Namo’s privatisation plans irk North-eastern Oil workers

Namo’s privatisation plans irk North-eastern Oil workers

Guwahati: Oil workers of the Northeast on Wednesday, opposed the Narendra Modi government’s decision to hand over 69 oil and gas fields, most of which are in the Northeast, to private groups for exploration. The oil fields have been either identified or discovered by public sector players like Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited and […]

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, […]

Schoolboy killed, Manipur tense, Outsiders unwelcome!

Schoolboy killed, Manipur tense, Outsiders unwelcome!

Imphal: Curfew is imposed, even as Imphal turns into a war zone, with thousands of youngsters almost rioting in support of an inner-line permit system for Manipur. Sapam Robinhood, a Class XI student of Ananda Singh Higher Secondary Academy, Imphal East died and several people were injured as supporters clashed with police. Schools and Colleges […]

Sikkim has one TG, India has over 74 Thousand

Sikkim has one TG, India has over 74 Thousand

Sikkim has but one transgender, and rural Assam has 1,734 out of 2,198 TGs in the Northeast. India has 74,286 TGs, according to the 2011 Socio-economic and caste Census. Meghalaya has the highest percentage of women-headed households at 24.41 per cent, which is much higher than the regional and national average. Rural areas in the […]

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 […]