Assam’s Flood-trapped Animals

Assam’s Flood-trapped Animals

The overall flood situation in Assam has turned from bad to the worse. The water level of Brahmaputra and its tributaries continue to rise, submerging houses, farmlands and wildlife sanctuaries. It has not only affected human beings but also  the wildlife as well. Over 80% of the rhino habitat of Kaziranga National Park is flooded […]

Assam’s ‘horny committee’ gets it on!

Assam’s ‘horny committee’ gets it on!

Assam has a ‘treasure trove’ of rhino horns. But there were rumours that the ‘genuine’ rhino horns were being sneaked out and sold in the black market. Now Assam has a ‘Committee for the examination of Rhino horn’. The rhino horn verification process initiated by the State government got under way on Saturday with the […]

Rise of NEDA as Congress falls in North East?

Rise of NEDA as Congress falls in North East?

Behold! In an attempt to ‘cleanse’ the Northeast of the Indian National Congress, the ruling BJP has aligned with eleven non-Congress political parties to form ‘NEDA”: North East Democratic Alliance. BJP and other leaders are in a huddle in Guwahati, Assam. NEDA would take another couple of days to announce its Guwahati Declaration. The decision […]

BJP displaces Congress in Assam’s tribal belt

BJP displaces Congress in Assam’s tribal belt

BJP is consolidating its base in Assam, at the cost of the Congress.  Assam’s top Congress leader from the Karbi tribal community and chief executive member (CEM) of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) Tuliram Ronghang along with his 18 executive members (EMs) Thursday came to the BJP’s fold at a solemn function on the raising […]

Will Assam’s new BJP govt. protect Assam tribes?

Will Assam’s new BJP govt. protect Assam tribes?

A day after the  promise to seal the Indo-Bangladesh border in two years and complete the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a prominent organization fighting against infiltration demanded special measures to prevent indigenous people from becoming a minority in their own homeland. The Prabajan Virodhi Manch (PVM), which carried out a mass signature campaign in assembly […]

Heavy rainfall and landslides in Assam

Heavy rainfall and landslides in Assam

Landslides claimed 10 lives in three separate incidents in Hailakandi and Karimganj districts of Barak Valley on Thursday, following heavy rain. The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of heavy rainfall in Assam over the next two days. Incessant rainfall throughout Barak Valley wreaked havoc during the last 24 hours, leaving most of the roads in […]

Cannes show for Assam film on Indo-China war

Cannes show for Assam film on Indo-China war

A young Assamese filmmaker has made a short film based on the 1962 Sino-Indian war  screened at the Cannes International Film Festival. The name of the English film is “1962: My Country Land”. It is 108 minutes long. This movie is (28-year-old) Chow Partha Borgohain’s debut work. The film was produced by Marbom Mai under […]

Northeast India swings between Hot and Wet

Northeast India swings between Hot and Wet

Arm yourself with an umbrella whenever you go out, advises the weatherman. The weather department has predicted that the weather in the Northeast would swing. There will be heavy showers followed by intense heat and humidity. “It will be very hot for the rest of the month. We however, predict heavy rain on Saturday again […]

Heavy rains hit Assam train traffic

Heavy rains hit Assam train traffic

GUWAHATI: – Passenger train service to the Barak Valley, which has been disrupted since last week, will remain suspended for a few more days. In view of heavy rainfall leading to breach in many places in the Lumding-Badarpur hill section, NFR has decided to cancel some trains. The 55615 Guwahati-Silchar fast passenger scheduled to leave […]

Protests in the northeast over Yoga Day

Protests in the northeast over Yoga Day

The ‘over-promotion’ of International Yoga Day has resulted in vocal protests against it in Assam and other parts of the Northeast. The ‘surya-namaska’r element is raising hackles in certain quarters. Muslims point to the fact that the holy month of Ramadan is on, while some Christian sects object to being coerced to participate in such […]

60 thousand affected, more coming as flood season hits Assam

60 thousand affected, more coming as flood season hits Assam

Guwahati: Assam has been hit by the first wave of floods affecting over 60,000 people in nine districts of the state. At least one person has been washed away. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has said that Brahmaputra and the Jia Bharali were flowing above the danger mark at Nematighat in Jorhat and […]

Assam Gorkhas, Nepali immigrants in Patna want reservation

Assam Gorkhas, Nepali immigrants in Patna want reservation

NEW DELHI/ PATNA: While Gorkhas living in Assam are demanding scheduled tribe status, an enterprising Nepali association in Patna has been aligning with the VHP-BJP combine in the hope of placing a demand for some job reservations for people of Nepali origin in case the BJP comes to power in the state. Indian Gorkhas resident […]