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Regional Politics, JAnuary 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

BJP keen on poll pact with AGP

BJP keen on poll pact with

 NEW DELHI, Jan 29 – The BJP is enthused
by its performance in the Panchayat polls in Assam, with the party revealing
that preliminary discussions were on with Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) to explore
the possibility of forging a poll pact. “Despite heavy rigging by the Congress
Party, the BJP has done reasonably well in the Panchayat polls. Our candidates
have lost by narrow margins in several seats, confirming that ruling Congress
Party has indulged in massive rigging,” alleged BJP State unit president, Ramen
Deka who is here to participate in the BJP’s National Council meeting, said the
BJP has won an impressive number of wards in the State, indicating that the
Party has over -whelming support at the grass-root level. “Our vote percentage
has certainly increased,” Deka commented. The BJP State unit president and his
team had a meeting with the party national president, Rajnath Singh to discuss
poll strategy for the State. One of the crucial issues was identifying new
partners ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. In keeping with the strategy of the
central leadership, the State unit too has decided to get in election mode.


Move on to change
funding pattern(AST_30_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 29 – The Northeast States
may finally get some respite, with Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh
Prasad Singh proposing to move the Union Cabinet to endorse his Ministry’s
proposal to change the funding pattern to 90 per cent grant. The Minister is
shortly moving a Cabinet Note in this connection. The matter is expected to come
up for Cabinet approval soon, said Singh, talking to newsmen on the sidelines of
the Social Editor’s Conference that got underway here today.
However, the Minister said the main hurdle has been cleared and he does not
foresee any major problems. “The Planning Commission is not opposed to the
proposal now, though the matter got delayed because of some objections in other
areas,” said the Union Minister. The long-pending requests of the NES have been
hanging fire since NDA regime’s days. A major cause for the delay was because of
the objections raised by the Planning Commission. After several rounds of
discussions between the Chief Ministers of the NES and the Central Government,
the impasse seems to have been resolved.

Work on rural
schemes in State dismal(AST_29_1_k8)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 28 – Contrary to its claims, Assam Government has
slipped on several counts in implementation of the rural development schemes.
Assam has been named among States recording the lowest credit mobilisation and
disbursal. A status report brought out by the Union Rural Development Ministry
is bad news not only for Assam but all the eight North Eastern States. The
report brought out in form of a ‘background note’ was released at the National
Conference of Project Directors of District Rural Development Agencies (DRDA)
that was inaugurated by President, Pratibha Patil, here this morning.
Though percentage of credit mobilisation has increased from 32.96 per cent to
79.33 per cent, yet the rate of increase in credit mobilisation is below than
expectation. Credit mobilisation is poor in Assam (42.72), Arunachal Pradesh
(21.81), Manipur (20.82), Meghalaya (10.63), Mizoram (18.56), Nagaland (6.97)
and Sikkim (41.42) (per cents), besides other States. ….more….

BJP seeks new allies in

 NEW DELHI, Jan 28 – To checkmate the Congress Party’s growth in the
North-east, the BJP has re-worked its strategy and is scouting for new partners
in the region. BJP national president, Rajnath Singh confirmed this, while
addressing the meeting of the National Council, here this morning. “To increase
our political strength in the North Eastern States, we need to toil hard in sync
with the unique situation there. For this, we must also endeavour to jointly
work with other partners who subscribe to similar political beliefs,” he said.

As reported earlier, a meeting of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) held
last week had endorsed plans to look for new partners. They were alliance
partner in the ousted DAN Government in Nagaland. In Assam, BJP is closely
monitoring activities of AGP and a section of the leadership is keen to woo back
the regional party into its fold.
The meeting being attended by Council members from all-over the country, was
addressed by top Central leaders of the Party, besides the Chief Ministers of
the BJP-ruled States. The Party also adopted a resolution, pledging to reserve
33 per cent seats for women. ….more….

Northeast to unravel its hidden
wonders on Republic Day
 NEW DELHI, Jan 20 – More in news because of insurgency, the Northeastern
states will go all out to showcase the flora and fauna as also their rich
archaeological and cultural heritage in their tableaux participating in the
Republic Day parade.
Capturing the beauty of the region’s wildlife, its magnificent architectural
heritage and diverse socio-cultural traditions, the northeastern states of
Tripura, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh are all set to roll their fascinating
tableaux down the majestic Rajpath as part of the Republic Day Parade in the
Capital on Saturday morning. Meghalaya, which is the home to some of the
exquisite varieties of butterflies in the world, will present its float titled
‘Butterflies of Meghalaya’. ….more….

Adivasi blockade(AST_25_1_k8)
 KOLKATA, Jan 24: Five Adivasi outfits, led by Jharkhand Disom Party,
have called an indefinite rail-cum-road blockade in Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand,
Orissa, Chhattisgarh and the Andamans from January 27, demanding among others a
national probe into the November 24 violence and granting of ST status to the
tribals of Assam and the Andamans. – PTI

Panel to stick to earlier

From Kalyan Barooah
 NEW DELHI, Jan 6 – Buoyed by the Supreme Court’s order vacating the Gauhati
High Court’s stay on the delimitation process in the four north-eastern States,
the Delimitation Commission has convened a meeting of the Associate Members on
January 12, landing the political parties of Assam in a quandary. To the
discomfiture of the State’s political parties, which had boycotted delimitation
process, the Commission has decided to stick to the old draft. The draft was the
bone of contention and had been unanimously rejected by the representatives of
the political parties, leading to a logjam before the Gauhati High Court stayed
the realignment of constituencies in the four States of Assam, Arunachal
Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland.
Chairman of the Delimitation Commission Justice Kuldip Singh told newsmen here
that the work in the four North Eastern States has already begun and that he
expected it to be completed by mid-February. A source in the Commission has
further ruled out the possibility of preparing a new draft, opting to go ahead
with the final draft. ….more….


Prez nod to Armed Forces Tribunal
Bill(SHT, 8-1-k8)

New Delhi
President Pratibha Patil has given assent to the Armed forces Tribunal Bill,
paving the way for setting up of the country’s first ever rederessal forum to
adjudicate on litigation of cases pertaining to men in arms. To start with, the
Tribunal will start functioning with a Bench in the capital. It will comprise
three judicial and three administrative members. The Tribunals have been
empowered to hear all appeals against Court Martial sentences and adjudicate in
service matters. It will also have powers to grant bail to any person accused of
an offence and in military custody. (PTI)


in NE remains lowest in country(SHT, 8-1-k8)


Despite constant criticism, the
credit-deposit ratio (CDR) of banks in the North Eastern region remained lowest
in the country, according to official sources here on Monday.The incremental CDR
in North East India registered a decline from 31.2 per cent in March 1997 to
26.8 per cent in March 2003, according to Reserve Bank’s report on Trend and
Progress of Banking in India, 2007. A similar trend was witnessed in the central
and eastern regions, the report said.

The regions that fared best were the
west and the south, while north India saw fluctuations in this period.The CDR,
which is the proportion of loan-assets created by banks from the deposits
received, is an indicator of credit absorption in a particular area. ….more….

forms poll panel, eyes NE(SHT, 9-1-k8)

New Delhi:

Taking the party to the election mode
ahead of polls in nine states and a possible early Lok Sabha election next year,
the BJP on Tuesday set up a 19-member Central Election Management Committee to
work out strategy and explore ways of forming state specific alliances with
smaller parties to expand the base of the NDA.

The panel, headed by BJP president
Rajnath Singh, followed an informal decision taken at a meeting at the party’s
Prime Ministerial candidate LK Advani’s residence on December 29, which was
attended by the top party leaders. ….more….


Delimitation: ‘Problem states’ to be left out(SHT, 10th January

New Delhi
Government is coming out with an ordinance soon to exclude ‘problem states’ from
the delimitation process as the exercise of redrawing constituencies has got a
green signal in most of the states.Authoritative sources said that the
government would arm itself with powers not to notify delimitation of a
particular state and the decision to this effect has been taken recently.

While the government has not named
the states to be covered by the ordinance, it is expected that it would be
applicable to Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur and Jharkhand.It is
unclear whether the assembly elections in Karnataka due by May this year would
be held as per redrawn constituencies but government sources believe that
delimitation process would be implemented after that elections. ….more….


candidates’ list in one week(SHT, 10th January

New Delhi
Boosted by the elections results in Gujrat and Himachal Pradesh, BJP is bracing
up for assembly elections in the North-East, but declaration of list of
candidates would take some time, sources said.

Talking to The Shillong Times,
Khrien Riju, MP from Aruanchal Pradesh who is dealing with the region, said that
selection of candidates for the three poll-bound states in the region would have
to wait for declaration of election dates by the Election Commission. Meanwhile,
EC sources said right now the Commission was busy with election preparations in
Karnataka. ….more….


Centre defers delimitation exercise in 4 N-E states, Jharkhand(SHT, 11-1-k8)

Next polls under redrawn constituencies(SHT,


Next elections will be held in constituencies redrawn by the delimitation
exercise under a decision taken by the Union Cabinet today.

The Cabinet adopted an ordinance to
defer the delimitation exercise in Jharkhand and four north eastern states–
Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

The delimitation process has been
completed for 3,726 assembly constituencies and 513 Lok Sabha constituencies in
the rest of the country. For it to become operational in time for the 2009
general elections, a Presidential order has to be issued.

The amendments to the Delimitation
Act, 2002, approved by the Union Cabinet, would take care of the concerns
expressed by the delimitation exercise in the four North Eastern states of
Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh due to the situation prevailing
there, Information and Broadcasting Minister P R Dasmunsi told reporters here.


may announce NE poll schedule this week


The Election Commission is expected
to announce this week the schedule for assembly polls in Meghalaya, Nagaland and
Tripura, marking the beginning of a series of electoral exercises in ten states
during the year.

The term of the present assemblies in
Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura will expire on March 10, 13 and 19 respectively.
Assembly polls in Karnataka will follow closely as they have to be held by May
but there is still lack of clarity on whether they would be held as per the
existing arrangement or on the redrawn constituencies. ….more….


Rahul prepares for campaign in N-E(SHT_19_1_k8)


Ahead of his visit to three
poll-bound states of the North-East Congress leader Rahul Gandhi held a
discussion with North East Congress Coordination Committee (NECCC) on the
election strategy.

Mr Gandhi’s visit will be separate
from that of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who will be the other star
campaigner for the elections in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland, according to an
NECCC release issued here on Friday. However, the exact dates of his visit to
the region are yet to be finalised.Mr Gandhi evinced keen interest in the state
of affairs of the party in the region, the release issued by NECCC said. During
the discussion with NECCC general secretary Shariff Laskar, he discussed the
strategy to retain power in Meghalaya and bring back the party from opposition
ruled Tripura and Meghalaya. ….more….

State CS in race for AI top
job (SHT_24_1_k8)

NEW DELHI: With a possible change in political scenario in Meghalaya,
the topmost echelon of bureaucracy in the State might also see a change with the
Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee’s name figuring for much coveted Chairman and
Managing Director’s post in Air India. The post of CMD is also falling vacant
with the present incumbent V Thulasidas retiring on March 31 this year.
Incidentally, Thulasidas, former Chief Secretary of Tripura, belonged to North
East cadre of IAS officers.

The contenders for the hot seat at the post-AI merger, the National Aviation
Company of India Limited (NACIL), offer quite a variety ranging from advocates
to senior officials from the Civil Aviation Ministry itself besides a bunch of
prominent civil servants, according to reports here. The aspirants include
besides Chattarjee, IAS official K Jairaj, Arvind Mayaram, Joint Secretary,
Department of Economic Affairs; Prabhat Chander Chaturvedi, DG, Employees State
Insurance Corporation, formerly Uttar Pradesh Joint Secretary, Civil and SN
Mohanty, Principal Secretary in the Andhra Pradesh Government. Additional
Director General of Border Security Force (BSF) Amar Pratap Singh, who has
earlier done a stint as Vigilance Director in the pre-merger Indian Airlines and
T Radha Krishnan, Principal Secretary, Tourism & Culture, Chhattisgarh are also
among applicants. ….more….

Sonia to visit NE next

NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi will campaign for her party
in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura after the completion of nomination process in
all these states.She will be camping for two days each in Meghalaya and Nagaland
while the star campaigner will be available in Left Front-ruled Tripura only for
one day, according to AICC general secretary in-charge of Meghalaya and Nagaland,
Margarat Alva. ….more….

Meghalaya yet to finalise
BPL list; credit mobilisation 2nd lowest in NE(SHT_29_1_k8)

Rural devp picture dismal
in North-East (SHT_29_1_k8)

New Delhi:
Report card of all the eight north-eastern states on rural
development, specially on DRDA front, projects a dismal picture.All the eight
states have recorded lowest credit mobilisation and disbursement, according to
the status report brought out by the Union Rural Development Ministry.The report
was released at the National Conference of Project Directors of District Rural
Development Agencies (DRDA) inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil here on
Monday. ….more….

Polls as per delimitation plan


Despite vociferous protests by a
section of the political class, delimitation of Lok Sabha and assembly
constituencies will soon be a reality with Karnataka being the first state to go
to polls, possibly by April, with a changed electoral map. According to The Time
News Network, the notification of the delimitation commission’s report is
expected soon after the decision of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs
to move ahead on recasting constituencies in keeping with the 2001 census.

According to the report, the number
of SC seats in Lok Sabha will go up from 79 to 85 and ST from 39 to 46.
Similarly, for the assemblies, SC seats will increase from 555 to 610 and ST
from 527 to 545. But CCPA has decided that certain states like Jharkhand,
Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland and Assam will be delinked from the
delimitation process. This means that the exact increase in reserved category
seats is still not entirely clear. ….more….


Delimitation likely by May

 New Delhi,
Jan 8 (IANS):
A mammoth exercise that will redraw almost all parliamentary
and state constituencies in India is waiting to be implemented if and when
President Pratibha Patil assents.The nationwide effort follows the
recommendations of the Fourth Delimitation Commission, which seeks to make more
or less uniform the voter population of all constituencies and may be
implemented by May.

On Monday, a Supreme Court bench
headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan gave the government four weeks to
reply to a petition by NGO Delhi Study Group, seeking implementation of the
commission’s recommendations.If the suggestions are implemented by May, the
string of assembly elections scheduled for this year will be fought according to
new maps – a prospect that is making many veteran politicians uneasy.


Cabinet defers delimitation in
Asom, 3 NE States
 New Delhi, Jan 10: The Union Cabinet today deferred the delimitation
exercise in four North-eastern States — Asom, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal
Pradesh — and Jharkhand by approving amendments to the Delimitation Act 2002.
The amendment would take care of the concerns expressed by the delimitation
exercise due to the situation prevailing there, Information and Broadcasting
Minister PR Dasmunsi said.
It was felt that due to the various situations prevailing in the Northeastern
States, including Asom, the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA)
decided to let it remain as it is for now, he told reporters after the Cabinet
meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. One of the objectives of the
Delimitation Commission is to ensure that the number of seats is not decreased
if not increased, he said adding the exercise has been completed in 25 States.

card not mandatory’
New Delhi, Jan 7: Facing flak on the issue of photo-identity cards in
the capital, Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna today did a u-turn on the matter,
saying carrying of ID proof by the denizens would not be mandatory. PTI

EC declares poll dates

New Delhi,
Jan. 14:
The Election
Commission today announced the dates for Assembly elections in Tripura,
Meghalaya and Nagaland.Chief election commissioner N. Gopalaswami said elections
would be held in Tripura on February 23, in Meghalaya on March 3 and in Nagaland
on March 5. Election commissioners Navin Chawla and S.Y. Quraishi were also
present. The fate of several national and regional parties will be decided for
180 Assembly seats in these three states.

announcement comes even as Nagaland is under President’s rule and under the
shadow of an “emergency” imposed by a parallel government of the militant
National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah). President’s rule was
imposed on January 4 while the NSCN (I-M) imposed its “emergency” on Sunday
under the “provisions of the Yehzabo (constitution)” which was approved
by its Bangkok-based chairman Isak Chishi Swu. ….more….


camp-in-Delhi tactic work for Manipur(TEL_7_1_K8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 6:
Public pressure
works on elected representatives and pressure from the latter works on political
bosses.After Nagaland, there may be changes in neighbouring Manipur it
appears.On January 4, President’s rule was imposed in Nagaland. By January 10,
the Congress leadership will decide on a change of leadership in Manipur.In both
cases, the tactic from the state party units has been to camp in Delhi and
prevail upon the national leadership. If Naga legislators’ pressure tactics
worked after a fortnight in the national capital, the Manipuri legislators have
been waiting in vain for two months

Even Congress
workers from Tripura have been camping here to resolve a leadership crisis
within the party in the CPM-ruled state. Fifteen Manipur legislators have been
camping here since November, insisting on the removal of Okram Ibobi Singh as
chief minister. The 16th MLA, state Congress president Gaikhangam, will arrive
late tonight. Last February, the Congress romped home with 30 seats and Ibobi
Singh began a second stint as chief minister. But rebellion started in a few
months and even Gaikhangam resigned from the cabinet. Three other ministers are
also supporting the rebels…….more….


‘States’ to escape delimitation exercise(SEX_10_1_k8)

New Delhi, Jan 9 : Government is coming out with an Ordinance soon to
exclude ‘problem States’ from the delimitation process as the exercise of
redrawing constituencies has got a green signal in most of the
States.Authoritative sources said that the Government would arm itself with
powers not to notify delimitation of a particular State and the decision to this
effect has been taken recently.
While the Government has not named the States to be covered by the Ordinance, it
is expected that it would be applicable to Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam,
Manipur and Jharkhand.It is unclear whether the Assembly elections in Karnataka
due by May this year would be held as per redrawn Constituencies but Government
sources believe that delimitation process would be implemented after that
elections. ….more….

Poll dates for 3 NE States
New Delhi, Jan 14: Assembly elections in three northeastern States of
Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland will be held on February 23, March 3 and March 5
respectively, the Election Commission today announced. Tripura and Meghalaya
will have counting on March 7 and Nagaland on March 8, Chief Election
Commissioner N Gopalaswamy told reporters. Nominations will open in Tripura on
January 30, in Meghalaya on February 8 and in Nagaland on February 9. In Tripura,
the last date for filing of nomination is February 6, while scrutiny will take
place on February 7 and the last date for withdrawal is February 9. ….more….

Barbora first PVSM winner
from North-east
NEW DELHI, Jan 25: Major Dinesh Raghu Raman of 34 RR will be
conferred the Ashok Chakra posthumously by President Pratibha Devisingh Patil at
the Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath tomorrow, while IAF’s Western Air
Command’s AOC-in-C Air Marshal Pranab Kumar Barbora is among the Param Vishist
Seva Medal (PVSM) winners — PVSM is the highest peacetime military Presidential
award. Barbora is the first from the North-east to receive this award.

Sonia, PM, Rahul to
campaign in NE
From our Correspondent
NEW DELHI, Jan 25: After consecutive defeats in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh,
the Congress is embarking on an image make-over by harnessing the services of
party general secretary Rahul Gandhi for the ensuing Assembly polls in the three
north-eastern States of Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura. Rahul Gandhi and his
close lieutenant, North-East Congress Committee general secretary S Uzaman
Laskar, have reportedly had a closed-door
meeting to effectively chalk out an election strategy to be followed for the
three States with Rahul laying stress on the party’s strategy to retain power in
Meghalaya and wresting power in Nagaland and Tripura. Rahul is likely to meet
the North-east youth leaders of the party soon, though the exact dates of his
visit to the region is yet to be finalized, party sources added. ….more….




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Assam Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

No Assam tableau in R

No Assam tableau in R-Day parade,
Gogoi orders probe(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi today asked the Chief Secretary to institute a high level inquiry as to
why the State’s tableau has not been put up in this year’s Republic Day parade
in New Delhi, said an official press release. The Chief Minister has asked Chief
Secretary P C Sarma to fix responsibility if any lapse was detected on the
officials concerned and to file the report forthwith, said an official press

Blasts, bomb recovery
mark R-Day eve(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Security in and around
Guwahati along with the rest of Assam, has been tightened to a high level on the
eve of the 59th Republic Day. Tiers of policing are in place in all the district
headquarters where official functions will take place with reports of at least
one blast and several recoveries of explosives in different parts of the
State.The administration and police have gone the extra mile to prevent any
untoward incident taking place tomorrow. Intelligence has also been beefed up to
thwart any activities of extremist elements. ……more

Our correspondents add(AST_26_1_k8)
NALBARI: Three persons were injured, and one of them critically, in an
explosion triggered by suspected ULFA militants at Nagera Chowk of Nalbari town
around 6. 15 pm today. The bomb was kept in a bicycle in front of a grocery
shop. ……more

BONGAIGAON: Police recovered a bag full of explosive materials from a bus
at Chapaguri Road in North Bongaigaon this morning. ……more
 RANGIYA: Three IEDs were recovered by Rangiya Police from Balagaon under
Rangiya PS around 1 pm from a Guwahati bound bus (AS 15 A 4786) ……more

KOKRAJHAR: An army patrol recovered an IED weighing 4 kg from the front
of R & B Civil Hospital Kokrajhar around 5 am today. ……more
 DIPHU: A Joint team of police and CRPF arrested an NDFB militant,
Maikhangsa Basumatary from the residence of Dimbeswar Basumatary of Ilapara,
Langhing last night. An M 20 pistol, two magazines and eight rounds
of ammunition were recovered from his possession.


Help to family of

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi today directed the Sonitpur district administration to invite freedom
fighters Swarnalata Mahanata and Tarun Sarma to the official Republic Day
function being held by the district administration tomorrow and also to provide
them assistance. The Chief Minister was reacting to a news item published by a
section of the print media on the plight of the two freedom fighters, which
stated that they were not provided with any assistance by the State Government
and were also not invited to the Republic Day function, said an official press
release here. ……more

Cong dominates Panchayat

 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – The Congress is
forging ahead of the rest in its way to retain power in majority of the
Panchayats of Assam. Though the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) improved its
performance from the last Panchayat polls, the regional party is still far
behind the ruling party in the race to grab powers of the rural local bodies.
Till the last reports released by the State Election Commission, more than 2440
candidates of the Congress have been elected to the Panchayats, followed by 917
of the AGP and 177 of the BJP. More than 500 Independent candidates have been
elected to the Panchayats. ……more

Parties upbeat over poll

 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – With a clear trend of
the results of the Panchayat polls emerging, all the major political parties are
maintaining a brave face. Though Congress lost grounds since the last Panchayat
polls, the party is maintaining that it managed to overcome the anti-incumbency
factor, while, on the other hand, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and BJP are
satisfied over their improved performance. Though the Congress failed to sweep
the polls as it had done last time, the APCC general secretary Dr Haren Das said
that the party was satisfied with the performance. He pointed out that barring a
few districts, the Congress was ahead of other parties almost all over the State
and “we are satisfied with the performance.” He said that in some parts of the
State, the performance of the Congress was even better than the 2006 Assembly
polls. He also said that the Congress managed to overcome the anti-incumbency
factor, which was one of the positives for the Congress. ……more

Kalaguru birth centenary(AST_30_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – To spread the message
of peace and integrity among the different communities through propagation of
the ideas of the cultural doyen of the State, Bishnu Prasad Rabha, a cultural
troupe will visit nearly forty places of the State as a part of the year-long
celebrations of birth centenary of the Kalaguru. ……more

CM urges VDP personnel
to work for society
 GUWAHATI, Jan 29 – “Village Defence Party
(VDP) will have to work constructively towards welfare of the society apart from
working in close tandem with law-enforcing agencies in maintaining law and
order,” said Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi while speaking at the 59th foundation
day of VDO and State Convention at DIET premises at Mirza in Kamrup (Rural)
district today, an official press release said. ……more

Exclusion of hill
districts from list decried
 DIPHU, Jan 29 – Disgruntled activists of
CPI(ML), KSA, KNCA, AIPWA, RYA, AISA, and KANKIS staged a dharna on Friday in
front of deputy commissioner’s office here in protest against the UPA
government’s decision to exclude Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills from the
list of the proposed 2nd State Re-organisation Commission. ……more

Decision on holding
Hailakandi poll soon
 HAILAKANDI, Jan 29 – The Election
Commissioner C K Sharma hinted that the decision regarding the holding of poll
in Hailakandi will be taken in the first week of February.  Addressing a press
conference at Hailakandi Circuit house after holding a series of meetings with
the various sections of government officials, members of political parties etc,
Sharma said that they will examine all the records and reports after going to
Guwahati and after this the decision will be taken. ……more


Kalgachia meet recalls
contributions of Rupkonwar
 KALGACHIA, Jan 29 – Under the aegis of
Jyoti Rabha Nazrul Sangha (JRNS) here, which is a popular NGO, Silpi Diwas, was
observed at Kalgachia with a solemn function paying homage to Rupkonwar Jyoti
Prasad Agarwala and recalling his contribution in the field of Assamese music
and culture. ……more

Shyampur ZPC repoll on
Feb 1
 MANGALDOI, Jan 29 – The election for GP
president, AP, GP members and also ZPC under 12 no Shyampur ZPC would be held on
February 1 next, a release issued by the DC of Darrang, Dhruba Hazarika stated.

Media Trust to celebrate
10th anniversary next year
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – The Institute of Mass
Communication and Media, run by Media Trust, Assam, will celebrate its 10th
anniversary next year, a press release said. This decision was taken at a
meeting of Media Trust presided over by Radhika Mohan Bhagawati. In this regard,
a two-day long programme is to be held with a meeting of the aluminis, release
of souvenir and some other attractive programmes. ……more

Lasting peace must for

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The need for lasting
peace in Assam and sustained development in different spheres was underscored in
the official State function celebrating the 59th Republic Day. In the function
at Judge’s Field, the Governor, Lt General (Retd) Ajai Singh, unfurled the
tricolour at 9 am sharp and inspected the guard of honour. Among the dignitaries
who attended the function were the Chief Minister, his ministers and other
senior officials of administration, police and armed forces. ……more

People throng R-Day
function in Dhemaji(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The memory of the
gruesome killing of 13 women and children in a blast during the Independence Day
celebration in 2004 is still haunting the people of Dhemaji district, but this
year, persuaded by the district administration, a large number of students
actively participated in the Republic Day programme in the district by defying
the call given by the ULFA to boycott the function. ……more


Opp urges
State poll panel to be neutral(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The Opposition parties
including the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), the Asom Gana Parishad (P),
the Samajwadi Party, RSP and the Left parties today called upon the State
Election Commission to revive the people’s faith in the democratic institutions
of the country by playing a neutral role. The appeal has come from the
Opposition parties as the counting for the Panchayat polls is slated for
tomorrow. The Opposition parties formulated a three-pronged strategy today at a
crucial meet to face the challenges thrown by the Congress and the Government.

 SC body
demands probe panel(AST_28_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – Alleging widespread
anomalies and misuse of Scheduled Caste (SC) certificates in the recently
concluded Panchayat polls in the State, the Anususit Jati Mahasabha, Assam has
demanded the State government to institute an independent enquiry commission and
book the guilty. Taking exception to the “uncivilised behaviour” allegedly meted
out to them by the State Election Commissioner CK Sarma, the Mahasabha members
have also decided to move the National Election Commission against him.

Defying boycott call,
scribes celebrate R-Day
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 — In a dauntless show of
determination to uphold the dignity of the tri-colour and defying the ULFA-KLO
backed militant boycott call, the journalists fraternity celebrated the 59th
Republic Day with great enthusiasm. Many writers and senior citizens joined the
scribes at the Guwahati Press Club in observing the Day. ……more

Swahid Divas(AST_28_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 — The State Government has
directed all the district administrations to ensure that all the educational
institutions and public sector undertakings take part in the Swahid Divas on
January 30. Like the previous years, two minutes silence would be observed on
the Day dedicated to the martyrs of the independence movement. ……more

Rabha’s birth centenary
celebration at Narayanpur
 NARAYANPUR, Jan 27 – The ceremony of Kalaguru
Bishnu Prasad Rabha will be celebrated at Narayanpur under the sponsorship of
Narayanpur Sakha Sahitya Sabha on January 31 with a day-long programme. he
celebration will continue for one year. ……more

Assam celebrates 59th
Republic Day
 GUWAHATI, Jan 27 – The 59th Republic Day was
celebrated yesterday throughout the State with pomp and gaiety despite the
boycott call given by various extremist organisations.Reports of the R-Day
celebrations, filed by our Correspondents, have poured in. ……more

President responds to
 RANGIYA, Jan 27 – In response to an e-mail
addressed to President of India Pratibha Devi Singh Patil by a local scribe of
an English daily, regarding the issue of dilapidated road condition of Rangiya,
the former responded and asked the State Chief Secretary to act in this regard.


VDP State
 MIRZA, Jan 27 – The 59th convention of All
Assam Village Defence Party (VDP) would be held here at Mirza. The two-day
programme, to begin tomorrow, would be graced by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi who
would release the souvenir on the concluding day. The workshop of the
representatives to be held on the inaugural day would be inaugurated by
Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta, Chief Controller of Assam Village Defence Party. ……more

Cong ahead in Panchayat

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – The process of
counting of the votes of the Panchayat polls started this morning and with the
trends available so far, the Congress candidates are doing better than their
opponents in most parts of Assam. However, a clear picture will emerge only
tomorrow as the counting process is turning out to be a slow one as electronic
voting machines were not used for the polls to the rural local bodies. ……more

West Bengal in NE?

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Again an attempt has
allegedly been made to dilute the interest of the NE states. The map drawn by
the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the largest confederation of the
country’s industry and commerce organisations, for the purpose of the North East
Investment Summit it held last month in the city has shown West Bengal also as a
part of the NE region. ……more

Call to speed up NE

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi on Monday said that simply development, which is not inclusive at all
would not help in facing the challenge of identity related conflicts and other
related anxieties showing up in Assam as well as in some other North Eastern
States. Addressing a distinguished gathering after inaugurating a two-day
national workshop on the theme of Identity and Development: The twin challenges
in India’s North East organized by the Centre for Development and Peace Studies,
Gogoi stressed the need for all encompassing development, devolution of power
and transparent governance to cope with the identity related problems. ……more


Air Marshal PK Barbora awarded

 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Air Marshal Pranab
Kumar Barbora, who was decorated with the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) for
his outstanding services, is the first defence officer from the North-east to be
honoured with the award. Air Marshal Barbora, currently holding the post of Air
Officer Command-in-Chief, Western Air Command, is among the 30 PVSM awardees
recommended by President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil this year. ……more

 Political parties wary
of counting process
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Though all the
Opposition political parties, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam
Pradesh, would like to keep their fingers crossed over the outcome of the
Panchayat polls counting, the parties are, however, apprehensive about the
counting process. ……more

Nyshi council to move PM
over demands
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – The Nyshi Federal
Council will submit a three-point memorandum to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh
during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh scheduled for January 30.

The organization said that it wanted a review of free power share from the
existing 12%to 17% with Central PSUs in Arunachal Pradesh. ……more

Assam celebrates R-Day
with fanfare and gaiety
 GUWAHATI, Jan 28 – Despite the boycott
call by various ultra groups, the 59th Republic Day the day was celebrated
across the State with fanfare and enthusiasm.
Reports of the celebration filed by our correspondents are pouring is from
various places of

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

Relaxation likely to NE
media houses(AST_23_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 – The Union Information
and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi today
said that he would take up the issue of allowing special relaxations to the
media houses based in the North East region. The Union Minister, while speaking
on the third anniversary function of local vernacular newspaper ‘Ajir Dainik
Batori’ here said, “ Though I cannot promise or announce anything at this
moment, but nevertheless, I want to assure you that a meeting would soon be
convened to entertain the long-standing demand of the local newspapers in the
region for special allocation of advertisement revenue under the Directorate of
Advertising and Visual Publicity.” ……more

Mafia group behind PIL,
says Himanta(AST_23_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 22 — State’s Health
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today alleged that a mafia group, which was bent on
discrediting the State, was behind the Supreme Court case filed against him by
BJP MP Sukhdeo Paswan. The petition of the BJP MP was, however, dismissed by the
Apex Court yesterday for suppressing some major facts. ……more

Nalbari teachers without
salaries for three months
 NALBARI, Jan 22 – Strong resentment
prevails among the teachers and employees over non-payment of monthly salaries
to teachers and employees of different Primary Middle Vernacular (MV) and Middle
English (ME) schools under Pub-Nalbari Block Elementary Education office for the
last three months. ……more

Assam agitation leader
joins Cong
 DUNI, Jan 22 – Gajen Bora of Joypur
village near here, who was a frontline student leader during the Assam
agitation, joined the Congress along with his followers.Earlier, Bora was an
active member of AGP. Besides Bora, more than 25 citizens of Duni, Tengera and
Barpathar villages under Duni GP also joined the Congress recently, informed
Gopi Kanta Deka secretary, Duni Mandal Congress Committee. ……more

Security stepped up for
Republic Day(AST_24_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 23 – The police has taken
over all the parade grounds where Republic Day celebrations will take place to
prevent militants from planting explosives, while, all district police forces
have been alerted following an intelligence input about efforts by jehadi
elements to sneak into the State to indulge in acts of violence. Police sources
said that the threat of jehadi attacks is not only for the Republic Day as there
were inputs that such elements would try to create disturbance in the month of
January. ……more


Body recovered
 GUWAHATI, Jan 23 – The body of an
unidentified young girl was recovered from a Hindu crematorium under Dispur
police station today. Police said the body was found buried, which raised
suspicion. The body has been sent for post-mortem


demanded in entire Hailakandi district
 HAILAKANDI, Jan23 – The Secretary of the
State Election Commission, Dr. Anwar Uddin Choudhury recently met the members of
all the political parties and various organisations of Hailakandi and listened
to their opinions regarding the large-scale violence and mismanagements on the
day of panchayat polls in Hailakandi district. ……more

 ‘Gogoi Govt not using
rural devp funds properly’
 DUNI, Jan 23 – The participation of Dr
Zoli Nath Sarma, former AGP MLA of Sipajhar LAC in the poll campaign has
motivated the AGP workers and supporters of Duni-Dipila area.Addressing an
election meeting held at Dipila on January 18, Dr Sarma alleged that Gogoi
government has not utilised the rural development funds properly, but utilised
it for the benifit of some Congressmen. ……more

Cachar dist LP teachers threaten strike(AST_24_1_k8)
 SILCHAR, Jan 23 – LP school teachers in
Cachar district have threatened to go on strike from this month itself if their
salaries which are pending for the last two months are not paid within January
25. This was stated in a memorandum submitted by the teachers to the deputy
inspector of schools Abdul Wahid recently. ……more

Breakthrough in MLA
assault case
 GAURIPUR, Jan 23 – The Gauripur police
arrested Nurul Azam Sarkar (Lubu), Amjad Ali, both candidates for ZP seat from
Madhusoulmari GP under Gauripur LAC and Abdur Rahim Sheikh, a Grade IV employee
of Gauripur ……more


75 pc voter turnout in Darrang
Panchayat polls(AST_25_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Darrang district,
where Panchayat polls were held as part of the fourth phase of elections,
recorded a voter turnout of 75 per cent till 5.30 pm, according to the State
Election Commission. The percentage may go up as a large number of voters were
still waiting to exercise their franchise in front of polling stations.

Govt to hand over
research projects to GU(AST_25_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Chief Minister Tarun
Gogoi today announced the decision of the State Government to hand over two
research projects to the Gauhati University and one to Dr AC Bhagawati, former
Vice Chancellor of Arunachal University. An official release said here that the
research projects to be handed over the Gauhati University are “ Effects of
climate changes in Assam” and “effect of change of river courses in Assam”. The
release said that Dr Bhagawati would be given the project of “Issues on
inter-community and inter-cultural relation in Assam”. ……more


Poll counting date rescheduled
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 — In continuation of the
Assam State Election Commission’s notification No.SEC 82/2007/Pt/13, dated
November 27, 2007, the Commission has refixed the date of counting of Panchayat


Firing probe
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24: The State Government has
appointed Justice PG Agarwal, retired Judge of the Gauhati High Court, to
investigate into the police firing in the Lakhipur area of Goalpara district on
January 2, official sources said here. – Staff Reporter

R-Day boycott(AST_25_1_k8)
 HOWRAGHAT, Jan 24: The Autonomous State
Demand Committee, Karbi Nimso Chingthur Asong and Karbi Students’ Association
have jointly decided to boycott the Republic Day celebrations on January 26 in
Karbi Anglong, contending that the republic is incomplete without implementation
of Article 244(A) of the Constitution. – Correspondent


 GUWAHATI, Jan 24: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
today announced a State Government incentive of Rs 50,000 for Arnab Kakoty, who
has been appointed as a junior scientist by the NASA. Gogoi hoped that Arnab’s
stint at the NASA would be highly fruitful. – Staff Reporter


Independents demand CBI probe into Lakhipur firing
 GUWAHATI, Jan 24 – Criticising the Congress
government for “curbing” the democratic rights of the people of Goalpara
district by postponing Panchayat elections, the Independent Candidates Forum,
Goalpara demanded a CBI probe into the Lakhipur firing that killed eight persons
and injured over 20 on January 2. ……more

Cong expected to win ZPs;
lose many AP, GP seats in Jonai
24 – Along with six districts of the State the
Jonai sub-division under Dhemaji district of North Assam too conducted the first
phase of panchayat election on December 31 last. Election was conducted in Jonai
in its only anchalik panchayat (Murkong Selek) which is divided into two ZPC
segments including 15 gaon panchayats under Jonai block. ……more
President’s Medal for 9
Assam policemen(AST_26_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Nine Assam Police
personnel have been awarded the Presidents Police Medal for gallantry, Republic
Day 2008. In addition, six persons have been chosen for the President’s Police
Medal for meritorious service besides three police officers for distinguished
service. Those honoured for gallantry are Kamal Kumar Gupta (DSP), Ruhindranath
Changmai (OC), Naba Kumar Bora (OC), Dhiraj Choudhury (Constable), Soda Tisso
(Constable), Asim Swargiary (Adl SP), Bir Bikram Gogoi (Adl SP), Biraj Mohan
Baruah (DSP) and Jayanta Kalita (OC). ……more

Indifference of locals irks probe

 GUWAHATI, Jan 25 – Though the State
Government is pinning its hopes on the one-man judicial commission under Justice
(retd) Manisana Singh to unearth lapses during the November 24 Beltola clash and
fix responsibility for the same, the latter, however, is annoyed at the
indifferent attitude of the local residents. Sources in the commission told
The Assam Tribune
that even though the commission a couple of days back sent
the secretary of Justice Manisena on behalf of the commission, to convince a few
more local residents to give account of the November 24 clash before it, there
was hardly any takers to the call. ……more

 DIBRUGARH, Jan 25: Tea garden workers of
Doomurdolong tea estate under Moran PS in Sivasagar district led by the
activists of the Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association today vandalized the
manager’s office and left the tea garden manager Mukshedur Rahman and two of his
assistants wounded, allegedly for misuse of workers’ dues, police said. – Staff


AGP(P) dist women’s wing formed
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 25 – The Dibrugarh district unit of the AGP(P) during its
convention at the Natya Mandir on Wednesday formed a 41 member district unit of
the Jatiya Mahila Parishad to strengthen the organisational base of the party.

70 pc turnout in 1st
phase of Panchayat polls(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The first phase of
Panchayat polls held in seven districts of Assam passed off peacefully today,
according to official sources, with the average voting percentage hovering
around 70. The voting percentage may go up after receipt of information from the
interior places. No major incidents have been reported from any of the polling
stations, and the only difficulties experienced were a few polling officials
failing to discharge their duties and mistakes in some ballot papers. ……more

New Year celebrated with

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Guwahati city tonight
welcomed the year 2008 and people made a beeline to the hotels and restaurants
with their family members and friends to celebrate the occasion. The City
Police, on the other hand, intensified security measures in and around the city
and also asked the various student and other organisations to abide by the
prescribed norms during the December 31 celebration. ……more

Valley Award for Nagen Saikia(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Eminent litterateur
and former Member of Parliament Dr Nagen Saikia has been chosen for the
prestigious Assam Valley Literary Award for the year 2007. The Award, instituted
by the Williamson Magor Education Trust, will be presented to Dr Saikia in a
function to be held in Guwahati in March, 2008. ……more

Poll boycott fails to
evoke response(AST_1_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Dec 31 – A large number of
people thronged to their respective polling stations in the district to cast
their vote in the panchayat elections today despite the poll boycott called by
six different communities seeking scheduled status. Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha
president and former Dibrugarh MP, Paban Singh Ghatowar told The Assam
here this evening that he is elated by the large turnout at the
polling booths today. "This only proves that democracy thrives in the grassroots
in our country. The voters deserve full credit for ensuring peaceful polls," he
said. He added that today’s large turnout is an indicator to a Congress victory
at the panchayat elections in upper Assam, and that a similar picture could
emerge elsewhere in the state too. ……more

Governor greets people(AST_1_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – State Governor Lt Gen (Retd)
Ajai Singh, has extended his greetings to the people on the occasion of New
Year. In his New Year message to the State the Governor has also asked the
citizens to pledge to work individually and contribute towards building a
strong, developed and peaceful Assam. ……more

Magazine nominates 10 as
persons of the year
Dec 31 – Assamese monthly youth magazine
Jeevan today announced names of its ten nominees who have been selected as the
State’s persons of the year 2007.Addressing a press conference here this noon,
editor of the two-and-a-half-year old magazine Suresh Ranjan Gaduka said that
the nomination was made on the basis of these persons’ role in various fields.
These persons gave a special dimension to the Assamese society, he said.

Ashok Saikia’s death
GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The members of the Lawyers’
Association, Guwahati, has condoled the demise of Ashok Saikia, IAS, a
distinguished bureaucrat and former Director, Asian Development Bank, Manila.

Sports-culture fest
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The concluding function of
the XII Assam Sports and Cultural festival, 2007, organized on the occasion of
the 93rd birth anniversary of late sportsperson and freedom fighter Premoda
Kanta Sarma, was held in the city on December 26. ……more

Security tightened in
Karimganj for panchayat polls
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – The Karimganj district
police administration beefed up security in and around the entire district to
avoid any untoward incident during the panchayat polls. ……more

Electioneering reaches
crescendo at Palashbari
 MIRZA, Dec 31 – Electioneering for the second
phase of panchayat polls to be held on January 4 has gained momentum for the
three district councillor seats, including ten gaon panchayat seats in
Palashbari constituency. ……more

Tough fight for Cong in
Bandarmari panchayat
 TEZPUR, Dec 31 – While all the parties such
as Congress, AGP and BJP including independent candidate are seen busy in
conducting poll campaigns for drawing attention of the voters of Bandarmari
Panchayat of Biohuguri ZPC under Barchala Constituency of Sonitpur district, the
ruling Congress party particularly is facing tough challenges from Opposition
parties. ……more

Jania MLA hopeful of
winning all 4 ZPC seats
 KALGACHIA, Dec 31 – In view of the upcoming
panchayat polls, Jania MLA Abdul Khaleque called a press meet on Sunday at
Kalgachia Rajiv Bhawan at a time when the alert sections of the people in Jania
LAC have been seen to evoke a mixed response over the selection of Congress
candidates nominated as competent to overcome the challenge posed by AUDF
candidates. ……more


conducts integration tour
 GOALPARA, Dec 31 – A national integration
tour was conducted by the 3rd Battalion of Sikh Regiment Red Horns Division from
December 17 to 30 for school students in association with the district
administration. Twenty students along with two teachers were taken to New Delhi
and Amritsar as part of the tour. ……more

Ramcharani ZPC may
witness triangular fight
 AZARA, Dec 31 – With the panchayat elections
around the corner, campaigning by different political parties has gained
momentum at 16 No Ramcharani Zila Parishad seat under Kamrup (M) district.

Corruption CPM panchayat
poll plank in Jania LAC
 KALGACIA, Dec 31 – In view of the panchayat
elections, CPI -M has named its candidates to contest panchayat polls in Jania
LAC under Barpeta district. The party has provided its candidature to retired
head teacher Abu Bakkar Siddique to fight the battle in Haladhiya ZPC, which is
only one out of four ZPCs in the Assembly constituency. ……more

AUDF resents ‘communal’
 HOJAI, Dec 31 – Sirajuddin Ajmal, Jamunamukh
MLA and brother of AUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, addressing a series of election
meetings said that after two-and-a-half years AUDF will secure majority in State
Assembly and the Chief Minister will be from their party as people belonging to
various communities in Assam have lent support to it because of AUDF’s secular
character. ……more


627 papers
filed at Badarpur
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – A total of six hundred and
twenty-seven nomination papers have been filed in Badarpur block for 120 posts
of gaon panchayat. This is a record in the history of panchayat polls, stated
the district election officers. ……more

Letter throws up scam
clue(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Jan. 11:
An “H” on the
letterhead of an education department communiqué to the state exchequer seeking
disbursal of Rs 214 lakh helped officials detect a scam in the nick of time.
Since the letter came from the elementary education department, the letterhead
should have had a capital “E” instead of “H”, which stands for the higher
secondary education department.

hits back at AGP(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Jan. 11:
The Congress
today batted for Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, hitting out against the AGP’s
verbal bouncers that equated his conduct with that of a “boorish and arrogant”
Australian captain Ricky Ponting. The party described the AGP’s diatribe as
“underarm” bowling and “lacking” in cricketing knowledge.



buck stops at SP door (TEL, 12-1-k8)

Poll commissioner seeks officer’s
transfer; no repoll for now

(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Jan. 11
: The state
election commission today came down hard on the Hailakandi administration and
sought the transfer of superintendent of police A.K. Tiwari for the
unprecedented violence in the district during the third phase of panchayat
elections on Wednesday. Speaking to the media this evening, state election
commissioner C.K. Sharma defended the commission’s role and blamed Tiwari and
additional deputy commissioner H.K. Nath for the violence. He ruled out
repolling in the district till a semblance of normality returned.



plea for Hailakandi (TEL,13-1-k8)

Jan. 12:
The Opposition
parties in Hailakandi today rejected the state election commission’s decision to
hold repoll in 309 booths and reiterated their demand for fresh elections in all
the 621 polling stations of the district under adequate security.

The parties,
under the banner of Ganatantrik Adhikar Surakhya Mancha, had also enforced a
bandh in Hailakandi yesterday to demand repolling in the entire district.


Free-for-all after election mockery(TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan. 10:
At least 19
people were injured as supporters of panchayat candidates clashed in Hailakandi
a day after polling officials made a bonfire of ballot boxes, reducing the final
phase of rural elections in Assam to a farce.Army and paramilitary forces were
out on the streets of Ratakandi after supporters of two candidates indulged in
rioting. Two shops were looted, as many houses set ablaze and five more
partially damaged. All 19 injured, including nine women, were admitted to
Hailakandi Civil Hospital.

Opposition draws a parallel between panchayat polls and Sydney farce (TEL,11-1-

Guwahati, Jan.
10: If the Aussies have Ricky Ponting, Assam has an equally “arrogant” Tarun
Gogoi, or so the AGP thinks. Cricket’s bitter acrimony — and vocabulary — today
entered Assam politics with the AGP accusing the chief minister of being
“arrogant” and “boorish”, the exact words used to describe the Australian
cricket captain.

Post-harvest festival begins with a frown(TEL_15-1-k8)

Jan. 14:
The granaries are full, as
are the storehouses, but every time Indra Mohan Das looks at his harvested
field, he feels a stab of pain.His courtyard, of course, smells of sandohguri
and doi — but for him it is the smell of an impending season of
emptiness.As the rest of the state dances around the meji, farmers in
Cachar crease their brows, only wishing that Bihu would be as carefree for them,
too. The fertile soil in the district that yields 190,000 tonne of rice in the
monsoon alone turns barren as soon as the skies dry up.


Gogoi backs 4 Corps for hills(TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Jan. 1:
Assam chief
minister Tarun Gogoi today said the twin districts of North Cachar Hills and
Karbi Anglong should be brought under the 4 Corps based in Tezpur from the
Rangapahar-based 3 Corps in Dimapur.


Orissa thorn pricks BJP (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Jan. 1:
The Nagaland unit
of the BJP believes external factors could make or break its chances in the
ensuing Assembly elections. While it was hoping that the party’s “magnificent
win” in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh would fan a wave in its favour across
Nagaland, it was also worried that attacks on Christians in Orissa could have a
negative impact on the party in Nagaland, a predominantly Christian state.


whiff in civic board (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Jan. 1:
The BJP has accused the chairperson of the Congress-led Dhubri Municipal Board,
Sumitra Ghose, of favouritism and misappropriation of funds meant for the
development of slum areas. Seven BJP ward commissioners have expressed
resentment over non-allotment of slum development funds to their wards by the
state government in October.

panel, new ideas (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

The newly constituted executive committee of the All Assam Madarssa Students’
Barak Valley
unit is banking on a slew of new ideas to take madarssa education to the next

to steal ST thunder(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Jan. 2:
Buoyed by the high
turnout in the first phase of panchayat polls despite a boycott call, the ruling
Congress is gearing up to “hijack” the ST movement from the organisations that
have been troubling the government with bandhs and blockades.


Congress targets Nagaland with eye on the past(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Jan. 3:
When New Delhi
sneezes, Kohima freezes, goes a joke in Nagaland. The sublime political message
in it is, however, not lost in the banter. The powers that be in New Delhi —
more precisely the Congress — has time and again scuttled elected governments in
the state by imposing President’s rule.



Congress targets Nagaland with eye on the past(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Jan. 3:
When New Delhi
sneezes, Kohima freezes, goes a joke in Nagaland. The sublime political message
in it is, however, not lost in the banter. The powers that be in New Delhi —
more precisely the Congress — has time and again scuttled elected governments in
the state by imposing President’s rule. Call it a quirk of fate or political
manoeuvring, the Congress, except once after the Emergency, managed to win the
popular mandate after central rule despite public outcry.



Cong not
averse to brief stint (TEL, 5-1-08)

Imkong ready if Nagaland governor invites him to form govt

(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Jan. 4:
The Congress is
not ruling out a brief stint in power in Nagaland given the fact that the
Assembly has not been dissolved. The 60-member House was put in suspended
animation when President’s rule took effect. The leader of the Congress
Legislature Party, I. Imkong, said he would extend his stay in

New Delhi
till Monday. He will attend the meeting of the screening committee that will
finalise the list of party candidates for elections in the state.



Gogoi resumes poll campaign(TEL_ 6_1_k8)

Jan. 5:
A day after
cancelling his tour to the Barak Valley, chief minister Tarun Gogoi criticised
his political rivals while campaigning for the third phase of the panchayat
elections slated for Wednesday.


called in for rural election(TEL_7_1_K8)

Jan. 6:
The army will form
the outer ring of security during panchayat elections in the tribal belt of
south Assam, the first known instance of troops being deployed for a rural poll.
When Assam sought more central forces to tackle a militant group that was said
to be planning to disrupt polling in Hailakandi district on Wednesday,

immediately fell back on the army. Troops from the 57 Mountain Division have
since taken over security in areas categorised as “sensitive”.



Minister jibe at AUDF for riot(TEL_7_1_K8)

Jan. 6
: Asssam health
minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today blamed the AUDF for last week’s disturbances
in Goalpara district but stopped short of naming the party saying people
“understood” who was behind the trouble. He, however, was categorical that the
AUDF was trying to gain political mileage from the police firing that left eight
persons dead on January 2. “A third force enjoying direct patronage of a
political party is behind the incidents of violence in Goalpara district,” Sarma
told journalists in Dhubri.


Muscles speak at poll rallies(TEL, 8-1-08)

Cong-AUDF clash in last campaign leg(TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Jan. 7:
Two days before
they clash in the final battle of ballots in the rural heartland, Congress and
Assam United Democratic Front workers let their muscles do the talking at poll
rallies in Nagaon today, leaving nine persons injured.



faces mob fury & bribery slur(TEL_9_1_k8)

Jan. 8:
A legislator who
may have been surreptitiously doling out blankets and money to panchayat voters
last night was critically injured in an attack by workers of rival parties in
Assam’s Dhubri district. The bitterly fought electoral battle descended into
anarchy elsewhere in the district, too. An Opposition candidate was reported
abducted and two more got a taste of the ruling party’s allegedly liberal use of
muscle power in the run-up to the final phase of polling tomorrow.



Jamir not to contest state polls(TEL_9_1_k8)

Jan. 8:
Goa Governor and
former Nagaland chief minister S.C. Jamir, who has been the face of the Congress
in the state for past several decades, will not contest in the ensuing Assembly
elections. His name does not figure in the list of 40 candidates finalised by
the AICC screening committee headed by Margaret Alva in New Delhi last night.
Jamir has not been named even for his home constituencies — Mokokchung town and


burn in poll staff rage(TEL_10_1_k8)

Attacked by goons, election personnel make bonfire of materials in

Hailakandi, Jan. 9:
Assam today made electoral history of the most dubious kind when officials on
panchayat poll duty made a bonfire of ballot boxes and other election materials
to protest the administration’s failure to protect them from groups out to rig
votingOfficial sources said nearly 100 polling officials were injured, one of
them critically, in the attacks since last night. A policeman was injured, too.

Sabha sets April deadline(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
Asam Sahitya Sabha,
the apex literary organisation of the state, has set April 14 as the deadline
for using Assamese as the official language. Sabha president Kanak Sen Deka said
they would launch a non-cooperation movement if the government failed to
implement the Official Language Act within three months. .



fight reaches court(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
The political
fight in Nagaland today moved to the courtroom with a division bench of Gauhati
High Court asking the central and state governments to file their replies on a
writ petition challenging the imposition of President’s rule in the state on or
before January 25.The petition was filed by Nagaland People’s Front (NPF). .



provides training to unemployed youths
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 14: The 55
Engineer Regiment of Dah Division, organized a function on Jan 12 at Dinjan to
mark the culmination of training for poor and unemployed youth of nearby
villages. .

Engti visits Howraghat to
monitor output development
 HOWRAGHAT, Jan 14: The Asom Hills Area Development (HAD) Minister
Kharsing Engti visited the Howraghat Legislative Assembly Constituency here on
Sunday to monitor the infrastructure development works done.

to protect Majuli may lead to violent situation’
GUWAHATI, Jan 14: The
Majuli Island Protection And Development Council (MIPADC) in an open letter to
the chairman of the Brahmaputra Board has vehemently condemned the indifferent
attitude of the Board in solving the problem of erosion, which has been
threatening the very existence of the world’s largest river island. .


BJP entered into pre-poll
understanding with AUDF’
 GUWAHATI, Jan 16: State BJP unit president Ramen Deka had stated in the
run-up to the panchayat polls that his party would work towards rooting out
three Cs — the Congress party, Communists and Communalism — from the State in
future elections. .


office set on fire
From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, Jan 16: An office of the Bodoland People’s Forum (BPF) was burnt down
by an irate mob at Mukuldang under Gossaigaon police station today. This comes a
day after three youths, allegedly from the camp, physically assaulted a villager
at Batabari in Simbargaon under Kokrajhar police station last evening.


Attack on BPF youth cell chief condemned
From our Correspondent
UDALGURI, Jan 16: The alleged attack on Bodo Peoples Front (BPF) youth cell
chief Kabi Ranjan Brahma at Bhatarmari tiniali in Kokrajhar district on January
14 has evoked a widespread condemnation among the people in the Bodoland
Territorial Council (BTC) region. .

pins blame on security goof-ups
 SILCHAR, Jan 16: “I was
not in any way involved in the violence in the panchayat polls. Nor was any of
the members of the Congress were involved in any poll violence. The violence
took place due to serious security lapses”, Minister of Excise and Border Area
Development, Gautom Roy told media persons today at the Circuit House. .


SEC may order fresh polls
in Hailakandi
 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: The State Election Commission (SEC) today indicated
that fresh elections might be held in the entire Hailakandi district where
large-scale violence was reported during panchayat polls held in the district in
the third phase on January 9 last.
State Election Commissioner CK Sarma said that the SEC was considering to hold
fresh elections in Hailakandi district and the final decision would be taken
after discussing the matter with the State Government. .


Leaders now lock horns in Darrang(SEN_19_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: With three
phases of the panchayat polls in the State over, the focus is on Darrang
district which will go to polls on January 24. Leaders of all main political
parties have made a beeline to the district in their efforts to woo the
electorate, with campaigning reaching a feverish pitch. .


After panchayat polls,
turn of RS now
 GUWAHATI, Jan 18: The panchayat polls are
almost over with elections only left for Darrang district which will go to polls
on January 24. But new equations have already begun among political parties,
this time for the three Rajya Sabha seats, due to fall vacant in the first week
of May. Elections for these three seats, in all probability, will be held in

Asom bans import of
18: The State Government today imposed a ban on the movement of poultry and
poultry products across the inter-State and the international border. The
decision was taken in an emergency meeting held at Dispur today. The meeting was
attended by high-level officials of the Animal Husbandry, Health, Forest, Public
Health and Home Departments.


Security beefed up ahead of R-Day
 JORHAT, Jan 18: In view of Intelligence reports indicating possibility
of subversive activities in the run-up to Republic Day on January 26, security
has been beefed up in the district. The police have stepped up vigil in Jorhat,
Mariani, Teok, Titabor and adjoining areas. Sniffer dogs have been pressed into
service in certain localities in the town and also outside.

groups turning sar areas into a safe haven for criminals’
Congress Govt weak towards minorities: HYCP

 NAGAON, Jan 18: Taking
advantage of the alleged ‘weakness’ of the present Congress-led Government for
the religious minority community as well as the Jehadi groups, the different
Maulabadi extremist groups are spreading their tentacles in different parts of
the State at an alarming rate, particularly in the religious minority-dominated
areas and in sar areas, alleged Brajen Kakoti, president, Hindu Yuva Chatra
Parishad (HYCP), Asom. .

Khasis living in KA cannot claim land as their own: Ingti
 HAMREN, Jan 18: Biren
Singh Ingti, sitting Member of Parliament, paid a visit to the border areas of
Meghalaya-Karbi Anglong recently to take stock of situation and to inquire into
the needs of the people living in the border areas. He was accompanied by MLA
from 20 Baithalangso LAC constituency Dr Mansing Rongpi, MAC from Socheng
constituency, Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) Ms Bina Ranghangpi, KAAC
member and Bidya Sing Teron, chairman of the Forest Board, KAAC and secretary of
the district Congress, Karbi Anglong. .



tableaux in R-Day function in Delhi

Institute probe panel: CM
to CS


By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Jan 25: Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has asked Chief Secretary PC Sarma
to institute a high-level inquiry into the matter as to why the State’s tableaux
is not being put in this year’s Republic Day function in New Delhi and submit
the report forthwith.
According to Government sources, the Chief Minister has taken the matter
seriously and asked the Chief Secretary to probe into the matter to find out the
lapses, if any, and to fix responsibility on the officials concerned.



sanctions Rs 11.77 crore for Barak Valley
KARIMGANJ, Jan 25: People
of the Barak Valley region are enthusiastic about the sanction of Rs 11.77 crore
by the Ministry of Road Transport for the construction of the Jowai-Badarpur
road under NH-44, which is severely affected by landslides.
Official sources said that the Border Road Organization (BRO) has started the
work. However, observers expressed doubt over the satisfactory execution of the
work in view of past experiences of the people. They said that the work need to
be monitored properly otherwise all efforts may go in vain.



Republic Day boycott in KA
Jan 25: The Autonomous State Demand Committee (ASDC), Karbi Nimso Chingthur
Asong (KNCA) and Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) have jointly decided to
boycott the Republic Day celebration on January 26 in Karbi Anglong. Sources
said that the organizations claimed that the Republic Day is incomplete without
implementation of Article 244(A) of the Constitution.


questions: Is violence during festivals acceptable? No is the answer
GUWAHATI, Jan 14: Yesterday’s grenade explosion in Paltan Bazaar area of
the city, suspected to be carried out by the recalcitrant ULFA brings to the
fore a major question: Is violence during festivals acceptable?. The ULFA
otherwise claims to be fighting for the liberation of the Asomiya race from
“Indian colonial rule”, but orchestrates such henious attacks when the Asomiya
people are in a festive mood to celebrate Bhogali Bihu, one of the biggest
festivals of the community. ……more


Public beat up MLA in Gauripur
MLA was allegedly distributing cash, blankets among voters
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Gauripur
MLA Mohibul Haque, an associate member of the ruling Congress, and one Sahidur
Rahman were critically injured in a pre-panchayat poll violence in Dhubri
district late last night. Haque and Rahman have been shifted to the Gauhati
Medical College Hospital (GMCH).

Poll violence at its peak in
Dhubri district has been witnessing a series of poll-related violence since
yesterday when the campaign for the third phase of panchayat polls came to an
Five persons were injured and two motorcycles damaged when the supporters of
Congress candidate Sohor Bibi and independent candidate Joynab Bibi clashed at
Bhakatpara constituency last night. The husband of Sohor Bibi, Jakir Hussain,
was reportedly abducted by miscreants last night. Sagolia police arrested four
persons in this regard.


Nine subdivisions go to panchayat polls today
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Nine
subdivisions, both sadar and civil, of Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari,
Nagaon, a part of Morigaon, Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts will go
to panchayat polls in the third phase tomorrow amid tight security arrangement
in view of the Congress-AUDF clashes in various parts of the State. As many as
4,26,589 voters will decide the fate of the record number of 37,893 candidates
in the nine subdivisions.

JAMA hits out at CTSA
GUWAHATI, Jan 8: Janogosthiya
Aikya Mancha, Assam (JAMA) chief convenor Birinchi Neog today said the six
communities seeking ST status do not need any certificate from the Centre for
Tribal Studies, Assam (CTSA) to get their demand fulfilled. Neog was reacting to
the CTSA’s comment yesterday that the State Government should give c


BJP and AUDF indulging in communalism: Gogoi
KALGACHIA, Jan 8: At a
time when there remains only two days for the third phase of the panchayat polls
in Barpeta district on January 9, campaigning in Jania LAC has reached its peak,
with the helicopters of Badruddin Ajmal and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi landing
here to address public meetings at different places in a bid to woo the voters.
A kind of undeclared battle is going on in this LAC among the workers of various
parties especially the Congress and the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF).



Repolling held in 10 polling stations

DIBRUGARH, Jan 8: Re-polls for
panchayat elections in ten polling stations (PS) in Dibrugarh district was held
today. The polling stations in question are PS 10 Rajabheta LP School and PS 3
Japaragaon LP School in Barbarua, PS 3 Digboimukh LP School in Tengakhat, PS 3
Teliapathar LP School, PS 5 Jogesh Gohain LP School and PS 3 Gajporia ME School
in Khowang, PS 3A Digholia LP School and PS 3 Dhadumia LP School in Tingkhong,
PS 3 Maijan Bagicha Mazdoor Club and PS 4 Maijan Bagicha LP School in Lahoal.The
turnout of the poll was 71 per cent in the district.


Election fever in Tihu Zila Parishad

NALBARI, Jan 8: The panchayat
election fever has gripped the people of Tihu Barana and its outskirts in
Nalbari district. Workers and leaders of different political parties including
the ruling Congress, AGP, BJP and other Independent candidates have stepped up
their election campaign by putting up hoardings, banners and posters.
Candidates with their supporters have launched door to door campaign to woo the
voters. Offices for monitoring the electioneering have also been opened in every
nook and corner of the villages.


Panchayat elections create ‘festive’ mood in Barak Valley!

Congress to face tough challenge from BJP and AUDF
SILCHAR, Jan 8: In glaring
contrast to the poetic listlessness of winter, there has been a surge of
activities all around as political parties, their leaders and workers fastened
their belts for the toughest battle scheduled on Wednesday. The rural valley
dotted with villages in the hills and plains looked festive with rows of party
festoons, banners, flags and graffiti in multicolour seemed to dislodge each
other in art and imagination, the objective being to woo the voters.



Violence mars 3rd phase of polls
Poll personnel set poll materials afire in Hailakandi; firing in Dhubri,
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Violence
in Dhubri district leading to police firing and the Barak Valley today marred
the third phase of the panchayat polls in Asom, which otherwise saw about 70 per
cent voting. Miscreants fired at poll personnel in Hailakandi district, snatched
ballot boxes and fled.

Heavy turnout despite violence
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Barring
Karimganj and Hailakandi districts where incidents of large-scale violence were
reported during the third phase of panchayat polls today, the voter turnout in
other districts was about 74 per cent.



Nagaland PR challenged in Gauhati High Court
Imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland was challenged at the Gauhati High
Court today which issued notices to the Centre and fixed February 5 as the next
hearing. Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) leader and MLA Yivatchu filed the writ
petition on behalf of the outgoing Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) before
the High Court.


Empty ballot boxes recovered near strong room
TEZPUR, Jan 9: Hundreds of
empty ballot boxes were recovered near Darrang College in Tezpur. It may be
mentioned here that a strong room has been set up at the precincts of the
college to store ballot boxes. Tezpur had gone to polls during the second phase
of panchayat elections on January 4 last.



Cong behind attack on me: Haque
Independent but associate Congress MLA from Gauripur Mohibul Haque, who was a
staunch supporter of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi both inside and outside the
State Assembly, today said that the Congress was behind the attack on him on
January 7 night at Naidar village near Gauripur. Haque even named the Congress
leaders who led the mob that assaulted him physically for about four hours.


Asomiya as State language: AXX sets deadline for Govt
GUWAHATI, Jan 9: Two days
after a host of litterateurs of the State, including Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX)
president Kanaksen Deka, the apex literary body of the State today set a
deadline of April 14 to the State Government for complete implementation of the
Official Languages Act, failing which it has threatened to launch a total
non-cooperation movement.


behind poll violence’
AUDF blames Goutam Roy, Rahul Roy for violence in Hailakandi
GUWAHATI, Jan 10: The main
Opposition party in the State, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), today expressed its
unhappiness over the manner in which the three phases of the four-phase
panchayat elections were conducted on December 31, January 4 and January 9


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


Presiding officer assaulted at Hatsingimari
commotion prevailed among the police personnels during the second phase of
panchayat poll held on January 4 at Hatsingimari of Dhubri district.
Sources said that the presiding officer in Poll No 3214 of Monirchar Musullipara
L P School, under South Salmara LAC was assaulted by the incharge of
Kharuabandha outpost, Gauri Kanta Kalita. The incident took place in presence of
DK Bhotra, Extra Assitant Comissioner (EAC) and Abdul Rahim Sheikh, Sub
Divisional Officer (Civil)


Himanta assures all-round development of State
Jan 10: Asom Minister for Health, Planning and Urban Development, Dr Himanta
Biswa Sarma has urged the people of lower Asom to vote for the Congress and
reject the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
in the greater interest of the people of the State. Sarma was speaking at an
election rally of the Congress, organized at the No. 633 Paglar Pat GP near the
Indo-Bangladesh border near Bishkhowa under Golokganj LAC in Dhubri district


Hailakandi SP responsible for poll violence, says SEC
AK Tewari transferred to DGP headquarters
GUWAHATI, Jan 11: Holding
Hailakandi Superintendent of Police AK Tewari responsible for poll violence in
the district during the third phase of panchayat polls held on January 9, the
State Election Commission (SEC) (vide letter U.O. No. SEC.03/2008/2 dated Dispur
the 11th January 2008) today asked Asom Chief Secretary PC Sarma to initiate
disciplinary action against Tewari. The SEC has also decided to conduct
repolling in 309 polling stations in the district, but is yet to take a decision
as to when repolling in the district will take place.



to start mass agitation today(SEN_12_1_k8)
Panchayat polls in RHAC areas

 GUWAHATI, Jan 11: After a
brief lull, especially after the Lakhipur police firing incident where as many
as 8 people were killed and over 50 others injured, non-Rabha communities have
again raised their voices demanding panchayat elections be held in Rabha Hasong
Autonomous Council (RHAC) areas in Goalpara district.
An executive meeting of non-Rabha bodies which also included the Panchayat
Elections Demand Committee, Nagarik Adhikar Suraksha Sangrami Mancha and the
Non-Rabha Sammanay Rakhi Manch, held at Goalpara yesterday, demanded of the
Government to announce notification for panchayat elections in RHAC areas by
January 20.
It may be mentioned here that the State Government had postponed polls in areas
under the RHAC. Non Rabha communities, on the other hand, have been pressing the
Government with its demand for holding of panchayat elections along with other
parts of the State.


flayed for indifference towards official language

TINSUKIA, Jan 11: Taking
serious note of the recent alarming data showing the decline in the number of
Asomiya-speaking people and the subsequent increase in the number of
Bengali-speaking people, the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad, Tinsukia
district committee has expressed deep concern.



Govt interested in probing Beltola incident?

 GUWAHATI, Jan 13: Despite
Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi himself terming the Beltola mob violence
incident a black spot in his list of achievements made last year, and despite
the several announcements made on numerous occasions by the Government that the
guilty would be tracked down and punished, questions have now surfaced as to
whether it is really interested in getting to the truth of the matter.



Tarun Gogoi in a holiday mood

 GUWAHATI, Jan 13: After
undergoing the rigours of holding the panchayat elections smoothly, he is a
weary man now. Yes, this person is none other than our very own leader — Chief
Minister Tarun Gogoi. Gogoi today decided to try his luck at golf and spent
nearly an hour at the Army Golf Course in the city.



admin a poodle of Cong: Opp parties(SEN_14_1_k8)
Hailakanda bandh passes off peacefully

 SILCHAR, Jan 13: The
bandh in Hailakandi called by various political parties in protest against the
alleged rigging by the Congress in the panchayat polls passed of peacefully and
was near total except for Lala and Kathicherra areas.



Government amending State industrial policy: CM
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10: With
foreign investors keen in investing in Asom, the State Government has decided to
amend the Assam Industrial Policy in order to ensure that the initial process
that potential investors need to go through before setting up industries is
streamlined. The Government has also stressed the need for state-of-the-art
infrastructure at the three new industrial estates coming up at Balipara, Matia
and Chhaygaon.


Legal battle over reservation of
seats in PG medical courses
 GUWAHATI, Jan 10: An air
of uncertainty is hovering over the entrance examination for postgraduate
courses in the three medical colleges in Asom with four medical students coming
from outside the State moving the Gauhati High Court challenging the rule on
reservation of seats for students from the State in postgraduate courses. The
High Court has fixed January 24 as the next date of hearing of the case, which
is three days ahead of the scheduled date of the examination.



Secretariat uses Asomiya
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: A few days ago, the Axom Xahitya Xabha (AXX) set a
deadline to the State Government asking it to ensure that Asomiya is used as the
official language of the State. The Assam Secretariat, it seems, is out to
ensure that Asomiya language is used exclusively in all forms within the
secretariat complex. And the day to begin with cannot be better than the first
day of the New Year. ……more


Repolling in 55 poll stations
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: The State
Election Commission (SEC) has ordered repolling in 55 polling stations which had
gone to elections for the first phase of panchayat polls in seven districts of
the State yesterday on account of various anomalies. SEC sources said repolling
has been ordered in two polling stations in Jonai, 16 in Dhemaji, 20 in
Lakhimpur, one in Sivasagar, one in Dhansiri, two in Jorhat, 10 in Dibrugarh and
three in Dhakuakhana. The dates of the repolling has not been finalized as of
now, the sources added.


Congress leader accused of
threatening scribe
 MANGALDAI, Jan 1: Strong resentment has been expressed by the
mediapersons and a section of conscious circle over an alleged attempt of
Darrang District Congress president Mazibar Rahman on the life of Dwipen Konwar,
special correspondent of Adinar Sambad and president of Mangaldai Media Circle.


Revellers throng picnic spots after panchayat polls

JORHAT, Jan 1: In what may be seen as a spontaneous relief from the
tension of bandhs, boycotts, blasts and the first phase of the panchayat polls
held in upper Asom districts yesterday, revellers thronged popular picnic sites
here and in neighbouring district today. ……more


Former Jagiroad GP president expelled
JAGIROAD, Jan 1: Former Jagiroad Gaon Panchayat president Deba Bordoloi
has been expelled from the Congress party for indulging in anti-party activities
in the run-up to the panchayat polls. The party has also expelled Phuleswari
Bordoloi, who is standing as an independent candidate from Mayong.


using AUDF as launch pad in Asom
GUWAHATI, Jan 1: The AUDF is being used as the launch pad to expand
their network by the People’s Democratic Conference of India (PDCI) and
Naxalites like the CPI(ML) in Asom. PDCI leader Sardar Amjad Ali and Naxalite
leader (CPI-ML general secretary) Santosh Rana had been in the State for the
last four days when they campaigned for the AUDF in as many as 41 villages in
Sonitpur, Morigaon, Barpeta and Darrang districts where the AUDF have fielded a
large number of candidates for the panchayat polls.


717 in
panchayat poll fray in Gohpur

HALEM, Jan 1: Of the 883 nomination papers filed as candidates for
ward members, gaon panchayat presidents, Anchalik panchayat members and zila
parishad members, as many as 717 candidates are in the fray in Gohpur
subvidivision that will go to polls on January 4 in as many as 340 polling
centres. ……more


Poll campaign picks up in Gohpur
HALEM, Jan 1: Campaigning for the forthcoming panchayat polls is at its
peak in Gohpur subdivision. A number of Congressmen have left the party, while
some others have been suspended. ……more

Cong candidate’s son, 2 supporters abducted
SILCHAR, Jan 1: South Asom-based United Liberation Front of Barak Valley
(ULFBV) militants abducted three people, including a Congress leader’s son from
Hailakandi district. Police today said that the three people abducted yesterday
included two supporters of the Congress leader and his son. The Congress leader
is a nominee for the gaon panchayat president post. The police said the people
were kidnapped at gun-point from Kharolbasti, a remote village near Mizoram
border where they were campaigning for Abdul Khaliq Laskar alias Kuti, a
Congress candidate for Baldabaldi GP president post.


Heavy panchayat polling: Advantage Cong in Jorhat
 JORHAT, Jan 1: The heavy
turnout of voters in the first phase of the panchayat elections, which concluded
yesterday, augurs well for the ruling Congress. Official sources said that the
overall polling in Jorhat and Titabor subdivisions registered 74 per cent.



AUDF demand CBI probe
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: The Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind and the AUDF have today demanded
of the Government to order CBI inquiry into the police firing at Lakhipur in
Goalpara district. Jamiat leader Moulana Siddiqulla Choudhury, who is in Asom to
campaign for the AUDF, said today’s police firing on the agitators, who have
been protesting against the postponement of panchayat election in that area, has
exposed the autocratic character of the Congress-led Government in the State.


Fake LoS
sold at Rs 3 lakh; prime accused absconding (SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: A multi-crore-rupee letter of sanction (LoS) scam
has been detected, and a case has been filed in Dispur police station in this
regard. The prime accused of the scam has already been detected, but no arrest
has been made as yet. It is apprehended that more such LoS scams might have
taken place in the Sixth Schedule areas like the Karbi Anglong Autonomous
Council (KAAC), North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) and the Bodoland
Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) earlier without detection.


Illegal appointment in Nalbari, IS suspended
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: In accordance with a
directive from the Gauhati High Court, the Government of Asom has suspended
Nalbari district Inspector of Schools (IS) with immediate effect on the charge
of making appointment of teachers in the district when there was a ban on
teacher appointment in the State. Besides a departmental proceeding against the
IS, Nalbari police has also been asked to investigate the circumstances leading
to the appointment of 11 teachers in the district when there was a ban on
teacher appointment. ……more


Goalpara polls deferred
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: The State Election Commission (SEC) has postponed all
panchayat polls in Goalpara district indefinitely following the unrest in the
district over the deferment of panchayat polls in the RHAC area.

Fire on poll procession(SEN_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: A poll procession taken out in support of independent
candidate for Pub-Namborbagh GP constituency Rupdhan Ali in Bagsa district was
fired at by two motorcycle-borne miscreants near Barama police station today.
Though there was no casualty in the firing, some people sustained injuries in
the stampede that followed.


Congress, vote for AGP: Mahanta (SEN_3_1_k8)
NAGAON, Jan 2: In two panchayat election meetings of the Asom Gana
Parishad (AGP) held at Hatipukhuri and Dakhin Khatowal under Rupahihat LAC,
former Asom Chief Minister and president of the Asom Gana Parishad (Pragatisheel)
(AGP-P) addressed a huge gathering of more than 10,000 people.


People exercise franchise in spite of poll boycott call
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 2: The boycott
call of the panchayet election by various organizations seem to hardly affect
people’s enthusiasm to exercise their adult franchise, with the polling
percentage in Dibrugarh district supposedly touching 78.5. Re-poll has been
ordered in ten polling stations in the district and



Indian should be allowed to exercise his voting rights’
GUWAHATI, Jan 2: On the eve of the second phase of the panchayat polls in
lower Asom, a meeting of leading citizens, litterateurs and members of the Koch
Rajbongshi community was held to think and discuss about the problems afflicting
the community, its language, customs and culture.


Ajmal, Madani urge people to vote Congress out
Launching a fresh tirade against the Congress in general and Chief Minister
Tarun Gogoi in particular, Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) supremo
Baddrudin Ajmal and All India Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind general secretary Moulana
Mahmud Madani said the Congress party was involved in corruption. They also
alleged that the Congress was playing with the hopes and emotion of the people
of Asom.
The two leaders were addressing a panchayat rally at Belguri playground in
Golokganj in Dhubri district on Tuesday.



in 69 poll stations on January 8
Phase-II of panchayat polls today
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3: As many as 14 districts and subdivisions of the
State will go to panchayat polls in the second phase tomorrow amid tight
security measures in the aftermath of yesterday’s mob fury leading to killing of
at least eight people in police firing in Goalpara district. A total of
35,26,827 voters will decide the fate of 26,169 candidates.


Violation of model code by Cong
AUDF not happy with SEC, to meet Governor

GUWAHATI, Jan 3: Not happy
with the “partial attitude of the State Election Commission (SEC) in dealing
with complaints filed against the Congress for alleged undemocratic actions”,
the AUDF today said it will apprise Asom Governor Lt. Gen (retd) Ajai Singh of
the matter.


Goalpara tense, under control
The situation in Goalpara district is tense, although no fresh incident has been
reported from anywhere in the district. There is a confusion over the death toll
of yesterday’s police firing. Though the Ana-Rabha Samanvayrakshi Aikya Mancha
claimed that 11 people had been killed in police firing, Additional SP of
Goalpara Jayanta Choudhury contradicted the figure by saying that altogether
seven persons had died in Wednesday’s violence.



Judicial probe into firing
GUWAHATI, Jan 3: Asom
Government today announced a judicial inquiry into the Lakhipur police firing
leading to the killing of at least seven people yesterday. It may be mentioned
here that the entire Goalpara district is tense following the police firing.

Poll fever over, now an
agonising wait
The Election Commission will decide to announce the results on the same date for
all the districts
JORHAT, Jan 3: For the more than 3,000 candidates of Jorhat district,
who are battling it out in the panchayat polls, already held in the district
along with six other upper Asom districts on December 31, the almost month-long
wait for the results, to be announced on January 28, seems interminable and
fraught with tension. The results which were earlier to be declared on January
12 is postponed to January 28, as polling in Darrang district will be held on
January 24. The Election Commission will decide to announce the results on the
same date for all the districts. ……more

For them, it’s a special way to
welcome the New Year
MANGALDAI, Jan 3: The Youth Club of Mangaldai, a premier
socio-cultural institution of the district, celebrated the first day of the New
Year with an exceptional programme. All the members of the club, led by
secretary Rajib Kumar Deka, went to the Mangaldai Civil Hospital and offered
milk, fruits, biscuits and buns among the 150-odd indoor patients of the
hospital as New Year gift. They also offered fruits and biscuits to the sisters
on duty as a mark of gratitude for their sincere and dedicated service.


Congress, BJP, AGP all set for triangular contest at Patidarrang
GORESWAR, Jan 3: Poll
activities of the various political parties are yet to pick up in Patidarrang
Zila Parishad constituency comprising six Gaon Panchayat posts under
Bidhiya-Jajikona Block and 56 Kaalpur LAC for the Panchayat polls slated for
January 4.
No local issue was found predominance in this constituency, candidates and party
workers are yet to woo the voters.


Block Labour Union formed
GORESWAR, Jan 3: The Goreswar
block labour union was formed recently in a meeting held at Batiyamari ME
School. The meeting was presided over Suren Basumatary. In the meeting a 15
member executive body was formed with Joyram Deka as president,



notice on M’laya firing to be NCP’s main poll plank
GUWAHATI, Jan 3: In a development which may catch the Congress-led
Government in Meghalaya on wrong foot ahead of the forthcoming Assembly
elections in the State, a division bench of the Gauhati High Court, headed by
Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar, has issued show-cause notices to the Meghalaya
Government while dealing with a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a CBI
inquiry into the police firing incident at Tura and Williamnagar on September
30, 2005. It may be mentioned here that nine persons were killed and over a
hundred injured in the police firing. ……more


Campaign using helicopter fails to impress all
Guwahati, Jan 3: Political parties’ helicopter campaign may have dazzled
rural voters of rural Asom in the run-up to the panchayat elections, but not all
politicians have taken kindly to this ‘extravagant’ style.


facing dissidence in Baghbor ZPCs
Barpeta district goes to polls in the third phase of the panchayat elections on
January 9, the Congress is facing threats from dissidents in many gaon
panchayats in the western part of Baghbor LAC. The Congress is facing a crisis
in constituencies within Baghbor LAC.



violence, voter turnout is heavy
Phase-II of panchayat polls
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: Amid violence, ballot paper anomalies and procedural
errors, the second phase of panchayat polls in 14 districts and subdivisions of
the State passed off peacefully registering a voter turnout of 71.2 per cent.
According to State Election Commission (SEC) sources, due to heavy rush of
voters voting had to be continued even after 4 pm in some polling stations, and
as such the voter turnout will go up. ……more


Nagaland PR unconstitutional
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: In an outburst which may have its repercussion in
the ruling coalition at the Centre, former Lok Sabha Speaker and senior NCP
leader Purno A Sangma today said the Congress has engineered defection in
Nagaland which may create a political unrest in the North-east. Sangma has
termed the imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland “unconstitutional and
unethical.” ……more


‘Cong behind distribution of booklet on secret killings’
has moved the State Election Commission (SEC) today with a serious allegation
that wherever Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and other Congress leaders went for
panchayat poll campaign, a hitherto unknown organization called the Manab
Sajagata Mancha distributed copies of a booklet containing the Asomiya version
of some parts of the KN Saikia Commission report.



pensioners urge Govt to enhance pension
NAGAON, Jan 4: The tenth annual general meeting of “Nagaon District
Sports Pensioners Association” which was held recently at Mintleaf hotel under
the presidentship of Alimuz Zaman urged the Government to enhance the pension
from Rs 1500 to Rs 3000 per month and also to grant family pension after the
death of the sports pensioners. ……more

Republic Day venue changed
DIBRUGARH, Jan 4: The district administration has decided, in
consultation with leading citizens of the town, to change the venue of the
Republic Day celebration from the Chowkidinghee playground to the Police Reserve
Ground on Friday due to security reasons. ……more
Alleged threat to scribe
KALGACHIA, Jan 4: People of Jania have expressed deep concern over
Jania MLA Abdul Khaleque’s alleged threat to a reporter during the panchayat
polls. It is said that Khaleque had threatened a correspondent of a daily
newspaper published from Guwahati during a few meetings held on January 2 at
different places in Jania. ……more
‘I have no personal
vendetta against Seema Goswami’
 BARPETA, Jan 4: Secretary of AGP Town Committee Ratul Das said that
he has no personal vendetta against the Barpeta Municipality Board(BMB)
chairperson Seema Goswami. "I am only pointing out her faults for the sake of
the people of Barpeta", said Das in a pressmeet held at Barpeta AGP office as a
counter reply to the BMB chair person’s allegations that he had gone to BMB
chair person for contracts. ……more
Golden jubilee celebration
of Baptist church concludes

UDALGURI, Jan 4: The Golden Jubilee celebrations of Harisinga Baptish
Church has concluded with an appeal to hold higher morality in day to day life.
Rev puher Daimary the executive secretary, NBBCA has delivered sermons during
the celebration and urged christian people to cultivate good qualities in public
life. ……more


Driver on duty manhandled
JORHAT, Jan 4: A bus driver was hospitalized on Thursday, after he
was manhandled by a group of homeguards, on his poll duty at Nagaon. According
to police sources, the driver arrived very late to take the homeguards who were
alloted to his bus. ……more


submitted in HC challenging dereservation of ZP seat
MANGALDAI, Jan 4: In a significant development over the dereservation
of the No. 7 Mawamori Puthimari constituency of Darrang Zila Parishad, the
Gauhati High Court in connection with WP(C) No. 2/2008 has asked the standing
counsel of the State Election Commission to submit a written statement within
January 4 regarding the grounds for dereservation of the constituency, which was
earlier reserved for SCs by the district administration.

On helicopter, Badruddin
to tour Barak Valley now
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: With most of the parties in the State spending big
in the run-up to the panchayat polls, two phases of which have already been
completed, the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), following the strategy of
its principal detractor — the Congress — has also pressed a helicopter to ferry
its leaders. ……more


condemns Padma’s statement on security
GUWAHATI, Jan 4: The Asom Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has
vehemently condemned the statement of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) MLA from Sootea,
Padma Hazarika, who criticised a comment made by Asom Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
that he would provide security to the lives and property of the Asomiya people.


Now division among Adivasi leaders on poll-boycott call
DIBRUGARH, Jan 5: The election-boycott call given by the All Tea
Tribe Students’ Association (ATTSA) in protest against the failure of political
parties to support their demand for scheduling turned out to be a flop show in
the tea estates of upper Asom.
The six communities, which have been demanding ST status, called for the boycott
of the panchayat elections to air resentment over the negative attitude of the
State Government to their demand. ……more

Repoll in 30 polling stations on January 9
GUWAHATI, Jan 5: The State Election
Commission (SEC) has today ordered repoll in as many as 30 polling centres where
panchayat polls were either stopped or cancelled in the second phase yesterday
due to various anomalies, including violence. Till yesterday repoll was ordered
in as many as 22 polling centres but the number rose to 30 today as more
complaints of anomalies poured in today. Repoll of the 30 polling centres will
be held on January 9, along with the third phase of polls. ……more

moves out of Goalpara; curfew relaxed
GUWAHATI, Jan 5: The indefinite curfew in Lakhipur area of Goalpara
district was relaxed for more than four hours today as the situation improved
steadily after Wednesday’s twin police firing, which left eight dead. The Army
had also been sent back after it was engaged in maintaining law and order
following the incident. Goalpara Superintendent of Police Abhijit Borah said:
“The situation is normal and no untoward incident has been reported since
Wednesday.” ……more


Scuffle at Mangaldai Cong office
leaves two injured
MANGALDAI, Jan 5: Anger and resentment is brewing up among Congress
workers against the Darrang District Congress Committee president Mazibur Rahman
for denying nominations to “dedicated” party workers for the forthcoming
panchayat polls which will be held in the district on January 24 next.


to face strong opposition
NAGAON, Jan 5: The candidates of different political parties
including the ruling Congress and main opposition parties- AGP, BJP, AGP (P) and
the Independent candidates, have geared up their campaign for the ensuing
panchayat election in Nagaon subdivision. ……more


Polling stopped in 3 polling stations
Polling in three stations under Mankachar LAC which went to the polls during the
second phase of panchayat elections on Friday have been stopped due to anomalies
in ballot papers. It has also been reported that poll officials had encountered
many difficulties at poll materials had reached the two polling stations only
some hours before polling began.

Demonstrators arrested(SEN_6_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 5: A tense situation is prevailing at Salmari Tea
Estate in Tingkhong after police arrested around 60 people who had put up a
blockade there. The blockade was staged by the Janaswartha Suraksha Samity (JSS)
in support of its demand to provide employment to local

Prog for world peace(SEN_6_1_k8)
BILASIPARA, Jan 5: A three-day-long jananusthan programme will be
held at Mahamaya Snanghat Mandir at Khoraghat in Dhubri from February 19. A
committee has been formed with 152 members for the event. Mina Roy and
Prankrishna Ghose are the president and secretary respectively.


Gautom Roy manipulated panchayat candidates’ list: Analysts
SILCHAR, Jan 5: With
barely four days left for the panchayat polls in Barak Valley, Gautom Roy,
Minister of Border Area Development and Excise, seems to dwarf and outwit not
only his political adversaries but also his own party leaders with his dashing
and domineering style of functioning.


campaign at its peak, to end today
Heavy-weights of all the parties of Asom were in the field on the penultimate
day of panc-hayat poll campaign that will come to an end at 4 pm tomorrow. While
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi campaigned using a helicopter in Bongaigaon, AGP
president Brindabon Goswami and AUDF president Badruddin Ajmal campaigned in
Nalbari and Barak Valley respectively.



area poll: Cong upbeat
GUWAHATI, Jan 6: Jubilant
over the huge turnout in the tea garden areas in the first two phases of the
ongoing panchayat poll despite a boycott and bandh call given by the
Janagosthiya Aikya Mancha, Assam (JAMA), the Congress has pooh-poohed the
leaders of the conglomerate of six communities for their, what it said, failure
of leadership. The APCC tea cell, on the other hand, has called its party’s
Government to take utmost care to implement the assurances given in the election
manifesto of the party to the agitating communities.


clash leads to police firing

AUDF seeks EC intervention
The skirmish that began between AUDF and Congress supporters in Nagaon district
ahead of the last Assembly polls reached its peak today when the supporters of
an AUDF gaon panchayat president candidate were attacked by Youth Congress
supporters at an election rally at Shiyalmari on the outskirts of Nagaon town
leading to police firing. A large number of people were injured in the clash
that was followed by lathicharge and firing by the police.


community-wise quota, not ST status to six groups’
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: The
Centre for Tribal Studies, Assam (CTSA), an academic body working on tribal
culture and publishing books on tribals of Asom, has threatened to move the
Supreme Court, if the State Government does not stop its “cat-and-mouse game”
with the sentiment of the ethnic communities of the State on the Scheduled Tribe
(ST) issue.

No witness for hearing in Adivasi
rally violence case
UWAHATI, Jan 7: No witnesses turned up
before the RK Monisana Singh Inquiry Commission probing the violence in Guwahati
during an Adivasi rally on November 24 last on its first day of hearing today.



NCHAC EC on January 9
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: Asom
Governor Lt Gen (retired) Ajai Singh has finally approved the appointment of
Debulal Hojai as the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the newly-elected North
Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) and Mayanan Kamprai as the chairman of
the ruling coalition, UDA, Raj Bhavan sources said here today.


Grassroots is vital for a party’s survival, say AGP activists(SEN_8_1_k8)
AGP supporters are unhappy for not launching  membership drive programmes

NAGAON, Jan 7: The Assam
Gana Parishad (AGP), the only regional opposition party of the state, even after
24- year stint could not realise that a political party thrives on the strength
of its grass root members. A section of the intellectuals and senior citizens
who are ardent supporters of the AGP for the last six years are unhappy with the
fact that the party has not launch membership drive programmes anywhere in Asom,
except confine among few of their limited circles.



Projection of BPF candidates outside BTC creates controversy
TAMARHAT, Jan 7 : “I do not understand why the Bodoland People’s
Front (BPF) has projected candidates for the panchayat elections in four Gaon
Panchayats (GPs) in 35 villages outside the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).
The BPF is limited within the BTC area”, said Wazed Ali Choudhury, former
Agricultural Minister of Asom and present chairman of Assam State Housing board,
having cabinet rank, stated in an election rally at Hatidhura College field on
Monday. ……more

BJP and Congress all
set to battle it out in Golakganj
Parties campaign door-to-door
TAMARHAT, Jan 7: As the third phase of the panchayat election draws
nearer, election fever has gripped the people of Tamarhat and its outskirts.
Workers and leaders of different political parties including the ruling Congress
and the main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Bharatiya Janata Parishad (BJP)
and the Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and other independent candidates
have stepped up their election campaign by putting up hoardings, banners and
posters. ……more

Political heavyweights attend last-minute poll rallies
GUWAHATI, Jan 7: On the
last day of campaigning prior to the third phase of the panchayat polls in the
State, political heavyweights entered the arena in a bid to woo the voters to
vote for their respective parties.

After a grand
feast, comes purification(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Traditional revelry rules Bihu, complete with bulbuli, cock and egg
fights (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Jan. 15:
Assam and its
people purged their collective souls in the raging fires of the meji
before daybreak today and prayed for a year of prosperity as the entire state
celebrated Magh Bihu in a spirit of bonhomie and brotherhood. The celebrations,
which started with the grand feast on uruka yesterday, continued through
the night and culminated in the ritual of setting the mejis on fire, a
tradition of appeasing the fire god.

for United (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Jan. 15:
United Club
emerged champions in the A-Division Cricket League championship of the District
Sports Association (DSA) of Silchar. In the final yesterday at Satindra Mohan
Dev Stadium here, they defeated Spirit Union by 8 wickets.Winning the toss,
Spirit Union decided to bat first and they were all out for 147 runs in 27.5

Probe into
rural election clashes(TEL,18-1-k8)

panel team to arrive today(TEL,18-1-k8)

Jan. 17:
The three-member
inquiry team of the Election Commission, headed by Anwaruddin Choudhury, will
arrive here tomorrow to probe into the violence and mismanagement during the
panchayat polls in Hailakandi on January 9. Poll officials had burnt ballot
boxes and other election materials on the third and final phase of panchayat
elections in the district when authorities failed to protect them from goons
hired to rig the booths.


officials face tough action(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Jan. 18:
The state
election commission today recommended to the government to initiate departmental
action against an additional deputy commissioner posted in Hailakandi and
suspension of seven schoolteachers for dereliction of duty during the panchayat
elections in the district.

embers fanned(TEL, 20-1-k8)

non-Rabha leaders held for assault on MLA(TEL, 20-1-k8)

Jan. 19:
Protests singed
the streets of Goalpara today following the arrest of two non-Rabha leaders in
connection with the assault on Congress MLA Abdul Rashid Mondal and his security
guards on December 18. The president of Non-Rabha Coordination Forum (NRCF),
Shajahan Ali, and the chief of the Ana Rabha Moulik Adhikar Surakha Samiti (ARMASS),
Mokadesh Ali Mondal, were arrested today on charges of inciting a mob that
attacked the Goalpara (West) legislator at Moilapather.


70 pc
turnout in 1st phase of Panchayat polls(AST_1_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The first phase of Panchayat polls held in seven
districts of Assam passed off peacefully today, according to official sources,
with the average voting percentage hovering around 70. The voting percentage may
go up after receipt of information from the interior places. No major incidents
have been reported from any of the polling stations, and the only difficulties
experienced were a few polling officials failing to discharge their duties and
mistakes in some ballot papers. ……more

Governor greets people(AST_1_1_k8)
By A City Reporter
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – State Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Ajai Singh, has extended his
greetings to the people on the occasion of New Year. In his New Year message to
the State the Governor has also asked the citizens to pledge to work
individually and contribute towards building a strong, developed and peaceful
Assam. ……more

Call to bring back peace in
By A City Correspondent
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – Mediapersons and individuals from cross section of the
society on Friday condemned the dastardly killing of former Prime Minister of
Pakistan Benazir Bhutto. Terming terrorism as the greatest bane in a civilized
society, the media persons called upon all the groups creating a condition of
fear and insecurity in Assam and elsewhere in the country to announce ceasefire
on the first day of the New Year. ……more

Ashok Saikia’s death
 GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The members of the Lawyers’ Association, Guwahati,
has condoled the demise of Ashok Saikia, IAS, a distinguished bureaucrat and
former Director, Asian Development Bank, Manila.

Security tightened in Karimganj
for panchayat polls
From Our Correspondent
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – The Karimganj district police administration beefed up
security in and around the entire district to avoid any untoward incident during
the panchayat polls.Among nine hundred sixty-one polling stations of the
district, two hundred forty-nine have been identified as ‘sensitive’ and
seventy-five centres ‘hypersensitive’. This was stated by Mihir Goswami, the
Superintendent of Police of Karimganj recently.

Electioneering reaches
crescendo at Palashbari
MIRZA, Dec 31 – Electioneering for the second phase of panchayat
polls to be held on January 4 has gained momentum for the three district
councillor seats, including ten gaon panchayat seats in Palashbari
constituency.In Rampur ZPC, Independent candidate Charli Das is ahead of the
other three contestants – Mina Mahanta (AGP), Deepika Talukdar (Cong-I) and
Anima Thakuria (Independent) with the popularity of this
advocate-turned-politician gaining ground. Moreover, besides taking advantage of
the infighting within the Congress (I), Charli is making inroads into the vote
banks of other parties. ……more

Tough fight for Cong in
Bandarmari panchayat
TEZPUR, Dec 31 – While all the parties such as Congress, AGP and BJP
including independent candidate are seen busy in conducting poll campaigns for
drawing attention of the voters of Bandarmari Panchayat of Biohuguri ZPC under
Barchala Constituency of Sonitpur district, the ruling Congress party
particularly is facing tough challenges from Opposition parties.

Jania MLA hopeful of winning
all 4 ZPC seats
 KALGACHIA, Dec 31 – In view of the upcoming panchayat polls, Jania
MLA Abdul Khaleque called a press meet on Sunday at Kalgachia Rajiv Bhawan at a
time when the alert sections of the people in Jania LAC have been seen to evoke
a mixed response over the selection of Congress candidates nominated as
competent to overcome the challenge posed by AUDF candidates.

Army conducts integration tour(AST_1_1_k8)
GOALPARA, Dec 31 – A national integration tour was conducted by the
3rd Battalion of Sikh Regiment Red Horns Division from December 17 to 30 for
school students in association with the district administration. Twenty students
along with two teachers were taken to New Delhi and Amritsar as part of the
tour. ……more

Ramcharani ZPC may
witness triangular fight
AZARA, Dec 31 – With the panchayat elections around the corner,
campaigning by different political parties has gained momentum at 16 No
Ramcharani Zila Parishad seat under Kamrup (M) district.

Corruption CPM panchayat poll
plank in Jania LAC
 KALGACIA, Dec 31 – In view of the panchayat elections, CPI -M has
named its candidates to contest panchayat polls in Jania LAC under Barpeta
district. he party has provided its candidature to retired head teacher Abu
Bakkar Siddique to fight the battle in Haladhiya ZPC, which is only one out of
four ZPCs in the Assembly constituency. ……more

AUDF resents ‘communal’ tag(AST_1_1_k8)
HOJAI, Dec 31 – Sirajuddin Ajmal, Jamunamukh MLA and brother of AUDF
chief Badruddin Ajmal, addressing a series of election meetings said that after
two-and-a-half years AUDF will secure majority in State Assembly and the Chief
Minister will be from their party as people belonging to various communities in
Assam have lent support to it because of AUDF’s secular character.


627 papers
filed at Badarpur
 BADARPUR, Dec 31 – A total of six hundred and twenty-seven
nomination papers have been filed in Badarpur block for 120 posts of gaon
panchayat. This is a record in the history of panchayat polls, stated the
district election officers. ……more

Poll campaigning
picks up in Karimganj district
 NILAMBAZAR, Dec 31 – The second phase of panchayat polls in
Karimganj district along with other parts of Barak Valley is scheduled to be
held on January 9. As the election draws near, leaders and workers of ruling
Congress, BJP, AUDF and other political parties have geared up their poll
campaign. ……more

Poll campaigning picks up in
Karimganj district
NILAMBAZAR, Dec 31 – The second phase of panchayat polls in Karimganj
district along with other parts of Barak Valley is scheduled to be held on
January 9. As the election draws near, leaders and workers of ruling Congress,
BJP, AUDF and other political parties have geared up their poll campaign.

Govt probe team seizes PDS
items from Dergaon
GUWAHATI, Dec 31 – The investigation team constituted by the State
Government to look into the anomalies in the Public Distribution System (PDS) in
Golaghat, Jorhat and Sivasagar districts after the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti
(KMSS) brought serious allegations against the departments concerned with the
help of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, has seized 10,000 quintals of rice
and 2,000 quintals of sugar meant for distribution to consumers through the PDS
from a godown of a cooperative society in Dergaon.

SAKP demands action against
corrupt officials
GUWAHATI, Jan 1 – The Sadou Asom Karmachari Parishad (SAKP) has
called upon the State Government to take stringent action against those
employees involved in irregularities, thus bringing shame to the society of the
employees. The functionaries of the parishad said that for the unethical
practices of a section of the Government employees, the entire society of the
employees could not be blamed. The secretary general of the parishad Bashav
Chandra Kalita said that allegations were pouring in about some employees not
working for the public unless they get bribes.

Poll campaign gathers momentum
in Sualkuchi
 SUALKUCHI, Jan 1 – As the panchayat election draws nearer, election
fever has gripped the people of Sualkuchi and its outskirts. Workers and leaders
of different partical parties, including ruling Congress, main Opposition AGP,
BJP and CPM and other Independent candidates have stepped up their election
campaign by putting up hoardings, banners and posters.

Kalaigaon LAC all set for
panchayat poll
KALAIGAON, Jan 1 – Political parties have geared up poll activities
in Kalaigaon LAC after re-lottery for reservation of panchayat seats against
women which done on December 22 accordingly panchayat polls will be held on
January 24 in Darrang. Filing of nominations by candidates will start on January
1 and January 4 will be the last date. January 7 will be the last date for
withdrawal of nomination papers. Counting of votes will start on January 28.

Campaigning hots up in Gauripur
 GAURIPUR, Jan 1 – Campaigning for the panchayat poll scheduled to be
held on January 9 next in the Gauripur LAC has been gaining momentum in all the
17 GP areas of the constituency. ……more

20 hurt in poll clashes(AST_2_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 1 – Violence and bogus voting have hit a few polling centres in
Sissi block under Dhemaji district in the first phase of panchayat polls. At
least 20 persons were injured in separate poll clashes in the area.

Poll fever grips Mangaldoi(AST_2_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 MANGALDOI, Jan 1 – Panchayat poll fever has gripped Mangaldoi to such an extent
that the New Year’s eve celebration was somewhat subdued with hardly any
celebration to note. ……more

Rs 80,000 fine realised for
code violation
 GORESWAR, Jan 1 – Forty contestants for different posts of the
panchayat polls scheduled to be held on January 4 next were fined on December 27
for violation of the code of conduct of the panchayat polls by Debeswar Bora,
officer in-charge of the Rangiya subdivision election branch.

Corruption endemic during Cong
rule: AGP(P)

 KALIABOR, Jan 1 – Participating in a series of panchayat selection
meetings on Saturday at Kuthori, Jaklabandha Hospital Chari Ali, Jayantipur,
Noltoli Bazar, Misu and Borgheeli Bazar, a greater minority area under Kaliabor
sub-division, PK Mahanta, ex-CM and president AGP(P), has disclosed that the
present Congress Govt in Assam is a “total failure” due to corruption, price
hike, unemployment and insecurity of the public.

Repoll in 10 Dibrugarh centres
on Jan 8(AST_3_1_k8)

 DIBRUGARH, Jan 2 – The State Election Commission on the proposal of
the district administration, Dibrugarh, has directed fresh polling in ten
centres in the district. Repolling in all the ten centres will be held on
January 8, district officials informed.
The centres include Rajabheta LP school, Japara Gaon LP school, Digboimukh LP
school, Jugesh Gohain LP school, Gorpuria ME school, Dighalia LP school,
Dhadhumia LP school, Maijan Bagisa Mazdoor club, Maijan Bagisa LP school and
Teliapathar LP school. ……more

Saikia’s death condoled(AST_3_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 2 – A meeting of the Govt. Pensioners’ Association, Assam,
held under the presidentship of Nagen Chandra Goswami, condoled the death of
Ashok Saikia and prayed God for the eternal peace of the departed soul by
observing a minute’s silence, stated a press release.

AGP main rival of Cong in
Bihuguri ZPC
TEZPUR, Jan 2 – With the dates for panchayat polls in Bihuguri ZPC under
Barchala LAC of Sonitpur district nearing, political parties are gearing up
their poll campaign. The polls will be held on January 4 in the second phase.

2 elected unopposed in Bihdia
Jajikona AP
GORESWAR, Jan 2 – Two gaon panchayat members namely, Harmaya Kalita
(Cong) of No 6 Barpanara under Bihdia Jajikona anchalik panchayat and another
Manju Boro (Cong) from No 3 Kalmoni Dhonkhanda of the same anchalik panchayat
have been elected unopposed in Rangiya subdivision.

Cachar police on alert for
panchayat polls
 SILCHAR, Jan 2 – Cachar district administration declared the security
position in the backdrop of the panchayat polls in the state. The declaration
was outlined in the conference hall of deputy commissioner, Cachar in the
presence of various political parties. In the meeting it was specifically
mentioned that in Cachar district, 259 polling stations have been identified as
most sensitive. ……more

Cong wins Mandakata GP
BAIHATA CHARIALI, Jan 2 – Though all seats of Mandakata Gaon
Panchayat including president and Anchalik Panchayat member seats of Bezera Zila
Parishad were wrested by ruling Congress uncontested, main Opposition Asom Gana
Parishad (AGP) is fully hopeful of winning the prestigious seat of Bezera Zila
Parishad under Jalukbari LA constituency. ……more

Rangiya MLA accused of assault(AST_3_1_k8)
RANGIYA, Jan 2 – The members of the Congress have alleged that the
local MLA of Rangiya Ananta Deka threatened and physically assaulted party
workers at the party office near here at Mohkholi Milan Chowk on the evening of
December 29 last……more.


phase of Panchayat polls today(AST_4_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – The State is set for the second phase of the
Panchayat polls in 15 subdivisions in the districts of Sonitpur, Kamrup (Metro),
Kamrup, Nagaon, Morigaon, Dhubri and Bongaigaon. According to State Election
Commission sources, more than 35 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in
the second phase of the polls to elect their representatives. More than 24,000
candidates are in the fray for the second phase of the polls, where elections
will be held to elect members for 118 Zila Parishad constituencies, 652 Anchalik
Panchayat constituencies, 652 constituencies of Gaon Panchayat presidents and
6,489 gaon panchayat members. ……more

Poll panel, police aiding Cong:

GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – The Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) today
alleged that the police and the State Election Commission were acting as agents
of the Congress Government in the Panchayat polls. Working president of the AUDF,
Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury, said that the election code of conduct was openly
flouted by the Congress candidates, but the Election Commission was turning a
blind eye towards the violations. Choudhury said that the AUDF had made several
complaints to the election commission, but so far the election commission had
not acted on its complaints. ……more

 TEZPUR, Jan 3: The candidature of an AP member of No.7 Solagaon (KA)
under Balipara ZPC of Rangapara LAC has been cancelled. Official sources said
Dipali Saikia’s (BJP) candidature has been cancelled on the basis of invalid
documents.– Correspondent

 SILAPATHAR, Jan 3: After alleged irregularities in the first phase of
Panchayat polls, repolling will take place in 16 poll booths in Dhemaji. –


award for Surjya Hazarika(AST_4_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 3 – Renowned publisher, author, editor, compiler, cine
personality, director, producer, lyricist, Surya Hazarika has been selected for
the prestigious ‘Rising personalities of India’ award with a gold medal in
recognition of his exceptional caliber and outstanding performances in his
chosen area of activities, stated a press release.

Campaign gaining momentum in
Barbhag area(AST_4_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 NALBARI, Jan 3 – Involvement of more females in the ensuing panchayat election
in Barbhag area in Nalbari district has evoked considerable enthusiasm among
voters. Women in groups have been launching house-to-house campaign to get
support from voters till night. Barbhag area wears a festive look in the entire
area with election. ……more

29 rendered homeless
in Sikkim fire(AST_4_1_k8)
GYALSHING, Jan 3 – Three wooden houses were gutted and two partially
destroyed here at Gyalshing New Market area in a major fire that broke out on
Wednesday, but there were no casualty.Some shops adjoining the houses also
caught fire. The fire has left 29 members of 14 families homeless. The affected
families have been kept temporarily in the shopping complex at Gyalshing Bazaar.

71 pc turnout in 2nd

GUWAHATI, Jan 4 – The second phase of the Panchayat polls held in 14
sub divisions of the State witnessed a voter turn out of 71.2 percent till 4 pm
today. The State Chief Election Commissioner CK Sarma said that the percentage
of turn out might go up further as reports from some polling stations were still
awaited. Addressing media persons this evening, Sarma said that Bijni recorded
the highest turn out of 78 per cent followed by Bilasipara that recorded a turn
out of 77 per cent. Sonitpur, Morigaon and Kamrup witnessed a turn out of 76 per
cent each. Kamrup (Metro) recorded a turn out of 74 per cent.

Development main poll plank of
Cong, AGP in Barpeta
From Our Correspondent
 BARPETA, Jan 4 – The Congress has no competitor and the party will win nine per
cent of the panchayat seats in the ensuing elections to be held in the district
on January 9, claimed Dildar Rezza, parliamentary secretary at a press meet held
at Rajiv Bhawan here on Wednesday. ……more

Biennial meet of judicial
employees’ body concludes
HAILAKANDI, Jan 4 – The fourth biennial conference of the All Assam
Judicial Employees Association was held in Hailakandi recently with a two-day
programme. The conference started with the hoisting of the flag by the president
of the association, Atiur Rasul Ahmed. ……more

10 injured in poll-related
HOJAI, Jan 4 – In poll-related violence, at least 10 persons received
minor injuries at Udali under Lanka police station of Udali ZPC in Lumding LAC
when AUDF and Congress supporters clashed on Wednesday evening.

Many join Cong in Darrang(AST_5_1_k8)
DUNI, Jan 4 – Members of more than thirty families of Pubtitkuchi
locality here recently joined the Congress party. According to information
available, they formally joined the Congress party under the leadership of
Binapani Kr Deka, Paresh Deka and Bhumi Kakoti. Binanda Kr Saikia, MLA of
Sipajhar LAC was also present in the brief function held on the occasion.

 Ashok Saikia’s death mourned(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 TEZPUR, Jan 4 – The district administration and different organisations mourned
the death of Ashok Saikia, a former deputy commissioner of undivided Darrang
district in the early eighties. ……more

Violence flayed(AST_5_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 4 – The general public and several student organisations have
criticised the incidents of violence between Congress and Sanmilita Ganashakti
Party in the area during the poll and post-poll periods.

Rijiju remark irks State

 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – Taking exception to the reported statement of
Arunachal Pradesh’s BJP MP Khirin Rijiju seeking the Prime Minister’s
intervention in handing over work of NH-52 to the Border Roads Organization
((BRO), the Assam PWD Engineers’ Service Association today said that the stretch
from 113 km to 345 km of the highway had already been handed by the BRO to Assam
PWD including the stretches of NH-39 to Nagaland and NH-37 from Numaligarh
onwards on the basis of “most satisfactory” maintenance of these roads by the
PWD. ……more


Move on to
scuttle PDS scam: KMSS(AST_6_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), which
exposed a series of large-scale anomalies and corruption in the public
distribution system (PDS) of Golaghat district with the help of the Right to
Information (RTI) Act, today said that a vested interest group was working
overtime to accord legitimacy to over 10,000 qtls of rice and sugar seized from
the Dergaon godown……more


still tense, curfew relaxed(AST_6_1_k8)

GOALPARA, Jan 6 – Curfew at Lakhipur town and its neighbouring areas
in Goalpara district was relaxed for four hours with effect from 12 noon to 4.00
pm today. The curfew was imposed in the area after the violence on Wednesday
last where an uneasy calm is still prevailing.

Cong faces threat posed by
dissident workers in Baghbar
 kalgachia, Jan 5 – At a time when only a few days remain for the next
panchayat polls to be held in Barpeta district, the largest party Congress will
have to overcome threat posed by dissident grassroot Congress workers in most of
the GPs in the western part of Baghbar LAC. Though, due to imprudence of AUDF
leaders, Congress has been able to occupy 5 No Chatala ZPC uncontested, yet to
win its GP constituencies Congress facing a stiff challenge.

Poll scene in
Sarukshetri delicately poised
 BARPETA, Jan 5 – As the electioneering for the January 9 poll in Barpeta
subdivision gaining momentum the position of both the ruling Congress and the
main Opposition Asom Gana Parishad is interestingly poised in Sarukhetri
Assembly constituency. While the ruling Congress is much ahead in Paka Betbari
women reserved ZPC with Marjina Begum, wife of popular leader Amzad Hussain, it
seems to have allowed a walk over in Dakshin Pub Sarukshetri ZPC to the
opposition AGP where Chittaranjan Barman, the district secretary of Asom Gana
Parishad, the youth wing of AGP is ahead of all other contenders.

22 file papers in Dalgaon(AST_6_1_k8)
 DALGAON, Jan 5 – A total of 22 candidates filed nominations in four
Zilla Parishad constituencies under Dalgaon LAC on the final day of filing of
nominations for the panchayat election of Darrang district scheduled on January
24 next. ……more

Opp parties intensify campaign
in Barpeta dist
BARPETA, Jan 6 – With less than a week to go for the Panchayat polls
to be held on the January 9 next in Barpeta subdivision, the Opposition parties
– Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) – have intensified their campaign to woo the voters.

Repolling at Namtiali tomorrow(AST_7_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 SIVASAGAR, Jan 6 – Repolling in 86 No. Namtiali polling station, under Amguri
LAC, will be held on January 8, a press release from DIPRO Sivasagar stated.The
polling was countermanded due to the negligent conduct of the poll officials on
December 31. ……more

Govt forms trust to help

 GUWAHATI, Jan 5 – The Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Trust for the benefit of
the victims of the violence by insurgent groups, formed by the Government of
Assam, will start functioning soon and the modalities of extending help to the
families of the victims of acts of violence by the insurgents are being
finalised. Official sources said that the first meeting of the members of the
Trust, headed by the Chief Minister, was held this evening for finalising the
modalities of the functioning of the Trust. It may be mentioned here that the
State Home Commissioner is the member secretary of the Trust, while, other
prominent persons including the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police
are among the members. ……more

10 hurt in pre-poll clash(AST_8_1_k8)
 NAGAON, Jan 7: In pre-panchayat poll violence at least ten persons
belonging to both Congress and AUDF, including five police personnel, were
injured at Madhupur, a suburban area of Nagaon town today at about 11 am. Police
had to fire in the air to disperse the mob.– Correspondent

Beltola probe(AST_8_1_k8)
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7: The RK Manisena Singh enquiry committee probing the
Beltola violence of November 24 today held its first hearing in the city today.
The committee has so far received only received six representations. – Staff

 BAIHATA CHARIALI, Jan 7: The election authority of Rangiya sub-division
has ordered repolling at Biradutta Gaon Panchayat under Pub-Kachari Mahal Zila
Parishad of Kamalpur LAC on January 9. – Correspondent


Govt flayed for failure to check
spiralling prices
 GUWAHATI, Jan 7 – Protesting unbridled rise in prices and the
Government’s failure to control the same, public activist Prof Deven Dutta said
in a statement that: “Galloping, unreasonable prices of indispensable
commodities are breaking the backbones of the people. Yet, the Government, the
administration and the Opposition parties have all resoundingly failed in
discharging their respective bounden duties and are deafeningly silent.

Poll campaign gains momentum in
BADARPUR, Jan 7 – As the panchayat election draws nearer, election
fever has gripped the people of Badarpur and its outskirts. Workers and leaders
of different political parties, including ruling Congress, main opposition
parties, like – BJP, AGP and CPI(M) and other independent candidates have
stepped up their election campaign by putting up hoardings, banners an posters,
public meetings, car-rallies, processions with festoons, party flags and others.
To get mass support from the people, meetings are being organised in every
corner of the town and village areas. ……more

Cong committed to uplift of
rural people’
BARPETA, Jan 7 – The ruling Congress party which was lagging behind
in campaign for the January 9 polls in Barpeta subdivision received new momentum
on Sunday with the visit of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president
Bhubaneswar Kalita and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on two consecutive days,
namely Saturday and Sunday. ……more

Repoll likely in ward under
Lanka Bheta GP
From Our Correspondent
 HOJAI, Jan 7– Repolling may be held in Ward No 6 Pashbhandar LP School centre
of 48 Lanka Bheta GP under, Padumpukhuri ZPC due to mix up of name and symbol of
Congress and AUDF candidates. ……more

Himanta’s dig at Ajmal(AST_8_1_k8)
From Our Correspondent
 KALGACHIA, Jan 7 – In view of the upcoming panchayat election to be held in
third phase in Barpeta district on January 9, a public meeting, chaired by Jania
MLA Abdul Khaleque, was held on January 4 at Kalgachia.

AGP, Cong workers clash in
Sootea LAC
TEZPUR, Jan 7 – Sensation is prevailing in Sootea LAC owing to the
clash between AGP and Congress workers on Friday last in two polling booths of
Sengamari area under Nagsankar ZPC of Sootea LAC in Sonitpur district.

Rly union resents ‘anti-labour’
attitude of Centre
PANDU, Jan 7 – All India Railwaymen’s Federation (AIRF) to which the
NF Railway Mazdoor Union is affiliated, which has emerged as the biggest union
of railway employees in the recent, held elections through-out the Indian
Railways has expressed its deep resentment on the anti-labour attitude of the
present Central government. ……more

7 Cong workers expelled(AST_8_1_k8)
From Our Staff Correspondent
 DIBRUGARH, Jan 7 – The Dibrugarh District Congress Committee (DDCC) has
expelled seven party workers from the Indian National Congress party for a
period of six years for indulging in anti-party activities during the panchayat
polls conducted here. The expulsion notices have been signed on Saturday by the
DDCC president, Dr Jayanta Kumar Gogoi.

Third phase of
Panchayat polls today(AST_9_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – After successful completion of the Panchayat polls
in the first two phases despite the call given by some organisations for
boycotting the elections, the State is set for the third phase of the polls
tomorrow. State Election Commission sources said that polls would be held
tomorrow in the districts of Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Nagaon,
Cachar, Hailakandi, Karimganj and parts of Morigaon and all preparations for the
polls have been completed and the officials engaged for the elections have
already left for their respective polling stations.

Police probe making

GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The Manisena Singh Commission probing the Beltola
clash during its first hearing on Monday may not have yielded the desired
results but as far as the criminal investigation being carried out by the
special Assam Police investigation team into the November 24 incident is
concerned, the investigation is making a steady progress. Police sources told
The Assam Tribune
that though the investigation undertaken by the special
police investigating team started off in a snail’s pace, however later it gained
substantial momentum and has managed to bring to the fore many hidden facts.

MLA Mohibul Haque

GAURIPUR, Jan 8 – Legislator Mohibul Haque and a number of his
supporters were assaulted in Gauripur last night when they were campaigning for
the panchayat polls even after expiry of the time for campaigning. The
supporters of his opponents objected to it and a clash broke out between both
the groups in Naidagaon village under Gauripur PS.

State Hajjis allege raw deal,
file FIR at Kolkata
 GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – Shabby treatment meted out to them allegedly by the
Air India authorities and the Central Hajj Committee has made the Hajj pilgrims
fuming and they have formed a committee to move the court against the above
authorities. ……more

Sabha chief’s arrest condemned(AST_9_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The Purbottar Hindustani Sammelan, a premier
organisation of Hindi-speaking people living in the North East region, has
strongly condemned the arrest of the president of Asam Sahitya Sabha along with
a host of other prominent personalities on January 7, while they were peacefully
proceeding to submit memorandum to the State secretariat pressing the demand for
the implementation of the Official Languages Act.

AGP decries firing by MLA’s
GUWAHATI, Jan 8 – The Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on today
condemned the incident of firing by security personnel of MLA Mahibul Haque at
Gauripur wherein AGP worker Shahidur Rahman was seriously injured.

33,000 cast votes in Sualkuchi
SUALKUCHI, Jan 8 – In the second phase of Panchayat election, 33,097
voters out of the total of 42,684 in No.13 Sualkuchi Zila Parishad Constituency
under Jalukbari LA constituency, exercised their franchise on January 4 and they
would decide the fate of 20 candidates for Gaon Panchayat president, 26
candidates for Anchalik Panchayat member (councillor) 163 Gaon Panchayat ward
members, and 5 for Zila Parishad councillors who were in fray from 8 Gaon
Panchayats under Sualkuchi Development Block. Meanwhile, Ali Hussain, candidate
for the Gaon Panchayat president of Singimari GP was declared elected without
contest following the withdrawal of nomination by the lone AGP rival.

Chaos in Cachar dist; officials
burn ballot paper
SILCHAR, Jan 8 – Hours before the Panchayat election, a confusing
situation prevailed in Cachar district due to the mismanagement of the
administration. As per the direction received from the Election Commission, the
polling officers reported at the ISBT at 7 am on Monday. But upto 4 pm most of
the polling officers did not receive any papers. The hungry and exhausted
polling officers could not take it any more and set some important election
materials afire, including a trunk of ballot papers. This resulted in a chaotic
situation in the entire district. ……more

Repoll in Sonitpur district
 TEZPUR, Jan 8 – The district administration has directed repoll in 10
polling stations in Sonitpur district covering 3 subdivisions – Tezpur,
Biswanath and Gohpur – tomorrow. ……more

Training of RSS Hailakandi unit(AST_9_1_k8)
HAILAKANDI, Jan 8 – A three-day-long training programme of the Hailakandi
unit of the Rastriya Sevika Samiti was held recently at Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in
Hailakandi. A total of 58 members from all over the district participated in the
training. The training programme was conducted by Uttar Purb Sampark Pramukh of
the Samiti, Monideepa Das. ……more

Dissident Congmen form
independent forum in Darrang
MANGALDOI, Jan 8 – Dissident Congressmen and some high-ups in the
district (Darrang) Congress like the former Darrang ZPP, Enamul Majid formed an
independent forum ‘in protest’.Majid said “we are not leaving the party. We have
filed nomination papers as dissident independents by remaining in the party.”

Violence mars Panchayat

GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The third phase of the Panchayat polls was marred
by incidents of violence and rigging, particularly in the districts of
Hailakandi and Karimganj in the Barak Valley and the State Election Commission
will have to order re-polling in at least 170 polling stations. Briefing
newspersons this evening, the State Election Commissioner CK Sarma said that
altogether 74 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the third
phase of the polls today. He said that 70 per cent of the voters cast their
votes in Nalbari district, 75 per cent in Barpeta district, 80 per cent in
Bongaigaon district, 74 per cent in Dhubri district, 70 per cent in Cachar
district and around 78 per cent of the voters cast their votes in Morigaon
district. The figures of Hailakandi and Karimganj district could not be compiled
till late this evening. ……more

Writ against PR in Nagaland
admitted in HC(AST_10_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 9 – The Gauhati High Court comprising Chief Justice J
Chelameswar and Justice A Potsangbam admitted the writ petition (C) No. 93/2008
filed by Mr Yietchu, MLA of Nagaland Legislative Assembly from Maheuri
constituency challenging the imposition of President’s rule in Nagaland and
posted the matter for hearing on February 5.


AGP flays
Cong over poll violence(AST_11_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – The opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on
Thursday described the Panchayat election situation in the State as
unprecedented and castigated the ruling Congress for violating the election code
of conduct and using the Government machinery in its favour. The party said that
after the shameful incidents of violence that disrupted the poll process, the
Government had no moral right to continue in power.

AUDF alleges

 GUWAHATI, Jan 10 – The Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) today
demanded re-election in all the polling stations of Hailakandi district, in 52
polling stations of Karimganj district and in 10 polling stations of Nagaon
district alleging irregularities in conducting the panchayat election process
and rigging by the Congress. The party also alleged partisan attitude of the
State Election Commissioner. He is working as an agent of the Congress, said the
AUDF. The party is planning to hold a meeting of the opposition parties on the
entire panchayat election process. ……more

 Repoll peaceful in Sissi,
 SILAPATHAR, Jan 10 – Repolling of the panchayat polls held in 12 polling
station of Sissiblock passed off peacefully amid tight security on Tuesday. Due
to alleged irregularities in 16 polling stations in Dhemaji Subdivision,
repolling was ordered. In the polling centres, 85-90 per cent polling was
reported. No untoward incident was reported from polling centres, but three
persons suspected to be involved in rigging were arrested in polling.

CM reviews govt schemes in
 JORHAT, Jan 10 – Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday asked the State
Public Works Department to prepare projects to build roads and bridges in the
areas along Assam-Nagaland border, chars and other interior places.

Apang case hearing on Feb

 GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The full bench of the Gauhati High Court
comprising Chief Justice J Chelameswar, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice BP
Katakey after hearing PIL No 50 of 2004 filed by Bamang Anthony and Domin Loya
against rampant corruption and misappropriation of crores of money during 2000
to 2004 in distribution of ……more


in 453 stations ordered(AST_12_1_k8)

GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The State Election Commission has ordered repoll
in as many as 453 polling stations in six districts for the third phase of the
Panchayat polls. Of these Hailakandi accounts for the highest number of repolls
in 309 polling stations followed by Karimganj where repoll will be held in 74
stations. Cachar comes at third with repoll in 54 stations.

State poll panel
biased, says BJP(AST_12_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Assam Pradesh
on Friday said that it was ready to jointly protest, with other Opposition
parties including the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) against the biased stand of the
State Election Commission, (SEC). State BJP president Ramen Deka said that in
view of the pro Government approach of the State Election Commission, it was
necessary for the Opposition parties to unite and pressurise the Commission to
maintain its integrity. ……more

Opp parties seek Governor’s

 GUWAHATI, Jan 11 – The opposition political parties who met on
Friday to discuss the election condition resolved to join hands against the
ruling Congress and demanded the intervention of the Governor to ensure that the
democratic tradition was not violated in the State. The Assam United Democratic
Front (AUDF), the Asom Gana Parishad (P) and seven other political parties
attended the meet and took the decision to call upon the Governor and seek his
intervention into the prevailing situation. ……more

Public to exercise franchise
after 15 years
DALGAON, Jan 11 – As Darrang district is all set to hold the
panchayat elections on January 24 next, voters of eight Gaon Panchayats under
four Zila Parishad constituencies in two LACs of the district are getting back
their constitutional rights after a long spell of fifteen years.

Creation of civil district for
Hamren sub-division demanded
DIPHU, Jan 11 – The Karbi Students’ Association (KSA) Hamren Regional
Committee (HRC) recently submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi
through the Sub-divisional Officer (Civil) Hamren demanding creation of a civil
district for Hamren sub-division in Karbi Anglong.

Stir threat over price rise(AST_13_1_k8)
GUWAHATI, Jan 12 – The Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP)
on Friday lambasted the State Government over the issue of rise in prices of all
essential commodities and warned that if the Government remained a mute
spectator anymore on the matter, the student body would launch a Statewide
agitation. ……more

Hailakandi bandh peaceful(AST_13_1_k8)
HAILAKANDI, Jan 12 – The 12 hour Hailakandi bandh called by the
Ganatantrik Adhikar Suraksha Mancha, a joint platform of various political
parties comprises CPI(M), NCP, AGP(P) and another non-political organization
Gram Swaraj Suraksha Mancha passed off peacefully on Friday in Hailakandi
district. Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF) and an NGO Barak Bandhu Club also
called Hailakandi bandh separately. ……more

over attack on Gauripur MLA
GAURIPUR, Jan 12 – Barring a few stray incidents, though Panchayat
poll in the 24 Gauripur LAC passed off peacefully, the untoward incident of
assault on the local MLA Mahibul Haque has caused concern among all sections of
people of the constituency. ……more

SULFA body to hold Silpi Divas
at Mangaldoi
From Our Correspondent
 DALGAON, Jan 12 – In an welcome start to the New Year, hundreds of youth who
once believed in armed revolution have now started believing in cultural
revolution. Things are shaping well as the ex-ULFA co-ordination committee of
undivided Darrang district under the supervision of its State body is organising
Silpi Divas at Mangaldoi on January 17 and 18 with variety of programmes.

Campaigning peaks in Sipajhar
 SIPAJHAR, Jan 12 – Candidates and party workers of different
political parties, including ruling Congress and the Opposition Asom Gana
Parishad (AGP), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), CPM and AUDF and also Independent
candidates have geared up political campaign in the entire Sipajhar LAC area as
panchayat election is scheduled for January 24.

3595 candidates in fray for
Darrang panchayat poll
 DALGAON, Jan 12 – With the process of filing of nominations and its
withdrawal over, a total of 3595 candidates are contesting the final battle of
panchayat poll in Darrang district to be held on January 24. A maximum of 2819
candidates are left in the fray against 750 GP member seats while 369 candidates
are in fray for 75 AP member seats. ……more

Nalbari registers 70% polling(AST_13_1_k8)
Nalbari, Jan 12 – About 70 per cent voters cast their votes in the
third phase of panchayat poll held in Nalbari district to elect 792 Zilla
Parisad members, anchalik panchayat members, gaon panchayat president and
members on Wednesday. he election in the district was by and large peaceful,
except for three untoward incidents at Tihu, Pokowa and Bahjani ZPC areas.

Repoll ordered(AST_13_1_k8)
DIBRUGARH, Jan 12 – Fresh polling has been ordered at Bokuloni
Chariali Hindi L P School under Tengakhat Anchalik Panchayat in the district on
January 17, according to an official press communique.


ordered into burning of poll material(AST_14_1_k8)

 HAILAKANDI, Jan 13 – The Deputy Commissioner of Hailakandi has
ordered an inquiry into the burning of ballot boxes and other poll material by
polling officials at SS College premises in the town on the day of Panchayat
poll on January 9. The presiding and polling officers became agitated after
attack by goons in most of the polling booths and vented their anger at the SS
College premises by burning the remaining poll material. The Additional Deputy
Commissioner of Hailakandi, Rupak Gupta will inquire into the entire incident.

SAKP to continue fight for
resolving govt employees’ problems
udalguri, Jan 14 – “If the State government fails to implement the Sixth
Pay Commission’s structure in Assam by April of the current year, then the State
government may have to pay a big price for it. If we, the employees of State
government, get united under one umbrella organisation, it is likely that the
State government will have to bow down to our core demand of implementing the
Central government’s pay structure failing which it will have to quite the
throne at Dispur,” said Pradip Kr Borah, president, Sadou Asom Karmachari
Parishad (SAKP). ……more

Press Council
GUWAHATI, Jan 16 – The Press Council of India has been reconstituted
in its tenth term on January 7 for a three-year term. The Council stands
constituted with strength of 28 members other than the chairman, of whom 20
represent the press, five are the Members of Parliament and one nominee each of
University Grants Commission, Sahitya Academy and the Bar Council of India.

216 hyper-sensitive booths in
Darrang dist
SIPAJHAR, Jan 16 – With an eye on the forthcoming panchayat election in
Darrang district to be held on January 24, the district administration is making
all kinds of preparation for peaceful conduct of the polls.

Violence during polls in
Nilambazar flayed
NILAMBAZAR, Jan 16 – The general public and several students
organisations have criticised the incidents of violence between the Congress and
AUDF in the Nilambazar area during the polls on January 9.

Opp parties demand fresh polls
in Hailakandi dis
 HAILAKANDI, Jan 16 – Two hundred members of various Opposition political
parties, such as, BJP, AGP, AUDF, NCP, CPI, CPI(M) etc observed four hours
hunger strike in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner in Hailakandi
from 10 am on Monday demanding fresh elections in all the 621 polling booths in
Hailakandi district. Later they also submitted a memorandum to the Chief
Election Commissioner of the State through the deputy commissioner of Hailakandi.

SEC allays fears on ballot
boxes security(AST_18_1_k8)

 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – The Assam State Election Commission has appealed
to the voters, candidates and political parties not to have any apprehension
about the safety and security of the strong rooms where the ballot boxes of the
Panchayat polls are kept. In a release here today, the Commission said that all
the political parties have been offered the opportunity by the Deputy
Commissioners and Sub Divisional Officers (SDO) to keep their representatives at
the vicinity of the strong rooms till the date of counting so that they can keep
a close vigil. ……more

CRPF deploys new battalion in
Arunachal Pradesh
 GUWAHATI, Jan 17 – CRPF has inducted a new battalion in Arunachal
Pradesh to counter militant threat and intensified its operations in the
districts that witnessed increased violence during last year. Another battalion
has been added to the State, in addition to the two already existing ones
following reports of militant movements in Tirap and Changlang districts from
Myanmar, CRPF Director-General S I S Ahmed told reporters here recently.

Poll boycott fails to evoke

 DIBRUGARH, Dec 31 – A large number of people thronged to their
respective polling stations in the district to cast their vote in the panchayat
elections today despite the poll boycott called by six different communities
seeking scheduled status. Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha president and former
Dibrugarh MP, Paban Singh Ghatowar told The Assam Tribune here this
evening that he is elated by the large turnout at the polling booths today.


injured in blast(SHT, 7-1-k8)

One person was seriously injured in a car bomb blast in

Dhubri town on Sunday.The police said a bomb planted inside a car owned by a
prominent businessmans exploded when his son opened the garage at their house

The son was
admitted to the Dhubri civil hospital in a critical condition. (PTI)


Misuse of tricolour lands panchayat candidate in trouble(SHT, 8-1-k8)

An over-zeal for patriotic display has almost cost a Panchayat election
candidate in Assams Hailakandi district his candidature.A Gaon Panchayat
presidential candidate for the local rural body polls, Nekibur Zaman Borbhuyan,
had published posters, appealing votes, with the Tricolour printed on it to
attract attention of the voters.

Assam MLA injured in pre-poll violence(SHT, 9-1-k8)

Independent legislator Mohibul Haque and another person was critically injured
in pre-panchayat poll violence in Assam’s Dhubri district late on Monday night.

Official sources here on Tuesday
informed Mr Haque and his supporters were having dinner at a house in Nadirgaon,
near Gauripur police station, after the poll campaign, when they were attacked
by political rivals at about 2330 hours.



of Assam population don’t speak Assamese(SHT, 9-1-k8)

The Directorate of Census, in a recently released data of state-wise language
figure, has said that more than half of Assam’s inhabitants do not speak
Assamese. The report stated that only 49.44 per cent of people speak Assamese
while 27.91 per cent speak Bengali followed by 5.97 per cent Hindi and 4.93 per
cent Bodo.

Assam CM blames neighbouring nations for jehadi activities(SHT, 10th January


Assam’s neighbouring
countries, particularly Bangladesh, are encouraging insurgency and jehadi
activities in the State, where a "third force" with suspected naxalite links is
working behind the growing Adivasi uprising, says Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi. On
the see-saw peace process with the ULFA, the Chief Minister expressed his
Government’s readiness to hold talks with the insurgents provided they dropped
the sovereignty condition.

pc turnout in Assam panchayat polls(SHT, 10th January

An estimated 74 per cent of the electorate on Wednesday exercised their
franchise in the third and final phase of panchayat polls in nine districts of
Assam amidst incidents of violence and booth-capturing in some
districts.Official sources said that incidents of violence and booth-capturing
were reported from parts of Hailakandi, Nagaon, Morigaon and Barpeta districts.
Polling was suspended in several booths in the districts.



hurt in explosion(SHT_13_1_k8)

Two drivers from Rajasthan engaged in railway contruction work were injured when
a grenade was lobbed at them by unidentified miscreants early on Saturday
morning in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district. Official sources said the granades
were hurled at the two when they were sleeping in their temporary camp at
Rangsali, under Khowang police station. (PTI)


Kameswari’ title for Sonal Mansingh(SHT_15_1_k8)


Renowned Bharatnatyam dancer Sonal
Mansingh was conferred the title of ‘Kameshwari’ by the Kamakhya Debuttor Board
during the ‘Kameswari Festival, 2008’ beginning on Monday.



to go with NPF in Nagaland polls(SHT_17_1_k8)


The BJP is game for continuing the alliance with the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF)
in its is attempt to have a non-Congress Government installed at Kohima after
the forthcoming Assembly election on March 5 next.



Police lathicharge curious crowd(SHT_21_1_k8)

Police resorted to a mild lathicharge to disperse a curious crowd which had
gathered to watch the helicopter in which Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had gone to
address a Panchayat election campaign in Assam’s Darrang district on Sunday.


NE unfazed by R-Day boycott

Guwahati/Agartala: A 17-hour general strike by separatist rebels on
Saturday to boycott the 59th Republic Day celebrations failed to impact the
northeastern states of Assam, Manipur and Tripura. ……more

Cong set to sweep Assam
civic polls(SHT_29_1_k8)
: The ruling Congress was all set to sweep the Panchayat poll
in the Assam, winning majority of the seats announced so far, leaving only a
handful of pockets to Opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Assam United
Democratic Front (AUDF). ……more

 ‘Contain conflicts for
growth of North-East’(SHT_29_1_k8)
: Conflict was a scourge on all development activities and
needed to be addressed, more so in the north east region faced with various
natural challenges, British deputy high commissioner to eastern India Simon
Wilson said on Monday. ……more

ULFA chief’s sister wins
civic polls (SHT_31_1_k8)

Guwahati: Separatist ULFA leader Paresh Baruah’s sister Hirawati
Baruah Chetia on Wednesday won the panchayat seat which she had contested as an
Asom Gana Parishad candidate. Hirawati, the only sister of the ULFA chief, who
had contested for the post of councillor of Baruahola village panchayat in upper
Assam’s Tinsukia district, defeated her nearest Congress candidate, official
sources said. Her constituency was in Bessopani area, native place of her mother
Miliki Baruah who has always been very vocal against the ULFA and also cast her
vote in the last assembly elections in the State. ……more


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Nagaland Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Nagaland Cong list

Nagaland Cong list
 KOHIMA, Jan 29 – Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee, besieged with
too many aspirants, yesterday announced the names of candidates for the 40
Assembly seats, elections to which will be held on March 5. …more

Cong candidates for 40

Dimapur, Jan 27 (NPN): Even
though the Congress has finally cleared the first list of candidates to contest
in 40 constituencies for the March 5 assembly election , the suspense over the
remaining 20 names continues to fuel speculations amid rumblings within its rank
and file. …more

NPF Dimapur-II

The NPF Dimapur-II A/C comprising of its parent body, women wing, youth wing and
advisory board during its executive meeting at the residence of Y. Hewoto Awomi,
former parliamentary secretary for CAWD and decided to dissolve the party "en
bloc as subsequent to resignation of Hewoto Awomi from the party." …more

Houses, vehicles gutted in

Dimapur, Jan 28 (NPN): Seven trucks and around 30
to 40 houses including a motor garage were gutted in a major fire which broke
out at the residential Ghorapatty area here on Monday at around 10 am. …more

2 former
ministers quit Congress(NPT_29_1_k8)

KOHIMA/DIMAPUR, JAN 28 (NPN):  In an apparent
fallout of the tussle for Congress party tickets for the ensuing Assembly
elections, two former ministers and Congress leaders, K Kiko and Pukhayi Sumi,
have resigned from the Congress party to contest the polls under different
political parties.
While chairman, NPCC Kissan Cell, K Kiko Konyak of 48 Moka A/C, is set to
contest the polls on a BJP ticket, PCC member of 34 Aghunato A/C, Pukhayi Sumi
is eyeing for NPF ticket. …more

NPF list
likely by Jan 30(NPT_29_1_k8)

KOHIMA, JAN 28 (NPN): The NPF is expected to
declare its list of candidates for the ensuing March 5 assembly elections on
January 30, NPF sources said. 
A highly-placed NPF source disclosed that the party would have a meeting on
January 29 and the names of candidates declared the next day, with the ticket
distribution ceremony to be held at the NPF Central Office, Kohima. The source
also said the NPF party would kick-start its election campaign on February 6.
Though the NPF party is keen to contest in all 60 seats, there are speculations
that there could some seat adjustment with the DAN partners including the BJP.

JAC to stage demo in

Dimapur, Jan 29 (NPN): The Joint Action Committee of
Tribal Hohos on Delimitation has decided to stage a dharna in front of
Parliament House in New Delhi on February 7 as a part of its agitation in
protest against the proposed ordinance to exempt Nagaland from the purview of
delimitation exercise.A press release issued by JAC
general secretary Idailung Thou described the ordinance as "murder of
fundamental and democratic rights of the people" and "stark exposure of the
double standard treatment meted out to the Nagas by Government of India".…more

Cong pits Seyie against

Kohima, Jan 29 (NPN):
In an interesting development, though the Congress is
yet to declare the candidature of Sevotso Seyie, party general secretary, Kohima
District Congress Committee for Northern Angami-II A/C, NPCC vice president
Khreidi Thenünuo Tuesday officially declared that Seyie would be pitted against
former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio of NPF. …more

Congress declares second

Dimapur, Jan 29 (NPN):
After a long delay, the Congress has announced the
second set of its list containing the names of candidates for ten assembly
constituencies. As expected, several aspirants who have been denied the party
tickets have either resigned or decided to contest as independents or candidates
of other rival parties for the March 5 assembly elections. …more

NYC leaders

Kohima, Jan 29 (NPN):
Apparently peeved at being denied the Congress party
tickets for the March 5 assembly polls, Nagaland Youth Congress (NYC) president
Prasielie Pienyu and secretary Ruokuovotuo have resigned from the primary as
well as active membership of the party with immediate effect. …more

Bid to change fund

 Dimapur, Jan 30 : The Northeast may finally get some
respite following a proposal by Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh
Prasad Singh to move the Union Cabinet towards endorsing his Ministry’s proposal
to change the funding pattern to 90 per cent grant.

Plea to

DIMAPUR, JAN 30 (NPN): Public of
Khaghaboto, Kuhuboto and Aghunaqa areas have directed all underground factions
not to disrupt the ongoing construction works of the RCC bridge between Shozukhu
and Zukihe, in the interest of the public of the three areas. …more

CEC to
review Assembly poll preparations in Nagaland

 KOHIMA, Jan 27 – Chief Election
Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswamy and two Election Commissioners (EC) will visit
Nagaland from January 31 to February 2 to review preparations for the March 5
assembly election in the State. …more

Rudy flays Central rule
in Nagaland

 KOHIMA, Jan 24 – Former Union Minister
and BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy yesterday said that the decision to impose
Central rule in Nagaland by the UPA Government was undemocratic. While the
government imposed President’s Rule in Nagaland dismissing an elected government
before the completion of its term, it applied a different yardstick for Goa in a
similar situation and allowed the Congress rule to continue. …more

Deo Nukhu quits

Dimapur, Jan 20 (NPN): MLA Deo
Nukhu has resigned from the Nagaland Legislative Assembly with effect from
January 14.
In a letter to the Assembly Speaker, Nukhu said it was not possible for him to
continue as a member of the Assembly under the present political condition.


15 dept to
vie for trophy(NPT_23_2_k8)

DIMAPUR: Vying for the
Governor’s Trophy for Excellence, fifteen Government departments are to take
part in the Tableau Presentation at this year’s Republic Day celebrations at the

Plaza, Kohima. This was decided during a meeting held recently at Kohima to
chalk out arrangements for celebration of Republic Day 2008 in the state
capital. …more


DCC Wokha

 DIMAPUR: The District Congress
Committee (DCC) Wokha has re-affirmed for recommendation of INC ticket for Wokha
district. A press release jointly issued by its president, C Renpongthung Ezung
and general secretary Zubemo Lotha stated that Wokha DCC election committee has
re-affirmed its earlier decision taken on October 10, 2007 for recommendation of
INC ticket to all the four PCC members from Wokha district for the ensuing
general election. The release has further asked the authority responsible to
consider the enclosed minutes of the District Election Committee held on January
19 and take necessary action. …more

BJP graph rising:

Dimapur, Jan 22 (NPN):
The BJP Tuesday asserted that Year 2008 would be the
"Year of BJP". Addressing a press conference here Tuesday, BJP all India
spokesman and election in-charge of Nagaland, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, claimed the
graph of BJP was ever rising. He was confident that BJP would do well in the
upcoming elections in several States. …more

Jamir asks Nagas to ‘arise
and awake’(NPT_23_2_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 22 (NPN):
Governor of Goa Dr. S.C. Jamir said the obsession of
the Nagas with the past had narrowed down their perspectives besides affecting
them in broadening their horizons and exploiting the natural talents and
creative capabilities in all spheres of human endeavours. …more

AR with people of State:

Maj. Gen. K.S. Sethi, IGAR (North), Tuesday asserted that Assam Rifles was
committed to the growth and development of Nagaland.Addressing a gathering after
inaugurating a water supply project at Kukidolong village on Tuesday, Gen. Sethi
said "We are with the people and it will be always our endeavour to work for the
people of the State". He said the Assam Rifles wanted to see the fruits of
growth in the State as in many places of the country.Commenting on the project,
the General said it was a very difficult and challenging task but was made
possible owing to the efforts of Col. K.P.S. Sirohi, CO, 42 Assam Rifles, as
also the villagers. …more


The BJP Dimapur -III A/C Mandal in its meeting on January 21 at the residence of
Mandal president Hokheto Kiba had resolved to "unanimously support" the mahila
candidate Mrs. Helena Yepthomi as the BJP candidate for Dimapur-III. …more

RJD Mon(NPT_23_2_k8)

The RJD Mon District Yuva has praised DRJD President, Panglei Konyak for his
efficient and dynamic leadership under whom the youth of the RJD Mon district
has improved and bloomed. Mon District Yuva Rashtriya Janata Dal general
secretary has in a press release informed that Panglei Konyak resigned from the
Congress party Mon district and joined RJD in the year 2007. …more

DC Longleng, DPRO Tsg

The Deputy Commissioner of Longleng has condoled the death of Sub- Divisional
Information Officer, Longleng, Meshu Khiammungam, who died in a road accident on
January 15 between Changtongya and Mokokchung road. …more

BSP informs(NPT_23_2_k8)

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) general secretary, K. Mhonchumo Lotha has informed all
the BSP State and District office bearers to collect their Identity Cards from
the head office. In a separate release, the general secretary also informed that
the office of the BSP has been shifted to Half Nagarjan, near GHSS Nagarjan,

NLBC 75 years(NPT_23_2_k8)

The N. Longchum Baptist Church (NLBC) under KBES Wokha will celebrate its 75th
anniversary from January 28 to 30 with the theme, "Nteno Ethungcheo Jipo". The
speakers during the conference will be executive secretary KBES Vankhosung Rev
Dr E. Nrio Ezung, Wokha Town Baptist Church Pastor Rev L.K. …more

JD (U) office bearers

Altogether six state office bearers of the Janata Dal (United) have tendered
resignation from their respective designations since January 16. Appreciating
Deo Nukhu, former minister, Higher and Technical Education for withdrawing
support to the DAN Government, the six JD (U) signatories have extended its
gratitude to the screening committee members of the INC for inducting former DAN
legislators into Congress party and also for recommending the party’s tickets.

Oting village alleges
fraudulent drawal(NPT_23_2_k8)

The Oting village elders has alleged that an amount of Rs. 82, 25, 000 has been
drawn in the name of "fake development works" which have not been done at all.In
an open letter to the state Governor, the signatories sought the intervention
and demanded investigation into the alleged fraudulent works for which a total
of Rs. 82, 25, 000 has been drawn with "mutual understanding between DDOs of
some departments and contractors in the name of Oting village." …more

NPF Wka threat on ticket

The Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) Wokha Division and NPF 37 Tyui A/C has
appealed to the NPF Party Ticket Distribution Committee to issue NPF ticket to
intending candidate Y. Y. Kikon and cautioned to resign en bloc in the event of
the candidate not getting the NPF ticket.In a press statement, signed by nine
NPF officials of Wokha Division and 37 Tyui A/C reaffirmed its earlier
recommendation for allotment of NPF ticket to Y. Y. Kikon for the 37 Tyui A/C.

NCRC Sumi council

A general meeting of Nagaland Christian Revival Church (NCRC), Sumi executive
council has been convened on February 2 at 8 am at its headquarter prayer
centre, Pughoboto. NCRC (Sumi) in a press release issued by its secretary,
Hekhevi Yeptho, has requested all LBC board members both old and new and council
members to attend the meeting.

Polling stations for Phek

The Deputy Commissioner & district election officer, Phek, Maongwati Aier has
informed that the list of polling stations for the five Assembly Constituencies
including 16 Pfütsero AC, 17 Chizami AC, 18 Chazouba AC, 19 Phek AC and 20
Meluri AC, have been published. Copies of the list are available for inspection
at the office of the District Election Officer, Phek, all outpost Administrative
Officers’ offices, Phek district and the office of the Phek Town Council.

Tuli ACCC Merangkong village

The 21 Tuli Assembly Constituency Congress Committee (ACCC), and Assembly
Constituency Youth Congress Committee (ACYCC), Merangkong village unit, during
their general meeting held on January 20 have reaffirmed to stand in the party
principles and resolved to support S. Imti Jamir, intending Congress candidate
in the ensuing general assembly election under the leadership of NPCC president,
Hokheto Sumi and CLP leader, I. Imkong. This was stated in a joint press
statement issued by 21 Tuli ACCC and ACYCC Merangkong village unit.

BJP 3 Dmr-III office bearers

Fifteen BJP office bearers along with active and primary members under 3 Dmr-III
A/C has resigned from the party to support L. Inazhe Sema, RJD candidate, for
the ensuing general assembly election. …more

DAN co-ordination committee

DIMAPUR, JAN 23 (NPN): Co-ordination Committee of the
Democratic Alliance Nagaland (DAN) in a consultative meeting held Wednesday at
Kohima, selected a new team of committee members and also set up a sub-committee
on drafting the common minimum programme (CMP) of DAN for the forthcoming
Assembly elections. …more

Congress first list
likely today(NPT_24_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 23 (NPN): Congress is likely to
declare the first list of 40 candidates for the March 5 Assembly polls in
Nagaland on Thursday; while the second list containing the names of the
remaining 20 was expected to be declared on February 2.
Congress leader I. Imkong told Nagaland Post Wednesday that the Central
Executive Committee (CEC) of the party would meet in New Delhi on Thursday to
discuss the matter. The CEC is headed by Congress president Mrs. Sonia Gandhi
and includes as members: Margaret Alva (AICC in-charge Nagaland), Ranjit Thomas
(joint secretary AICC) Lalthanhawla , P.R.Kyndiah, CLP leader I. Imkong and NPCC
president Hokheto Sumi. …more

Violation of
code of conduct(NPT_25_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 24(NPN): Despite election having been declared on January 14 and
after which the electoral code of conduct taking immediate effect, several
former ministers and VIPs of the DAN coalition are still using armed police
escorts during their movements.
Armed police escorts are officially permitted only for the former chief
minister, the opposition leader and a minister in the erstwhile DAN government
as they come under the category of the ‘threat perception’. …more

Congress to announce
list of candidates(NPT_25_1_k8)

 Dimapur, Jan 24 (NPN): With the Central Election Committee
of the AICC having sat for several hours on Thursday to finalise the list of
party candidates, no formal announcement has been made.
When contacted over telephone, NPCC president Hokheto Sumi simply said the list
would be formally declared after the AICC president Sonia Gandhi appended her
signature by Friday. …more
PR imposed in

Kohima, Jan 3: Presi-dent’s Rule has been imposed in Nagaland this
Reacting to the development, Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio has said that
it is unfortunate that anti-democracy forces in the form of the Congress leaders
of Nagaland have put their best effort to impose President’s Rule in Nagaland
after failing on all fronts to dislodge the mandated DAN Government in Nagaland.

Varied response to Delhi rule(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Nagaland CMO dismisses report, minister prepares for battle (TEL, 3-1-k8)

Jan. 2:
The Nagaland
People’s Front, the main constituent of the ruling Democratic Alliance of
Nagaland, today reacted to the news of the Union cabinet recommending
President’s rule in the state in contradictory voices.The chief minister’s
office dismissed the news outright, saying it was a mere rumour floated by the
Opposition Congress.

weighs legal option(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Ousted coalition finds support from Naga groups (TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Kohima, Jan. 4:
The Neiphiu Rio-led Democratic
Alliance of Nagaland geared up for a legal battle with Delhi a day after losing
the political one that culminated in President’s rule being clamped on the
state.Rio said the coalition partners, led by his Nagaland People’s Front, were
consulting legal experts to move court against the “murder of democracy”. “We
will seek justice from the court,” he said, projecting his government as a
political martyr.

plans protest(TEL_ 6_1_k8)

Nagaland security reviewed, NPF
mulls bandh (TEL,6-1-08)

Jan. 5:
The Nagaland
People’s Front, a constituent of the Neiphiu Rio-led government, and the BJP
that backed the coalition have launched a vitriolic attack on the Centre for
imposing President’s rule in the state. The parties have chalked out a series of
agitation programmes to protest the Centre’s decision, though Governor K.
Sankaranarayanan today tried to cool tempers by assuring that central rule is
not “army rule”.

forces for NPF blockade (TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Jan. 7:
The Nagaland
administration has deployed additional police and IRB personnel along National
Highway 39 to ensure law and order during the 12-hour blockade called by the
youth wing of the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) tomorrow in protest against the
imposition of President’s rule.


The Nagaland
People’s Front (NPF) has filed a writ petition in Gauhati High Court,
challenging the imposition of President’s rule in the state on January 3. The
case will come up for hearing tomorrow. NPF spokesperson V.V. Abu Metha said
renowned constitution expert Soli Sorabjee would represent the party.

Nagaland bandh peaceful(SEX_9_1_k8)

 Kohima, Jan 8: The 12 hours
bandh of National Highway 39 and 61 in Nagaland called by the Youth Wings of
three non-Congress political parties including Nagaland People’s Front (NPF),
Bharatya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) from 6
am today went off peacefully without any untoward incident being reported from
any quarter.

Nagaland Election Dept ready to conduct polls
KOHIMA, Jan 16: Nagaland
Election Department has made the requisite preparations to conduct the March 5
Assembly Elections as per the Election Commission of India (ECI) directive,
official sources said today.
Nagaland Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) C J Ponraj told UNI that despatching of
election-related materials and instructions to maintain model code of conduct to
the district headquarters have already been started as the election process. He
said Nagaland has a total of 13,00507 voters, comprising 64,604 male and
6,35,903 female voters, who will exercise their franchise in 1800 polling
stations throughout the State.
New Chairman
KOHIMA, Jan 18: Temjen Toy, Commissioner and Secretary, Urban Development
Department has being appointed Chairman Development Authority Nagaland (DAN),
stated a press release. …more

Vice President inaugurates NCC Republic Day camp

KOHIMA, Jan 8 : The Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari inaugurated the
National Cadet Corps Republic Day Camp – 2008, at New Delhi today, stated a
press release.
A contingent of smartly turned out NCC cadets drawn from all the three wings
namely Army, Navy and Air Force, presented a Guard of Honour to the Vice
President on his arrival at the NCC camp. …more

Armed forces
Tribunal Act notified

KOHIMA, Jan 8: The Union
Government has notified the Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007 which will pave the
way for the setting up of a tribunal dealing with disputes relating to the
personnel of the three Services, stated a press release.
The Armed Forces Tribunal Bill 2007, passed by the Parliament, received the
assent of the President on December 25, 2007.


Governor reviews security situation
KOHIMA, Jan 9:
Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayan reviewed the security scenario in the State
with the top Army personnel and discussed the issue of holding free and fair
election, said a Defence release issued here today. The high-level meeting,
attended by all senior security personnel, including Lt Gen M S Dadwal, GOC,
three Corps and Maj Gen K S Sethi, Inspector General of Assam Rifles (North),
was held here yesterday.

not responsible for President Rule :Imkong
KOHIMA, Jan 9: Opposition
Congress leader I Imkong today said the party and the Nagaland Progressive
Alliance (NPA) members did not demand President’s rule in the State but only
dismissal of the ‘minority’ Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government.
Addressing a press conference here after returning from New Delhi, the leader of
Opposition in the previous Nagaland Assembly alleged that failure of the DAN
government led to the imposition of Central rule.


Congress accuses Rio of fund misuse
KOHIMA, Jan 10: Congress
Legislature Party leader in Nagaland I Imkong has demanded explanations from
outgoing Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for “siphoning off” developmental funds and
requested Governor K Sankaranarayan to investigate the matter.
Addressing a press conference here yesterday, Imkong alleged that Rio had
withdrawn cash of more than Rs 400 crore between December 13 and 31 after his
Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government became a ‘minority’ in the
floor of the House on December 13.


urges Governor to reinstate Rio govt

Kohima, Jan 14
(NPN): In a significant political development, the NPF-led DAN alliance Monday
called on State Governor K. Sankaranarayanan and urged him to reinstate the
Neiphiu Rio led government.
The DAN legislators, led by Rio, called on the Governor in the afternoon and
took group photographs along with the Governor.


Imkong Delhi-bound(NPT_15_1_k8)

Dimapur, Jan 14 (NPN): With the Election Commission fixing
March 5 as the day for holding of Assembly elections in Nagaland, senior
Congress and NPA (Nagaland Progressive Alliance) leader I. Imkong Monday sounded
optimistic about the prospects of Congress in the polls.

SH resolve


The Eastern Nagaland Peoples’
Organization (ENPO) and the Sumi Hoho (SH) have resolved to support the Naga
Unification movement among the Nagas without any discrimination and territorial

assures free, fair polls

Dimapur, Jan 15 (NPN):

Advisor to the Governor and former
DGP of Nagaland, S.C. Tripathi, assured that free and fair polls would be
conducted in Nagaland and hoped polling day would remain peaceful. Tripathi, who
assumed office on Monday, also assured that he would do "everything possible" to
ensure fair and peaceful conduct of the polls.


appreciates Centre


The Asukho Kughukho Union, Nagaland (AKUN) has appreciated the decision of the
Central Government to keep the delimitation proposal in abeyance in Nagaland.

for unity

Dimapur, Jan 16 (NPN): A “Peace and Unification Rally”,
organized in Zunheboto on Tuesday, resolved to unanimously reiterate and
reaffirm the Sumi resolutions adopted on December 11 and December 27 last year.

Support unification: ‘Gen’ Kholi

Dimapur, Jan 16 (NPN):
“General” Kholi Konyak, “Chief of Army”, People’s Army of Nagaland, NSCN (K),
Wednesday called upon all peace-loving Nagas to support the ongoing process for
unification of the Nagas with sincerity and dedication.

Congress to finalise list after January 20

Kohima, Jan 16 (NPN):  It would seem that procrastination
by the Congress party in announcing its list of candidates in Nagaland for the
second time, reveals how difficult the process has turned out to be.

calls bandh over delimitation

Dimapur, Jan 16 (NPN): The Joint
Action Committee (JAC) of Tribal Hohos on Delimitation has called for a “total
bandh” in JAC districts and sub-divisions on January 28 besides resolving to
hold a dharna in New Delhi in the first week of February in protest against the
decision of Cabinet Sub-Committee to exempt some of the north-eastern States
including Nagaland from the purview of delimitation process.


on code of conduct

Dimapur, Jan 16 (NPN): The Election
Commission of India has directed all political parties in the State to abide by
the model code of conduct which came into force immediately with the
announcement of poll schedule for the State on January 14.
A press release issued by C.J. Ponraj, Chief Electoral Officer, Nagaland, said
as according to the model code of conduct, no fresh release of LADP funds under
MPs/MLAs shall be made in any part of the State where election is in progress.

Patil assures NPA

Dimapur, Dec 17 (NPN): Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil
Monday purportedly assured a delegation of the Congress-led Nagaland Progressive
Alliance (NPA) that “justice will be done according to the provisions of the
Constitution of India.”
According to a report from NPA sources, Patil gave the assurance to a 30-member
NPA delegation, led by its leader-elect, I. Imkong, when they called on the
Minister in New Delhi Monday afternoon. …more

Rokonicha quits

Kohima, Dec 17 (NPN): Even as the focus on the latest
political crisis shifted to New Delhi, senior Congress leader Rokonicha resigned
from Assembly on Monday.
According to official sources, Assembly Speaker Kiyaneilie Peseyie accepted the
resignation of Rokonicha. Following this, the strength of the Congress party in
the NLA has been reduced to 16 MLAs. Rokonicha represented the 5th Ghaspani II
Assembly constituency.  …more

lauds Assembly Speaker

Dimapur, Dec 17 (NPN): The
NPF Kohima unit has lauded Assembly Speaker Kiyanilie Peseyie for “graciously
and decently upholding” the Constitution of India, in particular the Tenth
Schedule, during the recent no-trust motion.
A press release issued by NPF Kohima division president Theyiekielie Tachu
alleged the nine NPF Members, who could not muster two third of the strength of
NPF, attempted to violate the Tenth Schedule of Constitution with impunity.

houses gutted


Five houses including four thatch house and a RCC building were gutted during
the wee hours on Monday at Rongmei Colony, Dhobinullah, Dimapur.According to
Fire Brigade personnel who went to the spot to douse of the inferno, four thatch
houses and one RCC building were gutted at the same time property worth 50 lakh
were destroyed which left 21 families homeless. The caused of the fire could not
be ascertained, however it was suspected to be due to short circuit.

slams NPF demand

Dimapur,Jan 18(NPN): Former
NPF finance minister K.Therie slammed the NPF for demanding reinstatement of the
then DAN coalition ministry from the Governor adding, it only served to expose
“ignorance” on the part of the NPF.
In a statement, Therie said the NPF legislators should be “ashamed of making
such demand” if they had any “conscience and morality” since the NPA had the
majority support of 31 MLAs. He said it was known to all people that the DAN
coalition had lost majority support with only 23 members in a house of 60.

Yitachu seeks info

DIMAPUR, JAN 18 (NPN): Former parliamentary secretary (Law
& Justice) and MLA of the suspended 10th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, Yitachu,
has sought information under RTI from the public information officer (PIO),
Secretariat of the Governor, Raj Bhavan Kohima, for use in the matter relating
to challenge of Proclamation under Article 356 in relation to Nagaland issued on
January 3, 2008, before the Gauhati High Court.

U) units affirm


Five JD (U) district level units including Mon, Mokokchung, Peren, Wokha and
Kiphire districts have affirmed not to compromise with former state JD (U)
president, S, Limatemjen, MLA Huska Sumi JD(U) Pughoboto A/C, and Deo Nukhu,
Chairman of State Deputy Planning Board, Nagaland under 17 Chisami A/C who
victimized the party workers with their "kiss and kill" policy for their own
individual benefit and run away from the package of party yearly shared.


all VIP quotas: Governor

Dimapur, Jan 19 (NPN): In his efforts to provide better
governance, the Governor of Nagaland K. Sankaranarayanan Saturday directed all
district authorities to implement the Public Distribution System (PDS) through
Fair Price Shops and not through the VIPs.
A release issued by the Governor’s Secretariat said the Governor had also
directed for the cancellation of all VIP quotas.

WSH plea on unity

 DIMAPUR, JAN 19 (NPN): Appealing to all Sumi underground
workers in particular and all Nagas in general, to cooperate with the
unification process, the Sumi Hoho (SH) and Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) also urged
all individuals and groups not to issue any provocative statement that might
disrupt the ongoing Naga unification. …more

Congress first list on Jan. 24

Kohima, Jan 19 (NPN): The Congress party in Nagaland will
formally declare the names of 40 of its 60 candidates for the forthcoming polls
in the State on January 24.
Disclosing this to Nagaland Post on Saturday, NPCC president Hokheto Sumi said
the names would be announced by the AICC in New Delhi. He said the Screening
Committee of AICC would hold a discussion for the remaining 20 seats on the same
On the recent admission of 19 former DAN legislators into party fold, Hokheto
said their admission into Congress did not mean that all would get party
tickets. “A few seats will be given…The Congress has to sacrifice to give those
seats,” Hokheto said but refused to give further details.

above petty differences: Sinha


Deputy Commissioner Dimapur Abhijit
Sinha, on Saturday urged the CTC councilors to keep an eye on what other
Councils are doing for the development of the society and to rise above petty

promise of fair polls

Governor K. Sankaranarayanan today assured the State Government has made
elaborate arrangements for “Free and Fair Elections” in order to ensure that
people of Nagaland elect their representatives to form a Government that was
based on the fundamental principles of public welfare and public good.

Suspense over Congress list

DIMAPUR, JAN 25 (NPN):  The suspense over the announcement
of list of Congress party candidates for the ensuing state Assembly elections,
continued with reports indicating that the second consecutive sitting of the
Central Election Committee of the AICC on Friday had failed to finalise the
list. …more

organizes special meeting


A special meeting of the International Accreditation Theological Association (IATA),
North East India was organized here on Friday at New Life Bible College (NLBC),
Dimapur. The programme was graced by the presence of Dr. Babu P. Thomas,
International Co-ordinator of IATA (New York) and Dr. Stalin K. Thomas,
International Director, IATA (India).

resolve to support Esak


The intending candidate from Congress ticket for the ensuing assembly polls from
47th Aboi A/C, Esak Hessum has gained more support from his constituency.A press
release issued by Chapa, party president of Longching unit stated that an
executive meeting of the Loncghing- Sowa youth was held on January 23, where
youths decided to strengthen and support Esak Hessum in the ensuing elections.
The youths also assured to work under the leadership of PCC President Hokheto
Sumi and Congress Legislature Party (CLP)

I. Imkong in the ensuing polls.

Secretary Defence (production) takes over
KOHIMA, Jan 2: Pradeep Kumar has taken over as Secretary (Defence
Production) in the Ministry of Defence, stated a press release. He belongs to
1972 batch of Indian Administrative Service. Kumar who is a Haryana Cadre
officer, is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of
Technology, Delhi and has a Master degree in Economic and Social Studies from
the University of Wales, UK. …more

Naga Hoho against ‘undemocratic move’
KOHIMA, Jan 3: Various organizations including the Naga Hoho has
expressed their opposition on the imposition of President rule in Nagaland,
stated a press release.
Speaking to media persons, the Naga Hoho’s press secretary said that “we are
absolutely against the imposition of President’s rule at this juncture.”“It will
create an undesirable situation,” Chuba Ozukum, the Naga Hoho’s spokesperson
stated. …more

NPF supporter shot dead

KOHIMA, Jan 3: A Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) supporter
was shot dead by a Congress activist at Kangtsung village under Tuli Assembly
Constituency in Mokokchung district of Nagaland. Police said here today that one
Zulunungba (25), a supporter of NPF Legislator T Tali of the Tuli Assembly
Constituency, was shot dead by a rival Congress supporter yesterday. The
assailant fled after committing the crime.
A case had been registered and a hunt was on to apprehend the killer, police
added. (UNI)

murdered in Nagaland: Neiphiu Rio
KOHIMA, Jan 4: Army and
paramilitary troopers were deployed in strength in Nagaland on Friday following
the clamping of President’s rule, which dismissed Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio
described as a “murder of democracy”.
The Northeastern State was brought under central rule late Thursday following
political uncertainty triggered by a controversial no-confidence vote.



Nagaland Guv assures ‘SMART’ governance during President’s Rule
KOHIMA, Jan 4: Nagaland
Governor K Sankaranarayanan has assured he would do his best to ensure peace,
progress, prosperity and development of the State during the President’s Rule so
that the administration could meet the expectations of the citizens.
In a press communique here after President’s rule was imposed in Nagaland last
night, the Governor said, “The President’s Rule was necessitated following a
series of political activities in the form of changing loyalties and
horse-trading, which culminated in the December 13 No-Confidence Motion and
subsequently plunged the State into a

to challenge President’s rule in Nagaland in court
RUSOMA Jan 4: Outgoing
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said the Democratic Alliance of
Nagaland (DAN) will move court against the undemocratic imposition of
President’s rule in the State. Talking to mediapersons at the inauguration of
the Golden Jubilee celebration of Rusoma Village Youth and Sports Association,
about 20 km from here, Rio said DAN leaders were consulting legal experts in
this regard, as the rulings of the Nagaland Assembly Speaker should be judged by
a court of law and not by the party high command.


NPF accuses Congress of
imposing ‘martial rule’ in Nagaland
KOHIMA, Jan 4: The Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF), the major ally of
the outgoing Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government, today slammed the
State unit of the Congress for the imposition of President’s rule in the State.
In a release issued here, NPF president Shurhozelie said, “The President’s rule
is nothing but the Army rule. The Naga people do not need to be reminded of the
years of suffering and pain that they have undergone under the Centre’s Army
rule.” …more

Nagaland unit of the BJP
slams Congress leaders
KOHIMA, Jan 4: The Nagaland BJP, an ally of the outgoing Democratic
Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government, today lambasted the State Congress
leaders for imposition of the President’s Rule in the State. In a statement
issued here, BJP state unit president Ato Yepthomi described the development as
“murder of democracy” and claimed that it was a victory for the DAN government.



Neiphiu Rio fears peace process
may go haywire
KOHIMA, Jan 5: Outgoing Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has
asserted that the imposition of President’s rule in the State was against the
aspirations of the Naga people and expressed apprehensions that the ongoing Naga
peace process may go haywire in the absence of a popular and mandated
government. …more

12-hour NH bandh
in Nagaland

KOHIMA, Jan 6: The youth
wings of three non-Congress parties in Nagaland have called for a 12-hour bandh
on National Highway 39 and 61, passing through the state, on January 8 to
protest the imposition of President’s Rule. Nagaland Peoples’ Front (NPF) Youth
Wing president Kakuto Shohe said here today that the bandh was jointly called by


only for 45% in Kohima(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Jan. 15:
Nagaland will
receive nearly 180 additional companies of security forces, apart from the
existing 150 companies of state police, to ensure peaceful elections on March
5.Nagaland also has homeguard and village guard personnel, in addition to a
regular force. The state will also require around 20,000 government staff to
conduct elections in 1,786 polling stations. While the state election department
is yet to finalise the list of sensitive and hypersensitive polling stations,
election officials said identification of these areas would depend on the
prevailing situation in the near future.


Nagaland MLAs resign (TEL, 20-1-k8)

Jan. 19:
Political drama
continued to unfold in Nagaland with the resignation of three Independent
legislators from the Assembly.Angetyongpang MLA Jongshilemba Ao, Suruhuto
legislator Khutovi Sumi and Tuensang Sadar-I MLA P. Chuba Chang submitted their
resignations to Speaker Kiyanielie Peseyie last night. They have joined the
Congress and are seeking tickets to the March 5 Assembly election.


in a fix over list of candidates


The Congress high command in New
Delhi is reportedly having a tough time to finalize the list of party candidates
for the ensuing Nagaland assembly polls, following last month’s political
development in the state.The state Congress, which has 16 legislators in the
state legislative assembly, declared that it would contest all the 60 seats.

graces Special Sainik Sammelan

A Special Sainik Sammelan was held on the occasion of its golden jubilee with
Brig Pramod Behl, DIG Assam Rifles Training Centre & School addressing all ranks
of the Centre. While wishing all ranks under its command a happy and prosperous
new year, the Commandant exhorted all ranks to put in their efforts in making
the Institution one of the best training centres of the country in the coming

& NDBA joint forum meet

A joint forum meeting of the office bearers of NGBF and NDBA and presidents of
district GBs and DBs Association & District Forum Convenors have been convened
on January 8 at the joint forum office chamber, DC office complex Dimapur at 10
am to discuss on the ceasefire amongst the Naga National Workers (Groups) which
was extended on December 7 at Kohima.

meet held

A meeting of Saptiqa Area Elders’ Council (SAEC) was held on December 29 last at
GHS building comprising five villages including Ustomi, Zhevishe village,
Saptiqa, Shena Old and New.According to a press release issued by general
secretary of the council, the meeting was attended by 85 signatories comprising
of GBs, public leaders and various officers where it deliberated on the recent
creation of EAC post at Saptiqa by DAN government.


fellowship formed in Japan

The Nagas living in Japan had a meeting and formed a fellowshipfor the first
time called Naga Fellowship Japan (NFJ) recently. The NFJ consist of seven
families with a total of 26 members. One of the members was staying in Japan for
the last 25 years while another member was staying for the last 17 years.


assures SMART govt


Nagaland Governor K.Sankaranarayanan has said President’s Rule in Nagaland was
compelled due to the series of political activities witnessed in the form of
changing loyalties and horse trading which culminated in the December 13 no
confidence vote that subsequently plunged the state into a political crisis.


NPF criticize Centre

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and the
Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) have criticized the central government for the
imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland. Describing the Centre’s move as
"outrageous" and "murder of democracy", Rio said it could threaten the integrity
of the country.

"It is outrageous. Imposition of
Central rule in a sensitive north-eastern state could threaten the integrity of
the country," Rio told PTI.

slams Cong

 DAN ally BJP
Thursday slammed the Congress party for imposition of President’s Rule in the
State.Describing the development as "murder of democracy", BJP State unit
president Ato Yepthomi claimed this was a victory of the DAN. He said it was a
"shame" for the UPA allies at the Centre as they had been kept in the dark and
not consulted on the issue.Yepthomi cautioned that the NDA, if returned to
power, would apply the same yardstick in Goa.


responsible for PR: Therie

Former Finance Minister, K Therie,
said chief minister Neiphiu Rio himself was responsible for the present
situation as he (Rio) did not resign despite having lost the no confidence
motion by 23-31. Reacting to the imposition of President’s Rule, Therie told
Nagaland Post that "Because of Rio’s loss of morals and ethics the competent
authorities had no option but to uphold the Constitution of India and enforce
the rule of law".

Shamatore – Chessore refutes

The office of the ACCC, 58 Shamatore – Chessore assembly constituency has
refuted the news items that were published through local dailies, the latest one
having published on December 29 by one R. Tohanba and his followers under the
same assembly constituency.

stresses on co-ordination


A day after imposition of President’s
Rule in Nagaland State, Governor K. Sankaranarayanan held the first official
meeting with heads of departments in his secretariat Friday where he stressed on
co-ordination among the Government servants and need to bring about transparency
and clarity in running the government.


Wangyuh, Zeliang flay PR


Condeming the imposition of President
Rule, the two Members of Parliament from Nagaland, Wangyuh Konyak (Lok Sabha)
and TR Zeliang (Rajya Sabha) today said the Congress party at the Centre had
imposed President Rule in Nagaland merely to rig the coming assembly elections
in the party’s favour.

brought ‘PR package’(NPT_5_1_k8)

KOHIMA, Jan 4 (NPN):

Stung by the imposition of President
Rule in the state, former chief minister Neiphiu Rio today said the Congress
party had brought "President’s Rule package" to the state. "When the NDA
government regime during 1999-2004 at Centre gave the state economic package,
the Congress party gave the state PR’s package," Rio said while addressing the
two-day Riisoma Village Youth & Sports Association (RVYSA) Golden Jubilee
(1959-2008), on Friday at Rusoma village.


pep talks at security meet

Dimapur, Jan 5 (NPN):

Nagaland Governor K. Sankaranarayanan
pointed out that current President’s Rule, which was the fourth time in Nagalnd,
was not "army rule" as the responsibility of running the administration, law and
order was shared between the civil, police and Governor. Addressing a high level
security coordination meeting of senior police and paramilitary officers at PHQ,
Kohima Saturday, the Governor reminded them that priority accorded by the
government was for maintenance of law and order in the state. He expressed the
hope that the police officers were well prepared to face the challenges and live
up to expectations.

against PR


The Youth Wings of three Non-Congress
parties including NPF, BJYM and NCP have called a 12-hour bandh on January 8
from 6 a.m, on National Highway-39 and National Highway -61, informed NPF Youth
Wing president Kakuto Shohe According to NPF Youth Wing , the bandh was called
in protest against the imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland by the
Congress led-UPA government at the Centre.


a grave mistake: Fernandes


Former Defence minister and Member of
Parliament George Fernandes has said the dissolution of the Nagaland Government
by the Congress Party and imposition of President Rule in the state was a grave
mistake since, according to Fernandes, the state was not giving any trouble to
the country.

imminent in Nagaland

Delhi/Dimapur, Jan 2:
President’s Rule in Nagaland appears imminent with
President Pratibha Patil considering a recommendation of the union cabinet in
this regard. Agency reports quoting officials of the Home Ministry said the
recommendation was sent to the President who is currently in Hyderabad. The
reports said the President was considering the decision of the cabinet taken at
its unscheduled meeting chaired by Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Tuesday.

MLA opposes delimitation


Former MLA and Chairman of Nagaland
Khadi Village Industries Board (NKVIB), S. Hukavi Zhimomi has thrown his weight
behind the opposation against delimitation in Asukhomi village that appeared in
some local dailies on January 1 which was issued by convenor of
anti-delimitation, Dr. K. David Chophimi.


youth wing lauds


The NPF youth wing, Tuensang
division, has extended it gratitude to the then DAN government for creating
nine, new EAC headquarters, upgrading three EAC headquarters to SDO (C)
headquarters and two SDO (C) headquarters to ADC headquarters in the state.

debunks Rio

Dimapur, Jan 6 (NPN):

Taking on former chief minister
Neiphiu Rio for describing President’s Rule as "martial law" in Nagaland, the
NPCC Sunday accused Rio of trying to fool the masses since the Centre intervened
constitutionally to remove the DAN government which was clinging on to power
through violation of constitutional norms despite being reduced to a minority.


to State Governor

Dimapur, Jan 6:

Former Bengal chief secretary Manish
Gupta and former Andhra Pradesh DGP Swaranjit Sen will be advisers to the
governor of Nagaland during President’s Rule. Quoting sources, a report filed by
a national daily said the Centre had chosen the names in consultation with the
allies of the ruling UPA. Officially, however, a search was still on.



Governor K Sankaranarayanan has condoled the death of Dr.
Nzanbemo Lotha, head of department, Sociology, and director of Tribal Studies
Centre, Nagaland University. The Governor in a condolence message addressed to
late Dr. Lotha’ wife, Mrs. Kedangnaro, said late Lotha was one of the founding
fathers of the university and in his untimely death, students and people of
Nagaland have lost a scholar and an academician. "Dr. Lotha was one of the most
active members of the Church and his initiatives in community service are
remembered by all," the Governor said.

Forum plea


The Joint Forum of Nagaland GBs
Federation and Nagaland DBs Association has appealed to the organizers of the
12-hour bandh on January 8, to exempt GBs and DBs from the purview of the bandh
since they were scheduled to attend a meeting called by the Joint Forum in
Dimapur on the same date. The Joint Forum in a press release issued by convenor
A. Taku Longkumer and secretary Lungrahei Herie urged the organizers to exempt
the GBs and DBs in the interest of the Nagas.


Confusion in BJP over bandh


Confusion prevails in the state BJP
camp over the party taking part in NPF Youth Wing-sponsored 12-hour bandh-cum-poster
campaign on January 8, to protest the dismissal of DAN Government and imposition
of President’s Rule in Nagaland.

on bandh

Clarifying to confusion on the NPF
Youth Wing’s 12-hour bandh call on January 8, the NPF Youth Wing has said that
the bandh would be enforced only on the National Highways and that towns would
not be affected. NPF Youth Wing president Kakuto Shohe also said Government
offices, shops and business establishments would not be affected.


for better governance


With the state JD (S) making a new
entrance in the state political fray, the party has pledged its "biggest concern
for the upliftment of the Nagas". In a press note issued by former minister and
chairman State JD (S), Tokheho Sema cautioned the people of Nagaland to have
careful meditation over the matter of electing their representatives.


predicts return of DAN

Kohima, Jan 6 (NPN):

Former Agriculture Minister Kuzholuzo
(Azo) Neinu Sunday predicted that President’s Rule in the State would go against
the Congress and instead help DAN to retain power.Addressing a press conference
here, Azo said the Congress had "poured out" its frustration in Nagaland after
tasting defeats in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. He claimed imposition of
President’s Rule in the State was against the wishes of the people.


BJP flays PR


The BJP Kiphire district has condemned the "forceful imposition of Center’s rule
in Nagaland in spite of peoples mandate government in the state which is against
the wishes of the Nagas in democratic norms." A press release issued by S.
Tongpise general secretary of BJP Kiphire district stated that the world’s
largest democratic country has murdered the popular mandate government of the
Nagas which is going to face the peoples mandate to choose popular Government in
February 2008.

against PR peaceful

Dimapur/Kohima/Mokokchung, Jan 8 (NPN):
The dawn-to-dusk bandh on
National Highways 39 and 61, called by the NPF Youth Wing and backed by state
BJP and NCP parties on Tuesday, in protest against imposition of President’s
Rule in Nagaland, passed off peacefully with no reports of any untoward
incident.In the Dimapur, the bandh was enforced at three main entry points –
Nagaland Check Gate, Dillai Gate and Chumukedima – with the maximum number of
both NPF Youth and BJYM volunteers as well as NPF Mahilas monitoring enforcement
of the bandh at Nagaland check gate.

Imkong hits back at DAN

DIMAPUR, Jan 8 (NPN) :
leader I. Imkong hit back at the then DAN government accusing it of having
"murdered democracy" by clinging on to power despite being defeated on the floor
of the house on December 13 vote of no confidence by the Congress-led
opposition.Imkong, who returned after spending twenty one days in New Delhi,
told media persons in his residence that the Congress had met the Governor to
stake claim to form an alternative government and when it was not acceded, they
had no option but to go to Delhi to seek justice.


Senso Mongdang condemns


The Kangtsung Senso Mungdang (KSM) has condemned the "heinous crime" committed
by one Tiatemjen, son of Ongtensangba of Wamaken village under Tuli Sub division
for killing Zulunungba, son of Sutsungmenba of Kangtsung village on January 2 in
broad daylight at Tuli town. A press release jointly issued by I. Chuba Lemdor,
president and Mar Imsong, secretary of KSM stated that the Mongdang will not
remain a silent spectator against such cold-blooded murder and resolved to leave
no stone unturned till justice is obtained. The KSM also urged the district
administration to bring the culprit to book immediately before the matter

raps Rio on overdraft

Kohima, Jan 9 (NPN):

Leader of the nascent Nagaland
Progressive Alliance (NPA), formed during the second week of December last year,
I. Imkong has renewed the charge that the then DAN government headed by Neiphiu
Rio, had created an overdraft to the tune of Rs.450 crore while demitting

finalises 40 names for polls

Kohima, Jan 9 (NPN):

It appears that the ticket issue in
the Congress is likely to be contentious as the party has undertaken the process
twice. In the first recommendation, the party had "finalized candidates for 59
constituencies" while in the latest, it has again recommended names for 40

not to contest

Jan 9:
Governor of Goa Dr. S.C. Jamir will not contest the ensuing Assembly
elections, a national daily reported on Wednesday.

A report filed by the daily said the
name of Jamir did not figure in the list of 40 names finalized by the AICC
Screening Committee. Jamir has not been named even for his home constituencies.

officials, staff to report attendance


The Home department, secretariat
administration branch ‘A’ has informed all departments/branches in Nagaland
Civil Secretariat (NCS) to prepare the attendance report of the officers and
staff of their respective departments/branches by 11 am on every working day and
submit the same for onward submission to the Governor of Nagaland.


Youth Wing appreciate

The NPF has congratulated the people for expressing solidarity to DAN by
extending support to the12 hour bandh called by the alliance’s youth on
Tuesday.A press release issued by the Shilumar, associate press secretary of NPF
claimed that by active cooperation from the public, the bandh passed off
peacefully without any untoward incident in both National Highways, 39 and 61.
However, it stated that "unfortunately, some Congress people led by its leader K
V Pusa tried to provoke the minds of the people by openly challenging the bandh
at Zubza bridge". In this regard the party has condemned the action of the
leader as "desperate and heartless", who it added intentionally came to disrupt
the peaceful observation of the bandh.


rebuts Cong charges

Dimapur, Jan 10 (NPN):

Former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio
Thursday dismissed the allegations of senior Congress and NPA leader

Imkong about financial irregularities committed by DAN government ahead of
imposition of President’s Rule in the State.In a release,

Rio said Imkong should have checked
out the facts before making such "wild and serious" allegations. He described
the allegations of Imkong that DAN government had created a whopping deficit of
Rs.450 crore till December 31, 2007, as "false" and "baseless".

writes to Shinde

Dimapur, Jan 10 (NPN):

Governor of Nagaland, K.
Sankaranarayanan, has written to Union Power Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde,
drawing his attention to the serious problem of power shortage being faced by
the State since December last year.An official release said the Governor pointed
out to the Union Minister that the shortfall of power to the tune of 50 per cent
during both peak and off peak hours had led to heavy load-shedding, causing
inconveniences to the citizens, especially students. The Governor suggested that
additional allocation to the tune of 25 MW be made from the Eastern Grid. He
said the demand was justified since the proposed thermal power plant in Dimapur
had been abandoned.

First JD (U) NE conclave


The JD (U) Thursday announced that
the party would convene its first conference in Northeast on January 12 at Town
Hall, Dimapur, with JD (U) national president Sharad Yadav and state presidents
of West Bengal, Assam, Tripura and Manipur addressing the conference.Informing
this at a press briefing here at Hotel Saramati, JD (U) national general
secretary and incharge Northeast, AK Srivastav said the conference will discuss
on problems faced by northeastern states and their solutions and also
President’s Rule in Nagaland.

plans tour to Israel


The Kohima Baptist Pastor Fellowship (KBPF) will be organizing a Holy Land Tour
to Israel and Jordon for the Pastors and Church leaders of Baptist Church in
Kohima in September. A press release issued by Rev. Dr. Chen Rengma,
Coordinator, Holy Land Tour stated that the purpose of the tour was to provide
an opportunity to the Christian leaders to visit and travel through the birth
place of the Lord, tour some other important historical places of life and work
of Jesus Christ and to experience the Bible alive.


fiscal guidelines

DIMAPUR, JAN 11 (NPN): As the end of
financial year 2007-2008 approaches, Principal Secretary & Finance Commissioner,
H.K. Khullu has reminded all government departments to strictly follow the
procedures laid down for control and regulation of expenditure as prescribed by
the Finance Department dated April 13, 2007.
According to an official bulletin, the Finance Commissioner also reminded all
the departments to strictly adhere to the guidelines issued by Governor K.
Sankaranarayanan for observance of financial principles and fiscal discipline.

mission convention


The mission convention of the Angami Baptist Church Council (ABCC) is being held
from January 11 to 13 at Kuda Village Baptist Church, Nagarjan on the theme,
"Your God reigns". The speakers for the convention includes Rev. Zhabu Terhüja,
NBCC general secretary, Rev. Dr. Anjo Keikung, director NMM, Rev. Vanlal Nghaka,
minister at large, Shillong, Dr. Vilevono Peseyie Maase, USA, Rev. Ketsozeho
Sale, former executive director ABCC, Pelhousehu Belho, lecturer SBS and
Visasieü, director women department.


Mon dissolved



The Janata Dal (Secular) under Mon
district have resolved to dissolve its unit and join the Samajwadi Party under
the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav, leader of third front and UNPA chairman,
former defence minister and former chief minister of UP. According to a release
issued by district president S. Moba Konyak, the Janata Dal decided to join
Samajwadi Party as JD(S) had no future vision and regional party.

CCCRC fasting and prayer



The Council of Chakhesang Christian
Revival Churches (CCCRC) will organize a fasting and prayer programme for
Chakhesang community leaders from January 18 to 20 at Mission Centre, Chetheba,
with Rev. Vangphong, vice-president, NCRC, as speaker that will be chaired by
assistant pastor, CRC Chozuba Town, Veküdu Lohe.


unit clarifies

DIMAPUR: Reacting to a news report the Yimjenkimong
Unit Congress 30 Alongtaki A/C has clarified that no Congress party meeting was
held on January 2 and as such the press release was the work of some
unauthorized persons. The president, I. Molung Jamir clarifying to the news item
that appeared on January 4 under the heading "YVY to support" said that the
party would support the candidate getting the Congress ticket whoever it may be
under 30 Alongtaki A/C in the forth coming general election.


Kohima meet held



The Nagaland People’s Front 9th
Kohima Town A/C in its first executive meeting for the year 2008, held on
January 9 discussed on the prevailing situation arising due to the
"irresponsible imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland, a la coup de etat by
vested interests to overthrow the peoples mandated NPF led DAN Government of

Support for Wongto Chang



An emergency meeting of all village
councils, senior political leaders, youth organization leaders and prominent
leaders from all general societies under the jurisdiction of Tuensang village P
Khel was held on January 9 where the house unanimously resolved to support H.
Wongto Chang, NPF intending candidate from 54 A/C Tuensang Sadar-II for the
ensuing general assembly election.


Mon condemns PR



The Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) Mon
Division has termed the imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland as "not only
unconstitutional" but a "murder of democracy" as it was a "government with the
full mandate of the people."


members resign



Thirteen members of the Nagaland
Peoples’ Front (NPF) of Kiusam Area 57th Thonoknyu A/C have withdrawn their
support and tendered their resignation stating that they have "loss of
confidence with the partymen" for "non-treatment with equality and justice by
co-workers in the affairs of development activities allotted" meant for the
beneficiaries under LADP, BADP etc.


Longching reiterates support to Esak


In its biggest gathering
of the Longching village, under 47th Aboi Assembly constituency on January 12,
the Longching Village Council, GB’s, youths and the publics of the Longching
village took its final decision and reiterated to unanimously support and vote
for Esak Hessum, intending candidate seeking for Congress ticket from 47th Aboi

for Constitutional safeguards

Panaji, Jan 13: Governor of
Goa Dr. S.C. Jamir said Nagas must have Constitutional safeguards to ensure the
protection of their tribal and political identity.
These safeguards should be beyond the purview of Constitutional amendments, he
A release issued by the OSD to the Governor said interacting with scholars,
writers, former diplomats and Constitutional authorities from the South Asian
countries at Raj Bhavan here on Saturday night, Jamir reiterated that there was
some sort of vacuum in the hearts and minds of the tribals of north-east India
who still could not fully identify themselves with rest of the country owing to
social and geographical isolation. …more

CPMF Coys. for polls

KOHIMA, JAN 13 (NPN):The upcoming assembly election in
Nagaland is expected to witness the heaviest deployment of Central Para Military
Forces (CPMF) in the state during polls. Highly-placed sources revealed that the
state has requisitioned for 180 companies of CPMF (about 18,000 personnel), for
smooth and peaceful conduct of the polls. The requestis more than double of the
75 CPMF companies that were deployed during the last state elections in 2003.

mission convention ends


The mission convention of the Angami Baptist Church Council (ABCC) concluded
here at Kuda Village Baptist Church, Nagarjan on Sunday evening.Delegates from
75 churches under ABCC and missionaries working under ABCC from USA to Myanmar
attended the convention which was held on the theme, "Your God reigns" from
January 11 to 13.


President’s rule had become necessary in Nagaland: Governor
 KOHIMA, Jan 4 – A day after imposition of President’s rule in
Nagaland, Governor K Shankaranarayanan today said the move was necessitated by
possibility of horse-trading and shifting political loyalties. “There was no
option but to impose provisions of Article 356 and give a chance to the people
of the State to elect a government as per their wishes,” the Governor said in a
statement. …more

Rio may move Court against PR
in Nagaland(AST_6_1_k8)

 KOHIMA, Jan 5 – Former Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today
hinted at going to the court against imposition of President’s rule in the state
just before the state assembly elections, reports PTI. “Some of our friends
(party leaders) in Delhi are consulting legal experts whether the Centre’s
decision should go for a judicial review in appropriate courts,” Rio said here
after meeting the Governor K Shankaranarayanan following imposition of
President’s rule on Thursday. …more

AR to announce new welfare
measures for jawans
 DIMAPUR, Jan 5 – Stress has always been an area of major cocern for the
armed forces across the country and the Assam Rifles (AR) certainly is no
exception.In a novel move to cut down the chances of stress affecting the jawans
of its 46 battalions, the Assam Rifles headquaters based in Shillong is
contemplating to announce a host of welfare schemes for the force very soon.
Talking to The Assam Tribune, Paramjit Singh, Director General of Assam
Rifles informed that moves to strike a balance between recreation and work of
the jawans and the officers of the AR is already on the cards.

Naga civil societies
against President’s Rule
 KOHIMA, Jan 5 – Naga civil societies especially the apex Naga
organisation, the Naga Hoho, have all expressed their opposition to imposition
of Central rule in Nagaland.
Speaking to media persons, the Naga Hoho through its press secretary said that
“we are absolutely against the imposition of President’s Rule at this juncture”.
It will create an undesirable situation, Chuba Ozukum, the Naga Hoho’s
spokesperson stated.
The Hoho also said that if President’s rule is imposed in Nagaland, “it will
definitely have a negative impact on the peace process and the ceasefire.”

Governor’s stress on security
in Nagaland(AST_7_1_k8)

 KOHIMA, Jan 6 – Allaying fears that President’s Rule might provide
free hand to the armed forces, Nagaland Governor K Shankaranarayan has said that
security and maintenance of law and order are the top priority of the government
during Central rule, which was imposed in the State on Thursday. “President’s
Rule means civil rule, not army rule, where the civil administration, police and
governor have to run the government efficienetly and smoothly,” he said in view
of some political parties and organisations’ assertion that President’s Rule
meant army rule leading to sufferings by the people.

Congress lashes out at NPF over
imposition of bandh
 KOHIMA, Jan 6 – The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC),
while expressing surprise over the non-Congress political parties’ attempt to
“disrupt the lives of the people of Nagaland” through their call for a bandh on
January 8, termed it as “very unfortunate” as they want to impose ‘NPF Military
A release issued by NPCC Media Cell member Jonathan said, “If they were
genuinely agitated with the Centre’s decision to impose President’s Rule in
Nagaland, they should go to Delhi and demonstrate their unhappiness. We fail to
understand why they should disturb the normal lives of the people in Nagaland by
calling such a bandh.” …more

BJP to move SC against PR in
 KOHIMA, Jan 7 – Close on the heels of outgoing Chief Minister
Neiphiu Rio’s comment that his party might go to court for judicial review of
President’s rule in Nagaland, BJP today said it would move the Supreme Court
against the UPA Government’s decision. Senior BJP leader and former Health and
Family Welfare Minister of the State T M Lotha said the party leaders were
discussing the matter with their national leaders.

Rio lands Nagaland into
 KOHIMA, Jan 12 – Senior Congress leader I Imkong has alleged that
outgoing Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had withdrawn huge amounts just before
imposition of President’s rule in Nagaland landing the State into an overdraft
problem, a charge stoutly refuted by Rio. Imkong, who was the Congress
Legislature Party (CLP) leader alleged that Rio withdrew Rs 400 crore from
various treasuries between December 13 and January 3, resulting in Rs 450 crore
overdraft to RBI. …more

NPF announces list of
candidates(SHT, 5-1-k8)


Nagaland Peoples Front (NPF), a major
constituent in the former Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) Government, on
Sunday announced the list of 53 candidates contesting the March 5 Assembly
election in the State.Former Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and NPF president and
former planning minister Shurhozelie are seeking re-election from their
respective home constituencies Northern Angami-II LAC and Northern Angami-I LAC

rule in Nagaland

The Centre has decided to impose
President’s rule in Nagaland on second thoughts. Notwithstanding, that the
Assembly poll is just a month away. New Delhi was forced to rethink when 30
Congress MLAs called on President Pratibha Patil and claimed that they had won
the no-confidence motion against the Neiphu Rio-led Democratic Alliance of
Nagaland by 31-23 votes in the 60-member Assembly with an effective strength of
55 members. Recall, the Speaker had surprisingly barred nine MLAs from voting
and declared the motion lost. Expectedly, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio and his
colleagues are livid. They have denounced the Centre’s decision as "murder of

to move court against PR


Former Nagaland chief minister
Neiphiu Rio on Saturday hinted at going to the court against imposition of
President’s rule in the state just before the state assembly elections."Some of
our friends (party leaders) in

are consulting legal experts whether the Centre’s decision should go for a
judicial review in appropriate courts,"

Rio said here after meeting the
Governor K Shankaranarayanan following imposition of President’s rule on

Governor allays fear of Army excess(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Allaying fears that President’s Rule might provide free hand to the armed
forces, Nagaland Governor K Shankaranarayan has said that security and
maintenance of law and order are the top priority of the Government during the
Central rule, which was imposed in the State on Thursday last. "President’s Rule
means civil rule, not Army rule, where the civil administration, police and
Governor have to run the Government efficienetly and smoothly," he said in view
of some political parties and organisations’ assertion that President’s Rule
meant Army rule leading to sufferings by the people.


call criticised(SHT, 7-1-k8)

NNN adds:

The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has termed as "unfortunate" the
12-hour bandh called by non-Congress political parties on January 8 on
the NH 39 and 61, passing through the State, to protest against imposition of
President’s Rule in the State while stating that they (political parties) should
instead take up their grievances with the Centre.


to move SC against Prez rule(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Close on the heels of outgoing Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s comment that his
party might go to court for judicial review of President’s rule in Nagaland, BJP
on Monday said it would move the Supreme Court against the UPA Government’s
decision. Senior BJP leader and former Health and Family Welfare minister of the
state T M Lotha said the party leaders were discussing the matter with their
national leaders.

wings of parties protest against Prez rule
NH blockade hits Nagaland(SHT, 9-1-k8)


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

upbeat about petition against PR(SHT, 11th January

The Nagaland’s People Front (NPF) on Thursday claimed that it was a victory for
the party after Gauhati High Court admitted their writ petition challenging the
Centre’s imposition of President’s Rule.NPF leader and MLA Yivatchu had filed
the writ petition on behalf of the outgoing Democratic Alliance of Nagaland
(DAN) before the High court on Wednesday.


asks rebel groups not to meddle in poll activities(SHT_14_1_k8)

Former Nagaland Chief
Minister and Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) leader Neiphiu Rio has requested
underground rebel groups, the NSCN(IM) and the NSCN(K), not to interfere with
the next round of Assembly elections to be held under President’s Rule in the
State. "I hope good sense will prevail on rebel groups and they should not
interfere with elections. However, we can’t fully rule out intervention in some
pockets of the State out of individual interests," he said.


demands reinstatement of DAN Govt(SHT_16_1_k8)


At least 24 MLAs of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland, led by outgoing Chief
Minister Neiphiu Rio, signed a memorandum before the governor to prove that DAN
still enjoyed majority in the state. The legislators also demanded revocation of
Preident’s rule and reinstatement of the DAN government as it ‘enjoyed majority’
in the Assembly with 24 MLAs (Nagaland Peoples’ Front 19, BJP four and one
Independent) in the present 45-member House.


assures peaceful, impartial elections(SHT_16_1_k8)


Advisor to Nagaland Governor, S.C.
Tripathi assured the people of the state that he would make every effort to hold
the forthcoming elections in the state in a peaceful and impartial manner. He
said he would take stock of the situation and do whatever possible for free and
fair election.

ropes in 19 DAN defectors(SHT_18_1_k8)


AICC General Secretary Margaret Alva
has released the list of 19 members admitted into the Congress by the approval
of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party sources on Thursday said.


to contest Assembly polls in Nagaland(SHT_21_1_k8)

Rastriya Janata Dal (RJD) party will contest the Nagaland Assembly elections,
scheduled on March 5, and the state unit of the RJD will come up with its
manifesto soon. Addressing a press conference at Dimapur on Saturday, MP and RJD
in-charge of the North East Manganilal Mandal said the decision over the number
of candidates to be fielded would be finalised only after consultation with
party supremo Lalu Prasad. He also informed that the Nagaland unit of the RJD
had already been constituted, headed by former state Commissioner and retired
IAS officer TN Mannen.

CEC to visit Nagaland soon;
electioneering sitll a low-key affair(SHT_28_1_k8)

Kohima: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswamy and two
Election Commissioners (EC) will visit Nagaland from January 31 to February 2 to
review poll preparations for March 5 Assembly election in the State. Nagaland,
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) CJ Ponraj in a release said on Sunday the CEC and
the two ECs would hold separate meetings with representatives of recognised
political parties on February 1 here. …more

Cong announces list for

: Nagaland Pradesh Congress, beseiged with too many aspirants,
on Monday announced the names of candidates for 40 assembly seats, elections to
which will be held on March 5. All the sitting Congress MLAs and five NPF
defectors featured in the list, party sources said. Nineteen NPF defectors, who
had joined Congress in the last two months, had sought party ticket. NPCC
sources said the list of the remaining 20 candidates would be announced soon. (PTI)

 NEW DELHI, Jan 5 – BJP, which had opposed imposition of President’s rule
in Nagaland, has sent party in-charge of the State there to assess the situation
ahead of probable elections. Sidharth Nath Singh will hold talks with the party
unit and other constituents of the Democratic Alliance, whose government was
dismissed earlier this week on the ground of ‘biased’ ruling by the Speaker
Kiyanilie Peseyie. After discussing the future course of action with the
Alliance leaders, Singh will submit his report to party President Rajnath Singh
on his return on Monday, sources said. – PTI


opposes PR in Nagaland(AST_8_1_k8)

From Our Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Jan 7 – United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) has opposed
imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland. The UNPA leaders, which met here
today to deliberate on the prevailing political scenario and agricultural
pricing policy, criticised the dismissal of N Rio’s Government in Nagaland. AGP
MP, Dr Arun Kumar Sarma, apprised the meeting of the developments in Nagaland.

Centre recommends PR in
Nagaland(SHT, 3-1-k8)

New Delhi: Nagaland is set to come under President’s rule
with President Pratibha Patil considering a recommendation of the union cabinet
in this regard. The recommendation was sent to the President who is at present
in Hyderabad, Home Ministry sources said. They said Patil was considering the
recommendation which was made at an unscheduled Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday….more


Speaker’s order on trust vote challenged in SC(SHT_19_1_k8)

New Delhi: Legislators opposed to BJP-backed Democratic
Alliance of Nagaland on Friday moved the Supreme Court against an order of the
Assembly Speaker barring three independent members from voting and declaring
nine votes as invalid during the recent no-confidence motion….more


Congress in poll dilemma(TEL, 19-1-k8)

New Delhi, Jan. 18: Even without a Narendra Modi
in Nagaland, the Congress faces a dilemma that reminds it of lessons learnt in
the Gujarat elections. In the coming polls in the northeastern state, the fate
of not less than 10 dissidents, who “returned home” only months before the
polls, hangs in the balance. Only one of the 11 districts in the state, Mon,
remained without witnessing any political rebellion. As the Congress deals with
17 rebel legislators from the ruling coalition seeking party tickets, it runs
the risk of displeasing budding aspirants within its fold.

“There is no question of a dilemma like Gujarat as the
Nagaland People’s Front had engineered defections after last elections. All
those in question are Congressmen who have returned,” said a senior AICC member.
In Gujarat, the Congress lost where it relied on rebels from the BJP to win
seats for them. …more

Nagaland under PR

New Delhi, Jan 3 (IANS):

Nagaland was brought under central rule on
late Thursday night after President Pratibha Patil signed the recommendation of
the union cabinet in this regard. Patil, who is in Hyderabad, signed the
proclamation Thursday evening. The cabinet meeting to decide on Nagaland had
been chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The northeastern state has been
facing political uncertainty and instability ever since two legislators of the
Nagaland People’s Front (NPF), supporting the state government, left the
alliance and joined the opposition Congress-led Nagaland Progressive Alliance (NPA)…more

Centre reviews political situation in Nagaland
New Delhi, Jan 1: With
instability gripping Nagaland, the Union Cabinet today reviewed the political
situation in Nagaland amid demands for imposition of President’s Rule there.
“We reviewed the situation in Nagaland,” a senior minister told PTI here. The
issue had come up at an earlier meeting of the Cabinet which had failed to take
a decision on the issue. (PTI)

recommends PR in Nagaland

NEW DELHI, Jan 2: Nagaland is set to come under President’s Rule with the
Centre recommending it to President Pratibha Patil, Home Ministry sources today
said. The papers were sent to the President, who is at present in Hyderabad, the
sources said.
They said Patil was considering the recommendation which was made at an
unscheduled Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday.
The Cabinet meeting was convened at a short notice to discuss the fluid
political situation in Nagaland where BJP-backed Democratic Alliance of Nagaland
is in power. …more

Move for President’s
Rule ‘illegal’: Rio


NEW DELHI, Jan 2: Amid speculations over imposition of President’s rule,
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said such a move would not only be
‘illegal and unconstitutional’ but would amount to “murder of democracy”.
“The Congress party does not want to face the people of Nagaland, which goes to
poll next month. The Congress wants to disrupt the election. If they really
impose President’s Rule and dismiss my democratically-elected government, it
would be nothing but murder of democracy,” Rio told PTI from Kohima. …more

Beltola incident
may figure in global meet
JAMSHEDPUR, Jan 3: Jharkhand Disom Party (JDP) chairman Salkhan Murmu
today urged tribal leaders, participating in the ongoing International Tribal
Meet in New Delhi, to discuss the attack on tribals in Asom recently and their
“apartheid-like treatment” by the Government. The prominent tribal leader said
instead of adopting formal resolutions, the four-day meet, where 22 nations are
taking part, should initiate concrete steps to ameliorate the “pathetic”
conditions of tribals worldwide in general and India in particular. UNI

PR imposed in Nagaland(SEN_4_1_k8)
New Delhi, Jan 3: President’s Rule was imposed in Nagaland with President
Pratibha Patil today approving the recommendation of the Union Cabinet in this
The President, who was handed over the recommendation yesterday, signed the
proclamation this evening, Home Ministry sources said. …more

PR in Nagaland a
mistake: Fernandes


 NEW DELHI, Jan 4: Former
Defence Minister and NDA convenor George Fernandes said that the Congress had
made a big mistake by dissolving the Nagaland Government. The Congress’ design
to destabilize the region and imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland is a
prelude to scrap the anti-defection law, he said.


Former police chief is Nagaland Governor’s advisor
NEW DELHI, Jan 7: A former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, SC
Tripathi, was on Monday appointed advisor to K Sankaranarayanan, the Governor of
Nagaland, which was brought under President’s Rule last week.
Tripathi, former Director General of Police, is a 1963 batch officer from the
Madhya Pradesh cadre. …more

has delivered justice(NPT_5_1_k8)


Leader of Opposition, I. Imkong today
said that Constitutional propriety had been upheld and justice delivered by the
Government of India to the people of Nagaland.

Addressing media persons here at
Nagaland House Friday afternoon, Imkong said, "We thank the Government of India
and Her Excellency, the President of India for resuscitating and reviving
democracy and the rule of law in Nagaland which was murdered most brutally on
December 13th, 2007 wherein the hallowed office of the Speaker was used to
assassinate Parliamentary Democracy. We are elated that justice has been
delivered as deserved."

Gogoi vows
better win in LS polls(TEL, 1-1-k8)

New Delhi,
Feb. 5:
A jubilant Assam
chief minister, Tarun Gogoi, today promised that the Congress would do even
better in the Lok Sabha elections next year.

Having won the
panchayat polls in adverse circumstances, such as the violence in Goalpara
district and opposition in the tea garden belt in Upper Assam, Gogoi was all
smiles today.

Central rule in Nagaland(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

New Delhi, Jan. 3:
The BJP-backed Neiphiu Rio government in Nagaland fell just two months short of
completing a full term in office when President Pratibha Patil gave her assent
today to central rule in the state till elections are held next month. The Union
cabinet recommended central rule in Nagaland after a meeting on Tuesday evening,
but Patil took her time consulting experts on the Constitution before finally
putting her seal of approval in

Hyderabad this afternoon.

blames it on Rio(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 4:
Delhi today
defended its decision to impose President’s rule in Nagaland, saying it was not
taken with mala fide intent but on the basis of reports sent by Governor

A Union home
ministry statement said political instability in the state for several months
climaxed in the developments in the Assembly on December 13, when a
no-confidence motion was put to vote. “The voting pattern clearly demonstrated
that the government of the day had lost the majority support,” the statement

rule jinx for NPF(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 4:
President’s rule
in Nagaland weeks before elections were to be announced has reinforced a jinx
that the Nagaland People’s Front (NPF) has been battling throughout its many
avatars.Just when the NPF, one of the oldest regional parties of the Northeast,
was beginning to look confident about completing a full term in office — it
failed to do so on four previous occasions — the Union cabinet sprung a rude
surprise. In 1974, when the party first came to power, the Vizol-led government
lasted only a year. Vizol returned to power again in 1977, but was again ousted
within a year. In 1980, J.B. Jasokie formed a government that lasted two years
before being upstaged by the Congress.“In 1988, 13 Congressmen joined our party
but no decision was taken by the Centre for two weeks. Later, the then home
minister, Buta Singh, came to Kohima and asked us to join the Congress in order
to allow the formation of the government. When we refused, President’s rule was
imposed the next day,” the NPF president, Shurhozelie Liezietsu, said over phone
from Kohima. …more

Governor’s advisors(TEL_ 6_1_k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 5:
Former West Bengal
chief secretary Manish Gupta and former Andhra Pradesh DGP, Swaranjit Sen will
be advisors to the governor of Nagaland during President’s rule. Sources said
the two names were shortlisted by the government after discussions with its
allies. For all official purposes, a search for the two appointees is still on.
Both candidates understand the law and order issues of the state. …more

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Arunachal Pradesh Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

JJ Singh sworn in as Arunachal Governor

JJ Singh
sworn in as Arunachal Governor
 ITANAGAR, Jan 27 – Former Army Chief
General (retd) Joginder Jaswant Singh was today sworn-in as Arunachal Pradesh
Singh’s appointment as the Governor, soon after his retirement from the Army in
Sept last year, is being viewed by observers here as the Centre’s strong message
to streamline administration as the Governor has a special power under Article
371-H of the Constitution in this sensitive border state.
Singh’s family members, including his father Colonel (retd) Jaswant Singh Marwah
and wife Anupama Singh were present at the swearing-in ceremony, which was also
attended by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, his Cabinet colleagues, legislators
and top ranking officials.
Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Jasti Chelameswar administered the oath of
office and secrecy to him. – PTI

 Arunachal inseparable part of
 ITANAGAR, Jan 22 – The Arunachal Pradesh
Government yesterday said Tawang valley in the State is an inalienable part of
India and its status cannot be negotiated.
“We are Indians and China cannot claim Arunachal or any part of it just because
of the similarity in physical features and food habits”, government spokesman
Tako Dabi told a news conference here.
He said Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu was chosen from Tawang
specifically to tell the world that the valley belonged to India and no Prime
Minister can agree to change the status.
Dabi said the Prime Minister’s scheduled two-day visit to the State from January
31, soon after his China tour, was only to demonstrate the Centre’s concern for
the State.
Singh, during his visit, is likely to announce the progress of the ongoing
border talks between China and India specially on the Arunachal sector, Dabi,
who also holds several portfolios including Law, Water Resources and Panchayat,
He said the situation along the Sino-India border had been peaceful and the two
armies regularly held meetings at Tawang and Kibitho. – PTI

moves PM over transfer of NH-52
 ITANAGAR, Jan 1 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention has
been sought to withdraw recent decision of the Union Ministry of Road, Transport
and Highways regarding handing over of NH-52 from Border Roads Organisation
(BRO) to Assam PWD.
In a letter to the PM, BJP mp from Arunachal Pradesh Kiren Rijiju on Saturday
requested Singh to intervene in the matter and keep national interest above
politics in the interest of the common people.
“Please recall that I had led a campaign along with the MPs from the North East
and demanded that your government does not come under pressure of Assam
Government because NH-52 is a road of national strategic importance and the life
line of the people of the northern bank of the Brahmaputra and Arunachal
Pradesh,’’ Rijiju said.
“We are deeply hurt that the Central Government has bowed down before the
pressure of Assam Government,’’ Rijiju said adding that before BRO took over
maintenance of NH-52, journey through the road was a nighmare because of poor
maintenance by the Assam PWD.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways T R Balu in a letter
dated December 20 to Rijiju said that a stretch of only 345 km out of a total
length of 876 km of the highway, had been handed to Assam Pwd keeping in view
the work load with various executing agencies. – PTI

 ITANAGAR, Jan 9 – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should strongly defend
every inch of Arunachal Pradesh during his forthcoming three-day visit to China
next week, a BJP MP from the border State today demanded.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Lok Sabha member from Arunachal Pradesh
(West) Kiren Rijiju said the muted and guarded response of the Central
Government over claims made by the Chinese over Arunachal Pradesh “is hardly
“We expect the Government of India will come out strongly to defend every inch
of Arunachal Pradesh,” Rijiju said.
He reminded Singh of the agreement reached during former Prime Minister A B
Vajpayee’s visit to China that status- quo in populated areas on both sides of
the McMohan Line or Line of Actual Control would be maintained in letter and
That (the agreement) could be the only viable solution of the border dispute in
the Arunachal sector in the present circumstances, he said.
Rijiju said re-opening of border trade with China through traditional routes in
the State would also bring the two people closer.
Re-opening Kinjomane, Bumla, Taksing, Mechuka, Monigong, Geling and Kibito,
closed since the 1962 War, could make the defacto boundary and ultimately result
in being recognised as permanent border, the MP said. –PTI

Minister surprised at Thai lineage
 ITANAGAR, Jan12 – Visiting Thai Deputy Industries Minister Piyabutr
Cholvijarm was surprised after learning that communities, like Khamti and
Singphos who constitute a sizeable section of the population in Arunachal
Pradesh, have Thai lineage.
Piyabutr dwelt on the common ethnic, cultural and linguistic similarities
between Thai Khamtis and people of Thailand during an interaction with Khamtis
at the Theraveda monastery here yesterday.
“It is a great pleasure to be among fellow Thais in Arunachal Pradesh”, he said.

The Thais and the people of Arunachal, particularly the Khamtis and Singphos,
are very close, he said.
The Minister said he was aware that some communities in other Northeastern
States, including Assam, had cultural and linguistic affinity with the Thais. –

Antony: Look East policy not targeted at China(SHT, 7-1-k8)

: India on Sunday
said closer relations with the US and other nations will not be at the expense
of any of its "old friends" while its growing ties with Southeast Asia were not
aimed at countering China’s influence in the region.India’s growing ties with
the countries of this region had already paid rich dividends as could be seen in
increasing trade between New Delhi and the Association of South East Asian
Nations (ASEAN), Defence Minister A K Antony, who arrived here on Sunday evening
on a two-day official visit, said.He stressed that "we are not entering into any
military alliance with anyone," and emphasised that New Delhi’s ‘Look East’
policy "is nothing against China".

His comments
on China came ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s maiden visit to

from January 13."Our friends of the past still continue,"

said here, apparently referring to Russia. "Of late our ties with the US is
expanding…it will further expand but not at the expense of any old friends,"
he said.

"In the new
geopolitical situation we need each other," Antony said. In the past few years,
New Delhi had realised that "this part of the world (Southeast Asia) is very
important," he added.Antony, the first Indian Minister to visit the country
after local ethnic Indians launched massive anti-government protests alleging
marginalisation, will meet his Malaysian counterpart and deputy premier Najib
Razak and Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar for extensive talks on Monday.The
Minister noted that the boundary dispute with China still continued but added
that negotiations too were continuing. "Even though a border dispute is there,
trade ties are increasing with China."

The Minister
said the Indian Ocean was important to India as was the Malacca Straits with the
country growing into a global power and trade on the rise. "We want to develop
close ties with our immediate neighbours, the ASEAN," Antony said."We feel there
is immense potential for ASEAN countries and India to work together in many
fields," including defence, he said, noting that Malaysia was a cornerstone of
these ties.He said the defence ties between the two nations was gaining new
momentum. (PTI)

 Centre exempts Arunachal from delimitation process(SHT, 7-1-k8)

In a significant
development, the Centre has decided to exempt Arunachal Pradesh from the
delimitation of its Assembly constituencies, considering the demand of the
people of the State.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister and Government spokesman Tako Dabi informed from
New Delhi here on Sunday that the Centre would pass an ordinance within next the
three to four days for cancellation of its earlier order for delimitation of the
Arunachal Assembly constituencies.

”The Centre’s
decision to actively consider the State Government’s demand in the larger
interests has come as a new year gift to the people of this Himalayan state,”
Mr Dabi added.

Earlier, the
draft proposal for the delimitation of the Assembly seats had evoked protests
throughout the State as population was taken as a yardstick for the delimitation

A team, headed
by Arunachal Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu, Speaker Setong Sena, state PWD
Minister Nabam Tuki and Dabi, on Saturday met the Principal Secretary to the
Prime Minister to discuss the delimitation process.

Dabi further
informed that the Chief Minister had earlier written to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh, stating that the delimitation of Assembly constituencies on the basis of
the 2001 census was not justified and could lead to serious law and order
problems in the State.

In a
memorandum, the State Government had also requested Delimitation Commission
Chairman Justice (Retd) Kuldip Singh to reconsider the case of Arunachal Pradesh
and exempt it from the purview of the delimitation process, Dabi added.

He further
informed that Khandu, along with his Cabinet colleagues, would call on Manmohan
Singh in New Delhi to finalise the Prime Minister’s visit to the State,
scheduled either in the end of January or the early part of February.

The Prime Minister was also likely to
announce a special package for infrastructure development in the state during
his visit, besides inaugurating the Rajiv Gandi Bhawan here, he informed. (UNI)

Indigenous faith movement picks up in Arunachal

The indigenous faith and culture protection movement is gaining momentum in
Arunachal Pradesh and spreading to other north eastern states.

The Arunachal
Government declared December 31 as a holiday for the first time conceding the
long standing demand of the Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society for Arunachal
Pradesh (IFCSAP) which celebrates the day as ‘indigenous faith day’ every
year.The movement was started by eminent social activist and writer Talom Rukbo
by opening the first ‘Donyi-polo dere‘ (sun and moon worshipping centre)
at Pasighat way back in 1989, which was seen by many observers as a movement
against rampant conversions in the State.

Like previous
years IFCSAP organised procesions and rallies in different parts of the State on
December 31, the day when the first Donyi-polo dere was inaugurated.

Addressing a
rally here, IFCSAP President Nabam Atum claimed that the indigenous faith and
culture protection movement has become so popular that more than 400 ‘deres
(centres) are functioning all over the State.Hundreds of people belonging to
different tribes dressed in traditional attires took out the procession carrying
placards which read "loss of culture is loss of identity".

The Janajati
Faith and Culture Protection Forum (JFCPF) President Bikram Bahadur Jamatiya of
Tripura led a 90-member team from other north eastern states to attend the
celebration as chief guest.Jamatiya said JFCPF has been formed as an apex body
for the north eastern region to spread cultural awareness in the tribal
states.He said many indigenous faith and cultural organisations like Baba Gariya
in Tripura, Jauparlo in Mizoram, Seng Khihlang in Meghalaya are active in these

made by Haipou Jadanag and Rani Gaidonlu in Nagaland for spreading cultural
awareness was also recalled.Eminent writer Tony Koyu cited examples of
extinction of Greek, Roman and Persian civilisations and cautioned the people
that if they continue to neglect indigenous faith they will meet the same
fate.He said while people do not have any ill feeling towards other religions or
believers, there should be no attempt to disrupt the indigenous faith and
culture of the state."We should not uproot our faith and identity", Kayu said.
Later, Jamatia told newsmen that efforts are on to codify customary laws and to
see that benefits given to scheduled tribes are not usurped. (PTI)

 Fresh infighting in Arunachal Cong(SHT_21_1_k8)

Intra-party rivalry resurfaced in ruling Congress in Arunachal Pradesh with
Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu being accused by his predecessor Gegong Apang of
taking photographs with Chinese armymen across the border in 2006 without taking
permission from the authorities.Khandu, however, defended his action and said he
did "nothing wrong" and the photograph was "not anti-India".

The fluttering
flags of both nations below which he was shown standing along with Chinese
military officers in the photograph "spoke for itself" and he did not owe any
explanation, Khandu said in a statement here.It said people along with army
personnel from both sides cross the border to take part in the national day
celebrations of the two countries on August 15 and October 1 (for China) as a
goodwill gesture and for improving bilateral relations.

"I went across
the border not as a minister but as part of a public delegation. I was given a
photo pass by the army. There were 50 armymen there," Khandu said.The visit
along with cultural troupes and other civilians with the permission of the
Indian Army had lasted a couple of hours only, he said, adding he had interacted
with the Chinese officials across Bumla pass in Tawang district and the snap was
taken in 2006 when he was the power minister."The issue is being raised because
of political rivalry," Khandu said.

Apang, who was the Chief Minister in
2006, said "Khandu neither took prior permission from me nor from the Governor,
nor from the External Affairs Ministry for his visit." (PTI)


Former Army chief General Joginder Jaswant Singh was on Sunday sworn-in as
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. Singh’s appointment as Governor, soon after his
retirement from Army in September last year, is being viewed by observers here
as the Centre’s strong message to streamline administration as the Governor has
a special power under Article 371-H of the Constitution in this sensitive border
state. (PTI)

PM to


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will arrive here on Thursday on his two-day maiden
visit to Arunachal Pradesh to lay the foundation stone of a 3,000 MW
multipurpose Dibang power project.Official sources said here on Wednesday that
the project, to be executed by National Hydro Electric Power Corporation (NHPC),
will be the largest in the country.

Thai delegation to arrive at Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Jan 9: A Thai
delegation, led by Thailand Deputy Industries Minister Piyabutr Cholvijarn, will
be arriving here tomorrow to explore investment opportunities in the State.
Official sources said here today that at the initiative of the Indian Chamber of
Commerce (ICC), with the cooperation of DoNER Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, the
high-level business delegation would arrive here to hold interactive discussions
with ministers, State Government officials and business entrepreneurs. An
official team would exhibit a power-point presentation on the State’s vast scope
in tourism and horticulture sectors, besides industries and agriculture
potentials. Presentations would also be given on infrastructure development,
including airports, on public-private partnership basis, the sources added. (UNI)

demands CBI inquiry into Orissa communal clashes
ITANAGAR, Jan 3: The
Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) has demanded a CBI inquiry into the recent
communal clashes in Orissa and called for immediate deployment of paramilitary
forces in the affected areas.
In separate memorandums submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Orissa
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, ACF president Khyoda Apik and general secretary
Toko Teki alleged that atrocities were being committed on the Christians in the
Criticizing the Orissa government’s ‘phlegmatic’ response to requests from the
Christian organizations to book the culprits, the ACF said, “The targeting of
Church leaders and concerted attacks on Christian institutions appears to be a
conspiracy planned over a period of time with meticulous mobilization.” The ACF
also alleged that the atrocities would not have been possible without the
complicity of the administrative machinery and the backing of powerful political
While demanding immediate compensation for the injured and next of kin of the
victims, the ACF urged the authorities to constitute a committee to assess the
damage. (UNI)

 AFTPA accuses Doordarshan, Itanagar, of violating norms


ITANAGAR, Jan 5: The
Arunachal Film and Television Producers Association (AFTPA) has accused the
Doordarshan Kendra (DDK), Itanagar, of violating the Prasar Bharti norms in the
process of empanellment of local producers for commissioned programmes allotted
for the current year.
The AFTPA accused the DDK of denying justice to local producers and staged
protests yesterday by wearing black arm-bands as well as covering television
sets in black.
According to the association, out of the 55 producers empanelled under category
A, only 15 were local producers, which violated the guidelines drawn up by the
Prasar Bharti in its 79th board meeting on October 12.
The Prasar Bharti had ensured to make special efforts to promote and nurture
talent, provide a platform to deserving producers and artists and encourage
production of programmes in local languages with a view to project the region’s
rich art, culture and literature, besides emphasising on transparency and
fairness in the selection process.
“Far from promoting and nurturing local talent, the DDK, Itanagar, seems to be
consciously keeping the interest of the State furthest from its mind,” the
association stated.
Expressing resentment over the empanelment results, the association said since
government institutions in Arunachal Pradesh followed the practice of 80:20
reservations in its employment policy, it should have been implemented in
principle during the empanelment process within the 75 per cent set aside for
Northeast producers.
“As the television industry in the State is relatively new, many experienced as
well as young talents have taken it up professionally. The imbalanced selection
process has deprived a host of deserving producers from earning a livelihood for
the next five years,” the AFTPA stated.
“The present selection of 70 per cent non-Arunachalee producers against 27 per
cent indigenous producers is a gross disregard of the interests of the State,”
the association rued.
The association alleged that the authorities had deliberately taken local
aspirations for granted by not advertising the empanelment list in the local
newspapers despite clear-cut instructions from Prasar Bharti.(UNI)

criticizes UPA for PR in Nagaland
in Arunachal Pradesh today strongly criticized the Congress-led UPA government
at the Centre for imposing President Rule in Nagaland.
In a statement here, BJP general secretary Tai Tagak alleged that the UPA
government had illegally and clandestinely imposed President Rule in the State
and that it was undemocratic, unconstitutional and sans all political ethics and
“It is possibly the first time that a duly-elected government is being placed
under President’s Rule, only a fortnight ahead of the announcement of the
Assembly elections,” the statement added. The statement further alleged that the
decision of the union cabinet to sack the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN)
government headed by Chief Minister Nephiu Rio was with an obvious design to
manipulate and influence the forthcoming elections, where the Congress party was
in disarray and out of power since five years.
“This is a blunder committed by the Congress, which brutally murders democracy
in Nagaland,” the statement alleged. (UNI)
Arunachal inks MoAs for 42
projects in three years
ITANAGAR, Jan 7: Arunachal Pradesh has signed 42 MoAs with various
power developers in the past three years for executing hydro power projects of
23, 591 MW in the State.
Official sources here today said that of the total projects, 14 were located at
West Kameng district with total installed capacity of 2,370 MW, eight in West
Siang (3,504 MW), six in East Kameng (927 MW), five in Tawang (1,790 MW), two
each in Dibang Valley (4,500 MW), Anjaw (2,700 MW) and Papum Pare (200 MW),
while one each in Lower Dibang Valley (3,000 MW), East Siang (1,600 MW) and
Lohit (3,000 MW). The National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) had signed MoAs
for three with capacity of 4,500 MW, while North East Electrical Power Company (NEEPCO)
and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) have signed for two projects each
with capacity of 1,230 MW and 4,500 MW respectively. Altogether 14 private power
developers signed MoAs with the State government in the past three years for 35
projects of 13,361 MW.
Dubai based Vilcon Energy Ltd had signed MoAs for four projects, while KSK
Energy Ventures Ltd, Hyderabad, signed for eight projects, followed by four
projects of Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd, New Delhi, three each by Noida based
Bhilwara Energy Ltd and Delhi based Mountain Fall India Pvt Ltd, two each by J P
Associates, New Delhi, Reliance Energy Ltd Mumbai, Patel Engineering Pvt Ltd
Mumbai and ECI Engineering and Construction Company Hyderabad. The State
government also identified another 115 numbers of hydro projects in the state
with total potential of 56,151 mega watts, sources disclosed.
The State government during the period had received an amount of Rs 158.64 crore
from various power developers as processing and upfront premium, officials
added. (UNI)

resents AP’s approach to NE India Investment Summit
ITANAGAR, Jan 16: The Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI)
today expressed resentment over the State government’s ‘half hearted’ approach
towards the recently held North East India Investment Summit 2008 at Guwahati,
organized by the DoNER ministry. Claiming that the summit was basically in
continuation of the Bangkok summit held in October last year, the ACCI said that
galaxy of ministers, MLAs and other officials from the State thronged the
summit, but the same which was held at Guwahati was not represented by the State
“At least one secretary could have been deputed to represent the State in such
an important function,” commented ACCI Vice-President Dominic Tadar in a
communique here today. “We are discouraged to see no representative from the
State attended the summit, while other States were represented by their chief
ministers and other ministers,” he added. (UNI)

PM to visit Arunachal this
month(TEL, 19-1-k8)

New Delhi,
Jan. 18:
Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh will be in Arunachal Pradesh within a month of his visit to
Beijing. For a long time now, Arunachal Pradesh has expressed fears that the
Centre was hinting of giving in to Beijing’s claims on the state.The joint
declaration by the two sides after the Beijing meet did not dwell in detail on
what transpired on the boundary question. While inaugurating infrastructure
projects on January 30-31, Singh will be sending a message to China about
India’s firm policy regarding the state of Arunachal Pradesh being an integral
part of India. Flagging off major projects, especially roads, indicates a marked
shift of strategy in the frontier state. Till now, India has not developed
border roads in the region, while

has rapidly developed infrastructure on its side of the line of actual control.
Chief minister Dorjee Khandu and top Buddhist monks at the Tawang monastery have
expressed their apprehension on the Centre’s approach to the problem. Tawang is
the seat of Mahayana Buddhism and the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama. It is
second in importance only to the monastery at Lhasa.During a recent visit by
Union minister of state for commerce Jairam Ramesh to Tawang, monks directly put
the question to him. Ramesh had put on record his opinion about Arunachal
Pradesh being an integral part of India.

“But we will expect something to be
said by the Prime Minister as well,” said a senior politician from Itanagar.
Singh will be the first Prime Minister after Rajiv Gandhi to visit Arunachal
Pradesh. It was during a tense period of Chinese activity on the border that
Rajiv Gandhi had visited the state. The state has made headlines and earned
priority after the repeated claims on Tawang and Arunachal Pradesh by Chinese
envoy San Yuxi just before the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao last year.

Arunachal MP unhappy with PM’s China visit
from Arunachal Pradesh Kiron Rijiju yesterday expressed his unhappiness over
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s failure to extract assurances from China during
his recent visit to settle the border disputes between the two countries without
disturbing the populated areas.
Rijiju in a statement here said there was already an agreement between the two
countries that the border talks should not disturb the populated areas but China
was staking claim over Tawang district. “We have sent him our best wishes to get
a good deal but PM seems to return without securing any such hopes,” he
remarked. (UNI)


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Meghalaya Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Meghalaya House scam

Meghalaya House scam: court
reprieve for Mawlong
 SHILLONG, Jan 29 – In a major reprieve for former Meghalaya Chief
Minister E K Mawlong, the Gauhati High Court yesterday cleared his name from the
Kolkata Meghalaya House deal controversy. …..more

Show-cause to Meghalaya MLA

Election authorities in Meghalaya on Friday issued a show-cause notice to
sitting Congress MLA and candidate Samuel Sangma for allegedly ”misusing” an
ambulance during his poll campaign in the state alleging that Sangma had
‘violated’ the model code of conduct for ferrying his poll supporters in the
ambulance and refusing to hand it over. …..more

FKJGP to launch stir against govt

Shillong: The Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People (FKJGP)
which claimed to fight against corruption will kick-off a series of
anti-government campaign from Chief Minister DD Lapang’s constituency Nongpoh on
February 2. The proposed campaign to highlight
corrupt activities of the ruling Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance
government assumed significance in view of the state government gearing up for
the Assembly polls scheduled on March 3. …..more

divorces and remarriages!

SHILLONG, Jan 20 – It has been the same thing every time on the eve of
elections and this time too it is no different. Legislators and political
leaders in Meghalaya are on a resignation spree, with as many as three of them
quitting the respective parties. So far, an Independent MLA and a Congress
district council member shifted allegiance and speculations are flowing thick
and fast that more senior politicians may follow suit. …..more

Cong MLA pulled up for code
 TURA, Jan 24 – Sitting Congress MLA from Dalu, Samuel M Sangma, has been
pulled up for violating the model code of conduct for elections, for using an
ambulance purchased from Central schemes as his own. To make matters worse, the
MLA was also trying to mislead voters by having inscriped the words “Donated” on
the ambulance. …..more

Meghalaya wants Assam’s
cooperation for House polls
SHILLONG, Jan 24 – Apprehending trouble from rebels in Assam and other
Northeastern States during Assembly elections in Meghalaya, the State Government
has sought cooperation from neighbouring Assam, reports PTI. …..more

Bhan to take over as new AOC-in-C
of EAC
SHILLONG, Dec 31 — Air Marshal Shiv Kumar Bhan would take over charge as
the new Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Eastern Air Command (EAC)
 on Tuesday. Air Marshal Bhan would take over charge of EAC on promotion. He
would replace Air Marshal PK Barbora who would be taking charge of the country’s
largest Air Command the Western Air Command. …..more

Corruption, main poll-plank of MDP

The Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP), an ally of the
ruling Congress-led government said that corruption would be the main
poll-plank, besides to improve agriculture activities for the enusing assembly
elections in the state. …..more

M’laya seeks Assam aid

Shillong, Jan 23: Apprehending trouble by
Northeastern rebels during assembly polls in Meghalaya, the State government has
sought cooperation from neighbouring States.
“We have communicated to the Assam Government our apprehension about potential
elements from the neighbouring State violating law and order during elections,”
Meghalaya Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee said on Wednesday. …..more

Lapang calls
cabinet meet on power deal(TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan, 10:
Chief minister
D.D. Lapang has called for a cabinet meeting on January 17 to review the earlier
decision to hand over the state power projects to private companies. The move
came after pressure from NGOs and a section of the cabinet ministers.


2 more
MLAs join Rymbai (TEL, 12-1-k8)

In a boost to
Meghalaya’s United Democratic Party (UDP), three sitting legislators officially
joined the party today. The UDP claimed that it would emerge as the single
largest party after the Assembly elections. Former chief minister and Congress
member J.D. Rymbai, Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP) legislators P.T. Sawkmie
and D.P. Iangju joined the party at a function held at the residence of party
president and deputy chief minister Donkupar Roy.


Opp. seeks white paper (TEL,13-1-k8)

Jan. 12:
The Meghalaya
Opposition today asked for a white paper on the handing over of power projects
to private companies.Jointly addressing a news conference, BJP legislator A.L.
Hek and Independent MLA Manas Chaudhuri said the people of Meghalaya are in the
dark about handing over of the power projects to private companies.



Sangma kicks off Khasi Hills campaign(TEL,13-1-k8)

People at the grasssroots want change in governance, says NCP general secretary

Jan. 12:
NCP general
secretary and former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma today kicked off the party’s
election campaign in East Khasi Hills, highlighting the need for a change in
governance in the state.Addressing a gathering at Motinagar in Malki-Nongthymmai
constituency of Shillong, Sangma said the people of Meghalaya were fed up with
the existing Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government. “I have
interacted with the people at the grassroots level and they are all longing for
change,” the Garo stalwart said.

truths for legislators (TEL, 1-1-k8)

accuses people’s representatives of engaging only in self-help (TEL, 1-1-k8)

Shillong, Feb.
5: Self-help is the best help, but not when people’s representatives help only
themselves, says an organisation of “concerned” citizens in Meghalaya. The
organisation, christened Informed, Conscious and Responsible Existence (ICARE),
wonders why Meghalaya has several bills on legislators’ salaries and pensions
and hardly any on the state’s development. It points out that since 1977, the
Legislators’ Pension Act has been amended at least nine times and the Meghalaya
Legislators’ Salaries and Allowances Act has been amended at least 18 times for
the benefit of legislators.

removed from district council post (TEL, 1-1-k8)

Feb. 5:
The chief
executive member of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), H.S.
Shylla, was officially removed from the post after he was defeated in the House
of KHADC by a voice-vote during the special session today. At the start of the
session, Congress member Ronny Lyngdoh moved a non-confidence motion against

Janshakti to contest 20 seats(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Jan. 2:
The BJP and the
Lok Janshakti Party have decided to field over 20 candidates for the Meghalaya
Assembly elections in February. In a statement issued here today, Jamil Ahmed,
the state general secretary of Lok Janshakti Party, said the party has selected
Clement Mawlong to contest from Sohiong constituency and Meristella Wahlang from
Pynthorumkhrah in the first list of applicants. The party’s MP, Ram Chander
Paswan, and its national general secretary Mira Chakraborty, visited Shillong
last month to finalise the list of candidates.


Rymbai to
exit from Cong

ticket for man of integrity, other parties finalising nominees (TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Jan. 2:
Former Meghalaya
chief minister J.D. Rymbai will end his long association with the Congress this
week, resigning from both the party and the Assembly to contest the February
elections on a United Democratic Party (UDP) ticket.Rymbai never forgave the
central Congress leadership for not standing by him when D.D. Lapang, the man
whom he replaced as chief minister in mid-2006, wrested back power less than a
year later. He said today that the UDP offered him a ticket for the elections
several months ago and that he had been waiting for an opportune moment to make
a decision.

Mining heat on Lapang

(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Jan. 4:
A majority of
cabinet ministers of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) minus the Congress,
the main constituent of the coalition government, has opposed the uranium mining
project in the state. The project was recently accorded environment clearance by
the Union ministry of environment and forest through a notification.


Rymbai resigns from Congress, Assembly(TEL_ 5_1_k8)

Jan. 4:
Former chief
minister and veteran Congress leader J.D. Rymbai resigned from the Assembly and
the party today.“I decided to resign from the Congress since I was denied a
party ticket,” he told The Telegraph. Rymbai said he had submitted his
resignation to PCC president O.L. Nongtdu and Speaker M.M. Danggo.



Nongtdu decrees hard work for Cong(TEL_7_1_K8)

Jan. 6:
Hard work and
door-to-door campaign will be the main poll strategy of the Congress for the
Assembly elections im Meghalaya, to be held in February. Meghalaya PCC president
O.L. Nongtdu today said there is nothing like hard work even if one has other
resources. “We have selected good candidates this time and they have to work
hard, meeting voters and creating confidence among the people,” Nongtdu said.
The people in Meghalaya place their faith in the individuals rather than the
party during the Assembly elections, he said.


gains from exodus(TEL_ 8_1_k8)

Jan. 7:
From a leader who
rarely broke the mould, J.D. Rymbai seems to have become a political trendsetter
overnight with his act of quitting the Congress and resigning from the Assembly
to avoid violating the anti-defection law. Two more legislators — P.T. Sawkmie
and D.P. Iangjuh of the Meghalaya Democratic Party, a constituent of the
Congress-led ruling coalition — did likewise last evening to join the United
Democratic Party (UDP). The president of the UDP, Donkupar Roy, said his party
would formalise the duo’s inclusion along with Rymbai soon.


fans Assembly embers

Shillong residents condemn legislators’ inability to re-build House(TEL_9_1_k8)

Shillong, Jan. 8:
On a bitterly cold January night seven years ago, the Meghalaya Assembly went up
in flames and the heritage building was reduced to ashes within a few hours. On
the eve of the seventh anniversary of the inferno tomorrow, Meghalaya’s
residents — from all walks of life — expressed deep anguish that the government
has failed to build a new Legislative Assembly, leave alone construct a memorial
for the old building.

Meghalaya minister defends power deal(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
Meghalaya power
minister Mukul Sangma today defended the cabinet’s decision to hand over six
power projects to private companies, saying it was only for the benefit of the
people.  According to the deal, the state will get 12 per cent of the power
produced by the projects free of cost. Of this, two per cent will be used for
the development of the areas where the power projects are situated, Sangma told
newspersons today.

Parties confident of forming Govt
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The Congress, UDP and the NCP are making tall claims of
getting a majority in the forthcoming Assembly elections. AICC in-charge of
Meghalaya, Major (retd) Ved Prakash, told newsmen in Shillong today that based
on the impression of the Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA)
Government, it was sure to cross the halfway mark in the Assembly polls. “We can
easily bag over 30 seats to form the Government alone,” Prakash said, and added:
“We are following a well-planned strategy through which we are highlighting the
achievements of the MDA Government”. …..more

Draft Electoral
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The
Electoral Registration officer, West Khasi Hills district, Nongstoin has
notified in a press release that the draft electoral rolls for 33-Pariong
Legislative Assembly, 34-Nongstoin Legislative Assembly and 36-Mawthengkut
Legislative Assembly constitutencies have been duly prepared and published with

Section 144 CrPC
SHILLONG, Jan 14: The DC, East Khasi Hills district, Shillong has
promulgated 144 CrPC prohibiting holding of hunger strikes within a radius of
200 meters from the Meghalaya Main Secretariat Building, Shillong, stated a
press release.

Foundation stone laid(SEN_15_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 14: Meghalaya Chief Minister today laid the foundation
stone of the training Centre-cum-office of the Ri Bhoi Youth Federation in a
function held at the Umdihar Community Hall, Ri Bhoi district, stated a press
release. Also present on the occasion was the DC Ri Bhoi district SF Khongwir.

M’laya creates benchmark in EPIC coverage
Jan 16: Meghalaya has achieved 99.95 per cent coverage of Election Photo
Identity Card (EPIC) receiving kudos from the Election Commission (EC). Chief
Electoral Officer P Naik told reporters here today that the EC has categorized
Meghalaya as a State that created a benchmark for itself in EPIC coverage.
However, the State that holds 12,30,152 electorate needs to cover another 264
voters with the identity cards, he said, adding that hundred per cent coverage
was expected.


withdraws agitation
16: The Federation for Achik Freedom (FAF) has withdrawn it’s proposed night
road blockade in Garo Hills following the announcement of elections to the State
Assembly.Talking to The Sentinel over phone, FAF President Mac D Shira said that
the organization has withdrawn the night road blockade supposed to start on
January 17. “We are withdrawing our agitation since the Election Commission has
declared the date of polls. Therefore it is pointless for us to agitate when the
Government is changing,” he said.

reviews poll preparedness in M’laya
Voting right of Pyrdiwah residents hangs in balance

SHILLONG,Jan 18: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N
Gopalaswami is unaware of the fate of the 130-odd Khasi and Adivasi residents of
Pyrdiwah as far as their voting rights in the forthcoming Assembly polls in the
State is concerned. Pyrdiwah had rose into prominence when Bangladesh occupied
the village located in East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya in 2001. Though
Bangladesh retreated after a week of occupation, questions are still doing the
rounds on their exact status as voters of the State.
“I don’t know much about the matter,” he said while answering diplomatically to
a question that could catapult into a major issue…..more

committee to look into power deal

SHILLONG, Jan 18: The Cabinet has kept its decision on
the power deal in abeyance fearing the model code of conduct. The MDA Government
has decided to constitute an official committee to study the Memorandum of
Agreement (MoA). The Cabinet meeting held today that lasted for two hours and
was attended by seven cabinet members unanimously decided that the matter
relating to the MoAs in the power sector will not be operationalized. Chief
Minister DD Lapang told reporters after the cabinet that “pending submission of
the report and decision by the Cabinet therein, the respective MoA entered into
will not be operationalized”. …..more

BJP announces
list of candidates for M’laya polls
 SHILLONG, Jan 18: The central
election committee (CEC) of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has released a list
of 20 candidates to vie for the ensuing Assembly elections in Meghalaya. Party
President Rajnath Singh, LK Advani and other members of the committee today
released the list of candidates for Meghalaya and Tripura.
For the Laban constituency where there has been a string of confusion, and the
state election committee (SEC) has been accused of trying to impose a candidate
of its choice, the ticket was granted to Edward Kharwanlang.


NCP releases 21-point
 SHILLONG, Jan 18: The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) today released
its 21-point manifesto committing Meghalayans for a “change.” NCP general
secretary Purno A Sangma released the manifesto that resolves to take “remedial
actions” if NCP is voted to power in the elections. Sangma, confident that his
party will sweep the March 3 elections, said: “The Congress Government has
failed miserably and people are fed up with the frequent change in leadership,
non-performance and corruption.” …..more
Meghalaya Day
awardees announced
 SHILLONG, Jan 18: To mark the 36th year of statehood, the Meghalaya
Government has decided to present Meghalaya Day awards to outstanding
personalities in the field of arts and literature, social service and sports.
Chief Minister DD Lapang today announced the names of the awardees.

CM, 5 ex-CMs in fray(SEN_26_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 25: Five former Chief Ministers and present CM DD
Lapang will contest the ensuing Assembly elections while rumours are doing the
rounds that Lapang is trying an all-out effort to convince other political
parties to put up candidates from Nongpoh to split the votes of his strong
contender Dr Celestine Lyngdoh. …..more

Hearing on Kyndiah(SEN_26_1_k8)
SHILLONG, Jan 25: The District Magistrate will apply his judicious
mind to decide on the controversial case that questioned the Khasi identity of
Waibha Khyriem Kyndiah, the son of Union Minister of Tribal Affairs PR Kyndiah.
Waibha Khyriem Kyndiah is a Congress candidate from Nongkrem constituency for
the forthcoming elections. …..more

Sangma firm on power deal
 SHILLONG, Jan 9: Deputy
Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma refused to budge from his stand ‘not to review
the Cabinet decision to enter into a joint venture deal with private power
developers’. Amidst the growing opposition by Cabinet ministers, Opposition
parties and social organizations in the State on the decision to tap the 1,000
MW power potential in Kynshi river and another 260 MW from Umgot river with JP
Group and Athena Group respectively,


Meghalaya has less electorate compared to population
Jan 10: Meghalaya has a population of over 26 lakh, But the number of voters
stand at 12.31 lakh which is less compared to its population. The total number
of electorate was identified after the final draft of electoral rolls was
published today. The number of female voters is high compared to male voters.
Female voters stand at 6,25,579 while male electorate is 6,04,647.


Sibling ‘rivalry’
at Laitumkhrah
Jan 10: Meghalaya Education Minister Robert Garnet Lyngdoh will campaign for the
Congress party even in the prestigious Laitum-khrah constituency, a seat he will
forfeit for reasons that he has never disclosed. Lyngdoh will not contest the
February 2008 Assembly elections and many sees his decision due to sibling
rivalry. His sister Ampareen Lyngdoh was a known aspirant for the Congress party
ticket but was eventually denied. Nicky Lyngdoh the Congress face for the
constituency, was ‘picked’ up by Robert Garnett Lyngdoh prompting Ampareen to
join the United Democratic Party (UDP).


returns to UDF, recounts days as M’laya CM
Jan 11: Veteran Congress leader and former Meghalaya Chief Minister JD Rymbai,
during his formal induction to the United Democratic Party (UDP), revealed his
bitter experience as the Chief Minister of the State. Speaking during the
induction programme held today, Rymbai said: “I was earlier a member of the
regional party. I joined the Congress in search for a shelter but with no
sympathizers there, I decided to go back to my parent party UDP”.


Congress confident in Meghalaya

Despite its polls debacle
in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat, the Congress party today expressed confidence
to retain power in Meghalaya, with Election Commission setting March 3 as the
polling date for the state. AICC General Secretary in-charge Meghalaya Major (Retd)
Ved Prakash, who arrived here to galvanize the party ahead of the polls said the
Congress will retain power on the basis of its achievements during the past five

CEC to review security

Chief Election
Commissioner (CEC) N. Gopalaswami along with the other two Election
Commissioners is scheduled to arrive here on January 18 to review for poll
preparedness for the upcoming assembly elections in Meghalaya. Assembly
elections will be held in Meghalaya on March 3 and the Counting will be held on
March 7, Gopalaswami said.During his visit, Gopalaswami will hold discussions
with the State Election Commission, observers, Director General of Police,
District Magistrates and political parties.


most challenging for NAIP: Director ICAR

Dr. S. V. Ngachan, Director ICAR
on Monday said among the states in the northeast where National Agriculture
Innovation Project (NAIP) was implemented, Mon in Nagaland was the most
challenging. Speaking as chief guest at the NAIP on livelihood improvement and
empowerment of rural poor through sustainable farming system at DC’s Conference
Hall, Mon said the project here was the most challenging as the technology had
to be upgraded.

continue to agitates in M’laya

Jan 15:
Normal functioning
of government offices and financial institutions has been affected in three
districts Meghalaya after the Federation of A’chik Freedom (FAF) launched its
series of agitation, protesting the Congress-led government decision to hand
over power projects to private companies.


Meghalaya cabinet cannot take policy decision: Naik

With the election model code of conduct coming into force, the Cabinet would not
be able to take any policy decision with regards to going forward with the
controversial power projects in Meghalaya. "There would be no problem in
scrapping the deal but no policy decision can be taken in striking a deal in
view of the election model code of conduct coming into effect from January 14,"
Chief Electoral Officer, P. Naik told reporters on Wednesday.


adequate security to NEEPCO: UPM


After repeated extortion demands and the recent killing of five persons by
militants, the Union Power Ministry (UPM) has directed the

government to provide adequate security to North East Electric Power Corporation
limited (NEEPCO) officials stationed at Umrangsu, North Cachar Hills.


Meghalaya cabinet cannot take policy decision: Naik


With the election model code of conduct coming into force, the Cabinet would not
be able to take any policy decision with regards to going forward with the
controversial power projects in Meghalaya. "There would be no problem in
scrapping the deal but no policy decision can be taken in striking a deal in
view of the election model code of conduct coming into effect from January 14,"
Chief Electoral Officer, P. Naik told reporters on Wednesday. Chief Minister DD
Lapang has called for a cabinet meeting on January 18 to review the earlier
decision to hand over the state power projects to private companies in the wake
of protest against the "shady deal" from several organisations and political
parties. Sources said the state government is contemplating to consult lawyers
to ensure that its decisions do not violate the election model of conduct.
Elections are due in Meghalaya on March 3.


Cong suspends Edmund S. Lyngdoh

SHILLONG, JAN 19: The Congress party
today suspended senior Congress leader and former Meghalaya minister Edmund S
Lyngdoh from primary membership of the party. Lyngdoh’s expulsion came after he
dissolved the Jaintia Hills District Congress Committee (JHDCC) last week
without the consent of the state Congress party. Mr was the President of JHDCC
and former Chairman of Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC).


Meghalaya power deal put in abeyance

Refusing to buckle under
pressure to scrap the power deal, the Meghalaya cabinet today decided to keep
the memorandum of agreement (MOA) inked with six private companies in abeyance.
In the wake of series of agitations by political parties and the NGOs, the
Meghalaya Cabinet met Friday to discuss the power deal.Speaking to newsmen after
the cabinet meet, chief minister DD Lapang said the meeting unanimously agreed
that a committee headed by the state chief secretary has been constituted to
examine questions raised by some Ministers and NGOs on the MOAs inked with six
private companies.

Sonia to campaign in NE

Minister Manmohan Singh will lead the campaign trails in the three Northeastern
states of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura ahead of the Assembly elections.

Corruption, main poll-plank of MDP

Jan 22:
The Meghalaya
Democratic Party (MDP), an ally of the ruling Congress-led government said that
corruption would be the main poll-plank, besides to improve agriculture
activities for the enusing assembly elections in the state. "If MDP voted to
power, the party would ensure to provide a clean government and eradicate
corruption," MDP President and Social Welfare Minister Martle N Mukhim said,
while announcing the first list of candidates for the ensuing Assembly

Meghalaya BJP a confused party(SEN_4_1_k8)

Meghalaya appears to be in confusion even as the saffron party sweeps polls in
Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. The party could not send the list of its aspirants
for the upcoming Assembly elections except for three, infuriating the other five
aspirants.Altogether eights aspirants have applied for the Laban Constituency
ticket to the Central Election Committee (CEC). However, the State Election
Committee (SEC) did not send names of the five aspirants to the CEC in New

Rymbai quits Cong
SHILLONG, Jan 4: Veteran
Congress leader and former Chief Minister JD Rymbai formally resigned from the
primary membership of the Congress today. Rymbai, the man who was
unceremoniously ousted by DD Lapang from the Chief Minister’s post, submitted
his resignation to Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee president (MPCC) OL
Nongtdu without citing any reason. The former Chief Minister also put down his
papers as a four-time legislator before the Speaker of the State Assembly today.


takes its allies head on
SHILLONG, Jan 4: Ahead of the February, 2008 elections, the Congress
has started to take on three of its regional coalition partners head on.
Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president OL Nongtdu said the
regional parties are trying to hijack every good initiative and developmental
work taken collectively during the past five years.

complaint against Kyndiah
SHILLONG, Jan 4: Khasi
Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) chief HS Shylla has formally lodged a
complaint with Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president OL Nongtdu
against the status of Union Tribal Affairs Minister PR Kyndiah’s son Waibha
Kyndiah. Shylla, who was deprived of Congress ticket to contest in the ensuing
Assembly elections, told reporters that he had lodged a complaint with Nongtdu
recently. He said that a copy of the objection was also sent to Chief Minister
DD Lapang. It is left with the MPCC to decide and examine the status of Kyndiah,
he said.

Cabinet meet on fate of power projects soon
SHILLONG, Jan 5: With protest coming from various quarters on handing
over of power projects to private parties, Chief Minister D D Lapang has decided
to convene a Cabinet meeting to review the power policy of the State next week.

UDP-MDP snubbing
 SHILLONG, Jan 5: The
United Democratic Party (UDP) has called Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP) leader
Martle Mukhim an obstinate man who is left all alone. Mukhim, who split the UDP
to form his own party, has snubbed the parent party’s proposal for a merger.
Mukhim called the UDP a party of vested interest.


Go to
court to settle dispute: MPCC tells Shylla, Kyndiah
SHILLONG, Jan 5: A rattled State Congress leadership has asked Khasi
Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) Chief Executive Member (CEM) HS Shylla
and the Waibha K Kyndiah to settle the claims and counter claims on the issue of
Khasi identity. After losing party ticket for the February Assembly polls to
Waibha K Kyndiah, the son of the Union Tribal Minister PR Kyndiah from the
reserved Nongkrem seat, Shylla complained to MPCC president OL Nongtdu and Chief
Minister DD Lapang about Waibha Kyndiah’s eligibility to contest from a reserved
seat. …..more

opposes deal
SHILLONG, Jan 7: The Meghalaya unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
joined the KSU to protest the decision to hand over five power projects of the
State to private companies. The KSU took out a procession in protest against the
proposed deal today. …..more

Complaint for
violation of service rule lodged
SHILLONG, Jan 7: A complaint has been lodged by one H R Das Gupta
with the Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee against one of the ticket aspirants
for the Laban constituency for violating the service rule and joining the BJP
even before his retirement under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS).

Meghalaya Cong sure
of victory (TEL_15-1-k8)

Jan. 14:
secretary in charge of Meghalaya, Ved Prakash, who arrived here as part of the
election campaign, today said the NCP would not even get double digit seats in
the state Assembly elections scheduled for March 3. Speaking to this
correspondent, Prakash said the claim of NCP leader P.A. Sangma that the party
would form the next government was just “wishful thinking”.


feasts a night in advance(TEL, 16-1-k8)

holiday on Bihu makes Assamese community choose Sunday as night of

celebration(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Shillong, Jan. 15:
By the time people in
began preparing for their Magh Bihu feast, Assamese families in Shillong were
through with theirs. Over 200 people gathered at the century-old Assam Club in
Laban for the traditional community feast on Sunday, two days before their
fraternity in the neighbouring state celebrated uruka night. The advance
celebration was necessitated by today being a working day in Meghalaya, unlike
in Assam, where it was a holiday.


Preparation on in full gear(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Nagaland, Meghalaya set to get
more paramilitary forces (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Jan. 15:
The Meghalaya
government has sought 34 companies of central paramilitary forces for the smooth
conduct of the Assembly elections in the state. With the announcement of the
election date (March 3), preparations are on in full swing by the state
electoral department and almost all the political parties. Chief secretary
Ranjan Chatterjee said today that the government wanted the deployment of 34
companies of central paramilitary forces for the Assembly elections.


to review deal(TEL, 17-1-k8)

Jan. 16:
The Meghalaya
cabinet is likely to keep in abeyance any decision regarding the power deal with
the private companies.It is scheduled to meet on Friday to review the December 7
cabinet decision to hand over major power projects to private companies.Chief
electoral officer P. Naik today made it clear that the cabinet cannot take any
policy decision in view of the model code of conduct, which came into effect on
January 14 when the election dates were announced.


drill in Meghalaya(TEL,18-1-k8)

Jan. 17:
Meghalaya chief
secretary Ranjan Chatterjee has asked the superintendents of police and deputy
commissioners of all the seven districts of the state to maintain strict vigil
to ensure that the political parties do not violate the model code of conduct
ahead of polls.


Jan. 17:
The United
Democratic Party (UDP) has emerged as the second largest political party in
Meghalaya fielding as many as 52 candidates after the Congress, which is
contesting in all the 60 constituencies. UDP president and deputy chief minister
Donkupar Roy today said the party was planning to put up three more candidates.
He hopedthat the UDP would emerge as the single largest party after the


power bends Lapang(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Projects with companies on hold (TEL, 19-1-k8)

Jan. 18:
Privatisation of
power projects in Meghalaya has been put on hold in the face of mounting public
opposition, just like uranium mining was over a year ago. Chief minister D.D.
Lapang said after a cabinet meeting today that no power project would be handed
over to a private company without a committee of senior bureaucrats ascertaining
whether the state would benefit from the deal. “Pending submission of a report
by the committee and a decision by the cabinet, the respective memoranda of
agreement entered into with companies will not be operationalised,” he said.

Sangma in
funds cry to woo voters(TEL, 19-1-k8)

releases manifesto(TEL, 19-1-k8)

NCP general
secretary and former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma today released the party’s
manifesto, highlighting the NCP’s focus on foreign investment and creation of a
separate ministry for the empowerment of traditional tribal institutions in the
state. The minister said as far as resource mobilisation is concerned, he can
find ways and means to get more funds from the Centre. “We will make sure that
the central funds are utilised properly,” Sangma said.The Garo stalwart said the
NCP would create a separate ministry to look after the interests of the
traditional tribal institutions. These institutions have been demanding direct
funding from the Centre.


licences(TEL, 20-1-k8)

Jan. 19:
The Meghalaya
government has decided not to issue fresh arms licences in the run-up to the
Assembly elections. The decision was taken after a meeting with the Election
Commission yesterday.

Rymbai to quit Congress

Jan 2:
Former Meghalaya
Chief Minister and senior congress leader, JD Rymbai today said he would quit
the Congress party, even as United Democratic Party (UDP) decided to allot a
party ticket. Rymbai who was forced last spring to relinquish his Chief
Ministerial chair in favour of bete-noire, DD Lapang had decided since than not
to contest on a Congress ticket for the upcoming 2008 Assembly elections. "I
have decided to put down my papers as a Congress man and as an MLA, this month,"
Rymbai said.

Pol parties flay PR in Nagaland

JAN 5:
Political parties
in Meghalaya have condemned the Union government’s decision of imposing
President’s Rule in Nagaland, while terming the decision as ‘undemocratic and

Megh. govt meet on power projects

JAN 6 :
The Meghalaya
Cabinet will meet this week to discuss the demand of several organisations to
stop giving power projects to private companies in the state. Official sources
said here today that though state Chief Minister D D Lapang was yet to fix the
date for the proposed Cabinet meeting, Cabinet Minister Paul Lyngdoh confirmed
that the meeting would review the December 7 decision to hand over five power
projects to private companies.

Pol parties flay PR in Nagaland

JAN 5:
Political parties
in Meghalaya have condemned the Union government’s decision of imposing
President’s Rule in Nagaland, while terming the decision as ‘undemocratic and
unconstitutional’. The State BJP condemning the Congress’ decision said it was
"undemocratic and unconstitutional." The state party, AL Hek, nonetheless warned
that the arbitrary decision would have negative fallout on the Congress’ poll
prospect in the forthcoming Assembly elections.


Bhan to
take over as new AOC-in-C of EAC
SHILLONG, Dec 31 — Air Marshal Shiv Kumar Bhan would take over charge
as the new Air Officer Commanding in Chief (AOC-in-C) of the Eastern Air Command
(EAC) on Tuesday. Air Marshal Bhan would take over charge of EAC on promotion.
He would replace Air Marshal PK Barbora who would be taking charge of the
country’s largest Air Command the Western Air Command.

Rymbai to quit Cong and join
 SHILLONG, Jan 2 – Former Meghalaya Chief Minister and senior
Congress leader, JD Rymbai is all set to quit Congress and join the regional
United Democratic Party (UDP).
Rymbai, who was forced last Spring to relinquish his Chief Ministerial chair in
favour of bete-noire, DD Lapang had decided since then not to contest on a
Congress ticket for the upcoming 2008 Assembly elections.

Chances of regional parties
uniting in Meghalaya remote
SHILLONG, Jan 4 – Political mudslinging has begun sooner than
anticipated here in Meghalaya with Assembly elections in sight as the Meghalaya
Democratic Party (MDP) today branded its regional ally and coalition partner –
the United Democratic Party (UDP) as a party of ‘vested interest’.

Rymbai quits Congress(AST_5_1_k8)
 SHILLONG, Jan 4 – Former Meghalaya Chief Minister J D Rymbai today
resigned from the primary membership of the Congress in protest against the
denial of party ticket for the coming Assembly elections in the State.

Meghalaya seeks additional
paramilitary forces
SHILLONG, Jan 5 – Chief Minister DD Lapang today sought from the Centre
additional companies of central paramilitary forces for deployment in the State.
Meanwhile, East Khasi Hills district administration has clamped prohibitory
orders here.With a series of agitation lined up and election fever hotting up,
Lapang shot of a letter to Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil seeking “45
additional companies of central paramilitary forces” for deployment in the
State. …..more

Let court settle Khasi identity
issue: Congress
SHILLONG, Jan 6 – Caught in a dilemma on the issue of “Khasi
identity” raised by the Chief Executive Member (CEM) of the District Council HS
Shylla, the Meghalaya Congress leadership wanted the court to settle the matter.
Shylla, who was piqued by Waibha Kyndiah to contest from the Nongkrem seat, has
questioned the latter’s eligibility to contest from a reserved seat by terming
him as a non-Khasi for taking his father’s surname instead of the customary
adoption of the mother’s name the tradition followed by the Khasi community.

Sangma hails HC direction to
Meghalaya Govt on police firings
SHILLONG, Jan 7 – Former Lok Sabha Speaker, Purno Sangma has
expressed satisfaction over the Gauhati High Court’s decision seeking details
from the Meghalaya Government on the action taken against security personnel
involved in the 2005 Williamnagar and Tura firings that killed nine persons and
left scores injured. …..more

Meghalaya MLAs on resignation
spree on poll-eve
 SHILLONG, Jan 7 – Legislators in Meghalaya are on a resignation
spree with as many as three of them quitting their respective political parties
just before the Assembly elections due next month. Close on the heels of the
resignation of former Chief Minister J D Rymbai from the Congress, two
legislators of the Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP), an ally of the Congress-led
Meghalaya Democratic Alliance Government, have also put in their papers.

Opp MLAs’ threat to move court
over power deal
 SHILLONG, Jan 13 – The Meghalaya Government has signed two power deals
with private companies amidst threats by the Opposition MLAs to move court
unless the it comes out with a White Paper on the controversial deals. “If the
government does not come out with a White Paper on the deals, we will have no
option but to knock on the court’s door,” Independent MLA Manas Choudhury and
BJP legislator AL Hek told in a joint press conference today.

 Cong launches poll campaign in
SHILLONG, Jan 14 – The Congress’ poll prospect in the March 3 Meghalaya
Assembly elections would not be affected due to the agreement reached between
the State Government and private companies to develop six power projects,
asserted AICC general secretary in-charge of Meghalaya, Ved Prakash.


wary of investing in NE due to insurgency: Lapang
 SHILLONG, Jan 14 – Major potential investors, who had shown interest to
make investment in Meghalaya, are turning back from their commitment due to the
insurgency problem in the North East region, according to Chief Minister DD
Lapang. …..more

Meghalaya joint
venture projects under cloud
SHILLONG, Jan 17 – The political cauldron with the questionable mix
of ‘Pan masala and power generation’ for public consumption, seems unpalatable,
with most in Meghalaya openly complaining about it, distastefully.The Power
department, headed by Deputy Chief Minister, Mukul Sangma, entered into a joint
venture – many say arbitrarily – with six private companies, including Pan
Masala manufacturing giant, Dharampal Satyapal Group.

Lapang invites opinion of
political parties on uranium(SHT, 3-1-k8)

In the wake of environmental clearance given to UCIL by Union Ministry of
Environment and Forests for uranium mining in Meghalaya, Chief Minister DD
Lapang has invited opinion of all political parties to help the State Government
arrive at a decision on the matter. Mr Lapang told reporters on Wednesday that
with Assembly election round the corner, he did not want the Congress to take
the blame for starting uranium mining in the State, saying opinion of all
political parties was important before his government arrived at a decision on
the issue.

Nongtdu masterminded pro-uranium campaign’(SHT, 5-1-k8)
Shylla latest victim of Congress ‘use and throw’ policy?

Adding a new twist to the twin issues of proposed uranium mining and HS Shylla’s
recent removal as CPP leader in KHADC, NCP on Sunday claimed that Mr Shylla was
actually remote-controlled by Chief Minister DD Lapang and MPCC president OL
Nongtdu to carry forward the Congress campaign for uranium mining in Meghalaya.
With the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest giving environmental
clearance to UCIL to mine uranium in the State, MPCC decided to dump Mr Shylla,
fearing that continuing the campaign for uranium mining in the face of strong
public opposition could jeopardise the Congress’ chances in the coming Assembly
elections, NCP said.

rejects Shylla charges(SHT, 5-1-k8)

Congress on Sunday
rejected Mr Shylla’s allegations that MPCC chief OL Nongtdu and Chief Minister
DD Lapang had conspired to sack him as KHADC CEM despite several MDCs being
unhappy with the election of CB Syiem as Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP)
leader. The party reiterated that Mr Shylla must either gracefully step down as
KHADC chief or face no-trust vote on February 5.


minister Armison Marak passes away(SHT, 5-1-k8)

Former Minister and
two-time MLA from Dalamgre constituency, Armison Marak, passed away at his
residence here on Saturday night. He was 85. Marak had joined politics after his
retirement as a teacher from

Govt MP School, Tura, and was elected from Dalamgre constituency on an APHLC
ticket in 1977.

to meet on power project

issue next week(SHT, 6-1-k8)

The State Cabinet will
meet next week to discuss its December-7 decision to hand over five power
projects to private companies.Urban Affairs Minister Paul Lyngdoh on Saturday
said Power Minister Dr Mukul Sangma would also attend the meeting "since any
review of the earlier Cabinet decision should be carried out in the presence of
the Power Minister."Mr Lyngdoh, who met Chief Minister DD Lapang on Friday,
stressed on the need to review the Cabinet decision in view of the protests from
various quarters.

over Kyndiah son’s tribal status(SHT, 6-1-k8)

need to go to court: Shylla


KHADC chief HS Shylla has stuck to
his stand that Nongkrem Congress candidate Waibha K Kyndiah has violated the
Khasi Lineage Act by taking the surname of his father, saying there is no need
to take the matter to the court as suggested by the MPCC president. MPCC
president OL Nongtdu on Friday asked both Mr Kyndiah and Mr Shylla to go to the
court to settle the issue. "The Khasi Lineage Act needs interpretation by the
court," Mr Nongtdu said .

picketing on Jan 8, 9; Procession today
KSU calls off bandh, blockade(SHT, 7-1-k8)

KSU-called road blockade and bandh on January 8 and 9, have been
suspended, purportedly to suit some wedding dates and church programmes. KSU
president Samuel Jyrwa, after an emergency meeting on Sunday, said they had
decided to call off the blockade and bandh after appeals from church
leaders, senior citizens and parents of those children whose marriages are
scheduled on the two days.

MDP MLAs quit to join UDP(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Ending a long row over proposed merger of two regional parties, MDP legislators
PT Sawkmie and DP Iangjuh on Saturday resigned from the party to contest from
UDP in the coming Assembly elections."We have resigned from the primary
membership of the party in order to bring back unity among the regional parties
and also to respect the sentiment of the people," Mr Sawkmie and Mr Iangjuh
stated in a letter addressed to MDP president Marlte N Mukhim.


Garo Hills Independent candidates unite to take on political parties
Separate state for Garos tops demand list(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Four Independent
candidates of Garo Hills have come under one platform to take on political
parties in the ensuing elections to the State Assembly. If elected, these four
candidates will put forward a set of demands to the parties, which seek their
support to form the next government. The Independent candidates John Leslee K
Sangma, Lazarus M Sangma, Sanjib R Marak and Septerwin R Sangma will contest
Tura, Bahamas, Dalamgre
and Rongchugre respectively.

candidates for Rongjeng, Rongrenggiri(SHT, 7-1-k8)

The MDP, East Garo Hills
district unit has unanimously decided to field former minister Surjit Sangma and
Lenitha M Sangma, wife of former MLA PD Sangma, from Rongjeng and Rongrenggiri
Assembly constituencies respectively, for the Assembly elections.


Dorbar Shnong’s concern(SHT, 7-1-k8)

Taking a serious note over
non-attendance of sweepers, labourers and master rolls in cleaning the roadside
grasses and drains for many years, the Dorbar Shnong of Bishnupur Kench’s Trace
has decided to approach the concerned department to depute sweepers, labourers
and master rolls to clean the entire Bishnupur-Kench’s Trace regularly.


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

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


Party announces five more candidates
Rymbai to be named UDP candidate on Jan 11(SHT, 8-1-k8)

The UDP has named five
more candidates for the Assembly elections. Former minister Nimarson Momin is
also among them. Former Chief Minister JD Rymbai, who quit Congress recently,
will be formally declared as the party’s candidate for Jirang segment on January

MLA not a genuine resident’(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Continuing his personal
tirade against Congress legislator from Kharkutta constituency Elstone D Marak,
former MLA Projend D Sangma has claimed that Mr Marak is not a "genuine
resident" of Meghalaya because he was born and brought up in Assam."The recent
claim of Mr Marak that he is a local person is wrong and baseless as he was born
and brought up in Bali Kusi village of Upper Assam where his parents still
reside. He came to Meghalaya for studies and married a girl whose parents latter
settled in Assam permanently," Mr Sangma said.


violation complaint against BJP ticket aspirant(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Putting the heat on the
State unit of the BJP, a complaint has been lodged with the Chief Secretary
Ranjan Chatterjee by one HR Das Gupta against one of its ticket aspirants for
the Laban constituency for violating the service rule and joining the saffron
party even before his retirement under the Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) was
accepted by the Gvernment.

Meghalaya BJP condemns(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Meanwhile, the Meghalaya
unit of the BJP has strongly condemned the imposition of Central rule in
Nagaland.A statement issued here said "the UPA Government while taking this
‘avoidable decision’ had exposed its double standard by treating the DAN
Government of Nagaland differently from the Congress-led Government in Goa."


seek electoral fortune(SHT, 9-1-k8)

If Uttar Pradesh is known for its mafias entering politics or Tamil Nadu for its
movie-stars-turned politicos, Meghalaya, too, is not far behind with a sizeable
section of businessmen trying their luck in politics.With the Assembly elections
drawing nearer, most political parties in the State appear to be relying
considerably on businessmen to do better in the polls.There are many faces from
the trading community on the lists of poll nominees already declared by parties
like Congress, UDP and NCP.

Govt to ‘rationalise’ fees in private schools(SHT, 9-1-k8)

The State Government has
decided to rein in the unbridled fees structures in private schools in the
State.Flawed fees structures in majority of the private educational institutions
have helped commercialisation of the State education system, forcing parents in
lower income groups to discontinue their children’s education resulting in high
school dropout rate in Meghalaya.

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

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

hearing(SHT, 10th January

The Gauhati High Court will hear on Thursday the petition filed by senior
citizen Krieshon Rapthap challenging the State Government’s stand that the
Supreme Court’s ruling stripping offspring of non-tribal fathers and tribal
mothers of scheduled tribe status, is not applicable to Meghalaya.

MPHRC threatens to move SC over uranium issue(SHT, 10th January

Taking serious note of environmental clearance given by Union Ministry of
Environment and Forest to UCIL for uranium mining in the State, Meghalaya
People’s Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) has appealed to the Lapang-led
Government not to bow down to Centre’s "pressure tactic" and threatened to move
the Supreme Court if the State Government issued no objection certificate to the
Corporation to go ahead with the project.


mulls law to protect domestic workers(SHT, 10th January

Chief Secretary Ranjan
Chatterjee on Wednesday said the State Government was mooting a law to ensure
protection of the basic rights of domestic workers in the State while pointing
out the necessity of having a legalised basic minimum standard of wages for the
domestic workers.

Final electoral rolls published(SHT, 11th January

The final electoral rolls
for the next State Assembly elections were published on Thursday.As per the new
electoral rolls, out of its 26-lakh population, the State has only 12.31 lakhs
voters including 6,25,579 females and 6,04,647 males.


MDP-UDP blame game over merger continues(SHT, 11th January

The MDP-UDP blame game over the merger issue gets murkier by the day.MDP
president Martle N Mukhim on Thursday hit back at UDP for allegedly spoiling his
move for unification of regional parties.Mr Mukhim said he was in favour of
unification of regional parties but UDP’s insincerity was the stumbling block to
such a move.

Purno kickstarts campaign today(SHT, 12th January

NCP leader and former Lok
Sabha Speaker Purno A Sangma will start his party’s election campaign in Khasi
and Jaintia Hills by holding public meetings at Mawlai Mawiong, Lumsohphoh and
Pynthorumkhrah here on Saturday. NCP sources said Mr Sangma would be on
extensive tour of various constituencies in Khasi and Jaintia Hills to campaign
for his party candidates for the coming Assembly elections.

Rymbai takes a potshot at Congress(SHT, 12th January

Former Chief Minister JD Rymbai on Friday took a potshot at Congress for failing
to fulfil the aspirations of people of the State. He said Meghalaya wanted a
change in governance and that regional parties, specially UDP, could work
towards that goal.Talking to reporters after formally joining UDP on Friday, Mr
Rymbai said people of Meghalaya wanted a change in the State as Congress had not
been able to fulfil their aspirations.


Don’t mislead people on uranium, HNLC tells Govt(SHT, 12th January

Seeking to re-establish
its withering impact on the people of the State, the HNLC has asked the State
Government not to mislead the people in the name of "economic progress," while
cautioning any individual or organisation against supporting the proposed
uranium mining in the State for personal interests.


reconstituted(SHT, 12th January

The Laitumkhrah Block
Youth Congress (LBYC) was reconstituted at a general meeting held at the
residence of Congress candidate from Laitumkhrah constituency, Nicky Lyngdoh
here on Thursday.

hits campaign trail in State
Purno attacks MDA Government(SHT_13_1_k8)

NCP on Saturday attacked
the Congress-led MDA Government for corruption, non-performance and political
instability in the State and claimed that only NCP could provide people of
Meghalaya with strong leadership and a stable but development-oriented

Novel initiative to quiz candidates(SHT_13_1_k8)

Candidates are better
beware. This time round, people are going to ask them questions on what they
have achieved or failed to do or what they intend to do after contesting or
wining the ensuing Assembly elections.


MLAs demand White Paper on power deal(SHT_13_1_k8)

Pressure is mounting on the MDA Government to scrap the controversial power deal
with two Opposition legislators AL Hek (BJP) and Manas Chaudhuri (Ind) demanding
a White Paper from the State Government on the issue and lending support to NGOs
who have raised their voice against the "shady deal."The MDA Government ought to
come out with a White Paper before Assembly election is announced giving all
aspects of the deal," Mr Chaudhuri said at a joint press conference here on

trading licence on Munshis in JH’

issues deadline to Govt

The Hynniewtrep National
People’s Federation (HNPF) has set a ten day deadline to the State Government
and Jaintia Hills district authorities to impose trading licence on Munshis
(agents) dealing in coal trade in Jaintia Hills.Addressing a press conference,
HNPF president Ronnie Rani said that the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District
Council (JHADC) had failed to impose trading license on Munshis who were
presently carrying out coal trade freely.


Prospect of hung Assembly looms large(SHT_14_1_k8)

With some seven weeks to
go for Meghalaya to elect its eight Assembly, it is the same old prospect of a
fractured verdict that awaits the State. None of the three major power
contenders – Congress, NCP and UDP – have any pretensions about securing
absolute majority on their own. With no pre-poll alliance in sight, once again
it will be a perfect setting for power sharks to exploit the post-election fluid
situation to their benefit.

Gopalaswamy to arrive on Jan 18(SHT_14_1_k8)

Chief Election
Commissioner N Gopalaswamy is scheduled to arrive here on January 18 for
reviewing poll arrangements in the State. He will take stock of the law and
order situation and the prospects of free and fair election in the State,
official sources said. Although it is unlikely that he would announce the
election schedule for Meghalaya, his interaction with senior officials would
help firm up the date.

Pynshai, Shullai to join NCP(SHT_14_1_k8)

Mylliem legislator Pynshai
M Syiem and Laban MDC Sanbor Shullai have decided to contest the coming Assembly
elections as NCP candidates. Mr Syiem on Sunday said he would formally join NCP
in the next few days. "All of my supporters have backed my decision to join NCP,"
he said.

anti-power deal stir begins this week(SHT_14_1_k8)

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


 Police still clueless about KSU leader(SHT_14_1_k8)

Police are still clueless
about the whereabouts of KSU’s

Dawki Circle
president Phersial Kongwang, who went messing under mysterious circumstances
about one month ago. Police had earlier claimed that Mr Kongwang was kidnapped
and taken to Bangladesh by suspected HNLC rebels. Mr Kongwang’s friends Stepping
Lamin and Sharky Lamin, who were reportedly with the KSU leader at the time of
his kidnapping, were also picked up for interrogation.


Power deal: MLA warns Govt(SHT_14_1_k8)

Cautioning against a "Maharashtra-like
situation" in Meghalaya, Independent legislator Pynshai M Syiem on Sunday
expressed grave concern over the State Government’s decision to allow private
companies to take loans under the "amended policies of the State."


Talking to The
Shillong Times, Mr Syiem said it was a matter of serious concern that the State
Government decided to allow companies to take loans, and expressed fears that
the State would have to face the consequences if those companies were bankrupt
or failed to repay the loans.

One-day polling for three states — Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura — on the

of the existing electoral rolls. (SHT_15_1_k8)

Elections to
Meghalaya will be held on March 3 followed by that of Nagaland on March 5. In
Tripura it’s on February 23.Announcing this, the Chief Elections Commissioner (CEC)
N Gopalaswamy told newsmen the model code of conduct had come into force in the
three states with immediate effect.Results would be announced on March 7 in case
of Meghalaya and Tripura, and a day later in case of Nagaland after nearly a
month-long poll process, the CEC informed.In Meghalaya, nomination starts on
February 8 and ends on February 15. Withdrawal is slated by February 18.


Anti-power deal stir from today(SHT_15_1_k8)

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

denies NCP tie-up report(SHT_15_1_k8)

The UDP has denied the
report that appeared in a section of the Press that the party would have a
post-poll tie-up with NCP for formation of the new government.UDP vice-president
Standlington D Khongwir on Monday said that he had verified the matter with the
party president Dr Donkupar Roy who denied having had any meeting with NCP
leader Purno A Sangma in this regard.


MLA charged(SHT_15_1_k8)

Former legislator Projend
D Sangma has charged Congress legislator from Kharkutta Elstone D Marak of
withdrawing around Rs 40 lakh in the name of a Mahila Samity during December
2007 for distributing it to 133 villages in the constituency for Christmas and
New Year celebrations.

Purno’s campaign(SHT_15_1_k8)

NCP leader Purno A Sangma kick-started poll campaign in Jaintia Hills by holding
a public meeting at Khliehriat on Monday. The NCP candidate from Rymbai
constituency is Simon Siangshai. The party also held meetings in Jowai to
campaign for its candidate and former JHADC chief Moonlight Pariat.

secy discounts NCP claim for power
Cong gears up to woo voters(SHT_15_1_k8)

The Congress party in Meghalaya is trying out new things to woo voters. For the
present the Congress party has decided to start off "a series of interfaces with
people," to swell its vote bank and possibly come back to power in Meghalaya.
AICC Secretary Ved Prakash said that the party would kick start its election
campaign with "a lot of face to face interactions," and follow it up with "door
to door visits." "We will try this experiment Constituency wise, and then expand
on it," he told The Shillong Times on Monday.


candidate flays Shylla over lineage Act(SHT_15_1_k8)

UDP candidate from
Laitumkhrah constituency Ampareen Lyngdoh has attacked KHADC Chief Executive
Member HS Shylla for trying to bring an amendment to Khasi Lineage Act to "suit
his political objectives". Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Lyngdoh
said any law that is affecting the community at large should not be amended
according to the ‘whims and fancies’ of one individual adding that this would
create confusion among the Khasi people.


holds fast, threatens more strike(SHT_16_1_k8)

The FKJGP on Tuesday held
a hunger strike in protest against the alleged shady power deal and threatened
to intensify the agitation if the Cabinet fails to revoke its decision to hand
over five hydel projects to the private firms.Speaking to reporters after the
fast, FKJGP president Emlang Lyttan said, "We have decided to intensify
agitation if the proposed Cabinet meeting on January 17 fails to scrap the

Sonia, Rahul to campaign in State(SHT_16_1_k8)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi would
address election rallies in Meghalaya after campaigning for the March 3 Assembly
polls picks up in the state.AICC Joint secretary Major Ved Prakash told
reporters here on Tuesday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would also tour the
state sometime in mid-February.

this Mukul’s last ditch effort to save the power deal ?     


By Patricia

It is uncanny and patently
dangerous that the people of Nongstoin without understanding the larger
ramifications of handing over the Kynshi power project to a private firm against
the norm of competitive bidding, should unilaterally decide that it is a good
project. The term ‘people’ can be very misleading. The Syiemship of Nongstoin
which is neither a democratic body since it is elected only by an electoral
college comprising of a few clans, nor representative of peoples’ view has no
locus standi to take decisions on behalf of the larger majority of citizens
including the elected representative of the area. That the Syiemship directly
contravenes the norms of the Indian Constitution is an understatement. This
dimension requires a larger debate. Nongstoin has no right to decide the future
of Meghalaya.

Government offices, banks affected on first day of picketing(SHT_16_1_k8)

The Federation for Achik
Freedom (FAF), which is picketing the government offices and business
establishments in Garo Hills demanding the scrapping of the power deal by the
Congress government has decided to withdraw its agitational programme by
Wednesday evening following the announcement of elections to the state assembly
by the Election Commission of India on Monday.


condemns MDA decisions(SHT_16_1_k8)

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


MDP Jirang circle has unanimously nominated Jemberson R Marak as its candidate
from Jirang constituency for the 2008 Assembly elections.


free to revoke power deal: Poll panel(SHT_17_1_k8)

Raising hopes among those who are demanding review of the controversial power
deal, the State Election Commission has given a green signal to any change in
the Cabinet decision on power projects, but has prohibited any go ahead on the
matter. Chief Electoral Officer Prashant Naik on Tuesday said the Cabinet was
free to decide on scrapping the power deal and such decision would not be viewed
as violation of the model code of conduct.


Model poll code in force: (SHT_17_1_k8)

East Khasi Hills and Ri Bhoi district administrations have, meanwhile, ordered
strict adherence to the model code of conduct restricting political parties and
others in several activities in order to hold free and fair elections in the

to release candidates’ list this week(SHT_17_1_k8)

The BJP is expected to
announce its list of candidates in a day or two. Informing this on Wednesday,
State BJP president HS Syiemlieh said the party would contest at least 25 seats
across the State.

notice to Kyndiah’s son(SHT_17_1_k8)

The Court of East Khasi
Hills Deputy Commissioner has sent a notice to Union Minister PR Kyndiah’s son
Waibha K Kyndiah to reply within February 14 on a petition filed by an NGO
questioning his tribal status. The organisation "Ka Seng Tip Kur Tip Kha U Khasi"
recently stated before the court that Mr Kyndiah was no longer a Khasi as he had
taken his father’s surname violating the matrilineal system.


coverage in State 99 pc(SHT_17_1_k8)

The State Election Commission has announced that Elector’s Photo Identity Card
(EPIC) coverage in the State was 99.95 per cent and that only 264 voters whose
names appeared in the electoral rolls have not been included in the list of EPIC

to meet political parties tomorrow(SHT_17_1_k8)

Chief Election
Commissioner N Gopalaswamy will hold separate meetings with all political
parties in the State during his visit here on January 18. The CEC will also meet
Deputy Commissioners and Police Superintendents of all districts besides Chief
Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee and Director General of Police BK Dey Sawian.


kicks off election campaign
Mukhim lambastes national parties(SHT_17_1_k8)

In what could be termed as
the first real kick off to an election campaign, the MDP on Wednesday lashed out
at the "national parties" for "using money, to purchase voters and win
elections." The MDP attack on the Congress and other national parties came
during a rally at Kurkalang playground in Bhoi Rymbong in Ri-Bhoi district.MDP
chief Martle Mukhim, whose party is a partner in the Congress-led Meghalaya
Democratic Alliance, minced no words when he said, "They (national parties) go
to Delhi to collect "political drugs (money) and use the same to purchase voters
for their interest during election." Notwithstanding the fact that Mukhim’s
party MDP is part of the MDA, he appeared to be in no discomfort while making
the accusations against the Congress and other parties.


agitation passes off peacefully(SHT_17_1_k8)

The two-day picketing of
all Government offices and financial institutions by the Federation for Achik
Freedom (FAF) in Garo Hills passed off peacefully on Wednesday with many
government offices failing to register any attendence.The FAF, which is
demanding the scrapping of the power deals alloted to private companies, has cut
short its agitation due to the announcement of elections and withdrawn its
proposed night road blockade and Garo Hills bandh.


ask Govt to scrap power deal(SHT_17_1_k8)

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


Syiem to contest from NCP(SHT_17_1_k8)

Independent MLA, Pynshai
Manik Syiem has announced his decision to contest the Assembly election from
Mylliem constituency from the NCP fold on Wednesday.


Cabinet meet today(SHT_18_1_k8)

Hemmed in by the model code of
conduct recently enforced in poll-bound Meghalaya, the Cabinet is likely to
either put on hold or shelve the contentious power deal at the meeting scheduled
for Friday.For the past one-and-a-half-months, the State Government has been in
the eye of a storm over its decision to hand over major electricity projects to
private firms with both Cabinet ministers and several oganisations, led by KSU,
demanding that the "shady power deal" be abandoned.


meets Sidhu(SHT_18_1_k8)

Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command (EAC), Air Marshal SK Bhan
on Thursday called on Meghalaya Governor Dr SS Sidhu at the Raj Bhavan here.
During his courtesy visit, Air Marshal Bhan briefed the Governor on the security
scenario in the EAC, sources said. Air Marshal also presented the EAC memento to
the Governor. (UNI)

Day with a difference(SHT_18_1_k8)

In a marked departure from
tradition, the Meghalaya Day will be celebrated on January 21 by organising mass
cleaning drive at the State’s biggest market Iewduh and its adjoining areas.The
decision on the "new kind of celebration" was taken at a meeting of shopkeepers’
bodies, Rangbah Shnongs of six localities under Mawkhar constituency, officials
of Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) and others on Thursday. The meeting was
convened by Director of Sports and Youth Affairs Aldous Mawlong on Thursday at
the initiative of Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee.



The Central Executive
Committee of the Meghalaya Democratic Party (MDP) will be held on Meghalaya Day,
January 21 at the Shillong Club, Shillong at 11 am. Joint secretary of the
party, BK Khongjirem told that the first list of candidates would probably be
released in the meeting. On the other hand, he informed that the Mairang circle
of MDP has unanimously nominated Mr Grossper Ryntathiang as party candidate for
the Assembly elections at a meeting held on January 15.

move faces hurdle; politicking alleged(SHT_18_1_k8)

The idea was noble, to
remove a "broken down and stinking dustbin," and in its place set up a
recreational space — Netaji Square — for people to see. But the East Khasi
Hills District Administration seems to think otherwise. At around 11:30 a.m. in
the morning on Thursday the district administration stopped the construction of
the square, arrested the labourers and took away all the implements and tools
from them. The labourers were later released.


buckles under public pressure (SHT_19_1_k8)

Giving in to public
pressure, the MDA Cabinet on Friday put on hold its decision to hand over
electricity projects to private parties and constituted a special committee to
examine the merits and demerits of the controversial deal.Emerging from the
Cabinet meeting on Friday, Chief Minister DD Lapang said the government decided
to keep the power deal in abeyance in view of announcement of State Assembly

victory, says Purno(SHT_19_1_k8)

senior NCP leader Purno Sangma has termed the Cabinet decision to put the power
deal on hold as a "victory of the people."

"This is a
victory of the people of Meghalaya. The MDA Government signed the deal with
private companies without letting the people know the terms and conditions
contained in the MoAs," Mr Sangma said at a function held for releasing NCP’s
poll manifesto on Friday. Mr Sangma showered praise on KSU, FKJGP and others for
their strong stand against the "shady deal." He reiterated that if his party
came to power, the deal would be scrapped.

Citizenship cards answer to influx: NCP(SHT_19_1_k8)

NCP leader Purno A Sangma
has advocated identification of Indian nationals and distribution of citizenship
cards to them to effectively fight the problem of influx.Talking to reporters
after releasing NCP’s election manifesto on Friday, Mr Sangma said Indian
nationals should be identified and citizenship cards distributed to them,
besides introduction of work permit, to address the issue of influx.


Gopalaswami takes stock of poll preparations(SHT_19_1_k8)

for error-free EPICs

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami on Friday asked the State
Government to ensure that error-free electronic photo identity cards (EPICs)
were issued to all genuine voters. He, however, ruled out any security threat to
the March-3 polling, saying "elections in Meghalaya are always peaceful."


announces list for 20 seats(SHT_19_1_k8)

BJP on Friday announced its candidates for the coming Assembly elections for 20
constituencies.No female contestant has figured on the list released on Friday
after its approval by the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) headed by LK

promises an array of devp in Meghalaya(SHT_19_1_k8)

The Nationalist Congress
Party (NCP) manifesto for the Meghalaya Assembly elections released here on
Friday assured an array of developments for the people of the State if it comes
to power.

candidate’s manifesto(SHT_19_1_k8)

Lok Janshakti Party (LJP)
candidate from Laban constituency and former president of Civil Society Women
Organisation, Irin Hujon elucidated her desire to work and understand the
problems the people from the grass-root level are facing provided that the same
people elect her as their representative to the next Assembly.


still hopes for Congess ticket(SHT_21_1_k8)

Even as Congress awaits a favourable court verdict on tribal status of its poll
nominee for Nongkrem constituency Waibha Kyndiah, KHADC chief HS Shylla is
confident that Mr Waibha’s candidature would be annulled, paving the way for him
to fight the elections on Congress ticket.


membership drive on(SHT_21_1_k8)

In a bid to
strengthen its cadre strength ahead of the Assembly elections, MDP is going all
out to swell its rank and file by roping in former bureaucrats, academicians and
well-known personalities.In its latest such drive, MDP has brought to its fold a
young IFS officer of the Orissa cadre THS Bonney and as many as 81 followers.

MDP joint
secretary BK Khongjirem told The Shillong Times on Sunday that Mr Bonney,
and his supporters numbering 81 had already been enrolled into the party.


duel over party nominee(SHT_21_1_k8)

A war of words between two
principal political parties, Congress and NCP, has begun, with NCP retaliating
to Congress’ warning to its Laban constituency candidate Sanbor Shullai by
calling the Congress antics as "cheap political stunts."MPCC on Saturday charged
Mr Shullai with violating party rules by joining NCP without tendering
resignation from the party. MPCC president OL Nongtdu had said Mr Shullai could
be charged under the anti-defection law.


tightened for R-Day amid bandh(SHT_26_1_k8)

Tight security has been put in place to ensure peaceful Republic Day
celebrations across the State and deal with any eventuality due to the HNLC-called
24-hour bandh, which started on Friday evening partially affecting normal
life in the city.No untoward incident was reported from any part of Khasi and
Jaintia Hills where the bandh came into force from 6 p.m. of the day.


Congress in the dock over poll code(SHT_26_1_k8)

Another Congress
legislator HDR Lyngdoh is likely to come under the scanner of election
authorities for flouting the model code of conduct by distributing freebies to
people of Mawlaingut village under his Sohiong constituency.Allegations of
violation of the poll code have surfaced against Mr Lyngdoh amid reports of
legislators misusing government assets for electoral advantage, sparking public
demand that expenses of candidates be monitored by the authorities to prevent
them from buying votes or adopting unfair means to win election.


for Helen Giri(SHT_26_1_k8)

Sangeet Natak Akademi Executive Member Dr Helen Giri has been selected for
Padmashree Award for her contribution in the field of art music. Speaking to
The Shillong Times
on Friday, Dr Giri, a retired Professor of Art, NEHU,
expressed both surprise and happiness on being selected for the prestigious
award by the Government of India in recognition of her contribution towards
Khasi traditional music.

hoodwinked people on power deals: Headmen(SHT_26_1_k8)

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


144 clamped ahead of R-Day(SHT_26_1_k8)

In view of the 24-hour
called by the HNLC on the eve of the Republic Day, the district
administration has clamped Section 144 CrPC in East Khasi Hills district
prohibiting any person or group of persons from causing obstruction to movement
of people and vehicular traffic, assembly of five or more persons at any public
places and carrying of arms and other lethal weapons with the exception of
security forces.

announces list(SHT_26_1_k8)

The State unit of Lok
Janshakti Party on Friday released the first list of its candidates for eleven
constituencies for the Assembly elections to be held on March 3. Out of the
eleven candidates, three were women.


Meghalaya let down by
political class’ (SHT_22_1_k8)

perceptions of the state of the State (SHT_22_1_k8)

SHILLONG: As Meghalaya entered the 37th year of its existence, many
feel that the State has still remained underdeveloped, and much remains to be
done to uplift the hill State. The general perception is that the political
masters have let their people down. The whole system is corrupt — right from
politicians to the common man, who easily get influenced by money power during
elections; legislators are not committed to working for overall development of
the people as well as the State; enlightened and responsible citizens need to
take over the process of governance from self-centred and selfish

State progressing in right
direction: Chatterjee(SHT_22_1_k8)

The public perceptions are mismatched with that of the bureaucrats. State
Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee claimed that the State was progressing in the
right direction. He, however, admitted that there was room for improvement to
take the State economy to higher levels. …..more

MDP announces 15

SHILLONG: MDP on Monday announced 15 candidates for the ensuing
Assembly elections.Briefing newsmen after the Central Election Committee (CEC)
meeting of the party here, MDP president Martle N Mukhim, who is seeking
re-election from Dienglieng constituency, said the second list of candidates
would be released shortly. …..more

Will poll outcome be old
wine in new bottle? (SHT_22_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The holier-than-thou postures taken by most political
parties over the "poaching game" appear to have triggered off a fresh debate on
whether the coming election or its outcome will be just old wine in new bottle.

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

Shillong: The UDP, which is a major partner in the MDA Cabinet, has
rapped the Lapang-led Government for not scrapping the controversial deal
despite public demand while the KSU welcomed the Cabinet decision on the issue.
Speaking to The Shillong Times here on Monday, UDP youth wing president
Allan Dkhar termed the MDA Cabinet’s decision to keep the power deal in abeyance
as "delaying tactic" of the present Government which could lead to more
complications in the future. …..more

Demand for holiday on
Netaji’s birth anniversary(SHT_22_1_k8)

Shillong: The Greater Shillong Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Birthday
Celebration Committee has urged Governor Shivender Singh Sidhu to convince
Meghalaya Government to officially declared January 23 as State holiday on
account of birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

GNC to field ex-Congress man
in Rongchugre(SHT_22_1_k8)

TURA: The Garo National Council (GNC), a political party fightiing for
a separate state for the Garos, is fielding a former Congress candidate for the
Rongchugre constituency in West Garo Hills in the March 3 elections. The former
Congress candidate, Paul B Marak, who lost the last elections to sitting MLA
Beckstar K Sangma, has resigned from the Congress and joined the GNC.

NCP constitutes panels at

Shillong: The Nationalist Congress Party, Laitumkhrah Block has
strengthened the party by constituting two working committees and one unit for
smooth conduct of the elections in Laitumkhrah Assembly constituency.

UDP to move HC against power
pacts (SHT_23_1_k8)

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

Shylla accused of selling

SHILLONG: UDP has accused KHADC chief HS Shylla of "auctioning (off)
the assets of the Council for his own profit" by leasing out the trade and
professional tax departments to private parties."He (Mr Shylla) has auctioned
off the professional tax and trade departments of the Council to private parties
which amounts to taking away the powers and functions of the Council," UDP MDC
Hardinge L Massar said at a media conference here on Tuesday.

Shullai quits

SHILLONG: KHADC member from Laban Sanbor Shullai on Tuesday resigned
from Congress and as MDC and Executive Member in-charge of Trade. Mr Shullai
will formally join NCP on January 28 and is going to contest the forthcoming
elections as NCP candidate. Earlier, the Congress party said Mr Shullai could be
charged under Anti-Defection Law as he joined NCP without resigning from

SP candidates(SHT_23_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Samajwadi Party (SP) has decided to put up candidates in the
March-3 State Assembly elections and appointed Shotis Dkhar as the State party
president and former KHADC Chief Executive Member Probin K Raswai as its
political adviser.

Bird flu team(SHT_23_1_k8)

Shillong: Officials from Union Ministry of Animal Husbandry and
Veterinary will arrive in Shillong on Thursday to assess the situation in the
State in the wake of outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) in West Bengal,
official sources said here on Tuesday.

Jaintia Hills DCC

JOWAI: Jaintia Hills District Committee (JHDCC) was reconstituted at a
party meeting at Ladthadlaboh, Jowai on Tuesday.Besides party workers of Jaintia
Hills, MDCs and Congress poll nominees, including Dr RC Laloo, Shitlang Pale,
Sniawbhalang Dhar, Commingone Ymbon, Draison Kharshiing and Lahkmen Rymbui,
attended the meeting to revive the party’s district committee, which was earlier
said to have been dissolved by its former president ES Lyngdoh.

 ‘UDP should snap ties with
UDA in KHADC’(SHT_23_1_k8)

Shillong: UDP’s Youth Wing has urged UDP to pull out of the United
Democratic Alliance (UDA) in the KHADC, alleging that the Council is rying to
"auction" its assets."Talking to newsmen here on Tuesday, UDP’s youth wing
president A Dkhar said the KHADC, under the leadership of Congress MDC HS Shylla,
had put the Council in a "shameful position," asserting stating that the manner
in which the CEM acted called for such an action as UDP withdrawal from UDA.

Purno plea to

Shillong: NCP leader Purno A Sangma has stressed on the need to elect
a government that could deliver the goods in the March 3 Assembly
elections.Speaking at public meetings held at Oakland, Nongmynsong, Jail Road
and RR Colony recently to campaign for party candidate from Pynthorumkhrah seat
James Marvin Pariat, the former Lok Sabha Speaker said that…..more.

BJP criticises Cong,
regional parties(SHT_23_1_k8)

Shillong: The Bharatiya Janata Party, Umroi Mandal has held the
Congress and all regional parties responsible for taking Meghalaya backwards in
the last thirty five years.Taking dig at the regional parties at a meeting held
on Monday, members of the BJP unit, in a statement issued here, said the
regional parties in the State had lost their ideological values and termed them
the "B team of the Congress".…..more


SHILLONG: Congress member from Laban, Mehboob K Lyngdoh has resigned
from the party membership. In a release issued here on Tueday, Mr Lyngdoh said
that he would join with the NCP.

Aide recollects Netaji’s N-E

Shillong: At the age of 88, businessman JN Bawri might forget many
things of the past. But, he will never forget those three days he spent with
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose when he came here 70 years ago to stake claim for
first Congress Government in undivided Assam.The Shillong sojourn of the
"Patriot of Patriots" may be unknown to many but one of his aides, Bawri, will
remember Bose’s visit to the North East in 1938 forever.

Shylla refutes ‘auction’
charge (SHT_24_1_k8)

SHILLONG: KHADC Chief Executive Member HS Shylla has refuted the UDP
allegation that he had "auctioned off" the Trade and Tax departments of the
Council without the consent of the House.
Speaking to newsmen here on
Wednesday, Mr Shylla clarified the two departments had not been auctioned off to
private parties but were "leased out" to three agents in order to enhance
revenue collection by the KHADC. …..more

Decision to contest after
court verdict(SHT_24_1_k8)

Mr Shylla said he would decide on whether to contest the March-3 Assembly
elections only after the verdict of the Court of East Khasi Hills Deputy
Commissioner on the petition challenging the tribal status of Union Minister PR
Kyndiah’s son Waibha K Kyndiah."I will officially declare my political move only
after the verdict of the DC court on the matter," Mr Shylla said. The court will
hear the petition on February 5. …..more


SHILLONG: Chief Secretary Ranjan Chatterjee on Wednesday hold a
meeting with East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner and senior police officials to
review the security measures adopted ahead of the Republic Day celebrations.
Meanwhile, the State will soon get around 40 to 45 companies of additional
central paramilitary forces for the smooth conduct of Assembly elections on
March 3. The decision was taken at an Election Commission meeting held in New
Delhi on Monday.

Dummy games that political
force play(SHT_24_1_k8)

SHILLONG: In the fierce battle for the ensuing Assembly elections the
spotlight has fallen on Independent candidates, especially in Garo Hills, where
not everyone is convinced that candidates who are "Independent," are entirely on
their own. Most people believe that Independent candidates "are part of a bigger
game plan," of big political parties like the Congress and the NCP who have set
them up to wrest power. …..more

JHADC members pulled up for
code violation(SHT_24_1_k8)

jowai: The Jaintia Hills district administration has issued a
show-cause notice to the Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC) over
alleged violation of the model code of conduct by certain Congress
MDCs.According to Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner Frederick Roy Kharkongor,
the show-cause notice was issued following complaints that few Executive Members
and MDCs went to the Congress election rally at Ladthadlaboh, Jowai using their
official cars. …..more


Flagging of party flag on residential buildings within Mulang village,
Jaintia Hills District, has been strictly prohibited by the Durbar Shnong of
Mulang. In a meeting held on Tuesday, the Dorbar Shnong passed a resolution
stating that no household within the village jurisdiction should be allowed to
decorate their houses with any political party’s flag.

Buses arranged for Republic
Day prog(SHT_24_1_k8)

Shillong: In connection with Republic Day celebration to be held at
Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex, Polo here, the East Khasi Hills district
administration has arranged buses for public conveyance on January 26.

Bird flu alert in

Shillong: The District Rapid Response Team of Ri-Bhoi District has
alerted people in the district in the wake of outbreak of bird flu in West
Bengal. A meeting held on Monday chaired by District AH & Veterinary Officer Dr
QX Rewarnd urged the district level task force and rapid response team to check
the possible outbreak of the disease in the district. So far, there were no
report of chicken deaths in the State. …..more

Correspondent from Agartala reports(SHT, 24-1-k8)

 Tripura Government has imposed ban on importing eggs and chicks from
Bangladesh, Principal Secretary U Venkateswarlu said here on Wednesday. Even as
there no case of avian was reported in the State, the Government has taken all
possible preventative measures to avert avian flu, he said.

EC to curb slander campaigns

SHILLONG: The Election Commission has decided to record poll campaigns
on camera to check "slander campaigns" by candidates against their
rivals.Election authorities will scan video footages of public meetings,
rallies, etc, during electioneering to see if candidates had indulged in
personal attacks against rival contestants.Addressing a press conference here on
Thursday, Chief Election Officer PK Naik said this time round candidates would
have to exercise restraint without going beyond a permissible limit during
election campaigns. …..more

635 hyper-sensitive polling
stations in State(SHT_25_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The State Government has declared 635 polling stations as
hyper-sensitive and 194 as sensitive, out of the total 1582.Chief Election
Officer PK Naik told reporters on Thursday that out of 465 polling stations in
East Khasi Hills, 199 had been identified as hypersensitive and only 4 as
sensitive."In Jaintia Hills, out of the 238 polling stations, 118 have been
described as hyper-sensitive and 53 as sensitive, while in West Khasi Hills 79
have been termed as hyper-sensitive and 35 as sensitive, out of the total 173 in
the district," Mr Naik said. …..more

Pawar campaign(SHT_25_1_k8)

New Delhi: NCP national leaders — Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel and
Tariq Anwar along with Purno Sangma — will visit Meghalaya in February to join
the party’s campaign for the State Assembly elections. NCP leaders including
Purno Sangma had a brain storming session here on Thursday to chalk out the
election strategy, sources said adding that the leaders were confident of the
party forming the next government in the State. Mr Sangma is leaving for the
State on Friday. The top NCP leaders will campaign for three days each from
third week of Februaury by which time electioneering will reach a cresendo.

MLAs may land in trouble for
code violation(SHT_25_1_k8)
Politicos misusing Govt assets(SHT_25_1_k8)

SHILLONG/TURA: A number of politicians of the State may land in
trouble for violating the poll code of conduct.Some sitting MLAs in Garo Hills
have allegedly misused government assets like ambulances and others to further
their political interests despite announcement of election date in the State.

Congress candidate and MLA from Dalu constituency Samuel M Sangma has drawn
flak for violating the model code of conduct by using a government-funded
vehicle for allegedly transporting his supporters. The legislator went to the
extent of inscribing the words "Donated by Samuel M Sangma, MLA" on an
ambulance, which was actually purchased under a Central scheme — Special Rural
Works Programme (SRWP). …..more

‘Individual charisma key to
poll success’(SHT_25_1_k8)
Individual charisma will be the deciding factor for the
candidates contesting the Assembly elections as has been the case in previous
elections, NCP candidate from Laitumkhrah constituency Paul H Suting said on
Thursday.Addressing a press meet here, Mr Suting said, "political parties have
never been a matter of concern for Laitumkhrah constituency as people here
scrutinise the personality and potential of the candidate to work for the good
of the constituency before giving their votes."

MDP announces Sohiong

MDP on Thursrday announced THS Bonney as its candidate from Sohiong Assembly
constituency. A meeting of the party held at Sohiong in presence of party joint
secretary B Kular Khongjirem and other leaders unanimously decided to field Mr
Bonney as the party candidate for Sohiong seat.

HSPDP-KHNAM combine’s addl

Joint Coordination Committee of the HSPDP and KHNAM has released the
additional list of candidates, approved by the two parties, for the Assembly
elections. …..more

HSPDP bid to woo

Shillong: With the Assembly election round the corner, all political
parties began preparations for the mega showdown on March 3.The HSPDP, which is
campaigning on the separate state for Khasi-Jaintia poll plank, has been putting
in effort in different places of Khasi and Jaintia hills to woo voters.A general
convention of the party was held on Friday at Mawkyllei-Lyngdoh Nonglait village
of Pariong constituency graced by the presence of party leaders including its
candidates Dr A Pariong, Mr Tuberlin Lyngdoh, ex-MLA, and others.

Natl leaders’ intervention
in uranium issue sought(SHT_25_1_k8)

Shillong: The Langrin Youth Welfare Association (LYWA) has called for
intervention of national leaders including the Prime Minister to stop mining of
uranium in West Khasi Hills.In a statement, the Association said letters had
been sent to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Managing Director of Atomic
Energy, Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs PR Kyndiah,
Robert Kharshiing, MP Rajya Sabha, expressing opposition to set up any uranium
project at Photkylleng-Pyndengsohiong under Langrin Syiemship by any company.

EC to curb slander campaigns

SHILLONG: The Election Commission has decided to record poll campaigns
on camera to check "slander campaigns" by candidates against their
rivals.Election authorities will scan video footages of public meetings,
rallies, etc, during electioneering to see if candidates had indulged in
personal attacks against rival contestants.Addressing a press conference here on
Thursday, Chief Election Officer PK Naik said this time round candidates would
have to exercise restraint without going beyond a permissible limit during
election campaigns. …..more

R-Day passes off peacefully

SHILLONG: The Republic Day celebrations, held amid the 24-hour HNLC bandh,
ended without any untoward incident in the city where acting Governor Dr SS
Sidhu urged peace and stability and improved infrastructure for economic growth
of Meghalaya, while reiterating the government’ desire for peacefully settling
any problems with ANCV and HNLC.Speaking at the Republic Day celebrations at
Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex here on Saturday, Dr Sidhu said Meghalaya needed
to strengthen its infrastructure and harness its power potential for development
of the State. …..more

FKJGP to kick off stir on CM

SHILLONG: FKJGP will kick off on February 2 its State-wide
anti-government campaign in Chief Minister DD Lapang’s constituency Nongpoh as a
mark of protest against the Cabinet decision to put on hold the alleged shady
power deals rather than have them scrapped as demanded by the public.

MLA refutes code violation

SHILLONG: Congress candidate and sitting legislator from Sohiong
constituency HDR Lyngdoh on Sunday denied the allegation that he had violated
the model code of conduct by distributing freebies to voters recently.

R-Day celebrated across

SHILLONG/TURA: The 59th Republic Day celebrations took place in a
befitting manner in all the districts headquarters and sub-divisional offices in
the State. National flags were unfurled by the respective Deputy Commissioners
and subdivional heads in separate functions held in East Khasi Hills, West Khasi
Hills, Jaintia Hills, Ri-Bhoi District, West Garo Hills, East Garo Hills and
South Garo Hills districts. …..more

Governor gives away
Meghalaya Day awards(SHT_28_1_k8)

Shillong: Acting Governor Dr SS Sidhu handed over the Meghalaya Day
Awards to the recipients on the occasion of Republic Day celebration at
Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex here on Saturday. Kalseng Ch Sangma was honoured
with the U Tirot Sing Award for his contribution to arts and literature,
Beningstar Lyngkhoi with the U Kiang Nangbah Award, for his outstanding
achievement in the field of sports and Bosco Reach Out, the Pa Togan Sangma
Award, for selfless social services. …..more

Mulayam, Amar to join SP
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and general
secretary Amar Singh will campaign for their party candidates in Meghalaya. SP,
which drew a blank in the last Assembly elections, has planned to put up at
least 15 nominees in the ensuing polls to the 8th State Legislative Assembly. SP
has already decided to field former KHADC Chief Executive Member PK Raswai in
Jirang constituency and State SP convenor Shutis Dkhar in Nartiang seat.

M’laya House
Mawlong gets HC
In a reprieve for EK Mawlong ahead of the Assembly polls,
Gauhati High Court has cleared the former Chief Minister of "acts of omission
and commission" in the Kolkata Meghalaya House deal, sparing him the proposed
CBI probe into his alleged involvement in the scandal.The Shillong Bench of the
High Court, while setting aside a writ petition filed by the Meghalaya
Government, on Monday said neither FIR nor criminal proceedings had been
registered by the State Government against Mr Mawlong.

Tribal body wants CEO to
monitor MLAs’ conduct(SHT_29_1_k8)
Meghalaya Tribal Welfare Association (MTWA) has sought the
intervention of the State Election Department to check improper display of MLAs’
names on vehicles or materials like ambulances, autorickshaws, water tankers,
tarpulins, chairs, etc purchased under MLA schemes.

‘Change of mindset
Meanwhile, former FKJGP president and UDP candidate from Nongkrem
Ardent M Basaiawmoit has said State will change for the better only when people
have changed their mindset on how to elect their legislators.Addressing a public
rally at Smit here on Monday, Mr Basaiawmoit lashed out at the current lot of
politicians for failing to fulfil the aspirations of the people and work for
socio-economic development of the State. …..more

Shullai joins
Former KHADC MDC from Laban Sanbor Shullai, who recently resigned
from Congress, formally joined NCP along with several of his supporters on
Monday. Mr Shullai will contest the March-3 Assembly elections on NCP ticket.

Voters cautioned against
‘unscrupulous’ candidates(SHT_29_1_k8)

UDP candidate from Nongkrem constituency, Ardent Basaiawmoit has
strongly criticised "unscrupulous" candidates of various parties for allegedly
adopting unfair means to win the elections.Speaking at a public meeting held at
Madan Smit on Monday, Mr Basaiawmoit alleged that some of the candidates are
reportedly enticing voters with monetary assistance and are canvassing in the
name of religion. …..more

Use of
The West Khasi Hills district administration has prohibited
unauthorized use of loudspeakers beyond the stipulated decibel limit for
electioneering campaign in the whole district with immediate effect. A release
issued by the District Magistrate, West Khasi Hills said the order comes into
force with immediate effect.

UDP members join
With defection becoming the order of the day, about a dozen
supporters of the sitting UDP MLA from Nongspung constituency joined Congress on
Monday. Two UDP leaders from Mawngap and Kynshi areas, B Kurbah and B Warjri
quit the UDP and formally joined the Congress along with others at a meeting at
Mawngap on Monday. Alleged failure of the sitting MLA to implement the MLA
schemes was cited as one of the reasons for exodus.

Fake ‘election money’ seized
in city, 1 held (SHT_30_1_k8)

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Police on Tuesday arrested a person from here for
possessing counterfeit currency notes worth several crores of rupees meant for
use during the State Assembly polls. Police declined to reveal the identity of
the arrested but said he hailed from Boko, Assam.

Bollywood stars to dazzle
poll campaigns(SHT_30_1_k8)

SHILLONG: The run-up to the Assembly election promises to be
star-studded with BJP and Samajwadi Party looking to rope in a host of Bollywood
actors to campaign for their candidates in the State.  Congress’ electioneering
will also be livened up by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA president Sonia
Gandhi and AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

Sohiong: KHNAM, UDP accuse
sitting MLA of non-performance(SHT_30_1_k8)

SHILLONG: KHNAM has stepped up its ante against Congress legislator
and sitting MLA from Sohiong constituency H Donkupar Roy Lyngdoh. KHNAM on
Tuesday blamed the Congressman for the "backwardness" of the constituency and
the "plight of people" of that area. …..more


Shillong: Nongspung legislator John Anthony Lyngdoh has rejected the
claim of two UDP leaders – Born Kurbah and Bantalin Warjri – that they were
derecognised from UDP membership two years back as they act as "stumbling block"
in the party’s functioning.Reacting to reports, Mr Lyngdoh said that their
expulsion had no impact on the party while exuding confidence to win the

Lt Gen Paramjit bags

Shillong: The Director General of Assam Rifles Lt Gen Paramjit Singh
has been conferred with the Param Vishist Seva Medal on Republic Day. Lt Gen
Singh took over the charge of Assam Rifles, the oldest paramilitary force of the
country in July last year. …..more

Myntri appeals to CM over
KHADC Bill(SHT_30_1_k8)

Shillong: Myntri of Langrin Syiemship of West Khasi Hills district has
urged Chief Minister DD Lapang to impress upon the Governor not to give his
assent to the Khasi Hills Autonomous District (Nomination and Election of the
Syiem, Deputy Syiem and headmen Langrin Syiemship) Bill 2007 passed by Khasi
Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC), saying it was against the "wish of
the people of Langrin." …..more

Poll panel crackdown on

SHILLONG: In a bid to ensure strict adherence to the poll code of
conduct by politicians, the State Election Commission has barred legislators
from inscribing their names on vehicles and constructions bought and carried out
with public money. oliticians will be
asked to remove their names from vehicles purchased under different schemes.
This decision of the Election Commission would be implemented even after the
elections," Mr Naik added. …..more

HNPF suspends trading
lisence stir(SHT_31_1_k8)

Shillong: Hynniewtrep National People Federation (HNPF), which is
spearheading the agitation against issuance of trading lisence to outsiders,
particularly the ‘munshis‘, has decided to take up the matter once a new
Government is installed after the elections and would temporarily suspend its
proposed agitations for the time being. …..more

battle for Sangma(TEL_10_1_k8)

New Delhi, Jan. 9: Purno A. Sangma did not carry
the characteristic smile as he disembarked at the Guwahati airport yesterday.
The former Lok Sabha Speaker will soon be fighting a crucial battle in Tura. The
concern about winning for Sangma and the Nationalist Congress Party comes not
from a weakness but from losing a golden opportunity. Riddled with factionalism,
allegations of non-transparency and defeated in Gujarat and Himachal, the
Congress is not on steady ground in the “abode of clouds”. …more



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Tripura Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Tripura Left Front discord widens

Left Front discord widens
 AGARTALA, Jan 24 – The rift in the Left Front in Tripura has widened with
the Forward Bloc (FB) – which has been refused more than one seat in next
month’s Assembly election by the CPI(M) – deciding to contest in 15 seats. “We
earlier informed the CPI(M) that it should consider our demand for three seats,
otherwise we would field fifteen candidates, but it declined to concede our
demand,” Secretary of the State unit of FB, Shyamal Roy said. …..more

EC to send 60 observers to
supervise Tripura polls
 AGARTALA, Jan 28 – Altogether 60 officers – 52 general and eight
expenditure observers – will be deputed to supervise the process of the Assembly
elections in Tripura which are scheduled to be held on February 23, according to
the resolution of the Election Commission of India which was reached in a
meeting held today in New Delhi. …..more

Tripura CM lashes out at Cong-INPT
 AGARTALA, Jan 29 – Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has lashed
out at Congress for forging electoral alliance with INPT, which he described as
the mask of underground outfits, to storm back to the power in Tripura.The Chief
Minister, who is spearheading the Left Front campaign for the Assembly
elections, addressing meetings in five separate areas of Sonamura subdivision on
Monday, severely criticized Congress for joining hands with the mask of
insurgent groups to take on Left Front in the ensuing elections. …..more

Micro Observers to oversee NE polls

Agartala, Jan 29 (IANS): The Election Commission has
decided for the first time to appoint ‘micro observers’ in addition to general
observers to oversee the poll process in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland,
officials said on Tuesday. Tripura will go to
assembly polls on February 23, followed by Meghalaya on March 3 and Nagaland on
March 5. The counting of votes will be held for Tripura and Meghalaya on March 7
and for Nagaland on March 8. …..more


seat-sharing deal finalised
 AGARTALA, Jan 27 – Ending a long speculation,
Congress has finally managed to clinch a seat-sharing deal with its longtime
electoral ally – Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) – for the
ensuing Assembly elections. Pradesh Alliance Committee had offered its ally INPT
leadership to contest in the 11 ST reserved seats for the ensuing elections and
the party has accepted the ‘request’ of the Congress high command. …..more

Cong to campaign against Left
Front in Tripura
AGARTALA, Jan 20 – Even as the Left parties
continue to support the UPA government at the Centre, the Opposition Congress in
poll-bound Tripura would strongly campaign against the Left Front government,
AICC general secretary Prithviraj Chavan said today. “There is a notion among
some quarters that we will not expose the ruling Left Front government in
Tripura as they are supporting us in Delhi. I want to make it clear that we are
united on the basis of common minimum programme and in our fight against
communalism, but it does not mean that we will give them walkover in the state
election,” Chavan told newsmen. …..more

‘Conspiracy’ to snatch
voters’ cards
AGARTALA, Jan 20 – The ruling CPI-M in Tripura
today alleged that Congress and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT)
had hatched a conspiracy to snatch electoral photo identity cards (epic) of the
voters in remote areas. “Congress and INPT have demanded withdrawl of the camps
of paramilitary Tripura State Rifles (TSR) to enable insurgent outfits,
operating in the state, to snatch photo identity cards of the voters”, CPI-M
spokesman Gautam Das told reporters. …..more

65,000 cops to be
deployed for Tripura polls
AGARTALA, Jan 22 – The Ministry of Home
Affairs (MHA) has assured that it would send 165 additional companies of CRPF in
Tripura to conduct free and fair Assembly election to be held on February 23.
Officials of Election Commission and MHA held a meeting with Tripura Chief
Electoral Officer (CEO), GSG Ayyangar and DGP KTD Singh on Sunday in Delhi where
overall security scenario of the poll-bound State was discussed. …..more

EC asks for report on
Tripura FIRs
AGARTALA, Jan 22 – Annoyed over the
non-execution of FIRs lodged against the alleged use of false documents to
enroll names in the electoral rolls in Tripura, the Election Commission of India
has asked a detailed report from the State Government about the status of those
FIRs. …..more

LJP to contest 60 seats
in Tripura
 AGARTALA, Jan 22 – Union Minister for
Steel, Chemicals and Fertilizers, Ram Vilas Paswan, who is also the chief of Lok
Jana Shakti Party (LJP) announced here on Saturday that the party would contest
all the 60 seats in Tripura. …..more

Fake currency found, 3
held in Tripura
AGARTALA, Dec 31 – Police arrested three youths with Indian fake
notes worth Rs 39,500 from Debasthal under Kailashahar police station in North
Tripura district. Based on specific information, SDPO and Officer in Charge (OC)
along with staff laid an ambush at Debasthal on Kailashahar -Dharmanagar road,
15 km from the police station on Sunday morning. Around 8.45 am, security
personnel spotted that three youths were moving suspiciously at Debasthal. As
the police chased three suspected youths, they tried to escape from the clutch
of cops but could not. …..more

CPI(M) leader killed in NLFT attack(AST_3_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 2 – Insurgents of outlawed National Liberation Front of
Tripura (NLFT) shot dead a ruling CPI-M leader at Nakshiraipara, a remote tribal
hamlet in West Tripura district, in the run-up to Assembly polls, police said.
Two ultras in mufti introducing themselves as jawans of Tripura State Rifles (TSR),
asked Chandramohan Debbarma, a local leader of CPI-M, to accompany them.

TPCC yet to finalise list of
AGARTALA, Jan 3 – The Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) is
yet to come up with the final list of candidates for the February Assembly
election. Twelve Congress MLAs and two other party leaders from Tripura had
landed in New Delhi on December 30 to settle the names of Congress candidates
for the forthcoming polls though nothing has got finalized in the last three
days. …..more

More security forces for
AGARTALA, Jan 6 – A total of 170 additional companies of Central Para
Military Forces (CPMF) will be deployed in the State for smooth conduct of the
Assembly elections. Chief Electoral Officer Dr GSG Ayyangar on Saturday said
Central forces would fan out across the State to provide security in
‘vulnerable’ and ‘very vulnerable’ polling stations. Besides, State policed
would also be posted along with the CPMF. …..more

Cong bargains with regional
party in Tripura
– Amid strong objection from the Congress’ Scheduled Tribe Cell in Tripura, a
seven-member delegation of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Twipra (INPT) has
started a negotiation with Tripura Pradesh Congress team in New Delhi on Friday
evening aiming a possible poll alliance. The INPT team is being headed by its
general secretary Rabindra Deb Barma while Tripura Pradesh Congress President
Samir Ranjan Burman led Congress party. …..more

LF set to retain power in
Tripura: Sarkar
AGARTALA, Jan 7 – Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has reiterated
that the ruling Left Front is all set to retain power in Tripura for the sixth
term. Launching a scathing attack on Congress-INPT, he said the State has made
significant improvements in all fronts during the last few years.  “Tripura has
witnessed success in expansion of irrigation, electricity, drinking water and
road connectivity during the Left Front regime. As a result, the socio-economic
conditions of the people have improved”, he said while addressing a youth rally
organized by DYFI-TYF here on Sunday. …..more

Tribal youth shot dead(AST_8_1_k8)
 AGARTALA, Jan 7 – A tribal youth was today shot dead by para-military
Tripura State Rifles personnel who mistook him to be a militant after which
activists of an opposition party set on fire five houses of ruling CPI(M)
leaders in West Tripura district. …..more


poll rolls
 AGARTALA, Jan 8 – The final electoral rolls in Tripura, earlier slated
to be published on January 2, will now be published on January 10. Sources also
said, a full-fledged team of the Election Commission headed by Chief Election
Commissioner N Gopalaswami will arrive here by January 16 to oversee the
election preparation. It is expected that after this visit, election may be


TPCC meet on poll strategy
 AGARTALA, Jan 9 – Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee has convened a PCC
meeting here tomorrow to prepare party’s strategy for the upcoming Assembly
election. All the senior leaders of the party have been invited to attend the
crucial meeting. The ongoing dialogue for forging alliance with Indigenous
Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) is expected to take shape in the meeting.

CPI(M)-FB stand-off continues
in Tripura
 AGARTALA, Jan 9 – The stand-off between Forward Bloc and CPI (M)
continues with both parties refusing to stick to their earlier stand on seat-sharing.While
CPI (M) is saying that it would not negotiate with Forward Bloc, general
secretary Shyamal Roy on Wednesday said that the party would put up 15
candidates in the coming Assembly election if party’s demand is not fulfilled by
January 12. The State meet of Forward Bloc will be held at Agartala on January
12 to prepare the strategy for the coming election, said Roy today. He said the
party will continue to insist for three constituencies as endorsed by the State
Council meeting at Dharmanagar. …..more

Forward Bloc candidates’
list after notification
 AGARTALA, Jan 13 – Despite fiery statements over their ‘strong
resentment at the big brotherly attitude of the Marxists,’ the Forward Bloc
seems to have mellowed down a little.The Left Front ally has decided to wait
till issuance of notification of Assembly election before announcing their
candidate list. The Forward Bloc earlier minced no wordsto express their
resentment at the way CPM sought to share only one seat –Bordwali-with them. The
party also declared that they might even contest in 15 seats.

EC team to visit Tripura on
Jan 17
 AGARTALA, Jan 16 – After announcing poll schedule, a four-member team of
the Election Commission will be arriving here on January 17 to take stock of the
poll arrangements in Tripura.Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami along
with two Election Commissioners, Navin Chawla and SY Khurashi, will arrive here
on Thursday morning and leave the state on the same day.

Crack in LF unity in Tripura(AST_17_1_k8)
 AGARTALA, Jan 16 – The ruling Left Front suffered serious jolt as CPI-M
refused to bow down to the threat of Forward Bloc of contesting 15 seats in the
ensuing Assembly elections.CPI-M state secretariat member Bijon Dhar on Tuesday
said, the party is contemplating to put up candidate in Bardowali Assembly seat
that was left over for Forward Bloc if they don’t want to contest.

Promotion of 3 IPS officers
AGARTALA, Jan 16 – As the model code of condut came into effect,
promotions and postings of three senior IPS officers were stalled. Three IPS
officers- Nepal Das, TB Roy and SK Darlong were promoted to Deputy Inspector
General (DIG) on January 14, just after announcement of election schedule for
the 60-member Tripura Assembly by the Election Commission in Delhi.

AICC sets eye on Tripura
 AGARTALA, Jan 17 – After poll debacle in Gujarat and Himachal
Pradesh, the Congress high command has turned its eyes on Tripura Assembly
election slated for February 23.The AICC has formed four committees including
election committee to lead the party in the ensuing elections. Almost all the
dissident TPCC leaders were accommodated in the four committees to put up a
united fight against the ‘mighty’ ruling Left Front.

against 104 bogus voters in Tripura(SHT, 3-1-k8)


Armed with Election Commission’s
directive, the District Election Officer (DRO) has lodged FIRs against 104 fake
voters in West Tripura district. More FIRs will be lodged against bogus voters
within the next few days.
A total of 69 cases were registered with the police for using forged school
certificates to enroll names in the photo electoral rolls.

Karat lambasts Congress-INPT alliance(SHT, 5-1-k8)

AGARTALA: CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat lambasted the
Congress for its ‘unholy alliance’ with the Indigenous Nationalist Party of
Tripura (INPT), which has been closely linked with rebel groups, in its bid to
come to power in Tripura.Addressing a mammoth rally at Stable Ground here on
Sunday, he alleged that the Congress is trying to oust the Left Front Government
in Tripura with the help of insurgents as was evident from its electoral
marriage with the INPT. …..more

voters arrested(SHT, 5-1-k8)

NNN reports:

Killa police in south district of
Tripura arrested 14 persons on Saturday for allegedly using forged documents in
enlisting their names in the electoral roll. Returning Officer of Udiapur
subdivision complained against them a few days back. They were sent to the court
on the same day and granted interim bail.

Tribal Cong leaders against truck with INPT

Agartala: Setting aside all speculations, five senior leaders of
Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) have initiated dialogue with the INPT
to forge an alliance for the coming Assembly elections in Tripura.The talks
began following instruction from the Congress High Command. Five senior leaders
of TPCC and similar number of INPT leaders had meetings in Tripura Bhavan in
Delhi on Friday but no decision was taken in the meeting, said INPT general
secretary Rabindra Debbarma. …..more

Tripura Govt demands election dates(SHT, 7-1-k8)

AGARTALA: The CPI(M)-led Left Front Government has urged the Election
Commission to declare the dates for Assembly election in Tripura.CPI(M)
politburo member Sitaram Yechury, while addressing youth rally here at Stable
Ground on Sunday, said the election dates should be declared immediately in the
State.Expressing displeasure over the role of Election Commission, he said if
the Congress-led UPA Government imposes President Rule in Tripura what it had
done in Nagaland, the party would not leave to teach a lesson to the Congress
High Command. …..more

concern over issuance of fake certificates(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Agartala: The Agartala bench of Guwahati High Court has expressed
displeasure over the administrative procedure against fake certificate holders,
working under different public sectors.Announcing the decision over such a case
filed against a retired secretarial employee of the State administration by the
West Tripura District Magistrate and Collector, Justice AB Pal on Monday said
that it was shocking to see that a certificate had been cancelled after a period
of 30 years, without taking any action against the issuing authority.

Undertrials escape(SHT, 8-1-k8)

Two undertrials, including one Bangladeshi citizen, arrested in connection with
smuggling of fake Indian currency have fled from a juvenile home in Tripura,
police said on Monday. The Bangladeshi identified as Md Karim Mia (17) and one
Kuddus Ali, an Indian were arrested on December 30 last from two places in
Tripura and sent to a juvenile home following a court order. (PTI)

Tripura electoral roll(SHT, 9-1-k8)

January 10 as the final date for publishing the photo electoral roll, the
Tripura Election Department has made hectic preparations for printing the final
rolls.This time, altogether 203, 0915
voters find place in the list. Among them 10.34 lakh are males while woman
electorate comprise 9.96 lakh, according to sources.
The draft electoral roll was published here on October 26 last but on the
basis of ‘claims’ and ‘objections’ during revision, 63.66 thousand names got
enlisted as fresh applicants while 28.347 names have been deleted from the list.

Tension prevails in Tripura(SHT, 9-1-k8)

Agartala: The State administration has made extra security
arrangements in trouble-torn Kalyanpur police station area of West Tripura,
after violence broke out in remote Sarbangcherra on Monday.Reportedly, the
entire area had turned tense with the death of 17-year-old Dhananjay Debbarma,
who was shot by Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawans on Monday morning, following
which a group of irate mob went berserk the area and set aflame at least six
huts of the CPM supporters. …..more

Tripura polls before March 19: EC(SHT, 10th January


Setting aside all speculations, Deputy Election Commissioner R Balakrishnan on
Wednesday said that the Assembly election in Tripura would be held before March
19. The tenure of current Assembly is set to be over on March 18.Balakrishnan, who arrived here to
review the election preparation in the state, held meetings with Chief Secretary
Shashi Prakash, Director General of Police (DGP) KTD Singh and Chief Electoral
Officer (CEO) GSG Ayyangar.
A new government will be formed in Tripura before March 19 and the Commission
will announce election in due time, Balakrishnan said at a press conference here
before heading for Delhi on Wednesday. …..more

replaces TSR(SHT, 11th January

The Tripura Home department has replaced the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) with the
CRPF in the remote Sarbangcherra area of West Tripura following protests from
the villagers after a tribal boy was allegedly killed in TSR firing.Official sources said here that the
11th batallion of the TSR, responsible for the firing, had been removed from the
area and the 173rd batallion of the CRPF was posted in its place.
The state administration initiated magisterial enquiry into the incident
which occurred on January 7. …..more

seek Congress tickets in Tripura(SHT_14_1_k8)

Agartala: Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) has received 450
applications from the party aspirants for 60-member Assembly polls in February.
Party observer and AICC representative Sanjoy Bapna told reporters here on
Saturday that the TPCC was asked to scrutinise the applications in consultation
with the election steering committee and to send the list to the party high
command for finalisation. …..more

to visit Tripura(SHT_14_1_k8)


Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami along with three high-level officials
of the poll panel will be arriving here on January 16. The purpose of the visit
is to review the election arrangements including final photo electoral rolls in
Deputy Election Commissioner R Balakrishan had visited the poll-bound state
and had meetings with the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police (DGP),
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) and representatives of different political
parties. …..more

Forward Bloc issues ultimatum to CPI(M) in Tripura(SHT_15_1_k8)

Signalling a rift in the ruling Left Front in Tripura, the Forward Bloc has
given an ultimatum to the CPI(M) that it would field 15 candidates in the
Assembly elections next month, if the Marxist party did not concede its demand
for three seats.General Secretary of the state unit
of Forward Bloc Shyamal Roy today said the CPI-M should consider its demand for
three seats.
"Otherwise we will field fifteen candidates."

to arrange 200 companies for Tripura polls(SHT_17_1_k8)

Agartala: The Election Commission has assured to arrange 200 companies
of additional Central paramilitary forces for smooth and peaceful conduct of
Assembly elections in Tripura.The additional Central forces will arrive here
very shortly so that deployment could be completed well before the polling,
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) GSG Ayyangar said on Tuesday.

set for State visit(SHT_18_1_k8)

AGARTALA/SHILLONG: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami,
along with election commissioners Nabin B Chawla and YS Khurisi, will visit
Shillong on Friday to review poll preparations in the State. Elections to
Meghalaya Assembly Legislative Assembly are slated for March 3.

to regulate life-saving drugs(SHT_21_1_k8)

Agartala: The Union Ministry of Chemicals has planned to bring
life-saving drugs under the Centre’s control to ensure unified price of the
medicines across the country as well as to make them available everywhere at
affordable costs.Talking to UNI here on Sunday, Union minister for Chemicals,
Fertilisers and Steel Ramvilas Paswan said most of the chemical industries were
under private ownership and had been squeezing money from the people.

Cong-INPT conspiracy to snatch EPICs alleged(SHT_21_1_k8)

Agartala: The ruling CPI-M in Tripura on Sunday alleged that Congress
and Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) had hatched a conspiracy to
snatch electoral photo identity cards (epic) of the voters in remote areas.
"Congress and INPT have demanded withdrawl of the camps of paramilitary Tripura
State Rifles (TSR) to enable insurgent outfits, operating in the state, to
snatch photo identity cards of the voters", CPI-M spokesman Gautam Das told
reporters. …..more

Forward Bloc quits Left Front in Tripura(SHT_26_1_k8)

Agartala: The Forward Bloc, a key constituent of the Left Front in
Tripura, on Friday quit the ruling alliance after being denied three seats by
major partner CPI(M) for next month’s assembly elections in the state."We are no
longer in the Left Front. We left it because of the autocratic functioning of
the CPI(M), which had virtually established one-party rule within the Front,"
Forward Bloc state secretary Shymal Roy said. The CPI(M) should no longer call
the ruling coalition a Left Front as it now only comprised with the CPI(M), CPI
and RSP, he said, adding "they can call it a three party alliance."

Fissures in Tripura Left
Front widen(SHT_23_1_k8)

Agartala: The rift in the Left Front in Tripura widened on Tuesday
with the Forward Bloc (FB) – which has been refused more than one seat in next
month’s Assembly election by the CPI(M) – deciding to contest on 15 seats. "We
earlier informed the CPI(M) that it should consider our demand for three seats,
otherwise we would field fifteen candidates, but it declined to concede our
demand," Secretary of the State unit of FB, Shyamal Roy said. The FB wrote to
Left Front chairman and CPI(M) leader Khagen Das on Sunday, that its central
committee had instructed it to field fifteen candidates unless the demand for
three seats was conceded, Roy said. …..more

Rickshawpuller to head for
Seoul science fair(SHT_23_1_k8)

Agartala: He grew up with a rickshaw as the sole means of earning a
square meal a day for his family.So when it comes to his innovative creation,
perhaps one could not think of any other machine than rickshaw.Seventeen-year-old
Sunil Datta, son of Naresh Datta, a rickshaw puller, would fly to Seoul in South
Korea to participate in the International Science Fair to be held in that
country.Recently, at the regional science fair in Birala Planetarium in Kolkata,
Sunil, a student of Class XI of Amarpur Higher Secondary School stunned all with
his invention. Students from eastern region including North East, West Bengal,
Bihar and Orissa attended the fair. With his model of multipurpose rickshaw,
Sunil lifted the first prize. …..more

INPT to contest polls in 11

Tripura Cong yet to finalise

AGARTALA: Even as process of filing nominations is set to commence on
January 30, the Congress is struggling to finalise its nominees for the upcoming
Assembly elections in Tripura though it has made progress in finalising seat
adjustment with its long time ally – the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura
(INPT).The INPT has accepted to contest in 11 ST reserved seats after a hectic
negotiation with Tripura Pradesh Alliance Committee on Saturday night in Delhi.

500 micro observers for
Tripura polls(SHT_30_1_k8)

Agartala: A total 500 micro observers would be appointed by the
Election Commission to monitor the process of elections and counting for next
month’s assembly polls in Tripura, official sources said on Tuesday. They would
be appointed in addition to 52 general observers and 8 expenditure observers, G
S G Ayanger, Chief Electoral Officer of Tripura said.

CPI(M) adds salt to FB
wounds in Tripura(SHT_30_1_k8)

Agartala: After Forward Bloc quit ruling Left Front in Tripura peeved
over CPI(M)’s rejection of its demand for seats in coming Assembly elections,
the Marxist party has rubbed the salt in its former ally’s wound by fielding a
FB leader who quit the party in a constituency. Forward Bloc (FB) leader and
Agartala Municipal Corporation councillor Sudhir Chandra Majumdar, who left the
party in protest against its decision to walk out of the Front, was named CPI(M)
candidate from Bardwali constituency, a press statement issued by the marxist
party said on Tuesday. …..more

Cong announces 44 candidates
in Tripura (SHT_31_1_k8)

AGARTALA: After a series of marathon meetings in Delhi, Congress on
Tuesday night unveiled the first list of 44 candidates for the ensuing Assembly
elections in Tripura.The party left 11 Assembly seats for its ally – Indigenous
Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), leaving vacant names of nominees for the
remaining six seats – Krishnapur, Salgara,Jolaibari, Sabroom, Surma and
Panisagar.Sources said, the Congress is contemplating to leave Krishnapur and
Promodhnagar Assembly constituencies for NCT while PDS may secure Sabroom
constituency to finalise the seat-sharing deal.

4 Cong
teams for Tripura(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Jan. 15:
The AICC general
secretary, Prithwiraj Chauhan, has announced four major committees to monitor
the elections in Tripura. Despite the list of poll nominees being released and
copies being sent to the PCC president Samir Ranjan Barman, he kept them a
secret till this afternoon.
He started sending the copies to party functionaries only after the state
leaders persuaded Chauhan to do so. …..more

Poll panel
to visit Agartala tomorrow (TEL, 16-1-k8)

Chief Election
Commissioner (CEC) N. Gopalswami, accompanied by election commissioners Nabin
Chawla and S.Y. Qureshi, will visit Tripura on Thursday in the course of his
visit to the poll-bound states of the Northeast.
The deputy election commissioner in charge of Tripura, R. Balakrishnan, and
senior officials will accompany the CEC and hold discussion with senior
officials of the state government headed by chief secretary Shashi Prakash.

EC ‘model’
poll faces hurdles (TEL, 17-1-k8)

Jan. 16:
The Election
Commission is preparing to hold “model” elections to the 60-member Tripura
Assembly in order to showcase its achievement in organising smooth and
trouble-free polls. However, lack of infrastructure and dearth of adequate
computer-trained officials has become a major source of concern. Even though the
stage of preparation of electoral rolls has passed off, the election department
continues to be dogged by a host of problems.
The commission had initially planned to depute 65 observers for the state’s
60 seats, but the chief secretary, Shashi Prakash, sent an SOS saying that the
state government does not have proper facilities to host so many observers.

rethink on poll seats(TEL,18-1-k8)

Jan. 17:
The Left Front
leadership in Tripura declared their list of nominees on December 16 for the
Assembly elections. However, unforeseen developments over the past month have
forced them to rethink their position over individual nominees in at least five
The Forward Bloc had boycotted the media conference where Left Front
nominations had been announced. But the Left Front chairman and CPM MP Khagen
Das had hoped that the dispute would be settled.

CEC on
election recce(TEL,18-1-k8)

Jan. 17:
Chief election
commissioner N. Gopalaswami arrived here today to review Tripura’s preparations
for the February 23 elections. Speaking to
reporters at the Raj Bhawan this evening, the official said the Election
Commission would arrange for sufficient security to ensure a free and fair
election and neutralise the threat of militant violence.
He said poll observers would arrive in the state in four days to address
complaints about deletion of voters’ names, existence of duplicate voters and
the other errors. The 5,000 appeals for registration as voters would be disposed
of within a week.The latest electronic voting machines would be used in the
state to thwart post-poll intimidation, he added.

Cong yet
to shrug off poll jitters(TEL, 19-1-k8)

Agartala, Jan.18: Tripura Congress’s attempts at forging a united
anti-Left front to prevent division in Opposition votes has run into fresh
hurdles with the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) announcing its
decision to wait until tomorrow to finalise its own seat allocation.“Unless the
Congress leadership makes things clear by tomorrow, it will be difficult for us
to await their decision. We will take a decision on going alone for the polls in
our party’s central working committee meeting commencing from tomorrow,” said
INPT general secretary Rabindra Debbarma. …..more

Rs. 81.7 cr for edn infrastructure in NE


The central government has launched
an ambitious Rs.8.17-billion ($208 million) scheme to develop educational
infrastructure in India’s eight northeastern states, according to an official
‘Of the Rs.8.166 billion,
Rs.6.558 billion have been released so far for various educational projects in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and
Tripura,’ said an official report of the central human resource development (HRD)
ministry.The development plans in the northeast are centrally financed on the
basis of 90 percent grant and 10 percent loan, the report said.


Poll notification for 3 NE States soon

Agartala, Jan 10 (IANS):

Preparations for holding assembly
elections in Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland are in full swing, with the
Election Commission due to announce the poll schedule soon, it was announced
here Thursday.Election machineries of the three
states are making all arrangements to conduct the elections in a free and fair
manner in February, Deputy EC R. Balakrishnan said.
The five-year terms of the Tripura assembly will end March 19, while the
tenures of the Meghalaya and Nagaland assemblies end March 10 and 13
respectively. …..more

Tension continues in
interior region of West Tripura
Violence broke out in remote Sarbangcherra
AGARTALA, Jan 8: The State administration has made extra
security arrangements in trouble-torn Kalyanpur police station area of West
Tripura, after violence broke out in remote Sarbangcherra yesterday.Reportedly, the entire area turned tense with the death of 17-year-old Dhananjay
Debbarma, who was shot by Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawans yesterday morning,
following which a group of irate mob went berserk and set aflame at least six
huts of the CPM supporters. The villagers also staged demonstration in front of
Kalyanpur police station demanding compensation to the victim’s family as well
as the punishment to the accused jawans, who killed Dhananjay.

Centre to review
tourist security in NE
AGARTALA, Jan 11: The Centre has ordered
the State Tourism Ministries in the NE to review the safety and security
arrangements for tourists, particularly women, in the region by January 24 next.In letter to the Chief Secretaries of the States, Ministry of Tourism informed
besides, reviewing security scenario, meant for the tourists, the meeting would
review tourism projects and related issues. …..more

Congress to soon
announce candidates for Tripura Assembly polls
AGARTALA, Jan 11: The Tripura Congress has
said it will soon announce the names of its candidates for the forthcoming
Assembly elections.
According to Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee leaders, so far 200 applications
had been received for the 60 Assembly seats. AICC representative Sanjoy Bapner
would come later today to scrutinize the credentials of the applicants. “All
senior leaders of the party, including dissidents, attended the meeting last
evening where we discussed election related matters and organizational issues
ahead of the polls,” said TPCC spokesperson Ratan Chakraborty. Chakraborty,
however, said the AICC had constituted a separate committee for managing
elections in the state and the TPCC was satisfied with the committee’s
performance. …..more

450 Congress aspirants file
application for Assembly polls(SEN_14_1_k8)
INPT (a political front of the banned militant outfit NLFT) leaders meet
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on alliance issue

AGARTALA, Jan 13: Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) has
received 450 applications from party aspirants for the Assembly polls in
February.Party observer and AICC representative Sanjoy Bapna told reporters here
yesterday that the TPCC was asked to scrutinize the applications in consultation
with the election steering committee and to send the list to the Party high
command for final approval.
“The process of selection will be completed in next three-four days but the
declaration will be made only after announcement of the poll schedule,” Bapna
said, adding that he received representation from Congress Women Cell and Tribal
Wing for allotment of the seats as per the norms.

Five tribal youths

AGARTALA, Jan 13: At least five tribal youths
went missing from remote locations of
during past 23 days, police said here
The report said the missing youths were suspected to have joined militant
organization and undergoing training in Bangladesh. …..more

EC assures smooth polls in NE

AGARTALA, JAN 18 (IANS): The Election Commission (EC) will take multi-pronged
measures to ensure free and fair polling, including steps to prevent militants
from trying to sabotage the upcoming assembly elections in three northeastern
states, a top official said here.
"We will deploy sufficient central paramilitary force during the elections in
Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland to curb extremist activities and other
misconducts," N. Gopalaswamy, chief election commissioner (CEC), told
journalists Thursday night.
The three-member EC team led by Gopalaswamy Thursday held a series of meetings
in Agartala with top officials and leaders of various political parties to
review the preparations for the assembly elections in the state.

Tripura Cong submits
aspirants list to AICC
Agartala, Jan 1: The Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) today
submitted the list of aspirants for the Assembly polls, to be held in February,
to AICC in-charge of the North-east Prithviraj Chauhan.
TPCC leaders said the AICC had turned its attention to the poll-bound
north-eastern States after the Congress debacle in the recent Assembly elections
in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.TPCC president Samir Ranjan Barman informed that
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, along with other senior leaders of the party, had
held meetings with the senior Congress leaders in the North-east and reviewed
the poll prospects of the Congress in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura.

B’desh gangs training
minors for crimes in Tripura
Agartala, Jan 1: The Tripura police have arrested a gang of about 20
minor Bangladeshi rag-pickers for committing burglaries throughout the city
since the past three months.Police said here today that gangs, from across the border, had been
professionally training poor children, all aged between 7-17 years, from the neighbouring country, to commit thefts and other petty crimes in the state.

Tripura Govt welcomes
Centre’s move to implement Forest Rights

AGARTALA, Jan 2: The Tripura government has expressed its approval to the
Centre’s issuance of notification for implementing the provisions of the
Scheduled Tribes (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2007.
State Tribal Welfare and Forest Minister Jitendra Choudhury told UNI here
yesterday that following the efforts of the Left Front in Tripura, the Centre
had issued the notification on December 31, for recognizing the forest dwellers’
exclusive rights over its resources. …..more

 Factional squabbles
continue in Tripura Congress
AGARTALA, Jan 2 : The Tripura Congress continued to be rocked by
factional feuds over the leadership issue even as the Left Front launched its
campaign for the upcoming Assembly elections in the Northern state.
TPCC leaders said here today all the 13 Congress Legislators, including TPCC
president Samir Ranjan Barman and former Tripura Chief Minister Sudhir Ranjan
Majumder, were presently at New Delhi to hold talks with AICC general secretary
in-charge of the Northeast Prithviraj Chauhan, to sort out the leadership issue.

Five militant attacks
in a week in Tripura
AGARTALA, Jan 2: As many as five insurgency-related incidents were
reported from different locations in Tripura during the past one week, ahead of
the Assembly elections, police said here today.
A group of unknown miscreants, equipped with country-made guns, opened fire in
the Debendrapara forest under Ompi police station in South Tripura, injuring one
Rabijoy Reang (22) yesterday, police said. …..more

Centre approves 90:10
funding model in FMP for NE States
AGARTALA, Jan 3: The Centre has approved the 90:10 funding pattern in
the Flood Management Programme (FMP) for the Northeastern States and Kashmir
while deciding to follow the same model for restoration of damaged irrigation
projects across the country.
Official sources said here today that the Surface Minor Irrigation Schemes (SMIS)
of the NE States, besides Uttaranchal, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and
KBK districts of Orissa, had been provided the Central Loan Assistance (CLA)
under the programme since 1999-2000. …..more

ECI to record speeches
of political leaders in Tripura
AGARTALA, Jan 3: The State Election Department has decided to record
campaigns, including speeches of leaders of all recognized political parties in
Tripura, as per the guidelines of Election Commission of India (ECI).
According to Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Dr G S G Ayyanger, in most cases it
was found that the political leaders, including the candidates, did not follow
ECI guidelines, while addressing a public gathering that sometimes triggered
reaction among the political parties. …..more

TPCC delegation meets
ECI for fair election
AGARTALA, Jan 3: A three-member delegation of Tripura Congress Committee,
led by Opposition leader Ratan Lal Nath today met Election Commissioner of India
(ECI) and urged him to ensure the conduct of Assembly elections in the State in
a free and fair manner.Nath told UNI over the phone from Delhi that the
delegation had requested ECI to guarantee the reflection of the true mandate of
the people of Tripura during the poll while demanding to meticulously review the
law and order situation before announcing the election date. He, however, stated
that a group of senior Congress leaders met the party high command yesterday and
apprised the central leadership of the situation in Tripura as well as discussed
certain election related matters. …..more

India invests $208
million in Northeast education infrastructure
AGARTALA, Jan 4: The central government has launched an ambitious Rs
8.17-billion ($208 million) scheme to develop educational infrastructure in
India’s eight northeastern states, according to an official report.
“Of the Rs 8.166 billion, Rs 6.558 billion have been released so far for various
educational projects in Arunachal Pradesh, Asom, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram,
Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura,” said an official report of the Central Human
Resource Development (HRD) ministry. …..more

ECI confirms voting
status of Tripura State Rifles jawans

AGARTALA, Jan 5: The Election Commission has assured the Tripura
State Rifles (TSR) jawans of providing them voting rights in the constituencies
where their families were staying.
In an official statement issued here today, the EC made it clear that 2,400 TSR
voters would be allowed to enrol their names at the places where their families
had been enrolled, revoking its earlier decision.
Earlier, the commission had instructed TSR jawans to cast their votes where they
were staying at least for the past six months.

CPI(M) accuses Congress of
trying to bring PR in Tripura
AGARTALA, Jan 7: CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury and Tripura
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has alleged that the Congress party is conspiring to
impose President’s Rule in Tripura ahead of the State assembly elections.
Addressing a public rally here yesterday, organized by the Left Fronts youth
wing Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and Tribal Youth Federation (TYF),
both leaders expressed dismay over the Election Commission’s move of seeking
elaborate report on summary revision of photo electoral rolls and delaying the
announcement of the poll schedule. …..more

 Left for third alternative
minus Congress and BJP
AGARTALA, Jan 7: Left parties are seriously contemplating a third
alternative with non-Congress and non-BJP parties, says Communist Party of
India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury. He said the “third alternative”
was different from a “third front” and would be based on electoral
understandings and seat adjustments.
“The Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government has deviated from
the common minimum programme (CMP) and the Left parties have strongly asked the
government to implement the CMP properly,” Yechury said while addressing an
election rally here Sunday. The CPI-M politburo member accused the UPA
government of going back on its commitment on the CMP by not allocating due
share of the GDP to education and health sectors.

Forward Bloc in Tripura to go it
alone (TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan. 10:
The Tripura
Forward Bloc will be putting up candidates separately for the coming Assembly
polls.The Forward Bloc state secretary, Shyamal Roy, said the party had asked
for three seats in the Assembly elections but the CPM had allotted just one.

Moreover, there was no representative from the party in the Left Front’s
media conference where the list of nominations was formally released.

final poll rolls out(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Jan. 11:
The Election
Commission has deleted 1.54 lakh names of doubtful voters from the electoral
list that was published this morning for the Assembly election.Tripura’s
total electorate is now 230,916, of which 103,43,17 are male. “As far as we are
concerned, the final electoral roll is totally error free but if there are more
complaints, we will correct them as and when applied for,” said chief electoral
officer G.S.G. Ayengar.
Speaking to journalists, Ayengar said the final electoral roll had been
prepared after intensive revision through door-to-door enumeration and with the
help of e-clean software provided by the Election Commission over the past
one-and-a-half years. …..more

Darlongs ban election graffiti (TEL, 12-1-k8)

Jan. 11:
The Election
Commission is yet to enforce its code of conduct with a ban on visible poll
propaganda like posters and flags in Tripura, which is set to go to the polls
next month.However, the
elders of a small tribal community have come forward to prevent political
division in the community by imposing a ban on poll graffiti in their area. The Darlongs,
a Mizo sub-tribe, comprise just 350 families, living in and around Ambassa in
Dhalai district.
According to records, the Darlongs are one of the 12 Halam groups of tribals.
The Christian Darlongs have their own distinctive language and culture but speak
Tripura’s tribal lingua franca Kokborok quite fluently.

Spanner in
poll tie-up(TEL,13-1-k8)

Agartala, Jan. 12: The Congress’s efforts to forge an electoral
alliance with the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) to oust the
Left Front has run into rough weather with PCC president Samir Ranjan Barman
trying to grab the lion’s share of the tribal seat pie. Barman today informed
INPT general secretary Rabindra Debbarma of his party’s inability to concede
more than nine of the 20 reserved seats to the regional party.

Cong, CPM
in war of words(TEL, 1-1-k8)

Agartala, Feb. 5: The Congress and CPM in Tripura continued to spar
over former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s alleged nexus with erstwhile TNV
militants.AICC general secretary and Union minister of state for PMO affairs
Prithwiraj Chavan lambasted CPM general secretary Prakash Karat for his
“reprehensible remarks.” On Sunday, Karat had condemned the Congress for its
“double standards” over the insurgency problem in Northeast while addressing a
rally here. …..more

in Tripura Cong (TEL_ 2_1_k8)

Agartala, Jan. 1: The Tripura Left Front has already completed its
first round of campaign for the elections after it announced the nominations on
December 16. The Congress, however, continues to be dogged by intense factional
feud over the leadership issue. All the 13 Congress MLAs, including PCC
president Samir Ranjan Barman and former chief minister Sudhir Ranjan Mazumder,
are in Delhi holding talks with the AICC general secretary in-charge of Tripura,
Prithwiraj Chauhan, to sort out the leadership issue.

Left in shuffle mode(TEL, 4-1-08)

Khagen Das set to be CPM’s new secretary

(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Agartala, Jan. 3: Quietly behind the din and the bustle of the
election campaign, the CPM in Tripura is preparing the ground for a change in
the upper echelons. As a part of the change, veteran leader and party MP Khagen
Das is all set to become the party secretary, replacing incumbent octogenarian
Baidyanath Mazumder. Das will be anointed in the upcoming 19th state conference
of the party, which will be held, after the Assembly polls. The name of Das, who
became a member of the central committee in 2005, was cleared by the CPM
politburo and central committee. …..more

Delay blame on Cong

The CPM has
accused the state Congress and the AICC of trying to delay the Assembly polls
beyond the scheduled term of the Assembly, which comes to an end on March 18.
In a statement, CPM secretary Haripada Das said the state Congress
leadership, currently lobbying in Delhi for nomination and related
organisational issues, has been working in connivance with the central
leadership to file “false and baseless complaints” with the Election Commission.

Telemedicine (TEL_ 6_1_k8)

Jan. 5:
medicare giant, Advanced Medicare and Research Institute (AMRI), has opened a
telemedicine and information centre here.
Dr Kalyan Bhattacharya, an oncologist associated with AMRI, praised the joint
venture between West Bengal government and private entrepreneurs in healthcare
in West Bengal and the eastern zone, including the Northeast.

Tribal front adds to Cong worries(TEL_7_1_K8)

Jan. 6:
A revolt is
brewing in the Tripura unit of the Congress with the Adivasi Congress, its
tribal front, threatening to launch a new party before the Assembly elections if
its parent organisation does not consult it on seat adjustments with regional
parties. The trigger
for its anger is the talks the party has been holding with the Indigenous
Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) and the newly formed National Council of
Tripura (NCT) in New Delhi for the past one week without consulting it.
Raising the banner of revolt, president of the Adivasi Congress Jadumohan
Tripura said: “Unless we are taken into confidence and the issue is sorted out
amicably on the basis of the strength of the regional forces, we will quit the
Congress and launch a new party that will put up candidates not only in the 20
seats reserved for the tribals but in 13 other general seats where tribal vote
can tilt the balance of power.” …..more

Tripura poll dates expected next week(TEL_9_1_k8)

Jan. 8:
The dates for the
Tripura Assembly elections are likely to be announced during the visit of an
Election Commission team headed by chief election commissioner N. Gopalaswamy
from January 15.
“The formal notification might be issued after the Election Commission team
returns to Delhi but there is a strong possibility that the dates will be
announced during their visit,” said chief electoral officer G.S.G. Ayengar.

Tripura Cong in poll jitters(TEL_10_1_k8)

Jan. 9:
Congress workers
in Tripura are upset with the PCC for its indecision on organisational changes
and formation of committees in the run-up to the Assembly elections.
A formal statement issued by PCC spokesman and former minister Ratan
Chakraborty, a loyalist of the state president Samir Ranjan Barman’s faction,
directed aspirants who are seeking nominations to collect application forms from
the district presidents. …..more

Indian Air Force recruitment
drive in Tripura a big draw(SEN_15_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 14: At a time when the Indian Armed forces are facing a
shortage of new recruits, youngsters in the Northeast are eager to join national
cause. This was evident during a recently held recruitment drive by the Indian
Air Force here.
Thousands of youth from across the Northeast region arrived here for the
two-tier Indian Air Force’s week-long recruitment programme. Aspirants said that
their basic motivations were employment, the prevalence of wide scale insurgency
in their region, and an opportunity to serve the motherland.

Tripura activists
suggest amendment of IPC sections related to women

AGARTALA, Jan 14: The women activists and leading lawyers of Tripura today
suggested amendment of certain sections of the Indian Panel Code (IPC), dealing
with women-related issues to prevent the rising crimes and atrocities against
Addressing a workshop on the Review of Laws Affecting Women, organized by the
Tripura Commission for Women (TCW) here, TWC chairperson Dr Tapati Chakraborty
expressed serious concern over the increasing incidences of crimes against women
in the State. …..more

Centre to review RD
programme in NE tomorrow

AGARTALA, Jan 16: The Ministry of Rural Development has convened a
two-day meeting with the officials of NE region tomorrow for reviewing the
performance of the Department of Rural Development and Department of Land
Resources. According to Tripura Rural Development Minister Jitendra Choudhury,
the meeting would review various programmes of rural development and department
of land resources. It would focus on financial and physical progress of all
schemes released up to last December and requirement of funds for rural
development schemes during 2007-08; status of finalization of BPL List and
Indira Awaas Yojana waitlist. …..more

AICC forms four
committees for Tripura Congress
AGARTALA, Jan 16: In a bid to minimize factional squabble in the Tripura
Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) ahead of assembly elections, the AICC today
formed four committees with senior party leaders.
TPCC spokesperson Ratan Chakraborty informed the media here today that former
chief minister Sudhir Ranjan Majumder had been made the chairman of the Election
Committee to look after all poll related matters.

EEICC demands multiple
visa for business community
AGARTALA, Jan 16: The Eastern Export Import Chamber of Commerce (EEICC)
has demanded extending visa facilities to northern part of Tripura to facilitate
trade bodies of Northeastern States.
EEICC Secretary Ramananda Bhattacharjee raised the issue yesterday before
Sudhakar Dalela, Councillor of Indian High Commission at Dhaka, who had been on
a few hours’ tour to Ragna Land Custom Station (LCS) in Dharmanagar along with
high level business delegates of Bangladesh.

ECI asks Tripura Govt to
transfer tainted officials(SEN_19_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 18: The Election Commission of India (ECI) has
instructed the Tripura administration for the coming February 23 Assembly
elections to transfer all those officers against whom the Commission had
recommended disciplinary action or who had been charged for any lapse during the
previous elections or for any election-related work, official sources said
today. The Commission also instructed that no election-related official or
police officer of the rank of sub-inspector and above should be allowed to
continue in his home district. Besides, instructions had also been issued that
all the election-related officials, including the police officials, who had
completed three years in a district during the past four years, should be
transferred out of that district. The State Government was asked to ensure that
those, who were transferred, should move out physically of their last place of
posting and not remain there on any pretext, including leave.

Tripura stops poultry
AGARTALA, Jan 18: The Tripura government has banned the import of
poultry following the detection of avian influenza in West Bengal while the
State Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department also sounded alert on Bird Flu
across the State. Veterinary officials said here yesterday the import of chicken
from Maharashtra and West Bengal had been stopped for the past two days and all
precautionary measures taken to combat the spread of the disease in the State.
State Animal Resources Minister Pranab Debbarma told UNI with the outbreak of
the disease in West Bengal, steps were being initiated to prevent the disease
from being contracted into the State. …..more

15 polling parties in
Tripura to be sent by aircraft(SEN_26_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 25: Altogether 15 polling parties will be sent by
helicopter a day before the election to the inaccessible areas-nine in Dhalai,
four in North and two in West Tripura districts.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) G S G Ayyanger said here today that the authority
will manage aircraft for their safe journey.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) had instructed the State election panel
to make adequate arrangements for polling parties’ transportation.

FB dissolves alliance with
Left in Tripura(SEN_26_1_k8)
AGARTALA, Jan 25: The 30-year old alliance of Forward Bloc (FB) with
Left Front in Tripura has dissolved yesterday following an internal rift over
seat sharing issue between CPI(M) and FB for the February 23 poll.
According to party sources here today, Left Front convener Khagen Das has said
that the CPI(M) chief Prakash Karat spoke to FB general secretary Debabrata
Biswas to resolve the standoff situation in Tripura but in vain. He also
clarified that the CPI(M) would soon announce it’s candidate for the seat, meant
for FB.Meanwhile, FB state secretary Shyamal Roy said that they would contest in 15
seats of 60-member House. …..more

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Mizoram Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Mizoram to disburse Rs 8

Mizoram to disburse Rs 8.82 cr to
Mautam victims
 AIZAWL, Jan 28 – The Mizoram Government
will disburse Rs 882 lakh as contingency fund to farmers who have lost their
crops due to the outbreak of Mautam, the government said in a statement. The
statement said, the State Government has received Rs 881 lakhs from the Central
Government for National Calamity Contingency Fund and with the government adding
Rs 1 lakh from the State revenue, Rs 882 lakh will be disbursed to farmers in
all eight districts of the State. The fund will be distributed according to the
regulations made by the Ministry of Home Affairs, (Disaster Management Division
I) at the rate of Rs 20 for adults and Rs 15 for minors daily.

Ex-NEC Secy joins MNF

Aizawl, Jan 22 (UNI):
Former Mizoram chief secretary and North Eastern
Council (NEC) secretary H V Lalringa has joined the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF)
ahead of the Assembly polls slated for November this year. Mr Lalringa was
officially inducted into the MNF by party supremo and Mizoram Chief Minister
Zoramthanga at the MNF office here yesterday.”I am not new to the MNF as I join
it today. This (the official induction) is only my declaration that I still
belong to the MNF, which I have been since I was a teenager,” Mr Lalringa said.
Mr Lalringa and the Chief Minister had studied together at the Imphal
(Manipur) DM College in the early 1960s. Mr Lalringa claimed in his statement
that he was not joining the party for power.”Even if the MNF loses power, I
will remain with the party for all the good deeds it (the MNF ministry) has done
which I witnessed during my tenure as the chief secretary,” he claimed.

should strongly defend every inch of Cong needs power to feed the hungry:
Newmai News Network
 AIZAWL, Jan 9 – MPCC president and former Chief Minister Lalthanhawla today
said the Congress need to form the government in this year’s Assembly elections
because the hungry need to be fed. Speaking to party men at the at the Congress
Bhavan, Lalthanhawla was emphatic that the Congress returns to power or else it
would mean Mizoram would remain in a wrecked condition.
“It is mandatory that we overthrow the MNF Government in this year’s elections.
If we are to be happy at year-end, we must have a good beginning from the New
Three States in the region will face elections this year and if the Congress
does not do well in the other two States, it should do well at least in Mizoram”,
he said.
He also said, “If we are forced to remain in the opposition again, Mizoram will
become a wreck,” Hawla warned.”
He assured his party men that if the Congress formed the government through
God’s grace, their first task would be to feed the hungry and to give the people
sustainable livelihoods so that they will no longer become hungry.
Speaking about the current situation in Mizoram, Hawla alleged that corruption
has become rampant in the State while Mizoram has the worst law and order
situation among NE states.
“In order to make the State normal again, corruption has to be uprooted and we
should be so clean that the public should be able to turn us inside out whenever
they want,” he added.


union may contest Mizoram polls
Newmai News Network
 AIZAWL, Jan 10 – The Zoram Kuthnathawktu Pawl, a union of farmers boasting to
be the fastest growing organization in the State, discussed plans on how to take
part in the next general elections in Mizoram to be held later this year. PC
Lalrosiama, general secretary of ZKP said, “We cannot just sit back and watch
while elections are held as elections are the best chance to bring reforms in
the State. Our meeting at Saitual yesterday is mainly to discuss what part we
will play during the next election”.
He said, “Our main goal is to see that a government for the people is formed and
we might consider contesting in the election to achieve this goal.”
He, however, stressed that members of the organization are not fit to contest
the elections as none of them have good education or the privilege of a
politician’s mind. “We just want to see that a good government is formed but if
we find any member from our organization who fits the bill of a good politician,
we will give our full support to him,” he said.


34 pc
domestic workers in Mizoram from foreign countries
Newmai News Network
 AIZAWL, Jan 11 – A survey by the National Domestic Workers Movement Welfare
Trust, Mizoram Unit has revealed that 34 per cent of domestic workers employed
in Mizoram are from outside the country.
According to reports from the Trust, 1537 domestic workers are currently
employed in the State with 536 (34 pc) coming from outside the country and 1001
(66 pc) from within the State. The workers are mostly between the ages of 14-20
with monthly salaries ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000.
The Trust, Mizoram Unit, has postponed the date of observing the International
Domestic Workers Day from January 9 to January 13 as most of domestic workers in
the State are free on Sundays only. The Trust is seeking to promote the rights
and privileges of domestic workers in the State.
Sister Rose Paite, coordinator of the NWDM said that a number of domestic
workers are racially, physically and sexually abused in the State and they have
compiled a record of all these criminal acts. “We will look into all the reports
and determine which reports are true. After that, we will take legal action,”
she said. Rose also said that most of the domestic workers were students from
villages who have no choice but to work as domestic workers to pay their fees
for education.
“Although we are a non-governmental organization, our work requires help from
the government. In other States, the State Government fixes the monthly salaries
of the workers and issues an order that at least one day of leave be given each
week. Our main objective is to ensure that the Mizoram Government fixes the
minimum wage for domestic workers in the State,” she added.


Day celebrated
Newmai News Network
 AIZAWL, Jan 13 – Mizoram on Friday observed Missionary Day. All offices of the
Mizoram Synod were closed as a commemoration of the day. Government offices and
schools were also closed as the State Government declared it a State holiday.
The Mizoram Presbyterian Church, the biggest church denomination in the State,
had resolved to observe January 11 as Missionary Day, the day when the two
Chrisitan missionaries Rev FW Savidge and JH Lorraine entered the State to
spread Christianity.
According to records, Rev William Williams, a Welsh missionary and Aitken, a
Khasi missionary first visited the State in 1891 to spread the gospel but as the
State was in turmoil during that time, the two decided not to start their
mission and went back home later that year.
However, Rev Williams made a proposal to the Welsh Mission Board to open a
mission field in Mizoram and after looking into his proposal, the board decided
to send Rev JH Lorraine, locally known as Pu Buanga and Rev FW Savidge, locally
known as Sap Upa, to start the mission in the State. The two entered the State
from Sairang town on January 11, 1894 while traveling in a small boat.


directives on elections
Newmai News Network
 AIZAWL, Jan 16 – The United Pentecostal Church’s Champhai district authorities
have issued a directive to its members for the coming Assembly elections in
order to have a free and fair election within the district.
A report today said the UPC (NE India) general headquarters here in the state
had given permission to the district authorities to issue such a directive and
that the directive was meant for Church’s members only.
All members of the church within the district have been instructed to relinquish
any post they may hold in a political party in order to change the undesirable
system that is now in place. The directive said all members should be totally
against any unfair means that may be employed for the coming Assembly elections.


Farmers caution against rodent army onslaught(SHT, 5-1-k8)


Cautioning against rampant
destruction of paddy by rodents in rural areas of Mizoram this year,
agricultural scientists on Sunday called upon the administration to cope the
threat.The rats, which had ravaged cultivation areas during 2007 due to periodic
gregarious bamboo flowering locally known as ‘Mautam‘ might continue
their acts, a pest scientist in the State Agriculture Department James
Lalsiamliana told PTI. Though it had been experienced in the past, especially in
the late 1950s that the rodents die in February-March after food was no longer
available with bamboo seeds germinating and crops devastated, this time in an
unprecedented ecological twist, the Dendrocalamu Hamiltoni species, locally
known as ‘Phulrua‘ began to flower and bear fruits in the past one month,
providing food not only for rats but also jungle fowls and wild boars, he said.
"We have received reports from many places in the State that ‘Phulrua
had flowered and bore fruits and if rodents continue to find food due to the
sudden development, they may survive and continue destruction of the crops," he
cautioned. (PTI)


ties with Myanmar, India urged(SHT_19_1_k8)

A public meeting for restoration of democracy and human rights in Myanmar here
on Friday appealed to the Centre to snap all ties with the military rulers of
the country as economic cooperation with it would never benefit the people
unless democracy was restored."The Indian Government should work with the UN to
find amicable solution to the Myanmar imbroglio," said the resolution passed at
the meeting organised jointly by Mizoram Committee for Democracy in Burma and
Campaign for Democratic Movement in Burma.Mizoram is the worst sufferer of
political instability and turmoil in the neighbouring country, participants of
the meeting said and asked the people of Mizoram to take active role in
supporting the pro-democratic groups to ensure restoration of democracy and
human rights in Myanmar.

participants also urged the State Government to take up the issue with the
Centre as ethnic Mizos in Myanmar were being persecuted in that country and also
that Mizo people faced serious problems due to refugees flooding the State due
to persecution by the military junta.Dr Tint Swe, member of Parliament of Burma
and leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San Suu Kyi,
who spoke at the meeting on the need for new strategy in dealing with Myanmar by
India said that even the Look East Policy would only have a meaning after
restoration of democracy.Other speakers included Rozathang and Hla Htun who
stressed the need for increasing pressure on the political mandarins in New
Delhi to change the country’s policy towards the military regime in Myanmar. (PTI)

Former NEC Secy joins

Aizawl: Former Mizoram Chief Secretary and North Eastern Council (NEC)
Secretary HV Lalringa has joined the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) ahead of
the Assembly polls slated for November this year.Lalringa was officially
inducted into the MNF by party supremo and Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga at
the MNF office here on Monday.”I am not new to the MNF as I join it today. This
(the official induction) is only my declaration that I still belong to the MNF,
which I have been since I was a teenager,” Mr Lalringa said.Mr Lalringa claimed
in his statement that he was not joining the party for power. (UNI)

Delhi rule
plea for Mizoram(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Jan. 15:
The BJP’s Mizoram
unit today submitted a memorandum to Governor Lt Gen. (retd) M.M. Lakhera,
demanding the removal of the Mizo National Front government and the imposition
of President’s rule in the state. State unit president Khawvelthanga and the
All-India co-convenor of the central co-operative cell, Dhananjay Kumar Singh,
jointly signed the memorandum.

It stated that
the MNF government had mismanaged central funds in the past nine years,
resulting in a deficit of Rs 2,000 crore. Moreover, there was a breakdown in the
law and order situation. “We have also heard rumours that the MNF has secretly
begun to develop a new insurgent group and has arranged its training in Myanmar.
This needs to be probed,” it added. The memorandum said Mizoram should be put
under President’s rule “immediately”. citing the case of Rev. Chanchinmawia’s
death, which the police department had “dismissed” as a case of suicide “in
spite of all evidence collected by it suggesting the contrary”. Rev.
Chanchinmawia was found dead from several stab wounds on his body early on the
morning of October 1 last year inside his quarters. The police special
investigation team deemed it a case of suicide, as no evidence suggesting
otherwise could be found.It added that in the past, the state government had
allegedly allowed NGOs to take the law into their own hands resulting in several


sends SOS to Centre as MNF fails
AIZAWL, Jan 9: The Mizoram
Peoples Conference party today sought the Centres ‘effective intervention’ to
combat impending Mautam (bamboo flowering) famine because the incumbent Mizo
National Front has ‘failed’ to do so.
“While the rest of India and the world look forward to the New Year with
glittering hope, the people of Mizoram are sitting in a state of gloom after
they had produced last year less than ten per cent of their annual production of
rice as a result of the phenomenal bamboo flowering (Mautam) which
disproportionately increased rodent population,” a memorandum to Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh said. “Many families in Mizoram can now hardly afford to have one
square meal a day,” the MPC said in its memorandum. Since Mautam famine, which
occurs at an interval of every 48 years, is a predictable disaster, the central
government in collaboration with the State Government could circumvent it, the
memorandum added. “But, the present administrative tendency of the State
Government and the manner of their operation to combat the crisis belies all
hopes and trust of the people of Mizoram,” it rued. The MPC also recollected
that in 1979 the central government, in collaboration with the then Brig T Sailo-led
Peoples Conference (now MPC) ministry could effectively combat similar famine
brought about by Thingtam (which occurred at the interval of every 25 years, but
less in magnitude than Mautam), owing to the state governments judicious use of
the centrally-sponsored food-for-work programme, called Employment Generation
The T Sailo-led MPC alleged that the whopping Rs 90 crore sanctioned by the
Centre to combat the famine under the scheme christened by the State Government
as Bamboo Flowering and Famine Combat Scheme (Baffacos), instead of alleviating
the affected people, went to the sole benefit of one particular political party
workers. The aggrieved farmers have formed themselves into Zoram Kuthnathawktu
Pawl to protest the pilferage and diversion of the Baffacos fund. “The poor
cultivators are now virtually on the verge of revolt,” the memorandum stated.
Among others, the MPC suggested making more fund available from the Central
government to meet the present crisis and appointing a reliable philanthropic
organization to execute such a gigantic task for effective fight against the
impending famine. (UNI)

Impending Mautam (bamboo
flowering) may bring about famine to the State of Mizoram
Overthrow MNF to rescue people from
poverty: Thanhawla

AIZAWL, Jan 9: Mizoram unit of the Congress chief Lal Thanhawla claimed
that the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) government in the State must be
overthrown to alleviate the poverty of the people and rescue them from the
Mautam famine.
Addressing the party workers here yesterday, the former Chief Minister said,
“The Congress has to win the mandate in the next Assembly polls and start
practical operations immediately to rescue the people from the present
socio-economic crisis.”
Thanhawla criticized Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga’s statement on January
seven, saying, “Merely reassuring words will not save us from poverty and
distress. We have to act practically to save the poor people with a renewed NLUP
(New Land Use Policy).”
Zoramthanga had urged the people on January seven not to worry about the Mautam
famine and assured that adequate rice supplies would be provided.
Asserting that corruption should be completely eradicated from Mizoram,
Thanhawla claimed that corruption would be uprooted if his party came back to
power in the next Assembly polls. He also claimed that the Congress had a high
chance of winning the upcoming elections in some of the NE States. (UNI)

Mizoram Cong hopes for return of ‘lost son’
AIZAWL, Jan 13:
Congress MLA Zodintluanga today said the Mizoram Congress Committee is planning
to welcome J Lalsangzuala back into the Congress Bhavan. Speaking to UNI over
the phone, Zodintluanga said, “Negotiations are on with J Lalsangzuala and we
are happy with how things are going.” He added that Lalsangzuala visited the
bhavan three days ago for the first time in two years. “There is a strong
likelihood that the top leaders of the MPC would come back into the MPCC. Our
senior vice-president (MLA R Lalzirliana) and vice-president are ready to vacate
their posts to make way for our former colleagues to come back into the party.”
“If this happens, the Congress party is going to be much stronger than before,”
the Congress MLA added. Incidentally, some Congress stalwarts, including two
standing MLAs Saikapthianga and Liansuama led by former Congress Finance
Minister J Lalsangzuala split the MPCC and floated a new party, the Mizoram
Congress Party(MCP) on August 17, 2005. This was due to Lal Thanhawla’s alleged
refusal to step down as party president. The new party went on to become the
ruling Mizo National Fronts partner. However, a member of the executive
committee said Liansuama would never be welcomed back into the party because “he
had gone too far in betraying the trust placed on him.” Notably, contrary to MNF
supremo and Chief Minister Zoramthanga’s statement that it had been agreed to
renew the MNF-MCP alliance for this years state assembly polls, Lalsangzuala has
made it clear that his party had made no commitment yet with any party. State
Congress chief Lal Thanhawla had while addressing the press at the Congress
Bhavan here a few days back, said the Congress would embrace those who had left
the party and were now willing to return. (UNI)

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

Church steps in to combat famine in Mizoram
4: The Mizoram Presbyterian Church has stepped in to help people in the State to
avoid an impending famine after the acute rice shortage due to Mautam season.
Synod social front, an organ of the church, has earmarked Rs 722,691,840 for the
‘famine relief for the state of Mizoram’ project. The project cost has been set
based on State agriculture department statistics as on

October 31, 2007,
according to which 13,839.01 hectares of croplands amounting to Rs 2,71,244,596
were destroyed by rats, Mizoram Synod social front executive secretary Reverend
Zosangliana Colney told UNI here today.
With the Zoramthanga government’s alleged failure to combat the Mautam famine,
the church’s intervention plays an important role in the present situation.
“If our actions has no bearing on the role of the government. It is our
collective responsibility to help the needy, irrespective of class and caste,”
Reverend Colney said, adding that Chief Minister Zoramthanga has heartily
thanked the social front for its initiatives. He stated that of the total
project cost, Rs 672,480,000 would be used for sustenance fund and the remaining
Rs 50,211,840 would be allocated as start-up fund for buying food grains for the
next season. Elaborating on the sustenance fund, Rev Colney said it is meant for
the sustenance of the 29,888 families affected by famine (based on agriculture
department records) residing in 431 villages.
As immediate relief, the social front has distributed 512 quintals of rice to
different villages just before Christmas, so that no one starves during
Christmas, said Reverend Colney. (UNI)

kickstarts Year of Planet Earth
AIZAWL, Jan 4: With a view to raise awareness about various
environmental issues among people, the Science Teachers Association of Mizoram
(STAM) has launched an Understanding Planet Earth (UPE) programme as part of the
International Year of Planet Earth.
The association launched the programme here yesterday with an eco-run in which
members of church youth wings and the Young Mizo Association, comprising about
400 runners, participated.
Addressing the rally, state Environment and Forest Minister R Lalthangliana
expressed grave concern over the extensive deforestation in Mizoram in the
process of shifting cultivation. He stressed on the urgent need to do away with
the age-old slash and burn cultivation on which about 80 per cent of the farmers
still depended.
The rallyists also took an oath, administered by STAM general secretary C
Lalrosanga, to strive for the preservation of the environment and forests.
The STAM, a member of the NCSTC-Network, will implement the UN programme in
Mizoram. (UNI)

BJP terms
MNF ‘anti-farmer’
AIZAWL, Jan 14: The BJP today alleged that the Mizo National Front
(MNF) government had been following anti-farmer policies which were detrimental
to the welfare of the downtrodden sections.
Addressing a press conference here, BJP all India convener (central cooperatives
cell) Dhananjay Kumar Singh said, “The party will submit a memorandum to the
Mizoram Governor and organize a massive farmers’ rally to protest the MNF’s
anti-farmer policies.” Singh alleged that the MNF, ruling the State for two
consecutive terms, had never implemented any of the BJP-led NDA government’s
welfare schemes for peasants, including the Kissan Credit Card scheme, National
Agricultural Insurance Scheme, Krishi, Shramik and Samajik Suraksha Yojana.
“Today, the situation is such that the MNF government has to beg from the Centre
to provide food to the people of the State during the Mautam (bamboo flowering)
famine,” Singh said. He added that the party would also demand for President’s
Rule in Mizoram if the MNF continued with its ‘anti-farmer policies’. He also
rubbished Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga’s claims that the cost of the
additional food packages would be borne by the Planning Commission.
“The truth is that the additional food has to be purchased by the State
Government which means that the MNF is increasing the State’s existing deficit
of Rs 2,000 crore, which will severely affect the future economy,” Singh said.
“During the 2003 polls, the BJP had promised to wipe out the State’s entire
deficit. Now, the BJP promises a surplus budget within our first term if voted
to power in the next Assembly polls.”
To achieve this, we will follow the Gujarat and Maharashtra model of economic
development,” Singh claimed.
The BJP leader also claimed that the resullts of the Assembly elections in
Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh had clearly indicated that the next government at
the Centre will be formed by the BJP. He also assured the people that the BJP
was not an anti-Christian party but a nationalist party which emphasized on
cultural nationalism and respected all cultures and traditions.

Mizoram sees 17.65% increase in annual plan
AIZAWL, Jan 14: The Mizoram annual plan for 2008-09 at Rs 1,000 crore has
seen a 17.65 per cent increase from the last year’s ten per cent increase,
official sources said here today.
The Planning Commission alloted an increased amount in response to Chief
Minister Pu Zoramthanga’s request as the state was facing acute crisis of food
following Mautam famine. The plan includes an additional central assistance of
Rs 70 crore for projects of special interest for the State, sources added. The
Chief Minister further said the priorities of 11th Plan as well as holistic
development have been kept in mind while formulating the annual plan 2008-09. He
said that agriculture and its allied sectors and rural development, employment
generation and poverty eradication would be priority of the annual plan. He said
the State was facing food crisis as no harvesting could be done because of
massive bamboo flowering. The State Government was also expecting additional
help under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme to cope up with the
famine like situation. Planning Commission Deputy chairman Montek Singh
Ahluwalia also announced that the NREGS will cover the entire state of Mizoram
from this April. (UNI)

 MPCC demands removal of Chakma CEM


AIZAWL, Jan 18: The Mizoram
Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) today urged Mizoram Governor M M Lakhera to
remove the Chakma Autonomous District Council’s (CADC) Chief Executive Member
(CEM) for allegedly misappropriating funds under the Rastriya Sam Vikash Yajona
The MPCC took the step following an Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) inquiry,
ordered by the Governor, which found the allegations against the Chakma council
authority to be true.
In a memorandum stated to the Governor, the party stated, the MPCC feels that
proper investigation would be hampered if main accused Rasik Mohan Chakma and
PWD executive engineer of the council Rosendra Singh are allowed to hold their
respective posts.
“It is also not proper to allow the CADC to further execute the RSVY scheme
after the ACB inquiry had proved misappropriation of funds under the scheme,”
the memorandum added.
On December eight, the Mizoram Governor ordered the independent inquiry
following complaints submitted by Congress workers in the Chakma council.
According to the allegations, two earth excavators, each costing Rs 20.50 lakh
and a road roller worth Rs 12 lakh, were bought with the RSVY scheme under the
name of a private firm – R M Enterprise – whose proprietor was the CEM’s wife.
The Congress further accused the Mizo National Front (MNF) government of trying
to prevent appropriate punishment for the accused.
“We also demand appropriate action against the accused who have been found
guilty. Unless any action is taken against the officials involved, we will give
every effort to ensure justice,” the party warned. The Chakma district council
falls under Lawngtlai district in southern Mizoram which is among the 150
districts all over the country selected for the RSVY scheme.
Each district is allocated Rs 45 crore under this three-year scheme. (UNI)





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Sikkim Political, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Lepcha script to get Unicode soon

script to get Unicode soon
 GANGTOK, Jan 29 – The Lepcha script of
Sikkim will be covered by Unicode soon. The development will boost efforts to
preserve the knowledge base of Sikkim’s original inhabitants in the electronic
“Several people have been involved in writing a proposal to get the Lepcha
script included in the Unicode Standard and recently the Unicode Consortium has
accepted the proposal. The Lepcha script will be included in Unicode 5.1 to be
released in March or April 2008,” said Helen Plaisier from Leiden University in
the Netherlands.
The Dutch linguist has been researching the Lepcha language for a year. She has
completed a preliminary database of Lepcha names of around 300 birds found in
the Sikkim Himalayas.
Unicode is an international character-encoding system designed to support
electronic interchange, processing, and display of the written texts of diverse
languages of the modern and classical world. “The acceptance of the Lepcha
script in the Unicode Standard is of great importance for anyone who wishes to
use the Lepcha script on a computer,” said Plaisier who is currently in the
Netherlands, working on a Lepcha-English dictionary.
“Workable Lepcha fonts have been available for several years now, and have been
used successfully in publications in the Lepcha language in the Kalimpong area
for example,” Plaisier added.
Linguists and researchers from the world over have been stressing on the need
for conserving and documenting the Lepcha language. The Lepchas are
nature-worshippers and it is often claimed that their language has names for all
the birds, plants, butterflies, animals and other insects as well as the hills
and rivers in their native habitat. This knowledge, which is mostly passed
orally, is disappearing fast as the community grapples with modernity.
It is this vast but dying knowledge base that has been attracting researchers
and academicians to Dzongu, the last bastion of Lepchas in the remote parts of
North Sikkim, for conservation and documentation works.
The Unicode Standard assigns every character a unique number, ensuring the same
representation of texts regardless of country, language, or operating system


Sikkim to assess its carbon credit for global support
GANGTOK, Jan 18: In a bid to
conserve the lush green forest cover and produce clean hydel power in the State,
the Sikkim government will assess the entire carbon credit earned by the State
so far. “We are seriously thinking to carry out assessment of the entire carbon
credit that we have earned in the process and put the entire clean development
mechanism we follow in carbon trading. This will bring us fame, resources and
technology,” Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling said. The Chief Minister
highlighted his government’s efforts in expanding the State’s forest cover to 46
per cent and emphasized on hydel power generation to reduce overall carbon
dioxide emission in the country. “Sikkim is trying to contribute significantly
by setting up hydel power generation to the tune of 8,000 MW in a phased manner
after taking all environmental safeguards. This will be a big contribution to
the nation in overall carbon dioxide budgeting,” he said. Chamling added that by
adopting these procedures, Sikkim would be preventing the carbon dioxide
emission in a “big way”.
“And whatever industries we have, they do not add to the global warming process
in any way. So, we should be encouraged to consolidate the practice of clean
development mechanism. This means our efforts should be supported,” he said. The
second component of the State’s clean development mechanism would be the
stringent efforts to conserve and expand its forest cover. “Forests are the one
of the richest natural resources and more than 46 per cent of the State’s
geographical area is under forest cover with a per capita forest cover of 0.61
hectare against the national average of 0.08 hectare. The many environmental
initiatives over the years have resulted in an increase of the forest cover by
two per cent, from 43.95 per cent in 1993-94, to 45.97 per cent in 2005-06,”
Chamling said. He also emphasized on the need of awareness about the value of
forests, which should be reflected in the economic planning and adequately
compensated under the clean development mechanism.
According to a study conducted in the

Western Himalayas,
an average value of 1,150 dollar (Rs 46,000) per hectare per year is estimated
for the ecological services provided by the forests. “By the same token,

forests would render a service of value approximately to the tune of Rs 1,500
crores per year. Having taken adequate steps to protect and conserve the
forests, there is a need to evaluate and quantify the services rendered by our
forest ecosystem,” Chamling said. “For us in Sikkim, the issue of carbon trading
is very vital as we have been practising clean development mechanism,” the Chief
Minister claimed. (UNI)


Chamling appeals for bureaucrat support to achieve goals
GANGTOK, Jan 25: Sikkim
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling has spelt out a 54-point framework for the
bureaucrats for achieving the fully developed state target of 2015.
Addressing the top brass of the executive wing yesterday, Chamling said they
must be clear on 2015 target to make Sikkim a self-sustainable, 100 per cent
literate state and sought their support in realization of those targets. The
Chief Minister’s guidelines called heavily on the bureaucrats to be visionaries
and lead by example in the implementation of the people centric schemes in a
comprehensive manner.
“Lets share equal responsibility,” said Chamling. He said the bureaucrats were
not very familiar with the power decentralization concept and directed them to
ensure greater autonomy and responsibility to the panchayats. He also appealed
them to evolve a new line of thinking and be more creative in implementation of
the government schemes for the benefit of the common people. The Chief Minister
also remembered the achievements and development activities of the SDF
government in its 14-year rule and said Sikkim will march ahead smoothly.
At the same time, he added that they could have done much better and called upon
the bureaucrats to match the pace of the government. (UNI)


Sikkimese youth selected for civilian bravery award
GANGTOK, Jan 5: Twenty-two-year-old Pratap Rai has been selected for Sarvottam
Jeewan Raksha Padak, the highest civilian bravery award of the country. Rai
saved the lives of several people from drowning when the bus they were
travelling fell into the Teesta in October 2006.
In a letter to the State government, Under Secretary at the Union Ministry of
Home Affairs Arvind Mukherjee informed that the President had approved the name
and recommendation sent by the former for the bravery award. The Ministry had
asked the State Government to organize an investiture ceremony at a time and
date convenient to present the decoration which includes a medallion and
certificate as well as a miniature medal that can be worn at official ceremonies
and State functions. He will also get a lump sum cash award of Rs 75,000 along
with the medallion and the certificate. On October 25, a Sikkim Nationalized
Transport bus plunged into the Teesta river which killed 22 passengers and 44
others were injured.
At the time of the accident, Pratap, a resident of Samardung slum, was a witness
to what was happening from across the river, near which the accident occurred.
With daunting courage, he risked his life and swam across the heavy current of
the river and rescued three people from drowning. He also helped the rescue
agencies in the evacuation of the injured persons to local hospitals. For his
bravery, Pratap had already received the State Jeewan Raksha Puraskar during the
Independence Day celebrations last year.
The award included a citation and Rs 10,000 cash reward. This is the second time
a Sikkimese boy has bagged the Sarvottam Jeewan Raksha Padak. Earlier, the award
was posthumously awarded to Prem Pariyar, a rafting guide in 2,000 for a rare
display of indomitable courage and response to the call of duty. Pariyar had
saved six people, which included tourists from drowning during a rafting
expedition. (UNI)


wins akademi award(AST_4_1_k8)

From Our Correspondent
 GANGTOK, Jan 3 – The prominent Nepali playwright Shri Laxman Shrimal was
selected for the Sahitya Akademi award for Nepali literature. The award carries
a monetary component of Rs. Fifty thousand and a plaque.
Other prominent winners of the awards include B M Maisnamba (Imasi Nurabee,


mourns demise of first Governor
 GANGTOK, Jan 7 – The Sikkim Government declared a State holiday
today to mourn the passing away of the first Governor BB Lal at New Delhi, a
government official said.
The State Government also announced a week-long mourning as a mark of respect to
the departed former Governor, he said.
Lal, who served as the first Governor of the border State from 1975 to 1981,
died yesterday at New Delhi aged 91.
Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling, in a condolence message to the family
members of Lal expressed his heart-felt grief at his death and recalled Lal’s
contribution as an able administrator in guiding the State on the path of
economic development. – PTI




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Political Manipur, January 2008

Posted by buraluit on May 2, 2009

Twist to Manipur crisis

to Manipur crisis(NPT_28_1_k8)

Imphal, Jan 27: In a twist to the ongoing dissidence among Congress
legislators in Manipur on the issue of leadership change, the State’s Revenue
Minister, Th. Debendra Singh has staked claim to be the leader of dissident
R-Day boycott call hits Manipur
 IMPHAL, Jan 27 – Normal life in Manipur, particularly in the valley
parts, was immensely affected on Saturday following the Republic Day celebration
boycott call by some militant organizations in the State. As the business
establishments in the State capital Imphal downed their shutters on Saturday,
the markets and streets wore a deserted look.

Surrendered ultras display
 IMPHAL, Jan 20 – Surrendered ultras at the
Manipur Rehabilitation Centre in Imphal have exhibited their hidden talents at
the ongoing two-day Handicraft Exhibition in Imphal on Saturday. The exhibition
of handicrafts by the residents of the Manipur Rehabilitation Centre, which was
inaugurated on Saturday, also featured threadbare discussion on how the
surrendered cadres can improve their life-styles after leaving their erstwhile
underground life. …….more
Ibobi Govt under fire
over bridge collapse
IMPHAL, Jan 20 – Drawing the attention of the
public and authorities concerned over the tragic accident of bridge collapse at
Behiang in Churchandpur district, which claimed atleast 23 lives including women
and children and left 28 others injured, a political party in Manipur and some
other social NGOs have vented their anger at the state government on Saturday.

Manipur Statehood Day
 IMPHAL, Jan 22 – “If all the communities
living in Manipur join hands, the present law and situation of the State would
be normalised”, said Manipur Law Minister Th Devendro said while addressing the
Statehood Day celebration at the 1st Manipur Rifles parade ground here
yesterday. …….more
JAC sets Jan 20 deadline
for clarification (SEX_19_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 18: Along with staging a Wakat
Mee-pham in connection with the killing of Laishram Ibosana Singh (founder of
Diamond Academy English School), Ningthoujam Bijoy Singh (president of Social
Welfare Club), both residents of Kha-Sanjenbam and Na-meirakpam Somorjit Singh
of Heirangoithong Maibam Leikai by unidentified gunmen, a Joint Action Commi-
ttee called JAC Against the Brutal Killing of L Ibosana Singh, N Bijoy and N
Somo-rjit Singh was held during a public meeting held at Kha-Sanjenbam High
School ground with Laishram Soro-jini Devi in the chair today. …….more
Drama fest(SEX_19_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 18: The first Khundongbam
Brojendro Drama Festival has begun under the aegis of Khundo-ngbam Brojendro
Cultural Trust from today at MDU Hall here.
The inaugural function of the festival was attended by Sangeet Natak Akademi
awardee Elangbam Joycha-ndra as chief guest, chair- man of Forum for Labora-tory

Rural Theatre (SEX_19_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 18: The Rural Theatre Festival 2007-2008 being jointly
organised by Theatre Mirror and Cosmo Drama would come to an end tomorrow at
Cosmo Drama auditorium. …..more

IMPHAL, Jan 18: Reacting to the statement
issued by the village authority of Kwarok Maring Khul in connection with the
Catholic-Baptist stand off that led to the act of vandalising five houses
belonging to the Catholics allegedly by the Baptist Christians, Rev Fr KD Joy,
Chancellor, Archbishop’s House, Imphal clarified that the relevant news report
was not a news item reported by the Church Church. …..more

Bodies claimed
IMPHAL, Jan 18 : All the bodies of the three
men shot dead by unidentified men at Wangkhei Angom Leikai last morning have
been claimed by their respective families after post mortem at RIMS morgue
today. The deceased are Nameirakpam Somorjit of Heirangoi-thong Maibam Leikai,
Ningthoujam Bijoy of Kha-Sanjenbam and Laishram …..more

Sub-standard material found in
bridge construction, toll rises to 23(SEX_19_1_k8)
Minister vague on fixing responsibilities(SEX_19_1_k8)

 Lamka, Jan 18: A day after twenty people were
killed in a tragic road mishap over Ngasuan stream near S Sehken village, Works
Minister K Ranjit merely accepted moral responsibility over the incident even
after conducting a first hand inspection of the situation that led to the
tragedy. …..more
CADA drive yields rich

 IMPHAL, Jan 20 : At least 8 persons were rounded during a drive launched
by the CADA unit of Laphupat Tera, Khordak and Nongmaikhong on January 18, said
a statement with liquor as well as ingredients to brew it.

MHJU demands apology

 Lamka, Jan 20: The Manipur Hills Journalist Union today issued a notice
asking a key person of the Medicine Sans Frontier (MSF) to tender unconditional
apology to the union for impeding the media and also for blowing things out by
giving false report to various organizations and even some non-state actors.A
statement of the union issued after an emergency meeting said, the union is
shocked and stunned at the arrogant attitude and uncompromising treatment meted
out to the media thereby objecting them to capture the heartrending moments of
the victims of Sehken mishap on their arrival at the district hospital.

Dr Sidhu greets(SEX_21_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 20:Greeting the people on the occasion of Statehood, which
falls tomorrow, Governor Dr SS Sidhu in a statement today said that since
attaining Statehood on January 21, 1972, Manipur has made progress on various
fronts. However much more needs to be done to take the State into a higher orbit
of development, he noted and added that the continued violence arising out of
insurgency and ethnic strife, …..more

IMPHAL, Jan 20: One of the three persons shot dead by unidentified
persons at Meitram Awang Leikai under Nambol police station in the night of
January 16 has been identified as one Elangbam Romio (18) s/o Kunjo of Chairen.
However, it is reported that post mortem examination of the corpse would be
conducted tomorrow. …..more
Khuga dam scam(SEX_21_1_k8)
Committee takes up case, to meet on Jan 25 (SEX_21_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 20: Following the detection of the fraudulent withdrawal/misutilisation
of a total amount of Rs 51 crores in the IFCD and Power Department, the high
power committee, headed by Chief Secretary Jarnail Singh, which was consituted
to probe the matter, has taken up the case and fixed a meeting on January 25.
While Rs 29 crores was utilised in a work not included under the Khuga
Multipurpose Project, another Rs 22 crores was found withdrawn against a work
not included in the work plan of the Power Department.

Let Pamei stay :

 IMPHAL, Jan 20 : Reacting sharply to the decision of the Government to
transfer the Deputy Commissioner of Tamenglong T Pamei, the Liangmai Naga
Council has urged the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary and others to cancel the
transfer of the IAS officer.
T Pamei was recently transferred as the Registrar of Co-operatives.

Remove Shimray :

 IMPHAL, Jan 20 : Without pulling any punches, the Joint Action Co-ordinating
Committee of Bishnupur District Zilla Parishad, Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and Gram
Panchayat has today stated that its demand that the DC of the district Aleng
Shimray should be transferred was raised because the people have been robbed of
their rights.
In a statement, the JAC said that it has come to their notice through a news
item published in the local papers on January 20, that some hired hands have
been at work to lobby for the DC. …..more
State Plan size fixed at Rs
1660 crores(sex_22_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 21 : The Plan size for the fiscal 2008-2009 has been fixed
at Rs 1660 crores, which is a 20 percent hike from the Rs 1374.31 allotted to
the State in the previous fiscal. Speaking to The Sangai Express a State
Government official who is part of the team that is in Delhi to fix the Plan
size said that the decision to peg the Plan size at Rs 1660 crores was taken
during a meeting with the Planning Commission officials led by its Deputy
Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia today at 2.30 pm.

‘Planted bomb’

 IMPHAL, Jan 21: A bomb, probably planted earlier, exploded at the
residential compound of one Hanjabam Sanayaima (62) at Brahmapur Thangapat Mapal
at about 9 am today. The bomb exploded when wastes materials piled in the
garbage pit were put on fire, oblivious that a bomb was there inside the garbage
litter. …..more
Manipur harks back to 1972 on
Statehood day(sex_22_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 21 : Along with reminiscing the struggle of the people before
and after it was brought under the administrative set up of India, the 36th
Statehood Day of Manipur was celebrated by the Government at the parade ground
of Ist Manipur Rifles here today.
The function was attended by Revenue, Forest & Law Minister Th Debendra Singh as
chief guest and Health & Family Welfare Minister Ph Parijat as president.

Love theme dominates Gaan-Ngai

 IMPHAL, Jan 22 : Along with participation by representatives of various
influential student organisations of the State, Gaan-Ngai festival was
celebrated under the theme of ‘Cultural diversity and togetherness’ at
Konthoujam Mamang Kabui Village today.
Organised under the aegis of Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Manipur (Imphal Area),
the event was attended by vice president of Kuki Students’ Organisation (KSO)
Joseph Hmar; president of Manipuri Students’ Federation (MSF) Ch Rupachandra;
joint …..more

ZMKL meet dwells on

 IMPHAL, Jan 22: The 5th Zingsho Mapithel Katam-nao Long (ZMKL) General
Conference cum Sports Meet 2008 which was held from Jan 17 to 21 under the
theme, “Era of Transformation” had concluded yester- day at Shingta village in
Ukhrul district. …..more
AR extends aid(sex_24_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 23: Along with inaugurating a vocational training centre at
Khewa Company, DIG of 10-Sector Assam Rifles Brig PS Mander handed over one
computer set, one colour TV set, one DTH Tata Sky disk set and a weaving loom
for the welfare of the people of the area. …..more
MEELAL pulls up impostor

 IMPHAL, Jan 23: An impostor who was making monetary demand from a hotel
located near Chamber of Commerce, Imphal in the name of MEELAL was pulled by
volunteers of MEELAL today.  The impostor identified as Iqbal Shah of Lilong
Leihaokhong reportedly told that he was founder finance secretary of the MSF.

RB bares fangs at Cong over

 IMPHAL, Jan 23: Launching a scathing attack on the alleged failure of
the AICC to resolve the almost two months long leadership crisis within the
State Congress Legislature Party, leader of the Opposition group and president
of the State Nationalist Congress Party Radhabinod Koijam has stated that the
crisis has worsened the law and order situation bringing the administration to
the brink of collapse. …..more

bus mishap


Human error,
says Singngat MLA


 Lamka, Jan 23: Even as all indications point towards the sub-standard
material used for the construction of the bridge for the tragic Ngasuanlui
mishap in Singngat, CCpur district, in which 20 people were killed while at
least 37 were injured, Singngat MLA Hangkhanpau on Monday said that it was
‘human error’ that led to the tragedy.
Talking to the media at his residence on Monday morning, the local MLA said L
Canan chief, who was also among the deceased, was never a part in constructing
the bridge, as was published by some section of the media.

Bazar bandh called today, JAC

 IMPHAL, Jan 23 : With the establishment of the identity of the man shot
dead by Imphal West commandos at a spot between Heinoubok and Moirang Hanuba
under Lamphel police station last night as the general secretary of the All
Manipur Shops and Establishments Employees’ Association, a bazar bandh has been
called tomorrow. …..more
Fresh R-Day flavour for CCpur
dist Hqs(sex_24_1_k8)

Lamka, Jan 23 : Chura-chandpur is all set to witness some new features
this Republic Day with at least two special attractions set to mark its debut,
reports our correspondent.
On the day the Nation witnesses a colourful display of State tableaux in New
Delhi and Departmental tableaux in the State capital, a special tableau on NREGS
depicting live shows of various aspects of the scheme with the objective of
creating wider awareness will be displayed.

Bishnupur DC refutes charges as

 IMPHAL, Jan 23: Reacting to the statement issued by the member secretary
of All Bishnupur District Zilla Pa-rishad, Pradhan, Upa-Pra- dhan and Gram
Panchayat Members’ Joint Action Co-ordinating Committee L Ibopishak through the
media on January 17 alleging mismanagement and irregularities of the district
admi- nistration, Deputy Commissioner of Bishnupur District Aleng Shimray has
catego-rically stated that the allega- tions are baseless, unfoun-ded and
concocted. …..more
Kathor Katamnao Long celebrates
silver jubilee(sex_24_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 23: Amidst much fanfare and gaiety, the silver jubilee of
the Kathor Katamnao Long (KKL) is being celebrated at its office premises at
Hundung (Hungpung) since yesterday. The inaugural function of the silver jubilee
celebration was graced by Victor Keishing as chief guest and KKL president
Rinngasung Kasar as functional president. …..more
Employees threaten

IMPHAL, Jan 24: Employees engaged under the Chief Medical Officer,
Thoubal have threatened to launch agitation in case their pending salaries for
15 months are not cleared in the month of February.

Dissidents campaign to oust
Ibobi enters crucial stage, Ibobi proposes EK’s name

for CM, rebel MLAs dispose(sex_25_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 24 : The campaign launched by the dissident Congress MLAs to
remove Chief Minister O Ibobi has entered a crucial phase with the Chief
Minister himself proposing that Yaiskul Assembly Constituency MLA Elangbam
Kunjeshore replace him.
Literally throwing in the towel, Chief Minister O Ibobi reportedly submitted a
proposal to the Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithiviraj
Chauhan yesterday to anoint Kunje-shore as his successor and returned to Imphal
today. …..more
Security beefed-up ahead of

 IMPHAL, Jan 24: Stringent security measures have been taken up in the
State to ensure that the celebration of the Nation’s 59th Republic Day passes
off smoothly inspite of the boycott call given by different armed organisations
in the region.
Elaborate pre-emptive security measures have been chalked out by security
agencies in the wake of armed outfits operating in the North Eastern region
threatening to disrupt the country’s most cherished occasion on January 26.

Wangjing erupts in protest,
bazar closed(sex_25_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 24: Wang-jing today erupted in protest against the killing of
Laishram Ibobi claimed to be an innocent person along with staging Wakat Meepham
and holding a public meeting at Wangjing Bazar today even as the representatives
of the JAC form- ed in connection with killing were tear-gassed by security
personnel while procee- ding to submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister at
Lilong bridge. …..more
MLA stresses inter-community

 Imphal, Jan 24: The 20th Sports Meet of the Liangmai Sports Association,
Assam Manipur and Nagaland (LSA-AMN) kicked off on Wednesday at Thonglang Akutpa
village in Senapati district of Manipur amidst fanfare and much sporting
Altogether, 27 football teams (male), 26 volleyball teams (male), 10 female
football teams and 16 female volley ball teams from 31 Liangmei villages in the
three states of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland will compete in the sports meet.

Salary to be released only
through MGEL (sex_28_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 27: The Joint Secretary (Finance) has ordered all the
Treasury and Sub-Treasury Officers of the State Government that the release of
monthly salary of the employees is linked to Manipur Government Employee’s List
(MGEL) of respective departments or offices as required under FR and BM Rules
2005. …..more
JAC condemns(sex_28_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 27: While the wound of JAC against the acquisition of land
for expansion and extension of Imphal airport and the public created by the
statements of Manipur Transport Minister at the Centre had not been healed, it
is regretful to note afresh that the Governor has made several unrelated remarks
in connection with Imphal Airport on his Republic day speech, said the
committee’s release. …..more
Nurse assn threatens

IMPHAL, Jan 27: In pursuit of their demand for pay- ment of allowances on
par with nurses of Central Govt establishments, the Nurses Association of
Manipur has urged the State authorities to do the needful within janu-ary 31
failing which indefi- nite ceasework strike will be launched from February 4.

State braves boycott, drizzle
to celebrate R-Day(sex_28_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 27 : Boycott call by insurgent outfits and the chill
generated by the January rain failed to dampen the spirit of the country’s 59th
Republic Day celebration as an impressive crowd thronged Kangla Fort to witness
the riot of colour yesterday. …..more
Republic Day protested all

IMPHAL, Jan 27: Even as the whole country celebrated the 59th Republic
Day including Manipur, many protested the Republic Day celebration in different
parts of the State.
Responding to the call of the Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF) to
boycott the Republic Day and to observe general strike on the day, protest
movements were undertaken in 100 different places in various districts of
Manipur yesterday. …..more
AR officer dies, probe

 IMPHAL, Jan 27 : The Assam Rifles authorities have ordered an inquiry to
ascertain the circumstances leading to the death of an officer of the Rifles
hailing from the State.
Holding the rank of Captain and posted to the 1 Assam Rifles’s Chasad post in
Aishi area of Ukhrul district, 33-year-old Ba-chaspatimayum Lakhikanta Sharma of
Khwai Brah-mapur Nagamapal repor- tedly died after his service weapon (9 mm)
accidentally went off while a team of the para-military force was on patrolling
duty close to the post last night. …..more
R-Day celebrated

IMPHAL, Jan 28:The Republic Day celebration, 2008 was observed peacefully
in a befitting manner at BASU ground, Khangabok, district headquarters, Thoubal
on January 26, according to a statement issued by SP of Thoubal District Th
Radheshyam Singh today. …..more
Oust Ibobi
Rebels serve ultimatum to AICC(SEX_29_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 28 : With their projected leader Th Debendra suddenly
adopting a ‘U turn’, the dissident MLAs who are still camping at New Delhi have
submitted an ultimatum to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi and NE in charge Prithiviraj
Chau-han questioning whether they want the rebel MLAs to skip the Budget session
of the State Assembly scheduled to start from February 1.

SP clarifies(SEX_29_1_k8)
Reacting to the newspapers reports in connection with the Republic Day
boycott called by Manipur People’s Liberation Front (MPLF) and the
demonstrations reportedly held by the people of the State at various places in
support of the boycott call, SP of Imphal West District Clay Khongsai has
clarified that no such demonstrations were held either in

CM on
tour, inspects Jiri, Tbl project(SEX_30_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 29: A high level delegation led by Chief Minister O Ibobi
Singh today inspected the develop- mental works being taken up in Jiribam
The Chief Minister also inaugurated the newly constructed main building, library
and auditorium of Jiribam Government Higher Secondary School.

Doubts raised over delimitation

IMPHAL, Jan 29: The decision of the Union Cabinet to defer the
delimitation process in Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam till 2026
was only a sham and a disin-formation campaign intended to mislead the people of
these States, Manipur Watch Initiative (MWI), which was formally known as
Delimitation Watch Manipur has contended. …..more
Oust Ibobi
Gaikhangam speaks out his mind to Chauhan(SEX_30_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 29 : Following the rude jolt dished out to the dissident
Congress MLAs by Th Debendra, MPCC president Gaikhan-gam today met the AICC
general secretary in charge of North East, Prithiviraj Chauhan and made it clear
that if the demand of the rebel MLAs to remove Ibobi as the Chief Minister of
Manipur is not honoured, then the AICC should be ready to face any crisis that
may erupt in the coming days.
Even as Gaikhangam made his stand clear, Chauhan is understood to have asked
Debendra to come to Delhi soon. …..more
Voices raised to remove
Chairperson (SEX_30_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 29: a heated exchange of words ensued this afternoon when
councillors of Imphal Municipal Council belonging to both the ruling and
Opposition front voiced dissatisfaction over the continuation of Chairperson A
Jiwanlata.The situation nearly went out of control as the Councillors locked the
conference hall thereby preven- ting a meeting scheduled today.

Oust Ibobi
Gaikhangam speaks out his mind to Chauhan(SEX_30_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 29 : Following the rude jolt dished out to the dissident
Congress MLAs by Th Debendra, MPCC president Gaikhan-gam today met the AICC
general secretary in charge of North East, Prithiviraj Chauhan and made it clear
that if the demand of the rebel MLAs to remove Ibobi as the Chief Minister of
Manipur is not honoured, then the AICC should be ready to face any crisis that
may erupt in the coming days.
Even as Gaikhangam made his stand clear, Chauhan is understood to have asked
Debendra to come to Delhi soon. …..more
Submission of names for
Ukl NGO demands fair play(SEX_30_1_k8)

 IMPHAL, Jan 29: In connection with the proposal of setting up one
10-bedded Community Care Centre in Ukhrul district under Manipur AIDS Control
Society, the Ukhrul District AIDS Committee has allegedly submitted the names of
three NGOs which are not qualified for the purpose.

Manipur body calls protest day
 IMPHAL, Jan 8 – Delimitation Watch Manipur (DWM)- sponsored people’s
convention has decided to observe a protest day on January 10 to send out a
clear message to all authorities, including the Government of India and the
Delimitation Commission of India that the people of Manipur would not accept
delimitation of the existing Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies based on
the ‘fictitious’ 2001 Census report. …..more
122-hr Manipur bandh from Jan
 IMPHAL, Jan 9 – In a show of solidarity to the joint initiative of Kuki
Inpi Manipur and United Naga Council in pursuing authority concerned to expedite
the process of delimitation in Manipur without any further delay, the Kuki
Students’ Organization and the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur have
called a 122-hour bandh on January 11. The bandh begins at 5 am and ends at 5 pm

UBI to
resume services in Manipur today
IMPHAL, Jan 11 – The United Bank of India, which was closed for the
last four days following a strike by the employees protesting the alleged
‘monetary demand’ by a militant outfit, is likely to resume their normal
activities from tomorrow. …..more
MTPRM supports delimitation(AST_12_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 11 – The public meeting of all tribal leaders and
representatives on the issue of delimitation convened yesterday by the Movement
for Tribal Peoples Rights, Manipur has unanimously expressed strong objection to
the representations on delimitation made by the so-called All Political Parties
delegation led by Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh.

Advocates’ role to remain
intact even if society changes’
IMPHAL, Jan 13 – “The role of advocates will remain unchanged even if
society changes with times,” said former member of Manipur Human Rights
Commission, Advocate Kh Chonjohn Singh while speaking at the inaugural function
of a one-day state -level seminar on the ‘ Role of Advocates and Protection of
Citizens’. …..more
Manipur sportspersons on the
 IMPHAL, Jan 14 – Manipur’s sportspersons who continuously bring laurels
to the State are angry. The reason: the government’s promises on providing jobs
are never fulfilled.When these sportspersons returned home with medals, the
government welcomed them with a series of promises which included job. But till
date, their promises remain unfulfilled. …..more
Delimitation: More bandhs lined
up in Manipur(SHT, 11th January

A long chain of Manipur
s from organisations of pros and cons with regard to the delimitation
have been lined up in the days ahead even as normal life came to a standstill on
Thursday in several parts of the State as the bandh called by the
Delimitation Watch Committee Manipur against the readjustment of constituencies,
purturbed usual business in the State….more

Manipur Cong blamed for law-and-order problem(SHT_15_1_k8)

The CPI, a constituent of the ruling Congress-led Secular Progressive Front
(SPF) Government in Manipur, on Monday blamed its major coalition partner for
the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. The CPI said the
situation arising out of insurgency related violence was slowly slipping out of

Mountaineers, trekkers ask for army post shift(TEL, 16-1-k8)

Jan. 15:
Mountaineering and Trekking Association (MMTA) has served an ultimatum to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to shift an army post from its mountaineering institute
in Churachandpur district or face an agitation by the sports community in the

Rebels ready to give another push
to regime change demand; Gaikhangam reaches Delhi, more to join camp

IMPHAL, Jan 7: The pressure being exerted by the rebel
MLAs camping in New Delhi in pursuance of their demand for replacement of O
Ibobi Singh as the chief minister of the state is likely to intensify as the
rebels have started gathering at the national capital again.
MPCC chief Gaikhangam reached the national capital yesterday and two ministers,
Y Erabot and DD Thaisii, are likely to join the camp within a few days, a source
from the rebel camp said today. …..more
 Works minister
tours remote Chandel areas (IFP_9_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 7: The state works minister K Ranjit
accompanied by MLA Thangkholun Haokip undertook a tour of the interior areas of
Chandel district on Saturday and Sunday, examining the condition of roads and
bridges infrastructure and listening to the grievances of the local public.

CM lauds role of state media,
promises more welfare measures(IFP_9_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 7: On the 33rd
foundation day of the Manipur Press Club, chief minister, O Ibobi Singh has
assured a medical treatment and rehabilitation scheme for the journalists of the
state, while lauding the role of the media in running a democracy.

Cong has neglected NE: BJP

IMPHAL, Jan 7: The Congress has been neglecting the north
eastern region of the country in its more than 50 years rule stated BJP Youth
Morcha president, Amit Thakkar alleged today. Amit Thakkar who is currently in
the city to attend a two day youth residential political camp at its state unit
office while inaugurating the function expressed confident that BJP will rule
the country once again after the next Parliament election.

Gambhir Singh`s bravery
eulogised on 174th death anniversary; Education to get uplift, says CM

IMPHAL, Jan 8: Manipur today remembered Maharaja Gambhir
Singh on his 174th death anniversary. The king was behind the restoration of
independence of the then princely state of Manipur from the Awa (Burmese). The
state level observation function organized by the archaeology wing of the arts
and culture department was held at Langthabal and was marked by paying of floral
tributes at the samadhi of the king located there.

State spent more than Rs. 9
crores on CPMF and army (IFP_10_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 9: The Manipur government has incurred nearly
Rs. 5 crores in making provisions for Central Paramilitary Military Forces, CPMF
and army deployment, including construction and repairing of accommodation for
the forces and hiring charges of vehicles for their deployment in connection
with VVIP visits to the state during the period October 31, 2006 to March 31,
2007. …..more
Ibobi not to go in haste,
likely to hang on till March; Delaying House Thingbaijam

Dhamen (IFP_12_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 10: Assumptions need not always be true or
real. At least, that is the case with the crisis within the state Congress over
the regime change issue. It has been already two months since the rebel MLAs who
want to oust Okram Ibobi from the chief ministerial post have been pressing the
Congress high command hoping for a mandate of the high command.

Chandramani re-elected as MPP
president for another term (IFP_12_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 11: The MPP has unanimously re-elected Dr L
Chandramani as its president for another term, the returning officer of the MPP
presidential election, L Jatra announced today. In a brief meeting with the
media, Jatra said Dr Chandramani will continue to be its president for the next
three years, till 2010.Today`s election was unanimous and did not have to resort
to the ballots as Dr Chandramani was the only candidate who filed nomination
papers, Jatra told the mediamen present. …..more
Strike partially affects normal
life in state (IFP_12_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 10: With no untoward incidents except burning
of debris in the middle of the roads to block traffic in some places and
suspension of all kinds of passenger services, the 12-hour state-wide general
strike called by Delimitation Watch, Manipur concluded peacefully at 6 pm.

MPP elated with Union canbinet
decision on delimitation (IFP_12_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 10: The decision of the Union cabinet to
defer the operation of delimitation exercise in the north eastern states
including Manipur has been welcomed by the MPP today.Talking to journalists
today, MPP president Dr. L Chandramani said the effort of the all political
parties forum in the state against the delimitation exercise based on the bogus
census 2001, which had been carrying on since 2003 had finally achieved success
with the Union cabinet approving an ordinance to the effect.

MPP demands lecturer`s release

IMPHAL, Jan 10: The Manipur People`s Party today
threatened to launch an agitation if the state authorities did not release its
general secretary who was picked up by the police on the charge of having links
with the Pourabi bomb blast incident. …..more
Stipend doubled, lump sum grant
enhanced to Rs 5 lacs; State govt comes out with more sops for surrenderees

IMPHAL, Jan 14: The monthly stipends paid to surrendered
militants under the state government`s surrender policy is to be doubled from
now on, in addition to which the lump-sum grant also being paid to them is to be
similarly enhanced. A decision in this connection was taken by the state Cabinet
in a meeting held this evening with chief minister O Ibobi Singh in the chair.

Govt sanctions Rs. 45 crores
more for police infrastructure (IFP_15_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 14: Manipur government, as a part of its
ongoing plans for modernization of the police force , has accorded sanction to
funds amounting to Rs. 45 crores for taking up various works related with the
development of accommodations at police stations and other state security
establishment, an official source said Monday.

Rebel MLAs back in

IMPHAL, Jan 12: Congress MLAs camping at New Delhi
demanding replacement of chief minister O Ibobi Singh once again returned from
the national capital without achieving anything even though MPCC chief
Gaikhangam is still there. Chief minister O Ibobi Singh who is also currently in
New Delhi for official business will fly back to Imphal tomorrow morning.

Ruling partner CPI warns govt
to improve law and order; Mass movement against violence called for

IMPHAL, Jan 13: Ruling Secular Progressive Front partner,
the Communist Party of India, CPI, has served stern warning on the state
government to pull up its socks and take decisive action to bring the
deteriorating law and order situation under control. Speaking to mediapersons at
a specially convened press meet at the CPI office at Irabot Bhavan, senior party
representatives made clear the CPI`s complete exasperation with the way the
government has led the law and order situation slip out of control.

Fake `UO notes` from CM
flooding state departments (IFP_15_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 13: Talk about a
flood of "UO Notes" in the hands of many signed by the chief minister appeared
real but proved to be fake. "UO Note" stands for "unofficial note" and is a
virtual certificate that the holder is close to the writer of the note. Certain
people using "UO Notes" with forged signature of the chief minister are seeking
govern works with I-cards issued by state CID on production these notes, an
official source said Sunday. …..more
Marriage bill to be introduced
in coming House session (IFP_16_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 15: The Manipur compulsory Registration of
Marriage Bill, 2008 will be introduced in the third session of the 9th Manipur
Legislative Assembly which will have only three sittings. The session will not
be a full-budget session as considered by the Cabinet in one of its meetings
held recently on January 8. …..more
Rebel MLAs back in

IMPHAL, Jan 12: Congress MLAs camping at New Delhi
demanding replacement of chief minister O Ibobi Singh once again returned from
the national capital without achieving anything even though MPCC chief
Gaikhangam is still there.  Chief minister O Ibobi Singh who is also currently
in New Delhi for official business will fly back to Imphal tomorrow morning.

IRB aspirants` protest march
dispersed (IFP_17_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 16: A group of agitating youths, consisting
of candidates who were wait-listed in the recruitment process for the 5th and
6th IRB units held in November 2006 were forcibly dispersed by the police this
afternoon while marching towards the chief minister`s bungalow. The youths, who
were demanding their absorption in the IRB as per an alleged assurance of the
chief minister were intercepted by police personnel at Sanjenthong while
marching towards the CM`s bungalow, and driven back till the Palace Gate.

Ibobi`s meeting with Sonia
hightens regime change drama; Two rebel ministers join camp in New Delhi

IMPHAL, Jan 19: Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh
today got an audience with Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi even as two ministers
of the rebel group reached the national capital to join the rebel camp as the
crisis within the state Congress over a demand for regime change remained
unceasing.The rebel MLAs who had gathered at New Delhi were expecting a ruling
favouring them within this month, before the February 1 session of the state
Assembly. …..more
MPP chief, MLAs felicitated

IMPHAL, Jan 19: Manipur People`s Party, MPP chief Dr L
Chandramani, who has been re-elected as president of the party for a fresh
three-year term, and MLAs of the party were felicitated by the MPP`s Lilong
kendra committee today.Speaking at the fecilitation function held at the
residence of Md Ayub Khan at Lilong Turel Ahanbi, Dr Chandramani said the MPP
being a a party formed from the soil of the land, the public should support it.

Police stations` phones remain
dead despite CM`s instructions (IFP_20_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 19: Nearly a month has passed since the
Manipur chief minister instructed the state DGP before media persons to take up
immediate action to re-connect the dead telephones of the police stations, but
the instruction is yet to see action and as many as 32 police stations still
have their phones out of service. …..more
NCP wants works minister`s head
over mishap deaths(IFP_20_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 19: The Nationalist Congress Party, NCP,
Manipur on Saturday demanded that state works minister K Ranjit Singh resign as
minister on moral grounds taking responsibility for the tragic truck accident
which claimed the lives of 23 people and wounded around 35 others on last Friday
when a bridge inaugurated in 2007 collapsed in interior Churachandpur district.

Governor, CM extend Gaan-Ngai

19: The Governor of Manipur, Dr SS Sidhu, and chief minister O Ibobi Singh have
extended greetings to the people on the occasion of Gaan-Ngai.
The Governor, in his message, said the festival, beside being an occasion of joy
and merriment, provides an opportunity to come together, cutting across the
barriers of caste creed and religion, and work for the shared goal of ensuring
peace and harmony in the society.

Ibobi’s replacement not likely soon

Replacement of Manipur chief minister O Ibobi, which some state Congress MLAs
had been demanding, would not be possible till the end of the current financial
year 2007-08, political analysts revealed.
Political analysts in the state Friday observed that considering the official
programme ahead of the chief minister in the next two months, the Congress high
command would not take any decision as of now.

Bandh affects life in
IMPHAL, Jan 10: Life was
affected in Manipur today following a 12-hour bandh in protest against the
proposed delimitation exercise in the State. All inter-state bus services
remained cancelled and the streets wore a deserted look as the Manipur
Delimitation Watch-sponsored bandh registered total response.All educational and
financial institutions and business establishments also remained closed.


12-hour-bandh stalls life
in Manipur
IMPHAL, Jan 11: Life was affected in
Manipur today due to a 12-hour-bandh jointly called by the Kuki Students
Organization (KSO-Ghq) and All Naga Students Association, Manipur (ANSAM) in
support of the delimitation in Manipur.


Congress dissidents expecting Ibobi’s ouster soon
IMPHAL, Jan 13:
The Manipur Congress rebels, camping in New Delhi, since last two months
demanding ouster of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh, returned here expecting
the Congress high command to take a decision in their favour soon.


Governor, CM send New
Year’s greetings
IMPHAL, Jan 1: The Governor of Manipur, Dr SS Sidhu, Chief Minister O
Ibobi Singh, and others have extended their best wishes to the people of Manipur
on the advent of a new year. The Governor, in his message, wished the people of
Manipur peace, happiness, contentment, progress and prosperity in the New Year,

First Manipur film festival begins
IMPHAL, Jan 7: The Film Forum of Manipur organized its first ever
film festival, which began yesterday, with hundreds of people thronging the
venue to see their favorite stars.
According to the organizers, a 19-member jury has been selected to choose the
winners in various categories. …..more

IMPHAL, Jan 2: At the
end of the time for filing nomination papers for the candi- dature of the
Manipur People’s Party (MPP) president at 3 pm today, only Dr L Chandramani has
filed no-mination papers, informed MPP State Retur- ning Officer Laishram Jatra
in a press release.
Stir suspended
IMPHAL, Jan 2: The proposed stir
against the Government order to station security personnel in Malom Megha High
School campus has been suspended following revocation of the order.


MPP demands
leader’s release (TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan. 10:
The Manipur
People’s Party (MPP), the Opposition party in the state, today threatened to
take to the streets if its general secretary Abujamcha Sidam, who was arrested
on Monday in connection with a blast in Imphal East last month, was not
released. The president of the party, L. Chandramani Singh, today said Imphal
East police had arrested Sidam in connection with the explosion at Pourabi in
Imphal East district.

hails exemption from delimitation(TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan. 10:
Political parties
in Manipur have welcomed Delhi’s decision to exempt five states, including
Manipur, Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, from the delimitation process.


Hills cry
foul over halt to delimitation (TEL, 12-1-k8)

Jan. 11:
The Union
cabinet’s decision to exempt Manipur from the delimitation process may have
pleased the valley, but voices of discontent are already echoing in the hills.
Tribal organisations began gearing up for a campaign in favour of delimitation
less than 24 hours after Delhi buckled under pressure from the state governments
and decided to maintain status quo on Assembly and parliamentary constituencies
in Manipur, Assam, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Jharkhand till 2026.


MPP to
prod Delhi for talks(TEL, 12-1-k8)

Jan. 11
: Terming Manipur’s
merger with the Indian Union as “forcible annexation”, leaders of the Manipur
People’s Party (MPP), the Opposition party in the state, today said it would put
pressure on the Centre to hold unconditional talks with militant outfits.


UBI moves
Ibobi govt(TEL,11-1-k8)

Jan. 10:
Officials of the
United Bank of India today sought the intervention of the Ibobi Singh government
to break the deadlock over the closure of the bank’s branches in Manipur after
militants demanded Rs 10 lakh from the bank.


UBI branches open(TEL,13-1-k8)

Jan. 12:
All 15 branches
and two link offices of the United Bank of India in Manipur reopened today after
the militant outfit which had served an extortion note of Rs 10 lakh and
threatened the employees, withdrew its demand.


over delimitation(TEL_15-1-k8)

Jan. 14:
An apex
organisation of tribal students in Manipur today said the state’s exemption from
delimitation was “wrong”.The All Tribal Students Union, Manipur, hinted that it
would launch an agitation if the process of redrawing the boundaries of Assembly
and parliamentary constituencies was not carried out in the state with the rest
of the country.

Grenades found
By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 2: Police bomb experts retrieved a hand-grenade ‘gifted’ to Patsoi
AC MLA Sapam Keba by unidentified persons on the intervening night of December
31, 2007 and January 1, 2008 and exploded the same at a safe location.


Scribes protest
IMPHAL, Jan 2: In
protest against the physical assault on president of the All Jiribam Working
Journalists’ Union N Priyobarta by one M Dilip and his associates, journalists
in the sub-division has launched pen-down strike from today.


Abducted man released
IMPHAL, Jan 2 : Salam
Indrajit, Section Officer in the Engineering Cell of State’s Education
Department, whose whereabouts remained unknown after he was reportedly abducted
by some unidentified persons on December 15 last, has returned home safe and
sound yesterday. According to information received by the press, Indrajit was
set free at Singjamei Parking at around 8 pm on New Year’s day.


Shots fired, protest raised
IMPHAL, Jan 2 : A few rounds of shots
were fired at the residence of one Takhellambam Guneshwar alias Inao (39) of
Ching-meirong Maning Leikai at about 9.20 last night.
Some unidentified persons fired two rounds at the residence of Inao when he and
his family members were warming themselves in the verandah of their house around
a charcoal grate.
A public meeting held at Sugnu Ima Keithel yesterday under the aegis
of the JAC Against the Brutal Killing of Hemkhogin Haokip by Unknown Miscreants
has strongly condemned the killing of the H Gamnom village chief. The public
meeting attended by people of different ethnic groups also asked the
individuals/group(s) concerned involved in the killing for an explicit
explanation for their act. …..more

calls for action(SEX_4_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 3: The JAC for Chinga Mathak-Yaiskul Area Development
Committee has drawn the attention of departments concerned for expeditious
completion of the road widening programme, sewerage project,
installation/repairing of power transformers and laying of telephone cables in
areas covered by the JAC. …..more
Erabot cracks whip against
alleged cheats
BPL rice seized from Pvt godown(SEX_4_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 3 : Cracking the whip against fraudulent suppliers of the
FCS Department, FCS Minister Y Erabot accompanied by officials of the Department
today raided a private godown where 2120 quintal of BPL and AAY rice were found
stashed away.
The total quantity of rice was found packed in 4240 bags each weighing 50 Kgs
The godown belongs to one Manglem and is located at Mantripukhri near the NRL
oil pump, while the rice was lifted from the FCS godown by one Kewal Agarwal
alias Bipin Traders. …..more

MPP election

4: As per the election schedule of the part president of MPP vide election
notiication issued on December 24, 2007, scrutity of the three nomination papers
submitted by Dr L Chandramani Singh for the candidature of the party president
for the

JAC demands

4: Setting January 6 as the deadline, the Joint Action Committee Against the
Brutal Killing of Md Fakharuddin and Causing Injuries to his son Md Maniruddn of
Sekmaijin Khunou Konuma by Unidentified Gunmen has demanded to know an

Bharat Nirman
campaign (SEX_6_1_k8)
Lamka, Jan 5: The Press Information Bureau is all set to host a three
day awareness campaign on the flagship programmes of the centre government at
Synod Hall here from 8th January. …..more
BJP camp(SEX_6_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 5: BJP Yuva Morcha, Manipur State Unit would be
organising a two-day residential training camp starting from January 7 at the
party office at Nityapat Chuthek here. …..more
Golden jubilee(SEX_6_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 5: The Kuki Baptist Convention (KBC) would be celebrating
its golden jubilee at Sapermei-na, Sadar Hills from January 17 to 21. In this
regard, general secretary of KBC Rev Y Haokip has appealed to all concerned to
refrain from calling any bandh, blockade or general strike during the period
from January 17 to 21 to ensure the success of the celebration.
Vigilance probe(SEX_6_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 5: Following the recent decision of the State Cabinet to
evoke pro-visions of the Manipur Pu- blic Servant Personnel Lia-bilities Act and
fix respon- sibility in connection with awarding contract works worth Rs 29
crores out of the purview of the Khuga Multipurpose Project, Vigilance has
conducted an inquiry and narrowed down on EE in-charge of the project as the
main culprit. …..more
Political parties discuss
delimitation intricacies(SEX_6_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 5: The Union Cabinet is informed to have recommended to
the Delimitation Commission to put on hold the ongoing assembly constituency
realign- ment with regard to four north Eastern States including Manipur.

UCM campaign(SEX_6_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 5: In association with various organisation and Meira
Paibi groups, the UCM has launched its Punna Hingminnaba, Punna Chaokhatminnaba
(co-existence, equitable development) Campaign at Chanung in Imphal East
district today. Speaking at the inaugural function of the campaign at Chanung
Nongpok Ningthou ground, UCM president K Langamba noted that adoption of
different religions in the later stages of the history of Manipur seemed to have
created division among the ethnic group of the State which have been living
together in harmony since two millennia. …..more
NREGS launched in Ukhrul

 Ukhrul, Jan 5: In a significant development, the largest Centrally
aided sch-eme, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) has been
launch-ed finally today along with an orientation training programme at Ukhrul
Town Hall here.
The hundred days job guaranteed scheme for the unskilled labour under the NREGS
Act which was laun-ched by the Government of India in September 2005 happens to
be the biggest ever scheme for the rural areas of the country wherein every
household will have the privilege of earning a 100 days wages in a year.

Financial aids to Mr

 IMPHAL, Jan 5: In a gesture to boost the sporting endeavour of Kh
Pradip-kumar, who won the Mister Manipur title in the 60 kg weight category of
the competition held recently, the staff of Social Awareness Service
Organisation (SA-SO), Manipur Network of Positive People (MNP+) and regional co-ordinator
of Asian-Pacific Network of Positive People Ph Siba-nanda Sharma have contri-
buted and donated a sum of Rs 18 lakhs to him today.

MPP election (SEX_14_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 13: The organisational election of MPP to
elect five vice presidents, 11 members of Working Committee, nine members of
Election Committee and five members of Disciplinary Committee would be held on
January 31 from 10 am to 3 pm.
The last date of submission of nomination papers for the election is 3 pm of
January 24 and the screening would be held on January 27 at 11 am.

Govt unveils year’s ambition

IMPHAL, Jan 13: Along with ensuring job to one lakh
population, the State Government is keeping the target of reducing the number of
school drop-outs from 1,11,000 to 50,000 during the financial year 2008-09.These
points would be highlighted at the time of finalising the State plan size for
2008-09 during the meeting scheduled to be held between Chief Minister O Ibobi
Singh and Deputy Chairman of Union Planning Commission Dr Montek Singh
Alluhwalia on January 21. …..more
Free for all: AMWJU
By Our
Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 13: The issue pertaining to frequent instances of dictating
newspapers by armed or unarmed organisations claiming to be working for the
welfare of the State to publish or not to publish certain news items, thereby
infringing on the freedom of press in Manipur was deliberated at a joint meeting
of the Standing Committee of All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) and
Editors today and among other decisions, the emergency session decided to
entertain comments/statements of all concerned subject to discretion of Editors
of respective newspapers. …..more

of Manipuri cinema ends (SEX_14_1_k8)
Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 13: The Festival of Manipuri Cinema being organised by Film
Forum Manipur at Shankar Talkies, Lamphel conclu-ded today along with an-
nouncing the nominees of 27 different awards of the festival.

MMTA sets Feb 1 deadline for
stir (SEX_15_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 14: Setting February 1 as the deadline for
removal of army from the complex of Manipur Mountaineering Institute (MMI) set
up at Lamdan in Chura-chandpur district, Manipur Mountaineering and Trekking
Association (MMTA) has served an ultimatum to the Prime Minister Dr Man-mohan
Singh warning of taking resource to various democratic form of agita-tions in
case the demand is not met. …..more
IUCB Board chairman sets record

IMPHAL, Jan 14: The same association remained a mute
spectator when Lukhoi was promoted to the post of General Manager by violating
the established promotion rule after Court had rejected similar plea for
promotion. The association broke its silence only when it comes to affairs of
the Board. Such attitude of the association representatives only shows that they
have been working in their own interests. …..more
Officers shuffled(SEX_16_1_k8)

15: Reallocation of work/transfer and posting of some of the IAS/MSC officers
have been effected with immediate effect following an order issued by the
Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms today. Accordingly,

Physically challenged body urges(SEX_16_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 15: All Tribal Physically Handicapped Association has
expressed strong resentment over the State Government’s lackadaisical attitude
to proposal of the association for monthly incentives to the physically
challenged persons of the State.
Seriously noting lack of initiative from the State Government’s side to the
Association’s proposal as was mentioned in the October 29, 2007 representation
placed before the …..more
IUCB debate : GM Lukhoi gives
his side of the story(SEX_16_1_k8)

IMPHAL, Jan 15 : Adding another chapter to the debate
within the Imphal Urban Co-operative Bank, the General Manager of the bank, K
Lukhoi has given his side of the story in reply to the versions issued in
connection with his date of birth. …..more
AR aid to IED

IMPHAL, Jan 15:Troops of 26 Sector Assam Rifles extended
all possible help to an IED blast victim of S Bungjoi village on January 14. The
victim identified as Manglun Haokip of (50) S Bungjoi village, a hamlet lying
between Old Samtal and New Samtal, was injured in the IED blast when he had gone
to tend to his field on the said day. …..more

JAC sets
Jan 20 deadline for clarification (SEX_19_1_k8)

18: Along with staging a Wakat Mee-pham in connection with the killing of
Laishram Ibosana Singh (founder of Diamond Academy English School), Ningthoujam
Bijoy Singh (president of Social Welfare Club), both residents of Kha-Sanjenbam
and Na-meirakpam Somorjit Singh of Heirangoithong Maibam Leikai by


Sub-standard material found in bridge construction, toll rises to
Minister vague on fixing responsibilities

Sinlianmang Guite (SEX_19_1_k8)

Lamka, Jan 18: A day after twenty people were killed in a
tragic road mishap over Ngasuan stream near S Sehken village, Works Minister K
Ranjit merely accepted moral responsibility over the incident even after
conducting a first hand inspection of the situation that led to the tragedy.
On the other hand the death toll in the tragic road accident has risen to 23
with three more succumbing to their injuries today.

Recruitment rally

19: An Assam Rifles recruitment rally for all districts of Manipur will be held
at Keithelmanbi from February 18 to 23 for enrolment of male candidates between
the age of 18 to 23 years (relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST and 3 years for OBC)
and ex-servicemen, informed an AR PRO release.


The posts opened for the recruitment rally include Rifleman (general duty),
driver, clerk, plumber, electrician, lineman field, electrical fitter signal,
radio mechanic, pharmacist, PA, Operation Room Assistant, barber, carpenter,
equipment and boot repairer and washer man. For detail information, candidates
may refer to Staff Officer 2 (A), Hqs 9 Sector AR, Keithelmanbi, added the

size meet
 IMPHAL, Jan 19: Ahead of
his scheduled meeting with Deputy Chairman of Union Planning Commission Montek
Singh Alluwalia on January 21 to finalise the size of the State Plan for the
fiscal period 2008-09, Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh would be holding a
discussion on the matter with other State officials here tomorrow. According to
an official source, after a joint meeting of the State officials to be led by
the Chief Secretary and the Secretary of the Union Planning Secretary at noon of
January 21,

debate continues, EA gen secy clarifies-III
IMPHAL, Jan 19: Terming the
question of I Chandrasekhar whether the EA can file case against the bank’s
management as irrational, Tikensana quoted the EA’s bye-laws, “to further the
cause of its members in a dispute or disputes between them and their employer
and to seek redress of their grievances by all peaceful, demo- cratic and lawful
means” and also, “to endeavour for improvement in the functioning and growth of
the bank”.
Doctor duo
convicted after 26 years(TEL_ 3_1_k8)

Jan. 2:
Two senior
government doctors have been convicted of swindling nearly Rs 2 lakh meant for
medical equipment, 26 years after they committed the crime. Gurumayum Mani
Sharma, the medical superintendent of the government T.B. Hospital in Imphal
West and Ayekpam Gojendro Meitei, the chief medical officer in-charge of both
Imphal West and Imphal East, were tried by a special court in Imphal.


Delimitation protest in Manipur

Bishnupur residents’ forum to send delegates to Delhi on Monday

(TEL_ 4_1_k8)

Jan. 3:
Trouble is brewing
in Manipur’s Bishnupur district over delimitation of constituencies.Local
organisations today formed the Bishnupur District Delimitation Objection
Committee at a public meeting held at Bishnupur bazaar to oppose any move to
change the district’s Assembly constituencies. They came together to chalk out a
strategy for agitation following reports that the state government had proposed
to the Delimitation Commission to include the six Assembly constituencies of the
district in the Outer Manipur parliamentary constituency, which is reserved for
Schedule Tribes.

Cop found
IMPHAL, Jan 7: A police
constable attached to the CID (Despatch Section) was found dead in a drain at
Keishampat Leimajam Leikai under Imphal police station last morning.


Bharat Nirman Campaign in CCpur
 Lamka, Jan 7: The Press
Information Bureau is all set to host a three day awareness campaign on the
flagship programmes of the Union Government at Synod Hall here from tomorrow.
The campaign, with an objective of giving awareness among the public on the
flagship programmes of the Government will also highlight the success stories of
Congress led UPA Government.


BJP political training camp

7: A two-day residential political training camp being organised by Bharatiya
Janata Yuva Morcha, Manipur State unit has begun from today at the Nityaipat
Chuthek party office here.
The training camp was inaugurated by National president of BJP Yuva Morcha Amit
Thakar as chief guest; BJP Yuva Morcha, Manipur State unit Chourjit as
functional president and BJP Manipur Pradesh Dr H Borababu Singh as guest of
honour. Speaking at the occasion Amit Thakar expressed confidence that BJP would
soon come to power in Manipur just like in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.


Employees decry demand
IMPHAL, Jan 7: Disclosing that
some organisations have been demanding huge amounts of money from different
branch offices of the United Bank of India, the United Forum of Bank Unions in
United Bank of India has decried the unaffordable demand.


Protest against Delimitation lined up

7: A people’s convention held here yesterday under the aegis of Delimitation
Watch Manipur decided to observe a day of protest on January 10 to send out a
loud and clear message to all authorities including the Government of India and
the Delimitation Commission of India that the people of Manipur would not accept
delimitation of the existing Assembly and Parliamentary constituencies based on
the ‘fictitious’ census report of 2001.


State film fest opens with aplomb

7: The first ever Festival of Manipuri Cinema 2007 was opened yesterday at
Shankar Talkies at Lamphelpat with IFCD Minister N Biren as chief guest.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Biren assured that necessary steps will be
taken up to earmark certain amount of money in the State budget from next year
for development of Mani-puri digital film.


MTPRM to voice stand

Imphal, Jan
7: Amidst hectic activities initiated by the political parties in Manipur
terming the 2001 Census as ‘bogus’ while pressing the Central Government not to
effect the ongoing delimitation process in Manipur, the Movement for Tribal
People’s Rights Manipur (MTPRM) has decided to convene an emergency public
meeting in this connection at District Council House, Ching-meirong, Imphal, on
January 10 at 11 am to minutely discuss the matter, reports NNN.

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jan 8: Ahead of the general strike called on January 10 to oppose
re-alignment of existing As- sembly and Parliamentary Constituencies in the
State on the basis of the controversial census report of 2001, slogan shouting
agi-tation against the move has begun in Bishnupur district today…..more.
Aid distributed(SEX_9_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 8: Yaiskul AC MLA and Deputy Chairman of the State Planning
Board Elangbam Kunjeswar Singh distributed cash amount of Rs 10,000 each to 23
widows of the assembly constituency under the Family benefit Scheme of State’s
Social Welfare department on january 6, informed Yaiskul Block Congress
Committee (I). The monetary assistance distribution programme held at the MLA’s
Wangkhei Yonglan Leirak residence was also graced by the AC’s Congress party
functionaries W Ibotombi, Kh Shyamkishore and H Prithichand

BJYM meet(SEX_8_1_k8)
The ‘two day residential political training camp’ of Bharatiya Yuva
Morcha manipur Pradesh which was participated by 76 non-residential and 32
residential delegates, and 24 females concluded today. apart from party leaders
elucidating on the ‘five commitment’ of the BJP a session on problem of HIV/AIDS
in Manipur was also organised with Medical Officer (ART Unit), JN Hospital Dr H
Diamond Sharma as the resource person. More-over, the raging contro-versies over
umpires’ …..more


A meeting of the State Cabinet has today reco-mmended for convening the
full budget session of the Manipur Legislative Assembly from February 20 to
March 16.Accor- ding to a reliable source, the Cabinet meeting presided over by
CM also approved extension of service tenure of 457 part time lecturers working
in Govt colleges till June 30 this year and payment of Rs 8000 as their basic
monthly pay in accor-dance to UGC norms. …..more

IMPHAL, Jan 8: The Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Imphal Zone will select
two male and same number of females for participation in the Indo-China Youth
Excha-nge to be held in September/October, 2008.The four selectees from the
State will be among 100 youths of the country nominated by the NYKS, Minis- try
of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, said a release.

Army rally dates(SEX_8_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 8:Medical examination of the remaining candidates selected in
the Army Recruitment Rally held at pangei from December 11 to 17, 2007 will be
conducted at the Army Camp, Leimakhong from january 21 till 23, informed a PIB (DW)
release. Medical test of candidates bearing chest Nos 332 to 1023 will be
conducted on January 21, …..more

IMPHAL, Jan 8: Decrying imposition of President’s Rule in Nagaland,
president of Naga National Party (NNP) Ng Hungyo has termed it as
unfortunate.Imposition of Central Rule in Nagaland hurriedly inspite of the
approaching State Assembly election is without any respect and consideration of
the sentiments of the people of the State is unfortunate and ill-timed, NNP
president Ng Hungyo said in a statement. …..more
Sportspersons threaten
 IMPHAL, Jan 8: Setting Fe-bruary 28 as deadline to the State
Government for making its stand clear on pro- mises for providing jobs to gold
medal winners in the National Games, the aggrieved sportspersons have announced
their decision of boycotting the Khuman Lampak Sports complex from the next day
in case the Government fails to translate its assurance into action.

JD(U)’s maiden meet in region
to focus on NE(SEX_8_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 08: In view of its first ever North East Conference to
be held on the January 12 at Town Hall, Dimapur (Nagaland), the Janata Dal
(United) Mani-pur State Unit highlighted itineraries of the event that would be
graced by the Par-ty President, Sharad Yadav as the chief guest. Addressing
mediaper-sons at Bheigo Hotel here this evening, National Ge-neral Secretary JD
(U), Arun Kumar Srivastava said, the Party would discuss pro-blems of the North
East in detail and assess various ways to solve them and added that troupes from
each state of the region would perform cultural items. Besides, Srivastava
stated that issue of insur-gency in the region would be deliberated minutely in
the conference and posed if the present Government of India had done anything
precious to solving such issue all this five years.

NCP asks Congress to resolve
‘internal’ row(SEX_8_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 8: Even if the Congress party claims it as an internal
family matter, NCP would not remain silent if the issue of leadership crisis in
Congress is going to desta-bilise the State, NCP Manipur State unit president
Ra- dhabinod Koijam has categorically stated.He was speaking during a function
held in connection with a luncheon hosted in connection with celebration of New
Year by MLA of Saikul A/C Doukhomang who was elected on NCP ticket at his
official residence here today. …..more
State bandh against proposed
delimitation comes into force(SEX_10_1_k8)
 IMPHAL, Jan 9: Even as a State-wide general strike has been called
tomorrow in protest against any move to effect delimitation of the existing
Assembly and Parliamentary Constituencies in Manipur on the basis of the
controversial Census report of 2001, street corner meetings and slogan shouting
campaigns were held in different parts of Bishnupur district today to oppose
inclusion of Bish-nupur district in the Outer Manipur Parliamentary
Constituency. …..more
Pro-delimitation bodies call
another bandh(SEX_10_1_k8)
Imphal, Jan 9 : In a show of solidarity to the joint initiative of
two tribal apex bodies – Kuki Inpi Manipur (KIM) and United Naga Council (UNC) –
in urging the authority concerned to expedite the process of delimitation in
Manipur without any further delay, the Kuki Students’ Organization General
headquarters (KSO-GHQ) and the All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM)
have called a 12 -hour Manipur bandh on January 11.

Centre exempts Manipur, 3 NE
States, Jharkhand from Delimitation


IMPHAL, Jan 10 : The Union Cabinet has today decided to exempt Manipur,
Assam, Nagaland, Aruna-chal Pradesh and Jharkhand from the proposed Delimitation
exercise and to maintain the status quo of the Assembly Constituencies as well
as the Parliamentary Constituencies till 2026. The Union Cabinet has also
approved an Ordinance to this effect and the same would be forwarded to
President Pratibha Patil for her approval. …..more
Imphal, Jan 10 : The public meeting of “all tribal leaders and
representatives” on the issue of Delimitation convened today by the Movement for
Tribal Peoples Rights, Manipur (MTPRM) has taken five resolutions at District
Council, Guest House, Chingmeirong in Imphal, according to the MTPRM.

DWM states in stand on ‘blunder
census’ protest (SEX_11_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 10: Explaining its stand on calling a day of protest
today, Delimitation Watch Manipur (DWM) has categori- cally stated that it is to
send out a clear and emphatic message to the Government of India to rectify the
‘census blunder’ which is the case of the present issue.

Addl CE shifted(SEX_12_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 11 : Additional Chief Engineer (Power) and in-charge of
Chief Engineer (Power) M Sanaton Singh has been deputed as officer on special
duty (Power) in the Manipur Secretariat in his grade pay with immediate effect
and until further orders.
According to an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Administrative
Reforms on January 8, the service of Sanaton shall be utilised to assist the
Principal Secretary (Power), Government of Manipur in technical matters.

DYCC demands bill release
S Singlianmang Guite(SEX_12_1_k8)
Lamka, Jan 11: The District Youth Congress Committee, Churachandpur went
assertive on their demand for immediate clearance of all outstanding contract
bills of the IFCD as it petitioned the Minister of State in the PMO of their
cause on Sunday last.
P Tongthang, the DYCC president has submitted a representation to Prithiviraj
Chauhan, also the AICC incharge of Manipur, of their plight and called for his
intervention in settling their long standing predicament.

Bandh called off(SEX_12_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 11: The Objection Committee Against the Delimitation,
Bishnupur district has decided to call off the general strike with immediate
effect. The Committee had previously ann- ounced imposition of 48 hours general
strike but decided to withdraw the agita- tion programme after the Union Cabinet
yesterday decided against the delimitation exercise in Manipur and five other

Chandramani is MPP chief, again(SEX_12_1_k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 11: Along with re-electing Dr L Chandramani as the
president of Manipur People’s Party (MPP), the annual session of the party
conference held here today has adopted various resolutions including exerting
pressure on the Government of India to conduct re-census of Manipur.

AR men feted at investiture

IMPHAL, Jan 11 : An investiture ceremony of AR personnel who were
awarded the Director General Assam Rifles Commen- dation cards was held at
headquarters 9 Sector AR at Keithelmanbi today. During the ceremony presided by
IG AR (South) Maj Gen BK Chengapa, 37 AR personnel including officers were
conferred discs/medals and commendation cards.

Delimitation imbroglio(SEX,
Bandh effective in hill districts

Imphal, Jan 11: The 12-hour Manipur bandh affected normal life in the
hill districts of the State to a great extent today although it had little
impact in the valley.
However, there was not a single stray incident of violence from any of the five
hill districts. The Kuki Students’ Organisation-General Headquarters (KSO-Ghq)
and All Naga Students Association, Manipur (ANSAM) jointly called the 12-hour
Manipur bandh which began at 5 am today demanding that the Delimitation process
should be implemented in the State as soon as possible based on the 2001 Census.

Shidam freed on bail, MPP

 IMPHAL, Jan 11: General secretary of MPP Abujam-cha Shidam who was
arrested by the police on January 6 on alleged charge of being involved in the
Pourabi bomb blast and further remanded to police custody for five days was
granted bail by the Court on medical ground today.

Lokeshwar hailed(SEX_26_1__k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 25: Expressing its gratitude to MLA Khundrakpam, TH
Loke-shwar for his concern towards the welfare of people, Kuki Students’ Organi-
sation Saikul block in a release said, various develop- mental works have been
initiated by him. …..more
AR solace(SEX_26_1__k8)
IMPHAL, Jan 25: Commander of headquarters 26 Sector Assam Rifles has
provided a Godrej typewriter machine to smoothen functioning of the
ex-servicemen office at Chandel which was established in July 2007.

State youths shine

IMPHAL, Jan 25: With their outstanding and captivating performances,
the State team comprising of 62 members have bagged a number of top prizes in
the 13th National Youth Festival held at Chennai, Tamil Nadu from January 12 to
16. …..more

status demand for Sadar Hills(SEX_26_1__k8)

24 hours bandh called from Jan 31
 IMPHAL, Jan 25: Renewing the long standing demand for conversion of
Sadar Hills to a full-fledged revenue district and installing separate offices
for DC and SP, a 24-hour total bandh has been called in Sadar Hills area with
effect from midnight of January 31 to midnight of February 1.Announcing this
during a press conference here today, general secretary of Sadar Hills District
Demand Committee Thangkham Misao said the total bandh has been compelled yet
again as the State Government has not been considering the genuine demand to
convert Sadar Hills to a full-fledged revenue district which is being raised
since 1972. …..more
Litmus test for Debendra ?

 IMPHAL, Jan 25: Senior Congressman Thoudam Debendra, who is also the
law and Legislative Affairs Minister of the SPF Government is likely to face a
stern test of his loyalty to both the ruling coalition and dissident group of
Congress Legislators.
According to press sources close to the dissident group, the Chief Minister O
Ibobi Singh is scheduled to attend a Government function at Jiribam sub-division
on January 29 which also include Th Debendra in the said itinerary.

21 cops selected for Police

IMPHAL, Jan 25: Altogether 21 personnel of the Manipur Police will be
awarded Police Medal for Gallantry on the occasion of the Republic Day tomorrow,
informed a press release issued by Director General of Police Y Joykumar Singh.

State Govt bans import of
poultry birds(SEX_26_1__k8)

 Imphal, Jan 25: In a pre-emptive measure to check the spread of
avian influenza in the state following the wild spread of the disease in West
Bengal, the government of Manipur has banned the import of chicks, ducklings,
eggs, and live birds etc from other states to Manipur.“In order to contemplate
sufficient measures in addition to the intensive post operative surveillance
plan being taken up by the Veterinary and Animal Hus- bandry (VAH) department
for prevention of recurrence of Avian Influenza in Manipur, testing of poultry
feed samples for any possible contamination with avian influenza virus is felt
necessary“, said an order issued by the state VAH director, Th. Dorendra Singh
today to this effect. …..more
Banks closed down in
IMPHAL,Jan 25: All the major banks in Manipur were closed today
following All-India Token Bank strike. The state committee United Forum of Bank
Unions said the one-day strike was called in the charter of employees’ demand to
stop merger of public sector banks, extension of option to join pension scheme,
restoration of compassionate appointments and filling up of the vacancies.

Congress expects change in
leadership before Budget session
IMPHAL, Jan 25: The Congress dissidents of Manipur unit, who have
been camping in New Delhi since last two to three months, are expecting party
chairperson Sonia Gandhi to change O Ibobi Singh as the Chief Minister. The
budget session is scheduled to begin on February one next and the dissidents
expect the change within this month.
The dissidents claim that out of 31 Congress MLAs in the 60-member House about
19 MLAs were supporting them. …..more
Tight security for
Republic Day celebrations in Manipur
IMPHAL, Jan 25: Elaborate security measures have been put in place
and police have intensified counter-insurgency operations to thwart any attempt
to disrupt tomorrow’s Republic Day celebrations in the State. The move came in
view of over two dozen militant groups – operating in the State – who called for
boycott of the celebrations. …..more

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