North-East

  • Tripura-born artist brings visuals from the state to Delhi exhibition
    New Delhi, April 1 (IANSlife) It was in 2013 when Tripura-born artist Gopa Roy started experimenting with different materials for her art practice. According to her, the influences of her work are the local landscape of her hometown, its agricultural background, the harmonisation of multi-cultural identities and the crafts of the native peoples of Tripura. "My practice is to capture, interpret, and re-present what I experience," Roy, who now lives and works in Delhi, tells
  • Assam breaks all records in poll seizures, items worth over Rs 110cr confiscated so far
    New Delhi, March 31 (PTI): Assam broke all previous records in seizures of cash, liquor, drug and other goods after the assembly polls were notified with several agencies confiscating items worth over Rs 110 crore, Chief Electoral Officer of Assam Nitin Khade said on Wednesday. During the 2016 state polls, central and state agencies had seized goods worth less than Rs 20 crore. Addressing a press conference, Khade said, "After the Model Code of Conduct came into force on Feb
  • Won't allow Assam to become hub for illegal migrants: Shah
    Guwahati, March 31 (IANS) Union Home Minister Amit Shah said on Wednesday that BJP will not allow Assam to again become a hub for illegal migrants and the international borders would be sealed to curb unlawful migration. Shah said that while the BJP government is trying to make Assam an illegal migration-free state, the Congress has forged an alliance with the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) headed by Badruddin Ajmal, who, according to the BJP leader, always patronises ill
  • Stage set for 2nd phase of Assam Assembly polls on Thursday
    Guwahati, March 31 (IANS) The stage is all set for the second phase of Assembly elections in BJP-ruled Assam on Thursday for 39 of the 126 Assembly constituencies where the electoral fate of 345 candidates, including 26 women aspirants, will be decided. The over a month-long hectic campaigning ended on Tuesday for the seats located mostly in central and southern Assam, and comprising six reserved for Scheduled Tribes and five for Scheduled Castes. Assam Chief Electoral Officer Ni
  • Arms recovered in Assam's Kokrajhar ahead of PM's visit
    Guwahati, March 31 (IANS) Days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit, a huge cache of arms and ammunition has been recovered at Kokrajhar's Gossaigaon area in Assam, the police said on Tuesday. Acting on an input, the security forces have recovered three AK-56 rifles, three loaded magazines and 157 rounds of bullets. Police officers said that along with the foreign-made weapons, other materials including eight blankets, one rice sack (100 kg), one packet dal, thre
  • Nothing to do with hair seized in Mizoram-Myanmar border: TTD
    Amaravati, March 30 (IANS): The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD), custodian of the world famous Tirupati temple on Tuesday clarified that the recent seizure of tonsured hair by Assam Rifles at the Mizoram - Myanmar border has nothing to do with it. "The recent seizure of 120 bags of tonsured human hair in the borders of Mizoram-Myanmar by Assam Rifles has nothing to do with the TTD," said a temple official. He said the temple e - auctions all the tonsured hair donat
  • IMD issues orange alert for Assam, predicts intense rainfall
    GUWAHATI, March 30 (PTI): The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued an orange colour alert for Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura for March 30-31 with a forecast of rains and thunderstorm over these northeastern states. It has also predicted an “intense wet spell” over northeast India until April 2. Under the influence of strong lower level southwesterly winds from the Bay of Bengal, fairly widespread to widespread rain with thundersto
  • CAA an attack on Assam’s culture, history; will not allow it to be implemented: Rahul
    Guwahati, March 30 (PTI): The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is an attack on the language, history and culture of Assam and the Congress will not allow it to be implemented, party leader Rahul Gandhi said in a video message on Tuesday. Gandhi posted the video message for the people of the Northeastern state as he was unable to attend his scheduled election-related programmes due to heavy rains. The Congress-led Grand Alliance, if voted to power, will fulfill the five guarantees
  • AIUDF,ISF and IUML ''new secular syndicate'' of Cong: Naqvi Enaxi Saikia Barua
    Guwahati, March 30 (PTI): Senior BJP leader and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Tuesday termed the All India United Democratic Front in Assam, Indian Secular Front in West Bengal and Indian Union Muslim League in Kerala as the "new secular syndicate of the Congress". Naqvi, who is here to campaign in the Assam Assembly elections, told PTI in an exclusive interview, "This new secular syndicate is the height of hypocrisy of the Congress." Congress is partnering wit
  • Indian Railways targets ‘Future Ready’ system by 2030
    Maligaon, March 30 (MExN):  The Indian Railways have prepared a National Rail Plan (NRP) for India to create a ‘future ready’ Railway system by 2030. According to a statement from the Northeast Frontier Railways Chief Public Relations Officer Subhanan Chanda, the NRP is aimed to formulate strategies based on both operational capacities and commercial policy initiatives to increase modal share of the Railways in freight. The release stated that the objective of the p
  • Manipur govt asks DCs to "politely turn away" Myanmar refugees, takes back order
    Imphal, March 30 (PTI): The Manipur government issued a circular to the Deputy Commissioners of districts bordering Myanmar not to open camps to provide food and shelter to refugees fleeing the neighbouring country after the coup but withdrew it three days later to avoid potential public anger. In the advisory issued to the DCs of Chandel, Tengoupal, Kamjong, Ukhrul and Churachandpur on March 26, Special Secretary (Home) H Gyan Prakash also asked them to stop Aadhaar enrolment exerc
  • Three members of billionaire family in Assam polls By Trideep Lahkar
    Silchar (Assam), Mar 30 (PTI): Without giving an iota of attention to the criticism of dynasty politics, a billionaire political family''s three members are in the fray for Assam Assembly elections from different constituencies of Barak valley. Six consecutive time MLA and former Congress minister Gautam Roy, who has switched side to BJP this time, his son and former MLA Rahul and daughter-in-law newcomer Daisy are contesting from Katigora, Udharbond and Algapur constituency
  • Two Congress members pursuing politics for survival of family: Smriti Irani
    Borbhag/Gauripur (Assam), March 30 (PTI): Apparently referring to Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Union minister Smriti Zubin Irani on Tuesday alleged that they "do not know the Assamese culture" and pursue politics only for "the survival of their family". She, however, did not name the siblings. The senior BJP leader also accused the Congress of committing a sin by not fulfilling the promises that it had made during earlier elections
  • Manipur withdraws 'no refuge for Myanmarese' order
    New delhi, March 30 (PTI): The Manipur government issued a circular to the Deputy Commissioners of districts bordering Myanmar not to open camps to provide food and shelter to refugees fleeing the neighbouring country after the coup but withdrew it three days later to avoid potential public anger. In the advisory issued to the DCs of Chandel, Tengoupal, Kamjong, Ukhrul and Churachandpur on March 26, Special Secretary (Home) H Gyan Prakash also asked them to stop Aadhaar enrolment ex
  • Modi govt restored lasting peace in Assam: Nadda
    Guwahati, March 30 (IANS) Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president J P Nadda during his election rallies on Tuesday said that Narendra Modi government has established long lasting peace in Assam and embarked on a new era of growth and development. Addressing three election rallies at Dhamapur (Nalbari district), Bilasipara (Dhubri) and Rani (Kamrup), Nadda claimed that during the Congress regime thousands of civilians and security personnel were killed but the Modi government
  • IAF deploy 2 copters to douse Manipur forest fire
    Imphal, March 29 (IANS): The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday deployed two helicopters to douse the forest fire at Shirui peak in Ukhrul district of Manipur, officials said. IAF spokesperson Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said the two IAF Mi-17V5 helicopters equipped with Bambi buckets sprayed huge quantities of water to douse the wildfire. Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has sought help from the Central government as well as the locals in dousing the fire at Shirui peak in
  • Samarjit brought back to Imphal by NIA
    Newmai News Network Imphal | March 29 Narengbam Samarjit Singh, one of the two people behind formation of a “government in exile” in the United Kingdom after “declaring Manipur’s independence”, arrested by an NIA team was brought to Imphal on Monday afternoon. Samarjit who had claimed to be the minister of external affairs and defence minister of “Manipur State Council” after the “government in exile” was formed on October 30
  • Why did BJP spend crores on newspaper ad if it's confident of winning all Upper Assam seats: Cong
    Guwahati, March 29 (PTI): Launching a scathing attack on the BJP, Assam Congress chief Ripun Bora on Monday questioned the need for the saffron party to spend crores of rupees on a newspaper advertisement if it's confident of winning all the assembly seats in Upper Assam that went to polls in the first phase on March 27. The Congress has lodged an FIR against Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP chief J P Nadda, state president Ranjit Kumar Dass and eight leading newspapers fo
  • Technological interventions to prevent forest fires in Meghalaya
    Newmai News Network Shillong | March 29 The Meghalaya Forest and Environment department is coming up with many interventions involving technologies to prevent forest fires in the state. “We want to bring in a certain technology that would be able to at least detect such kinds of fires at the nascent stage,” Forest & Environment Minister James K Sangma told reporters on Monday. According to him, intervention is needed where fire can be restricted to a certain s
  • RPF personnel of NF Railway recover contraband goods
    Guwahati, March 29 (MExN): Railway Protection Force (RPF) of NF Railway team of RPF Post/Jalpaiguri Road under the supervision of ASC/Alipurduar Junction conducted raid in Train No. 05960 Dibrugarh – Howrah Special at Jalpaiguri Road Station on March 17.  During the raid, the RPF team apprehended one person for illegally carrying contraband goods and recovered 16 packets cannabis weighing about 33.15 Kgs valued Rs 1.32 lakh (approx). The apprehended person along with t