Cong, CPM win in Meghalaya, Tripura by-poll

Cong, CPM win in Meghalaya, Tripura by-poll

Tura/Agartala, June 30: Congress in Meghalaya and CPM in Tripura today won the Assembly by-elections held on June 27. The Congress regained the Chokpot seat in Meghalaya after 20 years while the CPM swept its traditional strongholds Pratapgarh and Surma in Tripura.   Congress candidate Bluebell Sangma won the Chokpot seat by defeating her nearest […]

Will Mapithal, swollen by Monsoon, swallow Chadong village?

Will Mapithal, swollen by Monsoon, swallow Chadong village?

Imphal: The rising water level in the Mapithel dam, which has already submerged crops and roads threatens to swallow the Chadong village in Ukhrul district, fear the villagers. One villager, Rebika Kasum observed, “The water will reach our dwellings soon. The road, including the only bridge that connects Chadong with other villages, is submerged. “The […]

Young Nagas: waking up from the ‘Nagalim’ Dream?

Young Nagas: waking up from the ‘Nagalim’ Dream?

Since August 1947, peace and stability have been rare commodities in Nagaland and Manipur. In the past two decades, peace talks have produced little in the way of progress. Ceasefire agreements with the various warring groups have at least provided a relative peace. ‘Nagalim’ is the major obstacle to peace in the Northeast. Briefly, the […]

Mizo mob’s lynch attempt thwarted

Mizo mob’s lynch attempt thwarted

Aizawl, Mizoram: Mob justice again? In Mizoram, hundreds of protesters from Thingdawl and its neighbouring villages in Kolasib district tried to drag out a man accused of attempted rape from Saipum Mizo India Reserve Battalion camp. The police fired blanks to disperse the mob. But the mob left the camp around one o’clock Sunday morning […]

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 […]

Student body whacks teacher on parents’ complaint

Student body whacks teacher on parents’ complaint

Imphal: In today’s new regime of ‘mollycoddling’ students, it is not unusual for pampered parents to call for the head of a teacher, if he happens takes his belt to the behind of a belligerent boy. ‘Corporal punishment’ in schools has been outlawed, no matter if some of the brats lounging on the school benches […]

“When they attack, there will be a counter-attack”: Zoramthanga

“When they attack, there will be a counter-attack”: Zoramthanga

Former Mizoram chief minister and Mizo National Front (MNF) president Zoramthanga has said the ceasefire agreement between the government and the rebel groups was the only way to bring peace in Manipur. “There was no ceasefire agreement between the Centre and the rebel group which was involved in the ambush on an army convoy on […]

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 […]

60% abused by daughters-in-law; 57 % by sons

60%  abused by daughters-in-law; 57 %  by sons

The abuse of elderly people in India has risen drastically, says HelpAge India, a non-governmental organisation which fights isolation, poverty and neglect of the elderly. The NGO, working to secure senior citizens’ rights, has reported that elders here are facing a huge ‘crisis’. Shooting to a disturbing 50% of elders experiencing abuse, from last year’s […]

The Seven Sisters are not a quiet, peaceful, hymn singing bunch!

The North East of India has been a troubled region long before I was born. Grandparents in the region tell us of the 1950s when India literally waged a war against the tribal areas, using all kinds of tactics to consolidate their power after the British left. Nagaland, Manipur, Tripura, Aruncahal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and recently […]

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