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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the army act repealed and creating a conducive atmosphere for peace talks with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

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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."
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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.” .
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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.
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