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 […]

A new agitation brews: give the affluent Meitis tribal status!

A new agitation brews: give the affluent Meitis tribal status!

IMPHAL:  A mass rally will be held on May 22, to demand a special ’tribe’ status to the Meiti community, but the AMSU objects. The All Manipur Students Union (AMSU) has strongly objected to the demand for granting the Scheduled Tribes (ST) status to the Meiteis, a majority community in Manipur. Manjit Sarangthem, secretary general […]

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 […]

Cong sweeps Mizo ADC civic poll, BJP at 0

Cong sweeps Mizo ADC civic poll, BJP at 0

AIZAWL: The Congress swept the elections to Mizoram’s Lai Autonomous District Council by bagging 16 out of 25 seats. The BJP-Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) alliance failed to bag a single seat despite all efforts to ‘win the hearts of people’ before the elections. The candidates backed by Opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) managed to win […]

Shillong filmmaker returns award

Shillong filmmaker returns award

Shillong-based filmmaker Tarun Bhartiya has returned his national award, ‘the Rajat Kamal’, in solidarity with other authors and filmmakers who are protesting the growing intolerance in the country. The state is rapidly becoming a ‘Hindutva Reich’ he asserted. Bhartiya, writing to President Pranab Mukherjee, explained why he’s decided to return the national award for best […]

Village Chiefs may declare war on Meghalaya Chief Minister

Village Chiefs may declare war on Meghalaya Chief Minister

Shillong: Tribal village chiefs in Meghalaya have threatened storm the main secretariat in Shillong early next month if the Mukul Sangma-led coalition government continued to poke its nose into their business. The announcement was made at a public rally which was attended by over a lakh people here coming from at least six Khasi Jaintia […]

Garo Hills: IB officer’s corpse found in jungle

Garo Hills: IB officer’s corpse found in jungle

Shillong, Meghalaya: In September, insurgents kidnapped them – a month later their corpses were found in a jungle. Bodies of Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer Bikash Singh and a trader, who were kidnapped by insurgents in Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills district a month ago, were found buried in a jungle, says a report of the Press […]

Stop the Siang river dams, Arunachal tribes ask Centre

Stop the Siang river dams, Arunachal tribes ask Centre

ITANAGAR, Arunachal Pradesh – The centre appears to be gung ho about imposing huge hydel projects on the hilly regions, and exploiting the people of Arunachal Pradesh to the fullest. If the UPA government tried to do this slowly, quietly marking fertile lands and villages to drown, the NDA or rather BJP government has no […]

Now prepare for Twipraland State!

Now prepare for Twipraland State!

Agartala: For some time now, there have been rumbles in the tribal pockets of Tripura for a new state called ‘Twipraland’. Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar cautioned against the call for a separate Twipraland state. He said regional parties have been spearheading the agitation in the interior areas, keeping in view the election to the […]

Manipur ILP issue : heading towards civil war?

Manipur ILP issue : heading towards civil war?

The Manipur bills to curtail the rights of ‘non-locals’ has ruffled feathers beyond the state boundaries. It has become a hills versus valley issue. Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla and several organisations based in Assam and Manipur have urged the Centre not to give consent to the three controversial bills passed by the Manipur Assembly […]

Deeply divided Manipur: Valley peaceful, Hills burn,

Deeply divided Manipur: Valley peaceful, Hills burn,

Imphal: The Inner line permit monster still stalks Churachandpur town. It has sharply divided the hills and the valley. It doesn’t go away. Protests. Violence. Arson. Protesters set fire to two government offices at Churachandpur town in Manipur late Thursday afternoon . Now the death count has risen to eight in the on-going agitation over […]

In Memory of Brave Sons of Garo Land

In Memory of Brave Sons of Garo Land

Tura, Mehhalaya: In 1917, when the world was in the midst of war, a thousand Garo tribesmen were recruited to the 69th Garo Labour Corps and despatched to France to help the Allied forces in construction, transportation, and salvage. Thursday marked the 97th anniversary of their return. Historian Milton Sangma, who researched the Garo Labour Corps states, […]