Assam

Assam CM Appeal To ULFA For Discussion

Tarun GogoiGuwahati: On Wednesday, Tarun Gogoi, Assam’s Chief Minister requested to the separatist ULFA and other insurgent outfits to disown hostility and come to the compromise desk.

While speaking at the Independence Day function in the Judges Field, Mr. Gogoi alleged, “Violence does not solve any problem. Only valuable human life and property are lost pushing Assam to a dark era.”


Guwahati Blast Kills One, Injures 15

Guwahati Blast
Guwahati: One person was killed and more than 15 injured, when a blast rocked Guwahati’s busy Bamunimaidam region around noon yesterday. Police suspected the blast have been triggered by the criminalized United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA).


430,000 Assamese stranded by floods

Morigaon (Assam), Sept. 14: At least 430,000 Assamese in over 4000 villages have been affected by the latest bout of monsoon-related floods.

The hardest hit of the 21 districts in the state includes Lakhimpur, Dhemaji, Cahchar and Morigaon.

Several rivers, including the main Brahmaputra, are in spate. The State Government has banned the movement of ferries and boats. Makeshift boats and rafts, however, are being allowed to move through the floodwaters.


Wanted ULFA commander nabbed in Assam

Guwahati, Sept. 19 : Prabal Neog, a commander of the rebel United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), has been nabbed by police during an intensive search operation in insurgency-hit Assam’s Tezpur District.

Neog is suspected to have planned the recent killings of a large number of Hindi speaking migrant labourers in Upper Assam. He is believed to be the mastermind behind major bomb blasts in the twin districts of Tinsukia and Dibrugarh.

Neog was produced before a local court in Guwahati on Tuesday amidst heavy security.


‘Open’ school education for Assamese kids

Dalbama (Assam), Sept. 25 : Sitting amidst trees and chirping of birds, children in Assam are learning lessons in an open environment. This is a new initiative by the State Government to bring school dropouts back to the classroom.

These kids, belonging to impoverished families in Dalbama village of Kamrup District, are taught their lessons mixed with a healthy dose of fun to keep their interest levels high.


Rural Development Minister to hold regional performance review committee meeting

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh
Guwahati, Oct 9 : Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh will hold a two-day Regional Performance Review Committee Meeting here today.

Singh will review the progress of various rural development schemes in the Northeastern region of the country during the meeting.

The Ministers of state Chandra Sekhar Sahu and Suryakanta Patil and Rural Development Ministers from all the Northeastern states will also present.

The achievements and the progress of different rural development schemes so far in the Northeastern region will be discussed in the meeting at length by the Union Minister.


Assam’s Bhut Jolokia declared world’s hottest chile

Bhut JolokiaWashington, Oct 27 : Researchers at New Mexico State University have announced the discovery of the world’s hottest chile pepper, Bhut Jolokia, a variety found in Assam, India.

The variety of chile pepper has won Guiness World Records’ recognition by beating the previous champion Red Savina.

In replicated tests of Scoville heat units (SHUs), Bhut Jolokia reached one million SHUs, which is almost twice the SHUs of Red Savina, which measured a mere 577,000.


Curfew imposed in Guwahati after students’ protest rally turns violent

Guwahati, Nov 24 : Indefinite curfew has been imposed in parts of Guwahati and army has been deployed in some parts of the city after a rally of Adivasi Students Union (ASU) turned violent today.

In a large-scale violence, at least 100 people were injured. According to State Principal Secretary (Home) Subhas Das, 60 of the injured were hospitalised.

There have been no casualties so far, he added.

ASU members demanding the Scheduled Tribe status after holding a rally at Beltola, tried to march towards the State Assembly at Dispur. On being stopped by the police, the students turned violent and attacked and injured a magistrate.


12 killed in Guwahati violence (Lead: Guwahati violence)

Guwahati, Nov 24 : At least 12 people were killed on Saturday after a rally of Adivasi Students Union (ASU) turned violent here.

Another 100 people have been injured in the incident. According to State Principal Secretary (Home) Subhas Das, 60 of the injured were hospitalised.

Indefinite curfew has been imposed in parts of Guwahati and army has been deployed.

ASU members demanding the Scheduled Tribe status after holding a rally at Beltola, tried to march towards the State Assembly at Dispur. On being stopped by the police, the students turned violent and attacked and injured a magistrate.

Thousands of students, armed with bows and arrows, destroyed private property and set several vehicles on fire.


Situation in violence-hit Guwahati under control

Guwahati, Nov 25 : A day after a protest march by tribal students turned violent in Guwahati leading to clamping of curfew there, the city is slowly returning to normalcy with no reports of any untoward incident.

An indefinite curfew was imposed on Saturday and the army was called out after mob started rampaging the streets and burnt shops and vehicles.

One person was reportedly killed and around 230 people were injured in the ensuing violence.

Meanwhile, the All Adivasi Students Association (AASA), which had organised the protest march blamed the ruling Congress party for conspiring against it, and has called a 36-hour Assam shutdown from November 26.


Ranchi hit hard by an all-party shutdown against Guwahati blast

Ranchi, Nov 26 : A twelve-hour shutdown called by major political parties brought normal life to a standstill in Ranchi on Monday.

Political parties and pro-tribal organisations are protesting against the killing of tribals in Guwahati on Saturday.

"We are protesting against the violence that took place in Assam and we condemn the way in which the tribals are being treated. This might be the first time in the history of India that such an inhumane and unethical act is being carried out," said Chamra Linda, President, Adivasi (Tribals) Students Association (ASA).


Meet the wonder kid singer of Assam, Asthajit Ananda

Guwahati, Nov.26 : Believe it or not, three-year-old girl Asthajit Ananda, who is yet to learn all the alphabets of language, has flabbergasted many people here by showcasing her exceptional singing talent. Her first music album was released recently.

Bollywood’s legendary musician and composer Anandji of Kalyanji-Anandji fame appreciated the girl’s talent while releasing her first music album. It consists of songs written and sung by Assamese music legend Bhupen Hazarika.

Asthajit Ananda has been singing the Bhupen Hazarika’s songs since she was just two years old.


Bomb blast in Assam Rajdhani Express, five killed

Bomb blast in Assam Rajdhani ExpressGuwahati, Dec 13: At least five persons were dead and four others injured when a bomb exploded in the 2423 A Guwahati-Delhi Rajdhani Express in Assam early on Thursday morning.

The explosion took place between Naojan and Chungajan in Assam’s Golaghat District at around 1.00 a. m.

According to initial reports, the bomb was planted inside one of the compartments and not on the train track. There was partial damage to the tracks with just two sleepers affected.


Assam tribals demanding reservation threaten economic blockade

Srirampur (Assam), Dec 23: Tribals in Assam seeking reservation in government jobs have threatened economic blockade if their demands were not met.

Protesters claimed that some states have granted the Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to their community.

“This movement has just started at the all India level. It has spread to Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and reached Andaman and Nicobar. The tribals like Khariya and Munda have not been granted reservation in Assam," said All Adivasi (tribesmen) Students' Association of Assam (AASAA) principal advisor Sanjay Marandi.

Marandi said that the AASAA would resort to economic blockade if the Central Government did not recognise its demands.


Rhino poaching on rise at Kaziranga National Park in Assam

Kaziranga National Park (Assam)Rhino, Dec.25: Assam’s Kaziranga National Park  has been a remarkable success story of conservation of the one-horned Indian rhinoceros and the wildlife in north-east India. But the rising instances of poaching of rhinos has left officials baffled.

At least 20 one-horned rhinos have been killed in 2007 till date. It was four to eight each year in number between 1998 and 2006.


Polling begins for first phase of Assam panchayat polls

Poll Campaign BannersGuwahati, Dec 31: Polling for the first phase of panchayat poll in Assam has begun this morning, amidst tight security.

A total of 39.43 lakh voters are expected to decide the fate of more than 26,451 candidates, who are in the fray.

The first phase of the three phase polls is underway in Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Sivasagar, Golaghat and Jorhat districts.

The polling is being held to elect panchayat representatives in 132 Zilla Parishads, 54 Anchalik Parishads and 955 Gaon Panchayats.


Election Commission postpones Panchayat polls in Assam

Election Commission of IndiaGuwahati, Jan 3 : The State Election Commission has postponed Panchayat polls in Assam’s Goalpara District which were scheduled for January 4 and January 9.

The second phase of panchayat election was scheduled to be held in six districts of middle and lower Assam, comprising Sonitpur, Kamrup Metro, Kamrup Rural and parts of Barpeta, Morigaon and Nagaon on January 4.

The EC took the decision following Wednesday’s police firing on a violent mob that claimed seven lives, besides wounding 20 in Lakhipur and Bhalukdubi areas of the district.


Polling for second phase of Assam Panchayat elections begins

Polling for second phase of Assam Panchayat elections beginsGuwahati, Jan 4: Polling for the second phase of Panchayat election in Assam has begun this morning, amidst tight security.

The polling is underway in Sonitpur, Kamrup Metro, Kamrup Rural and parts of Barpeta, Morigaon and Nagaon districts of middle and lower Assam.

A total of 35, 26, 000 are expected to decide the fate of around 26,169 candidates, who are in the fray.


Bumper crop of oranges in Assam

Oranges CultivationGuwahati, Jan 3 : Orange cultivators in Assam’s Kamrup District have harvested a bumper crop of oranges this season.

The bumper crop in Hakomari village has been possible because of the efforts of the ‘Technology Mission’ launched by the Assam Government’s Agriculture Department.

Kamrup District is traditionally an orange growing area. It borders Meghalaya and is dominated by Garo tribals.

In the government’s Technology Mission, the orange and orchard owners were given extensive training in modern scientific methods of nurturing orange trees.


Mushroom cultivation transforming lives in Assam

Guwahati, Jan.6: A non government organisation in Assam has given a new hope to the locals here by promoting mushroom cultivation as a new source of income for the people in Kamrup and Sonapur Districts.

Assamese, who are today well aware about distinguishing between the poisonous and non-poisonous mushroom, will soon become the cultivators of mushroom rather than its picker.

Mushroom Foundation or MDF, a non- governmental organization active in Kamrup and Sonapur Districts of the State, is educating people about the economic significance of mushroom in domestic as well as international market, besides teaching about cultivation methods.


Polling begins for third phase of Assam Panchayat elections

Assam Panchayat ElectionsGuwahati, Jan 9: Polling for the third phase of Panchayat election in Assam has begun this morning, amidst tight security.

The polling is underway in the districts of Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Nagaon, Cachar, Hailakandi, Karimganj and parts of Morigaon.

Around 43 lakh voters are expected to decide the fate of 9,545 candidates for Zilla Parishads, Anchalik Parishads and Gaon Panchayats. Over 28,000 candidates are in the fray.

Tight security arrangements have been made in all the 7,480 polling centres to ensure free and fair elections.


Assam holds diaspora meet

Guwahati, Jan 12: Assam launched a two-day 'North East India Investment Summit' to woo the diaspora and seek investment in the state.

An exhibition is being held here showcasing products from the mainly tribal entire northeastern region.

"We have more than 70 such participants from all across the globe. More than 10 countries have representatives here. So, they are showing interest in many areas, for example, hill sector, education, upgradation of skills like ITI, hydropower, housing and real estate," said Abhijeet Baruah, Director for Assam, Confederation of Indian Industry.


17 injured in Guwahati blast

Guwahati blastGuwahati, Jan 14: At least 17 people were injured in a grenade blast that rocked Guwahati last evening.

The injured, included a minor girl, were admitted to the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital, while four were treated for splinter injuries at a nearby private hospital.

The blast, which took place on the eve of the Assam’s harvest festival Bhogali Bihu near the Guwahati railway station, occurred at around 7.30 p. m.


Assamese children learn non-violent ways of conflict resolution

Guwahati, Jan 14: The first camp of its kind for children on conflict resolution through non-violent means was organised in the insurgency-hit Assam recently.

One-generation of Assam has been affected by militancy, which has affected the development and growth of the State.

Several people have joined hands to create awareness among children about the dangers of violence and to inculcate in them the principles of non-violence.

The objective of the five-day camp was to instill in the children the need for peace in society. Evidently, the camp was a success as students talked highly of non-violent methods.


Re-polling for 75 booths in Assam's Karimganj District begins

Guwahati, Jan 22:Re-polling for 75 booths in Assam's Karimganj District begins Re-polling for seventy-five booths in Assam's Karimganj District of Barak Valley began today amidst tight security.

The re-polling is being held following election malpractices during the third phase of Panchayat election on January 9. The polling was held in the districts of Dhubri, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Nagaon, Cachar, Hailakandi, Karimganj and parts of Morigaon.

The schedule for re-polling in 309 centers in Hailakandi district is yet to be declared.


Rhino poaching on the increase in Assam’s Kaziranga Park

Rhino poaching in Assam’s Kaziranga ParkGolaghat (Assam), Jan. 25: Despite claims of security measures being in place to prevent poaching activities in Kaziranga National Park, the recent incident of gouging out a horn of a female rhino and killing of a calf has served as a wake up call for the wildlife authorities here.

It was presumed that stringent measures under the Wildlife Protection Act and active participation of wildlife enthusiasts and voluntary organization had dealt a severe blow the activities of poachers. But the latest incident proved it a fallacy.


Assam Panchayat election’s re-polling today

Assam Panchayat election’s re-polling todayGuwahati, Feb 12: The re-polling for the first phase of Panchayat election’s in Assam is underway.

The re-polling is being held in 166 polling stations of Hailakandi District of the State.

The voting will be held between 8 a. m. till 4 p. m.

Appropriate security arrangements have been made to ensure free and fair polling.

The second phase of re-polling in 205 polling stations will be held on Thursday.

The counting of votes will be held on Friday. (ANI)


Assam on red alert following ULFA threat

 Assam on red alert following ULFA threatGuwahati, Feb 16: A red alert has been sounded across Assam following intelligence reports that ULFA militants might target leaders of a particular political party and Hindi-speaking people.

The banned outfit's plan came to light after the arrest of a number of ULFA cadres in the State.

Police stations in the state have been asked to maintain a vigil in vulnerable areas.

Meanwhile, four ULFA militants were killed in a joint operation by the army and police in Assam’s Sibsagar District early this morning.


Assam on Kala Azar alert

Guwahati, Feb. 21 : An alert has been sounded in Assam over a suspected outbreak of Kala Azar or black fever, a vector-borne disease.

Eleven patients who are suspected to have contacted the disease, are undergoing treatment at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital for the last three days. The patients hail from the tribal-dominated Bonda area of Chandrapur block on the outskirts of Guwahati.

Experts from the Guwahati Medical College and the Vector-borne Disease Control Unit of the State Health Services have examined the patients, but yet to confirm symptoms of the disease.

Medical experts from the Regional Medical Research Council in Dibrugarh have been sent to Guwahati to initiate preventive measures.


Bus accident in Assam kills 12

Bus accident in Assam kills 12Sonapur (Assam), Feb 24: At least twelve people were killed and four others injured after a bus fell into a roadside pond early this morning in Sonapur area of Assam.

“This accident took place around 4:30 am. The bus started from Silapathar, and was going to Guwahati. Till now, we have recovered around 12 bodies,” said C. K. Bhuyan, Sub Divisional Officer, Kamrup district.

According to official reports, the bus carrying 19 passengers plunged into a stream of water as the driver lost control of the vehicle while crossing a bridge in Sonapur, 25 kilometres from Guwahati.


61 poachers surrender in Assam

61 poachers surrender in AssamGuwahati, Feb 26: Sixty-one poachers have surrendered before wildlife authorities at the Manas National Park in Assam.

They deposited 26 country-made weapons before the Deputy Chief of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), Kampa Borgoyari, at the Bansbari range of the park in Baksa District.

This is the second biggest surrender of poachers in the National Park during the last two years. In 2006, over 130 poachers had surrendered before the authorities.

Borgoyari said the reformed poachers would be rehabilitated.


Jorhat Rugby races held after three years in Assam

Jorhat (Assam), Feb. 28: The popular 130-year-old equestrian event, known as the Jorhat Races, has been revived here after a gap of three years.

Jorhat Rugby races or, the heritage horse races are described as one of the oldest sporting events of Assam. The races were held to coincide with the Assam Tea Tourism Festival.

Originally started in 1876 at the Gymkhana club by the Britishers, the organisation of the Jorhat Races recently cheered everyone here with local people participating in it with big enthusiasm.

According to the President of the Jorhat Races, this race was originally started by the British planters, who used horses for transport.


Gogoi to present Assam’s 2008-09 Budget on Monday

Tarun GogoiAssam, Mar 01 : The Budget Session of Assam Assembly for year 2008-09 will begin on Monday at Dispur.

The State Budget session will have 19 sittings for one month. It will start with a ceremonial opening address by the Governor Lieutenant General (Retired) Ajai Singh.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will present the Budget as he is also Assam’s Finance Minister.

At least five taxation related Bills are likely to be tabled in the House.


Budget session of Assam Assembly begins

Budget session of Assam Assembly beginsDispur, Mar 3: The month-long Budget Session of Assam Assembly for year 2008-09 will commence here today.

The session will commence with a ceremonial opening address by Governor Lieutenant General (Retired) Ajai Singh.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will present the Budget on March 10.

At least five taxation-related Bills are likely to be tabled in the House.

The State Budget session will have 19 sittings for one month.


Assam Government alerts BSF on Jehadi entry

Assam Government alerts BSF on Jehadi entryAgartala, Mar7: The Assam’s Minister for Forest, Rockybul Hussain told the State Assembly today that he had the Border Security Force (BSF) and the State Police to remain alert to the possible entry of Jehadi groups from Bangladesh.

“The Government has definite proof of Jehadi groups setting up their headquarters in Bangladesh and all their activities were being directed from there. The State Government has decided to increase the number of police stations and out-posts in the border belts to counter the threat posed by these Jehadi groups,” Hussain said.


Assam blast claims one life, six injured

Assam blast claims one life, six injuredGuwahati, Mar 11: At least one person was killed and six others injured this evening in a bomb explosion suspected to be triggered by the ULFA militants in Tinsukia.

According to sources, the bomb exploded in the Tinsukia market at around 4:15 p. m., and it was placed underneath a rickshaw.

The rickshaw puller was killed and six others were injured. (ANI)


Militants kill three in Assam

Militants kill three in AssamGuwahati, Mar 16 : Suspected militants have killed at least three people in Assam’s Dhemaji District, including a woman, and injured forty eight, in a grenade explosion.

The victims were attending a cultural function in Jonai in connection with the Ali Aye Lrigang Festival of the Mishing Community. The grenade was

hurled around 11.45 p. m. on Saturday night.

According to sources, senior police officials have ordered the cordoning off the area and activated relief and rescue operations immediately. (ANI)


A new food processing plant in Assam changes lives of people

A new food processing plant in Assam changes lives of peopleKamrup (Assam), March 17: The setting up of a food processing plant in Boko area of the State’s Kamrup District of Assam has changed the lives of the people of the area.

By establishing the food processing plant called 'RITTY' in Boko region almost a year back, Pranab Mohanta has been able to provide employment for youngsters of the district.


NDFB call for day-long shutdown in Assam today

AssamDispur, Mar 18: The National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) has called for a day-long Assam shutdown today to protest against allegation to kill their association's secretary Bigrai Basumatary.

Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS), the apex literary body of the Bodos, has urged the government to negotiate with the NDFB to end the ongoing fatal clashes in the Bodo-dominated areas of lower Assam.

“BSS is willing to work for a peaceful solution to the problem despite the demand of the NDFB for sovereignty,” said BSS President B K Brahma.

The NDFB is a rebel group fighting for an independent homeland for the Bodo tribe since 1986.


Malin Medhi of Assam can sing 10 songs without moving his lips!

Guwahati, April 1: Assam MapBelieve it or not, Malin Medhi, a marginal farmer
from Balapara Chuba in Assam’s Nalbari District, has the ability to
sing 10 songs on trot that too without opening his lips!

Malin Medhi started singing in this fashion about 19 years ago but regrets failing to gain popularity for his feat despite being touching 28. years of age.

Today, he can sing melodies of famous Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika to the pop style of Zubin Garg of “Ya Ali” fame. But his wish is to find a place in the Limca as well as Guinness Book of World Records.

Malin Medhi has opted a style that is never preferred by singers.


Guwahati hosts theatre festival

Guwahati hosts theatre festivalGuwahati, Apr 5 : For the first time, the National School of Drama (NSD) along with the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Government of Assam, has taken the initiative to organise a 16-day-long theatre festival of the north-east.

The fortnight-long festival 'Poorvottar Natya Samaroah' features
28 plays. It will include plays by eminent theatre directors of the north-east such as Ratan Thiyam, Kanhailal and Dulal Roy alongside works of younger directors and NSD products such as Baharul Islam and Rabijita Gogoi.


Police recover time bomb in Siliguri

Siliguri, Apr 13 : Assam Police on Sunday recovered a time bomb and a packet of explosives from a slum area of Siliguri district of the state.

“Acting on a tip off, police recovered the bomb, fitted with a timer, from a room along with the packet at Gurung Bustee during a raid at around 1:00 am,” said Rajesh Yadav, Additional Superintendent of Police.

“The bomb disposal squad took away the explosives and the packet to a desolate spot but the nature of the explosives inside the pack was not known,” he added.

A man, who was living in the room from where the police recovered the bomb, was arrested while three women tenants, staying in the same room for past three months, could not be traced.


Two male rhinos translocated to Manas National Park in Assam

Two male rhinos translocated to Manas National Park in AssamGolpara/Morigaon (Assam), April 16 : Two male Rhinos have been translocated recently to Manas National Park in Assam as part of the government initiative conservation of animals.

The translocation was done under the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 programme of the Assam government. It was started in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) India and supported by International Rhino Foundation and the U. S Fish and Wild Life Service.


100 jumbos join Elephant festival in Kaziranga Sanctuary in Assam

Elephant festivalKaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary (Assam), April 21: Over a hundred jumbos in Assam were rallied during the 6th annual Elephant festival in Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary last week.

The three-day annual elephant festival attracted many animal lovers concluded yesterday.

Organized by the State tourism department, the three-day festival offered an opportunity for domestic and foreign tourists to sample some of the ecological and cultural diversity of the region.


Theatre lovers in northeast delighted with first ever drama festival in Assam

Theatre lovers in northeast delighted with first ever drama festival in AssamGuwahati, May 9: People in Assam recently had a novel experience to celebrate theatre art in a big way for a fortnight, as they attended the first ever Drama festival here.

It was a special experience for many, as the Drama festival offered an opportunity to many theatre groups from different and distant tribal areas of the northeast to perform on a bigger platform.


Rebels kill nine railway workers in India's Assam state

New Delhi - At least nine railway workers were shot dead by tribal separatist rebels in two weekend attacks in India's north-eastern state of Assam, police said Monday.

Heavily armed militants from the banned Dima Halam Daoga (DHD) attacked a railway construction site in Fiding on Sunday and killed eight workers, senior police official Sudhakar Singh said.

Fiding, 350 kilometres south of the state's main city of Guwahati, is located in the North Cachar Hills district where the DHD group had given a deadline to stop work on the railway's broad gauge conversion project by Sunday.


DHD (J) militants in Assam kill 10 workers

AssamGuwahati, May 15 : Militants of the Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel Garlossa faction) struck again in Assam on Thursday, killing 10 workers engaged by a cement factory and a railway employee in two separate attacks.

"Four trucks belonging to a cement company operating in the southern North Cachar Hills district were waylaid, and 10 occupants of the vehicles were lined up and shot dead by armed rebels, who also set the trucks ablaze," said Assam Police spokesman.

In a separate incident, the rebels opened indiscriminate fire at a railway engine carrying an inspection team near the village of Kalachand.


Peace seems elusive for people of Assam's North Cachar Hills

Guwahati, May 24: Peace and stability appears to eluding the people of Assam's North Cachar Hills.

The recent killing of twelve railway construction workers in Retzol by the insurgent outfit Dima Halam Doaga (DHD) has not only hampered a mega broad gauge conversion work in the region, but also severely hampered the lives of the common people.

The killings took place in retaliation for the killing of 12 DHD cadres by the Army.

Everything has ground to a standstill. Sixteen private railway construction companies in the region have decided to stop work after the rebel strikes.

With the suspension of trains, activity in stations like Haflong, have been severely affected.


Curfew imposed in two Assam towns

Goalpara , May 26 : Lower Assam’s Goalpara and Krishnai towns are under indefinite curfew since Sunday after irate mobs clashed with police, leaving one person dead and wounding four others.

High tension prevailed in the area after miscreants torched two houses near the Krishnai market following the recovery of a 55-year old man's dead body from a lake on Sunday.

Police have picked on charges of committing acts of arson.

Earlier around 5,000 people, armed with lethal weapons and stones stormed a police station and pelted it. (ANI)


Shutdown in Assam following arrest of Ripun Borah

Guwahati, June 9: A 12-hour shutdown began in Assam in the wake of the arrest of sacked Education Minister Ripun Borah by the CBI on murder charge.

The shutdown is called by Asom Gana Parishad and BJP who are demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Borah was arrested by the CBI for allegedly offering a bribe of ten lakh rupees to an agency official.

Borah, who was remanded to judicial custody till June 21, was expelled from the State's ruling Congress party. He is a suspect in murder of his political rival Daniel Toppo in 2000.

The CBI official, probing the murder of the student leader Toppo, filed a complaint on June 2 that the Minister had allegedly offered him a bribe to hush up the case.


Normal life disrupted in Assam over fuel price hike

Guwahati, AssamJune 9: Normal life was disrupted in Assam today due to a 12-hour shutdown called by the opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), BJP and Left parties separately to protest against the hike in fuel prices.

According to official sources, there was no report of any untoward incident from any part of the state.

Shops, educational institutions and offices remained closed, while vehicles, both private and public, remained off the roads. Train services were also affected in some places.


Sonia Gandhi to address farmers' rally in Assam

Guwahati,Congress president Sonia Gandhi June 13: Congress president Sonia Gandhi will address a farmers’ rally at Khanapara here today.
During her visit, Sonia will attend the presentation ceremony of prestigious Srimanta Sankardeva National Award at the Rabindra Bhavan.

UPA chairperson is also scheduled to meet the party workers to discuss the latest political scenario.

On Saturday, Sonia will leave for Mizoram. (ANI)


Flood situation remains grim in Assam

Flood situation remains grim in AssamGuwahati, June 16 : The situation in the worst flood -affected Lakhimpur district of Assam remained grim and has claimed five lives so far.

Over seven lakh people in seven hundred villages of the district have been affected by the sudden floods that occurred due to breach of bunds of Ranganadi Hydel Project in Arunachal Pradesh.

Most parts of the Bihpuria and North Lakhimpur towns have been submerged. Over four thousand marooned people are taking shelter in the relief camps set up by the district authorities.


Orissa sounds alert, army called out in flood-hit Assam district

Guwahati, June 17 : An alert was sounded in coastal Orissa as incessant rains due to deep depression over northwest Bay of Bengal, about 250 km from Balasore coast, claimed one life in Mayurbhanj district.

The Jalaka River is reportedly at a dangerous level. The depression has already made landfall on the Bangladeshi coast, but it is likely to continue raining over the next
24 hours.

Fishermen have been asked not to go out into sea

In Assam, army was called out to rescue marooned people in the flood-hit state, which claimed over ten lives.

The army deployed boats and rafts to transport people taking shelter on roof tops to relief camps set up in highlands, schools and colleges in worst-hit Lakhimpur district.


26 ULFA militants surrender in Assam

Baksa (Assam), June 25: As many as twenty six militants of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) have surrendered before the Red Horn Division of the Indian Army in Assam's Baksa District.

According to officials, the ULFA rebels surrendered before Major General Chander Prakash, General Officer Commanding (GOC) at a surrender ceremony organised at Tamulpur on Tuesday.

Militants surrendered their arms and ammunition and got a rose flower in return at the function.

The army has now decided to provide vocational training to the surrendered militants.


ULFA battalion declares unilateral ceasefire in Assam

ULFAAmarpur , June 28 : A 'battalion' of banned outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) declared unilateral ceasefire recently in expectation of reciprocal gesture from the Central government to pave way for restoration of peace in north-east region of India.

Declaring ceasefire, Mrinal Hazarika, the commander of one of the most potent battalions of ULFA, said that the step is towards restoration of peace in the strife torn northeast region of the country.


Security on high alert in Assam after blast

Guwahati, June 30: Security in Assam has been put on high alert following Sunday's bomb blast at a weekly market in Baksa district, killing five persons and injuring 75.

Additional security forces have been pressed into service in all the markets, railway stations, bus stands and other vital installations to keep an eye on every single activity.

Around 30 seriously injured are undergoing treatment at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital. Most of the injured belonged to the Bodo and Adivasi communities.

Police suspect the blast to be the handiwork of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). The ULFA, however, has not so far claimed the responsibility.


Unity Infraprojects secures order worth Rs 136 crore

Unity Infraprojects secures order worth Rs 136 crore
Unity Infraprojects Limited, a leading engineering and construction company with over two decades of experience in diverse areas of infrastructure development, has informed that its joint venture with Brahmaputra Infrastructure and Brahmaputra Consortium has secured an order worth Rs 135.70 crore for construction of Tezpur Medical College in Assam, from the PWD, Government of Assam.

The project is required to be executed within 24 months. The company holds 51% stake in the joint venture.


People's protest against militancy getting shriller in Manipur

Imphal, July 5: Even as the ULFA indulges in violence in Assam in desperation, militants in Manipur too are using terror to subdue the general public in state.

The quiet and determined protest by the people against militancy in the state has spread panic among underground groups. Most feel that terror tactics are not working, as the people are coming out openly against the militants.

Last week, some militant groups threw bombs at peaceful protestors in the Ningthoukhong Bazaar in Bishenpur District near Imphal. The injured people were protesting against the extortion demands made on shopkeepers.


Assam flood scene continues to be grim

Guwahati, July 8 : The flood situation in Assam continues to remain grim today, even as the Central Water Commission has warned of the rising water level in the Brahmaputra in lower Assam.

The second spell of floods has so far affected a population of more than 5,00,000 people.

Dhemaji and Lakhimpur districts are the worst hit, with rail and road communication snapped following breach of banks by river Ranganadi.

Vast tracts of habitation and cropland have been inundated by rivers Gai and Jiadhol along with Ranganadi river.

The Brahmaputra has been flowing above the danger level at Dibrugarh, Nematighat in Jorhat and Dhubri as were River Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at Sonitpur and Beki at Barpeta.


Monsoon Session of Assam Assembly commences

Guwahati, July14 : The five-day Monsoon Session of the Assam Legislative Assembly began in Dispur today.

The entire opposition led by the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) raised an adjournment motion today alleging that the Congress-Bodo People''s Front (BPF) Government has failed to maintain law and order and protect the lives of the common people in the State.

The Speaker Tanka Bahadur Rai reserved his ruling on the adjournment motion, following which the opposition members belonging to AGP, Asom United Democratic Front, Bharatiya Janata Party, Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India-Marxist came out to the floor of the House and started to shout slogans in front of the Speaker''s Chair.


ULFA cadres vouch for peace, but leaders indulge in violence

Guwahati, July 16: The disconnect between the ULFA leadership and its cadres has been an open secret in Assam for quite a few years. This came out into the open last week when two major divisions of the outfit''s mainstay 28th battalion, revolted against the leadership accusing them of working against the interests of the people of Assam.

The people of Assam have welcomed this development. Meanwhile, in desperation ULFA resorted to violence and killing of innocent people.


ULFA militant killed in encounter with CRPF in Assam

ULFA militant killed in encounter with CRPF in AssamDispur, July 20 : Fugitive militant of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Amrit Dutta, was killed in an encounter with the police and the Central Reserve Police Force at Majuli in Assam last evening.

The ULFA leader was killed in the encounter at Katonihati Jurbil under Jengraimukh police station at around 7:00 pm, said police officials.

A joint team of police and the CRPF surrounded a house where Dutta was hiding with other militants.

The militants opened fire on the security personnel who retaliated killing Dutta. Other two managed to escape.


ULFA to use HUJI cadres for subversive activities in Assam

New Delhi, July 26: The banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has arrived at an agreement with the Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami (HUJI) to operate jointly in Assam.

According to informed sources, the ULFA leadership, which has taken refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh, has taken this step to keep their local benefactors happy. Sources said it has agreed to provide logistical support to HUJI cadres for it to effectively target civilians and other "manned" installations in Assam.

The Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami Bangladesh (HUJI-B) was established in 1992, reportedly with assistance from Osama bin Laden's International Islamic Front (IIF).


Civil Society welcomes former ULFA cadres move to restore peace in Assam

Civil Society welcomes former ULFA cadres move to restore peace in AssamGuwahati, Aug 4 : It is not just the common people who are supporting the efforts of the former ULFA cadres to bring about peace in Assam. Also, lending their voice for the cause are intellectuals in state.

Recently, scholars and peace activists held a meeting here supporting the ULFA cadres who had returned to the mainstream to bring peace and normalcy to the state.

Assam Public Works, a non-governmental organization, which has been in the forefront advocating peace in Assam, came out in support of the cadres that left ULFA.


Assam benefits from Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

Guwahati, Aug 7 : The Central Government''s premier education for all scheme -- Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) has received a wonderful response in Assam, especially in Chaygon of Kamrup District, where nearly 500 children with special needs have benefiting from it.

Providing basic elementary education to children between the age group of six to 14 years by 2010 is the objective of SSA.

"During the summer vacations, we bring those students who studying in schools to the centers according to the Gaon Panchayat. We give them academic support throughout the whole month," said Hemanta Sharma, a teacher.


Four suspected ULFA militants killed in Assam

Guwahati, Aug 13: Four suspected ULFA militants were shot dead by security forces in Bongaigaon and Nalbari Districts of Assam during two separate encounters early this morning.

Police recovered two pistols and a grenade from the slain militants in the first encounter that took place at Jelkajhar in Bongaigaon District.

While a pistol and a motor cycle were recovered from two other militants, who died on the spot in another encounter that took place at Satemari in Mukalmua area of Nalbari District at around 3: 00 a. m.

In the wake of general strike and call to boycott Independence Day by the banned ULFA and some other militant groups of the North-East from Wednesday mid-night, high alert has been imposed across the state.


ULFA''s Independence Day boycott call will have no impact: Assam Governor

Assam, GuwahatiGuwahati, Aug 13 : Assam Governor Shiv Charan Mathur has said that there will be no impact of the boycott call given by ULFA on Independence Day celebrations.

Asked about the measures being taken by the government to foil any attempt by insurgents to disrupt Independence Day functions, Mathur said enough security arrangements have been made for peaceful celebrations across the state.

The Centre has already alerted the Assam government to be extra vigilant ahead of Independence Day to avert any violence.

The Home Ministry had advised the state government to intensify security especially around vital installations.


PM Manmohan Singh to begin two-day Assam visit today

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Aug 25: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will begin his two-day visit to Assam from today.

Tight security arrangements have been made in the Jorhat, Nagaon, Kokrajhar and Guwahati areas where the Prime Minister is scheduled to visit.

Today, Dr. Singh is scheduled to lay the foundation stone of the state’s fourth medical college in Jorhat, and also attend a power-point presentation programme on Majuli, the world''s largest river island.


Assam’s Karbi Anglong witnessing high newspaper readership

Civil Society welcomes former ULFA cadres move to restore peace in AssamDiphu (Karbi Anglong) Assam, Aug. 29 : Karbi Anglong, the most widely spread District in Assam with an area of 10,434 kilometres, is witnessing a high newspaper readership, which is quite unusual for this area existing under the shadow of militancy.

The circulation of dailies in the District has touched a remarkable figure considering various hurdles and drawbacks.


39 ULFA rebels surrender in Assam

AssamRangia (Assam), Aug 30: As many as 39 militants of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) have surrendered to the army in Assam's Kamrup District.

ULFA rebels laid down their arms before Major General Chander Prakash of the army's Red Horn Division following a surrender ceremony on Friday.

"Majority is from 709 (battalion, active in Lower Assam). So, days of peace are very closer," Major General Chander Prakash claimed.

"We initially joined for independence of our homeland, but later saw that the government is not accepting to our demands," said Deepak, a surrendered rebel.


Flood situation in Assam critical

Assam MapGuwahati, Sep 3 : The flood situation in Assam continued to be critical on Wednesday with Brahmaputra river and its tributaries creating havoc in the state, claiming 15 lives and rendering several thousands homeless.

Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi accompanied by senior officials made an aerial survey of Majuli, Asia''s largest river island, which submerged under the flood waters, official sources said on Wednesday.

Gogoi directed the Jorhat district authorities to ensure adequate relief to the people with food scarcity looming large in the island as supply of essentials was hit by the rising water level.


Flood fury in Assam continues

AssamGuwahati, Sep 4 : The flood situation in as many as 16 districts of Assam remained critical today with the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries creating havoc in the state.


Animals in wild life sanctuaries flee to escape floods in Assam

Animals in wild life sanctuaries flee to escape floods in AssamGuwahati, Sep 4 : Animals in Kaziranga National Park and Pabitar wildlife sanctuary have moved to highlands to escape floods in the Brahmaputra river.

Animals fled to higher ground in Kaziranga National Park after the Brahmaputra burst its banks and flooded most of the park, home to more than half of the world''s population of one-horned rhinoceros.

According to reports, at least two rhino calves were drowned and a number of elephants were swept away by floodwaters.


BJP, AGP ally in Assam for Lok Sabha polls

Assam MapNew Delhi, Sep 4 : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Thursday forged an alliance in Assam for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections

However, decision on seat sharing was not taken.

Assam BJP president Ramanand Deka on Thursday met the Central Election Committee of the party and held discussions with them about the stand to be adopted by the party during the general elections.


Attraction to ULFA on the wane

Assam, GuwahatiRangia (Assam), Sept 5 : The United Liberation Front of Asom or ULFA is in trouble. After the declaration of a unilateral ceasefire by its 28th battalion, 39 cadres of its 709 battalion recently surrendered before the Red Horn Division of the Indian Army in Assam’s Kamrup District delivering a major blow to the militant outfit.

The surrender reflects not only the disenchantment among the lower rung cadres with the central committee, but also disillusionment with ULFA ideology.


Flood situation grim in Assam, some improvement in Bihar

Flood situation grim in Assam, some improvement in BiharMajuli (Assam), Sept 7 : The flood situation in Assam continues to remain grim with the river island Majuli being the worst affected.

Life is still at a standstill for people in the state and communications too have been badly hit.

With an estimated 2.1 million people displaced and 24 dead so far, there are also fears of an epidemic breaking out, official sources said.

The worst hit districts are Dhubri, Jorhat, Kamrup, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Morigaon, where the situation is still critical.


Flood situation grim in India's Assam state, 24 dead

Assam, GuwahatiNew Delhi  - The flood situation in India's north-eastern Assam state was grave on Sunday with more than 2.1 million people displaced and the death toll touching 24, officials and news reports said.

The Bramhaputra river and its tributaries have flooded farmland, villages, towns and two national park areas. Several sections of railroads and highways were swept away.

"The situation is still grim with 20 of the state's 27 districts affected by the floods," Assam Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Bhumidhar Barman was quoted as saying by IANS news agency.


Major fire reduces part of Assam''s Janata Bhawan to ashes

Guwahati, Sept.11 (ANI): A devastating fire that broke out in Dispur has reduced to ashes a part of the Janata Bhawan on Wednesday evening.

According to information, the fire broke out at around 6 p.m. in the evening from a room and it later spread to other rooms.

Fifty fire tenders were needed to douse the flames out.

According to the RTI Commissioner, Dr. B K Gohain, the Right to Information cell has been completely ravaged and not a single file has been spared.

Sources said that the chambers of Nurjamal Sarkar, Assam Law Minister Pranab Gogoi and Parliament Secretaries Sarat Saikia and Bidya Singh Inglng were also reduced to ashes.

The authorities are yet to ascertain the reasons behind the fire. (ANI)


Flood situation remains grim in Assam

Assam MapMajuli Island, Sept 9 : Situation remains grim in Majuli in Assam, where thousands have been displaced by floods.

Water has flooded the entire river island, affecting thousands of people and disrupting communications.

Like every year, this year too the mighty Brahmaputra river breached a vital embankment along Majuli during the monsoon, rendering thousands homeless and destroying crops.

The Central Government, which has preoccupied with the Bihar floods, has now responded to urgent pleas for help by the State, where at least 16 districts have been inundated.


Assam MLAs to visit flood affected areas soon

Guwahati, Sept 12: An all party delegation of the Assam Legislative Assembly will visit the flood-ravaged areas of the State in the near future to take stock of the damage besides relief and rehabilitation measures.

State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has requested the Speaker of the Assembly, Tanka Bahadur Rai, to constitute the delegation with immediate effect.

Gogoi asked State Assembly members to contribute a month's salary to the Chief Minister’s Fund for helping the flood-affected people.

Gogoi also requested Members of Parliament (MPs) to contribute 10 lakh rupees each from their Local Area Development Fund to repair the damages caused by the floods.


Army deals major blow to ULFA, kills its organising secretary

Assam, GuwahatiNew Delhi, Sep 12 : The Army today dealt a severe blow to the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) by killing self styled Lieutenant Shashankar Baruah, its organising secretary, in upper Assam’s Tinsukia District along the state’s border with Arunachal Pradesh.

Acting on a tip off about Baruah entering Assam from Arunachal Pradesh, soldiers of 19 Kumaon Regiment surrounded Dirak and launched an operation to nab him.

Baruah was killed on the spot, and an AK-47 assault rifle was recovered from the slain militant, sources said.


Floods submerge 80 per cent of Kaziranga National Park in Assam

AssamKaziranga National Park, Sep. 12 : Floods in River Brahmaputra and its tributaries are an annual feature in Assam. This year the floods have also inundated large areas in the Kaziranga National Park, displacing hundreds of people in the region and forcing wild animals out of their habitats.

And, this year nearly 80 per cent of the national park has been flooded, which has happened first time in a decade.


Shivraj Patil to conduct aerial survey of flood-affected areas in Assam

Shivraj Patil to conduct aerial survey of flood-affected areas in AssamGuwahati, Sept 14: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil will make an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Assam today.

During his visit, Patil will meet state officials at a high-level meeting and will take stock of the flood situation. The government of Assam will also make a detailed presentation on the latest flood damages to the Home Minister.


Vice-President Ansari to inaugurate 4th NE Business Summit today

Guwahati, Sept 15 :Vice President Hamid Ansari Vice President Hamid Ansari will inaugurate the 4th North East Business Summit here today.

The two-day summit is being organised by the Department of North East Region, DoNER in collaboration with the Indian Chamber of Commerce, ICC, Kolkata.

The main objective of the summit is to showcase the potential of the NE States and to promote private sector investments.


Aiyar urges private sector to invest more in North East region

Assam MapGuwahati, Sept 15 : The North East Business Summit Chairman and Minister for Development of North East Region (DoNER) Mani Shankar Aiyar urged the private sector to take greater interest in the region.

At present only 0.5 per cent of the capital formation of private sector was coming to this region.

Business and investments dominated the opening session of the fourth North East Business Summit which started in Guwahati today.

Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari inaugurated the summit.


19 injured in cycle bomb blast in Assam

19 injured in cycle bomb blast in AssamGuwahati, Sept 18 : At least 19 people were injured in a cycle bomb blast in lower Assam’s Chirang District today.

According to official sources, the blast triggerred by suspected ULFA took place at around 11:15 a. m in front of the circle office in Bijni.

Police cordoned off the area soon after the blast.

The condition of some of the injured in the blast is stated to be serious. (ANI)


ULFA turns good samaritan, provides flood relief

Jorhat (Assam), Sept 19: Members of the rebel United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) have turned good samaritans by pitching in with relief material for thousands displaced by floods.

Insurgents of ULFA''s 28th Battalion sent 14 truckloads of relief material to Majuli, the largest river island in the world, where 132 villages have been submerged.

"We have brought 14 trucks of relief materials for the people of Majuli seeing their hardship. The relief contains almost 1,000 quintals of rice, pulses, clothes and also medicines," said Jiten Dutta, a member of the rebel group.


15 killed in India's Assam after inhaling toxic gas

15 killed in India's Assam after inhaling toxic gas New Delhi - At least 15 people were killed and more than a dozen were sickened Saturday after inhaling toxic gas while trying to steal fuel from a freight train in eastern India's Assam state, news reports said.

The incident took place near Diphu railway station in the Karbi Anglong district, about 290 kilometres east of Assam's main city of Guwahati, the IANS news agency reported.

The freight train carrying high-speed diesel and petrol was stopped by a group of people in a isolated jungle area, railway official SS Narayanan was quoted as saying.


Central plans promise to make North East hub of S.E. Asia

assam, guwahatiGuwahati, Sept 20 : The North East has something to cheer about. If things work out as planned by the Central Government then it might find itself at the hub of South East Asia, where some of the most dynamic economies of the world are situated.

With the aim of bringing the north east to the mainstream of economic development, the Centre has sought the help of Thailand to share its development expertise. It has also decided to set up an exclusive North East Cell in its Board of Investment (BOI) to promote trade and investment between both the countries. The proposal was mooted at the end of the 4th North East Business Summit in Guwahati this week.


Assam set to reap benefits of education bonanza

Assam set to reap benefits of education bonanzaGuwahati, Sept 20 : Assam is set to receive a bonanza on the education front, with the center announcing plans to fund the creation of three medical colleges.

In India, it has always been felt that development has to be holistic, as only then the country will achieve a double-digit growth rate.

Keeping this in mind, Prime Minster Manmohan Singh, during his recent visit to the state, proposed a mega developmental package for Assam, which included a rupees 
160 crore medical college for Jorhat.

The hospital will be the first of its kind in Upper Assam.


Buddhist funeral for 800 storks in India

Assam MapNew Delhi - Scores of Buddhist villagers in India's north-eastern state of Assam performed a unique funeral ritual for more than 800 endangered storks that died after a tree where they were nesting fell, a news report said Monday.

The Asian openbill storks died when the 200-year-old banyan tree that served as their colony crashed last week into a pond inside a Buddhist monastery some 300 kilometres east of state capital Guwahati, the IANS news agency reported.

The villagers, most of them farmers, considered the banyan tree sacred and believed that the storks were their guardian angels.


Seven suspected militants killed in Assam encounter

Guwahati, Sept 26 : Seven suspected militants were killed in an encounter with the Army in the Bashbari area of Dhubri district in Assam today.

According to official sources, the militants exchanged fire with the troops around 3.30 a. m. during an operation conducted by the Army’s Redhorn Division near the railway tracks between Dhubri and Fakiragram.

Four pistols and revolvers were recovered from them. The identity of the militants is yet to be established. (ANI)


Seven militants killed in gunbattle in north-east India

New Delhi - Seven suspected militants were killed in a gunbattle with Indian Army soldiers in India's north-eastern Assam state on Friday, an army spokesman said.

The soldiers had laid an ambush after intelligence reports indicated movement of militants in Dhubri district of Assam, about 300 kilometres west of the state's main city Guwahati, defence spokesperson Rajesh Kalia said by telephone from Guwahati.

"When the militants fired, our troopers returned fire and seven of the militants were killed," Kalia said. He said the identity of the terrorists was not yet clear.

Revolvers, explosive RDX, grenades, gelatine sticks and wireless sets were found on the dead militants.


Assam clashes, Shoot-at-sight orders

Assam, GuwahatiGuwahati, Oct 4 : The Assam Government has issued shoot-at-sight orders today in curfew-bound Udalguri District where at least seven persons were killed and more than 50 injured in clashes between two communities on Friday.

Inspector General of Assam Police (Law and Order) Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta said, "We have asked police, paramilitary and Army soldiers to shoot anybody found indulging in violent activities."


25 killed in Assam as violence escalates

Guwahati, AssamGuwahati, Oct 5 : Over 25 people have been killed in communal clashes in Assam as the situation turned critical between the local tribals and Bangladeshi migrants in Udalguri and Darrang Districts of the state, according to unconfirmed reports.

Today, the violence spread to Rauta village in Udalguri District, about 80 kms east of Guwahati, where a large number of houses have been burnt down.

On Saturday, the Assam Government had issued shoot-at-sight orders in curfew-bound Udalguri District to paramilitary forces and the Army in order to curb the violence.


80,000 flee after communal clashes claim 40 lives in India's Assam

Guwahati, AssamNew Delhi - India's north-eastern state of Assam deployed thousands of additional police to stem clashes between Bodo tribals and Muslim migrants from Bangladesh that have claimed 40 lives and displaced as many as 80,000 villagers, officials said Monday.

The clashes erupted in Udalgiri and Darrang districts about 70 kilometres north of state capital Guwahati on Friday evening.

The violence spread to the Baksa and Sonitpur districts in the region and on Monday clashes between Muslims and the Rabhas tribe were reported from the western district of Goalpara.


Assam violence toll rises to 40

Assam, GuwahatiGuwahati, Oct 6 : The death toll in Assam’s Udalguri and Darrang districts, dogged by clashes between Bodos and illegal Bangladeshi migrants, rose to 40 on Saturday with the violence spreading to neighbouring Chirang district.

Miscreants killed two people, including a pregnant woman, and injured two others in Chirang district, which led to blockade of the National Highway 31(C) by Bodo protesters, the police said.


Victims of ethnic violence in Assam throng relief camps for shelter

Darrang/Udalguri (Assam), Oct 7 : Hundreds of riot victims are thronging relief camps in Assam after at least 40 people were killed and thousands were left homeless by ethnic clashes between Bodo tribals and Bangladeshi settlers.

Women living in the relief camps said they were relieved to be alive.

"Much injustice has been done to our people. At present we are here, coming from far away places and we are facing a lot of difficulties. We somehow managed to escape running through the fields and reached here," said Munu Boro, a riot victim.


Normalcy returns to violence-hit Assam districts

AssamGuwahati, Oct 07: The situation in violence-hit areas of Assam remained calm on Tuesday with no overnight incidents reported.

Assam Government spokesman and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the situation is fast returning to normal with security forces able to quell the clashes although curfew and shoot-at-sight orders are continuing.

An estimated 8,000 police, army and paramilitary troops were deployed in Udalguri, Darrang, Baska, and Chirang district of Assam after violence broke out on Friday between tribal Bodos and Muslim migrant settlers.


Nearly 50 dead in anti-Muslim violence in India's Assam state

New Delhi - Nearly 50 dead in anti-Muslim violence in India's Assam state The death toll in clashes between Bodo tribesmen and Muslim settlers in India's north-eastern state of Assam rose to 49 and more than 100,000 people fled their homes, officials said Tuesday.

"As many as 49 people have died in violence in four districts, most of them in the Udalgiri and Darrang districts north of state capital Guwahati since Friday," Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said by telephone.


Assam violence toll rises to 51

Assam MapGuwahati, Oct 8 : The death toll in Assam’s Udalguri and Darrang Districts, dogged by clashes between Bodos and illegal Bangladeshi migrants has risen to 51 with the recovery of 11 bodies today.


ULFA wants ouster of Bangladeshi, Nepali migrants from Assam

ULFA wants ouster of Bangladeshi, Nepali migrants from AssamNew Delhi, Oct 12 : The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has sought expulsion of Bangladeshi immigrants from Assam, a demand that is significant as most of the top leaders of the outfit are believed to be sheltered in the neighbouring country.

ULFA Chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, who made it clear that his outfit will not tolerate any kind of intrusion in Assam, also sought ouster of Nepali migrants from the state.


23 killed in Assam bus accident

23 killed in Assam bus accidentDhubri (Assam), Oct 14 : At least 23 people were killed and 44 others injured in a bus accident in lower Assam''s Dhubri District in the wee hours on Tuesday.

According to official sources, the accident took place at around 12:55 a. m. when a speeding bus collided with a truck at Bengtoli Chariali under Bilasipara police station of the district.

The bus was on its way from Pagladia to Hajo. 

Fifteen people died on the spot and eight others, including five women, six children, succumbed to their injuries at Bilasipara Hospital.


23 killed in Assam bus accident

Assam, GuwahatiDhubri (Assam), Oct 14 : At least 23 people were killed and 44 others injured in a bus accident in lower Assam''s Dhubri District in the wee hours on Tuesday.

According to official sources, the accident took place at around 12:55 a. m. when a speeding bus collided with a truck at Bengtoli Chariali under Bilasipara police station of the district.

The bus was on its way from Pagladia to Hajo.


President on 5-day tour to Assam, Meghalaya from tomorrow

President PatilNew Delhi, Oct 18 : President Pratibha Patil will begin her five-day tour to Assam and Meghalaya from tomorrow.

In Guwahati, the President will present the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Award to noted film personality Shabana Azmi and Journalist Shekhar Gupta on Sunday.

On Monday, she is scheduled to give away the Nirmal Gram Awards. Gram panchayats comprising from 13 states of the Eastern and North Eastern part of the country will receive these awards formally.


Family killed in India for allegedly practicing witchcraft

Family killed in India for allegedly practicing witchcraft New Delhi- Three members of a family in India's north- eastern state of Assam were killed Saturday on suspicion of practicing witchcraft, a news report said Saturday.

The incident took place in the Balipara town in the Sonitpur district 230 kilometres north-east of the main city of Guwahati, the IANS news agency reported.


President Patil to give away Nirmal Gram Awards today

President Patil to give away Nirmal Gram Awards todayGuwahati, Oct 20 : President Pratibha Patil will give away the Nirmal Gram Awards here today. Gram panchayats comprising from 13 states of the Eastern and North Eastern part of the country will receive these awards formally.

President Patil, who arrived here yesterday, presented the Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Award to noted film personality Shabana Azmi and Journalist Shekhar Gupta.


President Patil says strong medical system is must for country''s health

President Pratibha PatilGuwahati, Oct 21 : President Pratibha Patil today said that there is an urgent need for augmenting medical institutions in the country.

Laying the foundation stone of the Tezpur Medical College in Sonitpur district of Assam, Patil said the country has at present 271 medical colleges out of which about 31,000 medical graduates pass out every year.


People in violence hit north Assam seek peace and harmony

Guwahati, AssamGuwahati , Oct. 22 : The recent violence in Udalguri and Darrang districts of north Assam has left local residents of the region, devastated. The victims of the communal riot appeal all to restore peace and harmony to let the normal life resume.

Lamenting the ugly turn of the event, Bodos and Muslims, among whom the riot took place, doesn’t deny the hand of local militants behind the communal violence.


Assam Health Ministry Working To Stabilize The State’s Population

State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that state health department has already taken several steps to control population.

He said that the health department has accorded top priority to population control for 2009-10. There has already been a decline in the population growth rate of Assam, and the next survey will make this clear.

He added that that the Janani Suraksha Yojana, which provides financial incentive of Rs 1,400 to a mother in the event of a delivery in a government hospital, would now offer another Rs 1,000 if the family concerned opted for family planning.


Five rebels killed in north-eastern India

AssamNew Delhi  - Five separatist rebels were killed in a gun battle with security forces in India's north-eastern Assam state, news reports said Sunday.

The clash took place late Saturday in a forest area of Nalbari district, about 90 kilometres west of Assam's main city Guwahati, IANS news agency reported quoting police officials.

"A joint team of police, paramilitary and Indian Army soldiers raided the forest reserve following specific intelligence inputs about the presence of a group of militants," army spokesman R Kalia said.


Visit Umananda temple near Guwahati to meet rare Golden Langurs

Assam, GuwahatiGuwahati, Oct. 26 : A visit to the Umananda Temple at Peacock Island near Guwahati offers a chance to see the endangered Golden langurs (Trachypithecus Geei), a rare species of primates. They have taken shelter in the compound here.

Built by an Ahom king in 1594, the temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. It is today visited by scores of such tourists who come here particularly for these rare monkeys and enjoy spending time with them.

At this temple, the Hindu gods and goddesses are engraved on the rock walls. These sculptures represent the craftsmanship of the Assamese artisans.


Assam: Five suspected ULFA militants killed in gunbattle

Guwahati, Oct 26: Five suspected United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) members have been killed in a joint raid involving the police, paramilitary and army soldiers in Assam''s Nalbari District, officials said on Sunday.

Army spokesman Colonel R. Kalia said, "A joint team of police, paramilitary and army soldiers raided the reserve forest following specific intelligence inputs about the presence of a group of militants."

The gunfight took place late on Saturday at the Mahina reserve forest in Nalbari District.

The firefight began soon after the joint team entered the area, said the official, and added, “The encounter lasted for close to three hours and we managed to gun down five of them."


Visit Umananda temple near Guwahati to meet rare Golden Langurs

Guwahati, Oct.26: A visit to the Umananda Temple at Peacock Island near Guwahati offers a chance to see the endangered Golden langurs (Trachypithecus Geei), a rare species of primates. They have taken shelter in the compound here.
 
Built by an Ahom king in 1594, the temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. It is today visited by scores of such tourists who come here particularly for these rare monkeys and enjoy spending time with them.

At this temple, the Hindu gods and goddesses are engraved on the rock walls. These sculptures represent the craftsmanship of the Assamese artisans.


Seven killed, thousands homeless from flooding in north-east India

New Delhi - Floods and landslides caused by heavy rains killed seven people and displaced tens of thousands of villagers in India's north-eastern states since the weekend, officials and reports said Wednesday.

The rains inundated hundreds of villages in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya states forcing thousands of people to take shelter on higher ground, embankments, canals and roofs of buildings.

In Assam, an estimated 150,000 people in 100 villages across the four districts of Lakhimpur, Rangiya, Sonitpur and Baksa were affected by the floods.


Five killed in serial blasts across India's Assam state

AssamNew Delhi - At least five people were killed and 50 injured in a series of 10 bombings that rocked India's north-eastern state of Assam on Thursday, news reports said.

Several blasts targeted crowded market areas and a court complex in the state's main city of Guwahati, the IANS news agency reported.

There were 10 blasts in all including explosions in Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta areas, the report said.

Several militant outfits with demands ranging from autonomy to secession are active in the north-eastern state.


Several injured in serial blasts in Assam

Several injured in serial blasts in AssamGuwahati, Oct 30 : Several persons were injured in at least four serial blasts that took place in Ganeshguri, Fancy Bazaar, Dispur Road and Paan Bazaar areas of Guwahati this afternoon.

It is believed that the bombs were placed in cars.

TV channels showed footage of extensive damage, with cars and other vehicles going up in flames.

Nature of explosives is still unknown. Further details are awaited. (ANI)


11 feared dead, 50 injured in Assam serial blasts

11 feared dead, 50 injured in Assam serial blastsGuwahati, Oct 30 : At least 11 persons died and 50 injured in at least 11 serial blasts in Guwahati and Upper Assam this afternoon. All the blasts are said to have taken place within a span of 15 minutes.

According to official sources, one of the blasts took place in front of the Kamrup district deputy commissioner''s office in Guwahati. Two other bombs exploded at Ganeshguri and Fancy Bazaar areas. A yet other blast took place in Barpeta district and two explosions occurred in Bongaigaon area.


ULFA may be behind serial blasts says Assam Government

Assam, GuwahatiGuwahati, Oct 30 : The Assam government on Thursday said that the banned United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) may be behind today’s serial blasts in the state, adding that it was too early to reach a conclusion.

Minutes after the explosions, Assam''s Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told reporters, "It is very early to make a conclusion but ULFA has a history of triggering serial blasts."

Sarma said the objective of triggering the blasts in crowded places was to claim maximum lives.


54 killed in serial bombings in India's Assam state

Guwahati, AssamNew Delhi - At least 54 people were killed and more than 200 injured Thursday in 11 bomb blasts triggered by suspected separatist militants in India's north-eastern state of Assam, officials and news reports said.

Officials said there were 11 blasts within 20 minutes, the first at 11:20 am (0550 GMT).

Four blasts took place in the state capital, Guwahati; three in Barpeta district; three in Kokrajhar district; and one in Bongaigaon district, all in western Assam, the IANS news agency reported.


President Patil condemns Assam serial blasts

Pratiba PatilNew Delhi, Oct 30 : President Pratibha Patil today condemned the series of bomb blasts that took place in Assam in which at least 26 people are feared dead and over 100 injured.

In her message, Patil said, "Such acts are condemnable and there is no place for violence in our society. At this moment all of us should stand united against divisive forces in the country.

At least four blasts were reported from Guwahati and five in Kokrajhar District.


Centre seeks report on Assam serial blasts

Assam, GuwahatiNew Delhi, Oct 30 : The Union Home Ministry has sought an immediate report from the Assam Government on serial blasts, in which at least 26 people are feared dead and over 100 injured.

Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta spoke to Assam Chief Secretary P. C. Sharma, saying the situation was being closely monitored.

The Ministry is keeping a constant watch on the situation, Madhukar Gupta said.


61 killed in serial bombings in India's Assam state

Assam MapNew Delhi  - At least 61 people were killed and 275 injured Thursday in nine bomb blasts triggered by suspected separatist and Muslim militants in India's north-eastern state of Assam, officials said.

There were nine blasts within 20 minutes, the first at 11:20 am (0550 GMT).

Three blasts took place in the state capital, Guwahati; three in Kokrajhar district; two in Barpeta district and one in Bongaigaon district, all in western Assam, a top state spokesman said.


Shivraj Patil to visit Assam today

Shivraj Patil to visit Assam todayGuwahati, Oct 31: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil will visit Assam today to take the stock of the situation after Thursday''s serial blasts in the state.

Senior BJP leader and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, L K Advani, is also scheduled to visit the state later in the day.

Meanwhile, a massive search operation has been launched to arrest those involved in blasts, in which 70 people were killed and over 300 injured.

A seven-member National Security Guard (NSG) team has already reached Guwahati to identify the explosives used in the blasts.


Death toll in serial blasts in India's Assam rises to 74

Death toll in serial blasts in India's Assam rises to 74New Delhi - The death toll in serial bomb explosions that struck India's north-eastern state of Assam rose to 74 Friday with several of the injured succumbing to their injuries overnight, police said.

More than 400 people were injured Thursday in 12 blasts that took place in quick succession - six in Assam's main city of Guwahati and six in the three western districts of Barpeta, Kokrajhar, and Bongaigaon.

The bombs were placed in cars, autorickshaws and drains in busy market areas. They were synchronized to explode within minutes of each other.


Kyndiah condemns Assam blasts

AssamNew Delhi, Oct 31: Condemning the serial blasts in Assam, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs P. R. Kyndiah has said that people of North East should unitedly stand against acts of terrorism.

"The people of Assam in particular and of the North East in general, should stand united against any terrorists or terrorism acts, whose only motive is to spread fear and terror," Kyndiah said.

The Minister further said that the terrorists behind such inhuman and brutal deeds should be traced and caught immediately and given due punishment according to the law.


Uneasy calm in Assam after serial blasts

Uneasy calm in Assam after serial blastsGuwahati, Oct 31 : An uneasy calm prevailed in Assam, a day after a series of bomb blasts in quick succession ripped through Guwahati and three other towns on Thursday in which 70 people were killed and over 300 injured.

Although normalcy is returning, the shock caused by serial explosions is still on in the minds of the people.

Ganeshguri, one of worst affected area in the blast, the otherwise busy area lay deserted this morning with vegetables strewn around the place.


Shivraj Patil visits blast- affected areas in Assam

Guwahati, Oct 31: Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil today visited Kokrajhar to to take the stock of the situation after Thursday''s serial blasts in the state in which 70 people were killed and over 300 injured.

The Home Minister visited the blast sites to access the intensity of the blast. He also visited Kokrajhar Rupnath Brahma Civil Hospital and meet some of the blast victims.

Talking to reporters, he said that he would take the matter with the state government and assured all possible help from the Centre.

Senior BJP leader and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, L K Advani, is also arrived here this morning and visited the blast sites at Panbazar, Kachari Ghat and Ganeshguri and the injured in the hospitals.


Assam death toll touches 77

Death toll in Assam serial blast has touched 77, with 11 more people succumbing to their injuries.  

Out of them, 8 people died in Guwahati taking the death toll in the city to 41. Three others died at Barpeta. The number of deaths in Barpeta and Kokrajhar was reported to be 15 and 21 respectively.

Assam witnessed the deadliest terror attack in recent years in which serial blasts devastated Guwahati, Kokrajahar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta, killing 66 people and injuring about 470 others.


PM to visit Assam

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will visit Assam on Saturday to asses the situation there after the serial blasts. More than 75 people died in the Assam blast.


ISF-IM takes responsibility for Assam blasts

An unknown organization Islamic Security Force-Indian Mujahideen (ISF-IM) has claimed responsibility for the serial blasts in Assam. The group has warned of more such attacks in the North-Eastern State.

ISF-IM has sent an SMS to a local news channel 'News Live' taking the responsibility.

The message said, "We thank all our holy members and partners" for successfully carrying out the task. The SMS came from a Reliance mobile number 98646-93690.

The full text of the SMS reads like this "We, ISF-IM, take the responsibility of yesterday blast. We warn all of Assam and India for situation like this in future. We thank all our holy members and partners. AAamin.”

 Police is investigating into the matter.


Manmohan Singh to visit blast affected areas of Assam

Manmohan Singh to visit blast affected areas of AssamGuwahati, Nov 1: Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will visit Assam today to take the stock of the situation after Thursday''s serial blasts in the state in which 70 people were killed and over 300 injured.

Apart from meeting the State Governor Shiv Charan Mathur and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, the Prime Minister will also visit Guwahati Medical College hospital to see the injured in the blasts.

While strongly condemning the blasts, Dr. Singh said the government would take all possible steps to bring the perpetrators of terror attack to justice.


Indian police arrest three men in connection with Assam bombings

AssamNew Delhi  - Police in India's north-eastern state of Assam have arrested three men and are investigating whether separatist militants received support from terrorist groups to carry out multiple bombings that claimed 77 lives, news reports said Saturday.

Among those arrested overnight were a man whose car was used in one of Thursday's bombings in the state's capital city of Guwahati, the IANS news agency reported quoting the state's senior police official Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta.

Another arrested man's motorcycle was used in a bombing in the western Bongaigaon district.


Indian police arrest three over Assam bombings

Assam Police LogoNew Delhi - Police in India's north-eastern state of Assam have arrested three men and are investigating whether separatist militants received support from terrorist groups to carry out multiple bombings that claimed 81 lives, news reports said Saturday.

Among those arrested overnight were a man whose car was used in one of Thursday's bombings in the state's capital city of Guwahati, the IANS news agency reported quoting the state's senior police official Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta.

Another arrested man's motorcycle was used in a bombing in the western Bongaigaon district.


Shivraj Patil assures help to Assam government to punish perpetrators of blasts

Shivraj Patil, Assam, GuwahatiGuwahati, Nov 1 : The Centre has assured its full cooperation to the Assam Government on Saturday in finding and punishing the perpetrators of the serial blasts in the state.

Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil, who visited the blast sites at Kokrajhar and Barpeta District of the state, said both the Centre and the state government would ensure that such incidents do not recur.

He also visited Barpeta civil hospital to inquire about the well being of the injured in the blasts and spoke to senior police officials as well.


Assam blast: VHP calls for 12 hours shutdown today

Assam blast: VHP calls for 12 hours shutdown todayGuwahati, Nov 1 : The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has today called for a 12-hour shutdown in Assam that was rocked by serial blasts on October 30, leaving over 70 people dead.

The VHP, which is protesting against the failure of the government to protect the people from the blasts in the state, is joined by the Bajrang Dal and Assam Chamber of Commerce.

Shops and businesses establishments remained closed and vehicles remained off the roads.


PM, Sonia visit Assam blast victims

Manmohan Singh, Sonia GandhiGuwahati, Nov 1 : Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi visited the victims of Assam blasts at a hospital in Guwahati on Saturday.

Dr. Singh and Sonia arrived in Guwahati this afternoon and drove straight to the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital to meet the injured in the serial blasts of October 30.

There was tight security around the hospital.

They will also visit Guwahati Medical College Hospital to know the well being of the injured admitted there.


VHP stages demonstration in Delhi protesting Assam blasts

VHP LogoNew Delhi, Nov 1 : The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) staged a demonstration in New Delhi on Saturday protesting against the serial blasts that rocked Assam on October 30 leaving over 70 people dead.

The VHP activists blamed the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government for its failure to contain the militant attacks in the country.


Ban Ki-moon condems Assam Blasts

Ban Ki-moon condems Assam Blasts United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the serial blasts that devastated Assam on Last Thursday.

More than 75 people died in Assam Blast.

"The Secretary General expresses his deep sorrow and sympathy to the Government and people of India for the loss of life and destruction caused by series of bombings in the northeast of the country," a UN statement said.

More than 450 people were seriously injured in the Assam blasts.


Assam blast: Situation remains tense after serial blast on Sunday

Assam blast: Situation remains tense after serial blast on SundayGuwahati, Nov 2 : The overall situation remained tense in Assam on Sunday even though a massive hunt is on by the security forces to apprehend the culprits involved in Thursday''s serial blasts at 12 places killing over 70 people and leaving over 300 injured.

People are still scared to move out to crowded places in the blast-hit Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Barpeta Road and Bongaigaon, according to reports.

Markets and other business activities remained almost closed since the incidents took place on Thursday. 


Militants with foreign backing behind blasts: Assam CM

Assam Chief Minister Tarun GogoiGuwahati, Nov 3 : Without naming any country, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Sunday blamed disruptive forces with foreign backing for the recent blasts in the state.

"Forces inimical to Assam have been existing in Assam for a long time and there is no doubt that they get full backing and shelter in foreign soil,” said Gogoi.

“We have repeatedly made it clear that as long as these forces get shelter in foreign soil, it is very difficult to contain them," Gogoi added.


Assam forms Special Task Force to deal with militancy

Guwahati, Nov 3: The Assam Government has decided to constitute a Special Task Force headed by an Inspector General of Police (IGP) rank officer to deal with militancy and combat Jehadi forces in the state.

It will be formed in line with the National Security Guards (NSG).

Two battalions of the STF will be raised at the initial stage. The State Government will also form a Security Advisory Council by involving retired police officers to guide the Government in security and law and order-related matters.


11 hour AASU shutdown in Assam

AssamGuwahati, Nov 3 : The All Assam Students'''' Union (AASU) called for an 11-hour shutdown on Monday to protest against the failure of the Assam Government to protect the people from the recent serial blasts.

The union shortened its proposed 24-hour shutdown to 11-hours to reduce inconvenience to the family members of the injured who have to commute to the hospitals.

The shutdown began from 6:00 a. m..

" We cannot tolerate such barbaric acts. It is the handiwork of the fundamentalist groups and the government is aware about these fundamentalist groups,” said Sammujal Bhattacharya, advisor, AASU.


Strike shuts down India's Assam state to protest serial blasts

Guwahati, AssamNew Delhi - Businesses and schools shut down Monday in India's north-eastern state of Assam as part of a strike called to protest serial bombings there last week, which left 81 people dead and more than 300 injured, news reports said.

The 11-hour dawn-to-dusk strike was called by the influential All Assam Students' Union, which has accused the government of failing to fight terrorism.


Two more arrests in Assam blast case

The Assam police have arrested two more suspects in connection with the serial blasts that devastated the state.

The two suspected -- Muzamul Haque and Anwarlul Haque--were arrested from Lakhimpur.

With these arrests total number of persons nabbed by the police rose to five. Earlier three persons were arrested on Saturday.

According to police- the two were in car-theft racket. They changed the number of those vehicles which were used in Guwahati and Bongaigaon blasts.

The police have got vital clues. It would soon zero in on the culprits responsible for the blasts, said Official spokesman and principal secretary (Home) Subhas Das.


Gogoi: Assam to form Special Task Force

The Assam Government has decided to constitute a Special Task Force to combat deal with militancy and combat terrorist activities in the state.

It will work on the lines National Security Guards (NSG).

At the initial level two battalions of the STF will be raised. One Inspector General of Police (IGP) rank officer will head STF.

This was announced by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi while talking to reporters. A new police district will be formed exclusively for Guwahati headed by a Commissioner rank officer.


Police releases sketch of Assam blasts suspect

Guwahati, AssamGuwahati , Nov 4 : The Assam Police today released the sketch of a suspect involved in Thursday''s serial blasts that killed over 80 people and left over 300 injured.

According to police, the sketch tallied 77 per cent with the person suspected to be responsible for the explosion at the Deputy Commissioner''s office compound in Kamrup where the Chief Judicial Magistrate''s court is also located.


Terror resurfaces in Assam

AssamGuwahati, Nov 4: Terror has resurfaced in Assam with the October 30 serial bomb blasts claiming the lives of more than sixty people and leaving over 200 injured. That figure has since gone up to 80 dead and over 300 injured.

First of its kind in Assam, the eleven serial blasts in the four districts of Assam - Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon and Barpeta – has left the whole nation shocked. Who is behind this bloody attack on humanity is not known but the usual suspect seems to be the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), which has been hobnobbing with Bangladesh based jehadi elements for quite sometime.


Assamese take out candle light march for bomb blast victims

AssamGuwahati, Nov. 4 : Monday saw a large number of residents here participating in a candlelight march to pray for people who had lost their lives in last week’s 12 serials blasts.

There is shock and anguish among residents.

People emerged out to express their solidarity with the victims.


Tata Tele Launches Service In Assam, Invests Rs 100 Crore

Tata Tele Launches Service In Assam, Invests Rs 100 CroreTata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) announced that it has rolled out CDMA operations in the Assam circle with an initial investment of Rs 100 croreit.

In the early stage of launch, TTSL will offer seamless coverage in 31 towns of Assam and will shortly be introducing services in the North East region.

According to the sources, the company has launched a range of products, which include prepaid and postpaid mobile services, photon-high speed internet access, fixed wireless telephony under the brand name Walky Talky and a host of value-added services.


Seven more detained in Assam Blast case

The Assam police has detained seven more persons from lower Assam's Nalbari district in connection with the serial blast.

They were being brought to Guwahati for interrogation.

Police picked up them on the leads thrown up by the Maurti cars. Maruti cars were used to trigger blasts across Assam. Two of those cars were sold at New Delhi and Itanagar, informed a police official.

Meanwhile investigation revealed that the number plate used on the cars were fake.

Earlier the police had arrested five persons including — two in Nagaon, one in the city and two in Lakhmipur district.

The serial blast that devastated Assam on 30 October, took 81 lives and injured 826 people.


Jorhat emerging as Assam’s education capital

Guwahati, AssamJorhat (Assam), Nov. 7 : Assam’s Jorhat district is steadily emerging as the education capital of the State.

With a literacy rate of 77.91 percent, which is way above the State average of 64.28 per cent and the national rate of 65.38 per cent, Jorhat is an inspiration for other parts of the State.

Many people are of the opinion that Jorhat also has the highest number of doctrates. It has shown the path to success to the other 26 districts of Assam.


‘Vitamin A’ Kills A Kid In Assam

Kid Dies After Taking ‘Vitamin A’ In AssamA magisterial enquiry on Friday was ordered by Cachar Deputy Commissioner Goutam Ganguli after a minor kid died and seven others fell ill after being administered vitamin ‘A’ vaccine at Katigora village near Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam’s Cachar region.

According to sources, a 3-year-old child Abdur Samad, who was given the medicine during a special statewide campaign ‘Vitamin A Supplementation Week’ at Gaurigram village, died at the Silchar Medical College Hospital (SMCH) on Thursday night.
 


Assam to recruit additional 4000 police personnel to check terror

Assam to recruit additional 4000 police personnel to check terrorGuwahati, Nov. 9 : The Government of Assam has decided to recruit 4,000 more police personnel in all ranks to augment the strength of the force to over 65,000 within the year as part of a counter-terrorism plan.

Revealing this here, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said this augmentation of the police force was necessary as in the last eight years; the state had experienced 605 bomb blasts, each of which had caused considerable devastation to life and property. He also added that police and other security personnel had recovered or diffused over


Assam blasts: Police say finger points to NDFB, HUJI involvement

AssamNew Delhi, Nov. 10 : With the Government of Assam having already announced plans to enhance its security apparatus to counter terrorism in the state, the investigations into the October 30 serial bombings have taken on a new hue with evidence pointing to the involvement of the rebel National Democratic Front of Bodoland
(NDFB) and the Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami.

According to a report in The Hindu, two of the three Maruti 800 cars used as bombs were purchased by the NDFB less than six weeks before the attacks that claimed the lives of seventy-seven people.


Guwahati students rally against serial blasts

Guwahati students rally against serial blastsGuwahati, Nov 12: Hundreds of students took to streets here on Tuesday to protest against the recent serial blasts in the state that killed over 80 people and left over 300 injured.

The protest was organised under the aegis of the All Assam Students Union (AASU).

The students, holding banners and placards marched down the streets of the city, which was recently rocked by serial blasts.

Blaming the illegal immigrants from Bangladesh for the blasts, the protesters said, they wanted to put pressure to make the government to take action against militants.


President Patil’s visit brings hope to northeast

Assam, GuwahatiGuwahati, Nov. 13 (ANI): People in Assam became aware of many educational and social projects during the visit of President Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

President Patil during her five-day visit inaugurated several infrastructural and developmental projects in the region.

In the first leg of her visit, President Patil was in Assam. She laid foundation stone of the Tezpur Medical College. Just a few months ago Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had inaugurated the Jorhat Medical College.


AGP joins hands with BJP in Assam

The political scenario in Assam took a new color when The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) returned to the NDA on Thursday, with a saying “to free Assam from the tyranny of the Congress misrule”.

A BJP-AGP joint statement released shortly after the alliance was confirmed said that “permanent solution of basic issues of Assam like implementation of the Assam Accord, sealing of the India-Bangladesh border, issuing photo identity cards after updating the National Register of Citizens, permanent solution of flood problem, bringing peace in Assam through dialogue with militant outfits and granting ST status to six deserving communities of the state as recommended by the Assam assembly”.


India’s first ever museum on explosives in Assam

Assam, GuwahatiGuwahati, Nov. 17 : With terrorist activities becoming a global reality, a lot of people have started showing curiosity in understanding the details of blasts. Such inquisitive people can now educate themselves by visiting the Forensic Science Laboratory in Guwahati which has instituted India’s first ever museum on explosives.

Forensic Science Laboratory in Guwahati is meant to develop methodologies and facilitate in probing blast explosions in detail and thereby preventing such incidents in future.


Home Ministry team visits Assam

Assam, GuwahatiNew Delhi, Nov 19 : A Central team led by the Secretary (Border Management) in the Ministry of Home Affairs Jarnail Singh visited Assam on November 17-18 .

On November 17th, the team held discussions with the State Government officials on issues relating to the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The team also held a meeting with the State Government officials and representatives of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC).


Thousands protest against recent bomb blasts in Assam

AssamGuwahati, Nov. 19 : Thousands of people from all walks of life recently participated in a rally held here to protest against and demanded action against militancy and fundamentalist forces in Assam.

It was for the first time such a huge congregation was witnessed in the north-east.

Shouting slogans like “We want peace”, over 30,000people took to streets of Guwahati to express their resentment and condemn widespread militancy.


CCEA bid to improve weavers’ living condition in Varanasi and Assam

Assam, GuwahatiNew Delhi, Nov 20 : The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday gave its approval to the implementation of the Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme at Varanasi (UP) and Sibsagar (Assam) as a central sector plan scheme with a budget provision of Rs. 140 crore that is Rs. 70 crore for each cluster during the XI five year plan.


Assam Police nab top ULFA leader

Assam, GuwahatiSibsagar (Assam), Nov. 20 : Police in Sibsagar, Assam, have arrested a top ULFA leader Ram Singh.

Shymal Prasad Saikia, the area''s Superintendent of Police, said that Singh had taken shelter with his wife and four-month-old son at a relative''s house in Bakhor Bengena village, when a joint team of army and police apprehended him on Tuesday night. He and his family, besides a relative Atul Buragohain, are presently being interrogated, he said.

Trained from Kachin in Myanmar, Singh was a terror in upper Assam. He was also a bomb expert. (ANI)


Masterminds of Assam blasts identified

Masterminds of Assam blasts identifiedAssam police has arrested 15 persons directly involved in the serial blast that rocked the North-Eastern state on Oct 30.

Master minds behind the blast also have been identified, said Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

"The main brains or sources behind the blasts here are suspected to be based in Bangladesh," he said.

"We have been able to identify all those directly involved in the blasts, barring for the explosion at Kokrajhar," the CM added.


Assam Government takes new measures to stop infiltration

Guwahati, Nov 22 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogai announced new measures to check illegal immigration from Bangladesh.

Addressing the media here on Friday, Gogai said, "The Centre has approved the setting up of two foreigner detention camps at Mankachar in Dhubri and Mahisasur in Karimganj District. Infiltrators declared as foreigners by the Foreigner Tribunals would be detained in those camps.

"The Centre has sanctioned two more India Reserve Battalions as a second line of defence along the 270 kilometre-long Assam-Bangladesh boundary. Steps are being taken to install floodlights in border areas during the night hours," he added


Fresh Bird Flu Outbreak In Assam

Fresh Bird Flu Outbreak In AssamAccording to the health authorities, a fresh outbreak of bird flu was discovered in Hajo block of Kamrup district in Assam. Since last Saturday, over 200 birds have died in the area.  

The state authorities have ordered culling thousands of chicken and ducks.

R. C. Jain, a senior state government official said, “We were informed that the samples sent to laboratories in Bhopal and Pune have been tested positive. So we have ordered for culling in the area, which will start today.”

"It is H5N1 stain," added the official.


Three killed, 30 injured in train blast in India's Assam

AssamNew Delhi - Three people were killed and over 30 injured in a powerful explosion inside a passenger train in India's north-eastern state of Assam on Tuesday, news reports said.

The blast occurred in a carriage of an inter-city passenger train which was stationary at the Diphu railway station, about 300 kilometres east of Assam's main city of Guwahati, IANS news agency reported.

The train was travelling from Guwahati to Tinsukia in eastern Assam.

Police said at least six people were critically injured.


Two killed, 30 injured in Assam train blast

Two killed, 30 injured in Assam train blastGuwahati, Dec 2 : At least two people were reportedly killed and 30 injured in a blast on a passenger train in Assam''s Karbi Anglong District early this morning.

The blast took place at the Diphu station on the Lumding-Tinsukhia passenger train at around 7:50 a. m.

The injured are said to be undergoing treatment at Dimphu Civil Hospital.

Further updates are awaited. (ANI)


Train Blast In Assam

Train Blast In AssamA train blast in Assam on Tuesday killed three people, leaving more than 30 wounded. According to the reports, one person died on the spot while two succumbed to their injuries at a local hospital.

"The train was parked at the Diphu railway station when a powerful explosion went off inside one of the crowded coaches," revealed a railway official.

"There are a large number of women and children among the casualties. The condition of at least six of them are stated to be critical," the police official said.

The police are yet to ascertain the culprits behind the blast.


U.S. Intelligence Had Warned India Of Sea Attack On Mumbai

U.S. Intelligence Had Warned India Of Sea Attack On MumbaiAccording to CNN, United States intelligence agencies had warned India "twice" about a potential maritime attack on Mumbai at least a month before the terror hit the financial capital of India leaving approximately hundred dead and three hundred injured.

"The United States warned the Indian government about a potential maritime attack against Mumbai at least a month before last week's massacre in the country's financial capital," the CNN quoted a US counter-terrorism official as saying.


Bird Flu Outbreak In Assam; 40,000 Poultry Birds Culled

Bird Flu Outbreak In Assam; 40,000 Poultry Birds Culled Assam authorities ordered to kill 40,000 poultry as there is deadly bird flu virus in the region. The poultry targeted includes chickens and ducks.

Deputy Director of the Assam Veterinary department, Manoranjan Choudhury said, “Culling operations are on in the district of Kamrup since Friday and so far about 40,000 chickens and ducks were killed.”  


Bird Flu Spreads To Barpeta, Nalbari In Assam

Bird Flu Spreads To Barpeta, Nalbari In AssamBird Flu virus has spread to two more regions including Barpeta and Nalbari in lower Assam.

The fresh outbreak prompted the State Veterinary department to start the culling of thousands of chickens in these regions.

The samples, which were sent to laboratories in Bhopal, have tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza.

The State Government has ordered culling operations and Rapid Response Teams (RRT)s have already begun going from house-to-house asking the habitants to give away their poultry birds to them.


Eight militants surrender in Assam

Eight militants surrender in AssamMorigaon (Assam), Dec 7 : Eight members of a banned militant outfit have surrendered in Assam.

They surrendered militants belonged to the "Karbi Longri National Liberation Front."

The militants laid down their arms before Major General Chander Prakash of Indian army''s Redhorn Division at Jagi road in Morigaon district on Saturday.

One of the militants said he was forced to join the outfit against his will.


Culling continues in Assam, as bird flu spreads

Kamrup (Assam), Dec 8: At least 100,000 birds have been culled in Assam after bird flu began to spread in an alarming manner.

More than 100,000 chickens and ducks have been be slaughtered over the weekend in around 20 villages, after one of them, just 35 km of Guwahati, was hit by bird flu.

Authorities are worried about a new outbreak after some poultry deaths were reported in Palasbari.

"It is around between two to three lakh. About two lakh more need to be culled," said S L Mewara, the state''s commissioner of veterinary and animal husbandry department.

The virus has now spread to Barpeta and Nalbari districts besides Kamrup district.


Asian rights body''s five steps to end systemic failures in India

AssamGuwahati, Dec. 9 : India is making the same mistakes in handling its internal conflicts as it did in tackling the external attacks on Mumbai.

This is one of the findings of the Asian Council of Human Right''s in its India Human Rights Report 2008.

The report underlines that human rights violations by the State, combined with the failure of State institutions to address these violations, are fuelling internal conflict.


Tea sector hit by crisis: Rs 2,800-cr package awaits Centre’s nod

Tea sector hit by crisis: Rs 2,800-cr package awaits Centre’s nodA stimulus package for the crisis-hit tea industry in the country has been prepared by the Commerce Ministry, following a big economic crisis. The basic aim of the package, worth Rs 2,800 crore, which is submitted to the Government for Cabinet approval, is to improve the tea plantations.

It was announced by the Minister of State for Commerce, Jairam Ramesh, while launching the new e-auction and a GI logo for Assam orthodox tea at the Guwahati Tea Auction Centre that the tea growing states like Assam would immensely benefit from the new scheme.


Bird Flu Virus Spreads To More Areas In Assam

Bird FluThe deadly bird flu virus has taken more Assam regions under its jaws although more than 200,000 poultry birds have been culled during the last two weeks.

New bird flu cases have been detected at Khanapara in Guwahati, Dikom region of Dibrugarh district in Upper Assam and Bejera area of Kamrup district.

The districts witnessing the bird flu outbreak include Kamrup (Metro), Kamrup (Rural), Dibrugarh, Nalbari, Barpeta and Chirang.


Bird Flu Outbreak In Assam; Culling Of Poultry Begins

Bird Flu Outbreak In Assam; Culling Of Poultry BeginsThe Assam Government has declared a high alert following the rapid spread of deadly bird flu outbreak to newer areas in the state.

Thus far, seven Assam districts, which include Nalbari, Barpeta, Baksa, Bongaigaon, Dibrugarh, Kamrup (rural) and Kamrup (city) have been hit hard.

According to officials, mass culling of poultry has begun in these areas, and around 40,000 poultry birds will be culled by the end of this week.


Ceasefire-bound militant outfits in Assam call for peace

assamGuwahati, Dec. 16 : Ceasefire-bound militant groups, academics and social activists recently called a convention `In Search of Peace' at the Guwahati University, which called for an end to violence in the State.

Organised by the Peace and Conflict section of the University''s political science department, the conclave had representatives from tribal and student organizations, including the All Assam Students Union (AASU) and the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU).


Rugby gaining popularity among Assamese youth

Assam, GuwahatiGuwahati, Dec. 16 : Rugby is gaining enormous popularity among sports enthusiasts of Assam particularly with the youth.

Rugby lovers from different parts of the State recently participated in a State level selection Rugby camp held in Guwahati.

Organised by Rugby Association of Assam, the Rugby camp offered a new hope to the local footballers to create a niche for them in the state.


First phase of culling operation completed in Assam

First phase of culling operation completed in AssamGuwahati, Dec 17 : The first phase of culling operation has been completed in the bird flu-affected Kamrup, Nalbari, Barpeta and Dibrugarh districts of Assam.

One lakh more poultry birds are to be culled in these areas during mopping operations, which has already been taken up.

Culling operation in Sarpara, Patgaon and Raja Bazar areas of Kamrup district has been completed.

No fresh report of spread of the disease has been received from anywhere in the State.


Culling process in Assam to be over today

Culling process in Assam to be over todayGuwahati, Dec 19 : The culling process of poultry in the bird flu affected areas in Assam is expected to be completed by this evening.

The disease has been identified in 12 locations in seven districts in the State.

According to State Director of vetenary Dr. Aswani Katoky, except few areas of Kharghuli, Sirang and Bongaigaon districts, culling has been completed in all other locations.

Around 450 thousand poultry birds have culled so far in the state. The affected districts will be kept under surveillance for at least three months to prevent recurrence of the bird flu.


Assam Blasts, Riots To Be Investigated By CBI

Assam Blasts, Riots To Be Investigated By CBI The series of blasts on October 30 at four places in Assam, including Guwahati will now be investigated by the CBI The state government had set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT), led by an inspector general of police (IGP), to investigate the serial explosions, but despite 11 arrests, the SIT was unable to make any headway in the case. The decision to handover the investigation into the serial blasts and the ethnic violence, to the CBI was taken after an all-party meeting convened by the state Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.


Bird Flu Spreads To New Areas In Assam

Bird Flu Spreads To New Areas In AssamThe Assam government has made it clear that the avian influenza has spread to new areas of the state.

Sources in the Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department said that the deadly bird flu virus was confirmed in about 15 more villages. The health authorities have been asked to cull nearly 70,000 birds in these areas.

Speaking on this, a veterinary department official said, “So far about 150 villages in eight Assam districts were hit by bird flu and Rapid Response Teams have already slaughtered about 510,000 chickens and ducks since November 27.”


All-women bank in rural Assam

Assam, GuwahatiJorhat (Assam),Dec. 30 : The Konoklota Mahila urban co-operative bank Ltd. in Jorhat, Assam is ushering in a new era of rural banking.

Facilitating micro-banking, advancing micro credit and providing micro insurance facilities, the all-women set up here bank here is going all out to make rural women become self-reliant.

The bank recently launched customer service centre at Dhekorgorah under North-west Jorhat Development Block.


Chidambaram to review security situation in Assam

Chidambaram to review security situation in AssamGuwahati, Jan 1 : Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram will visit Assam today to review the security situation in the State.

During his visit, he will meet Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and the Unified Command to know about the present security scenario.

Issues like the establishment of a National Security Guard (NSG) hub at Guwahati, cross-border terrorism along Bangladesh boundary and strengthening of intelligence network among the North-eastern states are expected to be discussed during the meeting.


Five dead, 51 wounded in blasts in India's Assam state

Five dead, 51 wounded in blasts in India's Assam stateNew Delhi - At least five people were killed and 51 wounded when suspected separatist rebels carried out three blasts in Guwahati, the main city of India's north-east Assam state Thursday, officials said.

"There were three low-intensity bombings across Guwahati in which five people died. Fifty one people were wounded out of which 15 are in a serious condition," Deba Bora, spokesman of the Assam government told reporters.


Three dead, 26 wounded in blasts in India's Assam state

New Delhi  - At least three people were killed and 26 injured when three blasts struck busy market places and other areas in Guwahati, the main city of India's north-east Assam state Thursday, police said.

"There were three bombings across Guwahati in which three people died and upto 26 were injured. Four of the injured are in a critical condition," Assam police chief GM Srivastava told reporters.

The first blast took place in Birubari, a residential area at 2.30 pm local time (9 am GMT), injuring two people.

The explosion was followed by another blast in a vegetable market in the Bhutnath area at 5.15 pm, wounding another 20 people.


Eighteen wounded in three blasts in India's Assam state

New Delhi - At least 18 people were wounded when three blasts struck Guwahati, the main city of India's north-east Assam state Thursday, news reports said.

The first blast took place in the Birubari, a residential area at 2:30 pm (0900 GMT), injuring two people, the NDTV network reported.

The explosion was followed by another blast in a vegetable market in the Bhutnath area at 5:15 pm (1145 GMT), wounding another 12 people.

There was a third blast at the upmarket Bhangagarh area outside a shopping mall half an hour later where at least four people were injured, police told the news channel.

The blasts occurred ahead of a visit by Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram to the state.


Assam militants to face stern action, says Chidambaram

P ChidambaramGuwahati, Jan 2 : Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said that militancy will be dealt with firmly for restoration of normalcy and development in the North East.

Talking to reporters after reviewing the security scenario of Assam at a Unified Command meeting held under the chairmanship of State Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in Dispur, he said, security forces have been asked to be more stern on the militants and no quarter will be given to them to escape.


5 Killed, 51 Injured In Guwahati Bomb Blasts

5 Killed, 51 Injured In Guwahati Bomb BlastsOn Thursday afternoon, Assam's major city Guwahati was rocked by three bomb blasts in which five people were dead and almost 51 others injured just hours before Union Home Minister P Chidambaram reached in the city.

Total of three bomb blasts were of low intensity and are thought to have been carried out by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) using improvised explosive device (IED).


Jorhat plays host to its first ever Vedic conference

AssamJorhat (Assam), Jan. 3 : The Sri Sri Dakhimpat Satra a religious institution of India''s North Eastern Assam, recently hosted a five-day long Vedic Sammelan (conference) at Notun Dakhimpat Satra in Sotai with the aim of restoring peace and harmony in the entire country.

The conference was held between December 25 and 29, and was reportedly the first of its kind to be held here.


Winter session of Assam Assembly to begin on Monday

Guwahati, Jan 4 : The week-long Winter Session of the Assam Legislative Assembly will begin on Monday.

There will be altogether six working days during the Session.

The House is likely to pass as many as nine Government bills including the separation of Judiciary from the executives in the two hill districts of Karbi Anglong and North Cachar, and setting up of private sector Don Bosco University in the State.

The House is expected to begin with a stormy note in view of two serial bomb blasts in the State on October 30 and January 1.

The issues of security lapses and infiltration of Jehadi elements to the State from Bangladesh may also come up for discussion during the session. (ANI)


Assam security being strengthened

AssamGuwahati Jan 5 : Assam Governor Shiv Charan Mathur today said that State Government has decided to set up a specialised body on the lines of the National Security Guards (NSG) to deal with explosive devices.

Addressing the Winter Session of the State Assembly, he said, "In the wake of increasing terror attacks in the state, a specialised body would be formed for dealing with explosive devices."

"A number of decisions have also been taken for improving the functioning of police to counter such incidents in the future," he added.

There will be altogether six working days during the Session.


We cannot unseat legislators: Supreme Court

CBIThe Supreme Court observed that legislators cannot be unseated by courts, where as, it is the presiding officer of the house who is the appropriate authority for disqualifying a legislator.

These observations were made by a bench consisting of Chief Justice K. G. Balakrishnan, Justice Makandey Katju and Justice P. Sathasivam, while hearing a public interest lawsuit by Birendrah Singh, in which he sought disqualification of Congress parliamentarian Moni Kumar Subba from Tezpur in Assam.

Singh argued that Subba belongs to Nepal, from where he fled after committing a crime and is not an Indian citizen.


39th All India Police Science Congress calls for better training to fight terror

AssamGuwahati, Jan. 22: The recently held 39th All India Police Science Congress at Guwahati in Assam has given a call to provide better training and motivation to police personnel to fight terrorism in urban cities of the country.

The three-day police science congress recommended separation of investigation from maintenance of law and order. It also suggested an increase in the police-population ratio across India.

Senior police officials called for advance planning to fight urban terrorism efficiently.


Police Congress in India''s northeast calls for better training

Indian PoliceGuwahati, Jan. 22: The 39th All India Police Science Congress at Guwahati in India''s northeast Assam has called for better training and motivation of police personnel to fight urban terrorism.

The three-day Police Congress recommended separation of investigation from maintenance of law and order. It also suggested an increase in the police-population ratio across India.

Senior police officials called for advance planning to fight urban terrorism efficiently.


Republic Day celebrated peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir, Assam

Security beefed up in north-east as militants call R-Day boycottSrinagar, Jan. 26 : Despite a boycott call given by the extremists, Republic Day was celebrated with great patriotism and fervour on Monday here.

The main programme was held at the Bakshi Stadium where the state's Rural Development Minister Ali Mohammed Sagar unfurled the national flag and took the salute.

Defying the boycott call, people came out in large numbers to witness the flag hoisting ceremony followed by a colourful cultural programme.


Information and Broadcasting Ministry starts a community radio workshop in Guwahati

Assam MapGuwahati, Jan. 28 : The Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has begun a two-day Community Radio Awareness workshop from Wednesday.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi inaugurated the workshop.

The Sixth Regional Consultation will focus mainly on educational institutions and civil society organizations based in the north east.

With 37 stations accredited to educational institutions, community radio has achieved the desired result in empowering society through its knowledge-based programmes.

Official sources said more such community radio stations are in the pipeline. (ANI)


Seminar on peace and development in northeast

AssamGuwahati, Feb. 3 : Various members belonging to intelligentsia, peace workers, academicians and social activist groups from different states of the northeast India recently participated in a seminar on issues related to peace and development.

The two-day workshop-cum-seminar had a theme ''Peace Alone Leads to Development and Prosperity''. It was held to provide various representatives from northeastern states, a platform to interact and share views on the futility of violence and discuss how to bring peace in the region.


Self help groups transforming Assam

Self help groups transforming AssamJorhat, Feb. 4 : Women across the country can take inspiration from the united efforts of Assamese women who are transforming their lives without depending on the government for their welfare.

In Assam's Jorhat district, self-help groups have benefited a lot of people, especially the women.

One of such groups is Ramdhenu Atmohohaiyo Goot, a women''s self-help group which has helped create avenues of self-employment in the rural areas.

Started by a group of 15 women in 2005, with a bank loan of Rs. 30,000, Ramdhenu Atmohohaiyo Goot is making a difference to several lives here.


Militants forget victims’ families live a ruined life after blasts

Assam, GuwahatiGuwahati, Feb. 4 : The militants while unleashing violence forget to realize how the victims of their acts would suffer long after people would forget the incident. It affects so many lives and gravely destroys hopes and dreams of victims' families.

Forty four-year-old Dhiren Kakati died in last month's bomb blast in Guwahati city. He worked with the Indian railways in Guwahati. His untimely death has left a vacuum in the lives of the family members.


National (7-a-side) Rugby Championship kicks off in Guwahati

National (7-a-side) Rugby Championship kicks off in GuwahatiGuwahati (Assam), Feb. 8 : The second All India (7-a-side) Rugby Championship has begun in Guwahati. Twelve teams are participating in the event.

Teams representing Manipur, West Bengal, Orissa, Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Assam are taking part.


Computer Accountants Inst. offers hope to unemployed in Assam

Assam india, Feb. 10 : Computerization is in full swing in the north-eastern states with most establishments using advanced systems of accounting.

The latest trend has created a huge demand for the trained manpower.

In Assam''s Jorhat, the Institute of Computer Accountants (ICA) is all geared up to meet this requirement.

People with good knowledge and aptitude, practical experience and good flair for business communication and ethics are in high demand in today''s job market here. And, the Institute of Computer Accountants (ICA) is enabling several fresh graduates in the field of Taxes and Business accounting.


Kaziranga engages private elephant owners to meet tourist demand

AssamKaziranga (Assam), Feb 13 : Due to the increasing inflow of tourists at the Kaziranga National Park located in Assam, the state forest department has engaged private elephant owners for elephant safaris in the park.

Because of increasing tourist arrivals, the park authorities are engaging private elephant owners to cater to the tourist rush.


Cattle smuggling to Bangladesh poses a challenge for the BSF

Assam MapDhubri (Assam), Feb 17 : Prevention of cattle smuggling from India''s northeastern states to Bangladesh has posed a serious challenge to the Border Security Force
(BSF).

Although the BSF manning the porous India-Bangladesh border have made several arrests over the years, but that has not deterred the cattle smugglers from pursuing illegal activities.

The Indian Government has ordered fencing around eight kilometers of the India-Bangladesh border in the Dhubri region to curb infiltration and also check smuggling.


Bogmati turns a favourite tourist destination in Assam

Guwahati, AssamGuwahati, Feb. 18 : Despite being rich in wildlife and having several national parks, Assam could not become a major tourist centre due to militant activities for many years. But now it is trying to bring about a change. Efforts are being made to develop new tourist places such as Bogamati hill area.

Endowed with fascinating natural scenery, Bogamati hill area in particular is nature lovers'' paradise.


ULFA-HUJI terror link to be broken through regional co-operation

Assam, GuwahatiGuwahati, Feb. 18 : Though the United Liberation Front of Assom (ULFA)''s influence in Assam is waning, people here fear that the organization has established close links with the Bangladesh-based terrorist outfit HUJI (Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami) and it is suspected to be involved in creating trouble in country's northeastern states.

The Government of India is taking steps to smash the ULFA-HUJI terror link for ensuring peace and normalcy to the area through regional co-operation.

Bangladesh had become a safe haven for ULFA''s top leadership.


ULFA faction fears sabotage during elections

AssamGuwahati, Feb 21 : A splinter faction of Assam's main rebel group, the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), which prefers to have talks with the Central Government for a negotiated settlement to the separatist issue, said the parent group, which opposed such a move, could sabotage the forthcoming general elections.

The `pro-talks' group, which walked out of the ULFA, declared a unilateral ceasefire last year expecting a reciprocal gesture from the Central Government to restore peace in the region.


Upswing in foreign tourists'' at Assam''s popular Kaziranga National Park

Assam MapKaziranga National Park (Assam), Feb. 23 : Assam''s popular Kaziranga National Park, which is home to the endangered one-horned rhinoceros, continues to be a major draw for tourists, both domestic and foreign, despite travel advisories issued by several countries against visiting Assam following blast incidents in the recent past.

While domestic tourists have increased from a million to over 3.4 million, the number of foreign tourists'' has risen from 7,000 in 2001 to 13,000 at present.

The national park is listed as a world heritage site.


Assam near-miss blame game is on

IB says ATC miscommunication caused the aircraft collision threat

The blame-game over the February 11 near-miss involving Air India and Aviation Research Centre (ARC) aircraft over Jorhat in Upper Assam continues, with the Intelligence Bureau (IB) blaming the incident on "miscommunication" by air traffic control (ATC).

In a missive to the civil aviation ministry and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) last week, an IB officer of the deputy director rank squarely put the blame on ATC. Sources said the IB claim is based on findings of an internal probe that checked all relevant records.


IASST Guwahati to be an autonomous Institute

The Union Cabinet today approved the request of the Assam Government for conversion of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Science and Technology (IASST), Guwahati into an autonomous grants-in-aid institute of the Government of India, under the Department of Science and Technology.

This would meet the hopes and aspirations of people of Assam and North Eastern Region.

IASST would endeavor to spot local scientific talent and inspire them to attain national and global level of competence.

This would lead to enrichment of the culture of scientific research and would have significant impact on the development of resources of the Assam and the Region as a whole. (ANI)


45 militants lay down arms in Assam

45 militants lay down arms in AssamGuwahati, Mar 6 : Forty-five cadres of various militant groups from northeast recently laid down their arms in Assam''s Kamrup District.

They included 32 cadres of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) along with 13 other cadres from the Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF), the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), the Muslim United Liberation Tigers of Assam (MULTA) and the Peoples Revolutionary Front of Meghalaya laid down their arms before the Army.

The surrendered militants have expressed a desire to live a peaceful life and end destructive activities.


Highway connecting Assam-Bhutan border to be road to prosperity

Highway connecting Assam-Bhutan border to be road to prosperityBaksa (Assam), Mar 7 : People of Barpeta district have expressed hope that the national highway connecting Pathsala town in Assam to Bhutan border would be a road to their prosperity.

The National highway 151 will connect Pathsala town of Barpeta district to Bhutan Border passing through Baksa district.

The locals are eagerly waiting for completion of the road. They believe it would change their fortunes.


Assam tea industry battles slowdown

Assam tea industry battles slowdownGuwahati, Mar 7 : Unfavorable weather conditions for tea plantations coupled with global slowdown have badly affected tea exports of Assam.

Statistics say that India, the second-largest tea producer in the world experienced a slump by 25 per cent in January 2009.

Indranil Sharma, a tea garden owner in Guwahati said that apart from the slowdown in exports, even the weather is playing havoc this season.

Owing to scanty rainfall the soil has literally dried up. Though dry spells are common in Assam but this year the spell is there for a longer period.


Assam’s militancy victims demand end to violence

 Assam’s militancy victims demand end to violenceGuwahati, Mar. 9 : In a bid to gather support against violence in the state, militancy affected families gathered in Guwahati have launched a program called, `Sankalp'.

So far, more than 10,000 people have died and 6000 families have been seriously affected by militancy and violence in Assam.

`Sankalp' was held is association of a project called `Aashwas', which was initiated by the Assam police to help children affected by militancy.

An art exhibition was also held where those affected shared their thoughts about militancy.


Assam playing host to anti-insurgency plays

Assam playing host to anti-insurgency playsJorhat (Assam), Mar 15 : Theatre artists have staged two plays at Jorhat in Assam to spread the message of peace.

The plays, one in Assamese and the other in Hindi, are based on insurgency and other problems posing obstacles to the state''s progress.

The plays focus on how the state is at a loss because of the absence of investment in a climate of insecurity and lawlessness.

"It was really touching because the play was based on violence caused by militants. The play gave the message of peace and harmony," said B. Arup, a resident.


Infrastructure in Assam gets a fillip through rural road links

Infrastructure in Assam gets a fillip through rural road linksBaksa (Assam), Mar 16 : Authorities in Assam construct all weather roads in rural areas under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) which provides employment for locals and also ensures better infrastructure in the region.

The developmental projects executed under the PMGSY have been much appreciated by the people of Batbari in Tukrakuchi region of Baksa district of Assam. This area bordering Bhutan in the northwest, falls under the Bodoland Territorial Council of Assam.


No causalities as bomb blast rocks Assam

No causalities as bomb blast rocks AssamDispur, Mar 19: A powerful bomb exploded on the railway track between the Diphu and Daldoli Railway Stations in Assam''s Karbi Anglong District at around 1 a. m. on Thursday.

Passengers miraculously escaped unharmed.

The explosion took place five kilometers from Diphu Railway Station, damaging a significant portion of the railway track.

A track inspector from the Lumding Railway Division rushed to the spot and found another bomb planted there.

The bomb squad was summoned to defuse the bomb.


KEC Int Bags Orders Worth Rs 291 Cr; Stock Surges 2.8%

KEC Int Bags Orders Worth Rs 291 CrPower equipment manufacturer KEC International announced that it has bagged orders worth Rs 291 crore from Power Grid of India for setting up transmission lines in Madhya Pradesh and Assam.

The company said that the first order is for the supply and creation of 765 kv Satna-Bina line and another 400 kv line at Bina associated with ATS for the Sasan Ultra Mega Power Project in Madhya Pradesh.

The other project consists of two 400 kv and one 132 kv transmission lines between Balipara-Biswanath and Depota-Gohpur in Assam.


Mizoram-Assam reps to discuss border dispute today

Mizoram-Assam reps to discuss border dispute todayAizwal, Mar. 20 : In a bid to resolve the border dispute between Mizoram''s Kolasib district and Assam's Hailakandi district, talks would be held in the border village of Phaisen on Friday.

The Additional Superintendent of Police of Kolasib Lalthafamkima, said that a joint verification of the disputed site would be done by the Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil) of Vairengte and his Hailakandi counterpart.


Surrendered ULFA rebels wants to participate in general elections

Surrendered ULFA rebels wants to participate in general electionsNalbari (Assam), Mar 24 : Surrendered rebels of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) express their desire to participate in upcoming general elections.

A splinter faction of Assam''s main rebel group, the ULFA, which prefers to have talks with the Central Government for a negotiated settlement to the separatist issue, said they want to cast their vote in the elections, which will be between April 16 and May 13.


Assam newspaper editor shot dead

Assam newspaper editor shot deadGuwahati, Mar 25: Seven unidentified men shot dead Anil Mazumdar, the Editor-in-Chief of a Guwahati-based Assamese daily ''Aji'' on Tuesday night.

According to the police, Mazumdar was attacked while returning back from his office to his home at Rajgarh road at around 10.30 p. m.

He was accosted by the criminal group while opening the gate of his residence and repeatedly shot at five times from a very close range.

The vehicle that the gunmen arrived in has been captured by the police.

A search operation has been launched for assailants.


Assam journalists call for peace in the regionfe

Assam journalists call for peace in the regionfeGuwahati, March 27 : Following various problems being faced by journalists fraternity in Assam, especially during conflicts, recently a meet was organised here to highlight such issues, and discuss scribes' role in bringing peace in the State.

The second state-level convention of the Journalists Federation of Assam was held in Guwahati recently.

One of the key issues that the convention pondered was the violence unleashed by United Liberation Front of Asom (or ULFA) that has disrupted normal life in the state.


Fear grips media in Assam due to killing of veteran journalist

Fear grips media in Assam due to killing of veteran journalistGuwahati, March 27 : The recent killing of a veteran journalist of a Assamese daily by unidentified gunmen here have sent shock waves across the media fraternity here.

Anil Majumdar, a journalist and Executive Editor of Aji, an Assamese daily, was shot on point blank range in front of his house in Guwahati, the main city of Assam state. Doctors declared him dead on arrival at the International Hospital in Christian Basti.


Assam Chief Minister Gogoi denies receiving notice from Election Commission

Assam Chief Minister Gogoi denies receiving notice from Election CommissionGuwahati, Mar 28 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said he had not received any notice from the Election Commission (EC) for his reported statement concerning mobilisation of resources from the industry.

"The EC has not given me any notice till now. I don't know if it will come later", Gogoi told reporters here.

It was reported that Gogoi had said that he had gone to the tea gardens to collect money from the tea industry for the upcoming general elections.


53 militants surrender before the Army in Assam

53 militants surrender before the Army in AssamGuwahati, Mar 31 : A total of 53 militants surrendered before the Army in Assam''s Tinsukia district on Tuesday.

These 53 militants included 44 members of the banned militant outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), three from Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) and six of the Adivasi National Liberation Army (ANLA).

The militants deposited a large number of arms including 44 pistols, five guns, one machine gun and other assorted ammunitions.


One killed, four injured in Assam blast

One killed, four injured in Assam blastGuwahati, Mar 31 : At least one person was killed and four others were injured after a bomb blast occurred at about 6.00 to 6.15 p. m. at Jyoti Kuchi area in western Guwahati.

The incident has occurred ahead of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's scheduled visit. (ANI)


Bangladesh migrants are main poll issue in Assam

Bangladesh migrants are main poll issue in AssamGuwahati, Mar 31 : Political parties in Guwahati are raising the issue of Bangladeshi migrants to garner support of the voters ahead of the general elections.

For this purpose, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has joined hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the upcoming parliament elections.

Talking to reporters here, Apurva Bhattacharjee, Spokesperson of AGP said, "The BJP is also committed to deport the border nationals from the country and seal the borders."


One killed, 15 feared injured in Assam blast

One killed, 15 feared injured in Assam blastGuwahati, Mar 31 : At least one person was killed and 15 others were feared to be injured in a bomb blast that occurred at about 6.00 to 6.15 p. m. at Jyoti Kuchi area in western Guwahati.

The incident occurred during the External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's visit in Assam.

Mukherjee was addressing media at a city hotel in Pan Bazar, about three kilometres from the blast site in Lal Ganesh area, when the bomb blast occurred.


Tea garden workers told not to vote for Congress

Tea garden workers told not to vote for CongressGuwahati, Apr 4 : The Assam Tea Tribes Students Association (ATTSA) has appealed to tea garden workers not to vote for the Congress party in the general elections.

"We have appealed our people to boycott the Congress party," ATTSA President Prahlad Goala said on Friday.

The association said that Tarun Gogoi-led Congress Government in the State had been negligent towards their problems.


14 die after drinking tainted liquor in India

AssamNew Delhi  - At least 14 people including two women were killed after drinking illegally brewed poisonous alcohol in India's north-eastern state of Assam, a news report said Sunday.

The deaths occurred in the Saboti area in the Lakhimpur district, some 400 kilometres east of state capital Guwahati, Saturday night, the PTI news agency reported quoting official sources.

Thirteen villagers who were seriously ill after consuming the alcohol were admitted to different state-run hospitals in the area. Doctors said the death toll could rise.


Four killed in Guwahati bomb blast

Four killed in Guwahati bomb blastGuwahati, Apr 6 : Four people were killed and 15 injured in a powerful car bomb blast in the Maligaon area of Guwahati on Monday.

According to police officials, the hand of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is suspected.

Several cars were also reportedly damaged by the powerful explosion.

The blast took place ahead of the ULFA's `Flag Raising Day'.

The injured have been admitted to a nearby hospital.

Police have cordoned off the area. (ANI)


Four killed in blast in India's Assam state

AssamNew Delhi - At least four people were killed by a car-bomb in India's north-eastern state of Assam Monday, news reports said.

More than 20 people were wounded in the explosion that occurred in the crowded market area in the Maligaon suburb of state capital Guwahati, the NDTV network reported.

Several cars and shops caught fire following the bombing and fire tenders were rushed to the area to douse the blaze, the report said.

Authorities said they suspected Assam's biggest separatist outfit, United Liberation Front of Asom.


Manmohan Singh to reach Dibrugarh on Tuesday, postpones Diphu visit

Manmohan Singh to reach Dibrugarh on Tuesday, postpones Diphu visitGuwahati, Apr 6 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to attend an election rally at Dibrugarh on Tuesday.

An Assam Pradesh Congress Committee spokesman informed that Singh will arrive in the town at 11.30 a. m. to campaign for the party candidate, former Union Minister Paban Singh Ghatowar.

The constituency is going to polls in the second phase of election on April 23.


Six injured in second Assam blast

Six injured in second Assam blastGuwahati, Apr 6 : Six people were feared injured in a second bomb blast in the Dhekiajuli area of Sonitpur District this afternoon.

The incident occurred soon after a bomb blast had claimed six lives in Guwahati's Maligaon area.

The blasts came a day before the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh's, visit to Assam.

According to police, the rebel United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) is under suspicion for the incidents.

These blasts took place ahead of the ULFA's 30th `Flag Raising Day'.


Chidambaram says ULFA suspected behind Assam blasts

Chidambaram says ULFA suspected behind Assam blastsNew Delhi, Apr 7: Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram today said that the Government has strong reasons to believe that the perpetrators of the Assam blasts belong to the ULFA.

Addressing a press conference here, Chidambaram said: "The Government condemns these acts of violence, even while it regrets that it was not possible for the security forces to pre-empt and prevent these incidents."


PM cancels address to rally in Assam

PM cancels address to rally in AssamGuwahati, Apr. 7 : The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has cancelled plans to address an election rally in Dibrugarh, Assam, due to inclement weather in the area.

The cancellation of the rally came even as death toll in Monday's serial blasts in Assam went up to ten.

A woman succumbed to shrapnel and burn injuries at the Gauhati Medical College this morning. Sahida Khatun Khatun was wounded in the Maligaon blast.

The blasts rocked Guwahati, Dhekiajuli, Mankachar and Bokajan areas.


One killed, 10 injured in Assam train grenade attack

AssamMaibong (Assam), Apr 10 : At least one person was killed and 10 others injured when a grenade was thrown at a passenger train in North Cachar Hills District on Friday.

According to reports, Dima Halam Daogah- Jewel (DHD-J) rebels targeted the Barak Valley Express as it arrived at Wadringdisa station in the hills district.

The injured have been admitted to a hospital, in which the condition of two is said to be serious. (ANI)


One killed, 10 injured in Assam train grenade attack

One killed, 10 injured in Assam train grenade attackMaibong (Assam), Apr 10 : At least one person was killed and 10 others injured when a grenade was thrown at a passenger train in North Cachar Hills District on Friday.

According to reports, Dima Halam Daogah- Jewel (DHD-J) rebels targeted the Barak Valley Express as it arrived at Wadringdisa station in the hills district.

The injured have been admitted to a hospital, in which the condition of two is said to be serious. (ANI)


Militant, civilian killed in Assam encounter

Militant, civilian killed in Assam encounterKarbi Anglong (Assam), Apr 11: A Karbi militant and a civilian were killed in an encounter between the militants and the Army near Dakomoka of Karbi Anglong District in Assam on Saturday morning.

According to official sources, the gunbattle started when a unit of Army personnel tried to corner the group of militants in Karbi Anglong district.

In a separate incident during the same time in adjacent North Cachar Hills District, a separate group of militants belonging to the Dimasa ethnic group fired indiscriminately at a goods train coming from Lumding to Badarpur.


Residents anguish over bomb blast incidents in Assam

Residents anguish over bomb blast incidents in AssamGuwahati, April 13: Residents across Assam have expressed deep resentment about the mayhem caused by militants in the recent past.

The recent serials blasts in Assam have once again strengthened the people's belief that militants are only concerned about materialistic goals, and not the society's welfare.

The four bomb explosions claimed the lives of eight people and injured 62 others.


Sonia Gandhi slams Advani for his ‘weakness’ in fighting terrorism

Sonia GandhiSilchar (Assam), Apr 13: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Lal Krishna Advani for releasing the terrorists during Kandahar hijack episode in 1999-2000.

"Even the Parliament was attacked during Advani's tenure as Union Home Minister. The BJP and other communal parties who alleged that Congress encourages division should remember that Congress has never allowed secessionist forces to thrive and will never allow it in future," Sonia Gandhi said while addressing an election rally here.


Assam journalists’ forum condemns health minister’s attitude

AssamGuwahati, Apr. 14: The Journalists' Forum, Assam has condemned the attitude of Himanta Biswa Sharma, the State health minister and the spokesman of Assam government, for maligning the image of media persons in Assam, and asked him to identify the journalist, who had submitted the mobile call list of an individual to the minister.

The forum expressed anguish that the particular journalist (who supplied the call list of Hiranya Saikia to Sharma) has compromised all values of journalism to take such a shameful act. He or she must be condemned in the strongest words.


BSP, BJP lash out at Congress over fake promises

BSP, BJP lash out at Congress over fake promisesBasti/Mangaldoi (Assam), Apr 19 : The Congress party is facing attacks from both the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Addressing a rally in Basti of Uttar Pradesh, BSP president Mayawati blamed Congress leaders for wooing low-castes and poor with fake promises.

Without naming Congress party general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who had visited poor and downtrodden in the past, Mayawati said dining and sleeping with low-castes would not wipe out their poverty and unemployment.


Seven killed in extremist attack in Assam

Seven killed in extremist attack in AssamGuwahati, Apr 20: Seven persons, including five Assam Police Battalion personnel, were killed when DHD (Jewel) extremists attacked on a convoy of Vinay Cement Factory in troubled North Cachar Hill District on Monday afternoon.

According to police, the incident occurred when a team of 5th Assam Police Battalion (APBN) was escorting trucks carrying cements from Umrangshu to Lanka in neighbouring Nowgong district.


Tight security for PM''s polling booth in Assam

AssamGuwahati, Apr 22 : Authorities in Guwahati have beefed up security at a school where Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is expected to cast his vote in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls.

Singh along with his wife Gursharan Kaur are expected to cast their votes on Thursday.

Police officials said ordinary voters would not be put to trouble by the extra security for the Prime Minister.


PM, his wife cast their votes in Assam

PM, his wife cast their votes in AssamDispur, Apr 23 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur on Thursday cast their votes here during the second phase of the general elections.

Authorities beefed up security at Booth number 156 located at the Dispur Government Higher Secondary School at Sarumatoria, where Dr. Singh and his wife reached to cast their votes.

Singh is officially a voter from Guwahati.

A powerful bomb blast in a crowded parking area killed four people in Guwahati in the first week of April, ahead of Singh''s visit to the state.


Assam on alert against swine flu

Assam on alert against swine fluGuwahati, May 2 : Alert has been sounded in Assam against the outbreak of the H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu.

Authorities in pork loving Assam convened a high-level meeting to issue directives to the concerned officials regarding the precautionary measures to be taken.


Residents ignore militants’ threat against polls in Assam and Manipur

Residents ignore militants’ threat against polls in Assam and ManipurGuwahati/ Imphal, May 2: Defying militants' threat against participation in the ongoing parliamentary elections, residents in Assam and Manipur demonstrated their faith in the democratic set-up of governance.

In Assam, the voter turnout was 62 %. This was a considerable increase of 16.2 per cent over the last general elections in 2004.

The huge voter turnout in the 15th Lok Sabha Elections indicated people's faith in democratic institutions and rejection of militancy.


Militants burn down 10 houses in remote Assam village

Militants burn down 10 houses in remote Assam villageHaflong (Assam), May 8 : Suspected militants have reportedly set afire more than ten houses in remote Jorai village near Haflong in the North Cachar Hills District of Assam.

The incident took place at around 5:30 a. m. this morning when militants went to Jorai village, which is located about nine km from the district headquarters of Haflong, and set ablaze the houses, agency reports said.

No casualty has been reported so far.


Six separatist rebels killed in India's troubled north-east

Assam, GuwahatiNew Delhi  - At least six separatist rebels were killed on Tuesday in combat with the Indian army in the restive north-eastern state of Assam, a news report said.

A defence spokesman said the militants of the banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland were shot dead early on Tuesday by the army near the Donghap village in the Karbi Anglong district, some 290 kilometres east of state capital Guwahati, the IANS news agency reported.


Ten people killed in separate incidents in Assam

Ten people killed in separate incidents in AssamGuwahati, May 19: At least ten people were killed in two separate incidents in Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills Districts of Assam on Tuesday.

In Karbi Anglong, six National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants were killed in an encounter with the Army at Donphat village in Howraghat area.

A huge cache of arms was recovered from them.

In N. C. Hills district, unidentified gunmen waylaid a vehicle at Nirimbanglo, forced its passengers to disembark and fired at them, killing four persons on the spot.


Sakewa festival offers tribute to Mother Earth in Sikkim

Sikkim youth learn traditional art of carving and paintingSikkim, May 24 : Assam Linzey in Sikkim celebrated Sakewa, a festival to offer tribute to Mother Earth on Saturday. Sakewa is held as a community prayer and during this festival sweets and food grains are offered to Lord Kubera, who is the God of food and wealth.


Forest guards in Assam being trained to tackle poaching menace

Forest guards in Assam being trained to tackle poaching menaceGuwahati, June 1 : Authorities in Assam are imparting high-tech training to the rangers and other forest guards with an aim to counter the menace of poaching.

The two-day training sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was conduced at Rajiv Gandhi National Park on May 31. Around 40 rangers and forest guards participated in this orientation and training programme.

A majority of the guards were from the Orang National Park while the rest were from the famed Kaziranga, Manas and Pobitora wildlife sanctuaries.


Government wants to restore peace and development in Assam

Government wants to restore peace and development in AssamGuwahati, June 5 : The Government of India is closely monitoring the security situation in Assam while making efforts to restore an environment of peace and development in the north eastern parts of the country.

Concerned over the security situation in North Cachar Hills District, a Central team headed by the Special Secretary (Internal security) of the Ministry Home Affairs (MHA) recently visited here to review the situation.


Militants torch down 40 tribal houses in Assam

Militants torch down 40 tribal houses in AssamGuwahati, June 9 : Unidentified militants torched down at least 40 houses belonging to Dimasa tribals in the strife-torn North Cachar Hills district in Guwahati.

"A group of gunmen wearing black clothes and helmets struck Diduki and Lailing villages under Maibang and Mahur police stations on Monday night and set huts on fire. About 160 tribals are now homeless," a police spokesman said.

It was believed that security personnel had taken away the licensed guns of villagers on Sunday and the miscreants seem to have taken advantage of the situation.


Diamond Cables wins order worth Rs 140 crore

Diamond Cables wins order worth Rs 140 croreDiamond Cables has bagged an order worth Rs 140 crore from the Assam Electricity Board for electrification related work.     

The company has informed that it picked the order of a large power infrastructure project entailing electrification of North Cachar, Demaji and Kamrup districts of Assam.

The scope of work includes survey, re-engineering and laying of power infrastructure in these districts under the aegis of the Assam Electricity Board.     


Three militants killed in Assam encounter

Three militants killed in Assam encounterGuwahati, June 11 : Three militants, including two ULFA cadres, were killed and another injured in two separate encounters in Assam on Thursday.

According to police, the five National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants exchanged fire at around 4:00 a. m. during a joint operation conducted by the army
and police in Naharbari village.

One NDFB militant was killed and another injured in an encounter. However, four other militants, including the injured ultra, managed to escape.


Indian Army seeks Guinness entry through Assam forest plantation drive

Indian Army seeks Guinness entry through Assam forest plantation driveDhubri (Assam), June 14 : Troops of the Indian Army''s 21 Jat regiment, also known as the Red Horns Division, are seeking to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by planting 500,000 tree saplings in Assam''s Dhubri District.

About 300 army personnel began planting saplings in the bare Shreegram Reserve Forest of Dhubri district in Assam at around 3:00 p. m. (IST)on Friday. They were to complete the task on Saturday afternoon. A report on whether the record was achieved or not is
awaited.


Four Sukhoi fighter jets stationed at Tezpur

Four Sukhoi fighter jets stationed at TezpurTezpur, June 15 : To strengthen its capability along the borders of China, the Indian Air force (IAF) today stationed four Sukhoi fighter jets at the Tezpur airbase in Assam.

Air Marshal S. K. Bhan, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Air Command, attended the ceremony to welcome the arrival of the four fighters at the base.

This is the second step taken by the IAF to strengthen its infrastructure in the northeast region after the reviving two air bases -- Daulat Beg Oldi and Chushul in Ladakh.


Assam tense as illegal migrant issue resurfaces

Assam tense as illegal migrant issue resurfacesJorhat (Assam), June 17 : Activists in Assam's Jorhat district have alleged that a madrassa in Titabor region is sheltering a number of illegal migrants, and called for a
12-hour shutdown against state government's inaction.

Activists of Jatiya Yuba Chatra Parishad and some former Madrassa-e-Islamia workers expressed fear that the migrants might be involved in various illegal activities.


Assam has a dream school for poor children

Assam has a dream school for poor childrenGuwahati, June 17 : Located on the outskirts of Guwahati, Parijit academy in Pamohi village of Assam is a dream school for the poor.

The school has come up as a big ray of hope for the poverty-stricken parents who wanted their children to get education despite themselves being illiterate.


Mughal period cannon balls found near Guwahati

Mughal period cannon balls found near GuwahatiGuwahati, June 20 : Residents of Hatisila Village near Guwahati are absolutely elated after the recent archaeological discovery of large number of cannon balls, believed to be of Mughal period.

Following a discovery by the Archaeological Survey of India, villagers hope that the fate of their underdeveloped village will soon change.

In a bid to display archaeological findings, villagers are keen to construct a museum, where researchers can come, bringing more popularity among the outsiders.


Assam put on high alert in wake of ULFA''s 12hr bandh call

Assam put on high alert in wake of ULFA''s 12hr bandh callGuwahati June 25 : Security has been beefed up in Assam, in wake of the 12 hour "Asom bandh" called by the United liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) today. The banned ULFA has called for dawn-to-dusk bandh to protest against the alleged "fake encounter" by the security forces in which two of its cadres were killed on Sunday.

According to sources special security arrangements have been made and the State Government has directed normal functioning of all its offices.


Normal life hit by ULFA’s bandh call

Normal life hit by ULFA’s bandh callGuwahati June25 : The 12-hour bandh called "Assom Bandh" called by the United Liberation Front of Assom (ULFA) to protest against the against the killing of the cadres of ULFA and other militant groups by the security forces had mixed response.

Normal life in Guwahati was affected, as shops, business houses, banks were largely remained closed.

Though the militants said that they will not disturb the examinations of schools and colleges, most of the educational institutions were closed as a precautionary measure.


One killed, 400,000 displaced in floods in India's Assam state

One killed, 400,000 displaced in floods in India's Assam state New Delhi  - One person was drowned and up to 400,000 villagers displaced in floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains in India's north-eastern state of Assam, a news report said Sunday.

Police said a tribal villager was drowned when his boat capsized late Saturday near the river island of Majuli in Jorhat district, some 320 kilometres east of Assam's main city of Guwahati, the IANS news agency reported.


Army colonel, jawan killed in Assam blast

Army colonel, jawan killed in Assam blastSonitpur (Assam), July 13 : An army colonel and a jawan have been killed when a powerful blast took place in Assam''s Sonitpur District on Monday.

According to defence sources, the blast occurred at Chariduar, near Bhalukpung at around 6:30 a. m. when an army vehicle travelling to Tenga in Arunachal Pradesh was targeted.

The colonel was identified as Parimal. (ANI)


Floods continue to wreak havoc in Assam

Floods continue to wreak havoc in AssamSivasagar (Assam), July 13 : Flood situation remained grim in Assam''s Sivasagar district, forcing 20,000 people to seek shelter in relief camps.

More than 20,000 people in Sonari and Nazira areas were forced into relief camps as overflowing Dikhow and Desang rivers inundated more than 100 villages.

S. Dhiren, an official of Krishna Guru Seva Ashram, a voluntary group, said that food and other essentials were being distributed in the relief camps.


Assam declares 14 district drought hit

Guwahati, July 15 : The Assam Government has declared more than half of the state drought-hit, due to the lack of rain.

According to officials, agriculture activity in the state has been badly hit due to scanty monsoon rains.

A high level committee chaired by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi took the decision to declare 14 of Assam''s 27 districts as drought-hit, after considering all details.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said, the government has asked Deputy Commissioners in the 14 districts, to evolve an action plan for ensuring supply of drinking water, fodder, and irrigation facilities to farmers.


Guwahati kids use medium of drama to beat terrorism

Guwahati kids use medium of drama to beat terrorismGuwahati, Aug. 1 : Child artistes in Guwahati spread their messages of peace through the medium of drama at a recent three-day theatre festival here.

The young artistes expressed their thoughts on how humanity suffers irrespective of religion, creed and gender due to terrorism.

The kids executed the drama, right from its concept, to writing and choreographing it.


Leadership development programme for militancy-affected victims in Assam

Leadership development programme for militancy-affected victims in AssamGuwahati, Aug. 3 : In a special endeavour to empower young women, especially the militancy-affected victims, a multi-skill and leadership development programme was organised recently in Guwahati.

Organised by the North Eastern Girls Students Association in collaboration with IGNOU Institute of Vocational Education and Training, Shillong, the three-week programme was first of its kind.


Assam Government to hold talks with Dimasa rebels: Gogoi

Assam Government to hold talks with Dimasa rebels: GogoiGuwahati, Aug. 11 : Modalities are being worked out for suspension of ongoing security operations, even as the Assam Government has agreed to start peace talks with the rebel Dima Halem Daogah (Jewel faction), said Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Asserting that the State Government would hold talks on its own terms and conditions, Gogoi, however, clarified that DHD (J) rebels are eager to start the peace process.


Swine Flu: Suspected cases in Assam test negative

Tarun GogoiAssam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday cleared that there is no danger of a swine flu epidemic in the state.

Gogoi said that all the three suspected cases of swine flu in the state have tested negative.

Speaking on this, Gogoi said: "There had been three suspected cases of swine flu, including an IIT-G student who had returned from Canada. But all of them were later diagnosed as H1N1 negative. There should not be any reason for panic. I myself have just come back from Pune."

The CM assured that all precautionary measures were being taken by the health authorities in the state.


Seven bombs recovered along Assam-Meghalaya border

Seven bombs recovered along Assam-Meghalaya borderGuwahati, Aug 14 : Police on Friday recovered seven powerful bombs from a forest along the Assam-Meghalaya border before the Independence Day.

Police suspect the explosives were being hidden by United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militants.

The bombs along with detonators were found from the forest in Meghalaya''s Ri Bhoi district. (ANI)


Dibrugarh University announces strict action against ragging

Dibrugarh University announces strict action against raggingDibrugarh University authorities, taking stern action against student indulged in ragging, have awarded exemplary punishment to 10 students on the recommendations of a special enquiry committee set up by the university. These students have already poor track record, and were suspended temporarily from hostel and attending classes in past too.


Two powerful IEDs recovered in Assam

Two powerful IEDs recovered in AssamGuwahati, Aug 17 : Two powerful improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered under a railway bridge at Balipara in Assam''s Sonitpur district on Monday.

It was recovered by a joint patrolling team of the State Police and the Assam Rifles.

Later, the IEDs were defused.

Police suspected the bombs were kept by banned National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).

Another IED was recovered under a bridge at Raja Pukhuri- Dhodar Ali area in Sibsagar district last evening by the 871 Field Regiment of the Army. (ANI)


Swine Flu: 22-Year Old Law Student Tests +Ve In Assam

Swine Flu: 22-Year Old Law Student Tests +Ve In AssamNorth-eastern state, Assam reported its first case of swine flu on Saturday after laboratory tests confirmed that a 22-year old Pune law college student tested positive with the A (H1N1) influenza.

Confirming the development, Joint Director of the state's Health Services Dr. G P Sarma said: “We have received the reports today and his samples have tested positive.”

The victim had been admitted to the isolation ward of the Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital in Guwahati.


Football gains popularity among women in Assam

Football gains popularity among women in AssamGuwahati, Aug. 19 : The popularity of football in the north-eastern parts of the country is well-known, especially when one finds so many national players emerging from these states. But of late an increasing number of girls are also taking to this sport, especially in Assam.

Many Assamese girls are taking to football as a career option.

Also, several initiatives have been taken up to build up a platform for aspiring women footballers of the state.


North Cachar Hills residents want to keep militants at bay

North Cachar Hills residents want to keep militants at bayNorth Cachar Hills, Aug. 22 : The conflict between the Dimasa tribe and the Zemei Nagas in North Cachar Hills has affected many people and left hundreds of villagers homeless.

Tribals in North Cachar Hills district of Assam have been living a peaceful life for a long time. But with the rise of militant activities, they too have been affected.

The clashes between these two groups do not have the support of the people, but are backed by militant groups.


Kaziranga National Park gears up for safe migration of animals

Kaziranga National Park gears up for safe migration of animalsKaziranga, (Assam) Aug 23 : Kaziranga National Park authorities have put up barricades to slow down vehicles to ensure safe passage for migrating animals.

Heavy downpours during the monsoon season submerge almost 40 percent of the park, posing a grave threat to animals.

The animals traditionally cross over to the Karbi Anglong Hills, situated in the southern part of the park, in search of food and safe shelter.


Floods ravage Majuli islands in Assam

Floods ravage Majuli islands in AssamMajuli (Assam), Aug 25 : Around 60 villages have been devastated by floods in Majuli islands of Assam.

The world''s largest river island is facing the nature''s fury for the second time this year as the Brahmaputra River breached an embankment in Matmora region.

The floods were caused by incessant heavy rains for five days when it breached an embankment in Matmora, which channels the entire water of the Brahmaputra into the Luit River.


Rs 100 for every patient admitted in Assam medical college

assamHere’s a big bonanza for all those who are admitted in the government hospitals in Assam.

In a major move, the Assam government has decided to pay a daily relief of Rs 100 to every patient admitted to medical college hospitals and Rs 75 to those admitted to district hospitals.

Giving details regarding this scheme, state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the scheme being named as ‘Maram’ is designed to relieve the financial load on patients admitted to the general wards of these government hospitals.


Apart from H1N1, Assam to fight against Japanese Encephalitis

Apart from H1N1, Assam to fight against Japanese EncephalitisAs the whole country is fighting against the deadly H1N1 (swine flu), it seems that Assam has more to fight on the health front.

In the last two months alone, over 40 people have died in upper Assam due to Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES).

Confirming the development, Sibsagar's Additional District Commissioner Yogesh Barua said: “The number of people affected with Japanese Encephalitis is 125. Out of that, 41 expired...things are under control.”


Music for peace and unity in North Cachar Hills of Assam

Music for peace and unity in North Cachar Hills of AssamNorth Cachar Hills (Assam), Aug. 31: At a time when violent incidents in Assam’s North Cachar Hills district have drawn nationwide attention, a Naga youth wants to promote peace and unity in the trouble torn district through music.

Isepung Newme, 23, is a Zeme Naga of Haflong, Lodi Village in North Cachar Hills district believes that peace can be promoted through music.

Newme is a cameraperson, director and editor of his musical album and using his talent to bring about change in the troubled NC Hills.


Gogoi sets Sept.15 surrender deadline for Black Widow terror group

Gogoi sets Sept.15 surrender deadline for Black Widow terror groupGuwahati, Sep. 1 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday set a September 15 deadline for the Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel) a. k. a. the “Black Widow” terror group to surrender.

Talking to reporters here, Gogoi said that the state government would not extend the cease-fire deadline set earlier for the group.

“No extension of cease-fire deadline with Black Widow beyond September 15,” Gogoi tersely said.


No more division of Assam: CM Gogoi

Tarun GogoiAssam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has made it clear that under no situations will Assam be again divided and there will be no division of North Cachar Hills in the name of nomenclature.

The Chief Minister articulated his deep apprehensions over the present condition in the hill district.

However, Gogoi promised to take all possible measures for peace, rehabilitation for violence affected people and a special package of development for the district.

Moreover, he asked the officials to take apt steps for supplying baby food and educational facilities to the children living in relief camps.


Assam football club creates swine flu awareness

Assam football club creates swine flu awarenessGuwahati, Sep 5 : With numerous cases of swine flu being detected in different parts of northeast, a local football club in Assam’s Guwahati city has taken up an initiative to create mass awareness about the deadly H1N1 virus through a football tournament.

In a tournament sponsored by Udyan Kristi Sangha, the Rainbow XI Club played the game wearing facemasks with an aim to create awareness about Swine Flu among the villagers, who have little knowledge about the disease.


Assam’s Orang National Park to have anti-poaching camps

Assam’s Orang National Park to have anti-poaching campsGuwahati (Assam), Sep 9 : The Assam Government on Wednesday said that it would set up five anti-poaching camps in the Orang National Park in order to prevent the poaching of the endangered one-horned rhinos.

The decision came in the wake of a stark increase in the number of poaching incidents that were reported from the park.


Sankardeva birth anniversary celebrated in Assam

Sankardeva birth anniversary celebrated in AssamGuwahati, Sep 14 : Thousands of devotees visited the Dhekiakhuwa Bor Namghar, Temple of Vaishnavism in Assam to celebrate the 560th birth anniversary of Srimanta Sankardeva, the famed Vaishnavite saint and social reformer of the region.

Spirituality, peace and unity formed the foundation of the month long birth anniversary celebration, which started from August 22.


Assam affect wild life, agriculture and infrastructure devastated by floods

 Assam affect wild life, agriculture and infrastructure devastated by floodsGuwahati, Sep 14 : Monsoon related floods in some parts of Assam have severely affected villages, destroyed crops and are also posing a threat to wild animals especially on Majuli Island and in the Kaziranga National Park.

The world''s largest river island Majuli has been severely hit by flood and erosion. Floodwaters have inundated over 87 villages of the island causing tremendous difficulty to the inhabitants and due to rapid erosion many fertile paddy fields have also been washed away by gushing water.


Black Widow surrenders weapons in Assam

Black Widow surrenders weapons in AssamGuwahati, Sep 16 : Over 170 guerillas of the Dima Halam Daogah (Jewel) (DHDJ) or Black Widow have commenced surrendering their weapons from Wednesday.

Earlier on Sunday, nearly 193 rebels of the DHDJ had surrendered their weapons well ahead of the deadline given by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

Chidambaram had asked the banned ultras to surrender weapons before September 15.

The DHD (J) is responsible for creating terror in the North Cachar Hill District of Assam for last six years, during which over 300 people have been killed.


Banking transforms lives in rural areas in northeast

Banking transforms lives in rural areas in northeastBanking transforms lives in rural areas in northeastAgartala (Tripura)/ Jorhat (Assam), Sep. 16 : Banking services are playing a major role in transforming the lives of people in rural areas of the northeast India.

To upgrade infrastructure and attract more investment, banks have undertaken several economic upliftment policies and schemes.


Serve rural area for 1 yr to get job: Assam govt to medical graduates

Serve rural area for 1 yr to get job: Assam govt to medical graduates In a major move to boost the rural healthcare sector in the state, the government of Assam on Wednesday appointed over 700 doctors.  

However, the job is given under one condition. As per the state government, all MBBS graduates will have to serve for a minimum of one year in rural health centres.

The Assam government had also declared that those who are not interested to serve in the rural areas would have to pay Rs 5.34 lakh as compensation.


Earthquake hits Assam, no reports of casualties

Earthquake hits Assam, no reports of casualtiesGuwahati, Sep 21 : An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale hit the north- north west regions of Guwahati in Assam on Monday at around 2.23 p. m.

According to the initial reports Bhutan capital Thimphu was the epicentre of the quake.

There were no reports of casualties, but it was reported that several buildings in Guwahati had developed cracks due to the earthquake.

This is the fifth time an earthquake has hit the northeast region of India within a month’s time


Silk Industry benefiting Assam locals

Silk Industry benefiting Assam localsGuwahati, Sep. 22 : A fillip has been given to the sericulture industry in Assam with the State Government setting up a composite silk unit at the Chaygaon Industrial Growth Centre.

‘Fabric Plus’ has been set up at ‘Chaygaon’ in South Kamrup district of Assam.

For the establishment of the unit, the Central Silk Board (CSB), under the Ministry of Textiles, and the State Government of Assam has provided financial support to the promoter of the unit, “Fabric Plus Pvt. Ltd.”, for installation of machineries and equipment.


New silk industry brings in job opportunities for locals in Assam

 New silk industry brings in job opportunities for locals in AssamChaygaon (Assam), Sep 24 : A district Silk industry called ''''Fabric Plus'''' at Chaygaon in Assam’s South Kamrup has come as a boon to unemployed people in the area.

But now, the Government has officially declared Chaygaon as an industrial area, and more and more industries are likely to set up their units here, which would provide an opportunity for the locals to engage themselves in factory work.


Black Widow rebels surrender en masse in Assam, hopes of peace brighten

Black Widow rebels surrender en masse in Assam, hopes of peace brightenHaflong (Assam), Oct 2  About 360 tribal separatists Friday surrendered in India's restive northeastern state of Assam raising hopes of an end to long years of violent insurgency in the region, officials said.


Ulfa trying to regroup, says Assam CM

United Liberation Front of AssamThe banned United Liberation Front of Assam is trying to regroup in Assam with support from some militant outfits of neighbouring states, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said here on Thursday.

He refuted media reports that Ulfa had sent feelers to the state for talks. “The Ulfa is not interest in talking,” Gogoi said.

Participating at the Raising Day function of the Assam Police here, Gogoi admitted that the National Democratic Front of Bodoland was very likely to launch a major terror attack in the state.


Assamese artistes win medals at folk music competition in Korea

Guwahati, Oct. 3 : Assamese artists recently brought laurels to the State and the country by winning medals at the Seoul Drum festival.

Their success has projected the unique quality of the folk music of Assam in the international arena.

Assamese artiste Somnath Bora and Dr Prasanna Gogoi made people in the State proud, by winning medals in individual and group categories at the Seoul Drum Festival held in South Korea.

While Bora has won the gold medal in individual drum beating, Dr Gogoi has won silver in individual string instrument playing.


Azad Shows Worry Over NE Health Scenario

Azad Shows Worry Over NE Health ScenarioUnion Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad showed worry over lack of physicians and infrastructure in the health segment of the north-eastern States comprising Assam under the National Rural Health Mission.

Mr. Azad also said that there was also a need to rationalize available manpower.


Military operation after militants kill 11 in Assam village

Military operation after militants kill 11 in Assam villageGuwahati, Oct 5  A massive military operation was launched Monday after tribal separatists gunned down 11 people and wounded 15 in an Assam village, officials said.

The incident took place late Sunday when heavily armed militants of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) attacked Bhimajuli village in Sonitpur district, about 240 km north of Guwahati, a police spokesperson said.


Separatist militants kill 10 in India's Assam

Separatist militants kill 10 in India's Assam New Delhi  - At least 10 people were killed and 12 wounded in an attack by tribal separatist militants in India's north-eastern state of Assam, officials said Monday.

A military operation was launched after heavily-armed rebels of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) attacked a village in Sonitpur district, some 240 kilometres north of state capital Guwahati Sunday night.


Assam village limps back to normal after militant attack

Assam village limps back to normal after militant attackBiswanath Chariali (Assam), Oct 6  Army personnel continued to patrol villages in Assam's violence-hit Sonitpur district after tribal separatists killed 12 villagers, officials said Tuesday.

"Heavy deployment of army personnel backed by police and paramilitary commandos has helped in easing the situation to a great extent," Assam government spokesperson and state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told IANS.


Toll in Assam violence rises to 13

Toll in Assam violence rises to 13  Guwahati, Oct 7 : The toll in the weekend massacre by tribal separatists in an Assam village rose to 13 with a woman succumbing to her injuries at a hospital here Wednesday, government officials said.

A government spokesperson said a 23-year-old woman with bullet wounds in her stomach died early Wednesday.

N. Bhattacharyya, a doctor at Guwahati Medical College, said: "We tried our best, but the injury in her abdomen was so extensive that she did not survive."


‘ULFA camps may shift to China from Bangladesh, Myanmar’

‘ULFA camps may shift to China from Bangladesh, Myanmar’Guwahati, Oct 7 : In a startling revelation, Prabal Neogi, leader of the powerful separatist group in Assam, has said that the ultras may plan to set up camps in China consequent to their losing bases in Bangladesh and Myanamar.

He said this while interacting with the media persons on the sidelines of a symposium on Conflict Management and Transformation of Ethics Nationalist and Societal Conflicts held at Guwahati on Wednesday.


High-level meeting to review security arrangements in North East

Joe Perry grateful to his genes for successful careerGuwahati, Oct 9 : The Union Home Ministry's Joint Secretary Navin Verma was presiding over a high level meeting here on Friday to review the security situation prevailing in all eight north eastern states.

Director Generals of Police, Inspector Generals of Police and other top administrative officials of all the north-eastern states are participating in the meeting.

According to sources, the setting up of a joint intelligence sharing mechanism in these states is under consideration.


‘Black Widow’ militants’ surrender will help peace in Assam

AssamGuwahati, Oct. 10 : A number of militants recently opted to join the mainstream in response to a call given by the Government.

The Centre had given ultimatum to the militant outfit Dima Haolam Daogah (DHD-J) or "Black Widow" to lay down arms by September 15.

It encouraged 416 cadre of the Dima Haolam Daogah Jewel Garlosa faction (or DHD-J), more popularly known as “Black Widow” along with the Commander in Chief, Niranjan Hojai, to surrender before Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.


Assamese call for end to Bodo violence

Bodoland Sonitpur (Assam), Oct. 10 : Anger is building up in Assam against atrocities committed by militants of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).

Recently these militants attacked Bhimajuli village in Sonitpur district, gunning down 12 persons. They left 15 injured and seven of them are still in a critical condition in Biswanath Chariali hospital.

“We were inside the house, we heard gunshots. Then we went to check. They started firing indiscriminately. My brother, father and aunt were shot,”


Tribal festival showcases Assam’s ethnic culture

Tribal festival showcases Assam’s ethnic cultureGuwahati, Oct. 12 : Hundreds of tribes belonging to various Assamese groups, including Bodo, Mising, Rabha, Tiwa, Deori, showcased their culture and tradition through dance, music and food at the three-day ethnic festival, ‘Aikyatan.’

Organized by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Assam, the festival concluded on Sunday.

Ethnic groups from central and eastern parts of the country also participated in the festival.


Assam government hauled up for human rights violation

Assam government hauled up for human rights violationNew Delhi, Oct 13 - The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has asked the Assam government to compensate the families of two people who were killed in police firing while they were protesting the torture of an advocate in the state last month.

Ram Singh Chauhan and Jawaharlal Gour were protesting the manhandling of an advocate by the police last month in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam, when they were "fired at indiscriminately" by a police officer.


AGP-BJP alliance to continue in Assam by-elections

AGP-BJP alliance to continue in Assam by-electionsGuwahati, Oct 14 - Assam's main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is still sticking with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for next month's by-elections, although the alliance boomeranged on the regional party in the last parliamentary polls.

"As per the seat sharing tie up between the two parties, we are contesting in one seat and the BJP in the other seat for by-elections to two assembly constituencies," AGP leader Padma Hazarika told journalists.


Assam chief minister admits failure in pushing development schemes

Tarun GogoiGuwahati, Oct 14 : In a critical appraisal of his government's performance, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi admitted Wednesday that the state's progress was not at all satisfactory in vital sectors like poverty alleviation, employment, agriculture, irrigation and education.

Addressing a two-day conference of deputy commissioners (DC) in Guwahati, the chief minister said DCs would be transferred if they failed to perform and implement government schemes.


AGP leaders want to sever ties with BJP

Guwahati, Oct 15 : Several top leaders of Assam's opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) have come out against the decision to continue the alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). They say that the AGP's regional character would be lost if it insists on sticking to the saffron party.

"We want the party to make its stand clear on this issue of aligning with the BJP. Our experience is that no national parties are able to understand and appreciate regional aspirations. In the long run, a tie up with the BJP would be detrimental for AGP's interests," former AGP president Brindaban Goswami told IANS.

The AGP leadership earlier this week announced that it would continue with its alliance with the BJP for next month's by-elections for two seats.


A housewife in Assam creates lamps with pulse grains

An innovative lady in Guwahati has heralded Deepavali, the festival of lights, by preparing economical lamps with pulse grains. These lamps need just a drop of oil, as compared to large traditional lamps available in market.

Rashmi Roshan Kankani opted to create economical lamps to celebrate the festival with full enthusiasm even as the inflation  has somehow dampened many people’s spirit on this festive occasion. Thus for Deepavali, she has made the lamps using pulse grains.

The unique art will help her to fight the rising prices.


Family of abducted Andhra engineer pray for his safety

Hyderabad, Oct 19 : Family of an engineer, who belongs from Andhra Pradesh and was abducted by militants in Assam Friday, are worried over his safety and is praying for his safe return.

The family of civil engineer P. Krishna Rao in Gannavaram in coastal district of Krishna Monday offered special prayers at a temple for his return while the state government said it was in touch with authorities in Assam to seek his release.

Rao, 50, was working as project manager on a national highway project in Assam.

According to officials of Gayatri Construction, an infrastructure firm he was working with for last 10 years, Rao was abducted by five armed men at Boipur in Kokhrajhar district.


Assam musicians promote national integration and peace through music

Assam musicians promote national integration and peace through musicHaflong (Assam), Oct 17: Two young Jeme Naga musicians from Assam have brought out a music album, which endeavors to promote national integration, peace, development and unity.

Twenty-three-year old Ache and 26-year-old Agui, belonging to Haflong in the state have named their album "Chu Du Lau", which includes songs on religious themes, folk traditions and patriotism.

One song in their album also pays tribute to ''Rani Maa'', a Jeme freedom fighter and also highlights their religion ''Harake''.


Centre reviews internal security of Northeast in Assam

Centre reviews internal security of Northeast in AssamGuwahati, Oct 18: In a daylong closed-door meeting, Joint Secretary (North East) of Union Home Ministry, Naveen Verma, recently reviewed the internal security and ways to tackle militancy in the north Eastern states with the Director General of Police and State Home Secretaries of the region.

The review was done against the backdrop of the killing of 13 people in Assam’s Sonitpur District by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants.


ULFA-LTTE links come to light

ULFA-LTTE links come to lightGuwahati, Oct 21 : Links between a leading Indian militant group and the Tamil Tigers have for the first time been confirmed by a rebel leader Wednesday, two days after the army seized documents stating payments made towards weapons bought from the Tigers.

There were several reports in the past quoting intelligence reports that the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) had direct links with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).


Vinod Kumar's team tops Indian Oil Xtra Premium Masters golf

Vinod Kumar's team tops Indian Oil Xtra Premium Masters golDigboi, Oct 21 : PGTI member Vinod Kumar's team comprising Mridul Shyam, D. P. Prasad and P. Sharma, with a total of 106 points won the pro-am title in the Indian Oil Xtra Premium Masters golf tournament here Wednesday on the basis of a countback against PGTI member Feroz Ali Mollah's team that had an identical score.

Feroz Ali Mollah's team comprised of amateurs G. K. Goyari, B. M. Bansal and Deepak Kumar while PGTI member Gurki Shergill's team of D. Roy, A. Pandian and Mukul Dutta finished second runners-up with a score of 100 points.


Andhra engineer kidnapped in Assam, firm pleads for release

Andhra engineer kidnapped in Assam, firm pleads for releaseGuwahati, Oct 22 : Police are clueless a week after P. Krishna Rao, a civil engineer from Andhra Pradesh, was kidnapped by tribal separatists from a national highway construction site in Assam. The infrastructure firm he works for Thursday appealed for his release.

Officials of Gayatri Company pleaded with the abductors to release Rao on humanitarian grounds.


Two tribal separatists killed in Assam

Two tribal separatists killed in AssamChandigarh, Oct 23 - One was a nurse who ran her campaign riding a motorcycle. Another is known for her flamboyance in politics and social life. A third has been listed by Forbes magazine as one of India's richest women. They are among the nine women elected Thursday to the 90-member Haryana assembly.

In a state that has one of the worst sex ratios in the country with just around 800 females per 1,000 males, 67 women were in the poll fray among 1,222 contenders this time.


Northeast records 20 percent rainfall deficit

AgartalaAgartala/Guwahati, Oct 23 : The southwest monsoon has withdrawn from the northeastern region, which has suffered a 20 percent rainfall deficit this season, India Meteorology Department (IMD) director Dilip Saha said Friday.

"During the monsoon (since June 1), the northeastern region, comprising eight states, on an average has suffered a 20 percent shortfall compared to the normal rainfall," Saha told IANS in Agartala.

"The southwest monsoon withdrew from eastern and northeastern states and some other parts of India on October 20, a week after the normal schedule of withdrawal from the hilly region," he added.


Mukesh maintains lead in Digboi golf tourney

Mukesh maintains lead in Digboi golf tourneyDigboi (Assam), Oct 24 : Mukesh Kumar fired a sedate one-under 71 in round three of the IndianOil XtraPremium Masters Golf 2009 here Saturday to maintain his overnight three-stroke lead. The defending champion now has a three-day total of 11 under 205.

Feroz Ali Mollah, who too carded a 71 on day three, is currently in second position with an overall score of eight under 208.


Mukesh Kumar triumphs at Digboi golf

Mukesh Kumar triumphs at Digboi golfDigboi, Oct 25 : Mukesh Kumar romped home with a seven-stroke margin on the final day of the Indian Oil Xtra Premium Masters Golf tournament to defend his title in the quaint surroundings of the Digboi Golf Links, here Sunday.

The professional from Mhow, Madhya Pradesh, signed off with a seven under 65 this day to take his tournament total to 18 under 270. Delhi's Shamim Khan and Feroz Ali Mollah of Kolkata finished tied second with overall scores of 11 under 277.


Assam Police leadership collapsed during Oct 30 blasts: Report

Assam Police leadership collapsed during Oct 30 blasts: ReportGuwahati, Oct 26 : The top brass of the Assam police collapsed and failed to control the mob violence in the aftermath of the Oct 30 serial bombings last year, says the one-man inquiry committee probing incidents of rioting in the state.

Eight near simultaneous explosions had rocked Assam killing about 100 people and wounding 500 more -- three blasts in the state's main city of Guwahati, two each in Barpeta and Kokrajhar and another in Bongaigaon.


Offensive on to rescue Andhra engineer kidnapped in Assam

Guwahati, Oct 27 - A Bodo militant was killed and three arrested Tuesday as security forces stepped up the offensive to rescue an Andhra Pradesh engineer abducted from Assam's Kokrajhar district, as a prominent Bodo group issued an appeal for his release.

A special police commando team accompanied by soldiers was involved in a massive search operation to rescue P. Krishna Rao, kidnapped by suspected militants of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) from a highway construction site near Joypur in Kokrajhar district on Oct 16, police said.

On Tuesday, security forces exchanged gunfire with NDFB militants near a thickly forested area in Panbari in Chirang district, about 200 km west of Assam's main city Guwahati.


Mob attacks CRPF troopers in train after molestation charge

Mob attacks CRPF troopers in train after molestation charge  Guwahati, Oct 27 : An irate mob attacked paramilitary troopers inside a train in Assam's Kokrajhar district after a woman passenger accused them of molesting her. Police fired on the crowd, injuring one person.

The angry mob stopped the New Delhi bound Brahmaputra Mail at the Fakiragram Railway Station in Kokrajhar district, about 270 km west of Assam's main city of Guwahati.


Assam's travelling theatre coming to Delhi

Assam's travelling theatre coming to DelhiGuwahati, Oct 28 - One of Assam's popular travelling theatre groups that play to packed houses in both urban and rural areas is all set to entertain crowds in the national capital.

The National School of Drama (NSD) has invited the mobile theatre group Kohinoor to stage six shows in New Delhi in April.


A year on, Assam blast victims' families yearn for peace

Guwahati, Oct 28 - A year ago, a powerful explosion beneath a flyover here blew her husband Sagar into pieces and fatally injured their four-year-old daughter. Guwahati resident Sunita Sarma has accepted the vacuum in her life.

Oct 30, 2008 - when serial blasts ripped through the state killing nearly 100 people and injuring over 500 - is a day that will remain forever etched in 29-year-old Sunita's memory. Her husband was one of the victims and so was her daughter Marami who succumbed to her injuries in hospital.

"My life has changed completely since I lost both my husband and daughter. However, life has to move on. I have a six-year-old son Karan. I want to give a good education to my son," Sunita told IANS, holding back her tears.


Hand-raised wild buffaloes released in the wild

Two hand-raised wild buffaloes were released in eastern Assam’s Dibru-Saikhowa National Park by the forest department and International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI). The buffaloes, rescued as calves separated from their herds six years ago, are being remotely monitored with the help of radio-transmitters fitted on to them before their release.

“There are some 300 wild buffaloes here. We have seen no aberrant behaviour in the two buffaloes released. But these two face threats of confrontation from resident wild buffaloes, but such intra-specific conflicts are natural. I think they will be able to reintegrate into the wild,” said Dibru-Saikhowa divisional forest officer Aniruddha De.


Mithu the parrot forgotten - year after Assam blasts

Mithu the parrot forgotten - year after Assam blastsBongaigaon (Assam), Oct 29 As Assam completes a year of the horrific serial bombings Friday, little Mithu's heroics have been completely forgotten. The casualties would have been much higher had the pet parrot not alerted her owner Bijoy Banthia.

Mithu went berserk on that black Oct 30 morning - shouting and jumping in her cage in the heart of Bongaigaon town in western Assam.


First ever Ethnic Mega Festival held in Assam

First ever Ethnic Mega Festival held in AssamGuwahati, Oct. 29 : The first ever-Ethnic Mega Festival that offered a platform to showcase the unique cultural heritage of the different indigenous communities in Assam was celebrated in the state recently.

Organized by the Directorate of Cultural Affairs, Assam, the festival was held at the Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra in Guwahati.


Government holds peace meet with pro-talk ULFA leaders

Government holds peace meet with pro-talk ULFA leadersGuwahati, Oct 29 : The central government Thursday initiated the first round of formal talks with the pro-talk faction of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom
(ULFA), brightening hopes that the deadlocked peace process would get a boost.

Leaders of the pro-talk ULFA faction held nearly an hour-long meeting with Assistant Director of Intelligence Bureau R. N. Ravi at a secret location in Assam's main city of Guwahati.

Three leaders of the pro-talk faction - Mrinal Hazarika, Prabal Neog and Jiten Dutta - participated in the meet.


Separatist bomber killed, repeat of Oct 30 bombings averted

Separatist bomber killed, repeat of Oct 30 bombings avertedGuwahati, Oct 30 - Major disaster was averted Friday with security forces gunning down a tribal separatist bomber in the heart of Assam's main city Guwahati, exactly a year after the state was rocked by serial blasts in which about 100 people were killed and more than 500 wounded.

A police spokesperson said the shootout took place early Friday at the Bamunimaidam daily market in Guwahati in which an outlawed militant of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) was killed.


Where is our compensation, kin of Assam blast victims ask PM

Where is our compensation, kin of Assam blast victims ask PMGuwahati, Oct 30 - As Assam mourned Friday to remember the victims of the horrific serial bombings Oct 30 last year, many families who lost their dear ones were upset at not receiving the compensation money announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"The loss of my son is irreparable and cannot be compensated. But it is equally unfortunate and sad to find the prime minister's announcement of Rs. 200,000 each to the next of kin of all the deceased going for a big toss," a distraught Sunil Das told IANS.


Spate of kidnappings in Assam, civil engineer abducted by NDFB

Spate of kidnappings in Assam, civil engineer abducted by NDFBGuwahati, Nov 1 - Assam saw a spate of abductions over the weekend. While a civil engineer was kidnapped by suspected militants of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), another abducted engineer was rescued and security forces foiled an attempt to kidnap a third engineer.

Two kidnapped forest guards were also released after they were severely beaten up.


Sunderlal Bahuguna protests against dam construction in Arunachal

Sunderlal Bahuguna protests against dam construction in ArunachalGuwahati, Nov. 4 : Renowned environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna on Wednesday registered his protest against dams being constructed in Arunachal Pradesh.

During a news conference in Guwahati, Bahuguna said: "We ourselves are a victim of dams which I would say are disastrous in the long run and the border areas should be free of dams."


Chinese Army exercises north of Arunachal

Chinese Army exercises north of ArunachalGuwahati, Nov. 4 : The Chinese Army is conducting exercises in areas adjoining Arunachal Pradesh. This was disclosed by Major General S. S. Jog, General Officer Commanding the Red Horn Division, during a seminar on counter terrorism organised by the Army for officers and allied personnel engaged in anti-insurgency operations in Guwahati on Wednesday.

Apart from the serving officers, several retired personnel of the Indian Army and para-military forces shared their views and expertise in counter-insurgency operations.


Stage set for polls in two Assam assembly seats Saturday

Stage set for polls in two Assam assembly seats SaturdayGuwahati, Nov 6 - Two Assam assembly constituencies go to polls Saturday amid tight security, officials said.

An Election Commission official said voting for the Dhekiajuli and South Salmara seats would begin at 7 a. m.

The by-elections were necessitated after incumbent legislators Joseph Toppo from the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Badruddin Ajmal of the Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF) were elected to the Lok Sabha in May.


Security beefed up for Guwahati ODI

Security beefed up for Guwahati ODIGuwahati (Assam), Nov. 6 : Security has been tightened for the sixth one-day international between India and Australia to be played here on Sunday.

Police and sources said that a three-tier security blanket has been thrown in and around the Nehru Stadium, the venue of the match.

Both teams will arrive in the city on Friday, a day after playing a humdinger of a match in Hyderabad, which India lost by three runs.


Voting for two assembly seats in Assam begins

Voting for two assembly seats in Assam beginsGuwahati, Nov 7 - Voting for two Assam assembly constituencies began Saturday amid tight security, officials said.

An Election Commission official said voting for the Dhekiajuli and South Salmara seats began at 8 a. m. with people lining up polling centres since early in the morning. Voting ends at 4 p. m.

The by-elections were necessitated after incumbent legislators Joseph Toppo from the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and Badruddin Ajmal of the Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF) were elected to the Lok Sabha in May.


ULFA leaders deny surrendering, sent to 10-day police custody

ULFA leaders deny surrendering, sent to 10-day police custodyGuwahati, Nov 7 : Two senior leaders of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) - Sasha Choudhury and Chitraban Hazarika - were Saturday remanded to police custody for 10 days even as both claimed they had not surrendered and would not sit for peace talks with the government.


India under pressure as Australia look to clinch series

India under pressure as Australia look to clinch series Guwahati, Nov 7 : The narrow loss in Hyderabad pushed India on to the backfoot in the seven-match series as Australia took a 3-2 lead. Psychologically, the pressure is on the home team as they need to win the remaining two games to stop the visitors from clinching the series.


We have to stay fresh mentally: Dhoni

We have to stay fresh mentally: DhoniGuwahati, Nov 7 : Stung by a disappointing loss in Hyderabad, India cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that his boys are trying to stay mentally fresh ahead of the crucial sixth one-day international against Australia here Sunday.

India trail 3-2 in the series and any slip-up will allow the Australians to seal the seven-match series.

The Hyderabad loss has hurt India a lot, but Dhoni said they have put the past behind.


India all out for 170 against Australia

India all out for 170 against AustraliaGuwahati, Nov 8 - India were all out for 170 runs in 48 overs against Australia in the sixth One-day International at the Nehru Stadium here Sunday.

Ravindra Jadeja hit 57 while Praveen Kumar remained not out on 54. Doug Bollinger was the best bowler with five for 35 while Mitchell Johnson got three for 39. (IANS)


Australia beat India by six wickets, win series

Australia beat India by six wickets, win seriesGuwahati, Nov 8 : Australia defeated India by six wickets in the sixth One-Day International here Sunday and won the series 4-2 with still one match remaining.

Chasing 171, Australia made 172 for four in 41.5 overs after Shane Watson top scored with 49 and Mike Hussey made 35 not out.   (IANS)


The first 15 minutes did all the damage: Dhoni

The first 15 minutes did all the damage: Dhoni Guwahati, Nov 8 : India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed the batsmen's inability to read the track in the first 15 minutes for their humiliating six-wicket loss in the sixth One-day International that gave Australia a 4-2 series win here Sunday.

Dhoni's decision to bat first back-fired after the top-order failed to negotiate the new ball and they lost seven wickets for just 75 runs by the 31st over. But Ravindra Jadeja


ULFA enforces shutdown in Assam

ULFA enforces shutdown in AssamGuwahati, Nov 9 - A dawn-to-dusk general strike enforced by the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Monday brought normal life to a halt in Assam.

The ULFA has called the 12-hour shutdown, which began at 6 a. m., demanding the release of two of their arrested leaders - 'foreign secretary' Sasha Choudhury and 'finance secretary' Chitraban Hazarika.

Shops, businesses and educational institutions remained closed, while most public and private transport kept off the roads.


UP scores on rural road connectivity

Here comes a whiff of fresh air, finally. Uttar Pradesh which otherwise vies with Bihar, Jharkhand and Assam to be on the bottom of development parameters and to earn the distinction of being the poorest executor of the Centrally sponsored schemes is surprisingly doing exceptionally well in implementing the Centre’s rural road connectivity programme.

Hence, Centre which has to crack the whip on UP all the time is giving pats on its back for being the country’s one of the three best States in executing the demand driven Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sarak Yojana (PMGSY) that seeks to connect rural habitations to all-weather roads, in a phased manner.


Congress leading in two Assam seats

Congress leading in two Assam seatsGuwahati, Nov 10 - The Congress was Tuesday leading in the two Assam assembly constituencies for which elections were held last week.

According to latest trends, Wajed Ali Choudhury was leading by more than 4,000 votes in the South Salmara seat with the Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF) candidate Abdur Rahman Ajmal, son of party chief Badruddin Ajmal, in the second position.

In the second by-election held in Dhekiajuli seat in northern Assam's Sonitpur district, Bhimananda Tanti was ahead by nearly 10,000 votes. Asom Gana Parishad's (AGP) Shib Charan Sahu was in the second position.


Revolt in AGP, campaign for leadership change intensifies

Revolt in AGP, campaign for leadership change intensifiesGuwahati, Nov 12 - Assam's main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) is facing a major political crisis with party supporters and senior leaders demanding a change in leadership after it suffered yet another electoral defeat.

"It is time the party leadership takes serious note of the feelings of the grassroots workers and supporters who are clamouring for a change in leadership. Leadership should not be based on seniority, but should be on the basis of performance and ability," AGP vice president Apurba Kumar Bhattacharya told IANS.


Rebels overrun paramilitary camp in Assam, loot armoury

Rebels overrun paramilitary camp in Assam, loot armouryGuwahati, Nov 13 : About 200 tribal militants armed with guns and machetes overran a paramilitary post in Assam Friday, injuring four troopers and decamping with more than 20 automatic weapons, officials said.

A police spokesperson said heavily armed militants attacked a camp of the paramilitary India Reserve Battalion (IRB) at Chekarcham, bordering Manipur, about 360 km south of Assam's main city of Guwahati.


Phone a doctor emergency service 104 to be launched in Assam

Phone a doctor emergency service 104 to be launched in AssamGuwahati, Nov 14 - Doctors on telephone and attending to emergency calls and providing possible life saving tips or guiding a patient to the right hospital or a specialist - this is what will exactly happen in Assam beginning January.

The Assam health department would launch an emergency helpline 104 - just dial 104 and a doctor would attend your call to help a patient in distress.


ONGC stumbles upon uranium in Assam

ONGC stumbles upon uranium in Assam
Guwahati, Nov 14 - Oil exploration firm Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) Saturday said it has stumbled upon a reserve of uranium while carrying out exploration work in an oilfield in Assam.

According to a senior ONGC official, traces of uranium were detected during exploration work at the Borholla oilfield in Jorhat district, about 360 km east of here.

"Uranium traces were detected during examination of logs of the Borholla oilfield. Now a joint study is on with the Uranium Corporation to take this entire process forward," said A. K. Hazarika, director of ONGC's onshore operations.


AGP likely to dump BJP ahead of 2011 Assam polls

AGP likely to dump BJP ahead of 2011 Assam polls
Guwahati, Nov 14 - Assam politics is expected to witness some major realignment of forces ahead of the 2011 assembly polls with the honeymoon between the main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) almost over.


Assam rebel group vows support for Maoists

Assam rebel group vows support for MaoistsGuwahati, Nov 16 - The National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), an outlawed group fighting for an independent homeland for the Bodo tribe in Assam, has announced its support to the Maoists.

"I would like to greet and congratulate the Maoists who are fighting for their legitimate rights and also extend all help to them in their fight against the ruling cliques," NDFB chairman D. R. Nabla said in a statement e-mailed to IANS.


Guwahati hosts painting exhibition on tea plantation

Guwahati hosts painting exhibition on tea plantationGuwahati, Nov 16 : An exhibition of paintings based on the struggle of the people who work in the tea gardens was displayed in Guwahati.

Running for two days, the exhibition was being staged in the State Art Gallery by Siva Prasad Marar to send a message to the people about the sufferings of the Tea tribes (people who work in the tea gardens) and the sacrifices while working in the tea gardens. Siva Prasad Marar, who was a tea grower in Assam, has termed the Tea plant as his mother.


Body building competition in Guwahati attracts youth

Body building competition in Guwahati attracts youthGuwahati (Assam),Nov 16 : A body building competition organized here recently to promote a healthy lifestyle has attracted a large number of local youth.

''''Association of Bodybuilders Kamrup'''' organized this body building competition to award the title of Junior Mr. Assam and Senior Mr. Assam.

People were surprised and wondered as the body builders flexed their well-toned muscles. Over more than 100 participants took part in this body building competition from around 18 districts.


Assam opposition leaders keen to join Congress, says Gogoi

Assam opposition leaders keen to join Congress, says GogoiGuwahati, Nov 16 Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Monday claimed several senior opposition party leaders and legislators were keen to join the ruling Congress party ahead of the 2011 assembly elections.

The chief minister said some leaders of the main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the Asom United Democratic Front (AUDF) were holding informal talks with Congress ministers and legislators in an effort to join the ruling party.


Train carrying petroleum products catches fire in Assam

Train carrying petroleum products catches fire in AssamGuwahati, Nov 17 - At least 20 wagons were damaged in Assam when a goods train carrying petroleum products went up in flames. Authorities are not ruling out the possibility of a bomb blast.

The train with 48 wagons of high speed diesel and petrol from the Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) in Assam caught fire late Monday near Changpool in Golaghat district, about 270 km from here, a railway spokesperson said.


Kidnapped Andhra engineer released in Assam

Kidnapped Andhra engineer released in AssamGuwahati, Nov 17 - Andhra Pradesh engineer P. Krishna Rao, who was abducted a month ago by militants of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), was released Tuesday morning in western Assam's Kokrajhar district, officials said.

Rao, who was kidnapped Oct 16, was released at 9.15 a. m. He is safe, but exhausted and looked frail. Further details were awaited.

Rao was project manager of Gayatri Construction Company engaged in four lane highway construction work in Kokrajhar district.


16 bogies of oil tanker train goup in flames in Assam

16 bogies of oil tanker train goup in flames in AssamMariani (Assam), Nov 17 : Sixteen bogies of an oil tanker train have caught fire near Mariani in Upper Assam.

The tanker train had left the Numaligarh refinery for Uttar Pradesh and was between the Bhilgaon and Borpathar stations when it caught fire.

The fire is still raging on the tanker train. The track has been dented, so it will take some time for train services to recommence.

Train services to and from Upper Assam have been delayed due to the fire.


Kidnapped Andhra engineer released in Assam

Kidnapped Andhra engineer released in AssamKokrajhar (Assam) Nov 17 : Krishna Rao, the engineer from Andhra Pradesh, who was abducted on October 16, was released in Karigaon in Kokrajhar District of Assam this morning.

Rao was released at 9.15 a. m. He is safe. Further details are awaited.

Rao was kidnapped by suspected militants of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) from a road construction site in Kokrajhar district.


One month in captivity, released Andhra engineer tells all

Guwahati, Nov 18 - From apples to fruit bread, the captors of 50-year-old Andhra Pradesh civil engineer P. Krishna Rao tried their best to entertain him, but one month in captivity and constantly being guarded by armed militants has left him feeling traumatised.

Rao, who was kidnapped Oct 16 by militants of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), was released Tuesday in western Assam's Kokrajhar district.

"We changed locations four to five times, but all these days we had stayed deep inside the jungles and slept under makeshift tents. Two to three armed militants kept vigil round the clock," Rao told IANS in an interview hours after he was released.


Mild tremor recorded in northeast India

Shillong, Nov 18 : Mild tremors were felt in several parts of northeast India late Tuesday, met officials said here Wednesday.

"The quake, measuring 4.5 on the Richter Scale, occurred at 11.10 p. m. Tuesday and had its epicentre in the East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering China," said an official of the meteorological department.

The earthquake was felt in some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam and adjoining areas of northeastern region. It lasted for about 10 to 12 seconds.

No loss of life or property has been reported so far.


ULFA admits it is using China as a base

ULFA admits it is using China as a baseGuwahati, Nov 19 - The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has set up bases in China and other foreign countries with the help of money extorted in the state, two senior ULFA leaders have told police interrogators.

This is the first time the ULFA, which is fighting to secede the oil-rich Assam from India, has accepted setting up bases in China.

ULFA "foreign secretary" Sasha Choudhury and "finance secretary" Chitraban Hazarika, now in police remand since Nov 6, told interrogations that apart from Bangladesh they have bases in China and other foreign countries.


Former IB chief in Assam for talks with militant groups

Former IB chief in Assam for talks with militant groups Guwahati, Nov 19 : Former Intelligence Bureau chief P. C. Haldar, appointed by the central government as interlocutor for advancing talks with separatist groups, arrived here Thursday amid hopes of providing the deadlocked peace process a boost.

"I am here to talk to the state government and then other things would follow," Haldar told journalists.

This is the first time New Delhi will have a pointperson to deal with the militant groups in the region.


NIA exposes militant-politician-bureaucrat-contractor nexus in Assam

Guwahati, Nov 21 - The National Investigating Agency (NIA) has come up with some startling revelations about the politician-militant-bureaucrat-contractor nexus in Assam with government funds to the tune of millions going to the coffers of a separatist group.

The NIA, in its final chargesheet submitted in the court of the Special Judge in Guwahati Nov 17, said elected members of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) helped the outlawed Jewel Garlosa faction of the Dima Halim Daogah (DHD-J) to siphon government funds.


Two injured in Assam blast

Two injured in Assam blastGuwahati, Nov 22 - Two people were injured Sunday when a bomb exploded outside a police station in Assam's Nalbari district, police said.

The bomb was kept on a parked bicycle and it exploded around 10 a. m., an official said.

Police suspect that militants of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) carried out the explosion.

Nalbari district is about 70 km west of Assam's main city of Guwahati. (dpa)


Five killed in three bombings in India's Assam state

Five killed in three bombings in India's Assam state New Delhi  - At least five people were killed and 50 were injured Sunday in three bombings by suspected separatist rebels in India's north-eastern state of Assam, a news report said.

The bombs exploded within a span of 40 minutes in the Nalbari district, some 70 kilometres west of state capital Guwahati, the IANS news agency reported.

The first bomb was planted on a bicycle near a police station and exploded about 10 am (0430 GMT), the report said. The second went off 20 metres away from the police station and the third exploded near a market.


Assam twin blast toll mounts to eight

Assam twin blast toll mounts to eightNalbari (Assam), Nov 23 - The death toll in the twin blasts in Assam's Nalbari town mounted to eight with one more injured victim succumbing to injuries overnight. Security forces have stepped up their anti-insurgency operations across the state, officials said Monday.

A police spokesperson said an injured victim died at a hospital late Sunday taking the toll in the two blasts to eight.

Some 54 people are still in hospital with the condition of at least four stated to be critical.


Landmine targeting army convoy detected in Assam

Landmine targeting army convoy detected in AssamGuwahati, Nov 23 - A major tragedy was averted in Assam Monday with security forces detecting a powerful landmine planted on a road used by army convoys to reach the Chinese border along the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, officials said.

An army spokesperson said soldiers on a routine patrol Monday morning detected the landmine planted near the Ninth Mile area in Sonitpur district, about 230 km north of Assam's main city of Guwahati.


Shutdown paralyses normal life in Assam''s Nalbari district

Shutdown paralyses normal life in Assam''s Nalbari districtNalbari (Assam), Nov 23 : Normal life has been paralysed in the Nalbari district of Lower Assam due to a dawn to dusk shutdown call given by the All Assam Students Union.

The shutdown call has been given in protest against Sunday''s twin blasts, killing seven people and injuring 53.

Vehicles are off the roads including on National Highway-31. Government offices, business establishments, financial and educational institutions are closed.


CII summit to promote trade between India-ASEAN held in Guwahati

CII summit to promote trade between India-ASEAN held in GuwahatiGuwahati, Nov 24 : A business conference organized by Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) to explore and promote trade opportunities between India and ASEAN was recently held in Guwahati.

During the conference both sides discussed different aspects like banking, agriculture and tourism to boost trade.


Elephant depredations may force shutdown of Assam tea plantations

Elephant depredations may force shutdown of Assam tea plantationsGuwahati, Nov 25 - Angry over frequent depredation by wild elephants, an influential students' group Wednesday threatened an indefinite shutdown of tea plantations in Assam.

The immediate provocation for the Assam Tea Tribes Students' Association (ATTSA) to threaten to cease work was the killing of five plantation workers in separate incidents by rampaging elephant herds in northern Assam in the past one week.


ULFA rejects peace talks offer, threatens to wage war

ULFA rejects peace talks offer, threatens to wage war Guwahati, Nov 25 : The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Wednesday rejected the central government's offer for peace talks if it dropped the demand for sovereignty, and instead threatened to wage a war for Assam's independence with renewed vigour.

Home Minister P. C. Chidambaram Tuesday told the Rajya Sabha that the government was ready to hold talks with the ULFA provided the outfit first laid down arms and gave up its demand for sovereignty.


Massive security ahead of ULFA's protest day in Assam

Massive security ahead of ULFA's protest day in AssamGuwahati, Nov 27 - A massive security alert was sounded in Assam Friday, a day ahead of the 'black day' by the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to protest the first military offensive launched against the outfit in 1990.

"We are taking no chances as the ULFA in the past struck at vital installations like oil facilities, railway tracks, and even bombed crowded places to make their presence felt," a senior Assam police official said.


Rebels who parked bomb-laden car at Manipur Raj Bhavan arrested

Rebels who parked bomb-laden car at Manipur Raj Bhavan arrested Guwahati, Nov 27 : Three separatist rebels, including a woman, of the outlawed Manipur based Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), who parked a bomb-packed car at the Raj Bhavan in Imphal, were arrested Friday from a house on the outskirts of Assam's main city of Guwahati, officials said.


Faced with counter insurgency operation, ULFA cadres step up atrocities in Assam

Faced with counter insurgency operation, ULFA cadres step up atrocities in AssamGuwahati, Nov. 27 : Following the ongoing counter-insurgency operation the militants have stepped up atrocities in Assam.

In the latest incident, twin blasts rocked the Nalbari district of Assam on Sunday (Nov. 22) leaving eight persons dead and over 60 injured.

Earlier, 12 oil tankers of a goods train were set ablaze by militants near Moriani.

The blasts occurred in a gap of 40 minutes and rocked Nalbari, 70 kilometres from Guwahati on Sunday (Nov. 22).


Life returns to normal in North Cachar Hills

Life returns to normal in North Cachar HillsNorth Cachar Hills (Assam), Nov. 27 : The surrender of `black widow’ militants has created a positive influence in North Cachar Hills district of Assam, and there has been a gradual improvement in the security scenario.

The markets are now flooded with people, railway services have resumed and rock concerts are drawing a huge number of people.

No untoward incident has been reported in NC Hills since October 2 this year, when Jewel Garlosa faction of Dima Halim Daogah or `Black Widow’ laid down their arms.


Activist, info panel on RTI award list

Delhi dedicates week to RTI on fourth anniversaryAkhil Gogoi, a social activist from Assam, Lalit Narayan Mishra, an Etawah-based education officer with the Uttar Pradesh government, and Arunachal Pradesh information commission have been selected for the first Right to Information (RTI) national awards.

RTI awards are an initiative of Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF) with Hindustan Times for strengthening the transparency movement in India.


Assam Scheduled Caste communities living in 'hell': Buta Singh

Buta SinghGuwahati, Nov 30 - Chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes Buta Singh has lashed out at the Assam government for failing to meet the basic needs of the backward sections of the society, saying such people were living in "hell".

"I am deeply anguished and disturbed to see the plight of the Scheduled Caste people living in Assam. I would say they are living in hell with their conditions simply indescribable," Singh told journalists Monday at the end of his five-day Assam visit.


Medicines not easily available to HIV/AIDS patients in northeast

Medicines not easily available to HIV/AIDS patients in northeastGuwahati, Nov 30 : Lack of access to medicines and ignorance about the disease are the twin challenges being faced by people living with HIV and AIDS in India's northeast, where around 45,000 people are HIV positive, health experts said here Monday.

About 9,000 of the 45,000 people living with HIV have developed AIDS.


ULFA's Rajkhowa arrested in Bangladesh, say sources

Guwahati, Dec 2 - Arabinda Rajkhowa, chairman of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), and its publicity secretary Apurba Baruah have been arrested in Bangladesh, informed sources said Wednesday.

Both are expected to be in India's custody soon, the sources told IANS.

The two leaders are believed to have been arrested by the Special Branch of the Bangladesh Police from downtown Dhaka.

Rajkhowa, 56, was in Bangladesh for close to two decades, operating out of bases in that country to order hit-and-run strikes in Assam.

He founded the ULFA in 1979 along with five other leaders, including the outfit's commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah, who is believed to have escaped Bangladesh and is reportedly hiding in China.


Assam to use biometric cards for wage disbursement under NREGA

assamThe Assam Government has decided to use biometric card system, one of the latest tools of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for disbursement of wage under the NREGA (National Rural Employment Guarantee Act)'s scheme implementation. Thus, Assam would be the second state in the country after Andhra Pradesh to use biometric card system' for wage disbursement under NREGA implementation.


Rajkhowa - from student leader to India's most wanted

Guwahati/Dhaka, Dec 2: For 30 long years till his arrest, Arabinda Rajkhowa remained a fugitive much sought after by Indian security forces, staying the better part of that period abroad, mainly in Bangladesh under various aliases.

His real is name is Rajib Rajkonwar, son of late Uma Rajkonwar and Damayanti Rajkonwar, of Lakwa village in eastern Assam's Sivasagar district. His both parents were ardent followers of Mahatma Gandhi and believed in his philosophy of non-violence.

On April 7, 1979, Rajkhowa and four others, including the outfit's self-styled commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah, met at the historic Rang Ghar, an amphitheatre of the 16th century Ahom royalty, in eastern Assam's Sivasagar town and founded the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).


ULFA chairman Rajkhowa could get safe passage

ULFA chairman Rajkhowa could get safe passageGuwahati, Dec 3 - In a move aimed at buying peace in restive Assam, the Indian government might consider giving safe passage to Arabinda Rajkhowa, chairman of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), instead of describing him as arrested.

"Rajkhowa could be provided safe passage by the Indian government for using his services for furthering peace talks with New Delhi and hence (the government is) not spelling out his details, including whether he has been arrested or he surrendered or is just with Indian authorities on his own," an intelligence official said.


Rajkhowa's whereabouts may be known in days or hours: Gogoi

Rajkhowa's whereabouts may be known in days or hours: Gogoi Guwahati, Dec 3 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Thursday stopped short of admitting the arrest of Arabinda Rajkhowa, chairman of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), but confirmed that a 'breakthrough' has been made.

"I cannot say how the breakthrough has happened, but all I can say is that a breakthrough has happened and maybe within the next few days or next few hours you would know the whereabouts of Arabinda Rajkhowa," the chief minister told journalists.


ULFA militants affecting peace in Assam

Palaniappan ChidambaramNalbari (Assam), Dec 3: The announcement by the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram that the Central Government was willing for discussions with the ULFA leaders if they give up violence has been welcomed by people in Assam who have been victims of violence in the recent past.

A few days after 12 oil tankers of a goods train were set ablaze by suspected ULFA militants near Moriani, twin blasts recently rocked Assam’s Nalbari district, which killed eight people and injured over 60 last week.

The twin blasts within a span of 40 minutes rocked the district, and created fear and panic among people.


ULFA militants affecting peace in Assam

LFA militants affecting peaceNalbari (Assam), Dec 3: The announcement by the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram that the Central Government was willing for discussions with the ULFA leaders if they give up violence has been welcomed by people in Assam who have been victims of violence in the recent past.

A few days after 12 oil tankers of a goods train were set ablaze by suspected ULFA militants near Moriani, twin blasts recently rocked Assam’s Nalbari district, which killed eight people and injured over 60 last week.

The twin blasts within a span of 40 minutes rocked the district, and created fear and panic among people.


Rajkhowa’s family hails his surrender

 Rajkhowa’s family hails his surrenderLakhwagaon, Sivasagar (Assam), Dec 4 (ANI): The family members hailed the surrender of the United Liberation Front of Assom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and hoped the Government would make best use of this decision , and that peace would return to the region.

Speaking to ANI, Rajkhowa’s brother Ajoy said: “With his own decision he came all the way from Bangladesh to India for the purpose of bringing peace to the people of Assam. The Govt. of India has also responded positively and he (Arabinda) is sitting with them
(Indian Government) for peace negotiations.”


‘Arabinda coming to India to establish peace’, says Rajkhova’s brother

‘Arabinda coming to India to establish peace’, says Rajkhova’s brotherLakhwagaon, Sivasagar (Assam), Dec. 4 : United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) founding member and chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa’s elder brother Ajoy Rajkhova has denied the arrest of his brother, saying he is coming to India to establish peace for the better future of the people in the region.

Talking to exclusively to ANI here, Ajoy said the Arabinda has neither been arrested nor has he surrendered, and that he was coming to India on his own to establish peace in the region.


ULFA chief Arabinda Rajkhowa to be produced in court

ULFA chief Arabinda Rajkhowa to be produced in courtGuwahati, Dec 5 - Arrested chairman of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Arabinda Rajkhowa, the deputy commander-in-chief of the outfit Raju Baruah and Rajkhowa's personal security guard Raja Bora would be produced in a local court here Friday, police said.

"We would seek 14 days police remand of the three arrested ULFA members before the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court," a senior Assam police officer said.

On Friday, the ULFA chairman led a dramatic surrender before Indian authorities at Dawki in Meghalaya.


Ulfa leaders held, admit China link

BSFArabinda Rajkhowa, chairman of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa), and Raju Baruah, the outfit’s deputy commander-in-chief, surrendered to Indian authorities near the India-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya, along with eight others on Friday morning.

Border Security Force (BSF) officials took them all into custody soon after they crossed into Indian territory from Bangladesh near Dawki in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills.


ULFA leader Rajkhowa, ten others may be charged under IPC, TADA

ULFA leader Rajkhowa, ten others may be charged under IPC, TADAGuwahati, Dec. 5 : Self-styled chairman of the rebel United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Arabinda Rajkhowa and ten other ULFA cadres, who were handed over to India by Bangladesh yesterday, will be produced in a court here this afternoon and could be charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and TADA.

Sources here have suggested that Rajkhowa and the other arrested ULFA men could be sent to jail and would also face the judicial process.


Heavy security outside Guwahati court ahead of ULFA chief''s arrival

Heavy security outside Guwahati court ahead of ULFA chief''s arrivalGuwahati, Dec 5 : A heavy security presence is outside the Guwahati court here, where the Self-styled chairman of the rebel United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Arabinda Rajkhowa, is to be produced this evening.

Arabinda Rajkhowa and ten other ULFA cadres, who were handed over to India by Bangladesh yesterday, will be produced here this evening and could be charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and TADA.


Rajkhowa, ten ULFA cadres presented before Guwahati court

Guwahati, Dec 5 (ANI): Self-styled chairman of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Arabinda Rajkhowa and ten other members of the rebel outfit were presented before a court here this evening amid tight security.

Rajkhowa and ten other ULFA cadres, who were handed over to India by Bangladesh yesterday, could be charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and TADA.

Sources here have suggested that Rajkhowa and the other arrested ULFA men could be sent to jail and would also face the judicial process.

Apart from IPC and TADA, Rajkhowa may also be charged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.


Rajkhowa, three others sent to 12 days police custody

Kidnapped Andhra engineer released in AssamGuwahati, Dec 5 : The Guwahati Court on Saturday sent United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and three of his associates to 12 days police custody.

Earlier this evening, Assam Police produced Rajkhowa and his associates before the chief magistrate of Guwahati city amid tight security.

Police asked for 14 days custody, but court sanctioned only 12 days custody for the ULFA leaders.

Rajkhowa told the magistrate that he had not surrendered but had been arrested.


When hardened ULFA chaiman Rajkhowa broke down

When hardened ULFA chaiman Rajkhowa broke downGuwahati, Dec 5 : One of India's most wanted fugitives, chairman of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Arabinda Rajkhowa, Saturday broke down and had tears in his eyes as he hugged his wife and two children before being taken to a court here.

It was an emotional scene at the 4th Assam Police Battalion headquarters guest house as Rajkhowa, 53, as parted from his wife Kaveri, 41, daughter Khamchen, 13, and five-year-old son Gadadhar.


Talks with ULFA without sovereignty issue: Gogoi

Tarun GogoiGuwahati, Dec 7 : The government was ready for peace talks with the outlawed United Liberation of Asom (ULFA) if it shunned violence and gave up the demand for sovereignty or independence, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said Monday.

"Our doors for peace talks with the ULFA are open, but then they have to abjure violence and give up the demand of sovereignty," the chief minister told journalists.

Gogoi also made a similar statement in the winter session of the Assam assembly that began here Monday.


Guwahati jail turns into meeting point for ULFA leaders

Guwahati jail turns into meeting point for ULFA leadersGuwahati, Dec 9 - The Guwahati central jail has become the meeting point for four top separatist leaders of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to set the wheels of the deadlocked peace process moving, a step facilitated by the government.

ULFA vice president Pradeep Gogoi, self-styled foreign secretary Sasha Choudhury, finance secretary Chitraban Hazarika, and the outfit's publicity chief Mithinga Daimary have been holding intense discussions inside the Guwahati jail over the past two days.


Assam''s people''s forum urges peace talks with rebel outfit

Assam''s people''s forum urges peace talks with rebel outfitGuwahati, Dec 9 : The People''s Committee for Peace Initiatives in Assam (PCPIA) has urged the central government to hold peace talks with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

"We have seen the people of Assam are aspiring for peace and the government is reluctant to give in to people''s wishes and we are protesting against this," said Dilip Patgari, member of PCPIA.


ULFA ready for talks if sovereignty discussed: Paresh Baruah

ULFA ready for talks if sovereignty discussed: Paresh BaruahGuwahati, Dec 9 : The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Wednesday said it would sit for peace talks with the government if its main demand of sovereignty or independence was discussed.

"Our stand is very clear that if the government agrees to discuss our core demand of sovereignty, we are ready for such talks immediately," ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah told News Live, a local television channel, by telephone.


Indian or Bangladeshi, Muslim or Hindu... identity crisis for ULFA kids

Indian or Bangladeshi, Muslim or Hindu... identity crisis for ULFA kidsGuwahati, Dec 10 - Disoriented and bewildered about their names, their religion and their identity, the children of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leaders arrested last week are still trying to come to terms with the reality of their lives and those of their fugitive fathers.

Khamchen Bohagi and Gadadhar, the two children of outlawed ULFA chief Arabinda Rajkhowa, are surprised to see their father's handcuffed photographs and television images and are constantly asking their mother Kaveri what is wrong.


Bomb blast kills four people in Assam

Bomb blast kills four people in AssamSonitpur (Assam), Dec 10 : At least four people were killed and 15 people injured in a bomb explosion in Assam’s Sonitpur District this afternoon.

Six to seven of the injured were said to be in critical condition, when the reports last came in.

The blast took place in the Goorubandha Bazar area near the Missamari Police Station.

The National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) cadres are suspected to be behind the incident.

Further details are awaited. (ANI)


People’s organisation protest killings in Assam

Assam''s people''s forum urges peace talks with rebel outfitGuwahati, Dec 10 : Various Bodo people’s organisations have hit the streets in Assam demanding firm action against fratricidal killings among various Bodo armed groups which have created an atmosphere of insecurity and uncertainty in districts that fall under the Bodoland Territorial Council.

Nirmal Basumatry, a class IX student of Latamari village in the Bodo tribe belt is the latest victim.

Armed miscreants gunned down Nimal, the brother-in-law of a former Bodo Liberation Tigers cadre Manoj Narzary.


Another blast rocks Assam

Another blast rocks Assam Guwahati, Dec 10 : A grenade attack injured two people in Assam's Sonitpur district, hours after a powerful blast ripped through a busy market in the same district killing four people.

The second attack was reported at a market in Dhekiajuli, 170 km from here.(IANS)


Water walking attracts tourists in Guwahati

Water walking attracts tourists in GuwahatiGuwahati, Dec 10 : A recently constructed unique walk on water event attracting locals as well as tourists.

Walking on water is done inside a giant transparent ball filled with oxygen and aptly it is named ''water walking''.

The concept of water sphere is of an inflatable tank wherein the rider can enter and can walk, dance, float and even burst into a song in water, of course all with no fear of drowning since safety of the visiting ''water-walkers'' and ''mermaids'' is the hallmark of this rare recreation.


Centre’s decision to release elephants puts Assam Zoo authorities in dilemma

elephantGuwahati, Dec 10 : Assam zoo authorities are in a state of fix after the directions of the Centre to release elephants in the zoo.

The instruction of the state zoo of Assam is to release the elephants into the wild.

The scenario, which according to the zoo authorities complicates the release procedure, is due to the fact that there are pregnant and handicapped in the elephant population of the zoo.

According to the wildlife observers and authorities in charge of the affairs of the zoo, the Assam state zoo has one of the finest environment for Elephants in as much as everything in the Zoo, is just like being in the natural state.


Six killed in Assam group clash over road work

Six killed in Assam group clash over road workGuwahati, Dec 11 - At least six people were killed and three injured in a group clash over road construction work in Assam, officials said Friday.

A police spokesperson said hundreds of people clashed late Thursday in Singimari village in Nagaon district, about 150 km east of Assam's main city of Guwahati.

"Two groups attacked each other with crude implements like machetes and spears and soon the clash turned bloody resulting in the death of six people and wounding three more," a senior police official said.


Telengana storm hits Assam, separate statehood demands get strident

Telengana storm hits Assam, separate statehood demands get stridentGuwahati, Dec 11 - Spurred by New Delhi's attempt at granting a separate Telengana state, several ethnic groups in Assam have raised the banner of revolt with demands for separate states to be carved out of the region.

Among the prominent groups that have already raised the issue of separate statehood are the Bodos, the Karbis, and the Dimasa tribes in Assam.

The first to raise the issue is the Bodoland People's Front (BPF), an ally of the ruling Congress party in Assam.


ULFA pro-talk leader says Bangladesh has backstabbed movement

ULFA pro-talk leader says Bangladesh has backstabbed movementGuwahati, Dec 11 : Mrinal Hazarika, the leader of a pro-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has said that Bangladesh has "betrayed" and "backstabbed" them, after the group''s top leaders recently landed in the net of Indian security forces close to the border.


We want plebiscite on sovereignty: ULFA

We want plebiscite on sovereignty: ULFAGuwahati, Dec 11 : The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Friday urged New Delhi for a plebiscite to decide if the people of Assam want independence.

"Talks, if any, have to be on the issue of Assam's independence or sovereignty. If the government cannot hold talks on the issue of sovereignty or independence, let there be a plebiscite on the issue," ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah said in an emailed statement to the local media here.


Patnaik, new Assam governor, asks ULFA to shun violence

Patnaik, new Assam governor, asks ULFA to shun violenceGuwahati, Dec 11 : Former Orissa chief minister J. B. Patnaik, who was Friday sworn in as Assam governor, urged the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to shun violence and come for unconditional peace talks with the government.

"First they (ULFA) should eschew violence and then come for unconditional peace talks," Patnaik said soon after being sworn in as the new governor of Assam Friday.


NREGA gives fresh lease of life to Assam villages

NREGA gives fresh lease of life to Assam villagesGuwahati, Dec 11: The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGA) launched by the Centre has given a fillip to rural development and employment opportunities in many parts of the country.

The construction of a new `pucca road’ is changing the lives of villagers in Digaru, a tribal village in the Dimoria Block of Assam. The workers, a majority of them women, have been given employment under NREGA.


Assam''s intellectuals urge talks with ULFA

Assam''s intellectuals urge talks with ULFAGuwahati, Dec 12 : Intellectuals in Assam on Friday urged New Delhi to hold talks with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), after the arrest of its top leader.

Noni Gopal Mahanta, professor, Guwahati University, who has done extensive research on ULFA, said the central government should hold cordial talks without any pre-determined agenda.


Assam MLAs to volunteer for vasectomy

Birth control Birth control begins at House. This is what a majority of legislators decided while deliberating on vasectomy and population explosion in the Assam Assembly on Friday.

The issue of sterilization and contraception cropped up after Tarun Gogoi’s Congress-led government was chided for encouraging reproduction through populist schemes such as Janani Suraksha Yojana.


Assam CM Gogoi rejects division of state

Assam CM Gogoi rejects division of stateGuwahati, Dec 12 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday ruled out further division of the state.

Addressing the state assembly, Gogoi said: " Not only Bodoland, Ujani Assam Ahoms are demanding, Kamtapur, they are demanding, N C Hills is demanding, its not new. But our case is we are not in favour of splitting the state," Gogoi said.

The government has given top-most priority to settling the problems of the people living in those areas, besides taking up development activities on a massive scale,” he added.


No takers for ULFA commander Paresh Baruah's public apology

No takers for ULFA commander Paresh Baruah's public apology Dhemaji (Assam), Dec 15 - He may have sought forgiveness, but the elusive commander-in-chief of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Paresh Baruah is under fire - from both his former comrades in arms and the families of those killed in blasts triggered by the outfit.


Demand for autonomy intensifies in Assam

Demand for autonomy intensifies in AssamJorhat/Guwahati, Dec 15 : Amidst a raging debate on carving out new provinces, activists of the Jatiya Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP), a regional organisation, took out massive rally across Assam to press their demand.

Holding placards, banners and raising slogans on the streets of Jorhat district and Guwahati, the activists believes that Assam has enough natural resource and thus should have no problems of good governance.

They said leaving apart four areas like defence; foreign affairs, communication and currency the rest of the powers should be transferred to the state.


Veteran BBC journalist''s new book on Northeast India released

Guwahati, Dec 16 : Veteran BBC journalist Subhir Bhaumik''s new book - "Troubled Periphery- Crisis of India''s North-East" - was released here on Tuesday. Speaking after the book launch, Bhaumik said his attempt was to explain the crisis roiling the restive region for the rest of the country.


Swine flu alert in Assam

Swine flu alert in AssamGuwahati, Dec 16 : Health authorities in Assam Wednesday sounded a fresh swine flu alert after two people, including a doctor at the Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH), tested positive for the H1N1 virus.

A health department spokesperson said a doctor at the GMCH, Rajib Rai Baruah, who was down with flu-like symptoms for the past few days tested positive for swine flu Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a college girl from Jagiroad, 56 km east of Assam's main city of Guwahati, tested positive for the virus.


Rajkhowa, deputy to be produced in Guwahati court

Guwahati, Dec 17 - Outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and the group's deputy commander-in-chief Raju Baruah will be produced in a Guwahati court Thursday afternoon.

Sources said the two ULFA leaders would be produced at a camp court inside the Guwahati Central Jail premises instead of the Chief Judicial Magistrate's (CJM) court around 3.30 pm.

"For security reasons, police have sought permission to produce the two ULFA leaders before the CJM in the jail," sources in the government advocate's office said.

The duo was sent to 12 days police custody by the CJM Dec 6 after they were arrested from Dawki in Meghalaya, bordering Bangladesh.


No talks took place while in custody, says ULFA chief

No talks took place while in custody, says ULFA chiefGuwahati, Dec 17 : Arabinda Rajkhowa, chairman of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Thursday said the peace talks remained deadlocked, and flatly denied any negotiations took place between him and the government while he was in police detention the past 12 days.

Rajkhowa told this to his younger brother Ajay Rajkonwar while being taken to the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) at a special court inside the Guwahati Central Jail.


10 killed in Meghalaya bus accident

10 killed in Meghalaya bus accidentGuwahati, Dec 18 - At least 10 people were killed and more than 15 were missing after a passenger bus veered off the road and fell into a river early Friday in Meghalaya, police said.

A police spokesperson said the bus carrying about 40 people from Guwahati to Agartala, capital of Tripura, fell into river Lukha near Sonapur, about 120 km from Meghalaya capital Shillong.

"The accident occurred around 3.45 a. m. Rescue teams were able to recover 10 bodies so far from the river that runs about 200 metres below the highway," a Meghalaya police official said.


AGP questions government on handcuffing ULFA chairman

Guwahati, Dec 19 - Assam's main opposition Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has questioned the government for allowing Arabinda Rajkhowa, the arrested chairman of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), to be handcuffed, saying such a move would take the peace process to nowhere.

"The handcuffing of Arabinda Rajkhowa and at the same time talking of peace does not go together. The government should clarify its stand on whether they would like to begin peace talks with insurgent groups or want to control it militarily," AGP president Chandra Mohan Patowary told journalists.

Rajkhowa and ULFA's deputy commander-in-chief Raju Baruah were brought to the court in Guwahati after their arrest Dec 5 in handcuffs.


Assam villagers terrorised by wild elephants

Assam villagers terrorised by wild elephantsHatighar Pathar (Assam), Dec 19 : A herd of about 80 wild elephants have been camping at Hatighar Pathar areas of Assam for the past two months, posing a threat to human life, properties and crops of residents.

Villagers said that on Friday two wild elephants destroyed several paddy fields, about to be harvested.

Most of the villagers and farmers are forced to delay their harvesting due to the presence of wild pachyderms, which come out even in daytime in the paddy fields destroying whatever comes their way.


Student's group threatens oil blockade in Assam

Student's group threatens oil blockade in AssamGuwahati, Dec 20 - An influential students' group in Assam has threatened a 96-hour oil blockade beginning 5 a. m. Monday to protest an alleged move by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to sell-off its oilfields to private firms.

"We shall resist any attempt by the ONGC to privatise its assets in Assam and hence the 96-hour oil blockade programme. We are committed to bringing the ONGC's operations to a complete halt," Tapan Gogoi, general secretary of the All Assam Students' Union (AASU), told IANS.


96-hour oil blockade begins in Assam

96-hour oil blockade begins in AssamGuwahati, Dec 21 - The influential All Assam Students' Union (AASU) launched a 96-hour oil blockade at 6 a. m. Monday to protest an alleged move by Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) to sell of its oilfields to private firms.

A maximum security alert was sounded in Assam to foil attempts by student protesters to halt crude oil and natural gas production in the region, officials said.


Tripartite meeting with GJM in Darjeeling today

Tripartite meeting with GJM in Darjeeling todayDarjeeling, Dec 21 : The fourth tripartite talks on Gorkha Janmukti Morcha''s demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland will be held here today.

Union Home Secretary G K Pillai will lead a five-member Central team while Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty will lead the state government''s team.

The talks were preceded by a call for a four-day general strike in the hills from December 17, but it was withdrawn on the first day after the BJP asked it to call it off.


CPM blames UPA Govt for inflation

CPM blames UPA Govt for inflationGuwahati, Dec 21 : Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat, said here on Monday that controlling the price line is the responsibility of the Union Government instead of the state governments.

Addressing the media here, Karat noted that there is nothing much the state governments can do to control price rise.

On Sunday, Union Agricultural Minister Sharad Pawar had suggested that the state governments ought to do more to control spiralling food prices.


Poachers kill two rhinos in Kaziranga

Poachers kill two rhinos in KazirangaKaziranga (Assam), Dec 22 - Two endangered one-horned rhinos were killed by poacher gangs at the famed Kaziranga National Park in Assam, taking the toll of the giant pachyderms slaughtered so far this year to 14, officials said Tuesday.

A wildlife official said the latest killings were reported Monday from inside the sanctuary, 220 km east of Assam's main city of Guwahati.

"The two rhinos were killed using automatic weapons in separate locations and their horns gouged out. It could be the same poacher gang involved in both the attacks," a park ranger told IANS.


Ready for talks within 24 hours minus sovereignty: Gogoi

Ready for talks within 24 hours minus sovereignty: GogoiGuwahati, Dec 22 - The government was ready to hold talks with the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) "within 24 hours" if the outfit gives a written assurance that it will abjure violence and give up the demand for sovereignty, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said Tuesday.

"From our side we are ready to begin talks within 24 hours, but there should be no preconditions from the ULFA. Let them give us in writing expressing their willingness to hold talks by shunning the path of violence," the chief minister told journalists here.


IAF soon to induct more than 150 Sukhois: Air chief

IAF soon to induct more than 150 Sukhois: Air chief  Silchar (Assam), Dec 23 : The Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon induct more than 150 Sukhoi Su-30 MKI combat jets and 80 Mi-17-1V medium-lift helicopters as part of a massive drive to boost its capabilities, a top military commander said Wednesday.

"We are getting more than 150 Sukhois. There is also a deal on for 80 medium-lift helicopters from Russia, fifth-generation Russian fighters and special helicopters for flying VVIPs like the president and the prime minister," the IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal P. V. Naik told reporters here.


Oil blockade hits crude oil, natural gas production in Assam

Guwahati, Dec 24 - Crude oil and natural gas production by India's premier oil exploration firm Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has been hit in Assam following a 96-hour oil blockade by an influential students' group that entered its third day Thursday, officials said.

"There has been an overall impact with crude oil and natural gas production hit. The agitation would also have a long term impact on the production as a number of old oil wells might cease to function and would be hard to revive if work stops suddenly for few days," ONGC spokesperson D. K. Das told IANS.

According to estimates, ONGC is incurring a loss of Rs. 200 million daily due to the strike.


Manipur Muslim separatist leader arrested in Guwahati

Manipur Muslim separatist leader arrested in Guwahati Guwahati, Dec 24 : A top separatist leader of Manipur was arrested by security forces in Assam's main city of Guwahati Thursday while on a specific mission to recruit cadres to carry out operations, officials said.

A police spokesperson said the arrested rebel leader Mohammed Raihanuddin is the self-styled commander-in-chief of the outlawed People's United Liberation Front (PULF), a Muslim-based rebel outfit active in Manipur.


Two Bodo rebels gunned down in Assam

Two Bodo rebels gunned down in Assam Guwahati, Dec 25  : Two dreaded tribal separatists were killed Friday in Assam, bringing to four the number of militants gunned down since Thursday in the stepped up offensive against the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).

A police spokesperson said a group of three armed NDFB militants challenged a security patrol early Friday near Rangapara in Sonitpur district, about 200 km north of here.


Theatre artists from North East stage plays on `peace and violence’

Theatre artists from North East stage plays on `peace and violence’Guwahati, Dec 25 : Theatre artists from various parts of Northeast came together on one platform recently to stage plays based on the theme of `peace and violence’ in Assam.

The two day theatre event on ‘Peace and Violence’ that attracted four drama troupes from Manipur, Assam and Tripura, was held at the district library in Jorhat, Assam.

The program was organized by a noted cultural organization REPLICA from Jorhat.


Story of a successful Assam farmer and entrepreneur

Story of a successful Assam farmer and entrepreneurGuwahati, Dec 25 : Utpal Bora is a young farmer and entrepreneur from Jorhat, Assam. After completing his graduation, he failed to get a job.

He then took up pisciculture and today he sets educates unemployed youths in the state on how to be self-reliant.

Behind every successful venture, however, there is a lot of hard work.

Utpal Bora of Bhatimora Gaon in Jorhat is the main supplier of fish seeds like Major Crab, Katla and Rau to various parts of Assam and neighbouring states.


ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, deputy sent to prison

ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, deputy sent to prisonGuwahati, Dec 26 : Outlawed outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA)'s chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and deputy commander-in-chief Raju Baruah were Saturday sent to prison by a local court after 22 days in police custody.

"There were no fresh cases slapped on Rajkhowa and Baruah and the prosecution also did not seek further police custody and hence the court sent both of them to judicial remand," Bijon Mahajan, legal counsel of the two ULFA leaders, told IANS.


ULFA rebels'' children gifted books to make them aware of local culture

ULFA rebels'' children gifted books to make them aware of local cultureGuwahati, Dec 28 : A voluntary group in Assam distributed books to children of rebels to make them aware of the region''s culture.

The Assam Public Works (APW), distributed books on Assam''s culture -it''s language and traditions - to the children of United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) in Guwahati.


21-Year-Old Girl Dies Of Swine Flu In Guwahati

Assam-GuwahatiGuhawati has declared its first casualty from the deadly H1N1 virus on Sunday (Dec 27).

After tested positive for swine flu, Sikha Biswas was admitted to the isolation ward of the Guwahati Medical College Hospital in a serious state from the city's Nemcare Hospital on Dec 15.

When met, the principal of GMCH, Dr. MM Deka told that that the 21-year-old girl lost her life because of multiple organ failure.


Jailed ULFA leaders together 'positive step': Gogoi

Tarun GogoiGuwahati, Dec 28 :  Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Monday said the development of six top leaders of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) being together in jail was a "positive step", although he admitted there was no breakthrough yet in furthering the peace process.

"There is no breakthrough yet in so far as peace talks are concerned, but we are making all attempts for holding peace talks," the chief minister told journalists referring to the six ULFA leaders lodged together at the Guwahati central jail.


Earthquake damages property in northeastern India

Earthquake damages property in northeastern India Guwahati, Dec 29 : An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale shook India's northeast Tuesday, damaging property in some parts, including in Assam's main city Guwahati.

The tremor shook the region at 2.30 p. m. with the epicentre plotted near the India-Myanmar border, according to the US Geological Survey.

Cracks have developed in some buildings in Guwahati. In some flats, toilets and wash basins have broken into pieces.

Further details are awaited.(IANS)


‘ULFA wants a permanent and respectful solution’

‘ULFA wants a permanent and respectful solution’Lakwa (Assam), Dec 29 : Incarcerated ULFA’s chief Arabinda Rajkhowa’a wife, Kaveri Kachari, has sought a permanent and respectful solution to the aspirations of Assamese.

Speaking on behalf of the ULFA in Lakwa, she said: “We (ULFA) want a respectful, honourable and open discussion for a permanent solution. Personally, I feel that an open solution cannot happen in jail or in handcuffs. And, if that happens, the discussion would not be a successful one.”


People have lost faith in ULFA: Tarun Gogoi

People have lost faith in ULFA: Tarun GogoiGuwahati, Dec 30 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said people have lost faith in the rebel United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and want peace and development in the state.

Talking to reporters here on the sidelines of the flagging off of three new trains at the Kamakhya Railway Station, Gogoi said: "People have lost complete faith in the ULFA. They do not want insurgency to continue."

Gogoi also said he was in no hurry to start peace talks with ULFA.


Assam employees agitate over new pay scales

Assam employees agitate over new pay scalesGuwahati, Dec 30 - More than 450,000 government employees in Assam have started an agitation demanding that their new pay scales be made effective from January 2006 and not from from April 2009 as the government has decided.

Two employees unions - the Sadou Assam Karmachari Parishad (SAKP) and the Assam Employees Federation - have already announced separate agitation programmes.

The Federation Wednesday resorted to a three-hour long sit-in and shouted anti-government slogans in front of the state secretariat in Guwahati.


Assam soccer enthusiast awaits semis, final of Federation Cup

Assam soccer enthusiast awaits semis, final of Federation CupGuwahati, Dec 30 : Soccer enthusiasts in Guwahati, are an elated lot since the semi-final and final matches of country''s leading inter-club championship are being played here after a gap of three decades.

The last four stage ties of the Federation Cup will be played here at the Nehru Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday.

The first match will be between Goa''s Churchill Brothers and Lajong Football Club of Shillong.

Indeed, the local fans are bound to cheer for Lajong FC since this side is also from the Meghalaya.


From hope to despair in the northeast

Guwahati/Agartala, Dec 31 - For the eight states in northeastern India, 2009 will go down as a year that promised to bring an end to nearly three decades of insurgency but ended with more bloodshed and misery.

Assam and Manipur continued to be in the limelight for the wrong reasons - at least 50 explosions in the two states in 2009 and more than 200 deaths besides several attacks on security forces.

And this despite the tremendous optimism at the dawn of 2009, with a firm commitment by both the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the Assam government to help end one of the region's bloodiest insurgencies.


Let off ULFA leaders, and talks could begin: Rajkhowa

Let off ULFA leaders, and talks could begin: RajkhowaGuwahati, Dec 31- Chairman of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Arabinda Rajkhowa has said his outfit is ready to hold negotiations with the government if its jailed leaders are released to pave the way for peace talks.

"I have met Arabinda Rajkhowa and other leaders at the prison and they told me they were ready for peace talks, but made it clear that negotiations can be held only if they are released from jail," Lachit Bordoloi, a rights leader and member of the ULFA constituted People's Consultative Group, told IANS Thursday.


5.5 magnitude earthquake rocks Assam, Bhutan

5.5 magnitude earthquake rocks Assam, BhutanGuwahati, Dec 31 : An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale rocked Assam and Bhutan Thursday, triggering panic among the people. This is the second tremor to jolt the region in the past two days.

According to the Regional Seisomological Centre in Meghalaya's capital Shillong, the tremor was felt at 3.37 p. m. No casualties were reported yet.

The epicentre was located in Bhutan, 132 km northeast of Assam's main city of Guwahati and 108 km east of the Himalayan kingdom's capital Thimphu.


Rally against popularisation of toy guns among Assamese kids

Rally against popularisation of toy guns among Assamese kidsGuwahati, Dec 31 : peace lovers in Guwahati organized a rally on Thursday against popularization of toy guns among kids.

Leading the rally was Kishore Giri, a noted musician of Assam. The participants of the rally consisted mostly of parents who expressed their concern over the growing demand of toy guns among kids.

They echoed that toy guns and violent video games were corrupting vulnerable minds of the kids.

Participants in the rally demanded a ban on toy guns.


Jailed ULFA leaders could be freed for peace talks

Jailed ULFA leaders could be freed for peace talksGuwahati, Jan 1 - Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi Friday hinted at releasing jailed leaders of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) for peace talks, but wanted a formal communication from the outfit expressing their desire for negotiations with the government.

"I can only say that if peace talks are held it will be held with full dignity and honour. I don't want to spell out anything further now," the chief minister told journalists when asked about possibilities of freeing the top jailed ULFA leaders for the negotiations.


ULFA leaders neglect to teach Assamese language to their children

ULFA leaders neglect to teach Assamese language to their childrenGuwahati, Jan 1 : In a recent revelation it has come to light that the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leaders neglected to teach their children in the Assamese language, for which they are fighting for.

A reason for this is that before being arrested, the ULFA leaders were residing in Bangladesh. As a result, their children are alien to the Assamese language.


Four wild elephants mowed down by train

Four wild elephants mowed down by trainGuwahati, Jan 2 : Four wild Asiatic elephants, including two calves, were mowed down by a speeding goods train Saturday in Assam, officials said.

A railway spokesperson said the incident occurred near Walingdisa railway station in Karbi Anglong district, about 270 km east of Assam's main city Guwahati. The train was transporting petroleum products.

"The train hit the elephant herd squatting on the track. The train driver probably did not see the herd because of dense fog," Northeast Frontier Railways chief spokesperson S. Hajong told IANS.


Assam Journalists Federation takes out a march against terrorism

Assam Journalists Federation takes out a march against terrorismGuwahati, Jan 2 : Members of the Journalist Federation in Assam staged a rally in Guwahati on Friday to highlight the need for the state government to counter terrorism.

Representatives of 30 other organisations, including some political outfits joined the peace march.


Gogoi expresses satisfaction over militants returning to mainstream

Gogoi expresses satisfaction over militants returning to mainstreamGuwahati, Jan 2 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has expressed satisfaction over militants giving up arms and regaining the mainstream.

Addressing a press conference here, Gogoi said: "All insurgent groups, have realised the futility of continuing with the armed struggle.”

“They have realised it. As a result of which, a large number of them have come to the mainstream," he added.

The state has a half-dozen rebel groups fighting for independent homelands for an estimated 26 million Assamese people.


Three killed in ambush on security convoy in Assam

Three killed in ambush on security convoy in Assam Guwahati, Jan 4 : Three people, including a police commando, were killed and two wounded in Assam Monday in an ambush by separatists, officials said.

A police spokesperson said heavily armed militants attacked a security convoy near Mahur in North Cachar Hills district, about 290 km south of Assam's main city of Guwahati.

"A security convoy of two vehicles was attacked by militants from atop a hill with automatic weapons in which two civilians and a police commando were killed," the official said.


Bodoland outfit chief's sister killed in Assam

Guwahati-Assam-mapGuwahati, Jan 4 : Masked gunmen late Monday shot dead one of the sisters of Ranjan Daimary, chief of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), at her village home in Assam, officials said.

A police spokesperson said three to four gunmen attacked 40-year-old Lilawati Daimary at her residence at village Harisinga in Udalguri district, about 110 km north of here.

Ranjan Daimary is believed to be somewhere in Bangladesh.


ULFA threatens to attack security forces, vital installations

ULFA threatens to attack security forces, vital installationsGuwahati, Jan 6 - The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Wednesday threatened to attack security forces and vital installations in Assam ahead of India's Republic Day.

"We are going to step up our offensive and target security forces and other vital installations," self-styled ULFA commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah said in an e-mailed statement.

Titled 'new guidelines and instructions', the rebel statement also warned of action against Assam Police personnel and informers.


Assam employees agitate over new pay scale

Assam employees agitate over new pay scale  Guwahati, Jan 6 : More than 450,000 state government employees in Assam Wednesday launched the first phase of their agitation with a three-hour demonstration to press their demand that their new pay scale be made effective from January 2006.

The Sadou Assam Karmachari Parishad (SAKP), the apex forum of employees unions in Assam, staged the statewide protest from 12 noon Wednesday, paralysing normal functioning in government offices.


Railways sack one of India's most wanted terrorists

Railways sack one of India's most wanted terroristsGuwahati, Jan 8 - The Indian Railways has finally sacked one of the country's most wanted terrorists on the charge of not attending office for close to three decades after it was reported that he continued to be a central government employee supposedly posted in Assam.

Self-styled commander-in-chief of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Paresh Baruah was appointed a porter of the Northeast Frontier Railways in 1978 at the Tinsukia division in eastern Assam.

But the ULFA leader was absent from his work since January 1980.


No plan to attack Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi: ULFA

No plan to attack Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi: ULFAGuwahati, Jan 8 - The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Friday denied any plans to attack the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi and said media reports in both India and Bangladesh to this effect were baseless.


ULFA ready for talks if jailed leaders released

Guwahati, Jan 9 : The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) Saturday said it was ready to hold peace talks with New Delhi only if its jailed leaders were freed.

"Talks, if any, cannot be held from the prison cell. If the jailed leaders are released, the peace process could begin," ULFA vice chairman Pradeep Gogoi told journalists while being brought to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital for a health check-up.


Two ULFA militants killed in Assam gunfight

Guwahati, Jan 10 - Two hardcore separatists of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) were shot dead in a gunfight with security forces in Assam Sunday. A large haul of explosives and weapons was seized from the dead rebels, officials said.

A police spokesperson said a joint team of Assam police and paramilitary troopers were challenged by a three-member group of ULFA militants early Sunday near Khetri, about 45 km east of Assam's main city of Guwahati.

"Based on specific inputs about some militants roaming in the area, the security team went to the location and was fired upon by the militants... and soon there was a fierce gunfight," a senior police officer said.


Assam farmers organisation protest brutal killing of labourers in Meghalaya

Guwahati, Jan 10 : The farmers'' organisation in Assam blocked the Guwahati-Shillong highway to protest the killing of five coal labourers in Meghalaya last year.

The farmers'' organisation, All Assam Shramik Krishak Kalyan Parishad (AASKKP), demanding security and justice, blocked the highway, creating chaos.

"They (farmers) used to go to Meghalaya for work. If they are treated like animals and eventually killed then who is going to listen to us? The media, central government has nothing to say in this matter. They are responsible," said president of AASKKP Mohammad Faizur Rahman.

AASKKP has submitted a memorandum to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and Governor of Meghalaya RS Mooshahary demanding compensation.


Novel New Year celebration in Assam

Novel New Year celebration in AssamGuwahati, Jan 11 :With the top United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) are behind the bars the people of Assam are hoping that 2010 would be peaceful and prosperous. The common mandate is geared towards peace and development in the region.

The people of Assam welcome the year 2010 in a novel way. Various social organizations, NGOs, youth and students’ bodies, under the aegis of Journalist Federation of Assam held a peace rally in Guwahati.


Singer Zubeen Garg's ponytail cut off by fan

Singer Zubeen Garg's ponytail cut off by fanGuwahati, Jan 30 - Fans are known to do crazy things. But Assam's singing sensation Zubeen Garg of "Ya Ali" fame was taken aback when he realised that a woman fan had stealthily chopped off his ponytail at a recording studio here.

The incident took place late Friday when Zubeen was busy dubbing an Assamese number at the DG Music Studio in Guwahati.

"I suddenly found that my ponytail was missing and then found a woman fan of mine, who seems to be a little crazy, holding the lock of hair and shouting at me. What could I do?" Zubeen told journalists.


North East - the new way forward for India Inc.

North East - the new way forward for India Inc.The Indian industrialists and even the multinational companies are now planning to move towards the north east region of the country to explore more opportunities to grow and expand their operations even further.


Assam Public Health Bill issues right to health

Health-BillAssam Public Health Bill, 2010, was passed in the Assembly on Wednesday issuing right to health to every citizen. With this, Assam has become the first state in the country to pass legislation asserting right to health as an inclusive right of every citizen of the state.

This bill make it mandatory for all Government and private hospitals and nursing homes to provide free healthcare services for first 24 hours to any patient seeking emergency, side by side maintaining proper procedure for treatments.


Basic healthcare gets a green signal from Assam government

Basic healthcare gets a green signal from Assam governmentIt comes as a news of rejoice as the Assam government passed a bill to provide the right for basic healthcare to all the needy patients.

With this, the north-eastern state Assam became a pioneer in making the treatment free for at least first 24 hours to emergency patients at both the private and government healthcares. The bill which was passed in the Assembly on March 31 ensures the Assamese a right for basic healthcare.


First of its own kind, Assam Zoo will now have night safari

First of its own kind, Assam Zoo will now have night safariThe long-awaited night safari at Assam State Zoo in Guwahati was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh on Sunday.

The safari will be thrown open to public from April 15. Initially, two battery-operated vehicles will provide this service to visitors.

The ticket price and other such formalities are being finalized. First of its kind in the state, the service is expected to be greeted with enthusiasm.


Security personnel arrest two militants in Assam

 Security personnel arrest two militants in AssamGuwahati, Sep 30 : In a joint operation, personnel of the Indian Army and the paramilitary Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) arrested two militants of the People''s Liberation Army here on Thursday.

They recovered a grenade and a laptop from the arrested duo.


Assam Administration To Offer Up Free Treatment To Kids With Leukaemia

Assam Administration To Offer Up Free Treatment To Kids With LeukaemiaAssam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma made announcement about the launching of a scheme on June 02 under which kids below 12 years of age suffering from Leukemia will be offered cure free of cost.

Mr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We are working on a scheme under which free treatment will be provided to children below 12 years who suffer from leukaemia. You all know that this cancer is very common in this part of the country and the treatment of leukaemia is very costly.”


Super Autumn Golf Tournament held at Kaziranga golf resort

Kaziranga-golf-resort.Jorhat (Assam), Dec 26 : Scenic beauty, magnificent outdoors and mild climate in the northeast provided a perfect environment to play Golf. Recently, the Super Autumn Golf Tournament was organised at the Kaziranga golf resort near Jorhat in Assam.

Some 70 golfers from across the country gathered at the Kaziranga golf resort at the Sangsua tea estate to participate in the Tournament. The pleasant weather provided good playing conditions for the golfers.


Tea garden owner, wife burnt to death in Assam’s Tinsukia District

/FireTinsukia (Assam), Dec 27 : In a shocking incident, the owner of a tea garden and his wife were burnt to death by labourers on Wednesday in Assam''s Tinsukia District for failing to address their issues.

Mridul Kumar Bhattacharyya and his wife Rita were attacked with sharp weapons by about 200 workers before being set on fire inside their bungalow. Police said bodies had been burnt beyond recognition.

The attackers on set the official quarters of the garden''s manager ablaze and vandalised other parts of the property.


14,833 drummers in Assam set new record for largest percussion performance

14,833 drummers in Assam set new record for largest percussion performance Titabor, Jan 8 : Dressed in traditional attire, a total of 14,883 drummers, one of the biggest ensemble of the drummers, set a new record of playing the traditional Khol drum for a period of 15 minutes in Assam.

The feat was achieved on Sunday in Titabor town of Jorhat district, where a total of 14,883 Bayans (traditional percussionists) assembled with their Khols as they performed continuously for 15 minutes.


Defying rebels, Assam celebrates R-Day

s/republic-day1Guwahati, Jan 26 : Tens of thousands took part in Republic Day celebrations across Assam Saturday defying rebel calls to boycott official events.

The anti-talk United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) and several militant outfits asked the people to stay away from the celebrations.

But people turned out in large numbers in almost all major towns and sub-divisions to take part in the official functions.


West Zone win Deodhar Trophy

Deodhar-TrophyGuwahati, March 13 : Led by Ambati Rayudu, West Zone beat North Zone by five wickets with 10 balls to spare in a thrilling final of the Deodhar Trophy at the Nehru Stadium here Wednesday.

Rayudu's unbeaten 78 helped West Zone to clinch their 11th Deodhar Trophy.

Chasing 290, set up by Delhi's Unmukt Chand (88) and Yuvraj Singh (67), West Zone was aided by an all round batting performance by Manprit Juneja (56), captain Parthiv Patel (58) and Kedhar Jadhav (57) which saw them finish
293/5.

Chand and Yuvraj finished as the leading run-scorers in this edition's Deodhar Trophy, with 144 runs.(IANS)


NRC soon to be updated in seven districts of Assam: Gogoi

Tarun-GogoiGuwahati, March 16 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said that the state government would soon start the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Gogoi said this while addressing the media at Assam capital Dispur and added that work on updating the NRC will start in seven of the state's 23 districts - Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivsahar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Nagaon and Sonitpur.

"We have already instituted an advisory council to expedite the process of updating the NRC. The council includes Justice K. N. Saikia, Justice P. K. Choudhury and former state Director General of Police Sankar Baruah," Gogoi said.


Women symbol of peace, love, humanity and dignity: President

Pranab-MukherjeeGuwahati, May 13 : President Pranab Mukherjee Monday termed women as the symbol of peace, love, humanity and dignity, while calling for measures to ensure they get recognition for their "selfless work" as well as the "respect and courtesy they deserve".

He was speaking after conferring two awards, instituted by the Assam government, to two distinguished women at the Pragjyoti ITA Centre for Performing Arts at Machkhowa here.


Rahul right in equating AGP with insurgents: Gogoi

Rahul right in equating AGP with insurgents: GogoiGuwahati, May 30 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Thursday said that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was right in accusing the AGP of having links with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).

"What Rahul Gandhi had said is 100 percent true. The AGP had links with the ULFA, and everybody knows that. They (AGP) are actually the cousins of ULFA," Gogoi told a press conference here.

Asked for evidence to prove the link, Gogoi said: "I have evidence to prove the allegations but I am not bound to disclose it now."


Manmohan Singh re-elected to Rajya Sabha

Manmohan-SinghGuwahati, May 30 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha Thursday from Assam for the fifth straight term, officials said.

Another Congress candidate, Santiuse Kujur, also got elected to the upper house -- for the first time.

There were three candidates for the two Rajya Sabha seats from Assam: Manmohan Singh, Kujur and Aminul Islam of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).(IANS)


Ulfa, AGP two sides of same coin: Assam minister

Tarun-GogoiGuwahati, June 1 : A day after Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi called the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) a "cousin brother" of Ulfa, state power minister Pradyut Bordoloi said Saturday that the AGP and Ulfa are two sides of the same coin.

Gogoi had called AGP the United Liberation Front of Assam's (Ulfa) "cousin brother" after the AGP reacted to the recent WikiLeaks revelation that AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi had in 2006 equated Assam's regional political party with insurgent outfits.

AGP president and former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta said Friday that the Congress had links with the Ulfa.


Assam town protests blood bank's HIV 'mistake'

blood-bankGuwahati, June 15 : Assam's Mangaldai town witnessed massive protests Saturday over the allegation that four people contracted AIDS after undergoing blood transfusion at a government blood bank.

Police cane charged the protestors who had blocked National Highway 52 since morning to protest the district administration's apathy in not taking action against "guilty officials" of the blood bank at Mangaldai Civil Hospital.

Four people alleged Saturday that they contracted AIDS after undergoing blood transfusion through the blood bank of the hospital. It was discovered later that a professional blood donor was HIV+.


Gogoi announces Rs.5 lakh each to HIV victims, four officials suspended

Tarun-GogoiGuwahati, June 17 : Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Monday announced compensation of Rs. 5 lakh each to the three people who tested HIV-positive after receiving blood from a state-run hospital, and said the government would bear the expenses for their treatment.

The Assam government had already instituted a one-man inquiry commission by the state's Additional Chief Secretary P. P. Varma into the incident. The probe report is to be submitted to the state government in a month.

On Monday, the state's advocate general was asked to explore the legal option for initiating deterrent action against those found guilty for the serious lapse.


Assam to institute annual bravery award

Tarun-GogoiGuwahati, Dec 14 : The Assam government has decided to institute an annual state bravery award to honour brave children of the state, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said Saturday.

The award will be named after Gunjan Sharma, a Class 8 student who recently offered herself as a hostage to a gunman to save 10 other children of her school, Gogoi said.

The state government will formally honour the girl Jan 1. The government earlier announced an award of Rs. 2 lakh for Gunjan's courageous act.


Assam Government gifts laptops to students

Tarun-GogoiJorhat, Dec 24 : Students from Assam's Jorhat District were given laptops by Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi at a function recently.

The Assam Government had instituted an award in the name of Ananda Ram Barooah, the state's first Indian civil servant, in 2008 to promote excellence in the field of information technology education.

Apart from the award the students will also be given free computer training.


Decentralisation needed to tackle corruption: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul-GandhGuwahati, Feb 25 : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Tuesday that decentralisation of power is essential to tackle corruption.

Addressing a rally in Assam, Gandhi said that power needs to be decentralised and given to the people and the local bodies in the states.

"More power is given to the councils, local bodies and people, more better it is for the people in the state," he said in Diphu.

The rally took place days after Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed the people of Assam.


Parties which claim they change country in 60 months mock people: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul-GandhiGuwahati, Feb 25 : Making a direct attack on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the leaders who say that they could change the country within 60 months were making fun of people and that it was a laughable statement.

"It is laughable that they say they will do in 60 months, what the Congress did in 60 years.  It is not because of the Congress, but the people of the country who worked hard for these years to take the country forward." said Gandhi, while addressing a rally in Guwahati.


Gujarat model doesn't apply everywhere: Rahul

Rahul-GandhiGuwahati, March 27 : Each state has its own model of development and the Gujarat model cannot be applied everywhere, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said Thursday at two election rallies in Assam.

Gandhi braved a boycott call by a militant outfit and addressed rallies at Biswanath Chariali town in the Tezpur parliamentary constituency and in Dibrugarh.

A National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) faction opposed to peace talks in a statement to the media had threatened to disrupt the Congress leader's rallies.


Compare performance before casting votes: PM to electorate

Manmohan-SinghSivasagar, March 29 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday urged the people to compare the performance of the Congress and non-Congress governments at the centre before casting their votes in the Lok Sabha polls.

He was speaking at a rally for Congress' candidate from Khumtai in Assam.

He said poverty declined three times faster under the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.

"No other decade has recorded as much development as there has been in the last 10 years," Manmohan Singh said.


Assam records 12 percent polling in first two hours

Assam records 12 percent polling in first two hoursGuwahati, April 7 - People queued up at polling booths in Assam's five constituencies as balloting began in the first phase of the Lok Sabha election Monday. The state recorded 12 percent voting in the first two hours, officials said here.

The polling started at 7 a. m. in most of the polling stations, barring a few polling booths under Kaliabor and Tezpur Lok Sabha constituencies where the process was delayed due to some technical snags in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).


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