and
Preservation of Lamphelpat as Wetlands has categorically asserted that it is the
duty of the Centre to provide the fund and for the State to select the suitable
site. ..more…

 

Nothing
alarming, says Ibobi Singh (TEL_12_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 11:
From someone whom the Congress was close to replacing
as chief minister a few weeks ago, Okram Ibobi Singh has became the man the
central leadership is most likely to thank. Ibobi Singh today averted a rift
between the Manipur and Nagaland units of the Congress over the contents of a
controversial election manifesto that backed the Naga demand for integration. An
“informal cabinet meeting” later, his office issued a statement stating that
“there is nothing alarming in the (Nagaland Congress) manifesto”.
.
.more…

W
Nipamacha demands rescinding of AICC stance (IFP_13_2_k8)

 

IMPHAL, Feb 12: Former chief minister Wahengbam Nipamacha
has demanded the withdrawal of the reported endorsement by the All India
Congress Committee, AICC, of the demand made for bringing Naga-inhabited areas
under a common administration in the election manifesto of the Nagaland Pradesh
Congress Committee.
Speaking to mediapersons at a press conference at his party office at Babupara
today, the state Rashtriya Janata Dal chief said his party was totally opposed
to the move, and is prepared to launch a campaign for its withdrawal. .
.more…

Peace march reaches
Anguri(IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 12: The Lamshang Khongchat march organised by the Young Horizon,
with the objective of reaching out to the indigenous communities of the
north-east region, has reached Anguri village in Jorhat district of Assam today
after setting out from Moriyani town this morning. .
.more…

Attack on NE TV scribe
condemned (IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: A statement release by the secretary of the All Manipur
Working Journalist Union (AMWJU) has condemned the firing at Manoranjana Singh
of the NE TV in Guwahati city.
The said incident happened at 2.30 am today. Some unidentified persons coming in
a black Tata Sumo suddenly fired at the journalist on the roadside. .
.more…

High level probe promised into
killing of Urup youth; Narankonjil victims also civilians, say
families(IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: The state government is to conduct a high level inquiry into
the shooting incident at Thambalkhong, in Imphal east district, on February 7
evening in which a youth who had allegedly been picked up from the Imphal east
DC office complex had been killed by Manipur police commandos. .
.more…

State govt finds `nothing
alarming` in Nagaland Congress manifesto Tirades against Cong continue in state
(IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: Seeking to allay public apprehensions over the reported
endorsement of the demand for integration of Naga inhabited areas by the All
India Congress Committee ahead of the Nagaland elections, the Manipur government
has declared that there is `nothing alarming` about the promises made in the
election manifesto of the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee. .
.more…

MOBC minister concedes
irregularities but denies his own involvement(IFP_13_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 11: State minorities and other backward classes
minister Md. Allauddin Khan has categorically denied any involvement in
irregularities or siphoning of funds in the implementation of various schemes
under the MOBC department.
The minister, speaking to mediapersons at a press conference held at his office
chamber this afternoon maintained that the recent allegations made against him
by the underground PULF of involvement in siphoning of funds for various schemes
under MOBC for the financial years 2004-05 and 2006-07 were totally baseless. .
.more…

Against
UPA’s CMP, asserts RJD
(SEX_13_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 12 : Joining the chorus of protest against the purported inclusion
of creating a Nagalim in the election manifesto of the Nagaland Congress unit,
the State RJD unit today said that such a move violates the Common Minimum
Programme of the UPA Government at the Centre. Speaking to newsmen today, State
RJD president and former Chief Minister W Nipamacha said that the Common Minimum
Programme of the UPA clearly lays down that the territorial boundaries of the
North East States would not be altered. RJD is a partner in the UPA Government
headed by the Congress at Delhi.
.
.more…

 


All pol party meet urges AICC
(SEX_13_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 12 : Following the strong protest
voiced against the inclusion of the demand for a Greater Lim in the election
manifesto of Nagaland Congress, the State Govern- ment today convened an All
Political Party (APP) meeting to discuss the issue, said a statement issued by
the Chairman of the APP, Chief Minister O Ibobi.
During the meeting it was agreed that the AICC would be urged to delete the
controversial line which reads as.. “The Indian National Congress in Nagaland
will continue to urge upon the Government of India the need to implement the
16-point Agreement of 1960 in letter and spirit.”
.
.more…

 


Cong is desperate, says BJP
(SEX_13_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 12 : Going on the offensive
against the Congress, the State unit BJP said that the inclusion of the Lim
demand in the election manifesto of the Nagaland Congress unit proves that the
Congress party is only concerned about staying in power without any care for the
people of the North East.
.
.more…

 


Hills chakka bandh off
(SEX_13_2_k8)
Imphal, Feb 12 : The proposed 24-hour Manipur
hill districts ‘chakka’ bandh on February 13 called by the Communal Victims
Relief and Resettlement Association, Manipur (CVRRAM) has been suspended
following an agreement with the chief minister of the state and the CVRRAM
representatives on Tuesday.
.
.more…

 


 Filmmaker put up case for digital
format
(SEX_13_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 12: Noted Manipuri film maker
Aribam Syam Sharma has reiterated his appeal to the Union Minister of
Information and Broadcasting for allowing feature films in digital/video format
to compete in the National Film Festival and the Indian Panorama (International
Film Festival of India).
.
.more…

 

Govt
considering new norms for enlistment of contractors in PWD (IFP_14_2_k8)

 

IMPHAL, Feb 13: The Manipur government is considering
amendment of rules regulating enlistment of contractors in the state public
works department, an official source said Wednesday.
The proposal for further amendment to the rules regulating enlistment of
contractors came up from the PWD as the amended rules in August 2007 have not
been able to meet the prevailing requirements, the source maintained. .
.more…

Part II of first House sitting
to have 16 sittings (IFP_14_2_k8)

 

IMPHAL, Feb 13: The second part of the first sitting of the
Manipur Legislative Assembly for the current year scheduled to commence from
February 20 will have altogether 16 sittings, and will conclude on the 12th of
next month.
A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Business Advisory
Committee of the Assembly chaired by Assembly Speaker Sapam Budhichandra held
today. ..more…

Poumai
meet
(SEX_14_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 13: Poumai Naga Union will conduct its general assembly
on February 28 at Senapati village women hall at 10 am. Political leaders,
public leaders, NGOs, intellectuals and well-wishers are informed to attend the
said conference.

 


CM banned at Khuga Dam
(SEX_14_2_k8)
 Imphal, Feb 13 : The Khuga Dam Local Contractors’ Association has
decided to forbid entry of the State Chief Minister, IFC Minister and officials
of PHED, to the work site of Khuga Multipurpose pro-ject dam in Churachandpur
district so long as the pending bills are not released. .
.more…

 


CM on poll drive
(SEX_14_2_k8)
 Imphal, Feb 13 :A team of Congress Ministers and MLAs has left for
Tripura today to join election campaign there for INC. Tripura is going to polls
on March 23. The team which landed at Agartala this afternoon include Chief
Minister O Ibobi, Rural ..more….

 


Assembly session

(SEX_14_2_k8)
The Manipur Assembly will table over Rs 2000 crore amount for
discus-sion in the House in the upcoming full Budget Assembly session. The
Business Advisory Com-mittee in a meeting (BAC) chaired by the Legislative
Assembly Speaker Sapam Budhichandra has decided today to resume the second part
of the 3rd session of the 9th Manipur Legislative Assembly from February 20
which stretch on March 12. ..more…

Gratitude
extended
(SEX_14_2_k8)
Social activist, RS Jassal has extended his deep gratitude to
Education Minister L Jayantkumar for his financial assis-tance to facilitate his
recent trip to Geneva from Jan 27 to January 31. .
.more…


Deadline set for poll
photoshoot(SEX,14-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 13: Along with setting a new deadline for publication of
the photo electoral roll of the State on August 31, the Election Commission of
India has instructed the State Government to appoint IAS officers above the rank
of Commissioner as observers to look after any possible error in the preparation
of the roll. ..more…

 


Cm talks tough, exhorts all to
overcome obstacles(SEX, 14-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 13: Chief Minister O Ibobi has stated that all the
difficulties that may come along the way of developing Manipur and make Manipuri
society a civilised society should be overcome. .
.more…

 

Manipur
suspends 5 officials
(AST_15_2_k8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 14 – Five officials, including two deputy directors, of
Minority and Other Backward Classes (MOBC) department of Manipur were suspended
for alleged misappropriation of funds meant for development of minority
communities, official sources said. .
.more…

 

Governor
visits Somtal villages, Moreh; Promises to take up development issues with state
govt (IFP_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: The Governor of Manipur, Dr SS Sidhu today travelled to the
Somtal salient of Chandel district, meeting village leaders and the public and
assuring them of government commitment to the development of the area.
The Governor, accompanied by the inspector general, Assam Rifles (South), Mj
Gen. BK Chengappa, toured Changjol, Old Somtal and Khengjoi villages, which had
recently been cleared of militant presence, and also visited the border town of
Moreh. ..more…

Spurt in violence continues,
four more shot dead (IFP_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 13: Killings and mayhem continued unabated in Manipur, with at
least four persons shot dead in seperate incidents since yesterday.
Two youths were shot down in broad daylight by four unidentified gunmen at a
spot along the Tairenpokpi to Khunou Ching road under Lamshang police station
around noon today. Another youth was shot dead at around the same time at
Kakching Mairenbam, while the body of a fourth victim was recovered in
Chakpikarong subdivision. ..more…

Bomb
blast
(SEX_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: A bomb hurled by unidentified persons
exploded on the seco- nd floor of a house belonging to one Md Ibohal Shah at
Hatta Yairpok Leikai exploded at about 4 this morning. However, there is no
report of any casualty in the bomb attack.

Shots
fired
(SEX_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: A few rounds were fired by some
unidentified persons at the Mayang Imphal Konchak residence of Mayang Im-phal
A/C MLA Dr Kh Ratan at about 9 tonight. .
.more…

 


Assembly work
(SEX_15_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 14: In view of the indefinite cease work strike
being called by Manipur Secretariat Employees’ Association with effect from
February 18, the service of the officials of various Government Departments
would be utilised to ensure that the Assembly session due to begin from February
20 is not affected.

 


Bomb attack
(SEX,
15-2-08)
Unidentified armed person reportedly fired lethode bomb at the
Kongpal Kongkham Leikai residence of Pheiroijam Rajen Singh who is the AO
(Chemistry) in Agriculture Department at around 8.30 pm yesterday. The bomb,
however, missed the  target and the same  was collected by the  bomb squad of
the  Police Department this morning.

 

Sidhu
visits Somtal(TEL, 15-2-08)

Imphal, Feb. 14: Manipur Governor S.S. Sidhu today
visited the Somtal area of Manipur’s Chandel district, where the troops launched
an operation in November to flush out militants. .
.more…

Chakka
bandh called off(IFP_16_2_k8)

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

Armed men launch heavy attacks
on three Cong MLAs` houses (IFP_16_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 15: Unidentified gunmen launched a series of heavy attacks using
guns and bombs on MANITRON chairman Dr Kh Ratan, MANIDCO chairman N Mangi and
sitting MLA M Manindra`s residences in the past 24 hours.
Last night at around 8 pm gunmen coming in a four wheeler fired several rounds
of gunshots and lethod bombs targeting sitting MLA of Wangoi A/C Dr Kh Ratan`s
residence at Mayang Imphal Kontha Leikai. Some doors and windows were damaged in
the attack. However, there were no casualties in the attack. .
.more…

Minister fails to end impasse
in tanker drivers strike crisis (IFP_16_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 15: The All Manipur Petroleum Tanker Drivers` Union refusal to
transport petroleum products from outside the state in demand of legal action
against the depot manager and supervisor of IOC for their harassment of innocent
drivers entered the second day today.
In today`s development, the FCS minister Y Irabot and the All Manipur Petroleum
Tanker Drivers` Union representatives sat together but could not find any
positive solution. The minister instructed the union members to resume work but
the tanker drivers` union were not movrd by his appeal. .
.more…



Manipur sectoral allocation for plan finalized
(NPT_16_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 11 (EPNS): The sectoral and sub-sectoral
allocation of the agreed annual plan size Rs. 1660 Crores of the Manipur
government has been finalized, official source said here on Monday.

Manipur government is giving more priority to the agriculture and rural
development sectors in the finalized sectoral allocation. .
.more…

Strike
called (IFP_23_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 22: Following the kidnapping of the executive engineer of PWD SW
circle Ngangbam Manglemjao and his wife Shanti, who is also serving as a section
officer in the irrigation and flood control department, the JAC against the
kidnapping of Ng Manglemjao Singh and Ng Shanti Devi has called a indefinite
strike from tomorrow 6 am at Imphal-Ukhrul road, Imphal-Saikul road and
Imphal-Tinsid road. ..more…

House resolves to oppose AICC
secretary`s statement; CM says his govt has sought

AICC clarification (IFP_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: The budget session of Manipur legislative
Assambly today resolved to disapprove of the statement made by Sidarth Patel,
AICC secretary and demand that the AICC withdraw the controversial sub-para from
the election manifesto, which reads as `the Indian National Congress in Nagaland
will continue to urge the government of India the need to implement the 16-point
Agreement of 1960 in letter and spirit`..
.more…

 

Govt
college teachers take to the streets in Imphal (IFP_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: A protest rally by the teachers of government colleges in
Imphal Friday supported by students of the colleges which was marching towards
the state Assembly complex where the budget session is in progress was foiled by
the police.

Among others, the teachers are demanding the freeing of education from all sorts
of disturbances in the conflict ridden state and an increase in the retirement
age of the college teachers as per the University Grants Commission, UGC. .
.more…

Racketeers nabbed (IFP_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: The DM College Students Union nabbed two racketeers from its
campus who were trying to get money from passing vehicles, students and teachers
yesterday around at 11.30 am in the morning.
They have been identified as Usha Rai, 20, and Bimla Rai, 14, hailing from
Raipur. A letter was also recovered from them written in English stating that
their houses and properties had been destroyed by natural calamities and were
asking the people to give Rs. 20 to Rs. 2000 to help them. .
.more…

Poll violence victims to get
relief from govt; Govt agrees to pay 48 victims

(IFP_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 21: Though there is no scheme or policy to compensate poll
violence in Manipur, the government after a yearlong consideration, has decided
to grant relief to the victims of post poll violence after the Manipur
legislative Assembly polls on humanitarian grounds, official sources said here
on Thursday. ..more…

Secretariat employees’
stir continues

(SEN_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: The cease-work strike of Manipur Secretariat Service
Association (MSSA) members entered the fifth day today thus affecting the
administrative work.
MSSA members are opposing the Government’s move to appoint 25 section officers
in the Secretariat and demanding to fill the vacant posts through promotion of
the already existing employees. .
.more…

 

AR
recruitment

(SEX_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22 : Despite an Assam Rifles recruitment rally
in progress at Keithelmanbi for all the districts of Manipur, some vacancies are
still to be filled up, said the PRO of Assam Rifles in a statement today and
informed all desirous candidates with the requisite qualification can still come
and participate in the rally. ..more…

 


Pvt resolution
(SEX_23_2_k8)
House for deletion of Lim clause in NPCC manifesto(SEX_23_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 22: A private member resolution moved by the Opposition
MPP to withdraw the 16-point agreement included in the election manifesto of the
Nagaland Congress election as well as endorsement of the same by AICC secretary
Siddharth Patil has been unanimously passed by the Manipur Legislative Assembly
today. ..more…

 


Retirement age

College teachers stage protest rally (SEX_23_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: Stepping up their many demands including extension of
service period up to 62 years of age in line with UGC guidelines, college
teachers took out a protest rally today.
The protest rally organised by the All Manipur College Teachers’ Associa-tion
and Government College Teachers’ Association Manipur set out from the campus of
the DM College of Science. ..more…

 


Ibohalbi blasts Govt over MANITRON
(SEX_23_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 22 : Strongly contending that the MANITRON is being
plagued by severe mal-administration and irregular practices, MPP MLAs Ng Bijoy
and Dr I Ibohalbi decried the failure of the Government to comply with the
reported Court order to institute a Departmental enquiry into the irregular
practices. ..more…

 


Assembly hails full Budget of
2008-09
(SEX_23_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 22: Along with commencement of the general discussion on the
Budget Estimate for the financial year 2008-09 in the Assembly today, MLAs who
participated in the discussion hailed finalisation of the full budget of the
next financial year even before conclusion of the current financial as a good
sign. ..more…

 


‘Disappeared’ Abi Chiru freed from
AR custody
(SEX_23_2_k8)
Imphal, Feb 22: After detaining for 24 days, 24 Assam Rifles released Abi
Chiru in the morning of February 20 at an isolated place of Moreh. Peeved with
such blatant act of human rights violating, MAFYF in coordination with the help
of other social organisations is set to file a case against 24 Assam Rifles, who
claims to be the ‘Custodian of the North East’ for illegal detention and torture
in this regard. ..more…
 

Manipur
minister gives a slip to kidnappers(AST, 25-2-08)
From Sobhapati Samom
 IMPHAL, Feb 24 – A former Manipur minister has escaped from the custody of some
unidentified miscreants identifying themselves as activists of a Kuki militant
group. The minister was later rescued by personnel of Thoubal Police. .
.more…

Congress MLA`s house comes
under attack(IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: The house of Congress MLA I Hemochandra Singh at Singjamei
Chingamakha under Singjamei police station came under attack with bombs and
gunfire tonight at around 8.25 pm, a report said. .
.more…

Strike called (IFP_25_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 22: Following the kidnapping of the executive engineer of PWD SW
circle Ngangbam Manglemjao and his wife Shanti, who is also serving as a section
officer in the irrigation and flood control department, the JAC against the
kidnapping of Ng Manglemjao Singh and Ng Shanti Devi has called a indefinite
strike from tomorrow 6 am at Imphal-Ukhrul road, Imphal-Saikul road and
Imphal-Tinsid road. ..more…

House resolves to oppose AICC
secretary`s statement; CM says his govt has sought

AICC clarification (IFP_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: The budget session of Manipur legislative Assambly today
resolved to disapprove of the statement made by Sidarth Patel, AICC secretary
and demand that the AICC withdraw the controversial sub-para from the election
manifesto, which reads as `the Indian National Congress in Nagaland will
continue to urge the government of India the need to implement the 16-point
Agreement of 1960 in letter and spirit`..
.more…

BJP, ally to retain power
in Nagaland: Rajnath

(SEN_25_2_k8)


DIMAPUR, Feb 24: The BJP has exuded confidence that it will retain power in
Nagaland and better its tally in Tripura and Meghalaya assembly in the ongoing
elections.
The mood of people shows that Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) is the
obvious choice of the voters here, BJP president Rajnath Singh told reporters
here last night after addressing a series of election rallies in three districts
of Longleng, Tuensang and Wokha where the party fielded maximum number of
candidates for the March 5 election. He claimed that DAN government, where BJP
was a coalition partner, had been working for peace and development in the
state. ..more…

 

PM, Sonia to campaign
in Nagaland

(SEN_25_2_k8)

Sonia to arrive on March 1


KOHIMA, Feb 24: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and AICC president
Sonia Gandhi will arrive here on a daylong visit to campaign for their party
ahead of the March five Nagaland Assembly elections. .
.more…

 

 Attack on Koza
condemned

(SEN_25_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 24: The Kohima Baptist Youth Fellowship (KBYF) has condemned
the physical assault on Vetso Koza, secretary of Chakhesang Baptist Church,
Kohima and his family by some police personnel at Kohima on February 22, stated
a press release. ..more…

 

Bandh
threat
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Taking strong exception to the failure of the State
Government to put up the MAHABEA project proposal on bamboo plantation and
centralised nursery to the National Bamboo Mission, Ministry of Agriculture,
Govt of India, the Manipur Hill Areas Bamboo Entre-preneurs Association
(MAHABEA) has decided to two days hill district bandh on March 3 and 4, conveyed
a release. ..more…


Drivers’ stir off
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

After the agitating oil tanker drivers have finally come to an agreement
with the IOC authority today, the drivers’ stir to stay off the roads has been
called off. The drivers have been agitating since February 22 against the
reported harassment meted out to them by IOC’s marketing manager of Chingmeirong
depot Amar Jyoti Bordoloi and supervisor PC Kumar. .
.more…


Ex-MP points out loopholes, error
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: Even as elections to District Councils have been
scheduled on February 25 and 28, ex-MP (Rajya Sabha) and ex-MLA BD Behring has
pointed out several alleged loopholes and incompatibility of statistics
regarding the number of villages listed as per 2001 census and those listed in
the electoral roll revision of Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies
conducted in January this year. .
.more…

 


HERICOUN, UPF observe Ereipak
Kanba Numit
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

 IMPHAL, Feb 24: In recommendation of the signing of Treaty of Yandaboo
between the British and the Burmese on this day in 1826 which recognised the
independence of then princely State of Manipur, Ereipak Kanba Numit was observed
today.
Organised jointly by Ethno-Heritage Council (HERICOUN) and United People’s Front
(UPF), Manipur, the commemoration function was attended by president of HERICOUN
Renghang Chothe and president of UPF Th Mangi Singh as presidium members. .
.more…

 


‘UNC’ MLAs for NPCC Lim clause
.
(SEX_25_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24 : Throwing a spanner to the resolu- tion adopted by the
State Assembly on February 22 to urge the AICC to drop the Lim clause from the
NPCC election manifesto, the five independent MLAs, sponsored by the United Naga
Council, today maintained that they are against the resolution. .
.more…

 

Tanker
drivers call off strike
(AST_26_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 25 – The All Manipur Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ Union (AMPTDU)
has called off its off-the-wheel strike on Sunday after reaching an agreement
with the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) authority. .
.more…

Five held for impersonation at
recruitment rally (IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: At least five youths who were appearing in the recruitment
rally for civil constables in the Manipur police department have been caught
red-handed by the recruiting authority since last Saturday and handed over to
Heingang police station for investigation, an official source .
.more…

Moreh
residents serve ultimatum for settling of compensation claims(IFP_26_2_k8)

MOREH, Feb 24: Residents of the border town of Moreh have served an ultimatum
to the state government on Saturday setting a deadline of February 29 for
payment of adequate compensation to the people who were displaced due to the
occupation by the personnel of the Manipur Rifles, even as another separate
memorandum to the chief minister called for proper implementation of child
education, child health policies and rights of the children in Moreh. .
.more…

Congress MLA`s house comes
under attack(IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 24: The house of Congress MLA I Hemochandra Singh at Singjamei
Chingamakha under Singjamei police station came under attack with bombs and
gunfire tonight at around 8.25 pm, a report said. .
.more…

Striking secretariat workers
thinking of mass voluntary retirement, No sight of rapprochement from govt side
too (IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Striking employees of the Manipur secretariat services have
resolved to apply for mass voluntary retirement if the state government does not
consider meeting their demand as the ceasework launched by them entered the
eighth day Monday with no government response so far. .
.more…

Anti-NIT protestors stopped
near Assembly (IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Another bid to register their strong opposition against the
decision to establish the National Institute of Technology, NIT at Langol by the
residents of the area was foiled today by the police who stopped the protestors
who were trying to forcibly march towards the Assembly complex this noon. .
.more…

Legislator seeks action against
UNC backed MLAs (IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Ruling Congress MLA E
Kunjeshwor today demanded an explanation call to the five UNC backed MLAs on
their denouncement of the resolution adopted by the House on February 22 urging
the Nagaland Congress to withdraw the 16-point programme contained in the
election manifesto. ..more…

 


General discussion on budget ends
in House (IFP_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: The general discussion on the estimated budget of Rs. 4142.41
crores for the financial year 2008-09 for the state of Manipur concluded today
and department-wise discussion will commence from tomorrow. .
.more…

 

Attack flayed(NPT_26_2_k8)

Meanwhile, the CLP Leader and Congress candidate from Jangpetkong
constituency have vehemently condemned the assault on some party workers by
unidentified armed youths at Khar village in the wee hours of Monday.
.more…

 

Frauds
pulled up

(SEX_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: After pulling up of two non-Manipuri frauds who were
trying to sopped up gold from jewellery on February 21, AMADA again pulled up
three other non-Manipuris on February 23 for the same case. .
.more…

 

Jeep
torched
(SEX_26_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: A jeep was set ablaze by some unidentified
persons at Kameng under Lamshang police station at about 12.30 pm today,
informed a police source.       

 


‘U NC’ MLAs

(SEX_26_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 25 : Congress MLA E Kunjeshore has sought to initiate legal
actions against the five independent MLAs sponsored by the UNC for their stance
against the resolution of the Assembly adopted with regard to the election
manifesto of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee during zero hour of the
Assembly session today. ..more…

 

MPP slams
Cong for ‘double standards’(TEL_27_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb. 26: The Manipur Peoples’ Party (MPP) today
accused the AICC of trying to break up the states in the Northeast in violation
of a clause in the common minimum programme of the UPA government at the Centre.
..more…

Naga MLAs
criticised. (TEL, 27-2-08)

The United Committee, Manipur (UCM) today slammed the five Naga
MLAs, who criticised a resolution adopted by the Manipur Assembly on February 22
demanding the withdrawal of the controversial part in the Nagaland Congress
manifesto. ..more…

UNC backed
MLAs` taunts may invite Speaker`s proceedings(IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Speaker Dr. S Budhichandra has assured to initiate
appropriate procedures in the House after a close scrutiny of the matter of
provocative statements by five UNC backed MLAs made in some local dailies
against a resolution passed by the Assembly recently. .
.more…

MPP holds dharna against AICC
stand (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Marking a strong protest against the recent statement of AICC
secretary Siddarth Patel supporting the Naga integration, several hundred
workers of Manipur People`s Party, MPP staged a one-day sit-in protest in front
of the MPP office today. ..more…

CM admits secretariat
subordinate staff slow with official work (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: State chief minister O Ibobi Singh has admitted that there
has been slow disposal of official files from the state secretariat due to the
negligence, irregularity and inefficiency of the various lower subordinate
staff. ..more…

Fiscal health not upto the
mark, points out CAG (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: Even though the revenue surplus of the state has shown a
marginal improvement, other key fiscal parameters like the fiscal and primary
deficit exhibited significant deterioration, said an overview statement of the
report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India ending March 31, 2007 for
the state of Manipur on the finance accounts which were tabled in the House
today. ..more…

UCM lambasts UNC backed MLAs
(IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: The United Committee, Manipur, UCM while
reacting to the statement given by the "UNC-sponsored" MLAs outside the Assembly
on the resolution passed by it, said that it takes them as having no morals and
without any knowledge of what is democracy. .
.more…

Amin escapes firing by
miscreants (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26: A sit-in-protest was held today at Sagolband Thingom Leikai
Lampak to protest against the firing at one Thingom Shanta of Sagolband Thingom
Leikai who is presently working as an Amin in the SDO department of Bishnupur.

According to Shanta, yesterday evening (25 February) two youths who seemed to be
around 18 to 20 years came to his residence and suddenly fired at him without
asking anything. The bullets missed him and he ran back to his house before they
could shoot further at him. After hearing the firing the locality raised an
alarm and the youths who are suspected to be underground elements ran away from
the spot. ..more…

Striking secretariat workers
thinking of mass voluntary retirement, No sight of

rapprochement from govt side too (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Striking employees of the Manipur secretariat services have
resolved to apply for mass voluntary retirement if the state government does not
consider meeting their demand as the ceasework launched by them entered the
eighth day Monday with no government response so far. .
.more…

Anti-NIT protestors stopped
near Assembly (IFP_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 25: Another bid to register their strong opposition against the
decision to establish the National Institute of Technology, NIT at Langol by the
residents of the area was foiled today by the police who stopped the protestors
who were trying to forcibly march towards the Assembly complex this noon. .
.more…

Manpower shortage impeding
revenue dept: Debendra (IFP 28_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 27: The revenue minister, Th Debendro said the failure of the
state revenue department to meet revenue targets was on account of lack of
manpower and infrastructure in the department since more than one decade. .
.more…

Four state Cong MLAs head to
Nagaland for poll campaigning (IFP 28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Four MLAs of the state Congress along with an MLA of the
state NCP today left for taking part in the Congress election campaign in
Nagaland.
Their participation in the Nagaland Congress election campaign comes amidst the
strong demand in Manipur for a review the AICC support to the Nagaland Congress
election manifesto which promises in a controversial sub-para that "the Indian
National Congress in Nagaland will continue to urge the government of India the
need to implement the 16-point agreement of 1960 in letter and spirit." .
.more…

Home gaurds unit to be
improved: CM (IFP 28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Chief minister O Ibobi Singh today said that the government
would look into the matter of setting up of a border wing along with a
commandant general of home guard and provision of allowance to the home guard
personnel.
Ibobi while replying to a call attention motion moved by the Opposition MLA Dr.
Ng Bijoy and I Ibohalbi of MPP from the Opposition bench, said recalling a
memorandum submitted by the Manipur Home Guard Welfare Association, that the
government had recently revised the duty allowance. No question of unwillingness
to pay allowance to them arises, he added. .
.more…

CAG report finds flaws in State
administration(SEN_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: There was a large number of discrepancies in the work
carried out by various departments of the Government. This was revealed in the
report for 2006-07 of the Comptroller and Auditor General that was placed in
Manipur Assembly yesterday.
Accountant General of Manipur Rajbir Singh said it was found that there was an
excess expenditure of Rs 282.79 crores in 13 Grants which required
regularization under Article 205 of the Constitution. .
.more…

 

Govt
blamed for absence of Passport cell
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Social worker Amrik Singh Pahwa has blamed
the inaction of the State Government for the absence of a Passport cell in the
State.
Even as the whole North East region has a single Passport office at Guwahati,
every State of the region except Manipur has opened their passport cells in
their States, said Amrik Singh Pawha while addressing a press meet at Press Club
here today. ..more…

 


Ibobi empathises Home Guards
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Along with having hiked the monthly duty
allowance of the Home Guard employees to Rs 2600, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh
today assured the Assembly that the State Government would look into the
possibility of appointing a separate Com- mandant General for the Home Guards. .
.more…

 


Minister’s house attacked
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: In continued violence characteristic of
lawlessness in the State, unidentified persons left a hand grenade at the
compound of a newly constructed house belonging to Revenue Minister Th Debendra
at Khurai Lairikyengbam Leikai even as the residence of an inspector in the
Sericulture Department came under firing attack of unidentified gunmen at
Thangmeiband today. Footwear shops in Paona Bazar also remained shut since
yesterday following monetary demand from a particular UG group.
According to information received by the press, uni-dentified persons left a
Chinese made hand grenade at the residential compound of Revenue Minister Th
Debendra at Lairikyengbam Leikai at around 12. 25 pm today. .
.more…

 


MPP for probe into tax collection
by SFs
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Taking grim note of alleged illegal
collection of money from transporters along NH 53 at Keithelmanbi by Assam
Rifles and at Makru and Barak by the CRPF, opposition leader O Joy has urged
upon the Government to re-gister a suo moto case and to probe into the illegal
practice.
Asserting that the As-sam Rifles and CRPF have been levying illegal taxes
against transporters plying on NH 53, MPP MLAs O Joy and RK Anand raised a call
attention motion on the mat-ter in the Assembly session today. .
.more…

 


UNC backs, flays
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Reacting sharply to the resolution adopted
in the Manipur Le-gislative Assembly against a particular clause in the election
manifesto of the Nagaland PCC, the United Naga Council decried what it termed as
persistent ob-jection raised by the Mani- pur Assembly detrimental to wishes of
the Naga people. ..more…

House
passes four demands
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Four demands pertaining to land re- venue,
stamps and registration and district adminis- tration amounting to Rs
241,56,80,000 were passed by the State Assembly this afternoon.
While discussing the de-mands, MPP MLAs O Joy, Dr Ng Bijoy, Dr I Ibohalbi and RK
Anand raised a cut motion. Moving the motion, O Joy asserted that the Re-venue
Department is the backbone of a Government but the State Revenue De-partment is
plagued with serious flaws and irregu-larities. .
.more…

 

AR DG
visits
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: The Director General of Assam Rifles Lt gen
Paramjit Singh accompanied by ARWWA president Mrs Mona Prakash Singh arrived on
a day’s brief visit to Imphal today. .
.more…

 

AR
assistance
(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Timely medical aid provided to a woman by
the medical officer of 18 Assam Rifles of 26 Sector saved her life, said a PRO
IGAR (S) release adding that the woman from Saivom village was electrocuted
while working in a field yesterday. .
.more…

Bandh
called

(SEX_28_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 27: Taking strong exception to the reported
statement of the Chief Minister that grants to aided schools would be replaced
by incentives to a few schools with good academic record and enraged with the
failure of the State Government to fulfil their long standing demands, the All
Manipur Government Aided Schools’ Employees Co-ordinating Committee has called a
State-wide bandh from midnight today till midnight of February 28. .
.more…

 


JAC seeks clarification
(SEX_27_2_k8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 26: Setting February 29 as the deadline to all concerned for
coming out with an explanation over the killing of Heken Singh, the JAC formed
in protest against the killing and the family members have warn-ed of launching
various in- tense agitation if the demand is not met. .
.more…

 


Kidnapped boy found abandoned
(SEX_27_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 26: A 12-year old boy who had been kidnapped by some unknown
persons was found abandoned at Mongsangei Ma- mang Leikai under Sing-jamei
Police Station at around 7 pm today. .
.more…

 


Five demands passed
(SEX_27_2_k8)
IMPHAL, Feb 26: The State Assembly today passed five demands amounting to
Rs 62,97,71,000. The five demands and their amounts are State legislature-Rs
16,86,17,000, Council of Minister-Rs 2,90,78,000, Secretariat-Rs 27,94,48,000,
Election-Rs 9,06,01,000 and General Economic Services-Rs 6,20,27,000. discussing
the demands, MLA O Joy who moved a cut motion, observed that for an effective
governance, Manipur Public Servant Personnel Liabilities Act should be
implemented judiciously. ..more…

 


Airport expansion

Effigies of CM, Union Minister set ablaze(SEX_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26 : Amid shouting of slogans like ‘No to acquisition of more
land for airport expansion’, ‘Don’t deprive rights of the people’, ‘Livelihood
should not be bargained with compensation’, etc, aggrieved locals of Ningombam
set aflame the effigies of Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh and Union Minister of
Civil Aviation, Ahmed Patel this afternoon. .
.more…

 


Lim clause in manifesto

MPP blasts AICC stand(SEX_27_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 26 : The Opposition Manipur People’s Party convened a protest
meeting at its office complex today to denounce the AICC stand of endorsing the
‘Lim’ clause in the election manifesto of the Nagaland PCC.
The MPP congregation criticised AICC’s General Secretary Margaret Alva, who is
also the party’s in-charge of Nagaland, upholding the reported comments of AICC
secretary Sidhharth Patil with regard to implementation of the 19-point
agreement that demands the integration of Naga inhabited areas of Manipur, Assam
and Arunachal Pradesh with the present State of Nagaland. .
.more…

 

Ibobi to
penalise troops(TEL_28_2_k8)

– Jawans
posted along highway accused of taking ‘illegal’ tax

Imphal, Feb. 27: The Okram Ibobi Singh government is
contemplating legal action against Assam Rifles and CRPF personnel deployed
along the Imphal-Jiribam highway for allegedly collecting “illegal tax” from
truckers. The chief minister, also the chairman of the unified command, assured
the Manipur Assembly of legal action against the personnel after the issue
rocked the House today. Truckers along the national highway have accused troops
of the 32 Assam Rifles post at Keithelmanbi and CRPF post at Makru along
National Highway 53 of collecting “tax” ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000. .
.more…

UNC in
manifesto chorus(TEL_28_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb. 27: The United Naga Council (UNC) has
“condemned” the Manipur Assembly’s resolution taken against the Nagaland
Congress manifesto, saying there was nothing wrong in including the demand for
integration of Naga-inhabited areas. The Manipur Assembly on February 22 adopted
a private members’ resolution asking the AICC to withdraw the demand for
integration from the Nagaland Congress manifesto. The manifesto said the
Nagaland Congress would continue to remind the Centre of the need to implement
the 16-point statehood agreement, including Clause 13 concerning Naga
integration, in letter and spirit. .
.more…

Minimum
damage to people in airport upgradation assured (IFP_29_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 28: Transport minister Jayentakumar has said that expansion of
the Imphal airport is a sensitive issue but nevertheless important.
Responding to a question raised by MPP MLA Dr. Ibohanbi on the night landing
facility at Imphal Airport, Jayentakumar said that work has already started to
enable night landing. He said that the Airports Authority of India and
government of Manipur have decided to install solar lamps to facilitate night
landing. ..more…

CM asks JACs to refrain from
coming directly to his residence, Police hunting for

woman CDPO`s killers (IFP_29_2_k8)

IMPHAL, Feb 28: Chief minister O Ibobi Singh
today expressed his displeasure at agitators targetting his official bungalow
over killings taking place in the state, even as he claimed that the police were
looking for the two KCP(MC) cadres who were behind the murder of CDPO, Moirang
Rasheswori in November last year. .
.more…

Over Rs. 150 cr demands for
grants passed (IFP_29_2_k8)

Imphal, Feb 28: The Manipur Assembly today passed demand for grants for
transport, labour, tribal and scheduled caste development and animal husbandry
and veterinary amounting to Rs. 1,50,46,12,000.
Replying to the query raised by MPP MLA Dr. Ng. Bijoy on the possibility of
starting a state owned transport system for the welfare of the people, transport
minister L Jayentakumar said that it was a very pertinent issue and would be
considered after taking the opinion of the experts. .
.more…

Demands
amounting to 150 crores passed
(SEX_29_2_k8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 28: A total amount of Rs 150,46,22,000 on four different
demands was passed by the State Assembly today. The total amount includes Rs
8,81,25,000 for Transport, Rs 105,61,42,000 for development scheduled tribes and
scheduled castes and Rs 3,27,79,200 for Veterinary and Animal Husbandry (dairy
farming).
While discussing the demands MLA Awangbow noted that there was bus service
between district headquarters and sub-divisional headquarters. He called upon
the Government to resume the bus service in public interest. .
.more…

 

Lady
CDPO killers identifed
(SEX_29_2_k8)
Red alert sounded : CM

IMPHAL, Feb 28: The identities of the two KCP (MC) activists who killed
CDPO, of Moirang, Yangambam Ningol Saikhom Ongbi Rameshwari inside her office
chamber on November 14 last year have been identified and efforts are being made
to trace them even if they are hiding outside Manipur, Chief Minister O Ibobi
Singh today informed the Assembly.
.more…
.

 

Manipur CM for probe into
AR-CRPF excesses on NH-53 (SHT_29_2_k8)

Imphal: Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh told the Manipur assembly on
Thursday that his government would enquire into the alleged excesses committed
by the personnel of Assam Rifles (AR) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on
National Highway-53.The chief minister was replying to a calling attention
motion moved by O. Joy Singh and R.K. Aannd both opposition MLAs from Manipur
Peoples Party (MPP) adding that he would also place this matter for discussion
in the meeting of the Unified Command in which all the top brass of the Assam
Rifles and CRPF would be present. .
.more…

Freedom
for R-Day protestors (IFP_3_2_K8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: The eight women who were rounded up for reportedly protesting
the last Republic Day in support of the boycott of the day called by underground
groups within the jurisdiction of Lamshang police were released today.
They were released unconditionally, said the meira paibis who were taking part a
public meeting held at Mayang Langjing in connection with the rounding up of the
women of the locality. ..more…

 
Mystery enquiries over VVIP
movements land several in lock-up (IFP_3_2_K8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: Several persons have been picked up by the state police in the
past few days after suspicious phone calls from a mobile number issued in
Manipur were found to have been made to a neighbouring state making detailed
enquiries concerning the movements of a prominent VVIP. .
.more…

Manipur overall champs again in
NE Games (IFP_3_2_K8)

IMPHAL, Feb 2: The 22nd North East Sports Games, concluded today in Guwahati,
with regional sports powerhouse Manipur retaining the overall championship
title.
On the last day of the meet, which began from January 30, the Manipur women`s
football team once again underlined their class, trouncing hosts Assam 6-0 in
the final to take gold in the event.
Their male counterparts, however, would have to return home empty handed. They
were badly defeated in the third place playoff today against Meghalaya by a
score of 0-6. ..more…

 
Abducted Manipur engineer freed(AST_4_2_K8)
IMPHAL, Feb 3 – An engineer in Manipur, who was detained in the custody
of a Muslim underground organisation for five days, was set free on Friday night
near Lilong area in Thoubal district.
Sorokhaibam Menjor, an assistant engineer with the Public Works Department, was
abducted from a place near Ushoipokpi village under Thoubal district when he was
on a field trip under the directive of his divisional headquarter in Thoubal on
January 28 evening...more…

 

Manipur parties condemn AICC
endorsement
(AST_12_2_K8)
 IMPHAL, Feb 11 – Major political parties in Manipur today strongly
condemned the reported statement of AICC general secretary Siddharth Patil that
AICC endorsed the Nagaland unit’s demand for the integration of all contiguous
Naga-inhabited areas. ..more…

NYC worried over law and
order
(SEN,
10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: The Manipur unit of the Nationalist Youth Congress, youth
wing of the Nationalist Congress Party, at its state level convention held today
has evinced serious concern over the present law and order situation, and the
slow pace of development in the State. .
.more…

 

Police killing leads to
protest at CM’s house(SEN, 10-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 9: Residents of Urup village, in Imphal east district,
have raised a ruckus over the killing of a local youth by State police commandos
yesterday evening at Thambalkhong insisting that he had been picked up from the
office complex of the DC, Imphal East yesterday afternoon by the police, only to
be shot later. ..more…

 

Secretariat staff
threaten to cease work
(SEX,
9-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 8:
Raising objection to the move being made by the Government to recruit 25 Section
Officers (SOs) through MPSC, Manipur Secretariat Services Association has anno-
unced its decision to go on an indefinite cease work strike with effect from
February 18 if the Government does not retract its move.
.
.more…

 

Relaxation appeal(SEX,
9-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 8:At
least aspiring candidates for the forthcoming MCS/MPS examination scheduled to
be held this year under the Manipur Public Service Commission have submitted a
memorandum to the Chief Minister to relax the upper age limit by five years.
..more…

NYC
meet calls for pro-active steps from Govt
(SEX,
9-2-08)
By Our Staff
Reporter
IMPHAL, Feb 8: While taking serious note of the pre- sent law and order
situation and slow pace of development in the State, a State level convention of
the Nationalist Youth Congress, Manipur State unit held at GM Hall here today
adop-ted various resolutions in this regard drawing the attention of the
Government of Manipur in particular and the people of the State in general.

..more…

 


CPI lambasts
Congress
(SEX,
10-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 9:
Coalition partner of the SPF Govern-ment CPI has accused the Congress party of
insinceri-ty in their approach to solve issue of insurgency in the State.
This was stated by for-mer Minister Dr M Nara at the inaugural session of the
9th conference of the CPI Imphal West District Coun-cil held at Khurkhul seri-
culture hall under Sekmai Assembly constituency.
.
.more…

 

AICC seal
on Nagalim(SEX, 11-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 10 : A number of voluntary organisa- tions and
political parties have come out strongly against the reported decision of the
AICC to endorse the demand for the integration of all Naga inhabited areas under
one administrative unit.
The seal of approval was included in the election mnifesto of the Nagaland
Pradesh Congress Committee for the ensuing State election there. .
.more…

 

Staff
threaten to halt work(TEL_9_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 8: Nearly 1,000 employees of the Manipur
secretariat today threatened to bring work to a halt in order to bulldoze the
Okram Ibobi Singh government into cancelling the direct recruitment procedure
for 25 posts of section officers. “We have decided to cease work with effect
from February 18 if the government fails to repeal the direct recruitment
procedure ,” S. Joykumar, president of Manipur Secretariat Services Association,
said today. ..more…

Manipur
fumes over AICC seal(TEL_11_2_K8)

Parties
condemn Cong manifesto

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Imphal, Feb. 10: The organisation that had
spearheaded a violent uprising to protest extension of the NSCN (I-M)’s
ceasefire to Manipur in 2001 today warned the AICC against putting the state on
the boil again with its endorsement of the Naga demand for integration.The
United Committee, Manipur (UCM), demanded a clarification from the AICC
regarding the Nagaland PCC’s poll manifesto, which states that the Congress will
continue to remind Delhi about the need to implement the 16-point statehood
agreement, including the controversial clause on the integration of all
contiguous Naga-inhabited areas. .
.more…

Strike
freezes secretariat (TEL_19_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 18: Work at the Manipur secretariat
screeched to a halt today with 850 employees declaring ceasework to protest a
recruitment drive for section officers.The employees have been demanding that
the posts of 25 section officers be filled up by promoting officials from the
existing workforce following an internal competitive examination. The
government, on the other hand, has initiated recruitment for the posts through
the Manipur Public Service Commission. .
.more…

Ibobi
presents tax-free budget(TEL_21_2_K8)

– CM hopes
for better financial position

Imphal, Feb. 20: Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi
Singh today presented a tax-free budget estimate of Rs 4,142.41 crore with a
closing deficit of Rs 46.05 crore for 2008-09 and a promise that the state’s
fiscal position would improve next year. Presenting the budget estimates, Ibobi
Singh, who also holds the finance portfolio, said of the total estimate, Rs
2,301.20 crore had been fixed under non-plan, Rs 1,660 crore under state plan
and Rs 181.21 crore under centrally-sponsored schemes, central plan schemes and
North Eastern Council schemes. ..more…

Striking
staff detained(TEL_21_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 20: Manipur police today rounded up 60
striking secretariat employees and detained them at Imphal West police station
as the workers’ indefinite ceasework entered the third day today. The police,
however, said they were not arresting the employees. All the office bearers of
the employees’ body have gone “underground” after the crackdown. Nearly 1,000
employees of the north and south blocks under the banner of Manipur Secretariat
Services Association went on an indefinite strike on Monday demanding the
cancellation of a direct recruitment procedure for the post of 25 section
officers. ..more…

Bardhan
demands probe into alleged extortion by AR jawans
(AST_19_2_K8)
IMPHAL, Feb 18 – CPI national secretary AB Bardhan has demanded an
inquiry into the alleged attempted extortion by Assam Rifles personnel from
trucks transporting scrap metals along NH-53 in Manipur.
According to All Manipur Truck Owners’ and Drivers’ Welfare Association, 12
trucks from Imphal heading for Jiribam with a consignment of iron scraps had to
return to Imphal on Saturday after being held up for two days at Keithelmanbi
village on NH-53 because they failed to pay an exorbitant ‘tax’ demanded of them
by personnel of 32 Assam Rifles manning a post there. .
.more…

 


Lathicharge on protesters(TEL_24_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 23: More than 10 persons were injured when
police caned protesters opposing a survey work at Langol in Manipur’s Imphal
West district today. The survey was being carried out by officials of the state
settlement and land revenue department for the construction of the National
Institute of Technology at Langol. The residents are opposed to the
construction. ..more…

Manipur
Naga MLAs draw flak(TEL_26_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 25: A senior Congress legislator in Manipur
today demanded disciplinary action against five Naga Independent legislators for
criticising a resolution that was unanimously adopted by the Assembly on Friday.
The private member’s resolution, moved jointly by four Opposition members of the
Manipur People’s Party, demanded withdrawal of the “Naga integration” part from
the Nagaland Congress’s election manifesto. .
.more…


Legislator’s residence attacked(TEL_26_2_K8)

Imphal, Feb. 25: Suspected militants lobbed a hand
grenade at the private residence of a Congress legislator and gunned down two
civilians in two separate incidents while transporters called an indefinite
passenger service bandh along the Imphal-Jiribam highway from tomorrow. Police
said suspected militants hurled a hand grenade at the private residence of
Congress member Irengbam Hemochandra Singh in Singjamei Chingamakha in Imphal
West around 8.30pm. ..more…

LDA
threatens agitation(SEX, 11-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 10: Loktak Development Authority (Retrenched) M/R
Employees and Workers Association has threatened to adopt intense agitation if
the authority concerned fails to meet its demand by February 11. .
.more…

 

13 AR to
celebrate jubilee(SEX, 11-2-08)
IMPHAL, Feb 10: The 13 Assam Rifles of 10 Sector under HQ IGAR (S)
will celebrate its 50th raising day on February 15, informed a release of PRO
IGAR (S) that also highlighted a brief history of the unit’s service in guarding
the North East frontiers, maintaining internal security and carrying out various
civic action programmes for the welfare of the people in remote parts of
Nagaland and Manipur in the past five decades.
According to the PRO, the battalion was raised in Gaya of Bihar on February 15,
1958 and the unit deployed in Ghaspani (Nagaland) in March 1959 and then at
Dimapur in September of the same year. .
.more…

 

Strike
cripples Secretariat office(SEX, 19-2-08)

 IMPHAL, Feb 18: Following the cease work strike by the Manipur
Secretariat Service Association (MSSA) against the State Government’s decision
to recruit 25 Section Officers in the Secretariat on direct recruitment basis,
normal functioning of the office was severely affected today. .
.more…

 

UPF’s
gratitude(SEX, 19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: After conducting Mega Marathon 2008 successfully, United
People’s Front (UPF) has expressed gratitude to prize donors, Athletic
Association of Manipur officials, Youth Affairs and Sports Department officials,
Sports Authority of India officials, Manipur Olympic Association and its
affiliated associations. ..more…

 

Truce
inked, bandh off(SEX, 19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18 : Following an understanding arri- ved at during a meeting
with Chief Minister O Ibobi Sin-gh today, the Joint Action Committee (JAC)
formed in connection with the killing of Soram Rojit of Kang-pokpi who was shot
dead by Imphal East District Police Commandos during an alleged encounter at
Hapta Golapati on the night of February 15, has called off its proposed bandh on
February 19. ..more…

 

Meet
decides against compensation(SEX, 19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: A public meeting held today at Langol Phaipijang
community hall has resolved not to accept any compensation provided by the
Government in connection with the proposed construction of NIT at Lamphelpat. .
.more…

Budget session(SEX, 19-2-08)
Resuming from February 20, the full Budget session of the Manipur
Legislative Assembly would be held till March 12. There would be in all 16
sittings during the resumed session. The Budget session of the State Assembly
began along with the address delivered by Governor Dr SS Sidhu on February 1. .
.more…

 


DGOS BS Sisodia visits state
(IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Jan 4: Lt Gen BS Sisodia, AVSM, VSM Director
General Ordinance Services (DGOS) visited Manipur on February 4 where he was
briefed on the ongoing operations at Leimakhong. The General also visited the
Kangla Tongbi War Memorial on NH-39 and paid homage to the valiant soldiers of
221 Ordnance Depot who had put up a heroic resistance against the invading
Japanese army in April 1944. ..more…

Opposition MLAs tear apart
Governor`s address to House (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 4: The debate on the motion of thanks to the
address of the Governor of Manipur to the house began today, with Opposition
MLAs picking large holes in the achievements claimed on behalf of the
Congress-led SPF government.
The discussion on the motion of thanks for the Governor`s Address was moved
during the morning session by MLA, E. Kunjeswar Singh and seconded by MLA, N.
Mangi Singh from the treasury bench. .
.more…

Bandh called over engineer`s
abduction (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 4: The joint action committee formed in
connection with the abduction of assistant engineer Naorem Keshwar of the
electricity department, has called a 24-hour state-wide bandh tomorrow starting
from 5 am tomorrow denouncing the failure of his captors to release him.
The JAC had yesterday set a deadline of 2 pm today for Keshwar to be released by
his captors, but that deadline expired without any word of his release. .
.more…

Khuga dam work ban called
(IFP,6-2-08)

Lamka, Feb 5: The Khuga Multipurpose Project Contractors
and Sub Contractors Association has said in a press release today that it has
lost confidence, trust and faith in the state government as it had failed to
carry out the commitments made to them.
The release said the association is therefore constrained to impose a total and
indefinite ban on the ongoing works on all components of the Khuga dam from the
5th of this month. ..more…

Marriage bill sent to House
committee for scrutiny; No penal provision, say opposition MLAs (IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 5: The Manipur Compulsary Registration of
Marriages Bill, 2008, has been referred to a select committee of the state
Legislative Assembly for further examination after a threadbare discussion in
the House today.
The Bill was moved for consideration and passage in the House this afternoon by
social welfare minister N Loken Singh.
.more…

Kidnapped engineer released
(IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 5: Abducted electricity department engineer
Naorem Keshwar Singh, hailing from Kakching Senapati Wairi Leikai, was released
by his captors this evening somewhere in Thoubal district, shortly after the end
of the 12-hour general strike called in protest over his abduction.
According to reports, Keshwar was handed over to members of the JAC formed in
connection with his abduction by cadres of the People`s United Liberation Front,
PULF, at around 6:45 pm somewhere in Thoubal district. .
.more…

Governor`s address passed
without amendments(IFP,6-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 5: The motion of thanks to the Governor`s
address to the Manipur Legislative Assembly was passed unanimously this
afternoon after two days of discussion in the House.
Members of the opposition, who had sought to move a large number of amendments
to the motion of thanks to the Governor`s address agreed to withdraw their
amendments after the chief minister O Ibobi Singh gave a long statement in the
House this afternoon addressing many of the points raised by them. .
.more…

 


SF deny hand in IED
blast(IFP,7-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 6: The PRO, HQ, IGAR (South) has
categorically refuted the allegation by the United National Liberation Front,
UNLF, accusing the security forces of being behind the IED explosion near New
Somtal in interior Chandel district on February 4 that claimed at least four
lives. ..more…

Rebel MLAs start heading back
to New Delhi (IFP,7-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 6: After temporarily keeping their oust-Ibobi
campaign in abeyance during the just adjourned Assembly session, three dissident
Congress MLAs, namely Y. Surchandra, M. Hemanta and K. Govindas have left Imphal
this morning on an Indigo flight to New Delhi with the apparent intention of
renewing pressure on the Congress High Command on their demand. .
.more…

DGP inaugurates new Bishnupur
police building (IFP, 8-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 7: The newly constructed office building of
the superintendent of police, Bishnupur district, was inaugurated today by the
director general of police, Manipur, Y Joykumar.
Speaking at the gathering after formally inaugurating the office, the DGP noted
that the building had been constructed at a cost of Rs. 50 lakhs, the project
being taken up as part of modernisation of the state police. .
.more…

8 rebel MLAs join Delhi camp
amidst air of intrigue (IFP, 8-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 7: Amidst intense speculation of a possible
split in the ranks of the rebel Congress MLAs, another eight rebels, including
MPCC chief Gaikhangam left Imphal today to join the rebel camp at Delhi.
In the meantime, chief minister O Ibobi, who is already in New Delhi, met the
AICC north-east in charge, Prithviraj Chauhan, briefly today. .
.more…

NCP youth wing worried over law
and order, development collapse (IFP, 10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 8: The Manipur unit of the Nationalist Youth
Congress, youth wing of the Nationalist Congress Party, at its state level
convention held today has evinced serious concern over the present law and order
situation, and the slow pace of development in the state.
After day-long deliberations at the GM Hall, Imphal, the youth body adopted a
series of resolutions outlining its stance on the insurgency problem in Manipur,
as well as other issues and problems affecting the state. .
.more…

Top state bureaucrats head for
Delhi; Centre focuses on state law & order, plan progress(IFP, 10-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 9: Even as the chief minister O Ibobi Singh
arrived at Imphal today from the national capital, the state chief secretary and
principal secretary (home) left for New Delhi to attend meetings with officials
of the Prime Minister`s Office and ministry of home affairs respectively on
February 12.
Sources said that the chief secretary will attend a meeting with officials of
the PMO to discuss issues related with law and order and plan progress of
Manipur while the principal secretary (home) is to attend a meeting with the
officials of the MHA on the same day. .
.more…

 CPI political
conference ends (IFP,
11-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: A two-day political conference of the
Communist Party of India, Imphal east has passed five resolutions, one among
which urges the state government to declare Imphal east district as a backward
district of Manipur.
Other resolutions which were passed on the concluding day of the conference
today at Porompat Panchayat Bhavan include non inclusion of Manipur in the
delimitation exercise taken up by the Delimitation Commission of India, and
distribution of public distribution system at police stations so as to reach the
people directly. ..more…

Manipur govt fails to book ride
for salary despatch (IFP,11-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 10: Even though the Manipur government did
not seek further approval for requisition of helicopter from the Centre for cash
remittance in the hill districts, the state government asked for the requisition
of the same to the EAC, Shillong which seems to be a slip up by the state home
department. ..more…

AR denies, but says it would
probe allegation (IFP, 17-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 16: The underground organisations, it seems,
are not the only ones committing extortion and levying illegal taxes on
transporters plying on the national highways. Given the chance, even the Assam
Rifles are also doing it, going by an allegation made by the All Manipur Truck
Owners` and Drivers` Welfare Association. .
.more…

Mega Marathon today in Imphal
(IFP, 17-2-08)

IMPHAL, Jan 16: The Mega Marathon, Manipur, 2008
organized by United People`s Front (UPF) is scheduled to be held tomorrow,
starting at Khuman Lampak.
Nongthombam Biren Singh, minister, YAS and IFCD will flag off the marathon at 8
in the morning. ..more…

Armed men launch heavy attacks
on three Cong MLAs` houses (IFP, 17-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 15: Unidentified gunmen launched a series of
heavy attacks using guns and bombs on MANITRON chairman Dr Kh Ratan, MANIDCO
chairman N Mangi and sitting MLA M Manindra`s residences in the past 24 hours.
Last night at around 8 pm gunmen coming in a four wheeler fired several rounds
of gunshots and lethod bombs targeting sitting MLA of Wangoi A/C Dr Kh Ratan`s
residence at Mayang Imphal Kontha Leikai. Some doors and windows were damaged in
the attack. However, there were no casualties in the attack. .
.more…

Left party reiterates
opposition to AFSPA in Manipur (IFP,19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 17: The Communist Party of India`s general
secretary, AB Bardhan today strongly censured the Indian National Congress for
its apparent endorsement of the demand for integration of Naga-inhabited areas
of the north-east under a single administration in the election manifesto
released for the forthcoming Nagaland elections.
Bardhan, who was speaking at the inaugural session of the 19th state conference
of the CPI, Manipur unit, at the Hapta Kangjeibung, Imphal, today, said the
inclusion of the matter in the election manifesto was in violation of the common
minimum programme of the United Progressive Alliance, UPA, in power at the
Centre. This election gimmick will not have good consequences, he warned. .
.more…

Employees` blitzkrieg paralyses
secretariat (IFP,19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Work at the state secretariat was
paralysed for the day as the indefinite ceasework strike of the employees of the
state secretariat services commenced Monday.
The ceasework strike is likely to impact the preparation of government agendas
and other issues to be raised during the second part of the third session of the
state Assembly which is scheduled to commence February 20. .
.more…

Langol residents vow to oppose
NIT plan at any cost (IFP,19-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 18: Residents of the Langol area who are
expected to be affected by the proposed National Institute of Technology, NIT
project have reaffirmed their stance to oppose the project tooth and nail.
..more…

 


186 fake teachers/staff in
education department, says vigilance commission (IFP, 24-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: The state vigilance commission has
detected 186 fake teachers/staffs while verifying service records in respect of
1010 teachers/employees of the state school education department in a record
time of less than seven months, the annual report of the commission tabled in
the Manipur Legislative Assembly Friday stated. .
.more…

House resolves to oppose AICC
secretary`s statement; CM says his govt has sought AICC clarification (IFP,
24-2-08)

IMPHAL, Feb 22: The budget session of Manipur legislative
Assambly today resolved to disapprove of the statement made by Sidarth Patel,
AICC secretary and demand that the AICC withdraw the controversial sub-para from
the election manifesto, which reads as `the Indian National Congress in Nagaland
will continue to urge the government of India the need to implement the 16-point
Agreement of 1960 in letter and spirit`.
Today`s motion in the House during the afternoon session was jointly moved by
four MLAs from the Opposition bench led by O Joy Singh, RK Anand, Dr. Ng Bijoy
and Dr. I Ibohalbi as private members` business. .
.more…

Strike called (IFP, 24-2-08)

Imphal, Feb 22: Following the kidnapping of the executive
engineer of PWD SW circle Ngangbam Manglemjao and his wife Shanti, who is also
serving as a section officer in the irrigation and flood control department, the
JAC against the kidnapping of Ng Manglemjao Singh and Ng Shanti Devi has called
a indefinite strike from tomorrow 6 am at Imphal-Ukhrul road, Imphal-Saikul road
and Imphal-Tinsid road. ..more…

 

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Assam Political, ebruary 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 14, 2009

Pulakesh Baruah granted bail

Pulakesh
Baruah granted bail(AST_16_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 15 – The Gauhati High ourt today granted bail to former
Assam Assembly Speaker Pulakesh Baruah. After hearing the bail application No.
551/08 by an order dated February 15, 2008, allowed Baruah to go on bail in
connection with Nalbari PS Case No. 238/06.
Baruah was arrested on February 8 in connection with Nalbari PS case which was
registered as per the order passed by the Gauhati High Court to investigate the
case of illegal selection of teachers in the district of Nalbari.
…more…

Central team reviews State
security(AST_16_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 15 — State Government today presented a rosy picture of
the security scenario before the high-level team of the Union Government led by
the Cabinet Secretary. According to sources, the Army and paramilitary forces
operating in the State also corroborated the claims of the State Government in
this respect.
The Union team, which also included the Special Secretary to the Home Ministry,
held a meeting to review the security-related situation in the State with the
senior officials of the State Government for about two hours. The State
Government officials included the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and other
senior officials of the Home Department.
…more…

Derision of Opp
condemned(AST_18_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – Reacting to the remarks of a People’s Consultative
Group (PCG) member made in connection to the role of the Opposition in the
matter of arrest of Lachit Bordoloi, State BJP president Ramen Deka on Sunday
regretted the comments observing that no one had the right to use
“unparliamentary” words for the opposition. It may be mentioned here that senior
advocate and member of PCG Arup Borbora had recently derided the Opposition in a
meet organized by the Manab Adhikar Sangram Samity (MASS) using certain words,
which have irked the State BJP leadership. “We strongly condemn derision of the
Opposition,” said Deka adding that the Opposition knew its responsibility and no
reminder in the form of derogatory words was necessary.
…more…

State BJP to evolve strategy
for parliamentary elections
(AST_18_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – The State office bearers meeting, State executive
meeting and the State Council meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam
Pradesh which concluded on February 16 decided to evolve a strategy for the
parliamentary elections and to resist the Congress.
According to party sources, the three-day meet discussed at length the Panchayat
polls and the performance of the BJP. The member of the party agreed that the
ruling Congress inspite of manipulating the administrative machinery had failed
to keep the seats gained in 2001, which reflected the people’s displeasure with
the Congress. …more…

 

A musical
evening to remember
(AST_18_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 17 – The good old years of Assamese music were relived,
thanks to Smritir Ekhila Pat – a musical programme with a difference – held at
the Rabindra Bhawan on Saturday evening.
Organised by Nemcare Hospital and Apex Diagnostics in memory of artiste Partha
Pratim Choudhury and Dr Dhirendra Nath Das, the programme saw several
artiste-doctors entertain and enthrall the audience with their soul-stirring
renditions.
The felicitation programme though began on a solemn note with tributes paid to
noted physicist Dr Nalini Kanta Sarma who passed away on February 14 and was to
be honoured on the occasion. Besides, eminent litterateur Padma Barkatoki could
not attend the function due to ill health. Veteran music director Ramen Baruah
was felicitated on the occasion.
…more…

Panchayat poll result
challenged
(AST_18_2_k8)
DALGAON, Feb 17 – The court of Panchayat Election Tribunal, Darrang has
issued a notice to the State Election Commission, Assam and the deputy
commissioner, Darrang-cum-district returning officer, Darrang to show cause as
to why the petition of Saleha Khatun, a candidate for the post of president of
no. 62 Baruajhar GP under Dalgaon LAC, shall not be allowed.
…more…

VDP foundation day observed at
Sipajhar
(AST_18_2_k8)
SIPAJHAR, Feb 17 – Along with the rest of the State, the 59th Village
Defence party (VDP) day was observed at Sipajhar under the auspices of Sipajhar
police station advisory sammittee of VDP with a day-long programme.
The programme started lighting of lamp by OC, Sipajhar police station Jatindra
Nath Saikia, followed flag-hoisting by Puspadhar Baruah, president, Community
Liasion Group, Sipajhar. Sapling was planted by Bhushan Ch Borah, secretary,
Sipakhar GP. The open meet held under the presidentship of Binoy Ranjan Sarma
was inaugurated by Kanak Ch Deka, principal, Sipajhar College.
Advisor All Assam Village Defence Organisation Abu Tahar Ali Bepari attended as
chief guest while Kami Ram Nath and Abdul Aziz addressed as appointed speakers.
…more…

Raising Day of 172 Field
Regiment
(AST_18_2_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 UDALGURI, Feb 17 – The 172 Field Regiment under Red Horns Division of Indian
Army on Friday observed its 42nd raising day at its Bornagaon camp here with a
day-long programme.
Programme got underway with morning prayer followed by special ‘Sainik Sanmilan’.
…more…


BJP to adopt Hindutva in LS polls
GUWAHATI, Feb 17: The Asom unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
has decided to adopt the “Hindutva” mantra to face the ensuing Lok Sabha
elections, to counter the duel threat of the ISI-jehadi design in the State and
the activities of the AUDF on communal lines. This was stated by BJP’s State
unit president Ramen Deka while briefing the press today about the outcome of
the State council meeting of the party here today.
…more…

BJP,
AGP set to rock Parliament

(SEN_18_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 17: Asom BJP president Ramen Deka told
newsmen in the city recently that his party would raise the issue of the ULFA-State
Government nexus during the Budget session in Parliament and demand a joint
parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into it.
People’s Consultative Group (PCG) member Hiranya Saikia revealed that he had
shared with the Chief Minister and the Health Minister whatever he had discussed
with ULFA ‘c-in-c’ Paresh Baruah. Saikia further revealed that, on behalf of the
State Government, IGP (SB) Khagen Sarma had approached him to persuade the ULFA
to withdraw its call to boycott the 33rd National Games.
…more…

 

 

CM’s
copter expenditure in 506 days of 2nd term is Rs 1.02 crore

(SEN_18_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 17: In 506 days during his second term as the Chief Minister of
the State from May 17, 2006 to November 30, 2007, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
travelled as many as 69 days in helicopters spending about Rs 1.02 crore. There
is nothing unusual in this, but, according to data available with The Sentinel,
the Chief Minister even availed helicopter services for travel to places that
are within 120 km from the State capital. Since the fiscal health of the State
is ailing, cost cutting measures should be taken at all levels of the State
administration. A rupee saved can directly be spent for the development of the
State. …more…

 

Attack on me was instigated
by Gowala: Tanti (SEN_18_2_k8)

DIBRUGARH, Feb 17: “The attack on me by agitated labourers of the Doomor
Dullong Tea Estate of the Assam Company on February 11 was actually instigated
by Prahlad Gowala, president, Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association (ATTSA)”,
alleged Lakheswar Tanti, secretary, Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS), Moran
branch today.
Tanti, who has been recuperating at a local nursing home here, stated that the
ATTSA leadership has failed miserably to control its members. The details of the
meeting convened by the ACMS on February 6 and February 8 to discuss the lockout
issue of Doomor Dullong Tea Estate was conveyed to the ATTSA president, but
unfortunately Gowala issued a statement to the press without any inquiry.
…more…

 

Bike ‘stolen’ by GP
president recovered

(SEN_18_2_k8)

PATHSALA, Feb 17: The newly-elected panchayat president of
the 113 No. Chauliabori GP under Bhabanipur LAC in Barpeta district, Majibar
Hussain from the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) is absconding after being
accused of lifting a motorbike.
According to sources, led by officer-in-charge of Sarupeta PS recovered a stolen
bike (AS-01-6529) on February 11 from the house of one Hasen Ali in Chauliabori
village. According to Hasen Ali, the bike was left there by Majibar Hussain,
Malam Ali, Taibor Ali and Kiyamat Ali, since a long time before the panchayat
election, who allegedly left the bike during night making different excuses and
took it in the morning. …more…

 


Dibrugarh Bar Association debars lawyer

(SEN_18_2_k8)

DIBRUGARH, Feb 17: Dibrugarh Bar Association for the first time in its 110 years
of existence, debarred a young upcoming lawyer, D Gogoi for seven days from his
professional duty on charges of violating professional ethics.
…more…

 

 Bandh
hits life in State(AST_20_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 19 – The 12-hour Assam bandh called by the United
Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to protest the detention of human rights
activist and member of the People’s Consultative Group Lachit Bordoloi, and
recent encounter deaths, passed off peacefully. In Guwahati shops, educational
institutes, business offices and transport services all were affected by the
bandh, with skeletal presence of employees in the Government offices. While city
buses did not ply, some private vehicles were seen on the city roads. Bus
services resumed from around 3-30 pm.
…more…

 Bandh defied in
city(AST_20_2_k8)

By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Feb 19 – Today’s 12-hour Assam bandh called by the proscribed United
Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) demanding unconditional release of PCG member
Lachit Bordoloi paralysed normal life but evoked strong reaction from a section
of citizens who came out in protest against the banned outfit. Already vexed by
the bandh culture, which has become a bane in the social life of the State,
citizens in the capital city took part in a rally to register their disapproval
of the bandh given by an organisation, which claims to have no faith in the
Indian constitution and democracy.
Citizens who were a part of the rally voiced their displeasure at the banned
outfit calling the bandh at a time when different exams were going on. “At a
time when the young generation is dreaming of their career and busy with exams,
the bandh called by the ULFA merely shows its selfishness,” said a participant.
…more…

40 hurt in police-public
clash(AST_20_2_k8)

HAILAKANDI, Feb 19 – Around 40 people including 15 policemen were
injured last night when a mob gheraoed the Lala police station, 17 km from
Hailakandi town. The members of Meira Paibi and Manipuri League were demanding
the arrest of the culprits who beat up the working president of Manipuri League,
advocate Bikramjit Singha.
It may be mentioned here that Bikramjit was attacked and beaten up mercilessly
by two persons, one of them is the son of Samarjit Singha, chairman of Lala Town
Committee, on the night of Friday when he was returning from the Hailakandi SS
College counting centre. The Meira Paibi and Manipuri League gave 24 hours
ultimatum to the police for arresting the culprits but after the period was over
last night, they gathered in the Lala Police Station to enquire into the matter.
They damaged the police station and also beat up 15 policemen including the
Officer-in-Charge. Police resorted to lathicharge and later blank fired to
disperse the public. Atleast 25 people have been injured, some of them
seriously. …more…



Centre urged to hold talks
with ULFA
(NPT,

20-2-08)

  Guwahati, Feb 17 (IANS):: A plea for peace talks between
the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the government has been
made even though major reverses were faced by the rebel group in recent weeks.
"We call upon both the ULFA and the government to start peace talks without any
preconditions for the greater interest of Assam and its people," Dhrupad
Borgohain, Secretary of the Communist Party of India’s Assam State Council,
said. Borgohain said: "Repressive measures will prove to be counter-productive
and that may plunge the state into chaos."The possibility of the authorities
concerned taking a fresh look at starting peace dialogue with the ULFA started
doing the rounds after Friday’s visit to capital Guwahati by a high-level
central team headed by cabinet secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar.
…more…


AUDF to move HC demanding
Government to make Tiwari Commission report

public (SEN_20_2_k8)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 19: Asom Government’s dilly-dallying tactics in providing
information sought about the TD Tiwari Commission report under the Right to
Information (RTI) Act makes one wonder if the report is missing. The then
Congress Government in the State led by Hiteswar Saikia had instituted the TD
Tiwari Commission to inquire into the February 18, 1983 massacre at Nellie under
Jagiroad police station in Morigaon district.
…more…

 

Ajmal
may campaign for NCP in M’laya
(SEN_20_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 19: The Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF) seems to be
spreading its units to other north-eastern States. The party might have failed
to field its candidates in the Meghalaya Assembly election, but its president
Badruddin Ajmal, widely known as perfume baron, is likely to campaign in the
Meghalaya Assembly elections for the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Ajmal is likely to campaign in the plain belts of Garo Hills where there are
pockets of Muslim voters. This was confirmed by the AUDF unit at Hatsingimari in
Dhubri district when contacted by The Sentinel.
…more…

 


Anamika gets rousing welcome despite bandh
(SEN_20_2_k8)

JORHAT, Feb 19: In spite of the 12-hour bandh called by the United Liberation
Front of Asom (ULFA), thousands lined the roads of Jorhat from 3 pm onwards to
give a rousing welcome to Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs finalist Anamika Choudhury
of Mariani who landed at the Rowriah Airport here today on a two-day visit to
her home town.
The crowds were getting slightly restive when the Air India flight landed at the
airport at 5 pm almost two hours late. The plane, which comes from Kolkata via
Shillong was held at Shillong due to inclement weather.
…more…

 

Congress wooing
independents in a bid to form Karimganj ZP
(SEN_20_2_k8)

Akhil Ranjan Talukdar, Mantaj Ali in the race
KARIMGANJ, Feb 19: It has now become almost clear that the Congress is going
to form the Karimganj Zila Parishad by inducting some of the independent winning
candidates into the party’s fold. In the election, Congress won 8 seats, Assam
United Democratic Front (AUDF) bagged 4 seats while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
bagged one.
According to sources, in the district, two winning candidates of the Congress
are very much in the presidential race for Karimganj ZP. They are Akhil Ranjan
Talukdar from Bhairabnagar ZPC, who had contested the last Assembly election
from Ratabari SC constituency, but had lost. The other aspirant is Mantaj Ali,
who won from the Alipur ZPC, and has been in panchayat politics for more than
three decades. …more…

 


Nagaon round-up

HYCP submits memo to CM and Governor(SEN_20_2_k8)

NAGAON, Feb 19: Demanding release of Mahendra Konwar
Adviser of the Hindu Yuva Chatra Parishad (HYCP) Asom, who was arrested by the
police recently on false ground. The Yuva Chatra Parishad members has taken out
a rally where more than one thousand Parishad activists took part in the
proccession which was led by Brajen Kakoti and Balen Baishya, president and
secretary respectively of the State Committee. Later on they submitted
memorandums to the Governor of Asom and the Chief Minister to look in to the
matter personally and to advise the District Civil and Police Administration to
release Konwar immediately.
…more…

 

 Anundoram
Borooah Award distributed
(SEN_20_2_k8)

NAGAON, Feb 19: The Anundoram Borooah Award was distributed
to the meritorious students who had secured first division in the HSLC
examination in the year 2007 under the presidentship of Dr J Balaji, Deputy
Commissioner Nagaon recently.
…more…

 

‘Sonrise’
in Assam politics(TEL, 20-2-08)

Mahanta’s
17-year-old son spews talks gospel (TEL, 20-2-08)

Guwahati, Feb. 19: He cannot vote, legally drive or even join
his father’s party. But there’s no stopping Shyamanta Kashyap’s political genes
from speaking. The 17-year-old son of Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, the youngest in
the country to become chief minister of a state, today announced his arrival at
a news conference with an appeal to the Tarun Gogoi government to revive the
Ulfa peace process within April 7, the day the outfit was born in 1979.
…more…

Mahanta offers to be a
grassroots AGP worker
(SEN_21_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 20: Former Asom Chief Minister and AGP-P
president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta today said he is ready to be a grassroots-level
worker of the AGP in the interest of a united regional force that can topple the
Congress from power in the State. This announcement from Mahanta came close on
the heels of a number of AGP leaders expressing their feelings that only a
united AGP can defeat the Congress in the State, after the Congress’ win yet
again in the panchayat polls.
…more…

 

 

Govt
guilty of ‘disobeying’ HC order: Barpeta Citizens’ Forum(SEN_21_2_k8)

BARPETA, Feb 20: The Asom Government has deprived the voters of Barpeta by
not holding the municipal elections in the town, and has neglected the demands
of the denizens of Barpeta.
This was stated at a press meet by the Barpeta Citizens’ Forum (BCF) held
recently at Barpeta. Stating in very clear terms that the BCF will file a case
against the State Government for allegedly “disobeying” the High Court’s order.
…more…

Attack on scribes condemned(AST,
22-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 21-The Sangbadik Suraksha Parishad, Assam on Thursday
condemned the attack on scribes Rajen Das and M Saifuddin Ahmed by medicos at
Pathshala.  
The Parishad said that attack by doctors who were associated with a humane
profession was regrettable and demanded stern action against the doctors.
…more…

Chilarai Divas(AST, 22-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – The All Koch Rajbongshi Students Union (AKRSU)
observed the 498th birth anniversary of Chilarai centrally at Baska district on
Thursday. The function was held at Sukladwaj Khetra and began with flag hoisting
by AKRSU president Biswajit Rai.
…more…

 

Money snatched(AST, 22-2-08)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 21 – Two unidentified motorcycle-borne youths snatched Rs 4.46
lakh from one Nakul Sarma near Christianbasti when the latter was coming out of
the Axis Bank branch there. A complaint has been lodged at Dispur police
station.

Anamika
takes Jorhat by storm(AST, 22-2-08)

From A Correspondent
 JORHAT, Feb 21 – Five months back, when she left for Mumbai to contest at Zee
TV’s musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs, Anamika Choudhury was a
regular schoolgirl with a penchant for singing. The “little poetess from Mariani”
has turned into an overnight sensation thanks to her qualification as one of the
three finalists in the talent hunt programme which enjoys top billing on air.
…more…

Landless farmers vs industrial
workers(SEN_22_2_k8)Land Policy
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 21: This question has been raised by the Purbanchal Nagarik Samity
(PNS), an apex body of various citizens’ fora of upper Asom. The PNS is of the
view that such a calculated step on the part of the State Government to deprive
the indigenous agricultural workers has been motivated by its desire to appease
the tea garden workers so as to get their support.
Even though Asom has 69 lakh acres of agricultural land and 1.35 lakh acres of
ceiling surplus land acquired till 1975, about 2.29 lakh agrarian families are
completely landless and homeless, while 1.8 lakh families are with less than
eight bighas of land and 2.86 lakh families are with less than five bighas of
land till September, 1969.
…more…

CM’s Budget assurance
on release of entertainment tax failed to see light of the day

Asomiya film industry gasping(SEN_22_2_k8)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 21: The Asomiya film industry is gasping for breath, and there is
none to rescue the industry. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had announced in his
2005-06 Budget speech that the entertainment tax would be refunded to the film
producers within three months. The funds allocated in the Budget for the refund
of the entertainment tax, however, was not released as the Finance Department
and the Department of Cultural Affairs spent the last two years only in
exchanging files between them, thanks to the red tape in the State bureaucracy.
…more…

 

Sonia joining campaign
trail

(SEN_22_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 21: All India Congress Committee (AICC) president and
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi is arriving in Asom on February 23 on his way to
Meghalaya where she will address election rallies at Jowai and Tura. With NCP
leader and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar campaigning for the NCP in
Meghalaya and BJP president Rajnath Singh arriving tomorrow, electioneering for
the March 3 Meghalaya Assembly polls has picked up its momentum.
…more…

 

Sangma’s sons: New faces in
Meghalaya politics(SEN_22_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 21: It is high time that the next generation is
prepared for talking up the reign of leadership. So thinks veteran Meghalaya
leader PA Sangma, ahead of the State Assembly election which is nearing fast.
According to him Meghalaya is facing an acute crisis of political leadership in
the State…more…

 

Nepotism in appointment
of officers alleged
(SEN_22_2_k8)
TINSUKIA, Feb 21: Strong allegations have been levelled against the
process being adopted in the appointment of Lower Divisional Assistants (LDA) in
the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Sales Tax, Tinsukia.
It may be mentioned here that on February 10, a written test was held to fill up
the vacant LDA posts of the said office. On February 12, a list of 20 successful
candidates was released, while another list of four candidates was hung later at
the office. …more…

 

Sa-Re-Ga-Ma-Pa’s Li’l Champs
Anamika rocks Jorhat(SEN_22_2_k8)
Jorhat MLA makes an ardent appeal to Jorhatians to create a record by
casting the largest number of votes from the district.
From a Correspondent
JORHAT, Feb 21: Following the frenzy and disruption of Anamika’s show at her
hometown Mariani, strong security arrangement helped contain an unruly crowd of
youths at the young singer’s performance at the court field here recently.
One of the finalists of ZEE TVs reality singing competition, Sa-Re-Ga-Ma-Pa’s
Li’L Champs Anamika Choudhury was felicitated by 1000 organizations and
individuals here including Jorhat MLA Rana Goswami, the Jorhat Municipality
Board, Press Club, JDA, AJYCP, AASU, the District Administration, Jorhat Police
and also by her mentor. …more…

 

Mohilary to tie the knot
today(SEN_22_2_k8)
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 21: Preparations are in full swing for the grand
wedding ceremony of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama
Mohilary to be solemnized at Debargaon on February 22, sources added.
The Debargaon village is in a festive mood as the marriage is likely to be a
landmark event for the people of the BTC region. Guest houses and dinning halls
for the distinguished invitees have been almost completed with all required
amenities sponsored by Singhi Company Pvt Ltd, Bilasipara. The arrangements for
the reception of the brides party have also been completed. The BPF party
leaders, workers and colleagues of Mohilary are busy with the preparations for
the marriage. …more…
While speaking to The Sentinel, Mohilary said that noted Bollywood stars like
Johny

From well of anonymity to
immortality(TEL, 22-2-08)

Guwahati, Feb. 21: Anonymity hurts.  Ask the wannabe artist who
begs his way into an exhibition of greats or the singer who croons in the back
row of a radio jingle chorus. For the hundreds of aspiring Zubeen Gargs and
Neelpawan Baruas who hone their art in dingy bylanes and die unheralded, the All
Assam Students’ Union (AASU) has an answer — an archive celebrating the lesser
known, the underdog and the quiet performer.
…more…

Chairs fly
in AUDF dissent(TEL, 22-2-08)

Guwahati, Feb. 21: An exasperated Badruddin Ajmal
may have threatened to dismantle the Assam United Democratic Front if his
workers did not behave, but that did not stop a general secretary from throwing
a chair at a party legislator during a meeting. The bickering, which began
before the panchayat elections, reached its peak after the results were
declared. …more…

NETV CMD
not target of firing: Government»(SEN_12_2_k8)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 11: The Asom Government today ordered an enquiry into the firing
on NETV CMD Manoranjana Singh in Rehabari area here. Additional Chief Secretary
Parul Devi Das will conduct the inquiry and submit the report within seven days.
Meanwhile, Asom Government spokesman Himanta Biswa Sarma today said NETV
chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) Manoranjana Singh was not the target of the
firing at AK Azad Road at around 2.30 am yesterday when her car was being
searched by the police.

…more…

 

Shankardev
Sangh conference held»(SEN_12_2_k8)

GOLAGHAT, Feb 11: The 77th Srimanta Sankardev
Sangh Conference was held at Barpeta Namghar Sarupatiar, Golaghat recently.
The conference was inaugurated by MLA Vinod Gwala. In the occasion special books
like Bhakti Rath , Jotun Aakash Visari, Mahapurush Dujojar were released by
renowned personalities Dr Dhiren Kalita, Deepak Nath, and Karunakant Kalita. Sum
Ronghang from Karbi Anglong attended as special guest in the programme.

 

AGP leader
strangled in Nagaon(TEL_12_2_K8)

Nagaon, Feb. 11:
Unidentified persons strangled to death AGP leader Habib Ali at Birbazar in
Nagaon district late last night. According to Nagaon police, Ali left his
residence in Mourajar around 10pm last night after receiving a call from an
unidentified person. His body was found inside his vehicle, which was parked at
Birbazar, 10km from his residence.

…more…

Firing
probe(TEL_12_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 11:
Dispur today asked additional chief secretary Parul Devi Das to conduct an
inquiry into the firing that took place at Rehabari on Saturday. The
chairman-cum-managing director of NE TV, Manoranjana Sinh, claimed that she was
the target of the firing. Government spokesperson Himanta Biswa Sarma said Das
was asked to submit her report in a week.

75%
turnout in Hailakandi repoll(AST_13_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – The first phase of repolling in Hailakandi
district of the ensuing Panchayat Elections today witnessed a turnout of around
70 percent, according to the State Election Commissioner CK Sharma. The poll
percentage at 5 pm had touched 65 per cent and voters were still waiting to cast
their votes in a large number of polling stations.
…more…

Culling in State to end
today(AST_13_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – The culling of poultry undertaken by the State
Veterinary Department as per the instruction of the Central Government in the
Assam-West Bengal border areas of Dhubri and Kokrajhar districts to prevent
spread of bird flu to the State, will be concluded tomorrow. The Department has
already achieved the target of culling 80,000 birds in these two districts.
…more…

Muster roll workers’ convention
tomorrow
(AST_13_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 12 – Sadou Asom Casual Fixed Pay Muster roll Karmachari
Samannayrakshi Samity, the platform of all the casual, fixed pay muster roll,
skilled and unskilled employees of 33 State Government departments appointed
before 1.4.93, has called a convention on February 14 on the premises of
Government Press, Bamunimaidam.
…more…

19th State conference of CPI-M
held at Rangiya
(AST_13_2_k8)
RANGIYA, Feb12 – The three- day long 19th State conference of the
Communist Party of India (Marxist) was held here on the Haradutta Biradutta
Bhavan premises from February 7 to 8 and at Rangiya Hiher Secondary School
playground on February 9.  
On the inaugural day on Feb 7 in the morning session, party flag was hoisted and
tributes were paid to the martyrs. This after, inauguration ceremony was held
followed by delegates session and delegates meet. The next day, that is on Feb 8
last, a symposium was held on the focal theme “ Present socio-economic
situation: left option ” which was moderated by Local MLA and member of edior’s
panel of state CPI (M) central
…more…

 


Development process in BTC on: Himanta
(AST_13_2_k8)
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 12 – The Congress-BPF coalition government in Assam is
making all-out efforts for sustainable development and peace in this region.
Ceasefire was made with several outfits while the same with some are in the
process. But this should not be treated as a weakness of the government, said Dr
Himanta Biswa Sharma, Health Minister, here on Sunday at the 6th Bodoland Day
while addressing a large gathering at Kadamtola in Kokrajhar.
…more…

AGP felicitates its 45 poll
winners
(AST_13_2_k8)
RANGIYA, Feb12 – Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) ceremonially greeted and
felicitated 45 of its party winners at different levels in the recently declared
panchayat poll results.
In a function held here at Pragati Sangha on Feb 10 last, ex-MLA and party
vice-president Thaneswar Boro, Kamalpur MLA Moidul Islam Bora and other senior
party workers were present.
…more…

NRC update modalities
finalized
(SEN_13_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 12: At long last the Cabinet sub-committee
has today finalized the modalities for NRC update in Asom. According to the
modalities for NRC update, if need be, the DNA test of suspected citizens will
be conducted to ascertain citizenship status of people of doubtful
nationalities. And if the Centre accepts this NRC update modalities, it has to
amend its existing Citizenship Act, 1955.
…more…

 

I
have no hand in arrest of Baruah: Barman
(SEN_13_2_k8)

Bhumidhar
threatens to drag Atul Bora to court


GUWAHATI, Feb 12: Asom Revenue Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman today
said that he was in no way connected with the arrest of former Assam Legislative
Assembly Speaker Pulakesh Baruah.
Reacting to allegations that he was behind the arrest of the former Speaker,
Barman said: “Baruah is my enemy in the political field, but not in social
life.” According to Barman, one Dilip Kakati had filed a case two years back as
he had not been issued any appointment letter as a teacher despite his name
figuring in the selection list. The Gauhati High Court asked the police to
investigate the matter, and file the report, but the police was slow in its
investigation. Recently the High Court asked the police to submit its report in
connection with the case by February 15, and that prompted the police to speed
up its investigation. Baruah was arrested in connection with the case, Barman
added.
On Trinamool Gana Parishad (TGP) leader Atul Bora’s allegation that he was
behind the arrest of the former Speaker, Barman said: “I will file a criminal
case against Atul Bora.” Meanwhile, the TGP staged a demonstration in Guwahati
today demanding immediate release of the former Speaker without any condition.
…more…

 


Reconsider demand for repoll in Hailakandi, HC tells SEC
(SEN_13_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 12: The Gauhati High Court has today
asked the State Election Commission (SEC) to reconsider the appeal of the
Opposition to hold repoll in the entire Hailakandi district in view of the
large-scale violence that took place during the polling on December 9 and the
night before the third phase of panchayat elections. A single-judge bench of the
High Court headed by Justice BK Sarma issued the directive while dealing with a
writ petition (C-499/08) filed by AUDF zila parishad candidate Satyajit Mallick
and four others in this regard. It may be mentioned here that the State Election
Commission had decided for repoll in 371 polling centres in the district in two
phases, of which repolling in 166 centres was held today. However, the
petitioners had sought the court’s intervention to hold repoll in the rest 250
centres. They argued that the commission has ignored the appeal of the
Opposition for holding election in all the 621 centres in Hailakandi.

…more…

75% turnout in
Hailakandi

(SEN_13_2_k8)

SILCHAR, Feb 12: In glaring contrast to the chaos
and violence in the January 9 panchayat polls in Hailakandi, voters today
exercised their franchise in a peaceful atmosphere in the seven zila parishads
(ZPs) of Matijuri, Rangauti, Nitainagar, Rangpur-Ranchandi, Katlicherra,
Baruncherra-Bilaipur and Bhatirkup-Boalipar.

…more…

 
Our dreams were shattered, say surrendered rebels(SEN_13_2_k8)

TINSUKIA, Feb 11: “I had joined the outfit 17 years ago
with a dream. After being a part of the organization and facing several odds, I
have found that my dream has been shattered. This has forced me to leave the
outfit and join the mainstream.”
These were the words of self-styled captain Kesav Hazarika alias Calcium
Commander of the United Liberation Front of Asom’s (ULFA) 27 Battalion, spoken
during the surrender ceremony held at the Dinjan Military Station today. The
‘commander’ along with 13 cadres of the 27 Bn, 14 cadres of the 28 Bn, one cadre
of the 109 Bn, one National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) cadre and one
Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) cadre surrendered today.
Hazarika’s wife, ‘captain’ Meenakshi Hazarika also surrendered, but was not
present on the occasion due to ill health.
…more…

 


Anomalies detected in IAY house construction
(SEN_13_2_k8)

GORESWAR, Feb 11: Allegations of corruption have been
raised against the people involved in the construction of houses under the
Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) in Goreswar Development Block in Baksa district. Local
villagers informed The Sentinel that most of the IAY houses under the block are
awaiting completion even after a span of two years.
Based on public complaints, this correspondent visited the interior areas of
Goreswar recently, to take a look into the alleged anomalies and the cases of
corruption. It was indeed found that a large number of houses are lying
incomplete. …more…

 

Govt
pulled up for inaction against accused(AST_14_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 13 – The State Information Commission has expressed its
displeasure over the failure of the Government in initiating action against the
officers involved in the corrupt practices in the Public Distribution System
(PDS) scam in Golaghat, and conveyed this to the Chief Secretary, Government of
Assam. The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) which had unearthed a series of
scams in the PDS in Golaghat, Jorhat and Sivasagar districts by accessing
information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, had alleged before the
Commission that no action was taken against the guilty officials exposed by the
KMSS and the RTI. …more…

State BJP brushes aside
speculations
(AST_14_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 13 – The State committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP) on Wednesday brushed aside speculations that the central leadership of the
party was contemplating reshuffling of the State committee and the removal of
Ramen Deka as president.
It may be mentioned here that rumours have been doing the round that the central
leaders were not happy with the performance of the party in the recently
concluded Panchayat polls in the State.
…more…

AUDF for front against Cong,
BJP
(AST_14_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 13 – The Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) today called
for a coalition of forces of all groups opposed to the Congress and BJP in order
to bring back a healthy political climate to the State.
In an official release, AUDF president Badaruddin Ajmal strongly criticised the
“oppressive measures” taken against his party workers by the State government
and stated that it revealed the fear that had gripped the Congress party in the
post Panchayat election scenario.
Ajmal said that the Congress had scripted a dark chapter in State politics by
resorting to large-scale rigging and by arresting AUDF workers on flimsy
grounds. …more…

Scribes protest atrocities on
fraternity
(AST_14_2_k8)
 BARPETA, Feb 13 – Scribes in Barpeta district registered protest against
the atrocities on press during the last few days in several parts of the State.
Barpeta Press Club in association with Bajali Press Club, Barpeta Road Press
Club, Howli, Sarthebari, Sarupeta, Patacharkuchi and representatives of AAPCU,
Barpeta Subdivision Journalist Association, and AUWJ staged a
sit-in-demonstration in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Barpeta
from 11 am to 1 pm. …more…

Arrest of Lachit not
acceptable: AGP(SEN_14_2_k8)
Hiranya Saikia’s revelations need to be inquired: AGP-P
 GUWAHATI, Feb 13: AGP’s working president Phani Bhushan Choudhury
and Leader of the Opposition Chandra Mohan Patowary today said the arrest of
People’s Consultative Group (PCG) member Lachit Bordoloi for maintaining links
with the ULFA can never be acceptable in any way.
Talking to The Sentinel today, the two AGP leaders said: “When the ULFA agreed
for peace talks with the Centre, it officially formed the PCG to initiate the
peace process on its behalf. This apart, the Centre did recognize the PCG by
holding as many as three rounds of talks, and in one of the three rounds Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi also took part. In such a
situation, a PCG member maintaining links with the ULFA is nothing unusual.”
…more…

 


Farmers’ open letter to CM
(SEN_14_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 13: The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti, Asom (KMSSA), in an
open letter to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today has sought his intervention in
the PDS scam that allegedly took place in the three districts of Asom, including
Golaghat, to ensure punishment of the kingpins of these large-scale financial
anomalies. The KMSSA has also demanded for a CBI inquiry into the scam and
threatened to start a people’s movement throughout the State, if no action is
taken in this regard by the end of this month.
…more…

 

CPI
seeks Centre’s intervention in Asom
(SEN_14_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 13: Expressing concern over the
prevailing situation in Asom, the Communist Party of India (CPI) has demanded
the Centre’s intervention under the Article 355 of the Constitution to tackle
the deterioration of the law-and-order situation in the State. Besides, the
party has also condemned the arrest of PCG member Lachit Bordoloi and criticized
the police action of bringing senior advocate Nekibur Zaman under scanner. It
has termed the police action against the duo as “vindictive attitude of the
State Government”.

…more…

 


Panchayat leader threatened
(SEN_14_2_k8)
From our Correspondent
BILASIPARA, Feb 13: Amir Hussain, president of Saltari gaon panchayat under
Bilasipara subdivision elected in the last panchayat election in a press meet
said that he was threatened with murder by some miscreants who are allegedly
supporters of a political rival candidate.

 

Congress
cell in poll gear(TEL_14_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 13: The minority cell of the Assam PCC
has decided to don the role of a watchdog to ensure that Dispur implements all
centrally-sponsored schemes in the minority-dominated areas of the state. The
cell switched into a proactive mode after the Assam United Democratic Front
(AUDF) made inroads into a few minority pockets of the Congress in the
just-concluded panchayat elections in the state.
…more…

Borbora
flays Opp role on Bordoloi arrest(AST_15_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 14 – Member of People’s Consultative Group (PCG) and
senior advocate Arup Borbora today said that the crackdown on the human rights
activists like Lachit Bordoloi by the State Government was possible only because
of the presence of a very “weak and impotent” Opposition in the State. “Had it
not been so, the Opposition parties in the State would have definitely raised a
voice against the unreasonable arrest of PCG member Bordoloi,” the PCG member
asserted. …more…

Stolen goods recovered(AST_15_2_k8)
JAGIROAD, Feb 14 – Jagiroad police led by Dhani Ram Bora, officer
incharge, Jagiroad police station recovered a large quantity of stolen
electrical goods including valuable copper wires and motor parts worth Rs 1 lakh
from Silbhanga area near here on Monday.
…more…

Borbora flays Opp role on
Bordoloi arrest(AST_15_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 14 – Member of People’s Consultative Group (PCG) and
senior advocate Arup Borbora today said that the crackdown on the human rights
activists like Lachit Bordoloi by the State Government was possible only because
of the presence of a very “weak and impotent” Opposition in the State. “Had it
not been so, the Opposition parties in the State would have definitely raised a
voice against the unreasonable arrest of PCG member Bordoloi,” the PCG member
asserted.
Bordoloi was arrested for his alleged links with the banned United Liberation
Front of Asom (ULFA). …more…

River police scheme
cleared(TEL15_2_K8)

Silchar, Feb. 14: The Assam home department, after much
procrastination, has cleared the long-pending scheme of the three district
police establishments in the south Assam region to set up their individual river
police wings.According to a top police source here, policing in the river Barak,
which is the second longest in the Northeast , envisages setting up of a
full-fledged river police station in this town and three additional river
outposts at Lakhipur, Rajatilla and Karimganj.The source added that this network
of river policing would aim at stemming the growth of infiltration across the
border from Bangladesh. It would also help curb numerous incidents of robberies
along the Barak and its many tributaries.
…more…

Pulakesh
Baruah granted bail(AST_16_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 15 – The Gauhati High ourt today granted bail to former
Assam Assembly Speaker Pulakesh Baruah. After hearing the bail application No.
551/08 by an order dated February 15, 2008, allowed Baruah to go on bail in
connection with Nalbari PS Case No. 238/06.
Baruah was arrested on February 8 in connection with Nalbari PS case which was
registered as per the order passed by the Gauhati High Court to investigate the
case of illegal selection of teachers in the district of Nalbari.
…more…

Central team reviews State
security(AST_16_2_k8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 15 — State Government today presented a rosy picture of
the security scenario before the high-level team of the Union Government led by
the Cabinet Secretary. According to sources, the Army and paramilitary forces
operating in the State also corroborated the claims of the State Government in
this respect.
The Union team, which also included the Special Secretary to the Home Ministry,
held a meeting to review the security-related situation in the State with the
senior officials of the State Government for about two hours. The State
Government officials included the Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and other
senior officials of the Home Department.
…more…

Student bodies, political
parties decry petrol, diesel price hike
(AST_16_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 15 – The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), student wing
of the Bharatiya Janata Party, today organised a procession under its aegis from
the city’s Latasil area protesting against the hike in the prices of petrol and
diesel from last night.
Flaying the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government at the Centre for the
hike, the members of the Morcha demanded the Central Government to initiate
immediate steps to cut down on the hike. The protest rally also urged
more…

BJP takes pride in checking
Cong
(AST_16_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 15 – The State executive of BJP Assam Pradesh, at a meeting
today, discussed the performance of the party in the recent panchayat polls, and
asserted that it had been able to check the Congress significantly.
In a statement, the BJP said that an overall analysis made it clear that the
Congress performance showed a downward slide whereas the BJP had been able to
consolidate its votes. …more…

National integration tour
flagged off
(AST_16_2_k8)
DIPHU, Feb 15 – As a part of Operation Sadbhavana with a view to
fostering goodwill among the local populace, the Fifth Bihar Regiment of Red
Horn Division has organised a National Integration tour to Kolkata, Bhubaneswar
and Delhi. The tour aims to provide first hand experience of the vastness and
rich culture of the country to the participants of the tour with a view to
rejuvenating the feeling of patriotism and instilling a spirit of national
integration among the students of the region. It was flagged off by Brigadier GS
Chandel, YSM Commander Chindits Brigade from Diphu KASA Stadium at a colourful
cultural ceremony on February 11 in presence of Dr M Angumuthu, Deputy
Commissioner, Anurag Tankha, Superintendent of Police etc.
…more…

Dispur faces Delhi flak for
shoddy work(TEL_16_2_k8)

Guwahati, Feb. 15: Dispur today came under fire from the
Centre for poor implementation of centrally-sponsored schemes under the Bharat
Nirman programme. The Centre’s displeasure was conveyed at a high-level review
meeting chaired by cabinet secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar at the chief minister’s
conference hall here. …more…

Food for
thought in Speaker’s message(TEL_16_2_k8)

Feb. 15: The sixth edition of the three-day
Dehing Patkai Festival began at Lekhapani today with Arunachal Pradesh Speaker
Setong Sena’s message to all ethnic tribes providing food for thought. Sena
asked the ethnic tribes that inhabit the Northeast to be united and preserve
their “uniqueness” instead of bickering over petty issues. “Your cultures,
languages, rituals and food habits are your USP,” he said. Tinsukia deputy
commissioner K.K. Dwivedi nodded in approval.
…more…

Panel for next Asom DGP soon
(SEN, 23-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 22: At its meeting held today, the State Security
Commission (SSC) has decided to prepare a panel for the rank of the DGP of Asom
as DGP RN Mathur is going to retire on April 30, 2009. According to the Assam
Police Act, police officers who have two years — or less — of service duration
left cannot be a full-fledged DGP. Senior police officers in the State are
Sarada Prasad (to retire in 2010), Sankar Baruah (to retire in 2011), Shivabrata
Kakati (to retire in 2011) and N Ramachandran (to retire in 2012).
In accordance with Section 40 of the Assam Police Act, the SSC was formed
recently with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi as its Chairman, and Chief Secretary PC
Sarma, Principal Secretary Subash Das, Commissioner-Secretary Rajib Bora,
retired IAS officer Jatin Hazarika, retired judge SK Kar, former minister Abdul
Muhib Mazumdar, and DGP RN Mathur as members.
…more…

 

AGP welcomes HC stay on
handing over of agricultural land to Pithani


Gogoi Government not farmer-friendly: Patowary(SEN_23_2_k8)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 22: The Gauhati High Court has stayed the settlement of over 100
bighas of ceiling surplus land in North Guwahati given to Suresh Pithani, owner
of Brahmaputra Consortium, till the inquiry into the status of the farmers who
had cultivated the land up to 1976 is over. AGP Legislature Party (AGPLP) leader
and Leader of Opposition of Assam Assembly Chandra Mohan Patowary has welcomed
the High Court’s move. …more…

 

Hagrama ties the knot
with Sewli

(SEN_23_2_k8)

KOKRAJHAR, Feb 22: Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama
Mohillary today tied the knot with Sewli at Debergaon in the traditional Bathou
system today.
In accordance with the Bathou system, the bride, led by Panchayat and Rural
Development Minister Chandan Brahma and SK Bwiswmuthiary, was brought to the
house of the groom for the marriage. The marriage was completed this evening
amid the presence of over 10,000 guests. According to sources, as many as 25,000
guests, including Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, will attend the reception
tomorrow. …more…

 

Rajnath warns
Government of Maoists threat
(SEN_23_2_k8)
‘Tie-up with AGP can’t be ruled out’
GUWAHATI, Feb 22: BJP president Rajnath Singh, who was in poll campaign
in the north-eastern States, warned the Government of the threat from Maoist
militants who are reportedly entering Asom from Bhutan border. He said that the
Central Government should step up vigil along the Bhutan border before the
situation goes out of control. Since the Royal Bhutan Army has stepped up its
operation against the Bhutan Communist Party, who has close nexus with the
Moists in Nepal, the Moist militants are fleeing across the border, and entering
Asom, said Singh, while addressing a press conference here this evening.
…more…

 

AGP to raise peace
talks
(SEN_23_2_k8)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 22: AGP Legislature Party leader Chandra Mohan Patowary today said
that the regional party would raise the issue of peace talks with the militant
groups of the State during the Budget session of the Assembly.

 

Jorhat MLA makes an ardent
appeal to Jorhatians to create a record by casting the largest number of votes
from the district. (SEN, 23-2-08)

JORHAT, Feb 21: Following the frenzy and disruption of Anamika’s show
at her hometown Mariani, strong security arrangement helped contain an unruly
crowd of youths at the young singer’s performance at the court field here
recently.
One of the finalists of ZEE TVs reality singing competition, Sa-Re-Ga-Ma-Pa’s
Li’L Champs Anamika Choudhury was felicitated by 1000 organizations and
individuals here including Jorhat MLA Rana Goswami, the Jorhat Municipality
Board, Press Club, JDA, AJYCP, AASU, the District Administration, Jorhat Police
and also by her mentor. …more…

 

VVIPs, masses throng
Hagrama’s reception(AST, 24-2-08)

From Our Correspondent
 KOKRAJHAR, Feb 23 – More than just a marriage party, the marriage of Hagrama
Mohilary with Sewli has attracted spectacular attention of the masses in
Bodoland area with people from diverse sections of society enthusiastically
celebrating the union with fanfare and gaiety. Governor of Assam, Speaker of
Assam Assembly, Ministers, guests from Bhutan and other North-east States and
political leaders of the region have lent the marriage a flavour and dignity of
one of a kind. However, at the last moment the Chief Minister’s visit was
cancelled due to some urgent engagement with a few high-profile ministers of the
State. …more…

Tribune union flays dharna(AST,
24-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 23 – The Assam Tribune Employees’ Union has
strongly condemned the dharna organised at the Assam Tribune premises by a group
of people on February 22, who had taken offence over a news item carried in the
Dainik Asom.
Referring to the act as one of cowardice, president of the Union Saifuddin Ahmed
and general secretary Dugdharam Kalita said, “A section of people who have
appropriated lakhs of rupees by forgery and thus harmed society have no right to
protest against the Fourth Estate.”
…more…

Shakti yajna for world
peace(AST, 25-2-08)
GAURIPUR, Feb 24 – Under the auspices of a 250-member Yajna
Parishalana Samiti, headed by Mina Roy, the thirteenth annual Sakti Yajna for
world peace was held at Snanghat temple, Bagribari with a three-day-long
programme on February 19-21.
On the first day of the programme, 108 girls wearing sarees and carrying
decorated earthen pots, took out a procession from the historic 37.50 ft high
Kali temple of Bagribari to the place of the yajna walking along the
five-km-long route. They collected water from River Tipkai for the yajna.
…more…

Darrang Panchayat members seek
people’s support(AST, 25-2-08)
From Our Correspondent
 SIPAJHAR, Feb 24 – Leading socio-educational organisations of Doulguri Jnan
UdoyPuthibharal and Jnanjyoti Sangha organised a face-to-face programme with the
newly elected Panchayat representatives of Hazarikapara and Devananda
Gaonpanchayat on February 9.
…more…

Cultural get-together of Assam
Society of Bangalore(AST, 25-2-08)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 24 – The Assam Society of Bangalore, a socio-cultural
organisation, organised a cultural get-together at Princess Academy, Palace
Ground in Bangalore on Sunday, informs a press release.
The occasion was an effort to rekindle the passion for Assamese culture across
all walks of life, echoing the richness of the Assamese heritage, providing
freshness and a renewed zeal to celebrate the Assamese culture.
…more…

Doleswar Boro’s death
condoled(AST, 25-2-08)
UDALGURI, Feb 24 – Various organisations of the State, including
political parties, expressed deep shock at the demise of former Bodo Sahitya
Sabha president Doleswar Boro, who breathed his last on February 18 last at the
B Barooah Cancer Institute in Guwahati.
Born on October 1, 1946 at Kamarpara village in Bijni, late Boro came to
Udalguri and Matriculated from Udalguri High School in 1963 and obtained his BSc
from Cotton College in 1969. He did his BT from Jorhat PGTC.
…more…

Narayan Bezboruah
remembered(AST, 25-2-08)
From Our Correspondent
 NORTH GUWAHATI, Feb 24 – Under the auspices of North Guwahati unit of Asom Kavi
Samaj, the death anniversary of renowned poet, litterateur, artiste and
dramatist Narayan Bezboruah was observed at the late poet’s residence in a
memorial meeting marked by a kavi samaroh. The function was chaired by Dr
Durgeswar Sarmah, former president of Asom Kavi Samaj.
…more…

Additional Rs 60 crore demanded
for Cachar(AST, 25-2-08)
KARIMGANJ, Feb 24 – Union Heavy Industries Minister Santosh Mohan Dev
has demanded an additional allocation of Rs 60 crore under Rajiv Gandhi Rural
Electrification Scheme for electrification of 890 villages in Cachar.
Simultaneously he has urged the Union Power Ministry to extend relaxed norms of
the Government of India to Cachar district with special provisions for isolated
habitations. …more…

Appointed(AST, 25-2-08)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 24 — Advocate Bijan Mahajan has been appointed
president of the legal cell of the Asom Gana Parishad. According to an AGP press
release here, the district committees of the party have been instructed to
contact Mahajan to get clarifications on the legal matters related with
formation of the district legal cells.


Utilisation of natural resources stressed(AST, 25-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 24 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today stressed the need
for effective utilisation of the State’s natural resources for sustainable
development of the State.
Addressing a gathering after formally inaugurating the four-day Enterprise
North-East Exhibition, Gogoi said that there was scope for further exploration
of oil and natural gas in the State. The Chief Minister also called upon the
entrepreneurs to avail various incentives offered by the Government for setting
up business ventures.

 

Govt move
on language appreciated(AST, 25-2-08)
GUWAHATI, Feb 24 – The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba-Chatra Parishad has
lauded the recent decision of the State Government to ensure the use of State
language Assamese in all the government offices, Secretariat and in the
administrative work of the Government of Assam.
The general secretary of the Guwahati unit of the students’ body, Sanjib Bora
said that though the State Language Act was passed in 1960, its proper
implementation was never done in Assam due to lack of instructions from the
State government in this regard. “Now after the recent orders, we believe that
the State language would get its proper place,” he said.
…more…

Opp parties gearing up to
corner govt(AST, 25-2-08)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 24 – The Opposition parties are gearing up to put the Government
on the back foot during the ensuing Budget Session of the Assam Legislative
Assembly, which begins on March 3 and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the main
Opposition party, has decided to hold talks with other Opposition parties and
groups for maintaining floor coordination during the session. Talking to The
Assam Tribune
, the Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, Chandra
Mohan Patowary said that the AGP Legislature Party met on February 22 to
finalise its strategies for the Budget Session of the Assembly and the party
would soon hold talks with the members of other Opposition parties on floor
coordination on common issues.
…more…

Gogoi forms panel(SEN_25_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 24: The State Government has
constituted a ministerial committee with Revenue Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman as
its chairman to look into the implementation of the Congress’ 2006 Assembly
election manifesto. The committee will meet on February 28. It has asked all the
principal secretaries, commissioner secretaries and secretaries to attend the
meeting.

 

AGP
workers clamour for unification(TEL_25_2_k8)

‘Merger
essential to strengthen regional forces’(TEL_25_2_k8)

Nagaon, Feb. 24: More than 3,000 panchayat workers today
raised the clamour for unification of the AGP and its breakaway faction to
strengthen the regional forces in the state.After a three-hour discussion on the
merger, activists of both of the parties under the banner of the newly floated
Ekotrikoron Prastuti Samittee proposed to send a memorandum to the leadership of
both parties seeking immediate steps for an unconditional merger of the AGP, the
AGP(Pragatisheel), AGP (Trinamul) and Purbanchalia Loka Parishad (PLP).
…more…

CBI probe
demanded into NREG scheme

anomalies(AST_26_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – The flagship employment scheme of the UPA
government, which has already come under the scanner for fund anomalies, seems
to have met the same fate in the State. On Monday, the members of the All Assam
Gramin Sramik Santha and the Karbi Anglong and NC Hills Krishan Sramik Sabha who
assembled in the capital city demanded a CBI enquiry into alleged anomalies
perpetuated by Government officials entrusted with implementation of the
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
…more…

State drumming up support for
Anamika(AST_26_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – The North East region may have failed to place the
winner’s crown on Amit Paul in Sony TV’s ‘Indian Idol’ last year, but they are
vowing to repeat the feat they achieved with Debojit Saha when the latter
notched the top spot in Zee TV’s ‘Saregamapa Challenge 2005 couple of seasons
back. This time, though, it is Assam’s little wonder Anamika Choudhury, who is
sweeping the music buffs off their feet.
…more…

Pension adalat for Defence(AST_26_2_k8)
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – The Office of the Principal Controller of Defence Accounts
(Pension), Allahabad will be holding a Defence Pension Adalat at Guwahati in the
third week of May, 2008 for spot settlement of pension-related grievances of the
Defence pensioners, including Defence Civilians residing in Assam.
…more…

Hike in prices of diesel,
petrol criticised
(AST_26_2_k8)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – The skyrocketing prices of all essential commodities have
hit the consumers hard. In view of the hike again in petrol and diesel, which in
turn leads to the rise in prices of the essential commodities, the Nikhil Bharat
Ganatantrik Mahila Samity on Monday took out a protest rally demanding measures
from the Government to bring the prices under control.
…more…

CPM stir over fuel price hike(AST_26_2_k8)

JAMUGURIHAT, Feb 25 – A sit-in strike was staged at Jamugurihat
centre on February 21 by the members of the CPI (M) protesting the recent hike
in the prices of petrol and diesel. 
Led by Lily Bhuyan and Deva Sarma, office-bearers of Jamuguri and North Jamuguri
Anchalik Samity, more than 50 members participated in the strike shouting
slogans such as ‘Withdraw price hike immediately’, ‘Be careful Mommohan Singh’
‘High handedness of Manmohan Singh will not be tolerated’, etc.
…more…

Memo to CM(AST_26_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 25 – The Hojai Zila Dabi Sangram Samiti has submitted a
memorandum to the Chief Minister, urging him to declare Hojai as a district for
expediting the development process in the area.
…more…

AGP, NDFB condemn
Hagrama’s marriage extravaganza
(SEN_26_2_k8)
By Our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 25: The lavish and extravagant marriage ceremony of BTAD chief
Hagrama Mahilary has evoked sharp condemnation from various quarters of the
State. The main Opposition party, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), said the way in
which money was ostensibly spent for the marriage party only proves the
allegations of corruption allegedly taking place in the BTAD in the name of
development. …more…

 

Probe
ordered(AST_27_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 26 — Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today ordered an
administrative inquiry into the February 24 Sonapur Patgaon road mishap in which
14 people were killed. Principal Secretary P K Chouhury will conduct the inquiry
to ascertain the causes of the accident. – Reporter

 

Industry
leaders meet CM over State Budget(AST_27_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 26 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today met several
representatives from trade, commerce and industry at Dispur and interacted with
them to discuss the issues, which could figure in the next State budget.
He assured representatives that the forthcoming budget would have adequate
provisions to safeguard the interest of the common masses.
…more…

Gogoi assures housewives
of checking price rise
(SEN_27_2_k8)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 26: Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today interacted with people
from various walks of life and top-level officials today on the State’s 2008-09
Annual Budget which he will table in the State Assembly on March 10.

…more…

 

Move
to avoid panchayat oath-taking blues
(SEN_27_2_k8)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 26: In order to avoid rampant irregularities in oath-taking of the
panchayat members, panchayat presidents (PP), anchalik panchayat (AP) members
and the zila parishad (ZP) members, the Asom Government has issued a directive
to the deputy commissioners of districts where panchayat polls were held to hold
meetings of the newly-elected panchayat members, PPs, APs and ZPs for necessary
arrangements for their oath-taking.

…more…

  

Youth Cong
seeks PM’s intervention(AST_28_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 27 – The Assam Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) today
sought the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue of the
ULFA problem declaring that the protracted issue has denied peace and
development in the State.
In a memorandum to the Prime Minister, the APYC has requested his interference
to other problems like land encroachment by neighbouring States.
…more…

HC stays Panchayat member’s
election(AST_28_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 27 – The Gauhati High Court, after hearing the writ
petition by one Premananda Hazarika, stayed the election of Babul Boro as a
member of 29 No. Uttar Bajali Reserved Zila Parishad Constituency. The order was
passed today.
Premananda Hazarika challenged the State Election Commissioner’s order dated
February 14 and the notification dated February 22, whereby the election of
Hazarika was declared illegal and in his place Babul Boro had been declared
elected from 29 No. Uttar Bajali Reserved Zila Parishad Constituency.
…more…

Gogoi for populist Budget(SEN_28_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 27: Asom Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi is trying to make the Budget of the State for the fiscal 2008-09 a
populist one as the Lok Sabha election is round the corner. According to
sources, Gogoi is contemplating on taking elements from the 2007-08 Budget of
Tamil Nadu and the 2008-09 Budget of Rajasthan in order to directly benefit the
common people.
…more…

 

Committee to seek PM’s
intervention on fertilizer unit(SEN_28_2_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Feb 27: Little progress has been made in the establishment
of the fourth unit of Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL)
at Namrup despite the announcement being made by Union Minister for Fertilizer
and Chemicals Ram Vilas Paswan almost two years back.
…more…

 

Don’t call bureaucrats,
Cabinet tells Governor(SEN_28_2_k8)
Guwahati, Feb 27: The Asom Government has taken on Governor Lt. Gen.
(retd) Ajai Singh once again, making it clear that the governor should not
summon bureaucrats to his office for any discussion.
…more…

 

Congress leader in
assault row
(SEN_28_2_k8)
 NAGAON, Feb 27: A local Congress leader allegedly misbehaved and
threatened a scribe of a Asomiya daily after the latter published a new item
claiming that the Congress leader was involved in the black marketing of PDS
items in the Dhing Wholesale Consumer Cooperative Society.
…more…

Foundation stone of office
building laid(SEN_27_2_k8)
BISWANATH CHARIALI, Feb 26: The Minister for Irrigation, Fishery and
Soil Conservation Nurjamal Sarkar laid the foundation of the permanent office
building of Deputy Inspector of Schools in presence of Education Minister Ripun
Bora on February 24 here. The office building would be constructed by Assam
State Housing Board at a cost of Rs 10 lakhs.
…more…

 

Rail budget poll- centric:
BJP(AST_29_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 – Reacting to the Union Rail Budget, the State BJP
on Tuesday said that it was totally election and Bihar centric. State BJP
president Ramen Deka said that the provisions of the budget reflected the tone
of appeasement followed by the Congress in regard to the minorities. “By keeping
the provision for appointing the members of the minority community, the
Government has showed its special consideration for the minorities,” said Deka.
…more…

Demo over price
rise(AST_29_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 28 – The youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party
(BJP), Assam Pradesh on Tuesday protested against the increasing prices of all
the essential commodities. The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) staged a
demonstration at Kalapahar area in the city and the party leadership including
president Ramen Deka took part in the programme.
…more…

Resentment over shifting of HPC
office from Haflong(AST_29_2_k8)
HAFLONG, Feb 28 – Proposed shifting of Hindusthan Paper Corporation
office from Haflong to some where else has created serious concern among the
people of NC Hills. It is learnt that depending on bamboo production in the
district and other parts the HPC established the Cachar Paper Mill at Panchgram,
but the district could not get minimum benefit neither in case of employment or
in case of revenue. …more…

IAF recruitment rally at
Tezpur(AST_29_2_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 28 – Indian Air Force will conduct a recruitment rally
for State of North Eastern Region from March 3 to 7 at Meghna Stadium, Solmara
Army Cantonment, Tezpur. The recruitment test will be conducted from 7 am
onwards every day, said a PIB(DW) release.
…more…

Upper House in Asom may be
a reality
(SEN_29_2_k8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 28: The Legislative Council
(Upper House) may be a reality in Asom within this term of the Congress
Government as the Cabinet sub-committee that was instituted for the purpose has
already finalized its draft proposal.
According to sources, the Cabinet sub-committee has sought a report on the fund
allocation for the proposed Legislative Council from the Finance Department, PWD
and the Department of Parliamentary Affairs.

…more…

Govt officials taking part
in Cong workshop draws flak(SEN_29_2_k8)
Presence of an ADC and the Agriculture Officer has been criticized as no Govt
officials are allowed to take part in any political meeting


From our Correspondent
MANGALDAI, Feb 28: Though the Congress in Darrang district, following its inner
conflict, instead of getting absolute majority in the recently-concluded
election for the Darrang Zila Parishad, had to be satisfied with the tag of the
single largest party with seven seats, the ongoing internal conflict has created
confusion among the grassroots-level Congress workers.
…more…

 

AUDF-AGP combine all set to
form Barpeta ZP(SEN_29_2_k8)
KALGACHIA, Feb 28: Surpassing all strategy of Congress, AGP and AUDF
are heading to form the Barpeta Zila Parishad. Though any of the parties was not
able to gain majority in the 29-seat Barpeta Zila Parishad, yet AUDF came out
larger than other opposition parties.
As per poll result, Congress got 11 seats, AUDF 8, AGP 6, CPM 20, independent
candidates 2 seats. 15 seats are needed to form the ZP whereas Congress fell
short by 4 seats. …more…

 

Tangla police station
inaugurated (SEN_29_2_k8)
From our Correspondent
TANGLA, Feb 28: A two-storeyed building for Tangla Police station was
inaugurated in a function at Tangla recently.
While inaugurating the new building, the Inspector General of Police for BTAD,
Nripendra Mohan Dutta called upon the people to maintain peace and harmony in
the area. He said the society should not be divided on the basis of caste,
religion or community. Dutta further stated that the first duty of the police is
to control crime and maintain law and oder situation in the area. Dutta in his
speech, emotionally recalled the memories of his childhood days. He said Tangla
was a small place in the past and now it has grown up in to a busy town people’s
responsibility has also increased in the society. Dutta stressed that people
have one identity, that is human beings.
…more…

 

Cong retains hold on
Panchayats(AST_3_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 2 – The ruling Congress continued to consolidate its
position in the Panchayat polls by bagging as many as 8,169 of the 17,627 Gaon
Panchayat (GP) member seats declared so far. The AGP was the other gainer with
3,118 GP seats followed by the AUDF with 1,539 seats and the BJP with 1,393
seats.
Meanwhile, the AUDF bagged one more Zila Parishad (ZP) member seat taking its
tally to 44. Results in four seats are yet to be announced in Kamrup (Rural),
Darrang and Cachar districts.
…more…

Gogoi jubilant over party
victory(AST_3_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 2 – Chief Minister today described the participation of
over 70 per cent of the voters in the panchayat elections as a message to the
insurgent groups including ULFA. Congratulating the elder sister of ULFA C-in-C
Paresh Barua for her victory as an Anchalik Panchayat Member at Chabua in
Tinsukia district on an AGP ticket, Gogoi said that by taking part in the
democratic process she had sent a message to her brother. People have
demonstrated their zeal to take part in the democratic process of policy making
down to the grass root levels, he said.
…more…

Dhemaji bandh
peaceful(AST_3_2_K8)

 DHEMAJI, Feb 2 – Normal life at Dhemaji town and its neighbouring
areas was affected today during the Dhemaji bandh jointly called by Dhemaji
District Congress Committee, Dhemaji District Youth Congress Committee and the
BJP’s Dhemaji District Committee demanding repolling in No. 1 Dhemaji and No. 2
Machkhowa Zila Parishad constituencies.
…more…

House
summoned

 GUWAHATI, Feb 2 — Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh has summoned State
Assembly to meet at 9 am on March 3, said a press release issued by the Raj
Bhawan.

Probe panel
 GUWAHATI, Feb 2 — The State Government has constituted a one-man inquiry
committee headed by PK Choudhury, Principal Secretary, Parliamentary Affairs,
etc., dept, Govt of Assam, to probe the death of Naba Saikia of Biswanath
Chariali on Jan 22.

 

PHE body
general meet on Feb 4-5
(AST_3_2_K8)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 2 – The 28th general conference of Assam Public Health
Engineers’ Association will be held at Kaziranga on February 4-5. The open
session to be held on February 5 will be attended by Rihan Daimary, Minister of
PHE as chief guest. Ajanta Neog, Minister, Social Welfare and Rockybul Hussain,
Minister, of Environment and Forest will attend the open session as guests of
honour a press release stated.
…more…

Cong wins all ZPCs in Majuli(AST_3_2_K8)
KAMALABARI, Feb 2 – Indian National Congress candidates have been elected
from all four Zila Parishad constituencies from Majuli sub-division. They are
Rameswar Doley from Namoni Majuli ZPC, Rumi Hazarika from Madhya Majuli ZPC,
Rajib Saikia from Dakshin Majuli ZPC and Nivedita Doley from Uzani Majuli ZPC.
…more…

AGP surpasses Cong in Amguri
LAC
(AST_3_2_K8)
AMGURI, Feb 2 – Results of the 2007-08 Panchayat election in No 103
Amguri LAC showed a different picture as compared to that of 2001 panchayat
election in which the ruling Congress party had captured all Zila Parishad,
Anchalik Panchayat and Gaon Panchayat seats in the recent panchayat election,
Congress lost 75 per cent ZPC and 61% per cent GP president and AP member
constituencies. …more…

 
Money changed hands before
Beltola violence(AST_4_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 3 – In what could bring into play a fresh angle of
investigation for the one- man inquiry commission headed by Justice (retd) RK
Manisana Singh probing the November 24 Beltola mob mayhem, top-ranking member of
the All Adivasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA) Raphel Kujur today
informed the commission that he had taken a sum of Rs 20,000 from some of the
members of the All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA) to hold the rally on
November 24. “There was a meeting of AASAA and AANLA leaders at a hotel situated
in city’s Paltan Bazar area on November 20 where AANLA Deputy Commander-in-Chief
Bijoy Munda gave Rs 20,000 to hold the rally on that particular day,” informed
the sources in the commission quoting the statements of Kujur, who gave
statements on solemn oath before the commission at the circuit house here today.
…more…

Gogoi barb(TEL_3_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 2: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today took
potshots at the Opposition saying that their “losing streak” had made the
Congress complacent, even as the AGP claimed that its performance in the
panchayat polls indicated its growing popularity. Gogoi said Congress would form
16 of the 19 zila parishads.

BJP dist
body upbeat over panchayat poll performance
(AST_4_2_K8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 3 – The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Guwahati district
committee is upbeat over its overall performance in the just concluded Panchayat
polls.
Compared to its performance in the last local polls, the district committee has
been able to clinch more seats in the Gaon Panchayat and Anchalik Panchayat. It
has won 55 seats of Gaon Panchayat member, three times more than the seats it
had won in the last local polls. The district committee had won 17 seats of Gaon
Panchayat member, two seats of Gaon Panchayat president and two seats of
Anchalik Panchayat member in the last Panchayat elections. This time the
district committee has won four seats of Gaon Panchayat president and five seats
of Anchalik Panchayat member in the Kamrup (Metro).
…more…

Cong sweeps Panchayat poll in
Morigaon district
(AST_4_2_K8)
JAGIROAD, Feb 3 – The Congress has swept the Panchayat election in
Morigaon district winning 11 of 13 seats of Zila Parishad members, followed by
AGP and AUDF, which managed to win only one seat each. The Congress also managed
to win 47 of 85 seats of Anchalik Panchayat members while the party also managed
to win 48 of 85 seats of Gaon Panchayat presidents.
…more…

‘Assam bandhs non-Gandhian in
character’
(AST_4_2_K8)
 The 60th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was observed at DU with a
daylong programme. An open session on ‘Relevance of Gandhian Ideas in the New
Millennium’ was organized at Rangghar, the DU auditorium, with VC Dr K Pathak,
and Chandan Kumar Sharma, Lecturer in History, as appointed speakers.
…more…

State BJP not averse to
alliances(AST_5_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh
president Ramen Deka on Monday said that the just-concluded Panchayat polls have
provided the party an opportunity to assess its strength and weaknesses and
prepare for the parliamentary elections. The party has called a meeting of its
office bearers and State executive from February 14. The three-day meet will
discuss the party’s lapses and measures to be adopted to get closer to the
people. …more…

Spl casual leave
 GUWAHATI, Feb 4: The State Government has granted special casual leave
on February 7 and 8 next to the employees who are members of the Srimanta
Sankardev Sangha and are selected as delegates to attend the 77th annual session
of Srimanta Sankardev Sangha to be held at Sarupathar in Golaghat district from
February 6 to 8, an official release said.

 

Assam
Rifles personnel receive gallantry awards
(AST_5_2_K8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 4 – The dedicated officers, JCOs and men of the force of
the Assam Rifles have been honoured with various gallantry and meritorious
awards on the occasion of 59th Republic Day of the nation. 
For the special services to the force Lt Gen Paramjit Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, DG
Assam Rifles was awarded Param Vishisht Seva Medal, Maj Gen Ballachanda Kuttappa
Chengapa – IGAR (S) was given the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Maj Anshul Shukla-
24 AR and Maj Ishwar Singh Dahiya -14 AR received the Shaurya Chakra.
…more…

 

Cong wins
2 ZPC seats in Lumding LAC
(AST_5_2_K8)
 LUMDING, Feb 4 – Although Congress expressed its satisfaction over its
performance in Lumding LAC, its result is not at par with the results of last
Panchayat polls when it dominated the entire constituency. However, this time,
too, the ruling party won two 2 ZPC seats out of four in Lumding LAC.
…more…

Netaji Jayanti celebrated in
Karimganj, Badarpur
(AST_5_2_K8)
 BADARPUR, Feb 4 – The 111th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra
Bose was celebrated in Badarpur and Karimganj with great solemnity, fanfare and
gaiety by different clubs and organisations with a day-long programme.
The main function was held at Badarpur Girls’ High School by Badarpur
Handicapped Society where distinguished citizens, intellectuals,
freedom-fighters and members of Badarpur Handicapped Society paid tributes to
Netaji. …more…

Kalaguru’s birth centenary
begins
(AST_5_2_K8)
BOKAKHAT, Feb 4 – The year-long birth centenary celebrations of Kalaguru
Bishnuprasad Rabha got under way from Thursday under the auspices of Proyas
Adhyayan Chakra (PAC), a body of youths formed for promotion and propagation of
Assamese culture and literature way back in 1996. The inaugural ceremony was
organised on the Bokakhat Jatiya Bidyalaya premises. A cultural procession
consisting of around 600 people showcasing varied ethnic culture and integrity
of the State was the attractive feature of the day.
…more…

Govt to recruit ex-servicemen
for NC Hills(AST_6_2_K8)

By R Dutta Choudhury
 GUWAHATI, Feb 5 – The law and order situation in the North Cachar Hills
District has become a matter of serious concern with frequent militant strikes
severely affecting major development projects and the State Government has
decided to take the services of ex-servicemen to provide security to the persons
working in the mega projects like the gauge conversion project of the Railways
and the East West Corridor Project of the National Highway Authority. The State
Government is also not too happy with the role played by the Army in dealing
with the situation in the district and requested the Centre to bring the
district under the 4 Corps of the Army.
…more…

PTD recovered
 RANGIYA, Feb 5: Acting on the tip-off, Rangiya police at around 3 pm
this afternoon recovered a programmable timed device bomb from Highway Chowk
here. The bomb was being carried in a polythene bags in a bus (AS-01-AA-8476)
coming from Simaluguri to Guwahati. Six people had been held for interrogation
in this regard. – Correspondent

Fresh polling
 GUWAHATI, Feb 5: The State Election Commission has ordered fresh polling
in 371 polling stations of Hailakandi district through an order today. Fresh
poll in these stations will be held on February 12 and 15 between 8 am and 4 pm.
– Staff Reporter

 

Opp
councillors demand removal of GMC Commissioner
(AST_6_2_K8)
GUWAHATI, Feb 5 – The Opposition councillors are baying for the blood of
Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Commissioner Rajesh Prasad. The Opposition
alleged that the Commissioner has been avoiding most of the important meetings
of the civic body and has failed to discharge his responsibility on the expected
lines. …more…

2 Forward Bloc activists killed
in police firing
(AST_6_2_K8)
 SILIGURI, Feb 5 – Two Forward Bloc supporters were killed and 12
policemen injured when party activists holding a district agitation programme
turned violent and clashed with police which opened fire to quell the mob in
Dinhata in Coochbehar district today.
…more…

Hill districts to get new
police stations(AST_7_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 6 – With shortage of force turning out to be a major
problem in the hill districts of Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills in
containing the activities of the militant groups, the Government of Assam has
notified creation of new police stations and outposts in the districts. The
State Cabinet has also decided recently to create a new police district of
Hamren to ease the pressure on the existing police set up of Karbi Anglong
district. …more…

Congress loses crucial GP seats
in Nalbari
(AST_7_2_K8)
From Our Correspondent
 NALBARI, Feb 6 – The Congress party has miserably failed to secure a
comfortable position in the recently concluded Panchayat poll at Barbhag revenue
circle in Nalbari district. Though the Congress nominee won the Barbhag Zilla
Parishad seat by a narrow margin, the party lost most of the important seats of
gaon panchayat presidents, gaon panchayat members and anchalik panchayat
members. …more…

Cong sweeps Rangiya polls(AST_7_2_K8)
From Our Correspondent
 RANGIYA, Feb 6 – The ruling Congress swept away majority of the seats and
emerged victorious in the recently declared panchayat poll results here in
Rangiya, leaving only a few pockets for other parties.
About 70 percent seats had been booked by congress against CPI (M), AGP, BJP,
NCP managing to win few others.
…more…

Former Speaker Pulakesh Baruah
arrested(AST_10_2_K8)

From Our Correspondent
 NALBARI, Feb 9 – Former Speaker of Assam Assembly Pulakesh Baruah was arrested
by Nalbari Police this evening in connection with a case of illegal appointment
of teachers in Nalbari district. Baruah, who was a member of district teachers
selection board during 1995 to 2000, was called by Nalbari Police intended to
‘clarify’ his statement produced twice earlier. Interestingly, when the senior
political leader Baruah appeared at Nalbari Police Station this morning, he was
admitted at the Nalbari Civil Hospital without serving any warrant.
…more…

Cash awards to State medal
winners(AST_10_2_K8)

By Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, February 9 – After dilly dallying of about a year, Assam government
on Saturday formally gave away the cash awards to the State medal winners at the
33rd National Games organized here from February 9-18 last year. Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi handed over the cash awards to 147 Assam players and coaches of the
medal winning teams at a glittering function organized at the Karmabir Nabin
Chandra Bordoloi indoor stadium inside the Sarusajai sports complex.
…more…

 Attitude of Mumbai film fest
curator decried
(AST_10_2_K8)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 9 – Filmmaker Bidyut Kotoky, who won the National Award last year
for his documentary Bhraimoman Theatre – where Othello sails with Titanic,
resented the non-inclusion of his film in the Northeast package of films for
screening at the 10 th Mumbai International Film Festival. The package consisted
of 33 films from the region.
…more…

Probe into bid on NE TV chief’s
life(AST_12_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – The State Government has instituted an inquiry
into the incident of firing – allegedly targeting the NE TV managing director
Manoranjana Singh – by some miscreants near a police check point at Rehabari.
Additional Chief Secretary Parul Devi Das will head the probe and submit the
report within seven days.
…more…

AJYCP hails Dr Hazarika for
lifetime award
(AST_12_2_K8)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 11 – The Asom Jatiytabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) has
congratulated Dr Bhupen Hazarika, Mahim Bora and Dr Harinath Sarma Doloi for
having been honoured with the Sahityacharya title by the Asam Sahitya Sabha. It
has also lauded the State Government for conferring the Pramathesh Baruah
Lifetime Achievement award on Dr Hazarika and expressed the hope that the
artiste and litterateur fraternity of the State would continue to enrich the
State’s heritage and also contribute towards enhancing the bond of brotherhood
and harmony among different sections of the people.

 

Gogoi
barb(TEL_3_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 2: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today took
potshots at the Opposition saying that their “losing streak” had made the
Congress complacent, even as the AGP claimed that its performance in the
panchayat polls indicated its growing popularity. Gogoi said Congress would form
16 of the 19 zila parishads.



Bandh(TEL_4_2_K8)           

Nagaon: The Karbi Longri North Cachar Liberation Front has
called for a 12-hour Karbi Anglong bandh from 5am on Wednesday in protest
against the killing of two of its members, Philip Singnar and Lorence Teron, by
security forces on January 23.

 

Dispur
seeks private help (TEL_4_2_K8)  

Feb. 3: Dispur has approached various agencies for money
to execute its development plans, after the Centre slashed the funds allocated
to Guwahati under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. A
government official said Dispur’s plans to improve the city’s infrastructure
suffered a setback after the Planning Commission decided to allot funds based on
the urban population. …more…

Cong bats
for tea tribes(TEL_7_2_K8)

Gwahati, Feb. 6: The Congress today donned the mantle of
a “pressure group” to ensure “justice” for the tea tribes in return for their
support in the panchayat elections. Three organisations of the Congress drew up
a slew of programmes to pressure Delhi into granting Scheduled Tribe status to
the community and redressing “various problems”. The Congress’s tea cell, along
with the Indian National Trade Union Congress Legislature Forum and the Assam
Chah Mazdoor Sangha, will take the lead in the party’s mission to project itself
as the community’s friend.
…more…

Jittery
AUDF cries foul (TEL_8_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 7: Jittery at the prospect of losing some
councillors to the Congress, the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) today
decided to complain to the governor about “political poaching” by the ruling
party to retain its hold on the zila parishads.
…more…

Block
officials in scheme fraud(TEL_8_2_K8)

Feb. 6: Lies, damned lies and statistics — that is
presumably the only truth in the sheaves of official documents that speak of
Pakhimoria’s transition from a development-starved backwater to a rural block on
the mend. …more…

Assam
workers threaten agitation(TEL_8_2_K8)

Apex
organisation seeks job regularisation

Guwahati, Feb. 7: The apex organisation of Assam
government employees today threatened to launch an agitation against Dispur’s
failure to regularise the services of nearly 9,000 casual and fixed pay workers.
Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad secretary general Basab Kalita said the apex
organisation’s members will meet here on February 14 to chalk out an agitation
plan to force the allegedly apathetic Dispur to accede to the demand.
…more…

Govt bows
to World Bank (TEL_8_2_K8)

Feb. 7: Dispur has asked the National Dairy Development
Board (NDDB) to take over the management of West Assam Milk Producers’
Co-operative Union Ltd (Wamul), the creators of milk brand Purabi, from April 1.
The move follows the World Bank’s subtle threat to drop its dairy development
programme in the state if it was not managed by a professional organisation with
a proven track record. …more…



Photo I-cards to voters a far cry in Asom (SEN,9-2-08)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 8: In accordance with the directive from the Election Commission
(EC) of India, electronic photo identity cards (EPICs) have already been issued
to the voters in a number of States of the country, including Asom’s
neighbouring State Meghalaya. The EC has taken such a step to avoid proxy voting
and voting by foreigners during elections.

…more…

 

NCC
training camp held(SEN, 10-2-08)
DIBRUGARH, Feb 9: The 10-day combined Annual Training Camp for the
NCC cadets, organized by the Dibrugarh based 63 Assam Girls Battalion NCC, at
Lekhapani concluded recently.
The camp Commandant Lt Col BS Ahuluwalia while addressing the concluding
function, advised the cadets to join the armed forces and render their best for
the nation. Prizes for various competitions like quiz, best turnout, line area,
firing, drill, held during the camp were also given to the cadets of both senior
and junior wing of NCC. The cadets who participated underwent Army exercises
such as drill, map reading, weapon training and firing.
…more…

 


Mayor, Deputy Mayor to be elected through direct voting

(SEN, 10-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 9: From the forthcoming Guwahati Municipal Corporation
(GMC) election slated to be held in January-February, 2009, the Mayor and the
Deputy Mayor of Guwahati will be elected through direct voting, said Guwahati
Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) Minister and State Government’s
spokesman Himanta Biswa Sarma today.
…more…

 


Workers can contact AIYC
leadership directly
(SEN,
10-2-08)

By our Staff
Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 9: All India Youth Congress (AIYC) president Ashok Tanwar today
said that each and every grassroots-level worker of the Youth Congress would be
able to contact the AIYC leadership directly through e-mail, a plan drawn by All
India Congress Committee’s AIYC in-charge Rahul Gandhi who would visit Asom and
the North-east in March-April this year.

…more…

 


I’ll raise neglect of Asom by Railways: AGP MP
(SEN,
17-2-08)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 16: AGP’s Rajya Sabha MP Kumar Dipak Das today said he will raise
the issue of neglect of Asom and the North-east by the Railways in the
forthcoming Budget session.
Talking to The Sentinel today, the MP said: “It’s a matter of shock that even
after 60 years of independence of India, most of the States of the North-east
have not been included in the railway map of the country. Though Asom is in the
rail map of the country, yet the broad gauge lines running to and from the State
are of single lines, which is why the trains are very slow and their frequencies
long.” …more…

 


Decision to lift ban on movement of poultry

(SEN, 19-2-08)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 18: The Asom Government has decided to lift the ban on movement of
poultry products in the State. The ban was imposed after the outbreak of avian
flu in neighbouring West Bengal about one month back. The decision to lift this
ban has been taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the Additional Chief
Secretary Parul Devi Das here today.
…more…

 


Kokrajhar bandh evokes total response
(SEN,
7-2-08)

From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Feb 6: The 36-hour Asom bandh given by the Bodo Peoples’ Forum in
protest against the killing of its vice-president Babul Sargairy evoked total
response in Kokrajhar district. Government offices wore a deserted look and all
business establishments and educational institutions remained closed. The
National Highway also was deserted with no vehicular traffic on the highway. The
bandh was also total in Gossaigaon subdivision.

 


Journalist threatened
(SEN,
7-2-08)

From our Correspondent
TEOK, Feb 6: Pulin Boruah, vice president of Teok town committee (TTC)
threatened to kill Riju Saikia, local correspondent of Asomiya Pratidin, general
secretary of Teok Press club and Jorhat district Journalist Association and the
organising secretary of All Assam Journalist Union (AAJU) on account of a news
published in the vernacular daily in its today’s edition.
…more…

 


Move for ZP president posts to Tea
Tribes
(SEN,
7-2-08)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 6: In a joint move, the Congress Tea Cell, Indian National Trade
Union Congress (INTUC) Legislative Forum and the Asom Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS)
have demanded of the Asom Congress leadership to chose tea tribe candidates for
the post of president of the zila parishads in three tea tribe-dominated
districts, out of the six districts where the Congress emerged winner, encashing
the tea tribe votes. The demand in this regard has been placed before APCC
president Bhubaneswar Kalita by a joint delegation of the three organizations
today. …more…

 

Do away
with quota regime, demands SJP(SEN, 7-2-08)
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 6: The Sadharan Jati Parishad (SJP) has today demanded of
the Government to do away with the system of reservation in education,
appointment, business and other fields as the system grossly deprives the
students and job seekers belonging to general category.
…more…

 

Repoll
plea(TEL_9_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 8: The Assam United Democratic Front
(AUDF) today moved the Gauhati High Court seeking a repoll in all the 621
polling centres in Hailakandi district instead of the 371 polling centres
announced by the state election commission.
…more…

Tea cell
rings Maoist alarm(TEL_10_2_K8)

– Team
advises CM to cleanse gardens A STAFF REPORTER

Guwahati, Feb. 12: The Congress’s tea cell and the apex
tea labour union of the Brahmaputra Valley today confirmed what police had
feared: tea estates in Assam are turning into Maoist breeding grounds.
…more…

Peaceful
repoll in Hailakandi(TEL_10_2_K8)

Silchar, Feb. 12: The voters in Hailakandi district
today rose to the occasion to ensure a peaceful and hassle-free first phase of
repolling in 166 booths spread over seven zila parishads.
…more…


Campaign(TEL_11_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 10: As part of its mass awareness
campaign, the National Rural Health Mission, Goalpara, staged a street play,
Samayar Khoj,
at Panisali in Goalpara district on Friday along with a health
camp organised by the Red Horns division of the army.
…more…

Congress
wins zila parishad(TEL_19_2_K8)

 

Silchar, Feb. 18: The Congress came up trumps in the
rural panchayat poll in south Assam’s Hailakandi district annexing nine out of
11 zila parishads, the apex body in the three-tier panchayat system of the
state. Hailakandi district’s panchayat election repolling, held on February 12
and 15 in 371 booths, marked the wrapping up of the rural polls which generated
much enthusiasm this time in Assam.
…more…

Bodofa
Nwgwr gets ready for big show(TEL_19_2_K8)

Feb. 18: Eight pandals, at least 1,000
volunteers, a budget of Rs 75 lakh and a guest list that reads like a who’s who
of the Bodo heartland — Bodofa Nwgwr in Dotma can’t wait for the show to begin.
Going by preparations for the 47th annual conference of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha,
to be held from April 9 to 12, this one will by far be the biggest and the best.
Bodoland Territorial Council member Dakendra Nath Brahma laid the foundation of
the main pillar last week, signalling the start of work.
…more…

More dirt
on Beltola mayhem(TEL_19_2_K8)

Guwahati, Feb. 18: The violence that erupted during an
Adivasi rally in Beltola was planned jointly by the All Adivasi National
Liberation Army (ANLA) and the All Adivasi Students’ Association of Assam, a
woman companion of militant leader Bijay Munda revealed today. Anita Karmakar,
who was picked up for her alleged links with ANLA some time ago, made this
shocking statement before the one-man R.K. Manisena Singh Commission, which is
probing the November 24 mob mayhem in Beltola. One person died and over 200 were
injured in that incident.
…more…

Deluge of
funds, no water(TEL_21_2_K8)

Feb. 20: A deluge of funds and scores of imaginary
irrigation schemes — that, in a nutshell, is the state of affairs in the
irrigation department. On paper, as many as 159 minor irrigation schemes have
been launched in Karbi Anglong so far. In reality, all of them are defunct. Of
the 79,000 hectares of irrigable land in the district, only 52,000 hectares have
partially benefited from government irrigation schemes.
…more…

AGP MPs
seek investment in welfare projects(AST_17_2_K8)

 DIBRUGARH, Feb 16 – Public sector ‘Navaratna’, Oil India Limited
(OIL) will be celebrating its golden jubilee from Monday. On the ground, the
company’s activities have been hit hard by an ongoing agitation by the All Assam
Mottock Yuva Chatra Sanmilan. At New Delhi today, Union Petroleum Minister Murli
Deora and his minister of state, Dinshaw J Patel were served separate memoranda
by the AGP MPs, charting out their wish list from the company.
…more…

CPI for talks sans
pre-conditions(AST_17_2_K8)

GUWAHATI, Feb 16 – Expressing concern at the slackening of the peace
process with the banned ULFA, the Communist Party of India (CPI) today called
upon the Centre and the ULFA to get engaged in a dialogue without any
preconditions. “Recent developments have weakened the peace process, and we
appeal to both the Government and the ULFA to start talks without any
preconditions for the greater interests of the people of Assam,” Drupad
Borgohain, secretary, CPI, Assam State council and Promode Gogoi, member, CPI
national executive, said at a press conference.
…more…

Governor visits Jorhat, Majuli(AST_17_2_K8)
JORHAT, Feb 16 – Assam Governor Lt General (retired) Ajai Singh on Friday
held a meeting with the chief engineer of Brahmaputra Board, satradhikars,
freedom fighters and local residents in Majuli during his visit to the river
island. Speaking at the meeting held at the Circuit House there, the Governor
stressed the need for peace for the development of the State.
…more…

Hiranya flays opposition role(AST_17_2_K8)
By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 16 – People’s Consultative Group (PCG) member Hiranya Saikia, who
claimed to have received threats on his life from unidentified quarters, on
Friday accused some political parties of “distorting” his versions made at a
recent press conference for fulfilling their “narrow vested interests.”
…more…

Cong retains Hailakandi Zilla
Parishad(AST_19_2_K8)

From Our Correspondent
 HAILAKANDi, Feb 18 – The Congress has retained the 11-member Zilla Parishad in
Hailakandi district. After the counting of votes last night, Congress has
officially won eight seats while the AUDF and an independent won one seat each
out of total 11 ZPCs. The results of one Zilla Parishad constituency have not
yet been declared on account of a dispute and the District Administration has
referred it to the State Election Commission (SEC) to take a decision in this
regard. In this seat also, the Congress candidate is ahead of his rival AUDF
candidate. …more…

CPI Sivasagar unit holds
triennial meet
(AST_19_2_K8)
SIVASAGAR, Feb 18 – CPI Sivasagar district council observed its 17th
triennial conference at Milan Mandir with a two-day programme.
Ronganath Gogoi, veteran CPI leader, hoisted the party flag and Golok Gogoi paid
floral tributes to the departed comrades. Dharma Baruah, secretary (i/c),
district council, spoke on the objectives and welcomed the delegates.
…more…

Army recruitment rally at
Missamari
(AST_19_2_K8)
 Guwahati, Feb 18 – A ten-day Army recruitment rally for Morigaon,
Sonitpur and Nagaon districts of Assam is being held since February 15 at
Missamari.
The rally is being held for the post of soldier general duty, soldier tradesman,
soldier clerk/storekeeper, soldier technical and nursing assistant. The rally
will be followed by common entrance exam for selected candidates on February 24,
at the rally site. …more…

Central leaders on poll
campaign trail in NE(AST, 21-2-08)

GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – With the stage set for the Assembly elections in
neighbouring Meghalaya, national leaders of different political parties have
started arriving in this part of the country. Union minister Sharad Pawar, who
is also the national president of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), landed in
Borjhar today and headed for Kharkota to attend a meeting. The State NCP
functionaries informed that Pawar is being accompanied by NCP national secretary
Jimmy George and that his itinerary includes addressing meetings and rallies in
Tura and Shillong. Senior NCP leader PA Sangma is also accompanying Pawar.
…more…

 

MIS bonus
declared
(AST, 21-2-08)
By Our Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – The Ministry of Finance, Government of India, has declared a
bonus of 5 per cent on its Post Office Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) accounts. The
benefit of Income Tax Section 80-C will be available now on post office time
deposit scheme. The senior citizen scheme will also be covered under this
section. …more…

Amguri AGP celebrates panchayat
poll victory
(AST,
21-2-08)
From Our Correspondent
 AMGURI, Feb 20 – A congratulatory function was arranged to celebrate the
success of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) party in the last Panchayat polls at No
103 Amguri LAC, by SGP Amguri Samashti Samanvoyrakshi Samity at Amguri Natya
Mandir on February 5. …more…

NREGS evokes positive response
in Nalbari dist
(AST,
21-2-08)
From Our Correspondent
 NALBARI, Feb 20 — The newly introduced National Rural Employment Guarantee
Scheme (NREGS) has succeeded in getting positive response in Barkshetri
development block areas in Nalbari district especially among the labour class
people. In this minority-dominated development block which has three gaon
panchayats in char areas, work of about Rs 4.50 crore are under way and more
than 2000 labourers are getting daily work in those projects.
…more…

NRI Association of Assam formed(AST,
21-2-08)
 GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – A meeting of the non resident Indians from Assam
held here recently to discuss about their long felt willingness to serve the
interest of their homeland– Assam, specially in the field of socio-cultural,
educational, scientific and technological development and make their offsprings
aware of its rich cultural heritage. The meeting addressed by Dr Anil Ranjan
Borthakur, Dr Ashraf Bora, Dr Karuna Sagar Das, Lahori Borthakur, Julie Bora
among others, decided to initiate a move to unite the Assam NRIs living in
different parts of the globe and formed an association with the name and style
as Non Resident Indian Association of Assam with its headquarter at Guwahati.
This was stated in a press release.
…more…

Several join AGP(AST_23-2-08)
From Our Correspondent
 DHUBRI, Feb 22 – In the recently completed Panchayat elections, although the
Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) failed miserably in Dhubri district, people are yet to
be thoroughly disillusioned with the party. This became evident recently when
some independent candidates in the Panchayat polls and a few individuals
belonging to other parties, joined the party.
…more…

Call to rise against divisive
forces in society
(AST_23-2-08)
From Our Correspondent
 PATHSALA, Feb 22 – Gyanendra Bhusan, GOC Indian Army, while addressing a
function at Balapara nearhere on February 16, made an appeal to the public to
unite to eliminate the divisive forces from soceity for saving the nation from
jeopardizing the internal and external stability of the country. “Indian Army is
friend of people but enemy of extremists,” he added.
…more…

State parties yet to finalise
candidates(AST_23-2-08)

By A Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Feb 22 – Political parties are yet to adopt decisions on the three
Rajya Sabha (RS) seats falling vacant on April next, while the Assam United
Democratic Front (AUDF) is contemplating to approach the ‘like-minded’ parties
with a plea to support it for one of the Upper House seats. The terms of RS
members Urkhao Gawra Brahma, Dwijen Sarma and Karnendu Bhattacharjee will be
over by the first half of April.
…more…

Draft plan on cabinet
table(TEL_29_2_K8)

Feb. 28: The Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority
(GMDA) will place the recommendations of the nine-member committee on the draft
masterplan before the state cabinet within a week. An official source today said
after examining the public objections and suggestions on the draft plan, the
nine-member panel, headed by secretary of the Guwahati development department
(GDD) A.K. Bhutani, has finalised the recommendations. It will be placed before
the cabinet for discussion and approval.
…more…

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Arunachal Pradesh Political, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 14, 2009

New Page 1

‘AP needs proactive,
resource-based strategy’(SEN_21_2_k8)

ITANAGAR, Feb 20: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen(Retd) J J Singh today
stressed the need for a proactive, resource-based and time-bound strategy for
development of the state and said the Centre should give foremost priority in
this direction.
Addressing the gathering here at I G Park this morning on the occasion of 22nd
Statehood Day celebration, the former Army Chief pleaded the Centre not to
subject Arunachal to the theoretical “cost-benefit” analysis and added that
money spent in the state was not “expenditure, but investment.”
“Whatever support we get from the Centre will be used in an innovative and
productive manner and we will work hard in improving our administrative
mechanism so that better quality of life is made available to the citizens,” he
said.
Referring to the packages announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his
recent visit to the state, General Singh said the announcement of package was
just a beginning and a great amount of will power and hard work would be
required to convert this package into reality.
…more…

 

APDA condemns assault on
doctors»(SEN_12_2_k8)

ITANAGAR, Feb 11: The Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association (APDA) has
vehemently condemned the physical assault on senior specialist (Surgeon) and the
Deputy Director of health services by three youths at Pasighat in East Siang
district last week.
The association has urged upon the concerned authority to take immediate action
against the assaulters and warned to take its own course of action if justice
was denied, sources said yesterday.
…more…

 


Arunachal Press condemns attack on NE TV CMD
(SEN_13_2_k8)

ITANAGAR, Feb 12: The Arunachal Pradesh Union of Working
Journalists (APUWJ) and Itanagar Press Club today condemned the incident of
firing on NE TV Chief Managing Director Manoranjana Singh on Sunday night.
It is an attempt to muzzle the voice of media working against all odds in the
North Eastern region, the APUWJ stated.
The Press has been doing yeoman service in the greater interest of society and
such attacks are aimed at scuttling the freedom of the press which would affect
the process of development in this backward region, it added.
…more…

 

 Mangalsutra
finds a kin in Arunachal
(AST_14_2_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Feb 13 – Married women of Tebw and Lappa tribal communities of
Arunachal Pradesh will compulsorily wear ‘Jenjap’, a kind of traditional
necklace, much like Mangalsutra.
The decision was taken unanimously at the 7th annual convention of the community
at Ballan, about 50 km from here yesterday, setting an instance in the State to
prevent matrimonial relation between people belonging to same blood group.
The convention made it mandatory for the communities’ married women to wear
‘Jenjap’ around their neck symbolising their marital status.
…more…

Arunachal BJP opposes petrol
price hike
(AST_16_2_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Feb 15 – The BJP in Arunachal Pradesh has opposed the price
hike on petroleum and diesel saying it is sure to further trigger inflationary
trends. It is unfortunate that when international crude oil prices have started
to sober down, the Centre has gone ahead with this increase that should have
been averted, the BJP State unit said in a press release.
This is the eighth petroleum price hike thrust by Congress-led UPA Government
upon the hapless ‘Aam Admi’, and this move will also adversely impact the
economy. Instead of opting for a price hike, the Centre should have considered
the Finance Commission recommendation of revenue neutralization. It is ironical
that the Indian customer is being asked to pay more although he is already
paying the highest petrol prices in the world.
During the NDA regime, in April-May 2004, the price of petrol in Arunachal
Pradesh was Rs 28.31 per litre and diesel Rs 17.39 per litre and today under
four years of UPA misrule, the price has highly escalated. How can the common
people ever accept such a whopping price escalation of a commodity that directly
triggers the upward movement of price of all items of essential commodities and
daily use goods?, the release asked.
The hike of petroleum products will affect the prices of essential commodities
and traveling and transportation costs in Arunachal Pradesh which is a consumer
State and therefore depend on other States in all spheres.
…more…

BJP to move EC(SHT, 25-2-08)

Meanwhile, BJP has decided to lodge a complaint with the Election Commission
about alleged use of money power by Congress for electoral gains, claiming that
Chief Minister DD Lapang had given Rs 1.8 crore as his share for spending in the
elections.Talking to newsmen here on Sunday, BJP general secretary and MP from
Arunachal Pradesh Kiren Rijiju said Congress was distributing a huge amount of
money to influence voters. He also said Congress had distributed Rs 5 crore
among its candidates for use in the elections.The BJP general secretary wondered
as to why at the fag end of electioneering the AICC was distributing money to
its poll nominees and wanted to know the total expenditure incurred by Congress
during the elections.Stating that controversial lottery baron and BJP MP from
Tezpur, Mani Kumar Subba was camping at Pine Wood Hotel here on Saturday, Mr
Rijiju alleged that a lot of money was being brought from Jowai, too.
…more…

Chouhan
lauds Arunachal package(AST_28_2_k8)

 ITANAGAR, Feb 27 – The Rs10,000 crore financial package announced
recently by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for Arunachal Pradesh would help in
emotional integration of the people of the State with the mainland, Union
Minister of State in PMO, Prithviraj Chouhan said today.
…more…

 

Scribes
get rare chance to explore Arunachal Pradesh (IFP_3_2_K8)

Itanagar, Feb 2: Every young journalist of the country who participated in
the recent study tour to remote parts of the hilly state of Arunachal Pradesh
was excited and expecting to discover a land of tribals during the tour
organised by Panos Asia.

The trip started from Guwahati in the morning of January 20 in six different
groups of young jouranlists from the country as well as learners from Germany
and Australia.
Everyone in the trip including Fellows from Panos Asia wanted to make the most
out of the rare opportunity to interact with journalists from different parts of
the region.
When the journey began, there were intense discussions on topics like the
chronic insugency problem of the North East and most of the 650 km long trip to
Itanagar along National Highway 153 was over in no time.
The participants of the trip were enlightened on the topic of Burma by Achan
Mungleng, coordinator of South Asia Euro-Burma Office, Kerstin Duell from
Germany who is a Ph.D candidate, MA SOAS, University of London, who made studies
on Burma about Burmese struggle for democracy and Hilal Ahmad, correspondent of
Greater Kashmir, from Srinagar on the existing Kashmir issues.
The trip to Itanagar also gave opportunity to witness the beautiful scenery in
the upper Assam districts of Nagaon, Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Jorhat
amidst the tea plantations.
On January 21 evening the team reached Itanagar where everyone got the
opportunity to attend the closing function of a Film festival at E&K`s near
Lagun bridge and was entertained by a documentary on `Borderlands, struggle and
identity` based on true stories of Arunachal Pradesh produced jointly by the
Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation and Panos Asia.
…more…

39 abducted, cops silent
(TEL_6_2_K8)

Itanagar, Feb. 5:
The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union today claimed that 39 students were
abducted by the Khaplang faction of the NSCN from six villages in Tirap district
last month but the police and district administration have done nothing to
ensure their release. The apex students’ organisation of Arunachal Pradesh today
served an ultimatum to the government saying that it would launch a statewide
agitation if the children were not released within 10 days.Some of those
kidnapped are below seven years of age.“We have also submitted a memorandum to
Governor Gen. (retd) J.J. Singh and chief minister Dorjee Khandu seeking their
intervention in the matter to ensure the safe return of the 39 students,” All
Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union president Kanu Bagang told reporters. Sources
said armed National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) militants kidnapped
22 children at gunpoint from their houses at Wakka and Chingkhow villages under
Ponchu police station on January 9.

…more…


Arunachal Government bans entry of poultry
(SEN,9-2-08)
ITANAGAR, Feb 8: The Arunachal Pradesh Government has imposed a ban on
import of poultry and poultry products following outbreak of bird flu in West
Bengal.In a message to all Deputy Commissioners and district veterinary officers
here today, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Director T Taloh has ordered to seal
the inter-state and international entry points immediately and activate all the
district-level rapid response teams for surveillance activities.
…more…

 


Khandu releases stipend for students
(SEN,
7-2-08)

ITANAGAR, Feb 6:
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu yesterday released stipends for
the students to redress their and their parents’ long pending grievances.
While approving the additional allocation, to the tune of Rs 12.46 crore for
disbursement of stipend in addition to Rs 7.65 crore released in October last,
the Chief Minister observed that stipend is a welfare measure, which helps human
resource development in the State and therefore, it deserves his government’s
top priority, informed official sources here today.
In all, an amount of Rs 20 crore has so far been released during the current
financial year to the Education Department to provide stipend to 57,000 students
pursuing studies up to the higher secondary level and 5,500 students pursuing
higher and technical education.
This is for the first time in recent history of the department that the entire
requisite amount of stipend has been released.

…more…

 

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Nagaland Political, February 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 14, 2009

Churches

Churches,
NGOs issue poll guidelines
(AST_18_2_k8)
 KOHIMA, Feb 17 – Asserting their moral authority on societal discourses
and issues, various church and social organisations in Nagaland have issued do’s
and don’ts to political parties to ensure free, fair and accountable election to
the state Assembly on March 5.
These organisations have been very much vocal against the malpractices indulged
in during the electioneering, particularly the prevailing practices of setting
up of so called youth camps by political parties of all hues, where money and
liquor pour in freely during the campaigns. .
.more…

NSA visits War
Cemetery(NPT_18_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 17 (NPN): National Security Advisor, M.K Narayanan, Sunday
visited the Kohima War Cemetery, a defence release said.
He was accompanied by Maj. Gen. K.S. Sethi, IGAR (N); Chief Secretary, Lalhuma;
besides a host of civil and military officials.  Mrs. N.K. Narang, Financial
Advisor, Ministry of Defence, who is also on an official tour to Nagaland, was
present on the occasion.  Narayanan laid wreath in honour of the heroes of World
War II. Later, he visited the museum before leaving for Shillong in the
afternoon. ..more…

 

Scrutiny of papers
today(NPT_18_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 17 (NPN): Eleven political parties apart from Independents have
set up candidates for the March 5 Assembly elections in Nagaland, scrutiny of
which will be held on February 18. .
.more…

 

Chishi meets various
unions(NPT_18_2_k8)

DIMAPUR: Veteran Congress leader and candidate for 1 Dimapur -I A/C,
K. L. Chishi Sunday held a series of meeting at various places including Public
Welfare Society at Ward No. 2, Dimapur Stone Crushers Owner’s Union, Westyard
Colony Radha Govondo Mandir, Dimapur District Thela (Hand/Craft) Puller
Employees Union, Tamang Buddhist Welfare Society, Nepali Basti and Sematilla
colony at Dimapur. ..more…

Atomi appeals to
youths(NPT_18_2_k8)

DIMAPUR: NPF candidate from Dimapur-I assembly
constituency, Atomi Zhimomi, during his strings of meetings in various colonies
under his constituency, has advised the youth, party workers and supporters not
to be wooed by easy money during the electioneering process but to decide and
vote for the candidate who can bring about real development and progress if
elected to power. ..more…

 


Nagaland takes a step towards
clean polls
(SEX,
18-2-08)

Kohima, Feb 16 : Asserting their moral authority on societal discourses
and issues, various church and social organisations in Nagaland have issued dos
and do nots to political parties to ensure free, fair and accountable election
to the State Assembly on March 5.
These organisations have been very much vocal against the malpractices indulged
in during the electioneering, particularly the prevailing practices of setting
up of so called youth camps by political parties of all hues, where money and
liquor pour in freely during the campaigns. .
.more…

 

Church
guidelines for Nagaland polls
(AST_20_2_k8)
 KOHIMA, Feb 19 – The influential church groups and social organisations
in Nagaland have issued various dos and donts for political parties to ensure
free, fair and morally acceptable State Assembly polls on March 5.
These organisations have been very vocal against many of the methods used by
political parties to woo young voters, particularly the prevailing practice of
setting up the so-called ‘youth camps’, where money and liquor flow freely. .
.more…

BJP loves Nagaland: Ramlal

Dimapur, Feb 19 (NPN): With barely a fortnight left for Assembly elections in
the State, the BJP Tuesday said it “loves Nagaland and is dedicated to the
welfare of its people”.
Addressing a gathering here after releasing party election manifesto, BJP all
India general secretary (Org) Ramlal said the previous NDA government at the
Centre generously released funds to Nagaland for peace, progress and development
and also to wipe out the Rs.365 crore deficit created by the “Congress
government.” ..more…

NPF ‘ahise, khaise, jaise’:
NPCC

Dimapur, Feb 19 (NPN): Reacting to claims made by the NPF as the leading
coalition partner of the then DAN government  on  ‘peace and prosperity’ and
‘overall development of Nagaland’, the NPCC said “nothing could be further from
the truth” as the utterances of NPF leaders including posters pasted at various
places in the state were only impress voters. .
.more…

 

PM to visit State(NPT,
20-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 19 (NPN): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is likely to visit
Nagaland by the end of February for campaigning for the March 5 Assembly
elections in the State. According to sources, Dr. Singh will visit the State
after AICC president Mrs. Sonia .
.more…
 

Chishi’s poll campaign
continues(NPT, 20-2-08)

DIMAPUR: Continuing with his campaign, K L Chishi, official INC
candidate of 1-Dimapur-I assembly constituency, Tuesday evening campaigned at
Ward No 1, NST colony along with party functionaries of ACC, DCC and AICC,
supporters and well wishers. ..more…

DISTRICT-WISE REPORTS ON
ELECTIONEERING(NPT, 20-2-08)

 DIMAPUR: With barely a few days left for the
Assembly elections in the State, new developments are taking place in the
political arena, such as resignations, defections etc. Here is State round-up of
the latest developments.

MOKOKCHUNG(NPT, 20-2-08)

22 arkakong A/C Mahila unit dissolved: The Congress Mahila unit of
Unger village under 22 Arkakong Assembly Constituency, Mokokchung district has
dissolved. A press release issued by the president, Unger Mahila unit,
Watisangla stated that the unit was dissolved following the resignation of some
important Mahila workers from the office and from the active and primary
membership of Congress party. ..more…

Dimapur(NPT, 20-2-08)

DCC welcomes: The District Congress Committee (DCC) Dimapur has
welcomed Vitokhu Achumi, vice president NPF Dimapur division and the founder
president of 3 Dimapur-III A/C NPF who has resigned from the party to support
Congress candidate Azheto Zhimomi. .
.more…

NPF 1 Dmr-I A/C suspends: The NPF party of 1 Dimapur-I A/C has
suspended R. Lotha president and Jungti, secretary women wing, NPF ward no.3
with immediate effect for anti party activities. .
.more…

AYC 1 Dmr-1 A/C clarifies: The Assembly Youth Congress (AYC) of 1
Dmr-1 A/C has clarified the news item "ward no.8 Congress (AYC) dissolved" that
appeared on February 18 as unjustifiable. A joint press release issued by vice
president, Anungla Aier of AMCC ward no.8 and vice president, Gautam Sarkar of
ward no.8 Congress committee stated that Sanjib Deb and Temsu Ao were not
members of Congress party. The press release clarified that the statement 45
strong supportive resigned from Congress party to support NPF candidate, Atomi
Zhimomi as uncalled for and that out of 45 members, 25 members are still with
Congress party and most of the remaining members are not from ward no.8.

NPF members resign: The NPF youth wing ward no.9 party workers have
declared to resign from the party to support the Congress candidate K.L. Chishi
from 1 Dimapur-1 A/C led by Hekato Achumi, president; Arthur, vice president;
Khutok, general secretary; Meya, secretary; Akumla, joint secretary and Khuholu,
joint secretary. A press release issued by them stated that they have resigned
from the party due to loss of confidence in the leadership of Atomi Zhimomi Ex-
MLA and an aspirant NPF candidate.

More support to K. L. Chishi: Altogether 41 NPF youth from ward no.5,
1 Dimapur-I A/C led by its president Amos have resigned en mass from their
respective party to support Congress candidate K. L. Chishi in the ensuing March
5 polls. This was stated in press statement issued by V. Sema, press secretary
to K. L. Chishi.

In a separate press statement issued by president mahila wing ACCC 1 Dimapur-I
A/C, Kheholi Sema stated that the NPF women wing led by its president, R. Lotha
along with its members have resigned from their respective party and joined
Congress to support K. L. Chishi.

Meanwhile, the office bearers of ward no-2 along with office bearers and the
active members have resigned from the NPF party to extend their support to K. L.
Chishi in the ensuing March 5 polls.

Congress members clarifies: Reacting to a news item that appeared in
the local dailies on February 11 under the caption, "Congress members resigned
from ward no.22", Lukiye and Zhetovi, ward no. 22 has stated that they have
never resigned from the Congress and termed the person responsible for using
their names as "self style" who did it without their consent. This was stated in
a press release issued by V. Sema. press secretary to K. L. Chishi.

Support for H. Khekiho Zhimomi: The Shitovi village council
Dhansiripar under 4 Ghaspani-I A/C has declared their support to H. Khekiho
Zhimomi. A joint press release issued by NPF 4 Ghaspani -I A/C president, Tokuho
Neho and general secretary, Zuben Lotha have also informed that the council
members, elders and the villagers of Dumokhia, only Lotha village under 4
Ghaspani-I A/C held a joint meeting on February 17 at the office of the village
council of Dumokhia in the presence of the candidate and party workers and have
resolved to support Khekiho for the forthcoming general elections. .
.more…

MON(NPT, 20-2-08)

Party workers resign: The NPF and Congress party workers have declared
to resign from their respective posts to support H. Haiying Khiam, RJD candidate
of 56 Noklak A/C led by P. Khou, finance secretary of NPF youth Noklak town, M.
Settiu, executive chairman of NPF youth Noklak, T. Pongom, party agent Congress
of 56 A/C and P. Demo, NATC NPF party agent of 56 A/C. A press release issued by
Thangem, press secretary to RJD candidate of 56 A/C Noklak stated that the
members have joined RJD party seeing the dynamic leadership and prospect of RJD
party in the state.

48 Moka A/C INC members resign: Altogether 38 active members of Indian
National Congress (INC) party from different villages under 48 Moka A/C have
resigned from the party and resolved to support NPF candidate E.E Pangteang in
the ensuing general assembly election. .
.more…

Support for Haiying: Supporters of NPF and Congress party from
Chingmie village has resigned with host of party workers from their respective
posts to support H. Haiying Khiam (Advocate), RJD candidate 56 Noklak A/C. This
was stated in a press release issued by Thangem, press secretary to RJD
candidate 56 assembly constituency Noklak. .
.more…

Supporters for Nyeiwang Konyak: The 47th A/C NPF Aboi, in its meeting
held on January 31, resolved to support NPF candidate Nyeiwang Konyak, a release
by the general secretary, Y. Ato Konyak, stated. Discussing the development
works in the region during the tenure of Nyeiwang Konyak, NPF party workers and
leaders expressed their hope that the candidate would bring progress even in the
future. ..more….

NPF Aboi welcomes: The 47th A/C NPF Aboi has welcomed Healong, VC and
secretary Chinglong village from RJD, and A. Chairyong, GB Chinglong Village
from INC, to the NPF party. A release by its general secretary, Y. Ato Konyak,
stated that the members resigned from their party to support NPF candidate, Y.
Nyeiwang Konyak.

Congress 43 Tapi A/C welcomes: The Congress party 43 Tapi A/C has
welcomed prominent leaders who have resigned from the NPF party and joined
Congress party led by NPF divisional secretary, Nahtei Konyak from Nyahsa
village and Apan Konyak from Shangnyu village and ex-president NPF 43 Tapi A/C.
A press release issued by Ajeih Konyak, general secretary (Adm) 43 Tapi A/C
stated that the members had resigned due to lack of confidence. The resigned
members have joined Congress party to support N. Lanpha, candidate for 43 Tapi
A/C.

PHEK(NPT, 20-2-08)

Supporters for Chotisüh sazo: Altogether eleven members from 18th
Chozuba A/C NPF and BJP have declared their resignation from the active and
primary membership of the party to support independent candidate Chotisüh Sazo.
According to a press release issued by Pokuyi Khesoh, convener, steering
committee of the independent candidate, stated that the resigned candidates
included ex unit chairman, NPF and ex VCC Chesezu, Soveyi Nyekha; finance
secretary of NPF Zükuyi Nyekha; active members of NPF party Nüngotso Nyekha,
Vepora Nyekha, Thüpude Nyekha, Kütsosa Nyekha, Besükroyi Nyekha, Zavecho Nyekha,
Zümotsoyi Nyekha; unit youth president of BJP Vekütso Nyekha and active BJP
member Müdopoyi Nyekha.

Congress worker resigns: The Phek town unit Congress banker 19 Phek
A/C along with five household led by Hutaveyi Rhakho, Shuvetalu Chizo,
Chivocholu Hoshi, Phuvehu and Thupuveta having 26 voters have declared to resign
from the Congress party as they have lost hope on Congress party. In a press
release issued by Hutaveyi Rhakho stated that the resigned members have decided
to join NPF party to support Kuzholuzo (Azo) from 19 Phek A/C for his dedication
and sincerity.

ZUNHEBOTO(NPT, 20-2-08)

Support for Kheto: The Alaphumi Village Council (AVC) in its general
public meeting held on February 18 resolved to "declare solid in support of" I.
Kheto INC candidate from 31 A/C Akuluto. .
.more…

TUENSANG(NPT, 20-2-08)

BJP members resign: BJP members from 52th A/C Longkhim-Chare have
resigned from the party to support Congress candidate S.K. Sangtam. President
52th A/C AYC, Joseph in a press release informed that the resigned members
included Sejungba, GB Chungtor village, and other six household from Longkhim
Town, namely: Tsalongse; Chotsamong; Chotong; Tsalong; Ongto and Athriba.

NPF party founders of 58 A/C Shamator-Chessore resign: The NPF party
founders and ex-office bearers from different villages under 58 A/C Shamator-
Chessore have declared their resignation from the NPF party and decided to join
BJP party to support the candidature of M. Rokkiumong Yimchungru of 58 A/C
Shamator- Chessore for the coming Assembly elections. This was stated in a press
release issued by T. Keozhih, former secretary of NPF Tuensang division.

DYC workers resign: The District Youth Congress (DYC) of Tuensang
Sadar-I party workers have declared to resign from the primary and active
membership of the party. A press release issued by DYC president, I. Alemba
Chang stated that the members took the initiative as their demand for 10%
reservation of party ticket for Nagaland Youth Congress was denied by the higher
authorities and also Nungsanglemba Chang was denied party ticket who was
recommended from grass root level. The resigned members included I. Alemba
Chang, president; Chuba Chang, vice president; Chubala Chang, secretary; Alemla
Chang, assistant secretary; Serila Sangtam, women co-ordinator and Atula Chang,
assistant women co- ordinator.

PEREN(NPT, 20-2-08)

Congress members resigne: The president and general secretary of the
Nkoreu Village Congress unit under Peren A/C namely Kaichung and J Jenpet have
resigned from the primary and active membership of the Congress party and joined
the NPF. Signatories in a release informed that they had resigned from Congress
and joined the NPF to support the NPF candidate TR Zeliang in the ensuing
assembly election.

JTC member resigns: Jalukie Town Council (JTC) member, advisor DCC
Peren and Mahila vice president, Zaiping has resigned from the Congress and
joined the NPF in support of T. R. Zeliang.

WOKHA(NPT, 20-2-08)

Support for Pinyimthung: Various political party workers under 37 Tyui
A/C have declared their support to NPF party. A press release issued by
Thungdemo Lotha, press secretary to the NPF candidate 37 Tyui A/C stated that
the political activists have joined hands with NPF for a visionary and dynamic
leadership, led by Nshumo Ezung, R. David Ngullie, N. Jhon Ngullie, N.Thunchumo
Ngulliue, all from Yimkha village and Ntsemo Patton from Koio village. The
political activists further declared to stand firm and work for the candidature
to bring changes in the social and economic conditions of the rural areas, the
release added.

TR Zeliang reacts to
report(NPT, 20-2-08)

DIMAPUR: Reacting to the accusations of the Congress party under 7
Peren A/C, NPF intending candidate and MP Rajya Sabha T.R. Zeliang has urged all
concerned leaders in the district to shun from indulging cheap politics with
unfounded and baseless allegations while dealing with important issues
concerning the people. ..more…

35
candidates withdraw nominations in Nagaland Assembly

elections
(SEN_20_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 19: So far 35 candidates have decided not to
contest in March 5 Nagaland Assembly elections. Tomorrow is the last date for
withdrawal of nominations.
According to a release from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer here
today, the scrutiny was taken up yesterday and only two nomination papers of two
standby candidates were found invalid in Mokokchung district due to lack of
required documents. All the other 287 nomination papers, of the 289 candidates
were found valid. ..more…

Nagaland governor promises fair
polls(TEL, 20-2-08)

Kohima, Feb. 19: Nagaland Governor K. Sankaranarayanan
today assured the people of “peaceful, free and fair elections” on March 5.He
said the government faced the mammoth task of organising elections in 1,781
polling stations in the state where more than 13 lakh voters were expected to
exercise their franchise and was doing its best to ensure smooth conduct of the
polls. Sankaranarayanan, who recently discussed security in the state with
national security advisor M.K. Narayanaran, said the government’s top priority
was security of the people and peaceful elections and it would deploy more than
168 companies of paramilitary forces in addition to the police to ensure this. .
.more…

218 in fray for polls(NPT,
21-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 20 (NPN): Altogether 218 candidates are in the fray for
the March 5 State Assembly elections after scrutiny and withdrawal of
nominations by some candidates.According to State Election Department, Congress
fielded candidates in all 60 seats, followed by NPF (56), NCP (eight), BJP (23),
JD-U (three), JD-S (four), UNDP (two), RJD (25), LJP (three), APP (one) and
Independents (33). ..more…

Alva arrives; Sonia to visit
on March 1(NPT, 21-2-08)

DIMAPUR, FEB 20 (NPN): AICC general secretary and
incharge Nagaland Mrs. Margareth Alva and central observer Siddarth Patil
arrived Nagaland Wednesday to assess the Congress party’s preparation for the
State Assembly election slated for March 5. .
.more…

Tripati visits Mkg(NPT,
21-2-08)

DIMAPUR: Advisor (Security) to Governor of Nagaland, Tripathi
accompanied by Commissioner Nagaland, Toshi Aier and DGP Nagaland, J. Changkija
is on a two day official tour to Mokokchung from February 19 to 20 for review of
the security situation with DC Mokokchung security official and law enforcing
agencies. ..more…

Ban
on arms

WOKHA, Feb 20: Deputy Commissioner Wokha, Mikha Lomi has issued an order
banning carrying of all arms and lethal weapons in the district to ensure
maintenance of law and order which is essential for ensuring free and fair
election, stated a press release. .
.more…

New treasury office
KOHIMA, Feb 20: The new office building of treasury office building
inaugural programme will be held on February 21, stated a press release. DC
Tuensang Imjung M Panger will grace the function as the chief guest and Senior
Treasury Officer M. Vihoto Chishi will preside over the function, while
Sub-Treasury Officer Apong Chang will propose the vote of thanks.

Assam Rifles deployed
in Nagaland for March 5 polls
(SEN_21_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 20: Assam Rifles was deployed throughout
Nagaland today to provide the security for the March 5 Assembly polls in the
State.
This was informed at the meeting of the Cease Fire Monitoring Group (CFMG)
between the Central government representatives and the NSCN-IM, held here
yesterday. Official sources said the meeting was held at the residential office
of Chairman of the CFMG Lt Gen (Retd) R V Kulkarni at Kohima, where Maj Gen K S
Sethi, Inspector General of Assam Rifles (North) informed the Assam Rifles
personnel will be deployed from today with the aim to instil confidence in the
local people and check the movement of the armed cadres of the underground
factions. ..more…

Congress bid to put house in
order ahead of polls(AST, 22-2-08)
 KOHIMA, Feb 21 – Apparently perturbed over the desertions of senior
party leaders ahead of the Assembly elections in Nagaland, the Congress has
appealed to all of them to come back and work for it. .
.more…

 

Swim with
NPF: Rio(NPT, 22-2-08)

Mokokchung, Feb 21 (NPN): Former chief minister Neiphiu Rio said “It is
better to swim with the waves instead of swimming against it as it would be
impossible for the swimmer to reach his destination”. Addressing a rally here on
Thursday, the NPF star campaigner claimed DAN alliance was growing stronger and
that its position was improving. He expressed confidence that DAN would be able
to retain power after the forthcoming Assembly polls. .
.more…

 

Unique experiment in State
polls(NPT, 22-2-08)

KOHIMA, FEB 21 (NPN):  In a unique experiment and for the first time in the
country, Nagaland which goes to polls on March 5 will have a Booth Level
Assistance Cell (BLAC) vested with power to authorize a person to cast his or
her vote before the presiding officer.  .
.more…

 

Pre-poll violence in
Dimapur(NPT, 22-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 21 (NPN): Stray incidents of pre-poll violence were reported in
and around Dimapur on Wednesday and Thursday.
The RJD alleged around 30 to 35 of its activists were “assaulted” by Congress
workers at a place between Murise village and Deziephe village near Doyapur at
around 1:30 am, Thursday. ..more…

 

Election training held at
Phek(NPT, 22-2-08)

DIMAPUR: A two-day election training was conducted at Phek headquarter
on February 20 and 21 in Govt. Higher Secondary School Auditorium, Phek for the
state general election poll slated on March 5.According to an official bulletin,
during the training, Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer Phek, Maongwati
Aier called on all electoral trainers under Phek to ensure a free and fair
election for the forthcoming 11th Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election. While
calling on all presiding officers and polling personnel’s to be alert and
vigilant to prevent any untoward accidents .
.more…

NPF well ahead of other
parties in poll campaign
(SEN_22_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 21: The Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF) is surging ahead of all
the other parties in the State in organizing election campaigns for the March 5
Assembly polls as the other parties were yet to start their rallies and other
poll related programmes.
While the NPF was yet to release its election manifesto, termed the Common
Minimum Programme (CMP), the party has already organized huge rallies in Phek,
Peren and Dimapur districts with their star campaigners – former Chief Minister
Neiphiu Rio, NPF president Shurhozelie and Rajya Sabha Member Wangyuh Konyak. .
.more…

 

Venkaih Naidu to visit
Nagaland
(SEN_22_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 21: Senior BJP leader Venkaih Naidu will visit Nagaland on
February 28 for the party’s election campaigns ahead of the Assembly polls in
the state on March 5.
In a release issued here today, state BJP general secretary Avinash Koli said
Naidu will arrive at Dimapur from Guwahati on February 28 and make a whirlwind
tour by helicopter to Bhandari and Sanis towns under Wokha district and Wakching
town under Mon district. Later, he will leave for Kolkata on the same day. (UNI).

740 polling stations
hyper sensitive: CEO C J Ponraj
(SEN_22_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 21: Altogether 12,99,888 voters will exercise their franchise
in 1,780 polling stations throughout Nagaland on March five Assembly elections,
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) C J Ponraj today said. Talking to mediapersons
here, Ponraj said of the total polling stations, police have identified 740 as
hyper-sensitive, while 554 were sensitive and 486 normal. .
.more…

Poll panel
seeks Church aid (TEL, 22-2-08)

Kohima, Feb. 21: The Election Commission has asked the
Church and village councils in Nagaland to assist it in identification of
genuine voters for the March 5 Assembly elections. “With support from the Church
and village councils, the poll process will be free and fair,” chief electoral
officer C.J. Pongraj said today.With only 43 per cent of the electorate having
voter identity cards, the Election Commission has decided to allow voters
without the cards to cast ballots on production of certificates issued by the
Church. ..more…

10 candidates file
nominations(NPT_12_2_K8)

DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, FEB 11(NPN): On the second day of filing of
nomination for the ensuing general election to the 11th Nagaland Legislative
Assembly 2008 slated for March 5, a total of ten nominations were filed in two
districts with seven in Dimapur and three in Wokha districts. .
.more…

 

Voters
decrease(NPT_12_2_K8)

Dimapur, Feb 1(NPN): In sharp contrast to the electoral rolls of other
constituencies, it is has come to light that Dimapur-I assembly constituency has
instead shown a drastic decline of its voters from around thirty thousand to
around eighteen thousand currently.
Sources disclosed that following the intensive revision of the electoral rolls
in 2004, the names of thousands of voters, mostly non-local citizens have been
deleted from the rolls.
Many of those whose names were deleted from electoral rolls of Dimapur-I, had
their names in the list since 1963, while many others had voted in at least
three previous elections. ..more…

 

Security for
polls(NPT_12_2_K8)

Dimapur, Feb 11 (NPN): Elaborate security arrangements have been made in the
State to ensure free and fair Assembly elections, due on March 5.
According to official sources, the Centre has already sanctioned 168 companies
of central paramilitary forces. Earlier, the State government had sought 180
companies of central paramilitary forces. .
.more…

 

Rio launches poll
campaign(NPT_12_2_K8)

KOHIMA:
As electioneering is getting momentum with finalization of candidates by
respective political parties across the state, former chief minister and NPF
star campaigner Neiphiu Rio today launched his maiden poll campaign at his home
constituency Northern Angami-II to retain the prestigious seat facing a tough
fight against Congress.Being the chief minister’s constituency, Rio’s supporters
tried their level best to draw maximum crowd to the election rally at
Chiephobozou play ground, sending the message that re-election of Rio is most
crucial for future formation of government in Nagaland.
.
.more…

DC & RO Mkg on
election(NPT_12_2_K8)

DIMAPUR:
The Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer (DC & RO) of Mokokchung district
has informed that election of members to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly will
be held in ten assembly constituencies under Mokokchung district including
21-Tuli, 22-Arkakong, 23-Impur, 24-Angetyongpang, 25-Mongoya, 26-Aonglenden,
27-Mokokchung Town, 28-Koridang, 29-Jangpetkong and 30-Alongtaki Assembly
Constituencies.
..more…

Dimapur NPF candidates file
nominations(NPT_12_2_K8)

DIMAPUR :
Ahead of the release of the NPF election manifesto, former Commerce & Industries
minister and senior NPF leader Khekiho Zhimomi Monday said the NPF party would
focus on regionalism and youth empowerment as the main poll planks of the party
for the ensuing Assembly election. Addressing mediapersons here at DC Office in
between filing of nominations of all five NPF candidates of Dimapur district,
Khekiho said the NPF party with its motto "Fide non Armis" (By faith not arms)
was the only party that had been defending the spirit and cause of Naga
regionalism, identity and interest throughout its existence under different
nomenclatures.
..more…


Notification on nomination papers»(SEN_12_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 11: In view of the ensuing
Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election to be held on March 5 2008, Deputy
Commissioner Kohima, Sachopra Vero has notified that nomination paper may be
delivered by a candidate or by any of his proposers to the Returning Officer at
the office of the DC Kohima between 11am and 3 pm on any day (other than public
holiday) not later then February 16, stated a press release.
.
.more…

 

CEM
Formation Day held»(SEN_12_2_k8)

MON, Feb 11: Child Evangelism Ministry (CEM)
formation day was held at Mon on February 10, stated a press release. Associate
Pastor, Those Angami chaired the service. The chairman gave a key note on CEM
followed by installation of ministry by Keviu Seyie Pastor Tenyimia church Mon.
In his speech he highlighted the importance of child ministry in every church
and said that with the installation of child department the Tenyimia has now
become a full fledged church body. The service ended with a mass prayer.

..more…

 

Standing
commitee meeting held»(SEN_12_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 11: The first meeting of the
Changtongya Subdivision Standing Committee for the Assembly election was held
today, in the office chamber of the Chairman and SDO (C) Chantongya, stated a
press release.
..more…

 

Buildings
requisitioned »(SEN_12_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 11: Deputy Commissioner and DEO, Kohima, Sachopra Vero has
requisitioned buildings, where the polling stations are located, to be used as
polling station for the ensuing 11th General Assembly election, 2008, stated a
press release The list of the buildings for polling station is available at the
DC’s Office for information of the public. .
.more…

Elaborate security arrangements
made for elections»(SEN_12_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 11: Advisor to the Nagaland Governor Raghav Sharan Pandey has
asserted that elaborate security arrangements had been made to ensure free and
fair Assembly elections on March 5. In a statement, he said the Centre had
sanctioned 150 companies of security forces and some of them had already arrived
while the rest would come after completion of the Tripura Assembly elections. He
also said the deployment of security forces will depend on the demand of the
Electorate officers, police authorities and intelligence reports on the
sensitiveness of the polling stations. .
.more…

 

Rio, NPF
leaders file nominations(NPT_13_2_K8)

Kohima, Feb 12 (NPN): A total of 16 nominations were filed
on Tuesday in Kohima, Wokha, Phek and Pughoboto for the March 5 Assembly
elections in the State.
With this, altogether 26 candidates have filed their nominations. Ten candidates
had filed their nomination papers on Monday.
Five nominations each were filed in Kohima district (four from NPF and one
Independent), Phek district (all NPF) and Wokha district (four from BJP and one
Independent). One nomination (NPF) was filed from Pughoboto. .
.more…

 

Rio harps
on ‘coalition era’(NPT_13_2_K8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 12 (NPN): Former Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, said it was now a
time for “coalition era” with regional parties playing a major part in formation
of government.
Sharing his goals and vision with Tenyimias at Naithu Resort here on Tuesday,
the former chief minister said with 38 political parties and nine Independents
in the Lok Sabha it was now a time for coalition politics. He claimed it was
owing to the failure of Congress that a number of other political parties had
emerged. However, Rio lamented “we are not able to trust our own leaders; our
own regional party” and were opting for a national party. .
.more…

 

Govt cautions
HoDs(NPT_13_2_K8)

Dimapur, Feb 12 (NPN): The State government has
reminded the Heads of Departments (HoDs) to submit quarterly review on the
receipts and expenditure relating to budget.
A release issued by Principal Secretary and Finance Commissioner H.K. cautioned
that failure to submit the quarterly review would amount to violation of the
Nagaland Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act 2005 and attract
punishment as specified under the Act. .
.more…

 


Support for Atomi Zhimomi(NPT_13_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: The Gaon Boras (GBs) under Dimapur – I assembly constituency
is likely to support the candidature of MLA Atomi Zhimomi in the ensuing state
assembly elections slated to be held in March 5. .
.more…


Longleng GBs & DBs to support(NPT_13_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: The Joint Forum of Longleng District GBs Federation and DBs
Association has resolved to "continue" to render full support to the five points
resolution adopted by the Nagaland GBs Federation and Nagaland DBs Association
on June 6, 2007 at State Academy Hall, Kohima. .
.more…


Wokha NPF workers resign (NPT_13_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: Nine office bearers of NPF under Wokha division have resigned
from the active and primary member of the party. The resigned members included:
S. Eyingo Kikon, senior vice president, Phyobemo Murry, Y. Mhonhumo Murry and
John Ovung, vice president, Penathung Humtsoe, general secretary, Ezanimo Kikon
and Sholumo Lotha, secretary, Y.P. Jami, ex-president and Zuthunglo Kikon,
president Women Wing. ..more…

NNC calls Nagas to
boycott polls
(SEN_13_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 12: The Nagaland National Council (NNC), an underground outfit,
has directed all Nagas not to participate in the forthcoming “proxy and bogus
election” in the State. In a release here today, the NNC Secretary In-charge L
Kaiso has advised all Nagas to “stay at home when such proxy election is forced
in any part of Nagaland”. ..more…

Poll schedule for Nagaland
(SEN_13_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 12: As recommended by the Election Commission of India, the
Governor of Nagaland, under Section 15 of the Representation of Peoples Act
1951, is calling upon all Assembly Constituencies to elect members for
constituting the new Assembly of the State, through a notification that was
issued on February 9, stated a press release.
Accordingly, all Returning Officers in the State of Nagaland will be issuing
Public Notice under Section 31 of the Representation of Peoples Act 1951
specifying the place and time for receiving nominations. .
.more…

 
31 poll observers for
Nagaland

(SEN_13_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 12: The Election Commission has deployed 31 poll observers to
Nagaland for the March five Assembly elections in the State. State Chief
Electoral Officer C J Ponraj told UNI that all the 31 observers will reach their
respective constituencies by February 17. .
.more…

 

DC’s stricture

KOHIMA, Feb 12: Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer Tuensang has
stated in a press release that the second and last rehearsal training will be
held on March 1 in which all polling personnel except 4th grade employees should
attend the final round of election training. .
.more…

Symbols not to be
displayed on Government vehicles

KOHIMA, Feb 12: Reminding that the model code of conduct came into effect
from January 14, Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, Imkonglemba has in a
press release stated that as per the directives issued by the Election
Commission of India, no political party flags, symbols or insignias in any form
should be displayed on government vehicles with immediate effect. .
.more…

Candidates file
nomination for Nagaland polls

KOHIMA, Feb 12: Altogether ten candidates have filed their nomination
papers in Nagaland for the March 5 Assembly elections.
Chief electoral officer (CEO) C J Ponraj told UNI that seven nomination papers
were filed in Dimapur district and three in Wokha district.
Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) candidate Atomi Zhimomi has filed his nomination
papers for Dimapur-I constituency, Savi Liegise and Mhiasizhakho filed their
nominations for Dimapur-II and V. .
.more…

 

Imkong, 21 others file
nominations(NPT_14_2_K8)

Dimapur, Feb 13 (NPN): Altogether 22 candidates including Leader of
Congress Legislature Party (CLP), I. Imkong, filed their nomination papers on
Wednesday for the March 5 Assembly elections in the State.With this, a total of
49 candidates have so far filed their nominations. Ten candidates had filed
their nominations on Monday and another 16 on Tuesday. T. Tali (Independent) had
also filed his nomination from 21 Tuli on Tuesday. .
.more…

‘Boys Band’ in
Dimapur(NPT_14_2_K8)

With an aura grasping youngsters in the city to commemorate Valentine ‘s Day,
the four Indian Idol finalists, 2007 has something different in the offing to
lighten the ‘day of friendship.’

Chang, Abishek, Parleen, and Suhit arrived Dimapur on Wednesday to mesmerize
Dimapurians. While interacting with media persons after their arrival, the four
finalists said they still regard their counterpart Amit Paul and Prashant Tamang,
Indian Idol 2007 and runner-up respectively, as family unit.

A dentist by profession, Chang, who was one of the finalists in the reality
show, and a hot favourite from the Northeastern region including his hometown,
Kolkata, was of the view that piracy in music as well as film industries is one
of the main factors that stop aspiring musicians to foray into their interests.

On the lighter side, when asked about India’s ‘Pop Queen’, Alisha Chinai’s
emotional send off during the ‘Idol’ contest, Chang, who is a Chinese by birth
but born and brought up in the "City of Joy", Kolkata, was contented with the
judges’ decision. Not forgetting one of the Indian Idol finalists, Parleen, he
has the charm to ‘imprint’ something in any lady’s heart on ‘V-Day’.

Dress Magic, who is staging the concert with media partner Nagaland Post is
all geared up to treat the music lovers of Dimapur a scintillating performances
along with Abishek and Suhit, the two other Indian Idol finalists on Valentines’
Day at DDSC Stadium.

Governor directs DCs on
PDS(NPT_14_2_K8)

 Dimapur, Feb 13 (NPN): Governor of Nagaland, K.
Sankaranarayanan, has directed all Deputy Commissioners and other district
authorities to ensure that all commodities under the Public Distribution System
(PDS) were distributed properly to the beneficiaries without diversion of any
kind. ..more…

Manik Bhattacharjee
dead(NPT_14_2_K8)

Dimapur, Feb 13 (NPN): Senior citizen and prominent social worker
Manik Bhattacharjee died at his Kher Mahal residence here after a prolonged
illness at around 9 pm on Wednesday. He was 74 and is survived by his wife, two
sons and two daughters. ..more…

DC & RO Mon on
election(NPT_14_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: The Deputy Commissioner & Returning Officer (DC & RO) of Mon,
M. Patton IAS has issued notice of election for all the nine Assembly
Constituencies under Mon District.The DC & RO, Mon stated that an Election will
be held for 41 A/C Tizit, 42 A/C Wakching, 43 A/C Tapi, 44 A/C Phomching, 45 A/C
Tehok, 46 A/C Mon town, 47 A/C Aboi, 48 A/C Moka and 55 A/C Tobu. It stated that
nomination papers may be delivered by the candidate or by any of his proposer to
the Returning Officer or to Nepose Theluo, ADC, Mon Hq. and R.T. Wapang Ao, AEO
& Assistant Returning Officer Mon at the office of the Returning Officer, Mon
between 11 am and 3 p.m. or any (other than public holiday) not later than
16-02-2008. Forms of nomination paper may be obtained at the place and time
aforesaid. ..more…

Tight
security for fair polls in Nagaland
(SEN_14_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 13: A total of 168 companies of para-military forces and over
16,000 police force will be deployed for the Nagaland March five Assembly polls
to conduct free and fair elections.
State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) C J Ponraj told UNI that the Centre has
sanctioned 150 companies of paramilitary forces to conduct the polls, some
companies have already arrived the State and the rest would arrive after the
Tripura elections were over. The State has already 18 companies of existing CRPF.
..more…

 

Election
tips from Naga pulpit(TEL_14_2_K8)

Kohima, Feb. 13: Choose your representative wisely, the
Catholic Church has urged the people of Nagaland a little over a fortnight
before the state goes to polls on March 5.The church has even prepared a ready
reckoner for voters to help them take the right decision at the ballots.Here’s a
sample: First look at the poll manifesto, then the track record of the party and
finally the candidate’s credentials. .
.more…

Mon candidates share common
platform(NPT_15_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: To maintain peaceful atmosphere during Elections and also to
bring cordial relationship between the various political parties and candidates
a Common Platform was organized by the KU, KBBB, KNSK and KSU at the Council
Hall, Mon on Thursday. ..more…

NDP resolves(NPT_15_2_K8)

DIMAPUR: An executive meeting of the Nagaland
Democratic Party (NDP) was held on February 14 at Dimapur wherein it decided not
to field any candidate in the ensuing state general elections. .
.more…

 

INC candidate
declares(NPT_15_2_K8)

  KOHIMA: The declaration programme of INC candidate
of 36th A/C Satakha, T. Inavi Zimomi, was held on February 13 at Satakha town.
More than 3500 supporters attended the programme stated a release issued by
press secretary Mugalho. ..more…

 

The Left
Front’s concern is, however, reflected in a separate manifesto entitled

Struggle and Success iPoll panel brakes on vehicle
misuse(TEL15_2_K8)

 Kohima, Feb. 14: The Election Commission has
directed the district administration and police to launch special a drive
against unlawful activities before the Assembly elections, such as misuse of
election-campaign vehicles to smuggle arms and liquor. Chief electoral officer
C.J. Ponraj today said such checks would continue till the completion of the
process of elections. “Apart from impounding vehicles engaged in unlawful
activities, criminal action against the owner, occupant and the candidate or
political party involved in such illegal activities shall be taken,” he said. .
.more…

 


Professionals, young leaders dominate poll scene in Nagaland
(AST_16_2_k8)
 KOHIMA, Feb 15 – Many new faces from professional backgrounds and youths
are trying their electoral fortunes in the March 5 Assembly election in Nagaland.

Representing the entire spectrum of political outfits as well as independent
candidates, these fresh contenders are even going out of party line of thinking
and are speaking about change in Naga society, while many have chosen youth
empowerment as a favoured issue to woo voters. .
.more…

152 file nominations in
Nagaland(NPT_16_2_k8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 15 (NPN): Fifty one candidates of various political parties
Friday filed their nominations for the state assembly election slated for March
5, taking the total number of nominations filed to 152 on the penultimate day of
filing nominations.
Prominent leaders including former ministers and MLAs who filed their
nominations Friday included ..more…

 

Chishi moots new approach to
Naga issue(NPT_16_2_k8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 15 (NPN): Former chief minister K L Chishi Friday said the
Constitution of India should be “re- amended” to draw new boundaries as a part
of the 16-Point Agreement, which was not implemented by the Government of India.
Chishi said the issue of integration of Naga inhabited areas as contained in the
16-Point Agreement was an “ignored clause” since it was not implemented by the
Government of India “in toto.” He also said there was no more “equi-closeness or
equi-distance” policies but drawing a new boundary to bring about a negotiated
settlement. ..more…

 

Jami allotted addl.
charge(NPT_16_2_k8)

  DIMAPUR, FEB 15 (NPN): The ‘GPRN/NSCN’ chairman SS
Khaplang has authorized convenor of the Council of Ministers, ‘GPRN/NSCN’, AZ
Jami to oversee and supervise all political affairs, party affairs and
administrative matters, in the name of the NSCN ‘President’ and ‘Ato kilonser’
Kitovi Zhimomi, till further orders.
Secretary, MIP/GRPN, in a notification said the directive was issued since both
the NSCN (K) chairman and ‘Ato kilonser’ could not always be at station or
office due to their heavy engagements. .
.more…

 

Review of
annual plan(NPT_16_2_k8)

  DIMAPUR, FEB 15 (NPN): Advisor to Governor RS Pandey
Friday reviewed the physical and financial performance of the implementation of
Annual Plan 2007-08 at a meeting of administrative heads of departments and
heads of departments in the conference hall of the Nagaland Secretariat, Kohima.
..more…

 

Cong
admits to ticket hitches(NPT_16_2_k8)

KOHIMA, FEB 15 (NPN):  The Congress Party has admitted that there were
problems in few assembly seats over selection of candidates for the ensuing
state general election slated for March 5.
“A bit of problem was there in few assembly constituencies over the selection of
tickets and some have to leave the Congress party,” All India Congress Committee
(AICC) secretary Ranji Thomas told mediapersons Friday night. .
.more…

 

Nagaland annual plan
reviewed(SEN_16_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 15: RS Pandey, Advisor to Nagaland Governor has reviewed the
performance of the implementation of Annual Plan 2007-08 at a meeting of
Administrative Heads of Departments in Kohima yesterday, stated a press release.
He also held in depth discussions on the draft Annual Plan for the year 2008-09.
Reviewing the performance of the current plan, RS Pandey appealed to the
officers to implement all the appropriate projects with all seriousness. He said
that while implementing the programmes, basic needs of the people, such as
roads, water, power, human resource development should be given special
attention. ..more…

 

EVM
training at Kohima
(SEN_16_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 15: Election voting machine training (EVM) for
Kohima district will be conducted from February 19 to 21 at Kohima from 10 am on
all days, stated a press release. Deputy Commissioner & DEO Kohima, Sachopra
Vero shall give the opening address on February 19 in the auditorium of Kohima
College at 10 am and after which the officials shall proceed to the Local Ground
for the said training.

Complaint monitoring cell
set up
(SEN_16_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 15: The Deputy Commissioner and ERO Mokokchung
R Ramakrishnan has stated in a press release that a Complaint Monitoring Cell
(CMC) with a view to enforce the Model Code of Conduct during 11th General
Assembly Election on March 5 is being set up in the office of the DC Mokokchung
and Returning Officer. The cell has been constituted with the following officers
– Vikishe, SDO (C) I, Mokokchung and Irshad Wali, SDPO Mokokchung. .
.more…

 
Election observer arrives(SEN_16_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 15: The Deputy Commissioner Kohima, Sachopra Vero has informed
all contesting candidates and political parties that the Election Observer,
Indrasen Singh for 10 Northern Angami I AC, 11 Northern Angami II AC, 12
Tseminyu AC and 13 Pughuboto AC has arrived yesterday, stated a press release. .
.more…

Nagaland
parties blow poll bugle(TEL_16_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb. 15: Parties of all hues have joined the
poll fray in Nagaland where the Assembly is in suspended animation following
imposition of President’s rule in the state. Tomorrow is the penultimate day for
filing of nominations for the March 5 Assembly elections.  So far, 115
candidates have filed their nomination papers. Scrutiny of the papers will be
done on Monday. The number of candidates in the fray for the 60-member House
will be known by tomorrow. While the Congress will field candidates in all the
60 constituencies, the Nagaland People’s Front, its main rival, will contest 56
seats. The NPF was the main constituent of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland
(DAN) government which was toppled by the Centre. .
.more…

DAN most corrupt Govt:
Imkong(NPT,23-2-08)

MOKOKCHUNG, FEB 22:  Leader of the Congress Legislature Party, I. Imkong has
castigated the then DAN Government for its lackadaisical attitude towards the
rural areas in the State which, he said, were yet to see the light of the day in
terms of development.
The CLP leader who undertook a tour by chopper Friday to various constituencies
in Tuensang and Mon districts, expressed shock when he touched down at the
grassroots level only to discover that there was “zero development on the
ground” although the works mentioned in the works programme amounted to the tune
of crores of rupees. ..more…

 

WW-II veteran
Kesiezie expires(NPT,23-2-08)

DIMAPUR, FEB 22 (NPN): Kepuosievi Kesiezie, aged 85, a
veteran of World War-II passed away at Oking Hospital, Kohima, after a prolonged
illness. Late Kesiezie was a recipient of four medals including the 1939/45
Star, Burma Star, War medal and the India Independence Medal and had joined
Assam Regiment in 1944 at the age of 18. A pioneer in Tenyidie literature, he
co-authored a Tenyidie dictionary and was a senior member of Ura Academy. .
.more…

 

Congress
era over, says Rio(NPT,23-2-08)

DIMAPUR, FEB 22 (NPN): Former chief minister Neiphiu Rio today claimed that
the glorious days of the Congress Party was past and that the era of regionalism
had set in to effectively solve regional issues and problems. .
.more…

 

Deficit soars(NPT,23-2-08)

Dimapur, February 22 (NPN): A huge deficit stares on the
face of a new government that will assume office after the March 5 election
which it will have to grapple in order to prevent embargo by the RBI.
According to official sources the deficit, considered to be one of the biggest
which was pegged at around 330 crore or so to nearly, could touch Rs.450 crore
or so by the end of March 2008.  It was also learnt that the then DAN government
had withdrawn huge sums of money just before Christmas besides alleged
backdating of order. ..more…

 

Suppliers
warn(NPT,23-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 22 (NPN): Non payment of bills to police ration suppliers is
threatening to blow into a crisis as suppliers have threatened to stop further
supply of rations. According to information received here, the police department
had released the last payment till September 2007 and from October till February
suppliers have been left high and dry. It has also come to light that the
budgeted amount was drawn but disappeared by October 2007.

 CBCK
flays assault(NPT,
23-2-08)

  DIMAPUR, FEB 22 (NPN): The Chakhesang Baptist Church
Kohima (CBCK) has condemned the alleged brutal assault on one Vetso Koza by a
VIP escort personnel near PR Hill traffic point, Kohima, Friday morning around
10 a.m.
Senior pastor, CBCK, Rev. Khrotso Mero in a press release said the victim Vetso
Koza, a former missionary to Burundi, Central Africa, and presently working as
Church secretary of CBCK, alongwith with his wife Kariu were in their car on the
way to the Church to attend to works when the incident took place. .
.more…

 

Dr Shürhozelie inaugurates
NPF unit office(NPT,23-2-08)

DIMAPUR: The election office of the 9th Kohima Town A/C NPF unit was
inaugurated by NPF President Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu at Dzüvürü (Mohonkola),
Kohima on February 21. A press release issued by the press secretary of the NPF
unit stated that the party leader appraised the party position in the state and
expressed his confidence that the party will get absolute majority to form the
next the Government. He fervently appealed to the denizens of Kohima town to
support Dr. Nicky Kire, the party official candidate of 9th Kohima Town A/C as
he was one of the most capable leaders for mini city like Kohima Town. .
.more…

2Booth-level committee
to check proxy voting

(SEN_23_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 22: Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer, Kohima,
Sachopra Vero stated in a press release that all polling stations will have a
Booth Level Committee to identify voters and to check proxy voting. He said that
necessary instructions have been given to the area administrative officers for
the same. ..more…

 

 218 candidates in fray for
Nagaland poll(SHT, 23-2-08)

Kohima: A total of 218 candidates are in the fray on expiry of
withdrawls for the March-5 assembly election in Nagaland, Chief Electoral
Officer (CEO), C J Panraj said on Friday. Prominent leaders seeking re-elections
include two former chief ministers Neiphiu Rio (NPF) and K L Chishi (Congress).
CLP leader I Imkong is seeking reelection from Jamgpetkong connstituency in
Mokokchung district against NPF candidate Dr I Longri. .
.more…

PM, Sonia to visit Nagaland
today(SHT, 23-2-08)

Kohima: Prime minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia
Gandhi will address election rallies in Nagaland according to a senior Congress
leader.AICC general secretary in-charge of Nagaland Margaret Alva told PTI here
that the prime minister will visit Kohima on February 27 to address poll
meetings. Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will address
election rallies at Dimapur and Mokokchung in Nagaland on March one, she said. .
.more…

218
candidates in fray for Nagaland poll(AST, 24-2-08)
 KOHIMA, Feb 23 – A total of 218 candidates are in the fray on expiry
of withdrawals for the March 5 Assembly election in Nagaland, Chief Electoral
Officer (CEO), CJ Panraj said today. .
.more…

NPF fooling Nagas with false
promises: Ranji(AST, 25-2-08)
Newmai News Network
 KOHIMA, Feb 24 – All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary, Ranji
Thomas on Saturday accused the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) of fooling the Naga
people by making false promises. .
.more…

 NPCC for probe into DAN
‘deals’(NPT_25_2_k8)

 Dimapur, Feb 24 (NPN): Drawing attention to a report
appearing in this daily on the current financial status of the state, the
Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee has blasted the then DAN government for
creating a deficit of around Rs.340 crore which was projected to reach around
Rs.450 crore by March, and said this would be a record of financial
mismanagement in the state. ..more…

 

Poll
campaign picking up in Nagaland (SEN_25_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 24: Although Congress leader I Imkong began his campaign in
Mokokchung, Mon and Tuensang for the March 5 Assembly elections, the party is
still lagging behind the Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF). The want of some star
campaigners in the present Congress party and the absence of former chief
minister and present Goa Governor S C Jamir in the State politics who had been
leading all campaigns ‘earlier, were the main reasons behind its low campaign. .
.more…

 

‘DAN will
come back to power’(SHT, 25-2-08)

Dimapur: The BJP has exuded confidence that it will retain power in
Nagaland and better its tally in Tripura and Meghalaya assembly in the ongoing
elections.

The mood of people shows that Democratic Alliance of Nagaland is the obvious
choice of the voters here, BJP president Rajnath Singh told reporters here last
night after addressing a series of election rallies in three districts of
Longleng, Tuensang, Wokha where the party fielded maximum number of candidates
for the March 5 election. ..more…

Security
forces step up vigil to ensure peaceful Nagaland polls
(AST_26_2_k8)
 KOHIMA, Feb 25 – With barely two weeks to go for the Assembly elections
in Nagaland, security forces have been put on high alert and underground cadres
asked to stay inside their designated camps.
Columns of Assam Rifles personnel were on the move since last week both on
vehicles and on foot to all Assembly constituencies and polling stations for
area familiarisation, a release from the office of Inspector General of Assam
Rifles (IGAR) said here. ..more…

Imkong attacks regional
parties(NPT_26_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 25 (NPN): Continuing his attack,
Leader of Congress Legislature Party (CLP), I. Imkong, Monday took umbrage at
the erstwhile DAN government over the plight of people living in Lotsu area of
Wokha district.
Addressing a gathering at Lotsu village while campaigning for party candidate
Thomas Ngullie, Imkong expressed astonishment to learn that the EAC posted at
Lotsu headquarters was transferred out five years back and was not replaced as
yet. ..more…

 


Cong slams BJP’s ‘secularism’(NPT_26_2_k8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 25 (NPN): Both CLP leader I.Imkong and NPCC president Hokheto
Sumi, in separate statements, have blasted the BJP claim’s that it was secular
and having due regard for Christianity.
At a press meet held in the office of Dimapur Press Club Monday, NPCC president
Hokheto, while drawing attention to the reported eulogy to Christ’s teachings by
BJP national president Rajnath Singh during his maiden poll campaign in the
state, said it was nothing more than a ploy to ensnare Naga voters for the
party. ..more…

 

4-party DAN
constituted(NPT_26_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 25 (NPN): The NPF, BJP, NCP and JD (U) have
resolved to constitute the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) as a pre-poll
alliance for contesting the March 5 polls and forming the DAN government, if so
warranted. ..more…

 

GOC 3
Corps reviews security(NPT_26_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 25 (NPN): Lt. Gen. M.S. Dadwal, GOC 3 Corps, reviewed the
security situation in Nagaland with high-ranking officials of Assam Rifles in
Kohima, Monday.
A defence release said IGAR (North) Maj. Gen. K.S. Sethi briefed the GOC on the
present situation and preparation of the Assam Rifles in view of the March 5
polls. ..more…

 

Rio raps PM,
Sonia(NPT_26_2_k8)

Tuophema (Kohima), Feb 25 (NPN): Ahead of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh
and Congress president Mrs. Sonia Gandhi’s proposed visit to Nagaland, former
chief minister Neiphiu Rio Monday said their visit to the State would not have
much impact for the Congress party. .
.more…

 

Village council refutes
report(NPT_26_2_k8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 25 (NPN): Reacting to the allegation of Wokha Town Council (WTC)
member Benathung Odyuo that a group of youths from Old Riphyim had made an
attempt on his life on the night of February 23, the Old Riphyim Village Council
has termed Odyuo’s allegation as “concocted.” .
.more…

 

52 former ministers in
fray for Nagaland Assembly elections
(SEN_26_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 25: As many as 52 former ministers, including two former
Chief Ministers, Speaker and Deputy Speaker are contesting the March 5 Nagaland
Assembly elections.Outgoing Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio is contesting from the
Northern Angami-II Assembly Constituency on Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF) ticket,
while former Chief Minister K L Chishi is a Congress candidate from Dimapur-I
Assembly constituency.
Speaker Kiyanelie Peseyie is also in the fray from Western Angami constituency
on NPF ticket while Deputy Speaker E E Pangteang is the NPF candidate from Moka
constituency. ..more…

 

Lalu Prasad to visit
Nagaland

(SEN_26_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 25: Railway Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad will visit
in Nagaland on February 28 to campaign for his party, ahead of the Assembly
elections on March five.
RJD sources said here today that Prasad will address an election rally at the
DDSC Stadium in Dimapur, in support of his party candidates. He will be
accompanied by Union Minister for Corporate Affairs Prem Chand Gupta, Minister
of State for Water Resources Jai Prakash Narayan, MP Mongilal Mandal and RJD
Northeast in-charge and MP Alok Kumar Mehta. .
.more…

 

Electronic devises
banned at PM’s meeting
(SEN_26_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 25: In connection with the proposed public meeting of Prime
Minister of India on February 27 at Kohima, the Home Commissioner, Nagaland has
stated in a press release that due to non-availability of X-ray to detect
explosive devices, mobile phones, cameras and other electronic devices will not
be allowed into the public ground during the meeting for security reasons. .
.more…

 

Governor inaugurates
IPPI in Nagaland

(SEN_26_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 24: Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayan inaugurated the
Intensive Pulse Polio Immunization (IPPI) at the Naga Hospital here this
morning.
Inaugurating the IPPI, by administering the first Polio drop to a baby here, the
Governor informed that the programme had saved the lives of 30 million people in
the last two decades, along with six other major vaccine preventable diseases –
Pertussis, Children Tuberculosis, Tetanus, Polio, Measles and Diphtheria. .
.more…

 

No free lunch just for
hearing PM speak at rally(TEL_27_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb. 26: The voter is still king, but political
parties don’t seem to be mollycoddling him as they did before. At least not when
the hawk-eyed Election Commission is watching.Congress workers from districts
other than Kohima will be denied an all-expenses-paid trip to the capital town
tomorrow for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s rally, an event that in normal
circumstances would have entailed spending a few lakh rupees only on
transporting people from the hinterland. .
.more…

Party
generals buck give-me-ticket trend(TEL_27_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb. 26: They are the non-combatant
generals.Call it a bizarre coincidence or the rare political virtue of putting
party before self, the heads of all the three major parties in Nagaland — the
Congress, Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) and the BJP — have decided not to
contest the Assembly elections, slated for Wednesday. .
.more…


American-style campaign in Nagaland(TEL_27_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb. 26: Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama are not
the only ones sparring at election debates. Election candidates in Nagaland,
too, are learning what Clinton feels like on being snubbed by her main political
rival.Taking a cue from the American presidential elections, various
organisations, especially students’ unions, have come forward to bring their
local candidates to a common platform to interact with the people as well as the
candidates. ..more…


Pre-poll violence marks campaigning(NPT_27_2_k8)

 Dimapur, Feb 26 (NPN):  Stray incidents of violence by
supporters of rival candidates marked campaigning in Wokha and Mokokchung
districts with serious allegations of the involvement of armed
activists.Unidentified miscreants exploded two crude bombs and burnt down a Tata
Safari in Wokha town on February 24. Condemning the incidents, the Lotha Eloe
Hoho appealed to all sensible persons to refrain from such acts in view of the
polls.  The Longsa Hoho Wokha Town also condemned burning down of the vehicle,
which belonged to its former chairman Tsenthungo Ezung. .
.more…


Clashes in Jangpetkong A/C(NPT_27_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 26 (NPN): Violence under 29
Jangpetkong assembly constituency between supporters of sitting MLA and Congress
legislature party leader I.Imkong and his main NPF rival Dr.I.Longri continued
with charges and counter-charges being leveled against each other. .
.more…

 


KVYO, KVSU organize common platform(NPT_27_2_k8)

Kohima: With the 10th Northern Angami A/C considered as a high profile
seat for the March 5 polls, a common platform programme was held on Tuesday at
Kohima Village Ground, organized by the Kohima Village Youth Organization (KVYO)
and the Kohima Village Students Union (KVSU). .
.more…

PM hopeful
of honourable settlement for Nagas(AST_28_2_k8)
 KOHIMA, Feb 27 – The UPA Government, which is willing to go the
extra mile, would succeed in securing an honourable settlement to the protracted
Naga political conflict, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today. .
.more…

9 injured, 2 vehicles burnt in
Nagaland(AST_28_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 27 – Nine persons were injured and two vehicles burnt
down in two separate incidents of pre-poll violence in Nagaland on Tuesday.
The first incident took place at Monkolemba Town under Mokokchung district at
around 8.30 am yesterday, when seven Congress supporters were injured as the
supporters of the Nagaland People’s Party (NPF) reportedly attacked them using
sophisticated weapons like AK-47, sten carbines and hand grenades. .
.more…

 

 

PM avoids
Naga integration issue at Kohima poll rally (IFP 28_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb 27: Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has tactfully avoided
mentioning the contentious Naga integration issue while addressing a mammoth
Congress Party election rally here at Kohima Local Ground on Tuesday. He however
assured the people of Nagaland that the Congress Party would do "whatever is
required to address all the genuine aspirations of the Naga people." .
.more…

DAN slammed on law and
order(NPT_28_2_k8)

 

Kohima, Feb 27 (NPN): y. Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh Wednesday charged
erstwhile DAN government with trying to divide the people on tribal, communal
and racial lines. 
In his maiden public address at Kohima, Dr. Singh claimed Nagaland missed
immense opportunities in the last five years under DAN. “It (Nagaland) has
fallen behind on the road to progress and prosperity. It has not been able to
enjoy peace and stability”. He said in the last five years Nagaland had been
under a “hotchpotch coalition” of different political parties under DAN, which
did not have common ideology and agenda, except the desire to be in power. .
.more…

 

Therie flays
nexus(NPT_28_2_k8)

KOHIMA, FEB 27:In a startling revelation, former Finance minister K. Therie
has said there was information that on February 22 former chief minister Neiphiu
Rio, former Home minister Thenucho, former Speaker Z. Lohe and Timikha Koza went
to Hebron camp. ..more…

 

Imkong using police, NSCN-IM:
NPF(NPT_28_2_k8)

DIMAPUR, FEB 27 (NPN): Making  serious allegations against  CLP leader
I.Imkong, the NPF under 29 Jangpetkong has drawn the attention of the Chief
Election Commissioner Gopalaswami on the alleged use of 22 police personnel
attached to I.Imkong to terrorise NPF supporters in league NSCN(I-M) activists
under 29 Jangpetkong constituency. .
.more…

 

BJP raps PM(NPT_28_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 27 (NPN): The BJP Wednesday slammed Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan
Singh asking him what business he had to come to Nagaland ahead of March 5
polls.
Addressing a press conference here, MP and All India vice president of BJP, Jual
Oram, said the Prime Minister had no moral right to seek votes in Nagaland as he
“failed” to realize any of his commitments made to the people of Northeast. “He
was elected to Rajya Sabha from Assam but what has he done for the people of the
region?” Jual asked.  To a query, Jual dared Congress to prove the various
allegations of embezzlement and misutilization of funds by erstwhile DAN
government. ..more…

 

Krose laments low
devpt(NPT_28_2_k8)

DIMAPUR: INC candidate for 5 Ghaspani-II, Miathou Krose, on Wednesday
alleged that the area was devoid of any development, to the extend of a
Government Higher Secondary School and X-Ray facilities. .
.more…

Zuketsa area meet
held(NPT_28_2_k8)

DIMAPUR: The Zuketsa Area Public Organization (ZAPO) organized a public
meeting at Zuketsa public ground under 16-Pfütsero A/C Phek district. The
meeting was attended by about 3,000 public from the three villages of Zapami,
Lasumi and Leshemi as well as from Zuketsa town under the jurisdiction of ZAPO.
..more…

Assistance for
voters(NPT_28_2_k8)

DIMAPUR: The Election Commission of India has approved setting up of
voter assistance teams to identify the voter and to assist the voter to locate
his/her particular polling station number and the serial number in that
electoral roll in the polling station concerned. Such team will be appointed for
each premises/building location of polling station. In urban areas the team will
consist of ward GB, ward panchayat chairman and DB (regular Govt. employee in
the office of deputy commissioner dealing with customary cases). In rural areas,
where needed, the team will comprise of head GB of village, village council
chairman and village education committee chairman. .
.more…

31 crorepatis in Nagaland
fray(SEN_28_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 27: There are 31 crorepatis in the fray for the Nagaland
assembly election. In a State, where there is no industry worth naming and no
economy other than the government offices, the number of crorepatis are
surprisingly high.
According to the information provided by Chief Electoral Officer of Nagaland C J
Pomraj, asset details of 217 candidates are available with them and topping the
list is S I Jamir, brother of former Chief Minister S C Jamir. .
.more…

 

Clearance of salary
bills

(SEN_28_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 27: In pursuance to the Government’s decision to declare
Saturdays, March 1st, 2nd and 3rd as working days in view of the Nagaland
general elections including the closing of the current financial year, officer
on Special Duty (Revenue) V Kezo has in a office memorandum directed all
departments to ensure that salary payments of all government employees are
facilitated by March 1, particularly of staff deployed on election duty, stated
a press release. ..more…

 

Requisition of State
helicopter
(SEN_28_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 27: Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, Transport
Department, Imkonglemba has in a circular informed all political parties that
there will be no change in the Election Commission of India directive issued
vide letter No. 437/6/99-PLN-III dated July 14 1999 which clearly states that.
.more…

Exemption from election
duty
(SEN_28_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 27: The Deputy Commissioner & Returning Officer R
Ramakrishnan has notified to all the Government employees who have submitted
applications on Medical Ground for Exemption from Duty during the forth coming
11th Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election, that the Medical Board will Examine
cases on February 29 at 11 a.m. in the Deputy Commissioner’s Conference Hall
Mokokchung, stated a press release. Hence all the applicants have been directed
to come in person with their service identity card

Postal ballots(SEN_28_2_k8)
MOKOKCHUNG, Feb 27: The Deputy Commissioner & Returning Officer,
Mokokchung R Ramakrishnam has issued a notification today to all concerned that
all the polling personnel who are deployed for election duty, the drivers and
handyman of the vehicle which are requisitioned for election duty may apply for
postal ballot paper and form 12 on or before February 29, stated a press
release.


Notification
(SEN_28_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 27: The Deputy Commissioner Mokokchung R Ramakrishnan has
notified that some government employees failed to attend the training conducted
on February 22nd and 23rd, stated a press release. .
.more…

 


Poll training at Wokha, Nagaland
(SEN_27_2_k8)
WOKHA, Feb 26: For the coming Nagaland general election on March 5,
the District Election Officer and Deputy Commissioner, Wokha has organized
training for presiding officer and polling officer starting from February,
stated a press release. ..more…

 


Gentle PM shows another
side(TEL_28_2_k8)

Kohima/Shillong, Feb. 27: An electoral adrenaline rush
today turned a gentleman Prime Minister into an aggressive vote-seeker, but only
for a while.Manmohan Singh probably took even the Congress’s adversaries in
Nagaland by surprise when he used words like “ineffective” and “inefficient” to
describe the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF)-led Democratic Alliance of Nagaland,
which held power until President’s rule was clamped last month. .
.more…

2 killed
in pre-poll violence(TEL_28_2_k8)

Kohima, Feb. 27: Pre-poll violence today claimed two
lives at the Tuli paper mill, 350km from here. The incident occurred when
supporters of Talinunsang Ao, an Independent candidate from Tuli Assembly
constituency, attacked the camp of the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF). .
.more…

Nagaland
Cong hits another ‘sixer’(TEL_28_2_k8)

After
manifesto controversy, Imkong digs up more from eventful

sixties SAMIR K.

Kohima, Feb. 27: The Nagaland Congress’s sixties hangover
continues — after 1960, it’s 1966. Barely had the storm over the party manifesto
focusing on the “Naga integration” clause in the 1960 statehood agreement died
down, chief ministerial aspirant I. Imkong today fast-forwarded to 1966-67 for
more political ammunition on the same subject. The Congress leader said the
points raised and agreed upon during six rounds of talks between the erstwhile
Federal Government of Nagaland and Delhi nearly four decades ago could be the
basis for a settlement to end unrest in the state for good. .
.more…

 ‘Father
figure’ in clash between generations(TEL, 28-2-08)

It is 6pm on Saturday and the Children’s Park at Dimapur’s
Fellowship Colony is teeming with parents trying to coax their reluctant
children into wrapping up their evening session of fun and games. There is a bit
of generational jousting going on as well when the election army troops in
unannounced. ..more…

Teams to
assist Naga voters(TEL_28_2_k8)

Kohima: The Election Commission has approved of a
plan to set up voter assistance teams and booths for the March 5 Assembly
elections in Nagaland. The teams will help voters with their polling station and
serial numbers if and when they need them. .
.more…

Lalu charms
Dimapur(NPT_29_2_k8)

Dimapur, Feb 28 (NPN): A mammoth crowd turned up at the DDSC stadium here to
accord a rousing welcome to Lalu Prasad Yadav, the union railway minister, who
arrived here to campaign for the RJD party.
Many came because Lalu aroused more than mere interest, while almost all from
the Hindi heartland were on hand to see the real life hero for themselves. .
.more…

 

NPF unit petitions
CEC(NPT_29_2_k8)

 DIMAPUR, FEB 28 (NPN): The NPF 29 Janpetkong A/C has in a
representation to the  Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) expressed serious
concern over the alleged involvement of the NSCN (I-M) activists in the ongoing
election process and said their involvement was a threat to the peace-loving
citizens of the state and Janpetkong A/C in particular. .
.more…

 

Rebuttal
to Therie’s charge(NPT_29_2_k8)

KOHIMA, FEB 28 (NPN): Former chief minister Neiphiu Rio and former Assembly
Speaker Z. Lohe have strongly refuted the allegation leveled by former Finance
minister K Therie that Rio, Lohe and Timikha Koza had visited the NSCN (I-M)
headquarters Hebron Camp on February 22 last. .
.more…

 

Crown financial pastors’
seminar underway(NPT_29_2_k8)

DIMAPUR: To edify God’s financial principles on spending, debt,
giving, saving, honesty and teaching children, the Inter-denominational pastors,
Dimapur organized "Crown financial pastors’ seminar" here on Thursday at Lotha
Baptist Church, Dimapur with Rev. Johnson Samuel and Rev. Ellis Williams as the
resource persons. ..more…

Nagas harassed after PM’s
visit: Rio(NPT_29_2_k8)

KOHIMA: Former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday said the hard
reality of President’s Rule or "Army Rule" has come to light in the state as
being under the grip of PR since January 3. Addressing a press conference at the
NPF central office, former chief minister Neiphiu Rio alleged that the 17 Assam
Rifles personnel posted at Pfutsero, led by two supporters of K. Therie
terrorized the civilian populace of Pfutsero Village by grouping them at the
village church and school. ..more…

DGP rejects allegations
against him(SEN_29_2_k8)
KOHIMA, Feb 28: Nagaland Director General of Police (DGP) J Changkija
today refuted the allegations levelled against him by Congress Legislature Party
(CLP) leader I Imkong.
Imkong, who is a Congress candidate from the Jangpenkong Assembly constituency
in Mokokchung district, in a complaint to the Chief Electoral Officer, requested
him to intervene in two incidents of violence that occurred in his constituency
on February 26, where sophisticated guns were allegedly used. .
.more…

 

Paid holiday in
Nagaland   

(SEN_29_2_k8)

KOHIMA, Feb 28: As Nagaland gears up for polling on March 5, the Nagaland
Government has declared the March 5, 2008 as paid holiday for the employees of
the State Government to enable them to participate in the election to the 11th
Nagaland Legislative Assembly, stated a press release. .
.more…

 

DAN demands revocation of PR
rule in Nagaland
(AST_3_2_K8)
 KOHIMA, Feb 2 – Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) chief N Rio today
demanded immediate revocation of President’s rule and re-installation of his
government in the State following Supreme Court’s order dismissing two writ
petitions challenging the Speaker’s ruling on December 13. .
.more…

DIMAPUR law and order worsens(AST_7_2_K8)
DIMAPUR, Feb 6 – The worsening law and order situation in the Nagaland
commercial hub Dimapur has crippled normal activities which is otherwise, a
roaring small city with full of life.
Rampant extortions, kidnappings and killing spree have been going on in Dimapur
which have prompted business community in the commercial centre of Nagaland to
down their shutters during the last few days. .
.more…

Assembly poll process begins in
Nagaland
(AST_10_2_K8)
 KOHIMA, Feb 9 – Election Commission today set in motion the process
of Assembly election in Nagaland with a notification allowing intending
candidates to file nominations for forming the next Legislative Assembly in the
State.
However, no reports of filing nominations from any office of returning officer
(RO) of the State was received on the first day of nomination, Chief Electoral
Officer’s (CEO) office here said. .
.more…

‘NPF following policy of peace’(AST_12_2_K8)
 KOHIMA, Feb 11 – Former Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Saturday
said that the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) has been following a policy of
permanent peace.
Speaking at a NPF public rally at Kigwema ground here, Rio said as a regional
party NPF has been acting as a facilitator of the peace process between the
Government of India and Naga underground groups to find a permanent solution to
the vexed problem. “If voted to power, we are even prepared to vacate the seats
in case a solution arrives for peace and unity between the Government of India
and the Nagas,” he declared. ..more…

Dimapur stays
shut(TEL_4_2_K8)  

Kohima, Feb. 3: Shops and business establishments in Dimapur
town of Nagaland remained closed for the second day today in protest against
abductions from in and around the state’s commercial hub and the recent murder
of a poultry vendor in the town. The business community clamped a bandh on
Dimapur and Chumukedima town from yesterday and will continue to enforce it till
the “terrorists” are arrested, said a businessman. .
.more…

Three
injured in pre-poll violence(TEL_4_2_K8)   

Dimapur: Three persons were injured in pre-poll violence in
Nagaland’s Mokokchung district on Saturday. Four houses, including that of NPF
candidate I. Longri, were completely damaged at Khar village. .
.more…

 


Lalthanhawla appeals to people to bring peace
(SEN,9-2-08)
KOHIMA, Feb 8: AICC Observer
and Election Campaign in-charge of Nagaland Lalthanhawla today appealed to the
people to create a conducive situation and help the Congress in bringing
development in the State. Releasing the Congress manifesto here, Lalthanhawla
said peace is one of the important pre-requisite for the Northeastern states to
make the UPA Government’s “Look East Policy” a success.
.
.more…


NPF, Congress accelerate poll
campaigns(SEN, 17-2-08)
KOHIMA, Feb 16: The Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF), a major ally of the
outgoing Democratic alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government, has intensified
electioneering for the March 5 assembly polls with former chief minister Neiphiu
Rio campaiging in several parts of the State.
Rio has already campaigned in Phek district along with the Congress rebel and
former Assembly Speaker Z Lohe.
.
.more…

 


Scrutiny completed

(SEN,
19-2-08)

KOHIMA, Feb 18: The scrutiny
of nomination filed from different political parties under Zunheboto district
has being completed successfully, stated a press release.

 

EVM
training for polling
(SEN,
19-2-08)

KOHIMA, Feb 18: EVM training for 300 Presiding Officers and First Polling
Officers will be held at Kohima from February 19 to 20, stated a press release.
The introductory session will be held at Arts College Kohima from 10:30 am
onwards where Deputy ..more…


 

Nagaland
Governor appeals for fair election(SEN, 19-2-08)
KOHIMA, Feb 18: The Governor of Nagaland, K Sankaranarayanan, in an
interview to NDTV today, appealed to the people and all the political parties,
for a free and fair election, stated a press release. He expressed faith in the
maturity of the political leaders of various parties in the election fray, and
urged for commitment to principles of responsibility and not of opportunism. .
.more…

 

Nagaland
Assembly poll(SEX, 11-2-08)
Six political parties declare 173 candidates
Newmai News Network
Kohima, Feb 10: Even as major political parties in Nagaland – Indian National
Congress, Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) and Bha- ratiya Janata Party (BJP) have
finalized their candidates, none of the candida- tes from any political parties
have filed their nomina- tions for the ensuing Naga-land Assembly Elections
2008. ..more…

 

AICC seal
on integration(TEL_9_2_K8)

Poll
manifesto breaks the mould (TEL_9-2-08)

Kohima, Feb. 8: The AICC today endorsed its Nagaland
unit’s demand for the integration of all contiguous Naga-inhabited areas,
seemingly unmindful of the potential for discord in the party units in Manipur,
Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.The seal of approval came through AICC secretary
Siddharth Patil, who is in Nagaland to oversee the party’s preparations for the
Assembly elections on March 5. He said the Congress was committed to
implementing the 16-point statehood agreement, including the controversial
clause on integration, “in letter and spirit”. .
.more…

AICC seal
on integration(TEL_9_2_K8)

 

Poll
manifesto breaks the mould OUR CORRESPONDENT

Kohima, Feb. 8: The AICC today endorsed its Nagaland
unit’s demand for the integration of all contiguous Naga-inhabited areas,
seemingly unmindful of the potential for discord in the party units in Manipur,
Arunachal Pradesh and Assam.

The seal of approval came through AICC secretary Siddharth
Patil, who is in Nagaland to oversee the party’s preparations for the Assembly
elections on March 5. He said the Congress was committed to implementing the
16-point statehood agreement, including the controversial clause on integration,
“in letter and spirit”. ..more…

Security
review for Nagaland polls(TEL_17_2_K8)

Kohima, Feb. 16: National security adviser M.K.
Narayanan arrived here today on a two-day visit to review the security scenario
in the poll-bound state.The visit assumes significance as there has been a rise
in abductions and extortion drives by militant outfits in the state,
particularly in Dimapur district. .
.more…

Naga
militants boycott polls(TEL_21_2_K8)

Kohima, Feb. 20: The Adinno faction of the Naga National
Council (NNC) has intensified its campaign against the March 5 “Indian
elections” in Nagaland.After issuing several releases asking people to boycott
the polls, the group today started a poster campaign across the state asking
them not to participate in the polls. The outfit said Nagaland was for the Nagas
and not for the “Indians”. Some of the posters read, “Nagaland not for sale,
Nagas reject India’s indifference in our country, No to India’s election”. .
.more…

Election
office guidelines on use of vehicles
(AST_19_2_K8)
 KOHIMA, Feb 18 – Taking exception to complaints about use of
government vehicles by several candidates for the March 5 Assembly polls in
Nagaland, the Election Commission has asked all officials concerned to strictly
enforce its guidelines for their use during electioneering. .
.more…

No party has NSCN(I-M)’s
blessing
(AST, 21-2-08)
 KOHIMA, Feb 20 – The NSCN (I-M) today said no political party in
Nagaland has the blessings of the organisation for the March 5 Assembly election
in the State.
Naga political cause was most important for the NSCN (I-M) and the organisation
would not compromise its principle by participating in an election, Information
and Publicity wing of NSCN(I-M) said in a statement. .
.more…

PM and Sonia to address rallies
in Nagaland
(AST_23-2-08)
 KOHIMA, Feb 22 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress
president Sonia Gandhi will address election rallies in Nagaland ahead of
Assembly polls on March 5, a senior Congress leader said.
AICC general secretary in-charge of Nagaland, Margaret Alva, told PTI here that
the Prime Minister will visit Kohima on February 27 to address poll meetings. .
.more…

Back in old haunt in new
uniform(TEL_26_2_K8)

Khusiabill (Dimapur), Feb. 25: His heavily
Assamese-accented Nagamese with English interpolations give him away, but Assam
minister Robin Bordoloi’s persona and poll rhetoric work like a charm.“Aponi
khan
Congress ke vote dibi (vote for Congress). Only the Congress can
ensure development of Nagaland,” he says and the crowd of voters hearing him nod
in approval. ..more…

NPF
‘vision’ goes global(TEL_29_2_K8)

        
Rio seeks
‘defined territory’ for Nagas in Myanmar

        
OUR CORRESPONDENT ]

Kohima,
Feb. 28:
The Nagaland People’s Party (NPF) has insisted that the regional
party was better equipped than the Congress to push the integration issue beyond
the international border to Myanmar. The NPF’s projected chief minister Neiphiu
Rio today said his party would strive for a “defined territory” for the Nagas in
Myanmar so that the six lakh-odd Naga population in the neighbouring country
could grow politically, socially and economically. Congress leader I. Imkong
recently mocked the NPF’s pledges for the Nagas of Myanmar in its manifesto as
wishful thinking. ..more…

It’s a
bird, no, it’s a helicopter with a leader

(TEL_29_2_K8)

Lotsu (Wokha), Feb. 28: Nagaland’s hinterland is looking
heavenwards for helicopters like they were UFOs. In this part of the world —
caught in a time warp — “unidentified flying objects” are those that bring
political leaders to address campaign meetings. Indeed, helicopters are bigger
attractions at election rallies in rural Nagaland than the leaders they ferry.
“I hadn’t seen anything like this before until recently… Yes, I have travelled
outside my village, but only by bus. I have heard of a train but not seen one,”
sexagenarian Yambamo Ovung said. .
.more…


Six political parties declare 173
candidates for Nagaland polls (IFP,11-2-08)

Kohima, Feb 10: Even as major political parties in
Nagaland Indian National Congress,
Nagaland People`s Front (NPF) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have
finalized their candidates, none of the candidates from any political parties
have filed their nominations for the ensuing Nagaland Assembly Elections 2008. .
.more…


NPF campaign committee(NPT,7-2-08)

KOHIMA:
The Nagaland People Front (NPF) has announced its campaign committee with the
following persons as members: T. R Zeliang, Ms. Chubala, President, W/Wing &
I/C, Mokokchung Division, Kakuto Shohe, president, Y/Wing & I/C Zunheboto
Division, Phrenyumo, vice president, I/C Dimapur Division, Nangambi Chewang,
secretary, I/C Peren Division, Zaku Tsukru, vice president,
.
.more…

 


NPF
distributes tickets(NPT,7-2-08)


KOHIMA:

The NPF distributed party tickets to 55 candidates at a function held here on
Wednesday.Prominent among the candidates included former Chief Minister Neiphiu
Rio for 11 Northern Angami-I A/C, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu for 10 Northern
Angami-II A/C, MP, Rajya Sabha, T.R Zeliang for Peren A/C, Speaker, NLA,
Kiyaneilie Peseyie for 8 Western Angami, and Deputy Speaker EE Pangteang for
Moka A/C.
..more…


 



Declaration programme of Chishi(NPT,7-2-08)


DIMAPUR:

A mammoth crowd of Congress workers and sympathizers were on hand to witness the
declaration of candidature of Congress candidate for Dimapur-I Assembly seat,
former chief minister KL Chishi, at DDSC Stadium on Wednesday.Addressing the
capacity crowd, Chishi promised a slew of welfare measures and developmental
activities for his constituency if he was elected in the ensuing Assembly
election.
..more…


 



GBs-DBs Forum plea for peace(NPT,7-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 6 (NPN): The
Joint Forum of GBs and DBs has appealed to individuals and groups to stop
kidnappings, killings, extortions etc in order to create a conducive atmosphere
for “peace process”. ..more…


NPF
slams Mulatonu(NPT,7-2-08)

 DIMAPUR, FEB 6 (NPN): Taking strong exception to the
labeling of former chief minister Neiphiu Rio as the “Black Man” in the history
of Naga National movement by NSCN (K) leader Kughalu Mulatonu, the NPF said
Mulatonu’s accusation was “madness in extremity, ridiculous and sheer
desperation.” ..more…


NPCC
petitions EC against Rudy(NPT,7-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 6 (NPN): The
Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) Wednesday lodged a complaint with the
Election Commission of India against BJP national spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy
over violation of the model code of conduct.
In its complaint with the ECI, the NPCC alleged Rudy had violated the model code
of conduct by his statement that there could be “large-scale rigging and use of
money power by the Congress in the ensuing polls at the behest of the central
leadership” and doubting the neutrality of the State Governor and accusing him
(Governor) of acting as a “puppet for the Union Government”. .
.more…


1
charred to death in Dimapur fire(NPT,7-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 6
(NPN): A major fire broke out inside a shop (M/s Krishna Hardware) at NL Road in
the heart of Dimapur City at around 1.30 p.m. Wednesday leaving one dead and two
injured.
Spirit contained in a drum caught fire and gushed to the victim, who tried to
rush out but fell near the door and was burned to death within seconds. Other
flammable oil paints also caught fire.
.
.more…


NBCC
annual session held(NPT, 8-2-08)

TUENSANG:
The 71st annual session of
the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) was held at Kiusor from February 1 to
3 with the theme "Launching at deeper." The speakers of the session included Rev
Vitoshi Swu, Rev Keviyielie Linyu, Rev Lanu Longchar, Rev Dr Zelhou Keyho,
Kezokoto Savi, Dr Thamsing D. Lamkang and Mrs Phutoli.
.
.more…


 



Congress will deliver its promise: Imkong(NPT, 8-2-08)


Mokokchung:

Leader of the Congress legislature
party, I Imkong today said that the Congress party is capable of providing a
stable, united and efficient government that will deliver its promise to the
people.
..more…


 



Rotary team from Nigeria in Dimapur(NPT, 8-2-08)


DIMAPUR:

A five-member team of Rotary District 9130, Nigeria arrived in Dimapur on
Thursday as part of the Group Study Exchange (GSE) programme. The team was led
by Omotoyinbo Adedayo Matthew as GSE team leader, Asibor Blessing Izehi, Akeju
Grace, Chima Nkechi Rosemary and Lawal Olaniyi Lateef as members. The team will
be in the state for eight days in their one month scheduled programme which was
started on January 15.
..more…


 


Govt
assures security(NPT, 8-2-08)

Chumukedima, Feb 7 (NPN): Under attack for failure of the
law-enforcement agencies to contain incidents of kidnappings, killings,
extortions etc, the State government Thursday assured that it was going all out
to ensure safety and security to the lives and properties of the citizens. .
.more…


Z.
Lohe joins NPF party(NPT, 9-2-08)


KOHIMA:

Former NLA Speaker from 17th Chizami A/C, Z. Lohe along with his supporters have
unanimously resolved to join NPF party en-masse during a general meeting held on
Friday at Sakraba where more than 2000 representatives attended the meeting from
17 villages.
..more…


 


NNC
Sumi Region on ‘imposter’(NPT, 9-2-08)

  DIMAPUR:
The Naga National Council (NNC) Sumi Region on Friday said that the Central body
has not looked after the region in ever aspect and have not taken up the issue
seriously upto this date.The Information and Publicity Wing, Sumi Reion NNC in a
press release said that as such the region have been facing untold "financial
difficulties" for which it had decided to seek financial assistance in forms of
contribution and donations.
.
.more…


 



Jamir graces NSUP meet(NPT, 9-2-08)

 
DIMAPUR:

Former chief minister of Nagaland and present Goa Governor, Dr. S. C. Jamir,
asked the Naga students’ community in Pune to develop their intellectuality and
remodel the educational system through their intellectual contribution in North
Eastern Region making it a "paradise on earth" and letting Delhi look at it as
the most potential region in India.
.
.more…


 



Lalthanwhala placates partymen(NPT, 9-2-08)

 KOHIMA, FEB 8 (NPN):  In an
apparent move to appease the Congress aspirants who were denied party tickets,
former Mizoram chief minister and AICC observer and election campaign in-charge
for Nagaland, Lalthanwhala said the Congress in Nagaland has many dynamic and
efficient leaders who can lead the party, but that all could not be accommodated
since the state has only 60 Assembly seats. .
.more…


WSKH
flays abductions(NPT, 9-2-08)

 DIMAPUR, FEB
8 (NPN): The Western Sumi Kukami Hoho (WSKH) has condemned the recent spat of
kidnapping, extortion and killings in and around Dimapur and appealed to all
citizens to seek peace and reconciliation as pursued by various civil societies
under the banner of GBs and DBs Joint Forum.
.
.more…



State BJP condemns ‘controversial’ letter(NPT, 10-2-08)


DIMAPUR:

The State BJP has expressed outright
condemnation over the content of a controversial letter purportedly issued by
two former executives of the State BJP to the BJP incharge of Nagaland,
requesting for review of the party organization in Nagaland.
.
.more…


 


Cong
has long-term vision: Azheto(NPT, 10-2-08)

 DIMAPUR: Congress candidate
of Dimapur-III Assembly seat, Azheto Zhimomi, has said the main reason why he
chose to contest the ensuing assembly polls on a Congress ticket was because he
felt that Congress was the only party which has a long-term vision for the
common man and the younger generation.
.
.more…



Parties gear up for polls(NPT, 10-2-08)

 Dimapur, Feb
9 (NPN): With major political parties- Congress and NPF- having finalized their
respective candidates for the March 5 polls, campaigning is set to go on high
gear during the next few weeks.
The Congress will contest all 60 assembly seats while the NPF has nominated 56.
The ticket distribution has left several Congress stalwarts out in the limbo
such as former ministers Neiba Ndang, Dr K. Zhimomi, and former Speaker Zovehu,
legislators such as Asu Keyho and Keyizhe.
.
.more…



Atomu to stick by NPF(NPT, 11-2-08)


DIMAPUR:

Atomu Wotsa, who was seeking NPF
party ticket for 5 Ghaspani-II Assembly Constituency for the coming state
general assembly election on Saturday said that as a man of principle and true
leader he would stick by the ideology of NPF party and would render his fullest
support NPF party candidate Rokonicha in the coming election.
.
.more…


 



Nagarjan council resolves(NPT, 11-2-08)

 DIMAPUR:
The Kuda (Nagarjan) Village Council has with the formal declaration of
candidature for Savi Liegise, NPF candidate for 2 Dimapur-II A/C resolved to
support and stand firmly behind him for the success of his election as a true
representative of the people of 2 Dimapur-II A/C as well as the whole of Dimapur.

..more…

 


Cong
candidate for 10 NA-11 campaigns(NPT, 11-2-08)


TUOPHEMA (KOHIMA):

With great optimism, Congress
candidate for 11th Northern Angami -II A/C, Shevtso Seyie, along with his
supporters and the office bearers of Congress party from the district level on
Sunday entered his home turf and addressed a public meeting.
.
.more…


 MDP
to support regional parties(NPT, 11-2-08)

Shillong, Feb 10 – The Meghalaya
Democratic Party (MDP) has decided to extend support to any regional parties’
candidate in 41 assembly constituencies where the party has not fielded its
candidate.

The MDP has field 19 candidates for
the March 3 assembly polls across the state. "We have decided to extend our
support to regional parties’ candidates to strengthen regionalism in the state,"
Social Welfare Minister and MDP President Martle N Mukhim said.
.
.more…


 35
withdraw nominations(NPT, 19-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 18 (NPN): A total of 289 candidates filed
their nominations for the March 5 assembly elections in Nagaland but 35 of them
(substitute candidates) withdrew their nominations after scrutiny on Monday.
According to official sources, the withdrawal of nominations was reported from
Mokokchung, Wokha, Peren, Longleng, Kiphire and Tuensang districts. .
.more…



13,00,507 voters for March 5 polls(NPT, 19-2-08)

Kohima, Feb 18 (NPN): A total of 13,00,507 voters will
exercise their franchise in the March 5 Assembly elections in Nagaland. There
are 1,781 polling stations spread over the 11 districts in the State.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Nagaland, C.J. Ponraj, said the electorate
comprises 6,64,604 males and 6,35,903 females. Dimapur has the highest number of
polling stations with 257, followed by Mon (202), Mokokchung (198), Kohima
(189), Tuensang (169), Zunheboto (164), Phek (156), Wokha (149), Peren (108),
Kiphire (90), Longleng (73) and Pughoboto (26). .
.more…



Governor calls for free, fair elections(NPT, 19-2-08)

Dimapur, Feb 18 (NPN): With barely a
fortnight left for Assembly election in Nagaland, scheduled for March 5,
Governor K. Sankaranarayanan Monday reiterated his call to the people and all
political parties for a free and fair election.
In an interview to a national television channel in Kohima, the Governor
expressed faith in the maturity of those in the poll fray and urged them for
commitment to principles of responsibility and not of opportunism.
.
.more…



Merangkong Putu refutes report(NPT, 24-2-08)

 DIMAPUR:
Reacting to the claims of "some misguided individuals supposedly
representing RJD supporters of Merangkong village," that appeared in some
sections of the local press on February 21 the Merangkong Putu has declared the
claims of having the support of 3600 voters out of a total of 4166 voters as
"absurd and baseless."
..more…


 


Rio
himself is a defector: Ranji(NPT, 24-2-08)

 Kohima, Feb 23 (NPN): Reacting to various statements
made by former chief minister Neiphiu Rio who had described the Congress party
in the state as a “home of defectors”, AICC secretary Rani Thomas said Rio
should not be saying so since “he himself is a defector from the Congress.” .
.more…



Rajnath campaigns in 3 districts(NPT, 24-2-08)

TUENSANG/DIMAPUR, FEB 23 (NPN): BJP national president
Rajnath Singh accompanied by other party leaders including Party spokesman Rajiv
Pratap Rudy, undertook a whirlwind campaign tour to Longleng, Tuensang and Wokha
on Saturday and addressed public rallies in all three district headquarters.
In Tuensang, Rajnath acknowledged the warm welcome accorded to him and assured
the people that the BJP would bring more development to the state if the party
comes to power in the state. ..more…



Pre-poll violence in Mkg. district(NPT, 24-2-08)

Mokokchung,
Feb 23 (NPN): Three to four persons were injured in a clash between supporters
of two candidates at Chungtia village early Saturday morning.
According to reports reaching here, one group  exploded crude bombs and also
opened fire during the clash. The situation was later brought under control by
additional security forces rushed from Mokokchung. Around 70 to 80 supporters
involved in the clash were arrested by the security personnel. However, all
except three were released later on PR bond.
.
.more…

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Regional Politics, JAnuary 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

BJP keen on poll pact with AGP


BJP keen on poll pact with
AGP(AST_30_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 29 – The BJP is enthused
by its performance in the Panchayat polls in Assam, with the party revealing
that preliminary discussions were on with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) to explore
the possibility of forging a poll pact. “Despite heavy rigging by the Congress
Party, the BJP has done reasonably well in the Panchayat polls. Our candidates
have lost by narrow margins in several seats, confirming that ruling Congress
Party has indulged in massive rigging,” alleged BJP State unit president, Ramen
Deka.
Deka who is here to participate in the BJP’s National Council meeting, said the
BJP has won an impressive number of wards in the State, indicating that the
Party has over -whelming support at the grass-root level. “Our vote percentage
has certainly increased,” Deka commented. The BJP State unit president and his
team had a meeting with the party national president, Rajnath Singh to discuss
poll strategy for the State. One of the crucial issues was identifying new
partners ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. In keeping with the strategy of the
central leadership, the State unit too has decided to get in election mode.

….more….

Move on to change
funding pattern(AST_30_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 29 – The Northeast States
may finally get some respite, with Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh
Prasad Singh proposing to move the Union Cabinet to endorse his Ministry’s
proposal to change the funding pattern to 90 per cent grant. The Minister is
shortly moving a Cabinet Note in this connection. The matter is expected to come
up for Cabinet approval soon, said Singh, talking to newsmen on the sidelines of
the Social Editor’s Conference that got underway here today.
However, the Minister said the main hurdle has been cleared and he does not
foresee any major problems. “The Planning Commission is not opposed to the
proposal now, though the matter got delayed because of some objections in other
areas,” said the Union Minister. The long-pending requests of the NES have been
hanging fire since NDA regime’s days. A major cause for the delay was because of
the objections raised by the Planning Commission. After several rounds of
discussions between the Chief Ministers of the NES and the Central Government,
the impasse seems to have been resolved.
….more….

Work on rural
schemes in State dismal(AST_29_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 28 – Contrary to its claims, Assam Government has
slipped on several counts in implementation of the rural development schemes.
Assam has been named among States recording the lowest credit mobilisation and
disbursal. A status report brought out by the Union Rural Development Ministry
is bad news not only for Assam but all the eight North Eastern States. The
report brought out in form of a ‘background note’ was released at the National
Conference of Project Directors of District Rural Development Agencies (DRDA)
that was inaugurated by President, Pratibha Patil, here this morning.
Though percentage of credit mobilisation has increased from 32.96 per cent to
79.33 per cent, yet the rate of increase in credit mobilisation is below than
expectation. Credit mobilisation is poor in Assam (42.72), Arunachal Pradesh
(21.81), Manipur (20.82), Meghalaya (10.63), Mizoram (18.56), Nagaland (6.97)
and Sikkim (41.42) (per cents), besides other States. ….more….

BJP seeks new allies in
NE(AST_29_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 28 – To checkmate the Congress Party’s growth in the
North-east, the BJP has re-worked its strategy and is scouting for new partners
in the region. BJP national president, Rajnath Singh confirmed this, while
addressing the meeting of the National Council, here this morning. “To increase
our political strength in the North Eastern States, we need to toil hard in sync
with the unique situation there. For this, we must also endeavour to jointly
work with other partners who subscribe to similar political beliefs,” he said.

As reported earlier, a meeting of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) held
last week had endorsed plans to look for new partners. They were alliance
partner in the ousted DAN Government in Nagaland. In Assam, BJP is closely
monitoring activities of AGP and a section of the leadership is keen to woo back
the regional party into its fold.
The meeting being attended by Council members from all-over the country, was
addressed by top Central leaders of the Party, besides the Chief Ministers of
the BJP-ruled States. The Party also adopted a resolution, pledging to reserve
33 per cent seats for women. ….more….

Northeast to unravel its hidden
wonders on Republic Day
(AST_21_1_k8)
 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.
Capturing the beauty of the region’s wildlife, its magnificent architectural
heritage and diverse socio-cultural traditions, the northeastern states of
Tripura, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh are all set to roll their fascinating
tableaux down the majestic Rajpath as part of the Republic Day Parade in the
Capital on Saturday morning. Meghalaya, which is the home to some of the
exquisite varieties of butterflies in the world, will present its float titled
‘Butterflies of Meghalaya’. ….more….

Adivasi blockade(AST_25_1_k8)
 KOLKATA, Jan 24: Five Adivasi outfits, led by Jharkhand Disom Party,
have called an indefinite rail-cum-road blockade in Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand,
Orissa, Chhattisgarh and the Andamans from January 27, demanding among others a
national probe into the November 24 violence and granting of ST status to the
tribals of Assam and the Andamans. – PTI

Panel to stick to earlier
draft(AST_7_1_k8)

From Kalyan Barooah
 NEW DELHI, Jan 6 – Buoyed by the Supreme Court’s order vacating the Gauhati
High Court’s stay on the delimitation process in the four north-eastern States,
the Delimitation Commission has convened a meeting of the Associate Members on
January 12, landing the political parties of Assam in a quandary. To the
discomfiture of the State’s political parties, which had boycotted delimitation
process, the Commission has decided to stick to the old draft. The draft was the
bone of contention and had been unanimously rejected by the representatives of
the political parties, leading to a logjam before the Gauhati High Court stayed
the realignment of constituencies in the four States of Assam, Arunachal
Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland.
Chairman of the Delimitation Commission Justice Kuldip Singh told newsmen here
that the work in the four North Eastern States has already begun and that he
expected it to be completed by mid-February. A source in the Commission has
further ruled out the possibility of preparing a new draft, opting to go ahead
with the final draft. ….more….

 


Prez nod to Armed Forces Tribunal
Bill(SHT, 8-1-k8)


New Delhi
:
President Pratibha Patil has given assent to the Armed forces Tribunal Bill,
paving the way for setting up of the country’s first ever rederessal forum to
adjudicate on litigation of cases pertaining to men in arms. To start with, the
Tribunal will start functioning with a Bench in the capital. It will comprise
three judicial and three administrative members. The Tribunals have been
empowered to hear all appeals against Court Martial sentences and adjudicate in
service matters. It will also have powers to grant bail to any person accused of
an offence and in military custody. (PTI)

 


CDR
in NE remains lowest in country(SHT, 8-1-k8)


NEW DELHI:

Despite constant criticism, the
credit-deposit ratio (CDR) of banks in the North Eastern region remained lowest
in the country, according to official sources here on Monday.The incremental CDR
in North East India registered a decline from 31.2 per cent in March 1997 to
26.8 per cent in March 2003, according to Reserve Bank’s report on Trend and
Progress of Banking in India, 2007. A similar trend was witnessed in the central
and eastern regions, the report said.

The regions that fared best were the
west and the south, while north India saw fluctuations in this period.The CDR,
which is the proportion of loan-assets created by banks from the deposits
received, is an indicator of credit absorption in a particular area. ….more….


BJP
forms poll panel, eyes NE(SHT, 9-1-k8)


New Delhi:

Taking the party to the election mode
ahead of polls in nine states and a possible early Lok Sabha election next year,
the BJP on Tuesday set up a 19-member Central Election Management Committee to
work out strategy and explore ways of forming state specific alliances with
smaller parties to expand the base of the NDA.

The panel, headed by BJP president
Rajnath Singh, followed an informal decision taken at a meeting at the party’s
Prime Ministerial candidate LK Advani’s residence on December 29, which was
attended by the top party leaders. ….more….

 



Delimitation: ‘Problem states’ to be left out(SHT, 10th January
2008)


New Delhi
:
Government is coming out with an ordinance soon to exclude ‘problem states’ from
the delimitation process as the exercise of redrawing constituencies has got a
green signal in most of the states.Authoritative sources said that the
government would arm itself with powers not to notify delimitation of a
particular state and the decision to this effect has been taken recently.

While the government has not named
the states to be covered by the ordinance, it is expected that it would be
applicable to Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Jharkhand.It is
unclear whether the assembly elections in Karnataka due by May this year would
be held as per redrawn constituencies but government sources believe that
delimitation process would be implemented after that elections. ….more….

 


BJP
candidates’ list in one week(SHT, 10th January
2008)


New Delhi
:
Boosted by the elections results in Gujrat and Himachal Pradesh, BJP is bracing
up for assembly elections in the North-East, but declaration of list of
candidates would take some time, sources said.

Talking to The Shillong Times,
Khrien Riju, MP from Aruanchal Pradesh who is dealing with the region, said that
selection of candidates for the three poll-bound states in the region would have
to wait for declaration of election dates by the Election Commission. Meanwhile,
EC sources said right now the Commission was busy with election preparations in
Karnataka. ….more….

 



Centre defers delimitation exercise in 4 N-E states, Jharkhand(SHT, 11-1-k8)

Next polls under redrawn constituencies(SHT,
11-1-k8)


NEW DELHI:

Next elections will be held in constituencies redrawn by the delimitation
exercise under a decision taken by the Union Cabinet today.

The Cabinet adopted an ordinance to
defer the delimitation exercise in Jharkhand and four north eastern states–
Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

The delimitation process has been
completed for 3,726 assembly constituencies and 513 Lok Sabha constituencies in
the rest of the country. For it to become operational in time for the 2009
general elections, a Presidential order has to be issued.

The amendments to the Delimitation
Act, 2002, approved by the Union Cabinet, would take care of the concerns
expressed by the delimitation exercise in the four North Eastern states of
Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh due to the situation prevailing
there, Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi told reporters here.
….more….

 


EC
may announce NE poll schedule this week


NEW DELHI:

The Election Commission is expected
to announce this week the schedule for assembly polls in Meghalaya, Nagaland and
Tripura, marking the beginning of a series of electoral exercises in ten states
during the year.

The term of the present assemblies in
Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura will expire on March 10, 13 and 19 respectively.
Assembly polls in Karnataka will follow closely as they have to be held by May
but there is still lack of clarity on whether they would be held as per the
existing arrangement or on the redrawn constituencies. ….more….

 



Rahul prepares for campaign in N-E(SHT_19_1_k8)


NEW DELHI:

Ahead of his visit to three
poll-bound states of the North-East Congress leader Rahul Gandhi held a
discussion with North East Congress Coordination Committee (NECCC) on the
election strategy.

Mr Gandhi’s visit will be separate
from that of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who will be the other star
campaigner for the elections in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland, according to an
NECCC release issued here on Friday. However, the exact dates of his visit to
the region are yet to be finalised.Mr Gandhi evinced keen interest in the state
of affairs of the party in the region, the release issued by NECCC said. During
the discussion with NECCC general secretary Shariff Laskar, he discussed the
strategy to retain power in Meghalaya and bring back the party from opposition
ruled Tripura and Meghalaya. ….more….

State CS in race for AI top
job (SHT_24_1_k8)

NEW DELHI: With a possible change in political scenario in Meghalaya,
the topmost echelon of bureaucracy in the State might also see a change with the
Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee’s name figuring for much coveted Chairman and
Managing Director’s post in Air India. The post of CMD is also falling vacant
with the present incumbent V Thulasidas retiring on March 31 this year.
Incidentally, Thulasidas, former Chief Secretary of Tripura, belonged to North
East cadre of IAS officers.

The contenders for the hot seat at the post-AI merger, the National Aviation
Company of India Limited (NACIL), offer quite a variety ranging from advocates
to senior officials from the Civil Aviation Ministry itself besides a bunch of
prominent civil servants, according to reports here. The aspirants include
besides Chattarjee, IAS official K Jairaj, Arvind Mayaram, Joint Secretary,
Department of Economic Affairs; Prabhat Chander Chaturvedi, DG, Employees State
Insurance Corporation, formerly Uttar Pradesh Joint Secretary, Civil and SN
Mohanty, Principal Secretary in the Andhra Pradesh Government. Additional
Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) Amar Pratap Singh, who has
earlier done a stint as Vigilance Director in the pre-merger Indian Airlines and
T Radha Krishnan, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Chhattisgarh are also
among applicants. ….more….

Sonia to visit NE next
month(SHT_24_1_k8)

NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi will campaign for her party
in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura after the completion of nomination process in
all these states.She will be camping for two days each in Meghalaya and Nagaland
while the star campaigner will be available in Left Front-ruled Tripura only for
one day, according to AICC general secretary in-charge of Meghalaya and Nagaland,
Margarat Alva. ….more….

Meghalaya yet to finalise
BPL list; credit mobilisation 2nd lowest in NE(SHT_29_1_k8)

Rural devp picture dismal
in North-East (SHT_29_1_k8)

New Delhi:
Report card of all the eight north-eastern states on rural
development, specially on DRDA front, projects a dismal picture.All the eight
states have recorded lowest credit mobilisation and disbursement, according to
the status report brought out by the Union Rural Development Ministry.The report
was released at the National Conference of Project Directors of District Rural
Development Agencies (DRDA) inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil here on
Monday. ….more….



Polls as per delimitation plan
(NPT_6_1_k8)


NEW DELHI, JAN 5:

Despite vociferous protests by a
section of the political class, delimitation of Lok Sabha and assembly
constituencies will soon be a reality with Karnataka being the first state to go
to polls, possibly by April, with a changed electoral map. According to The Time
News Network, the notification of the delimitation commission’s report is
expected soon after the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs
to move ahead on recasting constituencies in keeping with the 2001 census.

According to the report, the number
of SC seats in Lok Sabha will go up from 79 to 85 and ST from 39 to 46.
Similarly, for the assemblies, SC seats will increase from 555 to 610 and ST
from 527 to 545. But CCPA has decided that certain states like Jharkhand,
Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Assam will be delinked from the
delimitation process. This means that the exact increase in reserved category
seats is still not entirely clear. ….more….

 



Delimitation likely by May
(NPT_9_1_k8)

 New Delhi,
Jan 8 (IANS):
A mammoth exercise that will redraw almost all parliamentary
and state constituencies in India is waiting to be implemented if and when
President Pratibha Patil assents.The nationwide effort follows the
recommendations of the Fourth Delimitation Commission, which seeks to make more
or less uniform the voter population of all constituencies and may be
implemented by May.

On Monday, a Supreme Court bench
headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan gave the government four weeks to
reply to a petition by NGO Delhi Study Group, seeking implementation of the
commission’s recommendations.If the suggestions are implemented by May, the
string of assembly elections scheduled for this year will be fought according to
new maps – a prospect that is making many veteran politicians uneasy.
….more….

 


Cabinet defers delimitation in
Asom, 3 NE States
(SEN_11_1_k8)
 New Delhi, Jan 10: The Union Cabinet today deferred the delimitation
exercise in four North-eastern States — Asom, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal
Pradesh — and Jharkhand by approving amendments to the Delimitation Act 2002.
The amendment would take care of the concerns expressed by the delimitation
exercise due to the situation prevailing there, Information and Broadcasting
Minister PR Dasmunsi said.
It was felt that due to the various situations prevailing in the Northeastern
States, including Asom, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA)
decided to let it remain as it is for now, he told reporters after the Cabinet
meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. One of the objectives of the
Delimitation Commission is to ensure that the number of seats is not decreased
if not increased, he said adding the exercise has been completed in 25 States.
….more….

 ‘ID
card not mandatory’
(SEN_8_1_k8)
New Delhi, Jan 7: Facing flak on the issue of photo-identity cards in
the capital, Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna today did a u-turn on the matter,
saying carrying of ID proof by the denizens would not be mandatory. PTI

EC declares poll dates
(TEL_15-1-k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 14:
The Election
Commission today announced the dates for Assembly elections in Tripura,
Meghalaya and Nagaland.Chief election commissioner N. Gopalaswami said elections
would be held in Tripura on February 23, in Meghalaya on March 3 and in Nagaland
on March 5. Election commissioners Navin Chawla and S.Y. Quraishi were also
present. The fate of several national and regional parties will be decided for
180 Assembly seats in these three states.

The
announcement comes even as Nagaland is under President’s rule and under the
shadow of an “emergency” imposed by a parallel government of the militant
National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah). President’s rule was
imposed on January 4 while the NSCN (I-M) imposed its “emergency” on Sunday
under the “provisions of the Yehzabo (constitution)” which was approved
by its Bangkok-based chairman Isak Chishi Swu. ….more….

 


Will
camp-in-Delhi tactic work for Manipur(TEL_7_1_K8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 6:
Public pressure
works on elected representatives and pressure from the latter works on political
bosses.After Nagaland, there may be changes in neighbouring Manipur it
appears.On January 4, President’s rule was imposed in Nagaland. By January 10,
the Congress leadership will decide on a change of leadership in Manipur.In both
cases, the tactic from the state party units has been to camp in Delhi and
prevail upon the national leadership. If Naga legislators’ pressure tactics
worked after a fortnight in the national capital, the Manipuri legislators have
been waiting in vain for two months

Even Congress
workers from Tripura have been camping here to resolve a leadership crisis
within the party in the CPM-ruled state. Fifteen Manipur legislators have been
camping here since November, insisting on the removal of Okram Ibobi Singh as
chief minister. The 16th MLA, state Congress president Gaikhangam, will arrive
late tonight. Last February, the Congress romped home with 30 seats and Ibobi
Singh began a second stint as chief minister. But rebellion started in a few
months and even Gaikhangam resigned from the cabinet. Three other ministers are
also supporting the rebels…….more….

 

Problem
‘States’ to escape delimitation exercise(SEX_10_1_k8)

New Delhi, Jan 9 : Government is coming out with an Ordinance soon to
exclude ‘problem States’ from the delimitation process as the exercise of
redrawing constituencies has got a green signal in most of the
States.Authoritative sources said that the Government would arm itself with
powers not to notify delimitation of a particular State and the decision to this
effect has been taken recently.
While the Government has not named the States to be covered by the Ordinance, it
is expected that it would be applicable to Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam,
Manipur and Jharkhand.It is unclear whether the Assembly elections in Karnataka
due by May this year would be held as per redrawn Constituencies but Government
sources believe that delimitation process would be implemented after that
elections. ….more….

Poll dates for 3 NE States
announced
(SEN_15_1_k8)
New Delhi, Jan 14: Assembly elections in three northeastern States of
Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland will be held on February 23, March 3 and March 5
respectively, the Election Commission today announced. Tripura and Meghalaya
will have counting on March 7 and Nagaland on March 8, Chief Election
Commissioner N Gopalaswamy told reporters. Nominations will open in Tripura on
January 30, in Meghalaya on February 8 and in Nagaland on February 9. In Tripura,
the last date for filing of nomination is February 6, while scrutiny will take
place on February 7 and the last date for withdrawal is February 9. ….more….

Barbora first PVSM winner
from North-east
(SEN_26_1_k8)
NEW DELHI, Jan 25: Major Dinesh Raghu Raman of 34 RR will be
conferred the Ashok Chakra posthumously by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at
the Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath tomorrow, while IAF’s Western Air
Command’s AOC-in-C Air Marshal Pranab Kumar Barbora is among the Param Vishist
Seva Medal (PVSM) winners — PVSM is the highest peacetime military Presidential
award. Barbora is the first from the North-east to receive this award.
….more….

Sonia, PM, Rahul to
campaign in NE
(SEN_26_1_k8)
From our Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Jan 25: After consecutive defeats in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh,
the Congress is embarking on an image make-over by harnessing the services of
party general secretary Rahul Gandhi for the ensuing Assembly polls in the three
north-eastern States of Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura. Rahul Gandhi and his
close lieutenant, North-East Congress Committee general secretary S Uzaman
Laskar, have reportedly had a closed-door
meeting to effectively chalk out an election strategy to be followed for the
three States with Rahul laying stress on the party’s strategy to retain power in
Meghalaya and wresting power in Nagaland and Tripura. Rahul is likely to meet
the North-east youth leaders of the party soon, though the exact dates of his
visit to the region is yet to be finalized, party sources added. ….more….

 

 

 

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Assam Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

No Assam tableau in R


No Assam tableau in R-Day parade,
Gogoi orders probe(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi today asked the Chief Secretary to institute a high level inquiry as to
why the State’s tableau has not been put up in this year’s Republic Day parade
in New Delhi, said an official press release. The Chief Minister has asked Chief
Secretary P C Sarma to fix responsibility if any lapse was detected on the
officials concerned and to file the report forthwith, said an official press
release………more

Blasts, bomb recovery
mark R-Day eve(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Security in and around
Guwahati along with the rest of Assam, has been tightened to a high level on the
eve of the 59th Republic Day. Tiers of policing are in place in all the district
headquarters where official functions will take place with reports of at least
one blast and several recoveries of explosives in different parts of the
State.The administration and police have gone the extra mile to prevent any
untoward incident taking place tomorrow. Intelligence has also been beefed up to
thwart any activities of extremist elements. ……more

Our correspondents add(AST_26_1_k8)
NALBARI: Three persons were injured, and one of them critically, in an
explosion triggered by suspected ULFA militants at Nagera Chowk of Nalbari town
around 6. 15 pm today. The bomb was kept in a bicycle in front of a grocery
shop. ……more

BONGAIGAON: Police recovered a bag full of explosive materials from a bus
at Chapaguri Road in North Bongaigaon this morning. ……more
 RANGIYA: Three IEDs were recovered by Rangiya Police from Balagaon under
Rangiya PS around 1 pm from a Guwahati bound bus (AS 15 A 4786) ……more

KOKRAJHAR: An army patrol recovered an IED weighing 4 kg from the front
of R & B Civil Hospital Kokrajhar around 5 am today. ……more
 DIPHU: A Joint team of police and CRPF arrested an NDFB militant,
Maikhangsa Basumatary from the residence of Dimbeswar Basumatary of Ilapara,
……more
Langhing last night. An M 20 pistol, two magazines and eight rounds
of ammunition were recovered from his possession.

 


Help to family of
patriots(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi today directed the Sonitpur district administration to invite freedom
fighters Swarnalata Mahanata and Tarun Sarma to the official Republic Day
function being held by the district administration tomorrow and also to provide
them assistance. The Chief Minister was reacting to a news item published by a
section of the print media on the plight of the two freedom fighters, which
stated that they were not provided with any assistance by the State Government
and were also not invited to the Republic Day function, said an official press
release here. ……more

Cong dominates Panchayat
polls(AST_30_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – The Congress is
forging ahead of the rest in its way to retain power in majority of the
Panchayats of Assam. Though the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) improved its
performance from the last Panchayat polls, the regional party is still far
behind the ruling party in the race to grab powers of the rural local bodies.
Till the last reports released by the State Election Commission, more than 2440
candidates of the Congress have been elected to the Panchayats, followed by 917
of the AGP and 177 of the BJP. More than 500 Independent candidates have been
elected to the Panchayats. ……more

Parties upbeat over poll
results(AST_30_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – With a clear trend of
the results of the Panchayat polls emerging, all the major political parties are
maintaining a brave face. Though Congress lost grounds since the last Panchayat
polls, the party is maintaining that it managed to overcome the anti-incumbency
factor, while, on the other hand, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and BJP are
satisfied over their improved performance. Though the Congress failed to sweep
the polls as it had done last time, the APCC general secretary Dr Haren Das said
that the party was satisfied with the performance. He pointed out that barring a
few districts, the Congress was ahead of other parties almost all over the State
and “we are satisfied with the performance.” He said that in some parts of the
State, the performance of the Congress was even better than the 2006 Assembly
polls. He also said that the Congress managed to overcome the anti-incumbency
factor, which was one of the positives for the Congress. ……more

Kalaguru birth centenary(AST_30_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – To spread the message
of peace and integrity among the different communities through propagation of
the ideas of the cultural doyen of the State, Bishnu Prasad Rabha, a cultural
troupe will visit nearly forty places of the State as a part of the year-long
celebrations of birth centenary of the Kalaguru. ……more

CM urges VDP personnel
to work for society
(AST_30_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – “Village Defence Party
(VDP) will have to work constructively towards welfare of the society apart from
working in close tandem with law-enforcing agencies in maintaining law and
order,” said Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi while speaking at the 59th foundation
day of VDO and State Convention at DIET premises at Mirza in Kamrup (Rural)
district today, an official press release said. ……more

Exclusion of hill
districts from list decried
(AST_30_1_k8)
 DIPHU, Jan 29 – Disgruntled activists of
CPI(ML), KSA, KNCA, AIPWA, RYA, AISA, and KANKIS staged a dharna on Friday in
front of deputy commissioner’s office here in protest against the UPA
government’s decision to exclude Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills from the
list of the proposed 2nd State Re-organisation Commission. ……more

Decision on holding
Hailakandi poll soon
(AST_30_1_k8)
 HAILAKANDI, Jan 29 – The Election
Commissioner C K Sharma hinted that the decision regarding the holding of poll
in Hailakandi will be taken in the first week of February.  Addressing a press
conference at Hailakandi Circuit house after holding a series of meetings with
the various sections of government officials, members of political parties etc,
Sharma said that they will examine all the records and reports after going to
Guwahati and after this the decision will be taken. ……more

 


Kalgachia meet recalls
contributions of Rupkonwar
(AST_30_1_k8)
 KALGACHIA, Jan 29 – Under the aegis of
Jyoti Rabha Nazrul Sangha (JRNS) here, which is a popular NGO, Silpi Diwas, was
observed at Kalgachia with a solemn function paying homage to Rupkonwar Jyoti
Prasad Agarwala and recalling his contribution in the field of Assamese music
and culture. ……more

Shyampur ZPC repoll on
Feb 1
(AST_30_1_k8)
 MANGALDOI, Jan 29 – The election for GP
president, AP, GP members and also ZPC under 12 no Shyampur ZPC would be held on
February 1 next, a release issued by the DC of Darrang, Dhruba Hazarika stated.
……more

Media Trust to celebrate
10th anniversary next year
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – The Institute of Mass
Communication and Media, run by Media Trust, Assam, will celebrate its 10th
anniversary next year, a press release said. This decision was taken at a
meeting of Media Trust presided over by Radhika Mohan Bhagawati. In this regard,
a two-day long programme is to be held with a meeting of the aluminis, release
of souvenir and some other attractive programmes. ……more

Lasting peace must for
development(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The need for lasting
peace in Assam and sustained development in different spheres was underscored in
the official State function celebrating the 59th Republic Day. In the function
at Judge’s Field, the Governor, Lt General (Retd) Ajai Singh, unfurled the
tricolour at 9 am sharp and inspected the guard of honour. Among the dignitaries
who attended the function were the Chief Minister, his ministers and other
senior officials of administration, police and armed forces. ……more

People throng R-Day
function in Dhemaji(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The memory of the
gruesome killing of 13 women and children in a blast during the Independence Day
celebration in 2004 is still haunting the people of Dhemaji district, but this
year, persuaded by the district administration, a large number of students
actively participated in the Republic Day programme in the district by defying
the call given by the ULFA to boycott the function. ……more

 

Opp urges
State poll panel to be neutral(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The Opposition parties
including the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), the Asom Gana Parishad (P),
the Samajwadi Party, RSP and the Left parties today called upon the State
Election Commission to revive the people’s faith in the democratic institutions
of the country by playing a neutral role. The appeal has come from the
Opposition parties as the counting for the Panchayat polls is slated for
tomorrow. The Opposition parties formulated a three-pronged strategy today at a
crucial meet to face the challenges thrown by the Congress and the Government.
……more

 SC body
demands probe panel(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – Alleging widespread
anomalies and misuse of Scheduled Caste (SC) certificates in the recently
concluded Panchayat polls in the State, the Anususit Jati Mahasabha, Assam has
demanded the State government to institute an independent enquiry commission and
book the guilty. Taking exception to the “uncivilised behaviour” allegedly meted
out to them by the State Election Commissioner CK Sarma, the Mahasabha members
have also decided to move the National Election Commission against him.
……more

 
Defying boycott call,
scribes celebrate R-Day
(AST_28_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 — In a dauntless show of
determination to uphold the dignity of the tri-colour and defying the ULFA-KLO
backed militant boycott call, the journalists fraternity celebrated the 59th
Republic Day with great enthusiasm. Many writers and senior citizens joined the
scribes at the Guwahati Press Club in observing the Day. ……more

Swahid Divas(AST_28_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 — The State Government has
directed all the district administrations to ensure that all the educational
institutions and public sector undertakings take part in the Swahid Divas on
January 30. Like the previous years, two minutes silence would be observed on
the Day dedicated to the martyrs of the independence movement. ……more

Rabha’s birth centenary
celebration at Narayanpur
(AST_28_1_k8)
 NARAYANPUR, Jan 27 – The ceremony of Kalaguru
Bishnu Prasad Rabha will be celebrated at Narayanpur under the sponsorship of
Narayanpur Sakha Sahitya Sabha on January 31 with a day-long programme. he
celebration will continue for one year. ……more

Assam celebrates 59th
Republic Day
(AST_28_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The 59th Republic Day was
celebrated yesterday throughout the State with pomp and gaiety despite the
boycott call given by various extremist organisations.Reports of the R-Day
celebrations, filed by our Correspondents, have poured in. ……more

President responds to
e-mail
(AST_28_1_k8)
 RANGIYA, Jan 27 – In response to an e-mail
addressed to President of India Pratibha Devi Singh Patil by a local scribe of
an English daily, regarding the issue of dilapidated road condition of Rangiya,
the former responded and asked the State Chief Secretary to act in this regard.
……more

.

VDP State
convention
(AST_28_1_k8)
 MIRZA, Jan 27 – The 59th convention of All
Assam Village Defence Party (VDP) would be held here at Mirza. The two-day
programme, to begin tomorrow, would be graced by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who
would release the souvenir on the concluding day. The workshop of the
representatives to be held on the inaugural day would be inaugurated by
Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta, Chief Controller of Assam Village Defence Party. ……more

Cong ahead in Panchayat
polls(AST_29_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – The process of
counting of the votes of the Panchayat polls started this morning and with the
trends available so far, the Congress candidates are doing better than their
opponents in most parts of Assam. However, a clear picture will emerge only
tomorrow as the counting process is turning out to be a slow one as electronic
voting machines were not used for the polls to the rural local bodies. ……more

West Bengal in NE?
(AST_29_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Again an attempt has
allegedly been made to dilute the interest of the NE states. The map drawn by
the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the largest confederation of the
country’s industry and commerce organisations, for the purpose of the North East
Investment Summit it held last month in the city has shown West Bengal also as a
part of the NE region. ……more

Call to speed up NE
development(AST_29_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi on Monday said that simply development, which is not inclusive at all
would not help in facing the challenge of identity related conflicts and other
related anxieties showing up in Assam as well as in some other North Eastern
States. Addressing a distinguished gathering after inaugurating a two-day
national workshop on the theme of Identity and Development: The twin challenges
in India’s North East organized by the Centre for Development and Peace Studies,
Gogoi stressed the need for all encompassing development, devolution of power
and transparent governance to cope with the identity related problems. ……more

 


Air Marshal PK Barbora awarded
PVSM(AST_29_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Air Marshal Pranab
Kumar Barbora, who was decorated with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) for
his outstanding services, is the first defence officer from the North-east to be
honoured with the award. Air Marshal Barbora, currently holding the post of Air
Officer Command-in-Chief, Western Air Command, is among the 30 PVSM awardees
recommended by President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil this year. ……more

 Political parties wary
of counting process
(AST_29_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Though all the
Opposition political parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam
Pradesh, would like to keep their fingers crossed over the outcome of the
Panchayat polls counting, the parties are, however, apprehensive about the
counting process. ……more

Nyshi council to move PM
over demands
(AST_29_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – The Nyshi Federal
Council will submit a three-point memorandum to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh scheduled for January 30.

The organization said that it wanted a review of free power share from the
existing 12%to 17% with Central PSUs in Arunachal Pradesh. ……more

Assam celebrates R-Day
with fanfare and gaiety
(AST_29_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Despite the boycott
call by various ultra groups, the 59th Republic Day the day was celebrated
across the State with fanfare and enthusiasm.
Reports of the celebration filed by our correspondents are pouring is from
various places of
Assam.
……more

Families protest
non-receipt of land compensation
(AST_21_1_k8)
 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

Relaxation 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, “ Though I cannot promise or announce anything at this
moment, but nevertheless, I want to assure you that a meeting would soon be
convened to entertain the long-standing demand of the local newspapers in the
region for special allocation of advertisement revenue under the Directorate of
Advertising and Visual Publicity.” ……more

Mafia group behind PIL,
says Himanta(AST_23_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 — State’s Health
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today alleged that a mafia group, which was bent on
discrediting the State, was behind the Supreme Court case filed against him by
BJP MP Sukhdeo Paswan. The petition of the BJP MP was, however, dismissed by the
Apex Court yesterday for suppressing some major facts. ……more

Nalbari teachers without
salaries for three months
(AST_23_1_k8)
 NALBARI, Jan 22 – Strong resentment
prevails among the teachers and employees over non-payment of monthly salaries
to teachers and employees of different Primary Middle Vernacular (MV) and Middle
English (ME) schools under Pub-Nalbari Block Elementary Education office for the
last three months. ……more

Assam agitation leader
joins Cong
(AST_23_1_k8)
 DUNI, Jan 22 – Gajen Bora of Joypur
village near here, who was a frontline student leader during the Assam
agitation, joined the Congress along with his followers.Earlier, Bora was an
active member of AGP. Besides Bora, more than 25 citizens of Duni, Tengera and
Barpathar villages under Duni GP also joined the Congress recently, informed
Gopi Kanta Deka secretary, Duni Mandal Congress Committee. ……more

Security stepped up for
Republic Day(AST_24_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 23 – The police has taken
over all the parade grounds where Republic Day celebrations will take place to
prevent militants from planting explosives, while, all district police forces
have been alerted following an intelligence input about efforts by jehadi
elements to sneak into the State to indulge in acts of violence. Police sources
said that the threat of jehadi attacks is not only for the Republic Day as there
were inputs that such elements would try to create disturbance in the month of
January. ……more

 


Body recovered
(AST_24_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 23 – The body of an
unidentified young girl was recovered from a Hindu crematorium under Dispur
police station today. Police said the body was found buried, which raised
suspicion. The body has been sent for post-mortem

 

Repoll
demanded in entire Hailakandi district
(AST_24_1_k8)
 HAILAKANDI, Jan23 – The Secretary of the
State Election Commission, Dr. Anwar Uddin Choudhury recently met the members of
all the political parties and various organisations of Hailakandi and listened
to their opinions regarding the large-scale violence and mismanagements on the
day of panchayat polls in Hailakandi district. ……more

 ‘Gogoi Govt not using
rural devp funds properly’
(AST_24_1_k8)
 DUNI, Jan 23 – The participation of Dr
Zoli Nath Sarma, former AGP MLA of Sipajhar LAC in the poll campaign has
motivated the AGP workers and supporters of Duni-Dipila area.Addressing an
election meeting held at Dipila on January 18, Dr Sarma alleged that Gogoi
government has not utilised the rural development funds properly, but utilised
it for the benifit of some Congressmen. ……more

Cachar dist LP teachers threaten strike(AST_24_1_k8)
 SILCHAR, Jan 23 – LP school teachers in
Cachar district have threatened to go on strike from this month itself if their
salaries which are pending for the last two months are not paid within January
25. This was stated in a memorandum submitted by the teachers to the deputy
inspector of schools Abdul Wahid recently. ……more

Breakthrough in MLA
assault case
(AST_24_1_k8)
 GAURIPUR, Jan 23 – The Gauripur police
arrested Nurul Azam Sarkar (Lubu), Amjad Ali, both candidates for ZP seat from
Madhusoulmari GP under Gauripur LAC and Abdur Rahim Sheikh, a Grade IV employee
of Gauripur ……more

 


75 pc voter turnout in Darrang
Panchayat polls(AST_25_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Darrang district,
where Panchayat polls were held as part of the fourth phase of elections,
recorded a voter turnout of 75 per cent till 5.30 pm, according to the State
Election Commission. The percentage may go up as a large number of voters were
still waiting to exercise their franchise in front of polling stations.
……more

Govt to hand over
research projects to GU(AST_25_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi today announced the decision of the State Government to hand over two
research projects to the Gauhati University and one to Dr AC Bhagawati, former
Vice Chancellor of Arunachal University. An official release said here that the
research projects to be handed over the Gauhati University are “ Effects of
climate changes in Assam” and “effect of change of river courses in Assam”. The
release said that Dr Bhagawati would be given the project of “Issues on
inter-community and inter-cultural relation in Assam”. ……more

 


Poll counting date rescheduled
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 — In continuation of the
Assam State Election Commission’s notification No.SEC 82/2007/Pt/13, dated
November 27, 2007, the Commission has refixed the date of counting of Panchayat
poll……more

 


Firing probe
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24: The State Government has
appointed Justice PG Agarwal, retired Judge of the Gauhati High Court, to
investigate into the police firing in the Lakhipur area of Goalpara district on
January 2, official sources said here. – Staff Reporter

R-Day boycott(AST_25_1_k8)
 HOWRAGHAT, Jan 24: The Autonomous State
Demand Committee, Karbi Nimso Chingthur Asong and Karbi Students’ Association
have jointly decided to boycott the Republic Day celebrations on January 26 in
Karbi Anglong, contending that the republic is incomplete without implementation
of Article 244(A) of the Constitution. – Correspondent

 


Incentive
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
today announced a State Government incentive of Rs 50,000 for Arnab Kakoty, who
has been appointed as a junior scientist by the NASA. Gogoi hoped that Arnab’s
stint at the NASA would be highly fruitful. – Staff Reporter


           


Independents demand CBI probe into Lakhipur firing
(AST_25_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Criticising the Congress
government for “curbing” the democratic rights of the people of Goalpara
district by postponing Panchayat elections, the Independent Candidates Forum,
Goalpara demanded a CBI probe into the Lakhipur firing that killed eight persons
and injured over 20 on January 2. ……more

Cong expected to win ZPs;
lose many AP, GP seats in Jonai
(AST_25_1_k8)
 JONAI, Jan
24 – Along with six districts of the State the
Jonai sub-division under Dhemaji district of North Assam too conducted the first
phase of panchayat election on December 31 last. Election was conducted in Jonai
in its only anchalik panchayat (Murkong Selek) which is divided into two ZPC
segments including 15 gaon panchayats under Jonai block. ……more
President’s Medal for 9
Assam policemen(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Nine Assam Police
personnel have been awarded the Presidents Police Medal for gallantry, Republic
Day 2008. In addition, six persons have been chosen for the President’s Police
Medal for meritorious service besides three police officers for distinguished
service. Those honoured for gallantry are Kamal Kumar Gupta (DSP), Ruhindranath
Changmai (OC), Naba Kumar Bora (OC), Dhiraj Choudhury (Constable), Soda Tisso
(Constable), Asim Swargiary (Adl SP), Bir Bikram Gogoi (Adl SP), Biraj Mohan
Baruah (DSP) and Jayanta Kalita (OC). ……more
           


Indifference of locals irks probe
panel(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Though the State
Government is pinning its hopes on the one-man judicial commission under Justice
(retd) Manisana Singh to unearth lapses during the November 24 Beltola clash and
fix responsibility for the same, the latter, however, is annoyed at the
indifferent attitude of the local residents. Sources in the commission told
The Assam Tribune
that even though the commission a couple of days back sent
the secretary of Justice Manisena on behalf of the commission, to convince a few
more local residents to give account of the November 24 clash before it, there
was hardly any takers to the call. ……more

Assaulted(AST_26_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 25: Tea garden workers of
Doomurdolong tea estate under Moran PS in Sivasagar district led by the
activists of the Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association today vandalized the
manager’s office and left the tea garden manager Mukshedur Rahman and two of his
assistants wounded, allegedly for misuse of workers’ dues, police said. – Staff
Correspondent

 


AGP(P) dist women’s wing formed
(AST_26_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 25 – The Dibrugarh district unit of the AGP(P) during its
convention at the Natya Mandir on Wednesday formed a 41 member district unit of
the Jatiya Mahila Parishad to strengthen the organisational base of the party.
……more

70 pc turnout in 1st
phase of Panchayat polls(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The first phase of
Panchayat polls held in seven districts of Assam passed off peacefully today,
according to official sources, with the average voting percentage hovering
around 70. The voting percentage may go up after receipt of information from the
interior places. No major incidents have been reported from any of the polling
stations, and the only difficulties experienced were a few polling officials
failing to discharge their duties and mistakes in some ballot papers. ……more

New Year celebrated with
gaiety(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Guwahati city tonight
welcomed the year 2008 and people made a beeline to the hotels and restaurants
with their family members and friends to celebrate the occasion. The City
Police, on the other hand, intensified security measures in and around the city
and also asked the various student and other organisations to abide by the
prescribed norms during the December 31 celebration. ……more

 Assam
Valley Award for Nagen Saikia(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Eminent litterateur
and former Member of Parliament Dr Nagen Saikia has been chosen for the
prestigious Assam Valley Literary Award for the year 2007. The Award, instituted
by the Williamson Magor Education Trust, will be presented to Dr Saikia in a
function to be held in Guwahati in March, 2008. ……more

Poll boycott fails to
evoke response(AST_1_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Dec 31 – A large number of
people thronged to their respective polling stations in the district to cast
their vote in the panchayat elections today despite the poll boycott called by
six different communities seeking scheduled status. Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha
president and former Dibrugarh MP, Paban Singh Ghatowar told The Assam
Tribune
here this evening that he is elated by the large turnout at the
polling booths today. "This only proves that democracy thrives in the grassroots
in our country. The voters deserve full credit for ensuring peaceful polls," he
said. He added that today’s large turnout is an indicator to a Congress victory
at the panchayat elections in upper Assam, and that a similar picture could
emerge elsewhere in the state too. ……more

Governor greets people(AST_1_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – State Governor Lt Gen (Retd)
Ajai Singh, has extended his greetings to the people on the occasion of New
Year. In his New Year message to the State the Governor has also asked the
citizens to pledge to work individually and contribute towards building a
strong, developed and peaceful Assam. ……more

Magazine nominates 10 as
persons of the year
(AST_1_1_k8)
Dec 31 – Assamese monthly youth magazine
Jeevan today announced names of its ten nominees who have been selected as the
State’s persons of the year 2007.Addressing a press conference here this noon,
editor of the two-and-a-half-year old magazine Suresh Ranjan Gaduka said that
the nomination was made on the basis of these persons’ role in various fields.
These persons gave a special dimension to the Assamese society, he said.
……more

Ashok Saikia’s death
condoled
(AST_1_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The members of the Lawyers’
Association, Guwahati, has condoled the demise of Ashok Saikia, IAS, a
distinguished bureaucrat and former Director, Asian Development Bank, Manila.
……more

Sports-culture fest
concludes
(AST_1_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The concluding function of
the XII Assam Sports and Cultural festival, 2007, organized on the occasion of
the 93rd birth anniversary of late sportsperson and freedom fighter Premoda
Kanta Sarma, was held in the city on December 26. ……more

Security tightened in
Karimganj for panchayat polls
(AST_1_1_k8)
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – The Karimganj district
police administration beefed up security in and around the entire district to
avoid any untoward incident during the panchayat polls. ……more

Electioneering reaches
crescendo at Palashbari
(AST_1_1_k8)
 MIRZA, Dec 31 – Electioneering for the second
phase of panchayat polls to be held on January 4 has gained momentum for the
three district councillor seats, including ten gaon panchayat seats in
Palashbari constituency. ……more

Tough fight for Cong in
Bandarmari panchayat
(AST_1_1_k8)
 TEZPUR, Dec 31 – While all the parties such
as Congress, AGP and BJP including independent candidate are seen busy in
conducting poll campaigns for drawing attention of the voters of Bandarmari
Panchayat of Biohuguri ZPC under Barchala Constituency of Sonitpur district, the
ruling Congress party particularly is facing tough challenges from Opposition
parties. ……more

Jania MLA hopeful of
winning all 4 ZPC seats
(AST_1_1_k8)
 KALGACHIA, Dec 31 – In view of the upcoming
panchayat polls, Jania MLA Abdul Khaleque called a press meet on Sunday at
Kalgachia Rajiv Bhawan at a time when the alert sections of the people in Jania
LAC have been seen to evoke a mixed response over the selection of Congress
candidates nominated as competent to overcome the challenge posed by AUDF
candidates. ……more

 

Army
conducts integration tour
(AST_1_1_k8)
 GOALPARA, Dec 31 – A national integration
tour was conducted by the 3rd Battalion of Sikh Regiment Red Horns Division from
December 17 to 30 for school students in association with the district
administration. Twenty students along with two teachers were taken to New Delhi
and Amritsar as part of the tour. ……more

Ramcharani ZPC may
witness triangular fight
(AST_1_1_k8)
 AZARA, Dec 31 – With the panchayat elections
around the corner, campaigning by different political parties has gained
momentum at 16 No Ramcharani Zila Parishad seat under Kamrup (M) district.
……more

Corruption CPM panchayat
poll plank in Jania LAC
(AST_1_1_k8)
 KALGACIA, Dec 31 – In view of the panchayat
elections, CPI -M has named its candidates to contest panchayat polls in Jania
LAC under Barpeta district. The party has provided its candidature to retired
head teacher Abu Bakkar Siddique to fight the battle in Haladhiya ZPC, which is
only one out of four ZPCs in the Assembly constituency. ……more

AUDF resents ‘communal’
tag
(AST_1_1_k8)
 HOJAI, Dec 31 – Sirajuddin Ajmal, Jamunamukh
MLA and brother of AUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, addressing a series of election
meetings said that after two-and-a-half years AUDF will secure majority in State
Assembly and the Chief Minister will be from their party as people belonging to
various communities in Assam have lent support to it because of AUDF’s secular
character. ……more

 

627 papers
filed at Badarpur
(AST_1_1_k8)
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – A total of six hundred and
twenty-seven nomination papers have been filed in Badarpur block for 120 posts
of gaon panchayat. This is a record in the history of panchayat polls, stated
the district election officers. ……more

Letter throws up scam
clue(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 11:
An “H” on the
letterhead of an education department communiqué to the state exchequer seeking
disbursal of Rs 214 lakh helped officials detect a scam in the nick of time.
Since the letter came from the elementary education department, the letterhead
should have had a capital “E” instead of “H”, which stands for the higher
secondary education department.
……more

Congress
hits back at AGP(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 11:
The Congress
today batted for Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, hitting out against the AGP’s
verbal bouncers that equated his conduct with that of a “boorish and arrogant”
Australian captain Ricky Ponting. The party described the AGP’s diatribe as
“underarm” bowling and “lacking” in cricketing knowledge.

……more

 

Election
buck stops at SP door (TEL, 12-1-k8)


Poll commissioner seeks officer’s
transfer; no repoll for now

(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Guwahati/Hailakandi,
Jan. 11
: The state
election commission today came down hard on the Hailakandi administration and
sought the transfer of superintendent of police A.K. Tiwari for the
unprecedented violence in the district during the third phase of panchayat
elections on Wednesday. Speaking to the media this evening, state election
commissioner C.K. Sharma defended the commission’s role and blamed Tiwari and
additional deputy commissioner H.K. Nath for the violence. He ruled out
repolling in the district till a semblance of normality returned.

……more

 

Repoll
plea for Hailakandi (TEL,13-1-k8)

Hailakandi,
Jan. 12:
The Opposition
parties in Hailakandi today rejected the state election commission’s decision to
hold repoll in 309 booths and reiterated their demand for fresh elections in all
the 621 polling stations of the district under adequate security.

The parties,
under the banner of Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakhya Mancha, had also enforced a
bandh in Hailakandi yesterday to demand repolling in the entire district.

……more


Free-for-all after election mockery(TEL,11-1-k8)

Hailakandi,
Jan. 10:
At least 19
people were injured as supporters of panchayat candidates clashed in Hailakandi
a day after polling officials made a bonfire of ballot boxes, reducing the final
phase of rural elections in Assam to a farce.Army and paramilitary forces were
out on the streets of Ratakandi after supporters of two candidates indulged in
rioting. Two shops were looted, as many houses set ablaze and five more
partially damaged. All 19 injured, including nine women, were admitted to
Hailakandi Civil Hospital.
……more



Opposition draws a parallel between panchayat polls and Sydney farce (TEL,11-1-
k8)

Guwahati, Jan.
10: If the Aussies have Ricky Ponting, Assam has an equally “arrogant” Tarun
Gogoi, or so the AGP thinks. Cricket’s bitter acrimony — and vocabulary — today
entered Assam politics with the AGP accusing the chief minister of being
“arrogant” and “boorish”, the exact words used to describe the Australian
cricket captain.
……more


Post-harvest festival begins with a frown(TEL_15-1-k8)

Jan. 14:
The granaries are full, as
are the storehouses, but every time Indra Mohan Das looks at his harvested
field, he feels a stab of pain.His courtyard, of course, smells of sandohguri
and doi — but for him it is the smell of an impending season of
emptiness.As the rest of the state dances around the meji, farmers in
Cachar crease their brows, only wishing that Bihu would be as carefree for them,
too. The fertile soil in the district that yields 190,000 tonne of rice in the
monsoon alone turns barren as soon as the skies dry up.

……more



Gogoi backs 4 Corps for hills(TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 1:
Assam chief
minister Tarun Gogoi today said the twin districts of North Cachar Hills and
Karbi Anglong should be brought under the 4 Corps based in Tezpur from the
Rangapahar-based 3 Corps in Dimapur.
……more

 



Orissa thorn pricks BJP (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 1:
The Nagaland unit
of the BJP believes external factors could make or break its chances in the
ensuing Assembly elections. While it was hoping that the party’s “magnificent
win” in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh would fan a wave in its favour across
Nagaland, it was also worried that attacks on Christians in Orissa could have a
negative impact on the party in Nagaland, a predominantly Christian state.
……more

 


Scam
whiff in civic board (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Jan. 1:
The BJP has accused the chairperson of the Congress-led Dhubri Municipal Board,
Sumitra Ghose, of favouritism and misappropriation of funds meant for the
development of slum areas. Seven BJP ward commissioners have expressed
resentment over non-allotment of slum development funds to their wards by the
state government in October.
……more


New
panel, new ideas (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Jan.1:
The newly constituted executive committee of the All Assam Madarssa Students’
Association’s
Barak Valley
unit is banking on a slew of new ideas to take madarssa education to the next
level.
……more


Cong
to steal ST thunder(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 2:
Buoyed by the high
turnout in the first phase of panchayat polls despite a boycott call, the ruling
Congress is gearing up to “hijack” the ST movement from the organisations that
have been troubling the government with bandhs and blockades.

……more



Congress targets Nagaland with eye on the past(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 3:
When New Delhi
sneezes, Kohima freezes, goes a joke in Nagaland. The sublime political message
in it is, however, not lost in the banter. The powers that be in New Delhi —
more precisely the Congress — has time and again scuttled elected governments in
the state by imposing President’s rule.

……more

 



Congress targets Nagaland with eye on the past(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 3:
When New Delhi
sneezes, Kohima freezes, goes a joke in Nagaland. The sublime political message
in it is, however, not lost in the banter. The powers that be in New Delhi —
more precisely the Congress — has time and again scuttled elected governments in
the state by imposing President’s rule. Call it a quirk of fate or political
manoeuvring, the Congress, except once after the Emergency, managed to win the
popular mandate after central rule despite public outcry.

……more

 

Cong not
averse to brief stint (TEL, 5-1-08)



Imkong ready if Nagaland governor invites him to form govt

(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 4:
The Congress is
not ruling out a brief stint in power in Nagaland given the fact that the
Assembly has not been dissolved. The 60-member House was put in suspended
animation when President’s rule took effect. The leader of the Congress
Legislature Party, I. Imkong, said he would extend his stay in

New Delhi
till Monday. He will attend the meeting of the screening committee that will
finalise the list of party candidates for elections in the state.

……more

 



Gogoi resumes poll campaign(TEL_ 6_1_k8)

Dhubri,
Jan. 5:
A day after
cancelling his tour to the Barak Valley, chief minister Tarun Gogoi criticised
his political rivals while campaigning for the third phase of the panchayat
elections slated for Wednesday.
……more

 


Army
called in for rural election(TEL_7_1_K8)

Silchar,
Jan. 6:
The army will form
the outer ring of security during panchayat elections in the tribal belt of
south Assam, the first known instance of troops being deployed for a rural poll.
When Assam sought more central forces to tackle a militant group that was said
to be planning to disrupt polling in Hailakandi district on Wednesday,

Delhi
immediately fell back on the army. Troops from the 57 Mountain Division have
since taken over security in areas categorised as “sensitive”.

……more

 



Minister jibe at AUDF for riot(TEL_7_1_K8)

Dhubri,
Jan. 6
: Asssam health
minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today blamed the AUDF for last week’s disturbances
in Goalpara district but stopped short of naming the party saying people
“understood” who was behind the trouble. He, however, was categorical that the
AUDF was trying to gain political mileage from the police firing that left eight
persons dead on January 2. “A third force enjoying direct patronage of a
political party is behind the incidents of violence in Goalpara district,” Sarma
told journalists in Dhubri.
……more

 


Muscles speak at poll rallies(TEL, 8-1-08)



Cong-AUDF clash in last campaign leg(TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Nagaon,
Jan. 7:
Two days before
they clash in the final battle of ballots in the rural heartland, Congress and
Assam United Democratic Front workers let their muscles do the talking at poll
rallies in Nagaon today, leaving nine persons injured.

……more

 


MLA
faces mob fury & bribery slur(TEL_9_1_k8)

Dhubri,
Jan. 8:
A legislator who
may have been surreptitiously doling out blankets and money to panchayat voters
last night was critically injured in an attack by workers of rival parties in
Assam’s Dhubri district. The bitterly fought electoral battle descended into
anarchy elsewhere in the district, too. An Opposition candidate was reported
abducted and two more got a taste of the ruling party’s allegedly liberal use of
muscle power in the run-up to the final phase of polling tomorrow.

……more

 



Jamir not to contest state polls(TEL_9_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 8:
Goa Governor and
former Nagaland chief minister S.C. Jamir, who has been the face of the Congress
in the state for past several decades, will not contest in the ensuing Assembly
elections. His name does not figure in the list of 40 candidates finalised by
the AICC screening committee headed by Margaret Alva in New Delhi last night.
Jamir has not been named even for his home constituencies — Mokokchung town and
Aonglenden.
……more

 

Ballots
burn in poll staff rage(TEL_10_1_k8)



Attacked by goons, election personnel make bonfire of materials in
Hailakandi(TEL_10_1_k8)

Hailakandi, Jan. 9:
Assam today made electoral history of the most dubious kind when officials on
panchayat poll duty made a bonfire of ballot boxes and other election materials
to protest the administration’s failure to protect them from groups out to rig
votingOfficial sources said nearly 100 polling officials were injured, one of
them critically, in the attacks since last night. A policeman was injured, too.
.
……more



Sabha sets April deadline(TEL_10_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 9:
Asam Sahitya Sabha,
the apex literary organisation of the state, has set April 14 as the deadline
for using Assamese as the official language. Sabha president Kanak Sen Deka said
they would launch a non-cooperation movement if the government failed to
implement the Official Language Act within three months. .

……more

 


Naga
fight reaches court(TEL_10_1_k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 9:
The political
fight in Nagaland today moved to the courtroom with a division bench of Gauhati
High Court asking the central and state governments to file their replies on a
writ petition challenging the imposition of President’s rule in the state on or
before January 25.The petition was filed by Nagaland People’s Front (NPF). .

……more

 


Army
provides training to unemployed youths
(SEN_15_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 14: The 55
Engineer Regiment of Dah Division, organized a function on Jan 12 at Dinjan to
mark the culmination of training for poor and unemployed youth of nearby
villages. .
……more

Engti visits Howraghat to
monitor output development
(SEN_15_1_k8)
 HOWRAGHAT, Jan 14: The Asom Hills Area Development (HAD) Minister
Kharsing Engti visited the Howraghat Legislative Assembly Constituency here on
Sunday to monitor the infrastructure development works done.
.
……more

Failure
to protect Majuli may lead to violent situation’
(SEN_15_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 14: The
Majuli Island Protection And Development Council (MIPADC) in an open letter to
the chairman of the Brahmaputra Board has vehemently condemned the indifferent
attitude of the Board in solving the problem of erosion, which has been
threatening the very existence of the world’s largest river island. .

……more


BJP entered into pre-poll
understanding with AUDF’
(SEN_17_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 16: State BJP unit president Ramen Deka had stated in the
run-up to the panchayat polls that his party would work towards rooting out
three Cs — the Congress party, Communists and Communalism — from the State in
future elections. .
……more

 

BPF
office set on fire
(SEN_17_1_k8)
From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 16: An office of the Bodoland People’s Forum (BPF) was burnt down
by an irate mob at Mukuldang under Gossaigaon police station today. This comes a
day after three youths, allegedly from the camp, physically assaulted a villager
at Batabari in Simbargaon under Kokrajhar police station last evening.

 


Attack on BPF youth cell chief condemned
(SEN_17_1_k8)
From our Correspondent
UDALGURI, Jan 16: The alleged attack on Bodo Peoples Front (BPF) youth cell
chief Kabi Ranjan Brahma at Bhatarmari tiniali in Kokrajhar district on January
14 has evoked a widespread condemnation among the people in the Bodoland
Territorial Council (BTC) region. .
……more


Roy
pins blame on security goof-ups
(SEN_17_1_k8)
 SILCHAR, Jan 16: “I was
not in any way involved in the violence in the panchayat polls. Nor was any of
the members of the Congress were involved in any poll violence. The violence
took place due to serious security lapses”, Minister of Excise and Border Area
Development, Gautom Roy told media persons today at the Circuit House. .

……more


SEC may order fresh polls
in Hailakandi
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: The State Election Commission (SEC) today indicated
that fresh elections might be held in the entire Hailakandi district where
large-scale violence was reported during panchayat polls held in the district in
the third phase on January 9 last.
State Election Commissioner CK Sarma said that the SEC was considering to hold
fresh elections in Hailakandi district and the final decision would be taken
after discussing the matter with the State Government. .

……more


Leaders now lock horns in Darrang(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: With three
phases of the panchayat polls in the State over, the focus is on Darrang
district which will go to polls on January 24. Leaders of all main political
parties have made a beeline to the district in their efforts to woo the
electorate, with campaigning reaching a feverish pitch. .

……more

After panchayat polls,
turn of RS now
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: The panchayat polls are
almost over with elections only left for Darrang district which will go to polls
on January 24. But new equations have already begun among political parties,
this time for the three Rajya Sabha seats, due to fall vacant in the first week
of May. Elections for these three seats, in all probability, will be held in
April.
.
……more

Asom bans import of
poultry
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan
18: The State Government today imposed a ban on the movement of poultry and
poultry products across the inter-State and the international border. The
decision was taken in an emergency meeting held at Dispur today. The meeting was
attended by high-level officials of the Animal Husbandry, Health, Forest, Public
Health and Home Departments.
.
……more


 


Security beefed up ahead of R-Day
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 JORHAT, Jan 18: In view of Intelligence reports indicating possibility
of subversive activities in the run-up to Republic Day on January 26, security
has been beefed up in the district. The police have stepped up vigil in Jorhat,
Mariani, Teok, Titabor and adjoining areas. Sniffer dogs have been pressed into
service in certain localities in the town and also outside.
.
……more

Jehadi
groups turning sar areas into a safe haven for criminals’
(SEN_19_1_k8)
Congress Govt weak towards minorities: HYCP

 NAGAON, Jan 18: Taking
advantage of the alleged ‘weakness’ of the present Congress-led Government for
the religious minority community as well as the Jehadi groups, the different
Maulabadi extremist groups are spreading their tentacles in different parts of
the State at an alarming rate, particularly in the religious minority-dominated
areas and in sar areas, alleged Brajen Kakoti, president, Hindu Yuva Chatra
Parishad (HYCP), Asom. .
……more


Khasis living in KA cannot claim land as their own: Ingti
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 HAMREN, Jan 18: Biren
Singh Ingti, sitting Member of Parliament, paid a visit to the border areas of
Meghalaya-Karbi Anglong recently to take stock of situation and to inquire into
the needs of the people living in the border areas. He was accompanied by MLA
from 20 Baithalangso LAC constituency Dr Mansing Rongpi, MAC from Socheng
constituency, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) Ms Bina Ranghangpi, KAAC
member and Bidya Sing Teron, chairman of the Forest Board, KAAC and secretary of
the district Congress, Karbi Anglong. .

……more

 



tableaux in R-Day function in Delhi

Institute probe panel: CM
to CS


(SEN_26_1_k8)

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 25: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has asked Chief Secretary PC Sarma
to institute a high-level inquiry into the matter as to why the State’s tableaux
is not being put in this year’s Republic Day function in New Delhi and submit
the report forthwith.
According to Government sources, the Chief Minister has taken the matter
seriously and asked the Chief Secretary to probe into the matter to find out the
lapses, if any, and to fix responsibility on the officials concerned.

……more

 


Govt
sanctions Rs 11.77 crore for Barak Valley
(SEN_26_1_k8)
KARIMGANJ, Jan 25: People
of the Barak Valley region are enthusiastic about the sanction of Rs 11.77 crore
by the Ministry of Road Transport for the construction of the Jowai-Badarpur
road under NH-44, which is severely affected by landslides.
Official sources said that the Border Road Organization (BRO) has started the
work. However, observers expressed doubt over the satisfactory execution of the
work in view of past experiences of the people. They said that the work need to
be monitored properly otherwise all efforts may go in vain.

……more

 


Republic Day boycott in KA
(SEN_26_1_k8)
HOWRAGHAT,
Jan 25: The Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), Karbi Nimso Chingthur
Asong (KNCA) and Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) have jointly decided to
boycott the Republic Day celebration on January 26 in Karbi Anglong. Sources
said that the organizations claimed that the Republic Day is incomplete without
implementation of Article 244(A) of the Constitution.

……


questions: Is violence during festivals acceptable? No is the answer
(SEN_15_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 14: Yesterday’s grenade explosion in Paltan Bazaar area of
the city, suspected to be carried out by the recalcitrant ULFA brings to the
fore a major question: Is violence during festivals acceptable?. The ULFA
otherwise claims to be fighting for the liberation of the Asomiya race from
“Indian colonial rule”, but orchestrates such henious attacks when the Asomiya
people are in a festive mood to celebrate Bhogali Bihu, one of the biggest
festivals of the community. ……more

 



Public beat up MLA in Gauripur
(SEN_9_1_k8)
MLA was allegedly distributing cash, blankets among voters
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Gauripur
MLA Mohibul Haque, an associate member of the ruling Congress, and one Sahidur
Rahman were critically injured in a pre-panchayat poll violence in Dhubri
district late last night. Haque and Rahman have been shifted to the Gauhati
Medical College Hospital (GMCH).
……more
 


Poll violence at its peak in
Dhubri
(SEN_9_1_k8)
BOXIRHAT, Jan 8:
Dhubri district has been witnessing a series of poll-related violence since
yesterday when the campaign for the third phase of panchayat polls came to an
end.
Five persons were injured and two motorcycles damaged when the supporters of
Congress candidate Sohor Bibi and independent candidate Joynab Bibi clashed at
Bhakatpara constituency last night. The husband of Sohor Bibi, Jakir Hussain,
was reportedly abducted by miscreants last night. Sagolia police arrested four
persons in this regard.
……more

 


Nine subdivisions go to panchayat polls today
(SEN_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Nine
subdivisions, both sadar and civil, of Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari,
Nagaon, a part of Morigaon, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts will go
to panchayat polls in the third phase tomorrow amid tight security arrangement
in view of the Congress-AUDF clashes in various parts of the State. As many as
4,26,589 voters will decide the fate of the record number of 37,893 candidates
in the nine subdivisions.
……more
 


JAMA hits out at CTSA
(SEN_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Janogosthiya
Aikya Mancha, Assam (JAMA) chief convenor Birinchi Neog today said the six
communities seeking ST status do not need any certificate from the Centre for
Tribal Studies, Assam (CTSA) to get their demand fulfilled. Neog was reacting to
the CTSA’s comment yesterday that the State Government should give c
……more.

 


AGP,
BJP and AUDF indulging in communalism: Gogoi
(SEN_9_1_k8)
KALGACHIA, Jan 8: At a
time when there remains only two days for the third phase of the panchayat polls
in Barpeta district on January 9, campaigning in Jania LAC has reached its peak,
with the helicopters of Badruddin Ajmal and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi landing
here to address public meetings at different places in a bid to woo the voters.
A kind of undeclared battle is going on in this LAC among the workers of various
parties especially the Congress and the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF).

……more

 


Repolling held in 10 polling stations


(SEN_9_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 8: Re-polls for
panchayat elections in ten polling stations (PS) in Dibrugarh district was held
today. The polling stations in question are PS 10 Rajabheta LP School and PS 3
Japaragaon LP School in Barbarua, PS 3 Digboimukh LP School in Tengakhat, PS 3
Teliapathar LP School, PS 5 Jogesh Gohain LP School and PS 3 Gajporia ME School
in Khowang, PS 3A Digholia LP School and PS 3 Dhadumia LP School in Tingkhong,
PS 3 Maijan Bagicha Mazdoor Club and PS 4 Maijan Bagicha LP School in Lahoal.The
turnout of the poll was 71 per cent in the district.

 


Election fever in Tihu Zila Parishad


(SEN_9_1_k8)
NALBARI, Jan 8: The panchayat
election fever has gripped the people of Tihu Barana and its outskirts in
Nalbari district. Workers and leaders of different political parties including
the ruling Congress, AGP, BJP and other Independent candidates have stepped up
their election campaign by putting up hoardings, banners and posters.
Candidates with their supporters have launched door to door campaign to woo the
voters. Offices for monitoring the electioneering have also been opened in every
nook and corner of the villages.
……more

 



Panchayat elections create ‘festive’ mood in Barak Valley!

(SEN_9_1_k8)
Congress to face tough challenge from BJP and AUDF
SILCHAR, Jan 8: In glaring
contrast to the poetic listlessness of winter, there has been a surge of
activities all around as political parties, their leaders and workers fastened
their belts for the toughest battle scheduled on Wednesday. The rural valley
dotted with villages in the hills and plains looked festive with rows of party
festoons, banners, flags and graffiti in multicolour seemed to dislodge each
other in art and imagination, the objective being to woo the voters.

……more

 



Violence mars 3rd phase of polls
(SEN_10_1_k8)
Poll personnel set poll materials afire in Hailakandi; firing in Dhubri,
Hailakandi
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Violence
in Dhubri district leading to police firing and the Barak Valley today marred
the third phase of the panchayat polls in Asom, which otherwise saw about 70 per
cent voting. Miscreants fired at poll personnel in Hailakandi district, snatched
ballot boxes and fled.
……more
 



Heavy turnout despite violence
(SEN_10_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Barring
Karimganj and Hailakandi districts where incidents of large-scale violence were
reported during the third phase of panchayat polls today, the voter turnout in
other districts was about 74 per cent.

……more

 


Nagaland PR challenged in Gauhati High Court
(SEN_10_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 9:
Imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland was challenged at the Gauhati High
Court today which issued notices to the Centre and fixed February 5 as the next
hearing. Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) leader and MLA Yivatchu filed the writ
petition on behalf of the outgoing Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) before
the High Court.
……more

 


Empty ballot boxes recovered near strong room
(SEN_10_1_k8)
TEZPUR, Jan 9: Hundreds of
empty ballot boxes were recovered near Darrang College in Tezpur. It may be
mentioned here that a strong room has been set up at the precincts of the
college to store ballot boxes. Tezpur had gone to polls during the second phase
of panchayat elections on January 4 last.

……more

 


Cong behind attack on me: Haque
(SEN_10_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 9:
Independent but associate Congress MLA from Gauripur Mohibul Haque, who was a
staunch supporter of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi both inside and outside the
State Assembly, today said that the Congress was behind the attack on him on
January 7 night at Naidar village near Gauripur. Haque even named the Congress
leaders who led the mob that assaulted him physically for about four hours.
……more

 



Asomiya as State language: AXX sets deadline for Govt
(SEN_10_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Two days
after a host of litterateurs of the State, including Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX)
president Kanaksen Deka, the apex literary body of the State today set a
deadline of April 14 to the State Government for complete implementation of the
Official Languages Act, failing which it has threatened to launch a total
non-cooperation movement.
……more

 


Cong
behind poll violence’
(SEN_11_1_k8)
AUDF blames Goutam Roy, Rahul Roy for violence in Hailakandi
GUWAHATI, Jan 10: The main
Opposition party in the State, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), today expressed its
unhappiness over the manner in which the three phases of the four-phase
panchayat elections were conducted on December 31, January 4 and January 9
respectively.
……more

 

 Gogoi
reviews Jorhat schemes
(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.
……more

 



Presiding officer assaulted at Hatsingimari
(SEN_11_1_k8)
HATSINGIMARI, Jan 10: A
commotion prevailed among the police personnels during the second phase of
panchayat poll held on January 4 at Hatsingimari of Dhubri district.
Sources said that the presiding officer in Poll No 3214 of Monirchar Musullipara
L P School, under South Salmara LAC was assaulted by the incharge of
Kharuabandha outpost, Gauri Kanta Kalita. The incident took place in presence of
DK Bhotra, Extra Assitant Comissioner (EAC) and Abdul Rahim Sheikh, Sub
Divisional Officer (Civil)
……more

 


Himanta assures all-round development of State
(SEN_11_1_k8)
BOXIRHAT,
Jan 10: Asom Minister for Health, Planning and Urban Development, Dr Himanta
Biswa Sarma has urged the people of lower Asom to vote for the Congress and
reject the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
in the greater interest of the people of the State. Sarma was speaking at an
election rally of the Congress, organized at the No. 633 Paglar Pat GP near the
Indo-Bangladesh border near Bishkhowa under Golokganj LAC in Dhubri district
yesterday.
……more

 



Hailakandi SP responsible for poll violence, says SEC
(SEN_12_1_k8)
AK Tewari transferred to DGP headquarters
GUWAHATI, Jan 11: Holding
Hailakandi Superintendent of Police AK Tewari responsible for poll violence in
the district during the third phase of panchayat polls held on January 9, the
State Election Commission (SEC) (vide letter U.O. No. SEC.03/2008/2 dated Dispur
the 11th January 2008) today asked Asom Chief Secretary PC Sarma to initiate
disciplinary action against Tewari. The SEC has also decided to conduct
repolling in 309 polling stations in the district, but is yet to take a decision
as to when repolling in the district will take place.

……more

 


Non-Rabhas
to start mass agitation today(SEN_12_1_k8)
Panchayat polls in RHAC areas


 GUWAHATI, Jan 11: After a
brief lull, especially after the Lakhipur police firing incident where as many
as 8 people were killed and over 50 others injured, non-Rabha communities have
again raised their voices demanding panchayat elections be held in Rabha Hasong
Autonomous Council (RHAC) areas in Goalpara district.
An executive meeting of non-Rabha bodies which also included the Panchayat
Elections Demand Committee, Nagarik Adhikar Suraksha Sangrami Mancha and the
Non-Rabha Sammanay Rakhi Manch, held at Goalpara yesterday, demanded of the
Government to announce notification for panchayat elections in RHAC areas by
January 20.
It may be mentioned here that the State Government had postponed polls in areas
under the RHAC. Non Rabha communities, on the other hand, have been pressing the
Government with its demand for holding of panchayat elections along with other
parts of the State.
……more

 


Govt
flayed for indifference towards official language


(SEN_12_1_k8)
TINSUKIA, Jan 11: Taking
serious note of the recent alarming data showing the decline in the number of
Asomiya-speaking people and the subsequent increase in the number of
Bengali-speaking people, the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Tinsukia
district committee has expressed deep concern.

……more

 


Is
Govt interested in probing Beltola incident?

(SEN_14_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 13: Despite
Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi himself terming the Beltola mob violence
incident a black spot in his list of achievements made last year, and despite
the several announcements made on numerous occasions by the Government that the
guilty would be tracked down and punished, questions have now surfaced as to
whether it is really interested in getting to the truth of the matter.

……more

 


Tarun Gogoi in a holiday mood

(SEN_14_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 13: After
undergoing the rigours of holding the panchayat elections smoothly, he is a
weary man now. Yes, this person is none other than our very own leader — Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi. Gogoi today decided to try his luck at golf and spent
nearly an hour at the Army Golf Course in the city.

……more

 


Dist
admin a poodle of Cong: Opp parties(SEN_14_1_k8)
Hailakanda bandh passes off peacefully


 SILCHAR, Jan 13: The
bandh in Hailakandi called by various political parties in protest against the
alleged rigging by the Congress in the panchayat polls passed of peacefully and
was near total except for Lala and Kathicherra areas.

……more

 



Government amending State industrial policy: CM
(SEN_11_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10: With
foreign investors keen in investing in Asom, the State Government has decided to
amend the Assam Industrial Policy in order to ensure that the initial process
that potential investors need to go through before setting up industries is
streamlined. The Government has also stressed the need for state-of-the-art
infrastructure at the three new industrial estates coming up at Balipara, Matia
and Chhaygaon.
……more

 


Legal battle over reservation of
seats in PG medical courses
(SEN_11_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10: An air
of uncertainty is hovering over the entrance examination for postgraduate
courses in the three medical colleges in Asom with four medical students coming
from outside the State moving the Gauhati High Court challenging the rule on
reservation of seats for students from the State in postgraduate courses. The
High Court has fixed January 24 as the next date of hearing of the case, which
is three days ahead of the scheduled date of the examination.

……more

 

Assam
Secretariat uses Asomiya
(SEN_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: A few days ago, the Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX) set a
deadline to the State Government asking it to ensure that Asomiya is used as the
official language of the State. The Assam Secretariat, it seems, is out to
ensure that Asomiya language is used exclusively in all forms within the
secretariat complex. And the day to begin with cannot be better than the first
day of the New Year. ……more

 


Repolling in 55 poll stations
(SEN_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: The State
Election Commission (SEC) has ordered repolling in 55 polling stations which had
gone to elections for the first phase of panchayat polls in seven districts of
the State yesterday on account of various anomalies. SEC sources said repolling
has been ordered in two polling stations in Jonai, 16 in Dhemaji, 20 in
Lakhimpur, one in Sivasagar, one in Dhansiri, two in Jorhat, 10 in Dibrugarh and
three in Dhakuakhana. The dates of the repolling has not been finalized as of
now, the sources added.
……more

 


Congress leader accused of
threatening scribe
(SEN_2_1_k8)
 MANGALDAI, Jan 1: Strong resentment has been expressed by the
mediapersons and a section of conscious circle over an alleged attempt of
Darrang District Congress president Mazibar Rahman on the life of Dwipen Konwar,
special correspondent of Adinar Sambad and president of Mangaldai Media Circle.
……more

 


Revellers throng picnic spots after panchayat polls

(SEN_2_1_k8)
JORHAT, Jan 1: In what may be seen as a spontaneous relief from the
tension of bandhs, boycotts, blasts and the first phase of the panchayat polls
held in upper Asom districts yesterday, revellers thronged popular picnic sites
here and in neighbouring district today. ……more

 


Former Jagiroad GP president expelled
(SEN_2_1_k8)
JAGIROAD, Jan 1: Former Jagiroad Gaon Panchayat president Deba Bordoloi
has been expelled from the Congress party for indulging in anti-party activities
in the run-up to the panchayat polls. The party has also expelled Phuleswari
Bordoloi, who is standing as an independent candidate from Mayong.

 

 Naxalites
using AUDF as launch pad in Asom
(SEN_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: The AUDF is being used as the launch pad to expand
their network by the People’s Democratic Conference of India (PDCI) and
Naxalites like the CPI(ML) in Asom. PDCI leader Sardar Amjad Ali and Naxalite
leader (CPI-ML general secretary) Santosh Rana had been in the State for the
last four days when they campaigned for the AUDF in as many as 41 villages in
Sonitpur, Morigaon, Barpeta and Darrang districts where the AUDF have fielded a
large number of candidates for the panchayat polls.
……more

 

717 in
panchayat poll fray in Gohpur

(SEN_2_1_k8)
HALEM, Jan 1: Of the 883 nomination papers filed as candidates for
ward members, gaon panchayat presidents, Anchalik panchayat members and zila
parishad members, as many as 717 candidates are in the fray in Gohpur
subvidivision that will go to polls on January 4 in as many as 340 polling
centres. ……more

 



Poll campaign picks up in Gohpur
(SEN_2_1_k8)
HALEM, Jan 1: Campaigning for the forthcoming panchayat polls is at its
peak in Gohpur subdivision. A number of Congressmen have left the party, while
some others have been suspended. ……more



Cong candidate’s son, 2 supporters abducted
(SEN_2_1_k8)
SILCHAR, Jan 1: South Asom-based United Liberation Front of Barak Valley
(ULFBV) militants abducted three people, including a Congress leader’s son from
Hailakandi district. Police today said that the three people abducted yesterday
included two supporters of the Congress leader and his son. The Congress leader
is a nominee for the gaon panchayat president post. The police said the people
were kidnapped at gun-point from Kharolbasti, a remote village near Mizoram
border where they were campaigning for Abdul Khaliq Laskar alias Kuti, a
Congress candidate for Baldabaldi GP president post.
……more

 



Heavy panchayat polling: Advantage Cong in Jorhat
(SEN_2_1_k8)
 JORHAT, Jan 1: The heavy
turnout of voters in the first phase of the panchayat elections, which concluded
yesterday, augurs well for the ruling Congress. Official sources said that the
overall polling in Jorhat and Titabor subdivisions registered 74 per cent.

……more

 

Jamiat,
AUDF demand CBI probe
(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and the AUDF have today demanded
of the Government to order CBI inquiry into the police firing at Lakhipur in
Goalpara district. Jamiat leader Moulana Siddiqulla Choudhury, who is in Asom to
campaign for the AUDF, said today’s police firing on the agitators, who have
been protesting against the postponement of panchayat election in that area, has
exposed the autocratic character of the Congress-led Government in the State.
……more

 

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

 


Illegal appointment in Nalbari, IS suspended
(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: In accordance with a
directive from the Gauhati High Court, the Government of Asom has suspended
Nalbari district Inspector of Schools (IS) with immediate effect on the charge
of making appointment of teachers in the district when there was a ban on
teacher appointment in the State. Besides a departmental proceeding against the
IS, Nalbari police has also been asked to investigate the circumstances leading
to the appointment of 11 teachers in the district when there was a ban on
teacher appointment. ……more

 


Goalpara polls deferred
(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: The State Election Commission (SEC) has postponed all
panchayat polls in Goalpara district indefinitely following the unrest in the
district over the deferment of panchayat polls in the RHAC area.

Fire on poll procession(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: A poll procession taken out in support of independent
candidate for Pub-Namborbagh GP constituency Rupdhan Ali in Bagsa district was
fired at by two motorcycle-borne miscreants near Barama police station today.
Though there was no casualty in the firing, some people sustained injuries in
the stampede that followed.

 

Reject
Congress, vote for AGP: Mahanta (SEN_3_1_k8)
NAGAON, Jan 2: In two panchayat election meetings of the Asom Gana
Parishad (AGP) held at Hatipukhuri and Dakhin Khatowal under Rupahihat LAC,
former Asom Chief Minister and president of the Asom Gana Parishad (Pragatisheel)
(AGP-P) addressed a huge gathering of more than 10,000 people.
……more

 


People exercise franchise in spite of poll boycott call
(SEN_3_1_k8)
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 2: The boycott
call of the panchayet election by various organizations seem to hardly affect
people’s enthusiasm to exercise their adult franchise, with the polling
percentage in Dibrugarh district supposedly touching 78.5. Re-poll has been
ordered in ten polling stations in the district and

……more

 

Every
Indian should be allowed to exercise his voting rights’
(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: On the eve of the second phase of the panchayat polls in
lower Asom, a meeting of leading citizens, litterateurs and members of the Koch
Rajbongshi community was held to think and discuss about the problems afflicting
the community, its language, customs and culture.
……more

 



Ajmal, Madani urge people to vote Congress out
(SEN_3_1_k8)
BOXIRHAT/HATSINGIMARI, Jan 2:
Launching a fresh tirade against the Congress in general and Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi in particular, Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) supremo
Baddrudin Ajmal and All India Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind general secretary Moulana
Mahmud Madani said the Congress party was involved in corruption. They also
alleged that the Congress was playing with the hopes and emotion of the people
of Asom.
The two leaders were addressing a panchayat rally at Belguri playground in
Golokganj in Dhubri district on Tuesday.

……more

 

Repoll
in 69 poll stations on January 8
(SEN_4_1_k8)
Phase-II of panchayat polls today
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3: As many as 14 districts and subdivisions of the
State will go to panchayat polls in the second phase tomorrow amid tight
security measures in the aftermath of yesterday’s mob fury leading to killing of
at least eight people in police firing in Goalpara district. A total of
35,26,827 voters will decide the fate of 26,169 candidates.
……more

 


Violation of model code by Cong
(SEN_4_1_k8)
AUDF not happy with SEC, to meet Governor

GUWAHATI, Jan 3: Not happy
with the “partial attitude of the State Election Commission (SEC) in dealing
with complaints filed against the Congress for alleged undemocratic actions”,
the AUDF today said it will apprise Asom Governor Lt. Gen (retd) Ajai Singh of
the matter.
……more

 


Goalpara tense, under control
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 3:
The situation in Goalpara district is tense, although no fresh incident has been
reported from anywhere in the district. There is a confusion over the death toll
of yesterday’s police firing. Though the Ana-Rabha Samanvayrakshi Aikya Mancha
claimed that 11 people had been killed in police firing, Additional SP of
Goalpara Jayanta Choudhury contradicted the figure by saying that altogether
seven persons had died in Wednesday’s violence.

……more

 


Judicial probe into firing
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 3: Asom
Government today announced a judicial inquiry into the Lakhipur police firing
leading to the killing of at least seven people yesterday. It may be mentioned
here that the entire Goalpara district is tense following the police firing.

Poll fever over, now an
agonising wait
(SEN_4_1_k8)
The Election Commission will decide to announce the results on the same date for
all the districts
JORHAT, Jan 3: For the more than 3,000 candidates of Jorhat district,
who are battling it out in the panchayat polls, already held in the district
along with six other upper Asom districts on December 31, the almost month-long
wait for the results, to be announced on January 28, seems interminable and
fraught with tension. The results which were earlier to be declared on January
12 is postponed to January 28, as polling in Darrang district will be held on
January 24. The Election Commission will decide to announce the results on the
same date for all the districts. ……more
 


For them, it’s a special way to
welcome the New Year
(SEN_4_1_k8)
MANGALDAI, Jan 3: The Youth Club of Mangaldai, a premier
socio-cultural institution of the district, celebrated the first day of the New
Year with an exceptional programme. All the members of the club, led by
secretary Rajib Kumar Deka, went to the Mangaldai Civil Hospital and offered
milk, fruits, biscuits and buns among the 150-odd indoor patients of the
hospital as New Year gift. They also offered fruits and biscuits to the sisters
on duty as a mark of gratitude for their sincere and dedicated service.
……more

 


Congress, BJP, AGP all set for triangular contest at Patidarrang
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GORESWAR, Jan 3: Poll
activities of the various political parties are yet to pick up in Patidarrang
Zila Parishad constituency comprising six Gaon Panchayat posts under
Bidhiya-Jajikona Block and 56 Kaalpur LAC for the Panchayat polls slated for
January 4.
No local issue was found predominance in this constituency, candidates and party
workers are yet to woo the voters.
……more

 


Block Labour Union formed
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GORESWAR, Jan 3: The Goreswar
block labour union was formed recently in a meeting held at Batiyamari ME
School. The meeting was presided over Suren Basumatary. In the meeting a 15
member executive body was formed with Joyram Deka as president,

……more

 

HC
notice on M’laya firing to be NCP’s main poll plank
(SEN_4_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 3: In a development which may catch the Congress-led
Government in Meghalaya on wrong foot ahead of the forthcoming Assembly
elections in the State, a division bench of the Gauhati High Court, headed by
Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar, has issued show-cause notices to the Meghalaya
Government while dealing with a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a CBI
inquiry into the police firing incident at Tura and Williamnagar on September
30, 2005. It may be mentioned here that nine persons were killed and over a
hundred injured in the police firing. ……more

 


Campaign using helicopter fails to impress all
(SEN_4_1_k8)
Guwahati, Jan 3: Political parties’ helicopter campaign may have dazzled
rural voters of rural Asom in the run-up to the panchayat elections, but not all
politicians have taken kindly to this ‘extravagant’ style.
……more

 


Cong
facing dissidence in Baghbor ZPCs
(SEN_4_1_k8)
KALGACHIA, Jan 3: As
Barpeta district goes to polls in the third phase of the panchayat elections on
January 9, the Congress is facing threats from dissidents in many gaon
panchayats in the western part of Baghbor LAC. The Congress is facing a crisis
in constituencies within Baghbor LAC.

……more

 

Despite
violence, voter turnout is heavy
(SEN_5_1_k8)
Phase-II of panchayat polls
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: Amid violence, ballot paper anomalies and procedural
errors, the second phase of panchayat polls in 14 districts and subdivisions of
the State passed off peacefully registering a voter turnout of 71.2 per cent.
According to State Election Commission (SEC) sources, due to heavy rush of
voters voting had to be continued even after 4 pm in some polling stations, and
as such the voter turnout will go up. ……more

 

Sangma:
Nagaland PR unconstitutional
(SEN_5_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: In an outburst which may have its repercussion in
the ruling coalition at the Centre, former Lok Sabha Speaker and senior NCP
leader Purno A Sangma today said the Congress has engineered defection in
Nagaland which may create a political unrest in the North-east. Sangma has
termed the imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland “unconstitutional and
unethical.” ……more

 


‘Cong behind distribution of booklet on secret killings’
(SEN_5_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: The AGP-P
has moved the State Election Commission (SEC) today with a serious allegation
that wherever Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and other Congress leaders went for
panchayat poll campaign, a hitherto unknown organization called the Manab
Sajagata Mancha distributed copies of a booklet containing the Asomiya version
of some parts of the KN Saikia Commission report.

……more

 

Sports
pensioners urge Govt to enhance pension
(SEN_5_1_k8)
NAGAON, Jan 4: The tenth annual general meeting of “Nagaon District
Sports Pensioners Association” which was held recently at Mintleaf hotel under
the presidentship of Alimuz Zaman urged the Government to enhance the pension
from Rs 1500 to Rs 3000 per month and also to grant family pension after the
death of the sports pensioners. ……more

Republic Day venue changed
(SEN_5_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 4: The district administration has decided, in
consultation with leading citizens of the town, to change the venue of the
Republic Day celebration from the Chowkidinghee playground to the Police Reserve
Ground on Friday due to security reasons. ……more
 
Alleged threat to scribe
condemned
(SEN_5_1_k8)
KALGACHIA, Jan 4: People of Jania have expressed deep concern over
Jania MLA Abdul Khaleque’s alleged threat to a reporter during the panchayat
polls. It is said that Khaleque had threatened a correspondent of a daily
newspaper published from Guwahati during a few meetings held on January 2 at
different places in Jania. ……more
 
‘I have no personal
vendetta against Seema Goswami’
(SEN_5_1_k8)
 BARPETA, Jan 4: Secretary of AGP Town Committee Ratul Das said that
he has no personal vendetta against the Barpeta Municipality Board(BMB)
chairperson Seema Goswami. "I am only pointing out her faults for the sake of
the people of Barpeta", said Das in a pressmeet held at Barpeta AGP office as a
counter reply to the BMB chair person’s allegations that he had gone to BMB
chair person for contracts. ……more
 
Golden jubilee celebration
of Baptist church concludes

(SEN_5_1_k8)
UDALGURI, Jan 4: The Golden Jubilee celebrations of Harisinga Baptish
Church has concluded with an appeal to hold higher morality in day to day life.
Rev puher Daimary the executive secretary, NBBCA has delivered sermons during
the celebration and urged christian people to cultivate good qualities in public
life. ……more

 


Driver on duty manhandled
(SEN_5_1_k8)
JORHAT, Jan 4: A bus driver was hospitalized on Thursday, after he
was manhandled by a group of homeguards, on his poll duty at Nagaon. According
to police sources, the driver arrived very late to take the homeguards who were
alloted to his bus. ……more

 

Petition
submitted in HC challenging dereservation of ZP seat
(SEN_5_1_k8)
MANGALDAI, Jan 4: In a significant development over the dereservation
of the No. 7 Mawamori Puthimari constituency of Darrang Zila Parishad, the
Gauhati High Court in connection with WP(C) No. 2/2008 has asked the standing
counsel of the State Election Commission to submit a written statement within
January 4 regarding the grounds for dereservation of the constituency, which was
earlier reserved for SCs by the district administration.
……more

On helicopter, Badruddin
to tour Barak Valley now
(SEN_5_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: With most of the parties in the State spending big
in the run-up to the panchayat polls, two phases of which have already been
completed, the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), following the strategy of
its principal detractor — the Congress — has also pressed a helicopter to ferry
its leaders. ……more

 

APCC
condemns Padma’s statement on security
(SEN_5_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: The Asom Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has
vehemently condemned the statement of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) MLA from Sootea,
Padma Hazarika, who criticised a comment made by Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
that he would provide security to the lives and property of the Asomiya people.
……more

 



Now division among Adivasi leaders on poll-boycott call
(SEN_6_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 5: The election-boycott call given by the All Tea
Tribe Students’ Association (ATTSA) in protest against the failure of political
parties to support their demand for scheduling turned out to be a flop show in
the tea estates of upper Asom.
The six communities, which have been demanding ST status, called for the boycott
of the panchayat elections to air resentment over the negative attitude of the
State Government to their demand. ……more


Repoll in 30 polling stations on January 9
(SEN_6_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 5: The State Election
Commission (SEC) has today ordered repoll in as many as 30 polling centres where
panchayat polls were either stopped or cancelled in the second phase yesterday
due to various anomalies, including violence. Till yesterday repoll was ordered
in as many as 22 polling centres but the number rose to 30 today as more
complaints of anomalies poured in today. Repoll of the 30 polling centres will
be held on January 9, along with the third phase of polls. ……more
 

Army
moves out of Goalpara; curfew relaxed
(SEN_6_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 5: The indefinite curfew in Lakhipur area of Goalpara
district was relaxed for more than four hours today as the situation improved
steadily after Wednesday’s twin police firing, which left eight dead. The Army
had also been sent back after it was engaged in maintaining law and order
following the incident. Goalpara Superintendent of Police Abhijit Borah said:
“The situation is normal and no untoward incident has been reported since
Wednesday.” ……more

 


Scuffle at Mangaldai Cong office
leaves two injured
(SEN_6_1_k8)
MANGALDAI, Jan 5: Anger and resentment is brewing up among Congress
workers against the Darrang District Congress Committee president Mazibur Rahman
for denying nominations to “dedicated” party workers for the forthcoming
panchayat polls which will be held in the district on January 24 next.
……more

 

Congress
to face strong opposition
(SEN_6_1_k8)
NAGAON, Jan 5: The candidates of different political parties
including the ruling Congress and main opposition parties- AGP, BJP, AGP (P) and
the Independent candidates, have geared up their campaign for the ensuing
panchayat election in Nagaon subdivision. ……more

 


Polling stopped in 3 polling stations
(SEN_6_1_k8)
HATSINGIMARI, Jan 5:
Polling in three stations under Mankachar LAC which went to the polls during the
second phase of panchayat elections on Friday have been stopped due to anomalies
in ballot papers. It has also been reported that poll officials had encountered
many difficulties at poll materials had reached the two polling stations only
some hours before polling began.
……more

Demonstrators arrested(SEN_6_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 5: A tense situation is prevailing at Salmari Tea
Estate in Tingkhong after police arrested around 60 people who had put up a
blockade there. The blockade was staged by the Janaswartha Suraksha Samity (JSS)
in support of its demand to provide employment to local

Prog for world peace(SEN_6_1_k8)
BILASIPARA, Jan 5: A three-day-long jananusthan programme will be
held at Mahamaya Snanghat Mandir at Khoraghat in Dhubri from February 19. A
committee has been formed with 152 members for the event. Mina Roy and
Prankrishna Ghose are the president and secretary respectively.

 



Gautom Roy manipulated panchayat candidates’ list: Analysts
(SEN_6_1_k8)
SILCHAR, Jan 5: With
barely four days left for the panchayat polls in Barak Valley, Gautom Roy,
Minister of Border Area Development and Excise, seems to dwarf and outwit not
only his political adversaries but also his own party leaders with his dashing
and domineering style of functioning.

……more

Poll
campaign at its peak, to end today
(SEN_7_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 6:
Heavy-weights of all the parties of Asom were in the field on the penultimate
day of panc-hayat poll campaign that will come to an end at 4 pm tomorrow. While
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi campaigned using a helicopter in Bongaigaon, AGP
president Brindabon Goswami and AUDF president Badruddin Ajmal campaigned in
Nalbari and Barak Valley respectively.

……more

 

Tea
area poll: Cong upbeat
(SEN_7_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 6: Jubilant
over the huge turnout in the tea garden areas in the first two phases of the
ongoing panchayat poll despite a boycott and bandh call given by the
Janagosthiya Aikya Mancha, Assam (JAMA), the Congress has pooh-poohed the
leaders of the conglomerate of six communities for their, what it said, failure
of leadership. The APCC tea cell, on the other hand, has called its party’s
Government to take utmost care to implement the assurances given in the election
manifesto of the party to the agitating communities.

……more


AUDF-Congress
clash leads to police firing


(SEN_8_1_k8)
AUDF seeks EC intervention
NAGAON/GUWAHATI, Jan 7:
The skirmish that began between AUDF and Congress supporters in Nagaon district
ahead of the last Assembly polls reached its peak today when the supporters of
an AUDF gaon panchayat president candidate were attacked by Youth Congress
supporters at an election rally at Shiyalmari on the outskirts of Nagaon town
leading to police firing. A large number of people were injured in the clash
that was followed by lathicharge and firing by the police.

……more

‘Give
community-wise quota, not ST status to six groups’
(SEN_8_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: The
Centre for Tribal Studies, Assam (CTSA), an academic body working on tribal
culture and publishing books on tribals of Asom, has threatened to move the
Supreme Court, if the State Government does not stop its “cat-and-mouse game”
with the sentiment of the ethnic communities of the State on the Scheduled Tribe
(ST) issue.
……more
 


No witness for hearing in Adivasi
rally violence case
(SEN_8_1_k8)
UWAHATI, Jan 7: No witnesses turned up
before the RK Monisana Singh Inquiry Commission probing the violence in Guwahati
during an Adivasi rally on November 24 last on its first day of hearing today.
……more

 

 


NCHAC EC on January 9
(SEN_8_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: Asom
Governor Lt Gen (retired) Ajai Singh has finally approved the appointment of
Debulal Hojai as the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the newly-elected North
Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) and Mayanan Kamprai as the chairman of
the ruling coalition, UDA, Raj Bhavan sources said here today.

……more



Grassroots is vital for a party’s survival, say AGP activists(SEN_8_1_k8)
AGP supporters are unhappy for not launching  membership drive programmes


NAGAON, Jan 7: The Assam
Gana Parishad (AGP), the only regional opposition party of the state, even after
24- year stint could not realise that a political party thrives on the strength
of its grass root members. A section of the intellectuals and senior citizens
who are ardent supporters of the AGP for the last six years are unhappy with the
fact that the party has not launch membership drive programmes anywhere in Asom,
except confine among few of their limited circles.

……more

 


Projection of BPF candidates outside BTC creates controversy
(SEN_8_1_k8)
TAMARHAT, Jan 7 : “I do not understand why the Bodoland People’s
Front (BPF) has projected candidates for the panchayat elections in four Gaon
Panchayats (GPs) in 35 villages outside the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
The BPF is limited within the BTC area”, said Wazed Ali Choudhury, former
Agricultural Minister of Asom and present chairman of Assam State Housing board,
having cabinet rank, stated in an election rally at Hatidhura College field on
Monday. ……more

BJP and Congress all
set to battle it out in Golakganj
(SEN_8_1_k8)
Parties campaign door-to-door
TAMARHAT, Jan 7: As the third phase of the panchayat election draws
nearer, election fever has gripped the people of Tamarhat and its outskirts.
Workers and leaders of different political parties including the ruling Congress
and the main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Bharatiya Janata Parishad (BJP)
and the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and other independent candidates
have stepped up their election campaign by putting up hoardings, banners and
posters. ……more



Political heavyweights attend last-minute poll rallies
(SEN_8_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: On the
last day of campaigning prior to the third phase of the panchayat polls in the
State, political heavyweights entered the arena in a bid to woo the voters to
vote for their respective parties.
……more

After a grand
feast, comes purification(TEL, 16-1-k8)



Traditional revelry rules Bihu, complete with bulbuli, cock and egg
fights (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Guwahati,
Jan. 15:
Assam and its
people purged their collective souls in the raging fires of the meji
before daybreak today and prayed for a year of prosperity as the entire state
celebrated Magh Bihu in a spirit of bonhomie and brotherhood. The celebrations,
which started with the grand feast on uruka yesterday, continued through
the night and culminated in the ritual of setting the mejis on fire, a
tradition of appeasing the fire god.
……more

Victory
for United (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Hailakandi,
Jan. 15:
United Club
emerged champions in the A-Division Cricket League championship of the District
Sports Association (DSA) of Silchar. In the final yesterday at Satindra Mohan
Dev Stadium here, they defeated Spirit Union by 8 wickets.Winning the toss,
Spirit Union decided to bat first and they were all out for 147 runs in 27.5
overs.
……more

Probe into
rural election clashes(TEL,18-1-k8)


Poll
panel team to arrive today(TEL,18-1-k8)

Hailakandi,
Jan. 17:
The three-member
inquiry team of the Election Commission, headed by Anwaruddin Choudhury, will
arrive here tomorrow to probe into the violence and mismanagement during the
panchayat polls in Hailakandi on January 9. Poll officials had burnt ballot
boxes and other election materials on the third and final phase of panchayat
elections in the district when authorities failed to protect them from goons
hired to rig the booths.
……more

 

Hailakandi
officials face tough action(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Guwahati/Hailakandi,
Jan. 18:
The state
election commission today recommended to the government to initiate departmental
action against an additional deputy commissioner posted in Hailakandi and
suspension of seven schoolteachers for dereliction of duty during the panchayat
elections in the district.
……more

Goalpara
embers fanned(TEL, 20-1-k8)


Two
non-Rabha leaders held for assault on MLA(TEL, 20-1-k8)

Dhubri,
Jan. 19:
Protests singed
the streets of Goalpara today following the arrest of two non-Rabha leaders in
connection with the assault on Congress MLA Abdul Rashid Mondal and his security
guards on December 18. The president of Non-Rabha Coordination Forum (NRCF),
Shajahan Ali, and the chief of the Ana Rabha Moulik Adhikar Surakha Samiti (ARMASS),
Mokadesh Ali Mondal, were arrested today on charges of inciting a mob that
attacked the Goalpara (West) legislator at Moilapather.

……more

70 pc
turnout in 1st phase of Panchayat polls(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The first phase of Panchayat polls held in seven
districts of Assam passed off peacefully today, according to official sources,
with the average voting percentage hovering around 70. The voting percentage may
go up after receipt of information from the interior places. No major incidents
have been reported from any of the polling stations, and the only difficulties
experienced were a few polling officials failing to discharge their duties and
mistakes in some ballot papers. ……more

Governor greets people(AST_1_1_k8)
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – State Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh, has extended his
greetings to the people on the occasion of New Year. In his New Year message to
the State the Governor has also asked the citizens to pledge to work
individually and contribute towards building a strong, developed and peaceful
Assam. ……more

Call to bring back peace in
state
(AST_1_1_k8)
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Mediapersons and individuals from cross section of the
society on Friday condemned the dastardly killing of former Prime Minister of
Pakistan Benazir Bhutto. Terming terrorism as the greatest bane in a civilized
society, the media persons called upon all the groups creating a condition of
fear and insecurity in Assam and elsewhere in the country to announce ceasefire
on the first day of the New Year. ……more

Ashok Saikia’s death
condoled
(AST_1_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The members of the Lawyers’ Association, Guwahati,
has condoled the demise of Ashok Saikia, IAS, a distinguished bureaucrat and
former Director, Asian Development Bank, Manila.
……more

Security tightened in Karimganj
for panchayat polls
(AST_1_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – The Karimganj district police administration beefed up
security in and around the entire district to avoid any untoward incident during
the panchayat polls.Among nine hundred sixty-one polling stations of the
district, two hundred forty-nine have been identified as ‘sensitive’ and
seventy-five centres ‘hypersensitive’. This was stated by Mihir Goswami, the
Superintendent of Police of Karimganj recently.
……more

Electioneering reaches
crescendo at Palashbari
(AST_1_1_k8)
MIRZA, Dec 31 – Electioneering for the second phase of panchayat
polls to be held on January 4 has gained momentum for the three district
councillor seats, including ten gaon panchayat seats in Palashbari
constituency.In Rampur ZPC, Independent candidate Charli Das is ahead of the
other three contestants – Mina Mahanta (AGP), Deepika Talukdar (Cong-I) and
Anima Thakuria (Independent) with the popularity of this
advocate-turned-politician gaining ground. Moreover, besides taking advantage of
the infighting within the Congress (I), Charli is making inroads into the vote
banks of other parties. ……more

Tough fight for Cong in
Bandarmari panchayat
(AST_1_1_k8)
TEZPUR, Dec 31 – While all the parties such as Congress, AGP and BJP
including independent candidate are seen busy in conducting poll campaigns for
drawing attention of the voters of Bandarmari Panchayat of Biohuguri ZPC under
Barchala Constituency of Sonitpur district, the ruling Congress party
particularly is facing tough challenges from Opposition parties.
……more

Jania MLA hopeful of winning
all 4 ZPC seats
(AST_1_1_k8)
 KALGACHIA, Dec 31 – In view of the upcoming panchayat polls, Jania
MLA Abdul Khaleque called a press meet on Sunday at Kalgachia Rajiv Bhawan at a
time when the alert sections of the people in Jania LAC have been seen to evoke
a mixed response over the selection of Congress candidates nominated as
competent to overcome the challenge posed by AUDF candidates.
……more

Army conducts integration tour(AST_1_1_k8)
GOALPARA, Dec 31 – A national integration tour was conducted by the
3rd Battalion of Sikh Regiment Red Horns Division from December 17 to 30 for
school students in association with the district administration. Twenty students
along with two teachers were taken to New Delhi and Amritsar as part of the
tour. ……more

Ramcharani ZPC may
witness triangular fight
(AST_1_1_k8)
AZARA, Dec 31 – With the panchayat elections around the corner,
campaigning by different political parties has gained momentum at 16 No
Ramcharani Zila Parishad seat under Kamrup (M) district.
……more

Corruption CPM panchayat poll
plank in Jania LAC
(AST_1_1_k8)
 KALGACIA, Dec 31 – In view of the panchayat elections, CPI -M has
named its candidates to contest panchayat polls in Jania LAC under Barpeta
district. he party has provided its candidature to retired head teacher Abu
Bakkar Siddique to fight the battle in Haladhiya ZPC, which is only one out of
four ZPCs in the Assembly constituency. ……more

AUDF resents ‘communal’ tag(AST_1_1_k8)
HOJAI, Dec 31 – Sirajuddin Ajmal, Jamunamukh MLA and brother of AUDF
chief Badruddin Ajmal, addressing a series of election meetings said that after
two-and-a-half years AUDF will secure majority in State Assembly and the Chief
Minister will be from their party as people belonging to various communities in
Assam have lent support to it because of AUDF’s secular character.
……more

 

627 papers
filed at Badarpur
(AST_1_1_k8)
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – A total of six hundred and twenty-seven
nomination papers have been filed in Badarpur block for 120 posts of gaon
panchayat. This is a record in the history of panchayat polls, stated the
district election officers. ……more

Poll campaigning
picks up in Karimganj district
(AST_1_1_k8)
 NILAMBAZAR, Dec 31 – The second phase of panchayat polls in
Karimganj district along with other parts of Barak Valley is scheduled to be
held on January 9. As the election draws near, leaders and workers of ruling
Congress, BJP, AUDF and other political parties have geared up their poll
campaign. ……more

Poll campaigning picks up in
Karimganj district
(AST_1_1_k8)
NILAMBAZAR, Dec 31 – The second phase of panchayat polls in Karimganj
district along with other parts of Barak Valley is scheduled to be held on
January 9. As the election draws near, leaders and workers of ruling Congress,
BJP, AUDF and other political parties have geared up their poll campaign.
……more

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

SAKP demands action against
corrupt officials
(AST_2_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad (SAKP) has
called upon the State Government to take stringent action against those
employees involved in irregularities, thus bringing shame to the society of the
employees. The functionaries of the parishad said that for the unethical
practices of a section of the Government employees, the entire society of the
employees could not be blamed. The secretary general of the parishad Bashav
Chandra Kalita said that allegations were pouring in about some employees not
working for the public unless they get bribes.
……more

Poll campaign gathers momentum
in Sualkuchi
(AST_2_1_k8)
 SUALKUCHI, Jan 1 – As the panchayat election draws nearer, election
fever has gripped the people of Sualkuchi and its outskirts. Workers and leaders
of different partical parties, including ruling Congress, main Opposition AGP,
BJP and CPM and other Independent candidates have stepped up their election
campaign by putting up hoardings, banners and posters.
……more

Kalaigaon LAC all set for
panchayat poll
(AST_2_1_k8)
KALAIGAON, Jan 1 – Political parties have geared up poll activities
in Kalaigaon LAC after re-lottery for reservation of panchayat seats against
women which done on December 22 accordingly panchayat polls will be held on
January 24 in Darrang. Filing of nominations by candidates will start on January
1 and January 4 will be the last date. January 7 will be the last date for
withdrawal of nomination papers. Counting of votes will start on January 28.
……more

Campaigning hots up in Gauripur
LAC
(AST_2_1_k8)
 GAURIPUR, Jan 1 – Campaigning for the panchayat poll scheduled to be
held on January 9 next in the Gauripur LAC has been gaining momentum in all the
17 GP areas of the constituency. ……more

20 hurt in poll clashes(AST_2_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 1 – Violence and bogus voting have hit a few polling centres in
Sissi block under Dhemaji district in the first phase of panchayat polls. At
least 20 persons were injured in separate poll clashes in the area.
……more

Poll fever grips Mangaldoi(AST_2_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 MANGALDOI, Jan 1 – Panchayat poll fever has gripped Mangaldoi to such an extent
that the New Year’s eve celebration was somewhat subdued with hardly any
celebration to note. ……more

Rs 80,000 fine realised for
code violation
(AST_2_1_k8)
 GORESWAR, Jan 1 – Forty contestants for different posts of the
panchayat polls scheduled to be held on January 4 next were fined on December 27
for violation of the code of conduct of the panchayat polls by Debeswar Bora,
officer in-charge of the Rangiya subdivision election branch.
……more

Corruption endemic during Cong
rule: AGP(P)

(AST_2_1_k8)
 KALIABOR, Jan 1 – Participating in a series of panchayat selection
meetings on Saturday at Kuthori, Jaklabandha Hospital Chari Ali, Jayantipur,
Noltoli Bazar, Misu and Borgheeli Bazar, a greater minority area under Kaliabor
sub-division, PK Mahanta, ex-CM and president AGP(P), has disclosed that the
present Congress Govt in Assam is a “total failure” due to corruption, price
hike, unemployment and insecurity of the public.
……more

Repoll in 10 Dibrugarh centres
on Jan 8(AST_3_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Jan 2 – The State Election Commission on the proposal of
the district administration, Dibrugarh, has directed fresh polling in ten
centres in the district. Repolling in all the ten centres will be held on
January 8, district officials informed.
The centres include Rajabheta LP school, Japara Gaon LP school, Digboimukh LP
school, Jugesh Gohain LP school, Gorpuria ME school, Dighalia LP school,
Dhadhumia LP school, Maijan Bagisa Mazdoor club, Maijan Bagisa LP school and
Teliapathar LP school. ……more

Saikia’s death condoled(AST_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – A meeting of the Govt. Pensioners’ Association, Assam,
held under the presidentship of Nagen Chandra Goswami, condoled the death of
Ashok Saikia and prayed God for the eternal peace of the departed soul by
observing a minute’s silence, stated a press release.
……more

AGP main rival of Cong in
Bihuguri ZPC
(AST_3_1_k8)
TEZPUR, Jan 2 – With the dates for panchayat polls in Bihuguri ZPC under
Barchala LAC of Sonitpur district nearing, political parties are gearing up
their poll campaign. The polls will be held on January 4 in the second phase.
……more

2 elected unopposed in Bihdia
Jajikona AP
(AST_3_1_k8)
GORESWAR, Jan 2 – Two gaon panchayat members namely, Harmaya Kalita
(Cong) of No 6 Barpanara under Bihdia Jajikona anchalik panchayat and another
Manju Boro (Cong) from No 3 Kalmoni Dhonkhanda of the same anchalik panchayat
have been elected unopposed in Rangiya subdivision.
……more

Cachar police on alert for
panchayat polls
(AST_3_1_k8)
 SILCHAR, Jan 2 – Cachar district administration declared the security
position in the backdrop of the panchayat polls in the state. The declaration
was outlined in the conference hall of deputy commissioner, Cachar in the
presence of various political parties. In the meeting it was specifically
mentioned that in Cachar district, 259 polling stations have been identified as
most sensitive. ……more

Cong wins Mandakata GP
uncontested
(AST_3_1_k8)
BAIHATA CHARIALI, Jan 2 – Though all seats of Mandakata Gaon
Panchayat including president and Anchalik Panchayat member seats of Bezera Zila
Parishad were wrested by ruling Congress uncontested, main Opposition Asom Gana
Parishad (AGP) is fully hopeful of winning the prestigious seat of Bezera Zila
Parishad under Jalukbari LA constituency. ……more

Rangiya MLA accused of assault(AST_3_1_k8)
RANGIYA, Jan 2 – The members of the Congress have alleged that the
local MLA of Rangiya Ananta Deka threatened and physically assaulted party
workers at the party office near here at Mohkholi Milan Chowk on the evening of
December 29 last……more.

 

Second
phase of Panchayat polls today(AST_4_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – The State is set for the second phase of the
Panchayat polls in 15 subdivisions in the districts of Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro),
Kamrup, Nagaon, Morigaon, Dhubri and Bongaigaon. According to State Election
Commission sources, more than 35 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in
the second phase of the polls to elect their representatives. More than 24,000
candidates are in the fray for the second phase of the polls, where elections
will be held to elect members for 118 Zila Parishad constituencies, 652 Anchalik
Panchayat constituencies, 652 constituencies of Gaon Panchayat presidents and
6,489 gaon panchayat members. ……more

Poll panel, police aiding Cong:
AUDF(AST_4_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – The Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) today
alleged that the police and the State Election Commission were acting as agents
of the Congress Government in the Panchayat polls. Working president of the AUDF,
Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury, said that the election code of conduct was openly
flouted by the Congress candidates, but the Election Commission was turning a
blind eye towards the violations. Choudhury said that the AUDF had made several
complaints to the election commission, but so far the election commission had
not acted on its complaints. ……more

Cancelled(AST_4_1_k8)
 TEZPUR, Jan 3: The candidature of an AP member of No.7 Solagaon (KA)
under Balipara ZPC of Rangapara LAC has been cancelled. Official sources said
Dipali Saikia’s (BJP) candidature has been cancelled on the basis of invalid
documents.– Correspondent

Repolling(AST_4_1_k8)
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 3: After alleged irregularities in the first phase of
Panchayat polls, repolling will take place in 16 poll booths in Dhemaji. –
Correspondent

 

Penguin
award for Surjya Hazarika(AST_4_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – Renowned publisher, author, editor, compiler, cine
personality, director, producer, lyricist, Surya Hazarika has been selected for
the prestigious ‘Rising personalities of India’ award with a gold medal in
recognition of his exceptional caliber and outstanding performances in his
chosen area of activities, stated a press release.
……more

Campaign gaining momentum in
Barbhag area(AST_4_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 NALBARI, Jan 3 – Involvement of more females in the ensuing panchayat election
in Barbhag area in Nalbari district has evoked considerable enthusiasm among
voters. Women in groups have been launching house-to-house campaign to get
support from voters till night. Barbhag area wears a festive look in the entire
area with election. ……more

29 rendered homeless
in Sikkim fire(AST_4_1_k8)
GYALSHING, Jan 3 – Three wooden houses were gutted and two partially
destroyed here at Gyalshing New Market area in a major fire that broke out on
Wednesday, but there were no casualty.Some shops adjoining the houses also
caught fire. The fire has left 29 members of 14 families homeless. The affected
families have been kept temporarily in the shopping complex at Gyalshing Bazaar.
……more

71 pc turnout in 2nd
phase(AST_5_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – The second phase of the Panchayat polls held in 14
sub divisions of the State witnessed a voter turn out of 71.2 percent till 4 pm
today. The State Chief Election Commissioner CK Sarma said that the percentage
of turn out might go up further as reports from some polling stations were still
awaited. Addressing media persons this evening, Sarma said that Bijni recorded
the highest turn out of 78 per cent followed by Bilasipara that recorded a turn
out of 77 per cent. Sonitpur, Morigaon and Kamrup witnessed a turn out of 76 per
cent each. Kamrup (Metro) recorded a turn out of 74 per cent.
……more

Development main poll plank of
Cong, AGP in Barpeta
(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 BARPETA, Jan 4 – The Congress has no competitor and the party will win nine per
cent of the panchayat seats in the ensuing elections to be held in the district
on January 9, claimed Dildar Rezza, parliamentary secretary at a press meet held
at Rajiv Bhawan here on Wednesday. ……more

Biennial meet of judicial
employees’ body concludes
(AST_5_1_k8)
HAILAKANDI, Jan 4 – The fourth biennial conference of the All Assam
Judicial Employees Association was held in Hailakandi recently with a two-day
programme. The conference started with the hoisting of the flag by the president
of the association, Atiur Rasul Ahmed. ……more

10 injured in poll-related
violence
(AST_5_1_k8)
HOJAI, Jan 4 – In poll-related violence, at least 10 persons received
minor injuries at Udali under Lanka police station of Udali ZPC in Lumding LAC
when AUDF and Congress supporters clashed on Wednesday evening.
……more

Many join Cong in Darrang(AST_5_1_k8)
DUNI, Jan 4 – Members of more than thirty families of Pubtitkuchi
locality here recently joined the Congress party. According to information
available, they formally joined the Congress party under the leadership of
Binapani Kr Deka, Paresh Deka and Bhumi Kakoti. Binanda Kr Saikia, MLA of
Sipajhar LAC was also present in the brief function held on the occasion.
……more

 Ashok Saikia’s death mourned(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 TEZPUR, Jan 4 – The district administration and different organisations mourned
the death of Ashok Saikia, a former deputy commissioner of undivided Darrang
district in the early eighties. ……more

Violence flayed(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 4 – The general public and several student organisations have
criticised the incidents of violence between Congress and Sanmilita Ganashakti
Party in the area during the poll and post-poll periods.
……more

Rijiju remark irks State
PWD(AST_6_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – Taking exception to the reported statement of
Arunachal Pradesh’s BJP MP Khirin Rijiju seeking the Prime Minister’s
intervention in handing over work of NH-52 to the Border Roads Organization
((BRO), the Assam PWD Engineers’ Service Association today said that the stretch
from 113 km to 345 km of the highway had already been handed by the BRO to Assam
PWD including the stretches of NH-39 to Nagaland and NH-37 from Numaligarh
onwards on the basis of “most satisfactory” maintenance of these roads by the
PWD. ……more

 

Move on to
scuttle PDS scam: KMSS(AST_6_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), which
exposed a series of large-scale anomalies and corruption in the public
distribution system (PDS) of Golaghat district with the help of the Right to
Information (RTI) Act, today said that a vested interest group was working
overtime to accord legitimacy to over 10,000 qtls of rice and sugar seized from
the Dergaon godown……more

 

Lakhipur
still tense, curfew relaxed(AST_6_1_k8)

GOALPARA, Jan 6 – Curfew at Lakhipur town and its neighbouring areas
in Goalpara district was relaxed for four hours with effect from 12 noon to 4.00
pm today. The curfew was imposed in the area after the violence on Wednesday
last where an uneasy calm is still prevailing.
……more

Cong faces threat posed by
dissident workers in Baghbar
(AST_6_1_k8)
 kalgachia, Jan 5 – At a time when only a few days remain for the next
panchayat polls to be held in Barpeta district, the largest party Congress will
have to overcome threat posed by dissident grassroot Congress workers in most of
the GPs in the western part of Baghbar LAC. Though, due to imprudence of AUDF
leaders, Congress has been able to occupy 5 No Chatala ZPC uncontested, yet to
win its GP constituencies Congress facing a stiff challenge.
……more

Poll scene in
Sarukshetri delicately poised
(AST_6_1_k8)
 BARPETA, Jan 5 – As the electioneering for the January 9 poll in Barpeta
subdivision gaining momentum the position of both the ruling Congress and the
main Opposition Asom Gana Parishad is interestingly poised in Sarukhetri
Assembly constituency. While the ruling Congress is much ahead in Paka Betbari
women reserved ZPC with Marjina Begum, wife of popular leader Amzad Hussain, it
seems to have allowed a walk over in Dakshin Pub Sarukshetri ZPC to the
opposition AGP where Chittaranjan Barman, the district secretary of Asom Gana
Parishad, the youth wing of AGP is ahead of all other contenders.
……more

22 file papers in Dalgaon(AST_6_1_k8)
 DALGAON, Jan 5 – A total of 22 candidates filed nominations in four
Zilla Parishad constituencies under Dalgaon LAC on the final day of filing of
nominations for the panchayat election of Darrang district scheduled on January
24 next. ……more

Opp parties intensify campaign
in Barpeta dist
(AST_7_1_k8)
BARPETA, Jan 6 – With less than a week to go for the Panchayat polls
to be held on the January 9 next in Barpeta subdivision, the Opposition parties
– Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) – have intensified their campaign to woo the voters.
……more


Repolling at Namtiali tomorrow(AST_7_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SIVASAGAR, Jan 6 – Repolling in 86 No. Namtiali polling station, under Amguri
LAC, will be held on January 8, a press release from DIPRO Sivasagar stated.The
polling was countermanded due to the negligent conduct of the poll officials on
December 31. ……more

Govt forms trust to help
violence-hit(AST_6_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – The Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Trust for the benefit of
the victims of the violence by insurgent groups, formed by the Government of
Assam, will start functioning soon and the modalities of extending help to the
families of the victims of acts of violence by the insurgents are being
finalised. Official sources said that the first meeting of the members of the
Trust, headed by the Chief Minister, was held this evening for finalising the
modalities of the functioning of the Trust. It may be mentioned here that the
State Home Commissioner is the member secretary of the Trust, while, other
prominent persons including the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police
are among the members. ……more

10 hurt in pre-poll clash(AST_8_1_k8)
 NAGAON, Jan 7: In pre-panchayat poll violence at least ten persons
belonging to both Congress and AUDF, including five police personnel, were
injured at Madhupur, a suburban area of Nagaon town today at about 11 am. Police
had to fire in the air to disperse the mob.– Correspondent

Beltola probe(AST_8_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7: The RK Manisena Singh enquiry committee probing the
Beltola violence of November 24 today held its first hearing in the city today.
The committee has so far received only received six representations. – Staff
Reporter

Repolling(AST_8_1_k8)
 BAIHATA CHARIALI, Jan 7: The election authority of Rangiya sub-division
has ordered repolling at Biradutta Gaon Panchayat under Pub-Kachari Mahal Zila
Parishad of Kamalpur LAC on January 9. – Correspondent

 


Govt flayed for failure to check
spiralling prices
(AST_8_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – Protesting unbridled rise in prices and the
Government’s failure to control the same, public activist Prof Deven Dutta said
in a statement that: “Galloping, unreasonable prices of indispensable
commodities are breaking the backbones of the people. Yet, the Government, the
administration and the Opposition parties have all resoundingly failed in
discharging their respective bounden duties and are deafeningly silent.
……more

Poll campaign gains momentum in
Badarpur
(AST_8_1_k8)
BADARPUR, Jan 7 – As the panchayat election draws nearer, election
fever has gripped the people of Badarpur and its outskirts. Workers and leaders
of different political parties, including ruling Congress, main opposition
parties, like – BJP, AGP and CPI(M) and other independent candidates have
stepped up their election campaign by putting up hoardings, banners an posters,
public meetings, car-rallies, processions with festoons, party flags and others.
To get mass support from the people, meetings are being organised in every
corner of the town and village areas. ……more

Cong committed to uplift of
rural people’
(AST_8_1_k8)
BARPETA, Jan 7 – The ruling Congress party which was lagging behind
in campaign for the January 9 polls in Barpeta subdivision received new momentum
on Sunday with the visit of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president
Bhubaneswar Kalita and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on two consecutive days,
namely Saturday and Sunday. ……more

Repoll likely in ward under
Lanka Bheta GP
(AST_8_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 HOJAI, Jan 7– Repolling may be held in Ward No 6 Pashbhandar LP School centre
of 48 Lanka Bheta GP under, Padumpukhuri ZPC due to mix up of name and symbol of
Congress and AUDF candidates. ……more

Himanta’s dig at Ajmal(AST_8_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 KALGACHIA, Jan 7 – In view of the upcoming panchayat election to be held in
third phase in Barpeta district on January 9, a public meeting, chaired by Jania
MLA Abdul Khaleque, was held on January 4 at Kalgachia.
……more

AGP, Cong workers clash in
Sootea LAC
(AST_8_1_k8)
TEZPUR, Jan 7 – Sensation is prevailing in Sootea LAC owing to the
clash between AGP and Congress workers on Friday last in two polling booths of
Sengamari area under Nagsankar ZPC of Sootea LAC in Sonitpur district.
……more

Rly union resents ‘anti-labour’
attitude of Centre
(AST_8_1_k8)
PANDU, Jan 7 – All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) to which the
NF Railway Mazdoor Union is affiliated, which has emerged as the biggest union
of railway employees in the recent, held elections through-out the Indian
Railways has expressed its deep resentment on the anti-labour attitude of the
present Central government. ……more

7 Cong workers expelled(AST_8_1_k8)
From Our Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 7 – The Dibrugarh District Congress Committee (DDCC) has
expelled seven party workers from the Indian National Congress party for a
period of six years for indulging in anti-party activities during the panchayat
polls conducted here. The expulsion notices have been signed on Saturday by the
DDCC president, Dr Jayanta Kumar Gogoi.

Third phase of
Panchayat polls today(AST_9_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – After successful completion of the Panchayat polls
in the first two phases despite the call given by some organisations for
boycotting the elections, the State is set for the third phase of the polls
tomorrow. State Election Commission sources said that polls would be held
tomorrow in the districts of Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Nagaon,
Cachar, Hailakandi, Karimganj and parts of Morigaon and all preparations for the
polls have been completed and the officials engaged for the elections have
already left for their respective polling stations.
……more

Police probe making
headway(AST_9_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The Manisena Singh Commission probing the Beltola
clash during its first hearing on Monday may not have yielded the desired
results but as far as the criminal investigation being carried out by the
special Assam Police investigation team into the November 24 incident is
concerned, the investigation is making a steady progress. Police sources told
The Assam Tribune
that though the investigation undertaken by the special
police investigating team started off in a snail’s pace, however later it gained
substantial momentum and has managed to bring to the fore many hidden facts.
……more

MLA Mohibul Haque
assaulted(AST_9_1_k8)

GAURIPUR, Jan 8 – Legislator Mohibul Haque and a number of his
supporters were assaulted in Gauripur last night when they were campaigning for
the panchayat polls even after expiry of the time for campaigning. The
supporters of his opponents objected to it and a clash broke out between both
the groups in Naidagaon village under Gauripur PS.
……more

State Hajjis allege raw deal,
file FIR at Kolkata
(AST_9_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – Shabby treatment meted out to them allegedly by the
Air India authorities and the Central Hajj Committee has made the Hajj pilgrims
fuming and they have formed a committee to move the court against the above
authorities. ……more

Sabha chief’s arrest condemned(AST_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The Purbottar Hindustani Sammelan, a premier
organisation of Hindi-speaking people living in the North East region, has
strongly condemned the arrest of the president of Asam Sahitya Sabha along with
a host of other prominent personalities on January 7, while they were peacefully
proceeding to submit memorandum to the State secretariat pressing the demand for
the implementation of the Official Languages Act.
……more

AGP decries firing by MLA’s
securitymen
(AST_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on today
condemned the incident of firing by security personnel of MLA Mahibul Haque at
Gauripur wherein AGP worker Shahidur Rahman was seriously injured.
……more

33,000 cast votes in Sualkuchi
ZPC
(AST_9_1_k8)
SUALKUCHI, Jan 8 – In the second phase of Panchayat election, 33,097
voters out of the total of 42,684 in No.13 Sualkuchi Zila Parishad Constituency
under Jalukbari LA constituency, exercised their franchise on January 4 and they
would decide the fate of 20 candidates for Gaon Panchayat president, 26
candidates for Anchalik Panchayat member (councillor) 163 Gaon Panchayat ward
members, and 5 for Zila Parishad councillors who were in fray from 8 Gaon
Panchayats under Sualkuchi Development Block. Meanwhile, Ali Hussain, candidate
for the Gaon Panchayat president of Singimari GP was declared elected without
contest following the withdrawal of nomination by the lone AGP rival.
……more

Chaos in Cachar dist; officials
burn ballot paper
(AST_9_1_k8)
SILCHAR, Jan 8 – Hours before the Panchayat election, a confusing
situation prevailed in Cachar district due to the mismanagement of the
administration. As per the direction received from the Election Commission, the
polling officers reported at the ISBT at 7 am on Monday. But upto 4 pm most of
the polling officers did not receive any papers. The hungry and exhausted
polling officers could not take it any more and set some important election
materials afire, including a trunk of ballot papers. This resulted in a chaotic
situation in the entire district. ……more

Repoll in Sonitpur district
today
(AST_9_1_k8)
 TEZPUR, Jan 8 – The district administration has directed repoll in 10
polling stations in Sonitpur district covering 3 subdivisions – Tezpur,
Biswanath and Gohpur – tomorrow. ……more

Training of RSS Hailakandi unit(AST_9_1_k8)
HAILAKANDI, Jan 8 – A three-day-long training programme of the Hailakandi
unit of the Rastriya Sevika Samiti was held recently at Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in
Hailakandi. A total of 58 members from all over the district participated in the
training. The training programme was conducted by Uttar Purb Sampark Pramukh of
the Samiti, Monideepa Das. ……more

Dissident Congmen form
independent forum in Darrang
(AST_9_1_k8)
MANGALDOI, Jan 8 – Dissident Congressmen and some high-ups in the
district (Darrang) Congress like the former Darrang ZPP, Enamul Majid formed an
independent forum ‘in protest’.Majid said “we are not leaving the party. We have
filed nomination papers as dissident independents by remaining in the party.”
……more

Violence mars Panchayat
polls(AST_10_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The third phase of the Panchayat polls was marred
by incidents of violence and rigging, particularly in the districts of
Hailakandi and Karimganj in the Barak Valley and the State Election Commission
will have to order re-polling in at least 170 polling stations. Briefing
newspersons this evening, the State Election Commissioner CK Sarma said that
altogether 74 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the third
phase of the polls today. He said that 70 per cent of the voters cast their
votes in Nalbari district, 75 per cent in Barpeta district, 80 per cent in
Bongaigaon district, 74 per cent in Dhubri district, 70 per cent in Cachar
district and around 78 per cent of the voters cast their votes in Morigaon
district. The figures of Hailakandi and Karimganj district could not be compiled
till late this evening. ……more

Writ against PR in Nagaland
admitted in HC(AST_10_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The Gauhati High Court comprising Chief Justice J
Chelameswar and Justice A Potsangbam admitted the writ petition (C) No. 93/2008
filed by Mr Yietchu, MLA of Nagaland Legislative Assembly from Maheuri
constituency challenging the imposition of President’s rule in Nagaland and
posted the matter for hearing on February 5.
……more

 

AGP flays
Cong over poll violence(AST_11_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – The opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on
Thursday described the Panchayat election situation in the State as
unprecedented and castigated the ruling Congress for violating the election code
of conduct and using the Government machinery in its favour. The party said that
after the shameful incidents of violence that disrupted the poll process, the
Government had no moral right to continue in power.
……more

AUDF alleges
rigging(AST_11_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – The Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) today
demanded re-election in all the polling stations of Hailakandi district, in 52
polling stations of Karimganj district and in 10 polling stations of Nagaon
district alleging irregularities in conducting the panchayat election process
and rigging by the Congress. The party also alleged partisan attitude of the
State Election Commissioner. He is working as an agent of the Congress, said the
AUDF. The party is planning to hold a meeting of the opposition parties on the
entire panchayat election process. ……more

 Repoll peaceful in Sissi,
Duliajan
(AST_11_1_k8)
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 10 – Repolling of the panchayat polls held in 12 polling
station of Sissiblock passed off peacefully amid tight security on Tuesday. Due
to alleged irregularities in 16 polling stations in Dhemaji Subdivision,
repolling was ordered. In the polling centres, 85-90 per cent polling was
reported. No untoward incident was reported from polling centres, but three
persons suspected to be involved in rigging were arrested in polling.
……more

CM reviews govt schemes in
Jorhat
(AST_11_1_k8)
 JORHAT, Jan 10 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday asked the State
Public Works Department to prepare projects to build roads and bridges in the
areas along Assam-Nagaland border, chars and other interior places.
……more

Apang case hearing on Feb
12(AST_12_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The full bench of the Gauhati High Court
comprising Chief Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice BP
Katakey after hearing PIL No 50 of 2004 filed by Bamang Anthony and Domin Loya
against rampant corruption and misappropriation of crores of money during 2000
to 2004 in distribution of ……more

 

Repolling
in 453 stations ordered(AST_12_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The State Election Commission has ordered repoll
in as many as 453 polling stations in six districts for the third phase of the
Panchayat polls. Of these Hailakandi accounts for the highest number of repolls
in 309 polling stations followed by Karimganj where repoll will be held in 74
stations. Cachar comes at third with repoll in 54 stations.
……more

State poll panel
biased, says BJP(AST_12_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh
on Friday said that it was ready to jointly protest, with other Opposition
parties including the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) against the biased stand of the
State Election Commission, (SEC). State BJP president Ramen Deka said that in
view of the pro Government approach of the State Election Commission, it was
necessary for the Opposition parties to unite and pressurise the Commission to
maintain its integrity. ……more

Opp parties seek Governor’s
intervention(AST_12_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The opposition political parties who met on
Friday to discuss the election condition resolved to join hands against the
ruling Congress and demanded the intervention of the Governor to ensure that the
democratic tradition was not violated in the State. The Assam United Democratic
Front (AUDF), the Asom Gana Parishad (P) and seven other political parties
attended the meet and took the decision to call upon the Governor and seek his
intervention into the prevailing situation. ……more

Public to exercise franchise
after 15 years
(AST_12_1_k8)
DALGAON, Jan 11 – As Darrang district is all set to hold the
panchayat elections on January 24 next, voters of eight Gaon Panchayats under
four Zila Parishad constituencies in two LACs of the district are getting back
their constitutional rights after a long spell of fifteen years.
……more

Creation of civil district for
Hamren sub-division demanded
(AST_12_1_k8)
DIPHU, Jan 11 – The Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) Hamren Regional
Committee (HRC) recently submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
through the Sub-divisional Officer (Civil) Hamren demanding creation of a civil
district for Hamren sub-division in Karbi Anglong.
……more

Stir threat over price rise(AST_13_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP)
on Friday lambasted the State Government over the issue of rise in prices of all
essential commodities and warned that if the Government remained a mute
spectator anymore on the matter, the student body would launch a Statewide
agitation. ……more

Hailakandi bandh peaceful(AST_13_1_k8)
HAILAKANDI, Jan 12 – The 12 hour Hailakandi bandh called by the
Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Mancha, a joint platform of various political
parties comprises CPI(M), NCP, AGP(P) and another non-political organization
Gram Swaraj Suraksha Mancha passed off peacefully on Friday in Hailakandi
district. Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and an NGO Barak Bandhu Club also
called Hailakandi bandh separately. ……more

Concern
over attack on Gauripur MLA
(AST_13_1_k8)
GAURIPUR, Jan 12 – Barring a few stray incidents, though Panchayat
poll in the 24 Gauripur LAC passed off peacefully, the untoward incident of
assault on the local MLA Mahibul Haque has caused concern among all sections of
people of the constituency. ……more

SULFA body to hold Silpi Divas
at Mangaldoi
(AST_13_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 DALGAON, Jan 12 – In an welcome start to the New Year, hundreds of youth who
once believed in armed revolution have now started believing in cultural
revolution. Things are shaping well as the ex-ULFA co-ordination committee of
undivided Darrang district under the supervision of its State body is organising
Silpi Divas at Mangaldoi on January 17 and 18 with variety of programmes.
……more

Campaigning peaks in Sipajhar
LAC
(AST_13_1_k8)
 SIPAJHAR, Jan 12 – Candidates and party workers of different
political parties, including ruling Congress and the Opposition Asom Gana
Parishad (AGP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), CPM and AUDF and also Independent
candidates have geared up political campaign in the entire Sipajhar LAC area as
panchayat election is scheduled for January 24.
……more

3595 candidates in fray for
Darrang panchayat poll
(AST_13_1_k8)
 DALGAON, Jan 12 – With the process of filing of nominations and its
withdrawal over, a total of 3595 candidates are contesting the final battle of
panchayat poll in Darrang district to be held on January 24. A maximum of 2819
candidates are left in the fray against 750 GP member seats while 369 candidates
are in fray for 75 AP member seats. ……more

Nalbari registers 70% polling(AST_13_1_k8)
Nalbari, Jan 12 – About 70 per cent voters cast their votes in the
third phase of panchayat poll held in Nalbari district to elect 792 Zilla
Parisad members, anchalik panchayat members, gaon panchayat president and
members on Wednesday. he election in the district was by and large peaceful,
except for three untoward incidents at Tihu, Pokowa and Bahjani ZPC areas.
……more

Repoll ordered(AST_13_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 12 – Fresh polling has been ordered at Bokuloni
Chariali Hindi L P School under Tengakhat Anchalik Panchayat in the district on
January 17, according to an official press communique.

 

Probe
ordered into burning of poll material(AST_14_1_k8)

 HAILAKANDI, Jan 13 – The Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi has
ordered an inquiry into the burning of ballot boxes and other poll material by
polling officials at SS College premises in the town on the day of Panchayat
poll on January 9. The presiding and polling officers became agitated after
attack by goons in most of the polling booths and vented their anger at the SS
College premises by burning the remaining poll material. The Additional Deputy
Commissioner of Hailakandi, Rupak Gupta will inquire into the entire incident.
……more

SAKP to continue fight for
resolving govt employees’ problems
(AST_15_1_k8)
udalguri, Jan 14 – “If the State government fails to implement the Sixth
Pay Commission’s structure in Assam by April of the current year, then the State
government may have to pay a big price for it. If we, the employees of State
government, get united under one umbrella organisation, it is likely that the
State government will have to bow down to our core demand of implementing the
Central government’s pay structure failing which it will have to quite the
throne at Dispur,” said Pradip Kr Borah, president, Sadou Asom Karmachari
Parishad (SAKP). ……more

Press Council
reconstituted(AST_17_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 16 – The Press Council of India has been reconstituted
in its tenth term on January 7 for a three-year term. The Council stands
constituted with strength of 28 members other than the chairman, of whom 20
represent the press, five are the Members of Parliament and one nominee each of
University Grants Commission, Sahitya Academy and the Bar Council of India.
……more

216 hyper-sensitive booths in
Darrang dist
(AST_17_1_k8)
SIPAJHAR, Jan 16 – With an eye on the forthcoming panchayat election in
Darrang district to be held on January 24, the district administration is making
all kinds of preparation for peaceful conduct of the polls.
……more

Violence during polls in
Nilambazar flayed
(AST_17_1_k8)
NILAMBAZAR, Jan 16 – The general public and several students
organisations have criticised the incidents of violence between the Congress and
AUDF in the Nilambazar area during the polls on January 9.
……more

Opp parties demand fresh polls
in Hailakandi dis
(AST_17_1_k8)
 HAILAKANDI, Jan 16 – Two hundred members of various Opposition political
parties, such as, BJP, AGP, AUDF, NCP, CPI, CPI(M) etc observed four hours
hunger strike in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Hailakandi
from 10 am on Monday demanding fresh elections in all the 621 polling booths in
Hailakandi district. Later they also submitted a memorandum to the Chief
Election Commissioner of the State through the deputy commissioner of Hailakandi.
……more

SEC allays fears on ballot
boxes security(AST_18_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – The Assam State Election Commission has appealed
to the voters, candidates and political parties not to have any apprehension
about the safety and security of the strong rooms where the ballot boxes of the
Panchayat polls are kept. In a release here today, the Commission said that all
the political parties have been offered the opportunity by the Deputy
Commissioners and Sub Divisional Officers (SDO) to keep their representatives at
the vicinity of the strong rooms till the date of counting so that they can keep
a close vigil. ……more

CRPF deploys new battalion in
Arunachal Pradesh
(AST_18_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – CRPF has inducted a new battalion in Arunachal
Pradesh to counter militant threat and intensified its operations in the
districts that witnessed increased violence during last year. Another battalion
has been added to the State, in addition to the two already existing ones
following reports of militant movements in Tirap and Changlang districts from
Myanmar, CRPF Director-General S I S Ahmed told reporters here recently.
……more

Poll boycott fails to evoke
response(AST_1_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Dec 31 – A large number of people thronged to their
respective polling stations in the district to cast their vote in the panchayat
elections today despite the poll boycott called by six different communities
seeking scheduled status. Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha president and former
Dibrugarh MP, Paban Singh Ghatowar told The Assam Tribune here this
evening that he is elated by the large turnout at the polling booths today.
……more
           


 


One
injured in blast(SHT, 7-1-k8)


Dhubri
:
One person was seriously injured in a car bomb blast in

Assam‘s
Dhubri town on Sunday.The police said a bomb planted inside a car owned by a
prominent businessmans exploded when his son opened the garage at their house
premises.

The son was
admitted to the Dhubri civil hospital in a critical condition. (PTI)


 



Misuse of tricolour lands panchayat candidate in trouble(SHT, 8-1-k8)


Guwahati
:
An over-zeal for patriotic display has almost cost a Panchayat election
candidate in Assams Hailakandi district his candidature.A Gaon Panchayat
presidential candidate for the local rural body polls, Nekibur Zaman Borbhuyan,
had published posters, appealing votes, with the Tricolour printed on it to
attract attention of the voters.
……more



Assam MLA injured in pre-poll violence(SHT, 9-1-k8)


Guwahati
:
Independent legislator Mohibul Haque and another person was critically injured
in pre-panchayat poll violence in Assam’s Dhubri district late on Monday night.

Official sources here on Tuesday
informed Mr Haque and his supporters were having dinner at a house in Nadirgaon,
near Gauripur police station, after the poll campaign, when they were attacked
by political rivals at about 2330 hours.

……more


 


Half
of Assam population don’t speak Assamese(SHT, 9-1-k8)

Guwahati:
The Directorate of Census, in a recently released data of state-wise language
figure, has said that more than half of Assam’s inhabitants do not speak
Assamese. The report stated that only 49.44 per cent of people speak Assamese
while 27.91 per cent speak Bengali followed by 5.97 per cent Hindi and 4.93 per
cent Bodo.
……more



Assam CM blames neighbouring nations for jehadi activities(SHT, 10th January

2008)

Guwahati:
Assam’s neighbouring
countries, particularly Bangladesh, are encouraging insurgency and jehadi
activities in the State, where a "third force" with suspected naxalite links is
working behind the growing Adivasi uprising, says Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. On
the see-saw peace process with the ULFA, the Chief Minister expressed his
Government’s readiness to hold talks with the insurgents provided they dropped
the sovereignty condition.
……more


74
pc turnout in Assam panchayat polls(SHT, 10th January
2008)

Guwahati:
An estimated 74 per cent of the electorate on Wednesday exercised their
franchise in the third and final phase of panchayat polls in nine districts of
Assam amidst incidents of violence and booth-capturing in some
districts.Official sources said that incidents of violence and booth-capturing
were reported from parts of Hailakandi, Nagaon, Morigaon and Barpeta districts.
Polling was suspended in several booths in the districts.

……more


 


2
hurt in explosion(SHT_13_1_k8)


Dibrugarh
:
Two drivers from Rajasthan engaged in railway contruction work were injured when
a grenade was lobbed at them by unidentified miscreants early on Saturday
morning in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district. Official sources said the granades
were hurled at the two when they were sleeping in their temporary camp at
Rangsali, under Khowang police station. (PTI)

 



Kameswari’ title for Sonal Mansingh(SHT_15_1_k8)


Guwahati:

Renowned Bharatnatyam dancer Sonal
Mansingh was conferred the title of ‘Kameshwari’ by the Kamakhya Debuttor Board
during the ‘Kameswari Festival, 2008’ beginning on Monday.

……more


 


BJP
to go with NPF in Nagaland polls(SHT_17_1_k8)


Guwahati:

The BJP is game for continuing the alliance with the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF)
in its is attempt to have a non-Congress Government installed at Kohima after
the forthcoming Assembly election on March 5 next.

……more


 



Police lathicharge curious crowd(SHT_21_1_k8)


Guwahati
:
Police resorted to a mild lathicharge to disperse a curious crowd which had
gathered to watch the helicopter in which Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had gone to
address a Panchayat election campaign in Assam’s Darrang district on Sunday.

……more

NE unfazed by R-Day boycott
call(SHT_28_1_k8)

Guwahati/Agartala: A 17-hour general strike by separatist rebels on
Saturday to boycott the 59th Republic Day celebrations failed to impact the
northeastern states of Assam, Manipur and Tripura. ……more

Cong set to sweep Assam
civic polls(SHT_29_1_k8)
Guwahati
: The ruling Congress was all set to sweep the Panchayat poll
in the Assam, winning majority of the seats announced so far, leaving only a
handful of pockets to Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Assam United
Democratic Front (AUDF). ……more

 ‘Contain conflicts for
growth of North-East’(SHT_29_1_k8)
Guwahati
: Conflict was a scourge on all development activities and
needed to be addressed, more so in the north east region faced with various
natural challenges, British deputy high commissioner to eastern India Simon
Wilson said on Monday. ……more

ULFA chief’s sister wins
civic polls (SHT_31_1_k8)

Guwahati: Separatist ULFA leader Paresh Baruah’s sister Hirawati
Baruah Chetia on Wednesday won the panchayat seat which she had contested as an
Asom Gana Parishad candidate. Hirawati, the only sister of the ULFA chief, who
had contested for the post of councillor of Baruahola village panchayat in upper
Assam’s Tinsukia district, defeated her nearest Congress candidate, official
sources said. Her constituency was in Bessopani area, native place of her mother
Miliki Baruah who has always been very vocal against the ULFA and also cast her
vote in the last assembly elections in the State. ……more

 

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Nagaland Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Nagaland Cong list


Nagaland Cong list
(AST_30_1_k8)
 KOHIMA, Jan 29 – Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee, besieged with
too many aspirants, yesterday announced the names of candidates for the 40
Assembly seats, elections to which will be held on March 5. …more

Cong candidates for 40
constituencies(NPT_28_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 27 (NPN): Even
though the Congress has finally cleared the first list of candidates to contest
in 40 constituencies for the March 5 assembly election , the suspense over the
remaining 20 names continues to fuel speculations amid rumblings within its rank
and file. …more

NPF Dimapur-II
dissolved(NPT_28_1_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The NPF Dimapur-II A/C comprising of its parent body, women wing, youth wing and
advisory board during its executive meeting at the residence of Y. Hewoto Awomi,
former parliamentary secretary for CAWD and decided to dissolve the party "en
bloc as subsequent to resignation of Hewoto Awomi from the party." …more

Houses, vehicles gutted in
Dimapur(NPT_29_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 28 (NPN): Seven trucks and around 30
to 40 houses including a motor garage were gutted in a major fire which broke
out at the residential Ghorapatty area here on Monday at around 10 am. …more

2 former
ministers quit Congress(NPT_29_1_k8)

KOHIMA/DIMAPUR, JAN 28 (NPN):  In an apparent
fallout of the tussle for Congress party tickets for the ensuing Assembly
elections, two former ministers and Congress leaders, K Kiko and Pukhayi Sumi,
have resigned from the Congress party to contest the polls under different
political parties.
While chairman, NPCC Kissan Cell, K Kiko Konyak of 48 Moka A/C, is set to
contest the polls on a BJP ticket, PCC member of 34 Aghunato A/C, Pukhayi Sumi
is eyeing for NPF ticket. …more

NPF list
likely by Jan 30(NPT_29_1_k8)

KOHIMA, JAN 28 (NPN): The NPF is expected to
declare its list of candidates for the ensuing March 5 assembly elections on
January 30, NPF sources said. 
A highly-placed NPF source disclosed that the party would have a meeting on
January 29 and the names of candidates declared the next day, with the ticket
distribution ceremony to be held at the NPF Central Office, Kohima. The source
also said the NPF party would kick-start its election campaign on February 6.
Though the NPF party is keen to contest in all 60 seats, there are speculations
that there could some seat adjustment with the DAN partners including the BJP.
…more

 
JAC to stage demo in
Delhi(NPT_30_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 29 (NPN): The Joint Action Committee of
Tribal Hohos on Delimitation has decided to stage a dharna in front of
Parliament House in New Delhi on February 7 as a part of its agitation in
protest against the proposed ordinance to exempt Nagaland from the purview of
delimitation exercise.A press release issued by JAC
general secretary Idailung Thou described the ordinance as "murder of
fundamental and democratic rights of the people" and "stark exposure of the
double standard treatment meted out to the Nagas by Government of India".…more

Cong pits Seyie against
Rio(NPT_30_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 29 (NPN):
In an interesting development, though the Congress is
yet to declare the candidature of Sevotso Seyie, party general secretary, Kohima
District Congress Committee for Northern Angami-II A/C, NPCC vice president
Khreidi Thenünuo Tuesday officially declared that Seyie would be pitted against
former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio of NPF. …more

Congress declares second
list(NPT_30_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 29 (NPN):
After a long delay, the Congress has announced the
second set of its list containing the names of candidates for ten assembly
constituencies. As expected, several aspirants who have been denied the party
tickets have either resigned or decided to contest as independents or candidates
of other rival parties for the March 5 assembly elections. …more

NYC leaders
quit(NPT_30_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 29 (NPN):
Apparently peeved at being denied the Congress party
tickets for the March 5 assembly polls, Nagaland Youth Congress (NYC) president
Prasielie Pienyu and secretary Ruokuovotuo have resigned from the primary as
well as active membership of the party with immediate effect. …more

Bid to change fund
pattern(NPT_31_1_k8)

 Dimapur, Jan 30 : The Northeast may finally get some
respite following a proposal by Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh
Prasad Singh to move the Union Cabinet towards endorsing his Ministry’s proposal
to change the funding pattern to 90 per cent grant.
…more

Plea to
factions(NPT_31_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 30 (NPN): Public of
Khaghaboto, Kuhuboto and Aghunaqa areas have directed all underground factions
not to disrupt the ongoing construction works of the RCC bridge between Shozukhu
and Zukihe, in the interest of the public of the three areas. …more
 

CEC to
review Assembly poll preparations in Nagaland
(AST_28_1_k8)

 KOHIMA, Jan 27 – Chief Election
Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswamy and two Election Commissioners (EC) will visit
Nagaland from January 31 to February 2 to review preparations for the March 5
assembly election in the State. …more

Rudy flays Central rule
in Nagaland
(AST_25_1_k8)

 KOHIMA, Jan 24 – Former Union Minister
and BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy yesterday said that the decision to impose
Central rule in Nagaland by the UPA Government was undemocratic. While the
government imposed President’s Rule in Nagaland dismissing an elected government
before the completion of its term, it applied a different yardstick for Goa in a
similar situation and allowed the Congress rule to continue. …more

Deo Nukhu quits
Assembly(NPT_21_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 20 (NPN): MLA Deo
Nukhu has resigned from the Nagaland Legislative Assembly with effect from
January 14.
In a letter to the Assembly Speaker, Nukhu said it was not possible for him to
continue as a member of the Assembly under the present political condition.
…more

 

15 dept to
vie for trophy(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR: Vying for the
Governor’s Trophy for Excellence, fifteen Government departments are to take
part in the Tableau Presentation at this year’s Republic Day celebrations at the
Secretariat

Plaza, Kohima. This was decided during a meeting held recently at Kohima to
chalk out arrangements for celebration of Republic Day 2008 in the state
capital. …more

 

DCC Wokha
recommends(NPT_23_2_k8)

 DIMAPUR: The District Congress
Committee (DCC) Wokha has re-affirmed for recommendation of INC ticket for Wokha
district. A press release jointly issued by its president, C Renpongthung Ezung
and general secretary Zubemo Lotha stated that Wokha DCC election committee has
re-affirmed its earlier decision taken on October 10, 2007 for recommendation of
INC ticket to all the four PCC members from Wokha district for the ensuing
general election. The release has further asked the authority responsible to
consider the enclosed minutes of the District Election Committee held on January
19 and take necessary action. …more

BJP graph rising:
Rudy(NPT_23_2_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 22 (NPN):
The BJP Tuesday asserted that Year 2008 would be the
"Year of BJP". Addressing a press conference here Tuesday, BJP all India
spokesman and election in-charge of Nagaland, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, claimed the
graph of BJP was ever rising. He was confident that BJP would do well in the
upcoming elections in several States. …more

Jamir asks Nagas to ‘arise
and awake’(NPT_23_2_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 22 (NPN):
Governor of Goa Dr. S.C. Jamir said the obsession of
the Nagas with the past had narrowed down their perspectives besides affecting
them in broadening their horizons and exploiting the natural talents and
creative capabilities in all spheres of human endeavours. …more

AR with people of State:
IGAR(NPT_23_2_k8)

Dimapur:
Maj. Gen. K.S. Sethi, IGAR (North), Tuesday asserted that Assam Rifles was
committed to the growth and development of Nagaland.Addressing a gathering after
inaugurating a water supply project at Kukidolong village on Tuesday, Gen. Sethi
said "We are with the people and it will be always our endeavour to work for the
people of the State". He said the Assam Rifles wanted to see the fruits of
growth in the State as in many places of the country.Commenting on the project,
the General said it was a very difficult and challenging task but was made
possible owing to the efforts of Col. K.P.S. Sirohi, CO, 42 Assam Rifles, as
also the villagers. …more

BJP Dmr-III
resolves(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The BJP Dimapur -III A/C Mandal in its meeting on January 21 at the residence of
Mandal president Hokheto Kiba had resolved to "unanimously support" the mahila
candidate Mrs. Helena Yepthomi as the BJP candidate for Dimapur-III. …more

RJD Mon(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The RJD Mon District Yuva has praised DRJD President, Panglei Konyak for his
efficient and dynamic leadership under whom the youth of the RJD Mon district
has improved and bloomed. Mon District Yuva Rashtriya Janata Dal general
secretary has in a press release informed that Panglei Konyak resigned from the
Congress party Mon district and joined RJD in the year 2007. …more

DC Longleng, DPRO Tsg
condole(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The Deputy Commissioner of Longleng has condoled the death of Sub- Divisional
Information Officer, Longleng, Meshu Khiammungam, who died in a road accident on
January 15 between Changtongya and Mokokchung road. …more

BSP informs(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) general secretary, K. Mhonchumo Lotha has informed all
the BSP State and District office bearers to collect their Identity Cards from
the head office. In a separate release, the general secretary also informed that
the office of the BSP has been shifted to Half Nagarjan, near GHSS Nagarjan,
Dimapur.

NLBC 75 years(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The N. Longchum Baptist Church (NLBC) under KBES Wokha will celebrate its 75th
anniversary from January 28 to 30 with the theme, "Nteno Ethungcheo Jipo". The
speakers during the conference will be executive secretary KBES Vankhosung Rev
Dr E. Nrio Ezung, Wokha Town Baptist Church Pastor Rev L.K. …more

JD (U) office bearers
resign(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
Altogether six state office bearers of the Janata Dal (United) have tendered
resignation from their respective designations since January 16. Appreciating
Deo Nukhu, former minister, Higher and Technical Education for withdrawing
support to the DAN Government, the six JD (U) signatories have extended its
gratitude to the screening committee members of the INC for inducting former DAN
legislators into Congress party and also for recommending the party’s tickets.
…more

Oting village alleges
fraudulent drawal(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The Oting village elders has alleged that an amount of Rs. 82, 25, 000 has been
drawn in the name of "fake development works" which have not been done at all.In
an open letter to the state Governor, the signatories sought the intervention
and demanded investigation into the alleged fraudulent works for which a total
of Rs. 82, 25, 000 has been drawn with "mutual understanding between DDOs of
some departments and contractors in the name of Oting village." …more

NPF Wka threat on ticket
issue(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) Wokha Division and NPF 37 Tyui A/C has
appealed to the NPF Party Ticket Distribution Committee to issue NPF ticket to
intending candidate Y. Y. Kikon and cautioned to resign en bloc in the event of
the candidate not getting the NPF ticket.In a press statement, signed by nine
NPF officials of Wokha Division and 37 Tyui A/C reaffirmed its earlier
recommendation for allotment of NPF ticket to Y. Y. Kikon for the 37 Tyui A/C.
…more

NCRC Sumi council
meet(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
A general meeting of Nagaland Christian Revival Church (NCRC), Sumi executive
council has been convened on February 2 at 8 am at its headquarter prayer
centre, Pughoboto. NCRC (Sumi) in a press release issued by its secretary,
Hekhevi Yeptho, has requested all LBC board members both old and new and council
members to attend the meeting.

Polling stations for Phek
(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The Deputy Commissioner & district election officer, Phek, Maongwati Aier has
informed that the list of polling stations for the five Assembly Constituencies
including 16 Pfütsero AC, 17 Chizami AC, 18 Chazouba AC, 19 Phek AC and 20
Meluri AC, have been published. Copies of the list are available for inspection
at the office of the District Election Officer, Phek, all outpost Administrative
Officers’ offices, Phek district and the office of the Phek Town Council.

Tuli ACCC Merangkong village
unit(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The 21 Tuli Assembly Constituency Congress Committee (ACCC), and Assembly
Constituency Youth Congress Committee (ACYCC), Merangkong village unit, during
their general meeting held on January 20 have reaffirmed to stand in the party
principles and resolved to support S. Imti Jamir, intending Congress candidate
in the ensuing general assembly election under the leadership of NPCC president,
Hokheto Sumi and CLP leader, I. Imkong. This was stated in a joint press
statement issued by 21 Tuli ACCC and ACYCC Merangkong village unit.

BJP 3 Dmr-III office bearers
resign(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR:
Fifteen BJP office bearers along with active and primary members under 3 Dmr-III
A/C has resigned from the party to support L. Inazhe Sema, RJD candidate, for
the ensuing general assembly election. …more

DAN co-ordination committee
formed(NPT_24_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 23 (NPN): Co-ordination Committee of the
Democratic Alliance Nagaland (DAN) in a consultative meeting held Wednesday at
Kohima, selected a new team of committee members and also set up a sub-committee
on drafting the common minimum programme (CMP) of DAN for the forthcoming
Assembly elections. …more

Congress first list
likely today(NPT_24_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 23 (NPN): Congress is likely to
declare the first list of 40 candidates for the March 5 Assembly polls in
Nagaland on Thursday; while the second list containing the names of the
remaining 20 was expected to be declared on February 2.
Congress leader I. Imkong told Nagaland Post Wednesday that the Central
Executive Committee (CEC) of the party would meet in New Delhi on Thursday to
discuss the matter. The CEC is headed by Congress president Mrs. Sonia Gandhi
and includes as members: Margaret Alva (AICC in-charge Nagaland), Ranjit Thomas
(joint secretary AICC) Lalthanhawla , P.R.Kyndiah, CLP leader I. Imkong and NPCC
president Hokheto Sumi. …more

Violation of
code of conduct(NPT_25_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 24(NPN): Despite election having been declared on January 14 and
after which the electoral code of conduct taking immediate effect, several
former ministers and VIPs of the DAN coalition are still using armed police
escorts during their movements.
Armed police escorts are officially permitted only for the former chief
minister, the opposition leader and a minister in the erstwhile DAN government
as they come under the category of the ‘threat perception’. …more

Congress to announce
list of candidates(NPT_25_1_k8)

 Dimapur, Jan 24 (NPN): With the Central Election Committee
of the AICC having sat for several hours on Thursday to finalise the list of
party candidates, no formal announcement has been made.
When contacted over telephone, NPCC president Hokheto Sumi simply said the list
would be formally declared after the AICC president Sonia Gandhi appended her
signature by Friday. …more
PR imposed in
Nagaland(SEX_4_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 3: Presi-dent’s Rule has been imposed in Nagaland this
evening.
Reacting to the development, Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio has said that
it is unfortunate that anti-democracy forces in the form of the Congress leaders
of Nagaland have put their best effort to impose President’s Rule in Nagaland
after failing on all fronts to dislodge the mandated DAN Government in Nagaland.
…more

Varied response to Delhi rule(TEL_ 3_1_k8)



Nagaland CMO dismisses report, minister prepares for battle (TEL, 3-1-k8)

Kohima,
Jan. 2:
The Nagaland
People’s Front, the main constituent of the ruling Democratic Alliance of
Nagaland, today reacted to the news of the Union cabinet recommending
President’s rule in the state in contradictory voices.The chief minister’s
office dismissed the news outright, saying it was a mere rumour floated by the
Opposition Congress.
…more

 DAN
weighs legal option(TEL_ 5_1_k8)



Ousted coalition finds support from Naga groups (TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan. 4:
The Neiphiu Rio-led Democratic
Alliance of Nagaland geared up for a legal battle with Delhi a day after losing
the political one that culminated in President’s rule being clamped on the
state.Rio said the coalition partners, led by his Nagaland People’s Front, were
consulting legal experts to move court against the “murder of democracy”. “We
will seek justice from the court,” he said, projecting his government as a
political martyr.
…more

 DAN
plans protest(TEL_ 6_1_k8)


Nagaland security reviewed, NPF
mulls bandh (TEL,6-1-08)

Kohima,
Jan. 5:
The Nagaland
People’s Front, a constituent of the Neiphiu Rio-led government, and the BJP
that backed the coalition have launched a vitriolic attack on the Centre for
imposing President’s rule in the state. The parties have chalked out a series of
agitation programmes to protest the Centre’s decision, though Governor K.
Sankaranarayanan today tried to cool tempers by assuring that central rule is
not “army rule”.
…more

 More
forces for NPF blockade (TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Kohima,
Jan. 7:
The Nagaland
administration has deployed additional police and IRB personnel along National
Highway 39 to ensure law and order during the 12-hour blockade called by the
youth wing of the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) tomorrow in protest against the
imposition of President’s rule.
…more


NPF
petition(TEL_9_1_k8)

The Nagaland
People’s Front (NPF) has filed a writ petition in Gauhati High Court,
challenging the imposition of President’s rule in the state on January 3. The
case will come up for hearing tomorrow. NPF spokesperson V.V. Abu Metha said
renowned constitution expert Soli Sorabjee would represent the party.



Nagaland bandh peaceful(SEX_9_1_k8)

 Kohima, Jan 8: The 12 hours
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),
Bharatya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) from 6
am today went off peacefully without any untoward incident being reported from
any quarter.
…more



Nagaland Election Dept ready to conduct polls
(SEN_17_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 16: Nagaland
Election Department has made the requisite preparations to conduct the March 5
Assembly Elections as per the Election Commission of India (ECI) directive,
official sources said today.
Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) C J Ponraj told UNI that despatching of
election-related materials and instructions to maintain model code of conduct to
the district headquarters have already been started as the election process. He
said Nagaland has a total of 13,00507 voters, comprising 64,604 male and
6,35,903 female voters, who will exercise their franchise in 1800 polling
stations throughout the State.
…more
 
New Chairman
appointed
(SEN_19_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 18: Temjen Toy, Commissioner and Secretary, Urban Development
Department has being appointed Chairman Development Authority Nagaland (DAN),
stated a press release. …more



Vice President inaugurates NCC Republic Day camp

(SEN_9_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 8 : The Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari inaugurated the
National Cadet Corps Republic Day Camp – 2008, at New Delhi today, stated a
press release.
A contingent of smartly turned out NCC cadets drawn from all the three wings
namely Army, Navy and Air Force, presented a Guard of Honour to the Vice
President on his arrival at the NCC camp. …more

Armed forces
Tribunal Act notified


(SEN_9_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 8: The Union
Government has notified the Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007 which will pave the
way for the setting up of a tribunal dealing with disputes relating to the
personnel of the three Services, stated a press release.
The Armed Forces Tribunal Bill 2007, passed by the Parliament, received the
assent of the President on December 25, 2007.

…more

 Nagaland
Governor reviews security situation
(SEN_10_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 9:
Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayan reviewed the security scenario in the State
with the top Army personnel and discussed the issue of holding free and fair
election, said a Defence release issued here today. The high-level meeting,
attended by all senior security personnel, including Lt Gen M S Dadwal, GOC,
three Corps and Maj Gen K S Sethi, Inspector General of Assam Rifles (North),
was held here yesterday.
…more

Congress
not responsible for President Rule :Imkong
(SEN_10_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 9: Opposition
Congress leader I Imkong today said the party and the Nagaland Progressive
Alliance (NPA) members did not demand President’s rule in the State but only
dismissal of the ‘minority’ Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government.
Addressing a press conference here after returning from New Delhi, the leader of
Opposition in the previous Nagaland Assembly alleged that failure of the DAN
government led to the imposition of Central rule.

…more



Congress accuses Rio of fund misuse
(SEN_11_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 10: Congress
Legislature Party leader in Nagaland I Imkong has demanded explanations from
outgoing Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for “siphoning off” developmental funds and
requested Governor K Sankaranarayan to investigate the matter.
Addressing a press conference here yesterday, Imkong alleged that Rio had
withdrawn cash of more than Rs 400 crore between December 13 and 31 after his
Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government became a ‘minority’ in the
floor of the House on December 13.
…more

 


DAN
urges Governor to reinstate Rio govt
(NPT_15_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 14
(NPN): In a significant political development, the NPF-led DAN alliance Monday
called on State Governor K. Sankaranarayanan and urged him to reinstate the
Neiphiu Rio led government.
The DAN legislators, led by Rio, called on the Governor in the afternoon and
took group photographs along with the Governor.

…more

Imkong Delhi-bound(NPT_15_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 14 (NPN): With the Election Commission fixing
March 5 as the day for holding of Assembly elections in Nagaland, senior
Congress and NPA (Nagaland Progressive Alliance) leader I. Imkong Monday sounded
optimistic about the prospects of Congress in the polls.
…more


ENPO,
SH resolve
(NPT_15_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Eastern Nagaland Peoples’
Organization (ENPO) and the Sumi Hoho (SH) have resolved to support the Naga
Unification movement among the Nagas without any discrimination and territorial
limit.
…more

 Tripathi
assures free, fair polls
(NPT_16_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 15 (NPN):

Advisor to the Governor and former
DGP of Nagaland, S.C. Tripathi, assured that free and fair polls would be
conducted in Nagaland and hoped polling day would remain peaceful. Tripathi, who
assumed office on Monday, also assured that he would do "everything possible" to
ensure fair and peaceful conduct of the polls.

…more


 AKUN
appreciates Centre
(NPT_16_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Asukho Kughukho Union, Nagaland (AKUN) has appreciated the decision of the
Central Government to keep the delimitation proposal in abeyance in Nagaland.
…more


 Sumis
for unity
(NPT_17_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 16 (NPN): A “Peace and Unification Rally”,
organized in Zunheboto on Tuesday, resolved to unanimously reiterate and
reaffirm the Sumi resolutions adopted on December 11 and December 27 last year.
…more



Support unification: ‘Gen’ Kholi
(NPT_17_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 16 (NPN):
“General” Kholi Konyak, “Chief of Army”, People’s Army of Nagaland, NSCN (K),
Wednesday called upon all peace-loving Nagas to support the ongoing process for
unification of the Nagas with sincerity and dedication.
…more



Congress to finalise list after January 20
(NPT_17_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 16 (NPN):  It would seem that procrastination
by the Congress party in announcing its list of candidates in Nagaland for the
second time, reveals how difficult the process has turned out to be.
…more


JAC
calls bandh over delimitation
(NPT_17_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 16 (NPN): The Joint
Action Committee (JAC) of Tribal Hohos on Delimitation has called for a “total
bandh” in JAC districts and sub-divisions on January 28 besides resolving to
hold a dharna in New Delhi in the first week of February in protest against the
decision of Cabinet Sub-Committee to exempt some of the north-eastern States
including Nagaland from the purview of delimitation process.

…more


EC
on code of conduct
(NPT_17_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 16 (NPN): The Election
Commission of India has directed all political parties in the State to abide by
the model code of conduct which came into force immediately with the
announcement of poll schedule for the State on January 14.
A press release issued by C.J. Ponraj, Chief Electoral Officer, Nagaland, said
as according to the model code of conduct, no fresh release of LADP funds under
MPs/MLAs shall be made in any part of the State where election is in progress.
…more
 



Patil assures NPA
(NPT_18_1_k8)

Dimapur, Dec 17 (NPN): Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil
Monday purportedly assured a delegation of the Congress-led Nagaland Progressive
Alliance (NPA) that “justice will be done according to the provisions of the
Constitution of India.”
According to a report from NPA sources, Patil gave the assurance to a 30-member
NPA delegation, led by its leader-elect, I. Imkong, when they called on the
Minister in New Delhi Monday afternoon. …more

Rokonicha quits
(NPT_18_1_k8)

Kohima, Dec 17 (NPN): Even as the focus on the latest
political crisis shifted to New Delhi, senior Congress leader Rokonicha resigned
from Assembly on Monday.
According to official sources, Assembly Speaker Kiyaneilie Peseyie accepted the
resignation of Rokonicha. Following this, the strength of the Congress party in
the NLA has been reduced to 16 MLAs. Rokonicha represented the 5th Ghaspani II
Assembly constituency.  …more


NPF
lauds Assembly Speaker
(NPT_18_1_k8)

Dimapur, Dec 17 (NPN): The
NPF Kohima unit has lauded Assembly Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie for “graciously
and decently upholding” the Constitution of India, in particular the Tenth
Schedule, during the recent no-trust motion.
A press release issued by NPF Kohima division president Theyiekielie Tachu
alleged the nine NPF Members, who could not muster two third of the strength of
NPF, attempted to violate the Tenth Schedule of Constitution with impunity.
…more


Five
houses gutted
(NPT_18_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

Five houses including four thatch house and a RCC building were gutted during
the wee hours on Monday at Rongmei Colony, Dhobinullah, Dimapur.According to
Fire Brigade personnel who went to the spot to douse of the inferno, four thatch
houses and one RCC building were gutted at the same time property worth 50 lakh
were destroyed which left 21 families homeless. The caused of the fire could not
be ascertained, however it was suspected to be due to short circuit.

 Therie
slams NPF demand
(NPT_19_1_k8)

Dimapur,Jan 18(NPN): Former
NPF finance minister K.Therie slammed the NPF for demanding reinstatement of the
then DAN coalition ministry from the Governor adding, it only served to expose
“ignorance” on the part of the NPF.
In a statement, Therie said the NPF legislators should be “ashamed of making
such demand” if they had any “conscience and morality” since the NPA had the
majority support of 31 MLAs. He said it was known to all people that the DAN
coalition had lost majority support with only 23 members in a house of 60.
…more


Yitachu seeks info
(NPT_19_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 18 (NPN): Former parliamentary secretary (Law
& Justice) and MLA of the suspended 10th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Yitachu,
has sought information under RTI from the public information officer (PIO),
Secretariat of the Governor, Raj Bhavan Kohima, for use in the matter relating
to challenge of Proclamation under Article 356 in relation to Nagaland issued on
January 3, 2008, before the Gauhati High Court.
…more


JD(
U) units affirm
(NPT_19_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

Five JD (U) district level units including Mon, Mokokchung, Peren, Wokha and
Kiphire districts have affirmed not to compromise with former state JD (U)
president, S, Limatemjen, MLA Huska Sumi JD(U) Pughoboto A/C, and Deo Nukhu,
Chairman of State Deputy Planning Board, Nagaland under 17 Chisami A/C who
victimized the party workers with their "kiss and kill" policy for their own
individual benefit and run away from the package of party yearly shared.

…more

 Cancel
all VIP quotas: Governor
(NPT_20_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 19 (NPN): In his efforts to provide better
governance, the Governor of Nagaland K. Sankaranarayanan Saturday directed all
district authorities to implement the Public Distribution System (PDS) through
Fair Price Shops and not through the VIPs.
A release issued by the Governor’s Secretariat said the Governor had also
directed for the cancellation of all VIP quotas.
…more


SH,
WSH plea on unity
(NPT_20_1_k8)

 DIMAPUR, JAN 19 (NPN): Appealing to all Sumi underground
workers in particular and all Nagas in general, to cooperate with the
unification process, the Sumi Hoho (SH) and Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) also urged
all individuals and groups not to issue any provocative statement that might
disrupt the ongoing Naga unification. …more



Congress first list on Jan. 24
(NPT_20_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan 19 (NPN): The Congress party in Nagaland will
formally declare the names of 40 of its 60 candidates for the forthcoming polls
in the State on January 24.
Disclosing this to Nagaland Post on Saturday, NPCC president Hokheto Sumi said
the names would be announced by the AICC in New Delhi. He said the Screening
Committee of AICC would hold a discussion for the remaining 20 seats on the same
day.
On the recent admission of 19 former DAN legislators into party fold, Hokheto
said their admission into Congress did not mean that all would get party
tickets. “A few seats will be given…The Congress has to sacrifice to give those
seats,” Hokheto said but refused to give further details.
…more


Rise
above petty differences: Sinha
(NPT_20_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

Deputy Commissioner Dimapur Abhijit
Sinha, on Saturday urged the CTC councilors to keep an eye on what other
Councils are doing for the development of the society and to rise above petty
differences.
…more


 Governor’s
promise of fair polls
(NPT_26_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 25 (NPN):
Governor K. Sankaranarayanan today assured the State Government has made
elaborate arrangements for “Free and Fair Elections” in order to ensure that
people of Nagaland elect their representatives to form a Government that was
based on the fundamental principles of public welfare and public good.
…more



Suspense over Congress list
(NPT_26_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 25 (NPN):  The suspense over the announcement
of list of Congress party candidates for the ensuing state Assembly elections,
continued with reports indicating that the second consecutive sitting of the
Central Election Committee of the AICC on Friday had failed to finalise the
list. …more


IATA
organizes special meeting
(NPT_26_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

A special meeting of the International Accreditation Theological Association (IATA),
North East India was organized here on Friday at New Life Bible College (NLBC),
Dimapur. The programme was graced by the presence of Dr. Babu P. Thomas,
International Co-ordinator of IATA (New York) and Dr. Stalin K. Thomas,
International Director, IATA (India).
…more

 Villages
resolve to support Esak
(NPT_26_1_k8)


KOHIMA:

The intending candidate from Congress ticket for the ensuing assembly polls from
47th Aboi A/C, Esak Hessum has gained more support from his constituency.A press
release issued by Chapa, party president of Longching unit stated that an
executive meeting of the Loncghing- Sowa youth was held on January 23, where
youths decided to strengthen and support Esak Hessum in the ensuing elections.
The youths also assured to work under the leadership of PCC President Hokheto
Sumi and Congress Legislature Party (CLP)

leader
I. Imkong in the ensuing polls.
…more

New
Secretary Defence (production) takes over
(SEN_3_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 2: Pradeep Kumar has taken over as Secretary (Defence
Production) in the Ministry of Defence, stated a press release. He belongs to
1972 batch of Indian Administrative Service. Kumar who is a Haryana Cadre
officer, is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of
Technology, Delhi and has a Master degree in Economic and Social Studies from
the University of Wales, UK. …more
 


Naga Hoho against ‘undemocratic move’
(SEN_4_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 3: Various organizations including the Naga Hoho has
expressed their opposition on the imposition of President rule in Nagaland,
stated a press release.
Speaking to media persons, the Naga Hoho’s press secretary said that “we are
absolutely against the imposition of President’s rule at this juncture.”“It will
create an undesirable situation,” Chuba Ozukum, the Naga Hoho’s spokesperson
stated. …more


NPF supporter shot dead

(SEN_4_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 3: A Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) supporter
was shot dead by a Congress activist at Kangtsung village under Tuli Assembly
Constituency in Mokokchung district of Nagaland. Police said here today that one
Zulunungba (25), a supporter of NPF Legislator T Tali of the Tuli Assembly
Constituency, was shot dead by a rival Congress supporter yesterday. The
assailant fled after committing the crime.
A case had been registered and a hunt was on to apprehend the killer, police
added. (UNI)

 Democracy
murdered in Nagaland: Neiphiu Rio
(SEN_5_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 4: Army and
paramilitary troopers were deployed in strength in Nagaland on Friday following
the clamping of President’s rule, which dismissed Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio
described as a “murder of democracy”.
The Northeastern State was brought under central rule late Thursday following
political uncertainty triggered by a controversial no-confidence vote.

…more

 


Nagaland Guv assures ‘SMART’ governance during President’s Rule
(SEN_5_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 4: Nagaland
Governor K Sankaranarayanan has assured he would do his best to ensure peace,
progress, prosperity and development of the State during the President’s Rule so
that the administration could meet the expectations of the citizens.
In a press communique here after President’s rule was imposed in Nagaland last
night, the Governor said, “The President’s Rule was necessitated following a
series of political activities in the form of changing loyalties and
horse-trading, which culminated in the December 13 No-Confidence Motion and
subsequently plunged the State into a
…more

 DAN
to challenge President’s rule in Nagaland in court
(SEN_5_1_k8)
RUSOMA Jan 4: Outgoing
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said the Democratic Alliance of
Nagaland (DAN) will move court against the undemocratic imposition of
President’s rule in the State. Talking to mediapersons at the inauguration of
the Golden Jubilee celebration of Rusoma Village Youth and Sports Association,
about 20 km from here, Rio said DAN leaders were consulting legal experts in
this regard, as the rulings of the Nagaland Assembly Speaker should be judged by
a court of law and not by the party high command.

…more

NPF accuses Congress of
imposing ‘martial rule’ in Nagaland
(SEN_5_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 4: The Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF), the major ally of
the outgoing Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government, today slammed the
State unit of the Congress for the imposition of President’s rule in the State.
In a release issued here, NPF president Shurhozelie said, “The President’s rule
is nothing but the Army rule. The Naga people do not need to be reminded of the
years of suffering and pain that they have undergone under the Centre’s Army
rule.” …more


Nagaland unit of the BJP
slams Congress leaders
(SEN_5_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 4: The Nagaland BJP, an ally of the outgoing Democratic
Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government, today lambasted the State Congress
leaders for imposition of the President’s Rule in the State. In a statement
issued here, BJP state unit president Ato Yepthomi described the development as
“murder of democracy” and claimed that it was a victory for the DAN government.

…more

 


Neiphiu Rio fears peace process
may go haywire
(SEN_6_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 5: Outgoing Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has
asserted that the imposition of President’s rule in the State was against the
aspirations of the Naga people and expressed apprehensions that the ongoing Naga
peace process may go haywire in the absence of a popular and mandated
government. …more

12-hour NH bandh
in Nagaland


(SEN_7_1_k8)
KOHIMA, Jan 6: The youth
wings of three non-Congress parties in Nagaland have called for a 12-hour bandh
on National Highway 39 and 61, passing through the state, on January 8 to
protest the imposition of President’s Rule. Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) Youth
Wing president Kakuto Shohe said here today that the bandh was jointly called by
…more

 

I-cards
only for 45% in Kohima(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Kohima,
Jan. 15:
Nagaland will
receive nearly 180 additional companies of security forces, apart from the
existing 150 companies of state police, to ensure peaceful elections on March
5.Nagaland also has homeguard and village guard personnel, in addition to a
regular force. The state will also require around 20,000 government staff to
conduct elections in 1,786 polling stations. While the state election department
is yet to finalise the list of sensitive and hypersensitive polling stations,
election officials said identification of these areas would depend on the
prevailing situation in the near future.

…more

More
Nagaland MLAs resign (TEL, 20-1-k8)

Kohima,
Jan. 19:
Political drama
continued to unfold in Nagaland with the resignation of three Independent
legislators from the Assembly.Angetyongpang MLA Jongshilemba Ao, Suruhuto
legislator Khutovi Sumi and Tuensang Sadar-I MLA P. Chuba Chang submitted their
resignations to Speaker Kiyanielie Peseyie last night. They have joined the
Congress and are seeking tickets to the March 5 Assembly election.

…more


Cong
in a fix over list of candidates
(NPT_3_1_k8)


KOHIMA, JAN 2 (NPN):

The Congress high command in New
Delhi is reportedly having a tough time to finalize the list of party candidates
for the ensuing Nagaland assembly polls, following last month’s political
development in the state.The state Congress, which has 16 legislators in the
state legislative assembly, declared that it would contest all the 60 seats.
…more


DIG
graces Special Sainik Sammelan
(NPT_3_1_k8)

DIMAPUR:
A Special Sainik Sammelan was held on the occasion of its golden jubilee with
Brig Pramod Behl, DIG Assam Rifles Training Centre & School addressing all ranks
of the Centre. While wishing all ranks under its command a happy and prosperous
new year, the Commandant exhorted all ranks to put in their efforts in making
the Institution one of the best training centres of the country in the coming
years.
…more

 NGBF
& NDBA joint forum meet
(NPT_3_1_k8)

  DIMAPUR:
A joint forum meeting of the office bearers of NGBF and NDBA and presidents of
district GBs and DBs Association & District Forum Convenors have been convened
on January 8 at the joint forum office chamber, DC office complex Dimapur at 10
am to discuss on the ceasefire amongst the Naga National Workers (Groups) which
was extended on December 7 at Kohima.
…more

 SAEC
meet held
(NPT_3_1_k8)

  DIMAPUR:
A meeting of Saptiqa Area Elders’ Council (SAEC) was held on December 29 last at
GHS building comprising five villages including Ustomi, Zhevishe village,
Saptiqa, Shena Old and New.According to a press release issued by general
secretary of the council, the meeting was attended by 85 signatories comprising
of GBs, public leaders and various officers where it deliberated on the recent
creation of EAC post at Saptiqa by DAN government.

…more

 Naga
fellowship formed in Japan
(NPT_4_1_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The Nagas living in Japan had a meeting and formed a fellowshipfor the first
time called Naga Fellowship Japan (NFJ) recently. The NFJ consist of seven
families with a total of 26 members. One of the members was staying in Japan for
the last 25 years while another member was staying for the last 17 years.

…more

 Governor
assures SMART govt
(NPT_4_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 3 (NPN):

Nagaland Governor K.Sankaranarayanan has said President’s Rule in Nagaland was
compelled due to the series of political activities witnessed in the form of
changing loyalties and horse trading which culminated in the December 13 no
confidence vote that subsequently plunged the state into a political crisis.

…more


Rio,
NPF criticize Centre
(NPT_4_1_k8)

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and the
Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) have criticized the central government for the
imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland. Describing the Centre’s move as
"outrageous" and "murder of democracy", Rio said it could threaten the integrity
of the country.

"It is outrageous. Imposition of
Central rule in a sensitive north-eastern state could threaten the integrity of
the country," Rio told PTI.
…more


 BJP
slams Cong
(NPT_4_1_k8)

 DAN ally BJP
Thursday slammed the Congress party for imposition of President’s Rule in the
State.Describing the development as "murder of democracy", BJP State unit
president Ato Yepthomi claimed this was a victory of the DAN. He said it was a
"shame" for the UPA allies at the Centre as they had been kept in the dark and
not consulted on the issue.Yepthomi cautioned that the NDA, if returned to
power, would apply the same yardstick in Goa.

…more

 Rio
responsible for PR: Therie
(NPT_4_1_k8)

Former Finance Minister, K Therie,
said chief minister Neiphiu Rio himself was responsible for the present
situation as he (Rio) did not resign despite having lost the no confidence
motion by 23-31. Reacting to the imposition of President’s Rule, Therie told
Nagaland Post that "Because of Rio’s loss of morals and ethics the competent
authorities had no option but to uphold the Constitution of India and enforce
the rule of law".
…more.

 ACCC
Shamatore – Chessore refutes
(NPT_4_1_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The office of the ACCC, 58 Shamatore – Chessore assembly constituency has
refuted the news items that were published through local dailies, the latest one
having published on December 29 by one R. Tohanba and his followers under the
same assembly constituency.
…more
 

 Governor
stresses on co-ordination
(NPT_5_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 4 (NPN):

A day after imposition of President’s
Rule in Nagaland State, Governor K. Sankaranarayanan held the first official
meeting with heads of departments in his secretariat Friday where he stressed on
co-ordination among the Government servants and need to bring about transparency
and clarity in running the government.

…more



Wangyuh, Zeliang flay PR
(NPT_5_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 4 (NPN):

Condeming the imposition of President
Rule, the two Members of Parliament from Nagaland, Wangyuh Konyak (Lok Sabha)
and TR Zeliang (Rajya Sabha) today said the Congress party at the Centre had
imposed President Rule in Nagaland merely to rig the coming assembly elections
in the party’s favour.
…more

 Cong
brought ‘PR package’(NPT_5_1_k8)


KOHIMA, Jan 4 (NPN):

Stung by the imposition of President
Rule in the state, former chief minister Neiphiu Rio today said the Congress
party had brought "President’s Rule package" to the state. "When the NDA
government regime during 1999-2004 at Centre gave the state economic package,
the Congress party gave the state PR’s package," Rio said while addressing the
two-day Riisoma Village Youth & Sports Association (RVYSA) Golden Jubilee
(1959-2008), on Friday at Rusoma village.

…more

 Governor
pep talks at security meet
(NPT_6_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 5 (NPN):

Nagaland Governor K. Sankaranarayanan
pointed out that current President’s Rule, which was the fourth time in Nagalnd,
was not "army rule" as the responsibility of running the administration, law and
order was shared between the civil, police and Governor. Addressing a high level
security coordination meeting of senior police and paramilitary officers at PHQ,
Kohima Saturday, the Governor reminded them that priority accorded by the
government was for maintenance of law and order in the state. He expressed the
hope that the police officers were well prepared to face the challenges and live
up to expectations.
…more


 Bandh
against PR
(NPT_6_1_k8)


KOHIMA, JAN 5 (NPN):

The Youth Wings of three Non-Congress
parties including NPF, BJYM and NCP have called a 12-hour bandh on January 8
from 6 a.m, on National Highway-39 and National Highway -61, informed NPF Youth
Wing president Kakuto Shohe According to NPF Youth Wing , the bandh was called
in protest against the imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland by the
Congress led-UPA government at the Centre.

…more

 PR
a grave mistake: Fernandes
(NPT_6_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 5 (NPN):

Former Defence minister and Member of
Parliament George Fernandes has said the dissolution of the Nagaland Government
by the Congress Party and imposition of President Rule in the state was a grave
mistake since, according to Fernandes, the state was not giving any trouble to
the country.
…more

 PR
imminent in Nagaland
(NPT_3_1_k8)

  New
Delhi/Dimapur, Jan 2:
President’s Rule in Nagaland appears imminent with
President Pratibha Patil considering a recommendation of the union cabinet in
this regard. Agency reports quoting officials of the Home Ministry said the
recommendation was sent to the President who is currently in Hyderabad. The
reports said the President was considering the decision of the cabinet taken at
its unscheduled meeting chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday.
…more

 Former
MLA opposes delimitation
(NPT_6_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

Former MLA and Chairman of Nagaland
Khadi Village Industries Board (NKVIB), S. Hukavi Zhimomi has thrown his weight
behind the opposation against delimitation in Asukhomi village that appeared in
some local dailies on January 1 which was issued by convenor of
anti-delimitation, Dr. K. David Chophimi.

…more

 NPF
youth wing lauds
(NPT_6_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The NPF youth wing, Tuensang
division, has extended it gratitude to the then DAN government for creating
nine, new EAC headquarters, upgrading three EAC headquarters to SDO (C)
headquarters and two SDO (C) headquarters to ADC headquarters in the state.
…more

 NPCC
debunks Rio
(NPT_7_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 6 (NPN):

Taking on former chief minister
Neiphiu Rio for describing President’s Rule as "martial law" in Nagaland, the
NPCC Sunday accused Rio of trying to fool the masses since the Centre intervened
constitutionally to remove the DAN government which was clinging on to power
through violation of constitutional norms despite being reduced to a minority.

…more

 Advisers
to State Governor
(NPT_7_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 6:

Former Bengal chief secretary Manish
Gupta and former Andhra Pradesh DGP Swaranjit Sen will be advisers to the
governor of Nagaland during President’s Rule. Quoting sources, a report filed by
a national daily said the Centre had chosen the names in consultation with the
allies of the ruling UPA. Officially, however, a search was still on.

…more


 Governor
condoles

 DIMAPUR,
JAN 6 NPN):
Governor K Sankaranarayanan has condoled the death of Dr.
Nzanbemo Lotha, head of department, Sociology, and director of Tribal Studies
Centre, Nagaland University. The Governor in a condolence message addressed to
late Dr. Lotha’ wife, Mrs. Kedangnaro, said late Lotha was one of the founding
fathers of the university and in his untimely death, students and people of
Nagaland have lost a scholar and an academician. "Dr. Lotha was one of the most
active members of the Church and his initiatives in community service are
remembered by all," the Governor said.

 GB-DB
Forum plea
(NPT_7_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 6 (NPN):

The Joint Forum of Nagaland GBs
Federation and Nagaland DBs Association has appealed to the organizers of the
12-hour bandh on January 8, to exempt GBs and DBs from the purview of the bandh
since they were scheduled to attend a meeting called by the Joint Forum in
Dimapur on the same date. The Joint Forum in a press release issued by convenor
A. Taku Longkumer and secretary Lungrahei Herie urged the organizers to exempt
the GBs and DBs in the interest of the Nagas.

…more



Confusion in BJP over bandh
(NPT_7_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 6 NPN):

Confusion prevails in the state BJP
camp over the party taking part in NPF Youth Wing-sponsored 12-hour bandh-cum-poster
campaign on January 8, to protest the dismissal of DAN Government and imposition
of President’s Rule in Nagaland.
…more


NPF
on bandh
(NPT_7_1_k8)

Clarifying to confusion on the NPF
Youth Wing’s 12-hour bandh call on January 8, the NPF Youth Wing has said that
the bandh would be enforced only on the National Highways and that towns would
not be affected. NPF Youth Wing president Kakuto Shohe also said Government
offices, shops and business establishments would not be affected.

…more


 JD(S)
for better governance
(NPT_7_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

With the state JD (S) making a new
entrance in the state political fray, the party has pledged its "biggest concern
for the upliftment of the Nagas". In a press note issued by former minister and
chairman State JD (S), Tokheho Sema cautioned the people of Nagaland to have
careful meditation over the matter of electing their representatives.

…more


 Azo
predicts return of DAN
(NPT_7_1_k8)


Kohima, Jan 6 (NPN):

Former Agriculture Minister Kuzholuzo
(Azo) Neinu Sunday predicted that President’s Rule in the State would go against
the Congress and instead help DAN to retain power.Addressing a press conference
here, Azo said the Congress had "poured out" its frustration in Nagaland after
tasting defeats in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. He claimed imposition of
President’s Rule in the State was against the wishes of the people.

…more


 Kiphire
BJP flays PR
(NPT_8_1_k8)


KIPHIRE:

The BJP Kiphire district has condemned the "forceful imposition of Center’s rule
in Nagaland in spite of peoples mandate government in the state which is against
the wishes of the Nagas in democratic norms." A press release issued by S.
Tongpise general secretary of BJP Kiphire district stated that the world’s
largest democratic country has murdered the popular mandate government of the
Nagas which is going to face the peoples mandate to choose popular Government in
February 2008.
…more


 Bandh
against PR peaceful
(NPT_9_1_k8)


Dimapur/Kohima/Mokokchung, Jan 8 (NPN):
The dawn-to-dusk bandh on
National Highways 39 and 61, called by the NPF Youth Wing and backed by state
BJP and NCP parties on Tuesday, in protest against imposition of President’s
Rule in Nagaland, passed off peacefully with no reports of any untoward
incident.In the Dimapur, the bandh was enforced at three main entry points –
Nagaland Check Gate, Dillai Gate and Chumukedima – with the maximum number of
both NPF Youth and BJYM volunteers as well as NPF Mahilas monitoring enforcement
of the bandh at Nagaland check gate.
…more



Imkong hits back at DAN
(NPT_9_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, Jan 8 (NPN) :
CLP
leader I. Imkong hit back at the then DAN government accusing it of having
"murdered democracy" by clinging on to power despite being defeated on the floor
of the house on December 13 vote of no confidence by the Congress-led
opposition.Imkong, who returned after spending twenty one days in New Delhi,
told media persons in his residence that the Congress had met the Governor to
stake claim to form an alternative government and when it was not acceded, they
had no option but to go to Delhi to seek justice.

…more

 Kangtsung
Senso Mongdang condemns
(NPT_9_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Kangtsung Senso Mungdang (KSM) has condemned the "heinous crime" committed
by one Tiatemjen, son of Ongtensangba of Wamaken village under Tuli Sub division
for killing Zulunungba, son of Sutsungmenba of Kangtsung village on January 2 in
broad daylight at Tuli town. A press release jointly issued by I. Chuba Lemdor,
president and Mar Imsong, secretary of KSM stated that the Mongdang will not
remain a silent spectator against such cold-blooded murder and resolved to leave
no stone unturned till justice is obtained. The KSM also urged the district
administration to bring the culprit to book immediately before the matter
deteriorates.
…more

 NPA
raps Rio on overdraft
(NPT_10_1_k8)


Kohima, Jan 9 (NPN):

Leader of the nascent Nagaland
Progressive Alliance (NPA), formed during the second week of December last year,
I. Imkong has renewed the charge that the then DAN government headed by Neiphiu
Rio, had created an overdraft to the tune of Rs.450 crore while demitting
office.
…more


 Cong
finalises 40 names for polls
(NPT_10_1_k8)


Kohima, Jan 9 (NPN):

It appears that the ticket issue in
the Congress is likely to be contentious as the party has undertaken the process
twice. In the first recommendation, the party had "finalized candidates for 59
constituencies" while in the latest, it has again recommended names for 40
constituencies.
…more

 Jamir
not to contest
(NPT_10_1_k8)

  Dimapur,
Jan 9:
Governor of Goa Dr. S.C. Jamir will not contest the ensuing Assembly
elections, a national daily reported on Wednesday.

A report filed by the daily said the
name of Jamir did not figure in the list of 40 names finalized by the AICC
Screening Committee. Jamir has not been named even for his home constituencies.
…more


 NCS
officials, staff to report attendance
(NPT_10_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Home department, secretariat
administration branch ‘A’ has informed all departments/branches in Nagaland
Civil Secretariat (NCS) to prepare the attendance report of the officers and
staff of their respective departments/branches by 11 am on every working day and
submit the same for onward submission to the Governor of Nagaland.

…more

 NPF,
Youth Wing appreciate
(NPT_10_1_k8)

 DIMAPUR:
The NPF has congratulated the people for expressing solidarity to DAN by
extending support to the12 hour bandh called by the alliance’s youth on
Tuesday.A press release issued by the Shilumar, associate press secretary of NPF
claimed that by active cooperation from the public, the bandh passed off
peacefully without any untoward incident in both National Highways, 39 and 61.
However, it stated that "unfortunately, some Congress people led by its leader K
V Pusa tried to provoke the minds of the people by openly challenging the bandh
at Zubza bridge". In this regard the party has condemned the action of the
leader as "desperate and heartless", who it added intentionally came to disrupt
the peaceful observation of the bandh.

…more

 Rio
rebuts Cong charges
(NPT_11_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 10 (NPN):

Former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio
Thursday dismissed the allegations of senior Congress and NPA leader

I.
Imkong about financial irregularities committed by DAN government ahead of
imposition of President’s Rule in the State.In a release,

Rio said Imkong should have checked
out the facts before making such "wild and serious" allegations. He described
the allegations of Imkong that DAN government had created a whopping deficit of
Rs.450 crore till December 31, 2007, as "false" and "baseless".
…more


 Governor
writes to Shinde
(NPT_11_1_k8)


Dimapur, Jan 10 (NPN):

Governor of Nagaland, K.
Sankaranarayanan, has written to Union Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde,
drawing his attention to the serious problem of power shortage being faced by
the State since December last year.An official release said the Governor pointed
out to the Union Minister that the shortfall of power to the tune of 50 per cent
during both peak and off peak hours had led to heavy load-shedding, causing
inconveniences to the citizens, especially students. The Governor suggested that
additional allocation to the tune of 25 MW be made from the Eastern Grid. He
said the demand was justified since the proposed thermal power plant in Dimapur
had been abandoned.
…more



First JD (U) NE conclave
(NPT_11_1_k8)


DIMAPUR, JAN 10 (NPN):

The JD (U) Thursday announced that
the party would convene its first conference in Northeast on January 12 at Town
Hall, Dimapur, with JD (U) national president Sharad Yadav and state presidents
of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura and Manipur addressing the conference.Informing
this at a press briefing here at Hotel Saramati, JD (U) national general
secretary and incharge Northeast, AK Srivastav said the conference will discuss
on problems faced by northeastern states and their solutions and also
President’s Rule in Nagaland.
…more

 KBPF
plans tour to Israel
(NPT_11_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Kohima Baptist Pastor Fellowship (KBPF) will be organizing a Holy Land Tour
to Israel and Jordon for the Pastors and Church leaders of Baptist Church in
Kohima in September. A press release issued by Rev. Dr. Chen Rengma,
Coordinator, Holy Land Tour stated that the purpose of the tour was to provide
an opportunity to the Christian leaders to visit and travel through the birth
place of the Lord, tour some other important historical places of life and work
of Jesus Christ and to experience the Bible alive.

…more


 Govt’s
fiscal guidelines
(NPT_12_1_k8)

DIMAPUR, JAN 11 (NPN): As the end of
financial year 2007-2008 approaches, Principal Secretary & Finance Commissioner,
H.K. Khullu has reminded all government departments to strictly follow the
procedures laid down for control and regulation of expenditure as prescribed by
the Finance Department dated April 13, 2007.
According to an official bulletin, the Finance Commissioner also reminded all
the departments to strictly adhere to the guidelines issued by Governor K.
Sankaranarayanan for observance of financial principles and fiscal discipline.
…more


ABCC
mission convention


(NPT_12_1_k8)

DIMAPUR:
The mission convention of the Angami Baptist Church Council (ABCC) is being held
from January 11 to 13 at Kuda Village Baptist Church, Nagarjan on the theme,
"Your God reigns". The speakers for the convention includes Rev. Zhabu Terhüja,
NBCC general secretary, Rev. Dr. Anjo Keikung, director NMM, Rev. Vanlal Nghaka,
minister at large, Shillong, Dr. Vilevono Peseyie Maase, USA, Rev. Ketsozeho
Sale, former executive director ABCC, Pelhousehu Belho, lecturer SBS and
Visasieü, director women department.
…more

 


JD(S)
Mon dissolved

(NPT_13_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Janata Dal (Secular) under Mon
district have resolved to dissolve its unit and join the Samajwadi Party under
the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav, leader of third front and UNPA chairman,
former defence minister and former chief minister of UP. According to a release
issued by district president S. Moba Konyak, the Janata Dal decided to join
Samajwadi Party as JD(S) had no future vision and regional party.



CCCRC fasting and prayer

(NPT_13_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Council of Chakhesang Christian
Revival Churches (CCCRC) will organize a fasting and prayer programme for
Chakhesang community leaders from January 18 to 20 at Mission Centre, Chetheba,
with Rev. Vangphong, vice-president, NCRC, as speaker that will be chaired by
assistant pastor, CRC Chozuba Town, Veküdu Lohe.

…more

 Cong
unit clarifies

DIMAPUR: Reacting to a news report the Yimjenkimong
Unit Congress 30 Alongtaki A/C has clarified that no Congress party meeting was
held on January 2 and as such the press release was the work of some
unauthorized persons. The president, I. Molung Jamir clarifying to the news item
that appeared on January 4 under the heading "YVY to support" said that the
party would support the candidate getting the Congress ticket whoever it may be
under 30 Alongtaki A/C in the forth coming general election.

 


NPF
Kohima meet held

(NPT_13_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Nagaland People’s Front 9th
Kohima Town A/C in its first executive meeting for the year 2008, held on
January 9 discussed on the prevailing situation arising due to the
"irresponsible imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland, a la coup de etat by
vested interests to overthrow the peoples mandated NPF led DAN Government of
Nagaland."
…more



Support for Wongto Chang

(NPT_13_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

An emergency meeting of all village
councils, senior political leaders, youth organization leaders and prominent
leaders from all general societies under the jurisdiction of Tuensang village P
Khel was held on January 9 where the house unanimously resolved to support H.
Wongto Chang, NPF intending candidate from 54 A/C Tuensang Sadar-II for the
ensuing general assembly election.
…more

 


NPF
Mon condemns PR

(NPT_13_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

The Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) Mon
Division has termed the imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland as "not only
unconstitutional" but a "murder of democracy" as it was a "government with the
full mandate of the people."
…more

 


NPF
members resign

(NPT_13_1_k8)


DIMAPUR:

Thirteen members of the Nagaland
Peoples’ Front (NPF) of Kiusam Area 57th Thonoknyu A/C have withdrawn their
support and tendered their resignation stating that they have "loss of
confidence with the partymen" for "non-treatment with equality and justice by
co-workers in the affairs of development activities allotted" meant for the
beneficiaries under LADP, BADP etc.
…more

 



Longching reiterates support to Esak

(NPT_13_1_k8)

 Kohima:
In its biggest gathering
of the Longching village, under 47th Aboi Assembly constituency on January 12,
the Longching Village Council, GB’s, youths and the publics of the Longching
village took its final decision and reiterated to unanimously support and vote
for Esak Hessum, intending candidate seeking for Congress ticket from 47th Aboi
A/C.
…more


 Jamir
for Constitutional safeguards
(NPT_14_1_k8)

Panaji, Jan 13: Governor of
Goa Dr. S.C. Jamir said Nagas must have Constitutional safeguards to ensure the
protection of their tribal and political identity.
These safeguards should be beyond the purview of Constitutional amendments, he
said.
A release issued by the OSD to the Governor said interacting with scholars,
writers, former diplomats and Constitutional authorities from the South Asian
countries at Raj Bhavan here on Saturday night, Jamir reiterated that there was
some sort of vacuum in the hearts and minds of the tribals of north-east India
who still could not fully identify themselves with rest of the country owing to
social and geographical isolation. …more


180
CPMF Coys. for polls
(NPT_14_1_k8)

KOHIMA, JAN 13 (NPN):The upcoming assembly election in
Nagaland is expected to witness the heaviest deployment of Central Para Military
Forces (CPMF) in the state during polls. Highly-placed sources revealed that the
state has requisitioned for 180 companies of CPMF (about 18,000 personnel), for
smooth and peaceful conduct of the polls. The requestis more than double of the
75 CPMF companies that were deployed during the last state elections in 2003.
…more


ABCC
mission convention ends


DIMAPUR:

The mission convention of the Angami Baptist Church Council (ABCC) concluded
here at Kuda Village Baptist Church, Nagarjan on Sunday evening.Delegates from
75 churches under ABCC and missionaries working under ABCC from USA to Myanmar
attended the convention which was held on the theme, "Your God reigns" from
January 11 to 13.
…more

 


President’s rule had become necessary in Nagaland: Governor
(AST_5_1_k8)
 KOHIMA, Jan 4 – A day after imposition of President’s rule in
Nagaland, Governor K Shankaranarayanan today said the move was necessitated by
possibility of horse-trading and shifting political loyalties. “There was no
option but to impose provisions of Article 356 and give a chance to the people
of the State to elect a government as per their wishes,” the Governor said in a
statement. …more

Rio may move Court against PR
in Nagaland(AST_6_1_k8)

 KOHIMA, Jan 5 – Former Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today
hinted at going to the court against imposition of President’s rule in the state
just before the state assembly elections, reports PTI. “Some of our friends
(party leaders) in Delhi are consulting legal experts whether the Centre’s
decision should go for a judicial review in appropriate courts,” Rio said here
after meeting the Governor K Shankaranarayanan following imposition of
President’s rule on Thursday. …more

AR to announce new welfare
measures for jawans
(AST_6_1_k8)
 DIMAPUR, Jan 5 – Stress has always been an area of major cocern for the
armed forces across the country and the Assam Rifles (AR) certainly is no
exception.In a novel move to cut down the chances of stress affecting the jawans
of its 46 battalions, the Assam Rifles headquaters based in Shillong is
contemplating to announce a host of welfare schemes for the force very soon.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Paramjit Singh, Director General of Assam
Rifles informed that moves to strike a balance between recreation and work of
the jawans and the officers of the AR is already on the cards.
…more

Naga civil societies
against President’s Rule
(AST_6_1_k8)
 KOHIMA, Jan 5 – Naga civil societies especially the apex Naga
organisation, the Naga Hoho, have all expressed their opposition to imposition
of Central rule in Nagaland.
Speaking to media persons, the Naga Hoho through its press secretary said that
“we are absolutely against the imposition of President’s Rule at this juncture”.
It will create an undesirable situation, Chuba Ozukum, the Naga Hoho’s
spokesperson stated.
The Hoho also said that if President’s rule is imposed in Nagaland, “it will
definitely have a negative impact on the peace process and the ceasefire.”
…more

Governor’s stress on security
in Nagaland(AST_7_1_k8)

 KOHIMA, Jan 6 – Allaying fears that President’s Rule might provide
free hand to the armed forces, Nagaland Governor K Shankaranarayan has said that
security and maintenance of law and order are the top priority of the government
during Central rule, which was imposed in the State on Thursday. “President’s
Rule means civil rule, not army rule, where the civil administration, police and
governor have to run the government efficienetly and smoothly,” he said in view
of some political parties and organisations’ assertion that President’s Rule
meant army rule leading to sufferings by the people.
…more

Congress lashes out at NPF over
imposition of bandh
(AST_7_1_k8)
 KOHIMA, Jan 6 – The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC),
while expressing surprise over the non-Congress political parties’ attempt to
“disrupt the lives of the people of Nagaland” through their call for a bandh on
January 8, termed it as “very unfortunate” as they want to impose ‘NPF Military
Rule’.
A release issued by NPCC Media Cell member Jonathan said, “If they were
genuinely agitated with the Centre’s decision to impose President’s Rule in
Nagaland, they should go to Delhi and demonstrate their unhappiness. We fail to
understand why they should disturb the normal lives of the people in Nagaland by
calling such a bandh.” …more

BJP to move SC against PR in
Nagaland
(AST_8_1_k8)
 KOHIMA, Jan 7 – Close on the heels of outgoing Chief Minister
Neiphiu Rio’s comment that his party might go to court for judicial review of
President’s rule in Nagaland, BJP today said it would move the Supreme Court
against the UPA Government’s decision. Senior BJP leader and former Health and
Family Welfare Minister of the State T M Lotha said the party leaders were
discussing the matter with their national leaders.
…more

Rio lands Nagaland into
overdrafts’
(AST_13_1_k8)
 KOHIMA, Jan 12 – Senior Congress leader I Imkong has alleged that
outgoing Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had withdrawn huge amounts just before
imposition of President’s rule in Nagaland landing the State into an overdraft
problem, a charge stoutly refuted by Rio. Imkong, who was the Congress
Legislature Party (CLP) leader alleged that Rio withdrew Rs 400 crore from
various treasuries between December 13 and January 3, resulting in Rs 450 crore
overdraft to RBI. …more

NPF announces list of
candidates(SHT, 5-1-k8)


Kohima:

Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF), a major
constituent in the former Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government, on
Sunday announced the list of 53 candidates contesting the March 5 Assembly
election in the State.Former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and NPF president and
former planning minister Shurhozelie are seeking re-election from their
respective home constituencies Northern Angami-II LAC and Northern Angami-I LAC
respectively.
…more

 President’s
rule in Nagaland
(SHT,
6-1-k8)

The Centre has decided to impose
President’s rule in Nagaland on second thoughts. Notwithstanding, that the
Assembly poll is just a month away. New Delhi was forced to rethink when 30
Congress MLAs called on President Pratibha Patil and claimed that they had won
the no-confidence motion against the Neiphu Rio-led Democratic Alliance of
Nagaland by 31-23 votes in the 60-member Assembly with an effective strength of
55 members. Recall, the Speaker had surprisingly barred nine MLAs from voting
and declared the motion lost. Expectedly, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and his
colleagues are livid. They have denounced the Centre’s decision as "murder of
democracy."


 Rio
to move court against PR
(SHT,
6-1-k8)


Kohima:

Former Nagaland chief minister
Neiphiu Rio on Saturday hinted at going to the court against imposition of
President’s rule in the state just before the state assembly elections."Some of
our friends (party leaders) in

Delhi
are consulting legal experts whether the Centre’s decision should go for a
judicial review in appropriate courts,"

Rio said here after meeting the
Governor K Shankaranarayanan following imposition of President’s rule on
Thursday.
…more


 Nagaland
Governor allays fear of Army excess(SHT, 7-1-k8)


Kohima
:
Allaying fears that President’s Rule might provide free hand to the armed
forces, Nagaland Governor K Shankaranarayan has said that security and
maintenance of law and order are the top priority of the Government during the
Central rule, which was imposed in the State on Thursday last. "President’s Rule
means civil rule, not Army rule, where the civil administration, police and
Governor have to run the Government efficienetly and smoothly," he said in view
of some political parties and organisations’ assertion that President’s Rule
meant Army rule leading to sufferings by the people.

…more

 Bandh
call criticised(SHT, 7-1-k8)


NNN adds:

The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has termed as "unfortunate" the
12-hour bandh called by non-Congress political parties on January 8 on
the NH 39 and 61, passing through the State, to protest against imposition of
President’s Rule in the State while stating that they (political parties) should
instead take up their grievances with the Centre.

…more


BJP
to move SC against Prez rule(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Kohima:
Close on the heels of outgoing Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s comment that his
party might go to court for judicial review of President’s rule in Nagaland, BJP
on Monday said it would move the Supreme Court against the UPA Government’s
decision. Senior BJP leader and former Health and Family Welfare minister of the
state T M Lotha said the party leaders were discussing the matter with their
national leaders.
…more


 Youth
wings of parties protest against Prez rule
NH blockade hits Nagaland(SHT, 9-1-k8)


Kohima:

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.
…more


 NPF
upbeat about petition against PR(SHT, 11th January
2008)

Kohima:
The Nagaland’s People Front (NPF) on Thursday claimed that it was a victory for
the party after Gauhati High Court admitted their writ petition challenging the
Centre’s imposition of President’s Rule.NPF leader and MLA Yivatchu had filed
the writ petition on behalf of the outgoing Democratic Alliance of Nagaland
(DAN) before the High court on Wednesday.

…more


 Rio
asks rebel groups not to meddle in poll activities(SHT_14_1_k8)

Kohima:
Former Nagaland Chief
Minister and Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) leader Neiphiu Rio has requested
underground rebel groups, the NSCN(IM) and the NSCN(K), not to interfere with
the next round of Assembly elections to be held under President’s Rule in the
State. "I hope good sense will prevail on rebel groups and they should not
interfere with elections. However, we can’t fully rule out intervention in some
pockets of the State out of individual interests," he said.

…more


 Rio
demands reinstatement of DAN Govt(SHT_16_1_k8)


Kohima:

At least 24 MLAs of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland, led by outgoing Chief
Minister Neiphiu Rio, signed a memorandum before the governor to prove that DAN
still enjoyed majority in the state. The legislators also demanded revocation of
Preident’s rule and reinstatement of the DAN government as it ‘enjoyed majority’
in the Assembly with 24 MLAs (Nagaland Peoples’ Front 19, BJP four and one
Independent) in the present 45-member House.

…more


 Tripathi
assures peaceful, impartial elections(SHT_16_1_k8)


Kohima:

Advisor to Nagaland Governor, S.C.
Tripathi assured the people of the state that he would make every effort to hold
the forthcoming elections in the state in a peaceful and impartial manner. He
said he would take stock of the situation and do whatever possible for free and
fair election.
…more


 AICC
ropes in 19 DAN defectors(SHT_18_1_k8)


Kohima:

AICC General Secretary Margaret Alva
has released the list of 19 members admitted into the Congress by the approval
of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party sources on Thursday said.

…more


 RJD
to contest Assembly polls in Nagaland(SHT_21_1_k8)

Kohima:
Rastriya Janata Dal (RJD) party will contest the Nagaland Assembly elections,
scheduled on March 5, and the state unit of the RJD will come up with its
manifesto soon. Addressing a press conference at Dimapur on Saturday, MP and RJD
in-charge of the North East Manganilal Mandal said the decision over the number
of candidates to be fielded would be finalised only after consultation with
party supremo Lalu Prasad. He also informed that the Nagaland unit of the RJD
had already been constituted, headed by former state Commissioner and retired
IAS officer TN Mannen.
…more

CEC to visit Nagaland soon;
electioneering sitll a low-key affair(SHT_28_1_k8)

Kohima: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswamy and two
Election Commissioners (EC) will visit Nagaland from January 31 to February 2 to
review poll preparations for March 5 Assembly election in the State. Nagaland,
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) CJ Ponraj in a release said on Sunday the CEC and
the two ECs would hold separate meetings with representatives of recognised
political parties on February 1 here. …more

Cong announces list for
Nagaland(SHT_29_1_k8)

Kohima
: Nagaland Pradesh Congress, beseiged with too many aspirants,
on Monday announced the names of candidates for 40 assembly seats, elections to
which will be held on March 5. All the sitting Congress MLAs and five NPF
defectors featured in the list, party sources said. Nineteen NPF defectors, who
had joined Congress in the last two months, had sought party ticket. NPCC
sources said the list of the remaining 20 candidates would be announced soon. (PTI)

Nagaland
situation
(AST_6_1_k8)
 NEW DELHI, Jan 5 – BJP, which had opposed imposition of President’s rule
in Nagaland, has sent party in-charge of the State there to assess the situation
ahead of probable elections. Sidharth Nath Singh will hold talks with the party
unit and other constituents of the Democratic Alliance, whose government was
dismissed earlier this week on the ground of ‘biased’ ruling by the Speaker
Kiyanilie Peseyie. After discussing the future course of action with the
Alliance leaders, Singh will submit his report to party President Rajnath Singh
on his return on Monday, sources said. – PTI

 

UNPA
opposes PR in Nagaland(AST_8_1_k8)

From Our Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Jan 7 – United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) has opposed
imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland. The UNPA leaders, which met here
today to deliberate on the prevailing political scenario and agricultural
pricing policy, criticised the dismissal of N Rio’s Government in Nagaland. AGP
MP, Dr Arun Kumar Sarma, apprised the meeting of the developments in Nagaland.
…more

Centre recommends PR in
Nagaland(SHT, 3-1-k8)

New Delhi: Nagaland is set to come under President’s rule
with President Pratibha Patil considering a recommendation of the union cabinet
in this regard. The recommendation was sent to the President who is at present
in Hyderabad, Home Ministry sources said. They said Patil was considering the
recommendation which was made at an unscheduled Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday….more

 

Nagaland
Speaker’s order on trust vote challenged in SC(SHT_19_1_k8)

New Delhi: Legislators opposed to BJP-backed Democratic
Alliance of Nagaland on Friday moved the Supreme Court against an order of the
Assembly Speaker barring three independent members from voting and declaring
nine votes as invalid during the recent no-confidence motion….more

 

Nagaland
Congress in poll dilemma(TEL, 19-1-k8)

New Delhi, Jan. 18: Even without a Narendra Modi
in Nagaland, the Congress faces a dilemma that reminds it of lessons learnt in
the Gujarat elections. In the coming polls in the northeastern state, the fate
of not less than 10 dissidents, who “returned home” only months before the
polls, hangs in the balance. Only one of the 11 districts in the state, Mon,
remained without witnessing any political rebellion. As the Congress deals with
17 rebel legislators from the ruling coalition seeking party tickets, it runs
the risk of displeasing budding aspirants within its fold.

“There is no question of a dilemma like Gujarat as the
Nagaland People’s Front had engineered defections after last elections. All
those in question are Congressmen who have returned,” said a senior AICC member.
In Gujarat, the Congress lost where it relied on rebels from the BJP to win
seats for them. …more


Nagaland under PR
(NPT_4_1_k8)


New Delhi, Jan 3 (IANS):

Nagaland was brought under central rule on
late Thursday night after President Pratibha Patil signed the recommendation of
the union cabinet in this regard. Patil, who is in Hyderabad, signed the
proclamation Thursday evening. The cabinet meeting to decide on Nagaland had
been chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The northeastern state has been
facing political uncertainty and instability ever since two legislators of the
Nagaland People’s Front (NPF), supporting the state government, left the
alliance and joined the opposition Congress-led Nagaland Progressive Alliance (NPA)…more


Centre reviews political situation in Nagaland
(SEN_2_1_k8)
New Delhi, Jan 1: With
instability gripping Nagaland, the Union Cabinet today reviewed the political
situation in Nagaland amid demands for imposition of President’s Rule there.
“We reviewed the situation in Nagaland,” a senior minister told PTI here. The
issue had come up at an earlier meeting of the Cabinet which had failed to take
a decision on the issue. (PTI)
…more

Centre
recommends PR in Nagaland

(SEN_3_1_k8)
NEW DELHI, Jan 2: Nagaland is set to come under President’s Rule with the
Centre recommending it to President Pratibha Patil, Home Ministry sources today
said. The papers were sent to the President, who is at present in Hyderabad, the
sources said.
They said Patil was considering the recommendation which was made at an
unscheduled Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday.
The Cabinet meeting was convened at a short notice to discuss the fluid
political situation in Nagaland where BJP-backed Democratic Alliance of Nagaland
is in power. …more

Move for President’s
Rule ‘illegal’: Rio

(SEN_3_1_k8)

NEW DELHI, Jan 2: Amid speculations over imposition of President’s rule,
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said such a move would not only be
‘illegal and unconstitutional’ but would amount to “murder of democracy”.
“The Congress party does not want to face the people of Nagaland, which goes to
poll next month. The Congress wants to disrupt the election. If they really
impose President’s Rule and dismiss my democratically-elected government, it
would be nothing but murder of democracy,” Rio told PTI from Kohima. …more

Beltola incident
may figure in global meet
(SEN_4_1_k8)
JAMSHEDPUR, Jan 3: Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) chairman Salkhan Murmu
today urged tribal leaders, participating in the ongoing International Tribal
Meet in New Delhi, to discuss the attack on tribals in Asom recently and their
“apartheid-like treatment” by the Government. The prominent tribal leader said
instead of adopting formal resolutions, the four-day meet, where 22 nations are
taking part, should initiate concrete steps to ameliorate the “pathetic”
conditions of tribals worldwide in general and India in particular. UNI

PR imposed in Nagaland(SEN_4_1_k8)
New Delhi, Jan 3: President’s Rule was imposed in Nagaland with President
Pratibha Patil today approving the recommendation of the Union Cabinet in this
regard.
The President, who was handed over the recommendation yesterday, signed the
proclamation this evening, Home Ministry sources said. …more

PR in Nagaland a
mistake: Fernandes


(SEN_5_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 4: Former
Defence Minister and NDA convenor George Fernandes said that the Congress had
made a big mistake by dissolving the Nagaland Government. The Congress’ design
to destabilize the region and imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland is a
prelude to scrap the anti-defection law, he said.
…more

 


Former police chief is Nagaland Governor’s advisor
(SEN_8_1_k8)
NEW DELHI, Jan 7: A former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, SC
Tripathi, was on Monday appointed advisor to K Sankaranarayanan, the Governor of
Nagaland, which was brought under President’s Rule last week.
Tripathi, former Director General of Police, is a 1963 batch officer from the
Madhya Pradesh cadre. …more


GoI
has delivered justice(NPT_5_1_k8)


NEW DELHI, JAN 4:

Leader of Opposition, I. Imkong today
said that Constitutional propriety had been upheld and justice delivered by the
Government of India to the people of Nagaland.

Addressing media persons here at
Nagaland House Friday afternoon, Imkong said, "We thank the Government of India
and Her Excellency, the President of India for resuscitating and reviving
democracy and the rule of law in Nagaland which was murdered most brutally on
December 13th, 2007 wherein the hallowed office of the Speaker was used to
assassinate Parliamentary Democracy. We are elated that justice has been
delivered as deserved."
…more

Gogoi vows
better win in LS polls(TEL, 1-1-k8)

New Delhi,
Feb. 5:
A jubilant Assam
chief minister, Tarun Gogoi, today promised that the Congress would do even
better in the Lok Sabha elections next year.

Having won the
panchayat polls in adverse circumstances, such as the violence in Goalpara
district and opposition in the tea garden belt in Upper Assam, Gogoi was all
smiles today.



Central rule in Nagaland(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

New Delhi, Jan. 3:
The BJP-backed Neiphiu Rio government in Nagaland fell just two months short of
completing a full term in office when President Pratibha Patil gave her assent
today to central rule in the state till elections are held next month. The Union
cabinet recommended central rule in Nagaland after a meeting on Tuesday evening,
but Patil took her time consulting experts on the Constitution before finally
putting her seal of approval in

Hyderabad this afternoon.
…more

 Centre
blames it on Rio(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 4:
Delhi today
defended its decision to impose President’s rule in Nagaland, saying it was not
taken with mala fide intent but on the basis of reports sent by Governor
K.Sankaranarayanan.

A Union home
ministry statement said political instability in the state for several months
climaxed in the developments in the Assembly on December 13, when a
no-confidence motion was put to vote. “The voting pattern clearly demonstrated
that the government of the day had lost the majority support,” the statement
said.
…more

 Central
rule jinx for NPF(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 4:
President’s rule
in Nagaland weeks before elections were to be announced has reinforced a jinx
that the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) has been battling throughout its many
avatars.Just when the NPF, one of the oldest regional parties of the Northeast,
was beginning to look confident about completing a full term in office — it
failed to do so on four previous occasions — the Union cabinet sprung a rude
surprise. In 1974, when the party first came to power, the Vizol-led government
lasted only a year. Vizol returned to power again in 1977, but was again ousted
within a year. In 1980, J.B. Jasokie formed a government that lasted two years
before being upstaged by the Congress.“In 1988, 13 Congressmen joined our party
but no decision was taken by the Centre for two weeks. Later, the then home
minister, Buta Singh, came to Kohima and asked us to join the Congress in order
to allow the formation of the government. When we refused, President’s rule was
imposed the next day,” the NPF president, Shurhozelie Liezietsu, said over phone
from Kohima. …more



Governor’s advisors(TEL_ 6_1_k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 5:
Former West Bengal
chief secretary Manish Gupta and former Andhra Pradesh DGP, Swaranjit Sen will
be advisors to the governor of Nagaland during President’s rule. Sources said
the two names were shortlisted by the government after discussions with its
allies. For all official purposes, a search for the two appointees is still on.
Both candidates understand the law and order issues of the state. …more

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Arunachal Pradesh Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

JJ Singh sworn in as Arunachal Governor

JJ Singh
sworn in as Arunachal Governor
(AST_28_1_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Jan 27 – Former Army Chief
General (retd) Joginder Jaswant Singh was today sworn-in as Arunachal Pradesh
Governor.
Singh’s appointment as the Governor, soon after his retirement from the Army in
Sept last year, is being viewed by observers here as the Centre’s strong message
to streamline administration as the Governor has a special power under Article
371-H of the Constitution in this sensitive border state.
Singh’s family members, including his father Colonel (retd) Jaswant Singh Marwah
and wife Anupama Singh were present at the swearing-in ceremony, which was also
attended by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, his Cabinet colleagues, legislators
and top ranking officials.
Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar administered the oath of
office and secrecy to him. – PTI

 Arunachal inseparable part of
India’
(AST_23_1_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Jan 22 – The Arunachal Pradesh
Government yesterday said Tawang valley in the State is an inalienable part of
India and its status cannot be negotiated.
“We are Indians and China cannot claim Arunachal or any part of it just because
of the similarity in physical features and food habits”, government spokesman
Tako Dabi told a news conference here.
He said Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu was chosen from Tawang
specifically to tell the world that the valley belonged to India and no Prime
Minister can agree to change the status.
Dabi said the Prime Minister’s scheduled two-day visit to the State from January
31, soon after his China tour, was only to demonstrate the Centre’s concern for
the State.
Singh, during his visit, is likely to announce the progress of the ongoing
border talks between China and India specially on the Arunachal sector, Dabi,
who also holds several portfolios including Law, Water Resources and Panchayat,
said.
He said the situation along the Sino-India border had been peaceful and the two
armies regularly held meetings at Tawang and Kibitho. – PTI

Rijiju
moves PM over transfer of NH-52
(AST_2_1_k8)
 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.
In a letter to the PM, BJP mp from Arunachal Pradesh Kiren Rijiju on Saturday
requested Singh to intervene in the matter and keep national interest above
politics in the interest of the common people.
“Please recall that I had led a campaign along with the MPs from the North East
and demanded that your government does not come under pressure of Assam
Government because NH-52 is a road of national strategic importance and the life
line of the people of the northern bank of the Brahmaputra and Arunachal
Pradesh,’’ Rijiju said.
“We are deeply hurt that the Central Government has bowed down before the
pressure of Assam Government,’’ Rijiju said adding that before BRO took over
maintenance of NH-52, journey through the road was a nighmare because of poor
maintenance by the Assam PWD.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways T R Balu in a letter
dated December 20 to Rijiju said that a stretch of only 345 km out of a total
length of 876 km of the highway, had been handed to Assam Pwd keeping in view
the work load with various executing agencies. – PTI

Arunachal’(AST_10_1_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Jan 9 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should strongly defend
every inch of Arunachal Pradesh during his forthcoming three-day visit to China
next week, a BJP MP from the border State today demanded.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Lok Sabha member from Arunachal Pradesh
(West) Kiren Rijiju said the muted and guarded response of the Central
Government over claims made by the Chinese over Arunachal Pradesh “is hardly
encouraging”.
“We expect the Government of India will come out strongly to defend every inch
of Arunachal Pradesh,” Rijiju said.
He reminded Singh of the agreement reached during former Prime Minister A B
Vajpayee’s visit to China that status- quo in populated areas on both sides of
the McMohan Line or Line of Actual Control would be maintained in letter and
spirit.
That (the agreement) could be the only viable solution of the border dispute in
the Arunachal sector in the present circumstances, he said.
Rijiju said re-opening of border trade with China through traditional routes in
the State would also bring the two people closer.
Re-opening Kinjomane, Bumla, Taksing, Mechuka, Monigong, Geling and Kibito,
closed since the 1962 War, could make the defacto boundary and ultimately result
in being recognised as permanent border, the MP said. –PTI


 Thai
Minister surprised at Thai lineage
(AST_13_1_k8)
 ITANAGAR, Jan12 – Visiting Thai Deputy Industries Minister Piyabutr
Cholvijarm was surprised after learning that communities, like Khamti and
Singphos who constitute a sizeable section of the population in Arunachal
Pradesh, have Thai lineage.
Piyabutr dwelt on the common ethnic, cultural and linguistic similarities
between Thai Khamtis and people of Thailand during an interaction with Khamtis
at the Theraveda monastery here yesterday.
“It is a great pleasure to be among fellow Thais in Arunachal Pradesh”, he said.

The Thais and the people of Arunachal, particularly the Khamtis and Singphos,
are very close, he said.
The Minister said he was aware that some communities in other Northeastern
States, including Assam, had cultural and linguistic affinity with the Thais. –
PTI



Antony: Look East policy not targeted at China(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Kuala
Lumpur
: India on Sunday
said closer relations with the US and other nations will not be at the expense
of any of its "old friends" while its growing ties with Southeast Asia were not
aimed at countering China’s influence in the region.India’s growing ties with
the countries of this region had already paid rich dividends as could be seen in
increasing trade between New Delhi and the Association of South East Asian
Nations (ASEAN), Defence Minister A K Antony, who arrived here on Sunday evening
on a two-day official visit, said.He stressed that "we are not entering into any
military alliance with anyone," and emphasised that New Delhi’s ‘Look East’
policy "is nothing against China".

His comments
on China came ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s maiden visit to

Beijing
from January 13."Our friends of the past still continue,"

Antony
said here, apparently referring to Russia. "Of late our ties with the US is
expanding…it will further expand but not at the expense of any old friends,"
he said.

"In the new
geopolitical situation we need each other," Antony said. In the past few years,
New Delhi had realised that "this part of the world (Southeast Asia) is very
important," he added.Antony, the first Indian Minister to visit the country
after local ethnic Indians launched massive anti-government protests alleging
marginalisation, will meet his Malaysian counterpart and deputy premier Najib
Razak and Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar for extensive talks on Monday.The
Minister noted that the boundary dispute with China still continued but added
that negotiations too were continuing. "Even though a border dispute is there,
trade ties are increasing with China."

The Minister
said the Indian Ocean was important to India as was the Malacca Straits with the
country growing into a global power and trade on the rise. "We want to develop
close ties with our immediate neighbours, the ASEAN," Antony said."We feel there
is immense potential for ASEAN countries and India to work together in many
fields," including defence, he said, noting that Malaysia was a cornerstone of
these ties.He said the defence ties between the two nations was gaining new
momentum. (PTI)


 Centre exempts Arunachal from delimitation process(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Itanagar:
In a significant
development, the Centre has decided to exempt Arunachal Pradesh from the
delimitation of its Assembly constituencies, considering the demand of the
people of the State.

State
Parliamentary Affairs Minister and Government spokesman Tako Dabi informed from
New Delhi here on Sunday that the Centre would pass an ordinance within next the
three to four days for cancellation of its earlier order for delimitation of the
Arunachal Assembly constituencies.

”The Centre’s
decision to actively consider the State Government’s demand in the larger
interests has come as a new year gift to the people of this Himalayan state,”
Mr Dabi added.

Earlier, the
draft proposal for the delimitation of the Assembly seats had evoked protests
throughout the State as population was taken as a yardstick for the delimitation
process.

A team, headed
by Arunachal Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, Speaker Setong Sena, state PWD
Minister Nabam Tuki and Dabi, on Saturday met the Principal Secretary to the
Prime Minister to discuss the delimitation process.

Dabi further
informed that the Chief Minister had earlier written to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, stating that the delimitation of Assembly constituencies on the basis of
the 2001 census was not justified and could lead to serious law and order
problems in the State.

In a
memorandum, the State Government had also requested Delimitation Commission
Chairman Justice (Retd) Kuldip Singh to reconsider the case of Arunachal Pradesh
and exempt it from the purview of the delimitation process, Dabi added.

He further
informed that Khandu, along with his Cabinet colleagues, would call on Manmohan
Singh in New Delhi to finalise the Prime Minister’s visit to the State,
scheduled either in the end of January or the early part of February.

The Prime Minister was also likely to
announce a special package for infrastructure development in the state during
his visit, besides inaugurating the Rajiv Gandi Bhawan here, he informed. (UNI)



Indigenous faith movement picks up in Arunachal
(SHT_17_1_k8)

Itanagar:
The indigenous faith and culture protection movement is gaining momentum in
Arunachal Pradesh and spreading to other north eastern states.

The Arunachal
Government declared December 31 as a holiday for the first time conceding the
long standing demand of the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society for Arunachal
Pradesh (IFCSAP) which celebrates the day as ‘indigenous faith day’ every
year.The movement was started by eminent social activist and writer Talom Rukbo
by opening the first ‘Donyi-polo dere‘ (sun and moon worshipping centre)
at Pasighat way back in 1989, which was seen by many observers as a movement
against rampant conversions in the State.

Like previous
years IFCSAP organised procesions and rallies in different parts of the State on
December 31, the day when the first Donyi-polo dere was inaugurated.

Addressing a
rally here, IFCSAP President Nabam Atum claimed that the indigenous faith and
culture protection movement has become so popular that more than 400 ‘deres
(centres) are functioning all over the State.Hundreds of people belonging to
different tribes dressed in traditional attires took out the procession carrying
placards which read "loss of culture is loss of identity".

The Janajati
Faith and Culture Protection Forum (JFCPF) President Bikram Bahadur Jamatiya of
Tripura led a 90-member team from other north eastern states to attend the
celebration as chief guest.Jamatiya said JFCPF has been formed as an apex body
for the north eastern region to spread cultural awareness in the tribal
states.He said many indigenous faith and cultural organisations like Baba Gariya
in Tripura, Jauparlo in Mizoram, Seng Khihlang in Meghalaya are active in these
states.

Contributions
made by Haipou Jadanag and Rani Gaidonlu in Nagaland for spreading cultural
awareness was also recalled.Eminent writer Tony Koyu cited examples of
extinction of Greek, Roman and Persian civilisations and cautioned the people
that if they continue to neglect indigenous faith they will meet the same
fate.He said while people do not have any ill feeling towards other religions or
believers, there should be no attempt to disrupt the indigenous faith and
culture of the state."We should not uproot our faith and identity", Kayu said.
Later, Jamatia told newsmen that efforts are on to codify customary laws and to
see that benefits given to scheduled tribes are not usurped. (PTI)


 Fresh infighting in Arunachal Cong(SHT_21_1_k8)

Itanagar:
Intra-party rivalry resurfaced in ruling Congress in Arunachal Pradesh with
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu being accused by his predecessor Gegong Apang of
taking photographs with Chinese armymen across the border in 2006 without taking
permission from the authorities.Khandu, however, defended his action and said he
did "nothing wrong" and the photograph was "not anti-India".

The fluttering
flags of both nations below which he was shown standing along with Chinese
military officers in the photograph "spoke for itself" and he did not owe any
explanation, Khandu said in a statement here.It said people along with army
personnel from both sides cross the border to take part in the national day
celebrations of the two countries on August 15 and October 1 (for China) as a
goodwill gesture and for improving bilateral relations.

"I went across
the border not as a minister but as part of a public delegation. I was given a
photo pass by the army. There were 50 armymen there," Khandu said.The visit
along with cultural troupes and other civilians with the permission of the
Indian Army had lasted a couple of hours only, he said, adding he had interacted
with the Chinese officials across Bumla pass in Tawang district and the snap was
taken in 2006 when he was the power minister."The issue is being raised because
of political rivalry," Khandu said.

Apang, who was the Chief Minister in
2006, said "Khandu neither took prior permission from me nor from the Governor,
nor from the External Affairs Ministry for his visit." (PTI)

Arunachal
Governor(SHT_28_1_k8)

Itanagar
:
Former Army chief General Joginder Jaswant Singh was on Sunday sworn-in as
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Singh’s appointment as Governor, soon after his
retirement from Army in September last year, is being viewed by observers here
as the Centre’s strong message to streamline administration as the Governor has
a special power under Article 371-H of the Constitution in this sensitive border
state. (PTI)

PM to
visit(SHT_31_1_k8)

 Itanagar:

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will arrive here on Thursday on his two-day maiden
visit to Arunachal Pradesh to lay the foundation stone of a 3,000 MW
multipurpose Dibang power project.Official sources said here on Wednesday that
the project, to be executed by National Hydro Electric Power Corporation (NHPC),
will be the largest in the country.


Thai delegation to arrive at Arunachal
(SEN_10_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 9: A Thai
delegation, led by Thailand Deputy Industries Minister Piyabutr Cholvijarn, will
be arriving here tomorrow to explore investment opportunities in the State.
Official sources said here today that at the initiative of the Indian Chamber of
Commerce (ICC), with the cooperation of DoNER Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, the
high-level business delegation would arrive here to hold interactive discussions
with ministers, State Government officials and business entrepreneurs. An
official team would exhibit a power-point presentation on the State’s vast scope
in tourism and horticulture sectors, besides industries and agriculture
potentials. Presentations would also be given on infrastructure development,
including airports, on public-private partnership basis, the sources added. (UNI)


ACF
demands CBI inquiry into Orissa communal clashes
(SEN_4_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 3: The
Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) has demanded a CBI inquiry into the recent
communal clashes in Orissa and called for immediate deployment of paramilitary
forces in the affected areas.
In separate memorandums submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Orissa
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, ACF president Khyoda Apik and general secretary
Toko Teki alleged that atrocities were being committed on the Christians in the
state.
Criticizing the Orissa government’s ‘phlegmatic’ response to requests from the
Christian organizations to book the culprits, the ACF said, “The targeting of
Church leaders and concerted attacks on Christian institutions appears to be a
conspiracy planned over a period of time with meticulous mobilization.” The ACF
also alleged that the atrocities would not have been possible without the
complicity of the administrative machinery and the backing of powerful political
groups.
While demanding immediate compensation for the injured and next of kin of the
victims, the ACF urged the authorities to constitute a committee to assess the
damage. (UNI)


 AFTPA accuses Doordarshan, Itanagar, of violating norms


(SEN_6_1_k8)

ITANAGAR, Jan 5: The
Arunachal Film and Television Producers Association (AFTPA) has accused the
Doordarshan Kendra (DDK), Itanagar, of violating the Prasar Bharti norms in the
process of empanellment of local producers for commissioned programmes allotted
for the current year.
The AFTPA accused the DDK of denying justice to local producers and staged
protests yesterday by wearing black arm-bands as well as covering television
sets in black.
According to the association, out of the 55 producers empanelled under category
A, only 15 were local producers, which violated the guidelines drawn up by the
Prasar Bharti in its 79th board meeting on October 12.
The Prasar Bharti had ensured to make special efforts to promote and nurture
talent, provide a platform to deserving producers and artists and encourage
production of programmes in local languages with a view to project the region’s
rich art, culture and literature, besides emphasising on transparency and
fairness in the selection process.
“Far from promoting and nurturing local talent, the DDK, Itanagar, seems to be
consciously keeping the interest of the State furthest from its mind,” the
association stated.
Expressing resentment over the empanelment results, the association said since
government institutions in Arunachal Pradesh followed the practice of 80:20
reservations in its employment policy, it should have been implemented in
principle during the empanelment process within the 75 per cent set aside for
Northeast producers.
“As the television industry in the State is relatively new, many experienced as
well as young talents have taken it up professionally. The imbalanced selection
process has deprived a host of deserving producers from earning a livelihood for
the next five years,” the AFTPA stated.
“The present selection of 70 per cent non-Arunachalee producers against 27 per
cent indigenous producers is a gross disregard of the interests of the State,”
the association rued.
The association alleged that the authorities had deliberately taken local
aspirations for granted by not advertising the empanelment list in the local
newspapers despite clear-cut instructions from Prasar Bharti.(UNI)

BJP
criticizes UPA for PR in Nagaland
(SEN_6_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 5: The BJP
in Arunachal Pradesh today strongly criticized the Congress-led UPA government
at the Centre for imposing President Rule in Nagaland.
In a statement here, BJP general secretary Tai Tagak alleged that the UPA
government had illegally and clandestinely imposed President Rule in the State
and that it was undemocratic, unconstitutional and sans all political ethics and
norms.
“It is possibly the first time that a duly-elected government is being placed
under President’s Rule, only a fortnight ahead of the announcement of the
Assembly elections,” the statement added. The statement further alleged that the
decision of the union cabinet to sack the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN)
government headed by Chief Minister Nephiu Rio was with an obvious design to
manipulate and influence the forthcoming elections, where the Congress party was
in disarray and out of power since five years.
“This is a blunder committed by the Congress, which brutally murders democracy
in Nagaland,” the statement alleged. (UNI)
Arunachal inks MoAs for 42
projects in three years
(SEN_8_1_k8)
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, eight in West
Siang (3,504 MW), six in East Kameng (927 MW), five in Tawang (1,790 MW), two
each in Dibang Valley (4,500 MW), Anjaw (2,700 MW) and Papum Pare (200 MW),
while one each in Lower Dibang Valley (3,000 MW), East Siang (1,600 MW) and
Lohit (3,000 MW). The National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) had signed MoAs
for three with capacity of 4,500 MW, while North East Electrical Power Company (NEEPCO)
and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) have signed for two projects each
with capacity of 1,230 MW and 4,500 MW respectively. Altogether 14 private power
developers signed MoAs with the State government in the past three years for 35
projects of 13,361 MW.
Dubai based Vilcon Energy Ltd had signed MoAs for four projects, while KSK
Energy Ventures Ltd, Hyderabad, signed for eight projects, followed by four
projects of Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd, New Delhi, three each by Noida based
Bhilwara Energy Ltd and Delhi based Mountain Fall India Pvt Ltd, two each by J P
Associates, New Delhi, Reliance Energy Ltd Mumbai, Patel Engineering Pvt Ltd
Mumbai and ECI Engineering and Construction Company Hyderabad. The State
government also identified another 115 numbers of hydro projects in the state
with total potential of 56,151 mega watts, sources disclosed.
The State government during the period had received an amount of Rs 158.64 crore
from various power developers as processing and upfront premium, officials
added. (UNI)

ACCI
resents AP’s approach to NE India Investment Summit
(SEN_17_1_k8)
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI)
today expressed resentment over the State government’s ‘half hearted’ approach
towards the recently held North East India Investment Summit 2008 at Guwahati,
organized by the DoNER ministry. Claiming that the summit was basically in
continuation of the Bangkok summit held in October last year, the ACCI said that
galaxy of ministers, MLAs and other officials from the State thronged the
summit, but the same which was held at Guwahati was not represented by the State
government.
“At least one secretary could have been deputed to represent the State in such
an important function,” commented ACCI Vice-President Dominic Tadar in a
communique here today. “We are discouraged to see no representative from the
State attended the summit, while other States were represented by their chief
ministers and other ministers,” he added. (UNI)


PM to visit Arunachal this
month(TEL, 19-1-k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 18:
Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh will be in Arunachal Pradesh within a month of his visit to
Beijing. For a long time now, Arunachal Pradesh has expressed fears that the
Centre was hinting of giving in to Beijing’s claims on the state.The joint
declaration by the two sides after the Beijing meet did not dwell in detail on
what transpired on the boundary question. While inaugurating infrastructure
projects on January 30-31, Singh will be sending a message to China about
India’s firm policy regarding the state of Arunachal Pradesh being an integral
part of India. Flagging off major projects, especially roads, indicates a marked
shift of strategy in the frontier state. Till now, India has not developed
border roads in the region, while

China
has rapidly developed infrastructure on its side of the line of actual control.
Chief minister Dorjee Khandu and top Buddhist monks at the Tawang monastery have
expressed their apprehension on the Centre’s approach to the problem. Tawang is
the seat of Mahayana Buddhism and the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama. It is
second in importance only to the monastery at Lhasa.During a recent visit by
Union minister of state for commerce Jairam Ramesh to Tawang, monks directly put
the question to him. Ramesh had put on record his opinion about Arunachal
Pradesh being an integral part of India.

“But we will expect something to be
said by the Prime Minister as well,” said a senior politician from Itanagar.
Singh will be the first Prime Minister after Rajiv Gandhi to visit Arunachal
Pradesh. It was during a tense period of Chinese activity on the border that
Rajiv Gandhi had visited the state. The state has made headlines and earned
priority after the repeated claims on Tawang and Arunachal Pradesh by Chinese
envoy San Yuxi just before the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao last year.



Arunachal MP unhappy with PM’s China visit
(SEN_19_1_k8)
NEW DELHI, Jan 18: BJP MP
from Arunachal Pradesh Kiron Rijiju yesterday expressed his unhappiness over
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s failure to extract assurances from China during
his recent visit to settle the border disputes between the two countries without
disturbing the populated areas.
Rijiju in a statement here said there was already an agreement between the two
countries that the border talks should not disturb the populated areas but China
was staking claim over Tawang district. “We have sent him our best wishes to get
a good deal but PM seems to return without securing any such hopes,” he
remarked. (UNI)

 

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Meghalaya Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Meghalaya House scam


Meghalaya House scam: court
reprieve for Mawlong
(AST_30_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 29 – In a major reprieve for former Meghalaya Chief
Minister E K Mawlong, the Gauhati High Court yesterday cleared his name from the
Kolkata Meghalaya House deal controversy. …..more



Show-cause to Meghalaya MLA
(NPT_28_1_k8)

Shillong:
Election authorities in Meghalaya on Friday issued a show-cause notice to
sitting Congress MLA and candidate Samuel Sangma for allegedly ”misusing” an
ambulance during his poll campaign in the state alleging that Sangma had
‘violated’ the model code of conduct for ferrying his poll supporters in the
ambulance and refusing to hand it over. …..more



FKJGP to launch stir against govt
(NPT_30_1_k8)

Shillong: The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP)
which claimed to fight against corruption will kick-off a series of
anti-government campaign from Chief Minister DD Lapang’s constituency Nongpoh on
February 2. The proposed campaign to highlight
corrupt activities of the ruling Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance
government assumed significance in view of the state government gearing up for
the Assembly polls scheduled on March 3. …..more

Political
divorces and remarriages!

(AST_21_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 20 – It has been the same thing every time on the eve of
elections and this time too it is no different. Legislators and political
leaders in Meghalaya are on a resignation spree, with as many as three of them
quitting the respective parties. So far, an Independent MLA and a Congress
district council member shifted allegiance and speculations are flowing thick
and fast that more senior politicians may follow suit. …..more

Cong MLA pulled up for code
violation
(AST_25_1_k8)
 TURA, Jan 24 – Sitting Congress MLA from Dalu, Samuel M Sangma, has been
pulled up for violating the model code of conduct for elections, for using an
ambulance purchased from Central schemes as his own. To make matters worse, the
MLA was also trying to mislead voters by having inscriped the words “Donated” on
the ambulance. …..more

Meghalaya wants Assam’s
cooperation for House polls
(AST_25_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 24 – Apprehending trouble from rebels in Assam and other
Northeastern States during Assembly elections in Meghalaya, the State Government
has sought cooperation from neighbouring Assam, reports PTI. …..more

Bhan to take over as new AOC-in-C
of EAC
(AST_1_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Dec 31 — Air Marshal Shiv Kumar Bhan would take over charge as
the new Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Eastern Air Command (EAC)
 on Tuesday. Air Marshal Bhan would take over charge of EAC on promotion. He
would replace Air Marshal PK Barbora who would be taking charge of the country’s
largest Air Command the Western Air Command. …..more



Corruption, main poll-plank of MDP
(NPT_23_1_k8)

SHILLONG, Jan 22:
The Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP), an ally of the
ruling Congress-led government said that corruption would be the main
poll-plank, besides to improve agriculture activities for the enusing assembly
elections in the state. …..more



M’laya seeks Assam aid
(NPT_24_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan 23: Apprehending trouble by
Northeastern rebels during assembly polls in Meghalaya, the State government has
sought cooperation from neighbouring States.
“We have communicated to the Assam Government our apprehension about potential
elements from the neighbouring State violating law and order during elections,”
Meghalaya Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee said on Wednesday. …..more

Lapang calls
cabinet meet on power deal(TEL,11-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan, 10:
Chief minister
D.D. Lapang has called for a cabinet meeting on January 17 to review the earlier
decision to hand over the state power projects to private companies. The move
came after pressure from NGOs and a section of the cabinet ministers.

…..more

2 more
MLAs join Rymbai (TEL, 12-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan.11:
In a boost to
Meghalaya’s United Democratic Party (UDP), three sitting legislators officially
joined the party today. The UDP claimed that it would emerge as the single
largest party after the Assembly elections. Former chief minister and Congress
member J.D. Rymbai, Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP) legislators P.T. Sawkmie
and D.P. Iangju joined the party at a function held at the residence of party
president and deputy chief minister Donkupar Roy.

…..more

Meghalaya
Opp. seeks white paper (TEL,13-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 12:
The Meghalaya
Opposition today asked for a white paper on the handing over of power projects
to private companies.Jointly addressing a news conference, BJP legislator A.L.
Hek and Independent MLA Manas Chaudhuri said the people of Meghalaya are in the
dark about handing over of the power projects to private companies.

…..more

 

Upbeat
Sangma kicks off Khasi Hills campaign(TEL,13-1-k8)



People at the grasssroots want change in governance, says NCP general secretary

Shillong,
Jan. 12:
NCP general
secretary and former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma today kicked off the party’s
election campaign in East Khasi Hills, highlighting the need for a change in
governance in the state.Addressing a gathering at Motinagar in Malki-Nongthymmai
constituency of Shillong, Sangma said the people of Meghalaya were fed up with
the existing Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government. “I have
interacted with the people at the grassroots level and they are all longing for
change,” the Garo stalwart said.
…..more

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


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

Shillong, Feb.
5: Self-help is the best help, but not when people’s representatives help only
themselves, says an organisation of “concerned” citizens in Meghalaya. The
organisation, christened Informed, Conscious and Responsible Existence (ICARE),
wonders why Meghalaya has several bills on legislators’ salaries and pensions
and hardly any on the state’s development. It points out that since 1977, the
Legislators’ Pension Act has been amended at least nine times and the Meghalaya
Legislators’ Salaries and Allowances Act has been amended at least 18 times for
the benefit of legislators.
…..more

Shylla
removed from district council post (TEL, 1-1-k8)

Shillong,
Feb. 5:
The chief
executive member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), H.S.
Shylla, was officially removed from the post after he was defeated in the House
of KHADC by a voice-vote during the special session today. At the start of the
session, Congress member Ronny Lyngdoh moved a non-confidence motion against
Shylla.
…..more


BJP,
Janshakti to contest 20 seats(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 2:
The BJP and the
Lok Janshakti Party have decided to field over 20 candidates for the Meghalaya
Assembly elections in February. In a statement issued here today, Jamil Ahmed,
the state general secretary of Lok Janshakti Party, said the party has selected
Clement Mawlong to contest from Sohiong constituency and Meristella Wahlang from
Pynthorumkhrah in the first list of applicants. The party’s MP, Ram Chander
Paswan, and its national general secretary Mira Chakraborty, visited Shillong
last month to finalise the list of candidates.

…..more

Rymbai to
exit from Cong


UDP
ticket for man of integrity, other parties finalising nominees (TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 2:
Former Meghalaya
chief minister J.D. Rymbai will end his long association with the Congress this
week, resigning from both the party and the Assembly to contest the February
elections on a United Democratic Party (UDP) ticket.Rymbai never forgave the
central Congress leadership for not standing by him when D.D. Lapang, the man
whom he replaced as chief minister in mid-2006, wrested back power less than a
year later. He said today that the UDP offered him a ticket for the elections
several months ago and that he had been waiting for an opportune moment to make
a decision.
…..more



Mining heat on Lapang

(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 4:
A majority of
cabinet ministers of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) minus the Congress,
the main constituent of the coalition government, has opposed the uranium mining
project in the state. The project was recently accorded environment clearance by
the Union ministry of environment and forest through a notification.

…..more



Rymbai resigns from Congress, Assembly(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

 Shillong,
Jan. 4:
Former chief
minister and veteran Congress leader J.D. Rymbai resigned from the Assembly and
the party today.“I decided to resign from the Congress since I was denied a
party ticket,” he told The Telegraph. Rymbai said he had submitted his
resignation to PCC president O.L. Nongtdu and Speaker M.M. Danggo.

…..more

 



Nongtdu decrees hard work for Cong(TEL_7_1_K8)

Shillong,
Jan. 6:
Hard work and
door-to-door campaign will be the main poll strategy of the Congress for the
Assembly elections im Meghalaya, to be held in February. Meghalaya PCC president
O.L. Nongtdu today said there is nothing like hard work even if one has other
resources. “We have selected good candidates this time and they have to work
hard, meeting voters and creating confidence among the people,” Nongtdu said.
The people in Meghalaya place their faith in the individuals rather than the
party during the Assembly elections, he said.

…..more


UDP
gains from exodus(TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 7:
From a leader who
rarely broke the mould, J.D. Rymbai seems to have become a political trendsetter
overnight with his act of quitting the Congress and resigning from the Assembly
to avoid violating the anti-defection law. Two more legislators — P.T. Sawkmie
and D.P. Iangjuh of the Meghalaya Democratic Party, a constituent of the
Congress-led ruling coalition — did likewise last evening to join the United
Democratic Party (UDP). The president of the UDP, Donkupar Roy, said his party
would formalise the duo’s inclusion along with Rymbai soon.

…..more

Anguish
fans Assembly embers



Shillong residents condemn legislators’ inability to re-build House(TEL_9_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan. 8:
On a bitterly cold January night seven years ago, the Meghalaya Assembly went up
in flames and the heritage building was reduced to ashes within a few hours. On
the eve of the seventh anniversary of the inferno tomorrow, Meghalaya’s
residents — from all walks of life — expressed deep anguish that the government
has failed to build a new Legislative Assembly, leave alone construct a memorial
for the old building.
…..more



Meghalaya minister defends power deal(TEL_10_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 9:
Meghalaya power
minister Mukul Sangma today defended the cabinet’s decision to hand over six
power projects to private companies, saying it was only for the benefit of the
people.  According to the deal, the state will get 12 per cent of the power
produced by the projects free of cost. Of this, two per cent will be used for
the development of the areas where the power projects are situated, Sangma told
newspersons today.
…..more


Parties confident of forming Govt
(SEN_15_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The Congress, UDP and the NCP are making tall claims of
getting a majority in the forthcoming Assembly elections. AICC in-charge of
Meghalaya, Major (retd) Ved Prakash, told newsmen in Shillong today that based
on the impression of the Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA)
Government, it was sure to cross the halfway mark in the Assembly polls. “We can
easily bag over 30 seats to form the Government alone,” Prakash said, and added:
“We are following a well-planned strategy through which we are highlighting the
achievements of the MDA Government”. …..more

Draft Electoral
Rolls
(SEN_15_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The
Electoral Registration officer, West Khasi Hills district, Nongstoin has
notified in a press release that the draft electoral rolls for 33-Pariong
Legislative Assembly, 34-Nongstoin Legislative Assembly and 36-Mawthengkut
Legislative Assembly constitutencies have been duly prepared and published with
…..more

Section 144 CrPC
(SEN_15_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The DC, East Khasi Hills district, Shillong has
promulgated 144 CrPC prohibiting holding of hunger strikes within a radius of
200 meters from the Meghalaya Main Secretariat Building, Shillong, stated a
press release.

Foundation stone laid(SEN_15_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 14: Meghalaya Chief Minister today laid the foundation
stone of the training Centre-cum-office of the Ri Bhoi Youth Federation in a
function held at the Umdihar Community Hall, Ri Bhoi district, stated a press
release. Also present on the occasion was the DC Ri Bhoi district SF Khongwir.


M’laya creates benchmark in EPIC coverage
(SEN_17_1_k8)
 SHILLONG,
Jan 16: Meghalaya has achieved 99.95 per cent coverage of Election Photo
Identity Card (EPIC) receiving kudos from the Election Commission (EC). Chief
Electoral Officer P Naik told reporters here today that the EC has categorized
Meghalaya as a State that created a benchmark for itself in EPIC coverage.
However, the State that holds 12,30,152 electorate needs to cover another 264
voters with the identity cards, he said, adding that hundred per cent coverage
was expected.
…..more

 

FAF
withdraws agitation
(SEN_17_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan
16: The Federation for Achik Freedom (FAF) has withdrawn it’s proposed night
road blockade in Garo Hills following the announcement of elections to the State
Assembly.Talking to The Sentinel over phone, FAF President Mac D Shira said that
the organization has withdrawn the night road blockade supposed to start on
January 17. “We are withdrawing our agitation since the Election Commission has
declared the date of polls. Therefore it is pointless for us to agitate when the
Government is changing,” he said.
…..more
 

CEC
reviews poll preparedness in M’laya
(SEN_19_1_k8)
Voting right of Pyrdiwah residents hangs in balance

SHILLONG,Jan 18: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N
Gopalaswami is unaware of the fate of the 130-odd Khasi and Adivasi residents of
Pyrdiwah as far as their voting rights in the forthcoming Assembly polls in the
State is concerned. Pyrdiwah had rose into prominence when Bangladesh occupied
the village located in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya in 2001. Though
Bangladesh retreated after a week of occupation, questions are still doing the
rounds on their exact status as voters of the State.
“I don’t know much about the matter,” he said while answering diplomatically to
a question that could catapult into a major issue…..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). The Cabinet meeting held today that lasted for two hours and
was attended by seven cabinet members unanimously decided that the matter
relating to the MoAs in the power sector will not be operationalized. Chief
Minister DD Lapang told reporters after the cabinet that “pending submission of
the report and decision by the Cabinet therein, the respective MoA entered into
will not be operationalized”. …..more

BJP announces
list of candidates for M’laya polls
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 18: The central
election committee (CEC) of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has released a list
of 20 candidates to vie for the ensuing Assembly elections in Meghalaya. Party
President Rajnath Singh, LK Advani and other members of the committee today
released the list of candidates for Meghalaya and Tripura.
For the Laban constituency where there has been a string of confusion, and the
state election committee (SEC) has been accused of trying to impose a candidate
of its choice, the ticket was granted to Edward Kharwanlang.

…..more

NCP releases 21-point
manifesto
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 18: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today released
its 21-point manifesto committing Meghalayans for a “change.” NCP general
secretary Purno A Sangma released the manifesto that resolves to take “remedial
actions” if NCP is voted to power in the elections. Sangma, confident that his
party will sweep the March 3 elections, said: “The Congress Government has
failed miserably and people are fed up with the frequent change in leadership,
non-performance and corruption.” …..more
Meghalaya Day
awardees announced
(SEN_19_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 18: To mark the 36th year of statehood, the Meghalaya
Government has decided to present Meghalaya Day awards to outstanding
personalities in the field of arts and literature, social service and sports.
Chief Minister DD Lapang today announced the names of the awardees.
…..more

CM, 5 ex-CMs in fray(SEN_26_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 25: Five former Chief Ministers and present CM DD
Lapang will contest the ensuing Assembly elections while rumours are doing the
rounds that Lapang is trying an all-out effort to convince other political
parties to put up candidates from Nongpoh to split the votes of his strong
contender Dr Celestine Lyngdoh. …..more

Hearing on Kyndiah(SEN_26_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 25: The District Magistrate will apply his judicious
mind to decide on the controversial case that questioned the Khasi identity of
Waibha Khyriem Kyndiah, the son of Union Minister of Tribal Affairs PR Kyndiah.
Waibha Khyriem Kyndiah is a Congress candidate from Nongkrem constituency for
the forthcoming elections. …..more


Sangma firm on power deal
(SEN_10_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 9: Deputy
Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma refused to budge from his stand ‘not to review
the Cabinet decision to enter into a joint venture deal with private power
developers’. Amidst the growing opposition by Cabinet ministers, Opposition
parties and social organizations in the State on the decision to tap the 1,000
MW power potential in Kynshi river and another 260 MW from Umgot river with JP
Group and Athena Group respectively,

…..more
.


Meghalaya has less electorate compared to population
(SEN_11_1_k8)
SHILLONG,
Jan 10: Meghalaya has a population of over 26 lakh, But the number of voters
stand at 12.31 lakh which is less compared to its population. The total number
of electorate was identified after the final draft of electoral rolls was
published today. The number of female voters is high compared to male voters.
Female voters stand at 6,25,579 while male electorate is 6,04,647.

…..more

 
Sibling ‘rivalry’
at Laitumkhrah
(SEN_11_1_k8)
 SHILLONG,
Jan 10: Meghalaya Education Minister Robert Garnet Lyngdoh will campaign for the
Congress party even in the prestigious Laitum-khrah constituency, a seat he will
forfeit for reasons that he has never disclosed. Lyngdoh will not contest the
February 2008 Assembly elections and many sees his decision due to sibling
rivalry. His sister Ampareen Lyngdoh was a known aspirant for the Congress party
ticket but was eventually denied. Nicky Lyngdoh the Congress face for the
constituency, was ‘picked’ up by Robert Garnett Lyngdoh prompting Ampareen to
join the United Democratic Party (UDP).

…..more

Rymbai
returns to UDF, recounts days as M’laya CM
(SEN_12_1_k8)
SHILLONG,
Jan 11: Veteran Congress leader and former Meghalaya Chief Minister JD Rymbai,
during his formal induction to the United Democratic Party (UDP), revealed his
bitter experience as the Chief Minister of the State. Speaking during the
induction programme held today, Rymbai said: “I was earlier a member of the
regional party. I joined the Congress in search for a shelter but with no
sympathizers there, I decided to go back to my parent party UDP”.

…..more




Congress confident in Meghalaya
(NPT_15_1_k8)

Shillong:
Despite its polls debacle
in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, the Congress party today expressed confidence
to retain power in Meghalaya, with Election Commission setting March 3 as the
polling date for the state. AICC General Secretary in-charge Meghalaya Major (Retd)
Ved Prakash, who arrived here to galvanize the party ahead of the polls said the
Congress will retain power on the basis of its achievements during the past five
years.
…..more




CEC to review security
(NPT_15_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
Chief Election
Commissioner (CEC) N. Gopalaswami along with the other two Election
Commissioners is scheduled to arrive here on January 18 to review for poll
preparedness for the upcoming assembly elections in Meghalaya. Assembly
elections will be held in Meghalaya on March 3 and the Counting will be held on
March 7, Gopalaswami said.During his visit, Gopalaswami will hold discussions
with the State Election Commission, observers, Director General of Police,
District Magistrates and political parties.

…..more


 Mon
most challenging for NAIP: Director ICAR
(NPT_15_1_k8)

MON:
Dr. S. V. Ngachan, Director ICAR
on Monday said among the states in the northeast where National Agriculture
Innovation Project (NAIP) was implemented, Mon in Nagaland was the most
challenging. Speaking as chief guest at the NAIP on livelihood improvement and
empowerment of rural poor through sustainable farming system at DC’s Conference
Hall, Mon said the project here was the most challenging as the technology had
to be upgraded.
…..more

 NGOs
continue to agitates in M’laya
(NPT_16_1_k8)

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.

…..more




Meghalaya cabinet cannot take policy decision: Naik
(NPT_17_1_k8)

SHILLONG:
With the election model code of conduct coming into force, the Cabinet would not
be able to take any policy decision with regards to going forward with the
controversial power projects in Meghalaya. "There would be no problem in
scrapping the deal but no policy decision can be taken in striking a deal in
view of the election model code of conduct coming into effect from January 14,"
Chief Electoral Officer, P. Naik told reporters on Wednesday.

…..more

 Provide
adequate security to NEEPCO: UPM
(NPT_17_1_k8)


SHILLONG:

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.

…..more




Meghalaya cabinet cannot take policy decision: Naik
(NPT_19_1_k8)


SHILLONG:

With the election model code of conduct coming into force, the Cabinet would not
be able to take any policy decision with regards to going forward with the
controversial power projects in Meghalaya. "There would be no problem in
scrapping the deal but no policy decision can be taken in striking a deal in
view of the election model code of conduct coming into effect from January 14,"
Chief Electoral Officer, P. Naik told reporters on Wednesday. Chief Minister DD
Lapang has called for a cabinet meeting on January 18 to review the earlier
decision to hand over the state power projects to private companies in the wake
of protest against the "shady deal" from several organisations and political
parties. Sources said the state government is contemplating to consult lawyers
to ensure that its decisions do not violate the election model of conduct.
Elections are due in Meghalaya on March 3.

…..more




Cong suspends Edmund S. Lyngdoh
(NPT_20_1_k8)

SHILLONG, JAN 19: The Congress party
today suspended senior Congress leader and former Meghalaya minister Edmund S
Lyngdoh from primary membership of the party. Lyngdoh’s expulsion came after he
dissolved the Jaintia Hills District Congress Committee (JHDCC) last week
without the consent of the state Congress party. Mr was the President of JHDCC
and former Chairman of Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC).

…..more




Meghalaya power deal put in abeyance
(NPT_20_1_k8)

Shillong:
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.Speaking to newsmen after
the cabinet meet, chief minister DD Lapang said the meeting unanimously agreed
that a committee headed by the state chief secretary has been constituted to
examine questions raised by some Ministers and NGOs on the MOAs inked with six
private companies.
…..more


 PM,
Sonia to campaign in NE
(NPT_26_1_k8)

SHILLONG, JAN 25 (UNI): Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh will lead the campaign trails in the three Northeastern
states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura ahead of the Assembly elections.
…..more




Corruption, main poll-plank of MDP
(NPT_26_1_k8)

SHILLONG,
Jan 22:
The Meghalaya
Democratic Party (MDP), an ally of the ruling Congress-led government said that
corruption would be the main poll-plank, besides to improve agriculture
activities for the enusing assembly elections in the state. "If MDP voted to
power, the party would ensure to provide a clean government and eradicate
corruption," MDP President and Social Welfare Minister Martle N Mukhim said,
while announcing the first list of candidates for the ensuing Assembly
elections.
…..more



Meghalaya BJP a confused party(SEN_4_1_k8)

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


Rymbai quits Cong
(SEN_5_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 4: Veteran
Congress leader and former Chief Minister JD Rymbai formally resigned from the
primary membership of the Congress today. Rymbai, the man who was
unceremoniously ousted by DD Lapang from the Chief Minister’s post, submitted
his resignation to Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee president (MPCC) OL
Nongtdu without citing any reason. The former Chief Minister also put down his
papers as a four-time legislator before the Speaker of the State Assembly today.

…..more

Cong
takes its allies head on
(SEN_5_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 4: Ahead of the February, 2008 elections, the Congress
has started to take on three of its regional coalition partners head on.
Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president OL Nongtdu said the
regional parties are trying to hijack every good initiative and developmental
work taken collectively during the past five years.
…..more

Shylla’s
complaint against Kyndiah
(SEN_5_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 4: Khasi
Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) chief HS Shylla has formally lodged a
complaint with Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president OL Nongtdu
against the status of Union Tribal Affairs Minister PR Kyndiah’s son Waibha
Kyndiah. Shylla, who was deprived of Congress ticket to contest in the ensuing
Assembly elections, told reporters that he had lodged a complaint with Nongtdu
recently. He said that a copy of the objection was also sent to Chief Minister
DD Lapang. It is left with the MPCC to decide and examine the status of Kyndiah,
he said.
…..more
 


Cabinet meet on fate of power projects soon
(SEN_6_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 5: With protest coming from various quarters on handing
over of power projects to private parties, Chief Minister D D Lapang has decided
to convene a Cabinet meeting to review the power policy of the State next week.
…..more

UDP-MDP snubbing
continues
(SEN_6_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 5: The
United Democratic Party (UDP) has called Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP) leader
Martle Mukhim an obstinate man who is left all alone. Mukhim, who split the UDP
to form his own party, has snubbed the parent party’s proposal for a merger.
Mukhim called the UDP a party of vested interest.

…..more

Go to
court to settle dispute: MPCC tells Shylla, Kyndiah
(SEN_6_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 5: A rattled State Congress leadership has asked Khasi
Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) HS Shylla
and the Waibha K Kyndiah to settle the claims and counter claims on the issue of
Khasi identity. After losing party ticket for the February Assembly polls to
Waibha K Kyndiah, the son of the Union Tribal Minister PR Kyndiah from the
reserved Nongkrem seat, Shylla complained to MPCC president OL Nongtdu and Chief
Minister DD Lapang about Waibha Kyndiah’s eligibility to contest from a reserved
seat. …..more

BJP
opposes deal
(SEN_8_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 7: The Meghalaya unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
joined the KSU to protest the decision to hand over five power projects of the
State to private companies. The KSU took out a procession in protest against the
proposed deal today. …..more

Complaint for
violation of service rule lodged
(SEN_8_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 7: A complaint has been lodged by one H R Das Gupta
with the Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee against one of the ticket aspirants
for the Laban constituency for violating the service rule and joining the BJP
even before his retirement under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS).
…..more

Meghalaya Cong sure
of victory (TEL_15-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 14:
The AICC
secretary in charge of Meghalaya, Ved Prakash, who arrived here as part of the
election campaign, today said the NCP would not even get double digit seats in
the state Assembly elections scheduled for March 3. Speaking to this
correspondent, Prakash said the claim of NCP leader P.A. Sangma that the party
would form the next government was just “wishful thinking”.

…..more

Shillong
feasts a night in advance(TEL, 16-1-k8)


No
holiday on Bihu makes Assamese community choose Sunday as night of

celebration(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Shillong, Jan. 15:
By the time people in
Assam
began preparing for their Magh Bihu feast, Assamese families in Shillong were
through with theirs. Over 200 people gathered at the century-old Assam Club in
Laban for the traditional community feast on Sunday, two days before their
fraternity in the neighbouring state celebrated uruka night. The advance
celebration was necessitated by today being a working day in Meghalaya, unlike
in Assam, where it was a holiday.
…..more

 


Preparation on in full gear(TEL, 16-1-k8)


Nagaland, Meghalaya set to get
more paramilitary forces (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 15:
The Meghalaya
government has sought 34 companies of central paramilitary forces for the smooth
conduct of the Assembly elections in the state. With the announcement of the
election date (March 3), preparations are on in full swing by the state
electoral department and almost all the political parties. Chief secretary
Ranjan Chatterjee said today that the government wanted the deployment of 34
companies of central paramilitary forces for the Assembly elections.

…..more

Meghalaya
to review deal(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 16:
The Meghalaya
cabinet is likely to keep in abeyance any decision regarding the power deal with
the private companies.It is scheduled to meet on Friday to review the December 7
cabinet decision to hand over major power projects to private companies.Chief
electoral officer P. Naik today made it clear that the cabinet cannot take any
policy decision in view of the model code of conduct, which came into effect on
January 14 when the election dates were announced.

…..more

Security
drill in Meghalaya(TEL,18-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 17:
Meghalaya chief
secretary Ranjan Chatterjee has asked the superintendents of police and deputy
commissioners of all the seven districts of the state to maintain strict vigil
to ensure that the political parties do not violate the model code of conduct
ahead of polls.
…..more

UDP
nominees(TEL,18-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 17:
The United
Democratic Party (UDP) has emerged as the second largest political party in
Meghalaya fielding as many as 52 candidates after the Congress, which is
contesting in all the 60 constituencies. UDP president and deputy chief minister
Donkupar Roy today said the party was planning to put up three more candidates.
He hopedthat the UDP would emerge as the single largest party after the
elections.
…..more

 

People
power bends Lapang(TEL, 19-1-k8)



Projects with companies on hold (TEL, 19-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 18:
Privatisation of
power projects in Meghalaya has been put on hold in the face of mounting public
opposition, just like uranium mining was over a year ago. Chief minister D.D.
Lapang said after a cabinet meeting today that no power project would be handed
over to a private company without a committee of senior bureaucrats ascertaining
whether the state would benefit from the deal. “Pending submission of a report
by the committee and a decision by the cabinet, the respective memoranda of
agreement entered into with companies will not be operationalised,” he said.
…..more

Sangma in
funds cry to woo voters(TEL, 19-1-k8)


NCP
releases manifesto(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan.18:
NCP general
secretary and former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma today released the party’s
manifesto, highlighting the NCP’s focus on foreign investment and creation of a
separate ministry for the empowerment of traditional tribal institutions in the
state. The minister said as far as resource mobilisation is concerned, he can
find ways and means to get more funds from the Centre. “We will make sure that
the central funds are utilised properly,” Sangma said.The Garo stalwart said the
NCP would create a separate ministry to look after the interests of the
traditional tribal institutions. These institutions have been demanding direct
funding from the Centre.
…..more

 

Arms
licences(TEL, 20-1-k8)

Shillong,
Jan. 19:
The Meghalaya
government has decided not to issue fresh arms licences in the run-up to the
Assembly elections. The decision was taken after a meeting with the Election
Commission yesterday.
…..more




Rymbai to quit Congress
(NPT_3_1_k8)

Shillong,
Jan 2:
Former Meghalaya
Chief Minister and senior congress leader, JD Rymbai today said he would quit
the Congress party, even as United Democratic Party (UDP) decided to allot a
party ticket. Rymbai who was forced last spring to relinquish his Chief
Ministerial chair in favour of bete-noire, DD Lapang had decided since than not
to contest on a Congress ticket for the upcoming 2008 Assembly elections. "I
have decided to put down my papers as a Congress man and as an MLA, this month,"
Rymbai said.
…..more




Pol parties flay PR in Nagaland
(NPT_6_1_k8)

SHILLONG,
JAN 5:
Political parties
in Meghalaya have condemned the Union government’s decision of imposing
President’s Rule in Nagaland, while terming the decision as ‘undemocratic and
unconstitutional’.
…..more




Megh. govt meet on power projects
(NPT_7_1_k8)

SHILLONG,
JAN 6 :
The Meghalaya
Cabinet will meet this week to discuss the demand of several organisations to
stop giving power projects to private companies in the state. Official sources
said here today that though state Chief Minister D D Lapang was yet to fix the
date for the proposed Cabinet meeting, Cabinet Minister Paul Lyngdoh confirmed
that the meeting would review the December 7 decision to hand over five power
projects to private companies.
…..more




Pol parties flay PR in Nagaland
(NPT_7_1_k8)

SHILLONG,
JAN 5:
Political parties
in Meghalaya have condemned the Union government’s decision of imposing
President’s Rule in Nagaland, while terming the decision as ‘undemocratic and
unconstitutional’. The State BJP condemning the Congress’ decision said it was
"undemocratic and unconstitutional." The state party, AL Hek, nonetheless warned
that the arbitrary decision would have negative fallout on the Congress’ poll
prospect in the forthcoming Assembly elections.

…..more

Bhan to
take over as new AOC-in-C of EAC
(AST_1_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Dec 31 — Air Marshal Shiv Kumar Bhan would take over charge
as the new Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Eastern Air Command
(EAC) on Tuesday. Air Marshal Bhan would take over charge of EAC on promotion.
He would replace Air Marshal PK Barbora who would be taking charge of the
country’s largest Air Command the Western Air Command.
…..more

Rymbai to quit Cong and join
UDP
(AST_3_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 2 – Former Meghalaya Chief Minister and senior
Congress leader, JD Rymbai is all set to quit Congress and join the regional
United Democratic Party (UDP).
Rymbai, who was forced last Spring to relinquish his Chief Ministerial chair in
favour of bete-noire, DD Lapang had decided since then not to contest on a
Congress ticket for the upcoming 2008 Assembly elections.
…..more

Chances of regional parties
uniting in Meghalaya remote
(AST_5_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 4 – Political mudslinging has begun sooner than
anticipated here in Meghalaya with Assembly elections in sight as the Meghalaya
Democratic Party (MDP) today branded its regional ally and coalition partner –
the United Democratic Party (UDP) as a party of ‘vested interest’.
…..more

Rymbai quits Congress(AST_5_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 4 – Former Meghalaya Chief Minister J D Rymbai today
resigned from the primary membership of the Congress in protest against the
denial of party ticket for the coming Assembly elections in the State.
…..more

Meghalaya seeks additional
paramilitary forces
(AST_6_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 5 – Chief Minister DD Lapang today sought from the Centre
additional companies of central paramilitary forces for deployment in the State.
Meanwhile, East Khasi Hills district administration has clamped prohibitory
orders here.With a series of agitation lined up and election fever hotting up,
Lapang shot of a letter to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil seeking “45
additional companies of central paramilitary forces” for deployment in the
State. …..more

Let court settle Khasi identity
issue: Congress
(AST_7_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 6 – Caught in a dilemma on the issue of “Khasi
identity” raised by the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the District Council HS
Shylla, the Meghalaya Congress leadership wanted the court to settle the matter.
Shylla, who was piqued by Waibha Kyndiah to contest from the Nongkrem seat, has
questioned the latter’s eligibility to contest from a reserved seat by terming
him as a non-Khasi for taking his father’s surname instead of the customary
adoption of the mother’s name the tradition followed by the Khasi community.
…..more

Sangma hails HC direction to
Meghalaya Govt on police firings
(AST_8_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 7 – Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Purno Sangma has
expressed satisfaction over the Gauhati High Court’s decision seeking details
from the Meghalaya Government on the action taken against security personnel
involved in the 2005 Williamnagar and Tura firings that killed nine persons and
left scores injured. …..more

Meghalaya MLAs on resignation
spree on poll-eve
(AST_8_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 7 – Legislators in Meghalaya are on a resignation
spree with as many as three of them quitting their respective political parties
just before the Assembly elections due next month. Close on the heels of the
resignation of former Chief Minister J D Rymbai from the Congress, two
legislators of the Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP), an ally of the Congress-led
Meghalaya Democratic Alliance Government, have also put in their papers.
…..more

Opp MLAs’ threat to move court
over power deal
(AST_14_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 13 – The Meghalaya Government has signed two power deals
with private companies amidst threats by the Opposition MLAs to move court
unless the it comes out with a White Paper on the controversial deals. “If the
government does not come out with a White Paper on the deals, we will have no
option but to knock on the court’s door,” Independent MLA Manas Choudhury and
BJP legislator AL Hek told in a joint press conference today.
…..more

 Cong launches poll campaign in
Meghalaya
(AST_15_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 14 – The Congress’ poll prospect in the March 3 Meghalaya
Assembly elections would not be affected due to the agreement reached between
the State Government and private companies to develop six power projects,
asserted AICC general secretary in-charge of Meghalaya, Ved Prakash.
…..more

 

Investors
wary of investing in NE due to insurgency: Lapang
(AST_15_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 14 – Major potential investors, who had shown interest to
make investment in Meghalaya, are turning back from their commitment due to the
insurgency problem in the North East region, according to Chief Minister DD
Lapang. …..more

Meghalaya joint
venture projects under cloud
(AST_18_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 17 – The political cauldron with the questionable mix
of ‘Pan masala and power generation’ for public consumption, seems unpalatable,
with most in Meghalaya openly complaining about it, distastefully.The Power
department, headed by Deputy Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma, entered into a joint
venture – many say arbitrarily – with six private companies, including Pan
Masala manufacturing giant, Dharampal Satyapal Group.
…..more

Lapang invites opinion of
political parties on uranium(SHT, 3-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
In the wake of environmental clearance given to UCIL by Union Ministry of
Environment and Forests for uranium mining in Meghalaya, Chief Minister DD
Lapang has invited opinion of all political parties to help the State Government
arrive at a decision on the matter. Mr Lapang told reporters on Wednesday that
with Assembly election round the corner, he did not want the Congress to take
the blame for starting uranium mining in the State, saying opinion of all
political parties was important before his government arrived at a decision on
the issue.
…..more

Lapang,
Nongtdu masterminded pro-uranium campaign’(SHT, 5-1-k8)
Shylla latest victim of Congress ‘use and throw’ policy?

SHILLONG:
Adding a new twist to the twin issues of proposed uranium mining and HS Shylla’s
recent removal as CPP leader in KHADC, NCP on Sunday claimed that Mr Shylla was
actually remote-controlled by Chief Minister DD Lapang and MPCC president OL
Nongtdu to carry forward the Congress campaign for uranium mining in Meghalaya.
With the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest giving environmental
clearance to UCIL to mine uranium in the State, MPCC decided to dump Mr Shylla,
fearing that continuing the campaign for uranium mining in the face of strong
public opposition could jeopardise the Congress’ chances in the coming Assembly
elections, NCP said.
…..more


 Cong
rejects Shylla charges(SHT, 5-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
Congress on Sunday
rejected Mr Shylla’s allegations that MPCC chief OL Nongtdu and Chief Minister
DD Lapang had conspired to sack him as KHADC CEM despite several MDCs being
unhappy with the election of CB Syiem as Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP)
leader. The party reiterated that Mr Shylla must either gracefully step down as
KHADC chief or face no-trust vote on February 5.

…..more


 Former
minister Armison Marak passes away(SHT, 5-1-k8)

TURA:
Former Minister and
two-time MLA from Dalamgre constituency, Armison Marak, passed away at his
residence here on Saturday night. He was 85. Marak had joined politics after his
retirement as a teacher from

Govt MP School, Tura, and was elected from Dalamgre constituency on an APHLC
ticket in 1977.
…..more


 Cabinet
to meet on power project

issue next week(SHT, 6-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
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."Mr Lyngdoh, who met Chief Minister DD Lapang on Friday,
stressed on the need to review the Cabinet decision in view of the protests from
various quarters.
…..more


Row
over Kyndiah son’s tribal status(SHT, 6-1-k8)


No
need to go to court: Shylla

SHILLONG:

KHADC chief HS Shylla has stuck to
his stand that Nongkrem Congress candidate Waibha K Kyndiah has violated the
Khasi Lineage Act by taking the surname of his father, saying there is no need
to take the matter to the court as suggested by the MPCC president. MPCC
president OL Nongtdu on Friday asked both Mr Kyndiah and Mr Shylla to go to the
court to settle the issue. "The Khasi Lineage Act needs interpretation by the
court," Mr Nongtdu said .
…..more


 Office
picketing on Jan 8, 9; Procession today
KSU calls off bandh, blockade(SHT, 7-1-k8)

SHILLONG: The
KSU-called road blockade and bandh on January 8 and 9, have been
suspended, purportedly to suit some wedding dates and church programmes. KSU
president Samuel Jyrwa, after an emergency meeting on Sunday, said they had
decided to call off the blockade and bandh after appeals from church
leaders, senior citizens and parents of those children whose marriages are
scheduled on the two days.
…..more


 Two
MDP MLAs quit to join UDP(SHT, 7-1-k8)

SHILLONG:
Ending a long row over proposed merger of two regional parties, MDP legislators
PT Sawkmie and DP Iangjuh on Saturday resigned from the party to contest from
UDP in the coming Assembly elections."We have resigned from the primary
membership of the party in order to bring back unity among the regional parties
and also to respect the sentiment of the people," Mr Sawkmie and Mr Iangjuh
stated in a letter addressed to MDP president Marlte N Mukhim.

…..more


Four
Garo Hills Independent candidates unite to take on political parties
Separate state for Garos tops demand list(SHT, 7-1-k8)

TURA:
Four Independent
candidates of Garo Hills have come under one platform to take on political
parties in the ensuing elections to the State Assembly. If elected, these four
candidates will put forward a set of demands to the partie